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China doubles down on coal amidst soaring energy prices and extreme weather events

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The push to shore up coal power - which still makes up most of China's energy supply - has alarmed analysts who warn that it will make an eventual transition to a renewables-dominated energy mix more difficult.
China has stepped up spending on coal in the face of extreme weather, a domestic energy crunch and rising global fuel prices - raising concerns Beijing's policies may hinder the fight against climate change.

The country is the world's biggest emitter of the greenhouse gases driving global warming, and President Xi Jinping has vowed to reduce coal use from 2026 as part of a broad set of climate promises.

Comment: The CO2 driven 'climate crisis' where children would 'never know snow' has been well and truly debunked by this point. Further, China is the world's manufacturer, the developed world relies on it for the vast majority of its products, and so, naturally, it is the world's largest emitter of certain gases associated with manufacturing.

Beijing has committed to peaking its carbon emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.


Illegal immigrants who entered US since Biden took office to cost taxpayers $20+ billion a year: analysis

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People who've been taken into custody related to illegal entry cases into the US sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on June 17, 2017
The number of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. since President Biden took office will cost the U.S. taxpayer over $20 billion each year, according to a new analysis by a hawkish immigration group.

The study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which advocates for lower levels of immigration overall, calculates that the illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. since Jan. 2021 will add an extra $20.4 billion burden a year, in addition to the $140 billion existing illegal immigrants already cost.

The analysis is based on an estimated 1.3 million released into the U.S. by immigration officials, as well as approximately one million "gotaways" -- or illegal immigrants who have slipped past overwhelmed agents. FAIR calculates that each illegal immigrants costs $9,232 a year to support.

Stock Down

Americans drowning In long-term credit card debt: Survey

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In June we reported that consumer credit - particular revolving credit - was through the roof, as tapped-out consumers relied on credit cards to make ends meet. This has only gotten worse..

Acccording to an Aug. 30 report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, credit card balances increased by $46 billion from last year, becoming the second-biggest source of overall debt last quarter.
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While both student and car loans hit all time new highs at the end of the 1st quarter.
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And so it comes as no surprise from Bloomberg that more US consumers are saddled with credit card debt for longer periods of time. According to a survey by CreditCards.com released on Monday, 60% of credit card debtors have been holding this type of debt for at least a year, up 50% from a year ago, while those holding debt for over two years is up 40%, from 32%, according to the online credit card marketplace.


"We must wake up!"

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An image widely shared on China’s internet shows the quarantine transport bus in Guizhou on the night of the fatal accident, the driver in full hazmat gear.
As anger flared across Chinese social media yesterday following the deadly crash in Guizhou of a passenger bus transferring positive Covid cases, Gao Yu (高昱), the deputy executive editor and head of investigations at Caixin Media, posted a reflection on the tragedy to his WeChat friend group that was subsequently shared outside the chat.

In his post, Gao urged an end to China's zero Covid policy, which he argued was unscientific, pursued out of unnecessary fear, and out of step with the rest of the world. "We must wake up! We must return to normalcy!" he wrote.

Comment: See also: 27 killed in China after bus taking them to Covid-19 quarantine facility crashes

Snow Globe

Are You Ready For Societal Winter?

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Many of you reading this are ready for winter, both literally and figuratively. Your firewood is stacked and your kindling is split. Your barn is stacked full of hay. Your larder is crammed full of food. Your fuel tanks are topped off. And your home armory is "dialed-in", with its walls comfortably stacked with ammo cans. But some of you reading this are not nearly so well prepared. Whether by lack of resolve or lack of resources, you aren't ready for the manifold challenges of the 21st Century.

Winter is coming. The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts that the winter of 2022-2023 will be harsh, for most of the country. And in Western Europe, the winter will surely be an uncomfortable one, since the Russians have embargoed natural gas.

