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Isn't it her government now? Lets start with her security detail and Capitol Police assets.  I might be more inclined to believe the lies if the people telling the lies were to act as if they believed them: 

Squad member calls for end of US policing, which she says is 'intentionally racist'

The progressive lawmaker also appeared to equate policing with 'government funded murder'

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"Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions ..."

"White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Canada's third language."

"Children from two-parent, married, heterosexual families bullied in schools for being 'different'. Tolerance urged."

"Brampton schoolgirl expelled for not wearing a Burka: Sharia law must be enforced."

"Japan announces that Japanese will no longer consume whale meat as whales are now extinct and workers in the scientific research fleet are unemployed."

"Canadian Government has told the Japanese that Grey and Black Squirrels taste like whale meat.

"Canada now has ten Universities of Political Correctness."

"Professor Goldman Of U of T says there is still a long way to go in the fight to stop people 'saying what they think'."

"Canada's deficit $20 trillion and rising. Government declares return to surplus in 100 years which is 300 years ahead of time. "

"Prime Minister Mohammed Yousuf claims increased growth through more immigration is the secret to success."

"Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped."

"Iran still quarantined. Physicists estimate it will take at least ten more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels."

"France pleads for global help after being taken over by Islamic Countries.
No other country has volunteered to come forward to help the beleaguered nation
Jose Manuel Rodriguez Bush says he will run for second term as US President in 2052"

"Canada Post raises price of stamps to $28 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only."

"After a ten year $175.8 billion study, commissioned by the Liberal Party, scientists prove diet and exercise are the key to weight loss.

"Average weight of a Canadian male drops to 252 lbs."

"Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil and human Rights. Victims to be held partly responsible for crime."

"Average height of professional basketball players is now nine feet, seven inches."

"New Canadian Liberal government law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2055 as lethal weapons."

"Revenue Canada sets lowest tax rate in decades at 75 per cent."

"Toronto Maple Leafs won this year's Ontario Senior A cup final beating the Brampton Hindu Hornets 4-1

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What ‘energy transition’? Global fossil fuel use is accelerating and set to get even worse

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  • Policymakers are under intensifying pressure to deliver on promises made as part of the Paris Agreement ahead of this year’s COP26, due to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in early November.
  • Yet, even as politicians and business leaders publicly acknowledge the necessity of transitioning to a low-carbon society, hopes of limiting global warming — and meeting a crucial global target — are quickly deteriorating.
  • “It is absolutely the case that the transition is moving too slowly from the climate perspective, but what is important to recognize is that it is primarily a matter of political will and economic choices,” Carroll Muffett, chief executive at the Center for International Environmental Law, told CNBC.

Electricity pylons are seen in front of the cooling towers of the coal-fired power station of German energy giant RWE in Weisweiler, western Germany, on January 26, 2021.

Electricity pylons are seen in front of the cooling towers of the coal-fired power station of German energy giant RWE in Weisweiler, western Germany, on January 26, 2021.

LONDON — The world’s dependency on fossil fuels is likely to get even worse in the coming decades, exacerbating the risk of a climate catastrophe as world leaders and CEOs repeatedly tout their commitment to the so-called “energy transition.”

Policymakers are under intensifying pressure to deliver on promises made as part of the Paris Agreement ahead of this year’s COP26, due to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in early November.


Yet, even as politicians and business leaders publicly acknowledge the necessity of transitioning to a low-carbon society, hopes of limiting global warming — and meeting a crucial global target — are quickly deteriorating.


Almost 200 countries ratified the Paris climate accord at COP21, agreeing to pursue efforts to limit the planet’s temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It remains a key focus ahead of COP26, although some climate scientists now believe that hitting this target is already “virtually impossible.”

If we want to mitigate the worst impacts, it’s going to take a deliberate focus on reducing fossil fuels emissions to near zero — and even then we’ll need to look for ways to further remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
Colm Sweeney

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has estimated that human-caused warming as a result of past and ongoing emissions is adding roughly 0.2 degrees Celsius to global average temperatures every decade. And, if this continues, the IPCC has forecast that warming is likely to hit 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052.

