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    • #101684

        Carry on!

        Previous thread here.

      • #101592
        Patricia N.

          Big Pharma jacked up drug prices over 1,000 times this year – research:

          Sky-high drug prices are forcing US patients to ration their medication.  The US pharmaceutical industry has raised drug prices some 1,186 times this year, according to Patients for Affordable Drugs, an advocacy group seeking to rein in the sky-high cost of prescription drugs. The group published their analysis on Wednesday.

          Despite record profits, pharmaceutical companies jacked up the prices on 133 products between June 24 and July 5 alone, the group found, noting that the median price increase for 2022 was 5%. In July alone, 64 drug companies hiked their prices, according to Patients for Affordable Drugs.

          Companies like Pfizer, who have made unprecedented profits on their Covid-19 vaccine, have nevertheless continued increasing their prices on other drugs. Pfizer’s leukemia medicine, Besponsa, for example, has seen four price hikes since the pandemic began and now retails at $21,056 for a single vial.

          Another company, Amgen, has upped its price for autoimmune disease drug Enbrel so much and so often since acquiring the rights to the drug in 2002 that it outstripped even the record-beating US inflation rate. Between that acquisition and 2020, the company increased the drug’s price 27 times until it cost $5,554.96 per month – an increase of 457% over its initial cost. Two more price hikes took place this year, despite a 2020 investigation into Amgen’s pricing habits by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, in which the drug company’s practices were roundly condemned.

          The US has the highest-priced healthcare in the world despite yielding worse health outcomes than any other developed nation. The life expectancy of Americans is lower than all of their industrialized peers, even as their doctors are better-paid than doctors in other developed countries.

        • #101593
          Patricia N.

            Sore Loser: Russian Chess Robot Breaks Finger of Seven-Year-Old Opponent:

            A Russian chess-playing robot recently grabbed the finger of a seven-year-old opponent and broke it during the Moscow Open chess tournament. The VP of the Russian Chess Federation blamed the child for making his move too quickly.

            However, Lazarev had a different version of events, saying that the child “made a move, and after that we need to give time for the robot to answer, but the boy hurried and the robot grabbed him.” He noted that regardless, the robot manufacturers were “going to have to think again.”

            Baza said that the boy’s name was Christopher and that he was one of the 30 best chess players in the Russian capital in the under-nines category. “People rushed to help and pulled out the finger of the young player, but the fracture could not be avoided,” Baza stated.

            Lazarev noted that the boy did not seem traumatized by the attack.“The child played the very next day, finished the tournament, and volunteers helped to record the moves,” he said.


          • #101700

              well, there is always a silver lining with every bad thing that happens. I hope the shortages will hinder them from celebrating “the festival of demons” this year.

              I hope they also have a lot of shortages of all the demonic outfits, hands,……………….and all the repulsive stuff that is on display every year.



              • #101702

                  They got so much Halloween candy stacked up in our local grocery store its over flowing on the shelves.  But the price per bag is very expensive (over $5.00 a bag that used to be about $3.50 per bag) and I’m sure they shrunk the fun size bars and put less in the little boxes. 🙄    I’ve only been getting the junior mints this summer in the tv movie size boxes for $1.00  but I see they are cheating us because its less than half way full. :-(

                  Its time to go … we’ve seen the world at its best … it all down hill from here on out …so much evil … so much cheating …

                  • #102068

                      Update …I see they are trying to move the Halloween candy … their “GREAT” sale offer is 3 bags for $12.00 and the bags are definitely much smaller and each “fun” size piece they shrunk. :-(    I’m not tempted.  I read most people are not buying candy nor the chips, Doritos,  pretzels, etc. since they are over priced and the games of the bag shrinkage.  People are being more selective and settling on 1 good dessert so sales remain steady for the ice cream … which is still reasonable.

                • #101704

                    Indeed no looking back.  To what we used to be or what our money used to buy!  There s still good in the Earth cause we and the Holy Spirit are still here,  But the good times are gone!  TR

                  • #102057
                    Patricia N.

                      Atlantic Writer Claims the Rosary is an Extremist Symbol for Christian Nationalists:

                      Atlantic contributor Daniel Panneton has published an op-ed in which he claimed that the rosary is now a symbol of extremism.  The rosary, of course, is a string of beads or knots that are used by Catholics as they do a series of prayers.

                      In the article titled, “How the Rosary Became an Extremist Symbol,” Panneton claimed that “just as the AR-15 rifle has become a sacred object for Christian nationalists in general, the rosary has acquired a militaristic meaning for radical-traditional (or ‘rad trad’) Catholics.”

                      Panneton claimed that “on this extremist fringe, rosary beads have been woven into a conspiratorial politics and absolutist gun culture. These armed radical traditionalists have taken up a spiritual notion that the rosary can be a weapon in the fight against evil and turned it into something dangerously literal.”

                      The writer claimed that “the rosary—in these hands—is anything but holy.”

                      Atlantic Writer Claims the Rosary is an Extremist Symbol for Christian Nationalists

                    • #102058
                      Patricia N.

                        CBS gets savaged for pushing study blaming climate change for childhood obesity: ‘May be one of the dumbest things I’ve read in a while’:

                        A recent segment from CBS promoting a study that linked childhood obesity to climate change was widely hammered and the TV network was accused of spreading “propaganda.”

                        CBS Morning cited a study published in the journal Temperature. The study said that children are now 30% less aerobic fitness than their parents at the same age. The study’s author argued that warming temperatures are making children less active – thus making them more obese.

                        The author of the study claimed, “As the Earth’s warming continues to accelerate, children are set to bear the health risk brunt of rising global temperatures.”

                        The official Twitter account for CBS Mornings posted a video clip with the caption: “Today’s children are 30% less aerobically fit than their parents were at their age, a new study found. The study points to climate change and rising temperatures adversely affecting childhood obesity, as children spend less time exercising outdoors.”


                      • #102076
                        Patricia N.

                          Life finds a way: Scientists are planning to resurrect extinct Tasmanian tiger:

                          The Tasmanian tiger was a marsupial declared extinct in the 1930s. If one Dallas-based company has its way, that declaration will soon be reversed.

                          Colossal, a biotechnology “de-extinction” company, is working with scientists in Australia and the U.S. on a multimillion-dollar project to bring back the Tasmanian tiger — known formally as “thylacine” — and reintroduce it to its native land of Tasmania, reports the Guardian. Tasmania is an island state of Australia, located 150 miles south of the Australian mainland.

                          Colossal isn’t limiting itself to bringing back just one extinct species. The company made headlines last year when it revealed that it hoped to revive the woolly mammoth.

                          According to the Guardian, scientists plan to bring back the Tasmanian tiger by taking stem cells from a living species with similar DNA, the fat-tailed dunnart, and turning them into “thylacine” cells – or the closest approximation possible.

                          Colossal’s team is highly optimistic about its prospects. “I think it’s highly probable this could be the first animal we de-extinct,” said Ben Lamm, Colossal’s chief executive and other co-founder.


                        • #102081
                          Patricia N.

                            You WILL Eat the Bugs: Major Brands Quietly Slipping Insects Into Your Food:

                            Major companies are quietly adding insects to their food products, implementing a goal established by the World Economic Forum that seeks to have humans eat bugs as one of its purported keys to a sustainable planet.

                            On Sunday, carnivore diet guru Dr. Shawn Baker tweeted a photo of a bag of cheddar cheese puffs, only instead of being made of corn meal, these snack foods were chock-full of insect protein.  The snack item from Canadian brand Actually Foods states the puffs are “powered by crickets” to the tune of 10 grams of protein per serving.

                            The ingredients label on the back of the bag indicates “organic cricket flour” was used in the puffs’ production, and an allergy warning on the back of the bag also cautions, “People who are allergic to shellfish may also be allergic to crickets.”

