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offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2022/10/04 ? Open Thread Tue Oct 04, 2022 17:00 | herb
2022/10/04 16:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Update from Andrei (hopefully the last related to Hurricane Ian) Mon Oct 03, 2022 20:10 | The Saker
Dear friends This will be my last hurricane-related post (God willing!). Tomorrow my family and I will finish moving the objects we can salvage from the house. But on Wednesday

offsite link Update from Andrei Sat Oct 01, 2022 21:36 | The Saker
Dear friends We found a home to stay. We have workable Internet. Best of all, a neighbor told us that in his opinion our house might be fixable, but it

offsite link ?Biden? Fulfilled a Promise on Nord Stream 2 Sat Oct 01, 2022 20:48 | Leo V.
For those who haven’t seen this footage being reposted the past few days, ”Biden” promised to put an end to Nord Stream 2 on February 7, 2022.

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Public Inquiry
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Human Rights in Ireland
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Lockdown Skeptics

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offsite link News Round-Up Wed Oct 05, 2022 01:36 | Will Jones
A summary of all the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the virus and the vaccines, the ?climate emergency? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
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offsite link Nick Dixon, Toby Young and Will Jones Talk About YouTube Cancelling Russell Brand, Kanye West Being ... Tue Oct 04, 2022 22:45 | Will Jones
In the latest episode of the Weekly Sceptic, the talking points are YouTube cancelling Russell Brand, Kanye West and Candace Owens checkmating the internet with ?racism? and whether Toby is Tory scum.
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offsite link Three Vaccine Doses Increase Infection Risk by Up to 27%, Study Finds Tue Oct 04, 2022 19:19 | Will Jones
Three doses of the Moderna Covid vaccine increase your risk of Omicron infection by up to 27%, a study has found. Why do the Covid vaccines increase your infection risk? This needs urgently investigating.
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offsite link Forecasters are Predicting a Cold Winter in Europe Tue Oct 04, 2022 13:12 | Noah Carl
According to the Financial Times, weather forecasters are predicting that Europe will get a cold winter with relatively low wind and rainfall. This does not bode well for the continent's energy crisis.
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offsite link The End of Doctors? Freedom to Ignore What the Government and Pharmaceutical Industry Say Should Wor... Tue Oct 04, 2022 11:12 | Dr Frank Mercy
A dangerous new law in Australia, if passed, will ban medically trained doctors from expressing any opinion that goes against what Government health bureaucrats determine to be in the 'best interests' of the public.
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Congressional Hearing Examines Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

category international | economics and finance | press release author Tuesday February 02, 2016 22:02author by Greg Williams - Jubilee USA Report this post to the editors

Religious Development Group Testifies on Human Impacts

The US House of Representatives held its second hearing on Puerto Rico's debt crisis this year. The hearing focused on potential legislative solutions including bankruptcy protection and an economic oversight board.

Washington DC - The US House of Representatives held its second hearing on Puerto Rico's debt crisis this year. The hearing focused on potential legislative solutions including bankruptcy protection and an economic oversight board. At the hearing, Puerto Rico Congressperson Pedro Pierluisi announced that the Natural Resources Committee will draft legislation to address the crisis based on independent oversight and bankruptcy.

Former Washington DC mayor, Anthony Williams and Eric LeCompte, head of the religious development group Jubilee USA, were among the experts who testified to twelve Members of Congress on the Committee. "This hearing is exactly the type of attention this crisis needs," stated LeCompte. "It was a constructive conversation and now it's critical that Congress acts."

The hearing, "The Need for the Establishment of a Puerto Rico Financial Stability and Economic Growth Authority," took place in the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs within the Committee on Natural Resources. Beyond the testimony provided by former DC Mayor Williams and Jubilee Director LeCompte, statements were heard from ‎Carlos Garcia, Former Chairman and President of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico; Professor Simon Johnson, Professor of Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management; and Thomas Moers Mayer, Partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP.

Two pieces of legislation would grant Puerto Rico's municipal entities access to Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. One of those bills, introduced by Republican Sean Duffy, would also create an economic oversight board to monitor the island's finances.

"A bankruptcy process and budget transparency are both critical to a solution for Puerto Rico." LeCompte commented.

LeCompte noted the impact of self-imposed austerity on the island, including cuts to health spending as the Zika virus now spreads in Puerto Rico. Some special education teachers are now not being paid and the island may not be able to fulfill pension obligations. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in total debt and it's debt per person ratio is six times the median average of US states.

"The situation on the island is grave," stated LeCompte, who works with religious leaders representing more than 95% of the island's population. "Austerity isn't the answer, Puerto Rico can't cut or tax its way to economic growth."

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 550 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

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