Sunday Respite – The Beauty Of Autumn

Just a damp cold fall weekend here and not a hint yet of Autumn. Never mind, let’s get on with the show with an interesting piece of music and photography I found several years ago. I don’t have much on it except this comment.

In Georgia, near the Caucasus Mountains, there is a beautiful place, named Tusheti. They often play this music on the accordion. It is described as Georgian Folk Music. The only description I could find.

A second chance to take a look at yesterday’s post:

Lots of interesting happenings with our fellow earthlings and travelers and some good laughs as well.

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Wishing you a wonderful day.

Saturday Passel of Potpourri – October Beginnings

Politics, Weathermen, animals, kids.. Let’s see what mischief our fellow earthlings and travelers have gotten themselves into this week. It’s Saturday and time for a break and maybe a smile or two.

Note: Tweets come and go. If there is no image twitter has taken it down for whatever reason.

Lots of old time Weathermen this week. A visit to their best moments.

Enjoy!

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We will start out with our usual Deep Thoughts.

The Deep Thought by President Joe Biden “Where’s Jackie?”

His second thought “Watch me”

Our usual Deep Thoughts by VP Kamala Harris

The Deep Thought – Our best Ally

More thoughts on the matter

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Now on to Bunker Prime.

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I will close out the post with What the vampire squid really eats

For years marine biologists have puzzled over what the mysterious vampire squid eats. Recent research by Henk-Jan Hoving and Bruce Robison at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute finally reveals the answer.

These deep-sea creatures use long, retractile filaments to passively harvest particles and aggregates of detritus, or marine snow, sinking from the waters above. This feeding strategy, unknown in any other cephalopod (this group of animals includes squid and octopods), allows vampire squid to thrive in the oxygen minimum zone where there are few predators but marine detritus is abundant.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

EU plans new Russia sanctions after sham ‘referendums’ UPDATE

The European Union has proposed a raft of new sanctions against Russia in response to the so-called referendums in four Ukrainian regions. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made the announcement, saying the package was designed “to make the Kremlin pay” for escalating the conflict in Ukraine with what she called “sham” votes in occupied territory. This after Von der Leyen knows Europe is in for one heck of a ride this winter due to shortages of energy.The sanctions package will map out the legal basis for an oil price cap.

Always good to keep the eye on the ball.

Update: Blinken joins in the fun

Secretary Antony Blinken
@SecBlinken

United States government official
Today, we took swift and severe measures in response to President Putin’s attempt to annex regions of Ukraine – a clear violation of international law. We will continue to impose costs on anyone that provides political or economic support for this sham.
BREAKING: The U.S. imposes sanctions on companies from Belarus, Armenia and China for supporting the Russian military
“I’m not Sun Tzu but I don’t think we are at the part where we try to force people on to a side. That is Unless we are ready to add Ukraine to nato and start the war already.”

If this isn’t an old knee slapper. Lest we forget there is a bit of a problem:

Nord Stream: Sweden finds new leak in Russian gas pipeline

Sweden has found a new leak in a major undersea pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to the EU – making it the fourth discovered this week.

Denmark and Sweden reported gas leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines earlier this week.

Nato said the incidents were the result of “deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage”.

Russia dismissed suggestions that it had attacked its own pipelines as “predictable and stupid”.

Instead, the Russian foreign ministry said the blasts had occurred in “zones controlled by American intelligence”.

The German ambassador to the UK, Miguel Berger, told the BBC it was clear that a non-state actor could not have been behind the incidents – in other words, a country must have been responsible.

Let’s keep ramping it up. This should work.

The sanctions package includes further import bans on Russian products, expected to deprive Moscow of an additional €7 billion ($6.7 billion) in revenues. It also features export bans on key technology used for the military such as aviation items, electronic components and specific chemical substances. The sanctions package will map out the legal basis for an oil price cap and will ban EU citizens from sitting on governing bodies of Russian state-owned companies, von der Leyen said. Will that include foreign President’s children sitting on Boards as well? Just thought I would ask.

Back in September I commented in a post:

European Union to Mandate a Reduction in Electricity Use

Energy isn’t the only item Europe is dependent upon Russia for.

Someone made a list of what EU won’t get anymore with the Russia boycott.: “nat-gas, rare earths, inert gases, potash, sulfur, uranium, palladium, vanadium, cobalt, coke, titanium, nickel, lithium, plastics, glass, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, ships, inks, airplanes, polymers, medical and industrial gases, sealing rings & membranes, power transmission, transformer and lube oils, neon gas for microchip etching, etc., etc.”

