Thought for the day

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance." -- Carl Sagan, 1995, apparently having invented a time machine

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US health officials today approved Pfizer and Moderna's bivalent Covid vaccines for babies, in a move bound to draw criticism.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has green-lit plans for the updated shots to be given as part of a three-dose course for children aged six months to four years.

Agency officials said they 'encourage parents and caregivers' to get their child vaccinated 'especially as we head into the holidays and winter months'.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:36

The city of Minneapolis will pay out $50,000 each to twelve individuals injured by police during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots of 2020.

These incidents broke out nationwide at the time and caused billions of dollars in damages and between six to twenty homicides, according to the Blaze.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and the city of Minneapolis agreed in October about these payouts, and they will be paying out this hefty sum to twelve people injured by police at that time.

The city council signed off the agreement on October 20, which was signed off by Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey six days later. Finally, a federal judge also signed off on the agreement on Wednesday.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:35

Offshore wind farms have become integral to President Joe Biden’s version of the Green New Deal.

The idea is that arrays of wind turbines would spin in the ocean breeze, creating carbon-free electricity and thus helping to combat climate change.

The Blaze reports that offshore wind farms have an environmental impact that their proponents have yet to anticipate.

“A new study has cast significant doubt on whether the White House’s plan and similar initiatives to tackle so-called climate change can be accomplished without creating some substantial negative environmental changes all their own.

“In addition to impacting regional atmosphere, ‘multiple physical, biological, and chemical impacts on the marine system have been identified,’ all resultant of these ‘environmentally jus[t]’ solutions.”

The peer-reviewed study, published in the Springer Nature journal Communications Earth & Environment “examined the impact of wind farms in the North Sea, which lies between Great Britain, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Since the sea is shallow and the wind in the region is stable, the North Sea is a ‘global hotspot for offshore wind energy’ and home to the world’s largest offshore wind farm.”

Posted on: Dec 08 13:33

The European Commission has announced on Wednesday that a new program to aid civil society, students, scientists and professionals in Belarus worth 25 million euros was endorsed.

The statement released by the European Commission explains the objectives covered by the allocated funds.

Firstly, funds are provided to "civil society activists to promote democratic changes and human rights in Belarus." The European Union believes that thanks to this aid, they would be "able to continue their work despite the very difficult context on the ground."

Additionally, financial aid is provided to students and professionals "in accessing modern quality education, training and learning opportunities, including through a scholarship program and by facilitating contacts between Belarusian and EU-based professionals and organizations."

Posted on: Dec 08 13:24

- It is currently impossible to completely restore Ukraine's energy system to what it was before the crisis, Ukrainian media quoted President Vladimir Zelensky as saying in a video address on Wednesday.

"I've held a meeting on the stabilization of the energy system and the protection of our power plants. We are constantly increasing the generation and supply of electricity - we are adding more volume every day. But we should not forget that it is now impossible to restore 100% of the energy system as it was before," Zelensky said.

Consequently, scheduled blackouts are continuing in the majority of cities and districts, he said.

"As of this evening, the largest number of blackouts is in Kiev and the Kiev, Lvov, Zhitomir, Khmelnitsky, Poltava, Vinnitsa, and Transcarpathia regions," the president said.

Meanwhile, Ukrenergo grid operator CEO Vladimir Kudritsky said that Ukraine's power grid is still working despite taking major damage.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:24

The ringleader of a US-supported opposition group, Maryam Rajavi, has admitted to organizing the recent riots in Iran, the Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday, citing the information posted on Rajavi’s official website.

"This movement [riots] was well-organized by the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) with the use of rebel centers," Tasnim quoted Rajavi, who heads MKO, as saying. "[We consider] the National Council of Resistance of Iran [established by us] as an alternative to the current regime," she said.

This remark by Rajavi was deleted from her website several hours later.

Earlier, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that Rajavi, who used to call herself "president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran," announced "a presidential bid for the transition period" on social media. Rajavi and her husband, Massoud, are responsible for the death of 17,000 innocent Iranians, the news agency said.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:21

Hundreds of workers at Shelter, a British housing and homeless charity, have launched industrial action, joining thousands of striking employees in various economic sectors across the country.

More than 600 workers at the charity started their protest action on Monday, in what their union, Unite, described as "a bitter dispute over pay."

Staging the strike, the Shelter's staffers said the combination of insufficient payment and soaring inflation has prompted them to start worrying about their own housing security.

Unite said Shelter's management has imposed a three-percent salary rise, which it claimed "has left many of its own staff being unable to pay their rent" and haunted with the possibility of being made homeless.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:21

Thousands of Britain's Border Force workers announce a Christmas period strike over pay, joining thousands others of striking employees in various economic sectors across the country.

