Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Economia e Produzione Industriale

Biden. Industria americana insorge contro eventuali sanzioni alla Russia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-28.

Casa Bianca

La grande industria americana insorge contro la possibilità che Joe Biden imponga alla Russia sanzioni che alla fine penalizzerebbero proprio l’industria americana stessa.

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«U.S. President Joe Biden has threatened to impose devastating sanctions on Russia if leader Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine, but some big companies and business groups are pushing the White House and lawmakers to be cautious»

«A trade group representing Chevron, General Electric and other big U.S. corporations that do business in Russia is asking the White House to consider allowing companies to fulfill commitments and to weigh exempting products as it crafts any sanctions»

«At the same time, big energy companies are pushing Congress to limit their scope and time frame»

«Those details should include consideration of safe harbors or wind-down periods to enable companies to fulfill existing contracts and obligations, as well as carve-outs for lifesaving medicines and other humanitarian considerations consistent with longstanding U.S. policy»

«Energy companies have also reached out directly to U.S. lawmakers to press for a “cool down” or “wind down” period so their assets are not seized if they are unable to fulfill business agreements in Russia»

«The American Petroleum Institute, the largest U.S. lobbying organization for oil and gas drillers, has discussed sanctions on Russia with congressional offices»

«Export sanctions are typically phased in, giving companies time to wind down their existing business, or ensure delivery arrivals»

«Oil companies felt the aftermath of the U.S. sanctions on some of Russia’s more expensive drilling operations for years after Putin invaded Crimea in 2014»

«The measures forced Exxon Mobil out of Russia’s Arctic and ended the company’s collaboration with Russian state oil company Rosneft (ROSN.MM), with which it signed a $3.2 billion deal in 2011 to develop the region»

«Exxon’s argued the sanctions, which slowed work on a major discovery in the Kara Sea above the Arctic Circle, unfairly penalized U.S. companies while allowing foreign companies to operate in the country, one of the world’s largest oil producers»

«New sanctions could be broader, but also tricky to pull off without damage to Western companies»

«U.S. goods and services trade with Russia totaled an estimated $34.9 billion in 2019»

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La grande industria occidentale è in aperta rivolta contro i governi liberal socialisti. Senza peli sulla lingua.

Pochi giorni or sono era stato il turno dei tedeschi.

Lituania. Le multinazionali tedesche premono a favore della Cina. Smacco della EU.

«Lithuania has become a no-go zone in China».

«China views …. Taiwan as its territory …. The covert form of trade sanctions came into being after Lithuania recently invited Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, to open a “representative office” in Vilnius»

«China has told multinationals to sever ties with Lithuania or face being shut out of the Chinese market»

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Nell’enclave liberal-socialista occidentale si amplia in continuazione la dicotomia tra una conduzione politica ideologizzata ed il comparto produttivo: a questo punto esigenze ed obiettivi sono diventati antitetici.

Le ideologie offuscano le menti e spingono ad un pensiero coatto, avulso dalla percezione del reale.

Ma ci si ricordi come la grande industria sia il principale finanziatore delle campagne elettorali, e che le elezioni di midterm si stano avvicinando.

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U.S. companies push Biden, Congress for caution on Russia sanctions.

Washington, Jan 26 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden has threatened to impose devastating sanctions on Russia if leader Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine, but some big companies and business groups are pushing the White House and lawmakers to be cautious.

A trade group representing Chevron, General Electric and other big U.S. corporations that do business in Russia is asking the White House to consider allowing companies to fulfill commitments and to weigh exempting products as it crafts any sanctions. At the same time, big energy companies are pushing Congress to limit their scope and time frame.

The Biden administration and Congress need to “get the details right in case they must follow through on the threat of sanctions,” Jake Colvin, president of The National Foreign Trade Council, told Reuters Monday.

“Those details should include consideration of safe harbors or wind-down periods to enable companies to fulfill existing contracts and obligations, as well as carve-outs for lifesaving medicines and other humanitarian considerations consistent with longstanding U.S. policy,” Colvin said.

Energy companies have also reached out directly to U.S. lawmakers to press for a “cool down” or “wind down” period so their assets are not seized if they are unable to fulfill business agreements in Russia, a congressional aide told Reuters.

The American Petroleum Institute, the largest U.S. lobbying organization for oil and gas drillers, has discussed sanctions on Russia with congressional offices. “Sanctions should be as targeted as possible in order to limit potential harm to the competitiveness of U.S. companies,” an API spokesperson said.

Export sanctions are typically phased in, giving companies time to wind down their existing business, or ensure delivery arrivals, said William Reinsch, a former senior U.S. Commerce Department official.

But in this case, the sanctions are likely to be applied suddenly, in the middle of a crisis, making a “wind down” period more difficult to secure, he said.

The U.S. Treasury in the past has provided some mitigation measures on financial sanctions, such as granting licenses protecting senders of humanitarian aid and personal remittance flows to Afghanistan despite sanctions against the ruling Taliban.

A U.S. Treasury official declined to comment on any such measures regarding potential sanctions against Russia, but added: “We are prepared to deliver severe costs to the Russian economy while minimizing unwanted spillover.”

CRIMEA SANCTIONS LEGACY

Oil companies felt the aftermath of the U.S. sanctions on some of Russia’s more expensive drilling operations for years after Putin invaded Crimea in 2014.

The measures forced Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) out of Russia’s Arctic and ended the company’s collaboration with Russian state oil company Rosneft (ROSN.MM), with which it signed a $3.2 billion deal in 2011 to develop the region.

Exxon’s argued the sanctions, which slowed work on a major discovery in the Kara Sea above the Arctic Circle, unfairly penalized U.S. companies while allowing foreign companies to operate in the country, one of the world’s largest oil producers.

The 2014 sanctions hit the easiest targets in Russia’s high-tech exploration oil and gas projects in the Arctic, Siberian shale and deep sea.

New sanctions could be broader, but also tricky to pull off without damage to Western companies.

One possible “safe harbor” measure could protect companies from legal liability for sanctions violations if certain conditions were met, said Reinsch, such as showing that a shipment went to the sanctioned country without permission, perhaps from a third country.

Exxon did not immediately respond to a request for comment about any lobbying it is doing on the potential Russia sanctions.

A spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest lobbying group for American business, declined to comment on the topic.

