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Edward Hopper The Sheridan Theatre 1937

 

US Is Using Intel To Fight An Info War With Russia (NBC)
Video Appears To Show Ukrainian Soldiers Executing Russian Soldiers – NY Times (BI)
UK Delays Tariffs On Russian Whitefish (Pol.eu)
America’s Largest Farm Cooperative Warns Sanctions May Spark Fertilizer Shortages (ZH)
US Warns India Faces Significant Long-Term Costs If It Aligns With Russia (ZH)
Whistleblower To Release 450 GB Of Deleted Files From Hunter’s Laptop (DM)
Psaki Says Joe Biden And His Son Hunter ‘Were Not Office Mates’ (Fox)
President Macron Says He is “Opposed to Self-Defense” (SN)
‘Pushed to the Brink of Collapse’: Chaos Behind Shanghai Lockdown Measures (ET)
WHO Will Assume Total Control Of Future Pandemics (Kirsch)
‘Mandatory Vaccination’ For All Germans Over 60 Expected To Pass (ZH)
The Teen Girls Aren’t Going to Forget (Suzy Weiss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Ritter was banned from Twitter yesterday, and then reinstated.

Ukraine War Could Have Been Avoided, but Here’s Why Putin Will Achieve His Goals

 

 

US intel is very sophisticated and very credible.

US Is Using Intel To Fight An Info War With Russia (NBC)

It was an attention-grabbing assertion that made headlines around the world: U.S. officials said they had indications suggesting Russia might be preparing to use chemical agents in Ukraine. President Joe Biden later said it publicly. But three U.S. officials told NBC News this week there is no evidence Russia has brought any chemical weapons near Ukraine. They said the U.S. released the information to deter Russia from using the banned munitions. It’s one of a string of examples of the Biden administration’s breaking with recent precedent by deploying declassified intelligence as part of an information war against Russia. The administration has done so even when the intelligence wasn’t rock solid, officials said, to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin off balance.

Coordinated by the White House National Security Council, the unprecedented intelligence releases have been so frequent and voluminous, officials said, that intelligence agencies had to devote more staff members to work on the declassification process, scrubbing the information so it wouldn’t betray sources and methods. Observers of all stripes have called it a bold and so far successful strategy — although not one without risks. “It’s the most amazing display of intelligence as an instrument of state power that I have seen or that I’ve heard of since the Cuban Missile Crisis,” said Tim Weiner, the author of a 2006 history of the CIA and 2020’s “The Folly and the Glory,” a look at the U.S.-Russia rivalry over decades. “It has certainly blunted and defused the disinformation weaponry of the Kremlin.”

Four days before the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, the U.S. publicized spy plane photos to show the Soviet Union had deployed nuclear missiles not far from Florida’s coast. The Biden administration began releasing reams of intelligence about what it said were Putin’s plans and intentions even before the invasion of Ukraine began. Just this week, national security adviser Jake Sullivan stood at the White House podium and read out what officials said was more declassified intelligence, asserting that Russia’s pullout from areas around Kyiv wasn’t a retreat but a strategic redeployment that signals a significant assault on eastern and southern Ukraine, one that U.S. officials believe could be a protracted and bloody fight. The idea is to pre-empt and disrupt the Kremlin’s tactics, complicate its military campaign, “undermine Moscow’s propaganda and prevent Russia from defining how the war is perceived in the world,” said a Western government official familiar with the strategy.

Multiple U.S. officials acknowledged that the U.S. 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, as with chemical agents, and other times, as an official put it, the U.S. is just “trying to get inside Putin’s head.” Some officials believe, however, that trying to get into Putin’s head is a meaningless exercise, because he will do what he wants regardless. After this story was published, a U.S. official told NBC News that “the U.S. government’s effort to strategically downgrade intelligence to share with allies and the public is underpinned by a rigorous review process by the National Security Council and the Intelligence Community to validate the quality of the information and protect sources and methods.” The official added that “we only approve the release of intelligence if we are confident those two requirements are met.”

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”Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said it was “precise work” by Ukrainian troops.”

Video Appears To Show Ukrainian Soldiers Executing Russian Soldiers – NY Times (BI)

Video posted on Telegram Monday appears to show Ukrainian soldiers killing captured Russian troops in a village near Kyiv, according to a report from The New York Times. The video was verified by The Times, however, the outlet decided not to publish it due to its graphic nature. Per The Times it shows a Ukrainian soldier shooting a Russian soldier three times while another man says “he’s still alive. Film these marauders. Look, he’s still alive. He’s gasping.” The video, The Times reported, also shows at least three other Russian soldiers dead near the victim — identified by white armbands commonly worn by Russian troops. One of the soldiers has an obvious head wound and his hands are tied behind his back, according to the report from The Times.

The soldiers are surrounded by equipment and are laying on the road near a BMD-2 — an infantry vehicle used by Russia’s airborne units, according to military scholar Rob Lee. In the video, which was not independently verified by Insider, Ukrainian soldiers are identifiable by their blue armbands and repeat “glory to Ukraine” but their unit is unclear. A Ukrainian news agency said the ambush was the work of the “Georgian Legion” a group of Georgian volunteers that formed in 2014 to fight for Ukraine, according to The Times report.

The video was filmed north of the village of Dmytrivka, about seven miles southwest of Bucha, according to the Times report. Earlier this week, graphic videos emerged of at least 300 civilians killed in Bucha during Russia’s occupation of the city. Ukrainian officials say they were attacked as Russian troops were retreating. Ukrainian forces ambushed Russian troops around March 30, according to the Times report. In a tweet, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said it was “precise work” by Ukrainian troops.

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What the sanctions are really worth.

UK Delays Tariffs On Russian Whitefish (Pol.eu)

Plans to impose sanctions on Russian whitefish have been postponed by the U.K. government amid fears over the impact on Britain’s seafood industry. Whitefish was among the Russian exports set to be slapped with a 35 percent tariff by the U.K. in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. A U.K. government official said the sanctions have been “delayed while we sort some technicalities,” but stressed that “we are totally committed to them.” Any suggestion the plans had been dropped entirely was “totally untrue,” the official added. Roughly 30 percent of the U.K.’s whitefish originates from Russia, which controls between 40 to 45 percent of the global supply, according to industry body Seafish.


When the measure was first announced, Britain’s seafood processing industry and struggling fish and chip shops, which rely on the supply of Russian whitefish including cod, said they feared price rises as a result of the sanctions could squeeze their businesses. Andrew Crook, president of the National Federation of Fish Friers, said: “I think government wants more time to investigate the impact of sanctions on whitefish so have just held off for the time being. “We of course support any measures they deem suitable to bring the conflict to a speedier conclusion.” The whitefish sanctions were announced on March 15. However, unlike other Russian products targeted including cereal, cement and fertilizer, the tariffs were not imposed on whitefish when they came into force on March 24, according to Seafish, a public body that supports the U.K.’s seafood industry.

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It’s already done. Planting season is now.

America’s Largest Farm Cooperative Warns Sanctions May Spark Fertilizer Shortages (ZH)

America’s largest farmer cooperative sounded the alarm Wednesday about possible disruptions of fertilizer supplies from Russia due to Western sanctions on Moscow. CHS Inc., the largest agricultural cooperative in the US, said in an SEC filing that it’s concerned about obtaining Russian fertilizer because of sanctions making it “more expensive and difficult to do business with Russia.” CHS warned that sanctions could “cause delays with respect to, or prevent, shipments of fertilizer to us, cause inflationary pressures on and impact our ability to purchase fertilizer, disrupt the execution of banking transactions with certain Russian financial institutions and result in volatility in foreign exchange rates and interest rates, all of which could have a material adverse effect on our business and operations.”

The cooperative said it holds no operations in Russia. However, it has $30 million in grain inventories sitting in silos in Ukraine and will have to take an “impairment charge” because of its inability to access those stockpiles. CHS warns there’s a risk the conflict in Ukraine “could lead to a much larger conflict and/or additional sanctions imposed by the United States government and other governments that restrict business with specific persons, organizations or countries or with respect to certain products or services.” And said if such an event did occur, it would wreck more global supply chains and “could materially adversely affect our business operations and financial performance.” For some context, Russia is one of the world’s largest fertilizer exports. Countries already afflicted by food insecurity, such as emerging market economies, will experience some of the first fertilizer and food shortages first. By the way, violent inflation protests are already beginning in Peru.

Famine
https://twitter.com/i/status/1511921482275999754

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The US is blind to its loss of power. Russia, India, the UAE, Brazil and Indonesia, China, that’s way more people than the US can strong-arm in 2022.

US Warns India Faces Significant Long-Term Costs If It Aligns With Russia (ZH)

Given that a handful of countries that rank among the top largest economies in the world have thus far been reluctant to firmly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this could prove the significant monkey wrench in US-EU plans to severely isolate and wreak havoc on global Russian exports. Among these include the obvious – China, but also there’s India, the UAE, Brazil and Indonesia. India for example – standing just behind the UK as the 6th largest economy – remains the the single largest buyer of Russian weapons. India is also reportedly seeking more discounted Russian oil, in what looks to be a potential move away from Saudi crude. In early March, The New York Times noted that India was among those countries dependent on many Russian imports that’s attempting to “stay above the fray”.

“When India abstained from a United Nations vote and the chorus of Western condemnation against the Ukraine invasion, it appeared to be taking sides: offering tacit support for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia,” the Times emphasized previously. And now Washington is putting New Delhi on notice that it faces ‘significant costs’ should it become aligned with Russia, and as a major export destination allowing Putin to side-step sanctions effects. The Biden administraiton’s Director of the National Economic Council of the United States Brian Deese has said the US remains “disappointed” with aspects of the Indian government’s reaction to the Ukraine crisis. “There are certainly areas where we have been disappointed by both China and India’s decisions, in the context of the invasion,” he said a Wednesday event in D.C.

He was cited as saying in Bloomberg: The US has told India that the consequences of a “more explicit strategic alignment” with Moscow would be “significant and long-term,” he said. India has so far rejected falling in line with the West’s anti-Russia sanctions, instead continuing to import Russian oil, which remains at an estimated 2% of its total oil imports.

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‘Very dear friends of mine, the sharp tip of the spear, were making welfare calls to me every day, basically to see if I was still alive.’

Whistleblower To Release 450 GB Of Deleted Files From Hunter’s Laptop (DM)

The source who distributed Hunter Biden’s laptop to congressmen and media has fled the US to Switzerland, saying he fears retaliation from the Biden administration. Jack Maxey gave DailyMail.com a copy of the hard drive from Hunter’s abandoned laptop in the spring of 2021. He also gave copies and material from it to the Washington Post, New York Times, and Senator Chuck Grassley in his role as ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee – but he claims they all sat on it for months. For the past two weeks, Maxey has been in hiding in Zurich, working with IT experts to dig out more data from the ‘laptop from hell’. Maxey, a former co-host of ex-Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s podcast the War Room, claims he and his colleagues have found ‘450 gigabytes of deleted material’ including 80,000 images and videos and more than 120,000 archived emails.

He said he intends to post them all online in a searchable database in the coming weeks. Hunter abandoned his laptop at a Delaware computer store in 2019. The owner, John Mac Isaac, gave a copy to Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who passed it on to Maxey. ‘I came here so that we could do a forensic examination of Hunter’s laptop safely in a country that still respects human liberty and the ideals of liberal democratic principles,’ he told DailyMail.com. ‘I do not believe this would have been possible inside the United States. We had numerous attempts on us from trying to do things like this there.’ Maxey said that after contacting DailyMail.com about the laptop last year, black suburban SUVs appeared outside his house, and former US intelligence officer friends he shared copies with told him they received strange calls.

‘I showed this to a friend of mine in desperation in February [2021] because nobody would listen to me. No news organizations would take it. In fact, the very first major news organization to take it was the Daily Mail,’ he said. ‘Very dear friends of mine, the sharp tip of the spear, were making welfare calls to me every day, basically to see if I was still alive.’

Darryl Cooper

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She’s openly calling Hunter a liar now. Shouldn’t Joe stand up for “the smartest man I know”?

And also:

“In the email, Hunter Biden also requests keys for Gongwen Dong, whom he describes as an “emissary” for Ye Jianming — the chairman of CEFC Chinese Energy Co.”

Psaki Says Joe Biden And His Son Hunter ‘Were Not Office Mates’ (Fox)

White House press secretary Jen Psaki denied on Wednesday previous reports that claimed Hunter Biden and his father, President Biden, were “office mates.” Asked by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy about “evidence that the president, at one point, was office mates with Hunter and his brother Jim here in D.C.,” Psaki said the reports were “not accurate.” Hunter Biden requested in 2017 that keys be made for his new “office mates,” listing his father, Jill Biden, and his uncle Jim Biden, for space he planned to share with an “emissary” for a chairman of a Chinese energy company, according to an email obtained by Fox News.


A Sept. 20, 2017 email obtained by Fox News shows Hunter requesting keys for Joe and Jill Biden, along with Jim Biden, for space he planned to share with an “emissary” for a chairman of a Chinese energy company. The email was sent to the general manager, Cecilia Browning, at the House of Sweden — a building in Washington, D.C., that contains multiple office suites and a number of embassies. “Please have keys made available for new office mates: Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Jim Biden,” said the email, with the subject “507.” In the email, Hunter Biden also requests keys for Gongwen Dong, whom he describes as an “emissary” for Ye Jianming — the chairman of CEFC Chinese Energy Co.

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“..because otherwise the country becomes the Wild West..”

Actually, that is what it is without self-defense…

Idiot.

President Macron Says He is “Opposed to Self-Defense” (SN)

After a farmer was charged with murder for shooting a man after four burglars broke into his home, French President Emmanuel Macron said people should not have the right to self-defense. Yes, really. “According to the initial investigation, the farmer fired twice with a large caliber rifle at a group of four burglars, killing one of them. The self-defense shooting took place last Friday, between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., and the man was alone with his 3-year-old daughter at the time,” reports Remix News. However, Macron responded to the story by asserting that the 35-year-old farmer had no right to defend himself or his daughter in such a manner. “Everyone must be safe, and the public authorities have to ensure it,” Macron told Europe 1.


“But I am opposed to self-defense. It’s very clear and undisputable because otherwise the country becomes the Wild West. And I don’t want a country where weapons proliferate and where we consider that it’s up to the citizens to defend themselves,” said Macron. Presumably, the farmer should have just allowed the four burglars to ransack his home and potentially harm his young daughter without doing anything to intervene. Macron insisted that the farmer should have called the police, who in many areas of France are already stretched to the limit thanks to criminal gangs of migrants youths being in a perpetual state of war with them. “I’m not going to judge this news. I convey the rules,” said Macron, whose weak record on security and crime is under scrutiny.

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“Let me reiterate, do not bother checking your health cloud, it’s all a negative result. Only we will notify you when you have tested positive.” The caller responded, “So what we see is all fake?” She said, “That’s right.”

‘Pushed to the Brink of Collapse’: Chaos Behind Shanghai Lockdown Measures (ET)

While Shanghai continues its lockdown and massive PCR testing campaign as COVID-19 surges through the city, a CDC expert’s complaint about chaotic PCR test reports that have confused people was recently exposed online. Shanghai CDC issued a notice demanding staff answer public inquiries “in line with the policy.” There have been complaints about the conflicting PCR test results on Chinese social media because people receive a negative test result on their cell phones but then receive a positive test result from the CDC. Shanghai adopted the Healthcare Cloud app as its integrated Internet and Healthcare services platform. Locals register through the app for a PCR test and receive the test result on their cell phones.

However, many people received a negative test notice via the app but still were then notified by CDC that they had tested positive and were thus subject to quarantine. Complaints have flooded the Shanghai CDC hotline. A recently leaked recording of a CDC expert responding to a caller revealed how the app has been problematic, how overloaded health workers have been stymied by a lack of transparency in pandemic prevention, and how the pandemic has become a political issue. In the recording, the expert said, “We have received hundreds of calls every day, but our jobs are epidemiological investigations. We can’t solve your problem.” She said, “Let me tell you the facts: There’s no ward, the quarantine sites are filled, and there’s no ambulance.”

