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Jan van Eijk The Arnolfini portrait 1434

 

The Unmasking (Jim Kunstler)
Police Horses Trample Demonstrators At Freedom Convoy Protest In Ottawa (TSun)
Canada Parliament Axes Friday Plans To Meet Over Emergencies Act (GN)
Canadian Clergy Rebuke Trudeau For Invoking Emergencies Act (Fox)
The Democracy Disconnect in Canada (CTH)
RCMP Orders Blacklist Of 34 Crypto Wallets (CS)
Ottawa Freedom Convoy Tears Down Illusion of Democracy in North America (Ehret)
Where Is The Uprising? (Denninger)
Bill Gates: Natural Infection Doing “A Better Job” Of Bolstering Immunity (ZH)
Biden Says He’s Convinced Putin Has Decided to Invade (Lauria)
Putin To Personally Oversee Massive Nuclear Drill On Saturday (ZH)
Putin Warned The West, But The West Didn’t Listen (RT)

 

 

 

 

Scott Atlas

 

 

 

 

“The unmasked are unmasking their masked antagonists.”

The Unmasking (Jim Kunstler)

A “People’s Convoy” is assembling around Barstow, California (the capital of the Mojave Desert, where there’s plenty of room to assemble), with a launch date of February 23, next Wednesday, destination: Washington DC. Won’t that be… interesting? What will the government of “Joe Biden” do? Likewise invoke some sort of emergency powers? Declare yet another “insurrection” as with January 6, 2021? Mess with the truckers’ bank accounts, and those of the people who support them? Do they want to inspire a run on US banks at a juncture where the extreme fragility of the global banking system threatens to blow up financial markets? Standing by on that.

The US government, like Canada’s, has likewise been at war with its citizens. At least half the country has awakened to this unappetizing reality — even while somewhat less than half the country still catatonically follows whatever idiotic diktat the despotic bureaucracy spews out. Why, for instance, do so many still go about in face masks even where local regulations are lifted? (And especially in light of the overwhelming evidence that masks don’t work?) Answer: to signify that they are still against Trump, the evil leviathan said to be responsible for all the woes and injustices in the world and who threatens their ”safety”— meaning, their status as oppressed victims of “white supremacy,” including the guilty-and-penitent self-oppressed white people of the Left themselves. Yeah, it’s just that simple because we are in an epic episode of human social hysteria.

[..] The companies who produced the “vaccines’ are even on the run. Pfizer withdrew its application for an emergency use authorization in India, where the public health agency insisted on seeing the safety records Pfizer was obliged to furnish — and refused to. India is a big market for pharmaceuticals, some 1.39 billion. Pfizer’s stock has crashed nearly 10 percent the past two weeks. By the way, some of the states of India are notable for having battled Covid-19 with the mass distribution of early treatment kits containing cheap anti-virals such as ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, Vitamin D, etc. The program was famously successful in reducing deaths there. The CEO of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, has sold off $400-million of his own stock in the company and deleted his Twitter account on rumors that all-causes deaths reported by US life insurance companies show a shocking and mysterious rise in mortality that just may be attributed to the “vaccines” causing strokes, heart attacks, cancer cases, and immune system failures. (Moderna’s stock is also sinking.)

Neither the mainstream news media nor the US public health agencies are making any effort to investigate this now well-documented occurrence. We’re in the midst of a tremendous shift of public opinion. Winter is not over but the truth is budding now in a thousand places. The people are done kneeling docilly to be silenced and killed. They will not let this country, and many other nations in the Western Civ club, be destroyed without a fight. The unmasked are unmasking their masked antagonists. Stand by, now, to find out who has been behind all this deadly mischief. We will rip off their masks and the rule of law will be restored.

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“..instead of violence there were bouncy castles, hot tubs, pancake breakfasts, pig roasts, road hockey games, dancing and fireworks displays.”

Police Horses Trample Demonstrators At Freedom Convoy Protest In Ottawa (TSun)

Turns out the lasting image of the Freedom Convoy protest at Parliament Hill will not be bouncy castles but that of a woman with a walker being trampled by a police horse. The violence the Prime Minister has expressed concern about during the three-week protest in Ottawa didn’t unfold until Justin Trudeau’s Emergencies Act police army was sent in to disperse the crowd. The three major incidents Friday, under a form of martial law, were grotesque. Video of Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers charging into the crowd and at least one horse trampling multiple people — including an elderly woman with a walker — was disturbing. But that was not the only troubling incident.

Another saw a protester behind a police line repeatedly being smashed with an officer’s rifle. And convoy organizer Benjamin Dichter also told the Toronto Sun “one of drivers had his truck windows smashed by Ottawa Police (with) guns drawn and (he was) dragged out of his vehicle by force.” It’s ironic when you think back to three weeks ago. “Of course I’m concerned,” Trudeau told The Canadian Press on Jan. 28. “A number of people are there without wanting to incite violence, but there are going to be, as we’ve heard, a small group of people in there who are posing a threat to themselves, to each other, to Canadians.” But instead of violence there were bouncy castles, hot tubs, pancake breakfasts, pig roasts, road hockey games, dancing and fireworks displays.


While Trudeau tried to pin the online postings of a Swastika and Confederate flag on the truckers, they brought in a crane to rise the Canadian flag and sang O Canada every day. They definitely wore out their welcome while clogging up the parliamentary district of Ottawa, not wearing masks and excessively honking their horns. But they didn’t cause violence. So why the heavy hand in their mission to win back the city? That’s the question Ottawa Police, the Prime Minister, Premier Doug Ford and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson need to answer.

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Upcoming police action prevents House from discussing the legality of……police action.

Canada Parliament Axes Friday Plans To Meet Over Emergencies Act (GN)

Friday meetings of the House of Commons and the Senate over the invocation of the Emergencies Act in response to the so-called “freedom convoy” demonstrations were cancelled due to safety concerns. Government House Leader Mark Holland later confirmed that the debate will resume on Saturday, with Speaker Anthony Rota adding the House will sit from 7 a.m. to midnight Eastern. Debate is still expected to continue Sunday and Monday. Holland said the final vote on the measure will be held Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern. “I am looking forward to the historic and fulsome debate that lies ahead,” he said on Twitter. A note from Speaker Anthony Rota noted Friday’s cancellation is spurred on by an impending police operation set to take place by Parliament Hill and around Ottawa’s downtown core.

