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FEDWATCHER

All things considered, I would posit that the Federal Reserve will hike rates by 100 to 125 basis points and, if they were serious, by 150 basis points.

The current Federal Funds Rate is 233 basis points, and the potential target will likely be between 450 and 550 basis points before year-end.

As with all things Fed, the market has taken their probabilistic projections and priced them into their offerings.

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Bottom line…

This is a reminder that we have a supply-side problem, not a demand-side one, exacerbated by wasteful government spending, causing stagflation. We need to ramp up production, not curtail consumption -- assuming our logistics chain will support greater economic activity.

The Wall Street Wizards will continue to create their own narratives to generate profitable volatility.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE 20+ YEAR EMERGENCY DECLARATION THAT DRIVES THE DEMOCRAT POWER GRAB

With politicians, in general, and progressive communist democrats, in particular, it is all about real or imagined crises to usurp power and spend taxpayer funds using “the emergency” to create a sense of urgency that demands the suspension of customary rules and safeguards.

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Biden extends an emergency order passed 20 years and 11 months ago…

Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism

On September 23, 2001, by Executive Order 13224, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the grave acts of terrorism and threats of terrorism committed by foreign terrorists, including the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, in New York and Pennsylvania and against the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks against United States nationals or the United States.

On September 9, 2019, the President signed Executive Order 13886 to strengthen and consolidate sanctions to combat the continuing threat posed by international terrorism and to take additional steps to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13224, as amended.

The actions of persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, as amended, and the measures adopted to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 23, 2022. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism declared in Executive Order 13224, as amended.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress. <Source>

Yes, we still have global terrorism and the threat of domestic terrorism…

Terrorism, especially terrorism based on religion and ideology, has been with us for centuries and will always be with us. In the United States, we are especially vulnerable due to the individual protections of the U.S. Constitution. It is not unusual for our enemies to use our own laws against us. (Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals “#4 -- Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”)

But, if you haven’t noticed, the progressive communist democrats have made America more vulnerable to terrorism by violating the U.S. Constitution and failing to enforce federal immigration laws. We have a wide-open Southern border, and it has been officially acknowledged that terrorists have been apprehended crossing into our country.

42 Suspected Terrorists Have Been Apprehended at Our Southern Border Since Biden Took Office

Since Joe Biden took office and started implementing his radical open border policies, 42 people on the terrorist watchlist have been apprehended attempting to enter the United States through our southern border illegally.

Even more disturbing is that earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not guarantee that none of the OVER 2,000 illegal immigrants a day who avoid U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) capture entering our southern border were on the terror watch list. <Source>

Moreover, due to the catastrophically bungled surrender of Afghanistan, unvetted individuals, including terrorists, have entered the United States via an unsupervised airlift.

Inspector general says DHS allowed unvetted, dangerous Afghans to reach the U.S.

The Homeland Security Department failed to fully vet some of the Afghan evacuees it brought into the U.S. during last year’s airlift, the department’s inspector general said in a devastating audit, which warned that some people who “posed a risk to national security” were indeed let into the country.

One evacuee, just liberated from prison by the Taliban, was cleared to reach the U.S. Another reached the U.S. and was released, only to have the FBI conclude three months later that the evacuee “posed national security concerns.”

The evacuation was constructed so hastily that the department wrote procedures on the fly, with screening decisions made “on an ad hoc basis,” said the audit, released Tuesday.

“As a result, DHS paroled at least two individuals into the United States who posed a risk to national security and the safety of local communities and may have admitted or paroled more individuals of concern,” the inspector general concluded. <Source>

As for those domestic terrorists…

Dhs-warningThe Biden Administration is pressuring the F.B.I. to find “white supremacist terrorism” cases to support their racial narrative and the crackdown on white conservative Trump supporters. Therefore, I am not surprised that the F.B.I. appears to have a pattern and practice of creating terrorists, often to the point of false entrapment.

Overlooking the Black supremacist terrorism that saw organizations like the communist front groups Black Lives Matter and Antifa damage more than $2 BILLION in public and private property as they wreaked murder and mayhem across the United States with little or no government pushback. And what about the large armed Black militia associated with the Black separatists known as the Nation of Islam?

And, let us not forget that the greatest act of domestic terrorism, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was pushback against the F.B.I.’s egregious killing of men, women, and children at Waco (1993) and Ruby Ridge (1992) – both staged media events precipitated by an F.B.I. sniper Lon Horiuchi, who was the original target of the bombers.

Bottom line…

Remember, it only takes one terrorist or terrorist-wannabes to ruin your whole day and cause life-altering damage to your fellow citizens.

It is time to review the Patriot Act, Presidential Executive Orders, and Emergency Orders since we have observed significant government abuse of power, the commission of impeachable offenses, and the weaponization of our nation’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies concurrently with the politicization of agencies and institutions.

You cannot use laws to protect against criminals, crazies, and terrorists.

Maintain situational awareness and decide if you are willing to fight or die on your knees begging for mercy.

Please support our local law enforcement as they remain a bulwark between anarchy and civil order.

To say we are screwed is an understatement.

-- Steve 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


OUR ENEMIES ARE OPERATING OPENLY IN AMERICA AND HAVE CAPTURED THE DEMOCRAT PARTY

Once again, the Brookings Institution and the corrupt Democrat Party are in the news.

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Top Foreign Funder Of Transnational Terrorism Funds Think Tank That Staffs Democrat Presidential Administrations
Too many think tanks receive undisclosed foreign funding from countries hostile to the U.S. and our interests.

American policy makers, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies often rely on U.S.-based think tanks for research and policy recommendations. While many institutions produce academic products with intellectual sovereignty and moral integrity, too many receive undisclosed foreign funding from countries hostile to the United States and our interests.

Funding from these countries is generally associated with a quid pro quo. For this funding, the think tank provides analysis that is less than objective, which may lead to devastating international and national security consequences.

The looming threat of the revival of 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) should compel the examination of American think tanks’ relationships with subversive regimes, such as Iran. Among the leading think tanks pushing for reinstating the JCPOA is the Qatari-funded Brookings Institution.

[OCS: The JCPOA is an Obama creation to boost Iran’s creation of a nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a ballistic missile to not only threaten their Middle East neighbors, but the continental United States. Obama, an un-American, anti-white, anti-Semite, has channeled billions into this state sponsor of international terrorism – full well knowing that Iran has openly attacked U.S. troops.

And, unlike the leadership of Pakistan and North Korea, the Mullahs operate a subscribe to a death cult whose religion commands the elimination of Jews and a major catastrophe to aid the return of their hidden religious leader to unite the world under Islam. The Democrats continue to negotiate until Iran demonstrates they have nuclear weaponry—while preventing an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities until it is too late.

Likewise the Democrats continue to support Pakistan, a Muslim country that harbored Osama bin Laden and other enemies while taking our money.]

Brookings is a top incubator of staffers for Democrat presidential administrations, including the current Biden administration.

[OCS: One need only consider the individuals associated with the Brookings Institution and the attempt to destroy Donald Trump and control Ukraine, one of the most corrupt and unreliable players in the Eurasian theater.

Among the names you will find with connections to the Brookings Institution are Nelson Strobridge "Strobe" Talbott III , Cody Shearer (Hillary's free-lance political fixer who wrote his own version of the dossier), Susan Rice, Fiona Hill, Igor Danchenko, Victoria Nuland, Benjamin Wittes, Christopher Steele, Jake Sullivan, and many others.]

In 2013, Qatar’s mediation between the Taliban and the United States resulted in the release of Taliban mass murderers and war criminals from prison and led to the opening of the Taliban’s “political” office in Doha. Negotiations with the Taliban ultimately resulted in handing Afghanistan to the Taliban to run it as a jihadist base for transnational terrorism.

[OCS: This is almost as insane as requesting the Communist Chinese and Russians to mediate U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran.]

Qatar Funded the Brookings Institution

Also in 2013, according to The New York Times report, Qatar provided a “$14.8 million, four-year donation” to the Brookings Institution. Not coincidentally, the following year Brookings began a disinformation campaign on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Last June, the FBI seized electronic data from John R. Allen, a retired four-star general who led U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan prior to becoming the president of Brookings from November 2017 until June of this year. Federal prosecutors obtained records indicating that Allen, while serving as Brookings’ president, “secretly lobbied for the government of Qatar, lied to investigators about his role and tried to withhold evidence sought by a federal subpoena.”

Court documents revealed “substantial evidence” that Allen’s violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) were “willful.” While these allegations were levied against Allen, they should have also included Brookings. After all, Brookings was the conduit through which Qatari funds and influence were peddled.l

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Bottom line…

It’s time to reform our State Department and the nation’s formerly premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies which are more interested in Donald Trump and spying on Americans than fighting our enemies, foreign and domestic.

It is also time to realize that the modern Democrat Party is a clear and present danger to America and its connected think tanks.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


USAF: TOO MANY WHITE AVIATORS, I SAY TOO MANY "WOKE" OFFICERS!