This should work in destroying Germany including Europe as a whole.  Biden is along for the ride. Another brilliant idea our gal has and started in September:

Price Caps on prices the EU will pay for Russian gas.

The European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the move is necessary to weaken Russia’s economy further as it continues its invasion of Ukraine.  Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier warned that Moscow will stop supplying oil and gas if price caps are imposed.

Well, now it looks like she won’t have to worry herself about that if the pipelines have been taken out.

It is reported that Russia is selling Nat Gas to China who in turn sells it on the market.

Then there is the old “flatten the curve” she mentioned back before the pipeline sabotage.

But I have digressed. Here is the story.

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Will the New Prime Minister of Italy Giorgia Meloni Please Stand Up!

 

Let us not let the branding of the new Prime Minister of Italy Giorgia Meloni as some far right threat to the world go unanswered.   She has taken on the E.U. For her troubles, she is and will be under constant attack. After all in an earlier post this week her policies were threatened by the one and only European Commission head Von der Leyden

Italy Tells E.U. Head Where to Go – Elects Meloni, Defies Threats

European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen threatened Italy last week before their national elections. Von der Leyen warned Italian voters that the European Union has ways to deal with rogue states that represent their people and ignore the globalist agenda.

We have to ask just which one of these women is a threat to the world?

Giorgia Meloni

 

She straightens out Macron who is much in the need of straightening out.

Even her rival defies the description of her as the next Mussolini. 

Former liberal Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi has dismissed alarmist claims in the global media that incoming Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is a “danger to democracy”, telling CNN “the idea that now there is a risk of fascism in Italy is absolutely fake news.”

“Personally, I was against Giorgia Meloni. I’m not her best friend. We grew up together in politics, but we are, and will be, rivals, always,” said Renzi, who served as Prime Minister of Italy for nearly three years until December 2016, and is the leader of the liberal “Italia Viva” party.

Elsewhere in the interview, Renzi mentioned that he is “exactly the opposite of Giorgia Meloni, because she is a sovereigntist and I’m for Europe” [the European Union].

The international media has been quick to compare her to wartime fascist leader Mussolini, a serious allegation. Yet as Renzi’s comments demonstrate, not even Meloni’s own opposition inside Italy believes this to be true.

Indeed, there are genuine neo-fascists in Italy — like Casapound — but they get so little support at the ballot box they have now given up contesting elections as a waste of time and money.

Keep reading.

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Hurricane Ian – A Descent into a Hellish Experience

 

For those who went through Hurricane Irma a few years back, it looks now like a cakewalk if projections prove to be accurate. Especially for Fort Myers. For many it’s a flight to safety. For many, it’s a decent into a hellish experience.  For those without money or transportation the alternative is the so called shelter. Let me show you what Dante’s inferno looks like in a couple of clips.

As many know I retired and lived in Fort Myers. I had planned on staying with friends in Tampa at the time of Hurricane Irma. At the last minute Irma took a turn and at the time looked like Tampa now was a target. Long story short, I decided to head North at the last moment. Into a shelter. At the time, few shelters would take pets. I was expected to dispense with my 15 year old cat.

Finally at the last moment, the shelter I was sent to was totally filled and a school around the corner opened.  They let me keep my cat in a locker room. Better yet, there were only about a hundred of us dispersed throughput several classrooms. I was one of the lucky ones. But this is not about me. For most, lest we forget, their experience was anything like mine.

I still have many close friends in the community where I previously lived. Several are determined to stay in place. My prayers for their safety and for all my friends and for the community that I so much enjoyed.

After Irma I determined to return North. That chapter closed.

Let’s keep our thoughts and prayers for all those who are going through this difficult time. Especially those who are forced for whatever reason to be in a shelter.

Let me give you a couple of clips of the Fort Myers shelter during Irma. For those who had neither the money or transportation to escape. For those who waited too long.

More than six million Floridians had been ordered to evacuate, with at least 54,000 scattered in 320 shelters across the state. Still, for thousands, finding a shelter not at capacity had been hard to come by.

 

 

Here is an update on the worried folks who were trying to get in and how the shelter held up. 500 shelters for hundreds of thousands evacuees.

 

 

Our best wishes and prayers for Floridians. 