“The #HoC will not sit today, Friday, February 18. A police operation is expected in the downtown core of Ottawa. Given these exceptional circumstances, and following discussion with all recognized party leadership, the sitting today is cancelled,” wrote Anthony Rota, speaker of the House, in a tweet on Friday. NDP House Leader Peter Julian confirmed the cancellation on Twitter. “Around 4:30 AM this morning all four of us — the House Leaders in the House of Commons — agreed to cancel today’s House of Commons session that was scheduled to start at 7 AM. It is everyone’s hope that the Convoy will peacefully leave #Ottawa & will end their #OttawaOccupation,” Julian tweeted.

Rota cited concerns from the Parliamentary Police Service (PPS) and noted that all House Leaders were in agreement on the cancellation. “Given these exceptional circumstances, and following discussion with all recognized party leadership, the sitting today is cancelled,” Rota wrote in a letter Friday.

Crackdown

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“..in response to their singing, praying, dancing, candy floss, bouncy castles, speeches about the Constitution and outpourings of patriotic love for the country, your government has not only refused to meet with these citizens to hear their concerns, you have insulted, denigrated and lied about them..”

Canadian Clergy Rebuke Trudeau For Invoking Emergencies Act (Fox)

A group of Canadian clergy sent an open letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this week rebuking him for invoking the Emergencies Act to quell the Freedom Convoy and for other actions they described as “tyrannical.” “We are writing to you as representative pastors of Christian congregations from across the nation and as law-abiding citizens who respect the God-defined role of civil government and uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the highest law of our land, which recognizes the supremacy of God over all human legislation,” read the letter, which was signed by 29 clergymen and remains open for other Canadians to sign.

Explaining their repeated, earnest attempts to prayerfully redress their grievances with all levels of government regarding “indefinite suspension of civil liberties, coercive mandates and perpetual state interference in the life, freedom and worship of the church,” the pastors denounced Trudeau for cracking down on the Freedom Convoy instead of hearing them out. They emphasized that members of the clergy are a part of the convoy. “The Ottawa protest has presented your government with a wonderful opportunity to meet with and speak to ordinary Canadians lawfully and peaceably requiring the restoration of their constitutional rights,” they wrote.

“However, in response to their singing, praying, dancing, candy floss, bouncy castles, speeches about the Constitution and outpourings of patriotic love for the country, your government has not only refused to meet with these citizens to hear their concerns, you have insulted, denigrated and lied about them, further dividing a hurting and broken nation.” The pastors went on to rebuke Trudeau and his government for seemingly believing that they have the authority to bestow and remove fundamental rights at will. “Your government does not grant people the right to their bodily integrity, the right to work or earn a living, the right to decide for their children or to be with their families or dying loved ones, the right to gather to worship and obey God, the right to travel in their own land or enter and leave. Civil government exists to protect these pre-political and fundamental freedoms, not bestow and remove them as if it can function in the place of God.”

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“The Ministry of Peace is established to create war; the Ministry of Truth is established to create lies and propaganda; the Ministry of Love established to justify torture and beatings; and the Ministry of Plenty to control food production leading to starvation.”

The Democracy Disconnect in Canada (CTH)

When the terms “freedom and liberty” are allowed to be defined as extremist sentiment, what you end up with are Canadian federal police beating people in the streets and arresting citizens who petition their government for freedom. Meanwhile, the ever fearful and politically correct conservatives in Parliament grasp their pearls while simultaneously cowering to avoid labels. Somewhere there is a radical called Saul Alinsky, the trainer of modern revolutionary communists and political leftists – who dedicated his training manual to Lucifer, smiling as he watches the results of his teachings. Unfortunately, we have not yet seen the worst of what is to come from this.


Allow me to highlight the point with two easily referenced examples from Canadian media (infiltrated with ideological stenographers) and contemplate the larger message against government saying we must “defend our democracy” while removing political protest. Notice the evolution of the collective narrative in just a few days. The word “freedom” is extremist (Feb 13) … Conservatives are “extremist” (Feb 18)

When “freedom and liberty” are defined as extremism, conservatives become defined as extremists. See how that works? Yes, linguistic judo and ideological training provided by Saul Alinsky, in his rules for radicals. In essence, Alinsky taught the budding communists to define the opposition, isolate them, ridicule them and marginalize them. Now, if you find yourself having a mental reference to a race of persons as defined during World War II, before Alinsky’s book was even written, your reference point is solid. Whenever we allow any entity, group, or collective echo-chamber to change the terminology, we are making a big mistake.


Orwell wrote about the outcome in his book 1984, where The Ministry of Peace is established to create war; the Ministry of Truth is established to create lies and propaganda; the Ministry of Love established to justify torture and beatings; and the Ministry of Plenty to control food production leading to starvation. These are not simply contradictions in words and terms, these are an earlier version of what David Mamet later described as necessary tools for modern leftists. In order to advance severe ideological positions, they must pretend not to know things. Ignoring contradictions is a feature of modern leftism, not a flaw.

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“..cryptocurrency donations being collected in relation to illegal acts falling under the scope of the Emergency Measures Act..”

RCMP Orders Blacklist Of 34 Crypto Wallets (CS)

The Counter Signal has exclusively obtained an order sent by Trudeau’s federal police force, which demands that all FINTRAC regulated companies in Canada cease transacting with 34 cryptocurrency wallets. The wallets are alleged to be associated with the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa. The Counter Signal has confirmed at least one wallet which had contained over $1 million worth of Bitcoin as being a part of the HonkHonkHodl campaign to support truckers via cryptocurrency. Whether this demand from police will hamper access to the funds is still unclear. The police order comes via Trudeau’s extraordinary and self-prescribed emergency powers, and affects over 25 Bitcoin, worth approximately $1.4 million dollars.


“The Ontario Provincial Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police are currently investigating cryptocurrency donations being collected in relation to illegal acts falling under the scope of the Emergency Measures Act,” the RCMP order begins. “Pursuant to the Emergency Economic Measures Order, under subsection 19(1) of the Emergencies Act, there is a duty to cease facilitating any transactions pertaining to the following cryptocurrency address(es).” Trudeau’s officers list 29 Bitcoin addresses, 2 Ethereum, and 1 wallet each of Cardano, Monero, and Litecoin. [..] “Any information about a transaction or proposed transaction in respect of these address(es), is to be disclosed immediately to the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, at CryptocurrencyNHQ-CryptomonnaieDG@rcmp-grc.gc.ca,” the RCMP pleaded.

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Mark Carney ready to replace Justin?

Ottawa Freedom Convoy Tears Down Illusion of Democracy in North America (Ehret)

Who would have thought that Canada would ever be a spark plug for a freedom movement against tyranny? As the editor of a Canadian geopolitical magazine for over 10 years and author of four books on Canadian History, I am a bit embarrassed to say that I certainly didn’t think that Canadians had this in them. The “monarchy of the north” certainly isn’t something that exudes revolutionary sentiment- having been founded on such non-revolutionary principles as “Peace, Order and Good Governance” which have stood in stark contrast to the significantly more inspiring “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” enshrined in the founding documents of our southern cousins.

