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Vincent van Gogh Pietà (after Delacroix) 1889

 

America’s Ukraine Policy Is On A Collision Course With Reality (Moloney)
The Secret American Plan to Make Russia Great Again (Orlov)
Ukraine Official Blasts Kissinger Over Comment on Ceding Territory (Celente)
NATO vs Russia: What Happens Next (Escobar)
No Way Out but War (Chris Hedges)
Finland, Sweden Send Teams To Turkey After Erdogan’s ‘Don’t Even Bother’ (ZH)
Comey’s FBI Lied To Its Own Agents In Russia Hoax Cover-Up (Jarrett)
‘Fired Up’ FBI Leadership Pushed Trump Probe Despite Flimsy Evidence (JTN)
Individual Carbon Footprint Tracker (CTH)
Bill Gates Poured Millions into Dark Money Fund Attacking Elon Musk (BB)
One Billion People At Risk Of Power Blackouts As Global Grids Stretched
Biden Underwater On Almost All Issues Except Handling Of Covid (Hill)
Bayer Deploys Big Ag Buddies to Push Biden on Roundup Cancer Lawsuit (CHD)

 

 

 

 

Ricky Gervais is an absolute treasure
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“..the holes in the upbeat Ukraine narrative have reached a point where the mainstream media no longer can credibly deny them..”

America’s Ukraine Policy Is On A Collision Course With Reality (Moloney)

If we accept the mainstream media narrative about Russia’s war in Ukraine, we are witnessing the emergence of the Biden administration’s greatest triumph to date. Under this roseate scenario, the Ukrainians are doing wonderfully well in their fight against Russia; the Russian troops are failing badly almost everywhere; NATO is enjoying a renaissance of unity not seen since the Cold War; and President Biden is being lauded globally for bold leadership and for proving once again that the United States is the world’s indispensable nation. Perhaps best of all is the narrative that Biden is delivering his long-promised bipartisan unity among Americans, as large numbers of Republicans sign onto his requests for more money and more weapons for Ukraine.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are among the luminaries who paraded to Kyiv for coveted photo-ops with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In stark contrast to these upbeat perspectives about the war, however, a far less pleasant reality is forcing its way to the forefront of American consciousness: The U.S. economy is reeling through a historic crisis in the direction of an almost certain recession, with inflation far outpacing wage gains; income inequality soaring, as elites continue to prosper and the working class is crushed by the cost of living; frightening levels of violent crime plague large cities; and unprecedented numbers of illegal migrants are surging across America’s southern border.

In light of these less palatable realities, it cannot be surprising Biden’s approval rating and that of his Democratic Party are plummeting to new depths — including among bedrock elements of the Democratic coalition such as Hispanics, Black voters and, perhaps, educated suburban women. Traditional liberals such as Democratic strategist James Carville clearly see the looming electoral disaster of this fall’s midterms, but it’s being ignored by Pelosi and the party’s progressive wing, which continues to influence Biden’s policy initiatives. The disconnect between these two realities has become evident as new complications arise in Ukraine and America’s domestic disorders worsen. In particular, the holes in the upbeat Ukraine narrative have reached a point where the mainstream media no longer can credibly deny them, as John Walsh described in a recent Asia Times article, “NY Times shifts pro-war narrative.” Walsh draws attention to two items appearing recently in the Times: a front-page story about Russia seizing much of the East, and an opinion piece entitled, “America and Its Allies Want to Bleed Russia. They Really Shouldn’t.”

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“After the Soviet collapse, very little was needed to speed along the collapse of Russia itself. But none of these steps have been taken, and the steps that were taken (with the ostensible goal of weakening and destroying Russia) have done the exact opposite.”

The Secret American Plan to Make Russia Great Again (Orlov)

It is generally a good idea to avoid ascribing nefarious intent to actions explained by mere stupidity. But this is a case where mere stupidity cannot possibly explain the long, steady procession of foreign policy errors spanning three decades, all of them specifically aimed at strengthening Russia. It is not possible to argue that a surplus of hubris, ignorance, greed and political opportunism and a deficit of competent foreign policy analysts can produce such a result, for that would be essentially the same as arguing that some monkeys armed with drills, mills and lathes can produce a Swiss watch. But the only alternative would be to claim that there is a network of Kremlin’s agents ensconced deep within the bowels of the American Deep State and that they are all working in concert to advance Russia’s interests while meticulously maintaining plausible deniability all the while and at all levels of the operation.

Ostensibly, the plan was to weaken and destroy Russia; but then, following the Soviet collapse, Russia was weakening and destroying itself very well all by itself, no intervention needed. What’s more, every US effort to weaken and destroy Russia has made it stronger; had there existed even a most rudimentary feedback mechanism, so vast a discrepancy between policy goals and policy results would have been detected and adjustments would have been made. Superficially, this may be explained by the nature of America’s sham-democracy, where each administration can blame its failures on mistakes made by the previous administration, but the Deep State remains in power throughout, and it would simply be forced to admit to itself that there is a problem with the plan to weaken and destroy Russia after a few cycles of this unfolding fiasco. The fact that it hasn’t detected any such problem brings us full circle, back to the suspicion that there are Putin’s agents toiling tirelessly deep within the Deep State.

But that’s pure conspiracy theory and we shouldn’t want to go anywhere near that. Suffice to say, there is at present no adequate explanation for what happened. After the Soviet collapse, very little was needed to speed along the collapse of Russia itself. But none of these steps have been taken, and the steps that were taken (with the ostensible goal of weakening and destroying Russia) have done the exact opposite. Why? Below are listed 10 of the most successful initiatives of what appear to be a US Deep State MRGA campaign. If you have an alternative explanation, I’d like to hear it. b

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Turns 99 on Friday. Terrible legacy. But today’s crop are far worse.

Ukraine Official Blasts Kissinger Over Comment on Ceding Territory (Celente)

Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, said Monday what The Trends Journal has been advocating since the start of the Ukraine War: President Volodymyr Zelensky should negotiate for a peaceful resolution and prevent thousands more from dying needlessly. “Negotiations need to begin in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome,” Kissinger told the World Economic Forum in Davos. “Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante.” The 98-year-old said pursuing the war “beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself.” He said Ukraine should be willing to cede territory in the peace process. Ukraine has said it will not stop fighting until Russia retreats from the country.

