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'I can't imagine our future differently': Donbass residents explain why they voted to join Russia

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A girl votes in a referendum on the accession of the Luhansk People's Republic to Russia at a polling station.
Last week, referendums on once-again becoming part of Russia were held in the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR) People's Republics, as well as in the liberated territories of Zaporozhye, Kherson, and Nikolaev regions (the latter was annexed to Kherson Region).

According to the results, the 'For' option won all four by an overwhelming margin. RT's correspondent in Donbass, Vladislav Ugolny, has been observing the sentiment there for the past eight years. He describes how the referendums took place, what they meant to local residents, and why their outcome simply could not have been different.

All arguments 'against'

For those who are sufficiently immersed in the history of the struggle of the Russian residents of Ukraine for unity with their historic homeland, the results of the referendums are hardly surprising. But it is also worth pointing out from the start that not everyone in these regions took part in the vote.

In 2020, one soldier told his comrades-in-arms that he was only serving in the DPR army for the sake of a good salary by local standards. He said that, at the time, he was ready to dig trenches and go on guard duty. But in case of a resumption of active military operations, he would be at Yuzhny, a station from which buses are dispatched to Russia.

Active hostilities resumed over six months ago, eventually leading to the second referendum in Donbass. And this warrior did not take part in it.

Why? Did keep his word and escape? No, he died in 2021. He could have said anything - soldiers like to scratch their tongues. But when his comrades-in-arms came under Ukrainian fire and their wounded had to be evacuated, he volunteered. During the rescue operation, he was killed in action. He did not live to see the fighting intensify, nor did he live to see the new referendum.

Heart - Black

"We're horrified": Major brands pull Twitter ad campaigns over child porn

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When it comes to policing mean tweets - or any opinion to the right of Mao, Twitter's army of pink-haired social justice censors is on it.

But when it comes to pedophiles, the social media giant's censorship is so lax that major advertisers - including Dyson, Mazda, Forbes and PBS Kids - have suspended their marketing campaigns or removed ads from 'parts of Twitter' because their promotions were featured next to tweets soliciting child pornography, Reuters reports.
DIRECTV and Thoughtworks also told Reuters late on Wednesday they have paused their advertising on Twitter.

Brands ranging from Walt Disney Co, NBCUniversal and Coca-Cola Co to a children's hospital were among more than 30 advertisers that appeared on the profile pages of Twitter accounts peddling links to the exploitative material, according to a Reuters review of accounts identified in new research about child sex abuse online from cybersecurity group Ghost Data. -Reuters

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"No evidence" US involved in Nord Stream pipeline attack because Pentagon says so

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Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin has confirmed that the U.S. was not responsible for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline explosion, because the Pentagon told her so.

Yes, really.

Despite accusations flying that the United States could have been involved in the blasts that have reportedly could scupper the pipelines permanently, and without any investigation having taken place, Griffin's crack journalism has solved the case.
Well, that's that then, case closed.

2 + 2 = 4

Anti-Globalism Is Going Mainstream - Which Means Engineered Disaster Is About To Strike

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I have noted in the past that criminals tend to brag about their criminality when they believe there's nothing anyone can do about it. Frankly, in their narcissism many of them can't help but revel in the moment and let everyone know how "superior" they are to the rest of us. We witnessed many moments like this from elitists within globalists institutions the past couple of years at the height of the pandemic pandemonium.

There were people like the globalist academics at MIT proclaiming that we were "never going back to normal" and that we were going to have to accept the loss of many of our freedoms for the rest of our lives in order to combat the spread of covid. There were people like Klaus Schwab declaring the beginning of the "Great Reset" and the launch of what the Davos crowd calls the "4th Industrial Revolution." There have also been MANY political leaders like Joe Biden that strut around on the media stage accusing ideological opponents (conservatives mostly) of being "enemies of democracy."

If their vision of "democracy" is medical tyranny and the forced expansion of cultural Marxism, or if their idea of democracy is government cooperation with corporate monopoly and the erasure of our country's founding principles, then yes, I suppose I am indeed an enemy of "democracy."

Black Cat

"Historic levels of fraud": US watchdog estimates $45.6 billion bilked from pandemic unemployment program

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A federal watchdog has found that $45.6 billion may have been scammed out of the nation's unemployment program during the pandemic, as fraudsters used a variety of methods to commit fraud - including using the Social Security numbers of dead people, hard-to-trace emails, and the identities of prisoners who were ineligible for aid.

