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Ukraine’s Zelensky Fires Spy Chief And Top State Prosecutor (SCMP)
Germany Won’t Survive Winter Without Russian Gas – Official (RT)
Satellite Imagery Shows Global Crop Declines – Except For Russia And China (ZH)
Ex-White House Doctor Makes Biden Prediction (RT)
London Falling: Britain’s Military Decline Exposes NATO’s Collapse (Ritter)
The Collapsing Euro And Its Implications (Macleod)
Twitter Reverses Ban Of Epidemiologist After Legal Threat (RTN)
War With Iran (Chris Hedges)
Russia Ridicules Biden’s Trans And Non-binary Appointees (JTN)
Nearly 400 Local, State, And Federal Officers Waited Outside Uvalde School (PM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No, that’s not the same prosecutor that Biden fired…. 😉

What are the odds these people have merely suggested to talk to Russia?

Ukraine’s Zelensky Fires Spy Chief And Top State Prosecutor (SCMP)

President Volodymyr Zelensky abruptly fired the head of Ukraine’s powerful domestic security agency, the SBU, and the state prosecutor general, citing dozens of cases of collaboration with Russia by officials in their agencies. The sackings of SBU chief Ivan Bakanov, a childhood friend of Zelenskiy, and Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova, who has played a key role in the prosecution of Russian war crimes, were announced on Sunday in executive orders on the president’s website. The firings are easily the biggest political sackings since Russia invaded on February 24, forcing the entire Ukrainian state machine to focus on the war effort.

In a Telegram post, Zelensky said he had fired the top officials because it had come to light that many members of their agencies had collaborated with Russia, a problem he said had touched other agencies as well. He said 651 cases of alleged treason and collaboration had been opened against prosecutorial and law enforcement officials, and that more than 60 officials from Bakanov and Venediktova’s agencies were now working against Ukraine in Russian-occupied territories. The sheer number of treason cases lays bare the huge challenge of Russian infiltration faced by Ukraine as it battles Moscow in what it says is a fight for survival.

“Such an array of crimes against the foundations of the national security of the state … pose very serious questions to the relevant leaders,” Zelensky said. “Each of these questions will receive a proper answer,” he said. [..] In his nightly speech to the nation, Zelensky noted the recent arrest on suspicion of treason of the SBU’s former head overseeing the region of Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 that Kyiv and the West still view as Ukrainian land. Zelensky said he had fired the top security official at the start of the invasion, a decision he said had now been shown to be justified.

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Go talk to Russia.

Germany Won’t Survive Winter Without Russian Gas – Official (RT)

Germany’s natural gas reserves are not enough to see the country through next winter without purchasing additional Russian gas, the top official in charge of electricity and gas networks has told the media. In an interview with Germany’s Bild am Sonntag, published on Sunday, Klaus Muller warned that while “gas reservoirs are nearly 65% full,” and “it’s better than in the previous weeks” it is still not sufficient to “go through the winter without Russian gas.” The president of Germany’s Federal Network Agency added that much now depends on whether maintenance work on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline concludes as expected on Thursday. When asked how long it would take before energy prices for consumers in Germany are further raised, in case of a complete stoppage of Russian gas deliveries, Muller said no decision has yet been made.

However, he offered reassurances, noting that “there hasn’t been any significant price surge this week, even though the Nord Stream 1 was shut off.” The official suggested this may be a sign that “markets have already internalized the loss of Russian gas supplies and we’ve reached a gas-price-plateau.” The president of energy regulator insisted that Germans “shouldn’t succumb to panic,” assuring that “private households have the least reason of all to worry,” and will be provided with gas far longer than industry. Moreover, according to the official, “there’s no scenario in which we remain completely without gas.” Muller noted that even if Russia were to cut supplies entirely, other countries like Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium would still be selling the fossil fuels to Germany.

In future, the country’s own liquefied natural gas terminal will also make a difference, the network agency’s president added. Muller said if gas rationing occurs, the agency will weigh up the potential damage to the economy and supply chains from shutting off supplies to any particular business or industrial plant. The official went on to claim that even if there is a shortage, it will likely affect only the parts of Germany which are at the end of the gas network. Muller also dismissed suggestions that Berlin should ban any gas exports to neighboring European countries, stressing the importance of solidarity. “Just like we are now benefiting from the liquefied natural gas ports in Belgium and the Netherlands,” Germany would lend its neighbors a helping hand should they face a severe gas shortage, the official pledged.

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“Sadly, many people in the west have forgotten the importance of commodities, industry and energy in terms of geopolitical leverage..”

Satellite Imagery Shows Global Crop Declines – Except For Russia And China (ZH)

Infrared satellite imagery designed to measure moisture levels and the health of farmlands suggests that staple crops such as wheat are in poor condition and in sharp decline among major exporters including the Ukraine, the US and India. Two countries do have bumper crops so far though; namely Russia and China. It is hard to say which governments and institutions monitor this data, but a few months ago a multitude of political leaders and global banks issued simultaneous warnings of a “global food shortage” and an impending crisis. Such institutions included the IMF, World Bank, the BIS and even the White House. So far, a perfect storm of stagflation, supply chain disruptions and poor weather conditions have combined to disrupt food production around the world.

Price inflation due to central bank stimulus measures has been enough to do incredible damage to the many national economies, but a single bad year for crops on top of this could spell disaster. Russia and China, on the other hand, are enjoying a strategic advantage. As we entered spring of this year, the mainstream media heralded the end of the Russian economy and the swift collapse of their war efforts in Ukraine. Today, Russia is selling more oil and exporting more commodities than ever before, and both Russia and China now have the most healthy staple crops in the world. It’s almost as if the public in the west has been deliberately misled about our economic strength.

