This country has been having a nationwide nervous breakdown since 9/11. A nation of people suddenly broke, the market economy goes to shit, and they’re threatened on every side by an unknown, sinister enemy. But I don't think fear is a very effective way of dealing with things—of responding to reality. Fear is just another word for ignorance.”

- Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist

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Dick Van Dyke’s notorious assault on the Cockney accent, for years considered the only jarring element in the beloved 1964 film Mary Poppins, has been upstaged. For the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has found something even more offensive than Bert the chimney sweep’s iffy vowels.

The BBFC has decreed that the Disney classic — one of the most popular and successful children’s films ever made, and soon to be re-released to mark its 60th anniversary — must shed its long-held ‘U’ rating and be raised to a ‘PG’.

Which means our little cherubs can now sit down to enjoy the adventures of Jane and Michael Banks and their magical nanny, immortally played by Julie Andrews, only under the constraints of ‘parental guidance’.

The source of the board’s concern is the word ‘Hottentot’. For the BBFC, to quote Mary Poppins herself, the sound of it is ‘something quite atrocious’.

Yet it pops up just twice in the film and passes almost unnoticed . . . at least it did until this latest example of ‘woke’ lunacy, which shines the beam of publicity on an archaic expression the Board would, presumably, rather no one heard.

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Hundreds of farmers descended upon Brussels on Monday, clashing with police, spraying officers with manure, and pelting EU buildings with eggs as they protested outside an agricultural summit being held in the city.

Chaotic scenes broke out in Brussels with farmers protesting the European Union’s green agenda and plans to ink a free trade deal with the South American ‘Mercosur’ bloc of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, which farmers in Europe fear will serve to further undercut their prices and threaten their ability to stay in business.

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Ukraine was trying to present its 10 year-long killing of civilians in Donbass as fight with terrorists, Russian first deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday urged NATO countries to raise their military spending and send more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, but seemed to herald a Russian victory in the conflict in an apparent slip-up.

Trudeau spoke in Warsaw after meetings with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President Andrzej Duda – both of whom are vocal supporters of Ukraine, but are political opponents at home. 

“We know that Russia must win this war – sorry, Ukraine must win this war against Russia,” Trudeau told reporters at a joint press conference with Tusk.

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The Danish decision to end its investigation into the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea was probably motivated by Copenhagen’s unwillingness to establish the truth about the crime, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has suggested.

The energy links built to bring Russian natural gas directly to Germany were ruptured by unknown perpetrators in a series of explosions in September 2022. Germany as well as Denmark and Sweden, in whose economic zones the sabotage took place, had each launched separate inquiries. Sweden closed its probe earlier this month.

The Copenhagen Police do not see “sufficient grounds to pursue a criminal case in Denmark” over the incident, they said on Monday in a statement announcing the development. The probe, conducted jointly with the Danish Security and Intelligence Services (PET), was “complex and comprehensive” and resulted in a conclusion that the incident was deliberate sabotage. Nothing was said about possible suspects in the press-release.

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Billing disputes surged year-on-year among Gen X and Millennials, LegalShield said, who have experienced a 96 percent increase in billing inquiries. Calls are up across the board as well, with a 53 percent increase among all LegalShield members, indicating a broader rise in billing-related issues.

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Joe Biden administration officials admitted that six weeks into the undeclared war in Yemen, the US and UK strikes have failed to erode the Houthis military capabilities. The officials said the US is surprised at the Houthis’ military capabilities and that Washington has a limited understanding of how advanced their weapons systems are.

On January 11, President Biden ordered the first round of strikes in Yemen. The White House claimed the attack was designed to force the Houthis to end attacks on Israeli-linked shipping.  The Houthis, or Ansar Allah, are attacking ships they suspect to have ties with Israel to pressure Tel Aviv to end the genocide in Gaza.

A disabled and leaking oil tanker last week: the Belize-flagged bulk carrier Rubymar. Planet Labs PBC via AP

Without any Congressional approval, Biden has ordered strikes on Yemen nearly every day. The attacks have not achieved their desired effects as the Houthis have expanded their targets to include US and UK-linked shipping.

Last week, missiles fired from Yemen hit multiple ships in the waters off the country’s coast. One ship suffered significant damage and is leaking oil.

The recent attacks included the use of new weapons systems for the Houthis, including naval drones. Biden administration officials speaking with CNN told the outlet that the war is not having its desired outcome, that the Houthis’ military capabilities continue to surprise the White House, and that the Pentagon is unaware of the extent of weapons stockpiles in Yemen.

"They continue to surprise us. We just don’t have a good idea of what they still have," said one senior defense official. Multiple officials revealed the issue is that Washington does not know the size of the Houthis’ arms stockpiles and cannot assess if the hundreds of US bombs dropped on Yemen have impacted the Houthis military abilities

Claire's Observations:  Please do NOT get me started on the insanity of a theocracy in the 21st century, but there is one thing these folks in DC need understand.  The clerics running Iran are many things, but stupid... isn't one of them.  