A male was heard complaining, “But we have no way to address our issue, even Weibo is blocked.” The expert said, “I have brought this up too many times; as an expert, I have suggested that the mild to no symptom patients stay at home. Does anyone listen? No!” She continued, “Let me reiterate, do not bother checking your health cloud, it’s all a negative result. Only we will notify you when you have tested positive.” The caller responded, “So what we see is all fake?” She said, “That’s right.”

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No, they won’t. Wanna bet?

WHO Will Assume Total Control Of Future Pandemics (Kirsch)

Thanks to Mike Yeadon for alerting me to this. Here’s Mike’s message to me (excerpt): “Steve, I’ve heard about this from half a dozen sources & I’m sorry to say that the concerns expressed are wholly justified. It’s a mad idea, but since certain individuals & nations have pretty much taken over the WHO, I think it’s a certainty that, if this new treaty gets signed, within a few years at most, a “public health emergency of International concern” will be declared, and all currently sovereign nations will become controlled subsidiaries of WHO. … No government should even have the power to throw their country over to a third party. If that happened, they’d never give it back. U.K. parliament signed up to emergency powers on the occasion of the first lockdown over two years ago. That temporary bill has never been repealed. We have no rights whatsoever if they decide we don’t. This is the main reason we emigrated.

Here’s the best practical reason not to sign such a treaty, aside from its anti-democratic central problem: Imagine there’s a new pathogen spreading across the world. Nobody, anywhere, knows what the best response should be. By definition it’s not known. History teaches us that we alight most rapidly upon probable best courses of action, not from modeling, but from empirical evidence. Running a large number of experiments, based on the smartest public health, medical & scientific brains, will quickly tell us what kinds of responses are helpful & which are not. Maintaining very good communication makes sure lessons learned are shared quickly. The worst conceivable response would be to place the decision making power in the hands of a single body. They’ll likely run one experiment. We’ll never learn the counterfactual. On this basis, I don’t even understand why anyone would fall for the idiotic notion that letting WHO have the controls would be a great idea. Even if they were honest & competent.

Please let me know if I can help in any way.

Best wishes

Mike

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Mandatory adverse effects.

‘Mandatory Vaccination’ For All Germans Over 60 Expected To Pass (ZH)

The COVID pandemic has largely subsided in Europe (although health authorities have warned about an uptick in cases caused by subvariants and hybrid variants of the omicron strain). But this hasn’t stopped German lawmakers from pushing for a new law that would legally require people age 60 and older to be vaccinated. But that’s not all. The deal struck by members of Germany’s ruling “stop sign” coalition, which includes Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party, the Greens and the ‘classical liberal’ Free Democrats, also includes an option for making COVID shots mandatory for everybody age 18 and older. That second provision will depend on how the next wave of the pandemic develops during the fall, according to Bloomberg, which cited a local report.


According to other provisions in the proposed law, the government would initially try to “encourage” the unvaccinated to voluntary submit to inoculation (Germany still has millions of unvaccinated citizens, not unlike the US). Fortunately, even if the proposal becomes a law (it’s due for a vote on Thursday), it will also include provisions that would reverse the situation if enough people receive their COVID shots voluntarily before the summer. Lawmakers told Bloomberg that the goal of the proposal is “effective prevention.” “We are united by the goal of effective prevention through the highest possible level of basic immunity for all adults for the fall, because in this way we can prevent the health system from being overwhelmed,” they added. Germany is still recording more than 200,000 cases and more than 300 deaths from the virus on most days. But with more than 75% of its population vaccinated, the pressure on the country’s health-care system has significantly lessened since the depths of the pandemic.

UK jab effectiveness

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“it’s like a sci-fi show where people went to sleep and woke up two years later, and the world has moved on but they haven’t.”

The Teen Girls Aren’t Going to Forget (Suzy Weiss)

Lily May Holland, 16, remembers the long, lonely days during lockdown when her parents, both doctors, were at work. She’d watch “Gilmore Girls” and “Gossip Girl” and “Grey’s Anatomy” over and over. She stopped eating and started doing Chloe Ting workouts. “I’d have gum and a smoothie all day,” she said. They lived in the sticks north of Charlottesville, Virginia, on a dirt road between farms and trailer parks and the occasional Baptist church, and she didn’t have a license, so she couldn’t go anywhere or meet any friends. Teachers would post assignments online, but it was like—who cared? Everything happened in isolation, like they were atoms. “I would’ve gone to parties, and me and my friends were planning to go to concerts, and homecoming,” Lily said. “I had crushes freshman year. But all that fell away.”

Teenagers need a social life. Every single study and report and piece of data tells us so. But we don’t need studies to tell us what we all already know. Ask yourself: What would it have been like if you had spent your thirteenth year in solitude? It was more than a year, actually. Millions of American kids had gone a year-and-a-half mostly alone. And every single girl I spoke to said the same thing about the experience: They felt like they were sinking, or being swallowed up. So it almost seemed like an understatement when, in December 2021, the Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, said the effect of the lockdowns had been “devastating” for young people’s mental health. “Usually, kids would be learning to disobey their parents and stay out late and figure out the consequences, but there was just none of that,” said Regine Galanti, a clinical psychologist in New York who specializes in adolescents with anxiety disorders.

The impact of all that emptiness—the zig-zagging from one hazy, blue-ish screen to another and then to another—was starting to come into focus, and it was scary. Lily said that, at some point mid-lockdown, she got sick of communicating with other human beings via iPhone. So then she stopped communicating at all. Galanti said, “It’s almost like a volcano that we set ourselves up for.”It was an unprecedented volcano. In the past, Earth-shaking events—the Great Depression, World War II, Vietnam—had forced kids to grow up. Teenagers got jobs or were deployed overseas, and when they came back they settled down and had kids or left home and fled to the big city. The point is that they started their lives.

Covid did the opposite. Instead of nudging young people out the door, it anchored them to their parents, to their bedrooms and to their screens. And now that the madness is finally ebbing, they’re unsure how to proceed. Galanti said, “it’s like a sci-fi show where people went to sleep and woke up two years later, and the world has moved on but they haven’t.”

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    Edward Hopper The Sheridan Theatre 1937   • US Is Using Intel To Fight An Info War With Russia (NBC) • Video Appears To Show Ukrainian Soldiers E
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle April 7 2022]

    #105623
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Edward Hopper The Sheridan Theatre 1937

    Very lovely Hopper…and there are a few people present…

    #105624
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Because there is no shame, anything goes & everyone loves a “winner”…

    Wonder how many “Americans” play the lottery?

    Wonder how many “Americans” admire Hunter & “The Big Guy”? 🙄

    #105625
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Ilargi;
    I read your Debt Rattles…every day…completely…and am overwhelmed by the information…
    It’s so much easier to comment on the art; which I do love…
    …the world gone mad is so disturbing as to be uncomprehensible at times…
    and you always grab the meat of that insanity…
    Keep on keeping on; you’re needed as a ground in this insane world………………

    #105626
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    ‘Zero’ Covid

    In the summer of 2020 an Israeli team found that Covid could survive temperatures of 60C. This meant it could survive through the summer months, and would become endemic. It would not be possible to eradicate it.

    Hence the policy of ‘zero Covid’ was stupid, moronic and pointless. I can only think that the decision was made by stupid, moronic and pointless people!

    #105627
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    DeSantis signs ‘No Patient Left Alone Act’ into law:

    The bill ensures that people will still be able to visit loved ones in hospitals, long term care facilities even during an emergency.

    https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/regional/florida/desantis-no-patient-left-alone-act-law/67-42b76ed8-378d-4360-9fc8-d9ba5204b7c6

    #105628
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Hence the policy of ‘zero Covid’ was stupid, moronic and pointless. I can only think that the decision was made by stupid, moronic and pointless people!

    Welcome to the real world… 😉

    #105629
    oxymoron
    Participant

    As an unvaccinated Australian this is proof of my imprisonment in this large and quite beautiful open jail
    https://mobile.twitter.com/Resist_05/status/1511647631369699331?t=RyJUHrXo-1-Vhq4KbR8AEg&s=08

    #105630
    oxymoron
    Participant

    The biosecurity acts that allow transmission of pathogens from within people who have a high social credit score to spread internationally but doesn’t allow for natives to leave the reservation.

