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Bill targets super-successful stock traders of Congress

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Democratic senators want to ban fellow lawmakers from trading individual stocks, a controversial practice that many see as inherently corrupt.

A bill that would ban sitting members of the US Congress and their family members from stock trading has been introduced in the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently defended market access as essential in a free economy.

Jon Ossoff, a Democratic senator from Georgia, joined forces with his fellow party member Mark Kelly of Arizona to sponsor a new anti-insider-trading bill. It requires US lawmakers and their family members to either divest from stock assets or put them into a blind trust while holding office. The measure is meant to reduce the conflicts of interest that investor lawmakers face as public servants. Ossoff said:
"Members of Congress should not be playing the stock market while we make federal policy and have extraordinary access to confidential information."

Comment: A conflict of Capital and Capitol, Pelosi has cleaned up but not cleared out.

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New Fauci-Zuckerberg emails reveal offer of 'data reports' to aid lockdown policies, vaccine development

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Mark Zuckerberg • Dr. Anthony Fauci
In private emails between Mark Zuckerberg and Anthony Fauci - obtained exclusively by The National Pulse - the Facebook founder and CEO offered to send "data reports" on users to "facilitate decisions" about COVID-19 lockdowns.

The revelation is a stark example of how Big Tech corporates and government can easily collude using user data to restrict the liberties of the general public. In the exchange, Zuckerberg insists: "I want to make sure you have all the resources you need to expedite the development of a vaccine."

Zuckerberg - whose personal foundation referenced in the email plowed hundreds of millions of dollars into securing a victory for then-candidate Joe Biden in 2020 - offered the assistance to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director just one month after the pair had connected over emails that were redacted by the U.S. government.

Green Light

Russian decree unlocks the stranglehold of the Ukrainian economic sanctions on Donbass region


Russian decree by Putin allows products from DPR and LPR to enter the Russian market without restrictions.
Following the decree on economic humanitarian aid signed by Vladimir Putin, allowing products from the DPR and LPR (Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics) to enter the Russian market without restrictions, including for public procurement, the first products from the Donbass benefiting from this decree are starting to be exported to Russia, thus breaking the economic blockade imposed by Ukraine

On 15 November 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on economic humanitarian aid to the DPR and LPR, allowing products from the two Donbass republics to be exported to Russia without restriction, thus gaining access to the Russian market, including public procurement.

Following this decree, a forum dedicated to the economic integration of Donbass and Russia was organized in Donetsk in December 2021 to facilitate the harmonisation of legislation on both sides of the border.

This work is finally bearing fruit, as the Enakievo meat processing plant has just sent its first batch of sausages (1.5 tonnes) to the Rostov region, thanks to this decree.

The factory, founded in 1930, was one of the main sausage factories in Ukraine and the first DPR enterprise is the first have taken steps to benefit for the Russian President's decree from December 2021.

This development of products from the Donbass republics into the Russian market has been commented on by the DPR Ministry of Industry and Trade as a break in the economic blockade imposed by Ukraine.

Comment: Again Russia is finding a solution to help the people of Donbass. Ukraine has done everything to antagonize the people there, by bombing them, sanctioning them, sabotaging them, cutting off pensions and basically making life very miserable there. Opening up economic activity will be a life saver for the breakaway republics.

Comment: Given that the republics are not invaded by Ukraine, they will slowly get back on their feet again. Ukraine along with its Western backers will do what they can to make sure that doesn't happen, yet Russia has said that it will not abandon the people there.


Hypocrisy: Democrats support photo ID to dine out in D.C. but oppose it for absentee voting

Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C.
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Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C.
The nation's capital under Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to institute some of the nation's strictest COVID measures, effective Saturday

Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to require photo identification and a vaccine passport to dine out or work out in the nation's capital — even as her party vows parliamentary scorched earth to power through a national ban on requiring photo ID — or any documentary proof of identity — to vote absentee.

Effective Saturday, Washington, D.C. institutes one of the most restrictive COVID-19 mandates in the nation, requiring all patrons over the age of 18 to show photo identification, while ages 12 and up must show proof of vaccination before visiting most indoor establishments.


Blinken's blinkered, dangerous vision of Russia

Antony Blinken
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Relations between the US and Russia are at an all-time low, but rather than seeking a reasonable diplomatic resolution, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken seems comfortable uttering nonsensical assessments devoid of reality.

"One lesson of recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it's sometimes very difficult to get them to leave."

The level of hubris-laced ignorance it would take an ostensibly intelligent, well-informed individual to make such a statement, in public, in an official capacity, goes beyond political parody.

And yet, there was the American Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, uttering those words at the tail end of a press statement where he questioned the legitimacy of Russia's dispatch of military forces to Kazakhstan. The Russian actions took place in the wake of widespread violence that prompted the Kazakh President to request help from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which Russia leads.

Arrow Down

How low can he go? Biden's approval rating drops to 33% as inflation surges

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President Joe Biden's approval rating has declined even further amid higher inflation, vaccine mandates and the president's push for new voting laws.

Quinnipiac released new polling showing that surveyed Americans give Biden a job approval rating of 33%, a figure that has steadily declined since he took office.

"Americans give President Joe Biden a negative 33-53 percent job approval rating, while 13 percent did not offer an opinion," Quinnipiac said. "In November 2021, Americans gave Biden a negative 36-53 percent job approval rating with 10 percent not offering an opinion."

The poll came a day after Biden chided Republicans Tuesday for refusing to support Democrats' voting measures and on the heels of the defeat of Biden's "Build Back Better" spending bill in Congress.

Snakes in Suits

Prince Andrew stripped of military titles after sexual abuse case moves to trial

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Prince Andrew is to be stripped of his military titles, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The decision comes in the wake of a decision by a US judge to allow a civil sexual abuse case involving the Duke of York to move to trial. Andrew denies all the allegations.

In a statement, the palace said: "With the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York's military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."

Bad Guys

Not enough children in Canada are getting COVID-19 jabs - PM Trudeau

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Not enough Canadian children are being vaccinated against COVID-19 at a time when the Omicron variant threatens to swamp healthcare systems, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday.

As of Jan. 1, 87.6% of Canadians above the age of 12 had received two shots. But among those aged from 5 to 12, that number dipped to just 2%, with 45.6% having received one dose.

"Almost half of kids across this country have gotten their vaccine. ... We need to get more, so please ask your parents if you can get vaccinated," Trudeau said, addressing children directly during a regular briefing.

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Lavrov says US bill on sanctions against Russia is 'nervous breakdown'

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the latest US bill on sanctions against Russia amounted to a nervous breakdown.

"It's a kind of a nervous breakdown," he said on Channel One television. "In the infinite efforts to affirm their own greatness, some people have reached a certain psychological point that's very hard to explain."

"I read with astonishment all these initiatives," he went on to say. "They seem like grown up people and serious politicians that aren't doing their first year in Congress but these steps absolutely don't grace them."

Bad Guys

Biden admin flip-flops on tracking Covid jab refusers

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A US government agency in Washington, DC has said it will make a list of those who refuse to get vaccinated against Covid-19 for religious reasons. The move goes against earlier promises by the Biden administration.

The Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) for the District of Columbia announced its intention to create what it called the "Employee Religious Exception Request Information System" in a notice on Tuesday.

According to the agency, which assists officers in DC with formulating release recommendations and supervising defendants awaiting trial, the new system will store the names and "personal religious information" of employees who file "religious accommodation requests for religious exception from the federally mandated vaccination requirement."