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Aujourd’hui — 3 octobre 2022Signs of the Times

Gavin Newsom signs bill to punish doctors who spread 'Covid misinformation'

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Friday that will allow for physicians to be disciplined for "misinformation" and "disinformation" in relation to Covid, sparking a protest at the State Capitol. Newsom defended his approval of the bill, AB 2098, permitting the state medical board to punish doctors for infractions. "I am signing this bill because it is narrowly tailored to apply only to those egregious instances in which a licensee is acting with malicious intent or clearly deviating from the required standard of care while interacting directly with a patient under their care," the progressive governor wrote in his signing message, reported Epoch Times.

New research demonstrates that political ideology can taint logical reasoning

New research provides additional evidence that political ideology can interfere with logical reasoning. The findings, published in the scientific journal Thinking & Reasoning, shed light on how politically motivated reasoning impacts the ability to correctly evaluate syllogisms. A syllogism is a kind of logical argument that applies deductive reasoning to arrive at a conclusion based on two propositions that are asserted or assumed to be true. ("All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore, Socrates is mortal.") Syllogisms can be valid or invalid, depending on whether the conclusion follows logically from the premises. Importantly, the validity of a syllogism depends on the form of the argument, not on the truth of the premises. "I have always been interested in the psychology behind political opinions and how people judge whether a politically laden statement is true or false. Studying the ability to identify logically valid conclusions on policy issues felt particularly...

Hindawi and Wiley to retract over 500 papers linked to peer review rings

After months of investigation that identified networks of reviewers and editors manipulating the peer review process, Hindawi plans to retract 511 papers across 16 journals, Retraction Watch has learned. The retractions, which the publisher and its parent company, Wiley, will announce tomorrow in a blog post, will be issued in the next month, and more may come as its investigation continues. They are not yet making the list available. Hindawi's research integrity team found several signs of manipulated peer reviews for the affected papers, including reviews that contained duplicated text, a few individuals who did a lot of reviews, reviewers who turned in their reviews extremely quickly, and misuse of databases that publishers use to vet potential reviewers.

A US amphibious assault ship and helicopters in the Nord Stream area days before the explosions

The US Navy has been conducting multiple maneuvers in recent weeks in the area of ​​the suspected sabotage that led to three gas leaks from Nord Stream 1 and 2. On September 2, a US helicopter with the call sign FFAB123 made multiple sorties in the area. According to the site ads-b.nl, this call sign was used for 6 flights of a Sikorsky MH-60S helicopter that day.

Flash flood ravages district in central Vietnam

One baby died and dozens of houses were crushed as rain water and mud gushed into Ky Son District in Nghe An Province early Sunday. Rainfall measured at 115 millimeters caused streams to overflow and pour down Ta Ca Commune early Sunday. Fifteen houses were swept away while others collapsed. A four-month old girl was knocked off her mother's arm. Only the mother survived.

The CMA in Canada doesn't want to talk about the excessive number of Canadian doctor deaths

On their website, they say, "make supporting physician health an imperative for the CMA." This is bullshit. They don't give a damn. Here's the proof. Dr. William Makis has been speaking out about the Canadian doctors who died shortly after the latest booster. He's got more info tracking doctor deaths in Canada than anyone I know. For example, watch this interview.

Common Nighthawk from North America turns up in Oxfordshire, UK

Birdwatchers who descended on an Oxfordshire town for the chance to snap an extremely rare bird have raised thousands of pounds for charity. Photographers headed to Hallett Close in Wantage on Monday (September 26) after news broke that a Common Nighthawk was spotted snoozing on a garden fence. The medium-sized, nocturnal bird weighs just 80g and measures 24cm in length, with a wing-span of 64cm. The Common Nighthawk is native to North America and so there has only been around 30 sightings in the UK, many of which have been on islands rather than the mainland.

Hurricane Ian - Maps and images showing destruction

Hurricane Ian - one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States in recent years - has caused widespread disruption after barrelling across the Caribbean into Florida. Local reports say thousands of people are awaiting rescue and at least 20 people have died - with fears that number may rise. Satellite analysis suggests more than 80,000 properties have been affected by flood waters. Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall in Florida but as it moved into the Atlantic Ocean it regained its hurricane strength and is heading for South Carolina and Georgia - where some people have fled low-lying areas for higher ground and other communities are braced for strong winds, heavy rains and flooding.

Putin speaks to massive crowd celebrating new territories

The former Ukrainian regions made the choice to be with their "historical motherland," the Russian leader claimed. Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed thousands of people gathered on Moscow's Red Square on Friday evening, celebrating the beginning of the process to incorporate four former Ukrainian regions that voted overwhelmingly to join Russia. Putin's emotional speech came just hours after he signed treaties on the inclusion of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, as well as Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, into the Russian Federation. The signing ceremony marked the start of the formal process of accession, which will entail the treaties being reviewed by the Constitutional Court and both chambers of parliament.

US denies 'preposterous' claim they 'sabotaged' Nord Stream 2 - as Trump shares video of Biden promising to 'bring an end' to pipeline

The US government is denying 'preposterous' allegations that it is behind a gas leak in the Baltic Sea on Wednesday. It comes as Donald Trump suggested that 'World War III' could be near while sharing a video of President Joe Biden threatening to stop Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Mysterious and alarming leaks were found in both Nord Stream pipelines this week, prompting the European Union to call it the result of a 'deliberate act.'

The October Surprise — Ask not what the Kremlin will do, but what the US will do next

The official Russian reaction to the Nord Stream attack is to identify it as a US military operation, and to wait for an investigation to produce the evidence. That means wait, delay. No retaliation. "How will we respond?" Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday in the most detailed briefing so far from Moscow. "We will respond with an investigation. This is a must, and our law-enforcement bodies have already launched it. This [the gas pipelines] is our property, resources, and infrastructure." "I would like to believe that the international investigation of what happened on the gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea will be objective... We will seek to conduct an honest and objective investigation... I hope that someone in the United States, or maybe someone in Europe — although, unfortunately, Europe in this case can no longer be counted on — someone from the independent investigators will have the desire to clarify the involvement of the United States, the special...

'We own the Science' brags UN chief who works with Google to suppress climate skeptics

Once upon a time Google had the best search engine in the world but solo unfunded skeptics had all the fun and were outscoring the UN, academia, and official government sites. So the UN stopped competing and just colluded with Google to rig the game: Melissa Fleming: (Under-Secretary for Global Communications at the UN) "We partnered with Google. For example, if you Google 'climate change,' you will, at the top of your search, you will get all kinds of UN resources. We started this partnership when we were shocked to see that when we Googled 'climate change,' we were getting incredibly distorted information right at the top. So we're becoming much more proactive. We own the science, and we think that the world should know it, and the platforms themselves also do. But again, it's a huge, huge challenge that I think all sectors of society need to be very active in." (Full transcript here) Naturally this bragging was at the World Economic Forum — the hippest conference-cum-holiday...
Hier — 2 octobre 2022Signs of the Times

SOTT FOCUS: NewsReal: NordStream Sabotage And The End of The (Western) World

What a week - A nationalist wins election in Italy, 'someone' blows up NordStream, Russia formally annexes 4 regions of Ukraine, and Putin delivers a speech for the ages! This week on NewsReal, Joe and Niall discuss the brazen ecological/economic terrorism of blowing up Europe's primary energy source amidst an ecological/economic crisis, the Russian 'loss' in Ukraine of welcoming four new regions into Russia (we know, that's illogical, but such is Western groupthink these days!), and the global rallying call from Putin in his historic speech denouncing Anglo-American imperialism and its crimes against humanity. Running Time: 01:43:35 Download: MP3 — 69.8 MB

Europe threatened with telecoms network blackouts by September, executives reveal

Power outages or energy rationing could cause blackouts to a portion of the mobile networks throughout Europe, International Business Times (IBT) reveals. As a result of Russia's decision to stop gas delivery through Europe's primary supply route due to the Ukrainian situation, the likelihood of power shortages has increased. Comment: This energy crisis is entirely the West's working. The shutdown of numerous nuclear power facilities in France for maintenance has worsened the problem.

Protesters besiege French Embassy in Burkina Faso, accusing France of sheltering country's ousted leader

Crowds of protesters tried to storm the French Embassy in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Saturday, after special forces staged the second military coup in a year. The protesters accused the former colonial power of aiding the ousted leader, Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, whose whereabouts remain unknown. "Damiba has tried to retreat to the Kamboinsin French military base to prepare a counteroffensive in order to sow division amongst our defense and security forces," spokesman Lt. Jean Baptiste Kabre announced on state television on Saturday on behalf of the new junta leadership. France's Foreign Ministry issued a statement denying any involvement in the events unfolding in Burkina Faso, and insisted that the "camp where the French forces are based has never hosted Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba nor has our embassy."

174 dead at soccer match in Indonesia after police sought to quell on-pitch fan violence causing stampede

Officers fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse agitated supporters of the losing home side who had invaded the pitch after the final whistle in Malang, East Java, on Saturday night, the region's police chief Nico Afinta told reporters. At least 129 people were killed and around 180 injured at a soccer match in Indonesia after a crowd stampede during a riot, police said on Sunday, in what appears to be one of the world's worst stadium disasters, APA reports citing Reuters.

Vermont girls high school volleyball team are barred from OWN locker room due to transgender student

The female players claim the transgender student made a comment to them while they were changing that they found to be 'inappropriate' Members of a Vermont girls high school volleyball team have been banned from using their own locker room and now have to change in a single bathroom stall after they complained about a transgender teammate. Some teammates allege that the transgender player at Randolph Union High School made an 'inappropriate remark' to some of them while they were changing in the locker room. They now want the school to relocate the transgender player, who hasn't been named. No details of the alleged inappropriate remark have been shared. But Vermont's state law means that students can play sports and use the locker which correspond to the gender with which they identify.

Slouching toward endgame

"There is a dark craving for rot... as if decay were an escape from the limits, the oppressive fears and the pains of an individual existence." — Eric Hoffer Since "Joe Biden" flat-out promised last February to "bring an end to the Nord Stream pipeline" — and let's assume he meant both NS 1 and 2 — why seek further to unravel a fake mystery? Is our apparitional "president" not a man of his word? Of course, the machinery behind "Joe Biden" so far denies any credit for the consequential act, but who in this land is unaware that the US government's default setting these days for answering anything is to lie? The purpose of the act was likewise simple, plain, and obvious: to foreclose any possibility of Germany negotiating a separate peace with Russia around the financial and economic sanctions imposed by the USA over the Ukraine operation. Don't you suppose it was clear to any German with half a brain that NATO's joining of the sanctions was nothing less than a one-way ticket to...

