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  2. You are starting to see the light, Ron. You don't need to have an individual dictator to have an abusive government. Democracy makes for the worst tyranny. And it isn't me, but Aristotle who first observed it. An additional problem of representative democracy is that you don't get to personally share the responsibility for the results your vote brought by. The Age of Enlightenment started with the invention of the guillotine, a device that exemplifies this principle. US is especially bad, because the Protestant spirit of keeping up with the Joneses is still going strong with you. This is, very often, the primary motivator for how you vote.
  3. https://www.activistpost.com/2022/08/trudeau-is-implementing-a-federal-digital-identity-program.html Trudeau is Implementing a Federal “Digital Identity Program” By Keean Bexte Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in lockstep with Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset agenda now that the Liberal government has unveiled its ambitious federal “Digital Identity Program.” As first reported by True North’s Cosmin Dzsurdzsa, included in Canada’s Digital Ambition 2022 are details about how the federal government is building a digital identity infrastructure that will affect all Canadians. “The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for government services to be accessible and flexible in the digital age. The next step in making services more convenient to access is a federal Digital Identity Program, integrated with pre-existing provincial platforms,” the report reads. “Digital identity is the electronic equivalent of a recognized proof-of-identity document (for example, a driver’s license or passport) and confirms that ‘you are who you say you are’ in a digital context.” As previously reported by The Counter Signal, Canada is already a partner with the World Economic Forum in a digital ID project, which appears to be currently underway at major Canadian airports in the form of ArriveCan. As per the WEF’s Known Traveller Digital Identity website, “The pilot group, convened by the World Economic Forum, consists of the Government of Canada and the Netherlands, Air Canada, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.” This updated, ubiquitous digital ID further cements Canada’s commitment to the Forum. Indeed, the Liberal government has not been shy about admitting that the pandemic provided an opportunity for a reset in how government is done. Just last year, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland called the pandemic a “window of political opportunity” and “an epiphany.” Since then, the Liberals have toyed with a series of digital identity verification systems, including the failed federal contact tracking application and the much-maligned CanArrive passport that’s clogging up Canada’s airports. Despite the chaos that ArriveCan is causing, the Liberals appear hellbent on pushing digital IDs even further regardless of how it affects everyday Canadians. Source: The Counter Signal
  4. Aha. There are especially many advanced Latverian technologies in our weapons. Latverias are those "free countries", where somebody gets charged with treason carrying up to life sentence for expressing a pro-Russian opinion on YouTube https://theancestory.com/kirill-fedorov/ In Ukraine, people just disappear. In Russia, people got away with fines for speaking out against the war under the new law. Normally, you can give shit to Putin all you want. Russia is not China. There are plenty of examples where US copied pioneering Russian technology too. Everybody does this. I also get an impression that you still think of Russia as communist? It isn't really. I should be obvious by now that the whole thing was never about communism. You simply hate anyone who challenges your top dog position.
  5. The American Petroleum Institute joined with nearly 60 other trade groups representing America’s natural gas and oil industry in opposing the Inflation Reduction Act as passed by the Senate. View the full article
  6. In a move to enhance transparency and make Texas Railroad Commission documents more widely available to the public, the agency recently completed a project to place all historic oil and gas production records online. View the full article
  7. Read the article? The project, expected to require about AU$400 million (US$279 million) investment, is therefore in an important strategic location, the developer said.
