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LIVE: G7, Biden Want to End Russia’s ‘Most Favored Status,’ Ban Imports Like Seafood, Vodka, Diamonds

LIVE: G7, Biden Want to End Russia’s ‘Most Favored Status,’ Ban Imports Like Seafood, Vodka, Diamonds

Day 15 of this enhanced invasion of Ukraine? Russia is intent on destroying as many Ukrainian cities as possible. It’s Grozny and Syria all over again.

But I’m seeing the West dive deep into McCarthyism…except McCarthy found sympathizers and Communists in his search. Now everyone suspected of Russian ties or blood has become an enemy.

Live stream:

Biden Wants to End Normal Trading Relations With Russia

Congress needs to revoke Russia’s “most favored nation” status to make it official. The rest of the G7 want to do the same thing:

Revoking Russia’s “most favored nation” status will allow for increased tariffs on imports from the country in addition to the crushing sanctions already imposed as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But it must be done by Congress. Biden highlighted bipartisan support for the move in a Friday announcement in conjunction with other G7 and European Union leader.

“Putin is an aggressor, he is the aggressor, and Putin must pay the price,” Biden said.

The G7 will also seek to cut off Russia from organizations like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Biden said.

Russia Wants to Have Complete Operational Control of Zaporizhzhia

Russia is in charge of Zaporizhzhiathe, the largest nuclear power plant. Now they want to make sure they have complete operational control of it:

Russian officials have attempted to enter and take full operational control of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the head of Ukrainian state nuclear company Energoatom said today.

Energoatom chief Petro Kotin said Russian forces had told the plant’s Ukrainian staff that the plant now belonged to Russian state nuclear company Rosatom after its capture last week.

Ten officials from Rosatom, including two senior engineers, then unsuccessfully attempted to enter the plant and take control of operations, he said in a televised interview.

“On the territory (of the plant) there are around 500 Russian soldiers with automatic weapons … our staff are in an extremely bad psychological state,” Kotin said.

Europe Still Receiving Russian Gas

Nord Stream 2 died but Nord Stream 1 still works:

Russia continued to send pipeline gas into Germany via Nord Stream 1 and Poland and into Slovakia via Ukraine at broadly unchanged levels, pipeline operator data showed on Friday morning.

Flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline which crosses the Baltic Sea to Germany were steady at 73,553,544 kWh/h, operator data showed.

On the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which traverses Belarus and Poland, westward flows into Germany at the Mallnow border point stood at 8,073,389 kilowatt hours per hour (kWh/h), data from operator Gascade showed, slightly higher than on Thursday.

The pipeline usually accounts for about 15% of Russia’s supply of gas to Europe but had been operating in reverse mode at Mallnow from Dec. 21, which helped drive up European gas prices.

Westward flows restarted on Feb. 25, intermittently at first and continuously since the evening of March 8.

Troops Disperse Around Kyiv

It looks like Russian troops dispersed around Kyiv, but it could be a way for them to regroup:

Moscow’s military advances have sparked fears the capital Kyiv could soon be surrounded.

Russian forces were encircling at least four major Ukrainian cities on Thursday and armoured vehicles rolled up to Kyiv’s north-eastern edge, where suburbs including Irpin and Bucha have endured days of heavy bombardment.

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said half the population had fled, adding that the city “has been transformed into a fortress”.

“Every street, every building, every checkpoint has been fortified,” he said.

Facebook Allowing People Call for Violence Against Russians, Death Threats to Putin

This is madness. Absolute madness. We all have to remember that Putin hides Russians from the real world. He feeds them propaganda left and right, telling them what he wants them to hear.

Facebook’s action is no better than Putin:

Meta Platforms (FB.O) will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine invasion, according to internal emails seen by Reuters on Thursday, in a temporary change to its hate speech policy.

The social media company is also temporarily allowing some posts that call for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in countries including Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to internal emails to its content moderators.

“As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech such as ‘death to the Russian invaders.’ We still won’t allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement.

The calls for the leaders’ deaths will be allowed unless they contain other targets or have two indicators of credibility, such as the location or method, one email said, in a recent change to the company’s rules on violence and incitement.

The temporary policy changes on calls for violence to Russian soldiers apply to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine, according to one email.

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The only reason Facebook will…eventually…change this policy is NOT because they realised the errors of their ways BUT because people pointed out the glaring hypocrisy of their stance.

Fuck these fucking fucks!

And I post a meme comparing Facebook to Hitler and get banned for 30 days.

    MattMusson in reply to Chewbacca. | March 11, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Funny you should say that. Facebook is also allowing posts in support of the Ukrainian Azov Brigade – which is made up of Ukrainian NAZIS.

    So, I guess Marc Zuckerberg has decided that there are good Nazis and bad Nazis.

“When the shoe’s on the other foot it looks better, fits better and feels better,” says the people who tell you how to think.

There is a bigger question to ask. Are the mainstream media types via Facebook telegraphing they are in the process of making a career change?

Looks that way. After an amazing two years of practicing medicine as infectious disease experts, they are moving on. They are now experts in no-fly zones, military assaults, and Eastern European geopolitical affairs.

I am sure they’re excited to make the most of this new opportunity.

AnAdultInDiapers | March 11, 2022 at 9:54 am

Russia has responded by declaring Meta an extremist organisation and banning it – including instagram.

Hard to argue really, it’s something anybody with a non-mainstream view has observed for a few years now.

    alaskabob in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | March 11, 2022 at 10:48 am

    In recent past Ukraine talking about getting nukes, collaborating with U.S. on bio-pathogen centers, being a corrupt country used as piggy bank for U.S. Politicians, and seeing a CIA/Obama admin sponsor ejecting an elected Ukrainian president.. Davos/NWO/Sotos/Zuckerberg….. “the enemy of my enemy…”

      AnAdultInDiapers in reply to alaskabob. | March 11, 2022 at 11:36 am

      Alaska, or the other side of the Bering Strait?