                            Further investigation into Actually Foods’ parent company Entomo Farms shows it’s on a mission “to make cricket-based foods the first choice for individuals interested in high-quality, sustainable protein,” and they actually produce whole roasted crickets in a variety of flavors, in addition to cricket protein powder.

                            The cricket-containing snacks are just some of a slew of new products that showcase insects as their protein source, with many quietly relegating their special cricket blends to small font or the ingredients label.

                            The WEF says it wants meat consumption to be “an occasional treat” only to be eaten on special occasions.


                            • #102105

                                Gross … my down fall are the Wise Cheeze Doodles.  If I walk down that aisle, its so hard to pass them up.  But lately I have because they are not on sale and now I’m going  to take the time to read the labels. So curious if they did the nasty switcheroo game. 🥴

                            • #102107

                                So, what is everyone here thinking to do with the “eat bugs” push?
                                These insects carry parasites…

                                What parasites do crickets carry?
                                Horsehair worms are internal parasites of crickets and other insects like grasshoppers, cockroaches and beetles. Horsehair worms are active and often observed during late summer or fall months. People sometimes find them after stepping on a cricket.

                                Horsehair worm parasites


                                Beetle parasites


                                • #102116
                                  Patricia N.

                                    About the cricket parasites:  That is so gross!  Who would think that such a giant worm could come out of an insect!

                                • #102109

                                    Starts @ 1:40

                                    – Fair Use –

                                  • #102115
                                    Patricia N.

                                      CHANGE: Nearly 2 Million Kids Left Public Schools Between 2020 And 2021:

                                      According to enrollment data, nearly 2 million students stopped attending public schools between 2020 and 2021.  In the spring of 2020, 81% of students were enrolled in district-operated schools – that number dropped to 72% by November 2020.

                             In 18 states that shared data through the current school year, the number of homeschooling students increased by 63% in the 2020-2021 school year.

                                      Are Americans turning away from public schooling?

                                      CHANGE: Nearly 2 Million Kids Left Public Schools Between 2020 And 2021

                                    • #102117
                                      Patricia N.

                                        Japanese government tells young people to drink more booze:

                                        The Japanese have been drinking much less on average, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whereas in 1995, a person would on average consume roughly 26 gallons a year, that amount fell to 19.8 gallons in 2020. Since 1.7% of Japan’s tax revenue derives from taxes on alcohol, this drop in alcohol consumption is regarded by the country’s National Tax Agency as a problem. Less drinking means less revenue — a fact the NTA finds hard to swallow with the country facing a $348 billion deficit.

                                        The Japan Times reported that Japan’s liquor tax revenue experienced a historic drop in 2020, falling by nearly $812 million. The pandemic’s impact on restaurants and bars that would otherwise have served alcohol is said to be partly to blame.

                                        The NTA also believes social factors to have been responsible. Those who began to work from home are believed to have begun questioning “whether they need to continue the habit of drinking with colleagues to deepen communication.”

                                        In an effort to rejuvenate this revenue stream, the Japanese government has recently launched a campaign to get more young people drinking more alcohol. Part of this initiative involves a nationwide competition inviting persons ages 20-39 to provide ideas for ways to prompt people to drink.


                                      • #102118
                                        Patricia N.

                                          China to send troops to Russia for ‘Vostok’ exercise:

                                          BEIJING, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Chinese troops will travel to Russia to take part in joint military exercises led by the host and including India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and other countries, China’s defense ministry said on Wednesday.

                                          China’s defense ministry said its participation in the exercises was part of an ongoing bilateral annual cooperation agreement with Russia.  Under Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Beijing and Moscow have grown increasingly close.


                                        • #102132
                                          Patricia N.

                                            Canada is getting real comfortable with killing its disabled:

                                            Only months after Ottawa greenlit one of the world’s most liberal euthanasia regimes, a series of controversial state-sanctioned deaths have attracted growing international criticism that the Canadian health system now seems to be actively killing its disabled patients.

                                            This week, a feature by the Associated Press quoted secretly recorded audio from a London, Ont. hospital that appeared to show a medical ethicist raising the subject of euthanasia with a disabled patient, Roger Foley, after reminding him that he was costing the system “north of $1,500 a day.”

                                            Foley told the AP that he had never previously expressed a desire for medically assisted death, and began recording the staff after they kept mentioning it to see if he had “an interest.”

                                            The AP story also quoted Tim Stainton, director of UBC’s Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship, who called medical assistance in dying “probably the biggest existential threat to disabled people since the Nazis’ program in Germany in the 1930s.”

                                            Within the numbers are a small but growing number of high-profile cases in which Canadians with treatable illnesses appear to have instead been prescribed death by lethal injection.

                                            There was “Sophia,” a 51-year-old Toronto woman with severe chemical sensitivities who took MAID after she was unable to find an affordable home free of the smell of smoke or chemical cleaners. “Denise,” a 31-year-old Toronto woman, similarly pursued euthanasia as a result of what she called “abject poverty” preventing her from securing appropriate accommodation for a variety of chronic conditions.

                                            Canada has now become an international poster child for how quickly the legalization of euthanasia can go off the rails.


                                          • #102150

                                              From NTEB

                                              We invite you to join us as we dramatically expand our Free Bible Program with the launch of the ‘Bibles Behind Bars’ website this week!

                                              Just this week, we officially launched the ‘Bibles Behind Bars’ website with all sorts of information about what we do, how people can support it, and most importantly, a place for chaplains and preachers who run jail and prison ministries to send us a message letting us know what their needs for Bibles are. This is happened so fast, it literally made my head spin, but how very exciting it is to see the Lord expanding our outreach to get something done for His name in these last days.

                                              “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” Psalm 68:11

                                              Here are just a few of the facilities we have sent King James Bibles to in the past few weeks:

                                              Lopez State Jail in Edinburg, TX
                                              St. Lucie County Jail in Fort Pierce, FL
                                              Darrell B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center in San Benito, Tx
                                              South Texas ICE Processing Center in Pearsall, Tx
                                              John B. Connally Jail Unit in Kennedy, TX
                                              J H Lilley Correctional Center in Boley, OK
                                              Adair County Regional Jail in at Larue County, KY (pending)

                                              If you are a chaplain, pastor or preacher who goes to the jails to preach the gospel and need Bibles, please go onto Bibles Behind Bars and sent us a request. Everyone else, please pray for this exciting new phase of our NTEB outreach, and if the Lord puts on your heart to donate to this effort so we don’t ever have to turn down a request for Bibles, please donate and be as generous as you can be. Thank you so very much for your prayers and support of this incredibly vital program.

                                              – Fair Use –

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                                              • #102221
                                                Patricia N.

                                                  GATES OF HELL: Eugenicist Bill Gates Cries To Reuters About All These ‘Crazy And Evil Conspiracy Theories’ About Him And Implantable Microchips:

                                                  Gates says he wants to ‘ have a dialogue about the ‘millions of conspiracies’ floating around the internet, musing that it might be time for a townhall-style conversation about why people say these things about him. I think that’s a great idea, and offer the following talking points for when he holds that event. I volunteer to be the moderator.