U.S. goods and services trade with Russia totaled an estimated $34.9 billion in 2019, according to the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Devoluzione socialismo, Economia e Produzione Industriale

Germania. Dec21. Indice Prezzi Produzione, Ppi, +24.4% su Dec20. Weimar si avvicina.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-28.

2022-01-25__ Germany PPI 001

                         In sintesi.

– the index of producer prices for industrial products increased by 24.2% compared with December 2020

– Energy prices as a whole were up 69.0% compared to December 2020

– strong price increases of natural gas (distribution) which was +121.9% on December 2020 and electricity (+74.3%)

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– Prices of intermediate goods increased by 19.3% compared to December 2020

– the increase of metals’ prices, which were 36.1% up on December 2020

– Prices of metallic steel and ferro-alloys increased by 54.4%

– Prices of non-ferrous metals were up 24.5%

– price increases of secondary raw materials +69.1%

– wooden containers +66.9%

– fertilisers and nitrogen compounds +63.5 %

– sawn timber were up 61.5%

– packaging industry increased by 41.3%

– paperboard were up 30.3%

– prepared feeds for farm animals rose by 26.8%

– cereal flour by 21.5%

– the price increase of crude vegetable oils +54.5%

– Butter prices rose by 48.1%

– Beef prices increased by 18.8% compared to December 2020

– Energy prices were up 24.8% on the annual average of 2020

– In 2021 natural gas prices (distribution) rose by 41.7%

– prices of petroleum products by 27.6% and electricity prices by 25.1%

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La Germania è in piena stagflazione.

È del tutto sequenziale che gli aumenti dei prezzi negli scambi tra i grossisti si ripercuotano poi sui prezzi al consumo, generando una spirale perversa che si autosostiene.

La puntigliosa elencazione di tutti i settori con significativi aumenti dei prezzi degli scambi tra grossisti è stata riportata per far comprendere meglio l’entità del disastro.

L’inflazione è una creatura satanica, come bene evidenzia la storia di Weimar.

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Destatis. Producer prices in December 2021: +24.2% on December 2020.

Producer prices of industrial products (domestic market), December 2021

+5.0% on the previous month

+24.2% on the same month a year earlier

+10.5% on an annual average in 2021 compared to 2020

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Wiesbaden – In December 2021, the index of producer prices for industrial products increased by 24.2% compared with December 2020. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office this was the highest increase ever compared to the corresponding month of the preceding year. Compared with the preceding month November 2021 the overall index rose by 5.0% in December 2021.

Mainly responsible for the increase of producer prices still was the price increase of energy.

                         Strong increase in prices for all energy sources

Energy prices as a whole were up 69.0% compared to December 2020 and by 15.7% compared to November 2021. Mainly responsible for the high rise of energy prices were the strong price increases of natural gas (distribution) which was +121.9% on December 2020 and electricity (+74.3%).

The overall index disregarding energy was 10.4% up on December 2020.

                         Significant price increase on intermediate goods, especially regarding metals, secondary raw materials, fertilisers and wood

Prices of intermediate goods increased by 19.3% compared to December 2020. Compared to November 2021 these prices were up 0.9 %. The highest impact on the price development of intermediate goods had the increase of metals’ prices, which were 36.1% up on December 2020. Prices of metallic steel and ferro-alloys increased by 54.4%. Prices of non-ferrous metals were up 24.5%.

Especially high were the price increases of secondary raw materials (+69.1%), of wooden containers (+66.9%) and of fertilisers and nitrogen compounds (+63.5 %), whose prices rose by 13.8% compared to the previous month November 2021. Prices of sawn timber were up 61.5%, but fell compared to the previous month for the fourth time in succession.

Compared to December 2020 prices of corrugated paper and paperboard, which are important for the packaging industry, increased by 41.3%, prices of paper and paperboard were up 30.3%. Prices of prepared feeds for farm animals rose by 26.8% and of cereal flour by 21.5%.

                         Growth in prices of non-durable consumer goods mainly due to increasing prices for oils and fat

Prices of non-durable consumer goods increased by 4.7% compared to December 2020 and rose by 0.8% compared to November 2021. From December 2020 to December 2021 food prices increased by 6.4%. Especially high was the price increase of crude vegetable oils (+54.5%). Butter prices rose by 48.1% (+7.6% compared to November 2021). Beef prices increased by 18.8% compared to December 2020, coffee prices by 10.6%.

Prices of capital goods, such as machines and vehicles, rose by 3.8%. Especially high was the price increase of parts and accessories of computing machines (+18.5%) and of metal structures and parts of structures (+17.9%). Prices of durable consumer goods increased by 3.7% compared to December 2020, mainly caused by the price development of furniture (+4.9%).

                         Results on the annual average of 2021

In 2021, the annual average index of producer prices for industrial products increased by 10.5% compared to the average index of 2020. In 2020 it had been down 1.0% on 2019.

The development of energy prices had the greatest impact on the development of the annual average of the total index due to its high rate of change in combination with its high weighting factor. Energy prices were up 24.8% on the annual average of 2020 (2020 compared to 2019: -4.0%). In 2021 natural gas prices (distribution) rose by 41.7%, prices of petroleum products by 27.6% and electricity prices by 25.1%.

Disregarding energy, producer prices increased by 6.1% compared to 2020 (unchanged in 2020 compared to 2019).

Prices of intermediate products rose by 12.5% compared to 2020 (-1.5% in 2020 compared to 2019). The price increase of metals (+25.4%) had the greatest impact on that development. Prices of metallic secondary raw materials were up 69.3%. Sawn timber prices rose by 52.5%, prices of wooden containers by 49.8% and those of prepared feeds for farm animals by 19.3%.

Prices of durable consumer goods increased by 2.3% compared to 2020, capital goods by 2.0%.

Prices of non-durable consumer goods increased by 1.1%, food prices were up 1.1% as well. Especially high was the price increase of crude vegetable oils (+35.9%). Butter prices were up 17.6%, sugar prices 10.3%. By contrast, pork prices fell by 11.1%.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Biden. Indice di approvazione a -33. È il migliore alleato dei repubblicani.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-27.

2022-01-27__ Rasmussen 001

«The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll …. shows that 39% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Biden’s job performance. Sixty percent (60%) disapprove.»

«The latest figures include 17% who Strongly Approve of the job Biden is doing and 50% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -33.»

