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In the UK “very carefully” are considering a possible confiscation of frozen Russian assets and transfer them to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Liz Truss said, reports the Guardian.
“I support the concept. We are looking at [this issue] very carefully. Canadians have actually just passed a law. This is an issue that we are working on with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Finance, but I certainly agree with the concept. We just need to sort out the details,»— Truss explained.
According to her, the implementation of this initiative will most likely require legislative changes, but not necessarily.
Military engineers of the Russian Armed Forces and Emergencies Ministry have inspected more than 3,700 hectares in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s republics (DPR and LPR), spotting and defusing 44,758 explosive devices, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, the chief of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said on Saturday.
"The engineering teams of the Russian Armed Forces and the Russian Emergencies Ministry carry out the tasks of clearing the territory and facilities in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics from mines. A total of 3,704.08 hectares have been searched, including 35 buildings (including 13 vital facilities), two bridges and 9.64 kilometers of roads. A total of 44,758 explosive devices have been located and disarmed," said Mizintsev, who heads the Russian Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has accused UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace of slander and the spread of fake news in response to his remarks about her.
"British Minister Wallace, if you don’t want to appear as a complete liar to the entire world, cite at least one example of how I am ‘threatening to nuke everyone’ ‘every week.’ Given that you won’t find a single quote, I am right now accusing you of slander and the spread of fake news," the diplomat wrote on her Telegram channel on Wednesday.
Earlier, the UK Defense Secretary made a number of offensive remarks about Russian officials, including Zakharova and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov branded these remarks as obnoxious and noted that such behavior casts a shadow on the UK.
THE war in Ukraine is not about Boris Johnson. It just seems that way because his voice is the most loudly hawkish in Nato after Joe Biden’s, though not necessarily the most helpful.
He assured his G7 colleagues at the weekend that the West was ‘making the sacrifice’ in the rising price of food and energy that was politically embarrassing but worth paying for freedom.
The West is certainly in trouble in part because of the backfiring of the sanctions it imposed on Russia, but mainly because of domestic inflation and an entirely self-inflicted scarcity of reliable energy. But sacrifice when compared with what Ukraine is suffering? The equation sounds contemptible.
No Russian missiles are falling on Tunbridge Wells. No refugees are fleeing Newcastle. This was Johnson in sub-Churchillian mode, mugging for the media with infuriatingly crass belligerence.
‘The consequences of what’s happening for the world are tough, but the price of backing down, the price of allowing Putin to succeed, to hack off huge parts of Ukraine, to continue with his programme of conquest, that price will be far, far higher and everybody here understands that,’ Johnson said.
It is important that the Ukrainian recovery begins now, Ukrainian media outlets quoted European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) President Odile Renaud-Basso as saying at the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) in Lugano on Monday.
Renaud-Basso noted the importance of starting immediate preparations for Ukraine's recovery and said the more support Ukraine gets now the easier and more effective its recovery will be. She also said they have to take some risks upon their balance sheet and look at the real economy, critical infrastructure.
The EBRD is ready to increase financing of Ukraine, with emphasis on private sector, Renaud-Basso said. The EBRD will significantly increase the funding; the recovery will require larger financing of the private sector and direct foreign investment, she said.
Attention should be paid to competitive sectors, such as metallurgy, IT and agriculture, Renaud-Basso said.
For her part, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it was a moral duty of the international community to help Ukraine recover.
"The task ahead of us is colossal. [...] This is not only in our interest - it is also in our interest - but it is also our moral duty, our moral obligation," von der Leyen said in Lugano on Monday.
The Japanese administration has added 57 Russian citizens and another five individuals to the sanctions list on suspicion of their "involvement in destabilization in eastern Ukraine."
According to a statement published on the Japanese Finance Ministry's website, the sanctions will apply, in particular, to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Grigorenko, cellist, Russian People's Artist Sergei Roldugin and his wife, and family members of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Severstal and Power Machines Alexei Mordashov - Marina, Kirill, and Nikita Mordashov.
Rosgeologiya Board Chairman Sergei Gorkov and United Aircraft Corporation General Director Yury Slyusar are also sanctioned.
Restrictions are imposed on 45 Russian servicemen.
The other persons added to the sanctions list are head of the Kherson regional military-civilian administration Vladimir Saldo and his deputy Kirill Stremousov, head of the Melitopol military-civilian administration Galina Danilchenko, and two more persons described by the statement as "directly involved in destabilization of eastern Ukraine."
The sanctions will apply to six Russian companies, namely Almaz-Antey, the Strategic Culture Foundation and a number of news portals, including SouthFront and Inforos.
During a briefing, the head of the press center of the security and defense forces of the operational command of the South, Nataliya Gumenyuk, said that only the military can comment on the advance of the Ukrainian troops.
“Any analysts, deputies, other political or just active figures at the moment only do harm with such statements…” Gumenyuk said.
“Firstly, it does not correspond to reality, and secondly, it disorients our people, the local population. It harms not only the military operation, but the image of those who say such things.”
Earlier, the UK weekly newspaper The Economist reported, citing a Ukrainian military intelligence officer, that the forward units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were within sniper range (about a kilometer) of the outer suburbs of Kherson.
In April 2021, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen revealed that she had been texting with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla for a month straight while they were negotiating a massive contract for Covid-19 vaccines.
Now, they're gone.
According to Reuters, "in response to a public access request by a journalist because of the importance of the deal, the Commission did not share the texts, triggering accusations of maladministration by the EU’s ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly."
Three physicians are suing Twitter, alleging the company violated its own terms of service and community standards when it suspended their accounts for posting “truthful statements regarding COVID-19 policy, diagnosis and/or treatment.”
Drs. Robert Malone, Peter McCullough and Bryan Tyson on Monday filed the lawsuit in Superior Court in California, San Francisco County.
The complaint alleges Twitter breached the terms of its contract when it permanently suspended the plaintiffs’ accounts, silenced their voices and failed to provide them with “verified” badges.
Plaintiffs allege Twitter’s actions were a substantial factor in causing them harm, and are asking the judge to order Twitter to reactivate their accounts.
Matthew Tyson on May 12, sent a letter to the directors and managing agents of Twitter requesting the company reinstate the accounts of five physicians, including the plaintiffs, and provide them with “verified” badges. Twitter failed to respond.
The flurry of rulings from the Supreme Court has everyone’s head spinning. The most significant among them, even if it doesn’t capture all the headlines, is West Virginia vs EPA. The majority opinion is impressive but the part I found truly wonderful is the concurring opinion by Neil Gorsuch.
This is where we see things headed, toward a major and much-welcome curbing of the power of the administrative state.
Just to review what this thing is, it is the unelected bureaucracy that rules the country without oversight from voters or legislatures. For well over 100 years, most courts have given it a pass, just assuming that the “experts” in the bureaucracies are handling things just fine, faithfully interpreting legislation, and merely creating rules for easy compliance.
Generations have gone by as this 4th branch of government has grown in size, scope, and strength. For the most part, its baneful impositions have been felt by one business or one industry at a time. You have heard the stories. The car dealer complains of how the Department of Labor is making him crazy. The machine-parts manufacturer is going bonkers about letters from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The energy company can never satisfy the Environmental Protection Agency.
They are stories and we find them unfortunate but we’ve generally avoided thinking of these as systematic, all pervasive, and truly dangerous to the idea of freedom itself. However, there are some 432 of these agencies. The authors of the Declaration of Independence noted their existence back in the day when they accused the English king of having “erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.” They fought a revolution to end the tyranny but now we have a home-grown form, starting in 1883 with the Pendleton Act and continuing throughout the 20th century as each new administration creates its own bureaucracy.
The thing has taken on a power of its own. Strangely, the topic hardly comes up at all during elections, and this is for a reason. Politicians running for office like to advertise their power to make change. They might even believe it. In reality, elected officials have very little influence over the conduct of public life relative to the administrative state. As Trump found it, not even the president is a match for the deep state.