According to the Washington Post, a Thursday report by the inspector general for the Labor Department reveals that the program - which helped some 57 million families in the first five months of the crisis - became an easy target for criminals.
To siphon away funds, scammers allegedly filed billions of dollars in unemployment claims in multiple states simultaneously and relied on suspicious, hard-to-trace emails. In some cases, they used more than 205,000 Social Security numbers that belonged to dead people. Other suspected criminals obtained benefits using the identities of prisoners who were ineligible for aid.

But officials at the watchdog office warned their accounting still may be incomplete: They said they were not able to access more updated federal prisoner data from the Justice Department, and acknowledged that they only focused their report on "high risk" areas for fraud. The two factors raised the prospect that they could uncover billions of dollars in additional theft in the months to come. -WaPo

Attention

30 ex-FBI agents stand up to support whistleblower who exposed agency's political bias

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Thirty former FBI agents, including a retired deputy assistant director, head of counterterrorism and five SWAT team members, have spoken out publicly in support of suspended FBI whistleblower Stephen Friend.

Their heartfelt messages, obtained exclusively by The Post, show a deep and widespread anguish about the politicization of the FBI.

"It's time to stop the FBI from being the enforcer of a political party's ideology," says Ernie Tibaldi, a retired agent from San Francisco. "We need to re-establish the FBI as the apolitical and independent law enforcement entity that it always was."

Comment: See also: Whistle-blowing FBI hero pays the price for exposing Biden admin's unjust 'persecution' of conservative Americans


Stock Up

The Bank of England just saved the stock market... for now

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After a tough week, The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed nearly 550 points on Wednesday.

It has been a brutal month for the market, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down about 7.4%, or more than 2,370 points, in September.

The main culprit has been the hawkish Federal Reserve, which not only continued to aggressively raise interest rates but also continues to forecast more big rate hikes ahead this year. The market now firmly believes a more severe recession is inevitable in 2023 once these rate hikes fully work their way through the economy.

Comment: The Guardian reports:
The Bank said it had become alarmed at the turbulence in the markets after the chancellor's mini-budget last Friday, and has been particularly concerned at the sell-off in government gilts, the bonds it floats to cover its borrowing.

"Were dysfunction in this market to continue or worsen, there would be a material risk to UK financial stability. This would lead to an unwarranted tightening of financing conditions and a reduction of the flow of credit to the real economy.

"In line with its financial stability objective, the Bank of England stands ready to restore market functioning and reduce any risks from contagion to credit conditions for UK households and businesses."
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Canada's gender authorities push for 'two spirit' inclusivity but can't even define the word

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The term two-spirit is one that Canadians hear a lot these days, but few actually know it means. Turns out that's because "there is no way to define the term," according to a document produced by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (EFTO).

"A lot of Americans ask me what 'two-spirit' means. the fact is that even Canadians don't know, & we aren't allowed to ask. so I was interested in this 30-page ... doc about the issue. Alas, page 10 informs us 'there is no way to define the term,'" tweeted Quillette editor Jon Kay.

Comment: See also


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New energy protest roils EU country

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Protest against the Czech government at Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czechia, September 28, 2022.
A crowd numbered in the tens of thousands gathered in Prague on Wednesday to protest against the Czech government, NATO, and the European Union. Demonstrators called for Czechia's neutrality and protested Prime Minister Petr Fiala's policy of sanctioning Russia, which has driven up energy prices.

Meeting on St. Wenceslas' Day - a public holiday celebrating Czech statehood - the crowd took to Prague's main square, named after the medieval saint, and chanted slogans against the EU, NATO and Fiala's cabinet. Prague police would not give a specific figure of the estimated crowd size, calling it only "tens of thousands."

The protest was organized by a group called 'Czech Republic First,' which Reuters described as a coalition of "far-right and fringe groups and parties including the Communists." CRF opposes the EU and NATO and has called for Czechia's military neutrality.

"A government has two duties: to ensure our security and economic prosperity. This government does not fulfill either of these duties," said one unidentified speaker at the rally, according to Reuters.

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US urges Americans to leave Russia in wake of 'sabotage' of Nord Stream pipelines

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The State Department is urging Americans to leave Russia "as soon as possible" in the wake of the suspected sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines.

The official reasoning they're giving to tell everyone to leave is to avoid getting conscripted in their mobilization effort but that logic only applies to dual citizens and this advisory is for all Americans.

I suspect the real reason they're telling everyone to leave is the risk of a full-blown war breaking out due to the US, Ukraine or Poland being responsible for the extremely stupid, belligerent alleged bombing of the pipelines.