Feb 262022
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Ukraine’s Deadly Gamble (Lee Smith)
Biden Admin Tells Zelenskyy to Stop Negotiating Meeting With Russia (CTH)
From the Black Sea to the East Med, Do Not Poke The Russian Bear (Escobar)
The Party of Chaos Blows Its Cover (Kunstler)
Why Putin Went to War (Lauria)
EU ‘Moving Forward’ On Russia SWIFT Shut-Out, ‘Not Nuclear Option’ (ZH)
Here’s Why the Russian Sanctions Are a Dud (Martens)
‘This War Will Last’ – Macron (AFP)
Sean Penn Making Documentary In Ukraine (RT)
Granny Gets Her Gun – From A Bunch Of Shameless Neo-Nazis (Peter Hitchens)
Institute On Claims Vaccine Side Effects Massively Underreported (Eugyp)





The primrose path



@PandaTribune: Under Trump, Putin wasn’t Putin troops in Ukraine. Putin was Biden his time until 2020. He knew that the Dem strategy of Putin Biden in a basement (instead of Putin America first) would get Biden Putin the WH. Maybe in ’24 we can Putin a new POTUS, but it might be too late Biden!



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“.. exposing the national security establishment’s role in two separate, destructive coups: the first, in 2014, targeting the government of Ukraine, and the second, starting two years later, the government of the United States.”

Ukraine’s Deadly Gamble (Lee Smith)

Russian President Vladimir Putin chose this war, Joe Biden said in his Thursday afternoon speech to America regarding the conflict in Ukraine. That is true, but U.S. elites also had something to do with Putin’s ugly and destructive choice—a role that Democrats and Republicans are eager to paper over with noble-sounding rhetoric about the bravery of Ukraine’s badly outgunned military. Yes, the Ukrainian soldiers standing up to Putin are very brave, but it was Americans that put them in harm’s way by using their country as a weapon, first against Russia and then against each other, with little consideration for the Ukrainian people who are now paying the price for America’s folly.

It is not an expression of support for Putin’s grotesque actions to try to understand why it seemed worthwhile for him to risk hundreds of billions of dollars, the lives of thousands of servicemen, and the possible stability of his own regime in order to invade his neighbor. After all, Putin’s reputation until this moment has always been as a shrewd ex-KGB man who eschewed high-risk gambles in favor of sure things backed by the United States, like entering Syria and then escalating forces there. So why has he adopted exactly the opposite strategy here, and chosen the road of open high-risk confrontation with the American superpower? Yes, Putin wants to prevent NATO from expanding to Russia’s border. But the larger answer is that he finds the U.S. government’s relationship with Ukraine genuinely threatening.

That’s because for nearly two decades, the U.S. national security establishment under both Democratic and Republican administrations has used Ukraine as an instrument to destabilize Russia, and specifically to target Putin. While the timing of Putin’s attack on Ukraine is no doubt connected to a variety of factors, including the Russian dictator’s read on U.S. domestic politics and the preferences of his own superpower sponsor in Beijing, the sense that Ukraine poses a meaningful threat to Russia is not a product of Putin’s paranoia—or of a sudden desire to restore the power and prestige of the Soviet Union, however much Putin might wish for that to happen. Rather, it is a geopolitical threat that has grown steadily more pressing and been employed with greater recklessness by Americans and Ukrainians alike over the past decade.

That Ukraine has allowed itself to be used as a pawn against a powerful neighbor is in part the fault of Kyiv’s reckless and corrupt political class. But Ukraine is not a superpower that owes allies and client-states judicious leadership—that’s the role of the United States. And in that role, the United States has failed Ukraine. More broadly, the use of Ukraine as a goad against enemies domestic and foreign has recklessly damaged the failing yet necessary European security architecture that America spent 75 years building and maintaining. Why can’t the American security establishment shoulder responsibility for its role in the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine? Because to discuss American responsibility openly would mean exposing the national security establishment’s role in two separate, destructive coups: the first, in 2014, targeting the government of Ukraine, and the second, starting two years later, the government of the United States.

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“The U.S. wants President Zelenskyy to leave Ukraine, so the State Department can take full control over the narrative. Zelenskyy is refusing to leave.”

Biden Admin Tells Zelenskyy to Stop Negotiating Meeting With Russia (CTH)

Unfortunately for Zelenskyy, an end to the fighting would be against the interests of the Biden administration. Highlighting the point, the U.S. State Department does not want Zelenskyy and Putin to meet. The Biden administration conveys a very telling message, from their perspective, saying only the United States is permitted to negotiate with Russia on behalf of Ukraine. Zelenskyy needs to stay out of it. “WASHINGTON: Russia’s offer for talks with Ukraine is an attempt to conduct diplomacy “at the barrel of a gun”, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Friday (Feb 25), saying Russia must stop its bombing in Ukraine if it is serious about diplomacy. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said earlier on Friday that Russia was ready to send a delegation to the Belarusian capital Minsk for talks.

Russia had attempted to engage in “a pretense of diplomacy” even as it prepared to invade Ukraine this week, Price told reporters at a news briefing. “Now we see Moscow suggesting that diplomacy take place at the barrel of a gun, or as Moscow’s rockets, mortars, artillery target the Ukrainian people,” he said. “This is not real diplomacy. Those are not the conditions for real diplomacy.”

[…] Responding to reports that the US government had ordered officials to stop most contacts with Russia, Price said the invasion of Ukraine had “fundamentally changed” Moscow’s relationship with Washington and other nations. But US officials would continue to engage with their Russian counterparts on important national security issues, including the talks to return to a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, he said. The arrogance and controlling attitude by the U.S. State Dept tells us all we really need to know. The Biden administration has created this crisis between Russia and Ukraine for a convenient purpose, and the White House is not about to let Zelenskyy screw it up and create peace. The U.S. wants President Zelenskyy to leave Ukraine, so the State Department can take full control over the narrative. Zelenskyy is refusing to leave.