Sadly, many people in the west have forgotten the importance of commodities, industry and energy in terms of geopolitical leverage. Without dominance of these three arenas there is no chance for a nation or group of nations to dictate terms to a country that has such advantages. Economic warfare is about independent production and adaptability; these are two things the US and Europe do not have right now. [..] the temptation for the eastern nations to use food as a weapon against NATO countries will be just as high on their list as oil and gas. With food and energy stability in doubt there is also a considerable danger of civil unrest. Third world nations are likely to see the worst of the shortages, but price inflation in necessities is here to stay for first world countries as well. And along with that comes all the associated economic problems, including rising crime, rising unemployment and rising poverty.

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Highly valued physician to 3 presidents, and now all of a sudden he’s a quack?

Ex-White House Doctor Makes Biden Prediction (RT)

US President Joe Biden won’t make it through the rest of his first term as “his mind is too far gone,” White House physician turned Texas congressman Ronny Jackson predicted on Twitter on Thursday. Jackson elaborated that “Biden’s cognitive decline has been on full display for YEARS,” arguing “He SHOULD NOT be our President!” in another tweet calling for the president to resign. Jackson served as the personal physician to former presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and George W. Bush. In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, he revealed that Obama had sent him an email scolding him for casting doubt on Biden’s cognitive abilities.

After acknowledging that Jackson had “always served [Obama] and [his] family well,” and calling him a “fine doctor and service member but also a friend,” the former president tore into the congressman for the “cheap shot” he had supposedly taken at Biden on Twitter. “It was unprofessional and beneath the office that you once held,” Obama allegedly wrote, calling the tweets “disrespectful to me and the many friends you had in our administration.” The former president “expect[ed] better,” he said in the email, urging Jackson to “reflect” and “expect more of yourself in the future.” Jackson stood by his opinion of the current president’s mental status, however, telling Representative Jim Banks in another interview that “all I know is that he’s got age-related cognitive decline, right. He is not mentally fit right now.” The doctor cited “the way he shuffles away, stares off into space” as an indication Biden was no longer all there.

Reminding his critics that he had been the White House physician for three presidents, Jackson warned he was “100% sure that Joe Biden is incapable of doing that job,” pointing out how “physically and mentally … demanding” the presidency is. “He will not make it four years in office,” the doctor predicted. Biden’s alleged cognitive decline is a popular talking point among the president’s detractors, who note his growing confusion even in the face of simple tasks like reading off a teleprompter and exiting a stage after speaking. Prone to gaffes even while serving as vice president under Obama, his ability to remain on-script has suffered noticeably, to the point where his cabinet has repeatedly been forced to walk back inflammatory statements regarding regime change and potential military action in Russia and China.

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“Confusion is the name of the game at NATO these days..”

London Falling: Britain’s Military Decline Exposes NATO’s Collapse (Ritter)

The secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, recently announced the US-led military bloc’s goal of expanding its so-called ‘Response Force’ from its current strength of 40,000 to a force of more than 300,000 troops. “We will enhance our battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance up to brigade-levels,” Stoltenberg declared. “We will transform the NATO Response Force and increase the number of our high readiness forces to well over 300,000.” The announcement, made at the end of NATO’s annual summit, held in Madrid, Spain, apparently took several defense officials from the NATO membership by surprise, with one such official calling Stoltenberg’s figures “number magic.”

Stoltenberg appeared to be working from a concept that had been developed within NATO headquarters based upon assumptions made by his staffers, as opposed to anything resembling coordinated policy among the defense organizations of the 30 nations that make up the bloc. Confusion is the name of the game at NATO these days, with the alliance still reeling from last year’s Afghan debacle and unable to adequately disguise the impotence shown in the face of Russia’s ongoing military operation in Ukraine. The bloc is but a shadow of its former self, a pathetic collection of under-funded military organizations more suited for the parade ground than the battlefield. No military organization more represents this colossal collapse in credibility and capability than the British Army.

Even before the current Ukraine crisis kicked off, the British military served more as an object of derision than a template of professionalism. Take, by way of example, the visit of UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace to Zagreb, Croatia in early February 2022. Croatian President Zoran Milanovic accused the British of trying to incite Ukraine into a war with Russia, as opposed to trying to address Russia’s concerns over the existing European security framework. Wallace flew to Zagreb for consultations, only to be rebuked by Milanovic, who refused to meet with him, noting that he only met with the defense ministers of superpowers, adding that “the UK has left the EU, and this gives it less importance.” But London keeps putting a brave face on a sorry reality.

Take, for example, the offer of written security assurances to Sweden and Finland made by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. These pledges were designed to bolster the resolve of the two Nordic nations as they considered their applications to join NATO. But there was no substance to the British offer, if for no other reason than the British had nothing in the way of viable military capability to offer either the Swedes or the Finns. Even as Johnson proffered the proverbial hand of assistance to his newfound Nordic allies, the UK Ministry of Defense was wrestling with planned force reductions that would see the British Army cut from its current “established strength” of 82,000 to 72,500 by 2025 (the actual strength of the British Army is around 76,500, reflecting ongoing difficulties in recruitment and retention.)

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The euro was always just an experiment.

The Collapsing Euro And Its Implications (Macleod)

At a political level there appear to be terrifying levels of ignorance about the economic consequences of continuing to punish Britain for Brexit (yes, that still rankles) and now ostracising Russia for its belligerence at a time when the EU’s own economy is teetering on the edge of a financial and economic catastrophe. The EU exercises its political agendas despite any economic mayhem created. Russia is a far more serious issue than Brexit ever was. The EU has, to varying degrees, disposed of its fossil fuel capacity to placate environmentalists, exporting their production to nations not so squeamish about fashionable climate change strictures. Consequently, the EU has become highly dependent on Russian natural gas and oil, which in cavalier fashion it has decided to do without to punish Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

The economic consequences have been to put Germany’s economy on life support with its industrial limbs beginning to shut down, along with the productive capacity of many other EU states. In the coming months there will be food shortages exacerbated by lack of fertiliser supplies. Then there will be winter without heating fuel and frequent power cuts. And winter with food shortages in a continental climate is no joke. They will spark riots and growing political instability. The financial consequences stem partly from bank exposure to Russian entities, but far more important is the effect of soaring producer and consumer prices on the entire Eurozone financial structure. The euro system has depended on redistributing wealth from Germany and the fiscally conservative northern states to bail out the profligate south using suppressed interest rates. That scheme is now kaput.

