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Well, this doesn't sound good.  Hopefully, Canada is simply being extra-cautious.

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-ottawa-warns-canadians-to-leave-ukraine-over-fears-of-russian-invasion/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Breaking News&utm_content=2022-2-7_22&utm_term=Ottawa warns Canadians to leave Ukraine over fears of Russian invasion&utm_campaign=newsletter&cu_id=t7%2BP3rI%2Bt%2FYx5Iui%2B6yRZxVYYZ6TE%2BGK

 

Ottawa is telling Canadians to immediately leave Ukraine in the anticipation of a Russian invasion.

 

A warning was issued Monday to Canadians who are registered with the department of Global Affairs, telling them to get out of the country on the first available flight and to avoid travel to Ukraine, a senior government official confirmed. The Globe and Mail is not identifying the source because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

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¡Bravo, Señor!

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/spanish-retiree-campaign-in-person-banking-1.6344171

 

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Spanish retiree triggers wave of national support while campaigning for in-person banking

Carlos San Juan tells his government: 'I'm a senior citizen, not an idiot'

The Associated Press · Posted: Feb 08, 2022 5:49 PM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago
 
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Carlos San Juan, 78, a Spanish retiree poses outside a bank in Madrid on Tuesday. San Juan is campaigning to keep in-person customer services at bank branches. He handed Spanish government officials a petition with more than 610,000 signatures saying he felt 'left out' by the shift to online banking. (Paul White/The Associated Press)
 
 

A Spanish retiree campaigning to keep in-person customer services at banks because he felt "left out" by the shift to online banking is handing government officials a petition with more than 610,000 signatures, amid a wave of national support for his cause.

 

Carlos San Juan, 78, a retired doctor from Valencia in southeast Spain, traveled to Madrid and was to hand the signatures Tuesday to the secretary of state for the treasury, Carlos Cuerpo, at the Economy Ministry.

 

His petition struck a chord with many people in Spain as banks seek to drive business online.

 

 
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San Juan speaks with the press outside the Economy Ministry in Madrid on Tuesday. His slogan on change.org is 'SoyMayorNOidiota' (I'm a senior citizen, not an idiot). (Paul White/The Associated Press)

 

As the campaign gathered momentum last month, he received a phone call from the governor of the Bank of Spain, the country's central bank, and the government publicly appealed to banks to ensure they were meeting the needs of older people.

 

Spain's government minister for economic affairs and digital transformation, Nadia Calvino, stood alongside San Juan and promised "effective measures" by the end of the month to address the problem.

 

 
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San Juan brought a box containing more than 610,000 signatures for a petition to keep in-person customer services at bank branches. (Paul White/The Associated Press)

 

Referring to Spain's estimated 10 million retirees, San Juan said outside the Economy Ministry that he was motivated by the "desperation of many, many people who feel excluded."

 

On his petition website he complained that "nowadays almost everything is done on the internet … and we don't understand those machines."

 

"We don't deserve this exclusion," he said, demanding "human attention" when he goes to a bank.

 

He said at times he felt "humiliated" when asking for help from a bank employee "and they treated me as if I was an idiot because I couldn't do it."

 

His slogan on change.org is "SoyMayorNOidiota" ("I'm a senior citizen, not an idiot").

 

 

I applaud him for taking action on something that I identified as a potential issue a decade or more ago when I was forced to upgrade my computer because of the underlying technology and code changing at breakneck speed (with forced obsolescence, security issues, and "technological advancements" driving the changes).  I knew back then that there would be a portion of the population who would eventually become unable to do necessary tasks once the banking community moved towards virtual/fully online deployment.  It's fine when you have fringe companies like ING who have their (initially) niche market to help drive their growth, but once it becomes "industry standard" to close all in-person services and force all banking to go electronic, then a significant part of the population becomes unable to access what is in reality a fairly important necessity.

 

Here's hoping the Spanish government isn't just window dressing, and will actually ensure these fairly important services never go completely online (without a means for in-person service).  And here's hoping other governments are paying attention and not turning a blind eye towards the industry disenfranchising a significant part of their people from these important services.

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On 2/8/2022 at 7:02 AM, UnkNuk said:

Well, this doesn't sound good.  Hopefully, Canada is simply being extra-cautious.

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-ottawa-warns-canadians-to-leave-ukraine-over-fears-of-russian-invasion/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Breaking News&utm_content=2022-2-7_22&utm_term=Ottawa warns Canadians to leave Ukraine over fears of Russian invasion&utm_campaign=newsletter&cu_id=t7%2BP3rI%2Bt%2FYx5Iui%2B6yRZxVYYZ6TE%2BGK

 

Ottawa is telling Canadians to immediately leave Ukraine in the anticipation of a Russian invasion.

 

A warning was issued Monday to Canadians who are registered with the department of Global Affairs, telling them to get out of the country on the first available flight and to avoid travel to Ukraine, a senior government official confirmed. The Globe and Mail is not identifying the source because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

a couple of updates from my side on this topic:

 

1. Macron is very confident to reach an agreement with Putin after he had spoken with him almost 6 hours; based on the news coming out of this meeting I expect that Russia will receive the security guarantees requested earlier in a formal written request from Russia

 

2. Biden threated that the North Stream 2 pipeline will be shut down forever once Russia invades the Ukraine; german foreign minister Baerbock let russian foreign minister Lawrow know that the pipeline won't go into operation after a Russian attack

 

3. russia announced that the military drill will begin on February 10, 2022.

 

4. the olympic spirit (peace , unite people around the world) should hold russia back from an attack on the Ukraine, at least until the winter olympics will end 

 

5. russia just can't afford that the north stream pipeline will be completely shut down forever, because the russian oil giant Gazprom had invested billions of dollars

 

based on points 1 - 5 the likelyhood that russia invades Ukraine is remote ( i would say less than 10%).

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https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/popular-brazilian-podcaster-says-the-country-should-recognize-a-nazi-party/ar-AATFLwd?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

 

Jewish organizations in Brazil are outraged after a popular podcast presenter said the country should recognize a Nazi party by law.

Bruno Aiub, who goes by the name of Monark on social media, made the comments on an episode of his Flow podcast, which has millions of YouTube subscribers, that aired on Monday. 

He was in conversation with parliament members Tabata Amaral and Kim Kataguiri. Amaral pushed back, saying that “freedom of expression ends when your expression puts another’s life at risk,” and she said that Nazism puts the Jewish population at risk.

Monark defended his stance, adding on to his previous statement that he believes “if someone wants to be anti-Jew, they should have the right to be.” 

Later in the episode, Kataguiri added fuel to the fire, saying he was against the criminalization of Nazism in Germany. 

Monark posted an apology video on Twitter on Tuesday, claiming that he was very drunk and that he hopes people will be understanding. He didn’t seek an apology for the idea, rather what he said was the insensitive way he presented it. 

His podcast studio took down the episode and cut ties with him.

The incident did not die down: Also on Tuesday night, Adrilles Jorge, a prominent TV commentator and leading supporter of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, drew scrutiny after making a Nazi salute at the end of a debate about Monark’s podcast on the Jovem Pan TV show, in which he defended Kataguiri. 

Jewish organizations, such as Jews for Democracy and the Instituto Brasil-Israel, were quick to respond on Twitter, denouncing Monark’s statements. The Confederação Israelita do Brasil, the umbrella group of Brazilian Jewish communities and organizations, also released a statement condemning Monark. 

Jews for Democracy wrote, “Ideologies that aim to eliminate others must be banned. Racism and persecution of any identities are not freedom of expression.” 

IBI also condemned the podcast on their social media accounts while simultaneously putting pressure on the podcast’s sponsors, Insider Store and Flash Beneficios, to end their support of the show — which they both did within 24 hours of the episode’s release.

To address the controversy, the podcast invited André Lajst, executive director of the Brazilian chapter of StandWithUs, a pro-Israel advocacy organization, onto its episode on Tuesday. In it, Lajst discussed how the Nazi party rose to power in Germany.

“My objective,” Lajst wrote about the episode on Twitter, “was to correct statements made on the program yesterday, the 7th, in favor of the existence of a Nazi party in Brazil and the possibility of someone claiming to be anti-Jewish.”

Jewish groups in Brazil have been worried about the resurgence of Nazi rhetoric since Bolsonaro rose to power. In defense of his reluctance to shut down his country to reduce COVID-19 cases, Bolsonaro employed the expression “work sets you free,” which many felt trivialized a phrase associated with Auschwitz. Bolsonaro’s supporters have also been known to make Nazi salutes, including at rallies supporting the president. One of his aides was accused of flashing a white supremacist hand signal during a legislative hearing. 

The Monark incident comes during the same week that a far-right extremist from Germany, Nikolai Nerling, took shelter in Brazil to avoid being punished for his record of Holocaust denial — which is illegal in Germany. Nerling has continued to record and disseminate online content that denies the Holocaust while touring cities in the south of Brazil.

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10 hours ago, gurn said:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/popular-brazilian-podcaster-says-the-country-should-recognize-a-nazi-party/ar-AATFLwd?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

 

Jewish organizations in Brazil are outraged after a popular podcast presenter said the country should recognize a Nazi party by law.

Bruno Aiub, who goes by the name of Monark on social media, made the comments on an episode of his Flow podcast, which has millions of YouTube subscribers, that aired on Monday. 

He was in conversation with parliament members Tabata Amaral and Kim Kataguiri. Amaral pushed back, saying that “freedom of expression ends when your expression puts another’s life at risk,” and she said that Nazism puts the Jewish population at risk.

Monark defended his stance, adding on to his previous statement that he believes “if someone wants to be anti-Jew, they should have the right to be.” 

Later in the episode, Kataguiri added fuel to the fire, saying he was against the criminalization of Nazism in Germany. 

Monark posted an apology video on Twitter on Tuesday, claiming that he was very drunk and that he hopes people will be understanding. He didn’t seek an apology for the idea, rather what he said was the insensitive way he presented it. 

His podcast studio took down the episode and cut ties with him.

The incident did not die down: Also on Tuesday night, Adrilles Jorge, a prominent TV commentator and leading supporter of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, drew scrutiny after making a Nazi salute at the end of a debate about Monark’s podcast on the Jovem Pan TV show, in which he defended Kataguiri. 

Jewish organizations, such as Jews for Democracy and the Instituto Brasil-Israel, were quick to respond on Twitter, denouncing Monark’s statements. The Confederação Israelita do Brasil, the umbrella group of Brazilian Jewish communities and organizations, also released a statement condemning Monark. 

Jews for Democracy wrote, “Ideologies that aim to eliminate others must be banned. Racism and persecution of any identities are not freedom of expression.” 

IBI also condemned the podcast on their social media accounts while simultaneously putting pressure on the podcast’s sponsors, Insider Store and Flash Beneficios, to end their support of the show — which they both did within 24 hours of the episode’s release.

To address the controversy, the podcast invited André Lajst, executive director of the Brazilian chapter of StandWithUs, a pro-Israel advocacy organization, onto its episode on Tuesday. In it, Lajst discussed how the Nazi party rose to power in Germany.

“My objective,” Lajst wrote about the episode on Twitter, “was to correct statements made on the program yesterday, the 7th, in favor of the existence of a Nazi party in Brazil and the possibility of someone claiming to be anti-Jewish.”

Jewish groups in Brazil have been worried about the resurgence of Nazi rhetoric since Bolsonaro rose to power. In defense of his reluctance to shut down his country to reduce COVID-19 cases, Bolsonaro employed the expression “work sets you free,” which many felt trivialized a phrase associated with Auschwitz. Bolsonaro’s supporters have also been known to make Nazi salutes, including at rallies supporting the president. One of his aides was accused of flashing a white supremacist hand signal during a legislative hearing. 

The Monark incident comes during the same week that a far-right extremist from Germany, Nikolai Nerling, took shelter in Brazil to avoid being punished for his record of Holocaust denial — which is illegal in Germany. Nerling has continued to record and disseminate online content that denies the Holocaust while touring cities in the south of Brazil.

 

Brazil has the largest population of Catholics in the world 

 

170 million.

 

https://www.dw.com/en/the-ratlines-what-did-the-vatican-know-about-nazi-escape-routes/a-52555068

 

 

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I suspect Putin has already decided to move into Ukraine. His more likely downside is a converted resistance movement from native Ukrainians. Certainly NATO is no deterrent. Putin success in Ukraine will encourage China to take out Taiwan. 
 

The world ends up with Europe dependent on Russian energy and China controlling the supply of industrial chips. The world is fat and happy?

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3 hours ago, Boudrias said:

I suspect Putin has already decided to move into Ukraine. His more likely downside is a converted resistance movement from native Ukrainians. Certainly NATO is no deterrent. Putin success in Ukraine will encourage China to take out Taiwan. 
 

The world ends up with Europe dependent on Russian energy and China controlling the supply of industrial chips. The world is fat and happy?

Putin (or rather the oligarchs supporting him) are afraid more of the Ukraine in the EU imho than NATO.  NATO just gives him an excuse to move in.

 

Taking over is one thing, holding it is another (Ukraine).

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Putin knows his economic cost for invading Ukraine is massive. If he's willing to accept that then his end game isn't Ukraine. It's Ukraine + Belarus + Lithuania + (maybe Latvia + Estonia) + probably Moldova as well.

 

If you're going to get grounded forever for stealing a cookie you might as well steal all the cookies.

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13 hours ago, NewbieCanuckFan said:

Putin (or rather the oligarchs supporting him) are afraid more of the Ukraine in the EU imho than NATO.  NATO just gives him an excuse to move in.

 

Taking over is one thing, holding it is another (Ukraine).

C'mon mate 

 

Ukraine has /might/ be provided by NATO " weapons of mass destruction".

 

That's a great 21st century excuse for an illegal invasion. 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Ilunga said:

C'mon mate 

 

Ukraine has /might/ be provided by NATO " weapons of mass destruction".

 

That's a great 21st century excuse for an illegal invasion. 

 

 

in putin's view: yes.

The russian point is that they feel threatened by all the Nato forces located in Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania....

That's exactly the reason to call for security guarantees.

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13 hours ago, nuckin_futz said:

Putin knows his economic cost for invading Ukraine is massive. If he's willing to accept that then his end game isn't Ukraine. It's Ukraine + Belarus + Lithuania + (maybe Latvia + Estonia) + probably Moldova as well.

 

If you're going to get grounded forever for stealing a cookie you might as well steal all the cookies.

Hey nuckin_futz, really like this cookie analogy to explain what might happen going forward. Guess you like cookies a lot ::D

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13 minutes ago, Wolfgang Durst said:

in putin's view: yes.

The russian point is that they feel threatened by all the Nato forces located in Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania....

That's exactly the reason to call for security guarantees.

He certainly has more of a case than the US had. 

 

I don't know why the US won't state that Ukraine will never join NATO. 

They have more than enough long range ballistic missiles and other military forces to keep Russia in check.

 

History illustrates what the United States reaction was when the Russians wanted to place medium and intermediate range nukes in Cuba, well within striking distance of them. 

We nearly had WW3.

 

This forum would probably not exist as well as most of its members if the Russians/ Khrushchev had not backed down and withdrawn the missiles.

 

But hey who remembers the lessons of history.

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1 minute ago, 6of1_halfdozenofother said:

For a monster that professes love of cookies, Cookie Monster sure does a crappy job of actually eating them - like almost all the cookie fragments end up on the ground!  :lol:

(the rest are probably stuck to his fur!)

In his defence, he has no fingers or teeth.

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