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Margaret Bourke-White Coney Island 1952


CIA Admits Feeding Americans False Info About Ukraine (Ron Paul)
The West Cannot Isolate Russia, Putin Warns (F.)
China’s Jan-March Overall Trade With Russia Rises 28% (R.)
The Defense Industry’s Ukraine Pundits (Lever)
Top American Golfer Recently Underwent Surgery For Blood Clot In Her Left Arm (GW)
Bitcoin Fans Are Psychopaths Who Don’t Care About Anyone, Study Shows (NYP)
California Now Leads The Country In Illiteracy (CJ)
At Least 20 Federal ‘Assets’ Embedded at Capitol on Jan. 6 (ET)
Covering for the Big Guy (Dinesh D’Souza)
Canada’s Next PM (Bexte)
Rebel News Founder Speaks After Trudeau Denies Them Journalism ‘License’ (Fox)
Trudeau Considers Trucker Tax (TCS)
Twitter ‘A Sh*t Show’ For Employees Since Elon Musk Took Major Stake (NYP)
Elon Musk Accused Of Breaking Law While Buying Twitter Stock (AP)
Elon Musk’s Vision For The Internet Is Dangerous Nonsense (Robert Reich)





“Americans are directly in charge of the war on the ground.”









” Isn’t it ironic that the CIA itself has done more than the Russians to undermine Americans’ faith in the media..”

CIA Admits Feeding Americans False Info About Ukraine (Ron Paul)

Late last year, a Gallup poll showed that Americans’ trust in the mainstream media has fallen to its second lowest level on record. Only seven percent of Americans responded that they have a “great deal” of trust in the media. That loss of trust has been well-earned by the mainstream media, and it explains the massive growth of independent media and alternative voices on social media. The response to the rise of independent media voices has been a rush to “cancel” any voice outside the accepted mainstream narrative. Citizens of the Soviet Union would read manipulated media like Pravda not because the regime reported facts, but because truth was hidden between the lines of what was reported and what was not reported. That seems to be where we are in the US today.

Last week an extraordinary article appeared in, of all places, NBC News, reporting that the US intelligence community is knowingly feeding information it does not believe accurate to the US mainstream media for the American audience to consume. In other words, the article reports that the US “deep state” admits to being actively engaged in lying to the American people in the hopes that it can manipulate public opinion According to the NBC News article, “multiple US officials acknowledged that the US has used information as a weapon even when confidence in the accuracy of the information wasn’t high. Sometimes it has used low-confidence intelligence for deterrent effect…” Readers will recall the shocking headlines that Russia was prepared to use chemical weapons in Ukraine, that China would be providing military equipment to Russia, that Russian President Putin was being fed misinformation by his advisors, and more.

All of these were churned out by the CIA to be repeated in the American media even though they were known to be false. It was all about, as one intelligence officer said in the article, “trying to get inside Putin’s head.” That may have been the goal, but what the CIA actually did was get inside America’s head with false information meant to shape public perception of the conflict. They lied to propagandize us in favor of the Biden Administration’s narrative. Those pushing the “Russiagate” hoax through the Trump years claimed that the goal of “Russian disinformation” was to undermine Americans’ trust in our government, media, and other institutions. Isn’t it ironic that the CIA itself has done more than the Russians to undermine Americans’ faith in the media by feeding false stories to establish a particular narrative among the American people?

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“It is practically “impossible to severely isolate anyone in the modern world,” let alone a country as “vast” as Russia..”

“..reiterating unproven claims the West has fostered a neo-Nazi, anti-Russian state on its doorstep..”

The West Cannot Isolate Russia, Putin Warns (F.)

Russian President Vladimir Putin toured a spaceport in the far east of Russia on Tuesday with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, defending Russia’s “clear and noble” goals in Ukraine and pointing to the country’s prior achievements in space as proof Western efforts to isolate Moscow will fail. It is practically “impossible to severely isolate anyone in the modern world,” let alone a country as “vast” as Russia, Putin said, according to Reuters, citing Russian state television. Even the “total” sanctions and “complete” isolation of the Soviet Union did not stop it from beating the West into space, Putin said, adding that Russia does not “intend to be isolated.”

Putin said Russia would never again depend on the West and doubled down on the main goal of what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine, which is to “help people in the Donbas,” the primarily Russian-speaking region in eastern Ukraine, and ensure Russia’s security, according to the New York Times. He said Russia made the “right decision” and “didn’t have a choice” but to invade Ukraine, reiterating unproven claims the West has fostered a neo-Nazi, anti-Russian state on its doorstep. Putin was touring the Vostochny spaceport with Belarusian ally Lukashenko, who reportedly asked why everyone is “getting so worried about these sanctions.” The pair celebrated Cosmonaut’s Day—a celebration of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin carrying out the first human spaceflight in 1961—and announced a joint project to guarantee both countries independent access to space.

Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine six weeks ago, Western countries have imposed a series of increasingly harsh sanctions and restrictions against Russian businesses, industry, and key members of Putin’s inner circle. Many businesses have elected to withdraw from Russia as well. The sanctions have had a dramatic impact on the Russian economy and the World Bank estimates its economy will be around 11% smaller at the end of 2022 (it estimates Ukraine’s will fall around 45%). Despite the Russian downturn, critics, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, argue that sanctions are too weak and Europe’s continued purchasing of Russian oil and gas amounts to giving Russia “permission to attack.” Increasing indications of Russian war crimes in Ukraine, such as signs of executed civilians in Bucha, have added to pressure to up sanctions.

Pence Putin

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What isolation looks like.

China’s Jan-March Overall Trade With Russia Rises 28% (R.)

China’s overall trade with Russia rose to 243.03 billion yuan ($38.18 billion) in January-March, a Chinese customs spokesman said on Wednesday, up 27.8 percent from a year earlier. China’s total trade with Ukraine climbed to 29.6 billion yuan in the first quarter, customs spokesman Li Kuiwen said at a press conference, up 10.6 percent. China’s trade with both Russia and Ukraine has maintained an uptrend, Li said, adding that China’s economic and trade cooperation with other countries including Russia and Ukraine will remain normal. China’s overall trade with Russia reached 190.12 billion yuan in January-March 2021, while its trade with Ukraine stood at 26.77 billion yuan, according to previous customs data.

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Maybe step 1 is to stop calling it the *Defense* industry?

The Defense Industry’s Ukraine Pundits (Lever)

Last week, CNN brought on former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for his fourth recent appearance to talk, once again, about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deadly invasion of Ukraine. “I think we need to understand that there is only one thing that Putin understands, and that’s force,” said Panetta on Newsroom. The former CIA director added: “I think the United States has to provide whatever weapons are necessary to the Ukrainians, so that they can hit back, and hit back now.” At no time did Panetta nor CNN mention that he’s a senior counselor at Beacon Global Strategies, a defense industry consulting firm that has reportedly represented weapons manufacturer Raytheon. The firm doesn’t disclose its clients, but Raytheon and the defense industry generally stand to benefit from the conflict in Ukraine.

The episode is part of a broader pattern and practice: Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, cable news networks have routinely called on defense officials-turned-consultants to offer analysis and help the American public make sense of the crisis. Often, these analysts have used their TV time to call for greater U.S. involvement and bolder moves that could ratchet up tensions between two nuclear-armed superpowers. The networks have consistently failed to disclose these analysts’ day jobs, describing them instead by only their former high-ranking military or government roles — leaving viewers in the dark about the analysts’ financial ties to defense contractors that stand to profit from increased or prolonged conflict.

During its Ukraine coverage, MSNBC even failed to include disclosures when the network invited on former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who serves on the board of directors at Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest defense contractor. When asked about this matter, Johnson told The Lever, “I have no comment.” Corporate media’s lack of transparency about these consultants is deeply troubling, said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen. “This type of revolving-door behavior should be prohibited for military officials to serve in a private capacity representing military contractors,” Holman told The Lever. “If not prohibited, it should be disclosed to everyone so when they’re going on television trying to affect Biden’s policy on whatever war they have in mind, they ought to be straightforward.”

