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Caravaggio The seven works of mercy (Sette opere di Misericordia) 1607

 

Pitchforks Soon In Europe? (Vilches)
No Ammo, More Casualties, Thin Lines, Propaganda And Passing The Buck (MoA)
Biden Throws Zelensky Under The Bus (ZH)
Ukraine Slams Biden’s Comments on Zelensky Not Heeding Warnings (NW)
Ukraine Fears It Might Lose Western Support Over ‘War Fatigue’ (Antiwar)
EU Will Likely Grant Ukraine Candidate Status To Join Bloc – Von Der Leyen (G.)
Pentagon Finally Admits Running 46 Biolabs In Ukraine (GGI)
The Warmonger’s Legacy (CGTN)
How The Jan. 6 Committee Undermined Its Own Legitimacy (Turley)
Comey Lied to Congress’ ‘Gang of 8’ Over Russiagate (Sperry)
Biden’s Homeland Secretary Lied Under Oath About Disinformation Board (ET)
Smoking (AGAIN): It’s NOT Transitory (Denninger)
Britain’s Dire Economic Outlook (O.)
A New Molecule That Kills Even The Deadliest Cancer (IE)
Headwind2 – The Debate – Malone and Vanden Bossche (Headwind)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“It´d be plenty enough for Russia to just shut off your nat-gas supply, period. And not even to the whole of Europe.”

Pitchforks Soon In Europe? (Vilches)

Dear Europeans For your own children´s sake — on my knees and with my saddened eyes humbly looking downwards — I beg of you to please stop the current self-destructive nonsense dead in its tracks by immediately demanding from your political class to import the bloody Russian oil normally once again as Europe had been doing for dozens of years. The impact that the ban on Russian oil has upon your daily lives now and for years yonder is such that at the very least a Referendum should have been held. But it was not, and without consultation, the EU leadership acted on their own. Please be advised that the EU un-elected brass simply does not represent you or your needs. They were all voted amongst themselves into their positions like members of a committee in a private country club.

If left unchecked, EU politicians will now continue misrepresenting you and, on your behalf — with your hard-earned assets and livelihoods – will keep on picking a most unnecessary and prolonged armed conflict with Russia, eventually forcing upon you a total war scenario where chances play out all very strongly against you, with Russia probably resulting unscathed. European leaders crave for their war, so they can´t think of a better way to provoke it than by applying ever larger and ´meaner´ sanctions on Russia as if (a) sanctions were effective and (b) as if Europe could win such war (not). Accordingly, we now have yet another set of spanking new EU “sanctions” in package No. 6 that will eventually backfire flat on Europe´s face – like all the others — such as banning the insurance and financing of oil tankers that carry Russian oil. Accordingly, the EU is now trying its very best to

(1) bankrupt the successful Western oil tanker insurance business by reducing the number of participants
(2) induce higher shipping and insurance costs worldwide by reducing the number of participants
(3) foster the development of yet another Russian import substitution service namely oil tanker insurance & financing
(4) seriously hinder the world´s economy by not allowing deliveries of any oil tankers carrying Russian oil anywhere (EU or non-EU) thus cutting off some 15% of the world´s oil supply from the world market and necessarily sending its price yet higher with yet more EU-induced inflation as if we had not had enough already, please brace for it.
(5) force the construction of a new Russian-Chinese-Indian oil tanker fleet leaving idle part of today´s fleet
(6) tempt Russia to embargo strategic value-chain upstream items with captive consumers cascading into multiple failures thru lack of nat-gas, rare earths, inert gases, potash, sulfur, uranium, palladium, vanadium, cobalt, coke, etc.

Russia does not need to fire a single shot or land a single missile on European territories to win such a total war. Think tanks in Europe and elsewhere know this but say nothing. It´d be plenty enough for Russia to just shut off your nat-gas supply, period. And not even to the whole of Europe. It could possibly be to only, say, some limited area in Germany. But you need not put up with any of this. Europe should already have learned from history books and its generals not to underestimate or discriminate against Russia. Let alone cheat on it repeatedly as Europe has done since the downfall of the former Soviet Union. Yet again, history will not be kind to anyone directly or indirectly involved, including yourselves.

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“Zelensky did not listen to us and he didn’t inform us how bad the war was going,” will become the standard line as soon as the Ukrainian army is on the run.”

No Ammo, More Casualties, Thin Lines, Propaganda And Passing The Buck (MoA)

To match Russia’s 50,000 rounds per day, with each round weighing 50 kilograms, some 2,500 metric tons of ammunition would have to be moved per day from Ukraine’s western border to the east. After reaching some railhead in the east they would have to be loaded on some 350 trucks to be distributed while being under fire from long ranging Russian weapons. This would have to happen each and every day. The U.S. has large depots of ammunition but even those would be emptied within a few month if no large scale production of new rounds would be happening. Munition production is usually done only on a small but steady scale of a few hundred rounds per week. The west would have to scale up production to allow for the supply Ukraine would need to match Russia.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense Ukraine’s artillery has lost 506 multiple launch rocket systems and 1,859 field artillery and mortars since the beginning of the war. The daily reported number of pieces hit have changed over time from 50+ per day to now single digits. The total numbers in the Russia report are too high (as they usually are in similar ‘western’ reports). They amount to more than what the Ukraine had at the start of the war. But we can safely guess that more than 90% of Ukraine’s guns and missile systems have been destroyed. Meanwhile the ‘west’ has promised the Ukraine some 200 gun and some 50 missile systems. Half of those are former soviet types. The other half are newer and need ‘western’ ammunition. They seem to arrive only in trickles.

The U.S. has send some 100 M-777 lightweight howitzers. Only a few have been seen at the front in the east and some were already destroyed there. Others are used to fire on non-military targets in Donetsk city. We can guess where the rest is. The M-777 is lightweight (4.2 metric tons) because it is largely made from titanium which has a ten times higher scrap value than steel. Some entrepreneurs in Ukraine’s west seem to have found that recycling the guns (or selling them elsewhere) is of more value than sending them to the east where they would surely be destroyed within a few days. Ten days ago the Ukrainian comedian and president Zelensky had admitted that some 60 to 100 Ukrainian soldiers are getting killed per day. That number was highly qualified and an advisor to Zelensky has now doubled it:

“A senior Ukrainian presidential aide has told the BBC that between 100 and 200 Ukrainian troops are being killed on the front line every day. Mykhaylo Podolyak said Ukraine needed hundreds of Western artillery systems to level the playing field with Russia in the eastern Donbas region.” The real numbers are certainly higher than anything the Zelensky regime will ever admit. In a World War I like artillery dominated conflict (but without gas attacks) the number of wounded to dead is historically some 4 to 1 with one of the wounded additionally dying later from his wounds. This historic ‘sanitation deaths’ rate of wounded later dying from their wounds has since been halved by the use of antibiotics. But in Ukraine it may well be higher than usual in modern wars as its medical infrastructure is in a quite bad shape and as many medical personnel have fled the country.

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This is no coincidence. They’re looking to save face.

Biden Throws Zelensky Under The Bus (ZH)

President Joe Biden on Friday told a donors conference in Los Angeles, California on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky brushed aside US warnings saying a Russian invasion of Ukraine was imminent. He described of the situation ahead of the Feb.24 invasion and his communications with Zelensky, according to The Associated Press: “Nothing like this has happened since World War II. I know a lot of people thought I was maybe exaggerating,” Biden said, according to the outlet. He added the US had data that showed Russian President Vladimir Putin was going to invade. “There was no doubt,” Biden continued. “And Zelenskyy didn’t want to hear it.”

Biden in the fresh remarks admitted that the possibility of Putin launching a full-scale invasion may have seemed far-fetched at the time, acknowledging, “I understand why they didn’t want to hear it.” Top Ukrainian officials in the days and weeks prior to the invasion had pushed back against Washington, blaming the repeat warnings from US intelligence agencies for sowing “panic”. At that time, Zelensky had even personally told Biden to “calm down the messaging” on the invasion fears. Rarely does US intelligence take its classified assessments public in order to preemptively warn of action it predicts will occur. This highly unusual public stance also fueled widespread skepticism of the constant invasion warnings from the administration even among longtime Russia experts and observers.

It has since been revealed in recent testimony by US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines that Biden had taken the rare step of declassifying intelligence related to the prepared invasion in order to convince skeptical allies that it was likely going to happen. Down to the last days before the invasion, there was hope among many Western officials of an “off ramp” that might quickly de-escalate the situation amid the Russian and Belarusian troop build-up along Ukraine’s eastern and northern borders. Indeed this “off-ramp” might have come in the form of Ukraine and its backers pledging that the ex-Soviet state would never join NATO.

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“I know a lot of people thought I was maybe exaggerating and Zelensky didn’t want to hear it..”

Ukraine Slams Biden’s Comments on Zelensky Not Heeding Warnings (NW)

Aides to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have responded to Joe Biden’s comment that the Ukrainian president “didn’t want to hear” American warnings before Russia’s invasion. Speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Los Angeles on Friday, the president said that the U.S. knew before the start of the war on February 24 that Vladimir Putin was going “to go in, off the border.” “Nothing like this has happened since World War II,” Biden said, according to the Associated Press. “But I knew we had data” that showed Putin’s intent. “I know a lot of people thought I was maybe exaggerating and Zelensky didn’t want to hear it,” Biden added.

Zelensky’s spokesman Sergei Nikiforov said the Ukrainian leader had “three or four telephone conversations” with Biden before the war started, during which they discussed assessments of the situation in detail. “Therefore, the phrase ‘didn’t want to hear’ probably needs to be clarified,” Nikiforov told Russian-language Ukrainian news outlet LIGA.net. “In addition, if you remember, the president of Ukraine called on partners to introduce a package of preventive sanctions in order to encourage Russia to withdraw troops and de-escalate the situation. “Here we can already say that our partners ‘did not want to hear us,'” Nikiforov said.

Meanwhile, Zelensky’s adviser Mikhail Podolyak told the same news outlet that Biden’s comments were “not entirely true” and that Kyiv had been “well aware that Russia was developing various expansion scenarios.” “[Volodymyr] Zelensky always had relevant analytics on his desk, based on high-quality intelligence,” he said. “The president also carefully reacted to all the words and warnings of our partners.” Podolyak said that Ukraine understood that Russia was planning an invasion and was preparing for it. The question, he said, was over its scale. “It is absurd to blame a country that has been resisting a superior aggressor for more than 100 days when key countries were unable to prevent the Russian Federation [from invading],” he added.

Although Zelensky has been hailed around the world for his wartime leadership, there are question marks over his preparation for the war, the AP reported. Weeks before Putin invaded, Zelensky took exception to warnings by the Biden administration about a possible Russian invasion, fearing it would harm Ukraine’s economy. On Saturday, Zelensky told the Shangri-La Dialogue Asian security summit in Singapore that the war had consequences for the global order. “It is on the battlefields of Ukraine that the future rules of this world are being decided,” he said via video link. He also said that his country’s forces are facing fierce Russian attacks in the country’s east, particularly around the city of Severodonetsk.

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“Zelensky has made clear that his goal is to drive Russia out of the territory it has captured since February 24..”

Ukraine Fears It Might Lose Western Support Over ‘War Fatigue’ (Antiwar)

As the war in Ukraine drags on, Ukrainian officials fear that Kyiv might lose some Western support due to “war fatigue,” The Associated Press reported on Friday. The US and its allies have committed billions of dollars in weapons, but some Western European leaders have been calling for a negotiated solution to end the fighting, an idea Ukrainian officials have rejected. “The fatigue is growing, people want some kind of outcome [that is beneficial] for themselves, and we want [another] outcome for ourselves,” Zelensky said. The current situation on the battlefield is not looking good for Ukraine. An advisor to Zelensky said Thursday that they are losing between 100 and 200 troops each day as Russia continues to make slow but steady gains in the east.


Zelensky has made clear that his goal is to drive Russia out of the territory it has captured since February 24, which would require a massive military offensive. While there is some sentiment among European leaders for Ukraine to make concessions to Russia to achieve peace, top US and NATO officials are encouraging Ukraine to keep fighting. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said last week that Ukraine shouldn’t drop the goal of driving Russia out of all of its territory, including Crimea, which Russia has controlled since 2014. Stoltenberg also said last week that the Western military alliance should be prepared to support Ukraine for the “long haul.”

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Too much resistance. And it would end the EU if it incorporates such corruption.

EU Will Likely Grant Ukraine Candidate Status To Join Bloc – Von Der Leyen (G.)

The EU executive will next week make a recommendation on whether Ukraine should be given candidate status to join the bloc, the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, has said. Such a recommendation would be a preliminary step on a long road to full membership, and Ukraine would need the backing of all 27 EU governments before candidate status was given. The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has been pushing for rapid admission into the EU to provide the country with more security since the Russian invasion. “We want to support Ukraine in its European journey,” Von der Leyen said in a joint press conference with Zelenskiy on a surprise visit to Kyiv on Saturday. Heavy fighting is continuing in the eastern Donbas region, where Russia has been making incremental gains.

“The discussions today will enable us to finalise the assessment by the end of next week,” Von der Leyen added, saying that the Ukrainian authorities had “done a lot” towards a candidacy, but that there was “still need for reforms to be implemented, to fight corruption for example”. Speaking alongside Von der Leyen, Zelenskiy said that the EU’s decision on Ukraine would “determine” the future of Europe. “It is now being determined what the future of a united Europe will be, and whether there will be a future at all. A positive response from the European Union to the Ukrainian application will signify a positive answer to the question of whether the European project has a future at all,” he said. “All of Europe is a target for Russia, and Ukraine is just the first stage in this aggression,” he added.

Since Russia’s invasion on the 24 February, senior EU officials, including Von der Leyen, who was making her second trip to Kyiv since the start of the war, have spoken in favour of putting Ukraine on a speedy path to the EU accession by granting it candidate status. And while a number of EU states including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have backed these calls, there are still doubts in Berlin and Paris and other western European capitals over whether it is possible to begin the formal process already. On Thursday, Bloomberg, citing a diplomatic note, reported that Denmark believed Kyiv did not sufficiently fulfil the criteria to apply to join the EU, saying that the country “would need to fundamentally improve its legislative and institutional framework”.

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“46 peaceful Ukrainian laboratories, health facilities, and disease diagnostic sites over the last two decades.”

i.e. they were already there when Yanukovich was president.

Pentagon Finally Admits Running 46 Biolabs In Ukraine (GGI)

In a recent document, the Pentagon admitted to running 46 biolabs in Ukraine but says they are peaceful efforts to improve nuclear and radiological safety and security, disease surveillance, chemical safety and security, and readiness to respond to epidemics and pandemics such as COVID-19. According to the Pentagon, the US government has funded 46 biological research facilities in Ukraine over the last 20 years, but only as part of a peaceful public health endeavor rather than to develop weapons. Russia and China have been accused by the US military of “spreading disinformation and sowing mistrust” about its efforts to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). In a document titled ‘Fact Sheet on WMD Threat Reduction Efforts,’ the US Department of Defense for the first time revealed the specific number of such facilities its government has sponsored in Ukraine.

According to the Pentagon, the US has “worked collaboratively to improve Ukraine’s biological safety, security, and disease surveillance for both human and animal health,” by providing support to “46 peaceful Ukrainian laboratories, health facilities, and disease diagnostic sites over the last two decades.” These programs have focused on “improving public health and agricultural safety measures at the nexus of nonproliferation.” The Pentagon insisted that the work of these biolabs was “often” carried out in collaboration with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and that it was “consistent with international best practices and norms in publishing research results, partnering with international colleagues and multilateral organizations, and widely distributing their research and public health findings.”

Only three laboratories in Ukraine had the required safety criteria to undertake the type of research they were doing, according to the Russian military last month. Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, the head of the Radioactive, Chemical, and Biological Protection Forces, referenced Ukrainian government sources to point to a series of problems at one of those sites in Odessa, as an example. The Russian military has given evidence of the Pentagon’s role in funding laboratories in Ukraine in a series of briefings that began in March. Kirillov accused Kiev of carrying out “inhumane experiments” on Ukrainian patients and of launching a biological attack against the breakaway territory of Lugansk in early May. Other evidence suggests that when Russia moved soldiers into Ukraine in February, attempts were made to weaponize drones to spread pathogens and to destroy compromising materials.

Between 2005 and early 2022, the US poured more than $224 million into biological research in Ukraine, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. According to Moscow, the conspiracy involved Western pharmaceutical giants, organizations, and even the Democratic Party of the United States.

George Webb

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From China.

The Warmonger’s Legacy (CGTN)

Six hundred and twenty thousand civilians died in the Vietnam War, yet they have never received justice… Iraq was invaded, accused of developing weapons of mass destruction, yet this has been shown to be a lie. And for 20 years Afghanistan was a battleground in the war on terror, yet ultimately the Taliban regained power. Lies, self-interest and profit have created a vast web of international conflict, devastating the lands and peoples caught in it. And the responsibility rests with one country alone. The documentary “The Warmonger’s Legacy” reveals the shocking truth.

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“..for 230 years, Congress maintained the need for bipartisan membership..”

How The Jan. 6 Committee Undermined Its Own Legitimacy (Turley)

In 1924, Lord Gordon Hewart famously declared, “Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.” The lord chief justice of England, he believed that even a small allegation of possible bias by a court clerk meant justice was not seen to be done and, thus, was not done. Lord Hewart’s quote came to mind while watching the opening night of the House’s Jan. 6 select committee public hearings. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) decided a year ago to break from tradition and blocked two Republican committee members selected by GOP leaders. In response, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pulled his other committee nominees, and Pelosi then seated two staunchly anti-Trump Republicans — Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (Illinois).

Congress has a long history of bipartisan investigatory and select committees. Many were formed during deep political rifts — yet, for 230 years, Congress maintained the need for bipartisan membership. That was the case with the Watergate committees, the House Committee on Assassinations, the Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program, the House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions and other investigations. It would have been easy to stack the decks and limit the members by party on each of those committees, but past congressional leaders understood that the credibility of such investigations required balance, including opposing views. Pelosi’s decision to gut that process was something of a signature muscle play.

As a witness in the first Trump impeachment, I was highly critical of her insistence that the House would impeach before Christmas rather than conduct the traditional impeachment investigation with witnesses. Instead of building a more convincing case, Pelosi preferred to impeach with virtually no record, for a certain defeat in the Senate. In the second impeachment, she went one better: She held no hearing at all and pushed through the first “snap impeachment.” The Jan. 6 committee was similarly stripped of any pretense. It was as subtle a political move as Pelosi’s ripping up President Trump’s State of the Union speech. Asked what she hoped to achieve from the committee on the first day of hearings, Pelosi tellingly referred to it as a “narrative.” It is the difference between seeing and simulating justice.

According to The New York Times, that narrative is meant to “recast the midterm message” and “give [Democrats] a platform for making a broader case about why they deserve to stay in power.” It was packaged with the help of a high-powered media figure brought in to help stage the event. Much of the media touted how the hearings would be “must-see TV” and would force voters “not to look away” from Trump’s “coup.” Countervailing evidence was edited out. Thus, Trump was shown calling for the protesters to “march” on the Capitol — but not his additional words to do so “peacefully.”

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So many of these people have lied, where to begin?

Comey Lied to Congress’ ‘Gang of 8’ Over Russiagate (Sperry)

The FBI deceived the House, Senate and the Justice Department about the substance and strength of evidence undergirding its counterintelligence investigation of President Trump, according to a recently declassified document and other material. A seven-page internal FBI memo dated March 8, 2017, shows that “talking points” prepared for then-FBI Director James Comey for his meeting the next day with the congressional leadership were riddled with half-truths, outright falsehoods, and critical omissions. Both the Senate and the House opened investigations and held hearings based in part on the misrepresentations made in those FBI briefings, one of which was held in the Senate that morning and the other in the House later that afternoon.

[..] The talking points were prepared by Lisa Page, a senior FBI lawyer who later resigned from the bureau amid accusations of anti-Trump bias, and were used by Comey in his meeting with Hill leaders. They described reports the FBI received in 2016 from “a former FBI CHS,” or confidential human source, about former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Carter Page (no relation to Lisa Page) allegedly conspiring with the Kremlin to hack the election. Quoting from the reports, Comey told congressional leaders that the unidentified informant told the FBI that Manafort “initially ‘managed’ the relationship between Russian government officials and the Trump campaign, using Carter Page as an intermediary.”

He also told them that “Page was reported to have had ‘secret meetings’ in early July 2016 with a named individual in Russia’s presidential administration during which they discussed Russia’s release of damaging information on Hillary Clinton in exchange for alterations to the GOP platform regarding U.S. policy towards Ukraine.” But previous FBI interviews with Carter Page and other key sources indicated that none of that was true – and the FBI knew it at the time of the congressional briefings. The Lisa Page memo anticipated concerns about the quality of information Comey was relaying to Congress and suggested he preempt any concerns with another untruth. The memo advised Comey to tell lawmakers that “some” of the reporting “has been corroborated,” and to point out that the informant’s “reporting in this matter is derived primarily from a Russian-based source,” which made it sound more credible.

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Under oath. In the Senate. And he still has his job?

Biden’s Homeland Secretary Lied Under Oath About Disinformation Board (ET)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas misled Congress when he testified under oath in May that the Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) “had not yet begun its work,” two Republican senators claim. In fact—according to documents obtained from a DHS whistleblower by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)—planning, decision-making, and concrete work by senior DHS officials, including Mayorkas, had begun at least as early as September 2021. In addition, the documents provided to the senators show that Mayorkas was asked by DHS officials tasked with planning and establishing the DGB for his approval to proceed as early as January 2022 and that Mayorkas gave his approval for doing so in February 2022.

“On May 4, 2022, Secretary Mayorkas testified under oath to Senator Hawley that the Disinformation Governance Board ‘had not yet begun its work.’ “On May 1, 2022, the secretary told the news media that the board would be focused on disinformation ‘from foreign state adversaries [and] the cartels’ and would not monitor American citizens,” the GOP senators said in a joint statement. “At the White House on May 2, White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed that the board would be focused on ‘human traffickers and other transnational criminal organizations.’” Despite those claims by Mayorkas and Psaki, Grassley and Hawley said in their statement that the documents they were provided reveal a different picture of the DGB’s development.

The documents said the DGB was conceived from the beginning in part to monitor the domestic speech of U.S. citizens concerning “conspiracy theories about the validity and security of elections” and “disinformation related to the origins and effects of COVID-19 vaccines or the efficacy of masks.” They added that Mayorkas and his team sought a partnership with social media outlet Twitter designed to censor content unapproved by the DGB and planned a meeting with Twitter executives to discuss such a joint effort.

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“..what Biden has done since being in office is add another monstrous inflationary impulse which has not yet shown up in the general price level..”

Smoking (AGAIN): It’s NOT Transitory (Denninger)

I hope you like bad things and bad times; they’re coming. “The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.0 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.3 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 8.6 percent before seasonal adjustment. The increase was broad-based, with the indexes for shelter, gasoline, and food being the largest contributors. After declining in April, the energy index rose 3.9 percent over the month with the gasoline index rising 4.1 percent and the other major component indexes also increasing. The food index rose 1.2 percent in May as the food at home index increased 1.4 percent.”

As Chief noted on Stocks-n-Jocks yesterday the monetary aggregates have stopped skyrocketing. What’s not being said is why they skyrocketed in the first place — which is that all spending bills originate in the House and all Fed Action when it comes to monetary aggregates are based there, and only there, because without deficit spending The Fed has nothing to operate against. It is also known that it takes time for inflation to go through the economy. And much depends on where government spending goes. If government spends money in deficit to build a highway, for example, and that construction causes efficiency in business to increase by more than the highway cost then there is no inflationary impact. But if the spending is direct to consumption, which all of the pandemic “relief” spending was then it is all inflationary impact.

Spending collapses are thought of as “bad.” They’re not; they are often good. If you as a business owner get out over your skis and go bust that means I can come in and buy up your assets for pennies on the dollar. This means where someone else has 10% of their operating capital tied up in a building for their employees I only have 5% of mine, which means I now have a 5% cost advantage against my competitors. That, in turn, means I get to take your customers and the consumer benefits with lower prices, better goods and services — or both. Allegedly “protecting” the economy from this is, on the other hand, often through of as “good.” But protecting bloated business cost structures is bad in the intermediate and longer term because while it may look “good” it protects pricing and that, in turn, is bad for the consumer.

Unfortunately what Biden has done since being in office is add another monstrous inflationary impulse which has not yet shown up in the general price level. It will. That M2 has stopped wildly expanding is good over time but that’s 12-18 months out into the future and it presumes that Congress will stop the wildly-excessive deficit spending. May I remind you that there’s an election coming up and Congress has to pass spending bills for the next fiscal year, which starts October 1st, before said election? What do you think the odds are that they won’t add yet another spike to M2 before November?

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“..the gloomiest of all developed nations..”

Britain’s Dire Economic Outlook (O.)

Britain’s growth prospects are the gloomiest of all developed nations. The OECD predicted last week that the UK economy would not grow at all next year, the worst outlook for any OECD nation. This follows warnings in April from the IMF that the UK will experience the worst growth out of the G7 nations in 2023. After a decade of stagnant wages, it seems Britons need to resign themselves to the fact that the buoyant growth of the 2000s is but a distant memory. Every country has suffered the shock of the pandemic, followed by the spike in oil and wheat prices triggered by Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine. But other developed economies have proved more resilient, enjoying export-driven recoveries in the wake of Covid. Here in Britain, the economic malaise left exposed by the 2008 financial crisis is long term and structural.

This crisis was supposed to prompt a big economic rethink: a reckoning with Britain’s addiction to growth fuelled by rising levels of consumer debt enabled by rising house prices. The then shadow chancellor George Osborne pledged to rebalance the economy away from debt-driven growth to more productive development, driven by business investment and exports, underpinned with an expansion of the UK’s manufacturing base and a reduction in the huge regional inequalities between the south-east and the rest of the country. No such thing materialised. Instead, the least affluent areas of the country were forced to bear the biggest burden of cuts to public services, undermining their potential to attract investment.

Britain’s sluggish recovery from the financial crisis – average GDP growth in the decade after 2008 was a full percentage point lower than it was in the run-up to the year – was propelled by consumer spending and resurgent house prices. Productivity growth dropped substantially, taking Britain from second in the G7 for productivity growth pre-financial crash, to the second slowest post crash.

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ERX-41

A New Molecule That Kills Even The Deadliest Cancer (IE)

Recently, a tiny group of people with rectal cancer saw their disease vanish after experimental treatment. It was a very small trial done by doctors at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, wherein the patients took a drug called dostarlimab for six months. At the end of their trial, every single one of their tumors disappeared. Now, in another breakthrough, a new compound synthesized by Dr. Jung-Mo Ahn, a University of Texas at Dallas researcher, has been found to kill a broad spectrum of hard-to-treat cancers, including triple-negative breast cancer, leaving healthy cells unscathed. He exploited a weakness in cells that were hitherto not targeted by the other drugs.

The study, which was carried out in isolated cells, both in human cancer tissue and in human cancers grown in mice, was published in the journal Nature Cancer. Ahn, a co-corresponding author of the study and a UT Dallas associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, has been working on small molecules that target protein-protein interactions in cells for more than a decade. Previously, he had developed potential therapeutic candidate compounds for treatment-resistant breast cancer and prostate cancer. In his current research, Ahn and his colleagues tested a new compound he synthesized called ERX-41 for its effects on breast cancer cells – those that contained estrogen receptors (ERs) and those that do not.

Now, there are effective treatments for patients with ER-positive breast cancer, but only a few treatment options for patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) exist. It lacks receptors for estrogen, progesterone, and human epidermal growth factor 2. TNBC is known to affect women under 40 and has worse outcomes than other types of breast cancer. “The ERX-41 compound did not kill healthy cells, but it wiped out tumor cells regardless of whether the cancer cells had estrogen receptors,” Ahn said. “In fact, it killed the triple-negative breast cancer cells better than it killed the ER-positive cells. “This was puzzling to us at the time. We knew it must be targeting something other than estrogen receptors in the TNBC cells, but we didn’t know what that was.”

Soon, the researchers discovered that ERX-41 binds to lysosomal acid lipase A (LIPA), a cellular protein. LIPA is found in a cell structure called the endoplasmic reticulum, an organelle that processes and folds proteins. “For a tumor cell to grow quickly, it has to produce a lot of proteins, and this creates stress on the endoplasmic reticulum,” Ahn said. “Cancer cells significantly overproduce LIPA, much more so than healthy cells. By binding to LIPA, ERX-41 jams the protein processing in the endoplasmic reticulum, which becomes bloated, leading to cell death.”

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Dr Malone and dr Vanden Bossche meet each other for the first time ..

Headwind2 – The Debate – Malone and Vanden Bossche (Headwind)

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    Caravaggio The seven works of mercy (Sette opere di Misericordia) 1607   • Pitchforks Soon In Europe? (Vilches) • No Ammo, More Casualties, Thin
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 12 2022]

    #109500
    Red
    Participant

    In the bottom corner is the Union Carbide logo and the statement ‘A HAND IN THINGS TO COME’.

    This ‘hand of god’ image has become infamous. Union Carbide’s ‘hand in things to come’ includes the gas leak at its pesticides plant in Bhopal in 1984. It resulted in around 560,000 injured (respiratory problems, eye irritation, etc), 4,000 severely disabled and 20,000 dead.

    As for the chemical-intensive agriculture it promoted, we can now see the impacts: degraded soils, polluted water, illness, farmer debt and suicides (by drinking pesticides!), nutrient-dense crops/varieties being side-lined, a narrower range of crops, no increase in food production per capita (in India at least), the corporate commodification of knowledge and seeds, the erosion of farmers’ environmental learning, the undermining of traditional knowledge systems and farmers’ dependency on corporations.

    Whether it involves the type of ecological devastation activist-farmer Bhaskar Save outlined for policy makers in his 2006 open letter or the social upheaval documented by Vandana Shiva in the book The Violence of the Green Revolution, the consequences have been far-reaching.

    And yet – whether it involves new genetic engineering techniques or more pesticides – there is a relentless drive by the agritech conglomerates to further entrench their model of agriculture by destroying traditional farming practices with the aim of placing more farmers on corporate seed and chemical treadmills.

    These corporations have been pushing for the European Commission to remove any labelling and safety checks for new genomic techniques. The European Court of Justice ruled in 2018 that organisms obtained with new genetic modification techniques must be regulated under the EU’s existing GMO laws. However, there has been intense lobbying from the agriculture biotech industry to weaken the legislation, aided financially by the Gates Foundation.

    Since 2018, top agribusiness and biotech corporations have spent almost €37 million lobbying the European Union. They have had 182 meetings with European Commissioners, their cabinets and director generals. More than one meeting a week.

    More@:
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/pouring-poison-planting-seeds-dependency/5783039

    #109501
    Red
    Participant

    STORY AT-A-GLANCE
    It’s become absolutely crucial to understand what we’re up against, globally, and who’s responsible for the rising totalitarianism and their ultimate intention
    The COVID pandemic was a coup d’état by the technocratic cabal that is behind the global takeover agenda, referred to as The Great Reset
    The Great Reset was introduced by the World Economic Forum, which is tightly coupled to the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Their agenda is to implement a global type of totalitarianism based on technocratic and transhumanist ideologies. Part of that plan also includes reengineering and controlling all life forms, including humans
    While the outward expression of technocracy will appear as totalitarianism, the control center is not an individual. Rather than a single person ruling by the decree, technocracy relies on control through technology and algorithm. This is a very important difference. In short, there will be no individual to blame or hold accountable. The “dictator” is an algorithm
    Technocracy is an invented and unnatural form of economics that expresses itself as totalitarianism and requires social engineering to work. Technocrats in the past defined technocracy as the science of social engineering. Controlling the populace is crucial for the system to function

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2022/06/12/technocracy.aspx?

    #109502
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    From the paper in Nature Cancer:

    “Visualization of CRISPR–Cas9 screen in MDA-MB-231 cells showing genes associated with resistance to ERX-41; the top five genes are highlighted”

    (So real world application of CRISPR-Cas9 exists)

    1. “Our identification of a single-point mutation within LIPA that abrogates responsiveness to ERX-41 represents a gold standard validation that LAL is the target of ERX-41”

    (Strong assertion with overuse of the word ‘abrogate’)

    2. “…expression of LIPA messenger RNA appears to be highest in glioblastoma and breast, ovarian and pancreatic cancers, and our studies indicate that their representative tumors are sensitive to ERX-41 treatment both in vitro and in vivo.”

    (mRNA and the ER (endoplasmic reticulum) are popular items in the lay medical community for the past 2.5 years, broad claim)

    3. “https://www.nature.com/articles/s43018-022-00389-8?utm_term=649979&utm_source=awin&awc=26427_1655024166_724aea5e6351d6780d15aa13645246c0

    “This experiment was performed once”

    (The author’s/investigator’s caveat found deep within the publication.) There’s already an enormous ‘reproducibility crisis” in medical research, particularly in psychology, that hopefully the holy grail in cancer has been reached, that is Kill All Cancer Cells While Sparing All Normal Cells

    #109503
    Red
    Participant

    V.P. Feelings and morales seem to be connected and quite different depending on the societal times looked at. They appear to be quite different over time. I’m sure the Romans thought everything was morally correct as they tossed prisoners and slaves to the lions and such at the colosseum. I’m not arguing any point other than to say feelings and morales change over time and circumstances. I’ve found that you can judge societies and individuals by the way they treat their animals, both livestock and pets.

    #109504
    Red
    Participant

    @dr-d-rich: CRISPR tech! Margaret Attwood wrote a little trilogy about Oryx and Crake around 2000 although it’s fiction it is starting to look clairvoyant. She wrote this after learning about CRISPR tech.

    #109506
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Dr Malone and dr Vanden Bossche meet each other for the first time ..
    Fascinating video/interview…
    Highly recommend it to anyone interested in truth…

    #109507
    Dr. D
    Participant

    That woman certainly is feeding the poor. How do I sign up?

    Gonzalo Lira with the to-the-minute predictions. The blame gain for losing has begun:

    “Biden Throws Zelensky Under the Bus: Ukraine Leader ‘Brushed Off’ Invasion Warnings”

    Uh-huh. Sure, Joe, sure. And we were going to “be with Ukraine to the end.” Total support. Their war is our war. “We’ll never quit until Russia is defeated.” …Until like a retarded trust-fund kid we get bored in about 40 days and wander off to blow up more frogs elsewhere.

    We know Ze didn’t want to hear it because he mobilized the entire Ukrainian army, and amassed them at the Russian border. That’s what people do who don’t believe you.

    “Zelensky revealed in damning statements issued during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that all during the Russian troop build-up crisis, NATO leadership was pushing him to hold a firm public line that Ukraine is seeking NATO membership.”

    Because that would never guarantee a war. You know, one that Ukrainians are destroyed in and chicken-hawk Anglos stay home?

    Speaking of throwing people under the bus, or not:

    “FBI Chief Comey Misled Congress’ “Gang of 8” over Russiagate”

    “Comey told congressional leaders that the unidentified informant told the FBI that Manafort “initially ‘managed’ the relationship between Russian government officials and the Trump campaign, using Carter Page as an intermediary.” He also told them that “Page was reported to have had ‘secret meetings’ in early July 2016 with a named individual in Russia’s presidential administration during which they discussed Russia’s release of damaging information on Hillary Clinton in exchange for alterations to the GOP platform regarding U.S. policy towards Ukraine.”
    But previous FBI interviews with Carter Page and other key sources indicated that none of that was true – and the FBI knew it…”

    But Congress isn’t mad about this in the slightest. No investigations, removals, impeachments, involvements, budget changes, new rules, oversights, or even mild reprimands. Tell open, embarrassing lies to Congress, making them look like fools? You’re the boss! Carry on with god’s work!

    Happy little clouds. But Congressmen are minions, and minions take orders.

    Jimmy Dore posts “internal” CFR discussions from our generals concerning the certain and immediate loss of Ukraine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9bnFWmHggk

    Still total lies about everything Russia we can attribute to motive. They are not moving 100% of their troops there, they did not transition from 100% troops to 100% obliteration (technical words from this General Twitty, US European command) and he contradicts this later saying HE would have done “Shock and Awe.” So clearly Russia did not commit 100% there, which was the U.S. plan for them, and the U.S. is very annoyed that Putin is not doing his war right (by winning it) and would all like to speak with the manager and register a formal complaint. (they wanted over-extension and would probably have mobilized and attacked from the Baltics, although Kazakh was taken out ahead of time.)

    But in the main: correct, Russia has taken all Donbass and the Ukrainian Army is vaporized there, ceased to exist. The General later concedes the remaining army “There is no way the Ukrainians can ever defeat or destroy the Russians”, E V E R. “There is no way the Ukrainians will EVER have the firepower to kick the Russians out of Ukraine as well.” (Meaning Crimea as well as Donbass, as well as Mariupol.) “They lack the ends, ways, and means…to [even] go back to pre-2014” “And so we have to figure out the end state here”. “Figure out the end state”? The end state is: YOU. LOST. That means you don’t sit at the table. YOU get NOTHING. Good day sir! Twitty says – and correctly I might add – that given that fact, they should negotiate (surrender) IMMEDIATELY, as every hour their position gets worse.

    As I said yesterday, RUSSIA IS NOT NEGOTIATING. The UN and Ukraine are over in a corner, negotiating with themselves like mouth-breathing morons.

    Russia will do whatever they please, for as long as they please. Ignoring Ukraine, and the EU, and NATO, and the United States. I can’t believe these self-absorbed nitwits can’t see that. They say this is unacceptable as it will make Joe Biden look bad in the midterms, so can’t have it, it won’t happen. (!!!) You started WWIII and you’re talking about the MIDTERMS? A few points on Biden’s poll numbers???

    After implying the US will be totally ignored by Russia, the General adds “We are woefully lacking in diplomatic piece of this. There is no diplomacy at all…”

    Hey, aren’t you supposed to be banned for saying these things? Too soon? I mean that, if you say things initially, before everyone is murdered, and can still be stopped it’s too soon and you need to wait until it’s too late and whooda knowd?

    Adding: Austin has said “they were going to weaken Russia” (RAND Corporation) but no one ever defined what that meant. …I guess that means they did it! Mission Accomplished, since you don’t know what “mission” is. With Russia stronger than ever, Ruble the highest currency on earth, so strong they’re lowering interest rates, and Putin at 80% approval, I’d say that’s a Hat Trick. Russia has never been weaker, thanks to Biden!

    Twitty’s counterpart? “I believe our objectives are still achievable in Ukraine. [Because] it’s going to be determined by events on the ground…” Like totally losing, and losing the entire Ukrainian army. “While we work the economic sanctions”he says, that didn’t work, collapsed Europe and the United States, and make Russia stronger. “We are waiting the outcome on the battlefield”. …Because there are still 10 Ukrainian men left. Under 50.
    Again, “[The White House] is blocking negotiations because it will give the Republicans more ammunition to damage Joe Biden.” And that is why those last 10 Ukrainians must die. …Lacking any new weapons from us, since we’ve already stopped shipping. 100 a day, Joe. Just like Chicago.

    This guy Mark Stoller was fantastic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpVTj9OMSgA (Brand)
    We all say the same things day after day: fraud bad. Work good. He can say them in a whole new way that lets you think about them clearer. And an immediate hobby-horse is to not use the same tired words like Capitalism, Socialism, that are huge and allow for enormous diversity that both include good and bad, or working and not-working things.

    Apparently not Dowd and Hunter interview. They talked a lot about vax injury. Quote about CV to stop the collapse must be in his long Twitter feed.

    “Officials Won’t Release Video of Paul Pelosi’s DUI Arrest”

    That’s okay: they won’t release 64,000 videos of 1/6 either. Some animals are more equal than others. I’m sure it’s because he was totally, totally innocent and wasn’t slurring his speak and barely able to stand or anything. Guys: It’s my money. I paid for that video. That means you have to release it.

    Speaking of police: You’re on your own! But after Uvalde, we all knew that, the greatest gun ad in U.S. history. “When seconds count, the police are never coming. Ever.” Like the BLM riots. Okay, but why this time? “Michigan Sheriff’s Department Reduces 911 Call Responses Due to “Exhausted” Funds for Gas”

    That’s right, off and on through the U.S. already, no money. That means no gas. Which means no response. They bought too many tanks and APCs, and boy! You would not believe the gas those things burn! So the police ain’t comin’. You’re paying for them, taxes are $6,000/year, but they’re never coming. Which is probably just as well since they’d either shoot you or plant evidence.

    Thinking of the shipping insurance industry, I don’t really understand. Why doesn’t Russia self-insure? But even if you heard this was happening and didn’t anticipate it, surely it would only take a week to get insurance running in basic form? Or China? I assume that’s because NATO would pirate and sink any ship worldwide insured by them, in an open act of aggressive war. And Russia doesn’t want to have to nuke us to ashes.

    “I beg of you to please stop the current self-destructive nonsense dead in its tracks”

    Never. They will drink the kool-aid and die, clearly. This was the discussion of Hunter and Dowd, they both believed people would be mad about being murdered. No way. They will deny and defend their murderer to the death. I think we’ve already seen and proven that. They love murder and death, even their own. So it remains to the rest of us. But the EU will die, strip their children and toss them in the snow, eat newspaper, anything to die rather than support the good and reasonable.

    “the ‘west’ has promised the Ukraine some 200 gun and some 50 missile systems. Half of those are former soviet types. The other half are newer and need ‘western’ ammunition. They seem to arrive only in trickles.”

    They are promising but not wasting time delivering. The only purpose is to kill every Ukrainian. Now all the women. Slavs must die, that has been 100 years of Anglo ethnic cleansing. Even cleansing Tchaikovsky and Dostoevsky from Western ears.

    Ukraine is now NOT using anything we send them and rightly and smartly selling it on the black market. To terrorists worldwide. That the U.S./CIA/Derp State is funding so they CAN buy them and unsettle the world randomly after this. They quite correctly see that beautiful howitzer and its certain destruction, and sell it. Ukr already said in their mutiny videos they can’t shoot at the Russians, at all. Because without proper support and mobility, Russia simply targets them back instantly. Duh, you need to NOT be at the location you just shot from unless you want to be blown to smithereens, like every war manual would tell you. So what’s the point of a howitzer you can’t shoot? Sell it.

    Gun control! “No right to the weapons of war”. Unless you buy from the Ukrainians and re-import to Chicago, Durango or the Uvalde border.

    100/day (and that’s now) x 120 days + 6,000 captured = 18,000 men. That’s 1/10th. I would bet thousands a day were killed in the first month or so. As Russia isn’t bothering itself with the non-east right now, they’re down to the few kettles and Nazis left. Ukraine is winning! That why they have zero men and are drafting the women. Since I see in action movies that all women are both supermodel physicists and can beat up any man with a finger, I’m sure this will go great.

    Ze throws Biden and BoJo under the bus in return. But they don’t realize nobody cares. The side that listens only obeys “experts” and believes “whoever is in power.” The U.S. is bigger (bully) than Ukraine, so what Joe says is true. Tomorrow it reverses and the opposite is true. The morality of intellectual cowards. Anyway, obviously everyone throws everyone under the bus, because: minions. Not just for the movies anymore.

    EU Will Likely Grant Ukraine Candidate Status to Join Bloc – Von Der Leyen (G.)”

    Russia fights on the battlefield using tanks. They are so sadly out of fashion. How last century! Don’t they know we fight and win using only symbols now? Virtue signaling, they collapse before us. Don’t call me a racist! I’ll do anything! Anything! Like WaPo, it’s a world run and controlled by female emotional blackmail. Bizarrely, they think this will work or hold any leverage over anyone.

    “Pentagon Finally Admits Running 46 Biolabs in Ukraine (GGI)”

    So wait: will I get banned of the internet for saying what the Pentagon says or not? Like when I posted Pfizer’s own side-effect warnings. Schrodinger’s reality = Schrodinger’s bans. I ban if I like you or not at the pre-teen girls’ table.

    Reality check: what did they need Forty-six for? Really? 46 labs and not like three? That is not suspicious at all. No questions will be asked, as the West has zero reporters left worldwide.

    “Biden’s Homeland Secretary Lied” “Under oath. In the Senate. And he still has his job?”

    He would only get fired if he told the truth. Hundreds have proven this fact. That is where we are. This is who we are, with overwhelming support.

    “Smoking (AGAIN): It’s NOT Transitory (Denninger)”

    You mean they were LYING? 1) Printing money doesn’t cause inflation. You tin foil hat wearing, right wing morans we ban. MMT proves socialism works and we all eat without working. Forevah! 2 ) There’s no inflation. 3) Inflation is transitory. 4) the Fed will fix inflation/ won’t let it happen. 5) Inflation is actually GOOD for you. 6) Eat the bugs not the steaks. 7) We PLANNED this, for your own good. Go Green! People and the economy are better than ever! 8) It does exist and it’s not transitory and it’s not good at all, but it’s Putin’s fault. 9) Fill in the blank: the only thing more infinite than human stupidity is their capacity to tell and believe new lies. While their brothers and countrymen die. Literally.

    Since the entire world (Western) economy is in a “hurricane” and all the ropes are snapping, don’t forget we will things will happen and we will see things we’ve never seen before or thought possible.

    For example, from 20% inflation, we’ll probably flip to the USD being crushed for being too STRONG. We’ll probably see Etherium go down to $600 then back to $6,000. Already we see pricing makes no sense and has no arbitrage. Steak is $30/lb but chicken is still $1.20. Turn around, next chicken is $5/lb. No one even bothers to shop for the deals or reprice. Then the supply makes no sense, dismantling working cars merely for parts, while other cars assembled can’t be sold and no one could drive them if bought from gas prices, and can’t be bought since they cost 10x yearly salary. Classic cars cost $4k, not $40k but again, no one arbitrages, no one buys them. This, along with moral decay, is the end stage of massive MMT: prices completely unmoored from reality. From work and effort.

    “Hopes of a once-a-year booster”

    Boy I hope I can get injected with yet ANOTHER needle every year. That’s been my hope since I was a child. That and the hope to increase corporate profits, The true meaning of life.

    “Ted Turner”

    We saw this going waaaaaay back with Al Gore. Those multi-billions he says we MUST have were all slated to be money-funneled to Gore, Turner, Sachs, etc. However, he’s been written in, but he’s wrong. This will happen from global cooling instead. That’s why we MUST harbor all our carbon fuels, and why China MUST get access to the U.S. farmland and make us a depopulated colony.

    We are seeing the growing bands shift dramatically, and seemingly to the areas seen by the last weather cycle/style, over 2,000 years ago. When Carthage was not a desert but a green wheat equal to Rome. East Africa like Ethiopia was a great and flourishing empire more powerful than Greece. And the Silk Road was a string of Oasis green through the Gobi. However, weather may have been less predictable then. Heat or frost may have wandered wildly, as we see with snows in Saudi, and 140f in Vancouver.

    There is an argument out there that the loss of fertilizer is a good thing. And yes, fertilizer like steroids grow bigger at the cost of sapping long-term health. So their reversal is not all bad. Without doing non-stop coke and running everywhere, fields can or might recover more balanced health and get back to a lesser level of production without fertilizers. But that would still mean a major collapse at the front edge, and without cover crops and rotation, I doubt soil health would increase much. Without animal husbandry, you can’t productively cover crop, like with hay that can still be used, but only with green mulch that’s an effective loss. But in concept, yes, if you retired all the fields for a 7 x 7 = 49 year Jubilee as commanded, then the fields would recover. Some. I hope everyone’s pantries are full when that happens. Like full as of last March.

    But don’t forget: inflation, high gas prices, and eating bugs is a GOOD thing! At least Joe and Klaus and Bezos don’t mind it!

    #109513
    Clueless Honky
    Participant

    @Dr. D

    “Apparently not Dowd and Hunter interview. They talked a lot about vax injury. Quote about CV to stop the collapse must be in his long Twitter feed.”

    Are you remembering (and looking for) this article by Fabio Vighi in which he laid out his theory that CV was used to provide cover to fulfill BlackRock’s 2019 request to “Go Direct”? (handing over huge amounts of capital straight to the banks without creating massive and immediate hyper-inflation).

    Maybe Dowd also went into this at some point, I don’t know. But to my knowledge, Vighi did the best job of describing it.

    Although it now looks like the inflation is leaking out from the “Inside Money” into the “Outside Money”.

    A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Systemic Collapse and Pandemic Simulation

    #109515
    boilingfrog
    Participant

    @V Arnold,
    I watched that entire interview, too (will next water the garden late!); fascinating. My friends in research at the university are desperately seeking finance to support their labs, as state monies dwindle. Some wrestle with the ethics of corporate money (like money in politics, strings are always attached!), and for some it’s simply not seen as an ethical issue.

    Two metaphorical and/or analogous thoughts occurred to me, though, with regard to the vaccine, virus and financialization (Mike Hudson):

    (1) In my experience it is the “older population”, especially, who are crying and rending their garments that ALL must be vaccinated, boosted… in order to keep them alive, longer. In an analogous situation, this same generation has sold future generations down the proverbial river in order to keep their ill-gotten wealth.

    In discussions with a weathy and elderly client about a potential market crash, their comment was, “But what about ‘us’? What would happen to ‘us’, we would lose everything and we’re too old to work!?”” (The “It’s not fair!!” rant was left unthought, and unstated…but certainly implied)

    (2) This wonderfully edited, long-form interview allowed the two docs to convert highly complex ideas and concepts into understandable sentences without interuption. The docs spoke about this “battle” between viruses and our bodies, seeking ‘stasis’, a balance between transmissability/ survival and lethality (ebola an example).

    My mind jumped to this being analagous to “predatory and parasitic financialization”. Debt, properly secured, properly priced, might be beneficial at times. (Debt jubilees would be part, too)… but now we’ve far surpassed the point where debt has killed (or at least is killing) the host. Ebola Economics.

    Extraordinary, risky, experimental financial life support efforts are being implemented (analogous to vaxing the kids to see what happens and save the elderly), and will most likely damage everyone.

    I probably wasn’t clear enough with these analogies, hopefully the point is communicated.

    #109516
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Boiling frog – you were clear, appreciated.
    Also Clueless Honky – yes the Fabio Vighi piece along with Ernst Wolfe rant were THE critical insights around the corona/money issues – here’s my rap about it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmAhPm8deMs

    Dr D. Loving the breakdown today (always actually)

    Susmarie 108 – you have really well articulated the endless usefulness of Love in steering the mind to a broader understanding of life than intellect alone – I thank you and feel drawn to your deeper insights.
    Dr Day – love your work.
    Raul – don’t know how you do it but your life’s work has enriched our lives and has rubbed off – consider your self and influencer

    #109517
    zerosum
    Participant

    Quote of the year:

    “He would only get fired if he told the truth.”
    ————–
    Listen to Russia.

    Look at what Russia has been doing.

    Russia has been building an “off-ramp” from before the start of the war on February 24.

    Stop the current self-destructive actions of your leaders. ( Top US and NATO officials are encouraging Ukraine to keep fighting to the last living Ukrainian)

    Russia does not need to fire a single shot or land a single missile on European territories to win a total war.

    Russia only needs to embargo exports of wheat, oil, nat-gas, rare earths, inert gases, potash, sulfur, uranium, palladium, vanadium, cobalt, coke, etc.

    “sanctions” on Russia are backfiring and lowering your standard of living

    Save yourself ….. seek peace

    #109518
    zerosum
    Participant

    Could this tread have been manipulated to favor a racial group?
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/visualizing-global-decline-fertility-rates
    The Societal Impact
    Lower fertility rates, coupled with increased life expectancies around the world, are creating an aging population. Since 1950, the global median age has grown from 25 years to 33 years.

    An older population comes with a number of economic risks, including rising healthcare costs and a smaller global workforce.

    #109519
    Armenio Pereira
    Participant

    Accomplished maturity: the mastering of enough lexicon to be able to sustain a plethora of opinions, from the most petty to the most wacky.

    #109520
    Noirette
    Participant

    Ha ha. Zelensky thrown under the bus… “The USA will fight Russia to the last Ukrainian.”

    That includes Z himself, and some women aged 18-50.

    Post 91, the Ukr oligarchs made deals with ‘abroads’, mostly USA (Bid-clan), UK, Germany … 46 Labs ‘biolabs’ in Ukr – that is a lot – I’m guessing many were small, not very efficient or productive, not even ambitious, important in any way, maybe the outcome of a ‘seeding’ operation, such as minor blanket funding to see what emerges.

    Or some of them may even have been straight up commercial enterprises, that sounds weird after the US admission, but there you go, in murk much is hidden. I posted this before, as I looked into one of them:

    ——

    There was / is one (and only one), high-level Bio Lab in Mariupol. The latest WHO report is very critical:

    Mariupol City Branch of Donetsk Oblast. Laboratory Center of MOH, Laboratory of Especially Dangerous Infections and Laboratory of Virology (GCA) Laboratory Assessment Report
    November 2020.

    PDF

    https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/sites/www.humanitarianresponse.info/files/documents/files/laboratory_assessment_report_mariupol.pdf

    ——-

    From the pix one can see the small scope, but who knows what was being done or investigated there, certainly not deadly viruses. Of course the WHO knew what was going on – though maybe not the extent of it.

    What of the dire TB, AIDS, other infectious, super high stats in Ukr? Imho a totally corrupt med. system accounts for ppl not being treated, particularly NOT the poor, prisoners, prostitutes, the elderly, the handicapped, AIDS patients, those with chronic conditions… (Meds are captured, sold ‘black’, it is scramble on the market hand to hand, connections is all), and these biolabs are detached from the medical circuit, had nothing to do with any of that, they just trundle along, with OK pay for the ppl working there. To accomplish who knows what, maybe very low-level stuff. Anyways it was, is, a cheap investment. That is just my vision on this day, what do I know, heh.

    #109522
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #109523
    WES
    Participant

    Right now the Ukrainian War is mostly focused in the Donbas region. The rest of the Ukraine is relatively quiet. The front contact line is basically an artillery duel. The artillery duel favors Russia with it’s superior artillery.

    The main reason Russia has been forced to go slow is the presence of some Ukrainian artillery. As long as the Ukraine has some artillery, the Russians have to remain wary of closing in on the Ukrainian front lines too quickly or too soon. This fact allows the Ukrainians time to keep feeding fresh troops into the front lines to replace lost troops.

    This also why the US/Nato are currently feeding more artillery into the Ukraine. It is the best way to prolong the war against Russia to the last Ukrainian. It also supports the Ukrainian black market too!

    Interestingly, if an Ukrainian accepts a Russian passport, they no longer need to worry about any debts they owe to Ukrainian banks!

    In Russian controlled areas of the Ukraine, Rubles are quickly replacing Ukrainian currency. It looks like existing Ukrainian banks are being converted into Russian banks. Ukrainian pensions are now being paid in Rubles.

    Nothing conquers a country faster than sound money!

    Now Ukrainian women are being drafted into the army to help replace army manpower losses. I am going to guess the number of Ukrainians trying to leave the Ukraine will begin to drop significantly! No doubt an European idea to stem the flow of Ukrainians!

    Now Ukrainian women will need to bribe border officials to leave the country just like their men folk! Maybe that is the real reason for drafting women now! More Payola! The downside to equality!

    #109524
    John Day
    Participant

    ERX-41 looks very promising for cancer treatment, though this is one trial-study, and the point-mutation of one gene made the medicine fail to work. Cancers will soon discover that and mutate that gene and succeed anew. That being said, attacking this mechanism of cancer-cell proliferation is now known to be effective. Those are some bad cancer-types it killed in the study.

    Oxymoron’s song will slap you upside the head, and you’ll get it. Thanks for “liking my work”.

    VP Gary paged me to courtesy telephone #2 yesterday but I was busy in multiple venues and driving and did not see it until this afternoon.


    @Red
    : Thanks for Russia insights.


    @Clueless
    Honky: I’ll read that. One crisis can be used to justify so many different interventions.

    #109525
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Dr D said

    Since I see in action movies that all women are both supermodel physicists and can beat up any man with a finger, I’m sure this will go great.

    Yesterday I was watching an episode of some mundane BBC mini-series – so mundane that I cannot remember the title – when exactly this happened, some 5 foot female beat up these two 6’6″ bouncers. It was only after this fantasy scene that I realised that my mind was doing something very strange: instead of remembering the characters in the story by their names, I was remembering them by their skin colour.

    If you have ever watched a BBC program, you will find that every scene (unless it is the idiot bad guys who are always white) the cast has one of each hue of blackness. I caught myself thinking of the daughters of the mid-black heroine as the darker daughter and the lighter daughter. I continued watching and realised I also did not know the names of any of the characters in the office scenes: there was the the dark black guy, the light black guy, the light black woman etc.

    My mind was inherently colourist, finding the colour easier to remember than the face or name. My mind found it easier to recognise them by colour than by name. Maybe I am just some honky racist, maybe I see the world as a colour swatch or maybe I am just one of the bad guys.

    #109526
    John Day
    Participant

    @Clueless Honky: i excerpted this:
    22-24 August 2019: G7 central bankers meet in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to discuss BlackRock’s paper along with urgent measures to prevent the looming meltdown.
    In the prescient words of James Bullard, President of the St Louis Federal Reserve:
    “We just have to stop thinking that next year things are going to be normal.”


    @Noirette
    : Thanks again for more relevant perspective again.

    #109527
    chooch
    Participant

    Russian Telegram channels reportedly began spreading a fake mobilization order on June 12 that they falsely attributed to the Ukrainian General Staff. The fake order called for the mobilization of all eligible Ukrainian women to report for duty by “June 31”.

    #109530
    John Day
    Participant
    #109531
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    John,


    @Michael-Reid
    had a query concerning spirituality:

    I don’t really know what a miracle is but being alive is simply amazing. Being dead I have not experienced that yet so I will keep an open mind and positive attitude and hopefully it will be the best experience ever.

    The very basics of life: feeling, acting, and thinking. Is there a need for any thing else?

    Sure would be helpful to have manuals on these items. I found the nursing education and experience helpful. Some stuff everyone should be taught.

    After my latest tilt-a-windmill commentary, plus his medical background, felt like I’d defer to you to take a shot @ talking with him…

    Call it a professional spiritual referral 😉

    #109532
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Does anyone think Trump has finally figured out he got snookered by deferring to CDC/NIH + *BIG* Pharma for the COVID vexes?

    He was obviously in over his head, although a well-meaning narcissist, has anyone heard him mea culpa yet for authorizing the profiteers?

    I wouldn’t vote for him just based on that *FAIL*, but it’d be nice to see if he can admit he was *DEAD* wrong 😕

    That’s the really scary thing about the District of Clowns: So many know-nothing fools that posture as “The Authority”, empowered strictly by vanity & hubris…

    Then there are the truly rapacious, corrupt sociopath monsters 🙄

    #109542
    Red
    Participant

    No idea is trustworthy. Bret and Heather have a short discussion on some of the problems I’ve personally had with some of the “lettered” classes.

    #109545
    Red
    Participant
    #109551
    Red
    Participant

    How about this little nugget:

    Quote from Volodin: “The economies of the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, and Canada continue to collapse under the pressure of sanctions against Russia.

    The breakup of existing economic relations by Washington and its allies has led to the formation of new points of growth in the world.

    The group of eight countries that do not take part in the sanctions wars – China, India, Russia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Iran, Turkey – is 24.4 per cent ahead of the old group in terms of GDP per capita.”

    https://www.pravda.com.ua/eng/news/2022/06/11/7351902/

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