As we continue to live with COVID-19, turns out we will also have to get used to living with COVID-19 vaccinations.

Canadians will be required to get a booster shot every nine months for the foreseeable future, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told reporters.

So if you thought you were fully vaccinated, think again.

Duclos said that the previous definitions of “fully vaccinated” makes no sense, explaining that it’s more important that shots are “up to date” and whether or not a person has “received a vaccination in the last nine months.”

He added, “We will never be fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” according to Blacklock’s Reporter .

Duclos was asked if he was preparing Canadians for the return of vaccine mandates in the fall, he reportedly replied, “We must continue to fight against COVID.”

In other words, mandates won’t be ruled out just yet.

Tags: CANADA, DICTATORSHIP, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jul 05 09:10

NFT giant OpenSea is warning of a data breach that exposed the email addresses of users and subscribers to the company’s newsletter. In a notice published Wednesday, OpenSea revealed that anyone who shared their email address with the company in the past should assume that they were impacted.

The breach was caused by an employee at Customer.io, the email delivery vendor for OpenSea. As described in the notice, the unnamed employee apparently misused their access to download and share email addresses of OpenSea users and newsletter subscribers with an unauthorized external party. OpenSea said that it’s working with Customer.io to investigate the incident and has also reported it to law enforcement.

With a recent valuation of $13.3 billion, OpenSea is the largest marketplace for trading NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. Purchased using cryptocurrency, NFTs are digital items linked back to a blockchain to record ownership and other details. The latest type of commodity in today’s cyber world, NFTs are unique and tradeable and have aroused interest among many collectors. However, some feel that NFTs are highly speculative and unlikely to hold up as a long-term investment.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, ECONOMY
Posted on: Jul 05 09:10

 It appears the resolve of Western leaders points to a much longer and more expensive engagement in Ukraine, signaling that Biden will be sending more money to the war-torn region. 

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 05 09:10

Phan Thi Kim Phuc, whose photograph became a symbol of the horrors of the Vietnam war, has had her final skin treatment with a burn specialist, 50 years after her village was struck by napalm.

Phuc was photographed aged nine as she ran, unclothed and screaming in agony, after napalm was dropped by a South Vietnamese Skyraider attack aircraft. Nick Ut, the photographer who captured the image in June 1972, drove her away to find medical treatment.

Phuc spent more than a year in hospital recovering from her injuries, and has lived with continual pain and limited movement. This week she underwent her 12th and final round of laser treatment at the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, NBC 6 South Florida reported.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 05 09:09

 Jill Biden had to remind Joe Biden to say “God Bless America” today at the White House 4th of July Celebration.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 05 09:08

Britain is proposing a new law that will require social media companies to proactively tackle disinformation posted by foreign states such as Russia, the government said on Monday.

The law would tackle fake accounts on platforms such as Meta's Facebook and Twitter that were set up on behalf of foreign states to influence elections or court proceedings, the government said.

The law is likely to be passed during this parliamentary session through an amendment to link the National Security Bill and Online Safety Bill, both of which are in the government's current programme.

Communications regulator Ofcom will draw up codes of practice to help social media companies comply with the law, and will have the power to issue fines for infringement.

Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries said on Monday the invasion of Ukraine has shown how Russia uses social media to spread lies about its actions.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, GREAT BRITAIN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE
Posted on: Jul 05 09:08

Russia has begun round-the-clock monitoring to detect nuclear explosions at a newly opened facility, Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing the defence ministry.

"From July 1, 2022, in order to strengthen the defence capability of our state, shifts of the Main Centre for Geophysical Monitoring began to carry out round-the-clock duty," Interfax reported citing the ministry.

The centre, which opened on June 1, is tasked with identifying the sources of man-made "geophysical disturbances" as well as nuclear explosions, Interfax reported.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, relations between Moscow and the West have become increasingly tense, with politicians in both Russia and the United States speaking publicly about the risk of nuclear war.

