Mriday Fotes, Friday Motes

Probably none: I commented of banks in China using “covid” as an excuse for not opening. Since April, four rural banks in China’s central Henan province have frozen deposits worth millions of dollars, heaping misery on hundreds of thousands of customers in an economy already battered by draconian Covid lockdowns. Police in China have arrested 234 suspects allegedly involved in a rural banking scandal, a month after hundreds of depositors protested over their lost savings in one of the largest demonstrations the country has seen since the pandemic began. Since they were using the government covid indicators to keep people out, I wonder how many .gov officials will be arrested.

Maybe a good read: In a bold move, a Russian paratrooper named Pavel Filatyev shared his journal entries about fighting in the early days of his country’s invasion of Ukraine. “Due to artillery shelling, some villages nearby practically ceased to exist,” the 34-year old wrote in mid-April. “Everyone was getting angrier and angrier. Some grandmother poisoned our pies. Almost everyone got a fungus, someone’s teeth fell out, the skin was peeling off.” Filatyev described scenes of utter chaos and a complete breakdown of order and discipline among Russian troops. Soldiers were reportedly “shooting themselves in the legs to collect the $50,000 promised by the government to injured servicemen.” Once away from the front lines, Filatyev began chronicling his experience in Kherson and Mykolaiv, which ultimately spanned 141 pages. If I can get it, I’ll read it.

You can’t fix stupid: A lion at Ghana’s Accra Zoo mauled an intruder to death after he climbed a fence in an alleged attempt to steal a rare white cub, officials said. At around noon local time on Sunday, security guards on patrol at the zoo noticed that the middle-aged victim had scaled a 20-foot-tall mesh fence and entered the enclosure housing a lion, a lioness and two cubs. “The intruder was attacked and injured by one of the lions,” Ghana’s state Forestry Commission said in a statement, adding that the unnamed man had died from wounds he sustained in the attack. Right up there with “Don’t pet the fluffy cows”, is “Don’t mess with the big kitties”.

About time to wake up: California on Thursday is expected to put into effect its sweeping plan to prohibit the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035. Which most non-calipornian’s say is crazy. The crazier thing is this will apply to Virginia as well. This is because when Democrats held majorities in Virginia, they passed a law that would require Virginia to have the same automobile standards as those adopted by the California Air Resources Board. When Democrats lost their majority, the GOP failed to repeal the legislation. Yessir, it’s about time for Virginian’s to WAKE UP.

Gas 8/30/22

Gas 4/4/21

What are you paying?

In Hilo for the long weekend. Stay safe and enjoy the extra story.

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