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Edouard Manet The absinthe drinker 1859


Former Attorney General Bill Barr Says Hillary Guilty Of ‘Sedition’ (CB)
Ukrainian Volunteer Fighters In The East Feel Abandoned (WaPo)
Is America the Real Victim of Anti-Russia Sanctions? (Bertrand)
EU Suspends Russia’s Access To Vital Crime Data Sharing Program (ZH)
Lockdowns Had ‘Little To No Effect’ On Covid Death Rate (DM)
The WHO’s Pandemic Treaty (Kheriaty)
Jerome Powell’s Volcker Deficit (Stephen Roach)
Leaking Information Is a Key Tenet of Democracy. Just Look at the Past (NW)
Twitter Investors Sue Elon Musk For “Manipulating Stock Price Lower” (ZH)





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“It was a gross injustice, and it hurt the United States in many ways, including what we’re seeing in Ukraine these days. It distorted our foreign policy, and so forth..”

Former Attorney General Bill Barr Says Hillary Guilty Of ‘Sedition’ (CB)

Former United States Attorney General Bill Barr has given a stark warning to former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over her “seditious” conspiracy against former President Donald Trump. “I thought we were heading into a constitutional crisis. I think whatever you think of Trump, the fact is that the whole Russiagate thing was a grave injustice. It appears to be a dirty political trick that was used first to hobble him and then potentially to drive him from office,” he said on Glenn Beck’s Blaze TV podcast. “I believe it is seditious,” he said, but he warned that those charges would be tough to prove in a court. “It was a gross injustice, and it hurt the United States in many ways, including what we’re seeing in Ukraine these days. It distorted our foreign policy, and so forth,” the former attorney general said.

He said that he named Special Counsel John Durham to lead the case in private so it would stop President Joe Biden and Attorney general Merrick Garland from interfering with him. “I was highly confident he would remain in office and they wouldn’t touch him,” he said. “The Biden administration had no real interest in protecting either Hillary Clinton or Comey,” he argued. “And at the end of the day, for them to lose the capital and appear to be covering something up that would then never get resolved, I didn’t think was in their interest,” he said. “And I think institutionally that would’ve destroyed the new AG if he had tried that. “If you don’t have the threat of a grand jury, no one will come in and talk to you. You’ll say, the usual thing is, ‘Please come in for a voluntary interview,” the former attorney general said.

“And people come in because they know if they don’t, they’re subpoenaed. “But if there is no grand jury, they say, ‘No, I’m not coming in,’ and there’s nothing you can do,” he said. “And people don’t understand that that state of affairs lasted until the month before the election,” he said of the pandemic that delayed the Durham probe. “So his hands were very much tied as to how far he could push things and how much pressure he could bring on people through most of 2020,” he said.

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A glimpse of reality, or just a way to get more weapons into Ukraine?

Ukrainian Volunteer Fighters In The East Feel Abandoned (WaPo)

Stuck in their trenches, the Ukrainian volunteers lived off a potato per day as Russian forces pounded them with artillery and Grad rockets on a key eastern front line. Outnumbered, untrained and clutching only light weapons, the men prayed for the barrage to end — and for their own tanks to stop targeting the Russians. “They [Russians] already know where we are, and when the Ukrainian tank shoots from our side it gives away our position,” said Serhi Lapko, their company commander, recalling the recent battle. “And they start firing back with everything — Grads, mortars. “And you just pray to survive.” Ukrainian leaders have projected and nurtured a public image of military invulnerability — of their volunteer and professional forces triumphantly standing up to the Russian onslaught.

Videos of assaults on Russian tanks or positions are posted daily on social media. Artists are creating patriotic posters, billboards and T-shirts. The postal service even released stamps commemorating the sinking of a Russian warship in the Black Sea. Ukrainian forces have succeeded in thwarting Russian efforts to seize Kyiv and Kharkiv and have scored battlefield victories in the east. But the experience of Lapko and his group of volunteers offers a rare and more realistic portrait of the conflict and Ukraine’s struggle to halt the Russian advance in parts of Donbas. Ukraine, like Russia, has provided scant information about deaths, injuries or losses of military equipment. But after three months of war, this company of 120 men is down to 54 because of deaths, injuries and desertions.

The volunteers were civilians before Russia invaded on Feb. 24, and they never expected to be dispatched to one of the most dangerous front lines in eastern Ukraine. They quickly found themselves in the crosshairs of war, feeling abandoned by their military superiors and struggling to survive. “Our command takes no responsibility,” Lapko said. “They only take credit for our achievements. They give us no support.”

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“..Russia’s economy is actually more like the size of Germany’s..”

Is America the Real Victim of Anti-Russia Sanctions? (Bertrand)

Remember the claims that Russia’s economy was more or less irrelevant, merely the equivalent of a small, not very impressive European country? “Putin, who has an economy the size of Italy,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in 2014 after the invasion of Crimea, “[is] playing a poker game with a pair of twos and winning.” Of increasing Russian diplomatic and geopolitical influence in Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, The Economist asked in 2019, “How did a country with an economy the size of Spain … achieve all this?” Seldom has the West so grossly misjudged an economy’s global significance.

