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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

31 August - Blogs I'm Following - 4 of 4

 11:10 pm MDT

The Rio Times19 hours ago
Brazil and U.S. to reduce non-tariff barriers in bilateral trade
The governments of Brazil and the United States announced today their intention to reduce non-tariff barriers in bilateral trade, official sources reported. The Brazilian Ministry of Economy released a statement Tuesday highlighting the main points raised during a trade dialogue held last month in Washington in the presence of the Foreign Trade Secretariat of the […] read more
I've had days like that...
Stephan Pastis does it again. Click the image to be taken to a larger version at the "Pearls Before Swine" Web page. How does he manage to so often put his finger on the *zeitgeist* of our current messy existence? However he gets it right, I'm glad he does! We need something to laugh at. Peter read more
Lithium metal battery charges fast by stowing ions in a hollow core
this will inform rather well on the design problems with lithium. early days here, but the geometyry and the gold acts to control deposition surprisingly well and the payoff is huge. Let us hope tnhis can really turn into a manufacturing process. It also shows us why real progress has been do slow and even painful *Lithium metal battery charges fast by stowing ions in a hollow core* *By Nick Lavars* *A new battery design out of South Korea could help unlock fast-charging, high-density batteries* https://newatlas.com/energy/lithium-metal-battery-charges-fast-hollow-core/ *S... read more
Tore Says she Stopped the Steal in 2016...
It is abundently clear that elections are stolen and have been for decades, particularly by the DEMs. The game has gone on from a few rotten bouroughs to actual state level fraud. The traditional closeness of the popular vote at the presidential level election after election is likely impossible and more likely reflect the BUY driving it. Jusy enough is good enough. Thje absurdity of it all blew up in 2020 when they simply could not hide it anymore. Lies aside, Trump had enough to win in 2016. He had completely disproven the naysayes in 2020 and had an overwelming landslide ... read more
USask chemists solve 27-year-old riddle, produce promising new compound
They were actually able to make this compound. ring molecules are hardly common but lend themselves to unusual applications. Understand that I have identified H3O3 as a ring molecule in nature. so something like this is actualloy worth been excited about. we can count on it been surprising and so far semi stable. May need refrigeration in order to make a lot.. . *USask chemists solve 27-year-old riddle, produce promising new compound* *SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) chemists have successfully produced for the first time a new, stable organic compound which has... read more
Earth-packed tire walls prove as structurally sound as concrete
i am not convinced because tires will be attacked by dry rot and produce failure points. What about oing this to produce seawalls? large sized aggregate is indiocated but speed of assembly is a plus and dfouble rowing the wall or even much wider provides a solid base for a roadbad as well. what about putting down short steel pilings as well to anchor it all. I undermined, it could even be added to. Just give up on real precission design.. *Earth-packed tire walls prove as structurally sound as concrete* *By Loz Blain* *August 23, 2022* *Used car tires are a massive, non-bio... read more
Vox - All18 hours ago
Where we’re spending our screentime, in 3 charts
[image: Two small boys sitting at home crouched over a glowing screen.] Matt Cardy/Getty Images A (mostly) post-pandemic update. There has been plenty of chin-scratching about how the pandemic changed the way we interact with the internet, and how that may change again as the pandemic recedes. At one point, we were assured that the pandemic was “accelerating the digital transformation.” Now maybe we’re not so sure. But here’s another way of looking at it: If you went to sleep at the beginning of 2020 and just woke up now, things would be pretty much where you think they would be:... read more
Russia closed the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany for 3 days at 3 am this morning. https://www.tagesschau.de/wirtschaft/weltwirtschaft/russland-north-stream-103.html Will Russia reopen the pipeline or cut off gas as the simplest,surest way of causing the economic collapse of the nations waging war against it and so piling on pressure for peace negotiations. WhileThe Hague has asked for a temporary exemption from Russian sanctions, there is no sign of the EU, US,UK being willing to negotiate conditions acceptable for Russia, such as the return of the Donbas, seized assets, no ... read more
