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FBI Trump Raid Exposes Washington’s Secrecy Shams (Bovard)
An Informer Told the FBI What Docs Trump Was Hiding, and Where (NW)
Mar-a-Lago Search Shows the Swamp’s Trump Obsession (WSJ)
Trump Got Grand Jury Subpoena In Spring, Voluntarily Cooperated (JTN)
Trump Raid Deathblow to Democracy – Martin Armstrong (USAW)
Millions Will Freeze This Winter; Or Fall Into Debt To Avoid Doing So (Every)
Energy Costs Pushing Europeans Into Food Poverty – Bloomberg (RT)
Only NATO Could De-Militarise Itself! (Tweedie)
Why Have I Stopped Posting Maps Of The Situation In The Ukraine (Saker)
West Would Love To Fight Russia ‘To The Last Ukrainian’ – Moscow (RT)
Ukraine, West Must Be Held Accountable For Nuclear Powerplant Attack (Ritter)
Russia Summons UN Security Council Over Nuclear Emergency (RT)
Zelensky Makes Prediction On Conflict’s End (RT)
Contenders For Boris Johnson’s Crown Stress Fealty To Israel (Cook)
UK Excess Non-Covid Deaths Top 12,500 in 14 Weeks (DS)
Cumulative Number of Case Reports Reported to Pfizer for BNT162B2 (Smalley)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“President George W. Bush in 2001 issued an executive order that “effectively rewrote the Presidential Records Act, converting it from a measure guaranteeing public access to one that blocks it..”

FBI Trump Raid Exposes Washington’s Secrecy Shams (Bovard)

FBI agents raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home Monday reportedly looking for boxes of classified material that Trump allegedly removed from the White House when his presidency ended in January 2021. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the raid showed the Justice Department’s “intolerable state of weaponized politicization.” Trump is accused of violating the Presidential Records Act. Congress enacted this law in 1978 after former President Richard Nixon claimed his secret Oval Office tapes and other records were his personal property. The law asserted, “The United States shall reserve and retain complete ownership, possession, and control of Presidential records.” “The Presidential Records Act is critical to our democracy, in which the government is held accountable by the people,” Archivist of the United States David Ferriero declared earlier this year.

In reality, the Presidential Records Act is the Presidential Damn-Near-Perpetual-Secrecy Act. Former presidents pocket multimillion-dollar advances for their memoirs while their records are mostly quarantined for decades from the citizens they often misgoverned. The Nixon Library did not release the final batch of his secret tapes until 2013 — 39 years after Nixon was driven from office. The Lyndon B. Johnson Library delayed releasing the final batch of his secret tapes of presidential conversations until 2016 — 47 years after he left office. President George W. Bush in 2001 issued an executive order that “effectively rewrote the Presidential Records Act, converting it from a measure guaranteeing public access to one that blocks it,” as law professor Jonathan Turley noted. Congress overturned parts of that order in 2014.

Obama White House lawyers repeatedly invoked the Presidential Records Act to “delay the release of thousands of pages of records from President Bill Clinton’s White House,” Politico reported. At the end of his presidency, Barack Obama trucked 30 million pages of his administration’s records to Chicago, promising to digitize them and eventually put them online — a move that outraged historians. More than five years after Obama’s presidency ended, the National Archives webpage reveals that zero pages have been digitized and disclosed. People can file requests via the Freedom of Information Act (a law Obama helped wreck) to access Obama records, but responses from presidential libraries can be delayed for years, even more than a decade, if the information is classified.

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But what were they looking for? And did they get it?

An Informer Told the FBI What Docs Trump Was Hiding, and Where (NW)

The raid on Mar-a-Lago was based largely on information from an FBI confidential human source, one who was able to identify what classified documents former President Trump was still hiding and even the location of those documents, two senior government officials told Newsweek. The officials, who have direct knowledge of the FBI’s deliberations and were granted anonymity in order to discuss sensitive matters, said the raid of Donald Trump’s Florida residence was deliberately timed to occur when the former president was away. FBI decision-makers in Washington and Miami thought that denying the former president a photo opportunity or a platform from which to grandstand (or to attempt to thwart the raid) would lower the profile of the event, says one of the sources, a senior Justice Department official who is a 30-year veteran of the FBI.

The effort to keep the raid low-key failed: instead, it prompted a furious response from GOP leaders and Trump supporters. “What a spectacular backfire,” says the Justice official. “I know that there is much speculation out there that this is political persecution, but it is really the best and the worst of the bureaucracy in action,” the official says. “They wanted to punctuate the fact that this was a routine law enforcement action, stripped of any political overtones, and yet [they] got exactly the opposite.” FBI decision-makers in Washington and Miami thought that denying the former president a photo opportunity or a platform from which to grandstand (or to attempt to thwart the raid) would lower the profile of the event, says one of the sources, a senior Justice Department official who is a 30-year veteran of the FBI.

The effort to keep the raid low-key failed: instead, it prompted a furious response from GOP leaders and Trump supporters. “What a spectacular backfire,” says the Justice official. “I know that there is much speculation out there that this is political persecution, but it is really the best and the worst of the bureaucracy in action,” the official says. “They wanted to punctuate the fact that this was a routine law enforcement action, stripped of any political overtones, and yet [they] got exactly the opposite.”

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“That is how they see us—destabilized and vulnerable. Our opponents are redoing their global risk-reward ratios. Incredibly, we are doing this to ourselves.”

“Trump II would be a four-year civil war. The Swamp wouldn’t drain. It would deepen. The rancor could drown us all.”

Mar-a-Lago Search Shows the Swamp’s Trump Obsession (WSJ)

Let us assume that for 99.99% of the U.S. population in early August 2022, the last thing on their mind was Mar-a-Lago. Instead, a short list of real things preoccupying Americans would include inflation, crime, battles in Congress over spending, Ukraine fighting World War III for us in Europe, and China conducting massive live-fire military exercises around Taiwan. So it came as a surprise to discover Monday evening that the Justice Department and FBI decided the most important thing in the world just now was raiding former President Donald Trump’s estate in Palm Beach, Fla. Among other thoughts, a three-letter acronym starting with W comes to mind. Forgive me for not spending more than a moment on the legal niceties of this event—the applicability of the Presidential Records Act, that it had be about “something big” involving classified documents, or that no one, including a former president, is above the law. They are all beside the point.

You can hate Donald Trump until your eyes pop out, but let us be clear: He was elected the 45th president of the U.S. He served four years in office. No former president who was disliked by many—not Clinton, Reagan nor FDR—had his home invaded by a squad of FBI agents. This should never happen in the U.S. End of discussion. But it did happen. The Trump raid is now a wall-to-wall political disaster for the United States, doing more damage, if that’s possible, to the country’s internal divisions and even creating external risks. Consider the current spectacle the U.S. is presenting to foreign adversaries. Multiple members of the sitting president’s own party in the past week—such as Joe Manchin and Jerry Nadler—have openly abandoned Joe Biden for an election that is two years off. Days later, the previous president comes under explicit attack from the FBI.

Imagine what we would think of the stability of China or Russia if events like this were happening to Xi Jinping or Vladimir Putin. That is how they see us—destabilized and vulnerable. Our opponents are redoing their global risk-reward ratios. Incredibly, we are doing this to ourselves. Correction: They are doing it to us. Who are “they”? They, as of Monday, are who much of the political right says they are—the Swamp, the Deep State, the Regime, the Establishment. [..] A second Trump term isn’t the last thing this country needs. But it’s about second to last. The raid on Mar-a-Lago proves that Trump Derangement Syndrome won’t go away until Mr. Trump is out of elective politics. Trump II would not be a replay of Trump I, a more substantive, policy-driven presidency than his critics will admit. Trump II would be a four-year civil war. The Swamp wouldn’t drain. It would deepen. The rancor could drown us all.

