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Nord Stream 2 investors pledge to meet their commitments despite renewed threats of US sanctions

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European companies have already invested billions of dollars in the Nord Stream 2 underwater pipeline from Russia to Germany, and are not going to ditch the project despite the threat of new US sanctions.

Washington could be preparing to target the massive Russian-European energy project again after last year's restrictions failed to completely stop it. US lawmakers want to approve another sanctions bill, this time imposing restrictions on the European investors involved in it or the potential buyers of the gas, delivered via the route after its completion, the German business outlet Handelsblatt reported earlier this week citing its sources.

"We know that the Americans are determined to prevent Nord Stream 2​​​," Christine Bossak, a spokesperson for Uniper, one of the lenders of the project, told Sputnik on Thursday. "We have undertaken to provide financing for up to one tenth of the project costs and, under the circumstances, we will meet these obligations in accordance with contractual and legal requirements."

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Scottish finance minister resigns after being exposed for repeatedly messaging a schoolboy online

Derek Mackay

Derek Mackay
The Scottish Government's finance minister, Derek Mackay, has resigned just hours before he was due to deliver the Scottish budget, after he was exposed for sending a deluge of messages to a schoolboy he found online.

Mackay, Member of the Scottish Parliament — roughly equivalent to a state legislature in the United States — for Renfrewshire North & West and, until today, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy, and Fair Work in Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon's devolved executive, bombarded the Glasgow schoolboy, 16, with messages on Instagram and Facebook after contacting him out of the blue.

Mackay persuaded the boy to give him his phone number and repeatedly fished for an invite to a rugby game, offered to pay to bring the boy to the Scottish Parliament for a Scottish Rugby Union event, and tried to get him out to deliver election leaflets with him.

The boy, who has a girlfriend and told Mackay, who left his wife and came out as homosexual in 2013, not to "try anything", broke off contact with the SNP heavyweight after he wrote to him asking if "our chats are between us?" and said he was "really cute".


25 quotes from Thomas Sowell: A beacon of reason in a nonsensical world

Thomas Sowell,
25 quotes from one of America's most prolific intellectuals.

When I hear the name Thomas Sowell, it gets my immediate attention. Dr. Sowell, recently retired from his position as Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, is an American economist turned social theorist, political philosopher, and best-selling author.

Born in North Carolina in 1930, Sowell grew up in Harlem, New York. He dropped out of high school at age 17 due to financial difficulties and problems at home, but went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Following the war, he received a bachelor's degree from Harvard, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1958. The following year, he received a master's degree from Columbia University. In 1968, he earned a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Sowell served on the faculties of Cornell University and University of California, Los Angeles, and also worked for think tanks such as the Urban Institute. He has written more than 30 books and is a National Humanities Medal recipient for innovative scholarship which incorporated history, economics and political science.

What I appreciate most about Mr. Sowell is his unique perspective as an African-American conservative with libertarian leanings who came of age during the Jim Crow era.

The best way to experience Sowell is to view a sampling of his many famous quotes and dialogues. Here are 25 quotes to make you think.

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The Myth of Incompetence: DNC Scandals Are a Feature, Not a Bug

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The Iowa caucus scandal has continued to get more egregious by the hour, with new revelations routinely pouring in about extremely suspicious manipulations taking place which all just so happen to disadvantage the campaign of Bernie Sanders in the first Democratic electoral contest of 2020. By the time you read this article, there will likely have been more.

Following the failure of an extremely shady app developed by vocally anti-Sanders establishment insiders which reportedly was literally altering vote count numbers after they were entered, Black Hawk County supervisor Chris Schwartz shared the election results in his county on Facebook so the public could have some idea of what's going on as the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) slowly trickles out the results of the caucuses.

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Passenger jet veers off runway and splits into pieces in Istanbul - 1 dead, 157 injured

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© Getty Images / Anadolu Agency/ Handout / Istanbul Security Directorate
A passenger plane has overrun runway at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Apparent footage from the scene shows the aircraft broken into two pieces with flames emitting from its fuselage.

The incident occurred at the international airport on Wednesday. The domestic flight from Izmir overran the runway during landing, according to local media reports.

Footage from the scene shows the plane, belonging to the low-cost Turkish airline Pegasus, broken into several pieces with flames coming from its fuselage.

