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Ukraine Aiming To Create Chaos Within Russian Forces – Zelenskiy Adviser (G.)
Western Countries Waiting For ‘Fall Of Ukraine’ – Kiev (RT)
Zelensky Speaks Out On Travel Ban For Ukrainian Men (RT)
Annual Grocery Bills In Great Britain Will Soar By £533 – Experts (G.)
Gazprom Makes EU Gas Price Prediction (RT)
Why Is Amnesty Apologising For Telling The Truth About Ukraine? (Cook)
Germans Cut Down On Gas Consumption – Industry Body (RT)
Russian Military Signs Contract For ‘Uninterceptable’ Missiles (RT)
False System vs False System in the Netherlands (Garlington)
Judge Assigned To Lawsuit Alleging CIA Spied On Assange Visitors (D.)
The Most Damaging Farm Products? Organic, Pasture-fed Beef And Lamb (Monbiot)
Comirnaty Is A Ghost Shot (Schachtel)
44% of Pregnant Women in Pfizer Trial Lost Their Babies (AG)
President Trump Wants Full Unredacted Raid Affidavit Released (CTH)

 

 

 

 

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I read a lot. Also in the Guardian. Now, they send me messages that I am one of their top readers. Signed, Luke Harding. One of the authors of this propaganda. Hilarious.

Ukraine Aiming To Create Chaos Within Russian Forces – Zelenskiy Adviser (G.)

Ukraine is engaged in a counteroffensive aimed at creating “chaos within Russian forces” by striking at the invaders’ supply lines deep into occupied territories, according to a key adviser to the president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Mykhailo Podolyak told the Guardian there could be more attacks in the “next two or three months” similar to Tuesday’s mysterious strikes on a railway junction and an airbase in Crimea, as well as last week’s hit on Russian warplanes at the peninsula’s Saky aerodrome. Russia said a fire on Tuesday had set off explosions at a munitions depot in the Dzhankoi district of Crimea – an incident that Podolyak said was a reminder that “Crimea occupied by Russians is about warehouse explosions and high risk of death for invaders and thieves”.

Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attacks. They have prompted Russian tourists to flee Crimea in panic. There were queues on Tuesday outside the railway station at the regional capital, Simferopol. The defence ministry in Moscow said it was dealing with cases of sabotage and taking “necessary measures” to prevent further episodes. Speaking from the presidential offices in Kyiv, Podolyak said: “Our strategy is to destroy the logistics, the supply lines and the ammunition depots and other objects of military infrastructure. It’s creating a chaos within their own forces.”

The adviser, often described as the country’s third most powerful figure, said Kyiv’s approach ran counter to Moscow’s use of blunt artillery power to gain territory in the Donbas region to the east, which has seen Russian troops destroy cities such as Mariupol and Sievierodonetsk in order to gain territory. “So Russia has kind of taught everybody that a counteroffensive requires huge amounts of manpower like a giant fist and just go in one direction,” he said, but “a Ukrainian counteroffensive looks very different. We don’t use the tactics of the 60s and 70s, of the last century.” However, the remarks could also be interpreted as an acknowledgment that Ukraine is struggling to amass the amount of men and military material required to sustain a full counteroffensive in the south of the country, which typically requires a superiority of three or more soldiers to one.

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They have gotten into a habit of blaming the hand that feeds them. Not sure how long that will benefit them.

Western Countries Waiting For ‘Fall Of Ukraine’ – Kiev (RT)

Several countries in the West are waiting for Kiev to surrender and think their problems will immediately solve themselves, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba in an interview published on Tuesday. “I often get asked in interviews and while speaking to other foreign ministers: how long will you last? That’s instead of asking what else could be done to help us defeat Putin in the shortest time possible,” Kuleba said, noting that such questions suggest that everyone “is waiting for us to fall and for their problems to disappear on their own.” The foreign minister went on to suggest that some Western countries are ready to accept Ukraine’s surrender in the ongoing military conflict with Russia and have it concede some of its territories – something Kiev has repeatedly insisted it would never agree to.

Last week, Mikhail Podolyak, an aide to President Zelensky, ruled out Kiev’s military defeat as a possible scenario and stated that it would fight “to the last Russian citizen in Ukrainian territory,” with the help of Western weapons which he says will be funneled into the country regardless of the cost. Podolyak also suggested that nobody would try to negotiate a truce with Russia at the expense of Ukraine, due to the reputation of President Zelensky for “not allowing any such talks behind his back.” Zelensky has repeatedly condemned the insistence of some Western countries on a peaceful resolution to the conflict without considering Kiev’s interests, stating in June that “everyone wants to push us to some result, definitely not desirable for us,” while pursuing their own financial and political interests.

“Fatigue is growing, people want some kind of result for themselves. And we need a result for us,” the Ukrainian leader stated. Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has predicted that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine would eventually end with a negotiated settlement but insisted that Kiev must continue to receive military support from the West to improve its negotiating position.

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“The Rada has since extended the period of martial law several times, most recently prolonging it for an additional 90 days, until November 21.”

Zelensky Speaks Out On Travel Ban For Ukrainian Men (RT)

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has announced that men without military experience will be banned from leaving the country as long as martial law is in effect. The statement was posted on the president’s website on Monday in response to a petition urging that men between the ages 18 and 60 be allowed to travel abroad. The petition, which was signed by over 27,000 people, says many Ukrainian men are unfit for military service but could be useful in other fields. The author argued that if these people were allowed to work abroad, they could help refugees and send back money to aid the military, which, the text says, already has enough capable people.

“Fighting should be fought by able-bodied people. We have many IT, social, creative, technical, and other specialists who can fight on the information front and be more useful working abroad, helping our refugees and supporting the army with earned funds,” the petition reads. The author claimed that Kiev’s travel restrictions aimed at certain categories of citizens resemble “Soviet practices, which [Ukraine] is gradually getting rid of,” and offered the example of Estonia, which only prohibits travel to those who are the subjects of criminal proceedings. “Therefore, we ask the president of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, to allow men aged 18-60 who do not have military experience and are of limited fitness to travel abroad,” the petition concludes. According to Ukrainian law, if an online petition receives more than 25,000 signatures, the president must issue a response.