Washington split over Ukraine's NATO bid - Politico

Zelensky's unexpected demand to fast-track membership talks has reportedly been met with a mixed reaction. Ukraine's bid for accelerated accession to NATO caught Washington off-guard, driving a wedge between a number of US lawmakers, Politico reported on Friday. When the outlet asked US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she supports Kiev's demand to join NATO, she stopped short of unequivocally endorsing the move, saying: "The US is very committed to democracy in Ukraine. Let's win this war. But I would be for them having a security guarantee." Democratic Party colleague Representative Mike Quigley (D- Illinois) said that Washington should support Ukraine's NATO bid: "Ukraine's fight is the reason we formed NATO in the first place. An authoritarian regime cannot be allowed to wipe out a democratic country." On Friday, following the start of the formal accession of four former Ukrainian regions to Russia, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky demanded that the procedure for joining NATO...

Biden lies at the United Nations

U.S. presidents routinely violate international law and the United Nations Charter. Yet every year they appear before that body and proclaim American innocence. It takes a special kind of hubris for a president of the United States to speak at the United Nations, the place where international law is supposed to be upheld and defended. Yet the representative of the worst violator of international law predictably shows up every September when the United Nations General Assembly holds its annual session. The late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez got it right when he spoke in 2006: "Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world. I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's statement made by the president of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve...

Decoding the Pentagon's online war against Iran

From a click of a button in the US to violence on the streets of Tehran, the latest protests in Iran are being engineered and provoked from outside The civil unrest in Iran in response to the recent death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while she was waiting at a Tehran police station, although rooted in legitimate grievances, also bears the hallmark of a western-sponsored covert war, covering multiple fronts. Mere days after the protests erupted on 16 September, the Washington Post revealed that the Pentagon had initiated a wide-ranging audit of all its online psyops efforts, after a number of bot and troll accounts operated by its Central Command (CENTCOM) division - which covers all US military actions in West Asia, North Africa and South and Central Asia - were exposed, and subsequently banned by major social networks and online spaces. The accounts were busted in a joint investigation carried out by social media research firm Graphika, and the Stanford Internet Observatory, which...

Al Jazeera's 'Labour Files' has blown a hole in the British media's Corbyn narrative

In the years leading up to the 2019 general election, the British media ran a powerful and unremitting campaign that questioned the fitness for office and motivation of Jeremy Corbyn. The most damaging claim was that he turned a blind eye or tolerated antisemitism inside the Labour Party. This narrative often dominated front pages for days on end, and occasionally led coverage on the BBC and other news channels. There is little doubt that these charges inflicted real and lasting damage on the Labour leader, and played an important role in his crushing defeat in the last general election. Over the past week, the Qatar-based media network Al Jazeera has challenged conventional wisdom about the Corbyn years by broadcasting a three-part documentary series alleging that many of the claims made against Corbyn's Labour Party were either false, fabricated or twisted against him. At the same time, it vindicates those around Corbyn against claims that they were lax in dealing with...

Trump scores another win in Mar-a-Lago case

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday scored a major win in the ongoing court battle pertaining to the FBI's seizure of documents from his Mar-a-Lago estate in early August. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in the Thursday ruling, wrote: "There shall be no separate requirement on Plaintiff at this stage, prior to the review of any of the Seized Materials, to lodge ex ante final objections to the accuracy of Defendant's Inventory, its descriptions, or its contents," Special Master Raymond Dearie, whom Cannon appointed to independently review the documents the bureau seized, had sought to require that Trump substantiate his claims that the FBI planted evidence during the raid. Trump repeatedly suggested such on social media posts but his lawyers stopped short of making the claims in formal court filings. Trump's legal team submitted Dearie as a candidate to fill the role of special master. The DOJ agreed that he was a qualified choice and Judge Cannon appointed him earlier this...

Elon Musk text message: RT has 'some good points'

SpaceX and Tesla tycoon Elon Musk wrote in March that RT and other Russian news sources were "entertaining" and made "some good points," according to court documents. Musk refused to block the Russian news agencies' sites from his Starlink internet service, despite pressure from "some governments." In a text message conversation with investor Antonio Gracias dated March 5, Musk revealed that he had "been told" to block the IP addresses of RT and "several other Russian news sources" from his Starlink satellite internet service. "Actually I find their news quite entertaining," Musk confided in Gracias. "Lots of bulls**t, but some good points too."

China's lockdown nightmare is far from over

Another Covid-19 lockdown, another angry confrontation. This time it was on the streets of Shenzhen, China's high-tech hub, where videos this week showed an angry crowd facing off against police officers wearing protective medical gear, including blue gowns, masks and plastic visors. 'Lift the lockdown', the protesters yelled, pushing against hastily erected barricades. Some threw plastic bottles at the police. In one clip, a woman can be heard shouting, 'The police are hitting people'. The protest, one of several reported in the city, followed an order for residents of three districts to stay at home after just ten infections were detected. Subway stations were closed, and affected areas cordoned off. The city of 18 million people, which is located next to Hong Kong, has faced a series of lockdowns this month. Covid outbreaks have been reported in more than 100 cities since early September. The authorities have stepped up their ruthless and often chaotic restrictions ahead of a...

Pelosi: More migration is 'the best thing...for our economy'

Congress can best help the American economy by importing more lower-wage, lower-skill workers for companies that would otherwise hire Americans and invest in high-tech machinery, according to House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA). She told Capitol Hill reporters: "Right now, the best thing that we can do for our economy is to have comprehensive immigration reform." Art Arthur, a former immigration judge who now works for the Center for Immigration Studies, countered: "When you import cheap labor, you take away the incentive for businesses to raise wages. So long as you have a steady supply of cheap labor, you don't make the sort of investments in training and infrastructure that you would otherwise."

West African country's junta ousted in coup

A faction of the Burkina Faso military claimed power in Ouagadougou on Friday, in the second coup d'etat in the West African country this year. Captain Ibrahim Traore has replaced Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba at the head of the military junta, citing his failure to deal with an Islamist militant insurgency. Damiba had rejected the officers' proposals and continued with policies that had led to the fall of the previous government. Traore said in a statement he read on national television on Friday evening, announcing the takeover: "Faced with the deteriorating situation, we tried several times to get Damiba to refocus the transition on the security question. Damiba's actions gradually convinced us that his ambitions were diverting away from what we set out to do. We decided this day to remove Damiba." The new junta pledged to maintain all of Burkina Faso's commitments and urged the civilian population "to go about their business in peace." However, the country's borders have...

Discovery of new microscopic species expands the tree of life

Scientists have discovered several very rare species of microorganisms, some of which have never been seen before and others which have escaped the curious eyes of scientists for over a hundred years. The discovery of these elusive species, published in the scientific journal PROTIST, was made by an unconventional duo who never met in person; Professor Genoveva Esteban of Bournemouth University and James Weiss, an independent scientist operating in his private lab in Warsaw, Poland, with his two cats. Their approach to science, and unearthing of these new and rare organisms, will help scientists and the public learn more about life at a microscopic level. They also hope it will inspire thousands of young people into science, and prove the importance of microscopic life to everyone on the planet.

Putin says US/UK obviously benefitted from Nord Stream attack, US denies it - but Blinken says it created a 'great opportunity'

The US and UK orchestrated the blasts on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, which delivered Russian natural gas to Germany, because they "obviously" benefit from it, President Vladimir Putin insisted on Friday. Putin accused Washington of trying to pressure the EU into banning Russian supplies to "completely get its hands on the European market." "But the sanctions are no longer enough for the Anglo-Saxons," he said, using Russian shorthand for the US-UK transatlantic alliance. "They have turned to sabotage - it's unbelievable, but it's a fact - by organizing the explosions on the Nord Stream international gas pipelines," the president stated. "They de facto began the destruction of the common European energy infrastructure. It's obvious to everyone who benefits from it. Those who benefit are the ones who have done it." US Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced Putin's statement as part of "outrageous misinformation and disinformation campaigns" coming...

British defence source says leaks to Nord Stream pipelines were likely a premeditated attack using remote-control explosive devices

The source said any mines could have been lowered to the seabed on a long line, dropped over the side of a boat or placed next to the Nord Stream pipelines with an underwater drone months or even years ago. A suspected act of sabotage - possibly by Russia - against gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea was likely a premeditated attack using underwater explosive devices detonated remotely, according to a British defence source. Comment: Pre-meditated? Of course. But the 'Ruskies did it' is silly on its face. Why would Russia destroy a structure it spent nearly a decade building at great expense, when a simple valve turn would have the same effect. For that matter, why would any sane country destroy a future source of revenue? The Empire won't be forever The source said any mines could have been lowered to the seabed on a long line, dropped over the side of a boat or placed next to the Nord Stream pipelines with an underwater drone months or even years ago. Comment: Gee, really? Maybe...

FDA wants to update definition for 'healthy' claims on food labels

A new Food and Drug Administration proposed rule, "Food Labeling: Nutrient Content Claims; Definition of Term Healthy," released on September 28, would offer new guidance to brands who label their products as "healthy" options. The FDA is looking to regulate the use of the word because of the rise of diet-related illnesses in the U.S. "In the current marketplace, about 5 percent of all packaged foods are labeled as 'healthy,'" the FDA writes in the proposal. "Because nutrition science has evolved over time, updating the definition of the implied nutrient content claim 'healthy' to closely align with nutrition science underpinning the Dietary Guidelines, 2020-2025 will better inform consumers who are selecting those products to choose a more healthful diet, which may result in lower incidence of diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes." So what does this mean? Let's say you're walking down the cereal aisle in the grocery store. Dozens of...

NATO on the horns of a dilemma after former Ukrainian regions vote to join Russia

Moscow is flipping the bloc's script by moving to absorb Kiev's lost lands, thus switching the fight to its own turf By infusing tens of billions of dollars' worth of military aid into Ukraine, NATO produced a "game-changing" dynamic designed to throw Russia off balance. By undertaking the referendums in Kherson, Zaporozhye, Donetsk, and Lugansk, Russia changed the game altogether. The ancient Greeks spoke of lemma as representing a logical premise, a matter taken for granted. This contrasted with a dilemma, or "dual premise", where one would be presented with an either/or proposition. The Romans furthered this notion, referring to a "double premise" as argumentum cornutum, of the "horned argument," because by answering one argument, an individual would be impaled by the logic of the second. Thus are the ancient roots of the modern idiom, "on the horns of a dilemma." This is the ultimate objective of maneuver warfare, for example: to position your forces in such a manner as to...

Deadly ebola-like virus SHFV 'poised for spill over' into humans, new study claims

Scientists fear they've found the next big pandemic threat — a virus that lives in African monkeys. Simian hemorrhagic fever virus (SHFV) causes devastating Ebola-like symptoms including internal bleeding and kills virtually every primate it infects. The virus hijacks the immune system, disabling key defense mechanisms and breaking the body down cell by cell. No cases have been detected in humans yet but it is 'poised for a spillover', according to US researchers. By developing tests and monitoring the virus now 'the global health community could potentially avoid another pandemic', they said.

London gold dealer runs out of bullion amidst shocks to UK economy

When the pound slumped as Kwasi Kwarteng presented his mini-budget, some Britons rushed to the safety of a haven that's recently lost its luster: gold. As the UK currency slid to an all-time low early Monday, bullion priced in pounds climbed close to a record. That would typically encourage selling and deter buyers, but this time round the turmoil in British bond and currency markets increased the allure of the precious metal. "Buying has increased exponentially," said Ash Kundra, who runs coin dealer J Blundell & Sons in London's historic Hatton Garden jewelry quarter. "I keep running out of coins, I keep running out of bars."