 

 

 

FBI Lied to Judge, then Confiscated $86 Million from 1400 Safe Deposit Boxes

Another amazing out of control move by the FBI and DOJ. Wait until we get the 84,000 more IRS agents. It gives new meaning to “drill baby drill.” What happened to probable cause? Here we go:

The FBI ‘drilled and pried’ their way into 1,400 safe-deposit boxes at a private vault company in Beverly Hills after misleading a judge about their plan to permanently confiscate everything inside every box containing at least $5,000 in cash or goods, a senior FBI agent recently testified.

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They rummaged through personal belongings of a jazz saxophone player, an interior designer, a retired doctor, a flooring contractor, two Century City lawyers and hundreds of others.

Agents took photos and videos of pay stubs, password lists, credit cards, a prenuptial agreement, immigration and vaccination records, bank statements, heirlooms and a will, court records show. In one box, agents found cremated human remains.

They omitted from their warrant request a central part of the FBI’s plan: Permanent confiscation of everything inside every box containing at least $5,000 in cash or goods, a senior FBI agent recently testified.

The FBI’s justification for the dragnet forfeiture was its presumption that hundreds of unknown box holders were all storing assets somehow tied to unknown crimes, court records show.

The U.S. attorney’s office has tried to block public disclosure of court papers that laid bare the government’s deception, but a judge rejected its request to keep them under seal.

The failure to disclose the confiscation plan in the warrant request came to light in FBI documents and depositions of agents in a class-action lawsuit by box holders who say the raid violated their rights.

The court filings also show that federal agents defied restrictions that U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim set in the warrant by searching through box holders’ belongings for evidence of crimes.

“The government did not know what was in those boxes, who owned them, or what, if anything, those people had done,” Robert Frommer, a lawyer who represents nearly 400 box holders in the class-action case, wrote in court papers.

LA Times

From Bunkerville’s earlier story in April 5, 2021:

Back to today’s story:

This is the problem with these Magistrate Federal Judges. They have not been approved by the senate and may have questionable legal experience. They are basically to do the “grunt” work of the Federal Judges. In this case though, the FBI clearly roamed beyond the restrictions set.

The government shops for them to do their dirty work. Article III judges should be required for warrants such as these:

Article III Judges

Article III of the Constitution governs the appointment, tenure, and payment of Supreme Court justices, and federal circuit and district judges. These judges, often referred to as “Article III judges,” are nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Back to the story:

The FBI and US attorney’s office in Los Angeles justified the 5-day dragnet forfeiture at the US Private Vaults store by assuming that hundreds of anonymous box holders were storing assets somehow tied to unknown crimes.

At the end of the operation, agents had recovered more than $86 million in cash, and a ‘bonanza’ of gold, silver, rare coins, jewelry and other items of value.

Now, around 700 box holders who aren’t implicated in any crimes liken the raid to police barging into a building’s 700 apartments and taking every tenant’s possessions when the only evidence of wrongdoing is against the landlord.

The plaintiffs in the class-action suit have asked U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner to declare the raid unconstitutional. If he grants the request, it could force the FBI to return millions of dollars to box holders whose assets it has tried to confiscate.

It could also spoil an unknown number of criminal investigations by blocking prosecutors from using any evidence or information acquired in the raid, including guns and drugs. –LA Times

The government did not know what was in those boxes, who owned them, or what, if anything, those people had done,” said their lawyer, Robert Frommer. “That’s why the warrant application did not even attempt to argue there was probable cause to seize and forfeit box renters’ property.”

After the raid, the FBI posted a notice in the store window where customers could claim their property. Those who came forward had their bank records, state tax returns, DMV files and criminal histories investigated, agents testified.

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As far as having a private vault lockbox, if it is anything like where I live, there are no bank boxes available. When is America going to say enough is enough?

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Italy Tells E.U. Head Where to Go – Elects Meloni, Defies Threats

 

One of the most dangerous women in politics, von der Leyden wants to do to Italy what she appears to have accomplished in the Netherlands. She does not get enough attention. To no avail. Italy just voted in the first woman candidate. On Sunday Italy voted in populist candidate Georgia Meloni.

European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen threatened Italy last week before their national elections. Von der Leyen warned Italian voters that the European Union has ways to deal with rogue states that represent their people and ignore the globalist agenda.

Georgia Meloni 

Source: Gateway Pundit

In July I posted 

European Union Fires the shot to start WWIII in the Netherlands

 

The Netherlands are about to lose many of their farms by confiscation. At least an attempt at that is in the process. How did the Netherlands get here? “Essentially, the EU has now achieved what Kaiser Wilhelm and Adolf Hitler failed to achieve between 1914 – 1945”.  The Netherland is the number two exporter of food, second only to the U.S. While we keep hearing about Ukraine as the breadbasket, it is the Dutch who lead.

