Reader’s Links for September 29th, 2022

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Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

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41 Replies to “Reader’s Links for September 29th, 2022”

  1. The last hurricane in Florida my family evacuated and when it was over, my son told his wife he would go home and make sure they still had a home, and his wife could stay behind with their children. CNN was the only source of news where they were staying.

    He was shocked when he started driving home, he saw a few downed trees and a few houses with shingles missing. When he arrived home everything was the same as when he left.

    Pity the press are allowed to put out so many dramatic lies.

    This time round he stayed home with 2 children in their teens and 3 dogs. He spoke with his wife who told him her car was floating in the hospital parking lot and the ground floor of the hospital where she works was flooded. They had no water at the hospital.

    Shortly after noon water came rushing into their area, the house started to flood. They left and parked beside a tall building out of the wind. His wife put out an alert on their church website as to their whereabouts and could anyone in the area take them in. Thankfully, their call was answered immediately.

    There house is flooded, their vehicles ruined, but they are all safe. Thank you God.

    I never watch TV anymore, have not trusted any channels for 25 years. Yesterday was no exception. Many people went to the West coast thinking they would be safe. Some people moved further south for shelter.

    Please keep all the people of Florida in your prayers – – it was a long, long day and there are many stress filled days ahead for all Floridians.

  2. europravda – How is the EU healthcare sector preparing for the digital revolution?

    Technology plays a central role in medical activities. However, the European health technology industry is fragmented, especially when it comes to rules, and operational standards across the continent.

    The European Health Data Space will pave the way for the digital era of medical data sharing

  3. Chevron is selling its global headquarters in California as it continues to move its operations and employees to Texas, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

    The oil giant sold 92 acres of offices in San Ramon as its workers continue to relocate to its Houston campus, where it has three times the number of employees that California has, according to the WSJ. Chevron will follow in the footsteps of other large companies like Tesla and American Airlines that have left California in recent years for various reasons.

  4. Schools on American military bases, educating almost 70,000 children of service personnel, push the same anti-racism curriculum found in America’s most liberal school districts, with the goal of preparing these students for lives dedicated to a global citizenship meant to displace American citizenship and the American way of life.

    The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) employs thousands of teachers, and its budget exceeds $3.2 billion. Reflecting Department-wide priorities, the 2022 DoDEA “Blueprint for Continuous Improvement” strategic plan was recently updated to emphasize “diversity, equity, and inclusion” as “Core Values” for the system.

    As part of delivering on the Defense Department’s diversity agenda, the Pentagon sponsored an “Equity and Access” conference in 2021, where teachers from around the military system delivered talks about promoting queer theory, “antiracism,” global citizenship, and left-wing activism generally. Antiracism was the dominant topic of discussion, but we must understand that “antiracism” does not mean, “not being racist.” On the contrary, the new working definition of “antiracism”—given to us by Boston University’s Ibram X. Kendi—means assuming that all American society is shot through with racism, that every white person is racist, and that denial of racism is evidence of racism.

  5. Disgusted FBI Agent Reveals Massive Dissent within Agency Over Biden Policies [WATCH]
    will September 28, 2022 SHARE
    The FBI has take a lot of flak lately, particularly from right-leaning sites like this one. The raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, the attack on a pro-life advocate at his home, the surrounding of Mike Lindell in a Denny’s parking lot while he was on a hunting trip…all of it seems a bit too much like banana republic tactics for most conservatives. And so they’re furious with the FBI, lobbing bombshell after bombshell in the agency’s direction and demanding that it be defunded. Even traditionally “back the blue” type Republicans have joined in with that, hammering the agency hard for what it’s been up to.

    But that’s just the beginning of the FBI’s problems. Now, further flames have been lit under the agency’s ass by a whistleblower named Kyle Seraphin. As the Daily Wire recently reported:

  6. Iran Heavily Bombards Bases of Kurdish Opposition Parties in Kurdistan Region

    ERBIL — Bases and headquarters of the Iranian Kurdish opposition parties in the Kurdistan Region were heavily bombarded by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday.

