Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti, Trump

Midterm. Se prima i liberal democratici avevano paura adesso hanno terrore.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-08-14.

2022-08-12__ Trump Endorsements 001

Negli Stati Uniti si stanno tenendo le elezioni primarie per essere candidati alle elezioni di midterm.

In campo repubblicano gli Elettori hanno fatto fuori tutti i candidati che avevano tradito Mr Trump ed il partito repubblicano, e ben 42 candidati presentati da Mr Trump sono stati acclamati vincitori.

È stata una bonifica grandiosa. Comunque vadano i risultati di midterm, i repubblicani eletti saranno granitici servitori del partito, le teste dei giuda sono cadute senza speranza di appello.

Usa. Elezioni primarie. Mr Trump fa piazza pulita. I suoi 42 candidati stravincono le primarie.

Usa. Mr Trump ha piazzato 190 suoi candidati alle primarie. È il kingmaker di midterm.

Usa. Il Gop destituisce Mrs Liz Cheney e parte degli anti-Trump.

Usa. Inflazione. Gli Elettori ispanici abbandonano i democratici a favore dei repubblicani.

Usa. Elezioni Presidenziali 2024. I democratici sono convinti di perderle.

Usa. Midterm. Biden potrebbe perdere sia Congresso sia Senato. – Abc Poll.

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Una regola di comprovata correttezza indica come sia vero l’esatto opposto di quanto affermano i media liberal.

«Former President Donald Trump’s false allegation that the 2020 presidential election was stolen»

significa che in quelle elezioni i liberal democratici abbiano perpetrato ogni possibile sorta di brogli elettorali.

Adesso sono terrorizzati dal fatto che Mr Trump abbia disinfestato alla grande i candidati alle elezioni di midterm e che tutti i candidati siano convinti della immane quantità di brogli: li chiamano ‘negazionisti’.

Ma il vero terrore risiede nel fatto che, molto verosimilmente, i repubblicani conquistino una oppure anche ambedue le camere elettive.

In tal caso dovrebbe essere abolito il voto per corrispondenza introducendo inoltre severe norme di identificazione dello elettore, potendo votare solo i Cittadini residenti. Bandite le macchinette conta-voti: lo scrutinio deve essere fatto da scrutatori, affiancati da rappresentanti dei partiti.

Poi si scatenerà la caccia al liberal, così da bonificare tutto l’apparato statale e non solo quello. Ci sono anche tutte le agenzie. Poi, le ngo. I liberal questo lo sanno bene. È per questo motivo che sono terrorizzati. Come i tedeschi nel 1945. La Armata Rossa non li aeva trattati con i guanti.

Saranno trattati per come hanno trattato. Vi ricordate la fine che fecero i gacobini? Tra ghigliottina e deportazine?

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I negazionisti delle elezioni possono vincere alla grande alle elezioni di metà mandato? Almeno 120 candidati del GOP hanno abbracciato aspetti delle affermazioni sulle elezioni rubate.

La falsa accusa dell’ex presidente Donald Trump di aver rubato le elezioni presidenziali del 2020 continua a riverberare tra i candidati del GOP che si candidano su piattaforme anti-establishment e desiderosi di ottenere il sostegno della base di elettori dell’ex presidente.

L’ex conduttrice di telegiornali e candidata governatrice in Arizona ha ottenuto un posto sulla scheda elettorale il 4 agosto e affronterà la candidata democratica Katie Hobbs a novembre.

Nel suo discorso di vittoria, Lake ha detto: Abbiamo superato i brogli, non abbiamo ascoltato ciò che le fake news avevano da dire. Il movimento MAGA si è alzato e ha votato come se la sua vita dipendesse da questo.

Secondo un’analisi di FiveThirtyEight, partner di ABC News, almeno 120 candidati politici repubblicani che negano l’integrità delle elezioni del 2020 saranno sulle schede elettorali il prossimo autunno.

Altri 48 candidati hanno espresso dubbi sull’integrità delle elezioni, il che significa che la metà dei candidati repubblicani ha almeno flirtato con la negazione delle elezioni.

L’esordiente John Gibbs, anch’egli repubblicano del Michigan appoggiato da Trump, ha battuto la scorsa settimana il repubblicano in carica Peter Meijer.

Nelle prossime settimane, decine di altri candidati saranno decisi, rivelando quanto profondamente gli elettori repubblicani siano investiti dalle affermazioni dell’ex presidente su un’elezione rubata.

In una primaria repubblicana è un vantaggio per un candidato dire che si nega la legittimità delle ultime elezioni.

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«Can election deniers win big in the midterms? At least 120 GOP candidates embraced aspects of stolen election claims»

«Former President Donald Trump’s false allegation that the 2020 presidential election was stolen continues to reverberate among GOP political candidates who are running on anti-establishment platforms and eager to gain the support of the former president’s voter base»

«The former newscaster-turned-gubernatorial candidate in Arizona won a spot on the ballot August 4 and will face Democratic nominee Katie Hobbs in November.

In her victory speech, Lake said, “we outvoted the fraud, we didn’t listen to what the fake news had to say. The MAGA movement rose up and voted like their lives depended on it.”»

«According to an analysis by ABC News partner FiveThirtyEight, at least 120 Republican political candidates who deny the integrity of the 2020 elections will be on ballots this fall.»

«An additional 48 nominees have expressed doubt about the election’s integrity, meaning half of Republican candidates have “at least flirted with” denying the election,»

«Political newcomer John Gibbs, also a Michigan Republican endorsed by Trump, beat the incumbent Republican Rep. Peter Meijer last week»

«In the coming weeks, dozens of other candidates will be decided, revealing how deeply Republican voters are invested in the former president’s claims of a stolen election.»

«In a Republican primary it is a definite boon to a candidate to say that you deny the legitimacy of the last election»

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Can election deniers win big in the midterms?

At least 120 GOP candidates embraced aspects of stolen election claims.

Former President Donald Trump’s false allegation that the 2020 presidential election was stolen continues to reverberate among GOP political candidates who are running on anti-establishment platforms and eager to gain the support of the former president’s voter base.

Kari Lake is one of those candidates. The former newscaster-turned-gubernatorial candidate in Arizona won a spot on the ballot August 4 and will face Democratic nominee Katie Hobbs in November.

In her victory speech, Lake said, “we outvoted the fraud, we didn’t listen to what the fake news had to say. The MAGA movement rose up and voted like their lives depended on it.”

When asked directly to corroborate her unsubstantiated allegation that the election system is fraudulent, she vaguely claimed, “we have a lot of evidence of irregularities and problems.”

“I’m not going to release it to the fake news,” she added, “but we’ll release it to the authorities.”

According to an analysis by ABC News partner FiveThirtyEight, at least 120 Republican political candidates who deny the integrity of the 2020 elections will be on ballots this fall.

An additional 48 nominees have expressed doubt about the election’s integrity, meaning half of Republican candidates have “at least flirted with” denying the election, according to the FiveThirtyEight analysis.

“Concerns inside the Republican Party about voter integrity also is something that’s been going on for decades” Rick Klein, Political Director at ABC News, told “NIGHTLINE.”

According to an analysis by ABC News partner FiveThirtyEight, at least 120 Republican political candidates who deny the integrity of the 2020 elections will be on ballots this fall.

An additional 48 nominees have expressed doubt about the election’s integrity, meaning half of Republican candidates have “at least flirted with” denying the election, according to the FiveThirtyEight analysis.

“Concerns inside the Republican Party about voter integrity also is something that’s been going on for decades” Rick Klein, Political Director at ABC News, told “NIGHTLINE.”

Political newcomer John Gibbs, also a Michigan Republican endorsed by Trump, beat the incumbent Republican Rep. Peter Meijer last week.

Earlier this summer Gibbs falsely claimed that the 2020 election results weren’t accurate, telling a local NBC station, “I think when you look at the results of the 2020 election, there are anomalies in there, to put it very lightly, that are simply mathematically impossible.”

In the coming weeks, dozens of other candidates will be decided, revealing how deeply Republican voters are invested in the former president’s claims of a stolen election.

“In a Republican primary it is a definite boon to a candidate to say that you deny the legitimacy of the last election,” Klein said.

terrific track record through many of the primaries in redder states,” said Klein.

“The other thing it does is a connection to a segment of the base for whom denying the last election’s outcome is almost a mantra,” he said.

The baseless idea planted by Donald Trump that there’s rampant voter fraud and cheating at the ballot box, two allegations that have repeatedly been proven false, taking hold in the minds of many voters.

Pubblicato in: Agricoltura, Devoluzione socialismo, Economia e Produzione Industriale, Stati Uniti

Usa. Bistecche ad 8 Usd la libbra, contro i passati 4.47 Usd la libbra.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-08-13.

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Nello agosto 2017 negli Stati Uniti le bistecche prezzavano 4.47 dollari alla libbra, contro gli attuali otto dollari la libbra.

Il lettore europeo troverà questi prezzi assolutamente bassi, ma essi costituiscono un grande onere per le massaie americane.

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I consumatori statunitensi, alle prese con l’inflazione, devono fare i conti con l’aumento dei prezzi della carne bovina, poiché gli allevatori stanno riducendo le loro mandrie a causa della siccità e dei costi elevati dei mangimi, una decisione che renderà più rigide le forniture di bestiame per anni. Il calo del numero di capi di bestiame, combinato con i costi elevati di altre spese di produzione, illustra il motivo per cui il recente calo dei prezzi dei cereali a livelli mai visti dall’invasione dell’Ucraina da parte della Russia, grande esportatore di mais e grano, potrebbe non tradursi immediatamente in una riduzione dei prezzi dei prodotti alimentari al supermercato.

Il mangime è la componente più costosa dell’allevamento di una mucca da carne, quindi i prezzi più bassi dei cereali spesso contribuiscono a ridurre i prezzi della carne. Ma le aziende produttrici di carne devono pagare il prezzo più alto per gli animali quando ce ne sono meno da macellare. Le aziende di trasformazione pagano di più anche per la manodopera, il carburante e altre voci.

I prezzi dei futures del mais sono scesi del 26% da quando hanno toccato i massimi di 10 anni in aprile. I prezzi sono ancora in crescita del 9% rispetto a un anno fa, a circa 6 dollari per bushel. I produttori probabilmente liquideranno ancora più bestiame a causa della siccità. I prezzi della carne macinata sono già aumentati del 10% rispetto all’anno scorso.

Recentemente ha pagato circa 475 dollari a tonnellata per il mangime per pecore fatto con mais e altri ingredienti, con un aumento del 40% rispetto a un anno fa. I prezzi dei polli sono saliti del 20.1% nell’ultimo trimestre rispetto a un anno prima.

A Eugene, nell’Oregon, Blair Hickok, 40 anni, studentessa di contabilità e madre, ha dichiarato che la sua spesa mensile è salita del 40% a oltre 1.200 dollari a causa dell’aumento dei prezzi di manzo, pollo, uova e prodotti come i bratwurst Johnsonville. La sua famiglia ha smesso di mangiare fuori per risparmiare.

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«U.S. consumers grappling with soaring inflation face more pain from high beef prices as ranchers are reducing their cattle herds due to drought and lofty feed costs, a decision that will tighten livestock supplies for years. The decline in cattle numbers, combined with stiff costs for other production expenses, illustrate why a recent fall in grain prices to levels not seen since Russia’s invasion of major corn and wheat exporter Ukraine may not immediately translate into lower food prices at the grocery store»

«Feed is the largest cost component of raising a cow for beef, so lower grain prices often help to reduce meat prices. But meat companies must pay top dollar for animals when there are fewer to slaughter. Processors are also paying more for labor, fuel and other items»

«Corn futures prices have dropped 26% since hitting a 10-year high in April. Prices are still up 9% from a year ago at about $6 per bushel. Producers will likely liquidate even more cattle due to drought. Ground beef prices have already jumped 10% from last year»

«He recently paid about $475 per ton for sheep feed made with corn and other ingredients, up 40% from a year ago. chicken prices soared 20.1% in the last quarter from a year earlier.»

«In Eugene, Oregon, accounting student and mother Blair Hickok, 40, said her monthly grocery bill spiked 40% to more than $1,200 due to climbing prices for beef, chicken, eggs and products like Johnsonville bratwursts. Her family stopped eating out to save money.»

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Shrinking U.S. cattle herd signals more pain from high beef prices

Chicago, Aug 9 (Reuters) – U.S. consumers grappling with soaring inflation face more pain from high beef prices as ranchers are reducing their cattle herds due to drought and lofty feed costs, a decision that will tighten livestock supplies for years, economists said.

The decline in cattle numbers, combined with stiff costs for other production expenses, illustrate why a recent fall in grain prices to levels not seen since Russia’s invasion of major corn and wheat exporter Ukraine may not immediately translate into lower food prices at the grocery store.

Feed is the largest cost component of raising a cow for beef, so lower grain prices often help to reduce meat prices. But meat companies like Tyson Foods Inc, which reported weaker-than-expected earnings on Monday, must pay top dollar for animals when there are fewer to slaughter. Processors are also paying more for labor, fuel and other items.  

“There’s really a lot of distance between the price of those grains and the price of those products at the meat counter,” said Bernt Nelson, economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Corn futures prices have dropped 26% since hitting a 10-year high in April after the Ukraine war sparked worries about global supplies. Prices are still up 9% from a year ago at about $6 per bushel.

The lower prices benefit livestock producers, though U.S. government data shows ranchers on July 1 had already reduced the nation’s cattle herd by about 2% from a year earlier to its lowest level for that date in about seven years.

Producers will likely liquidate even more cattle due to drought, said Shane Miller, Tyson Foods’ president of fresh meats, on a conference call following the quarterly results. Chief Executive Donnie King projected prices for cattle and beef will rise moving into 2023 and 2024.

Ground beef prices have already jumped 10% from last year, U.S. government data shows. Rising cattle costs eat in to meatpackers’ profit from high beef prices.

Tyson reported its beef unit’s adjusted operating margins dropped to 10.2% in the April to June quarter from 12.7% the previous quarter and 22.6% a year earlier, while live cattle costs increased about $480 million. Margins will decline further to 5% to 7%, the company said.

Margins and meat supplies get a temporary boost as ranchers send more animals to slaughter, instead of keeping them to reproduce, analysts said. But consumers will ultimately be left with less beef, and it takes nearly two years to raise a cow once the liquidation stops, economists said.  

“The prices are here to stay for a while,” said Glenn Brunkow, a farmer who raises cattle and sheep in Wamego, Kansas.

Brunkow, a member of the Kansas Farm Bureau’s board of directors, said high diesel fuel and feed prices continue to drive up his production costs. He recently paid about $475 per ton for sheep feed made with corn and other ingredients, up 40% from a year ago.

Some consumers are switching to chicken or cheaper types of beef to reduce their food costs, meatpacking executives said. Still, Tyson said beef demand remains strong and reported sales volumes rose 1.3% in the last quarter as prices slipped.

“Even though we may be seeing some relief in feed prices, that demand is going to hold (beef) prices where they’re at,” Iowa State University economist Lee Schulz said.

Other protein options have also become pricier. Tyson said its chicken prices soared 20.1% in the last quarter from a year earlier. Wholesale prices for white eggs, meanwhile, reached a record high of $3.40 a dozen on July 21 due to strong retail demand and avian flu outbreaks that killed egg-laying chickens, data firm Urner Barry said.  

In Eugene, Oregon, accounting student and mother Blair Hickok, 40, said her monthly grocery bill spiked 40% to more than $1,200 due to climbing prices for beef, chicken, eggs and products like Johnsonville bratwursts. Her family stopped eating out to save money.

“We cannot sustain this for very long,” said Hickok.

Pubblicato in: Agricoltura, Commercio, Stati Uniti

Usa. Un panino 18 Usd, una libbra di pomodori 12 Usd, patatine fritte 15 Usd.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-08-12.

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Saper interpretare correttamente i macrodati è sia una scienza sia una arte che richiedono vaste conoscenze : ma non tutti sono tenuti a dominare questo settore. Ogni persona ha il suo campo in cui eccelle.

Qui riportiamo invece i costi che qualsiasi persona vive tutti i santi giorni quando si prende un sandwich oppure un cartoccio di patatine fritte.

I dati sono stati rilevati a New York.

A nostro sommesso avviso le elezioni di midterm saranno determinate proprio dalla inflazione. Ma non era la Russia che sarebbe dovuta fallire?

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Nota.

Pound: a unit of weight equal to 16 oz. avoirdupois (0.4536 kg), or 12 oz. troy (0.3732 kg). A troy ounce is a unit of measure used for weighing precious metals that dates back to the Middle Ages. Originally used in Troyes, France, one troy ounce is equal to 31.1034768 grams.

Bagel: a dense bread roll in the shape of a ring, made by boiling dough and then baking it.

Guacamole: a dish of mashed avocado mixed with chopped onion, tomatoes, chilli peppers, and seasoning.

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Mentre gli affitti e il costo delle corse Uber hanno raggiunto livelli da capogiro, l’aumento dei prezzi dei generi alimentari è uno dei risultati più dolorosi dell’inflazione. A maggio, i prezzi dei generi alimentari nell’area di New York sono aumentati al ritmo annuale più rapido dal 1981. I prezzi dei generi alimentari erano ancora più alti del 9.1% rispetto all’anno precedente a New York e del 10.4% a livello nazionale. Il numero di bambini che visitano le dispense alimentari è aumentato del 55% all’inizio dell’anno rispetto a prima della pandemia.

3.50 dollari per un bagel con crema di formaggio e 1.50 dollari per un caffè caldo in un carretto. Poiché i prezzi elevati di cibo e benzina hanno messo a dura prova il suo budget, a volte salta la colazione o il pranzo per far fronte ai suoi 700 dollari di affitto mensile, o fa acquisti nei negozi da 99 centesimi. Il suo salario orario è recentemente aumentato del 5.4%, da 24.62 a 25.95 dollari.

Gli è costato 3.75 dollari per una pallina di gelato alla fragola, un ordine che è aumentato di 25 centesimi quest’estate. Ha anche comprato una scatola di dolci, tra cui una porzione di tiramisù da 7 dollari, che è aumentata di 50 centesimi. Non volete arrabbiarvi troppo, perché sapete che anche i ristoratori stanno pagando un prezzo elevato, quindi provate empatia, ma siete arrabbiati per l’aumento dei prezzi. Un nuovo frigorifero ha impiegato più di un anno per arrivare. I prezzi del burro sono aumentati, in parte a causa degli alti costi dei mangimi per il bestiame, esacerbati dalla siccità in alcune parti degli Stati Uniti.

18 dollari per un panino. Ha speso 30.48 dollari: un caffè freddo a 4 dollari, un panino con gamberi e scalogno a 18 dollari e una torta di riso ai frutti di bosco a 6 dollari. Hanno aumentato i prezzi per far fronte all’aumento dei costi del cibo e della manodopera, ma non hanno voluto specificare di quanto. Secondo il Dipartimento dell’Agricoltura degli Stati Uniti, il prezzo delle uova, ingrediente di molti prodotti Win Son, dovrebbe aumentare del 78% quest’anno, dopo che una grave epidemia di influenza aviaria ha decimato gli allevamenti di polli e ridotto la produzione di uova.

8 dollari per i mirtilli. È rimasta scioccata nello scoprire che una libbra di frutti di bosco costava almeno 8 dollari. Poiché la guerra in Ucraina ha limitato la fornitura di petrolio, i prezzi elevati del gas hanno reso più costoso per i camion del signor Migliorelli trasportare i prodotti a 100 miglia dalla Hudson Valley alla città. Il prezzo dei fertilizzanti è salito alle stelle, esacerbato dalle interruzioni della catena di approvvigionamento e delle esportazioni dovute alla guerra. Una libbra di pomodori ciliegini al suo stand costa ora 12 dollari, contro i 10 dell’anno scorso.

15 dollari per le patatine fritte. Ha ordinato un cocktail di gin e vodka blu neon per 20 dollari, e poi ha diviso 15 dollari di patatine fritte e 19 dollari di patatine con guacamole.

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«While rent and the cost of Uber trips have reached eye-popping levels, rising food prices are among the most painful results of inflation. In May, food prices in the New York City area rose at their fastest annual pace since 1981. Food prices were still 9.1 percent higher than a year earlier in New York and 10.4 percent higher nationwide. The number of children visiting food pantries was 55 percent higher earlier this year than it was before the pandemic»

«$3.50 for an everything bagel with plain cream cheese and $1.50 for a hot coffee at a street cart. Since high food and gas prices have strained his budget, he will sometimes skip breakfast or lunch to make his $700 monthly rent, or shop at 99-cent stores. His hourly wage recently increased by 5.4 percent, from $24.62 to $25.95»

«It cost him $3.75 for one scoop of strawberry ice cream, an order that increased by 25 cents this summer. He also bought a box of pastries, including a $7 portion of tiramisù, which increased by 50 cents. You almost don’t want to get too mad because you know the restaurant owners are also paying a hefty priceSo you feel empathy, but you’re upset about the price increases. A new refrigerator took more than a year to arrive. Butter prices have surged, partly because of high costs for cattle feed, exacerbated by a drought in parts of the United States»

«$18 for a Sandwich. He spent $30.48 — a cold brew coffee for $4, a shrimp scallion pancake sandwich for $18 and a berry rice cake for $6. They have increased prices to deal with rising food and labor costs, but declined to detail by how much. The price of eggs, an ingredient in several Win Son items, is projected to jump 78 percent this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, after a major bird flu outbreak decimated chicken flocks and lowered egg production.»

«$8 for Blueberries. She was shocked to discover that a pint of berries was now at least $8. As the war in Ukraine constrained the supply of oil, high gas prices made it more expensive for Mr. Migliorelli’s trucks to drive produce 100 miles from the Hudson Valley to the city. The price of fertilizer has soared, exacerbated by the supply-chain and export disruptions of the war. A pound of cherry tomatoes at his stand is now $12, up from $10 last year»

«$15 for French Fries. She ordered a neon blue gin and vodka cocktail for $20, and then split $15 French fries and $19 chips with guacamole»

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$15 French Fries and $18 Sandwiches: Inflation Hits New York

As food prices rise at the fastest rate in decades, it’s become more expensive to eat and drink in New York City.

This was supposed to be a summer of long-awaited celebrations in New York City, the return of a packed calendar full of birthday dinners and happy hours. But New Yorkers are confronting sticker shock everywhere they look, whether they’re shopping for barbecue supplies at the grocery store, ordering a beer after work or grabbing a late-night slice of pizza.

While rent and the cost of Uber trips have reached eye-popping levels, rising food prices are among the most painful results of inflation. In May, food prices in the New York City area rose at their fastest annual pace since 1981, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The effects have been especially visible throughout the city — everybody has to eat.

The increase slowed in June, the most recent inflation report showed, but food prices were still 9.1 percent higher than a year earlier in New York and 10.4 percent higher nationwide.

Rising prices have come for beloved New York staples like the ice cream cones at Mister Softee trucks and the bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches at bodegas. And they have worsened the city’s hunger crisis; the number of children visiting food pantries was 55 percent higher earlier this year than it was before the pandemic, according to City Harvest, the largest food rescue organization in New York City.

Many restaurants and bars that survived the pandemic resisted raising prices last year, afraid of scaring away customers during a fragile recovery. Now, as businesses have increased wages to attract workers in a competitive labor market while facing soaring food and energy costs, higher prices are popping up on menus across the city.

We followed five New Yorkers last month during their weekly eating routines to document where they were seeing the effects of inflation.

                         $3.50 for a Bagel

On a recent Monday morning, shortly after arriving at work, Mamadu Jalloh paid $3.50 for an everything bagel with plain cream cheese and $1.50 for a hot coffee at a street cart near his job in Queens, where he works at a nonprofit organization that helps formerly homeless adults.

The cart’s owner, Ali Apdelwyhap, had just raised coffee prices by 50 cents. Almost every single item in his cart had become more expensive, even the bags of ice he uses to store drinks. He was hesitant to go beyond 50 cents, worried his regulars — who include a large number of construction workers — would stop coming. “It’s too much for people,” he said.

Before the pandemic, Mr. Apdelwyhap’s breakfast cart had been parked in Midtown, serving lawyers and bankers who seemed less sensitive to price increases. Now, with most office workers no longer commuting five days a week, he said he can’t sustain his business there. He settled on this new corner along the northeastern waterfront in Queens after noticing construction sites nearby, hoping it would be a place where workers were required to show up in person.

Mr. Jalloh, 28, is one of them, driving in five days a week from his home in the South Bronx. Since high food and gas prices have strained his budget, he will sometimes skip breakfast or lunch to make his $700 monthly rent, or shop at 99-cent stores.

His hourly wage recently increased by 5.4 percent, from $24.62 to $25.95, as part of a citywide cost-of-living adjustment given to certain nonprofit workers. But, Mr. Jalloh said, it has done little to defray the impact of inflation. “It’s helping, but it’s not really helping,” he said.

                         $3.75 for Ice Cream

Patrick Dunne, a second-year medical student, stopped by Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffe, a bakery in the East Village of Manhattan, for a midday snack. It cost him $3.75 for one scoop of strawberry ice cream, an order that increased by 25 cents this summer. He also bought a box of pastries, including a $7 portion of tiramisù, which increased by 50 cents.

Mr. Dunne, 25, brought the pastries back to his family in the Bronx. He moved in with them after leaving his Manhattan apartment early in the pandemic, and now, with rents surging, he cannot afford his own place.

Mr. Dunne was excited about a summer of eating out with friends, but on days when he has hospital shifts, he more frequently brings granola bars from home or eats from the dollar menu at McDonald’s.

“You almost don’t want to get too mad because you know the restaurant owners are also paying a hefty price,” he said. “So you feel empathy, but you’re upset about the price increases.”

At Veniero’s, the staff was juggling an onslaught of pandemic disruptions. A new refrigerator took more than a year to arrive. Butter prices have surged, partly because of high costs for cattle feed, exacerbated by a drought in parts of the United States. A waitress who quit because she was unvaccinated has not yet been replaced.

Robert Zerilli, the fourth-generation owner, said he “had no choice” but to raise prices last month. “We have to make a profit,” he said.

                         $18 for a Sandwich

During his lunch break on a work-from-home day, Mychal Lopez, 32, walked to Win Son Bakery, a Taiwanese cafe near his apartment in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg neighborhood. He spent $30.48 — a cold brew coffee for $4, a shrimp scallion pancake sandwich for $18 and a berry rice cake for $6.

The owners of Win Son said they have increased prices to deal with rising food and labor costs, but declined to detail by how much. The price of eggs, an ingredient in several Win Son items, is projected to jump 78 percent this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, after a major bird flu outbreak decimated chicken flocks and lowered egg production.

Mr. Lopez said the coffee at Win Son was still cheaper than the typical price in Midtown, where he commutes four days a week to his job for a fashion retailer. The average price of a 16-ounce cold brew around there is $4.88, according to the prices listed at 13 coffee shops.

Mr. Lopez said he has been bringing lunch to the office more after he recently paid $6 for a matcha latte in Midtown. “It’s symptomatic of New York,” he said, sighing. “You’re just like, this is what I need to do to live in the city and get through the day.”

                         $8 for Blueberries

For years, Margaret Rodgers, a retiree who lives in Astoria, Queens, has shopped for fruits and vegetables at the Union Square farmers’ market in Manhattan. She keeps track of her food budget by filling a pouch with $80 in cash. But lately, the pouch has emptied after just two trips to the market. She was shocked to discover that a pint of berries was now at least $8.

“For the first time in my life, I am really feeling the effects of the increasing cost of food,” said Ms. Rodgers, 79.

Ken Migliorelli, who sells produce at the market from his family farm in Dutchess County, said he has had to raise prices across the board. As the war in Ukraine constrained the supply of oil, high gas prices made it more expensive for Mr. Migliorelli’s trucks to drive produce 100 miles from the Hudson Valley to the city. The price of fertilizer has soared, exacerbated by the supply-chain and export disruptions of the war.

This year, Mr. Migliorelli raised the price of blueberries by $2 to $3; they’re now $8 a pint. A pound of peaches rose to $5, from $3.50 last year.

Zaid Kurdieh of Norwich Meadow Farms, another vendor at the Union Square market, said he is trying to minimize price increases on staples like zucchini and carrots, but plans to raise prices by as much as 30 percent on items that are in demand at high-end restaurants, like baby squash. A pound of cherry tomatoes at his stand is now $12, up from $10 last year.

“I can’t keep up with expenses at the moment,” Mr. Kurdieh said. “I’m not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”

                         $15 for French Fries

After a day of work, Kathy Li met up with a colleague at the Skylark, a cocktail bar near Times Square. She ordered a neon blue gin and vodka cocktail for $20, and then split $15 French fries and $19 chips with guacamole — a price she described as “ridiculous.”

Ms. Li, 30, said the financial firm where she works provides free breakfast, lunch and snacks, which frees up her budget to go out frequently for drinks or dinner.

This summer, the Skylark raised prices on its chips and guacamole by $1.25 after avocado prices skyrocketed. (The United States temporarily suspended avocado imports from the Mexican state of Michoacan after a U.S. inspector there faced a safety threat.)

Because of the pandemic, the bar stayed shut until October 2021, and then the Omicron variant prompted widespread cancellations of holiday parties in December, typically the bar’s most lucrative month, according to David Rabin, a Skylark co-owner.

Mr. Rabin has been trying to recover from those losses while also contending with high employee turnover. He increased wages for some managers and spent more on training new hires for positions like security guards.

Mr. Rabin and the bar’s managers had a monthslong debate about whether to raise alcohol prices by $1 and charge $20 per cocktail, a threshold that Mr. Rabin had long resisted.

“We’re not trying to make anyone feel like we’re trying to fleece them,” Mr. Rabin said. But after noticing similar bars in the area charging at least $20, the bar owners decided to make the move. “It has become, unfortunately, the norm,” he said.

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Cina, Geopolitica Asiatica, Problemi militari, Stati Uniti

Cina e Formosa. Xi ed il trionfo della scuola mandarinica. L’occidente è stato sgominato.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-08-11.

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«The exercise demonstrated that blockade in a conflict need not require a constant naval presence offshore»

«L’esercitazione ha dimostrato che il blocco in un conflitto non richiede necessariamente una presenza navale costante al largo»

Cina e Formosa. Report numerico che ne quantizza i rapporti

Gli occidentali non si sono mai peritati di studiare a fondo la storia e la cultura cinese né, tanto meno, la storia e la Weltanschauung della scuola mandarinica. Per non parlare poi di conoscere la lingua cinese. Sono convinti di essere una razza superiore, come quella che i russi fecero sfilare per le strade di Mosca. Sono convinti che tutto il mondo debba parlare inglese e condividere gioiosamente la loro ideologia.

La vittoria arride invece alla Cina ed a Mr Xi, potentemente aiutati dalla ottusa superbia occidentale.

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Le esercitazioni militari cinesi dimostrano che Pechino non ha bisogno di invadere Taiwan per controllarla, ma può strangolare l’isola autogovernata, tagliandola fuori dal mondo esterno. Le esercitazioni dell’Esercito Popolare di Liberazione (PLA), iniziate ufficialmente giovedì scorso, si sono concentrate su sei zone che hanno essenzialmente circondato Taiwan, limitando l’accesso alle navi e agli aerei civili nell’area, mentre le forze armate hanno condotto esercitazioni a fuoco vivo e lanci di missili. Le sei aree sono state scelte per mostrare come la Cina potrebbe tagliare i porti di Taiwan, attaccare le sue installazioni militari più importanti e tagliare l’accesso alle forze straniere che potrebbero venire in aiuto di Taiwan.

Collegare le sei aree in una linea, come un cappio, con il nodo del cappio proprio in direzione sud-ovest. Il Partito Comunista Cinese considera la democratica Taiwan come un suo territorio, nonostante non l’abbia mai controllata. L’unione di Taiwan con la terraferma è una pietra miliare della politica cinese e il presidente Xi Jinping non ha escluso l’uso della forza per riportare l’isola sotto il controllo di Pechino.

Le aree di esercitazione settentrionali sono riuscite a isolare Taiwan da Okinawa, l’isola dove sia il Giappone che gli Stati Uniti basano ingenti risorse militari. Nelle aree meridionali, il PLA ha dimostrato di poter controllare il Canale di Bashi, unica via di accesso e di uscita dal Mar Cinese Meridionale, ha aggiunto. E nelle zone orientali, le forze cinesi hanno dimostrato che un accurato fuoco missilistico cinese può costringere le navi da guerra straniere ad allontanarsi dalle acque di Taiwan.

Nei giorni precedenti, il PLA ha anche sparato razzi verso piccole isole controllate da Taiwan vicino alla terraferma e ha lanciato missili balistici più lontano, alcuni dei quali hanno sorvolato Taiwan e sono caduti nell’oceano a est dell’isola. Cinque sono caduti nella zona economica esclusiva del Giappone, un messaggio a uno dei principali sostenitori di Taiwan e al governo di Taipei.

Le navi e gli aerei commerciali sono stati avvertiti di non avvicinarsi alle zone di esercitazione, costringendo i trasportatori e le compagnie aeree a organizzare rotte alternative. Il blocco di sei zone ha dimostrato che qualsiasi conquista di Taiwan potrebbe iniziare con una strategia di isolamento. L’esercitazione ha dimostrato che il blocco in un conflitto non richiede necessariamente una presenza navale costante al largo, ma piuttosto il traffico marittimo e aereo può essere scoraggiato da minacce aeree e missilistiche a sostegno di un blocco marittimo.

Le dimensioni, l’estensione geografica e la complessità dell’esercitazione riflettono mesi di pianificazione. Nulla permette di conoscere meglio le reali capacità di un esercito che vederle schierate.

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«China’s military exercises show Beijing doesn’t need to invade Taiwan to control it — rather it can strangle the self-ruled island, cutting it off from the outside world. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) drills, which officially began last Thursday, focused on six zones that essentially encircled Taiwan, restricting access to civilian ships and aircraft in the area, as forces conducted live-fire drills and missile launches. The six areas were chosen to show how China could cut off Taiwan’s ports, attack its most important military installations, and sever access for foreign forces that may come to Taiwan’s aid.

«Connect the six areas in a line, like a noose, with the knot of the noose right in the southwest direction. China’s Communist Party views democratic Taiwan as its territory — despite never having controlled it. Uniting Taiwan with the mainland is a cornerstone of Chinese policy and President Xi Jinping has not ruled out the use of force to bring the island under Beijing’s control»

«The northern exercise areas had successfully sealed off Taiwan from Okinawa, the island where both Japan and the United States base substantial military assets. In the southern areas, the PLA showed it could control the Bashi Channel,  only way to enter and exit the South China Sea, he said. And in the eastern areas, China’s forces showed that accurate Chinese missile fire could force foreign warships to back away from Taiwan’s waters»

«On previous days, the PLA also fired rockets toward small, Taiwan-controlled islands near the mainland, and launched ballistic missiles farther afield, with some flying over Taiwan and falling in the ocean east of the island. Five splashed down in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone — a message to one of Taiwan’s key supporters as well as the government in Taipei»

«Commercial ships and aircraft were warned to stay clear of the exercise zones, forcing shippers and airlines to arrange alternative routes. The blockade of six zones showed that any takeover of Taiwan could begin with an isolation strategy. The exercise demonstrated that blockade in a conflict need not require a constant naval presence offshore, but rather, shipping and air traffic can be deterred by air and missile threats in support of a maritime blockade»

«The size, geographic expanse and complexity of the exercise reflected months of planning. Nothing provides better insights into the actual capability of a military than seeing them deployed»

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China drills show Beijing is developing the ability to strangle Taiwan, experts say

Seoul, South Korea (CNN). China’s military exercises show Beijing doesn’t need to invade Taiwan to control it — rather it can strangle the self-ruled island, cutting it off from the outside world, Chinese and American analysts say.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) drills, which officially began last Thursday, focused on six zones that essentially encircled Taiwan, restricting access to civilian ships and aircraft in the area, as forces conducted live-fire drills and missile launches.

Meng Xiangqing, a professor at the PLA National Defense University, said the six areas were chosen to show how China could cut off Taiwan’s ports, attack its most important military installations, and sever access for foreign forces that may come to Taiwan’s aid.

“Connect the six areas in a line, like a noose, with the knot of the noose right in the southwest direction,” Meng said in an interview with state-run broadcaster CCTV.

China’s Communist Party views democratic Taiwan as its territory — despite never having controlled it. Uniting Taiwan with the mainland is a cornerstone of Chinese policy and President Xi Jinping has not ruled out the use of force to bring the island under Beijing’s control.

Meng noted the northern exercise areas had successfully sealed off Taiwan from Okinawa, the island where both Japan and the United States base substantial military assets. In the southern areas, the PLA showed it could control the Bashi Channel, “the only way to enter and exit the South China Sea,” he said. And in the eastern areas, China’s forces showed that accurate Chinese missile fire could force foreign warships to back away from Taiwan’s waters, he added.

“This is an unprecedented encirclement of Taiwan Island,” Meng said.

And on Monday, China issued a notice to say drills were continuing.

                         A trigger for long-planned exercises

The exercises kicked off after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi angered Beijing by visiting Taipei last week to show her support for democracy on the island.

Beijing flooded the seas and skies around Taiwan with ships and jets — as many as 80 Chinese warplanes and vessels were detected in the Taiwan Strait Sunday, according to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry.

On previous days, the PLA also fired rockets toward small, Taiwan-controlled islands near the mainland, and launched ballistic missiles farther afield, with some flying over Taiwan and falling in the ocean east of the island. Five splashed down in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone — a message to one of Taiwan’s key supporters as well as the government in Taipei.

A map of the six Chinese exercise areas “clearly plots out where the Chinese think the key operating areas are for their strategic intimidation of Taiwan,” Mick Ryan, an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Australian Army general, wrote on Twitter.

Commercial ships and aircraft were warned to stay clear of the exercise zones, forcing shippers and airlines to arrange alternative routes.

Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center in Hawaii said the blockade of six zones showed that any takeover of Taiwan could begin with an isolation strategy.

“The exercise demonstrated that blockade in a conflict need not require a constant naval presence offshore, but rather, shipping and air traffic can be deterred by air and missile threats in support of a maritime blockade,” Schuster said.

“The exercise … suggests Beijing would first isolate Taiwan and resort to air and missile strikes in hopes of breaking Taipei’s political will. A costly invasion probably is a last resort,” Schuster said.

                         What could come next

Schuster said much of what Beijing demonstrated had long been in the works. The drills coincided with standard military exercises on the PLA’s training calendar, but he said Pelosi’s visit allowed China to make a bigger statement.

“The size, geographic expanse and complexity of the exercise reflected months of planning,” he said. “This exercise marks the latest escalation in China’s expanding military exercise and Taiwan-intimidation campaign.”

He said he expects the PLA will continue to put pressure on Taiwan, and could also send a message to Japan with more drills to the north of the island.

New exercises are also likely in the South China Sea, the 1.3 million square miles of water, almost all of which China claims as its sovereign territory, where Beijing has built up military fortifications on contested islands, Schuster said.

While continuing exercises will allow the PLA to refine its tactics and operations, they also can provide an opportunity for adversaries to learn about the modern Chinese military, experts say.

“Nothing provides better insights into the actual capability of a military than seeing them deployed,” Ryan, the former Australian Army general, wrote on Twitter.

With last week’s drills, Xi had to demonstrate he would not waver on his commitment to bringing Taiwan under Beijing’s control, Schuster said. Pelosi’s visit to the island posed a direct threat to that by presenting an alternative vision of democracy.

“(Pelosi) leads the democratically elected branch that originates America’s government funding and economic policies. Her position and role makes her commitment to Taiwan’s security particularly significant,” Schuster said.

“Unable to bully her, Xi had to demonstrate China’s power — diplomatic, economic and military,” he said.

While the military exercises gave Xi strong visuals to support his resolve, China also hit Pelosi and the US government with a range of sanctions.

The measures include the cancellation of future phone calls and meetings between Chinese and US military leaders and the suspension of cooperation on matters including the repatriation of illegal immigrants, legal assistance on criminal matters and the combat of transnational crimes. Talks on climate change were also suspended.

Beijing also announced measures targeting Pelosi and members of her immediate family.

“The goal is intimidation via the application of all elements of Chinese power,” Schuster said.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Cina, Stati Uniti

Cina e Formosa. Report numerico che ne quantizza i rapporti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-08-10.

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Il commercio di Taiwan con la Cina è di gran lunga superiore a quello con gli Stati Uniti. L’anno scorso, la Cina continentale e Hong Kong hanno rappresentato il 42% delle esportazioni di Taiwan, mentre gli Stati Uniti avevano una quota del 15%. Circa il 22% delle importazioni di Taiwan lo scorso anno proveniva dalla Cina continentale e da Hong Kong, contro il 10% degli Stati Uniti. Molte aziende con sede a Taiwan gestiscono fabbriche nella Cina continentale. Nel 2021, le aziende di Taiwan hanno ricevuto 200.1 miliardi di dollari in ordini di esportazione dagli Stati Uniti.

I dati mostrano che Taiwan dipende dalla Cina per gli scambi commerciali più di quanto non dipenda dagli Stati Uniti, anche se questa settimana il presidente della Camera dei Deputati Nancy Pelosi ha appoggiato Taiwan in una visita di alto profilo.

Gli Stati Uniti riconoscono Pechino come unico governo legale della Cina, pur mantenendo relazioni non ufficiali con Taiwan. Tuttavia, i legami economici e commerciali di Taiwan con la Cina continentale e Hong Kong sono cresciuti a tal punto che la regione è di gran lunga il principale partner commerciale dell’isola.

Molte grandi aziende taiwanesi del settore high-tech, come il più grande produttore di chip al mondo, la Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. o TSMC. – hanno fabbriche nella Cina continentale. L’anno scorso, la Cina continentale e Hong Kong hanno rappresentato il 42% delle esportazioni di Taiwan, mentre gli Stati Uniti hanno avuto una quota del 15%. In totale, nel 2021 Taiwan ha esportato beni per 188.91 miliardi di dollari verso la Cina continentale e Hong Kong. Le esportazioni di Taiwan verso il Sud-Est asiatico sono state addirittura superiori a quelle verso gli Stati Uniti, con 70.25 miliardi di dollari verso la regione, contro i 65.7 miliardi di dollari verso gli Stati Uniti. Come fonte delle importazioni di Taiwan, la Cina continentale e Hong Kong si sono nuovamente classificate al primo posto con una quota del 22%. Gli Stati Uniti hanno registrato solo una quota del 10%, dietro a Giappone, Europa e Sud-est asiatico. Le esportazioni di Taiwan verso il Sud-est asiatico sono state addirittura superiori a quelle verso gli Stati Uniti, con 70.25 miliardi di dollari verso la regione, contro 65.7 miliardi di dollari verso gli Stati Uniti. Come fonte delle importazioni di Taiwan, la Cina continentale e Hong Kong si sono nuovamente classificate al primo posto con una quota del 22%. Gli Stati Uniti hanno raggiunto solo il 10%, dietro a Giappone, Europa e Sud-est asiatico.

Negli ultimi anni, Taiwan ha acquistato una quantità crescente di prodotti dalla Cina continentale e viceversa.

Negli ultimi cinque anni, le importazioni di Taiwan dalla Cina continentale sono aumentate di circa l’87%, contro una crescita del 44% delle importazioni dagli Stati Uniti. Le esportazioni di Taiwan verso la Cina continentale sono cresciute del 71% tra il 2016 e il 2021. Ma le esportazioni verso gli Stati Uniti sono quasi raddoppiate, con una crescita del 97%. Nel 2021, le aziende di Taiwan riceveranno 200.1 miliardi di dollari in ordini di esportazione dagli Stati Uniti.

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«Taiwan’s trade with China is far bigger than its trade with the U.S.. Mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for 42% of Taiwan’s exports last year, while the U.S. had a 15% share. About 22% of Taiwan’s imports last year came from mainland China and Hong Kong, versus 10% from the U.S. Many Taiwan-based companies operate factories in mainland China. In 2021, Taiwan businesses received $200.1 billion in U.S. export orders»

«Data show that Taiwan depends more on China for trade than it does on the U.S., even if U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw her weight behind Taiwan this week in a high-profile visit»

«The U.S. recognizes Beijing as the sole legal government of China, while maintaining unofficial relations with Taiwan. Still, Taiwan’s business and economic ties with mainland China and Hong Kong have grown so large that the region is by far the island’s largest trading partner»

«Many large Taiwanese companies in high-tech industries such the world’s biggest chipmaker — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., or TSMC. — operate factories in mainland China. Last year, mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for 42% of Taiwan’s exports, while the U.S. had a 15% share. In all,

. Taiwan’s exports to Southeast Asia were even greater than those to the U.S. — at $70.25 billion to the region, versus $65.7 billion to the U.S. As a source of Taiwan’s imports, mainland China and Hong Kong again ranked first with a 22% share. The U.S. only had a 10% share, ranking behind Japan, Europe and Southeast Asia. Taiwan’s exports to Southeast Asia were even greater than those to the U.S. — at $70.25 billion to the region, versus $65.7 billion to the U.S. As a source of Taiwan’s imports, mainland China and Hong Kong again ranked first with a 22% share. The U.S. only had a 10% share, ranking behind Japan, Europe and Southeast Asia»

«In recent years, Taiwan has bought an increasing amount of products from mainland China, and vice versa.

Over the last five years, Taiwan’s imports from mainland China have surged by about 87% versus 44% growth in imports from the U.S. Taiwan’s exports to mainland China grew by 71% between 2016 and 2021. But exports to the U.S. nearly doubled, growing by 97%. In 2021, Taiwan businesses received $200.1 billion in U.S. export orders»

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Taiwan’s trade with China is far bigger than its trade with the U.S.

– Mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for 42% of Taiwan’s exports last year, while the U.S. had a 15% share, according to official Taiwan data accessed through Wind Information.

– About 22% of Taiwan’s imports last year came from mainland China and Hong Kong, versus 10% from the U.S., official data showed.

– Many Taiwan-based companies operate factories in mainland China. In 2021, Taiwan businesses received $200.1 billion in U.S. export orders, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service.

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Beijing — Data show that Taiwan depends more on China for trade than it does on the U.S., even if U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw her weight behind Taiwan this week in a high-profile visit.

Taiwan came under military and economic pressure from Beijing this week, after the democratically self-ruled island allowed the visit of Pelosi — the highest-ranking U.S. official to set foot on Taiwan in 25 years.

The visit came despite warnings from China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory and maintains the island should have no right to conduct foreign relations. The U.S. recognizes Beijing as the sole legal government of China, while maintaining unofficial relations with Taiwan.

Still, Taiwan’s business and economic ties with mainland China and Hong Kong have grown so large that the region is by far the island’s largest trading partner.

Many large Taiwanese companies in high-tech industries such the world’s biggest chipmaker — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., or TSMC. — operate factories in mainland China.

Last year, mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for 42% of Taiwan’s exports, while the U.S. had a 15% share, according to official Taiwan data accessed through Wind Information.

In all, Taiwan exported $188.91 billion in goods to mainland China and Hong Kong in 2021. More than half were electronic parts, followed by optical equipment, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance.

Taiwan’s exports to Southeast Asia were even greater than those to the U.S. — at $70.25 billion to the region, versus $65.7 billion to the U.S., the data showed.

As a source of Taiwan’s imports, mainland China and Hong Kong again ranked first with a 22% share. The U.S. only had a 10% share, ranking behind Japan, Europe and Southeast Asia.

                               Growing trade with mainland China

In recent years, Taiwan has bought an increasing amount of products from mainland China, and vice versa.

Over the last five years, Taiwan’s imports from mainland China have surged by about 87% versus 44% growth in imports from the U.S.

Taiwan’s exports to mainland China grew by 71% between 2016 and 2021. But exports to the U.S. nearly doubled, growing by 97%.

Top U.S. purchases of Taiwan’s goods include electrical machinery, vehicles, plastics and iron and steel products, according to U.S. government data.

Many Taiwan-based companies — such as Apple supplier Foxconn — operate factories in mainland China.

In 2021, Taiwan businesses received $200.1 billion in U.S. export orders, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service.

                         Comparable to Shanghai

According to a 2020 census, about 157,900 people from Taiwan resided in mainland China, a roughly 7% decrease over the preceding decade.

The entire island of Taiwan was home to about 23.6 million people in 2020, slightly less than Shanghai’s population of roughly 25 million people at the time.

However, Taiwan’s economy is larger than Shanghai’s, at about $781.58 billion versus $680.31 billion last year, according to official figures.

In 2021, Shanghai’s share of mainland China’s GDP was 3.8%.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

L’America è in recessione e la Fed non riesce a contenere la inflazione.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-08-06.

