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Pistol

Details emerge of alleged contract hit ordered by ex-Zelensky mentor

Kolomoysky
© Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto/Getty ImagesIgor Kolomoysky during a court hearing in September 2023
The Ukrainian government has accused businessman Igor Kolomoysky of attempting to arrange the murder of a lawyer in 2003.

Ukrainian media have published new details about a criminal case against businessman Igor Kolomoysky, who was charged with ordering a contract killing over two decades ago.

The mogul is believed to have played a key role in Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky's rise to power. Prior to running for the presidency in 2019, Zelensky had a comedy show platformed by a Kolomoysky-controlled media holding.

Ukrainian authorities placed Kolomoysky in pre-trial detention last September over alleged financial crimes and have since added fresh charges, including in May.

The most recent statement on the case alleged that in 2003 "a famous businessman" hired a gang to exact revenge against a lawyer for rejecting his demand to overturn the outcome of a shareholder meeting. The gang assaulted its target but failed to kill him, the office of Ukraine's prosecutor general said. It did not name Kolomoysky, although a photo of the accused clearly showed the businessman.

Pirates

Islamic terrorists using Ukraine to enter EU — German spies

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© Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesGermany’s head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution Thomas Haldenwang and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser present the 2023 report on the agency’s activities • June 18, 2024
Jihadists pose a serious domestic security risk to Germany, the country's BfV security agency warned on Tuesday, singling out the Afghanistan-based offshoot of the once-powerful terrorist organization Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

The group, designated ISPK by the German intelligence service, "has managed to bring followers to Western Europe, possibly with the wave of refugees from Ukraine, who are now staying here in various Western European countries," Director General Thomas Haldenwang told the media on Tuesday.

The senior official and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser presented an annual report on the BfV's activities, including a July 2023 operation involving a series of arrests in Germany and the Netherlands.

A total of nine people from Central Asia were taken into custody at the time for allegedly founding a "domestic terrorist group" and preparing major attacks on European soil. Seven of them lived in Germany.

The group was allegedly in contact with ISPK, also known as ISIS-K, and had entered the European Union from Ukraine "almost simultaneously," according to German security officials. The suspects were described as "black sheep" among Ukrainians when the arrests happened.

Cult

Climate barbarians douse Stonehenge with orange powder, demand end to fossil fuels in UK

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© Just Stop Oil /TMXBystanders attempt to stop the two activists with Just Stop Oil as they spray orange powder paint on the ancient Stonehenge monument in the U.K.
UK activists claim the orange powder paint is water soluble and will wash away

A climate activism group vandalized an ancient landmark in the U.K. as part of a wider protest against fossil fuels.

Just Stop Oil, the organization behind the Wednesday incident, is demanding "the incoming U.K. government commit to working with other governments to agree an equitable plan to end the extraction and burning of oil, gas and coal by 2030."

"Stonehenge at solstice is all about celebrating the natural world — but look at the state it's in! We all have a right to live a life free from suffering, but continued burning of oil, coal and gas is leading to death and suffering on an unparalleled scale," said 21-year-old Oxford student Niamh Lynch, who participated in the stunt.

Comment:


Wolf

Lawsuit claims Zuckerberg's Meta retaliated against worker for speaking out against mistreatment of women

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Meta got hit Tuesday with a lawsuit alleging that the company knowingly overlooks sexist treatment of female employees. That includes an apparent practice of hiring and promoting less qualified men to roles over more qualified female applicants.

The complaint was filed in a US district court in New York by Jeffrey Smith, an engineer who joined Meta in 2018. Smith alleged that Meta was on the brink of promoting him when suddenly his "upward trajectory stopped" after he started speaking up about allegedly misogynistic management practices at Meta.

Smith claimed that instead of a promotion, his Meta manager, Sacha Arnaud, suggested that he resign shortly after delivering Smith's first-ever negative performance review, which reduced his bonus payout and impacted his company stock. Smith has alleged he suffered emotional distress and economic injury due to this alleged retaliation.

Comment: Interesting that the situation seems to have been so bad, a man felt compelled to speak out about it. Good on Mr. Smith for backing his colleagues.

As the pendulum swings back from the excesses of #MeToo, it should be remembered that some cases of workplace discrimination do have solid grounds. This appears to be one of them. Good luck to Mr. Smith in court.


Calculator

What's the real size of China's economy?

Chinese factory worker
China's economy is bigger than the World Bank realizes.


Big time) I'm on my way, I'm making it (Big time)


(Big time) I've got to make it show, yeah (Big time)

(Big time) So much larger than life

(Big time) I'm gonna watch it growing (Big time)

- Peter Gabriel
In May, the World Bank concluded one of its periodic International Comparison Program (ICP) assessments - the price survey which "officially" determines purchasing power parity GDP.