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Probably nothing. Golfers get blood clots all the time.

Top American Golfer Recently Underwent Surgery For Blood Clot In Her Left Arm (GW)

Nelly Korda announced Friday on social media that she recently underwent surgery for a blood clot in a subclavian vein in her left arm. “I am pleased to report the procedure went well and the doctors were happy with the outcome,” Korda wrote. “I am now home recovering and preparing to start rehab. I am looking forward to getting back to 100 percent so I can begin practicing.” Korda, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, first posted about the blood clot on March 13 and withdrew from the next two events in California, including the Chevron Championship, the season’s first major. “I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and messages I have received the last few weeks,” Korda posted. “Your kind words have helped me get through this challenging and scary time.”

Korda last teed it up on the LPGA in early February at the LPGA Drive On Championship. She has finished T-15, T-20, and T-4 in three starts this season. In 2021, Korda won four times on the LPGA as well as Olympic gold in Tokyo and was named Female Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America. She was honored by the GWAA on Wednesday night at the organization’s annual dinner near Augusta. Korda also revealed that she had tested positive for COVID-19 in the second week of January, which “kept her off her feet for some time” before the LPGA season started.

McCullough: permanent DNA alteration

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“A team of experts..”

Bitcoin Fans Are Psychopaths Who Don’t Care About Anyone, Study Shows (NYP)

The average Bitcoin investor is a calculating psychopath with an inflated ego, according to scientists. A team of experts recently surveyed more than 500 people to uncover the personality traits that are most common among crypto nuts. They identified that many investors exhibit signs of the “dark tetrad”, a group of four unsavory traits made up of narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy and sadism. In plain English, that means dark tetrads have an inflated sense of self-importance and derive pleasure from the pain of others. They also find it difficult to empathize with others and are sly and manipulative.

Scientists at Queensland University of Technology described their findings in research published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences earlier this month. They asked 566 people to complete personality surveys as well as answers questions about their attitudes to crypto. Of the participants, one in four reported that they owned crypto and two-thirds showed an interest in crypto investing. All four dark tetrad traits correlated with an affinity for investing, each for their own reasons. According to the researchers, dark tetrads are partly drawn to crypto because they are prepared to take risks. Digital assets such as Bitcoin are infamously volatile and the feast-or-famine nature of investing is particularly enticing to some.

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3rd world.

California Now Leads The Country In Illiteracy (CJ)

With California’s porous southern border, soaring taxes, and ongoing flow of overbearing and occasionally bizarre regulations (one law targets cow flatulence, for example), state residents could use a break from bad news. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon. According to a recent report, California now leads the country in illiteracy. In fact, 23.1 percent of Californians over age 15 cannot read this sentence. While the problem has many causes, much of the blame falls on the state’s failing public schools. The 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress found that just 30 percent of California eighth-graders are proficient in reading. And those numbers reflect results gathered before the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Voters’ attitudes toward California’s government-run schools have tumbled accordingly. A new poll from UC–Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies reveals that just 35 percent of the state’s voters gave public schools in their local district a grade of A or B, down from 55 percent in 2011. At the other end of the spectrum, 25 percent now give their local public schools a D or an F, up 15 percentage points from 2011. The poll included responses from 800 California voters, with 50 percent identifying as Democrats, 26 percent as Republicans, and 24 percent as independents. It’s hardly a surprise, then, that public school enrollment is sinking. In 2018–2019, the system lost about 23,000 students, but between the 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 terms, California public schools saw more than 160,000 students leave—a sevenfold increase.

In Los Angeles, defections are accelerating. Whereas L.A. Unified schools were home to 737,000 students 20 years ago, the district is now forecasting a 25,000-student drop by the fall, which would bring their attendance number below the 400,000 mark. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the district’s “American Rescue Plan” funding will soon run out: “From July forward, the district is projected to spend about $1 billion more than it will take in over a two-year period. The district also must wrestle with underfunded retiree health benefits.” Additionally, the district’s contract with United Teachers Los Angeles runs out at the end of the school year, and the union will demand the sun and the moon for the next contract.

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“One agent was even recorded stating, ‘We don’t know what we are looking for yet.’ They should look for a copy of the Constitution and read it.”

At Least 20 Federal ‘Assets’ Embedded at Capitol on Jan. 6 (ET)

At least 20 FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives “assets” were embedded around the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a defense attorney wrote in a court filing on April 12. The disclosure was made in a motion seeking to dismiss seditious conspiracy and obstruction charges against 10 Oath Keepers defendants in one of the most prominent Jan. 6 criminal cases. David W. Fischer, attorney for Thomas E. Caldwell of Berryville, Virginia, filed a 41-page motion to dismiss four counts on behalf of all Oath Keepers case defendants before U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta in Washington, D.C. Caldwell is charged in the indictment, but is not a member of the Oath Keepers, he told The Epoch Times in March.

“At least 20 FBI and ATF assets were embedded around the Capitol on J6,” read a footnote on Page 6 of the motion. No other details were provided in the document. The footnote said defense attorneys “combed through a mountain of discovery,” including FBI form 302 summaries of interviews conducted by FBI agents. In addition to the information about law-enforcement assets on the ground at the Capitol, the footnote says, the Oath Keepers “were being monitored and recorded prior to J6.” Poring over evidence turned over in discovery by prosecutors in two major Oath Keepers cases has “not found one iota of proof” that defendants “had any plan, intention, design, or scheme to specifically enter the Capitol Building on J6,” the motion said.

Since the first arrests of Jan. 6 defendants in early 2021, there has been extensive speculation and questions from attorneys, defendants, case observers, and members of Congress about the role law enforcement played that day. During a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Jan. 11, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) grilled top FBI officials on the subject. “How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of Jan. 6?” Cruz asked Jill Sanborn, executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch. “Sir, I’m sure you can appreciate that I can’t go into the specifics of sources and methods,” Sanborn said. Cruz replied, “Did any FBI agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of Jan. 6, yes or no?” “Sir, I can’t answer that,” Sanborn said. “Did any FBI agents or confidential informants commit crimes of violence on Jan. 6?” Cruz asked. “I can’t answer that, sir,” Sanborn replied.

Jeremy M. Brown, an Oath Keepers member from Florida who was charged with two Jan. 6-related counts but is not part of either major Oath Keepers conspiracy case, told The Epoch Times earlier this year that the FBI unsuccessfully tried to recruit him in 2020 to spy on the group. Brown said the same agents who later arrested him for alleged Jan. 6 crimes tried to recruit him on Dec. 11, 2020, to become a confidential informant. He refused. He was arrested on Sept. 30, 2021, when dozens of federal agents swarmed his Florida property. “When asked by me and my girlfriend to produce the warrants at the time of arrest, they refused to produce them,” Brown said. “One agent was even recorded stating, ‘We don’t know what we are looking for yet.’ They should look for a copy of the Constitution and read it.”

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“This is a Joe Biden scandal, not a Hunter Biden scandal.”

Covering for the Big Guy (Dinesh D’Souza)

This has all the persuasive power of saying that Don Corleone knew nothing about his family’s activities and played no part in them whatever. It makes no sense. And Joe Biden’s direct involvement in his son’s activities has now been confirmed with a new email that has emerged. The email involves a college recommendation that Joe Biden wrote for a Chinese businessman who was partners with Hunter Biden. Jonathan Li is the CEO of a company BHR that entered into a joint venture with Hunter Biden’s company Rosemont Seneca. Hunter also held a 10 percent stake in BHR. In 2017, Li sent an email to Hunter Biden and his business associates Devon Archer and Jim Bulger.

“Gentlemen,” he wrote, “Please find the attached resume of my son, Chris Li. He is applying [to] the following colleges for this year.” Li listed Brown University, Cornell University, and New York University. He also attached an “updated version” of his son’s resume. So then what happened? Let’s follow the email trail. “Let’s see how we can be helpful here to Chris,” Bulger responded to Hunter and the gang. A few weeks later, on Feb. 18, 2017, Eric Schwerin, president of Rosemont Seneca, replied to Li. “Jonathan,” he wrote, “Hunter asked me to send you a copy of the recommendation letter that he asked his father to write on behalf of Christopher for Brown University.” In other words, Joe Biden wrote the letter.

