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Kalima
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The most enlightening video so far.

Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look at How a Mob Stormed the Capitol

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000007606996/capitol-riot-trump-supporters.html

AdLib
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This is such a good and intensive report by NYT. But I think it’s even more important to force-feed the reality of the 1/6 act of terrorism to the Repubs in Congress and any remaining Repubs not sworn to the Trump cult.

That’s why I agree with the suggestion that The House’s 1/6 Select Committee should televise its questioning of all key figures and presentation of evidence in Prime Time. The truth needs to be blasted all over the media and the web, drowning out the Trumpian BS.

A lot of new video is being released by the FBI on an almost daily basis, that video and video of Repubs in Congress giving tours on 1/5 to terrorists needs to be publicly broadcast as well.

It is still hard to believe that Trump led an insurrection to murder his own VP and Dems in Congress to crush our election and democracy and takeover as a dictator (remember his video and announcements about him remaining “president” for decades?) but it really happened. Perhaps part of the reason for the public being less whipped up about it is how surreal it still seems. Or maybe because the coup failed.

But one thing that 5hese Repubs in red states, trying to pass laws allowing them to overturn election results are not recognizing is that if they were to succeed and install an obvious unelected person as president, the outrage will be far more widespread and fierce among the majority of Americans. It would begin a new phase in the Civil War we are already in, and it would likely be the George Floyd protests time 100. This is what Repubs are fine to instigate because stealing elections is their only path to power, damn the consequences.

Somehow, someway, Biden has to get off his bipartisan hobby horse and crack heads with Manchin, Sinema, etc. to get HR1 passed along with the John Lewis Civil Rights Act or we may be headed for a violent and very real New Civil War.

Khirad
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyjEHSpCq_0&t=26s

FOX is just back to Porn. Not good porn even, but…

AdLib
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Fox is porn for the mentally impotent. It’s also been proven that impotence causes displaced anger.

They need guns to compensate for another inadequacy then Fox News to make them feel their anger is due to the libs being monsters instead of their shortcomings.

Kalima
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The 1021 attack by a White mob on the all-Black Tulsa neighbourhood of Greenwood was one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history.

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/interactive/2021/tulsa-race-massacre-centennial-greenwood/

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I’m among most Americans who were never taught this history. I had no idea it had ever happened and I like to think I had a strong education. The virulent and systemic racism in this nation is why this was never taught to most Americans and at least, many now are learning about it.

It may be coincidental but I think the first episode of Watchmen on HBO in 2019 may have helped add momentum to this push for awareness by re-enacting it and basing the series on it.

Who says tv can’t be educational?

Kalima
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I only heard about it last year after the discovery of the mass grave. Broke my heart.

There is a CNN program on it at 9 pm ET. Will be watching in a few minutes.

Spoke too soon, they are showing something else here.

AdLib
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It should be available on CNN’s website.

If I needed evidence of the pervasiveness and reach of racism, the hiding of this story from the American people by the white, racist establishment would do it.

Kalima
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It’s happening.

Prosecutor in Trump criminal probe convenes grand jury to hear evidence, weigh potential charges

The move by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. suggests his investigation of the former president’s business has entered an advanced stage after more than two years.
By Shayna Jacobs and David A. Fahrenthold

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-investigation-grand-jury/2021/05/25/5f47911c-bcca-11eb-83e3-0ca705a96ba4_story.html

AdLib
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Hey Kalima!

Yes and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the NY AG, Leticia James, announced last week that her office will now be working with the Manhattan DA.

The hammer is coming down, I don’t think you impanel a grand jury after 2 years of an investigation unless you’re certain you have evidence to convict.

And you know what they say, a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich if the prosecutor asks them to.

And who’s more of a ham sandwich than Trump?

Also, since it’s against the Trump Org, Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric are in the crosshairs too! They could all be going down and that would be amazing. Not to mention, the Trump DisOrganization could be shut down as a criminal enterprise and the assets seized as criminal gains.

But the grand jury is impaneled for 6 months so we could have to wait until November. Meanwhile, the Congressional investigations, even if it’s not the commission because of Repubs, could be delivering a report by then that damns Trump and Repubs in Congress…and they could refer them for prosecution to the DoJ.