Zelensky replied by pointing to Article 64 of the constitution, which states that freedom of movement may be limited for Ukrainian citizens in the event of an emergency or the introduction of martial law. The president explained that according to the constitution, during a period of “martial law, the constitutional rights and freedoms of a person and a citizen… may be limited.” He went on to note that “the abolition of these restrictions is expected to be carried out after the end of the legal regime of martial law.” Ukraine’s Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, approved Zelensky’s decree introducing martial law in the country on February 24, 2022, after Moscow launched its military operation against Kiev. The Rada has since extended the period of martial law several times, most recently prolonging it for an additional 90 days, until November 21.

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Lowballing?!

Annual Grocery Bills In Great Britain Will Soar By £533 – Experts (G.)

Supermarket bills in Great Britain will soar by £533, or more than £10 a week, as grocery price inflation hits its highest level since at least 2008. The price of a weekly shop rose 11.6% in the four weeks to 7 August, compared with a year before, according to the latest figures from Kantar. That represents the highest rate of inflation since the market research group began tracking the sector 14 years ago taking the average annual grocery bill to £5,128. Fraser McKevitt, the head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, said: “As predicted, we’ve now hit a new peak in grocery price inflation, with products like butter, milk and poultry in particular seeing some of the biggest jumps.” The price rises will pile pressure on households already struggling to cope with rising energy bills and petrol prices.


More than one in eight UK households fear they have no further way to make cuts to afford a sharp increase in annual energy bills expected this autumn. Discounters Aldi and Lidl both increased sales by double-digit percentages in the three months to 7 August as shoppers sought ways to reduce their bills. Kantar found that together Lidl and Aldi have gained 1.8 percentage points of British grocery sales over this period, representing a £2.3bn annual shift in spending. The homegrown discounter Iceland also increased sales by almost 3%. Aldi is close to overtaking Morrisons to become the UK’s fourth largest supermarket. Its market share rose 0.9 percentage points to 9.1%, a fraction behind Morrisons on 9.3%. Waitrose, Morrisons and independent stores all saw sales fall back, as the overall grocery market rose 2.2% in the three months.

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Playing with(out) fire.

Gazprom Makes EU Gas Price Prediction (RT)

Russian state energy giant Gazprom on Tuesday warned that gas prices in Europe could surge by 60% this winter. “European spot gas prices have reached $2,500. According to conservative estimates, if such a tendency persists, prices will exceed $4,000 per thousand cubic meters this winter,” the company posted to its official Telegram channel. Gazprom’s exports to Europe are running at reduced levels this year due to Ukraine-related sanctions and technical issues. The company said its gas exports to non-former Soviet countries fell by 36.2% to 78.5 billion cubic meters between January 1 and August 15, while production dropped by 13.2% to 274.8 billion cubic meters year-on-year. However, the Russian company maintains that it supplies gas “in accordance with confirmed requests.”


As Russia remains the EU’s largest source of natural gas, European gas prices have quadrupled since the start of the year on thinning flows. Earlier on Tuesday, the cost of gas futures on the TTF hub in the Netherlands exceeded $2,600 per thousand cubic meters for the first time since March, which is about 13% above the previous day’s settlement, data from the London Stock Exchange ICE showed. Meanwhile, Gazprom’s shipments to Asia have surged. Flows through the Power of Siberia pipeline regularly exceed the daily contracted quantities, according to the company. For instance, in January-July Gazprom supplied 60.9% more gas to China via this pipeline compared to the same period in 2021.

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“Amnesty made a statement last week in which it said it “deeply regrets the distress and anger” caused by its report, while at the same time stating: “We fully stand by our findings.”

Why Is Amnesty Apologising For Telling The Truth About Ukraine? (Cook)

Should a human rights organisation apologise for publishing important evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses? If it does apologise, what does that suggest about its commitment to dispassionately uncovering the truth about the actions of both parties to war? And equally, what message does it send to those who claim to be “distressed” by the publication of such evidence? Those are questions Amnesty International should have pondered far more carefully than it obviously did before issuing an apology last week over its latest report on the war in Ukraine. In that report, Amnesty accused Ukrainian forces of committing war crimes by stationing troops and artillery in or near schools, hospitals and residential buildings, thereby using civilians effectively as human shields. Such practices by Ukrainian soldiers were identified in 19 different towns and villages.

These incidents did not just theoretically endanger civilians. There is evidence, according to Amnesty, that return fire by Russian troops on these Ukrainian positions led to non-combatants being killed. The Israeli army regularly accuses Palestinian factions like Hamas of hiding among civilians in Gaza, while obscuring its own, long-documented practice of using Palestinians as human shields. But whatever the truth of Israel’s claims, unlike the tiny and massively overcrowded Gaza, which offers few or no hiding places outside of built-up areas for Palestinian fighters to resist Israeli aggression, Amnesty concluded of the situation in Ukraine: “Viable alternatives were available that would not endanger civilians – such as military bases or densely wooded areas nearby, or other structures further away from residential areas.” In other words, it was a choice made by the Ukrainian army to put its own civilians in harm’s way.

Notably, this is the first time a major western human rights organisation has publicly scrutinised the behaviour of Ukraine’s soldiers. Until now, these watchdog bodies have focused exclusively on reports of crimes committed by Russian forces – a position entirely in line with the priorities of their own governments. By its own admission, Amnesty has published dozens of reports condemning Russia. The pushback against the latest report was relentless, coming even from Amnesty’s own Ukrainian team. Oksana Pokalchuk, its head, quit, explaining that her team “did everything they could to prevent this material from being published”. Under mounting pressure, Amnesty made a statement last week in which it said it “deeply regrets the distress and anger” caused by its report, while at the same time stating: “We fully stand by our findings.”

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Take that Putin!

Germans Cut Down On Gas Consumption – Industry Body (RT)

Natural gas usage in Germany plunged in the first half of this year, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing the power industry association BDEW. The country consumed nearly 15% less natural gas compared with the same period of 2021, mostly due to far milder spring weather, the report said. Even after being adjusted for temperature effects, the drop was still 8%, according to the outlet. BDEW highlighted that much higher energy prices, weaker economic growth and increased personal motivation to save energy may have also contributed to the decline. In June, gas consumption was nearly a quarter lower than the same month last year, according to BDEW.


Nevertheless, the association noted that nearly all households and public buildings could do more to cut consumption, such as by turning down the heat by a degree or two in winter. The statistics also showed that the country’s electricity generation from gas has been declining since the middle of 2021. In the first half of 2022, gas-fired power plants generated around 12% less electricity than in the same period last year, BDEW noted. It was reported on Monday that Berlin has since late July stopped illuminating around 100 public buildings and historic landmarks in order to save energy. The city authorities said that in total, 150 buildings will no longer be lit at night.