Is it reasonable, at this point, to continue to say Joe Biden told the truth when he said he had nothing to do with his son’s business? Is it believable that he was never in on the deals, or stood to benefit from them? No, it’s not. On the contrary, it seems that Hunter Biden was Joe Biden’s frontman. This is a Joe Biden scandal, not a Hunter Biden scandal. If the circuitous family racket can be likened to the coils of a snake, Joe Biden is the head of the snake.

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I understand he’s a good speaker.

Canada’s Next PM (Bexte)

Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre has drawn a massive crowd to his campaign rally in Calgary, Alberta. According to organizers, over 7,000 RSVP’d to the event, and more are coming. The hype is real, and traffic jams have built up along the road to the rally. “People haven’t felt so free in this country, have they,” Poilievre began. “Whether it’s the fourteen-year-old girl suffering depression after separation from her sport[s] and social activities for two long years; whether it’s the waitress who mortgaged her house to start a business only to have it locked down again and again until she couldn’t open it up anymore; whether it is the hard-working trucker who delivered the goods and services that we need —” The rally erupted at the mention of truckers, all but drowning out Poilievre as he continued praising their gusto and disparaging Trudeau for his tyrannical response.

Indeed, it appears that after years of ‘Red Erin’ O’Toole, Calgarians and Canadians more generally are ready for a Conservative leader who will end Trudeau’s carbon tax, denounce the WEF, and defund the CBC. Speaking of Justin Trudeau, just yesterday, he managed to draw a crowd, too… A crowd of protesters honking and telling him he’s a disgrace to Canada. This most recent barrage of boos and honks occurred while entering Victoria City Hall to speak with Mayor Lisa Helps. This visit would have been innocuous for most leaders, but merely his presence draws a crowd of disdain. It’s gotten so bad that he’s taken to hiding his itinerary to avoid protests. The contrast couldn’t be starker. Poilievre is being celebrated across the country, while Trudeau slithers in through back doors even while abroad. Assuming he keeps up the momentum, Poilievre might just be the first opponent capable of dethroning Trudeau since he was elected PM.

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“A panel of five people in secret: We don’t even know what they said or did or what they looked at. And they claim that only one percent of our stories are news..”

Rebel News Founder Speaks After Trudeau Denies Them Journalism ‘License’ (Fox)

Rebel News founder Ezra Levant sounded off Tuesday after the Trudeau administration denied his outlet what he described as a newly-conceived “license” to fully practice journalism. Levant told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that, if the Liberal Party leader’s behavior during the Ottawa trucker protests is any indicator, he is working hard to punish critics and upturn their lives. He noted how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previously slammed his agency when a reporter from it asked a question during a press availability while the politician was running for reelection in 2021. At the time, Trudeau claimed Rebel News was engaging in “disinformation on the science around vaccines” and made a point to declare he could not bring himself to describe them as a “media organization.”

“It’s not yet illegal to do journalism without that license, it’s a government license called the Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization License. A government panel reviews you. They spent one year reviewing Rebel News, looking through more than 100 of our stories,” Levant told host Tucker Carlson. “A panel of five people in secret: We don’t even know what they said or did or what they looked at. And they claim that only one percent of our stories are news, so we don’t get the license.” Levant went on to describe what that means for his organization, versus mainstream outlets like CBC. Trudeau plans to “compel” Big Tech to down-rank non-licensed journalists and change the Income Tax Act to punish them, Levant said. “We’re not banned yet, although we are banned from government events, as you said earlier. But I’m worried that he’s done all this in two years. The worst is yet to come. He may well ban us yet,” he concluded.

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What a surprise….

Trudeau Considers Trucker Tax (TCS)

After re-raising the carbon tax on April 1, Trudeau is considering yet another carbon-based tax that specifically targets your everyday trucker. If passed, owners of Ford F-150s will pay a $1,000 tax, while those who own a Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks will have to dish out $4,000. The tax comes as part of Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, in which the government claims it’s “making it easier for Canadians to switch to electric vehicles.” Part of this plan includes taxing truck owners so much that they can’t afford to own one anymore. Page 192 of the report states that the government will:

“Broaden Canada’s existing Green Levy (Excise Tax) for Fuel Inefficient Vehicles to include additional ICE vehicle types, such as pickup trucks. A sliding scale for the implementation of this Green Levy should be developed based on the emissions produced from different vehicles. Revenue from a broadened Green Levy could increase available funding for ZEV incentives for individuals and organizations without limiting the fleet size and while encouraging smaller vehicles of all fuel types. Carefully consider the impacts on and supports for low-income households and other vulnerable populations when exploring changes to the Green Levy and ZEV incentives.”

That’s right. It appears Trudeau is freezing out truck owners again. First, their bank accounts, now their savings. This shouldn’t surprise people at this point. After all, Trudeau isn’t shy when it comes to coercing Canadians. He imposed draconian federal mandates that are still in place despite what the data says and has kept the travel ban on the unvaccinated even as the rest of the world opens up. Now, he’s targeting truckers by legally requiring them to comply with his environmental activism. And he’s comfortable doing this despite a bleeding economy, unreasonable carbon taxes, and record-high inflation.

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Twitter’s been ‘A Sh*t Show’ for much longer..

Wokist traumas: “..a scheduled “day of rest” for company employees..”.

Twitter ‘A Sh*t Show’ For Employees Since Elon Musk Took Major Stake (NYP)

Elon Musk’s looming battle with Twitter’s board is a source of major anxiety for company employees – many of whom are reportedly worried that billionaire’s campaign to force changes is just beginning. Musk’s surprise rejection of a Twitter board seat emerged ahead of a scheduled “day of rest” for company employees, according to a report. Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal broke the news on his account the previous night, describing Musk’s decision as “for the best” even as he warned workers they would face “distractions ahead,” Bloomberg reported late Monday. The uncertainty left Twitter workers feeling “super stressed” about the future, with employees reportedly “working together to help each other get through the week.”

The report cited interviews with Twitter employees who asked not to be identified while discussing the company’s inner workings. Several employees told the outlet that Twitter’s internal environment was a “s–t-show” after Musk’s deal with the board fell through. One Twitter employee griped that Musk was likely ‘just getting started” with pushing for change at the company – a development the worker described as “unfortunate,” according to Bloomberg. Musk has emerged as a vocal critic of Twitter’s business practices, taking particular umbrage with the platform’s content moderation policies. He’s also the company’s largest individual shareholder after acquiring a 9% stake earlier this month.

Under the terms of his initial agreement with Twitter, Musk would have received a board seat through at least 2024 and would be barred from acquiring more than 14.9% of the company. Without that deal in place, Musk is free to acquire a larger stake in the company and push for greater influence over its operations. Musk updated an SEC filing on his Twitter holdings with language that suggests he plans to stay active in the company’s dealings, despite his expanding business empire that includes Tesla and SpaceX.

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Can a investor be compelled to lose money? Musk disclosed his stake when he was done buying. If he had disclosed it before, it would have cost him 100s of millions.

“The lawsuit alleges that by March 14, Musk’s stake in Twitter had reached a 5% threshold that required him to publicly disclose his holdings under U.S. securities law by March 24. Musk didn’t make the required disclosure until April 4.”

“..depriving investors who sold shares before Musk’s improperly delayed disclosure [of] the chance to realize significant gains..”

The gains they could only have realized because Musk was buying…

Elon Musk Accused Of Breaking Law While Buying Twitter Stock (AP)

Elon Musk’s huge Twitter investment took a new twist Tuesday with the filing of a lawsuit alleging that the colorful billionaire illegally delayed disclosing his stake in the social media company so he could buy more shares at lower prices. The complaint in New York federal court accuses Musk of violating a regulatory deadline to reveal he had accumulated a stake of at least 5%. Instead, according to the complaint, Musk didn’t disclose his position in Twitter until he’d almost doubled his stake to more than 9%. That strategy, the lawsuit alleges, hurt less wealthy investors who sold shares in the San Francisco company in the nearly two weeks before Musk acknowledged holding a major stake.

