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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Yes, this is a Russian article, but what the Foreign Minister says is what I have been saying for years. NATO is creating geo-political instability in order to create some excuse for its very existence.
The West structured its policy according to the principle of "who's not with us is against us," and has chosen the path of NATO expansion, he said
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
UNITED NATIONS, September 21. /TASS/. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is seeking to recreate the Cold War-era climate, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
"NATO aspires to recreate the Cold War climate and refuses to bring to life the principle of equal and indivisible security across the OSCE area, solemnly declared in the 1990s," he said."
"For the last quarter of a century, Russia, no matter the challenges it faced, made in good faith its part of the way to eliminate the legacy of the Cold War, has done a lot to strengthen confidence and mutual understanding in the Euro-Atlantic region and the world," Russia’s top diplomat said.
"This, however, has not been reciprocated by our Western partners, overexcited by the illusion of the 'end of history' and still trying to accommodate rudimentary institutions of block-to-block confrontation era to the modern day realities," he continued.
The West, in its turn, structured its policy according to the principle of "who's not with us is against us," and has chosen "the path of reckless eastward NATO expansion and provoking instability in the post-Soviet space and encouraging anti-Russian sentiments," the Russian foreign minister said.
He is referring to the coup in Ukraine where the elected government was overthrown by an EU-friendly opposition. With many Russian-speaking people in Ukraine, Russia sees this as a provocative attack to which it responded by finessing the Crimea from Ukraine and by supporting rebels in the east.
I have to wonder how much George Soros had to do with the Orange revolution? No doubt his Russian-hating NGOs were involved; they have never evolved out of the Cold War. I wonder who else was involved?
Friday, September 22, 2017
I realize this is an RT interview. But it is with an American tech entrepreneur,
Chris Kitze, and it pleads the same case that I sensed almost immediately,
that the Russian advertisements on Facebook are a ruse to smooth over
the fact that there is no real Russian connection to last year's elections.
He also largely agrees with my 'deep state' theory.
Those who lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump are finding their Russian story falling apart before their eyes, because there was nothing there, and now they are trying this, said Chris Kitze, founder of encrypted internet service Unseen.
Facebook agreed to release to Congress data about ads allegedly bought by Russia, amid an ongoing investigation into Moscow's purported meddling in the 2016 US election.
The social media giant claims it discovered 3,000 paid political ads that could have links to Russia. They cost a hundred thousand dollars in total, and were bought between 2015 and 2017.
The company said all the purchased advertisements are linked to "inauthentic" accounts.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday denied Moscow have anything to do with political advertisements on Facebook.
“We don't know who placed the advertisements on Facebook or how, and have never done it. The Russian side has never been part of it,” said Peskov.
RT: Earlier Facebook refused to publish these ads, posted by user accounts allegedly linked to Russian authorities. What made the company change its position?
Chris Kitze: They are running out of time. They can’t prove anything that Russia did anything bad with the American election. They are obviously trying to put some news out there to try and keep the story alive. It looks to me like it is pretty much nothing.
RT: Are you suggesting that there is someone specific behind this issue?
CK: What happens with politics in America is that there are certain people behind the scenes who are doing things. They are not accomplishing what they wanted to accomplish. So what they end up doing is that they have to keep trying more and more things. In the case of Facebook, they said: ‘Well, we can dump these things out and make a news headline.’ Everyone will forget about it in a couple days.
RT: What kind of leverages does the congressional investigation committee have to pressure the Internet giants like Facebook to cooperate?
CK: Facebook is so big they basically do whatever they want anyway. The Congressional hearing can subpoena things, but a lot of these giant companies can just sandbag and hold things back so that they don’t have to provide anything. They will just drag it out so long that it won’t matter. There is a reason why all the stuff is being released right now - and you noticed the coordination of the news media - that is the first tell that shows you this whole thing is a setup.
RT: Usually the big companies do not immediately agree on such demands of a government, trying to draw public attention to the problem. Why this time it was not the case?
CK: They are contributing to the Russia hysteria. There are two sides to this: there is President Trump and then there are the other people. The other people lost power. They were surprised they lost the election. And now what they are trying to do is get back at President Trump. It’s just that simple. What is happening now – they are finding that the whole Russian story fell apart right in front of their eyes, because there was nothing there, and now they are trying this. It is another bit of nothing. They may try and use this as a way to try and regulate people, like Matt Drudge and other news websites to say: ‘Well, you’re accepting ads potentially from foreign people.’ But there is no way that a news website knows who the advertisers are, because they all are done by add networks, like Google.
RT: The investigation committee has a right to make any company share the materials that might interest them. Why then are they focusing on Russia? Doesn’t it violate privacy rights of the Internet users?
CK: There are things that the Congress can do and judges can do. They have wide powers to subpoena things for criminal investigations. So at that point people pretty much lose their privacy rights – that is just the way it is.
RT: Judging by what you’ve said, today people almost don’t have a chance for any kind of secrecy, do they?
CK: I am not sure you can hang your hat on that for this matter. People can have privacy, but the real issue here is between Facebook and the advertisers. So it is not really involving the end user – it is more a corporate and a political matter.