Mountain lion attacks 7-year-old in California park

A 7-year-old California boy walking in a park Monday was attacked by a mountain lion, which bit him on the buttocks, officials said. Capt. Patrick Foy of the California Fish and Wildlife Department told KABC the attack took place in Pico Canyon Park outside Santa Clarita. "The young boy ... was walking up some stairs and was attacked from behind by a mountain lion and bitten in the buttocks," he said. The boy's injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.

BEST OF THE WEB: Hurricane Ian knocks out power to 2 million on destructive path across Florida - at least 77 dead (UPDATES)

Ian was expected to dump 12 to 18 inches of rain on much of central and northeast Florida, with some locations being hit with as much as 2 feet of rain. Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday, lashing the region with torrential rain and winds of 150 mph and knocking out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses. The "catastrophic" system, one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the U.S. in decades, came ashore near Cayo Costa, just west of Fort Myers, around 3 p.m. after strengthening to a powerful Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said. Hours after landfall, top sustained winds had dropped to 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane. Still, storm surges as high as 6 feet were expected on the opposite side of the state, in northeast Florida. "Our streets are pretty much underwater," said Mike McNees, the city manager on Marco Island. "The streets, at this point, are indistinguishable from the canals."

Even Biden noticed that Truss is stupid

Truth is More Believable Than White House Fiction. This is how the White House described Biden's meeting with Truss at the UN. THE WHITE HOUSE SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 - President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Prime Minister Liz Truss of the United Kingdom on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. President Biden expressed his condolences for the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and his appreciation for the opportunity to pay his respects at the State Funeral. The leaders committed to continuing their governments' close coordination on global challenges, including support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression, addressing challenges posed by China, and securing sustainable and affordable energy supplies. The leaders discussed the importance of continued support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. They also affirmed their shared commitment to protecting the gains of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. What they really...

'Chaotic market breakdown' looms as Federal Reserve split over rate hike

Back in early 2018, around the time the Fed was confident it could hike its way to around 4% without an accident, and with balance sheet QT on "autopilot", we first warned that every fed tightening cycle leads to a crisis. A few months later, in late December, this was confirmed when the Fed panicked and ended its tightening cycle very prematurely. Shortly after it started restarted (NOT) QE, which was then followed by the liquidity supernova that was the covid global lockdowns, and everyone knows the rest. So fast forward to the start of 2022, when just as the Fed was setting off on its latest tightening campaign, we again reminded readers that "every Fed tightening cycle ends in disaster and then, much more Fed easing."

Credit Suisse at 'critical moment' as stock prices crash below levels seen during 2008 financial crisis

Credit Suisse Group AG's Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Koerner said the bank is at a "critical moment" as it prepares for its latest overhaul, while stressing the bank's strength. In the second carefully-worded memo sent to reassure staff in as many weeks, Koerner told employees not to confuse the "day-to-day" stock price performance with the Swiss firm's "strong capital base and liquidity position." The shares are hovering near a record low.

Russian gas stops flowing to Italy after Austria refuses 'to confirm nominations'

Russian energy giant Gazprom PJSC suspended natural gas deliveries to Eni SpA, Italy's largest oil company, on Saturday, reported Bloomberg. "Gazprom informed that it is not able to confirm the gas volumes requested for today, stating that it's not possible to supply gas through Austria. Therefore, today's Russian gas supplies to Eni through the Tarvisio entry point will be at zero. Eni will provide updates in case supplies will be restored," Eni wrote in a statement on its website. An Eni spokesperson told Bloomberg that Austria is still receiving NatGas from Gazprom: "We are working to check with Gazprom whether it is possible to reactivate the flows to Italy." Gazprom said NatGas flows from Austria to Italy were suspended because the Austrian operator refused to confirm "transport nominations" after recent regulatory changes in the landlocked country in the southern part of Central Europe.

Video shows major fire break out at Crimean airfield as military aircraft skids off runway

A military aircraft loaded with ammunition skidded off the runway at an airfield in Crimea on Saturday, resulting in a major fire, according to the local authorities. Photos and videos published on social media showed massive plumes of black thick smoke billowing over the area where the Balbek military airfield is located not far from the port city of Sevastopol. Some witnesses also claimed to have heard explosions in the area. The incident at the airfield was caused by a military aircraft, Sevastopol Mayor Mikhail Razvozhaev said in a Telegram post. The aircraft skidded off the runway while landing and caught fire, according to the mayor, citing local emergency services. Later, Razvozhaev also said that the ammunition onboard detonated.

China orders state banks to get ready for largest dollar dump in 30 years - Reuters

China has told state-run financial institutions to prepare to sell off their dollar holdings while stocking up on offshore yuan, as Beijing tries to bolster the national currency, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. The simultaneous dumping of the US dollar and purchasing of the yuan are expected to avoid further drops in the Chinese currency, which is currently on track for the biggest annual loss versus the greenback in nearly three decades. So far this year, the yuan has dropped over 11% against the dollar. The unnamed source told the agency that the scale of this round of dollar selling to defend the weakening yuan is expected to be "rather big."
À partir d’avant-hierSigns of the Times

'World has entered a period of revolutionary transformation': Highlights of Putin's signing ceremony speech

Moscow will oppose the neocolonialist hegemony of its opponents, the Russian president said Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a historic speech on Friday at a ceremony in Moscow at which he signed treaties paving the way for the inclusion of four former Ukrainian regions into the Russian Federation. Among other things, the president commented on the future of the four regions within Russia, potential talks with Kiev, and the continued neocolonialist policy of the US and its allies, which he says is at the root of many modern crises. Below are some of the key points Putin made in his address:

Zelensky pledges never to talk to Putin

Ukraine will not negotiate with Moscow until Putin is replaced as president, Zelensky and his cabinet said. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky refuses to negotiate a peace settlement as long as Vladimir Putin remains president of Russia. He made this claim in a post on his official Telegram channel on Friday. Zelensky blamed Russia for the failure of negotiations, claiming he had "always offered Russia coexistence on equal, honest, dignified and fair terms, obvious this is impossible with this Russian president. We are ready for a dialogue with Russia, but ... with another president of Russia." Zelensky has repeatedly rejected overtures of peace from Moscow, most recently turning down Putin's offer on Friday to resume negotiations. What made the offer a non-starter for Kiev is that Putin refused to relinquish the regions that voted this week to join Russia. Zelensky declared in his address: "Only the path of strengthening Ukraine and expelling the occupiers from our entire...

Truss should resign as UK Prime Minister, more than half of Britons say

More than half of Britons think Liz Truss should quit as UK premier, according to a YouGov poll that adds to her woes less than a month into the job. The survey on Friday underscores the damage done to Truss's standing and that of her Conservative Party by the huge package of unfunded tax cuts her government unveiled a week ago, triggering a selloff in the pound and government bonds and leaving her party trailing the opposition Labour by a record distance. Some 51% of almost 5,000 Britons surveyed said the prime minister should quit, with 54% saying Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng should resign. Even in the face of a backlash from markets, Tory Members of Parliament and the electorate, Truss and Kwarteng so far have stood firm behind their fiscal package -- which benefitted the wealthiest more than lower earners -- insisting they'll come forward with a medium-term plan for the economy and a set of independent economic forecasts on Nov. 23.

Hurricane Ian's damage to Florida fertilizer plant creates 'concern' about rising food prices

Food industry analyst warns rising ingredient costs 'work their way into' prices at the grocery store With Hurricane Ian forcing the temporary closure of one of America's largest fertilizer production facilities, food industry and agriculture experts are warning it could cause a spike in grocery store prices. Morning Consult analyst Emily Moquin told FOX Business' Jeff Flock Thursday: "There's concern about storm surge, flooding, things that could impact land use, whether it's for growing crops, whether it's for fertilizer, and eventually those things to work their way into the ingredient costs and then work their way down through the system to the prices that we see in the grocery store." While Flock noted in his "Varney & Co." report that it's not currently peak fertilizer season, Hurricane Ian forced Florida fertilizer maker Mosaic Co. to halt operations across Polk County for an unspecified amount of time as disaster relief efforts get underway.

The triumph of the blank state

As a depressive conservative who always sneered at the new atheist movement, I've enjoyed a certain, almost masochistic smugness about the way the sharp decline in American religious practice has led to a proliferation of wacky beliefs. I told you so, I laugh, as our boat heads for the rocks and certain doom for all of us. And every month I read something else in the media which makes me think, with the best will in the world and a sincere belief in improving our lot, that country's ruling class is losing its grip on reality. To take one example, an article in the Atlantic recently made the case: 'Separating sport by sex doesn't make sense, because it 'reinforces the idea that boys are inherently bigger, faster, and stronger than girls in a competitive setting — a notion that's been challenged by scientists for years.' The author stated that 'though sex differences in sports show advantages for men, researchers today still don't know how much of this to attribute to biological...

Mafia Don Joe and WWIII

The narrative following, unquestioning corporate media will keep up lies and twisted fabrications about Russia until the very end. I agree with Diane Johnstone that Joe Biden, the pretend president of the United States, "just happens to look like a mafia boss, to talk like a mafia boss, to wear a little lopsided half smile like a mafia boss." Johnstone then asks, as have many outside the insane asylum of corporate propaganda media, why in the hell would Putin blow up the Nordstream pipeline, a project that cost his nation billions of dollars, when it could, and has to a large degree, shut off the tap. As Johnstone points out, The Baltic Sea is a nearly closed body of water, with narrow access to the Atlantic through Danish and Swedish straits. The waters near the Danish island of Bornholm where the Nord Stream pipelines were sabotaged by massive underwater explosions is under constant military surveillance by these neighbors. "It seems completely impossible that a state actor could...

3 killed in lightning strike in Chhattisgarh, India

A 60-year-old woman, her daughter and a man were killed after being struck by lightning in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Saturday. The incident took place at Kesla village under Lailunga police station limits late Friday evening, a police official said. The deceased were identified as Khulaso Sarthi (60), her daughter Kamla (30) and Sukhiram Banjara (34), all residents of Lailunga, he said. "The victims were hit by lightning when they were trying to find shelter from rain," he said, adding that before the incident, they had gone to a nearby temple. On being informed, police rushed to the village and sent their bodies to the Community Health Centre in Lailunga for autopsy, the official said.

Shallow magnitude 6 earthquake in the North Atlantic Ocean

Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth Date & time Oct 1, 2022 01:18:53 UTC Local time at epicenter Friday, Sep 30, 2022 at 11:18 pm (GMT -2) Status Confirmed Magnitude 6 Depth 10.0 km Epicenter latitude / longitude 53.7113°N / 35.5271°W

How the Sept 11th victims' families search for answers was met with Stonewalling, Lies and Political Theatre

Introduction On November 24, 2007, September 11th widow Lorie Van Auken whose husband Kenneth W. Van Auken had died in the North Tower spoke before an audience at the Episcopal Church-in-the-Bowery. In support of a campaign for the City of New York to investigate the 'attacks,' she remarked: "It turns out almost everything about 9/11 was out of the ordinary, including the fact that it was never properly investigated.... The reason that we need an investigation into 9/11 is because we never actually had one. The 9/11 Commission was not a real investigation. It was political theatre. The family members who were involved with the commission actually had more questions after the 9/11 independent commission was completed than we had before it was begun" [1]. Lorie Van Auken was one of a dozen members of the Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, families went to memorial services for their loved ones and grieved in...

