Russia will fold the four regions of the Donbass into its borders today.
On Thursday Russian President Vladimir Putin signed orders to allow Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to be declared independent. Once that is approved, they can be voted into Russia. The regions of Donetsk and Luhansk were declared independent in February so the path for their Russian statehood has been cleared.
The West is screaming that they do not accept this but Russia is not listening. These regions voted overwhelmingly to join Russia and it is happening.
The Associated Press is reporting that a strike on Zaporizhzhia killed 23 people Friday morning and saying that Russia did it, sourcing “an official.” This was a civilian convoy which was seeking refuge in the newly declared independent zone. Why would Russia fire on a region they just took over and now control? Russia has said that it will defend these regions in the same way they would defend any other attacks within their borders and they have mobilized 300,000 troops to do so.
The U.S. is reportedly setting up a new command center in Germany in order to respond to this conflict.
NATO has confirmed that the damage to the Nord Stream pipelines was an act of sabotage and said that they will “investigate.”
NATO officials met on Wednesday to discuss a response to this major ecological crisis which could leave Europeans in the lurch for affordable energy this winter. The Wall Street Journal says that some NATO nations are blaming Russia, which just makes no sense. Russia wanted the Nord Stream pipeline just about as much as it wanted anything.
The Baltic Sea is in NATO control and has been all year. We discuss the pieces of evidence that do not add up in this episode of Redacted.
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The Queen of Denmark stripped her four youngest grandchildren of their titles in a move to slim down the monarchy and allow them more freedom. Ah yes, the burden of the monarchy. Such a tyranny.
Queen Magrethe of Denmark has two children and eight grandchildren. The four grandchildren in question are the children of her youngest son, Prince Joachim. They will be demoted from Princes and Princesses to Counts and Countesses. The four children of the Queen’s oldest son and heir will retain titles but still lose some benefits of royalty with the exception of Prince Christian, the heir.
“With her decision, Her Majesty the Queen wants to create a framework for the four grandchildren, to a much greater degree, to be able to shape their own existence without being limited by the special considerations and obligations that a formal affiliation with the Royal House as an institution implies,” said the palace statement.
A similar move was made by the King of Sweden in 2019 and many say that British King Charles also favors a smaller group of “working royals.” We discussed why that may be in this episode of Redacted.
California is now a sanctuary state for transgender children. This means that if a child goes there to seek transgender procedures and hormones, they cannot be sent back to their home state, even if their parents are sending for them.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “the new law prohibits California courts and attorneys from enforcing subpoenas requested by other states about gender-affirming care for minors, and healthcare providers from releasing medical information. The bill also declares that any potential out-of-state arrest warrant for violating laws related to such care will be given ‘the lowest law enforcement priority.’”
Gender-affirming care could mean breast binders, breast removal surgery, puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. These are permanent things that children can do in California without parental consent, many of which have serious negative health consequences. It’s one thing to allow a child to freely express themselves but quite another to allow a child to make permanent decisions about their reproductive and overall health and remove their parents from that process.
The California legislature seems to know that this bill may have major legal challenges. The state made last-minute amendments because “it is unclear whether this bill will run afoul of the Constitution.” The state added a severability clause to allow the law to remain in effect if other provisions are struck down by courts.
News By The Numbers
61. That is how many home runs Yankees player Aaron Judge has hit this season. He now ties the record for most home runs in the American League during one season and he is aiming to break it with plenty more.
Trevor Noah is trending because he announced that he is stepping down as the host of The Daily Show.
Hocus Pocus 2 is trending because the witchy sequel is now available to stream on Disney+.
“Queen Elizabeth cause of death” is trending because her death certificate was released and it says that the queen died of old age. I chuckled at the Occupation field in which someone wrote “Her Majesty The Queen.”
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