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10 Million Ukrainians Have Been Displaced By the War. The U.S. Has Taken in 690 Ukrainian Refugees.

Plus: A Florida arms manufacturer is donating weapons to Ukraine's defense effort, China eases up on its "COVID Zero" policies, and Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearings begin today...

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The war in Ukraine has displaced a staggering number of people, with at least a quarter of the country's pre-war population forced to flee their homes. Many countries have welcomed the fleeing Ukrainians with open arms, while others have been less hospitable.

"Among the responsibilities of those who wage war, everywhere in the world, is the suffering inflicted on civilians who are forced to flee their homes," tweeted Filippo Grandi, high commissioner for the U.N. Refugee Agency, on Sunday. "The war in Ukraine is so devastating that 10 million have fled—either displaced inside the country or as refugees abroad."

The latest U.N. figures show that roughly 3.4 million Ukrainians have fled abroad. The majority of those people, some 2 million as of Saturday, have gone to neighboring Poland. Another 1.4 million Ukrainians have fled to Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Moldova. Around 185,000 refugees have fled in the opposite direction, to Russia.

International refugee officials have commended Poland for its efforts to accommodate the displaced. But the influx is straining the resources of its government and individual citizens. Al Jazeera reports that the country is converting everything from hotels to offices into shelters for refugees. Individual Poles have also taken Ukrainians into their homes.

President Joe Biden has said that he welcomes refugees from the conflict. In early March, his administration granted Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainians already in the country. That allows them to stay and work.

Still, the U.S. has so far accepted only about 690 Ukrainian refugees since October 2022, reports CNN, which points the finger at our absurdly overregulated immigration system. When asked how many refugees the U.S. might accept, Vice President Kamala Harris wouldn't commit to a specific number. Border officials have even prevented Ukrainian and Russian ship crews from disembarking at U.S. ports, out of fear that they might try to stay in the country.

The refugee crisis emanating from Ukraine will probably grow worse in the coming weeks. The Russian invasion appears to be growing more brutal as the war drags on. According to U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, stiff Ukrainian resistance is prompting the Russians to resort to targeting population centers with rockets and artillery.

The nightmarish scenes in the southern port city of Mariupol foreshadow an even more bloody turn in the war as the fighting enters Ukraine's cities.

The worse things get in Ukraine, the more likely its civilian population will try to flee the country. U.N. officials have said that the number of international refugees could reach 4 million, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy predicted as much on Sunday, calling the Russian invasion an effort "to exterminate us, to kill us." He nevertheless expressed an openness to a negotiated end to the war.


FREE MINDS

A Florida businessman is trying to do his part to support Ukraine by donating weapons to them. Adrian Kellgren, of the Cocao-based arms manufacturer firm KelTec, has gifted 400 guns to the Ukrainian war effort, reports the Associated Press.

"The American people want to do something," Kellgren told the A.P. "We enjoy our freedoms; we cherish those things. And when we see a group of people out there getting hammered like this, it's heartbreaking."

Nonprofits and local governments around the country have tried to ship arms and military gear to the country, but have generally been thwarted by federal export limits. But Kellgren's company was able to get an export license within a few days, thanks to help from a Ukrainian neighbor and a Ukrainian embassy official, according to the A.P.

Other would-be gun runners are now using KelTec's license to ship their own weapons to the country.

Without all the federal government's red tape on who can sell weapons to who, the private sector could be doing much more to lend Ukraine a helping handgun.


COVID-19

Communist China is struggling to maintain its "Zero COVID" policy. Up until this point, the government has zealously adopted harsh lockdowns in response to any new outbreak. But on Sunday, The New York Times reported that an outbreak of the ultra-contagious omicron variant is prompting the government to balance preventing infections with protecting economic growth. That has led to an easing of some pandemic restrictions:

Last week, for the first time, Mr. Xi urged officials to reduce the impact of the country's Covid response on people's livelihoods.

The adjustments are largely out of necessity. So far, the number of cases remains relatively low, and only two deaths have been reported in the latest wave. But many of the more than 32,000 cases reported across two dozen provinces in recent weeks have been of the highly transmissible BA.2 subvariant of Omicron.

The mushrooming of outbreaks around the country could quickly overwhelm the medical system if every person who tested positive were sent to a hospital, as was required until recently. It could wear down the armies of community workers and neighborhood volunteers tasked with organizing mass PCR tests for millions of people every day and checking on residents under quarantine. Lengthy, unpredictable lockdowns could wipe out the already razor-thin profits of many factories or lead to layoffs of service workers.


