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These Are The World’s Biggest Shipping Hubs

These Are The World’s Biggest Shipping Hubs

The volume of goods transported around the globe by container ships has increased continuously in recent years.

As Statista’s Katharina Buchholz details below, according to data from the Hong Kong Marine Department shows that ports in Asia, especially in China, are increasingly dominating the industry.

Infographic: The World’s Biggest Shipping Hubs | Statista

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In 2005, there were still two European and one North American port in the ranking of the biggest shipping hubs in the world.

In 2021, only Rotterdam remained in the top 10 – in the bottom rank.

Asian ports have grown at a fast rate in recent years. In addition to several Chinese ports, Singapore and Busan in South Korea also make the top 10 ranking. In Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand, completely new shipping hubs have emerged.

In contrast to the production of goods, the increases in port size in Asia are not an indication that the Asian port technology itself in more innovative, faster or more competitive. According to experts, the development of port infrastructure simply reflects the growth in trade flows.

Maritime shipping suffered setbacks in the coronavirus crisis as supply chains around the globe were disrupted. Shipping volumes initially declined as factories in Asian production hubs closed down, only to be overstretched as restocking needs in receiving countries caused a shipping boom later in the pandemic.

Tyler Durden
Fri, 04/29/2022 – 22:00

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Hundreds Of CDC Employees Still Haven’t Received COVID-19 Vaccine

Hundreds Of CDC Employees Still Haven’t Received COVID-19 Vaccine

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Nearly 400 employees at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to data obtained exclusively by The Epoch Times.

The Centers for Disease Control headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., on April 23, 2020. (Tami Chappell/AFP via Getty Images)

A total of 382 workers at the CDC are unvaccinated, Roger Andoh, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer at the agency, told The Epoch Times.

Another nine employees have just had one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, meaning they also don’t qualify as fully vaccinated per the CDC’s guidelines.

Collectively, the number is 3.2 percent of the CDC’s workforce.

Andoh initially pointed to a statement from the government that contained data as of December 2021 and declined to fully answer The Epoch Times’ FOIA request, which asked for more detailed figures that were current as of March 15.

“Please note that this is the most recent and most complete data available and some data elements that you requested are not available,” Andoh said initially.

When asked to clarify, another CDC officer repeated Andoh’s statement.

After The Epoch Times filed an appeal to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the CDC’s parent agency, the office changed its stance without explaining why.

“After an additional search, we are providing you with the following information,” Andoh said in the new response.

“The response I got to your appeal from CDC gave me the impression they didn’t mean to withhold any information in the first place,” Jonathan Nelson, a FOIA analyst with HHS, told The Epoch Times in an email. “Based on that, my (personal) belief is that this was just an accidental omission on their part.”

In addition to revealing that 391 employees weren’t fully vaccinated, the CDC said that 12,399 were fully vaccinated, meaning that they had received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson jab.

Additionally, 5,810 employees shared that they had received a booster dose, although the agency stressed that employees don’t have to say whether they’ve had a booster.

The CDC also disclosed that the agency had granted zero requests for exemption to President Joe Biden’s federal worker vaccine mandate, which is poised to take effect on May 31 after a months-long suspension due to a court ruling.

The CDC’s media office didn’t reply when asked what would happen to unvaccinated workers who don’t have an exemption, and why no exemptions had been granted.

The data were current as of April 12.

Three other health agencies inside HHS that are deeply involved in promoting COVID-19 vaccination and refused to provide data beyond December 2021 still have not provided the figures requested. They are the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health.

Tyler Durden
Fri, 04/29/2022 – 21:40

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WarRoom Battle Ground Ep 40: Rickett’s Takes On MAGA In Nebraska; Jake Corman Refuses To Quit In Pennsylvania; Blake Masters Makes His Case In Arizona; Grassroots Throws In Hard For Perdue In Georgia

 We discuss what is happening on the ground in battleground states ahead of the 2022 elections.  Our guests are: Boris Epshteyn, Charles Herbster, Sen. Jake Corman, Blake Masters, Debbie Dooley, Maria Ryan Stay ahead of the censors – Join us Aired On: 4/29/2022 Watch:On the Web: http://www.warroom.orgOn Podcast: http://warroom.ctcin.bioOn TV: PlutoTV Channel 240, Dish Channel […]

Techno Fog: Notable Disclosures From Michael Sussmann’s Evidentiary Hearing

By Techno Fog on SubStack: Yesterday, April 27, there was a pre-trial hearing in the Michael Sussmann case relating to various evidentiary issues. For the uninitiated, Sussmann a former Perkins Coie partner, and former attorney for the DNC/Clinton Campaign (and Rodney Joffe), has been charged by Special Counsel John Durham with providing false statements to…

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Inspired By Tyler Durden, “Fight Club Thailand” Has No Rules 

Inspired By Tyler Durden, “Fight Club Thailand” Has No Rules 

Most films made over the last two decades have been long forgotten except for the movie “Fight Club.” The constant theme of this movie is the globalist system has transformed men into cowards. Here’s Tyler Durden (one of the movie characters):

“We’re consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra.”

Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) is a fictional character imagined by a depressed white-collar man (Edward Norton) who has insomnia. Durden persuades the narrator (Norton) to punch him to be jolted into the present so he can feel a swell in his masculinity. And so they begin to beat each other, which is the origin of the fight club. 

Soon after, Norton becomes confident and aggressive and doesn’t miss his possessions. Other men become attracted to Norton’s alpha perception and gather in secret locations to fight each other, seeking to tap their untapped masculine energy that has been depressed by modern society. 

Two decades later, halfway around the world, young men seeking to reclaim their masculinity are fighting in an underground club in Bangkok, Thailand, according to AFP

Inspired by the movie, “Fight Club Thailand” allows shirtless men to brawl against each other in one round increment lasting three minutes per round, where anything goes. 

“Here, you don’t have to know how to fight. You just need to have heart and that’s it,” club co-founder Chana Worasart told AFP. 

Worasart said he started the club in 2016, inspired mainly by Tyler Durden. 

“I think the popularity is due to a variety of occupations and fighting styles that are different from the styles in the (professional) ring,” he said.

The fighters are everyday people from Bangkok and surrounding areas who want to unleash their inner masculinity in a fighting ring surrounded by old rusted shipping containers with a homemade backcloth banner on one that reads in bold white capitalized words: FightClub. 

Tyler Durden
Fri, 04/29/2022 – 21:20

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Who Is The Hero? Albright Vs. Assange

Who Is The Hero? Albright Vs. Assange

Authored by Lawrence Davidson via Consortium News,

Our image of a hero has two aspects. The first consists of generic, stereotypical traits: bravery, determination in the face of adversity, achievement against heavy odds — the kind of person who saves the day.

The second aspect is more culturally specific, describing and contextualizing the circumstances of bravery and determination, and the nature of achievement in terms that are narrowly defined. In other words, cultural descriptions of bravery are most often expressed in terms compatible with the social and political conditions of the hero’s society.

Pro-Assange protester in London’s Parliament Square, July 3, 2021, via Flickr.

Heroes are ubiquitous. For instance, there are American heroes, Russian heroes, Israeli heroes, Arab heroes, Ukrainian heroes, and so on. Where does good and bad come into it? Well, that too becomes a cultural judgment. Below are two examples of “heroes.” I will leave it to the reader to decide who is good and who is bad.

Albright —From Outside the Establishment

Madeleine Albright was the first woman to serve as American secretary of state (1997-2001). She served in this capacity under President Bill Clinton during his second term. As such, she must be seen as a loyal promoter of her president’s foreign policy — a policy she may have helped create — regardless of any moral or ethical considerations. In other words, she is a “company” point person.

Whether this requires bravery is questionable. As we will see, it will require a persistence toward a single end defined in societal or national terms. This does indicate determination and achievement in the face of an alleged foe.

