Free speech in America canceled

Free speech in America canceled

During NATO’s illegal and savage bombing of Serbia in 1999, Serbia’s only satellite connection to the world was severed to prevent the images of NATO’s numerous atrocities against civilians such as the bombing of the passenger train at Grdelica (murdering at least 60 innocents) or the savage bombing and rebombing of the Varvarin bridge killing 10 civilians gathered at a farmer’s market. These were just two of hundreds of such tragedies (“collateral” damage) from NATO’s “humanitarian” bombing that needed to be told but were just totally ignored and censored by the West.

The Chinese embassy in Belgrade tried helping the Serbs by sending images of the terrible destruction and civilian murders from their links but they were then subsequently bombed (supposedly by “accident”) murdering three Chinese nationals there. Finally, the Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS) headquarters was barbarically bombed and destroyed by NATO, murdering some 16 staff members in what was the most savage example of censorship the world has ever seen. For the record, no mainstream American or other Western journalists ever condemned this vile act and many instead somehow pathetically justified the destruction of this nonmilitary target as it was a bastion of Serbian propaganda. When the National Press Club would have ceremonies honoring fallen journalists around the world over the years, not one mention was ever made of the RTS bombing. Instead, Serbians were and continue to be viciously censored by the Western “free and fair” corporate-controlled mainstream media.  All of this effort to control the anti-Serbian, “blame the Serbs for everything” narrative about Yugoslavia’s civil wars paid off handsomely as reunified Germany got what it wanted: the destruction of Yugoslavia at Serbian expense, and Bill Clinton got Camp Bondsteel.  Many economic targets such as the Nish cigarette factory (the third largest in Europe) were also destroyed by NATO opening up Serbia to Western economic exploitation. Phillip Morris purchased Nish tobacco factory in Serbia shortly thereafter at a hefty discount.

During this tragic time, I warned many of my fellow Americans that they too would see themselves censored and targets of anti-Americans/anti-nationalists/Sorosian fifth columnists just as Serbian nationalists were. Just as Serbian nationalism became a bad word in the West, so would American patriotism be similarly vilified.

More than 21 years later, we see precisely the same modus operandi now censoring Americans. Parler, Twitter’s primary competition was literally turned “off” in a highly coordinated corporate assault by the flip of a switch at Amazon (and app cancellation at Apple) just as Serbia’s only satellite connection was severed in 1999.  Just as NATO bombed the Nish cigarette factory to help Phillip Morris, Amazon helped Twitter by destroying Parler.  Patriotic Americans who love their country and are concerned and dare to speak out about massive evidence of fraud in the recent elections are mocked, canceled, and censored.  The mainstream media wants to tell Americans that black is white and white is black and they desperately claim that alleged fraud is “baseless,” “unproven” or “unverified” despite the thousands of mostly ignored an suppressed affidavits of fraud from witnesses all over the country (and even abroad in places such as Italy), and testimony from computer experts.  

Even more sadly, we see pseudo-intellectual “journalists” and other “professionals” desperately try to justify the destruction of Parler and permanent banning of President Trump and hundreds of other conservative voices from Twitter and other social media with glee – gloating over the fact that Big Tech is more powerful than the President of the United States. Shockingly, we have some “journalists” and “leaders” actually saying that censorship is good!  Free speech is bad! Perhaps they might agree that ignorance is strength and slavery is freedom! George Orwell must be turning in his grave!  

Joe Biden was indeed right to say that “dark days” are ahead for America.

As a scientist, every modicum of data I receive from my experiments is critical to better understand natural phenomena. Just because you don’t “like” some data is not a reason to discount it. You never discount data without a really good reason (e.g. defective measuring equipment). Similarly, the essence of intellectualism is the willingness to listen to differing points of view (i.e. to receive “data” from all sources). True intellectuals are never afraid of new information and new insights- they are more often excited by them even if they disagree with them because they present a challenge to understand. That’s why the concept of tenure is critical for professors so that they are not afraid to examine, test, and proffer different viewpoints – different ways of thinking – challenging conventional wisdom. This often ends up producing novel routes of exploration and thinking which ultimately pushes humanity forward. Without this willingness to expand your imagination outside of the confines of your limited “worldview,” you will never learn.  Neither will you ever know how to properly debate ideas which includes the willingness to listen to and seriously consider different perspectives. Yet debate is an absolutely essential ingredient of democracy. America has been strengthened by its diverse immigration, imagination, and willingness to adopt novel ideas which made it the great nation it is. The best ideas are hashed out and adopted via debate. When millions of Americans are censored and their views summarily discounted, the entire country loses as this prevents expression of possibly transforming ideas.  It also prevents reconciliation through dialogue and mutual understanding; further polarizing the nation into “us vs. them” camps with no room for more moderate/intermediate views and thus no ability to moderate and bring the conflicting sides together. Nature does not like extremism/polarization which is extremely destabilizing for society. When growing extremism on all sides (e.g. Antifa, MoveOn, Proud Boys, QAnon etc) is not properly addressed, dampened and reconciled, civil war is inevitable. Censorship only aids and abets extremism.

