Mar 012022

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The Consequences of Humiliating Russia (Brenner)
Putin Slams West’s ‘Empire Of Lies’ (RT)
Bulgarian Defense Minister Fired Over Ukraine Comments (RT)
Zelensky’s Saakashvili Moment (Daniel McAdams)
London Takes Back ‘Putin Regime Change’ Claim (RT)
Putin The Apostate (Matt Taibbi)
Freeland Caught Holding Pro-Nazi Banner At Ukraine Protest (TNC)
Hunter Biden Business Associate Sentenced To Prison For Fraud Scheme (JTN)
Pfizer mRNA Does Indeed Integrate Into Our DNA (RioTimes)
Back to Reality: We are All Children of Oil (Ugo Bardi)





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Michael Brenner is a professor of international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Consequences of Humiliating Russia (Brenner)

The Mafia is not known for its creative use of language beyond terms like “hitman,” “go to the mattresses,” “living with the fishes” and suchlike. There are, though, a few pithy sayings that carry enduring wisdom. One concerns honor and revenge: “If you are going to humiliate someone publicly in a really crass manner, make sure that he doesn’t survive to take his inevitable revenge.” Violate it at your peril. That enduring truth has been demonstrated by Russia’s actions in the Ukraine which, to a great extent, are the culmination of the numerous humiliations that the West, under American instigation, has inflicted on Russia’s rulers and the country as a whole over the past 30 years.

[..] The West nostalgically celebrates the Yeltsin years as the Golden Age of Russian Democracy – an age when life expectancy dropped sharply, when alcoholism rose and mental health declined, when the tanking economy threw millions into poverty, when the oligarchs strutted their stuff, when the presidential chauffeur was the most influential man in the country, and when everyone was free to shoot his mouth off since nobody else heard him in the din of their own voices. You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs – to coin a phrase. Vladimir Putin, of course, was made of sterner stuff. He put an end to the buffoonery, successfully took on the Herculean task of reconstituting Russia as a viable state, and presented himself as ruler of an equal sovereign in cultivating relations with his neighbors. In addition, he insisted that the civil rights and culture of Russians stranded in the Near Abroad be respected.

Still, he gave no sign by word or deed that he contemplated using coercive means to restore the integration of Russian and Ukraine that had existed for more than 300 years. True, he opposed Western attempts to sever the ties between the two by incorporating Ukraine into their collective institutions – most notably the NATO declaration of 2008 stating that Ukraine (along with Georgia) were in the alliance’s antechamber being readied for entrance. Putin’s restraint contrasted with the audacity of Washington and its European subordinates who instigated the Maidan coup toppling the democratically elected president and promoting an American puppet in his place. In effect, the United States has been Ukraine’s overseer ever since – a sort of absentee landlord.

Putin’s views about the preferred principles of organization and conduct that should govern inter-state relations have been elaborated in a series of speeches and articles over the years. The picture it draws is far different from the cartoonish distortion created and disseminated in the West. It clearly delineates ways and means to constrain and limit the element of conflict, above all military conflict, the requirement for rules-of-the-road that should serve as the systems software, the necessity of recognizing that the future will be more multipolar – yet more multilateral – than it has been since 1991. At the same time, he stresses that every state has its legitimate national interests and the right to promote them as a sovereign entity so long as it does not endanger world peace and stability.

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“All [the US] satellites not only dutifully agree, sing along to its music, but also copy its behavior, and enthusiastically accept the rules they are offered.”

Putin Slams West’s ‘Empire Of Lies’ (RT)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the West an “empire of lies,” responding to a new wave of sanctions that hit the country over its special military operation in neighboring Ukraine. Speaking to top government officials on Monday, he said: “I invited you to discuss economic and financial issues … bearing in mind the sanctions that the so-called Western community — an empire of lies, as I called it in my address — is trying to implement against our country.” The “empire of lies” term was coined by Russia’s president last Thursday, when he announced the launch of the offensive in Ukraine. Since the US is a “system-forming power,” the whole collective West has become such an “empire,” he said then. “By the way, American politicians, political scientists, and journalists themselves write and say that, in recent years, an actual ‘empire of lies’ has been created inside the United States. It’s hard to disagree with that, as it’s true,” Putin stated.

All [the US] satellites not only dutifully agree, sing along to its music, but also copy its behavior, and enthusiastically accept the rules they are offered. Therefore, with good reason, we can confidently say that the entire so-called Western bloc, formed by the United States in its own image and likeness, all of it is an ‘empire of lies.’ Russia’s operation in Ukraine has become the only option left to prevent further bloodshed in the country and stop Kiev from trying to launch an all-out assault on the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in the country’s east, the Kremlin has explained. Ahead of the offensive, Moscow formally recognized the People’s Republics there as independent states.

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“Our suffering motherland does not deserve to be sacrificed in the game of the great powers.”

Bulgarian Defense Minister Fired Over Ukraine Comments (RT)

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov has fired defense chief Stefan Yanev over his word choices in describing the Russia-Ukraine conflict, calling the situation a “military intervention” or an “operation” rather than a “war.” “My defense minister cannot use the word operation instead of the word war,” Petkov told reporters on Monday. “You cannot call it an operation when thousands of soldiers from the one and the other side are already killed.” The prime minister added that “the Bulgarian interest is not in bending our heads down.” Rather, “When we see something we do not agree with, something so obvious, we cannot keep quiet.” All four parties in Bulgaria’s ruling coalition agreed to call for Yanev’s resignation, Petkov noted. A new defense minister – reportedly Todor Tagarev, who held the position in 2013 – will be appointed in an extraordinary session of Parliament that will be held on Tuesday.

The firing came in reaction to a Facebook post by Yanev. Commenting on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the defense minister warned against using the word “war.” He said there was no need for Bulgaria to side with Russia, the US, or European allies in the conflict, adding, “Our suffering motherland does not deserve to be sacrificed in the game of the great powers.” Petkov chided him for the post, saying, “No minister can attempt to do foreign policymaking on his own, especially on Facebook.” Yanev argued that he was being targeted for removal so the government could install a defense minister who will be more willing to serve foreign interests, in some cases at the expense of Bulgaria’s security.

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“Then later in the day, perhaps around cocktail hour, he demanded that President Biden enforce a “no-fly” zone over much of Ukraine..”

