Illinois resident have taken to lining up by the thousands at a handful of concessions licensed by the local criminal organization posing as a government in order to purchase a herbal remedy that will assist them in forgetting the suffering that comes with being residents of Illinois (archived). Of all fiat jurisdictions misrepresenting regulation of this agricultural product as "legalization", the criminals running Illinois have implemented one of the most onerous regimes. Every aspect of the Illinois regime has been designed to maximize taxation potential down to a effective ban on home cultivation of this very home growable crop gated behind a mountain of "medical use" paperwork shuffling. Continue reading
Despite substantial noise about US Troops actually withdrawing from Syria last month, apparently ~800 US troops remain on Syrian soil maintaining control of some oil fields (archived). It does however appear that US Troops have actually withdrawn from supporting their former allies in Syria.
8chan was briefly returned to the Internet before falling back offline. It appears they received service from a so-called "bulletproof" hosting provider that advertised BGP routes for IP addresses unallocated within the RIPE regional registery's range (archived). Allegedly a version of the site remains accessible on the USG's Tor network.
Uruguay's Vice President, Senator elect, and wife of former President Jose Mujica, Lucía Topolansky has promised "an enormous social mobilization" if her coalition's presidential candidate loses the November 24th Presidential election in Uruguay (archived). According to local norms this is likely to take the form of general strikes, workplace occupations, organized vandalism, intense littering, and some level of rioting.
Topolansky's Frente Amplio coalition gathered less than 40% of the vote in the legislative round of the election with most of their Senate and lower legislative seats going to Topolansky's radical Popular Participation Movement and the differently radical Communist Part of Uruguay together enjoying a dominant position in the coalition's legislative bank. Self described moderate parties within the coalition including that of their Presidential nominee won a trivial number of seats.
The Presidential candidates of all other Parties gaining more than one percent of the vote endorsed National Party candidate Luis Lacalle Pou for the presidency during their concession speeches. Per their own self representations, the Popular Participation Movement claims to do the things they do for the sake of "democracy" with their definition of democracy showing no regard for actual electoral results.
An operation in Mexico provoked by US meddling over concerns that fentanyl was being produced in the country lead to the defeat of Mexican police and military forces during a clusterfuck in which one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons was briefly detained (archived, archived). Mexican President Obrador claims to not want to be forced into a drug war, a position likely informed by increasingly decisive and embarrasing defeats in the field suffered by Government forces repeatedly breaking informal ceasefires in aggression against superior Commercial forces.
Ongoing anti-corruption investigations in China have apparently lead to the arrest of former Danzou mayor and former Communist Party secretary Zhang Qi (archived, archived). Investigators reportedly found 13.5 tons of gold and a cash stash summing to 268 billion yuan in a concealed basement at the communist's home. At presently advertised exchange rates, these holdings put the recently seized fortune above 38 billion USD and would place Zhang Qi at 19th place on the Forbes rich list above Alibaba's Jack Ma and Tencent's Ma Huateng.
Three weeks after the prospect of a Kirchner-Fernandez government gutted the value of the Argentine peso, current Argentine president Macri's increasingly Kirchner-esque response to the crisis has hit a new milestone (archived). The current regime has declared Argentinos may buy no more than 10,000 USD in a month and that businesses in Argentina submit their USD purchase plans to the government lest they are determined to be "hoarding" USD.
This comes after Argentina has spent 21 days actively fighting the market and exhausting its foreign currency reserves by trying to prop up the Peso Argentina's value near 60 to the USD when the market clearly understands that the Peso Argentino's value should be far lower. The remaining reserves nominally belonging to the Argentine Central Bank are encumbered as collateral for loans and almost certain to be forfeited in the coming default.
Meanwhile, publications in the Northern Argentina calling itself the US lead by Forbes had been running pieces written by Peronists explaining why Argentina can't be in as bad of a position as its behavior is forcing it into (archived). At last they had been until today when they had to admit currency controls are back.
The Iranian tanker captured by British forces and held in the Queendom's Gibraltar has been released (archived). The USG tried to intervene by having the US "Department of Justice" file a petition with local authorities to seize the vessel for themselves. That effort failed.
Cody Wilson, the DIY firearms guru trapped in a sex sting by the USG last year has plead to charges of injuring a child, down from charges of sexual assualt initially brought by the USG over an incident where Wilson allegedly paid a sex worker for sex (archived). The plea agreement places Wilson on probation for seven years and requires his registration as a sex offender.
The platform where Wilson was targeted by this underage USG agent required users to attest to being over the age of legal majority creating substantial contrast between this case and that of a certain Conde Nast tech writer.