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 March 26, 2022  Posted by at 10:52 am Finance

I have a pinched nerve or muscle in my lower back, which means I can hardly sit, stand or walk. The only thing I can do is lie down. Did sleep 23 hours out of 24.

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    Get well RIM.
    Those two have a bunch of videos dedicated to sciatica and low back issues that you my find helpful.
    Here is one. With YT subscription, an algo will lead to others.

    Figmund Sreud

    Ukraine! Ukraine! Ukraine! … Let’s not forget Afghanistan:

    Following 20 long years (2011-2021) of brutal war on Afghanistan by the U.S.-led military coalition, which ended up delivering the country to the Taliban in August 2021, 23 million Afghans now face a devastating humanitarian crisis: severe and acute hunger, economic bankruptcy, healthcare system collapse and unbearable family indebtedness. […]

    Devastation in Postwar Afghanistan

    Devastation in Postwar Afghanistan


    I love my inversion table! Only problem- takes up a lot of room, and isn’t the most attractive piece of furniture in the house. People have tried it, though, and gone out and bought one. $100-$200.
    (Mine’s a Teeter.)


    Look, look over there! Meanwhile the evil bastards continue their earnest work:

    Scientists Currently Developing Controversial “Contagious Vaccines” That Can Spread From Vaccinated to Unvaccinated


    Take good care of yourself Ilargi.

    The posts above offer very good advice.

    May the LOVE of your community comfort you.

    Figmund Sreud

    Chas Freeman, a retired senior US diplomat, analyzes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US role, and the geopolitical fallout. “Everything we are doing, rather than accelerate an end to the fighting and some compromise, seems to be aimed at prolonging the fighting,”I Freeman says.


    Dr. D

    “with perhaps some present-day symbolism?”

    Look in the back. “In the thirtieth year of my life I awoke to find myself in a dark woods.” – Dante Inferno

    “Czech Republic to Seize All Russian People’s Assets”

    Regardless of who, what, where, when, or why. Racism at its finest. Oh and presumably in defense of open Nazis, systemically ethnically cleansing their country, which Czech well knows. I’m sure they’ll have camps soon, and move children into them, doing nationwide man-hunts if they escape. Like Australia.

    Along with sub-coins rising but not BTC an ETH, we have US 10-year rocketing up to almost 2.5%. That’s 4x in 6 months and 50% in one month. 50% interest rates per month? With Powell 32 rate hikes behind the curve? Who knew printing a few trillion in increasing fashion could cause inflation?

    Reported in the financial news? Not really. Nor the doubling of rates on housing loans? Where once again the monthly is 6x income? What effect could doubling interest rates possibly have on people who already don’t have an extra $200/mo for rent?

    Gee, Docktor, anything else? Yes, rents follow this, but also taxes. States are making the world’s largest financial crater with gas subsidies, but at the same time house values will fall and cripple tax revenue. While costs for roads, girders, signs, cars and trucks for city services, all double.

    “Trying to Solve a Covid Mystery: Africa’s Low Death Rates – The coronavirus was expected to devastate the continent, but higher-income and better-prepared countries appear to have fared far worse.” –NY Times

    Two years later, the first whisp of a clue sinks though. Why now?

    Sierra Leone, war zone, 11 cases. Singapore, few cases until cases explode immediately after vaccination. Explain?

    Sadly I have to guess something like this: “Sierra Leone, where there are just three doctors for every 100,000 people,”

    South Africa had 250k additional death, although lacking testing, that is in line with Covid numbers.
    Again: “South Africa has a much stronger health system, which ought to mean a lower death rate, rather than a higher one.”

    And also the only temperate country, with low malaria.

    NY Times suggested theory? Black people are stupid and illiterate and can’t keep records straight. Pretty normal for the bastion of diversity and tolerance. Unlike the U.S. where they erase half the Covid deaths, then reinstate them, then report both numbers as equally true on any given Tuesday. Darn those black people! Why can’t they have 10x the pointless deaths like they oughta and all good countries should? Listen and obey your local White Karen.

