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Something we've seen throughout our lives here, again, powerfully expressed by Thom Hartmann, who draws out the consequences. For those unacquainted with the term, "Weathering," in a sociological context, read on (if you are not yet exhausted). == blj


America Is Being Exhausted By the Fear- and Hate-Mongers
So, what do we do?

MAY 2, 2023

Ukraine grain production shrinks due to war


Black Sea grain deal extended by 60 days
Arvin Donley

Black Sea grain deal extended by 60 days | World Grain (world-grain.com)

KYIV, UKRAINE — The Black Sea Grain Initiative was extended on March 18 but by only 60 days, according to the United Nations, which along with Turkey has brokered the deal between Ukraine and Russia, which have been at war for nearly 13 months.

Oops, not at the table

...In any case, the agreement and the role of China in it do demonstrate that big changes are taking place in the geopolitics of the Middle East, and by tying itself so closely to Israeli priorities, the Biden administration made a significant error in not reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran would have been less likely to go into the Russian orbit if it had the prospect of trading with Western Europe, and it could have used Washington as the channel to restore relations with Riyadh...



The nose knows

and there is no better one in the state than George Skelton of the LA Times: -- blj



Los Angeles Times

Column: Newsom cares more about almond growers than California’s salmon fishery
Baby winter-run Chinook salmon in a container tipped over a body of water

FEB. 27, 2023 5 AM PT

SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom bills himself as a protector of wildlife, so you wouldn’t think he’d take water from baby salmon and give it to almonds.
Or to pistachios, or cotton or alfalfa.

Perhaps, now it begins


Consortium News
German Lawmaker Calls for Nord Stream Probe
Sevim Dagdelen takes the Scholz government to task for its lack of “strength and will” in responding to Seymour Hersh’s reporting on the U.S. sabotage of the Russian pipeline. Video and text of her Feb. 10 speech to the Bundestag.

By Sevim Dagdelen

Madam President! Ladies and gentlemen! At the time of war, journalism in our country is often carried out under the motto of “The American president declared, the federal government announced, the police inform.”

Nothing but bad news

The question this article raises is why the US ever got dependent on Russia for enriched uranium. The answer probably lies in environmental opposition to uranium mining and processing that pollutes groundwater, streams and rivers including the Colorado River, which serves 40 million residents of the Western United States. The text of the  Nuclear Fuel Security Act of 2023 has not yet been released. -- blj