“…most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.”

- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

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There is no shortage of relatively recent films that could never get made today. You can read all about it by clicking on one of many dumb listicles on the internet, which vary in terms of how bad they want you to feel for still (or ever) liking “problematic” relics of the pre-woke era.

Posted on: Dec 04 14:09

As 2023 developed we saw rather a divergence between our view of the Chinese economy and the media or mainstream one.Their view was one of economic recovery whereas we continued with the theme of the consequences of the bursting of the property bubble.Indeed in something of a theme for today there was a Japanese style theme as we noted the risks of a balance sheet style economic slowing. So let us start with the property market.

Posted on: Dec 04 14:09

The Biden administration on Monday sent Congress an urgent warning about the need to approve tens of billions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Ukraine, saying Kyiv’s war effort to defend itself from Russia’s invasion may grind to a halt without it.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders and also released publicly, Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young warned the US will run out of funding to send weapons and assistance to Ukraine by the end of the year, saying that would “kneecap” Ukraine on the battlefield.

She added that the US already has run out of money that it has used to prop up Ukraine’s economy, and “if Ukraine’s economy collapses, they will not be able to keep fighting, full stop.”

“We are out of money — and nearly out of time,” she wrote.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:57

The LEGO store in the San Francisco Centre mall has officially closed, right in the middle of the Christmas retail season, joining a retail exodus from the city that is driven by crime, homelessness, drugs, and the nation’s slowest post-pandemic recovery.

As Breitbart News has noted, Westfield stopped making mortgage payments on the San Francisco Centre mall in June, after losing Nordstrom, which was its anchor tenant. Many other retail businesses, small and large, boutique and chain, have left.

LEGO is the latest to go. The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Jessica Flores reported Sunday:

The Lego store inside San Francisco Centre permanently closed its doors Thursday, according to a company official, the latest retailer to leave the troubled mall.

“We are always reviewing our store portfolio to ensure that we can provide the best LEGO experience for shoppers and fans. As a result, we recently made the decision to close our LEGO Store in the San Francisco Centre,” LEGO spokesperson Colleen Arons said in an email to the Chronicle.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:56

Do you believe the politicians in Washington or do you believe your own eyes?  The politicians keep telling us that “inflation is low”, but everyone can see that everything sure does cost a lot more than it once did.  Our standard of living just keeps going down, and even JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is admitting that “inflation is hurting people”.  But how can inflation be “hurting people” if it is under control?  Of course the truth is that it isn’t under control.  If the official rate of inflation was still measured using the formula that was in place in 1980, it would be well into double digit territory right now.  Prices have been rising much faster than paychecks have, and that is putting an extraordinary amount of financial stress on the more than 60 percent of U.S. adults that currently live paycheck to paycheck.

Vox is a website that leans very far to the left, and even they are complaining about inflation.

In fact, a recent article posted on Vox boldly declared that life in 2023 “means being in a constant state of sticker shock”

Posted on: Dec 04 13:55

On the same day as Biden Administration ‘climate czar’ John Kerry warned of out of control global warming at the UN climate conference in Dubai, the entirety of Europe is experiencing an unprecedented deep freeze.

Kerry called on the world to “judge with our own eyes what science is telling us” and warned that the arctic, the antarctic and the permafrost are in danger of melting.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:55

Since 2021, the United States has struggled with a massive influx of illegal immigration. An estimated 5 million migrants have entered the country illegally.

Border states have become overwhelmed, claiming the federal government refuses to help.

Some states are taking matters into their own hands. They are even looking for ways to deport the most dangerous of these border jumpers. And a new federal court ruling could eliminate a major hurdle.

From Just the News:
A panel of the Ninth Circuit Court ruled Miranda rights don’t apply to warrant-backed civil immigration arrests, holding up an order to deport a Mexican citizen who had argued he was coerced into admitting his illegal status under an administrative warrant. Miranda rights are the formal warning given by law enforcement to individuals in custody of their right to silence and an attorney.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Miranda rights are not applicable to arrests involving illegal immigrants. A Mexican citizen tried to get out of a deportation order, claiming he was coerced into admitting his illegal status while being questioned by law enforcement.

But the court decided that, because he was facing a “civil deportation proceeding” and not a “criminal trial,” the Miranda warnings do not apply.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:54

 The Presley family in 1969.

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to these breathtaking historical photographs, that couldn't be truer. These stunning images capture a moment in time, bringing the past to mind and allowing us to see the world as it once was. Whether it's a glimpse of a city long gone or a candid snapshot of a famous person, each photo offers a unique perspective on history. From moments of triumph to moments of tragedy, these photographs remind us of the power of the past and the importance of preserving our collective memory. Get ready to be transported to another time with these incredible images that will amaze and inspire you.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:54

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who is running for Mayor of Houston, released a campaign advertisement urging supporters to vote, except the advertisement had the wrong day.

Jackson Lee is running in the runoff election to replace Mayor Sylvester Turner (D), which takes place Saturday, Dec. 9. Her advertisement, which has been confirmed by Mediaite to have aired on Houston’s television markets, tells voters to head to the polls “on or before Dec. 7th.”

Posted on: Dec 04 13:53

The chaotic time series of US Factory Orders was expected to swing to a big loss (-3.00% MoM) in October (data released today) after a big jump in September and big drop in July (and a big jump in June!).

However, factory orders tumbled even more than expected, down 3.6% MoM - the biggest drop since the COVID lockdowns (April 2020). September was also revised lower (making October's decline even worse) from +2.8% MoM to +2.3% MoM...

Posted on: Dec 04 13:52

The flailing Disney Corporation is still digging that woke hole to bury itself in and its latest Christmas movie aimed at teens is just another example of its continuing obsession to jam radical LGBT themes in every movie and TV show it makes for kids.

If you thought you might be tuning in to see its newest holiday flick, “The Naughty Nine,” to see a fun Christmas romp, you’ll instead be confronted with a family headed by a pair of gay dads and another scene where two young boys are confiding in each other about who they think is a male “hottie.”

“The Naughty Nine” was release on Nov. 22 on the Disney Channel and features the story of nine young kids who ended up on Santa’s naughty list and who venture to the North Pole to steal back the gifts that they missed on Christmas.

The film is supposed to be a funny film in the heist-style of films about scheming, oddball kids who set out to rob Santa, but learn some lessons along the way.

However, instead of lighthearted fare, viewers are once again treated to Disney’s political agenda and its need to pump the gay lifestyle into every project. And this particular film is rated TV-PG!

Posted on: Dec 04 13:52

The fact that there has never been a convention of the states called to propose amendments to the Constitution means that most Americans are unaware that we the people have this power and need not rely on Congress to initiate the amendment process. The grassroots Convention of the States Foundation seeks to remedy that problem by calling “a convention for proposing amendments” limited to three subject areas: fiscal restraints on the federal government; limits on the jurisdiction of the federal legislative, executive, or judicial branches; and term limits for members of the federal legislative or judicial branches. Such a convention would send a powerful message to Washington that the people are prepared to reclaim power if it is abused.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:50

US Senator Lindsey Graham rejected Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's argument that more civilian casualties in Gaza could lead to even more rebels and "replace a strategic defeat with a tactical victory."


The Republican senator described Austin as "naive" and said he had "lost all confidence" in him.


“Will strategic defeat infuriate Palestinians? They are already burnt. They are taught from birth to hate Jews and kill them,” Graham claimed on CNN – asking Austin to “stop criticizing Israel publicly.”


"Secretary Austin is telling Israel things that are impossible to achieve," Graham said. "Secretary Austin, the reason Palestinians are dying: Gaza is so dense, Hamas has tunnels under apartments, under schools, under hospitals."


Graham said he understood the principle of what retired General Stanley McChrystal has called "rebel mathematics", an idea that civilian deaths concomitant with war can be a catalyst for creating rebels, but he argued that Gaza's population "Has been radicalized for decades."


"Do you know what they teach in schools?" Graham asked the question. “The idea that somehow we or Israel are radicalizing people in Gaza is ridiculous.”


“If we were attacked like we were on 9/11, if someone called us for a ceasefire against al-Qaeda within two months, we would have driven them out of the city, we would have Would have been chased out of the city. City," He also criticized Vice President Kamala Harris' Saturday statement that "too many innocent Palestinians have been killed."

Posted on: Dec 04 13:39

Betty Brosmer epitomized the classic "hourglass figure", a title that can easily be associated with her image in any fashion vocabulary.


Hailed as the highest-paid pin-up star of the 1950s, she earned recognition as one of the early supermodels.


Her presence graced the pages of countless prestigious magazines like Life, Time, Fortune and Look.


Additionally, she made history by becoming the first model to acquire the rights to many of her photographs and negatives – an unprecedented feat in the industry.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:32

Donald Trump's call for people to "guard the vote" in 2024 has sparked concern about potential violence in next year's election.

The former president, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, repeated his unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud in 2020 at a rally in Ankeny, Iowa, on Saturday.

He used those claims as a justification for the call, telling supporters to "go into" Democratic-run cities that he has previously disparaged to "guard the vote" in 2024.

