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by Tyler Durden
 

A more conventional supply shock is underway - nowhere near the nuclear-level hit by government-enforced lockdowns several years ago. The Israel-Hamas war has led to Iran-backed Houthis freezing the critical maritime chokepoint of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, attacking Western commercial vessels with missiles and drones (the latest incident on Tuesday), and forcing major shipping operators to reroute containerized freight around the Cape of Good Hope, which strains the world's containerized capacity and has just sent shipping costs surging once again. 

Bloomberg reports new data from France-based CMA CGM SA, the world's third-largest carrier, indicating that the cost of shipping a 40-foot container from Asia to northern Europe jumped to $7k in the second half of June, up from $5k in the first half of the month. Rates ranged from $6k to $6.5k, with premium services approaching $1k.

"With capacity stretched by more than five months of attacks on vessels in the Red Sea, the container shipping industry is scrambling to meet demand that's picking up in the US and Europe," Bloomberg said. 

Data from Bloomberg shows that Shanghai to Los Angeles, Shanghai to Rotterdam, Shanghai to Genoa, and Shanghai to New York are some of the most critical shipping lanes experiencing a price jump. 

Trine Nielsen, senior director and head of ocean EMEA at Flexport, said companies are "double-booking or increasing booking numbers to secure space" amid thinning capacity. 

The chief executive of Germany-based Hapag-Lloyd AG, the world's number five container carrier, blamed the surge in shipping rates on the continued Red Sea chaos and shrinking capacity, plus "really strong demand." 

There are no forecasts on how long the price surge will last. However, Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said, "It could still last for another couple of months if the Red Sea situation doesn't improve." 

News today from Bloomberg says Israel will need at least seven more months to defeat Hamas. This suggests the fight could expand outside of Gaza to either Lebanon or Iran. If that's the case, expect continued bombardment of ships in critical maritime chokepoints by Houthi rebels - with increasing risks of an oil supply shock that could send Brent crude over $100/bbl.

What a mess for Jerome Powell and company trying to slay the inflation monster.

Tags: ECONOMY, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com,

A Ukrainian intelligence source told Reuters that a Ukrainian drone targeted a radar deep inside Russian territory that’s part of Russia’s early-warning system to detect nuclear missiles. The incident marks the second time within a week that Ukrainian officials reported attacks on a Russian nuclear warning system, known as “Voronezh M” radars.

The source said that the strike targeted a radar near the city of Orsk in Russia’s Orenburg Oblast, which is over 900 miles away from Ukrainian territory. The source didn’t say if there was any damage, and Russian media reported a drone was downed in the Orenburg region and that no civilian infrastructure was hit.

Via Telegram: an initial May 22 drone strike on the Russian missile early warning radar system, Voronezh-DM, near the village of Glubokiy in the Krasnodar region.

On May 22, a Ukrainian drone targeted a Voronezh M radar in Russia’s Krasnodar Oblast at a radar station about 300 miles from Ukrainian-controlled territory.

The US-state-funded RFE/RL reported there was damage to the radar site, citing satellite images, although Reuters said it could not verify the imagery.

While the Russian radars can track missiles fired by Ukraine, the primary function of the early-warning system is to detect intercontinental ballistic missiles to determine if Russia is coming under a nuclear attack.

Ukraine’s targeting of the systems could lead to a major response from Russia or potentially a miscalculation as the attacks come at a time of unprecedented nuclear tensions between Washington and Moscow.

The Telegraph reported that the attack on the radar in Krasnodar "sparked alarm" in the west. The report quoted Thord Are Iversen, a Norwegian military analyst, who said it was "not a particularly good idea…, especially in times of tension" and that it was "in everyone’s best interest that Russia’s ballistic missile warning system works well."

Locations of recent attacks on Russian nuclear warning sites, via Reuters, GlobalSecurity

Russia has escalated its war in Ukraine in direct response to Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory. For example, Russia recently launched major strikes on Ukrainian energy infrastructure after Russian oil refineries came under attack, and President Vladimir Putin has said his offensive in Kharkiv was a response to Ukrainian attacks on Russia’s Belgorod Oblast.

