Reader’s Links for February 12, 2021

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This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

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101 Replies to “Reader’s Links for February 12, 2021”

  1. OT posted here for the hell of it as I just remembered it.
    In the year in which I was severely injured I was accumulating data on an essay about the role of the Frumentarii, the Roman secret police, and especially in the Roman province of Judea in the period AD 14-20. The thesis was that the Romans, specifically Tiberius, were sick to death of the Jews and their constant antagonism to Roman rule. It came to a point where it was decided, not to massacre, but to intervene from within, in the great tradition of secret services. They wished to create a new dominant official Jewish sect which was pacifist and hence would reduce the need for so many legions. Thus, they had to find a young Jewish charismatic, who could be prodded into the role. Of course he had to be genuine and unaware of who was organizing it and why. Thus if you look at some of the disciples you wonder whether some of them part of the it.
    The irony here was that it backfired badly(another essay in itself) and as soon as Saul did his bit for “prepuces of the world unite” and launched Christianity into the world of the gentiles using resurrection as the thrust, it had in the end, long term , but not unexpected, dire consequences to the empire.
    All of my notes and references were burnt at that time and I no longer have the energy or strength to begin again. So if anyone cares to so do, then BMG!
    I am not prepared to debate this with any zealots, here or elsewhere.

  2. I don’t agree with this writer on Iran, at least as long as it remains ruined by Islam, but it is interesting to hear of the under-reported rebuttal of Uncle Vlad to the World Economic Forum.

    As an aside it must be confusing for westerners who care to see a country like Hungary turn east for business. Signing trade agreements with Turkey? Iran? China? Get your Wuhan injections from any place other than the EU? How dare you.

    But then look at how these regimes are able to separate business from politics, while in the west the only business quite often now seems to be politics, and the sense of it becomes clear. It’s about survival and finding markets. Uncle Vlad understands, intimately, the Globalist, for he is the new Soviet. So does Orban and every other cognizant native from behind the Iron Curtain.

    Don’t kid a kidder, Klaus.

    • The one sane person in the lunatic asylum will always be the first one into the straightjacket.
      I cannot say that I like Putin but he loves his country and works for it.
      Note the absolute arrogance of the new globalist aristocracy already, ordained by the gods in their own minds.
      1789 and Madame beckon.

      • Agreed. I don’t doubt Putin embodies all the passion, pathos, and cruelty of the real Russki. And in case I wasn’t clear in my haste to dash off my comment, it is the Globalist who is the new Soviet.

        • You are both right, the collapse of the Globalist Empire is sprinting towards us as is the Terror that follows all liberation’s where there is no outside influence to moderate the just vengeance of the masses.

          The US dodged the bullet of “The Terror” after the Revolution and Civil War I, I don’t know if we will be able to do so after the coming Civil War.

          • IMO for many people the hurt is so deep, the wounds so great and the financial damage so severe that it is difficult to see an avoidance of fully deserved Hammurabi rewards coming to the globalists and this time moving countries will not save them from Madame. Divine justice might be nice but some earthly justice is what is required here at long last.

            • Yup its going to get bad, in a few years drum head courts will hand down nasty sentences that will be carried out within an hour or less.

    • For decades the Russians have been on a quest for the ultimate medi-$$$-breakthrough: a vax to prevent the common cold.
      Their research facilities were at least as well placed as any in the West when this plague came into the world from CHY-NA.

      All those prisoners, so many volunteer guinea pigs…

  3. Soros-Funded NGO Demands Punishment for Hungary Migrant ‘Pushbacks’ (breitbart, Feb 12, 2021)

    “Andras Lederer from the George Soros-backed Hungarian Helsinki Committee has called on the European Union to punish Hungary after accusing the country of engaging in migrant pushbacks in contradiction of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling.

    Mr Lederer criticised the European Commission for inaction over the alleged pushbacks along the Serbian border with Hungary, saying that the central European nation was acting in defiance of an ECJ ruling from December that stated that pushbacks were unlawful.

    “It’s not very often in the legal field that things are crystal clear,” Leder told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and added: “But that is the case with ECJ rulings. They are binding, and Hungary must obey and implement them. But the Hungarian government is not doing it.”