QUICK HITS

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has suspended 11 opposition political parties.
  • Senate confirmation hearings begin today for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, a former federal public defender and current judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Criminal justice reformers are generally pleased with her record. Republicans are trying to smear her as having a soft spot for "child predators."
  • The Los Angeles Times editorial board urges restrictions on water use to cope with the state's drought. Functioning water markets would be a better idea.
  • In a very San Francisco story, a couple's efforts to remodel their home have been undone by a mix of city hall bureaucracy and unvanquishable squatters.
  • The White House considered sending all Americans a gas card to fight high gas prices. The costs of implementation, the poor targeting of benefits, and the likelihood of increasing inflation got them to reconsider, according to Axios.
  • Connecticut lawmakers are advancing a bill that would require parental consent for children to use social media.

 

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  1. A Florida businessman is trying to do his part to support Ukraine by donating weapons to them.

    Florida Man to the rescue again.

    1. "do his part to support Ukraine"

      This "do your part to support" language is creepy coming from an ostensibly libertarian magazine. He's not "doing his part" unless he's a Ukrainian or Russian.

      The US and its citizens aren't at war with Russia, ENB. No matter how badly your Twitter friends wish it was.

      1. You're right. Everytime I hear "Doing their part," I think of those jingoistic PSAs in "Starship Troopers."

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      2. “We are all in this together “.

        1. The operative phrase is "stand with Ukraine". Which mostly happens while seated, behind a keyboard.

          1. Hashing diplomacy works!

              1. Where is Ken Schultz these days?

                1. In Ukraine fighting evil Putin?

                2. Eloped with John and living at the Guy Montag compound for Righteous Indignation.

                3. Taking a breather?

                  1. Yeah, probably. It got a little heated.

                    1. This place is getting shittier by the day. Where's soldier medic?
                      It's sick that I have to agree with sarcasmic, but now that the mean girl group is up to 10 or so... That dipshit faggot was right.
                      Nardz is a fuck stick and always has been. But by far the smartest of the emotional trumpians.
                      Other very good posters have decided that if you aren't on their team, bullying is aok. Sad state of affairs.

                      Aaaand whoever the fucking moron is that keeps coming back with different names and acting like a coked up chimpanzee is also back... You're mean and hate everyone. I get it. Sick of blocking you though.

                    2. Mongrel seems triggered.
                      Perhaps free speech and exchange of ideas isn't your thing.
                      Act like a bitch, get treated like a bitch.
                      Welcome to the world as it is.

            1. Pretty cryptic remark.

      3. “an ostensibly libertarian magazine”

        I think I see where your confusion is coming from.

        1. I used "ostensibly" for a reason.

      4. Why haven't you done your part in our war with Ukraine? Have you even paid your fair share of the taxes?

        Yeah, fuck these people, and fuck anyone who talks like that.

        These stupid collectivists. It's even actually more moving when it's not phrased as "his part" and it's pointed out that a "Greedy Capitalist" is voluntarily giving away his product to fight what he sees as an injustice.

        But why would Emote laud individualism these days?

      5. Putin is "doing ihis part" to fuck up his own war effort on the logistics front:
        The Failed Logistics of Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
        https://youtu.be/b4wRdoWpw0w

        Putin didn’t learn the lessons of of Russia’s dealings with Napoleon. Logistics was Napoleon’s undoing too. Moscovites stripped their city bare of anything edible or useful to Napoleon in advance of his attack. By the time his forces reached Moscow, Napoleon’s men were eating their own horses, which meant they couldn’t be used for comhat and also couldn't help a hasty retreat. This would also mean walking in the snow and many deaths from frostbite and hypothermia.

        Likewise, Putin and the Putineers are reduced to looting Ukrainian stores because their supply chains are exposed and broken because they rely on vulnerable trucks when their rail lines end. When the trucks are stalled, empty of fuel, or destroyed, and stores are stripped bare, will the Putineers eat each other?

        Putin didn’t even learn the more recent logistical lessons of his own nation’s experience with Stalin, whose agricultural polices of collectivization and Trofim Lysenko’s pseudoscience starved not just Ukraine, but the rest of the Soviet Union.

