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The News Cycle is almost impossible to track these days. At least, to do so fully.
That’s where we come in.
In the Badlands News Brief, the Badlands Media team hand picks news items of interest from the previous days to give you an overview of the biggest goings-on relevant to the Truth Community.
Items feature original commentary from members of our growing team of citizen journalists. Feel free to follow the corresponding link to see their other work.
Now, onto the news from Monday, September 17 …
Rep. Kevin 'secret concessions' McCarthy (R-CA) is facing perhaps the biggest challenge of his eight months as House Speaker; avoiding yet another government shutdown with a fractured caucus (ouch!).
Both the GOP controlled House and the Democratic-led Senate have until Sept. 30 to avoid the fourth potential government shutdown in a decade.
McCarthy overcame a major hurdle last week when he announced an impeachment inquiry into the Biden family, leading to a Sunday night proposal for a 30-day stopgap funding bill, which would allow House GOP leaders to push through bills to fund the Pentagon and DHS.
On Monday, the Rules Committee is scheduled to mark up the Continuing Resolution, with House Majority Leader Steve Scalise telling members on a Sunday night call that there will be a Wednesday vote on the Defense bill, and a Thursday vote on the CR.
That said, questions continue to swirl over whether McCarthy actually has enough GOP support to pass the CR - which more than a dozen conservatives have argued against on the grounds that it continues to fund the Ukraine war and "woke" policies by the Biden administration. According to Punchbowl, McCarthy has just a four-vote margin, with 'some Republicans likely to miss votes due to health issues.'
As expected, Democrats are in fits over House Republicans' stopgap funding bill, also known as a Continuing Resolution (CR).
According to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the bill is a "Freedom Caucus wish list" and a "hard-right screed" that has no chance in the Senate.
According to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the GOP short-term funding bill is a "right wing wishlist that they want to jam down the throats of the American people," which is "unreasonable, unacceptable and laughable." — ZeroHedge
Our Take: “How do you know it’s Autumn in the United States of America?
There’s a looming budget crisis; that’s how.
The democrats are calling the bill, ‘unreasonable, unacceptable and laughable.’
By the sound of it, you’d think the bill had provisions to take the vote away from women. In reality, it cuts discretionary spending by up to 8%, which presumably cuts into the government graft the Dems are so addicted to.
According to The Hill, ‘The stopgap bill would fund the government through Oct. 31, keep the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs at current levels and cut all discretionary spending by 8 percent. It also includes the House GOP’s border bill, dubbed H.R. 2, without its provision about E-Verify.
The agreement is also to pass legislation to fund the Pentagon, which GOP leaders had to punt on last week after conservatives planned to block consideration of the measure over demands for deeper spending cuts. It does not, however, include any funding for Ukraine or disaster relief funds, which the White House had requested as part of a supplemental with the idea of attaching it to a continuing resolution.’
My question is: while we waste yet another political fall season over budget disputes, what is going on that we’re being distracted from?” —
President Joe Biden’s son alleges the IRS unlawfully disclosed his tax return information and did not establish safeguards to ensure the confidentiality of his records. He is seeking, among other things, all documents involving the disclosure of the tax information, $1,000 for each unauthorized disclosure and attorneys fees.
The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Washington, DC, does not name the two IRS agents turned whistleblowers as defendants. But the lawsuit is centered on disclosures made by the agents, Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, and their lawyers in public statements, congressional testimony and interviews.
Judge Timothy Kelly, a Donald Trump appointee, has been assigned to the case.
It’s being filed amid a swirl of other legal issues facing Hunter Biden, who was indicted by special counsel David Weiss on three felony gun charges last week and is potentially facing additional tax charges by Weiss. — CNN
Our Take: “In the latest of many examples of Trump's Narrative Warfare brilliance, we see the very templates set by the 'Witch Hunt' on Trump being turned back around on the Deep State.
