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"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." -- Buckminster Fuller
This weekend President Joe Biden gave his first interview in over 200 days to “60 Minutes,” and boy, was it a doozy. It was filled with contradictions and policy bombs, forcing the White House to initiate its usual damage control status.
My favorite statement from the leader of the free world was the announcement that the COVID pandemic is “over.”
Well, he was reasonably careful to leave the door open to slide back into pandemic panic if the occasion were to arise, but his initial comments were unequivocal.
The public health community naturally believes otherwise and appears to feel a certain way about how they found out about the President’s announcement. So, is the honeymoon between Big Public Health and the White House over?
Webmaster addition: "Of course it's not over! There is still plenty of money to be made off of this!!!" -- Fauxi
This is life in Beirut at the moment. Amid an economic crisis born of government error (the redundancy of all redundancies), the electricity that powers modern living standards is intermittent. Ms. Tutunjian operates with great speed in the middle of the night because that’s when the odds of electricity access are greater.
In the words of Abdulrahim, upon getting up Tutunjian “stripped the sheets off the bed – soaked with sweat from Beirut’s stifling and humid heat,” only for her to start “the first of as many loads of laundry as the electricity would allow.”
Please stop and think about the misery they’re presently enduring in Beirut. Please think about it in terms of what global warming alarmists would like to foist on others. It’s surely others simply because vanishingly few of us in the more developed parts of the world would willingly suffer as Ms. Tutunjian does nightly for the alleged “greater good” of energy starvation.
Thinking about this more specifically, John Kerry is a big believer in the supposedly looming horrors of global warming, but does any reader seriously think that he wakes up to sheets soaked in sweat during Washington, D.C.’s unbearable summers? The question answers itself, after which there will be no writing about Kerry’s presumed hypocrisy.
Country music star Trace Adkins refused to shy away from his support for former President Donald Trump in a segment on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” saying he isn’t “asking forgiveness for sh*t.”
Adkins’ comments came during a segment with him, Maher, journalist Julia Ioffe, and former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham.
Maher, the host, suggested America needs to have a diversity of opinions rather than taking sides. Meacham agreed but jabbed Trump supporters about accepting the rule of law.
“I think when you launch an attack on the Capitol. And you undermine the one thing we’ve got that enables this other experiment to go on and I’m not saying the other side’s perfect,” Meacham said.
A new California law forgave around $50 million of San Francisco’s traffic fine debts, and is expected to forgive around $500 million debts statewide.
All parents of students in the William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, California (in northern Los Angeles County; Santa Clarita includes the area of Valencia and Six Flags Magic Mountain), were sent this email on September 19, 2022 by the school district:
Good Evening Families,
As most of you have read or heard on the news, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than morphine and is now causing more deaths in Santa Clarita than almost anywhere else in Los Angeles County.
This year alone, our valley has lost 23 people. We are highly concerned about our young people as many drugs including marijuana may contain deadly levels of fentanyl which cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled.
We are asking all high school principals to show the following 21 minute video to our students this Thursday, September 22nd. Please screen the video and contact your school principal if you wish to have your child opted out of the viewing. If you have children in junior high, it is recommended that you watch the film together and discuss the serious dangers of taking any substance without knowledge of its contents.
Bill Maher stated on his show that Americans are so concerned about issues such as the Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ materials coming into schools that they will vote for Donald Trump if he decides to run again in 2024. Maher also stated that Americans would do this despite Trump being a “creep.”
The comments came on Maher’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He held a 15-minute long panel in which he stated that the liberal propaganda pushed in schools is now so bad that many parents will feel that they need to vote for the normalcy they can find with Trump being back in the White House.
Maher has said that voting for or against Trump will boil down to what someone’s particular priorities are. He stated that his two biggest issues personally are saving Democracy and the environment. Maher then said that many parents would ultimately vote for Trump. After all, they will be forced into his arms
because they see everything the liberals are doing in the schools and aren’t pleased with it.
Kiev will no longer request weapons deliveries from the West, only after Ukraine prevails over Russia, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba claimed on Monday, adding that the supplies are part of a “recipe to defeat” Moscow’s forces.
Speaking to Bloomberg TV, Kuleba indicated that despite a constant flow of Western armaments into the country, Kiev needs even more of them, given that it is now fighting such an “enemy” as Russia.
“Sometimes I’m being asked when there is enough of weapons that we have received. And I always say… it will be enough only after Ukraine wins. Until then, we will be asking for more,” he stated.