Even our founding 1867 document (drafted over a champagne fueled month of hedonism in 1864) explicitly calls out the purpose of confederation not as a means of “supporting the general welfare” as was the case of the USA’s constitution in 1787, but rather “to promote the interests of the British Empire”. But here it is.

Countless thousands of patriots have driven across the country to bunker down in Ottawa in peace and high festive spirits which I had to see with my own eyes to believe demanding something so simple and un-tainted by ideology: freedom to work, provide for families and a respect for basic rights as laid out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (a 1982 upgrade to the embarrassingly oligarchical British North America Act of 1867). Mainstream media and political hacks have been working overtime to paint the Freedom convoy that converged on Ottawa on January 29 as an “insurrectionist movement” full of “white supremacists”, “Russian stooges”, and “Nazis” out to “overthrow the government”.

Even the Bank of England’s former governor (and World Economic Forum Trustee) Mark Carney chimed in on February 7 stating that “this is sedition” and that “those who are still helping to extend this occupation must be identified and punished to the full force of the law”. Carney, the perennial financial darling of Goldman Sachs and the City of London (and Prime Ministerial hopeful) called for a targeting of all those who donated money to this domestic terror operation. Faced with an organic civil rights movement of blue-collar truckers, farmers and tens of thousands of supporters who have convened on Canada’s capital to demand a restoration of their basic freedoms, the current Liberal government has failed to show even an ounce of humanity or capacity to negotiate.

This shouldn’t be a surprise for those who have seen the hypocrisy of neo-liberal “rules-based” order ideologues in action over the past few years who are quick to celebrate the “liberty” of citizens of Ukraine, Hong Kong, or Xinjiang when the outcome benefits the geopolitical aims of detached technocrats hungry for global hegemony.

Schwab WEF

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“According to the montage, skills are for special, gifted people only. They are learned by those special people quickly and easily. If someone isn’t an expert instantly, they never will be.”

Where Is The Uprising? (Denninger)

Let’s take a moment and give props to the Canadian truckers who got their government’s and fellow Canadians’ attention. Good for them. They did something, along with those who walked fuel and food to them to keep the protest going. Great use of logistics and tactics, my hat is off to you! Truckers are pureblood allies. There is no argument that the truckers’ actions had an effect on the war. They arrived and fought on the battlefield. The government announced a crack down, so we’ll see how it plays out over the next few days. Contrast with the US: no widespread parking lots, everyone is still in trudge along to get along mode. There’s low level disruptions (keep vacationing in place!) in daily life, most notably in the supply chain. Even fat bitch Karens are noticing higher grocery prices and holes in shelves. But so far, pretty quiet.

Boston, New York City, and Minneapolis allowed vaxports. Vaxports are the equivalent of sucking government cock after it ****s you in the ass. Enjoy the taste of your own ****. The pure bloods haven’t burned the cities to the ground in a mostly peaceful protest. Why is that? What will it take to set things off? I don’t know. There’s two ways this ends: either 1% decides they’ve had enough, or we will be slowly boiled until we are grateful daddy government allowed us to exist in our own homes without a mask on Tuesdays. No, that’s not impossible. Over the past two years, as a people, we’ve demonstrated we will trade our humanity for safety. Tard Karen believes a magic filthy rag wards off a deadly plague. Others wear one for work so they have a place to live. Still others won’t rock the boat to remain part of their group.

[..] The plan isn’t perfect. The leader, the goals, or the tactics don’t align perfectly with yours. Oh no, but if it was, boy howdy, would you get off the couch and join them. This line of thought requires ignoring that the un-pure army produces desired results. One day, when the right allies appear, you’ll join them. One day… They aren’t doing it right. Sadly, an army already on the field is unlikely to recognize you as their Five Star General. If their actions work, support their efforts or shut the **** up and stay on the couch. Don’t derail a functioning battle plan. Those who disrupt working tactics have a special name: traitors. Another set of excuses is due to mindset. Mindset determines success or failure as much as tactics and logistics. Mindset is the result of life experience and it will not change overnight, if at all.

However, we deserve some leniency for not developing a killer, win-or-die mindset. Life hasn’t been trying to actively kill us for long enough soybois and girldicks require a safe space when someone uses the wrong pronoun. On the other hand, peace and ease allowed modern Western Civilization to flourish. But there is one item from pop culture that has destroyed mindset development so much, some evil mastermind is kicking himself for not inventing it: the montage. Yes, the montage. What does a montage imply? It only takes 3:30 to go from zero to hero. Any skill can be mastered in the time it takes to listen to the movie’s hit song. No failure, no missteps, no tangents where a single slice of the skill is drilled and drilled until practice is complete hell. None of that. According to the montage, skills are for special, gifted people only. They are learned by those special people quickly and easily. If someone isn’t an expert instantly, they never will be.

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Who cares what Bill Gates says?

Bill Gates: Natural Infection Doing “A Better Job” Of Bolstering Immunity (ZH)

Speaking on Friday during the Munich Security Conference, Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder and chairman, discussed how the threat posed by the COVID pandemic had “dramatically lowered”…while making a startling admission: that natural infection and spread was more effective at bolstering human immunity than vaccines. Speaking to CNBC’s Hadley Gamble during the annual conference in Germany, Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told the audience that a potential new pandemic would likely stem from a different pathogen than that belonging to the coronavirus family (maybe Ebola, perhaps?). But he added that advances in medical technology should help the world do a better job of fighting it – if investments are made now.

Girardot Seychelles
https://twitter.com/GirardotMarc/status/1494676665292795909

“We’ll have another pandemic. It will be a different pathogen next time,” Gates said. Two years into the coronavirus pandemic, Gates said the worst effects have faded as huge swathes of the global population have gained some level of immunity. Its severity has also waned with the latest omicron variant. Amazingly, after years of denial, Gates seemed to acknowledge – albeit in a roundabout way – that the infectiousness of the omicron variant had played the key role in boosting human immunity to SARS-CoV-2.


According to Gates, it’s already “too late” to reach the WHO’s goal to vaccinate 70% of the global population by mid-2022. Currently 61.9% of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine) but that’s okay, however, Gates said, as in many places, the virus itself, which creates a level of immunity, and has “done a better job of getting out to the world population than we have with vaccines.” “The chance of severe disease, which is mainly associated with being elderly and having obesity or diabetes, those risks are now dramatically reduced because of that infection exposure,” he said.