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Miles ahead.

Russian Military Signs Contract For ‘Uninterceptable’ Missiles (RT)

The Russian military will receive state-of-the-art Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles, which, according to the manufacturer, can pierce through any existing air defense. The signing of a state contract “for the production and supply of the Sarmat strategic missile system” was announced on Tuesday during the Army 2022 forum, which is taking place in Moscow Region. The deal was signed by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Aleksey Krivoruchko and the general manager of the country’s Makeev Missile Center, Vladimir Degtyar, RIA Novosti reported. Speaking on Russian TV in May, Degtyar claimed that “it is impossible to intercept” the Sarmat missile thanks to its “incredibly complex” design, which allows it to “overcome any multi-layered missile defense.”


The commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces, Sergey Karakaev, said at the time that the new rocket can travel along unusual trajectories, including via the South Pole. He added that the Sarmat is the “largest military rocket in human history,” boasting a diameter of three meters and a height equal to that of a 14-story apartment block. The missile is said to weigh over 200 tons. The signing of another contract was also made public on Tuesday, in which the Russian Army will obtain the S-500 Prometheus air defense system – the latest iteration of the famed S-300 and S-400 missiles. With a range of 600km, its specialty is the interception of incoming missiles at high altitudes. The S-500 entered production by April, according to Yan Novikov, the general manager of state-owned defense company Almaz-Antey.

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Some strange comparisons. Dutch farmers, civil war US and Smolensk in the 13th century.

False System vs False System in the Netherlands (Garlington)

Dixie has always had a heavily agricultural economy, so many here are able to sympathize with the farmers in the Netherlands, whose lands and livelihoods are being threatened by globalists and radical environmentalists to further their agendas of technocratic control, depopulation, and so on. And more than that. The Dutch farmers are skillfully using unconventional tactics in their fight (e.g., blocking roadways with manure, tractors, or hay bales set aflame), something Southerners also are familiar with in their wars against the British Empire (1776-83) and the nascent Yankee Empire (1861-5) under generals such Francis Marion, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and John Mosby. But there is another similarity that isn’t so good.

The South in her fight against the Yanks didn’t offer enough of a difference in fundamental ideals to inspire her people to keep fighting until independence was achieved. To be sure, there were (and are) some very real, very deep differences between the two that played a large role in their conflict. But what the War between the States ultimately boiled down to was a clash between two types of governmental systems: the centralized, unrestrained Yankee governing system and the decentralized, limited government of Dixie. And there simply isn’t enough spiritual strength and vitality in an idea like constitutional interpretation to fire good, decent men to fight in an agonizing war for years on end. Thus, the South surrendered to Lincoln’s Army in 1865 after only four years of fighting, and has not mustered the wherewithal to challenge Washington City’s rule over her since then.

A similar situation may be developing in the Netherlands, where a right to widely distributed private ownership of land, economic autonomy, and this sort of thing is being opposed to a centrally planned economy with very few owners. Will the Dutch farmers be able to keep their resistance going with abstractions like ‘freedom’ as their underlying motivation? The prospects do not seem too bright. In a contest of one atheistic, materialistic ideology (distributed ownership of farms) vs another atheistic, materialistic ideology (central ownership of farms), the system being pushed by the more ruthless of the two groups of people will likely prevail.

This is what happened in the States: Lincoln and his generals waged unlimited warfare against the civilians of the South and broke them down physically and mentally. Likewise in Canada with the trucker protests earlier this year, the globalist Trudeau government used harsh tactics against the protestors to bring that populist rebellion to a quick end. The protests in the Netherlands are likely headed for the same sort of resolution: a hard crackdown by the Rutte government that breaks the spirit of the protestors, who then tamely submit to the new order. Unless . . .

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A glimmer of hope?

Judge Assigned To Lawsuit Alleging CIA Spied On Assange Visitors (D.)

Judge John Koeltl, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, was assigned to a lawsuit filed on behalf of journalists and attorneys, who claim the CIA and former CIA director Mike Pompeo spied on them when they visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney Richard Roth, who is representing plaintiffs in the lawsuit, welcomed the assignment. “Appointed to the bench in 1994, Judge Koeltl is a bright, experienced, and hard working judge in the Southern District,” Roth said. “He has presided over some of the highest profile cases in the SDNY, including the World Trade Center bombing case.” “We are fortunate to have such a seasoned jurist,” Roth added. Koeltl previously presided over a case involving Assange and WikiLeaks.

[..] In 2019, Koeltl ruled that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) could not hold Assange or WikiLeaks liable for publishing DNC emails or emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, which Russian agents were accused of stealing. The decision Koeltl issued highlighted the Pentagon Papers case, where the US Supreme Court ruled there was a “heavy presumption” against suppressing the publication of information. He concluded Assange and WikiLeaks had a First Amendment right to publish, even if WikiLeaks knew the materials were obtained illegally. “The First Amendment prevents such liability in the same way it would preclude liability for press outlets that publish materials of public interest, despite defects in the way the materials were obtained,” Koeltl asserted.

Koeltl added, “So long as the disseminator did not participate in any wrongdoing in obtaining the materials in the first place,” publishing was protected. “This was not a solicitation to steal documents but a request for material that has been stolen. Journalists are allowed to request documents that have been stolen and to publish those documents,” Koeltl declared.

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Ha ha ha, George Monbiot. I still think he means well, but he’s not the brightest light, is he? Organic, pasture-fed beef is more damaging than factory farming? Are you sure? Eat bugs, George.

The Most Damaging Farm Products? Organic, Pasture-fed Beef And Lamb (Monbiot)

Perhaps the most important of all environmental issues is land use. Every hectare of land we use for extractive industries is a hectare that can’t support wild forests, savannahs, wetlands, natural grasslands and other crucial ecosystems. And farming swallows far more land than any other human activity. What are the world’s most damaging farm products? You might be amazed by the answer: organic, pasture-fed beef and lamb. I realise this is a shocking claim. Of all the statements in my new book, Regenesis, it has triggered the greatest rage. But I’m not trying to wind people up. I’m trying to represent the facts. Let me explain. Arable crops, some of which are fed to farm animals, occupy 12% of the planet’s land surface. But far more land (28%) is used for grazing: in other words, for pasture-fed meat and milk.