    Anger is now giving way to depression and just straight-up skipped the bargaining phase. Fuck everyone who doesn’t value freedom of movement, information and expression. Fuck them.

    I’m going underground.

    NSW govt. in aus just passed a law – 2 years prison for protest that disrupts business. Goodbye womens rights, gay activism, environmental protest, East Timor, Aboriginal voting rights. Anything you find valuable that the Fascists State opposes is toast.

    Your Government just isn’t that into you.

    #105631
    Dr. D
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    Or from that cartoon, “What is OUR gas doing under THEIR country?”

    RaboBank now showing what failure looks like. “there is growing recognition that they cannot prevent Russia pivoting its fight towards eastern Ukraine,”

    Pivoting from where? Western Ukraine? I didn’t know they had been there? Pivoting from Russia? They invaded last month. There’s no “Pivoting” if you’re doing what you’re doing now. “Pivoting” is used to describe a sharp turn to new things.

    “the West will instead need to supply far more, and far more powerful armaments”

    WHY will they need to do this? Why? And how will they pay for it? Who will use them? Ukraine no longer has an army. Half the Ukrainians are “Russian”. How will that not be a NATO declaration of war on the Russian army? And how will you not lose doing this like they’ve lost everywhere for 50 years?

    But mostly: Why? “We” all know “We” must and will win, and “We” will do what it takes to do so, as it is “Our” war as Nancy Pelosi says. Why? How did “we” come to know that?

    “We” also appeared to know that it would be a short war, and now “We” are coming to realize it’s long and “We” must escalate it, RaboBank says.

    “compartmentalisation isn’t feasible… for us Ukraine is the defining moment on whether we live in a world governed by rules or by force.”

    Great! One thing: Who’s who?

    “We condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine and support this country’s sovereignty, democracy”...by having an illegal military coup that runs out the elected leader and “F– the EU.”

    “‘Nobel economists were dead wrong on inflation: Don’t expect an apology’” (not news)
    “When it looked like the Democratic majority might include enough deficit hawks to scuttle the bill, Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz rounded up another 16 of the 36 living American Nobel Prize economists to declare, in an open letter, that whatever upward pressure on prices all this new money might bring there was no threat of inflation.

    Yup, and none from MMT either. We can print all the money the nation needs to be rich and nothing ever happens. That’s what history says, they say!

    “Inflation hawks are now saying destroying final demand is the only way to deal with supply-side inflation”

    That is, rationing, shortages. “You’ll get nothing and like it.”

    Putin Will Collect A $321 Billion Windfall Partially Thanks To Sanctions

    “Half-a**ed sanctions by the US and EU help drive up the cost of oil and natural gas. The oil producers, including Russia are the beneficiaries” –Mish

    Half measures that help them like boycotting all Russian banks…except all the important ones? Boycotting their oil…but only where no one uses it? Where they won’t pay in Rubles except where they do? That kind of “Helping Russia”?

    “Ursula von der Leyen: Russia is waging a cruel, ruthless war, also against Ukraine’s civilian population. …We need to sustain utmost pressure at this critical point.” …By buying all the gas Russia will ship us as far higher prices. Brilliant!

    Well Joe says WE won’t eat, Denmark says WE won’t shower. Russia, however, will. Boy we sure showed them!

    Taibbi: “On March 18th, the New York Times published “America Has a Free Speech Problem,” an editorial wrapped around a poll, asserting roughly 80% of the country withholds opinions over fear of “retaliation or harsh criticism.” The piece prompted outrage from Twitter’s moral police — “arguably the worst day in the history of the New York Times” cried blue-check analyst Tom Watson — some of whom claimed the article did so much to legitimize right-wing propaganda about speech suppression that the entire Times editorial board should resign or be fired.

    Can’t even comment on this. Proving the article’s point?

    Goes with this: “Woke Ideology and Conduct Now Mandatory for Faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign”

    The Taibbi article following is for Left-wing, lemon-sucking, dried-up, loveless, joyless Church ladies of the new Church of Progress. Afraid of sex in every way. But I thought this was new liberation, where we must, MUST teach 5-year-olds about butt sex? Yes, but only if you FEAR us, and don’t ENJOY it, I guess.
    Thing
    https://sinfest.xyz/btphp/comics/2022-04-07.jpg

    It’s just simple bullying, used as a cudgel against anyone the jr high school girl’s clique doesn’t like today. If you’re in the clique, you can openly run your sate career by sleeping your way up the chain like Kamala did and you’re a hero. Presidential! We all know Presidents have been paid whores for years. You can jack off on camera to your female co-workers lie CNN does. You can be a predator and cad for decades and be Cuomosexualized, with women and journalists dripping over your defense. You just have to be in the “Big Club” before the big club lands on you.

    This sort of free-floating regime of terror, where everything can be lost for a word, a look, an accusation, is the hallmark of totalitarian regimes, and specifically Fascist ones, since they add the aspect of propaganda, conformity, and social pressure outside of due process and law, but more akin to a religious movement, a cult, if you will.

    That’s what Taibbi is describing in education – but no less other captured institutions – from coast to coast. Constant, unending, and very real fear…of being, or accidentally behaving, “human”.

    You have to resist and oppose this, not from any special morality of political initiative in yourself, but merely because “You’re Next.” If it hasn’t happened already. Even though no one wants to be involved in the war, you have no choice. The “War on Truth and Reason.”

    “How Much Living Space Does $1,500/Month Get You in the US?”

    Great question, and housing is now (finally?) rising out of reach even in the poorest rural areas thanks to BlackRock, but I bring it up because of NPR’s recent article on the reason housing prices is a “Crippling shortage of housing” It’s always fun to point out the smartest people are morons, dumber than a box of rocks. No, you urban-dwelling, self-absorbed fart-smellers, YOUR housing is too high. That’s because, thanks to 50 years of policy, you have extracted and utterly destroyed every rural area in America, on purpose. So long ago Mellencamp wrote about it. So long ago, “That Giant Sucking Sound” is now your Great-grandpappy. So there are endless houses – towns, whole cities even – where mansions are “Free” (for taxes, needing more repair than their sold value, uninhabitable until repaired perfectly thanks to pointless regulation). That’s not a “housing shortage.” The houses are right there. You just nuked the towns, erased their industry, closed their hospitals, sucked their brains, and are now whining about it and how when all those people fled to Brooklyn, prices rose. Ya think? And the rural people are the stupid ones. Too dumb to rent a U-Haul and deserve what they get, they report.

    This is driving the Homesteading, Tiny house, and Cottagecore channels on YouTube but the problems haven’t been fixed. Those people only exist as illusions on camera, with money stolen back from Big Tech like a Ptomkin households, a simulacrum of a life.

    Back to the Basement” Don’t pick on Joe, don’t you know he was a lady truck driver?

    “The collective West, who has declared itself a paragon of human rights protection” …is giving $3B in weapons to an open war zone while declaring they want the civilian war to continue 20 years, while they “Win” about it (A spelling variation of “Whine”) on Twitter.

    “US Is Using Intel to Fight an Info War with Russia (NBC)”

    They won the war on Twitter (Twitter users, as in the Taibbi NYT article above), however they lost every soldier in every city in every area Russia bothered to attack. No wonder they want a “Metaverse”, maybe with endless do-overs plus a god-mode, they could finally win a war somewhere.

    Anyway, the article’s point is, “We’re winning the war on truth. With our endless lies.”

    “UK Delays Tariffs on Russian Whitefish (Pol.eu) “

    We’re serious about sanctions, except anywhere they matter.

    I’d normally make fun of astrophysicists, but 15% is probably right, but only because of the growing adjustments that will cut the failures in half. That’s a lot. Killin’ some folks. American folks. Poor folks. Sounds like we need another pandemic! No wonder they wanted demand for commodities to have been crushed recently: none of Russia’s plans would have worked.

