May 172022
 
 May 17, 2022  Posted by at 8:50 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,  Add comments


Man Ray Le Violon d’Ingres 1924

 

At Least 300 Azov Fighters Surrender To Russians At Azovstal Plant (ZH)
Hundreds Of Ukrainian Troops Evacuated From Azobvstal After 82-Day Assault (G.)
Russia Has The Historical Right To Invade Ukraine (Finkelstein)
Death By A Thousand Cuts: Where Is The West’s Ukraine Strategy? (Escobar)
EU Plans Loans And Grants To Help Rebuild Ukraine (G.)
Turkey Says It Will Not Approve Sweden And Finland Joining NATO (G.)
States Must Pre-emptively Nullify Any WHO Pandemic Regulations (Blaze)
The New Rift Between WHO and China (Tucker)
Scandinavian Black Metal (Every)
The Twitter Bot Inquiry Intensifies (CTH)
Your Government Quietly Confirmed The Fully Vaccinated Are Developing AIDS (DE)
Feeding the Narrative (Kunstler)

 

 

The AZOV regiment in the Azovstal compound has surrendered to Russia. The MSM will tell you they were “evacuated”, “to save lives”. And of course it’s out of fashion to call them neo-nazis.

Russia has won, and on its own terms. But they won’t tell you that either. Zelensky’s message: “We hope to save the lives of our boys”. “I want to underline: Ukraine needs its Ukrainian heroes alive. This is our principle.”

Yes, the neo-nazis have become (inter-) national heroes. Oh, the irony.

The effect on the morale of Ukraine will be huge, with one part of the “regular” army -and civilians- so far looking to Azov as a symbol of strength, and another part too scared to surrender themselves for fear of Azov reprisals. Don’t be surprised if this means much more of Ukraine will soon surrender too, including Zelensky.

But, but, what about the $40 billion the US will send? Don’t worry, the remaining oligarchs -in the US AND Ukraine-know just what to do with that. Most will need to take it abroad though, they can’t wait until Russia might come after them.

 

 

Baby formula. 42.6% corn syrup. 10.1% sugar. Get them addicted young.

 

 

Clarence Thomas

 

 

 

 

“..after previously vowing multiple to times to ‘fight till the end’..”

At Least 300 Azov Fighters Surrender To Russians At Azovstal Plant (ZH)

The more than month-long standoff at Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks plant is finally over, after for many weeks the siege of the large complex by Russian forces remained the focus of international headlines, and following a series of high-risk civilian evacuations, some of them under the auspices of UN and Red Cross emergency teams. The remnant hundreds of armed Ukrainian Azov battalion militants which had refused to come out have now surrendered in the Monday night hours. “Reuters saw about a dozen buses apparently carrying Ukrainian fighters leaving the plant on Monday. It was not possible to determine how many people were aboard.” Widespread reports say that some 300 Ukrainian fighters have laid down their weapons and emerged from the cavernous facility.

“More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the port city of Mariupol,” Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Malyar said. Another “53 heavily wounded (soldiers) were evacuated from Azovstal to the medical mortgage near Novoazovsk for medical aid,” according to Malyar’s statement. Azov issued a statement on Telegram saying they are “implementing the approved decision of the Supreme Military Command” in order to “save lives”. And the Russian side has since confirmed that “An agreement has been reached on the removal of the wounded,” according to a Russian defense ministry statement. “A humanitarian corridor has been opened through which wounded Ukrainian servicemen are being taken to a medical facility in Novoazovsk.”

Russian media is also widely reporting the surrender at Azovstal, with RT airing some of the first footage of the evacuation of the last fighters to leave… The Moscow Times is quoting confirmation from Ukraine’s president – who is applauding the safe surrender: “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said “we hope to save the lives of our boys.” “I want to underline: Ukraine needs its Ukrainian heroes alive. This is our principle,” he said in a video statement. Crucially, Novoazovsk – where the wounded Ukrainian fighters are being taken – is in Russian-controlled territory about 40km east of Mariupol. The surrendered troops are reportedly now in the custody of the pro-Moscow Donetsk People’s Republic. Likely Kiev will seek to negotiate their return for captured Russians currently in Ukrainian military custody.

Azov battalion, which has long been widely acknowledged even in prior mainstream media reporting as a neo-Nazi group, is asking the Ukrainian public for continued “support” – given this surrender (after previously vowing multiple to times to ‘fight till the end’) will likely be viewed by some as premature capitulation. During the long siege, all that were stuck in the facility had been running out of food, supplies, and ammunition as Russian forces had them completely surrounded. Last month President Putin is said to have ordered the military to simply wait them out, as opposed to what would have likely been a high death toll operation to enter the underground complex beneath the huge plant.

Read more …

“..the soldiers defending the steel plant had “performed their combat task” and now the main goal was to save the lives of personnel.”

Hundreds Of Ukrainian Troops Evacuated From Azobvstal After 82-Day Assault (G.)

More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers, many of them wounded, have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the port city of Mariupol, appearing to cede control of the city to Russia after 82 days of bombardment. Ukraine’s deputy defence minister Hanna Maliar said late on Monday that 53 heavily wounded soldiers were evacuated to a hospital in the Russian-controlled town of Novoazovsk. More than 200 others were transported through a corridor to Olenivka, Maliar said. The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said that the soldiers defending the steel plant had “performed their combat task” and now the main goal was to save the lives of personnel. By holding the steelworks, they stopped Russian forces from rapidly capturing the southern city of Zaporizhzhia, its statement on Facebook said.


It was unclear how many soldiers remained in the steel plant, but Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said: “We hope to save the lives of our boys”. “I want to underline: Ukraine needs its Ukrainian heroes alive. This is our principle,” he said in a video statement. The evacuation is likely to mark the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine. Mariupol is now in ruins after a Russian siege that Ukraine says killed tens of thousands of people in the city. For Ukrainians, the Azovstal plant has become a symbol of resistance, with hundreds of troops continuing to fight on there even after the rest of the city had fallen to Russian forces. Some 600 troops were believed to have been inside the steel plant.

Read more …

“But I will say —and I’m not afraid to say it because it would dishonor the memory of my parents if i didn’t say it—, I will say that they had the right to do it.”

Russia Has The Historical Right To Invade Ukraine (Finkelstein)

[..] if you agree that for 20 years—more than 20 years, more than two decades—, Russia has tried to engage in diplomacy; if you agree that the Russian demand to neutralize Ukraine —not occupy it, not determine its government, its form of economy, just neutralize it like Austria after World War II—, if you agree that was a legitimate demand; if you agree that the West was expanding and expanding NATO; if you agree that Ukraine de facto had become a member of NATO, weapons pouring in, engaging in military exercises in NATO; and if you agree… You know, Russia lost 30 million people during World War II because of the Nazi invasion, so there’s a legitimate concern by Russia with all of these —if you excuse my language— Nazis floating around in the Ukraine, then the simple question is: What was Russia to do?

