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Odilon Redon The Birth of Venus II c.1910

 

‘Drinking The Kool-Aid’ On The War In Ukraine (MoA)
Canada Exempts Russian Gas Turbine From Sanctions (G.)
A Popular Uprising Against the Elites Has Gone Global (Schoelhammer)
Sri Lanka President Agrees To Resign Amid Unrest (O.)
Green Dogma Behind Fall Of Sri Lanka (Shellenberger)
Police Chief: Officer Who Shot The Tractor Made A Wrong Assessment (NOS)
Germany Is Quietly Shutting Down As Energy Crunch Paralyzes Economy (ZH)
Real Estate Agents Got Billions In Covid Relief Loans. Few Repaid Them (NBC)
Elon Musk Terminates Twitter Deal, Citing Material Breach of Agreement (CTH)
The Rot In Canada’s Dysfunctional Government Is Coming From The Head (NP)
Julian Assange ‘Will Die’ If Extradited To US – John Pilger (SCMP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After years of hard, honest and back breaking work, I am no longer young.

 

 

 

 

“..the ‘west’ can no longer produce enough new weapons and ammunition to cover those losses.”

‘Drinking The Kool-Aid’ On The War In Ukraine (MoA)

The war in Ukraine is a ‘special military operation’ and very untypical for several reasons. Russia attacked with a force that was smaller than the Ukrainian forces. Over all roughly 120 Battalion Tactical Groups (BTG) from Russia with 1,000 men each plus some 50,000 soldiers from the Luhansk and Donetzk republics took part in the war. At the begin of the war the Ukrainian forces had 250,000 soldiers and they have since mobilized several hundred thousand more. Russia uses far more sophisticated weapons than the Ukrainian side. These are long range weapon and cruise missiles that hit supplies and incoming troops in the rear of the frontline as well as strategic targets. It has an excellent and nearly impenetrable air defense and electronic war fare capabilities that a high ranking U.S. officer described as ‘eye watering’.


Russia has a huge advantage in artillery capabilities and a sufficient amounts of ammunition to sustain a high rate of fire over years. It can also outproduce the ‘west’ with regards to new weapons and supplies. All this has led to the very unusual effect that the Russian advantage on the battlefield has increased over time. It may have been 1 to 1 at the beginning of the battle but it has since increased to about 2 to 1 or even higher. In his latest briefing the head of the Austrian military academy Colonel Reisner shows how the ratio of forces has changed over time. At 7:10 min in he shows this chart.

He explains that at the beginning of the battle for Donbas in April the force ratio was 93 Russian BTGs against 81 Ukrainian BTG equivalents. On June 26 the ratio of forces was 108 Russian BTGs versus 60 Ukrainian battalion equivalents. Russia had increased the size of its engaged forces while the Ukrainian side had lost 25% of its capabilities. So according to the Austrian military the force ratio at the start of the ‘special military operation’ was 1.15 to 1 and on June 26 it was at 1.8 to 1. What we are seeing is the opposite of the decrease of the ratio of forces that Clausewitz described as the path to the culminating point. A recent talk by a high ranking Ukrainian general confirms the high rate of attrition of the Ukrainian army. He says that ‘western’ weapon deliveries only cover 10 to 15% of the Ukrainian losses. In fact the ‘west’ can no longer produce enough new weapons and ammunition to cover those losses.

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Ukraine prefers to let Germany freeze.

Canada Exempts Russian Gas Turbine From Sanctions (G.)

Canada will return a repaired Russian turbine to Germany that it needs for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, despite objections from Ukraine, as the sanctions regime came up against the energy crisis sparked by the war. Canada’s minister of natural resources, Jonathan Wilkinson, said in a statement on Saturday the government was issuing a “time-limited and revocable permit” to exempt the return of turbines from its Russian sanctions, to support “Europe’s ability to access reliable and affordable energy as they continue to transition away from Russian oil and gas”. Wilkinson said the export permit was issued after discussions with “our European friends and allies”, and the International Energy Agency.

Russia’s Gazprom cut capacity on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline from Russia to Europe to just 40% of usual levels last month, citing the delayed return of equipment being serviced by Germany’s Siemens Energy in Canada. The Kremlin said on Friday it would increase gas supplies to Europe if the turbine were returned. The part is required for maintenance work due to start on Monday. Canada – which has been under pressure from Germany to find a way to return the turbine – said “absent a necessary supply of natural gas, the German economy will suffer very significant hardship and Germans themselves will be at risk of being unable to heat their homes as winter approaches”.

Alexandra Chyczij, national president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, said on Saturday “our community is deeply disappointed by the Canadian government’s decision to bow to Russian blackmail”. The group said Canada was setting “a dangerous precedent that will lead to the weakening of the sanctions regime imposed on Russia”. Canada has one of the world’s biggest Ukrainian diasporas outside of countries that border Ukraine and has urged the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, to refuse to compromise the country’s sanctions against Russia over the turbine issue. Ukraine has opposed Canada handing over the turbine and Kyiv believes such a move would flout sanctions on Russia, a Ukrainian energy ministry source told Reuters on Thursday.

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Dutch farmers have promised an “involuntary lockdown” of the country tomorrow.

A Popular Uprising Against the Elites Has Gone Global (Schoelhammer)

Over 30,000 Dutch farmers have risen in protest against the government in the wake of new nitrogen limits that require farmers to radically curb their nitrogen emissions by up to 70 percent in the next eight years. It would require farmers to use less fertilizer and even to reduce the number of their livestock. While large farming companies have the means to hypothetically meet these goals and can switch to non-nitrogen-based fertilizers, it is impossible for smaller, often family-owned farms. The new environmental regulations are so extreme that they would force many to shutter, including people whose families have been farming for three or four generations. In protest, farmers have been blockading streets and refusing to deliver their products to supermarket chains. It’s been leading to serious shortages of eggs and milk, among other food items.


But the effects will be global. The Netherlands is the world’s second largest agricultural exporter after the United States, making the country of barely 17 million inhabitants a food superpower. Given global food shortages and rising prices, the role of Dutch farmers in the global food chain has never been more important. But if you thought the Dutch government was going to take that into account and ensure that people can put food on the table, you would be wrong; when offered the choice between food security and acting against “climate change,” the Dutch government decided to pursue the latter. What is particularly frustrating is that the government is fully aware that what it is asking farmers to do will drive many of them out of existence. In fact, the government originally planned to move at a slower pace—until a lawsuit brought by environmental groups in 2019 forced an acceleration of the timetable.

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The reaction by members of the agricultural sector has been massive and ongoing since 2019, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic allowed the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte to ban protests in 2020 and 2021. With the reignited demonstrations this year, the authorities have also switched to a more aggressive approach. There have been arrests and even warning shots fired by police at farmers, one almost killing a 16-year-old protestor. But while the Dutch people are on the side of the farmers, their elites are behaving much as they did in Canada and the U.S., and not just those in government. Media outlets are refusing to even report the protests, and when they do, they cast the farmers as extremists. Why the disconnect?


Every reliable poll of European newsrooms from Germany to the Netherlands show that climate change is a much more important topic for journalists than it is for ordinary people. It’s not that average citizens don’t care about climate change, but that they have the common sense to know that destroying their farm so the government’s emission goals can be met in 2030 instead of 2035 will not change the planet’s climate. After all, the Netherlands accounts for just 0.46 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions, and while a further reduction might be desirable, it will not be decisive in combating climate change over the next eight years. It may make the country’s elite to feel good about themselves, but it will also result in large parts of the population seeing their living standards decline and their economic existence targeted by the state for ideological reasons.

Albania

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A color revolution?

Sri Lanka President Agrees To Resign Amid Unrest (O.)

The Sri Lankan president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has agreed to resign after a dramatic day during which his house and offices were stormed by protesters and the home of the prime minister set on fire. In a late-night message conveyed through the parliamentary speaker, Mahinda Yapa, the beleaguered president said he would step down from power on 13 July to “ensure a peaceful transition of power”. It was an historic victory for the protesters who have been calling for him to resign for months and gathered on the streets of Colombo in their tens of thousands on Saturday, as the country continues to struggle through its worst economic crisis since independence. Earlier prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, had told a meeting of party leaders that he too would resign as soon as a new all-party government was formed.

In extraordinary scenes on Saturday, protesters broke through police barriers and charged into the president’s official residence. Images and witness accounts showed people flooding up the grand staircase of the colonial-era building, with chants calling for the president to go. As protesters poured into the bedrooms and kitchen and rifled through the president’s possessions, many took full advantage of the president’s luxury amenities which had been denied to them in recent weeks due to rampant food and fuel shortages. Protesters were seen cooking up curries in the kitchen, lying down on beds and sofas, lifting weights and jogging in his private gym and jumping into the outdoor pool. The president was not at home, having fled the night before under military protection, and he remained in hiding as Saturday’s events unfolded.

[..] Sri Lanka is continuing to struggle through a devastating crisis in which the economy has completely collapsed and the government is unable to afford to import food, fuel and medicines. All sales of petrol have been suspended, schools have shut and medical procedures and surgeries are being delayed or cancelled over a shortage of drugs and equipment, with the UN recently warning that the country is facing a humanitarian crisis. Inflation is a record-breaking 54.6% and food prices have gone up fivefold, meaning two-thirds of the country are struggling to feed themselves. Sri Lanka defaulted on its foreign debts in May, which total over $51bn, and is in negotiations with the IMF for a $3bn bailout.

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A testing ground?

Green Dogma Behind Fall Of Sri Lanka (Shellenberger)

Sri Lanka has fallen. Protesters breached the official residences of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister and President, who have fled to undisclosed locations out of fear of death. The proximate reason is that the nation is bankrupt, suffering its worst financial crisis in decades. Millions are struggling to purchase food, medicine and fuel. Energy shortages and inflation were major factors behind the crisis. Inflation in June in Sri Lanka was over 50%. Food prices rose by 80%. And a half-million people fell into poverty over the last year. But the underlying reason for the fall of Sri Lanka is that its leaders fell under the spell of Western green elites peddling organic agriculture and “ESG,” which refers to investments made following supposedly higher Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria.

Sri Lanka has a near-perfect ESG score (98) which is higher than Sweden (96) or the United States (51), notes a commentator. To be sure, there were other factors behind Sri Lanka’s fall. COVID-19 lockdowns and a 2019 bombing hurt tourism, a $3 billion to 5 billion-per-year industry. Sri Lanka’s leaders insisted on paying China back for various “Belt and Road” infrastructure projects when other nations refused to do so. And higher oil prices meant transportation prices rose 128% since May. But the biggest and main problem causing Sri Lanka’s fall was its ban on chemical fertilizers in April 2021. Over 90% of Sri Lanka’s farmers had used chemical fertilizers and, after the ban, 85% experienced crop losses. After the fertilizer ban, rice production fell 20% and prices skyrocketed 50 percent in just six months.

Sri Lanka had to import $450 million worth of rice despite having been self-sufficient in the grain just months earlier. The price of carrots and tomatoes rose five-fold. Tea, the nation’s main export, also suffered, thereby undermining the nation’s foreign currency and ability to purchase products from abroad. While there are 2 million farmers in Sri Lanka, 70% of the nation’s 22 million people are directly or indirectly dependent on farming. “We are furious!” said one rice farmer in May. “Angry! Not just me – but all the farmers who cultivated here are angry.” In November 2021, Sri Lanka tried to reverse course, but it was too late. Rajapaksa said, “we don’t have enough chemical fertilizers in the country because we didn’t import them. There is a shortage.” By the end of last August, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had declared a state of emergency.

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Because he missed by one inch?

Police Chief: Officer Who Shot The Tractor Made A Wrong Assessment (NOS)

The officer who opened fire on a tractor during a farmers’ protest in Heerenveen feared for the safety of his colleagues. The highest police chief of the Northern Netherlands says this in an interview with NRC.Chief Commissioner Gery Veldhuis calls it a wrong assessment. The officer feared that the tractor would run into colleagues and therefore opened fire. The 16-year-old driver was arrested shortly afterwards on suspicion of attempted manslaughter, but an investigation by the Public Prosecution Service revealed that this was not the case. The National Bureau of Investigation is still investigating the incident. That is why Veldhuis was unable to elaborate on what exactly happened.

“But he told me he shot because he was concerned for the safety of the employees he was performing with.” According to Veldhuis, the man is “through it”. “He thinks it is terrible that he ended up in a situation in which he thought he had to use his firearm. He also did not know that it was a 16-year-old boy.” Veldhuis would have thought it “rather dramatic” if the shot had been hit. It was previously reported that an officer went into hiding for his own safety after photos of him were distributed. Veldhuis confirms that the man is being threatened. He considers it difficult for his colleagues that they have to act against people from their own community during farmer protests.

At the same time, he warns that the police will try to confiscate tractors more often. “As long as farmers use their tractors for things other than what they are intended for, they should feel that they also lose their company resources as a result.” The family of the boy who was shot is still considering filing a complaint against the police. Driver Jouke Hospes said earlier that he was just driving away from the protest at the time of the shooting. According to Veldhuis, the police will pay for the damage to his window.

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Where will the euro go tomorrow? Parity with the USD looms.

Germany Is Quietly Shutting Down As Energy Crunch Paralyzes Economy (ZH)

Earlier today we wrote that Germany’s largest landlord, Vonovia, had taken the unprecedented step of restrictring heating at night, a terrifying preview of what lies in stock for the “most advanced” European nation this winter. Alas, it’s going to get worse, much worse. According to the FT, Germany is now rationing hot water, dimming its street lights and shutting down swimming pools as the impact of its energy crunch begins to spread like the proverbial Ice-Nine wave, from industry to offices, leisure centers and residential homes. The reason behind Germany’s slow motion paralysis is well-known: the huge increase in gas prices triggered by Russia’s move last month to sharply reduce supplies to Germany has plunged Europe’s biggest economy into its worst energy crisis since the oil price shock of 1973.

With electricity prices hitting never before seen levels, gas importers and utilities are fighting for survival while consumer bills are going through the roof, with some warning of rising friction (not to mention the infamous wheelbarrows full of cash). “The situation is more than dramatic,” said Axel Gedaschko, head of the federation of German housing enterprises GdW. “Germany’s social peace is in great danger.” Unfortunately, as tensions over Russia’s war in Ukraine escalate, officials fear the situation could get worse. On Monday, as we reported last week, Russia is shutting down its main pipeline to Germany, Nord Stream 1, for 10 days of scheduled maintenance. Many in Berlin fear it will never reopen.

Commenting on the infamous July 22 day when Russian gas flows are expected to resume, DB’s Jim Reid writes that “while we all spend most of our market time thinking about the Fed and a recession, I suspect what happens to Russian gas in H2 is potentially an even bigger story. Of course by July 22nd parts may have be found and the supply might start to normalise. Anyone who tells you they know what is going to happen here is guessing but as minimum it should be a huge focal point for everyone in markets.” The bank also conveniently warns that “if the gas shutoff is not resolved in coming weeks this would lead to a broadening out of energy disruption with material upfront effects on economic growth, and of course much higher inflation.”

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“..The federal government authorized more than 300,000 loans to real estate entities claiming just one employee..”

Real Estate Agents Got Billions In Covid Relief Loans. Few Repaid Them (NBC)

While Covid was battering the U.S. economy, Gary Goldberg seems to have done OK. During 2020, the pandemic’s first year, the Santa Barbara, California, real estate agent sold more than $27 million worth of luxury homes, slightly down from the $31 million he closed the year before, according to data from Zillow. In 2021, he sold $82 million worth of real estate. He also applied for and received two loans totaling $95,832 via the federal government’s Covid relief Paycheck Protection Program, according to public records. In his applications, he listed one employee. He asked for the first loan on April 15, 2020, and the second on Jan. 30, 2021. Federal records show he also asked for and received forgiveness for both loans by November 2021, meaning he had met certain criteria and did not have to pay them back.

In the United States, the average gross commission for real estate sales is 2.5 percent of the sale price, and the agent usually gets 85 percent of that, according to Real Trends Consulting, a firm that tracks home sales and commissions. According to that formula, Goldberg may have earned six figures in 2020 and seven figures in 2021. There’s no indication Goldberg did anything illegal and he’s certainly not alone. As real estate sales — and commissions — rose during the pandemic, individual agents also got a helping hand from taxpayers.

The federal government authorized more than 300,000 loans to real estate entities claiming just one employee, adding up to $3.9 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to data from the government’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), which oversees pandemic relief spending. On average these real estate businesses got $13,000, but 146 entities got more than $90,000 each, according to the PRAC data, all of which is public record. PPP loans went to real estate agents in booming markets — $3.6 million to real estate entities in Beverly Hills, $4.3 million to entities in El Paso, Texas, and $14.9 million in 1,107 loans to real estate entities in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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More background.

“It appears that Twitter Inc did not want to reveal how Jack’s Magic Coffee Shop was able to sustain operations..”

Elon Musk Terminates Twitter Deal, Citing Material Breach of Agreement (CTH)

Elon Musk has notified Twitter and the SEC that he is exercising his “right to terminate the merger agreement and abandon the transaction contemplated” due to the social media company not providing transparent access to background data that would allow authentication of “monetized daily active users” (mDAUs). It appears that Twitter Inc did not want to reveal how Jack’s Magic Coffee Shop was able to sustain operations, at an extremely high cost, without making money. That’s the essential source of the issue. The social media company did not want anyone looking at the data stream inside the communication platform. Musk was not allowed to authenticate the number of real users and identify the number of ‘spam’ or ‘bot’ accounts within the platform.

From the SEC Letter: […] ” Specifically, in the Merger Agreement, Twitter represented that no documents that Twitter filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission since January 1, 2022, included any “untrue statement of a material fact” (Section 4.6(a)). Twitter has repeatedly made statements in such filings regarding the portion of its mDAUs that are false or spam, including statements that: “We have performed an internal review of a sample of accounts and estimate that the average of false or spam accounts during the first quarter of 2022 represented fewer than 5% of our mDAU during the quarter,” and “After we determine an account is spam, malicious automation, or fake, we stop counting it in our mDAU, or other related metrics.”

Mr. Musk relied on this representation in the Merger Agreement (and Twitter’s numerous public statements regarding false and spam accounts in its publicly filed SEC documents) when agreeing to enter into the Merger Agreement. Mr. Musk has the right to seek rescission of the Merger Agreement in the event these material representations are determined to be false. Although Twitter has not yet provided complete information to Mr. Musk that would enable him to do a complete and comprehensive review of spam and fake accounts on Twitter’s platform, he has been able to partially and preliminarily analyze the accuracy of Twitter’s disclosure regarding its mDAU. While this analysis remains ongoing, all indications suggest that several of Twitter’s public disclosures regarding its mDAUs are either false or materially misleading.

First, although Twitter has consistently represented in securities filings that “fewer than 5%” of its mDAU are false or spam accounts, based on the information provided by Twitter to date, it appears that Twitter is dramatically understating the proportion of spam and false accounts represented in its mDAU count. Preliminary analysis by Mr. Musk’s advisors of the information provided by Twitter to date causes Mr. Musk to strongly believe that the proportion of false and spam accounts included in the reported mDAU count is wildly higher than 5%.

Second, Twitter’s disclosure that it ceases to count fake or spam users in its mDAU when it determines that those users are fake appears to be false. Instead, we understand, based on Twitter’s representations during a June 30, 2022 call with us, that Twitter includes accounts that have been suspended—and thus are known to be fake or spam—in its quarterly mDAU count even when it is aware that the suspended accounts were included in mDAU for that quarter.”

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“The main job of a minister these days is to keep his or her face off the front page..”

The Rot In Canada’s Dysfunctional Government Is Coming From The Head (NP)

At the outset of the pandemic, a small army of unsung public servants was overwhelmed by a Niagara of employment insurance applications, as one-quarter of the Canadian workforce found itself out of work. Through a combination of ingenuity and dedication, they processed more than two million claims in three weeks and got money into the hands of the people who needed it. Yet, just two years later, the entire bureaucracy seems afflicted by an inefficiency that has led to a breakdown in the delivery of the most basic government services, from passports to immigration visas; from airport security to facilitating the flow of travellers across Canada’s borders.

Last week, a number of departments received a priority request from the government’s central agency, the Privy Council Office, to urgently review passport, immigration and airport service problems. One person who received it said there was more than a faint whiff of panic about the all-points bulletin. What can account for a plight that one senior bureaucrat compared to a body rotting from the inside? Few in official Ottawa have any doubts that the malady can be traced back to a Liberal government in its third term that no longer has the vitality it once possessed. Over the past seven years, the Liberals have lost, or jettisoned, some of their most seasoned ministers and political staffers.

They have often been replaced by farm-team players with less experience and less rounded skill sets. The upshot is a preoccupation with issues management and the politics of spin. The main job of a minister these days is to keep his or her face off the front page. In the mind of Victorian intellectual Walter Bagehot, the cabinet is the buckle which fastens the executive to the legislature. But in this government, at this time, ministers report not to Parliament but to the issues management department in the Prime Minister’s Office.

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“..if Julian goes to the United States, and is effectively dropped in a penal hell hole, that will be the end of him literally, he will die..”

Julian Assange ‘Will Die’ If Extradited To US – John Pilger (SCMP)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, already ailing following a decade-long struggle for freedom, faces almost certain death if he is sent to a “penal hell hole” upon extradition to the United States, one of his staunchest supporters has said. John Pilger, the award-winning Australian filmmaker and journalist who has been a close confidante of Assange since 2010, said defeat for the 51-year-old in his battle in British courts against extradition could have far-reaching consequences for journalism. “I don’t think there is any doubt in my mind… that if Julian goes to the United States, and is effectively dropped in a penal hell hole, that will be the end of him literally, he will die,” Pilger said in an interview on Talking Post with chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo.

Pilger said Assange’s treatment over the years – he has been in London’s high-security Belmarsh prison since 2019 – was “torture”, adding that for the Australian national “anything” would be better than being sent to the US. Prior to his incarceration, Assange obtained asylum from Ecuador in 2012 and spent seven years in Quito’s embassy in London as part of efforts to avoid extradition to Sweden where he was facing charges of sexual assault. He denies all wrongdoing. Washington is seeking his extradition over charges of espionage and computer misuse linked to WikiLeaks’ publication of classified US documents since 2010. Assange’s supporters say the charges are politically motivated and that he would be unable to get a fair trial in the US.

“If Julian is extradited to the United States, I think it will effectively end real, independent investigative journalism,” Pilger said. “Who will take that risk again, if the United States and other countries … can reach anywhere in the world and take a journalist for writing something or revealing something it doesn’t approve of?” Asked if he believed Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese would intervene to stop the extradition, Pilger said it remained to be seen if the new Labor administration believed Assange was innocent. Albanese is a signatory of the “Bring Julian Assange Home” campaign and was reported to have said in a party meeting last year that he believed the journalist should be freed. “Enough is enough,” Albanese was quoted as saying by Australian media.

“I don’t have sympathy for many of his actions, but essentially I can’t see what is served by keeping him incarcerated,” he reportedly said. But Pilger said whether Albanese would back Assange depended on Canberra’s overall US policy. “Will Australia deviate from the United States? My view is no,” Pilger said. Albanese’s remarks last year also did not underscore the fact that Assange “has committed no crime”, Pilger said.

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    Odilon Redon The Birth of Venus II c.1910   • ‘Drinking The Kool-Aid’ On The War In Ukraine (MoA) • Canada Exempts Russian Gas Turbine From Sanct
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle July 10 2022]

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    Go hungry, grow rich! It’s that simple stupid. Maybe they would be winning the war in Ukraine if the soldiers were hungry. You know an army marches on its “empty stomach”!

    “Who would have established massive biofuel production operations in Brazil if they did not know there were thousands of hungry people desperate enough to take the awful jobs they would offer?” Kent asserts. “Who would build any sort of factory if they did not know that many people would be available to take the jobs at low-pay rates?

    “Much of the hunger literature talks about how it is important to assure that people are well fed so that they can be more productive. That is nonsense. No one works harder than hungry people. Yes, people who are well nourished have greater capacity for productive physical activity, but well-nourished people are far less willing to do that work.”

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/united-nations-scrubbed-article-heralding-benefits-world-hunger-from-website-after-it-went-viral/5786053

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    So how did Sri Lanka go so bad?

    Why is it such a test case for us?

    I think it’s an example of adding centralization, adding fragility. So they burned the house of the President down, but if it’s anything like here, he wasn’t in charge of anything, more like a caretaker, a middle manager for the system around him. It’s fine that maybe they need a more active manager with different skills right now – like a General – but shouldn’t most of this just happen on its own? What does the President have to do with Apu’s Quickee Mart importing oil? What would the docks? What would the trucks? What would the fishermen, the stores? I mean, unless you’re being invaded, next to nothing.

    However, if you, the Central Government, add rules, add involvement, “erect a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance,” well then yes, Chandra can no longer just grow food and take it to market. Then because of your centralization, import exports ARE run through banks and institutions that are merged with the central state. Therefore, since you are all merged, and all run everything, then when one part goes: banking OR Government OR Market, OR farming, then they all collapse together with no backup.

    See why I don’t WANT them involved in medicine now? In the economy, in banking? If the government isn’t running most things, isn’t paying most things, isn’t doing most things, then the people will be less troubled as they default and reform. However if the central state does everything, there’s no second state hanging around to back them up and take over – that’s called a Civil War and a revolution.

    Let’s put it this way: distributed network. Diversity of ecosystem. Go Bitcoin.

    “Hispanics, Blacks Disproportionately Dinged by Crypto Crash”

    Didn’t see that coming. BTC regularly drops 90%, but I don’t keep meticulous track of the races involved because: not racist. Don’t care. People live on merit, as individuals with free agency and free spirits.

    In any case, the work and solutions come from US. Not the President. The reason Sri Lanka is having trouble is the above, yes, but also why are the people burning the President’s house down? What do they think he’s going to do? What do they think he ever did? If he’s not going to save you, you wouldn’t be fixated on him to solve everything, give you everything. That’s not his job, that’s YOUR job. He’s just a parasite that keeps the streetlights on.

    In a similar vein, is Joe going to meet his masters in Saudi Arabia this week? What happens when Mabus tells him “No”? No: we’ve signed with Russia already. No: we have no additional barrels able to pump. Isn’t the Petrodollar, Saudi oil, 1974, somethin’ somethin’???

    “ ‘Drinking The Kool-Aid’ on the War in Ukraine (MoA)”

    Every day Russia gets stronger. Still haven’t figured it out. If Germany and everyone had run in there first day, this might not have happened. (and we might have had a nuclear world war) But that’s not Europe, is it? They’re still meeting with the original 1999 EU committee on paper clips and haven’t decided yet. That can be a good thing, so why doesn’t Europe try to use their personality tics to advantage instead of stamping out who they really are?

    “the ‘west’ can no longer produce enough new weapons and ammunition to cover those losses.”

    Yes, but Putin should be very careful gloating about it as he did yesterday. The entire combined West makes some s—t up and comes back in 2030 hungry, cold, and desperate can defeat them, as they still have no men. And 1/3 of Russian slavs were just killed by Joe Biden in Ukraine. On plan and purpose.

    We can defeat Russia up to or even past a nuclear war. It’s just a matter of will and cost.

    “Over 30,000 Dutch farmers have risen in protest against the government in the wake of new nitrogen limits that require farmers to radically curb” … the creation of food and fertilizer. While they also shut off food and fertilizer shipments from their neighbors in Europe.

    “The Netherlands is the world’s second largest agricultural exporter after the United States, making the country of barely 17 million inhabitants a food superpower.”

    Worth repeating. It also tells you how much technology (greenhouses, etc) can increase food supply and that we’re not 100 miles from world population limits at 8B people. Israel proves the same. That’s the name: the “Nether” Lands. That is, the land of the swamps and people that live underwater, a name going back to Rome and before. Like the American prairies, it’s solely Dutch hard work and ingenuity that made a nation of useless swamps and sea-marshes into a major power and exporter. For centuries. They could have just sat around and complained like in Scotland. Now I too think we’re living too heavy on the land, but I’m not going to lie about how easy it is to feed more, nor am I going to kill everyone to get a better view for my manor house. (this used to happen pretty regularly that whole towns and villages would be erased for garden aesthetics, and the people therein. Like today.)

    I suspect the future will use these high-tech greenhouses rather more toward the manufacturing of food than the growing of it. But that’s just telling you how wrong and how far off the tracks the WEF and Club of Rome are on this.

    You guys are fond of Limits to Growth, one of the originators, Dennis Meadows with Nate Hagans.
    Much of what you would expect.
    https://www.thegreatsimplification.com/episode/12-dennis-meadows
    There was a good line that encapsulated the whole nut though,

    “The climate models are energy blind. I saw the International Energy Agency predictions out to 2050 that GDP is going to increase 3% a year and we’re going to use 27% less energy between now and then...which is just divorced from a bio-physical worldview [i.e. reality].”

    In any case, back to Sri Lanka, their goals didn’t seem bad, but one of the key mistakes was trying to change too fast – the bane of Utopians. Of master planners with their master plans. (And who is the “Slave” in their “Master” plan? Me.) That’s what Holland and (Northern) Europe have been trying to do here. And why the people will now kill them all on sight. And they may not mean to. But since they’ve been punched, each person gets one slap, kick, or punch in to the leader in fair and equitable retaliation. However, one man will die after a mere 40 punches, with 899,939 people outside left unsatisfied.

    But it tells you THAT’S how much abuse governments cause their populations. Yes, it’s as if they stole one bagel, gave one black eye at a time, to all 21 million, 800 thousand of them, and we’re pretty sick of it.

    “ Police Chief: Officer Who Shot The Tractor Made ‘A Wrong Assessment’ (NOS)”

    Passive tense, ‘natch. Do they use a lot of passive tense construction in Dutch? Or is that one of the 20 special ways Anglos use to lie? Sir: there was nothing anywhere near that tractor. Wide open road. You thought he was going to finish the 30 miles drive to Ultrecht and THEN run somebody over? And your argument is, you would be happy to shoot him if he’s 18 ½ but not 16 ½? Or 63 ½? So it’s all about appearances, isn’t it? And you don’t care at all, do you? That is, he’s not the Blue so he’s a normal citizen and Scum.

    Anyway, I’m sure we’ll all glad the policeman is “over it” and recovering his mental health fine. Wouldn’t want him to be worried or put out or anything. Collect disability for mental strain caused by unnecessarily murdering children.

    “[Germany] the unprecedented step of restrictring heating at night,”

    Boy, sure glad we forced vaccination on grandma so she can freeze tonight. #Caring.

    They wanted this war. They were blood, gore, guts, and veins in their teeth for it. Well, here’s what happens in war. A tiny, almost barely perceptible taste of it. That is, the other guy shoots back. But that’s not what my movies and video games say! You’re supposed to be the villain! You’re supposed to have the aim of a Stormtrooper in the A-Team. My job is to talk tough, then your job is to lose. You’re doing it all wrong! Reeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

    Russia hasn’t god-damned touched Germany yet. Give yer balls a tug.

    “Real Estate Agents Got Billions In Covid Relief Loans. Few Repaid Them (NBC)”

    They were supposed to repay them? (Not kidding, I read something about this back when, like people called to ask and got no response?) And look at the prices: destroyed entire occupation for 2 years, perhaps permanently, no income at all, and paid … $13,000? As much as half the poverty line? And now we’re supposed to be mad or something? If you bring this up again, I’m only going to be mad at government who never passed any laws, mad at the CDC, who broke 1,000 years of medical practice to instate this — illegally, without the slightest plausible authority — , mad at people for thinking $1,800 was a years’ wage in America, and in awe of Americans for being able to side-hustle so much they could shrug this off like nothing and not go burn the country down.

    Goes to show thanks to our approach to life here, we’ll be fine. We won’t like it though.

    “Julian Assange ‘Will Die’ If Extradited to US – John Pilger (SCMP)”

    You are kidding, right? Our Federal prisons are no worse than Belmarsh. Is England considered a land of special snowflakes now, where prisoners are put on a resort fantasy island like in Norway? 50 years after the Guildford Four, Maguire Seven, and Birmingham Six? Oh and I’m sure from what we’ve seen the last few years British justice has much improved and doesn’t politically railroad people now. Not reporters or Supreme Court Justice Dankula teaching his dog tricks. Nor let rape gangs run free through the North on the opposite side. Gimme a break with that stuff. If he comes here he can put all his stuff into the Federal Judaical Record to be acted upon shortly.

    #111286
    Germ
    Participant
    #111287
    Germ
    Participant

    Check out the Exclusion Criteria for the original Pfizer trial – especially point 5.

    See p.41 https://cdn.pfizer.com/pfizercom/2020-11/C4591001_Clinical_Protocol_Nov2020.pdf

    “5. Previous clinical (based on COVID-19 symptoms/signs alone, if a SARS-CoV-2 NAAT
    result was not available) or microbiological (based on COVID-19 symptoms/signs and a
    positive SARS-CoV-2 NAAT result) diagnosis of COVID-19.”

    Holy shit – no data on the effect of vaccinating previously Covid-infected people. ☠️

    #111288

    There appear to be some problems connecting to today’s post. Trying phone vs desktop, and several browsers. Haven’t found an error in coding yet.

    #111289
    zerosum
    Participant

    Everybody is a lawyer.
    Words to cover your ass. (Never admit that you made a mistake, that you are wrong, that you don’t know what you are doing, that you are liable.)

    • Canada Exempts Russian Gas Turbine From Sanctions (G.)
    • Germany Is Quietly Shutting Down As Energy Crunch Paralyzes Economy (ZH)

    ————–
    Checkmate
    • A Popular Uprising Against the Elites Has Gone Global (Schoelhammer)
    In protest, farmers have been blockading streets and refusing to deliver their products to supermarket chains. It’s been leading to serious shortages of eggs and milk, among other food items.

    the Dutch people are on the side of the farmers, their elites are behaving much as they did in Canada and the U.S., and not just those in government. Media outlets are refusing to even report the protests, and when they do, they cast the farmers as extremists. Why the disconnect?
    ———–
    Did the bankers make a mistake?
    • Sri Lanka President Agrees To Resign Amid Unrest (O.)
    the economy has completely collapsed and the government is unable to afford to import food, fuel and medicines.

    Sri Lanka defaulted on its foreign debts in May, which total over $51bn, and is in negotiations with the IMF for a $3bn bailout.
    ———–
    Cover your ass
    • The Rot In Canada’s Dysfunctional Government Is Coming From The Head (NP)

    ———–

    #111290
    Oroboros
    Participant

    “….western’ weapon deliveries only cover 10 to 15% of the Ukrainian losses….”

    The rah,rah,rah Ukronazi fanboy mediawhores kept propagandizing the collective West that Russia was ‘gonna run out of weapons and missiles.

    Sociopathic Projection as usual.

    Russia’s industrial base for munitions was never forgotten from the dark days of the Great Patriotic War times.

    They still remember.

    And they “haven’t even gotten started yet” to paraphrase Putin.

    The USSA can’t even make a bucket and a mop.

    All it’s factories are gone with the wind.

    So sad :>(

    Bedpan demented pervert Joe is the perfect symbol for the Empire of Lies collective memory.

    He’s the poster child

    End of Quote

    #111291
    Oroboros
    Participant
    #111292
    Germ
    Participant
    #111294
    zerosum
    Participant

    Agree ….. a must read
    https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/a-mostly-peaceful-depopulation
    A Mostly Peaceful Depopulation
    Notes for My Corona Investigative Committee Interview

    Margaret Anna Alice
    Jul 3
    336 Comments
    There is perhaps no more important tool for turning the tide of public opinion than framing, so if we want to win this war against the democidal dictators and their enablers, we must use framing, repetition, and viralization to propagate the truth.

    #111295
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    @ RIM
    Yes. Noticed the problems loading TAE today. The picture loaded, and nothing afterwards loaded – even the ad on the bottom only halfway loaded. Then the page would go white and attempt to load again, getting to the same point. I’m connecting from an iPad, saw the problem on both Firefox and Safari. I switched to the Epic browser, and then the day’s page loaded correctly.
    Hope the information helps! When troubleshooting, you never know which piece of information is going to lead to the solution.
    🙂

    #111296
    willem
    Participant

    @Red: Thanks for the Global Research article link, which allowed me to finally read the actual text of the UN hunger article causing all the recent buzz. According to author George Kent’s bio in the article sidebar, his latest book is “Freedom From Want: The Human Right to Adequate Food.” If not blatantly obvious from the article text itself, one can certainly conclude what the author’s real sentiments on the subject are, and that the professor was just using cynicism to make his point. In actuality, he makes a very good point—this is yet another problem that remains unsolved because, at least in part, it benefits the interests of the wealthy and powerful to have it remain that way.

    While I’d agree that articles striking this kind of tone really don’t have a place in a UN publication that pretends to seriousness, I think the stir its recent “discovery” created is just another pathetic sign of our low IQ times, where one can no longer write with any subtlety on any serious topic.

    #111297
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    @ Willem
    Hear, hear. I, too, noticed the author’s nearly sublimated opinion on the topic.

    #111298
    Rover
    Participant

    Thanks again, Germ.🤔😞😶😡🙏… and all of you here…🙏

    #111299

    RIM- Yep. Safari loads the page and freezes, producing Safari’s beloved beachball. This from Brave, instead. The same thing was happening at ZH the other day, and Safari won’t let me at substack, still, either. Good luck.

    #111300
    Germ
    Participant

    THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY MUST WATCH INTERVIEW WITH A 42 YR FOETAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST AND OBYN..

    It is an absolutely incendiary interview….

    Not only do the LNP’s and the mRNA traverse the placental barrier
    They also bio accumulate in the OVARIES OF THE UNBORN FEMALE CHILD

    and based on 2014 research on LNP’s….PFIZER KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN

    The implications are just too great to begin to understand

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/spike-in-miscarriages-fetal-deaths-uterus-shedding-fertility-doctor-on-vaccine-side-effects-in-pregnant-women_4571315.html

    ☠️☠️☠️

    #111301
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    @ RIM
    EPIC browser has same problem as others when it reloads with the comments section in the viewable scope rather than the top of the page. I am wondering if perhaps Epic browser loads page in a different order than more common browsers? Specifically, perhaps in a certain order the ad gets stuck before the rest of the page loads? Might try disabling ads, see if that fixes it, if so, then focus on ad module. (I am sure the ads bring in important revenue.)

    #111302
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    @ germ
    Epoch paywall is annoying. Do you have the name of the doctor interviewed in vid?

    #111303
    Germ
    Participant

    Stress?