The workers' Public and Commercial Services Union announced the industrial action on Wednesday.

It said the protest move stands to affect passport booths at Heathrow and Gatwick airports as well as Birmingham Airport, Cardiff Airport, Glasgow Airport, Manchester Airport, and the Port of Newhaven.

The union's General Secretary Mark Serwotka said around 2,000-3,000 staff would be involved in the walkouts on December 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:20

The new package of sanctions against Russia may include a clause on the blocking of four Russian TV channels. Such a measure of influence on the Kremlin is proposed in the official statement of the European Commission (EC), made on behalf of its head Ursula von der Leyen.

"We will strike at the Russian propaganda machine by additionally disconnecting four channels and all other platforms for distributing content from the air," the European Commission said in a statement.

At the same time, von der Leyen did not specify which Russian TV channels she was referring to. The measures announced may be in the next, ninth package of sanctions against Russia. According to the head of the EC, Europe is taking such measures because it supports Ukraine and wants to "make Russia pay for its cruelty."

In the same statement, the politician admitted that the new package of sanctions would ban Russia's access to unmanned aerial vehicles. This also applies to technologies obtained with the help of third countries.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:18

UK PM Rishi Sunak has said that the British government "cannot solve" all the problems UK citizens are facing, as per a report from Sputnik news. Sunak, however, stated that he will be honest with UK citizens on the economic challenges that the country faces. The new UK PM's government is slated to introduce a budget on November 17th. 

Rishi Sunak said that he was "confident" that the British people will consider his autumn budget fair and compassionate. The British state, due to Liz Truss' economic plans, has witnessed a decline in revenue. Sunak faces the challenge of navigating the economy without cutting public spending too much. Heavy cuts in public spending, especially cuts in the NHS' budget, will lead to backlash at the voting booth. 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Polish nationalists can’t wait to seize western Ukraine.

"As for the governments of some of our neighbors, Poland, nationalist elements there dream of taking back their so-called historical territories, seizing the western territories that Ukraine gained as a result of a decision by Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin following World War II," the president said at a meeting with the Human Rights Council.

He said "these territories were taken away from Poland and given to Soviet Ukraine."

Posted on: Dec 08 13:16

House Republicans are requesting a sit-down meeting with President Biden to discuss the ongoing scourge of fentanyl overdoses after he traveled to Arizona earlier this week but declined to visit the southern border, telling reporters that there were “more important things going on.”

Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, outgoing chairman of the Republican Study Committee, authored the letter obtained by RealClearPolitics. It wasn’t the first, however, that House Republicans have sent.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:16

Preliminary U.S. Customs and Border Protection data obtained by The Center Square from a border agent shows record numbers of apprehensions and gotaways at the southern border in November.

Agents apprehended 212,608 illegal foreign nationals and recorded at least 93,461 who evaded law enforcement and are now living illegally somewhere in the U.S. Combined, they total at least 306,069.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:15

Multiple sources claim the January 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot plan to issue a criminal referral list with former President Donald Trump at the “center” of it.

The committee has indicated it intends to release a final report following a nearly 18-month “investigation” on December 21st.

The panel has suggested the report would focus predominantly on Trump, rather than the failures of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. 

CNN reports that they intend to issue these criminal referrals with Trump at the “center” of it all.

“The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, US Capitol attack is weighing criminal referrals for former President Donald Trump and a number of his closest allies,” they write.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:15

Up to 10 tankers carrying oil from Kazakhstan remain stranded in the Turkish straits of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles, the head of the KazMunayGas Kazakh oil and gas company, Magzum Mirzagaliev, said on Thursday.

“As of yesterday, there were 21 tankers there, including six tankers with oil from TCO [Kazakh oil producer]. In general, we estimate that about eight tankers related to Kazakhstan — from eight to 10 — are among those stranded,” Mirzagaliev told reporters.

