Thought for the day

"The Elderly are useless eaters." -- Henry Kissinger, Quoted in the book "The Final Days".

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Mastercard lost an appeal in a London court on Tuesday against a ruling in a 10 billion pound-plus ($12 billion-plus) collective action that allows the claims of around three million people who have died since the lawsuit began to continue.

The global payments processor is facing a lawsuit brought by consumer champion Walter Merricks on behalf of approximately 46 million adults in the United Kingdom, which became the first mass consumer action to be approved in the UK in 2021.

The case was certified last year after a nearly five-year journey from the first-instance Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), which initially refused to give the go-ahead, to the UK Supreme Court and back.

In March, the CAT said the date for determining whether members of the claimant class are based in the UK should be when the case was filed in 2016, meaning the claims of roughly three million people who had died since could be continued by their estates.

Posted on: Nov 30 10:04

Several names of Chinese policy experts mysteriously disappeared from websites for a prominent Washington DC think tank just a week after Daily Caller News Foundation revealed that some of those experts had direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace had at least 16 expert’s names disappear from their website after the revelations. The Daily Caller News Foundation revealed 20 individuals with ties to the CCP, so more names might disappear from the website soon.

Posted on: Nov 30 10:03
Rachel Maddow claimed that Devin Nunes never handed over a package he received from Andriy Derkach, a pro-Russia Ukrainian legislator to the FBI.
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Posted on: Nov 30 10:02
A woman has just filed a lawsuit claiming billionaire former CEO of Apollo Leon Black raped her inside Jeffery Epstein’s Manhattan Mansion over 20 years ago.
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Posted on: Nov 30 10:01
For the first time in centuries, the majority of England is no longer majority Christian.
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Posted on: Nov 30 10:00
A flight attendant died suddenly following a heart attack while working on a trip from Bahrain to Paris.
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Posted on: Nov 30 09:59

The Democrat Governor of Colorado says that he does not endorse the assault weapons ban proposed by President Joe Biden.

Governor Jared Polis took a stand against his party on this one. However, he says he is willing to look closer at licensing requirements for high-powered weapons within the state. Thus, he takes things a step further than many Republicans would like, but at least he is not going as far as fully signing on to an assault weapons ban.

Polis spoke with NBC News about this stand and said: “In Colorado, we have a magazine limit – 15 bullets, no more than 15 bullets in a magazine. So effectively, it reduces the ability of high-powered weapons to do harm. So look, I think all these things, including the red flag law, and expanding its use should really be looked at.”

Posted on: Nov 30 09:58

For decades, it has been an open secret that many among the elite are deeply attracted to practices that are unspeakably evil.  But for most of that time, those that were engaged in such practices tried very hard to hide their involvement.  Unfortunately, societal attitudes have changed very rapidly in recent years, and that means that many among the elite no longer feel that it is necessary to hide who they really serve.  Some of the things that I am going to share with you in this article are very disturbing, but it is imperative for all of us to fully understand what we are now facing.

Let me start by discussing Disney, because at one time Disney was one of the few entertainment giants that parents could trust to produce family-friendly material that was safe for children.

Of course that has now completely changed, and at this point Disney is constantly making headlines due to the extremely alarming content that it is continuously putting out.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:50

Webmaster addition: The older I get, the more disappointed I am with my own species.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:49

As the UK faces a severe economic downturn and cost of living crisis brought on by rising inflation, the impact of COVID and Brexit, close observers of the British defense industry are wondering if the situation will lead to a surge of takeovers by US and foreign investors, -‘Breaking Defense’ admits.

Interest from across the Atlantic in UK military technologies has been plainly obvious for decades, making acquisitions a common but no less worrying aspect of the British defense scene.

Multiple UK defense companies routinely trade “at a discount versus their US peers,” said Kai Balder, Partner at Roland Berger, a strategic consultancy firm. “The share price of aerospace and defense companies that predominantly sold to the US defense market were least impacted by COVID, but companies outside the US and who were exposed to civil aerospace, were most severely impacted, among those were UK companies.”

Posted on: Nov 30 09:48

Here in Bucharest, NATO Foreign Ministers will address ways to step up our support for Ukraine, as well as other partners facing Russian pressure – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Moldova.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:47

The civilized world does not need NATO, a "criminal organization" whose member states account for just about 12% of the world’s population, Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.

