The Evening Blues - 9-21-23



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The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Carla Thomas

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This evening's music features Stax singer Carla Thomas. Enjoy!

Carla Thomas – I've Got No Time to Lose

"The rich are the scum of the earth in every country."

-- Gilbert K. Chesterton


News and Opinion

War Profiteers Are A Sign Of A Profoundly Sick Society

“War is good for business.”

So reads a quote from an arms industry executive in a recent Reuters article titled “At London arms fair, global war fears are good for business” about Europe’s biggest arms show, the biennial Defence and Security Equipment International. You will probably be unsurprised to learn that Reuters does not name the war profiteer whose quote inspired their headline.

The article describes the way the war in Ukraine and brinkmanship in Taiwan is leading to surging profits for the military industrial complex, with the UK doubling its arms exports in 2022 and worldwide military spending expected to continue to rise by four percent each year for the next five years. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, European military spending rose 13 percent in 2022 alone, bringing total global spending to an all-time high of $2.24 trillion.

“We are extremely busy,” an exaltant head of sales at an armored steel company tells Reuters.

War is good for business, and it’s expected to get even better. The world’s largest military contractor Lockheed Martin saw its stock rise by a whopping 37 percent last year — helped along by taxpayer-sponsored stock buybacks — and in a report titled “Lockheed Martin: Huge Growth Ahead”, an investment analyst for AlmaStreet Capital predicted last month that Lockheed’s massive profits will only continue to climb. Calling the escalated geopolitical tensions in the current political atmosphere “the most favorable condition that Lockheed Martin could possibly operate under,” the article’s author writes the following:

“Governments worldwide are increasing their budget for defense and security under this heightened geopolitical tensions worldwide. The US government is not an exception. As the largest contractor to the US government, Lockheed Martin is bound to be the biggest beneficiary of the increased defense budget. Given that the company already reached approximately 8% of YoY net sales growth in 2Q23, I believe escalating geopolitical tensions along with easing macroeconomic conditions would allow Lockheed Martin to soon achieve double-digit growth in net sales by the end of the year.”

So it’s no wonder that Lockheed CEO James Taiclet called the most recent hike in the US military budget “as good an outcome as our industry or our company could ask for.” There are vast fortunes riding on governments equipping themselves to kill large numbers of human beings.

There’s a popular quote, “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society,” commonly attributed to Jiddu Krishnamurti but most likely coined by Kurt Vonnegut’s son Mark. Whenever I read reports like this about corporations raking in billions from death, suffering, and extremely dangerous acts of brinkmanship between military powers, I always find that phrase “a profoundly sick society” rattling around in my head.

It’s hard to imagine a society sicker than one in which corporations are not only allowed to profit from war and militarism, but to actually push for more of it using campaign donations, lobbying, and the funding of influential warmongering think tanks. It’s no less evil than if corporations were allowed to slaughter foreigners like livestock and sell their body parts for profit at industrial scale; the only thing that’s different is the payment plan. And yet the people who do this are celebrated as respected job creators instead of thrown into cages like the monsters they are.

This is not the sort of civilization we should strive to be well-adjusted to. It is no sign of health to be well-adjusted to a society in which someone can become a billionaire selling weapons of mass murder after lobbying the government to perpetrate those murders. It is no sign of health to be well-adjusted to a society in which the military industrial complex launders information through the media to promote its deadly products and agendas. It is no sign of health to be well-adjusted to a society in which war profiteering corporations can reap massive quarterly profits in a proxy war that was provoked by the west while pouring fortunes into think tanks which helped manufacture consent for those provocations and which spin the west’s actions in a positive light for the media.

If this society could give rise to something so depraved as the military industrial complex, then it is not the sort of society we should seek to blend in with. This is the sort of society we should want to stick out like a sore thumb in. The sort of society in which we should be swimming against the current when everyone else is swimming with it. The sort of society in which we say a resounding NO to things that everyone else is saying yes to.

This society has failed as spectacularly as anything can possibly fail. We live in a mind-controlled dystopia where war profiteers get to steer public policy, where the entire biosphere is being fed into the wood chipper of global capitalism while we rapidly accelerate toward nuclear armageddon. This is the most insane civilization anyone could possibly design. We should seek dissent and divergence from it to the fullest extent possible.

