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Ukraine Foreign Minister Demands More “Weapons, Weapons, Weapons” From NATO (ZH)
The True Importance Of The Bucha False Flag (Saker)
Israel, Russia Clash Over Ukraine (Lauria)
Azov Fighter Video Overshadows Zelenskyy’s Address To Greek Lawmakers (R.)
Ukraine War Frenzy Proves: It’s Still John McCain’s GOP (Tracey)
US Air Force Delays Hypersonic Missile Program Over “Flight Test Anomalies” (ZH)
The Dollar Devours the Euro (Michael Hudson)
Despite Sanctions The Ruble Is Stronger Than Before The War (OffG)
Sit Back And Watch Europe Commit Suicide (Escobar)
Two-Star General Warns Hunter Biden Laptop Witness About His Safety (CTH)
BLMs LA Mansion Bought For 3.1M Sold 6 Days Later For 5.8M (DM)
Peter Thiel Blasts Buffett, Dimon, & Fink As “Finance Gerontocracy” (ZH)
The Spike Protein Is The “Amyloid” Being Deposited (Chesnut)
Nearly $300 Million To Wokify The Canadian Military (CS)
Priti Patel Part Of CIA-linked Lobby Group With Husband Of Assange Judge (DUK)

 

 

 

 

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“The more weapons we get and the sooner they arrive in Ukraine, the more human lives will be saved.”

Uh, no.

Ukraine Foreign Minister Demands More “Weapons, Weapons, Weapons” From NATO (ZH)

“Weapons, weapons, weapons” is what Ukraine’s government is still demanding of NATO countries, even after the Biden-approved $800 million package last month. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba issued the plea after meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, stating on Twitter that the “three most important things” for Ukrainians are “weapons, weapons, weapons.” “Met with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO HQ in Brussels. I came here today to discuss three most important things: weapons, weapons, and weapons,” Kuleba wrote. “Ukraine’s urgent needs, the sustainability of supplies, and long-term solutions which will help Ukraine to prevail,” he added.

Already the Pentagon has agreed to send more Javelin anti-armor systems, also as Stinger anti-aircraft missiles are being supplied, which Moscow sees as a huge provocation, with the war entering its sixth week. During a press conference in Brussels, Kuleba said his agenda in meeting with NATO leaders remains “simple”… “We know how to fight. We know how to win. But without sustainable and sufficient supplies requested by Ukraine, these wins will be accompanied by enormous sacrifices,” Kuleba said. “The more weapons we get and the sooner they arrive in Ukraine, the more human lives will be saved.”

Previously, CNN had documented that Kiev is increasingly pushing Washington for more advanced battlefield weapons, especially to take out Russia’s superior tanks and aircraft: The Defense Department plans to accelerate production of Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles so it can refill its own depleted stocks as it continues to send the vital systems to Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian invasion, according to defense officials. Ukraine wants 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 500 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles delivered from the US daily, according to a recent military assistance wish list. CNN viewed the document that details the items Ukraine believes it needs from the US.

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“Russia needs to flush the EU down her “mental toilet” and only deal with sovereign countries which have retained enough agency to defend their own interests.”

The True Importance Of The Bucha False Flag (Saker)

[..] the leaders of the Empire of Hate and Lies have fully opened the “Hate and Lies” valve and it appears that they are seriously “losing it”. Remember how in the Skripal and MH-17 cases EU countries joined in the sanctions out of “solidarity”? I personally would call that cowardice and submissiveness, but “solidarity” works too. Well, the Eurolemmings have solidarized themselves into their own grave and now there is no undoing what they did to themselves. From the Russian point of view, it is rather straightforward: Russia tried to encourage EU countries to use their own judgment and act in their own interests.

It is now quite clear that as long as they get to brown-nose Uncle Shmuel the Eurolemmings are quite content with their fate. Russia needs to flush the EU down her “mental toilet” and only deal with sovereign countries which have retained enough agency to defend their own interests. In the EU that means Hungary and, to a much lesser degree, Serbia (not the people, of course, but the government which remains subservient to the Eurolemmings). The Bucha massacre itself will go down Zone A’s collective memory hole, that’s where all the previous false flags of the Empire of Hate and Lies have gone. Once a demonization operation has served its use, it can be forgotten.

So what are the purposes of the Bucha false flag: • Change the narrative from the (non-existing) Ukronazi “victories” to “stop the Russian atrocities” • Obfuscate the DELUGE of evidence (witnesses and forensic) showing that it was the Ukronazis who engaged in mass atrocities in Mariupol. Remember – Ukrainian victims are sacred, Russian victims are simply irrelevant. In fact, a Russian CAN NOT be a victim unless he is anti-Putin, then it’s okay. • To condition (I mean that in the psychological sense) the TV watching serfs of the Empire of Lies and Hate to hate anything Russian with a searing, explosive, hated. • Declare that Putin is now the “New Hitler” (though Putin has been Hitler pretty much since 2000, it’s just that now he is even MORE Hitler than before) and Russia some kind of broken, poor, and otherwise horrible Mordor.

• Use this pretext to try to eject Russia and Russians from as many locations and organizations on the planet as possible. That means all of Zone A for sure, but also plenty of locations and organizations in Zone B where the comprador ruling set the tone and don’t give a damn about their own people and country. • Try to scare Putin with the same fate as Gaddafi, Milosevic, and Hussein who were all demonized and later murdered. • If you think about it, I think that it is fair to say that these are all clear signs that the Empire of Hate and Lies has now declared total war on Russia, just short of overtly actually attacking Russian forces or Russia, of course. In fact, Russia and the Empire of Hate and Lies have been at war since at least 2013..

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“Serious politicians, especially at such a high level as Minister Lapid, have no right to talk idly..”

Israel, Russia Clash Over Ukraine (Lauria)

From the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Israel has refused to join the West’s economic war against Moscow, maintaining a neutral stance that as positioned it as a possible broker to end the conflict. But all that appears to have changed with remarks by Israel’s foreign minister in a Twitter post on Sunday, the day the massacre at Bucha was revealed and before any investigation could be conducted. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid wrote: “It is impossible to remain indifferent in the face of the horrific images from the city of Bucha near Kyiv, from after the Russian army left. Intentionally harming a civilian population is a war crime and I strongly condemn it.” Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine also implied that Russia had committed a war crime. “Deeply shocked by the photos from #Bucha. Killing of civilians is a war crime and cannot be justified,” Ambassador Michael Brodsky tweeted on Sunday.

Earlier, on March 13, during a visit to Romania, Lapid had tweeted: “… like Romania, Israel condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It’s without justification, and we call on Russia to stop its firing and attacks, and to resolve this conflict around the negotiating table.” The Israeli foreign ministry tried to distance itself from the ambassador’s remarks. Haaretz reported: “Asked if the Foreign Ministry’s official position was that Russia had committed war crimes in Ukraine, a spokesman replied: ‘No. It’s a tweet by the ambassador regarding the photos. He didn’t blame Russia.’” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who flew to Moscow on March 5 to meet with President Vladimir Putin (and was condemned for it), has made no comment about the Bucha incident.

