COMING UP SHORT THIS MONTH.
Thought for the day
"The first panacea of a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permeant ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." -- Ernest Hemingway
The chief executive of a Boston-based tech firm told investors that he has been “praying for inflation” because it’s good for his business, according to a report.
William Meaney, CEO data storage and management company Iron Mountain, told Wall Street analysts last week that high prices benefit the company’s margins, which is why he has been “doing my inflation dance praying for inflation,” according to audio of the speech obtained by the news site The Intercept.
Meaney told investors on Sept. 20 that raising prices “obviously covers our increased costs, but … a lot of that flows down to the bottom line.”
After Hurricane Ian swept through Florida on Thursday, the storm left millions without power, and officials are predicting there may be hundreds of fatalities.
“Fatalities are in the hundreds,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told Good Morning America on Thursday.
Ian was moving northeast across Florida at about 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph at 5 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. However, the agency warned that Ian could pick back up and reach hurricane strength as it reaches Florida’s east coast on Saturday, posing risks to Georgia and the Carolinas.
Two CNN reporters are facing intense backlash after attempting to use Hurricane Ian to take political shots at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis; Ian is in the top 5 most dangerous hurricanes Florida has ever faced.
…but CNN had to try and score some political points.
According to The Dialy Wire, CNN reporter Steve Contorno tweeted, “As DeSantis prepares Floridians for Ian, he is urging residents to heed advice from the same local leaders he suggested they ignore during COVID and praising a federal agency he previously alleged withheld aid to the state bc Biden was playing politics.”
U.S. home prices fell in July over the previous month, marking the first nationwide monthly decline since 2012.
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index report indicates that prices across the country fell between June and July by 0.2% after seasonal adjustment. The more narrow 10-City Composite index fell by 0.5% and the 20-City Composite was off by 0.4%.
Even though home prices fell month-over-month, they were still holding higher than they were in July of 2021. On the year-over-year index, prices were up nationally by 15.8%. However, that was a substantial drop from the 18.1% year-over-year number from June.
US Vice President Kamala Harris is on a trip to Japan and South Korea, her first visit to Japan and her second to Asia since taking office early last year. Ahead of the US midterm elections in November, Harris has increased her attacks on China, something she has not stopped doing since arriving in Japan on September 26 for the state funeral of assassinated former leader Shinzo Abe.
During a meeting in Tokyo on September 26, the American Vice President and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned China’s actions in the Taiwan Strait. A White House statement described Beijing’s actions in the Taiwan Strait as “aggressive and irresponsible provocations.”
Meanwhile, a series of visits to Taiwan by senior US officials and the increased US supply of weapons to the island have heightened tension in the region. It is evident that China’s actions are only a response against US-instigated provocations.
With these statements, the US has increased propaganda and support for actions against China. There is growing Western desire to erode the “One China” principle and Japan is increasingly participating in these actions. For Beijing, it is not just a matter of military exercises, warships passing through the Taiwan Strait and arms shipments to Taiwan, but an intensification of Western propaganda to put psychological pressure on China and normalise the idea of an independent Taiwan.
Russia’s foreign ministry has said that leaks on the Nord Stream pipelines were in a zone controlled by US intelligence services, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday, as a fourth leak was reported.
In recent days, European Union member states have been investigating sudden and unexplained leaks in the gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea.
The pipelines link Russia to Germany and have been at the centre of geopolitical tensions as Moscow cut gas supplies to Europe in suspected retaliation against Western sanctions following the Ukraine invasion.
Washington has rejected previous insinuations from Moscow that it was behind the leaks, calling them “ridiculous”.
Russia has said suggestions from European officials that Moscow sabotaged the pipelines were predictably “stupid”.
Former First Lady Melania Trump has announced that she is selling new nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and Christmas ornaments that she designed.
Russell Brand says YouTube censored his popular channel over his discussions about COVID-19 — so he is now moving to their competitor Rumble.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office has responded to students walking out of school this week in protest of the new state guidelines for how schools handle transgender issues.
Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered remarks at a White House conference on hunger, nutrition and health.
US military helicopters habitually and on numerous occasions circled for hours over the site of the Nord Stream pipelines incident near Bornholm Island earlier in September, Flightradar24 data showed.
Earlier this month, a US Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter spent hours loitering over the location of the damaged natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea near Bornholm for several days in a row, September 1, 2, and 3, in particular.
