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Biden loses all track of thought one day after bombing Syria

Biden forgets
President Joe Biden is credited with authorizing the deadly air strike that killed an estimated 22 Islamic militants in Syria on Thursday.

The rocket attack vaporized three transport vehicles carrying live munitions. It was so impressive it reportedly made Kamala Harris jealous Russia's president Vladimir Putin was told about it first.

But one day later, it's unclear that our new Commander-in-Chief can even speak intelligibly on the matter. Or on much of anything else. It is not what you want to see from a U.S. President.

Watch as President Biden speaks at a Houston vaccine site on Friday. It is absolutely painful to watch.


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Eye 2

Tony Blair's anti-freedom project continues, but 'War on Terror' is replaced by 'War on Covid'

Blair
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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
The 'War on Terror' seems to have morphed into a 'War on Covid'. And guess what? Serial warmonger Tony Blair is a key figure in both, seeking to curtail our civil liberties with the excuse that it's all for the "greater good."

The date: Monday November 6, 2006. The place: Downing Street news conference. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair dismisses the civil rights argument against ID cards, which his government is keen to introduce. He says it is an issue of "modernity" and "modern life."

"We are building a new part of our infrastructure here. And like other such projects the gains to citizens will be much larger and more extensive than anyone could say at the time."

Sound familiar?

Comment: See also: 'Papers, please': Vaccine Passports have officially arrived


USA

Biden holds off punishing Saudi crown prince, but says he will - UAE stands by Saudis in rejecting intel report

Khashoggi/MBS
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Jamal Khashoggi • Mohammed Bin Salman
President Biden on Friday stopped short of announcing any punitive measures against Saudi Arabia's crown prince despite the release of an intelligence report linking the Kingdom's day-to-day ruler to the grisly killing of a U.S-based journalist.

The declassified report said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a plot to "capture or kill" journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was lured to the Saudi consulate and killed. The report's release raises the stakes on relations between the Biden administration and the likely next ruler of the Saudi Kingdom.

The administration announced a range of punitive measures against Saudi officials and individuals it said were involved in Khashoggi's death in October 2018, though it held off penalizing Prince Mohammad himself — a move likely to put the president at odds with key Democratic leaders and human rights groups calling for stronger measures against the crown prince.

"The Saudi government in general, and [Mohammed bin Salman] in particular, have a cloud hanging over them and there's a lot of work to be done to repair that," Hussein Ibish, senior resident scholar with the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, told The Hill.

"The question is, how much does anyone want to let it affect U.S.-Saudi relations?"

Comment: Here's what Biden had to say yesterday:
"I spoke yesterday with the king, not the prince. Made it clear to him that the rules are changing and we're going to be announcing significant changes today and on Monday. We are going to hold them accountable for human rights abuses and we're going to make sure that they, in fact, if they want to deal with us, they have to deal with it in a way that the human rights abuses are dealt with," Biden said.

"And we're trying to do that across the world," he continued. "But particularly here, this report has been sitting there, the last administration wouldn't even release it. We immediately, when I got in, filed the report, read it, got it, and released it today. And it is outrageous what happened."
The Saudi government denies the report's conclusions:
"It is truly unfortunate that this report, with its unjustified and inaccurate conclusions, is issued while the kingdom had clearly denounced this heinous crime, and the kingdom's leadership took the necessary steps to ensure that such a tragedy never takes place again. The kingdom rejects any measure that infringes upon its leadership, sovereignty, and the independence of its judicial system", the Saudi foreign ministry said.
Diplomatic doublespeak. The UAE is backing the Saudis' position.


Eye 1

Russian Foreign Ministry says Twitter no longer independent social media, but a tool of 'digital diktat' under control of West

Twitter logo
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A picture shows the Twitter logo, displayed on a smart-phone screen.
Twitter is rapidly changing from an independent platform into a tool of Western countries to impose a dictatorship over the internet. That's according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, following a recent ban of Russian accounts.

Speaking on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova blasted the US tech giant for removing 100 accounts allegedly linked to the Kremlin. On Tuesday, the site's owners announced that 69 were deleted for "undermining faith in the NATO alliance," with a further 31 banned for "targeting the United States and European Union."
"We once again can't help but notice that Twitter is rapidly degenerating from an independent discussion platform into a tool of global digital diktat in the hands of the Western establishment," she told journalists, noting that accounts from NATO members haven't been victims of similar operations.

Comment: It was obvious that Twitter and many other social media are not independent when they blocked the personal account of ex-US President Donald Trump and in some way helped the PTB to install their chosen puppet, Joe Biden, as US President.

They also banned accounts of many other people and organizations who tried to think for themselves and tweet against the common PTB narrative on many topics.

Soon it will become just a progressive leftist echo chamber. It's already exactly that for a lot of people already, but it will get worse.

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Cult

UN warns climate pledges for 2030 put world far off 1.5C goal

climate change COP26
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COP26 has been postponed as the UK is struggling to cope with the coronavirus
Updated plans to reduce emissions, submitted so far by about 75 nations ahead of November's COP26 summit, barely make a dent in the huge cuts needed to meet global climate goals, the U.N. climate chief said on Friday, calling for redoubled efforts.

A U.N. report summarising the revised climate action plans - covering about 40% of countries in the 2015 Paris Agreement and 30% of planet-heating emissions - said they would deliver a combined emissions reduction of only 0.5% from 2010 levels by 2030.

"That simply is not good enough," said Patricia Espinosa, urging governments - including those that have already updated their plans - to come up with larger promised cuts before COP26.

Comment: We must all work harder, comrades!