French economist Jacques Sapir, a renowned specialist of the Russian economy who teaches at the Moscow and Paris schools of economics, explained recently that the war in Ukraine has “made us realize that the Russian economy is considerably more important than what we thought.” For Sapir, one big reason for this miscalculation is exchange rates. If you compare Russia’s GDP by simply converting it from rubles into U.S. dollars, you indeed get an economy the size of Spain’s. But such a comparison makes no sense without adjusting for purchasing power parity (PPP), which accounts for productivity and standards of living, and thus per capita welfare and resource use. Indeed, PPP is the measure favored by most international institutions, from the IMF to the OECD.

And when you measure Russia’s GDP based on PPP, it’s clear that Russia’s economy is actually more like the size of Germany’s, about $4.4 trillion for Russia versus $4.6 trillion for Germany. From the size of a small and somewhat ailing European economy to the biggest economy in Europe and one of the largest in the world—not a negligible difference. Sapir also encourages us to ask, “What is the share of the service sector versus the share of the commodities and industrial sector?” To him, the service sector today is grossly overvalued compared with the industrial sector and commodities like oil, gas, copper, and agricultural products. If we reduce the proportional importance of services in the global economy, Sapir says that “Russia’s economy is vastly larger than that of Germany and represents probably 5% or 6% of the world economy,” more like Japan than Spain.

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Shoot. Foot.

EU Suspends Russia’s Access To Vital Crime Data Sharing Program (ZH)

Amid the unprecedented waves of EU and US sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of its Ukraine invasion, and as tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions continue between Moscow and European capitals, among the last frontiers of Russia-Europe cooperation remains in the area of crime monitoring and data sharing. But that too appears to be winding down, as Russian state media has announced the European Union has suspended its drug traffic data sharing program with Russian law enforcement agencies. “The EU has suspended contacts and data sharing with Russia as part of the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction, a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official said,” TASS reports.

“The European Union has unilaterally suspended expert contacts and data sharing with us” as part of the EMCDDA, Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov confirmed. “The annual OSCE-wide Anti-Drug Conference has been postponed indefinitely,” he added. The Russian official slammed the move as counterproductive, with the inevitable consequence being that drug traffickers will be able to act with greater impunity as a country the size of Russia (literally the world’s largest by land mass and border area) is cut out of the program. “We believe this is a destructive approach. It plays into the hands of drug traffickers, who are taking advantage of the disagreements among countries to increase illicit drug supplies to Europe,” he said.

Russia, however, remains and will likely continue to remain a vital country within INTERPOL – the world’s largest international policing organization, representing 194 member countries. According to the INTERPOL website, “Russia is the world’s largest country by area, and shares borders with countries in northern Asia and Europe. Identifying, investigating and preventing serious crime across Europe and Asia is a large part of the daily work carried out by INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Moscow.”

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It was always idiotic.

Lockdowns Had ‘Little To No Effect’ On Covid Death Rate (DM)

The first Covid lockdowns saved 10,000 lives in Europe and US had ‘little or no effect’ on the virus death rate, updated analysis suggests. A review by an international team of economists found draconian shutdowns only reduced Covid mortality by 3 per cent in the UK, US and Europe in 2020. The experts, from Johns Hopkins University in the US, Lund University in Sweden and the Danish think-tank the Center for Political Studies, said that equates to 6,000 fewer deaths in Europe and 4,000 fewer in the US. This figures is a revised from the group’s first report last year, which found lockdowns cut Covid deaths by just 0.2 per cent. The team said the updated figure is down to changes in their calculations and new studies. But they still conclude: ‘Stricter lockdowns are not an effective way of reducing mortality rates during a pandemic, at least not during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.’

MailOnline was one of only three major British media outlets to cover the initial findings when they were released back in January. Experts at the time told MailOnline it is unsurprising that some left-wing publications avoided the story because they wanted to ‘maintain fear around the pandemic’. Their 3.2 per cent figure is the average effect of all lockdown measures combined. When looking at stay-at-home orders specifically, the team estimate this had even less of an impact, reducing the death toll by just 2 per cent. Their report does not look at the effect of lockdowns excess deaths, which includes people who died from other causes because hospitals were shut, for example. It did find mask wearing to be the most effective intervention, leading to a 18.7 per cent drop in virus fatalities — however this result was based on just three studies.

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Think mob rule.

The WHO’s Pandemic Treaty (Kheriaty)

The WHO recently announced plans for an international pandemic treaty tied to a digital passport and digital ID system. Meeting in December 2021 in a special session for only the second time since the WHO’s founding in 1948, the Health Assembly of the WHO adopted a single decision titled, “The World Together.” The WHO plans to finalize the treaty by 2024. It will aim to shift governing authority now reserved to sovereign states to the WHO during a pandemic by legally binding member states to the WHO’s revised International Health Regulations. In January of 2022 the United States submitted proposed amendments to the 2005 International Health Regulations, which bind all 194 UN member states, which the WHO director general accepted and forwarded to other member states.

In contrast to amendments to our own constitution, these amendments will not require a two-thirds vote of our Senate, but a simple majority of the member states. Most of the public is wholly unaware of these changes, which will impact the national sovereignty of member states. The proposed amendments include, among others, the following. Among the changes the WHO will no longer need to consult with the state or attempt to obtain verification from the state where a reported event of concern (e.g., a new outbreak) is allegedly occurring before taking action on the basis of such reports (Article 9.1). In addition to the authority to make the determination of a public health emergency of international concern under Article 12, the WHO will be granted additional powers to determine a public health emergency of regional concern, as well as a category referred to as an intermediate health alert.

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“If you are not prepared to act on interest rates, you may as well get out of town.”