    Takeaway? “We should really avoid the hubris that all Africa is safe,” he said.”

    Yes, with extremely low deaths, and with Covid over even worldwide, where everyone in Africa has antibodies, we should totally fear and cry under our beds while ignoring all the Science and evidence. NYT says “Fear Now!!! Fear is the mind-killer!” So the #Opposite of the data they provide.

    “One reason American movies are so bad these days is they have forgotten how to tell a story. Stuff just happens to characters. Cause, effect, and consequence no longer exist in the workshops of Hollywood. And one might sense that these imperatives are likewise missing from what used to be known as real life in the USA, with all its stories and narratives. Stuff just happens … And then sometimes, stuff un-happens.” –Kunstler

    Lots of good advice for pain, but where with our health care geniuses can a doctor come advise and prescribe when you can’t move? Don’t worry, the ambulance will bounce you down the stairs and you can sit on the comfy linoleum of the ER for six hours before they send you home with a prescription you can’t drive anywhere to fill. All for the low, low price of $6,000. Or you could just wait some hours.

    When will we have health care again? The system here is cracking. In fact worse, or a straight-line continuation of CV. Stay out of hospitals.


    I thought that this recent Geopolitics and Empire podcast was worthwhile; the host (strange that he never reveals his name in the podcasts) interviews Joaquin Flores, currently living in Serbia. The host nudges him toward analyzing the Ukraine situation, but to my surprise Flores dove right into The Great Reset as being the topic uppermost in his mind. One of the most interesting things that Flores said was his explanation of “the gargoyle effect:” the tendency of the opponents of the Great Reset to amplify the messaging inadvertently by not recognizing that the global elite are lying not only when talking their book, but also when talking about their power.

    Joaquin Flores: We Give Davos More Credit Than It Deserves, Great Reset is Failing

    Partly inspired by our host, year ago I installed ArtPaper on my laptop; it provides a changing desktop image drawn from galleries of art. Here is one that I like:


    Modern warfare use 2 missiles to make a bonfire at a fuel depot.
    Once again the retired armchair generals are trying to replay virtual WWII games and the psychiatrist still can’t figure out Putin.
    It might help if the MSM would listen instead of pontificating.


    Who is going to run out of fuel first. Ukraine or Russia?


    Take good care, Raul.

    Chris Hedge’s view of Julian & Stella’s wedding.

    Chris Hedges: The Marriage of Julian Assange


    Hello Raul, I wish you a speedy and full recovery. I know what it is like. All the Best.

    Michael Reid

    Regarding Scientists Currently Developing Controversial “Contagious Vaccines” That Can Spread From Vaccinated to Unvaccinated

    I think this is called disease so

    Scientists Currently Developing DISEASE called Vaccines That Can Spread From Vaccinated to Unvaccinated.

    It is time to reject this stupidity. It is a poison not a Vaccine. And now the injectable poison called a vaccine will be able to spread to those who are not injected like a bad old disease.

    Scientists Currently Developing Controversial “Contagious Vaccines” That Can Spread From Vaccinated to Unvaccinated

    John Day

    Omicron and BA.2, son-or-daughter-of-omicron, ARE the “contagious vaccine”

    John Day

    New World Disorder

    The Saker”, Andrei, interviews Michael Hudson (who described the “petrodollar” in “Super Imperialism” for Nixon and Kissinger to exploit):
    ​ ​Andrei: How hard a hit would this Russian decision potentially have on the dollar? And MBS negotiating with the PRC for oil sales in Renminbi. Do you think that China and Russia will bring down the Petrodollar and will we see a commodities-backed Ruble and a commodities-backed Yuan replacing the Dollar?
    ​ ​Michael Hudson: The petrodollar will remain between the United States and its allies. But alongside it, there will be the Saudi-yuan and India-yuan arrangements for trade in oil, minerals, industrial products and probably international investment. Trade in these products will be able to occur in a number of currencies, probably on a number of exchanges. It is not clear whether some formal or informal arbitrage may develop between these areas. That is part of what is to be designed. To oversee and regulate the resulting financial and trade arrangements, an alternative to the IMF is needed. The U.S. will not join any organization in which it does not have veto power, so we will see a division of the world into different trading and monetary areas. The result is not so much a conflict as two quite different operating philosophies as the non-U.S. world develops its alternative to financialized neoliberalism.
    ​ ​Andrei: The US has basically stolen Russian gold and foreign currency. The Russians claim that the US has shot itself in the foot and that this will ruin the reputation of the dollar, do you agree with that?
    ​ ​Michael Hudson: Absolutely: Iran after the Shah was overthrown, Afghanistan’s foreign reserves earlier this year, Venezuela’s gold held in the Bank of England, and now Russia. Even timid Germany has asked that airplanes begin flying its gold held in the New York Fed back to Germany!

    ​Tom Luongo has unusually good analysis here: NATO and Russia — Whistling Past Each Other’s Graveyards
    Excerpts: The fault for this gap lies wholly with NATO and the West who have steadily advanced until they reached the Russian border at the Donbass. To discuss this in any other terms is pathetic and just an excuse to exercise one’s inherent racism and bloodlust against Russians…
    Russia’s list of grievances is as long as any bill that passes through a Congressional committee these days. But the big ones have been the attempts on flipping Belarus and Kazakhstan. These two pivotal countries were victims of failed revolutions to overthrow the governments there and install NATO-controlled puppets, trying to replicate the ‘victory’ in Ukraine in 2014.
    Not only did they fail miserably, if anything they furthered Russia’s aims to bring the former Soviet republics back into their orbit and end their flirtations with the West. The only one of these left, really, is Ukraine….
    ..This war was chosen by the West. It was designed this way. All “attempts” at diplomacy by NATO, the UK, France and the US were simply nothing more than time-buying exercises to build up Ukraine’s strength to launch a blitz of the Donbass and sanction Russia for even responding….
    ..Make no mistake, Minsk II was nothing more than another time-buying exercise by NATO and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel to get Nordstream 2 completed and allow NATO to build up the Ukrainian military to the point where it could credibly blitz the Donbass.
    When Putin ordered a massive multi-front invasion he was simply pre-empting an attack that was coming.
    ​ ​The sanctions packages implemented since then were already prepared. They were happening no matter what move Putin made. There was no different outcome here, only the dates on which these events were going to take place.
    ​ ​NATO chose the place. Putin chose the time. Everything else is chatter and noise.​..
    ​ The losses on both sides will be horrific and high. The chaos unleashed on Ukrainian civilians is terrible. The scenes in recently ‘liberated’ Mariupol are heart breaking…
    ​ ​Opening salvos have been fired, now the real war for the future of humanity begins at the legal and financial level…
    ..Since the EU are not reliable actors Russia put them on the published ‘unfriendly list’ of countries that now are allowed to pay for their Russian exports in either rubles (announced by Putin earlier this week) or gold (announced yesterday).​..
    ​ ​Russia has the real power here because it produces what the world needs while the people pushing this war are doing so from an increasingly shaky foundation of paper assets.
    ​ ​So, contracts be damned, it’s gold or rubles for natural gas, unfriendly Europe.
    ​ ​It’s bitcoin or local currencies for everyone else.
    ​ ​Ukraine will be neutral. China will remain friendly. Words matter when a person wants them to matter.
    ​ ​And from where I’ve sat these past ten years the Russians have honored their words while the West has used them as weapons.