Autumns To Get Drier–(Or Not, As The Case Might Be)
By Paul Homewood UK autumns are likely to become drier on average and more ‘summer-like’ with increasing climate change according to new research from the Met Office. Daniel Cotterill is the lead scientist behind the study, which focusses on the projected likelihood of occurrence of weather patterns, of which there are 30 standard types. He […] read more
Halifax Examiner18 hours ago
Answering questions about vaccines, hesitancy, what to expect with variants this fall
With a vaccine now available for children under five, boosters soon available for those five to 11, and students preparing to return to schools and universities in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, Fatima Tokhmafshan and her team want to answer all of your vaccine-related questions. Tokhmafshan is a Montréal-based geneticist, medical doctor candidate, and […] read more
How to Avoid Twitticism
Twitter asks with such earnest intent, "Do YOU know how to spot misinformation?" They want to help enable free expression and dialogue. That's why EVERY Tweet we send out from this site has a SENSITIVE CONTENT brown paper envelope warning... Related Stories - I Was Profiled! Call the PClice! - CHDeplatformed - Thanks, Dr Mercola For Covering Autism and Including Age of Autism read more
Retraction Watch19 hours ago
When an independent replication isn’t really independent
My laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School studies genetic diseases that affect the skeletal system. We became interested in the protein osteocalcin after Gerard Karsenty at Columbia University reported in several papers using knockout mice – mice lacking the genes which produce osteocalcin – that osteocalcin is a bone-derived hormone that affects … Continue reading When an independent replication isn’t really independent read more
California Blackouts Looming
By Paul Homewood With triple digit temperatures expected to hit the Southland over coming days, the California Independent System Operator on Tuesday warned that they could ask residents to cut power usage during peak hours to prevent strain on the state’s power grid. The heat wave, expected to last through next week, has […] read more
Michael West19 hours ago
National skills agreement expected by 2024
The prime minister and state and territory leaders have agreed on a vision statement and guiding principles for a new national skills agreement ahead of the jobs and skills summit. The agreement is due to come into effect in 2024, Anthony Albanese told reporters on Wednesday after a national cabinet meeting in Sydney. In the […] read more
The Rio Times19 hours ago
Drug warehouse and production plant of Brazilian PCC crime gang dismantled in Paraguay
Paraguayan special anti-drug forces succeeded on Tuesday in dismantling a drug complex of Brazil's "First Command of the Capital" (PCC) criminal group in the rural colony of "Ñandejára Puente" (Bridge of God) in the department of Amambay, on the border with Paraguay. The National Secretariat to Combat Drugs (Senad) report indicates that after raiding a […] read more
CFACT20 hours ago
More Covid/Climate links… Doubling down on wrong
The arctic ice cap was supposed to disappear. Greenland was supposed to melt into the sea. Global tropical cyclone activity was supposed to go through the roof. The case is exactly opposite. The post More Covid/Climate links… Doubling down on wrong appeared first on CFACT. read more
Michael West20 hours ago
National skills agreement expected by 2024
The prime minister and state and territory leaders have agreed on a vision statement and guiding principles for a new national skills agreement ahead of the jobs and skills summit. The agreement is due to come into effect in 2024, Anthony Albanese told reporters on Wednesday after a national cabinet meeting in Sydney. In the […] read more
Telegram is guilty of criminal activity by allowing fake channels, also using my name
Telegram is asking users whether it should share data with German authorities and police about criminal activities. https://www.br.de/nachrichten/netzwelt/welche-daten-gibt-telegram-weiter-und-an-wen,T9wdwjV What about Telegram s criminal activity of allowing fakes to use my name in 3 channels and even collect money after I emailed them and warned them none of the channels have anything to do with me? Isn t that Telegram joining in a fraud? Interestingly, the operators of Telegram are impossible to identify and use German legal firms to represent them. Why the secrecy? read more
Austrian gov recommends 4th covid vaccine for everyone over 12. Does Russia just have to wait for covid jabs to work in EU, US?