Kissinger saw some success during his time as the U.S.’s top diplomat with the Soviet Union and played a role in arms control treaties like the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. He told the audience in Davos that it would be “fatal” for Western countries to disregard Russia’s position of power within Europe. “I hope the Ukrainians will match the heroism they have shown with wisdom,” Kissinger said. Kissinger’s comments were mocked on social media by “journalists” who -two months ago- didn’t know the difference between Kyiv and a quiche. One even suggested that he should die. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelensky, was critical of Kissinger’s remarks and said he would as easily “allow to take Poland or Lithuania away,” Newsweek reported.

[..] Kissinger’s comments follow nonagenarian Noam Chomsky’s earlier statements about the dangers of a prolonged conflict in Ukraine. Chomsky, correctly, stated earlier this month that Ukrainian leadership’s cry for more heavy weapons is actually the Western “propaganda system.” Chomsky was criticized after saying in an interview that former President Donald Trump is the “one Western statesman of stature” who laid out a “sensible” solution for Ukraine. He said Trump spoke about facilitating negotiations instead of “undermining them and moving towards establishing some kind of accommodation in Europe in which there are no military alliances and mutual accommodation.”

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“Herr Schwab stressed that an actor impersonating a president defending neo-Nazis is supported by “all of Europe and the international order.”

NATO vs Russia: What Happens Next (Escobar)

Three months after the start of Russia’s Operation Z in Ukraine, the battle of The West (12 percent) against The Rest (88 percent) keeps metastasizing. Yet the narrative – oddly – remains the same. On Monday, from Davos, World Economic Forum Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab introduced Ukrainian comedian-cum-President Volodymyr Zelensky, on the latest leg of his weapons-solicitation-tour, with a glowing tribute. Herr Schwab stressed that an actor impersonating a president defending neo-Nazis is supported by “all of Europe and the international order.” He means, of course, everyone except the 88 percent of the planet that subscribes to the Rule of Law – instead of the faux construct the west calls a ‘rules-based international order.’

Back in the real world, Russia, slowly but surely has been rewriting the Art of Hybrid War. Yet within the carnival of NATO psyops, aggressive cognitive infiltration, and stunning media sycophancy, much is being made of the new $40 billion US ‘aid’ package to Ukraine, deemed capable of becoming a game-changer in the war. This ‘game-changing’ narrative comes courtesy of the same people who burned though trillions of dollars to secure Afghanistan and Iraq. And we saw how that went down. Ukraine is the Holy Grail of international corruption. That $40 billion can be a game-changer for only two classes of people: First, the US military-industrial complex, and second, a bunch of Ukrainian oligarchs and neo-connish NGOs, that will corner the black market for weapons and humanitarian aid, and then launder the profits in the Cayman Islands.

A quick breakdown of the $40 billion reveals $8.7 billion will go to replenish the US weapons stockpile (thus not going to Ukraine at all); $3.9 billion for USEUCOM (the ‘office’ that dictates military tactics to Kiev); $5 billion for a fuzzy, unspecified “global food supply chain”; $6 billion for actual weapons and “training” to Ukraine; $9 billion in “economic assistance” (which will disappear into selected pockets); and $0.9 billion for refugees. US risk agencies have downgraded Kiev to the dumpster of non-reimbursing-loan entities, so large American investment funds are ditching Ukraine, leaving the European Union (EU) and its member-states as the country’s only option.

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“It will signal the death of Pax Americana.”

No Way Out but War (Chris Hedges)

The United States, as the near unanimous vote to provide nearly $40 billion in aid to Ukraine illustrates, is trapped in the death spiral of unchecked militarism. No high speed trains. No universal health care. No viable Covid relief program. No respite from 8.3 percent inflation. No infrastructure programs to repair decaying roads and bridges, which require $41.8 billion to fix the 43,586 structurally deficient bridges, on average 68 years old. No forgiveness of $1.7 trillion in student debt. No addressing income inequality. No program to feed the 17 million children who go to bed each night hungry. No rational gun control or curbing of the epidemic of nihilistic violence and mass shootings. No help for the 100,000 Americans who die each year of drug overdoses.

No minimum wage of $15 an hour to counter 44 years of wage stagnation. No respite from gas prices that are projected to hit $6 a gallon. The permanent war economy, implanted since the end of World War II, has destroyed the private economy, bankrupted the nation, and squandered trillions of dollars of taxpayer money. The monopolization of capital by the military has driven the US debt to $30 trillion, $ 6 trillion more than the US GDP of $ 24 trillion. Servicing this debt costs $300 billion a year. We spent more on the military, $ 813 billion for fiscal year 2023, than the next nine countries, including China and Russia, combined.

We are paying a heavy social, political, and economic cost for our militarism. Washington watches passively as the U.S. rots, morally, politically, economically, and physically, while China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, and other countries extract themselves from the tyranny of the U.S. dollar and the international Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), a messaging network banks and other financial institutions use to send and receive information, such as money transfer instructions. Once the U.S. dollar is no longer the world’s reserve currency, once there is an alternative to SWIFT, it will precipitate an internal economic collapse. It will force the immediate contraction of the U.S. empire shuttering most of its nearly 800 overseas military installations. It will signal the death of Pax Americana.

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Arms embargo.

Finland, Sweden Send Teams To Turkey After Erdogan’s ‘Don’t Even Bother’ (ZH)

Finland and Sweden on Tuesday confirmed they are sending delegations to Ankara in hopes of resolving issues surrounding Turkey’s publicly voiced vehement opposition to the two countries’ bids to join NATO. They formally submitted their applications in a ceremony attended by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg last week, which Turkey immediately sought to block. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said the delegations will begin meetings with Turkish counterparts on Wednesday, even after days ago President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Finnish and Swedish diplomatic teams “shouldn’t bother coming” if they aren’t prepared to halt support for PKK terrorists.

Speaking during a panel discussion of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Haavisto acknowledged, “We understand that Turkey has some of their own security concerns vis-a-vis terrorism.” He added: “We think that these issues can be settled. There might be also some issues that are not linked directly to Finland and Sweden but more to other NATO members.” US Secretary Antony Blinken and the Biden administration say they’re “confident” the issues will be smoothed over, despite Ankara officials still showing no sign of stopping the denunciations. Turkey has also demanded that Sweden extradite “terrorists” being hosted in its midst, along with the Nordic countries immediately lifting an EU arms embargo which took effect in 2019 in response to the Turkish military’s anti-Kurdish operations in northern Syria.

