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There Has Been No Talk Of Peace, Only War (Celente)
Putin ‘Will Go Nuclear’ Says CIA Boss in Regime Change Set Up (Ransom)
Yet Another Huge Ukraine Arms Package As Total Military Aid Nears $3BN (ZH)
Watch Out, Vlad! Here Comes the British Invasion (Tracey)
Russia Must Prepare For “Possible Aggressive Action” From NATO – Medvedev (ZH)
Two Cheers for Realism (Lee)
Telling the COVID Good Guys from the Bad Guys (Hope)
Wall Street Now Paying Attention to the ‘Trust the Science’ Fraud – Dowd (Wolf)
New CDC Center to Predict Pandemics, Provide ‘Outbreak Analytics’ (CSN)
DOJ To Appeal Court Decision to Overturn Mask Mandate, if CDC Asks (CTH)
CDC Removes All Countries From COVID-19 ‘Do Not Travel’ List (Reason)
Treasury Bond Massacre, Mortgage Rates Hit 5.35%, and it’s Only April (WS)
Clinton Campaign: Fusion GPS Provided Legal Advice (TechnoFog)
Taylor Lorenz Is Simply Following The New Rules Of Journalism (Miller)



Number of days Julian Assange has been in Belmarsh prison, never charged with anything.

Today, another decision is due in his extradition case.





Zelensky’s statements influenced by what he drinks or smokes – Lavrov








The only thing you need to know, really.

There Has Been No Talk Of Peace, Only War (Celente)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that the Western sanctions that were intended to punish Moscow into submission and end its war with Ukraine have failed and, instead, hurt the very countries who imposed them. Putin used a televised address to tell Russians the sanctions were “expected to quickly upset the financial-economic situation, provoke panic in the markets, the collapse of the banking system and shortages in stores.” But said the West’s “economic blitz” failed and backfired. He said they instead led to a “deterioration of the economy in the West.” Last month, President Joe Biden told reporters that the sanctions imposed on Russia were not intended to prevent the 24 February invasion, but were intended instead to unite Europe and show its resolve.

“That’s the important thing. If you’re Putin and you think that Europe is going to crack in a month or six weeks or two months, [that] they can take anything for another month…We have to stay fully, totally, thoroughly united,” he said. When the White House announced a ban on Russian oil imports, oil prices in the U.S. hit their highest levels since 2008. The Russian central bank on Monday announced that consumer prices were about 16.7 percent higher than the same time period last year. The New York Times, citing international financial organizations, reported that economists believe that the Russian economy will contract up to 15 percent.

Biden, who has called Putin a war criminal, killer, and a brute, has discussed additional sanctions against Russia with European allies on Tuesday, Reuters reported. They also discusses arming Ukrainians with even more weapons. Canada announced Tuesday a new round of sanctions against Russians, including Putin’s two adult daughters, the report said. The repot said: “Among those on the call were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as well as the leaders of Poland, Japan and Italy.” There has been no talk of peace, only war.

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The narrative needs a new chapter every day, lest people start questioning yesterday’s tale.

Putin ‘Will Go Nuclear’ Says CIA Boss in Regime Change Set Up (Ransom)

Democrats have invented their own WMD story to support regime change, as the head of the CIA warned about taking Russia’s nuclear capability too “lightly.” Speaking at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, CIA Director William Burns has said that in desperation Russian President Vladimir Putin could use a tactical or low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine in order to try to reverse his battlefield mistakes. “Given the potential desperation of President Putin and the Russian leadership, given the setbacks that they’ve faced so far, militarily, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons,” said Burns, according to Voice of America. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also warned about potential Putin use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

Nina Khrushcheva, the great granddaughter to former Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev, echoed the comments but said it wasn’t a prediction of the use of nukes, but was just noting the potential is there for Putin to use nuclear weapons, said Newsweek. “Since there are questions about how far Russia can go to create victory, and nuclear weapons have been part of the conversation on both sides, Russian and the West, the tactical atomic option is potentially imaginable,” said Khrushcheva, a professor of International Affairs at The New School in New York City, a progressive hotbed.

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Let’s make it an even $30 billion. $3 billion is hardly enough to pay the bonuses at Raytheon this Christmas

Yet Another Huge Ukraine Arms Package As Total Military Aid Nears $3BN (ZH)

Coming off last week’s approved gargantuan $800 million military package for Ukraine, which the broader public and media seemed to not even bat an eye about (but quite the opposite: positively cheering it), what more is there for Biden to do except sign off on another massive weapons package for Kiev… “The Biden administration is preparing to announce another substantial military aid package for Ukraine this week,” NBC News cited five US officials to report Tuesday evening. “Three officials said the package is expected to be similar in size to the $800 million one the administration announced last week.” Biden previewed the new aid package by answering a simple “yes” when asked by a reporter whether Washington will send more artillery to Ukraine.

The new transfers are expected to include “tens of thousands more artillery rounds” – notes Bloomberg, and likely along with more anti-tank missiles, as has been consistently shipped stretching back even before Russia’s late February invasion kicked off. It appears to be the administration’s response to Moscow launching a ‘new phase’ in the war: a major force buildup and push to take the Donbas region from Ukraine, which the Kremlin reportedly wants to see fully accomplished by May 9, Victory Day, which commemorates the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany. Without doubt these continual major weapons packages pledged to Ukraine will only push Russia and NATO into increasingly direct confrontation, given the Kremlin’s standing warning that it will target any inbound Western arms transfers.

Meanwhile, on Monday a senior Pentagon official told Reuters of plans to begin training Ukrainian forces on how to use American-supplied howitzers. It was described, however, that the training would occur outside Ukraine, likely in a neighboring friendly country like Poland. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed this week that so far the United States has successfully delivered new weapons to the Ukrainians on four flights – this as overall US aid pledged to Ukraine since Feb.24 has totaled about $2.6 billion and counting.

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“..the article was published at 10pm local time on the Friday of Easter weekend..”

Watch Out, Vlad! Here Comes the British Invasion (Tracey)

“You heard it here first”? Within less than 48 hours of publishing my previous article — aptly titled “The UK is Trying to Drag the US into World War III” — the most decisive evidence yet for the thesis conveniently emerged. This was thanks to The Times newspaper, which reported that British “boots on the ground” have been deployed to Ukraine. It’s the first time that the armed forces of any NATO member state were confirmed to be physically present inside Ukraine since the war started on February 24. If the UK Government really does aim to position itself at the “vanguard” of an escalating military intervention, in hopes that it can cajole the US into hotter and hotter warfare — as I reported in the previous article — then this seems like a pretty plausible way of going about it.

Is the US content to just sit around and let itself be one-upped by the British, who have now demonstrated their willingness to boldly send “boots on the ground” in defense of freedom and democracy? While the mighty US dithers impotently on the sidelines? Oddly, the response to the Times revelation has been conspicuously muted. At least from my vantage point here in London. And maybe that’s by design: the article was published at 10pm local time on the Friday of Easter weekend, and as I recently discovered, Easter weekend in England a big four-day Bank Holiday bash. So maybe the article was intentionally “buried” to dampen its effect — or maybe the timing was just an innocent coincidence. Either way, there’s been a curious lack of followup or even significant discussion in the days since the news broke. Maybe some inscrutable code of omertà reigns within the UK press corps? For all the problems with US media, it’s not quite as weirdly incestuous and insular as media in the UK.

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“We are talking primarily about an attempt to expand NATO’s presence near our borders.”

Russia Must Prepare For “Possible Aggressive Action” From NATO – Medvedev (ZH)

Following earlier this month both Finland and Sweden signaling their intent to join NATO, close Putin ally and former president Dmitry Medvedev, who serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, has warned that the Western military alliance is engaged in a military buildup along Russia’s borders. “A senior Russian official said on Tuesday that NATO’s reinforcement of its borders with Russia was no longer a figure of speech and Moscow should be prepared for possible aggressive action, Russia’s TASS news agency reported,” according to Reuters. “NATO’s expansion near Russia’s borders is no longer a figure of speech or a set of threats, we must be prepared for aggressive action,” he said according to a translation. The fresh words follow Medvedev’s prior threats to position nuclear and hypersonic missiles along Russian’s western border in the scenario that Finland and Sweden join NATO.

The prospect of Finland, which is said to be studying the issue, joining the alliance is especially alarming for the Kremlin, given Russian and its Scandinavian neighbor share a 810-mile border. Sweden, though a little less important geographically, has already announced its intent to join the alliance. “There can be no more talk of any nuclear–free status for the Baltic – the balance must be restored,” Medvedev said previously. But now on Tuesday, he’s heightened the rhetoric further by saying, “We are talking primarily about an attempt to expand NATO’s presence near our borders.” Medvedev stated further according to state-run TASS, based on a rush translation: “And this is no longer a figure of speech today, this is not a set of standard threats. We must be prepared for those aggressive actions that may happen.”

The thrust of his words were toward encouraging the rapid technological advance of the country’s defense capabilities amid the new ‘NATO threat’ – given the remarks were delivered before a national conference on science and education. He stressed that “it is important to build up, among other things, a system that allows you to provide the country with the most modern weapons.” “And this requires reliable, high-tech, powerful equipment – both military and dual-use,” the deputy head of the Security Council added, explaining that the situation did “not arise by itself, especially in those conditions when sanctions have been imposed on the country.”


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Westphalian Treaty, 1648.

“Russia, China have legitimate spheres of influence and this should be respected. This will involve an end to the gross provocations in the South China Sea and in Poland, Romania, and the Baltics, not to mention the ongoing series of colour revolutions.”

Two Cheers for Realism (Lee)

As the US and its vassals therefore prepare for war, its populations must be conditioned to believe and accept such an inevitable outcome. The propaganda machine has been stepped up to unprecedented levels. The message is simple. Our side = good, Their side = bad. Our side does good things, their side does bad things. Thus, the media – now an asset of the deep state – plays an essential role of propagating this political construction among the populations of the Anglo-Zionist heartlands. All of which is very reminiscent of Orwell’s short novel Animal Farm. After the Animal Revolution and the eviction of Jones the Farmer, the sheep were instructed by the ruling group – the pigs – into reciting the goodness of the animals and the badness of humans. The short and endless bleat of the sheep went as follows: ‘’Four legs good, two legs bad,’’ repeated endlessly.

That is about the level of western foreign policy. Good guys, bad guys, white hats, black hats, no compromise, no surrender. Result war. The question we must now ask is has this menacing process gone too far to go into reverse? This of course remains an open question. But the thrust of neo-conservative foreign policy would suggest this war would be a logical outcome. Either that or the whole thing is a bluff. Up to this point the US performance in attacking recalcitrant weak states has not been a roaring success. The same goes for Israel. Bombing countries with no air defence or shooting Palestinian kids with sniper rifles is easy-peasy. Taking on Iran is a different matter entirely. The irresistible force seems to be meeting its immovable object.

From a realist as opposed to a neo-conservative foreign policy the idea of an American world empire is frankly deranged. Pursuit of this pipedream can only result in mutually assured destruction; yes, M.A.D. still applies. The United States and its minions might not like it, but it will have to learn to live with other great powers. Russia, China have legitimate spheres of influence and this should be respected. This will involve an end to the gross provocations in the South China Sea and in Poland, Romania, and the Baltics, not to mention the ongoing series of colour revolutions.

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“These sociopathic characteristics include superficial charm, untruthfulness, absence of neurosis or anxiety, poverty of emotion, and a lack of remorse or shame. ”

Telling the COVID Good Guys from the Bad Guys (Hope)

Most recently, Elon Musk has stepped forward, offering to purchase Twitter and remove the censorship from the platform. This move would turn the tables on the Great Reset and restore the voice of the American public. Some are conflicted and see Musk as a potential bad guy due to his billionaire status and work developing technologies that could be used against the populace. However, upon closer inspection, one notices that Musk has been consistent in his views over the last two years. Musk was among the first to tweet about the potential benefits of using HCQ in early 2020. Musk’s position has not changed, while the opposition lies, waffles, and double talks.

