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Tecumsehsbones

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Poo tin can go fukk his hat. Under Poo tin, Russia has degenerated from a communist thugocracy to a garden variety thugocracy, much like China is. The kind of government turdOWE adores.
Russia was always a thugocracy, Tsarist, Communist, or "capitalist."

I disagree with you about China. Bear with me for a second here. . .

We tend to see cultures in terms of "East" and "West." A dichotomy. And because Russians are predominantly White, I guess, we kinda presume they're part of the West. They're not.

I see a trichotomy in Eurasia. In the West, the fundamental statement is that individuals have value and rights, inherent in their being, regardless of what "society" wants. That's essentially the base philosophy from the Atlantic to, roughly, the Polish-Russian border.

In the East, society has the rights and the value, and the rights and value of the individual, and the individuals rights and value, are subordinate to the desires and well-being of the collective. Your freedom ends where society's interest begins. That's the base philosophy from India-ish out to the Pacific.

The "Middle Way" is that there are no rights. Only power. The individual does whatever is possible to obtain and retain as much power as possible, and uses it as they please. Simple. Brutal, but simple.

My take on it.
 
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Women being sent image of dildo wrapped in barbed wire not harassment, say police
Last summer, lawyer Michelle Bobb and another woman started receiving threats on X claiming they had supported individuals who had raised concerns about Mriya Aid, an Ottawa-based charity.


Author of the article:David Pugliese • Ottawa Citizen
Published Feb 02, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 4 minute read

Police officers who investigated cyber harassment from individuals who appear to support an Ottawa-based charity didn’t feel the image of a dildo wrapped in barbed wire and sent to women constituted a threat or represented sexual violence, according to newly released documents.


In late June, Toronto-area lawyer Michelle Bobb and another woman started receiving threats on X claiming they had supported individuals who had raised concerns about Mriya Aid, an Ottawa-based charity.

Mriya Aid raises funds and provides equipment to Ukraine and was started by Canadian Forces officers. But some Ukrainians, as well as former Mriya Aid volunteers, have raised concerns about the quality of equipment donated as well as other issues. Mriya Aid officials have denied any wrongdoing and have noted the charity is making a difference in Ukraine.

The anonymous accounts on X sent Bobb and the woman an image of a dildo wrapped in barbed wire with the message “No amount of lube can save them this time.”

Bobb called the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) to file a complaint, pointing out the threat.


But officers didn’t see the message or image as evidence Bobb was being threatened or harassed, according to the records released by DRPS. One officer told Bobb the message was vague and a threat would have to have to be “direct and specific”, the records pointed out.

Instead, the reports outlined how Bobb seemed upset and frustrated police didn’t see the message as a threat. The material sent to Bobb did not “constitute a threat under the Criminal Code,” DRPS concluded.

“These officers didn’t really see a problem with some stalker sending me an image of a device with barbed wire designed to penetrate me and tear my sexual organs,” Bobb told this newspaper. “That says a lot about that police force.”

Bobb used Ontario’s Freedom of Information law to obtain the records. DRPS did not respond to a request for comment.


The anonymous X accounts called “exposeproxies” and “Cajun Fella” regularly attack Ukrainians and others who have raised allegations about Mriya Aid. Last year the individual behind exposeproxies boasted they had killed before and enjoyed it. The identities of those behind the accounts are unknown.

A month after Bobb filed her police report, she started receiving new threats from the same cyberstalkers after the DRPS publicly released details of their ongoing investigation, including Bobb’s name.

Screenshots of documents from the DRPS investigation were posted on X with the demand from her stalkers that Bobb withdraw her police complaint or face more consequences. Bobb’s cyberstalkers boasted about receiving the records because of a freedom of information request made to police.


Bobb filed another complaint with police alleging the stalkers were trying to intimidate her but the DRPS records do not indicate there was any investigation into that matter.

Bobb said she was never warned by the DRPS that they were releasing her personal information to another individual, nor did they consult with her as may have been required under Municipal Freedom of Information law. It is unclear how much of Bobb’s personal information was released by police and how much found its way into the hands of her cyberstalkers.

In a previous statement to this newspaper, Durham Regional Police confirmed the documents were released under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Because Bobb’s name was already known to the requestor, police said they proceeded to release the material.


DRPS noted that if Bobb is unhappy with what happened she could file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. She has done so and the privacy commissioner is now investigating.

Mriya Aid officials did not respond to requests for comment.

But Canadian Forces Lt. Col. Melanie Lake, one of the founders of Mriya Aid, said in a previous statement she is “firmly opposed to any use of threats or online harassment. Everyone has the right to safety and security online.”

She said she cannot provide comment for Mriya Aid as she is no longer a member of that organization and has no knowledge of the threats Bobb has faced.

When Lake was chairperson of Mriya Aid she noted in 2022 on social media that the charity was not involved in any way with the exposeproxies. But she also pointed out the exposeproxies social media account does defend Mriya Aid in online interactions.


Donna Riguidel, who provides training to organizations on how to help survivors of sexual assault and misconduct, questioned the DRPS response. “I wonder if the daughters of those officers had received the same threats would police have acted differently?” said Riguidel.

Another woman who has raised concerns about Mriya Aid also received the dildo image from Cajun Fella and exposeproxies. That U.S. woman did not want to be identified or quoted for this article because of the serious nature of the threats.
 

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Ukraine asked for 83,000 surplus rockets, Trudeau remains silent
If Canada doesn't ship the rockets to Ukraine it will cost millions to dispose of them


Author of the article:Brian Lilley
Published Feb 02, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 3 minute read

Canada has been sitting on a request from Ukraine to take more than 83,000 missiles off our hands that was sent last year.


It questions the claim by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada will be there to support Ukraine with whatever they need.


In fact, Trudeau was making that claim again on Friday while accusing the Conservative Party of not supporting Ukraine.

“We will continue to be there unequivocally to support Ukraine in everything they need,” Trudeau said.

Yet, the Trudeau government has not agreed to send these air-to-ground rockets to Ukraine.

Currently, the Department of National Defence says there are 83,303 CRV7 rockets warehoused in the munitions depot in Dundurn, Saskatchewan, about 45 km south of Saskatoon.


The rockets were taken out of commission over the last several years and are slated to be decommissioned, a process that would take a long time and a lot of money. Not all of the rockets are functioning still, according to officials, but that is something the Ukrainians acknowledged when making their request.

“I understand that of the 83,000 CRV7 stock, there is a high percentage that is not functional. However, Ukraine desperately needs munitions, and we have put a task force together to examine each of them if Canada is willing to entertain our request. The task force has identified the equipment needed to update and arm them,” Lieutenant General Kyrylo Budanov, the chief of the defence intelligence of Ukraine wrote in November 2023.


Lt. Gen. Budanov even said the Ukrainian military would work with the company that made the rockets to salvage as many as they can.

So far, the Trudeau Liberals have been sitting on the request.

On Friday, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre called on the federal government to ship the rockets.

“Ukraine has asked the Government of Canada to provide them with these surplus weapons. Instead of making Canadians pay millions of dollars to decommission these weapons, common sense Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau government to give these weapons to Ukraine who can use them in the defence of their sovereignty,” Poilievre said.

He also questioned why Trudeau promised Ukraine an air defence system a year ago that has yet to materialize. That’s something Poilievre raised in the House earlier this week but rather than answer that charge, or the claim that Trudeau’s government allowed detonators to be shipped to Russia, Trudeau raised Poilievre’s opposition to the Canada-Ukraine free trade deal.


After years of unanimous support for Ukraine, the issue has become a battleground for votes here at home.

The Liberals have been leading the charge on this front, claiming the Conservatives don’t want to help Ukraine defeat Russia all because the Conservatives oppose parts of the trade deal. The truth is, it was the Conservatives who negotiated the Canada-Ukraine free trade deal, and it is the Liberals who are simply updating it.

The Conservatives object to a section they say enshrines Canada’s carbon tax, which they oppose, in a legally binding treaty. Regardless of their opposition, the update will pass when voted on next week.

Claiming this opposition is somehow akin to backing Putin, which is what the Trudeau Liberals have been trying to do, is ridiculous but par for the course as the Liberals play diaspora politics to try and win back support amid horrible poll numbers.


To claim that either of the two main parties don’t support Ukraine in its battle against Russia is absurd, but this is what we are reduced to.

It’s totally legitimate for the Conservatives to ask questions about missing air defence systems, or detonators or turbines being shipped to Russia. It’s also legitimate to ask why these munitions have not been offered up to Ukraine despite a request being made months ago.

