🇷🇺 Russia says it has detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, claiming he was involved in the collection of “secret information” about a Russian defense company. A criminal case on espionage charges had been opened against him.
The European Union is ditching its plan to ban gas-powered cars by 2035 and the U.K. may do the same for its planned 2030 deadline.
The E.U. voted to allow the continued sale of gas-powered cars if they run on synthetic fuel, which they are now colloquially calling “e-fuel.” Don’t fall for that as a marketing tactic. Synthetic fuels are not proven to be more sustainable. In some cases, they’ve been proven to have more carbon emissions.
This bait-and-switch is an admission that electric vehicles just will not cut it if we don’t want an all-out shut down of modern society.
Also, e-fuel is expensive. The Telegraph points out that this “will initially benefit high-end carmakers whose customers will not be put off by the costs involved.”
Some say that the price of e-fuel will go down by the time these rules roll out to the public but that is optimism at this point, not based on any economic modeling.
China and Brazil announced a new trade agreement that will allow both countries to ditch the U.S. dollar. This is big for the U.S. as it cuts the nation out of approximately $150 billion per year in bilateral trade.
This means that China and Brazil can conduct their massive trade by exchanging the Chinese yuan and the Brazilian real directly without basing trade on dollar value or trading in currency for dollars first, a highly inefficient system for everyone who is not the U.S.
“The expectation is that this will reduce costs… promote even greater bilateral trade and facilitate investment,” the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) said in a statement.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was set to make this announcement in China this week but he postponed his trip after he came down with pneumonia.
China is racking up these deals with major world powers such as Russia, Pakistan, France, Saudi Arabia. The partnering nations are willing to risk hurt U.S. feelings because it means that they won’t be at the mercy of sanctions and they can deal directly with nations that have the resources they want: oil, gas, minerals and agriculture. The U.S. has not had to compete for foreign business because the dollar was the beneficiary of most foreign trade for the last 50 years. That all seems to be changing fast all because of politics.
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A group called Freedom Alliance of South Africa (FASA) filed a show cause notice on Monday with the High Court of South Africa. The filing included “real-world data analysis, which is claimed to show an association with increasing death from both COVID and non-COVID causes in the vaccinated compared to the unvaccinated.” The plaintiffs are asking the court to review and rescind the emergency use authorization that Pfizer used to roll out the vaccine because they claim that it was “unlawful.”
If the case proceeds, it would be the first time Pfizer has to defend the vaccine and its effects, both good and bad. Pfizer has yet to respond to this litigation.
Smajdor says that using an unconscious woman could be done to make babies for people who either “wish to have children but cannot, or prefer not to, gestate.” She argues that if we are willing to accept organ donations, why not this?
Some thinkers have argued why not this. For example, a Christian group makes this case: “Also at work here is a widespread embrace of expressive individualism which cultivates the idea that whatever someone desires should determine reality. If we want children, we deserve them. Any barrier to obtaining them—moral, biological, or circumstantial—is an injustice to be overcome.”
Is that an idea worth entertaining? These are important philosophies to be discussed. As of now, science cannot do this without your consent. Will there be a day that changes in this age of increasing transhumanism?
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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
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