Reader’s Links for September 27th, 2022

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

51 Replies to “Reader’s Links for September 27th, 2022”

  1. Just watched Brad Johnson’s video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCQjCR6yFR0

    … and left the following comment:

    Ukraine and Russia had a peace deal worked out just weeks after the beginning of this ‘conflict’ to go back and abide by the Budapest accord – but the Biden administration sent in Boris Johnson to deliver the message to Ukraine that this is a no-go and a peace deal will not be accepted. Soon thereafter, the Biden regime altered their messaging from ‘protecting Ukraine from aggression’ to ‘regime change in Moscow’ as the strategic goal that had to be reached. This has been reinforced in recent public speeches, from Ukraine saying they demand revenge – and that includes nuclear attacks on Russia, to Biden’s speech at the UN.

    Perhaps this peace treaty/ceasefire is being timed to be the Biden regime’s October Surprise, which is why it was nixed earlier, but, I suspect that greater geopolitical factors are at play here than a mere territorial war between Russia and Ukraine. Yes, it is existential for the defense of Russia to keep certain conditions, but the US/global elite which is running this proxy is only using this Russian need as a pretext to achieve its completely unrelated global goals.

    This can be seen in the overtures being made to Scandinavian countries in an effort to get them to enter into NATO: if the Ukraine conflict dies down, then there will be another ‘domino’ to ignite a conflict in the region – same reason, different country on the sacrificial altar.

    It is essential for a European country – any European country – to be at war with Russia in order to maintain sanctions on Russia and deny Europe the fuel they will need this winter. in order to bankrupt Western Europe and cause severe recession in the Western world and destroy the middle class in the First World, which is the goal of this exercise.

    Yet another battering ram against the foundations of the 1st world.

  2. Note: the left eating its own…

    Jihad Rehab is a documentary by Meg Smaker, a former firefighter who moved from California to Yemen and then to Saudi Arabia following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Subsequent to its inclusion at the January 2022 Sundance Film Festival, both the film and filmmaker have become pariahs in elite film circles—mostly because Smaker, a white woman, dared to make a movie about the experience of Islamic men.

    “Film critics warned that conservatives might bridle at these human portraits,” notes The New York Times in a recent, much discussed article about Jihad Rehab’s cancellation. “But attacks would come from the left, not the right.”

    The film centers on four men who were accused of terrorism, imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, and later sent to a rehabilitation center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The center’s purpose is ostensibly to deradicalize and reintegrate its involuntary participants. The New York Times describes it as spanning “an unlikely distance between prison and boutique hotel.”

    This sounds like a fascinating subject for a documentary; according to several favorable reviews, the film forces audiences to reckon with the humanity of its subjects, even if they were accused of terrible crimes.

    “The absence of absolutes is what’s most enriching in Meg Smaker’s new documentary,” wrote The Guardian. “What follows is a heady plunge into restorative justice, mind control, and cultural conditioning. This is a movie for intelligent people looking to have their preconceived notions challenged.”

    It bears repeating, but the expectation—from Smaker and others—was that if anyone would find the film offensive, it would be a sort of self-described patriotic conservative who is disinclined to empathize with alleged jihadists: even those who were arrested while underage, maintain their innocence, and were subject to torture at Guantanamo Bay.

    But conservatives aren’t canceling Jihad Rehab. Liberals are.

    “The bottom line is such,” wrote Jude Chehab, a Lebanese-American filmmaker, in a review of Jihad Rehab that criticized Sundance for daring to feature it. “When I, a practising Muslim woman, say that this film is problematic, my voice should be stronger than a white woman saying that it isn’t. Point blank.”

    Indeed, this was the visceral component of the torrent of criticism that has greeted Smaker: She is a white woman creating a film about a religion and a culture not her own. (That she has lived in the Middle East for years, enmeshed herself in the culture, learned Arabic, and gained unprecedented access to people we would be better off trying to understand apparently makes little difference.)

