Jun 102022

James Ensor The oyster eater 1882


Washington Starts Blame Game Over Defeat In Ukraine (MoA)
We’re Almost Out Of Ammunition And Relying On Western Arms, Says Ukraine (G.)
The US/UK Proxy War Forestalling Peace Negotiations in Ukraine (CD)
Nuclear Deployments in Finland & Sweden Not Ruled Out, NATO Says (LI)
Greek Court Overturns Ruling on Seizure of Iranian Ship (GR)
Will The Global South Break Free From Dollarized Debt? (Escobar)
Dershowitz Says Admin Using ‘Stupidest Argument’ On Executive Privilege (JTN)
Trump: ‘January 6th Was Not Simply a Protest’ (GP) /span>
So You Say You Want a Revolution? (Turley)
COVID Vaccines Appear To Cause Abnormally Long Blood Clots (JTN)
Unfunded State Pension Liabilities Grow To $8.28 Trillion (JTN)
Welsh Schools to Feed Primary Students Insects (VT)
Judge: CIA May Have Received Illicitly Recorded Assange Conversations (ElP)





Jan 6



“Those who choose the lesser evil forget very quickly that they chose evil.”
— Hannah Arendt



Tucker Jan 6





“It is cover your ass time and Zelensky prominence in the ‘west’ makes it possible to blame him personally for the outcome of the war.”

Washington Starts Blame Game Over Defeat In Ukraine (MoA)

The New York Times, here via Yahoo, has some rather weird piece over alleged lack of intelligence on Ukrainian warplanes: U.S. Lacks a Clear Picture of Ukraine’s War Strategy, Officials Say: “President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine has provided near-daily updates of Russia’s invasion on social media; viral video posts have shown the effectiveness of Western weapons in the hands of Ukrainian forces; and the Pentagon has regularly held briefings on developments in the war. But despite the flow of all this news to the public, U.S. intelligence agencies have less information than they would like about Ukraine’s operations and possess a far better picture of Russia’s military, its planned operations and its successes and failures, according to current and former officials.”

[..] Andrei Martyanov rants about the piece: “Well, NYT decided to start steering clear of this whole Russia “lost in Ukraine” BS it promoted together with neocon crazies, and begins this ever familiar tune of the “intel failure”. Right.” […] Larry Johnson thinks there is another another motive behind the story: “Frankly, I find it hard to believe that there are not solid analysts at the Defense Intelligence Agency who know the answers to all these questions. The real problem may not be a lack of intelligence. Nope. It is the fear of telling the politicians hard truths they do not want to hear.”

I do not believe for one moment that U.S. intelligence services do not know what is going on in Ukraine and in Kiev. They know that the Ukraine has lost the war and will have to sue for peace as soon as possible. They also have told the White House that this is a case and that the whole idea of setting up the Ukraine to tickle the Russian bear was idiotic from the get go. The question now is who will take the blame for the outcome. Who can the buck be passed to? There is always the option for politicians, as Andrei assumes is the case, to blame the intelligence and the various agencies which provide it. This was done when the war on Iraq, based on false claims weapons of mass destruction, started to go bad for the U.S.

But what the NYT piece does is passing the buck from the intelligence community to president Zelensky of Ukraine: “He did not inform us about the bad position his country was in.” It is cover your ass time and Zelensky prominence in the ‘west’ makes it possible to blame him personally for the outcome of the war.

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Straight from the Lockheed Martin PR department.

We’re Almost Out Of Ammunition And Relying On Western Arms, Says Ukraine (G.)

Ukraine’s deputy head of military intelligence has said Ukraine is losing against Russia on the frontlines and is now almost solely reliant on weapons from the west to keep Russia at bay. “This is an artillery war now,” said Vadym Skibitsky, deputy head of Ukraine’s military intelligence. The frontlines were now where the future would be decided, he told the Guardian, “and we are losing in terms of artillery”. “Everything now depends on what [the west] gives us,” said Skibitsky. “Ukraine has one artillery piece to 10 to 15 Russian artillery pieces. Our western partners have given us about 10% of what they have.” Ukraine is using 5,000 to 6,000 artillery rounds a day, according to Skibitsky.

“We have almost used up all of our [artillery] ammunition and are now using 155-calibre Nato standard shells,” he said of the ammunition that is fired from artillery pieces. “Europe is also delivering lower-calibre shells but as Europe runs out, the amount is getting smaller.” The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said last week that between 60 and 100 Ukrainian soldiers were dying each day and a further 500 were being injured. Ukraine has kept the total number of its military losses secret. Soldiers speaking to the Guardian from Ukraine’s frontlines this week painted a similar picture. Skibitsky emphasised the need for the west to supply Ukraine with long-range rocket systems to destroy the Russian artillery pieces from afar.

This week the Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych told the Guardian that Ukraine needed 60 multiple-rocket launchers – many more than the handful promised so far by the UK and US – to have a chance of defeating Russia. Ukraine is set to ask the west for a list of weapons and defensive equipment at the contact group meeting with Nato in Brussels on 15 June. Skibitsky thinks the conflict will remain predominantly an artillery war in the near future and the number of rocket attacks – which can be launched from Russia and have hit civilians – will remain at their current rate.

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“If you are ready to sign some guarantee agreements with him, we are not..”

The US/UK Proxy War Forestalling Peace Negotiations in Ukraine (CD)

The British government, as ever following the US lead, is sending longer range missile systems to Ukraine for the first time. The government described the M270 weapon system they are despatching as a “cutting edge” military asset which can strike targets up to 80 kilometres away “with pinpoint accuracy.” Ukrainian soldiers are due to be brought to Britain for training in how to use the missiles. Britain and the US appear to have abandoned even the limited military restraint they showed early on in the war. Their policy of pumping in the weapons and pushing for outright victory risks disaster. They must be stopped.

As even some of the mainstream media point out, on top of the four precision-guided, medium-range rocket systems sent by the US last week, this decision marks a new stage in the war in which the West is prepared to provide the Ukrainian military with the capacity to strike deep in to Russian territory, something they previously carefully avoided. This is one in a series of escalations on the part of the Western powers. It provoked immediate retaliation in words and deeds from Vladimir Putin—including the first bombardment of Kiev for five weeks—as Western leaders must have known it would. It underlines the fact that the West is still pushing for nothing less than the complete defeat of Russia while Russian troops continue their offensive.

As British Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, said in a statement announcing the new weapons shipment, “If the international community continues its support, I believe Ukraine can win”. As part of this policy of proxy war, the West has been deliberately trying to head off moves towards serious negotiations. The leading pro–Western Ukrainian newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda reported recently that Boris Johnson himself appeared in Kyiv early in May almost without warning, urging Zelensky not to negotiate with Putin. “If you are ready to sign some guarantee agreements with him, we are not,” Johnson said, insisting it was instead the time to “press him.” Johnson later confirmed to French president Emmanuel Macron that he had “urged against any negotiations with Russia on terms that gave credence to the Kremlin’s false narrative for the invasion.”

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“I do not believe it is necessary, in the current context, to provide any guarantees whatsoever to Russia on our military posture in the region.”

Nuclear Deployments in Finland & Sweden Not Ruled Out, NATO Says (LI)

The NATO military alliance will not offer Russia any guarantees regarding the deployment of nuclear weapons to prospective member states Sweden and Finland, with a senior official in the bloc stressing that such decisions must be left to individual nations. Speaking to Swiss broadcaster RTS for an interview over the weekend, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment Camille Grand was asked whether Western powers should provide nuclear assurances to Moscow in light of recent membership applications from Stockholm and Helsinki, which asked to join alliance following Russia’s attack on Ukraine earlier this year.

“Every country is free in the nuclear field to deploy or not to deploy such weapons. We are not talking about setting up some principle restrictions on the possible actions of the alliance,” he said, adding “This is a discussion that centers on the sovereignty of each member state of the alliance.” Five NATO states currently host American nuclear weapons on their soil, including Turkey, Italy, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Seven other members participate in the bloc’s SNOWCAT program – under which non-nuclear nations offer conventional air support for nuclear operations – while all 30 members of the alliance with the exception of France belong to its nuclear planning group.

Grand went on to say that the accession of the two Nordic states would not “radically change the strategic or military situation” in the region, arguing that “We do not have the intention nor the means to invade Russia, or carry out offensive actions against Russia,” and that Moscow “know this very well.”

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It might not be the smartest move to start seizing ships if you have so many ships out there yourself.

Greek Court Overturns Ruling on Seizure of Iranian Ship (GR)

A Greek court on Wednesday overturned an earlier court ruling that allowed the confiscation by the United States of part of a cargo of Iranian oil on an Iranian-flagged tanker off the Greek coast. The incident had led to an angry response by Iran, with Iranian forces last month seizing two Greek tankers in the Gulf after Tehran warned it would take “punitive action” against Athens. The Iranian embassy in Greece had earlier announced that “Following intensive follow-ups, the Greek Court of Appeals will revoke the ruling of the initial court to confiscate oil belonging to Iran and the entire oil shipment will be returned.” On April 19, the Greek Coast Guard seized the Russian tanker Pegasus, operating under the Iranian flag, off the island of Evia.

The Greek government announced that it would deliver 115,000 tons of Iranian oil on the Lana tanker to the United States, but Tehran called the move an act of piracy by Athens. Iranian Ambassador to Greece Ahmad Naderi, in continuation of intensive diplomatic and legal activities over the past few weeks to prevent US piracy off the coast of Greece, visited the port of Karistos and met with the captain of the ship to review the latest developments, according to a report in the Iranian News Agency MNA. Following the seizure of the Iranian ship in Greek waters, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Greek Charge d’affaires to convey a strong protest of Iran to the Greek officials.

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“The US economy is indeed a lame post-modern remake of the late Roman empire: “dependent on foreign tribute for its survival in today’s global rentier economy.”

Will The Global South Break Free From Dollarized Debt? (Escobar)

With The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism or Socialism, Michael Hudson, one of the world’s leading independent economists, has given us arguably the ultimate handbook on where we’re at, who’s in charge, and whether we can bypass them. Let’s jump straight into the fray. Hudson begins with an analysis of the “take the money and run” ethos, complete with de-industrialization, as 90 percent of US corporate revenue is “used to share buybacks and dividend payouts to support company stock prices.” That represents the apex of “Finance Capitalism’s” political strategy: to “capture the public sector and shift monetary and banking power” to Wall Street, the City of London and other western financial centers.

[..] To a large extent, nostalgia for the rape-and-pillaging of 1990s-era Russia fuels what Hudson defines as the New Cold War, where Dollar Diplomacy must assert its control over every foreign economy. The New Cold War is not waged only against Russia and China, “but against any countries resisting privatization and financialization under US sponsorship.” Hudson reminds us how China’s policy “followed almost the same path that American protectionism did from 1865 though 1914 – state subsidy for industry, heavy public-sector capital investment…and social spending on education and health care to upgrade the quality and productivity of labor. This was not called Marxism in the United States; it was simply the logical way to look at industrialization, as part of a broad economic and social system.”

But then, finance – or casino – capitalism gained steam, and left the US economy mainly with “agribusiness farm surpluses, and monopolies in information technology (largely developed as a by-product of military research), military hardware, and pharmaceutical patents (based on public seed-money to fund research) able to extract monopoly rent while making themselves largely tax-exempt by using offshore banking centers.” That’s the current State of Empire: relying only “on its rentier class and Dollar Diplomacy,” with prosperity concentrated in the top one percent of establishment elites. The inevitable corollary is US diplomacy imposing illegal, unilateral sanctions on Russia, China and anyone else who defies its diktats.

The US economy is indeed a lame post-modern remake of the late Roman empire: “dependent on foreign tribute for its survival in today’s global rentier economy.” Enter the correlation between a dwindling free lunch and utter fear: “That is why the United States has surrounded Eurasia with 750 military bases.” Delightfully, Hudson goes back to Lactantius, in the late 3rd century, describing the Roman empire on Divine Institutes, to stress the parallels with the American version: “In order to enslave the many, the greedy began to appropriate and accumulate the necessities of life and keep them tightly closed up, so that they might keep these bounties for themselves. They did this not for humanity’s sake (which was not in them at all), but to rake up all things as products of their greed and avarice. In the name of justice they made unfair and unjust laws to sanction their thefts and avarice against the power of the multitude. In this way they availed as much by authority as by strength of arms or overt evil.”

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“Who’s ever going to talk to a president in confidence when she or he knows that their conversation can be revealed if the new president of a different party decides to waive the privilege..”

Dershowitz Says Admin Using ‘Stupidest Argument’ On Executive Privilege (JTN)

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said the Biden Administration is putting forward “the stupidest, dumbest legal argument” he has heard by claiming that the current president can waive the executive privilege of a former president. Dershowitz, who admitted to voting for President Joe Biden in 2020, slammed the White House’s legal claims during an interview with “Just the News, Not Noise” on Thursday. “The way it works is if Congress wants to enforce a subpoena, it goes to court. It has a hearing in which both sides are presented, not to a political body like Congress, but to a neutral judicial body like the court and the court decides whether or not the claim of privilege prevails,” Dershowitz responded to editor-in-chief John Solomon, who had asked for the legal scholar’s opinion on the case of former Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro.

The former White House advisor was arrested last week for defying a Jan. 6 committee subpoena, which he refused to follow citing executive privilege. “I voted for Biden,” Dershowitz prefaced before continuing: “The Biden administration has put forward the dumbest legal argument I have heard in my almost 60 years of practicing law, the dumbest legal argument. “They claim that the current president, Joe Biden, can waive executive privilege that was invoked by the former president. That would mean the end of executive privilege,” he warned. “Who’s ever going to talk to a president in confidence when she or he knows that their conversation can be revealed if the new president of a different party decides to waive the privilege. It is the stupidest, dumbest argument,” Dershowitz stressed.

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“The Unselects have ruled Pelosi ‘off limits, no questions.’ The hearing is another political HOAX to counter Inflation etc.”

Trump: ‘January 6th Was Not Simply a Protest’ (GP)

Donald Trump has weighed in on January 6 ahead of the made-for-tv House committee hearing spearheaded by Democrats and a few RINOS. In a post on his social media platform, TRUTH Social, Trump said that “January 6th was not simply a protest, it represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again.” Trump began, “The Unselect Committee didn’t spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers, far greater than the Fake News Media is willing to report, or that the Unselects are willing to even mention, because January 6th was not simply a protest, it represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again. It was about an Election that was Rigged and Stolen, and a Country that was about to go to HELL..& look at our Country now!”

An hour later, in a subsequent post, Trump added, “The Unselect Committee of political Thugs, essentially the same group who brought you the now fully debunked and discredited RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA HOAX (and many others!), refused to study and report on the massive amount of irrefutable evidence, much of it recently produced, that shows the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen. They want NOTHING to do with that topic because they cannot win on the facts. CANCEL & DENY, call it ‘THE BIG LIE,’ is all they can do. Corrupt Politicians!” Trump pointed out that he had suggested and offered up 20,000 National Guard troops prior to January 6, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined.

“The Unselect Committee has now learned that I, as President, suggested & offered up to 20,000 National Guard, or troops, be deployed in D.C. because it was felt that the crowd was going to be very large,” Trump continued. “Crazy Nancy Pelosi turned down the offer, she didn’t like the way it looked. Likewise, the Mayor of D.C. Had they taken up the offer, there would have been no January 6th. The Unselects have ruled Pelosi ‘off limits, no questions.’ The hearing is another political HOAX to counter Inflation etc.”

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“He expressly told his followers “to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

So You Say You Want a Revolution? (Turley)

“So you say you want a revolution.” When they sang those lines, the Beatles could well have been talking about Democratic leaders today. Revolution seems much in the minds and the rhetoric of politicians who are continuing to threaten swift responses to the Court if it rules against their wishes. The latest armchair revolutionary is President Joe Biden himself who went on Jimmy Kimmel to do the first sit down interview in months. To his credit, Biden was promising only a “mini-Revolution.” Others have gone full revolutionary. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., joined the growing ranks of members of Congress in issuing a warning to the Supreme Court: reaffirm Roe v. Wade or else. The “else” varies from promises to pack the Court to personal accountability for justices. For Shaheen, it is a promise of “revolution.”

Clearly, these leaders are using over-heated rhetoric and do not support violence. They no more want true revolution than Sen. Chuck Schumer was calling for the killing of Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch when he declared on the steps of Supreme Court “I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” Calling for revolutionary change in politics is as common as calling on people to “fight” political opponents or legislative actions. For example, with rioting continuing in Brooklyn Center, Minn. and around the country, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, went to Minnesota and told the protesters that they “gotta stay on the street” and “get more confrontational.”

However, these same politicians have insisted that such references are literal when made by their opponents. Notably, Democrats are holding hearings this week on how Republicans bear responsibility for the Jan. 6th riot due to their calls to “fight” against certification of the 2020 election. On that day, there is no question that Trump whipped the crowd into a frenzy. I was critical of the speech while he was giving it. However, Trump never actually called for violence or a riot. Rather, he urged his supporters to march on the Capitol to express opposition to the certification of electoral votes and to support the challenges being made by some members of Congress. He expressly told his followers “to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

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2-3-foot-long clots…

COVID Vaccines Appear To Cause Abnormally Long Blood Clots (JTN)

Unusually long blood clots are being found in people who received COVID-19 vaccines, according to Dr. Ryan Cole of Cole Diagnostics in Boise, Idaho. Cole’s laboratory receives tissue samples from morticians across the country. He reports that they are finding long blood clots — including several that are inches-long and even a couple that are a foot long — in corpses that contained the COVID vaccine. Liberty Counsel, a religious freedom legal advocacy nonprofit currently representing military members seeking vaccine mandate exemptions, recently interviewed Cole. His lab “is able to determine the difference between a spike protein caused by the virus and a spike protein caused by the COVID shots, which are demonstrably different and much more pronounced and serious,” according to the organization.

Cole told Greg Hunter on USAWatchdog earlier this month that a Stanford University study found that, unlike a COVID infection, which leaves the body in a week or two, the vaccine causes the spike protein to remain in the body longer. “[T]hose who had a natural infection cleared the virus within that first week or two — their body had the ability to clear it,” Cole said. “But when you put the synthetic sequence in, the body is not clearing it,” he explained. “It’s persistently making spike protein. And that sequence is persisting, and then it’s damaging the organs chronically over time, it’s damaging the immune cells chronically over time, it’s causing clots … chronically over time.”

With mRNA vaccines, the spike protein can stay “up to 8 weeks postvaccination in some cases,” according to the study. Cole’s lab is “seeing mushy organs, we’re seeing incredibly inflamed organs,” he said. “We know the spike protein cause all the … bad outcomes that the virus did in 2020. And a lot of comorbid individuals, we know that spike protein is causing inflammation in the lung, the brain, the liver, the kidneys, the heart — it’s causing the same damage that the virus was causing.” However, “in the body, the shots are persisting and making more spike protein than if you had a natural infection,” he added. Cole also cited studies by South African doctor Resia Pretorius, who found that the COVID “spike protein alone causes the proteins in our blood to clump,” he said.

“That spike protein is thrombogenic — it causes clots, and it causes a lot of clots.” Morticians usually “put a dissolving fluid in to break up clots so they can get their embalming fluid in,” Cole said in a March interview with Steve Kirsch. “And they were getting back pressure on the system, saying, ‘What in the world is going on?’ They ended up “pulling out, you know, 6-inch clots, 12-inch clots, 2-3-foot-long clots,” he said. “Because you know from the hip down into the leg, you have a long vein called the saphenous vein. And so they were pulling long clots out of your longer veins. And … they hadn’t seen anything like this previously.”

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This has me wondering how other countries’ pension systems are doing.

Unfunded State Pension Liabilities Grow To $8.28 Trillion (JTN)

Unfunded state pension liabilities have climbed to $8.28 trillion, or nearly $25,000 for every person in the United States, according to a new report from the American Legislative Exchange Council. The American Legislative Exchange Council released the latest edition of its report on pensions in all 50 states Thursday. The report, “Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2021,” shows just a handful of states with outsize pension liabilities account for a large share of overall pension debt in the U.S. The report looked at 290 state-administered government pension plans and their assets and liabilities from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2020. An example of state-administered government pension plans in Illinois would cover state employees, teachers, university workers, judges and lawmakers.

The states with the most unfunded liabilities were California ($1.53 trillion), Illinois ($533.72 billion), Texas ($529.70 billion), New York ($508.70 billion) and Ohio ($429.53 billion). These five states alone account for more than $3.5 trillion in unfunded liabilities, or about 43% of all unfunded liabilities in the U.S. The bottom 10 states make up $4.9 trillion, or 59.36% of all unfunded liabilities, according to the ALEC report. On a per capita basis, the bottom five state were Alaska ($42,829), Illinois ($41,656.79), Connecticut ($40,427.58), Hawaii ($39,939.43), New Jersey ($39,849.02) and California ($38,713.16).

“As state pension plans invest their funds in increasingly risky assets, the gap between expected rates of return and actual rates of return widens, with results falling far short of expectations,” the authors of the report wrote. “When investment returns fail to meet expectations, taxpayers and plan members must make up the difference through increased contributions.” [..] No state in the U.S. has fully funded its pension plans. The state with the highest funding ratio in the nation is Wisconsin at 56% and New Jersey was the lowest at 18%.

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Anyone ever wonder why our ancestors didn’t grow up eating insects? Much easier than hunting gazelle…

Welsh Schools to Feed Primary Students Insects (VT)

This week, students at four primary schools in Wales will be offered insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, silkworms, locusts and mealworms to eat in an effort by researchers to determine their appetite for “alternative proteins.” Researchers are hoping to gain insight into how to best educate children on the environmental and nutritional benefits of edible insects and in turn, hope to influence their parents’ behavior concerning the dinner table. The project will employ surveys, workshops, interviews and focus groups to gauge students’ understanding and experiences concerning alternative proteins. One of the schools participating in the research is Roch Community Primary School in Pembrokeshire.

Carl Evans, the school’s Headteacher, said the research will provide students with insight into the connection between their local community and food production. “There is an important connection between our local community, food production and wider global issues surrounding sustainable development,” said said, adding that, “These issues are important to children, but also difficult to make sense of an can often be confusing for them.” One researcher involved in the study, Christopher Bear, of Cardiff University wants children to consider edible insects as a choice for nourishment today rather than in the future. “We want children to think about alternative proteins as real things for now, rather than just as foods for the future, so trying some of these foods is central to the research,” he said.

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It would make the entire process illegal.

Judge: CIA May Have Received Illicitly Recorded Assange Conversations (ElP)

The conversations between Julian Assange and his lawyers illicitly recorded by the Spanish security company UC Global at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder took refuge for years, could have been delivered to agents of the US secret services, according to Santiago Pedraz, the judge at Spain’s High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, in charge of the espionage case. Delivery to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or to US authorities of details about the defense strategy of the cyberactivist, whom the US wants to have extradited from the UK, is reflected in a court order issued by Pedraz to which EL PAÍS has had access. In this document, which deals with procedural issues, the judge explains to the British authorities why he needs to take witness testimony from the British lawyers and Assange’s doctors who were spied on at the embassy.

These individuals include Gareth Peirce, 82, the famous British lawyer who was played by actress Emma Thompson in the 1993 movie In the Name of the Father. Proving that US intelligence services learned about Assange’s defense strategy by spying on his lawyers could annul the extradition by questioning the illegal methods used by the US to get Assange tried there, according to legal sources. If Spain is allowed to take testimony, as victims of US espionage, from lawyers and doctors who are now defending him in the extradition case, the British justice system would be left in an embarrassing situation, according to the same sources. It could be argued that the process was flawed because the right of defense was violated by the country requesting the extradition.

The judge sent a European Investigation Order (EIO) to the British justice more than two years ago, when he requested permission to question Assange in a videoconference from London as a witness in the case against Undercover Global. But British authorities have been reluctant to cooperate, and have asked for additional information on top of documents that were sent months ago without receiving a response. The EIO is a common judicial tool to speed up cooperation between judges and circumvent laborious rogatory letters based on instruments of international law. In this case, however, the British justice has been blocking the investigation. The British lawyers spied on at the embassy by order of UC Global owner David Morales, and whom Pedraz is asking to interrogate, are the same ones who are now defending Assange in the US extradition request that a British judge has just approved. Home Secretary Priti Patel, one of the toughest members of Boris Johnson’s government, has two months to make the final decision.

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    Pepe Escobar reviews and encapsulates Michael Hudson’s timely new book.
    With The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism or Socialism, Michael Hudson, one of the world’s leading independent economists, has given us arguably the ultimate handbook on where we’re at, who’s in charge, and whether we can bypass them…
    .. The whole Global South will easily recognize the imperial modus operandi: “The strategy of US military and financial imperialism is to install client oligarchies and dictatorships, and arm-twist allies to join the fight against designated adversaries by subsidizing not only the empire’s costs of war-making (“defense”) but even the imperial nation’s domestic spending programs.” This is the antithesis of the multipolar world advocated by Russia and China…
    ..So inevitably the major imperial leverage over the world, a true “strategy of underdevelopment,” had to be financial: instrumentalizing IMF pressure to “turn public infrastructure into privatized monopolies, and reversing 20th century pro-labor reforms” via those notorious ‘conditionalities’ for loans…
    ..The US economy is indeed a lame post-modern remake of the late Roman empire: “dependent on foreign tribute for its survival in today’s global rentier economy.” Enter the correlation between a dwindling free lunch and utter fear: “That is why the United States has surrounded Eurasia with 750 military bases.”..
    ..Hudson succinctly frames the central issue facing the world today: whether “money and credit, land, natural resources and monopolies will be privatized and concentrated in the hands of a rentier oligarchy or used to promote general prosperity and growth. This is basically a conflict between finance capitalism vs. socialism as economic systems.”
    To advance the struggle, Hudson proposes a counter-rentier program which should be the Global South’s ultimate Blueprint for responsible development: public ownership of natural monopolies; key basic infrastructure in public hands; national self-sufficiency – crucially, in money and credit creation; consumer and labor protection; capital controls – to prevent borrowing or denominating debts in foreign currency; taxes on unearned income such as economic rent; progressive taxation; a land tax (“will prevent land’s rising rental value from being pledged to banks for credit to bid up real estate prices”); use of the economic surplus for tangible capital investment; and national self-sufficiency in food…
    ..I asked him how he analyzed the current discussions between the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) and the Chinese – and between Russia and China, further on down the road – as being able to deliver an alternative financial/monetary system. Can they sell the alternative system to most of the planet, all while dodging imperial financial harassment?
    Hudson was gracious enough to reply with what could be regarded as the summary of a whole book chapter: “To be successful, any reform has to be system-wide, not merely a single part. Today’s western economies have become financialized, leaving credit creation in private hands – to be used to make financial gains at the expense of the industrial economy… This aim has spread like leprosy throughout entire economies – their trade patterns (dependency on US agricultural and oil exports, and IT technology), labor relations (anti-unionism and austerity), land tenure (foreign-owned plantation agriculture instead of domestic self-reliance and self-sufficiency in food grains), and economic theory itself (treating finance as part of GDP, not as an overhead siphoning off income from labor and industry alike).” …
    ..That requires an alternative to the IMF, World Bank and ITO (from which Russia has just withdrawn). And alas, an alternative also requires military coordination such as the SCO [the Shanghai Cooperation Organization] to defend against the militarization of US-centered finance capitalism.” …
    ..So how to break free from dollarized debt? “They need a critical mass. That was not available in the 1970s when a New International Economic Order was first discussed. But today it is becoming a viable alternative, thanks to the power of China, the resources of Russia and those of allied countries such as Iran, India and other East Asian and Central Asian countries. So I suspect that a new world economic system is emerging. If it succeeds, the last century – since the end of World War I and the mess it left – will seem like a long detour of history, now returning to what seemed to be the basic social ideals of classical economics – a market free from rent-seeking landlords, monopolies and predatory finance.” …
    ..“In short, it is a conflict between two different social systems, each with their own philosophy of how societies work. Will they be planned by neoliberal financial centers centered in New York, supported by Washington’s neo-cons, or will they be the kind of socialism that the late 19th century and early 20th century envisioned – a ‘market’ and, indeed, society free from rentiers? Will natural monopolies such as land and natural resources be socialized and used to finance domestic growth and housing, or left to financial interests to turn rent into interest payments eating into consumer and business income? And most of all, will governments create their own money and steer banking to promote domestic prosperity, or will they let private banks (whose financial interests are represented by central banks) take control away from national treasuries?”

    Will the Global South break free from dollarized debt?

    Moon of Alabama observes: Washington Starts Blame Game Over Defeat In Ukraine (People don’t seem to believe the scapegoating these days, or care.)

    The Status of the Globalist Agenda Has Been Escalated from “Confused” to “Chaotic”
    ..People will claim that when I say “the West is going to collapse,” I’m being overly optimistic. Part of this is my use of hyperbolic language. I don’t actually think that the US government is going to stop existing in the near future. What I am talking about is the unseating of the US as a contender as the premier world superpower. Once it becomes clear that this is no longer in the cards, I expect there to finally be some form of recalibration. We don’t know what that will look like, or if it will be good or bad for normal people, but it will happen…
    ..This situation is definitely entering into the realm of “emerging chaos.” There are powerful people now calling for a scale-back, so it’s possible you could see that before the economic situation enters terminal decline. It’s also possible that this might not happen. It’s possible that the Ukraine situation could escalate directly into a world war. “Chaos” is what it sounds like it is.
    In the long-term and even the medium-term, I’m hopeful about the future. The biggest impediment to people at least being allowed to choose to live normal lives has been this globalist agenda, and its failure is a victory for humanity.

    John Day

    This is good for most Texans and will lower gas and gas-powered-electricity prices this summer. It’s bad for making the EU dependent on LNG from the US.
    European Gas Soars After US LNG Terminal Explosion Halts Exports For Weeks

    ​ Stagflation is back, due to high debt load and high oil prices, like before, but the American real-economy is not ​making stuff like it did before. What next?
    US Consumer Prices Reaccelerate In May, Highest Since 1981

    “I don’t think it means what you think it means…” The Insurance companies might get their business-model replaced before this is over. “The oil must flow/”
    Insurance Ban Is The EU’s Biggest Blow Yet To Russian Oil Exports
    Joining the UK, the EU has placed a ban on insuring and financing the marine transportation of Russian oil.
    The insurance ban will likely have a massive impact on Russian oil exports

    John Day

    NO, you simply misconstrued our meaning. This is only about risks TO the US, not risks FROM the US.
    A US Government Agency Accidentally Revealed the Strategic Danger of GMO Crops
    Without realizing it, the USCC just accidentally revealed the strategic danger of GMO crops, namely that their genetic code can be hacked by adversaries who might then manufacture bioweapons against them in order to cause famines…
    ..GM seeds can be employed as weapons of Hybrid War against those states that aspire for strategic autonomy. All that the US has to do is clandestinely release bioweapons engineered to target those crops in order to cause blights that lead to famines. It would retain “plausible deniability” too since nobody could prove that it was responsible. With this in mind, those states that truly want to defend themselves from unconventional threats must urgently return to purely natural seeds in order to make it more difficult for their adversaries to employ this destabilizing scenario against them as punish for their independent foreign policies.

    A US Government Agency Accidentally Revealed the Strategic Danger of GMO Crops

    Dr Paul Alexander was aware of the many risks, as was I. We could not understand why such high risk treatments were being pushed to healthy low risk people.
    WARNING: FDA, CDC, NIH, Moderna, & Pfizer official (s) expressed their serious concerns with these mRNA vaccines at HHS, especially for children, very fearful of their safety & career destruction
    I restate what was shared with me, privately, confidentially, at HHS (Operation Warp Speed) around July and August 2020, 6 months or so prior to the roll-out of the vaccines

    Meryl Nass MS posts this public service announcement: It’s a good panel of well known expert speakers.
    Doctors for COVID Ethics/ UK Column Symposium Saturday June 11: Freedom is the Cure
    Unpacking and Defeating the Medical Tactics of World Takeover



    So Actors playing MSM Russia State TV propagandists? Not actual State TV clips?

    There is a 4 hour documentary that is supposed to be released in June of next year under the same name by same production company.

    No biggie, I am aware of who Putin’s mouth pieces are. They want to go Truman on us.

    D Benton Smith


    Yup. Appears so. Every time I think I’ve got the layers figured out someone reveals yet another new layer.

    Mr. House

    Doesn’t anyone find it odd that both abortion and guns are up for major changes at the same time?

    Armenio Pereira

    @John Day

    I do not possess Dr. D’s intellectual acumen – nor your knack at playing thought police.



    Have you seen the XFiles/Great Reset (WEF) mash up. I believe they pulled from a 2016 season 10 episode? I’d post the link put I’m still not there, but getting closer by the day. Sure you can find it if you haven’t seen it yet.

    My wife and I were big Mulder and Scully fans. In hindsight, it definitely gives me the hebeejeebees.

    The thing that is giving me some anxiety is the fact the the District Courts are not putting the Kabash on the federal/federal contractor vax mandates. Feels like an intentional slow walk to keep them in play until the next contagion wave.

    Dr. D

    That is an amazing quote. And I can understand why people get to that point. And I can understand why it then reverses. What I don’t yet get is, after it begins to decline, why does it continue for decades, an equal amount of time as the civilizational rise? After the Brainiacs in Idiocracy don’t have kids, shouldn’t it just return next generation? There may be more to this, like Nature is pushing her creations around. There’s an internal symmetry that cycles people like Nenner and Armstrong detect.

    Adding to Cheeto day, Truth Social has just banned prominent “anti-vaxxer” Sherri Tenpenny … permanently. Remember, Trump, the Anti-vaxxer, created and still promotes, best vaccine ever! “I did that!” THat’s what “Anti-vax means! It means like Dr. Malone, you create and take vaccines. (#Oppositeland) Democrats, who hate Trump the anti-vaxxer, can’t jump fast enough to inject the Trump vaccine. But only because they said they don’t trust him and would never take it.

    But the point: Raw Censorship. Pro Vax. Big Pharma. Donald Trump. Oh yeah, this Truth Social thing is much better than the raw censorship and anti-vax bannings we got from the old boss! The only thing you’re allowed to say is: exactly whatever I believe this minute. With the big, long nose.

    Goes with their new party mascot: the Rhino.

    Doing nothing, you know, ya gotta have just the riiiight Civil war, with just the right touch, by doing nothing ever. Ye olde Red and White Bolsheviks. The only way to have the best enemy is to create them yourself.

    Mr. House

    Yup. Appears so. Every time I think I’ve got the layers figured out someone reveals yet another new layer.
    heheheh down to 10 ^- 18m

    John Day

    @Armenio Pereira: I am not “thought police”. Dr. D presented a hypothesis. You have used the term “hypothesis”, but have not understood the meaning, so I helped tease it out from his example.
    Others disparaged you making unfounded assumptions about TAE commenters, and I think it was harmless, but you mistook an impression you had for an established fact, without investigating whether it was a fact. You made an assumption that it would be accepted as such.

    A bit of self-review of initial assumptions, and a clear explanation of logical process upon those assumptions to approach some conclusion is the formation of a hypothesis. It’s part of “Scientific method” and also “legal argument”. It’s a useful technique.

    Frank Zappa once inquired “Who are the brain police?”


    Patrick Lancaster interviews a farmer in Kherson, Ukraine, one gets a small tour.

    June 6. eng subs available

    Note: Farmer was shocked to see Nazi tatoos on ‘news’ (obviously he, they, have only state / allowed news via TV), rationalising, oh some drug addicts crazy ppl (I have posted before about drug addiction and AIDS in Ukr, very high…) and then is astonished that swastikas are later shown to be frequent…and that is correponds to some kind of ‘force’…

    The diesel he needed for harvest was supplied by the Russians, without any ‘deal’… His combine harvester is a John Deere. Main production: wheat.

    Others around him, animal husbandry, have given up, closed down.


    Why Were Ukrainian Nazis in the U.S. Capitol on January 6?
    By Larry Johnson

    Why Were Ukrainian Nazis in the U.S. Capitol on January 6?


    More on the Ukr. farming and thus food topic:

    War Within the War: The Fight Over Land and Genetically Engineered Agriculture

    By Mitchel Cohen – May 31, 2022, Covert Action Magazine.


    Ten months before Russian troops poured into Ukraine, that country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a bill into law authorizing the private sale of farmland, reversing a moratorium that had been in place since 2001.

    An earlier administration in Ukraine had instituted the moratorium in order to halt further privatization of The Commons and small farms, which were being bought up by oligarchs and concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. As documented in a series of critical reports over ten years by the Oakland Institute based in California, the moratorium on land sales in Ukraine aimed to prevent the acquisition and consolidation of farmland in the hands of the domestic oligarch class and foreign corporations. (…)


    War Within the War: The Fight Over Land and Genetically Engineered Agriculture

    Mr. House

    “Why Were Ukrainian Nazis in the U.S. Capitol on January 6?”

    Well that’s easy, it was a “reichstag” fire, as some of us have been saying since it happened. Just another arrow in the quiver of the “left” on their way to try an ban all opposition. Just like those Ukrainian “liberals” 😉

    Veracious Poet


    The West has of course been a Ponzi/Pyramid scheme for decades now (Anyone with two firing neurons is knows), but the show must go on!

    Roll the cameras, the Jan. 6 bread & circuses arena is now ready for broadcast!

    All part & parcel of U$ Empire LLC induced NPD Mass Psychosis, now circling the Black Hole of EGOcentricity, with infinite increasing velocity…

    And now we bring you Joe & Nancy’s Ice Cream Extravaganza!

    As any spiritually sane being knows, narcissists are blocked from *FAIL* by impenetrable hubris, supported by an inhuman, feral fear.

    They. Just. Can. Not. Admit. Error.

    So, once they’re cornered like a criminal zombie in da hood, flailing like a scared rabbit evading reality, their final rabidly desperate reaction devolves into a psychotic episode, followed by a last ditch, suicidal tempest of destructive insanity (aka the scorched earth plan)…

    You’re never taking me alive coppers! BLAM! BLAM!

    The trick is to *NEVER* give the criminally insane enough rope to strangle the innocent, after they’ve been exposed through #ANTI~LIFE thinking & behavior.

    But now, after decades of pathological mind-fuckery, the “American Dream” has been utterly trampled, raped, tortured, murdered & co-opted into a CRIMINAL playground…

    #USA! #USA! #USA!

    This now irreversible collapse (ie as America’s Event Horizon), officially kicked off in 2007-2008, when “The Owners” unleashed “The Anointed One”, to surreptitiously deploy “The End Game” aka “The Reset”, in a frothy last ditch piracy op to extract ALL assets (ie Real Wealth) away from he deplorable, useless eaters…

    Oh Obummer, how you made us swoon, how the girls screamed!

    Unfortunately for the remainder of mankind, comprehension that something was truly rotten in the District of Criminals (That We The People are the patsy, mark, condemned prey), was Fait Accompli, as they were titillated by The Show Of Shows!

    Moochelle, the beautification crew is ready!

    The last, best opportunity to stop the fascist, totalitarian dreams of U$ Empire LLC probably was over in *1992*, when Ross “You hear that giant sucking sound” Perot was rejected by “We The People” (He looks & sounds weird) ~ After that nothing could stop the (D)+(R) kleptomaniacs reindeer games…

    Thus now, in 2022, the flying pigs & monkeys have done their job 110% ~ Mission Accomplished! for the banksters, MIC, media, apparatchik uniparty + *BIG Pharma/Medicine ~ We The People” have been trained like Pavlov’s dog to abandon reason & logic, to meander into cages of captivity & lock themselves in (they still have the key!), with the majority hood-winked to believe that the demented & nauseating NWO piracy is as “American” as apple pie!

    Change We Can Believe In! Build Back Bet’tah!

    Ultimately responsibility for the entire nightmare, for EVERYTHING that’s went wrong since WWII (actually WWII), is on “We The People”.

    It’s ALL on THEM!

    Drug addled child-like sheeple, who hap, hap, happily acquiesced to every psyop, propaganda scheme & corrupt, duplicitous diktat announced from (D)+(R) Uni-party Pyschopaths ~ Nary a soul noticed the absolute removal of the former USA’s Democratic Republic, nor the statutes protecting humanity’s “Natural Law” Right to Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness…

    We want a chick-in-every-pot! Free skool! Jackbooted thugs! Free money! A shrubbery!

    As we now see, there is no level of .GOV initiated malevolence, dishonesty, malfeasance, no limits to (D)&(R) Uni-party perversion, tyranny, piracy or clownish depravity, that “We The People” will not tolerate, support, vote into being, as long as were entertained 🙄

    The makeup surgeons are here for Ms. PIGlosi & Mr. Schitt!

    Of course most of you are well aware of Real Reality, with some of us aghast with the shenanigans of Clown Show for decades now ~ My condolences 😕

    Illegitimi non carborundum.



    One of my high school German class words I remember.

    Veracious Poet

    Today’s *HOT* news, vaccine edition:

    Justin Bieber announced Friday that he’s canceling the rest of his world tour after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

    In a video posted to Instagram, the 28-year-old singer said he has full facial paralysis on the right side of his face.

    “As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move,” he explained.


    The U.S. government is buying more monkeypox vaccine as a surprising international outbreak continues to grow, health officials said Friday.

    As of Friday, the U.S. had identified 45 cases in 15 states and the District of Columbia. More than 1,300 cases have been found in about 30 other countries outside the areas of Africa where the virus is endemic.

    Officials say the risk to the American public is low, but they are taking steps to assure people that medical measures are in place to deal with the growing problem.

    A two-dose vaccine, Jynneos, is approved for monkeypox in the U.S.



    Chooch- At lest for a couple of days, the X-Files clip can be seen over the fence at Rense.
    Wow. Goodness!


    @phoenixvoice said

    It isn’t helpful because when we use such stereotypes to dismiss large chunks of humanity we are no different from what we hate – we begin to “other,” to see in terms of “us vs. them,” etc. We can fall into the trap a counter mass formation.

    American politics is almost unique in its divide and conquer strategy. Emotional issues such as abortion, gun rights etc are used by political parties to form identities for themselves, identities that people then use to associate with the party. These issues then enable the party members to completely ignore their voters on all non-identity issues, somethings the RINOs are even named for, but they still keep on getting elected because they are members of the same identiy group as their voters.

    Keeping the abortion and guns issues at the forefront is essential when it comes to election time, these issues can sway voters even if the person they are electing was caught taking millions in bribes or was cheating on his parner. America is very strange this way, but the two party system is designed and funded for this identiy politics.

    Of course, one downside for the average American is that they spend too much time worrying about these emotional yet basically minor issues while the politicians get away with murder on bigger issues. One such is the Democrat hatred of guns yet they are shipping said guns all over the world and left a ton of them in Afghanistan, but their domestic audience only identify with gun control, they don’t care about war.

    Veracious Poet


    M$DnC has just green-lighted production of The Running man!

    Due to premier prime-time Fall 2022, the show will be hosted by MC Hammer ~ Just bust a move!

    Potential contestants are in CONgress secret hearings, but sources confirm the inaugural deplorable will be…*DRUM ROLL*

    Disgraced General Flynn ~ Supa Meta whoo hoo!

    Brought to you by Pfizer: “Our mRNA has electrolytes! Now with Monkey Pox!!!”

    Veracious Poet


    @DrD #109378

    “If you usually skip me, this might be a good one to read anyway.”

    You must be kidding! Thanks for another great comment, not to be missed or skipped.

    Figmund Sreud

    ‘Helping Hand Canada, Inc.’ : … we’re here to help! Really, …

    … vid:

    Canadian electricity industry looks to Ukrainian newcomers to meet labour demands

    Companies with the Canadian electricity industry are tapping into a pool of skilled Ukrainian newcomers to meet labour demands.



    D Benton Smith

    A little while back I quipped, ” What would happen if a human fell in love with a robot ? The human would be in love and the robot wouldn’t.”

    This evening I realized that, ironically, neither of them would be aware of their error.

    Hmmm. There’s that old awareness factor popping up again. May have something really really fundamental to do with something really basic.

    Figmund Sreud

    @ D Benton Smith – What would happen if a human fell in love with a robot ?

    Perhaps a hint in following short flick? Meet Rebeca, …



    Christ, the crap in this comment section is depressing.

    D Benton Smith

    @FigmundSreud About that Rebecca chick.

    That is one damn good little movie. Takes ya right to the core question and then leaves it up to you to figure out whether a truly self aware “being” is at the other end of your intimate conversation. Universe leaves it up to you to decide. Cool.

    The not so hilarious aspect, however, is that proponents of answer #1 (i.e. A THING . . . even a very pretty organically grown soft robot like Rebecca. . . .. is material, a machine system utterly devoid of the awareness which only conscious awareness itself [the soul] can experience.) think that the proponents of the other choice (answer #2 is that artificial intelligences, a material system , can produce or subjectively experience consciousness and thus experience true feelings) are absolutely, transparently, and outrageously obviously wrong.

    So, what’s the truthful answer? Are human Beings soft, material, robots which are being run by spiritual, self aware souls who more or less rather identifies self as actually being that material device (the “body”) ?

    Or are human beings just soft robots run amok, with no soul at the controls?

    Which of those answers is patently obvious as true is obvious, isn’t it?

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