Zelensky’s Saakashvili Moment (Daniel McAdams)

Perhaps Putin is the apotheosis of evil after all, and everyone who dares challenge this modern-day golem is destined for madness. Or maybe not. Whatever the case, Zelensky is sounding a bit unhinged of late. No one will dispute that he’s a man of many talents… However, when the chips are down, as they are, he seems to be a tie-muncher at the end of the day. Take his frenetic activities yesterday, starting with his signing a formal application to join the European Union – about as likely as my being chosen “Miss Sweden.” Then later in the day, perhaps around cocktail hour, he demanded that President Biden enforce a “no-fly” zone over much of Ukraine, assuring Biden that Ukraine “can beat the aggressor if the Western allies do their part.”

At that point even hawkishly-unhinged Senator Marco Rubio had to descend from the ether of Washington’s war machine. Poor Biden drunk-walked across the White House lawn as reporters asked him legitimate questions about the threat of nuclear war. But the fact is quite plain: for the US to (attempt to) impose a “no-fly” zone over Ukraine would require that the United States military annihilate every single S-400 and S-500 air defense system located inside Russian territory. In other words, were Washington to abide the fake frontline warrior Zelensky’s request it would require the initiation of a civilization-destroying World War III. How many American sheeple who have subbed out their “Wear the damn mask!” Facebook profile pictures for “Save Ukraine” or “Pray for Ukraine” are willing to see the end of life on earth as we know it to “save” a country that nearly seven in ten Americans literally cannot locate on a map of the globe?

It’s all fun and games until the world blows up. Soon it will become obvious that the comedian-president who has openly welcomed child soldiers, is forcing men from 18-60 to fight, has released hardened criminals from prison to fight on the front lines, and has called for foreign mercenaries to come fight for Ukraine is not currently scoring an overwhelming victory against the Russian military, as the Pravda-esque US mainstream media continues to report. America: you get the heroes you deserve. How do you like your tie?

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The first person I saw tweet about regime change in Russia was Carl Bildt, former Swedish PM and Co-Chair European Council on Foreign Relations.

London Takes Back ‘Putin Regime Change’ Claim (RT)

Toppling Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is the goal of the new wave of international sanctions introduced in response to Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine, a spokesman for Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters on Monday. Downing Street later clarified that the spokesperson had “misspoken”. “The measures we are introducing, that large parts of the world are introducing, are to bring down the Putin regime,” the unnamed official said. The restrictions, centered around Russia’s financial sector, are aimed to “inflict financial pain on Putin”, the spokesman went on. The sanctions are also meant to “stymie the Russian war machine as it attempts to subjugate a democratic European country,” he added, referring to the Ukraine conflict.

Further enquiry on the “regime” change remark, however, prompted the spokesman to somewhat quickly backtrack, insisting that London has not actually been actively seeking to do so. “We are not seeking anything in terms of regime change, what we are talking about here clearly is how we stop Russia seeking to subjugate a democratic country,” the spokesman said, warning “that businesses should think very carefully if they are still continuing to do anything that props up the Putin regime.” Downing Street then later said the PM’s spokesman “misspoke” when he claimed that the sanctions aimed “to bring down the Putin regime.”

The new wave of Western restrictions, that included personal sanctions against Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and against President Putin, come amid Moscow’s special military operation in neighboring Ukraine launched last week. The operation’s stated goal is to protect the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk from an allegedly imminent all-out offensive by the Kiev forces, Moscow has claimed. Days before the launch of the operation, Russia formally recognized the republics as independent states.

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And the president of the Council of Foreign Relations does it too:

Putin The Apostate (Matt Taibbi)

The president of the Council of Foreign Relations, Richard Haass, made an extraordinary statement over the weekend. “Just days ago much of the world was focused on the unwanted prospect of regime change in Ukraine,” he tweeted. “Now the conversation has shifted to include the possibility of desired regime change in Russia.” Senior Brookings Institute fellow Benjamin Wittes was even more explicit:

For anyone expecting me to be outraged about this — I am, after all, almost daily denounced as a Putin-lover and apologist, so surely I must want the Great Leader to stay in power forever — I have to disappoint. If Vladimir Putin were captured tomorrow and fired into space, I wouldn’t bat an eye. I would like to point out that we already tried regime change in Russia. I remember, because I was there. And, thanks to a lot of lurid history that’s being scrubbed now with furious intensity, it ended with Vladimir Putin in power. Not as an accident, or as the face of a populist revolt against Western influence — that came later — but precisely because we made a long series of intentional decisions to help put him there.

Once, Putin’s KGB past, far from being seen as a negative, was viewed with relief by the American diplomatic community, which had been exhausted by the organizational incompetence of our vodka-soaked first partner, Boris Yeltsin. Putin by contrast was “a man we can do business with,” a “liberal, humane, and decent European” of “alert, controlled poise” and “well-briefed acuity,” who was open to anything, even Russia joining NATO. “I don’t see why not,” Putin said. “I would not rule out such a possibility.” The New York Times Magazine, noting that the KGB of the seventies that Putin joined was no longer really a murder factory but just another “thinking corporation,” even compared him once to Russia’s first true Western-looking leader:

In him, Russia has found a humane version of Peter the Great, a ruler who will open the country to the influence of a world at once gentler and more dynamic than Russia has ever been. I’ve been bitter in commentary about Putin in recent years because I never forgot the way the West smoothed his rise, and pretends now that it didn’t. It’s infuriating also that many of us who were critical of him from the start are denounced now as Putin apologists, I think in part because we have inconvenient memories about who said what at the start of his story. The effort to wipe that history clean is reaching a fever pitch this week. Before they finish the job, it seemed worth getting it all down.

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She’s Ukrainian. She knows exactly what the banner is. In a 2nd photoshopped version the banner is gone.

Freeland Caught Holding Pro-Nazi Banner At Ukraine Protest (TNC)

Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland was photographed on Sunday with a scarf promoting a far-right Ukrainian Nationalist movement linked to Neo-Nazis and extremism. Remarkably, Freeland (or more likely, a member of her staff) posted the photo to her own official social media accounts, apparently ignorant of the radical far-right movement the scarf represents. Freeland posted the photo, which also shows Toronto Mayor John Tory, to her Twitter and Instagram accounts on Monday morning. These posts were deleted, without any comment or acknowledgement of why they were taken down. She reposted the same message on Twitter by mid-morning on Monday, but with a new photo where the scarf had been removed.

