OH: DeWine delays prisoner of killing over difficulty in procuring murder kit ingredients

Source: WTRF News

“Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed by three years the September execution of a death row inmate sentenced to die for killing two men in a robbery that netted $40. The governor’s action was one of several reprieves he’s issued in recent years as the state struggles to find an adequate supply of drugs for lethal injection. The announcement Friday moved the Sept. 15 execution date of Kareem Jackson to Dec. 10, 2025.” (05/16/22)


Hofstadter’s Paranoid Style Revisited

Source: Quillette
by Michael J Totten

“Roughly a quarter of Republican voters in the United States believe that ‘elitists’ in government, the media, and Hollywood are a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child-trafficking pedophiles who murder children for their adrenochrome. Meanwhile, 25 percent of Americans believe that it’s ‘definitely true’ or ‘probably true’ that the coronavirus pandemic was ‘planned.’ More than a third of self-identified conservative Republicans are in this camp, as are nearly one-in-five Democrats. These are not garden-variety conspiracy theories. … If you believe these plots are real, you are not the target audience for historian Richard Hofstadter’s collection of essays, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, first published in the 1950s and 1960s.” (05/15/22)


North Korea: More than a million Covid cases feared

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has lambasted health officials and ordered the army to help distribute medicine, as a wave of Covid cases sweeps through the country. More than a million people have now been sickened by what Pyongyang is calling a ‘fever,’ state media said. Some 50 people have died, but it’s unclear how many of those suspected cases tested positive for Covid. North Korea has only limited testing capacity, so few cases are confirmed. North Koreans are likely to be especially vulnerable to the virus due to lack of vaccinations and a poor healthcare system. A nationwide lockdown is in place in the reclusive country. State media said Mr Kim led an emergency politburo meeting at the weekend where he accused officials of bungling the distribution of the national medicine reserves.” (05/16/22)


The Eurasian Road to American Panarchy and the Agorist Path to Cold War Salvation

Source: exile in happy valley
by Nicky Reid

“It could have been a beautiful nightmare. The most terrifyingly colossal empire in human history done in not by another rival empire but by another rival century. After the long bloody American Century, a century defined by world wars, cold wars, forever wars, and the constant looming threat of nuclear war and after centuries of unipolar white Anglo-Saxon global supremacy, the Eurasian Century was going to be different. A multipolar order of the yellow people we raped in the South and their pale faced cousins who we’ve long manipulated into submission in the West. An unlikely partnership of the formerly colonized and former colonizers that remained too diverse to form a singular empire but too vital for the current empire to suppress indefinitely, no matter how many stupid fucking color wars and humanitarian interventions they chucked at it.” (05/15/22)


Pentagon-Funded Think Tank Simulates War With China On NBC

Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

“NBC’s Meet the Press just aired an absolutely freakish segment in which the influential narrative management firm Center for a New American Security (CNAS) ran war games simulating a direct US hot war with China. CNAS is funded by the Pentagon and by military-industrial complex corporations … as well as the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, which as Antiwar’s Dave DeCamp notes is the de facto Taiwanese embassy in the US. The war game simulates a conflict over Taiwan which we are informed is set in the year 2027 …. We are not told why there needs to be a specific year inserted into mainstream American consciousness about when we can expect such a conflict, but then we are also not told why NBC is platforming a war machine think tank’s simulation of a military conflict with China at all.” (05/16/22)


Somalia: Former president returns to power

Source: CNN

“Somalia’s parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s tenth president on Sunday, in a vote broadcast live on national TV. Mohamud previously served as president from September 2012 to February 2017 and is now the first leader of the country elected twice as Somalia’s head of state.
After his election he vowed to ‘work on a stable politics that leads Somalia to agreement and the world to agreement. In the vote conducted by lawmakers and aired by Somali National Television (SNTV), Mohamud defeated outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo, whose rule came under scrutiny late last year as he suspended the powers of the prime minister amid an ongoing tussle for power, triggering calls for calm from the US and UK, and raising concerns of political violence. Farmaajo conceded defeat early Monday and congratulated Mohamud, urging support for the incoming administration.” (05/16/22)


Oh baby, baby

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Supply chain troubles continue to bedevil us, as the demon-in-chief continues to wander mentally, verbally, and no doubt physically around 1600 PA. Not that HE is to blame — or that the occupant of 1600 PA should have ANY power over supply chains of anything. But the sad fact is that Uncle Joe DOES have an insane amount of power over the economy — both actual and by perception and influence, at least to disrupt and destroy. Including supplying formula. Yes, I know Uncle Joe says the shortage is the highest priority of the federal government right now, and will get better within weeks. How long can a baby go without food before they starve? Is Uncle Joe to blame? A lot of people want to blame him. Shockingly I submit it is NOT him to blame.” (05/15/22)