The ECB, and the euro system of shareholder national central banks, has metaphorically been caught with their collective trousers down. Having suppressed interest rates into negative territory, they allowed member governments to borrow ultra-cheaply. Now that Eurozone CPI is rising at 8.6% and Germany’s producer prices are up 33.6%, either interest rates must rise smartly or the euro crashes.

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Settling with Berenson opened the door.

Twitter Reverses Ban Of Epidemiologist After Legal Threat (RTN)

Twitter has long since banned users under its “misinformation” policy for making truthful statements – and legal challenges to this appear to be having an impact. When journalist and commentator Alex Berenson settled with Twitter over his wrongful suspension from the platform, it was clear that it could open the way for more lawsuits. Dr. Andrew Bostom threatened to sue Twitter after he got suspended for sharing a link to a peer-reviewed article published in a respected medical journal about a study that found that Covid vaccines lower sperm counts. According to legal news outlet Legal Insurrection, he has retained the lawyer who helped journalist Alex Berenson get his account reinstated. Boston said his account was suspended “for tweeting a link to a scientific article on COVID-19 vaccine lowering sperm counts.”

“Until this morning, I had a very active Twitter account with a large following through which I shared scientific information, as well as my personal views,” he added. “This morning (6/22/22) I awakened to learn that overnight Twitter had summarily and simultaneously locked, and then suspended my account for this ‘offending’ tweet from Father’s Day, 6/19/22.” In the tweet that got him suspended, he shared the link to the article and wrote: “Primary COVID-19 BNT162b mRNA vaccination temporarily impairs semen concentration & total motile count among semen donors, with apparent rebound by ~5mos, but no data on boostering effect. Does boostering yield another decline?, followed by??”

He shared a screenshot of the notice he received from Twitter, which claimed that he had been permanently suspended for violating Twitter’s rules on spreading Covid misinformation.“My suspension is yet another example of Twitter’s arbitrary, Lysenkoist breaches of informed public discourse on covid-19,” Bostom told Legal Insurrection. Commentator Alex Berenson, who sued Twitter for a permanent suspension and got reinstated, has taken an interest in Bostom’s case. He shared the same article Bostom shared and dared Twitter to suspend him. The journalist is yet to get suspended for sharing the article. Bostom has retained the same lawyer that represented Berenson in his case against Twitter. The lawyer, James Lawrence III, sent a letter to Twitter, demanding the reinstatement of Bostom’s account and threatening a lawsuit if the account is not restored.

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Hands off Iran.

War With Iran (Chris Hedges)

The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia are plotting a war with Iran. The 2015 Iranian nuclear arms accord, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Donald Trump sabotaged, does not look like it will be revived. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) is reviewing options to attack if Teheran looks poised to obtain a nuclear weapon and Israel, which opposes U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations, carries out military strikes. During his visit to Israel, Biden assured Prime Minister Yair Lapid that the U.S. is “prepared to use all elements of its national power,” including military force, to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

Saudi Arabia, Israel and the U.S. function as a troika in the Middle East. The Israeli government has built a close alliance with Saudi Arabia, which produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks and has been a prolific sponsor of international terrorism, supporting Salafi jihadism, the basis of al-Qaeda, and such groups as the Afghanistan Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Al-Nusra Front. The three countries worked in tandem to back the 2013 military coup in Egypt, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew its first democratically elected government. He has imprisoned tens of thousands of government critics, including journalists and human rights defenders, on politically motivated charges. The Sisi regime collaborates with Israel by keeping its common border with Gaza closed to Palestinians, trapping them in the Gaza strip, one of the most densely populated and impoverished places on earth.

[..] A war with Iran would be a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. It would spread swiftly throughout the region. The Shiites across the Middle East would see an attack on Iran as a religious war against Shiism. The two million Shiites in Saudi Arabia, concentrated in the oil-rich Eastern province; the Shiite majority in Iraq; and the Shiite communities in Bahrain, Pakistan and Turkey would join the fight against the U.S. and Israel. Iran would use its Chinese-supplied anti-ship missiles, rocket and bomb-equipped speedboats and submarines, mines, drones and coastal artillery to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, the corridor for 20 percent of the world’s oil and liquified gas supply. Oil production facilities in the Persian Gulf would be sabotaged.

Iranian oil, which makes up 13 percent of the world’s energy supply, would be taken off the market. Oil would jump to over $500 a barrel and perhaps, as the conflict drags on, to over $750 a barrel. Our petroleum-based economy, already reeling under rising prices because of the sanctions on Russia, would grind to a halt. Israel would be hit by Iranian Shahab-3 ballistic missiles. Hezbollah’s store of Iranian-supplied rockets that allegedly can reach any part of Israel, including Israel’s nuclear plant at Dimona, would also be deployed. Strikes by Iran and its allies on Israel, as well as on American military installations in the region, would leave hundreds, maybe thousands, dead.

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Not just the Russians..

Russia Ridicules Biden’s Trans And Non-binary Appointees (JTN)

Russia is ridiculing transgender Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine and non-binary Deputy Assistant Nuclear Energy Secretary Sam Brinton, after a photo of the queer duo at the French ambassador’s home went viral last week. Russian Foreign Affairs communications official Maria Zakharova posted a photo on Telegram of Brinton and Levine in heels and skirts at the party with the caption as translated: “Answer the question honestly for yourself: Are these the values that you are ready to instill in your children? Or do we still fight for our own?” Russia’s United Nations diplomat Dmitry Polyanskiy also reposted a photo of Levine and Brinton with the caption: “Keep going that way, our dear American ex-partners! I don’t think we even need any long-term strategies to counter your malicious role in the world – you are doing the right thing yourselves! And let the whole world see WhoYouAre!”

Brinton, became the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy in the Department of Energy in June, posted the original photo with Levine on Instagram. The account has since been made private, but many screenshots of the photo are circulating online. Brinton has a controversial personal life, as reported by Just the News in February. In his free time, Brinton is a gender-fluid LGBT+ activist, a drag queen and a “pup” fetishist. Levine is the first openly transgender federal official. As Pennsylvania Health Secretary, Levine came under fire for moving her mother out of a nursing home during the COVID-19 pandemic after the state mandated that elder care facilities accept COVID-positive patients.

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Wonder what the Russians think of this…

Nearly 400 Local, State, And Federal Officers Waited Outside Uvalde School (PM)

“Systemic failures” and “egregious errors” are at fault according to a new report released by the Texas House on the May 24 Uvalde massacre, in which a lone gunman entered the Robb Elementary School and murdered 19 children and 2 teachers. Leadership, and the lack of a command structure, were also to blame. There were nearly 400 officers on the scene as the gunman massacred children and teachers for 73 minutes. There were 149 US border patrol agents, 91 state police, 25 Uvalde police, 16 members of the Uvalde sheriff’s office, and 5 members of the school district, in addition to members of law enforcement from surrounding communities.


The report, 44 days in the making, comes after the release of surveillance video from the school on that day, which shows that 73 minutes passed between the time the shooter entered the school and when police took out the gunman. Reports from the press conference indicate that some victims of the shooter could have been saved had officers entered the classroom without waiting over an hour. State Congressman Dustin Burrows said that “the officers who knew or should have know that this was an active shooter situation by their training experience should have done more.” On the day of the massacre, officers on the ground appeared to be unclear as to who was in charge. When officers attempted to go ahead into the room, they were prevented from doing so. School Police Chief Pete Arredondo reportedly said “tell them to f*cking wait.”

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  41 Responses to “Debt Rattle July 18 2022”

  1. “Dutch Dairy Farmer Faces Having To Cull 95% Of His Cows”

    By some amazing coincidence, all the farms in question are around the city and on the beach. I guess when they’re not farms we’ll have to very, very ecologically pave them. Remove every inch of topsoil, cover them with concrete, streetlights, heavy metals in cars, furnaces, batteries, transformers, equipment, not like those dirty, polluting farms.

    “Dutch Nitrogen Scientist Questions Basis: “We now treat farmers as polluters … which is a very strange perspective..”

    No kidding. LITERALLY, these guys think herds of buffalo on the plains cause global warming with their farts. We had to kill them all to save the earth!

    “Desperate For Energy Alternatives, Europe Pours Billions Into Hydrogen”

    Like the alien idiot squad, did anyone notice Hydrogen is a energy CARRIER, not an energy SOURCE? And nearly the worst energy carrier out there. No density, incredibly hard storage.

    “How an author, a NASCAR star and a young boy flipped ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ on its head” –CNN

    Well, I guess they won now. Yup everyone like Biden, nobody thinks Brandon is funny or says it at all.

    “New Dystopian UK Law Would Give All Social Media Users A ‘Truth Score’”

    The less true, the higher the score.

    “Ukraine’s Zelensky Fires Spy Chief And Top State Prosecutor All Opposition Parties and Everyone Else in Government except Him.”

    That’s what “democracy” means: it means everything it run by one man with no participation and no voting. Same as Socialism means.

    “Sadly, many people in the west have forgotten the importance of commodities, industry and energy actual work.

    “Highly valued physician to 3 presidents, and now all of a sudden he’s a quack?”

    No. He was always a quack. If he still exists, check Google and Wikipedia. “We were always at war with Estasia.”

    “Response Force’ of the size of a national army in WWII. Um, sure. And with no money and no arms. Where we pirate ships to raise money.

    “the alliance still reeling from last year’s Afghan debacle and unable to adequately disguise the impotence shown in the face of Russia”

    If you missed it, Lira’s rundown is like this: At the beginning of the war, he was very concerned with ratcheting escalation to a nuclear war as the U.S./West is too retarded to lose, too egotistical to back down and would rather kill us all, then die. That part was true. But instead, Russia hit the staging base on the Polish border with a handful of the * good * missiles. Now this only killed 500 men (although half a Billion dollars of gear) but it sent a message. The U.S./Nato is helpless. They’re using sticks and spears. Russia specifically shot from 400Km away, had to cross the entire country, and with all the satellites, spy planes, radars, they never saw it coming. Ever. They saw it after the base was on fire.

    So yes, Nato wanted a long war that slowly escalated to sap Russia, and you know how they love their plans. Haven’t changed it yet! But now the Pentagon won’t let a man, woman, or man-woman anywhere in the theatre, regardless of what the White House says. So instead of escalating, the attack STOPPED any escalation, as intended.

    “The Collapsing Euro And Its Implications (Macleod)”

    Wages of sin. This is what happens when you’re fundamentally dishonest. Everyone told them not to, they said they’d do the money-side and then back door/force the political side down their throats. Then they failed at the referendums, probably because of it. Then they never passed the Euro instead using this bizarre oh-we-had-a-treaty-tho plan. Since when does a treaty control your internal politics? And BECAUSE of the overbearing, no-response structure, then when they had to fix Portugal, Greece, they just high-handed everyone so there is no buy in nationally, and a deadly North-South division.

    All because they couldn’t be arsed. Pass it correctly, re-write your 2,000 pages down to something normal, with human input, and they most certainly WOULD have signed up. And the political fix would have cured the monetary flaw. So eat your s—t sandwich, you sure paid enough for it. As Luongo’s theory, the Fed is going to bury them right now.

    Back to today: Germany is all that’s left in Europe. And we/Russia just shut off Germany. And Holland.

    “Twitter has long since banned users under its “misinformation” policy”

    Yes, if you don’t repeat Twitter’s misinformation, you’re banned. As proven by every news/scandal for 5 years. RussiaRussiaRussia, Masks and social distancing. No laptop.

    “The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia are plotting a war with Iran.”

    Yes, but just since 1979. I think they’re on to us.

    Here’s the problem though: just like Ukraine, they have all the oil. Oil wins wars. Not having oil loses wars. So Russia and Iran can now defeat the broke, bankrupt, disordered, oil-less sissy-non-men who would be fighting them. Saudi can’t defeat the local equivalent of West Virginia. NATO can’t defeat the worldwide equivalent of a goat-petting zoo, Afghanistan.

    And now they also have no oil to do it with, while thanks to 40 year of relentless dickery, Iran and Russia have enough oil for the entire planet to spend. Good luck.

    50 years of wealth and prosperity, while we freeze. That’ll show ’em.

  2. Wow! I’m so sick of the LGBQT whatever movement, I’m ready to puke………….
    Be whatever you want to be; but stay the fuck out of making it a political movement!!!!!!!!!!

    Western society is poisoned by their sick value system; I’ll have none of it…….
    Russians see clearly the disintegration of western values/society and only need to sit bck and watch us self destruct…

  3. …and I do not like this new format!!!!!!!!

  4. In a random universe, chance reigns supreme; in the universe created by The Everlasting Dissatisfaction, God’s will is all there is.

  5. “…and I do not like this new format!!!!!!!!”

    Who hijacked TAE? Is the NSA/WEF/CNN trying to pull the plug?

  6. ₿oogaloo
    Who hijacked TAE? Is the NSA/WEF/CNN trying to pull the plug?

    Hmm, never thought of that possibility…

  7. Reality/Facts – Time to talk of “white flags”

    1. • Ukraine’s Zelensky Fires Spy Chief And Top State Prosecutor (SCMP)

    fired, citing dozens of cases of collaboration with Russia by officials in their agencies.
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    2. • Germany Won’t Survive Winter Without Russian Gas – Official (RT)

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    3. “global food shortage”
    Two countries do have bumper crops so far though; namely Russia and China.
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    4. Economic warfare is about independent production and adaptability; these are two things the US and Europe do not have right now.
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    5. Military – ongoing difficulties in recruitment and retention
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    6. Read more …

    Hands off Iran.

    • War With Iran (Chris Hedges)
    A war with Iran would be a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions
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  8. Peace incentive
    https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/gazprom-declares-force-majeure-will-halt-gas-flows-germany-indefinitely

    It seems this letter declaring its legal release from supply obligations going back to June 14 is in preparation for definitive action on July 22, namely that the pipeline’s operations are likely to remain suspended past the scheduled reboot/supply back online designated date.

  9. Huge if true – Gazprom has (reported by Ruiters) issued Force Majeure notices to three buyers of their Gas, Germany being one.

    Recall the calamitous projections published recently as to what will happen to the EU economy when/if the Nordstream1 flows do not resume on Jul-22? If this news is true then it’s time to put on the tin hats and find a foxhole to hide in.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/gazprom-declares-force-majeure-will-halt-gas-flows-germany-indefinitely

  10. So re-define “Ukraine”. These people are rational, not “traitors”.

    Zelensky said he had fired the top officials because it had come to light that many members of their agencies had collaborated with Russia, a problem he said had touched other agencies as well. He said 651 cases of alleged treason and collaboration had been opened against prosecutorial and law enforcement officials, and that more than 60 officials from Bakanov and Venediktova’s agencies were now working against Ukraine in Russian-occupied territories. The sheer number of treason cases lays bare the huge challenge of Russian infiltration faced by Ukraine as it battles Moscow in what it says is a fight for survival.

  11. “No good deed gets unpunished”.
    Yesterday Gonzalo and the Dutch farmer up in the video today, highlighted the point when it comes to refuges in the Europe.

  12. https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/stealthy-covid-variant-reinfect-every-151848554.html
    ‘Stealthy’ new Covid variant can reinfect you every month

    Health experts across the globe are signalling alarm as they begin reporting that Omicron BA.5, the coronavirus strain that is currently outpacing other variants in infection and has become the dominant strain in the US and abroad, has the ability to reinfect people within weeks of contracting the virus.
    The ability for strains BA.4 and BA.5 to reinfect individuals who would in previous waves of Covid-19 had stronger immunity has led some experts to start calling this latest strain the most transmissible yet.

    A study published in Science last week has confirmed the troubling reality that many may have already been experiencing anecdotally with multiple back-to-back reinfections: these two new subvariants evade protection from previous infections and vaccines.
    https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abq1841
    Immune boosting by B.1.1.529 (Omicron) depends on previous SARS-CoV-2 exposure

  13. https://www.rt.com/russia/559179-ukraine-prosecutor-sbu-zelensky/
    Ukraine walks back firing of top security officials
    Ukraine’s prosecutor general and the head of national security agency have been suspended, but not fired.

    Smirnov also noted that the president would need approval from the Ukrainian parliament to reshuffle officials in such high-profile positions as prosecutor general or security chief.

  14. @Zerosum: This study was done on triple-vaxxed healthcare workers who may or may not have also had COVID. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abq1841

    There are so many variables affecting immune response that I would be hesitant to draw any conclusions from this study, which was a fairly short-term study of immune enhancement of the vaccinated & boosted by Omicron, somehow showing an advantage for those who had not had COVID prior to their vaccination series, advantage to the triple-vaxxed without prior infection, as measured in the study.

