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'Green' energy isn't filling the gap: Depleted gas stocks force Europe to use more coal

coal power plant poland
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Smoke billows from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station in Poland, Europe's biggest coal-fired power plant.
With power demand recovering from the pandemic, European utilities are using more coal as natural gas inventories are unusually low for this time of the year due to a cold snap in late winter and early spring.

This year, despite the record-high carbon price in Europe, the use of coal for power generation has jumped by up to 15 percent, Andy Sommer, team leader of fundamental analysis and modeling at Swiss trader Axpo Solutions, told Bloomberg in an interview published on Tuesday.

"Gas storage is so low now that Europe cannot afford to run extra power generation with the fuel," Sommer told Bloomberg.

Natural gas stockpiles are some 25 percent below the five-year average, and with such a right gas market, utilities run more coal-fired power generation, analysts say.


Dinesh D'Souza reveals how CRT distorts history, omits 'inconvenient facts' about Democrats

Dinesh D'Souza • Robert Reich
Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza revealed the truth behind why Democrats are pushing critical race theory in American classrooms.

D'Souza, filmmaker and author of numerous bestselling books, explains on Rumble why critical race theory is the "great lie" and how it "distorts history."

Left-wing economist Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton administration, uploaded a video lambasting state laws that prohibit critical race theory in public education. "Robert Reich comes to the defense of Critical Race Theory because he wants to hide the fact that the racial atrocities of American history were all perpetrated by Democrats," quips D'Souza. "The so-called 'party of free speech' is now trying to ban educators from teaching about the anguished role racism has played in the shaping of America. We can't stand for it."

D'Souza deconstructs Reich's flawed argument that claims that educators are being prevented from teaching "anguishing truths about race." D'Souza defines critical race theory as ideological spin on the current race debate.

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One 'maverick' documents another—Jason Riley's biography of Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell
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Thomas Sowell
A review of Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell, by Jason Riley. Basic Books, 240 pages (May, 2021).

Thomas Sowell is an icon. And, now, he has a biographer. While Sowell himself has written, by my count, 43 books, Jason Riley's 2021 Maverick seems remarkably to be the first-ever major press biography of the heterodox African-American giant. Riley's book sums up most of the key themes of Sowell's thought, including the Anointed and Constrained visions of human behavior, the fact that the plain existence of racism does not explain most differences in group performance, and the idea of quantitative culturalism as an alternative to both "critical race theory" and genetic determinism.

Sowell's biographer also sums up two factual story-lines critical to an understanding of the man: how growing up outside the national elite allowed Sowell to become a truly innovative thinker, and how he (no doubt aided by revenues from all those books) remained a genuinely independent voice throughout his career — a conservative who never ran for office, rarely endorsed mainstream GOP candidates, and openly detested both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. All of the points just mentioned are well worth summarizing here, and Riley's book is well worth reading.

Perhaps Sowell's most famous idea, a massive influence on my own thought, was the idea of the "conflict of visions." One of the defining features of upper-middle class life in the modern era has been the idea that a degreed elite, often trained in such novel new fields as Post-Colonial Studies and Feminist Psychology, has a moral duty to guide society forward. This manifests itself all the time, from the necessity of wearing COVID-19 masks outdoors to the importance of allowing puberty-blocking drugs for young teenagers: trust the in-field experts, they always know best.

Comment: Or maybe not. If there is anything to learn, it is when to not trust.

Against this, Sowell famously proposed the alternative idea of trusting in common sense, or the shared wisdom of the intelligent crowd — what Psychology professor Gad Saad calls "nomological networks of cumulative evidence."


Russia complains to YouTube after US tech giant blocks MP's video accusing West of discriminating against Sputnik V Covid-19 jab

Leonid Slutsky
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Leonid Slutsky
Russia's media regulator Roskomnadzor has sent a complaint to Google after the US tech giant blocked a video published by a politician, who claimed that the West is discriminating against the Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V.

In a statement published on Monday, Roskomnadzor revealed that it sent a letter appealing to the heads of Google to remove all restrictions on the clip "as soon as possible."
"Roskomnadzor's letter notes that such actions by Google violate key principles of the free dissemination of information, unimpeded access to it, and are an act of censorship."
The blocked video, published by Slutsky, is part of his YouTube channel called 'Deputy Slutsky'. His videos, filmed in his office, usually deal with recently breaking news and sometimes include interviews. His restricted video dealt with the international response to Sputnik V, Russia's domestically produced Covid-19 vaccine, and the first jab to be registered by any country. According to Slutsky, the lack of approval is due to Western discrimination against Moscow.

Despite being authorized in Russia almost a year ago, neither the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved Sputnik V. A rolling review of the vaccine began in the EU in March, and an application for registration was sent to the WHO in late 2020. In the time since several other jabs have been approved, including the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, which has a much lower efficacy than Sputnik V.

Speaking to RT earlier this month, WHO Europe Regional Director Hans Kluge explained that the organization has a long set of procedures to assure the efficacy, safety, and quality of a shot.

"Right now, the inspectors are in Russia, going to the different sites," he said, noting he was "very, very optimistic" about the prospects of approval.


Ohio detective: Black suspect's shooting spree that wounded 5 was motivated by race

Columbus Police Chief Chief Freddie Blackmon
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Columbus Police Chief Chief Freddie Blackmon, center, said Justin Tyran Roberts was arrested around 4 p.m. in the area of Columbus Gardens apartment complex, 435 Third Avenue, in connection to three separate shootings in Columbus and Phenix City police over the past 24 hours.
A black man accused in a 20-hour, two-state shooting spree that wounded five strangers told cops he was motivated by race and intentionally targeted "military-looking" white men he believed wronged him, police said.

Justin Tyran Roberts, 39, was arrested Saturday by police in Columbus, Georgia, where cops say he wounded four people — including two white men — during separate attacks late Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Roberts is also accused of shooting a white man in the back at a hotel in Phenix City, Alabama, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

Detective Brandon Lockhart testified Monday that Roberts told police following his arrest that he "had to have" one victim who was shot in the back as he got into a car under the Oglethorpe Bridge in Columbus.


Manchester's top cop bans police from kneeling & wearing rainbow laces. No, not racism or homophobia - it's 'professionalism'

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Regulating Shoelaces
The woke US gesture of taking the knee may have taken hold, but the new top cop of England's second-largest force has banned police from virtue signalling, saying the public is "fed up" and would rather they caught burglars.

Watching the England team dutifully take the knee before the start of their Euro 2020 game against Croatia, I wondered what their opposition made of this overtly political gesture imported from America. Did the Croatian starting 11 suddenly feel like a bunch of racists? Or were they simply tired of being asked to genuflect at the altar of the woke over an issue about which they had no strong feelings either way? That's not wrong - that's just how the world is. Not everyone feels the irresistible urge to continually display their social justice credentials, and no one should be shamed for that decision.

And the Croatians are not alone. Italy, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and others all decided their personal politics were best left on the team bus and decided not to take a pre-game knee at their matches.

Like many of us, they're, at best, ambivalent and, at worst, bored of the relentless bombardment from the enlightened identitarians who insist we reflect on racial equality at every waking moment. Whether we agree with them or not doesn't matter - can't they just give it a rest?


Israeli bombs ignite pesticide stores, spew dangerous chemicals in Gaza

Bombed Pharm/Agri company Gaza
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Khudair Pharmaceuticals and Agricultural Equipment Company in the Beit Lahia
Israeli warplanes bombed the largest warehouse of agricultural material in the Gaza Strip, burning tons of dangerous pesticides and setting off an unfolding environmental disaster.

As he was trying to calm his terrified grandchildren during Israel's bombing of the Gaza Strip on May 15, Mahmoud Khudair received a phone call telling him that the storehouses of his family's business, the Khudair Pharmaceuticals and Agricultural Tools Company, had been bombed.

He hurriedly called the fire department to put out the huge fire that spread over company's six acres in the Beit Lahia neighborhood of al-Atatra in the northern Gaza Strip. Hundreds of tons of pesticides, fertilizers and agricultural materials such as plastic, nylon and water pipes stored by the four companies that make up the Khudair group went up in flames.

The 11-day Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip that began on May 10 killed 256 Palestinians. More than 300 industrial and commercial facilities were damaged and seven factories were completely destroyed, according to the Gaza government. UNRWA estimated the damages to industrial facilities at about $40 million. With the burning of the Khudair storehouse, one of the largest in Gaza, the besieged enclave has lost more than 50% of its agricultural production materials, most of it imported from Israel.

Khudair told Al-Monitor the intensity of the fire was too much for the firefighters. "In half an hour, everything we owned was gone," he lamented.


Georgia reviewing ballot drop box forms in state's populous Fulton County

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) says his office is looking into "new revelations" regarding the handling of paperwork for ballot drop boxes in the state's most populous county during the 2020 election.

"New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue," Raffensperger tweeted Monday.

Comment: Having Raffensperger in charge of the election fraud investigation does not inspire confidence. He's opened a slew of "investigations", but at the same time, done his best to block any substantive look at the many suspicious events surround the Georgia presidential election.


Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda grovels to the woke Gestapo over 'colorism' following 'In the Heights' casting backlash

Lin-Manuel Miranda woke movie flop backlash
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Screenshot from box office flop "In the Heights'
Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda, the talent behind this weekend's box office flop In the Heights, sniveled out an apology to the Woke Gestapo over something called "colorism."

You know, one of the most amusing things about the Woke Nazis is all the shit they come up with that makes no sense whatsoever: "antiracism," "intersectionality," "non-binary," "BIPOC," "decolonization..."

And the language is constantly changing.

By the time I finish this piece, "colorism" will probably be known as "people of colorism."

Comment: Creative forms of human expression are being ruthlessly stifled under the weight of woke ideology. Why do they fear the human spirit so much?


Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon joins Tucker Carlson to discuss New York Times hit-piece

Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon Tucker Carlson
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon joined Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night to discuss The New York Times hit-piece which smeared the satire site as a "far-right misinformation site."

"The problem is, like it or not, The New York Times is considered a reliable source. So, you know, when the social networks are looking to decide who's satire, who's misinformation, who's fake news...they look to The New York Times, they look to Snopes, they look to CNN," Dillon said. The Babylon Bee CEO recently threatened to sue The New York Times for their false claims.

"They're making these mischaracterizations about us. We have to take it seriously and we've got to come on here and do it, even though we don't want to. We want to keep things light. We got to send demand letters. We got to threaten to sue because otherwise we're going to get mis-characterized and we're going to get the boot from social media," Dillon said firing back at the New York Times.

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