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“I mean, if the subpoena worked the first time, then presumably a second subpoena would work the second time if there were remaining documents.”

Trump Got Grand Jury Subpoena In Spring, Voluntarily Cooperated (JTN)

Two months before his Florida home was raided by the FBI, former President Donald Trump secretly received a grand jury subpoena for classified documents belonging to the National Archives, and voluntarily cooperated by turning over responsive evidence, surrendering security surveillance footage and allowing federal agents and a senior Justice Department lawyer to tour his private storage locker, according to a half dozen people familiar with the incident. While the cooperation was mostly arranged by his lawyers, Trump personally surprised the DOJ National Security Division prosecutor and three FBI agents who came to his Mar-a-Lago compound on June 3, greeting them as they came to pick up a small number of documents compliant with the subpoena, the sources told Just the News, speaking only on condition of anonymity because the visit was covered by grand jury secrecy.

The subpoena requested any remaining documents Trump possessed with any classification markings, even if they involved photos of foreign leaders, correspondence or mementos from his presidency. Secret Service agents were also present and facilitated the visit, officials said. Trump signaled his full cooperation, telling the agents and prosecutor, “Look, whatever you need let us know,” according to two eyewitnesses. The federal team was surprised by the president’s invitation and asked for an immediate favor: to see the 6-foot-by-10-foot storage locker where his clothes, shoes, documents and mementos from his presidency were stored at the compound. Given Trump’s instruction, the president’s lawyers complied and allowed the search by the FBI before the entourage left cordially.

Five days later, DOJ officials sent a letter to Trump’s lawyers asking them to secure the storage locker with more than the lock they had seen. The Secret Service installed a more robust security lock to comply. Around the same time, the Trump Organization, which owns Mar-a-Lago, received a request for surveillance video footage covering the locker and volunteered the footage to federal authorities, sources disclosed. The disclosure Wednesday to Just the News raised immediate new questions in legal and congressional circles about the necessity for the subsequent raid, including whether the judge who approved the warrant new of the earlier cooperation.

“The more we learn, the more confusing this gets,” George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley told Fox News program Hannity. “….Did they relay this history to the magistrate? That, according to these sources, that the president had cooperated. ”I mean, the idea that he was subject to a subpoena, complied with a subpoena, didn’t challenge it, voluntarily showed the storage room to the agents, followed their advice, secured it to meet their demands. All of that is hardly a basis for saying now we need to send in 40 FBI agents on a on a raid,” he added. “I mean, if the subpoena worked the first time, then presumably a second subpoena would work the second time if there were remaining documents.”

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“worried about civil war or extreme civil unrest in 2023 in America.” Armstrong is seeing a “world war coming in 2024 or after.”

Trump Raid Deathblow to Democracy – Martin Armstrong (USAW)

Armstrong says the Democrats are in “dire straits” at the polls–and they know it. Armstrong thinks the Trump raid by the FBI is an act of desperation, and it will “backfire,” but that’s not the only play in the Democrat playbook for the midterms in November. Armstrong says, “I have been warned that the Democrats have been maneuvering, and the reason they are allowing all the illegal aliens to come in is they intend to allow them to vote. You already had the Justice Department go after one state that said you had to prove you are an American to vote, and they filed a suit against them saying that they violated their civil rights. At that stage of the game, hey, all of Europe, Australia, everybody should just send in a vote.”

Armstrong’s says forget what the mainstream polls are saying about voter support for Democrats and Joe Biden because the real numbers are much lower than the public is told. Armstrong’s “Socrates” computer program shows Joe Biden has just 12% of support in America. Maybe this is why Democrats are desperate and realize they have to cheat and break the law to stay in power. It’s not going to get any better, and the entire world is in the same sinking boat. Armstrong says, “We basically are sitting here in the middle of the collapse of Western civilization. It’s socialism that is collapsing because these people have done nothing but borrow money to bribe them to vote for them . . . There is no way to pay it back, and they had no intention of paying it back. . . . Europe is, just forget it.

You have emerging markets collapsing around the world because to sell their debt, they had to put it into dollars. Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Pakistan, Argentina are falling apart on a global scale.” Armstrong thinks the dollar will be strong for now and not to expect a collapse in the USA anytime soon because America will be the last man standing. That said, Armstrong does see the possibility of a “stock market collapse in September.” Armstrong is also “worried about civil war or extreme civil unrest in 2023 in America.” Armstrong is seeing a “world war coming in 2024 or after.” Armstrong also said, “My computer warns that there may not even be an election in America in 2024. It’s reaching that critical period. So, this raid on Trump is like throwing down the gauntlet. Everything is gone.”

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“Yet the declassification of such documents is the president’s prerogative, in which case the issue may not be as it appears.”

Millions Will Freeze This Winter; Or Fall Into Debt To Avoid Doing So (Every)

UK household power bills are now likely to soar to as much as £4,200 from January, a staggering increase. Indeed, the government, which is not going to do anything about it until a new PM is chosen, holds a “reasonable worst case scenario” (that is “highly unlikely to materialise”) for losing a sixth of the electricity grid, meaning enforced blackouts that will close down rail networks and public buildings. What is highly likely is that millions will freeze this winter; or fall into debts to avoid doing so; and the result will be deflationary demand for everything else, along with cost-push price increases for everything; and yet government help will just mean the latter inflation and less of the former.

(Relatedly, yesterday on Twitter I saw more bitter political satire speaking to how inflation is being handled in the UK, ostensibly through the eyes of a media correspondent from Papua New Guinea. It begins: “To the island of Shakespeare, where energy companies ring 400% profits, and energy consumers are reduced to ringing Jeremy Vine. In the home of blank verse, nobody can afford to use a meter.” It only gets better from there.) But don’t worry: headline inflation is slightly lower this month. Meanwhile, other headlines are about the FBI’s raid on former President Trump’s home. It would appear the potential crime is the removal of classified documents from the White House, a serious, albeit obscure, charge. Yet the declassification of such documents is the president’s prerogative, in which case the issue may not be as it appears.

Clearly, the raid has implications for 2024 because if found guilty, Trump could be barred from seeking federal office. At the same time, the (social) media coverage is again exposing deep polarisation. We have the *very* valid argument that all are equal before the law (even Hunter Biden and Hillary Clinton); on the other, muttering that “If they can go after the former president, they can go after anyone.” Even neutral (and some anti-Trump) observers say that unless concrete charges emerge, all the raid will likely do is cement Trump’s base. The parallel with the inflation print is that what we see right now is not necessarily what we are going to be seeing in the medium-term.

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“We’re not running a casino. We’re making food, which gives us a big responsibility to get it right.”

Energy Costs Pushing Europeans Into Food Poverty – Bloomberg (RT)

Food producers across Europe are contending with soaring energy prices, with that increase quickly felt in the pockets of consumers grappling with a cost-of-living crisis, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. According to the report, citing a Bank of England forecast, a third of UK households are set to spend more than 10% of incomes on energy, and now surging grocery costs are driving up food poverty. “It is the domino effect that has happened with us having to take a huge increase on energy,”Ryan Peters, managing director of Brioche Pasquier UK, told the outlet. “We have to try and raise our prices to retailers a little bit, and unfortunately that goes on to consumers,” he said. Kona Haque, head of research for commodities trader ED&F Man, warned: “I think the worst is still to come as energy prices rise. This winter will be a game changer and processing costs will likely go up.”