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I found this headline disturbing, “Unexpectedly, the USAF Finds Itself With a Critical Shortage of Pilots While It Says It Has Too Many White Officers”…

It is a fact that our military has been decimated by the progressive communist democrats who are attempting to destroy America from within. And using race and sex to weaken America’s fighting forces. Demanding the military leadership focus on race- and sex-based affirmative action than on improving our lethality and mission superiority. Many pilots are aging-out or can’t put up with the political bullshit that keeps them from completing their mission.

86% of Air Force pilots are white men. Here’s why this needs to change. – Major General. Ed Thomas, Commander USAF Recruiting Service

The tragic death of George Floyd and recent events have fueled widespread protests and a renewed call for racial equality nationwide. Amid this, our country has been compelled to reflect on issues that are often uncomfortable, and leaders have been driven to examine their organizations in ways like never before. The Air Force, in many ways, is no different. But as a war-fighting organization we cannot afford to squander this moment, because our future — and national security — depends on it.

[OCS: George Floyd was a thug, a career criminal who died of a Fentanyl overdose and was turned into a martyr by race-baiting activists, agitators, and the media. As a war-fighting organization, it is not about squandering the moment but falling prey to those seeking to weaken our U.S. military and destroy the United States from within. Primarily by substituting race in place of communist class warfare.]

Pursuing equality means we must be sure that we are attracting the most capable members of our society, from all races and walks of life, as we prepare for the next fight. This fighting force should be highly capable while reflecting the diversity of the country we serve.

[OCS: That our “fighting force should be highly capable while reflecting the diversity of the country we serve” is pure racial bullshit. The fighting force should be well-trained, lethal, and capable of pursuing the mission regardless of its composition. Relaxing recruiting standards to accommodate race and sex is a prescription for failure. All should be welcome to compete for the available slots – may the best person win the position.]

Before I even took command of my service’s recruiting efforts this spring, Air Force leadership made it clear to me that improving diversity would be on the top of my to-do list. And recent national events only serve as an accelerant as we take aim and tackle this vexing issue.

[OCS: This is the hierarchal military, and one can easily imagine how this “suggestion” turned into an “order” with percentage goals and tacit recruiting quotas.]

Pentagon leaders didn’t need to explain the why, although Gen. David Goldfein, our former chief of staff, did that in calling diversity “a war-fighting imperative.” It’s been clear for some time that our progress in better reflecting the society we serve has been too slow.

[OCS: Diversity is not a war-fighting imperative, it is another needless obstacle in a mad world that puts soldiers at risk by restrictive rules of engagement that favor the enemy over our fighting force. Hiding behind women, children, and non-combatants should not bring propaganda victories for our enemies, but scorn and outrage directed at those trying to kill their own people.]

We simply can no longer afford for significant segments of our society to be underrepresented in our U.S. Air Force or our newest branch, the U.S. Space Force.

[OCS: By significant segments, he means race and sex. How long before we see a black transsexual lesbian on a recruiting poster standing in front of an F-35?]

To be clear, the Air and Space Forces are not setting quotas based on race or gender. We will, however, focus intensely and concentrate our efforts in traditionally underserved communities. It wouldn’t be legal or productive to hold recruiters accountable for bringing in a certain number of recruits from various demographic groups. But if we see that we’re not hitting recruiting targets that mirror the qualified population in those categories, we will adjust to concentrate on areas where we can get a more representative balance in our applicant pool. To use a fishing analogy, recruiters must not only cast a wide net but ensure we are spending time in the right fishing holes.

And by measuring those targets, we’ll employ the old management axiom that what gets measured gets done. And we’ll get it done.

[OCS: Measurement implies targets, quotas, and extra effort to satisfy the orders of “woke” military leaders kissing the ass of politicians to keep their jobs or advance in rank.]

While we are meeting or exceeding nearly all demographic targets in our enlisted ranks, inside our cockpits is where we have the greatest disparities and opportunities for improvement. In all, 86 percent of our aviators are white males. Less than 3 percent of our fighter pilots are females. This is why we established a detachment within Air Force recruiting two years ago charged with improving diversity for those who wear flight suits. The mission of Detachment 1 is to bring a singular focus to recruiting qualified women and minorities who have not always felt they belonged.

[OCS: It’s not about feelings, it’s about performance. There are superb minority aviators, so what? We want more superb aviators regardless of their intersectional class status.]

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Pilot shortage?

Unvaccinated Air Force Officers Grounded Despite Court Order: Former Space Force Lt. Colonel

Members of the Air Force have been grounded for refusing to take a COVID-19 shot even after a court order ruling against such actions said a former space force commander on Sept. 15, adding that it is “not the time to be tampering with our readiness.”