I’m not saying I agree with the invasion, I’m not saying it went right, but I think one thing: the invasion showed… you know what the one thing the invasion showed, Briahna, was that Russia is kind of weak militarily, which is why all the more they may have been fearful of a NATO-backed Ukraine filled with Nazis, and probably at some point positioning nuclear missiles on its border. And I think 30 million, 30 million people… Listen to this: I think 30 million people is 30 million arguments in favor of Russia. Now I’m not going to say, because I’m not a general and I’m not a diplomat, so I’m not going… I’m not a military strategist so I’m not going to say it was the wisest thing to do.

I’m not going to say it was the most prudent thing to do. But I will say —and I’m not afraid to say it because it would dishonor the memory of my parents if i didn’t say it—, I will say that they had the right to do it. And I’m not taking that back. They had the right to do it. They had if I can call it the historic right to do it. 30 million people (killed during WW2), and now you’re starting again, you’re starting again. No, no, you know I can’t go for it, I can’t go for those who acknowledge the legitimacy of the arguments made by Putin but then call the invasion criminal. I don’t see that.

Read more …

“The caliber of ‘strategic’ advice from the NATO realm was self-evident in the Serpent Island fiasco – a direct order issued by British ‘consultants’ to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.”

Death By A Thousand Cuts: Where Is The West’s Ukraine Strategy? (Escobar)

Ukraine was never about a military win. What is being accomplished is the slow, painful destruction of the European Union (EU) economy, coupled with extraordinary weapons profits for the western military-industrial complex and creeping security rule by those nations’ political elites. The latter, in turn, have been totally baffled by Russia’s C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) capabilities, coupled with the stunning inefficiency of their own constellation of Javelins, NLAWs, Stingers and Turkish Bayraktar drones. This ignorance reaches way beyond tactics and the operational and strategic realm. As Martyanov delightfully points out, they “wouldn’t know what hit them on the modern battlefield with near-peer, forget about peer.”

The caliber of ‘strategic’ advice from the NATO realm was self-evident in the Serpent Island fiasco – a direct order issued by British ‘consultants’ to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhny, thought the whole thing was suicidal. He was proven right. All the Russians had to do was launch a few choice anti-ship and surface Onyx missiles from bastions stationed in Crimea on airports south of Odessa. In no time, Serpent Island was back under Russian control – even as high-ranking British and American marine officers ‘disappeared’ during the Ukrainian landing on the island. They were the ‘strategic’ NATO actors on the spot, doling out the lousy advice.

Extra evidence that the Ukraine debacle is predominantly about money laundering – not competent military strategy – is Capitol Hill approving a hefty extra $40 billion in ‘aid’ to Kiev. It’s just another western military-industrial complex bonanza, duly noted by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. Russian forces, meanwhile, have brought diplomacy to the battlefield, handing over 10 tons of humanitarian assistance to the people of liberated Kherson – with the deputy head of the military-civil administration of the region, Kirill Stremousov, announcing that Kherson wants to become part of the Russian Federation. In parallel, Georgy Muradov, deputy prime minister of the government of Crimea, has “no doubts that the liberated territories of the south of the former Ukraine will become another region of Russia. This, as we assess from our communication with the inhabitants of the region, is the will of the people themselves, most of whom lived for eight years under conditions of repression and bullying by the Ukronazis.”

Read more …

Loans And Grants And Stolen Assets.

EU Plans Loans And Grants To Help Rebuild Ukraine (G.)

Ukraine could receive loans, grants and possibly the proceeds of seized Russian oligarch property to help pay the multibillion-euro cost of rebuilding the country after the ruinous war launched by the Kremlin, according to a leaked EU reconstruction plan. In the plan drafted in Brussels, the European Commission states that the Ukrainian government will have to take out loans to pay for rebuilding its war-ravaged country. Non-repayable grants from EU member states would provide another tranche of the funds needed to rebuild destroyed homes, schools, roads, railways, airports and bridges. The EU also proposes assessing the feasibility of using assets seized from sanctioned Russians and Belarusians after a proposal from the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, earlier this month.

“I am absolutely convinced that this is extremely important not only to freeze assets, but also to make possible to confiscate it, to make it available for the rebuilding of the country,” he told Ukraine’s Interfax news agency. Lawmakers in the UK and the US have also proposed seizing Russian property to aid Ukraine’s reconstruction and ease the plight of the country’s refugees. Brussels officials have also called for the EU to borrow as a bloc on international capital markets to finance loans for Kyiv, according to the leaked report. If agreed, it would be only the second time in its history that the EU has borrowed as a whole rather than as individual member states, after funding the landmark €750bn (£635bn) Covid recovery plan in 2020.

The idea is floated in a Ukraine relief and reconstruction plan seen by the Guardian that the commission is expected to publish on Wednesday. Figures have been left blank in the document, pending further discussions in Brussels. The paper notes, however, that the financial needs “are expected to be substantial” and that reconstruction would take more than a decade. It also estimates that damage to physical infrastructure alone may run to more than €100bn.

Read more …

“They say they will come to Turkey on Monday. Will they come to persuade us? Excuse us, but they shouldn’t bother.”

Turkey Says It Will Not Approve Sweden And Finland Joining NATO (G.)

Turkey has said it will not approve Sweden and Finland joining it as Nato members, hours after Stockholm followed Helsinki in a historic Nordic security policy shift by formally confirming that it intended to apply for membership of the alliance. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said diplomatic delegations from the two countries, which have reversed decades of military non-alignment in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, should not even bother coming to Ankara to discuss the move. “We will not say yes to those [countries] that apply sanctions to Turkey to join the security organisation Nato,” Erdogan said. “They say they will come to Turkey on Monday. Will they come to persuade us? Excuse us, but they shouldn’t bother.”


The Turkish president’s comments came as Sweden’s prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, said “a broad majority” in parliament backed Nato membership as “the best thing for the security of Sweden” – drawing a warning from Moscow. Sweden was “leaving one era behind us and entering a new one”, she said. The Finnish government confirmed its intention to join Nato on Sunday, shortly before Andersson’s ruling Social Democrats abandoned 73 years of opposition to the idea. Andersson said Sweden’s Nato ambassador would formally hand over Stockholm’s application to the alliance headquarters in Brussels “within the next few days” and that the membership request would be submitted simultaneously with Finland’s.

Read more …

Orwell lives.

