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Why I Blame The Arrogant, Foolish West (Peter Hitchens)
Russia Wanted Peace With Ukraine (Batko Milacic)
Moscow Claims This Is Culmination Of 8 Year Ukrainian War (RT)
Ukraine: What Will Be Done And What Should Be Done? (Palley)
US Biolabs in Ukraine (WarClandestine)
Another Biden/Blinken Blunder (Percy Allan)
How Ukraine Fits Into The Global Jigsaw (MacLeod)
Biden Reveals Update On Russia and SWIFT (RT)
COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Jump Among Vaccinated: CDC Data (ET)
US Vaccination Rates Collapse As Omicron Subsides (ZH)
‘Scientific Fraud’: Drs. Robert Malone, Ryan Cole React To CDC Hiding Data (WND)





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What The Media Isn’t Telling You About Ukraine



‘We are turning our backs on the very people who mounted the greatest bloodless revolution in history to remove that Soviet regime.’

Why I Blame The Arrogant, Foolish West (Peter Hitchens)

We have been utter fools. We have treated Russia with amazing stupidity. Now we pay the price for that. We had the chance to make her an ally, friend and partner. Instead we turned her into an enemy by insulting a great and proud country with greed, unearned superiority, cynicism, contempt and mistrust. I have to endure, often several times a day, listening to people who are normally perfectly sensible and reasonable, raging wildly against Russia and Russians. Once, I was just like them. I had the normal anti-Russian prejudice of so many Western people. But, by great fortune, I am not like them now. I lived in Russia, I knew Russians as friends. I learned to distinguish between what was Russian and what was Communist. And I saw something most people will never see – a pivotal event in history, when we could have changed the world for the better.

[..] Interestingly the leading protesters against this Nato expansion were not Russian nationalists but highly intelligent and experienced independent figures. One was the Russian liberal politician Yegor Gaidar, a man Western leaders claim to have admired. He prophesied with total accuracy that the policy would strengthen hardliners and nationalists in the Kremlin. Then came the brilliant American diplomat George F. Kennan, a man nobody could accuse of being soft on Communism. But, unlike so many others, he could tell the new transformed Russia apart from the old USSR. Kennan had been architect of the USA’s policy of containment of the USSR. He came out of retirement to deplore Bill Clinton’s support for pushing Nato east. I quote his prediction at length because he was so right.

‘I think it is the beginning of a new Cold War,’ said Mr Kennan. ‘I think the Russians will gradually react quite adversely and it will affect their policies. ‘I think it is a tragic mistake. There was no reason for this whatsoever. No one was threatening anybody else. ‘This expansion would make the Founding Fathers of this country turn over in their graves. ‘We have signed up to protect a whole series of countries, even though we have neither the resources nor the intention to do so in any serious way. ‘[Nato expansion] was simply a light-hearted action by a Senate that has no real interest in foreign affairs. ‘What bothers me is how superficial and ill-informed the whole Senate debate was.’ He added: ‘I was particularly bothered by the references to Russia as a country dying to attack Western Europe.

‘Don’t people understand? Our differences in the Cold War were with the Soviet Communist regime.’ Exactly. After 1991 Russia had, for the first time since the Bolshevik putsch of 1917, got the chance to build a new and free society. As Mr Kennan put it, Nato expansion was an insult to Russian democrats. ‘We are turning our backs on the very people who mounted the greatest bloodless revolution in history to remove that Soviet regime.’ He asked why East-West relations should ‘become centred on the question of who would be allied with whom – and by implication against whom – in some fanciful, totally unforeseeable and most improbable future military conflict’. These questions demanded an answer, and never got one.

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Via the Saker.

Russia Wanted Peace With Ukraine (Batko Milacic)

Ukraine has been firmly in the U.S. geopolitical orbit since violent neo-Nazi protests in Kyiv’s Maidan Square resulted in the 2014 overthrow of the allegedly pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Yet, Russia did not attempt to help the then-Ukrainian leader stay in power. As a result, anti-Russian forces came to power in Kyiv, leading the people of the Donbass region to vote in favor of leaving Ukraine. In 2014, Russia also recognized the results of the Ukrainian presidential election, organized by the post-Maidan authorities. Mr. Lavrov even called newly elected President Petro Poroshenko the “best chance” for Ukraine. Eight years later, Russia has completely changed its rhetoric on Ukraine. “I don’t think anyone can claim that the Ukrainian regime, since the 2014 coup d’état, represents all the people living on the territory of the Ukrainian state,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on February 22.

The reason for this change in Russian attitude is the acts that the Ukrainian government is committing against Russians and all other citizens who speak Russian in Ukraine. Ukraine waged a kind of “jihad“ against the Russian language and culture. From January 16, 2020, Ukraine translated all its services into Ukrainian by force of law. So: all shops, cafes and restaurants, banks and pharmacies had to comply with this shameful law. All employees have become obliged to communicate with customers – guests and clients – exclusively in Ukrainian. The Russian language has become completely banned. The mass media also came under attack from Ukrainization. Now, 75 percent of programs on national television are broadcasted in the Ukrainian language, and by 2024, the obligation will be – 90 percent.

All these actions of the Ukrainian government, which have clear elements of fascism, forced pro –Russian forces in Ukraine to react. That is why there were riots in Ukraine with the desire to separate large parts of the territory from Ukraine. It is clear to all analysts dealing with Ukraine that today’s Ukraine is United States instrument against Russia. The fact that Kiev received at least $200 million in U.S. “lethal aid” as well as other Western-made weapons over the past two months, means that Kiev rejects a peaceful solution. And Russian President Vladimir Putin has been offering this peaceful solution for years.