Far worse than the predicted La Niña winter in North America, we are also entering what I term a Societal Winter: An era of rancorous discontent between political factions here in the United States that is replete with iciness, and dismissiveness, by The Powers That Be. With divisive "Woke" rhetoric and plenty of finger-pointing, people are feeling a lot less "United" these days. From my vantage point here in the rural Northern Rockies, it appeared that immediately after Joe Biden and his activist cabinet took office in D.C., the Mainstream Media (MSM) cranked the Acrimony knob all the way up to "11." (For those not familiar, the 11 is a reference to the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.)

All signs now point to the advent of a deep and long Societal Winter.


Street battles break out between Hindus and Muslims in UK's Leicester

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Two arrested during latest disturbance in east of city after cricket match last month between India and Pakistan
Police and community leaders have called for calm after scuffles between large crowds led to arrests after "serious disorder" in Leicester over the weekend.

Two arrests were made and a large number of people were searched under section 60 stop-and-search powers, police said.

The disorder was the latest in a series of disturbances in the east of the city that have taken place after a cricket match between India and Pakistan on 28 August.

In Green Lane Road, where there are several Muslim-owned businesses and a Hindu temple close by, a group of Hindu men were filmed marching through the area on Saturday.

Comment: Footage:

Further reporting:

Other disorder reported:


Why most Americans are disappointed in the healthcare system

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At the end of August, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a press release announcing that life expectancy in the country dropped for the second year in a row in 2021. It noted that Americans can expect to live as long as they did in 1996 and that the two-year decline was the most significant in a century.

What's driving this considerable decline is, per the CDC, primarily the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. That's perhaps not surprising since the US has the most extensive caseload and death toll worldwide. But it's essential to also note that US life expectancy had been plateauing since before the pandemic due to "unintentional injuries," liver disease, suicide, and preventable illnesses.

Now, America is on pace to drop out of the top 50 nations in life expectancy. One key factor is that every country above it has a public option for health insurance or a publicly funded healthcare system. Could there be a correlation?


British headmistress claims she's been reported to police for a 'hate crime' after inviting Jordan Peterson to speak at school in Wembley

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Britain's 'strictest headmistress' has slammed critics who she says reported her to police for a hate crime for inviting a controversial Canadian professor to visit her award-winning school.

Katharine Birbalsingh, whose Michaela Community School in north London recently saw 80 per cent of its students achieve 4+ (C) or more in their GCSEs despite being non-selective, invited Jordan Peterson to see her pupils on Friday.

After she tweeted about the visit, the respected teacher - who is a British government's social mobility tsar - went on to receive a wave of abuse and calls for her to be sacked.


Martha's Vineyard and the fraud of the rich white liberal

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Elizabeth Warren complains to the press about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard, MA, which has declared itself a sanctuary state
Where's their compassion? Where's their inclusion?

"We have talked to a number of people who've asked, 'Where am I?' And then I was trying to explain where Martha's Vineyard is," said befuddled Edgartown, Massachusetts, police chief Bruce McNamee of the 50 illegal immigrants who landed on two charter flights at the island's only airport on Wednesday.

According to local reports, the airport officials believed the planes were delivering corporate guys on a late-season golf retreat, before suffering the crushing disappointment that the arriving passengers were, in fact, poor people of color.

The illegals arrived courtesy of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who sent them there using a $12 million budget set aside by our free state's legislature to transport illegals to sanctuary jurisdictions. He joins the governors of Texas and Arizona, who have sent thousands of illegals by bus to New York, Washington, and Chicago, to protest the Biden administration's catastrophic failure to secure our southern border.


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Donetsk and Lugansk Republics eye vote on joining Russia - UPDATE: Two more regions will hold a vote

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DPR rallies to join Russia
A "referendum" on joining Russia should be held "immediately," the Civic Chamber of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) said on Monday. The body addressed the LPR's leader, Leonid Pasechnik, as well as the republic's legislature, urging them to speed up the process and hold the vote as soon as possible.

Deputy head of the Chamber, Lina Vokalova, stated:
"The residents of Donbass made their choice back in 2014 at the self-determination referendum of the Lugansk People's Republic, and all these years we have been waiting and believing that the second one will definitely follow, which will fulfill our dream of returning home - to the Russian Federation.