States Must Pre-emptively Nullify Any WHO Pandemic Regulations (Blaze)

On May 22, the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the next step in its nefarious pandemic treaty and the quest to use “public health” to expand the WHO’s power over sovereign states. Representatives from 193 nations, including the U.S, will be attending. Interestingly, the only country not invited is Taiwan, of course, at the behest of its Chinese puppet masters. What is the nature of this pandemic treaty agenda? On Jan. 24, 2022, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, explained the treaty was a “priority” to “urgently strengthen WHO as the leading and directing authority on global health, at the center of the global health architecture.”

In chilling words he laid out the guiding principle of this wicked plot. “We all want a world in which science triumphs over misinformation; solidarity triumphs over division; and equity is a reality, not an aspiration,” he added. He concluded, “We are one world, we have one health, we are one WHO.” Until now, the Biden administration appeared awfully quiet about this treaty, unlike some of the other recent international climate treaties about which officials have been quite vocal. However, it has come to light that several months ago, the Biden administration quietly sent the WHO several amendments to a 2005 international health regulation to be considered at the May 22 meeting about the treaty. At the time, the White House never issued an official statement or held a press conference.

The draft was not made public until mid-April. What is the nature of these amendments? They would essentially allow the director-general of the WHO to declare a public health emergency in a country and unilaterally coerce its citizens to take certain actions. The proposed amendment deletes a critical sentence from Article 9 of the 2005 International Health Regulations: “WHO shall consult with and attempt to obtain verification from the State Party in whose territory the event is allegedly occurring…” What could be the benign reason for the Biden administration erasing an existing requirement that the WHO first consult with the government of that particular country before making a determination? If there was any doubt about the motivations of these amendments and the direction in which they want to take our sovereignty, look at the next proposed change:

The Biden administration wants all the emergency declarations to be mandatory and cut out all views of the concerned state. The amendments are also designed to truncate the period of time for approving this travesty. The current WHO regulations provide for an 18-month grace period during which a nation may withdraw its “yes” vote for the amendments. The Biden administration draft proposal would truncate that period to just six months.

Read more …

Perhaps Xi doesn’t like the WHO getting dictatorial powers?

The New Rift Between WHO and China (Tucker)

From the beginning of the pandemic, the World Health Organization and China’s CCP have worked and spoken hand-in-glove, culminating in the Potemkin Village junket of mid-February 2020. The WHO-sponsored travel report – how wonderfully China had performed! – was written and signed by American public health officials who recommended Wuhan-style lockdowns, a disastrous policy that further inspired most governments in the world to do the same. Twenty-six months later, it turns out that China in fact had not “eliminated the virus fully within its borders,” contrary to the over-the-top claims of TV pundit Devi Sridhar in her new book Preventable. They only pushed cases into the future, as the CCP discovered when positive tests appeared all over Shanghai, leading to 7 weeks of brutal lockdowns.

This move on China’s part has been a disaster for the country and the world economy, and presently endangers the financial and technological future of the entire country. For Xi Jinping, lockdowns and zero-covid were his greatest achievement, one which was celebrated the world over, causing his political pride to swell beyond all bounds. Now, he cannot back off lest he face possible losses in upcoming party elections. Just this past weekend, he made it clear to the entire government that there would be no backing off the zero-covid policy: the CCP will “unswervingly adhere to the general policy of ‘dynamic zero-Covid,’ and resolutely fight against any words and deeds that distort, doubt or deny our country’s epidemic prevention policies.” The problem is acute: vast numbers in China likely need to acquire natural immunity via exposure.

The lockdown policy likely puts a damper on the achievement of endemicity. That means long-term damage to China’s future. Sensing this problem, the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, offered a mild criticism: “Considering the behavior of the virus, I think a shift will be very important,” adding that he had discussed this point with Chinese scientists. What happened next is truly fascinating: Tedros’s comments were censored all over China and searches for the name Tedros were immediately blocked within the country. Implausibly, merely by stating the incredibly obvious point, Tedros has made himself an enemy of the state. Meanwhile, another WHO/China partisan, Bill Gates, has been sheepishly saying something very similar in interviews, namely that the virus cannot be eradicated.

Read more …

“.. the G7 warns of 43 million people going hungry if Russia won’t stop its blockade of the Black Sea, which it won’t..”

Scandinavian Black Metal (Every)

Think of Scandinavian Black Metal as Finland and Sweden officially announce bids for NATO membership, overturning decades and centuries of neutrality, respectively; as Ukraine wins the Eurovision Song Contest, showing the tune the EU public is singing, and President Zelenskiy floats hosting it in demolished and occupied Mariupol; and as France and Germany come last, an EU-wide rejection of their continuous bids to harmonize with Russia. Think similarly as the G7 warns of 43 million people going hungry if Russia won’t stop its blockade of the Black Sea, which it won’t. That seems an undercount given recent surveys in even Western countries talking about 2 in 7 people facing some form of hunger, and a surge in the use of food banks. Worse, India just halted exports of wheat, or will only sell to those in real need, which injects another layer of (geo)politics into commodities trading.

Likewise, oil remains over $100 despite much of China in lockdown, which Shanghai may lift slightly from 16 May. Imagine how high oil would be with China open. Diesel is in short supply, and Bloomberg’s Javier Blass says at prices the equivalent of $200-250. There are warnings of diesel shortages in the north-east US, which will bring trucking to a halt. Recent conversations with taxi drivers in London and Singapore, which there are evident shortages of, complaining that current fuel prices mean they struggle to make ends meet. Nigerian domestic airlines have threatened to stop flying completely.

We can all name the tune that follows. Pro-China Sri Lanka is in chaos over rising food and energy prices. Pro-China Iran is seeing street protests, despite being a major energy producer – and is still no closer to a nuclear deal despite the EU thinking ‘Wandel Durch Handel’ will work in the Middle East in the same way it has not worked in eastern Europe or the Far East. China itself, besides sealing people into their homes, is restricting outbound international travel, clipping passports of those arriving, and according to one source, blocking overseas calls.

China also saw terrible data: industrial production -2.9% y-o-y vs. consensus of 0.5% and 5.0% in March; in year-to-date (y-t-d) terms, it was up 4.0%, down from 6.5% from last month; retail sales y-o-y were -11.1% vs. -6.6% consensus, and down from -3.5%, and in y-t-d terms were -1.2%, down from 3.3%; fixed investment y-o-y y-t-d was 6.8% vs. 7.0% consensus and down from 9.3%, the last leg standing; and property investment was -2.7% y-o-y y-t-d vs. -1.5% consensus and 0.7% in March, underlining that the investment seen was into infrastructure not housing. Indeed, residential property sales were -32.2% y-o-y y-t-d, and unemployment ticked up from 6.0% to 6.1%. China’s response was to cut mortgage rates 20bp for first-home buyers, but there was no rate cut in the MLF interest rate from 2.85% despite 50-50 market expectations of such a move.