The Blinken Doctrine: A two front war with Russia and China

Senate braces for possibility of stiffing Zelenskyy

When senators meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday, they will have bad news: Delivering any new aid to help defend against Russia, even later this year, is looking tougher than ever.

The obstacles are piling up: House Republicans are skeptical of any new money at all. What’s more, their dysfunction threatens to push the government into a shutdown — a move that certainly gets Zelenskyy no closer to getting the billions requested by the Biden administration. Senate Republicans, meanwhile, are divided over whether to continue providing humanitarian aid, arguing the rest of Europe needs to step up. ...

On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) threatened to slow down any funding bill that includes more aid to Kyiv, a move that could push the government into a brief shutdown if Ukraine money is included in a stopgap spending bill. And it’s not hard to see how the growing possibility of a shutdown could scramble lawmakers’ priorities: If Congress can’t fund its own government, how can it also send more money to Ukraine?

“That would be one of the few good consequences of the government shutdown, in my view, is: it actually forces us to reevaluate our priorities on Ukraine,” said Republican Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio, a leading opponent of more Ukraine aid. But, he added, a shutdown wouldn’t mean skeptics prevail in the long term: “We actually have to win the debate.”

Poland says no longer sending arms to Ukraine as grain dispute escalates

Poland will no longer send weapons to Ukraine, says PM, as grain dispute escalates

Poland will no longer send arms to Ukraine in order to focus on its own defence, the Polish prime minister has said, a few hours after Warsaw summoned Kyiv’s ambassador amid a row over grain exports.

“We are no longer transferring weapons to Ukraine, because we are now arming Poland with more modern weapons,” Mateusz Morawiecki said, in response to a question about whether Warsaw would continue to support Kyiv despite the grain exports disagreement.

Poland has been one of Ukraine’s staunchest supporters after Russia invaded in February 2022 and is one of Kyiv’s main weapons suppliers. It also hosts a million Ukrainian refugees, who have been supplied with various forms of state aid.

Tensions between Warsaw and Kyiv were sparked by Poland’s ban on Ukrainian grain imports to protect the interests of its farmers, and have intensified in recent days. ...

Morawiecki later told Polsat News television: “I am warning Ukraine’s authorities. Because if they are to escalate the conflict like that, we will add additional products to the ban on imports into Poland. Ukrainian authorities do not understand the degree to which Poland’s farming industry has been destabilised. We are protecting Polish farmers.”

Next Arms Package for Ukraine to Include More Cluster Bombs, No ATACMS

President Biden will announce a new weapons package for Ukraine when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Washington on Thursday, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Sources told Reuters that the package will be worth $325 million and is expected to include the second tranche of widely-banned cluster bombs in the form of 155mm artillery shells. The US began providing Ukraine with cluster munitions in July despite their history of killing and maiming civilians. ...

A US official also told Reuters that the new weapons package will not include Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), which can be fired from the HIMARS rocket systems and have a range of up to 190 miles. ATACMS have been long sought by Ukraine, and recent media reports said they could be soon on their way, but the White House said this week no decision has been made.

Australian Lawmakers To Biden: Release ASSANGE NOW

State Department Confirms US Citizen Gonzalo Lira Is Detained in Ukraine

The State Department has confirmed that American citizen Gonzalo Lira is being held in a Ukrainian prison over charges related to his speech and views on the war in Ukraine. ...

“We are aware of the detention of Mr. Lira in Ukraine. We take our role in assisting US citizens abroad seriously and are providing all appropriate assistance,” a State Department spokesperson told Breitbart News on Tuesday. ...

The Breitbart report noted that the confirmation of a US citizen being held in Ukraine for his speech comes as President Biden is looking for an additional $24 billion in spending on the proxy war in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is currently in the US and is expected to visit the White House and Capitol Hill on Thursday to make the pitch for more aid.

“I Demand A Full Russian Retreat!” – Zelensky At The United Nations w/Scott Ritter

NYT’s Incredibly Low Bar for Labeling Someone ‘Pro-Putin’

It doesn’t take much in our media system to be labeled a “Putin apologist” or “pro-Russia.” In this New Cold War, even suggesting that the official enemy is not Hitlerian or completely irrational could earn ridicule and attack.

After the largely stalled Ukrainian counteroffensive against the Russian occupation, conditions on the front have hardened into what many observers describe as a “stalemate.” Like virtually all wars, the Russo-Ukrainian War will end with a negotiated settlement, and the quicker it happens, the quicker the bodies will stop piling up.

Despite this, anyone who advocates actually pursuing negotiations is immediately attacked. The New York Times (8/27/23) did this in an article about former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in an article that argued he “gives a voice to obstinate Russian sympathies.” The Times wrote:

In interviews coinciding with the publication of a memoir, Mr. Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, said that reversing Russia’s annexation of Crimea was “illusory,” ruled out Ukraine joining the European Union or NATO because it must remain “neutral,” and insisted that Russia and France “need each other.”

“People tell me Vladimir Putin isn’t the same man that I met. I don’t find that convincing. I’ve had tens of conversations with him. He is not irrational,” he told Le Figaro. “European interests aren’t aligned with American interests this time,” he added.

To Times writer Roger Cohen, Sarkozy’s remarks “underscored the strength of the lingering pockets of pro-Putin sympathy that persist in Europe,” which persist despite Europe’s “unified stand against Russia.” Cohen didn’t challenge or rebut anything the former president said—he merely quoted the words, labeled them “pro-Putin,” and moved on.

The New Cold War mentality has encouraged a new wave of McCarthyite attacks against anyone who dissents against the establishment status quo. Merely pointing out that Putin is “not irrational” flies in the face of the accepted conventional wisdom that Putin is a Hitler-like madman hell bent on conquering Eastern Europe. That conventional wisdom is what allows calls for negotiation to be dismissed without any serious discussion, and challenging that wisdom elicits harsh reactions from establishment voices.

Nagorno-Karabakh counts cost of Azerbaijan military operation

Nagorno-Karabakh: How are peace talks viewed from Armenia?

Thousands protest in Armenia over military strike on Nagorno-Karabakh

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of the Armenian capital after Azerbaijan launched a full-scale military assault on the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The demonstration came amid rising discontent with Armenia’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, the inaction of Russian peacekeepers and the failure of western governments to stop bloodshed.

The announcement of a ceasefire in the disputed enclave on Wednesday appeared to involve the de facto capitulation of local defence forces and looked set to fuel the political unrest in Armenia, piling pressure on Pashinyan.

Azerbaijani officials said they had reached a ceasefire agreement involving the withdrawal of all local defence units from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrender of arms and heavy equipment. Many in Yerevan believe that Baku’s ultimate goal is to ethnically cleanse Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as Azerbaijani territory, of its predominantly Armenian population estimated to number about 120,000.

Pashinyan, who led Armenia through its defeat in the second Karabakh war three years ago, made it clear from the start of the fighting that he did not intend to authorise a military intervention to counter the Azerbaijani offensive. As Russian peacekeepers, believed to number about 2,000 soldiers, appeared either powerless or disinclined to intervene during the 24 hours of conflict, Baku also seemed to rebuff international calls for peace from the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, and other western diplomats.

Putin Talks Aliyev, Pashinyan; Zelensky UN Falls Flat, Ukr Aid Dwindles Rejects Talks, Rus Offensive

Gustavo Petro Denounces U.S. Intervention in Americas, from Chilean Coup to Drug War

ALA Decries 'Attacks on Our Freedom' With Record Book Challenges So Far in 2023

A record number of library books were challenged during the first eight months of 2023, the American Library Association revealed Tuesday.

The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) documented 695 attempts to remove a total of 1,915 library titles as of August 31. That's up from the 681 challenges to 1,651 distinct titles for the same period in 2022, and last year as a whole broke the overall record for book challenges since data collecting began more than two decades ago.

"These attacks on our freedom to read should trouble every person who values liberty and our constitutional rights," ALA OIF director Deborah Caldwell-Stone said in a statement. "To allow a group of people or any individual, no matter how powerful or loud, to become the decision-maker about what books we can read or whether libraries exist, is to place all of our rights and liberties in jeopardy."

