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On the same weekend that Russia angered the West by pulling out of the UN-brokered grain export deal, which allowed Ukraine to ship its wheat and food supplies to global markets via an internationally monitored safety corridor, the Kremlin has floated a potential basis for "high-level re-engagement", state media reported on Sunday.

Despite this big step back on what constituted the only diplomatic 'positive' of the past months between the warring sides, Putin office spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with Rossiya-1 TV channel that talks with the United States remain possible if Washington "pays heed to our concerns."

Such an opening in negotiations related to the war in Ukraine would ultimately be contingent on "the US desire to go back to the state of things as of December-January" Peskov described, and the US must ask, according to his words: "what the Russians are offering may not suit all of us, but maybe we should still sit down with them at the negotiating table?"

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 31 11:51

Israel must dispose of all its nuclear weapons and place its nuclear sites under the International Atomic Energy Agency’s purview, the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee stated in an initial 152-5 vote.

The five nations that opposed Friday’s resolution on the “risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East” were: Canada, Israel, Micronesia, Palau and the United States. Another 24 countries abstained, including European Union members.

The annual resolution submitted by Egypt to the UNGA in New York was sponsored by the Palestinian Authority and 19 counties including Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

Tags: ISRAEL, WMD
Posted on: Oct 31 11:51

The White House is discussing an additional $50 billion in aid for Ukraine after the midterm elections, according to NBC News.

President Joe Biden is considering the move, particularly if Democrats lose their majorities in the House and Senate, the report notes, citing “officials familiar with the discussions.” The number is expected to be around $50 billion.

If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats lose power in the midterm elections, Ukrainian aid would be one of their final priorities before the power switch in January.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 31 11:50

 Pro-Israel activists are speaking out against a Democratic Los Angeles city attorney candidate citing his past work with anti-Israel groups and desire to implement progressive crime policies, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 31 11:12

 An ethics watchdog is suing the Biden Administration’s Federal Trade Commission for allegedly hiding information related to the investigation into the national baby formula shortage.

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Posted on: Oct 31 11:11

The Verdict Is In: Senate GOP Report Released On Lab-Leak Theory

Senate Republicans have taken the opportunity to publish a report about the suspected origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it flies in the face of some of the theories posed by scientists at the beginning of the outbreak.

North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr took the lead on creating and publishing this report, and his team found that it was highly likely that the COVID-19 virus began as a lab leak in Wuhan, China, in mid to late 2019. This is different from the official story of it somehow starting as a result of an individual eating a bat.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Oct 31 11:10

 House Democrats are spending millions more on ads and sending top surrogates to areas of the country where they have traditionally won elections, as Republicans expect to benefit from a “red wave” in November’s midterms, per reporting by the Washington Post on Thursday.

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Posted on: Oct 31 11:08

Interim Ottawa Police Chief (OPS) Steve Bell said Monday before the judicial inquiry into the use of the Emergencies Act (EA) that the Freedom Convoy protest “felt” violent due to incessant horn honking, but admitted the movement was not actually violent in the criminal sense.

When asked by lawyers representing Freedom Convoy protesters why he had repeatedly claimed protesters would turn violent, Bell said to the Public Order Emergency Commission – the committee currently convened in Ottawa to investigate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act –  it was not meant in the literal sense.  

“Not the Criminal Code definition of violence but the violence they felt by having excessive horns blared, by having trucks run 24/7,” said Bell under cross-examination. 

In response, lawyer Brenden Miller asked Bell, “So the violence they ‘felt,’ not actual violence, is that what you’re saying?” 

“That is correct,” admitted the police chief.

Tags: CANADA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
Posted on: Oct 31 11:07

Washington, D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) is surveying students as young as age 11 about their “sexual identity” and “transgender” status, using a questionnaire from a firm owned by the U.S. Attorney General’s son-in-law.

An email to parents on Oct. 25 shared by the Daily Caller explains that DCPS will be surveying students during class about their “social-emotional learning” environment, and that parents can opt their children out of the survey.

