Thought for the day

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right." -- George Orwell, 1984

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Moscow is looking for ways to unpeg settlements with foreign partners from the US dollar, RBK reported on Saturday, citing sources in the financial market and the government.

Russia has stepped up efforts to switch international settlements to national currencies after a number of Western nations placed sanctions on the country earlier this year in connection with the conflict in Ukraine. As sanctions jeopardized Russia’s transactions in euros and the dollar, these currencies have been deemed compromised.

However, the exchange rate used in cross-border trade in local currencies is still calculated through the dollar. For example, when determining the ruble-tenge rate, the rate of the Kazakh currency is calculated through the dollar to determine the ruble price of a tenge and vice versa.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 25 08:54

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s new discovery could finally usher the development of solid-state lithium batteries, which would be more lightweight, compact, and safe than current lithium batteries. The growth of metallic filaments called dendrites within the solid electrolyte has been a longstanding obstacle, but the new study explains how dendrites form and how to divert them. This is a goal that’s been pursued by labs around the world for years.

The key to this potential leap in battery technology is replacing the liquid electrolyte that sits between the positive and negative electrodes with a much thinner, lighter layer of solid ceramic material, and replacing one of the electrodes with solid lithium metal. This would greatly reduce the overall size and weight of the battery and remove the safety risk associated with liquid electrolytes, which are flammable.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 25 08:39

A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found that the Earth is capable of regulating and stabilizing its temperature across vast timescales and even after dramatic changes in climate.

The Nov. 16 study published in Science Advances elaborated on the planet’s “stabilizing feedback system,” which has allowed the existence of diverse life-forms for the past 3.7 billion years or so. While this feedback has been assumed before, the study now serves as primary evidence for the existence of this system.

“You have a planet whose climate was subjected to so many dramatic external changes,” said MIT climate scientist and study co-author Constantin Arnscheidt. “Why did life survive all this time? One argument is that we need some sort of stabilizing mechanism to keep temperatures suitable for life. But it’s never been demonstrated from data that such a mechanism has consistently controlled Earth’s climate.”

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 25 08:39
The Trucker Commission in Canada has showcased testimony from top Trudeau officials regarding the designation of the trucker convoy protests as a “threat to national security” requiring invoking the Emergencies Act.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:35
A poll from Rasmussen found that 62% of Republican voters don’t want McConnell as Senate GOP leader – that number rises to 66% among self-identified conservative voters.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:35
A Chicago man robbed an undercover federal agent of $5,000 during an illegal firearms sale this past week.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:34
Millions of Americans today will gather around the kitchen table to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. For Joy Reid, though, this is just another day to bash our beloved nation.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:34
This idea seemed strange until it was mentioned that it is following precedent. The state of West Virginia was formed during the Civil War when citizens of the new state didn’t agree with the unconstitutional actions of the state of Virginia which seceded and formed a new country.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:33
Joe and Dr. Jill called NBC during the Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday and it was a total disaster.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:32

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine appealed to the Belarusians not to allow themselves to be involved in Russia’s war against Ukraine and warned of a possible terrorist attack at the Belarusian nuclear power plant.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, FUKUSHIMA/NUKE DISASTERS, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 25 08:28

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been awarded the title of honorary citizen of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital's Mayor Vitaly Klichko said.

"The Kiev City Council has approved the decision to award former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson the title of honorary citizen of Kiev," Ukrainian media outlets quoted Klichko as saying in a social media post on Thursday.

"Boris has visited the Ukrainian capital many times. Boris Johnson has done and, I am sure, will continue to do all he can to ensure that Britain and world leaders will provide Ukraine with the help it needs," the Kiev mayor said.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 25 08:27

China is ready to expand practical cooperation with Cuba and strengthen coordination on global and regional issues, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday during a meeting with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel.

"China is ready to cooperate with Cuba to deepen mutual political trust, expand practical cooperation, strengthen mutual support on issues of interest to both sides, and is ready to strengthen coordination on global and regional issues," China Central Television quoted the Chinese president as saying.

Xi Jinping also noted that Cuba was the first country in the Western Hemisphere to establish diplomatic relations with China.