In a piece of news that shocked the mainstream media, but which shocked no one familiar with the academic industry writ large, retired US Army general John Allen was forced to resign as president of the Brookings Institution after it was revealed the FBI was investigating him for lobbying on behalf of the Qatari monarchy.
Of course, the real news, scarcely noted by The Washington Post, New York Times, or any other purported paper of record, is that Allen was only really in trouble because he hadn’t fulfilled the pro forma legal requirements for those lobbying the U.S. government on behalf of a foreign agent or government.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), under which such activities are regulated, includes several exceptions that allow for such activities without declaring a conflict of interest. Think tanks, a misnomer if ever there was one, operate under an "academic exception" that allows for engagement in "bona fide religious, scholastic, academic, or scientific pursuits or the fine arts."
Anyone who has ever picked up one of the many deadly dull social science journals where actual, bona fide empirical academic work is done knows this constitutes perhaps a fraction of what think tanks almost daily churn out. Rather think tank commentary, touted as objective analysis, is regularly featured or cited by publications and outlets as apparently diverse as The Wall Street Journal and NPR.
Attacks on free speech are on the rise.
A British college recently expelled a student for expressing support for the government's official policy of deporting illegal immigrants. A Wisconsin school district charged three middle-schoolers with sexual harassment last month for refusing to use the plural pronoun "they" when referring to a single classmate. US President Joe Biden's National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy recently encouraged social media companies to censor from their online platforms any opinions that contradict Biden's climate change narrative.
In its continued commitment to preserve the government's monopoly over COVID-19 information, Twitter actually suspended a medical doctor for merely sharing a scientific study that suggests the Pfizer vaccine affects male fertility. And the NFL's Washington Commanders fined defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 and forced him to apologize only weeks ago for having expressed his opinion that 2020's summer of riots across the United States after George Floyd's death was more destructive than the few hours of mayhem at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
In contrast, it has become newsworthy that entertainment powerhouse Paramount has chosen not to censor old movies and television shows containing content that today's "woke" scolds might find "offensive." In a "cancel culture" world where censorship and trigger warnings have become the norm, preserving the artistic integrity of a film is now considered outright daring. In fact, even publishers of old literary classics have begun rewriting content to conform with "politically correct" sensibilities.
Examples such as these, where personal speech is either censored or punished, are becoming much more frequent, and anybody who minimizes the threat this increased intolerance for free expression poses to a democratic society is either gullibly or willfully blind. As any defender of liberty knows, nothing more quickly transforms a free society into a totalitarian prison than crackdowns on speech. Of all the tools of coercion available to a government, preventing individuals from freely expressing their thoughts is most dangerous. Denying citizens that most basic societal release valve for pent-up anger and disagreement only heightens the risk for outright violence down the line. Either silenced citizens become so enraged that conflict becomes inevitable, or the iron fist of government force descends on the public more broadly to preemptively curtail that possibility. Either way, the result is a disaster for any free society.
Dutch farmers who have been protesting for weeks over the government's radical plan to cut nitrogen emissions by 50% - 95% by 2030 have taken things to the next level - pouring manure on government offices in response to the plan which would cause widespread chaos - including the death of 1/3 of Dutch farms.
Thirty-five-year-old Nicole Mokeme was Portland, Maine’s BLM superstar. She founded “Rise and Shine,” a woodsy retreat where “BIPOCs” could gather and rant about whitey.
As Mokeme stated on her website, “as the awareness of white terrorism began to rise, black youth suggested the need for sacred Black space.” So she founded a black prideaway hideaway dedicated to “Black Liberation for Black people in Maine and beyond. A place where people of color explore the woods and not feel like we’re on white territory.”
Mokeme moved from Philly to Maine to get away from “white territory.” There’s “black genius” for ya.
Mokeme was of course a huge “defund the police” advocate (George Soros is currently spending big to take over the Portland DA’s office).
