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  • Exclusive: Mike Bloomberg will "spend whatever it takes" in 2020

    11/08/2019 2:11:53 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 92 replies
    Axios ^ | 11 hours ago | Mike Allen, Margaret Talev
    Mike Bloomberg is jumping into the Democratic presidential race because he believes that Joe Biden is fading, opening the moderate lane next to Elizabeth Warren, sources close to the former New York mayor tell Axios. Why it matters: "Mike will spend whatever it takes to defeat Donald Trump," a Bloomberg source said. "The nation is about to see a very different campaign than we’ve ever seen before." I'm told there's no way he'll later run as a third-party or independent candidate, partly because of ballot-access hurdles. Theory of the case: Bloomberg, who according to Forbes is worth $52 billion, will...
  • The Totally, Utterly Irrefutable Case Against Socialism

    07/16/2019 1:49:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 11, 2019 | Lee Edwards
    When a dozen of conservatism’s best minds take on Socialism and expose it for the utopian fraud it is, attention must be paid. In a brief foreword to a special issue of National Review, Editor-in-Chief Richard Lowry admitted that many conservatives thought socialism in America had been “vanquished” after the collapse of Soviet Communism 30 years ago. But as T. S. Eliot insisted, “There is no such thing as a Lost Cause because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause.” The experts examine socialism in its many guises, beginning with Charles Cooke’s blunt assessment that socialism is not...
  • Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?

    06/09/2019 5:29:40 AM PDT · by Salman · 56 replies
    Science Daily ^ | June 6, 2019 | IOP Publishing
    Large parts of Asian Russia could become habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. A study team from the Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center, Russia, and the National Institute of Aerospace, USA, used current and predicted climate scenarios to examine the climate comfort of Asian Russia and work out the potential for human settlement throughout the 21st century. They published their results today in Environmental Research Letters. At 13 million square kilometres Asian Russia -- east of the Urals towards the Pacific -- accounts for 77 per cent of Russia's land area. Its population,...
  • Protesters tear down Zhukov bust in Ukraine

    06/09/2019 3:44:01 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 59 replies
    AP by Fox ^ | June 3, 2019
    MOSCOW – Protesters have torn down a towering bust of Soviet military hero Marshal Georgy Zhukov in Ukraine's second-largest city. Destruction of the monument in Kharkiv on Sunday came amid protests by an array of far-right and nationalist groups against an organizing session for a new political party. The party is led by the mayors of Kharkiv and Odesa, both of whom were members of the party of Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russia president ousted amid bloody protests in 2014. The protesters said the bust violated Ukraine's law banning Communist symbols. A crowd of hundreds cheered as protesters tugged on a...
  • Russia to call on UN to recognize their WWII victory as ‘heritage of humanity’

    06/08/2019 7:19:06 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 55 replies
    RT ^ | June 2019
    Russia will address the United Nations to declare victory in World War II as the ‘heritage of humanity,’ while also making the monuments to those who fought against the Nazis as part of a global memorial. The speaker of the Upper House of the Russian Parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, shared those plans with UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Russian MPs have already made the same offer to their colleagues in foreign parliaments, she added. The Federation Council speaker vowed that the parliament will to do everything to make sure “that no dirty hand will...
  • US, Russian Navies Exchange Accusations After Near-Collision In East China Sea

    06/07/2019 7:44:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/07/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    The brinksmanship between Russian and US militaries has expanded from the air to the sea — and it nearly created a collision today near the Philippines. Just a few days after a mid-air confrontation over the Mediterranean Sea made headlines, the two navies are pointing the finger at each other as well. This time, the US Navy says it will declassify images to show the “unsafe and unprofessional” practices of the Russian navy: A US Navy warship nearly collides with a Russian warship in East China Sea.To avoid a collision "the US Navy ship went full engines back, as...
  • Russia Claims John Kerry Secretly Approved of Crimea Invasion