To keep it below this level, climate scientists have called for a 45% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 compared to 2010 levels, before reaching net zero around 2050.

“It is absolutely the case that the transition is moving too slowly from the climate perspective, but what is important to recognize is that it is primarily a matter of political will and economic choices,” Carroll Muffett, chief executive at the non-profit Center for International Environmental Law, told CNBC via telephone.


U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs a session of the UN Security Council on climate and security at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on February 23, 2021 in London, England. The U.K. holds the security council's rotating presidency and is the host nation of this year's COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs a session of the UN Security Council on climate and security at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on February 23, 2021 in London, England. The U.K. holds the security council’s rotating presidency and is the host nation of this year’s COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow.
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“It is not a matter of the absence of the technology or the inability to do it. If you actually look at what are the cheaper sources of the energy supply right now, it is not really even a matter of economics. It is much more about embedded power structures and continued support of dying industry,” he added.

One of the “very best examples” of this disconnect, Muffett said, is that some governments and companies’ net-zero strategies depend on increasing fossil fuel use “for decades to come.” These policies typically “rely heavily on unproven and potentially very hazardous carbon removal strategies to make that carbon dioxide magically disappear.”

“We are seeing that in the U.S., particularly in the context of proposed massive investment in carbon capture and storage,” Muffett added.

‘A bumpy ride’

At present, Earth’s carbon dioxide levels are higher than at any time in the past 3.6 million years, according to research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The findings, published last week, found that levels of CO2 and methane — the two most important greenhouse gases — continued their “unrelenting rise” last year despite a sharp economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Human activity is driving climate change,” said Colm Sweeney of NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory. “If we want to mitigate the worst impacts, it’s going to take a deliberate focus on reducing fossil fuels emissions to near zero — and even then we’ll need to look for ways to further remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.”

The burning of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. Greenhouse gases trap heat in our atmosphere, causing global warming. The IPCC has found that emissions from fossil fuels and industry are the dominant cause of global heating, accounting for 89% of global CO2 emissions in 2018.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has said it expects global carbon dioxide emissions from energy-related sources to continue to grow in the coming decades.

In 2019, the EIA projected that global energy-related CO2 emissions would rise 0.6% per year between 2018 through to 2050, with China set to retain its position as the world’s single largest emitter of energy-related CO2 throughout this period.


A person walks past a coal fired power plant in Jiayuguan, Gansu province, China, on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

A person walks past a coal fired power plant in Jiayuguan, Gansu province, China, on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
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Clark Williams-Derry, energy finance analyst at IEEFA, a non-profit organization, described the so-called “energy transition” as “the process of shifting a 19th-century energy system into the 21st century.”

“There is a transition underway, but is it fast enough to prevent the worst ravages of climate change? Is it fast enough to relieve air quality concerns in developing world cities?” Williams-Derry said, citing dangerous levels of air pollution in countries such as India, China, Bangladesh and Vietnam, among others.

“We are anchored down by a legacy of choices, technologies and local economies that want to keep us back,” he continued. “It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

‘It’s crucial now’

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has recognized that the transition away from fossil fuels is a huge undertaking and will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes” across all aspects of society. It also underscores the point that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius “could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society,” with clear benefits to both humans and natural ecosystems.

However, a United Nations analysis published on Feb. 26 found that pledges made by countries around the world to curb greenhouse gas emissions were “very far” from the profound measures required to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate breakdown.

The UN’s latest report card on national climate action plans — sometimes referred to as Nationally Determined Contributions — included countries responsible for only about one-third of global emissions. That’s because just 75 of the 195 signatories to the Paris agreement submitted their NDCs for reducing emissions through to 2030 in time to be assessed.

The U.S., China and India, some of the world’s biggest emitters, are yet to formulate their respective NDCs.

In response, UN climate change executive secretary Patricia Espinosa has urged policymakers to “step up” ambitious plans to cut emissions this year. “If this task was urgent before, it’s crucial now.”