                                                  6 Reasons Why People Think Bill Gates Is Evil:

                                                  Shock As It’s Revealed An Enzyme Called Luciferase Is What Makes Bill Gates Implantable Quantum Dot Microneedle Vaccine Delivery System Work

                                                  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Spending Millions Creating Human Implantable Quantum Dot Microneedle Vaccine Mark With Data Storage

                                                  During Reddit AMA On COVID-19 Coronavirus, Eugenicist Bill Gates Calls For A ‘National Tracking System’ And ‘Billions Of Vaccinations’ To ‘Protect The World’

                                                  Big Pharma And Microsoft Are Teaming Up In Something Called The ‘ID2020 Alliance’ That Will Combine Vaccinations With Implantable Microchips To Create Your Digital ID

                                                  EVENT 201: COVID-19 Was Launched One Month After The Johns Hopkins Center And Bill Gates Hosted An ‘Invitation Only’ Global Pandemic Exercise

                                                  Dr. Anthony Fauci Has Subverted The Trump Administration To Carry Out Bill Gates ‘Global Vaccine Action Plan’ With Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations

                                                  The reason why so many people think Bill Gates is trying to inject the entire world and give everyone an injectable biometric ID is because Bill Gates has repeatedly said he wants to inject the entire world and give everyone an injectable biometric ID. Duh. But Bill Gates is so used to paying everyone off with his Gates Foundation ‘grants’ so that the new outlets will perpetuate the delusion that he is a ‘billionaire philanthropist’ instead of the New World Order, Nazi-style eugenicist that he actually is. Bill Gates Sr. was CEO of Planned Parenthood, you do the math.

                                                  GATES OF HELL: Eugenicist Bill Gates Cries To Reuters About All These ‘Crazy And Evil Conspiracy Theories’ About Him And Implantable Microchips

                                                • #102242
                                                  Patricia N.

                                                    Amir Tsarfati:

                                                    South Korean army: “Russian warplanes entered our air defense zone”


                                                  • #102243
                                                    Patricia N.

                                                      New Home Sales Crash As Recession Grips Housing Market:

                                                      Sales of newly built houses in the United States fell by more than expected in July, confirming a slump in the housing market seen in surveys of home builders.

                                                      Compared with a year ago, sales are down 29.6 percent.

                                                      Housing starts have fallen to their lowest level since the initial lockdown months of the pandemic.


                                                    • #102258
                                                      Patricia N.

                                                        Over 1000 Scientists and Professionals Sign Formal Declaration: “There is No Climate Emergency”:

                                                        Perhaps it is time to consider if the World Climate Declaration, which has been signed by 1,200 climate scientists and related professionals, may be something to seriously consider, promote, and act on. In the document, these scientists affirm that there is “no climate emergency.”

                                                        The political fiction that humans cause most or all climate change and the claim that the science behind this notion is ‘settled’, has been dealt a savage blow by the publication of a ‘World Climate Declaration (WCD)’ signed by over 1,100 scientists and professionals. There is no climate emergency, say the authors, who are drawn from across the world and led by the Norwegian physics Nobel Prize laureate Professor Ivar Giaever. Climate science is said to have degenerated into a discussion based on beliefs, not on sound self-critical science.

                                                        The scale of the opposition to modern-day ‘settled’ climate science is remarkable, given how difficult it is in academia to raise grants for any climate research that departs from the political orthodoxy. (A full list of the signatories is available here.) Another lead author of the declaration, Professor Richard Lindzen, has called the current climate narrative “absurd”, but acknowledged that trillions of dollars and the relentless propaganda from grant-dependent academics and agenda-driven journalists currently say it is not absurd.

                                                        Particular ire in the WCD is reserved for climate models. To believe in the outcome of a climate model is to believe what the model makers have put in. Climate models are now central to today’s climate discussion and the scientists see this as a problem. “We should free ourselves from the naïve belief in immature climate models,” says the WCD. “In future, climate research must give significantly more emphasis to empirical science.”

                                                        I am thinking that most of the advice they will give will be unsolicited. Here is hoping that policymakers, teachers, and everyone else listen to the group’s many points:

                                                        Natural causes contribute to climate changes.
                                                        Warming has been slower than predicted.
                                                        Climate policy is being based on inadequate models.
                                                        Carbon dioxide is plant food, and the basis for life on Earth.
                                                        Global warming has not increased natural disasters.


                                                      • #102271
                                                        Patricia N.

                                                          Amir Tsarfati:

                                                          On the Taiwan front: The Chinese have built an exact replica of Taiwan’s presidential palace, and are training for its occupation (in the exclusive photos, they are occupying the palace). Today, 9 Chinese warplanes also penetrated the “middle line” between the two countries (on the map).


                                                        • #102273
                                                          Patricia N.

                                                            American Airlines Acquires Aircraft that will Fly from New York to Tel Aviv in 5 Hours:

                                                            American Airlines and Boom Supersonic announced a deal on Tuesday whereby the airline will purchase up to 20 Overture aircraft, with an option for an additional 40.

                                                            The Overture has the capability of flying twice as fast as today’s fastest commercial aircraft. This means that the travel time from New York and Tel Aviv (and back) would go from approximately 10.5 hours to a little over five.

                                                            “Looking to the future, supersonic travel will be an important part of our ability to deliver for our customers,” said Derek Kerr, American Airlines’ CFO “We are excited about how Boom will shape the future of travel both for our company and our customers.”

                                                            Overture is able to travel at Mach 1.7 over water, which is two times the speed of today’s fastest commercial aircraft, with a range of 4,250 nautical miles. Overture is expected to complete its flights to over 600 destinations around the world in as little as half the time it takes today.


                                                          • #102276
                                                            Patricia N.

                                                              California set to BAN the sale of all new gasoline cars:

                                                              California on Thursday is expected to put into effect its sweeping plan to prohibit the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035, a groundbreaking move that could have major effects on the effort to fight climate change and accelerate a global transition toward electric vehicles.

                                                              “This is huge,” said Margo Oge, an electric vehicles expert who headed the Environmental Protection Agency’s transportation emissions program under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. “California will now be the only government in the world that mandates zero-emission vehicles. It is unique.”

                                                              The rule, issued by the California Air Resources Board, will require that 100 percent of all new cars sold in the state by 2035 be free of the fossil fuel emissions chiefly responsible for warming the planet, up from 12 percent today. It sets interim targets requiring that 35 percent of new passenger vehicles sold in the state by 2026 produce zero emissions. That would climb to 68 percent by 2030.

                                                              At least 12 other states could potentially adopt the new California zero-emissions vehicle mandate relatively soon; another five states, which follow California’s broader vehicle pollution reduction program, are expected to adopt the rule in a year or so. If those states follow through, the restrictions on gasoline-vehicle sales would apply to about one-third of the United States’ auto market.

                                                              California set to BAN the sale of all new gasoline cars

                                                              • #102284

                                                                  Aren’t they cute making plans as though they just know that they will be here and the world will be going on business as usual!! I don’t know when the rapture will be but if I was a betting gal, I would say that there might be some supernatural global changes that might interfere with their little plans…come Lord :prayer-hands:

                                                              • #102283
                                                                Patricia N.

                                                                  From Amir’s e-mail newsletter:

                                                                  Iran has placed themselves in the forefront of the news. They are on the threshold of a new nuclear deal which former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News yesterday is far worse than the 2015 version. Europe is desperate for energy sources separate from Russia; thus they are ready to accept the demands of Iran.

                                                                  The expansion of Iranian-proxy militias around Israel is growing. In the north, they are in Lebanon and Syria. In the east, they are in Iraq and Iran. To the south, they are in Gaza and Yemen. Now Iran has begun arming militant Palestinians in the West Bank. “In the same way that the Gaza Strip was armed, the West Bank can also be armed and this process is happening,” said chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami.

                                                                  As Iran continues to deepen relationships with its proxy terrorists, they also are getting closer to a much bigger fish. One of the biggest allies and customers of Iran is now Russia. Beyond Iran selling drones and training the Russian army in how to use them, new behind-the-scenes deals are being set up for Russian oil.

                                                                  Each day in the waters and the air around Taiwan there are incursions by Chinese planes and warships. This is a powder keg that can go off at any moment.


                                                                • #102299
                                                                  Patricia N.

