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"Alone among all of Earth's life forms, humans alone perceive the absolute inevitability of their own mortality. For thousands of years, con artists have exploited that fear of the inevitable end of life, offering for sale various magical escapes from the grave, and all the acolytes have to do is surrender their money, their obedience, and their sanity." -- Michael Rivero
Silicon Valley Bank dished out $219 million worth of loans to officers, directors and principal shareholders in the months before it collapsed.
The money was handed it out in the final quarter of 2022 and was three times higher than the amount borrowed by insiders in the three months before, marking a two-decade record high.
It comes as the San Francisco Federal Reserve boss Mary Daly has felt the wrath of both Democrats and Republicans for her failure to act on signs of weakness at the bank, which caved on March 10.
A key ingredient commonly found in kitchens could face a shortage in the coming months as global biofuel consumption surges due to climate change initiatives.
As reported by Bloomberg, Western nations are increasingly adopting plant-based energy sources, such as soybean or canola oils, or even animal fats, in a move to reduce carbon emissions by transitioning away from fossil fuels. This shift has presented a profitable opportunity for vegetable and palm oil producers to redirect some cooking oil supplies toward the transportation sector rather than their traditional use in food production.
Hot demand for biofuels combined with the war in Ukraine disrupting ag flows and extreme weather in Argentina curbing vegetable oil supplies and other top producers reeling from declining production could push vegetable oil production into a deficit in the second half of the year, according to Thomas Mielke, executive director of Hamburg-based Oil World.
The cascade of defaulted regional US banks is blowing out the circulating inventory of distressed debt which expanded by about $65.9 billion last week as US insolvency courts saw six new, large bankruptcy filings, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The heap of dollar-denominated corporate bonds and loans in the Americas trading at distressed levels rose to $295.4 billion in the week ended Friday, a 28.7% increase from $229.5 billion a week earlier, Bloomberg-compiled data show.
At least one person was injured after a rare tornado hit a city just southeast of Los Angeles Wednesday, local officials said.
The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado “briefly touched down” in an industrial park and warehouse district in the city of Montebello and rated the tornado an EF-1 with estimated peak winds of 110 mph – the strongest tornado to hit the Los Angeles area since 1983.
The “intense microcell” damaged at least 17 buildings, 11 so severely the fire department deemed them too dangerous to use, according to Michael Chee, a city public information officer.
“There was flying debris and everything!!!!” tweeted one person who shared a video of the storm. The video zooms in on a mass of dark gray clouds consuming the sky and tapering down toward land.
The reported injury is considered minor, Chee said at a news conference.
During a discussion on the potential Trump indictment, an MSNBC panel claimed that Trump supporters, and anyone else for that matter, are “dangerous” for criticising George Soros.
Perpetual race baiting grifter Joy Reid turned to former CIA officer Tracy Walder, and said “The fact that they keep throwing George Soros’ name, we’ve talked a lot in our show meetings, is it definitely feels like a dog whistle that is dangerous.”
Walder replied, “It absolutely feels like a dog whistle that’s dangerous.”
She continued, “Look, most of these groups, the Oath Keepers, Boogaloo Boys, Proud Boys, they all subscribe to what you are all referring to as the great replacement theory.”
“This is why we see these spikes in racism and anti-semitism,” and “they are ascribing to this belief and it’s stoking this division,” Walder added.
She then suggested that “Trump has for multiple years now called for a civil war.”
In a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, the podcast's namesake expressed strong support for independent journalists, praising their ability to uncover the truth behind the "vested interests of companies and corporations."
"If it was not for independent journalism, we would be in a pickle, we would be in a really bad state because a lot of people got duped by the … pharmaceutical industry, the medical industry, the military-industrial complex."
Rogan noted that the internet had enabled these journalists to “thrive” in a world dominated by mainstream media outlets that are “so corrupt” and “obviously indebted to the companies that pay for their advertising. If it wasn’t for them, we would be f*cked and it’s one of the beautiful things about the internet today. The internet today allows people like that to thrive, because these mainstream corporations are so corrupt. They’re so obviously indebted to the companies that pay for their advertising."
It is easy to be distracted right now by the bread and circus politics that have dominated the news headlines lately, but don’t be distracted.