The Foreign minister also noted that Kiev’s recent counter-offensive in Kharkov region has shown that the combination of Ukrainian forces’ “stamina” and Western-supplied weapons, most of which come from the US, are “the recipe to defeat Russia on the ground.” Moscow, however, insisted that it pulled its troops back from some areas to “regroup” and to strengthen the Russian forces in the Donetsk region.
At the same time, Kuleba admitted that sustainability of Western weapon deliveries is an issue, which needs to be constantly raised by Kiev authorities as they talk with their Western colleagues.
Early Sunday morning, 41-year-old Shannon Brandt allegedly ran over 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson with his car following a political dispute in McHenry, North Dakota.
After being charged on Monday with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident, Brandt admitted that his actions were politically motivated.
Webmaster addition: I guess someone took Biden's Independence Hall speech a bit too literally!
Throughout 2022, President Joe Biden has warned the American people that the GOP “isn’t your father’s Republican Party.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis‘ (R) office fired back at a Democrat sheriff in Texas who announced Monday afternoon that his county was opening an investigation into the 50 illegal immigrants that were flown to Martha’s Vineyard last week.
The Republican attorneys general of 23 states are expected to send a letter Tuesday opposing plans by Visa, Mastercard, and American Express to add a new code to identify gun purchases made at firearm retailers.
The whistleblower recounted being told that “child sexual abuse investigations were no longer an FBI priority.”
Beyond Meat COO Doug Ramsey was arrested following an alleged road rage incident that led to him biting the flesh off of the tip of the victim's nose, according to local news.
Ramsey, 53, was arrested on September 17 and faces charges of terroristic threatening and third-degree battery. The incident took place near the back of Razorback Stadium following the University of Arkansas' win over Missouri state.
Webmaster addition: I thought he was a veggie!!!!
Update(1055ET): Russia's President Putin is set to give a major speech Tuesday evening (Moscow time) amid announcements by pro-Russian authorities in occupied regions of Ukraine that referendums to join the Russian Federation will be held in the coming days.
Russian media is reporting within the last hours (machine translation): "President Vladimir Putin may speak on Tuesday, September 20, regarding referendums in the territories of the LPR, DPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. RBC was told about this by three sources close to the presidential administration. The speech is expected before the end of the day, what exactly the head of state will say is unknown to RBC's interlocutors."
There are reports that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will also be by Putin's side, leading some pundits to speculate we are about to see a possible formal declaration of war and "national mobilization" of Russian society.
The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow model estimate for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the third quarter of 2022 is just 0.3 percent now, down from 0.5 percent on September 15, down from 1.4 percent on September 7, and down from 2.6 percent on September 1.
Another day, another shock from a raging hawk of a central bank which until just a year ago was one of the world's biggest doves.
Not that long after the Swedish central bank appeared lock into NIRP for ever, this morning the Swedish central bank surprised markets with a full percentage-point hike (consensus looked for "only" 75bps), the biggest ever under the current monetary-policy regime.
The man who made headlines earlier this week for brandishing an axe at a Lower East Side McDonald’s is speaking out, claiming he’s “not unhinged” and insisting 18 hours in jail was ample punishment for his crime.
Jared Bernstein, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Joe Biden, on Monday claimed that the White House has successfully led the charge against inflation and cut the budget deficit.
Weeks after President Joe Biden announced broad student-loan forgiveness, the companies that service those loans are still grappling with how to implement the relief.
At the end of August, Biden said he would cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for federal borrowers making under $125,000 a year. His Education Department said the relief will be automatic for some, while the majority will have to apply for it in early October. Borrowers and student-loan companies are still struggling to understand the mechanics of actually qualifying for, and getting, that relief.
During Barclay's Global Financial Services Conference last week, Navient CEO Jack Remondi expressed concerns with the logistics of Biden's debt relief and the lack of clarity companies have at this point.
"Probably the most challenging thing for us right now is what we don't know," Remondi said. "There's more we don't know about the plan and the program than we do know about what's going to happen. It's created all types of confusion. Call volume, for example, spiked almost eight times normal level after the announcement as customers wanted to know information, and we of course had to respond, 'we don't know.'"
WALMART has plans to start charging shoppers for substitutions they receive when an item in an online pickup or delivery order contains an out-of-stock item and customers are not happy.
Originally, customers have been charged the same price for the item they initially ordered, even if the substituted item was more expensive.
