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Biohazard

Hazmat units respond after Donald Trump Jr. receives envelope with white powdery substance

Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump Jr., son of former President Donald Trump, received a letter containing a white powdery substance at his Florida home on Monday afternoon, officials said.

Trump Jr. received the letter at his home in Jupiter, Florida, and he personally opened it, two law enforcement sources confirmed to CBS News. Early results indicated the substance was "not deadly."

Trump Jr. saw the white powdery substance, put the letter down and called 911, the sources said.

Dollars

Western special forces working in Ukraine - FT

NATO
© Getty Images / Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesNATO "Brilliant Jump" military exercise, Poland, February 26, 2024
Multiple European leaders have denied any official plans to send troops into Ukraine to fight against Russia

The unofficial presence of Western special forces in Ukraine is a matter of common knowledge, the Financial Times wrote on Tuesday, citing a senior European defense official, speaking anonymously.

The comment came in response to French President Emmanuel Macron's earlier suggestion of potential NATO deployments in Ukraine.

Speaking to the media after a gathering of European leaders in Paris on Monday, Macron said there was "no consensus [at the meeting] to send, in an official manner, troops on the ground, but in terms of dynamics, we cannot exclude anything." He also promised to stop at nothing to prevent Russia from winning the conflict.

Comment:
There are different western actors in Ukraine:

Mercenaries with "recent" NATO history:
NATO troops disguised as mercenaries operating Ukraine air defense and tactical missiles - Russian General
Disguised NATO personnel fighting in Ukraine - Russian general
Ukraine's shelling of Russian civilians - a significant part of which was carried out from Avdeevka in the years prior - is happening at Kiev's behest and with the tacit consent of Western states, the deputy head of the Russian General Staff, Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy, told Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Monday.

The US and its allies pump Ukraine full of weapons and provide it with communications services and intelligence information, but some of the equipment requires qualified Western personnel on the ground, the official said.
"NATO soldiers disguised as mercenaries participate in the military operations. They control air defense systems, operational-tactical missiles, and multiple launch rocket systems, and enter into assault detachments," Rudskoy said.
NATO officers directly prepare military operations for the Ukrainian armed forces.
Western generals in Ukraine - Lavrov
Austrian Colonel claims NATO soldiers are fighting in Ukraine as mercenaries

Ordinary mercenaries
Foreign mercenaries reveal shocking casualty rates in Ukraine - media (Aug 2023)
The US is trying to use foreign mercenaries to plug gaps in Ukraine - they are in for a rude awakening (Jul 2023)
More than 2,500 foreign mercenaries fighting for Ukraine - Shoigu (May 2023)
Probes launched into 75 foreign 'mercenaries' in Ukraine - Russia (May 2022)
Donetsk militia spots more foreign mercenaries, Ukraine moving forces to contact line (Oct 2016)
Nazi safaris and organ harvesting in Eastern Ukraine: Kiev regime's foreign mercenaries and homegrown fascists enjoy slaughtering civilians (Aug 2014)
Ex-Ukraine security chief claims foreign mercenaries took part in Maidan violence (Mar 2014)

Intelligence officers
Bombshell NYT report confirms CIA built "12 secret spy bases" in Ukraine & waged a 'shadow war' on Russia for the last decade
Kremlin responds to CIA 'revelations'
CIA has built vast anti-Russian spy network in Ukraine over the last 10 years - NYT
How the CIA destabilizes the world


Bad Guys

State Dept downplays reports of Israeli soldiers sexually abusing, slaughtering Palestinian women

Matthew Miller Spokesperson for the United States Department of State
While falsely claiming to have received "independent confirmation" of since-debunked assertions of mass rape by Hamas, the State Department's spokesman said he "cannot independently verify" allegations by UN human rights experts that Israeli soldiers have sexually abused and systematically slaughtered Palestinian women and girls in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The US State Department has downplayed the findings of UN human rights experts who received "credible allegations" that Israeli soldiers have raped, tortured, and executed Palestinian women and girls amid their siege of Gaza.

US media has similarly overlooked the UN human rights report, focusing instead on yet another dubious report by the Israeli Association of Rape Crisis Centers alleging the deployment of "systematic sexual violence" by Hamas on October 7, 2023.

As The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal reported, the Israeli report was "short on new research, absent of hard evidence, and reliant instead on clips from factually-challenged articles by the same Western outlets promoting its publication." Its publication was funded by US-based Israel lobby heavyweights involved in a public relations scheme to justify the ongoing siege of Gaza.

Comment: See also:


Sherlock

Kremlin comments after another EU state drops Nord Stream probe

Baltic Sea gas leak from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline
© Swedish Coast Guard via Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: Baltic Sea gas leak from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in September 2022.
Copenhagen must have found "close allies" when searching for the culprits behind the sabotage, a spokesman has suggested

The Danish decision to end its investigation into the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea was probably motivated by Copenhagen's unwillingness to establish the truth about the crime, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has suggested.

The energy links built to bring Russian natural gas directly to Germany were ruptured by unknown perpetrators in a series of explosions in September 2022. Germany as well as Denmark and Sweden, in whose economic zones the sabotage took place, had each launched separate inquiries. Sweden closed its probe earlier this month.

