10/28/22

Civil Society Collapses With No Diesel Fuel

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

The Biden Green agenda will soon destroy the nation, there is no dispute. Having a war on fossil fuel is one thing but being so derelict when it comes to diesel is destructive beyond description. It is also evil and deadly to citizens, businesses, and national security.

In 2021, the Biden White House published a trucking fact sheet endorsing the trucking industry. But it omits the real issues facing the industry and that includes regulations and the ridiculously high cost of diesel.

There was to be some kind of a listening session. In part: DOL and DOT will kick off listening sessions with drivers, industry and labor leaders, and advocates to hear their perspectives, profile promising practices, and source scalable solutions to retention and job quality issues for truckers. The first events in this series are happening today in South Carolina with Secretary Buttigieg, Deputy Administrator Joshi, and representatives from DOL and at the White House co-chaired by Secretary Buttigieg, Secretary Walsh, and National Economic Council Director Deese.

Now, facing November with the midterm elections and the coming holidays… the White House is flat-footed on the diesel crisis.

The Biden administration says it is keeping a close watch on diesel inventories and working to boost supplies following news that reserves have been depleted and could run out in less than a month if not replenished, sparking fears of shortages and rising prices.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week that, as of Oct. 14, the U.S. had only 25 days of reserve diesel supply, a low not seen since 2008. National Economic Council Director Brian Deese acknowledged to Bloomberg that the level is “unacceptably low,” and “all options are on the table” to address the situation.

The EIA also said that distillate fuel includes heating oil inventories and is about 20% below the five-year average for this time of year. But areas in the Northeast are already rationing heating oil as temperatures drop, driving concerns that energy costs will surge further. source

Diesel fuel is used for many tasks

Diesel engines in trucks, trains, boats, and barges help transport nearly all products people consume. Diesel fuel is commonly used in public buses and school buses.

Diesel fuel powers most of the farm and construction equipment in the United States. The construction industry also depends on the power diesel fuel provides. Diesel engines can do demanding construction work, such as lifting steel beams, digging foundations and trenches, drilling wells, paving roads, and moving soil safely and efficiently.

The U.S. military uses diesel fuel in tanks and trucks because diesel fuel is less flammable and less explosive than other fuels. Diesel engines are also less likely to stall than gasoline-fueled engines.

Diesel fuel is also used in diesel engine generators to generate electricity. Many industrial facilities, large buildings, institutional facilities, hospitals, and electric utilities have diesel generators for backup and emergency power supply. Most remote villages in Alaska use diesel generators as the primary source of electricity. source

The US economy cannot run and sustain itself without the essential work of truck drivers. Their deliveries affect every industry we depend on like food, construction, medicine, fuel, and retail. Apart from day-to-day needs, truck drivers ensure first responders and healthcare workers have the tools they need to save lives. more here

10/20/22

Biden’s Energy Depression Is Nigh

Doug Ross @ Journal

What will skyrocketing energy prices mean for U.S. consumers this winter? Seniors, the poor, those living paycheck to paycheck will suffer most. But all will suffer.

The effect of these increases — the lack of trickle-down economics — seems pretty obvious. Unless someone powerful gets this administration to sweep the deck of climate radicals, people will needlessly die. All will suffer.

On his first day in office, President Biden shut down the Keystone XL pipeline, closed Alaska’s reserves (ANWR), canceled offshore leases, and imposed massive new regulatory burdens on firms that distribute clean natural gas and petroleum products that contribute to every aspect of American life.

When gas prices skyrocketed earlier this year, the administration began draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to historically (and dangerously) low levels. This has temporarily kept prices in check, but only because of the midterm elections. After the midterms, if the radicalized EPA isn’t reined in, we should prepare for $8 gas, minimum. If Democrats retain power, we are in for a succession of long, dark winters.

If left unchecked, this “progressive” administration will touch off — needlessly — a second Great Depression.

Hat tip: BadBlue Uncensored News.

10/4/22

Power to the People

By: Cliff Kincaid

As we approach Halloween, let’s think about unleashing a hungry Vampire on the beast known as Big Government.

On Monday, the big news was that the tax cuts being proposed by the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss were being somewhat scaled back because they might “favor the rich.” This is a Marxist line of attack.

Yet, Stephen K. Bannon was on his “Real America’s Voice” show trashing Truss for proposing tax cuts in the first place. He called her proposal a “ridiculous unfunded massive tax cut.” His guest, Steve Cortes, agreed.

