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Will Germany be the first to ditch its net zero commitments?

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How did Europe's most ambitious nation on net zero turn into a laggard? Reality, that's what

Things are not going well in Germany's bid to reach net zero by 2045, five years earlier than Britain's own unrealistic target. For months, the German government has been trying to devise a way to save its heavy industry from high energy prices which are sending production fleeing to Asia. Just last year, chemicals giant BASF announced that it would invest in a new £10 billion plant in China rather than Europe, thanks to the cost of energy.

Now, the government seems to have found a way. It is going to raid its £200 billion climate transition fund, which was supposed to invest in green technology. The fund was also meant to compensate householders who have been groaning under the expense of policies such as next year's proposed ban on new gas boilers.

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Russia strikes Kiev's depleted uranium stocks - MOD

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Russian forces conducted a long-range strike on Ukrainian warehouses storing Western-supplied weapons, including long-range missiles and depleted uranium shells, the Defense Ministry in Moscow has said.

In a statement on Monday, the ministry said the military had conducted an overnight high-precision attack on Ukrainian facilities using air-launched assets and drones. The strikes targeted "the Kiev regime's sites storing Storm Shadow cruise missiles, depleted uranium ammunition," the statement said.

The ministry added that the barrage and the drone raid also hit Ukraine's signals intelligence centers and facilities that train sabotage groups. "The strike's objective has been achieved. All facilities have been hit," it added.

Snakes in Suits

Gamed by Zelensky: How Ukraine uses toxic pick-up tactics in disrespecting its Western backers to get what it wants

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How many times have Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and his entourage dissed their Western friends for not meeting Kiev's expectations?

In just the latest example, Zelensky adviser Mikhail Podoliak called Western institutions like the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Red Cross, and Amnesty International "fictitious organizations that pollute our consciousness with absolutely rubbish assessments." He also attacked the United Nations as a "rather absent organization" and a "public relations office or a lobby office to earn money for a happy old age for people occupying certain leadership positions."

He's starting to sound like your average anti-globalist, which isn't exactly the team that's sponsoring him.

There's a pretty easy explanation, though. It's like when a dude who's a solid two out of ten on the attractiveness scale wants to get with someone whom he considers to be a solid ten. So in an attempt to cut his object of interest down to his level, he starts making snide little insults suggesting that she isn't that hot, like, "Hey, did you break your nose, or was it always like that?" It's a notorious pick-up technique known as 'negging'.

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George Soros gives at least $300K to network of TikTok activists to praise Joe Biden - 'Biden's army'

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Georges Soros
The nonprofit, previously known as 'TikTok for Biden' believes in abolishing the border and defunding the police, amongst other policies

Billionaire Democratic donor George Soros is financing an army of Gen-Z TikTokers to push his extreme left-wing causes, praise President Joe Biden, and bash conservatives, a review of public documents and social media by The Post shows.

Soros' Open Society Foundation shelled out $5.5 million to the nonprofit Accelerate Action Inc. in 2020 and 2021 — which in turn gave at least $300,000 in 2022 to another nonprofit, Gen Z for Change, which boasts a network of 500 "activists, organizers, and creators," tax filings show.

The woke foot soldiers regularly go into battle on behalf of abolishing border enforcement, defunding cops, and ending cash bail according to their website.

Throughout his term in office, President Biden has looked to Gen Z for Change and other social-media stars to sell his policy agenda.

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US helped Pakistan get IMF bailout with secret arms deal for Ukraine, leaked documents reveal

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Ammunition inside a storage warehouse in the Donetsk region of Ukraine • May 22, 2023
Secret Pakistani Arms sales to the U.S. helped to facilitate a controversial bailout from the International Monetary Fund earlier this year, according to two sources with knowledge of the arrangement, with confirmation from internal Pakistani and American government documents. The arms sales were made for the purpose of supplying the Ukrainian military — marking Pakistani involvement in a conflict it had faced U.S. pressure to take sides on.

The revelation is a window into the kind of behind-the-scenes maneuvering between financial and political elites that rarely is exposed to the public, even as the public pays the price. Harsh structural policy reforms demanded by the IMF as terms for its recent bailout kicked off an ongoing round of protests in the country. Major strikes have taken place throughout Pakistan in recent weeks in response to the measures.

The protests are the latest chapter in a year-and-a-half-long political crisis roiling the country. In April 2022, the Pakistani military, with the encouragement of the U.S., helped organize a no-confidence vote to remove Prime Minister Imran Khan. Ahead of the ouster, State Department diplomats privately expressed anger to their Pakistani counterparts over what they called Pakistan's "aggressively neutral" stance on the Ukraine war under Khan. They warned of dire consequences if Khan remained in power and promised "all would be forgiven" if he were removed.

Since Khan's ouster, Pakistan has emerged as a useful supporter of the U.S. and its allies in the war, assistance that has now been repaid with an IMF loan. The emergency loan allowed the new Pakistani government to put off a looming economic catastrophe and indefinitely postpone elections — time it used to launch a nationwide crackdown on civil society and jail Khan.

"Pakistani democracy may ultimately be a casualty of Ukraine's counteroffensive," Arif Rafiq, a nonresident scholar at the Middle East Institute and specialist on Pakistan, told The Intercept.

Comment: Bait and switch, global style...intentions never to be completed proves the US will leverage anyone and anything to support its agenda.

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Putin-led forum heralds new stage in Russia's embrace of Asia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin • Plenary session of Eighth Eastern Economic Forum
The issues of today shape the agenda of tomorrow. Rarely is that truer than in today's transformative climate...

