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"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Thomas Sowell

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Skepticism is growing that the government of Iran has disbanded its feared morality police, after widespread weekend reports said Tehran took the drastic measure as a compromise in order to appease and soften the still raging 'anti-hijab' protest movement. 

Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri suggested the change was made on Saturday, however this "announcement" that the morality police has been disbanded remained ultra-vague, leading to confusion and rising skepticism.

"The morality police has nothing to do with the judiciary, and it was abolished by those who created it," Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri had said on Saturday, but without elaborating on the surprise assertion. "But of course the judiciary will continue to watch over behavioral actions in the society," he had added.

Tags: IRAN
Posted on: Dec 06 07:06

The ruling class wants the slave class to know that failure to comply with its arbitrary demands of social distancing and masking could result in a “new deadly variant.” Or, as they say, a “drop in COVID alertness” could usher in the next plandemic.

Well, at least we already know what they’ll blame this next one on: failure to obey your master. The World Health Organization claims that slaves’ unwillingness to continue obedience to their overlords is going to cause a deadly variant.

According to a report by Yahoo News, lapses in strategies to tackle COVID-19 this year continue to create the perfect conditions for a deadly new variant to emerge, as parts of China witness a rise in infections, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The comments by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mark a change in tone just months after he said that the world has never been in a better position to end the pandemic. “We are much closer to being able to say that the emergency phase of the pandemic is over, but we’re not there yet,” Tedros said on Friday.

The global health agency estimates that about 90% of the world’s population now has some level of immunity to SARS-COV-2 either due to prior infection or vaccination. And yet, the ruling class continues to insist we all need to get more shots that obviously don’t work so we can have the immunity that we already have. Tedros confirmed this by saying:

“Gaps in testing … and vaccination are continuing to create the perfect conditions for a new variant of concern to emerge that could cause significant mortality.” They also continue to fear monger that we are going to kill other people if we get sick.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Dec 06 07:05

Central Bank Digital Currencies are the last nail in the coffin of the illusion of freedom. Once they are implemented there will be no freedom, nor will there be any illusions of such.

Humanity is slowly starting to figure out that no one is free. We are owned, governed, and controlled by the ruling class and they treat us as property, taking from us what they want and using it for what they want. That illusion that we have any kind of freedom is about to shatter for those who still can’t see it though. Central Bank Digital Currencies or CBDCs are going to end any semblance of freedom.

Tags: DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY
Posted on: Dec 06 07:03

Dr. Angus Dalgleish, a professor of oncology at St. George’s University of London says that cancer cases have exploded in patients who have been injected with the COVID-19 “vaccines.” The already well-established link between the COVID-19 mRNA shots and blood clots, myocarditis, heart attacks, and strokes is already reason enough to stop the vaccine program, argues a London oncologist.

Add to this the increase in rates of cancer among those who have been injected. In a letter to the British Medical Journal, Dr. Dalgleish wrote to the BMJ’s editor-in-chief, Dr. Kamran Abbasi.:  “As a practicing oncologist I am seeing people with stable disease rapidly progress after being forced to have a booster, usually so they can travel.”

“Even within my own personal contacts I am seeing B cell-based disease after the boosters,” he wrote. “They describe being distinctly unwell a few days to weeks after the booster – one developing leukemia, two work colleagues Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and an old friend who has felt like he has had Long Covid since receiving his booster and who, after getting severe bone pain, has been diagnosed as having multiple metastases from a rare B cell disorder.”

According to a report by WND, Dalgleish said he has enough experience in the field “to know that these are not the coincidental anecdotes that many suggest, especially as the same pattern is being seen in Germany, Australia, and the USA.”

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Dec 06 07:02

It is becoming clear day by day why the mainstream media has been so against Elon Musk buying Twitter for as they say in law enforcement, there is a “Blue Code” where cops do not rat on cops and the same is true about judges. Mainstream media is so LEFT it has forgotten how to walk a straight line.  They are no longer the free press – they are propaganda organizations for the takeover of our country and in the process, they will cause civil war and the collapse of Western culture. The Biden Administration clearly violated the law by telling Twitter to delete photos of Hunter smoking crack cocaine which anyone else would be in prison.