    Lederer also added that the European Commission should consider punishing the Hungarian government, saying: “It would be possible to impose financial sanctions on Hungary, in the form of significant daily fines, for the non-execution of ECJ rulings.”

    The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, an NGO which has benefitted from funding from Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros, previously claimed that as many as 4,400 migrants had been pushed back into Serbia since December.

    The call to punish Hungary comes just days after the European Union border agency Frontex announced it would be halting operations along the Hungarian-Serbian border due to claims that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government had denied migrants entry.

    Hungarian Secretary of State for International Communication and Relations Zoltán Kovács reacted to the Frontex announcement, saying: “Not as if we got a lot of help from Frontex, but it seems Brussels wants to take away even the little bit we did get.”

    Hungary is not the only government in the EU to be accused of engaging in pushbacks at its border. Groups like Human Rights Watch have claimed that Greece had expelled thousands of migrants in the Aegean sea.

    The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has also called on the European Union to investigate pushback allegations allegedly recorded by pro-migration NGOs.”

  4. UN: Over 2 million Yemeni children may starve in 2021 (abcnews, Feb 12, 2021)

    “More than 2 million Yemeni children under the age of 5 are expected to endure acute malnutrition in 2021, four United Nations agencies said Friday, urging stakeholders to end the yearslong conflict that has brought the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine.

    The U.N. report warned that nearly one in six of those kids — 400,000 of the 2.3 million — are at risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition this year, a significant increase from last year’s estimates. The report also said a lack of funds was hampering humanitarian programs in Yemen, as donor nations have failed to make good on their commitments.

    Compounding the crisis, around 1.2 million pregnant or breastfeeding women in Yemen are also projected to be acutely malnourished this year.

    “These numbers are yet another cry for help from Yemen, where each malnourished child also means a family struggling to survive,” said David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program, which jointly issued the report with the Food and Agriculture Organization, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

    “The crisis in Yemen is a toxic mix of conflict, economic collapse and a severe shortage of funding,” Beasley explained. In 2020, humanitarian programs in Yemen received only $1.9 billion of the required $3.4 billion, the report said.

    UNICEF estimates that virtually all of Yemen’s 12 million children require some sort of assistance. This can include food aid, health services, clean water, schooling and cash grants to help the poorest families scrape by.

    “But there is a solution to hunger, and that’s food and an end to the violence,” Beasley said.

    Yemenis have suffered six years of bloodshed, destruction and humanitarian catastrophe. In 2014, the Iran-allied Houthi rebels seized the capital and much of the country’s north. A Saudi-led coalition launched a sweeping military intervention months later to restore the U.N.-backed government. Despite relentless Saudi airstrikes and a blockade of Yemen, the war has ground to a stalemate.

    Last week, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S will no longer support the Saudi-led coalition. But reaching peace will be a difficult path.

    Biden also reversed the Trump administration’s designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization. That move has been hailed by aid groups working in Yemen, who feared the designation would disrupt the flow of food, fuel and other goods barely keeping Yemenis alive.

    “Malnourished children are more vulnerable to diseases … It is a vicious and often deadly cycle, but with relatively cheap and simple interventions, many lives can be saved,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.”

  5. UN: Burkina Faso on brink of protracted humanitarian crisis (abcnews, Feb 12, 2021)

    “Burkina Faso is on the brink of becoming a protracted crisis after extremist violence displaced over 1 million people, a senior United Nations official said this week during a visit to the West African nation.

    U.N. acting assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Ramesh Rajasingham spoke to The Associated Press after visiting the hard-hit Center North and Sahel regions in the country that has been engulfed in extremist violence for more than five years.

    “You’ll see Yemen on the headlines, you’ll see Syria on the headlines, Libya, Mali perhaps, but Burkina Faso, we’ve had such a spike in displacement,” Rajasingham said. “If we don’t raise the profile, you’re going to see a loss of life, increased morbidity and a deteriorating situation that will then further compound the Sahel situation. It’s the tip of the iceberg.”

    Burkina Faso is the latest country under threat from extremist attack in the Sahel, a belt of semi-arid land south of the Sahara desert.

    The country has become the world’s fastest growing displacement crisis in the last two years, with more than one in every 20 inhabitants forced to flee the violence, according to the U.N.

    The violence killed more than 2,000 people last year. Some 3.5 million now need assistance and hundreds of thousands are hungry.

