The first deputy head of the Federal Customs Service (FCS) of Russia Ruslan Davydov estimated the timing of the adaptation of exporters to oil sanctions — in his opinion, the restructuring will take no more than two to three months, RIA Novosti writes.

His assessment is based on Russia's experience of adapting to the Western restrictions imposed on other groups of goods in the spring — then it took about two to three months for domestic companies to overcome difficulties in calculations and logistics. Davydov believes that in the case of oil and petroleum products, the process can go even faster, since the demand of the world market for these products is higher.

The first deputy head of the Federal Customs Service admitted that in December, after the introduction of new restrictions, there was a "significant decrease" in exports of oil, petroleum products and gas. However, he recalled that the spring recession was followed by a gradual recovery of energy supplies, and since July a systematic growth of 1.5-2 percent per month has begun — the same thing awaits Russia in the coming months.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Dec 31 10:43

The Milan Opera House "La Scala" will continue to stage Russian ballets. This is reported by TASS.

It is noted that the representatives of the theater were satisfied with how the recent premiere of the opera "Boris Godunov" with Russian artists took place on the stage of "La Scala" on December 7. "In general, the opera went well. On the opening night of the season, when the premiere took place, the theater earned almost 2.5 million euros. This is not a record, but it corresponds to the general level of our discoveries. We have returned to the level before the pandemic," La Scala said.

"We choose who to cooperate with based on professional and artistic qualities, and Russians are specialists in such a repertoire," the theater said. According to representatives of La Scala, the opera Boris Godunov was a success, and all tickets for The Nutcracker were also sold.

Tags: ARTS, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Dec 31 10:41

We already know that 2022 was a torrid year for markets - but the extent of the damage to the top 500 richest people in the world has finally been quantified, and the damage is nothing short of massive. 

According to Bloomberg, the richest 500 people in the world - consisting of names like Elon Musk, and even Sam Bankman-Fried, lost a stunning $1.4 trillion throughout the course of the year as Russia's war on Ukraine and inflation catalyzed an ugly year for equity markets. 

Webmaster addition: Awww...let's all feel sorry for the ultra-rich!

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Dec 31 10:40

The January 6th special committee decided to withdraw its subpoena of former President Donald Trump as it begins to wrap up its work.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, stated that the testimony of the former President was no longer necessary, according to Fox News.

Thompson put a letter out to Trump’s attorneys that stated the following:

“In light of the imminent end of our investigation, the Select Committee can no longer pursue the specific information covered by the subpoena.”

Webmaster addition: One possible explanation is that issuing a subpoena to Trump opened up the door to calling Ray Epps to testify.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 31 10:36

As readers know, I am concerned that the neoconservatives’ drive for US hegemony is the road to nuclear war.  But we also face demise from other directions.  In this column I share thoughts on the use of orchestrated pandemics to destroy economic independence and civil liberty and to reduce the world population, a declared goal of Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab.  In subsequent columns I will address other threats that go unattended.

Professor Michel Chossudovsky, emeritus professor at the University of Ottawa and Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, has made an important point.  The injection of a dangerous substance into a large percentage of the world population was not a mistake, but an intentional act of murder.  

Pfizer and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), charged with protecting public health, knew in February 2021 that the Covid “vaccine” that went into use in mid-December 2020 was deadly and under law should have been recalled. 

Pfizer’s own internal documents recorded 1,200 deaths from the vaccine and tens of thousands of adverse health effects including cardiac disorders and spontaneous abortions over a two month period.  Understand, the report, which was to be locked up for 75 years, was a forced release resulting from a federal court order to the FDA. It is Pfizer’s own internal report.  It is not a report by independent medical scientists that some pretend “fact checker” can label as “misinformation.”

The report is now public.  Under law, as Pfizer and the FDA knew the “vaccine” was dangerous to life and health and did not recall it, they committed murder.  

The issue before us is the missing indictments for murder of the Pfizer executives and FDA officials who are responsible for the deaths and injuries of millions of people.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Dec 31 10:33

After Balenciaga and Gucci, now Caroline Bosmans, an elite brand for the rich in Belgium.

This brand has exactly the same thematic as the Baalenciaga ad campaign. It’s not a coincidence or a mistake whatsoever, but a sick trend going on in the high fashion world.

All these brands just want to shock to sell more…

Doing so, they legitimize the use of children (or for them fresh meat) as objects of seduction and of sexuality.