Comment: A number of similar incidents have occurred in the last year:

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Twitter says it'll censor deepfakes, cheapfakes and basically anything else it wants to ahead of the 2020 election

Just days after banning Zero Hedge, Twitter has announced it'll also be implementing new rules to address deepfakes and "other forms of synthetic and manipulated media" as we head closer to the 2020 election.

Because we can't have a repeat of 2016, right?

The company said it is going to not allow users to "deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm," according to CNBC. The rules go into effect after March 5 this year, where the company will now label some Tweets containing synthetic or manipulated media.

Social media can, and will, have a profound effect on the state of the election heading into November this year. Altered media often shows up, with candidates words sometimes parroted or mocked in certain ads that seek to undermine them. Lawmakers have been trying to figure out a way to hold social media companies accountable for the spread of misinformation.

According to CNBC, last month the "House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing where experts shared warnings of both deepfakes and potential over-regulation of tech platforms that host them."

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The pornification of America: How young girls are being groomed by sexual predators

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"The brutal reality is that a predator doesn't have to be in the same room, building, or even country to abuse a child. And that's what they're doing — subjecting children to psychological and sexual abuse." — "I'm a 37-Year-Old Mom & I Spent Seven Days Online as an 11-Year-Old Girl. Here's What I Learned," Medium
What can we do to protect America's young people from sexual predators?

That's the question I keep getting asked by people who, having read my article on the growing danger of young boys and girls (some as young as 9 years old) being bought and sold for sex, want to do something proactive to stop these monsters in their tracks.

It is estimated that the number of children who are at risk of being trafficked or have already been sold into the sex trade would fill 1300 school buses.

While those who seek to buy young children for sex come from all backgrounds, races, ages and work forces, they do have one thing in common: 99% of them are men.

This is not a problem with an easy fix.

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Leftists blame Russian bots for fallout from Iowa caucus shambles

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Trump proven right.

Some leftists are blaming "Russian propaganda accounts" for the embarrassing fallout from the Iowa caucus, fulfilling a prediction by President Trump that they would do precisely that.

The results from last night's caucus were delayed to to a "reporting issue" related to an app called Shadow, the owner of which Tara McGowan is a Mayor Pete Buttigieg supporter and is married to one of his advisers.

Buttigieg declared victory last night despite internal polling showing he had lost to Bernie Sanders.

This prompted the hashtag #MayorCheat to trend on Twitter and that in turn prompted numerous hysterical Buttigieg supporters to claim the hashtag was a creation of Russian-controlled bots.

"When will the Democrats start blaming RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, instead of their own incompetence for the voting disaster that just happened in the Great State of Iowa?" asked President Trump in a tweet.


Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca begins serving Federal prison time

Lee Baca
© AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
In this March 15, 2017, file photo, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca takes questions from the media as he leaves federal court in Los Angeles. Baca is being sentenced Friday, May 12, 2017, for obstructing a federal investigation into abuses and corruption in the nation’s largest jail system.
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was behind bars at a federal prison in Texas Wednesday, serving a three-year federal prison sentence for obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

The 77-year-old former sheriff, who has Alzheimer's disease, was sentenced in May 2017, but had remained free pending appeal.

Last month, however, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson issued an order directing Baca to surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on or before Feb. 5 -- Wednesday. The date marked the 21st day after the issuance of the mandate filed by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 15.


'Why are you voting for Putin?' Gabbard supporters report harassment at Iowa caucuses

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© Reuters/Rick Wilking
There's a metaphor here...
A Tulsi Gabbard supporter was physically attacked with a Sharpie marker and called a Russian terrorist after voicing support for the candidate at an Iowa caucus, one of several reports of Gabbard supporters being "abused."

Caucusing for the Hawaii congresswoman can be hazardous to one's health, if reports from Monday's botched vote in Iowa are any indication. Journalist Dack Rouleau accidentally triggered a supporter of billionaire candidate Tom Steyer into a full-on Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation culminating in physical attack when he casually mentioned that he would be voting for Gabbard.

Comment: The writing is 'on the hand', for now. Soon it will be all over the wall. The Dems are a bonafide disaster (where Hillary wants them?). You can almost smell it comin' in the air - savior Clinton arising from the deep. Is she behind these blatant attacks on Gabbard supporters, considering that pesky little lawsuit she's been dodging lately?

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