Yet, across this vast area, farm animals that are entirely pasture-fed produce just 1% of the world’s protein. Livestock farmers often claim that their grazing systems “mimic nature”. If so, the mimicry is a crude caricature. A review of evidence from over 100 studies found that when livestock are removed from the land, the abundance and diversity of almost all groups of wild animals increases. The only category in which numbers fall when grazing by cattle or sheep ceases are those that eat dung. Where there are cattle, there are fewer wild mammals, birds, reptiles and insects on the land, and fewer fish in the rivers. Perhaps most importantly – because of their crucial role in regulating living systems – there tend to be no large predators.

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“One year later: How the Biden Admin, Big Tech, and Pfizer fooled Americans into taking “FDA approved” COVID vaccines that never actually existed..”

Comirnaty Is A Ghost Shot (Schachtel)

It has been almost one year since the FDA gave full approval to Pfizer’s mRNA COVID injection. Yet many will be surprised to find out that this particular vaccine, in FDA approved form, has never actually existed, and will never exist. The Biden Administration’s highly touted FDA approval was a mere sleight of hand. It was bureaucratic trickery. There remains no FDA approved COVID vaccine that is actually available in the United States, and there may never be one. On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved Pfizer’s Comirnaty shot, the FDA cleared version of the emergency use authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Marked as a turning point in the battle against the virus, the Biden Administration, Government Health agencies, and Pfizer went on a full PR blitz to crush what they deemed “vaccine hesitancy.”

Big Tech and media “fact checkers” also joined in on the mRNA uptake blitz campaign, with all of these forces maintaining a false reality in which FDA approved vaccines were readily available. Four emergency use authorization shots (and counting) later, It has became very clear, despite shoddy academic papers to the contrary, that the mRNA drug does not work, is particularly risky for young men, and is not in any way, shape, or form a vaccine by its traditional definition. But at the time of the FDA approval, “fully vaccinated” meant just two shots, and the government rubber stamp measure was weaponized to convince Americans to get the shot. “Safe and Effective,” and now, “FDA approved.” Additionally, the Biden Administration leveraged this fraudulent FDA approved status to pressure private companies into coercing their employees to take the shot.

Of course, they did not actually have access to an FDA approved shot. However, the campaign succeeded with flying colors, as millions of Americans were forced to take the shot under duress, as they couldn’t afford to be rendered unemployed by the biomedical security state. The American government engaged in a pharmaceutical sales campaign, based on polling data, to trick its own citizens into taking a shot that they thought was FDA approved. However, everyone in America was being injected with — and continue to take — the legally distinct emergency use authorization (EUA) version of the shot. The FDA approved Comirnaty shot has never become available to the American public in the United States. [..] Finally, in June, as reported in The Dossier, Pfizer acknowledged in quiet filings to the CDC that they would never produce the FDA approved version of Comirnaty that was authorized on August 23, 2021.

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“..if you lost your baby, it was categorized by Pfizer as resolved adverse event, like a headache that got better..”

44% of Pregnant Women in Pfizer Trial Lost Their Babies (AG)

More than 40 percent of pregnant women who participated in Pfizer’s mRNA COVID vaccine trial suffered miscarriages, according internal Pfizer documents, recently released under court order. Despite this, Pfizer, and the Biden administration insisted that the vaccines were safe for pregnant women. Out of 50 pregnant women, 22 of them lost their babies, according to an analysis of the documents. In a January court ruling, U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman of the Northern District of Texas, ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release around 12,000 documents immediately, and then 55,000 pages a month until all documents were released, totaling more than 300,000 pages.

The nonprofit group, Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency, sued the FDA last September, after the agency denied its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to expedite the release of mRNA vaccine review documents. In a November 2021 joint status report, the FDA proposed releasing only 500 pages of the documents a month, which would have taken up to 75 years. Trial documents released in April revealed that Pfizer had to hire 1,800 additional full-time employees in the first half of 2021 to deal with “the large increase” of adverse reactions to its COVID vaccine. [..] A batch of documents released in late July showed that 44 percent of women who were pregnant during the trial suffered miscarriages, feminist author and journalist Dr. Naomi Wolf revealed on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast.

Wolf has been spearheading research and analysis of the Pfizer documents through her website Daily Clout. In the past, only 10 to 15 percent of known pregnancies ended in miscarriage. “Pfizer took those deaths of babies—those spontaneous abortions and miscarriages—and recategorized them as recovered/resolved adverse effects,” Wolf told Bannon. “In other words, if you lost your baby, it was categorized by Pfizer as resolved adverse event, like a headache that got better,” she added. [..] “Over a year ago, the FDA received this report that out of 50 pregnant women, 22 of them lost their babies, and they did not say anything,” Wolf said, choking back tears. “Thus the FDA was aware of the horrifying rate of fetal death by the start of April 2021 and were silent.” The CDC, as recently as last month, still recommended the experimental mRNA vaccines for pregnant and breastfeeding “people.”

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Lawyer ‘sundance’ has written a lot about Trump and the raid lately. But sometimes a format doesn’t fit the Debt Rattle. Browse his site.

President Trump Wants Full Unredacted Raid Affidavit Released (CTH)

The NSA compliance officer notified NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers of unauthorized use of the NSA database by FBI contractors searching U.S. citizens during the 2015/2016 presidential primary. That 2016 notification is a classified record. The response from Mike Rogers, and the subsequent documentary evidence of what names were being searched is again a classified record. The audit logs showing who was doing the searches (which contractors, which agencies and from what offices), as noted by Director Rogers, was preserved. That is another big-time classified record. In addition, we would have Admiral Rogers writing a mandatory oversight notification to the FISA court detailing what happened.

That’s a big and comprehensive classified record, likely contained in the documents in Mar-a-Lago… and then the goldmine, the fully unredacted 99-page FISA court opinion detailing the substance of the NSA compromise by FBI officials and contractors, including the names, frequency and dates of the illegal surveillance. That is a major classified document the Deepest Deep State would want to keep hidden. These are the types of documents within what former ODNI John Ratcliffe called “thousands of pages that were declassified by President Trump,” and given to both John Durham and Main Justice with an expectation of public release when the Durham special counsel probe concluded.