According to the latest statements from Turkey’s foreign ministry, Ankara is waiting on both countries to take concrete steps. “Sweden, which has applied for membership, is expected to take principled steps and provide concrete assurances regarding Turkey’s security concerns,” a statement said. “Since 2017, our country has requested the extradition of PKK/PYD and FETO terrorists from Sweden but has yet to receive a positive response,” it added in reference referring to Syria’s main Kurdish party PYD and the Gulenist group FETO.

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“Testimony has shown that the FBI opened its probe of Trump because Hillary’s lawyer warned the Bureau that the media was about to report on it.”

Yeah, because “Hillary’s lawyer” fed them the story. That’s how it becomes a story. And then a probe.

Comey’s FBI Lied To Its Own Agents In Russia Hoax Cover-Up (Jarrett)

As if the FBI’s gross misconduct couldn’t get any worse, we learned Monday in court that top bureau officials actively concealed from their own field agents that it was Hillary’s lawyer, defendant Michael Sussmann, who was peddling phony Trump-Russia collusion claims to the FBI. Instead of telling their agents the truth of the information source, FBI brass lied by wrongly attributed it as coming from the “Department of Justice,” thus giving it the imprimatur of greater credibility than it deserved. As Monday’s testimony showed, had agents been told that Hillary’s campaign lawyer was behind it they would have recognized it for what it was –a politically motivated smear and immediately discounted it as a lie.

Monday’s testimony also revealed that the FBI eventually concluded as early as January of 2017 –just as the new president was about to take office– that the so-called “Alfa-Bank secret back-channel communication” between Trump and the Kremlin was a hoax. Yet, Comey hid that critical information from Trump, congress, and the American people. As a consequence, the media kept up its false reporting in the same way it continued to flog the fabricated “dossier.” Comey and others at the FBI like Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok knew that “dossier” funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign was a collection of exaggerations and made-up stories that originated from her own people. Comey could have told the truth and refuted all of the false media stories, but he didn’t. He and his acolytes exploited it as a pretense to escalate their investigation of Trump to drive him from office.

It’s not surprising that CBS, NBC, ABC, and MSNBC have refused to report any of the stunning revelations in the Sussmann trial. They are shameless cowards. They spent the better part of three years obsessed with the collusion story with their non-stop coverage portraying Trump as a Russian asset. They were reckless and wrong. But now, they don’t want to draw attention to just how wrong they were by reporting on the trial. The Washington Post is worse. On Monday, the newspaper published a “news analysis” with the title, “Again: There’s no evidence Hillary Clinton triggered the Russia probe.” Like much of the Post’s reporting, it is completely untrue. Declassified CIA documents show that Hillary invented the hoax by approving a plan on July 26, 2016 to frame Trump. She also gave her personal approval to leak it to the media, according to her own campaign manager’s testimony in court on Friday. Testimony has shown that the FBI opened its probe of Trump because Hillary’s lawyer warned the Bureau that the media was about to report on it.

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“..not opening an investigation was not an option..”

‘Fired Up’ FBI Leadership Pushed Trump Probe Despite Flimsy Evidence (JTN)

In explosive testimony Tuesday in the Michael Sussmann trial, an FBI agent said “fired up” senior FBI leadership insisted on continuing the investigation into now-debunked allegations of a secret Trump back channel to Moscow via a Russian bank despite learning the story was unsubstantiated. FBI agent Curtis Heide was the co-case agent on the investigation into the allegation that there was a secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and Kremlin-linked Alfa Bank. He testified on Tuesday in the Sussmann trial that the bureau’s top brass pushed for the investigation.

Heide was told in an instant message from FBI Agent Joe Pientka, who was the supervisor leading the Crossfire Hurricane investigation regarding Trump-Russia collusion allegations, that senior leadership was “fired up” about the Alfa Bank and Trump Organization email servers and not opening an investigation was not an option. He received this message two days after Sussmann met with then-FBI General Counsel James Baker to give him the underlying, allegedly pretextual data. Sussmann, a 2016 Clinton campaign lawyer, is on trial for allegedly lying to the FBI in his September 2016 meeting with Baker by saying he was not representing any clients in sharing information purportedly substantiating a Trump Organization back channel to the Kremlin through Alfa Bank.

Special Counsel John Durham has provided evidence that Sussmann was representing clients at the meeting — both the Clinton campaign and then-Neustar tech firm executive Rodney Joffe. Heide testified that he concluded the allegation was unsubstantiated based on the analysis by the FBI cyber division, review of the internet data logs, cybersecurity company Mandiant’s independent assessment corroborating the FBI’s findings, discussions with Spectrum Health about a TOR (The Onion Router) exit node, and his own training regarding previous Russian cyber investigations. By Sept. 26, 2016, Heide believed the allegation was a bunk report. In an Oct. 3 email, he asked to interview the anonymous source who relayed the allegation because he believed the investigation was reaching a logical endpoint as the claims appeared unfounded.

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“The 5G telecommunications network is designed to use geolocation and behavioral tracking that will connect your digital identity to your individual behavior and facilitate the carbon footprint tracing process..”

Individual Carbon Footprint Tracker (CTH)

It is important to remember the ultimate goal of the ‘climate change’ promotors (World Economic Forum) is not an energy system that changes the global climate. The goal of the ‘climate change’ group is to create a carbon trading system; a new financial mechanism (a global tax program) to control human activity on a world-wide basis. This system also needs a digital identity in order to work {hint-hint}. You cannot tax, or trade, things you cannot track. As a result, there was always going to be a need for an individual tracking and monitoring system that would connect to the global digital identity and determine the carbon footprint. The carbon taxing and trading system will be more financially lucrative than any stock exchange or monetary banking system. It is the ultimate human control mechanism, and the preferred way to redistribute wealth under the guise of global equity.


Of course, the system will beta test as a consumer demand product until the government steps in to take over the allocation and distribution equity part. In this video segment, Alibaba Group president J. Michael Evans boasts at the 2022 World Economic Forum about the development of an “individual carbon footprint tracker” to monitor what you buy, what you eat, and where/how you travel.

The individual carbon tracker is the baseline for a global carbon trading system that involves everyone; at least, everyone connected to the outlook of western government. Carbon allocation creates the financial metric that replaces currency. You buy and sell carbon credits allowing you to engage in specific functions within society, like dining, traveling, home ownership and type, vehicle or transportation type, even the clothes you can purchase. Hence, “carbon trading” is the term most people are familiar with. In essence, you are a parasite to earth; therefore, you must offset your derogatory footprint on the planet by paying a fee to exist. If you cannot pay for the carbon credits needed to engage in the transaction (travel, home ownership, cooling, heating, etc.) you cannot engage in the regulated activity.


