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Ukraine Must Win By Winter – Zelensky Aide (RT)
The Power Troika Trumps Biden In West Asia (Escobar)
US and UK Want ‘Real War’ Between Russia and EU – Lavrov (RT)
Putin Blasts “Globalist” World Order as “Totalitarian (SN)
China Blames US For Ukraine Conflict (RT)
Ukraine Offers Itself as a ‘Testing Ground’ for NATO Weapons (Antiwar)
Russia Warns Of ‘Tougher’ Terms For Talks With Ukraine (RT)
Putin Says Russia Will Honor Gas Commitment (ZH)
The Great American Military Rebrand (Taibbi)
Former Clinton Advisor Says Hillary is Preparing to Run Again in 2024 (SN)
Jan. 6 Committee Has Yet To Establish A Criminal Case Against Trump (Turley)
Rhine Water Levels Drop Below Critical Threshold (ZH)
The C-19 Vaccine And The Innate Antibody Response Of Children (Geert)





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Ukraine Must Win By Winter – Zelensky Aide (RT)

The Ukrainian military must defeat Russia before winter, Andrey Yermak, chief of staff to President Vladimir Zelensky, said in an interview on Tuesday. Amid a shakeup in Ukraine’s government and Russian gains on the battlefield, Yermak insisted that more Western weapons could turn the tide. “Today, our main goal is victory,” Yermak said, “to do this, we need our military to have everything they need. They have everything except sufficient equipment and sufficient weapons.” The US alone has already allocated more than $55 billion worth of military and economic aid to Ukraine since February, and even though the Biden administration’s Lend-Lease program of arms shipments is set to come online in August, Yermak stated that time was not on his country’s side.

“The main task of Lend-Lease is that we get everything on time,” he explained. “It is very important for us not to enter the winter. After winter, when the Russians will have more time to dig in, it will certainly be more difficult.” Asked whether Ukraine’s military could retake the Black Sea coastline before winter, as Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov told the UK’s Sunday Times earlier this month that it would, Yermak did not answer directly, saying instead that “our goal is definitely the de-occupation of all our territories,” without providing a timeframe. “It’s hard work,” Yermak admitted, “when there is an enemy against you who has much more weapons and men.”

In Reznikov’s estimation, Ukraine needs around 50 M142 HIMARS rocket artillery systems from the US to hold back the advancing Russian military, and 100 of these truck-mounted launchers to conduct a counteroffensive. Reznikov announced these figures during a meeting of the Atlantic Council, a NATO-backed think tank, on Tuesday. To date, Washington has given Ukraine eight HIMARS systems, and the White House revealed on Tuesday that a fresh package of military aid to be announced this week will include more of these weapons systems. Ukraine has suffered a string of losses on the battlefield, with the entirety of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) coming under the control of Russian-allied forces at the beginning of this month, and Russian and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) forces seizing operational control of Seversk – within striking distance of the major cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk – in recent days.

Meanwhile in Kiev, Zelensky’s government appears consumed by a witch hunt, with Zelensky firing Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova and the head of the country’s top security agency, Ivan Bakanov, over the weekend. According to the Ukrainian leader, “high treason and collaboration” was rampant in both services. Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday approved the firings, and Zelensky went on to remove five more regional bosses of Bakanov’s agency, as well as its deputy head, Vladimir Gorbenko.

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Excellent from Pepe. Don’t miss.

The Power Troika Trumps Biden In West Asia (Escobar)

The Tehran summit uniting Iran-Russia-Turkey was a fascinating affair in more ways than one. Ostensibly about the Astana peace process in Syria, launched in 2017, the summit joint statement duly noted that Iran, Russia and (recently rebranded) Turkiye will continue, “cooperating to eliminate terrorists” in Syria and “won’t accept new facts in Syria in the name of defeating terrorism.” That’s a wholesale rejection of the “war on terror” exceptionalist unipolarity that once ruled West Asia. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his own speech, was even more explicit. He stressed “specific steps to promote the intra-Syrian inclusive political dialogue” and most of called a spade a spade: “The western states led by the US are strongly encouraging separatist sentiment in some areas of the country and plundering its natural resources with a view to ultimately pulling the Syrian state apart.”

So there will be “extra steps in our trilateral format” aimed at “stabilizing the situation in those areas” and crucially, “returning control to the legitimate government of Syria.” For better or for worse, the days of imperial plunder will be over. The bilateral meetings on the summit’s sidelines – Putin/Raisi and Putin/Erdogan – were even more intriguing. Context is key here: the Tehran gathering took place after Putin’s visit to Turkmenistan in late June for the 6th Caspian summit, where all the littoral nations, Iran included, were present, and after Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s travels in Algeria, Bahrain, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, where he met all his Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) counterparts.

So we see Russian diplomacy carefully weaving its geopolitical tapestry from West Asia to Central Asia – with everybody and his neighbor eager to talk and to listen to Moscow. As it stands, the Russia-Turkey entente cordiale tends to lean towards conflict management, and is strong on trade relations. Iran-Russia is a completely different ball game: much more of a strategic partnership. So it’s hardly a coincidence that the National Oil Company of Iran (NIOC), timed to the Tehran summit, announced the signing of a $40 billion strategic cooperation agreement with Russia’s Gazprom. That’s the largest foreign investment in the history of Iran’s energy industry – badly needed since the early 2000s. Seven deals worth $4 billion apply to the development of oil fields; others focus on the construction of new export gas pipelines and LNG projects.

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“I think they still haven’t realized that they’re playing very dangerous games. But many in Europe are beginning to understand that.”

US and UK Want ‘Real War’ Between Russia and EU – Lavrov (RT)

The US and UK want to escalate the Russia-Ukraine conflict into a larger confrontation between Moscow and members of the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday in an interview with RT and Sputnik. “Our US and British colleagues… with the support from the Germans, Poles, and the Baltic states, very much want to make this war a real war, pitting Russia against European countries,”Lavrov said, speaking to RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan. The Western governments are “literally holding Ukraine back from any constructive steps”towards a peace settlement, Lavrov argued. They are not only “flooding” the country with weapons, but “forcing” Ukraine to use them more brazenly, he added.