Jerome Powell’s Volcker Deficit (Stephen Roach)

Poor Jerome Powell. With US inflation close to a 40-year high, the Federal Reserve chair knows what he needs to do. He has professed great admiration for Paul Volcker, his 1980s-era predecessor, as a role model. But, to paraphrase US Senator Lloyd Bentsen’s famous 1988 quip about his vice-presidential rival, Senator Dan Quayle, I knew Paul Volcker very well, and Powell is no Paul Volcker. Volcker was the quintessential US public servant. He smoked cheap cigars, wore rumpled off-the-rack suits, and had a strong distaste for the glitz of Washington power circles. His legacy was a single-minded discipline in attacking a pernicious Great Inflation.

Unlike the modern Fed, which under Ben Bernanke’s intellectual stewardship created a new arsenal of tools – balance-sheet adjustments, special lending facilities, and the “forward guidance” of outcome-dependent policy signals – the Volcker approach was simple, blunt, and direct. Monetary policy, in Volcker’s view, started and ended with interest rates. He once said to me, “If you are not prepared to act on interest rates, you may as well get out of town.” Volcker, of course, raised US interest rates to unheard-of levels in 1980-81, and there were many who did want him to get out of town. But howls of protest from builders, farmers, citizens’ groups, and members of Congress demanding his impeachment did not dissuade him from an unprecedented tightening in monetary policy. It was long overdue.

Under Volcker’s predecessor, Arthur Burns, the Fed had become convinced that inflation was part of the US economy’s institutional fabric. The price level was thought to have less to do with monetary policy than with the power of labor unions, cost-of-living wage indexation, and regulatory pressures on costs stemming from environmental protection, occupational safety, and pension benefits. Burns argued that oil and food-price shocks reinforced the institutional biases of an inflation-prone US economy. In other words, blame the system, not the Fed. The Fed’s research staff, which at the time included me, squirmed but raised no objections.

Volcker did more than squirm when he took over as Fed chair in August 1979. At the time, the consumer price index was surging by 11.8% year on year, on its way to 14.6% in March 1980. Volcker was determined to find the interest-rate threshold that would break the back of US inflation. Using the political cover provided by the 1978 Humphrey-Hawkins Act, which formalized the Fed’s price-stability mandate, and drawing operational support from a shift to targeting the money supply, Volcker went into action. The Fed increased its benchmark federal funds rate from 10.5% in July 1979 to 17.6% in April 1980. Volcker then reversed course during an ill-advised but short-lived experiment with credit controls in the spring of 1980, before resuming a monetary-policy tightening that eventually pushed the funds rate to a monthly peak of 19.1% in June 1981. Only then did the fever of double-digit inflation break.

By late 1982, with the US in deep recession, annual headline CPI inflation had slipped below 4%, and the Fed started to reduce the benchmark policy rate. Mindful of the deeply entrenched inflationary psychology still gripping America, the Fed moved slowly and cautiously. Volcker, having broken the back of inflation, was not about to “leave town” until the Fed’s mission was complete.

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Martha Mitchell.

Leaking Information Is a Key Tenet of Democracy. Just Look at the Past (NW)

The art of leaking, as recent events suggest, are integral to upholding American values when the upper echelons of power seek to denigrate them. The story of Martha Mitchell, the wife of Nixon’s attorney general John Mitchell, is a case in point to why whistleblowing must be protected under American law at all costs. Her story is being recounted via a Starz miniseries that pays tribute to her whistleblowing efforts and pours scorn on those who treated her with contempt. Mitchell offered the press a behind the palace walls glimpse into the goings-on in the White House, and her vivacious truth-telling was key to the unravelling of the Watergate scandal that consequently cost Nixon the presidency.

Mitchell was drugged and kidnapped by her husband’s coterie of sycophants for her role in trying to expose Nixon’s unjust involvement in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters. She was tainted as mentally unfit by the White House in their bid to tarnish a critic ready to spill information on corruption at the highest level. Why must the nation of the free world, a purported bastion of democratic principle, hasten to launch a smear campaign against anyone who seeks to divulge the truth? There’s been a smear campaign like no other against Wikileaks founder and thorn-in-the-side of American cover-ups, Julian Assange, for years. Assange is currently held in a maximum security prison in the U.K., awaiting his fate by the Home Office on whether he will be extradited to the U.S. over disclosure of national security information.

Wikileaks uncovered numerous scandals committed by the American establishment, but it’s the establishment that attempts to absolve itself by lamenting the website as treasonous. Assange’s willingness to reveal dark secrets emboldened other whistleblowers to follow suit. Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was responsible for releasing a tranche of classified materials by the U.S. military, which included videos of merciless airstrikes in Iraq and thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables. Manning was castigated by international governments, as was Edward Snowden for leaking to The Guardian documents on global surveillance programs headed by the National Security Agency. Both have become polarizing figures in world history where critics call them cowards, while others hail them as patriots.

The leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion is the latest in a long line of events committed to uncovering the truth and subsequently holding those in power accountable. This leak is timely, with a milestone that marks a period of reflection for the whistleblowers at the center of the Watergate affair, particularly those like Mitchell who were routinely admonished. The leaker within the Supreme Court, alongside the art of whistleblowing itself, must be protected under democracy without question. Decisions are currently being made that will affect Americans for generations to come. If it wasn’t for those who have the courage to blow the whistle, crimes committed by an increasingly autocratic America would continue to imperil the thriving democracy it claims to be.