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Più che parlare di Indice di approvazione si dovrebbe dire Tasso di esecrabilità.

Mai nella storia un presidente raggiunse un Presidential Approval Index rating di -33.

Joe Biden è il miglior alleato dei repubblicani: intanto le elezioni di midterm si avvicinano a grandi passi.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo

Germania. Scholz richiede ‘prudenza’ nel sanzionare la Russia sulla Ukraina.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-27.

2022-01-26__ Scholz 001

«Germany’s leader has urged Europe and the United States to think carefully when considering sanctions against Russia for any aggression against Ukraine in a crisis pitting Berlin’s main gas supplier against its biggest security allies»

«Among a range of possible Western sanctions against President Vladmir Putin’s government, Germany could halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia if it invades Ukraine»

«But that would risk exacerbating a gas supply crunch in Europe that has caused energy prices to soar»

«Prudence dictates choosing measures that will have the greatest effect on those who violate the jointly agreed principles»

«At the same time, we have to consider the consequences this will have for us»

«Scholz rejected a demand by Russia to rule out once and for all Ukraine’s membership of transatlantic military alliance NATO»

«NATO membership of other nations in eastern Europe was “currently not on the agenda at all”»

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Cerchiamo di ragionare, nel limite del possibile.

Alcuni elementi sembrerebbero emergere ragionevolmente certi.

In primo luogo, l’occidente sembrerebbe non essere intenzionato a rispondere militarmente ad una eventuale penetrazione russa in Ukraina.

In secondo luogo, ad eventuali severe sanzioni occidentali contro la Russia, questa potrebbe interrompere le forniture di gas all’Europa, precipitandola in una drammatica crisi energetica.

In terzo luogo, il consumo in Europa del gas è stato pari a 380 miliardi di metri cubi nel 2020: l’importo di Gnl dagli Stati Uniti è stato di 23 miliardi di metri cubi, mentre quello dalla Russia (tubo e Gnl) ha toccato quota 145 miliardi di metri cubi. Il 41.1% del gas naturale europeo è importato dalla Russia. Più che crisi energetica di tratterebbe di un completo blackout. Tutta Europa al buio, al gelo e, quindi, alla fame.

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A nostro sommesso parere, il Cancelliere Scholz ha fornito elementi concreti di una ragionevolezza pienamente condividibile.

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Germany urges ‘prudence’ in potential sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

BERLIN, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Germany’s leader has urged Europe and the United States to think carefully when considering sanctions against Russia for any aggression against Ukraine in a crisis pitting Berlin’s main gas supplier against its biggest security allies.

Among a range of possible Western sanctions against President Vladmir Putin’s government, Germany could halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia if it invades Ukraine.

But that would risk exacerbating a gas supply crunch in Europe that has caused energy prices to soar.

“Prudence dictates choosing measures that will have the greatest effect on those who violate the jointly agreed principles,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was quoted as saying by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Sunday.

“At the same time, we have to consider the consequences this will have for us,” Scholz added, saying nobody should think there was a measure available without consequences for Germany.

According to a pre-release of the interview, Scholz also countered any impression that the United States and Europe could not agree on a joint set of sanctions.

“In the circle of allies, we agree on possible measures. It’s good. We have to be able to act in case of an emergency,” he said.

The European Union has threatened “massive” sanctions and U.S. Senate Democrats have unveiled a bill to potentially punish Russian officials, military leaders and banking institutions.

Russia has massed tens of thousands of troops near Ukraine’s borders but denies planning to invade the former Soviet republic. It is already subject to some sanctions since its 2014 annexation of Crimea from its neighbour.

Scholz rejected a demand by Russia to rule out once and for all Ukraine’s membership of transatlantic military alliance NATO. “Such a guarantee can’t be given,” the chancellor said.

But he did say that NATO membership of other nations in eastern Europe was “currently not on the agenda at all”.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Cina. Blocca le pellicole della Disney-Marvel. Contenuti contrari ai principi cinesi.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-27.

Cina 017

Il problema non è nuovo.

Cina. Il film The Battle of Lake Changjin visto da 633 milioni di persone. Hollywood nei triboli.

Hollywood. Sta perdendo il grande mercato cinese. Troppo liberal.

Bbc. Bandita dalla Cina perché propala fake news. – Xinhua e Bbc.

Cina. Si ribella alla femminilizzazione dei suoi maschi. Li vuole virili.

EU – Cina. La guerra delle TV sale. Vodafone Germany blocca la CGTN.

Cina. Sbrigativo giro di vite sugli stili di vita effeminati che depravano i giovani.

Cina. “Homosexuality as a “psychological disorder” in a university textbook”.

Cina. Bando dei videogames, ‘electronic drugs’. Mr Xi vuole tutelare la gioventù.

Cina. Si ribella alla femminilizzazione dei suoi maschi. Li vuole virili.

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«If you get in bed with the devil, don’t be surprised when you get burned»

«That’s a lesson that Hollywood is learning after the communists shut out all four of Disney’s Marvel movies from releasing in China last year»

«Those movies were Disney’s highest-grossing of 2021, which means the home of Mickey-Mouse took a major hit in the pocketbook by being frozen out by the Chi-coms»

«→→ Never has an industry deserved this kind of pantsing more than Hollywood ←←»

«The ultra-liberal institution has courted the Chinese for decades, ignoring human rights abuses while virtue signaling about the most mundane things domestically»

«Hollywood has always known what was hiding behind the curtain, but they suckled at the communist teet anyway»

«Further, in bowing to China, the movie industry often ignored the wants and desires of its own citizens, producing sub-par»

«Hollywood arrogantly flew too close to the sun, and I think it’s all downhill from here»

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Il problema è davvero molto semplice.

Le pellicole prodotte da Hollywood grondano di tematiche particolarmente invise e sgradite da parte dei cinesi.

Non esiste pellicola che non inneggi i gay, specie poi le lesbiche, con lunghe scene di rapporti di tal fatta.

Leitmotiv ossessivo è la supremazia esistenziale del femminile, con personaggi a cromosomi XY che sono femminielli prostrati in adorazione di codesto dogma.

Le femmine protagoniste sono tutte straricche con lavori da oltre il milione, ottenuto in virtù delle quote rosa.

