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SWIFT вернётся в рашку верхом на Абрамсах: znak.com
"Спецпредставитель США по Украине Курт Волкер потребовал от России освободить украинских моряков, захваченных в Керченском проливе в конце ноября, до Рождества или Нового года. Об этом сообщает «Голос Америки».
Волкер заявил, что США и их западные союзники рассматривают ряд вариантов, чтобы не допустить новых проявлений «одностороннего контроля» России в общих водах Азовского моря.
«Мы не приемлем и не согласимся с заявленной Россией аннексией Крыма», — сказал он, подтвердив позицию, которую США заняли после событий в Крыму в 2014 году.
Отметив, что воды Азовского моря являются предметом двустороннего соглашения между Украиной и Россией, Волкер сказал: «Мы не согласны с тем, что территориальные воды вокруг Крыма являются российскими. Они украинские. Поэтому мы не согласны с тем, что Керченский пролив является полностью российским. Мы считаем, что речь идет о совместном суверенитете».
По словам Волкера, действия России в ходе конфронтации 25 ноября, когда она обстреляла и в конечном итоге захватила три украинских военных корабля, которые пытались пройти из Черного моря в Азовское через Керченский пролив, являются «явным нарушением международного права и нарушением двустороннего соглашения с Украиной».
Он сказал, что США настаивают на том, чтобы Россия вернула корабли и 24 украинских военнослужащих и агентов разведки, арестованных российскими спецслужбами.
Он также отметил, что европейские союзники США могут запретить российским судам, прибывающим из Крыма или Азовского моря, заходить в европейские порты. По его словам, с таким предложением недавно выступила Аннегрет Крамп-Карренбауэр — генеральный секретарь правящего Христианско-демократического союза Германии, которая может стать преемником канцлера Германии Ангелы Меркель.
«Это очень сильный и очень оригинальный шаг, — заявил Волкер „Голосу Америки“. — Посмотрим, пойдут ли они на это».
Он сказал, что США хотят принятия таких мер, чтобы оказать давление на Россию и «прийти к такому моменту, когда Россия пожелает провести переговоры для выработки решения».
Другой возможной мерой, сказал Волкер, является отключение российских банков от международной банковской сети SWIFT, которая регулируется законами Бельгии и ускоряет международные транзакции, отправляя платежные поручения финансовым институтам в разных странах."

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Очередная победа феминизма: dailywire.com
"Transgender Woman Sues Chicago For Banning Nude Performance
A transgender woman in Chicago named Bea Sullivan-Knoff is suing the city because it won’t permit a performance in which Sullivan-Knoff, 26, would perform nude in places that serve liquor.
Sullivan-Knoff believes that the fact that men can go bare-chested but women cannot is an imposition, but it’s more than that; Sullivan-Knoff also wants to challenge how “female breasts” should be defined when one is transgender and if laws based on binary gender should be applied to gender-non-conforming people. She said in 2016, "They don't define what 'female' [breast] means. As soon as you look at anyone in the trans or intersex community, it can throw a wrench in a seemingly straightforward and simple statement. . . If a trans woman has undergone hormone replacement therapy, and hasn't done documentation to change [legal] gender, then is it a male breast? I don't think they have had to consider it before..."

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Очередная победа феминизма? А не, это крававые мизогинистские трамписты: newsweek.com
"15-Year-Old Who Learned Gun Safety from Late Father Defends Mother by Shooting, Killing Boyfriend As He Choked Her
In a matter of two gunshots, a teenage daughter neutralized a convicted maniac who was strangling her mother and saved her siblings from harm.
The 15-year-old girl defended her mom and two siblings minutes past midnight last Wednesday inside their Lakeview Drive home in Forest City, North Carolina, by firing two rounds and striking 46-year-old Steven Kelley twice in the chest, Rutherford County Sheriffs and the District Attorney’s Office confirmed in a release of the incident.
After reviewing the evidence in the homicide, the release goes on, prosecutors cleared the girl and ruled the "shooting justified" and declared that "no charges will be filed."
A relative told Newsweek that it was thanks to the girl’s father, who imparted to her and her siblings safe gun-handling techniques before losing to a bout of cancer in 2017.
“Her dad, when he was healthy, he taught them the respect for guns and how to use them,” the relative, who asked to remain anonymous, said. “She wasn’t an avid user of guns, but she did enough to feel comfortable.”
The hero didn’t flinch that night.
The mother’s boyfriend, Kelley, was attacking her again. This time, he was choking her and shouting “he was going to cut her throat" and “kill everyone in the house,” the release states.
The mom’s quick-thinking 12-year-old son dashed to grab a gun. Then, the 15-year-old daughter “took the gun from her brother and fired it twice,” felling Kelley, according to the release.
Kelley, who hailed from Indiana, was pronounced dead on arrival as a result of gunshot wounds, the authorities said."

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epik.com
"The domain Gab.com has landed at Epik.
This post will summarize why Epik welcomed Gab.com. It will also address why I believe the operators of the site have the right to be online.
For those not familiar with the case, Gab.com’s ability to operate was abruptly terminated by Godaddy, among other vendors, who deemed Gab to have violated their terms of service. This de-platforming of Gab generated much discussion in the mainstream technology press. It also prompted a lively discussion in the professional domain name community, including at the popular discussion board NamePros.
As the news broke, and as some elements in the mainstream media rendered their judgement, I embarked on my own search for truth. Along the way, I did have an opportunity to meet with the Founder of Gab, Andrew Torba, an entrepreneur who was willing to swim against the tide for what he believes is right, namely empowering netizens to discuss openly about matters of mutual interest with limited risk of censorship.
Although, I did not take the decision lightly to accept this domain registration, I look forward to partnering with a young, and once brash, CEO who is courageously doing something that looks useful. As I reflect on my own journey as a truth-seeking tech entrepreneur, I have no doubt that Andrew will continue to develop not only as tech entrepreneur but also as a responsible steward — one that can balance bravado with diplomacy and who tempers courage with humility..."

