Ukraine staged the murder of journalist Arkady Babchenko, who magically appeared the day after he was reported to have been shot to death. Babchencko claimed that there was a Russian plot to kill him after he fled Russia in 2017 because he criticized Putin. Russia’s foreign ministry condemned the staged assassination, calling it “obviously yet another anti-Russian provocation” that comes right on the heels of the botched assassination of former spy Skripal.
Starbucks’ Sensitivity Training day required all 8,000 stores to close for an afternoon, at a cost of $12 million in revenue, to re-educate 175,000 employees about racial bias. Data suggests that mandatory training is ineffective and can have backlash. The Perception Institute, funded by George Soros and the Ford Foundation, developed the Starbucks program that promotes ‘intersectionality’, which is a framework for marginalized people based on class, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities. The purpose of the training was to set a precedent for other companies to mandate this type of training and to normalize it.
President Trump is imposing a new 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum imported from from Mexico, Canada, and the European Union. Mexico indicated it will retaliate against US agriculture products, Canada announced a new set of $16 billion in tariffs against US goods, and the EU will target bourbon and motorcycles made in the US. It is believed that China will be next on the list.
Tucker Carlson shows that leftists blame everything, no matter what the problem is, on Trump. Mark Steyn says that common language has become very coarse but is running on two incompatible tracks. One is directed against Trump and is base and vulgar. The other track guards protected classes of people who are off-limits to criticize.
Italy voted in two Euroskeptic populist parties, the 5-Star Movement and the League. They formed a coalition government and vowed to deport 500,000 migrants. The coalition was blocked by President Sergio Mattarella who refused to accept their candidate for minister of the economy, because the candidate advocates a back up plan to exit the Eurozone market and Euro currency.
Five years ago, Whole Foods announced it would require stringent mandatory labels on GMO products. In addition, animal products would require disclosure on whether animals had been raised on GMOs. This would have forced almost all food producers to label their products. Amazon acquired Whole Foods almost a year ago and they are now going back on their promise to label GMOs, waiting for the government to come up with a policy that is confusing and imprecise, and requires a SmartPhone to read.