    06/07/2019 6:43:44 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Jun 2019 | Hayward
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russian media on Thursday that former Secretary of State John Kerry approved of Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula, believing the residents were overwhelmingly in favor of “reuniting” with Russia. According to Lavrov, Kerry’s main criticism of Russia’s actions was to suggest holding another referendum to reinforce the legitimacy of annexation. Russia’s RT.com summarized Lavrov’s comments to the RBK news service: I won’t reveal a big secret if I say that John Kerry was telling me in April 2014: ‘Everything is clear. Everything happened the way the Crimean people...
  • Kremlin Says D-Day Wasn't Decisive in Ending World War II

    06/05/2019 6:24:22 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 192 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | June 5 2019 | Reuters
    Russia told the West on Wednesday the Normandy landings on D-Day in 1944 did not play a decisive role in ending World War II and that the Allied war effort should not be exaggerated. Moscow's comments might irk war veterans in Britain where the 75th anniversary on Wednesday of the largest seaborne invasion in history was marked at a ceremony in Portsmouth attended by Queen Elizabeth and world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel. Speaking at a weekly news conference in Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova offered a tribute to those who died on the western front of...
  • Why 'Putin's personal army' chief visited Turkey

    06/05/2019 1:12:52 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 4 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | May 22, 2019
    The unannounced visit to Turkey of the chief of the Russian National Guard — an internal security establishment also known as Vladimir Putin’s personal army — will undoubtedly be given hard scrutiny by Western capitals amid increasing criticism of Turkey’s drift away from its NATO allies. Viktor Zolotov, the head of the Russian National Guard, Rosgvardiya, a security unit that oversees anti-riot police and SWAT teams, paid a surprise visit to the capital, Ankara, from May 13-18 with a “heavily loaded” agenda, Turkish security sources told Al-Monitor. Although his Russian delegation's carefully crafted schedule didn't include any direct contact with...
  • Russia is making its own 'correct' version of Chernobyl that will blame AMERICA and the CIA

    06/07/2019 7:33:50 AM PDT · by Krosan · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 June 2019 | KEITH GRIFFITH
    Furious at the breakout success of the HBO series Chernobyl, Russia is planning to make its own series portraying the nuclear disaster as the work of an American CIA operative. Russian television broadcaster NTV announced that it had commissioned the series, and principal photography has already begun in Belarus under director Alexei Muradov. In response to the HBO series' depiction of Soviet bureaucrats bungling the response both during and after the 1986 nuclear accident in the Ukrainian SSR, the Russian version plans to tell the tale of a heroic KGB agent trying to thwart a supposed CIA sabotage plot. 'One...
  • Russia is making its own 'correct' version of Chernobyl that will blame AMERICA and the CIA [tr]

    06/07/2019 7:17:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 7, 2019 | Keith Griffith
    Furious at the breakout success of the HBO series Chernobyl, Russia is planning to make its own series portraying the nuclear disaster as the work of an American CIA operative. Russian television broadcaster NTV announced that it had commissioned the series, and principal photography has already begun in Belarus under director Alexei Muradov. In response to the HBO series' depiction of Soviet bureaucrats bungling the response both during and after the 1986 nuclear accident in the Ukrainian SSR, the Russian version plans to tell the tale of a heroic KGB agent trying to thwart a supposed CIA sabotage plot.
  • Russia Should Have Made HBO's Chernobyl

    06/05/2019 1:31:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May 31, 2019 | L. Bershidsky
    “Chernobyl,” the HBO mini-series that ends Monday in the U.S., isn’t easy to watch as someone who lived in the Soviet Union in 1986 and who has since visited the Chernobyl exclusion zone. But, like many of my compatriots, I’m watching it — and thinking it should have been made in Russia, Ukraine or Belarus, not by an American entertainment channel. There are two reasons for this. One is authenticity — despite a valiant attempt at it, the series falls short. But the other, more important reason is that this kind of harsh sermon on the importance of listening to...
  • Putin's Media Struggles to Deal With HBO's Chernobyl