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Очередная победа феминизма: breitbart.com
"Brett Kavanaugh Rape Accuser Admits She Made Up Her Story
The Senate Judiciary Committee has referred a Kentucky woman to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after she admitted making up an accusation that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had raped her.
According to the referral, the woman, Judy Munro-Leighton, contacted the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding a letter presented by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) from “Jane Doe” of Oceanside, California, who claimed that Kavanaugh had raped her “several times.” As Breitbart News reported last month:
According to committee transcripts released Sunday, the accuser, who signed the mysterious letter as “Jane Doe,” alleges Kavanaugh and a friend raped her “several times” after giving her a lift home from a party — making no attempt to claim a time or place for the lurid story.
The accuser claims Kavanaugh groped her, slapped her, and force her to perform sexual acts. “They forced me to go into the backseat and took 2 turns raping me several times each. They dropped me off 3 two blocks from my home,” the accuser wrote, claiming the pair told her, “No one will believe if you tell. Be a good girl.”
The letter, marked with the word “urgent,” did not include a return address, nor did it offer clues regarding the accuser’s background. “A group of white men, powerful senators who won’t believe me, will come after me” if I reveal the incident, the accuser wrote, prompting observers to speculate the sender could be a minority.
Munro-Leighton contacted the committee via e-mail, claiming that she was “Jane Doe” and that Kavanaugh had raped her. However, she later admitted that she was not “Jane Doe” and had never met Kavanaugh..."

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Очередная победа феминизма: dailywire.com
"Awwwkward: HBO To Have An ‘Intimacy Coordinator’ On Set For All Sex Scenes Now
"We were asking a lot of actors and directors and crew in terms of professionalism"
HBO has so many sex scenes on its shows, the cable channel has hired one more staff member to keep it under control. The position is called an "intimacy coordinator," and the person will now be on set during all Skinemax scenes to ensure no harassment or abuse takes place.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "intimacy coordinator" made their debut on the set of "The Deuce," (starring #MeToo violator James Franco) and will now be installed on all sets requiring their presence, which is pretty much every show on HBO.
HBO announced the new profession on its public relations Twitter account on Thursday shortly after Rolling Stone reported on "Intimacy Coordinator" Alicia Rodis's work on "The Deuce," a show about the 1970's porn industry in New York.
"As reported in @RollingStone, all @HBO programs with intimate scenes will be staffed by an intimacy coordinator," HBO PR tweeted.
Alicia Rodis has made quite a name for herself as an "Intimacy Coordinator" it seems, having already worked on the upcoming "Deadwood" movie and "Watchmen" series."

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Не прошло и 20 лет, до Запада дошло, что если скармливать России её соседей, скоро её соседями станут они сами: atlanticcouncil.org
"The notion that the West can buy peace by allowing Moscow to manage its neighbors—to exercise hegemony in its sphere of influence—is completely wrong. Indeed, history demonstrates this. The Kremlin’s war on Tbilisi and Kyiv has not dissuaded either capital from its Westward course."

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reason.com
"Socialism has become cool in America, under the nice name "democratic socialism."
Gloria Álvarez ‏knows better, because she's from Latin America and studied socialism there. She says: Watch out! Socialism has a clear track record of wrecking every country that implements it.
Cuba tried socialism. Things got so bad that tens of thousands fled the island on dangerous, makeshift rafts. Others paid lots of money to be allowed to leave.
Álvarez interviews people who fled. One man told her that in Cuba: "You don't see any future. Everything is stagnated...health care, education, nowadays they're in ruins."
Another said: "My father [a doctor] had to sell illegal meats out of his ambulance...because Cuban doctors earn less than 1% of American doctors."
Because of his experience with socialism, that man is now running as a libertarian for a Florida State House seat.
He adds: "I tell my Venezuelan friends, we warned you guys!"
After Cuba, Venezuela became immersed in socialism. For a while, things seemed to work OK thanks to the country's oil wealth; Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, and used to be the richest country in Latin America.
Celebrities like Michael Moore and Sean Penn visited Hugo Chavez and praised his socialism.
Venezuelans were happy, too. A former mayor in Venezuela's capital city told Álvarez: "People were clapping so hard. They were like, 'Oh, finally there is somebody here making social justice.'"
But eventually socialism led to a mismanagement of the economy that was so bad that money started to run out. The government just printed more. So much more that it led to million-percent inflation.
Life savings were wiped out.
When businesses raised prices to try to keep up with inflation, Chavez and his successor, President Maduro, banned that.
When businesses did it anyway, they were seized by the government. This tragic video shows a shopkeeper pleading as his business is taken away. It wasn't a one-time thing; more than 30,000 businesses were confiscated.
Now, millions starve. The average Venezuelan has lost 24 pounds. More than 2 million people have fled the country.
"It's like the apocalypse. It's no food. No medicine," one Venezuelan told Álvarez.
But some still defend socialism, saying that what happened there "isn't real socialism." Bernie Sanders says: "when I talk about Socialism I am not looking at Venezuela, I'm not looking at Cuba. I'm looking at countries like Denmark, like Sweden."
But Denmark's prime minister says that's a mistake: "Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy," he clarifies."