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New Year scandal: Zelensky and Kolomoisky secretly met in Bukovel


The president and the oligarch are carefully hiding the very fact of the meeting

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has gotten himself into yet another oligarchic scandal. It turned out that he spent the holidays at the hotel in the Radisson Blu Resort Bukovel in the Bukovel resort in the company of the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky. Although the law “on oligarchs” adopted at the suggestion of the President's Office states that civil servants are prohibited from communicating with the richest citizens of the country.

Vladimir Zelensky. Photo of the website of the President of Ukraine.

Of course, the President of the country can be classified as a civil servant conditionally. He cannot but communicate with the oligarchs at all. But it's one thing to hold business meetings, it's another to celebrate in the same hotel. True, Igor Kolomoisky assures that he did not know about Zelensky's arrival and rushed to leave the hotel as soon as he arrived. Allegedly, they did not even communicate. But Zelenskaya could not but know where and to whom he was going: the guards are obliged to strictly monitor the safety of the hotels in which the head of state settles, and to have information about all his guests. Or Zelensky's security is so unprofessional that it overlooked the “presence of an oligarch.” Or, nevertheless, the president was going to meet with him. And as sources of the “Strana.News” newspaper assure, the meeting of old friends did take place. Although the Office of the President has diligently denied this point, arguing that Zelensky has no relationship with Kolomoisky for a couple of years. And this is another puncture. Why hide something that doesn't mean anything bad. Now the Ukrainian media want to know what the oligarch and the president were talking about in Bukovel, accompanied by the clinking of festive glasses.

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New Year is the oldest, the oldest, the oldest. How the date of the main holiday floated


Weekly “Arguments and Facts” No. 52. What to prepare for the New Year's table? 29/12/2021

On the question of the start date of the year, there is a ready answer: they say, on December 20, 1699, Tsar Peter I issued a decree numbered 1736, which introduced the chronology from the Nativity of Christ. Also, according to this decree, the New Year was supposed to be celebrated on the night of December 31 to January 1.

The answer is correct in its own way, but incomplete. He gives the impression that before Peter, in such an important matter as the beginning and end of the annual cycle, we had some kind of desert. It is rarely remembered that Peter did not introduce a new holiday, but only moved its date to January 1.

We will try to fill this gap. New Year's traditions in our country are rich and varied, and the holiday itself managed to visit not only winter, but also autumn and spring. & Nbsp;

Perhaps the most venerable holiday date should be considered the winter solstice: from December 21 to 22. This night is special, it was traditionally celebrated by many peoples. For example, the closest neighbors of the Slavs, the Germans, also celebrated the transition from long nights to long days. We called it “ Kolyado '', the Germans called it & mdash; Yule. It is curious that the Russian name almost accurately describes the general Slavic-Germanic custom. On the night of the solstice, it was supposed to imitate the actions of the Sun: they extinguished all the lights, and then kindled the newborn flame. And in the old fashioned way, with the help of friction, rotating a wooden spindle with an onion drill in the deck. According to one version, “ kolyado '' & mdash; and there is the same deck, that is, a stump, a log. By the way, the 'Christmas log' can still be found at any European fair. Both ours and the Germans preferred to see pork on the table that day. But the Slavs also baked korovai. This is exactly how & mdash; bread, stylized as a cow's head, with horns. A magical rite was associated with it, which, as it was believed, provided bread and a well-fed life in general. The elder of the clan hid behind a freshly baked cow and asked: “ Can you see me? '' This was followed by the answer: “ We do not see, grandfather, where are you? '' He straightened up and said: “ So that you won't see me the next year! '' The holiday lasted until the adoption of Christianity in 988. However, some traditions were passed on to Christmas and Christmastide.

With the adoption of Christianity, a new calendar style was adopted, dating back to the Roman republican calendar, according to which the New Year came on March 1. This was a very successful innovation, since spring is traditionally very important for our people. For example, during the time of Alexander Nevsky to the question “ How old are you? '' only a boyar or an educated merchant could answer. The commoner simply did not understand what it was about. But to the question “ Which spring did you go on? '' followed by a lightning-fast response. “ By the tenth '', & mdash; from a ten-year-old child, for example. Now from that holiday, reminiscent of the importance of spring in the old calendar, the word “ Peer '' remains. And another funny New Year's chorus, which is guaranteed to confuse our contemporaries: “ I sow, I blow, I sow, Happy New Year, congratulations! '' What other sowing season for the New Year, in the midst of winter?

The trick is that this chorus came to us from those times when the New Year was celebrated in the spring, hoping for gentle weather and a new harvest. The holiday itself was called Avsen, and those who celebrated were supposed to sing ritual songs-avsenki. Quoting them is not worth it, since the auxiliaries were designed to glorify fertility and childbearing & mdash; everything in the appropriate terminology, which is now rightly considered indecent. In addition, the Avsenki did not sing, but shouted & mdash; with a squeal and a flood.

This continued until 1492, when Prince Ivan III the Great married to the Byzantine princess Sophia Palaeologus , made a calendar reform in the Byzantine manner. In the Eastern Roman Empire, it was customary to celebrate the New Year on September 1. In Russia, the holiday took root: later, after the establishment of the patriarchate, the “ New Summer Action '', or the “ Rite of Passing the Summer '' was even created. The holiday is magnificent and solemn, with the participation of the tsar and the patriarch, so that everyone can see the symphony of secular and spiritual power. Between Matins and Mass, the tsar and the patriarch went out to the Ivanovskaya Square of the Kremlin to the ringing of bells, where a solemn prayer service was served. After the prayer service, congratulations were exchanged, first between the tsar and the patriarch, then & mdash; between the tsar and the boyars, and then the tsar congratulated everyone, and the whole square in response congratulated the tsar. The celebration ended with the distribution of gifts. The close ones got pies and food, and ordinary participants & mdash; money alms. The official part of the holiday ended there, and the festivities began. They, however, were of a very pious character. Since the new year marked, first of all, the beginning of a new church year, it was considered correct not only to attend all divine services and congratulate the elders in the family, but also to help the orphan, the poor, and the poor. So on September 1, an incredible variety of gifts were handed out. This is a custom that is still quite alive.

Well, September 1 was replaced by the decree of the king-carpenter on January 1. The holiday is emphatically secular, which, by the way, is confirmed by its origin. It also dates back to the times of Ancient Rome. There, for a long time, the coming of the New Year was also timed to coincide with spring. Specifically & mdash; to the Ides of March. However, in 153 BC. e. the date was moved to January 1 & mdash; the day on which the elected consuls took office. Julius Caesar finally approved the date of the New Year, having carried out the corresponding reform: the calendar from 46 BC. e. called Julian. European countries did not immediately switch to it and not everything: it only started with the beginning of an increased interest in the heritage of Antiquity. That is, from the era of the High Renaissance: the first quarter of the 16th century. The Venetian Republic became a pioneer in 1522. Little by little, the Holy Roman Empire, Portugal, Sweden, and Poland followed it … But if someone thinks that Russia is somewhere in the last places in this series, then he is very wrong. In England and Ireland, New Year celebrations on January 1 began more than half a century later than here: in 1752

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Macron in New Year’s address warns of “difficult weeks” due to COVID


Macron: the coming weeks will be difficult due to coronavirus In December, France faced two waves of coronavirus at once – “delta” and “omicron”, and on December 25, the number of cases per day exceeded 100 thousand people. At the beginning of January there may already be 250 thousand of them, the authorities warned

The next few weeks will be difficult for France due to a sharp increase in the number of cases of coronavirus. This was announced in a New Year's address by French President Emmanuel Macron, reports Reuters.

“The coming weeks will be difficult, we all know that”, “mdash; said the French president. This growth can be dealt with if people “ behave responsibly, '' he said. “ We will cope with this problem if we follow the same principles as on the first day of the pandemic, '' & mdash; added Macron.

In France on December 29, 174,296 new cases of coronavirus were recorded, follows from the data of the World Health Organization. 281 people died in a day. The total number of cases exceeded 9 million people who died & mdash; 120 thousand

At the same time, France overcame the level of 100 thousand cases per day on December 25. By early January, the number of cases can reach 250 thousand per day, said the head of the French Ministry of Health Olivier Veran. He attributed this to the fact that the country was faced with waves of two strains of coronavirus & mdash; omicron and an increase in delta cases, each requiring a different control measure. Against this background, the Paris authorities were obliged to wear masks in the city, even in the fresh air.

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Zelensky on New Year told when the line will disappear in Donbass


Zelensky: ending the war in Donbass is my main goal In his New Year's address, the Ukrainian president said that his main goal is to end the war in eastern Ukraine. In December, Zelensky allowed a referendum on Donbass

The front in Donbass will disappear when “ we remove the line of demarcation in our heads. '' This was stated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his New Year's address to the Ukrainians. His appeal was published in his Telegram.

In his congratulations, he said that he would like the neighbors to come “ to visit us '' with “ jellied meat and a bottle, and not with weapons and without knocking. '' “ And so that relatives come. And to come more often. From Donbass, from Crimea. But not to visit, but to ourselves, we returned home, because we are all & mdash; one family. Both Donbass and Crimea '', & mdash; he said.

“ And, unfortunately, we have not yet finished the war in the east of our state. And this is my main goal. This is why I say bye. Because next year will definitely be better! '' & Mdash; he added.

At the beginning of his address, he also indicated that he was going to talk “ not about what was done, but about those who did it. '' Therefore, during his appeal, he mentioned teachers, doctors, athletes, military men, designers and representatives of other professions.

A referendum may be held on the issue of Donbass in Ukraine, Zelensky said in December 2021. “ This is not a question of status. We can have this in life, it can be about Donbass, Crimea, maybe about ending the war in general, '', & mdash; he said.

Also, the Ukrainian president mentioned that another platform for negotiations with Russia may appear in Donbass “ thanks to the United States. '' Zelensky did not rule out the possibility of direct negotiations with Vladimir Putin.

The topic of a possible meeting between Putin and Zelensky in a public field began to be discussed in the spring of 2021. At first, Zelensky suggested organizing it “ anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbass. '' This, he said, was necessary to prevent the escalation of the conflict in the region. The Russian president, in turn, offered to come to Moscow for negotiations. After that Kiev offered to hold a meeting “ anywhere '' and 'anytime'.

