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Rembrandt van Rijn The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp 1632


Ukraine: Transfer of Power Balance from West to East (Leckie)
The New, Resource-Based Global Reserve Currency (Escobar)
Putin Says Russia to Keep Supplying Gas Amid Shift to Rubles (BBG)
German Chemical Giant Warns Of “Total Collapse” If Russian Gas Supply Cut (ZH)
31 Years After End of Warsaw Pact, NATO Continues As Regional Disrupter (GT)
Ukraine Journalist Finds Charred Remains Where War Crime Was Filmed (IC)
Fight With Clinton Campaign And DNC Looms In Sussmann Case (Pol.)
White House Stands By Biden’s Claim That Hunter Didn’t Profit Off China (WE)
Pakistan Warns Of Foreign-backed Regime-change Attempt (M/P)
WSJ Misleads Public on Ivermectin, Ignores Revelations About ‘Hidden Author’ (CHD)







It really is this simple.

Ukraine: Transfer of Power Balance from West to East (Leckie)

The Russian military is running an “economy of effort” operation. It has effectively fixed in place the garrisons defending Ukraine’s major cities leaving them incapable of supporting the troops in the Donbass. Meanwhile Russia is progressively destroying the military infrastructure of the Ukraine (resupply, maintenance and command and control facilities and weapon systems such as air defense, artillery and armored vehicles) through a combination of air strikes, cruise missiles, rockets and traditional artillery across the breadth and depth of Ukraine. Approximately 60,000 of Ukraine’s best trained and equipped troops are located in the Donbass.

It would appear unlikely that this force is capable of anything other than localized tactical level manoeuvre at this point due to a combination of ever dwindling supplies of ammunition, fuel and rations, Russia’s dominance in the air and ground based combat power, and the effects of combat to date. Despite the alleged incompetence of the handling of the initial stages of the war, the Pentagon assesses that the Russian forces still retain nearly 90 percent of the initial combat power assigned to the invasion. With Russian forces on the verge of completing the capture of Mariupol, it will only be a matter of time before the Ukrainian forces in the Donbass are fully encircled and subsequently destroyed or forced to surrender.

Whilst there may be many weeks, or even months of fighting ahead, the writing is on the wall that Russia, barring outside intervention (i.e. NATO — which has repeatedly ruled out direct military intervention), will achieve its military objectives. The direct Russo-Ukraine conflict is however just one level of this conflict. Ukraine is actually an unfortunate pawn in the much bigger conflict. As long time Russia analyst Gilbert Doctorow notes this is a “full-blown proxy war between the United States of America and the Russian Federation, and it is about ending or perpetuating American global hegemony.” Whilst the war in Ukraine will end sooner or later, the implications at a global scale of this proxy war will be of much greater consequence for a much greater period of time.

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“..trifecta (imminent blitzkrieg on Donbass; US bioweapon labs; Ukraine working on nuclear weapons) as the casus belli..”

The New, Resource-Based Global Reserve Currency (Escobar)

The Russian Central Bank nationalized foreign exchange earnings of all major exporters. There was no default. The ruble keeps rising – and is now back to roughly the same level before Operation Z. Russia remains self-sufficient, food-wise. American hysteria over “isolated” Russia is laughable. Every actor that matters across Eurasia – not to mention the other 4 BRICS and virtually the whole Global South – did not demonize and/or sanction Russia. As an extra bonus, arguably the last oligarch capable of influence in Moscow, Anatoly Chubais, is gone. Call it another momentous historical trickery: Western sanction hysteria de facto dismembered Russian oligarchy – Putin’s pet project since 2000. What that implies is the strengthening of the Russian state and the consolidation of Russian society.

We still don’t have all the facts, but a case can be made that after years of careful evaluation Putin opted to really go for broke and break the West’s back – using that trifecta (imminent blitzkrieg on Donbass; US bioweapon labs; Ukraine working on nuclear weapons) as the casus belli. The freezing of foreign reserves had to have been forecasted, especially because the Russian Central Bank had been increasing its reserves of US Treasuries since November last year. Then there’s the serious possibility of Moscow being able to access “secret” offshore foreign reserves – a complex matrix built with Chinese insider help.

The sudden switch from dollars/euros to rubles was hardcore, Olympic-level geoeconomic judo. Putin enticed the collective West to unleash its demented hysteria sanction attack – and turned it against the opponent with a single, swift move. And here we all are now trying to absorb so many in-synch game-changing developments following the weaponization of dollar assets: rupee-ruble with India, the Saudi petroyuan, co-badged Mir-UnionPay cards issued by Russian banks, the Russia-Iran SWIFT alternative, the EAEU-China project of an independent monetary/financial system.

Not to mention the master coup by the Russian Central Bank, pegging 1 gram of gold to 5,000 rubles – which is already around $60, and climbing. Coupled with No Rubles No Gas, what we have here is energy de facto pegged to gold. The EU Chihuahuas and the Japanese colony will need to buy a lot of rubles in gold or buy a lot of gold to have their gas. And it gets better. Russia may re-peg the ruble to gold in the near future. Could go to 2,000 rubles, 1,000 rubles, even 500 rubles for a gram of gold.

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No disruptions, but a lot of support for the ruble. Also from much higher prices. Who’s winning?

Putin Says Russia to Keep Supplying Gas Amid Shift to Rubles (BBG)

Russia aims to keep supplying gas to European customers even as it demands they shift to payment in rubles, President Vladimir Putin said, easing fears that the shift could lead to disruptions from the continent’s biggest supplier. “Russia values its business reputation, we have complied and will comply in the future with obligations under all contracts, including gas contracts,” he told officials in televised comments laying out the new mechanism for ruble payments. “We will continue to supply gas in the volumes and at prices set down in the current long-term agreements,” he added, warning that shipments would be stopped for customers who don’t accept the new terms starting Friday.

European officials said the change isn’t likely to affect supplies. “For us, with regard to Putin’s threat or announcement or plan — one doesn’t really know what to call it anymore — to get paid in rubles, the main point is that the contracts are being kept,” German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said. When Putin first announced the ruble-payment demand last week, European officials rejected it, saying the move would violate contract terms. But the Kremlin Thursday published a presidential decree outlining the mechanism to allow foreign buyers to convert their dollars and euros into the Russian currency through a state-controlled bank. European benchmark gas jumped after the order was published but pared gains later. Fear of a possible cutoff of Russian gas — worsened by the threats on ruble payments — had driven prices higher in recent days.

An official at the French presidency, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the new mechanism doesn’t change the payments as mandated in the contracts, which will continue as before. But the official said France is preparing a contingency plan for gas, given all the uncertainties. Putin initially portrayed the move against “unfriendly countries” as retaliation for sweeping Western sanctions imposed over his invasion of Ukraine. The Kremlin, seeking to use its leverage as Europe’s largest gas supplier, hinted it might cut off countries that refused. But the Group of Seven leading industrial nations flatly rejected the demand, saying it violated contractual terms. Authorities in Germany and Austria warned that the dispute could lead to an interruption in vital supplies.