Such ads should be banned, even if some sickos consider those pictures ‘ART.’

Coincidence or not, true or false, sane or crazy, you can theoretically, for the sake of the argument, connect this to Epstein’s case, Hunter Biden laptop, Biden smelling children, and… why not, Pizzagate.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Dec 31 10:26

Given the vehemence of the denial that this was possible I was dubious about this report from Hal Turner.

However, some confirmation has come in from Russian sources

BULLETIN: POLISH TROOPS HAVE ENTERED UKRAINE WAR

Staggering reports are coming in claiming two (2) battalions of Polish Army troops have entered Ukraine covertly.   Overnight, 2 battalions of Polish infantry moved out from Kyiv the day before and have already reached Pavlograd. 

Two or more companies make up a battalion, which has 400 to 1,200 troops and is commanded by a lieutenant colonel. The battalion is the smallest unit to have a staff of officers (in charge of personnel, operations, intelligence, and logistics) to assist the commander.

Each battalion inside Ukraine is said to have 4 Rapira anti-tank guns, armored personnel carriers, and American armored personnel carriers.

Currently, the Polish infantry is being prepared for the transfer to the Avdeevsky front.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 31 10:24

2022 was full of geopolitically important events. Despite being a year marked by conflicts, escalation of tensions and high risks, at the same time it was the mark of an extremely significant multipolar turn.

The year began amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which continued to deteriorate and evolve into an open conflict. In late 2021, increasingly adhering to Western anti-Russian paranoia, Kiev began a new campaign of excessive militarization, bringing substantial risks to Russian national security. The Ukrainian neo-Nazi regime also promoted an escalation in the civil war and, according to several intelligence reports released by the Russian government, would be planning a “final solution” to the civil war in the east, with the absolute extermination of the Donbass’ resistance.

To stop this violence and neutralize the risks to its own security, on February 24, Moscow launched a special military operation to demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine. With that, Moscow finally intervened in the eight-year conflict between ethnic Russians and Ukrainian neo-Nazi forces, bringing hope to the people of Donbass.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 31 10:22

I mean the term "domination". Often people, understandably, use the term "domination" as a euphemism for the US foreign policy. What many fail to point out is that "domination"--supremacy or preeminence over another, exercise of preponderant, governing, or controlling influence, as defined my Merriam Webster is not really US actual trait. The US is always hell-bent on domination but it is miserably inept on exercising it, with the exception over Europe, and if anything else it primarily attempts it without success. We all know how US "domination" of Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan went. The US never achieved any "domination" there. Enter Russia, China and India. Good luck "dominating" those, especially Russia and here US dreams of "domination" become nothing more than wet dreams. 

Hence the desperation and loss of any semblance of any class or even legitimacy by the American warmongers such as coward and war criminal Lindsey Graham. Kim Iversen couldn't let it slide. 

As most psychopaths, a preferred type for modern American politics, Graham is, indeed, a coward and a thug, and he cannot stand the feeling of slipping "domination" of the US over not just Russia--only moron could believe that Russia will submit--but over the whole global geopolitical realm and Graham hates Vladimir Putin because he is nothing like him. Same goes for the 90% of American political class which is stuffed with different iterations of Lindsey Graham. 

How people of South Carolina continue to reelect this terrorism enabler and a thug is a complete mystery to me, but then again--people of Arizona were reelecting a thug John McCain for decades. Here is McCain facing a little bit of reality from the US Marine.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 31 10:21

In the aftermath of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 attacks on 26 September, the Kiev regime and its NATO handlers decided this wasn’t enough and that Russia’s patience should be tested even further. The Neo-Nazi junta launched multiple attacks against Russian strategic aviation bases, the most recent of which happened on 26 December. In addition to these long-range strikes which have all been launched from within the territory of Ukraine, there have been several reports that sabotage teams are operating in Russia and targeting critical infrastructure. To make matters worse, there are indications that the US intelligence services (specifically the infamous CIA) are also taking part in these sabotage operations. Apparently, an unnamed NATO member state is operating a number of agents within Russia, with their actions being coordinated by the CIA.