 

 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The United States Supreme Court is on the clock to deliver a ruling on Cargill v. Garland by June.

Following the tragedy in Las Vegas in late 2017, the ATF moved to ban bump stocks under discretion from the White House – classifying them as machine guns.

Since then, circuit courts have come to different conclusions as to whether a bump stock is legally a machine gun, however, the ban remains in place pending the Supreme Court ruling.

A bill has already been introduced in Congress to regulate bump stocks, should the Supreme Court strike down the ban.

While the pending case mainly deals with bump stocks, other “rapid-fire” devices, such as the forced-reset trigger are also under legal scrutiny.

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The gun shop owner and U.S. Representative from Georgia’s 9th Congressional District has introduced a resolution to make the ATF’s “engaged in the business” rule of “no force or effect.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) announced their proposed rule August 31, 2023 to redefine what it means to be “engaged in the buisness of selling guns.”

The rule is now in effect as of May 20th, 2024, and expands the instances in which an unlicensed seller must use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to sell or transfer a gun — essentially banning the private sale of firearms, or even lending a firearm to a family member or friend.

Reports say violators of this rule will be punished with up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

Rep. Clyde’s resolution to block the rule says:

“Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Department of Justice, relating to ‘’Definition of ‘Engaged in the Business’ as a Dealer in Firearms,’ and such rule shall have no force or effect.”

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Last Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing with Steve Dettelbach, Director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) being the star witness.

The hearing was on Oversight of the ATF and focused on a variety of issues concerning the ATF, including the “engaged in business” rule, which is now in effect.

Other topics ranged from the pistol brace rule to the killing of Bryan Malinowski, the Director of the Little Rock Airport, who was killed during the execution of a search warrant earlier in March.

 Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) quickly grilled Dettelbach as to how many firearms does someone have to sell to be “engaged in the business” of firearms dealing and they’re required to get a Federal Firearms License (FFL).

Dettelbach responded with:

“Congressman, as you know, that matter is being litigated in several courts. So sticking with what’s already in the public record, the rule itself is about 16 pages, skipping lines, and there is about…over 400 pages of explanation. So, there are factors that are conduct based, not numerical based but conduct based.”

Essentially giving a non-answer, the National Association for Gun Rights quickly released a press release, demanding Dettelbach to be fired and the ATF to be abolished.

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Israel launched air attacks on Syria's central region as well as the coastal city of Baniyas, killing a child and injuring ten civilians, Syrian state media said on Wednesday citing a military source.

"At approximately 19:30 pm, the Israeli enemy launched an air aggression from the direction of Lebanese territory, targeting a site in the central region and a residential building in Baniyas ... leading to the death of a girl, the injury of ten civilians," the source was quoted as saying.

Syrian state media reported earlier on Wednesday that the country's air defences had intercepted "hostile targets" over Homs, without giving further details.

There was no immediate word on the incidents from Israel, which typically does not comment on specific reports of strikes in Syria.

Tags: ISRAEL, SYRIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Tasnim News Agency, affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), reported on Wednesday that Iran has supplied the Houthi rebels in Yemen with the Ghadr ballistic missile.

The missile, described as the first Iranian anti-ship ballistic missile, is now in the hands of Yemeni fighters, enhancing their capability to target maritime vessels.

The revelation is significant as it confirms that Tehran has been arming its proxy forces in Yemen with advanced ballistic missiles.

This follows a pattern of Iran’s military support to its allies in the region, further destabilizing the Middle East.

Webmaster addition: And how does all the weapons the US pours into Israel create stability?

Tags: IRAN, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Federal grant records have revealed that the US State Department is funding random LGBTQ ‘Pride’ events in other countries. 

Why?

There is no explanation other than ‘diplomacy’.

