Madrid makes face masks compulsory ‘everywhere at all times’


28-07-20 04:31:00,

Spain’s capital will make face masks compulsory everywhere at all times as part of a package of measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections, Reuters quoted regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso as saying on Tuesday.

Bars in Madrid must close at 1am, and gatherings at outdoor restaurant terraces will be capped at 10 people, she said. The region recommends private gatherings at home remain below 10 people. However, that is not a legal obligation.

She also asked the central government to increase checks at Madrid’s airport.

In a separate statement, Jorge Marichal, the head of tourism association CEHAT said that Britain’s quarantine on travelers from Spain could cost the Spanish tourism sector €10 billion ($11.73 billion) in lost revenue.

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Why the Drug War Makes Drugs More Potent | Jose Orellana


30-12-19 09:11:00,

Ever since the beginning of the American state’s so-called war on drugs, there has been a significant increase in drug potency, which resembles the trend that occurred during alcohol prohibition in the twentieth century. However, what causes such trends?

We gain some insight from the Alchian-Allen theorem, which tells us that increases in drug potency occur in response to changes in the cost and incentive structure.  Often, this is a result of drug-enforcement legislation.

The Alchian-Allen Theorem

The third law of demand, known as the Alchian-Allen theorem, states that when the price of two substitute goods is affected by an additional fixed cost, the consumer, assuming that the individual acts on the margin, will opt for the higher-quality good. Again, the key to this trend lies in the fixed cost and looking at relative prices. This theorem, therefore, can, as stated above, explain increases in the potency of drugs.

For example, consider the following to prove that the Alchian-Allen theorem can explain increases in potency of drugs: say that individuals in Florida and Virginia are in the market for apples. Further, there are two qualities, namely low- and high-quality apples; the low-quality apple is worth five dollars and the high-quality one is worth ten dollars. In addition, there are fixed transportation costs for those who live in Virginia, as these apples are produced in Florida. For the sake of simplicity, let us assume that Virginia residents face a fixed transportation cost of five dollars, which is added to the price of both low- and high-quality apples. For Virginia residents the price of a low-quality apple becomes ten dollars, whereas a high-quality apple is now fifteen dollars. It is now cheaper for residents in Virginia to buy high-quality rather than low-quality apples.1 On the margin, one would tend to see individuals purchase higher rather than lower quality apples.

Figure 1


The example above demonstrates that, on the margin, it is cheaper for Virginia residents to purchase higher quality apples. The key is the fixed transportation cost and looking at relative prices. This theorem can generally be applied to any good; of course, one has to assume that individuals are acting on the margin and thus would expect more benefit (or satisfaction) purchasing the higher quality (or more potent) good.

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Sweden Makes It Legal For Jihadist Migrants To Leave With The Intent Of Committing Terror Acts, Then Return


01-10-19 07:57:00,

Via The Organic Prepper blog,

We’ve all read about the escalating migrant violence in Sweden’s “no-go” zones and many have posited that the so-called “multicultural invasion” can all be chalked up to religious beliefs.

In the interview below, a “jihadi” confirms that this is the reason for much of the violent behavior. He himself wants “what is best for” Sweden, and he believes that what is best is “Allah’s rules,” even if they fly in the face of Swedish values.

“I believe that Allah’s rules should prevail over all other laws.”

But that’s not all. Watch the shocking video.

A source in Sweden confirms that this video is accurate but believes that the number of radicalized individuals is likely much higher than 300.

According to the video, Sweden recently changed its laws, making it legal for migrants to travel abroad with the intention of committing acts of terrorism. You read that correctly – legal. Then the migrants are allowed to return to Sweden.

Many countries are saying no to more migrants

Other countries in Europe are beginning to refuse entry to migrants from Islamic countries. In an article, Selco wrote of the difficulties in the Balkans where thousands of migrants are stranded.

There are numerous reports that an influx of migrants is overwhelming the already-fragile system in the Balkans. You may think this is not pertinent if you don’t live in Europe. But just like the collapse of Venezuela, the Balkan War, and the collapse of Greece, there are patterns of behavior to which attention should be paid.

Some have gone so far as to call it a humanitarian crisis, and others have said the number of migrants is increasing rapidly. Although the official number is around 4000 migrants, it’s estimated that the real number may be as many as 30-50,000. 

I asked Selco to share with us what he has witnessed.  Here’s what Selco has to say.

What do you think?

Allowing radicalized individuals to return to Sweden after they commit acts of terror elsewhere is going to backfire.

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Media Spin Makes David Gareja Monastery a “Flashpoint for False Flag” | New Eastern Outlook


07-08-19 10:31:00,


Both history and borders are not constant. They are often in flux, especially if conflicts can serve some not so hidden agendas.

On 30th July, the self-described “independent” outlet OC media, which also happens to be funded by the Open Society Foundation, released an article stating that only Moscow benefits from rising Tbilisi-Baku tensions, referring to the recent flare up in David Gareja between Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The article begins with an alarmist tone, claiming that there is hateful rhetoric on both sides, and that only the Russian government can benefit from this. But first some background is required on the current disputed area around a 6th Century Monastery, which is on the border between the two countries and is known as the David Gareja Monastery in Georgia and Keşiş Dağ (Priest Mountain) or Keşikçidağ Dağ (Guardian Mountain) in Azerbaijan.

The rightful ownership of this monastery was rarely discussed either during or after the Soviet Union. Not until recently did it become a heated issue, taken advantage of by all sides. Even now it is only fringe nationalist groups and people looking to score political points who are discussing it, but the OC media article makes clear that this will not continue to be the case – foreign contenders have also entered the ring, with far more sinister proposals.

But what do these contenders have which will prove their unsubstantiated claims? No historic reference is given to the root of the problem, which lies in the former USSR , when this disputed territory was split between the Georgian and Azerbaijani SSRs, then ceded to Azerbaijan by Sergo Orjonikidze, who was later killed in Stalin’s purges, as a way of laying ticking time bombs.

Both Georgia and Azerbaijan have things to gain from this dispute. When the article states that ONLY Russia can benefit from it, this gives the impression that this article is shifting blame to another side to hide its own agenda. But it won’t remain hidden fort long, based on what we know.

Now is the future

The only thing the authors can cite in support of their rabid claims of rising tensions in the area is a mere two articles on the above-mentioned OC media site.

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What Makes Iran Strong Enough to Stand Against a Superpower Like the USA? – Global Research


22-07-19 10:40:00,

During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s the Islamic Republic of Iran deployed the slogan “Karbala, Karbala we are coming” (كربلا كربلا ما دارييم مياييم) to “defend the value of Islam”. In Syria the battle cry “Zeinab shall not be abducted twice” helped mobilise Shia allies and rally thousands of men to fight the Sunni Takfiri of al-Qaeda and the “Islamic State” (ISIS). Today, despite the existential battle between Iran and the US, the “Islamic Republic” no longer uses religious slogans, but is instead rallying support on a national basis. Even Iranians who disagree with the present regime are supporting their country in the face of the aggressive posture of the US. Iranian pragmatists were disappointed by the US’s unlawful revocation of the JCPOA nuclear deal. Severe sanctions are being imposed on the Iranian people because Trump ditched the deal to please Netanyahu and to spite his predecessor Obama. In the face of these sanctions, the Islamic Republic refuses to bow to US dictates. Unlike other Middle Eastern countries who willingly submit to Trump’s blackmail and bullying, Iran says “NO” to the superpower. Why? How can Iran do what Saudi Arabia and other regional powers could do but will not? 

Iran manufactures its own tanksmissiles,submarines and is a member of the global club of nuclear science capable countries.

Iran has strong allies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and Yemen and can rely on them to take part in any war imposed on Tehran, even one imposed by the US.

Iran has democratically elected members of the parliament and a President who serves a four-year mandate and has the right for a single term renewal if he wins via the ballot, unlike Arab states who have presidents for life or inherited monarchies. Christians and Jews are recognised minorities in Iran; the Jews have a member of the Parliament, Siamak Moreh, and feel “safe and respected”. They number around 15,000 out of 85 million Iranians and have more than 25 synagogues.

Iran has faced US sanctions for over 40 years without bowing to US demands.

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