Thought for the day
"If you want a true measure of the stupidity of a people, look to the leaders they follow." -- Voltaire
Faced with trade-war tariffs and sky-high inflation, the US fishing industry is getting 'crushed' right now.
Much of it is due to the amount of offshore processing done in China after fish are caught in US waters - which means the US companies catching them are paying high duty rates on various types of seafood, including salmon, tilapia, and tuna, crab and shrimp, according to the Epoch Times, which notes that American companies have been sending their ocean harvests to China for processing for more than a decade in order to take advantage of historically cheaper labor and operating costs.
In fact, some 65% of the estimated 6.3 billion pounds of seafood consumed by Americans every year is reimported - a move which saves US companies around 80 cents per pound of fish in labor costs. Given the roughly 30 million pounds of salmon alone being sent to Chinese processing plants, the savings add up.
European Union ambassadors reached an agreement on Wednesday to impose a new package of sanctions on Russia, including banning maritime transportation for Russian oil to third-party countries unless the oil is sold below or at a certain price cap.
“Ambassadors reached a political agreement on new sanctions against Russia - a strong EU response to Putin’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories,” the Czech rotating presidency of the EU said in a tweet today.
Webmaster addition: Russia will simply sell their oil elsewhere.
In May, we outlined that a reversal of the "shortage of everything" bullwhip effect was nearing, as skyrocketing inventories (the result of Covid-era overordering due to snarled supply chains) was about to hit a faltering economy, and prices of goods would decline as companies would be forced to liquidate excess inventories into a recession (see "Bullwhip Effect Ends With A Bang: Why Prices Are About To Fall Off A Cliff" from May 23). We reminded readers about this a few times over the summer ("Bullwhip-Effect Reversal Is The Major Downside Growth Risk" and "Container Rates Slump As "Bullwhip Effect" Enters Terminal Phase").
Last week, the reverse bullwhip was apparent in Nike's 'shocking' quarterly report after shares plunged more than 10% following the announcement of deteriorating earnings, and the margin outlook for the year was slashed. We warned retailers building inventory at a rapid clip this year was going to be disastrous, which is precisely what the sportswear giant reported.
Why is Planned Parenthood so interested in trans identity politics when trans people are highly unlikely to have children (only 19%)? It's just another sign that the trans agenda is far more about population reduction that is about personal rights.
A recently unearthed infomercial made by Planned Parenthood last year is marketed directly to teens and promotes puberty blockers as a means to disrupt natural body changes in order to make teens “feel more” like the gender they believe themselves to be psychologically.
In other words, they suggest confused teens fight against their own biology by taking pharmaceuticals which are known to potentially cause chemical castration as well as permanent damage to reproductive processes. This is medically proven to occur, but with leftist politics now poisoning the sciences over the past few years there is a growing narrative that claims puberty blockers are “safe and reversible.”
The claim relies on the use of “unknown quantities,” as there is very little data on the long term effects of puberty blockers in the MAJORITY of people who take them, and in some cases short term usage means POSSIBLE reversal and limited damage to fertility. Advocates for gender affirmation surgeries and hormone therapies will often say that there “is no proof” that puberty blockers are dangerous – This is because of limited studies and data, not because the chemicals and therapies have been proven safe.
A close-up view of the cartouche of the Ptolemaic dynasty Pharaoh Ptolemy V Epiphanes inscribed with the rest of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic text in the upper portion of the Rosetta Stone, on display at the British Museum in London on July 26, 2022 [File: Amir Makar/AFP]
Prominent Egyptian archaeologists have renewed a call for the return of the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum to Egypt, 200 years after the deciphering of the slab unlocked the secrets of hieroglyphic script and marked the birth of Egyptology.
The archaeologists’ online campaign has gathered 2,500 signatures so far and aims to “tell Egyptians what has been taken from them”, said Monica Hanna, acting Dean of the College of Archaeology in the Egyptian city of Aswan.
Darya Dugina was killed in a car bomb attack in Moscow in August [File: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters]
Intelligence agencies in the United States believe parts of the Ukrainian government authorised the car bomb attack near Moscow in August that killed Darya Dugina, the daughter of a prominent Russian nationalist, according to a report in the New York Times.
The assessment of alleged Ukrainian complicity was shared within the US government last week, the paper reported on Wednesday.
Joe Biden was caught on camera grinning from ear to ear as he creeped on a female state official, Nikki Fried, Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, today in Florida.
Since the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, Illinois has become an oasis to prevent future women, people of color, LGBTQIA?’s and all of God’s other children from entering this world, but why stop there?
A Texas man was arrested after he entered a newborn baby nursery, started running around, snatched a baby and choked it while saying, “Die!”
The British Journal of Sports Medicine published the results of a recent study on the cardiopulmonary capacity and muscle strength of transgender women versus biological women titled, “Cardiopulmonary capacity and muscle strength in transgender women on long-term gender-affirming hormone therapy: a cross-sectional study.”
Cori Bush is a good Democrat. She’s not afraid to speak out loud what she believes deep in her heart.