Israel is trying to maintain a balancing act between Moscow and Washington, which cannot be pleased with Israel not joining the economic war. Russia and Israel have long maintained good relations, with Moscow even allowing Israel to conduct bombing raids on Syria. But years of goodwill have now been put on the line with Foreign Minister Lapid’s remarks. And now Russia has struck back. Sergey Ivanov, head of the department of diplomacy and consular service at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy, wrote a scathing critique of Israel on Wednesday, posted on the ministry’s Telegram page. It holds nothing back, openly condemning Israel for a variety of sins, including its treatment of the Palestinians.

Ivanov wrote that many Western journalists and political analysts have opportunistically become overnight “Ukraine experts” just as Western politicians, such as Lapid, are making rash statements to boost their popularity. “Serious politicians, especially at such a high level as Minister Lapid, have no right to talk idly,” Ivanov warned. “They should be aware of the possible consequences of what they say, including with regard to relations with Russia.”

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Bring your nazi to work. Just how stupid are these people?

“Ukraine’s Zelensky faces criticism in Greece after bringing a Neo Nazi member of the Azov battalion alongside him during his address to the Greek Parliament.”

Azov Fighter Video Overshadows Zelenskyy’s Address To Greek Lawmakers (R.)

Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Greek parliament on Thursday caused an outrage from opposition parties after a man who identified himself as an ethnic Greek member of Ukraine’s ultranationalist Azov battalion appeared on a video. Zelenskyy spoke about the destruction of the Russian-besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol – home to thousands of ethnic Greeks – and appealed to Athens for help. During his speech he showed a video with a message by a man who identified himself as a member of the Azov battalion, a far-right militia now part of Ukraine’s National Guard. “I address you, as a Greek by origin. I am Mikhail, my grandfather fought against the Nazis… I participate in the defence of Ukraine through the Azov Battalion,” he said.

Zelenskyy, who was invited to address the Greek parliament by conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, received a standing ovation from lawmakers present in the room. But the video caused a backlash on social media and an angry reaction from leftist parties. Shortly after the speech, the head of the leftist SYRIZA party Alexis Tsipras said the incident was a provocation. “Solidarity with the Ukrainian people is a given. But the Nazis can not have a say in parliament,” he tweeted. A Greek government spokesman responded that the message of a member of the Azov Battalion was “mistaken and inappropriate.”

Western countries say Moscow’s invasion, the biggest assault on a European country since World War Two, was entirely unprovoked. Russia says it is carrying out a “special operation” to disarm and “denazify” its neighbors. Ukraine’s embassy in Athens said the Azov regiment, set up as a far right group in 2014, has been reformed and integrated into the National Guard of Ukraine. “For many years Russia tried to ‘plant’ into Greek minds the myth that “Azov” Regiment is a paramilitary independent unit operating in Mariupol,” it said.

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Given the average age, no wonder that things move very slowly.

Ukraine War Frenzy Proves: It’s Still John McCain’s GOP (Tracey)

“The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin,” fumed John McCain back in March 2017. His target: Rand Paul, who had committed the unforgivable offense of momentarily delaying the latest round of NATO expansion. Montenegro, a tiny country in southeastern Europe that most Americans have never heard of, was about to join the sprawling military alliance — and McCain was determined to see the final ratification ritual proceed with as little debate as possible. So he hurled the time-honored “working for Putin” accusation, and sure enough, Paul quickly withdrew his minor procedural objection. The glorious ascension of Montenegro to NATO membership status was thereby assured.

Since that episode, a lot has transpired regarding the public perception of McCain. He delighted liberals by feuding regularly with Donald Trump — even going so far as to denounce Trump for engaging in “disgraceful” and “pathetic” flattery of Putin. “No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant,” McCain raged. He undermined Congressional Republicans’ legislative agenda during the brief window in Trump’s presidency when the party had unified control of government — famously delivering a dramatic thumbs-down gesture to derail GOP hopes of repealing Obamacare, as a chagrined Mitch McConnell watched powerlessly on.

McCain had returned to his most natural state. After annoying Democrats by running against Barack Obama in the 2008 election, and being surly about his defeat for some time afterwards, he had once again resumed playing the “maverick” role he so relished — reviled by “his own side,” and loved by the “other side.” His death in 2018 brought forth the most effusive display of state-sanctioned grief that any US political figure had received since Ronald Reagan died in 2004, with all the universal media adulation that entails. Trump’s exclusion from the funeral proceedings, at McCain’s posthumous direction, was just the icing on the cake. But nowadays, if you bring up McCain in certain GOP circles, it will often be claimed that his influence has mercifully dissipated. The Republican Party experienced a bonafide ideological upheaval under Trump, they’ll say, and the McCain worldview — defined mainly by his unwavering commitment to a hyper-interventionist US foreign policy — has since fallen starkly out of favor.

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“Western countries have yet to field a hypersonic weapon while the old world order crumbles as a multipolar world emerges..”

US Air Force Delays Hypersonic Missile Program Over “Flight Test Anomalies” (ZH)

While Russia launched hypersonic air-to-ground missiles during the invasion of Ukraine and China flew a hypersonic weapon around the world late last year, the US continues to fall behind the hypersonic curve as a new round of delays were announced by the US Air Force (USAF), according to Bloomberg. The AGM-183 Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) was expected to be declared “early operational capability” by Sept. 30. However, according to a USAF statement, those timelines have been pushed back to the next fiscal year. ARRW, expected to be the Pentagon’s first hypersonic weapon, suffered three consecutive failed tests last year. ARRW’s latest hurdle was two upcoming ground-based booster motor tests by June 30.

But, it appears “due to recent flight test anomalies,” the missile test would be shifted out to as late as December with additional tests planned next fiscal year, according to the USAF statement. “The ARRW production decision remains event-driven and will occur after operational utility is demonstrated through successful system end-to-end flight tests,” the service continued. Lockheed-Martin’s ability to manufacture and deliver the new weapon appears to be a 2023 story. Western countries have yet to field a hypersonic weapon while the old world order crumbles as a multipolar world emerges, pushing Russia and China closer together. Perhaps that’s why President Biden is set to unveil a new trilateral security hypersonic pact with the UK and Australia to advance the development of hypersonic weapons.

On Wednesday, Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama sounded the alarm at the House Armed Services Committee hearing that China has “more troops, ships, and hypersonic missiles than the United States.” Republican Rep. Michael Turner of Ohio said the US needs to increase its hypersonic development.

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“..why not simply throw in the financial towel and adopt the U.S. dollar, like Ecuador, Somalia and the Turks and Caicos Islands?”

The Dollar Devours the Euro (Michael Hudson)

European trade and investment prior to the War to Impose Sanctions had promised a rising mutual prosperity between Germany, France and other NATO countries vis-à-vis Russia and China. Russia was providing abundant energy at a competitive price, and this energy was to make a quantum leap with Nord Stream 2. Europe was to earn the foreign exchange to pay for this rising import trade by a combination of exporting more industrial manufactures to Russia and capital investment in developing the Russian economy, e.g. by German auto companies and financial investment. This bilateral trade and investment is now stopped – and will remain stopped for many, many years, given NATO’s confiscation of Russia’s foreign reserves kept in euros and British sterling, and the European Russophobia being fanned by U.S. propaganda media.

