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Adam Schiff could face $16 million fine for Russian collusion hoax

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Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) introduced a resolution proposing a $16 million fine for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for "egregious abuse of the trust of the American people" regarding his assertions of collusion between former President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 election.

"It is the obligation of House Leadership to back up this motion for the American people and hold this feckless man accountable," Rep. Luna said in a statement. "This is a privileged resolution and it is the right thing for House Leadership to support and bring accountability and respect back to the House of Representatives. ALL Members of Congress must be held to this standard."

The proposed fine represents approximately half of the cost incurred by taxpayers for the federal investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion, which has been debunked by reports from special counsels Robert Mueller and John Durham.

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Bad Guys

Pentagon says China rejecting contact with US military

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (L) and Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speak during a news conference at the Pentagon
Washington says it's received no response from Beijing to a request for a meeting between the countries' defense chiefs

The Pentagon's attempts to reach out to China's military in recent months have been ignored or rebuffed, Ely Ratner, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, has claimed.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin "believes in the importance of open lines of communication with the PRC [People's Republic of China] and we have sought to build out those open lines of communication. Unfortunately... we've had a lot of difficulty when we have proposed phone calls, meetings, dialogues," Ratner said during an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Thursday.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, along with the head of US Indo-Pacific Command Admiral, John Aquilino - and other uniformed and civilian officials - have asked Beijing for dialogue, but "those requests [were] rejected or not answered," he said.

Comment: Why would China want to talk to the Pentagon in the face of ongoing territorial insults and diplomatic disrespect? And why are Austin and Milley suddenly so concerned that China is ignoring them?

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Moscow affirms African nations self-reliant in solving their own problems

United Nations, Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia of Russia
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Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia of Russian Federation speaks during UN General Assembly Eleventh Emergency Special Session on situation in Ukraine at UN Headquarters, 2022.
Africans know the nature and root causes of instability in their region themselves, says Russia's UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia

Russia does not consider it normal for peace and security in Africa to depend on irregular assistance from other countries, Vassily Nebenzia, the country's permanent representative to the UN, said on Thursday.

Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on financing African Union peace support operations, the diplomat said that "Russia supports the position of African countries that effective measures are required to improve predictability, reliability and flexibility in this matter."

Comment: In other words, the West should pack their imperialist bags, go home and leave the various African nations to it. Russia respects the sovereignty of other nations as does China, whether or not they completely approve of their internal dynamics.That's why both countries are welcome on the African continent

Bizarro Earth

Radical left threatens civilisation, says Macron

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Civilisation in France is unravelling amid widespread violence, the spread of conspiracy theories and the influence of radical Left-wingers dreaming of a new revolution, President Macron has said. The Times has the story.
Ministers are concerned about a breakdown in law and order since a spate of attacks on elected representatives plus incidents such as the deaths of three police officers in an accident caused by a driver under the influence of drugs and alcohol and the stabbing of a nurse by a psychiatric patient. ...

"No violence is legitimate, whether verbal or against people," Macron told the weekly cabinet meeting, according to an official summary. "We have to work in depth to counter this process of decivilisation."

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Eye 1

Neil Oliver: '....if you control the land & the food production you control the people!'

'...there's nothing green about the green revolution it's a GREED revolution... they're saying Americans will have to eat differently if they want to rein in climate change... Bill Gates buying masses of farmland in the US... foods Patented for profit... history has seen it all before, the enclosure acts stealing people's rights over the land...we can't continue to turn a blind eye to fewer and fewer incredibly rich and powerful people having more and more power over the billions of the population...'

Chart Pie

Saudia Arabia buying up Russian diesel, selling its own to Europe

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Source: Kpler data, compiled by Bloomberg
Saudi Arabia is snapping up millions of barrels of Russian diesel that Europe no longer allows, while simultaneously sending its own supplies back to buyers in the EU.

The kingdom imported 174,000 barrels a day of the diesel and gasoil from Russia in April and even more so far this month, data compiled by Bloomberg from analytics firm Kpler show. Simultaneously, it became Europe's top supplier, leapfrogging Russia since February.

The Middle East country is not sending the same Russian fuel back to Europe as it's importing, which would be in breach of European Union sanctions.