Europe’s largest sugar beet producer Suedzucker AG has reported its first quarter revenues had been hit by a “substantial rise” in raw material, energy and packaging costs. Companies turning soybeans, rapeseed and sunflower seeds into cooking oils have reportedly been slowing output in the UK and Europe and shifting production to other regions with lower energy prices. Meanwhile, energy-intensive food factories across the continent could be forced to shut down if natural gas shortages spark rationing, Bloomberg warned. “Just like people are grappling with their home budgets, we’re having to manage highly volatile energy and input costs, making sure every penny our business spends and gets as income is actively managed in real time,” Tate & Lyle Sugars senior vice president Gerald Mason was quoted as saying by the outlet. “We’re not running a casino. We’re making food, which gives us a big responsibility to get it right.”

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“..the stream of announced (if not yet delivered) “packages” of military aid is really starting to scrape the barrel of NATO inventories..”

Only NATO Could De-Militarise Itself! (Tweedie)

In their rush to arm the Ukraine since before the start of Russia’s ‘demilitarisation’ operation there, several eastern member-states have managed to demilitarise themselves without Moscow having to lift a finger. Poland has sent 232 T-72 main battle tanks, almost half its entire tank fleet, over the border into the Ukraine. The Donbass militias have already captured some examples with almost no miles on the clock. Warsaw has ordered 1,000 K2 ‘Black Panther’ tanks from South Korea and 366 M1 Abrams from the US as replacements, but deliveries won’t be completed until 2026. The Czech Republic has reportedly handed over all 15 of its Mi-24 helicopter gunships — one of the types Russia is using to pound the Ukrainian army — along with 56 infantry fighting vehicles, 40 self-propelled artillery vehicles and 20 Grad-style 122mm multi-launch rocket system (MLRS) trucks.

After donating an S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, neighbouring Slovakia is weighing up sending its one squadron of 11 MiG-29 fighter jets. The government is seeking guarantees from neighbouring countries that their air forces will defend its airspace until it can find replacements if it decides to give up its entire fixed-wing combat capability. Meanwhile the defence ministry has ordered 14 F-16 multi-role fighters from the US — an aircraft from the 1970s that the MiG-29 was built to outfly — but the first aircraft won’t arrive until 2024. At least the Slovaks had the sense not to give up 30 T-72s after Germany only offered them 15 Leopard-2 tanks to replace them.

And just last week it emerged that North Macedonia, one of the newest balkanised statelets in the Balkans, transferred four Su-25 ground attack jets it bought from the Ukraine in 2001 back there, along with 31 Russian T-72s — disbanding its army’s only armoured battalion in the process. In return, the US will give the country’s army some Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, an oversized four-seat jeep with just enough armour to stop a rifle bullet. If Russia really did decide to roll the tanks into the former Warsaw Treaty countries, like their increasingly-hysterical politicians claim Moscow is planning, they would likely face little more opposition than infantrymen armed with rifles and machine-guns. The battalion-sized ‘tactical groups’ of troops from the US, UK and other ‘big boy’ NATO members stationed in eastern Europe would make no difference. They’re only there to provide the pretext for ‘escalation to the nuclear threshold’, as Andrei Martyanov says.

In fact the stream of announced (if not yet delivered) “packages” of military aid is really starting to scrape the barrel of NATO inventories. The UK announced on July 21 it was sending 20 155mm self-propelled guns — although those had already been accounted for months earlier when they were bought from Belgium’s reserves. The Ministry of Defence also pledged 36 105mm (four-inch) artillery pieces, not even more the much-vaunted six-inch (155mm) M777s partly made in the UK. The 105mm shells hold about a quarter as much high explosive as the 155s, and can reach a maximum 12 miles compared to 19 for the bigger guns. The US has promised four more of the holy HIMARS, plus another 72,000 155mm shells for guns which have mostly been bombed already. Russia also claims to have hit six out of the 12 HIMARS launchers the US has already sent — and which have failed to turn the tide of the war.

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“..Russia is not engaged in a war against the Ukraine, but against the entire united and consolidated West…”

Why Have I Stopped Posting Maps Of The Situation In The Ukraine (Saker)

Did the Russians expect such a massive reaction from the West? The term “expect” is very misleading. That is not how these things work. Operational and strategic plans are not based on a single scenario which you “hope” will materialize. Here are also two things which we should always remember: • It is the job of the intelligence agencies and the operations planning departments to prepare and model for as many possible scenarios (or scenarii?) as reasonable imaginable. • Operational and strategic plans do not deal with tactical issues and they CONSTANTLY change depending on a feedback and decision making loop.

One example: Putin admitted during a TV interview that when the Russians moved into Crimea he had placed Russian nuclear forces on maximal alert. Does that meant that anybody in the Kremlin or the General Staff “expected” the US to nuke Russia? Of course not! But they DID consider that possibility and took the needed action to try to prevent it. Same here. I am very confident that the Russians were fully prepared for the West’s insane and, frankly, suicidal reaction to the SMO. In fact, that “maximal” response was one of the MANY contingencies which the Russians must have prepared for. As a former intelligence analyst, I can tell you that military analysis does look at as many options as possible and then the operational planning folks make their own preparations for any contingency.

It is now abundantly clear that the West is determined to fight Russia down to the last Ukrainian. Hence the truly idiotic order given to the best and most capable Ukrainian forces to not engage in a mobile defense but to hold their ground in the Donbass until they are totally destroyed. Furthermore, it is also abundantly clear that the western countries are willing to destroy not only its own economies, but the entire international financial system to try to hurt Russia (and China) as much as possible. In other words, Russia is not engaged in a war against the Ukraine, but against the entire united and consolidated West.

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“We understand very well that we are not fighting against Ukraine in the Ukrainian territory, and certainly not against the Ukrainian people…”

West Would Love To Fight Russia ‘To The Last Ukrainian’ – Moscow (RT)

Ukraine’s leadership has sold out its own people to fight on behalf of NATO against Russia, Sergey Kirienko, the deputy head of the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said. He added that Western nations are happy to see Ukrainians die as long as it serves their interests. “We understand very well that we are not fighting against Ukraine in the Ukrainian territory, and certainly not against the Ukrainian people. The entire NATO bloc is at war with Russia in Ukraine with Ukrainians’ hands,” Kirienko said in a speech on Wednesday. He blamed the government in Kiev for the violence, accusing it of offering the country and its people to be sacrificed in a “fundamental confrontation of the Western community against Russia.”

“NATO will gladly fight against Russia ‘to the last Ukrainian’ as they say themselves without hesitance. Why not? They don’t feel sorry about it.” Kirienko was addressing a forum for young Russian political scientists, which launched this week in the Moscow Region. Speaking via video link, he told attendees that it will be up to them to find new ideas and narratives to help the country take a prominent place in the future world, the shape of which is being determined by the ongoing conflict. The Russia-West stand-off goes far beyond the kinetic conflict in Ukraine, the official said. Unprecedented economic sanctions imposed by the US and its allies on Moscow and “info-psychological attacks” directed at it are essential parts of the conflict too, he noted.

Moscow’s opponents had miscalculated when they decided on their response to Russian military action in Ukraine, Kirienko said, citing classified Western documents. “They seriously debated in early March whether they needed five million people protesting in the streets in Russia or should better go for ten million and when to expect that: by the end of March or in mid-April at the latest,” he said. The planners believed that Russia “would be too busy to defend its geostrategic interests” when facing the anticipated protests, he added. Despite this, Kirienko advised against relaxing, saying that the pressure on Russia will remain high and may become more efficient. Moscow’s opponents “are pretty smart and competent people, who can learn from their mistakes,” he said.

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“..Russia has extended its own invitation to IAEA monitors to visit the powerplant and summoned a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation..”