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He tried his best to lose $100 billion.

Twitter Investors Sue Elon Musk For “Manipulating Stock Price Lower” (ZH)

Among the headaches that Elon Musk faces regarding his proposed takeover of Twitter is now an investor lawsuit claiming that Musk “manipulated the company’s stock price downward” during the course of his involvement in the company. Investors are alleging that Musk saved himself $156 million by not reporting, in a timely fashion, that he had purchased more than 5% of Twitter by March 14, a new report from Bloomberg/Yahoo says. The investors also asked to be certified as a class and to be awarded both punitive and compensatory damages. In addition to Musk, Twitter was also named as a defendant, as investor agued that the company didn’t do enough to look into Musk’s conduct. The suit alleges his conduct was to “drive Twitter’s stock down substantially in order to create leverage.”

“Musk’s market manipulation worked. Twitter has lost $8 billion in valuation since the buyout was announced,” the lawsuit reads, according to a follow up writeup by Bloomberg Law. The suit alleges that Musk continued to buy stock after not disclosing his stake, amassing a 9.2% stake. “By delaying his disclosure of his stake in Twitter, Musk engaged in market manipulation and bought Twitter stock at an artificially low price,” the lawsuit says. It also claims that Tesla’s drop has hampered Musk’s ability to consummate the transaction. The lawsuit alleges that Musk’s Tweets about Twitter – namely allegations that the company had too many spam bots and the resultant decision to put the buyout “temporarily on hold” – also were an attempt to drive the share price lower.

Musk’s motive may have been to stave off a margin call, the report notes: According to the proposed class action, Musk’s moves were aimed at staving off the risk of a margin call stemming from the fluctuating value of shares in Tesla, the electric vehicle maker he leads, which is “worth much less now than when Musk agreed to buy Twitter” after a 37% drop over the past month. The suit came the same day Musk disclosed that he was partly restructuring the transaction to offset that risk by providing more than $6 billion in additional equity financing.

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    Edouard Manet The absinthe drinker 1859   • Former Attorney General Bill Barr Says Hillary Guilty Of ‘Sedition’ (CB) • Ukrainian Volunteer Fighte
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 27 2022]

    Veracious Poet

    Anecdotal: Former inlaw’s sister, husband, daughter, son & grandparents, all vexed & boosted, came down with COVID this week ~ Seems the son brought it home from school (LA County).

    The rest of their familia got COVID a year+ ago (all also vexed)…

    So, it’s still spreading among those that missed it 2020-2021, apparently.

    Thus far only extreme flu-like symptoms, but it’s still early.

    They all scoffed at me (literally) when I told them the vexes wouldn’t protect them, I haven’t even bothered to tell them about the downside…

    Now only my wife, her mother (next door) & I have missed the COVID rollercoaster in our extended family, of course we’re not vexxed nor will we ever be.

    Pure & utter insanity 😕

    those darned kids

    looks like it’s time for prime miniature trudeau to freeze some pakistani bank accounts..

    those darned kids

    “beware of greeks bearing grifts”


    Russian forces are heavily degraded and will struggle to replace further losses.
    Ukrainian defense are also depleted, but remain “effective overall”.

    General Zaluzhnyi: “It’s very difficult for us but we hold the ground. We fight for every stretch of the front and each settlement.”

    The tide has been turning, it will become more obvious once the military kit/forces from the West becomes operational. Also sanctions are impacting military supply chains in Russia.

    As of late, Russians have been deploying 50 year old T-62 tanks to the theater of action.

    Dr. D

    “EU Proposes to Make Breaking Russia Sanctions a Crime”

    …While they are every one breaking the sanctions. But saying they’re not. While they are. Because they were speaking: a lie.

    Wasn’t bothering to keep up with the Texas shooter. But he made a mess shooting 12 minutes outside, talked to an officer, then went inside, shot up 30 people while the police watched? Then finally took a Border Patrol, going solo, for someone getting paid with my money to do something about it?

    Also, it appears the shooter broke the law. He shot his Me-maw as an opener. I’m sure if we passed a law making shooting your grandmother in the face, had a registry and background check for it, all this would go away.

    “it now appears as if several cops may have entered the school to save their own children while the shooting was unfolding and the parents were being held back.” Yes, tackled and tazed them to prevent them from making police look bad. Oh and saving their childrens’ lives.

    That’s police for ya: do like Parkland, hide under a golf cart and don’t do their jobs, but also prevent YOU from doing their job instead. “Holding back the parents.” And you’re telling me they’re NOT on the side of the shooters? The only thing left is for the FBI to have talked to him beforehand and approved the thing.

    Okay, so the police didn’t “watch”, bad as that is. They aggressively protected the crime in progress and the killing of many more children. From us. Same as in inner city. Police don’t stop anything, fail to solve 90% of murders. Yet if you’re black and YOU own a gun to defend yourself because they won’t, they fall on you like a bag of hammers.

    The WHO’s Pandemic Treaty “Is Tied to a Global Digital Passport and ID System”

    No kidding. The WHO didn’t get the memo that this is an unhinged conspiracy theory. That has microchips injected as proof.

    “Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans said of the report: “The projections are bleak right now. This doesn’t have to happen. A lot of institutions are failing people.”

    No, those institutions are doing exactly what they were set up and funded for. Failure is their purpose, like the police to prevent YOU from doing their job successfully.