Stone spheres could be from ancient Greek board game

Archaeologists from the University of Bristol have suggested that mysterious stone spheres found at various ancient settlements across the Aegean and Mediterranean could be playing pieces from one of the earliest ever board games. There has been quite a lot of speculation around these spheres found at sites on Santorini, Crete, Cyprus, and other Greek Islands with theories around their use including being for some sort of sling stones, tossing balls, counting/record-keeping system or as counters/pawns. Previous research by the same team from the University of Bristol indicated that there was variability in sphere size within specific clusters and collections of spheres. Following on from this the team wanted to explore potential patterning within these sphere concentrations, to help give an insight into their potential use. The latest study published this week in the Journal of Archaeological Science Reports by Drs Christianne Fernée and Konstantinos Trimmis from the University of...

Putin signs treaties on accession of former Ukrainian regions to Russia

President Vladimir Putin has signed treaties on the inclusion of four former Ukrainian regions, into the Russian Federation. Friday's ceremony marked the start of the formal process of their accession. Heads of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, as well as the leaders of Kherson and Zaporozhye, Vladimir Saldo and Evgeny Balitsky, signed the documents together with Putin. The move follows official requests by the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, as well as the two southern Ukrainian regions, which had declared independence, to join Russia. All four territories held referendums on the issue between September 23 and 27, which saw overwhelming support for the move, according to results announced earlier this week by local election committees. In Donetsk, 99.23% of the people voted to reunite with Moscow, with Lugansk showing a slightly lower figure of 98.42%. Zaporozhye Region highly supported the idea of splitting from Ukraine and...

Head of Russian Security Council: West is the primary beneficiary of Nord Stream pipeline attack

The US stands to benefit economically from the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines and has a record of targeting energy infrastructure with sabotage operations, the head of Russia's Security Council said. "Pretty much from the first minutes after the news of the explosions broke ... the West launched an active campaign for assigning blame. But it is obvious that the primary beneficiary, first of all in the economic sense, was the US," Nikolay Patrushev said on Friday. Comment: In politics, always ask who benefits from this act. The answer to the question can easily lead one to the likely culprit behind the action. He compared this week's incident with the attack on Nicaragua's oil infrastructure in Puerto Sandino in 1983. Back then CIA officers, based on a ship moored in international waters, coordinated a raid by commandos they had trained to fight against the Sandinista government, US press reported at the time. The US spy agency also provided speed boats for the raid,...

Right-wingers score wins in the EU, as Brussels hints at consequences

Europe's far-right scored another victory this week as Italy's Giorgia Meloni and her party, Brothers of Italy, won big in the country's general election. It marks the first time since 1948, when Italy's anti-fascist constitution came into force, that a party with fascist roots has come to power in the southern European country. This follows a similar pattern that happened in Sweden two weeks ago, when that country's far-right claimed a significant electoral victory. Seen as a beacon of liberal social democracy in places like the United States, Sweden will now be ruled by once-fringe populist rightists. We can even see this emerging in historical Eastern Europe, as the latest local elections over the weekend in the Czech Republic saw modest advances for the country's populist opposition. Led primarily by billionaire former prime minister Andrej Babis and his party, ANO, this is by no means a win for the ideological right - but it does show resentment for the prevailing center-right...

Norwegian energy operators spotted unidentified drones before Nord Stream blasts

Norway's offshore energy operators reported an increasing number of unidentified drones near their platforms in the days leading up to the apparent sabotage of the Russian Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines. The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority held a meeting with members of the country's oil and gas industry on Thursday, warning them that recent reports indicated "increased drone activity" over the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). "These craft have been of different sizes, and their presence has been growing - particularly in September," the agency stated, adding that the drone sightings are being investigated by the Norwegian police. In a letter dated last Friday, the agency warned Norway's maritime and aviation authorities that energy operators on the NCS had "recently given warnings/notifications of a number of observations concerning unidentified drones/aircraft close to offshore installations."

Ex-Polish FM deletes tweet implying US sabotaged gas pipeline

Polish MEP and former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski has deleted a tweet in which he thanked the United States for apparently blowing up Russia's Nord Stream gas pipelines. Sikorski still reckons the US had the "motive and the ability" to sabotage the lines. After the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines lost all pressure on Monday following a series of underwater explosions off the Danish island of Bornholm, Sikorski took to Twitter to gloat, posting a photo of a massive gas leak in the Baltic Sea and declaring, "Thank you, USA." He added that the apparent act of sabotage means that Russia will now need to negotiate with Ukraine and Poland to ensure the continued flow of gas to Europe. As of Thursday, Sikorski has deleted his thank-you message to Washington. In a tweet posted on Wednesday, he clarified that he was "glad that the Nordstream ... is paralyzed." "I naturally make working hypotheses about who had the motive and the ability to do so only on my own behalf," he...

West 'clinging to the past' - Putin

Unwilling to accept the inevitable end of its unipolar hegemony, the West is generating problems and crises everywhere in order to cling to the past, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. "We are witnessing a complex process of a more just world order being established " Putin told the video conference of intelligence and security chiefs of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). "Unipolar hegemony is inexorably collapsing, this is an objective reality that the West categorically refuses to accept, and we see everything that follows from this." The US and its allies "cling to the past and try to dictate policy everywhere, from international relations and economics to culture and sports," Putin said, adding that the collective West "does not disdain any method of pressuring countries that choose a sovereign path of development, those who do not wish to submit but freely and independently choose their own future, safeguarding their culture, tradition and values."...

'I can't imagine our future differently': Donbass residents explain why they voted to join Russia

Last week, referendums on once-again becoming part of Russia were held in the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR) People's Republics, as well as in the liberated territories of Zaporozhye, Kherson, and Nikolaev regions (the latter was annexed to Kherson Region). According to the results, the 'For' option won all four by an overwhelming margin. RT's correspondent in Donbass, Vladislav Ugolny, has been observing the sentiment there for the past eight years. He describes how the referendums took place, what they meant to local residents, and why their outcome simply could not have been different. All arguments 'against' For those who are sufficiently immersed in the history of the struggle of the Russian residents of Ukraine for unity with their historic homeland, the results of the referendums are hardly surprising. But it is also worth pointing out from the start that not everyone in these regions took part in the vote. In 2020, one soldier told his comrades-in-arms that he was only...

"We're horrified": Major brands pull Twitter ad campaigns over child porn

When it comes to policing mean tweets - or any opinion to the right of Mao, Twitter's army of pink-haired social justice censors is on it. But when it comes to pedophiles, the social media giant's censorship is so lax that major advertisers - including Dyson, Mazda, Forbes and PBS Kids - have suspended their marketing campaigns or removed ads from 'parts of Twitter' because their promotions were featured next to tweets soliciting child pornography, Reuters reports. DIRECTV and Thoughtworks also told Reuters late on Wednesday they have paused their advertising on Twitter. Brands ranging from Walt Disney Co, NBCUniversal and Coca-Cola Co to a children's hospital were among more than 30 advertisers that appeared on the profile pages of Twitter accounts peddling links to the exploitative material, according to a Reuters review of accounts identified in new research about child sex abuse online from cybersecurity group Ghost Data. -Reuters

Israel admits its involvement in planning a war against Russia

On September 27, the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that Tel Aviv would not recognise the results of referendums held in four districts of Ukraine, where even before the results of the referendums were summed up, it became clear that the overwhelming majority of local residents supported the entry of their districts into the Russian Federation. The Soviet Union severed diplomatic relations with Israel in 1967. Relations were restored only in 1991, shortly before the collapse of the USSR. Today, we can see how "enthusiastically" the Israeli leadership demonstrates its support for Washington's position on many issues. And all this is done for the sake of preserving American hegemony in a unipolar world, in order to please its overseas master, regardless of whether he is a Democrat or a Republican. The main thing is that Israel continues to receive guaranteed assistance from the world gendarme, which ensures the security of Israeli borders, enables the occupiers to pursue a policy...

The Americans did it

In his remarkable book, The Psychology of Totalitarianism, the Flemish psychologist Mathias Desmet explains how collective psychosis can cause people to lose their critical faculties. He cites a famous experiment in which a person can be made to say that one line on a diagram is the same length as another, when in fact it is longer, if seven or eight actors have pretended to come to the same conclusion before him. Desmet is writing mainly about the coercive psychosis of Covid. But the same arguments apply to the current collective psychosis about Russia. For years and decades now, we have been fed horror stories about Russia. These have of course only increased in intensity since the invasion of Ukraine. We have now reached a situation in which entire sections of the media, and their respective national governments, claim to believe things which are simply impossible. The latest example is the apparent sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines. Russia has been immediately blamed...

EU parliamentarian calls to sanction Vanessa Beeley and all observers of Donbass referendums

MEP Nathalie Loiseau of France is lobbying for individual sanctions on all observers of the Russian-organized referendums in the Donbass region. She has singled out journalist Vanessa Beeley not only for her coverage of the vote, but for her reporting on the foreign-back war against Syria's government. A French Member of European Parliament (MEP), Natalie Loiseau, has delivered a letter to EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Borrell, demanding the European Union place personal sanctions on all international observers of the recent votes in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and certain Russian-controlled territories in eastern Ukraine. Obtained by The Grayzone from an EU source, the letter is currently being circulated among European parliamentarians in hopes of securing a docket of supportive signatures. "We, as elected members of the European Parliament, demand that all those who voluntarily assisted in any way the organization of these illegitimate...

Putin outlines goals of 'geopolitical adversaries'

Russia's adversaries in the West are willing to create crises and unleash violence anywhere in the post-Soviet world, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed on Thursday. Addressing a meeting with the heads of intelligence for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Putin said Russia's "geopolitical adversaries" are prepared to turn any country "into a ground zero of a crisis," and to unleash "bloody massacres," Putin said by videolink. "We also know that the West is devising scenarios for inciting new conflicts in the CIS. But we already have enough of them." He pointed to the current military confrontation between Russia and Ukraine, as well as "what is happening on the borders of other CIS countries," an apparent reference to recent border clashes between Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan, as well as between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

US Senate approves $12 Billion in new aid for Ukraine amid war

The US Senate approved $12 billion in new economic and military aid for Ukraine Thursday as part of a stopgap extension of the federal budget into December. The measure, agreed by senators of both parties, includes $3 billion for arms, supplies and salaries for Ukraine's military, and authorizes President Joe Biden to direct the US Defense Department to take $3.7 billion worth of its own weapons and materiel to provide Ukraine. It also provides $4.5 billion for Kyiv to keep the country's finances stable and keep the government running, providing services to the Ukrainian people. It comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to declare the annexation of parts of Ukraine occupied by Russian troops on Friday. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced: "Seven months since the conflict began, it's crystal clear that American assistance has gone a long way to helping the Ukrainian people resist Putin's evil, vicious aggression. But the fight is far from over, and we must, we...

