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Netherlands to SHUT DOWN 11,200 farms to meet climate goals

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Hay bales will become a thing of the past.
If you have followed my reporting you probably know about the protests happening in the Netherlands. Tens of thousands of farmers have taken to the streets to protest against new climate goals which will force farmers to shut down their farms. They have set hay bales on fire on motorways and dumped manure and even blocked supermarket distribution centers.
Around 1/5 of farms will be forced to shut down!

Comment: Targeting farmers is but one facet of the eve of destruction, its ramifications to last a lifetime (which is becoming shorter by the day).


USA

Fargo School Board rescinds motion, will no longer recite Pledge of Allegiance at meetings

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Fargo School board declines Pledge of Allegiance
The Fargo School Board voted 7-2 in favor of rescinding a previous approved motion to begin their bi-weekly meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. The board ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance didn't align with the Fargo Public School District's diversity code.

After passing a motion on March 22 to begin each Fargo School Board meeting by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the board has rescinded the motion, voting in favor of removing it.

In a 7-2 decision Tuesday, Aug. 9, the board voted in favor of removing the verse that has been a part of every school board meeting since April 12.

Board members Nikkie Gullickson and Robin Nelson voted in favor of keeping the Pledge of Allegiance at its bi-weekly meetings.

Board member Seth Holden asked the Governance Committee during its July 28 meeting that a removal of the previously passed motion, which was proposed by former board member David Paulson , should be voted on. The board agreed to put it on the agenda

Holden said the Pledge of Allegiance didn't align with the school's diversity, equity and inclusion values.

Pocket Knife

"Our military has become a ruthless, toxic mélange of spineless, gas-lighting leadership" - Wife of US hero speaks out

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TGP received the following letter from the wife of an American soldier and the mother of his children. This American hero, father, and husband is being attacked despite a board recommending that her husband, Brandon Budge, remain on flying status:
Nearly 20 years of service and multiple combat deployments, all of it wasted! It pains me to admit that our military has become a ruthless, toxic mélange of spineless, gas-lighting leadership. A place where leaders live a different standard than the one they force on those to whom they are supposed to "guide." I use the word "guide" loosely, as my family and I currently fight a leadership team determined to destroy my husband's career, without cause. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandon Budge is living through the ugliest side of our current political culture and climate. His leadership has been allowed to operate outside of what is just and prudent. Colonel Shane Finison and 7th Infantry Division Commander Major General Stephen G. Smith have abused and mistreated our family to the point of breaking. The reason? A medic falsified his records to show him receiving a COVID "vaccine" when he hadn't, even though he, under threat had agreed to be vaccinated while on leave. He had spoken to his commander the day he departed for leave, explaining his plan to be vaccinated while on leave. Brandon was accused of falsifying his records, he didn't. He swore an oath to defend the Constitution and is now being denied due process by those who took the same oath.

Dominoes

Energy costs pushing Europeans into food poverty - Bloomberg

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Euros are buy less
Food producers across Europe are contending with soaring energy prices, with that increase quickly felt in the pockets of consumers grappling with a cost-of-living crisis, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, citing a Bank of England forecast, a third of UK households are set to spend more than 10% of incomes on energy, and now surging grocery costs are driving up food poverty.

Ryan Peters, managing director of Brioche Pasquier UK, told the outlet:
"It is the domino effect that has happened with us having to take a huge increase on energy. We have to try and raise our prices to retailers a little bit, and unfortunately that goes on to consumers."
Kona Haque, head of research for commodities trader ED&F Man, warned:
"I think the worst is still to come as energy prices rise. This winter will be a game changer and processing costs will likely go up."

Burka

Iran's morality police warn clothesmakers to avoid 'loud' colors or face closure

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Iran cracks down on women's apparel in violation of the dress code.
Iranian authorities have warned manufacturers and sellers of women's clothing that they will shut down their businesses if they keep using "loud" colors in their products.

In a statement to the Roydad24 website, Majid Emami, who heads Iran's fashion and clothing organization, quoted the Ministry of Industry and Trade as saying that women's clothing manufacturers could lose the right to manufacture knee-length open cloaks -- the Iranian women's most common piece of clothing that is usually worn over a shirt and with long pants or jeans -- unless they stick with colors not deemed to be "loud."
"Regarding the color: the ministry emphasized that manufacturers should not use loud colors. There is no order or regulation to clarify which colors are deemed illegal. Society does not have a problem with this kind of clothing [knee-length open cloaks in bright colors]. If the relevant institutions want to create restrictions on the type of production, they should first change the taste of society."
The news comes amid recent reports that authorities in Iran are increasingly cracking down on women deemed to be in violation of wearing the hijab, which is mandatory in public in Iran.

Arrow Down

German economy forecast to shrink

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Business in Munich, Germany remains stagnant
The German economy is expected to lose more than €260 billion ($265 billion) in added value by 2030 due to the conflict in Ukraine and high energy prices, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing a study by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB).

According to the study, Germany's gross domestic product (GDP) is set to be 1.7% lower in 2023, while the country will have about 240,000 fewer jobs. Employment is forecast to stay at this level until 2026, when the after-effects of the current crises are expected to end.

The country's hospitality industry, already weakened by the Covid-19 pandemic, is expected to be hit the hardest as consumers' purchasing power dwindles. Other sectors which are likely to be affected are the chemical industry and metal production, as they are highly reliant on energy supplies.

Comment: Industry without power - a downhill scenario for the UK:
Cold weather combined with gas shortages is expected to force UK authorities to enact a "reasonable worst-case scenario," providing for four days of blackouts during the upcoming winter, Bloomberg reports.

The probable outages may affect not only industry, but also the country's households, as a result of an electricity capacity shortfall amounting to about a sixth of peak demand - even after emergency coal plants have been fired up.

At the same time, Britons are expected to see average annual energy bills rise above £4,200 ($5,086) in January from the current fee of just under £2,000, adding to the soaring consumer price inflation.

Meanwhile, the government's base case scenario doesn't include blackouts. The first stage of the UK's emergency plan reportedly involves the network operator directing flows of gas on the system, temporarily overriding commercial agreements, while the second stage includes halting supplies to gas-fired power stations, triggering planned power cuts for industrial and domestic users.

The UK energy industry regulator Ofgem has said it would adjust its cap quarterly rather than half-yearly due to current volatility in energy markets, meaning bills are likely to rise again in January.

Britain, which has reportedly been shipping record amounts of gas to continental Europe, has very little domestic storage capacity. The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said Britain isn't dependent on Russian energy imports, as it has its own North Sea gas reserves and "steady imports from reliable partners." It also pointed out that the UK has the second largest LNG port infrastructure in Europe and "a gas supply underpinned by robust legal contracts."



Pistol

Palestinian official assassinated in Lebanon just hours after Gaza truce

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Armed men walk the streets of Ain al-Hioweh Palestinian refugee camp near Sidon, Lebanon
A Palestinian security official was shot dead late on Monday in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon, three Palestinian security officials said, just hours after a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Saeed Alaeddine was an officer in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement, in charge of liaising between the group and Lebanese security. He was killed by a gunman, who fired at him while he was praying at a friend's house in the camp, said senior Fatah official Mounir Makdah.

An unknown gunman shot him several times, and Alaeddine was rushed to hospital, where he died. The perpetrator fled the scene and details on his identity and motive were not immediately clear.

An AFP correspondent heard more gunshots in the camp after Alaeddine's killing.

Recycle

Creative workaround: Indian companies swapping dollar for Asian currencies to buy Russian coal

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U.S. Dollar and Chinese Yuan banknotes
Indian companies are using Asian currencies more often to pay for Russian coal imports, according to customs documents and industry sources, avoiding the U.S. dollar and cutting the risk of breaching Western sanctions against Moscow.

Reuters previously reported on a large Indian coal deal involving the Chinese yuan, but the customs data underline how non-dollar settlements are becoming commonplace.

India has aggressively stepped up purchases of Russian oil and coal since the war in Ukraine began, helping to cushion Moscow from the effects of sanctions and allowing New Delhi to secure raw materials at discounts compared to supplies from other countries.

Black Cat

Germany 'updates' vax pass rules: Requires a jab within 3 months to be 'fully vaccinated'

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Germany has once again redefined the "fully vaccinated" criteria to qualify for its vax pass
Along with redefining the meaning of 'fully vaccinated', the German app will feature a colour-coded system to denote whether a user can be granted an exemption from reimposed mask mandates this fall and winter.

The German government will be upgrading its contact tracing and vaccine passport app to feature a colour-coded system to show whether a user has received a COVID-19 vaccine in the last three months.

The app, called the Corona-Warn-App, will use one colour for users who add proof showing that they have received a COVID vaccine within the past three months and another colour for those with vaccine records older than three months.

Comment: Notice how the time frames are becoming shorter and shorter: And yet: Repeated Covid boosters not a viable strategy: WHO


Hammer

Trump says his attorneys weren't allowed 'anywhere near' FBI raid

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Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the FBI for allegedly refusing to let his attorneys watch the raid at his Mar-a-Lago estate and make sure that agents were not "planting" evidence.

Trump, 76, said Wednesday in a message on his social media platform Truth Social that the FBI and other federal government officials wouldn't let anyone from his staff, including his attorneys, "anywhere near the areas" that were being examined during Monday's raid at his palatial home.

"Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, 'planting,'" the former president wrote. "Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out?"