In its place, NATO countries will purchase U.S. LNG – but they will need to spend billions of dollars building sufficient port capacity, which may take until perhaps 2024. (Good luck until then.) The energy shortage will sharply raise the world price of gas and oil. NATO countries also will step up their purchases of arms from the U.S. military-industrial complex. The near-panic buying will also raise the price for arms. And food prices also will rise as a result of the desperate grain shortfalls resulting from a cessation of imports from Russia and Ukraine on the one hand, and the shortage of ammonia fertilizer made from gas. All three of these trade dynamics will strengthen the dollar vis-à-vis the euro. The question is, how will Europe balance its international payments with the United States?

What does it have to export that the U.S. economy will accept as its own protectionist interests gain influence, now that global free trade is dying quickly? The answer is, not much. So what will Europe do? I could make a modest proposal. Now that Europe has pretty much ceased to be a politically independent state, it is beginning to look more like Panama and Liberia – “flag of convenience” offshore banking centers that are not real “states” because they don’t issue their own currency, but use the U.S. dollar. Since the eurozone has been created with monetary handcuffs limiting its ability to create money to spend into the economy beyond the limit of 3 percent of GDP, why not simply throw in the financial towel and adopt the U.S. dollar, like Ecuador, Somalia and the Turks and Caicos Islands? That would give foreign investors security against currency depreciation in their rising trade with Europe and its export financing.

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“The price of oil is going up and the ruble is worth just as much as it was before the war.”

Despite Sanctions The Ruble Is Stronger Than Before The War (OffG)

It’s official, as of right now the Russian ruble is worth more US dollars than before the invasion of Ukraine. On the 22nd of February this year, one US dollar would exchange for just over 79 rubles. As of the time of writing, it is now 78. The same is true of the British pound (around 108 rubles before, 102 now), and the Euro (88 rubles before, 84 now). Across the board, the ruble is stronger than before the war. So, how has this happened? Aren’t NATO, the EU and the rest of the “international community” meant to be crippling the Russian economy with biting sanctions? The media are claiming that the strength of the ruble “may be illusory” or that Russia has exploited a “loophole” in the sanctions and used “financial alchemy” to “rescue the ruble”.

Reminder: In 2014, when the west sanctioned Russia over the Crimean referendum, the ruble lost almost half its value. It recovered slightly in 2016, and has since stabilized, but has never come close to its pre-Crimean worth. So, presumably the earlier sanctions didn’t have a “loophole” in them, and/or the Russians either weren’t aware of this “financial alchemy” back then, or simply decided not to use it. Of course there is one key difference between 2014 and 2022 – the oil market. As we have written before, in 2014/15 the US and Saudi Arabia flooded the market with cheap oil and crashed the price. Russia (and Iran, and Venezuela) all suffered huge economic damage from this move.

But far from repeating this tactic, Saudi Arabia has increased their prices. The Western press claims that the US asked Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and they refused. They claim Saudi Arabia “sided with Russia”, and that they should be “punished”. Meanwhile, Turkey has just suspended the trial of the Saudi citizens alleged to have murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a move that should please the Saudi government no end. The West seems as bad at “punishing” their misbehaved allies as they are at tanking the value of the Russia’s currency. To sum up – The price of oil is going up and the ruble is worth just as much as it was before the war.

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“..next winter energy bills packing a mean punch; products disappearing from supermarkets; holiday bookings almost frozen; Le Petit Roi Macron in France – maybe up to a nasty electoral surprise – announcing “food stamps like in WWII are possible”.

Sit Back And Watch Europe Commit Suicide (Escobar)

The stunning spectacle of the EU committing slow motion hara-kiri is something for the ages. Like a cheap Kurosawa remake the movie is actually about the Empire of Lies-detonated demolition of the EU, complete with subsequent rerouting of some key Russian commodities exports to the US at the expense of the Europeans. It helps to have a 5th columnist actress strategically placed, in this case astonishingly incompetent European Commission head Ursula von der Lugen, with a brand new vociferous announcement of an extra sanctions package: Russian ships banned from EU ports; road transportation companies from Russia and Belarus prohibited from entering the EU; no more coal imports (over 4.4 billion euros a year).

That translates in practice into the Empire of Lies shaking down its wealthiest – Western – clients/puppets. Russia of course is too powerful militarily. The Empire badly needs some of its key exports – especially minerals. Mission Accomplished in this case amounts to nudging the EU into imposing more and more sanctions and willfully collapsing their national economies, allowing the US to scoop everything up. Cue to the coming catastrophic economic consequences felt by Europeans in their daily life (but not by the wealthiest 5%): inflation devouring salaries and savings; next winter energy bills packing a mean punch; products disappearing from supermarkets; holiday bookings almost frozen; Le Petit Roi Macron in France – maybe up to a nasty electoral surprise – announcing “food stamps like in WWII are possible”.

We have Germany facing the returning ghost of Weimar hyperinflation; BlackRock President Rob Kapito saying, in Texas, “for the first time, this generation is going to go into a store and not be able to get what they want”; farmers in Africa not able to afford fertilizer at all this year, reducing agricultural production by an amount capable of feeding 100 million people. Zoltan Poszar, former NY Fed and US Treasury guru, current Credit Suisse grand vizir, has been on a streak, stressing how commodity reserves – and here Russia is unrivaled – will be an essential feature of what he calls Bretton Woods III (yet, in fact, what’s being designed by Russia, China, Iran and the Eurasia Economic Union is a post-Bretton Woods). Poszar remarks that wars, historically, are won by those who have more food and energy supplies, in the past to power horses and soldiers, today to feed soldiers and fuel tanks and fighter jets. China, incidentally, has amassed large stocks of virtually everything.

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“..so that people can see the scale of depravity and Biden family corruption within the evidence..”

Two-Star General Warns Hunter Biden Laptop Witness About His Safety (CTH)

Emerald Robinson has a great interview with Jack Maxey from Switzerland. Maxey was the first person to receive a full hard drive copy of the Hunter Biden laptop from Rudy Guliani. After media, Senate and U.S. government officials refused to take action, Maxey went to Switzerland in order to complete a full forensic audit of the laptop content in a neutral jurisdiction. Previously, Maxey outlined his intent to share the full contents of the original files, and all of the retrieved deleted files, with the public so that people can see the scale of depravity and Biden family corruption within the evidence. In this interview with Emerald Robinson, Maxey states the full and searchable email archive will likely be completed early next week.


Additionally, in this interview Maxey goes into greater detail about the larger issues surrounding impediments to the release of information, including how the laptop contained access certificates to enter the Defense Department database. Maxey tried to get the DoD to address the issue without success, until he found a direct conduit to a two-star general who took the certificate codes, deactivated the access and thanked him for his diligence. Unfortunately, that same general then told Maxey he needed to focus on securing the safety of himself and his family, as the full weight of the U.S. interests, including the intelligence apparatus and defense apparatus, will likely target him. In my opinion, it is Maxey’s forensic review of the data and statements about making it all public, that triggered/pressured the collective western media to begin admitting the laptop issues were real and start covering the details.

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What an insane story.

BLMs LA Mansion Bought For 3.1M Sold 6 Days Later For 5.8M (DM)

A Los Angeles mansion frequented by Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart was bought by a real estate developer working for BLM founder Patrisse Cullors and her partner for $3.1 million, and then purchased by BLM’s foundation just six days later for $5.8 million in cash, it has emerged. The rapid price inflation ‘raises serious questions,’ ethics experts said. The purchase of the 6,500 square-foot, six-bedroom property in Studio City was first revealed on Monday by New York Magazine, amid growing questions about BLM’s finances. The organization in February 2021 said it had taken in more than $90 million in 2020 and still had $60 million on hand, but it remains unclear how that money is being managed or even where it is.