      “Ukraine talking about getting nukes” having already once unilaterally chosen to not be a nuclear power. Even if it’s true (I have no idea and you’re not worth my time checking) it would merely reflect the need to protect themselves against a substantially larger nuclear power that was threatening their existence as a country.

      Would you agree that those would be valid concerns?

      As for “bio-pathogen”, please, stop using scary words to try and scare people. We could as easily call them “medical research labs”.

        henrybowman in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | March 11, 2022 at 12:35 pm

        But we all know that’s not why we sited them there.
        (They are also not takeout kitchens for bat soup.)

        alaskabob in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | March 11, 2022 at 2:28 pm

        You better be checking bro…. I thought the US was big on nuclear non-proliferation (except for Iran). I don’t see Poland jumping on the nuclear bomb bandwagon….yet. So, all of those bacteria they were playing with are good for the digestive tract? “Pathogen” is a viable term here…. “ignorance” isn’t.

      MattMusson in reply to alaskabob. | March 11, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      It is no accident that Democrats want to send Ukraine $14 Billion and Hillary Clinton just re-activated the Clinton Foundation.

      Ukraine was the largest single contributor to the Clinton Foundation. And, the Clinton Foundation was the Democrats’ largest money laundering vehicle.

    henrybowman in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | March 11, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    “Russia has responded by declaring Meta an extremist organisation”
    I would so love to see Zuck kidnapped by the FSB and sent to an actual gulag, just like our January 6 political prisoners.

    iconotastic in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | March 11, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Putin is banning WhatsApp as well. People are switching to Telegram in droves. I suspect that when all DNS is within Russia that Telegram will be unreachable as well, though

Either topic X is verboten because topic X is bad no matter the source or topic X isn’t the issue. With another example of flexible standards based upon who is being described and who is doing the describing it becomes obvious that the agenda is one of control and not one of principle.

I’m no fan of Putin, but how can they justify this in light of all of the “calls to violence” they’ve censored when placed by people they don’t agree with–and these days, just about anything Facebook disagrees with is a call to violence

If we regulated social media like the common carriers (easily possible) than they wouldn’t be able to run speech within the United States the way Vladimir Putin runs Russian media.

    henrybowman in reply to Danny. | March 11, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    An insane argument. It presupposes that the federal government has a greater interest in unbiased dialogue than the technocrats… when we already know that the technocrats are performing their current obscenities with the full approval of the federal government, and often at its actual request.
    That magic dirt washed away at least half a century ago, Danny… if it was ever here.

      Danny in reply to henrybowman. | March 11, 2022 at 1:05 pm

      Again your argument is moronic at best.

      When was the last time Verizon cancelled conservatives for the content of their telephone calls?

      U.S. Government actually does have an interest in what goes on in the public square, it is an interest every generation of Americans has agreed they had, and which has been embedded in law from the start of American history to now.

      Making those requests illegal would mean the companies don’t follow them. We also have more state houses and governors mansions than the Democrats.

      You seem to at best have a totally distorted view of the world to the point I think you might be looking at Mars billions of years ago instead of Earth today.

      Name the time Verizon listened in on a call and cancelled service because it didn’t like the conversation.

      That positive result of regulating common carriers is called government regulation written by elected officials (instead of rule by oligarchy a.ka. Ayn Rand).

      Your devotion to talking points from 30 years ago is commendable, but just look at the results of common carrier regulations they are purely positive.

        henrybowman in reply to Danny. | March 11, 2022 at 1:36 pm

        “When was the last time Verizon cancelled conservatives for the content of their telephone calls? …
        Name the time Verizon listened in on a call and cancelled service because it didn’t like the conversation.”

        Does it have to be Verizon?

        Try to keep up, Danny, Shit’s actually happening, and it’s all flying over your head. You’re the one bringing up talking points from 30 years ago, about government dEfEnSe of our “freedoms,” and arguing that you can still depend on them today.

          Danny in reply to henrybowman. | March 11, 2022 at 4:32 pm

          From a source that hasn’t been busted in lie after lie as in an honest source.

          TheGateWayPundit unfortunately is as much fake news as CNN, and in some ways with less credibility because at least CNN has people on the ground so they know when they lie.

    CommoChief in reply to Danny. | March 12, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Agreed. If these corporations want to be digital bulletin boards or message services open to all comers (- blatant criminal activity) then that’s what they should do.

    If they choose to put their thumb on the scale of political and policy debate by deeming otherwise lawful content verboten or attempting to curate content by applying expertise they lack or outsourcing the curating to equally incompetent or agenda driven third parties then that’s another option.

    What cannot be tolerated is the current system in which these companies operate unimpeded. No govt entity should use any non neutral company to post or transmit information. So F book, Twitter among others would find the Federal, State and local govt information being rerouted to competing platforms. Nor should these tech companies who choose to edit or curate otherwise lawful content enjoy any special protection.

Why do we even PRETEND that basic fairness is even on our rulers’ radar anymore?

As if China and India and a many other nations won’t be happy to buy this stuff from Russia.

The days of the US and Europe dominating world economics and trade are drawing to a close. And we’re helping to move it along a bit faster.

We are essentially committing economic suicide.

Will Facebook allow calls to round up ethnic Russians living in America and confine them to camps? For their own safety, of course.

Asking for a Russian friend.

we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech

Only a matter of time before that becomes official Meta policy domestically regarding conspiracy theorists, vaccine “deniers”, and conservatives generally.