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Georges Seurat A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte 1884

 

Frustration Grows In Ukraine, Casualties Spike, Russia Wins Territory (NBC)
EU Leaders To Grant Ukraine Candidate Status In Blow To Putin (G.)
The Third Incarnation of Russia since 1721 (Batiushka)
German Economic Minister Announces Restart of Coal Power Plants (CTH)
The Supreme Court Hands Down Major Gun Rights Victory (Turley)
Liberal Policies Have Killed Black Communities: Clarence Thomas (NYP)
Joe Biden Flashes Official Cheat Sheet: ‘YOU Take YOUR Seat’ (JTN)
Biden Is Hiding His Plan To Rig The 2022 Midterm Elections (Fed.)
Prosecuting Trump: Being A Jerk Isn’t Criminal (Turley)
The CDC Just Pushed Fake News on Covid Child Mortality
Study Finds mRNA Vaccines Lead To Increase Of Serious Adverse Events (TCS)
Alarming Levels of 29 Chemicals Affecting Fertility Found in Men’s Urine (CHD)
Twitter Is Hiring An Alarming Number Of FBI Agents (MPN)

 

 

 

 

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“We are funding the Ukrainian government, if we stop funding everything would collapse, Mr Zelensky would climb on an airplane where he owns a mansion.”
– Colonel Douglas Macgregor.

 

 

 

 

No, no, NBC, this is not the official narrative…

Frustration Grows In Ukraine, Casualties Spike, Russia Wins Territory (NBC)

Russia’s invasion in February prompted a wave of public support for the government of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as millions of Ukrainians raced to help defend their homeland. Four months later — amid Russian advances and spiking casualties — anger and frustration over the handling of the war is swelling. In interviews with Ukrainians who have family members fighting the invaders, many said they were upset with the military leadership for deploying inexperienced people to the front lines, and at times sending them into battle without as much as a medical or a psychological examination. “I am ready to protest,” said Viktoriia Bilan-Rashchuk, 43, of Kyiv, whose husband, Volodymyr, a theater actor with no previous military experience, is fighting on the eastern front line in Sievierodonetsk.

Last month, she said, she raised money to send his unit protective headphones — standard military equipment used to prevent hearing loss for soldiers firing off rocket systems. “The government isn’t doing enough to support them. The longer this goes on, the more people will become upset,” Bilan-Rashchuk said in Ukrainian, speaking through a translator. Since Russia invaded in February, thousands of Ukrainians with no military background have volunteered to fight. To boost its war efforts, the Ukrainian government has also banned men ages 18 to 60 from leaving the country in case it needs to start a draft. In May, Zelenskyy said the country’s military had 700,000 service members, including women. Through a relentless campaign of appearances, interviews and statements, Zelenskyy has fought to keep morale high among troops and the general public and plead the country’s case to the international community.

But Russian artillery attacks have intensified in the east in recent months, pushing the Ukrainian military death toll to between 100 and 200 soldiers a day in combat, with another 500 injured every day, according to Ukrainian officials, the BBC reported earlier this month. In his daily address June 14, Zelenskyy called the losses “painful” but said Ukrainians “have to hold on.” Despite the high death toll, Ukrainian officials have maintained that troops are well taken care of, with sufficient training, food, equipment and rest. But as the war grinds on, what makes some Ukrainians especially angry is the lack of basic military equipment for those on the front lines. Some military families have been forced to organize donation drives to send medical supplies and military equipment to the front lines.

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It will be a blow to the EU.

EU Leaders To Grant Ukraine Candidate Status In Blow To Putin (G.)

European leaders are poised to grant Ukraine candidate status, in a historic decision that opens the door to EU membership for the war-torn country and deals a blow to Vladimir Putin. EU leaders meeting in Brussels are expected to approve Ukraine’s candidate status later on Thursday, nearly four months after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy launched his country’s bid to join the bloc in the early days of the Russian invasion. The move from applicant to candidate usually takes years, but the EU has dramatically accelerated the process, amid outrage over the brutality of the unprovoked Russian attack, and to show solidarity with Ukraine’s defenders.


“Ukraine is going through hell for a simple reason: its desire to join the EU,” tweeted the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, on the eve of the summit. The commission last week called on EU leaders to grant Ukraine’s candidate status. “Our opinion acknowledges the immense progress that [Ukrainian] democracy has achieved since the Maidan protests of 2014,” Von der Leyen said. Welcoming the expected positive decision, Zelenskiy said: “This is like going into the light from the darkness.” Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said candidate status would “draw a line under decades of ambiguity and set it in stone: Ukraine is Europe, not part of the ‘Russian world’”.

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Great history lesson.

“The break with the West and the ‘obsolete geopolitical illusions’ of its elite’s superiority complex, essentially a form of Nazism, is irreversible.”

The Third Incarnation of Russia since 1721 (Batiushka)

Until the whole of the Ukraine is demilitarised, and it is continually being remilitarised by the West, the liberation cannot stop. Moreover, with potential threats from NATO-armed Poland and Lithuania towards Kaliningrad and from Romania towards Moldova, from arms shipments from Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Czech Lands and the Baltic States, especially from the US puppet-government in Lithuania, with threats from Sweden and Finland to join NATO, where will it stop? The West has to be freed from Nazism/woke liberalism (it is the same thing. As they say: there is nothing so intolerant as liberalism). True, Germany, France and Italy, their economies crippled by US-imposed, anti-Russian sanctions, are showing reason. This is unlike the laughable bluster coming from the militarily feeble Johnson-regime in the UK, which may well be toppled by popular internal discontent and a wave of strikes.

However, it is the economic aspect, with its international dedollarisation, of the Third Incarnation of Russia which is truly world-changing. In the light of the speech of Vladimir Putin at the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum of June 2022, we can say that Russia is returning to its historic path. It wants to leave aside the errors of the past, become a sovereign nation again and no longer be a Western colony. This is unlike the EU, which is clearly just a US vassal, both economically and politically. The future world order will be formed only by strong sovereign states, independent of the dollar and the massive debts of Western countries. These have been caused by their inflationary printing of money that is not based on real commodities such as cereals, oil, gas, minerals, metals, rare earth elements, fertilisers, timber, manufactured goods and gold.

The break with the West and the ‘obsolete geopolitical illusions’ of its elite’s superiority complex, essentially a form of Nazism, is irreversible. Russia will invest in internal economic development in microeconomic and macroeconomic terms, ensuring ‘technological sovereignty’ (which means for instance that Russia already has unique hypersonic missiles), encouraging free enterprise against bureaucracy, improving infrastructure, but also ensuring social justice, fighting against poverty and supporting the family, encouraging far more ‘families to have two, three or more children’. The ideal of social conservatism together with social justice is what is intended. Russia will also help nations in Africa and the Middle East to avoid Western-imposed famine. True, this is an ambitious programme for the future, but this Third Incarnation of Russia is beginning now.

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What a defeat. Trump warned them and they laughed…

German Economic Minister Announces Restart of Coal Power Plants (CTH)

To say the recent remarks from German Economic and Climate Minister Robert Habeck showcase the stupidity of the western sanctions would be an understatement. In a broad energy policy announcement to the German people, Minister Habeck has announced that natural gas is now urgently being stored and built up in order to survive next winter. Additionally, the German parliament is being called into emergency session to re-write climate laws allowing coal-fired electricity power plants to be brought back on-line. Essentially, years of German renewable energy investments and initiatives are now being reversed in order to maintain the commitment to NATO sanctions against Russia.

GERMANY – Minister Robert Habeck […] “The situation on the gas market has deteriorated in recent days. The missing quantities can still be replaced, and the gas storage tanks are still being filled, albeit at high prices. Security of supply is currently guaranteed. But the situation is serious. We are therefore further strengthening precautions and taking additional measures to reduce gas consumption. […] In order to reduce gas consumption, less gas is to be used to produce electricity. Instead, coal-fired power plants will have to be used more. […] That means, to be honest, more coal-fired power plants for a transitional period. That’s bitter, but in this situation it’s almost necessary to reduce gas consumption. We must and we will do everything we can to store as much gas as possible in summer and autumn. The gas storage tanks must be full in winter. That has top priority, ”said Habeck.

In order to unbuckle themselves from dependence on Russian pipelines, Habeck also announced that floating Liquified Natural Gas terminals will have to be created so they can source LNG from other nations. Currently Germany has no port system to offload LNG, they will be purchasing and leasing floating ships to act as LNG terminals. I am reminded of the prior warning to Germany from U.S. President Donald Trump. It’s worth remembering that U.S. media blasted President Trump for being so brutally honest in his NATO remarks where he warned about the danger of Germany being so dependent on Russia for oil and gas.

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JUSTICE THOMAS: “Nothing in the Second Amendment’s text draws a home/public distinction with respect to the right to keep and bear arms, and the definition of “bear” naturally encompasses public carry.”

The Supreme Court Hands Down Major Gun Rights Victory (Turley)

As predicted, the Supreme Court handed down a momentous opinion in favor of Second Amendment rights today in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen. In what will likely prove one of the most important decisions in his illustrious career as a conservative jurist, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a 6-3 majority opinion that brought greater clarity to this and future challenges under the Second Amendment. In 2008, the Supreme Court recognized the right to bear arms as an individual right in District of Columbia v. Heller. Two years after Heller, in McDonald v. City of Chicago, the court ruled that this right applied against the states.

This case concerned concealed-carry restrictions under N.Y. Penal Law § 400.00(2)(f) that require a showing of “proper cause.” Lower courts upheld the New York law, but there were ample constitutional concerns over its vague standard, such as showing that you are “of good moral character.” New York wanted to exercise discretion in deciding who needs to carry guns in public while gun owners believe that the law flips the constitutional presumption in favor of such a right. Thomas rejected the two-part analysis used by lower courts and held that the presumption must be in favor of the individual right to possess a handgun in public like other rights in the Bill of Rights. The Court held “consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”

Accordingly, “because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul immediately declared “Shocking, absolutely shocking that they have taken away our right to have reasonable restrictions.” The Claude Rain moment aside, it was shocking that Hochul would be shocked. Many of us were predicting a major loss for over a year and New York, as usual, litigated a bad case and made more bad law for gun control advocates. Gov. Hochul added ““This is New York. We don’t back down.” That may be welcomed news for gun rights advocates given the record in cases like this one in reinforcing Second Amendment rights. As previously discussed, New York has proven a fountain of cases strengthening gun rights.

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“We didn’t want to be right; we wanted to be wrong. It wasn’t about winning an argument. No, we wanted to lose the argument. We did not want the damage to occur..”

Liberal Policies Have Killed Black Communities: Clarence Thomas (NYP)

Michael Pack: You have talked a little today about how life in the black community has not been improved by many well-intentioned social programs. Do you think, in some sense, it is worse than when you grew up? Clarence Thomas: It’s a disaster. When I grew up, you had family, you didn’t have drugs, you didn’t have gang-banging. You could walk down the street. There was a change in our society. I think that these programs certainly had an impact. Just go back to Savannah and take a look around you. Our worst fears were realized. We didn’t want to be right; we wanted to be wrong. It wasn’t about winning an argument. No, we wanted to lose the argument. We did not want the damage to occur; that’s why we were involved. I don’t particularly like public life; I never wanted to be in public life. I’d like to go to football games.

“I’d like not to make decisions about other people’s lives, but what drags you into it is when you see these principles being undermined, which leads to such destruction. The policies destroy people, and, ultimately, I think, we’re going to destroy the very thing that allows us to have liberty and to have a free society. MP: So the heirs to those movements, like Black Lives Matter, focus on other things: mass incarceration, police brutality. What do you think of the current movements for racial justice? CT: I don’t really follow the movements du jour. I don’t quite understand them. It’s fascinating to me that the radical groups in the sixties, that we all were aware of and fond of back then, like the Black Panthers — that’s kind of mainstream now.

But we knew they were more marginal back then. I don’t know what to say about this. But if you look at some of the things that still are problematic, like bad education, unsafe neighborhoods, drugs, alcohol, breakdown in families, it seems like these are things that we warned about back then. We were told, basically, take a long walk on the short pier. And I understand that. I understand people not wanting to hear an opposing view. But at the same time, we’re not taking ownership of these policies’ having a significant role in the damage that’s been done.

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Guess it’s a good thing he can still read..

Joe Biden Flashes Official Cheat Sheet: ‘YOU Take YOUR Seat’ (JTN)

President Joe Biden on Thursday accidentally displayed an official White House card with specific instructions telling him, “YOU take YOUR seat,” and other similar reminders. Biden, 79, flashed the card to the cameras while at a meeting with wind industry executives. He spoke for nearly eight minutes at the event despite the fact that the sheet also instructed him to speak for two minutes. The “Sequence of Events” sheet also tells him: “YOU enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants.” The card then instructs him to ask AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler a question.


“YOU thank participants,” and “YOU depart,” the instructions conclude. Biden’s mental fitness for office has been under scrutiny since before his election. CNN’s Don Lemon asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the commander-in-chief’s cognitive abilities earlier this month. “Don, you’re asking me this question, Oh my gosh,” Jean-Pierre told Lemon. “He’s the president of the United States. … This is not a question that we should be even asking,” she responded.

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Susan Rice works in the shadows.

Biden Is Hiding His Plan To Rig The 2022 Midterm Elections (Fed.)

President Biden really does not want the public to know about his federal takeover of election administration. Dozens of members of Congress have repeatedly asked for details, to no avail. Good government groups, members of the media, and private citizens have filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act. Not a single one has been responded to. All signs indicate a concerted effort to keep the public in the dark until at least after the November midterm elections. The lack of transparency and responsiveness is so bad that the Department of Justice and some of its agencies have been repeatedly sued for the information.

When President Biden ordered all 600 federal agencies to “expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process” on March 7, 2021, Republican politicians, Constitutional scholars, and election integrity specialists began to worry exactly what was up his sleeve. They had good reason. The 2020 election had suffered from widespread and coordinated efforts by Democrat activists and donors to run “Get Out The Vote” operations from inside state and local government election offices, predominantly in the Democrat-leaning areas of swing states. Independent researchers have shown the effect of this takeover of government election offices was extremely partisan and favored Democrats overwhelmingly.

At the time the order was issued, Democrats were also hoping to pass H.R. 1, a continuation of the effort to destabilize elections throughout the country via a federalized takeover of state election administrations. Biden gave each agency 200 days to file their plans for approval by none other than Susan Rice, his hyperpartisan domestic policy advisor. Yet fully nine months after those plans were due, they are all being hidden from the public, even as evidence is emerging that the election operation is in full swing. There are several major problems with Biden’s secret plan, critics say. It’s unethical to tie federal benefits to election activity. It’s unconstitutional to have the federal government take authority that belongs to the states and which Congress has not granted. And, given that all 50 states have different laws and processes governing election administration, it’s a recipe for chaos, confusion, and fraud at a time when election security concerns are particularly fraught.

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“According to The New York Times, the hearings were framed with the intent to use the select committee largely to “recast the midterm message..”

Prosecuting Trump: Being A Jerk Isn’t Criminal (Turley)

“SECVNDINVS CACOR.” When those words were found recently on an ancient stone in Northumberland, England, there was great excitement about what might be revealed about Roman life in the 3rd Century. As it turned out, the painstakingly chiseled words (which were accompanied by the image of a giant phallus) simply said that a guy named Secundinus was … well … human fecal matter. The stone was an impressive effort just to establish for all posterity that Secundinus was a jerk. The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot is an equally impressive effort to painstakingly debunk election fraud claims and to show how former President Donald Trump refused to accept his electoral defeat. If the purpose were to proclaim “TRUMPUS CACOR,” it would likely get little argument, given the testimony about elected officials and election workers hiding out in their homes after being called out by name by the then-president.

The hearings have created a lasting, damning record leading up to Jan. 6. Yet, some members of the select committee have claimed they have established clear evidence of criminal acts by Trump. It has to be more than Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) insistence that the evidence would show Trump was not “an honorable man” on Jan. 6 — an assertion that even some Trump supporters might endorse. That claim is important to avoid confirmation of what was widely reported before the hearings. According to The New York Times, the hearings were framed with the intent to use the select committee largely to “recast the midterm message” and “give [Democrats] a platform for making a broader case about why they deserve to stay in power.” In other words, chiseling out “Trumpus Cacor” before the November election.

The fact is that this evidence is important for Americans to hear and see. Yet, the claims of established crimes this week seemed to run from the visceral to the recreational. On CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe declared that Trump can now be charged with the attempted murder of former Vice President Mike Pence “without any doubt, beyond a reasonable doubt, beyond any doubt, and the crimes are obvious.” In addition to declaring that he is certain Attorney General Merrick Garland will now charge Trump, Tribe said: “There are other crimes that have been proven. Those are plenty to start with.”

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“..babies and toddlers are 25 times likelier to die of an accident than of Covid.”

The CDC Just Pushed Fake News on Covid Child Mortality

Only because “an internet rando is more knowledgeable and paying closer attention than our top scientists and doctors” do we know that the CDC just publicized false information about the deadliness of Covid-19 to small children. This misinformation, presented at a conference among top experts, went viral and was promoted, notes Substack columnist Matt Shapiro, by dozens of well-known physicians and other media commentators and specialists, including CNN mainstay Dr. Leana Wen and a former surgeon general of the United States. Wen’s promotion of the false claim is still up on Twitter as of 6:45 p.m. on June 22. The CDC displayed a slide at a conference that falsely claimed Covid-19 was the fourth or fifth leading cause of death for all pediatric age groups.

A writer who is publicly known only by the name Kelley immediately saw that the claim was “completely and utterly false.” Among several errors, which are so blatant as to seem like intentional massaging of the numbers, Kelley discovered that all data from a 26-month period were being crammed into one year, and that deaths were attributed to Covid, regardless of whether the death was caused by Covid, if the disease was mentioned on the death certificate. The CDC slide, which cited a pre-publication British study that is now being re-examined, also bumped up the numbers by altering the definition of pediatric (ordinarily understood to mean under 18) to include 18- and 19-year-olds. The danger to children from Covid is very, very low. For instance, babies and toddlers are 25 times likelier to die of an accident than of Covid.

And all-cause pediatric mortality in the pandemic era for young children (up to 12) is 30 percent lower than it was a generation ago, in 1999. All-cause mortality for children over 12 has spiked in the pandemic era because of accidents, drug abuse, and other factors unrelated to disease. Covid barely registers as a cause of death for teens or small children. Writes Shapiro in his Substack column, Marginally Compelling: This is a massive data error, and yet it persisted through a supposedly rigorous data check from 11 authors and was selected by top-tier scientists for their landmark presentation to the most knowledgeable experts in the field. No one in any of these meetings recognized this error. This slide was presented uncritically to the nation’s top doctors and epidemiologists who are in charge of setting the national policy on COVID vaccines for children and no one even noticed it.

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“..mRNA vaccines pose a greater risk than the possibility of catching COVID..”

Study Finds mRNA Vaccines Lead To Increase Of Serious Adverse Events (TCS)

A new study has found that the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines were associated with “an increased risk of serious adverse events of special interest” that likely outweighs any benefit of taking them. As per the study’s results: “Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were associated with an increased risk of serious adverse events of special interest, with an absolute risk increase of 10.1 and 15.1 per 10,000 vaccinated over placebo baselines of 17.6 and 42.2 respectively.” “Combined, the mRNA vaccines were associated with an absolute risk increase of serious adverse events of special interest of 12.5 per 10,000. The excess risk of serious adverse events of special interest surpassed the risk reduction for COVID-19 hospitalization relative to the placebo group in both Pfizer and Moderna trials (2.3 and 6.4 per 10,000 participants, respectively).”

The study was undertaken by American researchers at several reputable institutions, including Stanford University, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and the Navarre Health Service. When undertaking the study, researchers analyzed journal publications and trial data on the FDA and Health Canada’s websites to locate serious adverse event results tables. These stemmed from Pfizer and Moderna’s one phase III randomized trials. However, researchers found proper long-term randomization became compromised as many placebo recipients in the trials were eventually offered the actual vaccine. Thus, to preserve randomization and the accuracy of their findings, researchers used the interim datasets that were the basis for emergency authorization in December 2020, approximately four months after trials commenced.

As for what researchers considered a severe adverse event, the following were considered: death; life-threatening at the time of the event; inpatient hospitalization or prolongation of existing hospitalization; persistent or significant disability/incapacity; a congenital anomaly/birth defect; and medically important events, based on medical judgment. Overall, according to the researchers, who received no funding support, the excess risk of serious adverse events found in the study justifies future formal harm-benefit analysis, especially “those that are stratified according to risk of serious COVID-19 outcomes such as hospitalization or death.” Put simply, researchers found that mRNA vaccines pose a greater risk than the possibility of catching COVID and becoming seriously ill or dying.

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Just add an mRNA vaccine….

Alarming Levels of 29 Chemicals Affecting Fertility Found in Men’s Urine (CHD)

A study published last week in Environment International showed “alarming” amounts of 29 endocrine disruptors in the urine samples of 98 Danish men, EuroNews reported. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that affect human fertility by disrupting the normal functioning of the endocrine system. The team of researchers, led by Andreas Kortenkamp, Ph.D., professor of molecular toxicity at Brunel University London, conducted a chemical analysis of urine samples from 98 Danish men, ages 18-30. Prior research has shown a number of chemicals to be problematic for male reproductive health, but the new study was the first of its kind to measure the health risk produced by 29 total endocrine disruptors.


The researchers completed their analysis in three steps. First, they measured the amount of nine endocrine disruptors in the urine samples of the 98 men. Second, the researchers used existing data, mostly from the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA), to estimate the men’s likely exposure to 20 other endocrine disruptors. Finally, the team compared these measurements with exposure levels deemed acceptable according to the scientific literature. In doing so, the team was able to generate an overall risk measure — or “hazard index” — for the cocktail of compounds. The authors said they were “astonished” by their findings: The magnitude of the resulting hazard index showed exposure levels more than 100-fold greater than acceptable exposure rates.

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“..there now exists a “revolving door” between the FBI and the areas they are trying to regulate.”

Twitter Is Hiring An Alarming Number Of FBI Agents (MPN)

Twitter has been on a recruitment drive of late, hiring a host of former feds and spies. Studying a number of employment and recruitment websites, MintPress has ascertained that the social media giant has, in recent years, recruited dozens of individuals from the national security state to work in the fields of security, trust, safety and content. Chief amongst these is the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The FBI is generally known as a domestic security and intelligence force. However, it has recently expanded its remit into cyberspace. “The FBI’s investigative authority is the broadest of all federal law enforcement agencies,” the “About” section of its website informs readers. “The FBI has divided its investigations into a number of programs, such as domestic and international terrorism, foreign counterintelligence [and] cyber crime,” it adds.

For example, in 2019, Dawn Burton (the former director of Washington operations for Lockheed Martin) was poached from her job as senior innovation advisor to the director at the FBI to become senior director of strategy and operations for legal, public policy, trust and safety at Twitter. The following year, Karen Walsh went straight from 21 years at the bureau to become director of corporate resilience at the silicon valley giant. Twitter’s deputy general counsel and vice president of legal, Jim Baker, also spent four years at the FBI between 2014 and 2018, where his resumé notes he rose to the role of senior strategic advisor. Meanwhile, Mark Jaroszewski ended his 21-year posting as a supervisory special agent in the Bay Area to take up a position at Twitter, rising to become director of corporate security and risk.

And Douglas Turner spent 14 years as a senior special agent and SWAT Team leader before being recruited to serve in Twitter’s corporate and executive security services. Previously, Turner had also spent seven years as a secret service special agent with the Department of Homeland Security. When asked to comment by MintPress, former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley said that she was “not surprised at all” to see FBI agents now working for the very tech companies the agency polices, stating that there now exists a “revolving door” between the FBI and the areas they are trying to regulate. This created a serious conflict of interests in her mind, as many agents have one eye on post-retirement jobs. “The truth is that at the FBI 50% of all the normal conversations that people had were about how you were going to make money after retirement,” she said.

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    Georges Seurat A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte 1884   • Frustration Grows In Ukraine, Casualties Spike, Russia Wins Territory
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 24 2022]

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    #175. The Surplus Energy Economy
    Posted on June 19, 2020
    AN INTRODUCTION

    In response to the previous article, it was suggested that it would be helpful if we had a comprehensive statement, a sort of Surplus Energy Economics 101, for new readers. This makes a great deal of sense, particularly given how many people have joined the SEE readership since the last time the thesis was set out in this way. The plan is that the article which follows will be made available as a downloadable PDF in the near future.

    The aim here is to encompass two themes in a single article. The first is the basic logic informing the Surplus Energy Economics approach. This builds on the long-established principle that the economy should be understood as an energy system, not a financial one.

    The second is an evaluation of where we are today on the evolution of the economy as energy interpretation explains it. This makes extensive use of the Surplus Energy Economics Data System (SEEDS), which models the economy as an energy system.

    PART ONE: PRINCIPLE

    The best way to start is with the “trilogy of the blindingly obvious”. No-one new to the subject can go far wrong if they bear in mind these three principles.

    1.1. The economy is energy

    The first principle is that all forms of economic output – literally all of the goods and services which comprise the ‘real’ economy – are products of energy.

    Nothing of any economic value or utility can be supplied without using energy. Energy can be defined as ‘a capacity for work’ and, historically, everything that we wanted or needed was produced using the labour (work) of humans and animals, plus some early application of the power of wind and water. That changed from the late 1700s, when we learned how to deploy the vast reserves of energy contained in fossil fuel (FF) deposits of coal, oil and natural gas.

    There is an abundantly clear correlation between escalating use of energy and the massive increases in population numbers, and their economic means of support, since the late eighteenth century (see fig. 1).

    It should be noted that other natural resources (such as foods and minerals) are energy products, too, since we can’t grow wheat, for example, or extract and process copper, without using energy to do so.

    #175. The Surplus Energy Economy

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    Veracious Poet
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    Same old, same old…

    #110258
    Veracious Poet
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    @Wes

    Joe isn’t too worried about the November 2022 mid-term elections.
    The federal government has taken active control of all state election commissions.
    In November Americans will find this out.
    But it will be too late to do anything about it.

    If the “Americans” didn’t figure this out on November 4th, 2020 they’ll never “find out”, nor be willing “to do anything about it”.

    I’m afraid that shipped sailed & “Americans” have been forced to walk-the-plank on a daily basis since January 6, 2021 ~ Welcome to the United Pirates of America.

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    This I find interesting in that the following are two statements one statement apart. Keeping in mind that all they ever give are predictions over last years totals, which is also somewhat suspect in the way the measures are conducted in some countries. Anyhow the following statements:

    “Linked partly to reduced shipments from the war-torn Black Sea region, total grains exports are forecast to decline by 2% in 2021-22 to 417 million tonnes. The IGC projects trade to decline even further in 2022-23 to 405 million tonnes.”

    Then:

    “The IGC said the monthly upward revision was mainly tied to “a revised maize projection for Ukraine, where acreage exceeded expectations.”

    I thought Ukraine was in that “war zone”. I must have missed something?

    https://www.world-grain.com/articles/17085-igc-revises-total-grains-output-higher-for-2021-22

    The variety of ways different countries and agencies come up with these numbers is in and of itself a study in contradictions. At the start of planting most averages are a compo of acres planted and yields expected based on the last few years average. One big missing cost is hectares planted versus those harvested. If the farmer plants 1000 hectares that is tallied in the opening average expected harvest. However if the same farmer can only harvest 750 hectares those are what is counted and averaged at bushels per hectare produced. The time, effort and any expenses incurred on the unharvested 250 is no longer on the radar, just in the expense account of said farmer. The economists would say no problem, due to those losses the price will rise to compensate the farmer. Ha! ask any farmer if that’s how it looks in the farm ledger.

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    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Homo sapiens have survived cataclysms, tyranny, genocide & true pandemics throughout millennia, but with the advent of high tech, nuclear weapons, breaking the genetic code et al., it is within the realm of reason to postulate that “humanity” is facing a genuine existential crisis entirely due to it’s failure to maintain the barest of global ethics/morals, with which to reign in pathologically dishonest, rapacious thinking & behavior.

    It is my studied opinion & experience, that the required evolutionary jump to a world where the Natural Rights of ALL living things be honored & protected (as a matter of course) is only possible when “spirituality” is valued & taught, not scoffed at or dismissed due to random examples religious charlatanism…

    History is replete with examples of “spirituality” providing a sane compass heading in a human sea of chaos & suffering.

    Praying & hoping for the best,

    Gary

    #110261
    Dr. D
    Participant

    On the sevens, but this:
    “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said he believes that the virus began spreading in Wuhan during September or October of 2019”
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/at-the-military-olympics-october-2019-wuhan-china-athletes-caught-covid_4545507.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=ZeroHedge

    That only leaves: “What exact DAY?”

    Of course that article says it was loose during the military games, which WE knew when it happened, at least by Jan 1, you can check. If some idiot amateurs on TAE (no offense) with no access to info already knew, then this guy is saying the Top US Military doctors and biohazard bioweapon experts had no idea? Yeah, I don’t think underpants gnomes are real either.

    C’mon. Think, people. Ask. Look. But he is a reporter, so writes in crayon, even if it is the Epoch Times, perhaps the best of them. As Jimmy Dore says, “I can know this from my garage, high, and they didn’t know that?”

    “Pentagon Wants Elon Musk to Drop Soldiers into Conflict from Space”

    Wow, stupid never sleeps. So you’re going to be able to drop 100 whole guys from space, at $10,000 per? We can already do that: it’s called HALO jumping. Are your 100 guys going to take over China? What do you think they’re going to do with no support and no possible retreat? What do you think the world is going to do when you use it on them and become the world’s biggest rogue pirate state? Will it be A) GOOD for business and support, or will it be B) Bad for business and U.S. support?

    But I have to say, since we already did “Land War in Asia” stupid, TWICE, they had to one-up themselves somehow.

    Go ahead and drop Custer’s 7th in the middle of the combined Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes, see if I care. Custer had 700 men and was wiped out with bows and arrows. Are you going to drop 700 men, and do you think that’ll work in Russia? That they won’t nuke you, or Iran won’t also send 700 men across the border and take out the world’s least-secure grid with $30 wire snips and a roll of wire?

    “Biden Economic Adviser Asserts that More Government Spending Will Solve Inflation Crisis”

    Stupid! But not “Land War in Asia” stupid. We’re already at 130% Debt:GDP. Official. It’s probably 2x – 4x that. Is that why we’re trying to see if we can get to Mars? Maybe we can cause a Marsissippi Land Bubble and hypothecate the Red planet 300:1.

    What does that “Mo’ gov’t spending” cause? Well Bonds have tanked so bad you have to go back to 1720 to see a comparative number, so hey, why not print s’more money. What’s the worst that can happen now? We’re stupiderer than the 1620’s too? Hold my beer.

    What was I saying about being also the end of the 200 year cycle? Really, I am looking for mutant alien spores in comet space dust to explain how everyone can lose their gol-durned minds right on schedule again. Look: we don’t have the gas to harvest crops, the plebes are 20 blocks from hanging you, and you’re still going to Mars? Check your antenna, I think you’re getting poor reception.

    There is no talking sense to them. And a lot of us grew up with some horse sense not long ago. As the Supreme Court nominee says, “Well I’m not a Weatherman, so I can’t really know which way the wind blows, can I?”

    Armstrong.

    Sometimes it pays to go back to the future and see what we predicted a while back. Along with saying gas would be $8-10, to shock and wow of the host (only 6 months ago) this video has 1) Armstrong admitting he’s often following insiders’ pre-positioning. 2) a (intentional) economic downturn makes everyone point their fingers at everybody else and causes social unrest. 3) Lockdowns insure no one has to go to work, so lockdown people, especially with anonymous masks, cause huge upsurge in protests and riots. They are experts on population repression, so this can’t have eluded their notice, etc.

    OMG the gun decision. Once again showing Kavanaugh is the most liberal judge on the court. He’s like a jackass with a rhino horn taped on with a rubber band. As far as I can tell, they know they keep losing on the world’s simplest sentence: “Shall not be infringed” and said, “Yeah, anyone can infrange any time they want, in any WAY they want, but not if the people are going to get so annoyed as to hang us in the streets. Therefore, keep infringing in every possible way, with every possible law, and every possible fee and obstacle, but keep it down out there. Can’t have the natives getting restless.

    AND: worst of all that means another generation before we can find a court who can understand what “Rights” are. As in: you are BORN with this right, fully vested on adulthood, and it cannot be removed without cause, adjudication, and a jury of peers in a court of law. You know like speech? Where if someone drops a document in your lap you can say so in public? Especially if you’re a foreign national on foreign soil? If one can be infringed — just because — so can the other. AND warrants, AND religion, AND assembly, AND jurisdiction, AND…

    Beam me up.

    Update: they’ve already called for the disbanding and overruling of the Supreme Court over this far-left decision, but wasn’t far-left ENOUGH. If NY refuses to enforce the Court, then what? And Texas says Biden isn’t President. Who enforces?

    But the Biden thing, I guess that’s why you should have stopped and examined the States’ and Peoples’ concerns in Jan 6, 2020, shouldn’t you? That’s what that, the Electoral College process was for. They say ASKING QUESTIONS is sedition and toppling the legitimate government. How would we know if they’re legitimate if we don’t ask and look? This isn’t going away, it’s getting worse.

    Reported, “they make unfounded claims”. How do you know they’re unfounded? Telepathy? Omnipotence? So the reporters, whoever, says, but they don’t seem to be convincing the right people. So go look. Shut them up. If you won’t look, won’t show them, won’t shut them up, then why? Doesn’t that look a bit suspicious? Tim Pool’s on this one, “I don’t think the election was stolen, I just think the States all made illegal changes that turned out to be totally unconstitutional. Um, I think that’s what that means. PA Supreme Court just ruled all election changes, and therefore their whole election was totally illegal, unconstitutional, fraudulent. What do you think Republicans should do about that, say “Aw Shucks”? What should Texas do who correctly brought suit to the Supreme Court and far-Left justice Kavanaugh wouldn’t hear the most important case since Marbury vs Madison? Texas just has to say, “We don’t care if all the other states have election rigging that means our guy can never win, we’ll just be ruled by a fraudulent, unelected President, outlawing guns and ruining our oil business forever, oh well”? Oh and who, P.S. is arresting all opposition leaders one by one right now, Ukraine style? Or should Texas decide their President by executive decree, send the news to Congress and wait for PA and WA to sue them instead? Maybe “Special Police Action” by Texas to straighten out Arizona’s election fraud?

    So where do you think this goes now?

    Well for my part, it’s not going where we think it will, that’s for sure. I’m just glad this can come out so we can see it all at last and decide. We’re not in the driver’s seat. I suspect Russia isn’t either. We’re all just calling plays and taking them to the field.

    Zelenskyy called the losses “painful” but said Ukrainians “have to hold on.”

    …Some men are still remain alive. And 100% of Ukrainian oligarchs. We have to just hold on until we can fix that, then start on the women.

    “Some military families have been forced to organize donation drives to send medical supplies and military equipment to the front lines.”

    Because Ukraine and U.S. are the same country, we did this as well back in Iraq. Remember bake sales to get bulletproof vests and dragonskin because our $1 TRILLION dollar military couldn’t be bothered to buy vests and shells? Then in perfect government fashion, they confiscated the dragonskin for being TOO EFFECTIVE. It saves lives: can’t have that.

    “EU Leaders to Grant Ukraine Candidate Status in Blow to Putin (G.)”

    Signaling. I’m sorry: why would Putin care again? Did it disable a tank? So one moronic, useless, helpless area is joining another moronic, useless, helpless area and this matters why?

    Ukraine is going through hell for a simple reason: its desire to join the EU,”

    In #Oppositeland maybe. No, it is going through hell because it DIDN’T want to join the EU. And without new colonies to hypothecate Europe would collapse. When Yanukovich refused the EU’s s—t deal and turned East – not joining, just mildly sticking with their #1 trading partner – Nuland sent in a coup to topple the government and install someone who would, arming Nazis who immediately killed civilians and hiring snipers to shoot police and protesters alike at a rally. Both open facts. So Ukraine did NOT join the EU, nor according to the representative democratic system, desire to. So therefore the EU held a coup and FORCED them to which led to the secession of the Donbass, Kiev outlawing Russian, shelling 15,000 citizens for 8 years, and the present war.

    You see why I say “If they said it, it’s a lie.”

    The policies destroy [all black] people, and, ultimately, I think, we’re going to destroy the very thing that allows us to have liberty and to have a free society.”

    Helping!!! Just like White man “Helped” all the Indians down on the Rez.

    “some of the things that still are problematic, like bad education, unsafe neighborhoods, drugs, alcohol, breakdown in families, it seems like these are things that we warned about back then.”

    Yes, but just since 1960: 60 years straight. Bor-ing! What a square! Note all these things are ALSO under THEIR control, not the government’s. The government certainly is after you, but you can also refuse and cut them out. Be like the Orthodox Jews or Amish or something, don’t talk to, take from, or interact with these gol-durned do-gooder, “Helpers”. Support your Black churches and your families. You’ll thank me later when you still exist as a person and a culture.

    “Private citizens have filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act. Not a single one has been responded to.”

    This is a basic violation of civil rights, and why it cannot be tolerated. They need to be fired, and arrested, as far up as it needs to go to make a permanent change. This is why those other laws are “Rights” which means the government has zero choice and latitude in them. If they have latitude of a pin-head, they will simply say “Denied” 100% of the time. It’s easier.

    Note, they don’t even need to “Steal” the election, just muddy it. In fact, it’s better. Then the present government becomes the “Legitimate” one forever while they “investigate” events they themselves committed and the other guy is seditious for complaining or asking questions. You know: like now, only more.

    “It’s unconstitutional to have the federal government take authority that belongs to the states”

    Hahahahahahaha! I won’t have to worry, I can die laughing! They haven’t followed the Constitution in 100 years. And they don’t care what States’ authority is. Practically the whole Federal government exists by overruling it, mostly over “Interstate Commerce” law which went from a dirt track to a loophole to drive a truck through, to a road so wide they’ve paved the nation from Mexico to Canada, 100,000,000,000,000 lanes wide. Looks like our present court is no better and isn’t going to re-establish the constitution in their lifetimes either.

    to show how former President Donald Trump refused to accept his electoral defeat.”

    …Unless he was right. How do you know it was a defeat? Because Adam Schiff and CNN said so? But we MUST NEVER LOOK. That’s how we know he was wrong, by never looking. Telepathically. And all articles begin with this premise. WHY? As a reporter surely when someone calls in a tip and says something happened, we say “Why not?” and “I’ll ask around and find out.” They very, very explicitly do not and arrest anyone who does. Removing the credentials, then the financial payment systems of any African reporters who ask.

    errors, which are so blatant as to seem like intentional”

    What? Experts making Errors that can only be intentional lies? When did this start? Follow the (fake, made up, error’ed) #Science. Yes, but only for every number and every statement they’ve ever released. RoundUp: Safe as Water™ Science = Money. Own the #Money, own the #Science.

    Again, like the election, the purpose is to UNDERMINE INSTITUTIONS. Undermine human trust. Prevent us from using these hierarchies of power from increasing and improving our lives and defending ourselves FROM THEM. That’s why corruption is so dangerous. Yes, we need a police force. But what if the policemen are worse than the criminals? (Already there: police kill people regularly and civil forfeiture is higher than burglary) Then you need an ANTI-police force which can only civil war with the EXISTING police force? …Or you could remove the #Corruption from your hearts. And stop tolerating it in yourself and others. Bor-ing! What a yawn, you Square! You want to be edgy, a bad boy, a rebel, not some churchgoing Andy Griffith, white as the sun and twice as lame. Who wants #laws and #rules? Who wants morality setting limits on what I want to do?

    Corrupting the institutions is a means to corrupt #US. Because generally we need to interact with them. But note, for us no less than the Black Community, it’s US who can stop it. With choices in our lives and hearts.

    #110262
    Red
    Participant

    Orders for small container ships is rising, I wonder what the shipping companies know or think they know?
    TEU (twenty foot equivalent units).

    “Since late 2020, owners’ interest in contracting ships smaller than 8,000 TEU has increased significantly and at 1.9 million TEU, the current order book is five times larger than at its low 19 months ago,” says Niels Rasmussen, Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO.

    Boost in orders for ships below 8,000 TEU drives order book to 17.3% of fleet

    #110263
    Red
    Participant

    Good ideas Charles and you know it’s too late!

    “The Kobayashi Maru is a very apt description of both the U.S. and the global economies, which are currently running a real-world no-win scenario called “Profits, Infinite Growth, Low Inflation, Full Employment.” (PIGLIFE). To win in the PIGLIFE scenario, you need permanent expansion of GDP, consumption, profits and employment and a permanently low limit on inflation. Anything less and you lose.”

    https://www.oftwominds.com/blog.html

    #110264
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    @Dr-D

    With choices in our lives and hearts.

    “Choices” are for the most part impermanent without an underlying mores of ethics & morals.

    How ya gonna do that in the midst of a multicultural tempest of mass formation psychosis?

    When The Owners & The Anointed are dissembling, murdering sociopaths, well versed & deliberate in the Art of Divide & Conquer?

    Easier said than done, to any real reality effect…

    And don’t forget about the high sanctum of Feelings 🙄

    #110265
    EoinW
    Participant

    It was game over the moment human beings invented nuclear weapons. Extinction guaranteed. Only a question of timing.

    As for the genetic mumbo jumbo, that’s just the Dr.Frankensteins pulling wings off flies for their pleasure.

    #110266
    zerosum
    Participant

    The winners can rewrite history
    Change is in the air

    If the leaders were leading, there would never be any wars.
    If the leader did not tell lies they would not be the leaders
    Leaders are manipulators.

    “The break with the West and the ‘obsolete geopolitical illusions’ of its elite’s superiority complex, essentially a form of Nazism, is irreversible.”

    Myths from the Past and the Third Incarnation of Russia since 1721


    Myths from the Past and the Third Incarnation of Russia since 1721
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    By Batiushka for The Saker Blog
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    The puppeteer’s strings are visible
    • Joe Biden Flashes Official Cheat Sheet: ‘YOU Take YOUR Seat’ (JTN)

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    Let the show begin
    First came Assange then came Trump
    • Prosecuting Trump: Being A Jerk Isn’t Criminal (Turley)
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    In the USA, the Electoral College elect the president.
    https://www.archives.gov/electoral-college/about

    #110267

    “floating Liquified Natural Gas terminals”…
    It’s almost as if they forget they are fomenting a war in their own backyard.

    Seven?

    #110268
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Fish rots from the head down

    .

    #110269
    John Day
    Participant

    Last night WES quoth: “Joe isn’t too worried about the November 2022 mid-term elections.
    The federal government has taken active control of all state election commissions.
    In November Americans will find this out.
    But it will be too late to do anything about it.”

    It’s all the rage this morning, too, due to that story Ilargi posted.

    Another Civil War? I’m not being facetious.
    Texas has a gold depository. This story from last year says it may lose money. What I hear from a friend with inside-knowledge is that the New York Fed is making excuses and won’t let Texas have her gold bullion.
    Remember DeGaulle getting France’s gold until there was no more to be gotten? Everybody remembers that.
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/The-Texas-Bullion-Depository-sold-as-a-gold-mine-16416032.php
    “The University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Management Co., which handles the schools’ endowment, owned hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of gold as an investment, stored for a fee in a New York City vault. A state-owned depository “will repatriate $1 billion of gold bullion from the Federal Reserve in New York to Texas,” Gov. Greg Abbott said.”

    I have been musing about capitulations in history recently. There must be complete emotional capitulation by those who make decisions before a corrupted and broken system can be discarded and a new, more functional system can be constructed from the ground up, which is how functional systems are constructed, from the functional end first, not the elite-executive suites.

    NOBODY appears to feel the despair yet. Nobody sees capitulation as an option yet.
    How can this play out?

    I have been expecting attempts to create artificial-bottoms, artificial capitulations, and then drive the human dynamic into another bull-market, like after March 2020 stock market crash.
    I have considered that the midterm-elections could be such a false-bottom, and there could be a handover to “the new boss, same as the old boss”, like Trump in 2024.
    This would continue the same system, with some adjustments and house-cleaning, so all the “stakeholders” could be assured of renewed faith while theings stayed similar for their ownership interests.

    I have thought that such a ruse would not possibly work to create a real bottom, but the temptation to try it must be high.

    The temptation to double-down again is bound to be higher, as the federal-vote-rigging story points out. It federal vote rigging fails, then maybe a false-capitulation and handover of the reins to the Republicant party could get “laigs” as we call them here. That seems like a stretch.

    It seems more likely that there will be fractionation. the Texas Republicant party also voted a Succession-referendum into their platform. Big-Talk as usual, but a flash-point may be reached.
    I’m actually seeing a lot of signs that Texas breaking away could work. Who would join Texas? The whole Gulf-Coast, including Florida? Oklahoma? New Mexico? Colorado?
    Prob’ly not all of them, right? NASA likes Texas a lot. Texas Likes Musk a lot.

    Can Texas erect immigration barriers to Chicago? You can’t come here if you don’t have a job?
    Just musing. No answers. Fog of war. Being in history unfolding is different from studying the past.

    #110270
    zerosum
    Participant

    The white supremacists are ignoring …. the BRICS Summit
    (a person who believes that a particular group, especially one determined by race, religion, or sex, is superior and should therefore dominate society)

    BRICS Summit


    BRICS Summit
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    https://tass.com/world/1470585?utm_source=thesaker.is&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=thesaker.is&utm_referrer=thesaker.is
    23 JUN, 10:33
    Key points of 14th BRICS Summit Beijing declaration
    The leaders underscored their adherence to sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries and advocated a world without nuclear weapons

    #110271
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Canada’s autocratic ruler – with next to zero political credibility – on unvaxxed Canadians today, … while leaving to visit Rwanda, out of all the places in the world:

    Justin Trudeau says people who chose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 must accept the consequences of those decisions, including lost employment and restricted access to transportation and other services.

    “It was their choice and nobody ever was going to force anyone into doing something they don’t want to do,” the prime minister said in an interview with CBC Radio’s The House airing on Saturday.

    “But there are consequences when you don’t. You cannot choose to put at risk your co-workers. You cannot choose to put at risk the people sitting beside you on an airplane,”Trudeau said before leaving for international summits in Africa and Europe.

    Trudeau defends vax mandates, Emergencies Act decision, in interview

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-vax-mandates-emergency-act-1.6499214

    … what a phlunkin’ tinpot country this Canada became under this dump truck!

    F.S.

    #110272

    There she goes.
    This.

    #110273
    zerosum
    Participant

    The magician think that the people are fooled and diverted from seeing the social/economic problems.
    First
    2.nd amendment
    Now,
    Supreme court overturns Roe v Wade

    #110274
    #110275
    zerosum
    Participant

    Justin Trudeau caused, “The freedom Movement”

    #110276
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Thanks John Day

    It’s Not a Turndown, It’s a Takedown – Catherine Austin Fitts

    https://tube2.solari.com/videos/its-not-a-turndown-its-a-takedown-catherine-austin-fitts/

    #110277
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    I just read a clip over on Zero Hedge which in all earnestness and no sense of irony, reported that more and more American consumers are becoming genuinely worried about how all this galloping inflation might hurt the future purchasing power of their “savings.”

    OMG! “Where to start”, right?

    I may have grossly overestimated basal intelligence and underestimated the stupidity of “American Savers”.

    Maybe the place to start is to inform (if that is even possible) those “Savers” that having temporary access privileges to a less-than-flimsy electronic receipt confirming one’s balance of electronically credited “money” in a government controlled financial institution is not money. It’s about as far from being “money” as “money” is from the being the actual tangible things that money tries to symbolically represent.

    Luckily for these “savers” they are unlikely to experience any rude awakening. . . . . because once somebody is THAT unconscious awakening is practically impossible. Divine intervention from a benevolent God is pretty much their only hope.

    #110278
    John Day
    Participant

    @Zerosum: I’m pretty certain that in Texas Vladimir Putin is a “white guy”, though not a “good-ole-boy”, though he could be in time, if he lived here and did right…

    #110279
    John Day
    Participant

    I’m not sure that Congress should enact legislation regarding access to medical procedures, b ut it is a better venue than the Supreme Court.
    This is a fundamentally stressful and inherently unfair-to-somebody issue.

    #110280
    John Day
    Participant

    @FS: Justin(e) Trudeau may be scoring own-goals and yet remaining oblivious in a seductively reinforcing narcissistic-bubble.

    This might be ok, just fine…

    #110281
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @JohnDay

    Yeah. We may in fact need to set up special acute care mental hospitals and long term care facilities for the expected influx of politicians, bankers and academics as reality takes over drives mass formation psychosis (and psychopathy) off the playing field.

    Oh! Wait ! We’ve already got them. They’re called prisons.

    #110282
    John Day
    Participant

    “Over 3 tons” of Russian gold moved into Switzerland in May and nobody claims responsibility.
    None of the big bullion dealers bought it…
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2022-06-23/when-gold-just-gold-russian-gold-back-favour

    Wassup?
    The article above talks about Russia putting it there as collateral for a loan, like a trad-guaranty with India for some really big purchase, but the article does not mention that it could be deposited in Switzerland for the coming-out party of “The Golden Ruble”.
    It could.
    It might be that… It’s got my attention.

    #110283
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @JohnDay

    Not sure why Russia would do that, when the gold could be “confiscated” by the holiest of systems known as the “west”.

    #110284
    John Day
    Participant

    @ Mr. House: “Without Russian Involvement” is the key term here:

    ‘Golden Ruble’: Russian Think-Tank Proposes Stablecoin To Overcome Western Sanctions
    ..The measure is supposed to protect the golden ruble from US-led attempts to undermine its trading properties and value.
    While it is not clear if the proposed coin will be convertible to the precious metal – a practice long abandoned by most fiat monies -, the VEB.RF noted that the golden ruble would be specifically designed for international trade and not intra-state use.
    Furthermore, it should be tradable by third countries without Russian involvement.
    https://sputniknews.com/20220622/golden-ruble-russian-think-tank-proposes-stablecoin-to-overcome-western-sanctions–1096572076.html

    #110285
    Antidote
    Participant

    @ Veracious Poet wrote:

    “How ya gonna do that in the midst of a multicultural tempest of mass formation psychosis?”

    Would not ‘marketing”, taught at our highest learning institutions as a career option, be the same? Of course. Would not our old pal Marx have some insight into the ‘market economy’ being the base of society? Good observation but for myself I believe, as Dr. D, that I still have choice….perhaps suicidal in the view of some but none the less mine. Winston Smith death wish….?

    For all the years I have been coming here Dr. D makes his call to arms every morning like clock work. That call was why I came here. Actions speak louder than words, was my mother wrong?

    #110286
    John Day
    Participant

    @D Benton Smith: Minimally regulated halfway-houses or group-homes (“crash pads”) would be a more cost effective option than hospitals for the populations which you mention.
    “Less restrictive environment”, too.

    #110287
    John Day
    Participant

    This story from last August says Texas sold her gold, did not own any at the time of the writing. If gold was not forthcoming from the nY Fed, as myfriend said, then selling paper gold would be appropriate.

    “Accounts at the TXBD
    The state of Texas currently does not own any bullion. The University of Texas and Texas A&M systems owned more than $860 million in gold when TxBD started, but those assets have since been liquidated.”
    https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes/2021/aug/bullion.php

    #110288
    zerosum
    Participant

    not a “good-ole-boy”, is just another level of being racist/not equal/not an enlightened/not appointed to rule

    #110289
    John Day
    Participant

    Ukraine now has HIMARS long range multiple launch rocket systems from the US, with range to 50 miles (as supplied) https://www.zerohedge.com/military/watch-us-long-range-rocket-systems-used-first-time-ukraine

    If I were a Russian general, which I am obviously not, I might want the very best possible minute-to-minute tracking of these devices, with target tracking, in order to hit the first one that fires a salvo before the salvo hits the targets, for dramatic effect.
    I would want video, too, but that might be too much to ask, maybe not…

    #110290
    John Day
    Participant

    @Zerosum: “Not a good-ole-boy” does not preclude one from attaining that standing in time, and with appropriate behavior, as I specified.
    Good-ole-boys can be black, too.

    #110291
    citizenx
    Participant

    Roe has Waded out to Sea and been aborted, a real SeaChange

    Constitutional Carry and the right to defend oneself affirmed !

    Libtards- We want “Abortion on Demand” , everyone force ‘vaccinated’ and masked, including children. (who cannot defend themselves). No citizen defending themselves because Daddy Government and the Police (whom we defunded due to abuse) will protect us. Govern us harder Daddy !!! Govern us harder Daddy so we can protest against you and demand you protect us. We also demand our Children be non-binary trans-gender indoctrinated so our pedophile rulers can Rape them again and again on Epstein Island. Because you know, “my body my choice”. Oh and we ‘Stand with Ukraine’ , send more weapon$ and ammo Daddy Govt.

    Liberal ‘feminists’ went all deaf, dumb and blind every time I brought up my body/my choice re mandatory jabs, job loss, and show me your papers- now they can all eat tampons, if they can find them.

    Civil war is on, it just hasn’t gone hot, Yet.

    The Night of the Coat Hangers has begun.

    #110292
    John Day
    Participant
    #110293
    zerosum
    Participant

    The story from the Russian perspective
    The Russian MoD released a very interesting additional statement, beyond their usual factual briefings. It reads as follows:

    ◽️Successful offensive of Russian units towards Lugansk within 5 days has resulted in the liberation of Loskutovka, Podlesnoye, Mirnaya Dolina, Shchebkaryer, Vrubovka, Nyrkovo, Nikiolayevka, Novoivanovka, Ustinovka and Ray-Aleksandrovka.

    ◽️Group of Ukrainian units has been completely isolated near Gorskoye and Zolotoye.

    ◽️This pocket has encircled 4 battalions: 3rd Mechanised Battalion of 24th Mechanised Brigade, 15th Mountain Assault Battalion of 128th Mountain Assault Brigade, 42nd Mechanised Infantry Battalion of 57th Mechanised Infantry Brigade, 70th Battalion of 101st Territorial Defence Brigade, as well as an artillery group of 57th Mechanised Infantry Brigade, a group of Nazis from Right Sector organisation and a detachment of foreign mercenaries.

    📊 In total, the Gorskoye pocket has isolated up to 2,000 people: about 1,800 servicemen, 120 Nazis from Right Sector, up to 80 foreign mercenaries, as well as over 40 armoured combat vehicles and about 80 guns and mortars.

    ◽️41 servicemen abandoned their resistance and surrendered voluntarily just over the past 24 hours.

    ◽️According to the prisoners, the encircled Ukrainian units are exhausted. The units are currently manned by less than 40%. Higher Ukrainian command has lost control over these units. Armament, munitions, fuel and other logistic supply is completely stopped.

    ◽️Russian troops are straitening the Gorskoye encirclement by launching uninterrupted attacks at the enemy. Half of Zolotoye had been taken under control over yesterday.

    ◽️The enemy suffers considerable losses in other directions, too.

    💥High-precision attacks of Russian Aerospace Forces at three bases of foreign mercenaries in Nikolayev, Golitsyno (Nikolayev region) and Oleshki (Kharkov region) have resulted in the elimination of more than 200 ‘soldiers of fortune’ and up to 100 Ukrainian nationalists.

    ◽️Desertion and refusals to be involved in operations are becoming widespread in the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). Over 30 Ukrainian servicemen from one of the battalions of 25th Airborne Brigade have abandoned their positions and personal weapons near Aleksandropol (Donetsk People’s Republic).

    ◽️To replenish the losses in manpower, Ukrainian command are forced to form separate rifle battalions formed by untrained, mobilised citizens in each region towards Donetsk and Lugansk.

    This tells the story in full and no more comment is required.

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    Noirette
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    Medley.

    Guy Mettan has written an article about Zelensky, good, trans. from Voltaire Net.

    Dr. Volodymyr & Mr. Zelensky: the dark side of the Ukrainian president.

    https://www.voltairenet.org/article217403.html

    Here a classic article re. Yougoslavia, Serbia

    Europe died in Pristina, March 2017, Adara Press

    Europe died in Pristina [Kosovo] | Jacques Hogard

    The EU lost its cred right there, forward, see Greece for ex. It is now limping along skating on old tropes, trying to save itself by hyper-Atlanticism, fake inclusions, big mistakes.

    An article good for passing on, by Russel Blaylock, published in the National Library of Medecine.

    COVID UPDATE: What is the truth? April 2022.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9062939/?fs=e&s=cl

    excerpt:

    …… For the first time in American history a president, governors, mayors, hospital administrators and federal bureaucrats are determining medical treatments based not on accurate scientifically based or even experience based information, but rather to force the acceptance of special forms of care and “prevention”—including remdesivir, use of respirators and ultimately a series of essentially untested messenger RNA vaccines. For the first time in history medical treatment, protocols are not being formulated based on the experience of the physicians treating the largest number of patients successfully, but rather individuals and bureaucracies that have never treated a single patient—including Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, EcoHealth Alliance, the CDC, WHO, state public health officers and hospital administrators. [23,38] ……

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