President Vladimir Putin said in February that he was putting the country's nuclear forces on high alert, citing what he called aggressive statements by NATO leaders and economic sanctions against Moscow.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
Posted on: Jul 05 09:07

In light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a woke employee at the Universal Music Group claimed he was fired for refusing to work, The New York Post reported.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 05 09:07

The Pentagon on Friday announced $820 million in new Ukraine military aid that includes advanced mid- to long-range air defense systems and counter-artillery radars to respond to Russia’s heavy use of long-range strikes in the war.

The announcement for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS, marks the start of a contracting process for $770 million worth of equipment, including four more counter-artillery radars and up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition, through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.

NASAMS, developed by Norway’s Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace as well as American company Raytheon Technologies, marks a shift from the Russian-made air defense systems, like the S-300, that Ukraine had used….

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE
Posted on: Jul 05 09:06

Though G7’s recent €200 million knees up in Bavaria’s luxurious Elmau castle was, like the Commonwealth Heads’ meeting in Rwanda some days earlier, a criminal waste of money, it too was instructive in showing MI5 runs on an empty tank.

Instead of just having their chin-wag on Zoom, G7’s leaders (sic) and their spouses had to plonk themselves down in Southern Germany for a 3 day PR charade, the results of which were instructive in their inanity. G7’s first goal in Ukraine, they said, is the defeat of Russia and its second, subsidiary goal is peace.

So, there you have it. Biden, Johnson and the unelectable von der Leyen are prepared to fight to the last Ukrainian to beat Russia and to hell with what happens to Ukraine along the way.

Meanwhile, toadies from the former British Empire got to rub shoulders with Prince Charles and Johnson in Rwanda, which was never a part of the British Empire but seems to be the destination of choice for former and current British Prime Ministers with a disdain for human rights and an eye on a quick buck.

Tags: CHINA, ECONOMY
Posted on: Jul 05 09:06

The United National Movement opposition party and its satellites have “no resources” to organise “unrest and revolution” in Georgia, Irakli Kobakhidze, the Chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream party, said on Monday.

Speaking at a party briefing, Kobakhidze claimed the rally that involved the opposition and citizens in Tbilisi on Sunday had shown that the topic of European Union membership candidate status was used as a “cover” by the opposition for its “narrow political goal” of “overthrowing the Government and seizing power again”.

“Yesterday, the radical opposition once again showed its true anti-state nature. In addition, yesterday, even the [previously existing] formal boundary between the United National Movement and the richest non-governmental organisations operating in Georgia was finally erased”, Kobakhidze said.

He also emphasised the UNM, with “its youth radical wing” civic movement Shame – an organiser of the demonstration – and “satellites” in Georgian NGOs would “never gain support of the people”, because there was “no truth on their side”.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 05 09:04

Yesterday’s Observer carried a nose-butting op-ed from Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s minister for foreign affairs, who in a joint byline with Simon Coveney slammed the UK government’s “unilateral” plans to change the Northern Ireland protocol and threaten the “rules-based international order”. According to the German government, there is “no legal or political justification” for the government’s proposal to de-restrict goods shipping between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. “We urge the British government to step back from their unilateral approach and show the same pragmatism and readiness to compromise that the EU has shown,” they say…

The UK government will be rightfully outraged at this hypocritical de haut en bas attitude from the German government. While their foreign minister is telling the UK to accept a border within the UK, five days ago president Olaf Sholz sought to cool tensions in the Baltics by urging Lithuania and the EU to lift restrictions on freight going from Russia to their Kaliningrad exclave, arguing war crime-committing Russia should be able to move goods freely through the EU single market because it’s all part of their country. If only Germany relied on Great Britain for swathes of their gas…

To compound the outrage, Annalena Baerbock’s op-ed went on to cite the Ukraine war as a reason against the UK’s unilateral move against the Northern Ireland protocol:

“In these difficult times, as Russia is leading a ruthless war in Ukraine, breaking with our European peace order, the EU and UK must stand together as partners with shared values and a commitment to uphold and strengthen the rules-based international order.”