Gas buyers were still seeking clarity on the change Thursday. Germany’s E.ON SE said it’s not clear which contracts are covered, while Denmark’s Orsted AS said it hasn’t been approached by Russian gas giant Gazprom and until that happens, assumes the contract conditions are unchanged. Payments for gas shipped in April are due late in the month or in May, depending on the contract, according to a person familiar with Russia’s supply deals. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who discussed the issue in a call with Putin, said Thursday, “in any case, it remains the case that companies want to, can and will continue to pay in euros.”

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I just said: NO disruptions.

German Chemical Giant Warns Of “Total Collapse” If Russian Gas Supply Cut (ZH)

CEO of Germany’s multinational BASF SE, the world’s largest chemical producer, has warned that curbing or cutting off energy imports from Russia would bring into doubt the continued existence of small and medium-sized energy companies, and further would likely spiral Germany into its most “catastrophic” economic crisis going back to the end of World War 2. Company CEO Martin Brudermuller issued the words in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper just ahead of German officials by midweek giving an “early warning” to industries and the population of possible natural gas shortages, as Russia appears ready to firmly hold to Putin’s recent declaration that “unfriendly countries” must settle energy payments in rubles, related to the Ukraine crisis and resultant Western sanctions.

According to Bloomberg he mused that while “Germany could be independent from Russia gas in four to five years” it remains that “LNG imports cannot be increased quickly enough to replace all Russian gas flows in the short term.” But in the meantime, Brudermuller described that “It’s not enough that we all turn down the heating by 2 degrees now” given that “Russia covers 55 percent of German natural gas consumption.” He emphasized that if Russian gas disappeared overnight, “many things would collapse here” – given that “we would have high levels of unemployment, and many companies would go bankrupt. This would lead to irreversible damage.” He continued:

“To put it bluntly: This could bring the German economy into its worst crisis since the end of the Second World War and destroy our prosperity. For many small and medium-sized companies in particular, it could mean the end. We can’t risk that!” The dire warning of coming disaster in the event Russian gas is shut off came in response being questioned over whether it’s at all possible to abandon Russian energy. Asserting that this issue is not “black and white” – and that the German economy stands on the brink of catastrophe, the BASF CEO said that if this standoff continues to escalate it will “open the eyes of many on both sides”…

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View from China.

31 Years After End of Warsaw Pact, NATO Continues As Regional Disrupter (GT)

It has been 31 years since the formal dissolution of the military structures of the Warsaw Pact on March 31, 1991. NATO, another product of the Cold War era, however, has not dissolved with the end of the Cold War and the disbandment of the Warsaw Pact. NATO’s activities have aroused regional and global insecurities. And the ongoing Ukraine crisis was largely triggered by the bloc’s eastward expansion. The continued existence of NATO is mainly to serve the global military hegemony system of the US. Even in the era of the Cold War, the US-led NATO was not only meant to counter the Warsaw Pact, but also served as a tool to dominate the world militarily. This was reinforced after the end of the Cold War. Through military cooperation, Washington can put a grip on many Western countries, especially those in Europe.

As a member of the military group, Europe has been heavily impacted by the US in terms of defense policy and strategic decisions. As Washington has regarded Moscow as its foe and rival, it has exploited many European countries to contain and deter it. Today, NATO has become an instrument to maintain US’ military hegemony. NATO has set a target of 2 percent of a member state’s GDP to spend on defense. But many countries have failed to meet the target in the past several years, to the annoyance of the US. As a response to the Ukraine crisis, more countries vowed to raise spending to 2 percent. Furthermore, the US took advantage of the Ukraine crisis to sell more weaponry to Europe and ramp up its military deployment against Russia. It can be said that the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis has intensified Washington’s control over NATO members in Europe.

After the end of the Cold War, in a bid to prove the value and legitimacy of its existence, NATO has created various imaginary enemies and provoked regional conflicts many times, including the Ukraine crisis. Some experts said that the absolute security of NATO is the absolute insecurity of the rest of the world. With NATO’s eastward expansion, the bloc has intensified conflict with Russia and greatly suppressed its strategic space. This has worsened Russia-Europe relations and threatened the peace and stability of Eastern Europe. The pursuit of absolute security has indeed led to regional and global instability. French President Emmanuel Macron said in 2019 that NATO was experiencing “brain death.” On March 17, he told a press conference that he took “full responsibility” for what he said in 2019, but added that “Russia has just provided an electroshock … the awakening” with its military operations in Ukraine.

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Even the alt media in the west feel obligated to start a report like this with: “Amid overwhelming evidence that Russian forces have committed war crimes during an unprovoked war of aggression in Ukraine.. “

Ukraine Journalist Finds Charred Remains Where War Crime Was Filmed (IC)

Amid overwhelming evidence that Russian forces have committed war crimes during an unprovoked war of aggression in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials were confronted this week with video that appeared to show Ukrainian soldiers shooting captive Russian soldiers in the legs. Although Ukraine’s senior military leader and its domestic intelligence agency both insisted that the video posted on social networks on Sunday was “a fake” produced by Russia, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised that the government would investigate and punish those responsible if the incident did take place. On Monday, a well-known Ukrainian journalist, Yuri Butusov, published graphic video showing the charred remains of three men he identified as Russian soldiers, as Ukrainian forces recaptured the town of Malaya Rohan, outside Kharkiv, over the weekend.

Although Butusov made no mention of the video of the alleged war crime, a visual analysis of his footage shows that it was clearly filmed in the same location as the video of the prisoners being shot, some time after that incident. Reporting by open-source investigators and BBC News had already established that the video of the alleged war crime was recorded at a dairy processing plant in Malaya Rohan, which is about 3 miles east of Kharkiv. Multiple visual clues in Butusov’s video show that he discovered the burned bodies in precisely the same part of the dairy plant’s courtyard where, in the prior video, at least eight captives were filmed bleeding on the pavement, several with their hands bound behind their backs and bags over their heads.

According to Butusov, the editor of the Ukrainian news site Censor.net, he arrived in Malaya Rohan “a few hours after the battle” there. By that time, his footage shows, several of the buildings at the dairy factory had been partially destroyed by explosions or fire. Those same structures had not yet been damaged when the video showing the prisoners being shot was recorded.

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Durham won’t let go.

Fight With Clinton Campaign And DNC Looms In Sussmann Case (Pol.)

A looming legal battle could reveal new details about the decision by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign to commission a research project that produced a controversial dossier on Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. Prosecutors on special counsel John Durham’s team handling a criminal false-statement case against a top lawyer for Democratic causes, Michael Sussmann, indicated on Thursday that they planned to challenge claims of attorney-client privilege raised by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign. The issue has lingered for years, with the Democratic groups claiming that the investigative firm that produced the dossier, Fusion GPS, did so as part of attorney-requested research related to potential litigation.

However, Durham’s prosecution of Sussmann, a former Perkins Coie partner, may bring the question to a head as prosecutors seek to call witnesses from the law firm and Fusion GPS. “It’s obviously a bit of a hornet’s nest,” defense attorney Sean Berkowitz said on Thursday during a pretrial hearing for Sussmann, who’s accused of lying to the FBI by denying he was working for any client when in September 2016 he brought FBI general counsel James Baker computer data that hinted at links between Trump entities and Russia. Berkowitz said that on Wednesday night, Durham’s team indicated that it planned to contest the privilege claims in the lead-up to Sussmann’s trial, set to open May 16 in Washington. The defense attorney denounced the prosecution’s move as “wildly untimely” and “an ambush that could change the entire parameter and focus of the case.”

