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How A US Nuclear Strike Works

How A US Nuclear Strike Works

In the wake of last week’s events in Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among others, began discussing the use of the 25th Amendment, amping up the hyperbole by voicing concerns about President Trump launching some kind of attack on a foreign adversary using nuclear weapons in order to create a state of emergency and halt the transition. Those concerns prompted her to contact the Pentagon’s leadership in order to receive assurances that safeguards are in place, assurances she reportedly received.

So, that got us wondering, if President Trump decided to launch a nuclear strike, how swiftly could he put things in motion? Would he have the sole power alone to launch a nuclear missile? According to an analysis undertaken by Bloomberg, the U.S. president’s power is absolute in this situation – he or she gives the order and the Pentagon is obliged to go along with it. It remains unclear if that has now changed given Pelosi’s reported contact with the Pentagon’s leadership.

This infographic, via Statista’s Niall McCarthy, provides an overview of the steps necessary to make a nuclear strike happen.

Infographic: How A U.S. Nuclear Strike Works | Statista

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It can take as little as five minutes from the president’s decision to strike to intercontinental missiles launching from their silos. When it comes to submarine-launched weapons, however, it takes a little bit longer – approximately 15 minutes.

Tyler Durden
Fri, 01/15/2021 – 21:20

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Florida waitress hailed as a hero after she saw something strange about a boy she served and took action

A quick-thinking waitress is being hailed as a hero after she she noticed something strange about a young boy with his family at her restaurant.

The disturbing incident unfolded on New Year’s Day in Orlando, Florida.

Flavaine Carvalho was working on her day off at the “Mrs. Potato” restaurant when she noticed that a little boy at one of her tables wasn’t eating with the rest of his family. She said the father didn’t let him order any food or water.

When she asked if there was a problem with the food, the parents waved her away.

That’s when she saw bruises on the 11-year-old’s face and arms.

She decided to write a message to him so that the parents wouldn’t notice. She wrote, “Do you need help? OK” on a piece of cardboard.

She stood behind his parents so he could see the sign while they ate. Eventually, the child signaled that he did need help.

Police responded, and what they heard from the boy led to the arrest of his mother, Kristen Swann, and the stepfather, Timothy Wilson II.

“What this child had gone through, it was torture,” said Detective Erin Lawler in a press conference, according to WTVD-TV.

“Seeing what that 11-year-old had to go through, it shocks your soul,” she added.

“He said ratchet straps were tied around his ankles and neck, and he was hung upside down from a door,” Lawler explained. “He said he was hit with a wooden broom, and handcuffed and tied to a large moving dolly. He also said he didn’t get to eat on a regular basis as punishment.”

Police say the boy was 20 pounds underweight.

Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon told WFTV that the alleged child abuse could have become a “homicide situation” if Carvalho had not intervened.

Swann was charged with two counts of child neglect, while Wilson was charged with third-degree child abuse.

Carvalho says that the little boy is the real hero.

“I would like to give him a big hug, and tell him that I’m so proud of him,” said Carvalho.

A trust fund has been set up for the child and his sister.

Here’s a local news video of the incident:


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Politics Won’t Fix The American Decline

Politics Won’t Fix The American Decline

Authored by Zachary Yost via The Mises Institute,

By any measure, 2020 was not a very good year for human freedom. By now everyone is very familiar with the assaults on liberty stemming from measures ostensibly in the name of stopping the spread of covid and the way in which such measures have threatened the very existence of the social order. Beyond such obscene and unprecedented measures, 2020 also demonstrated that the leaders of our society are truly incompetent and bungling. The ineptitude is truly staggering, even for skeptics of the state. When surveying the wreckage of last year one can’t help but feel a sense of dread and apprehension for the long-term health of our civilization.

It is not only the state and its myriad of pathetic politicians and power-mad bureaucrats who are cause for concern. Culturally, the woke madness has been spreading like a malignant cancer throughout the body politic. Churches, universities, large companies, and cultural institutions have increasingly come under the sway of the reality-denying woke ideology. No doubt that a few hundred years in the future some enterprising author will make a fortune humorously documenting all the culturally accepted absurdities of our era, but unfortunately they are not so amusing to those of us forced to endure them.

Now, 2021 has opened with even more chaos and uncertainty as a riotous mob supporting Trump stormed the capital building. This crazed lunacy has only furthered the idea that we are on the decline, not to mention that it will serve as a convenient excuse for any number of further government crackdowns.

In short, disorder reigns.

Looking around at the wreckage and continued decay of our society, it is easy to become discouraged and even to begin to feel desperate. In such desperation, it may seem necessary to redouble our efforts to affect political change and “save the country” from its present disastrous course.

While such a position is easy to understand, I would posit that perhaps trying to roll back the state via electoral victory, which is what friends of liberty have consistently failed to do for decades, is not a viable strategy, and that it is actively contributing to the problem.

While it is popular and accurate to blame our societal elites for being pathetic and inept, the truth is that these leaders, both political and cultural, are reflections of us. Leaders who do not reflect the character of the people they lead will not be leaders for long. In the final accounting, it is not the words written down on the parchment of the Constitution that govern the United States. Rather, the true constitution of a people is the one that is written in their hearts. A badly written constitution will not be an obstacle to a virtuous and ordered people, just as the most brilliantly organized constitution will not save an unvirtuous and disordered people.

Perhaps, in the same way that the central government has sapped more and more of the strength and social power from all other institutions of social life, it has also sapped our attention and energies from where they truly belong. To what extent have efforts to stop the government merely made its job easier by leading us to neglect our families, churches, and communities? To what extent has it made us neglect our very own cultivation of virtue?

In the first chapter of The Art of War, Sun Tzu counsels that if the enemy “is in superior strength, evade him….Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.” Constantly attempting to seize the power of the state in order to reduce it has been attacking the enemy where he is strong and engaging on his terms. In a sense, we have let the central government determine the battlefield. Political power is not the only repository of power in society, yet we have chosen to constantly engage the state in that sphere and have consistently lost. Even supposed victories tend to merely be rearguard-holding actions to delay rather than defeat.

I would suggest that the time has come to consciously turn to an alternative strategy of cultivating social power outside of the state apparatus. Such an effort is likely to lead to much more success, although that is a low bar since the current strategy has led to no success at all. Unlike federal electoral politics, it begins with something entirely and completely under one’s control: oneself.

The key to the cultivation of alternative poles of social power begins with order, specifically the ordering of one’s own life. This is not an idea original to me. Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has recently popularized this idea in a secular manner with his refrain of “clean your room.” Less recently, though in a far more sophisticated manner that recognizes man’s spiritual nature, the political theorist Eric Voegelin has written voluminously about modern chaos as stemming from internal disorder that is the result of man’s loss of connection to the engendering experiences that serve to capture the truth of reality, the end result of which is the rise of totalitarian ideologies.

Instead of a more traditional concern with cultivating oneself, with looking after the beam in one’s own eye, modern man has become obsessed with everyone else on the planet. Even friends of human liberty have fallen prey to this tendency, from time to time, in our excessive investment of time and attention to political issues that are far removed from our actual lived existence. In doing so, we have neglected to build up alternative bases of social power in our families and communities.

One may respond that it is all well and good to order oneself, but that it is not enough or is even pointless in the face of the wider chaos that is engulfing the rest of society. However, it may be that such self-ordering is in fact the only thing that restores order to the rest of society. Philosopher Irving Babbitt argued that “there may be something after all in the Confucian idea that if a man only sets himself right, the rightness will extend to his family first of all, and finally in widening circles to the whole community.”

If dark and illiberal days truly are ahead, as it seems reasonable to consider at least as a possibility, then these localized bastions of ordered liberty will become more important than ever. Perhaps instead of letting strangers in state schools and who knows what kind of wackos on the internet raise one’s children, now is the time to take the plunge into homeschooling, or at the very least to invest time in their education and moral upbringing. Perhaps now is the time to develop friendly relations with one’s neighbors and to begin attending local township meetings. Perhaps now is the time to begin to invest one’s time and energy in what the sociologist Robert Nisbet called the intermediary groups and associations that serve as a buffer between the state and the solitary and weak individual.

This is not to say that federal politics should be ignored completely; the federal government is impossible to ignore thanks to the immense power it wields. But such engagement must not come at the cost of those areas of life that are truly under one’s control.

Disorder increasingly reigns across the land and with disorder inevitably comes oppression and the curtailment of our traditional rights and liberties. The restoration of order begins with oneself and one’s home. Societal order will not be restored until order is restored in the hearts of those who make up the society. Even if the pessimists are correct and our country is too far advanced down the path of decay and collapse that every other empire has trodden in history, the cultivation of personal order is still imperative for survival in the dark and chaotic days to come.

Tyler Durden
Fri, 01/15/2021 – 21:00

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Surprise! Chicago Mayor Pushes To Loosen Lockdowns Days Before Biden Inauguration

Surprise! Chicago Mayor Pushes To Loosen Lockdowns Days Before Biden Inauguration

A second Democratic leader is pushing for loosening COVID-19 restrictions, just days before President-elect Biden is set to be sworn in.

Following on the heels of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call to “reopen the economy,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is now of the opinion that bars and restaurants need to reopen for indoor dining “as quickly as possible.”

“I am very, very focused on getting our restaurants reopened. If we look at the various criteria that the state has set, we are meeting most if not all of those. So that’s a conversation that I will have with the governor,” she said at a Thursday press conference. “But I want to get our restaurants and our bars reopened as quickly as possible.

Let’s bring it out of the shadows, let’s allow them to have some recreation in restaurants, in bars, where we can actually work with responsible owners and managers to regulate and protect people from COVID-19, so I feel very strongly that we are very close to a point where we should be talking about opening our bars and restaurants,” she continued.

This would, as it turns out, help Chicago City Councilmember Tom Tunney (D), who was caught running an illegal ‘COVID Speakeasy out of his Chicago restaurant last month.

Lightfoot’s call for reopening comes after she told people to cancel Thanksgiving with family, while the number of case counts across the state reversing higher over the last two weeks from a January 1 bottom. Meanwhile, while the Mayor is calling to reopen indoor dining (and gradually reopen schools), she oddly extended a stay-home advisory until January 22. We’re unclear on exactly which science she’s following.

The Chicago Tribune elaborates, saying it will ultimately come down to Governor. J.B. Pritzker (D) to make the call:

On Thursday, Chicago’s test positivity stood at 10%, according to city statistics. Under the current pandemic rules, the city would have to have a positivity rate of 6.5% or less for three straight days in order for restaurants and bars to reopen.

Ultimately, it’s Pritzker who will make the decision about when bars and restaurants can reopen for indoor service. The city can set rules that are stricter than the state’s but not rules that are looser.

A Pritzker spokeswoman said in a statement Thursday that Chicago’s coronavirus numbers aren’t there yet, but the governor would “look forward to her call” on the matter.

Pritzker, as you may recall, ignored Lightfoot’s “do not travel” order to  leave Chicago for Thanksgiving.