The data reflects a growing right-wing movement to restrict the topics taught in public schools and the media that children have access to. In 2019, the ALA only counted 377 challenges to 566 titles, The Associated Press reported. In 2020, the number fell even further as libraries were closed because of Covid-19 lockdowns. Then, in 2021, it surged with a then-record 729 challenges targeting 1,597 books, the ALA said. In 2022, that record was broken again with a total of 1,269 challenges to 2,571 titles, 32% more than the previous year's record, ALA executive director Tracie D. Hall pointed out in an opinion piece for Time.

"This attempt to weaponize the right to read, and by extension the libraries that steward and protect that right, should be especially distressing to all of us as recent nationwide polling indicates that the vast majority of adults in this country, regardless of political party, oppose banning books," Hall wrote.

One sign that this is a censorship wave pushed by far-right groups like Moms for Liberty is the fact that the number of challenges targeting multiple books is rising. So far in 2023, 11 states reported challenges to 100 or more books, up from six states in 2022 and none in 2021, the ALA said. In 2022, 9 out of 10 challenges named more than one book.

This is leading to situations in which parents sign on to challenges backed by extreme groups despite never having read the books in question.

"If we have come to a time in this country when parents can be successfully swayed into restricting access to books they haven't read, what does that mean for our future as a nation?" Hall asked.

Another alarming trend is that challenges increasingly target books in public as well as school libraries, at 49% in 2023 versus 16% in the first eight months of 2022, according to ALA figures.

"The irony is that you had some censors who said that those who didn't want books pulled from schools could just go to the public libraries," Caldwell-Stone told AP.

In a separate statement, she said that public libraries were the "very embodiment of the First Amendment in our society."

"This places politics over the well-being and education of young people and everyone's right to access and use the public library," she said of the mounting challenges.

Biden PANICS Over Trump Union Speech

Kansas man who shot Black teen Ralph Yarl pleads not guilty

A white 84-year-old homeowner who is accused of shooting a Black teenager after the high schooler mistakenly came to his Kansas City home entered a not-guilty plea on Wednesday, and the judge scheduled his trial for next year.

Andrew Lester, a retired aircraft mechanic, is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the 13 April shooting of Ralph Yarl. The trial in the case, which shocked the country and renewed national debates about gun policies and race in America, was scheduled to begin on 7 October 2024.

Some supporters joined Yarl’s mother in the courtroom, their T-shirts reading “Ringing a doorbell is not a crime” turned inside out. Philip Barrolle, a family friend, said they wore the shirts that way after being told by the court the shirts were a problem. Supporters have worn them in the past, but an order issued on Monday barred “outbreaks, signs, or displays of any kind”. ...

The not-guilty plea, entered by Steve Salmon, Lester’s attorney, is largely a procedural step, and the hearing lasted just five minutes. Lester also pleaded not guilty soon after he was charged, but this is his first court appearance since a judge found sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

Trial of two Denver officers in killing of Elijah McClain set to open

The trial of two suburban Denver police officers was set to open on Wednesday in the killing of Elijah McClain, a Black man put in a neck hold and injected with a powerful sedative whose 2019 death later became a rallying cry for nationwide protests and spurred police reform in Colorado.

It’s the first of several trials stemming from the death of McClain, and lawyers for the two sides are expected to paint contrasting pictures of the deadly struggle between the officers and the 23-year-old massage therapist. McClain was stopped by police in the city of Aurora while walking home from a convenience store carrying only a plastic bag and his phone.

One question jurors could be asked to decide is whether it was lawful for officers Randy Roedema and Jason Rosenblatt to detain and use force against McClain, who a 911 caller reported as suspicious. If prosecutors can convince jurors the stop was unjustified, that would undermine any argument that McClain’s injuries were a result of the officers just doing their jobs.

Officials eventually determined the sedative ketamine played a key role in McClain’s death, which fueled renewed scrutiny about the use of ketamine for people considered to be acting erratically and led Colorado’s health department to limit when emergency workers can administer it. In 2020, neck holds by police were banned by the state’s Democratic-led legislature.

Roedema and Rosenblatt are both charged with criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter and assault. They have pleaded not guilty but have never spoken publicly about the allegations against them. The trial is expected to last about a month. A third officer and two paramedics are charged in McClain’s death and are scheduled for trial later this year.

RUSSELL BRAND: UK Parliament Asks RUMBLE To ‘BAN’ Comedian, Site Claims



the horse race



Trump To GOP: 'DEFUND Crooked Joe's Weaponized Gov't,' 'Political Prosecutions'

PLOT TWIST: Dems DOMINATE Special Elections Despite Polls

Biden Camp Forms 'MISINFORMATION' Group, CLEAR Ploy To Enact MORE Gov't Censorship: Shellenberger



the evening greens


Biden uses executive power to create New Deal-style American Climate Corps

President Joe Biden will use his executive authority to create a New Deal-style American Climate Corps that will serve as a major green jobs training program. In an announcement on Wednesday, the White House said the program would employ about 20,000 young adults who will build trails, plant trees, help install solar panels and do other work to boost conservation and help prevent catastrophic wildfires. ...

The White House climate adviser, Ali Zaidi, said the administration would work with at least six federal agencies to create the climate corps and would pair with at least 10 states. California, Colorado, Maine, Michigan and Washington have already begun similar programs, while five more are launching their own climate corps, Zaidi said: Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Utah.

The initiative will provide job training and service opportunities to work on a wide range of projects that tackle the climate crisis, including restoring coastal wetlands to protect communities from storm surges and flooding; deploying clean energy projects such as wind and solar power; managing forests to improve health and prevent catastrophic wildfires; and implementing energy efficient solutions to cut energy bills for consumers, the White House said.

Humanity has ‘opened gates to hell’ by letting climate crisis worsen, UN secretary warns

Humanity has “opened the gates to hell” by allowing the climate crisis to worsen, the secretary general of the United Nations has warned at a climate summit of leaders that saw angry denunciations of the fossil fuel industry but was undercut by the absence of many of the biggest carbon-emitting countries. António Guterres opened the UN climate ambition summit, held in New York on Wednesday, with a lacerating attack on wealthy countries and the fossil fuel industry for their ponderous response to the climate crisis.

The UN secretary general said the world is “decades behind” in the transition to clean energy. “We must make up time lost to foot-dragging, arm-twisting and the naked greed of entrenched interests raking in billions from fossil fuels,” Guterres said, adding that some fossil fuel companies had embarked upon a “shameful” attempt to stymie the transition.

Wealthy countries need to get their planet-heating emissions to net zero as close as possible to 2040, Guterres said, a task that a recent UN analysis found is well off track, as well as deliver promised climate funding to poorer, vulnerable nations that has so far been lacking. “Many of the poorest nations have every right to be angry, angry that they are suffering most from a climate crisis they did nothing to create, angry that promised finance hasn’t materialized and angry that their borrowing costs are sky high,” he said.

Guterres said that “humanity has opened the gates of hell” by unleashing worsening heatwaves, floods and wildfires seen around the world and that a “dangerous and unstable” future of 2.8C global heating, compared with the pre-industrial era, was awaiting without radical action. “The future of humanity is in our hands,” he said. “We must turn up the tempo, turn plans into action and turn the tide.”

Leaders from more than 100 countries were asked to take part in the climate ambition summit, with invites extended to those the UN deemed “to have new, improved ambition on climate”. In a sobering indication of the shortfall in the required effort to avoid disastrous climate change, most of the world’s biggest carbon emitters were absent, including Joe Biden, president of the US, and Xi Jinping, president of China – leaders of the two largest polluters.

California orders bottled water firm to stop drawing from natural springs

California has ordered the company that owns Arrowhead bottled water to stop using some of the natural springs it has utilized for more than a century, following a years-long campaign by environmentalists to stop the operation.

Regulators on Tuesday voted to significantly reduce how much water BlueTriton – the owner of the Arrowhead brand – can take from public lands in the San Bernardino mountains. The ruling is a victory for community groups who have said for years that the bottled water firm has drained an important creek that serves as a habitat for wildlife and helps protect the area from wildfires.

Arrowhead bottled water traces its roots to a hotel at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains that first opened in 1885 and began selling bottled spring water from its basement in 1906. But environmental and community groups say the company has never had permission to take water from the springs in the San Bernardino national forest.

The state water resources control board agreed that BlueTriton does not have permission to use the water and ordered the company to stop. The order does not ban the company from taking any water from the mountain, but it significantly reduces how much it can take. ...

In a statement after the vote, BlueTriton Brandsindicated it would sue to block the order, vowing to “vigorously defend our water rights through available legal process”.


Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

British Press Sides with Power Against Assange

Canada: legal challenges threaten to derail truck blockade leaders’ trial

Texas teacher fired for showing Anne Frank graphic novel to eighth-graders

House GOP Unveils Budget With Trillions in Cuts to Medicaid, Food Benefits, and More

Real Savings

Cornel West, Donald Trump To Visit Detroit Auto Strike, Where’s POTUS?

Neocons turn on Joe Biden


A Little Night Music

Carla Thomas – I'll Bring It On Home To You

Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Lovey Dovey

Carla Thomas – How Do You Quit (Someone You Love)

Carla Thomas – You'll Lose A Good Thing

Carla Thomas - B-A-B-Y

Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Tell It Like It Is

Carla Thomas - I Like What You're Doing

Carla Thomas - Pick Up The Pieces

Otis Redding - Knock On Wood feat. Carla Thomas


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Best buddies?!

These guys not so much


From personal experience, I totally agree with todays quote

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I never knew that the term "Never Again" only pertained to
those born Jewish

"Antisemite used to be someone who didn't like Jews
now it's someone who Jews don't like"

Heard from Margaret Kimberley

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@ggersh Can you provide a link to that article?!?

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In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is declared mentally ill for describing colors.

Yes Virginia, there is a Global Banking Conspiracy!

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@The Liberal Moonbat https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/bill-gates-depopulation/

IMHO if snopes says CT it's real as fuck!!!! ymmv

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I never knew that the term "Never Again" only pertained to
those born Jewish

"Antisemite used to be someone who didn't like Jews
now it's someone who Jews don't like"

Heard from Margaret Kimberley

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@ggersh

wow, that seems sort of unusual that gates would intentionally spill the beans like that. it would be interesting to see his article.

thanks for the cute puppy tweet.

have a great evening!

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Tell It Like It Is, Pick Up The Pieces, You'll Lose A Good Thing
if you don't. Doesn't matter. Thanks for the EB's joe!

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@QMS

have a good one!

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Lots of tangents are discussed here. Worth your time to read it.

https://off-guardian.org/2023/09/21/british-mps-are-trying-to-cancel-rus...

It covers some of the why he is being defamed in the media because of the media investigating anonymous women accusing him of sexual assaults 10-15 years ago, but not the police. It also might tie in to the UK online safety bill that will be put in play soon. The Hellabitch was very instrumental in getting this turd passed. If someone says something online then the media source has to give the government information about them and if they don’t then they get fined for not complying. And yes this might affect us in our own country if the information is posted in the UK.

The PTB are trying to quash dissent of their plans and actions. Thankfully the UN plan for a one world government was derailed yesterday by 11 countries saying no to the globalists agenda, but we are not out of danger just yet. They have too much to lose with what they have been planning for many decades.

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@snoopydawg

While Rumble obviously deplores sexual assault, rape, and all serious crimes, and believes that both alleged victims and the accused are entitled to a full and serious
investigation, it is vital to note that recent allegations against Russell Brand have
nothing to do with content on Rumble's platform. Just yesterday, YouTube announced that, based solely on these media accusations, it was barring Mr. Brand from monetizing his video content. Rumble stands for very different values. We have devoted ourselves to the vital cause of defending a free internet - meaning an internet where no one arbitrarily dictates which ideas can or cannot be heard, or which citizens may or may not be entitled to a platform.

We regard it as deeply inappropriate and dangerous that the UK Parliament would attempt to control who is allowed to speak on our platform or to earn a living from
doing so. Singling out an individual and demanding his ban is even more disturbing
given the absence of any connection between the allegations and his content on
Rumble. We don't agree with the behavior of many Rumble creators, but we refuse
to penalize them for actions that have nothing to do with our platform. Although it may be politically and socially easier for Rumble to join a cancel culture
mob, doing so would be a violation of our company's values and mission. We
emphatically reject the UK Parliament's demands.

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@snoopydawg

to make a pertinent statement

thanks for sharing this snoop

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@snoopydawg

thanks for the off guardian article. i've been reading and listening to a bunch of stuff about the media trial of brand, but i hadn't heard some of the domestic british angles that the article covers.

i don't know exactly where the dead rat is in this mess, but boy does it stink!