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The Social Construction of Racism in the United States


A long read but well worth the time: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/social-construction-racism-united-states

Essentially, continually talking about racism, by the MSM and on social media makes people think there's more of it than there really is (by a significant margin) and harms the very people it purports to help.


A few paragraphs from the article:

Yet as political scientist Eric Kaufmann lays out in this paper, the public has a mistaken perception of how much racism exists in America today. This misperception is not only driven by cognitive biases such as the availability heuristic, it is also driven by ideas. Critical race theory and intersectionality—formerly confined to graduate seminars—have seeped into corporate America and Silicon Valley, as well as into many K–12 education systems. With their spread has come an increase in the misperception that bigotry is everywhere, even as the data tell a different story: racism exists, but there has never been less racism than there is now.

If America’s racial tensions ever heal, it will be because we were able to align our perceptions with our reality and leave moral panics at the door.

This paper begins with a version of Tocqueville’s paradox:[1] at a time when measures of racist attitudes and behavior have never been more positive, pessimism about racism and race relations has increased in America.

Reports of increased levels of racism during the Trump era, for example, likely reflect perception rather than reality—just as people have almost always reported rising violent crime when it has been declining during most of the past 25 years.

Given the prevalence of left-modernism in the elite institutions of society—universities, much of the media, large corporations, and foundations—there has been considerable cultural distortion in the definition of racism.

 Coleman Hughes, in a pathbreaking 2018 essay, remarks on Tocqueville’s paradox as it concerns racial liberalism in America: “It seems as if every reduction in racist behavior is met with a commensurate expansion in our definition of the concept. Thus, racism has become a conserved quantity akin to mass or energy: transformable but irreducible.”

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America represents more than just an economic system; it is an entire cultural and social order, a plutocracy, a system of rule that is mostly by and for the rich. Most universities and colleges, publishing houses, mass circulation magazines, newspapers, television and radio stations, professional sports teams, foundations, churches, private museums, charity organizations, and hospitals are organized as corporations, ruled by boards of trustees (or directors or regents) composed overwhelmingly of affluent business people. These boards exercise final judgement over all institutional matters.

Among the institutions of plutocratic culture, our educational system looms as one of the more influential purveyors of dominant values. From the earliest school year, children are taught to compete individually rather than work cooperatively for mutual benefit. Grade-school students are fed stories of their nation's exploits that might be more valued for their inspirational nationalism than for their historical accuracy. Students are instructed to believe in America's global virtue and moral superiority and to hold a rather uncritical view of American politico economic institutions.

The police confront dangers and social miseries of a kind most of us can only imagine. They deal with the waste products of a competitive corporate society: the ill-fed, the ill-housed, the desperate, and the defeated. The slums are not the problem, they are the solution; they are the way capitalism deals with the surplus people of a market economy. And for all they cost the taxpayer in crime, police and welfare, the slums remain a source of profit for certain speculators, arsonists, realtors, big merchants, and others.

Conservatives insist that government should be "run more like a business." One might wonder how that could be possible, since government does not market goods and services for the purpose of capital accumulation.

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Treasury Escalates Sanctions Against the Russian Government’s Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections

April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took sweeping action against 16 entities and 16 individuals who attempted to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the direction of the leadership of the Russian Government.

This announcement follows the Intelligence Community’s (IC) “Assessment of Foreign Threats to the 2020 U.S. Federal Elections.” The IC assessment addresses the intentions and efforts of key foreign actors, including Russia, to influence or interfere with the U.S. elections and undermine public confidence in the election process. Russia employed a system of government officials, disinformation outlets, and companies to covertly influence U.S. voters and spread misinformation about U.S. political candidates and U.S. election processes and institutions.

“Treasury will target Russian leaders, officials, intelligence services, and their proxies that attempt to interfere in the U.S. electoral process or subvert U.S. democracy,” said Secretary Janet L. Yellen. “This is the start of a new U.S. campaign against Russian malign behavior.”