“As in previous years, the survey asks students in grades 6-12 about their gender and sexual identity,” the email to parents reads. “These questions help the district promote equitable treatment for all students in accordance with our Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Policy Guidance.”

The referenced 2015 guidance, issued by former DCPS chancellor Kaya Henderson, advises that ​​”students have the right to be addressed by the name and pronoun that correspond to the student’s gender identity,” and declares that DCPS standards for health education “support the importance of … sexual orientation.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Oct 31 11:07

Canada Public Health released a document outlining “climate change” as the “single biggest threat facing humanity,” demonstrating a pivot from nearly three years of intense rhetoric almost exclusively focused on COVID.

Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, tweeted Tuesday, “Today, I released the #CPHOReport2022. It’s about climate change, and the multiple and cascading ways it impacts our health.”

Tags: CANADA, CLIMATEGATE, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Oct 31 11:06

Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss's personal phone was hacked by suspected agents working for Russian President Vladimir Putin when she was foreign minister, the Daily Mail reported on Saturday.

Those agents gained access to "top-secret details" of negotiations with international allies in addition to private messages exchanged with Truss's close friend Kwasi Kwarteng, who later became finance minister, the report said.

The messages are believed to have included discussions with senior international foreign ministers about the war in Ukraine, including details about arms shipments, it added.

Up to a year's worth of messages were downloaded, the Mail said, citing unnamed sources.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Oct 31 11:05

As if the political unraveling across the European Union, United Kingdom and other powers of the political West wasn’t bad enough, the people who have become fed up with the disastrous policies of their failing governments are finally taking to the streets. Pushed to the brink of (or beyond) poverty, with soaring food, energy and housing costs, tens of thousands of protesters railed against the policies of the Czech government. Starting on Friday, the residents of Prague took to the streets, demanding the resignation of the Czech government under Prime Minister Petr Fiala, withdrawal from NATO, as well as direct talks and an agreement on future natural gas supplies from Russia.

“This is a new national revival and its goal is for the Czech Republic to be independent,” organizer Ladislav Vrabel stated. “When I see a full square, no one can stop this.”

Demonstrations were not only limited to Prague, but occurred both in the capital city, as well as the second-largest Czech city of Brno. Organized under the slogan of “Czech Republic First,” the protests drew large-scale support from both sides of the political spectrum, as left-wing and right-wing parties joined forces to protest the subservient policies of the government in Prague.

Tags: EUROPE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
Posted on: Oct 31 11:04

Will pro-censorship liberals finally get a taste of their own medicine?

One of President Joe Biden’s official tweets was hit with a Twitter notice Friday, with the social media platform providing “context” that made the Democrat look like a total Pinocchio.

The tweet in question made bold claims about the tax ramifications of Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.

Biden claimed his spending bill (one of them, rather) would hit 55 big corporations that don’t pay federal taxes with a bill from the federal government.

What Biden claimed were the “facts” were quickly debunked — through a Twitter “readers added context” notice, no less.

The “Birdwatch” fact check-style feature that Twitter slapped Biden with isn’t a new innovation of Elon Musk’s reign at the company. However, its use on a Biden tweet could signal a new era for the social media platform, which has a history of targeting conservatives.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 31 11:04

Researchers found that mental health resources are far more helpful to women after abortion than political rhetoric. Activists on both sides need to start treating them like people rather than pawns in a political contest.

Some find it necessary to shout their approval of abortion to others, even their own. Perhaps they’re seeking justification or trying to ease their psychological pain. Most women, however, told researchers who asked open-ended questions they wanted to remain anonymous about their emotional struggles. Even the 75% of them who identified as “pro-choice” said this.

The study’s authors found a “negative self-image” among 34% of the women who underwent an abortion using pharmaceutical methods. Nearly two-thirds either sought help or said they could have used someone to talk to following the procedure.

Hardcore abortion rights supporters have made it difficult for women who experience regret, shame or other negative psychological and emotional outcomes to make their feelings known. It might, one suspects, diminish the public’s acceptance of the practice, especially among those who tout women’s empowerment as the primary justification for legal abortion.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 31 11:03

 MSNBC anchors claimed Friday that Republicans “are scared” to condemn the attack on Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband.