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@joe shikspack

but who killed it and why is definitely the question. That the accusations against him came out of the blue should have even his biggest distractors wondering what is behind them. And remember that we saw this play before during the me too movement when people like Kavanaugh, Stacey and others were accused of letting their hands wander only for them to be found innocent of the charges. Stacey was just found not guilty of sexual assault in the UK, but his reputation has been trashed by them anyway.

One of the funniest, but saddest things that happened then was how Tara Reade was treated when she accused Biden of sexually assaulting her back in the 90's. She had more evidence of it happening than all the others accused of it and her mom had called into Larry King on the night it happened. But shitlibs who insisted that all women must be believed turned on that motto and viscously attacked her. Thus the me too era ended with a screech.

We got some rain today….

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The peak of the mountain I’ve posted before even got some snow on it. It was in the 60's here so I was surprised to see it.

Drat that Murphy fella. I waited for it to stop raining to go to the store and finally just put the top up and did it. Was in the store for 5 minutes and came out and the damn sun was out. So of course now I have to wash the car because of all the dirt on it. This happens a lot. I go for my walk and it starts raining so I come home and once I’m inside it stops and the sun comes out. I lose 9/10 times. Murphy has it out for me I tell you.

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@snoopydawg

but who killed it and why is definitely the question.

agreed. my current thoughts are that it was not a matter of some sudden revelation of brand's past misdeeds while he was an addict, it's more an opportunistic revisiting of them - beating the bushes to flush out accusers to afflict a critic of media outlets that was getting a tad too popular.

the weather here has been quite lovely. days in the 70's nights in the 50's - perfect! i know that it can't last, but, well i'd like it to stay this way as long as possible. Smile

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@joe shikspack

After this summer of record heat. I have been planning on one more trip to the Unintas, but I think I’m too late if there is snow already up there. Might just go over the mountain unless it closed after Labor Day. Maybe the water has just been turned off but the campground is still open. Here’s the backside of the mountain.

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The peak at the top is Ben Lomond and just below it where you see the slope is just below it where the campground is. The slope is actually quite steep from looking at it from the other side.

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Sam doing her impression of a mountain biker without the bike.

Btw Ben Lomond has been the mountain in the Paramount Pictures opening scenes for many decades. Next time you see it you will know where it’s located.

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@snoopydawg

what a view! and plenty of room for sam to run. what a great place to have in your backyard.

have a great trip!

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@joe shikspack

access to the wilderness that I can access within an hour or so. I dreaded moving back to Utah because it meant I could no longer go to the ocean in just a few hours, but now that I’m here I can’t imagine moving away again. I can be hiking in the foothills in 10 minutes or go over the mountain to camp or to take Sam swimming in under an hour.

I want to explore S Utah, but gas has been so expensive since I bought the trailer. But if it ever comes down again I’ll be off exploring. Goblin valley and castle lands are first in line. It’s now only $4.59 for mid grade…ugh! What are you paying for it?

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i've apparently been grumbling too much, here high test costs from 4.15 to 4.35 at the gas stations i pass regularly in the past week. it's been as high as 4.50 in the last month, though. regular and mid grade are a good bit cheaper but i usually don't note the price.

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Remember the good old days when gas went down after Labor Day? It went up 10 cents just before it and now has gone down 12 cents this just this week. And yet we’re being told that Bidenomics are working well for us little people. I wonder when was the last time the old folks in congress ever had to fill their cars with gas? It was probably under a dollar back then.

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Lee Jae-myung's legislative immunity to arrest and detention removed by a National Assembly vote.

28 members of his own democratic party, the majority party in the legislature defected to vote with the conservatives to give them a majority vote in favor of the resolution to drop Lee's immunity. This betrayal of their own party leader effectively seals the factional split within the democratic party before the upcoming election campaign season. The defecting group of democratic assembly members are labeled "su bak" (watermelons) one color on the outside another on the inside. They are considered by the progressive democrats who support Lee, as seeking their own personal gain rather than the public interest. In the US context, they would be called "democrats in name only" who merely represent special interests and really are more like conservatives and implicitly allied with conservative interests.