“We’re very concerned about it,” Berkowitz told U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper. During a House Intelligence Committee investigation in 2017, Clinton campaign general counsel Mark Elias, a Perkins Coie attorney, testified — with permission from the DNC and the campaign — that he selected Fusion GPS to do research on Trump and individuals in his orbit. He said Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook approved the work, but wasn’t involved in picking the firm. But details of who in Clinton’s orbit knew about the sensitive project, handled primarily by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, remain murky. “We have had conversations and have been unable to get comfort as to the grounding and basis of various privilege theories,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew DeFilippis told the judge.

“These issues are unavoidable and we’ve been working for quite some time to get to the bottom of them.” DeFlippis didn’t delve into the details of the dispute during the hearing held by videoconference on Thursday, but he gave one example: He said the Clinton campaign was asserting privilege over communications of Rodney Joffe, a tech executive who compiled the data Sussmann shared with the FBI. The campaign has asserted the privilege even over messages it was not copied on, DeFelippis said. Durham’s team is, to some extent, shooting in the dark. DeFilippis signaled on Thursday that prosecutors didn’t know the details of much of the information they might want to bring up at Sussmann’s trial because those statements are redacted in documents the prosecution team has access to. “We don’t have insight into what’s under the redactions,” DeFilippis said.

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What use is denying at this point?

White House Stands By Biden’s Claim That Hunter Didn’t Profit Off China (WE)

The White House is standing by then-candidate Joe Biden’s October 2020 assertion that his son had not made money in China despite clear evidence that his son had received millions from Chinese businessmen.
When Kristen Welker of NBC News, who moderated the presidential debate in which Biden made the claim, asked White House communications director Kate Bedingfield on Thursday whether the White House stood by Biden’s debate comments that there was nothing unethical about Hunter Biden’s business dealings and that his son had not made any money in China, Bedingfield confirmed the White House would “stand by“ the statement. “We absolutely stand by the president’s comment, and I would point you to the reporting on this, which referenced statements that we made at the time that we gave to the Washington Post who worked on this story,” Bedingfield said.

“But as you know, I don’t speak for Hunter Biden, so there’s not more I can say on that.” But executives from the Chinese Communist Party-linked CEFC energy company “paid $4.8 million to entities controlled by Hunter Biden and his uncle,” James Biden, the Washington Post confirmed earlier this week following reporting by the Washington Examiner and others. New documents, which include “a signed copy of a $1 million legal retainer, emails related to the wire transfers, and $3.8 million in consulting fees that are confirmed in new bank records and agreements signed by Hunter Biden — illustrate the ways in which his family profited from relationships built over Joe Biden’s decades in public service,” the outlet said. Bedingfield was asked whether there had been discussions inside the White House about possible pardons for James or Hunter Biden, a possibility she dismissed as a “hypothetical” she wouldn’t address from the podium.

Welker had asked Joe Biden during the 2020 debate, “There have been questions about the work your son has done in China and for a Ukrainian energy company when you were vice president. In retrospect, was anything about those relationships inappropriate or unethical?” Joe Biden would then falsely deny his son had made money from China. “Nothing was unethical,” Joe Biden replied, arguing at length he had done no wrong during his son’s lucrative time on the board of Ukrainian energy giant Burisma, before adding, “My son has not made money in terms of this thing about — what are you talking about — China. I have not had it. The only guy that made money from China is this guy. He’s the only one. Nobody else has made money from China.”

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A nuclear power.

Pakistan Warns Of Foreign-backed Regime-change Attempt (M/P)

While the world’s attention is understandably focused on the crisis in Ukraine, equally grave developments are taking place elsewhere. Perhaps the most consequential – and underreported – is a regime-change operation underway in Pakistan. This March, opposition lawmakers in Pakistan’s parliament launched a “no-confidence” motion aimed at overthrowing Prime Minister Imran Khan. Khan, who was democratically elected in 2018, has warned that an “effort is being made to topple the government with the help of foreign funds in our country.” “Our people are being used. Mostly unknowingly, but some knowingly are using this money against us,” Khan said at a rally on March 27. He added that the government had proof of these payments. Khan argued that these external interests seek to reverse his independent foreign policy.

He recalled his predecessor Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a Pakistani prime minister who was overthrown in a US-backed coup in 1977, then executed following a show trial. Bhutto was punished “when he tried to bring in a free foreign policy to the country,” Khan declared. Khan specifically singled out the United States for meddling to try to remove him from power. He said he received a letter from Washington that threatened him for refusing to allow it to establish US military bases in Pakistan. He cautioned that the opposition is collaborating with the United States and other foreign countries in its no-confidence motion against him. These warnings came just over a month after Khan publicly criticized the US government for cynically using Pakistan to advance Washington’s interests. He also simultaneously praised China for always acting as a “friend” of Islamabad.

“Whenever the US needed us, they established relations, and Pakistan became a frontline state [against the Soviet Union], and then abandoned it and slapped sanctions on us,” Khan complained. On the other hand, “China is a friend which has always stood by Pakistan,” he contrasted. The idea that a regime-change plot could even be conceived of, let alone attempted, in a nuclear-armed country of more than 220 million may seem shocking and preposterous. On the surface, it strikes as incredulous considering that Islamabad is a major world capital, arguably the most powerful within the Muslim-majority world. Nevertheless, it is precisely these characteristics that make Pakistan so geopolitically important. The following is an analysis of the principal reasons for why hostile foreign elites have decided that Prime Minister Imran Khan must go

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“..81 separate studies — involving a combined 128,000 participants — that demonstrated an average efficacy of 65% for several different outcomes..”

WSJ Misleads Public on Ivermectin, Ignores Revelations About ‘Hidden Author’ (CHD)

The Wall Street Journal on March 18 published an article with this headline: “Ivermectin Didn’t Reduce Covid-19 Hospitalizations in Largest Trial to Date.” Headline readers will easily reach the seemingly obvious conclusion: Drs. Anthony Fauci and Rochelle Walensky, along with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were right all along. However, for those who read beyond the headline and first few paragraphs, the story begins to morph. The headline clearly states the trial in question was the largest to date. However, this is not the case — as the article’s author, Sarah Toy, explains early in the piece:

“The latest trial, of nearly 1,400 Covid-19 patients at risk of severe disease, is the largest to show that those who received ivermectin as a treatment didn’t fare better than those who received a placebo.” This wasn’t the largest trial to date — it was only the largest trial to date among the subset of trials that have shown no benefit of ivermectin. Was this an oversight? Or was it a deliberate attempt to confuse the 42 million readers of The Wall Street Journal’s digital content? [..] Toy chose not to mention the 81 separate studies — involving a combined 128,000 participants — that demonstrated an average efficacy of 65% for several different outcomes. She also did not mention the 22 studies — involving nearly 40,000 people — around the outcome in question, hospitalization. Those studies showed an average efficacy of 39%.

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    Rembrandt van Rijn The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp 1632   • Ukraine: Transfer of Power Balance from West to East (Leckie) • The New, Reso
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle April 1 2022]

    V. Arnold

    Rembrandt van Rijn The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp 1632

    The usual excellence of light and detail; but, I noticed that the rapt students were not young men (20’s); and of course no women to be seen…

    Polder Dweller

    Rembrandt van Rijn The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp 1632

    Well, there’s a coincidence! I just saw the original of that very painting a couple of weeks ago during my first ever visit (I know, right) to the Mauritshuis (Maurit’s House) museum in The Hague. My wife took a photo of it as she thought it would make a good cover for our daughter’s master thesis on arthritis of the hand. She’s doing her masters in Leiden, the home town of Rembrandt.

    Mister Roboto

    From yesterday:

    You are all cheerleaders for a narrative that you can’t let go of. You cherish your narrative. And you contort reality to fit it into your BS. It is tiresome. And fucking ridiculous.

    IOW, you didn’t even bother to read the thread. Here’s the whole thing in one place for you:


    Veracious Poet

    So, Putin flinched first.

    I hope Putin realizes that without following through, ie cutting off the silly, lying, non-serious EU, he’s just given them reason to doubt his resolve & grant the EU time to build alliances, increasing NATO’s chances of winning “hearts & minds” concerning boots-on-the-ground + a no-fly zone in Ukraine. And beyond…

    Specifically, without making the West pay for their hubris regarding sanctions, the West will become emboldened to believe they’ve got Putin on the ropes, that the Ruble/Gold demand for payment was just a bluff.

    Only a fool negotiates with psychopaths, terrorists & small children.

    Dr. D

    “No women to be seen”: I would think not. Everyone in that painting is taking their life in their hands hanging around a rotting, open corpse.

    From yesterday’s hypothesis, yes, those things such as cloistered diseases are possible. If actual, and I’ve noted the nonsensical, uneconomical media/industry push for 5G that ties in CV strongly – then they are quite beyond what I would expect and would have to change my yardstick. I’m thinking of the – I forget now – Group “A”, 1-in-20 batches that were 100x more deadly. Okay, IF batches are not all the same, how many? Are there 100 completely different, equally deadly? Was Group A only the immediates, and same fatality, just faster? I have considered it. Since it’s “Experimental” and they don’t need to write anything on the vial or inform, why NOT run 100x different Mad Scientist Dr. Mengele tests?

    Yes HIV/AIDS (we may have a non-HIV type of Acquired Immune Disorder) diminishes the immune system. But so do a lot of things. I think I’m pointing out it’s not exact, but more importantly, its a very wide gradient between “working” and “not working”. Very, very wide.

    They can claim us as genetic species and charge us rent? Hahahahaha! Molon Labe: Come and claim it if you dare. Ain’t nobody gonna lie down for that. To be chattel slave property to some rich geezer who just tried to kill you only last month? I’ve got a better idea: please come down and try it!

    Covid update: Epidemic over, no one in hospital with “Covid”, and hospitals are so overwhelmed they’ve cut staff in half in cruel, creative ways. Nurse patient ratios were nosebleed redline in 2019, now twice that into “Criminally fatal” and “Reckless disregard for human life.” Admins are all still there, paid, in pajamas, lawns mowed on campus, new expensive toys being bought, expensive, glamorous “Nurses R the Bestest” ads being placed. If you want to live, live careful, drive slow, stay out of them. There is a nationwide nursing strike going on, like the trucker strike, but no one’s talking. With a I dunno, +7:1 patient ratio, a nurse has a good chance of someone unnecessarily dying every shift, on their license. So investigation, jail time for crippling yourself with hard work and getting beat up, spit on for 12 overnight hours. You can’t be in the chair when everyone dies, so they are all leaving. Because: Otherwise people will die??? I mean this isn’t rocket science. X patients means Y nurses, providers, housekeeping, etc. I don’t care if you fire every admin, make all of them into janitors, you have to have care:patient ratios or it’s not a hospital, it’s a crime scene.

    Surely you overreact Herr Docktor, as usual. “Tech is going to da moon!!!” “Subprime is contained” “RussiaRussiaRussia”. No. As usual, I am under-reacting. This week’s story is the criminal trial of nurse RaDonda Vaught of Vanderbilt Hospital. The hospital thought it was a good idea to have critical nurse:patient shortages, no nurses on staff at all in the MRI room, and an IT system so broken so badly for so long you had to override every medication by hand. This nurse then got a prescription, overrode the system and killed a patient with an unfamiliar drug. And immediately reported it as required by nurses. Vanderbilt hid the evidence, covered up the “crime”, fabricated the death certificate, and paid off (half) the family. When it came to light, Vanderbilt had the Vanderbilt-alumni local D.A. charge the nurse with murder. Of which she is now convicted. For a misprescription, caused by the Vanderbilt profit systems. None of the cover-ups, the fake Death Cert, have been, or ever will be prosecuted.

    Needless to say, on the conviction of a nurse to save Vanderbilt from mildly-embarrassing, slightly-expensive but common lawsuit, the Vanderbilt nurses walked out. Because: do your job, go to jail. But it’s not Vanderbilt. ALL hospitals act this way, and if the U.S. legal system supports this, no nurse in the country is safe. So net-net they are all walking out, going elsewhere. In a crippling nurse shortage that’s already causing 7:1, 20:1 nurse patient ratios with travel nurses making $100+/hr. Since ICUs are full, that’s 7:1 with ICU patients sent down to the standard care floors. Ding! I know you should be ICU but congratulations, Admin says you’re not sick anymore! ICU beds aren’t a profit center, haven’t you heard? Good luck surviving the next few days! Or rather, the nurse will focus on the ICU patient only. Good luck being a normal Joe on that floor who accidentally dies because something was missed while she was busy trying to be a triage ICU nurse with no training and special equipment.

    Note: the nurses EXIST. That’s a medical degree and the nurses with licenses are listed in the book. We know how many there are in the country. They just won’t submit to being employed under these conditions and would rather do anything else. Because: death? Jail? For the privilege of being the most overworked, most assaulted occupation in America? And this can end in a day. Staff properly and they’ll come back and save YOUR life. If you don’t, they won’t, and you will die next time you have a medical event. I bring this up, but providers are also (much less) overworked, they have no floor secretaries, transporters, “Techs”, housekeeping, and other “untrained” support staff either. All those extra, non-medical-degree people are easy to get: pay them enough. They appear. Easy. That’s called “Capitalism”, the one thing we don’t have.

    Not news. Only reported in that corner of the world. Too busy with the Oscars. I hope everyone goes long coffins! BuyBuyBuy!

    Bonus question: what do you call a “Hospital” with no staff manning it? Deathcare? A sort of leper colony where people only go to die? There are no words.

    “Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu Detected in Five More US States”

    Suspect this also has a fake test as well. Or the disease is nowhere near as dangerous as advertised.

    “California Reparations Panel Struggles to Decide which Black Americans Should Receive Handouts”

    Thanks to “America” and “Lack of racism” many of the “Black” people I know are half black. Does that mean they should pay themselves? Some of the others are Italians, landing far past the 1890’s. Should they get the bill? Their parents’ generation were also top experiencers of American racism. The last one was from Jamaica in the 80’s like Harris was. They got every opportunity and landed after civil rights. Do they pay or do they owe? Here’s a pancake on your head: your argument makes no sense. This is why racism doesn’t work: the deep abiding racism inherent in the reparations bill.

    We have a legal system for this: if a specific person does a specific, provable wrong, they can be sued and make whole the damages they caused. That’s what that subset of “Law” is. But we don’t have specific crimes, harmed people, harming people, measured damages, or anything else. We just sorta make some s–t up from our feelz and make somebody else pay.

    “March Payrolls Preview: Can Wage Growth Slow Enough to Dent the Fed’s 50bps Rate Hike”

    Great headline. Shows the deep internalization that when inflating the Fed hates only one thing: rising wages. Working people getting ahead is the only enemy. Rising standards of living are to be stopped.

    Ruble completely recovered. Vatican has bought it, presumably to buy gas and not sit in the dark.

    “Ukraine: Transfer of Power Balance from West to East (Leckie)”

    It’s over; Russia won, but I see rumor Putin retreated to a nuclear bunker before telling Euro-toddlers they can’t have free gas without paying for it. Figures they would nuke him in a tantrum. They look gob-smacked and don’t understand why they can’t take things without paying for them. In true communist fashion: I have not gas, and you do, so share. I did no work but you did, so gimme.

    “The ruble keeps rising – and is now back to roughly the same level before Operation Z.”

    Yes but we in the West outlawed the letter “Z” so we’re really “winning.” Ha ha ha! I swear to God it’s like dealing with a 2-year-old. “Fools, Terrorists and Small Children” They are all three. Now you see why empires rotate: civilization depends on cooperation, which is a subset of “keeping your word”(Contract law). When you’re “Not agreement capable”, you have no cooperation, no civilization, no economy, and therefore no “Empire.” It’s really simple: cheaters never win. Because no one will deal with them, you can’t deal with them, and if you have to rebel and put them in a ditch to sign a scroll because they think “The Law is in My Mouth” then you have no choice but to risk death by hanging and do it.

    And why? Is “Not Lying” and “Keeping your word” really that hard? Jesus Christ on a pogo stick these guys are dum.

    German Chemical Giant Warns of “Total Collapse” If Russian Gas Supply Cut (ZH)”

    This is not hyperbole. In chemical plants you often have processes that cannot be interrupted. Even a disruption could cause costs that blow the quarter’s or the year’s profits to restart. I don’t know exactly of what he speaks, but it’s possible. No quarter profits, plant down = no payroll. AND product shortages.

    31 Years after End of Warsaw Pact, NATO Continues as Regional Disrupter (GT)”

    As everyone says, “Who is NATO supposed to be fighting?” There’s only one country: Russia. Russia is the size of Italy and doesn’t have enough men to occupy anyone, therefore NATO can only be the aggressor, not the defender. Which we know from their 30 years of actions. Worse, it’s the aggressor of the U.S. attacking Europe. Germany specifically. They don’t want that, Americans don’t want that. So why’s it happening?

    “What use is denying [Hunter] at this point?”

    Half the nation believes them. And that RussiaRussiaRussia was in the voting machines and changed the tallies, although Obama and Mueller both said they didn’t. Why NOT say it, if people are that credible and dumb?

    Anyway, going back months now, where not a single person can do their job and arrest the multi-hundred-thousand felonies, they don’t want the U.S. to collapse because the White Hats enforced the law. The collapse has to come first, the arrests after, and we now what that collapse is. The collapse of money laundering, therefore bribes, and the crack of the US Dollar system. That has to be Biden’s/DNC’s fault.

    I wouldn’t do it this way, but I understand it.

    I suspect the White Hats are aware, they know what needs to happen, and are actually allied and feeding info to Russia and China that permit these actions. That is off-color because from one point of view it is treason. From the other point of view the White Hats are the real legitimate government and have both legal authority, as well as recognizing they can right the world and make it not-corrupt and functional again in a realpolitik kind of way. Deal is: WH runs the U.S. Military. They promise not to respond if Russia cleans Ukr and cracks the Dollar/banking system we cannot. Flip side, with assurances, we sell Taiwan to China and they merge, but China continues to become less authoritarian instead of more. All that is hidden, however, as the East prefers to do.

    U.S. banking and Empire end, which is the goal of everyone worldwide. Nuclear war averted, honest commerce begins again. Profits stop being stolen, lack bribes, courts and rule of law begin to function again. Or that would be the plan.


    So, Putin flinched first.


    V. Arnold

    Raúl Ilargi Meijer
    So, Putin flinched first.


    Yeah, that was my first reaction,,,wtf???


    @ VP:

    I don’t think Putin blinked.

    Good article explaining the latest comments from Putin at naked capitalism (opening paragraphs from article below):


    Perhaps an allergy to finance, particularly among political leaders and media employees explains the widespread lack of comprehension of what the Russian “unfriendlies pay for gas in roubles” would amount to. Recall that in his original statement, Putin set forth boundary conditions, most importantly that existing pricing mechanisms would stay in place.
    I have to keep recycling this clip because the Russian leader made clear from the get-go that the contract terms and economics would stay in place. What was being added was the requirement that the payment be tendered in roubles: [video]

    Folks, this is not hard unless you want to make it hard. It’s a mystery why the press went into MEGO (My Eyes Glaze Over) mode. If your going to leave the contract otherwise in place, all that Putin was appending was a requirement to exchange the euro/dollar/sterling amount due into roubles at the time of payment. Theoretically, Putin could have insisted on an above-market exchange rate, but that would conflict with his stipulation that price terms remain unchanged, since that would de facto change euro/dollar/sterling pricing for a new higher price stated in roubles.

    We listed a whole set of advantages in our post yesterday that Russia would nevertheless get from a minor-seeming, technical change. The main one was to require gas buyers to tender payments to Russian banks, since only Russian banks could get their hands on enough roubles to execute the foreign exchange transaction (more on an important fine point soon). There aren’t a lot of roubles trading outside Russia. That would prevent the West from sanctioning more Russian banks, something they seemed intent on doing at last week’s series of European summits. It would also mean the foreign currency payments would be in the hands of Russian institutions, and hence not vulnerable to being “frozen,” aka expropriated.

    The fact that the West seems willing to go along, and is now incorrectly depicting the Russian detailed explanation as a climbdown, makes it awfully hard for them to object when Russia, as it floated on Wednesday, extends this procedure to other commodities, like oil, lumber, wheat, metals, and fertilizer. That means in having payments from “unfriendly countries” on contracts denominated in their currencies be made to an account at an unsanctioned Russian bank with the customer also effectively ordering the currency exchange to roubles. […]

    Putin Edict on “Gas for Roubles” Consistent With Original Description (and Our Take); Western Officials Nevertheless Claim a Walkback


    Dr. D

    I guess the next thing to do is to conscript Nurses and staff and tell them it’s illegal for them to quit.

    Oh wait: they already have! In Wisconsin. Because hospital want no-contract yet won’t pay market rates.

    Socialism at work: you HAVE the training I didn’t bother to get. I NEED that training. Therefore, you have to give it to me. OR ELSE. Or else I’ll have the state TAKE it and kill you. That’s love! Caring. Tolerance. WHO takes it? It’s a big club and you ain’t in it: You’ll get nothing and like it.

    Mr. House

    “I guess the next thing to do is to conscript Nurses and staff and tell them it’s illegal for them to quit. ”

    Rome did that towards the end of empire. Some believe it was the beginning of the serfdom system.



    Mr. House

    This is an interesting headline


    where does this fit in with the war again?



    Inquiring Minds Would Like to Know

    Why Did Hunter Biden Have DOD Encryption Keys On His Laptop?