"The most important part of what's coming up is to guard the vote," he told his supporters. "You should go into Detroit and you should go into Philadelphia and you should go into some of these places, Atlanta, and you should go into some of these places and we've got to watch those votes when they come in."

Webmaster addition: Looks like the deep state is worried they won't be able to steal the 2024 election!

Posted on: Dec 04 13:30

Supreme Court justices are set to hear a challenge by Joe Biden's administration against a controversial $6 billion bankruptcy deal for opioid producer Purdue Pharma.

The OxyContin maker's nationwide insolvency settlement would shield its wealthy owners, the Sackler family, from civil lawsuits over their role in the narcotics epidemic, which has seen at least 80,000 people fatally overdose in recent years. 

Described as 'a watershed moment in the opioid crisis' by victims' lawyers, the deal involves Purdue Pharma donating up to $6 billion for drug treatment and prevention causes, while $750 million would be shared between individual victims. 

This multi-billion payment amounts to half the Sackler family's estimated collective fortune - which is largely held offshore. In return, the company would emerge from bankruptcy as a different entity, called Knoa. 

Posted on: Dec 04 13:29

 Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in July 2016

Welcome to a captivating journey through a collection of iconic photographs of the Trump administration. Regardless of your political leanings, this gallery offers a unique perspective on the era's defining moments, offering a glimpse into the highs and lows of a tumultuous presidency.


These fascinating behind-the-scenes photos provide an opportunity to reflect on the events that shaped the nation during an unforgettable era. We invite you to explore this visual narrative that spans four years of American history and encourages thoughtful appreciation of the complexities within. Continue reading to learn the stories behind these fascinating images.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:20

Danish police have urged motorists not to use toasters to heat the batteries of electric vehicles after a driver destroyed their car and damaged a nearby house in southern Denmark.

Police said on Monday they 'strongly discourage' people from using kitchen appliances to warm up EV batteries, which are highly-sensitive to temperature and can become less efficient in the cold. 

'The cause of the fire is most likely to be found in the toaster that the owner of the car had placed under the front of his car to keep the battery warm,' police acknowledged in a daily report.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:17

A former American diplomat who served as a U.S. ambassador to Bolivia has been arrested and accused of secretly serving as an agent of Cuba’s government, according to The Associated Press. 

Officials say Manuel Rocha, 73, was arrested in Miami on Friday on a criminal complaint.

According to sources, more details about the case are expected to be made public at a court appearance Monday.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:14

The US House of Representatives is set to go on Christmas vacation for nearly a month next week. Congress will break on December 14th and not return until January 9th.

House Republicans were not able to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for opening the border to nearly 10 million illegals and for his serial lying under oath that the “border is secure.”

But Republicans did expel a fellow Republican, George Santos, because he was indicted for a crime something Democrats would NEVER dream of.

Now Republicans have a “buffer” of three votes in their majority to launch an impeachment investigation of Joe Biden – for millions and millions of dollars in shady pay-for-play schemes with foreign governments. This should have happened the first week they took the gavel from Pelosi.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:14

Authorities in Tennessee said they uncovered "the largest marijuana grow in the county's history" at a former church.

The Stewart County Sheriff's Office announced the development on Friday after deputies executed a search warrant amid a three-week investigation.

"When the search was conducted approximately 2000 plants were found in a very sophisticated growing environment," the sheriff's office noted on social media.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:11

n American history, the term "flogging" brings to mind a harsh and fearful punishment of the past. It was a cruel practice that left physical and emotional scars on countless people.


Flogging is the act of beating the human body with special instruments such as whips, rods, switches, cat o' nine tails, sjambok, knots, etc.


Flogging was a common form of punishment during the early colonial period in America. English colonists brought with them a legal tradition that included flogging as a means of disciplining criminals.


It was used for a variety of crimes including theft, public drunkenness and insubordination. The severity of punishment varies depending on the nature of the crime and local laws.


Perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of whipping in American history was its widespread use as a means of controlling enslaved people.


Enslaved persons could be subjected to brutal whippings for the slightest perceived infraction or acts of resistance.


Flogging was not only a means of physical punishment, but also a tool of psychological terror, used to subdue the slave population and maintain control over them.


The 19th century saw significant reforms in the criminal justice system, including a move away from corporal punishment.


Posted on: Dec 04 13:11

A man accused of dishonestly accessing Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand vaccination data will be bailed tomorrow.

Barry Young, 56, is charged with accessing a computer system for dishonest purposes. He didn't enter a plea when he appeared in the Wellington District Court today.

He was arrested yesterday after the health ministry laid a complaint with police following the alleged "unauthorised disclosure and misuse of data by one of its staff members", chief executive Margie Apa said.

