COMING UP SHORT THIS MONTH.
Thought for the day
"Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it." -- George Orwell, 1984
One of the more genius moves made by the Biden administration was forcing every worker that had a government dollar connected to it to get vaccinated. Many people in the medical community refused to do it, resulting in the firing of nurses and doctors across the nation.
In Minnesota, employees from several different health systems refused to vaccinate, resulting in their termination. While most employees from these systems did get vaccinated, systems saw double-digit percentages among the staff, and the bloodletting began. The Mayo Clinic, in particular, fired 700 staffers.
The decision to fire nurses in an already unstable hospital environment caused a massive backfire, so much so that FEMA had to get involved to assist in the transportation of patients.
Now, thanks to the horrendous working conditions brought on by short-staffed hospitals, nurses in Minnesota are going on strike by the thousands.
U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak will cancel trips on three long-distance routes starting Tuesday because of a potential freight rail strike later this week, and could be forced to cancel other trains.
Amtrak said it will begin suspending service for the Southwest Chief route from Chicago to Los Angeles, the Empire Builder route from Chicago to Seattle, the California Zephyr route from Chicago to San Francisco, and the Los Angeles to San Antonio portion of the Texas Eagle route starting Tuesday.
"While we are hopeful that parties will reach a resolution, Amtrak has now begun phased adjustments to our service in preparation for a possible freight rail service interruption later this week," Amtrak said in a statement Monday.
The talks do not involve Amtrak or its workers but a strike, which could begin as soon as Friday, could significantly impact intercity passenger rail service outside the Northeast Corridor, the railroad said.
Joe Biden on Monday delivered remarks on the Cancer Moonshot initiative and his goal of ending cancer at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dementia Joe is going to cure cancer.
Expectations for a 0.1% MoM drop in CPI has set the squeeze-algos on fire in recent days as the small drop signals 'peak inflation' and goldilocks and a unicorn-filled Fed will step back and declare victory (with a lag). Short-term interest-rates - however - have not been buying that dovish story, so how the market reacts to today's print will be fascinating given the technical background of extreme negative delta and positioning, and now momentum. The market was pricing in a 90% chance of a 75bps hike by The Fed next week ahead of the CPI print.
Headline CPI came hotter than expected rising 0.1% MoM vs expectations of -0.1% MoM. That is the 27th straight month of rising inflation. And while the ascent in energy fizzled, with the energy index increasing 23.8% for the 12 months ending August, a smaller increase than the 32.9% increase for the period ending July, the big shock was the food index which increased 11.4% over the last year, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending May 1979, while the food at home index rose 13.5% the largest 12-month increase since the period ending March 1979.
Illustrative: This handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on August 8, 2022, shows a Russian serviceman preparing a Orlan-10 reconnaissance drone to launch at an undisclosed location. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)
An Israeli defense contractor is supplying anti-drone systems to Ukraine’s military by way of Poland, The Times of Israel’s Hebrew sister site Zman Yisrael reported Monday.
A source in the firm told Zman that the equipment was being sold to Poland to circumvent Israel’s refusal to sell advanced arms to Ukraine.
The company reported to the Defense Ministry that the sale was to Poland and appeared to be claiming not to be aware that Warsaw was acting as intermediary to transfer the weapons to Kyiv, which has been using the Israeli systems to fight against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Contrary to our propagandised history texts, revolutions have seldom resulted from a ‘spontaneous combustion of the social order’ as someone wrote. Most often, the match is lit by some “secret agency that conceals itself in the shadowy sanctuaries of certain forms of Freemasonry” that inevitably has “a distinctly Jewish” origin. Our recorded history has in every case omitted the ethnic identities of the instigators and main players and, with few exceptions (France and Russia, most notably), has buried the fact of these revolutions altogether. The European countries had two waves of revolutions about 100 years apart, directed to the overthrow of monarchies, but this was only the beginning. Few seem aware today that the Communist movement was more or less 100% a Jewish creation, one bent on fostering revolutions not only in Europe but throughout the world. We had Trotsky and Lenin in Russia, the Jewish Masonic lodges in France, a successful coup in Mongolia, Bela Kun in Hungary, Rosa Luxembourg in Germany, attempted Communist revolutions in the US (Emma Goldman) and Canada, China (Voitinsky), Bettelheim (Austria), and many more.
Most Americans are unaware how close Russia and Ukraine came to ending the current war in April.
Last March 27, Ukraine president Zelensky told his people "Our goal is obvious – peace and the restoration of normal life in our native state as soon as possible."
He was hinting at what went unsaid: Ukraine and Russia, brokered by NATO member Turkey, reached a tentative fifteen-point peace plan to end the month old war. Key points were Russia withdraw from all Ukraine except for breakaway Donbas and Crimea. Ukraine would pass on future NATO membership, pledging neutrality between Russia and NATO. Donbas and Crimea would undergo political transition based on self-determination to be recognized by both combatants. Ukraine security would be guaranteed by neighboring countries but no foreign troops would enter Ukraine.