The chaos and confusion behind closed doors at Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the October 2020 surface of Hunter Biden’s Laptop from Hell, has exposed that the very top-level execs at Twitter decided to label the New York Post’s story as “hacked material” without any evidence — behind the back of then-CEO and founder Jack Dorsey. Historically, those on the LEFT have always done whatever it takes to win for their very basic philosophy is to dominate society and to shut down all resistance.

The New York Times called on President Biden to create a “Reality Czar” to shut down all dissent, which they immediately label conspiracy theories without any real investigation. CNN has called on cable companies to drop Fox News as if everything CNN says is the gospel. We are living in a world where mainstream media has become the enemy of the people pushing a political agenda no different than the New York Times during the 1930s was urging Roosevelt to adopt communism.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 06 07:02

Explosions hit two Russian air bases deep inside Russian territory early Monday morning, killing three Russian soldiers and damaging two aircraft, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Blasts were reported at the Dyagilevo airfield in the Ryazan Oblast and Engels airfield in the Saratov Oblast, two locations that are over 250 miles from the Ukrainian border. The Russian Defense Ministry said the attacks were carried out by Ukraine using a number of drones.

Kyiv hasn’t taken official credit for the attack, but an anonymous senior Ukrainian official speaking to The New York Times said Ukrainian forces were responsible. The official said the drones were launched from Ukrainian territory and claimed one strike was made with the help of Ukrainian special forces inside Russia. The Times report said that the Engels airfield houses some Russian long-range nuclear-capable bombers.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 06 07:01

Former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton said Monday on NBC’s steaming show “Meet the Press Now” that he is prepared to run for president as a Republican to stop his former boss from winning the presidency.

Bolton said, “Donald Trump, if he were to take the oath of office again, God forbid, would either be lying about preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution or maybe he wouldn’t say it at all. You can’t have this kind of approach. It’s not something one can disagree with. This is foundational to the republic.”

He continued, “There’s one thing that would get me to get into the presidential race, which I looked at in prior elections. It would be to make it clear to the people of this country that Donald Trump is unacceptable as the Republican nominee.”

Host Kristen Welker said, “You are essentially telling us you would consider getting into the 2024 race for president.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 06 06:59

Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Rachel Levine speaks after having attended a roundtable on gender-affirming care and transgender health, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Biden Administration’s Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine called on doctors to serve as “ambassadors” in the attempt to normalize transgenderism.

Levine, a man who identifies as a woman, remarked “I encourage all of you to think of yourself as ambassadors to your communities, ambassadors for science,” as well as for “compassion” and for “care.”

“These conversations don’t need to be limited or restricted to a medical setting,” Levine added.

“Offer yourselves as informational resources not just for youth but for school teachers, principals, school boards, professional organizations, recreation centers, county commissioners, and others who would benefit from this information and your perspective,” Levine noted. He added, “Please proactively seek out opportunities to speak about what you know.”

Levine went on to say, “We need to have these conversations that question the assumptions that are underlying today’s attacks on trans people. Pushing back the veil of ignorance demands this extra effort.”

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Dec 06 06:57

Global arms sales rose by nearly two percent in 2021 ahead of the Ukraine conflict, an international arms sales watchdog noted Monday. The 12-month jump represents the seventh consecutive year of increases.

In dollar terms, arms sales in 2021 reached $592 billion, up 1.9 percent overall which was higher than the previous period but lagged behind for the four years leading up to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the war in Ukraine has increased demand, supply chain restrictions driven by the same conflict have impacted supply, not least because Russia is a major supplier of raw materials used in arms production, AP reports.

This confluence of supply and demand could hamper efforts in the U.S. and Europe to strengthen their armed forces and replenish their stockpiles after sending billions of dollars’ worth of ammunition and other equipment to Ukraine, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) outlined.

Tags: ECONOMY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 06 06:56

Ben Shapiro and his employee Matt Walsh are being accused of "setting up the narrative" for Kanye "Ye" West to be suicided.

Shapiro labeled Ye a "vile racist and anti-Semite" last week --- no doubt he's deeply concerned about his health.

Ye mocked Netanyahu during his interview with Alex Jones on Thursday and wondered if the Prime Minister might have him killed for his political views.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
Posted on: Dec 06 06:55

There was a time when the disclosure of a back channel for politically motivated censorship would have generated widespread acclaim and called for awards. This is not that time. Just ask Matt Taibbi.

No one is suggesting that the New York Post should receive a Pulitzer Prize for its long fight to prove the truth about the Hunter Biden laptop. Despite an alliance of most of the media and political establishment arrayed against it, the New York Post fought censorship and unrelenting attacks to bring this massive influence peddling operation to light.  (Of course, the New York Times and Washington Post can keep Pulitzer Prizes for reporting on debunked Russian collusion claims created and pushed by the Clinton campaign).

In the case of journalist Matt Taibbi, his analysis of thousands of documents has met with the standard scorched earth campaign from liberal reporters and pundits.

As discussed in today’s Hill column, the document dump confirmed what had long been suspected: Biden and Democratic party officials succeeded in getting Twitter to block the New York Post story and suspend those who even tried to retweet or link to the story before the election.

I will not repeat the content of those emails on how Twitter “handled” demands from the Biden campaign and the DNC for censorship. Musk gave the material to Taibbi to synthesize the voluminous record.  That is when the familiar media flash mob formed.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 06 06:51

new survey indicates that Americans’ support for Kiev is slipping. According to polling conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the number of citizens who want the White House to pursue a diplomatic path is nearly equal to those who advocate indefinite military aid to Ukraine. 

The survey shows a declining number of Republicans who want to give military assistance to Kiev, carrying on a six-month trend. Global Affairs polling in March found that 80% of GOP-leaning respondents wanted the White House to arm Ukraine. That number declined to 64% in July, and was down to 55% in the latest poll released on Sunday. Democratic Party support has also dropped, though at a slower pace. 

Additionally, the results show waning approval for the Joe Biden administration’s policy regarding the war in Ukraine. The US and its NATO partners have committed to providing the country with military aid for as long as it needs to win the war, all the while urging Kiev not to negotiate with Moscow. 

Tags: PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Dec 06 06:47

The US Army is planning a “dramatic” increase in the production of 155mm artillery rounds as the US has sent a staggering amount of ammunition to Ukraine over the past eight months.

According to a Pentagon fact sheet released at the end of November, the US has sent Ukraine 924,000 155mm artillery rounds to Ukraine since February 24. The US currently makes 14,000 155mm rounds each month, but the Army is set to ramp that up.

“Funding is already in place, contracts are underway to basically triple 155mm production,” Doug Bush, the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, told Defense News. “There’s funding on the Hill, in the supplemental, to more than double that again. That would take a period of years.”

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 06 06:47

Papua New Guinea cannot afford to be caught in a standoff between the US, Australia, and China, the country’s prime minister told The Guardian.

Prime Minister James Marape was invited to Washington in September for a summit with other Pacific nations as the US is looking to gain influence in the region to counter China. Marape said that he told President Biden that the US seems very “far away” from Papua New Guinea and that the country couldn’t afford to alter its current trade relationships.

“So keep your debates to yourselves and your fights to yourselves. Your enemy is not my enemy, that’s a line that is emerging in the Pacific,” Marape told The Guardian. He said because the country is still an “emerging economy” it “cannot afford the standoff between our trading partners.”

Tags: AUSTRALIA, CHINA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Dec 06 06:46

Incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signed a coalition agreement with Religious Zionism party leader Bezalel Smotrich that will give the far-right politician unprecedented authority over the policy on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and relations with the Palestinians.