I personaggi di colore sovrabbondano, un must liberal, ma sono alieni ai cinesi che non comprendono cosa ci entrino a fare.

I rari personaggi asiatici sono relegati al ruolo di burattini da dileggiare, oppure dei cattivi di turno.

Infine, da ultimo ma non certo per ultimo, vi è un continuo peana alla ideologia liberal, alla supremazia americana ed occidentale, quando poi non vi siano assunzioni lesive la dignità nazionale cinese, specie poi la sua integrità territoriale

Poi, gli americani si stupiscono che i cinesi vietino la circolazione sul loro territorio di siffatte pellicole.

Sono irredimibili.

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China declares war on Hollywood, stop Disney-Marvel movies

Beijing has declared war on Hollywood. Last year, the Chinese authorities blocked the theatrical release of all four films produced by Disney-Marvel. A sign, according to observers, of the leeway that China intends to place on the penetration of its market by the US majors. But, at the origin of this choice, there would not be the wider political and commercial tensions with Washington, but the idea of ​​transforming the national film industry into a means to guide the masses and pursue the political objectives of the regime.

The Chinese one, Rebecca Davis, China correspondent for Variety, explains to Axios, “is a real departure from the global entertainment industry”. Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst at Comscore, underlines instead that “the pandemic has put China in a better position to control theatrical releases” on its territory.

Despite Disney’s efforts to please the Beijing authorities, its highest grossing, all Marvel titles, have not been cleared. At the base of the decisions, officially, there would have been disputes relating to the way in which some characters were represented, or other problems related to comments made by the directors or actors of the films.

It was, explains Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice pro, of “political” choices, which prevented the Disney-Marvel films from accessing the rich Chinese market, on which they would have a “very positive impact”. The stop in Beijing, however, did not only concern Marvel films. According to Variety, the market share of US films in China has shrunk overall from 46% in 2020 to 39% in 2021. This, while the market share of Chinese films increased. Of all foreign films screened in Chinese cinemas last year, only 28% were newly released films, the rest were previously produced films.

As Aynne Kokas, a communications professor at the University of Virginia, explains to Axios, Beijing’s leadership has set the goal of making China a “strong film powerhouse” by 2035. Meanwhile, China in both 2020 and 2021 overtook the US for tickets sold in cinemas. A result largely due to nationally produced films, compared to about 34 foreign films that each year get the green light from Chinese censorship.

The huge Chinese market also allows domestically produced films not to necessarily aim for a global audience to get big box office hits. It is enough for Chinese films to be successful on the domestic market, explains Dergarabedian. According to an analysis carried out by Axios, of the 200 highest box office takings in China last year, 44 were domestic films, 80 were produced in North America and 76 from other parts of the world. The 44 Chinese films also achieved low grosses outside the national borders.

According to Davis, the Chinese project to create a strong national film industry is not only aimed at countering the US cultural ‘soft power’, of which Hollywood is a powerful vehicle, but also serves to convey the messages of the Communist Party to the masses. An example above all, the great success in 2021 of the Chinese film ‘Battle for Lake Changjin’, one of the highest grossing in the history of cinema in China, a real war propaganda film, which magnifies the fight of the Chinese army against the USA during the Korean War.

Another recently released film, ‘Embrace Again’, employs some of China’s most popular stars to spread Beijing’s narrative of the pandemic, completely ignoring the government’s mistakes in the early stages of the virus spread nationwide and globally. The film was a blockbuster during the end-of-year holidays.

However, despite the efforts of the regime, Chinese public interest in Hollywood films has not waned, as the prevailing online piracy demonstrates. With the spread of streaming services, the US film industry is less dependent on the traditional business model, based on the sale of tickets at the box office, even if companies like Netflix are prevented from entering the Chinese market. But, Dergarabedian points out, the Chinese market “can still make a difference” in terms of success or failure for a film’s global ticket sales.

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China Gives Hollywood the Pantsing It Deserves.

If you get in bed with the devil, don’t be surprised when you get burned. That’s a lesson that Hollywood is learning after the communists shut out all four of Disney’s Marvel movies from releasing in China last year.

Those movies were Disney’s highest-grossing of 2021, which means the home of Mickey-Mouse took a major hit in the pocketbook by being frozen out by the Chi-coms.

Never has an industry deserved this kind of pantsing more than Hollywood. The ultra-liberal institution has courted the Chinese for decades, ignoring human rights abuses while virtue signaling about the most mundane things domestically (see: Georgia’s voting law). In doing so, Hollywood tied itself to a tyrannical state that was always looking to eventually box them out, and that’s exactly what’s happening now.

China’s goal is to continue to grow its domestic entertainment industry into a dominant force. That isn’t coming via free-market competition either. Rather, it comes from the CCP banning American media products in order to capitalize on increased domestic revenues and controlled messaging. For Xi Jinping and his cohorts, everything is a propaganda opportunity, with few bigger than the big screen. Hollywood has always known what was hiding behind the curtain, but they suckled at the communist teet anyway.

Further, in bowing to China, the movie industry often ignored the wants and desires of its own citizens, producing sub-par, one-sided, overly preachy content. While Hollywood relentlessly lectured normal Americans from their faux moral perch about climate change and transgenderism, they ignored actual atrocities happening in China because they were effectively being paid off.

Now, despite the often embarrassing efforts to keep the communist dollars flowing, Hollywood is being kicked to the curb anyway, left to beg Chinese officials for a chance to nibble at the apple. There’s certainly some poetic justice in that.

As to where things go from here, I suppose the movie industry will come crawling back to Americans, begging them to once again increase their intake of largely garbage content. I doubt that happens, though. Hollywood arrogantly flew too close to the sun, and I think it’s all downhill from here.

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Cina. Saranno bandite ditte ed istituzioni implicate nelle sanzioni occidentali.

Cina. Impone nuove sanzioni a personaggi americani e canadesi.

Cina. Impone sanzioni su personalità ed istituzioni del Regno Unito.

Cina. Non solo sanzioni. Ancor peggio è il boicottaggio popolare.

Cina. Inizia il boicottaggio delle imprese occidentali. Versace, Zara & Co.

La Cina boicotta Dolce & Gabbana: “hanno offeso la madrepatria”

Sanzioni. Attenti, che la Cina le fa per davvero.

Cina. Le severe sanzioni all’Australia sono un drastico monito per tutto il mondo.