Ukraine, West Must Be Held Accountable For Nuclear Powerplant Attack (Ritter)

The Ukrainian attack on the Zaporozhye nuclear facility was, in typical Orwellian fashion, forecasted by the United States four days before it took place. During an August 1 news conference at the United Nations, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia of using the nuclear facility as a base from which it conducted artillery strikes against Ukraine. Blinken declared that the act of firing artillery rockets from proximity to the nuclear power plant was “the height of irresponsibility,”implying that these rockets could land on the power plant itself. Blinken also added that the Russians were using the nuclear facility as a “nuclear shield” which prevented any Ukrainian attack out of fear of striking the nuclear reactors.

Blinken’s brazen parroting of Ukrainian government talking points was made more absurd by the absolute dearth of evidence to back up his powerful pronouncements. Normally, when someone of the stature of the Secretary of State speaks in such a public manner about issues of this importance, there is some intelligence information that is released – for instance, overhead imagery showing Russian troop locations near the Zaporozhye nuclear plant – to sustain the allegation. No such data was provided, however, because Blinken had ceased functioning as the head of the American diplomatic service, and instead was functioning as little more than a Ukrainian propagandist. For its part, Russia has made it clear that there were no Russian forces located in the vicinity of the Zaporozhye nuclear facility save for a small contingent of troops for security purposes (it is, after all, an active nuclear power plant.)

Again, while Russia can clearly provide overhead imagery of its force disposition in the vicinity of the plant, operational security precludes it from doing so. It is, after all, the job of the accuser to provide the evidence of a crime, not the accused. Blinken’s August 1 statement served as the initiation of a public relations campaign which culminated in the Ukrainian artillery attack on the Zaporozhye nuclear facility. The goal of this campaign appears to be twofold – first, to put Russia in a bad light, and second, to allow Ukraine to accomplish that which it could not achieve through military force – the eviction of Russian troops from Zaporozhye. The calls for international intervention emanating from the West point to a concerted effort in promoting a pro-Ukrainian narrative even when all parties know the underlying facts sustaining this narrative are not true. To counteract that, Russia has extended its own invitation to IAEA monitors to visit the powerplant and summoned a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation.

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When’s the last time Ukraine said anything true?

Russia Summons UN Security Council Over Nuclear Emergency (RT)

Russia has summoned an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which has been the subject of regular shelling attacks. Moscow wants the chief of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to brief the council on the situation. The move, which was reported by Russian media on Tuesday, was confirmed by the deputy head of Russia’s mission to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, who said the public needed to learn about “Ukrainian provocations.” The meeting is expected to take place on Thursday. Russia says Ukraine has been responsible for a series of drone attacks and artillery strikes at the nuclear site. The latest shelling was reported last weekend.

Kiev denies the allegations and claims that Russia has shelled the facility itself to discredit Ukraine. Kiev’s National Security Council has also alleged that Moscow was using the power plant as a military base, keeping heavy weapons and personnel there. The IAEA has not had access to the site since before the Russian-Ukrainian conflict escalated in late February and relies on reports from Ukraine to assess the situation on the ground. The Zaporozhye plant is manned by Ukrainian nuclear workers despite being under Russian control. On Saturday, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi expressed the IAEA’s concern over the artillery strikes, stating that they underlined “the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond.”

“I condemn any violent acts carried out at or near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant or against its staff,” he stressed. Grossi is expected to lead an inspection of the facility for an independent assessment of the situation and verification that non-proliferation safeguards remain in place. The Zaporozhye plant is the largest in Europe and stores tens of tons of enriched uranium and plutonium in its reactor cores and spent fuel storage, according to the IAEA. The watchdog chief earlier said he was alarmed that the security of the radioactive materials may be compromised amid Russian-Ukrainian hostilities.

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“..if the leadership in Kiev really decided to use force against the peninsula “the Day of Judgment will come to them all simultaneously – a swift and hard one.”

Zelensky Makes Prediction On Conflict’s End (RT)

Ukraine will keep fighting against Russia until it regains control over the Crimean Peninsula, President Vladimir Zelensky has promised. “This Russian war against Ukraine, against the whole of free Europe, began with Crimea and it should end with Crimea – with its liberation,”Zelensky said in a video address on Tuesday. “Crimea is Ukrainian, and we’ll never give up on it,” the president vowed, insisting that the peninsula, which overwhelmingly voted to reunite with Russia in a 2014 referendum in response to a coup in Kiev, has been “occupied” by Moscow all those years. There will be no peace in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions “as long as Russia is able to use our peninsula as a military base,” he claimed.

However, Zelensky acknowledged that it was currently “impossible to say” when exactly will Ukraine be able to reclaim Crimea. “But we’re constantly adding new components to the formula of liberating” the peninsula, he added. Last month, Ukrainian deputy defense minister Vladimir Gavrilov claimed that Kiev is going to use Western-supplied weapons to destroy the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which is based in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol, and take the peninsula back. Such an operation is going to be carried out “sooner or later,” he told the UK media.

Other Ukrainian officials also came up with threats against Crimea recently, one of them being Zelensky’s top aide Alexey Arestovich, who said that Kiev could strike the 19-kilometer-long Kerch Bridge connecting Crimea to Russia’s Krasnodar Region as soon as it gains technical capability to do so. Moscow has been insisting that Crimea is well-protected from any attack by the Ukrainian side. However, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is now deputy chair of the country’s National Security Council, warned that if the leadership in Kiev really decided to use force against the peninsula “the Day of Judgment will come to them all simultaneously – a swift and hard one.”

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“If there is a hell on earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza.” That hell is entirely manmade – by Israel.”

Contenders For Boris Johnson’s Crown Stress Fealty To Israel (Cook)

Israel unleashed a surprise wave of air strikes on Gaza last Friday, the two remaining Conservative politicians vying to replace disgraced Prime Minister Boris Johnson publicised letters vowing fealty to Israel. Their timing underscored the degree to which British politicians on both sides of the aisle have now joined their American counterparts in making commitment to Israel a defining issue in their campaigns for highest office. Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, and Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, trumpeted their pro-Israel credentials over the weekend, as Israel killed 45 Palestinians, including 16 children, and injured hundreds more. Israel said several Islamic Jihad leaders – the intended targets – were among the dead. A ceasefire went into effect late on Sunday night.

As expected, western leaders came out solidly in support of Israel, even though on this occasion there was not even the pretence that Israel was “retaliating” for rockets fired out of Gaza. Israel initiated the hostilities, claiming its strikes were meant to prevent an alleged attack by the Palestinian resistance group Islamic Jihad with an anti-tank missile. One can imagine how politicians in the United States and Europe would have reacted had a Palestinian faction justified firing rockets into Israel unprovoked on the basis that it wished to deter future Israeli air strikes. But in any case, if deterrence really was Israel’s aim, its attack had precisely the opposite effect. Entirely predictably, Islamic Jihad responded by firing hundreds of rockets into Israel.

In fact, though it is never mentioned by western politicians or media, Palestinians, unlike Israel, actually have a right in international law to resist Israel militarily – and not only because Israel has been belligerently occupying their lands for decades. Israel has additionally subjected Gaza to a 15-year blockade that has tightly controlled who and what is allowed in and out of the tiny, heavily overcrowded coastal enclave. Gaza has been left in ruins by a series of Israeli attacks over more than a decade – what the Israeli army calls “mowing the lawn”. Gaza’s trapped 2.1 million inhabitants suffer serious shortages of food, clean water, medicines and electricity. Malnutrition and poverty are endemic. Last year, the head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, observed: “If there is a hell on earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza.” That hell is entirely manmade – by Israel.

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Where’s the research into the vaccines?

