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Germany Takes Aim at Kremlin with Major Economic Move

It may not deter Putin, but it certainly stings.

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Russia has invaded Ukraine.  This is now undeniable, no matter how the Kremlin or Putin’s cronies wish to spin it.  The Russian President signed an arbitrary treaty with two imaginary nations that exist within the globally accepted boundaries of Eastern Ukraine, and then summarily sent tanks and artillery into these made-up countries for “peacekeeping” purposes.

The move has prompted international anger at Moscow, after weeks of warnings from NATO, G-7, and others.

Now, while the US preps a massive first round of sanctions against Russia, Germany is taking one heck of an economic pot-shot at Putin.

Germany on Tuesday halted the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline project, designed to double the flow of Russian gas direct to Germany, after Russia formally recognised two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.

Europe’s most divisive energy project, worth $11 billion, was finished in September, but has stood idle pending certification by Germany and the European Union.

The pipeline had been set to ease the pressure on European consumers facing record energy prices amid a wider post-pandemic cost of living crisis, and on governments that have already forked out billions to try to cushion the impact on consumers.

The Kremlin undoubtedly predicted that such a move could be coming, as Putin himself appeared to indicate that he was unconcerned about economic sanctions and other fiscal repercussions of his actions in Ukraine.

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Republican Turnout far Exceeds Democrats | Schaftlein Report

Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com )

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Republican Turnout far Exceeds Democrats | Schaftlein Report
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Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com )
Topics:
1) Democratic turnout increase by 3% while Republican gains were 38%
*GOP is up on the Generic ballot by a range of 4-8%
2) In Georgia where Biden claimed “Jim Crow laws to prevent voting among minorities”, there is record turnout – Another Democratic lie exposed for the fraud they portray
3) Oz leads McCormick by 1,240 votes with mail in ballots still being counted – The lead is shrinking
4) Speculation about Biden not running in 2024 grows – Why would he – His presidency has been a total failure
*His approval rating is at 36-39%
5) Russian colonel on state TV says the war is lost in a stunning revelation
6) Russian Denazification is total propaganda and hypocrisy
7) China is in discussion with Russia to buy discounted oil
8) Gas prices hit an average of $4.59 today the highest ever
a. Mortgage demand plummets as rates on mortgages rise to highest level in 13 years
b. Initial jobless claims increase to 218K to touch highest level since January – It is still very low as jobs are plentiful
9) DHS “pauses” the Disinformation Board – For now?
10) Musk claims Democrats are the party of division and hate – We agree

https://rumble.com/embed/v12psp7/?pub=4 Republican Turnout far Exceeds Democrats | Schaftlein Report —————————- Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com ) Topics: 1) Democratic turnout increase by 3% while Republican gains were 38% *GOP is up on the Generic ballot by a range of 4-8% 2) In Georgia where Biden claimed “Jim Crow laws to prevent voting among minorities”, there is record turnout – Another Democratic lie exposed for the fraud they portray 3) Oz leads McCormick by 1,240 votes with mail in ballots still being counted – The lead is shrinking 4) Speculation about Biden not running in 2024 grows – Why would he – His presidency has been a total failure *His approval rating is at 36-39% 5) Russian colonel on state TV says the war is lost in a stunning revelation 6) Russian Denazification is total propaganda and hypocrisy 7) China is in discussion with Russia to buy discounted oil 8) Gas prices hit an average of $4.59 today the highest ever a. Mortgage demand plummets as rates on mortgages rise to highest level in 13 years b. Initial jobless claims increase to 218K to touch highest level since January – It is still very low as jobs are plentiful 9) DHS “pauses” the Disinformation Board – For now? 10) Musk claims Democrats are the party of division and hate – We agree

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Empire State Goes Tyrannical with Social Media Spying Plan

This is NOT okay.

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There are plenty of ways in which American politicians can react to a tragedy, with a great many of those options being a bit shortsighted.

This is especially true of Democrats, it seems, as their innate progressivism makes them uniquely obsessed with change for the sake of change – even when those changes may be constitutionally questionable.

The latest example of this comes to us from New York, where a racist massacre at a grocery store has the state government looking to spy on citizens’ social media accounts.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) on Wednesday announced plans to create a police unit designed to, in part, combat “hate speech” in the wake of the tragic shooting in Buffalo, promising to “confront this epidemic head-on.”

“We’re proposing a comprehensive plan to combat domestic terrorism, strengthen state gun laws, & investigate social media platforms promoting violent extremism,” Hochul announced Wednesday.

“In wake of the racist act of terror in Buffalo, New York will lead the charge to confront this epidemic head-on”.

The devil was in the (lack of) details:

One of the governor’s executive orders instructs the State Police to establish a “dedicated unit within the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) to track domestic extremism and increase social media monitoring at the Intelligence Center.”

“The unit will be responsible for developing investigative leads based on social media analyses focused on radical extremist activities motivated threats by identifying online locations and activities that facilitate radicalization and promote violent extremism,” it reads in part.

Without any clear or concise guard rails, those employed within the unit would be left to examine any number of questionable pieces of alleged “evidence”, tagging and cataloging completely harmless users in the sort of overreach that would have George Orwell not only rolling over in his grave, but kicking at the lid of his coffin as well.

There are plenty of ways in which American politicians can react to a tragedy, with a great many of those options being a bit shortsighted. This is especially true of Democrats, it seems, as their innate progressivism makes them uniquely obsessed with change for the sake of change – even when those changes may be constitutionally questionable. The latest example of this comes to us from New York, where a racist massacre at a grocery store has the state government looking to spy on citizens’ social media accounts. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) on Wednesday announced plans to create a police unit designed to, in part, combat “hate speech” in the wake of the tragic shooting in Buffalo, promising to “confront this epidemic head-on.” “We’re proposing a comprehensive plan to combat domestic terrorism, strengthen state gun laws, & investigate social media platforms promoting violent extremism,” Hochul announced Wednesday. “In wake of the racist act of terror in Buffalo, New York will lead the charge to confront this epidemic head-on”. The devil was in the (lack of) details: One of the governor’s executive orders instructs the State Police to establish a “dedicated unit within the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) to track domestic extremism and increase social media monitoring at the Intelligence Center.” “The unit will be responsible for developing investigative leads based on social media analyses focused on radical extremist activities motivated threats by identifying online locations and activities that facilitate radicalization and promote violent extremism,” it reads in part. Without any clear or concise guard rails, those employed within the unit would be left to examine any number of questionable pieces of alleged “evidence”, tagging and cataloging completely harmless users in the sort of overreach that would have George Orwell not only rolling over in his grave, but kicking at the…

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