    The longer the crisis drags on, the harder it will be for people to rebuild their lives, Rajasingham warned.

    During a visit this week to a displacement site in Kaya in the Center North, where the majority of people have sought refuge, people said they had nowhere to live, nothing to eat and few ways to make money.

    After watching her husband and 17-year-old son be dragged from their home shot dead by extremists last year, Mariam Pelhoute fled to Kaya with her nine other children. But she said she hasn’t received any food assistance and is forced to beg from friends and family. “We feel neglected,” she said.

    Humanitarians say the government has been slow to acknowledge the crisis or admit that displaced people are in the capital, Ouagadougou. Civilians say they don’t know where or how to register for food.

    The Kaya mayor, Boukare Ouedraogo, last year said the government was doing what it could to help but was overwhelmed. People were begging for food outside his house almost daily, he said.

    “There are often shortages. The state gives, but it doesn’t come regularly,” he said.

    Monthly rations, much of them from aid groups, are “just enough to survive,” said Aminata Pitroipa, an U.N. worker in Kaya.

    The U.N. has requested $600 million to support nearly 3 million of Burkina Faso’s most vulnerable people this year. But the insecurity makes it difficult to reach people in need.

    The problem is only going to get worse unless the government “comes up with a strategy to simultaneously treat the displacement and militancy problems,” said Laith Alkhouri, an intelligence specialist with the consultancy CTI-ME Intelligence Advisory.

    Earlier this month Burkina Faso’s government signaled for the first time that it might be open to dialogue instead of a purely military approach.”

  6. Danish police find IS flag in raid of bomb-making suspects (abcnews, Feb 12, 2021)

    “Fourteen people have been arrested in Denmark and Germany on suspicion of preparing one or several attacks in the two countries, Danish police said Friday, adding that the discovery of an Islamic State group flag could indicate the suspects “have a connection or sympathy with the terror organization.”

    Flemming Drejer, operative head of Denmark’s Security and Intelligence Service, said the findings were “worrying” but “it is our assessment that there was no imminent danger.”

    Dreyer said the first seven individuals who were arrested in Denmark had acquired weapons and “we found things that can be used to make a bomb.” He said police found shotguns and a rifle with a scope, as well as the flag, but that he could not give further details about the Denmark case or its links to Germany.

    “We are now in the initial phase of the investigation and we need to keep our cards close to the chest,” Dreyer said.

    All but one of the 14 arrests took place in Denmark. Three of the suspects are Syrian nationals, ages 33, 36 and 40, who were arrested last weekend, according to German officials.

    Authorities announced eight arrests on Thursday, and police said another six people were detained Friday.

    The detention hearings in Denmark were held behind so-called double-closed doors, meaning the case is shrouded in secrecy and few details are made public. Officials did not identify the suspects.

    Denmark’s security service, known by its Danish acronym PET, said Thursday that the first seven people arrested in Denmark were suspected “of having acquired ingredients and components for the manufacture of explosives, as well as weapons, or having participated in this.”

    They are suspected of “having planned one or more terrorist attacks or participated in attempted terrorism.”

    Earlier, German authorities had announced the first three arrests — two in Denmark and one in Germany. They said the suspects were alleged to have purchased several kilograms (pounds) of chemicals in January that could be used to manufacture explosives.

    A search of a residence in the German city of Dessau-Rosslau, between Naumburg and Berlin, turned up 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of black powder and fuses, the German prosecutor said. More chemicals were seized in Denmark.

    Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup said late Thursday on Twitter that ”the case shows that the terrorist threat against Denmark remains serious.”

    The Scandinavian country of 6 million has been worried about a possible extremist attack since September 2005, when a Danish newspaper published 12 cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammad.

    The cartoons caused outrage and protests in the Muslim world, where any depiction of Muhammad generally is considered blasphemous. The newspaper said it had wanted to test whether cartoonists would apply self-censorship when asked to portray Muhammad. No Danish laws were violated with the cartoons’ publication.”

  7. Dem congressional candidate praises Hitler’s courage and economic prowess – Liberty Unyielding
    Daily Caller News Foundation
    2-3 minutes

    Dem congressional candidate praises Hitler’s courage and economic prowess

    Donald Trump, Adolf Hitler (Images: Left—YouTube screen grab, right—Wikipedia)

    By Mary Margaret Olohan

    A Democratic congressional candidate praised Adolf Hitler’s courage and economic prowess as he compared former President Donald Trump to the notorious German dictator.

    “You can’t FULLY compare Trump to Hitler,” tweeted Democratic North Carolina congressional candidate Mark Judson Thursday. “Hitler wasn’t too much of a coward to serve in the Army.”

    “Hitler DID fix the German economy (at least in the short run),” he continued. “Imagine how much of a dirty POS a person (Trump**) has to be to pale in comparison to Hitler!”

  8. ATATURK-XI 2021 | Pakistani and Turkish special forces hold joint military drills

    Special forces from Pakistan and Turkey hold joint military exercises in Tarbela, Pakistan as three-week-long ATATURK-XI 2021 military drill continues for the third consecutive day.

    • She did not have to do anything wrong as by being a conservative she IS wrong.
      Even 5 years ago no one could have seen such lunacy coming and it will NOT improve unless forced to do so.

    • Are these to be politically assessed before being allowed to join?
      Imagine antifa wokusts fighting armed opposition who actually fight back? The proud boys without weapons went through them like MgSo4.

      • Probably, although some of the politically correct Generals at the Pentagon are trying to prevent the left from purging the military. If the purge goes ahead the majority of the Officer Corp and the Enlisted will be removed from Government Service.

  9. Associated Press – Black hospital faces vaccine mistrust from staff

    In the heart of a Black neighborhood in Chicago hard hit by COVID-19, a community hospital faces stiff resistance to vaccination from an unlikely source: its own workers.

    • Covid-19 vaccine: Is French medical research failing?

      In the race to create a Covid?-19 vaccine?, two French hopefuls have slipped from frontrunners to laggards.

      The Pasteur Institute’s decision to stop developing its most promising vaccine candidate came on the heels of Sanofi’s announcement that its jab would be delayed.

      A small Franco-Austrian startup called Valneva is now raising hopes.

      But the two giants’ inability to lead the vaccine race has raised questions about the state of medical research in France?.

      Is this failure simply due to bad luck, or is it the sign of wider problems?

    • WHO – WHO’s Science in 5 on COVID-19 : Vaccines explained

      Episode #25

      If you have had COVID-19, should you still get vaccinated ?

      Why are we not vaccinating children under 16?

      WHO’s Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan explains these and other vaccine related questions in Science in 5 this week.

    • channel 4 – UK – Should expectant mothers with underlying health conditions get the Covid vaccine?

      The latest government figures show just how far we have to go until lockdown can be eased.

      […]13.5 million people in the UK have now received their first jab.

      At the moment, most pregnant women are being advised not to have the Covid vaccine.

      But it’s not as clear cut for those with underlying health conditions. And with some mothers ending up in intensive care, there are growing calls for more research.

    • Mass confusion at Tampa University Mall COVID-19 vaccination site

      Confusion and long lines reigned supreme at Hillsborough County’s University Mall vaccination site.

      Lines of cars stretched for miles as thousands of people without appointments showed up for second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

      The Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County says it appears many who got their first shot at the location 21 days ago were given a reminder card for their second shot.

      However, those people did not realize they still needed to make another appointment before showing up.

    • al jazeera – Mexico vaccinations: Indigenous communities reject gov’t programme

      About 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses are set to be delivered to Mexico in the coming week.

      But in parts of the south, several Indigenous communities are insisting they will not get a shot.

    • INDIA – Man Dressed As ‘Yamraj’ Gets Vaccinated, Spreads Awareness

      To combat hesitancy among people regarding COVID-19 vaccines, a man dressed as ‘Yamraj’ in Indore got vaccinated. His move was aimed at spreading awareness.

    • Sky News Australia – Regulators won’t have to do lengthy trials for vaccines modified against new strains

      WHO Advisory Group Chairman Alejandro Cravioto says it is “great news” regulatory authorities will not need to undertake long trials of vaccines modified to combat the new strains of COVID-19.

      “Today we had a long meeting organised by WHO … and there were two things that were very interesting,” he told Sky News.

      “One is that the possibility of modifying the existing vaccines to be useful against the variants is very high.

      “On the other hand, the people who have to approve these vaccines, the regulatory authorities … have said that they will not need long trials with these new vaccines to be able to approve them.

      “The only thing we will need is to show that when given to humans they cause a similar response in the sense of production of antibodies as the previous one.

      “This is great news because it means we can have modified products in a very short period of time”.

      Dr Cravioto said he thinks it is possible to have “a large majority” of the world’s population vaccinated by the end of next year if there is a good supply of vaccines.

      + comments on the YT page

    • ctv news – Manitoba makes deal for Canadian vaccines in testing

      Manitoba has made its own deal to buy two million doses of a made-in-Canada vaccine that is in its first phase of testing.

    • SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA – WHO investigator ‘unsure’ China provided all COVID data

      Microbiologist and infectious diseases expert Professor Dominic Dwyer told Sky News the WHO investigation into the origins of COVID-19 was not a “whitewash” but there were “certainly difficulties” in analysing the data provided by the Chinese.

      Professor Dwyer was the only Australian who was part of a World Health Organisation team of experts which recently visited the Chinese city of Wuhan as part of their investigations into the origins of the virus.

      “I think the report’s very reasonable and certainly summarises what data was made available to us,” he told Sky News.

      “The data that was analysed by the WHO team was very useful and certainly much more than China had ever given WHO or anyone else before.

      “Now the question is whether all of the data was provided and that’s really hard to answer and may not have been.

      “We certainly asked for data from the Chinese in particular around the first 174 cases that had been described in December 2019 … and that wasn’t provided.

      “The results were provided by them but not what we call the line listing each individual patient who would have allowed us to analyse ourselves what had happened at that time”.

      Professor Dwyer said a laboratory leak was “highly unlikely” based on the data the team was provide with by the Chinese but was “always possible”.

      “If it was a leak then they may well have tried to cover it up.”

    • WHO chief: ‘All hypotheses remain open’ on pandemic origins

      World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that “all hypotheses remain open” on the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  10. Associated Press – Child trans actor says landing drama ‘Cowboys’ meant a lot to him

    […]there’s a new cowboy in town and he’s a 10 year-old trans masculine actor.

    “Cowboys” explores gender identity and what masculinity means in America.

  11. The West Asia Post: Ep-20 | UAE’s Hope Probe enters Mars orbit | Biden’s major policy shift in Yemen
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  12. Algerian on Trial After Keeping Son’s Corpse for 18 Months in Paris Apartment (breitbart, Feb 12, 2021)

    “A 69-year-old Algerian man in the suburbs of Paris faces trial after he allegedly stabbed his 15-year-old son to death in 2015 and kept the boy’s corpse in his apartment for 18 months.

    Mohieddine D. is accused of stabbing his 15-year-old son at the end of 2015 but the corpse, which was hidden beneath a carpet and covered in blankets, was not discovered until June of 2017.

    The body was only discovered due to the fact the 69-year-old stopped paying rent on time and was being subjected to eviction. A police officer, accompanied by a bailiff and a locksmith, entered the apartment on June 6th and found the 69-year-old had stabbed himself, Le Parisien reports.

    They also noted an unbearable smell in the apartment, located in Neuilly-sur-Seine, and when the police officer checked the hallway of the apartment he found the corpse of the teen lying on his stomach with his curly hair still visible.

    The father was later taken to a local hospital and investigators proceeded to charge him with the murder after conducting an investigation.

    The 69-year-old, however, denies the murder and said that his son fell on a knife while jumping on the bed prior to the school holidays in December of 2015. He also claimed the teen tried to blackmail him threatening self-harm because he did not want to spend the holidays in their native Algeria.

    In the last 20 years, the French homicide rate has nearly doubled, with 2020 alone seeing a total of 4,472 cases.

    French criminologist Alain Bauer compared the rise in murders to the United States saying, “While we are rightly moved by the crisis of mass murders and violence that is returning to the United States, a similar movement that is not very visible, but more and more pronounced, is affecting France.”

    Bauer added that many experts expected that the murder rate would decline after the mass-casualty Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016 but were shocked when the number kept rising.”

    video – 4 mins 29 secs
    Limerick GP Dr Pat Morrissey talks about the cost of speaking out against Covid19 measures and addresses the facts about masks and therapeutics.
    video – 1 min 59 secs
    Irish Barrister talks about the impact of censorship.
    video – 5 mins 12 secs
    Courageous and outspoken Irish doctor Marcus De Brun talks about the impact of the ‘pandemic’ on his own life and the potential dangers of the new proposed VC.
    video – 5 mins 12 secs
    Irish GP Anne McCloskey from Derry speaks out about the personal impact of the lockdown measures and the facts about PCR testing.

  14. ‘Impeachment is just the beginning’: Legal analyst predicts criminal charges for Trump – Liberty Unyielding
    Daily Caller News Foundation
    3 minutes

    ‘Impeachment is just the beginning’: Legal analyst predicts criminal charges for Trump

    Trump speaks at the border wall near Alamo, TX in January 2021. C-SPAN video

    By Mary Rose Corkery

    MSNBC Legal Analyst Paul Butler predicted Friday that former President Donald Trump will face criminal charges.

    “Impeachment is just the beginning for Donald Trump. He and his lawyers are going to be in criminal and civil courtrooms all over the United States,” Butler said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

    Butler added that Trump’s impeachment defense is similar to his defense in Georgia. “The defense is he didn’t actually mean it. It’s just Trump being Trump, you know how he is. So in impeachment he says, ‘When I tell my supporters to fight, I don’t mean that literally.’ In Georgia it’s the same. When I say, ‘you need to find 100,000 votes,’ I didn’t actually mean that,” Butler said.

  15. Trump ‘Plans to Stay in the Arena,’ Says Former White House Chief of Staff
    By Jack Phillips
    February 12, 2021 Updated: February 12, 2021
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    Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows revealed new insights into former President Donald Trump’s political plans, coming as the Senate holds its ongoing impeachment trial to convict him.

    “America and the 75 million voters are not done with Donald Trump and all he did for the country,” Meadows told Sebastian Gorka, a former White House adviser, in an interview. Trump wants to “put America first, but he also plans to stay in the arena,” he added.

    Over the past month or so, Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet. His accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and other big tech platforms were suspended. Twitter this week, via an executive, announced that Trump cannot come back on the social media website.

  16. White House Spokesperson Suspended After Threatening Politico Reporter
    By Zachary Stieber
    February 12, 2021 Updated: February 12, 2021
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    The White House has suspended a spokesperson who is romantically involved with a reporter after a report emerged alleging he threatened a different reporter working on a story about the relationship.

    TJ Ducklo has been placed on a weeklong suspension without pay, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a series of social media posts.

    “In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico,” she added.

    Ducklo is dating Alexi McCammond, an Axios reporter. Politico reporter Tara Palmeri, working on a story about the relationship, reached out to Ducklo. According to a report published earlier Friday, Ducklo threatened Palmeri, at one point telling her, “I will destroy you.”

    Ducklo “has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki said, adding: “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the president.”

  17. Ukraine Exposes Islamic State Terror Cell in Kyiv (breitbart, Feb 12, 2021)

    “The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced Thursday that it has uncovered a cell of Islamic State terrorists operating in the capital city of Kyiv.

    Security officials seized extremist literature, explosives, grenade launchers, foreign funds, and evidence of financial transactions with ISIS leadership in Syria when raiding the homes of the suspects.

    Ukraine’s UNIAN Information Agency reported the leader of the Kyiv cell is “wanted by one of the Eastern European countries for participating in Syria hostilities.” He reportedly used forged documents to enter Ukraine, then forged more Ukrainian and Russian passports to bring in “like-minded” foreign nationals from the Middle East and Central Asia.

    “According to the investigation, some of them are active ISIS militants,” the SBU stated. Documents uncovered in the raid indicated the cell intended to “lay low” in Ukraine after conducting its planned terrorist attacks, although some members also evidently discussed returning to Syria to participate in further Islamic State operations there.

    The SBU raided a total of nine residences in and near Kyiv, recovering both bomb-making materials and assembled explosive devices.

    Ukraine has been viewed as a potential “safe haven” by Eastern European ISIS recruits, in part because they believed Ukraine would be easy to enter with fake documents, hard to get extradited from, and lax in pursuing Islamist terrorist threats because the attention of Ukrainian authorities is focused elsewhere. Eastern European militants captured in Turkey and Syria often specified Ukraine as the country to which they preferred deportation.

    A high-ranking Islamic State official, a Georgian national named Cezar Tokhosashvili who styled himself as “Al Bar Shishani” after joining ISIS, was arrested by the SBU in November 2019 in a joint operation with American and Georgian intelligence agencies. U.S. officials referred to Tokhosashvili as the Islamic State’s “minister of war.” Like the unnamed ISIS cell leader arrested on Thursday, he entered Ukraine with a false passport and was living in a home near Kyiv at the time of his arrest.

    Thursday’s announcement by the SBU is significant because until now, ISIS militants generally seemed to regard Ukraine as a place to regroup, recover, and plan their next moves, rather than planning to target Ukraine itself with terrorist attacks.”

  18. Gun control advocates ‘confident’ on Joe Biden executive action, legislative push
    David Sherfinski
    5-7 minutes

    Leaders of prominent gun control groups said Wednesday they expect to see substantive action from President Biden on the issue in the near future after a meeting with White House officials.

    “President Biden is committed to taking executive action and working with Congress to put in place reforms that will keep this country’s kids and communities safe,” said Peter Ambler, executive director of the group Giffords. “Today’s meeting was a strong affirmation of that commitment.”

    Mr. Ambler and other leaders met virtually with Susan Rice, who leads the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Cedric Richmond, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

    Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said they’re “confident” about seeing executive and legislative action in the “near future.”

    The other groups represe

  19. The Cultural Civil War Begins
    Scott McKay
    7-9 minutes

    The people who control American pop culture hate Americans. That sounds stupid, and of course it is, but it’s certainly true.

    Take, for example, country singer Morgan Wallen. And, while we’re at it, actress Gina Carano.

    In Wallen’s case, the up-and-coming young star had just released a double album with some very interesting tracks marking him as more than just a “bro-country” singer with a reputation as a hard-drinking bad boy off stage. There is real depth to some of his lyrics, and the music is, at times, quite good.

    But Wallen, who is known to have a problem with alcohol as many 20-somethings suddenly blessed with great fortune are prone to have, found his career and status in the music industry crashing down over something utterly ridiculous.

    Wallen, out carousing with friends and deep into his cups, called one of them a “p***y a** n****r” while horsing around. The outburst was recorded by a stranger, who then sold the recording to the celebrity gossip site TMZ.

    When the exchange went public, Wallen apologized. It wasn’t enough. He was castigated and defenestrated in the entertainment media, his record company “suspended” him, and he was made persona non grata within country music while opinion-makers began pontificating about whether Wallen’s outrageous racism isn’t representative of the “problematic” nature of country music as a whole.

  20. Teacher Records Her Classroom Filled With Plexiglass Boxes For Her Students And It’s INSANE!
    Video mirrored from Vidmax.
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — Forestbrook Elementary …
    Jester – February 11, 2021

  21. Grand jury opts not to indict officers who shoved elderly protester to the ground, leaving him with a brain injury
    Sarah Taylor
    4-5 minutes

    The Buffalo, New York, police officers who were caught in a viral video shoving a 75-year-old protester will not face charges, according to the Washington Post.
    What’s a brief history on this?

    Video of the law enforcement officials went viral on the internet in June after they were seen shoving the man, 75-year-old Martin Gugino, who fell to the ground, where he was rendered unconscious and bleeding from the head.

    Gugino, who had approached the officers ahead of the incident, was taken to a hospital for treatment and learned that he suffered a fractured skull and a brain injury.

    Officers initially said that the man tripped and fell.

    • Hold up. This guy was an ANTIFA man who was handling officers in order to get identifying materials from their electronics to have ANTIFA harass them at home.

      This article forgets a LOT of important material about this event. We covered it extensively at the time. This guy was not a “protestor”. He was an agent who’s malevolence against the police on behalf of ANTIFA is documented.

  22. US Marshals, ICE ‘Reevaluate’ Operations on Sex Offenders After Biden Deportation Freeze
    By Mimi Nguyen Ly
    February 12, 2021 Updated: February 12, 2021
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    The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are working to “reevaluate” enforcement operations on sex offenders after a recent executive order issued by President Joe Biden.

    “According to our Sex Offender Investigations Branch chief, the USMS is working with ICE to reevaluate upcoming enforcement operations to ensure compliance with recent Executive Orders issued by the POTUS,” the USMS told The Epoch Times in an emailed statement.

    Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), asserted in an article published Wednesday, “ICE had been planning a nationwide operation in partnership with the U.S. Marshals targeting at-large sex offenders, but it was scuttled by the new directive.”

    Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske had issued the new directive (pdf) on Jan. 20 in response to Biden’s executive order, which revoked former President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13768 signed in 2017. Trump’s executive order had, in part, ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees ICE, to prioritize the removal of illegal aliens who “have been convicted of any criminal offense” or “charged with any criminal offense, where the charge has not been resolved.”

  23. Tucker Carlson Says Show Is Being Targeted for Cancelation
    By Jack Phillips
    February 12, 2021 Updated: February 12, 2021
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    Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said on the Thursday night episode of his program that his show has been targeted for cancellation.

    Carlson said that “in the last several weeks, and particularly in the last 24 hours, the call to take this show off the air by groups funded—for real—by the Ford Foundation, or by George Soros, by Michael Bloomberg, by Jeff Bezos, has become deafening, going after our advertisers, going after the companies that carry our signal into your home.”

    What’s more, he added, there has been a “cowardice and complicity” on behalf of the “entire media class in all of this,” suggesting that eventually, reporters at legacy news outlets will be targeted as well.

    Writing for Fox News’ website, Carlson added that it may be part of a larger campaign to silence Fox News and other media, noting that some legacy news outlets have dedicated resources calling for the channel to be taken down. One columnist for The New York Times, he added, “has written three separate columns demanding that someone yank this news channel off the air immediately” and on Wednesday, “suggested that ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ was somehow guilty of terrorism and violence, something that we’ve opposed consistently for four years.”

  24. The Impeachment Trap – Frontpagemag
    Joseph Hippolito
    8-10 minutes

    In trying to destroy Trump, his enemies could destroy themselves.

    President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, which began Tuesday, could provide the turning point for his and his opponents’ legacies — though not in the way many might think.

    Trump and his lawyers could use the trial to prove conclusively the existence of nationwide fraud in last year’s Presidential election. Trump thus not only would ensure acquittal in the Senate and begin his second term. He would disgrace and destroy his enemies for all time.

    Ironically and unwittingly, the House of Representatives put itself in such an untenable position. The impeachment resolutionstated that for two months, Trump “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the Presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the American people or certified by State or Federal officials.”

  25. Why Clinton Thinks Trump’s Impeachment Ends in Acquittal – GOP Presidential
    GOP Presidential Staff
    2 minutes

    Why Clinton Thinks Trump’s Impeachment Ends in Acquittal

    February 11, 2021 Politics

    In a tweet on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton commented on the second impeachment proceedings against former president Donald Trump. She called Senate Republicans Trump’s “co-conspirators,” saying that if they do not convict him, it will not be because “the facts were with him or his lawyers mounted a competent defense.”

    Clinton seems to suggest that there is no other option for Republicans other than to agree with the House impeachment managers’ case against Trump or be aligned with him as a “co-conspirator.” There does not appear to be another reason for acquittal to the former Secretary of State.

  26. Instead Of Just Boycotting Disney, Conservatives Should Demand Their Right To Exist
    Ian Haworth
    5-6 minutes

    This week, yet another conservative in the entertainment industry was “canceled.” This time, it was Gina Carano — a popular actress on Disney’s The Mandalorian — who was reportedly fired by the corporation “because of a series of posts she made on social media that critics claimed were offensive.”

    The post that seemingly generated the most controversy was a screenshot shared on Instagram which compared the current political divisions in the United States to Nazi Germany.

    Unfortunately, as the cancelation of conservatives becomes routine — even expected — we have become used to a familiar pattern. When public figures are banished from “civilized society” for any form of “problematic” behavior or statements, conservatives rally to their side. Sometimes, their support is out of a desire to defend the person in question. Sometimes, it is motivated more by a desire to reject cancel culture itself.

  27. Ted Cruz Comes Out Swinging For Fired Disney Star Gina Carano
    Amanda Prestigiacomo
    5-6 minutes

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) went to bat for now-canned Disney star Gina Carano via social media on Thursday afternoon, slamming the mega-corporation for “canceling” the actress.

    “Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi,” Cruz wrote. “She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again”

    “Of course Disney canceled her,” the senator added.

  28. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
    – Albert Camus

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