“As the governor announced last week, beginning tomorrow, regions who meet the metrics to go back to lower tiers in the resurgence mitigation plan will be allowed to do so,” said Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Currently, the city of Chicago and Cook County do not meet the metrics to return to previous tiers.”

Pritzker shuttered Chicago restaurants and bars for indoor dining in late October after the city surpassed the 8% benchmark for three straight days on average daily positivity.

Tyler Durden
Fri, 01/15/2021 – 20:40

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Consent-Manufacturing For Patriot Act II Continues

Consent-Manufacturing For Patriot Act II Continues

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

It’s been obvious for a long time that the best way to stop the rise of right-wing extremism in America that everyone’s so worried about today is not to pass a bunch of authoritarian laws, but to reverse the policies of soul-crushing neoliberalism and domestic austerity which led to Donald Trump. Instead of doing this, the next president is already pushing a Patriot Act sequel and reducing the stimulus checks he’d promised the public before he’s even been sworn in.

President-elect Biden promised unambiguously that if voters gave the Democratic Party control of the Senate by electing Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia earlier this month, checks of $2,000 would “go out the door immediately”. Warnock blatantly campaigned on the promise of $2000 checks if elected, literally using pictures of checks with “$2000” written on them to do so. This was not an unclear promise by any stretch of the imagination, yet when Biden unveiled the “American Rescue Plan” on Thursday, the number 1400 was written where the number 2000 should have been.

The argument being pushed out at the moment is that when Democrats were blatantly promising stimulus checks of $2000 what they really meant was that Americans would receive $1400 on top of the $600 checks they’d received earlier, and everyone should have just known this somehow (perhaps via some sort of psychic precognition or sorcery). Which of course makes as much sense as someone hiring you to do a job for a given amount of money and then paying you the amount promised minus the amount you’d made at your last job.

It’s just so emblematic of US austerity policies, which are so normalized they don’t even use that word. Keep people stretched so thin that even a paltry $2000 after months and months of nothing can be spun as an excessively exorbitant indulgence which must be scaled back to keep it reasonable. In reality a grand total of $2600 in the richest nation on earth after all this time would still be a huge slap in the face, but generations of media spin have gone into keeping Americans from attaining that level of rightful entitlement.

So as of this writing the internet is full of angry Americans actually typing the words “$1400 is not $2000”, which is totally bananas. People should not have to say that the number 1400 is not the same as the number 2000. It feels like if my Twitter feed was full of people saying “Cars are not birds”, or “Pogs are not iPhones”, or “Mimes are not salad”. People should not have to make such self-evident clarifications.

But they apparently do need to make such clarifications, because scumbags like Adam Schiff are looking them right in the eye, sharing information that says “$1,400 checks” on it, and telling them that it says “$2000 relief checks”.

2 + 2 = 5.

So again, it’s pretty clear that America isn’t going to attempt to reverse the conditions which created Trump and all the extremist factions that everyone’s been freaking out about since the Capitol riot. Obama led to Trump, and the strategy going forward is to just keep tightening the neoliberal screws like both Obama and Trump did throughout their entire administrations. And, of course, to advance new “domestic terrorism” laws.

As we discussed previously, Biden has often boasted of being the original author of the Patriot Act years before it was rapidly rolled out amid the fear and blind obsequiousness of the aftermath of 9/11. Now in the aftermath of the Capitol riot we are seeing a push to roll out new authoritarian laws around terrorism, this time taking aim at “domestic terror”, which were also in preparation prior to the event used to manufacture support for them.

In a new article for Washington Monthly titled “It’s Time for a Domestic Terrorism Law”, Bill Scher argues against left-wing critics of the coming laws like Glenn Greenwald and Jacobin’s Luke Savage saying such “knee-jerk reactions” against potential authoritarian abuses fail to address the growing problem. He opens with the acknowledgement that “Joe Biden’s transition team was already working on a domestic terrorism law before the insurrection,” and then he just keeps on writing as though that’s not weird or suspicious in any way.

Scher lists among the growing threat of domestic terror not just white supremacists and right-wing extremists but “extremist left-wing domestic terrorism” as well. He approvingly cites Adam Schiff’s Confronting The Threat of Terrorism Act, which “creates a definition of domestic terrorism broadly encompassing plots that carry a ‘substantial risk of serious bodily injury’ along with an ‘intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population’ or ‘influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.’” The ACLU has unequivocally denounced Schiff’s bill, saying it “would unnecessarily expand law enforcement authorities to target and discriminate against the very communities Congress is seeking to protect.”

Known CIA asset Ken Dilanian has also been trotted out to make the case that Americans have too many rights for their own good, co-authoring an NBC article titled “Worried about free speech, FBI never issued intelligence bulletin about possible Capitol violence”.

“FBI intelligence analysts gathered information about possible violence involving the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6., but the FBI never distributed a formal intelligence bulletin, in part because of concerns that doing so might have run afoul of free speech protections, a current and two former senior FBI officials familiar with the matter told NBC News,” the article warns, making sure to inform readers that “experts say the lack of a domestic terrorism statute constrains the FBI from treating far-right and far-left groups the same as Americans who are radicalized to violence by Al Qaeda or ISIS ideology.”

We can expect to see more such articles going forward.

The only way to sincerely believe more Patriot Act-like laws will benefit Americans is to believe that the US will only have wise and beneficent leaders going forward, and the only way to sincerely believe the US will only have wise and beneficent leaders going forward is to be completely shit-eating stupid. The trajectory has already been chosen, and that trajectory is the one that has already given rise to Trump. Continuing along that same trajectory can only give rise to something far uglier, and that something far uglier will have whatever new authoritarian powers are added by Joe Biden.