Cullors, the co-founder of the organization, resigned in May 2021 as director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF), amid scrutiny of her property empire. She has written best-selling books, and has a contract with Warner Brothers to produce content. On Wednesday, Cullors, 38, angrily hit back at the questions over cash purchase of the Studio City mansion, describing the criticism as ‘racist and sexist’. She insisted that the expansive property was bought as a ‘safe space’ for black creatives, activists and thought leaders, and its purchase was never disclosed because it needed renovating. Cullors called the New York Magazine investigation ‘a despicable abuse of a platform that’s intended to provide truthful information to the public’, and said that the author had ‘a proven and very public bias against me and other Black leaders’. She did not address the discrepancy in the home’s cost.

The property was purchased on October 21, 2020 by Dyane Pascall, a real estate developer who worked for the firm run by Cullors and her partner, Janaya and Patrisse Consulting. Pascall is president of Conscious Capital Investment Enterprises, according to LinkedIn, which describes it as ‘Real Estate Investment company in South LA that provides affordable housing in low income communities in the face of rapid gentrification.’

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“today all the gold in the world is worth $12 trillion, while global equities are worth $115 trillion. In 1980, the ratio was one-to-one..”

Peter Thiel Blasts Buffett, Dimon, & Fink As “Finance Gerontocracy” (ZH)

At Bitcoin 2022, Thiel started his speech with a video from him in the past, talking about the future of digital infrastructure. His predictions regarding cell phone usage, which may have sounded odd at the time, were quite accurate. He also mentioned the dollar hegemony and even the potential for digitalization of the dollar, all of which we are seeing today. The speech that followed was, in the words of Bitcoin Mag, “quite incredible” – he started by pulling out a wad of $100 bills, and presenting them to the crowd. He said, “It’s a mysterious thing, what is money?” He followed by offering the money to a random person in the crowd, a gesture to which many people responded. “It’s kind of crazy that this still works,” Thiel said. While he is a billionaire, he had a point.

He went on about how PayPal began, bitcoin’s placement in terms of velocity and more — and then he began talking about enemies of Bitcoin. “If bitcoin is going to replace gold, the question is, why is it so undervalued?” he said. “Bitcoin is always the most honest market in the world, the most efficient market and it was the canary in the coal mine.” Thiel went on to point out that “today all the gold in the world is worth $12 trillion, while global equities are worth $115 trillion. In 1980, the ratio was one-to-one, with all the gold in the world and global equities having the same value of $2.5 trillion.” And so, while in the 1970s, equities were a bad investment, the great moderation that started in 1980 after Volcker killed galloping inflation, made equities the best investment of the past 40 years.

However, now that inflation is as high as it was in the late 1970s, equities are the enemy and bitcoin is the right investment, according to Thiel. Concluding his musing on valuation, Thiel says that the competitor for bitcoin is not ethereum which is a payment system, nor gold, but equities and asks why shouldn’t there be parity between the $115 trillion value of global equities and the ~$830BN value of bitcoin. “I am still hopeful that bitcoin goes up by a factor of 100x” he said. The Paypal founder then also makes a mockery of all those who say that bitcoin is not an inflation hedge with just one chart – the chart showing how anyone who had a sense of the inflationary tsunami that is coming, made a killing in early 2020 when the could have bought bitcoin at a far lower price.

Saying that it’s hard to know where Bitcoin goes from here, the billionaire said that Bitcoin is the most honest and most efficient market: “Bitcoin is the canary in the coalmine, it was telling us that inflation is coming; it is telling us that central banks are bankrupt; it is telling us that we are at the end of the fiat money regime.” [..] His conclusion: the Financial Gerontocracy has declared war on Bitcoin as a revolutionary youth movement for good reason. It is this time the revolutionary youth should understand their enemies and return fire.

Thiel

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It’s everywhere.

The Spike Protein Is The “Amyloid” Being Deposited (Chesnut)

The spike protein is the “amyloid” being deposited and inducing amyloidoses: a major finding missed severe covid may be due to the added deposition of complement with the spike. The paper “The histologic and molecular correlates of COVID-19 vaccine-induced changes in the skin” made a case for the immune response to the Spike Protein causing self-limited hypersensitivity reactions to the vaccine. However, if you study the paper carefully, you notice that the authors have missed a far more important finding.

The biopsy specimens of normal skin post vaccine and of skin affected by the post-vaccine eruption showed rare deep microvessels positive for spike glycoprotein with no complement deposition contrasting with greater vascular deposition of spike protein and complement in skin biopsies from patients experiencing severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The histology exactly recapitulated perniosis including COVID-19–associated perniosis, which provides evidence that the Spike Protein alone induces COVID-19 pathology. More importantly, the fact that IN NORMAL SKIN, the Spike Protein was found to be deposited in DEEP VESSELS, MICROVESSELS, BLOOD VESSELS AND DEEP ENDOTHELIAL CELLS. Why would one assume that this deposition is only occurring in NORMAL SKIN TISSUE? I believe it is most certainly occurring in NORMAL TISSUE. PERIOD.

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Think they’ll give their lives for him?

Nearly $300 Million To Wokify The Canadian Military (CS)

Nestled deep within the Liberal government’s new 2022 budget is a whopping $100.5 million in taxpayer funding for “gender identity” culture change and training in the Canadian Armed Forces. The sum is part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new $58 billion spending bonanza and nested in their $8 billion defence spending boost over the next five years. “Budget 2022 proposes to provide $100.5 million over six years, starting in 2021-22, with $1.7 million in remaining amortization, and $16.8 million ongoing,” the budget report reads. These funds will be put towards “undertaking engagement and consultations on culture change” as it relates to gender identity or sexual orientation discrimination. The Liberal budget also mentions “coaching services.”


Under Trudeau’s watch, Canada’s military has been hit with sex scandals and harassment controversies. Instead of addressing the root causes of the problem and removing bad apples, the Liberals have used the issue as an opportunity to make the military more woke. Another gender-related spending in the defence budget included $144.3 million over five years and an additional $31.6 million ongoing to expand health services and physical fitness programs to “be more responsive to women and gender-diverse military personnel.” “This builds on funding from Budget 2021 of $236.2 million over five years, starting in 2021-22, and $33.5 million ongoing for the Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada to support efforts to eliminate sexual misconduct and gender-based violence in the military and support survivors,” the budget claims.

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One big vicious circle.

Priti Patel Part Of CIA-linked Lobby Group With Husband Of Assange Judge (DUK)

Priti Patel sat on the Henry Jackson Society’s (HJS) advisory council from around 2013-16, although the exact dates are unclear as neither the HJS nor Patel responded to Declassified’s requests for clarification. She has also received funds from the HJS, and was paid £2,500 by the group to visit Washington in March 2013 to attend a “security” programme in the US Congress. Patel, who became an MP in 2010 and was appointed Home Secretary in 2019, also hosted an HJS event in parliament soon after she returned from Washington. After the UK Supreme Court said this month it was refusing to hear Assange’s appeal of a High Court decision against him, the WikiLeaks founder’s fate now lies in Patel’s hands. He faces life in prison in the US.

The HJS, which was founded in 2005 and does not disclose its funders, has links to the CIA, the intelligence agency behind the prosecution of Assange and which reportedly developed plans to assassinate him. One of the HJS’s international patrons is James Woolsey, CIA director from 1993-95, who was in this role throughout the period Patel was advising the group. Woolsey’s affiliation to the HJS goes back to at least 2006, soon after it was founded. In 2014, the group hosted General David Petraeus, CIA director from 2011-12, at a UK parliament meeting from which all media were barred. Three years later, in 2017, the HJS organised another event at parliament with General Michael Hayden, CIA director from 2006-9, to “discuss the current state of the American Intelligence Community and its relationships with foreign partners.”

Hayden described “the relationship within the Five Eyes community as strong as ever, despite potential concerns over recent intelligence leaks between members.” Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US. During a visit to the UK in July 2020, then US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at a roundtable hosted by the HJS with what the Washington Post referred to as a group of “hawkish” members of the Conservative Party. As director of the CIA in 2017, Pompeo had launched a blistering attack on WikiLeaks calling the media organisation a “hostile intelligence service” that makes “common cause with dictators”. Pompeo did not provide evidence but added a threat: “To give them the space to crush us with misappropriated secrets is a perversion of what our great Constitution stands for. It ends now.”

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    Pablo Picasso Femme nue couchée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) 1932   • Ukraine Foreign Minister Demands More “Weapons, Weapons, Weapons” From NATO (ZH)
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle April 8 2022]

    #105679
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    Can Clare Daly please replace the terminally incompetent Ursula Fond O’Lyin’ as president, effective today?

    #105680
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Pablo Picasso Femme nue couchée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) 1932

    I’d be curious what Marie-Thérèse Walter thought of Picasso’s painting of her…

    #105681
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    A federal appeals court has upheld President Joe Biden’s requirement that all federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.

    In a 2-1 ruling Thursday, a panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a lower court and ordered dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the mandate.

    https://www.wkrn.com/news/national/appeals-court-reinstates-biden-federal-employee-vaccine-mandate/

    A 9-year-old boy is being denied a life-saving kidney transplant because his father is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Dane Donaldson was found to be a perfect match for his son Tanner back in early 2018 by the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital before the outbreak of the pandemic.

    The family decided to wait a little longer before having Tanner undergo the transplant since transplanted kidneys from a live donor only lasted about 20 years.

    Then COVID-19 hit and put a freeze on the procedure.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/hospital-refuses-father-to-son-kidney-transplant-over-covid-jab_4384193.html

    #105682
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Turkey Moves Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia, Effectively Ending It”

    We were following this for a while. I’m not a fan, but this was a murder on Saudi sovereign territory, with Saudi citizens. If nations are going to claim jurisdiction over other nations’ embassies, there won’t be any.

    Leverage: to behave idiotically. He’s now cashed in the leverage, and for optics “moves” the trial, not canceling it. Or as some say: Dumb and Dumber.

    Speaking of bad allies, Greece has pretty firmly sided with arming Ukraine, despite the long friendship of neighbors Greece and Russia. As Germany, WHY do they do this? The West mistreats, extracts, destroy(ed) Greece as subhuman, just as they are the Ukrainian people. Can’t you at least play the powers off each other or something?

    Speaking of Greece, Ze just went there with his Nazis and spoke to Greek parliament, with their badges on. Classy. Real power move. So let me get this straight: we’re against far-right Golden Dawn, who are pro-Greece, but FOR the SS-approved Azov Nazis who helped genocide Greeks along with Jews? And we’re doing this right now, today, to piss off Russia, a neighbor who has food? While we in Greece do NOT buy food and medical supplies for the Greek people, but NATO submarines? I’ve got this right?

    For many years Russia tried to ‘plant’ into Greek minds the myth that “Azov” Regiment”

    You know, because the Azov regiment exists, the Azov leaders were promoted to national police chief, they have Nazi holidays, salutes, and slogans, and Azov party said they’re running the real country and they’d stuff Ze in a blender if they crossed him. Yeah, sounds like the Russians are crazy.

    “this energy was to make a quantum leap with Nord Stream 2.”

    Essentially, this was the whole reason for the war. MacKinder again. Who’s killed more people than cancer. Instead, Germany will cease to exist? Is that their plan?

    “Sit Back and Watch Europe Commit Suicide (Escobar)”
    “willfully collapsing their national economies, allowing the US to scoop everything up.”

    Yes, aside from selling Germany too little gas to be useful, we’re doing it at 3x prices to be a “friend”. Wall St closed trading on Russia, then buy it all up in the dark backchannels. That is to say, THEY bought the Ruble at the bottom, but made it illegal for ME to buy the Ruble at the bottom. Quick examples of how Escobar is true and Europe will cease to exist, having chosen being an African colony of the ‘States. Sad. I can’t believe I’m looking at it. And also the American people won’t see a dime.

    The answer of course, is to kill more Europeans. “Lower final demand.” They would not be demanding goods then, and Russia would not have leverage. It’s perfectly logical. We need the next pandemic to start immediately or at least by the next heating season. No humans = no hyperinflation. Simple.

    “farmers in Africa not able to afford fertilizer at all this year, reducing agricultural production by an amount capable of feeding 100 million people.”

    Is anyone building a fertilizer plant? Huh, funny. Why not? Because we’re all victims who blame others and would like to die doing that? Or because they like what’s happening? If they don’t like it, why can’t they act on it?

    “The more weapons we get & the sooner they arrive in Ukraine, the more human lives will be saved”

    Well THAT’S a lie. Like everything Ukraine says. Unless you mean – and I suspect they do – that Russians are not “human”. Or are really, really bad at weapons.

    Russia needs to flush the EU down her “mental toilet” and only deal with sovereign countries”

    I could have told them this a long time ago. I’m sure they mostly knew it. They’re just in denial anyone could be so stupid, and really need a two-front economy. …Without a war zone on one side. Oh well.

    “just that now he is even MORE Hitler than before) and Russia some kind of broken, poor, and otherwise horrible Mordor.”

    It must be worse when you’re Russian saying this. Russia is a dark, small, hard country. To use tactics like this is like picking out South Dakota as Hitler-Mordor and keeping it up for 40 years while everyone just believes it and that it’s not racism and hate, but love and honesty. Really the contrast of reality when you’ve been there and know it is like the contrast of Earth and Mars, yet people eat it up. They love hate more than life itself, clearly.

    the Empire of Hate and Lies has now declared total war on Russia,”

    Sadly yes, and that’s why it’s sad the people love and support it so much. Facebook has indeed followed through on approving Russian genocide. Luckily Russia has not declared total war on us although we deserve it. The lights can stay on a little longer.

    Ukraine War Frenzy Proves: It’s Still John McCain’s GOP (Tracey)”

    Meh, hard to tell. Looked like the party was 1/3 RINO remaining, but on Russia looks like 2/3 RINO, which is moving backward sharply. However, this is the representatives who universally refuse to do whatever the people ask, although granted they are directly up against both the CIA and MIC if they oppose. I don’t have a good sense on the ground. I think the propaganda is working, however that’s not motivating people to act and get involved, that is, to support the war in more than name.