The “diplomatic” grant summary of such events states they are being funded “To support the achievement of U.S. foreign policy goals and objectives, advance national interests, and enhance national security by informing and influencing foreign publics and by expanding and strengthening the relationship between the people and government of the United States and citizens of the rest of the world.”

So apparently things such as reading “queer children’s literature” to young kids, a “picnic for queer youth” and an LGBT-affirming worship service, all in an obscure Czech city are in the national interest of the US.

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The Biden administration is finally taking significant steps to revitalize America's nuclear power industry, a move likely to upset radical leftist environmentalists funded by shady non-governmental organizations. The administration recognizes that nuclear power is critical to reaching 100% reliable carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035 rather than relying solely on unreliable solar and wind energy sources for the power grid (after all, AI data centers need reliable power). This nuclear renaissance has been a ZH theme for several years. 

"Alongside renewable power sources like wind and solar, a new generation of nuclear reactors is now capturing the attention of a wide range of stakeholders for nuclear energy's ability to produce clean, reliable energy and meet the needs of a fast-growing economy, driven by President Biden's Investing in America agenda and manufacturing boom," the White House wrote in a statement.

The statement continued, "The Administration recognizes that decarbonizing our power system, which accounts for a quarter of all the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, represents a pivotal challenge requiring all the expertise and ingenuity our nation can deliver." 

Today's big news is that the White House created a new working group, the "Nuclear Power Project Management and Delivery." 

Here's more on the working group's tasks to rebuild the nation's atomic power infrastructure:

To help drive reactor deployment while ensuring ratepayers and project stakeholders are better protected, the administration is announcing today the creation of a Nuclear Power Project Management and Delivery working group that will draw on leading experts from across the nuclear and megaproject construction industry to help identify opportunities to proactively mitigate sources of cost and schedule overrun risk.

Working group members will be made up of federal government entities, including the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy, the White House Office of Clean Energy Innovation & Implementation, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Department of Energy. 

The working group will engage a range of stakeholders, including project developers, engineering, procurement and construction firms, utilities, investors, labor organizations, academics, and NGOs, which will each offer individual views on how to help further the administration's goal of delivering an efficient and cost-effective deployment of clean, reliable nuclear energy and ensuring that learnings translate to cost savings for future construction and deployment

Claire's Observations:  Better late than never!!

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, CURRENT EVENTS, ENERGY
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Washington’s provocations of Russia are recklessly worsening. As the Kremlin’s spokesman says, NATO is falling into wartime ecstasy.

No one among Western politicians other than the leader of Hungary shows any inclination to abandon the road to Armageddon. The situation today is far more dangerous than during the Cold War when US and Soviet leaders were cooperating in efforts to reduce tensions and build trust. The entire Western world seems to have gone insane. The moronic Western leadership believes that having Ukraine in NATO is more important than avoiding war with Russia.

As I have emphasized, Russia needed to use sufficient force to quickly end the conflict with Ukraine before the West could get involved and with provocation on top of provocation spin the conflict out of control. This is the real threat of the conflict, one that Russia has been slow to realize.

With Washington now attempting to reproduce the Maidan Revolution in the former Russian province of Georgia, thus opening a second front against Russia, and the provisioning of long range missiles to Ukraine, the conflict is on the edge of spinning out of control.

We are in dire danger, and there is no concern among Western leaders.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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To many observers, the leadership of President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has marked an emerging shift in the Indo-American relationship, pointing towards a new era of mutual alignment.

A plethora of bilateral summits proclaiming a “high-level of engagement” to craft “an enduring India-U.S. partnership,” expanded joint-defense collaboration, the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogues, deepening technological linkages, and shared security interests regarding the rise of China indicate there may have been a substantial shift in Indian strategy.

While relations are undeniably strong, policymakers should remain skeptical that this stems from an underlying geopolitical alignment. Despite moving closer to the Western camp, India maintains a strategy of multi-alignment and will likely continue to do so in the coming decades.