    “As an alumnus of the festival and recipient of a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Program, I am deeply disheartened,” wrote Assia Boundaoui, another critic.

    It is fine, of course, for people who dislike a film to criticize it; cancel culture does not strike merely when one artist critiques another work of art. The controversy surrounding Jihad Rehab, as The New York Times tells it, is clearly on another level:

    https://reason.com/2022/09/26/cancel-culture-jihad-rehab-meg-smaker-film-sundance/

  3. Note: I wonder if this is legit or a purge of officers who will not break the law. No idea myself, just that it sounds a bit off – in one direction or another, as the tests were conducted in 2016 and the suspensions only came now…

    47 Alameda County Sheriff deputies get unsatisfactory on psych evaluations; relieved of duties

    https://www.ktvu.com/news/47-alameda-county-sheriff-deputies-get-unsatisfactory-on-psych-evaluations-relieved-of-duties

  4. Note: this is ostensibly about the end of needing to mask on airplanes in Canada, but, in the following quote by an Air Canada exec is a phrase that deeply troubles me: ‘re-examining the user-pay model that finances air transportation in Canada’. Does this mean that air travel ought not be purchased by the traveler, but assigned/permitted and paid for by the government?

    “Air Canada welcomes the removal of these restrictions, acknowledging that air travel is safe and that the measures were not justified by science. We believe it will greatly facilitate travel, help to continue stabilizing the country’s air transport sector and support Canada’s economy. Customers and crew will still have the option to wear masks and we also encourage customers to monitor their own health to be sure they feel well and fit to travel. While today’s announcement is a positive step, we urge the government not to lose momentum. Lessons learned during the pandemic should now be applied to streamlining the air transport system in Canada and to enact further reforms. This includes improving processes, such as security and customs at airports, developing new trusted traveller programs, deploying new technologies and, more fundamentally, re-examining the user-pay model that finances air transportation in Canada, whose weaknesses and interdependencies were exposed by COVID.” – Craig Landry, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada

    https://simpleflying.com/canada-drops-mask-testing-requirements/

    • The Serbians have historically been vassals of Russia, some argue that it is this relationship that sparked WW1 – and I doubt this is going to change quickly as it is ingrained in Serbian and Russian mythos, dating well back for centuries. Politics may change, but not the self-identity of nations…which is why the Globalists are attempting to undermine young people’s connections to their self-identity, including their national origins.

      It is easier to erase something than to alter it.

    • DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – Migrant influx creates tension at Serbian border

      Tens of thousands are striving to reach the EU. Often times they are stranded in towns along the Serbian border.

    • Wer hat die Nord-Stream-Röhren sabotiert? Die Liste der Verdächtigen ist vergleichsweise kurz

      [­­­…]Nur, um die Rahmenbedingungen eines solchen Lecks zu klären – die einzelnen Rohrstücke von Nord Stream 2 wiegen 50 Tonnen; das Metallrohr ist mit Beton und dann mit Bitumen verkleidet und ist unter dem Meeresboden verlegt.

      […], “es strömt eine Menge Gas aus, also ist es kein kleiner Riss, es ist ein wirklich großes Loch”.

      […]Die Liste der möglichen Verdächtigen ist also vergleichsweise kurz. Kampfschwimmer besitzen in alphabetischer Reihenfolge Deutschland, Dänemark, Finnland, Frankreich, Großbritannien, Italien, Norwegen, Österreich, Russland, Schweden, Schweiz, Südafrika und die Vereinigten Staaten.

      […]

      https://pressefreiheit.rtde.tech/meinung/150028-sabotage-bei-nord-stream-kampftaucher

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      europravda – ‘It’s a really big hole’: Sabotage fears rise after gas leaks identified on Nord Stream pipelines

      “It is difficult to imagine that it could be accidental,” said Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

    • DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – Nord Stream pipeline leaks raise suspicions of sabotage

      Danish and Swedish officials on Tuesday said two leaks had been identified on the Nord Stream 1 Russia-Europe gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. The news came only hours after a similar development on its twin pipeline, Nord Stream 2. Both conduits have become flash points in the escalating energy war that has sent gas prices rocketing since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

      What do we know so far?