    NATO and Russia — Whistling Past Each Other’s Graveyards

    ​”Joe Biden” met with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw today. They met privately for a couple of hours, declared friendship and commitments to the long-term problem that is “Ukraine” and especially reaffirmed the NATO protection of NATO member states. “Biden” “Stands with Ukraine, period” (or perhaps somewhat behind Ukraine). The substance of their talks is unclear, but would naturally involve Polish claims on western “Ukraine”. Poland does not want to take risks or blame, would rather let Russia take all the blame, but has nationalistic reasons to reclaim western Ukraine (Galicia and its problems) as part of Poland. If Galicia becomes part of Poland, it will be covered by NATO, but Polish incursions into Ukraine would presumably be at Poland’s own risk. Some agreements will need to be reached…

    ​ ​Despite Kiev’s attempts to involve NATO in a war with Russia and establish a no fly zone over Ukraine, the alliance has once again confirmed its unwillingness to get into a military confrontation with the Russian Army.
    ​ ​Instead, the alliance has decided to strengthen the defense of its own territories. Four additional multinational NATO combat groups of 40,000 troops will be deployed in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia on a permanent basis.
    ​ ​Biden offered to Ukraine to resolve territorial issues with Moscow itself, but left the opportunity for the alliance to use force against Russia. The US President noted that NATO could intervene in the conflict in the case of the use of chemical weapons in Ukraine. Given the example of false flag chemical weapon attacks in the war in Syria, the risks of provocation by the Kiev regime and the threat to civilians and military alike on the territory of Ukraine have increased.
    ​ ​Poland’s proposal to deploy NATO military units in Ukraine was rejected. However, this does not exclude the possibility of Poland’s participation in the war in Ukraine outside the alliance. Warsaw intends to introduce its contingent in the western regions of Ukraine to support the “fraternal Ukrainian people” and not miss the opportunity to establish its own control over the historically disputed territories. Apparently, this will be the main topic of negotiations between Biden and Duda on March 2​6​.

    NATO Divided Over Support For Ukraine While Russia Creates New Economic Reality

    John Day

    ​Central Bank Digital currencies (not your friend) are poised to “become the solution” to collapse of global petrodollar financial order (also not your friend).
    ​ ​The findings of the experimental CBDC program could assist in the adoption of CBDC international settlement for G-20 nations, though given the rising geopolitical fissures in the so-called “international rules based order”, it is far from clear which countries would be willing to engage with one another in such a way.
    ​ ​China has already launched its own digital yuan and is piloting its use in more than a dozen cities and regions. It has also been experimenting with its cross-border functionality. This has ignited fears in the West that that U.S. “financial leadership” is under threat — fears that have been magnified by the way US and EU sanctions against Russia, particularly the confiscation of a large chunk of Russia’s foreign currency reserves have backfired…
    It will grant central banks far more power over our payment behavior.
    That power could be used to “program” our spending.
    No limit on negative interest rates.
    Financial exclusion on steroids.
    ​ ​Lyons warns that CBDCs, “if not deliberately and carefully constrained in advance by law,… have the potential to become even more than a technocratic central planner’s dream. They could represent the single greatest expansion of totalitarian power in history.”

    ​Pepe Escobar, ​Make Nazism Great Again​ (sort of a haphazard history of Galicia and fascism through world wars and CIA “patronage”)
    ​The supreme target is regime change in Russia, Ukraine is just a pawn in the game – or worse, mere cannon fodder.

    ​From the (Russian) horse’s mouth, an assessment of the first month of the special police operation to de-nazify Ukraine:
    …The secret cipher telegrams of the 4th brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine and classified documents captured by Russian servicemen revealed the plan for the preparation of the strike groups for offensive actions in the zone of the so-called “joint forces operation” in the Donbass. All measures of the nationalists’ combat coordination were ordered to be completed by February 28. In order to start performing combat missions as part of the Ukrainian “joint forces operation” in the Donbass in March 2022. Since February 2022, Ukrainian troops have multiplied artillery attacks on Donbass with prohibited large-caliber artillery weapons…

    Moon of Alabama (German) Various national and regional interests will diverge from US/NATO under economic stress.
    Some Likely Longterm Effects Of The War In Ukraine