Cina mette dazi severi sull’orzo australiano. Relazioni deteriorate.

Cina. Adesso è lei ad imporre le sanzioni. Il caso della Australia.

Cina. Diffida la Walmart Inc che boicotta i prodotti dello Xinjiang.

Lituania. Cina bandisce le società che hanno rapporti con la Lituania. Vilnius ed EU sulla brace.

Lituania. Blinken e Simonyte e le sanzione imposte dalla Cina. Lituania sulla brace.

Lituania. Cina bandisce le società che hanno rapporti con la Lituania. Vilnius ed EU sulla brace.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Unione Europea

Lituania. Le multinazionali tedesche premono a favore della Cina. Smacco della EU.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-26.

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La Cina considera Formosa suo territorio nazionale. La Lituania ha invitato Taiwan ad aprire a Viluns una rappresentanza con tal nome.

La Cina ha bandito dal commercio cinese chiunque avesse mantenuto rapporti economici o commerciali con la Lituania.

Le società tedesche coinvolte ingiungono quindi alla Lituania di desistere da simile atteggiamento, pena l’abbandono e la scelta per la Cina.

«Lithuania has become a no-go zone in China»

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Lituania. Blinken e Simonyte e le sanzione imposte dalla Cina. Lituania sulla brace.

Lituania. Cina bandisce le società che hanno rapporti con la Lituania. Vilnius ed EU sulla brace.

Russia espelle sette diplomatici della Slovakia, Lituania, Lettonia ed Estonia.

Unione Europea e Visegrad. Scontro (quasi) finale. La Lituania.

Lituania. Altra débâcle socialista. Socialdemocratici crollano al 15.5%.

CEEC. 2020. Interscambio per 103.5 mld Usd, +8.4%, nonostante l’epidemia.

China’s European Diplomacy

Asia alla conquista dell’Europa dell’Est.

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«China views …. Taiwan as its territory»

«The covert form of trade sanctions came into being after Lithuania recently invited Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, to open a “representative office” in Vilnius.»

«Taiwan has other offices in Europe and the United States but they use the name of the city Taipei, avoiding reference to the island itself»

«China has told multinationals to sever ties with Lithuania or face being shut out of the Chinese market»

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«German big business piles pressure on Lithuania in China row»

«Multinationals dragged into dispute by Lithuania blockade»

«Companies urge Lithuania to back down»

«Lithuania is under pressure from German companies to back down in a dispute with China to end a blockade of the Baltic state»

«China has pressed multinationals to sever ties with Lithuania or face exclusion from its market, an unusually harsh move that has dragged companies into a political dispute and placed Beijing on a collision course with the European Union»

«The row erupted after the Baltic state allowed the opening of a de facto embassy by Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China views as part of its territory»

«Some of the companies affected have asked Lithuania’s political leaders to de-escalate the dispute or risk a corporate exodus»

«Many multinationals are affected, but one of the most significant hits is to the German car sector»

«In a letter to Lithuania’s foreign and economy ministers, the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce said imports of Chinese machinery and parts and the sale of Lithuanian products to China had ground to a halt and that some firms may have to leave»

«the basic business model of the companies is in question and some … will have no other choice than to shut down production in Lithuania»

«The overall damage to industry runs to hundreds of millions of euros, and she was told this would escalate if the dispute continues to interrupt global production»

«The focus of the dispute is the opening of a representative office by Taiwan in Vilnius, although tensions have mounted since Lithuania’s ruling coalition agreed last year to support what it described as “those fighting for freedom” on the island …. Renaming the office to remove the word Taiwan could resolve the dispute. Taiwan has other offices in Europe and the United States but they use the name of the city Taipei, avoiding reference to the island itself.» 

«But salvaging relations will be difficult.»

«The Lithuanian government has betrayed China’s trust, …. For China-Lithuania relations to get back on track, Lithuania must first correct its attitude and take practical actions to correct its mistakes»

«A spokesperson for the European Commission said it would resist “coercive measures”, adding: “We stand by Lithuania. Lithuanian exports are EU exports.”»

«China appeared to reject Brussels’ involvement»

«Problems between China and Lithuania should and can only be solved through bilateral channels between China and Lithuania»

«The stand-off threatens Lithuanian industry, which has built up clusters of factories making parts destined for overseas, such as furniture, clothing, car parts and lasers»

«It has rippled through global supply chains and, in the case of Continental, has had knock-on effects on customers such as luxury carmaker BMW and Volkswagen»

«Lithuania has become a no-go zone in China»

«European companies cannot register it as a country of origin for products they are selling here. It’s been taken off the map»

«If a Lithuanian company needs Chinese components for its production but cannot find them because China is blocking»

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Questo è un altro segno di quanto siano mutati i tempi.

La Cina è in grado di imporre sanzioni efficaci al sistema produttivo occidentale, che non può fare altro che obbedire.

Si evidenzia un severo scollamento tra la politica e la realtà economica occidentale, che hanno idee ed obiettivi divergenti, se non opposti.

Nessuna realtà economica occidentale intende rinunciare al commercio ed alla produzione in Cina, il più grande mercato mondiale, per assecondare direttive politiche occidentali.

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Analysis: German big business piles pressure on Lithuania in China row.

–  says Lithuania betrayed its trust on Taiwan

– Multinationals dragged into dispute by Lithuania blockade

– Companies urge Lithuania to back down – sources

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Vilnius/Frankfurt, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Lithuania is under pressure from German companies to back down in a dispute with China to end a blockade of the Baltic state, as European trade officials struggle to defuse the row, people familiar with the matter said.

China has pressed multinationals to sever ties with Lithuania or face exclusion from its market, an unusually harsh move that has dragged companies into a political dispute and placed Beijing on a collision course with the European Union.  

The row erupted after the Baltic state allowed the opening of a de facto embassy by Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China views as part of its territory.

Some of the companies affected have asked Lithuania’s political leaders to de-escalate the dispute or risk a corporate exodus, according to people involved and correspondence seen by Reuters.

Many multinationals are affected, but one of the most significant hits is to the German car sector.

In a letter to Lithuania’s foreign and economy ministers, the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce said imports of Chinese machinery and parts and the sale of Lithuanian products to China had ground to a halt and that some firms may have to leave.

Urging the ministers to seek a “constructive solution” to restore relations with China, the chamber said “the basic business model of the companies is in question and some … will have no other choice than to shut down production in Lithuania”.