I hate waiting but if it means seeing Trump, Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric convicted criminals, I can do that time standing on my head.

Then what happens to the GOP that has tied itself lock, stock and barrel to Trump? They’re a criminal enterprise too but I’d imagine the Trumper cultists would be furious at the Repub pols for not stopping the conviction (and hopefully imprisonment but that’s less likely) of their leader.

That may give Dems the lift they need to win in 2022.

Kalima
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They also have the ghouliani documents. The dictator has already started to smear the prosecutors as expected, and now the investigation is “against us” as expected. There will be violence if he is indicted so I hope this time the necessary authorities are ready.

He and his lot have to be held responsible or America can never heal or move on.

AdLib
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You know how horrible the media is? They’re wasting space printing stories about how Trump could run for President and even govern from prison.

Do they even step back for a moment to think about how they are working so hard at normalizing the concept of a felon becoming president?

Personally, I don’t think Trump will actually run. I think his health, especially his mental health is in shambles and will only get worse as he has to deal with multiple prosecutions and lawsuits day after day.

But I think his cronies are telling him to at least announce that he will run for president to try and frame the prosecutions as political. Prosecutions that began as investigations 2 years ago? It won’t work to prevent his prosecution but it could work to drive his nutjob followers to violent attacks in NY and elsewhere that he is being tried.

Generally, I think Biden is doing a good job but IMO, he and AG Garland are being too casual about stopping this ongoing coup against our democracy. They should be arresting Repubs in state legislatures who are breaking federal law with having 3rd parties take possession of election machines and materials, sue every state changing voting laws to suppress voting, prosecute Trump and Repub politicians who are giving aid and comfort to domestic enemies, etc.

Look at how pathetic the 1/6 insurrectionists have become once they were arrested and facing charges. This is what has to happen now to all who are pushing that same movement to overthrow our democracy through their political positions and in the media.

Either a country stands up early to an attempt to overthrow their democracy or it can become too late.

Kalima
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No, I don’t think he will run either but his grift will continue until he draws his last breath. Any possible GOP candidate for 2024 will be intimidated and trump will pull out at the last minute to count his ill gotten gains. As you say he’s mentally unbalanced and physically unfit. The only reason he wants to give the impression he’s running is because of his legal problems and how expensive it will be for his defence.

We’ve waited this long so a little longer is worth it. He needs to be incarcerated.

The gop crowned him and he will take them down with him.

AdLib
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We have reached a point of no return for this incarnation of the GOP. They have devolved into a cult led by a sociopath, they are pushing to destroy democracy and replace it with a fascist dictatorship that mirrors Putin’s Russia and cements them in power against the will of the majority.

The GOP is a de facto enemy of America and its freedoms and democracy. It’s no coincidence that they try to smear Democrats with that kind of description because that is a practiced conceit of theirs, try to always tar the adversary with your own traits to diffuse legit attacks on them.

The GOP must be destroyed, it must be stripped of power but to do so, Dems need to stop being shy about branding them as anti-democratic, pro-insurgent fascists only existing to grab power. And Dems must use the power they have now, which could be denied to them for decades with all the schemes the GOP is launching, to cement in voting rights and fairness and prosecute those pursuing the destruction of our democracy.

This is the most fragile moment, we sit on the precipice, Dems need to act decisively to protect this country and shove the GOP off the cliff it teeters on.

Khirad
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God of the Bible has lied, cheated, manipulated, genocided, been sexist, racist, homophobic – been absolutely awful in every way, but you hate Satan? Who the fuck are you to talk about Satan – with that piece of shit you call God? Also, Jesus himself reaffirmed slavery. Fuck you talking shit about Satan. Clean your own house first. Because, when I read the Bible, and I read through it from time to time – it seems to me, that the biggest fucking Evil, the biggest douche, is God Himself, not Satan. That’s the primer to the primer of Satanism – which is atheist. No offense, but I’m fucking sick of your Satanic Panic à la Geraldo 80’s daytime talk to QAnon baby eating definition. Satanists have no need for virgins or children – as Satanists are not sexually repressed. Have some sympathy for the Devil, because, – I never heard of him doing half the shit God does in the Bible – or his so-called followers. That is my preamble for Satanism. But, indeed, he keeps the churches in business as a great distraction from their own sins. What would Christianity be without Satan? Also, i hate to inform you, the earth does in fact orbit around the sun. Sorry. I know you forgive everying that challenges the truth eventually after burning them on the stake and a couple centuries. Satan understands. It’s never popular to stand up for new ideas and progress. But yeah, Satanists are out there listening to Ozzy backwards – or Helter Skelter for a Race War – so focus on that – maybe you’ll see them on Maury Povich testing who the real father of Rosemary’s Baby is! Because, you know what Satanism is, not me. Also, Sarcasm, big thing in Satanism, we accuse. But I confess, you know more than me… You are all too holy and smart.

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AdLib
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What seems quite apparent now is that many alleged “Christians”, many who are white and male, love the Old Testament God because of the sadism. Come for the self-righteousness, stay for the sadism.

This is not to say that other Christians aren’t genuinely reverent of the teachings of peace and love by Jesus, many get the point. But also as you point out, even Jesus, as portrayed in The Bible (no knowing what is fabricated or not) does ot always do the right thing.

As for the Satanists I’m far from an expert on them. Some strike me as the outcast type, like the religious version of Punks who have issues that make them want to shock and intimidate the “norms”. Others no doubt are true believers in it, hateful and destructive but again, I find the issue of motivation most interesting. Why did they choose this? Why do they see this as something they want for themselves?

Religions and cults can be puzzling to those on the outside of them. Some are very corrosive and problematic. There is an ugly history to nearly all of them because nearly all have been absolutist currently or in the past and require an “us vs. them” sensibility.

Some have a nihilistic theme as Satanism appears to. As for Sarcasm, I’m a believer and contribute every time they pass the plate around.

Khirad
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Is my first attempt at an explanation of Satanism still in limbo. I may have wanted to format and spend more time on it, but I feel I got a lot into these questions. My point was never to offend Christians – though I suppose that’s part of it – it’s a negation of Christianity – or at least – its hypocrisy.

Perhaps showing up looking like Marilyn Manson is counterproductive, and you don’t want to be the Nihilists from the Big Lebowski, but I find Satanists are sardonic above all. There was a cutural aspect I want to expore more. Especially me growing up listening to rock and goth music. I felt like we were the ones being picked on just for being different. At the same time I identified with Jesus being a rebel, but thought all his followers today would have denied him because the status quo.

I have nothing to tell me Satanism is a cult. At least, not the groups I wrote on. Might there be some leader like Charles Manson? Sure, not that he was a Satanist, but sure. That’s like saying the Branch Dividians and Hare Krishnas and horrible things. Nowhere on the Cult chart have I seen Satanism. The moment a Satanist is being manipulated a Satanist will tell you to fuck off.

If I need to rewrite it I will. I lost the draft. This is my thing right now. I just need to explain why. The crux of it [irony intended]. Sometimes, I felt like the symbol of Satan was my only friend. I did not talk to him, I did not believe he existed. I still do not believe Satan exists. But I saw self-righteous assholes, hypocrisy and what I’d consider evil and awful people wear a cross and be part of church groups. This mythological character challenged God. Was almost the conscience of God when not God’s executioner.

I feel the same way about society as Satan felt about God’s reign. And there’s a lot to unpack there. I know people still think God is good, but he was never good to me.

AdLib
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Happy to say your article was just published.

I am interested to learn more about your insights and experiences with Satanism as mine are very limited. If it came off otherwise, sorry about that.

I agree that generalizing about those who follow any religion or belief system can be flawed because each individual can have their own perspective. The only ones I’ve seen try to terrify people about Satanism have been people in the “Religious Right” who have used them as boogie men and tagged political opponents and groups as Satan worshippers to frame them as evil. Take Qanon for example, it is a core belief for those cultists that their political opponents are “Satanists” who perform evil rituals like drinking the blood of terrorized children.

I don’t personally believe in The Devil, Hell or short DMV lines so those who try to leverage them to frighten and manipulate always look like the truly devilish ones.

Khirad
Member

Also, I want to apologize for my language. I was pissy. I found a better weed dispensary with better service and product. I may have had too much too drink but, I will get pissy even if someone is wrong about Christians or Muslims. Criticize all you want, just get it right, about what you are criticizing. At least about the basic gist. Sometimes I don’t have the patience, and I’m working on it. I just have to remember – “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Martin Luther King Jr said that, and he stole a lot of ideas from Gandhi (I’d say plagiarism sometimes). Both Gandhi and MLK were womanizers. Does that change the message? No. But they were not perfect. I still think they are great and flawed men.

Whereas, a Satanist could be perfect and never good enough because they didn’t pretend to be in an established religion.

AdLib
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Glad you found a good dispensary for the Devil’s Weed.

Must be driving the Religious Right crazy to see marijuana legalized around the country…along with black people voting.

Khirad
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AdLib
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It just confirms my theory that Mr. Show was really Satan TV.

I mean they are right, people just don’t take Satan seriously enough.

Kalima
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AdLib
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Perfect!

And today, when Chauvin’s supervisor declared that he should not have kept jamming his knee into George Floyd’s throat after he stopped resisting and lost consciousness, that should be the nail in the coffin for Chauvin.

Unjustified excessive force, refusing to stop even after he had killed George, the lame defense that the justifiably outraged crowd was a threat that distracted him (how? He was terrified of a 9 year old girl, an old man, teenagers and a female firefighter?) has already failed.

I have worried that Chauvin could escape justice and if so, I absolutely expect America to burn and descend into violence and havoc…but watching this case and the damning testimony of the police (the police chief is testifying against Chauvin tomorrow), I think Chauvin will be convicted.

Kalima
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And here it is.

Chauvin ‘absolutely’ violated policy while restraining Floyd, police chief says

“Clearly when Mr. Floyd was no longer responsive — and even motionless — to continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back, that in no way, shape or form is anything that is set by policy, is not part of our training, and is certainly not part of our ethics or values.”

By Holly Bailey and Mark Berman

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/04/05/derek-chauvin-trial-2/

AdLib
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They have now had several police officials testify that Chauvin’s knee on George Floyd’s neck was not an authorized police tactic, was not permitted by policy, was wrong to be applied after Floyd was handcuffed and controlled and was definitely wrong once he lost consciousness.

And Chauvin’s defense continues to be, “but angry black people were filming him and upset that he was killing Floyd so he couldn’t help but kill Floyd.”

Maybe one or two semi-racist jurors would buy into that enough to vote not guilty on 2nd Degree Murder but there’s no way that I can see how this BS prevents at least a 3rd Degree Manslaughter at least, if not also 2nd Degree Manslaughter.

Chauvin is going to prison…or the judicial system will be torched along with many parts of this country.

Khirad
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I just sent this to Senator Kyrsten Sinema. I’m usually trolling Ms Lindsey, gosh b’gosh Hawley, or Creepy Cancun Cruz, or Packin’ that Johnson tight like a brat up our UP; but this was meant with love and care. Like they went after her for being bisexual and shit. So, yeah, let’s not compare her to Manchin….
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Sen. Sinema,

I’m one of those that might benefit from a $15 federal minimum wage. I’m not too into the weeds how that will affect all Arizonans, I’ll admit that. I would like to do more research on that, because I do not know why you are opposing it. I get it that we’re in Arizona so you may feel one thing in your heart and have to moderate. On the other hand, I don’t understand how when over a quarter of Arizonans believe the Big Lie, anything matters. You could hand out AR-15s and ‘become straight’ and they’ll still hate you. So, I don’t get the chess here. And, I don’t like you being compared with Joe Manchin. I know he’s got it tough, but look more to Montana or something in how to be blue in a red state. I haven’t even checked where he is, but, c’mon. As to means testing for Covid checks? Why not? I’m sorry if I don’t feel sorry for a household making 100,000 not getting a check. Maybe a tax credit to open a business or something, but they aren’t hurting like me, who was just getting into being an apprentice chef – before that cratered. So yeah, call me selfish, but I’m on medicaid and do need that check and could also really benefit from $15. I think I read a bit of your history. You have to know how big that little thing is. I will vote for you again, because, Arizona. But, I try to explain it to people on the left that you’re a Senator for all of Arizona. I get that. Just give me some reasoning, however arcane, for opposing $15 unless you think it should be $20.

Regards.

Faithful Democrat, because there is no true left party; however, that’s its own diatribe against first-past-the-post,

Kurt Singer, Oro Valley

[I actually don’t care if people know my name and stuff – it’s prety much out there already]

AdLib
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Your letter to her is very thoughtful, respectful, and reasoned. I would hope that she has some other explanation than what we’ve heard so far and the carefree manner in which she thumbs-downed it made her look even worse and uncaring.

And her office’s first response to these criticisms? Branding everyone as “sexist” who was upset by her playful thumbs down to oppose what is deadly serious and desperately needed income. It is more typically the act of a Republican to instantly claim victimhood when caught doing the wrong thing, decent Democrats don’t sling the BS and demagoguery like that to legit criticism. After all of this, I now see Sinema as disingenuous. Maybe I’m wrong but she’s got a long road to go down to change my and many other people’s opinion of her.

How else can one square this tweet from Sinema previously in 2014 with her opposition to hiking the minimum wage yesterday?

Not to mention how she buddied up with McConnell just before and tapped him on the shoulder so he would see her give the perky thumbs down.

I absolutely don’t want a Republican to win her seat so I would not support an “anyone but Sinema” mentality. But Mark Kelly was elected by the same AZ voters and ran against the same GOP opponent (McSally) and he voted for the $15 minimum wage so I have a lot of trouble accepting that she has a legit reason for voting no.

I would support a Dem opponent to Sinema in 4 years if that Dem would be competitive in a GE against a Repub (McSally again???) and was more honest and dependable in support of basic Dem platforms like raising the minimum wage.

Kalima
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People with extremist views less able to do complex mental tasks, research suggests

Cambridge University team say their findings could be used to spot people at risk from radicalisation

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/22/people-with-extremist-views-less-able-to-do-complex-mental-tasks-research-suggests

AdLib
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So…people who are woefully ignorant enough to have extremist views are not very bright. No one’s head will explode from that conclusion but it’s always good to see scientific studies that document what seems apparent.

I mean…they can’t even spell simple words in comments or protest signs, shoot themselves accidentally with their own guns, wear jackets and shirts that prove their identities when mounting an insurrection and post selfies and videos of themselves on social media committing federal crimes.

I honestly think it will be a needed thinning of the herd if these morons continue to refuse to be vaccinated for COVID while the rest of us are vaccinated and safe from it.

Evolution knows best!

Kalima
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A great anchor who was pushed out by Zucker at CNN for a white woman. She took no bs.



AdLib
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I’ve really liked her responses on social media along the way and I liked her as an anchor. CNN however sticks with the the whiter-than-white hack, Dana Bash who often spins stories to the Repub/Trump side.

Kalima
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Dash is a whataboutism peddler for the most part but at least condemned trump and called him a liar on the air. Not a fan.

Anderson Cooper had an interesting program about the Qanon cult. It was creepy and gave me a sore throat from swearing too loud.

CNN bosses also launched Dobbs and that crazy Glenn Beck.

Soledad was replaced by Erin Burnett.

I don’t have many options here so it’s either the Beeb or CNN. The rest of the news I go to reputable internet news sites for.

AdLib
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Topping off President Biden’s big night with a smile:

AdLib
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Oh yeah, it’s official. The Trump Era is dead. The Biden-Harris Era has hit the ground running.

Champagne anyone?

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For Kalima (and everyone else):

Kalima
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AdLib
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There continues to be strong support for The Senate to act against Hawley and Cruz but it takes a 2/3 vote to expel a Senator so I doubt that will happen. But the 14th Amendment would only take a majority, maybe 60 votes to override a filibuster. Could happen but if I had to bet, it probably won’t.

Kalima
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AdLib
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Fun!

Another Fiddler on the Roof song that Trump will soon be singing, “If I Was a Rich Man”.

Kalima
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Espionage? Wonder how many spies working for Russia mingled freely in the chaos?

AdLib
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Sure is interesting too that an influx of Bitcoin flooded into these racist groups. I know the FBI is investigating, I fully expect converted rubles to be involved.