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Lavrov: US playing 'very reckless' games with Kurdish separatists in Syria, risks exploding entire Middle Eastern region

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An American soldier sits on a military vehicle, at al-Omar oil field in Deir Al Zor, Syria.
Washington must think beyond the upcoming US presidential vote and keep the future of the Middle East in mind when its encourages separatism in Syria's Kurdish population, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned.

After almost a decade-long bloody civil war, peace has been restored on almost all Syrian territory, Lavrov said in a lengthy and exclusive interview with the Dubai-based broadcaster Al Arabiya. "The military confrontation between the government and the opposition is over," he pointed out, adding that "only two hotbeds" now remain in the country.

The first one was northwestern Idlib province, where the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group is holed up. However, the territory that the militants control "is shrinking," the minister said. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is a rebranding of the Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, which had been one the largest and most violent groups during the Syrian conflict.
And the second hotbed is the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, where the illegal presence of the American troops is combined with the Americans promoting separatist trends, playing with the Kurdish guard in a very reckless manner, I would say.

Bullseye

Appointing a God-fearing mother of seven to the US Supreme Court is freaking out America's libtards

Judge Amy Coney Barrett
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US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame University, poses in an undated photograph obtained from Notre Dame University September 19, 2020
Judge Amy Coney Barrett will likely be the next nominee to the Supreme Court. This has upset those on the left who take issue with her Catholicism and strict adherence to the Constitution.

Following the recent death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served as a justice on the American Supreme Court for many years, interest in her replacement is massive given that it is an election year.

It has already been reported that Amy Coney Barrett has visited President Trump and will likely be his next nominee to the Supreme Court. Mrs Barrett has been a long-time judge and teacher, is a mother of seven, a devout Catholic, and a constitutional originalist. There was even a point when she was a member of the Federalist Society, which is a group of conservative and libertarian advocates for constitutional originalism. In fact, she was a law clerk for the late Antonin Scalia, who may be one of the most famous originalists to ever sit on the Supreme Court.

Comment: From The Hill:
Trump is expected to name his choice for the vacancy on Friday or Saturday, saying he plans to wait until Ginsburg's memorial services conclude.

Barrett was a favorite among conservatives in 2018 when Trump was mulling who to nominate to fill then-Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat before he ultimately went with Brett Kavanaugh. She remains popular among many Republican senators and conservative groups, and sources said she has an advantage having gone through the vetting process once before.

Trump said he plans to meet with at least a few of the candidates in person. The president said he "may" meet with Lagoa later this week when he is in South Florida.

"She has a lot of support," Trump said of Lagoa. "I don't know her, but I hear she's outstanding. And she's one of the people we're looking at."

Barrett, a former clerk for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, was nominated by Trump to serve on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017. She was confirmed in a 55-43 vote by the Senate later that year. At the time, three Democratic senators supported her nomination: Joe Donnelly (Ind.), who subsequently lost his 2018 reelection bid, Tim Kaine (Va.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.).
Might Trump be considering a bait-and-switch on the hysterical mob? Barbara Lagoa would tick TWO of their beloved 'victim' boxes. Also from The Hill:
Lagoa, 52, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Lagoa was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, a position to which she was nominated by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally.



Black Magic

'Or else!' Democrats threaten violence, arson, and civil war if Supreme Court justice is nominated before November 2020 election

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A painting in a storefront on Broadway of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died in Manhattan, New York City, on Sept. 18, 2020.
Democrats are on a rampage after President Trump announced he intends to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court before the next election, and they intend to go all out to prevent it from happening.

There have been many threats, including those of civil war, arson, riots, and more, as Democrats are refusing a new high court nomination to move forward until the November election has taken place.

"I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman," President Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Saturday evening, Sept. 19.

"It will be a woman — a very talented, very brilliant woman," said the president. "We haven't chosen yet, but we have numerous women on the list," reported Fox News.

Clipboard

US Virgin Islands AG demands entirety of Epstein flight logs, 'sparking panic' among wealthy passengers

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Protesters demonstrate against Epstein and his prosecution-proof cronies outside Manhattan Federal Court.
The US Virgin Islands Attorney General has subpoenaed 21 years' worth of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's flight logs, reportedly striking fear in the hearts of high-profile passengers not yet exposed as Lolita Express riders.

