Thursday, April 22, 2021

LUMBER PRICES UP AGAIN AND THIS IS HUGELY INFLATIONARY

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

GREAT REVERSAL TODAY IN GOLD: GOLD UP $8.25 TO $1778.50//SILVER UP ONE CENT TO $25.77/HUGE ADVANCE IN GOLD TONNAGE STANDING AT THE COMEX TO 90.4 TONNES//SILVER ADVANCES TO 14.910 MILLION OZ//GOLD FOR MAY LOOKS LIKE A STRONG 5.8 TONNES//SILVER OI FOR MAY ALMOST 80,000 WITH 8 DAYS BEFORE FDN//LUMBER PRICES UP AGAIN AND THIS IS HUGELY INFLATIONARY//CORONAVIRUS UPDATES//VACCINE UPDATES//JAPAN HEADING FOR ANOTHER LOCKDOWN//RUSSIA VS UKRAINE /USA//HUGE CONGESTION AT PORT OF LOS ANGELES AND THIS WILL LEAD TO HUGE TRADE DEFICITS//SWAMP STORIES FOR YOU TONIGHT

Why Can’t We ‘Just March Out’ Of Afghanistan?

by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute:

Last week President Biden announced a “full” US withdrawal from Afghanistan – the longest war in US history – by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States. While this announcement is to be welcomed, the delayed US withdrawal may result in Americans and Afghans dying needlessly for good PR optics back home. We all remember how many Americans died after President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” stunt in Iraq.

The war has been a disaster from day one. So why wait to end it?

Freight Expenses Spike the Most on Record

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by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:

But shipment volume, though strong, is not at record levels.

Manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, and others have been groaning under surging shipping expenses as freight companies have raised rates, amid bottlenecks and strong demand. The amount these shippers spent in March on shipping goods to their customers spiked by 17% from February, by far the biggest month-to-month spike in the data going back to 1990, according to the Cass Freight Index for Expenditures. But February had already been a record month for freight expenditures. Compared to March last year, just before the sharp decline set in, the Expenditures Index spiked by 27.5%.

China unveils new app that allows citizens to report others for denying the excellency of the CCP

by Didi Rankovic, Reclaim The Net:

The app was created for the 100-year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party.

For China’s censorship, the internet continues to literally be the gift that keeps on giving, providing it with a myriad of opportunities to enforce and “enhance” efficiency of state policies.

The latest such tool is a hotline that citizens will be able to use to report transgressions having to do with criticism of the ruling and only party in the country, the CCP, as well as the official version of the country’s history around a host of controversial and disputed issues.

Flashpoint Ukraine: Don’t Poke the Bear

by Philip Giraldi, The Unz Review:

Question 1— For the last 4 years, Democrat leaders have blamed Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 elections. Now the Democrats– who control all three branches of government — have the power to reset US foreign policy and take a more hostile approach to Moscow. But will they?

At present, there are roughly 40,000 US-NATO troops massed along the Russian border conducting military exercises while scores of Russian tanks, artillery and an estimated 85,000 Russian troops are now located about 25 miles from Ukraine’s eastern border. Both armies are on hair-trigger alert and prepared for any sudden provocation. If the Ukrainian Army invades the Russian-speaking region of Ukraine (Donbas), Moscow will likely respond.

When Facing Imminent Election Defeat, Dominion Machines Will Always Do the Trick

by Stephen Karganovic, Strategic Culture:

Whenever a favourable election outcome seems problematic, the selection of the right vote counting machine will be sure to fix it.

There are only two rational explanations for the outcome of Presidential elections in Ecuador on April 11, ostensibly won by multimillionaire banker Guillermo Lasso. Either the Ecuadorean people are massively masochistic, or the election was stolen following the pattern recently tested in the paragon of political virtue and rule of law to Ecuador’s north. As ancient logicians would say, tertium non datur.

Gym Owner Details Constant Harassment by Canadian COVID Police State — 16 Visits, No Fines

by Nicholas West, Activist Post:

It’s a difficult time to be an entrepreneur with a physical location that can be held hostage by the ever-changing COVID restrictions and requirements. It’s even more difficult when you can be harassed physically, as an increasing number of people are getting visits from police as the COVID crackdown ramps up even further in Canada.