Last month, Lithuania’s Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte met with business leaders, including executives from German car-parts giant Continental, to listen to their concerns, said one person who attended.

The overall damage to industry runs to hundreds of millions of euros, and she was told this would escalate if the dispute continues to interrupt global production, the person said.

This week, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda also held talks with business executives when he was urged to make an “immediate de-escalation,” according to one person with knowledge of that discussion.

The European Union’s top trade official, Valdis Dombrovskis, is also attempting to mediate between Beijing and Vilnius, ahead of a possible EU-China summit meeting in the coming months, said a person with knowledge of the matter. Lithuania belongs to the 27-state bloc.

                         RENAMING

The focus of the dispute is the opening of a representative office by Taiwan in Vilnius, although tensions have mounted since Lithuania’s ruling coalition agreed last year to support what it described as “those fighting for freedom” on the island.

Renaming the office to remove the word Taiwan could resolve the dispute. Taiwan has other offices in Europe and the United States but they use the name of the city Taipei, avoiding reference to the island itself.  

But salvaging relations will be difficult.

“The Lithuanian government has betrayed China’s trust,” the Chinese foreign ministry told Reuters in a statement.

“For China-Lithuania relations to get back on track, Lithuania must first correct its attitude and take practical actions to correct its mistakes,” said the ministry, denying that China was exerting economic pressure.

A spokesperson for the European Commission said it would resist “coercive measures”, adding: “We stand by Lithuania. Lithuanian exports are EU exports.”

The Commission said it was reaching out to China to resolve the situation and “collecting facts and evidence” to see if China was complying with international trade rules. “We will not hesitate to act to defend our rights,” said the spokesperson.

So far, there is no sign of a climbdown by Lithuania, with its president telling the business meeting this week that it was up to Brussels, home of the European Commission, to find a solution.

While one Lithuanian official, asking not to be named, said Brussels’ involvement as a go-between was critical, another said EU backing was half-hearted and that its officials too urged Lithuania to compromise.

                         ‘NO-GO ZONE’

China appeared to reject Brussels’ involvement.

“Problems between China and Lithuania should and can only be solved through bilateral channels between China and Lithuania,” said China’s foreign ministry. “Linking China-Lithuania issues to China-EU relations is … unlikely to solve the problem.”

The stand-off threatens Lithuanian industry, which has built up clusters of factories making parts destined for overseas, such as furniture, clothing, car parts and lasers. Hundreds of containers of goods and parts are in limbo.

It has rippled through global supply chains and, in the case of Continental, has had knock-on effects on customers such as luxury carmaker BMW and Volkswagen, two of the people said.

Volkswagen said its production is not affected, while BMW and Continental declined to comment.

“Lithuania has become a no-go zone in China,” said Joerg Wuttke, president of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China.

“European companies cannot register it as a country of origin for products they are selling here. It’s been taken off the map.”

France’s trade minister Franck Riester promised to help Lithuania.

“If a Lithuanian company needs Chinese components for its production but cannot find them because China is blocking … we will be happy to help by putting it in contact with French companies or companies from other Member States,” he said.

Paris, which holds the EU presidency in the coming months, is attempting to speed up introduction of new EU trade defence measures, said French officials.

The measures could penalise China in such disputes, although it is unclear whether Europe, where countries such as Germany depend on it for trade, will agree to them.

Similarly, it has been difficult for Brussels to launch legal action against China because companies affected are unwilling to be publicly named, one person with knowledge of the matter said.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Biden. Chiama in pubblico Peter Doocy, Fox News, ‘a stupid son of a bitch’.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-26.

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«President Joe Biden called Fox News reporter Peter Doocy “a stupid son of a bitch” on a live microphone Monday, after Doocy asked Biden if inflation was a political liability to him»

«Doocy regularly baits Biden during press events, shouting over other reporters and trying to get the president off guard»

«Biden has a long record of swearing on hot microphones. In 2010, he was caught telling then-President Barack Obama that passing the Affordable Care Act was “a big fucking deal.”»

«The verbal slip took place during a White House event on Biden administration efforts to combat inflation»

«After Biden complained that all the press questions were about the military buildup around Ukraine, Doocy shouted, “Will you take questions about inflation? Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?”»

«Doocy said later Monday evening that Biden called him later in the afternoon to apologize for the remark»

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Joe Biden non è certo nuovo a delle clamorose gaffe.

«Let’s go Brandon,… Let’s go Brandon, I agree.»

Ma da un presidente degli Stati Uniti ci si spetterebbe almeno un comportamento dignitoso ed un concreto controllo di quanto dice.

Gli insulti di tal fatta mal si attagliano alla White House.

Tuttavia, questo turpiloquio evidenzia chiaramente in Joe Biden fuori dai gangheri, pressato dal problema interno della inflazione, dal disgregamento del partito democratico, dalle defezioni dei suoi membri eletti, da un contesto internazionale che Biden è inidoneo a giostrare. Per non parlare poi dell’incubo di midterm.

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Biden calls Fox News reporter Peter Doocy ‘a stupid son of a bitch’.

– President Joe Biden called Fox News reporter Peter Doocy “a stupid son of a bitch” on a live microphone Monday, after Doocy asked Biden if inflation was a political liability to him.

– Doocy regularly baits Biden during press events, shouting over other reporters and trying to get the president off guard.

– Biden has a long record of swearing on hot microphones. In 2010, he was caught telling then-President Barack Obama that passing the Affordable Care Act was “a big fucking deal.”

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Washington – President Joe Biden called Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy “a stupid son of a bitch” Monday on a live microphone, after Doocy asked Biden whether inflation was a political liability to him.

The verbal slip took place during a White House event on Biden administration efforts to combat inflation. After Biden complained that all the press questions were about the military buildup around Ukraine, Doocy shouted, “Will you take questions about inflation? Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?”

Thinking his microphone was turned off, Biden responded sarcastically, “No, that’s a great asset. More inflation.”

He added: “What a stupid son of a bitch.”

Doocy appeared on Fox News after his exchange with Biden, where “The Five” co-host Jesse Watters joked with his colleague: “I think the president’s right. You are a stupid S.O.B.”

A smiling Doocy played along, “Yeah nobody’s fact-checked [Biden] yet and said it’s not true.”

On the Special Report, when host Bret Baier asked Doocy about the “colorful exchange” with the president, Doocy replied, “He didn’t want to take any questions off topic. He was at an event about inflation. I asked about inflation. Now wait to see if the white house has to bleep that on the transcript.”

Baier then asked, “What did the other reporters say about that? Did you talk with them?” Doocy replied, “They actually had to tell me he had said it, because I couldn’t hear anything over the shouting of the wranglers. So now the clip will live on.”

Doocy said later Monday evening that Biden called him later in the afternoon to apologize for the remark. The White House did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Doocy regularly baits Biden during press events, shouting over other reporters and trying to catch the president off guard.

Biden has a long record of swearing on hot microphones, so the comments were not entirely out of character.

In 2010, Biden was famously caught telling then-President Barack Obama that passing the Affordable Care Act was “a big fucking deal.”

With inflation at levels not seen in decades, the White House has struggled in recent months with how to communicate with the public about the efforts it is making to help bring prices down long-term. In the short term there is little that Biden, or any president, can do to reverse macroeconomic trends like increased consumer demand and supply chain snarls in Asia.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Buffett Indicator. Aveva dato indicazioni corrette della bolla in atto. Persi 6.6 trilioni.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-25.

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«The Buffett Indicator is the ratio of total US stock market valuation to GDP. Named after Warren Buffett, who called the ratio “the best single measure of where valuations stand at any given moment”. (Buffett has since walked back those comments, hesitating to endorse any single measure as either comprehensive or consistent over time, but this ratio remains credited to his name). To calculate the ratio, we need to get data for both metrics: Total Market Value and GDP.»

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Gli ‘economisti’ lo disprezzano, ma funziona più che bene.

Il 23 settembre valeva il 239% e segnalava la presenza di una grossolana bolla in atto.

Al 20 gennaio era sceso al 202%, segno che la bolla si era parzialmente sgonfiata, ma sussiste tuttora.

In questo lasso di tempo il valore aggregato di mercato americano ha bruciato 6.600 miliardi di dollari americani.

Ma siamo solo agli inizi.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Economia e Produzione Industriale

Germania. Dec21. Harmonised Consumer Price Index. Inflazione. +5.7%, rispetto a Dec20.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-25.

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                         In sintesi.

– Consumer price index +5.3% on the same month a year earlier

– Harmonised index of consumer prices +5.7% on the same month a year earlier

– Consumers had to pay markedly more in 2021 for heating oil (+41.8%) and motor fuels (+22.6%)

– edible fats and oils (+5.3%)

– A year-on-year price increase was recorded especially for heating oil (+61.0%) and motor fuels (+33.8%)

– vegetable prices went up (+9.9%)

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Destatis. Inflation rate in 2021: +3.1% on a year earlier. In December, inflation rate reached highest level in 2021 (+5.3%).

                         Consumer price index, December and year 2021

+5.3% on the same month a year earlier (provisional result confirmed)

+0.5% on the previous month (provisional result confirmed)

+3.1% on an annual average in 2021 compared with 2020 (provisional result confirmed)

                         Harmonised index of consumer prices, December and year 2021

+5.7% on the same month a year earlier (provisional result confirmed)

+0.3% on the previous month (provisional result confirmed)

+3.2% on an annual average in 2021 compared with 2020 (provisional result confirmed)

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Wiesbaden − Consumer prices in Germany rose by 3.1% in 2021 on an annual average compared with 2020. The main reason was the high monthly inflation rates in the second half of 2021. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the inflation rate in the previous year had been +0.5%. A higher year-on-year rate of price increase than in 2021 was last measured almost 30 years ago (1993: +4.5%).

In December 2021, the inflation rate, measured as the year-on-year change in the consumer price index, stood at +5.3%. It thus reached its highest level in 2021 at the end of the year.

                         High inflation rate in 2021 on 2020 has various reasons

The annual rate is mainly due to the high monthly inflation rates in the second half of 2021. “There are various reasons for the price development in 2021, which include base effects caused by the low prices in 2020. Especially the temporary reduction of value added tax rates in the second half of 2020 and the sharp decline in mineral oil product prices in the previous year had an upward effect on the current overall inflation rate”, said Dr. Georg Thiel, President of the Federal Statistical Office. “In addition to the temporary base effects of the past, there are more and more crisis-related effects such as delivery bottlenecks and marked price increases at upstream stages in the economic process. These are partly reflected in the consumer price index”.

                         Prices of energy products in particular up on an annual average in 2021

The prices of energy products were markedly up by 10.4% in 2021 year on year, following a 4.8% decrease in 2020. Consumers had to pay markedly more in 2021 for heating oil (+41.8%) and motor fuels (+22.6%). The prices of other household energy such as natural gas (+4.7%) and electricity (+1.4%) rose, too. Like the base effects, which were due to the very low prices in 2020, the CO2 charge introduced at the beginning of the year had an upward effect on prices here. Excluding energy prices, the annual rate of price increase in 2021 would have been +2.3%.

                         Food prices rose 3.2% in 2021 compared with 2020

Food prices rose 3.2% in 2021 compared with 2020. The price increase surged in the second half of 2021 due to the base effect caused by the reduction of value added tax rates. The prices of all food groups were markedly up in 2021, in particular edible fats and oils (+5.3%) and vegetables (+3.9%).

                         Prices of goods rose by 4.3% in 2021 on 2020, service prices by just 2.1%

The prices of goods (total) were up 4.3% on an annual average in 2021 on 2020, especially non-durable consumer goods recorded a 5.4% increase. The prices of durable consumer goods rose 2.4%, including vehicles (+4.5%) as well as furniture and lighting equipment (+3.2%). The prices of services (total) were up 2.1% in 2021 compared with the previous year. Net rents exclusive of heating expenses (+1.3%) had a downward effect on prices. Much stronger price increases were recorded for some services like, for example, services of social facilities (+5.4%), maintenance and repair of vehicles (+4.4%) as well as hairdresser services and other services for personal care (+4.0%). Telecommunications prices remained nearly unchanged (+0.1%), while for example long-distance rail tickets were slightly less expensive (-1.8%).

