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Putin on teleportation: 'We should have kept the West believing we're on it!'

© Sergey Guneev / Sputnik
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia should not have "disappointed" the West by correcting a media report which suggested Moscow may soon have its hands on teleportation.

Russia's work on the much-desired ability to move instantly from one place to another was reported by The Telegraph back in the summer. Saying that a "Kremlin-backed research program" sought to make the technology a reality by 2035, the report said that the "multi-trillion pound" project had been presented to Putin.

"The goal is not as outlandish as it might seem," The Telegraph told its readers. It added that the project could be "part of a new Kremlin drive to boost Russia's IT sector," not forgetting to link it to "western government" fears that Russian "computing talent" has allegedly been used in "the most fearsome state-sponsored hacking and cyber-warfare programs on the planet."

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Divine power: Orthodox priest Valery Kolesnikov shows off his impressive swordplay

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A Russian Orthodox priest from Siberia's Yamal Peninsula has become famous for providing his flocks not only with spiritual guidance, but martial arts training as well. The man of God is an aikido master and a skilled swordsman.

Archpriest Valery Kolesnikov at the St. Nicholas Church in the Cossack town of Gubkinski has gathered thousands of views after a video of his impressive swordplay was posted online.

The video shows Kolesnikov engage in some graceful swordplay before demonstrating his impressive aikido moves.

Comment: "Better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war" - Chinese proverb :D


Jonathan Pie: 'Fake news' and the role of social media

An overview of 'fake news' and the role of social media from intrepid UK News reporter Jonathan Pie.

Warning: contains strong language

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Forest phototrap snaps a naked man stoned on LSD who thinks he is a tiger

Stark-naked ... Marek H said he took LSD to help with his depression, which is when he discovered his 'true identity' as a tiger
The bizzare moment a man took off all his clothes to run through a forest like a tiger has been caught on camera.

The man, identified only as Marek H, is believed to have been high on LSD after taking the psychedelic drug to treat his depression.


Fluffy kitty frozen to Siberian ground rescued by quick-thinking couple

© Sergey Baranov/The Siberian Times
The fluffy cat was shivering from fright after becoming wedged to the snow-covered surface leaving him unable to move. Good Samaritan Sergey Baranov, 41, a knife maker from Zlatoust and his wife Yelena, 36, spotted the pet under their vehicle on one of the coldest days of winter.

It took a total of seven buckets of warm water to melt the ice gripping Semyon's paws. 'It must have got under the car in the evening, looking for a warm place, fell asleep and all its paws got frozen solid by the morning,' said Sergey.

Sergey held the shaking cat while his wife ran back and forth from their house refilling the buckets. The front paws were freed fairly quickly, using two buckets of water. Semyon's back paws had sunk 6 centimetres into the snow which had then frozen thick.


UPDATE - Paul Craig Roberts: Dear President Putin

Valdimir Putin
President of Russia
28 November 2016

Dear President Putin,

© Reuters
Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with American actor Steven Seagal.
Now that CIA agent Craig Timberg posing as a Washington Post reporter has blown my cover and exposed me as a Russian agent, I was wondering if I might ask you for a Russian passport and a bit of diplomatic cover, perhaps assistant press officer at the Russian embassy in Washington, until I can get out of the country. I saw that you gave a passport to Steven Seagal, so I am hopeful that being a Russian agent is as important as teaching martial arts to Russians.

I don't know what the pay scale for Russian agents is, but whatever I have coming to me please deposit in a Russian bank. The Swiss banks are no longer useful as the Swiss government allowed Washington to write its banking laws. Perhaps also you could line me up with a publisher for my memoirs—"My Life As A Putin Stooge."

We need to get on with this ASAP as the Washington Post has the FBI on my tail. They will be very angry at me for deceiving them all those years when I held top secret and higher security clearances while I was a Russian agent. Any day now the Washington Post might discover that my fellow KGB agent Ronald Reagan and I cut taxes on the rich in order to make capitalism so oppressive that the American people would rise up and overthrow it. Boy did we fool the left-wing!