Malone mortality/cancer

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“Or maybe you are like some Ukrainians, including your president, who thinks this invasion is a figment of Biden’s imagination.”

Biden Says He’s Convinced Putin Has Decided to Invade (Lauria)

President Joe Biden said Friday he’s convinced Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine in the coming days and that Russia would fail to create a new system in Europe that takes its security into account. “As of this moment I’m convinced he has made the decision” to invade, Biden told a reporter in response to a question at a White House press briefing. Asked how he knows this, Biden said, “We have a significant intelligence capability.” Biden also flatly asserted that the capital, Kiev, would be attacked: “Russian troops currently have Ukraine surrounded. We have reason to believe Russian forces are planning and intend to attack Ukraine in the coming week, in the coming days. We believe they will target the capital Kyiv, a city of 2.8 million innocent people.”

If such a horrific scenario were true, wouldn’t Washington have sent its military to defend its ally? That the U.S. hasn’t, undercuts the credibility of U.S. intelligence. “We also will not send troops in to fight in Ukraine, but we will continue to support the Ukrainian people,” he said, apparently as they are being slaughtered in their beds by Russian bombs — the only conclusion that can be drawn. For Biden, supporting the Ukrainian people translates into $650 million spent by the U.S. in the past year to “bolster Ukraine’s defenses,” and U.S. arms manufacturers’ profits. Even with all this hardware, the Ukrainian military is no match for Russia’s, as the U.S. would be.

“The United States and its allies and partners will support the Ukrainian people,” Biden said. “We will hold Russia accountable for its actions. … The entire free world is united” against Russia and sanctions will be imposed once this invasion happens. If you were Ukrainian, living in Kiev, how would you feel if the president of the United States just said he’s convinced your city will be bombed by a major military power in days and all he’ll do for you is punish your attackers by hitting their finances? Or maybe you are like some Ukrainians, including your president, who thinks this invasion is a figment of Biden’s imagination.

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Planned.

Putin To Personally Oversee Massive Nuclear Drill On Saturday (ZH)

The Russian military confirmed on Friday that it will move up nuclear weapons exercises which had been previously scheduled to take place later the year, as a warning to the West as the Ukraine crisis grows hotter. Typically the drills take place in the fall, but will now be part of the current climate of ‘muscle flexing’ as the region remains on the brink. The massive drills of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces will take place Saturday, and President Putin will directly oversee it, according to the defense ministry. There were signs earlier in February that the drills would be moved up in time, as the FT wrote: “Russia generally holds its annual nuclear exercises — which involve testing intercontinental ballistic missiles from land, sea and air — in the fall. But the US believes Putin has decided to hold them earlier this year as a show of strength.”

Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov notified allies as well as Western countries about the Saturday drills in a Friday statement, saying it should be no cause for concern. Likely the maneuvers will center on the Black Sea Fleet out of the Crimean Peninsula, which will be taken by Ukraine and NATO to be highly provocative. A senior Biden administration official responded to the announcement that it was definitely “escalatory”. “Practice launches of ballistic missiles are part of regular training,” Peskov said. “They are preceded by a series of notices to other nations via different channels.”

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has issued an open invitation for Russia to host deployable nukes on Belarusian soil amid the Ukraine standoff, has been personally invited to watch the nuclear drills with Putin. According to Congressional testimony from last week by Joint Chiefs chairman General Mark Milley and director of national intelligence Avril Haines, the Pentagon believes the exercises are a “show of force” aimed at both Ukraine and its Western backers in NATO. Analyst Rebeccah Heinrichs with the hawkish D.C. think tank Hudson Institute described that given Russia has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world, “It would be an extremely provocative and harbinger of messages if they did it concurrently with an invasion.”

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“As for the West, looking back at its self-destructive errors in recent years, one might consider Putin something of a prophet.”

Putin Warned The West, But The West Didn’t Listen (RT)

[..] it’s worth noting what a Russian invasion of Ukraine would actually mean. For the past 15 years, ever since the Munich speech, Russian officials have been arguing against the unilateral use of force and demanding a UN-centered security system founded on international law. Were we to wake up one day and find that Russian tanks were rolling towards Kiev without any kind of excuse, it would amount to a complete abandonment of 15 years of argumentation as well as a negation of the entire legal/moral position built up by the Russian Federation in that period, a position reinforced just this month in the Putin/Xi statement. It would also be very odd. For you can hardly achieve the objective of a multipolar world based on the principles of UN supremacy and international law by means of a massive breach of those very same principles.


It would be extraordinarily self-defeating. A certain skepticism about the allegedly “imminent” Russian invasion of Ukraine is therefore due. It’s not impossible, but one has to wonder why, after so many years of consistency, Putin would suddenly change his position in such a drastic way. As for the West, looking back at its self-destructive errors in recent years, one might consider Putin something of a prophet. But if so, it’s a prophet in the guise of the Trojan princess Cassandra who was fated to be always right but never believed. Rather than taking heed of Putin’s warning, Western leaders have bludgeoned onwards, toppling Colonel Gaddafi in Libya, aiding rebels in Syria, attempting (and failing at) regime change in Venezuela, fighting and losing against the Taliban, sanctioning Iran, supporting revolution in Ukraine, and so on. It has not turned out well. We can’t say we weren’t warned.

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THE BIG LIE
https://twitter.com/i/status/1494720463595003905

 

 

Agenda 21
https://twitter.com/i/status/1494714977684439041

 

 

2/22/22 will be a once-in-a 248 year event.

Pluto is going to conjunct (return to) the United States.

The Last time this happened was on July 4th 1776, the exact founding day of America.

Astrologically, Pluto brings Destruction and Rebirth.

Rome fell when Pluto Returned.

 

 

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    Jan van Eijk The Arnolfini portrait 1434   • The Unmasking (Jim Kunstler) • Police Horses Trample Demonstrators At Freedom Convoy Protest In Otta
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle February 19 2022]

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    V. Arnold
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    Jan van Eijk The Arnolfini portrait 1434

    Those people look very strange…too delicate…too statuesque..too contrived…

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    Never want to bring up CV when the real world is finance collapsing around us, but these two articles are amazing, and one is even in “The Guardian”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/feb/15/this-is-why-some-people-dont-want-to-get-the-covid-vaccine

    Some Awkward Truths About the ‘Big Lie’

    Too long to quote, but every word. Post it 1,000 times. Noting all the average, boring stuff, non-stop lies in lists of 20 at a pop, the lie that white MAGA people are the cause of vax resistance not the most vaccinated, and much more of the things I’m constantly saying.

