The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday approved a temporary waiver of the Jones Act, which requires maritime cargo transport between U.S. ports to occur only on U.S. flagged vessels, in order to provide immediate aid to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico.
“In response to urgent and immediate needs of the Puerto Rican people in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, I have approved a temporary and targeted Jones Act waiver to ensure that the people of Puerto Rican have sufficient diesel to run generators needed for electricity and the functioning critical facilities as they recover from Hurricane Fiona,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a statement.
The U.S. territory’s Gov. Pedro Pierluisi had asked the Biden administration in a letter Tuesday to waive the Jones Act, citing concerns that the Jones Act would delay transports to address the island’s desperate need for diesel and other fuel products.
Mayorkas said Wednesday that the decision to approve the limited waiver was based on input from Pierluisi and made in consultation with the Transportation, Energy and Defense departments.
self-proclaimed “incel” who filmed himself harassing and pepper-spraying women in Southern California, then shared the videos on his YouTube channel, has been arrested, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Police say that 25-year-old Johnny Deven Young, of Anaheim, Calif., was wanted on a warrant for multiple felony assaults and hate crime enhancements in connection with a series of violent attacks targeting unsuspecting women in Orange County.
He was arrested in San Mateo County and then transported back to Orange County, where he appeared in court on Monday.
The attacks took place between November 2021 and April 2022 outside bars in Costa Mesa, investigators said.
Young is a self-proclaimed “incel” — or involuntary celibate — a member of an online community of men who exhibit their sexual frustrations by voicing their misogynistic views against women, according to authorities.
He was identified by Costa Mesa police as a suspect in two attacks involving four women and a man who tried to stop one of the assaults.
On September 12, human rights watchdog Safeguard Defenders published their latest report on the phenomenon of Chinese transnational policing.
The group revealed that over the past year, China had set up dozens of overseas “service stations” in order to police Chinese nationals living abroad, including three such facilities in Toronto.
On September 2, a new law was passed in China giving the government more authority when it comes to handling online fraud committed by Chinese citizens overseas. It is set to come into effect on December 1.
One way the government keeps tabs on citizens in other countries is via the aforementioned “service stations,” which are operated by either the Fuzhou or Qingtian Public Security Bureaus.
According to the report, as of September 2022, there are fifty-four such stations located in thirty countries.
While most nations have only one or two stations, Canada is unique in that it has three, all located in Toronto.
According to the National Post, the locations of Toronto’s stations render them nearly invisible to the public. One is listed as a private home, the second a largely Chinese mall, and the third in the office of a Chinese non-profit.
China has defended the practice of setting up what are essentially police stations in other countries, saying that the majority of the work done there is akin to what would take place at an embassy, however not many are convinced, given the regime’s record.
Safeguard Defenders pointed out in their report that while China’s actions were taken under the guise of fighting crime, in some cases citizens living overseas who had not been charged with anything were harassed, and eventually “persuaded” to return to China.
Charles Burton, who formerly served as a diplomat at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, warned that China was “extending the grip of its Orwellian police state into this country,” and slammed Canada’s national security agencies for their lack of action.
The demolition of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea is one of the most outrageous and evil acts of terrorism and sabotage in the history of our world. Now that the sabotage has been confirmed by numerous nations, the blame game has begun as everyone is wondering, “Who did it?”
Resident Joe Biden, Russophobic State Department official Victoria Nuland and GOP Senator Ron Johnson are all on the record demanding the Nord Stream pipelines be taken out, implying they will use any means necessary to achieve that outcome.
Watch from 2:52 in the following exchange between Sen. Ron Johnson and Victoria Nuland, a known Russia hater and key architect of the corrupt Zelensky regime that openly cooperates with actual Nazis while stealing billions of dollars from US taxpayers:
Sen. Ron Johnson: “I can’t think of a more powerful way to punish Russian aggression than by rolling back what progress has been made, and if at all possible , prevent the Nord Stream 2 from ever being completed.”
Sen. Johnson: “…Taking action that will prevent it from EVER becoming operational.”
Nuland: “…Our expectation is that the pipeline will be suspended.”
Johnson: “I certainly hope that the Senate Foreign Relations committee would take up legislation that would go beyond just suspending it but ending it permanently.”
On February 7th of this year, Joe Biden offered a thinly-veiled threat to annihilate the Nord Stream pipeline in his usual thuggery-smuggery style that we all get to witness when he’s pretending to be a tough guy:
Victoria Nuland: “If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward.”
All this begs the obvious question: If natural gas provides Europeans with affordable fertilizer, food, energy, electricity, jobs and industrial capabilities, why would so many US officials demand that natural gas pipelines be taken out? Do US officials want Europeans to suffer? (More below…)
US Navy drills involved underwater explosives removal teams ran drills in the exact area of Bornholm, Denmark, in June of this year
As Sea Power Magazine reported on June 14th, of this year, the US Navy’s 6th Fleet Task Force 68 was running underwater explosives removal drills in the exact area where these sabotage explosions took place. The cover story was that the US Navy needed to conduct “mine hunting experiments” using unmanned underwater drones. From the article:
In support of BALTOPS, U.S. Navy 6th Fleet partnered with U.S. Navy research and warfare centers to bring the latest advancements in unmanned underwater vehicle mine hunting technology to the Baltic Sea to demonstrate the vehicle’s effectiveness in operational scenarios.