They’re not actually worried about “domestic terror”, they’re worried about any movement which threatens to topple the status quo. They want to make sure they can adequately spy, infiltrate, agitate and incarcerate into impotence any movement which provides a threat to America’s rulers and the system which funnels them wealth and power at the expense of everyone else. The movements which most threaten this are not rightists, who are generally more or less aligned with the interests of the oligarchic empire, but the left.

This is who they’ll end up targeting going forward, and whatever Biden and Company wind up rolling out to fight “domestic terrorism” will help them do so.

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Health Experts Call For Suspension Of Pfizer Vaccination Among Elderly After Norway Deaths

Health Experts Call For Suspension Of Pfizer Vaccination Among Elderly After Norway Deaths "For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant…"https://t.co/pKCh9rcQSr — Infinite Unknown (@SecretNews) January 15, 2021 * * * PayPal: Donate in USD PayPal: Donate in EUR PayPal: Donate in … Read more

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Germany to Put COVID Rulebreakers in ‘Detention Camp’

COVID detention camps coming to a country near you… Germany to Put COVID Rulebreakers in ‘Detention Camp’ What could possibly go wrong?https://t.co/o59f8fk0TE — Infinite Unknown (@SecretNews) January 16, 2021 Mandatory COVID Camps Begin in New Zealand, Similar Plans for Canada and the US… https://t.co/HsX3mEt4ib — Henry Makow (@HenryMakow) November 6, 2020 Gandalf (reading): "They have … Read more

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Biden Reveals Plans To Speed Up Vaccine Rollout, Asks Americans To “Mask Up” For 100 Days – “All Hands On Deck”: Up To 25,000 National Guard Now Authorized In DC For Biden Inauguration – US Official Refutes Arizona Prosecutors’ Claims About Rioters Plans To “Capture & Assassinate” Politicians – NRA Files For Bankruptcy, “Dumps” New York, Will Reincorporate In Texas – The Latest COVID Absurdity: Walking With Hot Beverages – New York Lawmaker Wants To Ban Bulletproof Vests – Mexican President López Obrador says pandemic lockdowns are the tactic of dictators – Get A Free Bag Of Marijuana With Your Covid-19 Vaccine

Biden Reveals Plans To Speed Up Vaccine Rollout, Asks Americans To "Mask Up" For 100 Days “For God’s sake, wear a mask – if not for yourself, for your loved ones, for your country,”https://t.co/w4yeqqVnQk — Infinite Unknown (@SecretNews) January 16, 2021 "All Hands On Deck": Up To 25,000 National Guard Now Authorized In DC For … Read more

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Tip of the Iceberg? Thousands of COVID Vaccine Injuries and 13 U.S. Deaths Reported in December Alone

Professor Dolores Cahill: Why People Will Start DYING A Few Months After The First COVID mRNA Vaccination (MUST-WATCH VIDEO) – Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: The Coronavirus Vaccine Uncensored (MUST-WATCH VIDEO)#COVID1984 #Agenda21 #NWO #COVID19 #TheGreatResethttps://t.co/dWi0lkX4ua — Infinite Unknown (@SecretNews) January 16, 2021 * * * PayPal: Donate in USD PayPal: Donate in EUR PayPal: Donate in … Read more

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UK Government May Only Let People Out Once A Week

UK Government May Only Let People Out Once A Week The British government has reportedly discussed upping COVID restrictions even further by only allowing people to leave their homes once per week.https://t.co/jVTGV0wJHh — Infinite Unknown (@SecretNews) January 16, 2021 * * * PayPal: Donate in USD PayPal: Donate in EUR PayPal: Donate in GBP

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Aldous Huxley interviewed by Mike Wallace (1958 – Full Video)

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Joe Biden says he’ll use Defense Production Act to boost supplies needed for administering vaccines

President-elect Joe Biden said Friday that he will use the Defense Production Act to boost supplies needed to administer vaccines to speed up the nation’s effort to inoculate citizens against COVID-19.

What are the details?

“We’ll use the Defense Production Act to work with private industry to accelerate the making of materials needed to supply and administer the vaccine — from the tube and syringes, to protective equipment,” Biden said

The president-elect did not name which companies would be tapped, but explained that his transition team has already been working on the effort, saying, “Even though we don’t have the authority yet, go out and identify those companies that are prepared and will be able to do what we’re going to ask.”

“We need more vaccination sites,” Biden declared in a speech. “That’s where we’re going to harness the full resources of the federal government to establish thousands of community vaccination centers. On my first day in office I’ll instruct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to begin setting up the first of these centers.

“By the end of my first month in office, we will have 100 federally supported centers across the nation that will ultimately vaccinate millions of people,” he said, noting that his administration would prioritize black and Latino communities.

Biden went on to say that pharmacies across the nation will also be empowered to administered the vaccine, much as they do flu shots.

“You have my word: We will manage the hell out of this operation,” he promised.

During the speech, Biden was critical of the Trump administration’s distribution efforts of the two coronavirus vaccines developed through President Donald Trump’s initiative, “Operation Warp Speed.” The Associated Press reported that Biden has called Trump’s vaccine rollout “a dismal failure so far.”


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Biden’s discussion of his plans to combat COVID-19 came the day after he unveiled a $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” that includes $1,400 stimulus checks, an extension of moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures, and a federal minimum wage increase to $15 per hour.

The AP reported:

About $400 billion of the plan is focused on measures aimed at controlling the virus. Those range from mass vaccination centers to more sophisticated scientific analysis of new strains and squads of local health workers to trace the contacts of infected people.