What’s not to like?
David Barnea, the head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, said Monday that Israeli covert attacks inside Iran will continue regardless of whether or not the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, is restored.
“Even if a nuclear deal is signed it will not give Iran immunity from the Mossad operations,” Barnea said, according to The Cradle. “We won’t take part in this charade and we don’t close our eyes to the proven truth.”
Israel has a long history of carrying out covert attacks inside Iran. Most recently, Israel is suspected of being behind a string of mysterious deaths that happened inside Iran this past Spring.
Israel never officially acknowledges its assassinations or attacks inside Iran, but its involvement in these operations is usually revealed in leaks to the media. US officials recently told CNN that Israel was responsible for killing Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, a colonel in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who was gunned down in Tehran at the end of May.
Bezalel Smotrich argues Arab legislators 'first to lead the hostile discourse against Israel and against its right to exist'; Joint List's Touma-Sliman hits back, labeling him 'racist Jewish supremacist'
Russia vowed to regain the initiative in its troubled Ukraine offensive, as it hit power plants causing blackouts across the northeast of the country after a lightning advance by Kyiv’s forces that’s reversed Moscow’s gains.
More than 30 settlements, including Kramatorsk and Dnipro, suffered Russian missile and air strikes over the past day, Ukraine’s General Staff said in its regular update on Facebook Monday. Kharkiv, one of at least two power plants struck by rockets, had power restored only to lose it again later on Monday after being repeatedly shelled, Interfax-Ukraine reported, citing the city’s mayor.
President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia will not settle for anything less than victory in its invasion of the neighboring state, now in its 29th week. Still, the losses mark a major and unexpected strategic setback in Ukraine that could potentially mark a turning-point in the conflict, said two people close to the Defense Ministry and security services in Moscow.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon was the backbone of allied air power in Europe for a generation.
Three squadrons on the continent fought over Serbia during the Kosovo War in the late 1990s, repeatedly deployed to the Middle East and Afghanistan during the last two decades, and served as a deterrent to keep Russia from making moves in Eastern Europe.
Today, however, the fourth-generation fighters are aging: The average Fighting Falcon is more than 30 years old, and some started flying in the early 1980s. While the Air Force tries to breathe new life into some F-16s in hopes they’ll keep flying into the 2040s, the general in charge of planning for the service’s future knows a replacement is inevitable.
What makes that equation a problem for Lt. Gen. Richard Moore is that replacement fighters, particularly F-35As, aren’t arriving fast enough.
Residents of the village of Logachevka in the Belgorod region have been evacuated after a shelling attack, Alexey Dybov, head of the local administration said on Monday.
"All residents of the village [of Logachevka] have been evacuated. Many went to their relatives. Those who have no one to go to - 27 people - were accommodated in Valuki (the district’s administrative center - TASS)," he wrote on his VKontakte account. "The most frequently asked questions are how to feed domestic animals. We will do it along with the military police and National Guard servicemen."
According to Dybov, electricity and gas supplies to the village have been stopped.
Democratic Mayor Latoya Cantrell spent approximately $30,000 of taxpayer money to fly first class. Despite a policy being in a place that would require her to pay that money back, she has refused to. You’re not going to believe why.
The New Orleans Mayor stated that she’s not paying back the money because the flying economy is unsafe for black women and because she has a child. Daily Wire says, “The Democrat mayor made the shocking claim at a news conference Thursday where she was asked if she would reimburse the city for $30,000 spent on flying in luxury.”
The same news source quoted the mayor saying, “My travel accommodations are a matter of safety, not luxury. As women know, our health and safety are typically disregarded, and we are left to navigate alone.”
Ukraine had stepped up intelligence sharing with the US ahead of its northeast counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region that has seen significant success, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
The report cited unnamed US officials who said Ukraine started sharing more information with the US on its planned operations. The officials said this allowed the US to give advice and share intelligence for the counteroffensive, although the details of how exactly Washington helped are not clear.
Earlier in the war, the US had loosened restrictions to allow real-time intelligence sharing with Ukraine. Throughout the fighting, US officials claimed that this real-time intelligence had helped Ukraine target Russian forces, kill senior Russian officers, and drive Russian ammunition supplies further away from the front lines.
The US claims on how much the intelligence sharing has helped Ukraine aren’t confirmed, but it demonstrates how intimately involved Washington is in Kyiv’s war against Russia. US officials have previously bragged to the media about how intelligence sharing helped sink Russian ships and kill Russian generals, but the claims were later downplayed, with Pentagon officials insisting they don’t pick targets for Kyiv.