Read more …

Will anything be left of Twitter?

The Twitter Bot Inquiry Intensifies (CTH)

If you accept that Twitter is manipulating the public conversation intentionally (they are), then Twitter bots would serve an ideological function. However, the issue of ‘bots’ operating on the Twitter platform is interesting when you consider the cost of platform operation. On one hand, extensive auto-generated ‘bots’ would be an issue of cost and data-processing, a net negative. On the other hand, the use of bots would be a manipulative practice for the creation of false impressions to generate advertising revenue. If the scale of data-processing was subsidized, an outcome of a network of data processing centers -the AWS cloud- linked to government resources, the bots would not be a cost issue for the operation. Despite the false impressions generated, bots would, however, under this weird situation, be useful for the manipulation of the conversation.

At the root of Elon Musk’s line of inquiry is the need to discover if this suspicion is true. If the scale of bots has been underestimated (likely by a willfully blind operation) the advertising fees charged by Twitter were potentially fraudulent. This is another operational reason (mitigating lawsuits from advertisers) for Musk to make the determination prior to the final purchase of the platform. Taking Twitter private as a company, eliminating bots (which is essentially removing fraudulent users) then carries the potential benefits of both lowering costs and positioning the company to increase genuine ad revenue from authenticated users as real people. Many people suspect the size of the political left on the Twitter platform is manipulated by programatic bots. Meaning there seems to be more people on the left side of the spectrum because bots are deployed to give the impression of like-minded users.

I am one of the people who believe this suspicion is accurate, because it would be a typical way the ideological left operates. The bots would be in addition to the deployment of algorithms that are designed to suppress speech the platform operators do not like. I have long suspected the Twitter algorithm process is essentially assigning certain users into specifically designed data-processing containers where their voice is suppressed. Some people call this ‘shadow-banning,’ I simply call it suppression. Elon Musk represents a threat to the way the platform was/is designed to operate. If Musk removes the discussion constraints, opens the containers and removes the restrictions, while simultaneously eliminating bots and fake accounts, the entire perspective of the platform could change very quickly. This is what I think the current board and operators are trying to avoid.

Read more …

“..Public Health Scotland, the New Zealand Ministry of Health, the Government of Canada, the UK Health Security Agency, the Office for National Statistics, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control..”

Your Government Quietly Confirmed The Fully Vaccinated Are Developing AIDS (DE)

Something is very wrong, and it is because of the Covid-19 injections. All around the world, Governments are publishing official data that all show the same thing. Those same Governments however are not willing to explain why. Instead, they are quietly publishing data in the hope that it will get swept under the carpet whilst they have you distracted by war in Ukraine and worrying about the cost of living; a crisis created by Government policy. But with the publication of confidential Pfizer documents, Governments around the world are running out of places to hide, and if these worrying trends continue, they will be forced to admit the Covid-19 injections are either causing Antibody-Dependent Enhancement or something much worse. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.


Whilst rare, it is perfectly possible for a medication or drug to cause Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, and data published by Public Health Scotland, the New Zealand Ministry of Health, the Government of Canada, the UK Health Security Agency, the Office for National Statistics, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control strongly suggests the Covid-19 injections should be added to the list. How else can Governments around the world explain the fact the fully vaccinated are more likely to be infected with Covid-19, more likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19, and more likely to die of Covid-19 than the unvaccinated? How else can Governments around the world explain the huge rise in all-cause mortality rates among the fully vaccinated compared to the unvaccinated? How else can Governments around the world explain the 1,145% to 33,715% increase in AIDS-related diseases, cancers and infections reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System in 2021?

Read more …

“..it will promote the evolution of new-and-different iterations of novel Coronaviruses, and it will surely kill and maim a lot more people, including little children.”

Feeding the Narrative (Kunstler)

This is not 2020. The public may be better inoculated now against government gaslighting and mind-fuckery than they are against Covid-19 viruses. As Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) noted last week in his colloquy with Secretary Mayorkas, “Do you know who the greatest propagator of disinformation in the history of the world is? The U.S. government.” Senator Paul is onto something. In the course of that hearing, he asked Mr. Mayorkas whether talk about Covid 19 on social media might be subject to official “disinformation” action by his agency. “I’ve said a million times that cloth masks don’t work; YouTube takes me down,” Senator Paul said. “They’re a private company. I can have that beef with them. What about you? You’re going to look at that? I often say that natural immunity from having had the infection is equal to the vaccine or better. You’re going to take that down?”

Rand Paul is a licensed physician, by the way, and Alejandro Mayorkas is not. Mr. Mayorkas answered that someone might claim that vaccination centers “are actually peddling fentanyl. Now, should I sit back and take that, or should I actually disseminate accurate information?” he asked. In reality, of course, this hypothetical fentanyl nonsense is not what is at issue regarding Covid-19 “vaccines.” What is actually at issue is the now-established fact that the mRNA products called “vaccines” do not prevent infection or transmission of Covid-19, and do provoke a broad array of harms to people that cause disability and death in, at least, tens of thousands of cases, which is a lot in terms of all prior medical standards.

The government has been lying about this consistently. And the news media have been obediently conveying those lies, in league with the pharmaceutical giants who produce the “vaccines.” The governor of my state, Kathy Hochul, still idiotically wants to mandate mRNA “vaccines” for children. Pfizer ran a commercial on CBS’s 60-Minutes Sunday night promising that further “vaccination” with their sketchy product will “open up the world” for people. In fact, it will do nothing to protect people, rather it will promote the evolution of new-and-different iterations of novel Coronaviruses, and it will surely kill and maim a lot more people, including little children.

Malone: myocarditis may be occurring in a majority of the vaccinated.

Read more …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support the Automatic Earth in virustime with Paypal, Bitcoin and Patreon.

 

 

 

Home Forums Debt Rattle May 17 2022

Viewing 34 posts - 1 through 34 (of 34 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #108061

    Man Ray Le Violon d’Ingres 1924   • At Least 300 Azov Fighters Surrender To Russians At Azovstal Plant (ZH) • Hundreds Of Ukrainian Troops Evacua
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 17 2022]

    #108062
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Kamala Harris:
    Does that woman have an operational brain? Sorry; rhetorical question………….

    #108063
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Man Ray Le Violon d’Ingres 1924

    A wonderful play on perfect symmetry?
    Where’s Man Ray’s dog?????? 😉

    #108064
    teri
    Participant

    Maybe Kamala is paid by the word. Or by the word is she paid. And by the word, which is the word, which means the word exists as a word in its own wordiness, one finds meaning in the word. For which she is paid.