Tags: ECONOMY, GERMANY
Posted on: Jul 05 09:00

For the last four hundred years, west Europeans have lived one very particular ‘vision’; one that stands poles-apart from that which went earlier. As Galileo pursued his experimentation in Italy, it was Francis Bacon who set out a clear theory of inductive procedure – to make experiments, and to draw general conclusions from them, to be tested in further experiments.

Bacon also pioneered the key understanding of the world as a machine, a development completed by two towering figures of western civilisation, Descartes and Newton. Descartes famously viewed pedestrians in a Paris street hurrying home as ‘machinery cloaked with a raincoat’. Drawn by the era’s yearning for certainty, Descartes perceived how he could “give the public … a completely new science which would resolve all questions of quantity, continuous or discontinuous”.

It made mind more certain for him than matter, and led him to the conclusion that the two were separate and fundamentally different. Newton complemented this paradigm by viewing the cosmos (again) like a machine, governed by immutable laws – a giant cosmic machine, completely causal and determinate.

This history may seem abstract and remote. Yet it is not. Many of us broadly still reside in the ‘new understanding’ outlined above. Yet, if so, we are dinosaurs. Because science has since mutated. The geo-political consequences plague us today.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jul 05 08:59

Under the Trudeau regime Canadians continue to lose their rights to assemble, practice their religion, and speak freely.  Now the government is teaching children that ‘free speech’ is a common defense of hate propaganda and a border wall between countries is racist.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 05 08:58

The course of human history may sometimes be shifted by a single spark if it happens to ignite a barrel of ideological gunpowder. With perfect timing for our Fourth of July holiday, an enormous explosion of public attention has suddenly engulfed the origins of the Covid outbreak, renewing the discussion of the causes of the global epidemic that has taken more than a million American lives and disrupted the entire world.

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs is the high-ranking academic who had chaired the Lancet commission on Covid, and a couple of weeks ago he made public statements seeming to suggest the virus had been produced by America. On July 1st I republished a brief item from RT highlighting these, and the following day a short clip of his remarks went super-viral, retweeted more than 9,000 times and producing over 800,000 views of the video, totals that have been rising minute by minute. At very long last, our Western media outlets may finally be forced to confront the issue that they have so carefully avoided for more than two years.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jul 05 08:57

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.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 05 08:57

Columnist Michael Brendan Dougherty opined that Russia's victory in the special operation in Ukraine could be the second major defeat for the United States in the past two years after the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

He writes about it in an article for National Review.

According to Dowerty, the victory could become even more triumphant for Russia, given the efforts of America to create additional costs for the country.

“Vladimir Putin (President of Russia. - RT ) will be able to announce that he won not only over the nationalists in Ukraine, but also over the Western powers,” the author writes.

The victory of the Russian Armed Forces over the Armed Forces of Ukraine may sow panic among the leaders of other states supporting the Ukrainian side, while the US authority may weaken.

“After the humiliation in Afghanistan, this will be the second major defeat for the US-funded and trained army in the past two years.

And this risk is quite real, ”concluded the observer.

Earlier it was reported that the White House doubted that Ukraine would be able to return the lost territories.

Tags: AFGHANISTAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 05 08:56

 On Sunday, the Republican Governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, said that doctors in the state would lose their medical licenses for prescribing abortion pills after a new law takes effect on August 1.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 05 08:56

The Western world has tried to “isolate” and “cancel” Russia, but apparently this plan has failed and Moscow remains absolutely integrated with its major trading and strategic partners. China and India remain willing to cooperate with Russia widely, increasing current levels of bilateral trade. This demonstrates how the current situation in Eastern Europe cannot be resolved by coercive means.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs pledged April 19 that it will strengthen cooperation with Russia, no matter what happens in the international scenario. The message comes in an official statement from the foreign ministry following a meeting held the day before between Chinese deputy MOFA Le Yucheng and Russian ambassador to Beijing Andrey Denisov. The document says:

“No matter how the international situation changes, China will, as always, strengthen strategic coordination with Russia to achieve win-win cooperation, jointly safeguard the common interests of both sides, and promote the building of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind (…) In the first quarter of this year, the bilateral trade volume between China and Russia reached 38.2 billion US dollars, an increase of nearly 30%, [which] fully demonstrates the great resilience… of cooperation between the two countries”.