Musk’s regulatory filings show that he bought a little more than 620,000 shares at $36.83 apiece on Jan. 31 and then continued to accumulate more shares on nearly every single trading day through April 1. Musk, best known as CEO of the electric car maker Tesla, held 73.1 million Twitter shares as of the most recent count Monday. That represents a 9.1% stake in Twitter. The lawsuit alleges that by March 14, Musk’s stake in Twitter had reached a 5% threshold that required him to publicly disclose his holdings under U.S. securities law by March 24. Musk didn t make the required disclosure until April 4.

That revelation caused Twitter’s stock to soar 27% from its April 1 close to nearly $50 by the end of April 4’s trading, depriving investors who sold shares before Musk’s improperly delayed disclosure the chance to realize significant gains, according to the lawsuit filed on behalf of an investor named Marc Bain Rasella. Musk, meanwhile, was able to continue to buy shares that traded in prices ranging from $37.69 to $40.96. The lawsuit is seeking to be certified as a class action representing Twitter shareholders who sold shares between March 24 and April 4, a process that could take a year or more.

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Washed up Robert Reich has it figured out: Elon Musk is Putin. And Trump. “.. the dream of every dictator, strongman, demagogue and modern-day robber baron on Earth..”

Some people really don’t like free speech…

Elon Musk’s Vision For The Internet Is Dangerous Nonsense (Robert Reich)

The Securities and Exchange Commission went after Musk after he tweeted that he had funding to take Tesla private, a clear violation of the law. Musk paid a fine and agreed to let lawyers vet future sensitive tweets, but he has tried to reverse this requirement. He has also been openly contemptuous of the SEC, tweeting at one point that the “E” stands for “Elon’s”. (You can guess what the “S” and “C” stand for.) By the way, how does the SEC go after Musk’s ability to tweet now that he owns Twitter? Billionaires like Musk have shown time and again they consider themselves above the law. And to a large extent, they are.

Musk has enough wealth that legal penalties are no more than slaps on his wrist, and enough power to control one of the most important ways the public now receives news. Think about it: after years of posting tweets that skirt the law, Musk was given a seat on Twitter’s board (and is probably now negotiating for even more clout). Musk says he wants to “free” the internet. But what he really aims to do is make it even less accountable than it is now, when it’s often impossible to discover who is making the decisions about how algorithms are designed, who is filling social media with lies, who’s poisoning our minds with pseudo-science and propaganda, and who’s deciding which versions of events go viral and which stay under wraps.

Make no mistake: this is not about freedom. It’s about power. In Musk’s vision of Twitter and the internet, he’d be the wizard behind the curtain – projecting on the world’s screen a fake image of a brave new world empowering everyone. In reality, that world would be dominated by the richest and most powerful people in the world, who wouldn’t be accountable to anyone for facts, truth, science or the common good. That’s Musk’s dream. And Trump’s. And Putin’s. And the dream of every dictator, strongman, demagogue and modern-day robber baron on Earth. For the rest of us, it would be a brave new nightmare.

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    Margaret Bourke-White Coney Island 1952   • CIA Admits Feeding Americans False Info About Ukraine (Ron Paul) • The West Cannot Isolate Russia, Pu
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle April 13 2022]

    V. Arnold

    Margaret Bourke-White Coney Island 1952

    Great photo…
    Been there a few times as a kid…
    I wonder where Margaret Bourke-White shot it from? Quite a high place…


    QLD = Queensland, Australia.

    Does one laugh or cry?

    V. Arnold

    Had a most extraordinary discussion with a young woman I’ve known for 19 of her 24 years…
    We hit everything from covid to the vaccines…
    …the extraordinary part was the depth we traversed regarding the politics of this …phenomenal verbal exchange between us…
    The high point for me was discussing the utter failure of critical thinking in society in general, in both Thailand and especially the U.S.
    My friend talked about her fears when faced with taking responsibility by acting on her realizations …
    I found this to be a profound understanding to which I could relate too…
    Regarding the decision not to vaccinate and rely on IVM and HCQ in case of infection…I also had bouts of fear when taking full responsibility for my actions…
    As the old saw goes; Feel the fear and do it anyway…easily said, but not always easy to do…

    Dr. D

    “Biden Announces New “Ghost Gun” Rule, Names New ATF Nominee”

    Joe Biden outlaws “plastic”. Not kidding. Okay, every word is in violation, not only of 2A, but also 200 years of Federal law, but here goes: “90%” of a gun completed is a “gun”. “80%” of a gun completed, is not. How is that, how do you measure 80 or 90? No one knows.

    But we don’t have to worry about that. Biden says “ANY” ghost gun is illegal. …And as usual becomes the nations’ top gun salesman, all guns and ammo being sold out day after. Also…hmmm…don’t remember any Amendments being passed. Funny. Nevermind, don’t have to worry about that either.

    So if “ALL” ghost guns are illegal, what makes a “gun”? 50% completed? 10%? 0%? “I thought it in my mind”? So a “1%” completed is what? A block of plastic? The plastic still sitting unused in the 3D Printer machine? What?

    A: “The law is whatever I SAY it is. We’ll arrest WHOEVER WE LIKE.” So expect to be arrested for Federal Firearm Violations if you own something called a “drill” or a dangerous terrorist ingredient called “aluminum”.

    Speaking of being arrested, after a year in solitary, one man being beaten blind if I remember correctly, a “Judge” finally saw a “Case” in a “Courtroom”. Crazy, I know! Anyway this judge released the accused immediately as the film clearly showed the Congressional Police opening the doors, inviting him in, and taking selfies while shaking his hand. …As we always said.

    Not all: a 2nd case the accused was convicted. Of Trespass and mischief, because he entered in a non-standard way and bothered or “vandalized” things. So that seems quite correct also. Unlike Seattle, you can’t break down the doors of the Federal Building, light them on fire, break the locks, and kill everyone inside. …Oh wait: we do NOT have a case pending for that “insurrection” where a clearly-organized group, WAS armed, DID attack, the attack was a Federal Building, and openly vowed on camera they wanted a “revolution” that would “burn it all down.” You know: an “Insurrection”.

    But at this rate, the other J6 will be released from solitary by 2050. Good times. Because they are the legal authorities, who enforce the federal laws and support America. That is, vow to enforce a “speedy trial” without “cruel and unusual punishment” with access to the Prosecutorial evidence. Right?

    Anyway, own a piece of plastic? You’re Next.

    “The EU parliament is currently working on legislation to provide investors with more transparency as to environmental, social and governance risks that companies may face.”

    …And therefore be refused loans by the insider banks. And $11T neo-governments like BlackRock. As yesterday, this is in service of killing everyone to cut off Russia so they can attack them in WWIII, and their compounding debt system will survive.

    “Chipotle Sets to Debut Chip-Making Robots to Mitigate Labor Shortage: “Automation is the solution.”

    …The solution to everybody being unemployed, and having no money for purchases. Got it!

    Thanks to Powell’s 0% financing, erasing employees and citizens practically pays for itself!

    “Moderna Recalls 764,900 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses after Contamination Found”

    “Safe and Effective” There was medicine found in those doses. The perpetrators will be swiftly dealt with. This is what, the 5th time? Monopoly Rulz! Merger of Government and Corporation means never having to say you’re sorry!

    Bitcoin Price Action Increasingly Disconnected from On-Chain Demand”

    Yup. Everyone prices via fraud. Therefore, no price discovery. Congratulations.

    Bitcoin Fans Are Psychopaths Who Don’t Care About Anyone, Study Shows (NYP)”

    Compared to whom? This is now our normal society. But I’ve been after them for “Don’t care about anyone”: that is, they want to scalp some Satoshis for Tether on the exchange charts. By doing that, Bitcoin ceases to exist as a blockchain AND Tether is a certified lead-pipe fraud. And since allowed to continue as the most certain Billion-dollar empty-box ever created in the history of trading (really saying something) we also know that it’s 100% established and protected by the insider Wall St-Government merger. To kill and harvest you later. Do they care? “You had me at ‘I scalped a Satoshi’”.