The carbon exchange process is at the end of the slippery slope created by a digital identity. The 5G telecommunications network is designed to use geolocation and behavioral tracking that will connect your digital identity to your individual behavior and facilitate the carbon footprint tracing process. We are already passed the “if” stage.

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“..a shape-shifting nonprofit group that uses aliases to push an array of left-wing causes from a shell office in Washington, D.C.”

Bill Gates Poured Millions into Dark Money Fund Attacking Elon Musk (BB)

Research exclusively shared with Breitbart News identifies hundreds of millions of dollars flowing from Bill Gates’ foundation to 11 of the 26 organizations that signed an open letter last month urging Twitter advertisers to boycott the company if Elon Musk restores free speech on the platform. Breitbart News’ report, based on research and analysis from the newly-formed Foundation for Freedom Online (FFO), analyzed public filings to trace hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions from the letter signatories back to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In total, 11 of the 26 anti-Musk organizations received funding from a Gates-backed entity.

[..] The open letter’s connection to the billionaire Microsoft founder is significant, as Gates is in the middle of a public feud with free speech advocate Musk. Last month, Gates revealed his $500 million short position against Musk-owned Tesla, prompting Musk to call Gates a “b*ner” killer alongside a meme of Gates as a pregnant man emoji. Gates is also an outspoken censorship proponent, frequently calling on tech companies to do more to stop “health misinformation” spreading online. Musk threatens to reverse Gates’ strongly desired censorship policies — and now faces the wrath of Gates-funded NGOs. Recently, Musk asked his 94 million Twitter followers to uncover the funding behind the 26 NGOs who signed an intimidation letter threatening to destroy the company’s advertising revenue if Musk reversed its censorship policies.

Musk followed up his request by highlighting one particular shadowy group, Accountable Tech, musing: “I wonder who funds them”. His curiosity was prompted by a Washington Free Beacon investigation into Accountable Tech, which sought to get to the bottom of the nonprofit’s financial sponsorship. The Free Beacon visited Accountable Tech’s corporate office in Washington and concluded the organization doesn’t “actually exist.” Rather, “Accountable Tech” was merely a “registered trade [name] for the North Fund, a shape-shifting nonprofit group that uses aliases to push an array of left-wing causes from a shell office in Washington, D.C.”

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A crisis created for the good of mankind.

One Billion People At Risk Of Power Blackouts As Global Grids Stretched

This summer, power grids worldwide won’t produce enough electricity to meet the soaring demand, threatening more than one billion people with rolling blackouts. Grids are stretched thin by fossil fuel shortages, drought and heatwaves, commodity disruptions and soaring prices due to the war in Ukraine, and the failed green energy transition where grid operators retired too many fossil fuel generation plants. Combine this all together, and a perfect storm of blackouts threatens much of the Northern Hemisphere. The power crisis, affecting a large swath of the world and top economies, could be less than a month away when summer begins on June 21. Regions that concerned Bloomberg are Asia, Europe, and the US, where there’s not enough power to go around when cooling demand is set to surge as households crank up their air conditions to escape the sweltering heat.

“Asia’s heatwave has caused hours-long daily blackouts, putting more than 1 billion people at risk across Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India, with little relief in sight. Six Texas power plants failed earlier this month as the summer heat just began to arrive, offering a preview of what’s to come. At least a dozen US states from California to the Great Lakes are at risk of electricity outages this summer. Power supplies will be tight in China and Japan. South Africa is poised for a record year of power cuts. And Europe is in a precarious position that’s held up by Russia — if Moscow cuts off natural gas to the region, that could trigger rolling outages in some countries.” –Bloomberg

BloombergNEF analyst Shantanu Jaiswal says the combination of “war and sanctions” disrupting commodity markets, “extreme weather,” and “an economic rebound from COVID boosting power demand” is a “unique” situation that he “can’t recall” the last time a “confluence of so many factors” happened together. As we noted in the beginning, it’s a perfect storm of factors.

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Ha ha ha!

Biden Underwater On Almost All Issues Except Handling Of Covid (Hill)

President Biden’s approval rating continues to be underwater on virtually every issue, with the exception being on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey from Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll. Biden’s overall approval rating sits at 41 percent in the survey, and the numbers are not much better when broken down by each issue. Only 35 percent of registered voters approve of Biden’s handling of the economy, 44 percent approve of his efforts to stimulate job growth and just 33 percent approve of his handling of inflation. Thirty-eight percent of respondents say they support his handling of immigration, and his approval rating on foreign affairs sits at 40 percent.


However, 52 percent of registered voters said they approve of his handling of COVID-19, the lone bright spot in the survey for the White House. Yet overall, his sagging approval ratings portend a political atmosphere this midterm cycle that will heavily favor Republicans — and warn that a 2024 reelection bid could be a slog. “Biden continues to struggle with the job and is particularly being slammed by the voters over inflation and immigration. No president has been reelected with numbers like these on job performance,” said pollster Mark Penn.

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Monsanto has real power.

Bayer Deploys Big Ag Buddies to Push Biden on Roundup Cancer Lawsuit (CHD)

Two weeks after a top Justice Department official advised the U.S. Supreme Court there was “no sound reason” for the high court to review a loss by Monsanto owner Bayer AG in nationwide Roundup cancer litigation, a coalition of large agricultural groups is demanding that President Joe Biden withdraw the opinion. Bayer, which bought Monsanto in 2018, has looked to the high court as its last, and best, hope for putting an end to the ongoing litigation. Bayer has asked the justices to take up the case, which centers on allegations that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

But Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar advised the court in a May 10 brief that Bayer’s arguments for seeking Supreme Court review were “misconceived,” and said there was no valid dispute for the high court to consider. The agricultural groups responded Monday with a blistering letter to Biden, alleging Prelogar’s brief established a “new policy” that “poses great risks to our science-based regulatory system and global food systems.” The letter urges Biden to withdraw Prelogar’s brief and “consult with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding the implications of this decision for food production, environmental sustainability, and science-based regulation.”

[..] Bayer filed its petition to the high court in August, asking the justices to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s May 14, 2021, decision that affirmed a district court’s judgment in Monsanto’s 2019 trial loss to plaintiff Edwin Hardeman. The jury, in that case, agreed with Hardeman’s attorneys that exposure to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide was a cause of Hardeman’s NHL and that Monsanto failed to warn of its product’s health risks, despite decades of science showing links between the herbicide and cancer. Hardeman was awarded approximately $80 million by the jury, though the award was cut by the trial court judge to roughly $25.2 million.

