Dealing with this subject has been quite difficult for me. Both the concept of the state stripping you of everything and the SHTF concept have as many backgrounds as diverse interpretations, so trying to approach this from a single point of view is a complicated task.

In my country, Venezuela, after 20 years of “revolution,” we have bottomed out and learned to live in situations we never imagined (so much so that I was able to write an article on survival techniques I never imagined myself using on daily basis).

How the State Will Strip You off Everything When the SHTF

It’s not that the governments before Hugo Chavez were much better. But there was a much more stable political and economic situation with access to the international market.In 1999, when Chávez’s government was instated, oil prices were the highest in Venezuela’s history. The newly born Communist policy in the country was hardly felt and had very few repercussions on the professional citizens who lived on a monthly salary.

That’s probably why those first few years didn’t really feel like something was taken away from us. In addition, the newly elected president had a 60% popular approval rating and promised endless opportunities for the neediest people.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP
Posted on: Jan 10 15:14

Will Society Collapse? Civilization seems to be lurching.  A study suggests that there is a possibility that society will collapse in 2040. In this blog post, let’s explore why society might collapse and how we can prevent it.

We’ve all seen the movies where society collapses, and it’s every man for himself. The reality is that most people won’t know how to survive when this happens. Many things have been happening in the world lately. In light of all this, it’s vital to start thinking about surviving the collapse of society.

Many believe that it’s only a matter of time before something big happens. That could leave us without power or essential services for an extended time.

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Posted on: Jan 10 15:13

China has suspended or closed the social media accounts of more than 1,000 critics of the government’s policies on the COVID-19 outbreak, as the country moves to roll back harsh antivirus restrictions.

The popular Sina Weibo social media platform said it had addressed 12,854 violations including attacks on experts, scholars and medical workers and issued temporary or permanent bans on 1,120 accounts.

The ruling Communist Party had largely relied on the medical community to justify its tough lockdowns, quarantine measures and mass testing, almost all of which it abruptly abandoned last month, leading to a surge in new cases that have stretched medical resources to their limits. The party allows no direct criticism and imposes strict limits on free speech.

The company “will continue to increase the investigation and cleanup of all kinds of illegal content and create a harmonious and friendly community environment for the majority of users," Sina Weibo said in a statement dated Thursday.

Webmaster addition: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Tags: CHINA, CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 10 15:03

The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday requested a 'damage assessment' after 10 classified documents were found in President Joe Biden's former office at a Washington think tank in early November. 

Rep. Mike Turner sent a letter to the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines asking for an immediate review after Biden 'removed, and then retained highly classified information at an undisclosed and unsecure non-government office in Washington, D.C., for a period of at least six years.'

'This discovery of classified information would put President Biden in potential violation of laws protecting national security, including the Espionage Act and Presidential Records Act,' Turner said. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 10 14:56

President Joe Biden, for the second day in a row, dodged questions about the classified documents found at his think tank in Washington DC, as a new report claims the files contained information on Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom.

Biden, who is in Mexico City for a meeting of the 'Three Amigos,' ignored questions shouted to him by reporters during his sit-down with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday.

"Mr President, did you mishandle classified documents?' a member of the press corps shouted at him.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 10 14:10

Since annual wealth accrued by the wealthy is not taxable income. Only when sold, those assets are considered income.

When Donald Trump was running for president in 2016, he declined to release his tax returns since he was being audited, which is not uncommon for people in his income bracket. But Democratic operatives for Hillary Clinton claimed he was hiding information that would disqualify him for office.

“It is obvious Donald Trump has done a lot of things he needs to hide from voters.” – Hillary Clinton

The U.S. Constitution sets forth a very limited list of qualifications for those running for president: a candidate must be a natural-born citizen over the age of 35 who has lived in the United States for at least 14 years. The Supreme Court has ruled against states adding any additional requirements.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said, “I can’t find out why this is a big issue to the liberals?” Rudy Giuliani, retorted, “The way media is treating this shows why nobody would want to release their tax returns. His political opponents will go through them and make issues out of non-issues.”