"NATO countries account for not more than 12% of the planet’s population. The civilized world does not need this organization. It should repent before the humanity and dissolve itself on the grounds of being a criminal organization," Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel.

According to the Russian security official, NATO "easily forgot" what it had done all over the world, including orchestrating state coups and toppling legitimate state leaders. The organization and its leadership also seem to have forgotten about numerous civilian casualties, caused by its operations and arms supplies to extremist regimes, Medvedev added.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:46

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev has warned that Patriot systems and their personnel will become legitimate targets for the Russian army in case they are supplied to Kiev.

"If, as [NATO Secretary General Jens] Stoltenberg has hinted, NATO supplies Patriot systems with NATO personnel to Kiev fanatics, they will immediately become a legitimate target for our armed forces," he wrote on his Telegram channel on Tuesday, adding that he hopes that NATO understands that.

Earlier in the day, Stoltenberg told a news conference after the first day of the NATO ministerial meeting that NATO is discussing the issue of possible supplies of Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:46

UK politicians should reflect on whether baseless anti-Russian propaganda amounts to hate-speech, which the West opposes so much, the Russian embassy to the United Kingdom said in a comment to TASS.

The embassy said it was outraged by "the apparent willingness of prominent UK officials to uncritically reproduce the vile and primitive anti-Russian propaganda of the Kiev regime."

Among other things, Russian diplomats noted recent remarks by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who claimed on Monday that the Russian military was setting up booby-trapped toys and installing torture chambers in Kherson. Meanwhile, earlier that day UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly "seemed to imply the responsibility of Russian Armed Forces in committing 'atrocities' of a sexual nature."

Posted on: Nov 30 09:45

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has held meetings with the foreign ministers of Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Finland, and Sweden, who earlier arrived in Kiev.

"This visit to Ukraine is a gesture of the partner countries' strong support and solidarity with Ukraine, especially at a time of serious challenges. I am grateful to the Baltic and Northern Europe states for their unfailingly active and efficient assistance for Ukraine in defending its territorial integrity and independence," Ukrainian media outlets quoted Zelensky as saying in a social media post. According to the presidential website, Zelensky also highlighted the challenges of the winter period and emphasized the need to provide urgent support to the Ukrainian energy system.

Furthermore, he underscored the importance of these countries' participation in implementing the Grain from Ukraine humanitarian initiative, which was suggested by Ukraine, and the significant role of each partner's financial contribution to maintaining food security worldwide.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:45

The US authorities have allocated vast funds to help Ukraine but have no precise information on how the money was used, Senator Bill Hagerty (Republican, Tennessee) said during a hearing of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

The hearing was devoted to nominations to a number of posts. One of the speakers was Richard Weiner, nominated to be United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Speaking about the bank’s potential effort to raise funds for rebuilding Ukraine, Weiner said: "Oversight is critical, accountability is critical, transparency is critical."

"We’ve got to make sure the money is spent for its intended uses. Ukraine is historically considered the third most corrupt country in Europe. And we’ve got to make sure that high integrity standards are applied to American taxpayers’ dollars spent in support of Ukraine," he added.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:43

French retail chain Fnac has stopped selling a card game based around the far-left extremist group Antifa after a complaint by a French police union, removing the item from their website.

The French retailer removed the “Antifa: the Game” product from their website after complaints on social media over the weekend when the Union of Commissioners of the National Police (SCPN), a national police union, and members of the populist National Rally (RN) highlighted the game.

The game had been on sale on the retailer’s website since November 10th but was removed on Sunday evening, broadcaster BFMTV reports.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:42

Kari Lake has spoken out against the rigged and conflict-ridden Arizona Midterm Elections, which were certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and several other counties today.

The Gateway Pundit reported earlier that the corrupt Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to certify the rigged election that was overseen by MAGA-hating RINOs, a Katie Hobbs surrogate, and radical leftist gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs.

Today, Maricopa County certified its rotten election, despite hours of witness testimony of wrongdoing and an extremely flawed election in the public comment portion of their meeting.

Many in the audience pointed out the clear conflicts of interest in this election as well.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:41

Adam Schiff is living up to his shady reputation.

He has admitted that the Democrats will erase evidence so the Republicans cannot get it before they take over the House at the start of the new year.