Passenger logs for Epstein's four helicopters and three planes have been subpoenaed by Virgin Islands AG Denise George, who recently sued the disgraced financier's estate for 22 counts including human trafficking, child abuse, neglect, prostitution, aggravated rape, and forced labor, according to a Sunday report by the UK Mirror.

In addition to the passenger lists, George has requisitioned "complaints or reports of potentially suspicious conduct" and any "personal notes" the pilots made while flying Epstein's alleged harem of underage girls around the world. She also wants the names and contact information of anyone who worked for the pilots - or who "integrated with or observed" Epstein and his passengers.

Bad Guys

5 Major Banks moved trillions in dirty money for oligarchs & criminal networks between 1999 and 2017 - ICIJ report

JP Morgan Chase Manhattan
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Five major banks (Bank of New York Mellon, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan and Standard Chartered) processed trillions of dollars of transactions identified as suspicious, a new ICIJ report reveals.

The International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has released the results of an investigation based on more than 2,100 so-called suspicious activity reports (SARs) filed by banks and financial institutions with the US Department of Treasury's Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FinCEN) between 1999 and 2017. The SARs were obtained by Buzzfeed News and shared with the ICIJ.

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People 2

President Trump is fighting hard against sex trafficking, and the mainstream media hates it

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President Trump recently announced $35 million in new Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for victims of sex trafficking, and the mainstream media hates it.

Anyone with an ounce of compassion for their fellow human beings should be able to see that fighting a heinous crime that affects tens of thousands of victims in the United States every year, over half of whom are minors, is exactly the sort of thing that federal law enforcement should be doing. But to mainstream media reporters such as the New York Times' Kevin Roose, taking a stand against human trafficking and pedophilia is apparently a "bat signal" to conspiracy theorists.

It saddens me to see members of the media defend pedophiles and sex traffickers just to take a jab at the president. Having experienced unspeakable acts of sexual violence myself for years, starting just before my 13th birthday, this is deeply personal to me.

Comment: If Trump really is serious about draining the swamp, going after pedophiles is a good place to start. With the amount of scum and villainy in the upper echalons who have their tentacles in that world, he's bound to get two birds with one stone.

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Attention

Secret Service intercepts package addressed to President Trump containing deadly ricin UPDATE: Suspect detained; Chemical and Biological teams deployed in Quebec; 6 letters sent

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Law enforcement have intercepted a package containing the incredibly deadly poison, ricin. The package was sent to the White House and addressed to President Trump.

CNN reports that the package was intercepted earlier this week and subjected to two rounds of testing. Law enforcement from the Secret Service and FBI confirmed that the substance in the package was the highly potent poison, ricin.

Comment: UPDATE: A suspect has been detained. From RT:
Authorities detain suspect who allegedly sent package containing deadly RICIN poison to President Trump
20 Sep, 2020 22:49

A woman suspected of sending a letter containing the deadly poison ricin to President Donald Trump was detained by US Customs and Border Patrol agents as she tried to enter the country from Canada.

The suspect was not officially identified. NBC News reported her apprehension on Sunday, citing an unnamed US law enforcement official. The letter was sent to Trump at the White House but was intercepted by law enforcement. White House mail is screened at an off-site facility.

Tests confirmed that the substance in the letter contained ricin, a poison made from the husks of castor beans that can cause organ failure, collapse of the circulatory system and possible death. There is no known antidote for ricin.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police said yesterday that the letter apparently was sent from Canada. NBC reported that several other letters containing ricin also were intercepted, including one to a Texas prison and one to a sheriff's office. The FBI and Secret Service were said to be investigating the letter addressed to Trump.


A woman in Canada was identified as a suspect in the case, the New York Times said on Saturday, citing an unidentified law enforcement official.

It is not the first time Trump has been targeted with ricin. Letters containing the poison's ingredients were sent to the president and top military leaders at the Pentagon in 2018.

Those letters were also intercepted, and a Utah man, William Clyde Allen III, was charged with sending them. Actress Shannon Guess Richardson was convicted in 2014 of sending ricin-containing letters to President Barack Obama and then-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Ricin is a poison, made in either a liquid, powder or crystal form from the husks of castor beans. It blocks the body's cells from making proteins, which leads to organ failure, a collapse of the circulatory system and possible death. It has been used in terrorist attacks. Two Islamic State supporters in Germany were arrested in 2018 for plotting a massive ricin attack.

