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Monday's energy absurdity: America's largest EV charging station is powered by - you guessed it - Diesel

Tesla station at the Harris Ranch in California
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Aerial photo of supercharger Tesla station at the Harris Ranch in California.
Kevin Killough at CowboyStateDaily.com has done it again, this time with an expose' about what California EV advocates boast is the largest EV charging station in the country, the Harris Ranch Tesla Supercharging Station.

Perched at the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 198 in California's Central Valley, the Harris Ranch station boasts a total of 98 Tesla supercharger modules. For all you Texans out there, it's sort of the EV version of a Buc-ee's, only without the Wal-Mart-sized convenience store with all the cool souvenirs.

But the location does sport a Shell gas station on premises, and, as Kevin details in his story, that gasoline station serves not only to fill up all the ICE cars that come along, but also as camouflage for the source of power generation for all those Tesla chargers.



"Intents have been overtaken by events." — Jacob Dreizin
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You have to wonder what took Bobby Kennedy, Jr. so long to recognize that the Democratic Party was a home that he had long ago been turned out of, like a dog that has peed on the carpet too many times. At the end of last week, Mr. Kennedy intimated that he might run for president on an independent line. If he manages to get that line on the state ballots — and you can easily imagine New York and California trying to thwart him — it will change all the current calculations about the 2024 election.

As of right now, the Party of Chaos is living up to its name. They continue to present an obviously false and ridiculous consensus among themselves that "Joe Biden" is running for reelection. In fact, "the Big Guy" is about to get run through a wringer of the most abject public disgrace as his already-well-known crimes of bribery and treason get conscientiously laid out for all to see with cold and implacable decorum. Even the mind-fucked spawn of the Ivy League, toiling away on their CIA-owned newspapers and cable news networks, might find themselves forced to spin their narrative in a new direction.

"Joe Biden" is now a monumental embarrassment and a liability to our country, let alone to the degenerate party that owns him. Sub rosa efforts must be in motion to persuade him to resign before the impeachment inquiry spotlights all those telltale bank records, but they will fail to overcome his demented pride. He'll ride this thing out to the bitter end, when he can use the last tool at his disposal to officially pardon everyone involved in his family's racketeering operation. The longer the party pretends to support him, the closer the party itself skates toward self-destruction. Also consider: if allowed to play out, the impeachment inquiry will implicate the DOJ and the FBI in obstruction of justice — exposing many Deep State blob players to danger of prosecution.

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Government report: No good evidence that lockdown worked

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On Wednesday, the UK Health Security Agency quietly released a review which found that the evidence base for the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on Covid transmission was weak. These include such measures as lockdown, the 'rule of 6', test and isolation, face coverings, border restrictions, and more.

The review identified 151 studies conducted in the UK. Two-thirds of the evidence identified was based on modelling studies, and there were only two randomised control trials included. Studies focused on measures to identify or isolate infectious people or reduce the number of human contacts were the most numerous. Only nine studies focused on measures to protect the most vulnerable.

The report concluded that "there is a lack of strong evidence on the effectiveness of NPIs to reduce COVID-19 transmission":
"The body of evidence available on effectiveness of NPIs in the UK provides weak evidence in terms of study design, as it is mainly based on modelling studies, ecological studies, mixed-methods studies and qualitative studies."
The review noted the many challenges with evaluating NPI effectiveness, which makes the current evidence-base prone to confounding and bias.
"In most cases, [current NPI effectiveness] would be graded as low or very low certainty in the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluations (GRADE) framework and rule out causal inference."
This includes the way NPIs were implemented, levels of adherence and compliance, wider behavioural changes, the difficulties of isolating one NPI from a range (or 'package') of measures, endpoint measurements, poor study designs and study quality, and ethical considerations. The report went on to recommend a strengthening of evaluation research for NPI interventions in the future.

Comment: Let's try this: No good evidence lockdown was needed.


Philadelphia police increase presence after looters wreak havoc on city

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Ransacked liquor store in Philadelphia • Sept. 27, 2023
Foot Locker, Apple and Lululemon in Center City were among the stores looted on Tuesday night.

There was an increased police presence in Philadelphia on Wednesday night after a group of looters wreaked havoc on the city. As police added more patrols, businesses across the city closed early. An Aldi in the city's Olney neighborhood had security at its boarded-up property.

"The bottom line is sending a message that Philadelphia is not going to be the place where you can do this type of behavior," said Interim Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Stanford.

As police added more patrols, businesses across the city closed early. An Aldi in the city's Olney neighborhood had security at its boarded-up property.

"It's just an excuse for them to act up. Like it don't make no sense. They're tearing up the neighborhoods where we gotta shop at and they gotta shop at," said Jamal Howard of Olney.

Despite the additional patrols, two people were taken into custody after police said they looted a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store in Crescentville.

Responding officers found the two suspects loading up a car at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The store was not boarded up, police said.
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Philadelphia police released 27 booking photos of suspects allegedly involved in looting activity on September 26, 2023.
A total of 52 arrests have been made so far and all but three of them are adults, according to Jane Roh, spokesperson for the Philadelphia district attorney's office.