    “US Says China Would Face Sanctions Similar to Russia for Invading Taiwan”

    Hahahahahaha! Man, that is so tempting to do it just to watch. “Okay America: No shoes for you! No antibiotics! No cell phones, batteries, or car parts! No WalMart, no Dollar Store. And we’re going to keep these sanctions on our people in Kentucky until China…um…uses all those products themselves, along with the food and cheap oil.” Don’t worry: when the U.S. government is the enemy of normal people in India, China, Russia, South America, and the U.S., no one will seek to remove everyone in D.C. and make trouble or anything. You know: to get livesaving antibiotics America will have cut off.

    “State Department Memo in Early 2020 Assessed that Lab leak Was Most Likely Origin of COVID-19”

    Everybody knows; why are we still talking about it with no one arrested? You know: illegally funded specifically in defiance of Congress, covering it up, destroying evidence, perjury.

    ““today all the gold in the world is worth $12 trillion, while global equities are worth $115 trillion. In 1980, the ratio was one-to-one..”

    That will happen, but it’s only a 10-bagger. Crypto will be 100x. Sorry, that’s just how it goes this time.

    “If bitcoin is going to replace gold, the question is, why is it so undervalued?” –Theil

    As if he doesn’t know. Because using the same method they use for gold, they are rigging the exchange markets, because for some unfathomable reason people want to focus on and transmit through exchanges instead of peer-to-peer. If you don’t want P2P, why did you invest in Bitcoin? There’s no helping some people. Throw people a life buoy, they put their martini on it and drown.

    Although this price rigging can still be overrun right now, every minute passes they get stronger in it and the people forget. It’s not honest so long as Wall St exchanges are in it. I mean, obviously.

    Apologize for Hunter in the Army. I was going to look it up, but then was like “why bother? it’s the catch-all for the service.” No: we are specific because words have meanings and should try to be accurate. Don’t know what to say about your story but why do soldiers ever sign up? You can read bad stories like that, and the miserable treatment of veterans back to Gen. Washington pleading the Continental, but at least to Patton and Eisenhower gassing the wives of the Veterans’ Protest in the 30s. They clean up their act and maybe I can get behind them. Until then, you’ve got a tough sell. Politicians always act this way, maybe that’s the first battle to take up before serving country by signing. Not criticizing, but it’s odd young men into war don’t read more about it in Seneca and Cicero and Clausewitz or something when it’s their love and interest. I was like that too as all young men are, but I did read them.

    It certainly been getting a lot worse. And at an increasing pace, as you know.

    #105683
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Globalists Spill the Beans at the World Government Summit – #NewWorldNextWeek

    This week on the New World Next Week: the world government globalists say the quiet part out loud when talking about the CBDC monetary shift; whatever happened in Bucha can only be seen in light of the admitted info war; and Biden reaffirms the ongoing cybersecurity emergency.


    https://corbettreport.substack.com/p/globalists-spill-the-beans-at-the?s=r

    #105684
    Michael Reid
    Participant


    On Tuesday 23rd of November 2021, Dr Noack released a video blowing the whistle on his findings regarding the COVID-19 vaccines containing graphene (hydr)oxide and describing them as a highly intelligent poison responsible for so many heart attacks and strokes. “The epithelial cells in the lining of blood vessels are extremely smooth for a good reason but becomes rough when cut up like this and things stick to it. If microscopic razor blades are being injected, then it is clear how and why all of these cardiovascular diseases have skyrocketed as of late.”

    “People are bleeding to death on the inside, especially top athletes who are dropping dead have fast flowing blood. That’s why top athletes with high blood circulation, completely healthy, suddenly drop dead.”

    -Dr Noack
    Put simply, it cuts the blood vessels and the faster the blood flows, the more damage these experimental vaccines will do.

    Dr Andreas Noack Dead After Bombshell Vaccine Discovery

    #105685
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    #105686
    a kullervo
    Participant

    A simple rule:
    – If living alone is hard, people who live together must do what they can to help each other.

    A rule so simple, so basic, that it has been forgotten.
    Of course, this is a rule which can only by applied to small groups: in small groups, the individual is the main component, and the individual can compromise without being annihilated; in large groups (e.g., nations), the main component is the subgroup, and a subgroup cannot compromise without risking annihilation.
    Thus, a question arises: how can a large group be kept in a functional status?
    – By dramatically curtailing the subgroups number; and/or
    – by forcingly diluting the core traits of all subgroups.

    How to achieve this?
    – Organized (state) religion is the least violent way to do it.

    (Some nations have tried to replace organized religion with organized sports; naturally, it failed: not only organized sports cannot dilute subgroups, but it multiplies them and reinforces their core traits.)

    Anyhow, if mankind’s top priority is to overextend human presence on the planet, three requisites are to be met (the first two human dependent, the last human independent):
    – Eugenics;
    – World population strict control;
    – The Eternal’s will.

    Are you willing to bet against the third?

    #105687
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    #105688
    Mr. House
    Participant

    I’m quickly becoming the Deflationista of naked capitalism

    #105689
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    Russia has been an extremely reliable supplier of energy. There were no interruptions throughout the Cold War. The only interruption was gas when the Ukrainians started stealing it.

    Even now, despite the freezing of hundreds of billions of Russian financial assets, infinite sanctions, plus supplying weapons to kill Russians, Russia is still prepared to continue energy supplies. However Europe is furious that Russia actually wants payment for it!

    Europe is moving towards dependency on the US but it is obvious the US will use this for blackmail whenever it suits them. Europe will be at the mercy of a merciless country.

    This is just another step on the self-destruction of Europe.

    #105690
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “I stipulate that Tucker was [actually] making sense about the info war, but he either lied or was blindly ideological in his snide references to the efficacy and political correctness of masks and his insinuation that Covid was flu-like and, presumably, no big deal. More than a million dead and her’s still an ignoramus or porpagandist re public health…”

    Do you guys think my response to that was reasonable?

    DanB

    “Covid was flu-like”

    How do you know it wasn’t to many people? If my personal exp. with it differs from yours, who is right? I do not personally know a single person who has died from it which shall not be named over the past two years. So does everybodys reaction to it seem frothing at the mouth insane to me? Yes. But i also understand that perhaps your exp. is different then mine. But i’m not the one forcing my viewpoints via government dictate on everybody else. Isn’t it funny how we keep having “crisis” that we didn’t cause, and the end result is we lose more freedom?

    #105691
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    @ Mr. House

    No longer land of the free

    #105692
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @Michael Reid

    I understand, but i’m trying to make them understand. Which was the point of making it about personal exp. Here is the reply my question has garnered so far:

    Otis B Driftwood
    April 8, 2022 at 10:17 am

    I personally know someone who died from it, as do millions of others. 1 million + people in the US have died from this disease.

    Which didn’t answer my question at all. So Otis B Driftwood feels he has the right to force everyone else to live by his whims. Which points to you saying no longer the land of the free.

    #105693
    zerosum
    Participant

    Pure race objective against subhuman
    weapons, weapons, and weapons to kill, to destroy, to win everything that is not destroyed

    Kuleba wrote. “Ukraine’s urgent needs, the sustainability of supplies, and long-term solutions which will help Ukraine to prevail,”
    Did he mean …. defeat Russia …. Ukraine (pure race) wins.
    ———–
    it does not truly matter what are the “facts”.
    What matters is “whose side are you on?”

