Thought for the day

On New Year’s Day, the state of Alabama will begin allowing people to carry concealed handguns without a permit.
By: orraz
Posted on: Jan 01 09:18
Authorities arrested 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger in connection to the murders of four University of Idaho students early Friday morning.
By: orraz
Posted on: Jan 01 09:17
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in the case Dodge v. Evergreen School District decided a Washington middle school teacher was exercising his free speech rights while wearing his red MAGA hat at school training sessions.
By: orraz
Posted on: Jan 01 09:17
The Scottish police have been chastised for a report that uses the term “Minor-Attracted People” instead of using pedophiles, raising concerns that it would normalize child abuse.
Posted on: Jan 01 09:16
One law would allow for doctors to face discipline for COVID “misinformation” — this includes information on if vaccines are effective.
By: orraz
Posted on: Jan 01 09:15
Two Florida women were arrested on Friday for allegedly stealing Christmas gifts off the back of a mail truck in Key Biscayne.
By: orraz
Posted on: Jan 01 09:15
During an appearance on Fox News, he blasted the Biden administration as the “most corrupt and dangerous executive branch in American history.”
Posted on: Jan 01 09:14

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has alleged that up to “hundreds” of American servicemen are deployed to Ukraine. Lavrov claimed that US soldiers, military advisers, and intelligence officers have long been direct participants in the conflict.

Sitting down with Russia’s Channel One for an interview on Wednesday, Lavrov spoke at length about Washington’s deep involvement in the hostilities in Ukraine, which has steadily grown despite repeated assurances from American leaders that US personnel would have no role in the fighting.

“Dozens, maybe even hundreds of American troops are in Ukraine, they were there even before the coup,” the FM said, referring to the 2014 ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich by nationalist groups and pro-Western activists. “CIA officers occupied at least one floor in the Security Service of Ukraine.”

Posted on: Jan 01 08:29

The criminal actions of Ukrainian troops during the battle for Mariupol resulted in thousands of civilian deaths, Russian investigators have claimed. Local authorities have reportedly recovered over 3,000 bodies of people who were allegedly forced by Kiev's troops to remain in the city while the conflict raged. 

The figure was revealed in a statement by Russia’s Investigative Committee on Friday, after committee chief Aleksandr Bastrykin held a meeting in Mariupol with officials investigating alleged Ukrainian crimes. 

The port city, located in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), saw intense fighting between February and May, as Ukrainian troops were pushed back and encircled by Russian and DPR forces. Russia created humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave the city, but the Ukrainian side would not allow them to use the escape routes, Russian officials claimed. 

Posted on: Jan 01 08:29

Texas ranchers on the border told Tulsi Gabbard, who filled in on Tucker Carlson Tonight, that they live in constant fear after another attempted break-in.

The border crisis has forced them to keep guns on themselves all the time. They do not feel safe at all:

Debbie Douglas, her son Scott Douglas and her young granddaughter joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss the impact of the ongoing border crisis on their livelihoods and called for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to “step in” to help.

“It is very sad that we cannot come up here and enjoy the life that we did several years ago without fearing for our lives,” Debbie said. “We have constantly got to be armed. We’ve constantly got to be watching the little one so that she doesn’t get out of our sight… the solution is to close the borders. Our governor has got to do something.”

Scott said he feels that “nothing is being done” by the federal government at the U.S.-Mexico border to the point that police from all over the state have come in to assist Border Patrol.

Posted on: Jan 01 08:29

A county in eastern Oregon has submitted a petition to become the 12th to vote to leave the Democrat state and become part of conservative Idaho

Wallowa County residents could see the choice presented to them in ballots this coming May as part of the Greater Idaho movement, which seeks to shift Republican-leaning counties in Oregon into the neighboring state. 

Eleven eastern Oregon counties have voted in favor of this so far, with four other counties, including Wallowa, included in the proposal to move state lines. 

Posted on: Jan 01 08:28

An Australian family doctor who got death threats from anti-vaxxers during the pandemic after two children experienced adverse reactions to the Covid shot has died suddenly.