The Media Industrial Complex spent years endlessly bloviating about the need for 'transparency' where it concerns Trump's tax returns and financial records; now, they're putting the spin cycle on overdrive in order to explain how the same standards being applied to the Bidens are unfair and illegal.
Boomerang, indeed.” —
The Senate’s informal dress code has been quietly ditched by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) with senators now given the thumbs-up to wear whatever they want on the floor, several outlets detailed Monday.
The Senate’s Sergeant at Arms has reportedly been told to no longer enforce the chamber’s unwritten dress requirements for legislators, Axios reports.
The move follows several state legislatures which have recently reconsidered their dress requirements on the grounds they were “oppressive” and variously decried as racist and sexist by opponents who also urged wearing unconventional clothing can be an effective “statement of resistance.”
According to the outlet, one beneficiary will be Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) who enjoys gym shorts and hoodies over the formal business attire traditionally required in the chamber, allowing him to linger on the Senate floor before and after votes under the new code. — Breitbart
Our Take: “Since his ‘election’ to the US Senate, it’s been reported that PA Senator John Fetterman hides in the cloakroom, popping his head into the chamber only to cast his votes. This is due to the, now defunct, Senate dress code that previously required the big oaf to wear a suit.
He couldn’t do it. He couldn’t put on the suit because suits make him sad and, when Fetterwoman gets sad, he ends up in an inpatient mental hospital. So, until now, the Senate Chamber has been off limits for those most comfortable in basketball shorts and hoodies.
Apparently dress codes are ableist and that’s bad. Leader Schumer would never allow such bigotry in his chamber, so the dress code is out and Fetterman is back in the game, proving once and for all that we are not a serious country.” —
While biotech stock Moderna’s (NASDAQ:MRNA) entire drug portfolio is a little more than just COVID-19 shots, those still make up a pretty major part of the picture. Sufficiently major, in fact, that news about the size of that market prompted investors to pack up and walk away, taking over 9% of Moderna’s market cap with them at one point in Monday afternoon’s trading.
The word that torpedoed Moderna came from no less than fellow biotech stock Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), which noted that only about 24% of eligible Americans were going to get a booster shot for COVID-19. That makes for a maximum market of about 82 million people, substantially less than the earliest figures. Some analysts, like Chris Schott with JP Morgan, look for COVID-19 treatment sales to level off and become more predictable starting in 2024.
While, indeed, the COVID-19 sales extravaganza is starting to wear thin—especially among potential customers who regard it as little more than a trumped-up cold at this point—there’s still reason to pay attention to Moderna. In fact, some analysts are projecting that the next five years, waning COVID-19 sales and all, could actually be better than the last five. It’s recently rolled out several major announcements about new products to come as Moderna sets its sights on everything from oncology to rare diseases and beyond. Certainly, these will suffer the standard biotech curse of taking years, possibly decades, to produce returns. But it’s got a solid cash runway thanks to the COVID-19 sales. — TipRanks
Our Take: “While it may seem like you're relatively isolated when it comes to your beliefs on the COVID vaccines, the data Big Pharma provides to shareholders sheds light on just how much distrust of their Hegelian system exists within the Collective Mind.
The latest doom deployments of COVID-23 have failed to gain traction within the American zeitgeist outside of their use as red-pill suppositories.
Their attempt to start the false Nightmare Engine up again has been noticed, and by more than you think.” —
You Can’t Make This Up: Doctors Are Now Struggling to Differentiate Between Covid, Allergies, and Common Cold – ‘We Only Knew It Was Covid Because We Tested’
Medical professionals are finding it increasingly challenging to distinguish between Covid-19, allergies, and the common cold.
Gone are the days when the loss of taste or smell and a dry cough were the telltale signs of Covid-19.
According to Dr. Erick Eiting, vice chair of operations for emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York City, the symptoms have shifted.
“It isn’t the same typical symptoms that we were seeing before. It’s a lot of congestion, sometimes sneezing, usually a mild sore throat,” he shared with NBC News.
He mentioned that a sore throat usually appears first, followed by nasal congestion.