Comment: As if coordinated in an operation lockstep, only three weeks ago, Sweden came to the same result.
Sweden halts Nord Stream investigation, hands off to Germany, as Hersh fills in more blanks and not only:
NATO subservience: Sweden announces its largest-ever Ukraine aid package
The case was complicated, here is another angle, and not the links in the comments.
Independent investigator: Elements of UK government behind Nord Stream attacks
While Sweden still has aid to give, Denmark needs to increase the taxes. From the same source:
Raise taxes to fight Russia - EU state's PM
The "naive" West should realize that security comes at a price, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says
[...]

EU nations must prioritize defense spending by carving out money from social programs to deter Russia amid the Ukraine conflict, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has argued.

In an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday, Frederiksen said the EU should try to avoid the mistakes of the 1930s, when the continent failed to check Nazi Germany's expansion, and focus on what she called a "more aggressive Russia" by "scaling up" defense.

Russia has stated that one of its key objectives in the Ukraine conflict is to "denazify" the neighboring country. Kiev's failure to implement the Minsk agreements, which were designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state, was a significant contributory factor to the conflict.

Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev's goal regarding the agreements was to use the ceasefire to buy time and "create powerful armed forces," a position which was later echoed by ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel and ex-French President Francois Hollande, who helped broker the agreement.

Frederiksen urged European powers "to admit that we haven't used enough money on our own defense and security" since the end of the Cold War, pouring funds into welfare and tax reduction instead.
It could be argued that the Danish PM expresses a trend of the times: Rise of the War Harpies: The Women Destroying our World, but is it a malicious intent, cunning or fear? Perhaps he PM is on board with
Putin defeated US plan for Russia - Nuland though considering Nuland accidentally reveals the true aim of the West in Ukraine:
"And by the way, we have to remember that the bulk of this money is going right back into the US to make those weapons," Nuland said
the Danish PM appears to be advocating for a win-win. A win by pouring EU tax money into the US Military-Industrial Complex, and advertising the carrot of defeating Russia to protect US hegemony in Europe. The reaction of the Danish PM comes while others say: Washington's 'credibility at stake' - Polish FM or 'Russia must win this war' - Canada's Trudeau, and France creates coalition to arm Ukraine with long-range weapons How it all began was never of much interest to these countries, only few talk about it: Slovakia's PM Fico: Ukraine's 'rampant neo-Nazis' were cause of war, Kiev NATO membership is attempt to start WWIII


Mr. Potato

Biden calls China's Xi 'head of Russia'

Biden Xi
© Tim Rue/Corbis via Getty ImagesThen-US Vice President Joe Biden attends a February 2012 luncheon with China's Xi Jinping in Los Angeles.
US President Joe Biden has again stumbled with the nationalities and identities of world leaders, referring to Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as the "head of Russia" and failing to remember the name of his former boss, Barack Obama.

The oldest president in American history made his latest mental gaffes while hosting a White House dinner for US governors on Saturday night. Referring to instructions he received from then-President Obama, Biden said, "When I was vice president, president uh, my president told me that he wanted me to get to know Xi Jinping because it was clear he was going to be the head of Russia, um, of China, and we were having problems with Russia at the time, and other countries as well."

Biden then went on to make a false claim that he has repeated dozens of times, saying that he traveled 17,000 miles with Xi in the US and China. The Washington Post gave Biden a "bottomless Pinocchio" rating in November 2022 for telling the false tale on so many occasions. The newspaper's fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, could only find one trip in which Biden and Xi traveled together, when they visited a high school outside Beijing in August 2021.


Pirates

Nuland accidentally reveals the true aim of the West in Ukraine

nuland
© Global Look Press / Rod LamkeyVictoria Nuland
US State Department fixture and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, aka "Regime Change Karen," apparently woke up one day recently, took the safety off her nuclear-grade mouth, and inadvertently blew up the West's Ukraine narrative.

Until now, Americans have been told that all the US taxpayer cash being earmarked for Ukrainian aid is to help actual Ukrainians. Anyone notice that the $75 billion American contribution isn't getting the job done on the battlefield? Victory in military conflict isn't supposed to look like defeat. Winning also isn't defined as, "Well, on a long enough time axis, like infinity, our chance of defeat will eventually approach zero." And the $178 billion in total from all allies combined doesn't seem to be doing the trick, either. Short of starting a global war with weapons capable of extending the conflict beyond a regional one, it's not like they've been holding back. The West is breaking the bank. All for some vague, future Ukrainian "victory" that they don't seem to want to clearly define. We keep hearing that the support will last "as long as it takes." For what exactly? By not clearly defining it, they can keep moving the goal posts.

Cross

Best of the Web: Study finds that 45,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the Ukraine War

russian war dead ukraine
At least 45,123 Russian troops have been killed since the start of Moscow's full-scale invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago, according to research by journalists from Mediazona and the BBC's Russian Service who have established the deceased soldiers' identities.