They've had their computers crunch the numbers, to give them a viable prediction of what these disruptions are costing companies which transit these sea routes, and also the costs of US/UK fire power against them, which is enormous.  What the Houthis are using are dirt-cheap, in comparison.

And all this continues, because the leadership of the US, is collectively  impotent to stop the Israeli genocide in Gaza, and Israel still refuses to even entertain the possibility of a Palestinian state.   

The Houthis (and their Iranian masters) have made clear what they want; a viable ceasefire, enabling aid to come to Gaza in appropriate amounts, and the beginning of talks leading to a viable Palestinian state.

So far, the US can';t even get Israel to agree to a cease-fire, while Israeli politicians are collectively relieving themselves in the faces of senior US and international politicians, and telling therm "It's raining!".

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French President Emmanuel Macron has argued that deployments of troops to Ukraine by NATO members and other allies cannot be ruled out because Western powers must stop at nothing to ensure that Russia does not defeat Kiev’s forces.

“There’s no consensus today to send, in an official manner, troops on the ground,” Macron told reporters after hosting a meeting of European leaders on Monday in Paris. “But in terms of dynamics, we cannot exclude anything. We will do everything necessary to prevent Russia from winning this war.”

France hosted Monday’s summit of Ukraine backers to demonstrate steadfast support and European unity amid concerns that US aid to Kiev may stop, especially if Donald Trump wins this year’s presidential election. Macron said that while Ukraine’s European allies want to avoid escalating the conflict into a direct war with Russia, they agree that they must do more to ensure that Moscow doesn’t win.

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Undersea data cables in the Red Sea have reportedly been damaged, months after Yemeni Houthi rebels threatened to do so.

At least 15 submarine cables pass through the Bab al-Mandab Strait at the southern end of the Red Sea, a body of water just 26km wide at some points. Yemen is the Strait’s northern shore.

The first reports of damage to submarine cables off the coast of Yemen began emerged on Monday morning, with Israeli news outlet Globes claiming that four cables (EIG, AAE-1, Seacom and TGN-EA) had experienced damage. Seacom has reportedly confirmed damage to a cable it operates on a stretch between Kenya and Egypt.

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Berlin conducts secret negotiations with New Delhi on the purchase of shells for Kiev, the Spiegel newspaper reported on February 26, citing anonymous sources.

The newspaper notes that Germany is negotiating with India on the supply of shells. The deal is being discussed through intermediaries, as New Delhi does not want to spoil relations with Moscow.

Spiegel writes that similar discussions are underway with Arab countries, some of which have large stocks of ammunition. In addition, some Balkan countries and African states also have stocks or the ability to produce them.

According to the estimates of German security services, Ukraine’s stockpile of shells will be sufficient until July but might be depleted earlier.

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On February 26, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported the destruction of the Norwegian-made NASAMS air defense missile launcher in Ukraine. The Russian military officials provided no details of the attack, but they were soon revealed by the footage from the Ukrainian battlefield.

Unofficial Russian military sources shared a video of the destruction of the NASAMS system, which reportedly took place near the village of Malyshevka in the Zaporozhye region, about 50 km from the frontlines, where heavy battles are ongoing. The launcher was destroyed by Russian Iskander. At the end, fire is clearly seen as a result of the destruction of rocket engines of anti-aircraft missiles and the fuel in them.

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It is ten years, not two years, since the war in Ukraine began. And once you have grasped that, you can begin to think clearly about it. What is Britain’s interest in this conflict? Why do so many in politics and the media cheer for carnage that has devastated Ukraine, the country they claim to love and admire? What has Ukraine gained from it? What can Ukraine and its people possibly gain from it?

I ask only that you use your minds instead of your emotions. Let us begin with what happened ten years ago. It ought to be shocking.

In 2014, Ukraine had a crude but functioning democracy. This worked because the country was pretty evenly divided between its east and its west. Power swung from one side to the other, and in 2010 Viktor Yanukovych won the presidential election with 12.5 million votes, beating his nearest rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, who won 11.6 million.

Unlike the previous election in 2004, nobody seriously disputed the result. So in February 2014, Yanukovych was the lawful head of state, with two years to run.

If we believe, as we all say we do, in democracy, then this is a near-sacred fact. The widespread and justified disgust over the invasion of the US Capitol by Trump supporters on January 6, 2021, is based on the belief that power rests on ballots, not on force.

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The newly shared footage shows the operations of the Russian Special Forces in the Ukrainian rear areas. The operations included the elimination of the Ukrainian military vehicles, ambushes on the roads used by Ukrainian servicemen and destruction of the groups of Ukrainian saboteurs in the border areas.

Videos of some of these operations were previously shared by some Russian military sources, the others were published for the first time and included footage from the cameras of destroyed Ukrainian servicemen. LINK

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Footage from the frontlines confirmed the destruction of the first American Abrams main battle tank in Ukraine. The tank was destroyed only a day after the Ukrainian military shared a pompous video of the tank riding near the frontlines in the Avdeevka region. Russian soldiers are ruining the myths of the almighty Western equipment.