In short, President Trump declassified documents that show how the institutions within the U.S. government targeted him. However, the institutions that illegally targeted President Trump are the same institutions who control the specific evidence of their unlawful targeting. These examples of evidence held by President Donald Trump reveals the background of how the DC surveillance state exists. THAT was/is the national security threat behind the DOJ-NSD search warrant and affidavit. The risk to the fabric of the U.S. government is why we see lawyers and pundits so confused as they try to figure out the disproportionate response from the DOJ and FBI, toward “simple records”, held by President Trump in Mar-a-Lago.

Very few people can comprehend what has been done since January 2009, and the current state of corruption as it now exists amid all of the agencies and institutions of government. Barack Obama spent 8 years building out and refining the political surveillance state. The operators of the institutions have spent the last six years hiding the construct. President Donald Trump declassified the material then took evidence to Mar-a-Lago. The people currently in charge of managing the corrupt system, like Merrick Garland, Lisa Monaco, Chris Wray and the Senate allies, are going bananas. From their DC perspective, Donald Trump is an existential threat.

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    Piet Mondriaan New York City I 1942   • Ukraine Aiming To Create Chaos Within Russian Forces – Zelenskiy Adviser (G.) • Western Countries Waiting
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle August 17 2022]

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    Afewknowthetruth
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    RIM. I hope you are not seriously affected by this:

    ‘State of emergency declared in two regions, evacuations taking place amid ‘relentless’ rain

    Weather warnings are now in full effect in the Nelson/Tasman and West Coast regions, with rain hammering down’

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    Germ
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    Germ
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    Red
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    George Monbiot. I’ve read a fair bit of him years back and haven’t bothered with him in quite some time. He is just a poser.

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    RIM. I hope you are not seriously affected by this:

    ‘State of emergency declared in two regions, evacuations taking place amid ‘relentless’ rain

    Weather warnings are now in full effect in the Nelson/Tasman and West Coast regions, with rain hammering down’

    In Greece? Not so far …

    #113626

    The Daily Exposé says it’s not 44% of pregnant women losing their babies in the Pfizer trial, but 82-97%, miscarriages and stillbirths. Got to skim through the details

    Confidential Pfizer Documents confirm 82-97% of COVID Vaccinated Pregnant Women sadly lost their Baby during Trial

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    Red
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    Ivermectin is currently used for about 27% of the world’s population. Countries where COVID-19 mortality is close to zero may not have incentive to adopt treatments. When excluding these countries, ivermectin adoption is about 43%. We excluded countries where the cumulative mortality over the preceding month was less than 1 in 1 million, according to the data at https://ourworldindata.org/). For the estimated population coverage, isolated use, some regions, mixed usage, and many regions use a factor of 0.05, 0.25, 0.5, and 0.75 respectively. Please send us corrections/updates.

    https://ivmstatus.com/

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    Dr. D
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    So can we celebrate Liz Cheney being gone yet? What was that thing where they had the Most Wanted on the deck of cards?

    “Our strategy is to destroy the logistics, the supply lines and the ammunition depots and other objects of military infrastructure.”

    So…you’re fighting a “war”? At last, I guess, since you didn’t think of this before? These hit and run tactics are the French Resistance actions of a nation who has lost and is fully occupied. And also has no power, no support, and no supply lines of your own. Good luck.

    Speaking of, I guess the much-vaunted Kiev August counteroffensive has been reduced to “propaganda action.” That is, “Just kidding! We never really meant to counteroffensive anyway. We were just doing that to beat Russia by causing their army to amass in the next delicious province, ready to strike West and complete the landlocking encirclement of Ukraine. See how smart and clever we are? It worked!”

    Thanks, I guess? Cue Ukrainian jokes here.

    Back to The Guardian, who I guess is so ashamed they didn’t byline the article, “Russian troops destroy cities such as Mariupol and Sievierodonetsk in order to gain territory.”

    …So it’s a war? Or something? Gosh how rude of them to destroy cities in order to take territory. We never had to do that in wars til now.

    “I often get asked in interviews and while speaking to other foreign ministers: how long will you last?”

    Maybe. That’s because if we got involved the conflict would go nuclear and we’d ask how long the entire West would last while SatanII’s are falling on the whole Eastern United States and London. Not long. Maybe two hours?

    “So long, mom!
    I’m off to drop the Bomb
    So don’t wait up for me
    But though I may roam
    I’ll come back to my home
    Although it may be
    A pile of debris

    Remember, mommy!
    I’m off to get a commie
    So send me a salami
    And try to smile somehow
    I’ll look for you
    When the war is over
    An hour and a half from now!” –Tom Leher.

    “NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has predicted that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine would eventually end with a negotiated settlement”

    Genius! Where do they find these guys? Actually, it’s probably in contention and he’s considered a sellout commie for saying so. …by the soft hands from Columbia U. on CNN. Wave the Flag, so long as it’s not American. So, we’re all bored with this; what’s “The Latest Thing” I need to support now? Or get fired, deplatformed, debanked? Surely the Tshirts are pre-printed already, just like the Ukr flags. …And Antifa flags, and Isis flags…boy they sure like flags. Maybe it’s because you don’t actually have to DO anything.

    “Zelensky Speaks out on Travel Ban for Ukrainian Men (RT)”

    We had a travel ban for all Americans for two years. You can’t compete. Difference being, they have an actual reason. We just hid in our basements.

    Supermarket bills in Great Britain will soar by £533, or more than £10 a week”

    Not unless they only spent £10 a week before now. And Aldi is German. Good luck.

    “Natural gas usage in Germany plunged in the first half of this year…the drop was 8%”

    One of those two statements is not true. I’m getting pretty tired of this headline superlative, where every rainfall is armegeddon, and they extend the story to “All weather in North and South America” to claim it affects more people. plunge verb: to ( cause someone or something to) move or fall suddenly and often a long way forward, down, or into something”

    We just make words up. “Words mean only exactly what I want them to mean” because we use them to decide “Which is to be master,” my ego and pocketbook, or your own lyin’ eyes.

    “the association noted that nearly all households and public buildings could do more to cut consumption” I would think so, since they didn’t cut gas at all in the first place! And turn down the therm by 1°c? Yeah, that’s not “Plunge” either. That’s less than the yearly Public Service Announcements. They are not a serious people. They are a silly and useless people, and will die.