Comment: The looting of upscale stores in Center City:


Reagan-appointed federal judge rules Texas drag ban violates First Amendment

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A federal judge struck down Texas' ban on drag performances Tuesday as a violation of the First Amendment.

U.S. District Judge David Hittner, a Reagan-appointee, found that Texas' law prohibiting "sexually oriented performances" on public property or in the presence of a minors "impermissibly infringes on the First Amendment and chills free speech." The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed its lawsuit against the ban on behalf of LGBTQ+ rights advocates and drag queens on Aug. 2.

The judge wrote:
"Not all people will like or condone certain performances. This is no different than a person's opinion on certain comedy or genres of music, but that alone does not strip First Amendment protection.

"However, in addition to the pure entertainment value there are often political, social, and cultural messages involved in drag performances which strengthen the Plaintiffs position."


Iran says it defused 30 bombs in Tehran, detained 28

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Authorities in Iran have neutralised 30 bombs meant to go off simultaneously in Tehran and detained 28 terrorists linked to Islamic State, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday, citing the intelligence ministry.

"Some of the members are of Islamic State (IS) and the perpetrators have a history of being affiliated with Takfiri groups in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Kurdistan region of Iraq," Iran's intelligence ministry added in a statement.

Comment: Gunmen storm Iranian pilgrimage site in major attack: 15 dead, 40 wounded


A pandemic of lockdown denialism

There is an old expression: "Success has a thousand fathers but failure is always an orphan."

It's a spin on Tacitus: "This is an unfair thing about war: victory is claimed by all, failure to one alone."

We can judge the results of the pandemic response, then, by the number of people who claim it as their own. So far the answer seems to be: none.

These days, if you listen to the rhetoric, you would think that absolutely no one forced anyone to do anything, not even take the jab. There were no mask mandates. No one was ever locked down. There were some mistakes, sure, but those came only from doing the best we could with the knowledge we had.

Other than make well-considered recommendations, they didn't force anyone to do anything.

Even from 2021, the media routinely referred to the "pandemic" and not the pandemic policies as responsible for learning losses, depression, business failures, and poor economic conditions. This has been deliberate. It's designed to normalize lockdowns as if they are just something one does to deal with infectious disease, even though lockdowns have no precedent on that scale in the West.


Monuments to Ukrainian Nazis in Canada

Given the fact that Ukraine and Nazis are again making news, it is important to point out that there are indeed commemorative monuments to Ukrainian Nazis in Canada, located where the Ukrainian populations are the greatest. The reasons for such monuments are known to the Ukrainian community alone, but so it is essential to make a record of them here, along with a hint at what those being commemorated did back in the days of World War Two.

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Statue of Roman Shukhevych.
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Outside of the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex, north Edmonton, Alberta. Source
"Ukrainian partisans and their allies burned homes, shot or forced back inside those who tried to flee, and used sickles and pitchforks to kill those they captured outside. Churches full of worshipers were burned to the ground. Partisans displayed beheaded, crucified, dismembered, or disemboweled bodies, to encourage remaining Poles to flee... It was this maimed OUN-Bandera, led by Mykola Lebed' and then Roman Shukhevych, that cleansed the Polish population from Volhynia in 1943" (The Reconstruction of Nations).


Florida: Howard Frankland Bridge stabbing suspect is former federal prosecutor

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Patrick Douglas Scruggs stabbed another motorist with a pocketknife after a crash.
Patrick Douglas Scruggs, who worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa for about a decade, is accused of stabbing another motorist after a crash.

A man accused of stabbing another motorist after a crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge on Tuesday is a former assistant U.S. attorney who spent about a decade at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa.

Patrick Douglas Scruggs, 38, of Tampa, worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office from September 2012 until April of this year, according to his LinkedIn page. His time there included appearing on behalf of the federal government during hearings for Florida residents accused of taking part in the riots at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021.

In May, he joined Barnes and Thornburg, an Atlanta-based private law firm, as an "of counsel" attorney, the page says. The page describes Scruggs as "a seasoned litigator and investigator with experience in various practice areas of criminal law."

Now Scruggs faces his own legal trouble stemming from a bizarre chain of events that unfolded on the Howard Frankland as rush hour was winding down on Tuesday morning.

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Study finds shocking lack of proficiency in math at Baltimore public schools

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"When you have this much of a ringing failure in your school, it should cost somebody their jobs."

We have documented serious issues at Baltimore public schools in reading and math.

A new study shows that little has changed. In fact, things are getting worse.

FOX 45 in Baltimore reports:
At Baltimore's five best high schools, 11% of students tested proficient on state math exam

Project Baltimore has made more stunning findings after obtaining the unredacted state test scores for every school in Baltimore City.

The test scores have not yet been released to the public, but Project Baltimore has been analyzing them. The results are hard to believe, even at the highest-performing schools in the city.

Earlier this week, Project Baltimore reported on 13 Baltimore City High Schools, where not a single student who took the 2023 math exam in the spring scored proficient. Not one. The report sparked a strong reaction in the community.

"I can't tell you how horrible that is," said Bryan Nehman, reacting to the report Tuesday morning on WBAL radio's C4 and Bryan Nehman Show.

"This is when people get fired," said C4. "When you have this much of a ringing failure in your school, it should cost somebody their jobs."