To understand let’s start with the European Union and their Court of Justice. The court sounding quite similar in many ways to the United States secret FISA courts. The E.U. could not have come to where they are without the Court of Justice.

The E.U. Court of Justice

We don’t know much about the inner workings of the Court, beyond what its statute and rules of procedure tell us.2 The deliberations are secret and only ruling judges can attend. Dissenting opinions are not made public.3 The Court has been compared to ‘a black hole, from which nothing – except very brief, magisterial rulings with no hint of disagreement among the judges – can escape’ (Pollack 2017: 602). Secrecy was built into its DNA: one working language (French) was reportedly adopted to prevent that interpreters would attend the secret deliberations (Saurugger and Terpan 2017: 14).

I can attest to that having attempted to read their cases. None are in English.

How powerful is ECJ?

Not only did the ECJ confirm the Van Gend en Loos ruling, it established that European law always supersedes national law since states transferred rights to the community. This has become known as the principle of supremacy, and together with direct effect it gives constitutional status to EU law.

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Nov 13, 2020 For those who are interested in a read that is totally in the weeds I offer the following:


Guardians of Public Value
 pp 135–159

The European Court of Justice: Guardian of European Integration

Here is the home page to start

Abstract

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) was founded in 1952. At that time, few observers would have predicted a future of a powerful institution, shaping Europe’s faith through its rulings. But that is exactly what happened. After a slow start, the ECJ gradually evolved into one of the most important institutions of the European Union. This chapter describes how this little court shrouded in secrecy managed to climb the institutional ladder. It analyses the role of institutional leadership, the relation between the ECJ and its authorizing environment, the near-existential crisis it faced in the 1970s, and the potential vulnerabilities that have grown over the years.

 

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Sunday Respite – Beautiful Autumn

The wheel keeps turning and autumn is upon us. Color soon here in my neck of the woods. We had  a couple of cooler nights….soon Mother Nature will be showing us her best colors. I am calling this beautiful autumn.

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Sergei Trofanov – Boucles D’Or

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Saturday Passel of Potpourri

Politics, animals, kids.. Let’s see what mischief our fellow earthlings and travelers have gotten themselves into this week. It’s Saturday and time for a break and maybe a smile or two.

Note: Tweets come and go. If there is no image twitter has taken it down for whatever reason.

Lots of nonsense this week.

Enjoy!

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We will start out with our usual Deep Thoughts.

The Deep Thought by President Joe Biden “Watch Me”

 

Joe Biden without a Deep Thought or actually any thought.

Our usual Deep Thought by Kamala Harris. 

The Deep Thought this week is delivering “Big Time”

 

Now time for Bunker Prime

Giant ‘Godzilla-like’ lizard scales homeowner’s window in Florida 

We will end the post with a visit beneath our ocean. Descend deep into the dark, cold Southern Ocean and check out the mysterious world of the colossal squid. The colossal squid, the most massive invertebrate on the planet, makes its home in these cold depths of the Southern Ocean. Best watched in full screen.

 

 

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

Addressing Sandbox Critters – Radical Islamists

by Mustang

This business of Mid-eastern radicalism has been going on for far too long — too many hundreds of years of depraved behavior.  Some people stand up to radicalism; most do not — so it continues.  A few years ago, someone observed that dealing with radical Islam is quite curious.  Whoever said this, if anyone ever did, uttered an understatement.  

Dealing with Islam is much like dealing with viruses: the virus mutates as soon as one thinks they have a handle on the problem.  Curious indeed.  We have plenty of time to react to depravity, but apparently, none to prevent it. 

Radical Islamists are 13th Century barbarians with iPhones.  These people are clever and resourceful.  They are no longer stopping by the recruitment desk in the local mosque; in 2022, radical Islamist recruitment is taking place via text messages, i-messages, and WhatsApp.  

Once contacted, the Islamist can become part of a larger group or become a lone-wolf murderer.  According to one study completed by George Washington University — the only similarity today among radical Islamists is that 80% are under 30 years of age. 

What are we talking about? There are more than 900 active investigations against radical Islamists in all fifty states. Fifty-six Americans were arrested, including teenage girls and college students, arrested as petty criminals stealing to provide goods and cash to other radicals with more serious intentions.  In 2019, 250 American Islamists traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the ranks of radical fighters (or become their sexual objects). 

