Mar 302022
 


Pablo Picasso The artist and his model 1926

 

Ukraine SitRep – Part II Of Russia’s Military Operation Unfolds (MoA)
Col Douglas Macgregor’s Updated Opinion on Ukraine-Russia Conflict (CTH)
Russia, Ukraine & the Law of War: Crime of Aggression (Ritter)
US Top Commander In Europe Forced To Rebut Latest Biden Remarks
You Will Pay In Rubles! No? (Denninger)
Why Saudi Arabia Won’t Abandon Dollars for Yuan (Lacalle)
America Is Dismantling The Pillars Of Its Own Empire – Saudi Editor (JPost)
Ontario Cop Charged For Posting Video Praising Truckers (TC)
Miranda Devine: ‘Dam Is About To Burst’ On Hunter Biden Scandal (Fox)
CIA Officer Who Signed Hunter Laptop Letter Claims Credit for Trump Loss (ET)
Obama, Hunter Biden Ties To Ukraine Biolabs Get Fresh Scrutiny (JTN)
Biden Got 255,000 ‘Excess’ Votes In Fraud-tainted Swing States In 2020 (WT)
Democrats Push Garland To Come Down On Uncooperative Trump Allies (Axios)

 

 

 

 

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• “One U.S. official said they do not believe the reports of the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was poisoned during peace talks in Ukraine. ”

• “This Bellingcat/WSJ poisoning story has got to be one of the biggest disinformation fails of the entire Ukraine war. Within a few hours it was denied by the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and by the fact that Abramovich himself was fine attending the peace talks in Turkey.”

 

• “Two anonymous US officials trying to subvert ceasefire negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. One tells CNN they are worried EU countries will “press Ukraine to accept a peace deal to end the fighting.”

 

 

Ukraine no longer has an army. What few units are left are encircled and fully isolated from each other.

Ukraine SitRep – Part II Of Russia’s Military Operation Unfolds (MoA)

Overview: The Russian military operation in Ukraine began with a rather small force of some 150.000+ men against a much larger (including reservist and territorial forces) Ukrainian force of some 400.000. The Russian force used maneuver warfare to fix the larger Ukrainian forces into place. It attacked on a large front and threatened major population concentrations, i.e. cities. The Russian operations started with the destruction of the Ukrainian command and control network. Over the last four weeks the Ukrainian navy, its airforce, its radars and air defenses and a huge number of its armored vehicles were destroyed. Throughout the last week fuel depots all over the Ukraine were attacked and destroyed over night. Ukraine’s large ammunition depots are gone.

Military production and repair facilities have likewise been destroyed. The Ukraine is no longer able to move large numbers of troops between the various fronts. Its army has lost its mobility. While this was ongoing threats to Kiev, Odessa and other large Ukrainian cities have held significant numbers of Ukrainian troops in place and prevented reinforcements to move to the east. There units from the Donetsk and Luhansk republics attacked the 60,000 strong main force of the Ukrainian army to keep it in place. This allowed Russian forces from Crimea and from the Russian border in the north to move into positions that will now enable them to envelope the east.

Details: 1/ The move east and west of Kiev was, as I have said for a while, a feint to fix mobile Ukrainian units around their capital city. The feint is no longer needed as the Ukrainian army has now lost its mobility. The Russian troops around Kiev and Chernigov will be mostly withdrawn probably up to Chernobyl where a part of them may take defensive positions while most of the units deployed around Kiev will be moved back to Belarus and Russia for new operations in eastern Ukraine.
2/ Fighting around Kharkiv is ongoing. Ukrainian counterattacks on that front have failed and the next phase of the war will see increased activities there.
3/ The move on the west side of the Dnjepr river towards the important industrial area of Kryvyi Rih and on to Dnipro has been relatively slow. The move on the eastern side of the Dnjepr towards Dnipro has been at the same speed. Note that the western and eastern parts of those fronts are at the same level. They are well coordinated. The next phase will probably see more movement on the eastern side of the river.
4/ There are still a few pockets of Azov fighters in Mariupol with the main units encircled in the vast Azovstal steelworks. They have little food and ammunition and the Chechen unites of the Russian army and national guard are working to dig them out. The Russian forces that encircled and stormed Mariupol are now freed up and will be moved to attack further north.
5/ Ukrainian forces at Mykolaiv have attempted counterattacks in the direction of Kherson. These have failed.

Prospects: The Russian command has decided to now concentrate on enveloping and destroying Ukraine’s main forces at the Donetsk front. These are the most heavy equipped and most experienced units of the Ukrainian army. Since last fall some 60,000 men had been assembled there for a full fledged war on Donetsk, an attack that the Russian operation successfully preempted. It will probably take a few days for the Russian forces to regroup and resupply for that next phase of the war. I expect it to start around the end of this week. The U.S. and Polish military are helping to smuggle small arms stuff through the western Ukrainian boarder. These are anti-tank missiles, old short range anti-air missiles as well as machine guns, mortars and ammunition.

This is equipment for a guerilla war against an occupation force. But except for the east and maybe some parts in the south the Russian forces do not plan to occupy anything. Those regions are steppe, very flat with little woods, where one can see an approaching enemy from miles away. It will be extremely difficult for a guerilla force to survive there. That is likely the reason why the Russian forces have done little to interrupt the arms smuggling into western Ukraine. (Those smuggled weapons will for years haunt the ‘western’ Europeans as they are certain to proliferate to right-wing extremist groups all over the continent.)

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Voice of reason.

Col Douglas Macgregor’s Updated Opinion on Ukraine-Russia Conflict (CTH)

Col Douglas Macgregor appears for an interview with Dave Smith on his “Part Of The Problem” podcast. Col Macgregor gives his status update on the Ukraine and Russian military along with some excellent background information on the U.S. cultural issues which are driving the U.S. position. Additionally, Macgregor overlays the economic battle both domestically and geopolitically with the currency war and talks about economic repercussions for the U.S., NATO countries, Ukraine and Russia. As noted by Macgregor when the Biden administration turned favorably toward Iran the Saudis immediately realized it was in their best interest to withdraw strategic support for the U.S. It’s a good interview that goes into much more depth than the average media appearance, and permits discussion of multiple facets of the conflict in/around Ukraine. The video is prompted to begin at 17:34 when the Ukraine discussion begins.

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Ukraine history started on Feb 24. That is convenient for the West.

Russia, Ukraine & the Law of War: Crime of Aggression (Ritter)

Concerns that any attempt to carve a doctrine of pre-emption out of the four corners of international law defined by Article 51 of the U.N. Charter would result in the creation of new rules of international engagement, and that that would result in the breakdown of international order were realized on Feb. 24. That is when Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Article 51 as his authority, ordered what he called a “special military operation” against Ukraine for the ostensible purpose of eliminating neo-Nazi affiliated military formations accused of carrying out acts of genocide against the Russian-speaking population of the Donbass, and for dismantling a Ukrainian military Russia believed served as a de facto proxy of the NATO military alliance.

Putin laid out a detailed case for pre-emption, detailing the threat that NATO’s eastward expansion posed to Russia, as well as Ukraine’s ongoing military operations against the Russian-speaking people of the Donbass. “[T]he showdown between Russia and these forces,” Putin said, “cannot be avoided. It is only a matter of time. They are getting ready and waiting for the right moment. Moreover, they went as far as aspire to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not let this happen.” NATO and Ukraine, Putin declared, “did not leave us [Russia] any other option for defending Russia and our people, other than the one we are forced to use today. In these circumstances, we have to take bold and immediate action. The people’s republics of Donbass have asked Russia for help. In this context, in accordance with Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, with permission of Russia’s Federation Council, and in execution of the treaties of friendship and mutual assistance with the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic, ratified by the Federal Assembly on February 22, I made a decision to carry out a special military operation.”