Yes, many of them may not work anymore, but Ukraine says they have the team and tools to repair what is salvageable.

Trudeau should stop spending all his time attacking Poilievre over Ukraine and spend some time getting those rockets on a plane bound for Kyiv.

blilley@postmedia.com
 

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Women being sent image of dildo wrapped in barbed wire not harassment, say police
Last summer, lawyer Michelle Bobb and another woman started receiving threats on X claiming they had supported individuals who had raised concerns about Mriya Aid, an Ottawa-based charity.
You people just don't understand art.
 

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Here we go kids....



That'll fix the sieve of a border and give migrants somewhere to go and do to get PR status in a hurry.
 

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Canadian support for Ukraine declining two years after Russia's invasion: Poll
Conservative voters are driving the change in opinion, Angus Reid says

Author of the article:postmedia News
Published Feb 06, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 2 minute read

Canadian support for Ukraine is slowly declining as the Eastern European country continues to battle Russia nearly two years into the bloody war.


According to a new Angus Reid poll, one-quarter of Canadians believe their country is doing “too much” to assist Ukraine in defending itself from the Russian invasion, up from 13% in May 2022.


At the same time, the number that say Canada is not doing enough to help Ukraine was cut in half, from 38% to 19%.

Conservative voters are driving the change in opinion. Among those who voted Conservative in the 2021 federal election, 43% believe the country is doing too much, more than double the 19% from May 2022.

While the numbers for Liberal and New Democrat voters have increased as well, it was closer to a 10% rise.

Meanwhile, fewer Canadians are reading news of the conflict. Two-thirds of Canadians were following events in Ukraine three months into the war, but that number is down to 45%.


As the war drags on, 35% say Canada should continue supporting Ukraine “as long as it takes” and 10% believe it should only continue for one more year. Twenty per cent believe the war should end now with Ukraine initiating a peace negotiation, 5% say Canada should end its support, and 30% were unsure about Canada’s role in the future.

However, a majority of Canadians (62%) believe Ukraine will be victorious in the war, while approximately one-in-five say supporting Ukraine is a “waste of money” because the country’s situation is “hopeless.” Only 12% of Canadians believe Ukraine will reclaim all the territory it lost during the war by the end of the conflict.

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. The conflict is the largest in Europe since the Second World War.

The Angus Reid Institute conducted an online survey Jan. 29-31 of a randomized sample of 1,617 Canadian adults who are members of Angus Reid Forum.
 

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Canadian support for Ukraine declining two years after Russia's invasion: Poll
Conservative voters are driving the change in opinion, Angus Reid says

Author of the article:postmedia News
Published Feb 06, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 2 minute read

Canadian support for Ukraine is slowly declining as the Eastern European country continues to battle Russia nearly two years into the bloody war.


According to a new Angus Reid poll, one-quarter of Canadians believe their country is doing “too much” to assist Ukraine in defending itself from the Russian invasion, up from 13% in May 2022.


At the same time, the number that say Canada is not doing enough to help Ukraine was cut in half, from 38% to 19%.

Conservative voters are driving the change in opinion. Among those who voted Conservative in the 2021 federal election, 43% believe the country is doing too much, more than double the 19% from May 2022.

While the numbers for Liberal and New Democrat voters have increased as well, it was closer to a 10% rise.

Meanwhile, fewer Canadians are reading news of the conflict. Two-thirds of Canadians were following events in Ukraine three months into the war, but that number is down to 45%.


As the war drags on, 35% say Canada should continue supporting Ukraine “as long as it takes” and 10% believe it should only continue for one more year. Twenty per cent believe the war should end now with Ukraine initiating a peace negotiation, 5% say Canada should end its support, and 30% were unsure about Canada’s role in the future.

However, a majority of Canadians (62%) believe Ukraine will be victorious in the war, while approximately one-in-five say supporting Ukraine is a “waste of money” because the country’s situation is “hopeless.” Only 12% of Canadians believe Ukraine will reclaim all the territory it lost during the war by the end of the conflict.

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. The conflict is the largest in Europe since the Second World War.

The Angus Reid Institute conducted an online survey Jan. 29-31 of a randomized sample of 1,617 Canadian adults who are members of Angus Reid Forum.
Give it two weeks once NATO goes hot.
 
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