    John Day

    ​”I’m shocked, shocked…” ​ Horowitz: 5 ways DOD’s recalibrated health surveillance data looks like a fraudulent attempt to cover vaccine injury

    (It was just “necessary” to get the “compliance” higher.)
    Why Anger towards the Unvaccinated was Intentional Psychological Manipulation
    A look at a study from 2020

    National Geographic Asks: Why Is It So Hard to Compensate People for Serious Vaccine Injury?
    ​…​After losing several jobs worth more than $40,000 in wages, ​​Robinson said he felt “strong-armed” by his industry. “It became clear to me that the message in the industry was, if you don’t get vaccinated, you ain’t working,” Robinson said.
    ​ ​Like McFadden, Robinson developed multiple blood clots after his J&J jab, including one in his jugular vein. He’s now taking blood thinners and can’t do stunts, so he’s losing money — more than the wage cap of $50,000 established under the Countermeasure Injury Compensation Program (CICP), the government-run program for compensating people injured by COVID vaccines or other countermeasures.
    ​ ​‘If the government’s going to force you to do something, they should provide compensation if they’re screwing you over,’ he said.”…
    ​…​“Vaccine injury compensation may be a last line of support for families confronting devastating or lifelong medical conditions because we don’t have a medical or social safety net that reliably keeps sick and disabled people out of poverty in this country”​ …
    ​…One might even conclude it is analogous in practice to the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of the criminal courts: for CICP, the vaccines are in effect innocent until proven guilty.​..
    ​…​CICP doesn’t even have an injury table for COVID vaccines, according to Haelle. As a result, very few paid claims are paid and the public has little trust in the system.

    ​The most substantial COVID-related risk to healthy minors is from the shots…
    664 Reports of Myocarditis in 5- to 17-Year-Olds After COVID Shots, VAERS Data Show
    VAERS data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included a total of 1,195,396 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 26,059 deaths and 211,584 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020, and March 18, 2022.

    John Day

    Comments ARE TAE today, Folks!



    All the best for a speedy recovery.
    Thanks to the commentariat – you’re all doing a great job filling in for Raul!

    Michael Reid

    Thank you Rototillerman for #104978. It brought more clarity and understanding for me.


    How will unfriendly countries get rubles?
    Putin asks ‘unfriendly countries’ to purchase Russian oil, gas in rubles

    Figmund Sreud

    Biden in Poland: Biden declares Putin ‘cannot remain in power’


    Figmund Sreud

    … er, complete Biden’s speech in Warszawa, Poland:



    That “speech” literally has me wondering whether the decision has been made by the Great Reset gang to go nuclear given the lack of any de-escalation measures on the part of the West. And practically noone has been calling for the 25th Amendment in light of this rhetoric. Note only the US DOD has run scenarios they believe will “win” a nuclear war. The empire has not just been shown as naked, but also willingly backing themselves into a corner liked a caged rat without provocation.

    Denninger’s Take


    ““In this battle we need to be clear-eyed. This battle will not be won in days, or months, either,” Biden said.”

    Try minutes.

    V. Arnold
    Veracious Poet

    Average price for a gallon of gas in Russia: $1.66

    Tells you everything you need to know about Good vs. Evil in the West, where fascism is holy & right when “The Anointed” do it…

    When will we have health care again? The system here is cracking. In fact worse, or a straight-line continuation of CV. Stay out of hospitals.

    I was hoping for health care to return to somewhat “normalcy”, since I’ve waited too long for a hip replacement, but I’m starting to think it’s not going to happen…

    Filed under you can’t fix stupid, nor legislate it away:

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week signed legislation into law requiring that high school students in the state take a financial literacy course in order to graduate.

    Note: NSAIDs are toxic used long-term, best to use them in a pinch, Advil is especially dangerous (I only use it for infrequent headaches/viruses).