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    Vincent van Gogh Pietà (after Delacroix) 1889   • America’s Ukraine Policy Is On A Collision Course With Reality (Moloney) • The Secret American
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 25 2022]

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    V. Arnold
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    Vincent van Gogh Pietà (after Delacroix) 1889

    It is interesting how many different artists are drawn to this event in Christian history; and their subsequent interpretations…

    #108457

    Yeah yeah VA, I’ll stop now. Unless I find a Picasso

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    Red
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    “The 5G telecommunications network is designed to use geolocation and behavioural tracking that will connect your digital identity to your individual behaviour and facilitate the carbon footprint tracing process..”

    I haven’t a mobile so tracking me will be a bit more difficult.

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    I haven’t a mobile so tracking me will be a bit more difficult.

    Not when you can only pay your bills through facial recognition.

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    V. Arnold
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    Yeah yeah VA, I’ll stop now. Unless I find a Picasso

    Well, that would be interesting for sure.
    I can’t imagine how Picasso would render that…

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    Red,
    … and let’s not forget the ubiquitous cameras.

    Hmmm, mental note for nephews seeking career — personal disguises, both physical and digital?

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    Dr. D
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    IR reflectives can baffle the cameras nicely. Not all are visible, you could wear baffling makeup for instance that’s invisible. Some use an IR flashlight in the brim of their baseball cap. So. Easy.

    “Ukraine Will Seize Assets of Citizens Sympathetic to Russia”

    They’re broke. The new “Steal Anything” bill. They learn so well from the Anglos and the West. We were broke, so we just ordered Russia to keep sending gas without paying. I don’t see the problem. It’s very simple: I want it, you have it. Therefore, I take it.

    “’Blue-Checks’ Furious after Henry Kissinger Says Ukraine Should Cede Territory for Peace With Russia”

    US/West surrenders. For now. Since Kissinger is the coffee boy for the real powers, who’s backing down? Is this like when the Bushes, Baker, the USSC, other old-timers told the young blood to cool it? Who then didn’t, and screwed everything up, so here we are?

    “Potash Train Derailed in Canada Amid Fertilizer Crunch”

    Another coincidence. Was it another small plane landing right on top? Or an accidental fire? Maybe it slipped on a banana peel. Do we have to do this or is somebody going to be an adult someday?

    “Saudi Arabia Signals Backing for Russia in OPEC+”

    No kidding. Saudi dumped the U.S. and flipped to Russia almost a year ago now? Anglos are slow on the uptake. But 5-year-olds are playing on their phones and easily distracted. So they went to Saudi to order them to increase oil because we are attacking Russia. THEN PROCEEDED TO CRITICIZE THEM ABOUT KASHOGGI. MBS then summary tossed the envoy into the Persian Gulf, who was lucky to keep his passport and make it home. What makes you think you can go ask a serious, world-altering favor then lecture them on Woke morality? The U.S. doesn’t lock up and kill journalists, citizens of 20 nations, drone U.S. citizens who are children? Leave mines and cluster bombs, uranium? GTFO. Bonus: Saudi has no oil, so they can’t increase production anyway. We fatally damaged their wells last time around.

    Biden is going to release diesel before the election. Instead of keeping it for the military. Speaking of, since the Pentagon is like top 5 user of oil on the planet, I’ve got a good idea on where you can economize and stop using oil to relieve the shortage. Admiral Gilday, meet canoe.

    Like the Congressional trading app:
    “Glencore Pleads Guilty to Decade of Bribery and Market Manipulation, Will Pay $1.5 Billion Penalty”

    Smallest penalty in history. $100M a year, probably made in the $10 Billions/yr. 1% fee to government, no jail. Carry on. We were just a little low on cash this week, Uncle needed you hit you up. Every year this happens, LIBOR, MERS, metals trading. Not counting probably multiple back-billions because somebody saw Overstock fundamentals as strong (naked shorting) and Tesla fundamentals as…well maybe not worth the value of all other car manufacturers combined (burn the shorts), tell the SEC to S.E.C. All those Ma and Pops lost money because, “no fair value,” “no price discovery” at all, the market’s only purpose. Glencore is part of the big club, including BlackRock and Vanguard, who control and therefore centrally plan all our markets, with zero Capitalism. They then blame Capitalism and install Socialism because #OppositeLand.

    “”Worst Jim Crow Ever”: after Voting Law Hysteria, Georgia Shatters Turnout Records: …what Vanity Fair called a “massive voter suppression” mechanism”

    Wrong again. Wrong every day. Wrong for decades. Predictably, reliably wrong. But it’s “My side, right or wrong” and “I’ll never take the consequences of my actions: I’ll make YOU take them.” So no one cares. It’s impossible to be discredited. Impossible in a world where reality is in my mind and I’m always right.

    Orlov: well, there IS a contingent of White Hats burrowed in the Derp State. They are Nationalists, Constitutionalists, and they are under constant pressure by the Globalists who remain in charge. So a “Multi-polar world” (Pole what?) or as normal people would call it: normal state sovereignty and national interests as we’ve had for 1,000 years, would counter-weight the Globalists who collect in Davos and the UN and fascist monopoly MNCs. That is, White Europeans (not even White ‘Americans’). So getting Russia strong enough to counterbalance the imbalance is as important as getting the U.S. States to oppose and counterbalance the imbalance. And they can, and have, done so by pretending to hurt Russia. That is, they oppose blood-breathing maniacs like Bolton generally and have to. But should Bolton and Kegan want to hurt Russia in a helpful way, being morons, we stand aside and say, “Wait. Stop. Don’t.”

    They don’t actually need to talk to Russia, the FSB, and the generals about it, especially as after Clinton killed all the America First Generals in a small plane crash, (for supporting the Constitution and rule of law) they were in deep hiding. Yes, if you support the Constitution and the very principle of there BEING a United States, you will be hunted down, purged, shot, and removed. Obama removed more Officers than anyone in history in this last attempt. But those generals don’t NEED to call Putin on the phone, the way non-General Milley did, promising to call Xi with all the latest intel and guaranteeing we would never attack our own paid masters, China, without permission. The Russian generals can tell the White Hats exist and what they are up to, or they’re not worth the name of “Generals” at all. I mean, if it’s dead-obvious to me, some idiot in his basement reading The Atlantic, then SURELY it’s been obvious to them for 25 years longer.

    In addition, with similar signaling, they can make an opening in the Defensive line for them, wink, and Russia can take advantage of it. If you don’t read the double-talk of diplo-speak, I don’t know how to communicate how incredibly obvious such communications are, perhaps more obvious and clear than just saying so. It’s like reading “Doonesbury” or some other arcane saga. At first it may make no sense, the characters are all unknown, and you only get one joke in ten or one highlight. After a few months, what was blank and arcane becomes a rich tapestry of implication more real than directly reporting. These blokes live in that world from the age of 20, and use not only such clear double-talk, jokes, references, but constantly specific numbers, specific dates. Why Trump send 59 Tomahawk missiles to Syria, or such was reported? Why not 57 or 61? You often find this in news where they report “33” shots, show a picture of red shoes, but later we find out it was 27 shots. Why 33? If they got it wrong, why to that specific number?

    Now coincidences exist, but you can’t see the same names, dates, numbers, and places decade after decade without wanting to ask questions and get to the bottom of it. My take is that White Hats are and have been strengthening Russia, and appears they have succeeded. Russia is the army that is crashing the Globalists and their system. When that happens, the combined nationalists, or as they call themselves, “patriots” will re-claim the system and run it for humankind again, and not mass-murdering meglomaniacs. But that’s a rough transition as markets fall, the dollar isn’t accepted, and we have no manufacturing. India or Kenya or Brazil is no better off, but we’ll try to make the best of it as we utterly erase the Globalists from the surface of the earth. Without them, our prosperity is swift and certain and justice can return.

    “We are paying a heavy social, political, and economic cost for our militarism. Washington watches passively as the U.S. rots, morally, politically, economically, and physically,” –Hedges

    Yes, by design and plan, published and promoted tirelessly, and you can read their papers on their goals going back decades. Hedges acts like it’s an accident. Unintended. All you have to do is be literate, and credit them when they say something. It’s actually not that hard, and unlike the above, you don’t need to decipher secret codes. They say they want most humans dead. They say it’s to save the earth, but who cares why? Then the very same people take trillion-dollar measures that accomplish the very goals they declared a day before. You don’t have to be a genius here, you just have to not turn off your brain in “the horror, the horror.”

    “Yeah, because “Hillary’s lawyer” fed them the story. That’s how it becomes a story. And then a probe.”

    Why was it an investigation? Because she told them to. They obeyed instantly although she had no office and no legal position. When Trump said look at anything, do anything, arrest anything, they did NOT obey, although he DID have the office and legal authority. See how that works? He was not allowed to even reverse his own executive orders.

    No Democracy. Your voting doesn’t matter. And they are out for themselves, ignoring every law. And you refer to and follow the law for what reason again?

    facilitate the carbon footprint tracing process..”

    So they’re taxing the miles in your car for “carbon footprint” but also are going to tax your existence on basis of “carbon footprint”? And this is somehow coincidentally identical to “Social Credit Scores”? Uh-huh. The new currency was not backed by oil, it was backed by compliance. Obedience. Submit or Die. As your “carbon”, that is, your oil, energy use, is shut off and you live under a bridge with the other scum.

    Note: the “Carbon Credits” are not carbon credits, the BTU-currency of the Technocratic Elite. Like Dollars, Stocks, Bonds, they simply “hypothecate” more into existence if THEY need them. That is, fabricate, counterfeit, LIE. If YOU need them, however, you die. Too bad. Carbon Credits of the Green New Deal were to be enacted by Sachs, Morgan, HSBC, Fargo, the same criminals who defrauded all markets and all people for the 20 years before now, bankrupted citizens, opened fake accounts, stole customer money to trade with, bought jumbo-jets for drug cartels, and were involved in arms trafficking. Then got bailouts and used the bailouts to pay the biggest bonuses in history, more than the GDP of Iceland. So it’s not just some benign “Carbon Credit” we all try to be responsible with. You’re a punk, a patsy, a sap. They take private jets to Davos with party drugs and 13-year-old girls on board and be as irresponsible as they can be and still stand up. …I mean, if you haven’t noticed what the plantation master and his whip hand were up to for the last 40 years. Apparently the Pastor would never cheat on me with the choir boy, snorting meth off his butt-cheeks.

    power grids worldwide won’t produce enough electricity to meet the soaring demand, threatening more than one billion people with rolling blackouts.”

    Speaking of, it takes 40 years of pilfering and active neglect to get it to this point. Every person, everywhere in every utility company knows this is wrong and it will reduce the grid. Yet their internal expertise is overruled for 40 years in a row. Against all laws and all potential profits. Just a big coincidence, I say! By the same people who signed the GND and Paris accords that demand ¾ fewer people.

    When I say I’m going to kill someone, and they die, and they are found in my living room with my pocketknife in their back, and I’m covered in blood, and he wrote a sign note saying “I wert killed by the Docktor”, it’s just a big dumb mystery no one can figure out. Like DNC donor Buck or the FBI, I investigate myself, and find that I’m innocent.

    “Biden Underwater on Almost All Issues Except Handling of Covid (Hill)”

    That’s ironic as he really REALLY failed at Covid. He’s twice as bad? And he had a vaccine?

    #108463
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • America’s Ukraine Policy Is On A Collision Course With Reality

    #108464
    Henry
    Participant

    So Raul is correct in saying, “Not when you can only pay your bills through facial recognition.”

    With the introduction of TPUs and OpenCV, Computer Vision has become surprisingly easy to perform. On the farm, we have purchased two Intel Movidius Neural Compute Sticks, and the price of the devices is dirt cheap.

    (It would have been great to get the TPUs from Coral, but because of supply chain issues, we are using Intel)

    That said, “Computer Vision” is very cheap and here today. Everything from facial to object to critter recognition is now possible for good or ill.

    #108465
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Rinotards and their bunk-mate Demotards have a new slogan/meme for the 2022 and 2024 elections:

    Same Ass, Different Cheeks

    Make America Not So Great Again

    .

    #108466
    zerosum
    Participant

    Wake up! It wasn’t real

    • America’s Ukraine Policy Is On A Collision Course With Reality (Moloney)

    • The Secret American Plan to Make Russia Great Again (Orlov)
    ————-
    Reality. Deal with it.

    • No Way Out but War (Chris Hedges)

    “……. watches passively as the U.S. rots, morally, politically, economically, and physically, ……..”