    Mandatory Vaccination’ for All Germans Over 60 Expected to Pass (ZH)”

    As this. Why in Germany as tip of the spear? Because this will work. Every non-military-age German is killed, the unfit, ‘useless eaters’, then the State prospers. This is simple eugenics as always promoted by Fascists. Every time. Predictable as rain. Also denied by the people who are being killed by it. Also predictable as rain. They will fight, fight, fight, any person who tries to prevent them from being killed.

    “US Warns India Faces Significant Long-Term Costs If It Aligns with Russia (ZH)”

    Those costs including “eating”, “Cooking” and “Getting fair prices for their goods.” Sounds terrible. It’s just what the U.S. is about to not get, but especially in (blue) cities.

    Joe and the French minister just promised us a deadly famine. The U.N. agrees, but says it’ll be “poor people in Africa” so don’t worry: they’re not really humans. Well they got the first part right. Poor people in Blackpool and Tennessee were already going hungry before this. Now that will include White Karen, Soccer Mom.

    “because nobody would listen to me. No news organizations would take it.”

    Gee, I wonder why, using the whole rest of the article to explain why reality and truth doesn’t matter. I.e, because: open murder. No prosecution ever. “The truth can’t be killed” the Russian saying goes, “But it can live a long, miserable existence.”

    The Right and Trump’s team said they’ll be releasing tons more Hunter Laptop this week. Probably for as long as it takes. It’s fun: they can do that two clicks at 9am and play golf all day for the rest of their lives. But only because they’re already power-protected and already with lifelong armed security details. The only way they could get away with it. Goes to show: Is Trump in charge, or the Globalists? Well, Cheeto is still alive and walking around, taking all political wannabees like a King down at Mar-Lago, whaddya think?

    They also shoot by a lot of the important stuff, and for reasons, as it’s slippery. Laptop says he got $1M from Moscow. Another says he paid for an introduction and letter of support from Joe. Another direct co-joined bank accounts. Another says they are funding bio-labs in Ukr for the DoD. Hunter may be a creep, but I expect he’s a pawn. If I were China, I wouldn’t give him/them $1B without assurances. That is, we have film of Hunter strangling a 12-year-old girl in Shanghai as leverage on that kind of payout. Understand? This is mafia stuff. Joe knowingly involved his son into situation where for the rest of his life they will be either TRYING to get him on film doing bad things, or Joe is MAKING him appear on film doing bad things. It’s the only assurance, but it’s the end of his only son’s life, and was clearly killing him. That’s Joe doing it, not Hunter. Joe’s choice and power. But no one will believe it although it’s obvious that it couldn’t be any other way. People don’t have minds crooked enough to conceive of that kind of depravity.
    But i ask you: would YOU give $1B to a crackhead kicked out of the Army, or his double-crossing, black-jailing, nation-bombing, anglo dad without collateral assurances? Of course you wouldn’t.

    “French President Emmanuel Macron said people should not have the right to self-defense.”

    And thus is the end of the Enlightenment, born in France. RIP.

    P.S. what’s a “large caliber rifle”? Rifles are by nature small, in relative terms. Meaning “Not .22?” Would this make some kind of difference to them? Are they just mad because there was a young girl involved and she was not raped?

    “entertainmentoverdose.co.uk” has title “Man was assassinated” because words have no meaning to journalists, ever again, those people who are expert professionals, whose only job is words. If you’re just going to ignore words, why not “Man was hunted down, tied up, dismembered alive, by unhinged, right-wing agrarian lunatic yelling “LePen Forevah!? I mean, like you usually do. That’s what happens when you stop using words accurately. At all.

    This is also why weapons are not for hunting. That is not (perhaps) a human right. However, self-defense is, as every living being will do it regardless of the law. The national law is either in line with “Natural Law” or opposed to it. If “Natural Law” is the opposite of “National Law” the nation collapses and is replaced. As we see today.

    Macron, of course, has massive weapons, multi-million dollar self-defense at all times, as do all the other important people in France. Because they are “human”, but you outsiders are not.

    “PCR test results on Chinese social media because people receive a negative test result on their cell phones but then receive a positive test result from the CDC.”

    Okay, 1, 2, 3: PCR tests? The same ones that were canceled for not working at all? Social Media? Twitter gives us results and answers now? And the “CDC”? The CDC is an American institution, not Chinese.

    “WHO Will Assume Total Control of Future Pandemics (Kirsch)”

    Already tried and failed. Also as that was required for the present shortages, rationing, and currency swaps (they say when banks fail they will give restitution in Fed Digital Currency only, but therefore need a biometic ID card). But no card = no answer to the ongoing currency/financial collapse and dissolution. Does this make more sense now, or should we watch the attempts a few more times? There will be more such attempts quite shortly.

    Note: “Devolution.” Let’s go on with that idea. National governments are broke, but more importantly, discredited. Their authority is shot as no one believes them, like the credibility of the Fed, that’s really the only asset they have. That means people will pull power closer to their area, and “Devolve” or “Dissolve.” In America that’s easy as the Federal government is only entitled to run the Coast Guard and the Post Office and the States are supposed to have the power. Or not even them, as THEIR constitutions ALSO devolve and aren’t supposed to have rights to half what they’re doing, which likewise should devolve to the people.

    Okay, Step One/ Understanding One. THIS IS ENGINEERED. We don’t have BlackRock, with $11Trillion under management, bigger than Germany or Japan, who run the national governments in true merger of corporation and state fashion, where the national government is both their tit and cudgel, their very lifeblood, their own personal army of Raytheon and Halliburton, without it being INTENDED by them. For decades they defended the U.S., national governments, and their legitimacy since the legitimacy of the State was the seat of their insider monopoly power. And one day they just “forgot”?

    No. The CORPORATIONS, are KILLING the national governments to usurp them, like Facebook, Twitter, Google, WalMart, to REPLACE them as the source of power. No Pfizer card? No WalMart goods. No Aetna health care. THAT is the “devolution” the real power, the Fascists, are trying for. And as you see, it’s going pretty well. What happens when you have an unelected, unaccountable, all-actions-are-state-secret bureaucracy running things on behalf of oligarchs who we can’t even name? With a chasm of power from atomized YOU, up to this supra-national level?

    Ask Europe, that’s the structure they live under now, with the EU. But it’s clearer on the American side, where if you piss off Twitter, Citigroup de-banks you, and Champagne-Urbana fires you from your job as University plumber and fork-truck driver. Wal-Mart says you have to buy Pfizer products and put them in your kids. If you resist having your 5 year old be secretly taught about butt-sex by the Drag Queen Story Hour, the State will take your kids for abuse. You’d think I’m kidding but all these parts have already occurred; they’re just becoming more institutionalized and more common now.

    “Teenagers need a social life. Every single study and report and piece of data tells us so.”

    Which is why we killed them. We had NO effect from lockdowns, 1.5%, just as every bit of data from the CDC and WHO had said for decades. But they opposed all their own science and did it anyway. So we can kill MORE people – and have, especially teen suicides – but not less. And we did. Provably kill more people, not less. In several ways. Right now we have the “All in, under 60 death rate” but we already had the “overdose, heart and cancer screening delay” death rate.

    Every child injured. Like I said. For no gain. Like I said. But why listen to me, the CDC data is where I got it from! I just added 2 and 2 for you.

    When they find out… Or at this point I have to ask, IF they find out, because it’s unbelievable to me that people haven’t put this together yet.

    #105632
    Dr. D
    Participant

    ““Inflation hawks are now saying destroying final demand is the only way to deal with supply-side inflation”

    Hmm. I realize rationing and shortages aren’t the best way. The best way to “destroy final demand” is to kill people. Literally “Destroy Final Demand”. Any evidence of this as all-in death rates are 6-sigma out and Joe and the world say there is going to be a famine (for the people, not the rulers)?

    Sheesh I hate being right. Priove me wrong for a change.

    #105633
    Oroboros
    Participant

    From Ecosophia

    “Russia is turning east, throwing its resource base and its political support to China, India, and Iran. That didn’t have to happen, but it’s too late to change it now.”

    Over at The Duran, Alexander Mercouris was commenting about how the Russians are taking very careful note on who has supported them and who has betrayed them among the Eurotardistan®. He said Greece just sent several planeloads of weapons to Ukraine to kill Russian soldiers. This will not be forgotten or forgiven.