      Officials said a pressure drop was detected in the Nord Stream 1 undersea gas channel soon after a similar fall was detected in its sister pipeline, Nord Stream 2. Both of Nord Stream 1’s two lines are affected, while one of Nord Stream 2’s pipelines showed a drop in pressure. Marine authorities identified a gas leak southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm as the likely cause of the issue affecting Nord Stream 2. Danish officials warned of a threat to shipping in the area and asked vessels to steer clear. Swedish authorities on Tuesday said there were two leaks on Nord Stream 1 — one in the Danish maritime economic zone and the other in the Swedish one. The two leaks were reported to be very close to one another. The German economy ministry said it was investigating the incident. “We currently do not know the reason for the drop in pressure,” it said.

      Blasts registered by Swedish seismologists

      Seismologists from Sweden’s National Seismology Centre (SNSN) told public broadcaster SVT that powerful blasts had been registered in the areas of the gas leaks on Monday. “There is no doubt that these were explosions,” SNSN seismologist Bjorn Lund told SVT. Denmark’s armed forces meanwhile released footage showing bubbles on the surface of the Baltic Sea above the Nordstream 1 and 2 pipelines and reported that the largest of the leaks had caused surface disturbance of around 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) in diameter.

      What’s the significance?

      Both of the pipelines were built to carry natural gas from Russia to Europe, although the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was never activated. German officials have not yet provided any information on the possible cause of the damage. However, Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper cited German security circles saying that sabotage was strongly suspected. “Our imagination no longer allows for a scenario in which this is not a targeted attack,” the newspaper quoted its source as saying. Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said it was “hard to imagine” that the leaks were “accidental.”

      Speaking to Danish media while on a visit to Poland, Frederiksen said: “It’s an unusual situation, to have three leaks a distance from each other. That’s why it’s hard to imagine that it’s accidental.” Ukraine blamed the leaks on Moscow.

    • BBC – Ukraine accuses Russia of gas pipeline terror attack

      Ukraine has accused Russia of causing leaks in two major gas pipelines to Europe in what it described as a “terrorist attack”.

      Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said the damage to Nord Stream 1 and 2 was “an act of aggression” towards the EU.

    • twitter @sikorskiradek

      Damage to the Nordstream narrows Putin’s room for maneuver.

      If he wants to resume gas supplies to Europe, he will have to talk to the countries controlling the Brotherhood and Yamal gas pipelines.

      https://twitter.com/sikorskiradek/status/1574797025375297536

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      Ma?a rzecz, a cieszy.

      As we say in Polish, a small thing, but so much joy. #Nordstream

      https://twitter.com/sikorskiradek/status/1574777986737655810

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      Thank you, USA.

      https://twitter.com/radeksikorski/status/1574800653724966915

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      Victoria Nuland: “If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward.”

      + 20 sec video

      https://twitter.com/StateDept/status/1486818088016355336

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    • GERMANY – GERA – SEPTEMBER 26 2022

      Thousands of people in Gera in Germany against Olaf Scholz’s policy and the explosion of energy and gas prices,as in other cities.

      They demanded an end to sanctions on Russia and the reopening of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

      And Nord Stream is now sabotaged…

  5. “Brother of Police Officer Who Died Suddenly at Home Believes his Death was Due to COVID Vaccine” by Jim Hoft – Published September 24, 2022
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/brother-police-officer-died-suddenly-home-believes-death-due-covid-vaccine/

    “Police Officer Dies From Cardiac Arrest During SWAT Team Training” by Jim Hoft – Published September 25, 2022
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/police-officer-dies-cardiac-arrest-swat-team-training/

  6. Danger lurks after Italy’s shocking election WaPo

    Italy has voted for a new government, likely to be led by a prime minister whose party arose from the ashes of post-World War II Italian fascism. The rise of Giorgia Meloni, the firebrand ethno-nationalist seemingly victorious in Sunday’s elections, has sent shock waves through Europe and triggered fears that Italy might be the Achilles’ heel in Western resolve to resist Russia’s bloody campaign in Ukraine.

