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RT finally responds on Western press level

Margarita Simonyan
© RIA Novosti / Sergey PyatakovMargarita Simonyan
Today I received some interesting questions from BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray. RT press office sent me the draft of the answers. They're so funny that I decided to leave them here. Take them as they are, BuzzFeed.

5 Very Serious Answers to 5 Very Serious Questions from BuzzFeed.

BuzzFeed: Do you regularly have meetings at the Kremlin or with Russian government officials? Can you describe them, if so? How much direct influence does the Kremlin have over what RT reports?

‪I don't have to go to meetings at the Kremlin because I already live there. My office is located there as well, as are the offices of all other TV executives in Russia. And RT doesn't do any of its own investigating or reporting -- we just read the latest Kremlin press releases on camera. It is much more efficient that way.

BuzzFeed: Why is your office apparently located on a different floor than the newsroom, as one employee told me?

No idea on which floor my RT office is, as I work straight out of my Kremlin digs. I've heard that it's nice though.

Comment: This really brought a smile to our faces. We all know that 2 things are going to happen here: 1) The western media will misrepresent everything said on this topic. If you say nothing, they will just say you said it and lie. 2) If they succeed they will rewrite the history anyway and paint any picture of you they want and people will believe them because they'll erase everything else.

Might as well approach it with a bit of humor and a smile.

Quenelle - Golden

Iranian woman describes her experience of 'American Justice'

Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan
© Press TVShahrzad Mir-Qolikhan
Iranian national Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan, who spent five years in US detention from 2007 to 2012, says she was held in prison like a caged animal.

In a Press TV documentary titled "Memories of a Witness: Inside US Federal Prisons," in which she recounts her ordeal, Mir-Qolikhan, now 36, said she would have been treated more appropriately were she a real criminal.
"If you are a criminal, you are well treated in the US Department of Justice," she said.
Mir-Qolikhan, a mother of twin girls, said she was put in shackles and chains before being taken from prison to courtroom.

Comment: Well. U.S. Prisons are described about how you would expect. What is interesting here is the manipulation and lies used by the government to entrap her, to arrest her, and then railroad her through the system.

The lesson to be learned here: NEVER TRUST A GOVERNMENT. If any government official tells you something, you can almost guarantee it is a lie.


Malaysia: No debris at spot shown on China's satellite images

MH370 Debris?
© AP Photo/Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National DefenseIn this March 9, 2014 satellite image seen on the website of the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, floating objects are seen at sea next to the red arrow which was added by the source. China's Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday that the images show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating off the southern tip of Vietnam.
Kuala Lumpur - No signs of the missing Malaysian jetliner have been found at a spot where Chinese satellite images showed what might be plane debris, Malaysia's civil aviation chief said Thursday, deflating the latest lead in the five-day hunt.

"There is nothing. We went there, there is nothing," Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

Vietnamese officials previously said the area had been "searched thoroughly" in recent days.

The hunt for the Boeing 777 has been punctuated by false leads since it disappeared with 239 people aboard just hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early Saturday. The plane was heading northeast over the South China Sea when it disappeared, but authorities believe it may have turned back and headed into the upper reaches of the Strait of Malacca or beyond.


Prescorts: Spinning Tatar unrest smacks of desperation

© UnknownRecent AP Photo shows at least 1 Tatar doesn't want Russia in the Crimea.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed the situation in Ukraine's Crimea region by telephone with a leader of the Crimean Tatar community, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

Many Crimean Tatars plan to boycott a Russian-backed referendum on Sunday on whether the region, where Tatars make up about 12 percent of the population, should split from Ukraine and join Russia.

Comment: Great, so the best you could find was 12%? Wow... It's like speaking to a retard. DEMOCRACY IS ABOUT EVERYONE. Not just the small number of people who agree with you.


Trader kills self in finance world's latest suicide

Manhattan trader committed suicide
© Riyad Hasan Modal Trigger A Long Island Rail Road train pulls into the Jamaica station. A Manhattan trader committed suicide by leaping in front of a different train near Syosset Tuesday.

A Manhattan trader was killed Tuesday morning by a speeding Long Island Rail Road commuter train, marking at least the seventh suicide of a financial professional this year.

Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown's Vertical Group, jumped in front of an LIRR train at 6 a.m. near the Syosset train station.

He was declared dead at the scene.

Reilly's identity was confirmed by Salvatore Arena, an LIRR spokesperson, who said an investigation into the incident was continuing.

Passengers on the west-bound express train told MTA investigators they saw a man standing by the tracks before he jumped in front of the train, Arena said.

"Eddie was a great guy," Rob Schaffer, a managing director at Vertical, told The Post in an email. "We are very upset and he will be deeply missed."

The divorced father of three had rented a house around the corner from his ex-wife, Michelle Reilly, in East Norwich, NY.