Roughly two months back, a federal court in Ohio stated that the Air Force is not legally justified in taking punitive action against service members who do not take the COVID-19 vaccine, Matt Lohmeier, former Space Force Lieutenant Colonel, said in an interview with “Capitol Report” on NTD News.

A preliminary injunction was also issued. Lohmeier gave an example of a Squadron Leader in a fighter squadron at the Air Force who had been grounded and removed from his post following his decision not to take a COVID-19 shot.

Neither the squadron leader nor other members who he is aware of have been allowed to return back to flying status Lohmeier said.

“Our senior defense officials seem uninterested in abiding by law,” he said. “We’ve got over 700 pilots potentially on the chopping block right now for their refusal to take the shot.”

The mandatory vaccination rule itself is illegal since the COVID-19 vaccine available in many instances has only been approved under emergency use authorization (EUA), Lohmeier said. <Source>

Bottom line…

The progressive communist democrats are destroying America from within, weakening our military while arming our enemies and provoking direct military action. Unless we up our lethality, remove restrictive rules of engagement, and set a mission objective to win – we will continue to see another Viet Nam or Afghanistan. We can win the war – but politicians continue to ensure our losses.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


MAYORIAL CANDIDATE KAREN BASS DOESN'T FEEL SAFE IN L.A. -- LET THE COMMUNIST MOVE TO CUBA

The progressive communist democrats destroyed Los Angeles; now they want to complete the job using racist, communist Karen Bass…

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Dem. congresswoman running for LA mayor no longer feels safe in city
“My safety was shattered.”

Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, who represents parts of downtown Los Angeles in Congress and is running for mayor, said she no longer feels safe in the city after her home was burglarized on Friday.

In her first on-camera interview since the incident, Bass told Fox 11 Los Angeles that police informed her that two men had been arrested for stealing two firearms from the house.

“I came home one evening to see my house in disarray, and it was very traumatizing,” she told the interviewer at her campaign headquarters.

“I did feel safe until my safety was shattered, like so many Angelenos,” she added.

“My safety was shattered,” she repeated. <Source>

Los Angeles, don’t elect a communist and a racist to run the city further into the ground…

Karen Bass, the congresswoman from California, is in contention to become Joe Biden's running mate. There are good reasons for this. She is reliably liberal, she chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, and she shares a history of family loss with Biden. But she’s also the only person on Biden’s list who spent part of the 1970s working construction in Fidel Castro’s Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade, a group that has organized annual trips to Cuba for young, leftist Americans for half a century.

The Biden campaign knows about Bass’s history with the Brigade, which began as a joint venture of the Castro government and Students for a Democratic Society, the leftist, antiwar organization that gave birth to the Weather Underground terrorist group. She told Biden’s vetting committee weeks ago that this was probably going to come up. So far, it hasn’t been a deal breaker—in fact, her potential to drive up African-American votes might help in Florida among voters who traditionally haven’t been paid as much attention in the state. <Source>

Bottom line…

Bass deserves no respect. She is another progressive communist democrat who happens to be an America-hating, anti-white, racist.

Caruso

We are so screwed if Bass becomes Mayor.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


OCS: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

To the progressive communist democrats, the de-growth movement, the anti-animal vegans, and all of the other crazies who racialized everything to attract media attention...

Racist-milk

Screw y'all.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


COMMUNITY LEADERS DO NOT ABIDE BY THE "CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED"

There is no doubt in my mind that here in California where the most radical progressive communist democrats rule with an iron fist on behalf of their billionaires and unions, the consent of the governed is not even a consideration as these deviants destroy our formerly golden state with their toxic ideology and sense of entitlement. And these miscreants want to export this cancer throughout the United States with their infectious agent Gavin Newsom. l

Here is a sponsored advertisement that appeared in a publication targeted at high-level government executives and functionaries. While I do not have any opinion about the firm or its services, its promotional advertorial piece seems to offer an opportunity to comment on the shameful state of community government leadership and agencies. The source is listed below to read the full item in context.

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Defining the Modern Community

What comes to mind when you think about community? The roads you drive on, the churches and schools family and friends attend, or the parks and stores you visit on weekends? Whatever your specific images, these elements form an interconnected web of people, structures, and organizations that offer a shared place and set of goals to build our lives.

[OCS: No! What comes to mind is the place where I live, learn, work, play, and worship. I rarely think of infrastructure because that is a given, something to be managed by a competent invisible government – which is rarely the case.]