They were echoing the liberal news outlets and the IMF about the “unfunded” nature of those tax cuts.

Look at the headlines:

  • IMF gives damning verdict on Britain’s tax cuts — CNBC.
  • Fiscal fisticuffs: the week the IMF attacked Britain’s tax cuts — Financial Times.
  • IMF openly criticizes UK government tax plans — BBC News.
  • Truss U-turned on tax cuts for the super-rich – now she can axe the rest of her disastrous budget – London Guardian.
  • The UK scraps a proposed tax cut for the wealthy that sparked market turmoil – NPR.

“In a stunning reversal,” declared Fox Business, “Britain’s Conservative government dropped a key part of the tax cuts package that sparked outrage, market turmoil and sent the pound plunging.”

The left-wing Media Matters declared, “British currency has been plummeting due to investor fears that the Truss tax cuts, and the resulting borrowing needed to recover the lost revenue, will worsen inflation in the U.K., which already stands at 10%.

This is a concrete example of the power of the globalists that Bannon and others claim to oppose.

Since when it is supposed to be “unfunded” to return money to the people? It’s the people’s money to begin with. How can money in the hands of the people be “lost” to the government?

The Marxist assumptions in such talk are that the government has a claim to your living standards and that your money belongs to them. That’s the Marxist principle of confiscating and eventually abolishing private property to create an all-powerful state.

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09/24/22

The United States Submission to China

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Scott Pelly of 60 Minutes aired an interview with President Biden and National Review noted this in part:

PELLEY: It’s the highest inflation rate, Mr. President, in 40 years.

BIDEN: I got that. But guess what we are. We’re in a position where for the last several months it hasn’t spiked. It has just barely, it’s been basically even, and in the meantime, we’ve created all these jobs, and prices have gone up, but they’ve been down for energy. The fact is that we’ve created 10 million new jobs, we’re in since we came to office, we’re in a situation where we, the unemployment rate is up at 3.7 percent, one of the lowest in history, we’re in a situation where manufacturing is coming back to the United States in a big way, and look down the road, we have massive investments being made in computer chips and employment, so I, look, this is a process, this is a process.

Inflation is the top political concern for voters right now, and according to a recent poll, 59 percent of voters who name inflation as their top concern plan to vote Republican in November. “This is a process” is not likely to persuade them out of that choice.

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Is it a process to allow China to have access to limitless investment in the United States in the form of real estate, technology, education, and social media to list a few? Seems so –>

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What's Pushing China's Tech Sector So Far Ahead? - Knowledge at Wharton

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Wharton summarizes it much the same way. In part:

Knowledge at Wharton: How has the tech sector in China been able to develop so quickly?

Fannin: Some of it has to do with venture capital investment. And some of that venture capital investment has come from Sand Hill Road [Silicon Valley], funded by our pension funds, our universities, our endowments, our family offices. But I also think a lot of it has to do with China’s own entrepreneurial culture. It’s innovating very fast. It’s moving very swiftly. They are working nonstop. China’s entrepreneurs and the tech sector are just very ambitious. It’s unstoppable.

Knowledge at Wharton: “Social” seems to be a key word when talking about the Chinese economy. Are e-commerce and social media playing big roles in China’s becoming such an influential global player?

Fannin: Social commerce is all about online shopping and sharing and prizes and games. It’s a business model that we really don’t have in the U.S. Social commerce has come on very strong. There is a [group-buying platform] called Pinduoduo, which went public in New York last year and has gone on to become one of these tech giants in just three years’ time. They are already China’s second-largest e-commerce player, and they’ve developed this whole new business model around social commerce.

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05/2/22

Dark Money – Not the Grassroots – Is Behind the Convention of States Organizations

By: Judi Caler

Patriots are rightly concerned that Mark Meckler, lobbyist and President of the Convention of States organizations (COS), has spent tens of millions of dollars spreading misinformation and cajoling State Legislatures into passing applications asking Congress to call a convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. Thirty-four States are needed to pass such applications to trigger a constitutional convention, where a new Constitution would likely be proposed, along with an easier mode of ratification. So, who is behind COS?

Meckler tells state legislators that COS is a grassroots movement, funded by thousands of ordinary citizens. In fact, since December, 2017, the COS homepage boasted:

WHO’S BEHIND THIS THING?