        Not one U.S. or British fatality in World War II was from starvation, but Russian troops and civilians starved by the millions, especially when under seige by the very Nazis stoked by Stalin’s Non-Aggression Pact and subsequent trade agreements. We may be seeing a replay of this here, since Putineer POWs admitted to being starved and were grateful to be fed by Ukrainians.

        And just as Stalin jailed, exiled, and murdered 80 percent of his best Generals, so too Putin is trying to do the same with his Generals and Officers. They are running on fear, not on glory or reward.

        As both Stalin’s and Putin’s philosophical predecessor Hegel observed, the thing we never learn from history is that we never learn from history. And what was it that plaque said over Rev. Jim Jones' throne in Jonestown? Hmmm...

        Must wait and see...

    2. Florida Man donates KelTec weapons to soldiers in a war zone to help their enemies. - self-deprecating KelTec fan

  2. Communist China is struggling to maintain its "Zero COVID" policy.

    The Chinese people are aborting all but their male covids.

    1. When did we start to call them “Communist China” again?

      1. When everyone got scared they're going to invade Taiwan.

      2. When did we start to call them “Communist China” again?

        We stopped?

      3. I prefer the term Chicoms

      4. I never stopped calling them Red China, so I guess that counts.

    2. "Lengthy, unpredictable lockdowns could wipe out the already razor-thin profits of many factories or lead to layoffs of service workers."

      No worries. Our tsunami of inflation means they can (and will) charge a lot more and still undercut us by a mile.

      1. “Inflation is profit”!

    3. The should consult the Japanese—I hear they have experience with Zero policies.

  3. ...the ultra-contagious omicron variant is prompting the government to balance preventing infections with protecting economic growth.

    Fucking Trumpites.

  4. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has suspended 11 opposition political parties.

    Blue Check Twitter remains impressed.

    1. They would really cream themselves if he had them executed.

      1. Imagine if while doing so he was wearing a beret with a star on it.

        1. So dreamy.

        2. Better if the media running dogs could invent a pithy quote, something all bumperstickery. For the wokerati and other social media dimwits to hashtag, then furiously masturbate about their virtue.

    2. He's defending Democracy!

      1. Not if they can still access their cash he isn't.

    3. They're calling for the same thing to happen here in the states.

      1. Ohio and California are pretty good at disenfranchising opposition parties.

    4. Don't give the democrats any ideas. to late

  5. Republicans are trying to smear her as having a soft spot for "child predators."

    Sowers, meet the reaping.

    1. Don't you dare bring up her past judicial rulings when discussing if she should be a judge. Find a random person to accuse her of rape instead.

      1. Not a random person, but a person with a "credible accusation" Jesse. Get your newspeak right.

        1. Robbie was so embarrassing with how many times he called Ford's testimony credible.

          No date, no year, no location, no friends to back her story up.

          1. But she was born with a vagina. Isn't that proof enough?

    2. Don’t you judge me!

  6. Functioning water markets would be a better idea.

    You know who else advocated functioning water markets? WATERWORLD. And we all saw how that turned out.

    1. Is this like those functioning Carbon Market proposals where the Free Market handles Carbon Emissions through a system of taxes, fines and regulations overseen by a massive new government bureaucracy?

    2. It ended the water shortage, didn't it?

    3. It turned out great! Way over budget and lost a ton of money-- exactly what the autocrats are looking for!

    4. You know who else advocated functioning water markets? WATERWORLD Liet-Kynes. And we all saw how that turned out.

      FIFY

  7. "Without all the federal government's red tape on who can sell weapons to who, the private sector could be doing much more to lend Ukraine a helping handgun."

    What red tape? "Shall not be infringed".
    Any red tape is unconstitutional.

    1. "Well regulated militia", trumps "shall not be infringed" every time.

      1. "A well-educated electorate being necessary to the preservation of a free society, the right of the people to read and compose books shall not be infringed."

        1. At the time the 2A was ratified, there were discussions that only the militia needs to be well-read. Books in the hands of idiots are dangerous.

          1. There were also discussions about keeping books away for women.

          2. Just because Putin is a cunt doesn't mean Zelenskyy isn't.

            1. Shhh, you'll set off a round of Manichean dualism, accusing you of supporting putin.

              1. Too late. I’ve reported you both for treason.

              2. https://twitter.com/risj_oxford/status/1502238124675637251?t=REsCPerwNbpUcYTAIESbZg&s=19

                "It is time we see absolute objectivity, impartiality and neutrality is not always a prerequisite to quality journalism. When dealing with atrocities and human suffering they can be an obstacle in front of good, accurate, meaningful coverage," @harbz1

                [Link]

                1. Wtf? Meaningful coverage is more important than accurate and objective coverage? Are they serious?

                2. It is time we see absolute objectivity, impartiality and neutrality is not always a prerequisite to quality journalism.