IDF to use armed drones for targeted killings in West Bank

IDF commanders in the West Bank have been given the green light to use armed drones to carry out targeted killings of Palestinian terrorists, with the approval of Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi. According to sources, commanders will now be allowed to use the platforms not only as cover and intelligence for forces during operations but also to carry out strikes should armed gunmen be identified as posing imminent threats to their troops. The order comes as Israeli security forces have encountered a significant rise in shooting attacks and massive gunfire during arrest raids, specifically in the northern West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus. On Wednesday, four Palestinians were killed and 44 others injured during an arrest raid that saw heavy gunfire targeting troops who had entered Jenin's refugee camp to arrest Abd al-Rahman Hazem, brother of the terrorist who killed three civilians on Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Street in April. Kohavi later met with Central Command chief Maj.-Gen....

GOP Rep. Chip Roy blasts Democrats for handling of stock trading bill

Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy is ripping Democrats for claiming publicly that they support a bill aimed at preventing lawmakers from insider trading. In a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Texas Republican slammed Democrats for not moving with any urgency to at least hold a vote on the STOCK Act. Roy noted that he had worked with Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger on the bill that would prevent lawmakers and members of their families from trading individual stocks. He wrote: "As you are aware, the House floor schedule this week contains the 'Possible Consideration of Legislation Related to the STOCK Act.' I am glad to see the House finally taking up the idea of reforming policies related to Member stock trading. However, as one of the original sponsors of reform language — notably introducing HR336, the TRUST in Congress Act, some 2 years ago with my Democrat colleague from Virginia, Abigail Spanberger — I was interested to see the 'final' language via Jake Sherman's...

Memory holed, part II: The "rigged" election

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton raised doubts about elections in the same way, before and after votes. Matt Orfalea's follow-up video his "The Russians Hacked the Election" piece rescues for posterity another key piece of history likely to be suppressed: the fact that both Democrats and Republicans raised doubts about the legitimacy of the election process. This took place not only after 2016, but both before and after the 2020 vote. These campaigns were two sides of the same coin. Trump raised doubts about the reliability of mail-in votes, and admonished supporters ahead of time that a Trump loss should be understood as a fix. Meanwhile, Democrats and media figures — as well as a seemingly endless succession of named and unnamed intelligence sources — argued Russians were bent on corrupting the vote. Hillary Clinton went so far as to say Joe Biden shouldn't concede "under any circumstances."

"No evidence" US involved in Nord Stream pipeline attack because Pentagon says so

Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin has confirmed that the U.S. was not responsible for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline explosion, because the Pentagon told her so. Yes, really. Despite accusations flying that the United States could have been involved in the blasts that have reportedly could scupper the pipelines permanently, and without any investigation having taken place, Griffin's crack journalism has solved the case. Well, that's that then, case closed.

BEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: Reagan Approved Plan to Sabotage Soviets Gas Pipeline In 1982

In January 1982, President Ronald Reagan approved a CIA plan to sabotage the economy of the Soviet Union through covert transfers of technology that contained hidden malfunctions, including software that later triggered a huge explosion in a Siberian natural gas pipeline, according to a new memoir by a Reagan White House official. Thomas C. Reed, a former Air Force secretary who was serving in the National Security Council at the time, describes the episode in "At the Abyss: An Insider's History of the Cold War," to be published next month by Ballantine Books. Reed writes that the pipeline explosion was just one example of "cold-eyed economic warfare" against the Soviet Union that the CIA carried out under Director William J. Casey during the final years of the Cold War. At the time, the United States was attempting to block Western Europe from importing Soviet natural gas. There were also signs that the Soviets were trying to steal a wide variety of Western technology. Then, a KGB...

Genetically modified mosquitoes vaccinate a human

A box full of genetically modified mosquitos successfully vaccinated a human against malaria in a trial funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). The study involved about 200 hungry mosquitos biting a human subject's arm. Human participants placed their arms directly over a small box full of the bloodsuckers.

Heavy rains in Barquisimeto, Venezuela causes flooding and power failures

Civil Protection in Barquisimeto, Lara state, reported that the rains recorded during the afternoon of Tuesday, September 27, caused flooded roads, power failures and fallen trees to be recorded in several areas of the region. The governor of the entity, Adolfo Pereira, offered on Tuesday a first report on the effects of the rains in the region. The authority pointed out that the rain caused at least six trees to collapse on Rotary Avenue. In total, at least 25 fallen trees are counted in various sectors. He explained that crews from the Iribarren fire department are attending to the situation.

BEST OF THE WEB: Hurricane Ian knocks out power to 2 million on destructive path across Florida - at least 21 dead (UPDATE)

Ian was expected to dump 12 to 18 inches of rain on much of central and northeast Florida, with some locations being hit with as much as 2 feet of rain. Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday, lashing the region with torrential rain and winds of 150 mph and knocking out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses. The "catastrophic" system, one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the U.S. in decades, came ashore near Cayo Costa, just west of Fort Myers, around 3 p.m. after strengthening to a powerful Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said. Hours after landfall, top sustained winds had dropped to 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane. Still, storm surges as high as 6 feet were expected on the opposite side of the state, in northeast Florida. "Our streets are pretty much underwater," said Mike McNees, the city manager on Marco Island. "The streets, at this point, are indistinguishable from the canals."

BEST OF THE WEB: Anti-Globalism Is Going Mainstream - Which Means Engineered Disaster Is About To Strike

I have noted in the past that criminals tend to brag about their criminality when they believe there's nothing anyone can do about it. Frankly, in their narcissism many of them can't help but revel in the moment and let everyone know how "superior" they are to the rest of us. We witnessed many moments like this from elitists within globalists institutions the past couple of years at the height of the pandemic pandemonium. There were people like the globalist academics at MIT proclaiming that we were "never going back to normal" and that we were going to have to accept the loss of many of our freedoms for the rest of our lives in order to combat the spread of covid. There were people like Klaus Schwab declaring the beginning of the "Great Reset" and the launch of what the Davos crowd calls the "4th Industrial Revolution." There have also been MANY political leaders like Joe Biden that strut around on the media stage accusing ideological opponents (conservatives mostly) of being...

"Historic levels of fraud": US watchdog estimates $45.6 billion bilked from pandemic unemployment program

A federal watchdog has found that $45.6 billion may have been scammed out of the nation's unemployment program during the pandemic, as fraudsters used a variety of methods to commit fraud - including using the Social Security numbers of dead people, hard-to-trace emails, and the identities of prisoners who were ineligible for aid. According to the Washington Post, a Thursday report by the inspector general for the Labor Department reveals that the program - which helped some 57 million families in the first five months of the crisis - became an easy target for criminals. To siphon away funds, scammers allegedly filed billions of dollars in unemployment claims in multiple states simultaneously and relied on suspicious, hard-to-trace emails. In some cases, they used more than 205,000 Social Security numbers that belonged to dead people. Other suspected criminals obtained benefits using the identities of prisoners who were ineligible for aid. But officials at the watchdog office...

30 ex-FBI agents stand up to support whistleblower who exposed agency's political bias

Thirty former FBI agents, including a retired deputy assistant director, head of counterterrorism and five SWAT team members, have spoken out publicly in support of suspended FBI whistleblower Stephen Friend. Their heartfelt messages, obtained exclusively by The Post, show a deep and widespread anguish about the politicization of the FBI. "It's time to stop the FBI from being the enforcer of a political party's ideology," says Ernie Tibaldi, a retired agent from San Francisco. "We need to re-establish the FBI as the apolitical and independent law enforcement entity that it always was."

BEST OF THE WEB: Unpacking the Ukraine 'Game Change': Is a major conflict inevitable?

Russia is preparing for an escalation in this war. She is augmenting her forces to the minimum level that could deal with a major NATO offensive. This decision was not precipitated by a significant attrition in the existing force. The facts are clear: The militias of Donetsk and Luhansk represent the majority of the Russian allied forces fighting in the Donbas. The militias have been reinforced by contract soldiers from the Wagner Group and Chechen fighters however, rather than by regular Russian forces. But this is about to change. The number of Russian regulars fighting in Ukraine will rise dramatically. However, the referenda in the Ukrainian oblasts come first; and those will be followed by the Government of Russia and the Duma accepting the results and approving the annexation of these territories. After that is concluded and the territories assimilated into Russia, any attack on the new Russian territories would be treated as an act of war against Russia. As former Indian...

Germany to spend €200 billion in attempt to stabilize soaring energy costs

Germany's government says it will spend up to €200 billion to help consumers and businesses cope with rising energy prices. Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Thursday that the government is reactivating an economic stabilising fund and "will do everything it can" to bring prices down. Comment: Without Russia's critical supplies, there's not much it can do. Well, unless they plan on going all Weimar and literally burning money to stay warm. Prices for natural gas -- used to heat homes, generate electricity, and power factories -- have surged across Europe amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Comment: Russia's special operation in Ukraine didn't stop energy supplies, the West sanctioned itself out of the market. Germany previously used the so-called "defensive shield" to support the country during the global financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will cap the price German customers pay for gas and relieve them from inflation.

Indonesia - 6 killed in South Kalimantan landslide triggered by heavy rain

At least 6 people died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in South Kalimantan Province in Indonesia on 26 September 2022. Heavy rain falling on unstable ground near the site of a gold mine led to a massive landslide in Buluh Kuning village, Sei Durian District of Kotabaru Regency, South Kalimantan Province, late on 26 September 2022. Indonesia's disaster management agency BNPB reported 6 people lost their lives in the landslide and emergency teams are searching for a further 5 people thought to be still missing. Six other were injured. Heavy digging equipment is expected at the site to aid the search operation.

The Bank of England just saved the stock market... for now

After a tough week, The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed nearly 550 points on Wednesday. It has been a brutal month for the market, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down about 7.4%, or more than 2,370 points, in September. The main culprit has been the hawkish Federal Reserve, which not only continued to aggressively raise interest rates but also continues to forecast more big rate hikes ahead this year. The market now firmly believes a more severe recession is inevitable in 2023 once these rate hikes fully work their way through the economy.

Tropical Cyclone Noru leaves 4 dead, thousands displaced in Vietnam and Thailand - 18 inches of rain in 35 hours

Disaster authorities in South East Asia report that heavy rain from Tropical Cyclone Noru has caused severe flooding and landslides across parts of Vietnam and Thailand after previously causing widespread damage and flooding in the Philippines. Vietnam Before the storm struck in Vietnam as many as 327,937 people had been pre-emptively evacuated across the provinces of Thua Thien Hue, Danang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Bình Định. Vietnam's Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) reported wind damage in the provinces and cities of Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Kon Tum and Gia Lai from 28 September. Roofs were ripped from houses and areas were left without electricity.