In his first interview with Joe Rogan in May of 2020, Musk questioned the lockdowns’ wisdom and insisted that our freedoms should come first. He noted that our liberty and democracy had come at significant cost, and we should not allow them to be eroded so easily. Looking deeper at Musk, one realizes he is not a sociopath like so many other billionaires. Sixteen factors help identify a sociopath – according to the Cleckley Profile as set forth by Dr. Hervey M. Cleckley, the expert considered to be the Father of Psychopathy. He discussed these in his treatise, The Mask of Sanity. These sociopathic characteristics include superficial charm, untruthfulness, absence of neurosis or anxiety, poverty of emotion, and a lack of remorse or shame.

In short, they have cold, reptilian personalities and no conscience. Sociopaths have no anxiety and can often beat lie detector tests because their heart rates and blood pressure can remain stable under questioning that would phase most of us. While our leading health authorities and top vaccine billionaires easily qualify as sociopaths, Musk’s personality does not fit. He tears up at interviews to the extent the cameraman must stop filming; he exhibits great emotion when speaking about his childhood or challenges with his businesses.

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There goes the CDC.

Wall Street Now Paying Attention to the ‘Trust the Science’ Fraud – Dowd (Wolf)

As Pfizer try to ‘pump their stock’ Hedge Fund guru Dowd, takes us inside what he calls the third great fraud in his lifetime, in this new bombshell interview with Dr Naomi Wolf.

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Except, they’re giving the CDC more powers, no matter how badly it failed.

New CDC Center to Predict Pandemics, Provide ‘Outbreak Analytics’ (CSN)

On Tuesday, the Biden Administration announced the launch of the CDC’s new Center for Forecasting and Analysis (CFA) to predict future pandemics and guide the government’s efforts to address such anticipated infectious disease threats. A center of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CFA will use “infectious disease modeling and analytics and to provide support to leaders at the federal, state, and local levels,” the CDC explains in its announcement. As “the equivalent of the National Weather Service for infectious diseases,” the CFA will “predict trends and guide decision-making,” the CDC says:

“CFA’s work will be focused into three main pillars: to predict, inform, and innovate. CFA has begun to build a world-class outbreak analytics team with experts across several disciplines to develop faster, richer evidence to predict trends and guide decision-making during emergencies.” According to the CFA website, the new center will also predict the future course of ongoing pandemics, in order to help public health officials to take preemptive measures: “The goal of the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA) is to enable timely, effective decision-making to improve outbreak response using data, modeling, and analytics.

“To do so, CFA will produce models and forecasts to characterize the state of an outbreak and its course, inform public health decision makers on potential consequences of deploying control measures, and support innovation to continuously improve the science of outbreak analytics and modeling.” CFA Science Director Marc Lipsitch, hopes to employ regular population sampling, by means like blood draws and swab tests, in order to collect data, the AP reports: “[T]he United Kingdom uses regular population sampling with swab tests and blood draws to get a clearer picture of who’s been infected, said Marc Lipsitch, the new center’s science director. He said similar sampling should be considered in the U.S.”

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“..a political DOJ has to wait for a political CDC to determine whether they still have any currency of influence..”

DOJ To Appeal Court Decision to Overturn Mask Mandate, if CDC Asks (CTH)

On one hand, Joe Biden needs to appease the base of his Covidians who identify themselves through the prism of COVID. On the other hand, the overwhelming majority of Americans are done with the COVID fear mongering. What to do, what to do? Trying to split the baby, Biden’s DOJ announces it will appeal the federal court ruling that overturned the federal Transporation covid mask mandate, but only if the CDC tells them to. “DOJ PRESS RELEASE – […] “The Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disagree with the district court’s decision and will appeal, subject to CDC’s conclusion that the order remains necessary for public health.” “If CDC concludes that a mandatory order remains necessary for the public’s health after that assessment, the Department of Justice will appeal the district court’s decision.”

Keep in mind, the federal court ruling specifically centered around the arbitrary nature of the original mandate, which exceeded the scope of CDC legal authority, compounded by the CDC breaking its own rules for public feedback in the implementation.The mandate created by Joe Biden did not have legal structure. It was a dictatorial fiat that exceeded the capacity of the executive branch to create. Congress could easily write a law authorizing mechanisms for the CDC and TSA to use in enforcement of a federal Transportation mask mandate; but they won’t – because the public would never support it. So now, a political DOJ has to wait for a political CDC to determine whether they still have any currency of influence amid the politics of COVID.

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Just demolish it.

CDC Removes All Countries From COVID-19 ‘Do Not Travel’ List (Reason)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its international travel recommendations on Monday, relaxing previous COVID-19 risk assessments.Previously, the CDC’s “Level 4” risk designation applied to destinations with “very high” levels of COVID-19 transmission. On Sunday, 89 countries and territories were listed in this category, with the CDC advising, “Avoid travel to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.” The agency has since named its highest risk category “Level 4: Special Circumstances/Do Not Travel” and removed all countries from it. In a statement last week, the CDC indicated it would reserve this designation for “special circumstances, such as rapidly escalating case trajectory or extremely high case counts, emergence of a new variant of concern, or healthcare infrastructure collapse.”

The CDC’s next highest designation, “Level 3: COVID-19 High,” now includes 122 destinations and advises that travelers are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, but does not advise the fully vaccinated to avoid travel wholesale. Given that there are few places in the world where COVID-19 has not spread widely, it is becoming necessary for the individual traveler to determine his own risk tolerance. Safety does not simply depend on picking the country with no active COVID-19 cases, but rather on taking stock of your vaccination status, your preexisting conditions, and the medical infrastructure at your destination.

The CDC’s new advisory structure makes the point that not all areas with high COVID-19 transmission are irreconcilably dangerous to visit. As recently as Sunday, the CDC advised travelers to exercise the same level of COVID-related caution when visiting Norway and the Central African Republic; South Korea and Papua New Guinea; and Australia and Vietnam. It makes little sense to advise the same level of extreme medical caution across each of these nations, considering how vastly each country’s health capacities may differ. Denmark, Switzerland, and Sweden are said to have some of the best health care in the world, but in terms of COVID contagion, the CDC considered them as risky to visit as Somalia, a country with only one surgeon for every 1 million people and a full COVID vaccination rate of just 8.5 percent.

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You will own nothing and you will be happy.

Treasury Bond Massacre, Mortgage Rates Hit 5.35%, and it’s Only April (WS)

The interesting thing is that no one at the Fed is trying to talk down those spikes in Treasury yields and mortgage rates. It shows that those yields are going where the Fed wants them to go, and that the Treasury market is coming around to the Fed’s rate-hike plan, and that those yields have a long ways to go, given that CPI inflation is 8.5%, a gigantic mess that has unfolded over the past 15 months, finally, after 12 years of money-printing. The two-year Treasury yield spiked by 15 basis points today to 2.61%, the highest since January 2019. This has been a huge move in just seven months. When the two-year yield goes over 2.83%, it will be in territory not seen since 2007, as the Treasury market begins to price in the Fed’s coming policy action to crack down on inflation:

Even the biggest doves at the Fed are now fully on board the rate-hike train, and it’s only a question of how fast and how long. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, one of the biggest doves, is “comfortable” with 25-basis-point hikes at every meeting this year (there are seven more), and even he is “open” to 50-basis-point hikes: “we want to be humble and nimble, and get to neutral before too long – maybe 50 helps, I’m open to that,” he said. The 10-year Treasury yield rose by 8 basis points to 2.93% at the close today, the highest since December 2018. The magic number there is 3.24%, beyond which yields are back in 2011 territory:

When yields rise, it means prices of those bonds fall, and prices fall the hardest of bonds with the longest remaining maturities. And it’s a massacre for people who invested in what they thought was a very conservative and prudent instrument, namely a bond fund tracking long-term Treasury securities, when in fact it turned out to be a highly risky wager on long-term Treasury yields always going lower forevermore. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF [TLT], which tracks an index of Treasury securities with at least 20 years of remaining maturities, dropped another 0.75% today, is down 19.5% year-to-date, and has plunged by 30.6% from the peak in August 2020, which was when long-term Treasury yields had hit historic lows, and which was – with hindsight – the moment the greatest bond-market bubble in US history began to implode:

Holy moly Mortgage rates. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate spiked to 5.35% today, the highest since 2009! This daily measure of mortgage rates by Mortgage News Daily had briefly hit 5.05% in November 2018, with inflation at or below the Fed’s target, and with markets tanking left and right, before the Fed made its infamous U-Turn, and mortgage rates dove. Now the Fed is just getting started, with inflation at 8.5%. There is no one that can persuade me that this jump in mortgage rates isn’t going to have a serious impact on the housing market. It’s the Fed’s way of getting the housing bubble under control before it tears up the financial system again:

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They’re getting lost in their own narratives.

Clinton Campaign: Fusion GPS Provided Legal Advice (Techno Fog)

The battle over documents and e-mails in the Michael Sussmann case just got hotter. Back in August 2017, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee, explaining how his firm was retained to gather “lots of facts about Donald Trump.” He admitted that Fusion GPS met with reporters leading up to the 2016 election to spread opposition research against then-candidate Trump. The context of Perkins Coie’s retention of Fusion GPS was further explained in a book co-authored by Simpson and Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch. They documented an April 20, 2016 meeting with Mark Elias (Perkins Coie partner and counsel for the DNC/Clinton Campaign), where Elias requested their services for opposition research.

Now the stories have changed. Fusion GPS is no longer an opposition research firm, and they weren’t hired to dig-up dirt against Trump. Instead, they would have you believe, after the phony dossier and the Alfa Bank hoax, that Fusion GPS was retained to provide legal advice to the Hillary Clinton Campaign. Remarkable. On April 6, Durham filed [a] motion to compel in the Michael Sussmann case, requesting the court require the production of “emails and attachments between and among” Perkins Coie, Rodney Joffe, and Fusion GPS. These emails and documents, according to Durham, “appear or involve or relate to” Fusion GPS’s provision of research and media services to Hillary for America, the DNC, and Perkins Coie. (Some documents had been produced pursuant to grand jury subpoenas dating back to the 2021.)

Faced with this pressure, today there was a flurry of filings from interested entities in the Sussmann case, seeking to intervene to petition the court to keep these emails and documents secret. The DNC, Rodney Joffe, Perkins Coie, and Hillary for America all filed motions to intervene and memorandums in opposition to Durham’s motion to compel. Notably, we saw arguments to the court that Fusion GPS wasn’t retained for opposition research. Hillary for America, for example, asserted “attorney-client privilege and work product protection over communications and work product of its attorneys (at Perkins Coie) and their consultant (Fusion GPS).” In support of that motion, Hillary for America included declarations from John Podesta, Robby Mook, and their attorney, Marc Elias. Declarations which contradict the public record.

To prove my point, John Podesta declared that to his knowledge, Perkins Coie has “consistently maintained” confidentiality, despite the fact that Perkins Coie (Sussmann in particular) assisted in distributing to the press the materials and allegations prepared by Fusion GPS and other researchers. Not to be outdone, Robby Mook (Hillary’s campaign manager) told the court that he believed that contractors for Perkins Coie – which would include Fusion GPS – were providing “legal services and legal advice” to the Clinton campaign. Unfortunately for Hillary for America, Mook’s belief is insufficient for the purposes of privilege. Clinton lawyer Mark Elias also submitted a declaration, stating the role of Fusion GPS was to “provide consulting services in support of the legal advice” Perkins Coie and Elias were providing their clients. This contradicts the Elias’s own statements cited above.