This was effectively confirmed by one of the Kiev regime’s top officials. Commenting on the recent attacks on Russian airbases and sabotage operations on the territory of Russia, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov stated such “incidents with Russian infrastructure will continue in the future.” Worse yet, Danilov openly said that the Kiev regime forces “can enter the territory of Russia and conduct military operations there, if necessary.” He further stated that “if it is necessary to be where we deem necessary to protect our country, we will be there. And we won’t ask anyone. All this talk that there is no need to annoy someone, this is nonsense.” However, Danilov, although infamous for his (mostly) empty threats, could be telling more than simple war propaganda.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 31 10:20

German residents have been ordered to be prepared for nuclear emergencies amid the diplomatic fallout with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

Germany's President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection warned on Wednesday that the country's residents needed to be prepared against dangerous radioactive particles left in the air and water after a nuclear explosion or leakage at a nuclear power plant.

In an interview with the newspapers of the Funke media group, Inge Paulini said the ongoing military conflict between Moscow and Kiev had “made it clear to the general public that we have to be and remain prepared for a wide variety of nuclear emergencies,"

The head of the country’s radiation protection office warned that the conflict in Ukraine could cause a wide range of disasters in neighboring countries and the Germans must prepared for nuclear emergencies.

Tags: GERMANY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
Posted on: Dec 31 10:09

Benedict Cumberbatch's family could be forced to pay reparations to Barbados for running a slave plantation on the island in the 18th and 19th century.

The seventh great grandfather of the actor, who played the role of a plantation owner in the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave, bought the Cleland plantation in St Andrew, Barbados, in 1728.

The plantation then became home to 250 slaves until slavery was abolished more than 100 years later.

When the plantation was forced to close, the Cumberbatch family were handed £6,000 in compensation for their loss of 'human property' - in today's money that amounts to around £3.6 million.

Benedict Cumberbatch played the role of plantation owner William Ford in the 2012 film 12 Years A Slave. The actor's family, who had their own plantation in Barbados, could now be forced to pay back money in reparations

Benedict Cumberbatch played the role of plantation owner William Ford in the 2012 film 12 Years A Slave. The actor's family, who had their own plantation in Barbados, could now be forced to pay back money in reparations.

 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT
Posted on: Dec 31 10:04

It is definitely not normal for so many mainly young athletes to suffer from cardiac arrests or to die while playing their sport, but this year it is happening. Many of these heart issues and deaths come shortly after they got a COVID vaccine. While it is possible this can happen to people who did not get a COVID vaccine, the sheer numbers clearly point to the only obvious cause.

Important Notes: The number of dead are included in the total number. There are also dozens of reports that are not included in the total number shown in the headline because they are not or may not be vaccine-related.

The so-called health professionals running the COVID vaccine programs around the world keep repeating that “the COVID vaccine is a normal vaccine and it is safe and effective.”

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Dec 31 10:02

Now that Democrats have released Trump’s tax returns, an unprecedented and vindictive move, they may regret it.

A majority of voters want the tax returns of these Democrats to be released, according to a new poll.

You know what they say about payback.

Breitbart News reports:

Poll: Voters Say GOP Should Release Federal Tax Returns of Democrats Who Voted to Release Trump’s

Most voters believe that Republican lawmakers should pursue the release of tax returns of Democrats who voted to release former President Donald Trump’s, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday found.

While the survey found that most, 63 percent, approve of Democrat members of the House Ways and Means Committee releasing six years of Trump’s tax returns, most want the same to happen to the Democrats who made that happen.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TAXES
Posted on: Dec 31 09:53

The Biden family has remained "estranged" from Hunter Biden's 4-year-old daughter, and 'seemingly wants nothing to do with the child,' according to the Daily Beast, citing the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

The woman who mothered Hunter's secret lovechild, Lunden Alexis Roberts, filed paperwork on Tuesday requesting that an Arkansas court allow the child, Navy Joan Roberts, be given the Biden name, claiming that the toddler would "benefit from carrying the Biden family name" because it's "now synonymous with being well educated, successful, financially acute, and politically powerful."

The Bidens, meanwhile, have completely ignored the President's grandchild - striking her attendance from the 46th presidential inauguration and allegedly refusing to offer security aid to the mother-daughter pair, despite domestic violence threats from Roberts' ex.

The filing cites President Biden, Jill Biden and Hunter's late brother Beau as examples of successful individuals bearing the last name, and says that the Biden family remains "estranged from the child. To the extent this is misconduct or neglect, it can be rectified by changing her last name to Biden so that she may undeniably be known to the world as the child of the defendant and member of the prestigious Biden family."

Webmaster addition: Why punish the child? It's not her fault what happened!

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Dec 31 09:51

So…it turns out we crazy conspiracy theorists aren’t so crazy after all. In fact, we can knock “crazy” right off that moniker. Again. Elon Musk has allowed the curtain to be pulled back on Twitter to reveal corruption, collusion, and straight-up propaganda that have changed the course of American history. Musk is catching all sorts of flack for the Twitter Files from the mainstream media, who are somehow trying to defend the indefensible actions that have taken place behind the scenes and paint Musk as the bad guy for exposing it.

Many things that non-liberals have been saying for years have been shown to be true. There was indeed collusion between the Biden campaign and Twitter, conservatives were absolutely shadowbanned, the FBI is involved in social media, and points-of-view that were not in line with the narrative were suppressed by the social media giant.

What are the Twitter Files?

Elon Musk has provided journalists like Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss,  Lee Fang, and Michael Schellenberger access to years of internal documents and chat logs showing the trend of biased moderation behind the scenes. (You can sift through Musk’s own Twitter account to read these reveals yourself.

It’s a story of censorship cloaked as moderation and political bias cloaked as safety. Favors were done, and stories were either suppressed or allowed to trend based on the whims of a handful of people behind the scenes. Regardless of how many times the MSM says “alleged” in conjunction with these revelations, it’s very clear that there’s a real problem.

And keep in mind this is only the tip of the iceberg. I’d be willing to bet everything I have that similar conversations have gone on behind the scenes at Google and Facebook too. That means that Big Tech has been responsible for illicitly influencing the course of history, something we here at The Organic Prepper have been saying for a decade. While you personally may not have been influenced by things on social media, the people around you have been and the consensuses that were formed in America were based on biased information.

That’s a real problem. Propaganda works and the position our country is in shows the heinous aftermath of it.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 31 09:50

North Korea fired at least three short-range ballistic missiles from a site south of Pyongyang on Saturday, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the latest in an unprecedented year of weapons testing.

In a text to reporters, the Joint Chiefs said the projectiles were fired from the Chunghwa area of North Hwanghae province at around 8 a.m. local time Saturday.

Japan’s Defense Ministry said three ballistic missiles – each with a maximum altitude of approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) and a flight distance of roughly 350 kilometers (217 miles) – had fallen into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

This is the 37th day this year that North Korea has conducted a missile launch, according to CNN’s count.

Tags: KOREA
Posted on: Dec 31 09:49

There are now an estimated 1.7 million electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. roads, compared to roughly 400,000 in spring 2018. That means that a lot more Americans are experiencing the joys and pitfalls of EV ownership, from silent, swift acceleration and emission-free driving on the positive side to slower fueling times and shorter driving ranges on the negative side.

More Americans are also learning that frigid temperatures affect EVs differently than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, chiefly by cutting into their driving range to a greater extent. While a typical ICE vehicle might have its range reduced by 15% to 25% in below-freezing temperatures, an EV's range will be slashed 20% to 50% depending upon driving speed, temperature, and interior climate preferences. Combustion reactions occur more inefficiently at colder temperatures, accounting for the range decline in ICE vehicles. But cold slows the physical and chemical reactions in EV batteries to a larger degree, limiting the energy and power the battery can deliver to the motors. Moreover, while ICE vehicles utilize otherwise wasted heat from the engine to warm car interiors in winter, EVs use electric heaters to perform much of the climate control, further draining the already hamstrung battery.

The Arctic blast that chilled much of the "Lower 48" last week showcased the EV range hit to more Americans than ever, and also yielded a few more lessons.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS
Posted on: Dec 31 09:34

Brazil, the world's second-largest corn exporter, sent its first vessel carrying corn to China this month. Global trade flows are shifting away from the US, the largest exporter of corn, as China reduces its reliance on the Midwestern US farm belt. 

Commodity traders have tracked the Star Iris, the bulk carrier hauling 68,000 metric tons of grain for Chinese trader Cofco Corp., which left Brazil late last month and just arrived in Singapore. 

Bloomberg said Beijing decided to purchase Brazilian grains in May to "reduce dependence on the US and replace supplies from Ukraine cut off by the Russian invasion." 

Reuters recently quoted Brazil's National Association of Grain Exporters as saying Brazilian corn exports could surge next year because of China. 

