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Tucker Carlson: Only explanation allowed on Nord Stream is what the government wants you to believe

John Kirby, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications
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John Kirby, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications, takes part in White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre's press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 1, 2022.
There are few things more infuriating than being lied to by your own government, the government you pay for, the one your ancestors risked their lives to protect. Does that happen to you? Of course, it has. It enrages you.

But if it happens again and again, if it happens often enough, if your government makes a habit of lying to you, then over time it becomes something else. Over time, you realize you're not really living in a democracy. You can't be because in a democracy, the government has a moral and legal obligation to tell you the truth always. Period.

That makes sense because in a democracy you are not a subject or a mere consumer. You're a citizen. You are a shareholder in the system. You are an owner of it. The people who run your government are your employees. They're like your cleaning lady. You may appreciate the work they do ("Good job"), but the minute you catch them stealing your cufflinks, you fire them. Those are the rules because it's your house, not theirs.

Tucker Carlson: Don't ask obvious questions about the Nord Stream pipeline leak

Fox News host Tucker Carlson takes on the outrage to mere questions about possible U.S. involvement in the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'

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Bizarro Earth

UK's National Grid planning for 3-hour blackouts this winter

UK electricity grid
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Great Britain's National Grid said Thursday it is planning three-hour blackouts in parts of the country through the winter, according to a report from Wales Online.

The decision is part of National Grid's recent attempts to protect its network and keep up supply. The company's Electricity System Operator (ESO) predicted Britain is set for a "challenging" winter as the energy crisis continues, Wales Online reported. Residents will be paid to not use their washing machines or charge their cars during the island nation's peak hours in another effort to maintain supply, the outlet noted.

National Grid is also proposing the forced blackouts to test what would happen if there was insufficient gas supplies or otherwise no imports of electricity from the European continent, Wales Online continued.


Comment: 'To test' whether citizens will take blackouts lying down more like it.


Arrow Up

All roads (and railways) leading to China... and the West ain't happy

Pan-Asia Railway Network
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China is succeeding where the British, French and Japanese imperialist powers failed. This year saw the full operation of the China-Laos Railway, the first link in an ambitious Pan-Asian Rail Network that will integrate eight Southeast Asian nations designed to carry freight and millions of passengers.

The city of Kunming in China's southwestern province of Yunnan is the rail and road hub linking the world's second-biggest economy to its southern neighbors. The Pan-Asian Rail Network covers Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, converging on the port cities of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore (see map graphic).

Kunming, already connected to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou and other Chinese metropolises, is thus providing a gateway for the entire Southeast Asian region to global trading routes. It represents China's world-spanning Belt and Road Initiative in action.

The China-Laos segment of this transcontinental network was completed in December 2021 - on schedule after five years of construction - with a budget of $6 billion. The other regional segments are still under construction. A network of new motorway "expressways" complement the rail links, the configuration resembling a Chinese fan spreading out.

The Pan-Asian Rail Network is planned for completion by 2030 at a total cost of $112 billion. Some 30,000 kms of tracks will be laid, carrying both high-speed and conventional speed trains. Beijing is financing up to 70 percent of the construction costs, with the remainder capitalized through bilateral loans. The overall design is backed by the inter-governmental trade bloc, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

It is an awesome mega-project that is aimed at boosting economic growth for the region. Inner land areas are to be opened up for agriculture, tourism and transport of goods.

Car Black

Questions swirl after Kamala Harris motorcade accident in D.C. tunnel

Kamala Harris
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Questions are swirling in the wake of an accident involving Vice President Kamala Harris's motorcade this week after the Secret Service delayed disclosing the incident amid mixed signals about the cause.

The single-car accident occurred in a tunnel in the D.C. neighborhood of Foggy Bottom as Harris made her way to the White House Monday at 10:20 a.m. The car she was traveling in hit a curb, disabling a wheel. Harris was unhurt, but had to be transferred to another car.

"During a protective movement Monday, a vehicle in a motorcade had a minor overcorrection and struck a curb," Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Washington Post Wednesday night. "The protectee was transferred to a secondary vehicle, and the motorcade continued to its destination. There were no injuries to anyone."

Comment: Perhaps the lack of awareness of the driver is tied in some way to the disintegration of people around the world?


Propaganda

German newspaper debunks false Ukrainian claim of 'Russian torture'

teeth
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Box of gold teeth
A pile of gold teeth, which Ukraine alleged had been pulled from civilians by Russian troops to torture them, actually belonged to a local dentist, Bild reported on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry posted a picture on Twitter of what it called "a torture chamber" in Peski Radkovskiye, a town in Kharkov Region. The photo depicted a gas mask, which, according to the ministry, was used to torture the local population, and a box of gold dental crowns lying on the grass.

"How many more will be found in occupied Ukraine?" it asked, hinting that it was Russian troops who had committed the atrocities.