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“Taylor Lorenz is not the ultimate problem. The problem is news outlets and infotainment companies using their outsize power and vast budgets to harass and doxx private citizens they disagree with. ”

Taylor Lorenz Is Simply Following The New Rules Of Journalism (Miller)

Much has been said about Taylor Lorenz, the 30-something-year-old journalist for the Washington Post and former New York Times Slack channel gossipmonger. Still, her lack of media ethics is now unambiguous. On Tuesday, we learned about Lorenz’s doxxing of those behind a viral social media account she personally dislikes. Lorenz published a story on the popular “LibsofTikTok” Twitter account. This account curates and highlights content from the extreme fringes of the cultural and political Left on TikTok and other platforms. The account isn’t much different from the “Right Wing Watch” account on Twitter, which does mostly the same thing from a politically left perspective. The difference is simply who is protected by most of the media and who isn’t. That’s what much of the discourse around the public revealing of the person behind the LibsofTikTok account is missing.

Taylor Lorenz is what the media are now. In 2017, CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski tracked down an anonymous Reddit user who had created a gif of President Donald Trump clotheslining a wrestler at a WWE event, with the CNN logo replacing the opposing wrestler’s head. CNN found this to be doxx-worthy simply because it was retweeted by Trump. In 2019, when a joke video of a “drunk” Nancy Pelosi (the creator simply reduced the speed of the video) spread around, Kevin Poulsen of the Daily Beast tracked down and doxxed the person who did it, revealing he is an ex-con living in the Bronx who was working as a forklift operator. These details were not newsworthy. The video itself was not newsworthy. But the Daily Beast published his name and employment anyway.

In 2018, HuffPost writer Luke O’Brien doxxed and revealed the identity of a pro-Trump Twitter user, including information regarding a popular Brooklyn deli that her siblings owned and was not related to her social media posts. The deli was soon threatened with boycotts and negative Yelp reviews. These are just three examples of what has become an industry standard. It’s a standard that now has some reporters comparing LibsofTikTok to Harvey Weinstein and the Watergate scandal. However, in singling out Taylor Lorenz, what the political Right doesn’t understand is this is about politics and shutting down opposing speech. That is to say, speech that Lorenz or Kaczynski or the Daily Beast are ideologically opposed to. Of course, this is also about media power.

CNN is a multibillion-dollar media conglomerate that used the full weight of its corporate power to threaten a private individual with a Reddit account. In a newspaper owned by Jeff Bezos, Lorenz publishes a story with an individual’s name, professional license, and address information. It’s a struggle between one of the richest, most powerful men on the Earth and someone behind a Twitter account with less than a million followers (although that follower count is almost certainly about to increase). Taylor Lorenz is not the ultimate problem. The problem is news outlets and infotainment companies using their outsize power and vast budgets to harass and doxx private citizens they disagree with. It’s a new journalistic model for an industry that sees its grip loosening on what news it can control and create (see the media freak-out over Elon Musk buying their favorite toy). Taylor Lorenz, for all her theatrics, is simply leading the charge.

Tucker Libs of TikTok

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    Figmund Sreud

    Re: Treasury Bond Massacre, Mortgage Rates Hit 5.35%, Highest since 2009, and it’s Only April

    If there is massacre in the markets, … there is an opportunity! Every time, …

    Consider: Treasury Bonds currently are oversold and down by almost four (4) standard deviations. Unprecedented!

    Usually – at least for the last hundred years – two (2) standard deviations is (was) just a right call for a turn around.

    … hence high time to buy bonds?

    … fwiw,

    F.S. ( … just musing out loud!)


    Part 1 of what promises to be a great series of posts by Igor Chudov on the methods used to manipulate public behavior in the wake of Covid:


    John Day

    Formerly T-Bear said:
    “TAE of late is reading like social media.
    Once some time ago the site subsisted to large extent on factual exchange and considered opinions.
    Facts are facts only if they can be proven or disproved.
    Beliefs, faith, religion, doctrine, theology, ideology, creeds, cults and cannon all cannot be disproved or proved – they are not factual although they may be fact in they exist.”

    That is eminently reasonable, and we should all give and receive slack.

    The main form of “reality testing” which humans practice is to see what their fellow group-member humans seem to believe. In times when there is rapid change, and worldview assumptions must be freshly questioned, our responses are largely social. It seems that our species-survival over the eons has relied more upon group cohesion and coordination than upon “facts”.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love facts. I really enjoy finding an embedded flaw in fact or cognition, which might be making a hypothesis go all jiggledy-piggledy.
    Don’t you love finding the flaw in reasoning which is leading to intellectual suffering, and slaying it?

    It’s not always possible. We’re an inhomogenous aggregation of adults here, so the social-reality-testing is more difficult. I think we are agreeing to terms of engagement. I’m a Central Texas Buddhist with both Tibetan and Japanese leanings and a fundamentalist Christian upbringing, who feels like all truth should agree with all other truth, but who could not particularly get physics prof or church deacon interested in the proposition.

    Can atheists have ESP? How about agnostics?
    A Tibetan Buddhist teacher told me that “atheists can also know the truth”, and he told me without pausing to take a breath, POW, immediately, as if he was already completely sure of it…

    It would be wrong of me to expect anybody to take an experience of mine, which I relate to them, as proof of spiritual or psychic “realities”, which they have not personally known.

    I won’t do that. We still have a lot to discuss and share.


    Michael Reid

    The latest JMG

    Shortages of food, fertilizer, and a hundred other things are putting lives and livelihoods at risk, drought tightens its grip on the western half of North America, and equally unwelcome climate shifts hit other parts of the world.

    The Future At Five A.M.


    Facts- My Local, State and Federal Govt have attacked the citizens with psychological ops, forced lockdowns, forced masks, forced injections. All of these forced mandates are of extremely dubious nature both scientifically and ethically.

    Beliefs- All of the Organizations and Personal supporting, encouraging and enforcing these mandates should be stripped of all power and their livelihoods and THEIR personal freedom so that they may never do such harm again.

    Pivot to Ukraine War- Uniquely it is the same Clan/Cult that are “invested’ in advocating more destruction, control and death with their hypocritical War mongering.

    My reality? Both the Covid Cult and War Clan members are hypocritical scum causing immense damage locally and globally. They are destroying life, harming and damaging human lives, brainwashing
    and lying. They are doing this for their own personal pleasure and profit- be it financial gain or personal power gains within their cults.

    Awareness and Truth are wonderful potentials for a meaningful life. Do No Harm. When others seek and actively pursue harm, when they lie, cheat, steal, rape, torture and abuse- then what? Let them carry on abusing? No I don’t think so. They have gone too far for too long. Why? Because they are allowed the space to do so.

    It is time to close that space for their continued abuses. They will always try to continue abusing until they are stopped. Do not confuse yourself for one minute any longer- Compassion and loving kindness in action may also require harsh words and strong brutal responses- honorable violence is just that.

    When someone physically attacks you and gets the upper hand on you, when another comes to your defense and thwarts the attack on you- will you be grateful or offended a complete stranger (not a paid cop) took action to defend you?. This is the Spirit of community. Psychological and emotional attacks are just as sinister yet not as obvious- they may mess you up worse.

    Is it not obvious these past years that we are all under sinister attacks physically and psychologically? If you have not prepared yourself then begin now- if you are not willing to defend truth, love, social contracts, natural law, or spiritual principles then get the f out of the way. Courage negates cowardice and one simple action can change the planet and Universe to the direction of growth, balance and wonderful potentials for all. I’m not on this planet for my ego, I’m here to learn, grow and take action when necessary.

    Truth to Power, when they no longer hear or accept truth- if you can listen with awareness then you’ll know just what to do.

    My greatest respect towards the truth seekers and writers- Assange, Snowden, Manning, Gonzalo, Raul and all the others. Bring the light- and sometimes rip the curtains down violently to let it shine.

    Formerly T-Bear

    RT is reporting U. S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen and the British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak have boycotted any G-20 ministerial meetings that the Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov is present. Say by-by to the G-20 as an international forum. How infantile can U.S. get; third graders have matured well beyond Yellen and her British lap dog. This stupidity will sever most trust from other leading economies with U.S., U.K. and E.U. leadership for a long time to come.
    (remove spaces either side rt)

    https://www. rt .com/news/554236-g20-summit-boycott-russia/


    This comes off of a comment on Greer’s site. It’s an electric bus having a bad day.
    Maybe this is where “Ze Gyeat Yeset” is heading.

    those darned kids

    that’s just kiss’s latest tour bus.


    Ahh. Nice light show.

    Veracious Poet


    Our discourse has progressed into the obviousness of disinformation-conspiracy since 2016.

    I was hoping & praying that gen pop would start noticing the frothy jumping of the sharks, almost a daily phenom now, but alas it hasn’t happened, YET…

    RE: Spirituality…

    My experiences at attempting to commune with The Infinite & align with The Way, is that it’s almost impossible for the human brain to quantify, understand, explain.

    It has to be experienced, first through noticing the serendipity of existence, than by a personal introspection that usually requires varying amounts of pain…

    Spirituality is an individual experience, an inside vocation ~ Which is Infinitely made more difficult when that trickster the EGO is throttling control of free will.

    That is why when you happen upon someone explaining “Spirituality” in great detail, using absolutes, run away as quickly as possible 😯

    Regarding religion, it is the bastion of sociopaths seeking control of spiritually experienced teachers for power & riches IMHO…

    That is also why historical events like the Wisdom of Jesus was thoroughly polluted with contrarian absolutes, when the “scriptures” were written 30+ years after his crucifixion.

    You shall know them (other sojourners on The Path) by their fruits ~ A task quite easily done in this Godforsaken moment in history 😕

    In a sea of poisonous insanity, all one can do is keep their head & spirit above deep turbulence, until help arrives…

    Peace be to you & yours,



    @Germ said

    The good news is that Julian Assange most probably won’t be going to the US.
    The sad news is that it’s because he will likely end his own life in Belmarsh.
    It is beyond shameful what they’ve done to him.

    It could be argued that the aim has always been to kill him without turning him into a hero. An objective made easier as the British establishment loses its reluctance to be seen as the corrupting influence.


    @Figmund Sreud said ,,,

    The wise are the lovers of the harsh, unadulterated truth. They are capable of looking into the abyss without fear and trembling. They recognise neither God nor moral imperatives. They are devoted above all else to their own pursuit of the “higher” pleasures, which amount to consorting with their “puppies” or young initiates.

    A perfect description of Jimmy Saville. Maybe that is why the British establishment were attracted to his shit.

    D Benton Smith

    I’m sorry that my starkly unambiguous statement about the global conspiracy to revoke humanity’s occupancy permit put a brick through the glass of @VArnold’s closed Overton Window. My challenge to him is to go find and present good evidence that falsifies my hypothesis. Jimmy The Greek is giving 4 to 1 odds that V Arnold will be transformed in his opinions about my sanity by that process.

    Veracious Poet

    D Benton Smith

    When the wise old sage said “No man can tell another man what to do” he wasn’t spouting casual advice on how we ought to behave ourselves. He was abbreviating an immutable Law of Nature:

    The fact is, free will can not possibly impose itself over the free will of another against that other’s free will. Any attempt to do so is both misguided and doomed. It will always, only, and consequentially end up with the ‘imposed upon’ recipient of that imposition becoming “not present” at the receiving end of the deal. They just won’t be there any more. They will either be NO LONGER ABLE to be there (for example, dead) or at the very least they will be silenced and immobilized by the simple fact that the choice of doing anything other than that was withdrawn from the list of allowed choices to choose from.

    Quite ironically, the withdrawal of choices which actually allow free choice, is done at the command of the person who (delusionally) claims the power and authority to do so, and the equally delusional compliance to that “authoritative” command is acquiesced to by those who have, by an act of will, made the decision to pretend to comply. Let’s face it, they can’t actually let the imposer into their head to make that fatal decision (the choice of whether to comply or to defy) for them. They can only make that decision by deciding, which is free will. In brief, the only free will that one can POSSIBLY enforce is one’s own.

    The “logical spiralarity” of that one makes my brain hurt. But it’s true nonetheless. It is also the essence of all fights.

    But no matter which way the fight goes, the end will always always always be the same because that’s the only way that it CAN turn out. The imposer will wind up with no further victims with any free will to impose upon, and the would-be-compliant recipient will wind up having ALL choices being dictated, no more self-decided choices remain on the table. In other words, Free Will Is Compulsory, in the sense that you can’t not exercise it. And that one REALLY makes my brain hurt.

    Obviously this is just one more of those cases where seeking a balance between two diametrically opposite mistakes would seem to be the only practical way to avoid the predictable catastrophe of going too far toward either of the polar opposite extremes (Total Power or Total Subservience).

    So what does any of this philosophizin’ have to do with the alarming situation of genocidal World War 3.9 leading to probable extinction?

    Quite a bit.

    It means that the beatings will continue until some critical mass of people exercise Free Will (which they’ve had all along but have been fearful to use) by choosing to non-comply and stop pretending to be compliant with orders to do bad things to themselves and others, against their own free will. This requires and involves awareness and judgment. The capacity for awareness and judgement is what free will is in the first place, so that helps. It’s a positive feedback loop. The more you do the more able you are to do. The sooner that exponential resurgence ramps up then the less everyone will experience the consequences of earlier insane attempts to do the literally impossible act of imposing their will over another against that other’s will, or trying to allow others to actually decide decisions for them.

    In other words, if people don’t want others to keep on trying to impose false authority over every little micro-choice in their lives then they must stop doing those stupidly harmful things that the self-appointed suicide squad is telling them to do. Until that time, expect tin pot tyrants to continue what they’ve been up to so far.


    Noting Formerly T-Bear’s comments, I wonder if it is in a way a reflection of our economic state these days. Ever since we went off the gold standard, economics has evolved more and more from facts/numbers into non-facts/non-numbers.

    Today economics depends upon what the Fed/gov says it is. Today’s economy is totally rigged. Stocks, bonds, interest rates (price of money), real estate, etc. are all controlled. The are no longer any free markets anywhere now. Markets are no longer places where prices are discovered and set Arguing about economics is pointless these days as every economic thing we ever learned growing up, no longer is valid. Nothing is cut and dry. Today there is little investing. Only gambling now. Just the mention of the Credit Derrivative Committee underscores that economic means today what the gov says it is. TAE use to feature more economic discussions early in it’s life. Maybe this is what Formerly T-Bear misses. I certainly do.

    TAE has had to simply move on because economics is now like flailing a dead rotten horse.

    I define myself as the sum of my life’s experiences. That is why you and I are different. We all took different paths through life. How could it be otherwise?

    Sometimes I feel like the ant who takes it’s own life in it’s hands, by deciding to cross the busyious highway thre is, a human sidewalk! So I have sympathy for our furry friends who decide to cross human highways. As in “Dead Shunk In The Middle Of The Highway”!

    In some ways I envy the ant. It is not bothered in the least about the meaning of life, since it doesn’t have the capacity to do so. So the ant goes through it’s life, too busy to worry about the meaning of life. The ant leaves it up to us humans to do all the worrying about the meaning of life!



    While we are on collective Western insanity. Not sure shows like this are big in other parts of the multi polar world

    John Day

    @VP Gary: I agree that you can’t relate with words , that which has never been experienced by the hearer, and that these explorations are personal. I am also glad we can mention it here.

    @D Benton Smith:
    Free will exists. When humans of domineering disposition seek to curtail all possible choices for a person or group, other than the choice of their choosing, they are usually threatening the group with death, or at least unemployment.

    To my perception, one of the greater exercises of free will is to avoid compromising situations in life.

    The assumption about forcing people to do one’s will implies that those people have been trapped by the wilful tyrant. It assumes that one can be trapped, which may not apply to everybody. I try to keep it from applying to me, and I try to be helpful to others who seek to be free.

    Spirit-nature, as I experience it, is less bound by time and space, and gives me clues and points things out to me, for my consideration. It seems benevolent towards me and towards other living beings, but I have to pay attention, and I have to want to escape tyranny and to want to help others escape tyranny. Tyranny is best escaped before one is in a trap, right?
    Pre-emptive escape.

    : Sometimes the practice of non-violence requires stopping or preventing a violent act, as I see it. That is the choice of lessening the total violence. It’s not non-violent to stand back and let a bully beat a weaker person if you can stop it. That’s my synthesis. In the moment, things are usually clear.

    John Day

    @WES: Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road, 1972, Loudon Wainwright III


    Wes I agree re finance. TAE started on the oil drum. It looks like we are now on the GasDrum in reality moving to a geopolitical Mad Maximum.
    We are mostly westerners here so it is shocking to be preyed upon as previously we have lived in a culture and physical life enriched by ‘spoils’. It’s our turn to be brown and it sucks on that level but has so many gifts…

    V. Arnold

    DBS #106484
    I’m sorry that my starkly unambiguous statement about the global conspiracy to revoke humanity’s occupancy permit put a brick through the glass of @VArnold’s closed Overton Window.

    You did no such thing…
    Quite simply: There is no conspiracy to cause the extinction of Humans on the planet Earth…
    That’s a belief not supported by reality; a failure of applied(?) critical thinking…

    Michael Reid

    I watched the Jessica Rose interview.
    She seems shaken and having difficulties communicating and thinking and I have been there.

    Ok so the thing is those who have been injected will die an early death.

    That is not speculation. We have seen the papers.

    The masses of injected are in a government cult and feel they are the good people.

    The government wants the masses to die. The masses cannot believe this.

    Therefore I see no hope for the masses even if they were to become aware of their situation.

    Those of us who refuse injection need to focus on survival.

    When it comes to survival violence is a useful tool.

    I do not have a clear picture of the future.
    In my remote location everyone is injected so I expect a rapid die off over a few years.

    How will the government deal with us who refuse? The government is not my friend.

    On a more positive note I made bread today.

    Michael Reid


    Sad report about Gonzalo Lira.

    BREAKING! Gonzalo Lira Kidnapped in Ukraine | Redacted with Natali and Clayton Morris

    Figmund Sreud

    Greer talks about “the care and feeding of the imagination.”

    “If you want to understand why something is happening, insisting angrily that there can be no possible reason for it to happen is not a useful way to start.”

    The Future At Five A.M.

    The Future At Five A.M.

    D Benton Smith


    I reckon that the agency through which one gets entrapped by so-called authorities is the self determined choice of avoiding one’s own responsibility by deferring responsibility to them. For example, if I think I’m not strong or smart or informed enough to protect myself from big criminals then I might defer that authority to the police and the rest of the justice system to handle it for me. My personal views weren’t taken into consideration when the authority of that Institutionalized System was set up, but I acceded to its authority pretty quick when I ran into my first cop in an incident involving the velocity of the motor vehicle I was operating at the age of 14 or so. (the following redramatization has been extensively edited for artistic purposes).

    The cop tells me to stop and answer a bunch of intrusive questions. I questioned his right to hassle me. He claimed to have the authority to compel my cooperation. I inquired as to where he got that authority from because it certainly wasn’t from me and he said it was given to him by the Government. This naturally led to the question of who made them the boss and he replied that voters elected legislators who then passed laws which created a government that gave him a nice paycheck and the authority to arrest smartass kids and put them in jail where they would learn a lot more stuff and have time to contemplate all sorts of things like force, and law and authority. I saw through the fraud instantly, of course, but I could also see he was bigger than me, carried a gun and was probably telling the truth about being backed up by an organized well financed gang of accomplices. Quickly calculating that resistance was futile I, too, acceded to his claim of having “authority”, even though I had played no part whatsoever in the original design or establishment of a system so prone to totalitarian abuse, corruption and vicarious violence.

    So authority doesn’t derive from the one who claims to have it or who uses it. It derives from some quasi-mystical source EXTERNAL to and PRECEDING the claimant , which supposedly GAVE it to them. Neat trick, and very effective, but it begs the question of where in the hell the so-called “authority” came from in the first place. Who the hell had the original “authority” to grant or certify more authority, and who gets the final say in determining adjustments? Kind of a deep question. And yet extremely pertinent to ordinary day-to-day living.

    I maintain that it comes from free will. We choose, of our own free will, either to take responsibility onto ourselves or to cede that authority (for whatever reason) to others. We tend to do that when we need or want something that we think we can’t accomplish solo. Urgency born of ignorance or fear tends to accelerate and amplify the process. We think we need the power to impose our will (to get what WE want or need) over the will of another, even when it’s against what THEY want (i.e. against THEIR will).

    That works fairly well as long as the “imposition of will” is limited to persuasion and voluntary dealing, but when it degenerates into robbery, lies, duress and even the threat of death it becomes a nasty business, which easily spirals out of control. I think it has spiraled out of control. I also think that the only way we’re going to get back to our regular real-life normal activity is to get it back under control.

    That requires reclaiming one hell of a lot of the authority we foolishly gave away earlier as a solution to being ignorant and afraid. And I don’t think that the guys we ceded it to intend to cede back voluntarily. The task would seem to be persuading them, and I don’t believe it’s wise to cede the authority to accomplish that that to anyone other than ourselves.

    D Benton Smith


    So show me the supportive evidence for your strongly held opinion. I’ve been wrong before, show me how I’m wrong this time. I double-dog-dare ya.

    Michael Reid

    I maintain that it comes from free will. We choose, of our own free will, either to take responsibility onto ourselves or to cede that authority (for whatever reason) to others.

    Nicely said



    I hear bye anoint you as a full fledged member of the Bakers Guild!

    V. Arnold


    So show me the supportive evidence for your strongly held opinion. I’ve been wrong before, show me how I’m wrong this time. I double-dog-dare ya.

    Nice try…you are the one who made the declarative statement that there is a conspiracy to make humans extinct. You offered no documentation or proof, or any evidence whatsoever….
    …and now I’m challenged to offer supportive evidence? Prove a negative?
    I don’t think so…

    D Benton Smith


    Please accept my apologies for making this any kind of a personal thing. I have sometimes been unintentionally insensitive to other’s feelings when I get wrapped up in the effort to make a point through clever language, and I fear I have in some way done so with you. I will be more careful and try not to do it again.

    V. Arnold

    D Benton Smith #106502

    No worries there…
    I have observed that you are generally a fair person to have dialogue with…
    We can leave this where it is and move on…


    I do not (and have never had) twitter, youtube, facebook (meta?) and so am (thankfully) blissfully unaware of the level of discourse found on those sites, only occassionally viewing a series of tweets from investigative journos and talking heads.

    I’m unsure if my comment regarding Assange’s fate laying in the hands of UK Home Secretary Priti Patel could be misconstrued as as judgement on her “based on my own non-factual mindset”. If it could be interpreted as mere opinion with a slight embellishment towards tragicomedy, I can rectify that with “facts”.

    This yt clip from BBC question time sees Patel arguing the case for capital punishment to return to the UK statute books as means of a “deterrent” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_DrsVhzbLzU


    For myself, in recent recalibration and on reflection, I’ve decided to replace the mental concept of (Western) “Nations” with “local Franchises of Globohomo”.

    With that simple substitution, my historical expectations of independence, rationality, citizen representation etc are “right-sized”.

    That is the simple reality we need to adjust to, though it is by no means the only option for the future.

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