** 56 million years ago a period of abrupt global warming known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), was caused by a massive release of greenhouse gases, likely triggered by volcanic activity. Climate activists (yes, Mike_C, they are oppressed) equate that with backyard BBQs, lawnmowers, and automobiles – I sometimes wonder how their ancestors were smart enough to reproduce. Then again, a lot of them are queer, and don’t reproduce so maybe nature is seeking equilibrium?
** h/t Claudio – Chinese propaganda aimed at Japan. The Chinese hope to back Japan down but all it’s doing is fueling Japanese armament. We know that the Celestials in the propaganda ministry can’t be wrong when they threaten to nuke Japan (and Australia) — but it’s not a way to win friends.
** Liberals are concerned about laser-printed handguns being homemade in the US to challenge the status quo. America responds, “Hold my beer.”
I expect that the Democrats will want to seize all tools now…
** China has a lot of problems. One problem is the male/female ratio situation which is a holdover from the one-child family that led to massive abortions of female babies in utero. Another has to do with Americans and Europeans cutting back on orders from Chinese factories which led to unemployment. The traditional Christmas ordering didn’t come this year.
The youth unemployment rate (for those aged 16 to 24) hit a record-high 21.3 percent in June, following which the government announced that it would no longer publish the statistic.
(h/t Claudio) Reviving a flagging economy is of great political importance for the Chinese Communist Party, not least because of the risk that the younger generation will question the legitimacy of a system that cannot meet its basic aspirations for gainful employment. Yet the signs are that their prospects will continue to deteriorate.
President Xi’s purge of Westerners living in China is all but complete. Anyone in Big China who interacts with a Westerner is accused of being a spy formally. The Bamboo Curtain is going back up.
** “The new ‘AB 1228’ legislation has been voted into law and will result in a devastating financial blow to California McDonald’s franchisees at a projected annual cost of $250,000 per McDonald’s restaurant,” the advocacy group representing some 1,000 McDonald’s franchisees said in the memo obtained by FOX Business.
Among the bill’s key components:
It would raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $20 per hour.
It would apply to restaurants with at least 60 locations nationwide, except for restaurants that make and sell their own bread.
It would also create a 10-person council to govern fast-food chains and set guidelines for working conditions and wages.
Don’t accept cash/currency.
** Climate change is the preeminent global existential threat. That’s why ALL the world’s banks continue to underwrite 30-year mortgages for oceanfront property in Malibu, Maui, Martha’s Vineyard, Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya to Bermuda, Bahama, c’mon pretty mama!
** These jabs will be administered to foster children. The State has to rid itself of useless eaters.
** Vikings – The famous Varangian Guard, described by Roman writers as ‘axe-wielding barbarians’, ‘the emperor’s wine-bags’, and so forth, seem to have survived the fall of Constantinople. Along with other Roman institutions, they found a new home in Nicaea under the Laskarid emperors.
The main reference comes from George Pachymeres (born 1242), who records the presence of ‘axe-bearing Celts’ guarding the imperial treasury at Magnesia in 1258. Roman writers made virtually no distinction between English, Norse or ‘Celts’ – so far as they were concerned, these men were all hairy Western barbarians, good at fighting and drinking and not much else. They might have said that; I could not possibly comment.
Magnesia itself was an imperial residence north of the main Laskarid palace at Nymphaion, along the valley of the Hermos River at the foot of Mount Sipylos. It was an important center of commerce and the location of the imperial treasury and mint; Theodore II Laskaris called the city the “golden Magnesia”, and spent much time there in the later years of his life.
It’s time for Gumballs again:
3 billion people on the planet make less than $2.00 per day.
Mars on the left, Earth on the right
Identify the Aircraft
They only built four, but apparently, those were deployed to operational squadrons. I can only guess that the aviators were not too keen on flying them.
Lying dog-faced pony soldier…