    Musa al-Gharbi is a Paul F Lazarsfeld fellow in sociology at Columbia University. His book We Have Never Been Woke: Social Justice Discourse, Inequality and the Rise of a New Elite is forthcoming with Princeton University Press. He is a Guardian US columnist.”

    Does this mean I’m going to have to stop making fun of Columbia now? Say it isn’t so.

    “The president[‘s address] is an hour late… and the delay just happens to coincide with the timing of breaking news from Ukraine of gas pipeline explosion in Luhansk?”

    Wot a coincidence. Probably had to call the CIA and ask them to get off coffee break and push that detonator. And still don’t know who’s doing what to whom. And don’t care, by the way.

    Oh and Rates double, dollar in trouble, therefore inflation rising? Poof! Magic! War appears, driving safe haven trade back to US$, US Bonds. So predictable. Rates, collapse, currency run: all fixed!

    And profits, profits, everywhere! When you create your own crisis you mint your own money: oil, Halliburton, Raytheon, short all the Euro stocks that get screwed. But that’s okay, Europe shorts them too! Insiders. And then when the stop the crisis they started for no godly reason, they go long.

    Profits?!? “US Cites Ukraine Crisis to Approve $6 Billion Tank Deal for Poland”

    Ka-Ching. Ding ding ding!

    On the flip side, “under the Emergencies Act, banks can immediately freeze or suspend bank accounts without a court order and be protected from civil liability. This has undermined Canada in the eyes of international capital. All the Canadian banks went offline together. That was no coincidence. Trudeau has invoked his Emergence Act and is in fact taking the very same tactic that Hitler did which targeted the Jews, but Trudeau is targeting anyone who disagrees with his policies proving to the world, Canada is not to be trusted.” –Armstrong

    Being focused on the protesters and end of all Western democracy, I hadn’t yet considered that every corporation and millionaire (that’s not an WEF insider) would convert assets and run for the hills. That’s bad indeed. No wonder his prediction says the financial capital moves to China.

    I don’t see how that can be, yet, but if I were China, it would really save your Canadian bacon to order your feckless lackeys to pull a stunt like this and annihilate the stupid gaijin. (Or “Gweilo” in this case)

    Speaking of Hitler, “The unvaccinated are not part of our society.” All Italians over 50 must now receive the vaccination to find employment or participate in society. Draghi is directly blaming the entire pandemic on those who did not conform. “We must never lose sight of the fact that most of the problems we have today are because there are non-vaccinated people,”

    “Those who do not bend will face a 100 euro  fine, and could be fined up to 1,500 euros for violating the new law.”

    “Ontario Government Employee Fired over $100 Contribution to Freedom Convoy”

    Being this new undermensch means we must fine and imprison you for the greater good of the ubermensch. (P.S. it will not work at all, zero. There is Delta and Omicron is immune to the vaccine. That’s official science. They do not care. Therefore, it is not medicine, it is politics and power.)

    “when else in history has a leader blamed all of the country’s woes on a specific group of people and how did that end?” — Armstrong

    How does it end? We already know. Arresting everyone I don’t like and putting them in camps. Fining them, taking their kids, killing their dogs and shortly after, them. Past tense.

    Oh by the way, this means they’ll have to attack Bitcoin. Like I said they were staging to do last month.

    ““We’ll have another pandemic. It will be a different pathogen next time,” Gates said.”

    So that’s your plan? Challenge accepted.

    Also, I’m hearing him say his vaccine program was a complete, blinding failure, and natural immunity kicked all their useless, expensive, sorry a—–s in no time. Great! Glad to hear it! So we won’t bother with your stupid, expensive, ridiculous, laughable plans of trying to vaccinate people next time, right? With a non-sterilizing vaccine, in the middle of a pandemic that is airborne and hosted in animals. What a Marooon.

    I told you you were an idiot, it wouldn’t work, and would kill a lot of additional people. I was right. Where’s my apology and restitution for losses forced? They won’t even reverse their failed, not-working, unnecessary, murdering mandates. After CDC admits masks don’t work, and the Delta vaccine is worthless. Science Deniers x infinity.

    Biden Says He’s Convinced Putin Has Decided to Invade (Lauria)”

    That’s a great article as there are so many lies I can’t find and criticize them as fast as they’re created. But shows why to me, such lies – contrast between action and words – are so painfully transparent.

    Also, at the moment that makes me reactionary and the junior partner, always waiting for the “power” to act first, as if I’m a slave and a clay to be acted upon. But that’s just the present method and about to change where we act upon THEM.

    Putin to Personally Oversee Massive Nuclear Drill on Saturday (ZH)”

    They’re not kidding, and I don’t mind. Nothing can seem to get through. If they attack Russia, Putin will strike everything just as a communication. NATO headquarters in Belgium, missile batteries in Poland, disable 20 NATO ships, CIA information headquarters in Europe, everything. He would hit targets everywhere TO BE RESTRAINED. That is, to share some pain and communicate while being 100 miles from actual war, nuclear war. Nothing can get through human ego, though. It’s the strongest forcefield known to man.

    And what does he want? THE ANGLOS TO KEEP THEIR TREATY. Of Minsk. Which is impossible for them, being Anglos, they haven’t kept a treaty in 400 years. So all he wants is what they already agreed to. Like 20 times. 10 years in a row. In person, on paper, with multiple people and multiple assurances, everywhere. A “Not Agreement Capable” entity like that is a rabid dog. It can’t be trusted with anything and goes around biting people. Iraqis, Afghans, Syrians, Michiganites… For the safety of the planet something must be done about them. And here we are.

    Pluto matters maybe not for itself, but because these weirdos and their weirdo religion believe in it. So like markets, they pre-plan their actions to occur on specific astrological and moon (Jewish calendar) dates. Because if they crashed the markets every 7 years on Halloween, people would catch on. But if it’s every seven years but on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, they say “duuuuuuh, it’s a Conspiracy Theory.” Because “Google: Calendar”? That’s just too hard. And the idea of pre-planning collusion is something criminals and businessmen never do. And the idea of a “profit motive” is inconceivable. Would people lie and kill for money? Not if they’re Gates, Morgan, Sachs, and Pfizer they won’t!

    “US Western Megadrought Worst in 1,200 Years, Scientist Warn”

    Squirrel! Is that like the 40 feet of snow they just got or the mudslides they were having only last year? The Oroville Dam collapsing because of non-stop year-long rain? That kind of megadrought? Experts: Dumber than a bag of hammers. Only problem: their readers are dumber and remember even less. But maybe less than before.

    RichieRich
    https://sinfest.xyz/btphp/comics/2022-02-19.jpg

    ‘Nuff said.

    #102036
    bpeptide
    Participant

    Ilargi – in your more recent posts, thank you for sharing the Giuseppe Arcimboldo paintings. We have the Four seasons series, and for 20 of our 24 years in Portland, OR, we hung the one of the four Giuseppe in our dining room. Each season, we changed out the framed Giuseppe painting with the appropriate Four Seasons painting to reflect the new season. It was a nice tradition.
    -bpeptide

    #102037
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Raul, the Denninger piece is one of the finest set of encouraging and optimistic ideas I have read in a while.
    Months back I wrote a song called the 5% about the ‘resistance’ and being alive. Recently I became a little despondent (maybe trapped at home, not working, pain meds, one arm and a three year old helped that IMO).
    What he wrote is very uplifting for an Australian living in Vic with a 96% Gene Jab uptake. Thanks again.

    #102038
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Funny coming from Denninger, a guy that voted for Obama (encouraging others not to third party) & made it his mission to discredit the Tea Party, which actually started on TF ~ I know, I was there for all of the above…

    Karl is a prime example of why I don’t believe “pure bloods” (WTH is that anyway?) will ever truly unite in any formidable fashion ~ Western civ in 2022 (actually for about 40 years now) is rotten fruit on the tree of life.

    Self-centered pride & ego prevents 99% from placing humanities “needs” above their own, including always being right (Told ya so!) ~ Even though they think would 😐

    The factors are many (including mass psyop manipulation), but we’re a nation of strangers at the core, completely unable to unite into a “force” for good, a “culture” where there is No shame & anything goes ~ Just imagine a group with leaders spouting homoerotic porn imagery as a punchline to their statements…real unifying there mate.

    Moreover in the “info” age, “strangers” forming any such movement would be trivially infiltrated & derailed before any serious momentum could be attained ~ Canadada was/is behind the curve on this, U$ Empire Inc. has created an entire cottage industry devoted to rooting out “extremist” uprisings, in case you hadn’t noticed.

    What the Sons of Liberty accomplished on July 4th, 1776 is impossible as of today ~ You could NOT find 56 men to unify for such a document, not to mention the fate of being drawn & quartered if they fail…

    I’m sorry for being so bleak, but wouldn’t it have been so much easier to stop this at the ballot box decades before?!?

    One can only hope something changes for future generations,

    Gary

    #102039
    Red
    Participant

    Kunstler “We will rip off their masks and the rule of law will be restored.” But whose’s law?

    Doc.D” I was right. Where’s my apology and restitution for losses forced?”
    I’ve some friends who told me in the spring of ’20 that it would be all over in a year. I said that it isn’t about the “vid” and it wouldn’t be over anywhere near that time line. Same friend, and yes a life long friend, told me a few weeks ago it will be all over by this summer. Ah huh I said but you’ve told me in 2020 that it would be passed by the following winter and we are now in our third year. His response was “it isn’t three years”! Technically it wasn’t two years as we’re still in February. So it will be done and dusted by the end of this March huh? Reply still not three years. Hmm I didn’t it was three years, I said we’re into our third year. Thousand yard stare. Does not compute! Waste of time, lets get the card game moving and talk gardening, something we can both agree on. Not looking for an apology. Never wanted to be right on this and was hoping to be wrong as wrong can be. Still would be nice, if at least my being a prophet of doom was acknowledged. Hasn’t been yet on anything I got right.

    V.P. “completely unable to unite into a “force” for good, a “culture” where there is No shame & anything goes ~ Just imagine a group with leaders spouting homoerotic porn imagery as a punchline to their statements…real unifying there mate.” and just to put a bit of backup as if needed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2QJPZV4i6k The leftist push for pedophilia acceptance If this isn’t revolting you are part of the problem.

    #102042
    those darned kids
    Participant
    #102043
    John Day
    Participant

    Jim Kunstler wrote:
    “The people are done kneeling docilly to be silenced and killed. They will not let this country, and many other nations in the Western Civ club, be destroyed without a fight. The unmasked are unmasking their masked antagonists. Stand by, now, to find out who has been behind all this deadly mischief. We will rip off their masks and the rule of law will be restored.”

    Who is leading that charge, Jim? How do they notify everybody else?
    I know you are volunteering to put your body on the line, right? Bell that cat?
    Somebody commented recently in the Good-Kunstler-bad-Kunstler exchange that he was old enough to expect people to actually do physical stuff in space-time, to “rebel” to some physical degree.

    We don’t really know what shape this will take, because the usual avenues, like internet/social-media, are controlled, like TV, radio and print media.

    I (personally) think the Zeitgeist will move in mysterious ways, unforeseen by the owners or the proles, artisan and warrior classes.

    #102044
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Separatist leader in eastern Ukraine announces evacuation of residents

    Continuing the Orlovian prediction posted yesterday.

    I perceive in Putin’s chess move here a baby black swan.

    ***

    Red: if it’s hard for a person to deny something on which their their income depends, even more so something on which their ego anchors.. Combine the two and it’s Gorilla Glue of the soul.

    ***

    As for Denninger: people change, people learn.

    I was an Obama booster in ’08. I even turned a blind eye at his vote in Senate re: telecom surveillance, despite advice otherwise from a man who at the time was probably the most politically informed, well-read, and frankly honest person I knew.

    Why, I used to be pure evil. There was a time (mercifully brief, about 4 months) when I sold dodgy oil well shares to gullible investors. Oh, I was a naif desperate to make money I was so poor I couldn’t afford an umlaut and had to use itals) to support a child I’d carelessly made by lustful accident, but there was a month where I struggled with the smell of burnt soul flesh coming within me where el diablo was apparently BBQ’ing a chunk of my conscience.

    Started asking question, got fired. A year later, the FBI contacted me to be a potential witness against the company (S&L Investments, chartered in Texas) although they didn’t pursue that further.

    ***

    A thought on pedophilia: in some primitive cultures, children are allowed, even encouraged, to sexually play with themselves and each other. This gives them a sense of sexuality natural to their age (I distinctly recall being very horny at times as a toddler).

    Point being that this should create a natural barrier against pedophilia. It’s not, “Uncle Joe, what are you doing?????!!!!!”, it’s “Uncle Joe, you know that’s wrong and I’ll tell.”

    A culture (the Anglosphere, mostly) that enshrines circumcision in order to desensitize the penis glans and thereby reduce masturbation, naturally creates an environment where children are doubly vulnerable to predation. (For just one instance of cultural anti-erotic insanity.)

    This is NOT to say that pedophilia hasn’t been around and a problem since before we first learned to bash boneheads with bones.

    Now we have both criminalized pedophilia and thereby enshrined it by making sure pedophiles go underground and form dark pedophile rings, and glorified it by processes like those described by Red above. Call me crazy, although friends just call me Nuts, but we’ve made it so that pedophilically inclined people, who don’t want to be so, don’t dare dream of getting help.

    They’re exiled with their affliction, and from there predation even by those who despise themselves for it, is encouraged. And there is nothing easier to prey on than a child, even in today’s hyper-surveillant culture.

    Brats

    Btw, I think that phenomena like Brats has a basis in healthy sociosexual reality. It addresses and endorses a 9-year old girl’s sense of sexuality, and many of them have one if in embryonic form. That is part of why Brats are a successful thing, and that itself is swell. However, this acknowledgment of a child’s juvenile sexuality comes from an adult seduction system called marketing, Madison Avenue, Wall Street (add to the list, anyone?) that confuses and befuddles a child’s (and its parent’s) moral sexual awareness with its amoral monocular focus on one thing alone: MONEY.

    What comes from that focus can only be this thing we call evil, whatever that is. ( “…but I know it when I see it.”)

    I wonder when Alexa will first be called in as a witness in court?

    ***

    Meanwhile, creativity in action: We Make Confronting Police FUN!!!!

    #102045
    John Day
    Participant

    @Dr. D: Guardian UK paraphrases Mark Antoni: “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives on, the good is oft interred with their bones. So let it be with Caesar …”
    “I come to praise and support the compliant, and help them comprehend the non-compliant”
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/feb/15/this-is-why-some-people-dont-want-to-get-the-covid-vaccine

    “Deflationista” is our own New York Times narrative bellweather at TAE, like Gates, even Fauci.

    Narrative adrift in Riptide.

    This big push to slosh left was a bit early, and team-left a bit weak and confused.
    Team-Right is ready to take up the narrative, will be much stronger, and we run the risk of an ass-kicking right-fascist vengeance in 2025 or so.
    Right? History?

    #102046
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Ran into an old acquaintance, had not seen in years. German, living in Ireland temporarily.

    I said ‘How’s it going’, he said (in his blunt German manner) ‘Get your fucking troops out of my country.’

    I said, ‘You mean US occupation forces from a war 77years ago?’ He said,’Yes get them the fuck out of my country, they’re going to kill it.’

    Agreed I said

    I said,’What’s your take on the Ukraine clusterfuck?’ He said,’The Ukraine is a third world shithole on the eastern edge of Western Europe, it’s a boil begging for a lance.’

    He went on, “The most valuable thing left in the Ukraine is any skilled Russian labor and their families still left, Russia already has the bulk of them repatriated. The non-Russian labor left are Ukronazis, pimps, whores, hackers and Oligarchs and US spies.”

    I said I thought Germany’s destiny was with the greater Eurasian continent, not with the dried up old trollop of the US & UK financial house of cards.

    He said, “Germany still has a slight edge in high end manufacturing but that will disappear if China seriously decides to focus on that sector. And without a secure source of energy (Russian gas), German is toast. Fuck the Americans, our natural ally is Russia, despite our checkered history. Europe is the rump end of Eurasia, not the low rent vassal of the District of Corruption.”

    He went on, “Russia doesn’t have enough skilled labor as it is or birthrate, cherry picking and luring the skilled labor force in Ukraine by streamlining their immigration process is a great move, keep the best lose the rest. Ukraine is a hollow shell of it’s former industrial self, nothing but decaying infrastructure of old Soviet days. Like I said, it’s approaching a failed state in the eyes of the world, it’s a real shit-hole with no future. It’s will be Europe’s crack whore baby to take care of with it’s deteriorating nuclear plants and their waste. Europe won’t have enough where with all after the Anglo banking ponzi collapses to help much but to put Ukraine out of it’s misery, it’s an imaginary ‘country’ with an imaginary language. Cut it up for scrap, it’s done”

    In parting he said, “And don’t forget to get your fucking troops out of my country!”

    #102047
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “Who is leading that charge, Jim? How do they notify everybody else?”

    Re: Kunstler and the like: a common human decision is to make small moral compromises in order to pursue larger moral goals. A guy like Kunstler, who’s honestly and earnestly crafted a large audience, can’t help but struggle with some messiah complex (to crudely exaggerate a bit).

    He can feel a need to “rally the troops”, even as he may grow increasingly pessimistic, because he knows he has at least some influence over his audience. (A logic not unlike mine described recently about Bernie Sanders is a sheepdog issues. The logic is similar to “we will not mourn what we have not lost; let us row with the oars we have got.” Or, better and more concisely, Team Leader in Star Wars Death Star scene: “Stay on target.”)

    This can even stretch dangerously far to where, as DBS believes, a man might not share with his audience his underlying belief that, say, there’s a major depop conspiracy being run through covidiocy.

    We treat guys like Kunstler as truth-tellers, or that is, we place that Job Description on them even if it isn’t what they signed on for. While I’m sure Kunstler is squeaky clean about not posting false or deliberately misleading data, his bigger agenda, or rather, publishing theme, has primarily been to make more and more people aware of TEOTWAWKI while there’s still some time to prepare.

    A noble aim, even if it kinda translates into marketing doom’n’gloom. So did Jeremiah and he warn’t all bad.

    Cut to the chase of a fundamental principle: Kunstler has acquired some power. VERY difficult not to be corrupted thereby. I’m not saying that therefore he is lying about this or that specific issue, but that it is very difficult amid such success not to tweak the narrative a bit to your liking, ESPECIALLY if you think you’re doing the Right Thing.

    We all do this to some degree. It’s a constant struggle not to be a dismal putz in this life:

    They’re Everywhere!

    ‘scuse me. I have to go feed Uncle Leon.

    #102048
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    oroboros: I want a friend like that! Assuming that you’re not transcribing his words from a phone call or email, I’ll venture that, per your paraphrase of the original exchange, you’re such a creature yourself.

    That was such a pithy and comprehensive summation of, um, Man on the Street global politics vis a vis Europe, of national/international issues that most affect the common man.

    Keep in touch with him and we can ditch Orlov? 😉

    #102049
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Germans can be too blunt to a fault a lot of times but in this case it was refreshing to hear a non bullshit take on the situation. He follows many of the same web sources I do plus his own. He know which side his bread is buttered on!

    #102050
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    “The Most CROOKED Leader in History of CANADA” – Jordan Peterson

    F.S.

    #102051
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Meditation

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    #102052
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #102053
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #102054
    willem
    Participant

    Dr. D: That Guardian article is rather amazing, but mostly because of where it was published rather than what is in it.