(Source MBC News live 9.21.23) Angry demonstrators near National Assembly building in Yeouido confront police. They anticipated that the resolution to allow any arrest and confinement of Lee Jae-myung would be denied because of the large majority of Democratic representatives. However it is estimated that 28 members of the party betrayed the party leader after he declined to give up his weighted voting power in the nomination process for the spring elections.
국회 앞 이재명 대표 지지자 희비교차..체포동의안 부결 '기대'에서 가결 '낙담-분노'

(Source MBC News live 9.21.23) Supporters of Lee Jae-myung outside the National Assembly building in Yeouido before the announcement of the vote to drop the legislator's immunity from arrest and pre-trial confinement. They are calling for the National Assembly to decline the prosecutor's proposal to let the court's proceed to determine whether Lee should be jailed.

We'll see what happens tomorrow during the regular Saturday demonstrations. Democratic supporters of Lee are angry. Will the courts test the anger and resentment of Lee's supporters by finding that the contrived politically motivated charges against Lee are supported by credible evidence to warrant his pretrial detention?

[Column] Once a model democracy, Korea’s governing system is seriously unwell
Hankyoreh Sep 21

Yoon’s “Yongsan totalitarianism” is a threat to Korean democracy

The primary figure in Yongsan totalitarianism is the president himself, of course. Under the banner of “freedom,” the president has divided the nation and placed the country’s foreign policy on a US-oriented line as part of his purely black-and-white mindset.

The president stands on the front lines of ideological disputes and historical debates, seeking to erase the legacy of the independence movement against Japan on the grounds that some freedom fighters had communist sympathies.

All media outlets, opposition parties and civic groups that criticize the government are branded as “anti-state forces,” with the public prosecutors and the Board of Audit and Inspection serving as effective weapons toward that end.

The president doesn’t respect the National Assembly and circumvents it using his legal prerogatives to veto laws and make appointments.

The ruling party that ought to be providing balance between the president and the public has been reduced to a presidential lackey, forfeiting its relevance and independence.

Yongsan totalitarianism is a threat to democracy. It’s become common for not only politicians of all stripes but even ordinary people to talk about “the worst politics in history.” But what they’re really saying is that Korean democracy is seriously unwell.

https://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/english_editorials/11095...

I left out the rudimentary and simplistic comparison to Jan. 6, Trump, etc. in the column, as irrelevant. The last part of the column is what is important. US domestic politics is really not germane, except to the extent that Yoon is directed if not controlled by US national security interests and Yoon's own domestic pro-Japan constituency.

Really enjoyed the blues tonight Joe. Will be spending more time tonight with your news roundup, thanks!

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it seems like the latest fad in global politics is lawfare and it's going on everywhere. i suppose that it's less bloody than previous tactics, but it seems like a fingerprint now.

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Zelensky's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad D.C. Snubfest

Zelensky’s war appears to be on the brink. After a letdown stint at the UN assembly in New York, he’s now in Washington on the last leg of his begging journey to ensure the continuation of the war.

Unfortunately so far, it’s not going very well. The much hoped-for and vaunted ATACMS appears to already be kaput:

Ukraine will not get ATACMS, the 190-mile-range tactical ballistic missiles, urgently requested by Zelensky to destroy Russian forces in
Crimea and other Russian-held territory 'anytime soon,' officials say.
News comes one day before Zelensky visits Biden at the White House.

One of the key focus points of this trip, we were told for several weeks, was that Biden was set to announce the ATACMS transfer to Ukraine in person with Zelensky, which would have made for a big, symbolic moment of solidarity, demonstrating the U.S.’s continued resolve and commitment to the much-talked-about long term prosecution of the war.

Remember when Biden said that sending long range missiles to Ukraine would be WW3? Maybe he has been reading Caitlin’s work and he better not risk nuclear war after all.

Baffled why people who insist that Crimea and the Donbas belong to Ukraine get giddy when Ukraine sends missiles their way. After all they are supposed to be Ukrainians right?

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Baffled why people who insist that Crimea and the Donbas belong to Ukraine get giddy when Ukraine sends missiles their way. After all they are supposed to be Ukrainians right?

see, now they are occupied by russians. once the land is cleansed, then the ukrainians can move in.

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