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Posted on: Feb 04, 2023
“There are instruments so dangerous to the rights of the nation and which place them so totally at the mercy of their governors that those governors, whether legislative or executive, should be restrained from keeping such instruments on foot but in well-defined cases. Such an instrument is a standing army.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fired back at House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Monday after McCarthy took a shot at him over the weekend for backing members of Congress that are threatening to shut down the government if conservative agenda items are not met.
As economist Herbert Stein once said, “If something cannot go on forever, it has a tendency to stop.” Case in point: fiat money political regimes. Interventionist economies of the West are in a fatal downward spiral, comparable to that of the Roman Empire in the second century, burdened with unsustainable debt and the antiprosperity policies of governments, especially the Green New Deal.
In the global Ponzi scheme, thin air and deceit substitute for sound money. As hedge-fund manager Mitch Feierstein wrote in Planet Ponzi, “You don’t solve a Ponzi scheme; you end it.” Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff
...made some of their investors a whole lot poorer, but the world didn’t come crashing down as a result.
For that—for a Ponzi scheme that would threaten to bankrupt capitalism across the entire Western world—you need people much smarter than Ponzi or Madoff. You need time, you need energy, you need motivation. In a word, you need Wall Street.
But Wall Street alone doesn’t have the strength to deliver a truly cataclysmic outcome. If your ambition is to create havoc on the largest possible scale, you need access to a balance sheet running into the tens of trillions. You need power. You need prestige. You need a remarkable willingness to deceive. In a word, you need Washington.
As Gary North wrote in a brief review of Feierstein’s book, “The central banks have colluded with the national governments in order to fund huge increases of national debt, beyond what can ever be paid off. In other words, [Feierstein] has described government promises as part of a gigantic international Ponzi scheme.”
Hasan Minhaj — a stand-up comedian and former Daily Show contributor — admitted that he has lied about several jokes/stories where he “experienced” racism during a recent interview.
“Every story in my style is built around a seed of truth,” the 37-year-old told the New Yorker in a profile published this past Friday. “My comedy Arnold Palmer is 70% emotional truth — this happened — and then 30% hyperbole, exaggeration, fiction.”
Minhaj — who has the distinction of being the last Daily Show correspondent who was hired by Jon Stewart — later expanded on what he meant in a statement to the New York Post.
“I use the tools of standup comedy—hyperbole, changing names and locations, and compressing timelines to tell entertaining stories,” he said. “That’s inherent to the art form,” he added. “You wouldn’t go to a Haunted House and say ‘Why are these people lying to me?’—The point is the ride. Standup is the same.”
London’s far-left Mayor Sadiq Khan has just signed the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) radical “climate pact” to ban meat and dairy consumption, air travel, and private car ownership in the British capital city.
After signing the treaty, London now has until 2030 to enforce the new laws.
The climate change initiative, spearheaded by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, is also moving to ban citizens from purchasing “more than three items of clothing a year” and flying “more than once every three years.”
The initiative suggests that members of the public should begin wearing “a uniform” to reduce the need for new clothing purchases.
Khan has joined the globalist C40 Climate Leadership group which comprises, in its own words, “a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities that are united in action to confront the climate crisis”, and has commissioned a report making demands for cities to slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Khan, who chairs the C40 group, has received backlash from Londoners following this month’s Ulez (ultra-low emissions zone) expansion.
America and its entire NATO are at war against Russia in the battlefields of Ukraine, and (though its Government and news-media claim otherwise) are losing that war like they did against Afghanistan, and against Libya, and against Iraq, and against Vietnam, and against China, and against Korea. Even without the assistance of America’s colonies in Europe (NATO/EU), America spends (in fact, though not in the jiggered commonly published American propaganda) 17 times as much annually on its military as does Russia: $1.5T in America, versus $70B annually in Russia. How can this be?
Like that “$1.5T” link explains, America budgets lots of its military spending to be spent from Departments other than its Defense Department, such as from its Homeland Security Department, Treasury Department, Energy Department, and Veterans Affairs Department, so as to enable its propaganda agents, such as the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), to publish ONLY the Defense Department’s expenditures for comparison with other nations’ total military expenditures (which are far more honestly reported than America’s), and so to make America’s seem to be a smaller percentage of the global total than is really the case. Thus, for example, SIPRI states that “US military spending reached $877 billion in 2022, which was 39 per cent of total global military spending,” and that, “Russian military spending grew by an estimated 9.2 per cent in 2022, to around $86.4 billion.” Whereas that Russian figure is honest, the American figure is a blatant lie, because it’s only the Defense Department’s budget, NOT the full $1.5T of military spending in all Departments (like Russia’s, and other nations’, figures, actually are). In reality, America accounts for 50% of global military spending, not 39% as SIPRI alleges.