Russia launched its military operation in the neighboring country in late February. Many countries, including NATO members, imposed sweeping sanctions on Moscow and have been supplying Kiev with heavy weapons. The latest deliveries include US-made M142 HIMARS multiple rocket launchers and M777 howitzers. Lavrov claimed that the US and Britain are “benefiting” from the conflict between Russia and the EU because the economies of the bloc’s members are bearing the brunt of the sanctions. He added that the US has been acting “irresponsibly” by stoking tensions with Russia. “I think they still haven’t realized that they’re playing very dangerous games. But many in Europe are beginning to understand that.” US President Joe Biden said last week that Russia must suffer “a strategic failure” in Ukraine and vowed more support for Kiev.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.” In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.

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“No matter how much Western and so-called supranational elites strive to preserve the existing order of things, a new era is coming, a new stage in world history..”

Putin Blasts “Globalist” World Order as “Totalitarian (SN)

Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted earlier today that the “globalist” world order is “totalitarian” and is “holding back creative pursuit.” Putin made the comments during a forum in Moscow. The notorious leader claimed that the west had only achieved its global preeminence due to the historic plunder of other nations and had no moral right to enforce a unipolar model on the planet. “The model of the total dominance of the so-called ‘golden billion’ is unjust. Why should this ‘golden billion’ among the planet’s population dominate others, impose its own rules of conduct?” Putin asked. “Based on the illusion of ‘exclusivity,’ this model divides people into first and second class status, and is therefore racist and neo-colonial in its essence,” he added.

“And the globalist, supposedly liberal ideology which underlies it is increasingly acquiring the features of totalitarianism, holding back creative pursuit, free historical creation,” Putin claimed. The Russian President went on to stress his view that the globalist world order was built off the exploitation of other countries. “Of course, this ‘golden billion’ did not become ‘golden’ by accident. It has achieved a lot. But it did not only take up its positions thanks to the realization of some ideas, but to a large extent due to the robbery of other peoples – both in Asia and Africa. That’s what happened.” He then proclaimed that western elites are terrified that their global order is being dismantled. “No matter how much Western and so-called supranational elites strive to preserve the existing order of things, a new era is coming, a new stage in world history. And only truly sovereign states can ensure high dynamics for growth and become an example for others,” said Putin.

Putin on elites

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“It is quite clear to the world who exactly is causing the global food crisis..”

China Blames US For Ukraine Conflict (RT)

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has accused the US of starting the crisis in Ukraine and fueling the conflict in the east European country. Spokeman Zhao Lijian told reporters at a regular press briefing on Tuesday that Washington should stop playing “world police” and work on creating conditions for peace talks instead. Zhao was asked about recent remarks from US State Department spokesperson Ned Price, who once again threatened China with a “very steep cost” should Beijing help Moscow evade Western sanctions – without providing evidence that this is happening. Accusing Price of sounding “as if the US were the world police,” Zhao said that China “takes an objective and fair stance and stands on the side of peace and justice” when it comes to Ukraine.

“We firmly oppose any unwarranted suspicion, threat and pressure targeting China. We are also firmly against unilateral illegal sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction with no basis in international law,” Zhao said. Washington needs to “stop playing up bloc confrontation and creating a new Cold War by taking advantage of the situation,” Zhao added, urging the US to instead “facilitate a proper settlement of the crisis in a responsible way and create the environment and conditions needed for peace talks between parties concerned.” This is not the first time China has pushed back on US pressure to side with the West against Russia in the matter of Ukraine. Last month, Zhao’s colleague Wang Wenbin also chidedWashington for fueling the conflict and wanting to “fight to the last Ukrainian” while Beijing wanted a negotiated peace. He stopped short of blaming the US for starting the current military confrontation, however.

At the end of June, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters the alliance had been “preparing for this since 2014,” referring to the US-backed government in Kiev which came to power after the coup ousted the elected president and triggered the crisis with Crimea and Donbass. At Tuesday’s press conference, Zhao also rejected US accusations that China was contributing to food shortages in Africa, pointing the finger back at Washington. “It is quite clear to the world who exactly is causing the global food crisis,” he said. “We hope that the US will seriously reflect on its disreputable role in the global food crisis and stop smearing and making groundless accusations against China.”

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Not the Ukraine, but its “leaders”.

Ukraine Offers Itself as a ‘Testing Ground’ for NATO Weapons (Antiwar)

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov on Tuesday openly offered Ukraine as a venue to test NATO weapons against Russia in an online conversation with the director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. Reznikov said that Ukraine “is essentially a testing ground” for the advanced weaponry the US and its allies are pouring into the country. “Many weapons are now getting tested in the field in the real conditions of the battle against the Russian Army, which has plenty of modern systems of its own,” he said. The Ukrainian military chief made the offer in a fresh pitch for more Western arms. “We are interested in testing modern systems in the fight against the enemy and we are inviting arms manufacturers to test the new products here,” he said.

One weapons system that is getting its first use on the battlefield in Ukraine is the Polish Krab artillery system that was provided by Warsaw. “So, I think for our partners in Poland, in the United States, France, or Germany, it’s a good chance to test the equipment. So, give us the tools. We will finish the job and you will have all the new information,” Reznikov said. The Western response to the war in Ukraine has been a boon for US arms makers, who are making money sending weapons into the war zone, replenishing NATO stockpiles, and selling arms to European countries that have decided to boost military spending. Kyiv has been asking for more advanced arms than it has been sending, including F-15 and F-16 fighter jets. Ukrainian pilots would need to be trained to fly the US aircraft, and the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act includes $100 million to go towards that training, although the massive spending bill has not yet been finalized.

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“Lavrov: “Should the west supply Kiev with long-range weapons, the geographical objectives of the special operation in Ukraine will move even further. Meaning further west and north.”

Russia Warns Of ‘Tougher’ Terms For Talks With Ukraine (RT)

Moscow will make much harsher demands if and when talks on a peaceful settlement of the Ukraine conflict resume, Leonid Slutsky, a member of Moscow’s negotiating team, has warned.“Today, the conditions on our part will be tougher regarding demilitarization and ‘denazification’; tougher both in terms of essence and the timeframe of their implementation,” Slutsky, who leads the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) in the Russian State Duma, said during a press conference on Tuesday. However, the parliamentarian pointed out that currently “Kiev doesn’t show any eagerness to resume the negotiations.” On Monday, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov also addressed the possibility of the resumption of talks with Ukraine, saying that Russia’s demands would be “different” if the two sides sit down at the negotiating table now.