The American people. We thought you’d never ask! The Convention of States Project is first and foremost a movement of grassroots citizens who are fed up with business as usual in D.C. We’re funded by thousands of everyday patriots who have committed their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to protecting liberty for future generations.

But Andy Schlafly, attorney and son of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, testified at a Pennsylvania hearing on Oct. 22, 2019 against COS’s Article V convention application (@ 11:55):

Schlafly: “…[W]ho’s funding them? Where’s the money coming from? There’s a lot of money behind this. And they’re not disclosing where the money behind this push to change the Constitution is coming from. That should scare everybody in this room. Who are these people who are pushing to rewrite the Constitution? I suspect some of them are globalists, but ask them…it’s not disclosed. And I’m certainly not in favor of allowing billionaires who don’t disclose their identity…[or] their real agenda…to rewrite our Constitution. That’s not a good idea.”

Meckler, at the same hearing, feigning outrage, fumed (@ 46:11):

Meckler: “…[W]ho’s funding this? Any of you at any time are welcome to visit our very fancy corporate offices in my house in Texas. In my personal home office off the kitchen, where all the billionaires apparently come visit me. It’s an outrage and a slander. And this kind of slanderous politics takes this discussion to some place it should not go, which is frankly, it’s just slander, and innuendo. It’s gutter politics. And I don’t believe in it…

“I can tell you who my donors are. See, because the person that raises the money for…this organization is my wife of 26 years who works in the office next to mine, who has raised money from over 80,000 individual grassroots patriots all over this country. So, if those are the millionaires and billionaires that Mr. Schlafly is afraid of, well, he might want to talk to the grandmas who send me checks and say, ‘it’s five bucks a month out of my fixed income, and I’m sorry I can’t afford any more.’ Again, an outrageous slander on the tens of thousands of people supporting this movement.”

Notice that in one fell swoop, Meckler masterfully deflects attention from the source of his funding, while playing the victim and accusing his opponents of slander.

So, what’s the truth? Let’s go straight to the tax-exempt returns that Meckler is required to file with the IRS every year. These returns, also known as 990s, are public information and filed by all nonprofits.

The most recent 990s available for Meckler’s organizations are for the years 2020, 2019, and 2018. The Meckler organizations appear to include Convention of States Action (COSA); Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG); Citizens for Self-Governance Action (CSG Action); and Defending Liberty, Inc. (DLI). Each year, Meckler filed a 990 return for each entity, as required by law, and signed them under penalty of perjury.

Nonprofits are not required to disclose the identity of their contributors—so all contributors are anonymous, unless the organization chooses to disclose them. That’s why the accompanying Schedule B doesn’t include the names & addresses of the donors—only the total amount of all donations totaling $5,000 or more from each numbered donor during the year. Still, those figures are revealing.

Donations of $5,000 or more to each entity are summarized by year on the accompanying Chart. The source documentation for figures on the Chart can be found mostly on Schedule B of the linked 990s.

Here’s the short version:

Between 2018 and 2020, contributions ranging from $5,000 to $2,000,000 per donor, to the four entities totaled $16,751,011, or 63% of the $26.7 million in contributions reported on Meckler’s combined 990s for the 3-year period. And that $16.7 million was from at most 168 unique anonymous persons; thus, their average contribution was almost $100,000 [$16,751,011 ÷ 168 = $99,708].

But likely, Meckler has fewer than 168 major donors, as repeat donors over the 3-year period are to be expected. So, depending upon how many major donors gave in one, two, or three years and/or gave to multiple Meckler entities, the average donation per major donor over the three-year period amounts to at least $99,708, and may be more than $200,000 or $300,000! So, COS isn’t a grassroots organization funded from the bottom up by small donors. Schedule B provides proof that COS’s agenda to replace our Constitution is coming mostly from major donors.

Meckler frequently sends out emails asking for money, to his list of unsuspecting patriots. Unsurprisingly, most of his requests are accompanied by an offer from a “generous donor” to match each contribution. The patriots on Meckler’s email list probably have no idea that Meckler has been receiving almost two-thirds of his contributions from multi-millionaires and/or billionaires while drawing salaries for himself and his wife totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

We can only conclude that Meckler is disingenuous when he ridicules the suggestion that his organizations are funded by undisclosed multi-millionaires and billionaires. And while his organizations may well receive some small donations, he denies that the bulk of his money comes from the superrich. And all the while, he yells “slander” with a straight face, and shamelessly conjures up Grandma wishing she could give him more of her paltry income, when asked about the millions in dark money he’s amassing!