    The ongoing analysis of the hard drive of Hunter Biden’s laptop has revealed that there are multiple Department of Defense “encryption keys” on it. These keys allow access to DOD email accounts and databases. The exact number of these keys is still unknown. There may be dozens.

    The keys are known more formally as “root encryption certificates.” Some of them appear to have unusually long expiration dates with many lasting twenty years or more. Such keys should not be present on a personal laptop of any kind, and there is no known reason that Hunter Biden would be in possession of them at all.


    Durham won’t let go.

    • Fight With Clinton Campaign And DNC Looms In Sussmann Case

    Where is the laugh track?

    FEC fines Hillary Clinton, DNC over using campaign funds for Russian hoax false Trump smear

    “The Federal Election Commission hit both Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee with fines over lying about the funding of the fake Russian dossier used to smear and discredit former President Donald Trump just before his stunning 2016 presidential victory….”

    After the Clinton Campaign receiving a searing devastating fine of $8,000 !!!!!! OMG!!!!

    Shillary won’t be able to afford her pedicure this week!!! Oh, the Humanity!!!

    And the DNC received an even more crushing fine of $105,000!!! Bejeezus, Mary and Joseph how will they survive???

    A fine like that can destroy one’s reputation in public and the Halls of Power!


    Will the DNC recover from such Shame!

    Michael Reid

    “Fifth-generation warfare is a strange game. The only winning move is not to play.”


    Michael Reid

    My idea of what government is and how it acts is like the version they teach children in school. I have spent my life with other interests until recently.

    Many of the commenters here have mentioned the deep state and I have only had some notion of secret services but this video that I have started to watch is providing clarity regarding what the deep state actually is and how government actually works.


    Mr. House

    Stole this from another site, makes sense to me and explains why they advocate mixing and matching jabs:

    “It’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s a simple legal reality. Let’s say that it becomes common knowledge, and legally recognized, that the vaccines caused harm. Anyone who got one is now able to sue, no problems so far.

    But, if you mixed, then you can’t do it nearly as easily: in order to win a case, you need to prove you were harmed by that product, meaning that if you took another vaccine, each manufacturer can point to it and say, “We don’t know if it was our vaccine that did it, it might have been the other one!”

    Each manufacturer can argue it was the other vaccines which did it, and so the victims have to fight that much harder to win their case.”

    Mr. House

    and just because everyone has been talking about this all week:



    @Mr. House: thanks for sharing. The piece you linked ties it all together.

    I think this is a good article to share with the hard-core “believers” in your family/friend circles. Even if they don’t bite 100%, it opens the door for consideration of the forces at work, and the many linkages between the players.

    Gotta LOVE that it is Michael J.Fox in the starring role in They Live. Coincidences!

    John Day

    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/ending-financial-colonialism?s=w (a last picture before sheetrock goes in)

    Please excuse the lapse between posts. Real life work on our living system has taken all of my time this week. Commute between Austin and Yoakum is 4 hrs/day.
    I have been working on the interior of the homestead, finishing the cabinet-plywood walls, placing insulation in the girders between upstairs and downstairs, getting ready for the precise placement of the gas wall furnace, split-mini AC unit and stove hood-vents before the sheetrock goes in.
    I have also been building the permanent staircase to replace the pull-down attic ladder. I am having to mow every week again, and do weeding and further spring planting in the gardens.
    I’ve replaced some fruit trees and have some seedlings to replace some of the avocado trees that succumbed to the hard and sharp freeze in early March, when they were starting to perk up. Seedlings that have gone through a cold winter in their very early days seem to do better than grafted trees, though some grafted types tolerate cold better than others.
    We will have a garden party the Saturday before Easter, April 16. Pot luck; whip something up and come-on-down…

    The first few articles are all big picture pieces on the failing western financial capital neo-colonialist system. The west has lent money at interest to buy commodities from the world, where commodity producers must use the $US and can barely squeak by. All profits go to the banks and higher level manufacturers that use commodities to make things like iPhones and Teslas, which do make profits. The main beneficiaries are the banks/financiers, who make lots of profit for lending money that they create from air (and faith).
    This system has been in place since WW-2, and has been sustained by the US military, CIA, $US and before 1971, American gold. America still exports food, but American farmers are still bankrupt and suiciding, like in the rest of the world. Financial colonialism does not spare any commodity producer.
    The “Non-Aligned-Movement” sought to break countries free of financial colonialism, but leaders got assassinated and countries got regime-changed. The desire to free countries from foreign extraction of their wealth, using a despotic elite class, is what led to the American Revolution (basically against the British East India Company).
    The $US as the only currency to buy oil made American financial institutions rich, and kept wealth flowing to the US government to finance military adventurism to keep the colonies (Hi Libya!) in line. With the US military now losing face globally, and Russia/China starting to look like better guarantors of “protection” there are desperate actions by the “petrobuck empire” to punish challengers. These desperate actions accelerate the demise of the petrobuck-empire.
    My back-of-envelope estimate is that the $US needs to lose 75% of its value this decade to pay off huge financial debts while the economy declines, and dollars come back to the US for wheat, soybeans, oil, and maybe some jet planes.
    This will be very hard on people living in the US. The top 5% will lose the most, because they have wealth to lose. Many cities and states will go bankrupt.