The 2023 Eastern Economic Forum offered a kind of checkup in seeing how Russia's 'pivot to Asia' policy has responded to the demands and needs that emerged last year. It met in Vladivostok for the seventh time. It was first held in 2015, and since then, only the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 forced its suspension.

For the second year, the forum was held in the context of the acute military and political confrontation between Russia and the West, the main consequence of which - for the global economy - has been the economic war unleashed against us by the US and its allies. The Asian countries, with which the EEF has traditionally focused on intensifying cooperation, are, with a few exceptions, not involved in this war. Of all the regional powers, only Japan has initiated sanctions against Russia, although it is taking a more moderate approach than the US satellites in Western Europe.

Even now, Japanese companies are continuing cooperation projects in the energy sector, for example. Another close American ally in Asia, South Korea, has been reluctant to comply with Western sanctions, and comes across as apologetic each time it is forced to impose new restrictions on trade and technological exchanges with Russia. All the other Asian states have avoided imposing sanctions of their own, although they do not always share Moscow's position on European and international security issues.

In other words, Asia - as a region - has become Russia's 'gateway' to the global economy, is most active in trade with us, and is engaged in dialogue at the intergovernmental level. This is also confirmed by the results of an analysis conducted by the experts of the Valdai Club in a recently published report on the dynamics of relations between Russia and the Asian countries over the past year and a half.

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'The Fetterman Rule': Senate cuts dress code enforcement

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Sen. John Fetterman regularly disregarded the Senate dress code.
The Senate will no longer enforce a dress code for senators a few months after Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) made headlines for disregarding the rules.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) directed the Senate's sergeant-at-arms to stop enforcement, a change that will go into effect next week, Axios reported on Sunday.

"Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor. I will continue to wear a suit," Schumer said in a statement to the news outlet.

The change is tailored to only affect senators and not staff members.

Comment: And standards slip even more as the rules are bent for an individual who shouldn't be an elected official in the first place. One might consider it a marker of growing disrespect for the body that oversees the nation's business. One's attire does have a psychological impact. Unless it's for a position in a gym, just show up to a job interview dressed like Fetterman and see how it goes.


Vietnam faces another NATO proxy war, this time against China

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Vietnamese military recruits • February 2021
Vietnam and countries contiguous to it need a further American-inspired war like they need a hole in the head.

The recent White Paper of the Vietnam People's Army, founded in December 1944 by the legendary General Võ Nguyên Giáp, shows that their Long March is not yet ended. Whilst acknowledging the help given to them in the Second and Third Indo China Wars by the Soviet Red Army, yesterday's friends are, of course, often forgotten if circumstances dictate otherwise.

Today's circumstances are that Chinese economic and diplomatic advances through Laos and Cambodia present a threat, real or imagined, to Vietnam and Chinese adventurism in the East (South China) Sea is a direct threat not only to Vietnam but a challenge to her very existence and it is one that Vietnam's White Paper directly addresses.

Australia's armed forces are among a number of potentially hostile forces that have picked up on Vietnam's uncharacteristic forthrightness regarding this challenge and that stand ready to exploit it as part of America's places not bases strategy to throttle China.

The problem with that is, should NATO undermine China, Vietnam would also fall, just like the supposed dominoes of those earlier Indo Chinese wars. The Chinese Army, attacking from the North and the Chinese Navy setting Vietnam's East (South China) Sea ablaze would, together with vast economic collateral damage, see to that.


Boldly into the chaos

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Light into the Darkness
"When you give power over law to people who see law only as a weapon with which to get enemies, you destroy the rule of law. That's what the dumbshit white liberals have done."
— Paul Craig Roberts
Everybody I talk to feels a gnawing tingle of dread in their livers and lights as our world tilts into the season of darkness. The Party of Chaos rules solely on the basis of insults to its citizens. They are certainly trying to provoke something like civil war, something they can label "white supremacy," as if that would justify declaring a state of siege — an emergency suspension of rights to speak, to move, to assemble, to resist the sticky pseudopods of the malevolent Blob that Washington has become.

These insults are all obvious untruths, and behind them, you can be sure, lurk great crimes. Crimes, of course, call for adjudication and payment. That has been the American way. So, naturally, the Party of Chaos, stolidly based against the American way, has hijacked the law to prevent it from being applied to them. They have spoiled and dishonored every authority in this land and disgracing the law is their ultimate prize.


UK's NHS to spend millions creating diversity and inclusion jobs despite order to get rid of 'waste and wokery'

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Move to set up three new departments focusing on equality and LGBT issues comes despite ministers' demands for less bureaucracy

The NHS is creating hundreds of diversity and inclusion roles despite being told to crack down on "waste and wokery".

Officials at NHS England have drawn up plans for three new departments called "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion", "People and Culture" and "People and Communities", with 244 posts across the teams.

The Health Secretary is understood to be "frustrated" by the move and intends to summon health officials to demand explanations for the creation of large departments enforcing "woke doctrines".

Ministers have repeatedly promised to crack down on bureaucracy, with NHS England ordered to cut its total workforce by up to 40 per cent.

Comment: Orders from on high are easily circumvented by the leftist foot soldiers entrenched in the bowels of the NHS' bureaucracy. Only a full house cleaning will allow order and accountability to be re-established in the NHS. The ministers probably don't have the stomach for it, although Mr. Barclay seems at least to be trying.