Confirmed. The first American Abrams MBT with BRAT active armor system was destroyed on the Avdeevka frontlines:

Webmaster addition: Not good! The reactive armor system is supposed to defeat shaped-charge shoulder-fired anti-tank weapons, which is exactly the type of weapon used!

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Ukraine is claiming that several Regions of Western Ukraine (Galicia) are reportedly under Attack from Russian Loitering Munition/“Suicide” Drones were launched by the Armed Forces of Transnistria.

Transnistria is a self-declared independent enclave of Russians in eastern Moldova.  This week, they plan on asking Moscow to ANNEX Transnistria and protect them.

This is taking place because both Moldova and Ukraine have been suggesting / pleading with Transnistria to give Ukraine access to a gigantic Weapons Depot at Cobasna, which was left there by the former Soviet Union, and contains literally YEARS WORTH of ammunition, artillery shells, rockets, missiles and other weaponry.

Transnistria is mostly Russian and they will not give Ukraine access to the Cobasna Weapons Depot because they're Russian and they don't want Ukraine to use those weapons to kill RUssians!

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Moscow’s troops have destroyed the first US-made M1 Abrams main battle tank supplied to Kiev’s forces amid the Ukraine conflict, multiple Russian Telegram channels reported on Monday.

Footage circulating online purports to show the vehicle with a large column of fire rising from its turret. It was reportedly targeted by a FPV suicide drone and sustained at least one hit from a shoulder-mounted anti-tank grenade launcher.

The tank was reportedly hit near the village of Berdychi, located to the northwest of Avdeevka, a key Donbass town recently liberated by Russian forces.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested that West Jerusalem’s forces will soon achieve “total victory” in their war against Hamas once they begin a major ground offensive planned at the southern end of the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu’s government has faced international pressure to cancel the Rafah campaign because around 1.4 million civilians are taking refuge in the city after being driven from other parts of the Palestinian enclave by Israeli bombardments. Cvilians will be evacuated into previously cleared areas to the north of Rafah before the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) storm Gaza’s last Hamas stronghold, the PM explained

Speaking in a CBS News interview on Sunday, Netanyahu said the offensive in Rafah, Gaza, will be briefly delayed if a temporary ceasefire is negotiated with Hamas, but it will happen sooner or later. “If we don’t have a deal, we’ll do it anyway,” he said. “It has to be done because total victory is our goal, and total victory is within reach – not months away, weeks away, once we begin the operation.”

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Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov has said that continuing delays in weapons deliveries from Kiev’s Western backers are playing a major role in the loss of troops and ground. 

“At the moment, commitment doesn’t constitute delivery,” Umerov said on Sunday at a forum in Kiev. “50% of commitments are not delivered on time.” He added, “Basically, whatever committed that doesn’t come on time, we’ll lose people, we’ll lose territories.”

Umerov made the comments as Ukraine’s conflict with Russia dragged into its third year amid ammunition shortages and struggles to have a new $60 billion aid package approved by US lawmakers.

Webmaster addition:  "It's all YOUR fault; you aren't sending us enough money!"

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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky suspects members of his high command and international partners could be leaking information to Russia, he said on Ukrainian TV on Sunday. This comes amid a worsening battlefield situation for Kiev and ammunition shortages brought about by dwindling military aid from its international sponsors.

Following the failure of Ukraine’s much-anticipated 2023 counteroffensive, Russian forces have started making advances. Last week, Russia captured the city of Avdeevka, which was heavily reinforced by Kiev over the last few years. It was extensively used by Ukrainian troops to shell nearby Donetsk, the capital of Russia’s Donetsk People’s Republic.

Zelensky told journalists on Sunday that there will be another counteroffensive. “We have a plan, a clear plan. Several plans will be prepared because of information leaks,” he stated, adding that the fewer people who know about the plans, the better. “The plans for our counter-offensive actions last autumn were on the table in the Kremlin before those counter-offensive actions had even started,” he claimed.

Webmaster addition:  Zelensky is doing too much cocaine and is starting to get paranoid!

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The ongoing protests by Polish farmers against Ukrainian imports have an “obvious Russian trace” behind them, Kiev’s foreign minister, Dmitry Kuleba, has claimed.

Polish activists have been demonstrating at the border with Ukraine for months, blocking shipments of grain and other products. The protesters claim the Ukrainian agricultural sector has an unfair advantage.

Kuleba alleged the border crisis is part of a Russian campaign to undermine Western support for Kiev, as he and other senior officials discussed Moscow’s supposed psychological operations at a forum on Sunday.

Webmaster addition:  I have been saying for years that the attempt to force a global government could result in a global revolution. But of course, they are looking to blame Russia to promote the wear and in any event, the powers that be don't want the serfs to get uppity ideas!

 

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