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“History loves playing tricks: what was a “gift” to Ukraine in 1922 may become a parting gift a hundred years later.”

From the Black Sea to the East Med, Do Not Poke The Russian Bear (Escobar)

This is what happens when a bunch of ragged hyenas, jackals and tiny rodents poke The Bear: a new geopolitical order is born in breathtaking speed. From a dramatic meeting of the Russian Security Council to a history lesson delivered by President Putin and the subsequent birth of the Baby Twins – the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk – all the way to their appeal to President Putin to intervene militarily to expel the NATO-backed Ukrainian bombing-and-shelling forces from Donbass, it was a seamless process. The (nuclear) straw that (nearly) broke the Bear’s back – and forced its paws to pounce – was Zelensky the Comedian, back from the Russophobia-drenched Munich Security Conference where he was hailed like a Messiah, saying that the 1994 Budapest memorandum should be revised and Ukraine should be nuclear-rearmed.

That would be the equivalent of a nuclear Mexico south of the Hegemon. Putin immediately turned Responsibility to Protect (R2P) upside down: an American concept invented to launch wars in MENA (remember Libya?) was retrofitted to stop a slow-motion genocide in Donbass. First came the recognition of the Baby Twins – Putin’s most important foreign policy decision since going to Syria in 2015. That was the preamble for the next game-changer: a “special military operation (…) aimed at demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine”, as Putin defined it. Up to the last minute, the Kremlin was trying to rely on diplomacy, explaining to Kiev the necessary imperatives to prevent heavy metal thunder: recognition of Crimea as Russian; abandon any plans to join NATO; negotiate directly with the Baby Twins – an anathema for the Americans since 2015; finally, demilitarize and declare Ukraine as neutral.

Kiev’s handlers, predictably, would never accept the package – as they didn’t accept the Master Package that really matters: the Russian demand for “indivisible security”. The sequence, then, became inevitable. In a flash, all Ukrainian forces between the so-called line of contact and the original borders of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts were boxed in as the occupying force of territories of two Russian allies that Moscow had just sworn to protect. So it was Get Out – Or Else. “Or else” came as rolling thunder: the Kremlin and the Russian Ministry of Defense were not bluffing. Timed to the end of Putin’s speech announcing the operation, the Russians decapitated with precision missiles everything that mattered in terms of the Ukrainian military in just one hour: Air Force, Navy, airfields, bridges, command and control centers, the whole Turkish Bayraktar drone fleet.

And it was not only Russian raw power. It was the artillery of one of the Baby Twins, the DPR, that hit the HQ of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Donbass, which actually housed the entire Ukrainian military command. This means that the Ukrainian General Staff instantly lost control of all its troops. [..] We could soon witness the birth of an independent Novorossiya – east of the Dnieper, south along Sea of Azov/Black Sea, the way it was when attached to Ukraine by Lenin in 1922. But now totally aligned with Russia, and providing a land bridge to Transnistria. Ukraine, of course, would lose any access to the Black Sea. History loves playing tricks: what was a “gift” to Ukraine in 1922 may become a parting gift a hundred years later.

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“..what goes on there is none of our business, and never was, until we started meddling in it in 2014.”

The Party of Chaos Blows Its Cover (Kunstler)

[..] here is what I think is happening and will happen in Ukraine. The Russian aim is to neutralize Ukraine’s military capability — the means for harassing the eastern provinces known as the Donbas. That has been accomplished. Ukraine no longer has an air force, a navy, or a whole lot of weapons and munitions. It is surely in Russia’s interest to complete this operation in as few days as possible to minimize harm to civilian lives and property. The Ukrainians appear to understand that, too. The politicians and NGO organizations groomed by American sponsorship in Ukraine will be deactivated, relieved of their responsibilities, and put out of business. If Mr. Putin is prudent, he will not murder or persecute them. A regime friendly to Russia will eventually be installed.

Keep in mind, Ukraine had been a province of Russia one way or another for more than two hundred years — except for the calamitous past thirty years — and Ukraine doesn’t really represent much more than an administrative and fiscal challenge. Russia’s ultimate interest in this matter is to stabilize its border. We in the USA perhaps can’t appreciate that because our current government shows no interest in stabilizing our own border. (We will in the future, when the Party of Chaos is swept out of power.) I’ll refrain from speculating much on the broader geopolitical repercussions of Russia’s Ukraine operation, since it’s not over and there is still a chance for much to go awry. The general proposition that it represents a milestone in America’s loss of global power and credibility is probably correct.

We have spent the last thirty years since the fall of the USSR invading and harassing one country after another, not always with altogether bad intentions, but always with disastrous results. It looks like we will have to take a break from that activity. We have too much to look after and clean up with our own act. The Ukraine blow-up is more a humiliation for “Joe Biden” and his faction than for the US per se, for the truth is that we have scant interest in that corner of the world and what goes on there is none of our business, and never was, until we started meddling in it in 2014.

In the awakening underway here and now, Americans will see how so many of the ills and derangements of recent years are products of our own Deep State aligned with a perfidious party of the Left and other global actors. We have harmed ourselves terribly and can’t seem to stop — and we must stop it, beginning with calling off the Covid-19 “vaccine” crusade. That will come any day, I predict, and then the people who brought all of this grief on are going to have to answer for it.

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“We will not make this mistake the second time. We have no right to do so.”

Why Putin Went to War (Lauria)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a TV address Thursday morning that the goal of Russia’s military operation was not to take control of Ukraine, but to “demilitarize” and “de-Nazify” the country. Moments after he spoke, explosions were heard in several Ukrainian cities. The Russian Defense Ministry said these were “precision” attacks against Ukrainian military installations and that civilians were not being targeted. It said Ukraine’s air force on the ground and its air defenses had been destroyed. [..]

In his 3,350-word speech, Putin laid out in full detail the reasons he decided to take military action and what he hopes it will achieve. The speech is a devastating critique of U.S. policy toward Russia over the past 30 years, which no doubt will fall on deaf ears in Washington. Western media is so far ignoring the speech or superficially dismissing it. But it has to be carefully studied if anyone is interested in understanding why Russia launched this military operation. Just calling Putin “Hitler,” as Nancy Pelosi did Wednesday night, won’t do. Hitler in fact features in Putin’s address. For instance, addressing the Ukrainian military, Putin said: “Your fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers did not fight the Nazi occupiers and did not defend our common Motherland to allow today’s neo-Nazis to seize power in Ukraine. You swore the oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people and not to the junta, the people’s adversary which is plundering Ukraine and humiliating the Ukrainian people.”

He linked the Nazis’ invasion of Russia to NATO’s threat today, saying this time there would be no appeasement: “Of course, this situation begs a question: what next, what are we to expect? If history is any guide, we know that in 1940 and early 1941 the Soviet Union went to great lengths to prevent war or at least delay its outbreak. To this end, the USSR sought not to provoke the potential aggressor until the very end by refraining or postponing the most urgent and obvious preparations it had to make to defend itself from an imminent attack. When it finally acted, it was too late. As a result, the country was not prepared to counter the invasion by Nazi Germany, which attacked our Motherland on June 22, 1941, without declaring war.

“The country stopped the enemy and went on to defeat it, but this came at a tremendous cost. The attempt to appease the aggressor ahead of the Great Patriotic War proved to be a mistake which came at a high cost for our people. In the first months after the hostilities broke out, we lost vast territories of strategic importance, as well as millions of lives. We will not make this mistake the second time. We have no right to do so.”

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Hot air.

EU ‘Moving Forward’ On Russia SWIFT Shut-Out, ‘Not Nuclear Option’ (ZH)

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, is the financial-messaging infrastructure that links the world’s banks. The Belgium-based system is run by its member banks and handles millions of daily payment instructions across more than 200 countries and territories and 11,000 financial institutions. Iran and North Korea are cut off from it. So, given all that, Goldman Sachs’ Allison Nathan asked the question on everyone’s lips: “The removal of Russia from SWIFT – the global electronic payment-messaging system – has been referred to as the “nuclear option” for sanctions. Do you agree with that characterization?”

Eddie Fishman – the former Russia and Europe Lead in the US State Department’s Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation – responded in a fascinating way: “No – it’s not even close to being the nuclear option… SWIFT is just a messaging service. If the US and Europe decided to cut Russians banks off from SWIFT without imposing full-blocking sanctions on them, they could still transact with US and European financial institutions – they just couldn’t use SWIFT to do so.” Fishman went on to point out a potentially even bigger blowback consequence for the West’s actions: “…and in a perverse way, that may actually increase the demand for SWIFT alternatives, such as Russia’s own System for Transfer of Financial Messages (SPFS).”

Russia could also be tempted to move to China’s financial messaging system, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer told reporters on Thursday. “Suspending Swift “would hurt Russia less than the European Union,” he said. Interestingly, given Germany’s prior comments against SWIFT termination, Bloomberg reports that Germany’s finance minister shocked more than a few marketwatchers this afternoon by saying that ‘we are open to cutting Russia off SWIFT’ with a German government advisor telling RND that “banning Russia from SWIFT is manageable.”

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Big banks.

Here’s Why the Russian Sanctions Are a Dud (Martens)

While Ukrainian children sleep with their pets in the subways, living in terror of the bombs raining down on them from their Russian invaders, wealthy Russian oligarchs are being comforted by “relationship managers” at banks owned by the very nations that say they are going to hold Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine. Noticeably missing from President Biden’s press conference yesterday on expanded sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine was any mention of how the U.S. and its allies were going to deal with the big foreign global banks that conduct banking business for thousands of Russian corporations and millions of Russian individuals. Biden only mentioned sanctions on Russian banks.

That sent a loud message to the MOEX Index at the Moscow Stock Exchange, which as of 2:49 p.m. today in Moscow (6:49 a.m. in New York) had rallied into positive territory from a loss of as much as 45 percent yesterday, when the precise nature of the expanded sanctions were as yet unknown. One of the global foreign banks with large operations in Russia is the French global bank Societe Generale’s Rosbank. According to its website, it has 5 million individual clients in Russia and 9,000 large corporate clients. It posted a reassuring notice to its customers on its website this morning, stating that it “continues to operate in a routine manner.” It noted the following:

“Rosbank retail and corporate clients have full access to financial assets and financial banking services. We are confident in our ability to provide continuous and quality customer service and adapt where necessary, while complying with all applicable regulations.” Another large foreign bank with large operations in Russia is Austria’s Raiffeisenbank, which has been operating in Russia since 1996. It notes on its Russian website that it is “one of 13 systemically important banks in Russia,” that it ranks number 10 by assets and number 8 by the number of retail customers. Its reginal network in Russia includes five branches and 116 outlets. Italy’s UniCredit also has large operations in Russia. A bank spokesperson told Reuters yesterday that it “had very high provisions against possible loan losses and was ‘very liquid and self-funded.’ ” Reuters reports that UniCredit’s Russian bank is the 12th largest bank in the country with 7.8 billion Euros in customer loans at the end of last year.

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Why would he say that? Is it what he wants? Oh wait, elections in April.

‘This War Will Last’ – Macron (AFP)

The world must brace for a long war between Russia and Ukraine after Moscow launched an invasion of its pro-Western neighbour, French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Saturday. “I can tell you one thing this morning it is that this war will last,” Macron’s told France’s annual agriculture fair. “This crisis will last, this war will last and all the crises that come with it will have lasting consequences,” Macron added, warning: “We must be prepared”. Macron cut short his visit to the agriculture fair, usually one of the main fixtures on the French political calendar, in order to return to dealing with the crisis triggered by the Russian invasion.

“War has returned to Europe, this was chosen unilaterally by President (Vladimir) Putin, with a tragic humanitarian situation, a (Ukrainian) people who are resisting and a Europe that is there and resisting by the side of the Ukrainian people,” said Macron. Macron has again called an emergency defence council of top ministers and military security officials to discuss the situation in Ukraine which will take place at 1600 GMT, the Elysee said. With the war and sanctions against Russia risking damage for specific sectors in France, notably the wine industry, Macron vowed a “plan of resilience” to help them cope. The French leader was a key figure in efforts to avert conflict, repeatedly speaking to Putin and seeking in vain to broker a summit between the Russian leader and US President Joe Biden. The war has also broken out as the clock ticks down to France’s presidential elections in April.

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What on earth is he doing there? California not in bad enough shape?

Sean Penn Making Documentary In Ukraine (RT)

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.”

The statement went on to contrast Penn’s “bravery” against the inactivity of some of Ukraine’s Western partners in the face of the military operation launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Penn had previously visited Ukraine back in November 2021 to work on another documentary about the Donbass and “Russian aggression.” Back then, he visited the eastern regions of the country and spoke to servicemen. Photos of Penn’s trip were released at the time by the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation Press Service, where he could be seen dressed in combat gear while filming with his crew.

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From last Sunday.

Granny Gets Her Gun – From A Bunch Of Shameless Neo-Nazis (Peter Hitchens)

If the BBC found a group of neo-Nazis among some student Tories, or among Trump supporters in the USA, they would surely tell us about it, hot and strong. Quite right too. In fact, the Corporation’s horror and disgust at such people is one of the few things I absolutely share with them. So why did they last week repeatedly broadcast an entire news item, featuring a group of undoubted, shameless neo-Nazis, actually wearing SS insignia on their clothes – and not even notice? The film starred a sweet old great-grandma, Valentina Konstaninovska, in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. She was getting lessons from soldiers in how to fight off the Russians with an AK-47 burp gun. Pictures of the doughty 78-year-old also featured in several newspapers last Monday.

But it was only in the film that you could see the shoulder-flashes worn by the soldiers. These display a sinister, jagged symbol called the ‘Wolfsangel’. This is an explicitly Nazi emblem, originally used by Hitler’s ‘Das Reich’ Waffen SS division. This unit is still famous for murdering 200 people in Serbia, for a massacre of 920 Jews in Minsk, now in Belarus, for hanging 99 people in retaliation for French Resistance operations in Tulle. But above all it is notorious for the mass murder in the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, in which the SS men machine-gunned or burned to death 642 civilians, including women and children. The Wolfsangel can be seen in archive pictures of the Das Reich division’s tanks.

The patches worn by their Ukrainian fans also carry the word ‘Azov’ and so proclaim that they are members of the ‘Azov Battalion’. Who? An FBI investigator said in 2018 that the Azov Battalion was a ‘paramilitary unit… known for its association with neo-Nazi ideology and the use of Nazi symbolism’. Its defenders now bleat that it has been absorbed into the Ukrainian National Guard. This was the pathetic excuse offered by the BBC when I asked them how they had come to fail to report the truth. Bilge. If these men are permitted to wear this repulsive, shameful badge it is easy to work out who is the boss in this relationship. If they were even slightly under the control of civilised people, they would certainly not be allowed to do so, even if their shaven heads were still full of poison and filth.

No proper army would have them at all, even in the direst need. Is it really possible that, in the BBC’s vast and costly apparatus of reporters, editors, producers, fact-checkers and bureaucrats, not one person spotted the problem? If so, we are dealing with Olympic-level incompetence. But it is my suspicion that something else is going on. The generation that kept the BBC relatively impartial is fast dying off. Those who remain have accepted a large number of contentious opinions as facts. One of these opinions is the ridiculous cartoon idea that Russia is like Mordor in Lord Of The Rings, an utterly evil country ruled by a Dark Monster. And that Ukraine, its current enemy, is by contrast a shining Utopia, pluckily defending itself against the orc-like hordes of Moscow. This explains why the BBC were so keen to use this film, in which a Brave Granny Gets Her Gun.

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Not much Covid today.

Institute On Claims Vaccine Side Effects Massively Underreported (Eugyp)

The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Germany’s vaccine regulator, has responded to Andreas Schöfbeck’s letter (translated here), suggesting on the basis of BKK billing data that officially acknowledged rates of adverse vaccine reactions substantially understate the risk of vaccination. It is not a good response. [..] The argument throughout is that only a subset of vaccine reactions are subject to mandatory reporting requirements, and thus Schöfbeck’s higher numbers, derived from billing data, are unremarkable. This is a very strange and yet also typical bureaucratic response. We want to know whether the vaccines are safe or not, but the PEI functionaries only care about making it clear they haven’t done anything wrong.

Beyond that, I very much doubt we are talking about all that many “local and transient general reactions” here. By definition, these are reactions for which BKK insured sought medical treatment from their doctors. Many of these diagnoses would have been obtained by people who were too unwell to work, and needed to receive physician-certified sick leave.

“The Paul Ehrlich Institute has also begun planning a non-interventional study to comprehensively investigate the long-term safety of the only COVID-19 vaccines available in the EU and thus also in Germany. In the study, which is also supported and funded by the BMG, diagnostic data from the billing data available to the health insurance funds are to be evaluated and linked at the Paul Ehrlich Institute with the vaccination data of the Digital Vaccination Rate Monitoring (DIM data). The study is to be launched in the near future.”

Oh, excellent, so the PEI has begun to plan a study that will look into the issues Schöfbeck has raised. They can force vaccines upon millions of people who don’t want them, and maybe at some point in the future they will begin to think about planning a study on what adverse effects these vaccines might inflict. Public health regulators with something to hide just love studies. You can design them however you want, include whatever data you want, omit whatever you want, so it ends up saying just what you want it to and no more. What they don’t like, is openly available raw data that anyone can study and interpret.

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    Veracious Poet


    When not doing life and getting smothered by work, kids, news feeds (lookin’ at you RIM) – I used to write music. My arm won’t currently allow for piano, guitar, drums so I have fallen on my beloved MPC 4000 sampler.

    I’ve channelled my spirit animal D Benton Smith for this one while have actual coffees bought by Rottotillerman.
    It’s angy but it’s art. If you hate rap turn the sound off as words are there – I recommend loud.
    Pandemic art.
    Just coz the world is talking non stop Russia doesn’t mean I will forget this fraud.

    Share if you wish.


    One more try

    Dr. D

    Speaking of Trump (yesterdays’ comment just now) people have dredged up that Alex Jones declared we’d have the Ukraine war in February back in October 2021.

    Again, so these people are more right than CNN, everything they say turns out to be true, but they’re the jerks and idiots, no one asks questions after.

    IF this war was all created by Putin, THEN how could Jones – or any such leaks in the Pentagon – know it all months ahead of time, almost to the day?

    Cause it’s planned, they DID/Do know it, and this is all a puppet show for us muppets. That means the official story is all lies, Biden’s refusal to talk is all a scam, acting, a put-up job, and the real reasons are all hidden from the electorate that needs to vote based on truth and knowledge. So if they do this, not only is the market insiders front running it to guaranteed profits that come from YOU, but there is no underlying Democracy as the electorate is kept in the dark and led around like a moron.

    To me this is treason, and why I’d arrest and jail anyone hiding budgets from Congress (like the new CIA HQ), or refusing/slow rolling FOIA requests. Or harassing talk show hosts and reporters, especially foreign ones. The Republic cannot survive without discussion and transparency, and hasn’t.

    From the Black Sea to the East Med, Do Not Poke the Russian Bear (Escobar)”

    They (Biden and the Anglos) will fight to the last Ukrainian. That is, the Ukr leaders too: “die for me, dogface!” “I don’t care what a s–thole Ukraine is! Can’t see it from my gold-plated toilet seat, and when life is worthless, the chicks are free.” So won’t accept obvious, irreversible reality, that Crimea is going to stay Russian? Will just chuck a couple thousand lives a year at it, year after year, forever? Sure! Life has no meaning, as long as it’s not MY life. I’d chuck every man, woman, and infant into a blast furnace to keep that impossible dream alive in my ego if I could. And so they have.

    If you can’t see how insane and evil that is, I don’t know what to tell you. So killing a few thousand to CAUSE this is good, but losing a few thousand only once to STOP it is evil. As said by people who live safe in palatial, anti-environmental houses, eat 5-star, and keep their sons in a mountain of crack and hookers all day. Got it.

    Kunstler says “people will answer for it.” Who’s going to make them? You?

    “I can tell you one thing this morning it is that this war will last,” Macron’s told France”

    So he’s going to share sacrifices, right? No? Then shut your air-hole, the stupid is leaking out.

    “The French leader was a key figure in efforts to avert conflict, repeatedly speaking to Putin and seeking in vain to broker a summit between the Russian leader and US President Joe Biden.”

    How do they know this? And if Biden and Putin were the ones who were in control and really needed to talk, what does Macron have to do with it? Nothing. I told them the same thing and had just as much effect, but there are no articles about how awesome and tragic I am. This also contradicts that Jones/Pentagon knew/planned/decided this 6 months ago.

    Sean Penn is there just like Hunter, because he speaks fluent Ukrainian and is a recognized expert in energy and geopolitics. I expect he will also make $400k/month for it.

    Did he visit Donbass and the 8-year shelling of civilians by their own government? Dore highlighted this, I think this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm8QfxZ3HHw : First they are “Ukrainians” over which they have full legal and electoral power, despite being an open coup government, illegitimate by any existing law. Then they are “Russian Separatists” and we shell them openly on TV. And NOT say, a government massacring their own people every day in open ethnic genocide. Then when Russia involves themselves, they are all “Ukrainians” again and Russia going there is an “Invasion”. So basically Donbass and their people aren’t real, they’re just whatever is most convenient for me to win this 5-minute argument and make money. Russian, Ukrainian; legal, illegal; dead, alive, who cares? Reality is in my mind. The Law is in my mouth.

    “So why did they last week repeatedly broadcast an entire news item, featuring a group of undoubted, shameless neo-Nazis, actually wearing SS insignia on their clothes?”

    Because we know MI6 pays and orders them to. This was openly reported and everyone loved it and still credits them as fair, honest accurate reporting. And Reuters, and CBC, and… Because MI6 fully supports fascism and neo-Nazis, wherever they are found. Professional courtesy.

    The media is like “What Nazis??? Duhhhhhhh, the President is Jewish.” Ha ha ha ha. …Say the very same media and exact same person who said Trump is a Nazi, still say it now, when his daughter and half his family is (Orthodox) Jewish. AND attack Jews wherever they are found, In Brooklyn, in NYC, in Temple, in Women’s Conferences where they invite Jew-hating guests like Farrakhan. JHC. The stupid, the stupid it burns. The bad-faith actors, acting every day. Tirelessly acting for the service of the bad faith.

    I may have to take a break and get my head again. The level of lies and lack of outside facts is insurmountable. And new things are about to drop on us before this WWIII attack even gets cold.