    Thus, the South surrendered to Lincoln’s Army in 1865 after only four years of fighting,”

    Does he know anything about the South? It maaaaaaaybe had something more to do with that the South didn’t have a cannon factory, like Rhett Butler said. That’s not one of those ephemera. And no fighting men, since their men were slaves. They could have won, but it would require cultural changes and dispossessing their oligarchs.

    The West is certainly starting a war, though. I’m getting YouTube promos for “Hot Exposes! See the evil crooked scams at your local Farmer’s Market!!!” In Canada. Yeah, everybody knows there’s nobody more crooked and unscrupulous than a farmer selling 6 peaches. (Shudder). Not at all like the White Knights of morality like Rob Ford in Toronto or Captain Blackface.

    He does have a point about strategy, however: where you goin’ with this? How are you going to win with this game plan? They’ll just sap you and wait you out like always unless (as I said) you go on the offensive and take the government yourself and turn it into the far-right nightmare that is Hungary: a nation made more peaceful, more prosperous, with increasing marriages and happy children. Brrrr. The Horror! I think they should stick to being a narcostate undermining their major export market of food.

    Judge Assigned to Lawsuit Alleging CIA Spied on Assange Visitors (D.)”

    Just reading the short here, but I got nothin’. The CIA is SUPPOSED to spy on people. That’s it’s purpose. Those people are supposed to be those who attained secrets damaging to the United States, as was true here. Perhaps we should mention something legally relevant sometime? The CIA does not have jurisdiction over U.S. citizens in the United States, especially if they are journalists? That is expressly forbidden? And although slippery, they are not to harass foreign journalists who are following longstanding rules and customs should they attain damaging intel, but focus on the leaker instead? Any of this ringing a bell here, Mr. Reporter? Because ignoring the law is not helpful to his case, our case, or a story exclusively about issues of law.

    “Organic, pasture-fed beef is more damaging than factory farming?”

    Yup, that’s where they got to now. Inject one lie in the system and like a cancer it spread everywhere, eventually causing dramatic 180’s like this. This much is true however: like NJ wolves, they go bananas if you harm one eagle, one of the King’s deer. At the same time you can’t spill a quart of oil without being arrested by the EPA, they give multi-million tax incentives to pave 1,000 acres at a pop, decade after decade. Total erasure of the NE “rainforests”. The loss of habitat is thousands of times worse than the killing of any individual animal. Guess which one they support? YOUR house, YOURS, stops the habitat and effectively kills one deer, one rabbit, one wallaby, whatever. If you shot it, you’d be sad. But if you just displace that same animal and 100 more on that 1 acre lot, you feel happy, environmental, and sleep sound.

    Animals that went extinct? Almost all due to habitat, not individuals. That is, towns in Kenya, not poachers.

    Amish is a USDA rule, he can’t be his own unlicensed meat-packing plant. #Helping. This is to drive farmers out and move the profits to the middle men. #Helping. And creating choke holds, monopolies, which are now so tight that Tyson has extortion power over the nation. #Helping. So they are using the legal workaround, by being a “Member” of the “Club” they are part-owners of the farm, and therefore part-owners of the meat. You can’t be convicted for processing “Your own” meat. Because that’s yours already, it’s not being sold to you. More #Helping. The government doesn’t follow any laws – often doesn’t even know any laws, in town court about half the time they’ve never read any of the laws – and then goes and #Helps by shutting down 1) a business 2) a tax center 3) their own citizens, 4) illegally and at great expense for the upcoming lawsuit that will fall on 5) all the other town taxpayers. 6) will then raise taxes to cover the lawsuit that shouldn’t have existed in the first place, bankrupting a few and driving some other #Taxpayers out. All this in order to get in the way of their citizens, and STOP them from making decisions with their own lives and own risks, which in no way bug anybody around them. #Helping.

    For the love of God, stop #Helping before we all die of it. This will never, ever, EVER happen. They will never stop meddling until you go to their houses and put the fear of a fire-wielding God into them, and even then be salty and hold a grudge about it ‘til they die. I see it about twice a year, and the life-long feuds of the resulting Hatfields and McCoys litter the landscape til you can’t move without running into one.

    Hey! People are having a good time doing what they want that hasn’t hurt anyone yet, probably won’t, and certainly less than WalMart. How can we get in their way and stop them, not even for a good reason, like I was bribed?

    “How the Biden Admin, Big Tech, and Pfizer fooled Americans into taking “FDA approved” COVID vaccines that never actually existed..”

    Yes, but that’s true, so no one cares. If you want to convince them, make up fake stuff and they’ll believe it.

    “More than 40 percent of pregnant women who participated in Pfizer’s mRNA COVID vaccine trial suffered miscarriages,”

    And no one cares. Apparently, they like it. What can I say? If it bugged them, they’d do something about it. Am I supposed to do something when they won’t?

    “the institutions that illegally targeted President Trump are the same institutions who control the specific evidence of their unlawful targeting.

    Which is to be master? The elected? Or the unelected? Us? Or Them?

    #113629
    Red
    Participant

    The real crisis today is that oil is the economy. The oil age has been ending for 50 years but there is no substitute for oil. Wind, solar and nuclear only address electric power generation which accounts for only 18% of world energy consumption. Even if we could magically transform 100% of electric power to non-fossil energy sources, this would not address the other 82% of energy use that society needs.

    Paradigm Shift: End of the Oil Age

    #113630
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Ah yes, George Monbiot, the deflationista of the UK press. :-/

    #113631
    Red
    Participant

    It’s about time. I have no bone to pick, pun intended, with vegetarians but I get the “holier than thou” bs that rolls from the mouths of the righteous. No matter the cause or how sensible it may be, there always seems to be that vocal minority that just ruins it all. The alphabet communities are running interference against any meaningful discourse and slowly turning the majority firmly against them. Way to change the world boys and girls or whatever you think you are. The changes you’re looking for aren’t likely to happen, more likely we slide back to the 1950’s, is that want you really want?

    Savage Restaurant Owner Completely Fed Up with ‘Holier-than-thou’ Vegans, Will Now Make Them Go Hungry

    “I apologised politely and professionally that sadly we do not cater for vegans. Had that of been a food intolerance we couldn’t cater for, ordinarily that would have sufficed. However, some nasty people have felt it’s their place and right to criticise this fact. Some comments I may add have subsequently been deleted.”

    The owners said these attacks, the worst of which had been deleted, would not change their minds.