I regret that the Washington Post got wise to me being a Russian agent, but it wasn't my fault. I think the leak came from one of those Atlanticist Integrationists you are stuck with in your government. Better check up on it as 200 of the Russian financed websites have already been exposed.

Better have someone bring me the passport and diplomatic appointment. I would be nabbed by TSA if I fly to Washington to collect the documents. A diplomatic appointment is better than asylum, because Washington, like the old Soviet Union, doesn't recognize political asylum. Just ask Julian Assange.

Don't let the Atlanticist Integrationists convince you that my exposure as a Russian agent is just a CIA ruse to plant an agent on you. My criticism of Washington's policy of raising tensions between nuclear powers and support of your policy of reducing tensions is not spy cover. I really do prefer that the world not be blown up in thermo-nuclear war. This is a suspect view in the US, but I hope it is an acceptable one in Russia.

Looking forward to that passport.

Paul Craig Roberts

Comment: Apparently the Kremlin is paying attention!

From Sputnik:
The Kremlin is ready to consider the issue of granting the Russian citizenship to Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, if he were to file a corresponding application, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

Earlier this week, Roberts asked Russian President Vladimir Putin in an open letter for a Russian passport. The official reminded that Putin had granted citizenship to Steven Seagal, expressing hope that "being a Russian agent is as important as teaching martial arts to Russians." "A corresponding application needs to be filed in order to receive citizenship. It will be considered if it is filed," Peskov told RIA Novosti.

Green Light

Kea parrots guide traffic flow in New Zealand

Keep over!
What was thought to be bewitched traffic cones has been revealed to be nature at its cheekiest.

Much like the final act in a episode of Scooby Doo, the mystery of the moving neon road guides was actually the work of a mischievous little bird.

Road workers at New Zealand's Milford Sound, a popular destination for sightseers, became increasingly puzzled when traffic cones at the entrance of a one-way tunnel kept moving about when no one was looking.

One sneaky CCTV operation later and the mystery was solved. In the cutest possible way.


'The Earth is flat' LOL: RT's 'Space 360' leads to age old conspiracy accusations

There's a lot of discussion around "fake news" at the moment, but it seems RT has found itself in the middle of a different type of "fakery." RT's Space 360 project has been accused of being faked. Why? Because the "Earth is flat," apparently.

Such accusations were leveled after cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko said that the Earth was round during one the 360° video documentaries, which were recorded on the International Space Station (ISS), in collaboration with RT.


New research shows honesty no longer pays

© News Thump
Researchers claim that honesty is barely clinging to a place in the top ten best policies, according to a new study published today.

After a six-month study of the policies adopted by many high-profile, successful people, it was discovered that not only was honesty no longer the 'best' policy, in many cases, it was proved to be spectacularly harmful. Lead researcher Dr Simon Williams explained, "Honesty has long been believed to be the best policy, but 2016 has shown that other policies can bear significant fruit.

"The entire Brexit campaign, Donald Trump, the bastards that make Toblerone - there's not an honest bone amongst them, but they've all flourished enormously.

"So my team and I took to studying which policies actually work, and where honesty should realistically sit in the overall list of potential policies.

"Honesty is now in eighth place, just behind 'misdirection' and 'outright denial'.

"The best policy is 'make something up', with the more outrageous the lie, the more successful it will be. Things like 'I will put Hillary in prison' or 'Let's give £350m a week to the NHS', for example."

Williams explained that they also looked into situations where a lack of honesty can be particularly beneficial. He continued, "We found that the more high-profile you are, or the greater the societal influence your statement will have, the more important a lack of honesty becomes.

"If you're telling your wife you were working late when you were actually in the pub watching the football with your mates, you'll likely be caught and punished.

"But if you lied to an entire nation about the benefits of voting to leave an economic and political union, something that will affect people's lives for the next twenty years, you'll probably be revered and make friends with the most powerful billionaire on the planet, before getting a cushy new job to go with it.

"Honesty no longer pays, at all. Sorry."

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