                                                                    Seduced By The Culture – Most Americans Believe These Top 10 Lies:

                                                                    “The spiritually inclusive idea that ‘having faith matters more than what faith you have'”   The survey, with more than 2,000 participants, found that 62% believe the post-modern idea that “having faith matters more than what faith you have.”  Closson shared that in John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

                                                                    “All faiths are of equal value”

                                                                    “Belief in the Eastern religious concept of ‘karma'”

                                                                    “The dismissal of absolute truth”   Sixty-seven percent of Americans say that there’s no way to know something that is objectively right or wrong.

                                                                    “Commitment to personal, subjective morality”

                                                                    “The idea that people are ‘basically good'”    The researchers at Arizona Christian University found that 69% of Christians believe the seductive notion that everyone is inherently good. But Closson points out that in Romans 3:23, Paul states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

                                                                    “Success is determined by happiness, comfort, goodness, or fulfilled potential”

                                                                    “Sexual relations apart from marriage are morally acceptable”

                                                                    “Rejection of the notion that people are inherently sinful”

                                                                    “The purpose of accumulated personal wealth is unrelated to God’s purposes”    Although this is a prevalent idea, the Bible instructs Christians in 1 Corinthians 10:31 saying, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

                                                                    “The only way to ensure that you have a biblical worldview is by knowing, believing, and living out God’s Word.”



                                                                  • #102327
                                                                    Patricia N.

                                                                      Biden Recession: NBC May Cut 33% of Primetime Programming to Save Money:

                                                                      With viewership and revenues continuing to fall, NBC is looking to cut the number of hours it programs for primetime television.

                                                                      Under the plan being discussed, NBC would halt its primetime programing at 10 p.m. eastern (9 p.m. central) and hand that following hour each evening over to affiliates to air whatever programing they want, according to the Wall Street Journal.

                                                                      The decision has not been finalized, but if it does, the network would cancel a full third of the block of time that was once considered TV’s top viewing hours. Such a move would drastically affect the network’s scripted dramas airing in that final primetime hour.

                                                                      It is unlikely that the plan could kick in any sooner than the fall 2023 season if adopted, according to WSJ.

                                                                      The paper added that the insiders who spoke to them about the plan said that it was being considered strictly as a cost-cutting measure, as cutting an hour of scripted TV would save them millions annually. It could also be attractive to affiliates who may be able to earn more from ad revenue with the extra evening hour falling under their control.

                                                                      The big three networks  (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have seen a massive loss of viewers over the last decade, as streaming has shifted audience habits away from appointment television viewing.

                                                                      According to stats from Spoiler TV, since 2011 the networks have lost an average of just over 80 percent of their audiences. From 2011 to this most recent quarter in 2022, ABC has lost 81.53 percent of its viewers, CBS has shed 81.32 percent, and NBC has lost 73.74 percent. As to Fox and the CW, they have lost 70.49 and 86.96 percent respectively.

                                                                      Chopping an hour of primetime TV, though, speaks to how much less power and influence network TV now has compared to the golden age of television.


                                                                      • #102336

                                                                          I was reading in the comment section of a yahoo article a few weeks ago … with inflation people just can’t afford paying close to $200 per month for cable/satellite tv programming and they are sick of the gazillion channels of info commercials. So a few said they are cutting the cord and want to go back to the old fashion metal antenna on the roof and will settle for the free network channels.  I wonder if they are having a hard time finding roof antennas to install?

                                                                      • #102343

                                                                          Starts @ 1:05


                                                                          In the comment section

                                                                          Wars and RUMORS of wars

                                                                          This is not a good development. I know a young American Navy man on the USS TRIPOLI which is currently in the Sea of Japan. There are thousands of American soldiers on those huge ships. Let us pray for all of our American service men & women and ask God to protect them

                                                                          The US embassy in Baghdad I heard is being evacuated and there’s a curfew after protesters exchange gunfire in green zone,

                                                                          My step son said something was going on in NYC. They’ve told military personnel who were there for a week to plan on a much longer stay. But the weird part is whatever they’re loading and unloading has to be done in total darkness. No lights, flashlights nothing. They have to use night vision goggles to see. What would be that light sensitive?! And all after their nuke safety psa


                                                                          – Fair Use –

                                                                        • #102354
                                                                          Patricia N.

                                                                            Census Bureau: 3.8 Million Americans Will Likely Be Evicted in Next Two Months #BidenEffect:

                                                                            The Census Bureau reported on Monday that 8.5 million Americans are behind on their rent in August.  3.5 million Americans will likely be evicted in the next two months.

                                                                            The combination of soaring inflation, the end of most eviction moratoriums and rental assistance payments and an extremely low vacancy rate has pushed rents up — and many renters out.

                                                                            Rents up nearly 25% since before the pandemic.  Since 2006, rents have risen faster than home prices, but at the same time, the shortage of available rental units has been steadily increasing since the Great Recession.

                                                                            Census Bureau: 3.8 Million Americans Will Likely Be Evicted in Next Two Months #BidenEffect


                                                                          • #102355
                                                                            Patricia N.

                                                                              Is the U.S. Losing Control of Iraq? Protesters Ransack Presidential Palace:

                                                                              Our old “friend” Muqtada al Sadr aka Mookie announced he is withdrawing from Iraqi politics and his supporters stormed the Presidential Palace in the Green Zone and are threatening the U.S. Embassy. The situation is chaotic. There are some reports that the United States Embassy is being evacuated via helicopters. There is a contradictory report claiming the Americans are still hunkered down in the Embassy.

                                                                              The Iraqi Government has imposed an immediate curfew in Baghdad. Remains to be seen if the Government has the ability to enforce it and quell the uprising. Mookie’s supporters claim they have seized 6 Government buildings in Baghdad. Sort of looks like a coup.

                                                                              The Iraqi Government is firing tear gas at the Sadr supporters.  And it is not just smoke. You can hear gunfire as well.  Is this part of a new annual Biden event? You know, abandoning a U.S. outpost in the Middle East?

                                                                              Is the U.S. Losing Control of Iraq? Protesters Ransack Presidential Palace




                                                                            • #102389
                                                                              Patricia N.

                                                                                20 Million US Households BEHIND On Energy Bills: “Tsunami of Shutoffs” Incoming:

                                                                                At least 20 million households (about 1 in 6 American homes) are behind on their power bills. Soaring electricity prices are going to spark what is said to be the worst-ever crisis in late utility payments and result in a “tsunami of shutoff” just as the colder months of winter approach.

                                                                                According to a report by Bloomberg, which was citing data from the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (Neada). Neada said electricity prices had increased significantly since 2020 after a decade of stagnation. The steep rise has resulted in billions of dollars in overdue power bills.

                                                                                Electricity inflation is being propelled by soaring costs of fossil fuels, such as natural gas, coal, and petroleum.


                                                                              • #102390
                                                                                Patricia N.

                                                                                  Musk: Without oil and gas, ‘civilization will crumble’:

                                                                                  Speaking at an energy conference in Stavanger, Norway, on August 29, Tesla CEO Elon Musk reiterated a claim that he made earlier this year: “I think we need to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilization will crumble.”

                                                                                  Amid an energy crisis in Europe — which some anticipate will get much worse in the winter — high gas prices, and a grid rendered more unstable in the U.S. by reliance on so-called sustainable energy, Musk claimed that “we actually need more oil and gas, not less.”

                                                                                  Though he indicated that “we have a clear path to a sustainable energy future,” it is not a path that can be treaded quickly. Musk said the transition “will take some decades to complete.”


                                                                                • #102391
                                                                                  Patricia N.