We know why the liquor, drug, and tobacco industries invest millions in lobbyists to influence state legislation. But why would major donors invest millions in COS to bring about a convention to rewrite the U.S. Constitution?

The total amount of money spent over the years by the Meckler organizations to trigger a constitutional convention is astonishing.  Meckler needs to be confronted everywhere he goes by opponents, supporters, & legislators alike—and asked why he is hiding the fact that he’s working for the superrich.  We have a right to know; it’s our Constitution they’re after!  You can download the 990 forms from the accompanying Chart and copy Schedule B, so you’ll have ammo to push back with, the next time Meckler plays the Grandma card.

Meckler Entities Anonymous Major Contributions (≥ $5,000) For Years 2018 Through 2020
Meckler Organizations’ Forms 990 (A)
# of Major Donors (Sched. B)
(B)
Total $ from Major Donors (Sched. B)
(C)
Total of all Contributions: Form 990 p.1, line 8
B ÷ C
Major Contributions’ % of Total
B ÷ A
Average Major Donation
COSA 2020
47-2245708
55 $4,112,370 $7,159,560 57% $74,770
COSA 2019 45        3,884,001          6,777,645 57%          86,311
COSA 2018 26        2,239,125          4,872,216 46%          86,120
CSG 2020
27-1657203
8        1,016,800          1,622,566 63%        127,100
CSG 2019 13           633,100             961,914 66%          48,700
CSG 2018 13        1,844,815          2,319,810 80%        141,909
CSG Action 2020
27-4648506
1        2,000,000          2,000,000 100%     2,000,000
CSG Action 2019 2           305,800             305,800 100%        152,900
CSG Action 2018 2           535,000             581,000 92%        267,500

DLI 2018: 812320022
[no revenue 2019-20]
3           180,000             180,000 100%          60,000
TOTALS 168 $16,751,011 $26,780,511 % of total contributions ≥ $5,000* Avg. $ per Major Donor –at the very least*
*See note below 63% $99,708
*Note: $16,751,011 in major contributions [≥ $5,000] out of $26,780,511 total contributions [63%] were reported, from 168 Major Donors giving $5,000 or more to the above Meckler entities from 2018-2020. Thus, the Average contribution given by a Major Donor was at the very least $99,708 [$16,751,011 ÷ 168] and may be over $200,000 or $300,000—if the same Major Donors contributed in multiple years and/or to multiple Meckler entities.

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[1] Dark money is money donated to politically active nonprofit organizations or anonymous corporate entities, which spend this money to influence political campaigns or other special interests but are not required to reveal their donors.
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Judi Caler is a citizen activist working to defend our Constitution from those who would risk it at an Article V constitutional convention. She serves as Article V Issues Director for Eagle Forum of California.

03/7/22

Russia/Ukraine and the Globalist Two Step

By Linda Goudsmit | pundicity

I have read multiple western analysts discuss the Russia/Ukraine situation. For me, the Russia/Ukraine debacle is all political theater designed to deflect public attention away from Biden’s demented incompetence and the pandemic, and refocus public attention on the fearsome specter of war. I will explain.

The Russia/Ukraine events are staged political theater with lethal consequences – just like Jan 6th and the Covid pandemic were constructions of the managerial state with devastating lethal consequences. Death is very persuasive. Cinema verité is required to achieve globalism’s objectives.

Globalists are eugenicists who consider millions of deaths to be collateral damage, and helpful for their depopulation agenda. Fear of death is necessary to terrify the public and regress them into childish compliance. Everything is connected. I look at the Covid debacle the same way I look at the Russia/Ukraine debacle. It is political theater for the globalists running the op and writing the scripts. We are living the real-life version of Barry Levinson’s 1997 film, “Wag the Dog.”

Vilifying Putin is part of the political theater performance – completely scripted by the globalists, echoed by the world media, and acted out by the lethally corrupt Democrats, their RINO partners, and world leaders participating in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Great Reset con. Zelensky is a graduate of the Young Leaders program of the WEF, just like Justin Trudeau – both fighting for the New World Order (NWO) of the global totalitarian managerial state.

Pundit after pundit, analyst after analyst, historian after historian, all busy themselves arguing their particular perspective with merit – none of it matters to me. While they all focus on their particular tree, the globalists are taking over the entire forest. The analysts are playing checkers and the globalists are playing chess. It is a seismic shell game, and the managerial state has honed the con to an art form.

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