Joe and his handler Dr. Jill traveled to Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday to survey the damage from Hurricane Ian.
COVID-style mRNA vaccine work is underway for foot and mouth disease. Farmers are urging the development of an mRNA vaccine for foot and mouth disease, as Australia intensifies the screening of people arriving from Indonesia through boosted biosecurity powers.
It seems “they” are coming to get you one way or another.
Today, an interview with attorney, Todd Callender on the Dr Jane Ruby Show. According to Our World in Data, 64% of the world’s population has taken the mRNA modifications. They discuss genetically modified human beings; who owns a human being if they take a gene-changing product that gives them a different genetic structure, and are the jabbed now homo borg genesis, a new human species?
Stephan Cannon has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of former St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn.
“Cannon was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more, unlawful possession of a firearm, and three counts of armed criminal action – all felonies,” Fox News reported.
“According to KSDK’s Christine Byers, Cannon was sentenced to life without parole on the first-degree murder charge,” the report added.
Dorn’s son, Brian Powell, also spoke during the sentencing.
“I hope your eyes are woke. You still have time to get everything together and make amends with your maker,” he said.
In the wake of OPEC’s announcement that it will be scaling back oil production by 2 million barrels a day, President Biden has announced another trip to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). This time, Joe is grabbing 10 million barrels in an attempt to combat rising gas prices.
Biden has taken 180 million barrels since April.
Energy-starved Bulgaria will temporarily cease to enforce EU sanctions on Russian fuel, to ensure the work of government institutions, the state press service reported on Wednesday following a Cabinet meeting.
According to the report, Russian companies supplying automotive fuel will be exempt from the embargo until the end of 2024, due to shortages in the country.
“It is permitted to conclude new state contracts and framework agreements with automotive fuel suppliers from the Russian Federation after October 10, 2022… An exception is introduced due to the need to ensure the normal operation of state bodies and other structures requiring motor fuel, in order to protect public order, the life and health of the citizens of Bulgaria, and national security,” the press service announced. The ban will come back into force on December 31, 2024.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals strikes again!
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday granted the Justice Department’s motion to expedite its appeal to Judge Aileen Cannon’s order appointing a special master to oversee the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
The DOJ last Friday moved to expedite its appeal of Cannon’s order appointing Raymond Dearie as special master.
“The Justice Department is asking the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to order all papers be filed in the case by Nov. 11, and hold any necessary hearing in the case as soon as that briefing is completed.” Reuters reported.
Is science something that everyone contributes and has access to, or is it something that is decreed from the top down by authoritarian bureaucrats? According to Melissa Fleming, the United Nations’ Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, “we own the science” – referring to the UN.
Five current or former employees of the IRS have been charged with scheming to defraud hundreds of thousands of dollars in COVID relief.
Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is now using a cartoon to market puberty blocking drugs to children.
The city council of Washington, D.C., voted 12-1 on Tuesday to advance a bill that would allow non-citizen residents to vote in future local elections.
A top Florida sheriff responded to the arrests of several illegal aliens in his county for looting following the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Ian by saying that the residents of his county will be safe from criminals seeking to victimize people.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged answering a question during Tuesday’s press briefing on the matter of President Joe Biden praising a group of Coast Guard rescue swimmers that included a guardsman who could face termination because he has not received a COVID vaccine.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was grilled during Tuesday’s press briefing over gas prices starting to surge again across the U.S.
A top U.S. official stated categorically in an interview Tuesday evening that the United States was not behind the attack on two Russian pipelines late last month.
Ukrainian air defences near Lyman have neutralised a Russian Su-34 strike fighter, with photos confirming that the aircraft from the from the 21st Air Division based in Shagol Airfield in the Chelyabinsk region serial number RF-81852 was destroyed. The Su-34 became operational in the Russian Air Force in 2014, and although it is considered a premier strike fighter it was designed primarily for operations using beyond visual range missiles against NATO and allied targets far beyond Russian territory, with its endurance accordingly being totally unrivalled. Russia’s unwillingness to expend more air launched standoff missiles in Ukraine has led it to deploy Su-34s for close range bombing and possibly even close air support missions, where Ukrainian handheld surface to air missiles have reportedly proven particularly dangerous. The age of Ukraine’s longer ranged S-300P systems from the 1980s has meant Russian fighters have faced less threats at higher altitudes, although their ability to attack ground targets with precision is significantly reduced if doing so.
“This gigantic Trump collusion hoax was largely inspired by fake claims from a Russian connected to Russian intelligence - a man paid by the Democrats and by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”
The Iranian navy will take part in joint exercises with Russian and Chinese warships “this autumn,” Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri announced on Thursday in Tehran.
The chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces did not provide many details about the planned maneuvers, but mentioned the possibility of other countries such as Oman and Pakistan joining as well.
Bagheri made the announcement on the sidelines of a military parade in Tehran marking Sacred Defense Week, according to the Mehr news agency. “Exercises involving the navies of Iran, Russia and China will be held in the northern part of the Indian Ocean this autumn,” Mehr quoted Bagheri as saying.