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Russian Diplomat Says Putin Will Stick Up for Capitol Rioters at Biden Summit

This is the oldest trick in the propaganda playbook.

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There’s something about sensationalism that allows the truth to be cloaked.  We are caught off-guard when outrageous things are said or heard, and we immediately default to taking everything extremely literally.  Off-putting and off-color statements enact the fight-or-flight response of our very civility.  We’re either pushed onto our heels, or kept on our toes.

With the exception of perhaps North Korea, no nation is more adept at weaponizing sensationalism than Russia, whose Kremlin and KGB are both extremely aware of the way in which they temper the truth with their tawdriness.

This week was no exception.

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has claimed that rioters who took part in the January 6 attack on the Capitol are being “persecuted” by the US government.

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Lavrov made the remarks at a press conference Monday in Moscow, in which he was discussing the planned summit between US President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin later this month in Geneva.

Then, further…

“We are ready to talk, we have no taboo topics. We will discuss whatever we think is necessary. We will be ready to answer the questions that the American side will raise. This also applies to human rights,” said Lavrov.

“For example, we are following with interest the persecution of those persons who are accused of the riots on January 6 this year” in Washington DC.

And here comes a lesson in Russian propaganda for everyone:

Lavrov and Putin do not truly believe that the prosecution of the Capitol riot suspects is persecution – not in the least.  These two are playing a game one level up from there.

This statement is meant not as an endorsement of insurrection, (although some will surely take it as such), this narrative is meant to foment hatred between the two ends of the American political spectrum.

Within minutes of Lavrov’s statement going public, Twitter was ablaze.  Leftists accused the GOP of being in the Kremlin’s pocket, and folks on the far-right began to to believe in the idea that these rioters were persecuted.

We know absolutely that Lavrov’s words carry no weight, and we needn’t look much further than Russia’s treatment of their own protesting crowds – thousands of whom have been arrested for far less than storming a government building.

In America, we can have our political differences and we can speak freely about them, but falling for Russian propaganda that is meant to turn us against one another is where a true patriot draws the line.

We can only stand united if we do not fall for Lavrov’s lies.

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McAfee Dead in Prison After Repeatedly Declaring He Would Not Kill Himself

Social media users were quick to remind the world of McAfee’s own words.

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John McAfee is a computing legend, having pioneered the way in which systems and networks protect themselves from viruses, malware, spyware, and all the other assorted evils of this internet age. But now he lies dead, having allegedly committed suicide in a Spanish prison cell. Antivirus software tycoon John McAfee died by an apparent suicide in a Spanish jail cell Wednesday evening — hours after reports surfaced that he would be extradited to face federal charges in the US, according to local media. The eccentric tech entrepreneur was arrested in October and was awaiting extradition when he was found dead, police sources told the newspaper El Pais. The newspaper reported McAfee was pulled from his cell in Barcelona and police are investigating the circumstances around his death. Authorities aren’t shying away from calling it a suicide already. “Everything points to suicide,” the newspaper reported, citing justice department officials in the country. A second Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, also reported McAfee had died by an apparent suicide in the jail. But here is where it gets strange:  McAfee has been utterly insistent and consistent about the fact that he would never, ever take his own life, explicitly telling his followers on social media that, should he ever be found dead of suicide, he was killed. https://twitter.com/officialmcafee/status/1316801215083225096?s=20 https://twitter.com/officialmcafee/status/1200864283766251521?s=20 https://twitter.com/truthcrumbs/status/1407788935628079113?s=20 The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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Lab Finds Zero Fish DNA After Testing Subway’s Tuna Sandwich

You can “eat fresh” at Subway, but can you eat fish?

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For years we’ve told ourselves that there has to be a better way to do fast food.  Or, at the very least, a healthier way. And so new chains are constantly popping up, while the old staples adapt.  There are salads for sale as places like McDonald’s these days, which is something that kids who grew up in the 80’s might have had a hard time believing would ever occur. In the realm of healthy fast food, there is but one king:  The unbreakable Subway.  Not only did the brand survive having a pedophile as their spokesperson, but they currently operate more physical restaurants in the world than even the aforementioned burger purveyor. But an alarming new study has some wondering if, while they were “eating fresh” with a tuna sub, they were even eating fish. The New York Times published a report Sunday, which revealed that lab tests didn’t find “amplifiable tuna DNA” in Subway’s infamous tuna sandwich. NYT submitted “60 inches worth of Subway tuna sandwiches” from three separate Los Angeles locations for lab analysis in wake of the lawsuit filed earlier this year alleging the sandwich chain was serving customers “a mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna.” The suit claims that independent lab tests showed the company meant to “imitate” tuna’s appearance by blending together these unknown ingredients. The study, commissioned by NYT, failed to not only identify tuna DNA, but the lab couldn’t even determine the origins of the fish in the provided sandwiches. “No amplifiable tuna DNA was present in the sample and so we obtained no amplification products from the DNA. Therefore, we cannot identify the species,” the results read. But it’s not all bad news: “There’s two conclusions. One, it’s so heavily processed that whatever we could pull out, we couldn’t make an…

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