    In fact, it would be a stretch to regard Ms. Meloni, who would be Italy’s first female premier, as a fascist. And, having dropped her former admiration for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, she has been unstinting in backing NATO’s support for Ukraine — although the same cannot be said of her probable coalition partners in Italy’s legislature. She has also tempered her erstwhile rhetoric suggesting she would splinter the European Union, possibly because Italy depends on enormous infusions of E.U. pandemic relief funds.

    Yet there remains ample cause for concern about Ms. Meloni, who is set to govern one of the world’s largest economies despite her own modest credentials in government. She is the latest in a string of extremists who have performed well in European elections this year , including nationalists in France, Hungary and Sweden. Her apparent victory is more evidence that far-right leaders are ascendant in a continent buffeted by immigration, economic head winds and, on its eastern flank, the most destructive war in three-quarters of a century.

    Political upheaval is the default in Italy, which has had 69 governments in the 77 years since World War II ended. Still, Ms. Meloni’s premiership would be a watershed event. Amid a drumbeat of anti-immigrant rhetoric — she warns darkly that ethnic Italians are in danger of “replacement” — she has advanced the farfetched idea of a naval blockade to stop unauthorized foreigners from reaching Italian shores . That’s unlikely to work. It’s also a toxic echo of the fierce antisemitism of Mussolini, the World War II dictator whom Ms. Meloni once openly admired.

    Her intolerance is also directed at LGBTQ people, for whom her government might make life more challenging in the only major E.U. country that has not legalized same-sex marriage. Framing her views as pro-family, she has vowed to block same-sex adoptions and surrogacy.

    Her party and its right-wing coalition partners include figures who might threaten free and fair elections if given their druthers; many would emulate Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has gutted key aspects of that country’s democracy. However, Ms. Meloni’s bloc will lack the votes in Italy’s Parliament to tamper with constitutional protections for Italian democratic institutions.

    The lurking danger of a Meloni government is to Europe’s ability to withstand Mr. Putin’s attempts to break Western anti-Kremlin sanctions, using Europe’s dependence on Russian energy exports as leverage. Italy’s economy is chronically anemic, and many Italians will suffer as Moscow’s pressure mounts.

    That will test Ms. Meloni’s determination to hold the line, especially given that one of her coalition partners, Matteo Salvini of the League party, opposes sanctions, and the other, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, is an apologist for the Russian authoritarian.

    Washington, NATO and the E.U. must use their considerable leverage to ensure Ms. Meloni’s spine remains stiff.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/09/26/italy-election-giorgia-meloni-russia-ukraine/

    europravda – Fact-check: Was this EU flag really torn down after far-right’s election win?

    • FRANCE PR4VD4- Did Italy’s far-right Meloni photoshop her feet and a crowd of supporters?

      Against the backdrop of far-right Italian politician Giorgia Meloni’s election win, a video circulating heavily on social media claims that anti-EU demonstrators ripped down the EU flag outside the bloc’s Rome headquarters.

      But all is not as it seems.

      We also debunk photographs from a Meloni campaign rally that are plagued by Photoshop accusations.

    • europravda -Italian activists raise alarm over abortion rights after Meloni’s win

      Activists in Italy are concerned about what far-right firebrand Giorgia Meloni’s election as the new prime minister could mean for abortion rights in the country.

  7. ECB – Lagarde made a strong hint after the Italian elections: It is not certain ECB will save the country!

    Asked in the European Parliament whether the ECB could deploy the Transmission Protection Instrument (TPI) to help Italy, Lagarde did not name any countries but said that the system only serves to support fiscally prudent countries, while others should request a bailout.