Stock futures dropped on Tuesday morning after an August inflation report came in hotter than expected.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures sank 525 points, or about 1.6%. S&P 500 futures fell more than 2% and Nasdaq 100 futures slid 2.7%.
The August consumer price index report showed a higher-than-expected reading for inflation. Headline inflation rose 0.1% month over month, even with falling gas prices. Core inflation rose 0.6% month over month.
Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting a decline of 0.1% for overall inflation, with a rise of 0.3% for core inflation.
The report is one of the last the Fed will see ahead of their Sept. 20-21 meeting, where they’re expected to deliver their third consecutive 0.75 percentage point interest rate hike to tamp down inflation. The unexpectedly high August report could lead the Fed to continue its aggressive hikes longer than some investors anticipated.
US inflation rose by a higher-than-expected 8.3% in August despite falling gasoline prices — adding pressure on the Federal Reserve as it decides whether to impose another super-size interest rate hike.
The August reading of the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index, a closely watched measure of the costs of goods and services, rose 0.1% compared to July — surprising economists who had expected a slight month-over-month decline.
The higher-than-expected number was driven partly by stubbornly high prices for food and housing that continue to slam American households. Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and gas prices, rose 6.3% year-over-year and 0.6% compared to July.
The CPI’s food index surged 11.4%, its largest year-over-year increase since May 1979. Food prices were up 0.8% in the past month alone. Other household costs that rose included housing, medical care, new cars and home furnishings.
Merrick Garland is supposed to be a pretty good lawyer. Harvard Law School, federal prosecutor, federal judge, Supreme Court nominee, attorney general presiding over the Department of Justice (DOJ) — all the cake, most of the icing, without the cherry.
But some of my former prosecutor friends tell me that he may have overlooked a key procedural point in his current joust with former President Trump over the Mar-a-Lago documents. On Sept. 8, Garland filed a notice of appeal to the 11th circuit Court of Appeals from the special master order of Florida District Judge Aileen Cannon.
Simultaneously, he moved the inexperienced Trump-appointed Judge Cannon to modify her order granting Trump’s motion to appoint a special master and gratuitously (Trump never asked for such relief) enjoining the government from “further review and use of any of the materials seized from [Trump’s] residence” (the FBI said it had already reviewed it all) “for criminal investigative purposes, pending resolution of the special master’s review process…”
The Cannon order permits the government to “review and use” the purloined documents “for purposes of intelligence classification and national security assessments.” The Department of National Intelligence (DNI) has already committed to Congress that it will access the classified documents to assess the damage to national security.
Trump instantly hailed his appointee as a “brilliant and courageous judge whose words of wisdom rang true throughout our nation.” But Cannon penned an order that few lawyers are able to rationalize.
The Santa Monica Observer, a free weekly, opened its story this way:
Immigration sources confirm that Jose Solano Landaeta, the suspect who beheaded a 27 year old mother of two in a San Carlos, CA neighborhood September 8th, was in the United States illegally. Jose Solano Landaeta, 33 from Venezuela, entered the country on a tourist visa about ten years ago, say [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] sources. He never left.
[Man Who Beheaded his Girlfriend in San Carlos, CA Domestic Attack Was In the US Illegally, by Stan Greene, September 9, 2022]
The suspect is a “diagnosed schizophrenic,” victim Karina Castro’s grandmother told a reporter [EXCLUSIVE: Contentious Snapchat messages may shed light on days leading up to San Carlos beheading, by Dan Noyes, ABC7News, September 9, 2022].
Rupert Murdoch’s Post and Fox News have missed the story, as have the rest of the major media. They left unveiling the truth about Landaeta up to what appears to be, from its opinion page, a conservative weekly newspaper.
US AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL TOM NIDES, SPEAKING TO THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR COUNTER-TERRORISM IN ISRAEL ON SEPT. 11, 2022. SCREENSHOT.
US ambassador to Israel Tom Nides yesterday praised Israel’s treatment of Gaza, saying that it had been able to “lean in” and make life better for Gazans, with the result that last month’s onslaught was “relatively calm.”
Nides did not mention the 49 Gazans, among them 17 children, killed by Israeli missile strikes in those “relatively calm” three days in August.
Farm attacks continued in South Africa in August. There were three murders, people assaulted and bound, reports of farmers fighting back in self-defense, and this report of four Lesoth nationals beng charged in a 2019 murder.
- Tool Wessels, 55, was murdered during a farm home invasion near Bonnievale, Western Cape province of South Africa.
His wife, Liezel, was seriously injured when the assailants poured boiling water on her. Her husband was also tortured before being shot in the head, reports say.
Unlike the countless people trafficked before them who were forced to perform sex work or labor for commercial shrimping operations, the two brothers ended up in a new occupation for trafficking victims: playing roles in financial scams that have swindled people across the globe, including in the United States.