Putin’s case for invading Ukraine has, not surprisingly, been widely rejected in the West. “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” Amnesty International declared, “is a manifest violation of the United Nations Charter and an act of aggression that is a crime under international law. Russia is in clear breach of its international obligations. Its actions are blatantly against the rules and principles on which the United Nations was founded.”

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“When initially asked Monday about this “training the Ukrainian troops” remark, Biden offered the dubious explanation that he was actually referencing he himself “being with and talking with the Ukrainian troops who are in Poland.”

US Top Commander In Europe Forced To Rebut Latest Biden Remarks (ZH)

In yet another awkward contradiction out of this US administration concerning Ukraine, which at this point seems to come almost daily, the head of US European Command was forced to issue a contrary explanation after Biden on Monday said multiple times that US forces are “helping train” Ukrainian troops in Poland. This triggered a rebuttal of the US Commander-in-Chief from Gen. Tod Wolters, who also serves as NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe. On Tuesday Gen. Wolters denied that the US is currently training Ukraine forces in Poland. “I do not believe that we are in the process of currently training military forces from Ukraine in Poland,” the top general told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. He said further according to The Hill when pressed on Biden’s series of statements, which the White House had later sought to downplay as gaffes and merely lacking in nuance:

“There are liaisons that are there that are being given advice,” Wolters told Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), without elaborating further. “And that’s different than [what] I think you’re referring to with respect training.” But again, as we detailed earlier, Biden had actually asserted that American forces were training Ukrainians in Poland multiple times, strongly suggesting this was anything but “confusion” or a mere gaffe on the president’s part… National security adviser Jake Sullivan previously stated that the US currently has 10,500 troops in Poland, some of which the president visited over the weekend. Across Europe, Washington has bolstered its presence to the tune of 100,000 total troops. The U.S. has 10,500 troops in Poland as part of the 100,000 total that it has stationed across Europe, told reporters.

When initially asked Monday about this “training the Ukrainian troops” remark, Biden offered the dubious explanation that he was actually referencing he himself “being with and talking with the Ukrainian troops who are in Poland.” But it remains that not only his own advisers have had to offer repeat corrections, but now even the US head of European Command in Senate testimony. This goes beyond an awkward situation, but even into the realm of dangerous, given many of these walked-back remarks serve as a huge provocation to Russia (especially Saturday’s regime change statement fiasco from Warsaw).

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Cut off date is tomorrow.

“Since the imposing parties of said sanctions include the recipients of the gas this is legally and functionally the same as agreeing to pay $50,000 for a car and then getting in it and driving away after putting a stop payment order on the check.”

You Will Pay In Rubles! No? (Denninger)

“BERLIN — The Group of Seven major economies have agreed to reject Moscow’s demand to pay for Russian natural gas exports in rubles, the German energy minister said Monday. Robert Habeck told reporters that “all G-7 ministers agreed completely that this (would be) a one-sided and clear breach of the existing contracts.” He said officials from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada met Friday to coordinate their position and that European Union representatives also were present.” So what? It was also a breach of “contract” to seize property and money of both Russia and private citizens who happen to be Russian, the latter in particular being done without evidence presented that a crime has been committed for which such a forfeit is reasonably tied to the alleged crime.

I get it that nation states often thing of contracts and private property rights as “quaint”, say much less a basic right to life. After all war, by its nature, vitiates all such claimed pleasantries. The very nature of war means that once you take sides expecting anyone on the other side to do anything for you is rather foolish. This is the price that is exacted when you extend the concept of “trade blunting the will to use bullets” into not just voluntary associations but essential goods and services where you have no reasonable substitutes available. Of course the G7 nations can refuse to pay for their gas in Rubles and argue that such a demand is a unilateral breach of the agreements made with Russia.

However, the sanctions are a unilateral and prior breach of the same agreements by the G7, since the G7 agreed to pay for said gas, and with the sanctions in place the payment cannot be made. Since the imposing parties of said sanctions include the recipients of the gas this is legally and functionally the same as agreeing to pay $50,000 for a car and then getting in it and driving away after putting a stop payment order on the check. In the common vernacular that’s fraud. Nobody is going to let you get away with that if they can help it and, if you manage to get away with it once the second time you won’t get the car until you prove you can deliver to the other party good funds for both the new and the previous vehicle you stole by conversion.

Thus while Germany and other nations can refuse to pay in Rubles it is equally true that by breaching the covenant implied in all commercial transactions to deliver good funds in exchange for the good or service, which the G7 has done, the contract has been vitiated by the G7 and, in point of fact, Russia has delivered natural gas without being paid for the last month. There’s no reason for them to continue to do that and thus it is entirely reasonable for them to shut the pipelines down until the sanctions are lifted and every single Dollar or Euro due for the previously-delivered volume is safely in Russia and available for use. Just because Putin is a bastard doesn’t mean that, on this matter, he is not correct.

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Why Saudi Arabia Won’t Abandon Dollars for Yuan (Lacalle)

There are numerous articles mentioning that Saudi Arabia may use the yuan, China’s domestic currency, for its oil exports. How much does Saudi Arabia export to China? According to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, the kingdom’s main exports are to China ($45.8B), India ($25.1B), Japan ($24.5B), South Korea ($19.5B), and the United States ($12.2B). Exports of crude oil reached $145 billion in total. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter at $145 billion, and China the largest buyer at $204 billion, with 2019 figures. Saudi Arabia’s public accounts are exemplary. From a 4.8 percent deficit, the kingdom expects a surplus in 2022, and its ratio of public debt to GDP (gross domestic product) is 30.8 percent, one of the lowest in the world.

Does Saudi Arabia need to use the yuan at all? No. Its foreign currency reserves including gold stood at $472.8 billion in 2020 despite the pandemic-led slump in exports and oil demand. Is it under any pressure to change currency? Even less so. Its reserves comfortably cover its external debt, giving it an enviable level of stability compared to other OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) nations that have large trade and fiscal deficits. What would Saudi Arabia gain from using the yuan? Not higher exports to China. China needs its oil imports more than Saudi Arabia needs China’s domestic currency. There is no real evidence that exports to China would fall if Saudi Arabia continued to use the US dollar.

Yuan utilization in global transactions is very limited. Considering figures compiled by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, Bloomberg noted that “activity in the renminbi, as the currency is also called, rose to its second-highest level ever in 2021.” However, that means a stubbornly modest 2.7 percent of the market versus the 41 percent of the dollar, which has held the top slot for decades. The euro is used in 36.6 percent of global transactions, the British pound in 5.9 percent—more than double the use of the yuan despite the United Kingdom’s being a much smaller economy—and the Japanese yen is used as much as the yuan at 2.6 percent.

More importantly, despite the large increase in importance of the Chinese economy globally, the yuan’s importance as a currency has barely improved from its high in 2015, when it reached the fourth spot. Why is the yuan only used in 2.7 percent of global transactions despite being 14 percent of the world’s GDP, and what happened in 2015? The yuan is the only currency issued by a global economic leader that has capital controls and fixed pricing. As such, any holder of the Chinese currency faces the constant threat of an abrupt devaluation and the inability to use the currency freely in payments. And that is exactly what happened in 2015. The Chinese central bank announced an aggressive devaluation.

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Iran. Saudi and Israel vs US.

America Is Dismantling The Pillars Of Its Own Empire – Saudi Editor (JPost)

The Saudi-US relationship is in the throes of a crisis. As a Saudi who went to college in the US, loves America and wants to see it strong, I am increasingly disturbed by the unreality of the American discussion about the subject, which often fails to acknowledge just how deep and serious the rift has grown. A more realistic discussion should focus on one word: “Divorce.” When President Barack Obama negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran, we Saudis understood him to be seeking the breakup of a 70-year marriage. How could we not? After all, the flaws in the deal are well known. It paves a path for Iran to a nuclear bomb. It fills the war chest of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has spread militias across the Arab world armed with precision-guided munitions to maim and kill people who formerly looked to America to help guarantee their safety.