Such an operation undoubtedly means war. But war is inevitable, one way or another. Russia has deployed troops to the newly recognized Donbass republics. If Ukrainian forces do not end hostilities, the Russian Army is will to engage in a direct confrontation against Ukrainian army, in order to protect the innocent citizens of DNR and LNR. Sooner or later, the Donbass conflict will escalate. Shelling has increased along the entire front line, which seems to be part of preparations for a military offensive.

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Seems obvious.

Moscow Claims This Is Culmination Of 8 Year Ukrainian War (RT)

The West spent eight years ignoring the “sea of blood” in Donbass while arming Ukraine, and now claims Moscow is the aggressor when it stepped in to end the conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told RT on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday, claiming it was necessary to “demilitarize and de-nazify” the neighbor. Kiev accused Russia of aggression, while the US, EU and NATO have called it an “unprovoked” invasion. Moscow insists this is not the case. In announcing the operation, Putin said the “main objective is to stop the escalation of the war that’s been going on for eight years, and to stop the war,” Zakharova told RT in an exclusive interview.

“Russia did not commit aggression of any kind,” Zakharova insisted. “This did not start yesterday. There’s a sea of blood that’s appeared over the past 8 years,” she added, referring to the conflict in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which Russia on Monday recognized as independent states. The main aim is to stop the escalation of the war that’s been going on for eight years, to stop this war Donetsk and Lugansk broke away from Ukraine in 2014, after the West-backed coup ousted the democratically elected government in Kiev. Zakharova noted that the two self-proclaimed republics held a referendum eight years ago, saying they did not want to remain in Ukraine, but both Moscow and the West rejected this and tried to put the “broken” country back together.

When asked about President Volodymyr Zelensky’s statement that Ukraine wanted peace, Zakharova wondered why Ukraine was arming itself and refusing to negotiate with the Donbass. “If Ukraine wanted peace, why did they get all these weapons” from all over the world, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told RT, adding, “It was clear that these were offensive weapons. Who were they fighting? Their own people in southeast Ukraine, and spoke often about seizing Crimea.” The peninsula voted to rejoin Russia in March 2014, but Ukraine and its Western backers have refused to recognize this, calling it an “annexation.” Zakharova also noted that the top Ukrainian officials have openly and publicly brought up the idea of obtaining nuclear weapons in recent weeks, pointing out this was a fact and not something claimed by Russian intelligence.

Divisions in Ukraine go beyond Donetsk and Lugansk, Zakharova added, accusing armed groups with Nazi-era symbols – such as the notorious Azov Battalion – of having influence over much of the country. For years, she said, Western media so concerned over human rights in places like South Sudan and Myanmar kept silent on all this, ignoring that more than 13,000 people have died in the Donbass – many of them civilians. While Russia provided them with humanitarian aid, Kiev besieged them by cutting off trade, finance, and even utilities. Zakharova noted that the water canal towards Crimea is now once again operational after Ukraine “criminally” shut it off years ago.

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“The Western media is now focusing attention on Russia’s invasion. Built into that focus is a tacit remaking of history. US Neocons want history to begin with the invasion.”

Ukraine: What Will Be Done And What Should Be Done? (Palley)

The starting point is recognizing that there is no going back in time. New facts have been created. They were created by NATO’s eastward expansion, by the 2014 US sponsored coup in Ukraine, by Russia’s reoccupation of Crimea, and now by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Next, there is need for a fundamental change of mind set that requires acknowledging Russia is not the Soviet Union. It is a weak economy with a declining population, and it has neither the capacity nor the desire to rule former Warsaw pact countries. With those two building blocks in place, the way forward can be mapped out. Ukraine must agree to permanently being a neutral state, as were Finland and Austria in the Cold War.

The US must stop arming Poland which is an intolerant nationalist polity that is likely to be a future source of major trouble. And the US must stop upgrading the military capabilities of the Baltic states which is an aggressive provocation. The European Union must build trade and commerce with Russia. That is an economic marriage made in heaven. Russia has resources and needs technology and capital goods. Europe has technology and capital goods and needs resources. Even better, by diminishing the threat against President Putin, such partnership will promote internal political improvement in Russia. Authoritarian regimes clamp down when threatened. They are more tolerant when unthreatened.

Now for the difficult part. The Ukraine should be reconstituted as a federal state, and it may even need to be partitioned given the new facts that have been created. With US encouragement, Ukraine played with fire and it has gotten burned. Lastly, there is need to build a Western European defense force and to diminish US military presence and influence in Western Europe. The US military was an essential presence in the Cold War when Western Europe lacked the capacity to deter the combined power of the Warsaw Pact. Those conditions are long gone. The Warsaw Pact no longer exists, and Russia is a shadow of the Soviet Union. Western Europe now dwarfs Russia in both economic and demographic terms, and it can (and should) look after itself.

[..] The Western media is now focusing attention on Russia’s invasion. Built into that focus is a tacit remaking of history. US Neocons want history to begin with the invasion. All else that went before is to be swept into Orwell’s “memory hole”. That means forgetting the injuries and threats the US has heaped on Russia for thirty years; forgetting how the US helped loot Russia after the fall of the Berlin Wall, forgetting the promise made not to expand NATO eastward, forgetting the threat posed by putting missile defense and launch capabilities close to Russia’s borders, and forgetting the fateful 2014 US sponsored coup in Ukraine.

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The Twitter account has apparently been suspended, but this thread remains.

