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Dockworker strike threat looms large over US ports

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© Jim Allen/FreightWavesILA leadership rattles sabers before labor contract expires.
There's an increasing abundance of skittishness surrounding the future of East and Gulf Coast ports.

The labor contract between the International Longshoremen's Association and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) is set to expire at the end of September. The ILA represents some 70,000 dockworkers, while the USMX represents employers at 36 coastal ports — including three of the U.S.'s five busiest ports: the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Port of Savannah, Georgia, and the Port of Houston.

Contract negotiations between the ILA and the USMX began in February 2023 but quickly foundered on the issue of wage increases. Developments since then have not been promising.

'Talk of potential disruptions has increased'

Comment: With drought blocking deliveries at the Panama Canal, and the genociders disrupting shipping in the Red Sea and Suez region, in addition to a number of Western nations slipping into recession, shipping and logistics have already taken a battering, and the knockon effects for consumers and businesses may prove disastrous both for their livelihoods, and for the governments responsible for this carnage.

Bear in mind that numerous industries across the West - from farmers to transport and healthcare workers - have been intermittently holding major protests since at least the middle of last year:


'I'm done with Google': Wholesale loss of trust after 'unbelievably irresponsible' racist AI goes mask-off

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The fact that Google's Gemini AI is a complete woke mess comes as no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention.

Between Google's internal culture, and the fact that large language models (LLMs) are largely a reflection of their creators, Gemini is the predictable digital poster-child for racist, anti-white, anti-conservative, historical revisionist culture - as opposed to the neutral purveyors of information they claim to be.

Mask-off, as they say.

Comment: Google is basically a laughing stock after releasing this product. What use could it possibly be to people other than for a good laugh (which will quickly become tiresome)? The results from Gemini go well beyond 'leftist' into 'absurdist' territory. Bravo, Google. You've now proven once and for all that nothing you release can be trusted.

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Ukraine conflict weakening US - Tucker Carlson

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Americans have been lied to about who was winning, the journalist said.

Most Americans naively believe that Ukraine could defeat Russia because the media has told them so, independent journalist Tucker Carlson said on Tuesday. What the US has done has harmed both Ukrainians and Americans, he added.

Carlson spent eight days in Moscow earlier this month and interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 8. He looked back at that conversation during a three-hour podcast hosted by Lex Fridman.

Comment: The full interview, well worth watching:


Reality bites: NYC Mayor Eric Adams doubles down on call for changes to city's 'sanctuary' status amid migrant crisis

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© Luiz C. Ribeiro for NY Daily News via Getty ImagesNew York Mayor Eric Adams said he wants the city's sanctuary laws to be adjusted to allow migrants who commit felonies to be turned over to ICE and deported.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Monday doubled down while speaking to a group at a town hall meeting in Canarsie, Brooklyn, saying the sanctuary city law needs to be modified so that any migrant who commits a felony can be turned over to ICE and deported.

Adams commended his administration for doing an excellent job during a challenging time, but stated his hands are tied by federal and local law.

The mayor spoke about some migrants participating in robberies and using mopeds to commit snatch and grab stick-ups.

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More PC lunacy: Mary Poppins has its age rating lifted from U to PG because of 'discriminatory language'

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© Everett/ShutterstockThe British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has lifted the age rating for the 1964 tale of Julie Andrews' magical nanny from a U to a PG
Have you ever spotted it?

Mary Poppins has had its age rating lifted from U to PG because it contains 'discriminatory language' - but the word in question is so obscure you may have never noticed it.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) now considers the 1964 tale of Julie Andrews' magical nanny to be not suitable for children to watch alone, despite the film enchanting generations of youngsters.

The reclassification is due to the use of the word Hottentots. The dated term was historically used by Europeans to refer to the Khoekhoe, a group of nomadic herders in South Africa, but is now regarded as racially offensive.


'Health emergency': 1 in 5 UK families cannot provide adequate food for their children, cost jumps 25% in 2 years

© CopyrightAs millions skip meals and are unable to regularly afford groceries, the Food Foundation warns of widening health inequalities
Millions of people - including one in five families with children - have gone hungry or skipped meals in recent weeks because they could not regularly afford to buy groceries, according to new food insecurity data.

According to the Food Foundation tracker, 15% of UK households - equivalent to approximately 8 million adults and 3 million children - experienced food insecurity in January, as high food prices continued to hit the pockets of low-income families.

Expects warned the persistence of high levels of food insecurity among low-income families was a "health emergency" that would drive the prevalence of conditions linked to poor nutrition, such as malnutrition and rickets.

Comment: And the UK has officially now entered a recession, and there's every reason to believe that the situation is only going to get worse - much worse. And more so because this also comes at a time when huge numbers of people are suffering from a variety of detrimental side effects from the experimental jabs and lockdowns:


Massive, 'unprecedented' fire engulfs Palestinian plastics factory in Hebron

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A massive fire broke out in the Royal Plastic Factory in the city of Hebron, Palestine, and the flames rose frighteningly high to the extent that the fire was seen from Jordan.

The cameras of Jordanian citizens documented scenes of the massive fire, while an official from the Royal company mentioned that the fire ignited in a warehouse belonging to the company, with no workers inside.

The Royal factory is located in the Bir Haram Ramallah area, north of the city of Hebron, and it is considered a cornerstone of the Palestinian economy, employing nearly a thousand workers.

Comment: It's not too much of a stretch to suppose that Israel is likely responsible for this particular attack.

Moreover, considering the increase of sabotage incidents elsewhere on the planet, a number of which were also fires at industrial facilities - but mostly with a focus on food and energy supplies - the similarities with this attack is notable. Because, whilst the perpetrators may be different, their method of attack is much the same, and one might presume, in some way, so is the goal:


Thousands of frustrated Welsh farmers descend on Cardiff

Thousands of frustrated farmers are converging on the Welsh Parliament for a mass peaceful protest against Welsh government policies that jeopardise the future of the farming industry in Wales.

Between 10,000 and 15,000 farmers and those from associated industries are gathering to show solidarity in their campaign to ask the Welsh Labour administration to listen to their concerns about the new Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS).

Farmers are up in arms about government proposals for the scheme, which would require all farms to devote at least 10% of their land to trees, plus a further 10% for wildlife habitat in order to qualify for public funding in the future.

An impact assessment carried out by Welsh government has revealed that, as it stands, the scheme would result in a 122,000 reduction in Welsh livestock units and an 11% reduction across the national flock - the equivalent of losing 5,500 jobs based on current employment levels.


UK free speech group slams university 'microaggression' policies

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© Getty ImagesA view of the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland
"Questioning" or "denying" racism is considered an offense at several institutions, activists have claimed

A group of free speech activists has accused UK universities of "an overt attack on intellectual freedom," after it was reported that phrases such as "the most qualified person should get the job" are considered racist "microaggressions" by some institutions.

In a report published last week, the Committee for Academic Freedom (CAF) said that at least five universities "have published guides, training courses, and statements on microaggressions which undermine freedom of expression and academic freedom."

Comment: The point seems to be to make the average person afraid to speak at all.


You're fired! Ronna McDaniel officially announces her resignation as RNC chair

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© Getty ImagesRepublican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has announced plans to step down next month.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced Monday that she will step down early next month following mounting criticism of her leadership.

McDaniel, 50, said in a statement she would step aside on March 8 — three days after the Super Tuesday primaries, when Republican voters in 16 delegate-rich states and territories can vote on their party's presidential nominee.

Separately, RNC Co-Chair Drew McKissick announced he would also resign, effective at the same time as McDaniel.