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Global food prices continue to rise, climate shocks, lockdowns and low reserves partly to blame

© AFP / Jekesai Njikizana
FILE PHOTO: A queue of needy individuals with plates in hand in Chitungwizaon, Zimbabwe
World food prices spiked for the ninth consecutive month to hit a six year-high in February, led by sugar and vegetable oils, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

The agency said that its food price index jumped by 2.4 percent month-on-month to reach 116.0 points in February. The gauge, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, is also 26.5 percent higher than it was a year earlier.

The latest increase has become the longest surge for overall food costs since the food crisis broke that out in 2007-08. Prices for sugar soared most, adding 6.4 percent from January, according to the FAO. The agency's sugar price index rose for the second month in a row, reaching its highest level in nearly four years.

Comment: It's not just the developing world nor countries suffering war that are struggling to feed themselves anymore, throughout Europe the number of people that rely on foodbanks to feed their families has been growing every year:


Ballots in Arizona's Maricopa County found shredded and in dumpster - days before senate audit to begin

shredded ballots maricopa county
Piles of shredded ballots were located today in a dumpster in Maricopa County Arizona. This find occurs only days before the Senate's audit of the county's 2020 election results is due to start.

For months the Board of Supervisors in Maricopa County have blocked and delayed any independent audit performed by the Arizona Senate of the County's results in the 2020 Presidential election. As we've reported previously, after being subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate and then suing the Senate to prevent a Senate audit of their 2020 election results, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) agreed to have an audit if they could pick the auditors. The two firms they picked they claimed were the only two who were certified by the governmental body the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC). However, we found that these firms were not certified at the time they were selected by the MCBOS.



Over 20 million Britons have taken the 'Covid-19 vaccine' - UK on course to achieve staggering 90%+ vaccination rate

prozium equilibrium

Forget the Red or Blue pills, Britons have gone for Prozium
More than nine in 10 adults across the UK have either already been - or intend to be - vaccinated against Covid-19, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

New ONS data also shows that Covid deaths fell by more than a quarter in just one week in England in Wales.

The ONS said that between 17 and 21 February, 94% of 4,113 adults in Great Britain responding to their Opinions and Lifestyle Survey reported they 'had received, are awaiting or would be likely to have the vaccine if offered'.

This has risen from 78% indicating they would be likely to accept the vaccine if offered it in early December when polled by the weekly online survey, it added.

However, the ONS reiterated that 'fewer people in minority ethnic groups said they would be likely to have the vaccine than in [the] White ethnic group'.

Comment: The above Covid figures are obviously baloney, given that the standards for what is and is not a 'Covid case' are not based on proper medical protocol.

But unless the UK government is also inflating vaccine uptake numbers, then the above appears to provide a reliable snapshot of just how many people are willingly participating in the British government's mass socio-pseudo-scientific experiment in 'improving humans' with mRNA 'software upgrades'.

This mass obedience (in an educated, Western population!) is amazing to behold. Only Israel tops the UK, so far, for population percentage Covid vaccine uptake.

And there's currently no reason to suspect they won't also dutifully line up for the stream of 'seasonal boosters' they're told are required for each variant as SARS-CoV-2 (itself probably a 'lab-to-wild' vaccine-virus, remember!) mutates...

Take 2

Andrew Cuomo 'terrified' ex-staffer with intimate questions about her past rape

Andrew Cuomo
© AP/Seth Wenig
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo clearly signaled on Wednesday that he was not planning to resign over a flux of sexual harassment claims. Three women have come forward to accuse the politician of inappropriate behavior.

Andrew Cuomo's former aide Charlotte Bennett, who is accusing the New York Governor of sexual harassment, says she was left "terrified" by her exchanges with the politician last year, after he repeatedly asked her about her experience being raped and whether she was "sensitive to intimacy" now.

"I thought, he's trying to sleep with me," Bennett told CBS' Norah O'Donnell in her first televised interview since going public with her allegations against the Democratic politician. "The governor's trying to sleep with me and I'm deeply uncomfortable and I have to get out of this room as soon as possible," Cuomo's former health policy advisor added.

According to Bennett, she didn't feel like she "had a choice" to stop her interaction with Cuomo at that point. "He is my boss. He is everyone's boss," she said, after nearly breaking into tears during the interview.

Cuomo issued a televised apology for his "embarrassing" behaviour on Wednesday - shortly after another woman accused him of inappropriately touching and harassing her at a wedding reception in September 2019.

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Brick Wall

Texas State Rep. introduces bill to finish Trump's border wall

Wall unfinished
© Russell Johnson
Trump's wall
Amid a tense national debate over the U.S.-Mexico border, a Texas lawmaker is pushing for the construction of former President Donald Trump's border wall to continue.

Since President Biden took office in January, he has signed a slew of executive orders that reverse many of Trump's policies. One of those orders included striking down the ongoing construction of the Southern border wall.

Texas Stae Rep. Bryan Slaton has introduced legislation before the Texas house to "finish President Trump's wall in Texas." Further, the bill seeks to name the wall after Trump, according to The Texan.

Comment: While there are many issues to consider in 'the now' and 'thereafter' (as the Trump administration did in making the decision to erect the wall) - the Biden administration is absent on any kind of thought and plan, though right on target to add chaos, lawlessness and penalty to American citizens regarding their health, income and security.

Arrow Up

Two more women accuse Governor Cuomo of inappropriate behavior

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Ex-Cuomo aide Ana Liss • NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo • Former press aide Karen Hinton
Two more women came forward Saturday to accuse Gov. Cuomo of sexually harassing behavior, including a former press aide who describes struggling to free herself from his repeated hugs, and a young assistant who now says he left her feeling like "just a skirt."

Former press aide Karen Hinton endured a "very long, too long, too tight, too intimate" embrace from Cuomo in a dimly lit Los Angeles hotel room in December 2000, she told the Washington Post. The married Hinton pulled away, but "he pulls me back for another intimate embrace," she told the paper. "I thought at that moment it could lead to a kiss, it could lead to other things, so I just pull away again, and I leave."

At the time, Cuomo led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A current rep for Cuomo strongly denied Hinton's allegation to the newspaper, claiming "this did not happen."

Hinton's claims are made all the more startling given that her husband is lobbyist Howard Glaser, a longtime Cuomo ally and confidante who worked as his director of state operations and senior policy advisor until 2014.

The other new accuser, Ana Liss, a policy and operations aide who worked for the governor from 2013 to 2015, said he'd behaved inappropriately while on the job in Albany.

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CDC allows Biden's 'child migrant shelters' fill to 100% despite COVID concern

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Intensive care tents at overflow shelter in Carrizo Springs, Texas.
The Centers for Disease Control is allowing shelters handling child migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to expand to full capacity, abandoning a requirement that they stay near 50% to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The fact that the country's premier health advisory agency is permitting a change in COVID-19 protocols indicates the scale of the immigration crisis. A draft memo obtained by Axios conceded "facilities should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases."
  • The document goes on to recommend detailed ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in shelters.
  • It encourages operators to continue giving COVID-19 tests to newly arrived children, follow 14-day quarantine guidelines, wear masks, improve ventilation and ensure they save room for isolating any child who tests positive, among other actions.
  • The memo states that there "is no 0% risk scenario" given the coronavirus, so "facilities should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases," CNN first reported.
  • A spokesperson for HHS did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Comment: Will this be another case of a "Mean Tweets Trump" policy being proven correct? Those on the ground believe so:
Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Canton) filed legislation on Thursday to direct the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to finish former President Trump's border wall project using state funds.

The state representative contended that President Biden should not stop Texans from finishing what the last administration started.

"President Trump fought to bring real border security and was opposed by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. While hundreds of miles of new wall were built under his leadership, the Biden administration has already ceased border wall construction," Slaton said in a press statement.

"It is time for Texas to stand up and finish the work that President Trump started. Let's finish building the border wall now," he added.


So woke: Urban Dictionary and Google censor 'Blue Anon' after widespread mockery of lunatic left conspiracy theories

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© Urban Dictionary
Not that bastion of ribald free speech!
The life of new term "Blue Anon" in the online Urban Dictionary was short-lived. After emerging on social media and landing in a spot in the slang-term glossary on Saturday, it was quickly purged. A Google search brings up nothing on the term other than brand name ski gear.

Jack Posobiec pointed out the deletion from Urban Dictionary: "I have never even heard of a word being banned from Urban Dictionary before the banned Blue Anon." A search of the dictionary for the term comes up short.

Comment: So much for the free wheeling lexicon of the latest slang (most of which is not repeatable in polite society) Twitter is still alive with the hashtag though:


Reporter reveals US DOJ dismissed dozens of misdemeanor and felony charges laid after last year's Portland rioting

Merrick Garland: Portland Riots May Not Be ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Because Courthouse Was Closed

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Last year Portland, Oregon was among cities that saw plenty of property destruction, violence, arson and unrest in the city. There were many arrests for felony and misdemeanor offenses, but not all will be held accountable, as KGW investigative journalist Kyle Iboshi has reported:

Comment: Part of the blame might be laid at the feet of the Soros-backed Open Society Foudation, which involved itself in many district attorney election races, in a bid to place those friendly to its ideology in office.

Cowboy Hat

'Nomadland' China release in doubt after director Zhao revealed to have said China is "a place where there are lies everywhere"

Ms Chloe Zhao became the first Asian woman in history to win the best director Golden Globe.
A nationalist backlash to Golden Globe-winning American road movie "Nomadland" has cast doubt over the film's China release after social media users and state media questioned its director Chloe Zhao's loyalty to her birth country.

Ms Zhao became the first Asian woman in history to win the best director Golden Globe and the first woman to win best drama with the semi-fictional film, which stars Oscar winner Frances McDormand alongside a rag-tag bunch of non-actors living on the open road in the American West.

Ms Zhao's win last week was initially celebrated in China, with state media calling the Beijing-born filmmaker a "Chinese female director" and "the pride of China."