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The 'Time of Troubles' and the birth of the nation: Why Russia celebrates its 'Unity Day' every November 4

St. Basil's Cathedral
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St. Basil's Cathedral and Monument to Minin and Pozharsky in Moscow, Russia.
November 4 marks Unity Day in Russia, which is a fairly new holiday. It was established in order to replace the old October Revolution Day, which was celebrated in the USSR for over 70 years. Many generations grew up loving this holiday; after communism collapsed, it was no longer possible to keep it as a public holiday.

Its replacement goes back to an event that proved to have as much significance for the country's history. In November 1612, Russia was reborn as a state.

End of a dynasty

The early 17th century is known in the history of Russia as 'the Time of Troubles', or 'Smuta'. After the death of Tsar Ivan IV, known as Ivan the Terrible, in 1584, the country found itself sinking slowly into a deep political crisis. The new leader, his son Fyodor I, took little interest in politics, and his court became a place ridden with scheming and plotting by the rival clans of top officials.

Fyodor I ruled for a total of 14 years, and this was a relatively peaceful time, right up to his death in 1598, which created a succession problem since he left no heirs to the throne. Boris Godunov, once Ivan the Terrible's confidante and brother to Fyodor's beloved wife, had managed to consolidate a great deal of power in his hands and had been ruling the tsardom as de facto regent for at least 15 years until then. The only legal contender to the throne would have been Fyodor's brother Dmitry, the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible and his last wife. Dmitry, however, died as a child under mysterious circumstances. Godunov was believed by many to have been involved in his death, since Dmitry was the last heir of the Rurik dynasty.

Comment: The Time of Troubles was one of the central events that shaped Russian security culture. Foreign aggressors and internal traitors have been the main threats shaping this culture for centuries. Now you can see why. If you want to understand modern Russia, you have to understand Russian security culture, and for that, you need to read its history.


Megaphone

Bolsonaro tells Brazilians that pandemic claims are 'exaggerated' and to stop being 'sissies'

Bolsonaro
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(FILE PHOTO) Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has said the severity of the coronavirus pandemic is exaggerated, urging his compatriots to stop being "sissies" in the face of Covid-19 and pointing out that "all of us are going to die one day."

Speaking on Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the resumption of tourism, Bolsonaro described the Covid-19 pandemic as having been blown out of proportion. The nation's death toll from the virus has hit 162,000.

He continued by saying that "everything is now a pandemic," and that Brazil was part of a worldwide wave of "closing things down."

"Everyone is going to die. There is no point in escaping from that, in escaping from reality. We have to stop being a country of sissies."

Comment: See also:


Caesar

Brazil's Bolsonaro alleges fraud in US presidential election

Jair Bolsonaro
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President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — who sometimes has embraced the label "Trump of the Tropics" — said Sunday he'll wait a little longer before recognizing the U.S. election victory of Joe Biden.

Speaking to reporters while casting a ballot in municipal races, he also echoed President Donald Trump's allegations of irregularities in the U.S. vote.

"I have my sources of information that there really was a lot of fraud there," he said. "Nobody talks about that. If it was enough to define (victory) for one or the other, I don't know."

Asked if he would recognize Biden's victory, he said, "I am holding back a little more."

He also expressed doubts about Brazil's current electronic voting system, which he has suggested is vulnerable to fraud. He has urged the country to go back to a paper ballot system for the 2022 presidential election.

The conservative Brazilian leader has appealed to the same sort of right-wing populist base in Brazil that Trump has courted in the United States, and has welcomed comparisons to the U.S. president.

Like Trump, he has embraced unproven treatments for the new coronavirus and has campaigned to ease restrictions meant to combat it, arguing the economic loss is more damaging than the illness itself.

No Entry

YouTube censors videos by Brazilian President Bolsonaro for proclaiming efficacy of Covid-19 drugs ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine

Brasilia Bolsonaro

FILE PHOTO: Protest in support of Brazil's President Bolsonaro in Brasilia
YouTube said on Wednesday it had removed videos from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's channel for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus outbreak, becoming the latest tech giant to pull his pandemic pronouncements.