US Biolabs in Ukraine (WarClandestine)

HOLY SHIT! I think I may be onto something about #Ukraine. Zelensky said the Russians are firing at “military installations”. How broad is that term? I am seeing speculation that could include US installed biolabs. At first I was like no way. Then I started digging. First I checked if the US even have biolabs in Ukraine. Turns out… we do. And in classic US fashion, it’s marketed as “defense”. “Biological Threat Reduction Program in Ukraine”. Studying the “most dangerous viruses in the world” at Russia’s border. Okay so we are studying the world’s most deadly pathogens at Russia’s border. It’s just for defense. Not that big of a deal right? WRONG. I didn’t know this until today, but Russia has been accusing US of creating “bio-weapons” at their border. WHAT!

And they have good reason to believe that, as the US NIH funded gain of function in Wuhan, then C19 “got out” and it ruined the world. Russia AND CHINA asked the UN for the US/allies to be “checked and limited” in bio capabilities 4 months ago! WHAT! DO YOU ALL KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?! China and Russia indirectly (and correctly) blamed the US for the C19 outbreak, and are fearful that the US/allies have more viruses (bioweapons) to let out. THIS IS MASSIVE. Yet I’m disturbed that I had didn’t known about this 4 months ago. So how does that pertain to Ukraine? Well where in Ukraine are the “explosions” taking place.

Here’s a reported explosion in Lutsk. This is 75 miles inland in far western Ukraine. The opposite border of Russia… What does this have to do with Crimea/Donetsk in the east? Reportedly Kiev has seen missile strikes as well. At their airports and military installations. Kiev is also on the western side of Ukraine. Also a city the US GOV have confirmed the US have built biolabs in. Putin also continues to call it a “special military operation”. Says he wants to demilitarize and “denazify” the country but not occupy it. What does he mean by that? What is he really targeting? Yes, I know he targeted airports and military capabilities; but if Putin really believes, as his admin has stated publicly multiple times, that the US are creating bio weapons at Russia’s borders, then this entire situation could be WAY bigger.

[..] Here’s an overlap of reported missile strike locations and the biolab locations. Since the top map was made, more missiles hit Lviv as well. It certainly appears Putin is targeting the cities and locations with #USBiolabs present. He is 100% going after the alleged bioweapons.

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“The US and NATO refused to commit to defending Ukraine yet let the issue of NATO membership fester for 14 years.”

Another Biden/Blinken Blunder (Percy Allan)

As I expected, Russia has invaded Ukraine because both Ukraine and the West refused to preclude its membership of NATO. This has been a festering security issue for Russia since Ukraine applied for NATO membership in 2008 and George Bush Jnr supported its request. Since Ukraine is a bulwark between Russia and NATO Europe, its refusal to commit to being a neutral country like Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, and Cyprus (each of whom belong to the EU, but not NATO) looks now to have consigned it to being a client state of Russia like Belarus. The US and NATO refused to commit to defending Ukraine yet let the issue of NATO membership fester for 14 years. Also, Ukraine never gave the two eastern provinces (parts of which broke away) the self-governing autonomy they were promised in the Minsk Agreements.

Biden and Blinken (an appropriate surname) will now notch up their second humiliating defeat following the US rout in Afghanistan. Ukraine could have become a Finland, but now is likely to end up being subjugated, or at least that half of it east of the Dnieper River. All very sad and avoidable if Russia’s fundamental grievance over NATO expanding to its border had been addressed. Putin’s aspiration for Ukraine re-joining Mother Russia is for domestic consumption, not its prime concern which was always security related. Thomas Friedman in a New York Times article titled “US not blameless in Putin’s war” quotes George Kennan, the architect of America’s successful containment of the Soviet Union, telling him that NATO’s expansion into Eastern Europe (while refusing Russian membership) was a mistake because it provoked a post-communist Russia to feel besieged.

Also, it amounted to overreach as NATO does not have the resources nor the intention to protect these states. When Cuba wanted to join the Warsaw Pact 60 years ago, America attempted an invasion (Bay of Pigs) and then threatened Russia with WWIII if it did not withdraw its missiles and armed forces. Now Russia is doing the same over Ukraine joining NATO, but Biden unlike Khrushchev did not heed the warning. The Democrats will pay a big electoral price on insisting Ukraine’s right to join NATO when they never had the intention of enforcing it. Sanctions are a bad joke, Russia has huge foreign exchange reserves, a big budget surplus and can get anything it needs from or through China. The only thing that might move Putin is the seizure of properties that Russian oligarchs own in London.

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Mackinder’s World Island.

How Ukraine Fits Into The Global Jigsaw (MacLeod)

Ukraine is part of a far bigger geopolitical picture. Russia and China want US hegemonic influence in the Eurasian continent marginalised. Following defeats for US foreign policy in Syria and Afghanistan and following Brexit, Putin is driving a wedge between America and the non-Anglo-Saxon EU. Due to global monetary expansion, rising energy prices are benefiting Russia, which can afford to squeeze Germany and other EU states dependent on Russian natural gas. The squeeze will only stop when America backs off. Being keenly aware that its dominant role in NATO is under threat, America has been trying to escalate the Ukraine crisis to suck Russia into an untenable occupation. Putin won’t fall for it. The danger for us all is not a boots-on-the-ground war — that’s likely to only involve the pre-emptive attacks on military installations Putin initiated last night — but a financial war for which Russia is fully prepared.

Both sides probably do not know how fragile the Eurozone banking system is, with both the ECB and its national central bank shareholders already having liabilities greater than their assets. In other words, rising interest rates have broken the euro system and an economic and financial catastrophe on its eastern flank will probably trigger its collapse. The developing tension over Ukraine is part of a bigger picture — a struggle between America and the two Eurasian hegemons, Russia and China. The prize is ultimate control over Mackinder’s World Island. Halford Mackinder is acknowledged as the founder of geopolitics: the study of factors such as geography, geology, economics, demography, politics, and foreign policy and their interaction.

His original paper was entitled “The Geographical Pivot of History”, presented at the Royal Geographical Society in 1905 in which he first formulated his Heartland Theory, which extended geopolitical analysis to encompass the entire globe. In this and a subsequent paper (Democratic Ideals and Reality: A study in the Politics of Reconstruction, 1919) he built on his Heartland Theory, and from which his famous quote has been passed down to us: “Who rules East Europe commands the World Island [Eurasia]; Who rules the World Island rules the World”. Stalin was said to have been interested in this theory, and while it is not generally admitted, the leaders and administrations of Russia, China and America are almost certainly aware of Mackinder’s theory and its implications.

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Moscow will not be cut off. How would Germany pay for its gas?

Biden Reveals Update On Russia and SWIFT (RT)

Speaking to the press after announcing new economic sanctions against Russia on Thursday, US President Joe Biden said that cutting Moscow off from the SWIFT payment system was not an action being taken at this time, adding that the latest measures were potentially of “more consequence.” “The sanctions that we have imposed on all their banks are of equal consequence or maybe more consequence than SWIFT, number one,” Biden said in response to a question about the proposal. “Number two, it is always an option but right now that is not the position the rest of Europe wishes to take,” he added.

Numerous calls have been made for Russia to be disconnected from the system – a key mechanism in facilitating financial transactions between banks around the world – particularly in the wake of Moscow’s attack on Ukraine on Thursday. Earlier in the day, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new wide-ranging sanctions against over 100 Russian individuals and entities, and said London was working with its NATO allies to cut Russia off from SWIFT.

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A long term trend by now.

COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Jump Among Vaccinated: CDC Data (ET)

COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates increased among people who got a COVID-19 vaccine following the emergence of the Omicron virus variant, according to newly published data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the data, which is submitted to the CDC by health departments across the country, the COVID-19 case rate in fully vaccinated people rose by more than 1,000 percent between Dec. 11, 2021, and Jan. 8, 2022. Fully vaccinated refers to people who received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The CDC doesn’t count a person as fully vaccinated until 14 days have elapsed from his or her final shot.

The case rate among those who also received a booster dose skyrocketed as well, rising some 2,400 percent between the same dates. While cases also rose among the unvaccinated, the jump in infections among the vaccinated closed the gap between the populations. As a result, people who haven’t received a vaccine were just 3.2 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 in January. COVID-19-associated hospitalizations also increased among the vaccinated, from 1.4 per 100,000 for the fully vaccinated for the week ending Dec. 18, 2021, to 35.2 per 100,000 in the week ending Jan. 8, according to data from a surveillance system managed by the CDC.

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What is supposed to be the reason to get jabbed by now?

US Vaccination Rates Collapse As Omicron Subsides (ZH)

As cases of the already-more-mild Omicron strain of Covid-19 subside, vaccination rates in the United States are collapsing, according to AP, which reports that the vaccination drive in the US is ‘grinding to a halt,’ and ‘demand has all but collapsed’ – particularly in rural areas. At present, the average number of Americans getting their first dose is down to around 90,000 per day – the lowest point since the first few days of the vaccination campaign in December 2020 – while the outlook for any sort of substantial increase has largely evaporated. AP of course acts like this is a national tragedy led by toothless rednecks in ‘deeply conservative’ parts of the country, suggesting a ‘losing battle to get people vaccinated’ in rural Alabama – but of course the reality goes unmentioned… that the vaccine largely evades Omicron – which is far less deadly than previous strains, and is only marginally effective in keeping medically at-risk people from dying.

Even the Washington Post noted on Wednesday: “Coronavirus vaccine protection was much weaker against omicron, data shows.” “While coronavirus shots still provided protection during the omicron wave, the shield of coverage they offered was weaker than during other surges, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The change resulted in much higher rates of infection, hospitalization and death for fully vaccinated adults and even for people who had received boosters.” -WaPo Meanwhile, government vaccination incentive programs that gave away cash, beer, sports tickets and other prizes have also disappeared – while governnment and employer vaccine mandates have suffered blows in court. “People are just over it. They’re tired of it,” said Judy Smith, administrator for a 12-county public health district in northwestern Alabama.

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“We physicians and scientists have one responsibility, and one responsibility only, and that is the health and wellness of humanity..”

‘Scientific Fraud’: Drs. Robert Malone, Ryan Cole React To CDC Hiding Data (WND)

Urging CDC scientists to speak out, Dr. Robert Malone and Dr. Ryan Cole reacted Monday to the news reported by the New York Times that agency officials admit they have withheld COVID data broken down by age, race and vaccination status because the American people might misinterpret it. “This meets the criteria of scientific fraud,” said Malone, the key inventor of the mRNA technology platform used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. “Withholding data is scientific fraud.” Cole, a Mayo Clinic-trained pathologist who runs a major diagnostic lab in Idaho, said that as “an ethical physician who took oaths to the human race, this is incredibly disturbing.” “These are the people that are entrusted to tell us the truth,” he said of the CDC officials.

The two outspoken medical scientists were featured at four sold-out events Sunday and Monday near Seattle hosted by a non-profit called One Washington that is helping equip parents, lawmakers and activists to counter moves by the state Board of Health to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the required shots for public school children. The Times reported the CDC “has been routinely collecting information since the Covid vaccines were first rolled out last year,” but the agency “has been reluctant to make those figures public, the official said, because they might be misinterpreted as the vaccines being ineffective.” The report said that “[t]wo full years into the pandemic, the agency leading the country’s response to the public health emergency has published only a tiny fraction of the data it has collected,” citing “several people familiar” with the withheld data.