Don’t be fooled, not even a little.
We’re being subjected to the oldest con game in the books, the magician’s sleight of hand that keeps you focused on the shell game in front of you while your wallet is being picked clean by ruffians in your midst.
This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.
What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.
We are being ruled by a government of scoundrels, spies, thugs, thieves, gangsters, ruffians, rapists, extortionists, bounty hunters, battle-ready warriors and cold-blooded killers who communicate using a language of force and oppression.
The U.S. government now poses the greatest threat to our freedoms.
Tanzania has confirmed eight cases of Marburg, a high-death viral hemorrhagic fever with symptoms broadly similar to those of Ebola, in its first-ever outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO said in a late Tuesday statement that the confirmation by Tanzania’s national public laboratory followed the death of five people in the northwest Kagera region who developed symptoms, which include fever, vomiting, bleeding and renal failure.
The US Army has officially opened its first permanent military garrison on NATO’s "eastern flank" in a ceremony on Tuesday.
Stretching from the Baltics to the Black Sea, the eastern portion of the North Atlantic bloc is made up of eight nations – all former members of the USSR or Warsaw Pact. The US Army’s V Corps will now have a lasting presence at Camp Kosciuszko in Poland.
A letter purported to be from Michael Cohen's attorney says that Cohen acted alone when he paid Stormy Daniels in 2016 - a revelation which could undercut Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's case against Donald Trump.
"In a private transaction in 2016, before the U.S. presidential election, Mr. Cohen used his own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford [Stormy Daniels]," reads the 2018 letter from Cohen attorney Stephen Ryan to the Federal Election Commission, which asserts that Trump was not involved in the hush payment to the former porn star.
A disturbing video has recently surfaced of a racist man hurling insults at a young boy and his family in a subway car.
The man, a black male featured in other viral videos featuring similar hateful rhetoric, targeted the child, calling him a "nasty a**, mutated ... white monkey," and then proclaiming, "You're a dog in this country!" The boy's father was ready to confront the bigot, but was stopped by his wife. Despite her attempts to calm the situation, the man continued his tirade, shouting that the boy was "nothing over here" and that he, the bigot, was a "black American!"
Leading science journal Nature admitted on Monday that their endorsement of Joe Biden in the 2020 US election harmed their credibility, trust in science, and made virtually no difference when it came to influencing voters one way or the other.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday against the backdrop of the pension reform unfolding in the country that he was ready to sacrifice his popularity for France’s interests as he did not intend to be re-elected.
"I am not going to do another term, I cannot do it according to the Constitution. Between the opinion polls and the interests of the country I will choose the latter," he told the TF1 and France-2 TV channels in an interview. "If I have to face unpopularity, I am ready for it," he added.
The head of the state admitted that he had a responsibility to "settle the understandable anger", however, he pointed out that this anger should not turn into violence, which he said was unacceptable.
Don't miss the planet parade taking place at the end of March.
Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus, and Mars are set to align in an arc formation on the nights of March 25 through 30, alongside the Moon.
Jupiter may sink into the sunset and get lost in sunlight after the 28th, though, so aim to see this relatively rare cosmic event by then.
If you want to spot all five planets in one night, timing, dark skies, and a clear view of the horizon are key.
Tucker Carlson accused the NSA of spying on his personal communications when he tried to schedule an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I can corroborate his story.
On March 10, Fox News host Tucker Carlson told the Full Send podcast that the US government “broke into [his] text messages” in the summer of 2021, just months before the launch of Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.
Carlson claimed the spying occurred as he was planning a trip to Russia, where he hoped to record a conversation with the country’s president. According to Carlson, he learned of the surveillance after a US government source arranged to meet him in Washington and proceeded to share information with him that only someone with access to his private, personal text messages could have known.
“This person’s like… ‘Are you planning a trip to go see Putin?’ This was the summer before the war started. And I was like, ‘how would you know that? I haven’t told anybody,’” Carlson recalled.
“I was intimidated,” he added. “I’m embarrassed to admit, but I was completely freaked out by it.”
The Commission on the biological program in Ukraine has come to the conclusion that the United States is ready to produce and use biological weapons outside its territory, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council (upper chamber of the Russian parliament) Konstantin Kosachev said on Wednesday.
