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Russia-China Financial Ties Grow After Visa, Mastercard Punish Putin

Is this new “axis of evil” gaining a foothold in the east?

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With Vladimir Putin having already dangled the threat of nuclear war over the heads of the entire western world should they choose to intervene in Ukraine, the ways in which Russia can be punished for these actions are getting creative.

Obviously, there were the long-predicted and threatened sanctions, specifically detailed by the west and entirely ignored by Putin, who then feigned ignorance and attempted to portray them as akin to “war”.

But, perhaps even more detrimental to the Russian economy will be the private sector boycotts and avoidance, such as the withdrawal of Mastercard and Visa from the whole of Russia.

The shocking turn of events had Moscow phoning Beijing for help.

Sberbank PJSC said it’s looking at the possibility of issuing cards using Russian payments system Mir and China’s UnionPay after Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. suspended operations following the invasion of Ukraine.

The move could allow Russians to make some payments overseas, with UnionPay operating in 180 countries and regions. Visa and Mastercard said that any transactions initiated with their cards issued in Russia will no longer work outside the country from March 10.

Cards issued by domestic banks will continue to work in Russia using its payment system. Russia’s biggest lender Sberbank said it would announce timescales later.

The move comes just days after China refused to vote to sanction Russia for their invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine, conjuring fears that a new “axis of evil” could be emerging in the eastern world.

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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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