“As the data clearly shows to anyone who wants to look at it, the mRNA vaccines are not safe, not effective and not necessary. I implore the Government to halt their use immediately. As I have demonstrated and as the data clearly shows, the Government’s current policy on the mRNA vaccines is on the wrong side of medical ethics, it is on the wrong side of scientific data, and ultimately it will be on the wrong side of history.”
– Andrew Bridgen, Member of Parliament for North West Leicestershire
Stock levels of used EVs in the U.K. has nearly doubled from about 10,600 at the beginning of 2021 to 20,600 at the end of the third quarter of 2022.
Auto Trader further reported that the number of online searches and advert views for used cars has fallen by 12.6 percent in the past 12 months. This is the first time year-over-year interest in electric vehicles has declined since April 2020, when economic restrictions imposed by the global Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns hampered economic activities.
Auto Trader has attributed the drop in demand for EVs to the surging price of electricity, which makes driving and maintaining EVs in the U.K. prohibitively costly, and the slowly declining prices of diesel and gasoline making traditional internal combustion engine vehicles cheaper to drive.
Furthermore, Auto Trader noted that concerns about government policies toward EVs are preventing potential new car owners from choosing electric models.
This comes as the British government announced that it was withdrawing subsidies for electric cars. This came in two phases. First, back in June, government ministers scrapped a 1,500 pound ($1,855) grant for purchases of new EVs. Then last month, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced that new zero-emission vehicles will no longer be exempt from paying road taxes beginning in 2025.
Separate figures regarding EV demand issued by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed plug-in pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids only accounted for 28 percent of the new car market in November.
UK not ready for 2030 ban on new gas and diesel car sales
Auto Trader has pushed back its forecast when EVs will account for 50 percent of new car sales in Britain from 2026 to 2027. In its “Road to 2030” report, named after the year when sales of new cars and vans in the U.K. powered by gasoline or diesel will be banned, Auto Trader said electric vehicles remain inaccessible for most people in the U.K. due to surging upfront costs. This keeps EVs as the “preserve of wealthier, older and more affluent buyers.”
An average used electric car in the U.K. costs around 10,000 pounds ($12,382) more than an equivalent gas- or diesel-powered model.
“The later stages of the U.K.’s road to electrification are going to be particularly steep,” said the company in its report.
Auto Trader Commercial Director Ian Plummer believes the slowdown in EV sales is only temporary, but the cost of operating and maintaining an electric car remains “a significant pothole on the road to 2030, and highlights that urgent action is required to drive adoption beyond just the more affluent who can afford the ‘green premium’ of EVs.”
Auto Trader Editorial Director Erin Baker said the focus of the British government and civil society on reducing electricity consumption due to the energy supply crunch has contributed greatly to “the rapid decline in consumer appetite” for EVs.
She added that this willingness to forego the use and sale of EVs shows that “the market is on thin ice where mass electric adoption is concerned.
“And with the forecast of new car electric sales reaching 50 percent being pushed back to 2027, the market faces a precarious combination of factors which could cause major potholes on the road to 2030 without further action from [the British] Government and industry to encourage mass adoption,” Baker said. “There are some positive signs with running costs still in EVs’ favor and more affordable models in the pipeline, particularly those from Asia. But today’s slowdown in demand for EVs translates into lower sales as we enter 2023.”
Learn more about how the energy crisis in Europe is affecting electric vehicle use at RoboCars.news.
(Natural News) Finally, it appears as though FTX crypto-exchange fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried will face some justice after allegedly committing one of the grossest acts of fraud in modern history.
SBF was charged with eight counts of criminal actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission that included conspiracy and wire fraud after allegedly misappropriating billions of dollars in customer funds before the collapse of his $30 billion crypto empire.
The government’s indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday morning, charges SBF with conspiring “to defraud customers of FTX.com by misappropriating those customers’ deposits and using those deposits to pay expenses and debts of Alameda Research.” The charges include conspiring to commit wire fraud on customer and lenders, wire fraud on customers and lenders, conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering, according to Zero Hedge.
But some of the most serious charges are conspiracy to defraud the United States, along with violations of campaign finance laws after becoming the second-largest donor to Democrats during the 2020 election cycle.
The indictment reads, in part:
[SBF] willfully and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit offenses against the United States by engaging in violations of federal law involving the making, receiving, and reporting of a contribution, donation, or expenditure, in violation of Title 52, United States Code, Sections 30109(d) (1) (A) & (0).
[SBF] did defraud the United States, and an agency thereof, by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of a department and agency of the United States through deceitful and dishonest means, to wit, the Federal Election Commission’s function to administer federal law concerning source and amount restrictions in federal elections…
FTX filed for bankruptcy protection last month after revelations surfaced that the crypto company was improperly connected to investment firm Alameda Research; “both were controlled by Bankman-Fried and an insular group of amateur executives working from a luxury penthouse in the Bahamas,” The Daily Wire noted further.