    So are traders emotionless sharks? Wow. Who knewd? Are psychological experts fart-stiffing morons who published word-soup articles, supported Mein Kapf, are always wrong and have never helped anyone in their lives? Also true. Where do you turn in a culture like this? Which way, morality?

    “Washington Post Writer: Solve Inflation With More Immigration”

    More demand equals lower inflation. That’s Econ 101! For glue-sniffing Ivy League writers.

    “President Biden Accuses Putin of “Genocide”

    “Genocide” doesn’t mean killing folks. It means sorting them out for extermination based on race. …If words have meaning anymore. So what “race” are the Russians killing? Slavs? Ukrainians are not distinct, and also they are/were welcomed by the thousand into Russia.

    Now there is a real and logical solution: The people Joe doesn’t want Putin to kill are the “Kazarian Mafia”. Also read as: Not Jews. But I can’t tell. You decide.

    “Another Supply Chain Shock on Deck: Cargo Backlog Ripples Beyond Shanghai as Lockdown Stops Trucks, Containerships”

    Russia embargoes the food and fertilizer (or rather, the West embargoes themselves) and China embargoes the manufactured goods. Great softening up phase. Hitting us but good.

    “When you’re working in diplomacy, there are no results.” –Zelinsky.

    Yeah! War has way better results. Let’s do that! “Zelensky said he would never recognize Crimea as Russian territory”

    Yup, we’re doing that. Forever, as long as Ukraine exists. Good idea! From a country next to the massive Russian military, with a zero mile supply line. You know how they make fun of Ukrainians as being stubborn and stupid? No comment.

    Speaking of, Biden is looking at suspending the Clean Air Act and killin’ some folks. By adding food to our cars, in the form of ethanol. And they still claim, somehow, with a straight face, that they are not actively intending to kill people.

    PS, Crimea isn’t Ukrainian at all. It was just under that provincial admin for the 30 years since the breakup. It’s occupied by Tartars and Russians for 1,000 years. Why does he hate the Tartars so much? We’ll never know. 60 Minutes will never ask.

    “Americans Are “In Charge” of the War Says French Journalist Who Returned from Ukraine”

    How are we not at war with Russia? And if we are at war, what do you think Russia will do to us?

    “blood seems to be rushing to all the wrong places across the Commentariat, which has begun in earnest the predictable process of asking the public to dismiss fears of nuclear combat. …This is fast becoming a bipartisan consensus.”
    “The pundit excitement over the final clash between “Democracy and Autocracy” perhaps being at hand reminds me exactly of the open praying for signs of the Apocalypse I once heard among the Rapture-ready flock of pastor John Hagee in San Antonio.” –Taibbi Title: “Right Out of Dr. Strangelove”

    That is, they breathlessly welcome and encourage the end of the world. They are an apocalyptic religious death cult. So what do you think Russia will do to us in that case?

    “Mortgage payments growing.”

    How? If people don’t have any money, they can’t bid up houses. Oh yeah! BlackRock gets money directly from the Fed at 0% and over-bids all houses by $40k. Driving all normal people out of the market, so they can “Own nothing and like it.” Thanks, Powell, thanks BlackRock! Bidenvilles are not popping up – they’ve been there since Bush – but the population of them sure is increasing 10x.

    CIA Admits Feeding Americans False Info About Ukraine (Ron Paul)”

    They essentially said they don’t care in the slightest if it’s true or not. Like the Steele Report. What’s noteworthy is that after they say this, everyone still believes them equally, unchanging. No consequences, I guess? Hard to imagine with highest inflation ever that they are still so fat they’re no consequences, but that’s what I see out here every day.

    ““..reiterating unproven claims the West has fostered a neo-Nazi, anti-Russian state on its doorstep..”

    I know! Since the NEW YORK TIMES was the one who reported we were doing that, no one knows whether it was a lie or not. Candice Owens had a go-round with them. NYT: “Where did you get the crazy, right-wing talking points that there are Nazis and Ukr isn’t pure as the drive snow?” Owens: “From your newspaper. Link link link link link link link link link.” NYT: “Duh, no you didn’t, you’re a poopy-pants. (And also a white supremacist like Larry Elder)”

    As I said, it’s supernatural. The level of denial and #OppositeLand is now 5x? 50x? Anything I feared possible. I mean, “we’re going to start a nuclear war because, I’m losing monopoly and you’re talking to me” level? Every day reminds me of when I would play monopoly with rich kids when I was a child and they’d throw tantrums, lie, cheat, flip over the board and punch me. Like, “I’m no genius! The cards just went my way this time and also I don’t care. Monopoly is boring, not your life and ego. Go outside or something.” Punch punch, lie lie, steal from bank WHILE you’re watching. JHC bonobo monkeys behave better than you.

    “Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine six weeks ago, Western countries have imposed a series of increasingly harsh sanctions and restrictions against” themselves, in the dramatic attempt to kill all their own citizens. Looking at the inflation numbers, it’s probably working. Look at Joe adding eating corn to our gas tanks.

    At no time did Panetta nor CNN mention that he’s a senior counselor at Beacon Global Strategies, a defense industry consulting firm”

    100% of generals retire into the Defense industry. That is, the “Death” industry. No one has any problem with this. Nor Breedlove, nor Pfizer being the top advertizer to everyone, nor Brennan being an MSNBC reporter, nor the CIA paying WaPo, nor…

    “All incidents are non-vaccine related” …because we suddenly discovered how to prove a negative! So that using that argument no longer makes you an idiot and illogical boob! I am also selling bridges this week, low-low prices.

    “California Now Leads the Country in Illiteracy (CJ)”

    Straight line down since the day the Dept of Education opened in 1979. Illegally, as the DoE has no mandate. Also California LIKES this. Every year the numbers drop, and every year they do it harder. All Blue Areas seem to make a goal of 0% literacy, 0% competency, and there are so many such cities, you could just say “All.” Baltimore, with near-zero % graduation comes to mind. Top, budget-savaging payouts to the education system, zero results. I got it: they need more money! The Childrens! The Childrens!

    Educating your kids is YOUR responsibility, as parents. Not the State’s. Now you see what happens when you trust the government with anything. PS to “Own the Cons”, MD is passing a law not prohibiting teaching of sex, in excruciating detail, and secretly, to 5-year olds like Florida did, but MANDATING teaching gay sex to 5-year-olds. Or even straight sex, I don’t care. If you took those books into work, talked about it with your co-workers, you’d be rightly charged with porn, sexual harassment, and summarily fired. Those books cannot be discussed on YouTube, as too sexual and prohibited. But they are teaching it with glee to 5 year olds. Instead of math.


    I’m serious, come up with a logical explanation and premise for 5-year-olds. In secret. Parents denied the materials, no opt-out. Why? I can wait. I’ve got all day. Tell me why.

    “The QLD health minister says none of her “experts” can explain a sudden 40% increase in code-1 heart attacks, chest pains and respiratory issues.”

    And no one is bothered at all or the least bit curious.

    “who later arrested him for alleged Jan. 6 crimes tried to recruit him on Dec. 11, 2020, to become a confidential informant. He refused. He was arrested on Sept. 30, 2021, when dozens of federal agents swarmed his Florida property.”

    Squeal and inform on your neighbors, participate in our illegal entrapment scam, OR ELSE. Or else we’ll arrest, fabricate, plant evidence, and entrap YOU. Got it? “They hate us for our freedoms”.

    “Trudeau plans to “compel” Big Tech to down-rank non-licensed journalists”

    In America, that would be illegal government denying Freedom of Speech under 1A, but we don’t follow the law either. They ARE in fact doing it already, and HAVE reported it widely, including hotlines to FB, Twitter, should any Congressman be the least bothered by something some folk-lift driver says. …Or decorated Marine veteran and Iraqi UN Weapons Inspector like Scott Ritter. ….Aaaaaaand it’s gone. Your human rights, that is.