The red and black flag has historically represented the Bandera movement in Ukraine. Stepan Bandera was a Nationalist Ukrainian politician during the Second World War who is accused of war crimes and leading atrocities against Jewish and Polish people. He is an incredibly polarizing political figure in Ukraine, as some view him a national hero who fought for Ukrainian independence. Bandera helped create the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (UPA), an organization that legacy media reports have described as being “far-right” and “extremist” and who have been characterized as “Neo-Nazis.” In April 2021, Euro News described Bandera and the UPA as Nazi-collaborators and war criminals.

“Bandera, Shukhevych, and the UPA are controversial for several reasons. Critics point to the mass killings of up to 100,000 Jews and Poles and the fact that UPA cooperated with Nazi Germany at the beginning of WW2 until it became clear that Nazi Germany wouldn’t recognize Ukrainian independence.” Chrystia Freeland describes herself as a Ukrainian-Canadian and has recently begun speaking and sharing posts in Ukrainian. She presents herself as a politically savvy international player who is incredibly well-versed in Ukrainian politics and culture. It begs the question of why she would be willing to be in a photo, and then personally post it, with a flag representing a militant insurgency group and the Ukrainian Neo-Nazi-linked far-right.

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Small world.

“Five days later, Vice President Biden visited Ukraine..”

Hunter Biden Business Associate Sentenced To Prison For Fraud Scheme (JTN)

Devon Archer, a former business partner of President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, was sentenced on Monday to just over a year in prison for defrauding a Native American tribe of $60 million in bonds. Manhattan Judge Ronnie Abrams, an Obama appointee, sentenced Archer to one year and one day in federal prison for “defrauding a Native American tribal entity and various investment advisory clients” of more than $60 million. From March 2014 to April 2016, Archer worked with others on the scheme that caused the Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation, a tribal entity, to issue a series of tribal bonds through “lies and misrepresentations,” the Department of Justice press release states.

Archer, who has maintained his innocence, was ordered to forfeit more than $15 million and pay over $43 million in restitution. He will also have one year of supervised release after prison. “There’s no dispute about the harm caused to real people,” Abrams said, the New York Post reports. She also noted that the fraud was “too serious” to let him out without prison time and that the victims are part of one of the poorest tribes in the nation, the Oglala Sioux. [..] Before being arrested, Archer served with Hunter Biden on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings. Biden has not been connected to the tribal fraud scheme that Archer was sentenced for. A 2020 report from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Senate Committee and the Senate Finance Committee shows Archer’s close ties to the Biden family.

Archer is mentioned in the second paragraph of the report, 42 times total. “On April 16, 2014, Vice President Biden met with his son’s business partner, Devon Archer, at the White House. Five days later, Vice President Biden visited Ukraine,” the report states, adding that within a month both Archer and Hunter Biden were appointed to the Burisma board. “Over the course of the next several years, Hunter Biden and Devon Archer were paid millions of dollars from a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch for their participation on the board,” the 87-page report alleges.

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Stop vaccinating. Start testing. See you in 5 years.

Maybe people will understand now just how experimental the mRNA vaccines are.

Pfizer mRNA Does Indeed Integrate Into Our DNA (RioTimes)

Swedish lab studies show that mRNA from the ‘vaccines’ does integrate itself into human cellular DNA. This means that a shot of the Pfizer vaccine, taken even once, permanently changes the DNA of affected cells. For over a year, we’ve been told that mRNA vaccines, including Pfizer and Moderna, don’t integrate with human cell DNA. What the article shows is that in vitro, using a human liver cell line, the Pfizer mRNA vaccine uses a natural reverse transcriptase enzyme called LINE-1, and the genetic code of the vaccine is reverse transcribed into the DNA. It also explains that vaccine mRNA actually does travel to the liver as one of the preferred sites (the other sites, as we heard, are ovaries and more).

Pfizer 12% effective

What does it mean? Normally, our cells do the reverse: the cell nucleus, where the DNA is, expresses certain DNA code based on conditions of the cell and produces natural, human messenger RNA. That messenger RNA travels out of the nucleus, where it is expressed into proteins needed for cell building. This is how growing organisms express different genetic programs to grow muscle cells or brain cells, etc. This process is called “transcription”. For many years, Central Dogma of Molecular Biology stated that the “reverse transcription” — moving genetic code from RNA back into the sacred cellular nuclear and recoding the DNA — was impossible. Eventually, scientists realized that it is possible under various conditions. For example, the HIV RNA virus is able to do so and it reprograms our DNA to produce copies of it. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

To effect reverse transcription, enzymes called “reverse transcriptases” are needed. One of them is called LINE-1. Apparently, the Pfizer mRNA vaccine causes cells to produce that LINE-1 enzyme, says the study. After seeing LINE-1 reverse transcriptase rise, they tested for alterations to the DNA, making sure they are not picking up the RNA instead. Considering that Sars-Cov-2 “spike protein” has a cancer code from Moderna 2017’ patent 9,587,003, it is imperative to find out the implications of this reverse transcription, and whether the vaccinated now have any undesirable genetic code embedded into their DNA. Of particular interest is whether this mRNA-induced reverse transcription affects the “germ line”, such as eggs and sperm cells, and whether it also affects the fetus of pregnant mothers.

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“..when you deal with Nature, everything is up for negotiations. And Nature always wins the game..”

Back to Reality: We are All Children of Oil (Ugo Bardi)

In the early 2000s, Colin Campbell proposed that the peak of “conventional” oil production would come around 2012. It probably did, but the peak was masked by the production of non-conventional resources. “Shale oil” bought us another decade of growth, although at a modest rate and at a high cost. So, we had more than 20 years to prepare from when, in 1998, Colin Campbell and Jean Lahérrere had first flagged the problem with an article published on “Scientific American.” But, as we should have expected, nothing serious was done. On the contrary, the entity called “humanity” showed the maturity and wisdom of someone in the grip of convulsions, possessed by demonic forces. We have seen 20 years of a roller coaster in the desperate search for an enemy to destroy and turn the clock back, to when things were good.

The enemy has been singled out as Osama, Saddam, Assad, Qaddafi, and many others, destroyed only to be replaced by the new monster of the year. For two years, then, the monster was not a human being, but a microscopic peduncled creature that nicely played its role of bugaboo, until it was officially vaporized by the microscopic equivalent of carpet bombing. Now, it is over, and a new, more conventional monster is advancing: the soulless Vladimir Putin. Chances are that he will not be the last monster in the demonization chain. Every time we seemed to have destroyed our arch-enemy, it came back in another form, bigger and uglier than before. And each time, in the fight against the monster on duty, we lost something of our wisdom, our freedom, our humanity.

