Tag: 2023

2023 will be make-or-break year for Russia – Pearls and Irritations

Vladimir Putin

The Ukrainian conflict has so far been a proxy war between Russia and NATO. However, the growing number of Western countries joining the conflict and aiming to “strategically defeat” Russia may lead to a direct clash between the Armed Forces of Russia and Western military units. If this happens, the Ukrainian conflict will turn into a Russia-NATO war. Such a situation will inevitably carry a nuclear risk. This is further aggravated by the fact that, acting out of desperation, Kiev authorities may provoke the US-led military bloc to directly enter the conflict.

Source: 2023 will be make-or-break year for Russia – Pearls and Irritations

Deadly cold spells grip the planet as climate crisis worsens

The climate crisis ravaging the planet, escalated by the burning of fossil fuels, is causing devastating cold weather in various regions with deadly consequences, writes Jane Marsh.

Source: Deadly cold spells grip the planet as climate crisis worsens

Trump: There Were No Classified Docs. I Kept ‘Empty Folders’ As A ‘Keepsake’ | Crooks and Liars

Trump: There Were No Classified Docs. I Kept 'Empty Folders' As A 'Keepsake'

 

Former President Donald Trump is once again lashing out over special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into his handling of classified documents. This time, though, he didn’t call out Smith by name. Trump is dubiously claiming that he possessed empty folders that he considered a “cool keepsake.”

Source: Trump: There Were No Classified Docs. I Kept ‘Empty Folders’ As A ‘Keepsake’ | Crooks and Liars

George Pell ‘Devil Incarnate’ is dead – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Source: George Pell ‘Devil Incarnate’ is dead – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Michael West Media -Long long covid: Australia’s pandemic performance needs a booster, say experts, as deaths rise

Long long covid: Australia’s pandemic performance needs a booster, say experts, as deaths rise

Australia’s performance in fighting Covid has declined as scientists say researchers are set back by inadequate data systems. Deaths are rising more than predicted, strain on hospitals too. Michael Sainsbury reports the latest on a pandemic which just won’t go away, amid heightened concerns over Long Covid, vaccine impact and the threat of new strains.

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Mad World: Global Flashpoints to watch in 2023 in the Era of ‘Polycrisis’

World leaders are dealing with a host of pressing issues:

the climate emergency

the socio-economic repercussions of the COVID pandemic, by no means over

100 million displaced people

the increasing global population, now over eight billion

the rising cost of living.

All this means 2023 is likely to be another turbulent year.The Conversation

Source: Mad World: Global Flashpoints to watch in 2023 in the Era of ‘Polycrisis’

Joining the War Club: Australia’s HIMARS Purchase – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Another needless, fatuous endeavour; another irresponsible drain on the public purse; another expression that the military-industrial complex Down Under is thriving in all its insidious stupidity. But Australia’s purchase of HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) batteries from the United States can be put down to loneliness – or the feeling of being left out. And history shows that loneliness in the context of weapons and harm involves a need to acquire more means to do further harm.

Source: Joining the War Club: Australia’s HIMARS Purchase – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Congress Must Stop Funding Apartheid,’ Tlaib Says as Israel Razes West Bank Homes

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speaks during the House Financial Services Committee hearing

Not even one week into 2023, the new far-right apartheid government is moving to ethnically cleanse entire communities—which would displace more than 1,000 Palestinian residents, including 500 children,” said the Michigan Democrat. “All with American backing, bulldozers, and bullets.” Jessica Corbett Jan 04, 2023

Source: ‘Congress Must Stop Funding Apartheid,’ Tlaib Says as Israel Razes West Bank Homes

Year of the mushroom: Why 2022 was defined by fungi | Salon.com

Close-up of mushroom growing on field (Getty Images/Karim Qubadi/500px)

So what’s next for mushrooms in the new year? There aren’t any signs that the fungi’s surging popularity will slow down. 

While the road to psilocybin legalization promises to be a long and uncertain one, and while the co-opting of mushrooms by the wellness industry could turn some consumers off from the ingredient due to its potential ubiquity, both the aesthetic and culinary attributes of mushrooms are undeniable. 

For those reasons, IMARC, a market research firm, anticipates that the global mushroom market, which was valued at $58.8 billion last year will reach an estimated $86.5 billion by 2027. 

From the couture runway to home kitchens, all things fungus are having a moment

Source: Year of the mushroom: Why 2022 was defined by fungi | Salon.com

It’s beginning to look a lot like rictus ─ for Dutton’s Coalition

So, this hardworking team – officially known as the Bi-Annual Liberal Strategy and Campaigning Secretariat (BALSACS) – is currently meeting in Biarritz to develop new and innovative strategies to promote Peter Dutton and the Liberal Party.

Source: It’s beginning to look a lot like rictus ─ for Dutton’s Coalition

COVID Australia: Morrison government buys Pfizer boosters, ATAGI says just get jabbed

People wait for their allocated time slot earlier this month at the NSW vaccination hub in Homebush.

Sixty million of the Pfizer doses will be delivered in 2022 and another 25 million in 2023, in addition to the 40 million already due to arrive in Australia this year.

Source: COVID Australia: Morrison government buys Pfizer boosters, ATAGI says just get jabbed