    “Former Attorney General Bill Barr Says Hillary Guilty of ‘Sedition’ (CB)”

    For which he was in charge and did nothing. Not to her, not to anyone related to her. Not to anyone illegally and inappropriately following her orders in the FBI and DoJ, not concerning breaking campaign finance laws, nowhere.

    He said that he named Special Counsel John Durham to lead the case in private”

    I guess ‘he’ did that. (really the full spread of Trump + the GOP) Would he like to explain all the other felonies while he was investigating pull ropes and prosecuting doctors for prescribing legal medicines?

    “his hands were very much tied as to how far he could push things”

    So they arrest citizens regularly and put them in solitary for a year, refuse evidence, for essential misdemeanors – and only as the latest example, this goes back 30 years – but he just has NO power whatsoever, can’t call a grand jury for crimes I can prove from the newspapers without a subpoena? You had a foreign national arrested in solitary in a foreign nation for an act that is protected by Federal Law, the Supreme Court, the People’s will, and 230 years of legal custom. You’re like Jankowitz and Taylor Lorenz: you’re the head of the most ruthless, powerful, far-reaching police state in history, which ignores all law and constitution and human rights as a matter of policy, yet also a wee wictim, a delicate little flower who’s in great danger and has no power. Just can’t do anything. Can’t figure it out.

    You want to pick one of these realities and stick with it for two seconds? …You can’t do nothin’. EBD.

    Artists are creating patriotic posters, billboards and T-shirts.”

    We’re winning the T-shirt front. They’re going to fit better when hipsters are starving.

    “..Russia’s economy is actually more like the size of Germany’s..”

    Economists were totally dead wrong and got everyone killed? Gee, when did this start? And my comment: Russia is simply going to re-value their commodities and therefore their economy. That’s it. That’s the war that shrinks the West back to the size of a molehill.

    “EU Suspends Russia’s Access to Vital Crime Data Sharing Program (ZH)”

    Since Kissinger surrendered, they are going to try the drug-and-crime route…again. Not some kind of weird accident. They do this change ON PURPOSE, as DIRECTED to do so by very, very high and powerful people, so they can cover upcoming illegal, murderous actions. This signals their full voluntary intent. Besides, now the CIA and Derp State can fund themselves again.

    Lockdowns Had ‘Little to No Effect’ on Covid Death Rate (DM)”

    Known all along since it was airborne. But the Meta-meta study from the WHO came out, what, 3 months ago? Billy then publishes a book saying “to stop the next pandemic we must do all the things that didn’t stop the last pandemic, but harder.” And this comes out as the ordinary, average number of Monkey cases is suddenly puffed in the news for no medical reason, same day as the WHO treaty is being voted on. So why is this anti-WHO push allowed to be published in the Daily Mail? They haven’t told the truth in decades. Why the change?

    “the WHO adopted a single decision titled, “The World Together.” That is, the “One World” A sort of de facto “government” for this new “One World”. A new type of process. A new kind of world order.

    But “Legally Binding” Hahahahahaha! Sure, man, whatever. They don’t have an army, make me. The Constitution does not uphold human rights “Unless there is a pandemic”, “unless politicians get antsy”, or some other excuse. It’s a business contract between the people and the state, the corporate, incorporated body that is an employee of the people. Treaties between outside entities do not overrule our founding contract and all human rights. Good luck. The same is true in say France, but will be prosecuted differently.

    “Deutsche Telekom to build global COVID vaccine verification app for WHO”

    Welp, I’ll be hacking into this shortly. Hasn’t been a computer program or app that’s worked correctly yet, and this won’t be the first one. Bet 30 minutes after it’s enacted Ted Kennedy and all the GOP will be mis-marked on it like they were on the No-Fly list? (Yes, this actually happened)

    “His legacy was a single-minded discipline in attacking a pernicious Great Inflation.”

    There are men all over who will do this. They chose Powell instead. Who is 20% behind the curve. Inflation needs to get fully endemic before he can step down. We need to destroy the middle class, transfer their lives to the wealthy, and say “Oops.” That transfer hasn’t happened yet, the Middle Class still exists, so Powell can’t leave. When it happens, hard money will hurt the middle class and working more, so that’s what we’ll change to then.

    Note again, when Volcker took over, Inflation may have been 11%, but rates were already 8%. Powell is at 2.75%. So he’s going to quadruple rates tomorrow? As the article says, “Get out of town.”

    “whistleblowing must be protected under American law”

    Let’s phrase that another way: Someone is aware of a crime or felony. The government is the one breaking the law, harming people, and covering it up. The “Whistleblower” is the one that appeals to the power ABOVE the government, to the PEOPLE, to have the government arrested for breaking the law, and brought back into compliance.

    So we’re not going to enforce the law and prosecute felonies when the cops are crooked now? What do you think will happen? The People are not superior the government they created and paid for? Really? And you think that will work if you just say so?

    Twitter Investors Sue Elon Musk for “Manipulating Stock Price Lower” (ZH)”

    Yes, but we have no law, so there’s no Law-suit. It’s just an annoying thing that happens, unrelated to outside reality. Pay, and it goes away.

    Pfizer Predicts Constant Waves of Covid-19” ...Because their vaccines don’t work? I mean, thanks for admitting it, Pfizer CEO, Pfizer offical spokesperson, but we already knew. Now will anyone use their head and act like it? Spoiler: No.