UK Excess Non-Covid Deaths Top 12,500 in 14 Weeks (DS)

There have now been 12,517 excess non-Covid deaths registered in England and Wales in the 14 weeks since April 23rd, according to the latest official data from the Office for National Statistics, released on Tuesday. In the week ending July 29th, the most recent week for which data are available, 11,013 deaths were registered in England and Wales, which is 1,678 (18%) above the five-year average for the week. Of these, 810 mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate as a contributory cause and 531 mentioned COVID-19 as underlying cause, leaving 1,147 deaths from a different underlying cause. Note that this was the week following the brief but intense heatwave (with recorded temperatures topping 40°C for the first time in some areas), so some of these will be heatwave deaths, as will many of the additional Covid deaths (being people who happened to have Covid at the time).

At the Daily Sceptic we have been following what appears to be a correlation between the spring fourth dose booster rollout among over-75s in England and a wave of now over 12,500 non-Covid excess deaths that are currently unexplained. If all of these deaths were a result of the spring boosters (of which 4,201,990 have been delivered up to July 29th) it would be a rate of one every 336 doses. That figure is likely an upper bound, as not all the additional deaths may be due to the boosters (some may be due to the pressures on hospitals and emergency services, for example). We saw last week that these U.K. data are broadly in line with data from the Netherlands, as highlighted by leading vaccine scientist Dr. Theo Schetters.

Deaths by date of occurrence spiked even further in the week ending July 22nd, which is likely to be connected with the heatwave of July 18-19th. One oddity is that the spike began in the previous week, before the heatwave occurred, the reason for which is not immediately obvious. More generally, excess non-Covid deaths have remained at a high level as the spring vaccination campaign has wound down, meaning the close correlation has not continued. This may be an indication of ongoing vaccine injury, perhaps in conjunction with injury from previous Covid infection, or of the operation of another cause which has not yet been identified.

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Here is some research. From Pfizer itself.

Cumulative Number of Case Reports Reported to Pfizer for BNT162B2 (Smalley)

Obtained by Freedom of Information request from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration because that’s the only way to get public data nowadays. I manually converted the PDF to a datafile so anyone can analyse the data for themselves. This is the data that Pfizer has. If you were responsible for reviewing this, what action would you take?


Through 15th April 2022 (around 16 months):
• Total cases reported 1,348,078.
• 75% of cases reported are under the age of 65.
• Over 68% of cases are female.
• 387,675 (29%) of cases are described as “serious”.
• 17,156 reported cases for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
• 45,523 paediatric cases.
• 4,563,768 adverse events (average 3.4 per case).
• 646,837 nervous system disorders.
• 503,108 musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders.
• 299,486 gastrointestinal disorders.
• 209,213 skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders.
• 176,907 respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders.
• 162,086 reproductive system and breast disorders.
• 114,375 cardiac disorders.
• 93,097 blood and lymphatic system disorders.

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    Vincent van Gogh Kingfisher by the Waterside 1887   • FBI Trump Raid Exposes Washington’s Secrecy Shams (Bovard) • An Informer Told the FBI What
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle August 11 2022]

    #113238
    userzeroid
    Participant

    Thank you Raul – a few good laughs here amongst the collapse (as usual!)

    #113239
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Thanks Ilargi; the Ode to Joy, was overwhelming….

    #113240
    Just Some Randomer
    Participant

    “….The US has promised four more of the holy HIMARS…..”

    A good start, but have they sent the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch yet? That should definitely turn the tide…..

    #113241
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Vincent van Gogh Kingfisher by the Waterside 1887

    He (van Gogh) had a breathed about him…
    Kingfisher is just wonderful…

    #113242
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    breathed
    Should be breadth…

    #113243
    Red
    Participant

    With the Syrian oil thingy, I can’t help but wonder why the convoy’s haven’t been attacked in some way or another. If someone was stealing my stuff I would at least try to stop it in some way. If I had Russian armaments I would likely use ’em.

    #113244
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    Ha! Pelosi’s Taiwanese adventure is turning into spectacular own goal. Now the Chinese have said that it’s no more Mr Nice Guy, declared that the USA was the principal instigator of the crisis in Ukraine and that they know that the US wants the sanction stick and a lasting war to ruin Russia.

    #113245
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    I can’t post the link, but here’s the first part of the same story on RT:

    According to Beijing’s ambassador in Moscow, in this way Washington is seeking to “exhaust and crush Russia”

    Washington is seeking to prolong the conflict in Ukraine as much as possible in order to weaken Moscow, China’s ambassador to Russia has suggested.

    In an interview with Russia’s TASS news agency published on Wednesday, Zhang Hanhui said, among other things, that it was the US that had initiated “five rounds of NATO’s eastward expansion, directed the ‘color revolution’ in Ukraine’ and ‘driven Russia into a corner’ in terms of security.” According to the diplomat, all these factors combined led to the current conflict in Ukraine.

    He went on to describe the US as the “initiator and chief arsonist of the Ukraine crisis.”

    “Zhang claimed that by slapping Moscow with “unprecedented” sanctions and providing Kiev with yet more weapons, Washington is seeking to prolong the armed conflict for as long as possible. This strategy is aimed at “exhausting and crushing Russia” eventually.

    The Chinese ambassador noted that he saw parallels between the conflict in Ukraine and the latest escalation around Taiwan. He alleged that the White House is deploying the kind of tools it previously used in the Eastern European country.

    According to the diplomat, the fact that the US is “flexing its muscles” on China’s doorstep, arranging “various anti-China groups, and has now openly crossed all borders on the issue of Taiwan” just goes to prove his assessment. He dubbed this as nothing short of an “Asian-Pacific version of ‘NATO’s eastward expansion’.”

    The envoy pointed out that the US is pursuing effectively the same goals with respect to China as it is vis-à-vis Russia – to “hinder the development and rise of China, interfere in its internal affairs” as well as to “exhaust and contain it with the help of war and sanctions.”

    #113246
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Interesting to see Amazon.com de-stocking their warehouses, wondering what the game is: maybe they are they reducing the number of products they stock so that they can become a second tier distributor, but somehow I doubt it.

    As far as I can see, there is nothing they have failed to stock that cannot be easily bought elsewhere. For me the elsewhere is taobao.com, aliexpress.com, hktvmall.com.hk, biggo.com.tw etc, except for the speciality stuff like Carlson Cod Liver Oil and then you just get it from the Carlson site.

    As a home brewer I was surprised to find that they are out of Star San sanitizer and loads of other home brew supplies. Of course, that stuff is everywhere and I was able to source it locally but you can also source it from the Five Star Chemicals web site.

    Amazon does not stock it any more? What are they doing?

    Are they trying to make the people panic by making them believe that certain stuff is no longer available? I thought they had huge leverage over their suppliers, so what is going on? I also am amazed that their Shenzen warehouse – yes, Amazon has warehouses in China – is not able to supply stuff that AliExpress can supply, also from Shenzhen, stuff from most of the companies that advertise and sell through Alibaba.

    This has nothing to do with shipping, I am in Taipei and there are lots of companies that ship here, the same companies that ship for AliExpress, despite the China-US games. Today I received an induction cooker from taobao, it arrived on time, no delay, even our local Ikea has no problems getting stock from Sweden – yes, I had to visit there today and they have pretty much everything in stock.

    What is Amazon doing? They are definitely part of the new world order, so their stock reduction seems to be a calculated effort, something that will be blamed on Russia? Maybe shipping? The essential need for your suicide to save the planet? Maybe they are trying to kill the companies that use them, strangle them by cutting off market access?

    We need some ingenious person to write a web site that shows us the extent to which Amazon is out of stock.