    ————-
    Blame the Russians
    If it goes up, it comes down and the impact will destroys. (hint … (Check out the train station)
    Ukraine wants 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 500 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles delivered from the US daily,
    ———–
    Today … not tomorrow
    … too little gas, at 3x the price
    Look …. its coming Peru is facing a financial meltdown, now grocery stores are being looted …

    ———

    #105694
    John Day
    Participant

    Yesterday Mr. House said:
    “Man that Slanderman gent was giving ya a hard time doc.”

    Meryl Nass MD has a new blog on substack, and “Slanderman” bills himself accurately.
    I set out to be very helpful and informative in response to Slanderman’s slander. He does not have very good cognitive or informational ammo.
    I got a lot of “likes” on my helpful and informative replies, but not from Slanderman.

    Good-on-ya, House! Educate Naked Capitalism!
    Coronavirus infections are inherently “flu-like” and are reverting to type as the mutations favor infectivity over fatality, true to form…
    They also respond to treatments, the earlier the better, which have been denied, and clearly did result in a lot of preventable deaths.

    #105695
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    @ Mr. House

    Good luck with that. I have been unable to get any of my family or friends to wake up and see reality but luckily my girlfriend does and her son in Ontario does. Once this cull kicks in it may be easier to find like minded people simply because they are still alive.

    #105696
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-condemns-horrific-russian-attack-train-station-which-left-30-dead-kremlin-rejects

    The transport hub has been key for the evacuation of civilians fleeing fighting in the Donbas region, where Russia has of late concentrated most of its military operations, also as UK military intelligence on Friday said that its observed that Russian forces have now “fully withdrawn” in the north, going back to Belarus and Russian soil.

    “Russia hit the railway station in Kramatorsk today,” Ukrainian police said in a statement. “The rocket hit the temporary waiting room, where hundreds of people were waiting for the evacuation train.” Local authorities say they’ve counted about 30 among the dead.

    “We emphasize that the Tochka-U tactical missiles, the wreckage of which was found near the Kramatorsk railway station and published by eyewitnesses, are used only by the Ukrainian armed forces.”
    So it appears Moscow is alleging another false flag, similar to the recent back-and-forth between Russia and the West surrounding the events at Bucha.

    #105697
    zerosum
    Participant

    After 2 years …
    Same message, same lies, same diversions, same miss information

    We wanted to remind you that a vaccine dose is waiting for ————.

    Getting the next dose will help protect you and your family or friends against severe outcomes of COVID-19. It’s extra important if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable,

    (Duhhh, Take your chances, weak immune system, cannot fight infections, then get infected with the vaccine, Duhhh).

    #105698
    Noirette
    Participant

    On link up top. “Nearly 300 million to wokify the Can. Milit.”

    (—> Where does that money go? Would be nice to know? Heh?)

    MI6 has also made public a ‘new’ policy to adopt racial and gender diversity..:

    MI6’s call for increased racial and gender diversity comes at a time when major organisations in both the public and private sectors are putting forth similar initiatives. Global brands like Google, Intel and Microsoft are posting internal diversity numbers and setting aggressive recruitment and internal mobility benchmarks.

    Note the new policy is put forward as countering previous class-bound and education-certified (posh Oxbridge, etc.) and ‘elitist’ mind-sets:

    Moreover, Younger emphasised the value of intellectual and cultural diversity in approaching the litany of complex challenges the agency faces. “We have suffered from groupthink in the past. We have to get the maximum [number of] differentiated points of view in the room and for people to have the confidence to say what they think. Even if it’s not the popular thing to say, even with people like me.”

    https://launchpadrecruits.com/insight-articles/mi6-bolster-internal-diversity

    Laughable, has nothing to do with real life, MI6’s mission, and who it might or might not hire.

    An attempt to ‘brand oneself’ as joining (or at least accepting for the mo) one mantra of the New World Order, and making moves to bow down to it, why do they need to do that in that specific way?

    Part of why orgs. + corps. accept it = not too difficult or costly to do, it means paying a few ppl in subservient roles to manage this or that, they are easily manipulated and have to stay on script (new hires, specific roles, etc.), the ppl behind the scenes pull the strings…

    #105699
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    That reporter, Ken Dilanian, was (still most likely is) a CIA collaborator, … has been for a long time: c. 2014 article:

    THE CIA’S MOP-UP MAN: L.A. TIMES REPORTER CLEARED STORIES WITH AGENCY BEFORE PUBLICATION
    https://theintercept.com/2014/09/04/former-l-times-reporter-cleared-stories-cia-publication/

    #105700
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    I enjoyed being a part of my liberal church’s choir for nearly 5 years. I could have myself removed from the choir email list, but there is value in being exposed to alternative viewpoints — even if I believe that those who hold those viewpoints have gone completely mad. (They probably also believe that my viewpoints are indicative of madness — go figure.)

    Apparently, my former choir has created a “choir covenant” — here are the details (email from the choir director. Emphasis is mine):

    There were 15 singers at choir rehearsal last night, plus me and [pianist]. The conversation about covid was wonderful- personal and respectful and productive. I felt very good about it, and I appreciate all of those who took part. We also did a quick A/B comparison of singing inside masked and outside unmasked. Eventually, we agreed on the following things, all of which apply equally to singers, director, and accompanist:

    – the choir will rehearse in the sanctuary, masked. During our rehearsal break, if we share food, it’ll be on the patio.
    choir members will stay up to date on covid vaccination and boosters
    – if we have symptoms, or if we know that we’ve been recently exposed to someone who was sick, we agree to not come, and to test for covid if possible
    – tbd on how much we distance in the choir area itself
    – we ask the congregation that the choir be included in the total count of service attendees, if [the congregation] is limiting attendees
    – we will let the congregation know publicly about this covenant, both to help them feel safer, and to help them understand why we’re singing and they’re not being invited to sing

    We were undecided about whether to sing in services in person, or participate in another way (i.e. recording videos of ourselves in rehearsal that could be used in service, or singing in [a neighboring] Room on Sunday mornings on camera and on mic and having that showing on the projector in the sanctuary. Because we were undecided, we agreed to return to this question next week. I will also talk with Rev. Xxxxx about it during this week.

    Again, I really appreciate everyone who took part in making this agreement. I’m very happy with it. If you want to be part of the [the congregation] choir but will not be participating because of this agreement, please let me know, so that I can reach out to you when it changes, or when I get the sense that it might be time to revisit it.

    To my mind, this congregation has abandoned its seven (eight, now,) liberal principles, and instead has become a Covidian Cult that is obsessed with the safety of the congregants. Its talismans and rituals are not based upon individual experience of the congregants, nor upon empirical evidence, but rather they are faith-based upon the dictates of revered authorities. They wrap their faces in plastic fiber masks, they inject themselves with mRNA Trojan horses, they eat food together outdoors (when it is 90 degrees outside,) they have deep conversations about how socially distanced one must be in the choir seats (nevermind that this compromises the quality of the music that they are purportedly gathering to create,) and know in their heart of hearts that they are “more equal” than the rest of the congregants and therefore are permitted the nirvana of singing together while the rest of the congregation is banned this activity.

    groupthink
    groo͞p′thĭngk″
    noun
    The act or practice of reasoning or decision-making by a group, especially when characterized by uncritical acceptance or conformity to prevailing points of view.

    A truly stunning example of groupthink. I will likely ponder this for years.

    #105701
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    @ Mr. House

    If I were you I would go after UpstateNYer and see if we could make a life together. At the very least you may be able to help each other.

