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Texas Secretary of State's Office announces full forensic audit of 2020 general election in four Texas counties

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The Texas Secretary of State's office announced on Thursday, September 23 it has begun a forensic audit of the 2020 election in three North Texas counties, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin along with Harris County.

In a statement sent to CBS 11, it said in part: Under existing Texas laws, the Secretary of State has the authority to conduct a full and comprehensive forensic audit. We anticipate the Legislature will provide funds for this purpose.

Full Text Of News Release From Texas Secretary Of State:
Under existing Texas laws, the Secretary of State has the authority to conduct a full and comprehensive forensic audit of any election and has already begun the process in Texas' two largest Democrat counties and two largest Republican counties — Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Collin — for the 2020 election. We anticipate the Legislature will provide funds for this purpose.
Earlier in an open letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Former President Donald Trump has backed House Bill 16(PDF) that calls for a "review of the results of the 2020 general election.

Arrow Up

US reaches deal with Huawei's Meng Wanzhou, allowing her to return to China

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Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou leaves her home in Vancouver on Friday morning.
Huawei Technologies Co. executive Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with US prosecutors on Friday that will allow her to return to China, effectively resolving the case that has kept Meng in legal limbo in Vancouver for nearly three years.

The deal, in the form of a deferred prosecution agreement that will be in effect until December 2022, releases Meng on the condition that she abides by a "statement of facts" about the case, providing a reprieve to a legal dispute that helped to throw Beijing's relations with Canada and the United States into crisis.

"We fully expect the indictment to be dismissed with prejudice," Meng's lawyer Michelle Levin of Steptoe & Johnson told reporters after the hearing at a US federal courthouse in New York. "Ms Meng is free to go home to her family."

Comment: See also: New Chinese ambassador to UK barred from parliament, follows tit for tat that Britain started with unilateral sanctions on Chinese officials


Cloud Grey

Biden falls asleep during press meeting AGAIN, aides shout at press to leave after just two questions during meeting with UK PM

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President Joe Biden speaks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Oval Office on Sept. 21, 2021.
Press secretary Jen Psaki tried to explain away President Biden's refusal to take questions from reporters during his Tuesday sitdown with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson by claiming that the UK leader had blindsided White House aides by calling on two British reporters.

"I think our relationship with the United Kingdom and with Prime Minister Johnson is so strong and abiding, we will be able to move forward beyond this," Psaki said Wednesday, "but he [Johnson] called on individuals from his press corps without alerting us to that intention in advance."


Comment: Biden has deteriorated to the point where, in their failed attempts to cover up his addled state, the White House needs to manage every moment he's in front of the cameras: Something is wrong with the President


After Johnson and Biden answered queries from Harry Cole of the Sun newspaper and Beth Rigby of Sky News, White House press aides known as "wranglers" began shouting and herding reporters outside the Oval Office, where the meeting was taking place.

"That's absurd," one reporter was heard complaining as he headed outside. "Two British reporters get questions and we don't get anything."

Comment: Since it's clear that Biden isn't steering the ship, it begs the question, just who is? Australia sent 'extremely satisfied' letter hours before axing €56bn French contract & announcing US deal

Below is the footage of Biden drifting off during his meeting with Israel's PM:

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Radar

Stunning interview sees China warn "23 Million Australians" that new AUKUS pact now makes them "target" for nuclear attack

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During an Australian TV primetime segment this week, the well-known China-based expert Victor Gao, who is vice president of the Center for China and Globalization and once served as communist leader Deng Xiaoping's translator, issued a chilling scenario and shock to his Aussie audience over the controversial AUKUS defense pact between the US, Australia and the UK.

Gao bluntly warned that the deal which will see Washington give Canberra nuclear submarine technology now makes all of Australia a target for nuclear strike:
"The watershed moment will be if Australia is armed with nuclear submarines to be locally produced in Australia, Australia will lose that privilege of not being targeted with nuclear weapons by other countries," Gao warned.

Better Earth

Eurasia takes shape: How the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) just flipped the world order

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With Iran's arrival, the SCO member-states now number nine, and they're focused on fixing Afghanistan and consolidating Eurasia.
As a rudderless West watched on, the 20th anniversary meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was laser-focused on two key deliverables: shaping up Afghanistan and kicking off a full-spectrum Eurasian integration.

The two defining moments of the historic 20th anniversary Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan had to come from the keynote speeches of - who else - the leaders of the Russia-China strategic partnership.

Xi Jinping: "Today we will launch procedures to admit Iran as a full member of the SCO."

Vladimir Putin: "I would like to highlight the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed today between the SCO Secretariat and the Eurasian Economic Commission. It is clearly designed to further Russia's idea of establishing a Greater Eurasia Partnership covering the SCO, the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union), ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and China's Belt and Road initiative (BRI)."

In short, over the weekend, Iran was enshrined in its rightful, prime Eurasian role, and all Eurasian integration paths converged toward a new global geopolitical - and geoeconomic - paradigm, with a sonic boom bound to echo for the rest of the century.

Arrow Down

Democrats quietly limit House GOP effort to press for probes into Biden administration

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
House Democrats have quietly moved to restrict the GOP's ability to use its limited power in the minority to press for investigations, an effort that has Republicans crying foul as they seek to pressure their foes over the Biden administration's handling of Afghanistan.