Attention

Lavrov: Russia has info that US plans to stay in Syria forever, destroy the country

Lavrov
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Russian FM Sergei Lavrov
During its first month in office, the Biden administration did not reverse its predecessor's policy of keeping troops deployed in northeastern Syria to "keep the oil". On Thursday, the White House approved airstrikes against the bases of Baghdad-allied Iraqi militia groups in eastern Syria following attacks on US and coalition forces in Iraq.

Moscow has evidence of US plans to keep forces deployed in Syria indefinitely, and will ask Washington about this directly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. Speaking to reporters at a press conference alongside Afghani Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Friday, he said:
"We have recently received different information from various sources. We cannot confirm it for now, and want to ask the Americans about this directly. Supposedly, they are making the decision to never leave Syria, even to the point of destroying this country."
Commenting on Thursday night's US airstrikes against "Iranian-backed" militia bases in eastern Syria, the foreign minister said that the US side only provided the Russian military a few minutes' warning before carrying out the attacks.
"Our military was warned four or five minutes ahead of time. Of course, even if we are talking about deconfliction, as is customary in ties between Russian and US military personnel, this is nothing. This was a kind of notification when the strike was already being carried out."

Arrow Up

US House passes pro-abortion 'Equality Act' to write transgenderism into civil rights law

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Equality Act press conference • Speaker Pelosi at the podium
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 224 to 206 today to pass the "Equality Act," which would write transgenderism into federal civil rights law, compel medical professionals to commit abortions and transgender surgeries, and expand taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), who voted against the bill, said:
"On occasion, Congressional leaders will purposely misname a piece of legislation to disguise its true intention. The Equality Act is the epitome of this misrepresentation.

"Should this bill become law, the wellbeing of our children, the role of parents, the privacy and safety of vulnerable women, the competitive edge of female athletes, the livelihoods of charities and businesses, and the integrity of our healthcare system will all be jeopardized. And that is just the tip of the iceberg."
Three Republicans voted for the conscience-crushing legislation: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Rep. John Katko of New York, and Rep. Tom Reed of New York. All House Democrats voted in favor of it.

Comment: The House just legislated new rules for sexuality, life and death. Sixty votes in the Senate will pass it into law - another life-changing decision made 'for the public' without its input or choice.


Fire

Estimates: George Floyd riots to cost 66 times more than Capitol damage

Riot destruction
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Capitol Architect J. Brett Blandon told lawmakers Wednesday damage from January's Capitol riots will likely cost $30 million to cover adequate mental health services, art repairs, and enhanced security.

"The events of Jan. 6 were difficult for the American people, and extremely hard for all of us on campus to witness," Blanton testified before the House Appropriations Committee, warning the price tag will go even higher if the new fence expanding the Capitol's perimeter borders gaslighting the public is kept past March.

The steep estimate will likely present sticker shock to Democrats who whistled past repeated outbursts of so-called social justice riots all last year. The riots were kicked off by two weeks of carnage in the immediate aftermath of George Floyd's death and produced a colossal estimated $2 billion in damages during those 14 days alone.

Two weeks of havoc in the nation's cities exhaustively endorsed, excused, and celebrated by leftists and their allies in the corporate press left the nation with 66 times the devastation than an afternoon of Capitol chaos in January roundly condemned by conservatives and exploited by Democrats.

Comment: The cost to the nation far exceeds monetary concerns - perhaps irreparable.


Attention

The New York Times' brazenly false 'fact check' about Trump's impeachment trial

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The New York Times has published a "fact check" by Linda Qui declaring that Donald Trump's lawyers "made a number of inaccurate or misleading claims" during the Senate impeachment trial. In reality, much of the article consists of flagrant falsehoods propagated by Qui and the Times.

"Inciting Violence"

With regard to Trump's speech on the day of the Capitol Hill riot, Trump attorney Michael van der Veen said:
"Far from promoting insurrection against the United States, the president's remarks explicitly encouraged those in attendance to exercise their rights peacefully and patriotically."
That statement is demonstrably true, as the transcript of the speech shows that Trump asked his supporters to go "to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard." Qui, however, alleges that his attorney's statement "is exaggerated" because Trump "used the phrase 'peacefully and patriotically' once in his speech, compared with 20 uses of the word 'fight'."

Stop

Amazon Prime stops streaming Clarence Thomas documentary during Black history month

Clarence Thomas
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Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas
Amazon showed it has its limits when it comes to its dedication to diversity and inclusion when it failed to continue streaming a critically acclaimed and popular documentary on the only black Supreme Court justice during Black History Month.

Recently, Amazon Prime dropped Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month. Thomas is our nation's only black justice currently serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, and one would think that between Amazon's claim to "building an inclusive culture" and the fact that it's Black History Month, Amazon would want to stream this inspiring documentary on its platform.

In fact, Amazon Prime created an entire Amplify Black Voices page on its site that "feature[s] a curated collection of titles to honor Black History Month across four weekly themes (Black Love, Black Joy, Black History Makers, and Black Girl Magic)." There are scores of films available to stream, including four films available on the Amazon Prime site to stream (two docudramas and two documentaries) on Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, a liberal icon and our nation's first black Supreme Court justice. There are even two films (one docudrama and one documentary) on Anita Hill, who came forward during Thomas' confirmation hearing to claim that Thomas had sexually harassed her. (Hill's story never added up and, and as reflected in a NY Times/CBS News poll after the Senate confirmation hearings, American men and women believed Thomas by a 2-1 margin.)

Amazon has made a significant effort to celebrate black voices on its site during Black History Month, including films of Thurgood Marshall and even Anita Hill, but can't find any space for a documentary on our only sitting black Supreme Court justice? This makes no sense at all, other than Amazon made a decision to not show this film because Justice Thomas is a black justice who has conservative views.