The latest incident comes amid heightened political tensions in the US and a vitriolic presidential election race. The stakes were made even higher on Friday, with the death of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
UPDATE 2: 21 Sep, 2020 15:38 From RT:
Trump ricin letter raid: Canadian cops deploy CHEMICAL & BIOLOGICAL threat teams in Quebec after poison sent to White House

Canadian police say they've deployed chemical, biological and nuclear specialists in Quebec as part of an operation related to the mailing of poison to the White House. Police say the suspect sent six poisoned letters to the US.

The police operation focused on a condo in the city of Longueuil, just outside Montreal, on Monday morning. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement that "our Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives team (CBRNE) is leading the operation."


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More from RT:
White House ricin mail suspect sent SIX POISON LETTERS to the US - Canadian police

The woman suspected of mailing a letter contaminated with deadly ricin poison to the White House apparently sent five more laced letters to the US, Canadian police said after raiding an apartment in Quebec.

The suspect, reportedly a woman with dual Canadian and French citizenship, was arrested by US Customs and Border Patrol agents on Sunday as she attempted to enter the US. Police, backed by specialists in nuclear, biological and chemical threats raided an apartment in Quebec connected to the woman on Monday.

"We believe a total of six letters were sent, one to the White House and five to Texas," Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Charles Poirier told reporters after the raid. Poirier did not say where in Texas the five contaminated letters were sent, but the FBI is investigating several suspicious deliveries at law enforcement and detention facilities in South Texas, Reuters reported.

The woman is reportedly being held in Buffalo, New York, and a police spokesman in Mission, Texas, told the agency that his department had previously arrested her in 2019, but had no records on the arrest.

President Donald Trump's mail is screened at an off-site facility before being delivered to the White House. As such, the likelihood of the president getting his hands on the letter were extremely slim. If he had, though, the consequences could have been fatal. Ricin, a poison made from the husks of castor beans, blocks the body's cells from making proteins, which leads to organ failure, a collapse of the circulatory system and possible death.

There is no known antidote.



Attention

Soros-backed coalition preparing for post-election day chaos — 'We're going to fight like hell'

George Soros
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Under the guise of seeking to "prevent a constitutional crisis," a massive network of well funded left-wing activists and progressive groups are training, organizing, and planning to mobilize millions of Americans should President Trump "contest the election results," refuse to concede, or claim an early victory.

More than 80 advocacy groups and grassroots organizations have joined in a broad coalition calling itself "Protect the Results" and proclaiming that "we cannot ignore the threat that Trump poses to our democracy and a peaceful transition of power."

The coalition is a joint project of Indivisible and Stand Up America, two left-wing groups founded in response to President Trump's 2016 election and whose goals are "to organize and resist Trump's dangerous agenda" and "to defeat Trump and his enablers."

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Dollars

Why US won't 'decouple' from China in finance

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A teller counts and arranges dollar notes at a bank in Huaibei, Anhui province.
Does the United States really want to decouple from China in the financial industry? Presumably, the answer is "No".

The US administration's recent actions against short video-sharing app TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, the tightening regulatory scrutiny of Chinese companies listed in the US, and some news of individual companies delisting from the US stock market, have all boosted discussions on the reported US initiative to decouple from China in the financial services sector.

The reason is, it is not difficult to think of financial decoupling in the context of escalated China-US frictions. Financial decoupling is much more complicated than technological decoupling. It involves the securities market, cross-border payments and capital flows, as well as the performance of the international monetary system.

If we first look at the US dollar-denominated international monetary system, the cost and boundaries of the financial capital and the physical capital (especially for technology), and the trend of integration in the Chinese and US financial markets, one conclusion is inescapable: the US side still needs China to maintain the existing international monetary system, and has better business opportunities in China's financial market.

Any action like decoupling will hurt the two sides; instead, cooperation will achieve a win-win situation.

Red Pill

The End of Reality

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In 1888, the year before he went insane, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the following in Twilight of the Idols:
We have got rid of the real world: what world is left? The apparent world perhaps? ... But no! Along with the real world we've done away with the apparent world as well.
So, if you feel you also may be going insane in the present climate of digital screen life, where real is unreal but realer than real, the apparent is cryptic, and up is down, true is false, and what you see you don't, it has a history.

One hundred and thirty-two years ago, Nietzsche added that "something extraordinarily nasty and evil is about to make its debut." We know it did, and the bloody butcher's bench known as the twentieth century was the result. Nihilism stepped onto center stage and has been the star of the show ever since, straight through to 2020.