    As VP says, all vaccinated people always get Covid. That’s just common sense. Now that they have Covid, after taking the vaccine 5x, they will say the vaccine worked. I cannot explain it. I just report it, as I will report their untimely deaths, shortly, 40% over 100-year trend.

    Two narratives indeed. They’re sending ancient tanks, but using zero hypersonic missiles? So they don’t own any said missiles? They don’t own any planes? Go on, I’m listening.

    Mister Roboto

    Chris Martensen asks some important questions (including some very necessary existential questions) about our over-reliance on certain psychotropic pharmaceuticals for treating the unique ills of our time:


    Russian forces are heavily degraded and will struggle to replace further losses.

    Stop buying into that nonsense. The “war” is over. Unless, as I said, NATO goes all in, with boots on the ground. But even that wouldn’t win them the war.

    Doc Robinson

    “For clarity, changes in the administration of territories in the Donbas over the past 2 weeks, from Friday May 13 to Friday May 27.”

    If you check the displayed dates while watching that map video, it actually shows the Russian-held territories increasing over those past 2 weeks. The later date (May 27) was shown first, and then the earlier date (May 13) , presumably to give the impression that the Russians were losing ground, when they actually hold more ground on the later date (May 27).


    So it’s not the AG’s job to prosecute acts of treason. Why does that remind me of Eisenhower?

    You know, the last great president because he made a speech when leaving office warning about the MIC. What was he doing the 8 years in charge, when the MIC started getting out of control? Letting John Foster Dulles run riot over Latin America.

    I’ll concede Eisenhower was smarter than JFK. He waited until he was done – and no threat to the MIC – to talk. Silly Kennedy decides to act while he was president. Oops!

    I guess it al fits. After all, Eisenhower was a Republican. A party with a history of being useless. Now we have the unhinged Democrats and the still useless Republicans. Let’s fix America with an election!


    The only NATO boots on the ground will be if the $40 billion goes to buying Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection.


    That’s all we need is a phat phuck lawyer like ‘CIA’ Bill Barr puffing up his corpulent self as savior of the Republic.

    What a piece of self serving trash, if I was ever unfortunate enough to actually run into Bill Barr in real life I would spit in his face and hope he’d take a swing at me so I could really clean his clock.

    Barr is a Consigliere for the “White Shoe” Wall St mafia.

    Washington is just a bunch of greedy warring mafia families, competing for a place at the pig slop trough of goodies stolen from the Sheeple People of the Empire of Lies.

    Personal bio detail:

    “Barr and Robert Mueller have known each other since the 1980s and are said to be good friends. Mueller attended the weddings of two of Barr’s daughters, and their wives attend Bible study together.”

    Isn’t that charming!

    Robert Mueller, the dirty cop, dancing with the Consigliere‘s daughter.

    All in the family.


    I’m still in shock from yesterday and reading about all the cops standing around outside the school listening to gunfire and doing nothing. Who do they think they are, the Marquis de Grouchy refusing to go to the cannon fire at Waterloo?

    I do not wish to oversimplify but it seems there’s two rules: 1) cops avoid criminals with guns 2) they bully citizens without guns. What do they do during any Antifa/BLM riot? Hide. But an unarmed peaceful protest – send in the horses to trample those truckers!

    Must I reach the conclusion that all citizens need guns to protect themselves from the police?



    Gonzalo has a special message for Ukronazi fanboys

    Mister Roboto


    Don’t worry.

    You haven’t seen anything.
    I survived with 3 babies in diapers and lack of access to knowledge like today.

    the consumer price index was surging by 11.8% year on year, on its way to 14.6% in March 1980.
    The Fed increased its benchmark federal funds rate from 10.5% in July 1979 to 17.6% in April 1980.
    a monthly peak of 19.1% in June 1981

    • Jerome Powell’s Volcker Deficit (Stephen Roach)

    TAE is trying to tell the whole truth

    Julian Assange,
    Chelsea Manning
    Edward Snowden

    If it wasn’t for those who have the courage to blow the whistle, crimes committed by an increasingly autocratic America would continue to imperil the thriving democracy it claims to be.
    (the far-reaching police state )

    • Leaking Information Is a Key Tenet of Democracy. Just Look at the Past (NW)


    the far-reaching police state

    US Seizes Tanker Full of Iranian Oil Near Greece

    US Seizes Tanker Full of Iranian Oil Near Greece
    Oil will be sent to the US, Iran faults ‘clear example of piracy’
    by Jason Ditz Posted on May 26, 2022

    Iran believes, and not unfairly, that the oil was just stolen from them, and the US position, while yet to be public, is that the oil is now theirs.

    Dr D Rich

    Sounds like these FBI agents should be generously forgiven for their transgressions (everyone deserves forgiveness without atonement) and then promoted to Director of some VA Medical Center or given to the Army Navy Marines or USAF for flag rank posting.
    Yeah, under Dr D’s rubric that should just about cover all bases.


    My brother was put on prozac when he was dying of pancreatic cancer. When it kicked in, he asked us to babysit his gun, as he feared he might kill himself.
    I believe serotonin imparts resolve- removing that vacillation, stalling, and lethargy that accompanies depression. It makes it easier to act on a decision, no matter how bad that decision might be.


    A very large percent of mass shooters are on Big Pharma ‘mood’ drugs.

    Gee, I wonder if there’s a connection?

    Big Pharma and mass murder go together like a picket and a fence.




