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15 states threaten to pull $600B from banks that won't give equal service to energy industry

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Fifteen state financial officers sent a letter to U.S. banks last week noting $600 billion in assets they pledge to take elsewhere if the financial institutions embrace corporate wokeism and prohibit financing to the fossil fuel industry.

Led by West Virginia Republican Treasurer Riley Moore, the group promised "collective action" in the form of an "economic boycott." In a letter they said:
"Just as each state represented in this letter is unique in its governing laws and economy, our actions will take different forms. However, the overarching objective of our actions will be the same - to protect our states' economies, jobs, and energy independence from these unwarranted attacks on our critical industries."
Signatories to the letter putting banks on notice include chief financial officers from Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Alabama, Texas and Kentucky, in addition to West Virginia.

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Russia tells US embassy staff to leave Moscow

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Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
American embassy workers who have been stationed in Moscow for over three years have been given just weeks to leave the country, Russia's Foreign Ministry has announced, amid a growing row with Washington over diplomatic visas.

Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, diplomatic spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced that
"by January 31, 2022, employees of the US embassy in Moscow who have been on assignment for more than three years must leave Russia. "We consider the American move to be a clear expulsion and intend to react accordingly."
The news comes after Washington reportedly denied extending the visas of dozens of family members of Russian diplomats based in the US.

She said that "such a game" was started by America's policy decisions, rather than because Russia was eager to break off ties.
"We tried long and hard to reason with them and direct them to some constructive solution to the issue, but they made their choice."

Comment: See also:


Eye 1

CIA review shows US intelligence community 'struggled' to brief Trump in 2016

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The U.S. intelligence community "struggled" to brief former President Trump in the weeks before he entered office, according to a newly published account of his transition released by the CIA's academic center.

John Helgerson, a retired intelligence officer who wrote the chapter on Trump's transition in the CIA's book on briefing presidents, wrote that Trump's transition to the White House in late 2016 and early 2017 was "far and away the most difficult" experience the intelligence community (IC) had briefing new presidents.

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Russia's government REJECTS mandatory vaccinations, 50% of Russians reject vaccine passports

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Below the nose: A medical worker is going to be vaccinated against coronavirus in the vaccination office of the polyclinic in Yekaterinburg.
Russia has ruled out the possibility of slapping fines on people who refuse vaccination against Covid-19, despite regions across the country passing directives requiring elderly and vulnerable citizens to sign up for jabs.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov was asked whether those who refused to comply would be handed financial penalties. "No, we won't permit such measures to be taken in Russia," he answered.

On Monday, local media in Austria reported that the country was considering implementing mandatory vaccination beginning in February 2022. A draft of the plan showed that residents of Austria who refuse vaccination would face fines up to €3,600, or four months imprisonment if they failed to pay. People who repeatedly refused orders to get vaccinated could be fined up to €7,200.

Comment: Because Russia's ruling government continues to reject dystopian enforcement, like the vaccine mandates, it would appear that, at least for now, the upper levels have managed to stave off the pathology that is overwhelming governments in the West. However, it seems the same can't said for some of Russia's regional officials who appear to be quite eager to adopt any and all of the draconian measures being tested out in the West:
Greece threatens monthly FINES for over 60s who remain unvaccinated after January


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Putin to NATO: We can make a deal

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony to receive credentials from foreign ambassadors at the Moscow Kremlin's Alexander Hall, in Moscow, Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will request talks with NATO to ensure that the US-led military bloc does not creep closer to his country's borders, as Ukraine moves to allow Western troops into the country.

Speaking to a group of newly-arrived ambassadors in the Kremlin on Wednesday, Putin said that his country will "insist on guarantees being set out to exclude the possibility of NATO moving any further to the east, and deploying threatening weapons close to Russian territory."

Comment: Putin is still giving the failing West a chance to save face in the light of decades of perfidy. But Russia's patience will run out the moment the Motherland is truly threatened. Given that Russia is light-years ahead in new military hardware, one hopes the madmen running NATO will think twice about any aggressive moves.


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UK, Israel attempt to "thwart" Iran nuclear deal and prevent removal of sanctions, sign deal to work together on trade, cybersecurity, defence

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Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid arrives to attend a weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem November 7, 2021.
Britain and Israel will "work night and day" in preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, the foreign ministers of the two countries wrote in a joint article.

"The clock is ticking, which heightens the need for close cooperation with our partners and friends to thwart Tehran's ambitions," the UK's Liz Truss and her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid wrote in the Telegraph newspaper on Sunday.