                                                                                    Warning: Gates-Funded Factory Breeds 30 Million Mosquitoes a Week for Release in 11 Countries:

                                                                                    Billionaire Bill Gates, who is funding the project, “assures” us it’s not a scene from a horror movie.
                                                                                    Inside a two-story brick building in Medellín, Colombia, scientists work in muggy labs breeding 30 million genetically modified mosquitoes weekly in labs. They tend to the insects’ every need as they grow from larvae to pupae to adults, keeping the temperature just right and feeding them generous helpings of fishmeal, sugar, and, of course, blood. They are then released into the wild in 11 countries.

                                                                                    Billionaire Bill Gates, who is funding the project, assures us it’s not a scene from a horror movie. “The factory is real. And the mosquitoes that are released do not terrorize the locals. They help save and improve millions of lives.” Just as his ‘covid vaccines’ have ‘saved’ millions of lives or his’ previous vaccination projects have left thousands of women sterile in India and Kenya. Or even his Polio vaccines have caused paralysis, seizure, and febrile convulsions in Sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, Congo, and the Philippines.

                                                                                    “The mosquitoes grown in this factory carry the Wolbachia bacterium, which prevents them from transmitting dengue and other viruses – including Zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever – to humans. By releasing them and breeding them with wild mosquitoes, they spread the bacteria, reducing virus transmission and protecting millions of people from disease,” claims Gates – just as his ‘covid vaccines’ have ‘reduced’ virus transmission and have ‘protected’ millions of people from disease.

                                                                                    Gates plans to breed hundreds of millions of Wolbachia mosquitoes. Did Gates and his researchers consider all the variables that are likely to occur with a program where a new vector of spreading a bacteria by an insect that bites humans and other animals and, in the process, injects that bacteria into them? Where is the one, two, five, and ten-year report on the safety of such a program from a controlled environment?

                                                                                    What could possibly go wrong?

                                                                                    Warning: Gates-Funded Factory Breeds 30 Million Mosquitoes a Week for Release in 11 Countries


                                                                                  • #102399
                                                                                    Patricia N.

                                                                                      Amir Tsarfati:

                                                                                      The armies of the US and South Korea today began the largest land exercise shared by the two armies in many years. The exercise was held less than 30 km from the tense border with the enemy from the north – and included live fire.


                                                                                    • #102401
                                                                                      Patricia N.

                                                                                        Californians are urged to avoid charging electric vehicles, days after the state announced the ban of new sales of gas-powered cars by 2035:

                                                                                        California energy managers are warning that an expected heat wave over Labor Day weekend could cause blackouts and are urging state residents to conserve energy — which is bad news for electric vehicle owners.

                                                                                        The California Independent System Operator — a non-profit that manages the power grid for 80% of California and a small part of Nevada — issued a bulletin Tuesday announcing that “extreme heat” conditions are “likely to strain the grid with increased energy demands, especially over the holiday weekend.”

                                                                                        “The power grid operator expects to call on Californians for voluntary energy conservation via Flex alerts over the long weekend,” the bulletin announced.  If a Flex Alert is issued, residents will be urged to reduce energy use between 4 and 9 p.m. to relieve stress on the power grid.

                                                                                        “Set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights,” the ISO advised.

                                                                                        The warning came days after California’s Air Resources Board voted to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. All new cars, trucks, and SUVs sold in the state will be required to run on electricity or hydrogen. Experts have warned that California’s power grid does not currently have the capability to add millions of electric vehicles that need to be charged to operate.

                                                                                        “Last week, California announced a ban on the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035. This week, they’re telling people not to charge their electric vehicles,” tweeted John Cooper, a spokesman for the conservative Heritage Foundation.


                                                                                      • #102416
                                                                                        Patricia N.

                                                                                          Energy Company Shuts Down Access to Home Thermostats During 90 Degree Heat Wave in Denver:

                                                                                          Now you know why the government and Big Tech were pushing smart meters.  Residents in Colorado were surprised this week when they were unable to adjust the smart meters in their own homes.

                                                                                          The government shut down access to their home thermostat in order to save on energy during the current heat wave.  It’s for your own good.

                                                                                          The Gateway Pundit warned consumers about smart meters back in 2011 when the Obama White House was pushing the idea.

                                                                                          Energy Company Shuts Down Access to Home Thermostats During 90 Degree Heat Wave in Denver

                                                                                        • #102419
                                                                                          Patricia N.

                                                                                            New Jersey banned supermarkets from providing plastic and paper bags — now people are apparently taking shopping baskets from stores:

                                                                                            New Jersey’s ban blocking various stores from providing customers with plastic bags is apparently causing a problem as some grocery stores experience the theft of plastic shopping baskets.

                                                                                            “They are just disappearing,” noted Louis Scaduto Jr. of Food Circus Super Markets, which owns several Super Foodtown stores in Monmouth County, according to Asbury Park Press. “I may actually have to just do away with them soon, can’t afford to keep replacing them,” he communicated via text message, according to the outlet. Scaduto’s LinkedIn profile indicates that he is the “President / CEO / Co Owner of Food Circus Supermarkets, Inc.”

                                                                                            Asbury Park Press reported that Stop & Shop noted in a statement, “Like other retailers across the state, we have experienced theft of our handheld shopping baskets — an unintended consequence of the ban on plastic and paper bags.”


                                                                                          • #102434
                                                                                            Patricia N.

                                                                                              ‘Pride’ Event Canceled as Europeans March in Defense of Christian Values: ‘We Don’t Give Up Holy Places’:

                                                                                              These days, it is often considered tantamount to professing allegiance to Nazi ideology to openly oppose homosexuality as a matter of Christian conviction.

                                                                                              So I believe we have something to admire in the thousands of Serbian Christians who protested against a massive LGBT “pride” event planned in their country — Christians who were not afraid to boldly declare that “we don’t give up holy places,” as one sign professed.

                                                                                              Reuters reported that thousands turned up, led by members of the Serbian Orthodox Church, whose bishops are calling for the event to be banned.

                                                                                              The outlet noted that the day before, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had said Euro Pride, which is held every year in a different European city, will be postponed or canceled.

                                                                                              Still adamant as to the threat to traditional values that the LGBT movement poses in their country, protesters carried signs saying “Keep your hands off our children” and “We don’t want a gay parade and occupation by the West,” according to Balkan Insight.

                                                                                              Meanwhile, Western Christians have stood by, afraid of being termed hateful, old-world bigots for opposing LGBT ideology in our own “advanced” countries.

                                                                                              To many Europeans, defending their traditional values is a matter of defending centuries of heritage and tradition. But to the unified body of Christ across the globe, defending our right to boldly oppose objective immorality is a matter of defending the cross and our right to bow before it.

                                                                                              It is high time we stop being afraid of whom we’ll offend when we stand up for our values — it should concern us much more how many people don’t care about offending God.

                                                                                              ‘Pride’ Event Canceled as Europeans March in Defense of Christian Values: ‘We Don’t Give Up Holy Places’

                                                                                            • #102447
                                                                                              Patricia N.

                                                                                                Americans taking out loans through buy-now, pay-later apps to purchase groceries:

                                                                                                Apps that allow users to buy now and pay later have surged in popularity in recent years, with more and more retailers supporting the option.  While the service remains most popular for big purchases, with the price of goods continuing to go up, many Americans are now opting to use it to purchase essentials.

                                                                                                According to the Daily Mail, one of the major players in the buy now, pay later (BNPL) game, Zip, reported a 95 percent rise in the purchase of groceries using their service in the US.  Users can pay for groceries or a pumpkin spice late with just 25 percent down, and the remaining 75 percent split into four payments over the following six weeks.

                                                                                                With most buy now, pay later (BNPL) services, consumers are given the opportunity to split the cost of a purchase over a number of weeks or months, often with no interest.  As with credit cards, it is easy to swipe, only to realize when it comes time to pay that you don’t have enough money in your account.
                                                                                                According to Credit Karma, one third of BNPL users reported that they had fallen behind on at least one payment, with 72 percent of them adding that it had had an impact on their credit score. Many service providers charge late fees, meaning a simple purchase can quickly become expensive if payments are not made in time.


