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"Is Putin Dead?"
The Russian online public sphere has been buzzing with new rumors of Putin's death this week. On Tuesday, a rumor started to circulate that he had a heart attack and was in poor shape. And on Thursday (Oct.26, 2023) an anonymous "Russian Foreign Intelligence Service General" account on the Russian social media platform Telegram posted this:
The Voice: A Historic Disappointment
Welcome to Country: As I write this piece, I wish to acknowledge the Wangal people of the Eora nation, traditional owners of the land, whose soverignty and connection was never ceded. I pay my respects and regrets to the elders; past, present and emerging.
The Apocalypse Is Already Here (for some)
As Europeans started to make landfall in America, the apocalypse would soon begin. A disease killing upwards of 90% of the Indigenous population (estimated to be anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions) would soon cause cities to crumble and empires to fall. According to one study published in the Quaternary Science Reviews:
Connections - Would You Push The Button?
Introduction This is an extended take on a Seven Days In post from 2017, a result of a film, a TV series and the election of Donald Trump.
The Most Important Discussion of Our Lifetime is Happening Now
On Monday, 12 June 2023, Dr. Steven Greer held a televised press conference before The National Press Club to deliver a report. This report was a summary introduction to a massive and challenging discussion: Empirical evidence from more than 750 whistleblowers of a "beyond black budget" organization operating within our government and military, illegally.
Janet Yellen's Dismissal of Short Selling: Unearthing a Deeper Systemic Problem in Financial Markets
As the CEO and Chairman of Creatd (OTCQB: VOCL) and a financial markets veteran of three decades, I was horrified as I watched Janet Yellen dismiss short-selling in an interview with CNBC’s Sara Eisen on ‘Closing Bell Overtime’.
Explaining How the George Floyd Uprising Was Quickly Forgotten
I remember when I first heard about George Floyd's death. My partner had asked if I had heard about this new police shooting of a Black man, and I mistakenly thought he was referring to Tony McDade, a Black Trans man who was murdered two days later. I was confused by people suddenly caring about Floyd when I had already seen the videos that year of so many Black men and women killed by the police.
Two For One Election Special
“It is true that power corrupts. The hope at the polling stations and the actions of the elected representatives, unfortunately, often turn to be opposite. The power of ballot turns into the power of wallet. Some law-makers become law-breakers.” - Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
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Next Goal Wins: How American Samoa's Team Defied the Odds
Embedded in the tapestry of sporting history, there exists a narrative that transcends the confines of wins and losses—a tale woven with threads of resilience, fortitude, and the indomitable human spirit. This narrative belongs to the American Samoa football team, a band of warriors whose journey epitomizes the unyielding pursuit of redemption against staggering odds.
Clown Condemns Wishy-Washy!
Boris Johnson writing a column in a well-known newspaper has criticised Sunak over migration figures. Saying under Sunak, migration, "is too high".
Church bell tolls for an end to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine
Boasting an impressive list of speakers, including singer and TV personality Charlotte Church, Saturday’s Welsh National March For Palestine saw thousands of humanitarian crusaders from across Wales gather in Cardiff’s Central Square to express their prayers for the UK government to stop condoning Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign of terror in Gaza, where tens of thousands of children and civilians have been slaughtered by the Israel Defence Forces since the false-flag Hamas raid on 7 October.
Putin is Undead
Oleh Smal drew the cartoon above in 2014. Putin had just annexed Crimea then and those of us who grew up in the Soviet Union knew he would not stop there. The vampire theme turned out to be prophetic.
A Palestinian's plea for life of her people to be valued by humanity
Israel’s genocidal campaign against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank is not an isolated atrocity... history is littered with similar inhumane examples of the savagery mankind is capable of. Cambodia, Vietnam, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Nazi Germany, the list is endless and spans centuries.
Could The War In Ukraine Have A Secondary Purpose?
‘Written by a Human’ This article is not about the Falklands War per-se’ but the reasoning behind many wars could show there could be a deeper reason for world conflicts and, ‘and one, You Would Not Expect.’
Sam Altman at The Altar of Strong Opinion
I had lunch at McDonald’s last week. I was there mostly because I love the Fillet-O-Fish. I order it each time I visit. It tastes melt-in-your-mouth amazing, and it's healthier than the burgers, there’s a bit of fish buried inside all that deep-fried breading.
Disapproval from Within: Biden vs. Trump
A year ago, if one had inquired about the likeliness of President Biden being re-elected next year, the feedback and forecasts would have been swift, positive, and certain. Especially in contrast to his predecessor. Now...with a low approval rating, it appears his re-election bid will be an uphill battle.
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