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Global food supply crisis may worsen due to poor US harvest

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Harvesting corn
U.S. agriculture has been facing a poor harvest this year, aggravating the global food supply crisis, industry executives have said. The supply of food worldwide has been tight, since Russia's war in Ukraine cut off vital shipments of resources needed to make fertilizer and grain products from the region.

Several high-level executives from big agricultural firms such as Bayer, Corteva, Archer Daniels Midland, and Bunge, told The Wall Street Journal that it will take at least two more years of good harvests in North and South America to ease the supply pressures.

"The current market expectation is that global grain and oilseeds markets need two consecutive normal crop years to stabilize global supplies," said Chuck Magro, chief executive of Corteva, at an investor presentation this week. This year's grain harvest has fallen below normal yields in the West, hindering efforts to restock global crop supplies he explained.

The United States and South America, two of the world's major crop exporters, faced persistent drought conditions this summer. The hot summer worsened drought conditions in states throughout the U.S. Grain Belt, which saw a major reduction in the harvest due to lack of water and a wet spring planting season earlier in the year.

The Agriculture Department announced on Sept. 12, that it had lowered its nationwide corn production estimates to 13.9 billion bushels. This is 3 percent lower than its projections in August, about 8 percent lower than the total amount harvested last year. Projections for soybean production estimates in September were down 3 percent from August, down slightly from 2021.

Dollars

Activist group suing DeSantis received nearly $1.4 million from Soros network

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An activist group which has filed a class-action lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Florida officials over last week's migrant flights to Martha's Vineyard received nearly $1.4 million from George Soros' Open Society Network.

According to Fox News, nonprofit immigrant advocacy group Lawyers for Civil Rights filed the suit on behalf of Alianza Americas, which was described in a press release as "a network of migrant-led organizations supporting immigrants across the United States."

The lawsuit was filed in the District of Massachusetts, and alleges that DeSantis and other officials "designed and executed a premeditated, fraudulent and illegal scheme centered on exploiting this vulnerability for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests."

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Arrow Down

Germany: Greens plan to ban native Germans from a third of jobs to promote 'diversity'

Filiz Polat
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Filiz Polat
Despite the fact that it's clearly unconstitutional.

In the name of promoting "diversity," ruling Greens in the German the city of Hanover plan to ban a third of native citizens from applying for government jobs so they can be given to migrants.

Yes, really.

"A green mayor makes the difference!" wrote Turkish-born Filiz Polat, managing director of the Greens parliamentary group.

Attention

Video shows train hit Colorado officer's car with suspect inside

Colorado police train track
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Police in Colorado released body cam footage a train collide with a police car on Sept 16, 2022.
Police in Colorado released body cam footage showing the moment a train collided with a police patrol vehicle parked on railroad tracks. A suspect was detained in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

In the video, provided by FOX 31 Denver, two officers are seen detaining the driver of the vehicle believed to be involved in a road rage incident and placing her inside the patrol vehicle that was parked on the railroad tracks.

Moments later, a train can be heard and the two officers near the patrol vehicle can be seen fleeing the area.

The train then collides with the patrol car, heavily damaging it and severely injuring the woman who was handcuffed inside.

Fire

Protester sets himself on fire at London tennis tournament

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The man took to the court at the O2 Arena in the UK capital.
A man briefly set himself alight during a match at the Laver Cup.

Fans watching Stefanos Tsitsipas' match with rival Diego Schwartzman at the Laver Cup in London on Friday were stunned when a protester interrupted proceedings and sat down on the court, where he briefly set his right arm on fire.

Nearby security personnel quickly jumped into action, with one using his jacket to extinguish most of the blaze and stamp out the remaining flames, some of which had begun to take hold on the court at the O2 Arena.

Comment: What an idiot.

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NPC

Air Force Academy diversity training tells cadets to use words that 'include all genders​,' drop 'mom and dad'

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Air Force Academy cadets salute during the national anthem at Falcon Stadium for their graduation ceremony on May 25, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Air Force Academy also tells cadets to be 'Color Conscious' instead of 'Colorblind'.

A diversity and inclusion training by the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado instructs cadets to use words that "include all genders" and to refrain from saying things like "mom" and "dad."

The slide presentation titled, "Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do," advises cadets to use "person-centered" and gender-neutral language when describing individuals.

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Western Media Continues to Ignore How Ukraine is Using NATO Weapons to Kill Innocent Civilians in The Donbass

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The civilian death toll keeps growing as some EU citizens rise up against their governments' support for Kiev
On Monday, Ukraine slaughtered 16 civilians, including two children, with 155mm NATO shells, according to the head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin. The projectiles hit two adjacent neighborhoods, decimating residential and commercial areas - including a market that had previously suffered fatal attacks.