When Madeleine Albright died in 2022, the following “achievements” were critically cited in the obituaries written by those outside the establishment and thus critical of Albright:

  1. Russia was “her obsession” and this led to her being the U.S. government’s point person on the expansion of NATO eastward into what had been the Soviet sphere of influence. This was done in violation of guarantees given to Russia in 1989 that NATO would not go further than the border of the newly united Germany — an act that helped prepare the ground for the present war in Ukraine.
  2. In 1997-1998, acting as secretary of state, she threatened Iraq with aerial bombardment if its government did not allow for weapons inspections at designated sites. The Iraqis eventually complied but got bombed anyway.
  3. She also made sure draconian sanctions were applied (including banning many medicines) to Iraq for an extended period of time. The result was the death of hundreds of thousands of civilians, including 500,000 Iraqi children. When asked by the journalist Lesley Stahl on the TV show 60 Minutes whether the draconian sanctions were worth the price of the deaths of approximately a half-million Iraqi children, she replied, “we think this was a very hard choice, but the price—we think the price is worth it.”

This led one critic of the U.S. government to judge Albright’s career as follows:

“It is the ultimate moral crime to target for misery, pain and death those least responsible for the offenses of their tyrannical rulers. Yet this is the very policy Madeleine Albright, made “Standard Operating Procedure for US diplomacy.”

Albright — From Inside the Establishment

From inside the establishment, that is, from inside the U.S. government and foreign policy establishment as well as an allied media, she was lauded as a dedicated, talented and energetic leader.

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright in 2015, in a panel on the future of religion and politics, image via State Department.

One member of the House of Representatives said upon her death,

Our nation lost a hero today. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was the face of US foreign policy throughout some of the most difficult times for our nation and the world. … She brought nations together to expand NATO and defend the very pillars of democracy across the world. … She taught us that we can solve some of the world’s most difficult issues by bringing people together and having tough, uncomfortable conversations.”

According to the eulogistic obituary published by The New York Times, 

“Her performance as secretary of state won high marks from career diplomats abroad and ordinary Americans at home. Admirers said she had a star quality, radiating practicality, versatility and a refreshingly cosmopolitan flair.”

What can we conclude from these contrasting views? We quickly come to realize that inside the establishment one rarely, if ever, hears any reference to such things as the human cost of a policy, the end of which is defined in terms of national interest. In the case of Madelene Albright, national interest trumped human interest. Still, she was held a hero nonetheless.

Assange & Manning 

Julian Assange is an Australian computer specialist who founded WikiLeaks in 2006. It is a website dedicated to providing “primary source materials” to journalists and the public alike.

WikiLeaks eventually released “thousands of internal or classified documents from an assortment of government and business entities.” The site raised immediate hostility from many governments and corporations, which decried the “lack of ethics” of Assange and his fellows — who were exposing the often unethical, and sometimes murderous, behavior of those now attacking the website.

Bradley (aka Chelsea) Manning was an Army intelligence specialist assigned to a base near Baghdad during the Iraq War. Manning was suffering from a gender identity crisis. He also had serious second thoughts about the Iraq War.

Eventually, his growing opposition to the war led him to secretly send Assange “750,000 classified, or unclassified but sensitive, military and diplomatic documents.” Manning was later exposed and arrested, court-martialed and eventually had his sentence commuted by President Barack Obama.

From Inside the Establishment

As the writer and therapist Steven Berglas observes,

for as long as there have been moral canaries in our societal coal mines they have been denigrated for being as corrupt, or more so, than the miscreants they attack.”

Assange and Manning face just such charges.

The complaints were, if you will, weaponized in 2010 after WikiLeaks released “half a million documents” relating to U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, obtained from the then young, disillusioned Army intelligence analyst Manning. This was followed by another release of about a quarter-million U.S. diplomatic cables, many of which were classified.

Assange was now deemed “a terrorist” by the government terrorists he had exposed. Subsequently, these actions were deemed “a threat to U.S. national security” by the U.S. government. As a result, Manning was jailed and suffered court-martial while Assange, now living in England, has been fighting extradition to the U.S. for years.

From inside the establishment both Assange and Manning are criminals. Both exposed secrets of governments and it is an established principle that states cannot run without secrets. This is partially because all states sometimes act in criminal ways. To expose these episodes is deemed more criminal than criminal acts of the states. Why so? Because governments say so and design their laws accordingly.