According to publicly available documents reviewed by CNN, Democrats last year began slipping language into House rules that essentially blocks Republicans from using a "resolution of inquiry." That tool allows a lawmaker to formally request information from the executive branch. Once the inquiry is introduced, the relevant committee is required to act within 14 days or else it can be brought up as a privileged resolution on the House floor.

While a resolution of inquiry has less teeth than a subpoena — and the party in power would have the numbers to prevent it from advancing — it's one of the few investigative tools that the minority has at its disposal. At the very least, it would enable the minority party to force members of the majority to take a public stance and vote on certain issues in committee.

Comment: The fight of the factions has become more important than serving the people.


Bizarro Earth

40 days to save the planet? Boris' green act is yet another unprincipled U-turn from a serial flip flopper

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at U.N. headquarters.
The British prime minister is seeking to fashion himself as a switched-on leader on climate change - but isn't it all just more hot air and bluster from one of the world's biggest confidence tricksters?

Boris Johnson was doing his best Greta Thunberg impression at the United Nations yesterday.

According to BoJo, we have been acting like a 16-year-old and "it's time for humanity to grow up." Interestingly, Greta was only 16 when she told the UN that "you have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words," and yet for some reason, everyone listened to her.

Boris also said that the world has just 40 days "to come to Glasgow to make the commitments necessary" to save the planet. And if we don't, "our grandchildren will know that we are the culprits ... and that we missed our cue, and they will ask what kind of people we were to be so selfish and so short-sighted."

If he carries on making alarmist statements like this, he'll end up gluing himself to the M25 or peppering the City of London with red paint.

Comment: See also:


Snakes in Suits

Australia sent 'extremely satisfied' letter hours before axing €56bn French contract & announcing US deal

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Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Scott Morrison. France says it was 'stabbed in the back' over the Aukus deal.
France has said Australian military officials sent them a letter confirming they were "extremely satisfied" with French submarines just hours before they announced the €56bn (£48bn) contract would be cancelled in favour of a US, UK and Australia defence pact.

The submarines crisis - in which France said it was "stabbed in the back" by the sudden announcement of a deal between the US, Australia and the UK to form an Indo-Pacific security group - had plunged the Paris-Washington relationship into its most acute crisis since the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Talks took place in New York on Thursday between the French and US foreign ministers after the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and the US president, Joe Biden, held a phone conversation on Wednesday to end a five-day standoff and France agreed to return its ambassador to the US next week.

Comment: The above further reveals how abrupt the breaking of the contract was, and how the decision to do so came from what appears to be a fairly reckless but extremely powerful "tiny circle": The AUKUS issue is not over


Eye 1

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Constrictions or Restrictions?

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UK diesel and Unleaded fuel shortages as stations close in addition to spiking natural gas prices. PVC record high replacing lumber as new record high in construction as we enter the bubble of all bubbles. Take heed as Dollar General stores post Emergency Supplies posters in the front windows. Society has been told, here we go, it begins now to Nov 2021.


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Snakes in Suits

US votes for sanctions on Nord Stream 2 despite record energy prices crippling Europe

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A view of the Nord Stream 2 part of the landfall area in Lubmin on Germany's Baltic Sea coast
The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has agreed to add legislation to the annual defense-spending bill that would place sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 project, potentially putting into jeopardy an agreement reached between the Biden administration and Germany in July.

The House on September 22 unanimously passed on a voice vote a package of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including the sanctions legislation.

The House is expected to vote on the NDAA on September 23. The bill would still require approval in the Senate and President Joe Biden's signature to become law.

Comment: RT reports:
American politicians voting for new sanctions 'don't understand reality of Russia,'

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U.S. Capitol building, Washington, USA. Unsplash / PartTime Portraits; (inset) Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. AP Photo / Alexei Nikolsky
The chance of sweeping new sanctions backed by American lawmakers ever coming into force is slim, the Kremlin has said, after representatives voted for proposals that would target Russian officials, including the prime minister.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, just hours after US politicians backed the sweeping sanctions, President Vladimir Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said that the amendments proposed amounted to nothing more than "internal parliamentary exercises." According to him, "in order for them to be formalized, or even put into place, they would have a lot further to go."

"The fact that there are a huge number of members of Congress across various commissions who have a poor grip on the reality of Russia, but at the same time don't like our country, is no secret to anyone," Peskov added.

On Wednesday night, the House Committee on Rules approved a new amendment brought forward by Representative Tom Malinowski, a Democratic Party member from New Jersey. The proposal gives the government a six-month deadline to consider imposing sanctions on 35 Russians under the 'Global Magnitsky Act'.

Among those on the list to be investigated over purported 'human rights' breaches is Mikhail Mishustin, Russia's prime minister, as well as Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, and Peskov himself. Also included are Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, and journalists like First Channel CEO Konstantin Ernst and RT's editor in chief, Margarita Simonyan.
Europe may be left with a choice: ignore US diktats or allow its people to suffer the consequences: And check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Act, and anti-Russia Sanctions: Interview with Alex Krainer