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Articles from the October 3, 2022 edition


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  • Russian President Putin Annexes Ukrainian Territory, Accuses the West of Seeking to Destroy Russia in Landmark Speech.

    Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation|Oct 3, 2022

    Editor's Note: In a ceremony annexing the Ukrainian territory of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizha and Kherson, Putin delivered the following address. This is the official English transcript from Kremlin.ru. 9.30.22, delivered at an important moment in world history. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Citizens of Russia, citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, residents of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, deputies of the State Duma, senators of the Russian Federation,...

  • In Remarkable Video, a Russian Army Officer Instructs Mobilized Men to Purchase Tampons To Seal Off Bullet Wounds

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2022

    In a remarkable video, a female Russian officer instructs newly mobilized men, that they will need to source their own gear such as sleeping bags, and medical packs. She tells them to go buy tampons and sanitary pads from pharmacies in order to use as bandages. "The only thing the army gives you in uniforms, armor. That's it. Don't laugh at this, but ask your wives, mothers and sisters to buy tampons. YOu know why? Because you can use them to stop a bullet hole from bleeding. You put the tampon...

  • Former Los Angeles KABC Talk Radio Host Ira Fistell Dies at 81

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2022

    Former KABC Talk Radio Host Ira Fistell has died at the age of 81, his family said. Fistell was at KABC radio from 1977-95; KKGO/KNNS, 1996-98; KRLA, 1999-2000; KABC, 2000-06. He was at times, a newspaper editor, adult education educator, newswriter, radio and tv personality, lecturer and writer. Fistell grew up fascinated by the radio industry and as a child enjoyed pretending to be on the radio. Coupled with his affinity for reading, he found that in college he could combine his interests and...

  • Telegram Channel "Cargo 200" Posts Video of Ukrainian Pigs Eating Russian Army Officer

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2022

    In salacious video posted to a Telegram channel called "Cargo 200", pigs in Ukraine consume the corpse of a Russian army officer. The deceased man is identified as a Captain in the 14 second cellphone video. Cargo 200 is a controversial Telegram channel, which seeks to discourage the Russian Army by posting photos and videos of deceased Russian military personnel. The 4th Geneva Convention on prisoners of war forbids the display of such images, but neither Russia nor Ukraine are signatories to...

  • Santa Monica's Two Main Problems Are Public Safety and Homelessness. Both of Them Have Solutions

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2022

    Authors note: These are my notes from a phone conversation with Albin Gielicz, candidate for Santa Monica City Council The political climate for the last few years has not been fully functional, which inhibits solving problems. Our two main problems are how to improve public safety, and how to bring the homeless home. I'm a Recreation and Parks Commissioner running for City Council on issues like public safety and homelessness, as well as economic recovery. I meet many local residents who, like...

  • The Ukraine Army is on the Verge of Encircling 3,000 Russian Soldiers in #Lyman, Donbas Region

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2022
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    9.29.22: "A Russian collapse in the Lyman-Yampil sector is almost imminent now," tweeted Illia Ponomarenko. "The pocket is about to be closed off if this is not the case yet. Russians need to leave before it’s too late, but now it would be hard as Ukraine can target their withdrawal route." "Truthful information isn't being communicated up the command chain and spread along the line, i.e. the field officers are lying to HQ about the real risks at Lyman, so they may be unaware that being cut...

  • Death Toll in Indonesia Soccer Riot Revised to 125, Mostly From Losing Team's Fans Rushing the Field at Game End

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2022

    The death toll in Saturday's soccer riot in East Java has been revised down to 125, Indonesian police said. About 300 are still in area hospitals with injuries, authorities said. These are confirmed deaths; the actual death toll is said to be over 180. When a team called Persebaya Surabaya defeated Arema for the first time in 23 years, disappointed Arema fans rushed the field. Police fired tear gas, causing a panic and a stampede. "Supporters of Arema FC and rival Persebaya Surabaya clashed...

  • Ukraine Army in Major Breakthrough Through Across Russian Lines in Northern Kherson Province, Heading South Along Dnipro River

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2022

    Last week the Ukraine Army pushed the invading Russians out of Kharkhiv province. Today, we are hearing of Ukraine military successes in the South. "Reportedly, Ukrainian defenders broek through the Russian line of defense in Dudchany and advanced on Beryslav. According to Pro-Russian channels, the situation in Beryslav for the Russian invaders is dire, Ukrainian defenders are fiercely attacking," writes Giorgi Revishvilli, a Fulbright scholar at the Bush School of TAMU. "Advance does not...