We never realized that what we were fighting was not a monster, but a reflection of ourselves in the desperate search for a way to continue a way of life that some of our leaders defined as “not up for negotiations.” But when you deal with Nature, everything is up for negotiations. And Nature always wins the game. Peak oil never reached the level of the official monster of the day, but it was also demonized. It could not be bombed, there was no vaccine against it. But we marginalized it, ridiculed it, and made it disappear from view as if we had bombed it to smithereens. Yet, it is returning, even though not mentioned, during the current crisis. We are 8 billion on this planet, and everyone is a child of crude oil. Without crude oil and other fossil fuels, most of us simply wouldn’t exist. And without crude oil, we cannot continue to exist. As a monster, peak oil is much scarier than any of the bugaboos that the mainstream media have been proposing to us.

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    Level of stupid: Expert level.

    “MI6 Chief Faces Backlash for Saying Ukraine War Is about LGBT Rights”

    In oppositeland, and why I’m not commenting on matters right now:

    War is over! So there. Everything Ukr does is awesome and brave, everything Russians do is a stupid failure. Er…check yourself? That’s not true of anybody, anywhere. Just liked to read it though, as an alternate view.

    How do we know this, Mr. Rabo Bank? “Russia is no longer wanted in the FIFA football World Cup,”

    Well in THAT case, hold the phone! The West. Ugh.

    But the worst line of all: “Moreover, as the West gets back into the frame of mind for defense, decoupling, sacrifice, and self-reliance for its values, will it really end with Russia…?” Sacrifice things? Values? Hahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! No.

    Strangely, I hear Tim Pool among others to discuss Russia’s financial crunch and under pressure, unable to take Kiev. Are you kidding me boys? Not like since the first day in East Germany Russia understood they’d been double crossed and there was no chance of anyone, much less London, ever keeping a single word of any promise ever. London are the ones who stole Tsar ROmanov’s leased gold, then put it on a train with some NYers (Lenin and Trotsky) to then overthrow and murder Tsar and his baby children in the snow. So they’ve thought about this. As this clearly approached, much less since Obama’s funding armed Nazis and paying snipers to shoot civilians and policemen alike, which being TOTALLY ILLEGAL Russia could have stopped right then. Then with Minsk they clearly had zero expectation of it being upheld, just trying to be polite, and were completely correct. So how long? 8 years watching Ukraine ethnically cleanse their own people at 10,000 casualties, all approved heartily by NATO and the UN? How many plans then? What were they running strategies, scenarios, created new scalar weapons, drone torpedos, hypersonics.

    And then since this latest foray: it’s a coincidence it’s with Biden? It’s coincidence when the economy has cracked? It’s a coincidence it’s after Evergrande has China telling Europe to take a hike, honkey? And when the West still won’t crack, as this is do or die for the West? And then people like this say, “Putin didn’t expect…” Didn’t expect what? What, exactly? The West, dying of hubris, couldn’t be more predictable. They have done and are doing exactly ordinary, predictable things, because they are minions, incapable of thought or creation. How many scenarios over how many years on how many Russian supercomputers do you think was put on this?

    Thousands. Tens of thousands. News, pundits: “Putin is a madman, he didn’t think!” No one in Russia ever thought of confiscated assets, oligarchs, or bank runs. Nope! …Cause they think Russia does s—-y work, absent of all thought or reason like we do in the West. They think Russian intel are like our latte-sipping, pajama-wearing PMC class that haven’t won anything or had a good idea since Nixon.

    No, Russia is tiny, vulnerable, and in mortal peril – perhaps the last chapter for Russia, ever. Russia waited everything. Prepared everything. Every underground shelter in Moscow is full. Every weapon is ready, every scenario run. Every general knows what’s at stake. And they still might not win, that’s why only 30% of forces and playing chess. Europe needs to steal and kill everything and everyone in Russia. They will be happy to slow it down and create an army themselves, 8 years from now like Donbass was.

    No, Putin isn’t surprised. He’s grim. Like I am and for the same reasons. And the same reason the U.S. “resistance” has moved interminably slow, stopping everywhere with every investigator. Because you have one and ONLY ONE chance to win. The alternative is too awful to contemplate. TINA. A boot stomping on the human face, forever.

    How grave, end-of-the-world, is it? Switzerland is no longer neutral, nor are their accounts, and they have thrown in on what I expect is the losing side (predictable), against Russia. Just so more people can get killed.

    “”Looting Results in Shooting on the Spot,” Two Ukrainian Mayors Warn”

    But looting is the voice of the oppressed! Looting is speech. And stopping looting is ‘violence’. We bail out all looters and attempted assassins of Mayors, even when they are Democrats. Who? The VP for god’s sake! Proudly, on TV and reported. This after rounding up black children in her district, putting them in a chain gang, and refusing to release despite orders from a judge. Kids: prison. Murderers: release at any cost. And give them free guns if you’re Zelensky!

    Speaking of how Ukraine is/isn’t like/not like the United States where our principles exist/don’t exist there, the U.S. is defending the national border to the death – in Europe. And cares SO MUCH about who crosses it and what they do – there. But I thought no people were illegal, Joe! Therefore when Mexican Zeta or MS-13 cross the border with guns, that was happiness. We don’t stop them or even check. So when other citizens of other nations cross borders with guns 10,000 miles way, it’s bad now? And walls work? — And sadly yesterday’s polls of Democrats say they want to secure Ukraine’s border at like 40%, but not our border, at like 30%. I say hand them a rifle and let them. It’s a free country. Then they can defend a country that traffics kids in cages, arms Nazi battalions and pays for racist ethnic cleansing of their own civilians for 8 years. Racism, guns, cages, neo-Nazis, what’s not to support?

    But it gets worse. Biden is sending our few remaining border agents there. Because we don’t believe in borders. Except where we do. Which is for other countries. But not ours. Because walls work, but not for us. And stopping people from crossing is hate except when it’s love.

    “Still, he gave no sign by word or deed that he contemplated using coercive means to restore the integration of Russian and Ukraine”

    Propaganda is working wonderfully, with 10+ years of making s—t up about RussiaRussiaRussia, lyinglyinglying, they move the post of reality right off the field and out of the stadium. To anyone who’s read any history back to Bush and nation-bombing Clinton, read speeches from anyone in Russia, all the Russian pundits like Orlov or the Saker, the recent attempt at negotiations even Biden said were vital, the buildup of troops (deed), and then part two of this very short sentence, all lies. We have no idea if Putin wants to integrate Ukraine and Russia or if in fact he wants to withdraw ASAP and not be bled there. Which is the other problem reading like Victor Davis Hanson (ugh); EVERYONE in the West, even smart people, think “I know exactly what Putin is thinking, in his mind. This just in: I’m telepathic!” This applies apparently only to Putin and Trump, not say, POC where “we can never know their lived experience” (therefore believe everything they tell you and don’t try). So we’re all telepathic – to Russian dictators no less – and this is today’s sooper-schmartz. OMG can we just lose and get it over already? I can’t take the stupid.

    Nope. Everybody knows what Putin is doing, clearly having never read a single word of any speech, of any Russian leader, in 10 or 20 years.

    “The “empire of lies” term was coined by Russia’s president last Thursday,”

    Which is a lie. And he SAYS this is lie in the next sentence, when he quotes Putin “everyone in America has been saying this for years” Is that debunking? Is telling a lie and its opposite in the same sentence “disinformation”? Asking for a friend named “Tony”.

    Zelensky demands immediate no-fly zone, instant WWIII and within days, a worldwide nuclear – or other – exchange. Uh-huh. Then also people like Hanson say it’s sooper-awesomesauce that NATO can now flood the Western border with non-stop weapons…and this doesn’t cost anything, apparently? (He’s from CA and therefore math-impaired) And nothing will happen, I guess? Russia won’t do anything about it but sit there and get shot, like movie villains? Pew-Pew. JC I can’t take it. Oh and naturally “we’re” winning. What? Wait! Who is this “We” stuff? We are in Ukraine? We picked sides? We don’t even know where Ukraine is or what it looks like. “We’re” winning because of the Ghost of Kiev and mine-sweeper man, and all our postings on TikTok.

    “Freeland Caught Holding Pro-Nazi Banner At Ukraine Protest (TNC)”

    The irony is Freeland has an “I love Putin, adored him in articles and helped get him installed” banner in the other hand. So…which banner do you want to sell to the Canadian people, missy? History has you pro-Putin AND pro-Nazi. Not just in Ukr, but in Ottawa as well. Good look.

    “In the early 2000s, Colin Campbell proposed that the peak of “conventional” oil production would come around 2012. It probably did,”

    Except for Russia, Iran, Cuba, Yemen, and probably a bunch of other places like the arctic, the left and right coasts of America, sub-30,000 ft in the Gulf, 40,000ft off Brazil, and other places. But other than that, we’re all out of oil.

    Speaking of who has OUR oil, coincidentally three of those oil-remaining locations are under attack, one more or less directly this minute. How about this: we shouldn’t change our ways because there’s no oil, because there are decades or a century of oil remaining. We should do it to stop wars and preserve “the environment”, that is, life on earth. Love of the humans and the non-humans who are just as alive as we.

    I don’t know about Doctors and crimes against humanity. Clearly there’s something to the argument, you can’t know what you don’t know. However, they worked VERY hard not to know and shouted down everyone, everywhere without looking. Even once. That’s what all the disputes of the unvaxxed and unmasked were. Those people said, “We have concerns, we don’t believe” and the doctors said? The doctors did? They did not look into any research, or any of the dissenting doctors, or not a single thing their patients said or presented. And if they didn’t, that’s ACTIVELY. No dice on an alibi. Problem is, I can’t imprison them all for their active reckless disregard, although real and craven, both because much as I want to, even I can’t just give them a full sentence. And we literally can’t or there’d be like 10 doctors in America. Every one of them collaborated with the cattle cars, and are still doing it this minute today.

    But I do want them to s—t bricks and walk shame like Nazi collaborators until they learn their lesson. Not for revenge but as a lesson to others so we can change inside. Nothing changes unless some people go to jail, unless there are consequences. And truth.

    That includes market-pricing, which looks like it’s cracking right now everywhere.

    Formerly T-Bear

    RT news (streaming) is gone, inaccessible in the country. Looks like Von den Leyen (however it’s spelled, f-en spellcheck) got a case of Turdeauism. She and the rest of the leadership sheeple need go to the political abattoir including that senile, stunted at 7 year three months of mouldering maturity and bully occupying the WH. Not one should ever see public office as long as they live, and their spawn as well. Incumbency must be stopped at the voting booth before it further metastasises; no political entity or candidate exempt.

    Shells or missis were falling on Rostov as people were fleeing Donbass BEFORE the events Thursday.
    Unlike U.S. war crimes against all and sundry wedding parties, the policing action targets only military targets away fro civilian congested areas.
    Commerce has been destroyed, autarky will result reducing if not eliminating future commerce.
    Trust will not recover for generations if at all.
    Diplomacy, a completely lost art in the west, may never recover.
    The cesspool of lies and lawyers will not self correct, nor relinquish power until a greater force prevails.
    Failure to accomplish any of the above opens the door to a dark age like the world has never experienced that would be just short of a nuclear WWIII.
    Your choice.


    @brazza THANK YOU for the suggestion of Tor to get to!

    John Day

    Noirette and others who sent Zelenko-dancing videos:
    He takes choreography very well. His face is also choreographed, and his movements are precise.
    He appears to take ANY choreography well.
    This is a professional male dancer (sometimes with homoerotic stiletto heels and butt-bumps).

    This is the well-rehearsed entertainer who the owners installed, but he is also a human, so also unpredictable at some point, at some critical juncture.


    Two observations:

    In Jo Jesbo’s fictional crime novel Phantom, Gustave is a nasty character. This character is not the most intelligent individual, but he has two interesting skills:

    • Quickly can access someone’s deepest desires.
    • Get that individual to act against their own best interest.

    Klaus Schwab and other characters in our world seem to be like this Gustave character.

    People around the WEF behave like a flock of birds. The birds in the middle of the flock can control the flock’s direction, and the birds at the edge are vulnerable to predators and don’t realize by following along that they are just cannon fodder.

    Dr D Rich

    Taibbi’s encyclopedic understanding of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Feb 10th) is identical to his definition of apostate as applied to Vlad Putin, perfectly inverted.

    Narcissists are filled with an unimaginable amount of self-hatred and recrimination, so much so that in order to survive “with themselves” the entire ocean of disgust must be projected onto other people. However, the Narcissists are even more skilled at convincing third parties that the targets of their projections deserve the blame and condemnation. Enter the coordinated third party chorus of wingmen and flying monkeys arrayed against Putin’s Russia.

    Putin might very well be truer to whatever political religion Taibbi references as the institution which failed to live up to both its standards and ideals.
    I am reminded of my Roman Catholic church’s public efforts to hide the priest-pedophile scandal while asserting the moral high ground of “always willing to accept the apostate victims” back to the church. Renouncing the church and its doctrine is not an apostasy except in the adulterated mind of the church-cult devotee. The same principle applies to Vladimir. Putin clearly understands the distinction that completely evades Taibbi, but Matt was there and so was Vlad. Most often the maddening crowd is mad and wrong. And my God can we agree it takes genuine spine to stand alone and refuse to suck up to rich people or your idiot boss?
    Perhaps the most important thing we learn from Taibbi’s straddling the dilemma is we see exactly where Matt stands.
    So there’s that…


    RT is still available on the Android RT App.


    The world believes Israel and Ukraine
    The world does not believe Russia and Palestine
    28 Feb, 2022 18:38

    No plans to occupy Ukraine, Russia tells UN
    Moscow seeks to “demilitarize and denazify” Kiev, ambassador tells the UN General Assembly
    • Putin Slams West’s ‘Empire Of Lies’ (RT)
    “…… stop Kiev from trying to launch an all-out assault on the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in the country’s east, the Kremlin has explained.

    …… 8 years watching Ukraine ethnically cleanse their own people at 10,000 casualties, all approved heartily by NATO and the UN? ”


    Spartacus Returns
    March 1, 2022
    Is above my pay grade.
    Is for decision makers


    From what I can observe, our access to information from the Ukraine is being actively sensored, because this information doesn’t support the narrative being spun by the west.

    We have seen very little “new” news since this story’s beginning.

    One video, my brother saw, showed an Ukrainian driving on a highway, stopping beside a Russian tank, sitting alone on the side of the road, and saying in Russian to the tank crew, “Did they needed a tow back to Russia?” The Russian tank crew just laughed and said they had run out of gas!

    Not your CNN’s war.

    Figmund Sreud

    Jeez, … WallStreet has a problem with that, snip:

    “Booting Russia from the critical global system – which handles 42 million messages a day and serves as a lifeline to some of the world’s biggest financial institutions – could backfire, sending inflation higher, pushing Russia closer to China, and shielding financial transactions from scrutiny by the west. It might also encourage the development of a SWIFT alternative that could eventually damage the supremacy of the US dollar.”

    … imagine.

    Wall Street Counsels Washington Against Kicking Russia Off SWIFT



    @Dr. D Rich

    Astute observation and commentary. I thought exactly the same. Thanks.

    John Day

    Trying in vain to post this morning, reducing to less and less:

    Empire of Rent

    Please see the Michael Hudson lead piece.

    John Day

    Yeah, it looks like the Hudson piece (on The Saker blog) is what is getting blocked. I’ll try this war news from South Front.

    Positions in the Ukraine ground war are not moving much at this point, at least as far as information is available to assess. A lot of preparations for the next phase are being made inside and outside of cities. In this “brotherly war”, it remains undecided how the cities will be negotiated. It will likely be on a case by case basis, as it has been so far.

    The west wants Russia to be caught in a quagmire in Ukraine. Russia wants to arrest nazis, agree on a friendly government, trade pieces of Ukraine to appease Poland, declare the coastlines to be independent countries, and get out.
    That’s a lot. The first 2 will do for the moment, I suspect,

    DPR Forces Vow To Fully Encircle Mariupol Today. Battle For Kharkov Continues (Video)

    Figmund Sreud

    Latest from CBC Radio, … CBC Music that is ( )

    Sixty kilometres long Russian military convoy on the main road to Kiev parked – according to Maxar supplied photos – no pictures provided on the radio ( ), all waiting for an imminent signal to invade the city. Yes, … story repeated now every hour, on the hour since 6:00 a.m. MT

    … so everyone knows!



    Food for thought
    Even though Gazprom continues to pump gas into the energy crisis-stricken continent, there are genuine risks that supply disruptions could be seen or at least pipeline capacity into Europe might not be able to inject enough gas to refill supplies ahead of next winter, which could very well result in higher energy prices.

    How are the refugees going to be feed?
    How will the destroyed infrastructures going to be repaired?
    (Same way as in the middle east)


    One perspective on the events that are unfolding. I found it informative.

    Glazyev said:
    The entire crisis in Ukraine was orchestrated, provoked, and financed by American institutions in cooperation with their European partners. They financed neo-Nazis. For fifteen years, the U.S. and Europeans financed neo-Nazis’ training, their camps, and preparation. By U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s acknowledgement, the State Department spent $5 billion on the creation of an anti-Russian political and paramilitary elite. This work led to the sad situation that now in Ukraine neo-Nazi and neo-fascists ideas prevail, as does admiration for, more than anything, Stepan Bandera’s associates who in their time murdered Jews, Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, and whomever they wanted, burning or otherwise killing them under Nazi leadership.


    Reverse mRNA transcription sounds very dangerous. What is the actual result? Does it mean that the affected cells will continue to produce spike proteins forever?

    Michael Reid

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    The old Soviet Russia encompassed roughly 500 million people at it’s zenith. The people living below the poverty line was about 14 million.

    When the old Soviet Russia collapsed and the Wolfs of Wall St came in to gut the place, over the next seven years, the people living below the poverty line rose to 168 million.

    That many people living below the poverty line produced depression, mental health failures of all kinds, crime, murder, robbery, undernourishment, suicide and over all despair. Many Russians had their life savings evaporate over night and reduced them to utter poverty in their old age.

    The Russians old enough still vividly remember this.

    The West’s latest propaganda crusade to financially attack Russia seeks to reproduce this same state of affairs today.

    SWIFT is already a dinosaur, this latest puffery by the US to weaponize it will it fact put a bullet in the back of it’s sorry head and a shallow grave in the woods. RIP SWIFT.

    Depriving the EU of Russian oil and gas is another awarding winning chess move from the EuroTards© to the bahbahbah Sheeple of the mighty sub continent, rump end of Eursia, especially the TeutonicTards© with their awesome Eco-green energy generation Fantasia.

    China is now first in line for Russia’s VAST natural resources. EuroTardland© can became the ‘mud people’ of Eurasia, kind of what they were during the last Dark Ages. Being America’s bitchz and all, EuroTardland© needs to fashion a Zircon faux diamond leather poodle collar and sit up and bark like a trained seal begging for smelts from their Masters in the Pathocracy.

    How about this:

    Russia, which produces two-thirds of the world’s ammonium nitrate (fertilizer), will not be exporting it at least for another month

    How about they redirect their 2/3s of the world’s ammonium nitrate (fertilizer) AWAY from Western countries farmer this growing season?

    Delay the release of Russian fertilizer to the west to MISS the spring planting!

    Wow, I wonder what that will do to food prices and Bed Pan Biden’s America the Beautiful.

    No soup for you ® !!! (register trademark of the Soup Nazi®)

    So the Western financial Ponzi can absorb the shock of super high energy costs AND super expensive food! Sounds like a Plan!!!

    Follow the money: How Russia Will Bypass Western Economic Warfare
    Pepe Escobar

    Towards the end of the article:

    Let’s confiscate some technology

    “the lethal weapon in Russia’s arsenal of responses has been identified by the head of the Center for Economic Research of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements (IGSO),

    Vasily Koltashov:

    the key is to confiscate technology – as in Russia ceasing to recognize US rights to patents.

    Ouch, there’s some butthurt in there somewhere.

    In what he qualifies as “liberating American intellectual property,” Koltashov calls for passing a Russian law on “friendly and unfriendly states.

    If a country turns out to be on the unfriendly list, then we can start copying its technologies in pharmaceuticals, industry, manufacturing, electronics, medicine. It can be anything – from simple details to chemical compositions.”

    This would require amendments to the Russian constitution.

    Koltashov maintains that “one of the foundations of success of American industry was copying of foreign patents for inventions.”

    Hahahaha, yes, the US has ripped off many a country. During WWII, US specialists operating just behind frontlines vacuumed up as many Nazi techno inventions and patents as possible an funneled them to US corporations for free! Yay, go USA!

    Now, Russia could use “China’s extensive know-how with its latest technological production processes for copying western products: the release of American intellectual property will cause damage to the United States to the amount of around $10 trillion, only in the first stage.

    It will be a disaster for them.”

    As it stands, the strategic stupidity of the EU[tards] beggars belief.

    China is ready to grab all Russian natural resources – with Europe left as a pitiful hostage of the oceans and of wild speculators.

    It looks like a total EU-Russia split is ahead – with little trade left and zero diplomacy.”

    Michael Reid

    @ WES

    The river has been unsuitable for travel all winter with the ice having broken up and refreezing multiple times.

    I will attempt to post a photo of some of the manual wood harvesting tools per the following steps:

    1. Open the automatic earth and login
    2. Start writing your comment on TAE
    3. Take picture with my iPhone
    4. Go to this site:
    5. Click on “Choose images”
    6. Photo library
    7. Select the image
    8. Add and wait for the links to show up
    9. Copy what is in the direct link box
    10. To insert a picture into your comment click IMG above the comment box
    11. A pop up appears stating Enter The URL of the image
    12. Delete http:// from the box
    13. Paste or type the direct link
    14. Click OK
    15. Again click OK
    16. Click submit to post the comment

    Figmund Sreud

    Russia, which produces two-thirds of the world’s ammonium nitrate (fertilizer), will not be exporting it at least for another month

    Have a look at NTR:


    Formerly T-Bear

    This was on

    YouTube has blocked the channels of RT and Sputnik for all European users, the platform, owned by Google parent company Alphabet Inc., announced on Tuesday. The block came with immediate effect, the statement said, citing the “ongoing war in Ukraine.”

    RT International is among the most popular news services on YouTube and currently has 4.66 million subscribers. Its content remains available on alternative platforms like Odysee and Rumble.

    Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, announced it will restrict European users from accessing RT and Sputnik on its platforms after receiving “requests from a number of governments.”

    US-based tech platforms previously banned the Russian news organizations from monetizing their content. RT and Sputnik broadcasts were banned by some EU nations, with a bloc-wide ban currently in the pipeline.

    Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine last Thursday, claiming it was necessary to demilitarize the country and put a stop to threats posed by NATO’s creeping expansion into Ukraine.

    Western nations retaliated with massive economic sanctions and other restrictions. The goal, according to French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, is to “wage a total economic and financial war” against Moscow and to “cause the collapse of the Russian economy.”

    Figures an alphabet company was behind ‘Information Deprivation’; You Are Not Allowed. The question now is: Will adults ever regain control of governance?


    It seems via some news (see top post, e.g. Gonzalo Lira ..) that everything is being done to create mayhem on the streets in East Ukr.

    Handing out weapons to citizens who don’t know how to use them or what / why they act, or .. what they are supposed to do; freeing prisoners to ‘fight’; opening up joining the Army with no age limits; conscripting men aged up to 60 forcibly (I have read, don’t know if true, in fact all of this is hearsay)..

    Creating many oppos for photos, short vid ops to ‘enjoin’ the W (USA in first place), the public all over, to offer strident support for UKR, to intervene (militarily…) to uphold ‘Ukrainian sovereignty’ and save ‘Ukranians’ from the invading blood-thirsty Russian hordes.

    The ppl promoting these stories are Pols, W. stooges, ppl installed by the W, etc. etc.

    All from Feb. 27:

    Liz Truss, GB Foreign Min., supports Brit fighters just going off, on a whim, to UKR to fight.

    She completely by-passes all instituted UK bodies (like Parliament), all ‘war’ laws and rules, all ‘international order’ agreements, and more.

    The Military Times (USA), published, Want to go fight in Ukr, here is what to do.

    Ukranians abroad (outside their country) reportedly want to retun ‘home’ to fight, hmm.




    Your estimate of a peak of 500 million people in the Soviet Union seems a bit high. The highest I get is 286 million in 1989.

    But apart from that, a very good comment.

    Europe is euphoric, in a very bad way. Lots of people saying: wean us off Russian gas! What, so you need gas from Qatar, or China? Didn’t you have “ethical” problems with those places too? Besides, Russian gas come through pipes. The others, and throw in the US here, require LNG capable tankers and ports. They must be built. Want to do a cost comparison of that, and then tell your people it’s really worth it to pay 3x as much for the rest of their lives?

    Figmund Sreud

    What, so you need gas from Qatar, or China?