Work at refineries was responsible for imports rising, a person familiar with the matter said. The extra exported fuels, which came from different parts of the country, were made to different specifications and often subject to long-term supply commitments, the person said.

Comment: And some of that diesel and gas being sold on to Europe is, essentially, Russian produce: Russian oil floods global markets via major Asian intermediaries

Bad Guys

The next escalation in the war against Russia: US sends largest warship ever constructed to Norway

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USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) departs Naval Station Norfolk on its first deployment, Oct. 4, 2022.
Following the Biden administration's announcement at last week's G7 meeting that it would send F-16 fighter aircraft to Ukraine, the US and its Ukrainian proxy forces have carried out a series of provocative actions aimed at further escalating the conflict.

As the Ukrainian military continues to suffer military setbacks on the ground — most clearly demonstrated by the fall of Bakhmut — the US and the NATO powers are preparing for the potential direct entry of air, land and sea forces into the conflict.

On Wednesday, the USS Gerald R. Ford arrived in Oslo, Norway. The USS Ford is the largest warship ever constructed and the first of a new generation of such carriers commissioned by the United States.

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Russia outlines its conditions for a Ukraine peace deal

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin
Kiev should rule out joining NATO and the EU and respect the rights of minorities, Moscow's deputy foreign minister says

The Ukraine conflict could be settled if Kiev were to re-commit to its neutral status, recognize "new territorial realities," and declare Russian as a state language, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin said in an interview released on Saturday.

Speaking to TASS news agency, the diplomat said Moscow "is convinced that a peace settlement will be possible only if the Ukrainian armed forces cease hostilities, and Western weapons shipments are stopped."

He also stressed that to achieve a durable peace, Ukraine "must return to a neutral non-aligned status" and "refuse to join NATO and the EU," adding that Kiev should recognize the "new territorial realities" that emerged after people exercised their right to self-determination. The diplomat was referring to four former Ukrainian regions that overwhelmingly voted to join Russia in public referendums last autumn, as well as Crimea.

Comment: Nothing that Russia hasn't been asking for the last decade. Except that now, through the West's intransigence over its maniacal focus on destroying Russia, Ukraine has currently lost 20% of its territory and will likely lose more. It has lost more than half its population who fled the conflict, many for good, and at least two generations of the best skilled, productive men (because that's who gets conscripted) are now dead.

Even a peace may not save Ukraine as a viable country.


Former Obama official says he has evidence that Joe Biden 'is a criminal'

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US President Joe Biden • Former US President Barack Obama
The Biden family is getting hit by an unlikely source as a former official in the Obama administration has come forward to allege that then-Vice President Joe Biden was involved in a "kickback scheme" with his son Hunter Biden's overseas business dealings.

Mike McCormick, who served as a stenographer for 15 years in the White House said that the FBI has been ignoring him even though he is willing to testify under oath before the federal grand jury investigating Biden's son.

He said:
"In February, I went to the FBI and filed one of their tips on their website. If you do that, and you're lying to them, you go to jail. I'm not lying. I'm telling the truth, and I'm not going to jail. Joe Biden is a criminal. He was conducting malfeasance in office to enrich his family. Jake Sullivan is a conspirator in that, and there's more... Obama officials involved in it, I believe."

Snakes in Suits

Rand Paul gets to say 'I told you so' again

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Senator Rand Paul
A year ago this month, Sen. Rand Paul held up a $40 billion spending package to Ukraine saying that the money needed oversight. He got a vote on his measure. It failed.

"It's irresponsible to shovel $40 billion out the door without knowing where it goes," Paul said at the time.

Politico reported on Friday:
"The Pentagon revealed last week that it overestimated the value of arms sent to Kyiv from existing stocks, which potentially allows the department to add $3 billion worth to the $2.7 billion left in the weapons account. Department officials were valuing the items using their 'replacement cost' rather than their 'net book value,' which was lower, Defense Department officials say."
Paul "says he will reintroduce his legislation calling for a dedicated Ukraine aid inspector general after the Pentagon disclosed that it miscalculated Ukraine aid by $3 billion," Politico reported.

BIG whoops.