    ——–
    The only people that are recognized/exist will have a digital identity
    DAVO, the 2022 World Economic Forum
    ———–
    personal disguises, both physical and digital
    Hiding in the back country will only make you a terrorist/rebel and give you a lifestyle without access to the diminishing resource.
    ———–
    Those with the most will lose the most
    Jumping into your RV with only a cooler of supplies, and going to the back country will not be an individual survival plan

    • One Billion People At Risk Of Power Blackouts As Global Grids Stretched

    ————
    Today’s Social/economic structure.
    Pretending to exchange/trade/buy resource for by using “money”

    Survivalist paradise. (Until there is nothing left to take)
    It’s very simple: I want it, you have it. Therefore, I take it.
    ———–

    #108467
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    “It is generally a good idea to avoid ascribing nefarious intent to actions explained by mere stupidity”

    Yeah? And what kind of an idea is it to ascribe stupidity as the motive for premeditated murder while the killer is literally engaged in the act of killing you six ways from Sunday.

    Please grow a pair, Jim, or kindly shut the fuck up. It just PAINS me to witness a major intellect such as yourself embarrass the rest of us with your pusillanimous dodgery.

    #108468

    How did the elo-im conquer the morlocks?
    The sun burnt the sleep from their eyes.
    How will the white hats prevail over warlocks?
    By shining the light on the lies.

    How do you get yourself out of the box?
    By seeing outside of the walls.
    “Endure and prevail” is the strange paradox-
    Endure ’til the faux empire falls.

    #108469
    zerosum
    Participant

    The stupidity of “leaders” continues to boggle the mind.
    The stupidity of voters surpasses the stupidity of the “leaders”.

    #108470
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Rolling blackouts are not something to look forward to in the Phoenician summer…
    Here’s to hoping they don’t occur on Friday — the city pool down the street is open every day except Friday during June & July. At least I got the ice maker back to working properly…better make sure all electronic devices are on surge protectors. An interesting thought: would the high school cancel classes for a prolonged power outage in August during the school day?
    *sigh*
    I can’t help but wonder…will the people wake up and demand change when the electricity is blacked out and the air conditioner dead in 110 degree weather and food is scarce and expensive?

    #108471
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “Chomsky was criticized after saying in an interview that former President Donald Trump is the “one Western statesman of stature” who laid out a “sensible” solution for Ukraine. He said Trump spoke about facilitating negotiations instead of “undermining them and moving towards establishing some kind of accommodation in Europe in which there are no military alliances and mutual accommodation.”

    Chomsky must’ve gotten a brain-lift. That’s the first, or at best one of the very few, useful things he’s said since 911.

    Meanwhile, this guy is notorious for getting things wrong and right at the same time. Here, I think he’s mostly right, albeit with the usual hyperbole that seems de rigeur for today’s pundits both mainstream and alternative:

    The End of Chinese Manufacturing | Peter Zeihan

    #108472
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Just in case you-know-who shows their screenhandle around here again, this time braying and hectoring about monkeypox:

    #108473
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Chomsky is trying to be contrarian to save some face. He showed who he really was when he wanted to ban the unjabbed from life. He’s held up on high as some great wisdom of the ages for what? What great thing in his lifetime do people point at and say things are much better because of Noam Chomsky?

    #108474
    Eric Blair
    Participant

    Regarding the ubiquity of religious art motifs (thousands of pietas) in Middle Age & Renaissance art: consider it propaganda by the Catholic Church. In fact, artist weren’t allowed to depict non-religious motifs, or rather no art that wasn’t religious was funded. Caravaggio was considered heretical because he painted the Madonna from a prostitute as model and worshiping peasants kneeling in front of a cross with dirty feet. How disrespectful to depict real people!

    #108475
    Mr. House
    Participant
    #108476
    WES
    Participant

    Have you noticed that joe biden and the democrats no longer seem too worried about the mid term elections in November?
    That is because the uniparty is busy doing it’s usual fixing magic in the primaries and have already prepared the actual election results.
    There will be no surprises on election day.
    Election night will remain dark.
    Nothing will change.

    #108477
    WES
    Participant

    This facial recognition thingy.

    I have facial pictures of each of you.
    I will simple place a picture of you to the camera/scanner.
    You will be charged for whatever I do.
    You will not be able to say it wasn’t you who did it!
    Because I provided absolute proof it was you!

    I have facemasks of each of you.
    With your face I will stand in front of the camera/scanner.
    You will be charged for whatever I do.
    You will not be able to say it wasn’t you who did it!
    Because I provided absolute proof it was you!

    I have a copy of all your biometrics.
    I will feed your biometrics into the camera/scanner.
    You will be charged for whatever I do.
    You will not be able to say it wasn’t you who did it!
    Because I provided absolute proof it was you!

    The more secure your ID is, the more insecure you will feel!

    #108478
    Armenio Pereira
    Participant

    We, humans, are advancing, some say.
    Towards what?
    If we don’t know the destination how can we assess the progression?
    Are we moving forward, backwards, or simply going nowhere faster than we were yesterday?

    There’s no freedom, only Acceptance & Denial (and the journey back & forth between the two.)

    The Universe is a Heart, quiet & monotonous at The Center/Core (Acceptance’s abode), exciting and dangerous at the throbbing Periphery/Frontier (the land of Denial.)
    We are prisoners of the Heart and of the everlasting peregrination between The Center & The Periphery.

    [We all do the same: we try to maximize pleasure and minimize pain.
    We can’t escape Sameness.
    We all have different strategies on how to achieve it, we all try to do it differently.
    We can’t escape Difference.
    Pleasure & Pain, Good & Evil, Symbiosis & Parasitism, Cause & Effect: The Dualistic Engine.
    We can’t escape it – we can’t rig it – we can’t destroy it – we can’t understand why it exists.

    There’s no freedom, only the everlasting peregrination between The Core & The Periphery. The Center assuages us with its quietness, weary us with its monotony: we leave, frontier bound. We love The Frontier for its excitement, hate it for its perils, so we leave, centresick (homesick for Acceptance.)]

    Some will understand these words, while others will be infuriated by them; that’s OK, because while I’m returning to The Center, longing for Acceptance, others are leaving for The Periphery, summoned by Denial; our expectations are wildly different, we can never meet on common ground. That’s how it’s supposed to be: for the Whole to hold, the Parts must be out of sync. [Do you know how a structure responds to an increased amplitude when the frequency of its oscillations matches its natural frequency of vibration? That’s right, it collapses (Yep, the walls of Jericho, the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the London Millennium Bridge cases comes to mind.)]

    A better future?
    Fully embrace The Now regardless of any reasonable doubt.