Scenes of death are nothing new for residents and reporters here in Donetsk, which is intermittently the target of Ukrainian attacks, like the one that hit its central region on August 4, killing six people, including an 11-year-old ballerina, her grandmother, and her ballet teacher.

But the carnage on Monday was worse than anything I've seen in my months of reporting here. Chunks of flesh littered the street - part of a hand, a foot, an ear. Someone had put a dead man's phone on his stomach. It was ringing, the cheery ringtone incongruous with his lifeless body and the scenes and stench of death around him.

Whistle

Whistle-blowing FBI hero pays the price for exposing Biden admin's unjust 'persecution' of conservative Americans

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FBI Special Agent Steve Friend was suspended, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office after complaining about the violations.
Bombshell allegations by FBI Special Agent Steve Friend contained in a whistleblower complaint filed late Wednesday with the Department of Justice inspector general reveal a politicized Washington, DC, FBI field office cooking the books to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism, and ­using an "overzealous" January 6 ­investigation to harass conservative Americans and violate their constitutional rights.

Friend, 37, a respected 12-year veteran of the FBI and a SWAT team member, was suspended Monday, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla., after complaining to his supervisors about the violations.

He was declared absent without leave last month for refusing to participate in SWAT raids that he believed violated FBI policy and were a use of excessive force against Jan. 6 ­subjects accused of misdemeanor ­offenses.

Arrow Up

Dumber than the average human

Harvard University
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Introduction

For background, the Boston school system had for many years grappled with the problem of how to assign students to Boston's public schools that could both let children attend one of the few good schools in the system while also finding one close to their homes. They also wanted to ensure that students from poor neighborhoods had the same chance of attending good schools as those from more affluent neighborhoods. The school system was divided into zones where many students were bused far from home but still attended the lower-quality schools. A newly-appointed 27-member committee tried yet again to find a solution but after months of examination and debate became hopelessly entangled in what were largely irrelevancies, and again could find no solution. But a 24-year-old Chinese student named Peng Shi who was in a Ph.D. program at MIT and who was looking for a thesis topic, attended the meetings, asked a few questions and gave them the obvious solution of eliminating their school zones and applying a different model for selection. After some study, the committee voted overwhelmingly to adopt Shi's model, calling it "a breakthrough moment" for Boston's school system.

According to an NYT article reporting on the event: "That it took a dispassionate outsider with ... no political agenda to formulate the model is a measure of the complexities facing urban school districts today", but that is a baldly dishonest statement. Yes, it took a 'dispassionate outsider with no political agenda' to solve the problem, but the problem was not "a measure of the complexities facing American school districts" but one more indication that (a) creativity, independent thinking, problem-solving and all the other good words do not in fact exist in the US educational system, and (b) adult Americans really are dumber than the average human.

After multiple repeated attempts over many months, the solution was not only not obvious but non-existent, to the 27 adult American "educators" who "lead the world in innovation and critical thinking". But after only 30 minutes the solution was obvious to Shi, a 24-year-old Chinese kid, a rote-learning robot whose educational system taught him only to memorise and not to think, who knew only how to produce high scores but not to apply any knowledge, someone with no creativity and no imagination. (2) (3)

We know all the criticisms. China's children are taught only to memorise and not to think or question. They are rote-learning robots without capacity for original thought. They know only how to produce high scores but not to think. They have no creativity, no imagination, no concept of innovation. The classes are too large; there is no individual attention paid to students. The entire Chinese educational system is corrupt and failing. But this is all nonsense, yet one more foolish myth propagated by the Americans. There has never been any evidence to document such claims which, like so many others, are fabricated solely on an imaginary moral superiority.

Cowboy Hat

I know what I'd do in Putin's shoes - Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson
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FILE PHOTO. Jordan Peterson in Cambridge.
Popular conservative political commentator Jordan Peterson has tried to get into Russian President Vladimir Putin's head and predict how Russia's conflict with the West in Ukraine will unfold. Peterson said that if he were the Russian president he would leave the EU without energy supplies in the winter.

"I know what I'd do in his shoes," he said on the Piers Morgan Uncensored show on Thursday. "I'd wait till the first cold snap and shut off the taps."

Peterson was referring to supplies of Russian natural gas to EU nations. He argued that Moscow indirectly warned that a full shutdown would happen when Russian gas giant Gazprom started curtailing deliveries through the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany, citing maintenance issues.

The political commentator declined to endorse a notion popular in the West that Putin resembles Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin in his thinking, calling the claim "foolish" and not backed by any actual evidence.

Putin "is a lot more like everybody else than anyone thinks," Peterson argued. He added that "there is a bit of Hitler and Stalin in everyone," before going into an explanation of how accepting government-imposed lies under pressure was part of human nature.