    I wonder if this is another sign of a frenzied retreat by the PTB on these issues.

    #102055
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “We’re in a movie and we’re almost at the end.”

    A Trucker Speaks from His Home

    The denouement, in other words. A decisive plot resolution, or major cliffhanger to set up the next episode.

    #102056
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    With the Guardian granting the possibility that sanity and morality exist in anti-vakzers, I feel it’s safe to say that the narrative is in full moon-walking retreat.

    #102057
    Oroboros
    Participant

    As regards the Moon Walk on the Narrative

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    #102058
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    from today’s Kunstler:

    “The CEO of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, has sold off $400-million of his own stock in the company and deleted his Twitter account on rumors that all-causes deaths reported by US life insurance companies show a shocking and mysterious rise in mortality that just may be attributed to the “vaccines” causing strokes, heart attacks, cancer cases, and immune system failures. (Moderna’s stock is also sinking.) Neither the mainstream news media nor the US public health agencies are making any effort to investigate this now well-documented occurrence.”

    I recall how often Raul felt compelled to write “I’m not a Trump fan but…”

    Here we see Kunstler pointing his finger clearly at a major enemy but refraining from assigning motive other than mere financial greed. No need to believe in tragically non-hunchbacked geniuses whose lizards just plain suck.

    It is also possible that Kunstler perceives that his credibility, and therefore his ability to preach the primary TEOTWAWKI sermon, will be hammered too much in the short run by the rather massive knee-jerk reactions people have against tinfoil in general, especially world depop schemes and such run by wannabe hunchbacks who call themselves geniuses but can’t even suck their own lizard.

    Who among us here feels they’ll get anywhere at Thanksgiving by telling their family that you’re convinced Gates is trying to kill us all?

    This is war. The first casualty in war is truth… from all factions. Withholding some truth is a necessary strategy in life. Like this old thing:

    rty

    She didn’t get the job. She can’t even play the game. Some lying is always required in the ongoing survival attempt called life.

    So, even if Kunstler is dishonest about what he really knows/believes re: covidiocy, this does not mean that his motives are malign.

    This guy actually MARKETS that way: If I Told You What I Know About Covid I’d Be Banned

    Pretty savvy marketing, if you think about it.

    #102059
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Just because it calls itself truth, and it shows some guy playing music on a mountain peak while his buddy films with drones:

    Didn’t Have That When I Was a Kid

    #102060
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    The dancing sweatshirt octopus steals his show.

    #102061
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Started writing a eulogy for my wife yesterday. She’s not dead but I hope to outlive her so she won’t be alone. She’s not a loner like me. It centered on this: feeling she is a better person than me. She isn’t nor am I a better or worse person than her. I’m strong where she’s weak et vice-versa.

    Together, we are a better person than each other. Apart… Hard to See

    #102062
    ctbarnum
    Participant

    Trucker Protest and Jordan Peterson: I watched the Youtube where he spoke to the truckers and at first it sounded sensible. Don’t push too hard, take your wins, of course some will stay behind. For example, Turdeau resignation-vote of non-confidence will likely not happen and was an addition to the original goal. However, while some provinces have relaxed measures, the one demand that sparked the whole protest has NOT been met and can only be met at the federal level (if I’m wrong, mae culpa and welcome the correction), the cross-border vaccination and quarantine rules.

    For Peterson to just shrug that off seems illogical and suggests indifference, i.e. merely a political statement to gain suckers.

    I look at the pullbacks as a temporary setback and hope it might be just a tactical retreat to regroup and amass later somewhere else. But wish in one hand shit in the other applies as well, I suppose.

    #102063
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Socrates , Lao Tzu, Yogi Berra .

    #102064
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @boscohorowitz regarding the epitaph for your better half

    Plato wasn’t as smart as his mentor, but he was a darned good detail man. You might want to review (as I know you’ve done before) what he has to say about soul mates and one’s “Better Half”.

    #102065
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @boscohorowitz REASONED , ” She didn’t get the job. She can’t even play the game. Some lying is always required in the ongoing survival attempt called life.
    So, even if Kunstler is dishonest about what he really knows/believes re: covidiocy, this does not mean that his motives are malign.”

    I don’t a shit about his motives.

    #102066
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Zen of Yogi

    “Any true yogi, who can be mystifying about life, can also be mystifying about death. The Yogi Berra was no exception: “You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t go to yours,” he advised. It makes good sense. He must have even confounded the Angel of Death as he, no doubt, confounded his wife Carmen when she asked him about burial plans if he should die before her, saying, “Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?” Yogi replied, “Surprise me.”

    #102067
    zerosum
    Participant

    Today’s polite word of warning/wisdom for everyone looking into the crystal ball

    MISINFORMATION

    #102068
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    V. Arnold at # 102034
    If you can find a copy, Ciaran Carson wrote a Granta masterpiece “Shamrock Tea” with this van Eyck – The Arnolfini Portrait as its centre piece, taking note of objects in the room and constructing “a galaxy of esoteric and entertaining knowledge of saints days, herbal cures, animal symbolism, miracles and transformations” (quoted from front cover). It seems much of Dutch art entails inference to other meanings, stories, archaic knowledge held by the objects presented in a painting. Much is lost to the modern observer, unaware of the original significance and multi-level presentation. Did you notice the woman is in a state of pregnancy shown by the hands and face? Or what was reflected in the mirror?

    #102069
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “You might want to review (as I know you’ve done before) what he has to say about soul mates and one’s “Better Half”.”

    I’ve read maybe 3-4 pages entire by Plato. But I am quite familiar with Steve Martin’s ouvre:

    Death of Socrates

    Can you give me some key words to search for and find what Plato says about Better Halves?

    #102070
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    And of course, this magnus manifesto:

    What He Believes

    #102071
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “I don’t a shit about his motives.”

    Then why do you passionately denounce him as a traitor? All one need say, if one doesn’t give a shit about his motives, is that Kunstler is wrong about what is at the root of covidiocy.

    Oh, I think you care about his motives very much. I can speak of you regarding this matter, in fact, in the same way you speak of Kunstler: whatever his motives, you are wrong to denounce as a betrayer a man when you don’t know his mental interiority (as, say, this guy surely does even from beyond the grave)

    ert

    and he may just be a man who is misguided as is inescapable per this wacky human condition.

    #102072
    ctbarnum
    Participant

    #102073
    those darned kids
    Participant

    “I don’t think we do get smarter as we get older, I just think we run out of stupid things to do.” ~ yogi bear

    big ranger is watching you: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6l2van

    #102074
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    dfg

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