    “You have to ask yourself, do you think that bullying someone is going to endear them to you?” the post said. “Is it going to make them rethink their decision…maybe I should? NO it does not!”

    The owners also explained they had catered to vegans before, but they decided to stop doing so because of many vegans’ “‘holier-than-thou’ attitude.”

    #113632
    Red
    Participant

    The Man Who Wanted to be Left Alone
    The most terrifying force of death,
    Comes from the men who wanted to be left alone.

    Just leave me alone.

    They try, so very hard,
    To mind their own business.

    Just leave me alone
    I just want to provide for those I love.

    They resist every impulse to fight back.
    They swallow their ego and walk away.
    They make allowances for the pride of others.
    Despite themselves, they trust in the plan…

    Plan A: Live and Let Live
    Plan B: Reasonable Discourse
    Plan C: Overwhelming force. Maximum speed and aggression. Extreme prejudice.

    With their resistance comes forced and permanent change.

    And so the man, who wanted to be left alone, finally takes up arms!
    Some with their words. Others with their fists.

    And then there are those who take up the armaments of Heaven and Hell, Deed and Word, who employ infinite creativity and scouring flame to raze all their enemies until they are but charred memories lost in the abyss!

    I just wanted to be left alone.

    With the fires of Heaven and Hell comes a permanent change.
    The life they knew is gone.
    The world they fought for is dead.
    They know – that the fight itself has stolen from them everything they ever would have fought for.
    Their lives, as they have lived them, are over.

    I just wanted to be left alone.

    When the men who wanted to be left alone fight back-
    It is a form of suicide.
    The man who was, is no more.
    The man who loved,
    The man who built,
    The man who obeyed,
    The man who trusted,
    That man is dead!

    I just wanted to be left alone.

    When the men who just wanted to be left alone take up violence, they fight with unrestrained vengeance against those who forced their hand!
    They fight with raw hate.
    They fight with brutality.
    They fight by any means available to them.
    And they fight without mercy.

    I just wanted to be left alone.

    The Great Manipulators who pushed them to this-
    Who thought themselves so clever-
    Who were merely play-acting at terror and politics-
    What will they say when TRUE TERROR arrives on their doorsteps?

    I just wanted to be left alone.
    To live my life in peace. But you wouldn’t allow it.
    Go ahead; cry, scream, beg for mercy.
    My ears are deaf.
    Only your agony will baptize me into hearing again.

    I am the man who just wanted to be left alone.
    And soon you’ll wish that you had.

    #113633
    Red
    Participant

    The absurdity of the world – and the meaning of life
    The problem of human existence is the basic motif of existentialist philosophising. According to Camus, the decisive question that every human being must ask is the question of the meaning of life. First, however, people must know whether they can unreservedly affirm this existence. Only then can they decide how they want to shape their lives.

    As a rule, most people want to avoid this important problem, but excuses are useless: one must say yes or no. If it were no longer worthwhile to exist because everything has been recognised as absurd, there seems to be no other solution than suicide. Suicide is preceded by despair: the conviction that there is no way out, no confidence. The resolution that matures in the silence of a despairing soul is the most absurd of all resolutions and therefore the most difficult to grasp.

    One should not believe that the problem of suicide belongs only to “pathology”, to the study of abnormal and pathological processes and conditions in the body and their causes. Even “normal” people know – especially in dark times – life situations in which the desire arises in the human heart to throw away the toil and agony of this existence. Thus, in the first Corona year 2020, suicides among young people also increased sharply (2).

    According to Camus, however, the suicide is a philosopher whose attitude of cognition ends in failure. The suicide cannot stand the absurdity of the world that he grasps and escapes from it. Only a few are able to withstand the insight into the absurdity of the world; escape from it is the rule, both in everyday life and in philosophy, religion and science. The religious person excludes the absurdity of the world by hoping that a divine authority will guarantee a higher meaning.

    click to continue
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/actuality-french-philosopher-writer-existentialist-atheist-stamp-albert-camus/5790202

    #113635
    John Day
    Participant

    Here is a story from October 2017, about making one big, huge city fromAmsterdam to Munich and Paris to fix European lack of global competitiveness. It seems likethe farmes are fighting something like this spawn-of-evil-deception. It is quite misplaced in history. Let those investors lose.

    Dutch investors launch new marketing programme for NL: Tristate City

    Charles Hugh Smith says deglobalization is inflationary. Yep…
    https://www.oftwominds.com/blogaug22/globalization-inflationary8-22.html

    #113636
    John Day
    Participant

    It looks like a hard-right swing after midterms is being put in place in the US. Civil War question persists.

    FBI raid solidifies Trump’s Republican clout https://www.zerohedge.com/political/fbi-raid-has-solidified-trumps-clout-gop-ahead-expected-2024-run-conservative-observers

    14 FBI Whistleblowers Have Come Forward: Rep. Jordan https://www.zerohedge.com/political/14-fbi-whistleblowers-have-come-forward-rep-jordan

    Eric Trump Says He’ll Release FBI Raid Surveillance Tape https://www.zerohedge.com/political/eric-trump-says-hell-release-fbi-raid-surveillance-tape

    #113637
    Red
    Participant

    💉🎯 “BIGGEST Disaster in Medical History!” ~ Dr Charles Hoffe Gives Riveting Speech In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Dr. Charles Hoffe is a family doctor. He lives and works in Lytton, in Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to Canada. He has worked as a rural family physician and emergency room physician for 31 years.

    https://rumble.com/v1fhy3v–biggest-disaster-in-medical-history-dr-charles-hoffe-gives-riveting-speech.html

    #113638
    Red
    Participant

    An increasingly large number of people now agree that information of all kinds in the countries of North America, Europe and their Pacific allies is deployed overwhelmingly to serve the interests of Western corporate oligarchs and the politicians who front for them. Outlets including news media and NGOs, academic and scientific journals as well as international institutions have practically all been fully integrated now into the long standing, global psychological warfare offensive of the West’s ruling classes. At home, they work relentlessly to control the perceptions and behavior of their countries’ populations. Overseas, they seek constantly to mobilize international opinion against countries like Russia and China, governments from Syria to Venezuela, political movements like Hezbollah, and even individuals, like Julian Assange, who resist them.