“Much of the withheld information could help state and local health officials better target their efforts to bring the virus under control,” the Times said. Malone noted the Times quoted Samuel Scarpino, managing director of pathogen surveillance at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute, saying the CDC “is a political organization as much as it is a public health organization.” He said the steps that it takes to get the data released “are often well outside of the control of many of the scientists that work at the C.D.C.” Malone said that what Scarpino essentially is saying is “that the governmental leadership of the CDC has stifled CDC scientists, in preventing them from disclosing key information to the public about the risks of the vaccine.”

“That is stunning,” he said. Malone said it’s “way past time” for CDC scientists and physicians to “come clean” and speak out. Cole agreed that they have “an ethical responsibility to humanity” to tell the American people what is going on. Last month, he testified with Malone and other physicians and scientists at a panel convened by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., called “COVID-19: A Second Opinion.” Cole testified that he has observed in his lab over the past year a startling uptick in incidences of clotting, auto-immune diseases and cancers. “We physicians and scientists have one responsibility, and one responsibility only, and that is the health and wellness of humanity, no matter the inconvenient cost of telling that truth,” he said.


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    Pablo Picasso Face female study 1925   • Why I Blame The Arrogant, Foolish West (Peter Hitchens) • Russia Wanted Peace With Ukraine (Batko Milaci
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    V. Arnold

    Pablo Picasso Face female study 1925

    Lame…an incredibly shallow dive, IMO…


    Lame? The first steps toward turning 2D into 3D.


    Sean Penn Making Documentary In Ukraine

    Penn arrived in Kiev on Thursday to “tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion” of its neighbor, with the Office of the President of Ukraine announcing the actor’s arrival. Penn was seen at a press briefing in the presidential office in Kiev on Thursday, and was also briefly featured in an Instagram story posted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    The Ukrainian government has expressed gratitude to Penn, writing in a statement: “The director specially came to Kyiv to record all the events that are currently happening in Ukraine and to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country. Sean Penn is among those who support Ukraine in Ukraine today. Our country is grateful to him for such a show of courage and honesty.”



    US Biolabs: Thread was deleted by Twitter. How convenient.

    V. Arnold

    Raúl Ilargi Meijer
    Lame? The first steps toward turning 2D into 3D.

    Well, that’s interesting…
    Thanks for the lesson…


    US Biolabs: Thread was deleted by Twitter. How convenient.

    First his account, then the ThreadReaderApp thread. Rockin’ in the free world. I got most of what he said, and Twitter can’t take it away from here.


    4% adverse reaction rate in Germany, I was bookkeeping 5%. Hands down, I know more people impacted by the jab then by the virus.


    In that same vein, I had a hard time in the past 24 hours finding pieces that don’t toe the line. Did find some obviously, but it was hard work.

    Dr. D

    SeanPenn? Wow, that’s bringing out the big guns. Russia will definitely stop what they’re doing now. Is there no one that can tell fantasy from reality anymore? Signaling from facts? Go do something real and useful Sean, like collect cans from highways.

    So it’s Madcap to FORCE experimental procedures, but not madcap to deny them? Wouldn’t that be a matter of opinion? A: Nope, it’s an “Appeal to Authority” logical fallacy. An authority that is wrong 100% of the time, was wrong for two years, and is still lying now. Being an expert means never having to admit you’re wrong. After being wrong every day of your career, and still being considered an “expert”.

    “UK’s Johnson Unveils “Largest Ever” Sanctions Package Against Russia”

    Who? Didn’t they used to be a country?

    Sanction what? They won’t stop gas and oil and won’t even stop SWIFT. So they stole and oligarch’s beach house? Woooooo! Also UBS marks Russian bonds at zero. Great Job, Brownie! Now you’ve just caused a bank run and economic collapse faster than Justin. What was that about glass houses and getting stoned?

    And a sanctions package that leaves them in SWIFT and where they still give Russia billions a year for natural gas? Shaking in my boots. Why don’t you run along now?

    Here’s an idea: Trump gave Ukraine back to Russia in reparations for the totally illegal coup and all the douchebaggery the CIA Derp State put on them over the last 20 years. This is just executing it under the world’s biggest bagholder. The 7,000 men are just to make sure Russia stays within the agreement after their military is already mobilized and doesn’t accidentally end up in Poland or somewhere.

    Seriously: what is he and U.S. military going to do? Admit it? Nope. But it’s not like they want to be sitting in the chair when Russia takes it and the whole economic system collapses either. We have a Biden for that. And the Blue-haired checkmarks who will fight to the death with their pencils, so long as the lattes aren’t interrupted at all.

    It occurs to me that if true, Russia would then have a squid pro not to reveal too much or on the wrong people not to rock the boat on the new Ukr land deal.

    Where would I put the biolabs? In the Chernobyl Zone. Access to there is the most secure large area on earth. Totally believe that biolab story of the Derp State against Russia, and Twitter banning it quickly confirms it’s true. They don’t ban Bigfoot or Flat Earth why not? Because it’s not real. But they ban this instantly, because…? That’s right, you can figure it out.

    “We had the chance to make her an ally”

    What’s with the “We” stuff? I said this every day since the USSR fell. No, THEY wanted more war, WWIII, and to conquer Russia to finish the One-world totalitarian (Anglo) Government they’ve cooed over for a century. The one Orwell warned us of 80 years ago. WE, the people, mostly of the U.S. but elsewhere too, just wanted peace and not have our money stolen for stupid war profits. You know, like that other President, Eisenhower said, and that other-other President, Kennedy, actually tried. So that, you know, we could drink the water in Michigan and not have that giant sucking sound.

