May 052022
 


René Magritte Personal values 1952

 

Fierce Fighting Under Way In Azovstal Plant, Says Azov Commander (G.)
Brazil’s Ex-president Lula Claims Zelenskiy Equally To Blame For War (G.)
Return of the King (Streeck)
The “Disinformation Board” Is Even More Pernicious Than It Seems (Greenwald)
Twitter Launches New Purge Of Covid Contrarians (JTN)
Soros, Clinton and Obama Staffers, EU Governments Behind Anti-Musk Campaign (DM)
Elon Musk Turns To Old Financial Backers For $44b Twitter Buyout (NYP)
John Durham Scores Two Major Court Wins Ahead Of Clinton Lawyer’s Trial (JTN)
FBI Pursued a Dossier Rumor the Press Shot Down as ‘Bullshit’ (Sperry)
The Government Plays God (Whitehead)
The Great Currency Reset and Why Europe is Trapped (Luongo)
Disney’s Market Freefall (PJM)

 

 

 

 

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Well, well. The Guardian is now the bullhorn for the nazis. But Russia has denied invading the plant.

Also funny: the evacuation of citizens from the plant is being presented as another heroic act by Zelensky. But they could have left at any moment over the past 2 months. Why didn’t they? Often because the same nazis used them as human shields.

Fierce Fighting Under Way In Azovstal Plant, Says Azov Commander (G.)

Fierce fighting has continued inside Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks, the commander of Ukrainian forces in the plant said, as more civilians fled the city on evacuation buses following weeks of brutal bombardment that have reduced much of it to rubble. Ukrainian forces were fighting “difficult bloody battles” against Russian troops for a second day, Denys Prokopenko, commander of the Azov regiment, said in a brief video released on Telegram late on Wednesday. “I am proud of my soldiers who are making superhuman efforts to contain the pressure of the enemy … the situation is extremely difficult,” commander Denis Prokopenko said.

Earlier on Wednesday, David Arakhamia, the head of Ukraine’s ruling party in parliament, told RFE/RL that Russian forces had entered the plant, but he said that the country’s government remained in contact with the Ukrainian troops staging a last stand. The Kremlin’s official spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, denied reports that Moscow’s forces were trying to storm the plant. “The order was publicly given by [Vladimir Putin] to cancel the storming,” Peskov said. “There is no storming.” Russia said its forces would cease firing at the factory on Thursday morning, and open a three-day humanitarian corridor for any civilians.


“The Russian armed forces will from 8am to 6pm (Moscow time, 0500 GMT to 1500 GMT) on May 5, 6 and 7 open a humanitarian corridor from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant to evacuate civilians,” the defence ministry said. “During this period, the Russian armed forces and formations of the Donetsk People’s Republic will unilaterally cease any hostilities.”

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“The United States has a lot of political clout. And Biden could have avoided war, not incited it,” he said. “Biden could have taken a plane to Moscow to talk to Putin. This is the kind of attitude you expect from a leader.”

Brazil’s Ex-president Lula Claims Zelenskiy Equally To Blame For War (G.)

Brazilian presidential frontrunner Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has said the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, bear equal responsibility for the war in Ukraine, putting the leftist icon at odds with western powers. In an interview with Time magazine published on Wednesday, the former president said it was irresponsible for western leaders to celebrate Zelenskiy because they are encouraging war instead of focusing on closed-door negotiations to stop the fighting. “I see the president of Ukraine, speaking on television, being applauded, getting a standing ovation by all the [European] parliamentarians,” Lula told the magazine. “This guy [Zelenskiy] is as responsible as Putin for the war,” he added.

Lula, who is on Time’s cover this week, is frontrunner for the October elections when he hopes to deny far-right President Jair Bolsonaro re-election and return to office after the annulment last year of corruption convictions that had put him in jail. The remarks will probably raise eyebrows in the US and Europe, which are supplying military support to Ukraine and have hit Russia with punishing sanctions over an invasion widely seen in the west as an act of unprovoked Russian aggression. Lula, 76, said Zelenskiy should have yielded to Russian opposition to Ukraine’s moves to join Nato and held negotiations with Putin to avoid a conflict.


Refering to Zelenskiy’s rise to fame as an actor and comedian, he added: “We should be having a serious conversation. OK, you were a nice comedian. But let us not make war for you to show up on TV.” The veteran leftist said Biden and European Union leaders failed to do enough to negotiate with Russia in the run-up to its invasion of Ukraine in February. “The United States has a lot of political clout. And Biden could have avoided war, not incited it,” he said. “Biden could have taken a plane to Moscow to talk to Putin. This is the kind of attitude you expect from a leader.”

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King NATO

Return of the King (Streeck)

When kings return, they initiate a purge, to rectify the anomalies that have accumulated during their absence. Old bills are presented anew and collected, lack of loyalty revealed during the King’s absence is punished, disobedient ideas and improper memories are extirpated, and the nooks and crannies of the body politic are cleansed of the political deviants that have in the meantime populated them. Symbolic action of the McCarthy type is helpful as it spreads fear among potential dissenters. Throughout the West today, players of piano or tennis or relativity theory who happen to be from Russia and want to continue playing whatever they play are pressed to make public statements that would make their lives and those of their families back home difficult at best.

Investigative journalists discover an abyss of philanthropic donations by Russian oligarchs to music and other festivals, donations that have been welcome in the past but are now found to subvert artistic freedom, unlike of course the philanthropic donations of their Western fellow-oligarchs. Etc. Against the background of proliferating loyalty oaths, public discourse is reduced to spreading the King’s truth, and nothing but. Putin verstehen – trying to find out about motives and reasons, searching for a clue as to how one might, perhaps, negotiate an end to the bloodshed – is equated with Putin verzeihen, or forgiving; it ‘relativizes’, as the Germans put it, the atrocities of the Russian army by trying to end them with other than military means.


According to newly received wisdom, there is only one way of dealing with a madman; thinking about other ways advances his interests and therefore amounts to treason. (I remember teachers in the 1950s who let it be known to the young generation that ‘the only language the Russian understands is the language of the fist’.) Memory management is central: never mention the Minsk Accords (2014 and 2015) between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, don’t ask what became of them and why, never mind the platform of negotiated conflict settlement on which Zelensky was elected in 2019 by almost three quarters of Ukrainian voters, and forget the American response by megaphone diplomacy to Russian proposals as late as 2022 for a joint European security system. Above all, never bring up the various American ‘special operations’ of the recent past, like for example in Iraq, and in Fallujah inside Iraq (800 civilian casualties alone in a few days); doing so commits the crime of ‘whataboutism’, which in view of ‘the pictures from Bucha and Mariupol’ is morally out of bounds.

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“..the term “disinformation expert” is designed to disguise ideological views on behalf of state and corporate power centers as Official Truth.”

The “Disinformation Board” Is Even More Pernicious Than It Seems (Greenwald)

The most egregious and blatant official disinformation campaign in the U.S. took place three weeks before the 2020 presidential election. That was when dozens of former intelligence officials purported to believe that authentic emails regarding Joe Biden’s activities in China and Ukraine, reported by The New York Post, were “Russian disinformation.” That quasi-official proclamation enabled liberal corporate media outlets to uncritically mock and then ignore those emails as “Russian disinformation,” and pressured Big Tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to censor the reporting at exactly the time Americans were preparing to decide who would be the next U.S. president.

The letter from these former intelligence officials was orchestrated by trained career liars — disinformation agents — such as former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Yet that letter was nonetheless crucial to discredit and ultimately suppress the New York Post’s incriminating reporting on Biden. It provided a quasi-official imprimatur — something that could be depicted as an authoritative decree — that these authentic emails were, in fact, fraudulent. After all, if all of these noble and heroic intelligence operatives who spent their lives studying Russian disinformation were insisting that the Biden emails had all of the “hallmarks” of Kremlin treachery, who possessed the credibility to dispute their expert assessment?


This same strategic motive — to vest accusations of “disinformation” with the veneer of expertise — is what has fostered a new, very well-financed industry heralding itself as composed of “anti-disinformation” scholars. Knowing that Americans are inculcated from childhood to believe that censorship is nefarious — that it is the hallmark of tyranny — those who wish to censor need to find some ennobling rationale to justify it and disguise what it is. They have thus created a litany of neutral-sounding groups with benign names — The Atlantic Council, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, various “fact-checking” outfits controlled by corporate media outlets — that claim to employ “anti-disinformation experts” to identify and combat fake news. Just as media corporations re-branded their partisan pundits as “fact-checkers” — to masquerade their opinions as elevated, apolitical authoritative, decrees of expertise — the term “disinformation expert” is designed to disguise ideological views on behalf of state and corporate power centers as Official Truth.

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Elon! Help!

Twitter Launches New Purge Of Covid Contrarians (JTN)

Several Twitter users known for questioning U.S. government COVID-19 messaging have found themselves locked out of their accounts or suspended, even as the social media company reckons with a takeover by pro-free-speech billionaire Elon Musk and advancing litigation by journalist Alex Berenson. It’s not clear whether the timing is coincidental or the last gasp of an old guard targeting so-called Team Reality before a new owner or courts force it to change direction. Twitter has ignored the vast majority of Just the News requests to explain how various sanctioned users violated its terms. The notices from Twitter, often posted by allies of the silenced users, cite violation of its policy against sharing “misleading and potentially harmful information” about COVID.

A federal judge greenlit breach-of-contract claims in Berenson’s lawsuit challenging his permanent suspension, which followed a tweet that said COVID vaccines neither stop infection nor transmission, both of which the CDC has acknowledged for several months. The former New York Times reporter said in February Twitter had quietly removed the “misleading” label from the tweet, which only he can see. The company didn’t respond to Just the News queries at the time. Berenson plausibly alleged Twitter “fail[ed] to abide by its own five-strike policy and its specific commitments” made by a PR executive directly to Berenson before his first strike, U.S. District Judge William Alsup wrote April 29.


The same day Twitter permanently booted Daniel Kotzin, one of three sanctioned users jointly suing federal officials for coercing Twitter to censor purported COVID misinformation. It flagged his tweet citing “known potential side effects” of COVID vaccines, including myocarditis, “blood clots, and strokes.”

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‘Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter will further toxify our information ecosystem and be a direct threat to public safety, especially among those already most vulnerable and marginalized..’

Soros, Clinton and Obama Staffers, EU Governments Behind Anti-Musk Campaign (DM)

Some of the most high-profile liberal figures have joined together to encourage advertisers to boycott Twitter if Elon Musk brings in his promised policy of unfettered ‘free speech.’ Twenty six NGOs and advocacy groups signed a letter expressing concern about the world’s richest man’s plan. Musk himself responded to the letter asking who funded them: the answer being an assortment of ‘dark money groups’ like George Soros’s Open Society Foundation; NGOs founded by former Clinton and Obama administration staffers; wealthy Democrat donors and their family foundations; labor unions; and the governments of European nations.

‘Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter will further toxify our information ecosystem and be a direct threat to public safety, especially among those already most vulnerable and marginalized,’ they wrote. They warned that advertising on Twitter would see their company ‘risks association with a platform amplifying hate, extremism, health misinformation, and conspiracy theorists.’ The authors continued: ‘Under Musk’s management, Twitter risks becoming a cesspool of misinformation, with your brand attached, polluting our information ecosystem in a time where trust in institutions and news media is already at an all-time low.


‘Your ad dollars can either fund Musk’s vanity project or hold him to account. We call on you to demand Musk uphold these basic standards of community trust and safety, and to pull your advertising spending from Twitter if they are not.’ Musk, in response to the letter, tweeted: ‘Who funds these organizations that want to control your access to information? Let’s investigate …’ Piqued by the critique, he added: ‘Sunlight is the best disinfectant.’ The letter signed by the 26 groups was sent on headed paper bearing the logos of Accountable Tech, Media Matters for America, and Ultraviolet.

Anti-Elon campaign

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They’re afraid of cancel culture.

Elon Musk Turns To Old Financial Backers For $44b Twitter Buyout (NYP)

Elon Musk is turning to an old, reliable group of financial backers to fund his $44 billion buyout of Twitter — even as talks to team up with a deep-pocketed private equity firm have stalled, The Post has learned. Sources close to the situation say Musk may be closing in on raising $10 billion in cash from equity co-investors — mostly venture capital firms who have backed his other companies including Space X. One source close to the talks declined to name the firms, but Musk’s past investors have included Sequoia Capital, D1 Capital Partners and Valor Equity Partners. Musk has also turned to so-called family offices that control large pools of private money to back his Twitter bid. “He has more than $10 billion of committed equity,” one source close to the situation told The Post.

Musk is plowing ahead even as top executives at Thoma Bravo — a tech-focused buyout firm whose investments include nuts-and-bolts software firms like McAfee and Barracuda — are divided over partnering with Musk in the deal, with some fearing the bet would be too big and too risky, three sources close to the situation said. “Orlando Bravo was pushing for it,” one source close to the talks said, referring to the firm’s co-founder, a 52-year-old, Puerto Rican-born billionaire with a formidable track record among tech investors. “He spent hours talking to Elon.” On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk has been telling investors he aims to take the company public again within three years of the buyout.


As previously reported by The Post, Thoma Bravo sees an opportunity to slash costs at Twitter and was hoping to land a high-profile deal. Nevertheless, other top partners at Thoma Bravo fret that jumping into bed with Musk — who has posted a slew of sometimes bizarre tweets about his plans for Twitter, including that he plans to turn its San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter — could be a disaster. “My sense is Orlando Bravo wanted to do it but one or two of his top partners don’t want to,” a second source said. Other major buyout firms including Stephen Schwarzman’s Blackstone and billionaire Robert F. Smith’s Vista Equity Partners also have turned Musk down altogether, a source said. Apollo Global Management, meanwhile, is only interested in providing debt financing, according to sources close to the talks.

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No go for attorney-client privilege.

John Durham Scores Two Major Court Wins Ahead Of Clinton Lawyer’s Trial (JTN)

Special Counsel John Durham scored two major wins on Wednesday ahead of the criminal trial for ex-Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, as the judge ordered a key witness to testify and agreed to review memos the defense is trying to conceal with a claim of attorney-client privilege. During a hearing, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper expressed skepticism that memos detailing the Fusion GPS firm’s opposition research on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia – some of which were shared with the news media and the FBI — were covered by attorney-client privilege and agreed to Durham’s request to review 38 of the documents that prosecutors want to introduce at trial later this month.

Cooper said he wasn’t convinced the Clinton campaign, Sussmann and his law firm and Fusion GPS should have blanket privilege over the documents, at one point citing a memo of Fusion’s contacts with a reporter as evidence of “assisting a media strategy” rather than legal advice. Cooper also unsealed his order to compel that granted Fusion GPS computer researcher Laura Seago limited immunity and ordered her to testify at trial as Durham sought. Seago’s lawyer informed prosecutors she planned to “invoke her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination absent a court order of immunity compelling her to testify at trial,” according to the unsealed records.


Cooper signed an order mandating Seago “give testimony or provide other information which she refuses to give or to provide on the basis of her privilege against self-incrimination as to all matters about which she might be interrogated at trial and any proceedings ancillary thereto.” The judge also ruled that “no testimony or other information compelled under this Order (or any information directly or indirectly derived from such testimony or other information) may be used against Laura Seago in any criminal case, except a prosecution for perjury, giving a false statement, or otherwise failing to comply with this Order.” Durham had argued that Seago’s testimony was “necessary to the public interest.” It did not specify what prosecutors believed her testimony would focus on.

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“..some journalists, as keen as they were to report dirt on Trump, were nevertheless more cautious than FBI investigators about embracing hearsay information..”

FBI Pursued a Dossier Rumor the Press Shot Down as ‘Bullshit’ (Sperry)

The FBI decision to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser hinged on an unsubstantiated rumor from a Clinton campaign-paid dossier that the Washington Post’s Moscow sources had quickly shot down as “bullshit” and “impossible,” according to emails disclosed last week to a D.C. court hearing the criminal case of a Clinton lawyer accused of lying to the FBI. Though the FBI presumably had access to better sources than the newspaper, agents did little to verify the rumor that Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page had secretly met with sanctioned Kremlin officials in Moscow. Instead, the bureau pounced on the dossier report the day it received it, immediately plugging the rumor into an application under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to wiretap Page as a suspected Russian agent.

The allegation, peddled to both the press and FBI in the summer of 2016 by Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to dig up dirt on Trump during the presidential race, proved to be the linchpin in winning approval for the 2016 warrant, which was renewed three times in 2017 – even though the FBI learned there were serious holes in the story and had failed to independently corroborate it. The revelations of early media skepticism about the Trump-Russia narrative before journalists embraced it are included in a 62-page batch of emails between Fusion and prominent Beltway reporters released by Special Counsel John Durham, who is scouring the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign for evidence of abuse and criminal wrongdoing.


The documents suggest that some journalists, as keen as they were to report dirt on Trump, were nevertheless more cautious than FBI investigators about embracing hearsay information served up by Clinton agents. (The FBI declined comment.) The new material also offers a look at the lengths to which those working on Clinton’s behalf went in order to seed the government with unverified rumors about Trump and Russia that amounted to a disinformation campaign. Among those targeted were powerful Democratic members of Congress, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who proved to be a willing collaborator.

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This is the fundamental point: the rights of the unborn child. That video is scary.

The Government Plays God (Whitehead)

“Abortion on demand is the ultimate State tyranny; the State simply declares that certain classes of human beings are not persons, and therefore not entitled to the protection of the law. The State protects the ‘right’ of some people to kill others, just as the courts protected the ‘property rights’ of slave masters in their slaves.”
– Ron Paul

The government wants to play god. It wants the power to decide who lives or dies and whose rights are worthy of protection. Delve beneath the rhetoric and spin that have turned abortion into a politicized, polarized and propagandized frontline in the culture wars, and you will find a greater menace at work. Abortion may be front and center in the power struggle between the Left and the Right over who has the right to decide—the government or the individual—when it comes to bodily autonomy, the right to privacy, sexual freedom, the rights of the unborn, and property interests in one’s body, but there’s so much more going on here.

The Left would suggest that unborn babies do not have constitutional rights and the only right that matters is a woman’s right to privacy in choosing whether or not to abort a pregnancy. The Right, while fixated on saving the lives of unborn babies, seems less concerned about what happens to those lives from birth to death. What few seem willing to address is that in the 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, the government has come to believe that it not only has the power to determine who is deserving of constitutional rights in the eyes of the law but it also has the authority to deny those rights to an American citizen.

This is how the abortion debate—a politicized tug-of-war over when an unborn child is considered a human being with rights—plays into the police state’s hands by laying the groundwork for discussions about who else may or may not be deserving of rights. Even if (as a leaked draft opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization suggests) the Supreme Court overturns its earlier rulings recognizing abortion as a constitutional right under the Fourteenth Amendment, that will not resolve the larger problem that plagues us today: namely, that all along the spectrum of life—from the unborn child to the aged—the government continues to play fast and loose with the lives of the citizenry.

40 weeks

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“..a complete embargo of all Russian oil..”

The Great Currency Reset and Why Europe is Trapped (Luongo)

There’s a lot of news flying around about the changes happening in global currency trading. From “Gas for Rubles” to “What the Hell is Going on With the Yen?” there are a lot of questions and very few answers as to what it all means and whose on which side of the divide. The Fed just hiked 50 basis points for the first time since 2000 and will be running off its balance sheet forcing the Treasury to stop issuing new debt at stupid rates. The European Union unveiled a sixth sanctions package against Russia which calls for a complete embargo of all Russian oil. Further to this the EU is now aping what the Trump Administration tried to do to Iran in 2018, sanctioning all services, including insurance, to all shippers of oil from doing any business with Russia and sanctioned Russian banks.

These sanctions, effectively politicizing every aspect of international business and trade, are ultimately nothing more than short-term annoyances for Russia or anyone else. It betrays a mindset that cares nothing for the downstream effects of these actions and, if anything, betray the desperation felt in Brussels today about its position in the global market. I’ve spilled hundreds of column inches trying to explain to the world that it is the EU’s totalitarian mindset based on their psychological imbalance and ideological need to be seen as the champions of humanity, that drives all of their decisions. The US is not so driven. We’re far easier to understand. We like power but only so long as it nets us a profit.


This sanctions package is prima facie evidence of their insanity and what happens when, like a cornered animal, they are faced with an existential choice. The EU is built on a foundation of insulating its leadership from the vicissitudes of public opinion. Populism is a four-letter word in the Eurocrat’s vocabulary. The consequences of this policy which was conceived of by the fart-sniffing buffoons at the World Economic Forum, The Davos Crowd, are irrelevant to them in the short-term. Yes, Europeans will suffer tremendously high inflation because, if successful at taking a majority of Russian oil off the global markets, will only ensure that prices go ballistic. Do you think the same people who have a stated depopulation agenda who mandated a 12% effective Pfizer vaccine and wasn’t tested at all on pregnant women lest they be barred from partaking of European society care one whit about the people they govern?

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Woke.

Disney’s Market Freefall (PJM)

There’s a saying, and I don’t know who coined it, but it goes something like, “Go woke; go broke.” I do know that former president Donald Trump said that “everything woke turns to s**t.” One company that’s learning this lesson the hard way — even though nobody there will admit it publicly — is Disney. David Ng at Breitbart is reporting that The Walt Disney Company has lost a whopping $63 billion in market capitalization over the past two months. “Shares of Disney have plummeted 23.5 percent since the start of March, falling from $145.70,” Ng writes. “Market cap is down $62.6 billion, from $265.3 to $202.7 billion.” (For the uninitiated, Investopedia defines market capitalization as “the total dollar market value of a company’s outstanding shares of stock. Commonly referred to as ‘market cap,’ it’s calculated by multiplying the total number of a company’s outstanding shares by the current market price of one share.”)

I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to wrap my head around losing that kind of money. I freak out if I lose a $20 bill, so losing tens of billions because I took a political position that appeases a percentage of my workforce and a smaller percentage of the world at large at the expense of everybody else would be disastrous. That amount of money may be chump change to Disney, but it’s still nearly a quarter of its market cap. Disney’s stock has performed poorly over the past several months, dropping 30% over the past year. Much, though not all, of this stems directly from Disney’s decision to speak out on Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which the legislature passed into law and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed at the end of March.


The Democrats and their willing accomplices in the media falsely dubbed it the “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” which triggered the LGBTQ lobby among Disney cast members to pressure CEO Bob Chapek to stick the company’s nose into the state’s business. DeSantis and the Florida legislature decided to fight fire with fire, and they voted to end the 1967 special improvement act that allowed Disney to create the Reedy Creek Improvement District and essentially act as its own government over the Walt Disney World property.

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    René Magritte Personal values 1952   • Fierce Fighting Under Way In Azovstal Plant, Says Azov Commander (G.) • Brazil’s Ex-president Lula Claims
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    We needed a 2,000 point interest rate hike. Jerry gave us 50. I’m sure that’ll be fine. Good show old chum. Nice try.

    If Russia left the lights on the and the bridges intact, so peachy-safe that all of Congress and every PM is vacationing in Kiev, then when NATO sends weapons and gets all those places bombed, isn’t it NATO attacking and destroying Ukraine?

    “The U.S. will have approved 2/3rds of the whole Russian military budget”

    …And still not only lost, but barely took the field. As usual. It’s F’ing embarrassing. If you want to fail, I can give that to you at 1/10th of the cost and save a lot of bother.

    “Twitter Launches New Purge of Covid Contrarians (JTN)”

    Repeating the CDC info, legally listed on the bottle of the drug, is “Disinformation” and purged. This is why the very existence of the word “Disinformation” is dangerous. What is it? WHATEVER I SAY IT IS, now SHUT UP!!! Same with “Nazi”. Centrist Right are Nazis, Centrist Left are Nazis, Bernie is a Nazi, people further left then Bernie are Nazis, ACTUAL Nazis, wearing Nazi insignias, flags, handshakes, holidays, rules, histories, portraits, shooting ACTUAL civilians in an ethnic purge of the same people as the Nazi Reich? Not Nazis. Heroes of Peace and Democracy. BECAUSE I SAY SO now SHUT UP!!! Saying Nazis are Nazis when they Nazi up and down Europe in a Third World War is “Disinformation.”

    Paul Craig Roberts pointed out yesterday that warning CONSTANT, TERRIBLE, CEASELESS existential provocations to Russia will lead to a Third World War and quite possibly a deadly nuclear exchange…is considered disinformation. Warning people of safety, against the end of the world and death of millions, that that might be a bad thing we shouldn’t do? Disinformation. Banna-hamma’

    Allowing everyone freedom of speech, including minorities and the vulnerable “be a direct threat to public safety…among those already most vulnerable and marginalized” Yes, if you run a system that depends on lies and suppression of free discourse, then exposing that oppressive system, the merger of corporation and government, WOULD cause dangerous unrest, and possibly a threat to that oppressive but orderly system.

    Speaking of, that’s the Nationalization of German Energy industry, and others. The White Papers now all say “We can only respond to this energy challenge with a merger of corporation and state, working together…” Uh-huh. Corporation and State, enfolding and demanding the unity of thought among the people. And when has a merger of corporation and state, under a religious and moral imperative with emergency war powers ever gone wrong?

    So I guess we’re at Step Z: This is the last step of a long plan. Corporations will run the nations without the possibility of accountability or competition. …I’m pretty sure that’s not Capitalism but there IS a widely-used name for such a system and such people.

    “Elon Musk Turns to Old Financial Backers for $44b Twitter Buyout (NYP)”

    Pointing out that Musk is a front operation, engineered by the White Hats (for now) or the banks would never allow him to raise or move the money. It’s a big thing, suggesting they are winning far more behind the scenes than one might think from all the sturm und drang. Think about it: literally Musk could have wanted to buy it and been completely prevented. Prevented even from selling his own stock, raising money, by using the same methods of cancel culture, just at Morgan and Citi, NYSE levels. Addendum, the things they clearly own or have theleverage to arm-twist without comment are the nuclear core of the Black Hats, inside their headquarters and power base. Can we tell this is not a sham, a show? Yes, because the BlackRock wing of evil, Coke, Nike, Disney, are still onboard with a boycott that can only hurt themselves.

    “Washington Post’s Moscow sources had quickly shot down as “bullshit” and “impossible,”

    There are lots of “Impossible”. Remember how Cohen traveled to I dunno, Prague to sit on a park bench and swap dossiers like out of a cheap movie? Except his passport had no action, never stamped and he lever left the country, but they reported it anyway? Yes, that kind of “Impossible”, and the original narrative was drenched in it. I think the pee tape was the same, like he wasn’t in Moscow at those dates and didn’t stay in that hotel. Total kindergarten stuff, same as just creating a text file that had the “Russian Phone” pings on it the CIA took one look at and said was fake. The story was so bad even BuzzFeed wouldn’t touch it, had no traction, and took months to get someone crazy enough to print. Translation: Impossible. But we’re now “To Impossible, and Beyond!!!” Or “Through Mental illness, and beyond!”

    Disney falls $63Billion. That’s a lot of money, and it is caused by their actions, but remember it’s also against the entire market collapsing too.

    “Watch: Dave Chappelle Attacked on Stage by Armed Man”

    As expected: shutting down free speech and dissent by arranging for the public to attack and kill them personally. Punch a Nazi. Stochastic terrorism. And everyone who disagrees with me is a Nazi. Now at the Supreme Court. Need their home address? Call Taylor Lorenz. She was just saying Drudge was non-stop harassing her, wouldn’t leave her alone, was going to press charges. Drudge called this WaPo editor? Yeah…she was only kidding! Exactly zero of it ever happened. Again. Gooooooo WaPo! Fakest Evah! BUt to be fair, they have a hiring quota for super-rich mentally ill snowflakes.

    Btw: is Assault illegal? Even at the Hollywood Bowl? Is it also illegal to hit cops at a protest? If it’s illegal how are people doing these illegal things?

    And protests for Roe. Sigh. In California. I’m sorry people are so incredibly, violently, painfully ignorant. Listen: what happens if Roe is overturned in S.F., in California? Nothing. In fact, as the issue falls back to the State Legislatures, they could arguably be MORE lax than now. So L.A. Leftists are beating Hollywood cops to make a point about Alabama? No. They’re just incredibly dumb, misled, lied to, and believe everything. Why, I cannot possibly imagine considering the President was the spearhead of the Black-imprisoning ‘94 Crime Bill. But they are. Need to protect the right of death? Burn down your own neighborhood, that’ll larn ’em.

    Biden: “I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.”

    A) How did it become the law of the land? No Legislature passed it. Isn’t that our correct and legal method? B) does the “fundamental right to choose” include at-birth abortions as they now say? Post Birth even, as the VA governor said? C) It cannot be overturned by the same people who (perhaps illegally) created it? So law and authority only go one way? My way, regardless of who is seated or what happens ever after? Even 50 years later? D) When it is overturned, it’s still in force. It just needs to be passed honestly and correctly, by actual legislatures in the States.

    Pretty clearly part of throwing the midterms, more evidence pours in hourly. What was that about Trump “Erasing all legal norms”? Is the first USSC leak EVER, to throw an election, something similar to that? And not even to prevent Trump, but just average Joes in Congress. Downside: the rhetoric plays exclusively to the most far-left, radical base. That is, they’re talking to themselves and not persuading any swing voters.

    Seeing some comments on “Hitler’s Jewish blood”. I’m sorry: is that NOT true this morning all of a sudden? Is it because it’s an even-numbered day, or is that the sort of new, invented reality that will stick? …Asking for a friend. Lord knows I won’t care. Science trending because made up on TikTok isn’t really evidence to me.

    “Gen. Milley Warns Congress: Chances Of War Among Great Powers “Increasing, Not Decreasing”
    …Pentagon leaders repeated that Russian use of chemical weapons would likely trigger a “reaction from the international community”

    Translation: We’re losing so we’re going to go full-war. By adding $33B in heavy weaponry maybe? Shutting down all discussion of consequences like a world-wide nuclear exchange? And we’re going to do that by faking a chemical attack. Got it, thanks. Your cooperation is appreciated. Dore follows this long, in that they are “We are losing the war on disinformation in Ukraine!!!” Unless Ukraine is the 51st state and this is already “our war” why would I ever care? Ah, but you see, it is. They’ve been very clear that the U.S. owns Ukraine and are going to get as many Ukrainians killed as they want to, see-if-we-won’t.

    They’ve already given Ukraine more moneys in one month than any of the 50 states all year. I don’t remember voting on any of this, nor any acts, laws, etc about it. Because: Law. We do NOT follow law that has been passed, while we DO follow law not-passed by the Executive and Supreme Court. Must be a Thursday, somewhere in the hazy 200-odd years we’ve been doing this.

    #107349
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Speaking of blood drinking Satanic Overlords

    .

    #107350
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Well, there was a huge rate-hike from the Fed relatively speaking, and yet the financial markets went all steroidal anyway. You would really have to have your head in the sand at this point to maintain that the Plunge Protection Team is not very actively involved in keeping these markets propped up.


    @Oroboros
    : I think Palpy makes better use of contrast, for sure.

    #107352
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    @Dr. D

    Or anyone else really.
    Here’s a little puzzle and maybe a small critique.

    You mean to tell me Elon Musk really isn’t the richest $200billion dollar guy in the world?
    That Elon never received a single billion dollar interest-free, instantly forgiven “loan” in his life?
    That Elon thru only his hard work, sweat and toil made his billions the old fashion way like Bezos’s 300000 family seed money or Those F*ckedUp Saudis drilling their own oil?

    Tell me it isn’t so!!

    Okay find the error in this news clip. Hint; who is running all these shows that D and others instantly recognize as fraudulent bullshit. No fair using the google search:

    “It was revealed this week in The Wall Street journal Secretary of State William Burns recently traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he held a secretive meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
    The purpose of the publicly unannounced visit, held in mid-April, appears to have been another attempt to try and heal souring relations with the Biden administration”

    #107353
    zerosum
    Participant

    Update May 05 2022 Same as
    March 4, 2022
    Update: Ukraine Crystal ball story – siege

    Mass Evacuation/immigration
    Food insecurity
    Energy shortfall (pipe line repairs/maintenance)
    Control of water, electricity supply
    Ukraine – Empty/firing range/waste land/empty/destroyed factories
    MSM Armchair Generals still ignorant and wearing blinkers
    World recession blamed on Russia
    World Inflation blamed on Russia
    Snobs still control the narrative –
    TAE a beacon of Truth

    World high energy cost blamed on Russia
    Diversion discussion – resurrection/bring back abortion conflict

    ———

    #107354

    If you look at it through a Davos lens, abortion is about focussing on “unwanted people”. (About 7+ billion of them, apparently.)
    Abortion after quickening has always been a sordid affair.
    There is no such thing as abortion after dilation.
    If the state can prohibit abortion, it can mandate abortion. Abortions will happen, regardless of law. It then becomes a question of how vindictive the state wants to be- should it find out it has happened. That’s why it was a privacy issue, and why Covid turning medical privacy on its head was the worst cultural shift to come out of the plandemic.
    It isn’t so much about galvanizing “the base” over abortion, but giving cover to millions of fake votes coming up in the midterms. Just like “I hate Trump” was supposed to have been enough to get 80 million to vote for the intensely creepy Biden.

    #107355

    Nothing against the guy, but I read it as “Clown Prince Mohammed bin Salman”.
    For another view of the Czar of Lies, and how she got her wish, go over to rense. The top video features Jankowicz singing a pretty song about becoming rich, famous, and powerful.

    #107356
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Remember the other day when i asked what “crisis” comes after Ukraine? Well now we have our answer. The half life of each “crisis” appears to be getting shorter and shorter so what will they pivot to by August of this year?

    #107357
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    So, let me get this straight, Ukraine is celebrating a glorious victory in rescuing civilian hostages who were being held as human shields by Ukraine’s own troops?

    Huh?

    #107358
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    reference : the illustrated quotation of Bertrand Russel hailing the delivery of happiness to automatons by a science based One World Government.

    Old Bert was just one brick short of a load, but the brick he skipped sure has proven to be the dooziest doozey of them all.

    He fails to mention the existence of any consciously aware individuals to do the science or feel the happiness. Without such entity the science could not be fathomed nor done. And there would be literally no one even there to feel anything at all.

    He got science and philosophy precisely back-ass-wards to each other. Science must, and can only, answer to the authority of Philosophy, not the other way around. About what to expect from an over-bred rich and arrogant old elitist like Russell.

    #107359
    Noirette
    Participant

    Roe v. Wade. I have no idea why this comes up now in the US, there might be many reasons, distraction, idk.

    A constant. When Gvmt. + Corporate + MSM control rise steeply (a form of neo-fascism, another discussion) ppl gradually or abruptly lose rights to move around, to travel (interior passports are implemented), to choose, opt in or out, of their health care, and it becomes mandatory (see COV19 vaxxes, central control of medecines, etc.)

    The control arm stretches to procreation which becomes managed, by allowing / banning / regulating: abortion, IV pregnancies, aid(s) to pregnant women like maternity leave, number of children that can get Gvmt. aid, etc. etc.

    Note that banning abortion always affects the poor as rich ppl can obtain abortions whenever they want. So it is the poor who are forced to sacrifice to the hilt to bring up a person to serviceable age (say, 15 – earlier for other purposes) while the rich can choose how/when they have children.

    See for ex. the UK’s rules penalising poor parent(s) who have a third child. (Just 2 links, not an analysis.)

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claiming-benefits-for-2-or-more-children

    https://workingfamilies.org.uk/articles/tax-credits-and-universal-credit-if-you-have-more-than-two-children/

    #107360
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @MrHouse mad the astute observation that, “The half life of each ‘crisis’ appears to be getting shorter and shorter.”

    That is the perfect metaphor, “half life” of each crisis. That’s exactly how it’s playing out, and the concept of decaying into less, (eventually silence) as time goes forward. Perfect.

    #107361
    Noirette
    Participant

    To add, children of the poor (plus lower middle class..) are subject to a slew of contradictory views, dodgy principles, laws, rules, social policies.

    Variously, attitudes from the PTB:

    A. They are useless eaters, trash, a waste of time and money. Gvmt support should not be offered (see my links GB above, other ex. one child policy in China, now cancelled.)

    B. They are useful, as they keep parents out of any political action, as they need to work to earn money to feed the kiddos, so two children per parent(s) is good. Some support can be offered, to keep the parents tied into ‘horrid’ jobs and terrified of radical politics, crossing any lines, etc.

    C. One or two children is OK, the onus for bringing them up is the parents, then we can recruit, channel.

    D. All this guff about kiddos is a waste of time, immigration can make up for the lack of children / youth, immigrants (e.g. from Syria, see Merkel) aged 15 – 25, fed and educated by others, now here to ‘work’ is a *good* deal.

    All these positions are not public and clash in many ways, leading to confused, hesitant, sometimes contradictory policies.

    #107362
    TAE Summary
    Participant

    * The accepted wisdom: Being unvaccinated is evil and abortion is OK because:
    – Your vaccination status affects everyone
    – Abortion only affects the woman involved
    – We’re all in this together

    * People choosing a different language and culture should have self-determination including
    – Donbass
    – Hawaii
    – Quebec
    – US inner cities

    * Russel’s Paradox: In a world where eugenicists genetically engineer everyone, who genetically engineers the eugenicists?

    * “Lead, follow or get me an ice cream cone”
    – Joe Biden

    * Now come the days of the tyrant. They will be cursed. This day does not belong to one man but to all. Let us together wreck this world that we may share in the days of chaos.

    * Joe Biden spends $46 billion to help Ukraine when he could have bought Twitter and have $2 billion left over.

    * Information is power. Misinformation is an abuse of power … and power really dislikes being abused.

    * When thinking of investing I used to ask myself “What will Americans value in 10 years?” Now I ask myself “What will the Russians and Chinese value in 10 years?”

    Where is Disney in the Hero Cycle?
    – Departure
    — The Call to Adventure
    — Refusal of the Call
    — Supernatural Aid
    — The Crossing of the First Threshold
    — Belly of the Whale
    – Initiation
    — The Road of Trials
    — The Meeting with the Goddess
    — Woman as the Temptress
    — Atonement with the Father/Abyss
    — Apotheosis
    — The Ultimate Boon
    – Return
    — Refusal of the Return
    — The Magic Flight
    — Rescue from Without
    — The Crossing of the Return Threshold
    — Master of the Two Worlds
    — Freedom to Live

    * Today I learned that living in Oregon undermines: Oxygenation, Vitamin D, Immune System, Circadian Rhythm, Blood Pressure, Energy, Sleep and Mood

    * The Hillary/Palpatine comparison is unfair. One is an old, gnarled, evil ex-senator kept alive by the black arts who seeks diabolical, unlimited power over the entire known universe and the other was just a Sith Lord.

    #107363
    John Day
    Participant

    @my Parents Said Know:
    1) You are not supposed to look over the fence at Rense.com .
    2) Yeah, I already saw the first part of the video until I turned it off suddenly in a protective reflex.

    #107364
    John Day
    Participant

    @TAE Summary: I have really been enjoying your summations recently and it’s STILL nice to have you back, old friend!

    #107365
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    The entire article “When the Government Plays God: The Slippery Slope from Abortions to Executions” By John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead – linked above, is excellent. The wide-angle view is helpful. Here are a few closing points:

    “Like clockwork, we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of yet another political circus that could get scary, ugly and overwhelming really fast.

    Before you get too distracted by this conveniently timed diversion that has everyone forgetting about spiking gas prices, inflation, housing shortages, and warring empires, remind yourself that no matter how the Supreme Court rules in Dobbs, it will not resolve the problem of a culture that values life based on a sliding scale. Nor will it help us navigate the moral, ethical and scientific minefields that await us as technology and humanity move ever closer to a point of singularity.

    Humanity is being propelled at warp speed into a whole new frontier when it comes to privacy, bodily autonomy, and what it means to be a human being. As such, we haven’t even begun to wrap our heads around how present-day legal debates over bodily autonomy, privacy, vaccine mandates, the death penalty, and abortion play into future discussions about singularity, artificial intelligence, cloning, and the privacy rights of the individual in the face of increasingly invasive, intrusive and unavoidable government technologies.

    Yet here is what I know.

    Life is an inalienable right.

    By allowing the government to decide who or what is deserving of rights, it shifts the entire discussion from one in which we are “endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights” (that of life, liberty property and the pursuit of happiness) to one in which only those favored by the government get to enjoy such rights.

    If all people are created equal, then all lives should be equally worthy of protection.”

    In response to the message (man on the space highway pic) above: Nearly everyday I wonder what I am doing here on this planet, inquire about my purpose, evaluate my progress, and then do something. My guess is that many of you do the same?

    @oxy who expressed this yesterday: “There is a light that never goes out and I intend to find that light and share it.” Please do!

    LOVE to All.

    #107366
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    @Oroboros: I don’t know how these pictures manage to find you…today’s edition is very funny!

    #107367
    redshift
    Participant

    You have to practical about abortion, it’s a matter of public health. It’s better for women to do it in a licensed facility which have to abide by safety standards than for them to fund illegal activity.

    Sure, no need to go as far as 3rd trimester unless there’s serious health problems at stake.

    De-criminalisation of abortion leads to less abortions because there is a period of reflection and the women are followed by a psychologist.

    The only problem I have is that the father is not allowed to deny the abortion.

    #107368
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    LMAO:
    “Polluting our information ecosystem.”
    Oh, what a beautiful tribute to George Orwell’s 1984.
    The very idea: as if it were even appropriate for a human to control the information spreading from one human to another. No, sorry, humans have the capacity to control their own mouths, their own hands, their own dress and appearance — and not that of others, with one exception. And that one exception is in the case of children, who are born with highly immature brains, and it is the duty of their parents (and extended family, tribe, community to degrees that vary from culture to culture) to cultivate an environment for the young ones that promotes healthy maturation. (We could argue endlessly on the details of the environment that provides for “healthy maturation” — but the framework is sound.)

    ~~~~~~

    The Left would suggest that unborn babies do not have constitutional rights and the only right that matters is a woman’s right to privacy in choosing whether or not to abort a pregnancy. The Right, while fixated on saving the lives of unborn babies, seems less concerned about what happens to those lives from birth to death.

    As someone who leans (classically) liberal and yet has always been horrified by the idea of a woman choosing to abort because she was careless about life (I’ve known a woman who did this repeatedly)…and at the same time holding the strong belief that the government should not be intruding into highly personal individual decisions…the abortion question is something that I have wrestled with for decades. What I finally decided is this: ultimately, keep the government out of it. The rights of the unborn child do not trump the rights of the mother; the rights of the mother do not trump the rights of a child that is viable outside of her womb. Once the child is outside of her womb, it has individual rights. Inside the womb, the fetus is not, technically, an “individual.”

    A society also cannot obligate a woman to give birth because of assumed viability of the fetus. I had 2 “high-risk” pregnancies and suffered consequences for both that without hospital intervention likely would have resulted in the death of myself and my three babes. I don’t take pregnancy and childbirth lightly. (“It’s a good thing we did that C-section. Your uterus would have burst along the prior scar had you gone into normal labor, based on what that scar looked like. You might have died from the blood loss.” Said the OB after the emergency C-section.) Pregnancy is normal and natural. Childbirth is normal and natural. And, pregnancy and childbirth are life-threats to the mother. So few women die in childbirth as compared to prior generations that I believe that this threat has been washed out of the equation.

    I welcome those who lean conservative to persuade women to carry fetuses to term — not by coercion, and not by guilt — by creating a world where women are confident that they can be mothers while still being true to themselves, where women are not obligated to hitch themselves to an unkind man in order to provide for their children, where there is no stigma for having an untraditional family, where childcare is affordable and high quality (if that is the route the mother prefers) or where mothers can work part time (because some mothers prefer not to hand off the “mothering” to others) and still make enough money to support themselves and their children financially. (I know what it is like to stay with a man because I cannot fathom how to mother and simultaneously provide a sufficient income.). The answer is not to outlaw abortion — the answer is to support women in bearing and raising their children, as the mothers themselves see fit. To the conservatives who wish a world without abortion I say: stop trying to use the state as a coercive force in this matter and focus on creating a world where women of all stripes can see motherhood as a role of fulfillment, rather than something to be feared, dreaded, full of drudgery, anxiety, sadness, and pain. Add to this excellent, inexpensive pre-natal care and child-birth support, as well as safe and easy contraception so that women are empowered to avoid pregnancy if they don’t want it.

    Abortion will never completely go away — it is sometimes medically necessary, and the woman’s current life ethically trumps the fetus’s potential life. (We love an underdog, and the fetus is the ultimate helpless “underdog,” full of positive potential — but it is inappropriate to pit the mother against the fetus.). The state cannot improve this situation by poking in its nose and attempting to become the arbiter.

    #107369

    John Day- Teehee! I don’t just look over fences, I climb them.
    I only got part way through the video, as well- far enough for her to sing the naughty word. 🙂

    #107370
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Instead of leaping to non-sequential conclusions and opinions about whether abortion should or should not be done, how about asking a question about an uncontested and unquestionable fact which PRECEDES all voluntary abortions?

    That fact is that the pregnancy is the easily foreseeable result of a male and female having sex (under the usually usual circumstance of wanting to). So WHY did she change her mind all of a sudden?

    Ya just gotta wonder. Evolution has had a LONG time to work out the bugs on getting species to procreate. Could the process be THAT wrong in how it actually works out in real practice?

    Is the instinctual drive to mate and have offspring so abysmally erroneous and janky that people will kill to avoid it? Something just doesn’t seem to add up if such is the casethe case. Maybe our species needs a new or different instinct than the one it developed over the course of the last million years or so.

    Nah. I think something else is in play here, and it probably has very little to do with expectant mothers actually WANTING to kill their fetuses.

    #107371
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Well, it would appear that the reason for that big infusion the PPT did into the financial markets yesterday afternoon was to act as a cushion for today’s carnage. For, despite a multi-percent drop in all three major indexes, the DIJA managed to stay out of correction. I am once again inclined to think that the powers that be very seriously don’t want the Dow to go into correction. This is probably because if it does, a full-on bear-market in the Dow and the S&P won’t be far behind that event, and when that happens, the floodgates that all the central-bank money printing of the past six or so years have been keeping closed will be flung open, and then the games, as they say, will be very much on.

    #107372
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken = CIA Director William Burns.

    Not.

    “The Secretary carries out the President’s foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States
    Conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs.”

    Once again rather than tolerate defiant impudence from the Saudis, it’s far past time to seize their yachts, sanction each king queen prince princess, repatriate all petroleum drilling/processing and pave low the Arabian peninsula with macadam…
    in retribution for killing Yemeni children.

    #107373
    Bishko
    Participant

    A few hundred dollars and a closet will supply you with food for a year. Soon it will be much more expensive. That and a garden will keep you going for a long time. Get storing and get planting. Regret is coming. If you can’t opt out, you will be told what to do. The writing on the wall is too loud to ignore anymore. If you have direction, you have everything you need.

    #107375
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Who are the ones trained to serve the self-appointed globalist overlords?

    Robert W Malone MD,MS
    May 5

    https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/davos-man-his-world-economic-forum?r=8q1pr&s=r&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email

    Davos Man, his World Economic Forum, and his Servants

    #107376
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Doug Casey

    We’re confronted by economic depression, looming financial chaos, serious currency inflation, onerous taxation, crippling regulation, a developing police state, and, worst of all, the prospect of a major war. It seems almost unbelievable that all these things could affect the U.S., which historically has been the land of the free.

    The New American Nightmare

    #107377
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Did anybody ever read this site?

    https://www.economic-undertow.com/

    Used to have lots of good posts but now it hasn’t been updated since last year and nothing said as to why? Can anyone perhaps shine some light on the reasons?

    #107378
    John Day
    Participant

    I’d like to point out gin the problem faced by my hospitalized patient around 1986, the one whose boyfriend told her that if she killed his baby, he would kill her. She believed it. We kept the incidental finding of pregnancy off her hospital bill and summary, and we hoped her termination went ok and was not discovered.

    There is often a predator-prey relationship between males and females in the reproductive realm. Once a female is impregnated, all of the costs and risks can be dumped on her by the male. It works, sometimes for men, and it is a low cost investment. Some men are such bad investments for a woman, that this is their standard approach, with variations.

    If a woman retains a later-termination option, she has a defense against this predatory mating.
    Predatory mating is really common in the world where I live, maybe not your world, perhaps…

    #107379

    Maybe it’s others who urge us to do it.
    Maybe it’s culture, or maybe it’s hype.
    Whatever we do, it’s because we intuit
    We must taste the fruit when it looks to be ripe.

    #107380
    Armenio Pereira
    Participant

    (The deeper understanding of our purpose in this universe)

    Code of Ur-Nammu (circa XXII-XXI centuries BCE)
    Code of Hammurabi (circa XVIII century BCE)

    We have been breaking laws (almost) since day one.
    Natural laws, religious laws, fair laws, secular laws, haphazard laws, unreasonable laws, local laws, you name it: we try to break ’em all. We break laws while they are being written down.
    Why?
    What for?
    We don’t know.
    Maybe it’s that thingy/tool of mass destruction some of us call “free will” and feel so proud of.

    The “gift” which was bestowed upon us, the human “super power”, is to be thoughtless lawbreakers: we march against the Universe, we rebel against God, and yet we don’t know why; not our merit, not our fault.

    #107381
    WES
    Participant

    My observation is when ever governments get involved in a matter, they make it even worst than it ever was in the first place.
    Individuals know all the pros and cons of their personal situation and are thus in the best position to decide what is their best outcome.
    As Shakespeare said, “First let us kill all the lawyers”!

    #107382
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    René Magritte Personal values 1952

    The tortoise shell comb is beautifully rendered…

    Wow! Dr Roger Hodkinson

    Wow indeed; straight to the truth regarding science and medicine…
    With those so corrupted we’re indeed lost…

    #107383
    WES
    Participant

    I am still puzzled how a Canadian General who left for the Ukraine in early April somehow managed to sneak into the besieged Mariupol steel plant?
    Well if he did, then getting his ass caught seems fitting justice.

    The Mariupol steel plant is peaceful during the day from 8 AM to 6 PM but at night it is trick or treat time. The inmates now want food in exchange for hostages.

    Yesterday the Ukrainian War got cancelled due too a lack of Ukrainians willing to come out and play.
    Unfortunately the Russians got mad and cancelled about 900 Ukrainians.

    The US is bragging about sinking that Russian ship.
    So Biden is now escalating things.
    Things must not be going so well in the US of A then!
    Biden and the Democrats need moar war!
    That Falkland War worked out really swell for Argentina’s generals didn’t it!

    #107384
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    The US is bragging about sinking that Russian ship.

    That is not true. They wouldn’t dare to do/say that…
    What they did say is that they “helped” Ukraine to target the Moskva with Ukrainian AS missiles…

    Lets be careful about information when commenting…no?

    #107390
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    NBC News
    U.S. intel helped Ukraine sink Russian flagship Moskva, officials say

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-helped-ukraine-sink-213149015.html

    #107414
    Noirette
    Participant

    Mr House, I used to read Steve Ludlum (economic undertow blog). Idk why no more posts, he never gave a public reason (afaik.) The person to ask might be Kunstler, who quoted him a lot, and had him on for chats or whatever (I don’t recall exactly.) He was really good.

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