Comment: The UK is already quite closely allied with Israel: Colluding in war crimes: Britain's unreported military alliance with Israel


Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said earlier in the day that his country was "very worried" that world powers will remove sanctions on Iran in exchange for insufficient caps on its nuclear programme, as negotiators convene in Vienna on Monday in a last-ditch effort to salvage a nuclear deal.

Comment: With Israel at the forefront of cyber warfare, it should be no surprise that the UK wants to partner with them: The cyber espionage state of Israel

See also: Cameras installed at Iran's nuclear sites under JCPOA deactivated after other parties fail to honor commitments


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Outcry forces EU to ditch plan for 'inclusive' language

European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli
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European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli delivers a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. October 20, 2021.
The European Commission has walked back an attempt to mandate the use of "inclusive" language after lawmakers claimed the new rules were an effort to "cancel" Christian references and lacked "common sense."

An internal guidebook for inclusive communication called on EU officials to "update their language" and avoid phrasing that was considered not reflective of the "diversity of European culture." The new guide encouraged the use of gender-neutral language and non-Christian names, among other things.

In a statement on Tuesday, EU Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli noted that the guidebook was not a "mature document" and acknowledged that it "does not meet all Commission quality standards." She tweeted that the document was a "work in progress" and said an "updated version of the guidelines" would address the concerns that had been raised regarding examples of discouraged language.

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Pentagon responds to Oklahoma National Guard's vaccine exemption request

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has rejected a bid from the Oklahoma National Guard that would give its members the freedom to not get vaccinated against Covid-19, with the Pentagon ruling vaccination to be mandatory.

In a letter on Monday, Austin formally rejected Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt's request that the state's National Guard be exempt from the Pentagon's Covid-19 military vaccine mandate.

Austin also threatened action against unvaccinated members of Oklahoma's National Guard, warning that refusal to get vaccinated "may lead to a prohibition on the member's participation in drills and training" and could "jeopardize the member's status in the National Guard."

Though Governor Stitt expressed concern that the vaccine mandate could result in an understaffed National Guard, which would be less able to respond to state security threats and weather emergencies, Austin argued that such concerns did "not negate the need for this important military readiness requirement."

The governor had requested an exemption in a letter earlier this month, claiming that the "irresponsible" vaccine mandate "violates the personal freedoms of many Oklahomans, as it asks them to potentially sacrifice their personal beliefs in order to not lose their jobs."

Comment: Austin is muscle-flexing. Enlistment is voluntary. The National Guard is not part of the Pentagon hierarchy but can assist the military in an emergency. In that case it is dubious not having the vaccine would matter.


Eye 1

Ice Age Farmer Report: Central banks launch digital currencies - Perfect technocratic control

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Every central bank in the world is rushing to launch a digital currency...but why? And who is pulling the strings behind the scenes? As it turns out, we don't need a 'social credit score' when money itself is used to control our behavior. Christian breaks down the reality behind this global, synchronous push for digital currencies and the elimination of cash in this Ice Age Farmer broadcast.


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A President Betrayed by Bureaucrats: Scott Atlas's Masterpiece on the Covid Disaster

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I'm a voracious reader of Covid books but nothing could have prepared me for Scott Atlas's A Plague Upon Our House, a full and mind-blowing account of the famed scientist's personal experience with the Covid era and a luridly detailed account of his time at the White House. The book is hot fire, from page one to the last, and will permanently affect your view of not only this pandemic and the policy response but also the workings of public health in general.

Atlas's book has exposed a scandal for the ages. It is enormously valuable because it fully blows up what seems to be an emerging fake story involving a supposedly Covid-denying president who did nothing vs. heroic scientists in the White House who urged compulsory mitigating measures consistent with prevailing scientific opinion. Not one word of that is true. Atlas's book, I hope, makes it impossible to tell such tall tales without embarrassment.

Anyone who tells you this fictional story (including Deborah Birx) deserves to have this highly credible treatise tossed in his direction. The book is about the war between real science (and genuine public health), with Atlas as the voice for reason both before and during his time in the White House, vs. the enactment of brutal policies that never stood any chance of controlling the virus while causing tremendous damage to the people, to human liberty, to children in particular, but also to billions of people around the world.

For the reader, the author is our proxy, a reasonable and blunt man trapped in a world of lies, duplicity, backstabbing, opportunism, and fake science. He did his best but could not prevail against a powerful machine that cares nothing for facts, much less outcomes.

Comment: Between this new book by Scott Atlas, Robert F. Kennedy's new book on Fauci - and the hard work of many hundreds of doctors, scientists, researchers and whistleblowers - the word is slowly but surely trickling out to the world of 'normies'; a Monumental crime has been, and continues to be - perpetrated against humanity. And woe to those who've helped usher in the profound damage that has deeply affected all of us.