    “There was no reason for this whatsoever.” Yes, there was. Presidents like Clinton, but more their backing powers spokepeopled by the CFR could not have a one-world government if Russia existed, nor could they steal 100% of all Russia’s resources to be consumed by Europe on the cheap if any Slavs survived. This has been the plan of Europe and pals since Napoleon, with the same results, and was why WWI and WWII were fought at all, or at London’s behest. The reason was this: they didn’t want to pay fair market prices for Russian oil and goods. They did not want a prosperous Russia that would logically align with Germany and eclipse the British Empire. So they murdered 100 million people and would do it again. Duh! That’s why they’re putting first-strike nuclear missiles 3 minutes from Moscow and crying like little girls that Russia won’t allow it. Cheney said it all back when, and they’re still openly publishing it now. If they don’t destroy and take Russia, all their plans come to nothing. Russia will be a counterweight, the world will have options, and totalitarianism collapses. You could say we’re IN the world war. Russia is just stopping it.

    ” Russia Wanted Peace with Ukraine (Batko Milacic)”

    So past funding open Nazis in their military, Ukraine supported racism wherever it was found, by every means they could muster. Figures the Left would love them so much. Racism, oppression, coups, human trafficking, broken elections, what’s not to like? We support all that here.

    Old news, everybody knows it. More interested in this. Ukraine isn’t NATO, but all Europe, all U.S., all NATO, isn’t going to lift a finger at what they call an “illegal invasion” in Europe? No?

    No, because no one in Europe has an army. They’re broke. They’re a bunch of geriatric, bloviating gasbags. The U.S. just broke their own army and now has to keep them safely at home now, out of harm’s way. Sooooo…what’s a “NATO”? Nato just ceased to exist. What’s it doing? What’s it good for, then? It can’t even fight “Russian Aggression” they admit and declare is open Russian aggression. No Nato = no Germany. Why bother? They will break with Europe and flip to Russia and their natural gas rather than sit in the dark and be colonized and extracted by the U.S. and London for another 80 years. Where the other states go I’d have to list one by one, but the EU is widely considered to be a Germany project now, run by, for, and for the profit of Germany alone, as proven in Greece. So if the head of the EU goes East, I don’t think the whole EU will follow, but the EU will crack, dissolve, and cease as well. –With their bonds, btw. But it’s long and messy, a process, and one everyone will deny – by lying – every day of every year until decades after it’s already over.

    One word: MacKinder. But it didn’t have to happen. Their irrational fears of MacKinder now FORCED it to happen. They could have brought Russia into Europe fairly instead. But the idea of paying honest fair market prices and not murdering people is inconceivable to them.

    Back at home, what’s going on? We’re passing the point of restoring governments at all, ever, in any form. Canada has proven that for us, even for us here in the United States. We may be going into a “post democracy” – in the sense that nobody believes it – but also “post government” in that nobody believes them either. They have no power, no legitimacy, and nobody wants them around. That’ll be years out in the future, like 20 years, but I think we may have passed the event horizon on it. Corporations may also get smaller without their monster of banking to hand them free money to blow and governments to violently protect monopolies for kickbacks like Amazon. But then you have a mash more equalized of people, corporations, regions, and governments. Post-government, post-democracy. Think about it.


    Here is some battlefield math. Just providing the info. I would like to see a quick resolution. Russia has the airspace so that seems possible.




    Thank you for posting the thread. I was going to use it on FB, but when I clicked the link the thread was gone. It’s a good thing we have your excerpts because with media the first casualty is truth.

    Dr. D

    Looks like somebody has been keeping it online, since the internet is forever:



    With all due respect, Mr. Penn is just following the “new and improved scientific method, now with the power of nanotechnology”: state your truth, seek data that supports it, hide data that refutes it.

    Stay tuned, next he’ll be off to KSA to document how it really was the personal bodyguard, acting on his own accord, who killed Khashoggi (sp?)



    Thanks for that, because it lead me to the archive today link.

    those darned kids

    “Hands down, I know more people impacted by the jab then by the virus.”

    i know of five families of my students where all members have received pharmacia and upjohn corporation, l.l.c.’s injectable products and every member in the household has or has gotten covid in the last two weeks.

    there were impacted by the jab AND the virus.

    those darned kids

    thanks, doc d.

    those darned kids

    Raul —- wow, hats off to you and a spectacular AE today. My ( intolerant liberal ) wife was aghast that as her beloved CBC screamed, Russia had invaded Ukraine and was bombing civilians Willy nilly. How dare I be a Russian apologist! I quietly and calmly tried to give her the basics of why, but your choice of articles today is a far better guide. Not that she will read them. Sometimes I dream of a “clockwork Orange” sit down solution for the deeply propagandized.

    …. and Dr. D, you knocked it out of the park yet again!

    Thank you both.



    “A planet ever more battered by climate change, one in which neither an American nor a Chinese “century” will have any meaning, will certainly need a newly empowered world order that can supersede national sovereignty to protect the most fundamental and transcendent of all human rights: survival. The environmental changes in the offing are so profound that anything less than a new form of democratic global governance will mean not just incessant conflicts but, in all likelihood, disaster of an almost-unimaginable kind. And no surprise there, since we’ll be dealing with a planet all too literally on the brink.”