The Joe Biden administration is being roasted on social media as the U.S. military is still unable to locate a lost F-35 fighter jet. The world's deadliest fighter went missing on Sunday after its pilot ejected to safety following a mishap. The authorities then sought public help to locate the jet which triggered a meme-fest on Twitter.
As most caregivers know, many people who have dementia experience sudden changes in appetite which can lead to appetite loss, weight loss or increased cravings of sugary foods and weight gain. Often people with dementia don’t taste food and experience flavor like they once did, which can change appetite preferences. Because taste buds are diminished as people age, people with dementia opt for heavy foods or foods with a lot of flavor, like sugary sweets.
Webmaster addition: Biden and his ice cream habits?
Pelosi refused to turn over information about her culpability in the security breakdown during the Jan. 6 riot for over a year to congressional investigators.
Steven A. Sund, the Capitol Police chief on that fateful day, not only confirms her culpability along with the rest of the Democratic leadership. Sund reported that Pelosi utilized him as a scapegoat and forced him to step down as Police chief. We all know now she was just trying to obfuscate her own responsibility for the attack.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to President Donald Trump blaming her for the Jan 6 riot at the Capitol, claiming he is suffering from a “sickness” and called for an “intervention” to stop him from becoming president.
Webmaster addition: Exactly what kind of "intervention" do you have in mind, Nancy?
Former Trump administration official Kash Patel filed a lawsuit last week over the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI’s “politically motivated” effort to obtain a subpoena for his personal email account data in 2017.
Patel, who at the time was the investigator leading the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into FBI and DOJ conduct in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, alleges the DOJ violated separation of powers and his Fourth Amendment rights when it sought a subpoena of his personal email account in 2017. The lawsuit names seven individuals who were officials at the time, including FBI Director Chris Wray and former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu, as defendants.
“Rather than seeking to obtain information openly from Mr. Patel’s official accounts, which would have provoked an immediate response and legal fight with the United States House of Representatives, DOJ instead sought—non-publicly and unconstitutionally—to access his private accounts through a third-party subpoena,” the lawsuit alleges. “They did so to avoid public scrutiny, because they were improperly investigating the man who was investigating them.”
Just two countries in the world allow drug makers to market prescription medications directly to consumers: the U.S. and New Zealand. Most countries ban the practice.
Most countries prohibit directly advertising prescription medications to the public, something the WHO says influences both people and, indirectly, the medical professionals treating them, making it “harder to make decisions on evidence based medicine.” The American Medical Association opposes the practice and, alongside other health organizations, is pushing to outlaw it in the U.S. Pharmaceutical firms claim patients benefit from the commercials and that they have a right to know what options are available to them. Critics argue the ability to sideline professionals and market to the public directly incentivizes companies to exaggerate the benefit of their drugs without detailing possible side effects, a situation regulators hoped to remedy by requiring ads to dedicate time to risks, leading to the well-known, rapid fire laundry list of side effects.
$6 billion. That’s how much researchers estimate pharma spent on direct to consumer ads in 2016. The figure grew significantly from 1996, when consumer ad budgets totaled $1.3 billion.
Webmaster addition: That $6 billion in ad revenue is why corporate media won't report on adverse effects caused by Big Pharma's products!
Joe Biden has reached his expiration date, and the Deep State is preparing to dump him in the compost pile.
In a newly released study conducted by the RAND Corporation and funded by a host of entities related to the congressional–military intelligence–industrial complex, researchers posed this question: "Could Dementia in the National Security Workforce Create a Security Threat?" Now, whom in the world do these researchers have in mind?
Let's just throw out a hypothetical: could a person with cognitive function so severely diminished that he regresses to a toddler-like state and poops his pants ahead of diplomatic talks, and gets labeled a "walking gaffe" due to his endless blunders, who also has access to nuclear codes and is supposed to be the commander-in-chief, be a threat to the safety of the citizens? Gee, what a stumper.