However, much like Slutsky, he had to acknowledge that “for now, there’s no interest in this from both Kiev and the Western countries”that are backing Ukraine in the conflict.The peace process had been put on hold by the Ukrainian side after the latest round of negotiations, which took place in Istanbul in late March, according to the aide. “After that, the Ukrainian delegation didn’t maintain any contact with us,” Ushakov said. Moscow had initially been optimistic about the outcome of the talks in Turkey’s largest city, but later accused Kiev of backtracking on all the progress that had been achieved there and declared that it had lost all trust in the Ukrainian negotiators.

In his interview with Forbes on Monday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba insisted that Kiev would only be eager to resume talks after Moscow suffers “defeat on the battlefield.” “Otherwise, it will be the language of ultimatums again” on the part of Russia, he explained. According to Kuleba, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky doesn’t rule out “the possibility of negotiations,” but believes “there is no reason” for it at the moment. Despite Russian forces steadily gaining ground in Donbass, Ukraine’s top negotiator David Arakhamia suggested last month that Kiev could achieve a “favorable position” on the front by late August after it conducts “counteroffensive operations in certain areas.”

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Nordstream 1 has been restarted, but only on one turbine.

Putin Says Russia Will Honor Gas Commitment (ZH)

As we reported previously, Nord Stream 1, the main artery for Russian gas to Europe, is currently down due to regular maintenance and European governments are worried the Kremlin won’t restore its flow when the work ends Thursday, roughly around the time the ECB announces a historic rate hike (as much as 50bps according to the latest press reports). A prolonged outage could lead to an even greater energy crisis, prompting governments to ration energy, hurting industry and sending the country into recession even faster. Putin echoed comments made late Tuesday after his visit to Tehran, where the Russian president said that Kremlin-controlled energy exporter Gazprom PJSC, pipeline operator’s majority shareholder, “has always fulfilled and will fulfill all of its obligations.”

But he added that flows might fall to some 20% of capacity as soon as next week if a critical pipeline turbine that was undergoing repairs in Canada isn’t returned to Russia soon. Putin said that another turbine had to go for maintenance on July 26. Even before the maintenance began, Gazprom last month cut deliveries on the pipeline to 40% of its capacity, blaming Canadian sanctions that had prevented the return of the turbine being repaired there. European officials have dismissed the turbine explanation as a pretext for Moscow to try and wreak economic havoc on the continent. Germany has been racing to return the turbine to Russia after Canada earlier this month tweaked its own sanctions, allowing turbines for the Nord Stream pipeline to be repaired and returned to Russia.

In response to the threat of a complete Russian shutdown, the European Union has been pressing governments to step up their energy-conservation campaigns, rolling out new plans for possible rationing on Wednesday. The commission’s plan is expected to offer guidelines for curbing energy use and establish criteria governments can use to determine which industries to give priority to if there isn’t enough gas to go around. The guidelines also call for public buildings to limit air conditioning to 77 degrees Fahrenheit and cap thermostats at about 66 degrees during colder months.

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“Billions of dollars in weapons the military did not seek..”

The Great American Military Rebrand (Taibbi)

Fast forward to last week. As January 6th hearings, a presidential fist-bump, and a Kardashian spawn’s gender reveal gobbled attention, the House quietly passed a monster $839 billion defense package. It was “the definition of a bipartisan bill,” chirped Alabama’s Mike Rogers, as 180 Democrats and 149 Republicans joined to smash by tens of billions previous records for military spending. With this already underreported story, just one news outlet, Roll Call, described a “first of its kind” report published by the Department of Defense Comptroller’s office, which revealed at least $58 billion of “congressional additions” above Joe Biden’s budget request.

As former Senate aide and defense budget analyst Winslow Wheeler puts it, these “additions” are “not (all) earmarks under either the House’s or Senate’s shriveled definition of them, but they are all earmarks… under the classic understanding.” What’s in those requests? As Roll Call’s Donnelly explains, the $58 billion included “money to respond to disasters and the war in Ukraine,” but also: Billions of dollars in weapons the military did not seek, such as more than $4 billion worth of unrequested warships, many of them built by the constituents of senior appropriators. This felt like Duke Cunningham days, back with a vengeance. The $58 billion revealed by the Department of Defense only pertained to “congressional increases” larger than $20 million. I asked the DoD to ask if they also counted smaller appropriations.

So far, they’ve declined to comment, but according to several sources (and Roll Call), the actual amount of “additions” is almost surely far higher than $58 billion. Both the triumphant return of the earmark and the enormous defense hike should have been big stories. To put $58 billion (at least) in defense “increases” in context, the amount of overall federal earmarks in 2006, the infamous year that prompted so much outrage, was said to be $26 billion. Meanwhile Biden’s one-year arms increase exceeds the pace of Donald Trump’s infamous $200 billion collective defense hike between 2017-2019. These are major surges past the levels of both pork and weapons spending that had progressives roaring for “change,” yet there’s almost zero outcry now. Why?

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Dick Morris knows a thing or two.

Former Clinton Advisor Says Hillary is Preparing to Run Again in 2024 (SN)

A former top advisor to Bill Clinton claims that Joe Biden will be forced to step aside and be replaced by Hillary, who is preparing to run again for president in 2024. No, not again! The prediction was made by Dick Morris, who ran Bill Clinton’s successful re-election campaign in 1996 and was once touted as Clinton’s most influential advisor. According to Morris, the Democratic establishment knows “that Biden can’t run again in 2024” due to his “quickly declining mental abilities” and the economic disaster he had presided over. Morris says that Biden will eventually cave to extreme pressure not to run, but that he won’t be replaced by Kamala Harris, who would get trounced by Trump.

The former advisor says a “black candidate” will emerge, along with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, who will “wreak havoc” because the party is now dominated by far-left agitators, although AOC won’t be old enough to be president, so the rules would have to be changed for that to happen. “As leftist candidates emerge as front-runners in the Democratic primary, pressure will grow on Hillary Clinton to enter the race,” writes Morris. “Much like Biden’s surprise entrance in 2020, Democrats will see her as their savior, an experienced politician able to bridge the left and more moderate wings of the party.” Morris says Hillary’s recent media interviews and her cronies touting her as Biden’s replacement are clear signs she is set to run again in 2024.

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“It is difficult to make a criminal case over what an official failed to do..”

Jan. 6 Committee Has Yet To Establish A Criminal Case Against Trump (Turley)

The eighth and final scheduled hearing of the House Jan. 6 select committee is scheduled for Thursday, and its members reportedly will present a time line of events on that day, particularly the 187 minutes between the end of then-President Trump’s speech on the Ellipse and his call for supporters to leave the Capitol. It will again replay moments from the horrific to the heroic. What it has not shown thus far, however, is what was promised at the outset: a clear criminal case against Trump. At the start of the hearings, committee members promised they had the long-sought smoking-gun evidence — new material that would close the circle on Trump. Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) indicated he thought there was now “credible evidence” to support a variety of criminal charges. His colleague, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), said the committee would show that Trump organized a “coup” on Jan. 6, 2021.

No sooner had the hearings begun when many in the media declared that the criminal case had been conclusively proven — even though most of what was being presented was already generally known. It often sounded more like a prayer than proof. Former Nixon counsel John Dean said an indictment would be forthcoming because “I don’t see how the line prosecutors at the Department of Justice can’t take a lot of this evidence and use it. … Trump is in trouble. Trump is in trouble.” Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe said the question was only what would be charged first, since Trump’s felonies were shown “without any doubt, beyond a reasonable doubt, beyond any doubt, and the crimes are obvious.” That included an allegedly clear case of attempted murder of former Vice President Pence.

Yet, on the eve of the primetime hearing this week, committee members sound strikingly less prosecutorial. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) told CNN that “I look at it as a dereliction of duty. He didn’t act. He did not take action to stop the violence.” It is difficult to make a criminal case over what an official failed to do. Yet the last hearing seemed to focus on a number of things that did not occur, from a draft tweet that was not sent to an executive order that was never signed. There were discussions of appointing Trump attorney Sidney Powell as a special counsel, seizing voting machines or replacing the Justice Department’s leadership. As unnerving as these proposals were, they also were not carried out. It is the type of evidence used to show mens rea — “guilty mind.” However, crimes generally require both guilty minds and guilty acts. Building a criminal case on the failure to act to stop the violence is a notoriously difficult case to make.

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The Rhine is also important for exports, and there is no alternative.

Rhine Water Levels Drop Below Critical Threshold (ZH)

Water levels on the River Rhine have steadily declined and fallen to emergency levels this week, indicating more headwinds for the German economy already careening towards recession. One of the most vital waterways in Europe’s economic heartland is below a very important 78 centimeters (31 inches) threshold at a measuring station in Kaub, Germany. As of Wednesday, Kaub sits at 68 centimeters (27 inches) and is dropping fast, indicating that barge transport disruptions could be imminent. Riverlake, a vessel broker, already says barges hauling goods between Upper Rhine from Rotterdam have reduced weight to about a third of capacity to improve draft in shallow parts of the waterway, according to Bloomberg.

For some context, barges on inland waterways haul about 5%-10% of German freight, with about 80% of that on the Rhine, including a third of domestic shipping of crude oil, natural gas, and coal, Berenberg economist Salomon Fiedler wrote Wednesday in a note to clients. Citing a report by the Kiel Institute, Fiedler said if Kaub sustains water levels below 78 centimeters for several weeks or longer, German industrial production will be “about 1% lower than in a month with no low-water days.” He said the following month would be an impact of 1.5%. The water crisis on the 800-mile (1,288-kilometer) river that runs from Switzerland to the North Sea is similar to the one in 2018.

The previous crisis resulted in transport disruptions that hit industrial production. One noticeable difference is the economy today is sliding toward a recession as it contends with an energy crisis, high inflation, faltering economic growth, and supply chain bottlenecks — unlike anything ever seen before. Germany’s economy grew by a paltry 0.2% in the first quarter, just barely escaping a technical recession following a contraction in the prior quarter, while the inflation rate printed a mind-numbing 7.6% in June. Alarming signs of stagflation are developing, and hyperinflation of energy prices thanks to Europe’s sanctions on Russia is the leading cause of the economic turbulence.

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Don’t rob your kids of their immune systems.

The C-19 Vaccine And The Innate Antibody Response Of Children (Geert)

Question: For those children who, unfortunately, have gotten a Covid-19 vaccine, does this one hijacking (the shot(s) and subsequent infections that are not neutralized) of their immune response prejudice their innate antibody response to different degrees based on the similarities of the various glycosolated pathogens they will later encounter?

Answer: The problem comes from the infection-enhancing antibodies (IEAbs). As viral infection rates are only climbing, and as these Abs render vaccinees highly susceptible to infection, more and more vaccinees are now sitting on high titers of these Abs. Children who have gotten a Covid-19 vaccine will, of course, not be an exception. Because the IEAbs will continuously outcompete the innate Abs, the latter will not manage to educate the cell-based innate immune system (NK cells) on how to recognize a SC-2 infected host cell at an early stage of infection at a time where innate Abs are no longer functional or already overridden by foreign-centered immune cells. The latter can now happen very rapidly due to ADEI, which basically drives the virus into the adaptive immune system and promotes stimulation of foreign-centered T and B cells. This also applies to host cells infected by other glycosylated viruses that generate acute self-limiting infection/ disease because the patterns these viruses express on the surface of infected host cells are shared.

So the answer is yes, these children are at high risk of suffering from irreversible deficiency of their innate immune system to recognize ‘foreign’ from ‘self’. When you prevent innate immune effector cells from learning how to recognize self-mimicking patterns expressed on host cells infected by glycosylated viruses for a long enough period, these NK cells will never be able to recognize such viruses, nor will they be able to recognize ‘altered self’ patterns expressed on pathologically altered host cells. Unfortunately, the latter inability opens the door to immune pathology and cancer.

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New Zealand has set a new high in COVID deaths and currently has one of the highest death rates in the world, despite a continued mask mandate and exceptionally high vaccination and booster rates





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    $58 billion of “congressional additions” above Joe Biden’s budget request.

    No issues here as it’s fiat and so is the repayment. Fiction at its finest applied to the little people, of course it will be their fault when the real bill comes due.


    It’s astounding how the general public in most of the west isn’t able to connect the dots. I’ll bet most wouldn’t dare to colour outside the lines!

    “New Zealand has set a new high in COVID deaths and currently has one of the highest death rates in the world, despite a continued mask mandate and exceptionally high vaccination and booster rates”


    “For those of us at the high end of the social ladder, ending hunger globally would be a disaster. If there were no hunger in the world, who would plow the fields? Who would harvest our vegetables? Who would work in the rendering plants? Who would clean our toilets? We would have to produce our own food and clean our own toilets. No wonder people at the high end are not rushing to solve the hunger problem. For many of us, hunger is not a problem, but an asset.”


    Dr. D


    You have to wonder sometimes. And it seems like there are two camps, and if you start one, you keep going somehow. Hail Seitan, Lord of Protein.

    “We Decided to Stop Paying”: China’s Mortgage Payment Boycott Spreads as Property Suppliers Refuse to Pay Their Bills”

    Spot check run down this morning. Yes, Powell raising rates hammers the Eurodollar market. It’s risen 20% in a few months, and all dollar-denominated contracts in Europe are getting savaged, which to same extent is more contracts than the United States. As Luongo says, they are our enemy to democracy, and deeply tunneled in to our system at this very late hour. But they’re not the only one. Sri Lanka will have dollar problems. China is pegged to the dollar. Certain places in S. America are either pegged, or have too many dollar contracts now up 20%. So you can imagine emerging market debt to be the first to fail, as usual. Like Panama and Peru. We’re really just on a death watch to see who goes first. My bet remains on Europe, but China shows it doesn’t have to be.

    China ALREADY cracked, but as we’ve seen their authoritarian structure means the flow runs differently, and possibly not at all. Or not in a way. Lockdowns magically happen wherever they have financial and protest trouble, just like our Repo market in 2019. Now we don’t walk away from this, but we do fail last. And before then, foreign money should try to hide on Wall St. with international capital flows.

    Other notes: Saudi says seeding clouds is a mature technology that they spend a little money to use there. The U.S. have any explanation for why this isn’t true in our southwest, like Lake Mead? No? Physics is different here, we don’t try things…that we ourselves invented? And are so old we successfully used them in the Vietnam war 50 years ago?

    Europe? Your rivers are down, it’s a bit hot. Are Physics is different in Europe too?

    “Tesla announces it has sold 75% of its bitcoin holdings for $936 billion.”

    Sold at a loss, it seems. And why not? When you can print money, you buy BTC, store it, then hammer the market with it as a well-paid favor for your banking friends. They just need a vehicle to manipulate the market in this larger size now. As SEC stands for S.E.C. it seems, why not use Tesla? Tesla is a stock-manipulation company that also sells some cars. Among others of course. …Last time they bought the Japanese Judge holding the Mt. Gox coins. That was way cheaper I’m sure, but points to the same problem: as long as they can print money, most problems are solvable, and all markets – therefore all objects — are corrupted. Ah, it’s a beautiful world.

    But, if you were wondering about dollar alternatives that people would flee to. Legarde says all off-ramps must be shut our they’ll leave our system (of slavery).

    2021: No medical curiosity about why weight has occurred. No interest in the extra deaths 100x Covid. No 100-year interest in how that weight erases our military readiness. Huh. That’s odd. It’s almost like they want it, and also can blame us for their active poisons.

    CNN: Behold! The Green Horse! …Trojan Horse that is. Why does he ride with War, Famine, and Disease? Because their Green agenda will kill more people than war does. Greta approved. AOC sanctioned. AOC has caused more refugee flight from NYC than WWI and WWII combined. They’re all following her mother to Florida.

    Much as I hate Gingrich, I appreciate him naming their weird, selfish, mass-murder as a fundamentalist cult and religion. They are terrorists, and I mean that in the accurate sense of the word. The only thing that might mitigate that is their use in positions of government to execute their acts of terrorism, which would therefore be Democide instead, a Socialist specialty.. And relentless psychological terror, as seen with CNN’s climate fabrications. It’s one HUNDRED degrees! In Texas! Say it ain’t so, the world is ending.

    Ukraine Must Win by Winter – Zelensky Aide (RT)”

    True but impossible.

    “US and UK Want ‘Real War’ between Russia and EU – Lavrov (RT)”

    Another example of their religion of mass-murder. However, let’s not be sloppy: the “U.S.” is not one thing. WHO in the U.S.? This weird religious death cult. Clearly Blinken and Austin want war that will kill 1/3rd of Europeans – personal opinion: especially the white ones. The CIA agrees. However, the Pentagon does not appear to want this, as they have taken no actions. Without them, Russia just runs over Europe and de-Nazifies not Ukraine, but Brussels too.

    “The notorious leader claimed” WHY do they say things like that? Do they have an orgasm each time? Why do they say “Unprovoked”? If it’s actually unprovoked, there’s no need to protest to much, padding your valuable article with useless adjectives. Why do they say “without evidence”? If there wasn’t evidence, there’s no need to say “Without evidence” because the statement is sufficient in itself.

    You publish, “Vladimir Putin said.” Period. The reader can draw their own conclusion, from facts and evidence you provide, not emotional innuendo fabricated from Roget’s extensive section on adjectives. The minute they say/use this, the entire article is suspect and I more or less toss it. Because clearly THEY tossed it. Off. Into my face. The use of even one such structure demonstrates you’re not a serious journalist but a propagandist and a hack. You’re fired.

    “Ukraine Offers Itself as a ‘Testing Ground’ for NATO Weapons (Antiwar)”

    Not true. What weapons are there? Our new lasers? Exosuits? But if they ARE a testing ground of NATO’s new high-heel and makeup training, then they lost instantly and bitterly. Every fancy thing they’ve planned and done is a dismal failure, smoke in the wind, just as it was in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, the Yale tiddlywinks playoffs…

    “EU rationing gas”

    Too late. And if you thought citizens were pissed before, with riots and protests continent-wide, you ain’t seen nothing yet. How did Finland go, not being able to bake bread even in the summer? Did Russia turn them back on and give them reprieve? The most comprehensive propaganda campaign in world history has not moved the people. Guess it had to happen sometime.

    Europe has no one to blame”

    Actually, they blame us for not murdering all our red-hat-district, highly motivated capable sons on their behalf. Like the Pentagon let on they would back in 2021. They blame Trump for telling Germany they had no army, were low-life contract-breakers failing their NATO-GDP demands, and that they shouldn’t plan on fighting a war with the nation that gives them their war oil. Also they blame Susan Sarandon, of course. Because she lost the election for Hillary. Who knew one 70 year old ex-actor was the kingmaker and had so much power? But that’s what I gather from the Left chat boards. It’s Ralph Nader and Susan Sarandon’s fault, not Obama, Hillary, and Biden’s.