The Austrian government is recommending a 4th covid booster for everyone over 12 years despite proofs of massive injuries, deaths in government data bases like OpenVaers registering a record spike in mortality. The German government has purchased 100 million doses. https://www.capital.de/wirtschaft-politik/vierte-impfung--100-millionen-impfdosen-gegen-corona-32660484.html https://orf.at/stories/3283257/ read more
TABLES ARE ABOUT TO BE TURNED ON THE WEST As Chrystia Freeland was verbally abused in Calgary, RobertHendlin, Alberta, she may have thrown her mind back to her time in Russia as a reporter for the FT when US billionaires and their Russian proxies bought up Russia for a pittance after imploding the Soviet economy. https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/first/f/freeland-sale.html https://calgary.citynews.ca/2022/08/27/freeland-verbally-attacked-alberta-abuse/ Freeland describes in her book brilliantly the many scams, tricks used to vaccuum up Russian assetsfor a pitta... read more
GREENIE WATCH19 hours ago
* Country Hailed as 'First Major Renewable Energy Economy' Is Now Collapsing Into Power Poverty* It’s beginning to look like Germany put too many eggs in the renewable energy basket. For years now, progressives have praised the European country for paving the way forward on renewable energy. With the fourth largest economy in the world, Germany has had 100 percent of its energy output covered by renewables for years now, according to Clean Energy Wire. Renewable Energy World praised the country over a decade ago for being “the world’s first major renewable energy economy.” Becaus... read more
From Jenna Orkin A third of Pakistan is underwater from floods, climate chief saysGene editing could revive a nearly lost tree. Not everyone is on board. Closure of coal power station set to be delayed to prevent UK blackoutsBe less squeamish about drinking sewage water, says expert Fifty million empty flats threaten to plunge China’s troubled property market further into crisis, warns think tank The EU is sending millions of anti-radiation tablets to Ukraine to protect people from a potential accident caused by fighting at a nuclear power plantChinese students have helped bankroll t... read more
Covert Geopolitics19 hours ago
Russia Cuts Off Gas Supply to France for Failure to Pay; China Reselling Russian Gas to EU at Premium
Yes, you read it right, Gazprom has announced it will halt gas supplies to Engie following the French company’s failure to pay for gas deliveries in July. Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom confirmed on Tuesday it had cut off off gas supplies to French utilities company Engie. The Paris-based firm has failed to pay for … Continue reading Russia Cuts Off Gas Supply to France for Failure to Pay; China Reselling Russian Gas to EU at Premium → read more
Scholz doubles down on support to Ukraine, visits troops training in Germany even as Russia threatens to cut off gas, cause economy to implode
Prague (AFP) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday pledged emphatic backing for Ukraine and other hopefuls to join the European Union, underlining however that enlarging the bloc to "30 or 36" would require reforms. https://www.aa.com.tr/en/russia-ukraine-war/scholz-joins-ukrainian-soldiers-training-in-germany/2669352 Germany will continue its military support to Ukraine to help the country defend itself against Russia, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Thursday. He made the remarks during a visit to a military facility in Oldenburg, where Ukrainian soldiers are receiving tr... read more
"Of course, the real problem is that Europe doesn’t have any energy supplies to force state or private capital into"
From Zerohedge *Of course, the real problem is that Europe doesn’t have any energy supplies to force state or private capital into* – or at least not ones it is prepared to tap: indeed, Germany’s economy minister says the “bitter reality” is that Russia will not resume gas supply. Enjoy those stocks you have built up at huge expense, because there will be far less flow ahead. As such, what power source will the EU link electricity prices to? Solar panels, in winter when northern Europe’s energy requirements are at their highest? Burning the M&Ms that unicorns excrete? Underlin... read more
