Published by ReutersBy Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Tom Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russians voted on Sunday in the final stretch of a three-day parliamentary election that the ruling party is expected to win emphatically after a crackdown that crushed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's movement and barred opponents from the ballot. The expected win by the ruling United Russia … [Read more...] about Pro-Putin party set to win Russian election after Navalny clampdown
The French government is throwing a temper tantrum. Why? Because France will not be getting billions of dollars from Australia. Of course, that is not exactly how French officials are explaining the tantrum. Here is an excerpt from a 18 September 2021 Politico story: "French Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thébault publicly chided Australia on Saturday for … [Read more...] about Government of France needs a whaaambulance.
Published by ReutersBy Tom Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) - Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accused Telegram of censorship on Saturday after the popular messaging app followed Google and Apple in restricting access to their voting campaign in Russia's parliamentary election. The activists have already accused Alphabet's Google and Apple of buckling under Kremlin … [Read more...] about Navalny allies accuse Telegram of censorship in Russian election
Published by ReutersBy Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many as 10 civilians, including seven children, the U.S. military said on Friday, apologizing for what it called a "tragic mistake". The Pentagon had said the Aug. 29 strike targeted an Islamic State suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S.-led troops … [Read more...] about U.S. says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians, including children, in ‘tragic mistake’
Next time you hear some MAGA lunatic claim President Biden has dementia or lost his mind, can’t tell his sister and wife apart, occasionally thinks Vice-President Harris is the president, can’t open doors, is handled, controlled, or likes ice cream too much (I still don’t get how liking ice cream is a sign of mental decline, but I guess you gotta create something out of … [Read more...] about NO NUKES FOR YOU (Cartoon and Column)
Protesters at an anti-vaccine rally in Pennsylvania in August 2021. Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Adrian Bardon, Wake Forest University Vaccine refusal is a major reason COVID-19 infections continue to surge in the U.S. Safe and effective vaccines have been available for months, but as of mid-September 2021, only 65% of eligible … [Read more...] about Political orientation predicts science denial – here’s what that means for getting Americans vaccinated against COVID-19
Published by St. Louis Post-DispatchAmerica’s top military commander justifiably feared for the sanity of his boss in the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency and took steps to circumvent Trump’s authority in case he attempted an unprovoked nuclear strike or other belligerent action. The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Mark Milley, clearly sidestepped all notions of … [Read more...] about Editorial: Was it wrong for the top general to thwart a clearly unhinged president?
Published by ReutersBy Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) -Piers Morgan, the outspoken British journalist and broadcaster, has joined Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and Fox News Media in a global deal that includes a new TV show in early 2022, newspaper columns and a book deal. Murdoch said in a statement on Thursday Morgan was "the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to … [Read more...] about UK’s Piers Morgan joins Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News in global deal
What a shame that so many prominent figures summon the moxie to speak the truth when it’s too late to do anything about it. So it went the other day when George W. Bush used his 9/11 anniversary address to rightly denounce Trump’s insurrectionists as the domestic equivalent of foreign jihadists. “(W)e have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not … [Read more...] about WISE WORDS FROM GEORGE W. BUSH THAT REPUBLICANS WILL IGNORE
Trump, Elder’s campaign falsely claimed fraud before California votes were counted — a growing GOP tactic By Elise Viebeck and Tom Hamburger Washington Post SAN FRANCISCO — Former president Donald Trump’s false voter fraud claims found new life in California’s biggest election this year. The top Republican seeking to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in Tuesday’s recall … [Read more...] about The New Stochastic Terrorists
Published by ReutersBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) -California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom handily beat back an effort to oust him from office in Tuesday's special election, overcoming a Republican campaign to unseat him over his liberal policies on immigration, COVID-19 and crime. Newsom, a first-term governor beset by challenges including the COVID-19 … [Read more...] about Landslide: California Governor Newsom easily retains job, sweeps election
Published by ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general secretly called his Chinese counterpart twice over concerns then-President Donald Trump could spark a war with China as his potential election loss loomed and in its aftermath, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. U.S. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called General Li Zuocheng of the … [Read more...] about Top general Milley secretly called China over fears Trump could spark war -report
Do you hear that? What is that sound? That sound is millions of Californians holding their collective breath. It will soon be replaced by the sound of Republicans whining. The reason millions of Californians are holding their breaths is because today is election day for the recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom. The entire recall was engineered politically by Republicans, … [Read more...] about CONSPIRACY CALIFORNIA (CARTOON, COLUMN AND VIDEO)
Californians go to the polls today and unless there is a political upset akin to Harry Trump defeating Thomas E. Dewey or Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton the GOP-led effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom will flop lounder than a 300 lb. man doing a belly flop off a 30 foot diving board. Why? Will it be due to a conspiracy by a monolithic news media to … [Read more...] about Why the GOP-led drive to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom will flop today
The United Nations chief raised more than $1.1 billion in pledges for humanitarian aid for Afghanistan today despite the Taliban takeover but uncertainties continue about how soon it can be delivered and whether it will reach the right hands. Antonio Guterres’s success in obtaining the pledges which exceed a flash appeal of $606 million is an extraordinary feat so soon after … [Read more...] about UN’s Guterres wins $1.1 billion for Afghan humanitarian aid but forward moves remain perilous
by Noah Jenkins In a political environment mired with hyper-partisanship, one would think it would be a relief to see a unifying issue. Although it was before my time, I have read much of how political arms were laid down after the September 11 attacks for pure, unbridled patriotism to heal the wounds of a nation whose resolve was tested. Situations like this are … [Read more...] about I Have Not Known a World Without the War in Afghanistan. Here is My Perspective.
By Daniel T Cross Sustainability Times Lions across Africa have seen their habitats shrink over the years, but not in the Balule Nature Reserve, a protected area that forms part of the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Here, on an area the size of Belgium, lions can roam freely across vast spaces undeterred by fences. In fact, the lions can travel so widely that … [Read more...] about Africa’s endangered lions can thrive in protected areas
GO FUND ME BUTTON IS NOW FIXED The Moderate Voice needs your help. Now. TMV gets a little in ad revenue but -- as discussed before -- ad revenues are WAY down (for most weblogs, the bulk of which have vanished from several years ago due to shrinking ad revenue and Google's robot changing blog rankings in some cases virtually overnight). Donations big and small are … [Read more...] about Please Donate to TMV: It is urgent going forward
by Jane Knox At some point in our lives, from birth to death, we all need to hear a lullaby, a special song that someone sings to us to let us know we are loved. A soothing, rhythmic song, like a lullaby, can help us transition from one state of consciousness to another. From the beginning of time mothers have engaged in the universal impulse to sing a lullaby to soothe … [Read more...] about A Lullaby for Crossing Over
Published by ReutersBy Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin on Sunday said lawmakers were unlikely to pass their massive budget package by Democrats' Sept. 27 deadline, adding that he could support a smaller $1.5 trillion bill. Manchin, a West Virginia moderate who has urged a "pause" on fellow Democrat U.S. President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion domestic … [Read more...] about Manchin urges more time for slimmer budget bill