Denmark's maritime traffic agency and Sweden's Maritime Authority on Monday reported a "dangerous" gas leak in the Baltic Sea close to the route of the inactive Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which experienced an unexplained drop in pressure.
The Ukrainian army has attacked a refugee convoy in the eastern region of Kharkov, killing over 30 people, according to the Lugansk People’s Republic’s envoy to Russia.
Rodion Miroshnik wrote on his Telegram channel that those killed in the artillery bombardment included children. He added that emergency services are unable to access the bodies, as shelling from Kiev’s forces continues. The republic’s health ministry stated that seven other people were injured, including two children who lost their parents in the shelling.
Miroshnik claimed the Ukrainian army knew exactly who they were shooting at, as they had allegedly used drones to track down the refugee vehicle convoy and were “intentionally aiming at civilians.” Kiev has yet to respond to the allegations.
Illegal immigration continues to make cities unsafe.
As unlawful immigrants flood border towns, businesses shutter their doors, and residents train their children to use weapons. The new Legislation will allow towns and cities to take control because the Biden administration refuses to.
According to Fox News, “Legislation introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley on Tuesday would allow states to enforce federal immigration law.” This legislation “includes the deportation of illegal immigrants. Senator Hawley calls for the US to ‘take the gloves off to fight unlawful immigration.”
Either the United States bombed the pipes directly, or the US puppet state “Ukraine” bombed the pipes in the name of the Western war on Russia.
There is no other possibility.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has asked who the EU intends to punish with the “strongest possible response” for damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines.
The diplomat said Poland’s former foreign minister has already identified the US as the party behind the apparent sabotage. Radoslaw Sikorski is well connected to Washington elites through his employment at various think tanks.
The two Nord Stream pipelines were seriously damaged this week in what is suspected to have been a deliberate attack.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday called the incident “sabotage action” and warned that “any deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest possible response.”
The Washington Post website pushes its follow-up story on the the sabotage of three of the four Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia to Germany way down the site. This rather dull article more or less assumes the Russians Dun It but devotes much of its moderate length to analyzing the methane release from a global warming standpoint (which is minor):
Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered remarks from the Rose Garden to celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act and mark Disability Pride Month.
The Spanish Minister of Equality Irene Montero recently spoke before a legislative commission and said that children “have the right to know that they can love and have sexual relations with ANYONE that they want” and that no adult may touch a child’s body, but only “if they don’t want them to.”
Less than a day after being released from prison on no bail for failing to register as a sex offender, the ex-con is back behind bars for attempted kidnapping and battery.
It was reported earlier today that a young man and recent graduate from Temple University was gunned down in Philidelphia.
The Baltic Pipe Project is a strategic gas infrastructure project with the goal of creating a new gas supply corridor in the European market.
The Baltic Pipe Project will allow transport of gas from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets, as well as to end-users in neighbouring countries. At the same time, the Baltic Pipe Project will enable the supply of gas from Poland to the Danish market.
The project is being developed in collaboration between the Danish gas and electricity transmission system operator Energinet and the Polish gas transmission system operator GAZ-SYSTEM.
Moscow insists on a probe into the circumstances of "unprecedented attacks" on Russian Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Russian embassy to the United States said on Wednesday.
"We note the attempts by some U.S. legislators to put blame on Russia for the incidents that occurred on Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines," it said. "Perhaps, they have a better view from the top of Capitol Hill. But if that is the case, they must also have seen the U.S. warships’ activities at the very site of the Russian infrastructure disruption just the day before. Or noticed drones and helicopters fly over there. Or observed U.S. Navy exercises with underwater explosives that have been conducted in the same area some time ago. Finally, they should have recalled the promises made by President Biden to "bring an end" to the Nord Stream 2 project."
The New START Treaty is nearing its expiration and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is experiencing serious shocks, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said in an article published on the website of the US’ National Interest magazine on Wednesday.
He noted that the situation in the sphere of arms control is deplorable. "The ABM and INF treaties have sunk into oblivion. The Open Skies Treaty has virtually ceased to exist," he said. "The New START Treaty is approaching the end of its duration and, as we have repeatedly said, is not fully implemented by the American side. The NPT is experiencing serious shocks."
"No one can foretell what will happen next," he stressed, adding that "all of this is a result of U.S. policy." "Washington withdrew from the treaties in order to gain security advantages, especially in confronting Russia. It is in a constant search for opportunities to achieve global military dominance," he explained.
