Over the weekend the Bank of England revealed their willingness to extend Airstrip One's domestic mammy state policies to foreign reserve deposits places in their trust by explicitly denying the Venezuelan government's right to retrieve their gold (archived). Venezuela under Maduro's leadership has been attempting to repatriate their foreign gold reserves in spite of obstruction by Airstrip One in the leadup to the US regime change effort going live.
Meanwhile Israel, "Greatest Ally" of the USG decided on Sunday to support the USG line on Venezuela days later than the rest of USG's dwindling allies (archived).
Finally over the weekend Yellow Jacket protesters convened for the 11th consecutive weekend. Numerous French casualties were suffered at the hands of Macron's forces including a protest leader whose eye was taken from him (archived). The despot Macron has lauded foreign meddling in Venezuela's democracy, demanding the Maduro's recent election be invalidated while his own Presidential term be sustained in spite of widespread French opposition to his policies and his person.
The trial of Joaqín 'El Chapo' Guzman continues to deliver drama as a USG witness for the prosecution alleges former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto requested a 250 million USD bribe from Guzman which was paid after Nieto took office (archive). The singing stoolie Alex Cifuentes clarified that he was unsure of the exact amount though US based media outlets appear to have settled on 100 million USD as a consensus figure to use in ther headlines for reasons that remain elusive.
As Joaqín 'El Chapo' Guzman's trial continues USG agents are alleging they flipped an IT guy running a private VOIP network, then had him deliver 'the' encryption keys to him after which they recorded hundreds of hours of calls (archived). The IT guy in question, Cristian Rodriguez was even kept alive and working after Guzman suspected him of incompetence following an FBI induced incident where the network's servers "needed" moved from Canada to the Netherlands.
Airstrip One will ban the sale of all dogs and cats under 6 months old through all third parties compelling Britons to go directly to the breeder or an "animal rehoming center" to acquire a puppy or kitten (archived). All private transactions involvine puppies or kittens outside of these two avenues will be forbidden under British law including private sales and rehoming as well as retail or veterinarian sales and "rehoming" in another British attack on private commerce.
Numerous criminal organizations imagining themselves as aspiring sovereigns claiming swaths of the dark continent are set to remove many fiat restrictions on intra-African trade, though the numerous practical obstacles intrinsic to the area will remain (archived). The single African market is likely to be a substantial boon to ongoing Chinese colonization efforts.
A young woman with a crush on Dylan Storm Roof was entrapped by the FBI and hit with terrorism charges (archived). As per their usual modus operandi, the USG stooges further isolated and aggravated the socially isolated young woman until their became her entire social circle after which, the stooges arrested her in Toledo, Ohio. Earlier this week, also in Toledo, an FBI radicalized ISIS sympathizer was arrested after being similarly prepped for captivity by USG stooges (archived).
The "Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers" announced their retraction of 29 articles published within the past two years in their journal "IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility" (archived). Curiously the withdrawn articles are not identified. The IEEE is pinning the retractions on some sort of misconduct involving three volunteer editors, also unnamed, who the group saw fit to bar from further membership. Apparently in US Academia's post-post modern age enumerating problems is fine, but naming them is not.
The Tumblr app has been removed from the Apple App store over the Verizon subidary's hosting of child porn images (archived). As child pornography is at the same time a high priority USG prosecution target and only of interest as an article of consumption to "law enforcement" officers and bureaucrats, it remains to be seen how many cops and bureaucrats Verizon communications will give up for prosecution… provided their own executives manage to avoid lockup.
In their latest auction, the United States Marshall Service will be putting aproximately 660 on the block in six lots of 100 Bitcoins and one lot of "60.xxxx Bitcoins" (archived). The auction flyer lists a number of civil and criminal cases, and they make a point of emphasizing that the fiat account details they published for accepting payment will not accept requests for ACH debit transactions. The three figure amount of Bitcoins being auctioned in a 2018 USMS show has fallen substantially from the five figure numbers they advertised in 2015.
Two weeks into the effort to capture the local cannabis market launched by a criminal organization referring to themselves as the "Canadian Government", they are without product to sell (archived). New actors in the cannabis market aligned with this upstart Canadian cartel are failing to keep up with demand for the most easily cultivated crop of of commercial value ever developed. Physical store fronts are reducing hours and closing for much of the week as they face a complete absence of any product to sell. The shortages are not of any particular kind or grade of cannabis in a way that suggests misreading demand in a selective consumer market. The shortages are of any weed at all.
They surrender their failed efforts to be a cartel, admit their mistakes, and open the market up by tossing the rulebook.
They reach out to the people they tried to squash in a spirit of friendship and hope their efforts are met with forgiveness.
They continune their effortful ignoring of the black and gray markets in the end writing off their own cartel play as a public health service achieving a Uruguay situation.
The claws come out and in the name of revenue "legalization" is made more oppresive by tax agents than prohibition ever was.
It is still early in the game, and there is little information on how this criminal organization which decided to get into the drug trade is going to play the collision between their plans and reality. However, persons at risk if the claws do come out are advised to maintain their operational security without relaxing simply because "legalization" is the word of the day. It is necessary to remember the enemy is indeed a criminal organization that decided to attempt capturing the local drug trade.