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Welcome wearing thin? UK nation withdraws free services from Ukrainians

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Employees record the data of refugees upon arrival at the Ukraine Arrival Center Tegel, Germany
The Welsh government has decided to introduce new rules which will scale back benefits for Ukrainian refugees. The measure comes as the UK government has warned of a difficult fiscal outlook.

Those affected received a letter detailing the new policy from First Minister Mark Drakeford on Thursday, according to state-broadcaster BBC, which said that it could apply to as many as 1,500 people.

Refugees currently staying in hotel rooms, holiday parks, and other temporary accommodation who have been there for five weeks or more must begin to pay their own way and are required to either accept the government's offer of more permanent housing or face a £25 ($31) weekly fine - £37 ($46) per week for a family of four or larger

Comment: Whatever the reason, this move is unlikely to mitigate the cost of living crisis that is currently decimating the UK's lower and middle class and is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.


Footprints

Seattle votes to permanently terminate 80 police positions despite critically low staffing levels and record-breaking homicides

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Seattle Police
City officials are continuing to 'Defund the Police' even though crime levels have risen in the wake of 2020's Black Lives Matter protests.

Seattle City Council voted this week to permanently remove 80 Seattle police positions despite critically low staffing levels and a record-breaking increase in homicides throughout the city.

On Tuesday, Seattle City Council approved their 2022-2023 budget which rerouted funds that were initially reserved for hiring 200 positions in the Seattle Police Department. Council slashed 80 of those positions, leaving the department with a budget for only 120, according to Seattle Times.

However, it is going to be a particularly challenging task for the Seattle Police Department to come even remotely close to hiring 120 police personnel when officers are leaving the department in droves as the city continues their war on police.

Stop

Germans banned from using nitrate fertilizers in shift toward 'green' farming

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The new rule in North Rhine-Westphalia is a "step backwards," the region's minister of agriculture says.

Farmers in Germany's most populous state must severely rein in their use of certain fertilizing techniques under a new set of restrictions apparently aimed at making the industry more "green."

As of Thursday, farmers in North Rhine-Westphalia are required to use 20% less nitrate fertilizer in areas deemed to have "problematic" levels of the chemical - a designation that now encompasses a third of the province's usable farmland.

The rules appear to be unpopular with some local farmers and political officials. Erich Gussen, vice president of the Rhenish Agricultural Association, warned that the new regulations would mean a lower quality of crop, hinting that farmers would not accept the rules without a fight. He told German outlet Bild on Thursday:
"There is great indignation among the farmers, which really upsets us! If a wheat field needs 200 kg of fertilizer for optimal yield, farmers would now be forced to use 40 kg less. That means a drop in yield and the quality of the wheat will suffer!"

Comment: Green farming is a calculated means to diminish food sources and reduce population. Can't reap what is not sown.


Padlock

Former CNN personality Michael Avenatti sentenced to 14 more years for fraud

Avenatti
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Michael Avenatti
Michael Avenatti, the former CNN personality and onetime Democratic presidential frontrunner who is currently serving prison time for multiple felony convictions, on Monday was sentenced again in Southern California to 14 more years.

The sentence was announced after the incarcerated porn lawyer pleaded guilty earlier this year to multiple counts of wire fraud and admitted to stealing money from his clients. A U.S. District Court judge on Monday also ordered Avenatti to pay $7 million in restitution.

Avenatti's latest prison sentence will run consecutively to the five-year term he is already serving for separate convictions. He was previously convicted of stealing book proceeds from his porn star client Stormy Daniels. Avenatti became a media celebrity while representing Daniels during her legal battle against former president Donald Trump, with whom she allegedly had an affair. He was also convicted of attempting to extort Nike to the tune of $25 million.

Comment: Democratic presidential frontrunner? Of course he was. He had all the characteristics and credentials they were looking for.


Piggy Bank

Eminent economist flags 'biggest bubble in world history'

Kiyosaki
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Robert Kiyosaki
Robert Kiyosaki has urged investors to dump their paper assets and to consider buying physical gold

The economy today is the "biggest bubble in world history," renowned writer and economist Robert Kiyosaki has warned. The co-author of the best-selling personal finance book Rich Dad Poor Dad has urged investors to dump their paper assets.

This year has brought little cheer for most investors as financial markets were exposed to high volatility, with stocks and bonds tumbling and even broad benchmark Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) going deep in the red.

While a host of financial assets have fallen in price amid the current market downturn, some investors have resorted to risky strategies with hopes for a potential reward. However, Kiyosaki believes that the worst is yet to come and cautions against giving in to such temptations.

Comment: His best advice: Do not trust the Fed.