This past weekend, Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined a conference in the Negev, hosted by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and attended by a number of Arab foreign ministers. Blinken used this occasion to paper over the rift that the nuclear deal has created by presenting an image of regional solidarity, but the region is not deceived. Sold disingenuously to the American public as an arms control agreement, the deal is an assault on the regional order that the United States established in the aftermath of World War II. Explicitly hostile to Saudi Arabia, to say nothing of America’s other greatest ally in the region, Israel, the deal replaces the former American-led regional security structure with a concert system in which Iran, backed by Russia and China, becomes America’s new subcontractor while America’s former allies—the Gulf States and Israel— are demoted to second-tier status.

Most importantly, to its authors, the deal takes the United States out of the business of containing Iran, which in response has further ramped up its attacks on regional peace and stability. Last Friday, as Blinken prepared for his trip to David Ben Gurion’s old kibbutz of Sde Boker, the Iranian-backed Houthi militia launched a rocket attack against Aramco in Jeddah. This attack was only the latest in a long series of brazen attacks that Iran has conducted, either directly from its own soil or indirectly through proxies. During the Obama and Biden administrations, Iran’s aggressions have been met with American calls for “de-escalation” and frequent blaming of the Kingdom for a conflict we did not seek with terrorists on our borders backed by Iran — a foreign power which the Biden administration is promising to enrich with hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Russia will also get a cut, which will no doubt go towards funding its war in Ukraine.

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If the Jan 6 committee can claim insurrection, so can Justin.

Ontario Cop Charged For Posting Video Praising Truckers (TC)

A Durham police officer who posted a video of herself speaking in support of the Freedom Convoy as it headed towards Ottawa is now facing charges under Ontario’s Police Services Act. Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) had originally announced they were investigating Constable Erin Howard in January after she posted the 1-minute video to a now-deactivated Twitter account. DRPS spokesperson Chris Bovie confirmed to True North on Tuesday that Howard is now charged under the Police Services Act with two counts each of discreditable conduct, insubordination and breach of confidence. Howard appeared in full uniform in the video on Jan. 24, the same day the Freedom Convoy’s western fleet headed through Alberta. In it, she called the truckers “true heroes” and said she would be in Ottawa to speak when they arrived.


“I’m just – I really wanted to give a shout-out to all the truckers. I think what you guys are doing is incredible. You’re fighting for rights and freedoms. And right now, it feels like we’re a little bit at war, and those rights and freedoms are at stake. So, you guys are honestly true heroes. What you’re doing is just incredible. I will be in Ottawa when you guys roll in. I’m going to be speaking on behalf of Police on Guard. And we are thrilled – thrilled and honoured – to be able to be there. I can’t wait to meet you guys. Hope to talk to a lot of you in person. Anyway, just wanted to give you guys a shout-out and some support, and keep rolling, and we’ll see you in Ottawa.”

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Let’s hope for transparency.

Miranda Devine: ‘Dam Is About To Burst’ On Hunter Biden Scandal (Fox)

Fox News contributor Miranda Devine reacted on “Outnumbered” Tuesday to the federal tax probe into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings gaining momentum as some media outlets begin to acknowledge the “bombshell” controversy surrounding his infamous laptop. MIRANDA DEVINE: That’s just another extraordinary mistruth from President Biden there. He did that throughout the campaign. He pretended that he knew nothing about his son Hunter’s overseas business dealings. There’s plenty of evidence on the laptop and Tony Bobulinski’s material and the material that Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson collected for their Senate investigation and are currently presenting to Congress — and I think they’re going to be doing that on a regular basis, to show links between Hunter Biden and Communist China.


There’s also evidence that Joe Biden financially benefited from Hunter Biden’s grift and his brother, Jim Biden’s grift, with these countries which are crucial to America’s national security interest. The lack of curiosity from most of the media is repellent and really corrupt. But I think the dam is about to burst. We have Hunter Biden looking at indictments coming out of that a grand jury in Delaware. You see The New York Times and The Washington Post are now sniffing around. They’ve admitted the laptop is real, and they have realized this is a bombshell story.

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“I take special pride in personally swinging the election away from Trump..”

CIA Officer Who Signed Hunter Laptop Letter Claims Credit for Trump Loss (ET)

One of the former CIA officers who signed a letter claiming stories about a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden were disinformation says he helped swing the 2020 election from former President Donald Trump. “I take special pride in personally swinging the election away from Trump,” John Sipher, who served for decades as a senior operations officer at the CIA, wrote in a recent post on Twitter. “I lost the election for Trump? Well then I fell [sic] pretty good about my influence,” he also wrote. Sipher and 50 other former U.S. intelligence officials signed the letter on Oct. 19, 2020, alleging that the effort to distribute its contents “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation,” despite not knowing whether the laptop was legitimate.

The letter was the core of a story from Politico that claimed the New York Post story on the laptop was “Russian disinformation.” The Post was the first to report on emails on the laptop, which was dropped off at a computer repair store and never picked up by then-candidate Joe Biden’s son, according to the store’s owner. While the FBI picked up the computer and a hard drive from the owner, the bureau’s apparent inaction in probing the matter prompted him to pass on a copy of the hard drive to a lawyer representing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who in turn passed it on to the Post.

The Oct. 14, 2020, story about the emails came as some voters were still deciding whether to vote for Biden or Trump. The story was widely questioned by legacy news outlets, suppressed by social media platforms, and claimed to be part of a Russian effort, despite top officials like Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe saying there was no evidence that was the case. Sipher is one of the few former officials who signed the letter to respond to fresh questions about its contents, after more legacy outlets, including Politico, said they’ve confirmed it is legitimate. Sipher got into arguments with former acting DNI Richard Grenell and others on Twitter, where he later said his claims of helping Trump lose were sarcasm.

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The pot and the kettle. Difference is, the US does it in third countries.

Obama, Hunter Biden Ties To Ukraine Biolabs Get Fresh Scrutiny (JTN)

In August 2005, the U.S. entered into a little known agreement with Ukraine that included America aid to upgrade security at Ukrainian facilities in which microbes were kept. Now, almost 17 years later, questions about the deal – and the United States’ broader support for biodefense laboratories in Ukraine – have surfaced amid concerns about chemical or biological weapons being used in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russian government has been claiming for weeks that the U.S. government is funding bioweapon labs in Ukraine, justifying its invasion as an effort to stop a joint American-Ukrainian plan to wage biological warfare against Russia. Chinese officials and state media have echoed the claims, which Andrew Weber, senior fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks, calls “utter nonsense.”

“It’s KGB-style misinformation that’s been going on for about 15 years,” he said Monday. One concern among analysts and U.S. officials is that Russia could be laying the groundwork for using chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine and giving itself plausible deniability by blaming Ukrainian labs. Experts and U.S. officials agree with Weber that Moscow’s accusations are unfounded, roundly dismissing them as propaganda. “Russia is inventing false pretexts in an attempt to justify its own horrific actions in Ukraine,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said earlier this month. Others have pointed out that no evidence exists to show Ukraine is working to produce weapons of mass destruction. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines testified earlier this month that “we do not assess that Ukraine is pursuing either biological weapons or nuclear weapons.”

United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu similarly said the international group is “not aware” of any biological weapons program in Ukraine. The U.S. and Ukraine are members of the Biological Weapons Convention, which prohibits such weapons. And the U.S. government has said both countries are in full compliance. Russia, however, is not in compliance and “maintains an offensive biological weapons program,” according to the State Department. Weber told Just the News the Russian government has three top-secret military laboratories conducting work on biological weapons that have never been visited or observed by outside inspectors.

