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Posted on: Feb 04, 2023
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.”
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has reported that another ring of people engaged in helping people to evade the draft and leave the country has been identified and broken up.
With Ukraine short on manpower at the front, it is racing to fill its ranks.
The last set of people detained were connected with the port in Izmail, in the Odessa region. Bribes were elicited from men of service age who wanted to leave the country. They were provided with papers claiming they were navigators on cargo ships, costing between $700 and $1,200.
Those detained are accused of taking a total of $55,000 in such payments. They were allegedly caught in the act, arrested and could face jail sentences of up to 10 years.
The SBU has also detained a deacon of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Odessa for allegedly helping men to leave the country under the guise of being prepared for ordination in the Church, with a minimal fee per person of $4,500. The deacon managed to aid six individuals in such a manner before also being arrested.
Another popular way for earning money on draft dodgers is the issuing of medical certificates, certifying that the individual paying was unable to serve in the army.
What happened to Elon Musk this past week showcases how completely unhinged and dangerous U.S. policy to Ukraine has become.
The condemnation began when the Washington Post published excerpts from a new biography on Musk revealing that he turned down a Ukrainian request to help launch a major sneak attack in September 2022 on the Crimean port of Sevastopol.
There were numerous, legitimate reasons why Musk refused to activate his Starlink internet services for Ukraine to carry out the unprecedented, surprise attack on Russian naval vessels: Musk was providing terminals to Ukraine for free; he was not on a military contract at that time; the late-night request came directly from the Ukrainian—not American—government; and Starlink had never been activated over Crimea because of U.S. sanctions on Russia.
Arizona students have been majorly impacted long-term by virtual learning throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new report from the Common Sense Institute Arizona estimates a possible 18,419 fewer high school graduates by 2032 and 26,281 fewer college graduates in 2026 in Arizona stemming from poor standardized testing scores in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Specifically, 4th and 8th-grade reading scores dropped by 0.2% and 0.4% in Arizona between 2019 and 2022, citing data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Although that was better than the national average, math score declines were more extensive than the nationwide average dip. Fourth and 8th graders saw 2.4% and 3.3% declines in math scores, and the report said these numbers are concerning given that Arizona already struggled with students finishing school.
Ariha or Jericho is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities on earth, and is in a part of the West Bank that is administered by the Palestinian Authority.
The listing refers to the Tel es-Sultan archaeological site nearby, which contains prehistoric ruins dating back to the ninth millennium BCE and is outside the ancient city itself.
The vote was held during a meeting of the World Heritage Committee, overseen by the UN cultural agency UNESCO, in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh on Sunday.
It is the fourth site in the occupied West Bank to receive UN recognition as a World Heritage Site. The Church of the Nativity and the pilgrimage route in Bethlehem, the cultural landscape of southern al-Quds and Battir, and the Old City in al-Khalil are the other sites.
Ignoring repeated Russian warnings about the escalatory dangers linked with the delivery of more and more advanced weapons to Ukraine, Washington and its allies have moved in recent months to provide Kiev with long-range cruise missiles, cluster bombs, and depleted uranium munitions.
The next logical step for the Biden administration to take when it comes to arming Kiev may very well be to provide its client with mini-nukes, former Central Intelligence Agency officer Ray McGovern fears.
“We’re running out of ammunition. The president says ‘Ok, let’s give the Ukrainians some more ammunition,’ and his advisors say ‘We’re too low. So what else have we got? Well we don’t have any more 155 mm shells for our howitzers and so forth but we could give them cluster munitions.’ Now we’re giving them depleted uranium shells. And what’s the next step? Well the next step would be these little mini-nukes. We’ll give ‘em that, if push comes to shove,’” McGovern said in a podcast appearance alongside Scott Ritter.
As many as six million Ukrainians have registered as refugees in nations across Europe amid the NATO-Russia proxy conflict in their home country, with women, often accompanied by children, accounting for about 70 percent of the total.
Hundreds of Ukrainian families who fled to Europe as refugees have had their children taken away from them by the child welfare services of European Union member states. While protective custody is supposed to protect children against serious parental abuse, including physical violence or sexual crimes, refugees have complained that their kids can be snatched from them for far less serious transgressions, like keeping children home from school without a good excuse.
“If I was some kind of drug addict or hurt my child, [that would be one thing], but no,” a mother named Elena told Ukrainian-language British state-funded media in a piece published Sunday. “I myself used to work for an international foundation involved in protecting children’s rights. And here they take my child away from me. This is just a terrible situation,” the woman said.
Elena’s 10-year-old daughter, who suffers from developmental disabilities, was taken away from her by German social services agency Jugendamt in November 2022 on the basis of “suspicious behavior” and suspected risks to the child’s well-being. Elena believes that her depression, and the prescription of too strong a dose of antidepressants, led to a complaint to the Jugendamt from school staff on the suspicion that she was taking illegal drugs.
In the event of a direct war with Russia, the NATO military bloc will utilize the 300 thousand troops already on the Border with Russia, in the first month. "NATO will then "attract" up to 3.5 million troops" according to Admiral Rob Bauer, the head of the military committee of the North Atlantic Alliance, .
Where do they think they're going to get those 3.5 Million troops? Why, YOU - and your children -- of course! Ready to go fight and die for the armpit of eastern Europe, Ukraine?
Admiral Bauer noted that NATO's new regional defense plans involve further reinforcement on the borders with Russia in case of a possible confrontation.
“If they attack, we must be ready. So we need more militaries at a high level of readiness, and that's not something that can be done overnight. They will need training, weapons, ammunition, everything else. Therefore, we are talking about 300 thousand military personnel at a high level of readiness. In total, NATO countries, together with Finland and Sweden, have 3.5 million troops,” said Bauer.
Rattling sabers will not help. Sooner or later Russia will complete its plans for its new Northern Military District, and NATO knows about this.
NATO, the clown force defeated by horseback riders from Afghani caves.
Astroturfed comedian Hasan Minhaj, whose entire act revolves around whining about being the victim of white racism and anti-Muslim bigotry, made up his stories of being oppressed, an investigation by The New Yorker found.
Ironically -- and hilariously -- Minhaj is now being canceled by the same controlled media that propped him up.
In his standup specials, the former "Patriot Act" host often recounts harrowing experiences he's faced as an Asian American and Muslim American. Does it matter that much of it never happened to him?
By Clare Malone | September 15, 2023
The comedian Hasan Minhaj came of age as a practicing Muslim in an Indian family in post-9/11 America. His Netflix series, "Patriot Act"—a comedy news show in the mold of "The Daily Show" and "Last Week Tonight"—was named for the defining law of that era. The series won an Emmy and a Peabody Award during its two-year run. His stage work as a standup comic has led to two Netflix comedy specials, which have drawn plaudits for Minhaj's blend of autobiographical storytelling and social-justice commentary. He recently conducted a lengthy sit-down interview with Barack Obama and is a leading candidate to succeed Trevor Noah as the next host of "The Daily Show." In 2019, Minhaj was selected as one of Time magazine's most influential people. In an accompanying article, Noah wrote, "We've needed Hasan's voice since Donald Trump came down that golden escalator and turned immigrants and Muslims into his targets." Minhaj's "whip-smart commentary, charisma and sincerity," he went on, was "a consistent reminder that Hasan is America. And America is Hasan."
In Minhaj's approach to comedy, he leans heavily on his own experience as an Asian American and Muslim American, telling harrowing stories of law-enforcement entrapment and personal threats. For many of his fans, he has become an avatar for the power of representation in entertainment.
But, after many weeks of trying, I had been unable to confirm some of the stories that he had told onstage. When we met on a recent afternoon, at a comedy club in the West Village, Minhaj acknowledged, for the first time, that many of the anecdotes he related in his Netflix specials were untrue. Still, he said that he stood by his work. "Every story in my style is built around a seed of truth," he said. "My comedy Arnold Palmer is seventy per cent emotional truth—this happened—and then thirty per cent hyperbole, exaggeration, fiction."
Now, we’re learning that Mr. Sullivan likely had a more extensive role than just recording a documentary and chumming around with Ray Epps on that day. According to a January 6th defendant using the handle “Free State Will,” Sullivan was collaborating closely with both Antifa and undercover law enforcement. However, as per Free State Will’s investigation, the bodycam footage that could confirm this has mysteriously vanished. Gee, that’s quite surprising, eh?
Here’s what Free State Will said in his very compelling post on X:
I have filed a response to the government’s opposition to my motion to compel production. My latest filing evidences relevance to my case by showing that undercover MPD detained Antifa who were conspiring with John Sullivan, and that bodycams are missing.