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Zelensky's Crimea threat proves Ukraine isn't seeking peace - Kremlin

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Kremlin
Recent comments by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on "returning" the Russian region of Crimea show that Kiev has no desire to seek a peaceful settlement to the ongoing conflict, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Peskov claimed that Western media outlets have sugarcoated Zelensky's words. On Thursday, speaking to the Financial Times, Zelensky claimed:
"If someone is ready to offer us a way regarding the de-occupation of Crimea by non-military means, I will only be in favor. If any potential peace deal with Russia does not involve 'de-occupation' of the peninsula, it would not even be worth talking about."
Peskov described Zelensky's statement as
"nothing more than a discussion on the dispossession territory of the Russian Federation. There is no other way to interpret it, this is out of the question. The Ukrainian side is unprepared, unwilling and unable to be ready to resolve the problem by non-military means."

Comment: 'Kiev could capture Crimea as early as the end of this year' should this 'improbable' and 'unexpected' event be underwritten and supported by Ukraine's Western daddies.


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Elon Musk promises 'all internal discussions' over censorship of NY Post's Hunter Biden story will be made transparent

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Hunter Biden • Elon Musk
A poll released in March indicated that 16 percent of voters who were unaware of the laptop scandal would have not voted for Biden had they known about it at the time.

On Wednesday, Elon Musk promised that he would make public the behind-the-scenes conversations at Twitter in 2020 regarding the social media giant's decision to censor the New York Post's bombshell report on the contents of Hunter Biden's laptop, material that has been verified by establishment media in recent weeks.

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Robot

Putin issues AI appeal

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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russia needs to significantly expand its use of artificial intelligence over the coming decade, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

While the country is already "a step ahead of some" when it comes to AI, more needs to be done in this field, Putin told attendees at the Artificial Intelligence Journey (AIJ) conference in Moscow.

The task for the coming ten years is "to ensure the mass introduction of artificial intelligence. It should cover all sectors of the economy and the social sphere, as well as the government system," the president said.

According to Putin, the country needs to achieve "genuine technological, digital, and to a large extent cultural, educational, value-based sovereignty."

Stormtrooper

Meta claims US military link to pro-US online propaganda on Facebook

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Facebook parent company Meta claims individuals associated with the US military were behind accounts spreading pro-US propaganda abroad.

Meta had taken down these accounts in August, saying they exhibited "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" after the profiles were flagged by independent researchers.

These profiles had been posting content promoting the US and opposing countries like Russia, China and Iran, according to a report published in August by the analytics firm Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO).

The network's activity was found across Meta's platforms, including 39 Facebook accounts, 16 Pages, two Groups and 26 Instagram accounts. About 22,000 accounts followed one or more of these pages and about 400 accounts on Facebook joined at least one of these Groups. Around 12,000 accounts followed one or more of the 26 flagged Instagram accounts, Meta noted.

In the latest report, the social media giant noted that the network behind these accounts originated in the US and focused on a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

Mr. Potato

New Fauci emails reveal lab leak cover-up happening in real time

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There has been renewed interest in the origins of Covid and the lab leak theory this week following the release of further emails between senior U.S. Government health official Dr. Anthony Fauci and others as they conspired in early February 2020 to counter the theory and suppress it.

The first thing to note is that the emails confirm that those involved - Fauci, Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust and CEPI, U.K. Chief Scientist Patrick Vallance, Kristian Andersen from Scripps, Germany's Christian Drosten and more - were not aware prior to late January that the virus was likely to be of lab origin. The question appears to be raised with Fauci by Kristian Andersen via Jeremy Farrar on January 31st 2020. Fauci responds that a group of evolutionary biologists should get together "as soon as possible" to examine the data carefully and that "if everyone agrees with this concern, they should report it to the appropriate authorities". Notably, Fauci does not seem to know who that is, but says he "would imagine that in the USA this would be the FBI and in the U.K. it would be MI5". There is no indication here of cover-up instructions having previously been received.

On February 2nd, Fauci writes that, "like all of us, I do not know how this evolved", and Farrar writes, "on a spectrum if 0 is nature and 100 is release - I am honestly at 50". On February 4th, Farrar clarifies that in his view it's "probably not" engineered but it might have come from lab work in other ways:
"Engineered" probably not. Remains very real possibility of accidental lab passage in animals to give glycans... Eddie [Edward Holmes] would be 60:40 lab side. I remain 50:50...
Christian Drosten, on February 9th, wonders where the idea came from in the first place: "Who came up with this story in the beginning? Are we working on debunking our own conspiracy theory?" He adds that he thought the aim of their discussions was to challenge a "certain theory": "Didn't we congregate to challenge a certain theory, and if we could, drop it?" The "certain theory" is understood by the others to be the linking of the virus to HIV as found in a January 2020 pre-print.