Hungary's Orbán announces referendum on Russia sanctions, 'were not decided democratically but by bureaucrats & elites'

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced a referendum on the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU due to the war in Ukraine. "The sanctions were not decided democratically, but were decided by Brussels bureaucrats and European elites," he said on Monday. "Although Europe's citizens are paying the price, they were not asked," he added. Orbán has been raging for months against the sanctions imposed on Russia, even though Hungary has always voted in favour of the sanctions packages at the Council of the European Union, which has to take these decisions unanimously. The country, however, was able to negotiate an exemption from the Russian oil embargo.

Lubbock police investigating death, 3 dogs believed to be involved captured

On Wednesday, the Lubbock Police Department posted an update regarding an investigation following a death and dog attack in the city. "A death investigation is underway by the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit, following a dog attack in North Lubbock Tuesday morning," reads a portion of the tweet with a link to more information about the investigation. A death investigation is underway by the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit, following a dog attack in North Lubbock Tuesday morning. Click here for more information: https://t.co/epcDvo4rJf pic.twitter.com/DVjRUFib4d — Lubbock Police Dept. (@LubbockPolice) September 28, 2022 The Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit is conducting a death investigation following a Tuesday morning North Lubbock dog attack, the release states.

The Netherlands: Unusually cold in late September

A couple of weeks ago, with a temperature of 13.3 degrees Celsius, it was the coldest September 18th since the start of measurements. In addition, September 27th was one of the coldest ever recorded, with the lowest temperature at 9 degrees Celsius. The previous record dates from 1926, when 10.4 degrees Celsius was recorded in the Dutch municipality of De Bilt. Meteorologist Wouter van Bernebeek told Dutch news site NU.nl: Around this time of year it's normal when it's 18 to 19 degrees Celsius. This week, some places will not even reach 10 degrees Celsius. We have had years with 25 degrees Celsius or more, even in October. In the coming days we will go to 15 to 16 degrees Celsius with fairly cold nights and possibly fog. You really can't call that a late summer.

Canada's gender authorities push for 'two spirit' inclusivity but can't even define the word

The term two-spirit is one that Canadians hear a lot these days, but few actually know it means. Turns out that's because "there is no way to define the term," according to a document produced by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (EFTO). "A lot of Americans ask me what 'two-spirit' means. the fact is that even Canadians don't know, & we aren't allowed to ask. so I was interested in this 30-page ... doc about the issue. Alas, page 10 informs us 'there is no way to define the term,'" tweeted Quillette editor Jon Kay.

German spies secretly helping Ukraine - media

The BND also reportedly backed the illegal 2003 US invasion of Iraq, despite Berlin's official line. German foreign intelligence service BND has been forwarding satellite imagery, radio and phone intercept data to Kiev for months, helping the Ukrainian war effort while Berlin has officially maintained it wasn't party to the conflict, Zeit magazine revealed on Wednesday. The information "can be incorporated into war planning and help the Ukrainian army to assess the combat effectiveness and morale of Russian units or to check their positions," Zeit wrote, describing it as the German contribution to the "turning point" on the battlefield. Zeit also revealed that German spies fed the US some intelligence from Baghdad during the 2003 Iraq invasion. Berlin had officially declined to share information with Washington during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, reportedly to BND's frustration. This time around, however, the spies unanimously decided that the "exceptional historical...

The Justice Department Was Dangerous Before Trump. It's Out of Control Now

The current Trump investigation is just the latest chapter of a long-brewing civil liberties nightmare. On Monday, August 8, Justice Department officials spent nine hours raiding the Mar-a-Lago home of Donald Trump, carrying out 12 boxes of material. When criticism ensued, FBI spokespeople in wounded tones insisted the press eschew the harsh term "raid," and use "execution of a search warrant" instead. "Agents don't like the word 'raid,' they don't like it," complained former assistant FBI counterintelligence director turned MSNBC analyst Frank Figliuzzi. He added with unintentional irony: "It sounds like it's some sort of extrajudicial, non-legal thing." But it was a raid, as the surprisingly enormous number of people who've been on the business end of such actions since 9/11 will report. The state more and more now avails itself of a procedural trick that would have horrified everyone from Jefferson to to Potter Stewart to Thurgood Marshall. Investigating, say, one lawyer,...

First probable impact crater discovered in Spain

The first probable impact crater in Spain has been identified in the southern province of Almeria. The discovery was presented last week at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2022 by Juan Antonio Sánchez Garrido of the University of Almeria. While around 200 impact structures have been identified around the world, the study is the first to identify signs of an impact crater on the Iberian Peninsula. The discovery is the result of 15 years of research by an international team of scientists from the University of Almeria, the Astrobiology Center of Madrid, the University of Lund and the University of Copenhagen. Prof Sánchez Garrido said: "We believe that the impact event occurred around 8 million years ago. We have investigated numerous aspects of the geology, minerology, geochemistry and geomorphology of the region. The basins of Alhabia and Tabernas in the area are filled with sediments dating back between 5 and 23 million years, and they overlie older metamorphic rocks. Much...

Who profits from Pipeline Terror?

Secret talks between Russia and Germany to resolve their Nord Stream 1 and 2 issues had to be averted at any cost. The War of Economic Corridors has entered incandescent, uncharted territory: Pipeline Terror. A sophisticated military operation - that required exhaustive planning, possibly involving several actors - blew up four separate sections of the Nord Stream (NS) and Nord Stream 2 (NS2) gas pipelines this week in the shallow waters of the Danish straits, in the Baltic Sea, near the island of Bornholm. Swedish seismologists estimated that the power of the explosions may have reached the equivalent of up to 700 kg of TNT. Both NS and NS2, near the strong currents around Borholm, are placed at the bottom of the sea at a depth of 60 meters. The pipes are built with steel reinforced concrete, able to withstand impact from aircraft carrier anchors, and are basically indestructible without serious explosive charges. The operation - causing two leaks near Sweden and two near Denmark...

New energy protest roils EU country

A crowd numbered in the tens of thousands gathered in Prague on Wednesday to protest against the Czech government, NATO, and the European Union. Demonstrators called for Czechia's neutrality and protested Prime Minister Petr Fiala's policy of sanctioning Russia, which has driven up energy prices. Meeting on St. Wenceslas' Day - a public holiday celebrating Czech statehood - the crowd took to Prague's main square, named after the medieval saint, and chanted slogans against the EU, NATO and Fiala's cabinet. Prague police would not give a specific figure of the estimated crowd size, calling it only "tens of thousands." The protest was organized by a group called 'Czech Republic First,' which Reuters described as a coalition of "far-right and fringe groups and parties including the Communists." CRF opposes the EU and NATO and has called for Czechia's military neutrality. "A government has two duties: to ensure our security and economic prosperity. This government does not fulfill...

Court orders production of Seth Rich laptop

Today, a federal judge ordered the FBI to "produce the information it possesses related to Seth Rich's laptop." This case involves a multi-year fight by attorney Ty Clevenger to obtain records relating to the FBI/DOJ investigation of Seth Rich, particularly whether Rich was involved in the hack of the DNC or had communicated with Wikileaks. This fight dates back to 2017 and includes two FOIA lawsuit. In the first lawsuit, the FBI produced no responsive documents. The parties knew the FBI had something, and so this sparked a second lawsuit - where the FBI somehow found 20,000 pages of potentially responsive documents. The court explains: Of those 20,000 pages, the government found 1,596 pages of responsive documents, of which the government withheld 1,469 pages under various FOIA exemptions (privacy, law enforcement exemption, etc.). The FBI also withheld the contents of Seth Rich's personal laptop, which it possesses, in its entirety, alleging the privacy of Rich's family in...

UK pension funds bond crash prompts historic Bank of England emergency intervention

The Bank of England launched a historic intervention to stabilize the U.K. economy, announcing a two-week purchase program for long-dated bonds and delaying its planned gilt sales until the end of October. The move came after a massive sell-off in U.K. government bonds — known as "gilts" — following the new government's fiscal policy announcements Friday. Comment: Lest we forget that there's much more happening to Western economies than just this announcement; including but not limited to: the proxy-war on Russia; 2 years of lockdowns; the energy crisis; as well as over a decade of worsening corruption and greed since the last crash. The policies included large swathes of unfunded tax cuts that have drawn global criticism, and also saw the pound fall to an all-time low against the dollar on Monday.

US urges Americans to leave Russia in wake of 'sabotage' of Nord Stream pipelines

The State Department is urging Americans to leave Russia "as soon as possible" in the wake of the suspected sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines. The official reasoning they're giving to tell everyone to leave is to avoid getting conscripted in their mobilization effort but that logic only applies to dual citizens and this advisory is for all Americans. I suspect the real reason they're telling everyone to leave is the risk of a full-blown war breaking out due to the US, Ukraine or Poland being responsible for the extremely stupid, belligerent alleged bombing of the pipelines.

Top climate scientist slams "Goebellian" climate alarm and "ridiculous" attempts to demonize "fertiliser" carbon dioxide

Warming by carbon dioxide is logarithmic due to 'saturation' within the infrared spectrum, and any future doubling of the gas in the atmosphere will be associated with the same warming of around 1°C. This result is not considered controversial, argues atmospheric scientist and Emeritus Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT - although it might be noted that it is, since it fatally undermines the political 'settled' science concept of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming. Professor Lindzen notes that the present "absurd 'scientific' narrative" leaves us with a quasi-religious movement - atop of all this has been the "constant Goebellian repetition by the media of climate alarm". In a paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), Lindzen warns that unless we wake up to the absurdity of the motivating narrative, "this is only likely to be the beginning of the disasters that will follow from the current irrational demonization of CO2". These disasters, of course,...

U.S. announces $1.1 billion in aid for building Ukraine's military

The United States will provide an additional $1.1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, including funding for about 18 more advanced rocket systems and other weapons to counter drones, the White House announced on September 28. The package is aimed at helping Ukraine secure its longer-term defense needs under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which funds the purchase of weapons and equipment. This means it could take a year or more for Ukraine to get the systems. Most of the other military aid packages announced by the United States have thus far used Pentagon drawdown authority to provide weapons more immediately.

New Zealand's PM calls internet freedom & free speech a 'weapon of war' in UN speech

New Zealand communist Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labeled internet freedom a "weapon of war" in her most recent UN speech before the General Assembly this week. Leftist Ardern, who ruled her country like a 20th Century despot during the COVID pandemic, called out for a new type of internet with "rules and transparency." In the next breath, she says she "values free speech so highly." She is the typical leftist elitist leader in the world today. And she insists on giving Communist Justin Trudeau a run for his money. Comment: She's allied with neither left nor right, she's merely a willing pawn using political parties to implement the establishment's nefarious agenda.

Bank Of England emergency action, what it means

Central Banks are intervening more in markets. I don't want to repeat what market participants are telling me about the Bank of England's (BoE) move to save pension funds from supposedly going belly up. They bought an unlimited amount of sovereign bonds to bring yields down and bond prices back up. They were supposedly afraid of a wave of insolvencies. That's the word on the streets of London. "The Bank of England is in a sense responsible for this because they have hopped onto this central banker hubris right now, which is to dampen demand to stop inflation," says Vladimir Signorelli, head of Bretton Woods Research. "I believe this means they are going to flood the U.K. monetary system with liquidity. When the Bank of England buys bonds, it puts more liquidity into the economy, but when you have more (British) pounds in the economy than is necessary, then you have a pound that gets weaker and weaker. It's money printing. That is their answer. Their answer to contraction is money...