YouTube said in a press release the decision was taken "after careful review" and without consideration for Bolsonaro's job or political ideology. The far-right former army captain, who has overseen the world's second deadliest outbreak, has won widespread criticism for railing against lockdowns, touting unproven miracle cures, sowing vaccine doubts and shunning masks.


Comment: As with Trump, it's likely Bolsonaro's was targeted precisely because he's the President of Brazil and will have a significant following whom Youtube wanted to stop accessing critical, life-saving information.


"Our rules do not allow content that states that hydroxychloroquine and/or ivermectin are effective in treating or preventing COVID-19, that states there is a cure for the disease, or says that masks do not work to prevent the spread of the virus," it said in a statement.


Comment: Since when was Youtube capable of peer-review level medical analysis? It's notable that everything it claims above is incorrect, and there's adequate data to prove it, which further confirms the agenda they're pushing.


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Arrow Down

Facebook takes down Bolsonaro video over false vaccine claim

Bolsonaro
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President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
Facebook late on Sunday removed a video by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro from its platforms, in which the far-right leader made a false claim that COVID-19 vaccines were linked with developing AIDS.

"Our policies don't allow claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people," a Facebook spokesperson said on Monday.

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), COVID-19 vaccines approved by health regulators are safe for most people, including those living with HIV, the virus that causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS.

In July, Alphabet removed from Bolsonaro's YouTube channel videos in which the Brazilian president recommended using hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin against COVID-19, despite scientific proof that these drugs are not effective in treating the disease.

Since then, Bolsonaro has avoided naming both drugs on his live broadcasts, saying the videos could be removed and advocating "early treatment" in general for COVID-19.

Comment: Facebook has become one of several gatekeepers invested in narratives, not facts. It wants you to think that to refute its claims is futile. OANN is a mouthpiece, not a research network. It reports what it is told - and apparently so does Brazil's president.


Recycle

Brazil election result 'surprises' globalist media, but is foul play afoot against Bolsonaro?

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Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (known as "Lula") may have come out ahead with 48.4 percent of the vote in the first round of Brazil's presidential election on Sunday, but the winner of the night might still be incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. With 43.2 percent of the ballot, the far-right leader comfortably beat pre-election polls and is now on course to face off with his leftist rival in a nail-biting run-off that few observers saw coming.

In the final run-up to the election, and after two months of tense campaigning in a deeply polarized Brazil, Lula's supporters were swept up with enthusiasm after poll after poll predicted he would easily win the presidency. Their confidence grew even further after a last-minute survey - published on the eve of the vote - indicated that the former president could win the first-round vote outright.


Comment: Hmmm... Reminds us of this:
clinton 90% poll 2016
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But when the polls closed at 5pm local time, and the Brazilian left gathered en masse to watch a ballot count they were confident would sway sharply in Lula's favour, a tense wait began.

For three long hours, the Superior Electoral Court's website showed Bolsonaro in the lead. It was not until 8pm, and after 70 percent of the ballots had been counted, that Lula began to overtake him.


Comment: Hmmm... Reminds us of this:
wisconsin election fraud

At around 10pm, the ballots issued a clear verdict: The two candidates would meet in an October 30 run-off - and the race is expected to be as tight as it is unpredictable.


Comment: Expected, by who?? Brazilian corporatist media polls for Brazilian Senate and House results were off by up to 40%, so why do they 'expect' it to be 'tight' between Lula and Bolsonaro? They SHOULD be expecting a landslide victory for Bolsonaro, based on his party's Senate/House/gubernatorial landslide victories. But they're not. Hmmm, this also reminds us of the 'enigma' of how the GOP increased its vote share in all races in the 2020 elections, except - allegedly - the presidential one.


Comment: Yeah, BOLSONARO has to wear one because they tried to assassinate during in the last election!!!