During Trump’s entire tenure as president, Democrats, liberal media and progressive naysayers invented and theorized reasons why Trump refused to reveal his tax returns. And these same groups did not mention that Trump gave back most of his salary to the government. During the pandemic, he gave his entire paycheck to the FDA to help develop the COVID-19 vaccine.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TAXES
Posted on: Jan 10 14:08

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters Monday that he plans to remove Democrats Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Ilhan Omar from committees on which they previously served.

Schiff and Swalwell both served on the House Intelligence Committee, with the former serving as Chair. Swalwell also had a role on the Homeland Security Committee. Omar served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

McCarthy particularly pointed to Swalwell, who has been accused of ties to a Chinese spy, as being a security liability on the Intel and Homeland Security committees.

“Swalwell can’t get a security clearance in the private sector. I’m not going to give him a government security clearance,” McCarthy declared.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jan 10 14:06
Wage workers at Disney World in Orlando are set to reject the company’s offer of a $1 per hour pay raise, with the unions representing them arguing that Disney’s offer is woefully inadequate at a time of soaring inflation.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Jan 10 12:40
Iran has sentenced a Belgian aid worker to a lengthy prison term and 74 lashes after convicting him of espionage charges in a closed-door trial, state media reported Tuesday.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Jan 10 12:40
A Georgia mother was shot in an alleged road rage incident Sunday evening on her way home from a monster truck show in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Posted on: Jan 10 12:39
Monday on FNC’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called the House of Representatives in a “stronger place” after he and a group of 20-something other House Republicans forced 15 votes in last week’s Speaker of the House contest.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Jan 10 12:38
Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said in an interview on Monday that he planned to return to his country next month after departing for Florida in December – potentially setting up a legal battle in light of this weekend’s riot in the capital that partially destroyed the headquarters of the three branches of government.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Jan 10 12:37

One week after collapsing on the field during Monday Night Football due to a cardiac arrest, Damar Hamlin has been released from the hospital and finally returned home to Buffalo.

 

Headed home to Buffalo today with a lot of love on my heart. 

Watching the world come together around me on Sunday was truly an amazing feeling.

The same love you all have shown me is the same love that I plan to put back into the world n more.

Bigger than football! 

— 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐧 (@HamlinIsland) January 9, 2023

Hamlin had been in the hospital since his collapse on the field during the January 2nd game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

The incident took place in the first quarter after Hamlin delivered a tackle on Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. After the contact was made, Hamlin stood up only to collapse back on the field.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 10 12:15

U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) Monday against New Jersey’s new gun controls barring licensed concealed carry in “sensitive places.”

On December 22, 2022, Breitbart News reported that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed legislation barring concealed carriers from having guns in “sensitive places” for self-defense. The new law was enacted in response to the Supreme Court of the United States Bruen (2022) decision, which struck down New York’s proper cause requirement for concealed carry permit issuance.

The “sensitive places” in New Jersey’s new law include “schools, courthouses, child care centers, nursing homes, polling places, government buildings, hospitals, bars and restaurants where alcohol is served, airports, parks, beaches, demonstrations, movie theaters, casinos, and other entertainment centers,” NJ.com explained.

A lawsuit was filed, seeking a TRO and a preliminary injunction. The suit was brought by three private individuals, along with the Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, and the Coalition of New Jersey Firearm Owners.

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Posted on: Jan 10 12:14

Fox News reports that in a strange turn of events, the Joker will become pregnant in this story’s latest creation.

The newest story about The Joker and Batman is “The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing.” This is the story in which the Joker becomes pregnant and gives birth to a handsome baby. It sounds incredibly strange to many people because it is. Even DC Comics reveals that this is supposed to be the most bizarre story of the Joker and Batman created by the DC Comics company.

Some readers may think this is an attempt by DC Comics to get in touch with the woke politics of the day, but that is not all there is to this story. It is far more complex than all of that.