Comment: Note that these two sources, along with the current article you are reading, are vehemently anti-Putin media outlets.


Two-thirds of all confirmed dead -- volunteers, conscripts, ex-inmates, and fighters from private military companies -- were not connected to the military before the start of the invasion, researchers found.

The number includes 5,406 mobilized soldiers, 80 percent of whom were killed in the second year of the war.

Krasnodar, Sverdlovsk, Bashkortostan, and Chelyabinsk are the regions with the highest number of dead.

Journalists have identified 27,906 Russian soldiers killed last year -- 57 percent more than the confirmed losses in the first year of the invasion.


Comment: Again, at that juncture, Western media was breathlessly reporting to its audiences that ten times that figure had been killed.


Comment: The media goes with the fact-free CIA version of reality, which, as you can see, is an order of magnitude off from reality. It's actually Ukraine's casualty toll that is in the hundreds of thousands:

Russian Defense Minister: 440,000 Ukrainian troops have been 'lost' since the launch of the SMO


Briefcase

Donald Trump appeals $454M civil fraud judgement

Trump/lawyers
© Shannon Stapleton/AP/FileFormer US President Donald Trump • Lawyers Christopher Kise and Alina Habba
Closing arguments in civil fraud trial • NY Supreme Court, Manhattan, NY • January 11, 2024
Donald Trump has appealed his $454 million New York civil fraud judgment, challenging a judge's finding that he lied about his wealth as he grew the real estate empire that launched him to stardom and the presidency.

The former president's lawyers filed notices of appeal Monday asking the state's mid-level appeals court to overturn Judge Arthur Engoron's Feb. 16 verdict in Attorney General Letitia James' lawsuit and reverse staggering penalties that threaten to wipe out Trump's cash reserves.

Trump's lawyers wrote in court papers that they're asking the appeals court to decide whether Engoron "committed errors of law and/or fact" and whether he abused his discretion or "acted in excess" of his jurisdiction. A notice of appeal starts the appeals process in New York. Trump's lawyers will have an opportunity to expand on their grievances in subsequent court filings.

Trump wasn't required to pay his penalty or post a bond in order to appeal, and appealing won't automatically halt enforcement of the judgment.

Putin

Putin defeated US plan for Russia - Nuland

Nuland
© Eranga Jayawardena/APVictoria Nuland speaks to reporters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 1, 2023
The arch-neocon has told CNN that Washington wanted a compliant leader installed in Moscow...

Vladimir Putin's Russia is "not the Russia that we wanted," Acting US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has told CNN. Nuland explained that Washington wanted a compliant leader in the Kremlin who would "westernize" the country.

Nuland told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday:
"It's not the Russia that, frankly, we wanted. We wanted a partner that was going to be westernizing, that was going to be European. But that's not what Putin has done."
Putin's predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, enjoyed Washington's support as he oversaw the rushed privatization of the Russian economy in the 1990s. Yeltsin's reforms saw the rise of the so-called 'oligarchs', who amassed huge fortunes selling Russia's natural resources to Western buyers, while the majority of the population dealt with declining life expectancy, soaring crime and homicide rates, and the collapse of the ruble.

Putin, who first took office in 2000, is widely credited with taming the oligarchs, imposing public order, and reversing the economic and social decline of the 1990s. Putin initially sought friendly relations with the West, telling American journalist Tucker Carlson earlier this month that he asked then-US President Bill Clinton whether Russia could one day join NATO, only to be rejected.

Comment: Wishful thinking is not reality. All the rest is window dressing.


Cross

Best of the Web: Russian Defense Minister: 440,000 Ukrainian troops have been 'lost' since the launch of the SMO

Russian defense minister announces the liberation of several residential settlements in Donbass, discloses Kiev attempts to prevent the collapse of the front
cemetery war dead ukraine
Slava Ukraini
The Ukrainian army has lost over 444,000 troops since the beginning of the special military operation and has been daily losing over 800 troops and 120 various armaments since the beginning of 2024, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the Defense Ministry's board meeting.


Comment: 'Losing' troops presumably means both killed-in-action and wounded-in-action. For comparison, the Russian military death toll in the SMO is estimated at just under 45,000, according to a joint Russian (anti-Putin) media estimate.


He reported the liberation of several residential settlements in Donbass, disclosed Kiev attempts to prevent the collapse of the front, and announced plans to rearm the Eastern and Central Military Districts.

Military operation

Since the liberation of Avdeyevka, the Russian forces have been improving the situation in the Donetsk and Kupyansk directions and seizing new strongholds and positions of Ukrainian troops.

Since the beginning of the year, Russia has liberated close to 327 square kilometers in Donbass and Novorossiya (317 square km a week ago). "In the past week, the Ukrainian armed forces were ousted from the settlements of Pobeda, Lastochkino, Severnoye in the Donetsk People's Republic," Shoigu said.

Comment: That casualty toll for Ukrainian soldiers is probably ballpark-accurate. This is why European heads of head convened in Paris on Monday to discuss what to do next: they're at another cross-roads and are considering sending regular NATO forces to fight Russia in Ukraine because their proxy Ukrainian forces are spent.