“Based on all that has been said, our commission comes to the conclusion… the United States supports and develops the ability to create components of biological weapons, and, if necessary, to produce and use them outside the national territory,” Kosachev said during a meeting of the commission.
The US violates almost all the provisions of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), Kosachev said.
A parliamentary commission has been able to confirm that work was underway to establish US and NATO military facilities in Ukraine under the guise of biological research laboratories, Deputy Speaker of the State Duma, Irina Yarovaya, said on Wednesday.
"Our investigation has confirmed that US and NATO military facilities were being established on Ukrainian soil under the guise of biolabs," the press service for the lower house of Russia’s parliament quoted Yarovaya as saying. The senior lawmaker also co-chairs the Commission for Parliamentary Investigation into the Activities of US Biological Laboratories in Ukraine.
According to Yarovaya, the United States’ projects to build biolabs enabled it to circumvent all international agreements, while the evidence uncovered reveals violations of the underlying UN convention.
If the UK sends controversial shells containing depleted uranium to Ukraine, it will set a dangerous precedent for the conflict, which could also mean an escalation in weapon supplies, Chinese experts said, warning of long-term harmful effects on the environment and people’s health. This move shows that the West does not care about either Ukrainians or Russians as they use “the blood of Ukrainians to weaken Russia by all means,” experts said.
In history, NATO, led by the US, has used depleted uranium bombs many times, which caused not only long-term impact on the environment but also long-term harm to the human body, and the uranium powder released by it caused serious pollution to the environment, Chinese experts said.
A resolution adopted by the UN in December 2022 takes into account the potential harmful effects of the use of armaments and ammunition containing depleted uranium on human health and the environment, and noted that further research should be done to assess the health risks and environmental impact of the use of arms and ammunition containing depleted uranium in conflict situations.
IDF (Jewish Internet Defense Force): READ FULL DESCRIPTION: As many of you may have suspected, Israel is paying and training internet bloggers to delete, rewrite, and revise internet content to shape public opinion to Israel's benefit. Video of the Israeli-sponsored training programs have been leaked to the web (like the video here).
Additionally, investigative reporters that infiltrated these groups have reported that Israelis are being trained to spread disinformation and to try to create conflicts among different religious, racial, and ethnic groups if it would benefit Israel. Some of the seminars also encouraged the workers to spread disinformation on the internet and to attempt to recruit free (unpaid) labor. For example, many of these bloggers have been trained to attempt to make friends with you by pretending that they share an interest in your favorite sports team or movie, or that they went to the same school, but they will ultimately try to recruit you to attack other groups or individuals that Israel thinks is against its national interests (e.g., 'Muslims,' 'Russians,' 'Germans,' 'Latinos,' 'United Nations representatives' and 'human rights groups'). Others have been trained to personally attack, stalk, and harass anyone personally that does not agree with Israel. Not only is this type of behavior a terrible injustice to the accuracy of content (it's actually state-sponsored propaganda), it is also damaging to the public trust because people are being misguided into working as unpaid servants of a government through false pretenses. People really should speak out about this.
The Prince of Wales has travelled to Warsaw as part of a surprise two-day trip to Poland to thank British and Polish troops for their efforts supporting Ukraine, as well as to learn more about how the country has cared for displaced Ukrainian refugees.
Prince William became the first member of the royal family to meet troops in Poland during a visit that was kept secret until after his arrival. He will also meet the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, while in the country.
At an air defence military base in the south-eastern Polish city of Rzeszów, he thanked British troops who are based roughly an hour’s drive from the Ukrainian border for “defending our freedoms”. He said their work to keep “an eye on” the situation in Ukraine was “really important”.
“Adjustments” must be made to the state’s green agenda programme after the Netherlands’ pro-farmer party won the country’s recent election, a senior government party figure has said.
Pieter Heerma, the parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party, has said that “adjustments” must now be made to green agenda restrictions after the victory of the FarmerCitizenMovement (BBB) party.
The populist movement romped home in the country’s provincial elections early this month, getting the most votes out of any group seemingly due to its opposition to the ruling government’s slavish dedication to the European Union’s green diktats, which will see the state forcibly close thousands of farms across the country.