Today’s actions highlight how multiple Russian officials, proxies, and intelligence agencies coordinated to interfere with recent U.S. elections. Private and public sector corruption facilitated by President Vladimir Putin has enriched his network of confidants, who used their illicit business connections to advance Russia’s campaign to undermine the 2020 U.S. presidential election—and to give Russia plausible deniability in its disinformation activities. Members of this network include First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of Russia Alexei Gromov (Gromov), previously designated as a government official pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13661. Gromov leads the Kremlin’s use of its media apparatus that sought to exacerbate tensions in the United States by discrediting the 2020 U.S. election process. As a result, Treasury is designating Gromov pursuant to E.O. 13848 for having attempted to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. 


Russian Intelligence Services, namely the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), and the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), play critical roles in propagating Russian disinformation online. The FSB, GRU, and SVR operate a network of websites that obscure their Russian origin to appeal to Western audiences. Outlets operated by Russian Intelligence Services focus on divisive issues in the United States, denigrate U.S. political candidates, and disseminate false and misleading information. The GRU and FSB were first designated in 2016.

The FSB directly operates disinformation outlets. SouthFront is an online disinformation site registered in Russia that receives taskings from the FSB. It attempts to appeal to military enthusiasts, veterans, and conspiracy theorists, all while going to great lengths to hide its connections to Russian intelligence. In the aftermath of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, SouthFront sought to promote perceptions of voter fraud by publishing content alleging that such activity took place during the 2020 U.S. presidential election cycle.

NewsFront is a Crimea-based disinformation and propaganda outlet that worked with FSB officers to coordinate a narrative that undermined the credibility of a news website advocating for human rights. Part of NewsFront’s plan was to utilize Alexander Malkevich, who is also being re-designated in today’s action, to further disseminate disinformation. NewsFront was also used to distribute false information about the COVID-19 vaccine, which further demonstrates the irresponsible and reckless conduct of Russian disinformation sites.

The Strategic Culture Foundation (SCF) is an online journal registered in Russia that is directed by the SVR and closely affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. SCF is controlled by the SVR’s Directorate MS (Active Measures) and created false and unsubstantiated narratives concerning U.S. officials involved in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. It publishes conspiracy theorists, giving them a broader platform to spread disinformation, while trying to obscure the Russian origins of the journal so that readers may be more likely to trust the sourcing.

The GRU operates InfoRos. InfoRos calls itself a news agency but is primarily run by the GRU’s 72nd Main Intelligence Information Center (GRITs). GRITs is a unit within Russia’s Information Operations Troops, which is identified as Russia’s military force for conducting cyber espionage, influence, and offensive cyber operations. InfoRos operates under two organizations, “InfoRos, OOO” and “IA InfoRos.” InfoRos used a network of websites, including nominally independent websites, to spread false conspiracy narratives and disinformation promoted by GRU officials. Denis Tyurin (Tyurin) held a leadership role in InfoRos and had previously served in the GRU. 


Treasury designated SouthFront and the Strategic Culture Foundation pursuant to E.O. 13848 for having engaged in foreign interference in the U.S. 2020 presidential election. SouthFront was also designated pursuant to E.O. 13694, as amended, and E.O. 13382 for acting on behalf of the FSB. NewsFront was designated pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), E.O. 13694, and E.O.  13382 for acting on behalf of the GRU. 

Treasury also designated InfoRos, OOO, IA InfoRos, and Tyurin pursuant to CAATSA, E.O. 13694, and E.O. 13382 for acting on behalf of the GRU. 

More guidance specific to disinformation and election interference can be found on the website of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.


Yevgeniy Prigozhin (Prigozhin) is the Russian financier of the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian troll farm that OFAC designated pursuant to E.O. 13848 in 2018 for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Prigozhin has been designated pursuant to E.O.s 13848, 13694, and 13661. 