However, according to Bild, the teeth apparently belonged to patients of a local dentist, not to Ukrainian torture victims. Sergey, 60, told the outlet when he was shown the photo distributed by the Ukrainian authorities:
"These teeth look like those stolen from my collection. I'm the only dentist here. So if they were found here, they must have come from me."
When asked if the teeth could have come from dead people, the dentist categorically dismissed the notion, he said:
"Oh God, no! They belonged to the people I've treated all these years. I pulled out these teeth because they were bad."

Comment: The fact that the main German newspaper, Bild, fact-checked the propaganda coming from Ukraine, is a small sign that some of the elite in Germany are starting to have doubts about their full support for Ukraine. Until now, the Bild newspaper like most MSM in the Western world has been 100% behind the Ukrainian version of things. The blowing up of the Nord Stream pipelines seems to have opened the eyes of some in Germany to the fact that they have been stabbed in the back.

Bild is the best-selling European newspaper and with the 16th largest circulation worldwide.


Dollars

Ukraine central banker hit with embezzlement charges after resigning for "health reasons"

Ukraine Central Bank Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko

Former Ukraine Central Bank Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko
Ukraine's anti-corruption bureau has sent a 'notice of suspicion' in an embezzlement case to a suspect at the central bank, days after Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko suddenly resigned, citing health reasons.

As Bloomberg notes, Shevchenko is not directly named - but the details provided match his CV. Authorities said in a statement that the individual was a senior official involved in an alleged scheme to bilk 206 million hryvnia ($5.6 million) from state-run Ukrgazbank between November 2014 and March 2020.

"The details provided matched the central banker's career history," writes Bloomberg, which adds that his whereabouts is unknown.

Comment: Shevenko is noted for compounding his country's woes in other ways:

Ukraine more than doubles interest rates as it fights economic crisis


Newspaper

Man topples ancient Roman busts in Vatican museums

St Peter's Basilica
© Remo Casilli /REUTERS
General view of St Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022.
A man toppled two ancient Roman busts in the Vatican Museums on Wednesday, causing moderate damage before being stopped by staff and arrested, a museums source said.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the man was in his 50s and had "behaved strangely."

Comment: It's notable that as the situation on the world stage deteriorates, people in society, both individually and as a collective, seem to be losing it too:



Dollars

Surgeons are going to make bank on sex change operations in the next decade, market report finds

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A market report from Grand View Research projects that the industry for transgender sex change operations will grow to a size of $5 billion in the next decade.

The sex reassignment market in the United States was worth $1.9 billion in 2021, and could grow by as much as 11% annually due to increases in levels of gender dysphoria, the report found. The growth is particularly driven by young people, who are opting to undergo sex changes more than ever before.

Nearly 1.5% of Americans aged 13 to 24 identify as transgender, the report stated, citing The New York Times. It also cited a study claiming that 78% of transgender males experienced gender dysphoria by the age of seven, with an average age of onset of 6.2 years old. The report did not clarify what qualifies as "experience gender dysphoria."

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Heart - Black

More than 30 killed in shooting at children's center, Thailand

thailand shooting nursery



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More than 30 people, most of whom were kids, were killed in a gun and knife attack at a children's center in northeast Thailand on Thursday, local police said.

A total of 36 people, including 24 children, were among the victims of the massacre in the town of Uthai Sawan in the country's Nong Bua Lamphu Province. At least 12 others were injured in the incident, according to police.

The man who shot and stabbed people inside the facility fled the scene and went to his home, where he murdered his family before committing suicide.

Comment: The Daily Mail reported on the tragic event:
The 34-year-old, who had been in court earlier today on drugs charges, arrived at the nursery and was agitated to find his child was not there and started the massacre at the kindergarten 300 miles northeast of Bangkok.

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At the shooter's house, one boy and four adults were found dead, and another adult at a nearby building was also killed. Three further adults were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead, and 12 more are being treated for injuries.

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A teacher who survived the massacre at a nursery in Thailand told how the killer pointed the gun at her head but she climbed over a wall to escape.

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'I didn't know he was going to kill the kids. I thought he was gonna come out but he stayed inside a long time. He used a knife and stabbed all the kids.

'He also stabbed a pregnant teacher. Only few months til she gives birth. He stabbed my staff. That's all I know.



Fire

US intel concludes Ukraine was responsible for car bombing that killed Darya Dugina

darya dugina funeral
Car bombing private citizens is what the 'good guys' do.

US intelligence officials have concluded that the Ukrainian government ordered the car bombing of Darya Dugina, the daughter of political philosopher Aleksandr Dugin.

Despite Kyiv denying responsibility for the attack, which took place in August, "US intelligence agencies have now concluded that the explosion was sanctioned by parts of the Ukrainian government," reports the Telegraph.

Comment: "We didn't do it" - the CIA

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