It's alleged the data was published on an overseas website.

Te Whatu Ora said the data appeared to be anonymised. It had been granted an injunction by the Employment Relations Authority preventing publication of the data.

After appearing before Judge Andrew Nicholls this morning, Young was ordered to reappear this afternoon so bail could be discussed. He was granted bail from 1pm tomorrow.


Posted on: Dec 04 13:10

The massacre took place at Grenelle pier in the 15th arrondissement of the French capital at around 10 pm.


French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin confirmed that "passersby" were attacked in the Quai de Grenelle area.


He said the attacker had been arrested and the injured man was being treated by emergency services.


Speaking on


"One dead person and one injured person were treated by the Paris Fire Brigade. Please avoid the area."


According to local media, the attacker is a French citizen and is currently in custody and facing possible murder charges.


It also said he was "immobilized with an electric stun gun" as he ran towards the Avenue du Parc de Passy.


It said the person who died was also a tourist with dual German and Philippine nationality.


He was found in cardiorespiratory arrest on the Bir-Hakim bridge.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:09

The Walt Disney Co. effectively controlled the local government around the site of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for decades in what an extensive review by the state government calls “the most egregious exhibition of corporate cronyism in modern American history.”

After Disney bought the land that would become its massive amusement park and resort, it received permission from the Florida Legislature and governor in 1967 to create a local government, the Reedy Creek Improvement District.

From that time until Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Feb. 27 abolishing the Reedy Creek district, Disney heavily influenced the local government to its advantage, according to a new report Monday from the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

The legislation signed into law by DeSantis, a Republican, transformed the Reedy Creek district into the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, which aims to root out what critics see as Disney’s corrupt hold over the local government.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:07

 Ladies and gentlemen, history buffs, and lovers of all things festive, get ready to embark on a delightful journey back in time as we present a captivating slideshow gallery filled with the spirit of Thanksgiving from the early 20th century. Unveiling! 


Step into a bygone era and relive the magic of years gone by as we unearth a treasure trove of vintage snapshots that capture the essence of Thanksgiving better than ever. From the humble beginnings of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, to whimsical floats and gravity-defying giant balloons, to heartwarming scenes of presidents pardoning lucky turkeys, these images capture long-held memories and traditions. Has happened.


Marvel at the fashion and style of days gone by, when families gathered around the table to share hearty Thanksgiving feasts, their smiles and laughter preserved in black and white. You may not have lived during the early 20th century, but these adorable photos will transport you to a time when gratitude, togetherness, and the joys of the holiday season took center stage.


Posted on: Dec 04 13:07

In the Western world, there’s a growing fear and loathing towards China. This is entirely appropriate, since China is bad and evil: she keeps invading and bombing other nations and setting up military bases all over the world. China has no regard for freedom or democracy, and consistently infringes on human rights, especially those of Uyghur Muslim population. In the West, we are nothing if not extremely keen on the human rights of Muslim populations.

We know how bad China is because our media dutifully informs us about it: every day, all the time. Here are a few recent examples:

Posted on: Dec 04 13:06

Increasingly, military leaders are admitting Ukraine’s inability to carry out the fight under its current military circumstances. In a recent statement, the head of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, stated that the West needs to be prepared to receive “bad news” from Ukraine, belatedly recognizing the reality that many analysts had already reported before.

Stoltenberg made pessimistic comments, lamenting Ukraine’s poor military progress. According to him, Moscow has a great advantage in the conflict, in addition to accumulating a large number of weapons for the military scenario in the winter. The secretary stated that the Russian defense industry is producing weapons “on war footing”, operating in an accelerated manner in order to achieve the country’s military results.

He also said that the front lines have remained almost unchanged in recent months, but that it is necessary to be prepared for bad news regarding Ukrainian positions. However, for him, support for Ukraine is vital and must be maintained, even if expectations are negative.

“We have to be prepared for bad news. Wars move in phases, but we must stand by Ukraine in good and in bad times alike”, he said.

Another interesting topic commented on by Stoltenberg was the inability of Western countries to produce enough weapons to support Ukraine. He admitted that the West is weakened industrially, unable to meet Ukrainian demands.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:06

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday formally suspended his presidential campaign, six weeks ahead of the Iowa caucus.

“We launched our campaign for President on June 7 clear-eyed about our mission: bring a business leader and proven governor’s voice to the fight for the best of America,” Burgum’s campaign statement reads.

“We are a nation built on freedom, liberty, and personal responsibility. A nation where neighbors help neighbors, and where innovation, not regulation, lifts us all to reach our highest potential,” it continued.

Posted on: Dec 04 13:06