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The Great Food Reset has begun

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German family farmers protest against trade agreements in Berlin
We all lose from the global war on farmers

France is in flames. Israel is erupting. America is facing a second January 6. In the Netherlands, however, the political establishment is reeling from an entirely different type of protest — one that, perhaps more than any other raging today, threatens to destabilise the global order. The victory of the Farmer-Citizen Movement (BBB) in the recent provincial elections represents an extraordinary result for an anti-establishment party that was formed just over three years ago. But then again, these are not ordinary times.

The BBB grew out of the mass demonstrations against the Dutch government's proposal to cut nitrogen emissions by 50% in the country's farming sector by 2030 — a target designed to comply with the European Union's emission-reduction rules. While large farming companies have the means to meet these goals — by using less nitrogen fertiliser and reducing the number of their livestock — smaller, often family-owned farms would be forced to sell or shutter. Indeed, according to a heavily redacted European Commission document, this is precisely the strategy's goal: "extensifying agriculture, notably through buying out or terminating farms, with the aim of reducing livestock"; this would "first be on a voluntary basis, but mandatory buyout is not excluded if necessary".

Eye 1

Progressive Portland area school administrator arrested in human sex trafficking sting

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Eight men, including a Portland-area high school administrator, were arrested and charged in relation to their alleged participation in a sex trafficking sting conducted by local law enforcement.

As announced by the city of Lake Oswego's police department, they "conducted a human sex trafficking mission with the assistance of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon City Police, Milwaukie Police, and Sandy Police," on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

"During the operation, decoys (law enforcement officers) were contacted by men who offered to pay money in exchange for the decoys to perform requested sexual acts," the department stated, going on to describe how the eight suspects allegedly agreed to meet with the supposed trafficking victims, and were subsequently "arrested and charged with the relevant crimes."

Suspects Stephen R. Berry, Maximilien Aquitaine, Austin L. Olson, Vincent S. Namauleg, German D. Pascual, Jake R. Walt, and Erik J. Bjorman were all cited and released for Commercial Sexual Solicitation, officials said. However, according to the Lake Oswego Police Department, the assistant principal of Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon was hit with additional charges.


Germany to massively increase military aid to Ukraine - Spiegel

Olaf Scholz speaks in the Bundestag
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File photo: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks in the Bundestag, March 2023
Heavy losses of equipment in battle mean that Ukraine's military needs more tanks, artillery and air defenses, as well as maintenance for them, according to a letter from the German treasury to the parliament revealed by Der Spiegel on Tuesday.

Finance Minister Christian Lindner wrote to the Bundestag on Monday, and the parliamentary budget committee met on Tuesday in secret to consider his request, according to the German outlet. He is asking for €3.2 billion ($3.47 billion) more this year and another €8.8 billion ($9.54 billion) for "ongoing commitments," on top of €2.2 billion ($2.39 billion) already spent on Ukraine.

"Due to the high material losses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, new supplies of material are required," the treasury wrote, further arguing that a number of procurement and maintenance contracts for "needs-based sustainable equipment" of Kiev's military need to be concluded immediately.

The letter specifically says the Ukrainians need more air defense, armored tracked vehicles - including tanks - and ammunition for tanks and artillery. Supplying the weapons systems also creates a "follow-up obligation" to provide ammunition, service and maintenance, the treasury added.

The additional expenses are "objectively unavoidable," Lindner argues, because "without ongoing support to Ukraine, there is a serious danger of it losing" in the conflict against Russia, "with unforeseeable consequences for peace in Europe."

Comment: Nothing like lighting money on fire when one's economy is suffering from sabotage and one's financial sector is one bank failure away from total catastrophe.

Bad Guys

Moscow warns neighbor of threat from Ukraine

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FILE PHOTO: Belarusian fighters in Poland before going to fight for Ukraine.
Belarusian "nationalist units" fighting for Ukraine could be sent back to their own country to conduct acts of sabotage, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin has warned. The official, however, expressed confidence that Minsk will be able to thwart such attempts, adding that Moscow will assist in doing so if necessary.

The diplomat noted that the rhetoric coming from members of "Belarusian nationalist formations... who are actively supported by the Kiev authorities and their Western backers, has become significantly tougher" lately.

"The leaders and commanders of those cut-throat mercenaries openly say that they plan, in the future, to apply their combat experience to topple the current Belarusian leadership," Galuzin said in an interview with the Russian news network RTVI on Wednesday.

Red Flag

Minnesota advances 'trans refuge' bill opponents say would strip custody from non-consenting parents

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Dozens of protesters chanted for and against a bill that would make Minnesota a trans refuge state
Minnesota lawmakers on Thursday advanced legislation that would establish the state as a "trans refuge" for children who are seeking transgender medical procedures but who may be denied "gender-affirming care" in other states.

In a party-line 68-62 vote, the Minnesota House passed HF 146, which had been introduced by Rep. Leigh Finke of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Finke is the state's first transgender lawmaker.

Democrats supporting the bill say the legislation will protect transgender people, their families and healthcare providers from facing legal repercussions for traveling to Minnesota to obtain cross-sex hormone prescriptions or sex-change procedures. Similar legislation has been introduced in California and other states with Democratic-controlled legislatures, which seek to counter Republican states that have sought to ban transgender procedures for minors.

"Gender-affirming care is lifesaving health care," Finke told reporters ahead of debate on the bill. "Withholding or delaying gender-affirming care can have a dramatic impact on the mental health of any individual who needs it. Rates of depression, suicide, substance abuse are dramatically higher in transgender and gender-expansive individuals who lack access to care."