Later, commenting on the statement, Ambassador Denisov stated:

“Russia always regards developing relations with China as its diplomatic priority and is ready to further deepen bilateral comprehensive strategic coordination and all-round practical cooperation in the direction set by the two heads of state (…) [Further efforts to strengthen Russia-China ties] will continuously benefit the two peoples.”

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 05 08:52

The war in Ukraine is the culmination of a 30-year project of the American neoconservative movement.  The Biden administration is packed with the same neocons who championed the U.S. wars of choice in Serbia (1999), Afghanistan (2001), Iraq (2003), Syria (2011), Libya (2011), and who did so much to provoke Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The neocon track record is one of unmitigated disaster, yet Biden has staffed his team with neocons. As a result, Biden is steering Ukraine, the U.S. and the European Union towards yet another geopolitical debacle. If Europe has any insight, it will separate itself from these U.S. foreign policy debacles. 

The neocon movement emerged in the 1970s around a group of public intellectuals, several of whom were influenced by University of Chicago political scientist Leo Strauss and Yale University classicist Donald Kagan. Neocon leaders included Norman Podhoretz, Irving Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Robert Kagan (son of Donald), Frederick Kagan (son of Donald), Victoria Nuland (wife of Robert), Elliott Cohen, Elliott Abrams and Kimberley Allen Kagan (wife of Frederick).  

The main message of the neocons is that the U.S. must predominate in military power in every region of the world and must confront rising regional powers that could someday challenge U.S. global or regional dominance, most important Russia and China.  For this purpose, U.S. military force should be pre-positioned in hundreds of military bases around the world and the U.S. should be prepared to lead wars of choice as necessary. The United Nations is to be used by the U.S. only when useful for U.S. purposes. 

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE
Posted on: Jul 05 08:51

The world order is likely going to be rewritten as a result of the ongoing multidimensional conflict between Russia and the West over Ukraine, the reactivation of direct military tensions involving great powers, increasing strategic competition between the US and China, the reconfiguration of alliances, and a sharp global economic downturn reflected in phenomena like inflation, the disruption of transnational supply chains, financial volatility, and a scarcity of critical goods. These challenging conditions of uncertainty are fueling strategic anxieties in the top nerve centers of many countries. However, despite this dark atmosphere, said landscape can also offer valuable opportunities worth harnessing for those willing and capable to take advantage of such circumstances in order to advance their own agenda. In other words, a seismic reshuffling of the global correlation of forces is favorable for the implementation of revisionist plans. In this regard, Turkey is well-positioned to reassert itself as an emerging great power in the decades to come. This analysis examines the trajectory followed by this Eurasian state in its quest for an elevated hierarchical position in the international system, and how the current environment of instability can paradoxically facilitate such a pursuit.

Tags: TURKEY
Posted on: Jul 05 08:50

It’s easy to see why, according to a new Harris poll, 71 percent of Americans said they do not want Joe Biden to run for re-election. As Americans face record gas prices and the highest inflation in 40 years, President Biden admits he could not care less. His Administration is committed to fight a proxy war with Russia through Ukraine and Americans just need to suck it up.

Last week a New York Times reporter asked Biden how long he expects Americans to pay record gasoline prices over his Administration’s Ukraine policy. “As long as it takes,” replied the president without hesitation.