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But you can’t talk about it.

Biden Got 255,000 ‘Excess’ Votes In Fraud-tainted Swing States In 2020 (WT)

President Biden received hundreds of thousands of “excess” votes in Democratic-controlled areas in the 2020 election, according to an academic study on voter fraud that suggests the push to relax voting standards created new opportunities for electoral mischief. John R. Lott Jr., the man behind the research, teased out those numbers by comparing Democratic-dominant areas to Republican-dominant places over the past two presidential elections, particularly in places where claims of election fraud were reported in 2020. Looking at six swing states, the data he crunched found that voter turnout in Republican areas increased from 2016 to 2020 while voter turnout among Democrats dropped — except in places where voter fraud was claimed.

That accounted for 255,000 “excess” votes for Mr. Biden above what would be expected, Mr. Lott said. His paper has been accepted for publication in Public Choice, a peer-reviewed journal specializing in the intersection of economics and political science. “More heavily Democratic counties actually had a slightly lower turnout in 2020, except for counties where vote fraud was alleged. In those counties, you had a huge increase in turnout,” Mr. Lott told The Washington Times in an interview explaining his findings. “In some of those swing states, you had counties where vote fraud was alleged. In some of those swing states, you had counties where vote fraud wasn’t alleged. And yet you only had huge increases in turnout where vote fraud was alleged,” he said.

Taking another tack, Mr. Lott looked at specific voting precincts that touched each other but where one was inside a Republican-dominant county and the other inside a Democratic-leaning county where there were fraud accusations. He found that in-person voting for the neighboring precincts was about the same, but absentee or mailed balloting tilted toward Democrats in the Democratic precincts. Mr. Lott said there is no clear reason why absentee turnout alone should increase in just the Democratic jurisdiction, which suggests shenanigans were afoot. “You’re comparing two tiny areas that are very homogenous, very similar to each other, across the street from each other, and the thing that differs from these two, for the absentee ballots, is where the ballots were counted,” the researcher said.

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“I told you I would not tell the Justice Department what position to take or not take, and I’m not going to instruct the Congress, either..”

Democrats Push Garland To Come Down On Uncooperative Trump Allies (Axios)

Democratic lawmakers are openly pressuring Attorney General Merrick Garland to bring the weight of U.S. law enforcement against members of former President Trump’s inner circle they’ve deemed uncooperative with the House’s investigation of the Jan. 6 attack. The House select committee is seeking to compel or punish Trump loyalists who don’t comply with the investigation, while Republicans are preparing to win back control of Congress in November — and end the probe. The pressure campaign is putting President Biden on a collision course with his own party. Distinguishing himself from Trump, who Democrats lambasted for pressuring Justice Department officials during his White House years, Biden has pledged to ensure Garland operates independently of politics. “I told you I would not tell the Justice Department what position to take or not take, and I’m not going to instruct the Congress, either,” he told reporters on Monday.

During a meeting Monday night at which the select committee recommended House contempt votes against former Trump aides Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro, Reps. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) all called on Garland to act. Luria said the Justice Department “must act swiftly,” adding: “Attorney General Garland, do your job so that we can do ours.” On Tuesday Schiff told reporters it’s important for the Justice Department to act quickly and decisively to enforce the committee’s prerogatives because “we’re trying to prevent another Jan. 6. … We feel a sense of urgency and we hope the department does also.” Schiff said the cases against Navarro and Scavino are “pretty clear cut,” so “it shouldn’t be that difficult for the department to act.”

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who chairs the select committee, was asked Tuesday about committee members’ frustrations with the Justice Department’s pace. He replied: “I’m in agreement with my members.”

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    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 30 2022]

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    he Entire Data Base of “Covid-19 Confirmed Cases” is Invalid.
    Media disinformation has prevailed for more than two years despite the fact that both the WHO and the CDC (with the usual innuendos) have confirmed what was known from the very outset in January 2020, namely that the RT-PCR test used to justify every single policy mandate including lockdowns, social distancing, the mask, confinement of the labor force, closure of economic activity, etc. was flawed and invalid.

    The WHO issued its Mea Culpa more than a year ago on January 20, 2021. A few months later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (July 21, 2021) called for the withdrawal of the PCR test as a valid method for detecting and identifying SARS-CoV-2.

    As of December, 31 2021, the PCR test is no longer considered valid by the CDC in the U.S. For more details see: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting “Confirmed Covid-19 Cases”?

    The CDC has now firmly acknowledged that the PCR test does not effectively differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. A PCR positive does not imply a “Covid-19 Confirmed Case”. It could be influenza or a corona common cold. The CDC called for its withdrawal effective December 31, 2021.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/biggest-lie-in-world-history-the-data-base-is-flawed-there-never-was-a-pandemic-the-covid-mandates-including-the-vaccine-are-invalid/5772008

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    Pablo Picasso The artist and his model 1926

    I’ve been looking at this painting for a long time…can’t quite figure it out…
    Is Picasso kinder to men than the women subjects of his paintings?
    Possibly, ,,,, but…ImHO; Picasso is kinder to the women…they’re far more interesting than the men/man in his paintings, IMO…at least in this one…

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    Dr. D
    Participant

    There was a lot in the article, but not having to do with time and consciousness. That seemed to be a throwaway opening to explain how “We all got it wrong.” Well I didn’t. Nor did TAE and the same 10,000 websites as got the tech and housing fails right. We knew in 60 seconds and held the flag for years until “Oops, whooda knewd?”

    It had this though: “Yes, we can build more wind turbines – which currently depend upon Russian steel, nickel and copper in their manufacture – but this does nothing to replace the natural gas which provides essential back-up for days and weeks when the wind doesn’t blow.”

    And: “Britain being a global leader in wind-powered electricity, in not one month in the last year has wind come close to overtaking gas as the primary source of our electricity.”

    It’s the TYPE of energy as well, as they are unique. You don’t make fertilizer from electrons.

    Also this: Ukraine fated to be made a Christian nation*. (That is, fated to be crucified between two thieves.)

    Also about non-modern people, I recently read a “Cottage Culture” (it’s a lifestyle thing) where an urban woman said when she was young, she read a book about a man who could smell the rain coming. And it seemed such a subtle superpower, but having been in a cottage (actually, just a house outside of town while driving to work as a teacher) she found she could also smell the weather.

    I was like !!! People somewhere did NOT know this? You can do this in the city. But I see this in history and archaeology all the time. Simply no experience with life. They’re like an alien hoarde teleported from space. I feel this way if I go to the mall. Wait: people ACTUALLY dress the way they do in “Old Navy” commercials? Those clothes, cars, houses, actions? It’s like the “Hunger Games.”

    “Europe’s Plan To Boost LNG Imports From US, Elsewhere Faces Major Obstacles”

    You mean obstacles like “Time, Space, and Reality.” Great point that even IF you built it, where 10 years is overnight, you still need a year to test, plan, schedule, learn, and ramp up to full capacity.

    “Top Biden Economist Says Farmers to Increase Crop Production on “Price Signals” to Avert Food Shortage”

    Similarly. I’m sure they WILL (try) to increase production – double it if they could – however, they can’t. Without fertilizer, yields can be cut in half. That’s an outlier on poor soil with field corn, but the principle is stark. Farmers to “Increase”? How and using what? How about without harvester parts, no trucks, no diesel and no drying rigs. Then we can produce all you want and yet all will waste in the field. Well: a manicured apparatchik SAID. Right here on this laptop. And they know and planned it which is why you’re going to eat the bugs. Or was that leading up to this war a big accident too?