    While the author seems to have a decent handle on the coming “attractions”, I don’t believe any one entity as we know them now will survive much beyond this decade. Before this decade is out there will be major global grain supply issues. The temps in the major grain growing regions will exceed the nominals required for decent production. We are already seeing troublesome climatic conditions. The overnight lows that are rising faster than the daytime highs, are of particular importance. If they don’t drop low enough for the plants to reach a rest point then the quality and quantity suffer dramatically as the number of nights in a row mount up. These temps are reached long before 35c wet bulb extremes are reached on a wide scale. This alone will produce more refugees and calling it a migration is a misnomer as migration implies a return trip, ain’t going to happen voluntarily. On top of all that the droughts, floods and wild fires will only serve to exasperate the situation. These wild swings in local weather patterns are evident everywhere now. The comfortable weather stability that we once enjoyed in our own “neck of the woods” is notably shorter between extremes. The rates of increase in notable extremes in weather are going exponential it would seem. I’ll go out on a limb and say that global grain shortages are going to start to show up inside the next five years. Add to this the various strains on the industrial agriculture system with broken supply chains that can’t be restored to their former glory, lack of fuel and fertilizers quite possibly this coming growing season and things are looking quite dire. If MSM and the western think tanks are allowed to describe the coming events, well…. you know it was Russian meddling or some such.

    Mister Roboto

    Well, the headlines on Reddit are creating the impression that the Russian offensive in Ukraine is currently stymied by Ukraine’s defense. The world is so awash in propaganda right now that my evaluation is that maybe this is true, but maybe it isn’t. {/shrugs}

    those darned kids

    eat your vegetables!

    Canada Authorizes Plant-Based COVID-19 Vaccine

    that’s funny – i don’t remember 10-15 years having passed..

    absolute galore

    Um, wouldn’t blowing up a lab filled with lethal viruses be, like, not a good idea? Like, you know, what if one of the test tubes broke or something? Or are we certain that all the nasties will instantly be incinerated in every strike? Just kinda wondering.

    (I will add that obviously Putin will have full knowledge of where most if not all these labs are located, if they are in Ukraine, and how to safely take them out. If there are indeed U.S.-funded labs there, then the whole U.S. germ warfare situation is even more out of control than I figured; putting it in such an unstable country filled with actual Nazis seems a bit irresponsible. At least China also makes our phones.)


    What upsets me about Ed Down and his follow hedge fund buddies is that his ‘revelation’ about the vaccines causing injury and death comes a year or so after anyone paying attention with the slightest curiosity figured it out.

    Pierre Kory, David Martin, Reiner Fuellmich, the list goes on, gee they missed their calling in life, they should have all been investment Hedgies.

    The hedge funders are an arrogant lot who are always puffing themselves up as the smartest guys in the room. I’ve personally had to deal with these pricks over the years. But they missed the mandated Death Shot side effects for over a year?

    Yah, after they all made a shiton of money playing the Big Pharma angle. Now that that angle is sucked dry, they switch and play the opposite side of the trade.

    The smarter insurance companies right now are busy, as we speak, bundling up life insurance policies of the VAXED, just like junk bonds and bad mortgages in the sub-prime crisis, and are putting ‘high rates of return’ on this toxic life insurance investment waste, and putting them into YOUR pension fund, to dump the losses of the suckers as usual.

    Mission Accomplished.

    Ed Dowd while looking like a good guy, is basically warning everyone in the investment con racket to dump the vaxed populace in any form of exposure they appear in, especially in life insurance policies, ASAP before they get stuck holding the flaming bag of vax death dog shit policies. Stuff the toxic life insurance policies into someone else’s pocket. Run little hedge funders, run for the exits!

    The sub prime mortgage fiasco will simply be repeated with the Vaccine Death Epidemic Life Insurance fiasco.

    Dowd might not be personally shorting insurance companies and going long on funeral companies, but his ‘smarter’ fellow travelers in the hedge community sure as hell are after hearing his ‘revelation’ that vaxes = early death.

    The Hedge Coven of Witches will definitely go long on the Medical Industrial Complex which will have a wind fall of ‘customers’ suffering from long term vax side effects and cancers and heart problems by the tens, if not hundreds of millions. Hey, brand new ’customers’ struggling to play their ‘unexpected’ medical expenses by having to selling their houses at a loss to Black Rock.

    Well played Sirs.

    Kick’em when their up, kick’em when their down
    Kick’em when their up, kick’em when their down

    Hey, sounds like a Don Henley lyric.


    “What upsets me about Ed Down and his follow hedge fund buddies is that his ‘revelation’ about the vaccines causing injury and death comes a year or so after anyone paying attention with the slightest curiosity figured it out.”

    Best of TomDispatch: Todd Gitlin, The Tinsel Age of Journalism
    [Note for TomDispatch Readers: On the weekend that precedes Presidents Day, consider this my way of saying goodbye to an old friend. Todd Gitlin died this month at age 79. He had indeed once briefly been a president — of the radical group Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s. He (like me) was involved in the anti-Vietnam war movement of that era and later became a critical scholar with a special focus on the media. I edited five of his books, including two novels and his penetrating study of television, Inside Prime Time, when I worked at Pantheon Books. In that context, I can’t resist quoting Susan Sontag’s classic blurb for that book: “From this resolute non-watcher of TV, it may seem a small compliment to say I’d rather read Todd Gitlin’s book than watch what it recounts, but Inside Prime Time is a remarkable enterprise of description. I was instructed, entertained and properly disheartened by it.”

    In the last piece he did for TomDispatch back in 2013, he caught the essence of the then-fading press (that is, for those of you who no longer know, the news on actual paper) in a way that remains memorable. He noted that the factors likely to determine our fate on this planet, whether in economic or climate terms, had been desperately ignored by the media of that moment — as, to a large extent, they still are today. I’ve kept my own 2013 introduction to the piece as well.