Experimentation was conducted off the coast of Bornholm, Denmark, with participants from Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport, and Mine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measuring all under the direction of U.S. 6th Fleet Task Force 68.
This year experimentation was focused on UUV navigation, teaming operations, and improvements in acoustic communications all while collecting critical environmental data sets to advance the automatic target recognition algorithms for mine detection.
So the ruthless Biden regime publicly threatens to take down the Nord Stream pipelines by any means necessary, then a US Navy fleet task force shows up in the Bornholm area of the Baltic Sea with undersea demolitions experts, and then a couple of months later the Nord Stream pipeline gets blown to pieces, right in the Bornholm area of the Baltic Sea, putting European industry on course for collapse while shoring up western dominance of US industry and dollar currency.
No wonder the US deep state intelligence services are desperately trying to point the finger at Russia for all this, even though Russia has zero financial incentive to destroy their own pipeline, given that this pipeline is their golden goose for billions of dollars in revenue if Germany were to reject NATO’s stranglehold and make peace with Russia.
Now, instead, there is no possibility of Germany receiving Russian gas for the foreseeable future. That option has been removed from the table thanks to this brazen act of terrorism and sabotage.
Is America’s ruthless regime at war with Europe?
It increasingly appears that the United States of America, currently occupied by an illegitimate, criminal cartel that seized power with the stolen 2020 elections, is at war with Europe. The Nord Stream pipeline sabotage means there won’t be natural gas for Germany this winter, and it points to the near certainty that chemical conglomerate BASF will be forced to shut down operations, most likely before the end of this year.
What very few people realize is that if BASF shuts down, Europe’s industrial sector will collapse.
BASF provides the vast majority of the industrial chemicals needed for fertilizer, oil refining, aerospace, automobile manufacturing, textiles, consumer products, medical supplies and medications, plastics and resins, and much more. Without BASF, European industry cannot function, and without natural gas, BASF cannot function.
As I pointed out in a previous article, BASF’s own spokespeople say they aren’t even sure if BASF chemical plants can ever be restarted if they are shut down, since they’ve never ceased operations since the 1960s:
The situation is so dire that Germany chemical giant BASF — formerly part of the Nazi-run IG Farben chemical conglomerate that carried out war crimes against humanity — is now threatening to shut down operations for industrial plants that have run continuously since the 1960s. As explained by author Philip Oltermann in a UK Guardian article entitled, “How gas rationing at Germany’s BASF plant could plunge Europe into crisis,” BASF is close to shutting down its massive chemical facilities in Germany due to a lack of natural gas. But shutting down production might be permanent, since no one knows if the plants can ever resume operations after a shutdown, since the very act of shutting the system down may break it.
Consider this March, 2022 Reuters article, “BASF says it would stop output if gas supplies fell to half its needs.” That article explains:
Germany’s BASF (BASFn.DE) said on Wednesday it would have to stop production if natural gas supplies fell to less than half its needs, as the world’s largest chemicals group warned of the damage to its operations from Europe’s power crunch.
The destruction of Nord Stream 1 and 2 now guarantees that BASF will be forced offline. This means European industry is over. And that means European banks are going to face widespread insolvency. The very existence of the Euro currency — and the EU itself — is now in question.
By blowing up Nord Stream, the USA has managed to set events into motion that will collapse Western Europe as we know it, transforming a First World continent into a Third World hellhole of starvation, destitution, unemployment and industrial annihilation.
This outcome has already been set in motion and cannot be stopped, since the Nord Stream pipelines cannot be repaired for months or years (there are no official estimates of repair times that have yet been made public, but the situation looks dire). Now, Germany and many other European nations will be forced to buy more high-priced LNG from US exporters, which just happens to shift billions in profits from Russia’s Gazprom to US-based LNG exporters.
Did the Biden regime just sabotage its own European allies in order to protect American industrial and currency dominance?
As covered in this short podcast posted yesterday, financial analyst Tom Luongo believes that the US Federal Reserve is at war with the European Central Bank (ECB) in an effort to collapse the Euro, bankrupt European banks and maintain dollar dominance for years to come (with the Petrodollar status that allows seemingly unlimited money printing by the Fed).
The Fed’s repeated interest rate increases, combined with the war in Ukraine, are causing investors to flee Europe and leap to dollar-denominated instruments such as treasuries. The Fed has already indicated they will continue the rate increases until inflation is tamed, which in a practical sense means they will raise rates until something major breaks on the world finance stage. The first thing to break, it seems, is going to be European banks and potentially the ECB itself. Listen here:
Blowing up Nord Stream pipelines accelerates the demise of the ECB and the Euro, leaving the United States as the dominant industrial and currency powerhouse of the western world. But it also underscores the stunning sense of panic among US Treasury and Fed officials, as they sacrifice their European allies to try to keep the fiat dollar afloat a little while longer, even as national debt approaches $31 trillion and the money printing machine goes into overdrive.
The recent $12+ billion approved for Ukraine is clearly just a coordinated final-stage looting of America’s coffers by the political elite who are fully aware that nearly all the currencies of western nations — including Japan and the United States — are on the brink of collapse.
We appear to be in a global state of world war right now, and the ruthless occupiers currently running the United States government are willing to plunge 100+ million Europeans into mass starvation, freezing and joblessness in order to buy a little more time for the US currency Ponzi scheme. With friends like Biden, Obama and Nuland, who needs enemies?
Get the full, shocking details in today’s Situation Update podcast: