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24,000 fans thank Russian players for fantastic football World Cup display

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More than 24,000 fans attended a meeting with the national football team in Moscow to thank the players for their historic World Cup performance, which saw them progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

A huge crowd of people at the FIFA Fan Fest on Vorobyovy Gory greeted the team with thunderous applause and loud chants "Rossiya" and "Spasibo" to mark the Sbornaya's remarkable accomplishments at the home World Cup.

The players, who suffered a heartbreaking quarter-final defeat on Saturday, unfurled a huge banner reading "We are playing for you" in a tribute to their devoted fans and their passionate support during the tournament.

Comment: Ranked last, the Russian team was supposed to be the low-hanging fruit Western presstitutes could beat Russia with.

Alas, like everything else in this tournament, the Russians left them with nothing but sour grapes.


Pirates

Crime wave in Sweden: Government's immigration policy blamed for gang shootings, rapes and no-go zones

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Firemen in the suburb of Rinkeby
Swedish authorities held an emergency meeting this week to discuss the recent spate of gang shootings that have plagued Sweden's cities and made crime a major issue ahead of elections in September.

The centre-left government in Stockholm has been facing a backlash over the recent crime wave - and the elephant in the room is migration.

1. Gang violence on the rise

A record-high number of people (43) were killed in shootings in Sweden in 2017 - up massively from just eight in 2006. Sweden's Justice Minister Morgan Johansson acknowledged to news agency TT that there had been "a lot of shootings and deaths in a short time."

Comment: A country can take immigration as long as immigrants integrate well enough to their host culture. However, even then there is a limit. It was extremely naïve - at best, criminal at worst - to think that a quarter-million people - mostly Muslim - could simply walk into the country and there would be social harmony. For an enlightening take on the immigration issue in Europe, see:

The Scourge of Modern 'Liberalism' in France


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Through the looking glass at Concordia University: Identity politics are ruining higher education

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It was in a class called Representations of Minorities in Documentary Film, the last elective I needed to receive my BA at Concordia University in Montreal, that I first realized something was very wrong. The class had just watched Sound and Fury, a 2000 Oscar-nominated documentary about deaf culture. The film follows a 6-year-old deaf girl named Heather and her family (several members of whom also are deaf) as they go back and forth on the issue of cochlear implants, a then-new technology that allows some deaf people to hear.

Heather wants cochlear implants so she can talk to people and hear lions. Her mother, too, opts for the implants. But when she discovers the implant will not be as effective for her, she changes her mind, and, without consulting her daughter, decrees that neither of them will be undergoing the procedure.

After the film ended, our professor asked students for their thoughts. When called on, I said that parents should try to make their children's lives easier. If I remember my words correctly, I added: "They shouldn't hold their children back from something that will help them grow."

Comment: Universities, and particularly Canadian universities, are ground zero for ridiculous identity politics, and it seems they're only getting worse. What kind of "higher education" can be expected from an institution that willfully censors and blocks thoughts and discussion? The universities are now indoctrination centers that teach 'right-think' and dissuade actual thinking. Why anyone would pay the exorbitant tuition for this kind of programming is a complete mystery.

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Senator Shelby, head of US delegation to Moscow: 'We have to look at Russia as a superpower'

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Richard Shelby, R-Ala. and Sergey Lavrov
Despite the strained relations between Moscow and Washington, the US must see Russia as a superpower and seek dialogue, the head of a delegation of US lawmakers said after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The delegation headed by Senator Richard Shelby is in the Russian capital to pave the way for the upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Shelby, who spoke to a journalist after meeting Lavrov, was non-committal about what he expected from the presidential meeting, but said the US should respect Russia.

"We have to look at Russia as a superpower, as a competitor and not an adversary, and we will see what happens," he said, adding that Trump and Putin are aiming at a productive negotiation. "I think they both a looking for a better day."

Comment: Well now. The tide is turning!

See also: Deep State terrified that Putin-Trump summit might lead to new spirit of goodwill between East and West


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Political earthquake in Mexico: Leftist AMLO achieves historic landslide election victory

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
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Andrés Manuel López Obrador


Baseball-loving nationalist who counts Jeremy Corbyn as a friend will be the new president


A baseball-loving left-wing nationalist who has vowed to crack down on corruption, rein in Mexico's war on drugs and rule for the poor has been elected president of Latin America's second-largest economy.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a silver-haired 64-year-old who is best known as Amlo and counts Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn among his friends, was elected with at least 53% of the vote, according to a quick count by Mexico's electoral commission.

López Obrador's closest rival, Ricardo Anaya from the National Action party (PAN), received around 22% while José Antonio Meade, a career civil servant running for the Institutional Revolutionary party, or PRI, which ruled Mexico for most of last century, came in third with around 16%.

Addressing the media after those results were announced, López Obrador vowed to repay the trust put in him by millions of Mexicans. "I will govern with rectitude and justice. I will not fail you. I will not disappoint you. I won't betray the people," he said.

Mexico's president-elect vowed to rule for people of all social classes, all sexual orientations and all points of view. "We will listen to everyone. We will care for everyone. We will respect everyone," he said. "But we will give priority to the most humble and to the forgotten."


Comment: Many have observed that there are similarities between Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Donald Trump. Although they come from opposite sides of the political spectrum, both won because they were seen as outsiders from the establishment, and the proof was that they were both demonized by the media. Yet the more they were attacked, the more popular they became.

For several decades only the corrupt PRI party and the center-right party PAN have occupied the presidency of Mexico. This will be the first president that comes holding a 'left' wing flag. How far left he will be taking things is yet to be seen.


Quenelle - Golden

Moscow in meltdown as Russia celebrates historic World Cup win

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A banner in the Luzhniki stadium called for a fairy tale, and a fairy tale is what they got. With a penalty-kick over highly-fancied Spain, Russia scored a most improbable victory, and one of the knock-out shocks of World Cup history.