    So long, Todd, I’ll miss you. Tom]

    Is the Press Too Big to Fail?


    As the media are abandoning COVID, they’re taking aim at AIDS instead. The timing of AIDS-related articles and announcements is indicative of a coordinated PR campaign, which must have a specific purpose

    While Prince Harry’s fame is milked for all it’s worth to get people to start thinking about getting HIV-tested, the discovery of a new HIV variant in The Netherlands has also been announced. The variant is more contagious, and causes more severe disease, twice as fast. There are 109 known cases of the HIV variant in The Netherlands

    The COVID jab may be causing AIDS-like illness by decimating immune function. Researchers have also warned the COVID jab may raise your risk of HIV infection. Is the media’s focus on AIDS an attempt to cover up COVID jab effects?

    What’s Behind the New AIDS Scare?


    After the performance of a “heavy classical piece” a person, not only that he mocks, making faces and mimics performers while mingling with other symphony goers in the lobby but thinks that he has the “right to express his opinion” in the open.
    Right of anybody to have an (uneducated) opinion about anything cheapens that field of human endeavour, regardless if the theme is a miter cut through the wood panel, kidney surgery or quantum physics. While people are wise enough not to subject those fields to their loud opinion, art is, somehow, a beloved target.
    There is nothing wrong to “enjoy” the art in your way and by all means do so, but also ask yourself what is it that you are not quite getting but doggedly commenting on.


    ..ask yourself what is it that you are not quite getting but doggedly commenting on.

    Well, no. Feel the art, before you “know” it. Ask yourself why you like certain pieces, and as you go along, why that may change, as you learn more. But never let go of your first impression. Picasso is hard on people, but that can be a wonderful journey. 99/100 people will read eject his experiments with 2D/3D. But that doesn’t make their initial reaction invalid.

    Art is a journey, for both the artist and for their viewers. In the end, though, art is about the heart, not the brain. In that sense, it’s like love. You don’t love someone for logical reasons, but because you feel love. It’s not what do you see, but what do you feel. Yes, that takes some confidence. So you look, look again, wonder WHY you feel what you do, read up, But art will never have any value to you if you think your can judge it with your brain.

    John Day

    US Bioweapons labs in 25 countries, including Ukraine. Link still good at this moment:
    US ran gruesome bioweapon research in over 25 countries. Wuhan, tip of an iceberg
    South Front has the best news on the war that I can find this morning. The Saker has not caught up yet.
    Apparently the Russians are still holding that airfield near Kiev. Russian tanks have now arrived there..
    The Ukrainian military is headless with compromised command/communications, and bottled up near/in Mariupol.
    Ukraine and Russia are about to negotiate. Ukrainian military are making civilians in all cities targets by giving everybody free assault rifles and setting up fire-stations in apartment buildings.
    Civilians are shot in streets by Ukrainian forces. https://southfront.org/kiev-assault-the-capital-besieged-russia-and-ukraine-to-launch-negotiations-videos/

    The best thing is a negotiated settlement with division of Ukraine into segments while a new government is constituted, and regional self-determination. Get those soldiers out of those apartments!

    Polder Dweller

    @ tinfoilhatted canuck

    I could have written your comment as the exact same thing is happening to me, although my wife is extremely angry that I won’t accept the mainstream narrative. I offer evidence that there’s much more to the story but she won’t even look at it.



    The main reason that they do not want Russia to be kicked out of SWIFT is that they do not want Russia to use Bitcoin!

    Bitcoin is a ready made method of bypassing SWIFT. While the Russian central bank, like ALL central banks, wanted to ban it, Putin disagreed.

    The banking system does not want anything legitimising the use of Bitcoin!

    Mister Roboto

    @John Day: One of those headlines I mentioned on Reddit claimed that Ukranian forces took back the airport from the Russians.


    Well, this message from the head of the Derp State should calm us right down.


    From Kiev this morning a conversation with Alex Christoforuo and Conzalo Lira in downtown Kiev
    Starting at the 40:00 minute mark.


    What does happen to the nasty substances made in a bio lab? Ever? As for bombing it, the key is to at least kill the vectors- the tortured critters being abused for “science”. I hope the “scientists” who work at such labs stuck to their posts.


    Bit of distraction from daily Covid and world affairs grind.
    Oddly, even though drawing “is” 2D to 3D attempt (note use “of brain” to evaluate it), that’s not what I admire about it but
    the “feel that radiates” and is recognized by the “receptors” that are developed through decades of interest. I am aware that it sounds mystical and annoying but even the aesthetic, branch of philosophy that deals with issues of art can not explain it any other way.
    I am more than happy to let go of my “first impression”, from decades ago, of Picasso, Mahler’s 2nd or any other “heavier” art creation. “Guy in the lobby”, that I described in my first paragraph above, is expressing his “first impression” about the musical performance that he’d just witnessed.
    With “..ask yourself what is it that you are not quite getting but doggedly commenting on” I was not being disrespectful
    to Arnold but rather prompting him to realize there is more to it and to “take on the journey”.


    Art. Right on, Raul!
    Thanks for TAE.

    Figmund Sreud

    Very best from Canadian independent leftist press. Enjoy.

    Meet the Face of Global Fascism
    Ten things to know about Putin’s past, his designs on Ukraine and the dire road ahead.


    “The unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin will change our economic and political lives more than the pandemic.

    When one of the world’s most powerful petro states declares war in order to “denazify” a legitimate democracy with a Jewish president, don’t expect life to continue as normal.”


    Re: South Front, Thanks for the reminder John, I used to it bookmarked therefore haven’t visited in quite some time.

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