    Pull the other one!

    “Care staff crisis so desperate stressed workers having heart attacks and strokes

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/care-staff-crisis-desperate-stressed-24950184

    ☠️☠️☠️

    #111304
    Germ
    Participant

    @phoenix – Dr James Thorp

    I don’t see a paywall (here in the UK)

    #111305
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    Loads without issue for me (Firefox, MacOS).

    #111306
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    To watch the Epoch TV I need to create a free account and accept their terms of service. No paywall. But I have quite enough accounts with their associated passwords and I don’t intend to set up any more. I’ll just have to wait for this news to come via another (non-MSM) channel.

    #111307
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    This will date me: Jonathan Pie sounds rather like a ranting Alan Whicker.

    #111308
    Germ
    Participant

    🎵 Summertime 🎶 – 🎵And the living is easy! 🎶

    “Hospitalisations with Covid are also rising, with data for 30 June revealing there were 11,316 people in hospital with Covid in the UK, up from 8,350 on 23 June. The number of people in hospital primarily due to Covid is also rising, with 3,749 such patients in England as of 5 July, up from 2,877 on the Tuesday before.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jul/10/covid-hospitals-fight-sickness-and-backlogs-as-latest-wave-hits-uk

    #111309
    John Day
    Participant

    Give this man another Big Gulp full of Kool-Aid! (He looks a little “dry”.)

    “Canada’s minister of natural resources, Jonathan Wilkinson, said in a statement on Saturday the government was issuing a “time-limited and revocable permit” to exempt the return of turbines from its Russian sanctions, to support “Europe’s ability to access reliable and affordable energy as they continue to transition away from Russian oil and gas”’

    #111310
    John Day
    Participant

    Germ said:
    “Now tea/coffee?
    Fucking tea/coffee??!!
    Just can’t make this shit up.”

    But they do, they do, they do just make this shit up.
    You don’t have to be smart, just prejudiced.
    Pick a new scapegoat every week and throw the spaghetti at it and see if it sticks.
    There have been medical studies for decades trying to show that coffee drinkers die slightly sooner, but it’s always the other way in the end.
    Coffee drinkers survive slightly longer on average, but tea might even have a little edge on that, and reduces prostate cancer risk somehow.
    That’s OK. This is not science it’s just “SCIENCE”.

    #111311
    John Day
    Participant

    More COVID hospitalizations, but Public Health UK had to stop segregating the hospitalization statistics by vaccination-status for the public’s benefit.

    #111312
    TAE Summary
    Participant

    * The Great Reset Today
    – The Benefits of Hunger: Give me your tired, your hungry, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to make a subsistence level wage
    – Governments centralize and inject fragility
    – Growth requires energy, decay follows neglect
    – PPP – Pyramid Protection Program
    – A Mostly Popular Depeacefulization: Notes for My Ukraine Investigative Committee Interview
    – VADS, Vaccinated Adult Death Syndrome, pronounced “SADS”
    – We may not have the best military in the world, but we’ve certainly paid for it

    * “End of quote, Repeat the line”: Whoever thought Bill Clinton’s “It depends on what the definition of is, is” would sound logical and intelligent

    * Anecdote: Saw a friend who doesn’t know I’m not vaxxed but who works at a hospital and was himself vaxxed. He mentioned a mutual friend Dave, who now has Covid. I asked “Wasn’t Dave vaccinated?” Reply was “The vaccines don’t work. They don’t stop anything.”

    * Coffee and Tea cause blood clots; The Mormons will inherit the earth

    * Stille nacht, unter Null nacht
    Alles schlecht, Staates Macht
    Heizen Seine Haus auf keinen Fall
    Vielleicht aufgewärmt wird uns, einmal
    Schlaf in tödlicher Kälte
    Schlaf in tödlicher Kält’

    #111313
    WES
    Participant

    On July 4th, my 93 year old aunt, living in Ottawa, died. Her funeral service at her church could not be scheduled until 3 PM August 6th, slightly more than a month from now. I believe this is the third service to be held at the church that day.

    This just goes to show that the dying business, per Germ, is booming because more people than normal are now dying from the vaccines. From what I have observed, most people are completely clueless that death rates are now higher.

    My entire family is currently at the cottage, enjoying the short Canadian summer. That of course includes my daughter’s pet dawf Dutch rabbit, Moki. This is her 7th summer here at the cottage. I built an 8 foot wide by 16 foot long and 6 foot high walk-in enclosure to protect her from any wild animals such as ccoyotes, raccoons, mink, foxes, hawks, and owls.

    Well up until this year that also kept the chipmunks at bay too. The chipmunks pose no danger to Moki, except, if they can, they will just eat her out of house and home! You just can’t keep her bowl of food full as the bold little chipmunks will clean it out in just a few minutes! Well it seems a wooden piece of Moki’s cage, lying on the ground, rotted and the chipmunks quickly discovered this and then staged “a break and enter” operation!

    I am pleased to report that the 2 local chipmunks are now again very frustrated chipmunks because they can see and smell Moki’s food bowl but can’t partake of it’s riches! Moki is now back to her usual business of digging new tunnels in the sandy soil, something she can’t really do back home in Toronto due to the thick and dense clay soil.

    Last Friday, all day, and all night too, Roger’s our phone/internet provider was down for at least 18 hours. Another reason why Roger’s should not be allowed to buy and merge with Shaw Communications. Roger’s needs to invest more in insuring their systems becoming more reliable instead of buying out their competition.

    #111314
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.webkams.com/ukraine
    Ukraine Webcams
    Here you can see the latest view from 231 live webcams in 68 destinations in the country of Ukraine. Both the current (latest) image, and the most recent daylight image are available for each camera.

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