                                                                                              • #102448
                                                                                                Patricia N.

                                                                                                  Tens of Thousands of ‘Czech Republic First’ Protesters Demand End to Russia Sanctions War:

                                                                                                  Tens of thousands of ‘Czech Republic First’ protesters are on the streets of Prague demanding their government adopt a neutral posture in the Ukraine war as energy prices go out of control.

                                                                                                  The protesters are described by the Associated Press news agency as “from the far right and far left”, with the anti-mass migration Freedom and Direct Democracy party and the Communist Party both represented, and numbered around 70,000, according to law enforcement.

                                                                                                  “The best for Ukrainians and two sweaters for us,” one banner at the protest read, alluding to what are likely to be punishing energy bills come the winter, and the fact that the country of around 10 million has absorbed around 400,000 Ukrainian refugees.

                                                                                                  NATO and the European Union, of which Czechia currently holds the rotating presidency, were also criticised — the latter for its net-zero climate agenda, in particular.


                                                                                                • #102449
                                                                                                  Patricia N.

                                                                                                    Germany Will Support Ukraine ‘No Matter What My Voters Think’, Says Foreign Minister:

                                                                                                    The German government will support the Ukrainian war effort for “as long as they need us” and no matter what public opinion of voters is on the issue, Germany’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.

                                                                                                    Appearing at the Forum 2000 conference in Prague, Annalena Baerbock of the Green Party, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the ‘traffic light’ coalition government of Olaf Scholz, said that Germany will press on with supporting Ukraine’s struggle supporting sanctions against Russia for years if necessary.



                                                                                                  • #102450
                                                                                                    Patricia N.

                                                                                                      Gorbachev, Last Soviet Leader, Will Not Get State Funeral, Putin Skipping Ceremony:

                                                                                                      MOSCOW (AP) – Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched drastic reforms that helped end the Cold War and precipitated the breakup of the Soviet Union, is set to be buried Saturday in a relatively low-key ceremony snubbed by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

                                                                                                      The Kremlin’s refusal to declare a state funeral reflects its uneasiness about the legacy of Gorbachev, who has been venerated worldwide for bringing down the Iron Curtain but reviled by many at home for the Soviet collapse and the ensuing economic meltdown that plunged millions into poverty.

                                                                                                      Declaring a state funeral for Gorbachev would have obliged Putin to attend it and would have required Moscow to invite foreign leaders, something that it was apparently reluctant to do amid soaring tensions with the West after sending troops to Ukraine.


                                                                                                    • #102451
                                                                                                      Patricia N.

                                                                                                        Disney goes satanic: New ‘cartoon’ features little girl dubbed ‘the Antichrist’:

                                                                                                        In a move that seems a stretch even for a leftist corporation that openly promotes LGBT agenda points and links itself to the body mutilations of young children through transgender ideology, this new “cartoon” from Disney features a little girl “Antichrist.”

                                                                                                        “There’s no more putting this off. Your dad is the devil and you’re the Antichrist,” the cartoon mom tells her daughter, about 13.

                                                                                                        The “adult” programming is called “Little Demon” and one of the actors who provide voicing expressed approval that it normalizes “paganism.”

                                                                                                        The Gateway Pundit was blunt in its assessment, with, “Disney continued down its path to destruction, releasing a new cartoon entitled Little Demon, and it is just as bad as it sounds.”

                                                                                                        It was YouTuber Nick Jones who also pointed out the “cartoon” is intended for adults, but undoubtedly will get the attention of children.

                                                                                                        “But perhaps even more sinister is how spiritually undiscerning adults are being targeted with the normalization of satanic, demonic and pagan ideas through the use a comedic cartoon, that will further desensitize themselves and their children to this kind of evil,” the Gateway Pundit said.

                                                                                                        Disney goes satanic: New ‘cartoon’ features little girl dubbed ‘the Antichrist’

                                                                                                      • #102452
                                                                                                        Patricia N.

                                                                                                          Americans at 30-year high for taking on second jobs:

                                                                                                          AOS surveyed 25,062 US adults between March 15 and April 18.

                                                                                                          One-quarter of the Americans who took the McKinsey’s American Opportunity Survey (AOS) said they had to take extra work “out of necessity to support basic family needs.”

                                                                                                          A record number of Americans are taking up second jobs, freelancing, or identifying as independent workers while already holding down one job.

                                                                                                          . . . a quarter of those surveyed working multiple jobs said they were experiencing financial difficulty paying for food, childcare, and transportation.


                                                                                                        • #102465

                                                                                                            Canada: Saskatchewan stabbings suspects on the run – police – BBC News


                                                                                                          • #102475
                                                                                                            Patricia N.

                                                                                                              Dominion voting machine used in 2020 election goes missing from Michigan, an Ohio Uber driver buys it for $8 at Goodwill:

                                                                                                              A Michigan voting machine recently went missing. Shockingly enough, an Uber driver from Ohio was able to purchase the Dominion voting machine from a Goodwill store for a mere $8. Now, Michigan officials are investigating how the voting machine used in the 2020 presidential election was able to be sold online.

                                                                                                              He was able to sell the voting machine for $1,200 to Harri Hursti from Connecticut. CNN describes Hursti as “one of the foremost election machine security experts and organizes an event every August in Las Vegas where hackers are given access to voting machines in a bid to identify and remedy potential vulnerabilities.”

                                                                                                              After receiving the voting machine last week, Hursti reportedly notified the Michigan secretary of state’s office.

                                                                                                              “He says he was instructed not to open the box the machine came in, to preserve it for law enforcement who may need to wipe it for fingerprints,” CNN reported.  The jurisdiction has now reported the device to law enforcement as stolen.”

                                                                                                              Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson – who oversees elections held in the state – claimed that the missing voting machine being sold online does not necessarily mean that there is a lapse in voting security.


                                                                                                            • #102500
                                                                                                              Patricia N.

                                                                                                                Up to 17 States on the Hook for California’s Ban on Gas-powered Cars:

                                                                                                                Seventeen states may be required to follow California’s mandate to ban the sales of almost all gasoline-powered cars by 2035 and to require the purchase of electric vehicles — even though some states are already struggling to meet current electricity demand.

                                                                                                                In 2020, just weeks after California suffered rolling blackouts due partly to a lack of energy from renewable sources, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that he would force drivers to move to electric vehicles and ban gas-powered car sales as of 2035.

                                                                                                                Several of the 17 states are likely to move forward with the plan, including Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Vermont. California’s restrictions are the strictest in the country, mandating that all new vehicles run on either electricity or hydrogen by 2035.

                                                                                                                The mandate is facing fierce pushback in states like Minnesota, where the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association argues the weather prohibits the use of solely electric vehicles. . . Colorado is also among the states where the measure faces firm opposition.

                                                                                                                California is currently asking residents not to charge electric vehicles between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. due to another energy shortage in the midst of a statewide heat wave, prompting growing public skepticism of Newsom’s electric vehicle mandate.


                                                                                                              • #102501
                                                                                                                Patricia N.

                                                                                                                  As Europe Implodes, It Plans “Radical Intervention” Including Price-Setting, Suspending Derivatives Markets, and Europe-Wide Margin Call Bailouts:

                                                                                                                  Just when you thought the narrative couldn’t get any more idiotic, Europe shocks just about everyone.