    Word.

    #108065
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    teri
    Word.

    I love it! Great comment…

    #108066

    Still remarkable that both the US President and Vice-President can’t seem to be able to string five words together without ending up with a salad. And that’s WITH tele-prompters.

    #108067
    Dr. D
    Participant

    ” At Least 300 Azov Fighters Surrender to Russians at Azovstal Plant (ZH)”
    “..after previously vowing multiple to times to ‘fight till the end’..”

    I would say that’s pretty clearly The End. But it’s a big country and many more areas to go. Looking for my theory Russia doesn’t want to be anywhere near the Western borders for ‘reasons’. We can test that in Odessa.

    ““we hope to save the lives of our boys.” After giving them a water pistol and a box of crackers and ordering them to stand against the Russian Army.

    Correct on Austin calling Russia meant they were broken.

    EU Plans Loans and Grants to Help Rebuild Ukraine (G.)”

    This starts with the near-complete assumption that Europe won. They have the right to go in, take things, and make money off Ukraine. Did they? Is that an acceptable outcome for Russia and Ukraine, whatever government they may have by then? EU/Anglos pulled a violent, illegal coup last time Ukraine turned East and not West. Can that happen again, or is it just “assumed” they always win, because they thought it in their mind and that’s the nature of the universe when you’re a weak, useless trust fund flunky whose parents bought you into Harvard like “W”?

    “Turkey Says It Will Not Approve Sweden and Finland Joining NATO (G.) “

    No wonder they can ask to join: they were just lying. Get the Anglos off their back before they start bombing Stockholm with hug bombs, knowing they can count on Turkey to bail them out and never allow it. And Turkey is in NATO still because Russia needed them? Just like Orban is in the EU just to stop the same things there?

    The Anglo/Roman plan is to subsume and devour, absorbing like the Borg. But this is the reverse: since they must absorb like The Blob, they make sure to present poison pills The Blob must eat and can’t digest. Think of the alternative: Turkey leaves, Hungary leaves, and there’s a clear path with clear sides and free motion West vs East for WWIII nuclear exchange. Wouldn’t you rather have them tied down and chasing their tails down rabbit holes that can’t produce?

    Schrodinger’s Finns: I thought they were going to say 0.9% of the world now has the swing vote on whether all 7B survive long enough to see 2025. For the loss of a horseshoe nail.

    “They would essentially allow the director-general of the WHO to declare a public health emergency in a country and unilaterally coerce its citizens to take certain actions.”

    Again, how? Are they going to send me a strongly-worded email? I won’t read it. Are they going to have a Press Conference? I won’t hear it. The only way they can “coerce” is if the police and army come to my house and Make Me. You decide whether Biden is therefore putting the U.S. Army and State Police under UN/WHO control or not.

    “Luna Foundation Sold 80,000 Bitcoin Amid UST Crash”

    Stablecoins and exchanges were rigging the prices and driving down Bitcoin? What a shock! Who could have ever predicted???

    (P.S. they still don’t have a nickel of the $6B dollars they pretend to have either.)

    This was funny:
    PicDidn'tShow

    “I am one of the people who believe this suspicion is accurate, because it would be a typical way the ideological left operates.”

    That is, by lying constantly about absolutely everything.

    This is what I think the current board and operators are trying to avoid.”

    Although they’re bankrupt, they refuse to make money by telling allowing the truth. That is, they would rather die than make money. They would rather cease to exist than allow the truth to be spoken. It’s a religion. There is no cost-benefit and there is no ‘profit.’ Only the Theocracy of Woke. We are supposed to have no State-Mandated Religion.

    Guessing Elon has guys to do this sort of thing: looking into annoying Twitter for sport and public service. Tesla Stock however has “crashed” which would be some of the money used for the deal. In a sense. He breached the SEC problems which they immediately threw at him, but we knew you could buy those guys off for the price of a used Yugo. Now: uses the deal to look at the books, do due diligence, etc. Wot! He found that only 20% of the accounts are real??? Who knews??? Okay, so as some said, what is he doing buying a bankrupt fraud failing non-company for billion$$$? He HAS the billions, but money doesn’t grow on trees.

    Now the logic tree of step 3, 4, and 5 appear. He made a “fair offer”, but on consideration, the company is 20% of it’s supposed size, so ~20% of his bid. What does this do? If he doesn’t buy, Twitter crashes on the reality (finally!!) that they are a fraud, so advertisers should pay 20% of the existing rates. Instant bankruptcy as they barely existed even when fabricating all their account numbers. In either a reduced bid or an actual purchase from actual bankruptcy court, he buys Twitter for 20% of his original bid. If it disappears, Gettr, Gab, is out there, and more probably others like Truth Social, but there are several layers of problems with that. Best outcome? Twitter discredited, deflated, brought to reality, purchased without anyone being able to complain or defend, then run like a normal company. The Blue staff and certainly management will all be demoralized and not able to say much about it, certainly no longer cult zealots anymore. They will be faced with the priest of their religion was embezzling the money and diddling the kids and that they were participating in it. Not saying they’ll ADMIT the truth, ever — that would be asking the sun to rise in the West — only that they stop being blood-gor-gut, veins in their teeth hare-kari zealots of the faith.

    “Biden Orders US Troops Back to War-Torn Somalia, Reversing Trump Withdrawal”

    Joe heard there were black folks there who were not yet killed or arrested by his ‘94 crime bill. Official “Seal of Obama Approval” (he attacked every black country he could find originally) Besides, we got plenty of money!

    “White House ‘Near Deal’ to Reopen Abbott Baby Formula Plant, Allow Imports”

    Not QUITE enough dead babies yet. Need just a few more. One thing they are definitely NOT going to do though is allow competition. Because Capitalism = Government Protected Monopoly with No Property Rights. Or was that a different sort of system with a different name?

    The Ultra-Maga King: “Let’s Go Re-Brandon!” (Cute)

    I take it back though. Apparently they claimed and owned the slogan immediately and en masse so it backfired and won’t give them leverage. Great study in how you give your power to others by cowering and apologizing. They didn’t for a change, so now that narcissist’s weapon is useless. Tick another box for “The Docktor was wrong”.

    #108068
    those darned kids
    Participant

    spartacus’ summary, well worth reading:

    https://iceni.substack.com/p/covid-19-deep-dive-ix-addendum?s=r

    AND,

    in the list of must read substacks found above, one finds:

    “Dr. John’s Blog by John Day, MD”

    congrats, doc!

