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- [As China maintains ties with Russia](https://archive.ph/LUjiK), Europe turns to Japan and India
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> Both U.S. President Joe Biden and the Commission's von der Leyen warned Beijing of "consequences" and "reputational risks" should it help Russia circumvent sanctions or provide it with weapons. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss went further, saying last week: "By talking about the rise of China as inevitable we are doing China’s work for it. In fact, their rise isn’t inevitable. They will not continue to rise if they don’t play by the rules."
> "We are against all ideas of decoupling," Scholz said. "But one thing is clear: our companies and we ourselves will do everything we can to ensure that nobody is dependent on supply chains from one country at a time. That is the experience we have now had with the Ukraine crisis. It will take time, but will have to play a big role for us."
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- [EU-Mercosur](https://archive.ph/pWfvV) trade deal to clear environmental hurdles this year, EU commissioner says
- [Millions of tonnes of grain stuck in Ukraine](https://archive.ph/jEvY), says German UN official. Also: [Ukraine](https://archive.ph/0EL5C) may lose tens of millions of tonnes of grain
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> Martin Frick said about 4.5 million tonnes of grain in containers at Ukrainian ports could not be shifted due to unsafe or occupied sea routes, some of which had been mined, as well as inaccessible ports. ... About 30m tonnes of corn and about 25m tonnes of wheat were harvested in the country in 2020.
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- [European](https://archive.ph/M2Ht3) Port Workers Are Refusing To Unload Russian Diesel
- [Russian](https://archive.ph/B2Kfm) natural gas exports to China jump 60 per cent in first 4 months
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> The new pipeline is expected to be up and running by 2026 and will mean that – together with the existing pipeline – the annual supply of natural gas could increase to 48 billion cubic metres from around 10 billion cubic metres in 2021.
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- [Russia](https://archive.ph/Mz4GP) makes gas payments easier
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> President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law amending Russia’s tax code on Sunday, and it was published on the official portal for legal information.
> The law aims to help foreign firms pay for Russian gas in rubles, in line with the new mechanism adopted last month. Foreign entities will be able to register with Russia’s tax authority after the bank that opens an account for them submits an application.
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- [The Inevitable Decline](https://archive.ph/FlHnH) Of Russia’s Oil Industry
- [Russia](https://archive.ph/4jjSC): Unemployment rate growth not observed, according to trade union.
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> "No real unemployment growth has been observed with us so far. Nevertheless, alarming trends are in place. There are people warned about layoffs. Certain foreign companies, investors depart and then return,"
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- [Germany](https://archive.ph/8YHJz) to build LNG terminals at ‘Tesla speed’ in shift away from Russian gas
- [German](https://archive.ph/EWW4w) Used-Car Prices Hit Record on Tight Supply Chains
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- [Germany](https://archive.ph/aR008) to continue paying for Russian gas in euro, says minister
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> Asked about the possibility of suspension of gas supplies from Russia, Robert Habeck said: "It is possible"
> Asked about the possibility of suspension of gas supplies from Russia as was the case with Poland and Bulgaria, he said: "It is possible. We stick to the EU’s directions. This means we pay in euro, after which Russia converts money into rubles in accordance with its logic." "If it should be so I do not care," the minister added.
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- [Germany](https://archive.ph/eQEj5) would weather Russian oil ban despite shortages - minister. Also: [Quitting](https://archive.ph/oljKR) Russian oil by late summer is “realistic”
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> "We have managed to reach a situation where Germany is able to bear an oil embargo," Habeck, of the ecologist Greens, told a news conference. "This means it won't be without consequences."
> Finance Minister Christian Lindner went even further, telling a German broadcaster that the German economy would even be able to stomach an immediate ban.
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- [France](https://archive.ph/df36S): Renault to sell Russian assets for one ruble
- [Italian minister](https://archive.ph/nKVZx) suggests temporarily allowing companies to pay for Russian gas in rubles
- [Finland](https://archive.ph/NdiiD) ends deal with Russia for Hanhikivi Nuclear Power Plant
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> It was proposed to house a Russian-designed pressurized water reactor, with a capacity of 1200 MW and the nuclear power plant was to generate approximately 10% of Finland's electricity needs, the company said.
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- [UK](https://archive.ph/7LNr9): Retail workers need protection from automation, general secretary Paddy Lillis warns
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> The retail union’s general secretary said artificial intelligence is exacerbating a lack of job security and mental health issues for workers.
> Addressing delegates on the opening day of Usdaw’s 2022 conference in Blackpool, Mr Lillis also slammed Tory ministers for scrapping England’s Union Learning Fund last year. This was despite nine in 10 workers across Britain needing retraining over the next decade due to automation, he added.