    #113248
    zerosum
    Participant

    Don’t trust the USA with your life.
    How many leaders has the USA assassinated?
    Peace will arrive in the Ukraine with assassinations

    #113249
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Still trying to scenario Pelosi as the Davos crowd. … Xi says thanks to her visit, China needs to stop agitating internally and make him ruler-for-life. Hey, I thought he already had that! But Pelosi is helping him consolidate his power against internal rivals that won’t go away lately. …And coincidentally were from all the cities he had to lock down for Covid. Coincidence, I’m sure. No conclusions, still looking.

    Those 87,000 IRS agents are required to be “happy to use deadly force” as a condition of employment. So not phone answerers. Not Billionaire-chasers either. And now, 30 years later, the IRS has been increased many times, every time they said they needed to have more agents to answer calls and improve customer service. Every day of my life, remember when they had a scandal you could call them? no phone rep knew any tax answers, all answered questions differently and you will be audited for following their official, express directions.

    So: entire lifetime of hiring agents, never once improved customer service or put them on the phones. Why now? Why this time? A: they won’t, they are being sent fully armed to harass and audit a small garage mechanic in Lexington, KY, to put him out of business so the local GM dealer is a monopoly. Unless that GM dealer is of the other party, in which case they’re not a friend, and we audit them with guns too.

    I mean, watching the IRS and FBI for 40 years, what do you think they do? With the 87,000 agents we already gave them since 1913? Audit the Hunters and Pelosis, the Gingriches the political machine in Delaware and lingerie owners trading foreign supermodels in Manhattan? Um, no. That’s for YOU, dead-broke single mother in Arizona who carried the “1” wrong. Hammer time, you tax-dodging criminal scum. We got Hunter’s crack bills to pay and federal gun crimes to cover, so be a dear and lose a work shift by waiting on the phone for 6 hours.

    Hsssss
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    For Trump: so now we know the DON’T know what the warrant was for. At all. And neither does he, since the agents issuing it didn’t allow it to be read. (Illegally, I believe). They also removed the property owners and their lawyers from the property. Also illegal, I believe. Preventing a person from being in their home an going about their normal business requires an arrest, a detention of some kind. Warrants must be specific to location and object suspected. It seems they searched areas not subject to warrant: also illegal. They wanted very much to shut off all security cameras, which is not illegal, and didn’t happen, but is incredibly disturbing and suspicious in the highest.

    And this is knowing that like so many of the guys under lawfare right now, Navarro for instance, they’re lawyers: you just say, “We need you to show up in the office on Aug X with Document Y,” and they do, or file back. THAT is being “subject to the rule of law”, that you treat them the SAME as a “normal” case. Unless you think he’s fleeing the country or something. They were in discussions, and he was following their doc-storage advice, so clearly that was not the case. They just liked to break things for the Media Theater, and/or there is a different sub-faction of FBI who jumped the turnstiles of the existing crew, also deeply disturbing. FBI has factions now? Multiple People running the same case?

    Great how the 50 remaining patriots keep getting them to overreact with deeply guilty consciences and make them expose themselves to the American people as tyrants and frauds. Couldn’t be happier. Armstrong had a snap interview where he said 2024 kicks off the Civil War cycle, (probably bc tampered, unclear election) and this is the end of America and democracy, which tend to die in 240 years. Yes, the old one is dead. But it was already dead in the 90s, when people started to take offense and were met with open violent, oppression, no rule of law, no consequences, passing of openly unconstitutional measures, handing the government to China, and Gingrich’s Congress played kabuki and let them. And helped. Helping!!! As they said in 1979, “Was the Government too small under Carter?” That we need to expand it? No, the people already felt the government was about too large then. What 1/10th its present size? Where we pass half-trillion dollar laws and don’t even call them “Bills”, but a mere, unimportant, “reconciliation.” Adding 87,000 government employees and $500B, with more for Ukraine than the State of Florida, that doesn’t need to be discussed by anyone! Nor have a majority. Just 50 +1. For total change of direction, $3T spent.

    So having set the stage for the FBI, it – or politicized sub-factions, who are not subject to oversight, along with judges who are the employees of known pedophile, traffickers, and felons – we can now erase the FBI from government and replace them with some new department of our choosing. That might have a snowball’s chance of being honest. I mean, after we shortly go broke.

    What did you think the 87,000 “deadly force” employees and their billion rounds of AR-15 ammunition were for? The next logical step is a tax strike, immediately as the Central government weakens and wouldn’t have been able to project power and terrorize the people into compliance. So they need to pre-empt this tax strike they seem certain is happening in weeks. Why will Florida pay taxes to a Federal government that is outside the law? Is harassing and shutting down the state? Is filing lawsuits interfering in state-run elections? Is investigating and making lists of people who speak at school board meetings?

    They won’t. They’ll stop paying a government that is illegitimate, not obeying law, but also not legally elected. Which is coming up next month. Why can I say “Illegitimate”? Geez, well Hillary, Pelosi, Schumer, all said “Illegitimate election” and “Illegitimate President” for 5 years now, it’s nothing new I’m doing. AG Letitia James has a long YouTube mashup in public of how she’s going to prosecute and ruin Donald as her NYS job description and life’s work. Um, Ms. A.G., wouldn’t you need to be aware of a CRIME in order to investigate, prosecute, pursue? What crime is that specifically, since you talk so much about it? You don’t have one? Can’t name it, don’t know it? Huh. Sounds a little bit like illegitimate government, abuse of power for personal and political gain, for which you can be personally sued and removed. (Taking actions for yourself by using the power of your office is illegal. Same as a policeman can’t shoot his wife’s boyfriend and then claim he was just a policeman enforcing the law. It has to be official office business.)

    “Mar-a-Lago Search Shows the Swamp’s Trump Obsession (WSJ)”

    Quote inside: Wall Street Journal says Joe started WWIII for us. Funny, I don’t remember them reporting that before. So Joe: starter and approver of WIII, the final war, nuclear-grade, with Russia. WSJ: anyone want to let us in on why? Why you seem so nonplussed about it? Just a throwaway line: “Hey, ‘Merica Dudes: we’re in WWIII, or somethin’. Totally ‘rad.”

    And this goes back to the “Peaceful transition of power” they were talking about every day, that the country was founded on, and Washington proved to us first time ever. Funny: I seem to remember Congress approving the electors without wishing to investigate, and then Trump therefore leaving office on the 6th. Sounds like a peaceful transition of power. Does that compare to 2017-2020 when power was never given over and transitioned to the Trump administration, but was always undermined and investigated? Universally called “illegitimate” in public when they couldn’t be arsed to investigate the 2016 election they said was illegal, and Obama himself said no votes were changed? So whose “Peaceful transition” is it that’s happening…and not happening?

    So because Trump handed over power and “Peacefully transitioned” to Biden, that’s not enough somehow? “You won! Congratulations, here’s the big chair. I’ll be in Florida golfing if you need me.” Not enough?

    No. That means we no longer have a “peaceful transition” of power, the foundation of the Republic and Democracy. Certain factions have power, keep power regardless of any election outcomes, then use that power to prevent future elections. So it seems.

    “Energy Costs Pushing Europeans into Food Poverty – Bloomberg (RT)”

    Note, as long as people are being murdered, they’re happy. It’s only when they survive, get rich, have jobs, increase marriage, stability, and reduce abortions that they’re mad and need to act out. Okay we see that in their actions for decades of proof: WHY? Why if they have no baby formula or there are grenades in the streets, ‘tis but a shame, but if people have their wages increase, they need to act right away! Raise rates now!!!!!!!!!!! If people are in poverty for gas taxes, the French countryside gutted for decades, tant pis, but if they protest to tell you they’re hurting, we shoot French women in the eyeball? THAT DAY, mister! Then it’s serious and must be stopped, TOUT SUITE!