    The Russians will shortly apply the Rubles only policy to all their exports including food but will go the extra step and halt all food exports to the EU with the exception of Hungary.

    Orban has played his cards masterfully and Hungary will be the only conduit for the EU to get Russian exports of any kind. Hungary will get a substantial markup and gain great wealth being the hub and only interface for Russian exports. Well played sir!

    Eurotardistan® will freeze and starve this coming fall and winter without Russian exports.

    The Russians are going to sit and wait from now on, they will make no effort whatsoever to accommodate Eurotardistan’s® needs.

    The Russians are great at the Long Game.

    Eurotardistan® isn’t even good at the Short Game.

    It’s finished as an entity.

    Checkmate

    .

    #105634
    Dora
    Participant

    Early 1900’s US president Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
    Our current DC pols have forgotten that bit of wisdom; they demand and sanction and carry not much stick at all wrt Russia. Now they’re talking about sanctioning India and possibly China? right….

    #105635
    oxymoron
    Participant

    No wonder they want a “Metaverse”, maybe with endless do-overs plus a god-mode, they could finally win a war somewhere.


    Sometimes, the chuckles you give me – just make my day Herr Doktor – laughter being right now the BEST medicine

    #105636

    @V. Arnold
    “ I read your Debt Rattles…every day…completely…and am overwhelmed by the information…
    It’s so much easier to comment on the art; which I do love…
    …the world gone mad is so disturbing as to be uncomprehensible at times…
    and you always grab the meat of that insanity…
    Keep on keeping on; you’re needed as a ground in this insane world………“

    Sir, I had to comment. You NAILED the feelings I have about the madness this world continues to progressively slide into. The corruption seems everywhere and so blatant. I find the judiciary’s corruption most worrisome as the hope that malefactors will find justice dissipates like the morning mist.

    And Dr. D, hats off to you. I loathe hypocrisy and you have Olympic medalist cred documenting it day in and day out! How do you stand emotionally to reporting on such depressing news ?

    I ramble. Bottom line, thanks to Raul, Dr. D and the other fine commenters on this fine blog.

    Cheers

    #105637
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”

    #105638
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    Dr D: “This sort of free-floating regime of terror, where everything can be lost for a word, a look, an accusation, is the hallmark of totalitarian regimes, and specifically Fascist ones, since they add the aspect of propaganda, conformity, and social pressure outside of due process and law …”

    You have to resist and oppose this …”

    Four months into my new job with a highly woke company and I’m already in trouble for opposing the stereotyping of an entire group of people (whites, of course) rather than considering each person as an individual. My misbehavior has been escalated up to the company’s CEO. Management asserts I’m experiencing white vulnerability because I’m “coming to terms with” a new way of looking at racial equity.

    Yawn.

    #105640
    Dora
    Participant

    From Taibbi’s article “Regime Change Doesn’t Work, You Morons”

    Regime change is a uniquely American form of xenophobic naiveté. It’s not ignorance of the “Chemicals TURN THE FREAKIN’ FROGS GAY!” variety. It’s an even more dangerous type: bushy-tailed products of the Kennedy School and the Hoover Institute somehow cruising straight from top schools into positions of authority at places like the State Department and the NSC despite knowing less about the world than the average Survivor contestant or Men’s Health editor. Each may be only barely literate at graduation, but they’re all always certain of one thing: inside every foreigner lies a loyal, McNugget-loving American waiting to get out, and all the world’s problems will be solved if only they are all empowered.

    #105641
    Dimitri
    Participant

    Zelensky addresses the Greek parliament accompanied by two members of the neonazi Azov batallion

    You can’t make this shit up

    #105642
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    I consider the JAB as a test determining who gets to die first

    Yesterday SeaBirds #105609

    Australian whistleblower scientists provide more evidence of nanotech and graphene oxide in Pfizer gene therapy
    BREAKING: Australian Whistleblower Scientists Provide Evidence of Nanotech & Graphene Oxide
    src=”https://www.bitchute.com/embed/hbOztqQ3DMnx/?feature=oembed#?secret=Ymyqz7e9Tg”

    It is very disturbing and difficult to watch but it helps the sureal to sink in.

    The video can be found at

    ZEEE
    MEDIA
    .COM

    LATEST INTERVIEWS

    EXCLUSIVE: Australian Whistleblower
    Scientists Provide Evidence of
    Nanotech & Graphene Oxide
    3 APR, 2022

    https://www.bitchute.com/embed/hbOztqQ3DMnx/?feature=oembed#?secret=Ymyqz7e9Tg

    #105643
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    US using shaky intel to try to get inside Putin’s head…

    So, basically, the US government is trying to gas light Putin?
    To me, this sounds phenomenally stupid.

    #105644

    The German bill didn’t pass, according to ZH.

    In other news- Tucker showed videos of the hapless “Joe Biden” wandering about, unloved.
    Start at minute 3:09 to about 4:30.
    The whole world is watching.

    #105645
    Noirette
    Participant

    The articles in the current *Foreign Affairs.*

    Titles and what few lines are visible >… the drift and my take is in brackets.

    Putin’s war on History.

    (Putin declared Ukraine was entirely a Russia creation, and it has been colonized by W forces. > He is crazy..)

    Why Putin underestimated the West, and how to sustain its new-found Unity.

    (Russia is facing a huge new insurgency. Russia’s economy is in the toilet. Putin is a war criminal. He over-estimated R forces and under-estimated Ukr. resistance. He saw weak resistance in the Past, Syria (ex.) so he thought the W would abandon Ukr…The W democracies have reacted ++ but not enough to sustain a solid union between W democracies which absolutely has to be done..)

    The Price of Hegemony: Can the US learn to use its Power? by Robert Kagan.

    (Popular outrage at the horrors of the invasion..well this article is seemingly available in full…it is amazing to see so many contradictons .. ?)

    The Return of Conquest? Why the future of Global Order hinges on Ukraine.

    (Putin wants to annihilate Ukraine..)

    more of the same:

    Putin Unbound. How repression at Home presaged Belligerence Abroad.

    The outsiders. How the International System can still check Russia and China.

    The next Sino-Russian Split. Beijing will ultimately Come to Regret its Support of Moscow.

    https://www.foreignaffairs.com

    —————————————————————————————-

    It appears that the USA will stop at nothing to effect regime change in, or the total conquest, annihilation, of Russia, with China in second place for the same.

    The Europeans are to be pitted against Russia to the death, and if they don’t comply with US dictats, they will be targetted (or are already.) The first step is getting EUs to renounce all/any trade (gas, oil, potash, wheat, etc.) with Russia, which will kill their economies, with ppl starving, etc. Alternatively, EU nasty words, positions, and belligerence will push Russia to cut all economic ties with it, as Russia can afford to do that, it can sell its stuff elsewhere and is more or less self-sufficient, so “pas de souci” as the French say, or “no problem mate.” (How this serves the USA well is not very clear, which is worrisome..)

    Whoo…from RT:

    NATO plans to deepen its cooperation with partners in Asia as a response to a rising “security challenge” coming from China, which refuses to condemn Russia’s ongoing military operation in Ukraine, the US-led bloc’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg revealed during a press conference on Tuesday.

    https://www.rt.com/pop-culture/553352-nato-asia-cooperation-china/

    more for those who can’t see it: He announced that the bloc will host foreign ministers from member states as well as Finland, Sweden, Georgia, and the EU. However, the Norwegian-born official also noted that its Asia-Pacific partners – such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea – have been invited as well, stating that the current security crisis has “global implications.”

    The ministers will discuss new strategic concepts which will account for the military conflict in Ukraine, but will also include for the first time the issue of China’s “growing influence and coercive policies on the global stage which pose a systemic challenge to our security and to our democracies.”

    “We see that China has been unwilling to condemn Russia’s aggression and has joined Moscow in questioning the right of nations to choose their own path,” said Stoltenberg, urging that democracies must stand up for their values against “authoritarian powers.”