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- [Bank of England](https://archive.ph/BZw7c) ‘duty bound’ to trigger recession to curb inflation
### Asia and Oceania:
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- [China](https://archive.ph/NPmjA)’s Economy Appears to Be Stalling, Threatening to Drag Down Global Growth
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> A recession commonly means two straight quarters of contraction, and that remains unlikely for China, many economists say. The country has many ways to ensure it posts stronger growth than the U.S. and Europe this year, including the ability to unleash heavy government spending.
> But economists say that underlying conditions, worsened by Covid lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere, are starting to feel more akin to a recession—something China hasn’t experienced in decades.
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### Middle East
- [India-UAE](https://archive.ph/yULdh) trade pact comes into force
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- [Nigerian](https://archive.ph/46MK9) Workers Struggle As Cost of Living Outstrips Incomes
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> The alarming situation is that the 30,000 Naira (US$72) minimum wage is insufficient to meet the value of basic foodstuffs for the healthy living of an adult in a month, let alone an entire family.
> Most of the low-income earners we interacted with said they could only afford one meal a day. And they could afford it by either borrowing or begging from those they believed had better income, and doing additional jobs to make ends meet.
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- [Malawi](https://archive.ph/hlLid) looks to cannabis for profits amid declining Tobacco demand
- [South Africa](https://archive.ph/oEom4): The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is planning to launch its own union soon.
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> He added that South African unions were taking the side of employers, saying this created a vacuum for the workers, which the EFF intends to fill.
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- [Uganda](https://archive.ph/aVxXk): We Are Soon Finding a Solution to Skyrocketing Commodity Prices
- [Uganda](https://archive.ph/oqB99) in Urgent Need for Funds as Refugee Figures Swell
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> Since January, Uganda has received over 35,000 refugees, a third of whom arrived in the past three weeks from the DRC, fleeing intense fighting in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces.
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- [Tanzania](https://archive.ph/QvwBr): Embrace Organic Food Production, Farmers Advised
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> East Africa Impact center (ECHO) Technical advisor, Charles Bonaventure observed that organic food production allows farmers to lower input costs and decrease reliance on nonrenewable resources in production.
> According to Mr Bonaventure, such production is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, oils, and farm machinery, and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
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- ['West met their match in Putin.'](https://archive.ph/K6cN9) Zim president to copy Russia's currency strategy
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> Mnangagwa’s administration may announce plans as early as this week for government departments in Zimbabwe -- under US sanctions for economic mismanagement and human rights violations for the past two decades -- to show “high preference” for the Zimbabwe dollar in the payment of services
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- [Zimbabwe](https://archive.ph/UxGQA): Labour Blasts Government's Refusal to Pay U.S.$ Salaries - Cost of Living Now $92,000 but Majority Earn Below $20,000
- [Zimbabwe](https://archive.ph/5IeTR): It's Time Every Farmer With Irrigation Considers Wheat Production
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> For the past few seasons, Government has worked with important stakeholders to ensure all things were in place for wheat production. This saw farmers being put into clusters so they could have uninterrupted power supply while inputs providers availed seed and fertilisers on time.
> Efforts were also made to avail combine harvesters so that the wheat could not be damaged by early rains. The country registered significant yields in wheat and had to only import low volumes to meet the deficit.
> Now that Russia and Ukraine are in conflict, it is important that farmers maximise wheat production to ensure self-sufficiency.
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### North America:
- [Jacobin](https://archive.ph/sei6F): Justin Trudeau Insists That Fixing Infrastructure Requires Paying Tithes to the Rich
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- [USA Gas Production](https://archive.ph/eUbgh) Slows At The Worst Possible Time
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> Growth in natural gas production in the biggest producing regions in the United States is on the decline due to the lack of sufficient pipeline network, as prices soar at home alongside a major uptick in LNG exports destined for gas-thirsty Europe.
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- [North American](https://archive.ph/njt88) oil companies scramble to find workers despite boom
- [USA](https://archive.ph/Ou9ru): GDP Report Inspires Fears, But They Are Premature
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> Its recent report on the first quarter’s gross domestic product (GDP) showed a real decline of 1.4% from the final quarter of 2021. Suddenly everyone is talking about recession. This report, though clear confirmation of the already evident slowdown in the post-Covid recovery, overstates the economy’s weakness and is more a reflection of statistical particulars than anything fundamental. A fundamental recession, a real one so to speak, will confront the economy soon enough, say in some 18-24 months, largely because of severe inflationary pressures.