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Sacred Treasures III: Choral Masterworks from Russia and Beyond






These are truly musical treasures! This choral music from the Russian liturgical canon is garanteed to bring a feeling of heavenly peace and turn away any monster–imagined or real–that might be haunting you. The music is enjoyed beyond words or religious inclination. The purity of the sound is a pure balm for the ear and soul, and opens an uplifting spaciousness in your heart.

The compilation includes a wide range of historically important pieces, from ancient Greek Orthodox chant through early 20th Century choral masterpieces of Rachmaninov, plus one modern fantasy setting of Bach’s Apollonian masterpiece “Komm Susser Tod” (“Come Sweet Death”) by Scandinavian composer Gunnar Eriksson.

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Restaurant Chain Transactions Tumble In December As Recovery Stalls 

Restaurant Chain Transactions Tumble In December As Recovery Stalls 

Dining restrictions and cold weather have derailed the restaurant recovery in December. 

Market research firm NDP Group, which tracks 75 restaurant chains, said transactions at major chains slumped 10% in December versus the same month one year ago. 

“Up until December, monthly restaurant transaction declines had been improving consecutively since April. November transactions were down just 8%,” CNBC said, citing the report. 

A reemergence of the virus pandemic, new indoor dining restrictions, and colder weather dissuaded patrons last month from returning. 

The full-service restaurant segment has been some of the hardest hit, unable to adapt, or has had a more challenging time overhauling their business models to accommodate delivery and takeout.

In April, the full-service segment saw transactions plunge by more than 70%. In December, transactions fell 30% due to indoor dining limitations or bans. 

UBS Evidence Lab found that even if these restaurants could pivot to takeout, many of these stores will still fall short of revenue to sustain operations. 

Some of the latest Bank of America consumer spending data shows chain restaurants are fairing much better than mom and pop ones. 

While the industry struggles and requests for more relief, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last Friday that food services and drinking places lost 372,000 jobs in December. 

Goldman Sachs pointed out that colder weather would accelerate infections. This means local and state governments would be forced to limit or continue the ban through early 2021, crushing the industry even further. 

With more than 110,00 restaurants already collapsed, the stage is being set for an epic bust in commercial real estate

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Rush To Judgment On Trump? Multiple Leftists Arrested For Capitol Riot

Rush To Judgment On Trump? Multiple Leftists Arrested For Capitol Riot

Authored by Monica Showalter via AmericanThinker.com,

When the Capitol riots happened on Jan. 6, the blame of President Trump was all over. 

Supposedly, he was the instigator. Supposedly, he’d egged the rioters on. The tape of his urging his supporters to stay strong and fight was Exhibit A in the press, and with no skepticism whatsoever, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Trump guilty and rushed a crazily hasty second impeachment just days before Trump’s exit. She declared it was all about holding Trump “accountable” and she added, that her explicit aim at the uselessly late date was to prevent him from ever running from public office again.

Never mind what the voters might want. In more ways than one, in Pelosi’s addled mind, their votes don’t count.

The press also rushed to judgment, even the Wall Street Journal’s editorial writers, claiming that Trump’s political capital and credibility was now gone and he’d never run for president again.

But as news of the arrests comes out, showing who these branded Trump so-called supporters are, the conventional argument is starting to splinter apart.

The arrests made in the riots case are starting to show the kind of people who like to riot, which is to say extreme leftists.

Start with this freak, as reported by Fox News:

A left-wing activist who told Fox News last week that he’d followed a pro-Trump mob into the Capitol in order to “document” the siege is now the subject of a criminal complaint in connection with his alleged participation, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

John Sullivan can allegedly be heard egging on protesters in video he provided to the FBI, according to a federal criminal complaint. He has also shared the video to his YouTube and Twitter accounts under the pseudonym Jayden X.

He was charged Thursday in federal court in Washington after being arrested by the FBI. He remains in custody in Toeele County, in his home state of Utah, on a U.S. Marshals Service hold request.

The Epoch Times reports that he was a Black Lives Matter activist. Andy Ngo notes that he’s been busted for BLM riot activity, too. GatewayPundit reported that he was caught on video bragging about posing as a Trump supporter.

He had a pal, too, from CNN. According to this report from TrendingPolitics:

On Thursday night, damning new footage showed CNN’s Jade Sacker inside of the Capitol with John Sullivan, the BLM member who was charged by federal prosecutors for inciting chaos on January 6th.

Sacker co-conspired with the liberal activist in order to cause chaos and make Trump supporters look bad.

The shocking video shows her and Sullivan celebrating and shouting “We did it!” when they got the footage they were looking for. When she asked Sullivan if he was filming, he said was going to delete it. He never did.

Trending Politics ran a tweet of the actual video, and described this:

As you can see, Sacker and Sullivan are overjoyed with the fact that they got footage of Trump supporters “rioting”.

“Is this not gonna be the best film you’ve ever made in your life?!” Sullivan asks her.

Verified twitter user Amuse breaks everything down in further detail in a series of tweets.

“To make this clear. CNN was embedded with BLM/Antifa pretending to be Trump supporters taping them incite a riot. This is freaking huge. If CNN is allowed to maintain its press access anywhere in DC there needs to be a serious overhaul of our entire system,” he tweeted.

Here’s another one, who showed up with furs, and also got himself arrested. According to the New York Post:

Aaron Mostofsky was busted Tuesday at his brother’s house in Brooklyn by federal agents on multiple charges, including theft of government property for allegedly stealing a police riot shield and bulletproof vest, the source said.