                  In other words: IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

                  This is from Reuters. "It is time we see," is textbook Marxist propaganda for all that it presupposes and implies that there was some flaw inherent with previous standards without ever having to identify what has changed.

                3. You don't need to know who suffered and why, just what your betters want you to think about it.

      2. A well trained militia is made up of free citizens, owning and proficient in their own arms. "Shall not be infringed" means what it says, because infringements like ammunition taxes and license fees and purchase limits prevent the militia from remaining well trained.

      3. I take "regulated" in the Warren G sense, where the rhythm is bass and the bass is the treble.
        Mount up.

        1. Chords.

          Strings.

          We brings.

          Melodies.

          1. Life *is* rhythm

    2. 90% of what the federal government does is unconstitutional.

      1. Sounds low to me.

  8. ...a couple's efforts to remodel their home have been undone by a mix of city hall bureaucracy and unvanquishable squatters.

    At some point you have to take the hint that maybe San Fran isn't the place for you. Or for anybody, except the squatters.

    1. The best bet would be to claim the squatters are trying to remodel without city permits. They'd be dragged out that day.

      1. ...a couple's efforts to remodel their home have been undone by a mix of city hall bureaucracy and unvanquishable squatters.

        How are they unvanquishable? I'm guessing violence isn't an option for this couple.

        1. When guns are outlawed, use knives; when knives are outlawed use clubs. etc.
          Or pay other homeless to move in and evict the current squatters, then leave after two months; twenty percent down, the remaining eighty percent when the new guys leave.

          1. Knives are always the weapon of choice evicting squatters. If done correctly, the cops will likely blame the squatters.

            1. Knives are also the weapon of choice for inner city cultural knife fights.

              1. Please. Ethnic dance.

            2. Throw a bag of fentanyl in there and let them take care of themselves.

    2. Here’s hoping for the big earthquake that’s overdue.

    3. The city should just send would-be homeowners a copy of Pacific Heights to save them the trouble.

      1. We joke about stuff like this, but this is reality in a hyper-liberalized society that's swallowed the basic marxist tenets on property ownership.

        Ultimately, the problem is too broad now to be solved by legislation that recognizes these rights over those of the takers.

    4. Even worse is what they doo while squatting.

  9. The White House considered sending all Americans a gas card to fight high gas prices.

    Anything to avoid facing the economic reality of your actions.

    1. Nothing fixes high prices quite like direct cash subsidies, right?

      1. Nothing fixes inflation more than more dollars injected into the system. Because too many dollars chasing too few goods is just a fairy tale economics tell over campfires. MMT peeps have told us it's all a fantasy and we can spend like a drunken sailor with tourettes at an auction and nothing will happen.

        1. Even MMT supporters who understood the theory would argue that all the money printing is undermined if you don't jack up taxes to the moon to alter those effects.

          I'd argue that until we get a Volker-style ramp-up of interest rates again (which will unavoidably cause a recession, but it's part of taking our medicine), this cycle is going to continue.

          1. MMT supporters who understood the theory must be a pretty tiny and quiet group. I've never encountered them.

          2. Even MMT supporters who understood the theory would argue that all the money printing is undermined if you don't jack up taxes to the moon to alter those effects.

            ^ Much like those who are passionate Keynesians when it comes to spending during a downturn, but when it comes time to pay back debts during an upturn, suddenly it's "John Maynard who?"

            1. Ironically, although we technically we haven't paid down the national debt since 1957, it was a Democrat, Kennedy, who actually started all that by supporting a cut in tax rates during an economic boom. Eisenhower was largely fine with the status quo.

      2. It's a temporary measure to correct the market failure that would otherwise ensue if demand dropped off due to the higher prices.

    2. Not even paper money that can at least theoretically burn?

      1. Currency made from rocks was replaced by paper. Clearly, scissors are the currency of the future.

        1. "We are now engaged in a mass deforestation campaign to get the value of the Leaf under control."

          1. "Fiscally shrewd! Fiscally shrewd!"

    3. The White House considered sending all Americans a gas card to fight high gas prices.

      Oh sure, right after I buy the electric car they wanted me to get.