    P.S. If people were really concerned about AGW, the first reform they should focus on is the world’s ridiculously oversized, outmoded military thuggery. .MIL causes more pollution & waste than any other group, on a LARGE scale, not to mention sucking resources dry from the innocent, peaceful that are not interested in harming anyone else.

    I don’t know what the solution is, but shouldn’t it (disbanding war machines) be the primary discussion of import?

    Veracious Poet


    @V. Arnold

    See if my browser can do it.

    Figmund Sreud


    This Biden speech, … his visit to Poland, was specifically designed to incite some ”act of war by Poland, … somehow getting involved in this Ukraine/Russia war. And Poland, … just perhaps being the greatest haters of Russia, just waited patiently for such occasion. They just itched – for a clear sign that someone strong – in particular the U.S., would joined them … just as Biden declared. And so the moment just happened, …

    Now, it’s simply up for Poland to start the incident, get tangled up, … and call upon the U.S. for help!

    Of course, … the U.S.’s agenda is different, not the same, … but the same as it was for Ukraine: ‘You enter the war, fight the Russians and we will watch, … and – maybe – will send you some lethal equipment ‘n such as needed! Popcorn time for us ‘Muricans!

    Anyway, it’s true, … the U.S. wants to destroy Russia, for sure, but they don’t want to fight Russia directly. And why not? Polaks and and the western Ukies will fight the Russians to the last Polak, … and the last Ukie! Sweet, …

    … this will not end well!


    Figmund Sreud





    Questions: ‘unfriendly countries’
    1. Why repair a Ukraine pipe line if there no gas flowing.
    2. How will unfriendly countries get rubles?


    Sorry to hear about the disc. Been there, done that … too many times. The worst part for me was when everything tightens up at night. It’s hard to move, hard to sleep, and impossible to get socks on in the morning.

    My life got better when I bought a Herman Miller Aeron chair for the office. Now my disc problems are not as frequent. But still utterly terrible when it happens.

    a kullervo

    @Raúl Ilargi Meijer

    Best wishes (and a whole lot of ouzo.)

    V. Arnold

    Thanks guys; I was hoping somebody would step up…
    Starry Night is spectacular…


    Did you notice Putin also said that roubles will be fully convertible for gold and that unfriendly countries can also use gold (and friendlies Yuan and Bitcoin)? That puts a floor price under physical gold. Currently the floor is a bit below the market price but presumbly roubles will rise as the EU HAS to buy gas starting very soon if they want to get through winter, that will increase the effective gold price, arbitrage takes over and poof goes the paper gold markets in a slow motion bank run. How much was the estimated rehypothecation again, x300? Interesting that Putin has also chosen to support Bitcoin. Maybe throwing the Western commoners a bone to help jam up the introduction of the CBDC’s?


    I know that there are a lot of Bitcoin skeptics here. But after all that has happened in Canada and now Ukraine that the brains trust at TAE is at least taking a Bitcoin test drive? You might ultimately conclude that it us all BS. But you owe it to yourself to at least open an account to see how it works.

    Mister Roboto

    The USA really has become the Empire of Lies, Incompetence, and Moral Bankruptcy, and it’s just plain old sad.


    Ilargi, all my best wishes for a “guérison rapide”, take it easy, in the sense of do the best for yourself, hoping you will recover quickly…. and …. thanks for all you do.


    Rototill, I listened to the interview of J. Flores, yes, an emphasis on the Great Reset…

    ( > It is well worth a listen.)

    from, Geopolitics and Empire:

    Today I listened to Isa Blumi (historian, Univ. Sweden, specialised in ME, Yemen in particular, never heard of him before) and he also focussed on a Reset but sees it more (as I interpret what I hear while chopping veggies and making dough etc.) in terms of a total re-organisation of relations there, in geo-pol terms of a trad kind, dealing with energy in part. Qatar figures large.

    Link, about halfway thru for international implications – not that the first half isn’t interesting.

    Isa Blumi: Yemen Is Holding Its Own Against The Empire

    Blumi has written a book about Yemen which looks +++.

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