Tags: PAKISTAN/ INDIA, WHITE HOUSE
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Via SchiffGold.com,

Central bank gold buying has been a significant factor in the yellow metal’s spectacular run-up to new record highs. But with its recent small correction downward, it’s a good time to look at which central banks are selling — and why.

For one, Thailand has been selling the gold top to help rebalance its reserves. However, the biggest central bank gold seller by far is currently Uzbekistan, and has been for some time. The country has better reasons than most to sell the top and pull in some revenue: Uzbekistan bought a lot of gold when prices were lower, but even more importantly, they’re one of the world’s top 10-12 producers and exporters of gold in the world.

Being a producer helps reduce some of the pressure to hold as much gold as possible as global inflation continues to run hot, conflict in the Middle East drags on, and the ongoing war continues to rage between nearby Russia and Ukraine.

However, Uzbekistan’s major problem with gold is one of overdependence — they don’t have a lot of other revenue sources, are heavily indebted, and have leaned on gold sales to replenish their treasury without any major economic reforms to reduce the degree to which it has to lean on gold exports. If gold crashes, the central bank and government have few solid resources to soften the blow. Thankfully, if you zoom out, gold always trends up as central banks devalue their currencies — but Uzbekistan doesn’t have other tools to work with during gold’s major drawdowns.

Likewise, if there are disruptions around Uzbekistan’s gold mining industry that hamper its discovery, production, or export, the Uzbekistan central bank is left without equally effective measures to prop up the som, its troubled national currency. With gold’s rise, becoming one of the world’s biggest sellers allowed Uzbekistan to prop up the som against the US dollar — but without its stash of gold, the country’s economy and currency would be in a huge heap of trouble.

Tags: ASIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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The Netherlands supports the idea of ​​allowing Kyiv to strike Russian territory with Western weapons. This was stated by the country's Minister of Defense Kaisa Ollongren. According to her, Ukraine’s right to attack regions of the Russian Federation is beyond doubt. 
 

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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by Tyler Durden

 

Update (1345ET): Legal minds are beside themselves at how the judge in the Trump 'hush money' case has instructed jurors to rule - first in what constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley called "the coup de grace instruction," Judge Juan Merchan said that there is no need to agree on what occurred - and can disagree on what the crime was among the charges. 

"Merchan just delivered the coup de grace instruction," Turley wrote on X. "He said that there is no need to agree on what occurred. They can disagree on what the crime was among the three choices.  Thus, this means that they could split 4-4-4 and he will still treat them as unanimous..."

"This is absolute insanity," posted Missouri Attorney General Andrew Baily, in response to another Turley observation - namely that the jury will not be given copies of their instructions, but can ask for them to be read again.

What could be behind this activist judge?

With closing arguments in Donald Trump's hush money trial having ended on Tuesday, jury deliberations have officially begun, putting the outcome of the case in the hands of a dozen New Yorkers.

Former President Donald Trump at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 28, 2024 in New York City. (Julia Nikhinson-Pool/Getty Images)

A jury of seven men and five women were instructed to begin deliberating just before 11:30 a.m., where they will weigh in on the first criminal trial of a former US president. While the jurors' discussions will be in private, they can send Trump-hating Judge Juan Merchan notes asking to rehear testimony or review evidence.

"It is not my responsibility to judge the evidence here. It is yours," said Merchan.

Trump is charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection with an alleged scheme to shelve potentially embarrassing claims during the 2016 US election - similar to how the Clintons paid Paula Jones $850,000 to drop a sexual harassment lawsuit after more than four years of legal action.

According to Merchan, "Your verdict on each count you consider, whether guilty or not, must be unanimous," adding "That is, each and every juror must agree to it."

That said, they do not need to be unanimous on what crime they think Trump is guilty of.

"You should discuss the evidence and consult with each other, listen to each other, give each other's views careful consideration. And when you deliberate, you should do so with a view to reaching agreement when that can be done without surrendering an individual juror," Merchan continued.

As the Epoch Times notes further, all the evidence from trial has been loaded onto a laptop, and Juror 4 and Juror 6 volunteered to operate it for the group.