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«the worst may still be to come»

Banche americane. Si prospetta un secondo trimestre di perdite.

Mondo. Ci si prepari ad una recessione epocale. – Bloomberg.

Biden. Axios fa una impietosa ma realistica analisi. Biden è impotente contro la inflazione.

Usa. Volevano far fallire la Russia e stanno fallendo loro. Persi 11,700 miliardi.

Usa. Midterm. I sondaggi darebbero Congresso e Senato ai Repubblicani.

Fondi Pensioni ed Inflazione. Il macello è già iniziato. L’inflazione li falcia senza pietà.

Usa. 81% degli adulti teme la inflazione e la recessione questo anno.

Usa. Misurata in modo corretto l’inflazione è al 17.1% annualizzato. – Bloomberg.

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L’economia statunitense si è contratta per il secondo trimestre consecutivo. Vogliamo vedere la domanda al di sotto del potenziale per un periodo prolungato, per creare un rallentamento e dare all’inflazione la possibilità di scendere. Anche prima che la Fed iniziasse ad alzare i tassi a marzo, i tassi ipotecari hanno iniziato a salire in anticipo, quasi raddoppiando dalla fine dell’anno scorso a quasi il 6% e rendendo le case già costose ancora meno accessibili.

Il calo del 14% degli investimenti residenziali nel secondo trimestre è stato il maggiore degli ultimi 12 anni. E con la Fed che continua ad alzare i tassi – forse un altro punto percentuale quest’anno, come ha suggerito Powell mercoledì – il peggio potrebbe ancora venire.

La spesa per i consumi, che rappresenta circa i due terzi dell’economia statunitense, è rallentata a un tasso di crescita annualizzato dell’1% nel secondo trimestre, rispetto al ritmo dell’1.8% del primo. Il rallentamento della crescita è stato determinato da un calo del 4.4% della spesa per i beni.

Corretto per l’inflazione, il consumo di generi alimentari è sceso di 33.5 miliardi di dollari, con il risultato che i generi alimentari hanno avuto il maggiore impatto sull’economia in quasi mezzo secolo. L’economia sta chiaramente perdendo slancio.

Il freno delle scorte indica che le aziende sono molto preoccupate e stanno riducendo le spese. Questo fa parte dell’atmosfera di recessione.

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«The U.S. economy contracted for a second straight quarter. We do want to see demand running below potential for a sustained period to create slack and give inflation a chance to come down. Even before the Fed began raising rates in March, mortgage rates began rising in anticipation, nearly doubling since late last year to nearly 6% and making already pricey houses even less affordable»

«The second quarter’s 14% decline in residential investment was the largest in 12 years. And with the Fed still raising rates – perhaps another full percentage point this year, Powell suggested on Wednesday – the worst may still be to come»

«Consumer spending, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the U.S. economy, slowed to a 1% annualized growth rate in the second quarter, from a 1.8% pace in the first. The slowing growth was driven by a 4.4% drop in spending on goods»

«Adjusted for inflation, food consumption fell $33.5 billion, resulting in food having its largest drag on the economy in nearly half a century. The economy is clearly losing momentum. The inventories drag tells you that corporations are very concerned and are pulling back on their spending. That’s part of a recession atmosphere»

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The U.S. economy is shrinking. The Fed’s rate hikes may have only just begun to bite

(Reuters) – The U.S. economy contracted for a second straight quarter, the Commerce Department reported on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by three quarters of a percentage point to a range of 2.25%-2.50% in an effort to slow growth and ease price pressures.

The report likely won’t change Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s view that an economy that is adding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month is not in recession, and won’t deter him from raising borrowing costs further.

But he and colleagues will be parsing it carefully for clues on where their policy tightening to bring down decades-high inflation is already having an effect, where it may yet begin to bite, and whether they are on track for the soft landing they aim for or the harder crash that analysts increasingly fear.

“We do want to see demand running below potential for a sustained period to create slack and give inflation a chance to come down,” Powell said on Wednesday. “It’s also worth noting that these rate hikes have been large and they’ve come quickly, and it’s likely that their full effect has not been felt by the economy. So there’s probably some additional tightening – significant additional tightening in the pipeline.”

The GDP adds to evidence that the aimed-for slowdown is already happening, although only part of that is due to the Fed. Here’s a partial breakdown:

                         SLUMP IN HOUSING: FED RATE HIKES AT WORK

Of all the categories in GDP, the interest-rate sensitive housing sector is where the effects of the Fed’s actions to tighten financial conditions are the most obvious. Even before the Fed began raising rates in March, mortgage rates began rising in anticipation, nearly doubling since late last year to nearly 6% and making already pricey houses even less affordable.

The second quarter’s 14% decline in residential investment was the largest in 12 years aside from the stall in housing during the initial lockdowns to stem COVID-19 infections in the second quarter of 2020.

It is unusual for this large of a housing subtraction from economic growth to occur outside of a recession.

Other recent data shows homes sales are declining with sales of previously owned homes falling for a fifth straight month in June, and housing starts and building permits also declining further.

And with the Fed still raising rates – perhaps another full percentage point this year, Powell suggested on Wednesday – the worst may still be to come.

                         CONSUMER SPENDING SLOWING: SOME FED EFFECT BUT MORE TO COME

Consumer spending, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the U.S. economy, slowed to a 1% annualized growth rate in the second quarter, from a 1.8% pace in the first, the report showed.

The slowing growth was driven by a 4.4% drop in spending on goods, which had soared during the pandemic, and a look under the hood suggests that much of that was down to high inflation rather than a reaction to higher borrowing costs.

For example, in nominal terms, consumers spent nearly $6 billion more on food for consumption at home than in the first quarter but took home less of it. Adjusted for inflation, food consumption fell $33.5 billion, resulting in food having its largest drag on the economy in nearly half a century.

Meanwhile, spending on services rose 4.1%, the report showed, as people freed from pandemic restrictions spent on travel and restaurants. It’s not clear how long that will last though, said Rubeela Farooqi of High Frequency Economics.

“The question really is… what is the staying power of service spending? The Fed is really hiking into a slowdown… (it’s) in a tough spot,” Farooqi said, noting households will soon begin to tap out their savings and take on more credit card debt to finance their lives.

                         BUSINESS SPENDING SLIPS: PART FED

Business spending – or nonresidential fixed investment, in the parlance of the Commerce Department – slipped 0.1% on an annualized basis, driven mostly by a slump in spending on structures by every industry except mining and drilling, which was busy putting up rigs to get more oil from the ground as energy prices soared.

“The economy is clearly losing momentum,” wrote JP Morgan’s Michael Feroli, noting the decline in business spending along with the drops in consumer spending on goods and investment in housing. “At least the Fed has something to show for its rate hikes.”

                         INVENTORIES, EXPORTS: UNCLEAR

The report reflected a slowdown in inventory accumulation and a boost to growth from trade, both of which analysts said at least partially reflected pandemic-disrupted supply chains. But for some, they suggest worries of a downturn to come.

“(The inventories drag) tells you that corporations are very concerned and are pulling back on their spending. That’s part of a recession atmosphere,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities.

                         GLIMMER OF HOPE ON INFLATION: MORE NEEDED

Inflation as measured by the core personal consumption price index, a measure central bankers are attuned to because it strips out more volatile components like food and energy, fell to 4.4% in the second quarter from 5.2% in the first. While that is a move in the right direction, that’s still way above the Fed’s 2% goal and as Powell said repeatedly on Wednesday the central bank needs much clearer evidence of inflation coming down before policymakers relax their guard.

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Usa. Elezioni primarie. Mr Trump fa piazza pulita. I suoi 42 candidati stravincono le primarie.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-08-05.

Donald Trump photographed at Trump Tower in NYC
Donald Trump photographed at the Trump Tower on 5th Ave. in Manhattan, NYC on Monday, September 21, 2015. (Damon Winter/ The New York Times)

Negli Stati Uniti si stanno tenendo le elezioni primarie per essere candidati alle elezioni di midterm.

In campo repubblicano gli Elettori hanno fatto fuori tutti i candidati che avevano tradito Mr Trump ed il partito repubblicano, e ben 42 candidati presentati da Mr Trump sono stati acclamati vincitori.