Mirzagaliev cited the Kazakh Energy Ministry as saying on Wednesday that the delay in the passage of ships through the Turkish straits had already lasted six days at that point. He also recalled the 14-day bottleneck in the same waters last December.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:14
Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is reportedly gathering with some of his top donors this month as he plots out the course of his political future following his blowout victory in last month’s midterm elections.
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Posted on: Dec 08 13:13
District Judge Michael Stepka decided Wednesday that five men must stand trial in connection with a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to The Associated Press, a saga that has already resulted in convictions for several others.
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Posted on: Dec 08 13:12
More than a thousand New York Times union staffers are preparing to strike Thursday over a disagreement on wages with some staffers asking readers to stand in solidarity with the picketers by not engaging with the publication.
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Posted on: Dec 08 13:11
The University of Idaho (U of I) paid $90,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by three Christian students and a faculty advisor who claimed the university violated their right to free speech.
Posted on: Dec 08 13:11

As the security crisis and energy instability worsen in Europe, mainly in Germany, the unfeasibility of continuing the current European model of automatic alignment with American foreign policy becomes increasingly evident. American rivalry with Russia, passively embraced by European states, seriously violates EU’s interests and places the entire bloc under a serious threat.

Germany is the most economically important country for the EU and at the same time the most dependent on Russia. Without any energy sovereignty and dependent on the partnership with Moscow to supply its internal market, Berlin sought for decades to maintain pragmatic relations with Russia, capable of overcoming any political or ideological rivalries, aiming exclusively at the well-being of the German people and the local economy. But this stance has been completely abandoned.

During the early days of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, Germany was the first country to try to somehow resist American pressure for sanctions, at least as far as energy is concerned. But the Scholz government was absolutely unable to resist pressure from Washington and quickly “surrendered”, favoring the American anti-Russian strategy and harming German interests.

Obviously, without the energy to power its industry, the negative effects have already started to be seen in Germany, but the situation will only get worse as winter gets more severe in Europe. With high energy prices and no prospect of improvement in the short term, as well as under a strong crisis of legitimacy with constant mass protests, the country is truly immersed in a severe crisis which consequences spread beyond national borders, since, with the largest European economy weakened, the whole EU is affected.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:08

A recent alleged death threat against pro-life activists indicates that Jane’s Revenge — the group that has claimed responsibility for several violent attacks against pregnancy centers and pro-life organizations throughout the nation — doesn’t just support the killing of unborn children but is willing to “shoot up” those working against their evil and dystopian dream.

On Saturday, Students for Life Action (SFLAction) members and other Nebraskan pro-life activists reported finding a death threat attributed to Jane’s Revenge posted to the door of the St. John Paul II Newman Center near the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Scott Campus. The pro-lifers were gathering at the facility that morning to attend a Political Leadership Workshop and brainstorm how they could utilize the pro-life organization’s “Campaign for Abortion Free Cities to shut down the late-term abortion facility in the state,” according to a Twitter post from SFLAction President Kristan Hawkins.

Webmaster addition: I guess the FBI is too busy investigating heterosexual white male domestic terrorists ... or something.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:06

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and self-control. But the fruit of public libraries is faux diversity, drag queens, and rejection of the sexes — which is why the taxpayer-funded cesspools are “not interested” in giving Kirk Cameron a storytime slot to read his new children’s book on the fruit of the Spirit to kids.

The actor, writer, and producer “has not gotten a single ‘yes’ from the 50-plus public libraries his publisher has contacted so far,” Fox News reported in a Wednesday exclusive. According to Cameron’s publisher and Fox’s scouring of the libraries’ websites, “Many of the same libraries that won’t give Cameron a slot … are actively offering ‘drag queen’ story hours or similar programs for kids and young people.”

It’s not only drag queen story hours, where adult men derive pleasure from strapping on prosthetic breasts, painting theatrical contour all over their masculine faces, and sporting fishnet tights for an audience of children. These libraries reportedly host queer book clubs, a series called “Every Month Is Pride Month,” and so-called “get free help” events where attorneys and other volunteers help patrons fill out legal paperwork to change their names, record themselves as the opposite sex (or sexless entirely), and alter birth certificates, Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, IDs, and passports. But if you want to read to kids about gentleness, goodness, and kindness, it’s a hard no.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:06

A confession by former German chancellor Angela Merkel regarding the true nature of the Minsk agreements – a roadmap for peace in Ukraine that was brokered by Berlin – could be used as evidence in a tribunal involving Western politicians responsible for provoking the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said.

The former German leader admitted in an interview with Die Zeit on Wednesday that the actual purpose of the Minsk agreements was to give Ukraine time to prepare for a military confrontation with Russia.

“They talk a lot about legal assessments of what is happening around Ukraine, certain tribunals and so on in all sorts of ways,” Zakharova said during a media briefing on Thursday. “But this is a specific reason for a tribunal.”

She claimed that Merkel’s comments were nothing short of the testimony of a person who had openly admitted that everything done between 2014 and 2015 was meant to “distract the international community from real issues, play for time, pump up the Kiev regime with weapons, and escalate the issue into a large-scale conflict,” Zakharova added.

Posted on: Dec 08 13:05