  8. The leading trade body for the UK’s offshore energy industry, Offshore Energies UK, launched new guidelines to help oil and gas companies reduce methane emissions from the production of oil and gas. View the full article
  9. OPEC+ is unlikely to increase output in the coming months because of limited spare capacity, according to the International Energy Agency. View the full article
  10. Politics loses to metrics.

  11. Not all people are suitable to be soldiers and some resist draft. You don't want your scientists, engineers, construction workers, hard-labour factory workers, etc. to die on front lines. Alcoholics and the obese don't help much. Adjustments to your numbers must be made. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obesity_in_Ukraine "The percentage of overweight Ukrainians is at 53% of the population and the percentage of Ukrainians who meet the definition of obese is 20%" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6734863/ "Results: The 12-month rates of heavy alcohol use were 38.7% in men"
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  13. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/larry-summers-appalled-special-interest-tax-carve-outs-democrat-bill Larry Summers 'Appalled' At Special Interest Tax Carve-Outs In Democrat Bill by Tyler Durden Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022 - 03:40 PM Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says he's "appalled" by the special interest carve-outs in the Democrats' recent tax-and-climat bill, which he says threatens a historic international agreement. "I am pretty cynical, and hardly antibusiness in general, or private equity in particular," Summers tweeted on Monday, "but I am appalled by the end stages of the Senate bill’s passage." "It makes me despair of the general interest above the special interest," he added. Then, in a Wednesday appearance on Bloomberg Television's "Wall Street Week," Summers said "It’s very sad how much special-interest lobbyists were able to stop things that are clearly in the public interest," adding "I am pretty offended by what’s happened here" when it comes to businesses fighting against tax provisions in the legislation. Summers also blasted the removal of a proposal to scale back the so-called carried-interest tax break, which lets investment managers use a lower rate than for regular income, an advantage Summers called “outrageous.” -Bloomberg "Even more unfortunate," he continued, is that the Inflation Reduction Act, lacked steps to put the US in compliance with an international agreement for a 15% corporate tax, which was negotiated by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. "That’s probably going to collapse now, or may well collapse, because Congress wouldn’t pass the enabling legislation by going after tax havens," Summers said. That said, Summers praised the overall bill, which he says marks "the first major legislation taking on climate change as an economic strategic priority." As far as the economy goes, Summers says we have a "very serious inflation problem."
  14. W&T Offshore Inc. has hired Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to conduct an internal investigation on management’s close relationship with information-technology vendor AAIT. View the full article
  15. Devon Energy Corp. agreed to acquire Validus Energy for about $1.8 billion in cash to expand in the Eagle Ford shale patch in South Texas. View the full article
  16. Nigeria’s energy regulator overruled President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of a $1.28-billion purchase of Exxon Mobil Corp. assets, in a high-profile disagreement that may discourage investment in the country’s struggling oil and gas industry. View the full article
  17. The American Petroleum Institute announced a new initiative designed to attract more veterans and transitioning service members into meaningful and well-paying careers in the natural gas and oil industry. View the full article
  18. The US military uses more oil than any other institution in the world. However, the U.S. Military contributes to the depopulation agenda of the elite Davos crowd...so, I guess Davos won't say much about it.
  19. U.S. oil production remains on track for a record 2023 even as output grows more slowly than anticipated amid surging costs and labor shortages in America’s shale fields. View the full article
  20. The price of crude oil is falling and some analysts believe that the so-called demand destruction has set in - finally. Two major global economies, the US and UK, are already in recession despite the questioning of its technical definition - judging by the most of the economic indicators, if not cherry-picked. The industries have been crying out for an audience with the authorities to show the gravity of the problem for months for states to chip in, in order to nip it in the but, but to no avail. Disproportionate focus on the war in Ukraine and the sanctions on Russia have finally damaged the Western economies, while Russia keeps making a clean killing thanks to high energy prices, despite being bruised by the unprecedented economic embargo. In addition, the state of the Chinese economy worries the crude oil markets too: the manufacturing PMI in China has fallen again in July, having recorded a rise in June. The significant fall, exacerbated by the frequent outbreaks of new variants of Covid-19 in China - and its rigid zero-Covid policy, appears to be taking its toll on the world's second largest economy - and the oil and gas consumer. Please read here for more:
  21. A federal judge ruled Brazil’s Petrobras liable in a lawsuit filed by Houston firm IEG Global Energy Partners, finding that Petrobras defrauded EIG in connection with a deal to build and charter 28 oil drilling rigs for work off the coast of Brazil. View the full article
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