Though Big Tech may be able to “switch off” and censor/muzzle anyone they disagree with, they cannot do it as monopolies because Americans depend on these various media agents/platforms to communicate (just as they once did with MaBell/AT&T for the telephone). Thus, these massive monopolies need to be completely dismantled and treated as publishers who are responsible for the content they “publish” and not just “platforms.” Monopolies, like extremists, enforce their will on a hostage populace. That’s un-American.

In the meantime, we will witness (as was witnessed in Serbia during the sanctions of the 1990s) the development of a parallel economy in the US which will be generated and serve the censored/ignored/canceled part of America. This will actually be good for America as it will continue the efforts of President Trump to wean us off cheap Chinese labor and resurrect manufacturing here in America offering real and productive jobs to Americans. It will also dilute the power of the extremist “elites” who seek to enslave America. And who knows? Perhaps with novel financial institutions that are no longer dependent on globalist banks/virtual/pyramid scheme monetary system that is the US dollar, perhaps we might reestablish the gold standard as a “novel” currency which will be untouchable by the globalist “elites” who have wrought so much havoc here.

In conclusion, censorship in a nation that celebrates, enables and benefits from diversity, differing opinions, and democracy is unacceptable in any form – whether by corporations, local and federal governments, politicians, journalists, or just fellow citizens. We should never be afraid of information – only those who seek to control our access to it.

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Russia Files for Sputnik Vaccine Registration in EU

Russia Files for Sputnik Vaccine Registration in EU

Russian authorities have applied for registration of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the European Union, the country’s sovereign wealth fund financing the jab said Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said the application with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was lodged on Tuesday.

“It is an important milestone,” he added.

The first review of the documents filed by the RDIF is expected in February.

The EMA confirmed that a meeting with the Russian vaccine’s developer took place Tuesday “to discuss their development plan and their further engagement with the agency.”

But the EMA noted in a statement that “currently Sputnik V is not undergoing a rolling review.”

“EMA will communicate at the start of a rolling review procedure,” it added.

Russia in August registered Sputnik V named after the Soviet-era satellite months ahead of Western competitors but before the start of large-scale clinical trials, which left some experts wary.

Its developers have since said that the jab is more than 90% effective and Russia launched its mass vaccination campaign using the shot this week.

RDIF says that Sputnik has already been registered in a number of countries including Belarus, Venezuela, Bolivia and Algeria.

Argentina began administering second doses of Sputnik V this week, having begun its immunization campaign in late December.

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RI Proposes New NATO Flag Which Better Captures Its Diverse Values

RI Proposes New NATO Flag Which Better Captures Its Diverse Values

The Rainbow Totenkopf combines NATO’s appreciation for the LGBT community with its appreciation for SS veterans

This article from our archives was first published on RI in July 2017

As we reported, in May NATO marked the “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia” with a special NATO/LGBT flag. But then the other day it valorized Latvia’s anti-Soviet ‘Forest Brothers’ guerrillas, who by and large were veterans of the Waffen SS.

Seeing NATO is able to get behind such a wide variety of causes, it is probably time it dumped its bland blue flag—which as far as we are aware does not stand for anything—and adopted symbols which better represent its diverse values. 

Specifically we think NATO should adopt this flag, the Rainbow Totenkopf:

Combining the vivid colors of the LGBT rights movement, with a beloved symbol of the SS—the death’s head—this flag could superbly capture what NATO stands for in 2017.

As an extra bonus for the Russia-baiting alliance the flag combines the two things Kremlin hates the most: Nazis and LGBT advocacy.

Nice, but lacks the crucial pro-SS aspect

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Bolton wants CNN to ERASE Trump coverage, but Graham says Republicans who oblige will get ‘erased’ themselves — RT USA News

Bolton wants CNN to ERASE Trump coverage, but Graham says Republicans who oblige will get ‘erased’ themselves — RT USA News

US media are struggling to figure out Donald Trump’s influence now that he’s no longer president. Ex-adviser John Bolton urged ignoring him altogether, but Sen. Lindsey Graham argued he’ll dominate the GOP for years to come.

“He will go from sitting in the most powerful office in the world, the Oval Office, to sitting by the swimming pool at Mar-a-Lago,” Bolton, whom Trump fired as national security adviser in 2019, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday. “We are about to see a change of incalculable dimensions.”

Speaking a few hours before Democrat Joe Biden was inaugurated as president, Bolton said supporters and critics alike had yet to fully appreciate that Trump was actually leaving center stage. While supporters can’t believe he’s actually leaving, critics may struggle to give up “the fun they’ve had” scrutinizing Trump for the past four years.

“For those who still just have to cover Donald Trump because they’ve done it for four years, really, get over it,” Bolton said. “If you’re going to waste your time on that, you’re going to miss a lot of what’s happening that really affects the future of the country.”

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Figuring out the level of attention to give to Trump now that his presidency has ended is a major challenge for CNN and other media outlets, which relied on the controversial leader to drive their ratings over the past four years. Trump made an intriguing exit from Washington on Wednesday morning, telling supporters he will be “watching” and will “return in some form.”

Graham (R-South Carolina) was trounced by Trump in the 2016 presidential primaries but went on to become an on-again, off-again ally in the Senate afterward. He told Fox News on Wednesday that Trump will remain the strongest voice in the party for years, and that it would be a disaster for Republicans and disadvantageous for Trump if the former president started a new party, as it was rumored he might do.

“I hope President Trump understands that his legacy and his best future lies in the Republican Party,” Graham said. “I hope people in our party understand the party itself. If you’re wanting to erase Donald Trump from the party, you’re going to get erased.”

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Navalny’s new documentary about Putin’s huge balance on the Black Sea is trending

Navalny’s new documentary about Putin’s huge balance on the Black Sea is trending

Putin’s official spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) about Vladimir Putin’s palace near the city of Gelendzhik in Southern Russia was “nonsense and compilation.” According to him, the palace has “nothing to do with either the president or the Kremlin,” whereas the relevant topic of the bogus story surfaced “three or four years ago.” There was nothing new in the materials provided in the investigation by Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, Peskov said.

The only new part of the story was the way it was edited, Dmitry Peskov added.

“They included the footage of Putin swimming in the Yenisei River when showing the footage of the pool in a certain palace. The footage of Putin swimming in the Yenisei were distributed globally. It was a dry statement to make,” the press secretary said.

Others criticised Peskov for not taking the joke about Putin in the swimming pool in Navalny’s new documentary.

However, according to Peskov, they make Putin the owner of the property that he does not own.

“The President of Russia declares his property annually, which can be seen in the annually published declaration too,” Peskov said.

The prime goal of such “pseudo-investigations”, as Peskov put it, is to collect money.

“This is the essence of this scam. We warn all citizens, especially given such a large number of views: think before donating your money to those swindlers. The swindlers work all the time to make their methods to take money away from the population more sophisticated. Because the ways to withdraw money from the population from crooks are constantly improving. Think ten times before doing it,” Peskov warned, adding that information attacks against Putin, which the Kremlin “has long been aware of,” would continue.

Navalny’s documentary about “Putin’s palace” is currently trending on YouTube with 23 million views and counting. Navalny and his FBK Foundation claims that it is the President of Russia, who is the true owner of the Black Sea coast property, the size of which can be compared to 39 principalities of Monaco.

According to Navalny, this is not even a residence, but “a whole city, a kingdom, a separate state.” The property includes its own port, security service, a church, its own access control, no-fly zone and even a border checkpoint. The complex includes an underground hockey rink, a greenhouse, a tunnel leading to the beach and an underground tasting room. The palace also has a theater, a casino, saunas, hammams, and an aquadiskotheque.

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Russia Urges Biden to Be ‘More Constructive’ Over Arms Treaty

Russia Urges Biden to Be ‘More Constructive’ Over Arms Treaty

Russia on Wednesday urged U.S. President Joe Biden’s new administration to take a “more constructive” approach in talks over the extension of the New START treaty, Washington’s last arms reduction pact with Moscow.

“We expect that the new U.S. administration will take a more constructive approach in its dialogue with us,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement

“We are ready for such work on principles of equal rights and taking mutual interests into account.”

The agreement, which caps the number of nuclear warheads between the two powers, is set to expire on February 5.

The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the administration of Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump of “deliberately and intentionally” dismantling international arms control agreements.

Moscow accused the previous U.S. administration of not planning to extend New START, referring to its “counterproductive and openly aggressive” approach in talks.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the treaty should be extended in its current version and “without any pre-conditions,” adding that prolonging the arms pact for five years would be “preferable.”

“This would allow Russia and the United States to seriously begin a joint search for responses to the issues of international security and strategic stability that are now arising,” the ministry said in the statement.

“At the same time the current level of transparency and predictability in relation to New START would remain in place which would be in the interests of security of both our countries and the whole world.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin last year proposed a one-year extension on New START.

President Donald Trump’s administration had unsuccessfully sought to expand the treaty to bring in China, which has a fast-growing military that remains significantly smaller than those of Russia and the United States.

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10 Russian Words Impossible to Translate Into English

10 Russian Words Impossible to Translate Into English

1. Poshlost

Russian-American writer Vladimir Nabokov, who lectured on Slavic Studies to students in America, admitted that he couldn’t translate this word, which every Russian easily understands.

What is poshlost (пошлость)?

Nabokov gives the following example: “Open any magazine and you’ll certainly find something like this – a family just bought a radio (a car, a refrigerator, silverware, it doesn’t matter), and the mother is clapping her hands, mad with joy, the children gathered around her with their mouths agape; the baby and the dog are leaning towards the table on which the `idol’ has been hoisted… a bit to the side victoriously stands the father, the proud breadwinner.

The intense “poshlosity” of such a scene comes not from the false exaggeration of the dignity of a particular useful object, but from the assumption that the greatest joy can be bought and that such a purchase ennobles the buyer.”

“This word includes triviality, vulgarity, sexual promiscuity and soullessness,” added the late Professor Svetlana Boym from Harvard University.

2. Nadryv

German Wikipedia has an entire article dedicated to the word nadryv (надрыв). This is a key concept in the writings of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky.

The word describes an uncontrollable emotional outburst, when a person releases intimate, deeply hidden feelings.

Moreover, Dostoevsky’s nadryv implies a situation in which the protagonist indulges in the thought that he can find in his soul something that may not even exist.

That’s why the nadryv often expressed imaginary, excessively exaggerated and distorted feelings. One part of the novel, Brothers Karamazov, is called “Nadryvs.”

3. Khamstvo

Soviet émigré writer Sergei Dovlatov wrote about this phenomenon in the article “This Untranslatable Khamstvo,” commenting that “Khamstvo is nothing other than rudeness, arrogance and insolence multiplied by impunity.”

In Dovlatov’s view, it’s with impunity that khamstvo (хамство) outright kills us.

It’s impossible to fight it; you can only resign yourself to it. “I’ve lived in this mad, wonderful, horrifying New York for ten years and am amazed by the absence of khamstvo. Anything can happen to you here, but there’s no khamstvo. You can be robbed but no one will shut the door in your face,” added the writer.

4. Stushevatsya

Some linguists believe stushevatsya (стушеваться) was introduced by Fyodor Dostoevsky, who used it for the first time in a figurative sense in his novella, The Double. This word means to be less noticeable, go to the background, lose an important role, noticeably leave the scene, become confused in an awkward or unexpected situation, become meek.

5. Toska

This Russian word can be translated as “emotional pain,” or “melancholy,” but this does not transmit all of its depth. Vladimir Nabokov wrote that, “Not one word in English can transmit all the nuances of toska (тоска). This is a feeling of spiritual suffering without any particular reason. On a less dolorous level, it’s the indistinct pain of the soul…vague anxiety, nostalgia, amorous longing.”

6. Bytie

This word comes from the Russian byt’(to exist). In Russian-English dictionaries this philosophical concept is translated as “being.” However, bytie (бытие) is not just life or existence, it’s the existence of an objective reality that is independent of human consciousness (cosmos, nature, matter).

7. Bespredel

Eliot Borenstein, professor of Slavic Studies at New York University, explains that bespredel (беспредел) literally means “without restrictions or limits.” Translators often use “lawlessness” (bezzakonie). In Russian, however, the meaning of bespredel is much broader, and refers to the behavior of a person who violates not only the law, but also moral and social norms.

8. Avos’

It’s rather difficult to explain to people of other nationalities what this means. Interestingly, many people believe that avos’ (авось) is the main Russian national trait. Hoping for the avos’ means doing something without planning, without putting in much effort, counting on success.

9. Yurodivy

Yurodivys (юродивые) in ancient Rus’ were people who voluntarily renounced earthly pleasures in the name of Christ. Such people looked like madmen, and led a wandering lifestyle with the aim of obtaining inner peace and defeating the root of all sin – pride. They were valued and were considered close to God. Their opinions and prophecies were taken into consideration and they were even feared.

10. Podvig

This word is often translated into English as “feat” or “achievement,” but it has other meanings. Podvig (подвиг) is not just a result, or the achievement of an objective; it’s a brave and heroic act, an action performed in difficult circumstances. Russian literature often mentions military, civilian podvigs and even scientific podvigs. Moreover, this word is a synonym for selfless acts, for example, a podvig in the name of love.

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines

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Incoming, trolls. Thousands of suspicious accounts target Russian opposition figures linked to Alexey Navalny on Instagram 

Incoming, trolls. Thousands of suspicious accounts target Russian opposition figures linked to Alexey Navalny on Instagram 

Thousands of suspicious Instagram accounts have begun following Russian opposition figures linked to jailed anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny. This comes after his Anti-Corruption Foundation published a major investigation about a billion-dollar luxury mansion built for Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea. The same bots are also targeting the accounts of independent Russian media outlets en masse, in what appears to be an attempt to get them blocked from Instagram ahead of the rallies in support of Navalny planned for this upcoming Saturday.

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