    “Billions of dollars in weapons the military did not seek..”

    Yes, because it needs time to be recycled into the elections. As in: election-fixing. What else would you call it when you use taxpayer dollars to fund your personal campaigns in illegal dark money? I don’t think there’s a different word. Same with Ukraine’s money, as nearly zero reaches the front lines, just like all foreign aid money over all American and world history. It just is parted out and a percentage reappears in Biden’s bank accounts. Through payments from a foreign nation, which is illegal and potentially treason.

    “Much like Biden’s surprise entrance in 2020, Democrats will see her as their savior, an experienced politician able to bridge the left”

    He’s crazier and more psychotic than I thought. Thank God for free speech. Like Podesta telling the PNW to secede.

    “Trump is in trouble. Trump is in trouble.”

    Bombshell. Walls are closing in.

    “He didn’t act. He did not take action to stop the violence.”

    Sure. Except 12 minutes later he did. And for weeks leading up he begged Nancy Pelosi and the D.C. mayor to bring in National Guard and extra police, because they have sole jurisdiction and not the President. And the FBI knew all this and had dozens of people embedded. And the President knew that.

    So other than warning them for weeks, making both unofficial and official requests, saying so publicly on Twitter, other than activating the FBI and putting the military on readiness, other than tweeting out to calm down when it happened, other than basically nothing happened anyway, other than there were no guns, no plan, and therefore no insurrection to begin with…what have the Romans ever done for us?

    What a jerk. As info was coming in, it took him 12 whole minutes to make a decision. Impeach. I think generally the American people know it, each in their own way. Generally, that way is, they’re off with a self-serving, self-interested, self-aggrandizing circle jerk while we all suffer and they’re too self-absorbed to even notice.

    Veracious Poet

    $58 billion of “congressional additions” above Joe Biden’s budget request.

    Biden announces executive actions on ‘climate crisis,’ focuses on extreme heat and boosting offshore wind ~ President Biden described climate change as an ’emergency’


    Dr. D

    At the wind farm PR event, Biden said he was going to declare a “Climate Emergency” to pass “Executive Orders” to stop “Climate Change”.

    Except that none of those three things exist. I didn’t know the President could just do whatever he wants without any input or money from Congress. Must be some new form of government I haven’t heard about.

    But that’s what he said: “Everything I do now, and heretofore plan to do in the future, will henceforth be entirely illegal.”


    Anecdotal… my sons soccer cancelled for the rest of the season as too many children are sick all the time and the league not working properly.

    The supermarket completely out of tissues.

    Almost every hospitality joint on skeleton crew as staff constantly sick or sacked.

    NZ is not the only shit show in town and it is starting to feel just a whiff of ‘spooky’ around here in OZ

    Dr D you pretty much described modern print media The use of even one such structure demonstrates you’re not a serious journalist but a propagandist and a hack. You’re fired.

    absolute galore

    Dr. D wrote: Other notes: Saudi says seeding clouds is a mature technology that they spend a little money to use there. The U.S. have any explanation for why this isn’t true in our southwest, like Lake Mead? No? Physics is different here, we don’t try things…that we ourselves invented? And are so old we successfully used them in the Vietnam war 50 years ago?

    Uh, I think the idea of a technological fix for a problem created by technology…hasn’t been such a good idea. Wonder what might happen if every country started seeding clouds for rain. Let’s find out! As Kunstler says, It seemed like a good idea at the time. And it’s just another step or two from “seeding” clouds for rain to letting Bill Gates and Co. “solve” the climate change with their hairbrained ideas about blocking the sun or whatever the fuck..


    Idiot Guide – How to Influence People

    1. People have real and immediate concerns and the J6 hearings, which are political campaigning, are of no interest for people trying to survive.

    2. President Vladimir Zelensky of Ukraine wins first prize
    • US and UK Want ‘Real War’ Between Russia and EU – Lavrov (RT)

    (If Ukraine defeats Russia it would be a constructive steps towards a peace settlement)
    Idiot Guide – How to wreak an economy
    1. Listen to your leader who promote war

    (pork, and earmarks)
    In somebody’s dream
    1. H. Clinton becomes president
    2. L. Cheney becomes president
    Beat the heat wave, do like Trudeau, get a haircut
    Advantages of being obese
    1. Refused military service
    2. Minimized sexual harassment

    those darned kids
    Mister Roboto

    I will laugh so very hard if 2024 is a Hillary vs. Trump rematch.


    Dr.D you know well enough that laws are for the little people to keep them inline and out of the higher circles or circle jerks.

    So the Europeans that where so enthusiastic about their green energy powering everything are finding out that pie in the sky isn’t real. Oops! Oh well lets just go back to Africa they like us. Maybe they’ll find a different Africa with the BRICS starting to flex some mussel. I know China’s about to melt down finically. But is it? That would be the melt down of the west version of finance. The BRICS are about to fire up a new version of finance, so maybe walking away from the western system all at once will leave us holding the bag of hot air that our economic prodigies have expanded to mythical proportions.

    As European governments race to secure every drop of natural gas that they can, consumers in countries like Nigeria and Mozambique are losing out.
    The hypocrisy of Europe asking for oil and gas from countries that, just last year, it had told to keep fossil fuels in the ground only makes it harder to take.
    While there is uncertainty regarding whether African oil and gas countries have time to exploit their resources, this reversal from Europe certainly gives them a chance.



    “Roll Call, described a “first of its kind” report published by the Department of Defense Comptroller’s office, which revealed at least $58 billion of “congressional additions” above Joe Biden’s budget request.”
    The “budget” is pure political theater. We know this because Catherine Austin Fitts and Professor Mark Skidmore found that over the course of about 8 years, the Department of the Army and HUD spent $21 TRILLION dollars more than they were allocated per their budgets, based on reports of the OMB. This news sort of percolated briefly into MSM and was mocked as incompetent bookeeping, as if incompetent bookkeeping could be responsible for a $21T overdraft – laughable on its face. Nevertheless, the Army said oops our books are wrong, we’ll fix them, promise, but subsequently, FASAB published Standard 56, which officially allows the government agencies to keep two separate sets of books, one for public consumption, and one that shows the “classified” spending that must be hidden in the national interest. https://missingmoney.solari.com/
    The issue has been discussed numerous times by Fitts and Skidmore on USAWatchdogDOTcom

    Even Fitts and Skidmore fail to note the obvious, however. In order for the Army and HUD to spend more than budgeted, they essentially have to have open checkbooks; they write the checks, and Treasury fulfills them. In other words, the high school civics version of the budget process, where Congress appropriates $X to this, $Y to that, as if each of these agencies have a bank account and Congress deposits that amount of money into the account each year, and once the agency spends it it is gone, till next year, is pure hooey. There are no limits on spending, at least for certain agencies, and the “budget” has no operative meaning at all.

    The budget is just there (1) to put out the illusion of democratic control by elected officials, and (2) to hide the true extent of dollar printing from the eyes of the world, so they can’t assess the extent of dollar devaluation.
    Meanwhile, it is now a fact that the government can keep two sets of books, so it is impossible to believe the information about what it spends that it puts out.

    John Day

    Yesterday Michael Reid posted this from the Archdruid, which is very much worth “reiding”.
    I would call it “Scwab does Sri Lanka, but Dutch farmers resist”

    The Great Rehash, Part One: The Best and the Brightest

    WES had good comments about the “vaccine” acceptance being a political purge of the military, as nationalist/patriotic/rational factions in the military area threat to the “great-reset” cool-kids.


    Not interested in anything serious today except for the budding emu insurrection!

    John Day

    Kudos to TAE Summary and Dr. D from last night, also.


    Amazon announced Thursday it will acquire the primary care organization One Medical in a deal valued roughly at $3.9 billion, marking another expansion for the retailer into health care services.

    The Seattle-based e-commerce giant said in a statement it will acquire One Medical for $18 per share in an all-cash transaction. It marks one of Amazon’s biggest acquisitions, following its $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods in 2017 and its $8.5 billion purchase of Hollywood studio MGM, which closed earlier this year.

    One Medical, whose parent company is the San-Francisco based 1Life Healthcare, Inc., is a membership-based service that offers patients in-person and virtual doctor visits. As of this March, it had about 767,00 members and 188 medical offices in 25 markets, according to its first-quarter earnings report, which also showed the company had incurred a net losses of $90.9 million after pulling in $254.1 million in revenue.

    Neil Lindsay, the senior vice president of Amazon Health Services, said in a statement the acquisition is geared towards reinventing the healthcare “experience” for things like booking an appointment and taking trips to the pharmacy.

    “We love inventing to make what should be easy easier and we want to be one of the companies that helps dramatically improve the healthcare experience over the next several years,” Lindsay said.

    Amazon’s latest acquisition furthers the company’s foray into provide health care services. In 2020, the retail colossus opened an online drug store that allows customers to order medication or prescription refills, and have them delivered to their front door in a couple of days. Last year, it began offering its Amazon Care telemedicine program to employers nationwide.

    In morning trading, shares of 1Life Healthcare surged 68% to $17.13.

    John Day

    Dr.D said (and it was correct except for one letter. I often make typographic errors myself. The “f” in the very last sentence should actually be “h”. Fixing it for you, Amigo.):
    “You publish, “Vladimir Putin said.” Period. The reader can draw their own conclusion, from facts and evidence you provide, not emotional innuendo fabricated from Roget’s extensive section on adjectives. The minute they say/use this, the entire article is suspect and I more or less toss it. Because clearly THEY tossed it. Off. Into my face. The use of even one such structure demonstrates you’re not a serious journalist but a propagandist and a hack. You’re fired.”

    “You’re Hired”

    John Day

    gsnyder62@dmail has good perspective on the imperial Ponzi scheme just above.

    Gotta’ keep the controllers well fed and watered. That comes right after keeping the flow of
    booty going from the world to the owners.
    It’s hard to seprate, like the roots of severl plants growing in the same pot.


    Show me the part that is *not* theater.


    Covid test work.
    Only Biden tested positive and since the symptoms are so mild, it would not be possible to know that he had covid. /s

    Figmund Sreud

    In Europe, food manufacturers have signed up to ‘responsibility pledges’, promising no added sugar, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours and not to target children. So why are they using tactics banned in the West in the developing world? There, they have created ultra-low-cost products with higher levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats. Filmed in Brazil, India and France, we investigate the new tactics of brands like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Domino’s Pizza.


    John Day

    Red’s article (I’m becoming enamored of Irina Slav) from oilprice.com cuts to the point that Africans really know that they need to use African gas for African economy, because this game has been played for a very long time, and the countries that export energy and other resources remain impoverished. That’s the plan, but those enforcing the plan have been weakened, confused and are becoming desperate…


    Late to the party yesterday. Gustave Moreau Helen on the Walls of Troy 1885 is beyond beautiful.The colors (Ode to Cobalt Blue), the translucency, the details, and the layers. This is a watercolor painting so perfectly executed. Moreau’s other works are equally beautiful with emphasis on his watercolor paintings. Check out “Pieta”, “The Song of Songs”, and “Inspiration”.

    : a lovely tribute. “May the four Winds blow you safely home Julian”.

    I find the Emmanuel videos charming and Eco sister is the star. Gotta love how all the animals come to her. Am certain that overalls and emus will be making a comeback. The name Emmanuel always takes me back to this…a prayer for Peace.

    O Come O Come Emmanuel

    O come, O come, Emmanuel,
    and ransom captive Israel,
    that mourns in lonely exile here
    until the Son of God appear.

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel,
    shall come to thee o Israel!

    O come, Thou Wisdom, from on high,
    and order all things far and nigh;
    to us the path of knowledge show,
    and teach us in her ways to go.

    O come, o come, Thou Lord of might,
    who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
    in ancient times did give the law,
    in cloud, and majesty, and awe.

    O come, Thou Rod of Jesse’s stem,
    from ev’ry foe deliver them
    that trust Thy mighty power to save,
    and give them vict’ry o’er the grave.

    O come, Thou Key of David, come,
    and open wide our heav’nly home,
    make safe the way that leads on high,
    that we no more have cause to sigh.

    O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
    and cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
    disperse the gloomy clouds of night
    and death’s dark shadow put to flight.

    O come, Desire of the nations, bind
    in one the Hearts of all mankind;
    bid every strife and quarrel cease
    and fill the world with heaven’s peace.

    LOVE to All.


    Exactly one year ago today July 21 2021

    “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations,
    If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in an ICU unit, and you’re not going to die,” Biden


    July 21 2022 Biden tests positive for Covid

    For the VACCINATED, you’re looking at a SUMMER of sever illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm. Joe Tzu

    Armenio Pereira

    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust:
    Cosmic debris…
    Universal mortar (binding shadow & light)

    Living: to reinforce the self or to learn to make do without.
    We all know where this is heading; remembering is the adventurous and, to some, the courageous part.


    Did Biden have a meeting scheduled in the next 10 days or so that his handlers didn’t want to risk? So he can be safe in his basement? His positive test destroys all demands for a vaccination 800X vaxxed, but that doesn’t even seem to matter anymore.


    Old age or paranoid

    Are you tired, take a nap
    Do you have a dry cough, take a cough drop
    Do you have a drippy nose, then wipe it and admit that you are old.
    No, its not the flue
    Your spouse, your maid, your valet, your cook, your aids, your servants don’t have covid.
    Get a hold off yourself.


    From the Mark Crispin Miller link kindly
    provided above:

    “..And nearly all those old rock greats are just such traitors now. While standouts like Morrison and Eric Clapton do “take me back” to that exquisite moment, most of those “iconic” rockers (and folk and R&B greats of that moment) have, like Mick, become The Man. I make this point in full awareness of the dark side of that scene, having read Dave McGowan’s book on Laurel Canyon (which overstates its case), and other works on what was probably the CIA’s involvement with the Dead et al. However solid much of that work is, and however personally compromised and/or corrupt some artists surely were, their music, at its best, is something else—and something to be valued, not discarded, as is (of course) the case throughout the arts..”


    MCM was on top of this thing from the beginning: kudos to him. It’s interesting that he says McGowan overstates his case- maybe it’s so.


    Were the 60s an organic movement, or did they have substantial, maybe crucial, culturally-destabilizing “help” ?

    I do not know.


    Daryl Hall is a much better singer than
    I once gave him credit for. ‘Hall and Oates’ stuff is not truly representative, I think. “North Star” on Robert Fripp’s ‘Exposure’ disc finally clued me in.


    The self-discrediting from Our Rulers (and their many lackeys, of “various persuasions”) is fully intentional,
    I think.

    We’ll see how it goes.


    Now everyone say the line-

    Good thing he was vaccinated, it would have been so much worse had he not been 2x vaxd and 3x boosted.

    End of quote. Repeat the line.

    “Keeps the Dementia Dude out of the public eye for weeks, might gain some sympathy points, avoids the press so no economy questioning, pushes the Mideast failure of a trip to the background, dodges the coming econ stats that will show a “technical recession” is occurring, and pushes the illegal immigration invasion to the far back dusty corners of the attention span.” Additionally no questions regarding skin cancer from windshield wipers. Ukraine? What Ukraine? Spin, spin, spin.


    I don’t like concocting “conspiracy theories” when I have little evidence that they exist. Very often, the triangle fractal from the other day is a better explanation for seemingly coordinated events than some all-encompassing, all-powerful, top-down conspiracy.

    However…thought experiments can be useful tools for discovering data and evidence that might be otherwise overlooked.


    IF we posit that “cloud seeding” is a known technology, in use for decades, but mostly out of the public’s awareness….
    And IF the WEFfers are planning to use Climate Change (TM) to scare the masses into giving control to the WEFfers….
    It isn’t a very far leap to suppose that THEN there is a conspiracy to seed clouds to drop the bulk of their rain before it reaches the Colorado and Rhine river basins, causing drought.

    This is NOT a certainty. And it would be wise to find out if there is any evidence that this mal-intentioned seeding is occurring, because droughts come and go, and the low water on these river basins could well be entirely due to natural processes and natural cycles — or even unintended consequences of human actions — humans usually don’t fully comprehend the outcomes of their actions, especially when they act in concert.

    This IS a possibility, in that the technology exists to bring it about.


    The few, powerful, and well-connected would never *consider* coordinating
    their actions for mutual benefit.

    It would be unethical, and wrong.


    The Augustine Classic is a good high-e
    string, for all you nylon-string players;
    sweeter than the otherwise comparable D’Add J46, without the latter’s slightly plasticky coloration, and their intonation is much improved from days past. Good if you like a medium-low tension string (I do).


    So my tiny garden is doing better. It started doing better when I threw up
    my hands in despair: “I’m not an effing
    gardener, just a landscape laborer!”

    Then the nice neighbor-lady upstairs gave me some vividly bright-yellow flowers. Thank you, T! When they dwilted, I stuck them in the “garden”. Lo!, they eventually took hold. Then, the same scenario for a potato that sprouted while on the top of my fridge.

    Then the little cypress tree in the PVC bucket decided to grow through it and
    into the questionable soil below, too,
    after the previous two did not take to it (and died, alas). Go, little cypress, tree! Go, tiny garden! – I like you.


    So my tiny garden is doing better. It started doing better when I threw up
    my hands in despair: “I’m not an effing
    gardener, just a landscape laborer!”

    Then the nice neighbor-lady upstairs gave me some vividly bright-yellow flowers. Thank you, T! When they dwilted, I stuck them in the “garden”. Lo!, they eventually took hold. Then, the same scenario for a potato that sprouted while on the top of my fridge.

    Then the little cypress tree in the PVC bucket decided to grow through it and
    into the questionable soil below, too,
    after the previous two did not take to it (and died, alas). Go, little cypress tree! Go, tiny garden! – I like you.


    @Armenio: “Living: to reinforce the self or to learn to make do without. We all know where this is heading; remembering is the adventurous and, to some, the courageous part.”

    On Living: Well said. Taking your thought one step further: Remembering – and taking direct action in response – brings adventure and/or courage. Arjuna REMEMBERED, his time with Krishna provided absolute clarity. In response, he stood up, took the reins, and moved his chariot to the front line. His presence in this fight was “required”. He embraced and fulfilled his duty through selfless action. We choose our response, and in response we shape our destiny.

    As the world turns, turns, turns……

    Om Tat Sat.

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