Vladimir Putin

December 25, 2021

Putin Blames US for Tensions, Demands Security Assurances

Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the U.S. and its allies over “tensions that are building up in Europe” and demanded guarantees that NATO will not expand eastwards.

Putin’s comments came as part of a speech at a meeting with Russia’s top military officials days after Moscow submitted documents demanding that NATO deny membership to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries.

The demands come amid rising tensions over a buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine that has sparked fears of a possible invasion.

According to the Associated Press, “Russia has denied it has plans to attack its neighbor but pressed for legal guarantees that would rule out NATO expansion and weapons deployment there.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the U.S. is working with its European allies to address “Russian aggression” diplomatically, but President Joe Biden opposes the guarantees that Putin seeks.

“The president has been extremely clear for many, many years about some basic principles that no one is moving back on: the principle that one country does not have the right to change by force the borders of another, that one country does not have the right to dictate the policies of another or to tell that that country with whom they may associate,” Blinken said.

“One country does not have the right to exert a sphere of influence. That notion should be relegated to the dustbin of history.”

Putin said that NATO’s expanded eastward for decades while saying that Russia had no reason to worry.

“What is happening now, tensions that are building up in Europe, is [U.S. and NATO’s] fault every step of the way,” Putin said.

“Russia has been forced to respond at every step. The situation kept worsening and worsening, deteriorating and deteriorating. And here we are today, in a situation when we’re forced to resolve it somehow.”


Putin blames West for tensions, demands security guarantees

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July 11, 2021

Houston Man Arrested For Alleged Illegal Voting

Hervis Rogers went viral on social media for being the last person in line to cast a vote on Super Tuesday in March 2020. Now, he is being prosecuted by the Texas Attorney General’s office for allegedly voting illegally. In 1995, Rogers was sentenced to 25 years for burglary and intent to commit theft. He was out on parole in 2004, with his parole set to end in June of 2020. Formerly convicted felons are prohibited from voting in Texas. Rogers was arrested this week for two counts of illegal voting, and his bail is currently set at $100,000. “Mr. Rogers is being held in jail on an extremely high bail amount that he cannot afford for what amounts to simply attempting to fulfill his civic duty. This is not justice,” said ACLU of Texas legal director Andre Segura.

The grizzly bear that pulled a woman from her tent and killed her earlier this week was fatally shot by wildlife officials. Officials set a trap near the chicken coop that the bear raided near Ovando, Montana. Bear attacks on humans are rare, especially within inhabited areas. “Everybody recognizes this as really abnormal behavior to actually attack somebody sleeping in a tent in town,” local resident Dona Aitken said. “I think we still don’t have a good answer for why he did that.” Authorities hunted the 400-pound animal for over three days with the aid of helicopters, search crews, and large traps baited with roadkill.

The Biden administration is sending 3 million Covid-19 vaccines to Indonesia, marking the largest single shipment yet. The White House is also sending 1.5 million vaccines to Nepal, 500,000 to Moldova, and 500,000 to Bhutan. “We recognize the difficult situation Indonesia currently finds itself in with a surge of Covid cases and our thoughts are with those in Indonesia who are affected family,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. Indonesia is currently experiencing a record number of daily deaths from the coronavirus as the Delta variant continues to circulate.

In a bizarre case of evidence tampering, a man panicked and swallowed a bag of marijuana during a traffic stop. He then choked on it and the state trooper who pulled him over had to perform the Heimlich maneuver. Dashcam footage released by the Ohio State Patrol shows Trooper Charles Hoskin asking the driver if he was able to breathe as he exited the vehicle. The two walked to a safe area behind the vehicle, where the officer performed the Heimlich maneuver and a plastic bag is dislodged. “I had a gram of weed on me, sir,” the suspect said.

Amid another series of ransomware attacks, President Biden told Vladimir Putin that Russia must crack down on cybercriminals. “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who that is,” Biden said. Putin was warned by Biden that the US will take “any necessary action” to defend American infrastructure. According to the White House, only time will tell how Russia will respond.

