This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
Looks like Biden pissing on Putin has consequences:
Putin’s Bid to Ditch Dollar Picks Up as Exports Move to Euro
(Bloomberg) — Vladimir Putin’s multi-year push to reduce Russia’s exposure to the dollar hit a major milestone as the share of exports sold in the U.S. currency fell below 50% for the first time.
Most of the slump in dollar use came from Russia’s trade with China, more than three-quarters of which is now conducted in euros, according to central bank data published late Monday. The common currency’s share in total exports jumped more than 10 percentage points to 36%, the data for the fourth quarter show.
Multiple rounds of sanctions and the constant threat of more to come have pushed Russia to find ways to isolate its economy from U.S. interference. The central bank has also stripped back its holdings of Treasuries in its international reserves, loading up on gold and euros instead.
More trade now being done in Euros and Ruble staying about the same.
Odd that China and Russia are not using their currencies with each other… I’m not sure that the Euro is that much “safer” than the $US given their political leanings and stresses lately.
Then there’s the latest Democrat Gun Sales push (that they hilariously name “gun control”…) driving up gun buying at an incredible rate:
Booming Gun Sales: Smith & Wesson Sees Sales Double From Last Year
By Peter Suciu Published 2 mins ago
Springfield, Mass.-based Smith & Wesson is being directly targeted by state lawmakers, who seek to ban the production of AR-15 and similar semi-automatic black guns – the dubiously described “assault weapons.” President Joe Biden has also taken aim at gun makers, suggesting that laws be changed so that the companies can be sued when their products are used in a crime.
That would be enough to give a firearms industry executive some serious headaches and likely result in some sleepless nights.
But these are actually the boom times for Smith & Wesson.
Last month the company reported record sales for the latest quarter, selling more than 600,000 firearms and accessories – more than a quarter of a billion dollars worth of products. That actually represented a doubling of sales from a year ago, and it was Smith & Wesson’s third consecutive record-breaking quarter.
And last year was no slouch for sales, either… Democrats, pumping up gun sales for decades…
Florida vs. NY
Looks like Cuomo shot his own…
New York Loses House Seat Over Difference of Only 89 People
by Matt Palumbo Posted: April 27, 2021
Yesterday we learned how the 2020 Census would affect the composition of the House of Representatives.
Texas picked up two seats, while Florida, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon picked up one. California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia all lost one each. Overall, states that voted for Biden lost a net three seats.
The shifting of seven seats among thirteen states represents the smallest number of seats changing hands in any decade since the current method of apportionment was adopted in 1941.
Hilariously, New York wouldn’t have lost a seat if their population of 20,201,249 was a mere 89 people higher.
Or in other words, if Cuomo’s disastrous nursing home policy killed a mere 89 fewer people – or if his high taxes caused 89 fewer people to move out of the state, his state could’ve retained that seat.
While only three net seats will change hands in the GOP’s favor here, the balance of power is already closer than it appears.
Republicans have 212 seats in the House to the Democrats 218. While this is a Democrat majority by six seats, because tie votes fail in the House, it reduces the Democrat majority to two votes (as losing three votes on a bill would lead to a 215-215 tie), and effectively blocks them from passing any of their most progressive legislation.
California Gov. Newsom recall effort has more than enough verified signatures
“This now triggers the next phase of the recall process, a 30-business-day period in which voters may submit written requests to county Registrars of Voters to remove their names from the recall petition,” California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber said in a statement.
The press release declares: “The valid signatures in the 10th report are 1,626,042, which exceeds the total of 1,495,709 signatures required.”
So unless the Dims round up 130,000+ folks who want to remove their signature, it’s going to the ballot.
Then we get to find out how much the Dims are willing to have their machines keep family & friends on the Government Gravy Train… It will be interesting to see if anyone is monitoring this next election for machine jiggery riggery…
Things of interest
I’d not have believed it, but there it is. Crazy jumping worms…
‘Crazy worms’ have invaded the forests of 15 states, and scientists are worried
By Brandon Specktor – Senior Writer a day ago
They look like normal earthworms, but can writhe, jump and even shed their tails to escape danger.
The worms of the genus Amynthas — also known as snake worms, Asian jumping worms and Alabama jumpers, according to Smithsonian Magazine — are a highly invasive lot that first made their way to North America in the 19th century, stowed away on ships carrying plants and dirt. Since then, they’ve spread, well, like crazy, and have now been sighted in more than a dozen states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma, Newsweek.com reported.
They resemble common earthworms, only smaller and brownish in color. However, their reputation is far more sinister. Adult crazy worms reproduce quickly and without mates, laying clutches of eggs the same color as the soil, according to Smithsonian. Once they hatch, the worms swiftly devour the nutrients in the topsoil around them, leaving behind a loose, grainy mess that resembles coffee grounds.
It seems that they cause destruction of soil quality and that’s going to be a problem…
Looks like Rebel News wins one:
Canadian Anti-Hate Network forced to apologize for saying that Rebel News incited Christchurch terrorist
By Rebel News | April 27, 2021
Elizabeth Simons, deputy director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, was forced to issue an apology after falsely claiming that the shooter in the March 2019 Christchurch mosque attack was incited to commit violence by Rebel News.
Simons deleted a tweet that alleged that Rebel News incited the Christchurch shooter and issued a correction and apology, but then deleted the new statement along with her account. She then restored her account, leaving up only the correction, which she threatens to delete in 90 days.
IMHO, more folks need to start SLAPing back NGOs, Dims, and anyone else who “talks dirt” about them. Like this one too:
AMERICAN NEWS Apr 26, 2021 10:51 PM EST
BREAKING: Project Veritas announces lawsuit against CNN over defamation
They allege CNN host Ana Cabrera made a knowingly false claim accusing Veritas of being banned for “misinformation.”
For more, just hit the link to Bongino’s site: