Jun 262022

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The Fantasy of Fanaticism (Scott Ritter)
US Commander: China’s ‘No-limits’ Support Of Russia Threatens Humanity (JTN)
G7 Face Battle For Unity As Cost Of Ukraine War Mounts (BBC)
Adding $37 Billion to Biden’s Military Budget (CD)
Russia On Brink Of Default As Debt Deadline Looms (BBC)
Germany Fears Russia Could Shut Nord Stream 1 Within Weeks (ZH)
Just 5% Call Abortion Top Concern (WE)
“It’s Infuriating”: DC Democrats In Chaos, Demand Biden Act On Abortion (ZH)
Democrats Lived Rent-free For 50 Years Off Roe v. Wade
The Dobbs Decision Unleashes Rage and Revisionism (Turley)
Biden Undermines Supreme Court In Ways Unlike Predecessors (JTN)
EU Renews Digital Covid Pass Despite 99% Negative Public Feedback (Kogon)
Birx Had A Tough Day In Congress (El Gato)
Ghislaine Maxwell On Suicide Watch, May Seek Sentencing Delay (R.)











1) “..the secretary general of the trans-Atlantic alliance responsible for pushing Ukraine into its current conflict with Russia is now proposing that Ukraine be willing to accept the permanent loss of sovereign territory because NATO miscalculated..”

2) “Russia just destroyed the equivalent of NATO’s main active-duty combat power and hasn’t blinked..”

The Fantasy of Fanaticism (Scott Ritter)

Mykhaylo Podolyak, a senior aid to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, recently estimated that Ukraine was losing between 100 and 200 soldiers a day on the frontlines with Russia, and another 500 or so wounded. These are unsustainable losses, brought on by the ongoing disparity in combat capability between Russia and Ukraine symbolized, but not limited to, artillery. In recognition of this reality, NATO Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg announced that Ukraine will more than likely have to make territorial concessions to Russia as part of any potential peace agreement, asking, “what price are you willing to pay for peace? How much territory, how much independence, how much sovereignty…are you willing to sacrifice for peace?”

Stoltenberg, speaking in Finland, noted that similar territorial concessions made by Finland to the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War was “one of the reasons Finland was able to come out of the Second World War as an independent sovereign nation.” To recap — the secretary general of the trans-Atlantic alliance responsible for pushing Ukraine into its current conflict with Russia is now proposing that Ukraine be willing to accept the permanent loss of sovereign territory because NATO miscalculated and Russia —instead of being humiliated on the field of battle and crushed economically — is winning on both fronts. Decisively. That the secretary general of NATO would make such an announcement is telling for several reasons.

First, Ukraine is requesting 1,000 artillery pieces and 300 multiple-launch rocket systems, more than the entire active-duty inventory of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps combined. Ukraine is also requesting 500 main battle tanks — more than the combined inventories of Germany and the United Kingdom. In short, to keep Ukraine competitive on the battlefield, NATO is being asked to strip its own defenses down to literally zero. More telling, however, is what the numbers say about NATO’s combat strength versus Russia. If NATO is being asked to empty its armory to keep Ukraine in the game, one must consider the losses suffered by Ukraine up to that point and that Russia appears able to sustain its current level of combat activity indefinitely. That’s right — Russia just destroyed the equivalent of NATO’s main active-duty combat power and hasn’t blinked.

One can only imagine the calculations underway in Brussels as NATO military strategists ponder the fact that their alliance is incapable of defeating Russia in a large-scale European conventional land war. But there is another conclusion that these numbers reveal — that no matter what the U.S. and NATO do in terms of serving as Ukraine’s arsenal, Russia is going to win the war. The question now is how much time the West can buy Ukraine, and at what cost, in a futile effort to discover Russia’s pain threshold in order to bring the conflict to an end in a manner that reflects anything but the current path toward unconditional surrender.

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“..Jake Sullivan, said that a weak U.S. response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “would send a message to other would-be aggressors, including China, that they could do the same thing.”

For some reason he doesn’t appear to include the US in that group of “would-be aggressors”.

US Commander: China’s ‘No-limits’ Support Of Russia Threatens Humanity (JTN)

China’s assertion of a “no-limits” partnership with Russia has alarmed the Pentagon and risks endangering all of humanity should the two nations continue to grow closer, according to the commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific. “From where I sit, the most concerning aspect of [Russia’s war in Ukraine] is that the People’s Republic of China has declared a no-limits policy in support of Russia and what that means to both the Indo-Pacific and the globe,” Adm. John Aquilino, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, said on Friday. “If those two nations were to truly demonstrate and deliver a no-limits policy, I think what that means is we’re currently in an extremely dangerous time and place in the history of humanity, if that were to come true,” said Aquilino, speaking at an event hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think-tank.

In February, Chinese leader Xi Jinping met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing, where they heralded their relationship in a sweeping joint statement. “Friendship between the two states has no limits,” the two leaders said. “There are no ‘forbidden’ areas of cooperation.” The meeting came three weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine. China has refused to condemn Russia’s invasion and has echoed Russian talking points about the war. Aquilino praised the Ukrainian people for defending their country and touted the efforts of the U.S. military and U.S. allies to help Ukraine defend itself.

“Globally what we see is that the world is certainly unwilling to accept a single person’s actions — illegitimate, unprovoked — to change the world order, the status quo, the international rules-based order through an unprovoked, illicit invasion,” he said. The commander’s comments came after President Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said that a weak U.S. response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “would send a message to other would-be aggressors, including China, that they could do the same thing.”

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“..Germany has invited the leaders of India, Indonesia, Senegal, Argentina and South Africa to the summit..”

That’s two BRICS members, and three potential ones.

G7 Face Battle For Unity As Cost Of Ukraine War Mounts (BBC)

The Russian war against Ukraine will inevitably dominate the summit of G7 nations in Bavaria. And the leaders of the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan face a difficult challenge. They are aiming to put on a show of unity and resolve over the war. In recent months, the Western alliance has shown signs of strain and fatigue. Some voices – particularly in France, Germany and Italy – have asked if it might not be better for the war to end, even if it came at the cost of Ukraine having to cede territory. A recent cross-Europe opinion poll suggested some voters put solving the cost-of-living crisis ahead of punishing Russia. Others argue about the need to salvage some kind of relationship with Russia in the future.

Countries like the UK, Poland and the three Baltic States have been resisting these arguments, saying that any peace deal with Moscow that is not on Ukraine’s terms would lead to further Russian aggression in the future. President Zelensky is likely to reinforce this argument when he addresses the summit virtually on Monday. So the G7 leaders are expected to try to use the summit to clear these muddy waters, promising more weapons to Ukraine and more sanctions against Russia. The idea will be to send a signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the West has the strategic patience to maintain its support for Ukraine, even if it faces domestic political pressure at home from voters concerned about rising prices. The problem for G7 leaders is they also face growing pressure to show they are tackling the global economic crisis. The soaring price of fuel and food is causing hunger and unrest across the world.

And some countries are pointing the finger at the West. Many countries in the global south do not share Western concerns about Russian aggression. They see the conflict as a European war and seem unmoved by Western arguments that Vladimir Putin is acting as a colonial aggressor. And they blame Western sanctions – as much as Russia’s invasion – for the rising costs of gas and oil, and the massive shortage of wheat and fertiliser. To try to resist this narrative, G7 countries are expected to use the summit to show they are acting to help countries round the world – with development aid, debt restructuring, climate finance, help finding alternative sources of energy and, of course, fresh efforts to get grain out of Ukraine’s ports. That is why Germany has invited the leaders of India, Indonesia, Senegal, Argentina and South Africa to the summit, to hear their perspective and show the rest of the world the G7 is listening.

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“If you’re supporting this amendment, you’re basically paving the way to a trillion-dollar defense [bill]..”

Adding $37 Billion to Biden’s Military Budget (CD)

Progressives expressed outrage after a House panel voted Wednesday to tack an additional $37 billion on top of President Joe Biden’s already gargantuan military spending request. The Biden administration’s March request for $813 billion in military spending for Fiscal Year 2023 already marked a $31 billion increase over the current, historically large sum of $782 billion. During its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the House Armed Services Committee approved by a 42-17 margin Rep. Jared Golden’s (D-Maine) amendment to boost the topline budget by $37 billion. “Today members of the House Armed Services Committee put the demands of the military-industrial complex over the needs of the American people yet again,” Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said in a statement.

“Granting $37 billion to a war machine that can’t even pass an audit while saying that we ‘can’t afford’ what American families and communities need is quintessential hypocrisy,” said Weissman. “Congress can still correct this misstep — rerouting that funding into investments like economic stability, climate justice, and affordable healthcare for all Americans instead.” The House panel’s increase comes less than a week after the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to add $45 billion to Biden’s $813 billion request, pushing the upper chamber’s total proposed budget for national military spending in the coming fiscal year to a whopping $857.6 billion — including $817 billion for the Pentagon, $30 billion for the Department of Energy and an additional $10.6 billion that falls outside NDAA jurisdiction.

During a speech Wednesday in which she explained why she voted against Golden’s “unconscionable” amendment, Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-Cailf.) stressed that “there are simply not military solutions to every problem.” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) also voted against Golden’s amendment and explained his opposition in remarks delivered from the House floor. “If you’re supporting this amendment, you’re basically paving the way to a trillion-dollar defense [bill],” said Khanna. “Is that what we want in this country?” “I just want to be clear,” he added. “There is no country in the world that is putting over half its discretionary budget into defense and I would rather for us to be the preeminent economy of the 21st century by investing in the health of our people, in the education of our people, in the industries of the future.”

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“This whole situation looks like a farce.”

Russia On Brink Of Default As Debt Deadline Looms (BBC)

Russia is on the brink of its first debt default since 1998 as the Sunday deadline to make a $100m interest payment seems certain to be missed. Russia has the money and is willing to pay, but sanctions make it impossible to get the payments to international creditors. The Kremlin has been determined to avoid a first default since 1998, and a major blow to the nation’s prestige. The Russian finance minister branded the situation “a farce”. Russia has seemed on an inevitable path to default since sanctions were first imposed by the US and EU following the invasion of Ukraine.These restricted the country’s access to the international banking networks which would process payments from Russia to investors around the world.

The Russian government has said it wants to make all of its payments on time, and so far it has succeeded.About $40bn of Russia’s debts are denominated in dollars or euros, with around half held outside the country. A default would be the first since 1998, at the chaotic end of Boris Yeltsin’s regime. The $100m interest payment was due on 27 May. Russia says the money was sent to Euroclear, a bank which would then distribute the payment to investors. But that payment has been stuck there, according to Bloomberg News, and creditors have not received it. “They have not got it,” says Jay Auslander, a US lawyer who has worked on many government debt cases. “And the overwhelming probability is they’re not going to get it.”If this money has not arrived within 30 days of the due date, that is, Sunday evening, that will widely be considered a default.

Euroclear wouldn’t say if the payment had been blocked, but said it adheres to all sanctions. Default seemed inevitable when the US Treasury decided not to renew the special exemption in sanctions rules allowing investors to receive interest payments from Russia, which expired on 25 May. The Kremlin now appears to have accepted this inevitability too, decreeing on 23 June stating that all future debt payments would be made in roubles through a Russian bank, the National Settlements Depository, even when contracts state they should be in dollars or other international currencies. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov admitted foreign investors would “not be able to receive” the payments according to the RIA Novosti news agency.

This was for two reasons, he said. “The first is that foreign infrastructure – correspondent banks, settlement and clearing systems, depositories – ares prohibited from conducting any operations related to Russia. The second is that foreign investors are expressly prohibited from receiving payments from us.” Because Russia wants to pay and has plenty of money to do it, he denied that this amounts to a genuine default, which usually occur when governments refuse to pay, or their economies are so weak that they cannot find the money. “Everyone in the know understands that this is not a default at all,” RIA Novosti quoted him. “This whole situation looks like a farce.”

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Come -cold- winter, Europeans will not blame all this on Putin. They will demand their politicians make peace with Russia.

Germany Fears Russia Could Shut Nord Stream 1 Within Weeks (ZH)

The European Union has this week accused Russia of planning “rogue moves” regarding lowering natural gas flows to Europe, or in other words continuing to ‘weaponize’ its energy, to which the Kremlin has consistently responded with variations of ‘our gas, our rules’. This after Moscow has reduced Nord Stream 1 gas flows by 40% last week while citing technical issues, leading to a four- to sixfold rise in market prices, based on German energy officials. However, Berlin isn’t buying that needed maintenance on the key pipeline is all that’s happening here, instead seeing in it an underhanded Russian ploy to ramp up the pressure on Europe, giving way to fears that the saga could end in Russia halting its pipeline altogether.

“Gas is now a scarce commodity in Germany,” economy minister Robert Habeck said at a Thursday press conference while warning that his country is now approaching crisis supply levels which could see authorities turn to gas rationing. Habeck confirmed that the last days have seen a “significant deterioration of the gas supply situation” – following Gazprom’s Nord Stream 1 also having to now undergo what the Russian energy company has scheduled as “annual maintenance” for a period of ten days, from July 11 to July 21. Habeck was asked in an interview this week with German broadcaster ZDF about the negative scenario possibility of Russia artificially extending the repair and maintenance period: “I’d be lying if I said I’m ruling it out. In fact, Putin has gradually reduced the amount of gas more and more,” he responded.

According to the German language publication, the economy minister bluntly spelled out that Putin is trying to use energy to drive a wedge among European allies: Putin’s plan is to put pressure on the market to make prices in Europe more expensive. According to Habeck, it is mainly a matter of stirring up social unrest and breaking down unity. He wants to make sure that Putin “does not win,” the economy minister told ZDF heute Journal. Measures are also being taken to ensure the unity of society.

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“Only 5% said abortion was top issue. That might change a little, but not with people who can’t afford food or gas or rent or medical bills..”

Just 5% Call Abortion Top Concern (WE)

Abortion, the No. 1 concern in today’s media and politics, ranks nearly dead last among areas voters care about as they struggle with paying daily bills, soaring inflation, and interest rate hikes, according to a just-released survey. While the Supreme Court’s decision overruling the 1973 Roe v. Wade right to abortion has dominated today’s network and cable coverage, the latest McLaughlin & Associates poll said just 5% of voters call it a top concern. Just below abortion, at 1%, is reviewing the 2020 election, over which the media are also obsessing. By comparison, 54% cited the economy. “Only 5% said abortion was top issue. That might change a little, but not with people who can’t afford food or gas or rent or medical bills,” said pollster John McLaughlin, referencing the court’s decision today.

He also told Secrets, “This was no surprise. The decision was leaked a while ago. Most states will not change their laws. Biden’s handlers are desperate to change the subject from the imploding economy.” President Joe Biden said today that he plans to dig into ways to continue the rights under Roe, but John and Jim McLaughlin said their data show it’s a desperation play to recover his base. In their latest survey, just 23% of Democratic primary voters said Biden was their first pick to run in 2024. “People are focused right now on inflation, gas, cost of living, public safety, and the disintegration of America,” Jim McLaughlin said. “You know you’re struggling when 77% of Biden’s primary voters are looking for somebody else.”

And while the media were suggesting that the question of abortion will help drive a bigger Democratic turnout in fall elections, the McLaughlins said it also stands to help Republicans. In an April survey, they found that 93% agree with this statement: “Every human being represents a life that is precious and has value.” John McLaughlin said, “If the Republicans stand on principle and defend human life, Americans are on their side.”

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“Behind the carnival tent curtain..”

“It’s Infuriating”: DC Democrats In Chaos, Demand Biden Act On Abortion (ZH)

Democrats are seething with rage over Friday’s 6-3 majority decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, sending the question of abortion rights back to the state-level. “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” read the opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito. Pro-abortion protesters sprung to action, deploying posters which read “Bans off my Body” and other slogans. Hours after the news broke, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called the decision “illegitimate,” and encouraged people to get “into the streets” to protest.

Her call for what we’re sure will be ‘mostly peaceful’ protests prompted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to accuse the Democrat of ‘launching an insurrection,’ adding “Any violence and rioting is a direct result of Democrat marching orders.” “I will explain this to you slowly: exercising our right to protest is not obstruction of Congress nor an attempt to overturn democracy,” AOC replied, to which Greene asked AOC why she won’t support pardons for Julian Assange or Edward Snowden, why she is “a shill for the MIC (military industrial complex) funding war in Ukraine,” or “are you too busy organizing baby killing riots?” Behind the carnival tent curtain, DC insiders are furious and are demanding that the Biden administration DO SOMETHING! “It’s infuriating. What the hell have we been doing?” one Democratic strategist told The Hill. “Why are we not talking about this every single day? Why hasn’t Biden made this the issue for Democrats? If we don’t step up, we’ve got ourselves to blame.”

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“..American liberals have lived rent free for 50 years on the Blackmun decision. They didn’t have to frame arguments. They didn’t have to persuade 50 legislatures…”

Democrats Lived Rent-free For 50 Years Off Roe v. Wade

Maybe it’s time everyone slowed down and looked at Roe for what it was. It was legal malpractice of the highest order that disenfranchised hundreds of millions of Americans by rationalizing that the Constitution had settled the question of abortion. An issue that rightly belonged in state legislatures where citizens could argue for and against was commandeered by the Blackmun court and settled. This is not merely a conservative view. Since Roe became law in 1973, a powerful consensus has been building among legal authorities left and right that Roe was constructed not on the breakwater of constitutional logic but on the seafoam of judicial activism. Here’s just a brief sampling from the left. And understand, I could easily add 20 more examples just like these:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice): “The political process was moving in the early 1970 …not swiftly enough for advocates for quick, complete change, but majoritarian institutions were listening and acting. (Roe’s) heavy-handed judicial intervention was difficult to justify and appears to have provoked, not resolved, conflict.” Edward Lazarus (attorney, clerk to Roe-author Justice Harry Blackmun): “As a matter of constitutional interpretation and judicial method, Roe borders on the indefensible. I say this as someone utterly committed to the right to choose, as someone who believes such a right has grounding elsewhere in the Constitution instead of where Roe placed it, and as someone who loved Roe’s author like a grandfather. …(Roe) has little connection to the constitutional right it purportedly interpreted.”

Jeffrey Rosen (Legal Affairs Editor, The New Republic): “In short, 30 years later, it seems increasingly clear that this pro-choice magazine was correct in 1973 when it criticized Roe on constitutional grounds. Its overturning would be the best thing that could happen to the federal judiciary, the pro-choice movement and the moderate majority of the American people.” Michael Kinsley (Opinion editor, Los Angeles Times; co-host of Crossfire): “Although I am pro-choice, I was taught in law school, and still believe, that Roe v. Wade is a muddle of bad reasoning and an authentic example of judicial overreaching. I also believe it was a political disaster for liberals. Roe is what first politicized religious conservatives while cutting off a political process that was legalizing abortion state by state anyway. Three decades later, that awakened giant controls the government.”

John Hart Ely (law professor; Yale, Harvard, Stanford; clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren): “(Roe) is, nevertheless, a very bad decision. Not because it will perceptibly weaken the Court — it won’t; and not because it conflicts with either my idea of progress or what the evidence suggests is society’s — it doesn’t. It is bad because it is bad constitutional law, or rather because it is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.”

On Friday, President Joe Biden ignored this consensus and railed against today’s justices who agree with it. “Make no mistake,” said Biden. “This decision is the culmination of a deliberate effort over decades to upset the balance of our law. It’s a realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic error by the Supreme Court.” To the contrary, I’ve presented above just a fraction of the counterevidence that shows Biden is wrong. Just to restate, as early as the 1970s when Michael Kinsley was chasing paper at Harvard Law, it was common knowledge in Cambridge that Roe was “a muddle of bad reasoning” and judicial overreach. American liberals have lived rent free for 50 years on the Blackmun decision. They didn’t have to frame arguments. They didn’t have to persuade 50 legislatures. The Blackmun court handed them the ball, the game and the whistle when it was only just beginning.

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[n]othing in [the Court’s] opinion should be under- stood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion.”

The Dobbs Decision Unleashes Rage and Revisionism (Turley)

In the aftermath of the historic ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, politicians and pundits have denounced the Supreme Court justices and the Court itself for holding opposing views on the interpretation of the Court. Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the justices “right-wing politicians” and many journalists called the Court “activists.” Most concerning were legal analysts who fueled misleading accounts of the opinion or the record of this Court. Notably, it is precisely what the Court anticipated in condemning those who would make arguments “designed to stoke unfounded fear.” Vice President Kamala Harris and others repeated the claims that same-sex marriage, contraceptives, and other rights are now in danger. The Court, however, expressly and repeatedly stated that this decision could not be used to undermine those rights: “Abortion is fundamentally different, as both Roe and Casey acknowledged, because it destroys what those decisions called ‘fetal life’ and what the law now before us describes as an ‘unborn human being.’”

The Court noted: “Perhaps this is designed to stoke unfounded fear that our decision will imperil those other rights, but the dissent’s analogy is objectionable for a more important reason: what it reveals about the dissent’s views on the protection of what Roe called “potential life.” The exercise of the rights at issue in Griswold, Eisenstadt, Lawrence, and Obergefell does not destroy a “potential life,” but an abortion has that effect. So if the rights at issue in those cases are fundamentally the same as the right recognized in Roe and Casey, the implication is clear: The Constitution does not permit the States to regard the destruction of a “potential life” as a matter of any significance.”

Indeed, I cannot recall an opinion when the Court was more adamant in prospectively blocking the use of a holding in future cases. Only one justice, Clarence Thomas, suggested that the Court should reexamine the rationale for such rights but also emphasized that the majority of the Court was clearly holding that the opinion could not be used in that way. Thomas wrote: “The Court’s abortion cases are unique, see ante, at 31–32, 66, 71–72, and no party has asked us to decide “whether our entire Fourteenth Amendment jurisprudence must be preserved or revised,” McDonald, 561 U. S., at 813 (opinion of THOMAS, J.). Thus, I agree that “[n]othing in [the Court’s] opinion should be under- stood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion.”

Nevertheless, on CNN, legal analyst Jennifer Rodgers echoed the common claim that this decision could now be used to unravel an array of other rights and “criminalizing every single aspect” of women’s reproductive healthcare. However, Rodgers went even further. She suggested that states could ban menstrual cycle tracking: “Are they going to be able to search your apps—you know there’s apps that track your menstrual cycle. You know how far are these states going to try and go?”

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“Biden trampled his own promise to embrace government and the rule of law.”

Biden Undermines Supreme Court In Ways Unlike Predecessors (JTN)

Two months into his presidency, as he did often on the campaign trial, President Joe Biden asked America to embrace the legitimacy of government. “Put trust and faith in our government to fulfill its most important function, which is protecting the American people,” the 46th president implored his country in a March 2021 speech on the anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdowns. On Friday, after being stung by abortion and gun rights rulings by the Supreme Court that he disagreed with, the president changed his tune and launched a verbal assault on America’s judicial branch of government and its iconic marbled court of nine justices. The president took a blowtorch to the Supreme Court in language clearly designed to undermine its legitimacy.

He accused the justices of waging a “deliberate effort over decades to upset the balance of our law” and decried their “extreme and dangerous path”, as he insisted the nation’s highest court had made the “United States an outlier among developed nations” by reversing the half-century-old Roe v. Wade decision. A day earlier, he slammed the court’s verdict that the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms extended to carrying in public, calling that decision “unconstitutional.” In so doing, Biden trampled his own promise to embrace government and the rule of law. He also veered from the civility most presidents and senior political leaders have shown the court, even when it ruled against their wishes.

Barack Obama, for instance, didn’t like the famed Heller gun ruling in 2008 that overturned DC’s restrictive handgun laws, but issued a statement that suggested good people could find common ground in it. “I will uphold the Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun-owners, hunters, and sportsmen,” Obama said. “I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact common-sense laws.” George W. Bush showed the same deference when the justices rejected his arguments that Guantanamo Bay terrorist prisoners didn’t deserve full rights in the courts. “We’ll abide by the court’s decision,” Bush said. “That doesn’t mean I have to agree with it.”

Likewise, Al Gore upheld the legitimacy of the legal system after losing the 2000 election in an epic Supreme Court ruling: ““I accept the finality of the outcome … And tonight, for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession,” the then-vice president said. Biden’s angry strike at the court’s legitimacy drew a rebuke from many corridors, including from a famed liberal law professor who voted for him. “I am concerned about that,” Harvard University law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz told “Just the News, Not Noise” television program Friday night when asked about Biden’s reaction.

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“And so on and so forth through 385,191 responses.”

EU Renews Digital Covid Pass Despite 99% Negative Public Feedback (Kogon)

Acting on a proposal of the European Commission, the European Parliament, as expected, voted yesterday to renew the EU Digital Covid Certificate for another year. The vote was 453 for, 119 against and 19 abstentions. The certificate regulation had been scheduled to expire on June 30. Earlier this month, a delegation from the parliament had already reached a “political agreement” with the Commission on renewing the certificate, thus making yesterday’s vote virtually a foregone conclusion. The certificate regulation was originally adopted in June of last year, ostensibly to facilitate “safe travel” between EU member states. But the EU digital certificate quickly evolved into the model and sometimes infrastructure for the domestic “health” or Covid passes that would serve to restrict access to many other areas of social life over the following year.

The EU has opted to extend the covid certificate despite the overwhelmingly negative results of a public consultation on the subject that was launched by the European Commission under the heading of “Have Your Say” and that was open to the public from February 3 to April 8. The consultation elicited over 385,000 responses – almost all of which appear to be opposed to renewal! In a letter to the European Ombudsman that the French member of the parliament Virginie Joron posted on her Twitter feed, Joron writes: “I read hundreds of responses at random with my team. I did not find any in favor of extending the QR code [i.e. the digital certificate]. Based on this large survey, it seems obvious that virtually all the responses were negative.”

The overwhelmingly negative tendency of the responses was indeed evident from the outset. The first full page of responses, all of them dating from February 4, is available here. They are, of course, in a variety of European Union languages: French, German, Italian, and also one in English. To provide readers an idea of the tenor, here is a translation of just the first line or two of the first several responses (starting from the bottom of the page): “I am completely opposed to the establishment of this certificate given what is currently happening with the EU’s disastrous handling of Covid…” “I want this cst [probably a reference to Belgium’s “Covid Safe Ticket”] or vaccine passport simply to be eliminated… ” “There are claims made in the draft document that are not scientifically supported. For example, it is claimed that the Covid certificate represents effective protection against the spread of the virus – what data can support this claim?…

“Hello, I am shocked and disgusted by the freedom-killing decisions taken in the EU … as regards this “European certificate” … ” “The covid certificate or green pass SHOULD BE ABOLISHED immediately as discriminatory and unconstitutional and not supported by any scientific data, because it is exclusively based on PUNITIVE measures for citizens… ” “I am opposed to the extension of the green pass, which serves no purpose other than creating discrimination… ” “I never want to be subjected to a discriminatory certificate again…” “And, finally, the English-language entry: “The digital Covid certificate should end immediately. There is so much data that supports the fact that digital passports have zero positive impact on transmission rates and in fact in the most vaccinated and highly regulated countries, there [sic.] covid rates are insane…” And so on and so forth through 385,191 responses.

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“Digging further into this is going to get really good. It’s clear these people are neither smart nor informed. They hipshot and hoped. And all the carnage and calamity it drove is going to land on them.”

Birx Had A Tough Day In Congress (El Gato)

Leaders do not, mostly, lead. They follow the public mood. And as that mood is shifting, it’s becoming ok to ask the pointy questions and start getting to the bottom of things. Debbie had a tough outing here and gets pinned on a simple and vital issue: When public health officials and agencies stridently told america that the covid vaccines would be a “dead end for the virus” and stop infection and spread, upon what did they base that claim and how did they get it so wrong? Once Jordan gets a hold of her, this is like a tuna filled piñata in a tiger cage. jj: Was the government lying when they said this? db: i don’t know. i was not part of the taskforce discussions Strong start. Non-denial denial, offers up others for the trip under the bus. Both evasive and self-protective. Politics 101.

She then speaks of her family still using “layered protection” because she knew that vaccine immunity would wane like natural immunity. This is both inaccurate and deeply dishonest. If she and her compatriots “knew” that, they certainly were not saying it in public. And boy oh boy do we have the receipts on that one… Jj: when the government told us the vaccinated could not transmit it (covid), was that a lie or a guess? db: “i think it was hope” See, now that seems like a pretty poor pretext for pushing vaccination as social duty, mandating jabs, and endless campaigns of vilification, othering and claims to be on the “side of science.” “we did it cuz hope.” Digging further into this is going to get really good. It’s clear these people are neither smart nor informed. They hipshot and hoped. And all the carnage and calamity it drove is going to land on them.

It’s clear they lack basic justification for their towering, condescending certitude. This fallback to “and that’s why i think scientists and public health leaders always have to be at the table being very clear what we know and don’t know” is awe inspiring in its manipulative mendacity. Sure, the statement is true, but could anyone produce a standard that less describes what was actually done? They expressed as iron bar certainty that which they now admit was “a hope.” They attacked viciously anyone who dared call their narrative into question. I seriously cannot believe she just said that. That she did not actually burst into flame getting that out is near certain proof that she’s wearing asbestos underpants.

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“If Ms. Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is prohibited from reviewing legal materials prior to sentencing, becomes sleep-deprived, and is denied sufficient time to meet with and confer with counsel, we will be formally moving on Monday for an adjournmen..”

You know who else is on suicide watch?

Ghislaine Maxwell On Suicide Watch, May Seek Sentencing Delay (R.)

Ghislaine Maxwell has been put on suicide watch at a Brooklyn jail, and may seek to delay her Tuesday sentencing for aiding Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of underage girls, her lawyer said on Saturday night. In a letter to the judge overseeing Maxwell’s case, Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, said her client is “unable to properly prepare, for sentencing,” after officials at the Metropolitan Detention Center on Friday declared the suicide watch and abruptly moved Maxwell to solitary confinement. Sternheim said Maxwell was given a “suicide smock,” and her clothing, toothpaste, soap and legal papers were taken away. The lawyer also said Maxwell “is not suicidal,” a conclusion she said a psychologist who evaluated the 60-year-old British socialite on Saturday morning also reached.

“If Ms. Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is prohibited from reviewing legal materials prior to sentencing, becomes sleep-deprived, and is denied sufficient time to meet with and confer with counsel, we will be formally moving on Monday for an adjournment,” Sternheim wrote. Maxwell was convicted on Dec. 29 on five criminal counts, including sex trafficking, for recruiting and grooming four girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004. Prosecutors have said Maxwell should spend at least 30 years in prison, citing her “utter lack of remorse.” Maxwell wants a term shorter than 20 years.

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    Caravaggio The Denial of St. Peter 1610   • The Fantasy of Fanaticism (Scott Ritter) • US Commander: China’s ‘No-limits’ Support Of Russia Threat
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 26 2022]


    Holy shit – Geert is now talking about how the mass vaxx program has started Monkeypox and Avian Flu pandemics, as well as meningococcal, TB, HIV, and Herpetic disease pandemics:


    VAIDS is on, like Donkey Kong! 🤡☠️☠️☠️🤡


    “the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in U.S. history.”


    VAIDS! 🤡☠️☠️☠️🤡


    “Britain is now going through its third major wave of Covid-19 infections this year.”


    VAIDS!! 🤡☠️☠️☠️🤡


    “Singapore widens tuberculosis checks after large cluster emerges; first monkeypox case also confirmed earlier in the week”




    “Kid – Friendly”
    Hahaha !!



    “There are several factors that support the hypothesis of a causal relationship between exposure to mRNA vaccines and the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis.”

    We find that vaccination with both mRNA vaccines was associated with an increased risk of myocarditis and pericarditis within the first week after vaccination. The associations were particularly pronounced after the second dose, and were evident in both males and females.




    War is coming to China/Taiwan/USA/Russia:


    From before last Sundays vote:

    ” After Brexit, France aspired to regain the position she occupied before the first world war as Europe’s banker, with Paris once more at the heart of European finance. That dream came to nought. Now the scenario is more that of France after the first world war: mired in debt, stalemated in policy and with the broader modern prospect of seriously contributing to a new eurozone debt crisis. In the past, France devalued to extricate herself from financial plight, most notably after president Mitterrand’s socialist reforms of 1981 to 1983. Without that option, France could end up passing on the burden to a far more indebted eurozone than in 2012/13, once again fragmented by widening spreads on Italian, Spanish, Greek and Portuguese government bonds. The euro would never survive.”


    Mister Roboto

    “Just 5% call abortion top concern”

    I will take this opportunity to point out that the primary demographic among whom this is a big deal is women in the professional-managerial class and the administrative class, which in urban areas, at least, is likely to identify with the PMC. Working-class women who live in “red states”? Not so much, as these states have arranged things such that abortions are effectively not available for these women. Sadly, actually having a child has also become too expensive a proposition for very many of these women, even with a committed and faithful male partner helping them. So I’m guessing these women are already on what blue-haired women in “blue states” are calling a “sex strike”.


    In fact, biosecurity nonsense was featured heavily in discussions at this year’s BRICS summit. Ramaphosa used the opportunity of his pre-recorded speech to complain about “Lack of access to lifesaving vaccines and treatments,” Modi’s speech centered on the post-COVID economic recovery (without noting that without the scamdemic policies there would be no slump to recover from), and Xi, true to form, managed to tie praise for the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development scam into the COVID-1984 biosecurity scam:

    Today, the global development process has hit major roadblocks, the momentum of international development cooperation is being weakened, and development gap between the North and the South keeps widening. As a result, the global efforts to implement the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have suffered major setbacks. Almost 1.2 billion people in nearly 70 countries are confronted with COVID-19, food, energy and debt crises. What has been achieved in decades of global poverty reduction efforts could be lost.

    In case anyone missed the point, later in his speech he once again reiterated his call on all countries “to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and to “engage in cooperation on COVID-19 response and provide more anti-COVID medicines to developing countries so as to beat the virus at an early date.”


    Dr. D

    On the Dates: 2030. Why???

    We all know this, but very nice article that runs down dates like this:

    “On September 22, 2021 Emergency Use Authorization was granted for the first booster injection. Not even a full year had passed. Booster promotion was an admission that the vaccines were failing to protect.
    In November 2021 and in response to a Freedom of Information Act request Pfizer asked for 75 years to release (hide) the trial data that was provided to the FDA…” etc etc


    Since it’s quite low-key and only mildly accusatory, it’s a good candidate to being sent to others. Probably not. At this point, ain’t nobody going to listen or change.

    “Biden: There’s Going to Be Another Pandemic”

    He’s called 50 out of the last one pandemics. Then failed at that one, both in saving lives and ruining the economy. When he was VP, he also scrapped all the masks so we were unprepared then told us not to shut the borders and to never take the vaccine. This guy is calling the next pandemic and how to fix it.

    Oh, and the pandemic will happen a week before the vote and shut the polls down. They only need to cause doubt.

    Canada Solar. Now you see why economizing, “Making do”, and conserving are so much better. How much extra coal would you have right now if you had? How many years, decades? But that wouldn’t have created GDP, Taxes, and more importantly, the 300:1 accounting fraud that requires frothy, fast-growing accounting books.

    Translation: it’s all ANTI-Green. It seems strange but that 1971 Chevy at 18MPG driven only 10 miles is more environment than the 2020 Tesla driven 100mi/day that takes a mountain of lithium to refine and is flown around the world 12x in manufacture. …And the 1971 Chevy (can) will still be running 10 years from now. The Tesla will be dead if it doesn’t get that Windows11 update.

    “proposing that Ukraine be willing to accept the permanent loss of sovereign territory because NATO miscalculated..”
    2) “Russia just destroyed the equivalent of NATO’s main active-duty combat power”

    But they’re incapable of noticing. I wonder why it took 120 days for someone to print that the entire West only has enough ammunition for 2 weeks of war. And this isn’t even a real war, it’s a joke. A sporting weekend.

    Probably when we’ve collapsed and all the lights go out, no one will notice that either, or why. Because that’s what happened in “Idiocracy.” No one noticed until the food stopped, then they still didn’t know what to do about it. (A: Talk to the plants. They like water.)

    “what price are you willing to pay for peace?” –Stoltenberg.

    Stoltenberg, being Idiocracy, still hasn’t noticed THEY CAN’T SUE FOR PEACE. Russia doesn’t care if you did, because you are not-agreement-capable. Russia is going to continue the war for as long as they like, EVEN IF you surrender, until their goals are accomplished. You have NOTHING in the field, no diplomatic power, and no options and no say. You’re a zero, Stoltenberg, you might as well not exist.

    I can’t fathom why this is so hard for them to understand. Where did they learn war, in video games and GI Joe cartoons?

    more than the entire active-duty inventory of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps combined.”

    Thank God we got rid of all that manufacturing. It was worth being totally defenseless to have that cheaper toaster oven. Go Green! Live in a tent on the shores of San Francisco and Detroit. Ayn Rand said. It pains me every time I say that so could you stop making it true?

    “…Jake Sullivan, said that a weak U.S. response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “would send a message”

    Great! Since we have no tanks, what “message” would you suggest? Send virtual tanks? The word “Tank” written on a piece of paper? The message is: we lost, we are worthless, and also helpless. We don’t have to ‘send’ that message, it’s just a fact.

    “US Commander: China’s ‘No-limits’ Support of Russia Threatens Humanity (JTN)”

    Yes, and the U.S. policy from this very commander is the reason China has the no-limits merger with Russia. “I did that!” Nobody wanted that to happen: you made them.

    Gee, what would be an appropriate response to this new situation clubbing the insentient nation over the head? Would it be: 1) Raise tariffs dramatically and return all production to the United States, creating the greatest employment and manufacturing boom? Then 2) Build a wall to secure the borders until we can figure out what to do next? …Funny, that sounds familiar somehow…

    The Russian war against Ukraine will inevitably dominate the summit of G7 nations”

    Great, they can all waste time discussing how utterly helpless they are, thereby being utterly useless as well. Suppose Germany, the manufacturing giant, wants to make a few tanks. Are they going to make them using steel smelted with solar panels? Are they opening a new titanium and palladium mine in Bavaria? No, they are going to “Signal” or I shall “signal” again: “They are aiming to put on a show of unity and resolve over the war”

    “any peace deal with Moscow that is not on Ukraine’s terms would lead to further Russian aggression in the future.”

    Too F-ing bad. “I Did That!” Maybe you can hold a gender studies class and Moscow will retreat. You paved New Jersey to build a mall and now are starving. Welcome to stupidville, population: everyone. We told you for 50 years, What do you think I can do about it now?

    “Adding $37 Billion to Biden’s Military Budget (CD)”

    So let me get this straight: you have a $1 TRILLION dollar defense budget ($800B + off-book) and you don’t have enough artillery for 2 WEEKS of combat? This is where you’ve reached infinity stupid, and infinity fraud.

    How did we get to “Infinity stupid”? “climate justice,” Yeah “Climate” we’re going to arrest you and give you some “Justice”. Wtf does that even mean besides “infinity graft”? They just put it in the article because they coin so many lies per minute, you can’t actually stop and define and explain them all. It’s just: “This is a thing now.” “Well I didn’t sign up for it.” A: “Doesn’t matter, when we print $3T a year out of thin air, what you think, even your taxes, are irrelevant.” “We MAKE Reality now…”

    Sidenote: the thought of putting money into our healthcare system is terrifying. I think they have plenty of money now, and are using it to kill more people than ever in history of the world. You might want to collapse and reform it first, funding and arming authoritarian eugenicists seems dangerous.

    “Russia has the money and is willing to pay,”

    The West is refusing to RECEIVE the money. Just as they’re refusing to RECEIVE the food and oil. They’re like toddlers, 3-year-olds who are only testing how reality works.

    Obviously, again, Greece stopped paying in ‘08 and still hasn’t paid. That is not a default. Russia ALREADY paid, and the money is sitting in Europe’s bank account. This IS a default. Cause, like the Media and all other adult humans in the West: “We make S—t Up!™” “We make our own reality”, that is, “Reality is just whatever I SAY it is.”

    Do any of these things communicate “Insanity” to anyone? “The gods would first make mad”. It’s the other way around: “God” is #Logos, reason, reality. If you reject #God, you therefore reject #Logic, #Reason, #Facts. The “Gods” did not make you mad; you did that to yourself. Also why the only enemy they have is the #Truth. They are at war with God, that is #Reason. Therefore, they are In-sane.

    I don’t know how much more I can break it down than that. If a person is Un-sane, has no reason, rejects reality and facts, they are therefore a danger to themselves and others and must immediately be removed, put under the stewardship of others. Anyone planning on doing this, or just letting the #Insane run everything? ‘Cause if you won’t, looks like Russia WILL take them out and put them under control. You can’t stop them because you’re madder than King George and look twice as stupid in your silk pants.

    Financials: You are not safe, because PROPERTY is not safe, if they just make up the rules every minute. You may say, “Why does government defend property, that’s so “_Capitalist_”. BECAUSE “PROPERTY” IS YOUR FOOD AND HOUSING you dips. They are cutting off one and a few days from stealing and repossessing the other, turning you under a bridge where you’ll be stabbed. Unlike most, Humans are an animal that can only survive by owning property, and hardly even then. Erase property – by stealing bank accounts, pirating oil ships, and renditioning foreigners – and millions die in short order. Defending “Property” IS defending life. Creating “Property” is creating life. …If not, I’ll be over at your house shortly with a moving van.

    “Germany Fears Russia Could Shut Nord Stream 1 Within Weeks (ZH)”

    This was the latest lie…I mean the big lie of that minute, as the West lies EVERY minute, of EVERY day. “Russia shuts off NordStream…” No, you idiots and liars, YOU shut off NordStream. 1) by not paying, but you mean 2) by shipping the pumping turbines to Canada and not allowing them back. Did RUSSIA drive to Germany and remove your turbines, putting them on a slow boat to China? No. “I Did That.” Now that they’re aware they DID it, and aware it means Germany won’t pump, therefore won’t put gas in storage, and therefore every German will die in 90 days, THEY KEPT NOT SENDING IT.

    There’s nothing Russia could possibly bomb you with stupider or more destructive than that. You’ve been carpet bombing yourself with the stupid-shells for months.

    The European people are possibly even stupider than you are. Do you really think they’ve going to sit around and listen to your clever explanations when their heat is cut off and they can’t bake bread in October? No, because they are also stupid people, they are going to use the stupid people’s solution: burn all your houses and hang you all, the good with the bad. Have enough sense to save your stupid lives and knock it off over there.

    The Guttmacher Institute is not authoritative but you can pick A) Doctors are carelessly unconcerned with keeping any medical data or records – which has chilling implications for Covid – or B) almost all abortions are voluntary birth control. I’ll bet it’s over 7:1 so you could guess +80% of abortions are “unnecessary” deaths of convenience. That fits my life-long experience of everyone just hooking up, no interest in relationships, careless in the execution, mostly with people they don’t love and wouldn’t stay with, then “Fixing the problem” if anything inconvenient gets in the way of their personal pleasure. Why not? Being responsible, saying no, and sleeping with people you love is annoying and a little bit hard. It’s easier to drink tequila at the dive bar, smoke some meth, and party. It’s not like she/he isn’t pretty after all, or a “good” person. Why not? 99% of the Americans I know live this way. Some just get lucky, that’s all, and party with the same person every day until the 55% divorce rate kicks in.

    “ The Dobbs Decision Unleashes Rage and Revisionism (Turley)”

    Since 99% of Americans are bare-faced liars, completely indifferent and unconcerned with the truth, the Court specifically pre-wrote what their decision did and didn’t do concerning other case law. Everyone is ignoring what the Court DID say, and making s—t up about what they very specifically emphasized they did NOT say. In other words: Reality is whatever I make up in my mind. I am #In-sane. Then I tell/contaminate others, so not-reality is what is in their minds. Then they are #Un-sane. Essentially #Idiocracy.

    No one cares. If I tell them they’ll say, “Your s—t’s f-d up, you talk like fag n’ s—t.” like Doctor Lexus. That’s okay bro: you can still be a pilot!

    “the president changed his tune and launched a verbal assault on America’s judicial branch”

    So the Fascists, Authoritarians, have only Government (and its Army) to stomp around jack-booting everyone and telling them what to do or else, and they are now undermining that very government so it has no legitimacy and people shouldn’t obey it? Does this seem somewhat suspicious or staged to anyone? Like who’s really running things here?

    Olberman the village idiot said “It has become necessary to dissolve the Supreme Court of the United States.” (Not the SC of some other nation.) They cannot enforce their decisions. Great! So I’m not going to follow gun laws, drug laws, Dept of Education laws, Dept of Energy laws either because they are also all unconstitutional. In my opinion. No wait: we SHOULD follow the court on all HIS laws, but DISSOLVE the court on all the not-his laws.

    I don’t think deep worship and adoration, unthinking obedience of State Power works that way.

    “EU Renews Digital Covid Pass Despite 99% Negative Public Feedback (Kogon)”

    This is like all EU processes. All democratic processes are just suggestions. WE DON’T CARE. The unelected, unaccountable state bureaucracy does whatever they feel like day to day. …Just like in the United States.

    Here’s a way to make them accountable and democratic: MAKE ME. Send your Army and make all 447 Million people use the pass. You may find it is a little expensive.

    “ Birx Had A Tough Day In Congress (El Gato) “

    And no one is arrested for mass murder. Same as every other day of my life.

    “Ghislaine Maxwell On Suicide Watch, May Seek Sentencing Delay (R.)”

    Epstein tried to reach out to Hillary Clinton but it didn’t work out. She left him hanging.

    Since “The Economist” represents the actual power that controls things, this shows they don’t want Biden or Kamala. They were supposed to LOSE, so they could say Trump’s Military Coup was racist and sexist. Funniest thing ever to let them win, as blatheringly incompetent and deeply unlikeable as they both are.

    Universal Size: The standard size is a 16 (womens obviously). Almost 100% of clothing stores only stock up to 16. That means exactly half of women cannot shop at most stores. And you say this is a capitalist system, but where people don’t like selling to half the population and don’t like making money? Why this is, I have yet to figure out even proposing the most outrageous theories. Pure hate? We must create categories of non-people in order to hate them? Don’t know.

    Increase in size tracks fake food and mass-poisonings though. Practically everything sold in stores is toxic, and most probably also addictive. But although I did that to you from birth, using every method I could divine, immersed you from birth in poisons and lies, it’s perfect because IT’S STILL YOUR FAULT. “I Did That” and we are as innocent as doves.

    Dr. D

    St. Peter, Bible Trivia: “Peter” is just a nickname, from “Petros”, rock. That is, his name is “Rocky”, like from Philadelphia, with rocks for a head. When the entire Centurion Guard came for Christ, “Rocky” picked up his “Assault Weapon” and attacked them to defend Christ, cutting off an ear. So he’s a coward who denied Christ? No.

    So when Christ was led away, what did the other disciples do? High-tailed it and hid. So PETER was the coward who denied Christ? No. Peter, unlike all the others, STAYED with Christ. He went WITH the Centurions. Right into the jailhouse where if discovered he would also be arrested, tortured, and executed.

    But wait: why was he there, then? Peter had his eyes on Christ the whole time. In the jailhouse where the police were beating and torturing him. HE WAS WAITING FOR THE SIGNAL. HE WAS THE ONLY ONE BRAVE ENOUGH AND LOYAL ENOUGH TO STAY.

    So what happened? Well, you notice back in the garden Christ said DON’T attack them. DON’T kill them, which was very confusing. They were running a revolution with the true king after all, anointed by God. So he followed waiting for the signal to attack the police in their own station. But Christ never gave the signal. He did NOT say, “Come save me.”

    So what happened? Well Peter stayed and was even suspiciously questioned. Christ was beaten the whole time. Then when the cock crowed, PETER REALIZED. Christ had PREDICTED this. Christ KNEW. And what did THAT mean? Well, it meant that THIS WAS ALL PART OF THE PLAN. It was voluntary. We were not going to attack the Romans. We were not going to kill anyone. Christ’s PLAN was to BE beaten, to BE executed. Now this was still very confusing, but it was also his choice. Peter finally understood, and because he knew it was the plan, he OBEYED CHRIST again, and LET IT happen. And so he left the Police station aware Jesus, his friend and king, hope of the Jews, would be killed. THAT is why he was crying.

    As we later discovered, BEING killed WAS the victory. Being tortured was the victory. Because Christ’s blood was shed everywhere, all over the city, on the mountain, in a rainstorm. Like Caesar’s last breath, it has now dispersed over the entire earth, and THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO ABOUT IT. THEY were the ones that made it happen, with their evil, cruelty, and vindictive joy.

    So now Christ is on earth with us and the portal is open. Peter later discovered why that all had to happen as Christ rose, rejoined Peter and the disciples, then the Holy Spirit re-opened the connection between heaven and earth.

    But this is somewhat of a different understanding of Peter’s Denial than you might have read. Which makes any kind of sense? This? Or that he showed up in order to run away? Read the words. Use your head. You only need to be literate.

    John Day

    Industrial base wins wars:

    “In short, US annual artillery production would at best only last for 10 days to two weeks of combat in Ukraine.”

    John Day

    Peter a man of action, was trying to stay close and not be captured and he lied 3 times, then realized it and was chagrined.
    He did not make such denial again.
    I think I always understood this about the same as now.

    The apostles and disciples just could not get past the “Messiah” archetype of a ruler to dominate the world from Jerusalem in aphysical Kingdom.
    Supposedly the non-Jews (“Greeks”) did better with that, not having the “messiah” deeply hammered into their minds as the coming-answer.
    I am still not sure that Iunderstand the whole divine process.
    No. I’m sure I don’t fully get-it.

    Dr D Rich

    Wake up to Ritter and Aquilino in back to back articles. What a great day!


    Trudeau is not the peacekeeper or peacemaker
    Trudeau was sent to Africa to sell the propaganda. To prove that the G7 is listening, Germany has invited the leaders of India, Indonesia, Senegal, Argentina and South Africa to the G7 summit.
    Why are the gov., the politicians, the news media, raising divisive points of view, like abortions.
    Read more …

    • Adding $37 Billion to Biden’s Military Budget (CD)

    Adding $37 Billion to Biden’s Military Budget


    June 22, 2022
    Unintended victimes
    • Russia On Brink Of Default As Debt Deadline Looms (BBC)

    sanctions were first imposed by the US and EU following the invasion of Ukraine. These restricted the country’s access to the international banking networks which would process payments from Russia to investors around the world.
    More unintended …..
    Come -cold- winter, Europeans will not blame all this on Putin. They will demand their politicians make peace with Russia.

    • Germany Fears Russia Could Shut Nord Stream 1 Within Weeks (ZH)


    What do the sheep, the slaves, the poor, the blue collar workers, the underpaid, the servants, the middle class, the uneducated, and the majority of people do with their “free time”?
    1. Escape their reality by reading serious blogger like TAE.
    2. Escape their reality by participating in socially approved economic/social activities (ie. football)


    Jizzlane Maxwell needs to be burned at the stake for the perverted subhuman witch that she is.

    Her ‘suicide watch’ will be a repeat of Epstein’s “suicide”.

    Prison guards ‘asleep at the switch’, video cameras ‘out of order’. Nobody knows nothing.

    The Empire of Lies is a Gangster Nation.

    All lies, all gangsters, all the time.

    Speaking of Gangsters, the Ghost of Zelensky is coming up.

    Better put the popcorn machine on.

    And make Jizzlane an Adrenochrome Smoothie, she’s showing signs of withdrawl.

    Be sure to make it with ‘unvaxed’ children’s adrenal glands, we wouldn’t want to expose her to Spike Protein.

    Polder Dweller

    From a comment on MoA:

    In total, 215 airplanes and 132 helicopters, 1,363 unmanned aerial vehicles, 350 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,809 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 682 combat vehicles equipped with MRLS, 3,012 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 3,864 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.

    No idea if it’s true but so, that’s a phenomenal amount of military hardware, no wonder NATO is having to change ifs tune.

    Figmund Sreud

    I’m not surprise. Not at all. We, Canada, officially, did not go to Iraq, … yet, yet just every promotion announced since within Canadian Forces of any individual seem to include a mention of that individual serving in Iraq!

    Anyway, a not surprise:

    Canadian special forces operating in Ukraine, New York Times reports
    The Department of National Defence and the office of Defence Minister Anita Anand did not comment on the report.


    Figmund Sreud

    John Helmer:

    The action the Lithuanian government implemented over the weekend to stop Russian trains carrying sanctioned cargos into Kaliningrad is regarded in Moscow as a long anticipated move, prompted among Lithuanian officials by the British government. The initial Lithuanian embargo action has been followed by a second one this week extending the blockade to trucks and road transport. Neither action has been publicly announced by the Lithuanian government.





    While history might think we’re nuts-
    We’ll steal from every stratum
    And win the war with paper cuts-
    We’ll just throw money at ‘em!


    Oh the burning irony.

    Footage Of Brit Merc Andrew Hill Being Captured

    His entire unit was killed and destroyed, he was one of the few survivors and seriously wounded.

    While being given medical attention Russian troops speak to him in English,

    “Don’t worry man, we’re Russian we will help you. Don’t be afraid.”


    tried to post some stuff… maybe later.


    well the Edit function worked, so that is good.


    Why digital passports? Why a digital id? Because, a digital id is required for the rollout of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). And what is that? It’s not good. Edward Snowden explains.

    Your Money AND Your Life
    Central Banks Digital Currencies will ransom our future



    edit test err


    test 2


    re. the vid. posted. Xavier Moreau, a military man (plus other..) living in Moscow (dual national F-R), he gives weekly free milit. bulletins, top class, also does other topics.

    He was present at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum meet and says the atmosphere, the zeitgeist has changed completely. All pandering to the W has gone, W ideals are seen as ‘out’, trash, everyone is getting on with, for lack of better words (not Xav’s but mine), constructing a new, different, and better world.

    Figmund Sreud

    OK, following may have been posted on this forum earlier by someone. Not sure, … my memory is mostly foggy. Perhaps it was just mentioned? Connor, … And so here it is again, … or not:

    “The goal is not to help Ukraine, but to fight Putin”

    “The goal is not to help Ukraine, but to fight Putin”



    P.S.: CBC is most active today with Ukrainian issues today, … most than usual – which is a lot. I guess G7 and all that: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/g7-meetings-begin-germany-1.6501841


    G7 have agreed not to trade their worthless dollars for Russia gold.
    That is going to hurt those people who cannot buy from China or India


    “more than the entire active-duty inventory of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps combined.”

    @Dr. D said: “Thank God we got rid of all that manufacturing. It was worth being totally defenseless to have that cheaper toaster oven. Go Green! Live in a tent on the shores of San Francisco and Detroit. Ayn Rand said. It pains me every time I say that so could you stop making it true?”

    It is difficult to understand how weapons factories in particular could possibly have disappeared. The most desirable state of affairs for a “world spanning power” like the US is to rely on domestic manufacture for its most vital military supplies. But this desire to maintain self-reliance in arms manufacture has a couple of wrinkles associated with it.

    First, the MIC needs to justify the existence of such manufacturing by keeping it somewhat gainfully employed, and there are only two ways to do this. Either be engaged in constant wars and/or have a large arms export industry. In the past, the US has checked both boxes.

    The second wrinkle is modernity. Unlike ancient Athens (for example), the state of weaponry constantly evolves. That means the lifetime of certain assembly facilities may be relatively short.


    how is that NOT going to create scarcity which will ultimately boost gold prices? G7 leaders seem to have collectively lost their minds. Did Covid (or, more likely the vax) turn them into idiots?

    Formerly T-Bear

    G-7, a.k.a. the Seven Dwarts, not to be confused with the Disney product. Pronounced like warts beginning with a D like in Democracy which is eMocracy preceded with a D as in Dr.D here at this very site.


    Did Covid (or, more likely the vax) turn them into idiots?
    Our leaders have always been idiots, but now we have bloggers that see and let everyone know.


    Didn’t you hear the G7 leaders say, on energy, food, inflation, and all the other world problems …..
    “Its all Putin’s fault.”

    John Day

    Trouble uploading right now… “Economic Truths” (useful for plannint) post is up with picture of the homestead looking and feeling like August (102F for snapshot) in June, the hottest June to date on record for central Texas. https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/economic-truths

    Driving to Yoakum with Jenny, Friday night, I was thinking that we need an economics based on facts, something with more predictive-value than “the Fed’s got your back”, which is the rationale of the risk-asset Ponzi scheme instituted in early 2009.
    Any workable economic model has to be based upon the actual “costs” of energy, since energy powers all production, communication, storage and transportation.

    Energy “costs” are presently expressed in monetary terms, but money verges upon “undefined”. Energy extraction costs energy. The EROI (energy return on energy invested) used to be as high as 100:1 for crude oil in the USA in the 1930s. For tar sands in Canada and Venezuela it is now about 3:1 , whereas it may be above 30 for some of the easily-extracted oil in Iran and Iraq. It is about 10:1 for wind and solar, though other problems with timing, transmission and network costs arise. Coal has an EROI of around 46, which is lower due to cheap strip mining, even though the quality of the coal keeps declining. This paper goes into EROI as an analytic tool for energy sources. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421513003856

    Economy runs on the energy remaining after energy is “produced” in a directly usable form, like electricity or diesel fuel, which are high quality energy for manufacturing and transportation. 3 times as much coal is needed to put into a generator, which must exist and be maintained, to get one energy unit of electricity. Natural gas generation plants can turn on and off faster to keep the grid up when demand is high, but the plants still need to be made and maintained at significant cost. Europe has been used to high quality Russian oil and gas, for which their economy and infrastructure is specialized. They will have a higher cost using energy from other sources, due to transport and mismatch to infrastructure.

    The energy costs of building solar cells and wind turbines are borne by fossil-fuel and mining economy. Neodymium, a rare-earth element, needed for efficient magnets in motors and generators, is very destructive to mine and refine. The environmental cost of a Toyota Prius or Nissan Leaf exceeds that of a Toyota Matrix over its lifetime of use, which is fairly well reflected in its inclusive lifetime cost. This is a case where monetary cost does reflect environmental and embedded-energy (“Emergy”) costs.

    I have often returned to this theme that we should invest any surplus of wealth we now have into things which will help provide for our needs in the future of less and more expensive fuel. I addressed this in “Surplus Energy Economy” July 4, 2020. https://www.johndayblog.com/2020/07/surplus-energy-economy.html
    The article was from “Surplus Energy Economics” blog, which I last referenced on the 5th of this month https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/crystal-ball .

    I’ll be referring to this blog more frequently, as it provides the best analytical model for economics that I have been able to find, even though it is much less worked out than classical, or “neo-classical”, “neoliberal” economics. Classical economics did look at efficiency of social-economy and valued the reduction of value extraction through “rent collection”. “Neoclassical” and “neoliberal” economic models say that rent-collection is just as valuable as growing wheat; no-difference, nd that money-moving in credit card debt penalty charges is of the same economic value as money moving for natural gas to power kitchen stoves and on-demand electrical power plants for peak-load.

    The predictive value of neoliberal economics is worse than nothing, because it is based upon a false and misleading premise, which has always been supported by rent-collecting wealth-interests, the “Rentier” capitalists. “GDP”, gross domestic product replaced “GNP”, gross national product, which was a manufacturing index,based on industrial production. Gross National Product would have better reflected classical economic theory if it had subtracted rents from industrial outputs, but at least it didn’t add them in as wealth-created.

    Thermoeconomics has long been used in industrial processes like making-cement and refining oil. We can look at broad thermoeconomic predictions more effectively than we can look at narrow specifics, except when we get to completely narrowed specifics in the efficiencies of a particular manufacturing process.

    John Day

    “In The Eye Of The Perfect Storm” is the latest primer from Surplus Energy Economics.
    #228. In the eye of the Perfect Storm

    Industrial economy, “real economy” has “gone into reverse”. It is not just growing more slowly. It has begun contracting, despite infusion of debt-money, which is promises made on future economic production. Future economic production is estimated to keep growing at 3.5% per year after it gets past the current bad patches of COVID-pandemic and War-in-Ukraine, but that 3.5% growth is already a false assessment. For the decade of 2009-2019 it was more like 1.3%, or even less, based on “prosperity” growth, real-economic growth. That lagged behind population growth in most places, though Chinese prosperity did advance per capita. Prosperity per capita has been in a 20 year decline in places like the US and UK. My personal assessment is that peak industrial economy occurred around Summer 2018. This article shows a carbon-emission peak around early 2019. https://www.nature.com/articles/s43017-022-00285-w

    The banking repo-crisis in September 2019 reflected the inability of the biggest banks in the world to trust each other on overnight loans with US-Treasury debt as collateral, a systemic failure. The Fed stepped in to take on this function, pumping an estimated $2 trillion of promises of future wealth into the financial system before the end of 2019, as preparations for COVID-pandemic and financial direct-infusions to banking were both worked out in meetings in mid October 2019, on the same dates in New York, and the Wuhan (military olympic) Games were commencing.
    Through a thermoeconomics lens of real-economic contraction, which cannot be honestly reconciled with perpetual-growth economic theory, these events suggest narratives for crisis-management, while keeping the broken model of perpetual growth economy. Fiat-money promises future wealth for financial investment today, but those promises cannot be kept in real terms. The divergence can be seen in these graphs:
    Economic graphs

    “Discretionary spending” is what is left over after essentials are purchased. This includes investments. As real prosperity contracts, especially per capita, discretionary spending falls fastest, since we all must buy food, fuel and housing first. We can see that all of the graphs that diverge from the blue of “prosperity” will have to collapse to meet that reality. GDP can be modified back to something more like GNP (better yet, with parasitic draws subtracted). Debt is something on the order of 10X real-economy, and real-economy is projected to keep contracting going forward, so this debt cannot even be “serviced” at some point in the near future. Interest rates are rising to defend the status of the $US currency, the basis of the western financial system, but that will cause massive defaults in debts. Pensions, to the degree that they are funded, are mostly funded through financial assets, stocks and bonds, which have been bid-up since 2009 in the “everything bubble”, where “the Fed had your back”. During the years of 2019 through to the present, there has been a further massive loss of ownership in the economy, except at the bllionaire level, where massive acquisition of productive assets has taken place. This has been the biggest wealth transfer ever, to the richest few elites, and coming before what must be the biggest financial crash ever, if financial reckoning is to approach reality, which it must.

    The rest of the world has long undergone resource-extraction by the $US, trading real economic outputs for “printed” dollars, which they then spend on other real economic output, as the value of those dollars slowly fades away. The $US is a faith-based currency, based upon faith that $US will still buy things in 5-10 years, with a certain, mild lossiness (2% inflation “target”). Faith in the $US is more important for the owner class than continuing the current Ponzi scheme, so $US value must be supported first. For $US instruments and debts to approach reality, the losses of asset-value will be most readily accomplished through a stock-market crash and bond crash. It looks like 90% is the right order of magnitude. Commercial debt will also default, and consumers will default on much of their debt. Countries that don’t print their own currencies will default. Pensions will be unfunded, and this will be addressed in the context of falling real economy, which makes pensions seem unrealistic.

    The financialized west has the biggest problem here, since the postwar social contract has been based upon retirement security. The easiest thing for the financiers would be if most people would die before collecting their pensions. This has been brought up in the context of COVID-19, and of COVID-vaccine-products increasing mortality and appearing to progressively weaken immune systems against other infections and cancer-surveillance, destroying newly-mutated pre-cancerous cells before they grow into cancers. Famine is being staged throughout the world now, as is a war which is really between the 2 most nuclear-armed militaries in the world, with Ukraine as a proxy for the US/NATO.

    The possibilities for elimination of any number of humans are all on the table, and the possibility for economically constraining or eliminating any single human is being worked on. In China, which is having a banking crisis, lockdowns kept people from going to their banks, and when lifted, health-passes turned RED when people traveled to their banks, so they had to return home, and could not get money or answers.

    EU Renews Digital Covid Pass Despite 99% Negative Public Feedback

    EU Renews Digital Covid Pass Despite 99% Negative Public Feedback


    Man lives in a world where Truth is reflected with obvious contradictions, but in the movement from the carnal mind to the spiritual mind these contradictions disappear, little by little and yield a way to integral wholeness, until at the very summit there is One God.

    John’s description of the body-coat of crucified Jesus.

    “but the body-coat was seamless, woven through the whole from the top. [John 19:23]

    In other words, his undergarment did not consist of parts, it was undivided, an integral whole, one.

    For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. [2 Cor. 5:1-6]

    absence from the Lord=casting out from paradise

    Genesis 3:22-24 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

    At this point, to which you will see later, it is important to highlight the basic blueprint of the tabernacle of Moses. There is an outer court, an inner room and an innermost room. There is a gate that leads into the outer court. The outer court has no covering and is exposed to the world. The inner room, the Holy Place, is separated from the outer court by the first curtain or veil. The innermost room was separated by the second curtain or veil. The inner room contained a seven-branched oil lampstand, a table for twelve loaves of show bread and the altar of incense. The innermost room, the Most Holy Place, contained the Ark of the Covenant. Only the priesthood could enter the inner room and only the high priest could enter the innermost room, the Holy of Holies. Israelites (including women) were restricted to the outer court.

    Now going back this picture of inner and outer parts of the tabernacle, let’s look at circumcision as it is depicted in the scripture. In Romans 2:28-29, “A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.

    Under the Abrahamic covenant or Jewish law, it was uniquely a male practice. In the spiritual sense, it is unique to the inner man or the spirit of a person. It should go without saying as to the importance of the monotheistic aspect of Judaism is also captured in this symbolism.

    Recalling the First of the Ten Commandments, “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

    And Moses spoke these words after 40 days and nights on the mountain,

    “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul (Deut. 10:12)… Circumcise your hearts (Deut. 10:16)

    The prophet Jeremiah, speaking to an unfaithful Israel,

    “…Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem (Jer.4:4 KJV)

    Also from 1 Samuel 16:7, But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

    In the following, the innermost should not be confused with the already mentioned inner.

    Proverbs 20:27, The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.

    Psalms 51:6, Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.

    When reading the following, remember Jesus spoke only what God would have him speak.

    Luke 24:32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

    Hopefully, you should begin to see the connection between the tabernacle blueprint and a person, that there is an outer, an inner and an innermost part. The heart should be seen as a symbol for the spirit of a person. It is difficult to pin down as to what represents the soul of a person, except that is separated from the spirit. The innermost part is the abode of God. For this reason I use the following construct to help understand the relationship of this world to a person. Keep in mind this is an imperfect picture and simply a snapshot of my understanding.

    The boundaries of this picture must lie within the spiritual realm, within the realm of good and evil. Within us is where the field of battle exists. As flesh and earthen vessels, we are part of world this world and everything external to us is governed by the “prince of this world”.

    Eph. 2:1-2, As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

    This world which surrounds us, lies outside of a person, is the mediator between a person and the “prince of this world”, the lord of evil.

    Inside of a person is the dwelling place of God, The true inner mediator between God, the Lord of Good, and a person is Jesus Christ.

    1 John 4:4 .. , “…because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world
    Therefore a person cannot have but one of two mediators or one of two lords.

    The world, which is the one between the “prince of this world” and their soul (the outer man).


    Jesus Christ, the one between God and their spirit (the inner man).
    He became our mediator thru his life, death and resurrection.

    Mark 15 :37-38, And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

    The veil of course, is the second veil, the separation between the inner room and the innermost room. Hebrews chapter 9 testifies to the significance of the renting of the veil.

    Hebrews 9:1-14. Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. 2 A tabernacle was set up. In its first room [inner room] were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place [innermost room], 4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5 Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.
    6 When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room [inner room] to carry on their ministry. 7 But only the high priest entered the inner room [innermost room], and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place [innermost room] had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. 9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.
    11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place [innermost part] once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death so that we may serve the living God!

    In the time of the Old Testament, this was a mystery, the Father could not be perceived as dwelling inside of a person. His abode, heaven, was taken to be located outside a person and hopelessly distant. This perception, by and large, still persists today.

    When we read “in my Father’s house there are many mansions” we have been conditioned to see this as place in heaven, external to us. We do not see us as one of these mansions in which the Father dwells.

    Note: The length of the tabernacle was to run from east-to-west and the width from north-to-south. In the innermost room, the second veil was located to the east of the Ark of the Covenant.

    So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

    I would agree Dr. D, there exists a portal, though I prefer “I stand at the door and knock …” I may not hear it though depending on which of the three denials I find myself in.

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