RT: Usually the big companies do not always agree to comply with such demands from the government, trying to draw public attention to the problem. Why is that not the case this time around?
CK: It is interesting to me, as someone who used to be a Facebook user… They push all kinds of other junk, things that most moral people would never want in their homes. Now they are cooperating with the government. The only reason they are doing this is obviously because that is what they want to do – that is in their interest. These are companies who could hide all this stuff and say: ‘We don’t know anything about it,’ or they can drag it out for two years – just looking for the information, or even lose it. There is a reason why these companies all of a sudden are showing up with this information – it is because that is a part of the agenda that is being pushed by the news media complex and the tech complex in the US.
The New Normal - Estonian Style
View of Estonia's capital Tallinn © Peter Seyfferth / Global Look Press
A court in Estonia has sentenced a Syrian refugee to 10 years’ imprisonment for setting fire to his wife in front of their young daughter, as well as subjecting her to months of abuse.
On Friday, Judge Merle Parts pronounced her sentence on 20-year-old Kovan Mohammad at the Harju County Court. Mohammed, who arrived in Estonia with his family from Greece last year, had been charged with assault causing severe bodily harm, as well as physically abusing his 22-year-old wife throughout their relationship.
On March 7, wanting to teach his wife a “lesson,” Mohammed used gasoline to set her alight in front of their young daughter at their apartment in the Lasnamäe district of Tallinn, local media reports. After calling an ambulance herself, the wife had to spend five months in hospital and go through six operations, as well as spending two months in a coma. Nearly 70 percent of her body was covered in burns.
Mohammed pleaded guilty to putting his wife through physical abuse, including hitting her with a wooden slat, but claimed the incident on March 7 was an accident. However, the court heard he took the time to go out and buy gasoline and also watched videos of burnings over the internet, as well as searching for the best ways to punish a woman. He was found guilty of both charges, but his lawyer Alar Neiland says he intends to appeal.
Mohammed’s wife, who was released from hospital in August, has now moved into a new apartment with their child.
10 years is not nearly long enough. He should have been convicted for traumatizing the child, for not calling an ambulance, and for setting a fire in an apartment building endangering the lives of everyone in that building. Those acts deserve 10 years on their own.
This is Muslim insanity!
OMGoodness! Since, in Saudi Arabia it takes the testimony of two women to equal that of one man, I guess we can assume that Saudi men have only half a brain. Aha! That's it! Now I completely understand Islam!
Sheikh Saad Al-Hijri. © أخبار اليو / YouTube
A Saudi cleric has been slated for saying that women don’t deserve to drive because they only have a quarter of a brain. Sheikh Saad Al-Hijri was also banned from performing his religious duties because of his outrageous comments.
Al-Hijri made his brain-numbing remarks at a lecture aptly titled, “The evils of women driving.” Women are banned from driving altogether in the notoriously conservative country, with many jailed for attempting to.
According to the cleric, women only have half a brain to begin with, but, when they attempt to factor shopping into their feeble minds, that halves again and they “end up with only a quarter,” as cited by the Jerusalem Post.
A video of Al-Hijri’s sexist musings was circulated online, provoking a backlash from many in the kingdom who used the hashtag “Al-Hijri says women have a quarter of a brain” to voice their anger.
“She became pregnant with him, gave birth to him, raised him, spent sleepless nights for him until he grew up and now he calls her a woman with a quarter of a brain. He and his like must be banned from appearing anywhere,” wrote one irate user.
“I swear to God those who have a quarter of a brain are you and your likes who handed you platforms to deliver hardline views. It is the woman who raises man and she is the core of success,” said another.
Saudi Arabia, an absolutist monarchy which controversially has seats on the UN Human Rights Council and the Women’s Rights Commission, has long been criticized for the treatment of the kingdom's female population.
Not to worry though, in an apparent move to rectify this the government established a ‘girl’s council’ consisting solely of men who know better.
Obviously, there are many Muslims in the UN.
A remarkable switch to common sense in N&L schools
Teachers now able to award zeroes for grades, deduct marks for late assignmentsCBC News
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) has ended a controversial policy that kept teachers from deducting marks when work was handed in late.
That means teachers are now able to award zeroes for grades, and students can no longer wait until the end of the term to pass in assignments.
Teachers had complained the policy was unfair to students who did meet deadlines, and that it created extra work at the end of the year.
"Any policy has to survive the realities of the classroom, and we learned from our policy development,' said NLESD CEO Tony Stack.
"At times, you'll have to adjust and we adjusted the course, in this case, and I think what we've got now is a very good balance."
Students will face adjustment
At Gonzaga High School in St. John's on Thursday, the news was all the students could talk about at lunchtime.
Gonzaga High School may be the home of the Vikings, but like other schools in the province, it will no longer be the home of a policy that prevented zeroes from being given out to students. (Gary Locke/CBC)
Rhys Northcote said many students were surprised by the news, and that students who are used to passing in work late won't be able to do it anymore.
"After tests, we don't get to redo them anymore. If we miss it we need a doctors note, otherwise we just get a zero for it."
