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Ian Makes Landfall As “Catastrophic” Category 4 Hurricane On Southwest Florida

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Update (1510ET):

Accuweather has declared Hurricane Ian made landfall around 1420 ET on North Captiva Island, a barrier island just west of Fort Myers, Florida. The storm came ashore with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.

This is absolutely shocking… 

Sharknado?

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Update (1247ET): 

The National Weather Service reports powerful Hurricane Ian is nearing landfall on the southwest coast of Florida. NWS expects “catastrophic storm surge and wind damage” will occur across Charlotte County, just north of Fort Myers. 

Recent readings showed Ian had sustained winds of 155 mph, only 2 mph shy of a Category 5 storm. As of 1144 ET, the storm’s “outer eyewall” was about 20 miles from land, according to meteorologist Jason Boyer. 

NWS provided satellite footage of Ian encompassing nearly the whole state of Florida. 

NWS shows a 12-18 feet storm surge forecasted for Charlotte County. 

Horrifying videos have been posted on social media showing Ian’s wrath ahead of landfall expected this afternoon. 

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Update (0739ET): 

Hurricane Ian continues to strengthen ahead of landfall. As of 0733 ET, the National Hurricane Center said Ian’s sustained maximum winds were 155 mph, just 2 mph shy of a Cat. 5 storm. 

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Hurricane Ian strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm expected to make landfall on Florida’s southwest coast today and then traverse central Florida and emerge in the Atlantic by Thursday. 

At 0500 ET, the National Hurricane Center said Ian sustained maximum winds of 140 mph and gusts up to 165 mph. The storm’s center was about 75 miles west-southwest of Naples and 105 miles south-southwest of Punta Gorda, moving north-northeast at 10 mph. 

“Ian is forecast to approach the west coast of Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane, weakening is expected after landfall.

“On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to approach the west coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area this morning, and move onshore later today. The center of Ian is forecast to move over central Florida tonight and Thursday morning and emerge over the western Atlantic by late Thursday,” NHC senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown told Orlando Sentinel

Ian’s path has shifted south of Tampa Bay, and landfall is now expected between Fort Myers and Sarasota on Wednesday morning or early afternoon before moving across the central part of the state. 

NHC warned a “life-threatening storm surge is expected along the Florida west coast and the Lower Florida Keys,” with “devastating wind damage” expected near Ian’s center.

“Catastrophic flooding is expected across portions of central Florida with considerable flooding in southern Florida, northern Florida, southeastern Georgia and coastal South Carolina,” the weather agency continued.

“It’s going to be historic,” National Weather Service Melbourne meteorologist Kole Fehling in Melbourne, referring to the storm’s landfall impacts. 

Fehling said Central Florida could be swamped with 15 to 20 inches of rainfall, with some areas receiving upwards of 24 inches. 

“The normal value for the amount of rainfall over the entire year is about 52 inches,” he said. “So if we were to see those higher- end totals, we could be experiencing half of our total annual rainfall in a very short period of time.”

On Tuesday night, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told residents: 

“You need to evacuate now. You’re going to start feeling major impacts of this storm relatively soon.” 

Millions of Floridians are under evacuation orders or advisories as DeSantis activated the National Guard earlier this week before the storm’s arrival. 

There are notable economic impacts due to adverse weather conditions in the region. On Tuesday evening, US energy companies idled 190,000 barrels of daily crude production, some 11% of US Gulf of Mexico output. 

Bloomberg pointed out that the “nation’s production of phosphate fertilizer” is in the storm’s path. 

Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler with Enki Research, said Mosaic’s New Wales plant is “right in the middle of the damage swath,” adding the facility “could be out for weeks.” 

Bloomberg said Ian could cause $45 billion in damage, which would make it one of the most costly storms in the country’s history. 

By late Tuesday, over 2,000 flights to and from Florida were canceled. Flight delays and cancelations could spill over to the rest of the country. 

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Video: Sam Harris Claims It Was An “Accident” That NY Post Was Right About Hunter Biden Laptop

He previously admitted he ‘wouldn’t have cared if Hunter Biden had corpses of children in his basement’

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Lefty ‘philosopher’ Sam Harris, who previously admitted he supported the suppression of reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop immediately prior to the election, has now claimed that the New York Post’s reporting on the story was accurate only “by accident.”

Speaking with Bill Maher on his podcast, Harris declared that the reaction to him saying he wouldn’t have cared if Hunter Biden had corpses of children in his basement was “right wing lunacy,” and that it “kind of distorted my position.”

Harris further declared that “the velocity of the hatred was something new,” and claimed that “it was completely plausible to worry that this was a fake story… there simply wasn’t enough time to get to the bottom of it.”

Maher challenged him on the suppression of the laptop story, noting “Well then why did the outlets that did get to the bottom of it, get to it? The New York Post had no problem getting to the bottom of it.”

Harris replied, “They wanted to believe it and yes, you know, sometimes you’re right by accident.”

Maher responded, “Can I go to step two of what the two reasonable people in the room would agree on. One, they’d agree it was kind of suppressed. Two, they’d agree that Hunter Biden, being the son of the current Vice President, and being a complete douchebag, was ripe to be used as a conduit to his father, through which he was, but nothing really. It was kind of sort of everyday graft, that’s sleazy, but doesn’t affect the world.”