Do their parents or young brides know about this radicalization?  Sure, they do.  Are they doing anything about it?  Yes, of course — they’re encouraging it or turning a blind eye to it — but they aren’t doing anything to arrest it.  Why?  Because these “children” are doing Allah’s will. 

Islamic books

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After several hundred arrests among young radicals attempting to leave the United States to join terrorist fighters in the Middle East, American techno-terrorists now encourage home-grown Islamists to carry out attacks inside the United States.  

Now enter the usefulness of social media.  Remember all those ethnic “flash mobs” from a few years back?  Right, these modern flash mobs aren’t interested in robbing department stores.  They prefer instead to kill your children as they make their way to school in the morning. Don’t worry, though. They’ll only murder your children in the name of Allah. 

Social media multiplies the effect of radicalization.  It not only mobilizes them but also incites and encourages radicalization.  One cannot help but wonder, “What makes these children, born and raised in the land of the free, so utterly stupid?” Adventurism, their twisted religion, the flattery of their recruiters, nice gifts — perhaps, even all of the above.  

There is even an online travel guide for would-be terrorists.  There are helpful tips for crossing into Turkey, contacting representatives of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and writing farewell letters to their parents or other significant persons.  The barbarians have arrived in modern society, but oddly, their mission of foisting depravity on the world is unchanged. 

The entire subject is problematic.  The George Washington University study offers a framework for intervention, but the problem is that until these miscreants break the law, they haven’t broken any laws.  Police only respond to broken laws, not to darkened hearts. 

Dangerous Deliveries 

Every year, twenty-million travelers visit the United States.  They arrive carrying visas with far less security than the legal immigration system.  Thirty-eight countries have simplified/expedient visa systems and radical Islamists take full advantage of these “streamlined” systems.  This system has become, in the words of some, the soft underbelly of the United States.  

Maybe this is true, but it couldn’t be “softer” than President Joe Biden’s open borders policy.  It may be “profiling,” but why is that a bad thing with the safety and security of the nation, and its people, is at stake? 

ISIS hosts more than 25,000 foreign-born fighters from more than 100 nations worldwide.  Five thousand of those are Europeans.  There is a question about how many of them are Americans.  The Director of National Intelligence “thinks” that close to 1,000 are from the United States.  No one is sure.  

One of the problems in identifying these blackguards is that ISIS agents have stolen equipment and blank passport books to make fraudulent passports (Source: Wall Street Journal).  In the world, only ten people are expert enough to spot fraudulent passports: none work as border guards in any western country. 

ISIS poses the greatest threat to western societies.  Former President Trump claimed to have defeated ISIS, but it wasn’t true.  An American general recently opined, “We may have killed some ISIS fighters, but we have not killed the idea.  We don’t even understand their idea.” Altogether, this is not good news.  Why?  Because ISIS is now here, in America — well-entrenched, and there is damn little anyone is willing to do about this problem.  

We can’t see into anyone’s darkened heart.  We can’t read their mind.  We do not understand how anyone can hunger so much for genocide, murder, and mayhem.  We can only suffer their perfidy and wonder how such a thing could happen to innocents, no matter where they live.  Well, it’s happening here now. 

In the film The Untouchables, actor Sean Connery played the part of Chicago police officer Jim Malone (a fictional character).  Kevin Costner played the role of Eliot Ness (a real person).  The context of the following conversation was the arch-criminal Al Capone was essentially running all over the law, terrorizing local citizens — doing what he wanted, when he wanted, and impervious to legal sanctions.  He was paying off local police officials, judges, and prosecutors. 

Malone (talking to Ness): You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him?  You see, what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do? 

Ness : Anything within the law. 

Malone: And then what are you prepared to do?  If you open the can on these worms, you must be prepared to go all the way.  Because they’re not gonna give up the fight, until one of you is dead. 

Ness : I want to get Capone!  I don’t know how to do it. 

Malone : You wanna know how to get Capone?  They pull a knife you pull a gun.  He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way!  And that’s how you get Capone.  Now, do you want to do that?  Are you ready to do that? I’m offering you a deal.  Do you want this deal? 

Ness : I have sworn to capture this man with all legal powers at my disposal, and I will do so. 

Malone : Well, the Lord hates a coward.  (Jabs Ness with his hand, and Ness shakes it off) 

Malone : Do you know what a blood oath is, Mr. Ness? 

Ness : Yes. 

Malone : Good, ’cause you just took one.

What do you think about this, reader?  What should Americans do about these home-grown sandbox critters?

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

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