He’s been charged, specifically, with violations of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, two Great Depression-era laws aimed at heading off fraudulent business practices some say led to the collapse of banks.
“We allege that Sam Bankman-Fried built a house of cards on a foundation of deception while telling investors that it was one of the safest buildings in crypto,” SEC Chair Gary Gensler said in a press release. “The alleged fraud committed by Mr. Bankman-Fried is a clarion call to crypto platforms that they need to come into compliance with our laws. Compliance protects both those who invest on and those who invest in crypto platforms with time-tested safeguards, such as properly protecting customer funds and separating conflicting lines of business.”
But the SEC believes otherwise: The agency, The Daily Wire notes, “asserted that Bankman-Fried defrauded more than $1.8 billion from investors, with most of the funding sourced from American citizens, while touting FTX as a ‘safe’ and ‘responsible’ platform even as he provided Alameda Research with a virtually unlimited line of credit funded by the company’s customers. The complaint also alleges that he used commingled funds to make ‘undisclosed venture investments, lavish real estate purchases, and large political donations.’”
CNBC added: “Prosecutors also allege he conspired with others to make illegal donations to political candidates, using the names of other persons to mask and augment political giving.”
Howard Fischer, a former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer, told the financial news outlet, “Given the speed of the government complaints and the indictment, it seems likely that former FTX employees (most likely those in senior positions) were cooperating with the authorities, most likely in exchange for leniency.”
The Bahamian officials went to a federal court in Delaware asking the court to dismiss FTX’s bankruptcy proceedings for its property subsidiary, FTX Property Holdings Limited.
Bahamian attorneys told the court that because all of FTX Property Holdings’ real estate was in the Bahamas and because “Bahamian law does not allow recognition of a foreign insolvency proceeding for a Bahamian company,” the bankruptcy proceedings for the subsidiary should be suspended.
The Bahamian regulators added that FTX Property Holdings was only used to hold Bahamas real estate, and “has no real assets here, no creditors here, and it never has done business here.” Furthermore, they pointed out that Bahamian regulators were “able to trace the funds used for each purchase from an FTX Digital bank account” for all but three of the properties, where “we could not trace the flow of funds.”
The court documents filed by the Bahamian officials noted that FTX owns 35 different properties in the country, including 15 multimillion-dollar condominium units in the same building. All of these properties were located in the Bahamian capital city of Nassau on the island of New Providence.
The aforementioned condominium building is known as the Albany Resort. Two of the largest apartments in the building were purchased for $21.3 million and $30 million, respectively. Bankman-Fried himself used the latter condo unit as his own residence before his arrest.
The Albany Resort is a luxury development located in an oceanside community. It has its own marina and a golf course that has hosted the PGA Tour.
At One Cable Beach, another luxury community where FTX owns four properties, Bahamian regulators noted that those four properties are located on the same floor, and apartment plans show that the four properties combined are nearly 3,00 square feet and have a wraparound balcony.
Bankman-Fried and Salame also invested over $25 million into land for FTX’s current headquarters building at the Veridian Corporate Center. The company broke ground on the new headquarters back in April, but construction of the building has been on hold since the exchange filed for bankruptcy last month.
New FTX CEO John J. Ray and his American attorneys are likely to push back against the claims of the Bahamian officials. Ray has publicly committed to maximizing the company’s recovery to be able to pay back all of FTX’s current and former clients both in the United States and abroad through restructuring and asset sales.
Ray has called the Bahamian attempts to secure access to some FTX assets as “reckless,” but admitted in court that FTX was one of the “biggest governance failures” he had seen in his 40-year career of restructuring insolvent companies. Among the failures Ray cited was the company’s lack of proper documentation regarding the status of the Bahamas properties and whether they were owned by FTX Property Holdings, by Bankman-Fried himself or by his staff.
Learn more about FTX and the criminal allegations against its founder Sam Bankman-Fried at CryptoCult.news.
(Natural News) The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says vegetables are 38 percent more costly for Americans this year compared to last. The cause? Global warming, according to media and government sources.
Wall Street corruption and private central banking apparently have nothing to do with America’s spiral economic situation. No, the true cause is an ever-changing climate, which can only be fixed if people stop eating meat and driving gas-powered vehicles.
Bloomberg reported that produce inflation continues to skyrocket because of “drought and storms” that are destroying crops. States like Arizona and California have seen little rain, we are told, while other crop-producing states have gotten flooded.
“There’s just not enough water to grow everything that we normally grow,” said Don Cameron, president of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture.
According to the BLS data, Americans paid 38.1 percent more for fresh and dry vegetables in November than in the month prior. (Related: In October, produce prices were already up more than 40 percent just since the start of the year.)
“Prices for chicken eggs; meats; canned, cooked, smoked, or prepared poultry; and tobacco products also moved higher,” the agency said. “Conversely, the gasoline index fell 6.0 percent. Prices for diesel fuel, residential natural gas, and primary basic organic chemicals also declined.”