But communities today look much different than they did even a few years ago. Today’s communities — and the organizations that govern them — are facing a tectonic shift caused by the pandemic as well as cultural and civil strife. As masks come off and many return to offices, local governments and community members are still adjusting to a new reality.

[OCS: Radical progressive communist democrat politics have flooded the nation with a hoard of illegal aliens bankrupting governments at all levels and draining critical community safety net sources at an alarming rate. Google “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” and you will find that this destruction is intended and planned – as a way to destroy the existing system and replace it with authoritarian socialism. Look at some major cities with their third-world ambiance of poverty, illiteracy, disease, crime, and decay.]

Modern leaders have two choices: wait to see how our communities settle after this shift or enact changes to create better solutions. This era provides a backdrop to adopt new goals, roles and strategies — to create a new definition of modern community. In this series, we’ll be looking at modern communities, elements they commonly share, the unprecedented challenges they face today and how local governments can use these opportunities to adopt lasting change and improvements.

[OCS: Most modern leaders are corrupt, governed by personal and political self-interests or the desires of special interests such as the big unions. They care little for the consent of the governed as they attempt to refashion an environment that suits their interests and ideology.]

HOW HAS THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHANGED?

For many local governments, disaster or business continuity planning worked as intended — though the suddenness of COVID-19 surges and closures and the length of the crisis meant many governments faced more than one challenge at a time.

[OCS: I cannot name any local community where a crisis does lead to a power grab, with emergency powers becoming permanent powers and where significant mistakes, including corruption, are ignored as “the fog of crisis.” Millions of dollars go missing or are transferred to special interests with no accountability and little recovery of illegal or ill-spent funds.] 

ELEMENTS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Consider how these common elements of local communities have been affected by the pandemic and current events.

The school board

Schools, in their unique position at the nexus of families, government and business, have been profoundly affected by the pandemic and its concurrent crises. “The Great Resignation” has particularly touched schools, with the departure of teachers and reduced availability of substitutes, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and others.

[OCS: The truth is that schools are run for the benefit of the special interest unions and the vendors who supply overpriced goods and services to school systems. The teacher's unions dictated policies that kept the schools closed, while teachers continued to earn their salaries and enjoy their benefits. Only the children and their parents truly suffered.]

These challenges must be addressed by school board members to create a competitive hiring environment with limited budgets, as well as to find solutions for the underlying conflicts. Meanwhile, already-high demands for transparency have only been increased by streaming meetings and other efforts to make board deliberations accessible.

[OCS: Considering the overwhelming failure of the schools that indoctrinate, not educate, they are overfunded as they continue to graduate function illiterates that can’t even compete in their own community. Industrial arts programs were abandoned as women administrators and teachers could not appreciate non-academic pursuits or a manly work ethic. School boards treat parents as an unwanted impediment and when challenged scream about extremism and terrorism. Funny, when the board is comprised of radical extremists and social terrorists.]

Parks and recreation

Like our schools, parks and recreation departments have struggled with the loss of workers and often find it difficult to meet salary, benefits and flexibility expectations set by other employers. Youth participation in sports has also been on the decline even before the pandemic, according to a study by the Aspen Institute. Parks departments must justify their value to residents wary of tax increases and look for new ways to communicate their stewardship of budget dollars.

Transportation

Early in the pandemic, the first visible signs of change were deserted streets, often-idle trains and buses, and a general eeriness that came with reduced transportation use, especially in population-dense areas.

With return-to-work underway for many, activity has returned — but it looks different. Transportation departments are dealing not only with new ridership patterns, but with the rise of new technologies such as driverless cars. Transit departments such as California’s Antelope Valley Transit Authority are implementing or considering alternative-energy vehicles as infrastructures shift to support hybrid and electric transportation options. These solutions require both forward thinking and careful budgeting.

[OCS: Political decisions using sketchy medical advice were the prima facie cause of the crippling lockdowns. There is no such thing as “forward thinking” and “careful budgeting” when politics trumps science and prudence.]

Zoning and city planning
Out of necessity or changing priorities, many citizens revisited how and where they live as a result of the pandemic. Trends in mixed-use development and urban issues around accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and other answers to density issues are changing the community horizon.

Zoning boards and urban planners must stay aware of changing trends in community management and how issues such as climate change, demographic shifts and housing costs affect community residents, business owners and employees.

[OCS: Unfortunately, the progressive communist democrats have taken control of our community planning systems. They institute a Soviet-era gray block housing project, force mass transit to limit individual freedoms, and sustain the elites with their NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) attitudes. Climate change is a money-sucking hoax that taxes and social policies cannot mitigate – the key is adaptation, not adoption. Demographic shifts are self-inflicted.]