Bullseye

59% of Moldova's citizens believe country is controlled by US or EU forces - poll

Ursula von der Leyen and Moldova's President Maia Sandu

FILE PHOTO. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Moldova's President Maia Sandu.
More than 60% of Moldovans believe the country is ruled by external powers, according to a new poll conducted by the IMAS research institute. The survey was published on Tuesday and sampled some 1,100 adult respondents across the country.

The poll by the Chisinau-based data company shows that a majority - 59% - believe Moldova is under the control of US or EU forces. A further 3% suggested the nation is ruled by Russia. Only 32% thought it was actually led by President Maia Sandu, while 6% of respondents were not able to answer who exactly governed their homeland.

When asked how much the president was involved in the country's affairs, some 39% said she had not been engaged at all during her two years in office, while another 25% suggested she did not pay due attention to Moldova's internal affairs. Only 23% indicated Sandu had been properly involved in ruling the state, while some 8% insisted she was actively doing so.

Comment: Credit where it's due, because, despite the threat of looming blackouts and economic collapse, a significant number of Europeans are oblivious to the destructive influence that the US currently has on their own government.


Wolf

TIME Magazine admits 'election denier' is nonsense invented to smear GOP

Hakeem Jeffries
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Hakeem Jeffries
If 'election denier' doesn't describe what Hakeem Jeffries and other Democrats did in 2016, then it doesn't mean anything at all.

Time Magazine
claimed that Democrat and soon-to-be House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries' refusal to accept the results of the 2016 presidential election as legitimate doesn't count as "election denial" because he's not a Trump-supporting Republican, in a tacit admission that "election denier" is a nonsense phrase that only exists to make Republicans look like "threats to democracy."

In the Friday piece, Time staff writer Jasmine Aguilera admitted, "In tweets, news interviews, and House hearings, Jeffries called to question the legitimacy of Trump's election." She even embedded posts from the Republican National Committee with screenshots of Jeffries' tweets saying Trump and his "buddies in the Kremlin" were "trying to steal the election" and that "history" would "never accept" Trump as a "legitimate president." In another post, Jeffries said that "the more we learn about 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes. America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office."

Attention

US sports announcer Bob Rathbun begins convulsing and loses consciousness on air

Bob Rathbun
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Bob Rathbun had a medical episode before the Hawks game
Atlanta Hawks announcer Bob Rathbun suffered a scary medical emergency while on-air.

Prior to Monday night's game against the Thunder, while color commentator Dominique Wilkins was speaking, Rathbun started convulsing and lost consciousness.

The Hawks said in a statement to The Post that the 68-year-old Rathbun was dehydrated, and is now "stable and responsive" while undergoing further treatment.

Comment: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/DXk_Y1tlz5g/hq720.jpg?sqp=-oaymwEcCNAFEJQDSFXyq4qpAw4IARUAAIhCGAFwAcABBg==&rs=AOn4CLAwjn8lZQcptO1dZ_0pVi4jITXJJA - even if it turns out he really was just extremely hydrated - a more pressing question would be: just how much longer can the general public watch this repeatedly happen, and on air whilst watching their favourite TV programs without starting to seriously question the link for themselves:


Dig

Big advertisers including Amazon returning to Twitter, says report

the bird is freed
Twitter's ad revenue had been declining rapidly since Elon Musk's chaotic £36bn takeover of the company, but the CEO appeared to confirm in a tweet, that some companies had returned.

Amazon is planning to resume multimillion dollar advertising on Twitter, according to reports.

The move will see Amazon ply about $100m (£81.3m) per year into the platform, now owned by Elon Musk, according to Reuters news agency, citing a tweet from the tech blog Platformer.

Comment: Elon removes all the child-porn from the platform and suddenly the big corporations don't want to advertise there anymore. Strange.

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Cult

'Moderate and protect': The EU launches operation against Musk

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The European Union (EU) has warned billionaire technocrat Elon Musk that Twitter will be banned across the continent unless he reimplements Draconian free speech regulations.
The EU authorities are scrambling to protect their social media space against the 'free speech absolutist'

After Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter and the recent reactions of Brussels' bureaucrats, it has become clear how far the EU is willing to go in order to preserve its own bubble of political agenda.

Just as one needs a special dictionary in order to understand Kant's work and his own understanding of certain terms and concepts, more and more, one needs a special dictionary to understand the language of the EU. And the first entry to look up is 'F - Freedom'. Its synonym, 'liberty', is the first word in France's motto. And with the acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk and the wish of the billionaire to restore total freedom of speech on the platform, we have a new opportunity to try to decrypt it.