Thought for the day

The US Army has sought information on M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) fire control systems for partner nations Ukraine, Taiwan, and Latvia.

The US Army Contracting Command issued a “source sought” notification last month for International Field Artillery Tactical Data System (IFATDS).

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The AFATDS is an automated fire-support command, control, and communications system. It uses multiple-source information, such as situational awareness data, intelligence information data, and targeting data, to provide effective targeting decisions.

Tags: CHINA, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 02 08:39

Roughly 20,000 troops mobilized in Europe in support of NATO since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are on track to stay in place going into the new year, training not only with local partners, but with Ukrainian troops outside of their country.

The Pentagon announced Dec. 15 that monthly rotations of 500 Ukrainian troops would travel to U.S. Army ranges in Germany for combined arms maneuver training, an effort to reinforce their formations….

In Lithuania, the U.S. will upgrade its periodic deployments…the U.S. embassy announced Dec. 7. Units will include a field artillery battery and an armored element with several hundred soldiers.

As President Biden has said, we are committed to defending every inch of NATO territory,” U.S. Ambassador Robert Gilchrist said in a release….

Pentagon officials have said there are no current plans to draw down U.S. military presence in Europe, which numbers roughly 100,000 troops since spring 2022.

Tags: EUROPE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 02 08:38

Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti is calling for a bolstered presence of NATO peacekeeping forces in his country.

“A massive bolstering of NATO troops and military equipment in our country would improve security and peace in Kosovo and the entire West-Balkan region,” Kurti said in an interview with German newspaper WELT.

Following recent tensions between Kosovo and neighboring Serbia, the Western Balkan nation wants to increase the number of NATO troops on the ground from the current deployment of almost 3,800 troops. The Kosovo Force (KFOR) has been present in Kosovo since 1999.

Tags: EUROPE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 02 08:36

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov has said that this year, Ukraine de facto became part of NATO, and this cooperation will continue.

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According to him, the spirit of the Ukrainian people and their invincibility demonstrated that Ukraine is the real shield of Europe in the east, and the entire civilized world is proud and inspired by Ukrainians and their heroism.

“This year, we de facto became part of NATO. This cooperation will continue. We appreciate the contribution of each partner,” Reznikov said.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Jan 02 08:36

Russia gave Iran the Mach 12 Kinzhal missile and the SU-35. Why? Maybe Russia wants Iran to stop a possible US coup in Saudi Arabia?

The Kinzhal missile digs a 30 meter (98 foot ) deep hole where its target used to be.

Let me explain Ron Paul’s insight into the US Balance of Payments. The US went off the gold standard and went on the “we will bomb your country if you do not give us your oil for worthless American paper.” We bombed both Iraq and Libya. The Iraqis tried to sell oil for euros and Libya wanted a gold and oil backed African dollar.

Now the Saudis want to join BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and sell their oil for Chinese yuan instead of accumulating US Treasury bonds which might have a zero value in 24 or fewer months.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
Posted on: Jan 02 08:36

Inventor of mRNA vaccines Dr. Robert Malone, having worked with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for many years, warns that a war is being waged by the government for control of people’s minds, and that social media platforms are being weaponized in this war and are “actively employed” by the intelligence community to influence what people think and feel.

Dr. Robert Malone, author of "Lies My Gov't Told Me," in Washington on Dec. 19, 2022. (Jack Wang/The Epoch Times)

This new battleground, in which your mind and your thoughts, your very emotions are the battleground. It is not about territory,” Malone said during a recent interview for EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program. “Twitter, it’s clear now, has become the premium platform for shaping emerging global consensus about the topics of the day.”

During his work with the DOD, Malone became aware of companies researching multilingual programs that assess the emotional content of the language used on social media, which those companies then use to “map relationship clouds,” including what topics people are discussing, who the influencers are, and who is at the fringe of that cloud, said Malone.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
Posted on: Jan 02 08:34

Will Americans wake up to the reality that they’ve been walking on the wrong side of history for too long or has the point of no-return been crossed?

Bipartisan insanity was on display again this week as the U.S. congress responded to Biden’s requested $37 billion in additional aid to Ukraine by giving him $45 billion bringing the total U.S. support to its Davos-managed disposable ward up to $111 billion.

The aid was part of an overall omnibus spending bill passed by both houses of Congress was a gargantuan $1.7 trillion and included $858 billion in defense spending which far exceeds any sum ever spent by a U.S. government in history.

Of that $858 billion, $817 billion is allocated directly to the U.S. Department of Defense while the remaining $29 billion will be allocated to national security programs within the department of energy.

Tags: CHINA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
Posted on: Jan 02 08:30

Croatia on Sunday switched to the euro and entered Europe's borderless zone - two steps Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic called a "historic moment" for his country that joined the European Union nearly a decade ago.

At midnight, the Balkan nation bid farewell to its kuna currency and became the 20th member of the eurozone.

It is also now the 27th nation in the passport-free Schengen zone, the world's largest, which enables more than 400 million people to move freely around its members.

"It is the season of new beginnings. And there is no place in Europe where this is more true than here in Croatia," tweeted EU chief Ursula von der Leyen, as she arrived in the country to mark the occasion.

She first met Plenkovic and Slovenian President Natasa Pirc Musar at a border crossing with EU member Slovenia.

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE
Posted on: Jan 02 08:29

It's been just over a year since NASA's $10 billion (£7.4 billion) James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) blasted off into space — and it's since beamed back astonishing images of the cosmos with unprecedented detail. 

Webb was launched from Guiana Space Centre on Christmas Day 2021 with the aim of looking back in time to the dawn of the universe so it can capture what happened a couple of hundred million years after the Big Bang. 

It will spend more than a decade at an area of balanced gravity between the sun and Earth called L2 exploring the universe in the infrared spectrum, allowing it to gaze through clouds of gas and dust where stars are being born

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 02 08:27

Xaviar and Alice Steavenson wanted to find out what it's like to drive a Tesla, so they rented one from Hertz for a road trip from Orlando, Florida to Wichita, Kansas.

They knew that the electric car would need charging en route, but what the siblings did not expect was just how often they'd need to plug it in.

They realized it would take longer to charge the car after the weather turned so cold in late December.

However, it got to the point that the "battery would drain faster than it would charge," Xaviar told Insider.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Jan 01 14:20
The Illinois Supreme Court put a controversial law that would eliminate cash bail for some crimes on hold.
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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 01 13:19
A disease that U.S. health officials declared as eliminated at the turn of the century has surged back in recent weeks, sending dozens of children to hospitals.
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Posted on: Jan 01 13:15

Two Florida women were arrested on Friday for allegedly stealing Christmas gifts off the back of a mail truck in Key Biscayne.

Jassalyn Marie Moss, 25, and Anyel Gutierrez, 23, are accused of following around a mail truck and stealing packages as they stopped.

A witness saw the duo opening the packages behind a church and notified the police.

Key Biscayne Police Chief Frank Sousa told Local 10 News that the women were found with “children’s toys, handbags, clothing by various designers and an iPad case” when they were apprehended.

“They made a statement that they were ‘down on the luck’ and we understand that but the moral of the story is that you don’t take advantage when your down,” Sousa said.

Souza added that criminals should think twice before stealing in his district.

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Posted on: Jan 01 12:51
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Posted on: Jan 01 12:45
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Posted on: Jan 01 12:44
Hershey Co. is facing a major lawsuit from a consumer who claims that the dark chocolate the company is selling is replete with harmful potentially levels of heavy metals cadmium and lead.
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Posted on: Jan 01 12:44
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this week promoted a tool meant to encourage schools across the U.S. to embrace gender ideology to increase “inclusivity.”
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Posted on: Jan 01 12:41
In 2022, national average gas prices in the United States reached their highest point since GasBuddy began keeping track, and they could remain elevated relative to earlier levels next year.
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Posted on: Jan 01 12:37

Two thirds of children in the Swedish city of Malmö are from immigrant backgrounds, with researchers suggesting that Swedish should not be used in schools to aid in their education.

According to a new report from the city, as part of their integration “Growth Commission,” over two-thirds of children aged between 5 and 19 are from an immigrant background, either being born abroad, or born domestically with at least one parent from another country. Almost half of all residents (48%) are younger than 35.

Statistics on the city’s website show that for Malmö residents born outside of Sweden, the most common country of birth is Iraq, with over 11,675 living in the city. Other common countries of birth include Syria (8,669), Denmark (7,485), Poland (6,619), and Bosnia-Herzegovina (6,374). Around 4000-5000 people each are from Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Iran.

Tags: EUROPE, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
Posted on: Jan 01 12:37
Police in New York praised a man who broke into a school to shelter travelers stranded during last week’s winter storm that left dozens dead.
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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 01 12:37
The “Twitter Files” released by Elon Musk revealed that FBI agent Elvis Chan frequently pressed the social media company to take down posts that he thought violated the site’s terms of service. But there is even more evidence that the federal law enforcement agency appeared to transition from enforcing laws to serving as a volunteer content moderator for private companies.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 01 12:36
As 2022 comes to a close, it’s worth taking a look back and revisiting some of the worst political predictions that were made this year.
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Posted on: Jan 01 12:35
Former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker said during an interview late this week that he believes that the 28-year-old man accused of murdering four University of Idaho students is like notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
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Posted on: Jan 01 12:35
A California court issued a temporary hold on a law that would establish a board permitted to increase minimum wages received by fast food workers.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 01 12:34

Former NBA player John Stockton claimed he knows “hundreds” if not “thousands” of professional athletes that have died as a result of taking the experimental COVID-19 injection.

Stockton, former point guard for the Utah Jazz, joined the “Sideline Sanity” podcast for an interview last month to revise an earlier claim he made that over a hundred professional athletes had “dropped dead” due to the vaccine.

“I think it’s pretty much on record, there’s 150, I think it’s now over 100 professional athletes dead. Professional athletes, in the prime of their life, dropping dead vaccinated, right on the field of play, right on the field, right on the court,” Stockton had said last year.

Now, Stockton doubled down on his claim and even expanded it, claiming he now believes “thousands” of athletes have been killed by the jab.

“I went back and looked; I have names, pictures, faces, where they played,” Stockton told host Michele Tafoya. “I had over 300 at the time, so I felt pretty confident with my 150, and again people had to come out and discuss it. I had the proof in my hands: a piece of paper with the names on it.”

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 01 12:20
The two men were involved in a dispute at their auto body service business in Lakeland, Florida, on Thursday. The argument quickly devolved into a shootout, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. One of the business owners was killed immediately; the other died shortly afterward after attempting to flee the scene in his truck.
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Posted on: Jan 01 11:57
The Swiss government has rejected the idea of introducing a “third gender” or “no gender” option for official records.
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Posted on: Jan 01 11:56
Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation on Saturday that legalizes human composting.
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Posted on: Jan 01 11:55