California, currently in a drought, produces most of the country’s fruits, nuts and leafy greens
Two states where much of the country’s fresh produce is growing, California and Arizona, are among a slew of western states that have received less-than-normal rainfall in recent years, exacerbating the problem.
California produces 30 percent of the country’s tomatoes, 75 percent of its fruits and nuts, and 90 percent of its lettuce and other leafy greens. If water runs out there, the entire country suffers from food shortages.
This, we are told, is driving the inflation problem, along with similar drought conditions in Arizona – and it is all because of global warming, the “experts” insist.
“The Golden State has seen the driest January-to-March period in at least a century, as well as record amounts of rainfall in October — a so-called ‘whiplash’ weather effect that is set to become more common as the planet heats up,” one media report claims.
“A lack of rain and snow in central California and restricted water supplies from the Colorado River in the southernmost part of the state has withered summer crops like tomatoes and onions and potentially leafy greens grown in the winter.”
Starting in 2023, two states, one of them being Arizona, will have its water supplies from the Colorado River cut, which will only make the growing problem worse.
“It is unacceptable for Arizona to continue to carry a disproportionate burden of reductions for the benefit of others who have not contributed,” complained Ted Cooke, general manager of the Central Arizona Project, in a statement about how damaging these water cuts will be.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian corporations are buying up land in America’s Southwest and using it to create feed and dairy not for the U.S. but for the Middle East. And the Saudis are using that same Colorado River water that many American farmers in Arizona will no longer have access to come 2023.
“Drought? There are droughts every single year,” pointed out a commenter about how the drought and global warming excuse simply does not explain the current inflationary crisis.
“The U.S. and its representatives have sold out to foreign countries,” suggested another about how Congress critters and their finance puppet masters are truly to blame. “Personal profits before allegiance to the U.S. – land, houses, commercial sites, etc.”
The latest news about runaway inflation can be found at Inflation.news.
(Natural News) In California, the liberals run almost everything, and they run it right into the ground. For example, since back in 2016, legislation requires all single-occupancy bathrooms to be labeled as “all gender” in order to erase all gender identity from existence, and building inspectors and officials use the law to ensure compliance, including for public agencies and private businesses. Now, the gender fluid movement has devolved to the most extreme situations, and in California, any man, including those incarcerated for rape and murder, are moved into the women’s prisons by simply claiming at any moment that they are a woman (even though according to liberals there’s no such thing as a woman). Got a wig and some heavy makeup? Time to switch prisons.
For example, a convicted killer by the name of Dana Rivers (a biological man who now suddenly identifies as a woman), is about to be transferred to a woman’s prison, and feminists (women who stand up for women’s rights) are freaking out in protest at the courthouse in Oakland.
Dana Rivers, who was born as David Warfield, decided to magically switch from being a man into being a woman, after he was found guilty in the 2016 slayings of a lesbian couple and their teen son, then he burned the house to the ground. Rivers shot and stabbed the victims to death. He/she is pleading insanity. If found guilty, the judge could send the gender-fluid-mass-murderer to a men’s or women’s prison.
That means community shower time with the women. That means sharing a toilet in a cell. That means fighting in the cells, halls, mess hall, and ‘yard’ with the women. That means he might get away with raping, murdering, and even burning more female victims, including lesbians.
Wokeness doesn’t work in the prison system
Careful what you wish for, the old saying goes. These crazed, extreme liberals in California beg for gender-fluid everything, from bathrooms in stores to restrooms in schools, to college and gym locker-rooms, but they forgot about prisons. So much for consistency. Mr. Rivers is already being held in protective custody in the WOMEN’S SECTION of the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County.
Also, back in 2020, Senate Bill 132 was passed by the California State Legislature, putting into effect the following year a law where gender fluid people, including trans, non-binary, and intersex, could “request to be housed and searched in a manner consistent with their gender identity.” That means at any time that a man simply says he’s a woman, he needs to be considered for transfer to a woman’s prison, or the wardens could be at risk for being accused of discrimination.
The lib-crazy state of Washington also houses men who claim to be women in the women’s prisons. So does the lib-crazed state of New Jersey. All the liberals love to push trans-everything on everybody else, until it blows up in their face and hits them where it really hurts. It’s fine in the Olympics where men completely dominate, disgustingly, when they compete with the women in track, wrestling, weightlifting, and more. But then there’s prison.
It’s perfectly fine when the liberals push trans-everything in daycare centers, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and summer camps, but then when it comes to prison, it’s a horse of a different color. When their own female relatives, friends, neighbors, or former coworkers are stuck in prison with a man who’s a rapist and murderer and claims to be a woman, well, now it’s all of the sudden a tragedy and should be illegal. We know just how you feel.
Watch out for those extreme liberals, coming to a city near you. Click on the Gender.news link now for updates on more liberals that end up regretting their own ways and means.