Jun 302022

Winslow Homer Camping in the Adirondacks (Wood engraving) 1874


Biden Officials Privately Doubt Ukraine Can Win Back All Of Its Territory (CNN)
White House Is Quietly Modeling For $200 Oil “Shock” (ZH)
G7 and the Desperation Stage of Russian Sanctions (CP)
G7 Mulls Russian Oil Price Cap as Sanctions Fail To Curb Profits (Antiwar)
German Journalist Faces 3 Years Prison Over Reporting From Eastern Ukraine (MS)
BRICS Steering Development Into New Era (China Daily)
More Than 750,000 Dead, 30 Million Injured Because of Covid Vax (TNA)
Quadruple-Vaxxed Fauci Tests Positive for COVID-19 Again (Celente)
EU Chief Can’t Find Texts With Pfizer Chief On Covid-19 Vaccine Deal (JPost)
Why We Should Doubt Cassidy Hutchinson (Athey)
Secret Service Denies Claim Trump “Lunged” For Steering Wheel On Jan 6 (SN)




% of Americans that say country is on the wrong track

dem: 48%
ind: 78%
gop: 87%




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No, they privately know it’s impossible.

Biden Officials Privately Doubt Ukraine Can Win Back All Of Its Territory (CNN)

White House officials are losing confidence that Ukraine will ever be able to take back all of the land it has lost to Russia over the past four months of war, US officials told CNN, even with the heavier and more sophisticated weaponry the US and its allies plan to send. Advisers to President Joe Biden have begun debating internally how and whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should shift his definition of a Ukrainian “victory” — adjusting for the possibility that his country has shrunk irreversibly. US officials emphasized to CNN that this more pessimistic assessment does not mean the US plans to pressure Ukraine into making any formal territorial concessions to Russia in order to end the war.

There is also hope that Ukrainian forces will be able to take back significant chunks of territory in a likely counteroffensive later this year. A congressional aide familiar with the deliberations told CNN that a smaller Ukrainian state is not inevitable. “Whether Ukraine can take back these territories is in large part, if not entirely, a function of how much support we give them,” the aide said. He noted that Ukraine has formally asked the US for a minimum of 48 multiple launch rocket systems, but to date has only been promised eight from the Pentagon. And not everyone in the administration is as worried — some believe Ukrainian forces could again defy expectations, as they did in the early days of the war when they repelled a Russian advance on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan has remained highly engaged with his Ukrainian counterparts and spent hours on the phone last week discussing Ukrainian efforts to recapture territory with Ukraine’s defense chief and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, officials familiar with the call told CNN. The growing pessimism comes as Biden is meeting with US allies in Europe, where he will try to convey strength and optimism about the trajectory of the war as he rallies leaders to stay committed to arming and supporting Ukraine amid the brutal fight.

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“You don’t have to be a very sophisticated person to know how lines of presidential approval and gas prices go historically in the United States..”

White House Is Quietly Modeling For $200 Oil “Shock” (ZH)

While the Biden administration is hoping and praying that someone – anyone – will watch the comical “Jan 6” kangaroo hearsay court taking place in Congress and meant to somehow block Trump from running for president in 2024 while also making hundreds of millions of Americans forget that the current administration could very well be the worst in US history, it is quietly preparing for the worst. As none other than pro-Biden propaganda spinmaster CNN reports, when it comes to what really matters (at least according to Gallup), namely the economy, and specifically galloping gasoline prices, the White House is in a historic shambles.

For an administration that ended last year forecasting a leveling off of 40-year high inflation and eager to tout a historically rapid recovery from the pandemic-driven economic crisis, there is a level of frustration that comes with an acutely perilous moment. Asked by CNN about progress on a seemingly intractable challenge, another senior White House official responded flatly: “Which one?” The suspects behind the historic implosion are well known: “soaring prices, teetering poll numbers and congressional majorities that appear to be on the brink have created no shortage of reasons for unease. Gas prices are hovering at or around $5 per gallon, plastered on signs and billboards across the country as a symbolic daily reminder of the reality — one in which White House officials are extremely aware — that the country’s view of the economy is growing darker and taking Biden’s political future with it.”

“You don’t have to be a very sophisticated person to know how lines of presidential approval and gas prices go historically in the United States,” a senior White House official told CNN. A CNN Poll of Polls average of ratings for Biden’s handling of the presidency finds that 39% of Americans approve of the job he’s doing. His numbers on the economy, gas prices and inflation specifically are even worse in recent polls. What CNN won’t tell you is that Biden is now polling well below Trump at this time in his tenure. The CNN article then goes into a lengthy analysis of what is behind the current gasoline crisis (those with lots of time to kill can read it here) and also tries to explains, without actually saying it, that the only thing that can fix the problem is more supply, but – as we first explained – this can’t and won’t happen because green fanatics and socialist environmentalists will never agree to boosting output.

Which brings us to the punchline: as CNN’s Phil Mattingly writes, “instead of managing an economy in the midst of a natural rotation away from recovery and into a stable period of growth, economic officials are analyzing and modeling worst-case scenarios like what the shock of gas prices hitting $200 per barrel may mean for the economy.” Well, in an article titled “Give us a plan or give us someone to blame”, this seems like both a plan, and someone to blame.

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“..there’s no reason why Russia would want to sell any oil whatsoever to Europe at the G7’s deeply discounted price cap level..”

G7 and the Desperation Stage of Russian Sanctions (CP)

Getting all of the G7 to agree to a price cap still requires getting the rest of Europe as well as Japan, So. Korea and others to agree to that price capt as well. But isn’t Europe supposed to stop buying all Russian oil imports by end of 2022 per previous sanctions they’ve agreed to? Who believes the Europeans can agree to a price cap on Russian oil and implement that cap in three months (July-September)–and then for just three months more (October-December)? Europe can’t do anything in three months, or even six. Maybe the US and EU aren’t all that confident they can implement a full ban on Russian oil exports by December? But even this isn’t the most absurd aspect of the ‘price cap’ proposal.

Assuming Biden could get all the G7 to convince all of Europe’s 27 nations on a super discounted price, there’s still the ‘small problem’ of what Russia’s response might be to all that. The G7’s faulty logic is the deep discounted price Europe is only willing to pay for the oil would be at a price much lower than even the 30% discount that Russia is now selling oil to India, China and elsewhere. The G7 presumably would offer to buy Russian oil only at a 50% discount off current world prices maybe? That would put pressure, as the G7 argument goes, on Russian oil sales to India etc. The Indians would then demand Russia oil prices at the G7 lower 50% discount price. Russia would realize further reduced revenues from oil lower prices to India, China, the rest of the world as well as to G7 and Europe.

This is a proposal so ridiculous it’s almost embarrassing. The problem with the G7 ‘price cap’ idea is there’s no reason why Russia would want to sell any oil whatsoever to Europe at the G7’s deeply discounted price cap level. First, why should it when Europe says it plans to phase out all Russian oil by December anyway? Second, Russia has shown it is not concerned with reducing natural gas export revenues to Europe. It’s already cut cubic gas exports to Europe by one-third as part of its own economic response to Europe’s agreement with US sanctions on Russia and it’s warned Europe of another third soon. Economic warfare cuts both ways. So what’s to stop Russia from just cutting off all oil exports to Europe—and well before December? Third, Russia would have to be pretty dumb to agree to sell oil to Europe at the latter’s ‘price cap’ level which would be well below Russia’s already 30% discount oil price sales to India? It knows the likely knock on effect that would follow. India as a long term oil customer is far more important to Russia than Europe which says it’s ending as a customer in just six months.

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Europe’s new dark ages.

G7 Mulls Russian Oil Price Cap as Sanctions Fail To Curb Profits (Antiwar)

Flailing in its effort to lower Russia’s oil profits, the US has put forward an idea for a price cap on Russian oil that is being considered by the G7. But the plan, first floated by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, doesn’t seem feasible as it requires cooperation from Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as China and India. The G7 hasn’t offered any detail on the plan, but the idea would be to limit Russia’s profits without taking its oil off the global market and raising prices. But there’s virtually no chance that Putin would agree to sell Russian oil at a price set by the US. If the West tried to enforce the cap, it’s likely Putin would just stop selling oil to Europe since the EU has agreed on a phased ban of the commodity for most of its members that will take effect by the end of the year.

Despite the Western sanctions, Russia is profiting more from oil now than it did before the war, thanks to an increase in prices and China and India significantly stepping up their purchases. China and India have already been buying Russian oil at a discount and are not likely to agree with any Western plans since they have ignored US pressure to curb their imports from Russia up to this point. In the unlikely event that Russia, China, and India agree to the price cap, it would likely raise global prices anyway. An artificially low price would mean more demand than what Russia could produce, which would lead to shortages of Russian crude.

Despite how unfeasible the plan is, the G7 sounds like it’s seriously considering it. Biden and the other G7 leaders said in a joint communiqué on Tuesday that they are considering a “range of approaches” on Russian oil, including banning its shipment “unless the oil is purchased at or below a price to be agreed in consultation with international partners.”

Gonzalo Russian Default Hurts The West—Not Russia

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“I also said that for several years Ukrainians have been killing civilians in the Donbass, and that this is genocide. “And it turns out to be a crime for Germany, so they took 1,600 euro from my bank account and didn’t even tell me about it..”

German Journalist Faces 3 Years Prison Over Reporting From Eastern Ukraine (MS)

GERMAN journalist Alina Lipp has said she faces three years in prison in her home country for her reporting from Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region. The charges against her relate to coverage from her News from Russia Telegram channel where she shares information with its 175,000 subscribers in both German and Russian. In an interview with the Readonka World website, she explained that she is subject to criminal proceedings by the German federal government after receiving a letter from the prosecutor’s office. She is accused by the German authorities of supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine and faces three years in prison under article 140 of the constitution or a monetary fine.

“The letter says that, for example, I say in my Telegram channel that the population of Donbass supports the fact that Russia has launched a special operation. “I also said that for several years Ukrainians have been killing civilians in the Donbass, and that this is genocide. “And it turns out to be a crime for Germany, so they took 1,600 euro from my bank account and didn’t even tell me about it,” Ms Lipp said. German authorities also closed down her father’s bank account without warning, she claimed. Ms Lipp is a former Green Party politician who has been based in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region for six months.

She says she just films what she sees and doesn’t spread “fake information.” Despite the charges against her, she plans to continue reporting from Donetsk, which she said is being shelled daily by the Ukrainian armed forces. Reporting in Ukraine is tightly restricted and those who deviate from the Kiev line do so at serious risk to their safety. Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett, who has also been reporting from the Donbass region, says she has been placed on a government kill list.

Alina Lipp

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United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Argentina and Thailand.

BRICS Steering Development Into New Era (China Daily)

The first decade of BRICS saw the member states establish or deepen cooperation in various fields, achieve convergence, and strengthen relations. On the financial front, the BRICS countries established the New Development Bank, providing infrastructure financing for member states and other emerging market and developing economies. [..] The NDB aims to foster greater financial and development cooperation among the BRICS member states as well as other developing countries, and supplement the efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank for global development, and thus give BRICS a bigger say in global governance.

The “BRICS Plus” mechanism was introduced at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province, in 2017. Although the global influence of the BRICS countries has increased significantly, given the trade war and the financial war launched by the United States, it may be a wise choice to turn BRICS into an open platform to forge cooperation across continents. That would be not only beneficial to the economic development of countries, but also help build a better world order, in which emerging market and developing economies can compete and coexist on an equal footing with their developed counterparts.

This year is ideal to talk BRICS’ expansion, because it’s been five years since China proposed to start the expansion process. Although explorations and procedures continue, unofficially the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Argentina and Thailand are among the countries that could join the grouping. All in all, BRICS’ importance to the global economy is noteworthy in terms of population (40 percent), GDP(25 percent nominal), land area (30 percent), world trade (18 percent), and foreign exchange reserves ($4 trillion). And BRICS enlargement will help the grouping more soundly steer global development toward a more fruitful and mutually beneficial new era.

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“..as many as five million Americans unable to work, 30 million injured, and more than 750,000 dead..”

More Than 750,000 Dead, 30 Million Injured Because of Covid Vax (TNA)

The United States federal bodies responsible for the nation’s healthcare policies keep turning a blind eye to the devastating number of deaths and injuries associated with experimental gene therapeutics against Covid, aka Covid vaccines. All severe reactions to the shots are proclaimed “rare.” Steve Kirsch, California tech entrepreneur and founder of the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation (VSRF), has estimated that the shots have left as many as five million Americans unable to work, 30 million injured, and more than 750,000 dead, as of June 24, 2022. According to the latest survey conducted by Pollfish on behalf of the VSRF, vaccines are associated with a very high number of adverse reactions, including lethal and life-altering ones. That means that the vaccinations should be halted immediately.

Writes Kirsch, Our latest poll is devastating for the official narrative: 1. a 6.6% rate of heart injury, 2. 2.7% are unable to work after being vaccinated (5M people), 3. 6.3% had to be hospitalized, 4. you’re more likely to die from COVID if you’ve taken the vaccine. 5. Almost as many (77.4% to be more exact) households lost someone from the vaccines as from COVID. He went on to remind that, according to the official data, more than one million Americans have died “from COVID,” even though it is unclear whether Covid was the primary cause of death, since Rochelle Walensky, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), admitted in January that 75 percent of Covid deaths occurred in people who had “at least four comorbidities.”

Kirsch continued: This survey indicates that over 750,000 people died from the vaccine…. Surprisingly, the ever-vigilant CDC hasn’t found anyone who has died from the mRNA vaccines. Not a single person. So that’s a gap of 750,000 people. That’s a big gap. Someone isn’t telling you the truth.” Presumably, Kirsch is being sarcastic, calling the CDC “ever-vigilant” in light of last week’s report revealing that the agency has not been analyzing its own database, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), specifically designed to detect safety signals for the vaccines. The other key takeaways from the poll include the following,

• Only 34 percent of Americans will be receiving more than two vaccine doses. That means that some 66 percent of the vaccinated are not listening to the government recommendation to stay “up-to-date” with the vaccination by taking additional doses, aka boosters. • Someone died from Covid in 2.63 percent of the households, as compared to 2.03 percent of the households reporting a vaccine-related death. “This is stunning because it shows that the vaccine has killed almost as many people as the COVID virus has,” concluded Kirsch, adding, “Computed another way, there are 123M households in the US. If 2% of those experienced just one vaccine death, then that is 2.4M deaths. Even if this is overestimated by a factor of 10X, this is devastating for the vaccine narrative.” • Of those over the age of 18 who received the vaccine, 2.7 percent have reported becoming unable to work. Extrapolated to the whole of the country, this translates to more than five million severely injured people.

At the same time, 16.7 percent of respondents believe they have been harmed by vaccines. On a national scale, this means that there are more than 30 million vaccine-injured people. • The survey shows a 6.6-percent rate of heart injuries post-vaccine, or 13.3 million injured Americans. “This is 1,000X higher than the CDC told us.… How could the CDC underestimate this severe adverse event by 3 orders of magnitude?!!?” wondered Kirsch. Then, 3.7 percent reported a person in their household with a heart condition due to the vaccine. Since there are 123 million households, this may represent as many as 4.5 million new heart conditions. • Potentially 18 million people — 9.2 percent of vaccine recipients — required medical attention for injuries. Additionally, 6.3 percent, potentially representing 12 million Americans, had to be hospitalized. • The vaccines are associated with the increased risk of Covid. Vaccinated people appeared to be 17 percent more likely to become infected, and were 72 percent more likely to die after getting the vaccine. “We were told the opposite by the government,” lamented Kirsch.

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“Paxlovid Rebound.”

Quadruple-Vaxxed Fauci Tests Positive for COVID-19 Again (Celente)

Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that he is back on Paxlovid, the antiviral medication, to treat COVID-19 after recovering from the virus only to test positive again days later in what is known as a “Paxlovid Rebound.” Fauci appeared virtually during an appearance at the Foreign Policy Global Health Forum and said the symptoms are “much worse.” He said he tested negative for three days before testing positive again. The Hill reported that a “rebound” infection does not mean an individual is “re-infected,” and can be part of the “natural history” of the virus. Fauci, 81, was a candidate for the Paxlovid treatment because of his age. Fauci said the day after he was diagnosed for a second time, he began to feel “really poorly,” and “much worse than in the first go around,” he added.

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of the anti-viral under and Emergency Use Authorization for the treatment of “mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and children (12 years of age and older weighing at least 88 pounds with a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, Pfizer said. Paxlovid could reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 by 89 percent, UC San Diego Health said. Treatment should be initiated within five days of symptom onset and taken twice daily for five consecutive days. The school recently studied to see if the virus developed any drug resistance after these rebound cases began to emerge, and found that was not the case. The virus was still sensitive to the drug and showed no relevant mutations that would reduce the drug’s effectiveness, the school said.

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“..short-lived, ephemeral documents..” Like those where you discuss multi-billion deals. Don’t use email, use WhatsApp. We can delete that.

EU Chief Can’t Find Texts With Pfizer Chief On Covid-19 Vaccine Deal (JPost)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen is no longer in possession of text messages that she exchanged with Pfizer chief Albert Bourla to seal a COVID-19 vaccine deal, the Commission said in a letter published on Wednesday. In an interview in April 2021, von der Leyen revealed she had exchanged texts with Bourla for a month when they were negotiating a massive vaccine contract.But in response to a public access request by a journalist because of the importance of the deal, the Commission did not share the texts, triggering accusations of maladministration by the EU’s ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly.

“The Commission can confirm that the search undertaken by the President’s cabinet for relevant text messages corresponding to the request for access to documents has not yielded any results,” the EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova said in the letter to the ombudsman, an EU watchdog. In the letter, the Commission argues that text messages do not need to be registered and stored because they are treated as “short-lived, ephemeral documents.” The same exception to the general registration requirement applies to documents with no important information, the letter said. The deal, negotiated via text messages and calls, according to what von der Leyen herself said in her interview with the New York Times, was the biggest contract ever sealed for COVID-19 vaccines, with the EU committing to buy 900 million Pfizer-BioNTech PFE.N, 22UAy.DE shots, with an option to buy another 900 million.

Clueless Von der Leyen

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“..the “conservative” clapping seals who are always not-so-secretly rooting for Trump’s demise..”

Why We Should Doubt Cassidy Hutchinson (Athey)

The January 6 Committee geared up to deliver a potential bombshell on Tuesday with emergency testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to chief of staff Mark Meadows. But like most of the attempts to take down former president Donald Trump — from Russian collusion hoaxes to slimy porn lawyers — Hutchinson’s testimony quickly revealed itself as too good to be true. It quickly became clear that one of Hutchinson’s most shocking claims was either misremembered or an outright lie. She claimed that Tony Ornato, White House deputy chief of staff for operations, and Bobby Engel, who headed Trump’s security detail, told her that Trump had attempted to grab the steering wheel of a Secret Service vehicle to redirect it to the Capitol on January 6. When agents refused, Trump allegedly assaulted them.

Secret Service sources said that both the driver of the vehicle and Engel had heard this allegation for the first time during Hutchinson’s testimony and were prepared to testify under oath that it was not true. Fox News reported that a source close to Ornato said he was similarly shocked to hear Hutchinson’s account and would also confirm it was not true. A spokesperson for the Secret Service said that the January 6 Committee didn’t even bother to reach out to them to confirm the story before having Hutchinson testify publicly on Tuesday. If Hutchinson was able to get such a major allegation so totally wrong, how are we supposed to trust the rest of her testimony?

The answer, of course, is that we can’t. Hutchinson also testified that she wrote a note offering a potential statement for President Trump to release during the Capitol riot. Former White House lawyer Eric Herschmann said that was also a lie… because he was the one who wrote the note — and had told the committee so during his own testimony. Nonetheless, the “conservative” clapping seals who are always not-so-secretly rooting for Trump’s demise insisted that Hutchinson’s allegations were disqualifying — if not proof of criminality. A high-resolution photo of Hutchinson being sworn in graced the cover of the Wall Street Journal this morning. Readers weren’t informed that the Secret Service was prepared to reject parts of her testimony until ten paragraphs into the story.

The Washington Examiner editorial board insisted that the testimony proved that Trump was “unfit for power” because he was “unstable” and “unmoored,” repeating uncritically the story of “the president trying to grab the wheel of the car to force it to be driven to the Capitol and then violently reaching for the neck of Secret Service agent Bobby Engel.”

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Wonderful detail:

“Cassidy Hutchinson was so horrified by what she saw on January 6, that she went on the record a week later to say she was going to be working for Trump at Mar-a-Lago after he left office.”

“Hutchinson appears to be pursuing a personal vendetta against Trump because he “personally turned her request down” when she tried to get a job at Mar-a-Lago.”

Secret Service Denies Claim Trump “Lunged” For Steering Wheel On Jan 6 (SN)

The January 6 Committee’s credibility has plummeted after claims by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson that President Trump “lunged” for the steering wheel of his vehicle and demanded to be taken to the site of the riots were contradicted by the lead Secret Service agent. Hutchinson testified that Tony Ornato, the then-White House deputy chief of staff, told her that Trump said something like, “I’m the f-ing president, take me up to the Capitol now,” and had “reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel” before then using “his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel,” the the presidential driver. Despite the legacy media breathlessly reporting Hutchinson’s claims without much skepticism, the term ‘Amber Heard 2.0’ subsequently trended on Twitter as Hutchinson’s assertions were demolished.

Within hours, Peter Alexander of NBC News revealed that Engel was prepared to testify “under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel.” Trump himself also asserted that the incident never happened. Hutchinson appears to be pursuing a personal vendetta against Trump because he “personally turned her request her down” when she tried to get a job at Mar-a-Lago. Hutchinson also apparently told another outright lie during her testimony when she claimed she had written a note of a statement for Trump to release on January 6.

The note was actually penned by Former Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann. “The handwritten note that Cassidy Hutchinson testified was written by her was in fact written by Eric Herschmann on January 6, 2021,” a spokesperson for Herschmann told ABC News Tuesday evening.It remains to be seen whether Hutchinson will face any consequences for apparently lying under oath, although the already dubious credibility of the January 6 Committee has taken a further massive blow. “The January 6 committee clowned itself,” summarized Tim Young.

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    Winslow Homer Camping in the Adirondacks (Wood engraving) 1874   • Biden Officials Privately Doubt Ukraine Can Win Back All Of Its Territory (CNN
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 30 2022]

    V. Arnold

    Winslow Homer Camping in the Adirondacks (Wood engraving) 1874

    Am awed by that wood engraving by Homer…

    Doc Robinson

    • More Than 750,000 Dead, 30 Million Injured Because of Covid Vax (TNA)

    With these kind of numbers, I presume that that the people involved with the vaxx rollout don’t really want to know about the tragedies it caused.

    “If our own government was responsible for the deaths of almost 100,000 people, would you really want to know?”
    Eric Finch, Chief inspector of New Scotland Yard, in the 2005 film “V for Vendetta”

    Dr. D

    “IEA: Europe Will Have to Cut Gas Usage by Nearly One-Third

    The rich people have all said It’s their war, they’ll take the national one-third cut at their chalets. That’s only fair.

    “there are some surprisingly blunt admissions coming out of Western officials over the Kaliningrad crisis, such as the following in Reuters: “We have to face reality,” said one person with direct knowledge of the EU discussions, calling Kaliningrad “sacred” for Moscow. “(Putin) has a lot more influence than we do. It’s in our interest to find a compromise,”

    Been thinking about Russia. If you were the West, what was your game plan? Well we know they demanded Russia blitzkreig and attack Kiev street-to-street because I haven’t seen them so upset and crying “Nooooooo!” since Trump’s election night.

    So we know the U.S. has no industrial base and can’t hold a war six weeks. (“If this war should last longer than six hours, consult your doctor.”) And we know the U.S. miscalculated because we said so. Since we got nothin’, we can only push countries around if they DON’T go full war and fight back. Like we put one carrier group of Iraq. That should be able to be sunk in a few weeks of work, blowing a hole in our illusions of invulnerability. We have the quotes they didn’t want a war, they wanted to be bully and encroach again, one foot at a time until they’re in your bed with their pants off. (Literally, says Ghislane)

    So since we have no industrial base, I THINK they wanted Russia to go in guns blazing, and likewise use up all THEIR far larger industrial base. How do you make Russia helpless? They have hypersonic missiles. Yes but how many? 12? 30? How many per month? So you get Russia to attack Ukraine and Ukraine, being huge, uses up the Russian warehouse stores and industrial base of Russia which being small can’t refill them any faster than we can.

    Okay, 3, 6, 12 months later they’re spent. THEN what? We say we wanted a “long war” since we’re babbling idiots and self-aggrandizing narcissists, we just TELL them our plans. …Good guys never lose, of course, because Western reality is created entirely from drugs and movies. Once Most of Russia’s war material is gone, we then suddenly take umbrage at “Wot’s this war all about then?” and COUNTERATTACK out of Lithuania or Poland. …’Natch because then the Anglos can fight Russia to the last Pole, Lithuanian, and again, Slav.

    Have we heard the cries and whinging on to Mars about this? Yes. They’re essentially cries of “Not Fair!” because being the bad guy, Russia is required to fall into our master plans of paint cans and slingshots because war is one big episode of “Home Alone” we saw when we were 12. Yup, that’s war! You have to stand in JUST the right place…

    Since the West can’t keep their mouths shut and prints everything we think on the internet, probably Tweet to the minute updates of our motions and plans, Russia has taken Ukraine with their Vietnam era gear, so they don’t have to dispose of it in a landfill. They held most back in reserve for the real attack. And they did not overextend in an enormous country, but took only the friendly areas and also wiping out the entire Ukrainian army with can’t avoid but come contact them, since they were massed for genocide in Donbas.

    And then? Well, as minions, we don’t make plans, we OBEY plans, so when the plan changes there’s like two guys locked in a closet somewhere they reluctantly pull out and consult. And they’re both 100 years old and drooling, like Kissinger, thinking that the USSR is still communist and still exists. So we got no plan yet. It takes forever, NATO is hollowed out, all the nations can see if Ukr needs 100 tanks, and likely more since those won’t rail to the front, and Joe is sending like cotton candy and silly string, then what’s the use, really? Why be with Nato OR the Americans? Suits me fine because Americans don’t want an empire anyway. There is nothing these guys could do that I could add to. There is no discrediting or decisions they could make that would speed up or improve on the collapse, dissolution, devolution, they are doing for themselves. I’ll just go to the beach and check my phone, you’re doing fine winning for the U.S. State Nationalists, really. Keep talkin’, Liz. Just keep her and Kamala in front of a mike all day.

    As the war is on Russia’s pace, they are taking the only area worth a lick in the whole country: Donbas and the ports. The rest is a dead loss. Kiev is a population which is a food-suck. All cities are. The West Ukr empty fields are screwed if they don’t control the ports to export with, so who cares? They will then use Donbas’ industrial base and manpower to re-fill their Russian Army munitions. They can do this because, what is Europe going to do? With 1/3 less gas and no functional currency for 2/3rds of the world’s population and production? Attack? Attack with what? We just demonstrated that every tank in Germany would bounce off Russia like a pea shooter and the Yanks ain’t coming. Ever.

    So falling back, Europe can rebuild their military or not. If so, they will even MORE desolate since with no gas, oil, or metals, no currency and no economy, they are then diverting the small remaining GDP exclusively to war. WWII rations to infinity and beyond. You think the population is going to sign up for that? They won’t sign up now when we’re NOT doing that, and it’s not winter yet either.

    Otoh, Russia WILL rebuild their military and industrial base, using the new NovoRussia. And have no trouble doing so, although it will take some years.

    Since as I said, the West has one brain cell and they have to unplug it to give to the two remaining centenarian war planners, they should have plenty of time to accomplish this before our 8” floppies and dot-matrix printers that runs our nuclear codes print out a response for minions like Austin and Blinken to follow.

    Empire to Expand NATO In Response to War Caused by NATO Expansion”

    Yup, prettymuch how we do everything. Debt to solve more debt. Manipulation to solve overmanipulation. Lies to solve more lies. Fraud to solve more fraud. Oppression to solve resistance to oppression. It’s what useless, unthinking cults do. The cult of MOAR.

    “Port of Houston Marks All-Time Container Volume Record”

    Moving U.S. functions out of enemy-controlled territories that were embargoing us, aka “California”.

    “Biden Admin to Deploy 1.6 Million Doses of Monkeypox Vaccines in “Enhanced” Strategy”

    Employing 1.6 million vaccines to stop 20 cases. Are they planning on dropping it on them at a great height? Maybe adding cement and building a locked house made of vials? No, the Crime Syndicate needs to move money between branches again. They shake down the people, move it from their government arm to the Pharma arm, then move that money to elections and illegal biowarfare labs to shut down election night. Use the election win to shake down more people, move more money, sell more bombs, rinse, repeat.

    “Biden is Radical” Who is this Jon Freedland character? Biden could not possibly less radical, or less Democratic for that matter, if he tried. Campaign trail, 1st order of business: send Roe. Nope. The decision was leaked and they could have rush passed it. Nope. M4A? Nope. Student loans? Nope. Minimum wage? Nope. Did shut down pipelines so the the oil can derail on trains though.

    This is a constant complaint, since Mr. Freedland couldn’t “Ask” anybody using a “telephone” or logging on to the “Internet”: the Student Left, or even the base thinks Democrat heads and candidates are actually DeFacto Republicans: Pro War, Pro Billionaire, Pro Business. They have a good case, except there are no Republicans either, it’s just the UniParty: the Big Club WWE that you’re not in.

    Biden has also been a complete failure in everything he’s done, both for the Left, the DNC, and the UniParty. So as we often ask here: who is this article for? Why was it written? So the French Left can become even more incompetent and useless than now?

    “Europe can’t do anything in three months, or even six.”

    No, but they can SIGNAL. Thinking things, saying them, and doing them are all the same thing when there is no #Reality, and all the universe is merely your Ego. The voter base is exactly the same and sees nothing wrong, perfectly satisfied with 50 years of “Signaling” about passing Roe and never doing it once. Vote for the same people again and never blink, don’t feel double-crossed at all. So why not keep it up? It’s working.

    “Quadruple-Vaxxed Fauci Tests Positive for COVID-19 Again (Celente)”

    Ah, but it’s working so well he needs to be quintuple-vaxxed. Getting the disease all the time is how you know it’s working. Unlike all the unvaxxed, who no longer get Covid, so you know it’s not working. He also quarantines himself because it’s working for everybody else and they’re protected. That’s Schmartz.

    “Why We Should Doubt Cassidy Hutchinson (Athey)”

    Because I’m dense, I missed one of the other implications of this fake story they wrote: their testimony proves Trump knew nothing and had never planned an insurrection. IF he knew he was causing an insurrection to stop the electors and seize the election, (carrying no weapons and having no plans) THEN in the car, with the USSS, he would know which building to be in. Wouldn’t he? And as Jimmy Dore says, he’s this amazing new Hitler, the great dictator who is taking over the government when he can’t even take over his own car.

    So, Cassy’s testimony: aside from being false, their statement definitively proves Trump’s innocence.

    And Cheney is down what 28% now in Wyoming? When she wins again, will anyone think it’s suspicious and look into the elections there? Nah.

    Russia default: Russia wins again. The West helps Russia every day, every way they can. Now Russia no longer needs to pay creditors? How do we as a nation and as students, and as former medical patients get in on this plan?

    It’s taking an amazingly long time for the economic side to crash and explode, I’ll tell ya.


    Another Illusions

    Winslow Homer Camping in the Adirondacks (Wood engraving) 1874

    Two males and a faithful dog, relaxing/bonding/roughing it, no mosquitoes/no bugs, no toilet paper, no shower, no fog or rain, no camping gear,

    (Glamping: a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping:
    “glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries”)


    Despite its heavy defences, regular Ukrainian attacks were making Russia’s position on the island untenable.

    More illusions

    Russia’s defence ministry described the decision to withdraw as a “gesture of goodwill” that showed Moscow was not obstructing United Nations efforts to ship grain from Ukrainian ports.

    But the abandonment of Snake island is a major reversal for Russia in the battle for control of the Black Sea, and shows that – despite Russian gains elsewhere – the war is far from over.

    Ukraine claimed it had driven out the Russian forces after an enormous assault on Wednesday night.


    “..there’s no reason why Russia would want to sell any oil whatsoever to Europe

    Notice I didn’t include the part at the end ‘at the cap prices’

    Because at this point Russia should just stop selling Eurotardistan ANYTHING. Period.

    Eurotardistan© is Reality Incapable

    They need a 2×4 up the side of their collective heads. A really, really hard smack.

    But the plan is to deindustrialize the Collective West until they can’t even make a bucket and a mop, much less a car or a computer.

    Depopulate Old Europe and bring in the Third World Sheeple who are use to next to nothing.

    Lira thinks that the migrants pouring in for a ‘better life’ in Eurotardistan© are the ones who will burn the house down this winter because freezing and starving in the dark wasn’t what they were ‘promised’ by the Fairy Godmother of Western Exceptionalism.

    It was supposed to be the Land of Milk & Honey.





    A search for illusions …..
    Why are people in Canada and USA taking more pain killers than any other people and dying?
    A sample search finds ….
    California DA, sheriff slam decision to free alleged fentanyl traffickers
    By Emily Crane

    D Benton Smith

    Two items today, both in the Real Big Stuff category.

    #1. Looks like humankind has (as usual) dodged the bullet temporarily, regarding the probability of TEOTWACAMEEFAPP (The End Of the World and Civilization And Most Everything Else For All Practical Purposes). Or maybe I should say at least it didn’t disintegrate any immediately vital organs. The Four Horsemen definitely are passing through, but will leave at least two thirds of us still standing (albeit wobbly in most cases) until the grim riders manage to make the turn and come sweeping back through again on their next try. Maybe in a century or two. But as for the moment, it’s ‘so far so good’ , species-wise. Thanks Russia. We owe ya one.

    #2. Have you noticed who’s been rather absent from the “Grand Stage” of “The Big Show? (They’ve been playing bit parts and supporting roles for quite a while, but I perceive them stepping up for a perhaps surprise leading role) That’s right! Islam! It’s still in flux about whether it will be Turkey or Iran on the marquee, but with the United Kingdom of America’s dazzling duo (CIA/MI 6) existentially preoccupied with a big Russian Bear, Muhamad is free to concentrate on diplomatically engineered expansion and is about to make a big comeback. I see them as the newly crucial swing vote in the now de facto Multi Polar World consisting of Russia, China, India and The Undead West. ( P.S. the Vatican better up its game, too, if it intends to stay in the game as anything more than a “sew on” label for an old brand that has fallen from fashion.) What THEY need is a charismatically energetic new POPE . Advisably one less into satanic child sexual abuse than the previous several have been.

    Anyhow, those 2 items are my rock-of-the-day tossed into TAE’s placid pool of polite conversation here on on this fine Thursday. Gotta go now. Now that the Crystal Ball is working again I have to go find that damn cornucopia. I know I left it around here somewhere around here someplace . . . . . . maybe fell into that wishing well.


    Exceptional skills in cutting that wood block to print so many values and gradations resulting in……… not an art, but illustration.

    Michael Reid

    Song by Ten Years After


    Everywhere is freaks and hairies
    Dykes and fairies, tell me, where is sanity?
    Tax the rich, feed the poor
    ‘Til there are no rich no more

    I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to you

    Population keeps on breeding
    Nation bleeding, still more feeding, economy
    Life is funny, skies are sunny
    Bees make honey, who needs money? No, not poor me

    I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to you

    Oh, yeah

    World pollution, there’s no solution
    Institution, electrocution
    Just black and white, rich or poor
    Them and us, stop the war

    I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to you

    Michael Reid

    Genetic Russia
    Get ready for “next-generation genetic technologies” and “genetic passports”

    Edward Slavsquat


    Michael Reid

    I am

    electronics engineering technologist
    computer engineer
    registered nurse

    among other things.

    I reject genetic engineer. Those injected with mRNA have been ended in some ways.

    I think of Pandora’s box.

    “Pandora opened a jar left in her care containing sickness, death and many other unspecified evils which were then released into the world.”

    technology may lead to the end of our existence

    Armenio Pereira

    Passing blame is the easy way out – the toughest thing is to dismiss blame altogether.

    23 – 26 – 27
    Spare words; nature’s way. Violent winds do not blow all morning. Sudden rain cannot pour all day.
    What causes these things? Heaven and Earth. If Heaven and Earth do not blow and pour for long, How much less should humans? […]
    Gravity is the root of lightness, Stillness the master of passion. […]
    When a lord of ten thousand chariots Behaves lightly in this world, Lightness loses its root, Passion loses its master.
    Good travelers leave no tracks. Good words leave no trace. Good counting needs no markers. […] [T]he good person is the bad person’s teacher, And the bad person Is the good person’s resource.
    Not to value the teacher, Not to love the resource, Causes great confusion even for the intelligent. This is called the vital secret.

    Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (Stephen Addiss & Stanley Lombardo – English version, 1993)

    Neither improving nor debasing – part & parcel of Change, we all are.
    Let go of your passions (from Church Latin passiō suffering) if you can, carry on with them if you must.
    No redemption – no damnation – only acceptance

    Armenio Pereira

    Portugal has nearly run out of people to vaccinate.
    Portugal is still running with highest Covid case count in Europe

    The Portuguese are among the most hopelessly clueless people roaming the planet. (I know, I live there.)

    John Day

    @Michael Reid: Alvin Lee, 10 Years After, such eloquence in liquid electric guitar.
    The Vietnam War eventually ended …
    The MIC oligarchs persist.

    John Day

    @Michael Reid: I saw your list of vocations. I long designed and build custom loudepseakers, then low powered tube amps, pre-amps and a phono-stage, necessitating bigger, high-sensitivity speakers.
    I’ve been into the big-change since 2008, though…


    Armenia Pereira:

    Well Canada has Justin Trudeau.
    Does Portugal have anyone as clueless as him?
    I remember Portuguese Judges ruled against covid vaccines.
    No Canadian judge has ruled against the covid clotshot!
    All the Portuguese I have ever met have had their heads screwed on correctly!

    Veracious Poet

    Veracious Poet

    Figmund Sreud

    This is a cautionary tale for us Canadians:

    … “Canadian banks were only too happy to freeze customer accounts at the behest of the Turdeau government during the Trucker Convoy”.…

    Withdrawing “too much” of your own cash???


    Veracious Poet


    Jonathan Freedland. Long time since I have seen that name. He does not believe in democracy, does not believe that people should be told the truth in order to make up their own minds, in his own language he is a “white supremecist” that believes in authoritarianism with the respectful vaneer of democracy. His entire belief system is based on lying to people because he and his owners know best. No wonder he is championing Biden, we all know Biden is not running the show, so that meets his authoritarian nirvana.


    “Solitude is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living. Talking is often torment for me, and I need many days of silence to recover from the futility of words.”
    “As the individual is not just a single, separate being, but by his very existence presupposes a collective relationship, it follows that the process of individuation must lead to more intense and broader collective relationships and not to isolation.”
    Yeah. Jung. Like Freud, a beautiful writer, but built to be memed.

    Maxwell Quest

    “As the individual is not just a single, separate being, but by his very existence presupposes a collective relationship, it follows that the process of individuation must lead to more intense and broader collective relationships and not to isolation.”

    This quote reminds me of a dream I had back in my early 40’s, a time period in which I was studying Jungian psychology of all things:

    I was at the top of an enormous tower like a space needle, and was looking down upon the landscape below and all the people milling about. My guide said that I was responsible for all 25,000 of them, but that in order to help them I would need to climb down. Of course, this process of climbing down from such a great height scared the living hell out of me, but my guide stayed opposite of me on the tower, and I was able to climb down successfully by focusing on him instead of the ground far below.

    The understanding I received from this dream was that the people below represented my 25,000 human incarnations, and all 25,000 were still living inside me as various aspects, making me truly a collective being with numerous internal relationships. There was more to extract from the dream imagery, of course, but this was the part pertinent to the quote above.

    Veracious Poet

    People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls.

    They will practice Indian yoga and all its exercises, observe a strict regimen of diet, learn the literature of the whole world – all because they cannot get on with themselves and have not the slightest faith that anything useful could ever come out of their own souls.

    Thus the soul has gradually been turned into a Nazareth from which nothing good can come.

    Therefore let us fetch it from the four corners of the earth ; The more far-fetched and bizarre it is the better ~ Carl Jung



    When younger, I used to have dreams of free falling down to earth. Then just as I was about to crash land, I would suddenly wake up in bed with , one hell of a jolt! Never did figure out the meaning of these dreams. Not sure why the issue of wearing a parachute never came up.


    The problem for me is my soul can dream up more projects to do than my poor old body can ever find the energy to do! Sign of old age!




    The Canadian withdrawing a largish amount of cash having problems is a worldwide phrenomenon. Here in Australia the banks ask me questions every time I send money overseas ( and from my HSBC account to my wife’s HSBC account).
    And they have done this on sums as little as $2000.
    BTW anyone dealing in cash needs to learn a few simple rules to not get flagged, to not break the law and to not get the money seized. The number one rule to remember is that in many countries the banks are required by law to report transactions over 10 grand. The second rule to remember is that the are “encouraged” to report lesser but still large sums (something like 5 grand up). And the third rule to remember is many countries have LAWS regarding structuring payments (say to get around depositing 100 grand being reported you instead go 25 times to the bank ( perhaps several times a day for a fortnight) to only make individual payments of under 5 grand. The bank will spot this and they are required to report all suspicious activity. You had better have a plausible excuse ( like you made multiple trips to reduce the amount you would lose if mugged) and if you admit to structuring then you will face prosecution. At the very least they will have flagged you for full audits of your tax affairs for X number of previous years and also for the future.
    Best to keep a modest amount in the bank. (and spread over several banks) and salt away a little each week out of prying eyes. Another thing to put away is a few hundred to a few grand in small change (in the US nickels are ideal as their metal content is near their face value making them a hedge against both inflation and deflation). You can always use them for daily expenses and in an emergency they make a nice weapon inside a sock.

    Tim Groves

    The quote about tolerance is spot on. Unfortunately, though, Dostoevsky didn’t write it, It’s a fake quote. But if he was among us today, I like to think that he very well could have written it and that he would have been remiss not to have done so.

    Here’s a nice genuine Dostoyevsky quote:

    “Above all, avoid lies, all lies, especially the lie to yourself. Keep watch on your own lie and examine it every hour, every minute. And avoid contempt, both of others and of yourself: what seems bad to you in yourself is purified by the very fact that you have noticed it in yourself. And avoid fear, though fear is simply the consequence of every lie. Never be frightened at your own faintheartedness in attaining love, and meanwhile do not even be very frightened by your own bad acts.”

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