Last month, as Mokeme was setting up a Juneteenth shindig at the “Black Excellence Retreat” in Acadia National Park, her boyfriend, 35-year-old Raymond Lester—an excellent black man—turned her into pothole filler in a rage-motivated hit-and-run. Lester, an inveterate criminal, had been a lifetime beneficiary of “progressive prosecution,” having evaded a 2008 domestic violence assault conviction ($300 fine), a 2010 domestic violence and theft conviction ($300 fine), an April 2011 arrest for violating a protective order (five days in jail), and a July 2011 felony domestic violence assault and criminal mischief conviction (six months).
Update (2330ET): Robert Crimo III was taken into custody Monday evening following a shooting in Highland Park, Illinois that left at least six people dead and over two dozen injured despite having among the strictest gun-safety laws in the country.
He is currently being referred to as a "person of interest" while Highland Park Police question him.
A century ago, a horse-drawn wagon packed with dynamite exploded in front of the J.P. Morgan building on Wall Street. Forty people were killed and another 150 people were injured by the blast. The bomb destroyed much of the building and caused an estimated $30 million in property damage. The most important aspect of the bombing was not how many or how much, but who was the target.
The year before, a bomb went off at the Los Angeles Times building, killing twenty people and injuring over 100. The attack was called the crime of the century when it happened, but it did not register with the people in charge. Prior to the Wall Street bombing, there had been a string of attacks, mostly related to organized labor, but some of it was carried out for purely political reasons.
The thing that was obviously true about the bombings and murders was that they were the acts of foreigners. In fact, the civil and political unrest was exclusively a result of loose immigration policies. Big business was desperate for cheap labor, so they told Washington to open the borders. Many of those immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe brought their radical politics with them.
Quite likely a majority of Americans would agree that it is wrong for the government or police to torture someone, though some would surely accept the “ticking time bomb” exemption, where a detainee is withholding information that could save many lives. It is in fact illegal to torture someone as well as it being morally wrong. Indeed, it could constitute a crime against humanity or a war crime depending on circumstances. The United States, which has signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture and is bound by it, has thereby accepted legal sanctions to back up the view that torture is never permissible. Under US law, torture committed by “government officials and their collaborators upon a person restrained by the government is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, and its fruits are inadmissible in all courts.” Given that background, one is astonished to learn that some in the government have not taken the obligation seriously. To be sure, the US has been quick to react when lower ranking officials, contractors and ordinary soldiers have reportedly been involved in torturing prisoners, as occurred with Abu Ghraib prior to 2004, but the higher one goes up the ladder of power the less do laws apply to even the most egregious misbehavior.
It has long been known that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in the wake of 9/11, resorted to torture in its overseas “black” prisons, but details of what took place and anything that would stand up in court as evidence has been difficult to discern as it has been easy for the Agency to shroud its more nefarious deeds through claims of protecting “states secrets.” But now some more details have emerged. The news that former Donald Trump appointed CIA Director Gina Haspel during her tour overseeing a prison in Thailand in 2002 personally observed at least one terrorist suspect being tortured by waterboarding, which simulates being drowned repeatedly until a confession is obtained. Waterboarding was used by the Japanese on prisoners of war in the Second World War and was subsequently considered to be torture, a war crime.
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage"
I know I’ve made this point a million times, but there was not actually an obligation to do insane illegal sanctions against Russia for invading the sacred borders of a “country” that was a part of Russia for hundreds of years before 1991. Russia crushed Chechnya in two wars that were actually brutal (as opposed to this Candyland Ukraine thing) in the 1990s-2000s, Russia invaded Georgia and took land in 2008, and Russia took part of the Ukraine in 2014.
None of that was a big deal to anyone. But all of the sudden, the Ukraine is the most important thing that ever happened in history, the most democratic thing since abortion, and therefore we’re going full psycho mode.
