WATCH: This Crazy Viral Video Of A Russian Dance School Act Sparked A HUGE Gov’t Investigation

Singer Miley Cyrus has gained quite a bit of notoriety for “her role as the new twerk queen,” as she’s described in an article on MTV News. For better or for worse, it’s a reign that began for the outlandish performer with her controversial dance display during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Now, twerking has invaded Russia, where a video of a dance school performance has attracted more than 16.5 million views on YouTube and has sent Russian government officials into a frenzy of outrage and indignation. In fact, as The Moscow Times reports, an official investigation has been launched into how such a scandalous performance could make its way onto the stage and into a wildly popular video being viewed around the world.

“Investigators said Tuesday they had detected ‘signs of indecency’ in a video of teenage girls twerking provocatively at a dance school performance in Orenburg while wearing the orange and black colors associated with Russian patriotism.”

The news article also notes that Russian authorities have identified “evidence of criminal negligence on the part of the dance school’s management” for allowing this kind of provocative performance to go on.

Though the girls’ performance was supposedly designed around the classic story of Winnie the Pooh — you’ll note the person in the bear costume holding a jar labeled “honey” at the beginning of the video — a number of critics have charged that the orange and black colors of the young dancers’ costumes resembled Russia’s honored St. George ribbons associated with the nation’s Victory Day.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the dance school performance for yourself and imagine how Americans would react if government authorities here responded to the suggestive gyrations of Miley Cyrus in the same way as the Russian officials have done in their country.

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America Rising Releases New Hillary Video: ‘Trustworthy?’

This ad by America Rising highlights Benghazi, Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, the debunked tale of the former first lady arriving under sniper fire in Bosnia, and other scandals.

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Irish Fishermen Nearly Dragged To The Depths By What They Believe Was A Russian Submarine

On Wednesday afternoon, while trawling at a point known as the Calf Man near the Isle of Man in the Irish sea, the fishing vessel Karen was suddenly dragged violently backward through the water, nearly knocking her crew off their feet. The four men on board believe their nets may have caught a submarine passing below them.

“Without warning, we were stopped and pulled backwards very violently at around 10 knots which is the top speed of the vessel. I really thought that was it. It was fortunate that one of the steel ropes holding the net snapped or we would have been pulled under very quickly,” skipper Paul Murphy recalled.

The crew was unharmed, but shaken. “I actually had to sit down for ten minutes afterwards,” Murphy said while being interviewed on The Anton Savage Show. “My hands were shaking so much I couldn’t lift the radio to call the coastguard.”

The entire incident lasted only about five seconds, but it left the Karen with upwards of £10,000 in damages and her crew with lots of questions.

Dick James, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Fish Producers’ Organisation, said the cause of the disruption “was a submarine, it had to be, it could not have been anything else.”

But whose submarine was it?

A NATO exercise involving 55 warships, 13,000 sailors, and 70 aircraft is currently taking place north of the Irish Sea close to the Scottish coast. However, Royal Navy protocol says that, in an incident like the one experienced by the crew of the Karen, a submarine should immediately surface to identify itself and check on the health and welfare of those involved.

No submarine ever surfaced, leading many to believe the culprit was not involved in the military exercises–and could possibly be from Russia.

“There has been Russian activity,” James commented. “There have been allied exercises going on, the Russians have been taking an interest in it.” Russian submarines have been suspected of operating close to the UK and Irish shorelines.

“My concern is that protocols aren’t being followed,” he continued, “because the Cold War is hotting up, and it might have been a Russian submarine.”

The Ministry of Defense has refused to comment on whether there was any submarine activity in the area — about 18 miles from Ardglass in County Down — but Sky News’ defense correspondent, Alistair Bunkall, said he has been “reliably told that no British or Russian submarines were in those waters at the time.”

“Submarines give off a signature that can be tracked by magnetic anomaly detectors, essentially a network of sonar buoys, aircraft or undersea cables that pick up the boats movements,” Bunkall said. “Submarines also give off wake turbulence which is another way of tracking them. And never underestimate US intelligence capabilities – they are able to detect when a Russian sub leaves its base and let allies know so it can be tracked.”

James also conceded that “Our defence forces are not up to much if a rogue submarine of unidentified nationality is tearing around the Irish Sea.”

The incident remains shrouded in mystery, but fishermen in the port of Ardglass want answers. Sinn Féin Northern Ireland Assembly member Chris Hazzard said the community is angry:

The fact that this submarine didn’t even surface to make sure the fishermen were safe has caused considerable resentment in the area. It is totally unacceptable that a submarine would show such contempt for maritime workers.