Mostofsky, who is the son of Shlomo Mostofsky, a Supreme Court judge and a prominent figure in the Orthodox Jewish community, was photographed with both items.

Video circulating on Twitter following Mostofsky’s arrest shows FBI agents swarming the home and carting out what appeared to be the fur pelts and walking stick he had on him during the insurrection.

His politics? According to this report, registered Democrat.

Even the press is starting to notice that the pieces aren’t fitting together. Rather than a picture of all wicked and crazed Trump supporters, charging the Capitol, leftist news outfit Bloomberg reported that its survey of various parties involved, including those who died or were arrested, didn’t paint the desired picture. Conclusion?

Many of those shown in news footage had no party affiliation and voted sporadically, if at all. 

Bloomberg’s survey of the players showed that only the people who died of medical emergencies seemed to be fully normal Republican voters — the rest didn’t vote at all, voted sporadically, voted Libertarian, Independent or Democrat, and in general were fringe players. Bloomberg, missing that obvious conclusion, seemed to consider these mostly arrested characters “Trump’s people” and Trump’s “base,” in a bid to still pin the riots on Trump. But how anyone who votes Democrat or doesn’t vote at all could be a part of Trump’s rise and the huge crowds he draws was never actually explained. Trump supporters … vote for Trump. This isn’t rocket science.

More and more, it looks like Trump was framed. This, in addition to transcripts not bearing out the claims that Trump called for an attack on the Capitol, as well as the inconvenient timeline — the FBI put out warnings of plans for disturbances days earlier, and the attack on the Capitol began before President Trump finished speaking and probably uttered the words the Democrats literally impeached him on.  

It was a rush to judgment, a failure to look at facts. It happened in the aftermath of the event, and it turns out Trump had little or nothing to do with it. Even House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy blamed Trump for the riots. But he, too,disgracefully rushed to judgment, so we await his apology, please.

The rush to judgment, incidentally, didn’t affect just President Trump, who got a second impeachment from it. There were many rushes to judgment in this leftist hysteria.

Here’s a blameless man named David Quintavalle, a retired Chicago firefighter, who was falsely accused of being the person who hurled the fire extinguisher that killed police officer Brian Sicknick, who by the way, really was a Trump supporter.

According to The Patch of Chicago:

The retired Chicago firefighter from Mount Greenwood — whom social media trolls called a “terrorist” and accused of fatally wielding a fire extinguisher that killed a cop as a mob of Trump-supporting insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — was grocery shopping and celebrating his wife’s birthday in Chicago, Patch has learned.

Twitter exploded with unsubstantiated claims Tuesday that Quintavalle — who retired from the fire department in 2016 after 32 years — was the bearded “#extinguisherman” in a surveillance video wearing a “CFD” stocking cap wanted for questioning and “soon to be arrested” by the FBI regarding the fatal beating of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

Quintavalle had all his receipts and proofs. But this is how the left’s rush to judgment went for him:

By Tuesday night, Quintavalle began getting angry calls from people saying he’s a “f—— murderer” who belongs in jail. TV news reporters had staked out his house. Chicago police dispatched a patrol car to keep watch overnight, as well, his lawyer said.

Some folks got ridiculed for tweeting that Quintavalle wasn’t “the guy” and his facial features don’t match those of the man wanted for questioning by the FBI. One post claimed that tweets disputing Quintavalle’s involvement in the U.S. Capitol insurrection were pushed by trolling Twitter “bots with practically no followers coming out of the woodwork.”

This is a hell of a sorry picture.

The facts will continue to roll out and the picture that emerges will likely start to show that these rioters were hardly “Trump’s people” as a rule, or people who were egged on by Trump. They were, in general, leftists, political fringers and people who like to go to riots. There remains to be news of whether and how this fiasco was plotted out but expect news of that to roll out. 

That leaves Congress and all the jerks who voted for impeachment of President Trump looking like boobs and losers. They’ve hitched their star to this leftist impeachment obsession, and now have seen it falling flat. Now they are about to sully and overshadow Joe Biden’s first days in office with increasingly discredited charges against President Trump and rest assured, the voters will notice just how bad it is. This rush to judgment will trash their own legacies for history.

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Fri, 01/15/2021 – 19:40

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California GOP official resigns after bragging about storming the US Capitol

A California man resigned his positions with the California Republican Assembly, an activist group, after he bragged on social media about storming the U.S. Capitol and breaking into the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Jorge Riley resigned as the corresponding secretary for the CRA’s state board and as president of the Sacramento chapter after he posted photographs and videos to his Facebook page about the rioting.

Riley was recorded in a video posted to Reddit where he bragged about how he and other rioters broke into the Capitol. He said that he made his way into Pelosi’s office and chanted “F*** Nancy Pelosi” with other rioters.

“We breached over there I think. We broke windows. We went into the door. We pushed our way in,” he said on the video.

Riley called it a “mostly peaceful” protest and said that the Capitol Police were very nice to him and the other rioters. He also falsely claimed that no officers were hurt, but later reports documented that several others were injured during the rioting and one officer later died from his injuries.

He also posted a message on his Facebook page making it clear that he was “storming” the Capitol building.

Image Source: Facebook screenshot

The CRA released a statement condemning the lawlessness at the Capitol.

“The California Republican Assembly strongly condemns lawlessness. It is not an appropriate way to seek redress from our government and is inconsistent with the values of CRA,” read the statement.

“Specifically, we denounce the lawlessness that took place at our nation’s capital on January 6, 2021. The perpetrators should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. CRA was not involved with the event and any participation by individual CRA members was in their capacity as private citizens,” it continued.

Riley also posted in support of pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood, who called for Vice President Mike Pence to be executed on the day of the Capitol rioting.


Image Source: Facebook screenshot

“Follow Lin Wood wherever he may roam he is a true patriot!!!” wrote Riley.

Here’s more about Jorge Riley storming the Capitol:


Sacramento Man Seen In Mob At US Capitol

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New York Lawmaker Wants To Ban Bulletproof Vests 

New York Lawmaker Wants To Ban Bulletproof Vests 

In a world of surging violent crime, economic downturn, and a raging virus pandemic, one New York lawmaker has introduced a bill to outlaw body armor in the state, according to The Washington Free Beacon

If the bill is passed, anyone who owns body armor would have to surrender their vests within 15 days of the law being passed or face severe consequences. 

The bill introduced by assemblymember Jonathan G. Jacobson (D.) is attempting to outlaw the sale and possession of body armor across the state.

New York already prohibits the use of bulletproof vests while carrying out “any violent felony offense.” Still, Jacobson’s proposal would make it criminal for anyone in possession of a vest. 

So what’s the penalty if the new law is passed? 

According to the law, “the purchase or possession of a body vest shall be a class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class E felony for each subsequent offense.” This could result in fines, probation, and even jail time. 

This week, we noted that background checks for firearms hit record levels this year amid the virus pandemic, social unrest, and surging violent crime. 

If Jacobson’s bill passes, body armor bans could sweep across blue states. Even before the bans may be seen, there could certainly be a run on vests. 

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Here’s Jacobson’s new bill in full:

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Fri, 01/15/2021 – 19:20

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To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. Note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy …

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Let’s Go to the Movies: Week of January 18, 2021 – The Life of Others






Need a little thrill? Watch this 2006 German drama film written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The plot is about the monitoring of East Berlin residents by agents of the Stasi, East Germany’s secret police.

Here are some reviews (from Wikipedia):
A. O. Scott, in The New York Times, wrote that Lives is well-plotted, and added, “The suspense comes not only from the structure and pacing of the scenes, but also, more deeply, from the sense that even in an oppressive society, individuals are burdened with free will. You never know, from one moment to the next, what course any of the characters will choose.”

Los Angeles Times movie critic Kenneth Turan agreed that the dramatic tension of the film comes from being “meticulously plotted”, and that “it places its key characters in high-stakes predicaments where what they are forced to wager is their talent, their very lives, even their souls.” The movie “convincingly demonstrates that when done right, moral and political quandaries can be the most intensely dramatic dilemmas of all.”

Lisa Schwarzbaum, writing in Entertainment Weekly, pointed out that some of the subtlety in the film is due to the fact that “one of the movie’s tensest moments take place with the most minimal of action” but that the director still “conveys everything he wants us to know about choice, fear, doubt, cowardice, and heroism.”

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Hero of the Week: January 18, 2021 – Caitlin Johnstone

Caitlin Johnstone describes herself as a rogue journalist, bogan socialist, anarcho-psychonaut, guerilla poet, and Utopia prepper. Her latest article Just Because The System Is Stacked Against You Doesn’t Mean The Universe Is is a good reminder that we have a limited perspective on what is going on, and that it’s worth keeping the faith in the infinite possibilities and wisdom of the Universe and what ultimately unfolds.

Caitlin is 100 percent reader-funded, so if you’d like to support her work, you can do so through Patreon and Paypal, or buy her book.

You can read Caitlin’s articles on Medium or on Steemit, and follow her on Twitter. You can also subscribe to her website’s mailing list here, and share her articles.

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The Hottest Product At CES Is A Doggy Door

The Hottest Product At CES Is A Doggy Door

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While garage doors aren’t exactly the most exciting business to be in, it’s a strong business nonetheless for Chamberlain Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of automatic garage door openers.

Chamberlain Group’s brands have embraced the trend of smart homes, for example its myQ brand has teamed up with Amazon to offer In-Garage Delivery, enabling Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market groceries to be delivered securely inside your garage.

myQ stole the show at this year’s CES with the debut of its new Pet Portal as it hopes to capitalize on the booming pet industry. The myQ Pet Portal, which won the CES 2021 Smart Home Innovation Award, is designed to replace an existing exterior door so your pets can come and go as they please.

The futuristic take on a simple pet door includes live video streaming and 2-way communication using the myQ Pet Portal app. The patent-pending, elevator style opening mechanism is unnoticeable from the exterior of a home and uses a smart collar to detect when your pet wants to come or go.

myQ is taking deposits for the Pet Portal, which retails for $2,999 and will ship to the first customers this spring. The package includes a custom configured myQ | Kolbe Door integrated with Pet Portal as well as a 1 year subscription for video history.

Chamberlain Group hopes to position itself for when people return to work and their pets are left at home alone. They argue that the lofty price is less than half of what pet owners would spend annually on a dogwalker.

“A bright spot for many people in a challenging 2020 has been adding a furry friend to the family. But as COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift in 2021 many dogs will experience a dramatic change in their routine,” Chamberlain Group Director of Product Marketing Beril Altiner said. “The myQ Pet Portal can help alleviate some of the stress and expenses that might come along as schedules change. It’s a secure and convenient way to make sure your dog can go outside when they need to, while also giving you access to your best friend anytime through your smartphone.”

While the idea may sound absurd, a team of a dozen employees at Chamberlain Group have been working on the idea for 16 months while conducting surveys and focus groups to perfect the technology. According to a national survey conducted by the company, just 8% to 11% of pet owners have a pet door in their homes. The survey also found that 68% of households who routinely let their pet outside don’t have a pet door.

Despite the lofty price tag, it may not be long before this becomes a common door in new homes across America as they become increasingly connected and filled with pets.

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Gold?

All day every day, all we hear about is Bitcoin, and how exciting it is. How more and more people are adopting it. Well, as I wrote a few weeks ago, I missed the whole boat on Bitcoin. The idea of it being anonymous was attractive, but the idea that I couldn’t hold it in my hand, had to rely on “wallets” with passwords, and the fact that I think they can indeed shut it off if they want, told me, I didn’t need it.

So yeah, I missed the 40K dollar run up. The question from me is this however. In China, you cannot use bitcoin for commerce. It’s illegal. Is there a chance that the powers that be, will declare it illegal to use here in the states, or in Europe?  A lot of people will tell you no, and give you reasons they won’t or can’t.

I argue that yes indeed they “might” and Probably will. The globalists are all about control. Hello…have any of you read the things on the World Economic Forum? How they want to absolutely change the entire landscape of the worlds economy? Have you seen their little propaganda movie about life in 2030?

Here it is on Forbes:

 https://www.forbes.com/sites/worldeconomicforum/2016/11/10/shopping-i-cant-really-remember-what-that-is-or-how-differently-well-live-in-2030/?sh=7f9dcb641735

Let me grab just a few portions of it for you:

Welcome To 2030: I Own Nothing, Have No Privacy And Life Has Never Been Better

Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city – or should I say, “our city.” I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes.

In our city we don’t pay any rent, because someone else is using our free space whenever we do not need it. My living room is used for business meetings when I am not there.

Once in a while, I will choose to cook for myself. It is easy – the necessary kitchen equipment is delivered at my door within minutes. Since transport became free, we stopped having all those things stuffed into our home. Why keep a pasta-maker and a crepe cooker crammed into our cupboards? We can just order them when we need them.

Once in a while I get annoyed about the fact that I have no real privacy. Nowhere I can go and not be registered. I know that, somewhere, everything I do, think and dream of is recorded. I just hope that nobody will use it against me.

All in all, it is a good life. Much better than the path we were on, where it became so clear that we could not continue with the same model of growth.

Now think about this for a minute. The WEF wants to FUNDAMENTALLY change the global economy, from how it works, to some utopian wet dream, where there’s no cars, no pollution, things are free, but shared, etc. And you have to be REGISTERED to do any of it.

Do you really think that they’re going to allow an alternative currency like bitcoin get in the way of their control grid??

Are any of you familiar with Christine Lagarde? From the IMF she’s the head of the European Central bank. Want to know what good old Christine thinks about bitcoin? Let me show you:

In an interview at a Reuters online event Wednesday, Lagarde said the “highly speculative asset” has led to “some reprehensible activity,” including money laundering, and any loopholes need to be closed, according to a report from Reuters.

“There has to be regulation. This has to be applied and agreed upon … at a global level because if there is an escape that escape will be used,” she said.

The European Union central bank chief added there will be a digital euro, hopefully in no more than five years, according to other reports.

REGULATION. You can make up your own mind on what that means, but to all of you who think bitcoin is truly anonymous, and can’t be controlled, I have a feeling you’re going to find that not the case. I also think that when the globalists are good and ready, they’re going to launch their digital currencies and REGULATE yours.

How does that look? I don’t know. But they used their usual selling points including money laundering as a reason it has to be regulated. That probably means that any transfers you make with your “anonymous” bitcoin, is going to be watched.

Right now, if you go to the bank and want to take out over 10 grand, they have to fill out a form on you. Someone gets sent that report. All for your safety they say. Yet somehow I’m to believe that with Bitcoin, they’re just going to let the surf’s have their little anonymous playground. No, sorry, they’re laying the groundwork now.

Which brings me back to gold. Does Gold soar 40K the ounce like Bitcoin? Nope. It’s slow to rise, if it’s going to. But I can still hold gold in my hand. I can go next door and use it to buy something from my neighbor and there’s no digital trail, no paper trail. I can’t lose the password to it, it’s immune from being worthless in a 5 month electricity blackout, and I don’t have to rely on an exchange to sell it. I don’t need a functioning cell phone to spend it. Nope, just a good old handshake, you hand over to your farmer buddy a half ounce gold coin, and he tosses a half a butchered cow in your truck. It seems pretty fool proof.

So, again, I missed the froth of it. I didn’t buy it and I didn’t get to see it run from a buck to 40K. I’m also happy for those that did and made a fortune. Good on you! My point however is that at SOME POINT they’re going to have their say. They will reign it in. It might be 100K per before they do, or it might fall to 15K, I don’t know. But when Christine Lagarde says it must be regulated, and Klaus Schwalbe from the WEF says everything’s got to change and they need more control over how things work…just know that there’s a time when you should indeed “take your profits” and run.

Just a heads up.

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Latvian journalist gagged by government, West using Baltic states against Russia says journalist prosecuted working for Russian media group

The prosecution of journalists, who worked with Russian news outlets in Latvia is nothing but outright “repression” aimed at gagging alternative news sources, particularly those linked to Moscow, one of them told RT. Andrey Yakovlev is a veteran Latvian journalist who founded Baltnews, a local news agency. His problems with authorities began when he handed control of the agency to the Russian Rossiya Segodnya media group. The move “really did not sit well” with Latvian authorities and he was accused of violating the EU’s and Latvia’s sanctions against Russia. “The media outlet [Baltnews] was working legally here”, Yakovlev said, adding that the ownership transfer was done in accordance with local laws and duly registered. Still, this did not stop a court case being opened against him.

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