    One tells CNN they are worried EU countries will “press Ukraine to accept a peace deal to end the fighting.”

    CNN is very “uncomfortable” with peace. With stories like that, is CNN and Bellingcat running the government? Or are we?

    “Ukraine SitRep – Part II of Russia’s Military Operation Unfolds (MoA)”

    Finally great, practical, steady information of movements on the ground. Certainly no fun for anyone, but…

    “driving away after putting a stop payment order on the check.”

    They are too broke to pay. But Russia has something YOU want. They don’t care and they don’t need to sell it to you. So you need to convince Russia to trade by giving them something they want and can use. But they give Russia too little credit: they could have started this war in November, and let them sit through all 4 months of German winter. But as we see elsewhere they are not trying to escalate the war and are trying to minimize civilian issues. And from their point of view, expended a fair number of Russian lives by taking the harder route.

    “Why Saudi Arabia Won’t Abandon Dollars for Yuan (Lacalle)”

    His article is accurate but missing the point. If all nations can settle in their own currency, the petrodollar ends. And China doesn’t want Triffin’s paradox. This is already happening with Russia and India, etc. So they pull 3%, no difference, right? And multiply 3% times 200 nations. Same thing?

    President Barack Obama negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran”

    Yes, this is when the U.S. double-crossed the Petrodollar deal. Because they thought they would win by it. And are still at it today under Biden. Since they didn’t let Trump move, we can’t say, but at the least the Trump years were a hiatus of the Iran plan.

    “Ontario Cop Charged for Posting Video Praising Truckers (TC)”

    Somebody must have insulted Justin again – a daily occurrence. Captain Blackface. They are purging the ranks. But who’s purging who? Now we know who they all are, and what they want for us. They’re outnumbered and surrounded. We’re in the castle gates and deliver the food.

    There’s plenty of evidence on the laptop”

    Yes and how’s this one: Pa and Jr shared bank accounts and paid each other’s bills. Rosemont Seneca did Joe’s taxes. But he didn’t know any of these people and had nothing to do with them. Including the $100k, no contract, from China to them using Wells Fargo transfer. Let me predict their response: “No we didn’t. RussiaRussiaRussia.”

    CIA Officer Who Signed Hunter Laptop Letter Claims Credit for Trump Loss”

    The CIA are not allowed to be involved in domestic affairs. But since they haven’t followed that rule since they were created, everyone forgets.

    the U.S. government is funding bioweapons labs in Ukraine,”

    We have the check stubs, the labs, and the list that those labs dealt with deadly pathogens. But are they bioWEAPONS labs? To us normal people, if you’re stockpiling guns, you’re an armory. We understand the existence of the dangerous thing is the “weapon.” The media plays dumb and claims, “Well this was NORMAL research (on all the world’s most deadly diseases). We were trying to CURE them, not release them.” Uh-huh. Don’t care. Go to jail. Unless your argument is that I should be allowed to have Plague and Anthrax and CRISPR them all day too. I didn’t think so.

    “It’s KGB-style misinformation that’s been going on for about 15 years,” he said Monday.”

    Weird misinformation where we have the check stubs and many of them are openly listed on their websites as such. It’s almost like Russia only uses misinformation that’s true. But “misinformation” = true is our new motto.

    “Biden Got 255,000 ‘Excess’ Votes In Fraud-tainted Swing States In 2020”

    They bought public cell phone data for the drop boxes. Then cross-checked who was nearby for the month of election day (I know, illegal; words-have-no-meaning) and the months before. It wasn’t hard to identify 20 or so anomalous numbers who visited the boxes only during that window, 20 or 100 times. Since we have the phone numbers, some of those people – shocker – were DNC operatives working with Antifa, at least one of which was undergoing a felony for the “mostly peaceful” protests.

    All public, if you want to know why I don’t like the loss of privacy.

    But there are about 100 of these things. It’s pretty easy to catch them, but nobody cares.

    “Democrats Push Garland to Come Down on Uncooperative Trump Allies”

    Aaaaand because they opened mouth, this is a lie. Scavino for instance, being a lawyer, was issued a subpoena, so he mailed a certified legal response. Congress did not act on it, did not answer, and now officially state Scavino “never responded” and was completely “Uncooperative”; therefore, a felony, which is what/all they’re really after. We are having a legal discussion using legal means. If you want to talk to Scavino, send him a legal document. Congress are also all lawyers. They know this, and they know what they’re saying is an open, bare-faced lie, and therefore the felony charge is spurious and partisan. They don’t care. Because it only matters about POWER, not law. The rule of law is POWER. The purpose of power is more power. Then whatever I say is true and legal, and whatever you say is false and illegal. Because power.

    For one example.

    “The WHO issued its Mea Culpa more than a year ago on January 20, 2021. A few months later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (July 21, 2021) called for the withdrawal of the PCR test”

    Speaking of knowing and not caring. And no one you tell will care either. They prefer to believe and die instead. I am holding on the HIV thing as that claim will require a lot of proof, especially about whether it’s transmissible.

    #105148
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Russians, with numerical inferiority, have methodically taken apart the Ukrainian military like a cheap suit.

    Surrounding most cities with no intention of storming them, just faking out and bottling up hopelessly outclassed Ukro troops to deny them reinforcing other areas, thus sealing their fate.

    Text book maneuvers, lost on the Presstitutes and propagandist and arm chair generals in the Empire of Lies.

    The West can’t believe someone like Putin and Lavrov because they themselves are such pathological liars, they can’t conceive of telling the truth about anything in their pitiful lives, even the time of day.

    The Russians don’t want to entirely destroy the Ukraine military like the Empire of Lies did with the Iraq military, setting off decades of chaos and instability. The Russians are going to separate the wheat from the chaff, the Nazis from the regular Ukrainian soldier. The Ukronazis will cease to exist and simply vanish after capture and interrogation, the regular soldiers will form the core of a new Ukrainian police and greatly reduced neutral military force.

    The Empire of Lies hopefully will have a collective aneurysm and crash and burn, along with the dollar, the true instrument of global Evil.

    We will see shortly about paying in rubles for fossil fuel from Russia.

    The Empire of Lies and their groveling cowardly Eurotardistan Poodles© can’t believe Russia actually means what it says!

    hahahaha!

    Reminds me of the old joke of Diogenes wandering the night with a lantern supposedly looking for an honest man, when in fact he was actually looking for a dishonest woman.

    #105149
    zerosum
    Participant

    Peace talks

    1. pontificating (express one’s opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic.)
    2. Russia actually means what it says! or Russia always lie

    hahahaha!

    Repositioning

    1. Rebuild USSR empire – no
    2. Retake all of Ukraine – no
    3. Conquer Donbas region – yes
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Donbas
    (Military situation as of 24 March 2022: detail map)

    #105150
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The pitiful hollowed out ass-wipe shell formerly known as ‘joe biden’ is reaching it’s rancid expiration date.

    Let’s have a small change betting pool here at TAE on what eviscerates Karma Karma Khameleon Harris from the scene.

    ˚ Tragic plane accident due to Russian Aero Space Command hypersonic missile.

    ˚ Novichok in her salad

    ˚ Bio-weapon attack while reviewing NATO shock troops in Poland

    ˚ Slips on an organic banana peel

    ˚ Falls down elevator shaft while going to testify about RussiaRussiaRussia in Congress

    ˚ Has a heart attack having sex in the juicy three way with Fauci and Walensky

    ˚ Adverse reaction to Clotshot, permanent visible Bell’s palsy face sag ruins TV presence, since she’s such a fan of the Vax.

    ˚ Keep her on in the White House as a Trans-human Cyborg Automaton a la Max Headroom

    #105151
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    A photo for V. Arnold

    Caribou

    #105152

    The entire HB laptop contents were entered into the Congressional Record. In what form- IDK.