It was, perhaps, Russia's most famous triumph since 1945. All across the capital, citizens began to party as such. From cars, and from bars, Russians chanted the name of their country in unison. "Ros-si-ya, Ros-si-ya."

In the central Chistye Prudi district, traffic ground to a halt as two men, deep in alcoholic haze, staggered back and forth across the main boulevard, flags draped across their shoulders.

Comment: Russia's World Cup just gets better and better!

Russophobes everywhere are FUMING. Not only is the tournament obliterating their propaganda arsenal, the Russian team is winning. That is NOT supposed to happen!

Spare a thought for Russian security services. It's either miraculous that there have been no 'ally ackbars' thus far, or it's been thanks to their brilliant (and non-instrusive) policing/surveillance.


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Former FDA chief admits 'We have failed in giving nutritional advice to people'

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Better answers to basic nutrition questions needed, says David Kessler, MD


"I'm not sure I know what to eat."

Was this a child at a buffet, or maybe someone on a sodium-restricted diet wondering which foods contain salt? No, these were the words of former FDA commissioner David Kessler, MD, trying to figure out what his own regular diet should be.

"Something has led all of us to get bigger and bigger," Kessler said Wednesday at an event sponsored by The Washington Post and the BlueCross BlueShield Association. "It's coming from what we eat and we don't fully understand it ... I think we have failed in giving nutritional advice to people. If diet and exercise were the answer, we'd all do it and there wouldn't be a problem."

Comment: While Kessler seems to be talking sense, all the other participants mentioned are simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. The failed dietary advice of the past 70 years is clearly the root cause of the obesity/chronic disease epidemic. It's funny that it seems like the big-wigs only feel safe speaking out against the agenda of their former institutions once they've stepped down from their power positions.

See the video, well worth watching:

Nina Teicholz comments:
The exchange crystalizes a very basic difference of opinion that exists among nutrition researchers today: those who question the basic tenets of our nutritional guidelines vs. those, such as Marion Nestle, who insist that we know what a healthy diet is, and that obesity/diabetes continue to rise simply because Americans fail to follow the guidelines.

My own view is that we can no longer blame the American public and all people worldwide for failing to follow nutritional guidelines. This is not a plausible explanation, nor is it based on the best available data.

In this video, it is notable that Kessler acknowledges the failure of nutrition policy and states that obesity is the result of "metabolic chaos." He also gives a nod to "insulin resistance" as playing a role in the etiology of type 2 diabetes, a more nuanced view than the calories-in-calories-out model of thinking which Nestle still promotes.

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Many people strive faithfully to be healthier. We are not all lazy junk-food eaters. So why can we not improve our health? Conventional explanations are no long sufficient or convincing.
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Propaganda, meet Reality: English football fans discover Russia is rather different to media portrayal

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England football fans wave flags as they arrive at the Volgograd railway station, June 18, 2018.
As thousands of English football supporters attend the FIFA World Cup, the overwhelming feedback is that Russia is far better than they expected. The British media needs to analyze its own role in this paradox.

SOCHI - Showing an incredible lack of self-awareness, the Guardian's former Moscow correspondent tweeted on Sunday: "the England fans I've met in Volgograd so far are absolutely loving it. "It's the opposite of what we expected, everyone has been amazingly welcoming. Last night was brilliant - (I/we) couldn't ask for a better start to a world cup (sic) trip".


Thus, Shaun Walker, who for many years had the privilege of interpreting Russia for the second most visited indigenous online news source in the United Kingdom (after the BBC) seems mystified by this apparent contradiction. But there's a simple explanation: British media coverage of Russia is not presenting an accurate portrayal of the country.


Snakes in Suits

Old video shows Trump was prepping for NK negotiations nearly 20 years ago

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US President Donald Trump
Now that the summit in Singapore is over and President Donald Trump is on the way back home, one can cue the start of another round of talking-head chatter about his preparedness. This was one of the media's favorite subjects going into the Tuesday meeting: Did Donald Trump do his homework? Was he really prepared?

This seemed somewhat silly, as if Trump was supposed to be reading a huge binder marked "North Korea" under a desk lamp in the wee hours of the morning like it was an SAT study guide, cramming for his meeting with Kim Jong Un. The vast majority of this was outsourced to aides and foreign policy experts, the way it's always been under almost any administration.

Rest assured, however, that Trump's actually been preparing for this for decades - ever since North Korea's nuclear ambitions became apparent, in fact. That's borne out by video that's been popping up on social media these past few days, seemingly as a rejoinder to the preparedness issue.

[Mentioned below, the Interview with Wolf Blitzer:]


Comment: Depth, perception and candor. Three attributes many thought were lacking. (Well, yes, the candor part has been there.) Perhaps Trump holds close his strong suits.


Gold Seal

The war-loving Deep State is Trump's biggest obstacle to peace on the Korean peninsula

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US Army's AH-64 Apache helicopters fire during a US-South Korea joint live-fire military exercise, South Korea, April 21, 2017
President Donald Trump appeared to blindside everyone this week when he announced he was cancelling "war games" on the Korean Peninsula as a gesture of peaceful intent towards North Korea.

If Trump stands by that commitment then it will be key to a successful resolution of the decades-old conflict, with the specific result of North Korea fulfilling its vow to scrap nuclear weapons.

Significantly, following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump referred to the annual joint military exercises between US and South Korean forces as "provocative" and "inappropriate" in the new context of peaceful exchange.

Until recently, the Trump administration - like previous US administrations - had refused to consider a reciprocal move over suspending its war maneuvers on the Korean Peninsula in return for North Korea's nuclear disarmament.