    06/04/2019 3:46:09 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 32 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | June 3, 2019 | Ilya Shepelin
    It seems every major Russian media outlet had to chime in about the “Chernobyl” TV series by HBO. Although the foreign program airs only online to paying viewers, the show has become something of a national sensation in Russia where the pro-Kremlin media have launched a mini-crusade against it. Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP), Russia’s most popular newspaper, raised suspicions that competitors of state-atomic center Rosatom were using the series to tarnish this country’s image as a nuclear power. Argumenty i Fakty...dismissed the show as “a caricature and not the truth.” “The only things missing are the bears and accordions!” quipped Stanislav...
  • Students in Vietnam under fire in college admission scandal

    04/22/2019 2:08:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    UPI ^ | April 22, 2019 / 1:35 PM | By Elizabeth Shim
    April 22 (UPI) -- More than 100 university students in Vietnam are accused of manipulating their test scores in order to gain admission to the country's top colleges, according to a South Korean press report. Television network KBS reported Monday from Vietnam public anger is rising following revelations 108 students used their elite connections to gain entry into top schools. A total of 53 students in the group have voluntarily dropped out following the charges, or have been expelled from their institutions, the report said, quoting local Vietnamese news sources. All students accused of cheating in last year's June entrance...
  • Erdogan Wants Turkish Elections Annulled Following His Party’s Defeat

    04/10/2019 2:43:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.spartareport.com ^ | April 10, 2019, 2:00 PM | Staff
    Turkey has been a mess for years under the increasingly despotic and incompetent leadership of Turkish President Erdogan. The economy has been declining and suffering major problems with inflation and a decline in the value of the local currency, the lira, and Erdogan has launched increasingly vicious crackdowns on the opposition while breaking ties with former allies like the United States. The Turkish people have finally gotten sick of this, and Erdogan’s party suffered a major electoral defeat last week in several major Turkish cities. Erdogan responded to his defeats about as well as you’d expect, and throwing around hysterical...
  • How to deal with a corrupt parliament (Cromwell, 1970)

    03/28/2019 8:38:10 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    Yiou Tube ^ | Jul 7, 2016
    Intersting
  • P Gabriele Rossi, FAM, suspended ‘a divinis’

    02/25/2019 3:34:04 AM PST · by JosephJames · 5 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | February 20, 2019 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    The following is the English translation of a letter in Italian sent by the former superior general of the congregation, the Sons of Merciful Love (founded by Madre Speranza; Collevalenza, Italy), Padre Gabrielle Rossi, FAM, to Aldo Maria Valli who has a rather well frequented blog in Italian (https://www.aldomariavalli.it/2019/01/16/ecco-tutti-i-miei-dubia-di-prete-e-religioso/). This letter was writter after Padre Gabrielle was suspended. (Note: When pasting this document into Free Republic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words and embedded links. To read the document with the formatting and embedded links go to the link of...
  • Trump's speech on Venezuela was magnificent

    02/19/2019 2:41:22 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 19 Feb, 2019 | Thomas Lifson
    President Trump's speech yesterday to a wildly enthusiastic crowd at Florida International University bears legitimate comparison to President Reagan's "Tear Down this Wall!" speech in Berlin. It may even change history, as Reagan's did. With many Venezuelan immigrants, Cuban-Americans, and Nicaraguan-Americans in the audience, it was among his best public moments. He was introduced by First Lady Melania Trump, who made the point that she had escaped a communist tyranny and knows what it feels like to enjoy the freedom of the United States. Warm-up acts don't get any better than this.
  • Time to get rid of sheriffs in California

    01/27/2019 3:41:35 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Jan. 27, 2019 | Joe Mathews
    The county sheriff is the problem child among California elected officials. No office is less accountable or more reliable in producing scandal.
  • Microsoft's Bing can no longer be accessed in China (4 hours ago now)

    01/23/2019 11:57:46 PM PST · by cba123 · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4 hours ago | HuiLeng Tan
    Microsoft's search engine Bing could not be accessed in mainland China as of Thursday morning local time. That marks the apparent blocking of the last major non-Chinese search platform that had been operating there. According to a report from the FT, which cited two unnamed sources, that blockage came on the order of the government. "We've confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine (our) next steps," a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed in an email to CNBC. (Please see full story at the link)