    John Day

    MPSK said: “My brother was put on prozac when he was dying of pancreatic cancer. When it kicked in, he asked us to babysit his gun, as he feared he might kill himself.
    I believe serotonin imparts resolve- removing that vacillation, stalling, and lethargy that accompanies depression. It makes it easier to act on a decision, no matter how bad that decision might be.”

    Indeed, the peak in suicides of depressed teenage males seems to happen a couple of weeks after the SSRi is started, as it is starting to work. There is an “activation” phase and the depressed person starts to rise out of torpor and inactivity.
    Teenage males can be volatile, but suicide has sort of a “ratchet effect” on volatile actions.

    i just caught up on the last few days of posts and comments. good work Everybody!
    The kitchen build-in is slowly progressing as i have so much work to do on reinforcing cheap cabinets to last 30 year.

    D Benton Smith

    A Ukrainian soldier is ordered to the Front Lines to face Russians in the Donbass.
    He knows that the order is a death sentence and that victory or real protection of his homeland is impossible. So, he says he doesn’t want to go.
    His leader, whose personal wealth and power benefits from the soldier being sent to the front to fight Russians, replies that the soldier must go anyway or else lose all of his possessions and be locked into a prison cell.

    So the soldier goes, dies horribly and the leader gets paid huge sums and receives a promotion in rank.

    How is this any different (except in level of kinetic forces and explosions) from an American child being made to take a known-to-be-harmful-or-deadly mRNA injection?

    A psychopath begins gunning down small children in a “police protected” school. The police authorities forcibly compel the parents to NOT rush in to save the lives of their own children, who consequently die horribly.

    Same basic dynamic, right? A monied/powerful person standing outside of harm’s way compels a less-monied/less-powerful person to do things that are guaranteed to hurt them.

    Well, that’s the current state of the whole friggin’ planet at the moment.

    And REAL soon now you’re going to get YOUR orders to harm yourself (or your loved one) so that a more-monied /more-powerful person can benefit at no risk to themselves. And deciding time will be right there.

    Yes. That’s the fact. Like it or not. Deciding time.


    That is, while there may be roughly as much fossil fuel in the ground as we have consumed in the course of three centuries of industrialisation, we also burned our way through the cheap and easy deposits first. Consider this an issue of “socially necessary exergy” – nobody was going to buy or even extract oil from deep beneath the North Sea or from hydraulically fractured shale deposits while it was still possible to obtain all the oil you needed by knocking a pipe into the ground. We will, of course, continue to extract ever more difficult and expensive fossil fuels, but their extraction will remorselessly consume an ever-greater part of the exergy previously available to the wider economy. Which, in turn, means that the wider economy is going to shrink… and we have no economic theory to explain how we are going to handle this.

    The complexity trap


    “..Russia’s economy is actually more like the size of Germany’s..”

    If we open Pandora’s Box to get a closer look at this truth, the fraud that sustains these metrics will become obvious.

    GDP is quintessentially qualitative in nature. One great example is the “defense” industry, since this is one of the few major value-added exports the US has left. Objective analysts concede that the most modern Russian weapons systems are superior to those of the US, and come in at a far lower cost. Yet we tally up GDP for the two nations using the monetary cost each government is willing to pay for these systems, rather than some “objective” value of their worth.

    Only governments buy such stuff, they aren’t spending their own money, and in the case of the US, are egregiously printing most of what they are spending. So we can hardly consider the reported “monetary” cost as an objective, market-based measure of product value.

    D Benton Smith

    In regard to the subject of leaked information of any and all kinds :

    Information is just data, that’s all, and is only characterized as “leakage” by persons who have sufficiently strong interest in keeping the information “contained” and privy to themselves.


    Parity Purchasing Power is a much better measure of countries than GDP



    It is only useful to whistleblow or leak information if by doing so, one has a hope of appeal to a higher authority. In better times, this ‘higher authority’ was assumed to be either the government or the public-at-large.

    In the case of government, there was still a belief that most of the government was not yet corrupted, and that the “good” part would deal with the cancer within it. Now that most of government is bought and paid for, that argument is gone.

    In the case of the public-at-large, there was a belief that public pressure could force authority to change its behavior. This is proving to no longer be the case (if it ever WAS).

    I have to conclude that leaking information no longer accomplishes much. The only sign of surviving moralism is authority’s shrinking but still slightly present need to clothe its actions in some kind of “just cause.”


    As Germany’s ‘leaders’ have betrayed and soldout the citizens of Germany with the Russia Sanctions that boomeranged, Russia’s PPP comodity based economy is going to zoom by Deutchland and leave them in a ditch.

    So sad

    But you get the leaders you deserve.


    It’s disturbing and depressing to read older books and find that years ago, the authors were frequently quite prescient about where things were going. The same goes for older films.

    Last night I again watched the film “The Postman,” with its own spin on a dystopian near future where a survivors of a national upheaval live in small post-technological communities. (Fun fact: I read the book by David Brin a few years before the film came out, and thought “This would make a great movie.”)

    A brutal feudal army of “The Holnists” rides around exacting tribute and occasionally terrorizing these small communities, force-drafting reluctant recruits now and then. They refer to their clan as the Army of 8, and wear patches with the number “8” on their uniforms. The story is how the resistance to them pops up essentially by accident.

    As they force train new recruits, they introduce them to the “Laws of 8”:

    1. You will obey orders without question.
    2. Punishment shall be swift.
    3. Mercy is for the weak.
    4. Terror will defeat reason.
    5. Your allegiance is to the clan.
    6. Justice can be dictated.
    7. Any clansman may challenge for leadership of the clan.
    8. There is only one penalty–death.