    […] ECB decision-makers traditionally do not rate the results of member state elections, which is why Christine Lagarde’s message, drawing the attention of indebted Italians: if they do not comply with EU budget rules, the central bank will not intervene in the bond market.

    Not many people in European mainstream politics are happy about the victory of the Italian extremists, and they are also voicing this.

  8. Fox News – This is why populism is gaining popularity around the globe

    Stephen Miller and Victor Davis Hanson reflect on the global battle between populism and the establishment

  9. global news –Combatting Canada’s energy crisis through Indigenous-led projects

    Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Theresa Tait-Day says with centuries-old ancestral knowledge of protecting lands and natural resources, Indigenous people in Canada can play a major role in helping the world reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

  10. Sept 27 (Reuters) – Slovakia’s parliament on Tuesday ratified the entry of Finland and Sweden to NATO, becoming one of the last countries to back the military alliance’s expansion.

    Finland and Sweden sought to join NATO this year in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    NATO’s 30 members have been ratifying their entry since accession protocols were signed in July. With Slovakia’s vote, only Hungary and Turkey remain to approve the expansion.

    Turkey had been opposed, accusing the Nordic countries of imposing arms embargoes on Ankara and supporting groups it deems terrorists. But the three signed an accord to lift Ankara’s veto in exchange for counter-terrorism promises.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/slovak-parliament-approves-nato-membership-finland-sweden-2022-09-27/

  11. 83-Year-Old Woman Shot In The Back While Passing Out Pro-Life Pamphlets, Group Says
    Posted On September 27, 2022
    An 83-year-old woman was shot in the back while going door-to-door in Ionia, Michigan, as a volunteer for Michigan Right to Life on Sept. 20, according to the organization.

    The victim, who is remaining anonymous pending the investigation, had a heated conversation with a woman at her home and, as she walked away, a man emerged from inside the house shot her in the back, according to Michigan Right to Life. She had allegedly been speaking with community members about Proposal 3, a proposed amendment to the Michigan constitution that would expand legal abortion throughout pregnancy and loosen medical requirements and regulations of the procedure.

    https://newrightnetwork.com/2022/09/83-year-old-woman-shot-in-the-back-while-passing-out-pro-life-pamphlets-group-says.html

  12. Where are the mouthy, disgraceful, squad? I am waiting for a comment about the BRAVE women in Iran, out on the streets protesting in over 80 cities throughout Iran, risking their lives for the right to NOT wear a hijab?

    The Revolutionary Guard and paramilitary guard are dragging women by the hair, banging their heads on the ground, using tear gas, arresting and murdering them

    Tlaib retweeted a “solidarity” from a statement by the feckless OAC, who wrote that “the right to choose belongs to us all, from hijabs to reproductive care”.

  13. REBEL NEWS – People’s Party organizes protest as demonstrators demand end to teacher’s drag show

    David Menzies was in Burlington, Ontario, where the People’s Party of Canada and its leader Maxime Bernier had organized a protest outside of the Halton District School Board headquarters.

  14. New $1.1 bln U.S. arms package for Ukraine in process -U.S. officials

    September 27, 2022

    New $1.1 bln U.S. arms package for Ukraine in process -U.S. officials
    Reuters

    WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The United States is preparing a new $1.1 billion arms package for Ukraine’s battle with Russia that will be announced soon, U.S. officials said on Tuesday as Washington awaits the outcome of what it calls “sham” referendums in Ukraine.

    The package will be the latest installment in weaponry for Ukraine as it fights Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. The officials said on condition of anonymity that the package will be announced in coming days.

    It is expected to use funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) appropriated by Congress to allow the Biden administration to procure weapons from industry rather than from existing U.S. weapons stocks.

    The package will include HIMARS launcher systems, accompanying munitions, various types of counter drone systems and radar systems, along with spares, training and technical support, a source briefed on the plan said.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/us-preparing-new-11-billion-arms-package-ukraine-us-officials-2022-09-27/

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