È stata una bonifica grandiosa. Comunque vadano i risultati di midterm, i repubblicano eletti saranno granitici servitori del partito, le teste dei giuda sono cadute senza speranza di appello.

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La livorosa stizza dei liberal emocratici è più che bene evidenziata dall’articolo della Bbc qui a seguito riportato. Questa testata coagula la quintessenza dei liberal: tutti loggia, perversioni mentali e sessuali, strenui sostenitori che nelle elezioni del 2020 non siano successi brogli elettorali.

La Bbc ripete in maniera stereotipa il ritornello

«repeated his false claims about fraud and malpractice in the 2020 presidential election performed well»

«un negazionista dei risultati elettorali»

Orbene.

Se i liberal democratici affermano che non ci siano stati brogli elettorali nelle elezioni del 2020 è la certificazione ufficiale che vi siano successi brogli galattici. Se i liberal fossero onesti non sarebbero liberal. È vero l’esatto opposto di ciò che affermano.

Tutto è in loro menzogna. E gli Elettori questo lo hanno capito più che bene.

Midterm si avvicina a grandi passi.

«A proposito delle elezioni di metà mandato, attualmente i Democratici hanno 50 seggi su 100 al Senato e 221 seggi su 435 alla Camera. La maggioranza è quindi già oggi molto debole, in particolar modo al Senato dove per la maggior parte delle leggi sono necessari 60 voti e non è sufficiente la maggioranza assoluta. Secondo i sondaggi elaborati da FiveThirtyEight, i Repubblicani, invece, incassano il 45,5% di consensi, mentre i Dem sono fermi al 42,9%. Nonostante il partito repubblicano sia avanti non in tutti sondaggi a livello nazionale, il sistema elettorale li favorisce abbondantemente.» [Fonte]

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Mr Trump ha fatto 42 endorsement alle recenti primarie.

Rusty Bowers, che ha sfidato Trump e rinnegato il partito repubblicano, perde la candidatura alla rielezione.

Un repubblicano che ha resistito alle pressioni di Donald Trump per contribuire a ribaltare le elezioni del 2020 ha perso un voto a favore di un candidato appoggiato dall’ex presidente

Rusty Bowers sperava di essere eletto al Senato dello Stato dell’Arizona, ma ha perso le primarie del partito a favore di David Farnsworth.

Lo strenuo conservatore ha anche testimoniato contro Trump alla commissione che indaga sulla rivolta del Campidoglio dello scorso anno.

Anche in altre parti degli Stati Uniti gli elettori repubblicani hanno appoggiato candidati sostenuti da Trump.

Martedì, in diversi Stati, sono stati scelti i candidati a seguito delle elezioni primarie che decidono chi rappresenterà il partito alle elezioni di metà mandato di novembre.

In seguito, il partito repubblicano dell’Arizona – che si è spostato costantemente a destra ed è sempre più favorevole a Trump – ha formalmente censurato Bowers, affermando che non era adatto a servire il partito e che non era più un repubblicano in regola.

Trump ha appoggiato il suo sfidante e ha definito Bowers un Rino (repubblicano solo di nome), termine preferito da Trump per i membri del suo partito che si rifiutano di sostenere le sue false affermazioni di frode elettorale.

Anche in Arizona, uno Stato chiave per la battaglia, Mark Finchem – un negazionista dei risultati elettorali che ha protestato fuori dal Campidoglio il 6 gennaio 2021 – ha vinto la nomination repubblicana per la carica di segretario di Stato.

In Michigan, il candidato Tudor Nixon, appoggiato da Trump, ha vinto la nomination repubblicana a governatore.

Sempre in Michigan, Peter Meijer, uno dei 10 repubblicani della Camera che hanno votato per l’impeachment di Trump l’anno scorso, ha perso contro John Gibbs, che è stato assistente del segretario agli alloggi di Trump.

Il procuratore generale del Kansas Derek Schmidt, appoggiato da Trump, ha ottenuto la candidatura repubblicana a governatore.

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«Trump made 42 endorsements in recent primaries»

«Rusty Bowers, who defied Trump, loses re-election bid»

«A Republican who resisted pressure from Donald Trump to help overturn the 2020 election has lost a vote to a candidate endorsed by the former president»

«Rusty Bowers was hoping to fight for election to the Arizona state senate, but lost the party’s primary vote to David Farnsworth»

«The staunch conservative also testified against Mr Trump to the committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot»

«Republican voters elsewhere in the US also backed Trump-endorsed candidates»

«Candidates were chosen in a number of states on Tuesday following primary elections that decide who will stand for the party in November’s mid-terms»

«Afterwards, the Arizona Republican party – which has shifted steadily rightwards and is reliably pro-Trump – formally censured Mr Bowers, saying that he was unfit to serve the party and no longer a Republican in good standing»

«Mr Trump endorsed his challenger, and dismissed Mr Bowers as a “Rino” – Republican in name only – a favoured term of Mr Trump’s for members of his party who refuse to back his false claims of election fraud»

«Also in Arizona, which is a key battleground state, Mark Finchem – an election result denier who protested outside the Capitol on 6 January 2021 – won the Republican nomination for secretary of state»

«In Michigan, Trump-endorsed candidate Tudor Nixon won the Republican nomination for governor»

«Also in Michigan, Peter Meijer, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr Trump last year, lost to John Gibbs who served as Mr Trump’s Assistant Housing Secretary»

«Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, endorsed by Mr Trump, secured the Republican nomination for governor»

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Trump made 42 endorsements in recent primaries. Here’s who won — and who we’re still waiting on.

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US primaries: Rusty Bowers, who defied Trump, loses re-election bid

A Republican who resisted pressure from Donald Trump to help overturn the 2020 election has lost a vote to a candidate endorsed by the former president.

Rusty Bowers was hoping to fight for election to the Arizona state senate, but lost the party’s primary vote to David Farnsworth.

The staunch conservative also testified against Mr Trump to the committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot.

Republican voters elsewhere in the US also backed Trump-endorsed candidates.

Candidates were chosen in a number of states on Tuesday following primary elections that decide who will stand for the party in November’s mid-terms.

Those who have publicly supported Donald Trump and repeated his false claims about fraud and malpractice in the 2020 presidential election performed well.

It was a clear indication of Mr Trump’s continuing influence on the Republican Party and the enduring support for his claims about the election he lost to President Joe Biden.

Mr Trump, who has hinted publicly at potentially running for president again, has endorsed dozens of Republican candidates.

Mr Bowers, 69, gave emotional testimony to the committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol in which he said Mr Trump and his adviser Rudy Giuliani tried to push him to help overturn the election results.

Afterwards, the Arizona Republican party – which has shifted steadily rightwards and is reliably pro-Trump – formally censured Mr Bowers, saying that he was “unfit to serve” the party and no longer a Republican “in good standing”.

Mr Trump endorsed his challenger, and dismissed Mr Bowers as a “Rino” – Republican in name only – a favoured term of Mr Trump’s for members of his party who refuse to back his false claims of election fraud.

Mr Farnsworth, a 71-year-old former state senator, received the backing of a number of Mr Trump’s top allies. He has claimed the 2020 election was influenced by “a real conspiracy headed up by the devil himself”.

Also in Arizona, which is a key battleground state, Mark Finchem – an election result denier who protested outside the Capitol on 6 January 2021 – won the Republican nomination for secretary of state.

And Blake Masters, a venture capitalist backed by Mr Trump and the technology entrepreneur Peter Thiel, captured the party’s nomination to run for Arizona’s US Senate seat against Democrat Mark Kelly in November.

In Michigan, Trump-endorsed candidate Tudor Nixon won the Republican nomination for governor. She will now face Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, an outspoken Trump opponent, later this year.

Also in Michigan, Peter Meijer, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr Trump last year, lost to John Gibbs who served as Mr Trump’s Assistant Housing Secretary. He has repeated the former president’s false claims of election fraud and has said the 2020 election results were “mathematically impossible”.

Elsewhere, Washington Representative Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Republicans who also voted to impeach Mr Trump, were fighting for their political lives.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, endorsed by Mr Trump, secured the Republican nomination for governor.

But also in the state, Secretary of State Scott Schwab, a Republican who has opposed Mr Trump, successfully fought off a primary challenge from Mike Brown, a former county commissioner, who has spread false claims about the 2020 election.