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- [USA](https://archive.ph/z2m5p): The Fed can't afford to make the wrong moves
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> Hopefully, when the Fed meets this week, it won't commit to raising interest rates or reducing its balance sheet too aggressively and overcorrect for last year's policy mistakes. If it chooses to do so, we should brace ourselves for a particularly hard economic landing.
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- [USA](https://archive.ph/FfF8S): Dollar approaches 20-year highs, Fed meeting in focus
- [Why the Debate Over Russian Uranium](https://archive.ph/3R5gO) Worries USA Tribal Nations
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> If imports end because of the war, American companies may look to increase domestic mining, which has a toxic history on Indigenous lands.
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### Global:
- [Skyrocketing Lithium Prices](https://archive.ph/2cen8) Highlight Need For New Technologies
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> “Tesla might actually have to get into the mining & refining directly at scale, unless costs improve,” Musk said in his tweet. “There is no shortage of the element itself, as lithium is almost everywhere on Earth, but pace of extraction/refinement is slow.”
> “Put very simply, all the world’s cell production combined represents well under 10% of what we will need in 10 years,” Mr. Scaringe told reporters touring his plant in Normal, Ill. “Meaning, 90% to 95% of the supply chain does not exist.”
> So, this is an entire industry that must be built and scaled up, almost from scratch. And, with China dominating the processing and global supply chain for lithium, the U.S. and other western governments have noted the importance of changing that paradigm to increase their own levels of energy security. But onshoring the mining for lithium or extraction of it from brines - by far, the most abundant form of the resource - would be highly controversial in the environmentalist community and take years to achieve. Indeed, the opening of a single new mining operation in the U.S. would likely take over a decade to accomplish.
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- [Global Central Banks](https://archive.ph/x5wRE) Are Tightening Policy — And a Financial Shock Is Ahead
- [End of Easy Money](https://archive.ph/uho9O) Brings a $410 Billion Global Financial Shock
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- [These countries](https://archive.ph/EeMBh) are willing to risk US ire over Russia-Ukraine
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> The impassioned American reaction is matched only in Europe, Canada, and the handful of U.S. allies in East Asia. For many people in the rest of the world, the Russia-Ukraine conflict is just another pointless Western war in which they have no stake.
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[Russia](https://archive.ph/3jD5v)’s Occupation of Southern Ukraine Hardens, With Rubles, Russian Schools and Lenin Statues
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> Russian occupation authorities are swiftly integrating these areas into Russia, appointing collaborationist administrations and introducing Russian documents, education programs and currency. On Saturday, Russian authorities disconnected most of the occupied areas in southern Ukraine from Ukrainian cellphone service and internet providers by cutting fiber-optic cables and turning off power at base stations so as to hide “truthful information about the course of the war,” the Ukrainian government said.
> ... signaling a comeback to Soviet-style totalitarian rule, they have started returning to central squares the monuments to Lenin that were dismantled by Kyiv after 2014. They have also removed and repainted Ukrainian symbols, flying Soviet flags alongside the Russian banner on public buildings.
> “It’s out of the question to return the Kherson region back to Nazi Ukraine…. Kyiv will no longer be able to force its ugly Nazi policies upon our land,” the Russian-appointed deputy head of the military-civil administration of Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, told Russia’s state news agency RIA on Thursday.
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### Europe:
- [Violence erupts in Paris](https://archive.ph/E8XOl) as thousands of May Day protesters raise pressure on Macron
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- [Israel](https://archive.ph/wDqr4) wants apology from Russia over Hitler remark
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> Israel has summoned the Russian ambassador, after Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested that Adolf Hitler may have had some Jewish blood, and that the “most ardent” anti-Semites are Jews themselves.
> “Foreign Minister Lavrov’s remarks are both an unforgivable and outrageous statement as well as a terrible historical error,” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted on Monday.
> “Jews did not murder themselves in the Holocaust. The lowest level of racism against Jews is to accuse Jews themselves of antisemitism.”
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### Africa:
- [Over 290 Million Covid-19 Vaccinations](https://archive.ph/woejU) Administered Across Continent
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- [South Africa](https://archive.ph/da7fr): Protesting miners stop Ramaphosa May Day speech
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> The workers employed by Sibanye-Stillwater mine are demanding a wage increase of 1,000 rand (63 US dollars) per month instead of the 850 rand (54 US dollars) being offered by the mine.
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- [Nigeria](https://archive.ph/K9JKl): Death toll rises to 8 dead in Lagos building collapse
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- [Big majority](https://archive.ph/oYxmF) of Americans back sanctions on Russia, aid to Ukraine, poll finds
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> In all, 73 percent say the United States is doing either the right amount or too little to support Ukraine.
> At the same time, 72 percent oppose the U.S. taking direct military action against Russian forces, while 21 percent support the idea.
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> Specifically, 42 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the situation between Russia and Ukraine, up from 33 percent when Russia launched its invasion just over two months ago. Now, 47 percent of Americans disapprove of his handling of the crisis, the same percent that disapproved in February, while fewer people say they have no opinion.
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## **Militarily:**
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- [Analysis](https://archive.ph/fZ1Fj): Russia’s Ukrainian quagmire providing tough lessons for China
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> “China probably should think about conducting a much stronger and much more comprehensive operation at the very beginning to shock and awe the Taiwanese forces to secure a major advantage,” Zhao said, referring to observations from Chinese strategists.
> “If you are going to ‘shock and awe’ Taiwan with overwhelming force in the initial stages, there might be a lot of civilian casualties,” said Koh, of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. That would make occupation difficult and harden international opposition."
> Some Chinese strategists believe that the control of information has created a much worse impression of Russian performance than is warranted.
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### Eastern Ukraine:
- Tons of NATO weapons seized during the Russian assault on Liman. A bridge was destroyed behind the Ukrainians, which means they cannot easily retreat, nor get ammo or equipment.
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- [Ukrainian citizens](https://archive.ph/MpPp6) forced into Russia by Putin's forces were tortured and had their limbs amputated due to frostbite, human rights chief alleges
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> Denisova said the Ukrainians came back with sepsis, severe wounds, and amputated limbs and toes due to frostbite. She said the Russians filled people's boots with water — then made them put the boots back on after — and forced them to lie on the ground in the cold.
> "Interrogations took place two or three times a day, after which the men were severely beaten and later forced to sign documents stating that they had been treated well," Denisova said, adding that the Ukrainians were forced to learn Russian patriotic songs and perform them to the guards.
*Stop alledging shit and give us evidence. Right now, this just sounds like the mobile crematorium shit.*
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- [Biden](https://archive.ph/WxIsG) considering income stipulations on student loan cancellation
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> Officials are looking at limiting cancellation to those making below $125,000 or $150,000 as an individual or $250,000 or $300,000 for couples who file taxes together.
*Do you reckon Democrats go into withdrawals when they don't get to means-test something? In post-revolutionary America, we'll need to make sure the re-education camps come with virtual simulations where you can means-test people in the simulation in order to help the ex-Democrats cope with their symptoms.*
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- [Ukraine](https://archive.ph/9kCcg) can win. Don’t let Putin scare us.
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- [China](https://archive.ph/N0pDj) is obsessed with disinfection against Covid. But is it causing more harm than good?
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> In some Shanghai neighborhoods, special chemical producing stations have been set up, while in others vehicles have been outfitted with chemical tanks and cannon-like devices to shoot disinfectant onto the streets, according to local media. Disinfection robots have been stationed at railway stations, and have been set up to patrol some quarantine centers.
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- [Europe](https://archive.ph/41sB2) Is in Danger. It Always Is.
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> Many people seem to think that the European Union, which in different forms has provided Europeans with prosperity and peace since the 1950s, is always on the cusp of ruin. The past decade — encompassing a debt crisis, a refugee crisis, Brexit, the rise of the far right and, not least, the pandemic — has set off regular cries about the coming end of the union. And yet, despite everything, it endures. In a world of war and calamity, it needs to pull together even more.
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- [The NHS](https://archive.ph/bxIVz) used to be a religion. But the faith is being tested like never before
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> Not a week passes without a bad news cloud enveloping Britain’s healthcare systems. This is partly shared with pandemic-hit services worldwide, but the British headlines seem particularly awful.
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- [Is It Fair To Blame Oil Companies For High Prices?](https://archive.ph/51GNK)
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> With oil prices still over $100 a barrel, one thing is certain. Oil companies are going to make big profits. But misconceptions abound about the connection between high oil prices and high profits.
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- [Congressman to F-35 contractors](https://archive.ph/2GYcj): ‘what in the hell are you doing?’
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> Lawmakers find out that the DoD’s premier fighter can’t pass tests and will cost $1.3 trillion over its lifetime to sustain.
> “Over the past few years, it has become abundantly clear that sustainment is the most acute long-term challenge facing the F-35 program. Sustainment will amount to more than 80 percent of the program’s total lifecycle costs, at a mind-boggling $1.3 trillion. Largely because of supply issues and poor reliability and maintainability, average F-35 mission capability rates are barely over 55 percent, with a paltry 30 percent of the aircraft capable of performing all of their assigned missions.”
> Despite all of the F-35 program’s design errors — 845 of them according to a recent testing report — the Pentagon is still on track to acquire one-third of the total number of F-35s before the aircraft even finishes operational testing.
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