    … see also Oroboros above

    #105646
    zerosum
    Participant

    The winners survivors write history
    Western Path to Peace

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Wall
    it has also been called the “Wailing Wall”, referring to the practice of Jews weeping at the site over the destruction of the Temples. During the period of Christian Roman rule over Jerusalem (ca. 324–638), Jews were completely barred from Jerusalem except on Tisha B’Av, the day of national mourning for the Temples, and on this day the Jews would weep at their holy places.
    ————
    War crimes
    Battle lines cause destructions of everything by all combating forces.
    Withdrawing only mobile forces and equipment.
    Destroying all assets to prevent their use by advancing force.
    ————-
    parallel/repeat of history
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/1/who-are-the-azov-regiment
    Profile: Who are Ukraine’s far-right Azov regiment?
    The far-right neo-Nazi group has expanded to become part of Ukraine’s armed forces, a street militia and a political party.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratlines_(World_War_II_aftermath)
    Ratlines (German: Rattenlinien) were a system of escape routes for Nazis and other fascists fleeing Europe in the aftermath of World War II
    ———

    #105647
    Professorlocknload
    Participant

    When the Corporatist US .gov runs out of “evil” foreigners to sanction, it will have no one left to sanction but the “evil” American public. It’s coming, and likely only the “radically” resilient will come through it relatively unscathed.

    #105648
    Professorlocknload
    Participant

    “Being happy or unhappy – is that really the most important thing? Knowing the truth would be a different kind of happiness – a more satisfying kind, I think, even if it turned out to be a sad kind.”
    ― Ira Levin, quote from This Perfect Day

    #105649
    Dora
    Participant

    Looks like Twitter just suspended the “Wittgenstein (@backtolife_2022)” account.

    #105650
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    URGENT: Karen Kingston – Next Bioweapon Release – Hemorrhagic Fever & The Endgame

    src=”https://rumble.com/embed/vxgt7z/?pub=u0e78″

    #105651
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    Seems the UK government is now promoting vitamin D, Dr Campbell explains:

    #105652
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    What’s with this tarnishing the Army’s reputation by linking to the hide of Hunter Biden?

    It was the Navy, D!
    THE. NAVY!!

    Commissioned an ensign at age 43, but not dismissed until he popped positive for cocaine in 9 months.
    You see I take exception to these inaccuracies because around the same time that same Navy saw fit to ruin this Captain’s life and career on the personal whim of a former junior high cheerleader. That species of RN convinced the Army to make one of them the Army’s Surgeon General. The Navy’s version of the RN as commanding officer didn’t like one of my subordinates ensnaring her in his private practice-disability compensation gig.

    Upon my discovery and subsequent reporting of this subordinate’s perfidy and RN CO’s corruption the Navy turned the guns on me. Suddenly labeled “unprofessional”, “a menace to subordinates”, and in dire need of “mental health care”, they encouraged me to leave in lieu of court martial.
    The isolation was as immediate as the humiliation. 14 years of entry level employment with no end in sight while no longer being managed by an RN but nursing assistants.

    Why? My subordinate was performing IMEs for Lockheed’s subsidiary, QTC. Look it up.
    Each person who witnessed this corruption and made testimony favorable to me were fired by the Navy.
    One man who helped me, Congressman John Murtha, penned a very personal letter pledging intervention. Murtha died a few days after I received the letter….and as you might have guessed, after Navy Medicine butchered Murtha’s lap-chole at Bethesda.

    #105653
    John Day
    Participant

    Blog post up, “Individuals Matter”, much weirdness and a nice picture of the staircase in progress, too
    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/individuals-matter?s=w

    I first saw this story 2 days ago, and could not find much on it yesterday, but the NATO Allied-Commander in Europe , Lt. General Roger Cloutier, has reportedly been captured in Mariupol, Ukraine by Russian forces. The best confirmation I can get from friends-of-friends is that this is real.
    Veterans Today had the story yesterday.
    https://www.veteranstoday.com/2022/04/05/blockbuster-us-3-star-general-captured-leading-azov-nazis-in-mariupol-unconfirmed/

    “Fact checkers” rightly pointed out that Cloutier is not a major general and no longer commands US forces in Africa.
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1592018/russia-news-us-lieutenant-general-roger-cloutier-captured-twitter-fake-news

    Politi Fact has this:
    ​ ​But Maj. Brian Andries, deputy public affairs officer at NATO Allied Land Command, confirmed in an email to PolitiFact that Cloutier has not been captured.
    “These rumors are completely false,” Andries said. “Our commander is currently commanding NATO Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey, and has not been to Ukraine since the Land Staff Talks we conducted in July of 2021. While NATO nations are sending financial and military aid to Ukraine, no NATO soldiers or leaders are deployed to the country.”
    ​ ​On April 5, one day after he was alleged to have been captured, Cloutier shared photos from an event in Turkey to his LinkedIn profile. One commenter responding to the post asked Cloutier about the rumors that he had been taken captive by Russian forces.
    ​ ​Cloutier’s response was the same as Andries’ to PolitiFact. “These rumors are completely false,” he wrote in reply.
    https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2022/apr/05/tweets/no-nato-allied-land-command-leader-wasnt-captured-/

    ​Maybe a picture of General Cloutier with today’s Turkish newspaper at a local Turkish landmark and some witnesses would be in order?​
    Linkedin images from an event 4/5/21 in Turkey are mentioned as proof, but we’d all like to see them, right?
    I did a search of that, and could not find an image with that date, but I’m a novice.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=Roger+Cloutier+Linkedin+images+April+5+%2C+2022&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiln5TRm4L3AhUgAp0JHQE6A38Q2-cCegQIABAA&oq=Roger+Cloutier+Linkedin+images+April+5+%2C+2022&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQDFDmBljbPGCnUmgAcAB4AIABcIgB6wqSAQQxNC4ymAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWfAAQE&sclient=img&ei=W_xOYuWFBqCE9PwPgfSM-Ac&bih=665&biw=1304

    #105654
    John Day
    Participant

    New York Times video shows Ukrainian soldiers killing captured Russian troops near Bucha, shortly before the Bucha massacre
    The video was verified by The Times, however, the outlet decided not to publish it due to its graphic nature. Per The Times it shows a Ukrainian soldier shooting a Russian soldier three times while another man says “he’s still alive. Film these marauders. Look, he’s still alive. He’s gasping.”
    The video, The Times reported, also shows at least three other Russian soldiers dead near the victim — identified by white armbands commonly worn by Russian troops. One of the soldiers has an obvious head wound and his hands are tied behind his back.
    https://www.businessinsider.com/video-appears-to-show-ukrainian-soldiers-executing-captured-russian-soldier-nyt-2022-4

    ​ ​Retreating Ukrainian forces have allegedly blown up a tank allegedly containing hydrochloric acid, at a chemical plant in the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) town of Rubezhnoe, which has emerged as a flashpoint in the ongoing military conflict.
    ​ ​The tank explosion was aimed at a populated area, controlled by local fighters, the LPR’s militia claimed on Tuesday.
    ​ ​“[These] terrorist actions might lead to mass civilian casualties,” the force warned on its Telegram channel,
    adding that authorities are currently collecting information about any casualties resulting from the incident.
    ​ ​The LPR has also accused Ukrainian media of “actively spreading fakes” that Donbass fighters had blown up the tank themselves. They said Kiev has been doing this in order to cover up “the criminal terrorist actions” of its own forces​. https://www.rt.com/russia/553347-ukraine-attack-chemical-plant-casualties/

    Day 41, Mariupol, Ukraine is still the main battle zone, with deep tunnels and bomb shelters under the industrial area. This must be a horrific life…
    According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, on the morning of 5 April, another attempt by the Kiev regime to evacuate the leaders of the Azov nationalist battalion was foiled near Mariupol. Two Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopters attempting to break through to the city from the sea were reportedly shot down by man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems.
    ​ ​According to unconfirmed reports by Russian military commanders on the ground and several sources, NATO officers and even a general of the US and European Armies may be blocked in Mariupol. Some sources report that the Russian Army had already taken one NATO commander, Lieutenant General Roger L. Clothier, near Mariupol. Other sources allegedly report his death. Reports about NATO commanders taking shelter with Azov militants in Mariupol may explain why NATO member states especially France and Turkey are asking to implement a humanitarian mission in Mariupol, but only with the participation of their military.
    ​ ​The Russian Defense Ministry has not yet confirmed or denied these reports.What do you mean that ​”​Ukrainians​”​ will have to pay for all of this military equipment later?​ https://southfront.org/war-in-ukraine-day-41/

    What will constitute “Ukraine”? Which “Ukrainians” will be paying?​ How fair is that?
    Neo-lend-lease, or how to enslave a country
    https://thesaker.is/neo-lend-lease-or-how-to-enslave-a-country/

    ​The Russian Ruble trades at highest valuation to $US in 2 months.​ “Not losing”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/rubble-surges-2-month-highs-against-dollar-russia-works-reduce-fx-volatility

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    John Day
    Participant

    The Complete History of Depopulation Vaccines (This is pretty rigorous, yet readable.​)​
    ​https://amidwesterndoctor.substack.com/p/the-complete-history-of-depopulation?