    V. Arnold

    There is so much shit “out there”; I just can’t bear…
    I’m inclined to rhyme…
    but can’t waste the time…
    the news, views, and untrues…
    flood the news which isn’t news at all…
    and endeavor to find a nitch…
    which isn’t a bitch…
    our lives are stolen just under our face…
    and we do not realize we are in a race…
    the smart ones know and find a place…
    far from the madness of that race…

    Dr. D


    “U.S.—A new social media initiative will require Americans to identify Ukraine on a map before being able to post an opinion about Ukraine on the internet.” –BBee

    Dr. D

    “John Kerry Orders Emergency Airdrop Of Solar Panels To Ukraine To Offset Carbon Emissions” –BBee

    We only have 10 years to stop the spread. Or something.


    What is Ukraine’s future.

    While Ukraine was a useful stick to beat Russia with the US was willing to send money to the kleptocrats in Ukraine. This will stop if Ukraine is no longer useful.

    The breakaway regions want to expand. It is possible that over a third of the Ukraine would be willing to join them if possible. Ukraine could easily lose all of its industrial base.

    One clear victory for the West concerns farmland in Ukraine. Ukraine has some of the most fertile soil on the planet. Before the US took over it was illegal to sell farmland to a foreign entity. It is now legal.

    Ukraine could be left with no money, no industry, most farming taken over by foreign companies, and no friends.


    Jeez, Putin sounds like a conspiracy theorist (sarcasm). Its this theme that just won’t stop. How do we separate the corporations (mafia) from the state?

    Anyway, I was thinking back to the high inflation days of my youth (I was around 10 years old at the time). As a treat, mom would allow us to have some Coca Cola once a week (she said it was expensive). I got to pour it since I was the oldest. Of course, I put more ice in my younger brothers and sisters glasses. Today, the world is awash in Coca Cola. In this context, I do not see inflation as such a bad thing. (Not the fact I cheated my sibs out some soda, besides I was the oldest and taller)

    Noirette, thanks for those comments on China, truly appreciated. I have more thoughts on it that I am still noodling. Do you ever listen Inconvenient Truths by Jennifer Zheng (on Oddessy). A bit tedious, but interesting nonetheless. Cautious with my takeaways though.

    Two tigers cannot occupy the same mountain.

    Seems we may need to come to grips with the illusion of our exceptionalism.




    Twelve thousand Chechens ready to deploy to Ukraine


    These guys are the real deal.


    To clarify, I miss Coca Cola being a treat.

    Mister Roboto

    @chooch: It sounds as though those were the days when Coca-Cola was sweetened with actual sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Back then, I’m sure it was a treat.


    Yep, Frosted Flakes for breakfast and a bowl of Cheerios before bed. I would still add a tablespoon of sugar to them. I was a fairly hyper kid fortunately I still have a pancreas.


    I think I’ll go back to saying “the Ukraine” (which I have had a hard time stopping, anyways), which makes it a region, instead of “Ukraine”, which makes it a nation.
    I loved the BBee’s map.


    @ Dr D # 102986
    BBee could not have made my point that I was making yesterday more clear. Point, that is, of “right to an opinion on just about anything” regardless how one is familiar with the subject.
    WES yesterday, with his comment proved that it is perfectly all right not to “know it all” and feel good about oneself. True shame is when one is bad in the field that he or she is making living of.
    Despite all those “proofs”, if you will, I am aware of sour faces and utter contempt from the audience so probably I will not bother commenting any longer.


    I adore Calvin and Hobbs, have all their comics in collectible books and such.

    So when Tom Luongo used Calvinball in his analysis of the geopolitical playing field, I was in there like a dirty shirt.

    Putin Ushers in the New Geopolitical Game Board

    And in truth, I think Mr. Luongo makes a whole lot of sense. The game is changing.


    Thanks for the Picasso instrumentation in watery black color (ink?) as it goes nicely with the Higher Ground jam. The fluidity of the medium and “loose” style project FLOW (ya can’t keep it in or hold it back). The painting is coming apart and coming together all at the same time. Picasso’s Guitar series is a great exploration; plus he unleashes collage and texture on us via multiple mediums. Dig deeper and you will see a study in science. Constructing and deconstruction. Holding on and letting go.

    And that Higher Ground jam….went back to visit the lyrics and pulled out a few key lines. Reminders….

    I’m so darn glad He let me try it again
    ‘Cause my last time on earth, I lived a whole world of sin
    I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then
    Gonna keep on tryin’
    ‘Til I reach my highest ground, whoo
    ‘Til I reach my higher ground, oh no
    No one’s gonna bring me down
    They’re sure gonna try
    I’m gonna go higher (higher)

    Just keep on and keep on until you reach higher ground
    And a high, and a how

    LOVE to All.

    absolute galore

    You can get Coke with cane sugar, comes in the little bottles and premium price.

    When I was a kid 60s/70s my parents did not allow us to have overly sweetened cereal (though even the regular cold cereals have a ton.) I would get a box of Cap’n Crunch for my birthday. No Coke in the house either, but orange juice made from concentrate, Welch’s grape jelly and Skippy on white bread, & many more food items laden with excess sugar.

    Even worse today, as so much of it is labeled “healthy.” Granola bars, Gatorade, tomato sauce, instant oatmeal, applesauce, etc. Nature Valley granola bars have around 11 grams. Older kids should not have more than 25 grams of added sugar a day, one of these bars will use up a significant portion of the recommended limit.” A 20 oz. Gatorade contains 34 grams of sugar. So, if your teenager’s snack during a game is a Gatorade and Clif bar, they more than doubled their daily allowance of sugar in that one snack.” Manufacturers have dozens of forms of sugar so you really need to know when reading labels.

    But really, the important thing is to get your kids vaccinated and boosted. That will make them good healthy citizens of the world.