Trans 'charity' Mermaids is a scandal unfolding before our eyes

A scheme to send 'harmful' breast binders to children behind parents' backs, and staff pushing puberty-blocking drugs. Is it time to withdraw its status as a charity? Like many troubled adolescents, the 13-year-old who logged on to an online forum was looking for guidance and support. Calling themselves a 'female to male trans' person, they spoke of their physical self-loathing. They were desperate, they said, to wear both a 'packer' — used to create the impression of male genitalia — and a 'binder', an item of clothing designed to flatten and constrict the breasts, and which can cause serious health issues. 'The thing is, my mum won't let me,' they wrote of the binder in 2019. 'She says it's neglect to do it for under-18s.' No binder? No problem. The chatroom moderator offered to send the item to the troubled teenager — behind their mother's back. Many would feel that such an intervention was questionable from any source. But this wasn't just an anonymous nobody — the offer came...

Moscow warns US against 'using Zelensky regime' as proxy

Washington risks becoming a direct party to the war with continued arms shipments, Moscow's envoy warned. Russia will act to defend all of its territory and people, as well as residents of regions in eastern Ukraine that voted to join the Russian Federation this week, Moscow's ambassador to the United States has said, accusing both Washington and NATO of stoking further violence with military aid to Kiev. Asked about recent comments from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken - who said the White House has no problem with Kiev using Western arms to attack territories that voted to join Russia - Ambassador Anatoly Antonov warned that the weapons shipments only risk "further escalation of the conflict." Comment: See: Ukraine can use Western weapons against 'territories seized by Russia' - US

Supply chain effects from Hurricane Ian could linger for weeks

Citrus growers, manufacturers, marine terminals at high risk of damage and delays The risk to manufacturing, agriculture and distribution sectors in Florida is rapidly intensifying as powerful Hurricane Ian takes aim at the state's southwest coast. But the economic ripple effects are likely to be felt well beyond the storm zone. Experts are predicting severe disruption to supply chains from flooding, power outages and wind damage that could stall factory and farm production, as well as freight movement through major port, airport, highway and rail nodes. The Tampa-to-Orlando corridor is chockablock full of huge retail and e-commerce distribution centers. Meanwhile, Typhoon Noru is similarly upsetting supply chains in Southeast Asia as it barrels across the South China Sea toward Vietnam. Ian is expected to make landfall in western Florida on Wednesday, according to forecasters. Major flooding from the storm surge is expected for communities along Tampa Bay. The storm could impact...

Stress has an odour and dogs can smell it - new research

Dogs can smell stress from human sweat and breath, a new study by Queen's University Belfast researchers has found. The study involved four dogs from Belfast - Treo, Fingal, Soot and Winnie - and 36 people. Researchers collected samples of sweat and breath from participants before and after they did a difficult maths problem. They self-reported their stress levels before and after the task and researchers only used samples where the person's blood pressure and heart rate had increased. The dogs were taught how to search a scent line-up and alert researchers to the correct sample. The stress and relaxed samples were then introduced but at this stage the researchers didn't know if there was an odour difference that dogs could detect.

Biden vows next hurricane to hit US will be named after a woman of color

As Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida, Biden held a press conference to criticize the hurricane naming system and vow that the next major storm will be named after a woman of color. "Seriously! Irma? Michael? Andrew? Ian? What's with all these white names, folks?" said Biden to several of his dead acquaintances who he saw sitting in the audience. "Why can't we have a Rosa Parks hurricane? Or maybe an Oprah? For real! It's not a joke! Come on, man!" The World Meteorological Association immediately responded to Biden's request and confirmed they have several names of influential women of color they hope to use for the next deadly tropical cyclone. At publishing time, sources confirmed Hurricane Lizzo is scheduled to make landfall next week.

America Is Successfully Pursuing ESG = Extreme Shortages Guaranteed

Everything that needs electricity is made with the oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil. In an all-electric world, there will be nothing to power without oil. Energy growth, electricity AND the products made from oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil and the fuels to power ships, planes, militaries, and space programs, are directly linked to prosperity and well-being across the globe. Today, most of the energy the world consumes is from hydrocarbons, with crude oil being the dominant source of transportation fuels. Today, crude oil is the ONLY source for the oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil that makes more than 6,000 products for society. President Biden's U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections are that world energy consumption of crude oil, coal, natural gas, electricity from renewables, and nuclear will grow by 56 percent between 2010 and 2040. Without any replacements or clones to what fossil fuels can provide the EIA forecasts that...

Scott Ritter interview: A New War

How Donbass Joining Russia Just Turned the Tables on Ukraine For eight years, Ukrainian nationalists have been brutally hammering home a clear message to the people of Donbass: "Go home to Russia! We don't want you here!" Every bomb dropped on Donetsk and Lugansk screamed, "Go to Russia or die!" The rape of every woman, the bones and flesh of every person blown apart in the markets of Donetsk, every splintered hospital, smashed church, every pile of rubble hollered, "Go back to Russia, filthy Moskal!" Now, after eight long years of persecution by Ukrainian neo-Nazis, the people of Donbass have at last agreed to return to Russia. And they are taking their land with them. After all, many of these families have lived in the Donbass region longer than Ukraine has been a country. For generations they have plowed the fields and mined coal, long before Ukraine became an independent nation in 1991, when the USSR breathed its last, gasping breaths. After five days of voting, the final...

Crimea: 'Donbass republics joining Russia marks a 'point of no return'

Well, it seems the results are now in: The leaders of the Lugansk and Kherson regions have officially petitioned President Vladimir Putin to be accepted into the Russian Federation. This move follows successful referendums on joining Russia, with the overwhelming majority in favor of the historic move. In a video address published on Wednesday, LPR head Leonid Pasechnik said his republic's citizens have not received any support from other countries, even though they have been continuously bombarded by the NATO-backed regime in Kiev for over eight years. Vladimir Saldo, leader of the Kherson region, wrote to Putin asking that his territory to be accepted into the Russian Federation, stating that the people of Kherson have expressed their desire to "reunite with Russia," a nation which has "always lived in their hearts." While Ukrainian comedian and President Volodymyr Zelensky insists the votes will change nothing, history and demographics are not on his side. As Crimea can attest...

Putin's words must be taken seriously - Merkel

Western countries should take Russian President Vladimir Putin and his statements seriously, former German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. Her remarks came after the Russian leader issued a warning to the West last week, noting that those who use nuclear blackmail against Moscow "should know that the wind rose can turn around." In a rare public appearance at the opening of the Chancellor Helmut Kohl Foundation in Berlin on Tuesday, Merkel noted that Vladimir Putin's words should not be ignored. "Not dismissing them as a bluff, but taking them seriously is by no means a sign of weakness. On the contrary, this is a sign of political wisdom, which helps to preserve room to maneuver or, no less important, even to develop a new one." She was apparently referring to Putin's statement last week, in which he signaled that Moscow would use "all means to defend Russia and our people" if its territorial integrity is threatened.

Russia issues emergency call to UN Security Council

Moscow wishes to call an emergency UN Security Council session over the "provocations" at the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday in a Telegram post. Both pipelines were severely damaged earlier this week in what many suspect was a deliberate attack. Danish authorities confirmed gas leaks from the pipelines not far from the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea on Monday after the operator reported a loss of pressure in both Nord Stream 1 and 2. Swedish and Danish authorities later confirmed a series of undersea explosions had been detected before the leaks were confirmed. Russian, American, and Swedish officials all said that the damage might have been the result of a targeted attack on pipeline infrastructure. No suspects behind the incident have officially been named, although in a tweet former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski "thanked" Washington for destroying the pipeline. Moscow, which called the...

Denmark's Queen Margrethe strips four grandchildren of royal title, princes 'shocked'

Denmark's Queen Margrethe, Europe's only reigning queen and the continent's longest serving monarch, has stripped four of her eight grandchildren of their titles, the palace announced. The official reason was to allow the four children of her youngest son, Prince Joachim, to live more normal lives, and follows similar moves by other royal families in Europe to slim down their monarchies, the palace said. "As of January 1 2023, the descendants of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim will only be able to use their titles of Count and Countess of Monpezat, their previous titles of Prince and Princess of Denmark ceasing to exist," a statement from the royal palace said on Wednesday. . Comment: And so we can see that they won't live 'normal' lives at all.

Shooting at California highschool campus leaves at least six people injured - violence in Oakland surged when lockdowns began

At least six people were injured in a shooting at a school campus in Oakland, on Wednesday, authorities in the northern California city said. The shooting occurred at Rudsdale Newcomer high school, said Darren Allison, the Oakland assistant police chief. The school serves students who are at risk of not graduating and have recently immigrated to the US after fleeing their home countries "because of violence and instability", according to the school's website. It is one of four adjacent schools that serve middle and high school students on Fontaine Street in east Oakland. "The victims were affiliated with the school and we are determining the affiliation at this time," Allison said, although he declined to say whether any students or teachers were involved.

BEST OF THE WEB: Poland attacks Germany and blames Russia: The Bornholm blow up repeats the Bornholm Bash

The military operation on Monday night which fired munitions to blow holes in the Nord Stream I and Nord Stream II pipelines on the Baltic Sea floor, near Bornholm Island, was executed by the Polish Navy and special forces. It was aided by the Danish and Swedish military; planned and coordinated with US intelligence and technical support; and approved by the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The operation is a repeat of the Bornholm Bash operation of April 2021, which attempted to sabotage Russian vessels laying the gas pipes, but ended in ignominious retreat by the Polish forces. That was a direct attack on Russia. This time the attack is targeting the Germans, especially the business and union lobby and the East German voters, with a scheme to blame Moscow for the troubles they already have — and their troubles to come with winter.

Deadly flash floods in Rijeka, Croatia - 11 inches of rain in 24 hours

Police in Croatia report one person died in flash floods in the port city of Rijeka after torrential rain on 28 September 2022. Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ) said 287.5 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Rijeka. This is thought to be a record, beating the previous daily high of 249 mm set in 2013. Local media said unofficial figures showed the city recorded 140 mm of rain in just 2 hours. Streets of the city were swamped and traffic brought to a standstill. Homes and public buildings including a school and a police headquarters were damaged. Emergency services received around 200 calls for assistance.

16 goats killed by lightning in Maharashtra, India

As many as 16 goats died on the spot after lightning struck them while grazing on the mountain top. Fortunately, the girl who went to graze the goats and one person escaped from an incident at Khurchimal area in Akkalkuva taluka in Nandurbar district Wednesday. According to sources in Satpura Mountains, there was heavy rain in the hills of Khurchimal area Wednesday afternoon with thunder and lightning.In Akkalkuva taluka, damage has been reported in some places due to heavy rains. Pinky Sega Naik and Shantaram Kalla Naik of Khurchimal had taken the goats to graze on the hill near Umbria pada of Khurchimal in the morning.