Tens of thousands of people from China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere in the region have been similarly tricked. Phony job ads lure them into working in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, where Chinese criminal syndicates have set up cyberfraud operations, according to interviews with human rights advocates, law enforcement personnel, rescuers and a dozen victims of this new form of human trafficking. The victims are then coerced into defrauding people all around the world. If they resist, they face beatings, food deprivation or electric shocks. Some jump from balconies to escape. Others accept their lot and become paid participants in cybercrime.
It is astonishing how many observers of war in Ukraine who should know better have been inclined to take at face value the assertions of “sources” that clearly originate among the various governments that are involved in the conflict. Those leaders who are engaged in the inexorable march by the US and its allies to turn the Ukraine crisis into World War 3 surely have learned the lesson that managing the narrative of what is taking place is the greatest weapon that the war hawks have in their possession. One recalls how post-9/11 and leading up to the Iraq War the George W. Bush White House and the neocons in the Pentagon lied about nearly everything to convince the public that Saddam Hussein was a terrorist supporting megalomaniac armed with weapons of mass destruction, inevitably describing him as a man in some ways comparable to Adolf Hitler. Nevertheless, many observers of what was occurring were not fooled and there were large scale demonstrations in a number of cities prior to the invasion in March 2003, which, of course, were rarely reported in the mainstream media in order to control the message.
Iraq in some ways was a learning experience for those in government and also for those in the media who did the heavy lifting by propagating the deception to a largely unsuspecting public. What we are seeing now relating to Ukraine and Russia, however, makes the Iraq experience look like child’s play in terms of the sheer audacity of the alleged information that makes it, or does not make it, into the news. I note particularly the recent terrorist car bombing of Russian activist journalist Dalya Dugina by a Ukrainian assassin made the news for roughly forty-eight hours before disappearing, but not before the lie that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was responsible was firmly planted in a number of places in the mainstream media.
Joe Biden on Monday traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to promote his ‘Infrastructure Law.’
Former FDNY Fire Captain Brendan Fogarty, who lost his job due to unlawful mandates, spoke out strongly against the Covid mandates in New York during a council meeting on Friday.
Washington has been supplying Kiev with crucial intelligence to designate targets for shelling around the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the head of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev has claimed.
Speaking at a security meeting on Monday, Patrushev said there was a “serious threat” to radiation safety posed by Kiev’s shelling. He claimed that attacks near the plant are carried out using NATO-supplied weapons while Washington was supplying Ukraine’s forces with the targets.
The security official noted that the continued attacks on the ZNPP could lead to an unprecedented nuclear disaster.
“The consequences of these provocations could be very catastrophic not only for the majority of the population of Ukraine and Russia but also for Europe, and in terms of their scale they could surpass the tragedies that occurred at the nuclear power plants in Chernobyl and Fukushima,” Patrushev warned.
A typical U.S. attack on a foreign country begins with a swarm of cruise missiles which will disable the countries basic infrastructure. The U.S. attack on Iraq and other countries demonstrated that electricity and water supply will be gone in first days of a U.S. waged war.
Over more than 200 days the Russian special military operation in Ukraine had never attacked the basic infrastructure of the country. When the Ukraine used its electrified railway network to bring in weapons from the ‘west’ the Russian forces only took out electric substations that supplied the railway. But it never attacked the general electricity production for the population. The lights in Ukraine staid on.
One thus wonders about the Ukrainian decision makers and their ‘western’ intelligence minders who thought that attacking electricity networks under Russian control would somehow benefit their cause.
The Ukrainian military has for weeks attacked the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, since early March under Russian control and guarded by Russian troops, with artillery strikes. Yesterday the last of the plant’s six reactors had to shut down after its connection to external emergency power supply was destroyed during another Ukrainian artillery attack. (The line was later restored.)
Dr. Paul Alexander confirms what we always knew was blatant junk science deployed to harm the maximum number of people possible; to wit:
Lockdowns reinforced MK Ultra masking which in turn maximized DEATHVAX™ uptake.
Mass induced fear informed all of these Great Reset power grab schemes.
The overnight outbreak of fighting in multiple spots along the Armenian-Azerbaijan border is serious enough for Yerevan to have asked for its powerful ally Russia's help. This has been revealed hours after Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a late night telephone conversation with President Vladimir Putin. The Armenian government has since confirmed it has requested Russian military assistance to repel Azerbaijan aggression and shelling, according to a statement (machine translation):
"During the meeting, further steps were discussed to counter the aggressive actions of Azerbaijan against the sovereign territory of Armenia that began at midnight. In connection with the aggression against the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia, it was decided to officially appeal to the Russian Federation in order to implement the provisions of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, as well as to the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the UN Security Council.
Armenia is basing the request on the Collective Security Treaty Organization pact it has with Russia, and under which Russia previously sent peacekeeping forces to Nagorno-Karabakh after the Fall 2020 conflict.