Fox News reports that Matthew Rosenberg and Carmine Di Giandomenico are the creators of this latest chapter of the story of the Joker and Batman. The story goes that the Joker becomes pregnant through some curse and gives birth through unnatural vomiting. The point is that it is not necessarily a play at political correctness, but it is still incredibly bizarre to people who are big fans of Batman and the Joker.

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Posted on: Jan 10 12:14

 Recently, a paper was published in the journal Science Immunology showing that people who get “vaccinated” for covid with mRNA suffer immune dysregulation resulting in overproduction of an antibody called IgG4.

This dysregulation means that over time the “fully vaccinated” will lose their generalized immunity and no longer be able to ward off coronaviruses of any kind, including the common cold. (Related: Mass “vaccination” for covid has led to a massive spike in AIDS.)

With each subsequent infection, someone who got all his covid shots will become increasingly more prone to illness. Conversely, those with natural immunity will become less prone to infection because their immune systems function properly and continually learn how to fight mutating disease.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 10 12:13
Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 10 12:06

Russian forces appear close to capturing a small but strategically important town on the front lines of the war in eastern Ukraine.

Russian soldiers and the Wagner group's mercenary fighters were engaged in bitter fighting for the mining town of Soledar, officials in Kyiv and its Western allies said Tuesday, control of which could finally hand them a breakthrough in their bid to seize the key nearby city of Bakhmut.

Moscow’s troops had escalated their assault on defensive positions around Bakhmut, the officials said, after months of fierce fighting that has left the once-thriving city in the industrial Donbas region largely ruined.

Control of Bakhmut would likely be seen as a significant, if costly, victory for the Kremlin, which has suffered repeated setbacks on the battlefield and rare signs of disquiet at home as the war approaches the one-year mark. It would also boost the standing of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner group and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin who has emerged as a public face of the war behind his vocal criticism of Moscow's established military leaders.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 10 12:03

Nishad Singh, the former head of engineering at the collapsed exchange FTX, met with the US federal prosecutors seeking a cooperation deal, according to a Bloomberg report citing people familiar with the matter.

This makes Singh the third member of Sam Bankman-Fried’s inner circle to seek leniency in the fraud case over the FTX collapse. Two of Sam Bankman-Fried's closest former allies—Alameda Research ex-CEO Caroline Ellison and FTX co-founder Gary Wang—have already pleaded guilty to fraud charges and are currently cooperating with the Southern District of New York.

Singh, who has so far not been accused of any wrongdoings, reportedly met the prosecutors in a proffer session in the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office last week.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jan 10 12:03

Minnesota’s teaching licensure board will soon require all teachers to be card-carrying Marxists. The card will literally say “licensed teacher,” but recently approved revisions redefine state licensure in expressly Marxist terms: Academic knowledge is out, and power struggle among the classes is in. To be licensed in Minnesota starting in 2025, every teacher must not merely teach about, but personally advocate, the core tenets of critical race theory and transgender ideology.

The state’s insistence that every teacher positively affirm homosexual behaviors and transgendered identities understandably aggravates consciences among moral traditionalists, but the issues run deeper than the “culture war.” What is at stake is the nature of knowledge, the future of liberty, and the prospects for a sustainable social order. In a word: civilization.

A perfunctory hearing on Aug. 24, 2022, and the resulting order for implementation with slight revisions by a solitary administrative judge in December cemented the new regime. The revised Standards of Effective Practice require radical changes to teachers’ curriculum selection, classroom management style, and self-understanding of the teaching vocation. The education departments at colleges and universities also must document their fulfillment of the new standards or else have their program certifications rescinded by Minnesota’s Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
Posted on: Jan 10 12:02
A federal judge ruled Monday that part of New Jersey’s concealed carry gun law, which dictates where a concealed firearm can be carried, is unconstitutional.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Jan 10 11:58

In December 2021, the US federal debt ceiling was raised by $2.5 trillion to $31.381 trillion, a figure which is expected to last until at least July 2023.

Shortly after Republican Kevin McCarthy prevailed in the battle for the post of House Speaker, debates on whether the US should raise its national debt ceiling returned to the fore.