    Conclusion: Bad things are “Good”. For them. “Good” things are bad. For them. The people must not have good things. Our two interests are no longer aligned. The government is provably against the people and directs and approves only bad things for them now.

    But this has been made clear in Germany and Ukraine.

    “the western countries are willing to destroy not only its own economies, but the entire international financial system to try to hurt Russia (and China) as much as possible.”

    That is to say: the People of the West. The war is from the leaders and elites upon the People, worldwide. They are solely attacking the everyday people of their own countries. Me. You. Us. Lo Siento.

    “keeping heavy weapons and personnel there.”

    Aaaaand, if they removed all men and arms, Ukraine would just walk in and take it back again. What exactly are you talking about? Every time your mouth opens, y’all make no sense. Do you think when you vomit word-salad like Bush in Japan, Russia will just go “Okey-dokie” and retreat? JHC.

    “Ukraine will keep fighting against Russia until it regains control over the Crimean Peninsula, President Vladimir Zelensky has promised.”

    Fighting to the death of the last Ukrainian.Including women and children now. On behalf of the West, who is positively gleeful at the prospect of your utter annihilation and erasure from planet earth. Yeah, we know, we’ve been saying it every day for 6 months. Joe is running an active, intentional Slavic genocide. The plan is to murder all slavs in Eastern Europe while London giggles under the covers and drinks gin. Half America applauds heartily. So long as it’s those ETHNIC people being killed…

    “Contenders for Boris Johnson’s Crown Stress Fealty to Israel (Cook)”

    Like Sarah Palin, the U.K. finally found someone yet more incompetent than war criminal Blair and BoJo the Clown: Liz Truss. So obviously she moves to the tippy-top of the list, having not one substantive credit to her name that I can think of. But since Britain is now a nation of racists from all four seas, they cannot elect any white males, because “melanin”. People with melanin are morally superior according to them. And this is the Schrodinger’s sex, since Liz is a woman, although women do/don’t exist, and being one does/doesn’t matter. Matters a lot/little, all at once. In any case, we hates the other kind, the untermensches, we hates them forever and ever: they are the only ones disqualified. All people are equal…except that oooooooone category, who is sub-equal. But we dare not name who that “equal but yet sub-equal” group is, or else we’ll be banned. Banned because they’re equal, and banning people for saying so is happening, but it isn’t.

    What was that guy in the North again? Arrested for “making someone, somewhere, sometime, ‘uncomfortable’, online”? Yes, I’m sure when the Bobbies showed up with guns and arrested him, THEY made HIM pretty ‘uncomfortable’ too. So what gives? …Unless somehow HE was part of the un-namable, horrible, Untermensch, that don’t exist, but do. Because we don’t arrest people for being a color or gender, except we do.

    Right? And that’s not an “ethnostate” long established as the dream and desire of Nazis, except it is. And that “can’t happen here”, except it already did.

    Gosh I hate racism. It’s illogical and unscientific. Especially the American kind, where it’s like “Black and White!!!” Um: speaker? Who’s “Black”? This is America: everyone’s mixed for centuries. Whoever you SAY SO, today, this minute, but not tomorrow? (Larry Elder) For that matter, who’s “White”? New Serbian immigrants, muslims? Yes/no? Puerto Ricans, who are Americans for 100 years? People from Marseilles but not Madrid? Lakota who marry are immediately 100% “White” but black people who marry are 100% “black”. Y’all make no sense. And you set, establish, and enforce law on this basis, as the primary characteristic of all legal and social exchanges. WTF.

    Just STOOOOOOOOOOP already. “The Party of Science.” Who apparently believe in racism and Eugenics. Stop.

    #113251
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Yesterday one of TAE’s good commentators, @AFewKnowTheTruth, posted this wonderfully wry humorous quotation from senior oil geologist Colin Campbell (co-founder of ASPO) said around 15 years ago: “You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”

    Ahh, but our governing elites never give up trying to anyhow, don’t they?

    What makes Campbell’s one-liner so funny is that it is written in “Catch 22” format. If the first statement in the sentence is true ( i.e. you can ignore reality) then the second statement ( you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality) is not true, but since the second statement is so patently true then the first statement (i.e you can ignore reality) must therefore . . . and just as patently . . . NOT be true. It can only ever be not true. Ipso facto, Campbell is literally and truthfully saying (in Catch 22 style) a true and simple statement of an obvious fact : You can not ignore reality.

    Corollary to Campbells Law : “You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality, and trying to anyhow is called, “Power”.

    Addendum to Corollary Of Campbell’s Law : “You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality, but NOT trying to ignore the consequences of ignoring reality is called “Absence”.

    #113252

    What do I make of such a gift that summons tears and yet uplifts my soul?
    It almost brings a moment when I wipe the whole damned world of sin. I think that is its goal.

    #113253
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @MyParentsSaidKnow

    Your poem is as worthy as the verse of any poet who ever walked the Earth.

    #113254

    Oh- DBS, thanks for your response the other day. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. In our backyard, rabbit holes have many entrances.

    #113255
    Bill7
    Participant

    There is much I agree with in this maybe-too-tidy article:

    “..I suggest the war in Syria was/is the last of the true imperial wars and the war in Ukraine is the first of the new kind of war, whatever that turns out to mean.

    The first truly Orwellian war perhaps, waged, as he describes in 1984, not by one power block against another, but by the “elites”, united by mutual interest, against the rest of us.

    A continuation of “covid” by other means.

    After all we can’t deny this war launched at a very opportune moment for the NN didn’t it, and has helped promote a lot of the same agenda, as well as created a MASSIVE distraction from the most important lesson “covid” taught us.

    The common purpose of those who think they rule us.

    To answer the question I posed at the start –

    I think the enemy is the anti-human agenda that the war and “covid” are helping to promote.

    I think creating (fake) binaries is a part of the process.

    I think this enemy wants us taking sides, often meaningless sides, and swapping outrage narratives because that stops us focusing on it and its agenda..”

    Covid, Ukraine & the real “enemy”: an open letter to Vanessa Beeley

    The tidyness gives me an odd feeling.

    #113256
    Bill7
    Participant

    Sorry about the double-spacing; it’s in the original.

    #113257
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @MyParentsSaidKnow

    Yup. The average backyard rabbit warren (and I’m talking average here, mind you, not worse-cases) has got more ways in and out than a Swiss cheese, and more integrated circuits than Taiwan.

    The world is just a single great clockwork in that respect I think, and like the man said, “Everything is connected!”

    #113258
    zerosum
    Participant

    Trump is getting free advertising

    #113259
    John Day
    Participant

    @Herr Werner: I was ever an “audio-cheapskate”, myself. however, I got a leg-up going to high school in Japan (1973-1976) , where I got stuff for cheap (at military exchange and in Akihabara) and got my start.
    Make-the-best-speakers-you-can is always good.

    #113260
    WES
    Participant

    The view that the west’s financial world order is falling apart because of the war in the Ukraine is ass backwards.

    The west’s financial world order was collapsing so the west started the war in the Ukraine to hide it.

    #113261
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Today the Military Summary channel has reported a Ukrainian attack on a brewery that damaged an ammonia plant, resulting in a severe ammonia leak in addition to direct casualties. That is in addition to ‘petal mines’ aimed at injuring civilians.

    For more scary is the discussion about the Ukrainians continuing to fire artillery shells at the Enerhodar nuclear power station. Although the core is well protected and designed to withstand a hit by a plane loaded with fuel, there are storage facilities for ‘spent’ fuel that are vulnerable. And a direct hit on that could result in “worse than Chernobyl” irradiation of Europe! .

    I guess the Ukrainian forces perpetrating these attack are praying for continuous westerly winds.

    It is suggested that the reason for these acts of desperation is that the regions to the north of Crimea are planning to hold referendums, with a view to democratically joining the Russian Federation….and we all know how much the fascists in London and Washington love ‘freedom and democracy’.

    #113262
    John Day
    Participant

    @Dr.D: In summation, are you calling US Civil War in 2024.
    I’m just trying to be sure. Seems 50:50 to me, and I know you don’t like to be nailed down, but I respect your well-considered opinion when I can get it.

    #113263
    WES
    Participant

    This past weekend, on August 6th, I attended a funeral in Ottawa, delayed for over a month due to covid. We had to wear masks during the church service.

    You can tell instantly Ottawa is a 100% government town, 100% vaccinated that looks down on anybody who isn’t vaccinated. They are 100% sure that vaccines are the only correct solution to covid. This is government shaped mass formation at it’s worst.

    Three days later, a young double vaccinated attendee reported testing positive for covid. So now I am waiting to see if my Wife and I will catch covid. It is wandering amoung the vaccinated that I dread. If I catch covid it will be from the vaccinated, since my Wife and I are the only 2 Canadians, that I know of, who aren’t vaccinated!

    #113264
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    WES.

    If the NZ mass control experiment is anything to go by, the unjabbed rarely get covid, and if they do the symptoms are mild and the body fights off the infection in a few days.

    On the other hand, the mask-wearing, double-jabbed and triple-jabbed get covid, become very ill and eventually recover, only to get it again a little later. That is the ones who don’t die from complications induced by the jabs.

    ‘The west’s financial world order was collapsing so the west started the war in the Ukraine to hide it.’

    Yep.

    I have known for 30 years that there was something very fishy about western economics. And 20 years ago I realised what it was. The whole economic narrative is bullshit., especially GDP. = Grand Deception Project = Gigantic Destruction Process = Global Decimation Process……

    I like the way Andrei Martyanov calls a spade a spade. “It’s baloney. It’s fake. Pseudo-science. They [economists] even cannot couldn’t find their own arse using both hands in a brightly lit room because they basically operate in an alternative universe. of GDPs and financial indexes which are absolutely worthless.”

    Sensor Fusion and Uncertainties

    #113265
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Well, The Globe and Mail – a national icon and Canada’s most recognized media brand – is hiring! Yes, … their commitment to diversity and inclusion reads:

    As Canada becomes more diverse, so does our audience and our talent pool. The Globe is committed to reflecting that audience through content creation and public outreach. The Globe is equally committed to strengthening that talent pool through recruitment, development, promotion and retention of staff.

    We believe diversity is the recognition of differences including race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, age and physical abilities but is not limited to these. Life experiences, previous work experiences and a plurality of points of view are all part of what makes up a diverse group of people.

    At The Globe and Mail, our goal is to make sure all people feel included. We are committed to creating equitable opportunities for all employees, to enable everyone to reach their full potential.

    Current available position: Reporter ( https://can62e2.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/theglobeandmail/Posting/View/519 )

    … just one peculiar condition in it:

    All offers of employment with The Globe and Mail are conditional upon the candidate being Fully Vaccinated. To be Fully Vaccinated is defined as someone who has received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada (currently Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen) and has received the last dose at least 14 days prior to their start date. To prove they are Fully Vaccinated, all new hires will be required to provide evidence by emailing a copy of their vaccine dose administration receipt(s) to Human Resources prior to their start date. Those seeking exemption based on one or more of the protected grounds in the Human Rights Code will need to provide their request for accommodation to Human Resources for approval. If the accommodation request is not approved and the candidate is not Fully Vaccinated, any offer of employment will be revoked.

    … so much for diversity and inclusion!

    … only in Canada, I say: … what pity.

    F.S.

    #113266
    slimyalligator
    Participant

    @WES, I’ll chip in on Afewknowthetruth post and ancetdonal it is. I too avoid mingling with the vexxed. I caught the crud after talking to my vaccinated boss coming out of quarantine. Keep in mind I’m a solitary worker in the boss’s empire, It was a shitty thing but only lasted 4-5 days. A single dose of Ivermectin and John Day’s protocol brought me through. I intend to avoid the vexxed crowds as much as possible, hard to do though.

    #113267

    Okay- I went out to harvest tomatoes (gazpacho, salsa, puree, soup,…any other suggestions for such abundance?), blow acorns and sticks off the roof, and take a nap, and I have to thank DBS again. Thank-you.
    Our rabbit population stays in check because the mink goes down the rabbit hole as easily as the rabbit.
    What this world needs is more minks.

    #113268
    John Day
    Participant

    @Figmund Sreud: Touche1

    #113269
    oxymoron
    Participant


    What do I make of such a gift that summons tears and yet uplifts my soul?
    It almost brings a moment when I wipe the whole damned world of sin. I think that is its goal.

    One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read

    #113270
    willem
    Participant

    @Figmund Sreud: In this job posting, the vaxx is serving here as the perfect ideology test. Employers can reject you without admitting that diversity of political viewpoint is the reason for the rejection.

    #113271

    Oxymoron: Thank-you.

    #113272
    WES
    Participant

    My Parent Said Know:

    Here at the island cottage, the mink swim up the muskrat’s underwater holes dug along the shore banks thus keeping these water rats under control. So, yeah, I like mink too!

    #113273
    WES
    Participant

    F.S.:

    The Globe & Mail is one of Trudeau’s “woke” newspapers. The “woke” use the vax as a legal means to openly discriminate against the very diversity they talk about while doing the opposite.

    Saw Canada’s top general saying they need to tweak their vaccine policy to ensure 100% compliance. So far they have kicked out about half of the over 1,000 soldiers who have refused the vax. This behavior is happening inspite of not being able to recruit new soldiers to replace losses. So Canada’s army will shrink in size some more along with the British army.

    I am still waiting for the US army to follow through on their threats to discharge all unvaxxed soldiers. Afterall the US army needs to get smaller for everybody else’s benefit.

    #113274
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Alistair Crooke: THE MASK OF PANDORA
    Note: … machine translation from Italian. The only place I was able to get this article. All other sources of this article, … at least by ISP I subscribe to, are blocked. As I understand, Strategic Culture published this recently, but that site is blocked off in my area completely.

    What happens when people wake up to the deception of totalitarian elitism posing as freedom and individualism (not to mention democracy)?

    https://www-geopolitika-ru.translate.goog/it/article/la-maschera-di-pandora?_x_tr_sl=it&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-US&_x_tr_pto=wapp

    F.S.

    #113275

    WES: yes, here, too. But I wish they would leave the muskrats be a while so they could have their “eat out” where they take 90% of the cattails. It’s a lovely cycle. The cattails proliferate; the muskrats move in and eat them, building their huts. The geese come and nest on the huts. My lawn (such as it is) grows lush and beautiful, and I make a few noisy goose friends. Then the minks grow in numbers, and take out the muskrats, and the cattails take over the swamp once again.
    Minks are a cross between cats and otters. I’m glad they are small.

    #113276
    zerosum
    Participant

    A good find/read/food for thought Alistair Crooke: THE MASK OF PANDORA
    What happens when people wake up to the deception of totalitarian elitism posing as freedom and individualism (not to mention democracy)?

    Lost of Work Ethics
    https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/work-ethic-skills

    #113277
    John Day
    Participant

    @AfewKnowTheTruth: i just caught up on yesterday, and it’s almost tomorrow. You stood your ground well against dismissive snark, and outanswered those who supposed themselves to be your ‘betters”. Different bikes for different jobs makes sense. We were talking about “eating oil” my first semester in college, fall 1976. that’s been awhile now. how come everybody doesn’t get it?

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