Merchan checked with defense attorney Todd Blanche about whether defense counsel explained to President Trump about evidence being on the laptop for jurors.

Mr. Blanche affirmed that defense counsel reviewed the contents of the laptop and have no objections to this protocol.

"I always watch the jurors. I watch to see who is paying attention and who is not," said Merchan. "Justice Merchan said. "Each of you is very engaged in this case. But we're not going to excuse [alternates]."

During closing arguments on Tuesday, Merchan criticized Blanche for telling the jury that the former president could go to prison if they convict - and reminded them that their decision would be based on the word of Michael Cohen, who Blanche described as a "liar" who "lied to" the jury.

"You cannot send somebody to prison, you cannot convict somebody based upon the words of Michael Cohen," said Blanche - to which prosecutors jumped in and objected.

Merchan agreed, sustaining the objection.

"That was outrageous, Mr. Blanche," he said. "Someone who’s been a prosecutor as long as you have, someone who’s been an attorney as long as you have knows that it’s highly inappropriate."

Check back for updates...

Claire's Observations:  Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; but thoroughly predictable, coming from this guy.  Lawfare can geopolitically eviscerate one's political opponents, without ever actually drawing physical blood. 

 Of course, that physical drawing of blood, or extreme interference with breathing,can always happen later, once the accused is incarcerated, as happened with good old Jeff Epstein in Los Angeles.

I knew that everything I had been taught about this country, and the values for which it allegedly  stood, was a total lie, when President Kennedy was assassinated, and that America was just another banana republic, with a pretty "window dressing" of virtue signaling about our care for humanity, rights, freedom, and  human dignity, while the leadership of this country was bombing the hell out of Vietnam.  

That disconnect has stayed with me ever since, and continues as US bombs are used to kill innocent Palestinians, Iraqis, and Iranians.

And to the readers of WRH, IF (God forbid) Trump is convicted, ABSOLUTELY NO VIOLENCE, PLEASE!!  Violence is precisely what the By-di-Bidenistas would love to see happen,generating a string of arrests, and incarcerations, just as they did with the J-6 people, and that "investigation" is on-going, with even more people being arrested and charged.

And steer completely clear of DC.The halls of Congress are no longer "The People's House and Senate"; it is completely infested by 21st century "money junkies", available to support any bill, no matter how insanely bad it might be for the American people, for the right price.  

Just think of your your Congressional Representatives as a commodity, like pork bellies, and you get a pretty accurate (and grim) picture of how far this country's government has fallen.

As of 2023, the following article appeared, https://www.demlist.com/demdaily-the-wealthiest-members-of-congress/ giving us the insight that ".... more than half of the entire Congress are millionaires."

And trust me; they will do what their "ownership class" tells them to, including initiating World War III with Russia and/or China; hey, they've got their bunkers, champagne, and caviar, while the rest of us are obliterated; so who cares?!?

 

Tags: ASSASSINATION, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, NATO, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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American M1 Abrams battle tanks have critical flaws that call into doubt their utility in the Ukrainian conflict, CNN reported, citing Ukrainian crews of the tanks.

The US military’s main $10 million battle tanks that were supplied to Ukraine don’t have sufficient armor to protect them from the latest weapons, according to the report.

"Its armor is not sufficient," said one Ukrainian crew member. "It doesn’t protect the crew."

"This is the war of drones. So now, when the tank rolls out, they always try to hit them," he went on to say.

Another crew member said the US tanks are the "number one target."

"Without defense, the crew doesn’t survive at the battlefield," he said.

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Japanese Prime Minister's Office: "North Korea has launched a suspected ballistic missile”. Update: South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported that it had detected approximately 10 suspected short-range ballistic missiles launched near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang toward the sea.

Tags: JAPAN, KOREA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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According to Taiwan's Ministry of Defense 38 Chinese military aircraft, 7 PLA Navy (PLAN) vessels, and 4 Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessels were spotted around the island of Taiwan on May 30th, 2024.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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