Saturday, June 03, 2023

Saturday [9 to 12]

(1517) Just been cooking for the weekend, training, this and that. (1546)

12.  Yonder at AKH

… there’s an English lesson being given:

11.  Kriquette again

Big Rapids, MI

'The state of Michigan has targeted with investigation the owner of a horse farm who refused to sell to a Chinese Communist Party-linked company that proposed a battery plant nearby – a project that state officials had promoted, offered to fund and badly wanted.

A posting revealed Lori Brock, owner of Majestic Friesians Horse Farm in Big Rapids, was being investigated for runoff from her property into waterways.

She described that as nonsensical.

"For 20 horses on 150 acres, there's no way I'm in violation of anything."

Brock had refused to sell to Gotion, a company that, she said, lied about its ties to Communist China.

Then she held an anti-Gotion rally at her farm.

Her problem, of course, is that the governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is all for the battery plant and the state expects to contribute millions of dollars to the project.'

10.  Kriquette


Guess U.S. attempts at reducing dealings with China doesn't apply to Michigan . . . 

“We are thrilled to congratulate the Gotion team on choosing Michigan as their American home for opportunity! Team Michigan continues to out-hustle and out-compete to ensure every global company considering their future expansion opportunities can see their future here in our state, just like Gotion does,” Quentin L. Messer, Jr., chairman of the MSF Board, said in a statement.

Li is the second-largest shareholder of Gotion, behind only Volkswagen, according to Electrive, and is the “de facto controller” of the company. He was a member of the 13th, 14th, and 15th National People’s Conference Hefei Committee, a local affiliate of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

CCP and Chinese government-affiliated entities have invested at length in U.S. corporations and signed major deals in at least 40 states, according to Public Citizen. Notably, Chinese investors purchased Smithfield Foods, the largest pork processor in the world, in 2013.

A May report from the U.S.-China Economic AND Security Review Commission found that the country may have “undue leverage over U.S. supply chains” if purchases continue. Chinese investors control 352,140 acres of American farmland, roughly one percent of all foreign investment. 

Chinese firms also control large portions of the electric vehicle battery supply chains. The country produced 79% of all lithium ion batteries in 2021, and holds cobalt contracts in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo. China also entered negotiations with the Taliban in 2021 over Afghanistan’s mineral wealth, and is expected to begin developing copper mines.'

9.  Steve

After posting these two yesterday I decided to watch them for a second time today. Insights to good to miss:

Is the Biden Team Delusional about Ukraine War? - Judge Napolitano | Scott Ritter

How Europe sees the Ukraine War Now - Judge Napolitano | Alastair Crooke

1 comment:

  1. Steve

    War Room snippets - the two are linked:

    Russ Vought: "McCarthy doesn't care about saving the country, he cares about protecting power"

    Darcy Schoening: Attack on Moms For Liberty, Schools Indoctrinating Kids, 'Breaking Down the Family'


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