Washington was aware that sanctions against Russia would have consequences for the US, causing a spike in energy prices, President Joe Biden said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the White House, Biden blamed Russia for hikes in US fuel costs, saying the American people and the rest of the world would have to pay a price for siding with Ukraine.
Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore has written a July 4 blog post in which he says he cannot accept the privileges of 'full citizenship' until women's abortion rights in Roe v. Wade are reinstated and 'every single Republican is removed from office.'
Moore, 68, said he was 'completely fed up with recent events that have upset my tranquility' and has made a number of demands which he hopes, in his view, will see the country improve.
But despite making the dramatic proclamation about feeling guilty about his US citizenship, Moore conceded he hadn't planned anything dramatic in protest.
Webmaster addition: It is clear from this statement that Moore does not really understand how this nation is supposed to work and hence is a poor citizen to begin with!
One of the longest members of ABC’s “The View” may soon be leaving the show, according to her own words.
According to Variety, Joy Behar has been considering leaving the program when her contract ends sometime this summer.
In April 2020, Variety reported Behar said she wrote about retiring in the summer of 2022 in an interview for the book, “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.”
“I have a three-year contract,” Behar said in the book, which first came out in 2019. “But that doesn’t mean I can’t leave if I want to, because they can’t really do anything to me at this point.”
“I don’t see myself staying for more [time]. That’s it! I could be wrong. If I’m as fabulous in  as I am now, I’ll think about. But the chances of that happening…You know, time marches on. I’m not a kid,” she added.
Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar was viciously booed at a concert over the weekend in front of what appeared to be a predominantly Somali crowd.
During the Suldaan Seeraar concert at the Target Center, Omar was booed for almost a minute straight, with some in the crowd telling her to “go home” and “get the f*** out of here.”
When Omar was introduced on stage with her husband, the crowd began to boo loudly.
Some people on stage can be heard in the video telling the audience, “don’t do this,” as they continued to boo Omar.
“Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay, we don’t have all night,” Omar said as the crowd kept booing.
California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters has paid her daughter over $1.2 million in total over the last decade and it’s all been legal.
Now, Republicans are aiming to put a ban on lawmakers from putting family members on the campaign payroll after many prominent Democrats have been called out over the practice.
“The Family Integrity to Reform Elections (FIRE) Act, to be introduced by Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) on Monday, would bar any candidate running for federal office from compensating immediate family members for campaign services,” the New York Post reported.
“It is currently legal for lawmakers to employ family members to work on campaigns. However, Federal Election Commission regulations prohibit paying candidate relatives a salary unless they are ‘providing bona fide services to the campaign” and the salary represents “fair market value of the services provided.’ The legislation – first reviewed by The Post – would extend the ban to any political committee ‘established, maintained or controlled by a candidate or an individual holding Federal office’ – blocking any current lawmaker from compensating a family member for working on their campaign,” the report added.
Arguably one of the most liberal hosts in the mainstream media is facing rumors she may be on her way out.
MSNBC host Joy Reid’s show has plummeted in recent months and, in particular, since it first launched almost two years ago.
“The premiere of The ReidOut on July 20, 2020, set a network record when 2.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the episode, becoming the most-watched show on its debut on MSNBC for the 7 p.m. ET time slot. That night, Joy Reid beat Martha MacCallum’s The Story on Fox News by a margin of 23% as well as Erin Burnett Outfront on CNN by 99%, effectively winning the slot on all of the cable news. Since then, the show has consistently ranked in the top 20 cable news programs, gaining much higher ratings than Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Cable News reported.
Since then, her ratings have cratered in total views as well as in the coveted 25-54 demo.
As Americans tackle accelerating inflation, skyrocketing gas prices and food and baby formula shortages following the manufactured COVID pandemic, manufacturing plants are mysteriously being burned down on a regular basis.
In 2021, Resilinc, a leading global supply chain monitoring and risk management firm that has been tracking disruptions at manufacturing plants for over a decade, was prompted to create a WarRoom to track the sudden uptick of supply chain disruptions.