    The attacks, carried out with missiles and drones, targeted the positions of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, and Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) in different areas.

    There are unconfirmed reports of casualties.

  7. CDC Quietly Updating COVID Vax Myocarditis Data
    What was once derided as “misinformation” regarding the increased rates of myocarditis in vaccinated young people is suddenly now legit.

    The trouble is the CDC is now only quietly accepting legitimate data that was previously derided as “misinformation.” That means no public vindication for those who were ringing the alarm bells over the rate of myocarditis in vaccinated young people, even though they were deemed dangerous because they were questioning the “Only the Vaccine Is the Solution” narrative coming out of the Biden administration.

    This is a textbook example of why authoritarian government is so dangerous. It allows for no serious questioning of the declared “solution” and in the meantime many individuals are either forced or deceived into needless suffering, all so the “enlightened” political leaders can assert they are acting in the people’s best interest. Vast swaths of Americans have been silenced or vilified as “dangerous” and “uncaring” because they voiced objections to a novel vaccine.

  8. A new preprint from NIH and NIAID authors released on the 27th September confirms that spike protein translocates to the nucleus. This was denied by every single COVID vaccine (gene therapy) advocate to date.

    More importantly this paper totally vindicates Jiang and Mei who were forced to retract their completely correct paper under political pressure from Eric Freed of the very same NIH, the funders of Moderna Inc. This was exposed in our article “Welcome to Gilead”

  9. Teachers Refuse To Follow Trans Policy That Requires Educators To Use Students’ Birth Names On Official Records
    Posted On September 29, 2022
    Teachers from a Pennsylvania school district are refusing to follow the district’s transgender policy, saying it deadnames, or disrespects, students’ gender identity, according to the Courier Times.

    At least four teachers from Lenape Middle School and Central Bucks High School West, both in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, said they would not be following the district policy which requires educators to call students by the name and pronouns on their official records, according to the Courier Times. The district implemented the policy in September, which allows students to change their official record on a case-by-case basis.

  10. NYT -Senate Passes Bill to Aid Ukraine and Avert Government Shutdown

    The stopgap spending measure was the final legislative deadline facing the Senate before the midterm elections. It heads to the House next, with a midnight deadline on Friday.

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved a temporary spending package to keep the government funded past a Friday deadline and send another significant round of emergency aid to Ukraine in its war against Russia, punting negotiations on a longer-term funding measure until after the November elections.

    The legislation, which would extend government funding through Dec. 16, passed 72 to 25. That sent it to the House, which was expected to quickly pass the measure, sending it to President Biden for his signature before funding was scheduled to lapse at midnight Sept. 30.

    In addition to continuing government spending for several weeks, the measure would provide about $12.3 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine as it fights to continue reclaiming territory from Russia.

    It sailed through the Senate with few objections, after Democrats removed an energy permitting measure by Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, who had initially insisted upon its inclusion after being promised it would receive a vote in exchange for his support last month for the party’s major climate, health and tax package.

    The proposal, which would make it easier to build solar, wind, oil and gas infrastructure, had rankled members of both parties, and Mr. Manchin agreed to remove it on Tuesday, as it threatened to derail the spending package and prompt a government shutdown at the end of the week.

    “The last thing the American people need now is a pointless government shutdown,” Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, said in a speech on the Senate floor ahead of the vote. “I’m optimistic we’re on track to avoiding one well before the funding deadline.”

    The tranche of aid for Ukraine comes after Congress has already approved about $54 billion in two previous packages. When it is enacted, the investment in Ukraine will be the highest amount of military aid the United States has committed to any country in a single year in nearly half a century, since the Vietnam War.

    It would provide $4.5 billion for a fund dedicated to supporting the Ukrainian government, and $3 billion for weapons, equipment and other military support. It also would provide $1.5 billion to replenish American weapons already sent to Ukraine, and $2.8 billion for the Defense Department. And it would allow Mr. Biden to authorize the transfer of up to $3.7 billion of American weapons and equipment to Ukraine.

    “Assisting Ukraine is not some feel-good, symbolic gesture — it’s literally an investment in our own national security and that of our allies,” said Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the minority leader, in a speech urging support for the package.