Ukraine can use Western weapons against 'territories seized by Russia' - US

US Secretary of State Blinken says Washington won't recognize "annexed" regions as Russian. Washington has no objections to Kiev using Western-supplied weapons to target territories that may decide to join Russia, as the US considers the votes to do so illegitimate, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday. The US and its allies have supplied Ukraine with a variety of weapons, including tube and rocket artillery. At a joint press conference with his Indian counterpart Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Washington, Blinken was asked if the US had any objections to Ukraine using those weapons to attack targets in Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson, which just wrapped up a vote on joining Russia.

Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

It was a frigid Sunday evening at the Catholic Newman Center in Salt Lake City when the priest warned parishioners who had gathered after Mass that their right to private confessions was in jeopardy. A new law would break that sacred bond, the priest said, and directed the parishioners to sign a one-page form letter on their way out. "I/We Oppose HB90," began the letter, stacked next to pre-addressed envelopes. "HB90 is an improper interference of the government into the practice of religion in Utah." In the following days of February 2020, Utah's Catholic diocese, which oversees dozens of churches, says it collected some 9,000 signed letters from parishioners and sent them to state Rep. Angela Romero, a Democrat who had been working on the bill as part of her campaign against child sexual abuse. HB90 targeted Utah's "clergy-penitent privilege," a law similar to those in many states that exempts clergy of all denominations from the requirement to report child abuse if they learn...

'Where's Jackie?': Biden asks dead Indiana rep to identify herself in crowd

President Biden asked for the late Rep. Jackie Walorski to identify herself at a Washington event Wednesday, forgetting that the Indiana Republican died in a car crash last month. Biden made the embarrassing error while thanking bipartisan members of Congress at a nutrition event near the White House. "I want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials like Representative [Jim] McGovern, Senator [Mike] Braun, Senator [Cory] Booker, Representative Jackie — are you here? Where's Jackie? — I think she was going to be here," the president said.

BEST OF THE WEB: Hurricane Ian knocks out power to 2 million on destructive path across Florida

Ian was expected to dump 12 to 18 inches of rain on much of central and northeast Florida, with some locations being hit with as much as 2 feet of rain. Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday, lashing the region with torrential rain and winds of 150 mph and knocking out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses. The "catastrophic" system, one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the U.S. in decades, came ashore near Cayo Costa, just west of Fort Myers, around 3 p.m. after strengthening to a powerful Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said. Hours after landfall, top sustained winds had dropped to 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane. Still, storm surges as high as 6 feet were expected on the opposite side of the state, in northeast Florida. "Our streets are pretty much underwater," said Mike McNees, the city manager on Marco Island. "The streets, at this point, are indistinguishable from the canals."

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes east of South Sandwich Islands region

An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck east of the South Sandwich Islands region, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said on Thursday. The quake was at a depth of 2 km (1.24 miles), EMSC added. (Reporting by Jose Joseph in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Schmollinger) Source: Reuters

New study: Transmission of epigenetic memory can be passed down through multiple generations

Without altering the genetic code in the DNA, epigenetic modifications can change how genes are expressed, affecting an organism's health and development. The once radical idea that such changes in gene expression can be inherited now has a growing body of evidence behind it, but the mechanisms involved remain poorly understood. A new study by researchers at UC Santa Cruz shows how a common type of epigenetic modification can be transmitted via sperm not only from parents to offspring, but to the next generation ("grandoffspring") as well. This is called "transgenerational epigenetic inheritance," and it may explain how a person's health and development could be influenced by the experiences of his or her parents and grandparents.

This kind of food shrinks your brain

Eating fast food — the epitome of highly processed "fake" foods — can have lasting ramifications on your brain health, so much so that researchers at Australian National University suggested you can cause "irreversible" damage by the time you reach middle age, just by eating a fast-food diet and not staying active. If you are middle-aged and haven't been eating the best, don't panic — you can start making healthier changes starting today. However, the new study is eye-opening, once again hitting home the importance of healthy eating when it comes to keeping your mind strong as you age. Fast Food Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes In a review by the scientists in the featured study, they stated that people today are consuming about 650 Kilocalories more daily than they were in the 1970s — an amount equivalent to a fast-food meal consisting of a burger, fries and soft drink. (A Kilocalorie, or Kcal, is equal to 1 Calorie, with a capital "C," while 1,000 calories with a lowercase "c"...

Libs of TikTok suspended from Twitter AGAIN

On Wednesday, the popular Twitter account Libs of TikTok revealed that she has been suspended from Twitter once again, receiving yet another seven day suspension. "Once again, I have received a wrongful 7-day suspension as the result of a targeted harassment campaign from the Left to deplatform me," Libs of TikTok wrote on Substack.

How to avoid a hybrid Orwellian-Huxleyian dystopia

One thing I've learned along the way of my explorations into the human condition is that, when we get chronically stuck in defensive nervous system states (fight, flight, fawn or freeze), we tend to become more: self-centred; manipulative; self-delusional; able to self-justify wrong-doing; resistant to admitting we are wrong, even to ourselves; resistant to backing down or apologising; prone to constructing own self-supporting narratives; unable to listen to advice from others or to understand different points of view; incapable of affinity, compassion or empathy. After all, the purpose of these defensive states is self-preservation, which includes the preservation of sense-of-self, identity, and belief systems. I feel that similar conclusions about defensive states carry over at a larger scale, at the institutional level, see: Trauma at the Institutional Level.

Is Italy's new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni just another globalist trojan horse?

In a recent substack article Italy's new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was presented as an anti-globalist crusader that vehemently supports family values and national sovereignty. But what if Meloni is simply yet another WEF puppet "penetrator" using reverse psychology to win the hearts and minds of her nation, when in reality she has been installed into power to surreptitiously advance the Great Reset agenda? What if Meloni is just another Rockefeller asset, and member of their Aspen Institute? It is worth nothing that the Aspen Institute has been awarded contracts by George Soros's Open Societies Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What if was since her teenage years Meloni was a bonafide socialist?

Hurricane Ian ranks 'top 5' to ever reach landfall in US, according to Gov. DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday provided an update on Hurricane Ian hours after it made landfall in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm. DeSantis said the storm surge has likely peaked but has done a lot of damage and is going to continue moving through Florida. "You're going to see hurricane force winds in places in central Florida, perhaps," he said. "It's clearly a very strong tropical storm all the way until it exits the Florida peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean."

Jet fuel is still being found in USS Nimitz's water, despite assurances it was clear

Navy officials said Tuesday that tests of the aircraft carrier Nimitz's potable water system are still showing traces of jet fuel, despite indications last week that the system was flushed and restored. The investigation into how jet fuel is getting into Nimitz's water system continues, and when the ship's emergency detour to San Diego's Naval Air Station North Island will end remains unclear. Jet fuel was first found in the 47-year-old carrier's water system on Sept. 16 while it was conducting a pre-deployment cruise in the Pacific Ocean.

CIA warned Germany of pipeline attack - Der Spiegel

Germany was forewarned ahead of this weeks attack on gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, Der Spiegel claimed on Tuesday. The CIA told Berlin "weeks ago" that the Russian Nord Stream infrastructure was vulnerable, according to the magazine. Officials are now investigating after a massive gas leak appeared off the Danish island of Bornholm and seismologists confirmed detecting explosions on the sea floor. A tip from the US spy agency was "received in Berlin during the summer," the outlet said, citing "several people familiar with the matter." Officially, however, the federal government declined to comment on intelligence-related matters. Comment: The data is rather scant: Who did the CIA claim was going to attack? How did they know?

Washington bolsters military presence in Syria's oil-rich northeast - $107.1 billion stolen since 2011 invasion

US occupation troops brought in weapons, munitions, and logistics equipment from their bases in Iraq to Syria's Hasakah governorate earlier this week, according to local sources. The military convoy reportedly entered Syria through the Al-Waleed border crossing late on 26 September. It included 33 vehicles loaded with military equipment and headed for US occupation bases in the town of Rmelan. A US military cargo plane was also spotted landing at the occupation base at Kharab al-Jeer Airport in the countryside of Hasakah.

Russia tells EU to treat US as pipeline sabotage suspect

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has asked who the EU intends to punish with the "strongest possible response" for damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines. The diplomat said Poland's former foreign minister has already identified the US as the party behind the apparent sabotage. Radoslaw Sikorski is well connected to Washington elites through his employment at various think tanks. The two Nord Stream pipelines were seriously damaged this week in what is suspected to have been a deliberate attack. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday called the incident "sabotage action" and warned that "any deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest possible response."

Putin slams West's 'predatory' food 'swindle'

"Predatory" monetary and trade policies pursued by the US-led West are the primary cause of the global food crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. Western nations are using their wealth and ability to print money to vacuum up food products from the global market, the Russian leader insisted during a government meeting on Tuesday. The unfolding crisis has been in the making for several years, he added. "Some leading nations have financial and food policies that led to the result we are observing now," Putin said, adding that the behavior could be described as "predatory, without any exaggeration." He noted that the US was a net exporter of food products last year, but now it is a net importer. The Russian leader also reiterated his criticism of the Ukraine grain deal, which allowed Kiev to export food via the Black Sea. The arrangement was mediated by the UN and Türkiye, but Russia believes it is not working as intended, arguing that the shipments do little to alleviate...

Constitution must be rewritten to stop Donald Trump, Politico's founding editor writes

Politico founding editor John F. Harris declared "The Best Way To Save The Constitution From Donald Trump Is To Rewrite It" in a Thursday column. Harris claimed that the former president, though "a constitutional menace," exploited the Constitution's "defects" in order to hold his position. For the sake of holding back a second Trump term as well as promote several progressive causes, he wrote that working around the Constitution might become a necessity. "Correcting or circumventing what progressives reasonably perceive as the infirmities of the Constitution, in fact, seems likely to be the preeminent liberal objective of the next generation. Progress on issues ranging from climate change to ensuring that technology giants act in the public interest will hinge on creating a new constitutional consensus. Trying to place more sympathetic justices on the Supreme Court is not likely to be a fully adequate remedy. "There are more fundamental challenges embedded in the document itself —...

Lasting brain impacts from COVID-19 are equivalent to decades of aging

Danilo Vitorovic, MD, a neurologist at Loma Linda University Health, supports claims that severe COVID-19 may age the brain by decades. "It's quite devastating to see these effects on the younger population." Brain fog, anxiety, and sleep disturbances are some long-haul COVID-19 symptoms, but recent studies have found that severe COVID-19 can cause lasting cognitive and mental health problems. Vitorovic says it's important to understand that the virus is not in the brain, but instead, the brain is reaping the consequences of severe COVID-19-associated whole-body inflammation. The brain aging process is driven at the cellular level by molecular changes that slowly accumulates with age. The changes are associated with increased inflammation, the tendency of neurons to die, and decreased ability to form new connections between neurons in the brain. Although cells possess mechanisms to repair or remove damage, they are not 100% efficient, and their efficiency declines with age. The...
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