        1. The gas is for molotov cocktails during the inevitable next wave of riots.

          1. We have no riots in this country.
            We have either mostly peaceful demonstrations, or insurrections.
            But never, ever, riots.

    4. Democrats want to fix their policy error of punishing gas companies by taking money from other companies and giving it to citizens to buy over priced gas. So glad the adults are in charge again.

      1. Can you imagine the lines at the gas station the day the cards show up?

        1. No. But I can imagine the lines to trade the cards for food.

    5. "White House considers bribing Americans ahead of mid-term elections."

      1. it worked for Newsom, got my $600.00 check and bought a gun with it

    6. So from our wise and benevolent overlords I have heard the more commie voices saying the best way to fix the gas prices is to levy significant taxes on the oil companies, as if that wouldn't be passed directly to the consumer.

      I have also heard that this mess of record breaking inflation and high gas prices could be fixed by turning the money printer on and then just buying sending out checks.

      The unfortunate point is they put these forward unironically.

      1. the best way to fix the gas prices is to levy significant taxes on the oil companies

        This. This is the part that makes me shake my head.

        The beatings of suppliers will continue until they supply more/cheaper.

        1. The beatings of suppliers will continue until they supply more/cheaper.

          No. The beatings of suppliers will continue until we've killed off enough humans that we're no longer concerned about global warming.

  10. Connecticut lawmakers are advancing a bill that would require parental consent for children to use social media.

    They might find their way onto Truth Social.

    1. They’d get no further than the waiting list.

      1. Aww, poor Mike, got rejected again.

      2. Dee’s very, very, concerned with Truth Social. TDS is real.

      3. A platform so popular there's a line around the block just to get in.

        1. Nobody goes there, it is always too busy.

  11. Among the responsibilities of those who wage war, everywhere in the world, is the suffering inflicted on civilians who are forced to flee their homes...

    He wants Russia to take them?

  12. Zelenskyy has suspended 11 opposition political parties.

    "Save our Democracy!"

    1. That is the definition of Our Democracy these days.

  13. Zelenskyy has suspended 11 opposition political parties.

    "Save our Democracy!"

    Another morning of squirrels in the comments, I see.

  14. ...points the finger at our absurdly overregulated immigration system.

    CNN discovers a bureaucracy it doesn't like.

  15. To combat mental health disorders among teenagers, the Legislature’s Children’s Committee gave unanimous approval to a bill that would require parental consent for children less than 16 years old to engage in social media.

    "And if I find out you've been talking with Kimmie again in Meatspace, you're grounded for a month!"

    1. Maybe Connecticut will inadvertently revive the shopping mall.

    2. Best way to combat mental health disorders among teenagers at this point is to keep them out of schools so the teachers don't brainwash them into good little marxist stormtroopers.

    3. Ah, so parent permission for *16* yr. olds to talk to each other online but getting a parent's consent before the librarian hands the kid anything between playboy and a snuff film is too far over the edge.

  16. people tend to erroneously assume that anyone who looks at such pictures is a current or future child molester.

    Isn't the party line is that *by definition* anyone who looks at such pictures is a child molester, because such a person provides the demand for exploitation?

    1. LGBTP is the latest alphabet rights movement. Do not forget the P. They have earned it.

      1. "M" minor attracted person

  17. Many countries have welcomed the fleeing Ukrainians

    Like Poland, who was then hit with EU sanctions!

    1. How many polish people does it take to screw in a refugee?

      1. 2...many

  18. require parental consent for children less than 16 years old to engage in social media.

    Grinder excepted.

    1. Because that's homophobic.

    2. All such laws will be found unconstitutional. Once they get the NAMBLA apologist onto the SCOTUS.

  19. Shikha is back?

  20. "10 Million Ukrainians Have Been Displaced By the War. The U.S. Has Taken in 690 Ukrainian Refugees."

    Watch out Fiona! You're not the only Reason writer who analyzes the war in terms of its potential to provide your benefactor Charles Koch with cost-effective imported labor.

    #WarIsGoodBecauseItCreatesRefugees
    #CheapLaborAboveAll

    1. That’s right, we should be sending them suitcases and airplane tickets, not guns.

      1. Only the women though, the men aren't allowed to leave

    2. There is an enormous problem here. Ukrainian immigrants all go in the 'white' column on EEO reports. If only they spoke Spanish.