"The events of recent days have shown that the Kiev nationalists have crossed all the red lines. The Nazis mercilessly shell and stage terrorist acts against the civilian population of the Lugansk People's Republic, seeking to scare us, and make us give up our dream and our ultimate goal - to join the Russian Federation."

Comment: Lugansk and Donetsk aim to make rejoining Russia a reality:
The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) must "immediately" hold a "referendum" on joining Russia, its civic chamber said on Monday. The call came shortly after a similar move was made by the equivalent body of the neighboring Lugansk People's Republic (LPR).

Addressing the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, the chamber said the time for "decisive actions" has come, urging him to hold the vote as soon as possible. Head of the chamber, Aleksander Kofman, said in a statement:
"All of us feel and know for a long time that Donbass is Russia, we have been fighting for this for eight long years. For this, we daily suffer strikes on our homes, streets, hospitals, schools and kindergartens. We want the border of the Russian Federation to lie between us and Ukraine! We want to become again a part of one big Motherland - Russia. The people of Donbass deserve it!"
A similar stance has been set out by the authorities in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson, which is currently controlled by Russian forces. The head of the so-called military-civilian administration, Kirill Stremousov, said the region's residents:
"want guarantees that we will become a part of the Russian Federation. Residents of Kherson Region call upon... and want to hold a referendum as soon as possible, because they are afraid that Russia might leave."
Kiev threatens to use force against breakaway regions:
Senior officials in Kiev have dismissed as irrelevant plans for a number of current and former Ukrainian regions to hold referendums on whether to join Russia.

Andrey Yermak, President Vladimir Zelensky's chief of staff, described the proposed votes as "blackmail" by Moscow. "This is what fear of defeat looks like. The enemy is afraid and uses primitive manipulations," he said in a post on social media on Tuesday.

Yermak added that "Ukraine will solve the Russian question," insisting this could be done "only by force."

Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba also downplayed news of the upcoming referendums, dismissing the move as a sham. "Ukraine has every right to liberate its territories and will keep liberating them whatever Russia has to say," he tweeted.

Kiev previously threatened any person who takes part in such a plebiscite with criminal prosecution. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said participants could be sent to prison for up to 12 years.
Donetsk and Lugansk are of prime importance to Russia, hence the military pullback to support and further their choice. Kiev threats? The Bear will undoubtedly protect its own.

UPDATE: Both Kherson and Zaporozhye regions have announced they will hold referendums on the same dates: September 23-27.
On Tuesday, a petition to put the question to a plebiscite was sent to Vladimir Saldo, who leads the administration in the [Kherson] region, which has mostly been under Russian control for months. The call came from a public council, which is tasked with representing the local people.

Earlier, the deputy-head of the military-civilian administration, Kirill Stremousov, said the region's residents "want guarantees that we will become a part of the Russian Federation."

Many people in Kherson "are afraid that Russia might leave," Stremousov said.

The Kherson civic chamber, which initiated the vote, cited constant attacks by Ukrainian forces as one of the key reasons for the region seeking to formally cede from Kiev. It said being formally accepted as a part of Russia would boost its security.

"We are certain that the initiative would be fully supported by the people of Kherson Region, and its addition to Russia would not only restore historic justice, but also open a new path towards the revival and reconstruction of our land and the return to genuine peaceful life," said Vladimir Ovcharenko, the chair of the civic chamber.
A petition calling on the [Zaporozhye] region's military-civilian administration to hold such a vote was issued on Tuesday by a local group tasked with representing the general public. They asked the region's authorities "to immediately organize a referendum on the issue of joining our region to the Russian Federation."

"We want certainty and a stable happy future for our homeland," the civic body's head, Vladimir Rogov, said during a gathering in the city of Melitopol. "We are ready to fulfill our right for self-determination and settle once and for all the issue of the territorial status of our region."

Later in the day, Evgeny Balitsky, the head of the region's military-civilian administration, issued an order to hold a general vote as requested, scheduling it for September 23 to 27.

Rogov acknowledged that people in the Kiev-controlled part of the region were unlikely to participate under the current circumstances. Voters there would risk retaliation from the Ukrainian government if they did, he explained.