    ​Meryl Nass MD, from June 2020, when HCQ was being bashed after Trump advocated for it.​
    Even worse than ‘Recovery,’ potentially lethal hydroxychloroquine study in patients near death
    Ignorant doctors took their very sickest patients, with baseline 49% mortality, and overdosed them on hydroxychloroquine when it was too late to work. The seamy side of medical research.
    https://merylnass.substack.com/p/even-worse-than-recovery-potentially/comments?

    ​Professor Anthony Hall, ​ The COVID Pandemic is not the only path into subjugated, transhuman, controlled-and-monitored “personhood”.
    The Financial Elite’s War against Humanity: Covid Tyranny, Robotization and the Restructuring of the Global Economy
    Resisting the Incursions of War on Our Bodies, Minds and Economic Interactions
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-financial-elites-war-against-humanity-covid-tyranny-robotization-and-the-restructuring-of-the-global-economy/5776490

    ​A global “pandemic treaty” would remove all rights of national elected officials to act in the interests of their constituents.​ This is really upon the table.
    WHO would rule, and who rules the WHO? Where are the checks and balances to avoid a worse debacle than we just had?
    https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/more-covid-insanity?s=r

    #105656
    zerosum
    Participant

    Repositioning …..

    Repositioning of Russian Forces in Ukraine Creates Nightmare Scenario for Romania


    Repositioning of Russian Forces in Ukraine Creates Nightmare Scenario for Romania
    April 6, 2022 | By Abraham Mahshie

    BUCHAREST, Romania—Russia’s war repositioning to Ukraine’s south and east has heightened worries for NATO Black Sea ally Romania, which saw Russia close within 30 miles of its coastline when it captured Snake Island from Ukraine Feb. 24.

    American F-16s are currently conducting a NATO enhanced air policing mission in Romania, and in February the U.S. sent two F-35s to help deter Russia.

    Romania has been a stalwart American ally in recent years, hosting roughly 800 American troops on its military bases, including the air policing mission at Fetesti Air Base near the strategically important Danube river delta.

    Romanian government officials who spoke to Air Force Magazine in Bucharest worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be moving towards a strategy of uniting the Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine under Moscow’s control.

    From a strategic perspective, Russia needs a land bridge to Crimea, evident by its bombardment of Mariupol, to form a link with the Donbas. The vital port city of Odesa is Russian-speaking and could provide a connection to the Russian occupied Transnistria region of Moldova. That would put Russia directly on NATO’s border with Romania, and transfer southern Ukraine’s mineral and hydrocarbon riches to Russian control.

    The American presence of troops and air power has helped to deter Russia so far. But, Romania wants more troops and a permanent U.S. presence. Romania also continues to benefit from American air power while it slowly builds its own modern Air Force.

    Romania’s combat aircraft consist of 17 F-16s and a small number of upgraded MiG-21 Lancers. While Romania has ordered 48 total secondhand F-16s with a stated eventual transition to the F-35, most of its F-16s have not been delivered. Romanian pilots also require additional training before they can take on combat missions.

    In the meantime, the U.S. Air Force is helping to fill the air defense gap in the southeastern corner of NATO.

    “They won’t stop,” a Romanian government official told Air Force Magazine, speaking of Russia.

    “Either you stop Russia in Ukraine, or you’re going to fight it on the NATO soil, on the EU soil,” the official added on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive security discussions.

    The official observed that Russia has not closed Ukrainian skies or used its array of electronic warfare capabilities.

    “You have a big question mark, where’s the rest?” the official posed.

    The official suggested the possibility that Russia is keeping some of its most sophisticated capabilities “in reserve for a different purpose, for a different project, for a different operation that is supposed to come afterwards.”

    In recent days Romania has detected fast-moving drones passing through its airspace, one of which crashed in Croatia after passing through Romania and Hungary. Long intimidated by Russia, hybrid warfare increased once Russia seized Crimea in 2014 and established a de facto border just 200 miles from NATO shores.

    Romania is also surrounded by pro-Russia governments, Hungary and Serbia, and a weak unaligned Moldova. While Bulgaria, its neighbor to the south, is also a NATO member, the country has heavy investment and energy ties to Russia.

    The Romanian official and others who spoke to Air Force Magazine said the Romanian government views Russia in a historical context, aspiring to re-establish its historic empire with a population willing to sacrifice losses to maintain Russian greatness.

    The officials also pointed to powerful Russian propaganda which has kept much of its people in the dark about the true losses suffered in Ukraine. A move to consolidate the Russian-speaking portions of Ukraine, one official said, could begin a years-long Russification of the population.

    As to the repositioning of Russian troops within Ukraine, Romanian officials do not believe Putin will be satisfied seizing Eastern Ukraine or even making Ukraine a land-locked country.

    “They want the whole pie, so they won’t stop,” he said. “It’s a long war.”

    A Romanian defense official told Air Force Magazine that the country needed the U.S. to participate in NATO air policing for the first time.

    “Romania is looking forward to have U.S. Air Force doing air policing in country,” the official said on condition of anonymity when asked if Romania sought a greater American Air Force presence.

    On the morning of Putin’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, two F-35s arrived in Romania from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany to join eight F-16s at Fetesti. The fifth-generation F-35s, from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, are no longer in Romania, but experts say they are a powerful asset both for deterrence and intelligence collection, helping Ukraine battle back Russian advances.

    “You have an extraordinary collection asset airborne every time that that fighter gets aloft,” Heritage defense analyst John “JV” Venable told Air Force Magazine in a phone interview.

    “It triangulates and it fixes and we’re able to provide that detailed analysis, that detailed intel, we’re able to provide that directly to the Ukrainian fighting forces,” he said. “If we continue to keep those assets there, then they get that much more of it.”

    The Romanian government official said the country, which was already investing 2 percent of its GDP on defense, has committed to spend 2.5 percent and is seriously weighing an increase to 3 percent of GDP spending on defense in the wake of Russia’s long-term threat to its and NATO’s national security.

    Part of that investment has been in base infrastructure used by American troops and aircraft at Fetesti, Campia Turzii, and Mihail Kogălniceanu. European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) funds have also invested in the air base infrastructure and pre-positioning used by Americans.

    “If the Russians are taking Odesa, they are going to become our neighbors also on land,” the Romanian government official said. “They are taking a slice, what they can today, but they will come back because they want the whole pie.”

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    chooch
    Participant

    One way to get buzzed.

    #105658
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Man that Slanderman gent was giving ya a hard time doc

    #105659
    Dr. D
    Participant
    #105660
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Canada’s most loving couple: … not financial Finance Minister Ms. Freeland hugs Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference in Brampton, Ont., on March 28, 2022.

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/resizer/JYw8EkHXp8fMyc7E0GLRMPkSUFQ=/600×0/filters:quality(80):format(jpeg)/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/tgam/PB5UEGEM2NIORD6D67A4OXM46M.JPG

    … almost cute.

    F.S.

    #105661
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    … OK, above pic-link did not work so well, … maybe this will:

    https://www.greaterfool.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/HUG.jpg?x77405

    #105662
    zerosum
    Participant

    No pictures,
    ———
    The museum pieces have been repositioned
    Does that mean that missiles that go so fast that they cannot be detected or shot down will be used to destroy everything?

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