The skipper and his crew on the Karen, and indeed all of the local fleet, deserve to know the truth about what happened. Whether this is a British vessel attached to the hugely controversial Trident system or a Nato submarine in training, our local fishermen deserve justice.

h/t: Business Insider

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As Russia Rattles Sabers And Cheats, Obama Reduces Nuclear Weapons

Our president is keen to reduce America’s nuclear arsenal. This is a fact established by his words and deeds. Reducing nuclear weapons levels is an admirable goal IF other nations are following suit and complying with their own treaty obligations.

America is rapidly reducing her nuclear weapons under the START treaty of 2010, completed under President Obama’s watch. Meanwhile, Russia has reduced her stockpiles as well but is actively not complying with the INF treaty or Intermediate Range Nuclear forces treaty. Efforts to get Russia to comply have not been successful.

China also is rapidly increasing its own nuclear forces across the board.

Russia is also rapidly modernizing its nuclear arsenal, while America’s nuclear force rusts in its silos with no modernization attempted in several decades.

Our enemies sense weakness and an opportunity to eventually intimidate the United States.

Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon writes:

Despite nuclear saber-rattling by Moscow, U.S. nuclear forces are close to reaching warhead, missile, and bomber numerical cuts required under the 2010 New START arms treaty, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday.

“We are confronted with Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, continuing aggressive Russian actions in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s increasingly aggressive nuclear posturing and threats, including the prospect of nuclear weapons in Crimea, and its violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty,” he added.

Scher was pressed by subcommittee members to say when the administration will take steps to counter the INF violation, which officials have described as deployment of a new Iskander cruise missile.

Efforts to convince the Russians to return to INF treaty compliance so far have been unsuccessful. Scher said several options are being examined to counter the INF violation.

China also is engaged in a major strategic nuclear buildup and has so far refused to engage the United States in talks about its forces.

Is it just me,or does it seem like we are being played? Our adversaries are quite happy to allow us to continue to reduce American global power. President Obama is hellbent on enshrining American military weakness as his legacy.

I hope a new Ronald Reagan is waiting in the wings.

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Who Really Profits From The West’s Warmongering?

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Militarism and military spending are everywhere and on the rise, as the new Cold War propaganda seems to be paying off. The new “threats” that are being hyped bring big profits to military contractors and the network of think tanks they pay to produce pro-war propaganda.

Here are just a few examples:

The German government announced last week that it would purchase 100 more “Leopard” tanks — a 45 percent increase in the country’s inventory. Germany had greatly reduced its inventory of tanks, as the end of the Cold War meant the end of any threat of a Soviet ground invasion of Europe. The German government now claims that these 100 new tanks, which may cost nearly half a billion dollars, are necessary to respond to the new Russian ‘assertiveness’ in the region. Never mind that Russia has neither invaded nor threatened any country in the region, much less a NATO member country.

The U.S. Cold War-era nuclear bunker under Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, which was all but shut down in the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, is being brought back to life. The Pentagon has committed nearly a billion dollars to upgrading the facility to its previous Cold War-level of operations. U.S. defense contractor Raytheon will be the prime beneficiary of this contract. Raytheon is a major financial sponsor of think tanks like the Institute for the Study of War, which continuously churn out pro-war propaganda. I am sure these big contracts are a good return on that investment.

NATO, which I believe should have been shut down after the Cold War ended, is also getting its own massively expensive upgrade. The Alliance commissioned a new headquarters building in Brussels, Belgium, in 2010, which is supposed to be completed in 2016. The building looks like a hideous claw, and the final cost — if it is ever finished — will be well over $1 billion. That is more than twice what was originally budgeted. What a boondoggle! Is it any surprise that NATO bureaucrats and generals continuously try to terrify us with tales of the new Russian threat? They need to justify their expansion plans!

So who is the real enemy? The Russians?

No, the real enemy is the taxpayer. The real enemy is the middle class and the productive sectors of the economy. We are the victims of this new runaway military spending. Every dollar or euro spent on a contrived threat is a dollar or euro taken out of the real economy and wasted on military Keynesianism. It is a dollar stolen from a small business owner that will not be invested in innovation, spent on research to combat disease, or even donated to charities that help the needy.

One of the most pervasive and dangerous myths of our time is that military spending benefits an economy. This could not be further from the truth. Such spending benefits a thin layer of well-connected and well-paid elites. It diverts scarce resources from meeting the needs and desires of a population and channels them into manufacturing tools of destruction. The costs may be hidden by the money-printing of the central banks, but they are eventually realized in the steady destruction of a currency.

The elites are terrified that peace may finally break out, which will be bad for their profits. That is why they are trying to scuttle the Iran deal, nix the Cuba thaw, and drum up a new “Red Scare” coming from Moscow. We must not be fooled into believing their lies.

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