    Dan sends this interview with Michael Hudson, Author of “Super Imperialism”, which I will excerpt a little of:
    ​..​It’s about neoliberalism. So when Richard talks about the tectonic shift? It’s really a shift between two systems. It’s between the United States pushing neoliberalism on the one hand, and countries following, let’s say, an industrial capitalism evolving into socialism, on the other hand. And all of this has already begun, just as President Putin has said, this war is not about the Ukraine.
    ​ ​It began a year ago when the United States started the war against Germany and Europe to haul it in. When President Biden insisted that Europe and especially Germany, has to block Nord Stream 2, what he said he has been saying for over a year now: that we want Europe to become dependent on American gas and oil and not on Russian oil, not only because we want the business of the exporting, but we want the ability to control the world oil trade.​..
    ​..​And it’s a 50-year perspective that goes back to the (1955) Bandung Conference in Indonesia. In 1974 when President Sukarno moved with India and much of the global South to create a nonaligned nations. The attempt going back way to 1974 was to realize that the United States was acting as an exploiter of third world countries, that it [U.S.] investment that did not aim at helping them grow, but just to siphon off what they could from their raw materials and to take over the government and make the financial sector the planning sector, not the government sector.
    ​ ​Well​,​ the Bandung conference and t​​he Third World were not able to go their own way because they didn’t have a critical mass. But the United States started a racist revolution in Indonesia. A million of Chinese were killed and the rivers ran red, I’m told, with ethnic cleansing. There was regime change the United States overthrow of Indonesia. It was the bloodiest internal conflict you could call it, or a fascist war, up to that time outside of Europe.​.
    This has been the model ever since. And the United States continued to push the model. They thought they could do to Russia what they did to Sukarno, and they could do the same to China.​..
    ..President Biden has indeed got a regime change, but the regime change is in the United States itself. When Biden said last week, well, we’ve got to make America make a lot of great sacrifices to support the Nazis in Ukraine….
    ..That means that in the future, as America spends its money abroad, and from the 1956 and the seventies, the entire U.S. balance of payments deficit, the deficit that forced America off gold was military spending. That was produced all the charts in my book Super Imperialism.
    ​ ​And now this foreign exchange is going to be not recycled to the U.S. to support the dollar. It’s going to be spent on gold and on mutual currency swaps. Well, what that means is that the dollar no longer has the free ride, no longer has the free support…
    ​..What the United States has realized in the last, I think, since World War Two is, you can control​, whe​re​ you don’t need to go to war with other countries.
    ​ ​You can control them financially as long as you’re willing to impose University of Chicago-style free market, meaning you have to kill everybody. Every academic professor who advocates an alternative, you have to treat the world like Chile. And what’s the free market realized in Chile​.​ It is if you can kill every labor leader, every land reform or every intellectual, then you’ll have Margaret Thatcher’s dream. There is no alternative. And that’s the U.S. policy.​..
    ..So there’s an idea that you motivate people by hurting them instead of by offering an opportunity to develop. And the problem is that the United States strategists don’t know how to develop because they’re neoliberals. And the neoliberalism is all about grabbing unearned income, grabbing other people’s property, grabbing other people’s income without working…
    ​..​How are you going to support American living standards and voters? You can only get this by exploiting other countries by imperialism. And other countries are realizing, do we really want our economic surplus shifted off to the United States so that they can live well at our expense?​ …
    ​..America is basically the blob, the State Department, the C.I.A., the national security state, and its ideology is to shift economic planning away from government to Wall Street and other financial centers in England and France. And I don’t see that financialization and neoliberalism changing. That’s their religion. And you’re going to have, instead of the reform that you’d like to see, you’re going to see an increasingly violent vicious fight against anyone proposing this reform, just as they fought against Allende in Chile and against against Cuba and as they’re fighting against China and Russia today.​..
    ..The United States? Again, there will be a polarization in the United States between the 1% and the 99%. The 99% what you call the economy, of course, will suffer and the 1% well, will increase their power over the 99%…
    ..I talked to officials in the U.S. Treasury. They say we can simply buy foreign politicians, we can simply pay them. When you say Europe, what you really mean are the foreign politicians that are getting enormous financial support from various U.S. State Department agencies and they’re after all opportunists…
    ​..​Now, that whole foreign dollarized, foreign trade policy, finance is going to disappear for American banks. They may make a lot of money on the arbitrage. Trade economies fall apart, but you’re also going to have a huge third world southern hemisphere debt crisis this summer.
    ​ ​If what we’ve described for American consumers is true of Latin America and Africa and other countries that have to pay more money for their oil, more money for their food, they’re not going to have enough money to pay for debt. So there are going to be huge debt defaults occurring, and that’s going to traumatize the world market.​..

    John Day

    Mish Shedlock​
    Some reports say Putin backed down on his demand for rubles for energy. Those reports are essentially wrong.​..
    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed to Vladimir Putin’s clever way around the problem of rubles payments.
    The EU will pay in euros and via a separate account at Gasprom, the euros are immediately converted to rubles.​..
    ​In this case, Russia demands rubles and get them via immediate conversion from euros or in some cases US dollars, depending on the contract…
    Russia gets paid and Gazprom is protected from sanctions.

    ​Tom Luongo:, excerpted: (Ruble prices of gold and oil are now both aligned AGAINST the $US)
    ​ ​I don’t think everyone has yet caught the significance of Russia announcing they are putting a floor under the price of gold. But, to be clear, Russia just broke the paper gold suppression scheme.​..
    ​..​Davos’ power rests on the ability to create credit and sell it at a positive interest carry to commodity producers.​.. Selling them debt…​ ultimately sucks all the profit out of the venture.​..
    ..If the banks are on both sides of the trade setting the price of money, then they ultimately control who wins and who loses while this goes on.​..
    ​..​In this respect the current financing of these industries is nothing more than a virtualized version of the colonial economic model of the 15th through 19th centuries…
    ..The producer countries of all the mineral wealth in the world are nothing but debt slaves to the money masters in Brussels, City of London and New York…
    ..The whole Great Reset is a way to crash the existing system but leave the same colonialists in power legally…
    ..When you understand that dynamic now you can understand why Russia, in particular, is the vanguard of the Global South’s desire to change the System of the World…
    ​..​Coupled with Putin demanding ‘unfriendly countries’ paying for their Russian imports with either gold or the ruble, the natural choice is for them to buy rubles until such time as the price of gold and the ruble are in sync on international markets.​..
    ..Do you hear that Davos? That’s the sound of the ticking clock.​..
    ​..​We now have a full gold/bitcoin/ruble (and soon Yuan) interconversion system that completely and utterly cuts out Davos and destroys their colonial debt model while also taking away their power to crash economies through hot money in and out flows.​..
    ..The war is over folks. Russia, China and the rest of the Global South have already won…​
    (Except there is still that military-war card to play…)

    ​Maajid Nawaz​:
    President Biden confirmed to business leaders that we are at an inflection point, and there will be a New World Order. For some reason, he felt the need to couple this announcement with the number of people that he believes usually die when such historic turnings occur: 60 million.
    ​ ​It’s not rocket science. World Orders are built around the financial system. Historically, this would usually only change through war. By way of example, the end of World War II heralded the creation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), agreed at Bretton Woods. This established the modern financial system by linking global currencies to the US dollar and – at least until 1971 – the US dollar to gold…
    ​ ​After 1971, and due to Nixon’s alterations, global currencies remained linked to the US dollar, but the US dollar was pegged to absolutely nothing. This is how – right up until now – the US Federal Reserve had a monopoly on global monetary policy.​..
    ​..​Central bankers are clamouring to fend off the advancement of decentralised currencies so as to maintain their global control, by creating their own centralised alternative: Central Banking Digital Currencies (CBDCs).
    ​ ​Due to greed, corruption and unaccountability leading to the cover up of global mass-embezzlement, our current financial system is in its death-throes.

    ​Pepe Escobar, Mariupol may become a hub for Eurasian Belt And Road rail lines between Europe and Asia, as well as shipping to North Africa.
    ​How Mariupol will become a key hub of Eurasian integration
    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.​..​
    ​ ​Amidst a flurry of testimonials detailing the horrors inflicted by the Azov neo-Nazis on Mariupol’s civilian population, a way more auspicious, invisible story bodes well for the immediate future.
    ​ ​Russia is the world’s fifth largest steel producer, apart from holding huge iron and coal deposits. Mariupol – a steel Mecca – used to source coal from Donbass, but under de facto neo-Nazi rule since the 2014 Maidan events, was turned into an importer. Iron, for instance, started to be supplied from Krivbas in Ukraine, over 200 kilometers away.
    ​ ​After Donetsk solidifies itself as an independent republic or, via referendum, chooses to become part of the Russian Federation, this situation is bound to change.
    ​ ​Azovstal is invested in a broad product line of very useful stuff: structural steel, rail for railroads, hardened steel for chains, mining equipment, rolled steel used in factory apparatus, trucks and railroad cars.

    ​Dumbphones again, and why…
    “I didn’t notice until I bought a brick phone how much a smartphone was taking over my life,” she says. “I had a lot of social media apps on it, and I didn’t get as much work done as I was always on my phone.”