Health department

In the last two years, civic health departments have played a large role in the understanding of COVID-19 risks, dissemination of information and formation of regulations and guidelines in how to address the disease.
Local health departments have had to manage understanding of changing guidance from federal and worldwide health entities and create recommendations that are appropriate for vastly different communities.

[OCS: This is pure, unadulterated bullshit. Health Departments have corrupted science in favor of political ideology and the usurpation of power. In fact, they are responsible for a large number of needless deaths with their refusal to accept empirical treatment protocols.] 

Public safety

The dovetail of COVID-19 with highly visible examples of civil unrest created a unique situation for local governments working to ensure residents that their communities were safe. In many towns and cities, police personnel were shifted to monitor stay-at-home orders, border patrol or other pandemic-related restrictions, while at the same time high-profile incidents inflamed already tense relationships with law enforcement.

[OCS: $2 BILLION in damages and lost lives are attributable to the progressive communist democrats who weaponized race to energize their base. The police were ordered to ignore their sworn duties and “stand down.” The Border Patrol was rendered ineffective by the progressive communist democrats. Police were vilified – with a number of political prosecutions leading to the imprisonment of innocent officers.]

City hall

City governments have been a first line of response to the pandemic, working with local health departments to implement appropriate responses to manage local infection and hospitalization rates. This role has required councilors, mayors and others to have accurate, consistent data about what is going on in their communities. Moreover, a surge in ransomware and other cyber crimes has targeted local governments at a high rate, leaving these entities, who often do not have the resources to adequately prevent or respond to these attacks.

[OCS: City governments are mostly corrupt, not prioritizing expenditures on public safety and the repair, replacement, and build-out of critical infrastructure. They spend obscene amounts of money on inadequate systems with little or no real bottom-up security as they solicit the advice of ignorant, politically-chosen stakeholders to guide designs. Should we spend more millions on ugly public art installations or virtualize our platforms for resistance to malware and failure?]

We’ll be taking a deeper dive into these in this series.

Misinformation. Trust for public officials must be earned, and local governments are finding that old methods of communication via email and untelevised meetings fall short when reassuring constituents that budget dollars are being spent wisely and voting outcomes reflect community values.

[OCS: The greatest sources of misinformation are government entities driven by personal and political self-interests.]

Inclusivity. One silver lining that came from the pandemic was the way communication changed — online meetings, consistent electronic messaging — created a more inclusive experience for many citizens. Local governments reported increased attendance at streamed meetings. Meanwhile, many communities are looking for ways to elevate voices of those who have been underrepresented both as the governed and the governing

[OCS: Both inclusivity and diversity are code words for politically-managed racism, affirmative action, and directed budget expenses. Most progressive communist democrats are elevating the voices of ill-informed individuals and illegal aliens over those of legal, law-abiding citizens and legal residents.]

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Bottom line...

There is a significant and severe disconnect between those chosen or appointed to govern and those they govern. A gap that creates political corruption and its resulting waste, fraud, and abuse. 

We are so screwed.

Steve

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


JOE BIDEN IS INSANE!

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After the Biden Administration surrendered Afghanistan to the Taliban and abruptly abandoned thousands of American citizens and allies behind Taliban lines to be hunted, captured, raped, tortured, mutilated, and killed, we find the dumb son of a bitch has decided that Afghanistan is going to get half of the $7 Billion that was frozen in the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

Stack that up against the American loss of billions in state-of-the-art military-grade weaponry, and I see a clueless man.

And don’t tell me it is for humanitarian aid for a drought-stricken region that lacks enough food to feed its population – with Taliban fighters taking the lion’s share. Tell me about the Taliban’s deal with Pakistan or their lucrative deal with China. Let those nations feed their neighbors.

Like everything touched by the corrupt Democrats, the actual money transfers will be hidden behind a trust to be administered by trustees in Switzerland. The money will stabilize the Taliban’s terrorist regime, pay off some of their international debts, purchase food, and even print their new currency.

Enough is enough! I say put the money in the U.S. Treasury to help offset the wasteful spending of the Democrats.

-- Steve

Gop-INFLATION-TAX


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


IS FACEBOOK ACTING AS THE GOVERNMENT'S SECRET SURVEILLANCE AGENTS?

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Once again, we are finding that the progressive communist democrats and embedded former intelligence and law enforcement agents at Facebook pose a clear and present to the U.S. Constitution.