US President Joe Biden should issue a reply as to whether the United States had carried out its threat over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
"US President Joe Biden must answer the question of whether the United States carried out its threat on September 25 and 26 when an emergency was reported at three lines of Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, which has been preliminarily recognized as ruptures, whereas he suggested those were blown up," the Russian diplomat said on her Telegram channel. On it, she posted a video in which the US leader delivers the speech in question.
"His statement of intent was backed up with a promise. One must be responsible for one’s words. Failure to understand what one says does not absolve anyone of responsibility. Europe must know the truth!" Zakharova emphasized.
Moscow is warning Washington and London against reckless moves that could push the situation around Ukraine to a dangerous point, Konstantin Gavrilov, head of the Russian delegation at the Vienna talks on military security and arms control, said on Wednesday.
He made the statement in a speech at the plenary session of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation.
"By modernizing its own nuclear potential, Washington is encouraging an irresponsible escalation of nuclear rhetoric by its allies in London, who openly declare their unconditional readiness to press the ‘red button’ if necessary. We are warning Washington and London against rash steps that could bring the situation around Ukraine closer to a dangerous point," he w
Another natural gas pipeline has apparently been blown up.
Reports are now flooding-in of a massive pipeline explosion in (or near) the northern boundary of Kherson Oblast, one of the regions where a recently finished Public Referendum saw that region vote to leave Ukraine and join Russia.
Reports are sketchy right now, and information is hard to come by, but according to maps of the gas line network inside Ukraine, this particular pipeline is likely to be the SOYUZ pipeline from Russia to Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey.
Again, information is sketchy right now.
What __is__ confirmed is that there has been a massive gas pipeline explosion inside Ukraine.
"Afghan national Alif Khan told Amnesty International that he was held in US custody in Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan for five days in May 2002. He said that he was held in handcuffs, waist chains, and leg shackles for the whole time, subjected to sleep deprivation, denied water for prayer or washing, and was kept in a cage-like structure with eight people.” Amnesty International
Myers Enterprises located in the US State of Denver, Colorado, produces the "stun cuff” that shocks unruly prisoners back to order. It takes international orders. Axon Enterprise made $863 million in revenue in 2021 with one of its core product being the Taser, according to its Investor Slide Deck. There are 960 thousand Tasers floating around the United States and in Europe. Axon sells a number of other products particularly integrated computing observation and reporting systems. While there are complaints about deaths involving Taser's, or what are known as Conducting Electricity Devices (CED's), in June 2022 the Office of Justice Programs found that. "law enforcement need not refrain from deploying CEDs, provided the devices are used in accordance with accepted national guidelines.” Meanwhile, Amnesty International in a December 2020 report seeks strict controls on CED's (good luck with that). Since a Taser is a form of gun, it falls, arguably, under the protection of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution (the right to keep and bear arms).
NATO member countries conducted drills in July using deep-sea equipment near the Nord Streams leaks site, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.
"In July, there were NATO drills with the use of deep-sea equipment in the area of the island of Bornholm," she said.
Zakharova also stressed that the region was crammed with NATO infrastructure.
On Tuesday, the Nord Stream AG company reported that three threads of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 offshore gas pipelines had suffered unprecedented damage on Monday. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Moscow was "deeply concerned about the news" and did not rule out that the pipelines’ operation could have been disrupted by an act of sabotage. Swedish seismologists later reported that two explosions had been recorded along the Nord Stream pipelines on Monday.
The US and some other Western countries announced the evacuation of their citizens from the Russian territory. In a context of tensions between Moscow and NATO, this type of attitude sounds like a threat, further worsening the scenario of global security crisis.
The US State Department has asked Russia-based American citizens to leave the country immediately. The appeal was posted on the website of the US Embassy in Russia. The justification for the advice was that Moscow could mobilize citizens who have dual nationality, which is why foreigners based in Russia should flee as quickly as possible, before they are mobilized for combat on Ukrainian soil. The statement also highlights that there are currently a limited number of flights from Russia to other countries, and tickets for the next dates may not be available, so US citizens residing in Russia should hurry to leave.
It is interesting to analyze the communiqué issued by the Embassy when the reality of the mobilization promoted by Russia is not only partial but also absolutely moderate. The call-up of combatants has been promoted in a balanced way, with no urgency for foreign citizens to flee in a hurry to avoid being mobilized. Moscow has shown no interest in forcing foreign nationals with Russian passports to serve in the special military operation, which makes the American narrative weak and unsubstantiated.