Such a measure is now up in the air however, with multiple senior figures within the CDA now saying that the government must adjust its green agenda plans aimed at reducing nitrogen use to be more in line with the views of the general public.
Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo provides reaction and analysis to newly released PBS footage of Dr. Fauci speaking with D.C. residents about the COVID vaccine.
Eighty percent of all chocolate is consumed by 20 percent of consumers. Eighty percent of all booze is consumed by the top 20 percent of consumers. Eighty percent of all auto accidents are caused by 20 percent of the drivers. It’s just the way it works.
So if you want to have the maximum impact with the least effort, you focus on those 20 percent.
One area where this concept falls apart is crime, especially violent crime. If violent crime followed the same pattern, 20 percent of the criminals would commit 80 percent of the crimes.
But it is far more skewed than that. It’s more like five percent of criminals committing 95 percent of the violent crimes. From a crime fighting perspective this is actually good news. By focusing on this five percent—and taking them off the streets—a huge reduction in violent crime is possible. It’s really quite simple.
You would weep—then spit and curse—when realizing how small a slice of the population commit the vast majority of all rapes. All these women’s lifelong pain, anguish, and fear can be traced to a miniscule percentage of criminals.
By almost any significant metric, this is not America’s finest hour. We do not appear to be respected or feared economically, militarily, or in any other way by rival nations. Americans do not feel confident about the future, and we are seemingly more polarized along partisan lines than ever before.
Adding to our collective sense of dread is the sight of our nation’s geographic integrity slipping away. Almost daily we see untold numbers of foreign nationals trampling what used to be our southern border, demanding rights and privileges that previously were reserved for citizens and legal residents.
Rather than protect our nation’s sovereignty, the temporary caretakers of the executive branch are actively encouraging its decline. At this point, a credible case can be made that this is not a well-intentioned asylum program spun out of control, but every bit the invasion the images and data tell us it is.
Saying the “I-word” today seems to trigger those who barely follow the news as well as dogmatic anti-borders activists. “It’s not an armed force, so it can’t be an invasion!” is the most common retort.
A full guarantee of all bank deposits would spell the end of moral hazard and mark the final chapter of the dollar’s multi-decade debasement.
It’s said the cover-up is worse than the crime. With the latest banking crisis in the US, it’s the clean-up that could end up doing far more lasting damage. The failure of SVB et al prompted the FDIC to guarantee that all depositors will be made whole, whether insured or not.
The precedent is being set, with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen commenting on Tuesday that the US could repeat its actions if other banks became imperiled. She was referring to smaller lenders, and denied the next day that insurance would be “blanket”, but given the regulatory direction of travel over the last forty years, this will inevitability apply to any lender when push comes to shove.
This marks the end of moral hazard and, ultimately, the final desecration of the Fed’s balance sheet.
We never thought we’d write that headline. But on Sunday the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced that New York Community Bancorp’s Flagstar Bank will assume all of Signature Bank’s cash deposits except for those of crypto companies. This confirms Mr. Frank’s suspicions—and ours—that Signature’s seizure was motivated by regulators’ hostility toward crypto.
Mr. Frank alleged last week that regulators seized Signature, whose board he served on, “to send a message to get people away from crypto.”
CoinDesk reported last week that crypto firms were looking for bank accounts off-shore such as at FV Bank in Puerto Rico, Jewel Bank in Bermuda, and Tether and FTX-tied Deltec in the Bahamas. Moving dollar deposits of U.S. crypto companies and their customers offshore will make them less safe and potentially more vulnerable to money laundering.
An MSNBC panel has told viewers that criticizing radical billionaire George Soros is a “dog whistle that is dangerous.”
During MSNBC’s “The Reid Out,” host Joy Reid and her three guests were discussing Democrat Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s politically-motivated efforts to indict President Donald Trump.
Like many of the top prosecutors in America’s most crime-infested cities, Bragg was installed in the DA’s office by Soros.
As Elon Musk has pointed out, Soros, the Democrats’ largest donor, has discovered that investing in smaller local election campaigns gives a much greater return on investment than pumping cash into national candidates.