Che Guevara

Who funds Antifa protests? We all do

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Protesters from various anti-fascist groups rally against the Proud Boys on November 16, 2019 in New York City.
Last week, the city of Philadelphia agreed to pay $9.25 million to 343 left-wing protesters who alleged they suffered "physical and emotional injuries" when police used tear gas and pepper spray to clear them off a major highway in downtown at a Black Lives Matter-style direct action in 2020.

Videos recorded at the time showed the mob shut down the highway while vandalizing public property.

As a journalist who reports on the militant far-left and its rioters, the question I'm asked most often is, "Who funds them?"

Some believe billionaire George Soros is responsible.

And they would be partially correct. Soros funds groups that form part of the support apparatus of left-wing militants — district attorneys, biased media and legal groups.

But his money doesn't directly reach the pockets of militants on the street.

Who ends up paying far-left rioters like Antifa? Too often, taxpayers like you and me.



Iranian lawmaker says new hijab policy prohibits physical punishment

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Iranian parliament member Hossein Jalali
An Iranian parliamentarian says the government's new strategy to enforce the compulsory wearing of the hijab will eliminate physical punishment for women and instead carry financial and administrative penalties that have been approved by the leader of the Islamic republic.

Iranian parliament member Hossein Jalali said on March 27 that the new plan includes a financial penalty of up to 30 billion Iranian Rials ($60,000) for those who breach the compulsory hijab law, while additional penalties consist of revoking a person's driver's license, canceling their passport, and prohibiting Internet access for those women who do not adhere to the hijab requirement.

Under the new proposals, physical punishment will not be allowed, Jalali said. Violators instead will be punished according to a predetermined table.

Comment: Veiling is a complex topic in the evolution of Iranian society. The West has been fed a simplified version of it that makes it easy to cast Iran as one of the devils in the world. Of course the U.S. is stoking a legitimate protest for its own ends: Iran names the US and Israel as the countries behind riots

Background on the antecedents of the protests: Iran: To veil or not to veil

One Iranian woman's take: Iran's anti-morality police protests: a different view from the ground


Rand Paul staffer stabbed in brutal attack in Washington, DC

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A statement by Sen. Rand Paul confirmed on Monday that a member of his staff was viciously stabbed in broad daylight in Washington, DC over the weekend.

As per the police report, the staff member was repeatedly stabbed with a knife on the 1300 block of H St. NE.

Comment: More from the Post Millennial:
The man who apparently attacked Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) staffer on Saturday had been released from a 12-year prison sentence just one day before the attack was carried out.

Glynn Neal, the alleged attacker, was sentenced to 12 years and four months in prison in 2011 on charges of "compelling an individual to live a life of prostitution without his or her consent" and "threat to kidnap to injure a person," per Fox 5.

The report noted that Paul staffer Phillip Todd was approached by Neal on a street in Washington, DC before stabbing Todd, resulting in "life-threatening injuries," according to Paul's office.

The DC Police Department posted on Twitter, saying that the Metropolitan Police had made an arrest. The arrest was reportedly made in reference to "an Assault with Intent to Kill (Knife)."


Body-cam police footage released of trans school shooter Audrey Hale being neutralized

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The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has released the body-worn camera footage of the heroic officers who took down 28-year-old transgender shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale, a former Covenant School student who went by the trans name "Aiden."

In the six-minute video posted to YouTube, two points-of-view are compiled, showing the perspectives of Officer Rex Engelbert, a four-year MNPD veteran, and Officer Michael Collazo, a nine-year MNPD veteran, the officers credited with fatally shooting Hale:

Comment: See also: Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale identified as transgender and had detailed manifesto to attack Christian academy, shot and killed six people

More from the New York Post:
While Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Hale targeted the school, he noted that the victims were picked at random.

Hale was a former student at the school, according to police.

"We have a manifesto, we have some writings that we're going over that pertain to this date, the actual incident," Drake said during a press conference Monday. "We have a map drawn out of how this was all going to take place."

During the search of the shooter's home, police said, they also recovered a sawed-off shotgun and a second shotgun.

During a press conference, Drake referred to Hale by female pronouns but also said the shooter identified as transgender without providing more clarity.

The Tennessean later reported that a police spokesperson said Hale used he/him pronouns and those pronouns were listed on a LinkedIn page used by Hale.

The victims in Monday's awful attack were identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and Williams Kinney, all just 9, as well as custodian Mike Hill, 61, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and Katherine Koonce, 60, who was the school's headmaster.

Multiple vigils across the community Monday night grieved for the slain students and staffers.

At Belmont United Methodist Church, mourners prayed, sang, and lit candles as they at one point said together "we confess we have not done enough to protect" the children killed or wounded in shootings.

"We need to step back. We need to breathe. We need to grieve," said Paul Purdue, the church's senior pastor.

"We need to remember. We need to make space for others who are grieving. We need to hear the cries of our neighbors."

Yellow Vest

France's protests against Macron gov't continue despite police brutality

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The sign reads, "Ruled by parasites," Paris, France, March 28, 2023.
During the tenth day of protest against the Macron's pension reform, the spirits of the French continue to burn throughout the country.

Comment: This is actually the 15th consecutive day (give or take a day) of protests and strikes. On the 23rd of March over 3 million were in attendance.

On Tuesday, thousands of French citizens continued to stage protests against the pension reform proposal that President Emmanuel Macron persists in imposing by force.

"France is not ruled by sticks... As most people say, this is all madness," said Senator Jean-Luc Melenchon, who is also the historical leader of the leftist organization "Unsubmissive France."

He made reference to the refusal of the Macron administration to accept the "mediation" proposed by the leader of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), Laurent Berger, who seeks a dialogue to "find a way out" of the prevailing social crisis.


More footage of the day's events can be found at this Twitter account: