May 292022
 


Edouard Manet Gypsy with a cigarette 1862

 

Servant Of The Corrupt (IM1776)
Russia Solidifies Gains in Eastern Ukraine (CTH)
US To Transfer Long-range Rocket Systems To Ukraine (PressTV)
Putin Urged To Hold ‘Direct, Serious Negotiations’ With Zelensky (BBC)
Russia’s Necessary and Legal Military Response to US/NATO Aggression (Gritsch)
The Eurasian Economic Union Steps Up (Escobar)
Qatar Gas Shipments To Germany Will Actually Come From Texas (MEE)
Civilisation and Anti-Civilisation (Batiushka)
Mexican President Unlikely To Attend Summit Of The Americas (LATimes)
The World Health Organisation Has Lost All Credibility (Clark)
California Poised to Adopt ‘Medical Misinformation Bill’ (ET)
SEC Publishes Letter Asking Elon Musk To Explain Late Twitter Filing (G.)
UN Warns of ‘Total Societal Collapse’, Breach of Planetary Boundaries (BT)

 

 

 

 

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“.. the Pandora Papers showed him to be just as crooked as his predecessors.”

Servant Of The Corrupt (IM1776)

In February 2021, by order of President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine shut down three domestic television channels, accusing them of spreading Russian “propaganda.” Three months later, Zelenksky arrested Viktor Medvedchuk, who was at the time leading the second-biggest party in Ukraine’s national parliament, the pro-Russia and Eurosceptic Opposition Platform for Life (OPZZh). Zelensky didn’t have trouble incinerating vaunted democratic norms well-before Russia crossed the Rubicon into Ukraine this year. So it was no surprise when he did it again amid the war in late March, invoking emergency powers under martial law to nationalize TV channels and ban 11 opposition parties, including OPZZh — all supposedly done in the name of combatting Russian misinformation and Russian sympathizers, even though OPZZh’s then-chairman, Yuriy Boyko, denounced the war and called for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine. Zelensky, however, wouldn’t miss another opportunity to clip the wings of political opposition in his country, certainly not now that Western media rationalizes and glorifies his every move.

But the portrait of the Ukraine President as a democratic paragon whitewashes the real Zelensky and conceals a vast web of corruption and international skullduggery of which Ukraine is situated in the centre. Understanding the real Zelensky, requires seeing him as a creation of Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. He is, in truth, a puppet of intrigue. It might be hard to believe now, but revelations from documents in the Pandora Papers — millions of files from offshore service providers leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and shared with partners around the world — sent Zelensky reeling last year, threatening to end his political career. Though the actor-turned-politico campaigned as an anti-corruption reformer, the Pandora Papers showed him to be just as crooked as his predecessors.

Of more than 300 politicians and public officials, including several current and former national leaders, in more than 91 countries and territories to whom the documents were linked, Ukraine was home to more secret offshore holdings than any other, including Russia. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which contributed to the investigation, found that just before Zelensky was elected president, “he gifted his stake in a key offshore company, the British Virgin Islands-registered Maltex Multicapital Corp., to his business partner — soon to be his top presidential aide. And in spite of giving up his shares, the documents show that an arrangement was soon made that would allow the offshore to keep paying dividends to a company that now belongs to his wife.”

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“come back coward, I’ll bite your kneecaps.”

Russia Solidifies Gains in Eastern Ukraine (CTH)

If you were to read the play-by-play of information in the U.K. Telegraph, you could get whiplash from the diametrically opposed narratives coming from both sides in the propaganda war. On one hand the western narrative is that Russia is losing, getting weaker, running out of money and weapons. On the other hand, France and Germany are asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to release all of the captured soldiers he is gathering, while western media claim all the Ukraine retreats are “strategic”. It would appear the Monty Python knight has lost all his appendages and is yelling, “come back coward, I’ll bite your kneecaps.”

(Via Telegraph) – “Russia said its forces were in full control of the Ukrainian town of Lyman, a railway hub in the Donetsk region, on Saturday in a gain that would help set the stage for the next phase of the Kremlin’s offensive in the eastern Donbas. Ukrainian and Russian forces had been fighting for Lyman for several days. The town lies 40 km (30 miles) west of Severodonetsk, the largest Donbas city still held by Ukraine but now under heavy assault from Russian forces. The governor of Luhansk region, which along with Donetsk makes up the Donbas, said on Friday that Russian troops had entered Severodonetsk. The Russian gains indicate a shift in momentum in the war.”


Meanwhile the U.S. State Department, the actual combatant command center for the U.S. proxy war, along with internationally aligned diplomatic corps and the U.S. intelligence apparatus, are continuing to push the propaganda as if we cannot see how clearly staged it is. Indeed, with the Pentagon preferring a ceasefire and peaceful negotiations while the State Dept demands more war, these are very remarkable times on the other side of the looking glass.

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“a serious step towards unacceptable escalation”

US To Transfer Long-range Rocket Systems To Ukraine (PressTV)

The US has decided to further extend military aid to Ukraine, transferring long-range rocket systems to the country while Russia continues to make advancements in its special operations in the Donbas. US officials said on Friday that despite its earlier reservations in regard to sending missile systems to Ukraine, following Kiev’s insistence Washington had agreed to deliver them the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) or the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) next week. Western countries led by the United States had already provided Ukraine with long-range weaponry, including M777 howitzers. However, Kiev insisted that it wanted longer-range ground weapons, especially rocket launchers, to help it win artillery battles.


Till now, Washington had held back from providing Kiev with such weapons partly to avoid an escalation should Ukraine strike targets deep inside the Russian territories. American and diplomatic officials told Reuters that Washington had even relayed to Kiev the concerns White House officials had in regard to this issue. “We have concerns about escalation and yet still do not want to put geographic limits or tie their hands too much with the stuff we’re giving them,” one US official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, was quoted as saying. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had already warned the White House against providing long-range missile systems to the country. Lavrov pointed out that providing Kiev forces with weapons that could reach Russian territory would be “a serious step towards unacceptable escalation” of the conflict.

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Macron and Scholz spent 80 minutes demanding Putin do things they know he cannot do.

Putin Urged To Hold ‘Direct, Serious Negotiations’ With Zelensky (BBC)

The leaders of France and Germany have urged Russia’s Vladimir Putin to hold “direct [and] serious negotiations” with Ukraine’s president, the German chancellor’s office said. Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz spoke to Mr Putin by phone for 80 minutes. The pair “insisted on an immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops”, the chancellor’s office said. Russia’s leader said Moscow was open to resuming dialogue with Kyiv, according to the Kremlin. It did not mention the possibility of direct talks between Mr Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky. The Ukrainian president earlier said he was not “eager” for talks, but added they would likely be necessary to end the conflict. Russian and Ukrainian delegations have held multiple rounds of talks remotely and in person since Russia invaded on 24 February, but efforts have stalled of late.


France and Germany also urged Mr Putin to release 2,500 Ukrainian fighters taken as prisoners-of-war at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. The sprawling factory became the last holdout in the southern port city, which endured relentless bombardment from Russian forces and now lies in ruins. Earlier this month, Moscow officials said the last fighters defending the plant had surrendered, while President Zelensky said they had been given permission to leave. Russia has previously said more than 900 of the fighters were moved to a reopened prison colony in Olenivka, a village in Russian-occupied Donetsk. A smaller number with serious wounds were taken to a hospital in the town of Novoazovsk, also in Donetsk. Ukraine hopes they will be released as part of a prisoner exchange – but Russia has not confirmed that. Some Russian lawmakers argue the fighters should be tried or even executed.

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“..Russia exhibited enormous restraint as the US and Ukraine violated the Minsk Protocols and rejected requests for diplomacy..”

It doesn’t matter if you agree or not, what matters is that everyone in the west should be exposed to Russians view of this. And then form their opinions.

Russia’s Necessary and Legal Military Response to US/NATO Aggression (Gritsch)

In 2014, the US initiated a proxy war against Russia by engineering the violent overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically-elected president. This ignited a bloody civil war on Russia’s border in which the US-installed and US-armed Kiev regime attacked the eastern provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk whose largely ethnically Russian residents opposed the US coup. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) documented the Kiev regime’s attacks that killed thousands of civilians and terrorized the populace. In 2015, the US-installed then-president, Petro Poroshenko, publicly articulated Kiev’s anti-Russia stance and its policy for the Donbass:

“We will have jobs—they will not. We will have pensions—they will not. [….] Our children will go to schools and kindergartens—theirs will hide in the basements.” Popular Ukraine pundits openly called for Donbas residents’ extermination. In 2015, Congress lifted its ban on funding Ukraine’s neo Nazi militias and placed US military trainers on the ground inside Ukraine. NATO and the CIA also began training Ukraine regime forces–effectively establishing Ukraine as a de facto US/NATO mercenary state. During the past eight years, Russia exhibited enormous restraint as the US and Ukraine violated the Minsk Protocols and rejected requests for diplomacy. In 2021, US aggression against Russia increased dramatically once Biden took office–in Ukraine and in the Black Sea. US actions and Ukraine President Zelensky’s public statements generated immediate threats to the survival of the Russian nation-state.

The US government and the corporate media falsely characterize Russia’s special operation as entirely ‘unprovoked’ and an ‘illegal invasion’. These allegations ignore four conditions which each independently compelled President Putin and the Duma to initiate Russia’s denazification and demilitarization operation and which establish this intervention as consistent with international legal norms. Chief among the factors necessitating Russia’s immediate military response were indications of an imminent new massacre as 125,000 Ukraine forces amassed along the border of Donbass in December of 2021. This was never reported in the US corporate press. Instead, the US government and corporate media repeatedly stated that Russian troops were gathering on Ukraine’s border (inside Russia) and predicted an impending Russian invasion.

In hindsight, US intelligence could make this accurate claim because it was aware of the menacing buildup of Ukraine forces. Anticipating an imminent massacre, Russia was obligated to intervene militarily because it had a Responsibility to Protect (R2P) the citizens of Donbass. R2P is a political commitment to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity; it was endorsed by the United Nations at its 2005 world summit.

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“..the centre of economic development [..] continues to move into the Asia-Pacific Region.”

The Eurasian Economic Union Steps Up (Escobar)

The first Eurasian Economic Forum, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, took place this week at a very sensitive geopolitical juncture, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov keeps stressing that, “the West has declared total war against us, against the entire Russian world. Nobody even hides this now.” It’s always important to remember that before Maidan in 2014, Ukraine had the option to become a full member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and even balance it with a loose association with the EU. The EAEU comprises five full members – Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Armenia – yet 14 nations sent delegations to the forum, including China, Vietnam and Latin American nations. There was much rumbling that the proceedings would be jeopardized by the serial sanctions packages imposed on Russia by the collective West.

There’s no question that some EAEU members – such as Kazakhstan – seem to be more worried about the effects of the sanctions than about fine-tuning business with Russia. Yet that’s not the point. The crucial point is that by 2025 they have to harmonize their legislation concerning financial markets. And that’s directly connected to what the executive body of the EAEU, led by Sergey Glazyev, is working on, extensively: designing the lineaments of an alternative financial/economic system to what the West would rather coin as Bretton Woods 3. The Eurasian Economic Forum was established by the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council explicitly to further deepen economic cooperation between EAEU members. No wonder the official theme of the forum was Eurasian Economic Integration in the Era of Global Shifts: New Investment Opportunities, focusing on strategic development in the industrial, energy, transport, financial, and digital areas.

President Putin’s speech to the plenary session was quite revealing. To really appreciate the scope of what’s implied, it’s important to remember that the Greater Eurasian Partnership concept was presented by Putin in 2016 at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, focused on a “more extensive Eurasian partnership involving the Eurasian Economic Union” and including China, Pakistan, Iran and India. Putin stressed how the drive for developing ties “within the framework of the Greater Eurasian Partnership” (…) “was not the political situation but global economic trends, because the centre of economic development is gradually – we are aware of this, and our businesspeople are aware of this – is gradually moving, continues to move into the Asia-Pacific Region.”

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“Qatar produces around 107 billion cbm of gas annually, and 80 percent of that is locked in long-term contracts. Only 10-15 percent can be diverted to Europe – the numbers don’t add up..”

Qatar Gas Shipments To Germany Will Actually Come From Texas (MEE)

Germany and Qatar signed a deal last week to deepen their energy partnership focusing on the supply and processing of liquified natural gas (LNG). LNG is Qatar’s main export and is desperately needed in Germany as it seeks alternatives to its current energy dependency on Russian natural gas. Berlin is under pressure to introduce an energy embargo in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It also faces the prospect that Moscow could cut off gas supplies unilaterally – as it has already to Poland, Bulgaria and Finland – in retaliation for Germany’s diplomatic support and military aid to Ukraine But industry experts tell MEE that the deal is mired with caveats on the German side.

Thomas O’Donnell, an energy and geopolitical analyst based in Berlin, says the German government is losing political ground due to rising energy costs. He suggests the deal with Qatar amounts to a short-term gimmick intended to shore up support. “They failed to fill their gas storage before the winter last year and that led to nearly a 30 percent hike in energy costs for the domestic consumer. If they fail again there might be calls for the government to go,” said O’Donnell. “Around 56 percent of Germany’s gas consumption comes from Russia. That’s billions of cubic metres of gas through dedicated pipelines, NordStream1 and TurkStream. It would take a monumental effort to shift that heavy a dependency to another supplier.” According to O’Donnell, in 2021 Germany used around 71 billion cubic metres (cbm) of gas from Russian energy giant Gazprom.

Replacing such large volumes with Qatari gas is simply not possible. “Qatar produces around 107 billion cbm of gas annually, and 80 percent of that is locked in long-term contracts. Only 10-15 percent can be diverted to Europe – the numbers don’t add up,” he said. O’Donnell said that European countries’ desperation means that they are paying a heavy price for spot gas – that is large deliveries of gas purchased in one-off transactions. These transactions are often made on an emergency basis when the buyer has to pay a much higher rate than when purchased on long-term contracts. The current price of spot gas is up 176 percent from last year. “The US has the most spot gas available in the market and much of it is being bought by Europe at very high rates,” said O’Donnell.

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“..just because God ‘told’ George Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, that did not make him or his forces Christian.”

Civilisation and Anti-Civilisation (Batiushka)

Western war has always consisted of highly organised violence, aided by the most aggressive high technology. Advances in military technology have all been initiated by the West. It used to be castles against arrows, the lethal crossbow against pikes, cannon against stone walls, the musket against bows, the Maxim gun, invented by the Anglo-American ‘Sir’ Hiram Maxim (3) against spear-throwing Africans, then it was poison gas (as used by Hitler, that is Churchill (sorry for the Bushism, ‘anyway’) against the Kurds), then Agent Orange, cluster bombs and uranium-tipped shells against rifles. To illustrate this, let us think about how those used to the way that such technology is exploited criticise the special operation (not war) in the Ukraine (4). They claim that the progress of the Russian operation, carried out by relatively small numbers of liberation forces from Donetsk and Lugansk and of Confederate Russian troops, is ‘too slow’.

Here they misunderstand how the Allied/Confederate forces use their military technology. It is quite unlike the US and its Union NATO vassals. The latter carpet bomb, they cause ‘collateral damage’ (the NATO euphemism for the mass murder of innocent victims) and are hugely destructive, as though war was all a special effects show, a spectacle for entertainment as in Hollywood films, most of which portray great destruction. This is why nearly 20 years ago the American Rumsfeld spoke of the US destruction of civilian infrastructure in Iraq as ‘shock and awe’, which is just another euphemism – Hitler would have called it ‘Blitzkrieg’. Yes, of course, Russian civilisation conducts military operations ‘slowly’ (5): it is not a US-style special effects operation, it is meant to avoid civilian and military casualties. You cannot translate ‘collateral damage’ into Russian, you can only paraphrase it.

Western religion has a similar story to tell. As we have said, every civilisation has a set of sacred values. The Western too and though it calls its religion ‘Christianity’, it is not. For instance, it insists on calling the Crusaders and Teutonic Knights ‘Christians’. But just because you are a bloodthirsty barbarian who commits genocide with a cross on your uniform, that does not make you a Christian. Just as Nazis wore a belt with ‘Gott mit uns’ (‘God with us’) stamped on it, that did not make them Christian either. And when the Nazis put crosses on their tanks and dive-bombers, it did not make them Christian either (though the crosses did take in some naïve Western Ukrainians in 1941). And just because God ‘told’ George Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, that did not make him or his forces Christian. Frankly, the Western use of the word Christian is blasphemous to Orthodox Christians and the more accurate use of words like ‘Catholic’ and ‘Protestant’ is insulting to those who are of those religions.

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“What is this supposed to be, the Summit of the Americas, or the Summit of the Friends of America?”

Mexican President Unlikely To Attend Summit Of The Americas (LATimes)

Despite a major U.S. lobbying effort, the president of Mexico hinted strongly on Friday that he will not attend a high-stakes regional summit next month in Los Angeles because the Biden administration refuses to invite a trio of leftist governments. Mexico is arguably the most important Latin American participant in the upcoming Summit of the Americas, which administration officials have said will include a special focus on immigration. It starts June 6. In his daily marathon press conference, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he was still awaiting a response from President Biden or the U.S. State Department to his demand that all countries in the Western Hemisphere be invited.

Every host nation for the summit, which occurs every three or four years, has discretion in drawing up the guest list, and most if not all countries are routinely included. This is the first time the summit is taking place in the U.S. since its 1994 inaugural session in Miami. Administration officials have made it clear they will not invite Venezuela or Nicaragua, because those countries’ authoritarian leaders do not represent the model of democracy Washington and others in the region seek to promote. U.S. officials also said initially they would not invite Cuba, then suggested they might welcome a “low level” delegation from Havana. A diminished status did not appeal to Cuban officials, however, and President Miguel Díaz-Canel said earlier this week he will not attend.

Cuba was present at the last two Summits of the Americas, in Panama and Peru. In Panama in 2015, then-President Obama famously shook hands with then-President Raul Castro, the first such contact between the Cold War enemies in decades. Months later, Washington and Havana opened diplomatic ties and began a warming of trade and travel relations not seen for half a century. The opening was frozen by President Trump and has only haltingly and in minor ways been renewed by Biden, despite his promises as a presidential candidate.

López Obrador, a consummate showman, deliberately did not commit in his remarks Friday morning but ultimately made clear he would not attend if Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua were not invited. Instead, he would send a delegate, most likely his more-U.S.-friendly foreign secretary, Marcelo Ebrard. “We are going to wait to see what they [U.S. officials] decide, but regardless, Mexico will participate,” the president said. “It’s just that I will not attend if all countries are not invited.” He added: “What is this supposed to be, the Summit of the Americas, or the Summit of the Friends of America?”

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“The only European country on the WHO’s board is Slovakia..”

The World Health Organisation Has Lost All Credibility (Clark)

Let’s be honest: is there anyone out there who has faith in the ability of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to tackle a future pandemic? Any lingering hope that the WHO might be an organisation fit to be trusted with global heath concerns has pretty well evaporated with the election, by acclamation, of China as one of the 12 members of its executive board on Friday. It is true, of course, that an international body must have representation from all over the world if it is going to win the near-universal cooperation it needs in order to operate. It can’t be led entirely by western democracies and wealthy South Asian countries even if they might have the best skills available; you need members able to tap into every culture and religion on Earth.

But ought we really be trusting leadership of the WHO to a government which is not merely a malignant dictatorship, accused of human rights abuses against its own citizens – but which has also obstructed an investigation into the high likelihood that it accidentally caused the last pandemic? The story of how Covid-19 began has been investigated very thoroughly in Alina Chan and Matt Ridley’s excellent book, Viral: the Search for the Origin of Covid-19. If no one has quite pegged down where the virus came from – and probably never will – there is at least a very strong case to answer that it originated in Chinese laboratory experiments aimed at researching how to tackle coronaviruses, and that it entered the population through a laboratory leak. It would hardly be unprecedented for a virus to leak from a laboratory in this way – even if it would make it way and above the world’s most expensive laboratory accident.

What has been China’s response to this possibility? To try to snuff out any investigation into the matter. Bizarrely, a WHO team allowed into China in early 2021, and chaperoned at every turn, tried to dismiss a lab leak, announcing that it would not investigate the matter any further. It isn’t just China whose presence on the WHO Executive Board will cause alarm. Also on the list is Brazil, whose own parliament has recommended criminal charges against the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, over his handling of the pandemic. Then there is Yemen, which is in the grip of civil war. The only European country on the WHO’s board is Slovakia, which hardly has the greatest political clout and which happens to have had one of the highest deaths rates from Covid-19 anywhere.

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All critical thinking banned. Why would anyone still want to become a doctor?

California Poised to Adopt ‘Medical Misinformation Bill’ (ET)

The California Legislature is poised to pass Assembly Bill 2098, described as a “medical misinformation bill.” If passed, the new law would prohibit doctors from freely providing medical advice and treating their patients if those practices run counter to the official state sanctioned position. In April 2020, the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, the California State Board of Pharmacy, and the Medical Board of California issued a statement regarding the “improper prescribing of medications related to treatment of Novel Coronavirus,” such as hydroxychloroquine, warning that “inappropriately prescribing or dispensing medications constitutes unprofessional conduct in California.”

On June 29, 2021, the Federation of State Medical Boards issued a warning, stating that “Physicians who generate and spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation or disinformation are risking disciplinary action by state medical boards, including the suspension or revocation of their medical license.” In August 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci said there was no evidence that ivermectin works, and that it’s more likely to cause harm. In December 2021, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning headlined, “Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19.” In an updated April 29, 2022, report, the COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel said it “recommends against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19, except in clinical trials.”

Should AB 2098 become law, doctors who prescribe medications not approved by the state or who claim unsanctioned drugs are effective would see their licenses revoked and face strict penalties and disciplinary actions by the Medical Board of California. In short, AB 2098 would designate the dissemination of information not approved by the state related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes “COVID-19,” as misinformation or disinformation, which constitutes unprofessional conduct. One physician, Dr. Syed Haider, has already been reported to four state medical boards by pharmacists he says “don’t like filling ivermectin prescriptions.” He has also been forced to retain a lawyer to protect his medical license.

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And they’ll all sell their Tesla’s.

SEC Publishes Letter Asking Elon Musk To Explain Late Twitter Filing (G.)

The US financial watchdog has contacted Elon Musk about the disclosure of his stake in Twitter, asking the Tesla chief executive why he appeared to file a crucial form late. The Securities and Exchange Commission published a letter sent to the world’s richest man in which it asks a series of questions about how he declared his acquisition of a 9.2% stake on 4 April. The move prompted a flurry of corporate activity that led to Twitter accepting a $44bn (£35bn) takeover bid from Musk on 25 April – although he has since announced that the deal is “on hold” while he seeks more information about the proportion of fake accounts on Twitter.

In the 4 April letter, the SEC asked why a schedule 13G form announcing Musk’s acquisition of a large shareholding “does not appear” to have been filed within the required 10 days of the stake passing the 5% level where it needs to be disclosed publicly. According to Musk’s own filing, he passed the 5% level on 14 March and therefore should have filed the form by 24 March. “Please advise us why the schedule 13G does not appear to have been made within the required 10 days from the date of acquisition as required by rule 13d-1(c), the rule upon which you represented that you relied to make the submission,” said the SEC in the letter, dated 10 days before Musk announced his takeover bid. The SEC said that once it had reviewed Musk’s reply it “may have additional comments”.

In 2018, Musk reached a settlement with the SEC over a tweet in which he said was considering taking Tesla off the stock market and into private ownership and had “funding secured” for the proposal. Investors filed a lawsuit against Musk on Wednesday in which they claimed Musk had saved himself $156m by failing to disclose that he had bought more than 5% of Twitter in a timely manner. The letter also asks Musk to explain why he filed a 13G, which is for passive investors who are not preparing to shake up the business in question. The SEC points out that an investor must file a different form, a 13D, if they have bought the shares with the intention of changing or influencing the control of the company in question. The day after filing his initial form, Musk refiled it as a 13D, for investors who intend to take an active role.

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Problem: the UN has no credibility left either.

UN Warns of ‘Total Societal Collapse’, Breach of Planetary Boundaries (BT)

When the United Nations published its 2022 ‘Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction’ (GAR2022) in May, the world’s attention was on its grim verdict that the world was experiencing an accelerating trend of natural disasters and economic crises. But not a single media outlet picked up the biggest issue: the increasing probability of civilisational collapse. Buried in the report, which was endorsed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, is the finding that escalating synergies between disasters, economic vulnerabilities and ecosystem failures are escalating the risk of a “global collapse” scenario. This stark conclusion appears to be the first time that the UN has issued a flagship global report finding that existing global policies are accelerating toward the collapse of human civilisation.

Yet somehow this urgent warning has remained unreported until now. The report does not suggest that this outcome is inevitable or specify how close to this possibility we are. But it does confirm that, without radical change, that’s where the world is heading. he UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework are a set of social, economic, legal, political and institutional measures to reduce “disaster risk and losses” – both involve targets to 2030 which the world is in danger of failing to meet. That failure, however, is directly linked to the rate at which human activities are interfering with natural systems, in particular, ‘planetary boundaries’.

The planetary boundaries framework was developed by the Stockholm Resilience Centre in 2009 to provide what it calls a “science-based analysis of the risk that human perturbations will destabilise the Earth system at the planetary scale”. This framework identifies a range of nine key ecosystems which, if pushed passed a certain threshold, will dramatically reduce the “safe operating space” for human habitation. The report notes that at least four of the nine planetary boundaries now seem to be operating outside the safe operating space. While land system change and climate change are in a zone of “uncertainty with increasing risk” of overstepping the safe operating space, the report says, biochemical flows and ‘novel entities’ (“new engineered chemicals, materials or organisms and natural elements mobilised by human activity such as heavy metals”) have “far exceeded” that space.

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    Edouard Manet Gypsy with a cigarette 1862   • Servant Of The Corrupt (IM1776) • Russia Solidifies Gains in Eastern Ukraine (CTH) • US To Transfer
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 29 2022]

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    Red
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    “The Irish Times living along side clown world” Try living along side the usa! Speaking from Canada it’s interesting. I should think the Mexicans and Cubans may have an opinion less than shiny on that topic as well.

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    Dr D Rich
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    Our host wrote: Von der Leyen is a psychopath.

    She is said to be a surgeon of the obstetric-gynecological variety. Surgeons are in the top 5 professions for aspiring psychopaths and for all intent and purposes she is presently employed as a CEO, of sorts. Unsurprisingly CEO is the highest prevalence of psychopaths by profession, well, only second to incarcerated criminals (~10% of the U.S. prison population)

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    Red
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    @dr-d-rich: “Surgeons are in the top 5 professions for aspiring psychopaths” god complex!

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    V. Arnold
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    Edouard Manet Gypsy with a cigarette 1862

    I really like that painting. Then the question; just what is it I like?

    It’s real…the woman appears to be caught in the midst of a working day enjoying a cigarette break…
    She is very beautiful; I can see why Manet was drawn to paint her and her horse…

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    Dr D Rich
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    @red

    God complex as stylized by Alec Baldwin’s cardio-thoracic urgeon character in “Malice” refers to grandiose delusions. Here is his character during a deposition!:

    I think the psychopath’s ( antisocial personality disorder) emotional indifference and complete lack of empathy accurately reflects the similarity between hospital executives and afflicted surgeons, with the former possessing none of the latter’s penchant for hard work and dedication to duty

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    Dr. D
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    Hand-rolled Ciggie.

    “‘Guns Should Not Be in the Hands of the Mentally Unstable,’ Says Senile Man with Nukes” –BBee

    “Elon Musk Says He ‘Strongly’ Believes in Second Amendment, Yet Suggests ‘Special Permit’ Be Required for ‘Assault Rifles’”

    And that’s why he’s a dum-dum. But he’s from South Africa and may not have got the full read on why we do what we do. Half the country grew up here and can’t be bothered either. Just ask: they will tell you in terrible, mind-numbing detail. Essentially, guns are to restrain governments and scare the crap out of them. Because WE are the masters. If THEY issue permissions, we’re no longer the masters, are we? You have the “right” to fight for your life, meaning you’re going to do it anyway. This tool is the equalizer.

    He also said, ““It has been raining money on fools for too long.” Yeah, my money. FROM the poor, TO the rich like you. Free charging stations! We give free gas to the rich! Boot to the head to the poor. So he’s flipped GOP, I guess he thinks they’ll win and that’s where the gravy train is now. Of MY money. GOP are equal opportunity money-funnelers. Or Fire hosers.

    “Buried in the report, which was endorsed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, is the finding that escalating synergies between disasters, economic vulnerabilities and ecosystem failures are escalating the risk of a “[civilizational] collapse” scenario.”

    What do they mean? We’re not civilized now. We won’t have digital watches? Musk won’t buy a new Bugatti Veyron? Or that we won’t be driving to the mall? Because newsflash, we’re already not doing that. We don’t have a mall, we don’t have a car, and we don’t have the gas.

    The UN then goes on to ““science-based analysis of the risk that human perturbations will destabilise the Earth system at the planetary scale”. Uh-oh. They’ve been wrong 100% of the time when they use that “science-based” language.

    And the corporations who care, so, so much about it, global warming, save the earth, carbon credits, they are doing….? That’s right, nothing. Nike is still having shoes shipped worldwide twice: materials to Asia, then shipped back to N.A. The dead-#Opposite of nothing. Monsanto is still poisoning all water on earth. The U.S. Army is using all the oil and blasting uranium everywhere they can find. Coke is ruining forests for sugar and coffee. All of them use paper and plastic. 5x, 10x the packing. Nope! I only care about the earth when I can find your pockets and add murder. Otherwise, no dice.

    Canada, cares so much they abandoned the Grand Banks 30 years ago, leaving them to be annihilated by China, along with every human being in the Maritimes. Then sell China the tar sands, which is the master process of turning gold (clean natural gas) into lead (heavy crude oil). So, UN papers? Really? There is NOTHING anywhere above the surface of the earth that tells me that causing civilizational collapse is not their goal. And the deep, abiding goal of the civilian-war-authorizing, U.S.-approving UN. Build Back Better. Neo-feudalism can only win with 500M humans worldwide and a scientific dictatorship like “The Hunger Games” sitting on top. Go, go!

    You know who has sustainability? Russia. 90% of Red counties who are rural. Africa. All the people we hate, hate, hate and attack relentlessly. If they’re ecological in the slightest, we bomb them.

    I see their rapacious consumption to make d—k rockets and go to space is causing an environmental collapse, so their solution to that is to kill everybody but them. THAT I’m seeing.

    Yes, I’ve heard they are simply hiding their disastrous shingles vaccine with a fake claims of Monkeypox. Now some data is coming in on that. “I will heal you with the power of my lies!”

    “US to Transfer Long-range Rocket Systems to Ukraine (PressTV)”

    As Russia said and as we all know, they will not stop until they get blacked in the eye enough. So Russia will long-range missile us? Since we are nothing but pirates in the Aegean, will Russia sink the Mediterranean fleet for us? As easy as pushing a button.

    “The leaders of France and Germany have urged Russia’s Vladimir Putin to hold “direct [and] serious negotiations” with Ukraine’s president”

    This is ridiculous. Ukraine is “Not agreement capable,” just like everyone else in the West. They HAD a negotiation, and three agreements, treaties going back 30 years. Every day in every way, Ukraine and the West refused to obey any of them. Not one. France and Germany were the top supporters of breaking these treaties, from the day they were written in Minsk, through genocide of 10,000 civilians, right to Normandy. Don’t waste your breath. The Anglos have never honored a treaty in their lives and they aren’t going to start now. Ask Crazy Horse.

    “In 2014, the US initiated a proxy war against Russia by engineering the violent overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically-elected president.”

    Oh, “Treaties”. “International Law” and “Norms”. All that. And the UN did what about it? Approved it, and the genocide of identical people who spoke a almost-identical dialect within their own country. That’s like genociding everyone who uses double-negatives in America. “R2P is a political commitment to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity; it was endorsed by the United Nations at its 2005 world summit.” When Russia followed the guidance of the UN, the UN suddenly couldn’t remember and didn’t approve of the stopping of mass murder. AND when Crimea had the right to “Self-determination” in a UN-monitored national election, that didn’t matter either.

    Every day the same.

    “Sergei Lavrov keeps stressing that, “the West has declared total war against us, against the entire Russian world. Nobody even hides this now.” Certainly Biden doesn’t. AND he’s going to start a second (third?) land war in Asia with Tawian. Pinky-promise. We’ve declared Taiwan should support us so they can be as wildly successful as Ukraine. BuyBuyBuy.

    Qatar Gas Shipments to Germany Will Actually Come from Texas (MEE)”

    No they won’t, we have no ships, ports, or supplies. They can have a boatfull of lies, however.

    This at the same time politicians — barely sentient beings — say, “We’ll make our own fertilizer then, by gum!” Because as 5-year-old children, they have never interacted with the real world and play make-believe with toy blocks and toy soldiers. First, you’re not going to build a plant at all, since you morons have no steel, nickel, or energy now. Second, It would take +10 years. Third, you 5x’d natural gas prices and have no supply. So even if you HAD the quantity of today – and you don’t, because you don’t have the wells, which are in Russia – you’d have to collect all those flats into a gymnasium and shut off the heat to 10,000 houses to divert the gas. That’s possible. You planning on doing that? Nope. They’ll murder people instead. It’s always Plan #1.

    Speaking of, some of the best market predictors have said 4x on food is a lock. I think they’re talking before Autumn. 10x is a given before it’s over, and that’s only AVERAGE for commodity runs, I expect this one to be worse as a double-cycle. (General 30-year commodities cycle + 220 year cycle)

    “Ursula von der Leyen: “We need to buy Russian oil so Putin doesn’t make more profits elsewhere”

    “We need to buy Russian oil so Russia doesn’t sell their oil.” Yup, we’re way beyond parody with these people with every word. People cheer! Shut up and take my money, I’d obey you to the ends of the earth!

    ““…just because God ‘told’ George Bush to invade Iraq in 2003”

    Hahahaha! Somebody actually believed him on this? Oh wait: the whole Christian Right did. For more than 10 years. And killed all their children in the WoT, the War that was actually against THEM, now “Domestic Terrorists” because 1) they exist, and 2) are Christians. Yes, we all told them until we were blue in the face. No, they still haven’t admitted we were right.

    “Mexican President Unlikely to Attend Summit of the Americas (LATimes)”

    Good for them. However, the U.S. is incapable of embarrassment, so they will proceed as usual. They are incapable of thought, so they won’t notice anything. And they are incapable of telling the truth, so they will just lie about it and report all the Americas agree with them. Smashing success! Bonuses all around. Double promotions!

    P.S., it would be “Summit for the Rapacious Enemies of the Americas”. Including enemies and extractors of North America. Or of 99% of the people in 99% of the counties.

    Let’s be honest: is there anyone out there who has faith in the ability of the World Health Organization (WHO) to tackle a future pandemic?”

    Yes, more than half the country will die for them. They have limitless, unhesitating support for the organization that said “don’t stop flights”, “don’t wear masks” “There’s no human spread”, “It’s not airborne”, “It doesn’t come from a lab”, “15 days to stop the spread”, “the vaccine won’t work”, and “Vaccination will stop the spread and make us free from restrictions,” first at 40%, then 80%, then 99% or else. They will die for them. They’ll murder their kids in the bathtub for them. I know these people, they’re around every day. They took the vaccine, have gotten Covid twice since then, and thank God for the WHO, lining up for shot 5, since the last 4 worked so well.

    I didn’t expect it, being smart people, but “The truth isn’t in them.” Not a single synapse of logic has fired off yet, two years later.

    Sagan: this would be generally solved if not for Common Core. The general fundaments of science are not too hard to understand if an idiot like me can understand them. Not everyone can, but enough. But that requires not sabotaging education at every possible turn, and promoting the superiority of ignorance over knowledge. Anyone catch the recent “Man in the Street” interviews going around? “Who fought in the Civil War? Either side. Nope. “What century was the U.S. founded?” Nope. “What’s the Capitol of the U.S.?” A: “We have a capitol?” “How many are in a dozen?” Nope. “How many years in a decade?” Nope. And the young people are proud and happy not to know.

    It’s not easy to get to this level. You have to capture the learning channels, and then ruthlessly PREVENT all education within them, while scorched-earth destroying all competition. Why would I exaggerate? 100% of all graduates in Baltimore lack competency on Maryland’s exams. That’s with 80% not even graduating EVEN THOUGH they clearly do not need competency to collect the paper.

    So the level of scientific ignorance Sagan talks about is a problem, and they do plan to capitalize on it, but we’re nowhere near that level yet. Carter set up the Dept of Education because deeply ignorant people are easy to lead and vote on anything using Cap’n Crunch Cartoon advertising. And they have, that’s all that’s out there right now. “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, let me inflame this mob and point it at my enemies”. That’s why the media had to be put into 6 hands by Clinton, where before it was in 1,000s.

    It’s easy: capture the organization that’s SUPPOSED to do the thing, whether it’s the UN, the “Media Freedom” charity, the ACLU, Greenpeace, Southern Poverty Law Center, the Church, or just your local chamber of commerce. Then you have them NOT do that thing. That task is then sidelined in your culture, and you can do whatever you like in that field. All it takes is moral corruption and the ability to print money and it’s inevitable. It could never not happen, and it never has.

    This is why you can never allow people to print money, and say, have the boyfriend of the governor’s daughter die in the fiery crash the day before the key election. Message delivered. Murder is just another thing you buy with money. Or maybe the existence of bribery and paid killers is all a conspiracy theory.

    “California Poised to Adopt ‘Medical Misinformation Bill’ (ET)”

    This is that “Machine Thinking” discussion yesterday. Obamacare was designed, along with some of the “remove doctors” language previous we’ve already discussed, and the health insurers, to remove all humanity from…well, life. From everywhere. Remove humanity from man. Doctors are not allowed to prescribe, we’ve already seen and proven, or get disbarred and arrested by a host of squealers, turncoats, and informants in their own ranks. Who will gleefully end a man’s career for FREE. And sleep like a baby. This bill is another run at that, so it will cause mass-murder. Automated processes run badly, almost always. Ding! fries are done, Doctor. You got a PhD in reading the computer screen and obeying whatever it says without thinking.

    Or put another way: That’s “Idiocracy”.

    Pfizer: He’s a bullfrog, obviously. He got up this morning, identifies as a bullfrog, and now he is one. That’s science. You’re not a biologist. You can’t judge me!

    #108675
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Hand-rolled Ciggie…

    …of course…and probably rolled with one hand while riding her horse…

    #108676
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    “Health officials investigating two dozen suspected cases of monkeypox across Canada found that 95% cases are shingles.”

    I wanted to read that article but didn’t find it, instead found this from Reuters (FWIW):

    “Canadian outlet CTV News did not publish an article stating that 95% of suspected cases of monkeypox in Canada were diagnosed as shingles. No such headline was published by CTV News and an image shared on social media is digitally altered.”
    https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-monkeypox-canadashingles/fact-check-ctv-news-did-not-publish-headline-saying-95-of-suspected-monkeypox-cases-in-canada-were-shingles-idUSL2N2XG1PC

    #108677
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @Dr_D_Rich About the Alec Baldwin clip.

    How absolutely apropos. Alec Baldwin. I would expect exactly such perfect performance OF a psychopath BY a psychopath. That doesn’t mean that he’s a bad person. It just means that he is a world class actor who can shoot someone in cold blood with no remorse, guilt or sense of shame whatsoever.

    Why, he’s behaving just like an oblivious soul running on AI autopilot . . . and . . . (of course) completely unaware of it.

    #108678
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • US To Transfer Long-range Rocket Systems To Ukraine (PressTV)

    Well, the US has a number of military personnel, such as the illegal ones in say Syria, that will mysteriously get vaporized with no warning.

    The Empire of Lies can’t bitch about them being destroyed because they were illegal occupations to begin with.

    This will be very interesting.

    If the Empire of Lies sends the Ukro-nazis HIMARS, well Andrei Martyanov has his two cents to say:

    “As I stated on a number of occasions, these deliveries will not change the outcome, but if HIMARS will be used against Russia’s territory, we may have some very serious escalation by Russia and some of it will be very nasty for the US. Keep in mind, the US has very many assets and bases around the world. All of them are within the range of Russia’s stand-off weapons and Russia will retaliate directly against both NATO members who delivered weapons, such as Danish Harpoons, and most US military bases will be under a direct threat of retaliation.

    Going on:

    “Iran’s retaliation against the US bases in 2020, after assassination of General Soleimani, was an eye opener for the US.”

    The Iraq missiles were extremely accurate considering they were fired from 500km away. The Pentagontards were shocked. Zero defense, the Patriot missile systems totally failed. Sweet.

    “Russia’s retaliation will be much more devastating and it may go without prior warning to the US side unlike it was done by Iran in 2020.

    But here is another issue: ATACMS and PrSM munitions for HIRAMS have ranges of 300 and 500 kilometers respectively. These are precisely the types of weapons which such AD systems as S-400, S-300V4 and later versions of S-300 have been created for.

    Putting aside already described retaliation by Russia, in case the US decides to pursue this suicidal “policy”, which will not have any effect on the military outcome of SMO, which already ticking away towards US geopolitical defeat, even mitigation of the impact of such weapons by Russian AD will add weight to already well demonstrated US military, especially C2, and technological ineptness in 404 [Ukraine] and the latest moves are nothing more than desperate convulsions in an attempt to prolong 404 (and there own) agony.”

    The “Joe Biden” Clown Show is Burning Down the House

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBUe_v6Mi70.

    #108679
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • Russia Solidifies Gains in Eastern Ukraine

    Try Military Summary for a very fine grained report on ‘whatup’ on a daily basis

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUnc496-PPmFZVKlYxUnToA/videos

    #108680
    Noirette
    Participant

    Monkeypox: public health advice for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men

    25 May 2022. WHO Departmental news.

    An outbreak of a disease called monkeypox is currently taking place in many countries that do not typically have cases. This can be concerning, especially for people whose loved ones or community have been affected. Some cases have been identified through sexual health clinics in communities of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. It is important to note that the risk of monkeypox is not limited to men who have sex with men. Anyone who has close contact with someone who is infectious is at risk. However, given that the virus is being identified in these communities, learning about monkeypox will help ensure that as few people as possible are affected and that the outbreak can be stopped.

    This public health advice contains information on how monkeypox spreads, what to do if you think you have symptoms and how to protect yourself and others. It can be used by community leaders, influencers, health workers and people attending social events and parties to inform and engage communities of men who have sex with men.

    https://www.who.int/news/item/25-05-2022-monkeypox–public-health-advice-for-gay–bisexual-and-other-men-who-have-sex-with-men

    BBC news seems to hesitate between ‘gay men affected’ and ‘it is just close contact’ in confused jumble-speak (I suppose they hadn’t received any clear orders, info to be touted.)

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-61609888 …. + another 4 million articles on goog.

    Afaik no link between types of sex acts and pox virus infections exist, ‘poxies’ (just made that up) are transmitted by close contact, incl. face to face convo, droplets sometimes, contact with ‘close objects’ like bedding…(I’m not a virologist, so..) Summary, heh, get ready for **crocodile pox**!

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/immunology-and-microbiology/poxviridae

    Reminds me of AIDS, it is just knee-jerk stuff from the MSM, or is there something behind it? Could it be that ‘gays’ are again targetted as ‘vulnerable’ who then need to be ‘defended’ or defend themselves (> “wokism” as a divisive political ploy), and what purpose does that serve? None that I can make out, except for MSM hyper-agitation-freak-out to sells articles and gets clicks.

    (chiken pox and shingles are different > varicella zoster.)

    #108681
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Sometimes, … one just can’t resist but share some most nonsensical ideas existing there. From The Atlantic, … no snips:

    The War Won’t End Until Putin Loses
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/05/why-ukraine-must-defeat-putin-russia/629940/

    F.S.

    #108682
    Kassandra
    Participant
    #108683
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    Hand-rolled Ciggie…

    …of course…and probably rolled with one hand while riding her horse…

    …side-saddle, her golden soft flowing layered-gathered blouse, dense tapestry woven skirt intentionally cinched and bow-tied at the waist, beaded braids and bangles snapping in the wind….

    #108684
    zerosum
    Participant

    Gullibility test Question for health care providers:
    Is it shingles or monkeypox?
    ——-
    Gullibility test Question for wantobe freedom fighters:
    Ukraine + NATO or Russiarussiarussia.
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    Civilisation and Anti-Civilisation


    Civilisation and Anti-Civilisation
    11438 Views May 28, 2022

    5. Even so, in only some ninety days, of the remaining 24 provinces of the Ukraine (the 25th, the Crimea was returned in 2014), five of the richest Ukrainian provinces under Kiev regime oppression have either completely or else in large part been liberated. These are: Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, Zaporozhe and Kharkov. If Allied forces wish to take all of the Eastern Ukraine/Novorossiya, there remain only the three provinces of Dnipropetrovsk, Nikolaev and Odessa. Together these eight heavily-populated provinces have about half of the population of the Ukraine, some 20 million people. Of the other two-thirds of the country, presumably the nine provinces of Central Ukraine will remain as part of the real Ukraine, a future, demilitarised Russian Protectorate, leaving the seven provinces of Western Ukraine to be demilitarised and shared out between Poland, which could perhaps receive five of them, and the other two perhaps shared out between Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.
    ———
    “The Anglos have never honored a treaty in their lives and they aren’t going to start now. Ask Crazy Horse.”
    —–
    Plan # 1 for shortages ….. We all know the solution but pretend we don’t know the solution
    ———
    Ignorance is bliss/happiness
    TAE readers are knowledgeable/miserable/unhappy/unsatisfied/unfulfilled/seekers/
    And the young people are proud and happy not to know.
    ——–
    Monkeypox: transmitted by close contact,
    One confirmed case in Ontario.
    No Partner found/identified
    ———–

    #108685
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    From Caitlin Johnstone today:

    “I honestly don’t understand how anyone can stay abreast of the day-to-day depravity of the oligarchic empire without a daily practice geared toward inner peace. Things are so insane and confusing and only getting more so; you’ve got to have a regular discipline to form stability.

    Meditation, self-enquiry, healing and energy practices, whatever gets you there, but surely you’ve got to have something before you can stare into the face of the beast continuously without going mad. I can’t imagine looking at this thing every day without any kind of a practice.”

    Self-enquiry – is the constant attention to the inner awareness of “I” or “I am” recommended by Ramana Maharshi as the most efficient and direct way of discovering the unreality of the “I”-thought.

    Posting at TAE is a form of Self-enquiry.

    LOVE to All.

    #108686
    Noirette
    Participant

    Re. prev. thread John Day and others, see this Bill Gates TED talk from 2015.

    Title: The next outbreak? We aren’t ready.

    7 years ago, Gates prefaced his talk by hyping up the next threat.

    quote … “A highly infective virus, rather than a war.”

    (Righteo, he is in competition with war, the MIC and Big Pharma are competing for control and the spoils.)

    He calls for, using Ebola as ‘early warning’ and the Spanish Flu as ‘historical’ exs:

    — hundreds of thousands of workers to act

    — cooperation with the military who can ‘do stuff’

    — a global vaxx, and a global health system.

    (that is my take, but there is a LOT to unpack in this carefully crafted speech.)

    8 mins.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_gates_the_next_outbreak_we_re_not_ready?language=dz

    #108687
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    Von der Leyen is a psychopath

    That’s not her only talent, though, she’s also a world-class incompetent. On the other hand she’s absolutely rubbish at lying – only a handful of brain-dead EU fanatics ever believe a word she says – so there is that.

    #108688
    straightwalker
    Participant

    Manet’s painting of the Gypsy woman is a complete art lesson, brush stroke by brush stroke. This is how beauty is built.

    #108689
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Ukraine is the poorest and most corrupt country in Europe.

    Most corrupt hands down.

    Child trafficking, drug trafficking, and soon to be the Capitol of weapons trafficking.

    All those crappy Western Man-Pad (manwhore) personal anti-aircraft missile systems that sucked big time on the battlefield in Ukraine, well the ancient overrated US Stinger is however great at shooting down commercial airliners on their final approach to any Western capital airport.

    That will be something to see.

    All these Ukrainian ‘aid package’ weapons, re-sold on the blackmarket all over Eurotardistan along with super angery, super crazy Ukronazis wandering around the Euro landscape looking for revenge for having been sold down the river.

    Example of Ukronazi in exile with man-pad:

    “Nice airliner you got there, pay me a million Euros and it might not crash”

    The blowback on this flood of mediocre Western weapons into Ukraine is going to be truly epic.

    Truly Epic.

    Imagine the ‘no go’ zones that exist in Sweden and other Eurotard capitols for instance.

    Now add Man-Pads and grenade launchers and RPGs to the restless natives.

    And fairly cheap at that, so everyone can afford some and join the party.

    #108690
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Alex Christoforou

    gives very enjoyable news wrapups while walking around Athens and Cyprus

    #108692

    “…the MIC and Big Pharma are competing for control and the spoils”
    But it’s WokeWorld, so they both win and get first prize!

    #108694
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    So the WEF and Government “Powers That Be” pay each other to sustain and empower each other with money, position, and authoritative expert opinion. That’s not hard to understand. Slightly harder to grasp (but still not very hard) is that no member in either assembly can criticize the other members because such disloyalty would undermine the house-of-cards and get the offender thrown out of the club.

    The point that these elite seem to be missing is that neither assembly actually makes anything useful, nor has the skill or capacity to make anything, nor any inclination to do so even if they wanted to. . . which they don’t. Reminds me of the old Missouri farmers’ primary rule : “Don’t starve the mule.”

    All of that dirty, uncomfortable and mule-like “working to make something useful (or vital !) for survival” gets done by unwashed and uncared for “mule-people” who for some reason want little more than to be left alone & unimpeded to go on making stuff to stay alive. When that becomes literally impossible then some of those people actually have the gall to SAY so, by complaining.

    You see the problem? Of Course ! It is all of that noisy complaint.

    OBVIOUSLY (the highly paid in-house authoritative experts insist) the solution is to to shut up all of those dangerous mule people, and failing that, to just get rid of the whole deplorable mess of them by compelling the upper half of the wretches to kill the lower half . . . . . and have done with it once and for all.

    Anyone to whom that solution makes even the slightest sense is too stupid to live.

    But they needn’t worry too much about it, or worry for very long, because pretty soon now they won’t.

    #108695
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    But they needn’t worry too much about it, or worry for very long, because pretty soon now they won’t.

    #108696
    willem
    Participant

    “California Poised to Adopt ‘Medical Misinformation Bill’ (ET)”

    I think this bill should include the establishment of facilities around the state, including a master state-of-the-art facility at the California State House in Sacramento, where sick people can go to see their assemblyman for medical advice and treatment. And since we’re already paying them, the visits should be free, of course.

    #108697
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #108698
    aspnaz
    Participant

    The Irish Times confirming my worst impressions of the media: no real argument, trying to divide opinion, resorts to name calling, misleading their readers by pretending that today’s nation-controlling oligarchs are somehow different to monarchy, pretending that the same would not starve the irish today if necessary.

    #108699
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Canadian health officials will hold conferences with WHO to review Pfizer vaccine side effects and ADE.

    Interpretation: WHO will tell us what lies to tell to the people so that the global lies are coordinated lies, as we would not want to look stupid or corrupt or malicious.

    Canadians are obviously not clever enough to work out what is going on so they are going to ask Bill Gates and Pfizer at the WHO global infection controllers, the people who’s job it is to release diseases and failed remedies. Canadians will then believe what they are told by these people, despite the gross conflicts of interest and the fact that the people controlling WHO are also controlling most of their politicians: obviously, because as soon as something unexpected happens, do they rely on the scientific knowledge in their country or do they scurry off to ask the boss at WHO.

    #108700
    q77m
    Participant

    I’m sure Gates and Pfizer will bring lots of cash to the conferences with WHO to remind the Canadian leaders what this is all about. Just like before….

    #108701
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    Elon Musk hails from South Africa where the use of lethal force in self-defence is legal. I have seen adverts for cars with built-in flamethrowers to belch fire over attackers and hijackers. I don’t know what environment Musk grew up in and how that has formed his views.

    #108702
    Henry
    Participant

    @oroboros Thank you for posting Alex Christoforou. He gives a great news summary while walking around one of my favorite cities, Athens.

    Kind regards.

    #108703
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Have we crossed the Rubicon?

    In my hometown total deaths now exceed last year’s total.

    Lecturer Stuart Hooper takes an academic look at national and international elites. Individuals no longer matter in this mass society where all political parties have been captured. C. Wright Mills points out power is held in the economic, political, military establishments. America was founded by elites, but it isn’t until 1886 and the 14th Amendment when power is transferred from the political elites to the economic world. The postwar Military-Industrial-Complex became a self-reinforcing clique concerned with maintaining power. The iron law of oligarchy says that elites are always ready to justify despotic acts under the pretext they are done for the good of the public. The armed forces of the U.S. seem to have been captured by the transnational elite, used to destroy ideological and political forces not aligned with globalization. Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are creating a command and control grid for the elite.

    Stuart J. Hooper: Elites Use U.S. Military to Destroy Forces Unaligned with Globalization

    #108704
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Susmarie108

    From Caitlin Johnstone today:

    “I honestly don’t understand how anyone can stay abreast of the day-to-day depravity of the oligarchic empire without a daily practice geared toward inner peace. Things are so insane and confusing and only getting more so; you’ve got to have a regular discipline to form stability.

    Good catch…
    My solution is one 30 minute news broadcast from RT per day, period. No MSM allowed…
    Andrei Martyanov is very good as well…
    https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/

    His creds are deep and plentiful…

    #108705
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Apocalyptic Global Food Crisis Coming Soon?

    #108706
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Susmarie108
    Participant
    Hand-rolled Ciggie…

    …of course…and probably rolled with one hand while riding her horse…

    …side-saddle, her golden soft flowing layered-gathered blouse, dense tapestry woven skirt intentionally cinched and bow-tied at the waist, beaded braids and bangles snapping in the wind….

    Hmmm; a Gypsy woman riding side saddle? I can’t quite picture that…

    #108707
    Archie
    Participant

    @V. Arnold

    Side Saddle might be preferred when wearing a long skirt. Modestly speaking that is.

    #108708
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    China and more. Seems like lots conflict potential.

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