There's still a while until Brazil threatens the US dominance of the China ag market. More than 20 bulk carriers with US corn are currently en route to China. Still, Brazil's first corn shipment to China might indicate global trade flows are shifting. 

Tags: CHINA, ECONOMY
Posted on: Dec 31 09:31

Starting a week ago reports began emerging in Middle East regional media, including in both Iranian and Israeli news sources, that Russia will soon provide Islamic Republic with dozens of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets. Israeli reports are even citing "Western intelligence officials" in making the claim.

Iranian state Tasnim wrote days ago that "Iran will soon receive 24 of the fourth-generation twin-engine, super-maneuverable fighter jets that are primarily used for air superiority missions," in what seems to be some level of confirmation.

The state-run outlet noted that Iran hasn't been able to acquire any new aircraft from outside countries in years, and the last time jets were transferred from Russia was in the 1990's.

The Times of Israel also recently reported the following, citing the country's Channel 12 network

The report by Channel 12 said the deal could include as many as 24 jets that were originally intended for Egypt, in a deal that the United States thwarted.

This left Moscow looking for a new potential buyer, which it has reportedly found in Tehran. The report comes after Iranian media said in September that Tehran was weighing such a purchase.

Intelligence indicated that Iranian pilots were already using the jets for training, the report said, without elaborating.

Tags: IRAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Dec 31 09:29

If we are not free to think what we want, we do not have a free society.  It really is that simple.  Unfortunately, there is now an overwhelming consensus among elitists in the western world that radical measures must be instituted to control what people think.  If you insist on being a rebel, there is a very good chance that you will be punished for holding unorthodox views.  You won’t necessarily be put in prison, but our system has countless other ways that it can punish you.  For example, those that insist on embracing unacceptable thoughts will find that their career choices are quite limited, and there are certain positions that they will be prohibited from ever holding under any circumstances.  Not only that, but if your thoughts are offensive enough you may have a financial account suddenly shut down or credit denied for seemingly no reason.  This sort of thing was unheard of a decade ago, but now it is happening all the time.  Of course you can forget about having any sort of a substantial social media presence if your thoughts do not conform to current “societal norms”.  Even the “free speech platforms” are banning and shadowbanning countless accounts every single day.

If any of the things that I have just described have happened to you, that is probably because you are a “thought criminal”.

You are not supposed to contradict the conditioning that you have received from our education system, from the news media, from our politicians and from the corporate entertainment that you are being fed for hours each day.

When you deviate from socially acceptable viewpoints, you are guilty of “thoughtcrime”.  This is how “thoughtcrime” is defined by Wikipedia

Thoughtcrime is a word coined by George Orwell in his 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It describes a person’s politically unorthodox thoughts, such as beliefs and doubts that contradict the tenets of Ingsoc (English Socialism), the dominant ideology of Oceania. In the official language of Newspeak, the word crimethink describes the intellectual actions of a person who entertains and holds politically unacceptable thoughts; thus the government of the Party controls the speech, the actions, and the thoughts of the citizens of Oceania.

Sadly, we truly have become an “Orwellian society” at this point.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP
Posted on: Dec 31 09:27

Homicide as well as suicide are common causes of death for young age groups in the United States, second only to accidents for those between the ages of 15 and 34.

After that age, cancer, heart disease and more recently Covid-19 become bigger killers.

Even for children aged 5-9, homicide is a big danger and was the fourth most common cause of death for the age group in 2020according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

For those 10 to 14 years old, both homicide and suicide are among the top 4 killers.

According to a study published this week in scientific journal Jama Pediatricshomicide rates in children have been rising in recent years, increasing by as much as 50 percent for Black children and those between the ages of 16 and 17 just between 2018 and 2020.

They also shot up for adults in 2020 and 2021. Suicide rates also increased for those under the age of 45 in the past decade, including very young children from the age of 5.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Dec 31 09:25

The Biden administration has dialed up its crackdown on so-called “ghost guns” by issuing guidance that basically expands the definition of what “readily converted” means in a new federal rule and making more do-it-yourself pistol parts subject to restrictions.

President Joe Biden holds up a ghost gun kit during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 11, 2022. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

In an open letter to firearms dealers (pdf) dated Dec. 27, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) told firearm vendors that nearly-complete handgun frames or receivers—basically the pistol grip and firing mechanism—will be treated the same as fully completed firearms.