Just 12 days separate the federal government from total shutdown, and Speaker Kevin McCarthy has grown impatient with Republican obstinance to spending legislation.
McCarthy promised leadership would work through the weekend as negotiators seemed to admit defeat on Republicans' newly released short-term continuing resolution.
'We're going to bring new ideas up, and we're going to work until we get this done. We're not leaving this weekend. We're going to get through this,' McCarthy told reporters.
Around a dozen Republicans have pledged they would vote 'no' on a deal cut by the right-wing House Freedom Caucus and the Main Street Caucus, a group of pragmatic conservatives, to extend government funding by one month - giving Congress more time to hash out spending legislation and fund the government for fiscal year 2024.
Gun violence is threatening to dim Friday night lights and endangering a beloved national pastime — high school football games.
This season alone, there have already been at least 16 shootings, resulting in two deaths and 13 people wounded at games across the country, according to the K-12 School Shooting Database, which has been tracking this data since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in 2018.
Joshua Evans was busted on murder and manslaughter charges for the broad daylight shooting that killed Enriqueta Rivera, 71, and wounded a 34-year-old woman Thursday in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.
Evans was also hit with charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Evans allegedly opened fire at a member of a rival gang during an argument on East 138th Street near Brook Avenue just after 12:30 p.m.
The gunman missed his target and struck the two women in the busy commercial corridor.
“They are two innocent women, two Bronx residents, two unintended targets both struck by senseless gunfire,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said at a Monday press conference.
Rivera — described by those who knew her as a beloved grandmother and community member — was walking on the sidewalk with a shopping cart when she was shot through the heart, police said.
In San Diego, California, more immigrants are being dropped off at different transportation hubs.
More than 2,000 illegal asylum seekers were reportedly dropped off in the county just last week, according to a representative for San Diego County District 5.
Immigrants are experiencing their first taste of American culture at the Iris Transit Center. The representative went on to explain that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had dropped off at least 292 people there on Sunday morning alone.
Former Harvard psychology professor and current director of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT) Dr. Robert Epstein joined The Jimmy Dore Show to discuss his investigations into electoral manipulation by Google and other tech giants. He claims that Google’s underhanded machinations directed 6 million extra votes to Joe Biden in 2000
Disgraced YouTuber and family blogger Ruby Franke, who was recently arrested for alleged child abuse, received more than $80,000 in Payroll Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Deseret News reported that records from ProPublica's PPP database revealed that 8 Passengers LLC., Franke's company, received $41,810 on two separate occasions during the pandemic. The first payment was approved in April 2020, and the second was approved in January 2021. Both of the loans were forgiven in May 2021 and August 2021 respectively.
As a result, her company received a total of $83,620 from the government's loan program. The database indicated that 8 Passengers had just two employees and was listed in "other motion picture and video industries." Cache Valley Bank was the lender of the loans, which apparently covered payroll.
The company was registered under Franke's name in 2016, but in August 2022, its license in Utah expired and it was never renewed. This occurred just one year after the PPP loan was forgiven, according to the report.
Blair Featherman, a Colorado woman who was filmed hurling racial slurs at a Latino family, has claimed that unseen footage from the incident supports her assertion that she was assaulted by a man and several women at her Denver apartment complex.
In an interview with "Inside Edition," Featherman described the incident, stating, "They swarmed over like a swarm of bees, it was very fast. I got pushed first by a man, and then the women jumped on me." She claimed that there had been multiple instances prior to the July incident where non-residents would infiltrate the pool area by following residents in or out of the facility.
Featherman expressed her suspicion that the individuals she was filmed with were non-residents. She asked them to produce the key fob required for access to the area, and when they refused, she alleges that the group assaulted her.
She also suggested that an unseen video from the day of the incident shows her being attacked, pointing to a moment in the original video where her feet are seen going vertically in the air as she retreated to a poolside lounge chair. "I was literally curled up in a ball, just like this, trying to do as much as I could to get them from getting in close to me," she explained. "I poked some eyes and I think I pulled a girl's hair, but that was in defense because I had four women on top of me."
In a recent report by NBC News, it was revealed that distinguishing COVID-19 from common colds and allergies has become increasingly challenging for doctors.
The report, which was met with derision from online critics who claimed the revelation was three years overdue, highlighted the shifting symptomatology of the virus.