  15. https://www.rt.com/russia/559167-ukraine-mercenary-russia-missile-strike/
    Ukraine’s ‘foreign legion’ struck by missiles – Russia
    Up to 250 foreign mercenaries were killed in the attack, the Ministry of Defense has claimed

    A facility used by Ukraine’s “foreign legion” in Donbass has been targeted in a Russian missile strike that killed up to 250 mercenaries and destroyed a number of military vehicles, Moscow’s Ministry of Defense announced on Monday.

    “A temporary mercenary deployment point of the so-called Ukrainian ‘foreign legion’ was hit with high-precision air-launched missiles in the settlement of Konstantinovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the ministry claimed.

    “Up to 250 foreign militants, seven armored vehicles, as well as 12 special purpose vehicles were taken out,” it added.

    Kiev’s foreign military unit was created in late February at the request of President Volodymyr Zelensky, and is officially known as the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine.

    The Russian military said it had conducted another high-precision strike on the temporary deployment point of a battalion of the 118th Brigade of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense forces in central Ukraine’s Cherkasy Region. The strike killed up to 60 nationalists and destroyed two multiple rocket launcher systems, along with four artillery pieces.

  16. The Dutch farmer was great. NL is highly urbanised, there aren’t any ‘wild’ parts left, all areas are staked out, used in one way or another. Part of country, land, is dependent on dikes, etc. The Gvmt. controls land use very strictly. NL has v. high population density, and is RICH.

    Developers cannot expand, they are slavering for more land, and it looks like they will get it. The aim is very basic, build more RE to cash in from rich ppl who ardently desire larger homes, flats, pools, schools, parks, etc.

    Which is of course completely and utterly against any ‘sensible’ Green Agenda, if such should ever see the light of day.

    So the farmers are to be expropriated because cows fart too much methane, or whatnot. Not that agriculture doesn’t contribute to global warming, all productive, exploitative human activities do…(say..)

    (You’d think WAR would be a top NO-NO for Greens? Hello?.. other topic.)

    The builders profit … The idea is, if more food is needed, it can be imported, it is cheaper to import food produced by low-paid peasants than to pay locals demanding parity with local living standards, while producing tomatoes tulips hamburgers biscuits and upping agri exports, etc.

    The project, ongoing since about 2010, is called the *Delta Metropolis*, it is cross-border, encompasses the Flemish (Dutch speaking) part of Belgium and Luxemburg, with coordination with France.

    This link is just one old one about all this of the top of Goog – there are maps, plans, position statements, etc., just to give flavor, it would take an expert to give details about the land – use.

    https://www.researchgate.net/figure/The-Northwest-European-Delta-Metropolis-as-described-in-the-Second-Structure-Plan-for-the_fig1_228746422

  17. https://www.rt.com/business/559156-russian-turbine-return-canada/
    Timeline for delivery of crucial Russian gas pipeline part revealed

    A crucial turbine from the Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline was airlifted from Canada to Germany on Sunday, Kommersant newspaper has reported, citing its sources.

    The part will then travel for another five to seven days by ferry to its destination in Russia, the paper revealed on Monday. If everything goes smoothly and there’s no delay at customs, the turbine will be fitted and ready to pump gas in early August, Kommersant noted.

  18. Dr. D is truer and “unkinder” about Dr. Ronnie than me. For a time he was my contemporary…Jesus.

    Read about him:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronny_Jackson#Overview

    Here’s the Navy’s surgeon General during that same period. At least he served in combat (I saw/heard him give a CME lecture in combat)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Arthur

    Here’s another contemporary and presently CEO who avoided combat and failed the national boards.

    https://www.beebehealthcare.org/health-hub/david-tam-md-beebes-new-ceo-president

    Lest you think the Navy enlisted standards exceeed those of commissioned officers, take time to regard these bonafide nitwits.

    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1987-12-06-me-26925-story.html

    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1986-12-26-mn-450-story.html?_amp=true

  19. Steve Bannon (SB): Your Excellency, after the psycho-pandemic, we now have the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Are we in “phase two” of one single project, or can we now consider the Covid farce to be over and concern ourselves with the increase in energy prices?

    His Excellency Carlo Maria Viganò (CMV): If in the last two years we had been faced with a true pandemic, caused by a deadly virus for which no other cures existed except for a vaccine, we would be able to think that the emergency was not intended. But this is not what happened: the SARS-CoV-2 virus is nothing but a seasonal flu that could have been cured with existing treatments and effective prevention based on strengthening immune defenses. The prohibition of treatment, the discrediting of the effectiveness of drugs that have been in use for decades, the decision to hospitalize the elderly who became sick in nursing homes and the imposition of an experimental gene treatment that has been demonstrated not only to be ineffective but also harmful and often fatal – all this confirms for us that the pandemic has been planned and managed with the purpose of creating the greatest damage possible. This is a fact that has been established and confirmed by the official data, despite the systematic falsification of that same data.

    Certainly, those who wanted to manage the pandemic in this way are not disposed now to yield easily, also because there are billionaire interests behind all of it. But what “they” want does not always necessarily happen.

    SB: In your opinion, Your Excellency, was the pandemic managed in this way due to inexperience? Or was it due to the corruption of those in positions of control who are in a conflict of interest because they are paid off by the pharmaceutical industry?

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-heroic-archbishop-vigano-the-corrupt-billionaire-agenda-sars-cov-2-virus-is-nothing-but-a-seasonal-flu/5786843

  20. The problem with government stats and projections in a nutshell, estimates is all that are ever done. At a desk in Ottawa, by a desk jockey, that grew up in a concrete jungle. Watched the northern cod disappear right before the eyes of the desk jockey Phd’s that said there were plenty in the Atlantic of that time. Experts my ass. If someone claims to be an expert give them plenty of room as a safety precaution, for yourself.

    “The problem is we had such severe delays in our planting that it’s hard to get a handle on what actually went into the ground, and I’m hard-pressed to find anyone in the oat industry that believes the 16% increase projected by Statistics Canada,” Strychar said.

    The acreage report only shows what farmers intend to plant, but a better estimate of genuine seeding numbers won’t be known until Statistics Canada issues its first yield and production estimates at the end of August.

    https://www.world-grain.com/articles/17181-north-american-oats-market-recovery-remains-uncertain

  21. Meanwhile back with the “experts” one has to wonder if this is reality or just more bluster to back the “build back better” bullshit. It has come to this point in the west that “experts” are no longer to be trusted if they ever were.

    https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/humanity-will-not-survive-extinction-of-most-marine-plants-and-animals/

    An Edinburgh-based research team fears plankton, the tiny organisms that sustain life in our seas, has all but been wiped out after spending two years collecting water samples from the Atlantic.

    The landmark research blames chemical pollution from plastics, farm fertilisers and pharmaceuticals in the water. Previously, it was thought the amount of plankton had halved since the 1940s, but the evidence gathered by the Scots suggest 90% has now vanished.

    Expert = has been/used to/ no longer can

  22. My Grandfather said “An expert is just an ordinary guy, a long way from home”!
    Therefore over educated gov PhD desk monkeys are not experts.

  23. The Mayor of Washington DC said on Sunday that the federal government should work to prevent illegal immigrants from being “tricked” into getting on buses headed towards the Nation’s Capitol.

    Margaret Brennan asked Bowser: “The Washington Post reported last week that homeless shelters in DC were filling up and groups are getting overwhelmed by these buses that the governors of Texas and Arizona are sending here full of migrants. How significant is this influx? How many people?”

    Mayor Bowser responded: “This is a very significant issue. We have for sure called on the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people from really being tricked into getting on buses.”

    “We think they’re largely asylum seekers who are going to final destinations that are not Washington DC I worked with the White House to make sure that FEMA provided a grant to a local organization that is providing services to folks, but I fear that they’re being tricked into nationwide bus trips when their final destinations are places all over the United States of America,” Mayor Bowser told the CBS host.

    “To help local officials whose communities are being overwhelmed by hordes of illegal immigrants who are being dropped off by the Biden administration,” Gov. Abbott said, “Texas is providing charter buses to send these illegal immigrants … to Washington, D.C.”

    “We are sending them to the United States’ Capitol where the Biden administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border,” Abbott said.

    Between Texas and Arizona, 79 buses transporting more than 2,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in Washington D.C. as of mid-May, according to New York Post.

    Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis also announced in April that the state Legislature’s proposed budget includes $12 million for the Florida Department of Transportation to remove illegal immigrants from the state and relocate them, although DeSantis doesn’t plan to send them to the Nation’s capitol.

    Instead, DeSantis has proposed sending the migrants to Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard. But the governor’s office said that sending them to ”…other ‘progressive’ states whose governors endorse blatant violations of federal immigration law” is also an option.

    https://thepostmillennial.com/dc-mayor-slams-republicans-for-tricking-illegal-immigrants-into-taking-buses-to-the-nations-capitol

    “Never attribute to stupidity that which is adequately explained by malicious greed & pathological cults.”

  24. The GZERO graph is misleading insofar as no nation produces oil. Nature produces oil. And it does so on a time frame of millions of years.

    What industrial humans do is EXTRACT oil. And the key to the short-term future is the combination of energy and resources (and to some extent fiat money) used to extract oil.

    The surge in extraction achieved by the US was by way of fracking, which is extremely energy-intensive, resource-dependent (and to some extent dependent on interest rates, which were extraordinarily low at the height of the fracking boom).

    Fracked wells tend to have a very short life, with plummeting extraction usually occurring after about 3 years, necessitating renewed fracking….versus the steady decline of extraction over decades from a conventional well after extraction has peaked.

    Low oil prices make fracking uneconomic, and high prices make it more economic. But high prices cause demand destruction, and there is a tendency for markets to collapse when oil is significantly above $100 a barrel.

    So, when someone declares that “oil will go to $500” (or even $200 a barrel, we can be sure it won’t happen because the global economic system will collapse long before such prices are reached, even with massive devaluation of currencies by central banks.

    How interesting that this morning I read that the extraordinarily low water level of the River Rhine is severely impacting the ability to move oil derivatives upstream.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/germanys-crisis-about-get-even-worse-rhine-water-levels-plummet

    The 800-mile (1,288-kilometer) Rhine river runs from Switzerland all the way to the North Sea and is used to transport tens of millions of tons of commodities through inland Europe. But with water levels at their lowest for the time of year in 15 years, there is a limit how much fuel, coal and other vital cargo that barges can carry up and down the river.

    Low water levels on the Rhine River mean that barges hauling middle distillate-type oil products – typically gasoil/diesel – past Kaub in Germany, are limited to loading about 30% of capacity, according to maritime brokerage services firm Riverlake.
    .

    • “So, when someone declares that “oil will go to $500” (or even $200 a barrel, we can be sure it won’t happen because the global economic system will collapse long before such prices are reached, even with massive devaluation of currencies by central banks.”

      You have hit on one of the core predicaments here–this is where the “supply and demand” thesis fails with respect to energy. When the price is too low to make extraction economically feasible, yet still too high for the end user, the system breaks. And the cost of extraction is inexorably rising higher as the cheap and easy stuff is exhausted.

  25. Bidenomics: Nearly half of small businesses fear shutting down amid elevated inflation

    https://justthenews.com/nation/states/center-square/small-businesses-risk-shutting-down-droves-amid-elevated-inflation

  26. It is amusing to hear anyone suggest that the vast majority of these illegal immigrants have any particular destination in mind, or have any really compelling reason to head to one particular place. I have read that many name a particular city to authorities only because word-of-mouth in the immigrant-wannabes suggested it as a good place to go. Does it really make sense that so many from third world countries would be asking for a plane ticket to Poughkeepsie NY?

