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[l] at 1/22/21 8:56am
During the first full day as the 46th President of the United States, one of the first things that Joe Biden did was getting rid of the red button that Donald Trump pushed to get a glass of Diet Coke, Buzzfeed reports. This may raise eyebrows, but when Donald Trump was president, he had a red button placed on his Oval Office desk. When he would push the button, a White House staffer would bring him a fresh can of Diet Coke. According to The New York Times, Trump would drink about 12 cans of Diet Coke every day. A butler would bring Trump his Diet Coke on a silver platter. As one can notice from the recent photos of Joe Biden sitting at the Oval Office desk, the red button is gone. Having taken office, Joe Biden signed a number of documents overturning high-profile decisions of his predecessor, Donald Trump.First off, Biden signed a decree that brings the USA back to the World Health Organization. Trump said last summer that the United States was pulling out from the WHO, because the organization had allegedly hidden the scale of the coronavirus pandemic in the interests of China.In addition, the United States, by Biden's decision, is returning to the Paris Climate Agreement. The United States will officially join the agreement again on February 19, the UN said.Biden also stopped the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico and canceled the emergency regime on the border. The new president also signed the document on the abolition of restrictions that barred representatives of a number of countries of the Middle East from entering the United States. During his election campaign, Biden promised to annul all of those Trump decrees and normalize USA's participation in international agreements.

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[l] at 1/22/21 8:26am
Hoversurf, a Russian-based company, has launched flight tests of the prototype of the unmanned aerial taxi in Moscow, the press service of the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development said. "A drone-taxi is being tested inside the premises of the Small Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex. The unmanned aerial vehicle capable of delivering passengers and cargo by air at a distance of up to 100 km was developed by a member of the Moscow Innovation Cluster. The dimensions of the aerial vehicle (5 m by 1.6 m) are comparable to the size of a common car. It can fly up to the altitude of 150 m and land on a standard parking space, manoeuvre when on a parking lot, go inside and outside the garage. The drone is designed to carry two passengers, has a  maximum carrying capacity of 300 kg, and can develop the speed of 200 km/h," the message from the department said. The prototype was made in a simplified frame design, has non-retractable chassis and two passenger seats. The prototype uses separate propellers for horizontal and vertical flight. Four large propellers  are responsible for the vertical thrust - two at the front and two in the rear part of the aircraft. Two duct fans provide a thrust for forward or backward flight. Signal lights are installed between them.During the first tests, the air taxi performed takeoff and landing manoeuvres, as well as horizontal manoeuvres. Some of the tests were conducted with people on board. The developers of the aerial drone are testing an emergency parachute, which ensures a soft landing for an air taxi in the event of engine failure.

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[l] at 1/22/21 7:46am
Thinking beyond Covid: There's always money for submarines After a year of Covid-19 which has descended on us all like a cloud, let us look beyond the fog and see what lies over the horizon. Planet Earth 2021. The Human Freak Show reaches its 987th episode as inter-galactic travellers roll up and tune in just inside the Kuiper Belt for their daily dose of laughter at our expense. Their giggles can be heard all over the Universe.

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[l] at 1/22/21 7:42am
Igor Korotchenko, military expert, editor-in-chief of National Defense Magazine, and Inna Novikova, Pravda.Ru editor-in-chief, reflected on the prospects and risks in the new year 2021. The biggest problem of 2020 - the coronavirus pandemic - is not going away in 2021, bringing the same and new problems along. What is the pandemic going to be like in 2021? What is going to happen in the world as a result of mass vaccination? Are borders going to reopen or are we all going to live in our countries under the conditions of high security without being able to travel abroad?"What do you think the new year 2021 is going to bring to all of us in the first place?" How do you see 2021?" "The main challenge remains the same - the COVID pandemic. This is a global disaster that has affected each and everyone of us. Of course, this global and all-pertaining challenge is not going anywhere in 2021. Covid is real, therefore, it is worse than a possible nuclear war "Some perceives the risk of a nuclear war as a real threat, while others do not think so. Some people  see NATO as an aggressor, and some others do not. Yet, when the coronavirus comes to you, you are left to deal with it alone. "The healthcare system is working with its last bit of strength. God help us vaccination goes successfully. Many people believe the situation in the world will improve only because of vaccination.COVID-19 remains the main threat to our health, safety and economy."COVID has turned our life upside down. A new countdown has started since last spring. Now not only vaccination has begun, but we can also witness the war of the vaccines. Many lethal cases have been reported because of the Pfizer vaccine, while the West continues criticizing the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, although everyone in Russia says that Sputnik V is the safest and most effective vaccine. It was then reported that people would be allowed to travel to Europe only if they have European vaccination certificates. Of course, such certificates won't be issued to Russian citizens, who take the Russian vaccine. Therefore, a new war begins between the vaccines." "I heard about it too. I do not think that Spain, Italy and Finland, for example, will be happy to lose Russian tourists for good. It is only elite groups of Russian citizens who will be able to have Western vaccines - the rest will be injected with the Russian-made Sputnik V, before two other Russian vaccines are released after the completion of clinical trials. "Of course, this information is extremely unpleasant, but I still believe that it will not come to the point that one will not be able to get the Schengen visa without the European certificate of vaccination. Countries of the world have turned into COVID camps At the same time, under certain circumstances, at least during the third or fourth wave of COVID, Europe may indeed implement a number of certain restrictions that would prohibit Russian citizens from traveling Europe just because they have Russia, rather than European certificate of vaccination. On the one hand, all this sounds like total nonsense. On the other hand, given how the world is changing before our eyes, one does not have to exclude such a possibility. However, this will strike a colossal blow to the European tourist industry, including catering, entertainment, hotel sectors. In the next year or two,  COVID restrictions will affect citizens of not only Russia, but of many other countries.In any case, I personally have confidence that our vaccine is a good one. I have already taken the first shot of Sputnik V, and a few weeks later I am having my second shot. I believe that Russia is among the leaders in the segment of the production of vaccines against coronavirus. I had no side effects from this vaccination, except I was very lazy for a few days.

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[l] at 1/22/21 7:28am
Biden's Inaugural Address: An Exercise in Mass Deception Four years ago on January 20, Trump vowed to transfer power from Washington "and give it back to you, the people (sic)." Saying while privileged Americans prospered, ordinary ones struggled to get by.

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[l] at 1/21/21 6:40am
In late 2020, the European Council on Foreign Relations conducted a survey in eleven EU countries. As many as 15,000 people took part in the study, the results of which showed that the majority of Europeans considered the US political system "broken." In addition, as the survey showed, most people see China becoming the world's leading power during the new decade. There is something about Russia in the study too. Didn't live up to trust Despite the fact that most Europeans welcome Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential election, many of those who participated in the survey believe that the United States cannot be trusted after four years of Donald Trump's presidency. "Europeans like Biden, but they don't think America will come back as a global leader," Mark Leonard, the director of the think tank said, The Guardian wrote. "When George W Bush was president, they were divided about how America should use its power. With Biden entering the White House, they are divided about whether America has power at all," he also said.

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[l] at 1/21/21 4:52am
Joe Biden, the new President of the United States, is moving into his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC. As Biden, 78, is moving into one of the world's most recognizable houses, the White House, he has other homes that he had shared with his family, pagesix.com website reports. Joseph Biden has two homes in his home state of Delaware, a rental in McLean, Virginia, and his old official residence at the US Naval Observatory.  

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[l] at 1/20/21 9:51am
Should the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (FHR) support its colleagues in Belarus and declare a boycott of the 2021 Ice Hockey World Cup in Latvia in protest against the interference of politics in sports? Fasel explains why Belarus can not host Ice Hockey tournament President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel said in an interview with TASS that the decision to cancel the World Ice Hockey Championship in Minsk was made under political pressure. "I realized that the reaction from the Eastern European, Western media and the political pressure was very strong, especially in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. I would say that it is more about political pressure rather than the situation with sponsors. This is a bad situation, but I think that it is very difficult for us to go against it," Rene Fasel said.

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[l] at 1/20/21 6:16am
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.

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[l] at 1/20/21 3:01am
One of the great mysteries of History is precisely which Elvis movie is the last of the good ones and the first of the bad ones. Similarly, though obviously of lesser importance, is the identity of the final leader of the Roman Republic in practical terms and the commencer of the Roman Empire as reality. Concerning our own time, posterity will no doubt debate whether Donald Trump was the dying gasp of America as a propositional nation or the initial breath of America as a global oligarchy. Either way it should speak volumes this Inauguration Day is ringed in "unscalable fencing" topped with razor wire (a seeming contradiction in terms) while its "man of the People" requires 25,000 weaponized troops (more than currently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined) to protect his person.

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[l] at 1/19/21 9:21am
The United States has imposed new sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, which still remains under construction, RIA Novosti reports. The new sanctions affected the pipelaying barge Fortuna, its owner, KBT-Rus, and Rustanker Company. The Maxim Gorky supertanker was also sanctioned. Earlier on Tuesday, January 19, it was reported that yet another company refused to participate in the project - German company Bilfinger SE. The latter refused to scrap its participation in the project due to the fear of US sanctions. In November last year, Norwegian certification company Det Norske Veritas - Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL) abandoned the project; Danish engineering company Ramboll pulled out from the project earlier too. Against the background of the tightening sanctions, Gazprom representatives started talking about the possible failure of Nord Stream 2. The company suggested that the project could be suspended or canceled due to political pressure. Yet, Gazprom still hopes to complete it "as soon as it can be reasonably possible."The construction of the Nord Stream 2 stopped in December 2019 because of US sanctions. Earlier in January 2021, Denmark allowed the Fortuna barge to complete the construction. However, neither the Fortuna nor the Akademik Chersky pipelayer have started their works yet. After Washington announced new sanctions, Germany warned the United States about retaliatory measures: the Bundestag did not rule out the implementation of penalties on the import of US gas.The Kremlin reacted to the introduction of new US sanctions against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline system. Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Russia was still hoping to finalise the project. Meanwhile, a fund was created in Germany at the initiative of the German authorities to help the participants of the project  bypass US sanctions. Spokespeople for Nord Stream 2 AG, speaking about the risks of sanctions, noted that it is the EU authorities that should protect the participating companies from USA's sanction.

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[l] at 1/19/21 6:02am
The development of the electric-powered stealth submarine "SMX-31E" began in 2018 in France. The new vehicle, as it is expected, is to create a revolution in the field of non-nuclear submarines.The submarine has a length of about 80 meters and a width of 10 meters. Its displacement amounts to 3,200 tons. It has a streamlined body to reduce noise. For the same purpose, the submarine is covered with special scale-like plates. Its high hydrodynamic performance will allow the submarine to be invisible to enemy radars and surpass competitors in speed.The sub has horizontal rudders in the front and X-shaped ones in the rear. There is no conventional conning tower, but the sub features a specially designed fairing instead. Onboard systems of the submarine will have artificial intelligence involved, which will reduce the crew to 15 people. The SMX-31E will be able to stay at depths of up to 350 meters for 40 days. The speed of movement under water will reach 20 knots (37 km/h). The French submarine, as it is believed, will surpass all of its non-nuclear rivals. Lithium-ion batteries will be used on board to power two electric engines and other onboard systems. However, a backup diesel engine is still provided in case of an emergency. The submarine will have 20 torpedoes (placed in the rear and in side parts of the hull), as well as eight unmanned underwater vehicles. Nothing is known about the time when the first model of the submarine is built.

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[l] at 1/19/21 3:45am
Outgoing US President Donald Trump does not accept the outcome of the November election. Trump has also refused to attend Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony on January 20. It is believed that Donald Trump will thus break the tradition for outgoing presidents to leave handwritten notes for their successors when leaving the White House, wane.com reports. The tradition began 32 years ago, in January 1989, when President Ronald Reagan left  note for his successor, George H.W. Bush: "Dear George, You'll have moments when you'll want to use this particular stationary. Well, go to it," Reagan scrawled. He noted treasuring "the memories we share" and said he'd be praying for the new president before concluding, "I'll miss our Thursday lunches. Ron," Reagan then wrote. Since then, every president would leave a note to his successor before leaving the White House. In 2017, Barack Obama wrote the following in his letter to Donald Trump:

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[l] at 1/18/21 9:30am
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.

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[l] at 1/18/21 9:04am
Alexey Navalny returned to Russia on January 17. He was detained upon arrival at the Sheremetyevo Airport. A court arrested Navalny for 30 days. All this was expected, as the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments earlier promised to detain Navalny for failing to appear at the meeting of the criminal executive committee as a probationer. The reaction from Western states followed immediately, which was also expected, even though, as one shall assume, Western officials knew that Alexey Navalny could be detained immediately upon his arrival in Russia from Germany. Amnesty International was the first to react to the news about Navalny's detention. Literally a few minutes after the announcement of Navalny's arrest, a large message was published on the official website of the organization condemning the move of the Russian authorities and calling Navalny a prisoner of conscience. The promptness of the publication and the size of the text indicate that it was prepared in advance.

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[l] at 1/18/21 8:55am
Alexey Navalny released a video message, in which he urged his supporters to take to the streets.  The appeal was posted on Navalny Live YouTube channel immediately after the court arrested the politician for 30 days. "What is this toad sitting on the pipe afraid of? What are these bunker thieves afraid of most? You know it very well. Theу are afraid of people taking to the streets. This is the thing, the political factor that cannot be ignored. This is the most important fact, the essence of politics. Therefore, do not be afraid - take to the streets. Don't do it for me - do it for yourself, for your future." Navalny said in his address. Leonid Volkov, the head of Navalny's network of regional headquarters, said that they "immediately begin preparations for massive rallies across the country on January 23rd."Alexey Navalny was arrested for 30 days. This decision was made by the Khimki City Court at an offsite session held at the premises of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the town of Khimki. Navalny will be staying in jail the trial to replace his suspended sentence on the Yves Rocher case with a real one takes place."The Khimki court ruled that Navalny would be staying under arrest until February 15," his lawyer Vadim Kobzev said.The court decision was made during the offsite meeting due to the absence of Navalny's test for COVID-19.

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[l] at 1/18/21 7:09am
In Beirut, Lebanon, doctors expect a further rise in the number of COVID-19 patients next week as hospitals in Lebanon exceed their capacity, Arab News reports. On January 17, the number of officially confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection in Lebanon  exceeded 250,000. As many as 67,655 new cases were recorded during the first two weeks of 2021. Therefore, the lockdown period in the country is to be extended for at least ten more days.

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[l] at 1/17/21 5:46am
Just as the rise of Hitler can't be understood without reference to the Versailles, or the Bolshevik revolution as a consequence of near serfdom under an absolute monarchy, equally the current US decline can't be explained by politics alone. If Soviet Russia evokes memories of Gulags and National Socialism that of concentration camps; US laissez-faire capitalism offers a spectacle of a 21st century idiocracy producing an intellectual pessimism and a reality based dystopia. In a weary world of endless US military interventions, sanctions, trade tariffs and chaos, let's pause and take stock of the shining house on the hill, the beacon of light; that torch which welcomes the "wretched refuse of your teeming shore." Well, that's how the narrative goes. However, these days the 'wretched refuse' are more likely to arrive from neighboring Mexico, or vengeful and angry Muslims from devastated lands that refused the petrodollar. "It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society" - Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher.

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[l] at 1/15/21 10:48am
Peruvian judges accused world elites of Covid crisis conspiracy. Although this is nonsense from a legal point of view, circumstantial evidence is evident. Gates and Rockefeller obstruct the work of justices of the peace in Peru The Cincha and Pisco Criminal Appeals Chamber in Peru issued an unusual ruling on the reason for the suspension of criminal proceedings in this court.This happened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which no one predicted, except for the "global criminal elites." The latter include billionaires such as Bill Gates, George Soros, Rockefeller and others, "who were involved in (coronavirus) and continue to control it with extreme secrecy, "the judges point out in the ruling posted on lpderecho.pe website. "No world government, individuals, legal entities or defendant's defense can claim that this pandemic has the quality of 'predictability', except for the creators of the new world order, such as Bill Gates, Soros, Rockefeller, etc." the verdict said.

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[l] at 1/15/21 8:50am
On January 15, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement announcing the start of domestic procedures to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty. Another arms control agreement may thus be terminated. USA withdraws from the treaty first In November of 2020, the United States officially pulled out from the Open Skies Treaty. Before the move, Washington had repeatedly accused Russia of non-compliance with the agreement. In particular, the Americans claimed that Russia restricted flights over the Kaliningrad enclave, as well as in the ten-kilometer corridor along the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.In 2014, a campaign was launched in the United States to restrict inspection flights of Russian aircraft. The Americans in particular said that the new Russian aircraft were outfitted with more advanced digital equipment that enabled them to obtain more information vs. the volume of information that American aircraft collected when flying over Russia.During Barack Obama's presidency, Russian inspectors were not allowed to conduct several flights over the territory of the United States. During the presidency of Donald Trump, the US shaped its course to exit the treaty, including other arms control agreements. The ball is on the side of the West Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Federation Council committee on international affairs, noted that the treaty could have been saved after USA's withdrawal from it if other parties to the treaty - primarily the members of the North Atlantic Alliance - had wanted to save it. According to him, they could have decided not to transfer information collected during their inspection flights over Russia to the Americans. As Kosachev noted on his Facebook page, it needed to be confirmed additionally, since Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty reads as follows:

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[l] at 1/15/21 7:47am
Read Part I of the article here When someone says "Time Flies" the listener never quite appreciates the velocity. If this week is any indication for you Don, matters are approaching Mach speed. On Wednesday the House of Representatives began to argue the merits of impeaching you once more. (Left unmentioned, their primary motive of making sure your political obituary begins "The only President to be impeached two times...")

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