Stock Up

Biden admin blames Putin and climate change for soaring Thanksgiving dinner cost

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While spending time with family and friends at Thanksgiving remains important for many Americans, the cost of that indulgence has never been higher, up a stunning 20% from last year to $64.05 for the classic feast.

The cost for the classic meal was the most affordable in the South - $58.42, followed by the Northeast - $64.02, Midwest - $64.26 and West - $71.37.
"General inflation slashing the purchasing power of consumers is a significant factor contributing to the increase in average cost of this year's Thanksgiving dinner," said AFBF Chief Economist Roger Cryan.

"Farmers are working hard to meet growing demands for food - both here in the U.S. and globally - while facing rising prices for fuel, fertilizer and other inputs," said Cryan.
Over the past two years, the grocery bill for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner has risen by 36.6%. All these changes are illustrated in the following chart from PoliticalCalculations blog:
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Smiley

Mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city fined for speaking Russian

Kharkov Mayor Igor Terekhov
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Kharkov Mayor Igor Terekhov
The Kharkov city head has been accused of violating the law by addressing his fellow residents in a "non-state" language.

Kiev has slapped the mayor of Ukraine's second largest city, Kharkov, with a fine for using what the authorities called a "non-state" language in an official TV address. Mayor Igor Terekhov is known for addressing his fellow residents in Russian.

Terekhov will have to pay a fine of 3,400 hryvnas ($92) for violating Ukrainian law, Taras Kremin, the Ukrainian government's commissioner for the protection of the state language, said in a statement on Thursday.

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Info

Kanye West reveals Trump's reaction to his VP offer

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Then-US President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office of the White House in 2018.
The ex-president yelled at him and predicted that his 2024 White House bid would fail, the rapper claims.

Musician and fashion designer Kanye 'Ye' West has said that Donald Trump was astonished at being offered the role of vice president on his 2024 presidential ticket and angrily rejected the proposal.

Last week, West confirmed that he'll try running for the White House in two years' time, showing off newly designed apparel bearing a 'YE24' logo.

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Why Do Americans Hate Putin?

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Why do Americans hate Putin?

Tucker Carlson thinks he knows. Here's what he said:
"... Democrats in Washington have told you it's your patriotic duty to hate Vladimir Putin. It's not a suggestion. It's a mandate. Anything less than hatred for Putin is treason.

Many Americans have obeyed this directive. They now dutifully hate Vladimir Putin. Maybe you're one of them. Hating Putin has become the central purpose of America's foreign policy. It's the main thing that we talk about. Entire cable channels are now devoted to it. Very soon, that hatred of Vladimir Putin could bring the United States into a conflict in Eastern Europe.

Before that happens, it might be worth asking yourself: What is this really about? Why do I hate Putin so much? Has Putin ever called me a racist? Has he threatened to get me fired for disagreeing with him? Has he shipped every middle-class job in my town to Russia? Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic that wrecked my business and kept me indoors for two years? Is he teaching my children to embrace racial discrimination? Is he making fentanyl?" (Tucker Carlson,"Americans have been trained to hate Putin, and will suffer because of it", Fox News)

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Mali bans French NGOs, alleging 'subterfuge, deception and manipulation, intended to destabilize' the country

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FILE PHOTO: The Malian government's move comes in response to France's recent decision to halt development aid. Mali has banned Paris-backed NGOs after almost a decade of unsuccessful French attempts to gain a foothold
Mali's junta announced on Monday, November 21, a ban on the activities of NGOs funded or supported by France, including humanitarian groups, amid a worsening row between Paris and Bamako.

The West African nation's interim Prime Minister Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga justified the move in a statement on social media, calling it a response to France's recent halt to development aid for Mali.

The French foreign ministry said last week it had made the decision, which came three months after finalizing its pull-out of anti-jihadist forces from the country, over Bamako's alleged use of paramilitaries from Russian group Wagner. Bamako denies this, acknowledging only the support of Russian military "instructors".


Comment: Notably there was no mention the following report: Call for investigation into mass grave near French base in Mali


Comment: Time and again it has been shown how the West uses NGO's not solely to provide humanitarian aid, but to further political and nefarious agendas against the targeted country, and many nations have realised that in order to extricate themselves from the death grip of the West they must first remove these organisations.

Footage of the announcement:


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