Well-known Canadian martial arts academy, Tristar Gym, based in Montreal, has long been a pillar of the worldwide professional MMA community. Its owner, Firas Zahabi, has been the trainer of champions, including most famously UFC champion Georges St-Pierre. Nevertheless, according to Zahabi, his decades of notoriety don’t seem to be helping as a confluence of events has resulted in his business and employees enduring constant harassment.

How Empires End

by Jeff Thomas, International Man:

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

Histories are generally written by academics. They, quite naturally, tend to focus on the main events: the wars and the struggles between leaders and their opponents (both external and internal). Whilst these are interesting stories to read, academics, by their very nature, often overlook the underlying causes for an empire’s decline.

AS BORDER CRISIS WITH RUSSIA ESCALATES, UKRAINE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY BYPASSES BIDEN AND CALLS ON EMMANUEL MACRON TO BRING PEACE TO SITUATION

by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:

The massive build-up of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine has sparked new tensions in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists since 2014. “Ukraine’s sovereignty is under threat,” Macron’s office said heading into the talks Friday, adding: “All our work is aimed at avoiding an escalation and defusing tensions.” Zelensky’s meeting with the leaders of France and Germany, who have been mediators in the conflict since 2015, comes as Ukraine accuses Russia of threatening to destroy it.

Report: Online Uyghur Slave Trade Booming in China

by Gabrielle Reyes, Breitbart:

Unspecified sellers in China are increasingly using online venues to advertise Uyghurs for sale in “batches of 50 to 100 workers,” Sky News revealed on Friday.

“On Chinese websites, there are dozens of postings advertising Uighur [sic] labour, in batches of 50 to 100 workers,” Sky News reported on April 16. “Baidu, the company hosting the job postings, did not respond to a request for comment.”

“Humanitarian” Sanctions Are Killing Syrians

by Harley Schlanger, LaRouche PAC:

“Humanitarian Sanctions” Are Killing Syrians, While New Sanctions Threaten To Crash The Russian Economy: They Must Be Overturned!

April 16 — As the Biden administration is recklessly expanding the sanctions regime which has become the routine response from Anglo-American officials to any government they accuse of violating the “rules-based order”, Helga Zepp-LaRouche issued a call to end this practice, beginning with lifting the “Caesar Sanctions” against Syria. Zepp-LaRouche, the founder of the Schiller Institute, released a statement on April 15, as an “Urgent Call to Stop the Genocide in Syria and Yemen: The Moral Collapse of the Western System Cries Out for a New Paradigm”. Her call, which is intended to alert the world to the deliberate mass murder imposed on the Syrian people through the Caesar Sanctions, coincided with the announcement by the White House of new sanctions against Russia, the most damaging of which is an assault against Russia’s ability to issue ruble-denominated debt, with the stated purpose of triggering massive capital flight and wreaking havoc on the Russian economy.

Denmark Permanently Bans Experimental AstraZeneca Vaccine Due to Blood Clot Risk

from 21st Century Wire:

Denmark has become the first EU country in the EU to ban the AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine after serious concerns over its potentially deadly side effects. Government officials made their decision following reports of rare blood clots in the population.

Denmark had first suspended the AstraZeneca jab on March 11th, and this week made the decision to halt the roll-out of the AstraZeneca shot – a vaccine project backed by Bill Gates.

Denmark has a population of 5.8 million people, with 883,375 people have been vaccinated against the virus so far.

Glenn Greenwald on Fake ‘Russia Bounties’ Story: Conveniently Timed to Hurt Trump, Now Conveniently Discredited To Help Biden

by Ashe Schow, Daily Wire:

Journalist Glenn Greenwald again skewered the media for rushing to present a particular narrative without evidence that has since been proven to be false.

The latest example involves a claim from last year that Russia had placed bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The original claim was reported by The New York Times citing anonymous intelligence officials, which have since been identified as CIA operatives. There was never any evidence to back up the story, but that didn’t stop media outlets from using it to attack Trump and claim he was not only weak on Russia (an allegation made against him throughout his 2016 campaign and presidency) but also putting U.S. troops in danger.