Why it matters: Smotrich, a radical right-wing settler known for his Jewish supremacist rhetoric, supports the annexation of the West Bank and the expansion of settlements. He has also called for increasing the number of evictions and demolitions of Palestinian houses in the area of the West Bank that is not controlled by the Palestinian Authority, known as Area C.

  • Smotrich's expected appointment comes as the West Bank experiences some of the highest tensions and worst violence since the second intifada two decades ago. U.S. diplomats and Israeli security officials are concerned that further deterioration in the security situation in the West Bank could lead to a third Intifada.
Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE
Posted on: Dec 06 06:46

The Ronald Reagan Institute has released its annual poll on Americans’ trust in its military, and not surprisingly, it’s still in the dumps. While the organization says the free fall from 70 percent just five years ago is “stabilizing,” the fact is that only 48 percent of respondents expressed “a great deal of trust and confidence” in the institution — just three points up from 2021.

I wrote about the possible reasons for this last year. The organization’s head, Richard Zakheim, had acknowledged that the 2021 poll did not drill down on the reasons why respondents had lost faith in the one institution that up until then had still been held in high esteem by most Americans. He speculated that it was due to over-politicization, like the National Guard being used to crack down on protesters during the George Floyd protests in 2020. I thought that was ignoring the role our 20-years of failed wars had played in the perception of the military’s honesty and competence.

Well this year, the institute did ask the question, and the results are more mixed than either of us had anticipated.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 06 06:45

Russia has agreed to supply crude oil, diesel, and gasoline to Pakistan at discounts, Pakistan’s Minister of State for Petroleum, Musadik Malik, said on Monday.   

Monday saw the beginning of the EU embargo and the associated price cap of $60 per barrel on Russian crude oil, which the EU and the G7 imposed in order to reduce Putin’s oil revenues but keep Russian oil flowing.   

Many large customers in Asia haven’t joined the price cap mechanism, but China and India, for example – Russia’s top crude oil buyers now – are demanding steep discounts for the Russian grades.

Pakistan, for its part, has struggled a lot with procuring energy this year after the surge in prices for oil, natural gas, and coal.

Malik led a visit to Russia last month, and now, he told local media, “Our visit to Russia turned out to be more productive than planned.”

The minister, however, didn’t go into details whether Pakistan’s crude oil imports from Russia would comply with the $60 price cap, or how much the discount was.

Tags: ECONOMY, PAKISTAN/ INDIA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Dec 06 06:45

Israel’s Elbit Systems was among the world’s top arms manufacturers last year, leading a Middle Eastern region that saw weapons sales grow more than anywhere else in the world, according to research published Monday.

Globally, sales of arms and military services among the world’s top 100 arms companies grew to $592 billion in 2021, according to the latest report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The 1.9 percent rise came even as the industry was limited by worldwide supply issues related to the pandemic, with the war in Ukraine increasing demand while worsening supply difficulties.

Tags: ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 06 06:44

The war in Ukraine has put the European Union’s expansion at the top of the agenda as officials from the Western Balkans and EU leaders gather Tuesday for a summit intended to reinvigorate the whole enlargement process.

The EU’s executive commission has repeatedly promised Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia that they have futures within the bloc. But the progress of the six nations toward getting there stalled in recent years.

As the war in nearby Ukraine rages, Albanian Prime Minister and summit host Edi Rama called for the EU to turns its words into action.

“You need the Balkans - Western Balkans - as much as the Western Balkans need the EU,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We have to face the future more and more together.”

The EU last admitted a new member — Croatia, which is also part of the Balkans — in 2013. Before that, Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007. With the withdrawal of the United Kingdom in 2021, the EU now has 27 member nations.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Dec 06 06:43

Thousands of people have braved freezing temperatures in Mongolia’s capital to protest against alleged corruption in the country’s coal industry and soaring inflation, with some later attempting to storm government house.

Protesters, many of them young people, rallied in Ulaanbaatar’s central Sukhbaatar Square in -21C (-6F) temperatures on Monday, demanding “justice” aga