This rather arbitrary position taken by governments has been sold to the citizenry as necessary for the security of their state, but as we see, the consequences of WikiLeaks’mass release of classified documents has not been shown to have endangered the nation in any obvious way. Nonetheless, Assange and Manning are deemed criminals for setting a precedent that threatens other potential criminals employed by state and business.

From Outside the Establishment 

Outside the establishment the view is 180 degrees in the other direction. Again, to quote Steven Berglas

whistleblowers are rare, courageous birds that should be considered national treasures not disgraces.… It is clear that most snitches have more integrity–-and are infinitely more altruistic-than their government or corporate counterparts.”

For instance, according to journalist Glenn Greenwald, Manning is “a consummate hero, and deserves a medal and our collective gratitude, not decades in prison.” At court-martial, Manning stated that the leaked material to WikiLeaks was intended to…

spark a domestic debate of the role of the military and foreign policy in general… and cause society to reevaluate the need and even desire to engage in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations that ignore their effect on people who live in that environment every day.”

A heroic act, but also perhaps a naive one.

The Issue of Ethics

Governmental leaders and their aides often reserve for themselves the right to do illegal things such as

  • using sanctions that undermine opposition governments while ignoring the negative consequences on the wellbeing of civilian populations;
  • aiding and abetting coups that overthrow democratic and undemocratic governments alike, depending on how, in each case, Washington sees their economic and military stance; and
  • carrying out of illegal actions such as assassination, torture, and illegal imprisonment. All of this is immoral and unethical while being deemed necessary within the context of national interest.

Nonetheless the common citizen, who lives within what we shall call a propaganda bubble spun by his/her own government and its cooperating mainstream media, has a hard time understanding events except in propaganda designed terms.

Most will pay no attention at all to the fate of whistleblowers, who speak in opposition to the propaganda, because their actions do not touch their lives, which are locally focused. For the small number who find that there is something not quite right about negative media reports of whistleblower revelation, there is often a sense of helplessness and inertia that causes their momentary uneasiness to go nowhere.

The unfortunate truth is that this phenomenon of mass indifference to what the government does in the name of national interest and security, backed up by seemingly blind support of the media, has become one of the pillars of societal stability. That does not mean that challenges such as those launched by Assange and Manning are not worth the effort. They might lead to reforms (the Watergate scandal and its consequences comes to mind), but under ordinary circumstances the status quo will carry on.

So, who are the heroes? Is it those who promote state policies which, regardless of their immorality, allegedly sustain state prestige, security and stability? Or is it those who shine a momentary light into dark places and reveal the immorality of state behavior — often at the cost of the destruction of their careers and reputations? You choose.

Tyler Durden
Fri, 04/29/2022 – 21:00

Mayorkas Can’t Name a Single Case He Referred from DHS to DOJ For White Supremacy or Domestic Terrorism (VIDEO)

Congressman Greg Steube (R-FL) on Thursday questioned DHS Chief Alejandro Mayorkas on domestic terrorism. Mayorkas testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Republican House Judiciary member Rep. Steube asked Mayorkas how many cases he has referred from the DHS to the DOJ for white supremacy or domestic terrorism. “How many cases involving white supremacists…

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It’s Official – President Trump Reschedules Rally in Nebraska to Sunday Evening

Trump’s rally is rescheduled to Sunday evening. We reported on the rally off of I-80 between Omaha and Lincoln Nebraska this morning. President Trump to Hold Nebraska Rally Tonight at I-80 Speedway, Between Omaha and Lincoln – UPDATE – Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather – May Take Place Sunday Night Due to poor weather, President…

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Episode 1,821 – Tennessee Legislature Stands Up Against Grooming; India Outraged By Omar In Kashmir; Black Americans Embrace MAGA; The Attack On Lou Dobbs By Morning Mika

 We discuss the economy, border, voting, India, and more.  Our Guests are: Steve Cortes, Michael Patrick Leahy, Maura Moynihan, Royce White, Lou Dobbs Stay ahead of the censors – Join us Aired On: 4/29/2022 Watch:On the Web: http://www.warroom.orgOn Podcast: http://warroom.ctcin.bioOn TV: PlutoTV Channel 240, Dish Channel 219, Roku, Apple TV, FireTV or on #news #politics […]