Ordinarily, private organizations are generally not subject to prosecution for violating the constitutional provisions safeguarding free speech. However, if they act in concert with the federal government, they may be deemed government agents and thus may be held liable for constitutional violations.

Is Facebook an agent of the government, specifically the Obama-Biden Administration?

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Facebook spied on private messages of Americans who questioned 2020 election

Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice.

Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody at Facebook red-flagged these supposedly subversive private messages over the past 19 months and transmitted them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, without a subpoena.

It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause,” alleged one of the sources, who spoke on condition of ­anonymity.

Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena.”

These private messages then have been farmed out as “leads” to FBI field offices around the country, which subsequently requested subpoenas from the partner US Attorney’s Office in their district to officially obtain the private conversations that Facebook already had shown them.

But when the targeted Facebook users were investigated by agents in a local FBI field office, sometimes using covert surveillance techniques, nothing criminal or violent turned up.

The Facebook users whose private communications Facebook had red-flagged as domestic terrorism for the FBI were all “conservative right-wing individuals.”

“They were gun-toting, red-blooded Americans [who were] angry after the election and shooting off their mouths and talking about staging protests. There was nothing criminal, nothing about violence or massacring or assassinating anyone.

“As soon as a subpoena was requested, within an hour, Facebook sent back gigabytes of data and photos. It was ready to go. They were just waiting for that legal process so they could send it.”

Facebook denied the allegations yesterday.

Agency doublespeak

In a statement Wednesday, the FBI neither confirmed nor denied allegations put to it about its joint operation with Facebook, which is designated as “unclassified/law enforcement sensitive.”

Responding to questions about the misuse of data only of American users, the statement curiously focused on “foreign malign influence actors” but did acknowledge that the nature of the FBI’s relationship with social media providers enables a “quick exchange” of information, and is an “ongoing dialogue.”

“The FBI maintains relationships with U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers. The FBI has provided companies with foreign threat indicators to help them protect their platforms and customers from abuse by foreign malign influence actors. U.S. companies have also referred information to the FBI with investigative value relating to foreign malign influence. The FBI works closely with interagency partners, as well as state and local partners, to ensure we’re sharing information as it becomes available. This can include threat information, actionable leads, or indicators. The FBI has also established relationships with a variety of social media and technology companies and maintains an ongoing dialogue to enable a quick exchange of threat information.”

Facebook’s denial that it proactively provides the FBI with private user data without a subpoena or search warrant, if true, would indicate that the initial transfer has been done by a person (or persons) at the company designated as a “confidential human source” by the FBI, someone with the authority to access and search users’ private messages.

In this way, Facebook would have “plausible deniability” if questions arose about misuse of users’ data and its employee’s confidentiality would be protected by the FBI

‘None were Antifa types’       

“The most frightening thing is the combined power of Big Tech colluding with the enforcement arm of the FBI,” says one whistleblower. “Google, Facebook and Twitter, these companies are globalist. They don’t have our national interest at heart.” <Source>

Mark Zuckerberg’s “Zuckerbucks” scheme…

Considering Mark Zuckerberg’s deliberate interference in the 2020 presidential election with selective grants to entities controlling elections, I believe Zuckerberg should be investigated, prosecuted, and penalized for his provocative actions.

Zuckerberg’s election spending was ‘carefully orchestrated’ to influence 2020 vote: ex-FEC member

A former federal election official on Thursday called the $400 million-plus that Mark Zuckerberg spent to help finance local elections a “carefully orchestrated attempt” to influence the 2020 vote — and recommended that all states ban private funding of election offices.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former Federal Election Commission member, said the billionaire Facebook founder’s donations to a pair of nonprofits that doled out the cash to nearly 2,500 counties in 49 states “violated fundamental principles of equal treatment of voters since it may have led to unequal opportunities to vote in different areas of a state.”

“My reaction is that this was a carefully orchestrated attempt to convert official government election offices into get-out-the-vote operations for one political party and to insert political operatives into election offices in order to influence and manipulate the outcome of the election,” said von Spakovsky, a Republican who now runs the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative. <Source>

Bottom line…

In fairness, these allegations may be coming from individuals in a corrupt organization seeking to cover their ass in the upcoming congressional investigations and the potential reform and reorganization of their organizations.

What is needed is a digital bill of rights that covers the use of unilateral “take it or leave it” user agreements, the ownership of data, a definition of the bounds of prohibited speech (speech calling for specific individual harm, inciting a riot, etc.), the prior notification of takedowns (not including those related to imminent threats), a resolution path for takedowns, rules regarding collaboration with government intelligence and law enforcement agencies, protections for whistleblowers, and organization and individual penalties for egregious violations that cause reputational harm or collateral harm such as the loss of employment.