    Formerly T-Bear

    V. Arnold at # 102863 (yesterday) and # 102643 on 23/02/2022

    Pablo Picasso Le pigeon aux petits pois (Pigeon with Peas) – stolen May 20 2010 1911

    I can’t help but to wonder if Picassos’ art is meant to intimidate the viewer….
    …thereby mitigating serious critiques of his works…
    Sorry (not really) but I’m just not impressed…


    Lame…an incredibly shallow dive, IMO…

    Almost everything you see can be described in a plane which is the ides about ‘Cubism’, the artist using these planes to compose an image on another plane surface of the drawing or painting. How the artist fills the space and uses line, colour, texture, light/dark, positive and negative space within the frame is what art is – a visual message to those who are open to seeing it. Liking or not liking have their parallels in understanding or not understanding that message.

    Art appreciation is unlike engineering where there are right or wrong answers, rather better answers or not so good answers and all the shades of grey that happen between black and white; the exercise of using such qualities to suggest an image within the frame like in today’s offering – an analytical abstraction suggesting an object, movement and if carefully perceived, even sound. These things are always somewhere in successful art, it is up to the viewer to appreciate or not, there are no correct or incorrect answers to be had. Keep on looking, a universe of art awaits your valuable opinion of it.




    Re: “Keep on looking, a universe of art awaits your valuable opinion of it.”
    RE: “right to an opinion on just about anything”

    Contemplating these. Is it opinions being offered or reactions/experiences? Are they the same or something different? Does one of these hold more merit than the other?

    If I don’t present myself as a expert with credentials on a subject, but comment anyway – does it make my comments less worthy? Less reliable or practical?

    What about the Way in which I present my opinion? Mind/Ego – conditional, with expectation and demands. Is there such a thing as innocent, unconditional offering with Mind + Heart in play?

    Living and translating/sharing LIFE’s experiences is what we humans do. Some of us do it better than others.

    I appreciate T-bears comment:

    “the exercise of using such qualities to suggest an image within the frame like in today’s offering – an analytical abstraction suggesting an object, movement and if carefully perceived, even sound. ”

    I too sense the VIBRATION – and for me, it comes from the tension the stark lines create as they pierce the white spaces. Did he paint this one form the outside in or from the inside out?

    RE: Rembrandt and the other masters who paint fabrics with phenomenal detail – I can feel the textures and the weight of the clothes on the bodies. And if I go deeper, I can smell the room. Art takes IMAGINATION to higher ground.

    Figmund Sreud

    Helmer continues his string of comments. Here is his most recent, but big snip first:

    In advance of what we didn’t yet know, we already knew three things: the Stavka, not Putin alone, decides. There was a change of decision between Monday evening’s speech by Putin and Thursday morning’s speech; this was not, however, a change of plans; they have been ready for some time, as everyone can see now. The black box defence would still be a surprise.

    With the retrospect of hours, demilitarization of the Ukraine and denazification of the Galicians cannot be a surprise if you are Russian or Ukrainian. To them it is welcome. By contrast, Chrystia Freeland, the deputy prime minister of Canada, has repeated the lie which enriched her grandfather, her mother, and the Galicians she represents: “We cannot allow Russia,” she said, “to destroy the rules based order Canadians died to defend in the Second World War…” When the Galicians go on trial for their war crimes in the coming months – this is part of what denazification will mean — Canadian judicial observers will be invited to attend and investigate the evidence; the Dutch too.

    In the interview we also discuss what it’s like to think like the Russians and Ukrainians do when the choice is – do now for yourselves, or wait to die later when they will kill you.




    From top-post article by Lauria, Why Putin went to war?

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson even hinted at British military involvement. “Our mission is clear,” he said. “Diplomatically, politically, economically and eventually militarily this hideous and barbaric venture of Vladimir Putin must end in failure.” 

    What does the “eventually militarily” mean?

    The recent tri-partite security alliance, between the UK, Poland and Ukraine, signed on 17 Feb. 2022, has not been reported on MSM TV, press.

    Presumably because citizens might object, rightly so, why should GB ally with Ukraine?

    (Sidebar: The fiction of ‘democratic’ or ‘representative’ Gvmt. is dead.)


    Prop and pix follow on, see this graphic from the UK PM on twitter:


    GB is hitching its wagon to the US for some time now, post-Brexit, scrabbling around to exploit the last remnants of ‘ties’ to prop up its ‘international role’, influence, clout.

    Imho eventually only means sending arms, money, trainers (who scuttle away when danger looms), there is no way Brit forces will be sent to be slaughtered in a cauldron in Ukr.

    Maxwell Quest

    “Now we see Moscow suggesting that diplomacy take place at the barrel of a gun, or as Moscow’s rockets, mortars, artillery target the Ukrainian people,” he said. “This is not real diplomacy. Those are not the conditions for real diplomacy.” – State Department spokesperson Ned Price

    I’m sure Mr. Price is paid good money to say such stupid things in news briefings, knowing that the media lackeys will never hold him to account for calling the kettle black. In fact, that idiom isn’t even appropriate in this circumstance, as Russia had previously exhausted every diplomatic channel before resorting to military action; whereas NATO feigns diplomacy, while behind the scenes it strongarms members into supporting military intervention in any state that resists its hegemony and exploitation.

    Global domination is the goal. All else is theater for the ignorant masses.

    U.S. Foreign Policy

    those darned kids

    J&J, Distributors Finalize $26B Landmark Opioid Settlement

    While none of the settlement money will go directly to victims of opioid addiction or their survivors, the vast majority of it is required to be used to deal with the epidemic. The need for the funding runs deep.


    Its just a sense I get (not an expert) but a diplomatic solution seems out of the question and to prevent from getting bogged down (time would seem to favor of the west) Putin is going to have to rain holy hell on Kyiv. This won’t play well, but the whole thing is horrific there is no way to paint it otherwise. The US neocons need to lose and lose badly.


    Amy Boone has another good post over at The Slog called “Bear Status Update: Poked”.



    And here I am the only person I ever knew that got a box of Captain Crunch for Christmas. And I was allowed to eat the entire box in a single sitting!