    So how are we doing so far?

    Figmund Sreud

    @ Dr. D – “Pfizer Predicts Constant Waves of Covid-19”

    Full “Pig Doctor” and “boar-taint” aficionado (Albert Bourla, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, PhD, DVM) article is here:
    … read it all!



    Where is the generated nuclear energy being exported?

    Ukraine is heavily dependent on nuclear energy – it has 15 reactors generating about half of its electricity. Ukraine receives most of its nuclear services and nuclear fuel from Russia, but is reducing this dependence by buying fuel from Westinghouse. In 2004 Ukraine commissioned two large new reactors.
    Ukraine says any IAEA visit to occupied Zaporizhzhia ‘unacceptable’
    27 May 2022
    The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) says that an inspection mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should not take place until the six-reactor nuclear power plant is no longer under Russian control.
    The nuclear power plant – the largest in Europe – is still being operated by its Ukrainian staff, but has been under the control of Russian military forces since the start of March.

    IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi says that concerns about the situation at Zaporizhzhia are “what keeps us awake at night”, telling an audience at the World Economic Forum that its inspectors need to have access to carry out checks, as it does at all nuclear power plants, on its safe operations and to audit the uranium stocks to ensure they are all accounted for.
    Ukraine planning for post-war nuclear power plants
    16 May 2022
    Energoatom’s CEO Petro Kotin says that construction work on two new Westinghouse AP1000 units at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant “will begin as soon as the war is over”.

    He also said that the five new Westinghouse units would include a double confinement shell which increases the protection of a reactor from a plane crash or a missile strike.

    Another issued raised was that Ukraine currently has “a lot of capacity that is in reserve due to the reduction of electricity consumption in Ukraine”, which, he said, could be exported. And, on Monday, Interfax Ukraine reported that Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said at a government meeting Ukraine planned to resume additional power lines with Poland “to export electricity from Ukrainian nuclear power plants. It will help Europe stop importing Russian gas sooner”.


    Rules based order pops up again. We make the rules and give the orders!


    In other news,

    … the psychopaths in charge of the “ exceptional nation” move ever closer to the stepoff of the precipice they stare into.

    Perhaps King Crimson is appropriate…..

    King Crimson
    The wall on which the prophets wrote
    Is cracking at the seams
    Upon the instruments of death
    The sunlight brightly gleams

    When every man is torn apart
    With nightmares and with dreams
    Will no one lay the laurel wreath
    The silence drowns the screams?

    Confusion will be my epitaph
    As I crawl a cracked and broken path
    If we make it, we can all sit back and laugh
    But I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying
    Yes, I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying
    Yes, I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying

    Between the iron gates of fate
    The seeds of time were sown
    And watered by the deeds of those
    Who know and who are known

    Knowledge is a deadly friend
    When no one sets the rules
    The fate of all mankind, I see
    Is in the hands of fools

    The wall on which the prophets wrote
    Is cracking at the seams
    Upon the instruments of death
    The sunlight brightly gleams

    When every man is torn apart
    With nightmares and with dreams
    Will no one lay the laurel wreath
    When silence drowns the screams?

    Confusion will be my epitaph
    As I crawl a cracked and broken path
    If we make it, we can all sit back and laugh
    But I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying
    Yes, I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying
    Yes, I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying

    Yes, I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying
    Yes, I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying
    Yes, I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying
    Crying, crying

    Veracious Poet


    To all citizens:

    Please comply with The NPD/WEF Sociopath Narrative ~ It’s for your protection.

    And the children’s safety!

    Compliance will be rewarded…


    Your local agents for the Empire of Lies & Hate.



    Yes, somewhere a village is missing its idiot.



    Russian forces are heavily degraded and will struggle to replace further losses.

    Hey Choo Choo

    How much dick can you suck from the Empire of Hate and Lies? Apparently endless amounts of Lies is your thing. I’d suggest you go back and review your “war notes” and um- maybe stick to talking about the price of grapes 30 years ago compared to now.

    Also Choo Choo, get a hold of Deflatulance – It/That/They and It/That/You share much in common- Delusion Empire of Hate and Lies Suck ups. Change your diet and eat some grapes together. Your brain is clearly degraded.

    Autonomous Unit

    I have never understood the antagonism against the “it takes a village to raise a child” quote. Do people feel the role of religious teachers, academic teachers, sports coaches, youth group volunteers, the elder that mentors an unrelated child, etc., are detrimental to raising a child? If you saw a child, by themselves, throwing rocks at ducklings in a pond, would you say anything?

    Michael Reid

    @ citizenx,

    I have enjoyed many of your comments but #108584 was simply nasty and it smeared this commenting space with your poison which benefits nobody. I read a comment from cooche today that I thought was not founded in truth but could not be bothered to comment so I simply ignored it. If his comment bothered you so much, consider articulating what you believe to be true/false or ignore the comment and move on. I suggest: do not shit where we reflect on life. You can do that anywhere else and it would not bother me and be in my face.

    Anyway no need for that.

    I feel your frustration. Consider harnessing that energy into something productive.

    John Day

    @D Benton Smith: Good work recently, Brother.

    : Thanks for the Consciousness Of Sheep article, that says what I like to say once a week or so.

    Reid: Well spoken, Friend.

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