With all due respect to Lula, who served Brazil's national interests reasonably well in the early 2000s, he's got globalist interests in his camp this time around.

This website was tracking the vote counts on the night, and was shocked by the massive late 'vote dumps' that ALL went Lula's way.


Bad Guys

Bolsonaro shows huge early lead, but sees it disappear as statistically impossible one-way vote dumps put Lula ahead

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Brazil's election is going into a second round in which left-winger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (L) will face far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro (R).
CDMedia Contributor Matthew Tyrmand gives a 'play by play' on Gettr for today's election in Brazil. Tyrmand believes what happened late in the day is impossible and election fraud is taking place via the voting machines.

See the progression of his reports below:
live tweets brazil election lula bolsonaro
© Matthew Tyrmand/Twitter

Comment: Smartmatic, who utilizes voting technology which Dominion Inc. of 2020 election fraud fame shared with them, has deeply sketchy roots, including ties to George Soros. From other elections Smartmatic was involved in:


Alarm Clock

On the fragility of the current regime

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You are the good guy in a Western movie showdown. You stand in the dusty street, facing your opponent, a black-clad gunslinger with a fearsome reputation. You have seen signs he's lost his touch — he drinks too much, and sometimes his hands shake and his eyes turn cloudy. But you also know that he's killed dozens of men. As you hand slides toward your gun, because it must, you wonder: which man do I face? The competent killer, or the hollow shell? We on the Right, and more broadly all Americans based in reality, ask ourselves this question as we square off against our increasingly vicious and unhinged rulers, aptly collectively called simply the Regime.

I believe that the Regime is a paper tiger, long past its expiration date and waiting only for the inevitable crisis, followed by fracture, that will destroy its power, and thereupon a replacement system of governance will rise. Yet we must avoid wish projection, and a paper tiger cannot be proven paper until it folds or burns. There is a strong element of scrying in any prediction about the political future, containing a vague feeling of imposture. Nonetheless, I will justify my position, and I will make a specific near-term prediction that can be falsified, so that I will thereby bear some prophecy risk.

Light Sabers

US Empire vs. a rising Sun in the East - A 'dangerous, bloody & dirty game'

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© Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin's keynote address at the Valdai Club last Thursday appears to have put Russia on a collision course with the U.S.-led "Rules Based International Order" (RBIO).

The Biden administration two weeks earlier released its 2022 National Security Strategy (NSS), a full-throated defense of the RBIO which all-but declares war on "autocrats" who are "working overtime to undermine democracy."

These two visions of the future of the world order define a global competition that has become existential in nature. In short, there can be only one victor.

Given the fact that the main players in this competition comprise the five declared nuclear powers, how the world manages the defeat of the losing side will, in large part, determine whether humanity will survive into the next generation.

Black Magic

CRT, Queer Theory, and Marxism by any other name

Angela Davis

Angela Davis
As a theory of "political economy," Marxism isn't at all complicated. At the very bottom, it is the belief that human beings are fundamentally social beings whose true nature shapes and is shaped by their societies. Off this, Marxism boils down to two essential beliefs about people and society. Those are
  1. The Division of Society Through Private Property: Some people illegitimately declared themselves the exclusive possessors of some special kind of private property and order society and its supporting ideological narratives to justify their claim on this property now and into the future; and
  2. A Dynamic Relationship Between "Praxis" and Its "Inversion": People — especially those with access to structural power — can shape society as a matter of continually becoming what it is and will be (called "praxis"), and in turn structural power in society shapes the people who live within it (called "the inversion of praxis"). Phrased otherwise: Man makes Society makes Man makes Society... in an endless loop of praxis and inversion of praxis.
That's how Marxism understands society. Basically, certain people create systemic (or structural) injustice by granting themselves exclusive access to a special form of private property and using it to shape society to their own persistent benefit, including by arranging systems and the narratives surrounding them to brainwash people into accepting this unjust state of affairs. This arrangement becomes the fundamental organizing principle of society until such time as it is overthrown from its conscious margins in societal revolution, according to Marxist thought.