One family friend, who said he spoke to the trader on Sunday, told The Post that Reilly "didn't look good."

Arrow Down

Florida trooper arrested a cop, then was stalked & harassed by the Thin Blue Line

Miami Cop_1
© Florida Highway Patrol dashcamA Miami cop is arrested by a FHP trooper for excessive speeding.
Miami - After a Florida trooper showed integrity and equally applied the law to one of her fellow officers, she experienced months of harassment, invasions of privacy, and situations that felt so "life threatening" to her that she moved to another county. She has filed a lawsuit against over 100 cops named individually and over 200 that remain anonymous for their violations of the law and retributive actions against the honest cop.

On October 11th, 2011, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna "Jane" Watts was patrolling her section of highway when she was passed by a marked police cruiser identified as belonging to Miami PD. The cruiser was traveling at break-neck speeds and was not using its emergency lights or sirens. Not giving the speeder a break because of his profession, D.J. Watts set off to get to the bottom of the situation.


Venezuelan doctors and medical students stage protest over hospital conditions

doctors protest venezuela
Doctors stage protest in Venezuela
Several hundred doctors and medical students protested conditions in Venezuela's hospitals Monday, citing shortages of medicines and critical supplies in the troubled oil-rich country. Related Stories

As police held back the demonstrators in the city's Plaza Venezuela, other health workers marched without incident through the center to the presidential palace in a government-organized show of support for President Nicolas Maduro.

The rival protests were the latest in an unresolved, nearly five-week-old crisis that has claimed the lives of at least 20 people.


Bank Of America wants to charge people $5 for a currently free service

Bank of America sign
Bank of America is offering you the chance to pay a fee for a service you may not know you already have.

The bank on Thursday launched a new kind of account, known as the "SafeBalance" account, which costs $4.95 a month and comes with no paper checks. Its major selling point is that it won't let you overdraw your account.

That sounds great in theory, especially if you're broke and can't afford to pay a $35 fee every time you're overdrawn. But if this is a luxury, it's one that anybody can afford -- and you don't need to pay $4.95 a month for it.

As the Consumerist blog points out, no one has to pay overdraft fees if they don't want to.

In a blow to the financial industry, the Federal Reserve in 2010 said that banks could no longer automatically charge customers huge fees for overdrawing an account balance on everyday purchases. Under the new rule, customers must opt in for what is called "overdraft protection," the service that charges you $35 every time you try to pay for a $2 cup of coffee with an overdrawn account. If you don't opt in, your card will simply be declined if you don't have enough money in your account to make a purchase.

Alarm Clock

New York homeless shelters housing record-high 53,000 people per night

Annual report from Coalition for the Homeless paints bleak picture but expresses hope for new De Blasio administration
© Spencer Platt/GettyA sign of a man panhandling for money on the streets of Manhattan.
The number of homeless people staying overnight in New York City shelters has eclipsed the record-high population reported last year, reaching an average of more than 50,000 people per night, according to a new study.

The annual report released Wednesday by the Coalition for the Homeless paints a bleak picture of the current state of homeless in New York City and offers a series of specific policy recommendations for new mayor Bill de Blasio.

In the past year, more men, women and children than ever before sought shelter, up 7% from 50,135 people in January 2013 to 53,615 people in January 2014. Another staggering figure: the number of homeless children sleeping in shelters has climbed 8% in the past year, with 22,712 children sleeping in homeless shelters in January 2014. And the average stay for homeless families with children stretched by two months to 14.5 months, another record high.

Bizarro Earth

Rampaging Indian elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'

Indian Elephant
© The Independent, UKAnimal allegedly rescued the infant after hearing her cries from under the debris.
A rampaging elephant smashed a house to bits in an Indian village, but turned back and rescued a baby trapped in the rubble, a couple have claimed. Dipak Mahato and his wife Lalita say a male elephant attacked their house in a village in West Bengal's Purulia district, but saved their ten-month-old daughter from beneath the debris.

Mr Mahato told The Times of India (ToI) his family were eating at about 8pm when they suddenly heard a "cracking sound" and crashing noises coming from the bedroom.

"We ran over and were shocked to see the wall in pieces and a tusker standing over our baby," he said. "She was crying and there were huge chunks of the wall lying all around and on the cot.

"The tusker started moving away but when our child started crying again, it returned and used its trunk to remove the debris."

Ms Mahato said they watched in amazement as the animal gently removed pieces of brick and stone that had fallen on her daughter.

"I can't believe that the tusker saved my daughter after breaking down the door and smashing a wall."

The child was taken to Deben Mahato Sadar Hospital and treated for external injuries, according to the newspaper. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Jhalda ranger Samir Bose told ToI the animal has damaged at least 17 houses in Mathadi, Kasidih and Ghoshra village areas.