Eiting admitted that the only reason they identified it as COVID was due to the testing; otherwise, it would have been mistaken for a mere cough or cold.
“The only way that we knew that it was Covid was because we happened to be testing them,” Eiting said.” — The Gateway Pundit
Our Take: “Let’s compare what we think medical science is like vs. the reality it truly is.
When you walk into your doctor's office to get a check-up, he takes blood samples, and urine samples, looks at your tongue, uses a stethoscope to listen to your heart, and other highly trust-inducing displays.
When your doctor comes back and tells you that you have cancer, COVID, or HIV, we can rest assured knowing the strictest process was used to confirm and validate the diagnosis. Any doubt or uncertainty is carefully assessed; this way, when you get sick, you know precisely the culprit that caused it.
Just like a detective takes the time to confirm and tease out any reasonable doubt to know for sure an identified suspect is guilty of a crime, our doctors and medical establishment generally are highly precise, and accurate, and rarely make mistakes.
While this is what most of us think, the sad reality is there’s a reason why they call it ‘practicing’ medicine. Unfortunately, as I have discovered by talking with several doctors and medical professionals over the years, our trusted healthcare providers are often not taught how to question and verify medical dogma—they are taught to go along with it without question. Only a small portion of doctors actually use their wits to ensure diagnoses are valid.
A clinical diagnosis is a diagnosis that is made based on a patient's medical history, physical examination, and symptoms. A medical diagnosis is a diagnosis that is made using a combination of clinical and laboratory findings.
The difference seems trivial, and to be sure, I would argue there’s a reason clinical and medical are often and incorrectly used interchangeably.
Presentation is a term that refers to how a disease-afflicted person appears to a doctor or clinician. It’s in the area of presentation where a lot of shenanigans take place—where the nefarious medical mafia puts pressure to get unwitting medical professionals and patients to accept treatments that will make worse instead of better.
For instance, the clinical presentation of AIDS looks similar to diseases not associated with HIV, such as:
HIV infection in the early stages
Primary HIV infection (acute retroviral syndrome)
Other retroviral infections, such as human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV) type 1 and 2
Other viral infections, such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and hepatitis B virus (HBV)
Other bacterial infections, such as tuberculosis (TB) and syphilis
Parasitic infections, such as toxoplasmosis and cryptococcosis
Fungal infections, such as candidiasis and histoplasmosis
Malignancies, such as Kaposi's sarcoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Autoimmune disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis
Primary immunodeficiency disorders, such as common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) and Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
Nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin A deficiency and protein-energy malnutrition (PEM)
If someone without HIV-induced AIDS (assuming the official medical narrative is correct) were to take the former HIV drug AZT, they would present with the following clinical symptoms:
Neutropenia (low white blood cell count)
Now look at the symptoms of HIV-induced AIDS:
Swollen lymph nodes
Shortness of breath
If you were a doctor, could you tell the difference between the two without a PCR HIV test?
No, you wouldn’t, for the most part.
This means portions of the medical system are blind to certain diseases, outside of a medical test. This also means that portions of the medical system are totally and completely dependent on medical authorities, meaning our doctors cannot use their know-how to override bad medical and public health policies.
It’s public health policies that cause a lot of the problems we’ve seen of late.
Transgenderism treatment (gender-affirming care)—an authoritative public health policy—causes sterilization and castration (at best).
COVID Treatment—an authoritative public health policy—causes people to die from ventilators, Remdesivir, or lack of early treatment.
En Masse Cesarean Section—an authoritative public health policy—prevents newborns from receiving the gut-microbiome infusion from the birth canal of their mothers during the birth process, thereby leading to transgenerational disease and autoimmune issues.
These are just 3 examples.
A doctor cannot go up against an authoritarian public health policy and still be a licensed doctor. Some of the most damaging harms coming from the medical system are not inflicted by doctors—people who became doctors because they actually wanted to help people. These policies come from folks like Anthony Fauci and the like, who wield unchecked bureaucratic power and influence, forcing citizens and medical professionals to comply with the insidious globalist population-reducers of our age.