The Washington Examiner reported that Schiff stated, “The evidence will all be made public. Now, we will have to make sure that we scrub that evidence for personally identifiable information, that the evidence that we provide protects people’s security, it doesn’t put them at risk. So, there are things that we’re going to have to do along those lines.”

Posted on: Nov 30 09:37

A 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy has been arrested in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl.

Joshua Cooper is being charged as an adult with criminal homicide, possessing instruments of crime and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, police said in a statement.

According to a Bensalem Police Department news release, police received a 911 call on Friday to alert them about the incident.

“The caller stated that her daughter received an Instagram video chat from a 16-year-old acquaintance.  During the video chat, the 16-year-old stated that he had just killed someone,” the release stated.

“He then flipped the video image and showed the legs and feet of someone covered in blood.  He then asked for assistance with disposal of the body.”

Posted on: Nov 30 09:35

Fearing what a conservative Supreme Court might do, Democrats are rushing through a bill to “protect” same-sex marriage. Their latest bill is an attempt to force states to recognize these marriages, out of fear that the SCOTUS will soon overturn Obergefell, the ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

Many conservative critics warned that this bill does not fully protect religious Americans who object to same-sex marriage. An amendment protects religious institutions (like churches and schools) but not individuals. But it looks like the Democrats’ own language in the bill could torpedo their own agenda.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:29

Although it is not the optimal tool for every job, a .22 pistol can get a lot done. In my neck of the woods, it is not uncommon at all to see fishermen, hikers, and hunters packing a .22 rimfire. Apparently, such guns also have their uses outside of snake-ridden south Louisiana. Smith & Wesson has been producing compact 22 double-action revolvers for over 100 years with the “kit gun” idea in mind.

Other brands have come along and expanded on the idea to include autoloading pistols and even single-action revolvers. Of the latter, the Heritage Rouge Rider probably reigns supreme. These pot-metal rimfire copies of the old Colt Single Action can be had for under $200 and they shoot straight. Their main competition, in the Ruger Bearcat and Single Six, is more refined but also more expensive by a significant margin. In 2020, Ruger released the Wrangler with all the basic features one would expect on their rimfire revolvers with a Heritage price tag.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:29

Democrats have won a majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years.

The development comes as Donald Trump-endorsed candidates at the top of the ticket underperformed in the Rust Belt and motivated Democrats and independents, leading to mini-blue waves in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Two races remained too close to call for weeks after Election Day. After counting outstanding mail and provisional ballots, Montgomery County officials recorded that Democrat Melissa Cerrato had a 59-vote lead over incumbent Republican Rep. Todd Stephens, who has since conceded.

Webmaster addition: One Pennsylvania county is refusing to certify.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:27

With the 2024 presidential election on the distant horizon, the Republican National Committee is set to determine who will be its chairman for the next term.

So far, two candidates have thrown their hats into the ring: sitting chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

Lindell, a staunch Donald Trump ally, announced his intentions to run on Monday while on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:26

Even as the Daily Mail was using the phrase “curse of the crypto whizz kids” to describe two sudden deaths in the cryptocurrency world, another crypto billionaire was reported dead under circumstances the lend themselves to mystery.

Vyacheslav Taran, 53, head of the Libertex Group crypto exchange died Friday after the helicopter in which he was a passenger crashed, according to the Daily Mail.

His death came two days after Tiantian Kullander, co-founder of the Amber Group, a Hong Kong-based digital asset company, died in his sleep at 30 years old, according to the New York Post.

As if that was not enough to shake up the crypto world reeling from the scandal surrounding the collage of the FTX crypto exchange, Kullander’s death came roughly a month after 29-year-old cryptocurrency success story Nikolai Mushegian was found drowned on a Puerto Rico beach. Mushegian had earlier claimed the CIA and Mossad were out to kill him, according to the Daily Mail.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:20

Four Democratic senators are urging Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to reconsider his department’s plans to prepare for the end of Title 42, a major Trump-era policy used to expel certain illegal migrants.

Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Mark Kelly of Arizona, Jon Tester of Montana and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire argued the Biden administration isn’t prepared for the surge of illegal migrants expected at the border when the policy ends, according to a Nov. 18 letter they sent to Mayorkas.

Title 42 — a World War II-era section of public health law that allows for the exclusion of individuals from entering the country when the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determines “there is serious danger of the introduction of [a communicable] disease into the United States” — was invoked at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic more than two years ago.

Posted on: Nov 30 09:19