Like college rankings, the league table of the world's largest economies shifted just enough for the obsessives to notice while springing no real surprises. Harvard will be Harvard and whether Princeton ranks above or below Yale this year is largely irrelevant.

For the obsessives, China's lead versus the US expanded by 5.6%, India inched closer to China, Japan kept its ranking while sliding down a tick, Russia moved ahead of Germany, France ahead of the UK, Indonesia tumbled two places and Brazil rose one spot. The top 10 remained the top 10.


Comment: For a quick overview:
China GDP comparison



Comment: In the West, the whole service industry is part of the GDP numbers. The UK is even adding illicit drugs and prostitution to the GDP to keep up the appearance of a strong and robust economy.
Illegal drugs and prostitution boost Britain's economy by £11billion

In comparison, China is a real powerhouse and does not need to fluff up the numbers. Instead it is apparent from the above article, the Chinese underplay the strength of their economy and thus keeps the Chinese yuan competitive. Yet, it would be a big mistake if Western leaders underestimate the real strength of China just like they underestimated the real strength of Russia.


Snakes in Suits

Biden regime sends FBI to intimidate nurse who blew the whistle on Texas Children's Hospital's child sex-change program

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This is where we are right now as a country.

The Biden regime has sent two FBI agents to intimidate a nurse who exposed controversial practices at Texas Children's Hospital.

Christopher Rufo recently shared on X, "The Biden Administration sent two FBI agents to intimidate a nurse who told the truth about the child sex-change program at Texas Children's Hospital. The regime is mobilizing to threaten and imprison anyone who opposes 'transgender medicine.'"

Writing for the City Journal, Rufo detailed the events that led to the FBI's intimidating encounter with the nurse.

Vanessa Sivadge, a registered nurse at Texas Children's Hospital, saw a dramatic rise in the number of "transgender children" treated at the hospital beginning in 2021.

Cloud Lightning

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are going "off grid" in anticipation of what is coming

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As our society descends into chaos, vast numbers of people are choosing to pull the plug and walk away. Of course it is nearly impossible to completely escape the ubiquitous madness that is seemingly all around us, but many are finding that an "off grid" lifestyle gives them the best opportunity to insulate themselves as much as possible. When you become less dependent on the system, what happens to the system has less of an impact on you. Unfortunately, it appears that our system is heading into a full-blown meltdown, and a significant portion of the population is feverishly making preparations in anticipation of what is coming.

According to Reuters, it has been estimated that there are now approximately 20 million "preppers" in the United States...

Eye 2

Palestinian doctor tortured to death during Israeli interrogation

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© ReutersPalestinians detainees being transported by Israeli forces in Gaza
Israeli intelligence and prison authorities have a long history of torturing Palestinian detainees

A senior doctor from Gaza was killed in November while under interrogation by the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, Haaretz reported on 18 June.

Dr Iyad Rantisi, 53, directed a women's hospital that is part of Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Rantisi was detained on 11 November at an Israeli army checkpoint while seeking to flee south to escape Israeli bombing in northern Gaza. Rantisi's family and hospital colleagues heard nothing more about him, leading them to worry he was killed in Israeli custody.

Colosseum

The glue binding democracy and a free economy has melted

Forum in Rome
And that's how democracy and a free economy die.

An astute reader asked me to clarify the difference between individual sacrifice and shared sacrifice in the context of the Common Good, which as he rightly noted, dictatorships use as the justification for oppressive enforcement of a regime that benefits the few at the expense of the many.

In a democracy with a free economy, the Common Good is the responsibility of the citizenry, not a dictatorship. In the current zeitgeist, the Invisible Hand of free markets is understood as a magical force that automatically generates the Common Good out of the churn of everyone aiming to get rich or die trying.

In other words, the Common Good is somebody else's responsibility: there's no need for shared sacrifices, the economy and society take care of themselves as we all get rich or die trying.

Attention

Prequel to the Draft?

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You have probably heard that Congress - Leftists abetted by a majority of Republicans - recently emitted a new federal policy that automatically inducts young men and women into what is styled the "Selective Service" system. By which is meant the involuntary servitude system, despite the latter having supposedly been made constitutionally unlawful after the federal government forced the Southern states to accept being governed without their consent.

The federal government specializes in such etymological jujitsu - which is to say, mind-fucking.


It is not enough that the Southern states that attempted to depart from a "union" they no longer wished to be bound to were forced back into the "union," after a bloody war of subjugation. The war of subjugation was styled a "civil war," implying the Southern states sought to deny the people of the Northern states their right to be governed by the federal government they'd consented to be governed by. The framing the people of the South as "insurrectionists" and "rebels" is exactly what King George III styled the American colonists who successfully seceded from Great Britain four-score and seven years prior.

Never mind that.