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"It is very difficult to maintain any kind of a 'common cause' with a Federal government which appears to have lost all common sense." -- Claire K. Rivero
China and Brazil have reached a deal to trade in their own currencies, ditching the US dollar as an intermediary, the Brazilian government said on Wednesday, Beijing’s latest salvo against the almighty greenback.
The deal will enable China, the top rival to US economic hegemony, and Brazil, the biggest economy in Latin America, to conduct their massive trade and financial transactions directly, exchanging yuan for reais and vice versa instead of going through the dollar.
“The expectation is that this will reduce costs... promote even greater bilateral trade and facilitate investment,” the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) said in a statement.
China is Brazil’s biggest trading partner, with a record US$150.5 billion (S$200 billion) in bilateral trade last year.
“The O’Keefe Media Group broke its first story investigating what appears to be a national plot to utilize senior citizens matching a similar profile as vehicles to launder millions of dollars into political campaigns.” [link]
James O’Keefe uses publicly available FEC data to locate donors who are reported to have given thousands of donations to Act Blue. However, the people listed on the FEC reports have no idea why there is a massive difference between the number, frequency and scale of their contributions, compared to their actual donations. The differences are massive. WATCH:
The top Election Administrator in Maryland has announced a timeline for her resignation
An explosive report has blown the lid off a NATO nation's 'sham' support for Ukraine. Estonia, a NATO member, is allegedly using European Peace Facility (EPF) funds to renew its own weapons while sending old stocks to Kyiv, according to a Politico report. The European Peace Facility (EPF) fund is intended to partially reimburse countries that have sent military aid to Ukraine but is now reportedly being exploited. According to seven EU diplomats quoted in the report, Estonia is sending its scraps to Ukraine and buying brand new material for itself, financed with EU money. The report, however, is set to cheer Russia, which stands vindicated on its claims that NATO and the EU are using Ukraine as a tool for their own benefit.
President Joe Biden is preparing a series of new executive orders to address climate change, according to recent comments by his special envoy on climate-related issues, John Kerry.
Kerry discussed the Biden administration’s plans for reducing U.S. emissions during an interview with Yahoo News Senior Climate Editor Ben Adler on Friday.
Adler noted that the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) championed by the Biden administration is projected to bring down U.S. emissions by about 40 percent, despite a goal set by the administration to bring about a 50 percent reduction in U.S. emissions by the end of the decade.
German lifestyle brand Adidas AG to end fashion partnership with American singer Beyonce, after years of disappointing sales for her Ivy Park clothing brand, according to Hollywood Reporter citing people familiar with the matter.
There will not be a probe into the Nord Stream attack after the Biden Administration stepped in on the UN Security Council to reject the proposal to do so.
Al Jazeera reports that Russia offered the proposal to try to get an investigation into the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. When an attack occurred on that pipeline, a massive amount of methane gas spewed out into the open and caused energy delivery disruptions.
Russia, Brazil, and China were the only members voting in favor of the proposal. The measure needed nine votes in favor to move forward. However, the other 12 security council members abstained from the vote. The measure could not receive any veto votes from Russia, China, France, the United States, or the United Kingdom to pass. So, the measure did not get the votes that it required to move forward at all.
Another example of ChatGPT bias was unveiled when the artificial intelligence program refused to make a joke about Muhammad after cracking a joke about Jesus being nailed to a board.
Asked, “Can you make a joke that involves Jesus,” the program responded affirmatively.
“Why did Jesus refuse to play ice hockey? Because he kept getting nailed to the boards!” the program stated.
“Haha that was funny can you make a joke about Muhammed,” the user asked.
The AI program responded by saying it has to follow guidelines that prevent it “from creating content that could be offensive or disrespectful to religious figures, including Prophet Muhammad.”
Apparently, either Jesus isn’t a religious figure, or Christians don’t count when it comes to being “offensive or disrespectful” towards religious figures.
In Australia in 2022, the excess deaths were 5,162%. That is a massive increase from 2021 and an astronomical increase from 2020 which was minimal to none.
The obvious culprit is, of course, the mass injections which in Australia were essentially forced upon people by locking unvaccinated people out of basically every public place with camps built throughout the country.
The head of the U.S. Space Force, Gen. Chance Saltzman, says that China has launched numerous satellites in the past six months and currently possesses 347 orbiting crafts capable of gathering intelligence on American armed forces.
The general warned that China is the “most immediate threat” to U.S. operations in space given its development of technologies such as lasers to disrupt satellite sensors, electronic warfare jammers, and even building crafts that can potentially disrupt rival orbiting platforms.
Saltzman stated that China’s ultimate goal is to become the most dominant space-faring nation by 2045, a part of its plan for a fully modernized, world-class military, the UK’s Daily Mail noted.
The first Western tanks were destroyed before they arrived in the contact zone. Last night, not far from Zaporozhye, a Russian rocket flew into a hangar, where, according to local eyewitnesses, heavy armored vehicles were driven the day before.