    #108069
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Twitter = Wells Fargo = Scott Ritter = Don Arthur = Dave Tam = Jeremy Boorda = Patty Horoho = Tonie Fauci = Enron

    #108070
    chooch
    Participant

    Z is the new Q. 80 days to take a steel plant.

    Per Escobar:

    “Wars are not won with tactics and narratives – they require a Grand Strategy. Russia has a master plan behind its Ukraine military operations, but does the west have one?”

    [..] “On Operation Z, the Russians revel in total strategic ambiguity, which has the collective west completely discombobulated. The Pentagon does not have the necessary intellectual firepower to out-smart the Russian General Staff. Only a few outliers understand that this is not a war – since the Ukraine Armed Forces have been irretrievably routed – but actually what Russian military and naval expert Andrei Martyanov calls a “combined arms police operation,” a work-in-progress on demilitarization and denazification.”

    (Kinda like safe and effective vaccines)

    [..] “Ukraine was never about a military win. What is being accomplished is the slow, painful destruction of the European Union (EU) economy, coupled with extraordinary weapons profits for the western military-industrial complex and creeping security rule by those nations’ political elites.”

    (Uh, war is a racket, certain countries in the EU need to brought back into line. Putin is a proxy, the new ISIS. Yep, the west os completely discombobulated, never done this before. Putin has made a strategic blunder that will go down as an historical disaster.)

    #108071
    WES
    Participant

    A senior twatter engineer only worked 4 hours in the last quarter. Now he is putting in more hours so he can be promoted, since twatter pays a lot more if you get promoted.

    Hopefully he runs into a “Musk” brick wall!

    #108072
    zerosum
    Participant

    “But, but, what about the $40 billion the US will send?”
    What about Finland and Sweden?
    What about energy supplies/delivery?
    What about undelivered military supplies?

    Next
    1. Cease fire Negotiations
    2. Guided tour of the tunnels to evacuate and de-mine the tunnels
    3. Prisoner exchange
    4. Election , peace Negotiations
    5. Border negotiations
    6. Return of stolen Russian assets

    #108073
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/16/russian-shelling-kills-civilians-in-donbas-ukraine-says-liveblog
    4 hours ago (09:40 GMT)
    Russia’s defence ministry says its forces have fired missiles at arms shipments from Kyiv’s Western allies – including the United States – in Ukraine’s western Lviv region, destroying the cargo.

    The claim came after Lviv’s governor said Russian forces had again hit a major military facility in the region. There was no immediate response from Kyiv.

    #108074
    zerosum
    Participant

    The scam will continue
    While Ukraine would eventually need “massive support” for reconstruction and recovery on the scale of the post-World War II Marshall Plan for Europe, the country would have to take this “one step at a time”, she said.

    #108075
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Extra Terrestrials are coming! … er, on the bicycles?

    … ET hearing will be livestreamed on the committee’s YouTube channel. ( … started at 9:00 a.m. ET)

    The session will include testimony from Ronald S. Moultrie, the Pentagon’s top intelligence official, …

    Congress is holding its first UFO hearing in more than 50 years
    https://www.npr.org/2022/05/17/1099410910/ufo-hearing-congress-military-intelligence

    F.S.

    #108076
    chooch
    Participant

    Paul Blake Smith, in his 2020 book, “President Eisenhower’s Close Encounters” makes the case that the Georgia Guidestones were erected by a group of retired Georgia State Troopers who’d served as Ike’s security detail on his 1954 (Edwards) & ’55 (Holloman) covert “summits” w/ ET representatives. The indication is that its “Commandments” derive from Alien advice/stipulations given to Eisenhower at those meetings. There’s every reason to believe the Plandemic was the Global Elite/Deep State implementation of Tenets 1 & 2 thereof (via Infertility & the mainstreaming of IVF soon to occur), in preparation for ET👽UFO ‘Disclosure’ (or ‘Manifestation’). Since depopulation will ruin the “Elites”, they’re *accommodating* ET in doing so, to curry favor.

    #108077
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Baby formula is rather specific.
    According to this article: https://wholesomechildren.com/sugar-in-breast-milk-vs-baby-formula/, most baby formula has lactose as the primary sugar, mimicking human breast milk. The label pictured above is probably a “gentle” formula, for colicky babies, as babies with upset stomachs often have trouble digesting lactose. It has been a very long time since I looked at a formula label…

    #108078
    TAE Summary
    Participant

    * Man Ray photo original title: Sex and Violins

    * The Azov Principle: Azov yesterday we’re never giving up but Azov today we’re surrendering

    * The Peter Doocy Principle: People in government tend to be promoted to their level of incompetence at which point they become White House Press Secretary until they can get promoted to CNN or NBC

    * New polls shows that 67% of Americans say both Kamala and Joe Fail the Turing Test. They both need more advanced programming to convince people they’re human.

    * The West no longer has strategy, only tactics.

    * Biden’s Ukraine Policy: Bribe Back Better

    * Biden’s Energy Policy: Dribble, Baby Dribble!

    * Edrogan, the NATO Nazi: No NATO for you!

    * Infant Formula Logic: Formula is mostly corn syrup, corn is grass, cows eat grass, cows give milk, babies need milk. We’re just streamlining the process. It’s all good.

    * World Health Organization to change name to World Health Autocratic Tyrant; WTF

    * In the beginning was the work and the work was with Kamala and the work was Kamala and the work became Kamala and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.

    * The world is a circle without a beginning and nobody knows where it really ends
    The world is a circle

    #108079
    Noirette
    Participant

    “We are one world, we have one health, we are one WHO.”

    … excerpt from article posted at top, ‘States must nullify any WHO pandemic Regs.’

    reminded me of: NATO foreign ministers link arms and sing We are the World. – 2015

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/may/14/nato-foreign-ministers-sing-we-are-the-world-video

    cringe, alarm, disgust – hard call

    #108081
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    ATTENTION PLEASE BIO-SCIENTISTS, DOCTORS, AND JOURNALISTS !

    Regarding labels and acronyms like VAIDS (Vaccine Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), or ADE (Antibody Dependent Enhancement.)

    Y’all need to stop saying everything backwards. That’s what is making it so hard for folks to understand what the heck you’re saying (or even decide whether we should try to or not.) Just because that’s the ‘small clues first’ way that scientists discover things using the scientific method (i.e. small factual evidence first (s) first, and then The Big Picture emerging from the details later) does not mean that they should explain it to people the same way (backside first). People want the wide view first so that they can quickly decide whether or not they should go on listening to the boring details.

    Want me to invest the time to understand the basic science lurking beneath the geeky terms and arcane acronym? Then put the key idea first, for example
    VAIDS (Vaccine Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) should be IDSVA:
    Immune Deficiency Syndrome [ which gives me a reason to pay attention … it’s about my well being] , Vaccine Acquired [ which hints at how I might avoid the threat .]

    Explain it like I’m 5 , and lose the Geek Speak.

    #108083
    Bishko
    Participant

    Capitalism works well until Corporatism takes over, like Cell Regeneration works well until Cancer takes over.

    #108084
    Susan C
    Participant

    Ukrainian soldiers at the Russian border for a photo-op:
    https://twitter.com/RWApodcast/status/1526146535766913025?cxt=HHwWgsCjuYeM-60qAAAA

    #108085
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    A reply to TAE Summary and that carpenter guy/reductionist I forget his moniker:

    I’m not so sure this… “The Peter Doocy Principle: People in government tend to be promoted to their level of incompetence at which point they become White House Press Secretary until they can get promoted to CNN or NBC”… isn’t the standard applied by Human Resources and OPM everywhere.

    Because we have this person, one of 20% journalism majors in each class (80% must science/engineering) at the U.S. Naval Academy and first non-aviator to command an aircraft carrier after Congress changed the law in 1999 to strike the fear in our adversaries…paper, pen and live blogging. I digress.

    https://blog.theveteranssite.greatergood.com/lisa-franchetti/

    #108088
    boilingfrog
    Participant

    I didn’t realize the new commander was a non-aviator till I read Dr. D Rich: that seems insane to me. Delivering aircraft to a point closer to conflict is the main objective, and it would seem to me that understanding that particular aspect needs to be soaked into every pore of the decision-maker to a level that much of it is unconscious… practice that is fully learned and absorbed.
    Maybe in a similar fashion, good docs probably need physiology and anatomy basics fully absorbed and unconscious when figuring out tough cases.

    My memory recalls reports of doctors creatively (and successfully) treating Covid cases early on based upon symptoms, and their experience. At some level this level of mastery becomes unteachable in classrooms (especially University of Phoenix?).

    And mastery is truly the issue at point at this level of responsibility.

    #108089
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    @boilingfrog

    Someone might just have been padding and curating Admiral Franchetti’s resumé but it’s there and it’s absurd for the reasons you explicate and it harkens to the Jeremy Boorda saga.
    (Run on sentence is deliberate and she’s the “combat seasoned front runner to replace Gilday)

    #108092
    teri
    Participant

    Hey, thanks, V. Arnold.

    #108093
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Future historians are going to have a field day performing post mortems on U$ Empire Inc. 😕

    #108099
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Some interesting details about “Omicron”, from Igor Chudov:

    Why “Omicron Vaccine” is Impossible

    The so-called “Omicron Variant” is a very inclusive term that includes “every Sars-Cov-2 descendant after Delta”. It is best to think about it as a marketing term giving an excuse why Covid vaccines do not work, rather than as a scientific term.

    For example, the Ba.1 and Ba.2 variants [both “Omicron”] are MORE distant from each other, than they are from any past Sars-Cov-2 variants

    Therefore, unlike in 2020, there is no single variant against which to make a “vaccine”.

    They are at a Dead End
    The following are insurmountable problems for any “variant vaccine”:

    The existing Sars-Cov-2 variants are so distant, that no spike antigen can create antibodies against all existing variants

    Even disregarding time-consuming “safety testing” and “efficacy testing”, which as we know the “safe and effective vaccines” do not need, the design and production cycle takes months. During this time, new variants will appear that will make the vaccine obsolete.

    Almost nobody is “Covid naive”. Most people have had one or several Covids, and most people were vaccinated. This makes the immunological situation vastly more complicated than it was in 2020.

    People finally woke up and new uptake of “Covid vaccines” and second booster is, fortunately, negligible. A newfangled “Hail Mary” variant vaccine, designed in haste and marketed by the same crooks, to the remaining vaccine enthusiasts, will never make an epidemiological difference.

    “Vaccine Against Variants” is Impossible and Will Endanger the Naturally Immune
    https://igorchudov.substack.com/p/vaccine-against-variants-is-impossible?s=r

    #108100
    Redneck
    Participant

    As the Russian special military operation has been unfolding I have been watching a lot of talking heads and trying to get an understanding of what is really happening on the ground in Ukraine. I routinely checked in with MOA , The Saker , Top War , South Front , Ritter, Dreizen , the two Alexes’es and several Telegram accounts, to name a few. As time has progressed both sides of the media have become more and more biased and now a lot of the commentators sound like propagandists . Luckily I found a link to this very useful website that deals with the actual battle situation and offers very little opinion on who is “winning”. The site is updated almost daily and delves into the operation in detail. Having now gone back to the posting at DPA from day one of the operation and watched them all through to day 80 it is not hard to see why there is a good case for the NATO version of events , that is that Ukraine is winning. Russia attacked on five fronts and lost a lot of men and equipment by moving a long way away from it’s supply lines and found itself isolated without support. Contrary to some pro Russian analysts , Ritter for example who lauded these movements as great strategic events, a closer and more neutral analysis show that losses were very heavy and and then all of the territory was surrendered and is still being surrendered right now in Kharkiv. Compare the maps of day thirty to day 80 , how the situation has unfolded can hardly be described as winning from the Russian point of view, Only two days ago civilians were killed by Ukrainian artillery in Donetsk! Eighty plus days after starting the operation to liberate Donetsk the front has not moved barely one inch at Donetsk. The gains made recently at Nikolayav have been countered by losses in Kharkiv , only the Donetsk river crossing is possibly preventing the Ukranians from taking back all of Kharkiv province and cutting the Izium front in two. The retreats which many pro Russian pundits have described as being very tactical and effective were actually driven by Ukrainian offensives which then exposed the white arm band Ukranians in the abandoned territories to murder , torture and beatings, Bucha being the most well known example . That is not a success in my view , leaving the folk you promised to liberate behind to be chopped up by the Ukrainian Nazis has had a very debilitating effect on the pro Russian population , they are afraid now to work with the Russians or even take aid from them in some places because of the repercussions after the Russian withdrawals. Some pundits described the situation around Kiev when the Russians dug in and surrounded the city as an effective blockade of the city and gave the impression that the Russians were just lazing around on the outskirts of the city where in fact there was intense fighting there , Bucha changed hands at least twice and then around day thirty the Ukrainian offensive drove the Russians out. The supposed success was that the Ukrainian troops in the central North were prevented from supporting the Donbass front . A more likely alternative might be that Russians had hopes of an internal coup in Kiev removing Zelensky and instating a new government that would negotiate an end to the conflict there and then. There were reports that Russian intel agents were severely punished after the withdrawal and that could be why.The West saw the first fifteen days as a Russian success and were even talking about evacuating Zelensky but when the Russians failed to take control of Kiev , Sumi and Kharkiv they saw a weakness and pushed them out with offensives , the Kharkiv one is still pushing the Russians back and in places the Ukranians are back at the Russian border. It was the Russian withdrawals which reinvigorated the West and the Ukranians and gave a new impetus to a plan to hit Russia with every weapon at hand. I could go on but take a look at this site , there is a day thirty summary which means there is no need to watch all of the first thirty days if you are not inclined. Be warned , there is as much propaganda out there on the Russian side as the Ukraine side . I am a supporter of the DPR ,LPR and Russia in this conflict but I also want to see real factual information that has not been polished up to convey bias.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YYZL2xImKg