Hong Kong-born Doctor Wilson Chin, who studied medicine in Britain for 14 years and ran an under-12 Covid vaccination clinic on the Gold Coast, died just days before Christmas, Daily Mail reported.

The death of Dr. Chin was confirmed by Pacific Pines MedCentres Director Deon Raju.

In an interview with the Gold Coast Bulletin, he stated that medical issues and ‘not mental health related’ was the cause of death.

Posted on: Jan 01 08:27

The man currently in custody in connection to the murder of four University of Idaho students last month is reportedly an “obsessive vegan” who regularly “looked drugged” while attending school as a teen, has learned.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, was taken into custody by Pennsylvania police and the FBI early Friday morning in connection to the November 13 quadruple murder of Kaylee GoncalvesMadison MogenXana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in Moscow, Idaho.

University Of Idaho Suspect Bryan Kohberger Is 'Obsessively Vegan'


Kohberger was apprehended in the small Poconos Mountains community of Albrightsville around 3 AM, and Latah County, Idaho Prosecutor Bill Thompson has since confirmed investigators believe the 28-year-old suspect broke into the four students’ off-campus home “with the intent to commit murder.”

According to newly surfaced details about the suspect, Kohberger is a Libertarian and “obsessive vegan” who refused to use the same pot if it had previously been used to cook meat.

Webmaster addition: Another fine product of American public education!

Posted on: Jan 01 08:22

Arizona voters expect their local elections and any legal proceedings to be handled locally. That is not what happened in the 2022 midterms.

The Kari Lake lawsuit was against the Maricopa Board of Supervisors and the County Recorder. Both are Republican-controlled bodies with 5 of the 6 people registered as Republicans. The Kari Lake legal team had 2 exceptional attorneys, a 3rd behind the scenes, and a few researchers. Maricopa had a cabal of 20 lawyers and their support staff. This included teams from Perkins Coie and the Elias Law Group, both out of D.C. These Republican elected officials solicited legal help from the most notorious DNC hit squads. It’s their best chance to hide the election malfeasance. There’s no longer any doubt which team these officials are on. They hired the DNC’s den of thieves?

The Lake Team stayed in a Phoenix hotel, using a conference room as central command. They noticed the many attorneys helping Maricopa because Perkins Coie had also taken a conference room, in the same hotel. The Lake Team monitored MCTEC tabulation center cameras to keep an eye on ballots. They noticed one feed which showed a 3 hour nighttime meeting between Election Director Scott Jarrett and lawyers. GP reported on this. Jarrett was obviously coached because his testimony changed the next day at trial. Let’s review other chicanery by the judge and this legal scum representing Maricopa.

Posted on: Jan 01 08:20

The World is at a Dangerous Crossroads. 

Nuclear war threatens the future of humanity. We are no longer dealing with a hypothetical scenario. The threat of World War III is real:

While one can conceptualize the loss of life and destruction resulting from present-day wars including Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, it is impossible to fully comprehend the devastation which might result from a Third World War, using “new technologies” and advanced weapons, until it occurs and becomes a reality.

The US administration has endorsed preemptive nuclear war in the name of world peace. “Making the world safer” is the justification for launching a military operation which could potentially result in a nuclear holocaust.

Mini-nukes are said to be “harmless to the surrounding civilian population”. Since the George W. Bush administration, pre-emptive nuclear war has been portrayed as a “humanitarian undertaking”.

The following article first published in 2017 questions the history of the Cold War. It has a bearing on recent developments. 

US nuclear threats directed against Russia predate the Cold War. 

They were first formulated  at the height of World War II under the Manhattan Project when the US and the Soviet Union were allies.  

The secret plan to bomb 66 Soviet cities was released in mid-September 1945, two weeks after the formal surrender of Japan.  

Had the US decided NOT to develop nuclear weapons for use against the Soviet Union, the nuclear arms race would not have taken place. 

Neither The Soviet Union nor the People’s Republic of China would have developed nuclear capabilities as a means of “Deterrence” against the US, had it not been for the Manhattan Project which was intended to implement a nuclear war against the Soviet Union.  

Posted on: Jan 01 07:59

The Quadrantids meteor shower, visible between December 28 and January 12, will peak during the early hours of January 4, a spokesperson for the Moscow Planetarium told TASS.