“It’s possible we still don’t know, right,” Harris replied, adding “I’ll give some credence to the possibility that it’s worse than I understand. But the problem is ten days is not enough to figure that out and we knew that it was going to rail the issue.”

Harris then attempted to steer the conversation to Trump and his administration being more corrupt than Biden.

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The New York Post story on the Hunter Biden laptop was censored on Twitter and other platforms and labelled ‘Russian disinformation‘ in a chilling example of election meddling fewer than 3 weeks before the vote that saw Biden take the White House.

It has since been proven that the story is completely accurate, with  journalists such as Glenn Greenwald describing the cover up as “the single biggest media fraud” in the past decade.

Harris put himself in the spotlight again this week by criticising Elon Musk’s attempts to restore free speech on Twitter:

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    Howls Of Outrage After New York Times Confirms SBF To Speak Alongside Zelenskyy, Yellen

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    As we discussed last night, Sam Bankman-Fried has now demonstrated that he is both a pathological liar and a sociopath, the kind who in “explaining” to his employees how he stole billions (over $4 billion according to new FTX CEO John J. Ray) from the now bankrupt FTX, an act which left it insolvent and without liquidity, called it “loans” which were “generally” not used for “large amounts of personal consumption” (just “small amounts” used for such trivial items as $40 million penthouses and private jets).

    And the only reason we don’t officially call him a criminal just yet, is because he has not yet confirmed he used client money from his exchange to fund his personal hedge fund, an act which would cost any other individual decades in jail… but not prominent democrats like SBF or Jon Corzine, of course. Plus it’s the US legal system’s job to do that, not ours. Although we are growing increasingly skeptical this prominent Democratic donor will ever see the inside of a courtroom.

    It’s not just us: with much of the entire world demanding to know how this corpulent 30-year-old still has not been thrown in prison, or at least charged with a variety of crimes, the NYT just confirmed to the entire world what a farce the one-time paper of record has become, and how it is willing to whore itself out for clicks – not to mention prominent Democrat donors – because moments after SBF tweeted that he will be speaking with Andrew Ross-Sorkin moderated NYT “summit” on Nov 30…

    … Sorkin quickly confirmed as much.

    And so, instead of being under arrest, SBF will instead be treated like a luminary alongside other such other Democrat icons as Zelenskyy (who according to some may have been intimately familiar with FTX fund flows in the past year) and of course the woman who along with Ben Bernanke and Jerome Powell, made it all possible by blowing the biggest asset bubble of all time: Janet Yellen.

    And while we are certain that the NYT – which we assume is done writing puff pieces on behalf of SBF after it became a laughing stock last week – would be quick to mercilessly cancel and expel from its “prestigious” conference anyone who had misgendered some post-op transsexual, it is willing to give this thieving pathological liar and sociopath a forum in which to profess his innocence to the entire world, and by association with other Democrat “celebrities” such as Bill Clinton.

    …  to boost his standing within a legal system that is clearly as much as joke as the venue that he will be sharing with the following individuals:

    Here are all the other “top business and policy leaders” at the NYT whitewashing summit:

    • Eric Adams, New York City mayor
    • Ben Affleck, Artists Equity C.E.O.
    • Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX founder
    • Gerry Cardinale, RedBird Capital Partners founder, managing partner and C.I.O.
    • Shou Chew, TikTok C.E.O.
    • Larry Fink, BlackRock chairman and C.E.O.
    • Reed Hastings, Netflix founder and co-C.E.O.
    • Andy Jassy, Amazon president and C.E.O.
    • Van Jones, CNN host, author and Dream.Org founder
    • Scarlett Lewis, Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement founder and mother of Sandy Hook shooting victim, Jesse
    • Mike Pence, 48th vice president of the United States and author of “So Help Me God”
    • Benjamin Netanyahu, former Prime Minister of Israel, current leader of the Likud party
    • Priscilla Sims Brown, Amalgamated Bank president and C.E.O.
    • Secretary Janet L. Yellen, U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine
    • Mark Zuckerberg, Meta founder, chairman and C.E.O.

    The shocked, stunned and simply disgusted reactions are still coming in:

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    MSNBC’s Resident Fed: Tucker Carlson Should Face “Civil Consequences” If Mass Shooters Watch His Show

    “We need to see accountability and consequences,” but only when it fits the narrative

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    MSNBC talking head Frank Figliuzzi proclaimed Tuesday that conservative figures like Tucker Carlson and GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert should be subject to “civil consequences” if mass shooters are found to have “consumed” their content.

    Ranting about the shooting in a gay club in Colorado Springs this past weekend, Figliuzzi, a former FBI agent with clout, stated that “If [the Colorado Springs shooter] is a consumer of the people we just rattled off, from Lauren Boebert to Tucker Carlson, let’s get it out at trial, let’s expose it for what it is, name it and shame it.”

    “He’s a consumer of these people and those people should face civil consequences from the victims,” asserted Figliuzzi, a rabid anti-Trump hack and now MSNBC’s “national security analyst”.

    “We need to see accountability and consequences,” Figliuzzi further declared.

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    The latest reports suggest that the shooter isn’t some anti-LGBT right wing nut job, but rather identifies as “nonbinary” and uses “they/them pronouns,” according to the New York Times

    Right, so who should face “civil consequences” for voicing their opinions now then?

    What about when a mass killer falls outside such simplistic propaganda narratives? Any civil consequences needed for anyone then?

    Nah, doesn’t appear so.

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