    In other news, and abstract to an article from Geophysical Research Letters (which I came to via Suspicious Observers)-
    “The equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) of the CMIP6 global circulation models (GCMs) varies from 1.83°C to 5.67°C. Herein, 38 GCMs are grouped into three ECS classes (low, 1.80–3.00°C; medium, 3.01–4.50°C; high, 4.51–6.00°C) and compared against the ERA5-T2m records from 1980–1990 to 2011–2021. We found that all models with ECS > 3.0°C overestimate the observed global surface warming and that spatial t-statistics rejects the data-model agreement over 60% (using low-ECS GCMs) to 81% (using high-ECS GCMs) of the Earth’s surface. Thus, the high and medium-ECS GCMs are unfit for prediction purposes. The low-ECS GCMs are not fully satisfactory yet, but they are also found unalarming because by 2050 they predict a moderate warming (ΔTpreindustrial→2050 ≲ 2°C).”

    #105153
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    You will pay in rubies? No?
    ____________________

    Of course, … er, Yes! The Vatican Bank used €$10 million euros to buy ₽s from the Russian Central Bank so they can pay for their gas requirements. The bank followed the instructions by the Russian government to the letter.

    Shrewd ‘phuckers’, …

    F.S.

    #105154
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Exercise and good nutrition vs. sedentary lockdowns (and genetic injections)?

    A study published by the BMJ found that “moderate physical activity in 65,361 [unvaxxed] adults is associated with significant protective effects from severe COVID-19 outcomes,” but “there is emerging evidence of significant decreases in physical activity levels associated with COVID-19 lockdowns.”

    Thus, they conclude that “In this context, it seems apparent that we should encourage lifestyle choices and behaviours that mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

    Too late, the medical establishment authorities have failed badly.

    “Small steps, strong shield: directly measured, moderate physical activity in 65 361 adults is associated with significant protective effects from severe COVID-19 outcomes”
    https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2022/02/08/bjsports-2021-105159

    #105155
    Archie
    Participant

    @oroboros

    I think it will be Maxine Headroom in charge.

    #105157
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    This post from John Michael Greer is interesting. Get Slack! Give Slack! Time is running out.

    https://www.ecosophia.net/slack-an-irreverent-proposal/

    #105158
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Pepe Escobar just keep turning ‘em out those harangues of his!

    Mariupol was battered by Ukraine’s right-wing Azov battalion well before Moscow launched its military ops. In Russian hands, this strategic steelworks port can transform into a hub of Eurasian connectivity.

    How Mariupol will become a key hub of Eurasian integration
    https://thecradle.co/Article/columns/8480

    #105159
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Some geomagnetic storms will be hitting Earth today and the following two days. Tomorrow’s will be strong (G3), but “Impacts to technology from a G3 storm generally remain small” (according to USA.gov).

    A geomagnetic storm warning has been issued after 17 solar flares were detected erupting from a single sun spot, some of them while it was pointing at Earth…

    Earlier this year SpaceX confirmed that a geomagnetic storm destroyed most of the Starlink satellites it had attempted to get into orbit during a launch.
    (sky news)

    A G3 (Strong) geomagnetic storm watch is now in effect for 31 March, 2022…
    Impacts to technology from a G3 storm generally remain small…
    https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g3-strong-geomagnetic-storm-watch-now-effect-31-march-2022

    #105160
    Mr. House
    Participant

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2022/03/antisocial-behavior-crime-violence-increase-pandemic/627076/

    Because .gov and the corporations that run it want it this way. They have people in a pressure cooker for two years now, and you can’t tell me they didn’t expect this to happen.

    #105161
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Sharing this here for anyone interested…
    I received an email today from a local climate group that I’ve sometimes been involved with. It presses its members to support “Build Back Fossil Free” calling President Biden and urging him to (1) Declare a climate emergency, (2) Ban new fossil fuel leasing on public land and waters, (3) Use the Defense Production Act to scale up renewables. I found #1 — having the president declare a “climate emergency” to be very unsettling. This is my response.

    Has anyone taken the time to think about what would happen if a climate “emergency” were declared by the federal government?

    When governments declare an “emergency,” they suspend the usual rights and protections provided for by their constitutions.  For example, recently in Canada, Justin Trudeau declared an “emergency” regarding the trucker protests.  As a result, the bank accounts and financial assets of Canadians across the country were frozen — often just for donating a small sum to the organizers of the protest.  Because it was an “emergency” action, there was no court, no trial, no hearing involved in this process.  Those who were affected have no recourse of action under the law to fight or challenge what happened.  (I have not been following the story closely in the past 3 weeks, so I don’t know if these accounts are still frozen or not.)  
    During emergencies, governments perpetrate injustices.
    During WWII, thousands of Americans of Japanese descent were herded off into detention camps.  This was unjust — but it was an emergency, and it happened.  After 9/11, the US used false (and very tenuous) pretexts of “weapons of mass destruction” to engage in a war of aggression against the nation of Iraq.  (But it was an emergency — we were attacked!  Oh, but not by Iraq, and not by Saddam Hussein.)  Likewise, following 9/11 we ended up with the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 as well as Section 1021 of the Defense Authorization Act which ” permits the U.S. military to detain citizens in military facilities, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely”  (see https://truthout.org/articles/our-sinister-dual-state/)  Chris Hedges and the other plaintiffs lost in “Clapper v. Amnesty International, which challenged the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. This act authorizes surveillance without a showing, or probable cause, that a targeted person is an agent of a foreign power. ”  With the revelations of Edward Snowden, we later found out that that the plaintiffs were correct, that the government was conducting mass surveillance of, essentially, everyone.  
    The IEA – International Energy Agency — has 10 suggestions for how to deal with the climate crisis. (See https://www.iea.org/reports/a-10-point-plan-to-cut-oil-use) Interestingly, it focuses primarily on issues that would affect all of us during our regular lives, and doesn’t address some of the largest uses of fossil fuel on the planet — such as the fossil fuel consumption of the US Military — or the most polluting uses of fossil fuel on the planet — such as the bunker fuel used to ferry in all of our goods from China.  Some of these are great ideas…others, I’m not so keen about.
    1 – Reduce speed limits on highways by at least 10 km/hr. (I’m not so interested in that one.)
    2 – Work from home up to 3 days per week where possible.  (I usually work from home.  However, during the pandemic we discovered that for the upper middle class, working from home is usually very doable, for lower classes it doesn’t work.  This is problematic.)
    3 – Car-free Sundays in large cities  (Do we really want laws that prohibit driving on Sundays?  How would that affect religious services?  How would my family get together once per month on Sunday for dinner?)
    4 – Make public transport cheaper; incentivise micro-mobility, walking and cycling.  (Sounds great!  I’m all for this.)
    5 – Alternate private car use in large cities.  (This would mean that on one day, only cars with license plates ending in even numbers can be used, and on alternate days only cars with license plates ending in odd numbers can be used.  I suppose the easiest solution for households with two cars would be for them to ensure that one car ends with an even number, the other with odd — this could be accomplished easily with vanity plates.  Could pose a problem for lower income households that can only afford one car, especially when their 5-day a week job cannot be done from home, and they need to get to work, and public transportation is insufficient to get them there.  Would be a problem for me — what would I do on a day where I have a client with an emergency, and I am banned from driving my car that day?  Hail a cab?  Borrow someone else’s car?  This is absurd.)
    6 – Urge car sharing and practices that decrease fuel use.  (This sort of “urging” has been going on for years.  As long as it is only “urging” and incentivizing — carrots, with no sticks involved — it is mostly harmless.  Until it gets tied to a social credit system.  Or until it gets mandated.  Also — not all car-sharing activities decrease fuel use — when a car has to drive somewhere extra in order to be shared…that may increase fuel use.)
    7 – Promote efficient use of freight trucks and goods delivery.  (I like efficiency.  I wonder if this would cause Amazon to discontinue the practice of same-day and next day delivery?)
    8 – Prefer high-speed and night trains to planes where possible  (Doesn’t work in the US, where there are no high-speed trains, and — in the Western US, there simply are hardly any passenger trains.)
    9 – Avoid business travel when alternatives exist.  (Many companies are already doing this.)
    10 – Hasten adoption of electric and more efficient vehicles.  (Very foolish.  Much of the energy and resources that are consumed by vehicles — and the environmental pollutants that they produce — is in the manufacturing process.  It would be wise for people to keep their cars longer — much longer than the standard 3-5 years that people keep cars before turning them in for a newer model.  The batteries of electric cars consume huge amounts of lithium and other rare-earth metals.  The current methods of extracting lithium are very polluting.  Plus, mining itself is an energy intensive process that utilizes large amounts of fossil fuel — and these activities cannot be practically replaced with non-fossil fuel methods because they are usually (a) located far away from power lines, and (b) are energy intensive processes that are much more efficient when run directly off of fossil fuels.  I’m all for efficient vehicles — but retrofitting current vehicles to be more energy efficient I find to be a much less polluting and less energy-intensive method of achieving this aim.  Additionally, for myself, personally, forced adoption of electric vehicles would be catastrophic for me financially.  My only vehicle is nearly 16 years old.  I do not have the funds nor the credit to purchase an electric vehicle.  Likewise, the batteries of electric vehicles only last about 5 years – afterwards, they must be replaced and a new battery for an electric vehicle costs thousands of dollars — this is something that my budget cannot manage.)

    I’m all for individuals recognizing that there is “a climate emergency” and changing their behavior and spending accordingly.  I cannot support a government declaring “a climate emergency” — and then using it to mandate rules that are unjust and fall upon the populace unfairly.
    I fully support banning new fossil fuel leases — and I support the protection of water from pollution due to fossil fuel extraction and transport.  However, considering that we have elected to no longer purchase fossil fuel from Russia, that is already putting a huge amount of pressure on the government to ease regulations regarding domestic fossil fuel production.
    I do not think that it is appropriate to use the Defense Production Act to scale up renewables.  Our government has a habit of using laws to do things for which they were never originally intended, and this is problematic.  If we want any level of government to have a hand in scaling up renewables, then the legislature of that government should draft and pass a law doing just that.  That is the proper way to conduct government.  
    Additionally, we don’t currently have the technology to adequately utilize the renewables that we already have.  The current solar panels in the Phoenix Metro Area are lead to an insufficiency in power in the late afternoon, early evening during the hot summer months — right now, this insufficiency has to be plugged by aged natural gas plants that take hours to “warm up” and have to be burning natural gas and “warming up” nearly all day, just so that they can fill the gap in the late afternoon hours.  (Newer natural gas plants use a different technology which enables them to fire up rapidly, therefore doing a better job of plugging the gap that solar creates — and using less natural gas in the process.  But the Earth Justice Ministry is trying to stop the implementation of these newer natural gas plants!)  The alternative would be some sort of battery technology to fill in the gap — but lithium batteries would be too large, require too many resources to create them for this task in the first place.  (Although, utilizing the lithium batteries already in electric cars for this purpose has some merit.  Likewise, “whole-house batteries” — but such batteries would need to be non-polluting — i.e. not made of lithium, perhaps the salt-water type.)  There are theories of other methods that could be used, but none have yet been practically created.  (Such as: large-scale salt water batteries, pumping air into salt caverns, a double-dam system — but such a system would have to be built, and I don’t believe that we have the correct topology for this in AZ.)  

    #105162
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    NOAA says that a G3 storm can trigger false alarms on some power system protection devices, while a G4 storm can “trip out key assets from the grid.”

    G 3 Strong
    Power systems: Voltage corrections may be required, false alarms triggered on some protection devices.

    G 4 Severe
    Power systems: Possible widespread voltage control problems and some protective systems will mistakenly trip out key assets from the grid.

    https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation

    #105163
    zerosum
    Participant

    Since space is expanding, I want to know how small the universe was when it was about 900 million years old?

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04449-y
    Published: 30 March 2022
    A highly magnified star at redshift 6.2

    https://www.space.com/hubble-telescope-sees-most-distant-star-earendel
    The most distant single star seen yet dates back to less than 1 billion years after the universe’s birth in the Big Bang, and may shed light on the earliest stars in the cosmos, a new study finds.

    This newfound star, detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, is so far away that its light has taken 12.9 billion years to reach Earth, appearing to us as it was when the universe was about 900 million years old, just 7% of its current age. Until now, the most distant single star detected, discovered by Hubble in 2018, existed when the universe was about 4 billion years old, or 30% of its current age.

    #105164
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    From Greer:

    My Third Nostril is not yet open, for I have not contemplated the One True Pipe while smoking a certain mysterious Himalayan herb that grows only on beds of pure yeti dung. No doubt true SubGenii will look down on my comments here as utterances of some dreary middle-aged Discordian heretic (all Discordians are heretics) who’s probably a Pink Boy anyway. With that in mind, I’m not going to hold forth about the alien space god JHVH-1, the Yacatizma (or for that matter the Yacatisma), the Stark Fist of Removal, the Nazi Aluminum Hell Creatures from Inside the Hollow Earth, or any of the other oddities that inhabit the febrile imaginal cosmos of the Church of the Sub-Genius. No, we’re going to focus our discussion here on SLACK!!!

    #105165
    Mr. House
    Participant

    As far as i know they haven’t ended the covid emergency yet….. if they ever do

    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/biden-administration-extends-public-health-emergency-covid-19-rcna12291

    #105166
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “There is growing concern about what will happen once the public health emergency declaration comes to an end, as it will begin the unraveling of the expansive support system and end key flexibilities that have aided the effort to respond to the pandemic.”

    I think that was all the pandemic was ever about. Replace flexibilities with money 😉

    #105167
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    More:

    As this suggests, slack doesn’t just have to sit there being slack. It can be used, and used in many different ways. You can cut yourself some slack financially, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. You can cut other people some slack, too, in at least as many ways. To do that, however, you’re going to have to buck the concentrated pressure of the corporate media and the entire momentum of life in the industrial world. Across the board, the structures of modern life are set up to demand that all the inmates of the madhouse we call industrial society ought to be running flat out all the time, without any time to catch their breath and think about what it all amounts to. You know what this means. THEY’RE TRYING TO STEAL YOUR SLACK!!!

    #105168
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    One more:

    The longer a civilization lasts and the more shamelessly it steals from the future by drawing down the resources that support its existence faster than they can regenerate, the less slack it has left, until finally the rope pulls tight and the civilization is left to twist in the wind.

    #105169
    Archie
    Participant

    Oroboros posted a video the other day providing evidence of possible interaction between the mRNA “vaccines” and 5g technology. There was a lot of compelling information presented but many will no doubt question the veracity of what Eric Callender said.

    Lew Rockwell has a video today that looks at undiluted samples of the vaccines under a microscope and shows a lot of activity and what appears to be self constructing circuit boards.

    With full chain of custody, both doctors obtained sealed, undiluted vials of the Pfizer product. In the video, the solution almost appears to be “alive” with swarming particles.

    With full chain of custody, both doctors obtained sealed, undiluted vials of the Pfizer product. In the video, the solution almost appears to be “alive” with swarming particles.

    Dr Shelton heated the solution up that of human body temperature (98.6ºF/37ºC) and these crazy branch-like structures began to form. “How horrific is that?” says Dr Ruby.

    Both doctors filmed similar scenes of these particles forming into what look like small circuit boards over the course of several hours. These rectangular structures have been seen emanating from the round, shiny “dots”, as Dr Ruby calls them.

    The video is just 20 minutes and the evidence is mind blowing.

    #105170
    Archie
    Participant

    Well, I botched that quote but also forgot to post the link:

    Warmed Up Pfizer Vials Explode with Self Assembling Circuitry

    #105171
    Archie
    Participant
    #105172
    Mr. House
    Participant

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/30/how-google-and-amazon-bankrolled-a-grassroots-activist-group-of-small-business-owners-to-lobby-against-big-tech-oversight.html

    Not BLM or ANTIFA though, they’re as pure as the driven snow. To be fair i did attend a tea party rally back in 09 and they were full of crap also, but at least they weren’t on the streets attacking people and “peacefully” protesting.

    #105173
    chris_gee
    Participant

    The article stating that authorisation for PCR tests was withdrawn and they were inaccurate is misleading and untrue.
    The protocol withdrawn was the first developed. Initially some of the nucleotide sections were natural and some constructed. Later samples of the virus were obtained and made available for reference testing. In time many other test regimes were developed by others and approved about 150 of varying sensitivity. Labs were free to develop their own or use an existing one.
    The CDC withdrew its protocol, but maintained it was accurate. Others were faster etc.
    As I understand the technique it involves testing for the presence of various small segments of the rna. With enough matches of points of comparison it becomes a workable approximation of the particular virus. It is not a complete duplication of the virus.
    See https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs/2021/08-02-2021-lab-alert-Clarifications_about_Retirement_CDC_2019_Novel_Coronavirus_1.html
    As for the idea that many will end up with HIV this runs away with the idea that vaccines compromise immunity = acquired immune deficiency syndrome = the cause HIV!!
    This stuff is difficult and complex enough without misleading incorrect information which doesn’t even hold up to rudimentary checking.

    #105174
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @chris_gee

    I’ve come to the conclusion that pro covid and anti covid are both lying. Just like probably the Ukraine and Russia are both lying. I believe my eyes and for the most part they say the people pushing covid the hardest were lying and the people saying the jab will kill us all are also lying. One group told me how to live my life and another opposed that, who should i put my weight behind?

    #105175
    zerosum
    Participant

    Nothing could go wrong.
    Biden getting 4th booster shot.

    #105176
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Speaking of knowing and not caring. And no one you tell will care either. They prefer to believe and die instead. I am holding on the HIV thing as that claim will require a lot of proof, especially about whether it’s transmissible.

    In the past, HIV was only transmissible by blood-to-blood transmission ~ Perhaps Fauci-stein, the Dr. Mengele of AIDS, has help create an easier to transmit version of the first internationally released bioWEAPON?

    NOTE: During the AIDS attack “The Anointed” lied about the transmissibility of HIV, claiming it was also spread by heterosexual intercourse, when in fact 99%+ was related to anal sex, shared needles and/or tainted blood products.

    An unfortunate truth about black culture is that their men have an abnormal appetite for ANAL sex, even with women, which led to the corruption of data regarding heterosexual transmission…

    Just another example of TPTB spreading fear as part of their New World Order Out Of Chaos coups d’etat against humanity.

    #105177
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    The Russians, with numerical inferiority, have methodically taken apart the Ukrainian military like a cheap suit.

    Surrounding most cities with no intention of storming them, just faking out and bottling up hopelessly outclassed Ukro troops to deny them reinforcing other areas, thus sealing their fate.

    Text book maneuvers, lost on the Presstitutes and propagandist and arm chair generals in the Empire of Lies.

    As learned from Genghis Khan & General Subutai, the father of battlefield signal corps, laying siege to Eurasian civilizations & defeating numerically superior armies at a whim.

    Once a city was conquered, belligerents that refused initial terms to submit/surrender were disposed of in public executions, the citizenry offered inclusion in the Mongol Hordes ~ Subutai himself rose through Mongol meritocracy, according to Subutai’s biography in the History of Yuan, practically undefeated in battle, who no doubt would have done humanity a great service by destroying the Vatican.

    Unfortunately, the Mongol princes withdrew the army to Mongolia for the election of a new Great Khan, after Ögedei Khan’s death…

    The Empire of Lying Children, in their hubris, no nothing of the Art of War, instead relying on their illusions of .MIL tech superiority 😕

    #105178

    Somewhat off-topic: All in one place? Or in separate places?
    Scissors, paper, pens, eyeglass cleaner, wealth, treasure…

    #105179
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #105180
    oxymoron
    Participant

    VP says … An unfortunate truth about black culture is that their men have an abnormal appetite for ANAL sex, even with women, which led to the corruption of data regarding heterosexual transmission…
    Oxymoron says…
    Careful using the word truth within throwaway racism. I suggest you type pornhub or red tube or any other search for porn and I imagine you would find Caucasian depravity among consenting adults in equal measure.
    I’m not trying to be woke here but colouring has no relationship on human behaviour- culture does and need also.

    #105181
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    @oxymoron

    Perhaps you forgot that my great, great maternal grandmother was born a slave in 1850s Georgia 😉

    Anecdotal: Once upon a time, when I was an full time engineer, I spent my evenings bodybuilding/power-lifting…

    Due to genetics, drive, analytical practice & gracious pro mentor friends I became a standout in the 80s-90s SoCal gym scene.

    Soon, I attracted training friends/partners that were pro athlete & hollyweird celebrities (I was starstruck), who loved regaling me with stories from their spheres of life, one of those was a pro NFLer that played with the Bears, later the Raiders ~ let’s call him MW 😉

    During one of our extracurricular outings, where MW liked to flash his #derper-bowl ring & Porsche, always seeking to increase his repertoire of mistresses (he was married, with two ladies in waiting), he shared with me an interesting story…

    It seems a certain B-ball player with a “magic” johnson, who claimed he got aids from a woman, was a lie that almost everyone in the pro sports “community” knew for a fact was FALSE.

    The story involved MW’s cousin, a certain R&B vocalist (not Janet), who had been dating the johnson, but dumped him when MW filled her in on the after-game magic events, where an entire floor of a hotel was rented by the team for an “after party”, which was filled with athletes, groupies, hookers & other assorted gold diggers for orgies that would make the Romans blush…

    It seems the “magic” one had an affinity for a certain trans prostitute, that later died from full blown AIDS 😕

    Now, I can neither confirm nor deny, but I did run this by some other pro ballers that said it wasn’t a secret, that life on the road was FAR wilder than I could even comprehend…

    Shortly after that, as you can imagine, I became thoroughly repulsed by the scene, rejected an offer from Serge Nubret to fast track into speedos onto an IFBB stage (yuk!), returning to my local power lifting dungeon where the “special” people did not come.

    Oh, the stories we can tell…

    #105182
    KeithMWebb
    Participant

    Moderna Exposed?
    “Confidential Documents suggest Moderna created its Coronavirus Vaccine BEFORE Covid-19 was known to exist; & further evidence suggests Moderna actually made SARS-CoV-2 in a Lab.”

    “Evidence has emerged which proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the Covid-19 virus was created by the very pharmaceutical giant that has made billions through the sale of an experimental Covid-19 injection; Moderna.”

    This claim is explosive. However I cannot judge the molecular and statistical evidence cited. The other evidence does jibe with my previous information. Does anyone else have expertise in this area?

    See:

    Confidential Documents suggest Moderna created its Coronavirus Vaccine BEFORE Covid-19 was known to exist; & further evidence suggests Moderna actually made SARS-CoV-2 in a Lab

    #105183
    SeaBirds
    Participant

    #105184
    SeaBirds
    Participant

    FIRST-DELIVERY-OF-GAS-ON-THE-WAY-TO-GERMANY

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