EU has paid 84 billion E for Russian energy since Feb 24th invasion, an increase of 6.6 billion E per month for 15% less
But wasn t the point of the sanctions that they would reduce Russia s revenue from energy and so make it impossible for him to finance the war? The opposite has been achieved. However,no consequences have been drawn by the EU for their gigantic miscalculation, now driving the EU over a precipice. From Time The E.U. has paid €85 billion to Russia for energy supplies just since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine. That’s an increase of €6.6 billion per month over last year, despite reducing Russian energy imports by 15%. Internal Russian government documents, show a projected 38%... read more
Tucker Carlson on Green Energy. While China priorities its economy over green energy, US, EU sacrifice their economies to ideological Green Energy targets
What sense do the environmental targets meet when the war in the Ukraine is causing an environmental disaster? Tucker Carlon on Green Energy In Poland, families are standing in line for days to buy coal, not in 1910, right now, tonight, cars queued up outside coal mines hoping for fuel. "This is beyond imagination," one 57-year-old Polish man told Reuters. "People are sleeping in their cars. I remember the communist times, but it didn't cross my mind that we could return to something even worse." Oh, but it's come. Something even worse has arrived. The French government has a... read more
Germany may have to give gas to Poland to avert energy crisis this winter. When fantasy claims and reality collide
On 4th August,Poland s *Climate and Environment Minister assured Poles that they wouldn t have heating problems during the winter.* *Poland’s gas reserves are fully stocked and gas supplies are taking place according to plan, Anna Moskwa, the country’s Climate and Environment Minister, assured on Thursday.* As she told the Polsat News commercial broadcaster, the reserves *will help Poles avoid heating problems during the winter season*, adding that the country received gas from several non-Russian sources after Moscow cut it off from supplies. https://tvpworld.com/61655126/polan... read more
DOJ says Trump hid classified documents in his storeroom. Key political question is what was in the docs? Was it of national security interest to all Americans? Can this be demonstrated to the public?
From the BBC In a court filing, the department said "efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government's investigation". They alleged agents were "explicitly prohibited" from searching a storage room at Mr Trump's Mar-a-Lago mansion. Other records were likely "concealed and removed" from a storage room, the officials said. The 54-page filing was released on Tuesday, before a court hearing on Thursday. In it, Justice Department counterintelligence chief, Jay Bratt, said the FBI were able to recover a number of classified documents that Mr Trump's team had not handed over, ... read more
Virtual Mirage20 hours ago
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Managing Expectations Feminism Bullet Points * The Last Honest Reporter? Sign broke the news of a 2016 meeting between former President Bill Clinton, whose wife Hillary Clinton at the time was running for president and was being investigated by the FBI, and the then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport tarmac. At the time, their meeting was […] The post Curb Your Enthusiasm appeared first on Virtual Mirage. read more
Why do Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen never talk about the environmental cost of the Ukraine war?
Modern warfare is highly toxic to the environment. Yet the environmental harm to the Ukrainian environment is never mentioned by "Green Environmentalist" cheerleaders like Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen. https://www.unep.org/resources/assessment/kosovo-conflict-consequences-environment-and-human-settlements "Boris can never be forgiven for sacrificing Britain to his net zero fantasy," writes a Telegraph commentator. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/columnists/2022/08/30/boris-johnson-can-never-forgiven-sacrificing-britain-net-zero/ But what is the point on saving in carbon... read more
US, Germany have sent so many weapons to Ukraine, their stocks are depleted.
How quickly can Germany s arm s industry produce arms when there is no, not enough gas available for their production? Zerohedge "It is not at the level we would like to go into combat," a US defense official told The Wall Street Journal of the Pentagon's fast depleting stockpiles due to unprecedented defense aid to Ukraine, and stressed in particular that artillery ammunition is now "uncomfortably low". ... Meanwhile, other NATO allies are facing this same problem and worry, especially 'neutral' Germany which has dramatically shifted its historic stance on not sending weapons... read more
China says nuclear bomber drills around Taiwan will become regular
ZeroHedge Reads by Tyler Durden Tuesday, Aug 30, 2022 - 11:45 PM Authored by by Connor Freeman via The Libertarian Institute, As American warships crossed the Taiwan Strait this weekend, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced H-6K strategic bombers and aerial tankers will now participate in "regular" patrols near the island, the South China Morning Post reported Monday. On Sunday, PLA Air Force spokesman Senior Colonel Shen Jinke told reporters, in recent years, the strategic bombers have carried out "countless" operations near Taiwan. Shen was speaking to the rep... read more
Small Dead Animals20 hours ago
Wednesday On Turtle Island
Biden’s America: Joe’s Chief of Lies. Biden tries to speak English. No wonder Justin likes Pfizer so much. No whites allowed. She’s baaaack! Hillary Clinton’s new show. Biden’s FBI agent forced to resign. What is Brian Stelter up to next? Your morning meme. Today in Islam: Dating Muslim style. Pride News: Trust the science. Paedophile… Continue reading → read more
Komando.com21 hours ago
Use Google Maps? How to see everywhere you’ve been
Google Maps is excellent for navigating unknown places. But the tech giant tracks everywhere you go. Here's how to get some privacy back. read more
Australian Daily Wind Power Generation Data – Tuesday 30 August 2022
By Anton Lang ~ This Post details the daily wind power generation data for the AEMO coverage area in Australia. For the background information, refer to the Introductory Post at this link. Each image is shown here at a smaller size to fit on the page alongside the data for that day. If you click […] read more
China sets its hypersonic, hi tech sights on Elon Musk s Starlink GPS satellites, other satellites necessary for NATO to conduct a war
China Threatens To Destroy Elon Musk's Starlink Tyler Durden's Photo by Tyler Durden Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022 - 03:05 AM Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute, Chinese military researchers recently called for the destruction of Elon Musk's Starlink satellites, an extraordinary threat for a state to make against a private foreign enterprise. In December 2021, China filed a complaint with the United Nations, claiming that two of Musk's Starlink satellites had nearly collided with the Tianhe module of its Tiangong Space Station -- in April and October of 2021-- and... read more
Wildfire, floods don’t need to turn into disasters: UN risk report
Hazards such as earthquakes, floods, heatwaves, and wildfires, can be prevented from becoming life-threatening disasters, according to the authors of a UN report launched on Wednesday. Read the full story, “Wildfire, floods don’t need to turn into disasters: UN risk report”, on globalissues.org → read more
Mikhail Gorbachev: UN chief hails ‘one of a kind statesman who changed the course of history’
The Secretary-General has paid warm tribute to the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, whose death aged 91 was announced on Tuesday, describing him as the person who “more than any other” brought about the peaceful end of the Cold War, which had dominated international relations since the 1940s. Read the full story, “Mikhail Gorbachev: UN chief hails ‘one of a kind statesman who changed the course of history’”, on globalissues.org → read more
* Texas Conservatives Mobilize Against New Social Curriculum Adding Gender, LGBT, and CRT Ideology* Texas conservatives are revolting over proposed State Board of Education changes that will eliminate teaching the U.S. Constitution and founding principles in some grade levels while including ideologies on white supremacy, LBGT pride, and gender. Parent groups and conservative groups have mobilized to attend a public hearing at the Texas State Board of Education in Austin Tuesday in opposition to changes that they feel do not accurately reflect the accomplishments of Texas and Am... read more
Michael West21 hours ago
COVID isolation reduced to five days
The mandatory isolation period for positive COVID-19 cases has been reduced from seven to five days. The decision follows the latest national cabinet meeting between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and state and territory leaders. The reduction in the isolation period will take effect from September 9. People will be able to leave isolation after five […] read more
OrientalReview.org21 hours ago
How Can Americans Tolerate U.S. Government’s Crucifixion Of Julian Assange?
Julian Assange has long been in solitary-confinement imprisonment in Britain awaiting extradition to America on charges which could bring him 175 years in prison, but he has never been convicted of anything, and the U.S. Government has violated both the U.S. Constitution and U.S. laws by having thus imprisoned him […] read more
The Last Refuge21 hours ago
DOJ Files Response to Trump Motion for Special Master Review, Supported by Lawfare Crew Filing Amicus Brief to Bolster DOJ Position
The DOJ has filed a response to the motion by President Trump for the court to appoint a special master to review the seized material from the DOJ/FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. [Court pdf Here] Additionally, the outside government Lawfare group has filed an amicus brief supporting the DOJ-NSD position [Amici court pdf Here] Essentially the […] The post DOJ Files Response to Trump Motion for Special Master Review, Supported by Lawfare Crew Filing Amicus Brief to Bolster DOJ Position appeared first on The Last Refuge. read more
Michael West22 hours ago
Shipping’s collision course with net zero
The most definitive thing the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Mick Kinley can say about the shipping industry’s quest for decarbonisation is that nothing is clear. Speaking at the Ports Australia conference in Brisbane on Wednesday, Mr Kinley told the audience there is no obvious green energy source to replace fossil fuels as the industry works […] read more
Michael West23 hours ago
Qld govt won’t expand Star casino probe
The Queensland government has refused to widen an inquiry into Star Entertainment to include other casino operators being investigated by regulators. The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation has been probing allegations involving the Ville Casino in Townsville for six months, and The Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns for five months. Those investigations were only revealed […] read more
New Climate Tools
A short tutorial discussing new climate analysis tools at realclimatetools.com read more
Cairns News23 hours ago
Victoria is being groomed for an energy crisis by green lunatics
By TONY MOBILIFONITISVICTORIA’S green-left and the dizzy-headed disciples of the World Economic Forum are pushing for the total electrification of the state while unlawfully abandoning the massive gas resources they sit on and are duty-bound by law to use for the state’s benefit. Andrews and the corporate clones around Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp, a WEF […] read more
Google: ‘Trump’s social media platform not approved’ — Arutz Sheva News Briefs
Former US President Donald Trump”s social media platform Truth Social has not yet been approved for distribution on Alphabet Inc”s Google Play Store due to insufficient content moderation, a Google spokesperson said on Tuesday, according to the Reuters news agency.”On August 19, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in their current… Google: […] read more
White House To Ask Congress To Approve $1.1B Arms Sale To Taiwan
A soldier stands guard during Combat Readiness Week drills in Hsinchu, Taiwan, October 29, 2020. (Ann Wang/Reuters) *Politico*: *Biden administration to ask Congress to approve $1.1B arms sale to Taiwan* *Fears have grown in recent years that China is positioning itself to take Taiwan by military force.* The Biden administration plans to formally ask Congress to approve an estimated $1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan that includes 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the package. The news comes as China continu... read more
China Reselling Russian Natural Gas To Europe
An LNG ship docked at a port in Chiba, Japan. China’s resales of LNG have added supply to the spot market *Zero Hedge:* *China Is Aggressively Reselling Russian Gas To Europe* One month ago, we were surprised to read how, despite a suppressed appetite for energy amid its housing crash and economic downturn (for which "zero covid" has emerged as a convenient scapegoat for emperor Xi), China has been soaking up more Russian natural gas so far this year, while imports from most other sources declined. In July, the SCMP reported that according to Chinese customs data, in the first... read more
August 31st – 2022 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 589
In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the JoeBama Administration and Presidency. “This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. […] The post August 31st – 2022 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 589 appeared first on The Last Refuge. read more
Russian Warships Conducting Exercises Off The Irish South Coast
The Marshal Ustinov is one of at least three Russian navy warships spotted acting unusually off Ireland's south coast. Photograph: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP *Irish Times: **Defence Forces monitoring Russian warships acting unusually off Irish south coast* *Cruise missile ship the Marshal Ustinov among at least three Russian navy ships spotted sailing north through the Irish Sea before turning back * The Defence Forces is monitoring a group of Russia warships which have been spotted acting unusually off the south of the country. The Marshal Ustinov, a large... read more
Scientists blame listeria’s low priority for regulatory support as the likely true cause for a low-burn listeria outbreak
Government prosecutors wrapped conspiracy and fraud around the head of the former president of Blue Bell ice cream, but a hung jury did not buy it. That Texas jury was 10-to-2 in favor of acquittal. But how then should be explained the illnesses and deaths associated with the 2015 listeriosis outbreak. Does science explain less... Continue Reading read more
Bloomberg: Russia Can Easily Afford To Completely Stop Its Gas Supplies To The European Union
*DETV: **Complete gas stop in the EU for Russia no problem economically — RT DE* According to the business publication Bloomberg, Russia can easily afford to completely stop its gas supplies to the European Union. According to analysts, the rise in global energy prices is entirely in Moscow’s favour. Russia could completely halt natural gas exports to the EU for more than a year without causing significant damage to its own economy, Bloomberg reported, citing analysts at Capital Economics. Russia’s balance of payments is in such a strong position given the current price situat... read more
UK authorities renew warning in deadly fish Listeria outbreak
Authorities in the United Kingdom have repeated a warning about Listeria in fish as part of an outbreak involving three deaths. The Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS), and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said vulnerable consumers need to be aware of the risks of Listeria monocytogenes infection from ready-to-eat (RTE) smoked... Continue Reading read more
Strauss gets approval to reopen chocolate plant after Salmonella closure
Strauss Group has been given permission to restart a factory in Israel that was shut months because of Salmonella findings. The confectionery manufacturing site in Nof Hagalil will gradually return to production following a thorough clean-up of the plant and investments in infrastructure. Food inspectors from the Israeli Ministry of Health allowed the resumption of... Continue Reading read more
August 31, 2022: Reader Tips
On this last day of August, we present you with the 1936 film, Things to Come, based on the H.G. Wells novel of the same name. Your best tips of recent days are much appreciated! Bonus: We’ve all experienced the curfew/lockdown of 2020. One wonders if it was merely a test run for something like… Continue reading → read more
We’re Being Trained To Worry About ‘Russian Propaganda’ While Drowning In US Propaganda
Listen to a reading of this article: ❖ One of the weirdest, most insane things happening today is the way the entire western world is being trained to freak out about “Russian propaganda” — which barely exists in the west — while ignoring the fact that […] read more
Michael West1 day ago
Insiders exploiting Aust border, ABF says
Trusted insiders are using their knowledge of the nation’s border controls to get drugs into the country and the problem is getting worse, Australian Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram says. Border Force officers detected some 11 tonnes of illicit drugs at the border last financial year, up from eight tonnes in 2019-20. But detections at […] read more
Michael West1 day ago
Workers must be at heart of summit: unions
Australian workers must ultimately be at the heart of the upcoming jobs and skills summit rather than data or statistics, the peak body representing unions says. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) wants summit attendees to remember the real people affected by wage stagnation, poor conditions and cost of living pressures. “It shouldn’t be […] read more
Could be a bit of a learning curve. (((Senator Scott Weiner))) is so proud of himself. What!? No Dr. Suess? One of Trudy's very first bills passed involved bestiality. And it was not good for the beasties. Boss move! I don't know if this is photoshopped or not but.... This image a few weeks ago, that I also posted, of Levine, was photoshopped. This poor woman! Inspired by that green ridem bike above, I began to investigate E bikes made in Canada. Daymak, a Toronto comp... read more
Wednesday August 31st – Open Thread
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL. […] The post Wednesday August 31st – Open Thread appeared first on The Last Refuge. read more
New “Congestion” Tolls For NYC Coming Soon
By Peter Murphy ~ Never underestimate politicians’ rapacious appetite for taxpayer (or “borrowed”) cash. It is insatiable so much so that many of them will flagrantly lie to get more. More cash means more money to spend to garner votes at election time and to pay-back political contributors. In a word, more taxpayer cash means […] read more
Banana Republic
A Dry Bones Cartoon ~ Has America Lost Its Way?! Read more by Yaakov Kirschen at Dry Bones . http://drybonesblog.blogspot.com/ read more
Suspicious Timing, AG Merrick Garland Sends Memo to DOJ and FBI Employees Reminding Them Not to Talk to Congress
Absent of anything else going on, this memo would seem innocuous. However, when you consider that at least 20 FBI whistleblowers from the FBI have approached both the house and senate in the past several weeks, this memo takes on a new meaning. According to the memo sent internally by AG Merrick Garland, he is […] The post Suspicious Timing, AG Merrick Garland Sends Memo to DOJ and FBI Employees Reminding Them Not to Talk to Congress appeared first on The Last Refuge. read more
Russia Burns Millions Of Dollars Off Gas Near The Finnish Border Per Day As Europe's Energy Bills Skyrocket To Record Highs
A gas flare at a Russian oil and gas field. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters *BBC:* *Climate change: Russia burns off gas as Europe's energy bills rocket* As Europe's energy costs skyrocket, Russia is burning off large amounts of natural gas, according to analysis shared with BBC News. They say the plant, near the border with Finland, is burning an estimated $10m (£8.4m) worth of gas every day. Experts say the gas would previously have been exported to Germany. Germany's ambassador to the UK told BBC News that Russia was burning the gas because "they couldn't sell it els... read more
Shell CEO Warns Europe Will Be Facing ‘Terrible’ Winters For The Next Decade
*Fortune*:* Shell CEO warns the gas crisis could last for several years, as Europe faces ‘terrible’ winters for the next decade* Europe may be in for gas rationing and expensive electricity bills for a decade to come. Shell’s chief executive officer Ben Van Beurden cautioned that the continent may need to ration gas for several winters as the crisis brought on by Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine looks unlikely to end any time soon. “I do not think this crisis is going to be limited to just one winter,” the CEO of the Anglo-Dutch oil major told reporters on the sidelines of... read more
Buzzfeed Readers Still Don’t See The Invisible Costs of “Free Money”
* President Biden’s plan to forgive $10K in student loans quickly became the biggest news of the last few weeks. Indeed, in what should be a sea of ugly news for Biden (Mar-a-Lago, anyone?), he’s clearly hoping debt forgiveness is his golden ticket. * Conservative and libertarian pundits have already covered many of the important reasons why the President “forgiving” or “canceling” debt is a terrible, not to mention unconstitutional, idea. * Meanwhile, I decided to have a little fun (or make myself a little enraged) by looking up the Buzzfeed twitter roundup on the subject to see wh... read more
Former Russian President Medvedev Says Russia Can't Stop War Even If Ukraine Drops Its Demand To Join NATO
Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of Russia's Security Council, delivers a speech in Saint Petersburg Reuters: *Russia can't stop war, even if Ukraine drops NATO hopes -Putin ally* (Reuters) - A top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Moscow would not stop its military campaign in Ukraine even if Kyiv formally renounced its aspirations to join NATO. Former President Dmitry Medvedev, now deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, also said in a French television interview that Russia was prepared to hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens... read more
“Don’t Be Fooled By Recent Strength… A Post-Dollar World Is Coming”
“Don’t Be Fooled By Recent Strength… A Post-Dollar World Is Coming” by Ruchir Sharma, op-ed The Financial Times, via https://www.zerohedge.com/ The currency may look strong but its weaknesses are mounting… This month, as the dollar surged to levels last seen nearly 20 years ago, analysts invoked the old Tina (there is no alternative) argument to … read more
Pfizer Vaccine Whistleblower Responds to Motion to Dismiss False Claims Suit — Fraudulent Certifications, False Statements, Doctored Data, Contaminated Clinical Trials …
Pfizer Vaccine Whistleblower Responds to Motion to Dismiss False Claims Suit by Alice Giordano, https://www.theepochtimes.com/ Pfizer can’t use the government as a shield from liability for making false claims about its COVID-19 vaccine, lawyers for a whistleblower argued in response to Pfizer’s motion to dismiss a False Claims Act lawsuit. – “Respondents claim fraudulent certifications, false statements, doctored data, … read more
Chinese Strategic Bombers Will Join ‘Regular’ Patrols Near Taiwan, as US Warships Cross Strait
Chinese Strategic Bombers Will Join ‘Regular’ Patrols Near Taiwan, as US Warships Cross Strait by Connor Freeman, https://libertarianinstitute.org/ As American warships crossed the Taiwan Strait this weekend, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced H-6K strategic bombers and aerial tankers will now participate in “regular” patrols near the island, the South China Morning Post reported Monday. – On … read more