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Aliyev and Pashinyan in New Year’s addresses told how the armies will be strengthened


In Armenia, they will introduce compulsory military training and more actively involve women in the service, while in Azerbaijan they will continue to buy equipment and create a commando detachment. Aliyev and Pashinyan talked about this in their New Year messages

Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh

The armies of Armenia and Azerbaijan will strengthen their armies and carry out military reforms. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated this in New Year's TV addresses to their peoples.

According to the Azerbaijani leader, in 2021, “ new weapons and equipment will be acquired. '' “ I must also note that a new military formation was created in Azerbaijan this year & mdash; Commando Forces & raquo;, & mdash; Aliyev told (quoted by Day.az). This special rapid deployment unit will have a “ great capability '' and will be ready to carry out “ any military mission, '' Aliyev said.

Armenia, according to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, should “ have a professional army, and more and more women should be involved in it. '' “ In a strategic perspective, urgent military service should change significantly, turning into compulsory military training and periodic exercises, '' & mdash; he reported (quoted from News Armenia).

At the same time, both the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders stated that they are supporters of the peaceful development of relations. Thus, according to Pashinyan, peace is the “ most reliable way to ensure '' security of the country. Aliyev said he hoped that “ someday we will have good neighborly relations with Armenia. ''

The last time Aliyev and Pashinyan held talks in mid-December. They went to the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels with the participation of Charles Michel, President of the European Council. The parties discussed the creation of an economic advisory platform “ to build confidence, promote peaceful coexistence and expand economic cooperation. '' But Aliyev and Pashinyan confirmed that they would fulfill the key obligations they assumed after the end of the war in Karabakh.

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A month earlier, at negotiations in the presence of Vladimir Putin, Pashinyan and Aliyev argued about the implementation these agreements. Thus, the Azerbaijani leader said that all points of the ceasefire agreement, which was concluded in 2020, were fulfilled. Pashinyan objected: “ There is a problem of hostages and other detainees. This is a very important humanitarian issue. ''

The war in Nagorno-Karabakh last took place in the fall of 2020. During major hostilities, both sides suffered losses in manpower and equipment. The war ended with significant territorial concessions, which Armenia made, and Russia brought peacekeepers into the region. In November 2021, the conflict escalated again in the region – & mdash; armored vehicles and artillery were involved in the hostilities.

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The President of Ukraine in the New Year’s greetings named his main goal


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The end of the war in Donbass is the main goal of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He announced this in his New Year's greetings. According to the Ukrainian leader, this year will help to move forward on this issue.

At the same time, the head of state proposed his own way to get rid of the demarcation line in Donbass. We must stop thinking about her. According to Zelensky, the border will disappear on the map when it disappears in the minds of Ukrainian citizens.

The Ukrainian leader recalled that the army reliably protects the country and therefore there is no need to fear the invasion of an external aggressor.

Recall , the military operation in Donbass was launched by the Ukrainian authorities in 2014. In this way they tried to “crush” the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. Donetsk and Luhansk declared independence after a coup in February 2014. According to the UN, about 13 thousand people have already become victims of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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For the first time in history, 10 people met the New Year in orbit


For the first time ten people met the New Year in space, seven of them & ndash; aboard the International Space Station, three more & ndash; at the Chinese station “ Tiangong '', according to the website of Roskosmos.

It is specified that Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Peter Dubrov, NASA astronauts Mark Wande Hai, Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn are currently working on board the ISS and Kayla Barron, as well as European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer.

In just 21 years, 83 people celebrated the holiday at the station, some of them several times. So, for example, Russian Anton Shkaplerov celebrated four New Years in orbit & ndash; 2012, 2015, 2018 and 2022.

Earlier it was reported how Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Petr Dubrov cooked in space “ herring under a fur coat '' to decorate the New Year's table.

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New laws of the New Year: technical inspection, alimony, blocking on the Internet


What comes into force on January 1

Well, here it is, 2022 As usual, we studied the laws passed by the parliament and signed by the president, which will come into force in Russia in the new year from January 1.

Photo: AGN” Moscow “

Compared to last year, this time, I must say, it will not be a lot with innovations in January. The Duma was elected in September, began to work only in mid-October, the legislative flywheel has not yet developed at full capacity.

But something is in the bag of Santa Claus, whose wishes, as it turned out, are made by Vladimir Putin himself. there is also for us. For some of us at least.

For those who buy apartments and who cannot obtain alimony, for drivers and fans of driving with the breeze, for those who live on YouTube or Instagram and think that it has always been and always will be … And for those who want to build muscle in the fitness center just in case … And also for those who, in despair, do not know where to turn for help – they do not know who to call so that they can hear.

We are all not small and have known for a long time that Santa Claus has not only gifts in his bag but also “gifts”. We know that sometimes what is a gift and joy to someone is quite the opposite. But it's always better to know than to get stuck out of ignorance or not use a good opportunity that you, it turns out, had …

recklessly “: new article of the Criminal Code

After the New Year holidays, the law, which was hastily adopted by the parliament in two days at the very end of the session, will come into force, which journalists called the law on “golden reckless drivers”, and the essence of which can be expressed by paraphrasing the well-known words from the movie “Beware of the car!”

A new article appears in the Criminal Code. If you exceeded the speed by more than 60 km per hour or drove into the oncoming lane, got caught, were punished with a fine, then again during the year you got caught on the same one and lost your license, but still got behind the wheel and again the speed is very strong exceeded or went to the “oncoming lane”, and again got caught – they will start a criminal case, which can result in either a fine of 200-300 thousand, or compulsory or compulsory labor, and if the judge is very angry, then imprisonment for up to 2 years. Moreover, even the lightest of these punishments, that is, a fine, will necessarily be accompanied by a three-year ban on occupying certain positions or on certain activities.

But if your head is not at all right and, even being convicted under the new article of the Criminal Code, you still get behind the wheel, again find yourself in the “oncoming lane” or greatly exceed the speed – there is another conviction ahead, a fine of 300-500 thousand rubles, and in the worst case, up to 3 years in a colony. With a ban on the profession for 6 years.

An important nuance: if by all indications you are, consider, a criminal, but with a repeated violation (the third, fifth, tenth – all the same, from the point of view of the law it is considered “repeated”) and already without a license you were caught not by a living traffic police inspector, but only on a video camera – get off with a fine of 5 thousand rubles. “There are many questions with photo-video recording, and until we put things in order with the placement of cameras, the mode of their operation, we will not extend the Criminal Code to these cases, even if these are systemic violations,” said Dmitry Vyatkin, one of the authors of the draft law in the State Duma meeting room (“EP “). “We received data that more than half of the drivers drive by proxy, and if it is a photo or video without specifics (that is, without understanding who exactly is driving -“ MK ”.), Innocent people will suffer,” explained the first Deputy Head of the Duma Committee on State Construction and Legislation Irina Pankina (“United Russia”). Innocent – that is, car owners who did not violate traffic rules, simply lent the car to an idiot.

Honestly, given the wording of the crime, a reasonable question arises: will at least one culprit suffer from the new article of the Criminal Code.

In 2020 (there is still no complete data for 2021), about 500 thousand people were administratively punished for serious speeding, of which about 200 thousand, that is, 40%, became repeat offenders, but only 243 lost their rights. And for going to the oncoming lane, out of almost 600 thousand punished, about 6 thousand were repeatedly caught, that is, 10%, and only 45 were deprived of their rights. Moreover, statistics, like the law, do not make a difference between the second, third and hundredth similar violation during the year …

The deputies who voted “for” hope that there will be few people prosecuted under the new article. “Isolated cases”. And the prospect of becoming a criminal for recklessness, even if it did not lead to serious consequences such as harm to someone's health or death, will stop most of the violators.

Cancel technical inspection

A rare case, but this time it is prepared for the wide masses of motorists and “gingerbread”! After years of resistance, the authorities finally admitted that they were not in a position to make the mandatory technical inspection, which is mandatory for everyone, meaningful and less corrupt. The law, adopted at the very end of the autumn session by the parliament, from January 1, 2022, canceled this procedure for cars of any age, provided that they belong to individuals and are not used by them for official and commercial purposes (for private transportation, for example). But in a number of cases, mandatory technical inspection will still remain: when the car is registered with the state, when the owner changes, that is, when a car is sold or donated over 4 years old, as well as when the design of the car is changed or its main component is replaced. It is impossible to fine motorists for the lack of a diagnostic card, but in certain cases the traffic police inspector has the right to send him for inspection – for example, if a car has an obvious technical malfunction that threatens traffic safety.

The headlights do not work, for example.

Penalty for failure to pay alimony

The hard-core alimony workers have a couple of weeks left to decide on a further strategy of behavior. Two laws come into force at once, which can seriously increase the number of persons prosecuted for persistent refusal to fulfill their obligations.

When the word “alimony” is pronounced, the classic image of a father who does not want to pay the costs of raising a child left after a divorce from his mother immediately arises. But both the Constitution and Russian legislation equalize parents and children in their rights and obligations: as parents are obliged to support their minor children, so adult able-bodied children are obliged to support their disabled parents.

As for children, now, according to the general rules, for one minor, or adult, but disabled child, a parent must pay 25% of their income, two – a third, three or more – half. Income is not salary. But a criminal record threatens only those who have previously been punished for evading the payment of alimony in the administrative order (the Administrative Code promises up to 150 hours of compulsory work or arrest for 10-15 days for this). If the citizen does not improve within a year, then there is article 157 of the Criminal Code, promising correctional or forced labor, or even up to a year in a colony.

So, now the general rules do not change, administrative and criminal penalties are not toughened. But a small but very important clarification is introduced into the Administrative Code and the Criminal Code: it will not be a malicious non-payment of alimony in general, but a malicious failure to pay alimony in full, that is, exactly in the amount prescribed by the court or stipulated in the notarial agreement of the parties. If the alimony has changed his mind and paid off the debt in full, there will be no case.

Without this clarification, it is impossible to ensure uniform application of the articles of the Administrative Offenses Code and the Criminal Code throughout the country, Deputy Minister of Justice Andrei Loginov said in the State Duma. And in the package of accompanying documents to the bills, examples were given when a citizen-father, with a debt of more than 300 thousand rubles, repaid 1,500 rubles a month, was recognized by the court as fulfilling its obligations and avoided not only criminal, but also administrative liability.

The government proposed to clarify the Administrative Offenses Code and the Criminal Code on behalf of President Putin.

Photo: Lilia Sharlovskaya < p>Statistics show that 40% of those brought to administrative responsibility for unwillingness to pay alimony pay off the debt “in part or in full”, because they do not want to get a criminal record. But “partial” repayment, as we can see, will no longer be the basis for solving the problem! This means that an increase in the number of criminal cases should be expected. Moreover, last year, with a decrease in the number of those brought to justice (bailiffs could not work fully due to covid), the total amount of alimony debt in the country increased to 156 billion rubles. And, as Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov reported recently, only 19 billion …For those concerned, it makes sense to read the list of good reasons for non-execution of a court decision or agreement on a certain amount of alimony – it is listed in the Supreme Court's Resolution of April 27, 2021. A good reason, in particular, is the illness of the alimony, non-payment of wages by the employer, delay in the transfer of money by the bank, conscription service in the army, etc. Moreover, in each specific case, the judge must figure out whether the person had other opportunities to pay, whether he has savings, property, other sources of income other than salaries. The VS considers that the disagreement of the alimony holder with the terms of the agreement or the court's decision on the amount of payments cannot be considered a valid reason. And cohabitation in the same apartment of former spouses or parents and children – too. Even if the alimony went to the colony, the judges believe, it is necessary to figure out first whether he had the opportunity to work there and earn at least something, and whether he refused to work without good reason.

By the way, the government in November, by its resolution, updated the list of incomes from which alimony must be paid. And now there are unemployment benefits, and compensation for harm caused to health, and pensions, and scholarships, and payments to doctors and other health workers …

Will the alimony payers begin to pay more accurately and in full in the face of the growing threat of administrative and criminal cases? The question is, of course, an interesting one. As we already know, 60% of debtors spit on the threat of a criminal record. And the lawyer Victoria Dergunova previously drew the attention of MK to the fact that in 2020 only 6.5% of enforcement proceedings to recover alimony payments were fulfilled by debtors voluntarily, and a fifth of them do not plan to fulfill their duties even if prosecuted …

Landing or blocking for foreign IT companies

We have one more chance in the coming months to see if things will go to bad, that is, to the complete departure of Google, YouTube or Telegram from Russia: from January 1, 2022, one of the main requirements adopted six months ago, the so-called “Law on the Landing of the Internet” – on the creation of full-fledged representative offices of foreign IT-companies on the territory of the Russian Federation. The word “full-fledged” is the key word in this case.

The law covers large foreign Internet resources oriented towards Russians and working in Russian or the languages ​​of the peoples of the Russian Federation, which are visited daily by at least 500 thousand users. All of them, in fact, a few months ago had to host an electronic form for interacting with citizens and public organizations and register a personal account on the Roskomnadzor website for interacting with the authorities of the Russian Federation. And now it's time to cut the ribbons on the doors of official branches or subsidiaries …

For those who do not want to obey, a number of “coercive measures” have been invented. First, Russian users of the resource will be notified that this social network or Internet site violates the laws of the Russian Federation. Do not frighten – they will introduce a ban on the distribution of advertising about this resource from Russian advertisers, and then they will also ban the placement of advertising on it. Further, as it grows, the following may follow: restriction of money transfers to this resource from the territory of the Russian Federation, a ban on search results, a ban on the collection and cross-border transfer of personal data, and, finally, traffic slowdown and blocking.

When the law was adopted, they said that about 20 foreign Internet resources would fall under the new rules, among them YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, which are popular among Russians, and large trading platforms AliExpress and Amazon. To the question “what will happen if they refuse to fulfill the requirements, will the authors, United Russia MPs and Senator Alexei Pushkov leave Russia,” they answered that no one demands anything extraordinary from IT giants, that only Google and Facebook have earned in Russia. less than 100 billion rubles in 2020 and they will hardly want to give up such a market just like that, and in general – they also said at first in Turkey that they would not create branches, but they have created and are working …

It has not yet been possible to create Russian counterparts seriously competing with some of the foreign resources obliged to “land” (with YouTube, for example).

It is impossible to predict what will happen after January 10, when Russia leaves the long New Year holidays.

The head of the Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, Alexander Khinshtein (“ER”), in the last days before the New Year, told reporters that the implementation of this law in parliament was “very careful” and supported the position of Roskomnadzor, which some time ago said, that he does not intend directly from January 1 to formally begin to demand compliance with all the norms of this law and apply sanctions. “The main task is to achieve the establishment of a dialogue, the next year will be decisive in this sense,” and coercive measures will be applied only if “we are not understood and our demands are ignored,” explained Mr. Khinshtein, noting that President Putin spoke about the same at the final press conference. “We understand that the basis of their expansion is not a political, but an economic reason, they are interested in the Russian market, it is developing rapidly,” the deputy said. He hopes that in January the first representatives of this business will start registering their full-fledged representative offices in Russia “and thereby set an example for others.”

Internet ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev in a conversation with MK admitted that he also cannot yet boast of information about the readiness of foreign IT giants to comply with the law on “landing”. But he believes that they will still begin to perform it, although not directly from January 1. “Companies that fall under the requirements of this law are most often law-abiding and public. But questions of the practical application of the law still remain, and I think we will probably soon see some coercion from the state and explanatory work,” he said.

During the spring session, the relevant Duma committee plans to hold an expanded meeting devoted to the implementation of the law “on landing”, with the invitation of representatives of all large foreign Internet companies operating in Russia.

Extrajudicial blocking on the Internet

In early January, another of a long list of laws will come into force on a significant expansion of the grounds for extrajudicial blocking of all kinds of information on the Internet, which the state considers especially dangerous.

This initiative was submitted to the State Duma back in July 2020 by deputies from all Duma factions of the previous convocation (United Russia, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, the SR and the Liberal Democratic Party) – members of the Commission for Combating Foreign Interference. The explanatory note stated that “the commission established numerous facts” (how many were not specified) of the dissemination of information by foreign states on the Russian Internet, justifying or justifying terrorism and extremism in general. Russian law at that time allowed, without any trial, at the initiative of the Prosecutor General or his deputy, who responded to a signal from some department, organization or vigilant citizens, to promptly block information with “calls for extremism.” If you wanted to block any “justification” or “substantiation” of extremism, you had to go to court with a claim to include this information in the list of extremist materials prohibited for distribution on the territory of the Russian Federation, the procedure took at least two months …

In general, the already long list of information, access to which can be blocked without bothering with courts and all sorts of public procedures, at first they wanted to supplement with “information containing justification and (or) justification for the implementation of extremist activities.”

The first reading of the bill passed in March last year, and then lay quietly until December, when they remembered about it and quickly adopted it in the second and third readings. Moreover, in the process of revision, the list of information subject to extrajudicial blocking has expanded significantly!

Now, if desired, “false reports of acts of terrorism” and “proposals to acquire a forged document granting rights or dismissing obligations” will also be blocked for one or two times. And any materials from any organization recognized as extremist in Russia – investigations by the FBK, for example.

Representatives of the relevant Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications of the colleague talked to colleagues about the relevance and importance of the new norms. The fact that now on the Internet in large quantities fake passports, driving license, military cards are offered for sale, as well as all sorts of “covid-certificates”, “quar-codes” and fake results of PCR analyzes, and “speed in making decisions about blocking in such cases it is very important “(Sergei Boyarsky,” ER “).

Stanislav Seleznev, a lawyer and senior partner of the Network Freedoms project, told MK that the drastic expansion of powers on extrajudicial blocking, together with the various interpretations of “justifying extremist activities,” would allow the prosecutor’s office to “thoroughly cleanse Runet” of posts containing references to corruption investigations. criticism of the electoral process or the work of power structures and officials, from calls for participation in public actions not sanctioned or initiated by the authorities. “We can safely expect blocking of hundreds of thousands of publications. At the same time, there are no technologies for blocking posts, videos, pictures inside foreign social networks without blocking all networks, except for the launch of ALL Internet traffic through TSPU, which will critically reduce the level of Internet accessibility in the country, ”the expert draws attention.

TSPU (technical means of countering threats) is a software and hardware complex that allows you to restrict access to information, the dissemination of which is prohibited in Russia. A centralized “jammer” of a kind, the creation and use of which in Russia is legalized by the law on the “sovereign Internet”, which entered into force in the fall of 2019.

As for offers to buy fake documents, Mr. Seleznev believes that “the speed of work of the prosecutor’s office with fake certificates will certainly increase, because earlier such blockings took place in a judicial, indeed longer order.”

In recent months, we have seen more and more how the Russian authorities can encourage foreign social networks and resources to remove information prohibited from disseminating in the country. Quite recently, a bailiff of one of the capital's district courts, for example, for the first time issued a fine to Google as a percentage of turnover – it turned out to be 7.22 billion rubles. But the story isn't over yet.

No spoofing: phone companies will pay for scammers

In 2020, more than 150 billion rubles were stolen from Russians by telephone scammers. One of the most popular misleading methods is the use of spoofed numbers. A citizen sees on the screen the mobile number of a Russian (for example, Moscow) phone with a code of 499 or 495, or the code of a Russian mobile operator, answers, but in fact speaks with a foreign number, which is hidden with the help of various kinds of technologies. Fraudsters call a citizen by his first name and patronymic, introduce themselves to the security service of his native bank … Tens of thousands of such replacement numbers are already known in every major Russian bank.

And in early January 2022, a law will come into force that will allow to bring to administrative responsibility telecom operators who let unidentified calls from fraudsters pass to subscribers.