“Russia cannot defeat Ukraine,” added Biden as justification for his Administration’s pro-pain policy toward Americans. The president has repeatedly tried to deflect blame for the growing economic crisis by claiming Russia is solely behind recent inflation. "The reason why gas prices are up is because of Russia. Russia, Russia, Russia," he said in the same press conference.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 05 08:50

John Kirby, the National Security Council’s coordinator for strategic communications, said Sunday that the US will not push Ukraine to reach a negotiated settlement with Russia even if the Biden administration thinks it’s the right thing to do.

Kirby, who recently joined the NSC after serving as the Pentagon’s spokesman, said that the US will continue to support Ukraine in its war and that it’s up to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky if and when to pursue negotiations with Moscow.

“[Zelensky] gets to determine how victory is decided and when and on what terms. And [what] we’re going to do is continue to make sure that can succeed on the battlefield so that he can succeed at the table. But even President Zelensky will tell you that the time is not now for those discussions,” Kirby said in an interview with Fox News.

Kirby’s comments came after CNN reported that White House officials privately doubt that Ukraine can retake all the territory Russia has captured since it invaded on February 24. Zelensky has maintained that his goal is to drive Russia out of those areas, but the report said US officials are debating if they should push Zelensky to change his goals as Russia continues to make gains in the east.

While Kirby said it’s up to Zelensky whether or not Ukraine will negotiate, the West had pressed him to stop talking to Russia earlier in the war. According to a report from Ukrainska Pravda citing sources close to Zelensky, Johnson told the Ukrainian leader during his visit to Kyiv on April 1 that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be pressured, not negotiated with.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 05 08:49

Over the weekend, Israel carried out attacks against a poultry farm on the Syrian coast, wounding two civilians. Russia issued a statement Monday, warning such attacks are “categorically unacceptable.”

Russia has positions on the Syrian coast, and has warned Israel away from the area before. The latest attack came from the coast, and conspicuously Russia didn’t comment when it happened.

The Russians say it violates Syrian sovereignty, and is against international norms. Those are plainly true things, but have never stopped Israel before.

Israel has shown time and again they’re willing to keep attacking over objections. If Russia decides to flat out stop them militarily, they clearly could, but so far that’s not been the case.
 

Tags: ISRAEL/PALESTINE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE, SYRIA
Posted on: Jul 05 08:48

Hundreds of thousands of service members who participated in the creation and expansion of the American nuclear arsenal might receive a new medal from the Pentagon. It’s the first real acknowledgement of how severe the impact of those tests were on the military.

A June 29 memo officially designated the director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency as overseer of the new honor. The “Atomic Veterans Medal” as being colloquially known as would be given, at the Department of Defense’s discretion to some of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who worked in non-combat nuclear tests. 

It’s unclear exactly who will receive the new Atomic Veterans Commemorative Service Medal. These “Atomic Veterans” could number more than 600,000 according to advocates, although the conservative number of potential honorees is at least 225,000. As Military.com noted, veteran groups are pushing for eligibility to go to troops who, for instance, were involved in radioactive clean up in the 1970s. Per the new memo, the veterans must have served between 1945-1992, and meet certain criteria. These “radiation-exposed veterans” might be directly involved in the detonation of a nuclear weapon, involved in the clean up of a weapon or nuclear accident, or been exposed to radiation from the two bombs used in World War II. 

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
Posted on: Jul 05 08:47

The Russian government has added grain, sunflower oil and extracted meal to the list of exports that must be paid for in rubles. A resolution giving effect to the decision was adopted on Friday and published on the official portal of legal information.
 
It also provides for a one-year extension of duties to be paid in the national currency in respect of exported sunflower oil and sunflower meal until August 31, 2023.
 
As part of the new payment mechanism, the base price for calculating the export duty on wheat will be 15,000 rubles (over $267) per ton.
 
Russia is the world’s largest wheat exporter and a major supplier of sunflower seeds. Russian Minister for Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev said this month that the country would export agricultural products to “friendly countries” only.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE
Posted on: Jul 05 08:46