                                                                                                                  A few days after the EU threatened commodity traders that it would stage an “emergency intervention” to crush energy prices which were rising at a pace of about 20% per day. . . a move which actually worked for a few days until Putin reminded Europe who’s boss late on Friday when Gazprom suddenly decided it would “completely halt” all Nord Stream 1 transit altogether due to an “oil leak”, with the news sending global stock markets plunging.  . . . late on Sunday Bloomberg reported that European ministers will discuss “special measures to rein in soaring energy costs – from gas-price caps to a suspension of power derivatives trading – as the bloc scrambles to respond to latest developments in the deepening crisis.”

                                                                                                                  So what can Europe do? Nothing really, but it will pretend to be in control until the bitter end.


                                                                                                                • #102524
                                                                                                                  Patricia N.

                                                                                                                    Zombie Media Cartel Bill Back and Worse Than Ever: Would Strengthen Legacy Media, Punish Anti-Establishment Outlets:

                                                                                                                    A new version of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) is circulating that is worse than the original. It allows mainstream, legacy, and left-wing media to form exclusionary media cartels and then empowers them with extraordinary collective-bargaining power to collude with Big Tech companies. The amendments serve only to spell out in greater specificity how to exclude conservative and anti-establishment media from any alleged benefits.

                                                                                                                    Specifically, the new JCPA contains a provision that allows “eligible” media companies forming a cartel to “create admission criteria for membership unrelated to the size of an eligible digital journalism provider or the views expressed by its content, including criteria to limit membership to only eligible publishers or only eligible broadcasters.”

                                                                                                                    These self-appointed mainstream and left-wing media cartels ARE allowed to exclude based on the usual, totally subjective, factors they always do, such as: “trustworthiness,” “fake news, “extremism,” “misinformation,” “hate speech,” “conspiracy,” “correction policy,” “expertise,” “authoritativeness,” etc.

                                                                                                                    Despite widespread opposition, lobbyists have brought the JCPA back again, with amendments that should leave the public in no doubt that this is a bailout for the legacy media.


                                                                                                                  • #102525
                                                                                                                    Patricia N.

                                                                                                                      China Takes Over the Solomon Islands — And the Pacific:

                                                                                                                      China, after years of persistent commercial, diplomatic, and military efforts, is taking over the Pacific.
                                                                                                                      Beijing is moving from island group to island group, and soon the People’s Liberation Army will be in striking distance of Hawaii.

                                                                                                                      The five-year deal, subject to automatic renewals, will allow Beijing to use the islands to base its military and to do pretty much what the Chinese military wants.  If implemented to its full extent, the Framework Agreement will give China the ability to sever shipping lanes and air links connecting the U.S. with its treaty ally Australia and partner New Zealand.

                                                                                                                      For decades, Washington allowed Canberra and Wellington to manage the Solomons and its region…. Beijing, through payoffs now detailed in public, essentially owns Sogavare’s government.
                                                                                                                      There is now talk that China will ink a security agreement with Papua New Guinea, just north of Australia.


                                                                                                                    • #102531
                                                                                                                      Patricia N.

                                                                                                                        California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Fast-Food Worker Bill, Paving the Path to $22 an Hour Minimum Wage:  $20 fast-food burger incoming…

                                                                                                                        California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday signed a new fast-food bill that will pave the path for $22 an hour minimum wage.

                                                                                                                        CBS News reported:  California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed a nation-leading measure giving more than a half-million fast food workers more power and protections, despite the objections of restaurant owners who warned it would drive up consumers’ costs.

                                                                                                                        The law caps minimum wage increases for fast-food workers at chains with more than 100 restaurants at $22 an hour next year, compared to the statewide minimum of $15.50 an hour, with cost-of-living increases thereafter.

                                                                                                                        Restaurant owners and franchisers cited an analysis they commissioned by the UC Riverside Center for Economic Forecast and Development saying that the legislation would increase consumer costs.

                                                                                                                        California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Fast-Food Worker Bill, Paving the Path to $22 an Hour Minimum Wage

                                                                                                                      • #102538

                                                                                                                          $22/hr to serve sub par food with an attitude. Hmmmm, think I’ll stay home. We’ve all see how the fast food industry has responded in the past few years to these wage increases. They have eliminated half of their work force and replaced them with automated kiosks. And with this pay increase one would think that the service and cleanliness would improve but what I have seen is quite the opposite. The restaurants are much messier and the attitudes of the workers has not gotten better. What was once a convenience is now something to be avoided.

                                                                                                                        • #102551
                                                                                                                          Patricia N.

                                                                                                                            China is building a robot army – here’s the video (at the link):

                                                                                                                            The Chinese technology company Unitree Robotics is producing dozens of menacing four-legged robot dogs, according to a video showing the robots moving in unison.

                                                                                                                            The dog-like robot also has a number of “special movements,” including fast running, backwards running, side-to-side movement, creeping forward, rollover, jumping, backflip, obstacle crossing, obstacle avoidance, and more.

                                                                                                                            Additionally, Aliengo can detect human posture and has facial recognition.

                                                                                                                            China is building a robot army – here’s the video


                                                                                                                          • #102572
                                                                                                                            Patricia N.

                                                                                                                              Poll: Americans’ Trust in Public Education Reaches 2nd All-Time Low:

                                                                                                                              American satisfaction with the country’s K-12 education system has reached its second all-time low, according to a Gallup poll.

                                                                                                                              Only 42 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the system, which is the lowest number in two decades and the second-lowest rating in Gallup’s tracking of the question.

                                                                                                                              Among primary drivers for concern among Americans, “academic vigor” regarding curriculum and teaching methods rates the highest.

                                                                                                                              With a total of 56 percent responding with related concerns, 15 percent of respondents take issue with a “poor or outdated curriculum,” while 12 percent are concerned with the U.S. being behind other countries academically. Eleven percent cited a “failure to teach the basics.”

                                                                                                                              Twenty-three percent of respondents were concerned with a lack of resources. Eight percent cited “unequal access to quality education for low-income students or due to racism.” School funding, low teacher pay, a lack of quality teachers, understaffing, and overcrowding were also cited as concerns.

                                                                                                                              Concern about political agendas tainting education was the next highest concern at 17 percent. Ten percent said they believed “political agendas” were being pushed at schools, while four percent were concerned with gender ideology, and three percent cited critical race theory.


                                                                                                                            • #102619
                                                                                                                              Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                Strong majority of adults in the US believe there should be maximum age limits for elected figures:

                                                                                                                                Adults in America on both sides of the political aisle and across various age ranges largely agree that there should be age limits blocking older people from occupying elected office.  A recently conducted CBS News/YouGov survey of adults in the U.S. found that a whopping 73% thought there should be age limits, while 27% did not.

                                                                                                                                Among the individuals who favored the idea of an age limit, 40% thought that 70 should be the maximum age limit, while 26% thought it should be 60 years old, and 18% thought it should be 80.

                                                                                                                                Last year when President Joe Biden was sworn in at the age of 78 years old, he made history by becoming the oldest person ever to serve as president. Biden has said that he plans to seek reelection as long as he is healthy — if he were to mount a successful 2024 reelection bid, he would be 86 years old by the end of his second term.

                                                                                                                                While Biden will turn 80 later this year in November, there are some sitting members of Congress who are already well into their eighties. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who is currently 88 and will turn 89 later this month, is running for another six-year term during the 2022 election cycle. At the age of 89, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is the oldest lawmaker currently serving in the U.S. Senate.


                                                                                                                              • #102678
                                                                                                                                Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                  North Korea: Christians arrested, martyred in secret worship gathering:

                                                                                                                                  We have received urgent news through our contacts that there has been a massive sweep against underground Christians in North Korea.
                                                                                                                                  While we can’t disclose the region’s name for security reasons, we can report that security guards broke into a place where several dozen Christians were gathered for a secret worship meeting. The guards arrested all of them and then executed every secret believer in the room.