 

Ghost Gun Rule

Firearm vendors who sell near-complete pistol frames and receivers—often as kits that can be relatively easily turned into untraceable homemade guns—were hit with the new rule in August, which required that frames and receivers that could be “readily converted” into fully operational guns are subject to the same regulations as traditional firearms.

 President Joe Biden holds up a ghost gun kit during an event at the White House in Washington on April 11, 2022. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

The August regulation, dubbed the Ghost Gun Rule, meant that kits containing partially complete frames or receivers plus assembly tools and instructions were subject to licensing, background check, and serialization requirements.

But ambiguity around the definition of the word “readily” in the regulation meant that some vendors continued to sell nearly-complete unserialized frames and receivers as standalone products while additional components needed to finalize their at-home manufacture were offered separately, or by third parties.

Such was the argument made in an October letter (pdf) by a dozen or so Democrat lawmakers to the ATF and Justice Department, which claimed that a number of ghost gun companies were continuing to sell unserialized frames and receivers by interpreting “readily” in a way that amounted to a loophole.

Tags: RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Posted on: Dec 31 09:23

The danger signs were everywhere in 2022.

With every new law enacted by federal and state legislatures, every new ruling handed down by government courts, and every new military weapon, invasive tactic and egregious protocol employed by government agents, we were reminded that in the eyes of the government and its corporate accomplices, “we the people” possess no rights except for that which the Deep State grants on an as-needed basis.

Totalitarian paranoia spiked. What we have been saddled with is a government so power-hungry, paranoid and afraid of losing its stranglehold on power that it has conspired to wage war on anyone who dares to challenge its authority. In a Machiavellian attempt to expand its powers, the government unleashed all manner of dangers on an unsuspecting populace in order to justify its demands for additional powers to protect “we the people” from emerging threats, whether legitimate, manufactured or overblown.

The state of our nation suffered. The nation remained politically polarized, controlled by forces beyond the purview of the average American, and rapidly moving the nation away from its freedom foundation. The combined blowback from a contentious presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in Americans being subjected to egregious civil liberties violations, invasive surveillance, martial law, lockdowns, political correctness, erosions of free speech, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, and the criminalization of lawful activities.

Thought crimes became a target for punishment. For years now, the government has used all of the weapons in its vast arsenal—surveillance, threat assessments, fusion centers, pre-crime programs, hate crime laws, militarized police, lockdowns, martial law, etc.—to target potential enemies of the state based on their ideologies, behaviors, affiliations and other characteristics that might be deemed suspicious or dangerous. In other words, if you dare to subscribe to any views that are contrary to the government’s, you may well be suspected of being a domestic terrorist and treated accordingly. In 2022, those who criticized the government—whether that criticism manifested itself in word, deed or thought—were flagged as dangerous alongside consumers and spreaders of “mis- dis- and mal-information.”

Tags: DICTATORSHIP
Posted on: Dec 31 09:22

Ray Epps, the uncharged man identified as a key instigator behind the January 6, 2020 Capitol Breach for telling people to storm the Capitol, said in a text message to his nephew that he "orchestrated" things, according to newly released witness transcripts from the January 6th Committee.

"At that point, I didn't know that they were breaking into the Capitol," Epps told Congressional investigators, adding "I didn't know anybody was in the Capitol. ... I was on my way back to the hotel room."

But the night before, Epps was seen going around to various groups of Trump supporters, telling them they need to storm the capitol

In two interviews with the FBI in 2021, Epps explained his actions on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6. He admitted he was guilty of trespassing on restricted Capitol grounds and confessed to urging protesters to go to—and into—the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Dec 31 09:18

On Thursday we took note of President Joe Biden's strained and slightly awkward congratulation message sent to newly sworn-in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his most hard-right wing and religious government in the nation's history.

In issuing the formal congratulations, Biden stressed that his administration will "oppose policies that endanger" the two-state solution or "contradict our mutual interests and values" - given Netanyahu's newly formed far-right government has vowed precisely to expand West Bank settlements, directly threatening the possibility of the kind of future two-state solution Washington says it's long sought.

On Friday it's been revealed the White House is planning to dispatch national security adviser Jake Sullivan to Israel after the start of the new year, in mid-January.

Tags: ISRAEL
Posted on: Dec 31 09:17