A memo that was sent to Walmart store managers Friday said the new substitution pricing policy is to be updated in the coming weeks Credit: Getty
This change comes as the store continues to expand its grocery market share while trying not to alienate its value-based customers.
"Moving forward, customers will now pay the list price for specific substitution items made on their order," the memo reportedly said.
On March 5, Ukraine’s Putsch “Prime Minister” Arseniy Yatsenyuk, arbitrarily sacked three senior Defence Ministry politicians, Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Oleynik, with Deputy Defense Ministers Vladimir Mozharovskiy and Arturo Francisco Babenko.
According to Itar-Tass (6th March 2014) they had drawn Yatsenyuk’s ire by expressing:
“sharp criticism over giving the Right Sector militants the status of regular military units.”
A contact of the publication stated that one of the three had also:
“told Yatsenyuk that actions of today’s Kiev authorities in overtures with radical nationalist organizations would destroy national unity” and that it was simply: “harmful to involve the state military agency in such dangerous games.” Their stand resulted in “management reshuffles” – in the country in which Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has stated that the US has invested $5 Billion: “in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government.”(1)
After Ron DeSantis sent planes with illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, an island known for being extremely wealthy and leftist, the island swiftly called in the national guard to help relocate the immigrants. They even raised thousands of dollars for immigrants and kept it for a community fund. Now, residents are speaking their minds.
Surprisingly, it’s not as left-leaning as one would suspect. According to Fox News, “One person on this oasis of leftist elites blames federal officials for the immigration crisis that shot Martha’s Vineyard into the national spotlight.”
CNN’s Don Lemon pushed a British royal commentator Monday night on the issue of whether the royal family needed to pay reparations for slavery, and he appeared to be caught off guard by the answer that he received.
When we think of the city that holds the trophy for being the Murder Capital of America, several cities come to mind. For example, Chicago will let murders roam free thanks to the no-bail law it will implement next year. The state of Wisconsin, where they are letting the state’s most dangerous criminals out on parole, comes to mind. However, the murder capital of America isn’t a city you would expect.
According to Fox News, “New Orleans has overtaken St. Louis as the murder capital of America as the city sees a 141% increase in homicides compared to recent years.”
The same news source continued, “According to data from the Metropolitan Crime Commission, an organization that tracks crime and tries to bring it down, there have been 52 homicides per 100,000 residents as of September 11.”
NATO is not waging war against Russia even as it supports Ukraine with large quantities of weapons to help its fight against Moscow, the chair of the NATO Military Committee Robert Bauer said on Tuesday.
During an interview with Estonian public broadcaster ERR, Bauer was asked whether the massive aid packages that Ukraine receives from NATO mean that the alliance is “at least partially” at war with Russia. Bauer, however, dismissed the notion.
“NATO is not at war with Russia. I have to state this very clearly,” he said, but added that this would be the case if Moscow attacked one of the bloc’s own members.
Bauer said the alliance is trying to make that “as clear as possible” to Russia, “that we would defend every inch of our ally’s territory” in such a scenario.
Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers acknowledged in court filings on Monday that the former president could face criminal charges in the investigation into the U.S. government records that he kept at his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago.
The precursor to the FBI, the Bureau of Investigation, was created in 1908 in large part to investigate political threats to the power of the robber barons. These threats included striking workers, anarchists and communists. Driven initially by fears of communist revolution following the Russian Revolution and then the massive strikes and labor militancy of the 1930s, the Bureau of Investigation became the primary federal tool for surveilling and subverting left organizing. It was taken over by J. Edgar Hoover in 1924 and transformed into the FBI in 1934, when it became a massive domestic intelligence-gathering operation with files on millions of Americans including politicians, celebrities, labor leaders, journalists, religious figures, and anyone suspected of subversive leanings, many of whom were people of color, Jews, and other members of historically oppressed communities. Tim Weiner, in his book, Enemies: A History of the FBI, meticulously documents the political origins of the FBI and its dirty tricks.
In the 1960s, Hoover identified a new subversive threat: the civil rights movement. The Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), was an FBI-created program that spied on and undermined both socialist leaders and civil rights movement leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., and helped coordinate local attacks on the Black Panthers, the Socialist Workers Party, and many other groups. FBI agents attended activist groups’ meetings, openly photographed license plates of attendees, wiretapped phones, sent fake correspondences, and used informants to plant false rumors about marital infidelities and police cooperation to sow fear and dissension. The FBI was directly involved with local officials in Chicago who conspired to assassinate Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.
The history of the FBI is one of repressing movements for liberation and carrying out wars on marginalized communities.