Biden invokes war communism to shift blame for infant formula shortages

Source: Reuters

“President Joe Biden took steps on Wednesday to [politically exploit] the shortage of infant formula in the United States, invoking the Defense Production Act to help manufacturers obtain the ingredients needed to ramp up supply, the White House said. Biden also directed U.S. agencies to use Defense Department commercial aircraft to bring formula into the United States from overseas. Baby formula aisles at U.S. supermarkets have been decimated since top U.S. manufacturer Abbott Laboratories in February [was shut down by the US government’s Food and Drug Administration]. On Monday, Abbott said it had reached an agreement with the U.S. health regulator to resume production of baby formula at its Michigan plant, a major step toward resolving the nationwide shortage.” (05/19/22)

“Great Replacement Theory” and the Perils of Zero-Sum World Views

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“While GRT originated among marginal extremists, its precepts have been embraced by a good many mainstream right-wing politicians and political commentators, including Tucker Carlson. This helps underscore the right-wing pedigree of the theory. But devotees, including the various mass killers, also espouse ideas traditionally associated with the political left, including hatred of major corporations, and concerns about the degradation of the environment (which they attribute in large part to immigration). … What unites the racist, nationalist, and seemingly left-wing elements of these peoples’ world views is the assumption that the world is a zero-sum game: immigrants can only gain at the expense of natives, the rich at the expense of the poor. Whites can only thrive and prosper by excluding blacks and other groups, and so on.” (05/17/22)

Free Talk Live, 05/18/22

Source: Free Talk Live

“What is beauty? :: Jordan Peterson is a snowflake :: Print Magazine failures :: Office of Misinformation :: Sara and self-driving cars :: Ghost in the machines :: Symbolism :: Venezuela privatizing some socialist countries? :: Show: 2022-05-18 Aria, Bonnie, Ian.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/18/22)

Ukraine: Russian soldier pleads guilty to killing unarmed civilian

Source: Axios

“A 21-year-old Russian soldier on trial in Kyiv for committing war crimes during Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian in the Sumy region, according to CNN. Vadim Shishimarin’s war crimes trial is believed to be the first since the start of Russia’s invasion in February. He was accused by Ukraine’s prosecutor general of firing several shots at and killing an unarmed 62-year-old resident riding a bicycle by the roadside in a Sumy village.” (05/18/22)

Why Elizabeth Warren’s Proposed “Anti-Price Gouging” Law Would Be a National Disaster

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Elijah Gullett

“Senator Elizabeth Warren is among a cadre of progressive Democrats proposing legislation that would ban ‘price gouging.’ The new legislation, known as the ‘Price Gouging Prevention Act of 2022,’ would ban private companies from raising the price of goods to an ‘unconscionably excessive’ level during any ‘shock’ to the market — a natural disaster, energy outage, labor strike, pandemics, etc. — forcing companies to provide goods and services at below market prices. This legislation might initially seem like an altruistic attempt to protect low-income consumers, especially in light of the recent baby formula shortage, but price gouging is an effective tool for preventing shortages and hoarding.” (05/18/22)

Report: “Disinformation” board on pause amid free speech concerns

Source: Fox News

“The Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board is being put on hold weeks after its establishment was announced to the public, and board director Nina Jankowicz will resign, sources told The Associated Press. According to the Washington Post, DHS made the decision on Monday, and that the following morning the board’s leader, Nina Jankowicz, had a resignation letter drafted. Whether Jankowicz ultimately decides to leave DHS remains up in the air, the Post reported, as the department offered to let her stay, despite the agency suspending all groups that had been focusing on what the Biden administration refers to as ‘mis-, dis- and mal-information,’ or ‘MDM’. In the meantime, DHS is defending Jankowicz against attacks from the right based on her past positions and social media posts, including casting doubt on the legitimacy of the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election.” (05/18/22)

Biden’s Deficit Shrinking Claim Fails Fact Check

Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“After his first year in office, President Biden doesn’t have much to brag about. That’s especially true when it comes to the economy. So much so that he’s reached into his bag of political tricks and pulled out an old one. He’s trying to make himself look better by fudging facts. The latest fact-fudging comes in the form of claims his policies are successfully reducing the U.S. government’s budget deficit. But as CNN’s Daniel Dale reports, while the numbers are accurate, his claims of success in reducing the deficit rely on distorting the truth.” (05/18/22)

Italy: Partly State-Owned Firm Defies EU Regime, Opens Ruble Account to Pay for Russian Gas

Source: The Daily Beast

“[M]any of Europe’s energy giants are growing weary and finding ways to keep buying Russian gas without pissing off Putin, who demanded on March 31 that payments from ‘unfriendly’ countries must be made in the Russian currency. Reverberations were felt all across Europe last month when Russia abruptly stopped supplies to Poland and Bulgaria after they refused to pay in rubles. Italy’s Eni company confirmed late Tuesday that it would in fact be opening a ruble account with Russian energy company Gazprom’s bank Gazprombank (which has somehow not fallen under sanctions) to meet Moscow’s demands for payments in Russian currency. To get around sanctions, Eni — which previously paid by transferring euro directly to Russian energy company Gazprom — will also open a euro account with the bank and let the bank make the transfer to ruble on their behalf.” (05/18/22)

Team Biden Dumps Ditzy Disinfo Czar

by James Bovard

“The New York Post led the charge to expose the left-wing [sic] zealot that Team Biden chose to head its new Disinformation Governance Board, its Ministry of Truth. The Post showcased Nina Jankowicz shilling for the suppression of information on Hunter Biden’s laptop (first revealed by The Post) before the 2020 election. The Post highlighted her TikTok version of a ‘Mary Poppins’ song warning ‘Information laundering is really quite ferocious’ and her YouTube Christmas parody song performance, ‘Who do I f–k to be famous and powerful?’ Thanks to a vigorous backlash by conservative [sic] media and activists, Team Biden has hit the ‘pause’ button on the Disinformation Board and Jankowicz submitted her resignation Wednesday.” (05/18/22)

Former FBI official takes stand in Sussman’s trial for Russiagate scam

Source: Politico

“Jurors at the trial of a former Democratic Party lawyer accused of lying to the FBI in 2016 while trying to gin up an investigation damaging to candidate Donald Trump heard for the first time, on Wednesday, from the former official on the receiving end of the alleged falsehood: former FBI General Counsel James Baker. Baker took the witness stand on behalf of the prosecution in the late afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington, but quickly made clear that he considered the defendant — former Perkins Coie partner Michael Sussmann — a friend and wasn’t testifying out of any desire to see Sussmann punished…. Sussmann faces a single felony charge of making a false statement to Baker during a September 2016 meeting in which Sussmann relayed data and so-called white papers positing a potential connection between Trump-related computer servers and those of a Russian bank whose owners are associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.” (05/18/22)