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  • #46
    Originally posted by PBS_NewsHour
    03 March 2023
    From prison to the frontlines: Thousands of Russian convicts sent to fight in Ukraine
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    Russia sent hundreds of thousands of troops into its war in Ukraine and suffered immense casualties. Some were drawn from prisons, both officially and through a private military company called the Wagner Group. With the support of the Pulitzer Center, Simon Ostrovsky and Yegor Troyanovsky traveled to a Ukrainian prisoner of war camp and met men faced with a stark choice, prison or the frontlines.
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    • #47
      Originally posted by euronews
      07 March 2023
      Spanish government proposes new gender quota law
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      The Spanish Government has proposed a law to mandate gender quotas for gender minorities and women in elected government bodies and on the boards of large companies.
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      • #48
        Originally posted by JRT View Post
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        Right, because gender equality in employment matters but only for the well paying, high status jobs. Men can do all the dirty, physically demanding, low status jobs they want. No need for equality there.
        If you are emotionally invested in 'believing' something is true you have lost the ability to tell if it is true.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Monash View Post

          Right, because gender equality in employment matters but only for the well-paying, high status jobs. Men can do all the dirty, physically demanding, low status jobs they want. No need for equality there.
          I would counter...Spain is making this equality for government positions. Equality in government is important I believe to represent the full population and serve the people the best. But for private companies, be they CEOs or ditchdiggers, that is a matter for the private sector. If someone feels aggrieved, then they can sue and look for redress that way.

          Also for minorities in the US, government jobs were the pathway to the middle class for much of the African American community here. Same for many in the Hispanic communities. Not sure how this will playout in Spain.
          Last edited by Albany Rifles; 08 Mar 23,, 15:06.
          “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
          Mark Twain

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          • #50
            Originally posted by BBC_News
            15 February 2023
            How ’15-minute cities’ became a lockdown conspiracy
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            To reduce carbon emissions and meet climate goals, politicians in Oxford are attempting to restrict the number of times some vehicles can drive through the city each year while still allowing unlimited access via the City's ring road.

            The city also has a long-term plan to be a 15-minute city, where food, medicine, education, and leisure facilities are all within a 15-minute walk or cycle from someone’s front door.

            This plan has been conflated with its traffic-restriction trial by conspiracy theories that present the measures as a form of climate lockdown.

            Newsnight’s Science Correspondent Kate Lamble reports on how a conspiracy theory about "15-minute cities" became tangled with some people's real concerns over the measures.
            Originally posted by FOX_faux_news_disruptive_disinformation_&_fear-mongering

            20 May 2021
            Fox's Laura Ingraham warns of coming 'climate lockdowns'
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            'The Ingraham Angle' host blasts the left for their 'mindless COVID fearmongering.'

            22 June 2021
            Fox's Tucker Carlson says brace yourselves, climate lockdowns are coming
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            Climate Depot's Marc Morano reacts to climate activist fantasy for keeping emissions down on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'

            16 June 2023
            Fox: Nigel Farage says London mayor's climate crackdowns are about 'controlling our lives'
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            Former U.K. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage discusses the green agenda and power grabs on 'The Bottom Line.'

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            • #51
              More ripple effects from the anti-vaxxers...

              Originally posted by Reuters
              12 September 2023
              Most US dog owners doubt canine vaccines, study says
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              According to a new study, the anti-vaccination movement that flourished during the COVID pandemic appears to also apply to dog owners, increasing the risk of disease for dogs, their owners and their vets.



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              • #52
                Originally posted by Bloomberg_Quicktakes
                05 December 2023
                Russia and Iran Sign Declaration to Overcome 'Illegal' US Sanctions
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                Russia and Iran on Tuesday signed a declaration which they said will help overcome "illegal" US sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

                Speaking in Moscow Lavrov said it is "an important step in increasing the coordination of efforts by members of the world community to overcome illegal sanctions, which the United States and its allies have made a substitute for diplomacy."

                The White House voiced concern that Iran may provide Russia with ballistic missiles for use in its military campaign against Ukraine, a development that likely would be disastrous for the Ukrainian people, a US national security official said.

                Last May, the White House said Russia was interested in buying additional advanced attack drones from Iran for use in the Ukraine conflict after it used up most of the 400 drones it had previously purchased from Tehran.

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                • #53
                  I am posting this here, because a rate cut decision by the ECB seemingly made without much regard to the economic data, a so-called "data-independent" rate cut, is on topic in this thread, the "Politically Strange & Frivolous."

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by JRT View Post
                    I am posting this here, because a rate cut decision by the ECB seemingly made without much regard to the economic data, a so-called "data-independent" rate cut, is on topic in this thread, the "Politically Strange & Frivolous."

                    I disagree.

                    The euro’s been stable against the dollar for about 15 months; consumer inflation fell from 7-9% in early 2023 to 2-3% this year; unemployment rates are mostly well down on one- and two-years ago; and real GDP growth has been below 0.5% p.a. since the middle of last year. Those are characteristics of an economy on the upswing, but only very slowly. In other words, the time when central bankers start to lower interest rates.

                    Trust me?
                    I'm an economist!

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