The article, published on Saturday, noted that the symptoms of COVID-19 are now more akin to those of the common cold and allergies. "Doctors say they're finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish COVID from allergies or the common cold, even as hospitalizations tick up," the report stated.
The report further acknowledged that the previously distinctive symptoms of COVID-19, such as a dry cough or loss of taste or smell, are now less prevalent. "Instead, doctors are observing milder disease, mostly concentrated in the upper respiratory tract," NBC News reported.
“I backdoored my way into the Capitol to see these videos” as well as “into seeing some of this evidence that was under court seal,” he tells Poulos.
He was able to verify that what he saw in court was in fact a suppression of evidence “that would quite likely be exculpatory evidence for these defendants.”
However, that’s not all Baker has found.
“What we have discovered is not only suppression of evidence, but also the creation out of thin air of evidence that did not exist for the purpose of convicting,” Baker tells Poulos, adding that “there are people who have been scapegoated who have become the patsies, who have become the anointed leaders of the insurrection.”
Those “anointers leaders” were in fact “not at all” and “have been falsely accused.”
While Baker cannot currently release the names of these scapegoats, he will soon be able to take a few Blaze reporters with him into the video room, where he says he will finally be able to “get this off my chest.”
A top NATO official warned that rising ammunition prices could mean that Western countries do not spend enough on the military to sufficiently arm Ukraine. Washington and its allies have pledged nearly $100 billion in weapons to Kiev since the Russian invasion last year.
On Saturday, the chair of NATO’s military committee, Dutch Admiral Rob Bauer said alliance members need to spend more on defense to account for the rising prices. “Prices for equipment and ammunition are shooting up. Right now, we are paying more and more for exactly the same,” he said. “That means that we cannot make sure that the increased defense spending actually leads to more security.”
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US has pledged over $43 billion in arms to Kiev. The increase in demand for arms has led to an increase in the stock prices of American weapons merchants.
Former Pentagon officials have warned that arms makers are exploiting the war in Ukraine to price gouge the Department of Defense. Shay Assad, who worked as a Pentagon contract negotiator for 40 years, told 60 Minutes that such firms overcharge the DoD for everything from “radar and missiles … helicopters … planes … submarines… down to the nuts and bolts.”
Ivanka Trump, daughter of former President Donald Trump, made a trip to Hawaii to help those who are still suffering from the tragic wildfires that took place last month.
The former first daughter was on a charity mission with CityServe International, which included serving over 250,000 prepared meals to displaced families who are struggling to get back on track after the biggest wildfires in American history.
Additionally, Ivanka visited a Lahaina church that was being utilized as a temporary food bank and was able to talk to locals who now are trying to start their lives over.
“Her humble presence lifted spirits and reminded the people of Lahaina that they are not forgotten,” CityServe said in a statement.
“Amid the tears being shed, there are tangible signs of hope and love, and with the arrival of meals and supplies, our partners and team joined Ivanka in lifting boxes of supplies, comforting survivors and sharing meals to those who have lost everything,” the organization continued.
According to CityServe, Ivanka Trump distributed food, water, local produce, gift cards, and other essential supplies for those in need.
Furthermore, the charity is also providing gas cards and air filters to locals, which comes after residents were advised by officials to not drink the water in the area.
Sadly, there is a concerning trend involving black teenagers committing heinous crimes, some of which have very clear “racist” elements. Strangely, these incidents often go unreported by the state-controlled media; as they don’t align with the left’s political agenda
A group of self-identified Antifa supporters who wanted “civil war and revolution” on Jan. 6 sought online blueprints for federal buildings so they could firebomb them and discussed using a Roman legion formation to attack police lines, a Sept. 15 court filing alleges.
Defendant William Pope of Topeka, Kansas, included the information in a renewed U.S. District Court push (pdf) to compel federal prosecutors to produce all bodycam footage and video filmed by Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) undercover officers on Jan. 6, 2021.
Mr. Pope, 37, publisher of the news website Free State Kansas, was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, covering the protest and subsequent violence.
Federal prosecutors charged him with civil disorder, corruptly obstructing an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, impeding ingress or egress in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or buildings, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. He faces a July 2024 trial.
According to Pope’s latest motion, MPD officers made a traffic stop at 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 6 of a vehicle containing three Antifa operatives: Jonathan Kelly, Logan Grimes, and Dempsey Mikula.