    “You can guess what the “S” and “C” stand for.”

    You know, I was going to make that joke with the SEC saying he’s late reporting above, but deemed it too off-color. Why bother, SEC? You know you never enforce the law on billionaires, regardless of what they do, so why embarrass yourselves to us? I can set up a fake charity, ignore their mandate, not report taxes, hire my family, and openly embezzle the money while claiming to you that all $5B built only 8 houses in Haiti and you’ll do nothing.

    “But what he really aims to do is make it even less accountable than it is now,”

    Does he? And they know this using their Elon-Telepathy? Talk about “Fake News” and “Pseudo-Science”! But it’s “The Guardian”. They hadn’t told a lie in almost an hour and were getting antsy about their reputation.


    @V. Arnold: “Regarding the decision not to vaccinate and rely on IVM and HCQ in case of infection…I also had bouts of fear when taking full responsibility for my actions…”

    That is entirely normal. It gets easier over time but self-doubt never completely goes away, which is a good thing. Keeps a person from getting arrogant. I started 20+ years ago, beginning with vet care for my two black labs, and it grew from there to include my own health care. (Although not getting vaxxed was a no-brainer).

    We’ve been programmed for decades to look to medical professionals to make the decisions, solve our health problems. Taking responsibility is a leap of faith – in ourselves – which has been eroded by the system.


    “The Shots May Be Altering Human DNA to Produce Spike Protein on a Long-Term Basis”

    There is no ‘may be’ about it. From the very first articles I read about the mRNA vaccines they described that they ‘worked’ by genetically modifying cells to produce the spike protein, and that the cells would do so this until they died. I can not recall any articles which said otherwise.

    It is the reason I was so against mRNA vaccines as they could not be undone if there were bad side-effects.

    I can not understand how anyone could think otherwise unless they were just totally ignorant about how mRNA works. Perhaps the media did not inform people about how they worked but the vaccines were supposed to be given by ‘informed consent’, and becoming a GMO is a BIG piece of information!


    During an Iowa speech on inflation, a bird actually shits on Old White Joe

    Perfect comment!


    Great interview about Ukraine, Putin, Lavrov, and the current conflict with Karel van Wolferen.


    So this morning I wake up to discover, that as an investor, I am a psychopath!
    I have invested in many things such as my education.
    Now I will freely admit I mostly learned just enough to be dangerous!
    My company provided me with an electronic meter and I was responsible for ensuring it suffered no harm.
    Everything I did required at least 2 meters.
    So I bought a second meter to make my life easier.
    One boss said I couldn’t use my personal meter to set up company equipment.
    It was against company policy.
    Being a field service engineer, I was always far from Milwaukee.
    So I just didn’t tell him which meter I used in my work.
    If the company meter ever got damaged, there where many forms that had to be filled out.
    However, if I got electrocuted there were no forms to be filled out.
    Luckily I never had to fill out any forms.
    Clearly I am a psychopath!


    Believe with a grain of salt

    Americans Are “In Charge” of the War Says French Journalist Who Returned From Ukraine

    Published 15 hours ago on 12 April, 2022 Paul Joseph Watson
    Citing a French intelligence source, Malbrunot also tweeted that British SAS units “have been present in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, as did the American Deltas.”

    Russia is apparently well aware of the “secret war” being waged in Ukraine by foreign commandos who have been in the region since February.

    “Polls showed in the run up to the war the overwhelming majority of Americans wanted our government to stay out of it but our leaders know best and are more than happy to risk World War III in defense of Ukraine’s puppet regime,” writes Chris Menahan.
    ( http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=63015

    The only English coverage of the Le Figaro report I can find is from Fars News Agency, “Report: US, UK Conducting ‘Secret War’ in Ukraine”:
    If words have meaning anymore.

    “President Biden Accuses Putin of “Genocide”
    “Boots on the ground”
    “Say, Food insecurity instead of starving”
    “Pot calling the kettle black”


    Yesterday the Ukrainian army had a very bad day.
    First, the Russians fired some missiles killing 1,100 Ukrainians.
    Second, a 1,000 Ukrainian marines surrendered in Mariupol at one of the 2 big industrial plants.
    Third, the Russians are pumping water down the air ventilation shafts for the 24 km of tunnels and bunkers underneath the neo-nazi held steel plant. If the noe-nazis block the ventilation pipes they will all drown in 2 days. If the neo-nazis don’t block the ventilation pipes they will all drown in 2 days. Same outcome, either way.
    Fourth, the 2 US generals trapped in the tunnels don’t need to worry about drowning. The neo-nazis have been ordered to eliminate them, since dead men tell no tales.

    Since the Ukrainian War began, the US has lost more aircraft in the US (due to vaccine injuries and politically correct woke pilots) than Russia has lost over the Ukraine.

    Mister Roboto



    American officers are very definately running this Ukrainian war. Things are going very badly for them too.

    First the US didn’t expect to totally lose the war in the air, to the Russians. That means no planes or drones. Right now the Ukrainian army is 100% dependent upon US satellites and US drones flying along the western Ukrainian land border and off the Black Sea coast, to serve as it’s eyes and ears.

    The US has never fought a war without total air superiority since WW2. Russian mobile air missile defense systems totally dominate Ukrainian air space. Nothing can fly without being shot down. (Except that bird that pooped on joe!)

    All along the Donbas front the Russians maintain total electronic warfare presence such that phones, radios, and GPS don’t work within 24 kms. Russian electronic warfare is so intense that it is able to blow the fuses on Ukrainian artillery and mortar rounds, hundreds of meters up in the air, before they land!

    Ukrainian artillery has no chance against Russia’s artillery. Unless Ukrainian troops start surrendering they will be slaughtered. The neo-nazis will make sure nobody surrenders.

    Mr. House

    Interesting article, i think i posted one a few months back that showed sometime in the early 2000’s they thought that Ivermectin may help battle cancer.



    This vaccine induced spike proteins outcome is really going to be sad to watch.
    What we don’t know yet is how long the vaccine induced spike proteins will remain in the body.
    Will the human body’s natural immune system eventfully be able to regain full control, stopping the reproduction of spike proteins, and start repairing the damage done?
    If not, then how quickly will the vaxxed start dying off?
    Will we start seeing average life expectancy fall soon?
    So many questions and concerns with all governments hiding everything they can so we can not find out the truth.


    Mr House- try this paper as to ivermectin and cancer treatment.

    John Day

    Yesterday Oxymoron said:
    ” You see it is ‘they’ who do bad (Putin, Trump, Anti-Vaxxers) – ‘me’ don’t look at me I’m an effect. I am just a dream. I am innocent because the effects and evidence of my life are causeless. If there are bad things happening it can have nothing to do with me as I have no agency and do what I am told. Therefore I must be innocent.
    Problem with that is that it is a position of powerlessness.”

    Good on Ya’, Mate!

    Oxymoron also described a state of being partly awake and disturbed, but with limited ability to change the bad dream, a “purgatory” of consciousness.

    How does one accept divine consciousness and serve divine consciousness?
    We’ve got the part about calling-out lies, murder and oppression, but I also feel that there is more to do than that, without killing and dying in battles…

    Figmund Sreud

    Kyiv, Ukraine becomes the most attractive tourist destination for NATO dignitaries, … after recent travel advert starring BOJO the blowfish!

    WORLD | News
    Polish, Baltic presidents visit Ukraine in show of support

    KYIV, UKRAINE — WARNING: This story contains details that are disturbing

    The presidents of four countries on Russia’s doorstep visited Ukraine on Wednesday in a show of support for the embattled country, after Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to continue his bloody offensive until its “full completion.”

    The presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia — all NATO countries that worry they may face Russian attack in the future if Ukraine falls — travelled by train to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy.


    John Day

    WES just asked: “This vaccine induced spike proteins outcome is really going to be sad to watch.
    What we don’t know yet is how long the vaccine induced spike proteins will remain in the body.
    Will the human body’s natural immune system eventfully be able to regain full control, stopping the reproduction of spike proteins, and start repairing the damage done?
    If not, then how quickly will the vaxxed start dying off?
    Will we start seeing average life expectancy fall soon?”

    Spike protein should not persist after a few months, because the mRNA, modified to last much-longer, does eventually break down, though not uniformly in all people. Some don’t seem to break it down well at all. The “boosters” are really, deeply evil at this point. How many will be driven that last few miles past the ability to recover, or to prevent themselves from getting cancer?

    We just can’t know if the immune systems can recover. The people who got COVID before “vaccination” are probably better off than those who got “vaccinated” as first exposure (“original antigenic sin”). Those who never had any coronavirus before (youngest) are bound to have been damaged the most by gene-therapy vaccines, especially since they never had any valid rationale to accept them.

    tony smyth

    Thank You. That Van Wolferen interview was great. I read the Enigma of Japanese Power many years ago. In fact I still have it, though of course things in Japan have changed a bit since it was written. Who was the woman interviewing him?



    “Yesterday the Ukrainian army had a very bad day.”
    I like to see the links to the original story. I think that is the way to give credit to the reporter for his//er hard work.

    Mr. House

    Did California ever even partake in slavery? I don’t believe so, neither did any of the northern states, so what is this all about?



    @tony smyth “Who was the woman interviewing him?’

    Catherine Austin Fitts



    @oxymoron: from yesterday.

    Appreciate the opportunity to look at things from another point of view.

    “These people are not actually evil – they simply live in a childish fantasy where effects and cause are kept apart…You see it is ‘they’ who do bad (Putin, Trump, Anti-Vaxxers) – ‘me’ don’t look at me I’m an effect. I am just a dream. I am innocent because the effects and evidence of my life are causeless. If there are bad things happening it can have nothing to do with me as I have no agency and do what I am told. Therefore I must be innocent…Me I am stuck between heaven and hell. Knowing I have chosen ego but I am more than effect. But still a dreamer of the dream.”

    The connection you make between not-evil and childish fantasy rings true. By choosing fantasy, a world of effects with no cause, evil is created (and defended) – unintentionally.

    The herd’s one-sided embrace of effects without cause, is the ultimate corruptor and destroyer in the “play of life”.

    Many here would agree that the herd’s inability to function in the world has hit epic proportions (lacking sanity), while producing a strange kind of insanity.

    Since it is impossible to live in this world without generating consequences – taking responsibility and being accountable becomes a radical act. Unacknowledged consequence(s) and the inability to admit mistakes and failures is the rocket fuel for The Empire of Hate and Lies.

    When/how did we develop such an aversion to life? A lack of tolerance of everything painful. Zero resiliency in the FACE of daily living of life in the world.

    Somehow we have mistakenly interpreted pain with loss/death = bad. Fear of losing/dying overrides, and drives us. It is a misinterpretation of Nature, of what is natural and right – the cycle of life, the TRUTH; undeniable, in constant motion: birth, growth, decay, death.

    We’re living in a world of our own creation. Daily living is Guru (Teacher). Are we not given the opport=unity to create, to be accountable and responsible for each and every choice?

    Where is the harvest, the sweet fruit of this LIFE? It is wherever you are.


    Tony Smyth-
    Catherine Austin Fitts

    Mister Roboto

    I read the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy piece yesterday and truly appreciated the perspective in which it put things. The only thing that was lacking was that it didn’t mention the crucial role of Peak Liquid Hydrocarbons in 2019. (When most people on the Internet speak of “Peak Oil”, they are referring to the peak of production of conventional light-sweet crude that happened in roughly early 2006.) The abstruse Ponzi-scheme of the world of high finance remains dependent on the ability of the “real economy” to keep chugging along, however remote from the production and trade of goods and services it may be.

    Once it becomes very difficult to squeeze out more oil, the high-finance Ponzi becomes nothing more than the shuffling around of pieces of paper. I think we are rapidly arriving at this point, whether the mechanism that brings it is deflationary compression or catastrophic hyperinflation.

    Mr. House

    The Russian can read English and report in english
    Inventory drawdown

    Biden to send more weapons to Ukraine – media
    Total US aid total aid to Kiev will allegedly pass the $2.4 billion mark


    Got a MSM report
    Russian television showed pictures of what it said were marines giving themselves up on Tuesday, many of them wounded

    Russia’s defence ministry said 162 officers were among the marines who had surrendered to Russian and pro-Russian separatist forces.

    “In the town of Mariupol, near the Ilyich Iron and Steel Works, as a result of successful offensives by Russian armed forces and Donetsk People’s Republic militia units, 1,026 Ukrainian soldiers of the 36th Marine Brigade voluntarily laid down arms and surrendered,” the ministry said in a statement

    Mr. House

    @ Mr House
    Thx for money circus post.
    As I read it I couldn’t help but think of the local elementary school district (pre-K through 8th) and the draconian rules regarding student IDs/bus passes that were gradually implemented as my 3 kids wound their way through 12 years there. The rules that had my daughter in tears a few months back when she was confronted in front of peers by the female middle school principal for the offense of placing a folded $5 bill displaying Lincoln’s image over her own photo on the ID hanging (as mandated) in the lanyard around her neck.

    Salient quotes:
    Governments claim that digital ID is about convenience, however it is by design oppressive. The presumption that the citizen is guilty is integral.

    That is because the social credit system cannot reward a citizen for actions he would have taken anyway. That would have no propulsive effect.

    He must be forced to do something that causes him discomfort: unwanted acts or, at the very least, require him to comply in ways that are ill-defined or changeable so that he must expend effort in order to meet the standard.

    If a middle of the road, family-minded individual is trying to raise their children to be stable and secure in their identity, the social credit system must disrupt that. It must gaslight the citizen into an antithetical world in which he is judged against values that are not his own.

    I found it perplexing that students who forgot their bus pass/ID could be picked up for school in the morning but later denied entry to the same school bus after school, forced to wait until a parent came to pick them up. Oh, and if a parent is late enough to pick up the child, the police may be called and the parent charged with child neglect. Yet, everyone knows the child, the bus driver recognizes the child, the child knows which exit to use when getting off of the bus, etc. It becomes a performative charade.

    A few months back middle school students were threatened that parents would be called if IDs were forgotten again. My daughter’s friend expressed her anxiety about this to my daughter. My daughter explained back to her friend that she didn’t care — the school could call her mom (me) — and I wouldn’t get my daughter in trouble. Actually, I’d probably laugh at the school representative who called complaining of such a ludicrous, made up offense.

    I can just imagine it:
    School: your daughter refuses to show her photo on her school ID in order to get into the lunch room and again to get her food!
    Me: oh, okay. My daughter also hates the food served, would rather skip the lunch room entirely, and would prefer to take no food from the lunch offerings. Instead, she is compelled against her wishes to show a photo that she is embarrassed about, compelled enter the lunch room, compelled to take food that she has no intention of eating, and then proceeds to play with the food out of boredom. And you wonder why the school has a bullying problem? You try to encourage the kids to snitch on each other to the administration, and as a result, anyone who is seen as a snitch by the student body becomes a social pariah. You have such a large problem with students smoking weed in one set of bathrooms that you have locked those restrooms so that no one can use them. And there are kids pulling vape wands from their pockets and using them the moment that they exit the school grounds. A couple of weeks ago you had a fight on campus that allegedly included some sort of weapon. And you are calling me because my daughter forgot her ID or put a photo of Lincoln in front of her ID photo? Are you nuts? You are fostering distrust with your students by focusing on inanities and trying to disempower your young teen students. Treat your students with more respect and dignity and you might be surprised by the outcome.

    (Yes, I’m talking about schools and children…but humans are humans, and whether a school or business or nation, humans function very similarly.)


    I just saw that Pepe Escobar got suspended on Twitter. Why any serious journalist still posts there is beyond me.

    Thanks for the Self Fulfilling Prophecy reference. I follow that site but somehow missed that particular article.



    What really matters is knowing ourselves,,,


    John Day

    @Zerosum: I thought I posted this link, to the site where I think WES got his information about 4/11/22 being a “bad day” for the Ukrainian military. It did not post.
    I suspect the AI filter is blocking Saker blog links again. Anyway it is the 4/12/22 “Nightvision” post about the war in Ukraine, which he seems to be referencing.
    The Vineyard of The Saker is the blog, and this SitRep series is certainly Russian-viewpoint information.


    Okay! here its. Lots of good info.

    John Day

    The AI filter accepted that link from Zerosum, but will not accept it from me.
    Hmmm… AI is smart, I guess, or something. Maybe I’m more of a threat…
    I’ll skip the links to Russian-friendly sources, but include my excerpts/comments.
    It’s at the blog with another morning veggie-garden picture: https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/publish/post/52169013

    This Ukraine-War update from The Vineyard of the Saker points out that 4/11/22 was a bad day for Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, now kettled in the fortified industrial district, and subjected to increasingly harsh measures, like fire and water. Would you die by drowning or surrender in a 2 day time window? There have been massed break-outs, which resulted in mass casualties and mass surrenders.
     Explored here is the evidence that Ukrainian military are very competent, perhaps better supplied than US military (recently) and quite likely more proficient in warfare than US military.
      This implies (if true) that the US military would want to strictly avoid direct battle against the Russian military. It would be humiliating and bad for business.
    I’ll keep the hypothesis in mind.
    (the link Zerosum posted)

    SouthFront has a video and transcript of Ukrainian soldiers, who surrendered to separatists, reporting that they had been held captive by a militia unit, after refusing to shoot civilians who had been trucked in, and escaped at night when their guards were drunk. They were shot at by Ukrainian forces as they crossed the front to surrender, one wounded and 2 of the 8 killed. The wounded man is interviewed. The video has one man telling the story, and none of them look happy. It can’t be taken as fact, but does fit with a lot of reports…

    Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol are increasingly accepting the better option:

    ​  ​On April 12, the largest group of the AFU soldiers surrendered in Mariupol. Another attempt to break out from the trap in Mariupol, was confirmed.According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, 1,026 Ukrainian servicemen of the 36th Marine Brigade voluntarily laid down arms and surrendered in the city of Mariupol, near the Illich plant​  ​151 wounded Ukrainian servicemen of the 36th Marine Brigade were provided with primary medical aid on the spot, after which they were all taken to the Mariupol city hospital for treatment.

    ​Western psychological-warfare operations appear to be exceptionally effective upon Americans.

    70% now see Russia as an enemy, and opinions of NATO are much improved, as well.​

    ​This is partisan anti-western polemic, but presents important insights, like this, about the neoliberal/neoconservative beliefs vs the current reality taking place.

    ​  And we have to keep in mind that they REALLY and SINCERELY thought they would (finally!) break the will of the Russian people and that they know this long awaited and oh-so-sweet revenge-victory is slipping away from them – just imagine the rage they must feel.  After eight years of endless provocations, insults and “negotiations” the Neocons have FINALLY forced Russia to intervene openly, which was always the dream of the Neocons.  But what they did not expect (and neither did anybody else, myself included) was that instead of “just” liberating the LDNR from constant Ukronazi strikes, Putin chose to liberate the entire Ukraine and change the entire collective security architecture of Europe.

    Americans Are “In Charge” of the War Says French Journalist Who Returned From Ukraine​  A French journalist who returned from Ukraine after arriving with volunteer fighters told broadcaster CNews that Americans are directly “in charge” of the war on the ground.The assertion was made by Le Figaro senior international correspondent Georges Malbrunot.Malbrunot said he had accompanied French volunteer fighters, two of whom had previously fought against ISIS.

    John Day

    ​Moon of Alabama (German) explores the causes and players, and the motives which contribute to this war. A couple of interesting points:
    ​ ​If this two-level perception is correctly analyzed in its appreciation of the different actors with contradictory priorities, then it becomes crucial to understand that in the geopolitical war the US is the aggressor as much as in the traditional war on the ground Russia is the aggressor.​..
    Towards the end of a talk with Gonzalo Lira former Marine officer and UN Inspector Scott Ritter disputes the potential for escalation. The Pentagon, he says, knows the real situation on the ground and that the Ukrainian army will lose the war. Neither NATO, nor the U.S. nor single countries like Poland have their forces configured in a way that would allow them to successfully wage war against Russia. They would need more time to get ready than Russia will need to win the war in Ukraine. Ritter predicts that the Pentagon will overrule any escalation the Ukraine warmongers in the State Department and National Security Council may plan…​ (I also hope Ritter is right.)​

    ​ ​The finance ministers of the BRICS alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have decided to create their own financial mechanisms to continue trade between nations of similar disposition. Once the internal issues inside the BRICS alliance are resolved, and once the mechanisms are created, then other nations will be able to decide to join or not. The great global cleaving will commence.​ ​

    BRICS Ministers of Finance Hold a Meeting – It Is Time to Replace Western Financial Trade Mechanisms and Remove The Dollar

    ​ Only Ukrainian forces use these missiles, and they drop the solid-rocket booster from the warhead, so it lies along the flight path for inspection.
    ​ On April 8, a Ukrainian Tochka-U missile hit the railway station in the city of Kramatorsk. As a result, at least 57 civilians were killed, dozens more were injured.
    According to the traditional scenario, immediately after the incident, the Ukrainian authorities sent foreign reporters to the town. However, this time the plan went wrong. The journalists filmed the serial number of the Tochka-U missile which killed dozens of civilians. They left no doubts that the missile was launched by the AFU.
    The Tochka-U missile in Kramatorsk has a series number Sh91579: (photograph of serial number)
    The Tochka-U missiles, including of the Sh915 series, are actively used by the AFU on the Donbass front lines.
    The following cases of the strikes with missiles of the same series have been recorded so far: (#6 are listed, also with photographs of serial numbers.)

    ​ ​According to bioweapons expert Francis Boyle, Russia’s accusation that Ukraine is conducting U.S.-funded bioweapons research appears to be accurate
    If true, everyone involved is subject to life in prison under the ​(US) ​Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989
    According to Boyle, the U.S. government and Pentagon have had a “comprehensive policy” to “surround Russia with biological warfare laboratories” and “preposition biological weapons” there for use against them​.

    John Day

    Roger Seheult MD of Medcram delves into sunlight and vitamin-D, as they pertain to immune system function and COVID susceptibility, including severity of illness.
    Surprisingly, it is not just vitamin-D which seems to be providing benefit to those who accept the sun’s rays. Other mechanisms, which cannot be as easily supplemented, are presented here. Thanks “Germ”.

    The global pandemic treaty, superseding all national laws, and mandating a universal digital vaccine-passport is still on track, and would be under the auspices of the WHO, which is under the auspices of… (Bill Gates? Who else?)

    The WHO is building a global vaccine passport

    Figmund Sreud

    @Henry – interview with Karel van Wolferen.

    Thanks for bringing up said interview! Fascinating, yet most troubling, at least to Russia, European continent. Me thinks, …

    The troubling part is that from listening to Karel van Wolferen, I get quite a nagging impression that he is strongly implying that the U.S. is guiding this latest war simply to destroy Russia as a state, a sovereign state.

    Yet Russia? … Russia is fighting the U.S. simply just to convert it into a strong and normal nation, … and by extension, make other – currently U.S. poodle-nations, EU and NATO members – a sovereign states, too.

    If that is the case, … sooner or later, Russia will loose badly, European continent will loose badly, … and the U.S. will stand to rebuild Europe again.

    Now, … why do I say Russia will ultimately loose? Well, … this fight is a fight from a distance – ‘let’s have a war over there, so we don’t have a war over here‘ mantra – for the U.S., and it is a very local for Russia, … and the poodle-nations!

    In order for Russia to have a chance of success, the war has to be expanded to the North America, the island of. The United States’ real estate has to be seriously, seriously threaten with a potential of outright destruction for this duel to ever draw to Putin’s and Lavrov’s liking.

    I say to Putin’s and Lavrov’s liking, … because if those two are replaced by, say, … an another Boris Yeltsin-type, than all this musing of mine is pointless.



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