    Mr. House

    “Gotta LOVE that it is Michael J.Fox in the starring role in They Live. ”

    Its actually Rowdy Roddy Piper, and you’re welcome. I came across that on another site. If anyone wants to want anti establishment movies John Carpenter is always one of your best choices. A good synopsis on covid paranoia and so forth could be found in “The Thing”.


    Highlight of the whole truth.
    1. The top 5% will lose the most, Many cities and states will go bankrupt. In a bankruptcy, the lenders lose the most. Before the cities and states go bankrupt, they will raise fees and taxes rather than cutting services and costs.

    2. Countries that have to pay more money for their oil, more money for their food, they’re not going to have enough money to pay for debt. So there are going to be huge debt defaults occurring,

    3. Money cannot buy what doesn’t exist.

    Michael Reid

    ..​Davos’ power rests on the ability to create credit and sell it at a positive interest carry to commodity producers.​.. Selling them debt…​ ultimately sucks all the profit out of the venture
    ..If the banks are on both sides of the trade setting the price of money, then they ultimately control who wins and who loses while this goes on.​..
    ​..​In this respect the current financing of these industries is nothing more than a virtualized version of the colonial economic model of the 15th through 19th centuries…
    ..The producer countries of all the mineral wealth in the world are nothing but debt slaves to the money masters in Brussels, City of London and New York…
    ..The whole Great Reset is a way to crash the existing system but leave the same colonialists in power legally…
    ..When you understand that dynamic now you can understand why Russia, in particular, is the vanguard of the Global South’s desire to change the System of the World…
    ​..​Coupled with Putin demanding ‘unfriendly countries’ paying for their Russian imports with either gold or the ruble, the natural choice is for them to buy rubles until such time as the price of gold and the ruble are in sync on international markets.​..
    ..Do you hear that Davos? That’s the sound of the ticking clock.​..
    ​..​We now have a full gold/bitcoin/ruble (and soon Yuan) interconversion system that completely and utterly cuts out Davos and destroys their colonial debt model while also taking away their power to crash economies through hot money in and out flows.​..
    ..The war is over folks. Russia, China and the rest of the Global South have already won…​

    Makes sense. It kind of reminds me of how historically the fishermen in Newfoundland could be so poor and have difficulty getting out of debt due to merchant setting the prices of the fish and the supplies and acting as the bank.

    Veracious Poet


    Yeah, on the surface it appears Putin didn’t flinch regarding trade with NATO countries that have unilaterally backed the 4th/5th gen war against Russia, either by omission or commission, but he did. Even before he set the now past deadline…

    I have to keep recycling this clip because the Russian leader made clear from the get-go that the contract terms and economics would stay in place.

    That was his first mistake. Why operate honorably when your “enemy” is not?

    He had every legal right to cancel any & all “contracts” once Russian assets were seized & sanctions announced by NATO member countries (all for one & one for all!), not to mention the threats of regime change & assassination.

    That would be akin to an abused wife continue to honor a marriage “contract” with a monster, as long as the abuser leaves her alone & pays for the children…

    Sure, Gazprom will accept EU payment in euros and via a separate account at Gasprom, the euros are immediately converted to rubles.​.., but how will those Euros actually be converted “immediately” into Rubles?

    It’s pretty obvious that at some point a NATO member bank would have to be involved (probably 3rd party), but wouldn’t that create a crisis in the near future?

    Perhaps Putin is playing the long game with China, India, Iran et al. banks, helping convert Euro to Rubles, as part of the new, new Eurasian banking/economic block, but won’t those Euros eventually be treated like conflict “blood” diamonds?

    And setting deadlines & all that, without actually being prepared to do whatever it takes, can have detrimental side-effects when dealing with masters of psyop in a time of war…

    Perhaps Putin was being compassionate towards the EU’s plight, maybe he thinks he can win friends & influence enemies, but NATO is hardly rational & past behavior indicates The West views compassion as a weakness to be exploited.

    It’s already starting…

    Putin talks tough on gas-for-rubles deadline. But flows continue to Europe

    ~ Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to ratchet up the pressure on foreign buyers of natural gas, telling so-called unfriendly countries to pay in rubles from Friday — or else have their supplies cut off.

    ~ Instead of stoking panic in Berlin and Rome, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi believe the decree does not apply to them.

    ~ European countries’ dependence on Russian energy exports has been thrust into the spotlight since the Kremlin launched its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, particularly as energy-importing countries continue to top up Putin’s war chest with oil and gas revenue on a daily basis.
    (Click the link for the rest of the psyop)


    Then again, maybe it’s all just one big joke on humanity, played surreptiously behind the scenes, by US>UK>EU & CHINA>RUSSIA>INDIA?

    Time will tell…


    President Putin’s Full Remarks at the Oil for Ruble announcement

    He doesn’t sound like a butcher to me, just a pragmatic business man imo. Also, the word of the day is suzerain! He makes all the western elites look like the idiots they are.

    Veracious Poet

    I would like to stress once again that in a situation where the financial system of Western countries is used as a weapon, when companies from these states refuse to fulfill contracts with Russian banks, enterprises, individuals, when assets in dollars and euros are frozen, it makes no sense to use the currencies of these countries.

    What about sending energy for worthless, marked euros to “these countries”?

    You know, the same group of psychos sending Intel/MIL advisors & armaments to the Ukkie Nazis…

    Maybe he was just bluffing 😉

    Actually, I think Putin got hoodwinked & should have acted back in 2014 before the parasites proliferated.

    Then again, I believe leaving the American southern border wide open for any & all invaders is a foolish idea, what do I know? 🙄

    Michael Reid

    Todd Callender from the Session 97 : Open secrets spoke of North Korean super soldiers as a possible implementation of genetic engineering. If that is what this video shows then it looks impressive.

    Veracious Poet

    2022 Factoid:

    NATO proxy war in Ukraine = Warsaw Pact proxy war in Vietnam.

    Michael Reid

    From the video I posted in comment #105316. The second speaker was very good.

    The objective of the establishment is the destruction of western culture and the Christian religion.

    The establishment
    – cares only about itself and remaining the establishment
    – cannot be kicked out
    – cannot adjust, learn or adapt
    – is at war with the whole heritage of the society and the beliefs of the majority of its citizens

    We have a legitimacy crisis.

    People are transferring there loyalty away from the state to smaller groups

    The establishment will not and can not change.

    When the dollar collapses the establishment collapses.

    We need to return to the Victorian age because it works.

    Michael Reid

    @ VP

    Putin may be playing to be properly positioned to acquire Europe when the US collapses


    Chinese pets: China withdrew that order, it was explained as a miscommunication. The pets are okay.

    Veracious Poet

    Chinese pets: China withdrew that order, it was explained as a miscommunication. The pets are okay.

    So, the BBQ has been cancelled? 😕

    Veracious Poet

    Typhoid Jen is out…April fools?

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki plans to leave the White House in May to host a show on NBC’s Peacock streaming platform, according to a report.

    Axios reported the news citing “a source close to the matter.”

    Biden’s press secretary will be the host of a show for MSNBC on NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

    Psaki, who is currently on leave after a second case of coronavirus, will leave the White House “around May” according to the report.





    The world isn’t ready for GERMANIC ISLAM

    It’s got a certain old familiar ring.

    Pull my finger, and I might remember.

    Doc Robinson
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