Russian national Alexander Malkevich (Malkevich) and his company, the Foundation for National Values Protection (FZNC), have facilitated Prigozhin’s global influence operations since at least 2019. Malkevich, who was previously designated in 2018 pursuant to E.O. 13694 for directing USAReally, another designated Prigozhin-financed influence entity, has continued to support Prigozhin’s disinformation operations. Malkevich runs the FZNC website. Malkevich utilized the FZNC website along with other Prigozhin operatives to spread messages on behalf of Prigozhin. Prigozhin has evolved from simply providing financial support to his global disinformation network to also writing content to denigrate the U.S. electoral process. Malkevich and the FZNC were designated pursuant to E.O.s 13848, 13694, and 13661 for supporting Prigozhin’s global influence operations. FZNC was also designated pursuant to E.O. 13848 for being owned or controlled by Malkevich.

The Association For Free Research And International Cooperation (AFRIC), International Anticrisis Center, and Russian nationals Petr Byschkov (Byschkov), Yulia Afanasyeva (Afanasyeva), and Taras Pribyshin (Pribyshin) facilitate Prigozhin’s malign operations in Africa and Europe while primarily operating from Russia. AFRIC has served as a front company for Prigozhin’s influence operations in Africa, including by sponsoring phony election monitoring missions in Zimbabwe, Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, and Mozambique. Despite posing as an African-led initiative, AFRIC serves to disseminate Russia’s preferred messaging, often related to disinformation. AFRIC works in coordination with other elements of the Prigozhin network, including FZNC and the International Anticrisis Center, a fraudulent think tank controlled by Prigozhin’s operatives.  Byschkov manages Prigozhin’s “Africa Back Office,” a team of political consultants tasked with devising strategies for manipulating African politics in support of Prigozhin’s interests.  Afanasyeva, an employee of the “Africa Back Office,” ran AFRIC and the International Anticrisis Center. Pribyshin has conducted influence operations in Africa for the IRA in support of Prigozhin’s objectives in the region since at least 2019. 

AFRIC, International Anticrisis Center, Byschkov, Afanasyeva, and Pribyshin were designated pursuant to E.O.s 13848, 13694, and 13661 for their roles in Prigozhin’s operations.


In addition, Prigozhin uses a complex network of shell and front companies to evade U.S. sanctions and to obscure his ownership in property. In 2019, two Russia-based companies, Trans Logistik, OOO (Trans Logistik) and OOO Yunidzhet (Yunidzhet), acted as covert procurement agents for Prigozhin to obtain aircraft related parts and maintenance. Trans Logistik obfuscated the ownership of Prigozhin’s blocked property, including the previously identified aircraft that is blocked property, M-VITO, while Yunidzhet provided management services to another previously identified aircraft that is blocked property, M-SAAN. Artem Stepanov (Stepanov) is the Deputy General Director of Yunidzhet. Maria Zueva is the General Director of Yunidzhet.  Kirill Shcherbakov is Yunidzhet’s ultimate owner and also owns OOO Alkon, a company with close ties to Yunidzhet.

Trans Logistik and Yunidzhet were designated pursuant to E.O.s 13848, 13694 and 13661 for supporting Prigozhin. Stepanov, Zueva, and Shcherbakov were also designated pursuant to E.O.s 13848, 13694, and 13661 for acting on behalf of Yunidzhet.  OOO Alkon was designated pursuant to E.O.s 13848, 13694, and 13661 for being owned by Stepanov.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a reward of up to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest of Prigozhin.



Pakistan-based Second Eye Solution (SES), also known as Forwarderz, is an organization that specializes in creating and selling fraudulent identities and has assisted the IRA in concealing its identity to evade sanctions. Since at least 2012, SES engaged in a scheme to provide digital photographs of fake documents including passports, driver’s licenses, bank statements, utility bills, and national identity documents. SES markets these fake documents for use to verify online accounts including money service business accounts and social media website accounts. In 2017, the IRA purchased 15 fraudulent U.S. driver licenses images from SES. The purchased licenses were used as supporting documents for online social media accounts opened by the IRA.

Pakistani Nationals Mohsin Raza, Mujtaba Raza, Syed Hasnain, Muhammad Hayat, Syed Raza, and Shahzad Ahmed are the owners and employees who were instrumental in processing payment for fraudulent identities. Fresh Air Farm House, Like Wise, and MK Softtech are four Pakistani front companies used to launder SES profits.