    … or Canada? Yes, … Pierre Poilievre, Member of the House of Commons of Canada:



    Dr D:
    “ But I do want them to s—t bricks and walk shame like Nazi collaborators until they learn their lesson. Not for revenge but as a lesson to others so we can change inside. Nothing changes unless some people go to jail, unless there are consequences. And truth.”

    Thank you Dr D for the response. I agree. It can’t just be an “oh, well.” Although capital punishment or imprisonment would not be appropriate. The mistakes of the doctors who were deceived or just “got along to get along” or to save their jobs or justified it based on their ability to continue to treat their patients are no different than the millions of others who did the same — except that doctors have specialized training in medicine and science, they are trusted to use this training and their experience for the benefit of their patients, and the Hippocratic Oath exists for this reason. So when doctors fail to do their own thinking and research and as a result violate their Oath, the harm that they cause to others is much greater than that of the average person.


    Klaus Scab and his minions of blood drinking demons want to destroy concept of the Nation-State in the West in order to smash and grab all the assets that will spill out like an over ripe piñata.

    They want to destroy the US as a functioning country and sell it for parts.

    Depopulating and fatally weakening the US with Covid Deathshots and the overwhelming medical consequences and costs of the Vax is just the opening set of rabbit punches to the gut for the late great USA.

    The idea is to turn it into the USSA

    Crushing debt and rentier fees for everything.

    Wait until Americans have to rent their clothing and the tires on their cars! Hahahaha

    So provoking Russia to a first strike nuclear attack on the US is a good think for Klaus Scab.

    Gets rid of a bothersome Nation-State full of useless eaters and furthers a cause of One World Government.

    Back in the USSA



    I meant to type 300 million


    Some interesting work here from 2018 and may work into the present situation going on in Europe. The conclusion at the end of part two is what made me sit up.

    A Practical Exercise Suggestion for Peak Oil Sceptics

    And so the ominous crossing of the lines (which would define the probable time of serious conflict between the nuclear powers, whilest ignoring the 4,000 millions without nuclear weapons) would take place…. In 2023!!!

    The author admits that in this initial excercise there could be some data missing. He could have made a mistake, made unreal suppositions. He has discounted the dicovery of gigantic oil finds which have been overlooked up till now, seeing as they have not been discovered in the last decade with all the modern exploration technology available. He could have underestimated that the change to a 100% renewable world is going to appear with stratospheric velocity, with electric scooters, bikes and cars for hire, with the unprecedented advance in carsharing or carpooling or carkfaking and other possible nonsense.

    For all of this, I offer you the page of calculations which have led me to arrive at these conclusions. They are freely accessable to the public reader, so that if they wish, they might improve, correct, estimate in a different way, add in the data they deem reasonable, justified or opportune, and send it back to us. So that they might perhaps arrive at projections of a different orientation.


    Years ago I read a study about putting a LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) terminal in Boston Harbor.

    The worst case scenario was a massive pressure leak that expanded across the surface of the entire harbor at night with the weather in a temperature inversion, gas is heavier than air, so that the gas plume got quite a head start fanning out over the harbor water.

    Then it ignites.

    The estimate said the resulting explosion would be second only to a small nuclear device but that it would set everything on fire for a 5 mile radius with no chance of enough fire suppression equipment in the Great Boston area to deal with it.

    Basically much of Boston would burn to the ground.

    So they put the LNG terminals offshore underwater about 13 miles out so outside the harbor if trouble happened it would minimize the damage.

    Pressurized gas on a ship is a very expensive piece of kit. About $200 million plus to built one plus $320,000 a day to operate shipping gas.

    Eurotardland is gonna take it up the old wazoo buying gas from the USSA.


    Safe and effective




    I sense a #deflatedmember


    Sorry not sorry


    I posted this way too late yesterday, but amazingly it’s still up. Qbert at NC must still have spike proteins on the brain.

    Before Biden sends us all to the radioactive goop wasteland, let me just say I found this hilarious.

    How it got through Qbert’s filter I don’t know.

    An excerpt:

    “My friends were in trouble. I hadn’t even had my morning vaccines or Remdesivir’d my penis, but I had to move fast. I kissed my Fauci (MBUH) poster (on the lips), put on my hazmat, and ran towards downtown. It was complete chaos in the streets. An angry mob had assembled outside of Starbucks demanding to be QR coded before they ordered their dingleberry frappuccinos and wrote things on their laptops. A hysterical woman stopped me in distress; “PLEASE SIR, PLEASE SCAN MY PHONE! TELL ME I’M A GOOD CITIZEN!” she pleaded. I wanted to help, but I had to find Karl. Her chilling screams for validation will haunt me for the rest of my life.”

    Humor is one of the few things that can keep sanity when all around is madness.


    Breaking – Ardern has sent in large numbers of cops early this morning with riot shields and pepper spray to clear out the protesters in front of the NZ Parliament.

    As the protesters said: the Ardern administration talked to the Taliban, they talked to the Mongrel Mob (an NZ motorcycle gang that they financed with community projects), but they wouldn;t talk to us.

    Just like Canada – dark days for another of the 5 eyes pseudo-democracies..


    Michael Reid:

    That is some serious wood cutting/debranching/splitting hardware you have acquired! Some of those heads must weight 5 to 10 pounds!

    Sadly, I wouldn’t be able to use them for very long these days. I have found my arm joints just can’t take the pounding they used to be able to do, therefore screws vs nails. I also hurt my right should last fall and it still hasn’t recovered any over the winter. I pulled something for sure. Sadly I would be forced to get or make a wood splitter.

    I have often thought of making one using a hand driven hydraulic pump with a cylinder. When I was building blast hole drills, in a former life, the drill came with a hydraulic hand pump and cylinder to tighten the tension on the crawler pads as they wore. But usually by the time the drill was built it had disappeared. I always figured that others had the very same idea too.

    I see you have put up auxiliary solar panels. If your lack of sunny days matches mine (solar cooker) then your batteries are not being fully re-charged due to the endless days of cloudy weather.

    It looks like you have less snow than we do here in Toronto!

    This afternoon we took my daughter to the airport for her 3 week remote working from Orlando trip.

    Right now I am just cooling my heels until the sap starts up again on March 6th. I made blueberry pancakes for my daughter this morning, and got my first taste of homemade maple syrup! Very clear and sweet (Grade No. 1) but does not yet have the strong dark maple flavor (Grade No. 3 or 4 – the bottom of the barrel!) that I prefer which only comes at the very end of the sap season.

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