In Finland, on October 3, the Nosto ATM network, the only one in the country that worked with the Chinese payment system, stopped accepting UnionPay cards, as RIA Novosti reported with reference to Risto Lepo, a representative of Nokas CMS, which owns ATMs. He explained the decision by the increased demand for cash from the Russians.Finnish ATMs Stopped Accepting UnionPay Cards to Harm Russians
by Vijay Prashad / July 7th, 2022
Over the course of the past fifteen years, European countries have found themselves with both great opportunities to seize and complex choices to make. Unsustainable reliance on the United States for trade and investment, as well as the curious distraction of Brexit, led to the steady integration of European countries with Russian energy markets and more uptake of Chinese investment opportunities and its manufacturing prowess.The United States Wants to Prevent a Historical Fact: Eurasian Integration
It was beginning to feel like Elon Musk and Twitter were locked in an eternal dance.Elon Musk, Twitter and the mysterious X app
Researchers determined a network of 885 websites used by the CIA was so easy to spot and crack that an “amateur sleuth” could have mapped it.Researchers Say the CIA’s Amateurish Websites Led to the Exposure of Critical Assets (archived)
Biden should give Turkish energy corridors the same treatment he ultimately gave Nord Stream 2, and for the same reasons.
from the put-the-onion’s-editorial-board-on-the-supreme-court dept
Tue, Oct 4th 2022 10:45am – Mike Masnick
In most cases, it does not do you any good to try to be funny in legal filings. In most cases, judges will not be that amused (even if those same judges sometimes try to make jokey rulings). In the world of the courts, the judges can be funny, but no one else should try. But every so often it works. The ACLU’s Eat Shit, Bob filing, for example, was pretty good.The Onion Files Hilarious Amicus Brief In An Important Case, And Actually Makes A Key Point In The Best Way Possible
H/T: Steve Lehto
When two experienced economy and finance analysts, who both correctly predicted the derivative crisis of 2008, again warn of an imminent crash one better listens up.The Expected Financial Crash Is Finally Here
If you ditch their narrative just to fall for their counter-narrative, you’re not waking up, you’re barely changing bed side.The real Giorgia Meloni is nothing like on TV
But it’s time to snooze off now.
Yet, Lula will likely not seek major changes that would jeopardize current U.S.-Brazil relations.
Morgenstern adds that, “with Biden, Lula would have an ally with some tension … his interest (in the U.S.) has always been purely economic,” but “Lula’s friends are enemies of even the American left … the communist dictatorships of Latin America, China, Russia, the Palestinian Authority.”
Derosa argues, “the political forces represented by Lula are anti-American by definition,” yet he notes that, “Lula is skilled in negotiations and has always maintained a posture of dialoguing with everyone. He wouldn’t make a trade break, but he will certainly prefer multilateral relations … he would hardly break with the U.S., even more so while the United States is governed by the Democratic Party.”
As to why Lula’s close association with dictatorships has never been wielded against him in Brazil, Morgenstern sees a significant difference between parties in Brazil and elsewhere: “The Brazilian ideological left really believes that ‘social inequality’ is the biggest problem in the universe, so it is a declared fan of dictatorships (Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua), unlike the American left.”
So much wrong with these analyses. I found no evidence that Russia, or the PA, are communist and many would argue that China is communist in name only. As for dictatorships, the Democrats love them! Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, UAE?! 🤦🏼♀️
Oct 3, 2022 – Smoking gun. There is only one serious suspect for the terrorist sabotage of the Russia – Germany NordStream2 gas pipeline.Who sabotaged the Russia – Germany NordStream2 gas pipeline? via Hands Off Syria