Let's take a closer look at the matter that has long been a bone of contention for US economists and lawmakers.

What is the US Debt Ceiling?

The debt ceiling is the total maximum amount of money that the United States government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations. These include Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and other payments.

What May Happen if the Debt Limit is Hit?

Breaching the debt limit may lead to a first-ever default for the US government, which in turn is expected to throw the country’s economy into a tailspin.

Whenever the US approached the debt limit – something that has been in place 17 times since 2001 - Congress has voted to raise or suspend the debt ceiling.

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jan 10 11:58

Following the addition of the infamous Dr. Blair Peters to its team, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) has announced an expansion to its “gender-affirming services,” which will now include castration for the purpose of vaginoplasty and the rollout of “neo-penises” made from the skin and flesh of forearms.

Bringing Peters in allowed for a “considerable expansion of OHSU’s gender affirming services,” the hospital announced, adding that the “notable expansion” will allow for more “advances in the robotic vaginoplasty program” as well as the phalloplasty program.

Despite the fact that both surgeries have extraordinarily high complication rates, OHSU is proud to offer them to children – and not just proud but “incredibly proud,” to quote the facility, which wrote in a tweet just after Christmas:

“Wishing each of you a safe and happy New Year. We have every reason to be incredibly proud of the work we’ve accomplished in 2022! Our most recent On The Cutting Edge highlights some of the accomplishments of our team.”

OHSU added that “[m]ultiple divisions continue to grow with new recruits and programs.” (Related: Vanderbilt launched a “Trans Buddies” program to bully more doctors into supporting the transgender mutilation of children.)

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Posted on: Jan 10 11:56

At the end of December, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s Executive Officer David Solomon announced in a traditional year-end message to staff that headcount reduction was just weeks away. As early as this week, thousands of Goldman employees are expected to be fired, Bloomberg reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. 

By mid-week, Goldman will begin the process of firing 3,200 employees -- more than a third of those terminated will be from the investment bank's core trading and banking units. The firings are expected to be the largest ever in its operational history. 

Goldman is also expected to reveal the financials of a new credit card and installment-lending business unit that could record more than $2 billion in pretax losses. 

The expected cuts come as Solomon (or 'DJ D-Sol' by night) went on a hiring spree in recent years. Since the end of 2018, the headcount at the investment bank has humped 34% to more than 49,000. 

And here comes the firing cycle. 

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Jan 10 11:56
A pro-life pregnancy care center is hiring a private investigator to track down pro-abortion activists who firebombed their building, the National Review reported Sunday.
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Posted on: Jan 10 11:56

All eyes are on Bakhmut (Artyomovsk), a Donbass city-turned-meat grinder for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which are sustaining heavy losses there. Mark Sleboda, a US military veteran and international affairs and security analyst, has explained to Sputnik why the city is so important for both sides of the conflict.

“First of all, from a level of its significance, one of the Russian military priorities was to secure all the Donbass, to secure the liberation of the entirety there,” Mark Sleboda told Sputnik. “And that being kind of right in the center of the Donetsk region, Bakhmut has often been called the key to Donetsk. So, of course, all of that area has to be liberated (…) Bakhmut is also a major transport and logistical hub because it’s got two highways that intersected and railroads that run north all the way to Moscow and then they go through south and then bend around down into Donetsk city.”

Second, Bakhmut is the linchpin of the entire second line of defense of the Kiev regime, the US military veteran continued.

“After that, there’s only one last defensive line in Donetsk of any major node between Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, further to the west,” Sleboda noted.

Third, taking Bakhmut threatens further advances and flanks in other directions due to its geographical location. Finally, it would allow greater control of the Donetsk-Seversky Canal, which provides water to Donetsk city, according to the analyst. Sleboda pointed out that the Kiev regime cut off the water supply to Donetsk five years ago. “They did it in Crimea as well,” the analyst added. “Cutting off water is what they do.”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 10 11:56
Disgraced former crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried’s $450 million worth of Robinhood stock has been seized by Justice Department prosecutors.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 10 11:55