The fraudulent documents produced by SES are likely used at many online services to evade sanctions and anti-money laundering (AML) screening protocols beyond what OFAC has been able to identify. SES advertises that their fraudulent documents may be used on social media, freelancing job postings, and commerce platforms. 

As part of today’s listing of SES on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List), OFAC is also identifying digital currency addresses used by SES to fulfill customer orders in order to help assist financial institutions, and their third-party identity verification services, in identifying customers on their platforms who have purchased fraudulent identity documents. Known SES digital currency addresses have received over $2.5 million in digital currencies over more than 26,900 transactions from 2013 to March 2021. 

SES was designated pursuant to E.O.s 13848 and 13694, for acting on behalf of the IRA. Mohsin Raza, Mujtaba Raza, Seyed Hasnain, Muhammad Hayat, Syed Raza, and Shahzad Ahmed were designated pursuant to E.O.s 13848 and 13694, for acting for or on behalf of SES. Fresh Air Farm House, Like Wise, and MK Softtech were designated pursuant to E.O.s 13848 and 13694, for being owned or controlled by Mohsin Raza and Mujtaba Raza.


Konstantin Kilimnik (Kilimnik) is a Russian and Ukrainian political consultant and known Russian Intelligence Services agent implementing influence operations on their behalf. During the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, Kilimnik provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy. Additionally, Kilimnik sought to promote the narrative that Ukraine, not Russia, had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In 2018, Kilimnik was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice regarding unregistered lobbying work. Kilimnik has also sought to assist designated former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. At Yanukovych’s direction, Kilimnik sought to institute a plan that would return Yanukovych to power in Ukraine. 

Kilimnik was designated pursuant to E.O. 13848 for having engaged in foreign interference in the U.S. 2020 presidential election. Kilimnik was also designated pursuant to E.O. 13660 for acting for or on behalf of Yanukovych. Yanukovych, who is currently hiding in exile in Russia, was designated in 2014 pursuant to E.O. 13660 for his role in violating Ukrainian sovereignty. 

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest of Kilimnik.


As a result of today’s designations, all property and interests in property of these targets that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. Additionally, any entities 50 percent or more owned by one or more designated persons are also blocked. In addition, financial institutions and other persons that engage in certain transactions or activities with the sanctioned entities and individuals may expose themselves to secondary sanctions or be subject to an enforcement action.

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Pop quiz Jeopardy style: 

The answer would be "what is ________________ "

a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts race above the individual and that stands for a centralized government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

Getting the right answer may require applying a degree of reasonableness. Somewhere between naming your dog "Shark" and taking him to the beach (or bringing "Bomb" to the airport), and labeling sheet music and evergreen trees racist their exists a galaxy of reasonable people who want reasonable outcomes. 

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1 hour ago, Wolfhunter said:


The answer would be "what is ________________ "

a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts race above the individual and that stands for a centralized government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

The U.S. republican party.

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Canada is the No. 1 Country in the World, According to the 2021 Best Countries Report


U.S. News & World Report 

Apr 13, 2021, 00:01 ET


WASHINGTON, April 13, 2021 /CNW/ -- For the first time, Canada takes the top spot overall in the 2021 Best Countries Report, a ranking and analysis project by U.S. News & World Report; BAV Group, a unit of global marketing communications company VMLY&R; and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

This year, the model that powers this report has evolved in response to a transformational year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cultural, economic, political and technological influences remain important, and two new categories have been added: social purpose and agility. Together, this broad range of categories determines how the 78 countries studied are ranked on the world stage. 

"Nations are impacted on many critical fronts by how they are perceived globally – from foreign relations to international business to tourism. These perceptions are ever-evolving in a rapidly changing world," said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. "The 2021 Best Countries analysis combines data and storytelling to explore how countries compare on a host of global issues."

Key themes from the 2021 Best Countries Report

  • For the first time, Canada is the No. 1 overall country. Japan and Germany finish Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, while Switzerland, the previous No. 1 overall country, falls to No. 4. Australia remains as the No. 5 overall country followed by the United States, which rises one position to No. 6 overall.
  • Canada ranks No. 1 in quality of life and social purpose. It is also perceived as having a good job market, caring about human rights and is committed to social justice. Additionally, the country finished No. 1 in being viewed as not corrupt and respecting property rights.
  • Social justice is a global ambition. Eighty percent of global citizens feel aligned with social justice, a broad term that refers to movements calling for addressing racial and gender inequities, while 76% also agree that a country is stronger when it is more racially and ethnically diverse. Canada and the Nordic countries are viewed as the most committed to social justice, while the U.S. sits at No. 18. And on the specific topic of racial equality, the U.S. only manages to achieve No. 69, behind both China and Iraq.    
  • Women are viewed as effective leaders. Eighty-three percent of global citizens believe there is a leadership crisis in the world today. The majority of respondents view women leaders in a positive light, as 68% agree that countries led by women tend to be better managed.
  • A nation's perceived agility is the most important driver of strength in 2021. Across the countries measured, agility accounts for per capita GDP variations the most – underscoring that it is essential for any country to be seen as adaptable, progressive and responsive. The new Agility subranking carries the greatest weight among the 10 subrankings. The U.S. leads the world in perceived agility, but is not among the top 10 in adaptability, coming in at No. 13 on this attribute.
  • The influence of conspiracy theories. A majority of respondents (75%) agree that conspiracy theories are a threat to society. However, 39% believe that governments have made up the COVID-19 pandemic to control their citizens.

"This year the model behind the Best Countries report has been updated and evolved in response to 2020, a year like no other," said John Keaveney, WPP advisor and head of Analytics & Insight, BAV Group. "From the death of George Floyd and the subsequent rise of the social justice movement, to the need for quick and decisive action by our governments and scientists to tackle the threat from COVID-19, all such seismic events now play a role in the way citizens rate a nation and its society as a whole. By combining more traditional measures of a nation's power and influence with our new dimensions of Social Purpose and Agility, we are now able to more accurately measure the strength and perceptual equity of any country in 2021." 

In addition to the overall rankings, the report also includes:

The 2021 Best Countries rankings methodology gathered from a proprietary survey of more than 17,000 business leaders; college educated individuals that are middle class or higher; and general citizens who are nationally representative of their country. "Countries should care about their image – it is not just a beauty contest. The impressions others have of a country affects its economy through tourism, foreign trade and foreign direct investment," said David Reibstein, professor of marketing at the Wharton School.

The Best Countries project includes in-depth news articles, an interactive data explorer, photos and commentary from global experts in government, business and academia. It is part of U.S. News' Government Rankings initiative, which measures government performance at the international, state and local levels and includes the Best States and Healthiest Communities projects.

To view the full rankings and search country profiles, visit https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries and follow coverage on Facebook and Twitter using #BestCountries.

2021 Best Countries rankings

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1. Canada

6. United States

2. Japan

7. New Zealand

3. Germany

8. United Kingdom

4. Switzerland

9. Sweden

5. Australia 

10. The Netherlands

Most Powerful 

Most Agile 

For Social Purpose

1. United States

1. United States

1. Canada

2. China

2. Australia

2. Denmark

3. Russia 

3. Canada 

3. New Zealand

For Women 

Most Forward-Looking 

For Racial Equality

1. Sweden

1. South Korea

1. The Netherlands

2. Demark 

2. Singapore

2. Canada

3. Norway 

3. United States 

3. New Zealand

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2 hours ago, Kargokings said:

Canada is the No. 1 Country in the World, According to the 2021 Best Countries Report


Wow!  That is a huge steaming pile right there.  You should have warned me Kargokings - I almost stepped in it.




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If human nature prevails, this will only get worse.... politicians own it. It's always easier to defund than rebuild. 


"This is the violent behavior that their anti-police rhetoric has inspired," he wrote in a message to officers. "Until politicians stop encouraging hatred and violence towards police officers, we must be prepared to face such attacks AT ALL TIMES, both on and off duty."

Next up will be a police FIDO response to traffic stops, before long response times will be such that partitioning and private security (in the form of armed militias) will pop up. 

Easy to lose control of this stuff and it progresses incrementally. The people who wanted it, encouraged it or aided and abetted it with their silence won' like it much.... right now it's only bad guys doing bad stuff. Keep watching though, soon enough it will be good guys doing bad stuff under the guise of protecting themselves and the line between good and bad will blur. 

Thinking themselves wise, they became fools

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If I was a PO my MO would have been FIDO 10 years ago - now it's certain.  I don't know what's going through the minds of these American POs who decide they want to do traffic stops for expired licence plates - what are they, stupid?

Cash your paycheque, collect your pension - that's all the public asks of you.  This whole idea of going out and looking for trouble - crazy.

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9 hours ago, seeker said:

If I was a PO my MO would have been FIDO 10 years ago - now it's certain.

If it was just one thing I wouldn't be nervous about it.... and I'm not nervous for myself BTW.

I remain utterly gobsmacked that those who actually have cause to be nervous (by virtue of location, circumstance, vulnerability etc) seem to be the ones pouring gas on the fire. That's made even worse when you consider that the instigators here (politicians and the media) are invariably surrounded by their own security details and not subjected to the disease they've been instrumental in unleashing.

Perversely, those actually bearing the brunt of all all this are the ethnic minorities in poorer neighbourhoods who are least able to defend themselves. To me, that's the true definition of racism.... it isn't sheet music, mathematics and/or evergreen trees.  

Knowing what you want is good but knowing what you don't want is much better. Why not learn from history and the experience of others?  Is it really necessary to be cold, wet and hungry to know that it's not the preferred option?

Any damn fool can be uncomfortable and live with misery and violence. 

As a PS..... what's the first thing I see on the first news site I look at? This is from Maxine Waters:

"We've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."

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Violent rhetoric often becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. I bet when Gov Cuomo said these words he never thought they would actually apply to him: 

 “He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York. New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him,” said Cuomo. “He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City.”

Try this.... go to the grocery store, sit in your car, listen to some music and watch what people do with the buggies. Do they put them back or leave them? Try to guess who will do what as they come out. Watch until someone not only returns their own but picks up a few abandoned ones on the way. I used to do this with my kids and we would keep score. There are 3 types of people represented here, the statistical breakdown is instructive and I don't want to spoil it for you.

IMO, the number 1s and 2s simply follow their own nature. It's the number 3s I'm most interested in. Do they do it with an angry flourish intended for an audience? With a "resigned to living in a world of idiots" attitude OR..... do they simply do it as a matter of course with no outward manifestations of emotion.  

They are a rare commodity, a treasure IMO, and the first folks I'd pick for the team if offered a say in the selection process. 

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Like, it's all like a surprise like.


If you deliberately polarize the country with divisive issues, if you turn political rivals into enemies and your rhetoric turns hateful, if you incite violence and do all of that whilst defunding the police, what do you think happens?

As the K'tel commercial says.... BUT WAIT, we aren't done yet:

Lets throw in a partisan media and propaganda, threaten gun control measures that cause massive amounts of people to "arm up" at the same time and in record numbers (that are truly staggering BTW) and do all of that whilst making bail conditions easier, what do you think happens?

BUT WAIT..... because we aren't done yet:

Lets encourage everyone to hate the police while we defund their a$$es. Let's subject people to rioting in their cities, lets remove law enforcement tools to control those riots until people are so bloody scared they they are desperate to arm themselves.


 All those new gun owners want to switch to a system of concealed carry that requires no licence (or the attendant training that goes along with it). So that's what we'll do. And don't worry about those "red flag" rules, the police are so defunded they won't have time to action any of it.

There is is more, I could go on but K'tell commercials have a time limit. The final flash of this particular one will be a little kid in a poor neighbourhood asking WTFDYTWGTH?



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Here's a good idea, lets stifle all the smart kids until grade 11 and call it an equity program.

We could also lower the voting age to 16 because people who think 2+2 equals 22 are more likely to vote Democrat:

Virginia moving to eliminate all accelerated math courses before 11th grade as part of equity-focused plan

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