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About that balloon: Montana authorities address 'massive explosion' rumors in sky where Chinese 'spy balloon' was spotted

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The alleged 'Chinese spy balloon"; really a meteorological research unit blown off course.
Montana officials have issued a statement saying that reports of a "massive explosion" taking place in the sky near where a Chinese spy balloon was spotted are inaccurate after a video went viral on social media purporting to show several blasts in the sky over Billings and what could be debris falling to the ground.

Two explosions and a trail of smoke in the sky over Billings Montana, where the balloon had been flying over the region, were captured on camera on Friday.

Dolly Moore, who shot the video and shared it on Twitter, said she saw a jet zooming by "so fast" followed by explosions.

Comment: Interestingly, another tweet purporting to show a view of the smoke trail has been deleted. Why would that happen?

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Not satire! Irish Defence Forces to undergo training in gender and diversity bias after report raised concerns about 'masculine culture'

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Every member of the Defence Forces is to undergo training in gender, diversity and unconscious bias under a new programme .

The military has put out a tender for online and in-person training programmes for roughly 8,000 staff after a report last year raised concerns about a masculine culture within the Defence Forces.

This will include bespoke programmes within military settings in locations around the country.

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Chinese spy balloons were in US airspace three times during Trump administration

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The alleged 'Chinese spy balloon"; really a meteorological research unit blown off course.
Several former Trump national security officials say they were never briefed on Chinese balloons in US airspace.

In the wake of a Chinese spy balloon entering US airspace this week, a senior defence official is now saying Chinese spy balloons previously entered US airspace three times during Donald Trump's presidency,

This comes as Mr Trump and other Republicans have rejected such assertions, attempting to blame the incursions on Presidents Joe Biden and Barack Obama.

Comment: This whole situation is absolutely ridiculous. The idea that the Chinese would send balloons to spy on the US is nonsense on its face. What could a balloon show that satellite's couldn't? Why use a balloon, visible to the naked eye and very difficult to control, to try to covertly gather intelligence? The Chinese explanation, that this was a private enterprise balloon used for recording weather which had blown off-course, has a very high probability of being true.

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Russia's LNG production hits record high

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FILE PHOTO: A new Russian Arctic LNG tanker Christophe de Margerie. The country has been ramping up output despite Western sanctions, official statistics show.
Production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Russia increased by 8.1% last year to a record 32.5 million tons, the Federal Statistics Service Rosstat reported on Wednesday.

Data showed that in December the figure was down by 4.8% compared to the same month in 2021, at 2.8 million tons. It was 0.4% higher than in November 2022.

According to the report, 11.5 million tons of LNG was produced at the plant of the Sakhalin-2 project.

Comment: Evidently the only impact sanctions are having is hastening the demise of the Western empire: Indian refiners ditch dollar to pay for Russian oil in UAE dirhams

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Spanish authorities have ordered the arrest of three Swiss bankers, one from the Rothschild dynasty, for defrauding the Spanish treasury of 40 million

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Spanish authorities have ordered the arrest of three Swiss bankers, one of them from the Rothschild dynasty, for defrauding the Spanish Treasury of 40 million.

A Rothschild?! Let's see if they manage to get him behind bars!


U.S. 50-car train derailment in Ohio causes massive fire, evacuations

Train fire is seen from her farm in East Palestine, Ohio, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
In this photo provided by Melissa Smith, a train fire is seen from her farm in East Palestine, Ohio, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. A train derailment and resulting large fire prompted an evacuation order in the Ohio village near the Pennsylvania state line on Friday night, covering the area in billows of smoke lit orange by the flames below.
A train derailment and resulting large fire prompted an evacuation order in an Ohio village near the Pennsylvania state line on Friday night, covering the area in billows of smoke lit orange by the flames below.

About 50 cars derailed in East Palestine as a train was carrying a variety of freight from Madison, Illinois, to Conway, Pennsylvania, rail operator Norfolk Southern said in a statement Saturday. There was no immediate information about what caused the derailment. No injuries were reported.

In a press conference on Saturday, the National Transportation Safety Board said investigators have not yet been able to enter the accident site due to active fire and hazardous materials. First responders found evidence of one of the train cars releasing vinyl chloride, NTSB member Michael Graham said at the press conference.

Vinyl chloride is used to make the polyvinyl chloride hard plastic resin used in a variety of plastic products, including pipes, wires and packaging materials. Vinyl chloride is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer and other cancers, according to the federal government's National Cancer Institute. There were other hazardous materials on the trains that still needed to be identified, said the NTSB. Ruben Payan, who has been at the NTSB for 25 years, will lead the investigation.

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Tucker Carlson: Why we're paranoid about the American food supply

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Last spring, in March, at a press conference in Brussels, Joe Biden explained that the sanctions he was imposing against Russia, while morally necessary, were also going to cause food shortages around the world, including here in the United States. "It's going to be real," he said.

Now, Biden said this in a very odd way. There was no hint or panic, emotions you'd expect from a leader predicting the deaths of human beings from starvation. None of that. Instead, there was pure, nonchalant casualness. Biden could have been describing the weather or a trip to the dry cleaners. "It's going to be real."

Then Biden continued, recounting a conversation he had with European allies. He told us all about it. When he met with the group, Biden said, they spoke about "how we could increase and disseminate more rapidly food shortages." That's what Joe Biden said verbatim. It's on tape.

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'Tens of thousands' of prisoners granted amnesty in Iran

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech in Tehran, Iran, January 8, 2021.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, has approved the proposal of the country's Judiciary to pardon or reduce the sentence of tens of thousands of prisoners, state news agency IRNA reported on 5 February.

Among the prisoners are people accused and convicted of participating in recent anti-government protests triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on 16 September 2022.

Khamenei has pardoned thousands of men and women using Article 110 of the Islamic Republic's Constitution, which gives the Supreme Leader "the right to pardon or reduce the sentences of convicted persons on the recommendation of the head of the Judiciary."

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Great Reset: Britons face £300 fine for burning wood to keep warm

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The UK government has told local authorities to crack down on people using wood-burning stoves to keep warm with fines of £300 or potentially criminal prosecutions for those who continually refuse to abide by state climate diktats.

Amid the energy crisis in Britain, which came to fruition in large part as a result of the Conservative Party-led governments over the past ten years obsession with implementing globalist green agenda policies while refusing to tap the nation's more reliable natural resources such as natural gas, the use of wood-burning stoves have soared.

Now, local authorities have been told by the government in Westminster to use the 2021 Environment Act to impose spot fines of £175 to £300 on those who use wood-fire stoves that do not meet state standards on air pollution, The Times of London reported.

Local councils were also informed that for those who continually breach the codes, they could also seek criminal prosecutions that could land citizens with a criminal record and fines of £5,000 and an additional £2,500 for every additional day that they use wood to heat their homes.

Comment: Yes there is Global Warming...one illegal stove at a time.


'The Crazy American': How Col. Andy Milburn's drunken antics torpedoed top US mercenary group

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Amid allegations of drunken rampages across Kiev, Mozart Group co-founder Andy Milburn has disbanded his mercenary firm. Milburn is now lashing out at The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal for exposing his intoxicated tirade against the Ukrainian soldiers he trained.

One of the most prominent mercenary firms operating out of the United States has collapsed under its director's weight. Mozart Group co-founder and retired Marine Col. Andy Milburn has been involved in a series of drunken episodes both on and off camera which have led Ukrainian military officers to dub him "the crazy American."

With tens of billions of US military aid flowing into the Ukraine conflict zone, this might be one of the best times in the history of warfare to run a mercenary group. This February 2, however, Milburn was forced to announce the closure of his company.

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