In fact, a bill that would allow officials, individual entrepreneurs and legal entities to be fined for this was introduced to the State Duma back in 2017 by a group of United Russia senators and deputies. His fate was not easy. Even before the first reading, the text was rewritten several times, the fines proposed by the authors were at first considered disproportionate to the severity of the violation, overstated …

But telephone fraud gained momentum from year to year, during the pandemic it was an avalanche, and now crimes of this kind make up a quarter of the total number of crimes. A few months ago, a law was passed requiring telecom operators to transmit the caller's numbers in the original, and not substituted form, for violation of this requirement it was necessary to punish, so they remembered that old initiative, dust it off, finalized and adopted. As a result, the punishments were prescribed much more severe than originally intended. Failure by the telecom operator to transfer the subscriber number or unique identification code unchanged may result in a fine of 30 to 80 thousand rubles for an official, 200 to 500 thousand rubles for a sole proprietor, and 500 to 800 thousand rubles for a legal entity. If the operator does not block the fake numbers, it lets them into the network – for officials the fine increases to 50-100 thousand rubles, for individual entrepreneurs – up to 400-800 thousand rubles, and for legal entities – up to 600 thousand – 1 million rubles.

For each connection, note. For each missed replacement number. Mr. Khinshtein considers this law “a real step in the fight against cybercrime”, because heavy fines will make it unprofitable for operators to participate in known criminal fraudulent schemes, and they will finally begin to monitor the execution of their duties.

Difficult to say how effective the new article of the Administrative Code will be. The deputies who voted in unanimity said that telecom operators had a technical ability to distinguish a fraudulent substitute number from a real one for a long time, “they see them.”

Roskomnadzor officials have the right to draw up protocols on violations of this kind, and the courts will consider cases.

Visitors to fitness centers will be able to return part of their expenses

Since 2022, Russians have received the right to another social tax deduction: if they paid for health and fitness services out of their own pockets, bought, say, a subscription to a fitness center or a swimming pool, a course with a trainer – the state promises 13% of the funds spent for these purposes return. The deduction can be obtained not only for oneself, but also for children or underage “wards” – as it is written in the Tax Code. The main thing is that you buy these very services in a specialized institution, and there were specialists of the appropriate profile, with education. And it is also necessary that the company or individual entrepreneur where you have improved yourself is included in the special register of the Ministry of Sports, which will be reviewed annually until December 1.

The Ministry of Sports has already prepared such a register for this year – it can be found on the website of this department. There are 3836 organizations in it. “Thanks to the social tax deduction, sports will become even more accessible for the population, – said the Minister of Sports Oleg Matytsin …

His lips, as they say, would be. Citizens, of course, love it when the state returns their money, you yourself know – “even a tuft of wool”, and therefore any deduction is good. But …

Expenses for health and fitness activities are the so-called. social deduction. As well as the costs of medical treatment, medicines, education, charity, and non-state pensions. The maximum amount of personal expenses from which such a deduction can be obtained is 120 thousand rubles per year (only some types of expensive treatment and training are taken into account separately). 13% of this amount – 15 600 rubles. This is the maximum that the state will return to you. For the money spent on treatment, and on physical education and health improvement, and on medications.

To receive a deduction, you must legally work, pay personal income tax and submit to the Federal Tax Service copies of the service agreement, the license of the organization that provided them (if the activity is licensed), as well as cash receipts for payment.

If you want to receive a sports deduction already in 2022 – contact the employer with confirmation of the actual costs (but taking into account all of the above). And through the Federal Tax Service it will be possible to submit documents from 2023.

A gym or trainer paid in 2021 does not give the right to a refund: the new deduction begins in 2022 and applies only to expenses incurred since the beginning of this year. You can apply for a social deduction for three years.

But the higher prices rise, the more urgent the question of the amount of social tax deduction becomes. Almost 10 years ago, when 120 thousand and 15 600 first appeared in the Tax Code, these were quite decent sums. But now … Especially if you take into account the costs of all these PCR tests, antibody tests, which Russians donated and donate in large quantities in paid clinics, medicines for coronavirus treatment, which many also had to pay from their own wallet …

< p>By the way, more about tax deductions: from January 1, simplified rules for registration of property deductions for the acquisition of real estate (apartments, rooms, houses) and for the payment of interest on mortgages came into force. It is enough to sign in the taxpayer's personal account an application for deduction, filled in in advance by the tax authorities, no need to attach any income declaration in the form of personal income tax-3, and documents confirming the fact of payment of money too – the tax authorities will receive all the data from themselves and from banks. The inspection time is reduced from 3 months to 1 month, and 15 days are given for a refund, if the right to a deduction is confirmed.

The maximum deduction amount is 260 thousand rubles, 13% of 2 million paid when buying a home. rubles.

Emergency number 112 will work throughout Russia

From January 1, 2022, a single number for calling emergency services “112” should be earned throughout Russia. On it you can call the rescuers of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the police, an ambulance, the emergency service of the gas network and the “Anti-terror” service. Calls to citizens are promised to this number free of charge, the mobile operator is obliged to ensure the connection even with a zero or negative balance on the phone account and even in the absence of a SIM card.

When a law was adopted last year to ensure interaction between federal departments and regional dispatching offices, such a single number was in effect in 56 out of 85 regions of the country. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that in the first half of 2020, at the peak of the pandemic, the number “112” was especially in demand, and 37 million Russians asked for help with it.

We write carefully “must earn” from 1 January, because the story with this very number was very, very long.

The development of a system for providing calls to emergency services using a single number began back in 2008. In 2011, then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a government decree approving the Regulation on the system for providing emergency calls to the number “112”. It said that the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, the Ministry of Health, the FSB and the Ministry of Regional Development will have to ensure interaction with each other within the system. The federal budget had to pay for the creation of dispatch services, and regional and local budgets and organizations had to pay for their operation and development. Based on this Regulation, which was subsequently amended, and until now, individual regional emergency call systems have been operating.

At first, it was planned that everything would be ready on a national scale by 2012, then a new horizon was set: the end 2017 year. It didn't work out, the deadline was shifted to the end of 2018, but by that time the system was working only in 17 regions of the country. The Accounts Chamber, which then studied the situation with the implementation of the system, found out that after 2015 organizational problems and problems with funding began (it was reduced by 5.6 times), besides, the information systems of different departments turned out to be poorly compatible. In general, it was smooth on paper, but we stumbled over the ravines. As a result of that audit of the auditors of the joint venture, the president instructed the government to analyze the situation, resolve the issue with money and prepare a bill that would regulate the work of the system on a nationwide scale.

This bill became law in 2020 and determined the next day ” X “: January 1, 2022.

Источник www.mk.ru


Pensioners who received January payments before the New Year were disappointed


Pensioners have already been receiving allowances since December last year.

Elderly Russians were amazed at the scanty allowances to pensions, which began to be paid at the end of December 2021.

Recall that from January 1, 2022, the indexation of pensions began in Russia, which was supposed to be 5.9%. At the same time, many Russians hoped for a significant increase.

As a result, as PRIMPRESS writes, some pensioners in the regions received from 590 to 750 rubles. The publication cites as an example pensioner Elena, who reported that she was paid 600 rubles in addition, and now her pension was only 9800 rubles.

Another pensioner Olga said that with 40 years of experience, her pension is from 2022 together with an allowance amounted to only 13,500 rubles. Others are not doing much better.

In general, pensioners expected an increase of at least 1,000 rubles, given that prices for some food products rose by almost 50%.

On the other hand, Moscow pensioners may be calm. According to RIA Novosti, the minimum pension of non-working pensioners in the capital has reached 21,193 rubles.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed a decree on indexation – the city surcharge for pensioners and social benefits for residents increased by 4.8%.

According to the latest estimates, 2.1 million Muscovites will pay the surcharge. For reference: the last time the pension in the capital was raised significantly a year ago, also in January. Then it grew to 20,222 rubles.

Since January 2022, insurance pensions for non-working Russians have been indexed by 5.9%. Their average size is 18,521 rubles. In 2023 and 2024, the indexation will be 5.6% and 5.5%.

Presumably, the amount of pensions will reach 19,476 rubles and 20,469 rubles.

In January 2020, the insurance the average pension reached 16,789 rubles.

Let us remind you that Vladimir Putin said at a recent press conference that the indexation of pensions should be equal to the inflation rate. Allegedly, the Government is doing everything for this, the president said in his speech.

As Topnews wrote earlier, the Internet compared the pensions of Russians with payments to celebrities who perform at New Year's corporate parties.

To earn money from 80 to 400 thousand rubles, a pensioner should save it for about 100 years and not spend it on anything.

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‘To hurt a woman is to insult God’ says Pope Francis in New Year’s homily


Pope Francis has used his New Year's message to issue a clarion call for an end to violence against women, saying it is insulting to God.

Key points:

  • Pope Francis held mass on a day marking the solemnity of Holy Mary Mother of God and World Day of Peace
  • He appeared to be in good form after he failed to preside over a New Year's Eve service
  • His homily called for an end to violence against women, which has risen during the pandemic

Pope Francis celebrated a mass in St Peter's Basilica on the day the Roman Catholic Church marks both the solemnity of Holy Mary Mother of God as well as its annual World Day of Peace.

He appeared to be in good form on Saturday following an unexplained incident on New Year's Eve where he attended a service but at the last minute did not preside over it as he had been expected to.

At the start of the mass on Saturday, he walked the entire length of the central aisle of Basilica, as opposed to Friday night, when he emerged from a side entrance close to the altar and watched from the sidelines.

Public participation at the mass was lower than past years because of COVID restrictions, as Italy reported a record 144,243 coronavirus related cases on Friday.(Reuters: Guglielmo Mangiapane)

Pope Francis suffers from a sciatica condition that causes pain in the legs, and sometimes a flare up prevents him from standing for long periods.

He wove his New Year's homily around the themes of motherhood and women — saying it was they who kept together the threads of life — and used it to make one of his strongest calls yet for an end to violence against women.

"And since mothers bestow life, and women keep the world [together], let us all make greater efforts to promote mothers and to protect women," Pope Francis said.

"How much violence is directed against women! Enough! To hurt a woman is to insult God, who from a woman took on our humanity — not through an angel, not directly, but through a woman," he said, in a reference to Jesus's mother Mary.

During an Italian television program last month, Pope Francis told a woman who had been beaten by her ex-husband that men who commit violence against women engage in something that is "almost satanic".