  21. The LA times editorial board has not concidered building more water resivars, nor have they concidered not dumping water from the reserves into the pacific ocean (I think CA is up to 55-60% of reserver water gets dumpped into the ocean)

    1. “This is the way we have always done it”.

    2. Sensible decision-making is not the California way.

      1. If it were, they would have more than one operating nuclear power plant, and would have built multiple desalination plants decades ago.

  22. Days since enbs last yglasias reffrence :11

    1. ENB is off today.

      1. She was off the weekend to but I still counted that

        1. So, biased reporting?
          Careful, you might get hired by Reason.

          1. Not biased, cosistant

        2. She's been off for quite a while

      2. I need my fucking abortion story

  23. "Criminal justice reformers are generally pleased with her record."

    Fantastic. I'm confident she'll spend her time on the Court promoting the Koch / Soros / Reason soft-on-crime, f***-the-police, #EmptyThePrisons agenda.

    1. It's like they don't even care about the rape parties she threw in higjschool

      1. But she didn't inhale.

  24. "10 Million Ukrainians Have Been Displaced By the War. The U.S. Has Taken in 690 Ukrainian Refugees...
    2 million... have gone to neighboring Poland... 1.4 million Ukrainians have fled to Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Moldova."

    What a retarded take. It's because they're fleeing the fighting by going to neighboring countries temporarily, not emigrating to another.
    As much as I like the US, I prefer my home here and don't want to leave it and I imagine those Ukrainians feel the same way.

    Reason will take any crisis and try to dress it up in its favorite issues. OBL was right.

    1. OBL was right.

      OBL is satire in the same way that the Babylon Bee is satire.

      1. For about a week, these days. Then the satire comes true.

    2. That was my thought too. Wouldn't the refugees want to go to a safe but close place so they could return to their home when the wars is over? It would be like the US sending the people of New Orleans to the Ukraine after the Hurricane.
      No, dummies, Houston was closer and they could take a bus back later if they want.

      1. This is being looked at in the same context as the Arab refugee crisis that the US precipitated with its dumb "Arab Spring" color revolution in 2011, or the perpetual Central American "refugee" pipeline in to the US. No one ever assumes that Arabs, Somalians, North Africans, or Guatemalans are ever going to return back home, and the same assumption is being made here.

        It's probably quite baffling for the media class to see a group of refugees that would rather be home, and don't want to sponge off of western welfare states in perpetuity.

    3. US also takes in refugees from Central/South America. How many refugees from there does Europe take in?

      Location, Location, Location.

      1. But only the US has magic dirt!

      2. Nope. It's skincolor, skin color, skin color.
        Ukrainians are too damn white.

  25. The U.S. Has Taken in 690 Ukrainian Refugees.

    To be fair, the U.S. is still trying to get folks out of Afghanistan.

    1. Actually, the US is not; private citizens are.

  26. Funny how there were "covid" outbreaks in the parts of China where the people were protesting the CCP

    1. The Marxists long ago perfected the conflation of deaths 'due' to socialism and deaths directly 'from' socialist government.

    2. Kinda makes you wonder who was on the plane that crashed.

      1. Lin Biao?

    3. The Marxists perfected the art of pathologizing political dissent. The Soviets took it to 11.

  27. The most i.portant story in the world that's getting almost no attention at all right now is that for the first time in modern times, Saudi Arabia is seriously considering accepting payment for their oil in Chinese Yuan rather than U,S, dollars, If this happens, we're in serious trouble.

    The odds of pathetic Joe Biden being the president who ushers in the collapse of the dollar are going up every day, I wonder if this is why even his best friends at the New York Timed are starting to turn on him now?

    1. But no mean tweets!

        1. This only disappoints me because it means the Bee had a twitter account.
          Boycott (anti)social media.

        2. He's the "Quaker Oats Man" of the year.

        3. With any luck Barbra Streisand has already re-tweeted her disapproval.

    2. The Blue Checks couldn't be destroying the country more effectively if they were doing it on purpose.

      1. They are doing it on purpose

        1. They're too insane and incoherent for it to be planned. The natural result of everything they do, yes, but not intentionally designed.

          1. Maybe the insanity and incoherence is the goal rather than just the results.

          2. When one is incapable of critical or rational thought, 2nd and 3rd order effects for policies and actions are not within the scope of their vision. Ever. Or, maybe the DNC just hates poor folks, ethnic minorities. Hard sayin'.

            1. Maybe it's both.

    3. we're in serious trouble.