    Cap’n Crunch, Quisp and Quake, & Crunchberries were all hazardous materials for brushing and flossing ones teeth…..alas I knew them well🤔🤐


    Corona investigative committee session 93: “Concentric Circles”


    Reiner interviews the founder of GETTR the alternative NOT censored social media platform.

    Stop using Twatter, it’s the platform of tyranny and psychopaths

    Stop feeding the Beast with your energy and attention.

    Sign up for a GETTR account to support the parallel universe of Tyranny free social media.

    Ya gotta start somewhere.


    The last I saw anti-russian propaganda this bad was back in 2014/15 amongst the Syria offensive. Banko Spirito Santo went down. Obama put money into Africa. I remember those days.

    Is it me or does it seem like Western nations do not command the same level of international respect as they once did? /s

    Picasso today is interesting, also for its date. Abstract notions of time, space and form can be traced back earlier than we believe they existed in the sphere of public knowledge. Just like “science” or even concepts of contemporary civilisation, we are not “advanced” or pioneering as much as we think we are. Check yo ‘self, before you wreck yo’ self.

    Thanks for sharing your musical self-expression Oxy. Like so many visiting here, I also benefit from a deeper and more critical look at some of the geopolitics being played out at TAE. We entered the twighlight zone during the last two years so I am also grateful for you all.

    Interesting to see the spirit of ownership over what we can do speak above that of the PMC micro-management of all of those doing it. Perhaps the success of us as a species (let alone ‘nations’) rests in getting our hands and feet dirty, being in touch with nature and the planet. It is messy but feels worth it and I can see more meaning in my actions providing I am acting as a ‘custodian of the soil’. I seem to be channeling the ‘TAE of old’ in this section of my post. I am also feeling somewhat nostalgic this evening…

    Best to all (including Bosco)

    Formerly T-Bear

    Susmarie108 at # 103001
    I imagine it depends on what adjective one attaches to the noun opinion on how one would treat an opinion.There are considered opinions involving reason, professional opinions having base on education, judicial opinions, political opinions, off the cuff opinions, reaction based opinions, ignorant opinions, a fool’s opinion and even ‘just’ an opinion; each will have some valuation attached so giving my answer would only be an opinion and that would be it. Maybe this will assist your search.

    Agree, good art can titillate the imagination, take one to unexperienced worlds, unexpected places and other times; much like a good book. (smiley© thing)


    Roman Abramovich has owned Chelsea since 2003. Today, he passed ownership to some committee. A Russian symphony orchestra director was forced to cancel a show at Carnegie Hall today. Countries refuse to play Russia in international soccer.

    It’s Covid all over again. Which in turn was Trump and Russiagate all over again.


    Talking about derailed train of understanding, so one more time:
    @ susmarie
    Re: unrestrained “opinions”
    We are all pressured with all this Covid hysteria, so all the talk is more than encouraged. But, can any of us discuss mRNA
    vaccine in equal footing with Dr Malone? How many of us really understand genome sequencing? I know that I don’t. I know wood veneer grain sequencing and that’s about it.
    “Military insignia of Filipino’s 11th infantry brigade from Oct 12 1937 to March 30 1938 (I just made that up).
    Half of US continent in unison: Filipino’s military insignia…I fucking know military insignia of Filipino’s 11th infantry brigade and goes like this…(not of the mark what I am trying to convey)”.
    As with art it is different, you say. It is ALL about HART and LOVE and PERSONAL FEEL.
    Is it?
    Arnold had mention that he had a chance to visit Guggenheim museum in NY. So he climbed up the ramp, and one after another, a true treasure of great postwar paintings that he deemed as a junk as I can get from his comments, are starring at him. Yet, entire building is dedicated to “that junk”. Should one pose at the top of the ramp, scratch his head and ask himself some hard questions? I am being civil in here.
    On the other hand, TDK had posted yesterday that landscape painting, that sings to many HARTS and FEELINGS Alas,
    no serious museum, even the one that specialize in landscapes, would touch it with the ten foot pole. Sorry.
    Kinkade, the one that I made joke as a candidate for the April the 1st post, was the most successful artist in sales. While adoring candy boxes, greeting cards and such, his work is nowhere to be seen in said museums too.
    What is going on in here?

    The end and no more.

    Figmund Sreud

    The Pentagon Bio-weapons

    The US Army regularly produces deadly viruses, bacteria and toxins in direct violation of the UN Convention on the prohibition of Biological Weapons. Hundreds of thousands of unwitting people are systematically exposed to dangerous pathogens and other incurable diseases. Bio warfare scientists using diplomatic cover test man-made viruses at Pentagon bio laboratories in 25 countries across the world. These US bio-laboratories are funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) under a $ 2.1 billion military program– Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP), and are located in former Soviet Union countries such as Georgia and Ukraine, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

    The Pentagon Bio-weapons



    Due to supply line problems,
    Peacekeeping force identified with a “white Z and a white arm ban.

    Veracious Poet

    All but confirmed, Bosco never left (as predicted), he just put on another sock puppet…

    Waiting for confirmation that the IP is the same, or close, Raul?

    Veracious Poet

    A local source (KTLA), I follow to see Clownifornia macro trends, is publishing RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! war propaganda 24/7, just like non-stop lies non-stop throughout the 2016-2020 coup, probably just like most local sourced pablum toxicly spews ad infinitum …

    Truly mind numbing to behold, this syncopated “news” content drilled down to local level in U$ Empire Inc. ~ Stalin (Pravda editor-in-chief) would blush if he could see his creature in full bloom.

    Clown World sucks,



    V. P.

    Actually I think the sock puppet is more likely Sparkle Socks! He is using the Russian visit to the Ukraine to put Covid, the trucker’s protest, and the War Measures Act in the rear view mirror.

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