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began nearly two years ago, he has several times spoken out against domestic violence, which has increased in many countries since lockdowns left many women trapped with their abusers.

Public participation at the Mass was lower than in some past years because of COVID restrictions.

Italy, which surrounds Vatican City, reported a record 144,243 coronavirus related cases on Friday and has recently imposed new measures such as an obligation to wear masks outdoors.

In the text of his message for the World Day of Peace, issued last month, Pope Francis said nations should divert money spent on armaments to invest in education, and decried growing military costs at the expense of social services.

The annual peace message is sent to heads of state and international organisations, and the Pope gives a signed copy to leaders who make official visits to him at the Vatican during the upcoming year.

Reuters

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Crowd crush at shrine kills 12, 15 injured in India Kashmir during New Year pilgrimage


A crowd surge at a popular Hindu shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 12 people and injured 15 others on New Year's Day, officials say.

Key points:

  • Reports suggest an altercation between a group of devotees led to the crush
  • Tens of thousands of Hindus gathered to pray at Mata Vaishnav Devi shrine
  • The pilgrimage resumed four hours later and an investigation is underway

Initial reports suggested an altercation between a group of devotees led to the crush early on Saturday at the Mata Vaishnav Devi shrine, where tens of thousands of Hindus gathered to pay respects in the hilly town of Katra near southern Jammu city.

"Something happened near one of the gates and I found myself under a crush of people," said Mahesh, who gave only one name.

"I suffocated and fell but somehow managed to stand up.

"I saw people moving over the bodies. It was a horrifying sight, but I managed to help in rescuing some injured people," he said.

Press Trust of India news agency quoted police chief Dilbag Singh as saying that authorities were quick to respond and the order within the crowd was immediately restored.

The pilgrimage resumed after nearly four hours, officials said. An investigation was underway.

Authorities were quick to respond and control crowds to allow the piligrimage to resume.(AP: Channi Anand)Loading

Another devotee named Priyansh said he and 10 friends from New Delhi arrived Friday night to visit the shrine. He said two of his friends died in the crush.

Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi expressed his condolences in a message on Twitter.

"Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a stampede," Mr Modi wrote.

Pilgrims often trek on foot to reach the hilltop temple, which is one of the most visited shrines in northern India.

Deadly crowd surges are fairly common during Indian religious festivals where huge gatherings, sometimes in the millions, cover small areas with few safety or control measures.

In 2013, pilgrims visiting a temple for a popular Hindu festival in central Madhya Pradesh state trampled over each other amid fears that a bridge would collapse, and at least 115 people were crushed to death or died in the river below.

More than 100 Hindu devotees died in a 2011 crush at a religious festival in the southern state of Kerala.

AP

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


The ruble exchange rate collapsed a day before the New Year


Analysts named three factors that influenced the fall of the Russian currency.

Analysts reported that on December 30, the last day of trading in 2021, trading on the Moscow Exchange ended with the strongest fall in the ruble rate to its lowest values ​​since the end of November.

So, at about two o'clock in the afternoon per dollar on the exchange gave 74.69 rubles, for the euro – 84.51. The maximum drop against major currencies was 74.87 (dollar) and 84.66 rubles (euro).

As reported by & # 8220; Lenta.ru & # 8221; citing data from the platform and analysts, the pressure on the Russian currency is exerted by inflation, which cannot be completely contained, despite all the efforts made by the authorities.

So, on December 29, Rosstat announced that its level will be about 8 , 39%.

The second factor was the halt in the growth of oil quotes, which supported the Russian ruble. They are currently frozen at less than $ 80 per Brent.

The third factor is the spread of the 'omicron' coronavirus, which is making investment holders nervous when looking to transfer their cash funds into defensive assets.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that analysts predicted how the exchange rate of the Russian currency would change by the end of the year.

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New Year’s miracle. Vanya Fokin, rescued in Magnitogorsk, visited the Christmas tree in the Emergencies Ministry


Three years ago, the country was shocked by a terrible tragedy & mdash; on New Year's Eve, the entrance of a house in Magnitogorsk collapsed. But the rescuers performed a miracle & mdash; from under the rubble they took out and rescued the baby Vanya Fokin , who had lain in the cold -25 degrees 35 hours. & nbsp;

The boy was saved. Vanya Fokin, who will soon turn 4 years old, recently visited the unit of his rescuers. & Nbsp;

Operational footage of the rescuer Pyotr Gritsenko & nbsp; faster than the wind it runs to the ambulance carriage, clutching the baby found under the rubble, flew around the world. Tears of joy, the experiences of the whole country, whether Vanya will survive, Vanya's prayers … & nbsp; Vanya did not disappoint! Doctors were able to do the possible and the impossible: they saved the boy's injured leg, cured the concussion. Now Vanya goes to kindergarten and grows up like all boys of his age.

Vanya is called a mascot by the rescuers. Photo: Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Chelyabinsk Region

This New Year's meeting of Peter Gritsenko, who saved Vanya, with the Fokin family is not the first. EMERCOM employees who worked on the rubble of the house have already visited their & nbsp; “ godson ''. They hugged and carried them in their arms, gave gifts and rejoiced at the miracle.

This time Vanya Fokin, his brother and parents were offered to see how the Ministry of Emergency Situations works. Vanya was delighted: the boy was allowed to touch everything with his hands and climb everywhere. Vanya was shown a cartoon about the work of firefighters, and also demonstrated & nbsp; a tanker truck and a ladder. & Nbsp;

They met at the fire station No. 60 in the city of Istra. First & mdash; with his savior Petr Gritsenko, Deputy Director of the Department of Rescue Formations. “ Every life saved, and even more so the life of a child '' this is a real miracle. And such miracles are brought to life by firefighters and rescuers of the Ministry of Emergencies of Russia every day, carrying out military service '', & mdash; said the happy and moved Gritsenko. & nbsp;

Vanya's rescue was a real miracle. Photo: Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Chelyabinsk Region

Then Vanya Fokin came to visit the Leader Center for Special Risk Rescue Operations, and he was even allowed to be a rescuer himself for a while. The boy climbed into every piece of fire fighting equipment and even controlled it a little. And then there was a Christmas tree and gifts from Vania's personal wizard & mdash; Petra Gritsenko. & Nbsp;

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In just six days we’ve learnt plenty about where politics are heading


Parliament wrapped up for the year six days ago. Most sensible folk are probably done with politics by now.

However, for those who have been paying attention, events over the past week have neatly captured the major trends and political changes of 2021, which — to varying degrees — will shape the coming election.

On Friday, Labor delivered a detailed climate policy that won immediate backing from business. Anthony Albanese's level of climate ambition isn't all that different to Bill Shorten's before the last election. 

The big shift in 2021 has come from business groups. It would have been previously unthinkable for the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Industry Group and others to endorse a Labor climate policy.

Their willingness to do so, coupled with even greater ambition from Liberal state governments, is potentially an election game-changer.

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 2 minutes 9 seconds2m 9s Labor Leader Anthony Albanese outlines his party's climate strategy.

On Monday, Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she would bring forward the re-opening of the Queensland border to next week.

South Australia, meanwhile, is holding the line in keeping its border open. This marks another major shift of 2021. 

After early supply failures, the vaccination take-up has beaten most expectations. The states — most of them, anyway — are relying on vaccines rather than border closures to manage COVID-19.

It remains to be seen how much credit, if any, flows to Scott Morrison, but it's a far happier place for the Prime Minister to be than earlier in the year — when too few were vaccinated, major cities were in rolling lockdowns and borders were slammed shut. 

Fractures and flirtations within the Nationals

On Tuesday, the National Party was agonising over George Christensen's latest flirtation with the far right. This has been a regular theme throughout the year; National Party MPs at war with each other over their rogue elements and their own identity. 

In 2021, Barnaby Joyce returned to the leadership, ostensibly so the Nationals could take a tougher line against any move by the Morrison Government towards adopting a net zero by 2050 emissions target.

After plenty of noise, net zero was ultimately endorsed, and it remains unclear what the Nationals achieved in return.

The party remains fractured over personalities, policies and who it's seeking to represent.

In 2021, Barnaby Joyce returned to the leadership and found himself dealing with rogue colleagues and net zero promises.(ABC News: Adam Kennedy)

On Wednesday, the New South Wales Premier took to the stage at the National Press Club and took the leadership mantle on national reform.

State leaders have been thrust into national prominence throughout the pandemic. The notable shift in 2021 has been their willingness to grab the steering wheel on matters beyond COVID-19, particularly climate change. 

Dominic Perrottet is now proposing sweeping reform of health, the NDIS, and the "complete dog's breakfast" of overlapping state and federal responsibilities in the skills and education sector.

He wants a proper review of the weaknesses COVID-19 has exposed in our Federation, "a lack of clarity about who is responsible for what, buck-passing, blame-shifting and sometimes, hyper-parochialism". 

At a federal level, there's little appetite on either side of politics to even touch these problems.

The rise of independents

Yesterday, the Prime Minister also confirmed Australia will join a "diplomatic boycott" of next year's Beijing Winter Olympics. Scott Morrison said the decision should come as "no surprise" and he was right. 

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The downward spiral in relations began before 2021. The shift this year has been an acceptance that rapprochement with Beijing isn't going to happen. Instead, reality has been accepted and the government has gone about putting harder defences and alliances in place to deal with a more dangerous security environment. 

This year, the Quad was elevated, AUKUS was born and conventional submarines were ditched in favour of nuclear-powered boats. Australia's decision to side with the Biden Administration in a limited boycott of the Games confirms the trajectory we're on.

The past week also saw the Prime Minister grappling with the other significant political trend of 2021: The rise of the independents. 

Morrison campaigned in the seat of Wentworth with Dave Sharma, who's facing a serious challenge from independent candidate Allegra Spender.

He tried to convince Gladys Berejiklian to run for the Liberals against independent Zali Steggall in Warringah.

The new independent candidate for Wentworth, Allegra Spender, is taking on the Liberals' Dave Sharma.(ABC News: Mridula Amin)

The well-resourced, organised female independents taking on mostly male Liberals in blue-ribbon seats are running on three core issues: climate, gender equity and integrity. Morrison is vulnerable on each one. 

It's a perfect storm for the so-called "teal" independents. The election will reveal whether they pose a permanent threat to the Liberal Party or are just a campaign nuisance. The emergence of these candidates throughout 2021, however, is already having an impact.

So, while 2021 has been dominated by COVID-19, as the past six days show, the political landscape has been shifting in all sorts of ways.

David Speers is the host of Insiders, which will be back in the New Year. You can see recent episodes of the program on ABC iview.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Ajr – Christmas In June Lyrics


[Verse 1]
New Year's Eve
I was at a festival in New Orleans
You were in Tribeca kissing nobody
I owe you one, yes, I do
Valentine's Day
We decided we would do the whole damn thing
But I played to an empty gym at Iowa State
I guess I owe you that too

[Pre-Chorus]
I try so hard to be so happy, are you happy too?
Doo, doo, doo, doo

[Chorus]
Plan on this
You're no longer gonna be the plan I miss
I won't ever let you down
But just in case, can we do Christmas in June?
Oh my God
How lucky am I to have two things I love?
Makes it that much easier to f*ck it up
In casе I miss it, can we do Christmas in June?

[Verse 2]
I skipped prom
I thought I would blow up from that radio spot
Rеmember how you chuckled when you heard that song?
But you won't be laughing soon
One big day
One big show'll make 'em know my name
But if it ends up falling on our wedding day
Oh God, don't make me choose
[Pre-Chorus]
I try so hard to be so happy, are you happy too?
I know you try to

[Chorus]
Plan on this
You're no longer gonna be the plan I miss
I won't ever let you down
But just in case, can we do Christmas in June?
Oh my God
How lucky am I to have two things I love?
Makes it that much easier to f*ck it up
I hate to do this, can we do Christmas in June?

[Bridge]
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey

[Chorus]
Plan on this
You're no longer gonna be the plan I miss
I won't ever let you down
But just in case, can we do Christmas in June?
Oh my God
How lucky am I to have two things I love?
Makes it that much easier to f*ck it up
I hate to do this, don't wanna lose this
Can we do Christmas in June?
[Outro]
Hold on, love
A little longer while I get the album done
And if I get to tour it, wouldn't that be fun?
But that's one less month with you 

Holy shit
Now I'm sittin' thinking 'bout what else I'll miss
Darling, if we're ever gonna have a kid
Don't wanna miss it, can we just have him in June?


Future and Dess Dior Hint They Got Married With Wedding Photos


Are Future and Dess Dior married?

Hip Hop’s biggest playboy Future, is rumored to be married to his new girl, Dess Dior. If the rumors are true, we are definitely in for an even more interesting year than we thought. The 37-year-old has been linked to the 22-year-old up and coming female Georgian rapper for a few months now. Inseparable is probably too tame of a word to use to describe the two love birds. Surprisingly, Future looks even more smitten than he did with his former flame Lori Harvey. Peep their matching outfits and just how they get dressed below for greater reference.

It seems things are moving on nicely too, as Dior was spotted sporting a massive rock on her left hand’s ring finger when both of them went clubbing close to Christmas Eve. Following this public showing, the two were spotted in formal wedding attire, which fuel rumors that the two had officially taken the next step to secure their future on New Year’s Day. Neither of the two has confirmed if they are indeed married. They have instead taken the time to promote their new music, so maybe this is all just a publicity stunt or shots from a brand new music video.

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We have seen a similar promotional method used in the past, such as Drake and Nicki Minaj for “Moment 4 Life” in 2010.

Future is much revered for his music as well as his plethora of baby mamas, coming in at a wonderful eight kids with eight different women. As such, fans of his misogynistic ways are currently not too happy about the rumors of him being married.

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Bananas in Pyjamas director survives near-fatal decision to take health into his own hands


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Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions: exercising more, losing weight and staying healthy are always popular.

But children’s TV producer Ian Munro has a dire warning for men with a “gung-ho” attitude about getting fit and going off medication they think they no longer need.

The 61-year-old nearly died when he ditched his cholesterol drugs preferring to “manage his condition” with diet and exercise.

He said he felt good for a while, but two years later his heart started to beat erratically.

He was too busy to do anything about it and ignored the warning signs.

“It all started with me being seriously stupid, I thought I could manage my cholesterol through dietary changes,” he said.



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Mr Munro regrets not seeing a doctor when he started having health problems. (ABC News: Kate McKenna)

“I was an idiot. I just kept pushing through it. I soldiered on and did not go to see the doctor. In fact I kept avoiding the doctor until it got so bad I could not breathe.”

The decision was the beginning of a downward spiral of major medical events that would leave Mr Munro in a coma, on the brink of life and death.

“It was tough and I now know it got to a point where the doctors had done pretty much everything they could think of and they became quite pessimistic about me surviving,” he said.

“Which was really tough on the family as they thought they were saying goodbye to me hooked up to all these machines in ICU.”

Based in Lismore, in northern New South Wales, Mr Munro was flown to Queensland’s Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane for emergency treatment.

He spent three weeks on an ECMO (extracorporeal life support) machine.

The ECMO took over the function of his failing heart, but he later needed a “high-risk Hail Mary” procedure due to a clot.

His family was told no less than 12 times to prepare to say goodbye.



Photo:

Children’s TV producer Ian Munro directing in a studio. (Supplied)

‘The biggest miracle I’ll ever see’

But somehow Mr Munro survived, enduring 200 shocks to his failing heart and a severe blood infection.

Cardiologist Dr Haris Haqqani said he defied all the odds.



Photo:

Dr Haris Haqqani says they tried everything to save Mr Munro. (ABC News: Lexy Hamilton-Smith)

“We were scraping the barrel of every therapy that we had. He would just keep going into cardiac arrest and having to be shocked out.

“It was surreal, like ‘what are we going to do next?’

“Because there is nothing in textbooks or in papers that prepares you for that situation.

“To see him the way he is now, is the biggest miracle I’ll ever see inside the hospital and I think nothing else will ever come close.”

“Not just because he’s alive, but because he’s alive with really no complications.”

Intensive care specialist Dr Kiran Shekar said to watch Mr Munro walk out of hospital was not just surprising but a satisfying experience.

“We will always think of him, because it is not common for someone so unwell to survive, so we are going to remember him for a while,” he said smiling.



Photo:

Dr Kiran Shekar says he won’t forget Mr Munro’s amazing recovery. (ABC News: Lexy Hamilton-Smith)

Over 100 nurses and doctors cared for Mr Munro while he was desperately ill.

He was dubbed “the million-dollar man” because that was what his treatment would have cost his family, if he had not been a public patient.

‘Something wonderful happened’

A producer and director on shows like ABC’s Playschool, Bananas in Pyjamas, Hi-5 and Film Australia’s Johnson & Friends, Mr Munro said he wanted to share his story to warn other men about the dangers of taking their health into their own hands — particularly when personal health goals are on many New Year’s resolution lists.

“You know your heart is your best friend and here I was hurting my best friend in a way it could not recover from,” he said.

“You really think, ‘I will be right, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink much, I am pretty healthy’, you do not think about your heart and it does not give you messages saying, ‘hey what about me?’.

“I just ignored it until it was very nearly too late.

“I am really grateful for the care I got, because they did not give up and because something wonderful happened and I am still here.”



Photo:

Ian’s wife Caroline Munro said he was stupid to stop taking the medication. (ABC News: Kate McKenna)

Wife Caroline Munro was angry with her husband when he ditched his drugs.

“He was stupid for not taking the medication. I disagreed with him, I thought it was a bit risky,” she said.

“Obviously there was no follow-up with the doctor and I think this is the big message, taking the tablets were not that much of a big deal at the end of the day.”

Mr Munro agreed it was a “gung-ho” decision and a mistake.

“Because now I am on lots of serious medications and I nearly died,” he said.

Mr Munro said his heart was still delicate and unpredictable and he now had a defibrillator implant in case his heart stopped working.

He has also been told he can no longer work in a career he loved.

So when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, Mr Munro isn’t making any.



Photo:

Ian Munro, with his son Bryn and daughter Claire, says he is not making any New Year’s resolutions. (Supplied)

Dr Haqqani has urged other men to think twice about setting new health goals for 2020 without proper medical advice.

“I reckon the best New Year’s resolution is to not have a New Year’s resolution myself,” he said.

“What we find causes the most problems is when people suddenly make a change, which is why goals can be tricky.

“It is too important to make a sudden rash decision, whether it is to stop a tablet or to go on some health kick or, or some crazy fad diet that’s not going to last.

“You know you can’t go from being a couch potato to running marathons the next day. It’s a little bit at a time. The key is to do something in moderation, every day.

“And the key is to stick with it.”



Photo:

Presenter Costa Georgiadis and TV producer Ian Munro on the set of the children’s show Dirt Girl. (Supplied)

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Big Sean – Bezerk Lyrics


Play this song

[Intro: A$AP Ferg & Big Sean]
Yeah, yeah (Hit-Boy)
Woah, yeah, yeah
Sean, what up nigga? (Sean, what up nigga?)
Yeah (Yeah) Yeah, yeah
Lil’ bitch

[Verse 1: A$AP Ferg & Big Sean]
Couple riders with them llamas if you pick a bone wit’ me
Put my bitch up on designer, got Balenci’ on her feet
My momma say a couple prayers, keep them demons off me
‘Cause I know I’m out here blessed, got so many reasons on me
Yeah niggas done tried and niggas done died, too many believers around me
Yeah I know my enemies meeting up, double-teaming on me
Now you know nobody tried that ever got pieces off me
Fucking these hoes ’til they be dying, don’t catch a seizure on me
See, Ferg used to move the product in the whole school (Yeah)
Thumbing through paper from last year but it’s not old news (Right)
My psycho bitch, she got me shopping up at Whole Foods
Fucking these cougars like a young nigga s’posed to
I got your bitch up on the mattress while I’m fly no T (Woo!)
I’m sick and tired of all the yapping, little nigga I’m your OG (Woo!)
My diamonds shining like the ball that drop on New Year’s Eve (Come on!)
And she countdown to the D, she be like “5-4-3”

[Chorus: A$AP Ferg & Big Sean]
Now drop down, you a freak (Milly rock)
Bend it over, touch your feet (Yeah!)
Shake that booty, I know it’s little but unique (So unique)
Back that thing up on my nigga from the D (Oh, that’s me?)

