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-Great Cultural Revolution
10 Reasons to Question the Election
[American Thinker] It's frustrating to hear people on the Right, including some who should know better, claim there's "no evidence" of significant, possibly outcome-changing fraud in the last presidential election — even as the forensic audit in Arizona uncovers multiple discrepancies.

Clearly, they're confusing "evidence" with "proof."

No, there may not be absolute, incontrovertible proof of election fraud — yet. But there is plenty of evidence, good reasons a rational person might question the outcome. Here are ten that come to mind, in no particular order:
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/20/2021 07:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under:

#1  11. Because they say you must not.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/20/2021 14:42 Comments || Top||

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What to Know Before Visiting Rolling Loud Miami - 25 July 2021
[RS Mag] The hip-hop music festival is back and packed with three days of stellar lineups, including A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, and Post Malone. Here’s everything you need to know about the fest itself, what to pack, and how to stay safe
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/20/2021 02:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think "stay away" is the key piece of advice.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/20/2021 5:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Miami trying to go 'Chicago'?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/20/2021 7:44 Comments || Top||

#3  In Miami, the clothes are better, the climate is better, the scenery is better and we shoot to kill...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/20/2021 7:51 Comments || Top||

#4  So 'what to pack' might apply to more than clothing and toiletries.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/20/2021 8:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Back in the day, it was the TEC-9. Now there are lots of better choices.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/20/2021 8:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Any betting lines on this? Over/under at 10 on the fatalities?
Posted by: Raj || 07/20/2021 12:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Dual purpose masks?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/20/2021 13:55 Comments || Top||

#8  was a tec 9 actually a good choice?
Posted by: Chris || 07/20/2021 18:36 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
The Patriarch: You were not afraid to defend the faith
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
By Dmitry Steshin

[KP] In early summer, a group of judokas from Kyrgyzstan went to a boarding house on Lake Issyk-Kul for a two-week sports training camp.

A 9-year-old Russian boy, Ivan, returned from the training camp bruised and told his parents that he was beaten by the crowd for many days because he was Russian and Orthodox. He was forced to read the Koran. Dozens of teenagers participated in the bullying with the full connivance of the coach.

They now want to make him the extreme in this story. This is more convenient for local authorities, because national-religious intolerance, as you know, is only in Russia, while other countries are fundamentally devoid of these vices.

But, the story got publicity in the blogs and Ivan's parents did not remain silent, but removed the beatings and achieved the initiation of the case. A family of compatriots was supported by the Russian Foreign Ministry, announcing in an official comment that "it is closely following this case." Then Rossotrudnichestvo joined in . And now, the Patriarch.

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, addressing the boy, wrote:

"It was with great concern that I learned about what happened to you at the training camp. I would like to express my sincere sympathy to you. Having shown courage and courage, you were not afraid of daring ridicule and bullying from your peers and resolutely defended your faith, defended what is dear and valuable to you. Your deed, courage and firmness are worthy of all support.

Millions of your brothers and sisters in Christ in Russia and in other countries empathize with you at this difficult moment. None of those who learned about this situation remained indifferent. Christians at all times have been attacked, but we always remember the words of the Savior, said by Him in the Gospel: "Take courage: I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

True fortitude lies in generosity and nobility, patience and willingness to forgive offenders. It is these qualities, together with unwavering faithfulness to Christ, that distinguish His true followers. Looking at you, I am glad that today such steadfast Orthodox Christians are growing and maturing.”.

Patriarch Kirill invited the boy Ivan to visit Moscow and make a pilgrimage to Orthodox shrines.

In a historical context, the letter is very significant. It will sound and it will be eheard. Let's hope that now millions of Russians, by the will of fate, abandoned on the edge of the Oycumen, perhaps for the first time, on this unpleasant and painful example, have realized that they are not alone. They have a big and strong Russia and they are remembered there, they have not forgotten or refuse
More background. Untranslated material:
Russia has shown its "soft power" for the first time

Dmitry Steshin is prior service Russian airborne, and a writer and photographer for Komsomol Pravda
Posted by: badanov || 07/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Russia has shown its "soft power"

Unjacketed bullets?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/20/2021 7:18 Comments || Top||

As for soft power against islamics it's not worth much. Faith needs to be backed with death squads in this world. A dozen dead musulmansky judokas would ensure that.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/20/2021 12:22 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
The Left's Contempt for the Masses
[American Thinker] Karl Marx is often portrayed as the hero of the masses. After all, he believed in the creation of a "worker's paradise" following the temporary reign of the "vanguard of the proletariat" — that small, highly educated, elite group that would rule in the interests of the workers until such time as they were capable of ruling for themselves. In Russia, that was 73 years and counting.

Wherever a Marxist revolution has taken place, that "vanguard" has decided that its reign should be permanent and in its own interests. Communist elites enslave workers just as the Democratic Party does in cities like Baltimore and Chicago. In communist states like the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and communist Cuba and Venezuela, small bands of communists seized power but refused to cede it. When the people protest, as they are now doing in Cuba, they are met with force, hauled off, and imprisoned or shot.

Communists pretend they are the wave of the future. Actually, they are a throwback to the outdated system of absolutist monarchy that was abolished in most of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Marx was not a brilliant thinker — he was a stubborn fool who turned his back on democratic capitalism, the most successful and humane system in history. That's why he found a following in backwaters like czarist Russia and post-imperial China. Communism has never appealed to those with deep-seated democratic traditions because they recognize its authoritarian nature and its threat to freedom.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/20/2021 10:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There always seems to be a divide between the "educated" Coffee House Socialists™ who sneer at the "illiterate" working-class Beer Hall Socialists™.
Posted by: magpie || 07/20/2021 17:32 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan: Can Pakistan 'manage' the Taliban?
[DW] Chaos has gripped Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
troops from the war-torn country. Authorities in Islamabad hope it won't spill over to Pakistain, but experts say they might not be able to prevent it.

The security situation in Afghanistan is rapidly deteriorating amid the withdrawal of NATO troops from the country. The Afghan Taliban
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Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2021 00:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Afghanistan: Can Pakistan 'manage' the Taliban?

I certainly hope not. Whatever the outcome, it's not our problem and likely never will be. Give it another look in 50-75 years.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/20/2021 1:57 Comments || Top||

#2  In their dreams. Privateers and Pirates. Puppet insurgents (AKA Taliban) and uncontrolled Narco-terrorist bandits (also Taliban). History suggests strongly that investing in "gentleman bandits" just produces brigand scum.
Posted by: magpie || 07/20/2021 2:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Can Pakistan 'manage' the Taliban?

No, but don't tell them that.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/20/2021 12:14 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ There is a reason that the Durand Line is where it is.
Posted by: magpie || 07/20/2021 17:17 Comments || Top||

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  Ghani Visits Herat to Review Security Situation
Mon 2021-07-19
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  Syrian President Bashar Assad is sworn in for a fourth seven-year term
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