    Lawmakers also agreed to address some domestic needs, including ensuring the continuation of a “user fee” agreement that supplements a significant portion of the Food and Drug Administration’s budget. It also would allow more flexibility for the federal government to spend existing disaster relief funds and provide $20 million to help address the water crisis in Jackson, Miss., and $2 billion in grant funding for rebuilding efforts after natural disasters in 2021 and 2022.

    The administration’s announcement on Thursday morning that it would provide more federal assistance and expand a disaster declaration for western Alaska, where a powerful storm pummeled several communities, helped resolve a last-minute objection from that state’s delegation. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Republicans of Alaska, had lobbied the administration for the expansion, particularly after a similar request was fulfilled for Puerto Rico.

    The measure also includes $1 billion for a program championed by Democrats to help lower-income families handle higher energy and heating costs in the coming winter.

    But party leaders, confronting Republican opposition, dropped other Democratic priorities from the package, including the Biden administration’s request for billions of dollars in emergency funds to combat the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of monkeypox across the country.

    Democrats have struggled to pass another round of pandemic aid money since it was abruptly dropped from a sprawling government funding package in March, as Republicans balked at the inclusion of any new federal money to address the coronavirus crisis.

    “I will keep fighting for these important resources,” Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Democrat and the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, vowed in a statement, adding that he would continue to push for an annual omnibus package. “The federal government funds programs that the American people rely on, and we should do the job they sent us here to do,” he added.

    Passage of the stopgap spending bill was the final legislative deadline facing the Senate before its members scatter ahead of the midterm elections, and senators swiftly began departing Washington after casting their votes. But the action set up a daunting to-do list for after the November balloting. Senators will have to wrangle the dozen annual spending bills — and another round of earmarked projects for their states — before several senior lawmakers, including Mr. Leahy, retire at the end of the year.

    “I think both sides — at least the overwhelming majority of the Democrats and Republicans — would like to fund the government, do their job,” said Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, who is retiring. “There’s always some that say, ‘Let’s kick it to next year.’ I said that’s nonsense.”

    Mr. Manchin and other senators have pushed to revisit his plan to streamline the construction of energy infrastructure across the country in the coming weeks. Senators will also have to address the annual military policy bill, as well as ambitions to vote to codify same-sex marriage protections and strengthen the Electoral Count Act and the nation’s democratic systems in response to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

    Senate passes stopgap bill to avert shutdown, aid Ukraine

    WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a short-term spending bill on Thursday that would avert a partial government shutdown when the current fiscal year ends at midnight Friday and provide another infusion of military and economic aid to Ukraine as it seeks to repel Russia’s brutal invasion.

    The bill finances the federal government through Dec. 16 and buys lawmakers more time to agree on legislation setting spending levels for the 2023 fiscal year. It passed by a vote of 72-25 and now goes to the House for consideration.

    As has become routine, lawmakers waited until the final hours before the shutdown deadline to act. But passage of a bill to fund the government was hardly in doubt, particularly after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin agreed to drop provisions designed to streamline the permitting process for energy projects and greenlight the approval of a pipeline in his home state of West Virginia. Those provisions had drawn opposition from both sides of the political aisle.

    Still, the bill merely puts off for a few months the maneuvering that will be required after the midterm elections to pass a massive government funding package, as negotiators will have to bridge their differences over spending on hot-button issues such as abortion, border security and climate change.

    The bill approved Thursday, with some exceptions, keeps spending at federal agencies at current levels through mid-December. The most notable of those exceptions is the more than $12 billion that will be provided to aid Ukraine, on top of more than $50 billion provided in two previous bills. The money will go to provide training, equipment and logistics support for the Ukraine military, help Ukraine’s government provide basic services to its citizens and replenish US weapons systems and munitions.

    “Seven months since the conflict began, it’s crystal clear that American assistance has gone a long way to helping the Ukrainian people resist (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s evil, vicious aggression,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “But the fight is far from over.”

    Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also voiced support for the Ukraine aid, while admonishing the Biden administration to get it out the door more quickly.

    “Assisting Ukraine is not some feel-good, symbolic gesture,” McConnell said. “It’s literally an investment in our own national security and that of our allies.”

    Disaster assistance was attached to the stopgap bill, including $2.5 billion to help New Mexico communities recover from the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, the largest wildfire in the state’s history; $2 billion for a block grant program that aids the economic recovery of communities impacted by recent disasters and $20 million for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements previously authorized for Jackson, Mississippi.

    An additional $18.8 billion was included for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond to current and future disasters, such as Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida on Wednesday.

    The bill would provide an additional $1 billion for a program that helps low-income households heat their homes. And it would transfer $3 billion from a Pentagon aid program to the State Department for continued Afghan resettlement operations.

    Lawmakers also included a reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration’s user fee agreements for five years, which ensures the agency can continue critical product safety reviews and won’t need to issue pink slips for thousands of employees working on drug and medical device applications.

    One thing missing from the bill is the billions of dollars in additional funding that President Biden sought to aid the response to COVID-19 and monkeypox. Republicans criticized the health spending as unnecessary. The White House said the money would have been used to accelerate the research and development of vaccines and therapeutics, prepare for future COVID variants and support the global response.

    The bill’s passage is the last must-do item on lawmakers’ list before returning to their home states and districts to campaign before the midterm elections that will determine which party controls the House and Senate over the next two years. Lawmakers were anxious to get out of Washington and focus on campaigning without the specter of a shutdown.

    “The last thing the American people need right now is a pointless government shutdown,” Schumer said.

  11. Colorado School Board Proposes Toolkit Suggesting Educators Hide Student Transitions From Parents
    Posted On September 29, 2022
    A Colorado school board proposed a “gender expansive” toolkit that directs educators on how to address transgender and non-binary students, including keeping gender transitions a secret from parents, according to the Post Independent.

    The Roaring Fork School Board in Carbondale, Colorado, heard public comment on Wednesday with plans to vote on the toolkit on Oct. 11, according to the Post Independent. The “Toolkit for Supporting Transgender and Gender Expansive/Nonconforming Students” advises educators to keep a student’s gender identity a secret from their parents if the student wishes and to make changes to school records as they see fit.

  12. Biden Appoints First-Ever Envoy For Plants And Animals
    Posted On September 29, 2022
    The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is appointing a special diplomat to oversee international animal and plant habitats for the first time in U.S. history.

    The State Department appointed Monica Medina as the U.S. Special Envoy for Biodiversity and Water Resources to solve the world’s intertwined biodiversity and water crises, according to a department media note. Medina will adopt an “all-of-government effort” to represent the interests of plants and animals abroad because the administration believes that such species are currently threatened by the “climate crisis.”

    Medina and the department will crack down on “nature crime” such as illegal mining and logging, to promote biodiversity and keep water supplies clean, the department stated. The special envoy will also implement the White House’s water security plan and the Global Water Strategy, initiatives that seek to stop droughts across the globe without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

  13. The Republican Party of Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Milwaukee’s “Milwaukee Votes 2022” initiative, after an exclusive report by Empower Wisconsin revealed that Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson asked a Democratic Party operative for help spinning the city’s privately funded get-out-the-vote campaign, which some critics label “Zuckbucks 2.0.”

    “The Republican Party of Wisconsin is deeply concerned that cities like Milwaukee are working with Democrat operatives and partisan third party groups to get out the vote in a manner designed to tip the scales for Democrats,” Mark Jefferson, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin said in a press release. “Government’s role in elections must be to ensure fairness and transparency, not to benefit one party at the expense of another, and we will aggressively fight to ensure that election laws are followed.”

  14. Leaders digital experience at NATO Summit

    NATO summit – Brussels – June 2021

    At the 2021 Brussels Summit on 14 June, NATO Leaders experienced a virtual journey to NATO2030.

    The NATO 2030 initiative is about making sure our Alliance remains ready today to face tomorrow’s challenges.

    Leaders agreed the NATO 2030 agenda at the Summit, taking important decisions to chart the Alliance’s course over the next decade and beyond .

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