[Verse 2: Big Sean & A$AP Ferg]
Okay, back out the hearse, they trapped out the church (Woo!)
Niggas say my name, okay they asked for the worst (Come on!)
Me and A$AP Ferg preaching back to back on the verse (Damn!)
Hit-Boy on the beat so, bitch, you gotta go berserk (That’s right!)
Kill ’em all one-by-one, “Final Destination”
Fuck that medication, I’m sipping cold flu Echinacea (Come on!)
You done fucked up, I stayed up, sleep deprivation (Woo!)
They on the search nigga (Uh!) Know your worth nigga (Yeah!)
Tell the DJ bring it back, reimburse niggas (Damn)
Alḥamdulillāh, my finance advisors been through hell
Oh well, pshh, we on fire (Woo, woo!)
Brung her back home more times than Maguire, higher (Grr)
Trap Lord packed out the risers
Big getting his bread, your pocket on carb diets
I just start up a riot at all the Hyatts
And make them hoes leave right before they cook the omelets (Woo, woo!)

[Chorus: A$AP Ferg & Big Sean]
Drop down (Woah) You a freak (Woah)
Bend it over (Yeah) Touch your feet (Touch your feet)
Shake that booty, I know it’s little but unique (So unique)
Back that thing up on my nigga from the D (Oh, that’s me?)
On God!
Now, drop down (Down), you a freak (Hoo!)
Bend it over, woah (Come on!), touch your feet (Touch your feet)
Shake that booty, I know it’s little but unique (So unique)
Then throw it back on my nigga from NYC (Oh, that’s me?)

[Outro: Big Sean & A$AP Ferg]
Yeah (Yeah), yeah (Yeah)
Me and A$AP Ferg preaching back to back on the verse
Hit-Boy on the beat so, bitch, you gotta go berserk (That’s right!)


U2 – New Year’s Day (Single Edit – Remastered) Lyrics


Play this song

[Intro]
Yeah…

[Verse 1]
All is quiet on New Year’s Day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day

[Chorus]
I will be with you again
I will be with you again

[Verse 2]
Under a blood red sky
A crowd has gathered in black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspapers says, says
Say it’s true, it’s true…
And we can break through
Though torn in two
We can be one

[Chorus 2]
I…I will begin again
I…I will begin again

[Bridge]
Oh
Maybe the time is right
Oh, maybe tonight

[Chorus]
I will be with you again
I will be with you again

[Verse 3]
And so we’re told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes
On New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day


Miley Cyrus – Happy Xmas Lyrics


So, this is Christmas, and what have you done?
Another year over, and a new one just begun
And so, this is Christmas, I hope you have fun
The new and the dear one, the old and the young

[Refrain: Miley Cyrus]
A very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one without any fear

[Verse 2: Miley Cyrus & Sean Ono Lennon]
And so, this is Christmas (War is over)
Awake and for strong (If you want it)
For rich and for poor ones (War is over)
The world is so wrong (Now)
And so, happy Christmas (War is over)
For black and for white (If you want it)
For left and for right ones (War is over)
Let’s stop all the fighting (Now)

[Refrain: Miley Cyrus & Sean Ono Lennon]
A very, merry Christmas, and a happy new year
Oh, let’s hope it’s a good one without any fear

[Verse 3: Miley Cyrus & Sean Ono Lennon]
And so, this is Christmas (War is over)
And what have we done? (If you want it)
Another year overs (War is over)
And a new one just begun (Now)
And so, happy Christmas (War is over)
We hope you have fun (If you want it)
The new and the dear one (War is over)
The old and the young (Now)

[Refrain: Miley Cyrus & Sean Ono Lennon]
A very, merry Christmas, and a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one without any fear

[Outro: Miley Cyrus & Sean Ono Lennon, Miley Cyrus]
War is over if you want it
War is over now
Happy Christmas, everybody


Pitbull – Roof On Fire Lyrics


[Hook]
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water
Let that motherfucka burn!
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water
Let that motherfucka burn!

[Verse 1]
Independent like a motherfucker [?]
Build another twenty schools
Let’s show em how we ball
I ride for my city, I ride for my dawgs
Hit the mayor at the show
New Year’s Eve, boy it’s on
Man it’s on in the [?]
Mr. 3-0-5, Mr. Took over the world
Mr. Stay-on-fire, Mr. Fuckboy-Free
Mr. Fuckboy-Please
Mr. Got-the-whole-game-on-its-knees
Let’s ride

[Hook]
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water
Let that motherfucka burn!
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water
Let that motherfucka burn!

[Verse 2]
Baby I got A-D-D, a delicious dick
And I’m ready to act a fool in this bitch
This chico stay slick, this chico stay lit
Imma change my name to Mr. Stay-rich
Been getting loose, been getting paid
3-0-5 representer, been repping Dade
I’m a chico in the game that spit that flame
That spit that fire, now let’s get off the chain
Let’s ride

[Hook]
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water
Let that motherfucka burn!
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water
Let that motherfucka burn!

[Bridge]
Go DJ, Go DJ, the DJ’s on fire
No pare, sigue, sigue
Go DJ, Go DJ, the DJ’s on fire
No pare, sigue, sigue

[Hook]
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water
Let that motherfucka burn!
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water
Let that motherfucka burn!
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water
Let that motherfucka burn!
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water
Let that motherfucka burn!

[Outro]
Burn motherfucker, Burn!


Beat Brigade – You Charming Thing lyrics


[Verse 1]
You – Are like that cool summer breeze
You – You got that something – baby please.
You – You are the rain before the sun.
You – You tease me till I come undone.

[Chorus]
Everyday is Christmas, and every night is New Year’s Eve
You make it so – you charming thing.
Ooooh – You charming thing
Yeaheh – You charming thing
Ooooh – You charming thing

[Verse 2]
You – You bring the heavens to to their knees
You – You stop the world with just one kiss
You – You are a diamond in the rough
With You – Too much can never be enough


Erykah Badu Gets Stopped By Cops Just So They Can Say Hi


Erykah Badu got pulled over by cops so that they can say hi.

In weird news to kick off the new year, Erykah Badu got stopped by cops in Dallas on New Year’s Eve and it turns out that it was for nothing. She posted a video on Instagram laughing about the whole thing but some fans were not so much amused given the current relationship between cops and people of color. Fortunately for her, this stop was merely for the cops to say hi to a celebrity.

“Okay it’s New Year’s Eve and I just got pulled over and why are you pulling me over,” she said while turning her camera towards the cop who said, “Because I wanted to say hi.” It appears that Erykah Badu also had a young child in the car with her at the time. “I would’ve pulled you over…made u step out the car, take pictures with me and call my mama so she could say hi too,” one fan wrote.

Some fans weren’t so amused about it. “Lies they know they were trying to catch you slippen but nah your never slippin,” another fan said.

WTF BABYLON !! HAPPY NEW YEAERZZZZ!

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“Get To The Point” Sizzla Threatens LA Lewis Over Leaked Video


Sizzla Kalonji warns LA Lewis “it’s going down on sight.”

The reggae/dancehall legend was in his usual element at Monday’s GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza at the Luana Sports Complex in St Elizabeth. Sizzla closed the show around daybreak and thousands of fans stayed behind to see him in action. During his set, one person was clearly on his mind and that’s LA Lewis who he blasted for a recently leaked video showing him performing a sex act with a female who Lewis identified as his girlfriend.

“LA Lewis, anytime me see yu again me ago kick yu under the throat,” Sizzla said on stage. “Some bwoy a claim dat a dem a run de place and de gal a siddung inna dem face. Hey nasty bwoy LA Lewis… a New Year a come and de youth dem a defend education…We bun out down inna throat and you get bright a shove yu face inna gal nookie.”

Sizzla clearly was in no mood to entertainment LA Lewis’ recent campaign to significantly changed dancehall and the wider Jamaican culture surrounding certain sexual acts. Some fans are agreeing with Sizzla’s stance while also saying that they have no issues with it but urges individuals to keep it behind closed doors. “Kalonji is right and while I don’t have an issue with what a man and a woman want to do behind closed doors,” one fan wrote. “Don’t bring it out in the public and try to force your views and what you’re doing on others, keep it in your own space, leaking the video was totally unnecessary just shows you some people will do anything for attention.”

This is not the first time that Sizzla is attacking another dancehall artist over lewd acts or explicit lyrics. Two years ago he went after dancehall newcomer Gage for his viral “Throat” song.

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P Money – Kings & Aces Lyrics


[Verse 1: P Money]
My mind is on fire ’cause when I write bars down
I swear to God, I burn the paper
P money merks like a new shape A-Class
So powerful, no hero could save ya
My mind is so creative
It’s like having the thoughts of a scientist and a painter
Out on the roads from day to day still
Make dough like a ba-ba-baker
I keep doing the flows and running the roads
Until my fans spread out across Asia
P Money’s gone, I’m the south side saviour
Can’t catch me, I’m a quick gear changer
Not normal, I’m special like the guy that was born in a manger
Slow down, do yourself a favour
Don’t get due of cheesy like a Quaver
‘Cause I’m hot like your girl’s hair straightner
I know why man wants to be a hater
‘Cause my mixtape’s dope like an action film
And this sick bar is [?]
These bars, they will blaze ya
I will make you wanna change sides like a traitor
You could be fast like a Formula car
I’ll bring the car to a halt like an engine failure

[Hook]
You emcees are wasted
Your flow’s weak and basic
You’ve got us confused
We’re all kings and aces
You emcees are wasted
Your flow’s weak and basic
You’ve got us confused
We’re all kings and aces

[Verse 2: Castro]
Okay, yeah, let me explain something to you fam, yeah, yeah I’m exceptional
So expect nothing but excellence out of this intellectual
C4, he’s controversial
Still underground, not commercial
On the Underground, shotting commercial
More white powder than a box of Percil
When I step in the club, more bums get slapped than a Asda commercial
Hoes jump in the whip and we zoom, zoom, zoom like the Mazda commercial
Straight to the telly, no spitting bars
Straight to the belly, whipping off bras
Gal tried come drink off my Henny and not give me any, she better strip fast

[Hook]
You emcees are wasted
Your flow’s weak and basic
You’ve got us confused
We’re all kings and aces
You emcees are wasted
Your flow’s weak and basic
You’ve got us confused
We’re all kings and aces

[Verse 3: Blacks]
You’re not a bad boy man, I know bad boys
Calm down, why you acting like that?
[?] you don’t act like that
Fake but I won’t say back any fact
It’s me, it’s Blacks, it’s me, it’s Blacks
I’m normal but they think that I’m bad
I’m like “Rah, how fucked is that?”
They just hear me and they reload me back
Don’t even come show with no strap
Make sure [?] are holding
Don’t run out ’cause you’ll be holding
[?]
Lick it down, with your boys all pile up
Blacks is so sick, I bet I get signed up
You’re jack in a box, man don’t get wind up
Are you dumb?