We must realign digital realities with our analog laws.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

P.S. For those wishing to take action, I suggest you participate in the activities of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, “the leading nonprofit defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation.” 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


SPEAKING OUT AGAINST MEDICAL CENSORSHIP

I find it amazing when a well-educated, high-tech serial entrepreneur and uber-rich liberal like Steve Kirsch stands up to the establishment and challenges the politicized scientific orthodoxy of the day.

Whether what he says is correct, partially right, or just flat-out wrong doesn’t matter. He should be allowed to present his opinion and challenge the views of others.

Unfortunately, we have seen formerly credible institutions become politicized and well-educated, well-credentialed, and well-experienced individuals cowed into accepting “The Science,” or more appropriately, the orthodoxy of the day as promoted by self-serving elites who believe they have the right to dictate our future.

Can I trust the CDC or NIH? No! Can I trust Drs? Fauci and Birx? Hell no! So who can I trust?

Of course, my first thought is that I can trust my personal physician and team of specialists. But, I must ask, to what extent are their advice and treatment recommendations colored by institutional demands by their practice or hospital facility?

For most people, it is not simply a matter of trust but verify, as most cannot read or understand the medical literature.

Steve Kirsch is responding to the World Health Organization’s request for video comments...

Steve Kirsch is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who played a significant role during the pandemic in the medical research field. His views are credible, and he continues to challenge the orthodoxy of the day. Unfortunately, many of his challenges remain unanswered by those who appear to have a reputational stake in being right.

Another round of vaccine (or whatever it might be?

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New Covid Boosters Were Released Before Human Testing—But Experts Say They're Still Safe
Experts explain the extensive safety history that supported release of new boosters.

The new round of COVID-19 booster shots, reformulated to target the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants as well as the original strain of COVID, are the first shots to be distributed prior to human trials.

The bivalent COVID-19 boosters —made by manufactures Moderna and by Pfizer, along with its partner BioNTech— were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on an expedited basis in order to ensure that they would be released by Labor Day and allow the country to stay one step ahead of of the continually evolving virus and its variants.

Even though the updated boosters were released on an expedited schedule, experts say the shots are safe and that the process parallels a familiar one used to update the seasonal flu vaccine each year. Seasonal flu shots also don't require human clinical trials to be updated and rely upon animal and laboratory testing to develop and evaluate the shot each year.

[OCS: These are not flu shots and to equate or conflate these untested “vaccines” with the long-term data from flu shots is intellectually dishonest. And while flu shots may have life-altering side effects in some individuals, they do not appear to be as frequent or deadly as those from previous COVID-19 vaccine trials.]

And while the new boosters were approved without specific human data on the new formulation, regulators had all the accumulated human trial data from both the original vaccine development and the development of boosters for variants like BA.1 and beta that were never approved,

[OCS: Much of this data, especially from the earlier studies, has been challenged or falsified by later findings. Are the vaccine makers cherry-picking the data.? We will probably never know until it is too late as they high the data behind the “proprietary and confidential” label and censor dissent.]

Regulators also had years of real-world data at their fingertips on the millions of people who have been infected with the virus, including BA.4 and BA.5.

[OCS: Again, is the data scientifically and statistically sound?]

The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it's possible that some data have changed since publication. While Health is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDC, WHO, and their local public health department as resources.

[OCS: Sadly, those are the very politicized information sources that have credibility issues and are the source of provable and contradictory disinformation.]    <Source>

Can you believe anything they say?

CDC Director Admits Agency Gave False Information on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Monitoring

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged publicly for the first time that the agency gave false information about its COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the agency’s director, said in a letter made public on Sept. 12 that the CDC did not analyze certain types of adverse event reports at all in 2021, despite the agency previously saying it started in February 2021. <Source>

Bottom line…

Unfortunately, the former credibility of physicians has been destroyed by politics. Most have the same credibility as climate researchers who depend on the government or politicized institutions for employment and project funding.

This is troubling for me personally as I am in the high-risk category with significant co-morbidities. I have had the basic two shots plus the third “booster.” I was part of an antibody test protocol, and antibodies appear to be present. Unfortunately, the data is worthless as the test may have an error rate approaching 20% and was not approved by the FDA.

I am hesitant to take the next shot without more information.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

Reference:

Steve Kirsch on Substack – HERE
Steve Kirsch on Rumble channel for videos – HERE
Vaccine Safety Research Foundation: Website – HERE 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS