[Yahoo.com] Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted permanent residency in Russia, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor who revealed in 2013 that the US government was spying on its citizens, has been living in exile in Russia since the revelations.
The 37-year-old has said he would like to return to the United States.
His lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told AFP on Thursday that his residency permit was extended and is now indefinite, a situation made possible by recent changes to Russia's immigration law.
Kucherena said the application was filed in April but the process was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Snowden is wanted in the United States on espionage charges after he leaked information showing that agents from the National Security Agency (NSA) were collecting telephone records of millions of US citizens.
When asked whether Snowden planned to apply for Russian citizenship, Kucherena said: "He will make the decision himself."
Kucherena said it was "natural" that Snowden wanted to return to the United States but will only do so when the case against him is closed.
Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump said he would "take a look" at pardoning Snowden but has not made further comment on the matter.
A 2015 petition calling on then president Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower and privacy advocate was rejected by the White House.
[France24] The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved Gilead Sciences, Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir for treating patients hospitalised with Covid-19, making it the first and only drug approved for the disease in the United States.
Remdesivir, given intravenously, was one of the drugs used to treat US President Donald Trump during his bout with Covid-19.
The FDA's formal approval came just hours before the president's final debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the November 3 presidential election.
Remdesivir has been available under an FDA emergency use authorisation (EUA) since May, after a study led by the National Institutes of Health showed it reduced hospital stays by five days.
Probably at least 1/2 of COVID-19 deaths could have prevented if global elitists hadn’t gone hostile to Zinc with Hydoxychloroquine (with substitution of Ivermectin for those with risk of neurotoxicity— Nitazoxanide in later stages).
Instead, they promote and give approval to lucrative drugs far less effective & and threaten licenses of doctors who dare prescribe otherwise.
[Deseret News] If your Halloween traditions include watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on ABC, then brace yourself: For the first time since 1965, the "Peanuts" holiday movies won't air on network television this year.
According to Vulture, Apple TV+ will likely have exclusive rights to all "Peanuts" film content.
Since 2000, ABC has broadcast "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" during their corresponding holidays. The films had previously been broadcast on CBS.
But don't worry -- your favorite "Charlie Brown" specials will still be available, free of charge, on select days. The Verge reported that Apple TV+ will make "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" free on its service Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" will be free Nov. 25-27, and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is free from Dec. 11-13. Loss leader to get you to subscribe.
Meanwhile, one of the few traditions in which a large protion of populace shares in goes by the wayside.
Oh, but it gets better...
Apple TV+ will also release some new "Charlie Brown" specials celebrating Mother's Day, Earth Day, New Year's Eve and back to school, The Verge reported. I'm sure Tim Cook has a Pride Month special teed up as well. Can't wait for the new woke Peanuts, yew guyzz! Maybe they can get rid of all that Jesus stuff from the Xmas special too! Ew.
My late cousin Lee Mendelson, in collaboration with Bill Melendez, developed the Peanuts TV specials. It’s sad to see that the networks have pulled the plug on what had become an American holiday tradition.
My great uncle, a produce wholesaler (Lee’s dad) and Peanuts cartoonist Charles Shultz were great friends and golfing buddies. There was a framed cartoon on my uncle’s den wall. It showed Snoopy laying on top of a loaded fruit cart, like he was laying on top of his dog house. The inscription said,
“ To Palmer Mendelson, the World’s greatest fruit peddler.”
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
10/23/2020 10:27 Comments ||
^ Someone I was with the other day let off a serious belch and I said "Something they haven't gotten around to taxing yet..."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/23/2020 10:29 Comments ||
Soon, the only "innocence" left in American society will be the too-loud assertions of innocence on the part of our politicians, amplified or derided by the presstitutes solely on the basis of how their agenda is being served, the truth and the people be damned.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/23/2020 10:41 Comments ||
That's a great memory AP - thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
10/23/2020 11:24 Comments ||
My great uncle used to fly all over the US and Europe on business. My aunt was afraid of flying so they took a train. Well they wound up in a horrendous wreck. They were uninjured but that was the end of my aunt’s travel career.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
10/23/2020 11:45 Comments ||
Statistically, air travel's safer than traveling by train
[MedicalXpress] 'Foreign disinformation' social media campaigns are linked to falling vaccination rates, reveals an international time trends analysis, published in the online journal BMJ Global Health.
Every 1 point increase in effort is tied to an average 2% drop in annual coverage around the globe, and a 15% increase in the number of negative tweets about vaccination, shows the study, which forms part of a BMJ Collection on Democracy and Health published for the World Health Summit this weekend.
Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed vaccine hesitancy—reluctance or refusal to be vaccinated because of safety concerns—-as one of the top 10 threats to world health.
I've always felt anti-vaxxers are misguided. That said, there is no such thing as a 100% safe vaccine, or any other medication for that matter. That said, if the COVID-19 vaccine is any worse side-effects or efficacy wise than vaccines people more or less trust, there are going to be big problems after that, problems that could probably be avoided by not cutting corners with testing or rushing any vaccine out because political pressure and media hysteria about COVID.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/23/2020 13:55 Comments ||
Considering the lack of danger from COVID for anyone with a functional immune system ages < 50 I can't see takeup of any vaccine being high enough.
Last year, Amazon was forced to shut down its marketplace business in the People’s Republic of China. Amazon’s defeat followed that of a long line of Big Tech players who had tried to make a go of it in China and failed miserably. China’s economy is built to boost domestic businesses and foreign exports, with some needed imports, by companies linked to the Communist Party.
And no matter how politically correct Amazon may try to be, it can never join that club.
But Amazon’s business in China isn’t done. To a large degree, Amazon’s business is China. Behind the smiling logo, the massive array of businesses covering everything from running the CIA’s cloud to spending $500 million to make a Lord of the Rings streaming series, are a bunch of grim offices, apartments, and warehouses in Chinese cities that make up its real business.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.