    One good example–Portland, Maine:

    “Even as aid groups are stretched thin, Bongibo said word has spread that support is available in Maine, and that has made the state a popular destination for families seeking a safe place to restart their lives, many of whom are from Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

    https://www.mainepublic.org/maine/2022-02-08/in-portland-immigrant-groups-and-city-staff-struggle-to-support-record-number-of-asylum-seekers

    I’m sure that lifelong residents of tropical jungles like those in sub-Saharan Africa will feel right at home in the far-northeastern US.

  27. I also meant to observe that it would have take a dirty “trick” indeed to get me on a bus headed to Washington DC.

  28. Well it looks like Biden has decided to march on Moscow, joining Napoleon and Hitler in making such a trip. However before going, he needs to rest and get re-medicated, before setting off on his journey this fall, just before winter sets in. His non-binary advisors are still worried Joe might forget he is to march on Moscow.

    That Joe ain’t “all there” suits Obama and company just fine. Obama is enjoying his 3rd term as president completing his “Change you can believe in” agenda of firmly establishing intelligence as the 4th branch of government controlling the other 3 branches of government.

    Notice how little talk there is now in MSM of the Republicans sweeping congress in November. That is because the RINO Republicans are trying hard not to win more seats in November, so election rigging is less noticeable. This is one of the long term benefits of the federal government taking over control of all state run election committees. The last so called free election in the US was in 2016. That mistake won’t ever happen again now that intelligence is over seeing the integrity of all future federal elections.

  29. US President Joe Biden won’t make it through the rest of his first term as “his mind is too far gone,” White House physician turned Texas congressman Ronny Jackson predicted on Twitter on Thursday.

    The man sees the filth of congress first hand and still wants to join the party? Politics is basically giving bad people the opportunity to do good or bad things. I am certain this man is doing bad things.

  30. Confusion is the name of the game at NATO these days, with the alliance still reeling from last year’s Afghan debacle and unable to adequately disguise the impotence shown in the face of Russia’s ongoing military operation in Ukraine. The bloc is but a shadow of its former self, a pathetic collection of under-funded military organizations more suited for the parade ground than the battlefield.

    Underfunded? The almost 1 trillion pumped in by the USA is underfunding? Funding is not the problem, corruption is the problem. People take the funding and put it in their pockets, it pays for “invisible employees”, “invisible deliveries” etc. Managers in the military are ordering stuff, paying for it and lying about the delivery …. ooops, we lost those 100 tanks we ordered last month, but do you like my new beach front mansion in the Bahamas?

  31. Confusion is the name of the game at NATO these days, with the alliance still reeling from last year’s Afghan debacle

    Afghanistan was an exercise in covering the tracks of military equipment theft. The weapons that were left behind mostly never existed, they were the “invisible” military deliveries that were paid for but never delivered. As the Afghans have those invisible weapons now, no auditor will ever be able to trace back to the thieves stealing the money.

    I am sure that Ukraine is the same exercise, nobody in government is stupid enough to think the USA will recover, so now it is all about how much I can steal before we all hit the drain.

  32. The latest from Alastair Crooke:

    This neoliberal pro-creditor ethic, Professor Hudson asserts, is at the root of today’s New Cold War. When President Biden describes this great world conflict aimed at isolating China, Russia, India, Iran and their Eurasian trading partners, he characterizes this as an existential struggle between ‘democracy’ and ‘autocracy’.

    By democracy he means oligarchy. And by ‘autocracy’ he means any government strong enough to prevent a financial oligarchy from taking over government and society and imposing neoliberal rules – by force – as Putin has done. The ‘democratic’ ideal is to make the rest of the world look like Boris Yeltsin’s Russia, where American neo-liberals had a free hand in stripping away all public ownership of land, mineral rights and basic public utilities.

    But today we deal with shades of grey – there is no truly free market in the U.S.; and China and Russia are mixed economies, albeit ones leaning to prioritising a responsibility for the welfare of the community as a whole, rather than imagining that individuals left to their own selfish devices will somehow result in maximising national welfare.

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2022/07/18/reading-the-runes-of-war/


  33. That agenda involves shutting down the productive economy (in the name of saving Mother Earth, of course) and reducing the global population in the process. That the population would eventually fight back against this economic assault is no surprise; hence the creation of the homeland security state and the biosecurity state over the course of the past two decades. We are now at the point where any protest can be deemed “insurrection” by “domestic terrorists” and can justify all manner of punishment, including locking people out of the financial system altogether.

    https://corbettreport.substack.com/p/were-all-dutch-farmers-now

  34. 58 babies suffered life threatning adverse events in Pfizer data.
    Some of these babies who almost died and did not recover were promptly lost to follow up.
    There was a high ercentage of adverse events.
    https://rtmag.co.il/english/breaking-58-babies-who-received-mrna-covid-19-vaccines-suffered-life-threatening-adverse-events

  35. This is mainly for Canadian consumption and feedback, but others may find it instructive as to how a WEF-incorporated government

    https://live2fightanotherday.substack.com/p/fun-house-mirrors-canada

  36. Nah, I was jumping back and forth with what “They” would say, and did say, about the Doctor Ronnie.

    Just like Elon, minor god to the Left, tweets and opposes them, next instant he was always right wing Nazi we never liked…from our Teslas. History vanishes, is reduced to a single point where “The Party”, that is, “ME” is always right and always has been.

    His wiki is damning, but if you realize he’s been investigating and the best they can find is he had a drink after hours on a week-long foreign trip? That’s Leftopedia for you. I’d have to look further but he’s probably doing right if that’s what they’re writing.