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Posted on: Oct 31 11:00

 A guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher” worried Friday night about Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, saying the Tesla CEO was “unelected” and “becoming increasingly god-like.”

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 31 11:00

 Drag queens have become a major talking point in several midterm races, with their performances sparking debates over gender and sexuality issues along with education, child protection and various other hot-button cultural issues.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 31 10:59

 Just two days after taking control of Twitter, owner and CEO Elon Musk is launching a wave of layoffs ahead of an expected stock grant to employees, The New York Times reported Saturday.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 31 10:56

 A surge in violent crime in America finally reached the house of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Fox News host Jesse Watters said Friday while discussing the early-morning attack on her husband, Paul.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 31 10:53

Police officers were called to the home of Orlando Harris on Oct. 15, nine days before he went on a shooting rampage inside a St. Louis high school. Harris’ mother had asked officers to remove the weapon, an AR-15 rifle, from her home, citing her son’s mental health struggles. Police had been called to the home before.

St. Louis police had also been informed that Harris, 19, recently failed a federal background check when he tried to buy a weapon from a local dealer.

So why didn’t police confiscate the AR-15 before Monday’s attack at Central Visual and Performing Arts and Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, which left two people dead and seven others injured?

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Posted on: Oct 31 10:50

Toyota customers will reportedly receive a mechanical key instead of a “smart” one due to a semiconductor shortage © Getty Images/polarica

Toyota customers in Japan will get a mechanical key instead of a “smart” one when they get their new vehicle, Reuters reported on Thursday.

One of the two electronic “smart” keys will be replaced with a basic one, the agency explained, quoting the carmaker’s statement.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, ECONOMY
Posted on: Oct 31 10:49

Highly skilled cyber attackers are using a never-before-seen technique to stealthily infect victims with malware by abusing legitimate tools. 

The campaign has been detailed by cybersecurity researchers at Symantec, who say that the attackers can spend more than 18 months inside the networks of victims, all while taking steps to ensure their activity stays under the radar to avoid detection in what's thought to be an intelligence-gathering and espionage operation. 

How the attack begins is still uncertain, but victims become infected with a previously undocumented form of malware dubbed Geppei, which is used to deliver another form of backdoor malware that has been named Danfuan, which provides secret access to compromised machines, along with the ability to snoop on data stored or entered on systems. 

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET
Posted on: Oct 31 10:48

 More than a dozen Republican lawmakers wrote to the Biden administration to express opposition to a newly proposed rule that would curtail religious liberty in health care earlier in October, the Daily Caller has learned.

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Posted on: Oct 31 10:40

Four polls predicted Israel's Opposition Leader and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu would come within a single seat of an outright majority in his bid to return to power in Israel’s upcoming election next week.

Tags: ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Oct 31 10:39

A pilot exercise in Federal Reserve Board social control of energy choices has been announced for 2023. The exercise will start with the government-crony Fed publishing climate scenario narratives. 

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 31 10:39

Russian Military Wiped Out Ukrainian Sabotage Group Near Zaporozhye Nuclear Plant (Video)

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On October 30, the Russian military foiled an attempt by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) to land a sabotage and reconnaissance group near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP).

 

Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense, said during a briefing that the AFU group was tasked with penetrating Energodar city.

“One speedboat of the Ukrainian armed forces was destroyed during an attempt to land a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group in the city of Energodar in the Zaporozhye region,” Lt. Gen. Konashenkov said.

According to the spokesman, the AFU shelled Energodar and the territories adjacent to the Zaporozhye NPP three times over past 24 hours, with a total of 10 shells. The presence of representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the plant didn’t deter Kiev.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Oct 31 10:39

 Florida Rep. Byron Donalds will encourage Republicans to engage with a broader swathe of the American public in new media formats if he is elected conference chairman, he told the Daily Caller in an exclusive interview.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 31 10:38

 The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Monday in two lawsuits which will decide whether two prominent universities’ use of race-based admission policies is constitutional.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 31 10:37