Tags: CHINA, CUBA
Posted on: Nov 25 08:13

Ukraine’s Rovno, Khmelnitsky and South Ukraine nuclear power plants and the Zaporozhye NPP lost external power for the first time ever on Wednesday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said in a video statement on Thursday.

"While the world has been focused on the dangerous situation at Zaporozhye, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, we must not forget the country’s other nuclear facilities," Grossi said. He stressed that on Wednesday, for the first time ever, the three Kiev-controlled nuclear power plants, as well as the Zaporozhye site, "lost external power and were disconnected from the grid."

"They were all forced to rely on emergency diesel generators for the electricity they need to ensure their continued safety and security," the IAEA chief added.

Grossi emphasized that "this unprecedented situation would have been unimaginable just months ago" and "it is deeply worrying."

Tags: FUKUSHIMA/NUKE DISASTERS, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 25 08:13

Russian forces obliterated a US-made AN/TPQ-37 counter-battery radar in the Donetsk People’s Republic in the past day during the special military operation in Ukraine, Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov reported on Wednesday.

"In the area of the settlement of Nikolayevka in the Donetsk People’s Republic, an AN/TPQ-37 counter-battery radar of US manufacture was destroyed," the spokesman said.

In the areas of the settlements of Volnyansk in the Zaporozhye Region and Chervonopopovka in the Lugansk People’s Republic, Russian troops wiped out two Ukrainian missile/artillery armament and ammunition depots, the general added.

Russian forces delivered fire by artillery guns and heavy flamethrower systems, thwarting an attack by Ukrainian marine infantry and eliminating over 30 enemy troops in the Kupyansk area in the past day, Konashenkov reported.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 25 08:12
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Castro channeled his inner Castro as his fascist government announced a statewide ban on the sale, purchase, and transfer of handguns effective immediately last October.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:10
The Bidens are in Nantucket, Massachusetts where they will spend Thanksgiving at a luxurious estate owned by billionaire businessman David Rubenstein.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:09
Some New Yorkers are understandably upset that so many resources, and tax dollars, are going to illegals who are not citizens, rather than to New Yorkers in need. New Yorkers, like all Americans, are struggling with out of control housing costs and the steep rise in cost of consumer goods.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:07
In a new tweet, Ye formerly known as Kanye West tweeted out “First time at Mar-a-Lago”.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:06
In an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Natalee, a friend of Colorado Springs Club Q victim Kelly Loving, spoke about the terrible tragedy.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:06
A Kansas judge has blocked a state law that banned doctors from providing abortion pills through telemedicine.
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Posted on: Nov 25 08:05

Wednesday, FNC host Tucker Carlson criticized the media for ignoring what he deemed to be the sexual exploitation of children, referring to Balenciaga’s child “bondage” ad.

According to the Fox News host, the lack of reaction showed a “tolerance” of pedophilia.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 25 08:00

Yesterday the Pentagon announced another transfer of weapons to the Ukrainian military:

According to the Pentagon, the package includes:

Additional munitions for NASMAS
150 heavy machine guns with thermal imagery sights to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Additional ammunition for HIMARS
200 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds
10,000 120mm mortar rounds
High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARMs)
150 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs)
Over 100 light tactical vehicles
Over 20,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition
Over 200 generators
Spare parts for 105mm Howitzers and other equipment

The $400 million is being sent to Ukraine through the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), which allows President Biden to send arms straight from US military stockpiles.

The Pentagon is clearly scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:59

Russian television predicts that something will happen soon to the president of Ukraine, V. Zelensky.

As specifically stated:

"The title of today's talk should be 'we have to look for justice ourselves.'

Zelensky and his circle should be the first to be hanged.

Zelensky should remember history. He and his circle must keep in their offices the memoirs of Pavel Sudoplatov. Their future is described in them – accurately.

In the future we may have to chase them around the world.

I am sure that all of them have been given guarantees by the British and American secret services" .