      Who's "we"?

    4. You are exactly right and I've been bringing this up for weeks. The dollar is dying a slow grisly death due to inflation. If it is no longer the world's reserve currency it's game over. We're not talking decades here. The wolf is at the door.

  28. The latest U.N. figures show that roughly 3.4 million Ukrainians have fled abroad. The majority of those people, some 2 million as of Saturday, have gone to neighboring Poland. Another 1.4 million Ukrainians have fled to Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Moldova. Around 185,000 refugees have fled in the opposite direction, to Russia.

    Since when does "abroad" mean "neighboring countries with which you share a land border"? FFS

  29. In a very San Francisco story, a couple's efforts to remodel their home have been undone by a mix of city hall bureaucracy and unvanquishable squatters.

    It's actually Unvanquishable Squatters. It's a proper noun. They're my Ska-Crustpunk outfit.

      1. I come and go, like the wind or a trucker.

  30. https://twitter.com/liz_churchill_/status/1505743061556637696?t=W03UKeqyaae2T092-9sKWA&s=19

    The WEF, who can accurately predict the future, has stated there will be a Cyber Attack that will ‘Kill Millions’ and not one Politician is questioning this?

    1. The ape NFT uprising? Why question the inevitable?

  31. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has suspended 11 opposition political parties.

    Never let a crisis go to waste. And besides, they were spreading misinformation.

    1. Will say it again, shh, that sort of talk will set off a firestorm of accusations of supporting putin. There will be no nuanced takes, no waiting for facts, no critical thinking, and certainly no positing that putin sucks but so does zelenskyy. The only thing that matters is accepting the narrative as presented by official Ukraine sources, or legacy media sources. Proles and serfs do not ask questions or think for themselves.

  32. Holy shit

    https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1505841375090479107?t=F1WY4zVDubYQpPyd1JbgCw&s=19

    Chinese officials confirm that 123 passengers and 9 crew members were aboard a Boeing 737-800 — China Eastern flight MU5735 that crashed en route to Guangzhou.

    Footage: [video]

    1. wonder who was on board.

      1. Tony Bobulinski?

    2. Do planes normally fly straight towards the earth like that when they crash?

      1. Who manufactured the circuit boards in the auto-pilot?
        More importantly, who was on board? Is this a large scale helicopter "crash' like the Russians use?

      2. It’s because a few people got on without taking off their shoes.

  33. The Ukrainians would clearly rather take to a small rickety craft and sail across the Atlantic to the US rather than just ride their motorcycle or hitch a ride with someone to Poland or Moldova.

  34. >>Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

    ludicrously tragic.

    1. Am I the only one who finds it odd she has the same annoying mousey voice as Christine Blasey Ford.

      1. Hey show some respect! Thats the kind of post-traumatic vocal cord change you can only get after imagining someone got into a tickle fight with you (maybe) a few decades ago.

        Have you no decency?

    2. Just another cog in the machine to destroy America.

  35. https://twitter.com/EricMMatheny/status/1505906382381494277?t=ywJYv5xKS5Ly6V1gemhUsg&s=19

    Who is handling the $14.8 billion we have sent to Ukraine? Who receives the money? How is the money being disbursed? To whom is the money being disbursed? Is there any oversight? Is there any accountability? Are any congressman/senators getting any of it laundered back to them?

    1. Thanks for the laugh.

    2. Answers in order :
      Hunter biden
      Hunter Biden, and zelinski
      Direct deposit
      See names above
      No
      No
      Yes

  36. Are any congressman/senators getting any of it laundered back to them?

    Yes, and imagine all the money that will get laundered rebuilding Ukraine. Winning in the midterms will be the greatest investment opportunity in the history of the US.

    1. BBB
      Bidens Building Back - - - - - - -

  37. https://twitter.com/JordanSchachtel/status/1505948082890027010?t=7H8p7hkS3o0xCzTl-_aOVQ&s=19

    The triple injected are most likely to support fighting World War 3 over Ukraine.

    [Graphic]

    1. The vax must affect the brain.

  38. Considering that there's a continent and an ocean between the U.S. and Ukraine, is it surprising that we get less refugees that Poland or Moldavia, where it's a short walk or drive?