The number of meteors burning up in the atmosphere in an hour may reach 110 during the first starfall of 2023, the spokesperson added.

According to the International Meteor Organization, skywatchers will be able to see up to two shooting stars in a minute in clear weather, astronomers forecasted. 

“The Quadrantids meteor shower, visible between December 28 and January 12, will peak on the night of January 3 to 4. <...> The conditions for observing the Quadrantids will be unfavorable in 2023. The moon will be on its way to a full moon (January 7) and will significantly affect meteor observations,” the   Moscow Planetarium reported.

The Quadrantids meteor shower is named after the Quadrans Muralis constellation. The radiant, or the point from where meteors originate, is located under the handle of the Big Dipper in the Bootes constellation.

Posted on: Jan 01 07:58

Most meteor showers radiate from a recognizable constellation like Leo’s Leonids, Gemini’s Geminids and Orion’s Orionids. What’s up with the January Quadrantids? Where do you find their constellation? In Quadrans Muralis, a demoted constellation.

The first 60+ Roman constellations didn’t cover the sky south of the equator, so over the years, astronomers took up the task and filled in the empty spaces with new constellations, including some in the northern sky.

The International Astronomical Union divided up the sky into official constellations in 1930. 88 constellations remained, but over 30 constellations didn’t make the cut. Among those demoted was Quadrans Muralis, the location of January’s brilliant, but brief Quadrantid meteor shower. Apis, the bee, Felis, the cat, and Solarium the sundial were other constellations demoted into obsoleteness. One ancient constellation, Argo Navis, didn’t survive, either. It’s the only one of the 48 constellations listed by 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy no longer officially recognized as a constellation. Like other pieces of large real estate, it was subdivided into smaller segments in the 17th century, and those constellations — Carina the Keel, Vela the Sails, and Puppis the Poop Deck — survived demotion.

There were good reasons to define and standardize the constellation list, even if it meant losing some historic or whimsical constellations. One reason, according to the IAU was “to aid in the naming of new variable stars, which brighten and fade rather than shine steadily. Such stars are named for the constellation in which they reside, so it is important to agree where one constellation ends and the next begins.”

Webmaster addition: I'm still pissed off about Pluto's 'demotion'!

Posted on: Jan 01 07:57

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush – along with the embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group 10 and George H.W. Bush CSG – arrived in Marseille, France, for a scheduled port visit, Dec. 29, 2022.

The port visit provides an opportunity to enhance the already strong U.S.-French partnership….

…“In France, only Marseille is in the position to welcome an American aircraft carrier, with all the logistical and security challenges that this represents.”

Posted on: Jan 01 07:54

The Ukrainian military and their NATO instructors continue to demonstrate their ingenuity and imagination on the front lines. On December 31, Polish meteorological sonde adapted for reconnaissance purposes was reportedly intercepted in the Brest region in Belarus.

The aircraft fell in the Kamenetsky district. A special analyzer of radioactivity was attached to the sonde. It was used in a reconnaissance mission aimed at collecting data on the military facilities on the Belarussian territory, including the air defence systems that hav recently intercepted the Ukrainian S-300 missile.

Posted on: Jan 01 07:54

The administration of U.S. president Joe Biden is considering donating to Ukraine some of the U.S. Army’s redundant M-2 infantry fighting vehicles, Bloomberg reported.

It’s exactly what the Ukrainian army needs most as Russia’s wider war on Ukraine grinds toward its 11th month, the wet winter deepens, the ground freezes and Ukraine positions forces for a possible new counteroffensive.

The 25-ton M-2, produced by BAE Systems, is an infantry fighting vehicle. An IFV is an armored personnel carrier that, thanks to its turret-mounted cannon, also can fight. In addition to shuttling troops around the battlefield, IFVs accompany and protect tanks and dismounted infantry.

The three-person M-2 boasts a 25-millimeter chain gun, a launcher for TOW anti-tank missiles, laminate armor that can deflect heavy machine-gun fire and a troop compartment that can fit six infantry.