    #105702
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “Its talismans and rituals are not based upon individual experience of the congregants, nor upon empirical evidence, but rather they are faith-based upon the dictates of revered authorities.”

    When you live your life contrary to your lived exp. and then force it on everyone else, you’ve truly gone mad.

    #105703
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “If I were you I would go after UpstateNYer and see if we could make a life together. At the very least you may be able to help each other.”

    Huh?

    #105704
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    @Mr House: yours was a reasonable response. As to Otis’ response “1 million + people in the US have died from this disease.” Ask for a link to that stat. Even the CDC says people died WITH, not from covid, and that the vast majority of those who died had multiple comobidities.

    All in all, not sure why you stress yourself over at NC. The site decayed so badly several years ago I stopped visiting at all – not even to skim – and also stopped donating.

    #105705
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    “If I were you I would go after UpstateNYer and see if we could make a life together. At the very least you may be able to help each other.”

    Mr House: Huh?

    I dunno. I don’t get it, either.

    #105706
    Mr. House
    Participant

    He didn’t answer the question i asked anyways, so i asked that he please answer that. He then didn’t respond. Its typical, they have no answer because they can’t admit to themselves they’re a bunch of power hungry jerks who don’t think.

    #105707
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Kunstler on government servants:

    “One thing for sure is that the elite colleges churn out thousands of certified bullshit artists every year — with no other skills — and many gravitate to the power centers national life, where they rise in the ranks spinning metaphysical simulacrums of their boss’s purviews — the Jen Psaki types, who ricochet between the DC political bunkers and boob tube news central. The less glib and physically unpresentable become mere “fact-checkers,” the network of casual liars who toil in the trenches of official unreality.”

    Leviathan Floundering

    F.S.

    #105708
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    @phoenix: I’m sorry about your church. My spirituality has re-emerged quite a bit over the past two years and I was considering returning to church service after decades. I spent time researching all the congregation options within a half hour or so and discovered that no churches have actually returned to “normal” and are having unmasked, un-socially distanced services. Horribly disappointing – I decided to bag the whole idea. You summed it up perfectly with this “….they are faith-based upon the dictates of revered authorities.”

    And in doing so have broken the basic tenet of religious belief: Thou shalt have no other God before me.

    #105709
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    It’s incredible hard to understand how those who most likely know fact, spin bullshit – few recent vids via mauldineconomics.com

    Global Macro Update
    https://www.mauldineconomics.com/landing/global-macro-update?itm_campaign=JM-481&itm_content=JM481O&itm_medium=ES&itm_source=mec

    F.S.

    #105710
    John Day
    Participant

    @PhoenixVoice: I’m sorry about the choir and it’s decision, especially the part about being the only ones singing, not allowing the other members to sing.
    This destroys an act of group worship.
    To me the singing together, the harmonizing (now chanting) was always the better part of church.
    Our Buddhist group, with trepidation, met together last week, about a dozen of us.
    It was fine, completely fine. We all fell into our comfortable patterns, and the virtual-participation set-up was well done also. Several of the virtual participants basically said, “oops I forgot” or “wish I had known to be there today”.
    It will be the first meeting each month, for now. I am not saying anything to anybody, just as if it all never happened. That’s my teaching, for now.

    #105711
    John Day
    Participant

    Just for funsies: (Is “LePen” French for “Trump”?)
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/european-markets-freak-out-odds-le-pen-victory-french-presidential-elections-jump
    With French voters taking to the polls on Sunday, the race is suddenly wide open because while Macron’s lead over Le Pen had been narrowing in recent weeks, a shock poll released yesterday by Atlas Politico showed that Le Pen (50.5%) now has a slight advantage over Macron (49.5%).

    #105712
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Just a short financial market comment – chart first:
    https://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=%24SPX&p=D&yr=1&mn=0&dy=0&id=p60367908649

    … it’s been ~ 65+ trading days that markets hit the max number last. For cartoon, seeS&P500 at 4,818.62 above.

    Statistics indicate that if that max last number is not surpassed in 99 subsequent trading days, … chances for a major, major market crash becomes mighty high, … something in the order of 89% probability.

    … hence the crash is nigh!

    F.S.

    #105713
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “From within the Olympics security apparatus, Henriksen plans to use a bioweapon containing the Shiva virus, a strengthened form of the Ebola virus that had been used by Iran in its biological attack on the U.S. Since people from virtually every country in the world are present at the Olympics, infecting them would ensure the swift worldwide spread of the virus. The resulting epidemic would kill millions, and Horizon would distribute a “vaccine” that actually contains a slow-acting version of the virus itself, which would then kill the rest of the world’s population. The “chosen few”, having been provided with the real vaccine, would then be allowed to inherit the emptied world, justifying their genocidal actions as “saving the world” from the destructive nature of humanity. ”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Six_(novel)

    Anybody ever read this book?

    #105714
    Mr. House
    Participant

    worth a watch

    #105717
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Ebola is not airborne precautions like COVID.

    Ebola virus is one of at least 30 known viruses capable of causing viral hemorrhagic fever syndrome.

    Primary exposure – This typically involves travel to or work in an Ebola-endemic area.

    Secondary exposure – This refers to human-to-human exposure
    (eg, medical caregivers, family caregivers, or persons who prepared deceased patients for burial),
    primate-to-human exposure (eg, animal care workers who provide care for primates),
    or persons who collect or prepare bush meat for human consumption.

    Physical findings depend on the stage of disease at the time of presentation.

    With African-derived Ebolavirus infection, there is an incubation period
    (typically 3-8 days in primary cases and slightly longer in secondary cases).

    Supportive therapy with attention to intravascular volume, electrolytes, nutrition, and comfort care is of benefit to the patient.

    Such therapy must be administered with strict attention to barrier isolation;
    all body fluids contain infectious virions and should be handled with great care.

    No specific therapy is available that has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

    #105718
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Ebola virus is part of the Filoviridae family,
    which also includes Marburg virus.

    Marburg virus disease was first recognized in 1967
    and is characterized by the same symptoms
    and transmission routes as Ebola virus disease.

    #105719
    citizenx
    Participant

    Live Free or Die

    Perhaps Carlin’s modern version would be- ‘Live Free or the smug, delusional, narcissistic scum who are trying to dehumanize you into slavery must f’n die”

    “A US appeals court has reversed a previous ban on the president’s sweeping vaccination requirement for federal workers” Lets Go Brandon and all Liberal scum Democrats supporting this horror. Torture children and the general population that don’t agree with your Tyranny? Well you can just eat shit and die- looking at you Deflatulance slurper.

    The Empire of Hate and Lies will be eviscerated in time- Truth, Love, Honesty and Courage will prevail.

    Let me please introduce myself
    I’m a man of wealth and taste

    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
    But what’s puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game

    I stuck around St. Petersburg
    When I saw it was a time for a change
    I rode a tank
    Held a general’s rank
    When the blitzkrieg raged
    And the bodies stank

    I shouted out,
    “Who killed the Kennedys?”
    When after all
    It was you and me

    Just as every cop is a criminal
    And all the sinners saints
    As heads is tails
    Just call me Lucifer
    Cause I’m in need of some restraint

    So if you meet me
    Have some courtesy
    Have some sympathy, and some taste
    Use all your well-learned politesse
    Or I’ll lay your soul to waste

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