    1. "How come so few Guatemalans are sneaking over the Japanese border?" - t. Reason

      1. Because they don’t need maids in Japan?

    2. They can always take the polar route.

  39. https://twitter.com/CJlegalBeagle/status/1505953371206860806?t=r3LCwq56zCcEzpk7D6a59A&s=19

    Fight to the death orders, until now perhaps, have never been considered the hallmark of free societies. Even the 300 at Thermopylae volunteered for it.

    Notably, Hitler was an exception to this rule - ordering no surrender on the Eastern Front.

      1. In past centuries, this was typically the kind of action that preceded a wholesale slaughter by the attacking force. If your opponent has no intention of surrendering, what's the point of holding back?

        1. Russia told all civilians to evacuate this weekend and opened up corridors for them to leave, but apparently local Ukraine authorities/paramilitaries have prevented most from getting out.

    1. Churchill, Singapore, 1941.

      The field commander did not obey it.

  40. The U.S. Has Taken in 690 Ukrainian Refugees.

    How many Guatekamalans and Hatians has Poland taken in?

  41. "Still, the U.S. has so far accepted only about 690 Ukrainian refugees since October 2022"

    I think you mean Oct. 2021?

    1. When everyone's an Editor then no one's an editor.

    2. No. They are anticipating what will happen before the elections. Nothing but lip service.

    3. No. They are anticipating what will happen before the elections. Nothing but lip service.

    4. What's obnoxious about the statement is the presumption that we should have had C-130 flights ready to go at the Polish border three weeks ago to fly millions of Ukrainians to the US, and done some kind of population convoy to points throughout the US.

      This pathological addiction to artificial population growth via importation from wherever a crisis happens to pop up, is one of the dumber features of Koch-inspired libertarianism.

      1. It's all good, estimates are for 170,000 illegals the first month covid restrictions are dropped

  42. Sounds like the other 9,900,000 were taken in by other countries so . . . mission accomplished.

    By the way, how many have Canada and Mexico taken in? How many in the UK, China, Japan, etc?

    1. Has Canada actually taken in any white-skinned refugees since Vietnam?

      1. I would imagine probably some Bosnians.

    2. They wouldn’t fit in. Who ever heard of Ukrainians in Canada?!

      1. "Canada (has) the world's third-largest Ukrainian population behind Ukraine itself and Russia."

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Canadians

        1. How.many *refugees*.

          That is what Slave is calling out here.

        2. Yes I know, I was being facetious 😉

    1. At least they kept their pants up for those ones. The ones where they removed the old women and kid's pants made me black with rage.

  43. 690 too many. That mess is an Eurabian mess to be dealt with by Eurabia.

    1. That’s if Eurable to turn a blind eye

  44. Better to have Ukrainians here as refugees than most of the other "refugees" who come in.

    1. Why?

  45. I'm all for the United States to "do something" substantial in regards to the Ukrainian refugee issue. But does that "something" mean importing huge numbers of those refugees into the United States? Isn't the goal for the Ukraine fighting to stop, Russia to get out, and to get all these people to their homes and help them rebuild? It would make more sense to lend aid to Poland and other neighboring countries where these people already are rather than transporting them across the globe.

  46. Kanye West Banned From Performing AT Grammys Due To Concerning Online Behavior
    https://share.newsbreak.com/pq47iux0
    Kanye West has been barred from performing at the Grammy Awards due to his "concerning online behavior," a rep for the artist confirms to Variety. Reps for the Recording Academy and CBS, which present the Grammys, did not immediately respond to Variety's requests for comment on the claim early Saturday.

  47. So I guess the civil war in Ukraine has NOT been going on for the last 8-yrs? So the Eastern parts of Ukraine hasn't been bombing the Western part nonstop for 8-yrs? I guess the fact that Ukraine has NOT filed thier borders with the UN over those 8-yrs..., and in turn not even being a country any longer under the charter rules of the UN.., matters not? The fact that a Democratic elected Ukraine government was overthrown in 2014 with the American Military Complex help.., means nothing? That the CIA's little Color Revolution put a freaking comedian in charge..., means nothing? Americans continue to prove thier ignorance of the world around them. If the MSM doesn't TELL them.., it doesn't exist. It's all rather f-ing gross.
    The Phucko Knows

  48. 10 Million Ukrainians Have Been Displaced By the War. The U.S. Has Taken in 690 Ukrainian Refugees.

    That may have something to do with the fact that Ukraine is on the other side of the globe and that the US has no obligations or significant historical ties to Ukraine.

  49. I have no problem taking-in refugees...So long as they return home when the threats to their safety are gone.

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