                                                                                                                                  As is often the case in North Korea, the families of the North Korean believers will suffer as well. Our contact says that their families—exceeding 100 people—were also arrested and have been sent to political prison—where the inhumane conditions have been reported to be worse than those of the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Inmates are treated as animals, tortured, and forced to do harsh labor with little food.

                                                                                                                                  In North Korea, it is illegal to worship Jesus or have a Bible. For the last three decades, believers have been known and treated as “the hostile class.” Anything that gives people an alternative allegiance to the ruling Kim dynasty is deemed to be dangerous to the state. Christians must hide their faith, even from their own children.

                                                                                                                                  As a result, coming together to worship Jesus is a death warrant. And yet, as this report indicates, secret Christians are risking their lives to be part of a church or own a Bible. They’re facing death to worship Jesus, knowing that their only hope is in Him.

                                                                                                                                  The words of North Korean believer and ex-prisoner Hae-Woo encourage us to pray with these families recently imprisoned and for all secret believers in North Korea. She now lives in South Korea.  “While I was in prison, I could not understand everything, but I felt the Christians in different countries praying for us who were imprisoned,’ she says. “It provided comfort, and it became a source of energy for us. Even if we cannot meet each other, let us communicate through the Spirit, in Jesus Christ.”

                                                                                                                                  North Korea: Christians arrested, martyred in secret worship gathering

                                                                                                                                • #102711
                                                                                                                                  Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                    North Korea codifies the right to preemptive nuclear attack:

                                                                                                                                    North Korea’s leadership passed a law this week granting the country the right to launch preemptive nuclear strikes.  The law authorizes the North Korean military to use nuclear weapons “automatically and immediately” in case of an imminent attack against its leadership or “important strategic objects,” reports The Washington Post.

                                                                                                                                    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said this law also makes his country’s nuclear status “irreversible” and bars any talks of denuclearization.

                                                                                                                                    This news comes in the wake of reports that Russia has been buying weapons from North Korea to help fuel its invasion of Ukraine.

                                                                                                                                    North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, and now has the capability of delivering warheads to the U.S. mainland, notes The Washington Post. South Korean and U.S. officials believe that North Korea could soon resume nuclear tests for the first time since 2017.


                                                                                                                                  • #102712
                                                                                                                                    Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                      From Amir Tsarfati:

                                                                                                                                      Reports of fierce fighting that broke out in the last hour on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. The Armenians report that the Azerbaijani army is attacking several cities and towns with drones and mortars.



                                                                                                                                    • #102713

                                                                                                                                        Wars and rumors of wars…Please come quickly Lord Jesus.

                                                                                                                                      • #102746
                                                                                                                                        Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                          Stocks log worst day since 2020:

                                                                                                                                          U.S. stocks nosedived Tuesday after a surprising inflation report showed prices rose more than expected last month. All three major averages logged their worst day since June 2020.

                                                                                                                                          The S&P 500 sank 4.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average erased more than 1,275 points, or roughly 4%.


                                                                                                                                          Joe Biden Plans Celebration of “Inflation Reduction Act” then Inflation Rate Comes in Hotter than Expected at 8.3% Annual Rate — Markets Crash:

                                                                                                                                          The August inflation rate came in this morning hotter than expected at 8.3%.  Joe Biden and Democrats were planning to celebrate their “Inflation Reduction Act” Tuesday at the White House.

                                                                                                                                          Joe Biden Plans Celebration of “Inflation Reduction Act” then Inflation Rate Comes in Hotter than Expected at 8.3% Annual Rate — Markets Crash

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                                                                                                                                          Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                            New study shows Philly ‘soda tax’ completely backfired, resulted in more purchases of sugar-loaded goods:

                                                                                                                                            It turns out that “soda taxes” — municipal regulations that jack up the prices of sugary drinks — do not deter consumers from gobbling up unhealthy levels of refined sugars.  A new study, in fact, shows the tax failed to reduce sugar consumption at all.

                                                                                                                                            The tax did not stop Philadelphians from consuming sugary beverages, and avoiding the tax became as easy as leaving the city limits.  Not only did the tax fail to reduce consumption of sugary drinks, but the study even found that the tax backfired in the sense that it drove an increase in purchases of unhealthy sugar-loaded snacks.


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                                                                                                                                                Perhaps sales are up because the city water is awful in Philly and the average person prefers soda as the “healthy” alternative? :unsure:


                                                                                                                                                Someone posted this …


                                                                                                                                                Per TheNaturalPulse

                                                                                                                                                Human Urine is Being Mooted (should say “touted”) as a Fertilizer Alternative For Your Food. 😳


                                                                                                                                                The time of Jacobs Trouble is going to be DESOLATE
                                                                                                                                                Bugs, crickets and worms to eat.
                                                                                                                                                Roach milk to drink.
                                                                                                                                                sewage water to drink.
                                                                                                                                                pee to fertilize.
                                                                                                                                                composted humans to fertilize…

                                                                                                                                                – Fair Use –


                                                                                                                                                sooooo thankful Jesus is taking His church home prior to hell on earth. :amen:

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                                                                                                                                              Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                                Rail Union Rejects Deal to Prevent Strike Planned For This Friday, September 16th:

                                                                                                                                                The Gateway Pundit reported this week about an impending major freight railroad strike set for Friday, September 16th. A strike would be devastating to the US supply chain and an already fragile Biden economy.

                                                                                                                                                America’s freight railroads cover a nearly 140,000-mile network across 49 states.  A strike would shut down 7,000 Class I trains per day as well as disrupt passenger and commuter trains. Freight trains transport nearly every sector of our economy including agricultural, industrial, wholesale, retail, and resource-based sectors.  A strike would cost the US economy more than $2 billion a day and disrupt deliveries of all kinds of goods and passenger traffic nationwide.

                                                                                                                                                UPDATE: Rail Union Rejects Deal to Prevent Strike Planned For This Friday, September 16th

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                                                                                                                                                Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                                  I saw this first on Amir’s Telegraph site and followed the link to this article.

                                                                                                                                                  Vladimir Putin’s car ‘attacked with bomb’ in ‘assassination attempt’ over Ukraine invasion, Kremlin insider claims:

                                                                                                                                                  The Russian tyrant’s car was hit by a “loud bang” on its left front wheel which was followed by “heavy smoke”, sources close to the leader alleged.

                                                                                                                                                  Putin’s limo was driven to safety with the president unharmed – but there have been multiple arrests from his security service, it is claimed.

                                                                                                                                                  It is reported some of his bodyguards have vanished amid claims secret information about the 69-year-old’s movements were compromised, according to the General GVR Telegram channel.  The anti-Kremlin channel claims Putin was travelling back to his official residence in a decoy motorcade amid security fears.

                                                                                                                                                  It comes amid claims that Russian officials are calling for Putin to resign after the nation suffers “significant” setbacks amid a Ukrainian counterattack.  Ukrainian troops have retaken a large area of territory –  forcing troops from Moscow to make a hasty retreat.

                                                                                                                                                  Meanwhile, the Telegram channel said details of the supposed attack are “classified.”  It added: “The head of the president’s bodyguard [service] and several other people have been suspended and are in custody,” the channel claimed, without naming anyone.

                                                                                                                                                  “A narrow circle of people knew about the movement of the president in this cortege, and all of them were from the presidential security service.

                                                                                                                                                  “After the incident, three of them disappeared. These were exactly the people who were in the first car of the motorcade.  “Their fate is currently unknown. The car on which they were travelling was found empty a few kilometres from the incident.”

                                                                                                                                                  Meanwhile, at least seven Russian oligarchs close to Putin may have been murdered as the president purges his inner circle of former wealthy allies.  Since the start of the year, several of Putin’s cronies have died in mysterious circumstances.  But sources believe they may have actually been murdered as it’s claimed there were similarities in their deaths.



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