    #108479
    willem
    Participant

    @WES: “Have you noticed that joe biden and the democrats no longer seem too worried about the mid term elections in November? That is because the uniparty is busy doing it’s usual fixing magic in the primaries and have already prepared the actual election results.”

    Or maybe it’s because they know it doesn’t really matter who “wins.” The road we are on will stay the same.

    #108480
    WES
    Participant

    With so many wars being run simultaneously against us little people, it is hard to be concerned about a little war in the Ukraine that is only killing a few hundred people a day, when all the other wars, like the covid vax war, food war, war on the truth, are killing thousands of us little people every day.

    The Ukraine supposedly has 43 million people.
    But 10 million people left before the war.
    Then 6.5 million more people left when the war started.
    So that leaves about 27 million people still left in the Ukraine.
    The Ukraine has canceled passports of all draft age males who left the country.
    So prez Z is going to raise another million strong army when he is already sending 50 to 70 year old recruits to the front contact line?
    The US is fighting the war to the last Ukrainian.
    Russia has slowed down their operations to provide extra time to find that last Ukrainian!

    Is Greta even a thing at Davos these days?
    My electric chain saw at the cottage is named Greta!
    On Friday I am going be opening up the island cottage for the summer!
    Yeah!
    That means canoeing and kayaking!
    Ticks too!

    So everybody in Washington DC lies.
    This is the lowly place the truth goes to die!
    The swamp’s surface is covered in dead flies.
    If only at the swamp’s bottom lying liars lie.

    #108481
    WES
    Participant

    Willem:

    Yes, the uniparty wins no matter what happens in their 2 party system!
    It is a 2 sided coin!
    RINOs on one side.
    DINOs on the other side.
    Two sides of the uniparty!

    RINOs = Republican in name only
    DINOs = Democrats in name only

    #108482
    chooch
    Participant

    So Kissinger said,

    “Negotiations need to begin in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome.”

    This two month window of time keeps cropping up whether it is the remilitarization of the Ukraine forces and the deployment of trained guerillas to be deployed in Russian occupied regions.

    For Russia, they need the two month window to mobilize more troops to back fill so they can redeploy their battalion groups for the next phase of the offensive.

    Then of course, the Chinese are running air and sea combat drills while Biden is in the Region. Recordings of Chinese Twain invasion planning are leaked. How much is misinformation/misdirection?

    I don’t think XI has the cojones and Putin needs an off ramp. I guess we will find out this summer. Who is gonna take the coup dog seriously? Maybe for that reason alone they should. Life seems to have no value. The irony of it all.

    Most will be swallowed up in death simply because that is what we choose.

    #108483
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Putin Sends Army Of Rebuilders To Restore Mariupol From Ground Up

    NOBODY is sending rebuilders to Ukraine because by this time next year, THERE WILL BE NO UKRAINE

    #108484
    Oroboros
    Participant

    There Will Be No Insurgency In Ukraine Against Russia

    #108485
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    Chris Hedges wrote, “No respite from gas prices that are projected to hit $6 a gallon.”

    Yesterday I put some petrol in my tank, car’s tank that is, and paid $1.939/litre for 91 octane with 10% ethanol. The car runs quite happily on that. This converts to USD 4.92 per gallon. Getting there. On average the car consumes 9 litres/100 km, so the $70 I spent for 36 litres gives me a range of 325 km. I don’t drive much these days, so that should last me for a couple of weeks.

    But should I suddenly want to drive to Melbourne, that would cost me $143 for the 660 km trip. Ouch. I can remember the unhappiness when petrol prices rose above $1/litre and the service stations had to find space for an extra digit on their billboards and pumps.

    Diesel currently costs over $2/litre. Canberra gets 90-odd% of its food brought here by diesel. Yes, prices are noticeably going up.

    And the country as a whole has about 2 weeks’ stocks of transport fuel. Try putting coal in your fuel tank. Back to WW2 days with gas generators on vehicles?

    We have made such splendid provision for the future.

    #108486
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    Oops, I made some elementary mistakes. Honestly,my arithmetic is getting worse.

    Range is 400km.
    Cost of Melbourne trip (one way) is $115. I think the train costs less than that.

    #108487
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #108488
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    The Three Stages Of Deceit

    First they lie to us so well that we don’t even know it.
    Then they lie to us so poorly that only the insane could believe a word of it.
    Then they don’t even bother to lie about it, and just do whatever they want to in plain sight.

    It’s stage 3 that you should worry about.

    #108489
    WES
    Participant

    ezixa1949:

    Actually your range is $100!

    Gas in Toronto, Ontario is $2 per litre.
    About the same cost as yours.
    And most of the cost of gas is the taxes!

    #108490
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    @DBS

    I was concerned @ stage -0-…

    The people lying to themselves & each other, selecting apparatchik liars-for-hire for their narcissistic Fee-Fee-Feelin’z.

    Predatory culture > Suicidal sheeple > Pathological mass psychosis 😕

    Got spirituality?

    #108491
    zerosum
    Participant

    In case you didn’t read it
    http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2022/05/the-consent-of-governed-is-slipping-away.html
    TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2022
    The Consent of the Governed Is Slipping Away
    The realization that we’re not actually being represented at the federal level has eroded the consent of the governed for the national government.

    #108492
    chooch
    Participant

    Russian Lawmakers Scrap Upper Age Limit for Military Service

    https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/25/russian-lawmakers-to-consider-scrapping-upper-age-limit-for-military-service-a77787

    Analysts say Russia may be seeking to loosen requirements for contract soldiers in hopes of shoring up its manpower in Ukraine without resorting to potentially unpopular measures like mass mobilization.

    “If the Russians are to make any serious advances from now on, it will have to be with slow, methodical operations with a significant investment in resource and manpower.”

    #108493
    chooch
    Participant

    Per the New Russian Recruitment Bill,

    “Highly professional specialists are needed to use high-precision weapons and operate weapons and military equipment,” said one note accompanying the bill.

    According to Trent Telekom (Retired DoD Civil Servant)

    The US military and most other western aligned militaries build guided missile preventative maintenance programs around long service, highly trained non-commissioned officers (NCO’s).

    Russia does not have a professional NCO corps as the West understands the term.

    There are contract Praporshchik & Senior Praporshchik and junior officers who do a lot of technical subject related maintenance.

    And the levels of Kleptocracy rampant in the Russian military since the 2012 ascension of Defense Minister Shoigu means training & expensive diagnostic equipment have been defrauded.

    #108494
    chooch
    Participant

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