The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has asked people in his state to voluntarily curtail their water use by 15% amid the drought in the Western US. “This is jaw-dropping, what’s happening in the West Coast of the United States,” said Newsom. California’s most significant reservoirs are at dangerously low levels: 30% and 34% capacity. Some other states have already imposed mandatory water restrictions. Oregon Governor Kate Brown instructed state agencies to stop watering lawns and washing windows. A new law in Nevada bans approximately a third of grass in the Las Vegas area, excluding single-family homes, parks, and golf courses.

Stay safe,

Fraser Dixon


April 16, 2021

Pfizer: People need third dose of COVID-19 vaccine within a year

Thank God it’s Friday, America!

According to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, people who have been fully vaccinated with their COVID-19 vaccine would “likely” need to secure another shot within a year. He added that people may need to get injected every year in order to remain protected against the virus. This is too many injections.

The proposal of several Democratic House members to expand the Supreme Court will face an uphill battle not only from Republicans but also from their party mates. Per House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s standpoint, President Joe Biden’s 36-member commission to review such measures is the way to go.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered over 100,000 Russian troops standby at Ukraine’s border on Wednesday. The massive show of force is a testament of a future war between the two countries. Please keep calm, Mr. Putin!

Google Earth has unearthed a new 3D time-lapse feature, an interesting quick watch to see. Users can see any part of the planet, change the camera angles and pick whatever year they would like to see (from 1984 up to 2020). Amazing!

Experts have forecast that people would be able to video-chat each other via holograms by 2030. How exciting to feel like I’m doing the Star Wars thing!

During Prince Philip’s funeral procession, Queen Elizabeth has ordered Prince William and Prince Harry to be distant from their grandfather’s coffin. The sibling will likely have a close encounter for the first time, after Prince Harry with his wife Meghan Markle decided to abandon the royal family. I don’t think Prince Philip would be happy about that.

Happy weekend,

Fraser Dixon


April 11, 2021

Biden to launch commission to study expansion of Supreme Court

Happy Sunday, America!

President Joe Biden has launched a commission that would assess the possibility of expanding the members of the Supreme Court. This likely is the Democrats’ way of getting even to Republicans who forced to confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett after the passing of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

According to reports, around 40 percent of US Marines have rejected getting the COVID-19 vaccine. As of now, making the shots compulsory cannot be done since the vaccines were only an emergency use with authorization provided by the US-FDA.

Despite having been barred from social media presence, former President Donald Trump still has the ability to create buzz. Arguably, he remains to be the GOP’s most powerful figure. He won’t easily be shaken down, will he?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed over 85,000 army robots in preparation for war engagement with Ukraine. Kremlin is already flexing its muscles as Russian troops are signaling they are ready to fight. Can’t it be resolved in a diplomatic way?

Apparently, introverts are afraid to go back to the pre-pandemic times, the old normal. It looks like they would miss the quiet moments brought about by the lockdown and other restrictions, while the whole world awaits getting past the new normal.

Meghan Markle won’t be attending the funeral of Prince Philip. The pregnant actress was advised by her doctor not to travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, Prince Harry will still come to pay tribute to his grandfather.

Take care always,

Fraser Dixon


April 6, 2021

Fauci says US government would not mandate vaccine passports

Happy Tuesday, America!

During a Monday podcast, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the US federal government would not require vaccine passports for traveling Americans. He was actually skeptical that Biden’s administration would be the “main mover” of the new scheme.

In a major financial move, China unveils its entry into digital currency. This would give the Chinese an edge to become the pioneer in cyber money. Make your move, America.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that would allow him to run for two six-year terms in office. Meaning to say, he can hold the presidency until 2036. It looks like he does not want to seat in power any longer (pun intended).

A study revealed that people could not recognize screams of happiness and screams of terror. In fact, screams of joy are a lot harder to discern than screams of fear. I’m not sure how to react to this kind of news.

The US is currently facing a scarcity of ketchup. Issues have stemmed from supply chains that took a hit because of the pandemic. My french fries look sad now.

Piers Morgan has again made snide remarks against Meghan Markle. The renowned English anchor claimed that he was “under attack” by the American actress. Does this guy want to join the Royal family?

Be healthy,

Fraser Dixon


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