Clogged ports, ships waiting in harbors for days, weeks (BBC) October 16, 2021

Read this excellent BBC article about how and why container ships are waiting so long outside major U.S. ports.

“About 25% more cargo was shipped from Asia to the US in the first eight months of 2021 compared with the same period in 2019 pre-pandemic, according to Container Trades Statistics. The volumes have largely remained the same between Asia and Europe.”

“As private firms encourage employees back to offices to work in person, there is a big surge in demand for office equipment ranging from computers, printers and servers, and many of them are now stuck in various containers from Asia.”

“And there’s an immediate personnel problem, says Gary Hufbauer, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics – the lack of skilled port workers, truck drivers and rail crew to move everything.”

Opinion: If more of these goods were made in the USA, backups and shortages like this wouldn’t happen! And it would create American jobs as well.

Prosecutors: Capitol cop told Jan. 6 rioter to hide evidence (AP)


“…[The Capitol policeman] sent the person a message telling them that he was an officer with the police force who ‘agrees with your political stance’, an indictment against him says.”

“WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter’s involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

“The officer, Michael A. Riley, is accused of tipping off someone who participated in the riot by telling them to remove posts from Facebook that had showed the person inside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack, according to court documents.”

Is this the sort of officers who guard the country and defend the nation? No wonder the rioters were able to breach security and enter the U.S. Capitol so easily! I wonder how many other police officers “agree with the views” of the January 6 terrorists? And what about the military? Are there traitors in the armed services as well? Sworn to uphold the law and the Constitution, only to betray it! They call themselves patriots but break faith with everything America stands for!

“Woman Allegedly Hacked Flight School, Cleared Planes With Maintenance Issues to Fly” (from Motherboard)

“A 26-year-old allegedly hacked into an app used by a flight school to manage airplanes in an attempt to get back at her former employer.”

How long before this is possible with larger commercial aircraft?

It is a terrifying prospect that a lone hacker with the necessary skills could interfere with an airplane’s functioning or computer information! What are airlines or the government doing to protect the public?

“Ex-Nazi concentration camp guard, aged 100, tells German court he is ‘innocent'” (France 24)

“‘I am innocent’, said Josef Schuetz, who stands accused of ‘knowingly and willingly’ assisting in the murder of 3,518 prisoners at the Sachsenhausen camp in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, between 1942 and 1945. The Sachsenhausen camp detained more than 200,000 people between 1936 and 1945, including Jews, Roma, regime opponents and gay people.
Tens of thousands of inmates died from forced labour, murder, medical experiments, hunger or disease before the camp was liberated by Soviet troops, according to the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum.”

I would like to know why these suspects were allowed to remain free for so long? They have enjoyed decades of freedom, only to finally be brought to justice in their twilight years. Why weren’t they prosecuted right after the end of World War II?

“The world’s five safest cities post-pandemic” (BBC article)

“Economist Intelligence Unit recently released the 2021 Safe Cities Index, which ranks 60 cities based on 76 safety indicators across infrastructure, digital life, personal security, environmental factors and, of course, health – with pandemic preparedness and Covid-19 mortality included this year.”

“Those ranked at the top of the index – including Copenhagen, Toronto, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo – all had factors that illustrate how overall safety correlates to a strong sense of social cohesion, total population inclusion and societal trust.”

How safe is your city? Do you feel safe where you live? How would you define “safety”?