                         Inflation rate up 5.3% in December 2021, mainly because of higher energy prices

Overall, consumer prices increased by 5.3% in December 2021 compared with December 2020. This means that the monthly inflation rates continued to grow mainly in the second half of 2021. In addition to the base effect caused by the temporary reduction of value-added tax rates, the high inflation rate in December 2021 was again due to the prices of energy products. Energy prices exceeded the level of the previous year by 18.3%. CO2 pricing and the development of raw material prices had an additional impact. A year-on-year price increase was recorded especially for heating oil (+61.0%) and motor fuels (+33.8%). Food prices showed an above-average increase of 6.0% in the same period (November 2021: +4.5%). In particular vegetable prices went up (+9.9%). Excluding food and energy prices, the inflation rate of December 2021 would have been +3.7%. Excluding energy prices it would have stood at +3.8%.

In December 2021, the prices of goods (total) rose by 7.8% compared with the same month a year earlier. Apart from energy and food, consumers had to pay more for clothing and footwear (+5.5%). In contrast, the prices of services (total) were up by 3.1% over the same period. Price increases were recorded, for example, for net rents exclusive of heating expenses (+1.5%) and for some other services (such as maintenance and repair of vehicles: +6.0%; services of social facilities: +4.6%).

                         Food prices and prices of rail services increased month on month

Compared with November 2021, the consumer price index rose by 0.5% in December 2021. Rail tickets, for example, became more expensive as a result of the annual adjustments of railway fares in December (+2.3%). Food prices also went up (+1.1%, including vegetables: +3.7%). Energy prices however declined at the end of the year compared with the previous month, especially the prices of heating oil (-6.0%) and motor fuels (-4.1%).

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Europa. Considerare il covid al livello della influenza, una patologia endemica.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-25.

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«Europe slowly starts to consider treating covid like the flu»

«Spain is calling for COVID-19 to be treated as an endemic disease, like the flu, becoming the first major European nation to explicitly suggest that people live with it»

«The idea has gradually been gaining traction and could prompt a re-evaluation of government strategies on dealing with the virus»

«the U.K. is “on a path towards transitioning from pandemic to endemic»

«The omicron variant’s lower hospitalization and death rates despite record infections prompted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to hold out the tantalizing prospect of Europe moving beyond pandemic-style restrictions on normal life»

«European governments may need to assess the disease with different parameters than ones used so far»

«But as governments work on keeping schools open and economies functioning as normally as possible, lower hospitalizations may prompt a review of strategies»

«But while vaccinations have been central to keeping most people with omicron out of the hospital, the shots have been less effective at halting the spread of the variant»

«Many countries are shortening quarantine periods as they try to keep essential services operating»

«If European countries manage to relax restrictions in the coming weeks, last year’s experiences will remain a cautionary tale»

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Il sistema economico europeo è alle corde.

Il PPI europeo quota 23.7%.

Le ripetute chiusure e riaperture delle attività, in un vortice di provvedimenti, sono un severo ostacolo alla produzione industriale ed alla organizzazione del lavoro in senso lato.

Così, visto che l’Europa e gli stati non hanno saputo dominare il Covid, molto semplicemente lo vogliono declassare a livello di patologia endemica, esattamente come la influenza.

Visto? Basta una modesto cambio lessicologico di definizione del fatto ed il problema è risolto.

Il morbo del secolo è scomparso.

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Europe Slowly Starts to Consider Treating Covid Like the Flu.

Spain is calling for COVID-19 to be treated as an endemic disease, like the flu, becoming the first major European nation to explicitly suggest that people live with it.

The idea has gradually been gaining traction and could prompt a re-evaluation of government strategies on dealing with the virus. British Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi on Sunday told the BBC that the U.K. is “on a path towards transitioning from pandemic to endemic.”

The omicron variant’s lower hospitalization and death rates despite record infections prompted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to hold out the tantalizing prospect of Europe moving beyond pandemic-style restrictions on normal life.

“We have to evaluate the evolution of COVID from pandemic to an endemic illness,” Sanchez said in a radio interview Monday, adding that European governments may need to assess the disease with different parameters than ones used so far.

In places like France, Germany, Italy and Romania — all of which are recording the highest average daily case levels of the entire pandemic — it may be a bit early for such talk. Also, the World Health Organization said Tuesday that at the current clip, more than half of the people in Europe are on track to contract the omicron variant in the next two months.

But as governments work on keeping schools open and economies functioning as normally as possible, lower hospitalizations may prompt a review of strategies.

For now, France and Germany are continuing to tighten restrictions, especially on the unvaccinated. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to make life for the unvaccinated as difficult as possible, and is seeking to put a vaccine pass in place to access bars and restaurants, or even to travel by train.

The Netherlands has maintained one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, with restaurants and bars closed. In Italy, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government has mandated vaccines for those over 50 years old.

“Most of the problems we have today stem from the fact that there are people who are not vaccinated,” Draghi said at a news conference in Rome on Monday.

But while vaccinations have been central to keeping most people with omicron out of the hospital, the shots have been less effective at halting the spread of the variant. This leaves politicians trying to figure out how to contain the spread, particularly as vocal groups in their countries become increasingly opposed to limits on restaurants, bars and other activities.

Despite having some of the highest COVID-19 rates in Europe, Ireland will maintain a system of voluntary vaccination, according to Prime Minister Micheal Martin. The Belgian government wants to give people a “free choice,” Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said.

Many countries are shortening quarantine periods as they try to keep essential services operating. The latest is the Czech Republic, which as of Tuesday is requiring COVID-positive people to isolate for five days, down from two weeks.

Travel restrictions have also shown their limits. The U.K. was the first country to ban flights from southern Africa, where omicron was first identified. Yet it was the first place in Europe to suffer an omicron wave. Similarly, France overtook the U.K.’s case rate despite slapping limits on travel from Britain.

The Spanish government has been working on a new monitoring approach in recent weeks, and Health Minister Carolina Darias has brought the matter up with her European counterparts, Sanchez said.

The effort came as Spain reported almost 692,000 new cases in the last seven days, with 13.4% of hospital beds used for COVID-19 patients, according to Health Ministry data. That compares with 13.8% a year earlier, when the number of recorded weekly cases was just above 115,000.

If European countries manage to relax restrictions in the coming weeks, last year’s experiences will remain a cautionary tale. Denmark removed all COVID-19 restrictions last fall, while the Netherlands dropped all masking requirements. Both countries currently have some of Europe’s highest case rates and have reimposed restrictions.