    #108102
    WES
    Participant

    I just have to love the way Elon Musk is taking twatter apart, one fraudulent piece at a time!
    The best part is twatter can not defend itself without revealing it’s own fraud!
    Elon twattering a poop emol on twatter’s doorstep is hilarious!
    The whole purpose of government supported twatter is to support the left’s bot operations!
    Twatter couldn’t survive without massive government supported servers!

    So 264 wounded Ukrainian neo-nazis heros at Mariupol’s steel plant were evacuated!
    (To the Donbas which still has the death penalty.)
    They didn’t surrender as you thought.
    Sorry, words now mean what the MSM say they mean.

    Yesterday the Ukrainian boy scouts didn’t have a very good day.
    It seems a whole bunch of boy scout troops were cancelled.
    Not just in eastern but in western Ukraine too.
    Ten thousand more Ukrainians in the Donbas were surrounded and are currently being boiled.
    Boiling is what comes after you are trapped in a cauldron.
    Only western witches could enjoy such a horrible scene of death, to the last Ukrainian.

    #108103
    WES
    Participant

    Redneck:

    Thank you for your comments and the provided link to YouTube.

    As you stated Russia definately made mistakes by withdrawing from areas around Kiew and Karkov therebye leaving civilians exposured to the Ukrainian SBU.

    One thing to keep in mind is Russia only has about 100 thousand troops deployed in the Ukraine. My observation is these small numbers of troops for such a large area has forced the Russian military to make some very hard choices. They cannot be everywhere at once.

    I think Putin wisely limited the number of troops for two reasons. First to force the Russian military to stick to previously established priorities. Second it forces Russian cammanders to be very aware of the exposure risks they are putting their soldiers under. Since they are not going to get an endless supply of new soldiers like in WW2 under Stalin, this forces them to be much more careful about how they fight the Ukrainians. So you tend to avoid any type of fighting requiring high casualties to achieve your objective. You also tend to go slower too. Putin knows he cannot afford high casualties politically.

    The Russians seem to be retreating whenever they find themselves involved in costly guerilla warfare in areas not critical to the outcome of the war, like Kiev. The Russians prefer to fight battles critical to winning the war, like Donbas. When you have barely enough soldiers to do a job, you tend to stay on the critical path as previously planned.

    The bulk of the best Ukrainian army units are now trapped in the Donbas fortified lines and are being slowly but surely ground down by Russia’s favorite way of fighting, artillery. Using artillery helps to greatly reduce your sides casualties while greatly increasing the other sides casualties. This is what is happening in the Donbas line of contact. However we are not seeing very many videos from the Russian side because the Russians have been able to impose strict discipline on their side (I.e. Russian soldiers are not allowed cell phone which reveal their position!).

    The youtube videos you are seeing are by the BBC which are showing you footage of Ukrainians in non-critical areas of the war. They are not showing you what is really happening in the Donbas! It is a bit of “Oh look at the squirrel over there!” moment.

    I think it is only a matter of weeks/months before you will see the main Ukrainian armies in the east crumble and break. They simply cannot keep losing thousands of soldiers every week. My guess is at least 650 per day based upon the number of missile strikes/day, air strikes/day, and artillery strikes/day. When you are hitting a 1,000 targets a day some Ukrainians are bound to get cancelled.

    I must say the western media have done as masterful job of projecting the Ukrainians are winning. But when I observe how the Ukrainians are behaving it reminds me of the last year of WW2 in Nazi Germany. Nazi propaganda didn’t win the war for the German Nazis anymore than it will for the Ukrainian Nazis.

    #108104
    WES
    Participant

    What I see Russians doing in the Ukraine reminds me of what the Canadian gernerals faced while pushing their way up into Holland during WW2. The Canadian army were losing hundreds of men every day/week. In Normandy they still had reserves in Britain to replace losses. However upon reaching Holland they no longer had any reserves left!

    They had already stripped Britain of every Canadian army cook, mechanic, driver, etc and converted them into foot soldiers. The generals pleaded with Ottawa for more soldiers. Ottawa said no can do! Make do with what you have!

    So desperate, the Canadian army started converting Sherman tanks into kangaroo army personnel carriers by removing the gun turrets. Up to 10 soldiers could be fitted inside. This helped reduce the daily/weekly casualties while still getting the job done. So having more troops doesn’t 9u8always lead to a better outcome.

    #108105
    wdt
    Participant

    Yah, bursa and kharkov are only minor tactical defeats, nothing of value there
    I did see, in print (FWIW) that the russians offered bus rides in bursa
    (when withdrawing, they were NOT withdrawing under fire)
    The rail lines are not near the kharkov AFU advance,
    The rail lines are near the artillery, I’m sure they don’t want to wear out the tubes with high rate fire,
    so slow fire out of lots of tubes is better
    There was some mention of 2nd level troops for back to keep law and order
    And for nazi’s creeping back
    I’m sure it is an immense problem, all the POWs, that right away tells who is winning
    And, I’m afraid (not really) that AFU is running out of bodies (and much else, there’s that logistics again)
    These lightweight 155’s will fit into a food delivery truck, still got to feed it (and fix it, they are not that durable)
    That’s if counter battery hasn’t found it 1st
    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the fresh 50K RA pinch off the karkov advance, a few more for the bag
    Time is on Putin’s side ,, so why rush?
    And westerners get quickly bored, no attention span

    #108108
    TAE Summary
    Participant

    With F-holes adorning her back
    She’s modest and hiding her rack
    So chaste and demure
    So nubile and pure
    Except that she’s flaunting her crack

    As Azov surrenders en masse
    They’re Nazis, but still get a pass
    Because they’ve been shootin’
    The armies of Putin
    Their racism’s pretty high class

    So formula’s milkified sweets
    Addicting a baby to treats
    An infant’s still learning
    For what food it’s yearning
    It’s got to have milks before meats

    Ukrainian troops got the order
    To high tail it out to the border
    Their ultimate goal
    Was picts with a pole
    Thus highlighting Russian disorder

Viewing 34 posts - 1 through 34 (of 34 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.