[Hook]
You emcees are wasted
Your flow’s weak and basic
You’ve got us confused
We’re all kings and aces
You emcees are wasted
Your flow’s weak and basic
You’ve got us confused
We’re all kings and aces

[Verse 4: [?]]
Yo, slow down, yeah
Look, I heard your tunes on Logan’s show and all you’re talking about is clapping a tool
Then I done research on your pricks, I find out you ain’t got backs like a stool
I’m on this music ting, I’m gonna take these emcees back into school
Imagine these guys all back into sports, all back in their shorts, all catching a ball
They think I’m slipping, [?] ain’t slipping, [?] ain’t lacking at all
New Year’s Eve, I was in my yard
On my ones, writing bars
You man were having a ball
Spending money and acting a fool
Think I’m talking shit, blud you’re a walking prick, why you acting a fool?

[Hook]
You emcees are wasted
Your flow’s weak and basic
You’ve got us confused
We’re all kings and aces
You emcees are wasted
Your flow’s weak and basic
You’ve got us confused
We’re all kings and aces

[Verse 5: Vortex]
Don’t think I’m not about it, I’ve got [?]
Suck your mum sideways, I’m gonna shout it
I’m about it, about it
How’s this get [?]
I’m a better person [?]
But watch if I flip though
Jump in the skip bro
If you wanna skip bro
Watch how it flips though
[?]
Hammer this big
Justice bit
Blud just spit
[?] (Come outside if you’re bad enough)
Watch me get [?]
[?] will have it, I’ll slap him like magic
Go back to business
‘Cause [?]

[Hook]
You emcees are wasted
Your flow’s weak and basic
You’ve got us confused
We’re all kings and aces
You emcees are wasted
Your flow’s weak and basic
You’ve got us confused
We’re all kings and aces


XXXTentacion Could Spend Christmas In Jail, Case Takes A Turn For The Worse


XXXTentacion is in a serious legal bind and could spend Christmas and New Year’s in jail.

The South Florida rapper posted an image of his court document on Instagram while issuing an apology to anyone who he may have let down if he gets locked up at his next court hearing on December 15th. XXXTentacion is set to stand trial for domestic battery by strangulation, witness-tampering, false imprisonment, and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. These are all serious charges against the rapper and could put him in the slammer for years if found guilty.

“Court date is on the 15th 9:00 am here is my court information, if I am taken into custody, I want to tell everyone I’ve let down I apologize, I tried my best, I really did,” X wrote on IG. Earlier this month, the “Look At Me” rapper’s legal team filed an affidavit claiming that the victim in the case no longer wishes to pursue the case against him but the prosecution objected and argued that the affidavit might not even be legitimate.

XXXTentacion has been having a rocky year despite tasting mainstream success with his rap career and even landing a lucrative record deal with Capitol Records worth a reported $6 million. During the summer he got into a beef with another rapper whose crew knocked him out on stage at one of his tour stops in California. Last month, he again got into an altercation with some guys link to rap group Migos. Despite getting a beat down, he was defiant on social media about getting back at the Atlanta trio.

XXXTentacion released his new EP, A Ghetto Christmas Carol, ahead of his upcoming court date. The project features five new singles including a song he produced himself “Up Like an Insomniac” where he fired off a freestyle.


Taylor Swift – New Year’s Day (On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) (Live)


[Verse 1]
There’s glitter on the floor after the party
Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby
Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor
You and me from the night before, but

[Chorus]
Don’t read the last page
But I stay when you’re lost, and I’m scared
And you’re turning away
I want your midnights
But I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day

[Verse 2]
You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi
I can tell that it’s gonna be a long road
I’ll be there if you’re the toast of the town, babe
Or if you strike out and you’re crawling home

[Chorus]
Don’t read the last page
But I stay when it’s hard, or it’s wrong
Or we’re making mistakes
I want your midnights
But I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day

[Post-Chorus]
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
And I will hold on to you

[Bridge]
Please don’t ever become a stranger
Whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
Please don’t ever become a stranger
Whose laugh I could recognize anywhere

[Verse 3]
There’s glitter on the floor after the party
Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby
Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor
You and me forevermore

[Chorus]
Don’t read the last page
But I stay when it’s hard, or it’s wrong
Or we’re making mistakes
I want your midnights
But I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day

[Post-Chorus]
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
And I will hold on too long

[Outro]
Please don’t ever become a stranger
(To the memories, they will hold on to you)
Whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
(Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you)
Please don’t ever become a stranger
(Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you)
Whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
(I will hold on to you)


Gryffin – Nobody Compares To You (feat. Katie Pearlman) (Lyric Video)


[Verse 1]
Thought I saw you at our bar last night
Hid in the bathroom, I just couldn’t stay high

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause I took so much time to reset my life
But in just one look, I’m back
Forget that I could have any one I like
But now all I remember is what we had

[Chorus]
Nobody, nobody, nobody compares to you
Somebody, somebody please help me get over you
‘Cause it feels like I’ve been wasting my time
In all the wrong places, on all the wrong faces
Nobody compares to you
Nobody compares to you
Nobody compares to you

[Post-Chorus]
Nobody compares to you
Nobody compares to you

[Verse 2]
What should I do?
Maybe I’ll move away
Start somewhere new, I’ll let you have LA

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause I took so much time to reset my life
But in just one look, I’m back
Forget that I could have any one I like
But now all I remember is what we had

[Chorus]
Nobody, nobody, nobody compares to you
Somebody, somebody please help me get over you
‘Cause it feels like I’ve been wasting my time
In all the wrong places, on all the wrong faces
Nobody compares to you
Nobody compares to you
Nobody compares to you

[Post-Chorus]
Nobody compares to you
Nobody compares to you

[Bridge]
You’re once in a lifetime
Better than New Year’s at midnight
Wanna grab on and hold tight
And I won’t let go
I hope you can hear this
‘Cause it’s your face that I miss
Your lips I wanna kiss

[Chorus]
Nobody, nobody, nobody compares to you
Somebody, somebody please help me get over you
‘Cause it feels like I’ve been wasting my time
In all the wrong places, on all the wrong faces
Nobody compares to you

[Post-Chorus]
Nobody compares to you
Nobody, nobody, nobody compares to you


Parachute – Krewella lyrics


Lyrics Krewella – Parachute

Monday morning came without a warning
You know I wish I didn’t have to leave
It’s temporary, yeah it’s temporary
We survive on the memories
Like that s*x on the beach last New Year’s Eve, so high
Breaking into the pool at our old high school that night.(parachute)

If I could bottle up this feeling
Dancing on the ceiling
Won’t sink when I need it
Don’t think just believe it
If I could bottle up this feeling
Hit me like the real thing
Won’t sink when I need it
Don’t think just believe it.

Take a leap of faith, no parachute.

On my pillow between byes and hellos
I breath you in and remember when
We shut the bar down, I lost count of the round
I reminisce every now and then
About that 6 A.M. drive last Fourth of July, so high
We got caught in the rain on the way to the bay that night.

If I could bottle up this feeling
Dancing on the ceiling
Won’t sink when I need it
Don’t think just believe it
Versuri-lyrics.info
If I could bottle up this feeling
Hit me like the real thing
Won’t sink when I need it
Don’t think just believe it.

Take a leap of faith, no parachute.

Promise you, promise you
Take a leap of faith and we’ll make it through
Promise you, I promise you
Take a leap of faith, no parachute.

If I could bottle up this feeling
Dancing on the ceiling
Won’t sink when I need it
Don’t think just believe it
If I could bottle up this feeling
Hit me like the real thing
Won’t sink when I need it
Don’t think just believe it
Take a leap of faith, no parachuteee.
Krewella lyrics
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Lady Antebellum – You Look Good


On a boat, on a beach
In the water, in the sand, in the back of a bar
Cold beer in your hand
Breaking hearts, breaking necks
When we rolling down the street, heads turning all day when they see you with me
I’m thinking everybody better stand in line
‘Cause they need to know that your body’s coming with me tonight

They’re like, “hey, who that there with the shades?”
Like oh, the way you move to the bass
Hold up
Whole room gets to spinnin’ from the second that you walk in
And baby you look good all day, all night
You look good, so fresh, so fine
You look good, got everybody watching you like cameras in Hollywood
Baby you look good
Aw baby you look good

Black dress, 2 the 9s, New Year’s in a pent
From the floor, to the roof, make the skyline spin
Yeah, you’re killing me boy in your black-faded jeans
Ain’t gotta work hard when you’re smilin’ at me

Like, “hey, who that there with the shades?”
Like oh, the way you move to the bass
Hold up
Whole room gets to spinnin’ from the second that you walk in
And baby you look good all day, all night
You look good, so fresh, so fine
You look good, got everybody watching you like cameras in Hollywood
Baby you look good
Aw baby you look good

I’m thinking everybody better stand in line
‘Cause they need to know that your body’s coming with me tonight

They’re like, “hey, who that there with the shades?”
Like oh, the way you move to the bass
Hold up
Whole room gets to spinnin’ from the second that you walk in
And baby you look good all day, all night
You look good, so fresh, so fine
You look good, got everybody watching you like cameras in Hollywood
Baby you look good
Come on baby you look good
You look good
Baby you look good




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