It matters who threatens V. Zelensky. It is the member of the Duma, Andrey Lugovoy, whose name was involved in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

We remind you that Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned by the radioactive isotope Polonium-210.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 25 07:53

As we discussed last night, Sam Bankman-Fried has now demonstrated that he is both a pathological liar and a sociopath, the kind who in “explaining” to his employees how he stole billions (over $4 billion according to new FTX CEO John J. Ray) from the now bankrupt FTX, an act which left it insolvent and without liquidity, called it “loans” which were “generally” not used for “large amounts of personal consumption” (just “small amounts” used for such trivial items as $40 million penthouses and private jets). And the only reason we don’t officially call him a criminal just yet, is because he has not yet confirmed he used client money from his exchange to fund his personal hedge fund, an act which would cost any other individual decades in jail… but not prominent democrats like SBF or Jon Corzine, of course. Plus it’s the US legal system’s job to do that, not ours. Although we are growing increasingly skeptical this prominent Democratic donor will ever see the inside of a courtroom.

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 25 07:51

Thousands of workers across approximately 40 countries are planning to take part in 'Black Friday' protests to demand better wages and working conditions in the company's warehouses, as the global cost-of-living crisis increases

The protests will coincide with the largest holiday shopping season of the year, which means Amazon warehouse workers are going to be very busy for the next week as consumers panic buy deeply discounted items, though there might be a huge problem: less than 24 hours before the big sale begins, Bloomberg reported Amazon warehouse workers across 40 countries are about to strike.

We would note that the world's biggest retailer has longstanding ambitions to automate its warehouses - with robots that don't strike. 

Amazon workers in the US, UK, India, Japan, Australia, South Africa, and across Europe are set to walk out of warehouses on Friday as they demand higher wages and better working conditions amid the worst inflationary environment the world has seen in decades. 

The labor action is called "Make Amazon Pay" and is coordinated by an army of trade unions, with support from civil society and environmental groups. 

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 25 07:49

Italians on unemployment benefits who turn down reasonable job offers will have their access to social security payments revoked in new laws expected to be introduced by Giorgia Meloni’s new administration.

In a pledge to clamp down on a relief scheme that Meloni claims rewards laziness and is widely abused, the new Italian prime minister vowed to amend the citizens’ income available across the country, making it conditional upon those who receive job offers while receiving the benefit to take the position.

The citizens’ income is an initiative first introduced by the left-wing Five Star Movement and sees over 3.5 million Italians receive a payment of €780 per month. Receipt of the benefit is widely skewed toward the poorer south of the country where 2.3 million of the recipients reside.

As Meloni announced her first budget on Tuesday, she claimed it was wrong “to put people who can work on the same level as those that can’t."

“Faithful to our principles, we’ll keep helping those who can’t work. For the others it will be abolished,” she added.

The system is expected to undergo an overhaul at the beginning of 2024.

Meloni’s budget sought to stimulate the economy with €35 billion euros of increased spending or tax cuts.

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE
Posted on: Nov 25 07:48

A group of bipartisan senators is urging the Biden administration to provide Ukraine with advanced MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones that would give Kyiv longer-range capability.

The Biden administration has been hesitant to send the drones due to the risk of escalation with Russia and concerns that the sensitive technology in the drones could end up in the wrong hands.

Image source: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the Biden administration has decided not to provide the drones, although other reporting disputed that claim and said a final decision hadn’t been made.

In a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, 16 senators expressed "concern" over the reports that said the administration has declined to send the MQ-1C. The senators asked the administration to give "careful reconsideration" to the Ukrainian request.

The letter was led by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and was signed by many members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, including ranking member James Inhofe (R-OK).

The senators said the MQ-1C and other long-range capabilities would provide "Ukraine additional lethality needed to eject Russian forces and regain occupied territory."

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:43

Since the beginning of Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine, the United States, the European Union – and their allies – have provided Kiev with $126 billion worth of aid, a number almost equal to the country’s entire GDP. Moreover, millions of Ukrainians have found refuge in the EU where they were given housing, food, work permits, and emotional support. The scope is huge, even by western standards. Considering that the bloc has been funding Kiev while coping with an economic and energy crisis of its own, the assistance is perhaps especially notable.

Kiev bases its endless funding requests on the collapse of its economy, due to the war, and its need to “resist Russian aggression.” But is the aid reaching its intended destination?

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 25 07:42