Gonzaga High School student Rhys Northcote says the the new policy will be an adjustment for students. (Gary Locke/CBC)
The NLESD says it did realize there were unintended consequences to a policy that was designed to encourage students to complete their work, instead of teach them to get used to loose deadlines.
"I'm sure right now as we speak in classrooms, the subtle changes to what we've done are being talked about and shared with students, and they will adapt as they always do," said Stack
Thursday, September 21, 2017
I'm finding more and more stories like this where a couple with a child are doing hard drugs. As dangerous as hard drugs are now with fentanyl often poisoning them, it is insane to be using when you have children. Your primary responsibility as a parent is for your child! If you have children and you are doing drugs, STOP, FOR GOD'S SAKE!
Couple found in advanced state of decomposition, believed to have been lying dead in bed 4 daysCBC News
A Gatineau couple found dead and decomposing in their apartment alongside an unharmed three-year-old died from an accidental fentanyl overdose, a coroner has found.
The bodies of 20-year-old Amélie Gauthier-Matte and 33-year-old Christopher Lecouvie were discovered in an advanced state of decomposition, their bodies lying intertwined on a bed at their rue Bégin home near Moussette Park on Monday, Feb. 27.
They're believed to have died four days earlier, on Thursday, Feb. 23, but weren't found until the child was noticed throwing toys out a window, according to coroner's reports released Thursday.
What did that child go through in those 4 days? Can you even imagine? Throwing toys out the window was probably a God-thing.
That prompted a neighbour and friend of the couple to check on them.
Drugs found in their systems
Gauthier-Matte and Lecouvie both had fentanyl, MDMA and methamphetamine in their systems, toxicology results showed. Gauthier-Matte also had heroin metabolites in her system, while Lecouvie showed cannabis in his, the reports said.
They died from respiratory failure caused by fentanyl intoxication, the coroner concluded.
Hakim Farhat, who regularly visits a friend in the same building, told CBC News in February he last saw the couple three or four days before they were found dead.
"They were in the balcony, I remember... I think they were with a couple of friends but nothing really like a hard party or anything. They were just talking or something. Sometimes I see them barbecue, sometimes I see them playing with the kid on the balcony, but I never expected such a thing to happen," Farhat said.
Neighbours said the couple had been living in the apartment for at least six months.
People, you don't gamble with your life when you have children. You will be called to account!
He's already paying them elsewhere in Europe
© Global Look Press
As less than two weeks are left before the ban on Muslim face veils coming into force in Austria, a French businessman of Algerian origin called on Austrian Muslim women to defy the ban, offering to pay all their fines.
“I am reaching out to all women in Europe and especially to women in Austria who voluntarily wear the burqa, I will always be there and pay the fines,” Rachid Nekkaz, a French property dealer and a millionaire with Algerian roots, who says he is not personally a “face veil advocate,” told the Austrian Servus TV in an interview seen by Reuters. The interview will be aired on Thursday evening.
“If one accepts religious freedom, one must also accept the manifestations of religion,” he also said, adding that he seeks to protect the people’s right to openly demonstrate their religious beliefs, the Austrian APA news agency reports.
Child brides are a manifestation of religious beliefs, are you in favour of that M. Nekkaz? How about honour killings? Supporting a tradition that makes women invisible is not doing anything to help those women. It is keeping them confined to a cotton prison and for one reason only - because Islamic men appear completely unable to control themselves.
Nekkaz already pays fines for Muslim women wearing face veils in public places defiance of the ban in such countries as France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. He even established a special organization called “Touche pas à ma constitution” (Do not touch my constitution) that settles these bills.
According to Nekkaz, he already spent around € 300,000 ($360,000) covering face-veil fines in various countries.
His proposal, however, was slammed by Austrian authorities. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz already threatened the businessman with charges over “incitement to commit an offense.”
“We would certainly not let it happen,” Kurz said, adding that "those who would wear the niqab or burqa in Austria should expect to face the consequences,” APA reported.
The minister, who is also a leading candidate of the Austrian conservative Austrian People's Party (OVP) at the forthcoming parliamentary elections, said that Nekkaz’s words should be examined for whether they constitute an “administrative offense,” adding that the millionaire could also “face appropriate consequences.”
You could try and charge him with 'administrative' crimes, incitement to commit an offense, etc. Or, you could alter the fines making them much higher and use it as a source of revenue. You could also adjust the law to either introduce jail terms for repeated offenses, or simply double the fine for the 2nd offense, triple it for a third, quadruple it for a 4th, etc. You could also remove them from welfare rolls for consistently breaking the law.
Why aren't the French already charging him for subverting the law?
“We will not tolerate any symbols that are aimed at establishment of a parallel society [in Austria],” Kurz said.
Austria approved the ban on full face veils in May, as part of a large "integration law" which the Foreign Ministry says is aimed at encouraging people to assimilate into Austrian culture. The legislation comes into force on October 1.
However, the legislation called the “Anti-Face-Veiling Act,” which is also commonly referred to as a “burqa ban,” covers not only the conservative Muslim headwear, such as burqa or niqab. People wearing balaclavas, covering their faces with scarves or even wearing medical masks without sufficient reasons could also be found in violation of the new law.