Perhaps we’ll finally start to end this adherence to medical authoritarianism now that more people are aware of it through the COVID saga.” —
Oil prices in the US jumped back above $90 a barrel for the first time since November 2022, sending worrying signals to The Fed and The White House.
The surge in WTI has dragged gasoline prices at the pump dramatically higher and worse still, given the lag in the supply chain, pump prices look set to go higher...
Despite the end of the peak summer driving season, gas prices, which were already a factor in pushing up inflation in August, will likely continue rising through next week because of the spike in oil prices.
In fact, prices at the pump are at a record high for this time of year, surpassing prior seasonal highs in 2022, 2012, and 2008...
According to AAA, at least a dozen states have gas prices averaging $4 a gallon or higher, including Colorado, North Dakota, and California. — ZeroHedge
Our Take: “In a surprise to no one, gas prices hit record highs this month as Joe Biden continues to tout ‘Bidenomics’ and gaslight the electorate that the economy is good. The slap in the face comes with Biden claiming that he is ‘laser-focused on cutting energy costs, including by investing in clean energy to bolster our energy security.’
In other words, the pain will continue and gas prices are expected to climb higher as the administration focuses on ‘clean energy’ solutions for which there is no current, scalable infrastructure. As a reminder, just two and a half years ago, we were energy independent.
Such is the consequence of the stolen election.” —
The military said it found a "debris field" in South Carolina on Monday that may be linked to a fighter jet that went missing over the weekend after its pilot ejected during a "mishap."
What they're saying: Joint Base Charleston said personnel located the field in Williamsburg County, around two hours northeast of the base — though it did not specify if was from the jet.
It told nearby community members to avoid the area "as the recovery team secures the debris field," and that the U.S. Marine Corps would begin a "recovery process."
Driving the news: The Marine Corps previously asked for the public's help in locating an F-35B Lightning II jet
A spokesperson for the Marine Corps told Axios on Monday that "search-and-recovery efforts for the aircraft" had been ongoing and that the "mishap is currently under investigation."
Backstory: Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina said Sunday that its personnel were working with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to track down the fighter jet, which is worth upwards of $80 million.
"Based on the jet's last-known position and in coordination with the FAA, we are focusing our attention north of JB Charleston, around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion," the air base said.
The pilot ejected safely and was in stable condition after being taken to a local medical center, per the base.
The intrigue: It's unclear what the "mishap" was or how, exactly, the stealth fighter went missing. — Axios
Our Take: “Outside of genuine or manufactured crises, the most impactful 'events' to the Collective Mind tend to be memetic in nature.
These marry a strange, alluring mix of fear, humor and originality that promotes anxiety, curiosity and virility.
It's impossible to predict what sort of Actual or Narrative Deployment will become memetic, but you tend to know it when you see it; in the case of a 'missing' F-35 over the terrestrial U.S. under the Biden DoD's watch, I think we've got one that qualifies.
Memetic events harness the Collective Mind, which puts it in a position where it can be steered by one side or the other in the Mind War.
The Deep State and their Media puppets can use these deployments to implement the Hegelian Dialectic, engineering emotional, mass responses in furtherance of predetermined ends. Patriots can reverse engineer these deployments in order to provoke awakening, as was the case with the Epstein Deployment.
The only way to pull yourself out of this reactive subset of the population, to guide yourself without being guided, is to recognize the 'event' as an opportunity to provoke an instinctual response, and defect from that response.
Assays, ‘everyone is trying to program you. Don't let them. Program yourself.’ —
We hope you enjoyed this brief look back at the major news items you might have missed in this ever-escalating and ever-accelerating news cycle as the Information War continues to rage on around us.
The Badlands Media team will continue to combine our cognitive powers in order to slow things down and find the signal amidst the noise as this series expands.
As always, if you have any thoughts on these news items or the MANY others swirling in the digital ether, drop into the comments below to share them with your fellow Badlanders.