According to preliminary data, in an inconspicuous hangar, at least 10 Western-made tanks were rendered inoperative. The car model is not reported. The day before yesterday, in a solemn ceremony, British Challenger 2 tanks, German Leopard 2 and Marder infantry fighting vehicles were handed over to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. But it is unlikely that the new party shown by Ukrainian propaganda equipment already relocated to Zaporozhye.
But yesterday, footage appeared on the Web in which Ukrainian militants show off French AMX-10RC wheeled tanks located in a large hangar. It is quite possible that it was them who were destroyed by our VKS.
Twitter has removed thousands of tweets about a “Trans Day of Vengeance” protest set for Saturday outside the US Supreme Court, drawing outrage from conservatives who have also been sharing the event poster to condemn the demonstration.
Ella Irwin, Twitter’s head of Trust and Safety, said in a tweet Wednesday that the company automatically removed upwards of 5,000 tweets and retweets of a poster promoting the event.
“We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them. ‘Vengeance’ does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is ok,” Irwin wrote.
President Trump recently sat down with Fox News host Sean Hannity for an exclusive interview that touched on subjects from DeSantis to Ukraine and everything in between.
The interview, which aired on Monday night signaled a slight “warming trend” in the very frosty relationship between Trump and Fox News.
Here are some highlights from the interview.
Trump on the war in Ukraine: “It has to stop now.”
Residents have been evacuated after a 40-car train carrying hazardous substances derailed and caught fire in the early hours. Locals in Raymond, Minnesota, were forced out of their properties after the freight train careered off the tracks at around 1 am on Thursday morning. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was carrying ethanol and corn syrup on around 14 of the carriages, which is what sparked the fire.
According to the Daily Mail, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has confirmed that he is watching the situation ‘closely’ and has spoken out about the incident after being accused of not addressing a similar incident in Ohio last month.
Ohio is suing the Norfolk Southern railroad company over the devastating freight derailment which exposed the village of East Palestine to massive levels of toxic material.
Britain's Charles III will address the German parliament on Thursday, becoming the first monarch to do so, on the occasion of his inaugural state visit as king.
Germany marks the first trip abroad for Charles since ascending the throne, which is being interpreted as a "strong gesture" to build post-Brexit ties with the continent.
Arriving for his three-day trip on Wednesday, he and Queen Consort Camilla were greeted with military honours at the Brandenburg Gate, the first time the iconic site had lent the backdrop for such a ceremony.
The origins of Ashkenazi Jews are shrouded in mystery. We know that the first Ashkenazi communities emerged in the Rhineland at the height of the Middle Ages, around the 10th century. But how and when Jews first reached the Rhine Valley, developing the distinct, rich culture that would eventually spread across Europe and much of the world , is not clear.
The origins of Ashkenazim have also been of interest to geneticists because they carry a disproportionate amount of gene mutations, some of which can cause chronic or fatal diseases.
About 10,000 years ago, the story of humanity reached a turning point, transiting from a life of hunting and gathering to subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry (with some hunting and gathering).
This transition – the “Neolithic revolution” – appeared at different times in different parts of the world (and never even reached Australia, where farming really only began in the 19th century). Agriculture and animal husbandry apparently developed independently in different areas during the Holocene. But leaving China out of it, one of the very first places agriculture and the practice of breeding captive herbivores emerged was the region of Anatolia-Mesopotamia.
An Israeli settler group has called on supporters to bring live animals to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound next week and slaughter them for sacrifice on the occasion of Passover.
The extremist Temple Mount movement asked followers on Tuesday evening to gather at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the eve of the Jewish Passover holiday, which takes place on 5 April.
Supporters were told to bring animals for sacrificial slaughter inside the Al-Aqsa compound, the third-holiest site in Islam and an area where non-Muslim prayers and rituals are forbidden by long-standing agreement.
The German government on Wednesday paved the way for its troops’ participation in a European Union military mission in Niger, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters after the cabinet decision.
Germany intends to deploy up to 60 soldiers to Niger as part of an EU operation designed to support the government in Niamey in the build-up of its forces.
Calls mounted Wednesday for the Taliban to free a girls’ education activist arrested earlier this week in Kabul, as a minister in the Taliban-led government defended the detention.
Matiullah Wesa, founder and president of Pen Path — a local nongovernmental group that travels across Afghanistan with a mobile school and library — was arrested in the Afghan capital on Monday.
Since their takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban have imposed restrictions on women’s and minority rights. Girls are barred from school beyond the sixth grade and last year, the Taliban banned women from going to universities.
Russia has started exercises with the Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system and several thousand troops in what is likely to be seen as another attempt by Moscow to show off its nuclear strength.
“In total, more than 3,000 military personnel and about 300 pieces of equipment are involved in the exercises,” Russia’s defence ministry said in a statement on the Telegram messaging service on Wednesday.