Now 40 years old, the M-2 isn’t the world’s best IFV, but it arguably is superior to even the newest BMP IFVs in the Russian and Ukrainian arsenals. Mark Hertling, a retired U.S. Army general, sang the M-2’s praises. “Chain gun, TOWs, speed, easier maintenance, smaller crew, better mileage, available vehicles ... ” Hertling tweeted.

Posted on: Jan 01 07:46

Stargazers have been capturing some spectacular images of a rare astronomical event that means every planet in the solar system is visible in the night sky at the same time.

Mercury, Venus, MarsJupiter and Saturn can all be seen with the naked eye, while Uranus and Neptune are possible to spot with binoculars or a telescope.

Astronomer Dr Gianluca Masi shared a picture he took of the five planets that could be seen with the naked eye, while other skywatchers across the world also captured images of the 'planet parade'. He took it from the roof of a building in Rome, Italy last night, using a camera with special lenses.

Posted on: Jan 01 07:45

To go from fossil fuels to renewables might be possible if we had better technology, but go from what we have now to the so-called green energy in seven years is impossible.

Posted on: Jan 01 07:42

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian microbiologist and director of the World Health Organization, (WHO) was recently captured on video saying that some countries are using COVID-19 boosters “to kill children.” This is the most honest thing that has ever come out of Tedros’s mouth. World leaders repeatedly refuse to acknowledge the data on hospitalizations and sudden cardiac deaths in the fully vaccinated and boosted.

Sadly, the WHO walked back Tedro’s statements, and fact checkers now claim that his statement was a “slip of the tongue.”

Posted on: Jan 01 07:41

Netflix has closed out its worst year in more than a decade, with its stock plunging more than 50 percent and wiping out a staggering $136 billion in market value.

For 2022, Netflix shares dropped 50.6 percent, the most the stock has declined on an annual basis since 2011. For the first time, the once-invincible company lost subscribers for two consecutive quarters, ushering in a period of painful belt-tightening that has included several hundred layoffs.

Netflix’s decline outpaced the Nasdaq, which was down 33.1 percent for the year.

The left-wing streamer, which continues to have a production deal with Barack and Michelle Obama, is being forced to try new ways to juice revenue. Netflix broke its promise to never have commercials by launching an ad-supported tier in a bid to tap into the advertising market in the face of uncertain subscriber growth.

But the new tier has had an unpromising start. As Breitbart News reported, the plan accounted for just 9 percent of new sign-ups during its first month. In addition, Netflix has had to give back money to advertisers after failing to meet viewership targets.

Netflix is also offering fitness programming for the first time and is reportedly exploring live sports, something company executives once said they had no interest in.

Posted on: Jan 01 07:39

Silicon Valley tech companies have benefited from over a decade of low-interest rates and easy money. But since the Federal Reserve turned off the liquidity taps to combat inflation -- at least for now -- tech firms have been forced into aggressive cost-cutting measures, such as reducing headcount. 

This brings us to the workers who were fired this year. Financial Times reported, "employees of embattled tech groups are flooding secondary markets — where stakeholders in a private company sell shares to third parties." And as they unload shares on the private market, the valuations of these startups are collapsing. 

The latest data from Crunchbase shows more than 91,000 workers in the U.S. tech sector have been laid off this year. 

"We are seeing an inflow of people being laid off trying to sell their shares," Greg Martin, managing director of Rainmaker Securities, which facilitates private stock transactions. "These companies have built their headcounts up so much, so there are a lot of people highly motivated to get a sale done," he said.

Martin added while there's an increasing number of laid-off workers trying to cash out, many of these sales are happening during valuation declines of "30-80% from a year ago." 

Posted on: Jan 01 07:38

A New Year message issued by the Russian defense ministry declared that it sees victory in Ukraine as "inevitable" - even after the Russian ground forces' advance in the east in south has appeared stalled for months, and as aerial forces take aim at the national power grid across Ukrainian cities.

"In the coming year, I want to wish everyone good health, fortitude, reliable and devoted comrades... Our victory, like the New Year, is inevitable," Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a Saturday video address soon before Russia rings in the new year.

Posted on: Jan 01 07:38