    The main purpose of this vast psychological warfare apparatus is to create false beliefs which over time harden into false memories. The process consolidates ruling class control domestically while also facilitating their present and future crimes of aggression around the world. Populations in the West are deliberately misinformed and misled by means of plausible misrepresentation, blatant distortion, systematic omission and downright lies. Categories of information such as journalism, academic and scientific research, investigation by NGOs or briefings from international institutions have all been deformed, distorted and devalued by their abuse so as to further the domestic and global interests of the Western oligarchies.

    Continue reading:

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/fighting-sleep-reason-reporting-class-independence/5790247

    #113639
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @Red

    You seem to be having quite a good and productive day. Not a “nice” day, mind you, but certainly a good one.

    #113640
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    A Few Know… (yesterday)
    How one transfers that knowledge to a preset-day teenager addicted to packaged food and addicted to a smart phone is the challenge.

    It probably cannot be done.

    Yes. Very difficult. I have tried with a few “roughing it” camping trips over the years.

    It’s an interesting thought experiment. My daughter would transition the best — her passions are drawing and reading, passions that would transition to 1700s technology. She prefers simple foods (we recently realized that she is allergic to sodium benzoate.). One son would be devastated — he would feel deeply betrayed and cheated. The other would adapt, but it would take time…he loves building in Minecraft and has already begun the transition to building/creating IRL (in the real world) but that transition is far from complete. He does, however, enjoy cooking full meals with me, and he would miss soda, but would be just fine.

    #113641
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Electric car prices raised by the amount of tax credits…
    (Obviously, it serves as a “giveaway” to the electric auto industry. They probably lobbied for it. Or wrote that part of the bill.)
    It just goes to show that these cars are only designed for the segment of the population that actually BENEFITS from such tax credits. More than a decade ago, when the annual “family income” of myself and my ex was around $70k/year, 3 dependents, I realized that we paid very little in income tax — it was all washed away with exemptions, child tax credit, etc. Due to this, tax credits to purchase a home solar system were useless — since we didn’t pay that much in income taxes, we couldn’t take the credit. (Oh, sure, you can roll it forward for several years, but the kids were toddlers, so that would be banking on large income increases in the next few years — which didn’t happen.
    These electric car tax credits are designed for individuals making more than $70k/year, or families with children making more than $125k /year. More giveaways to those who already have much. (That was always a flaw that I saw in the parable of the talents. It’s all well and good if it is a metaphor for talents as skills and abilities…but the guy who buried his gold coin didn’t waste it in riotous living — why take it from him? And the guy who received only 2 and doubled them — why was he seen as deficient to the guy given 5 who doubled his? Why be prejudiced against the guy given only two — why not give him the one taken from the guy who buried it? It starts reminding me of Cain and Abel — why did Cain the farmer have to buy an animal from Abel, who did animal husbandry, in order to make a pleasing offering to God? What was wrong with Cain making an offering of the fruits of the field? Sounds like the Hebrew God was a bad parent, arbitrarily preferring one child over the other, rather than letting his children develop along their own predilections. Cain murdering Abel was unconscionable, and he was an adult responsible for his own choices, however, it all starts sounding a bit like a daytime soap opera family drama!)

    #113642
    Armenio Pereira
    Participant

    “Speaking words of wisdom: let it be.”

    But we can’t just let it be. Is it because we are unwise?
    No, it’s just because we all are what we were meant to be.

    We can only blame/ignore The Creator if we firmly believe we would have had done better. But, in plain honesty, how can we tell?

    Radical acceptance – Brutal candor: we aren’t lost, therefore we can’t be saved.

    The things we are doing to help our children will eventually hurt our great-grandchildren.
    Is this a flaw?
    No, it is a feature: we can only act as long as we remain clueless about the future.

    We arguably care about our children but we don’t care that much about their children – that’s mankind’s distinctive watermark, our greatest claim to fame.

    #113643
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    The Gentle Genocide

    If you want to reduce the population then reducing the number of babies born is a less noticeable way of doing it.

    Several countries have recorded a significantly reduced birth rate so it seems to be quite effective.

    There are reports that the mRNA vaccine becomes concentrated in the ovaries in women. The question is whether any effects are temporary or permanent.

    There are so many genuine concerns about the vaccines being suppressed that I wonder whether it is just to boost the profits of a few companies or is it a genuine full-blown attempt at genocide?

    #113644
    oldandtired
    Participant

    @phoenixvoice

    “ More giveaways to those who already have much”

    You don’t think the US Tax Code was written for little people, do you?

    The headlines read, “Top Earners in US to be taxed at 40%.” People read headlines. People don’t read the US Tax Code. Top earners want to avoid that 40% tax rate. So they hire accountants and attorneys and maybe pay less tax per year than you do?

    #113645
    Armenio Pereira
    Participant

    TPTB
    First, they’ve let the human population grow exponentially (probably because they thought it was good for business.)
    Then, they’ve noticed there’s too much of us around and that “some” population shrinkage is in order (probably to preserve a modicum of decent lifestyle).

    (Corollary) TPTB – as clueless as the hoi polloi, but with less material constraints.

    #113646
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “If you want to reduce the population then reducing the number of babies born is a less noticeable way of doing it.”

    Like promoting that everyone be gay?

    #113647
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    About 15 years ago I wrote something akin to the following.

    ‘The Earth generates oil as fast as we use it, and if we do not keep drilling holes to relieve the pressure, oil will accumulate under the surface and erupt in the form of oil volcanoes.

    The Earth is cooling and we are entering an ice age because there is insufficient carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

    Debts and deficits do not matter. If you find yourself unable to repay a debt or pay the interest on a loan, simply find another lender. Spending money you don’t have on things you don’t need is what makes you happy.

    Therefore, to be good, happy citizens, we should all do the following; borrow as much money as possible to purchase devices that burn oil, and use them as much as possible.’

    Being as responsible member of the global community, the government of NZ has taken all this to heart:

    ‘Tourism New Zealand launches global campaign to attract ‘high-quality’ travellers

    Tourism New Zealand is hoping to pique the interest of curious travellers in its first global campaign in two years.

    ‘If You Seek’ teases audiences with snippets of destination and activities from well known locations like Hooker Valley near Aoraki Mt Cook and Hell’s Gate in the North Island to those less recognisable.

    The campaign includes short films, content to educate travel sellers and a domestic marketing campaign.

    Tourism New Zealand chief executive René de Monchy said there was intense international competition to attract visitors.

    “Because of our size and location New Zealand will have to work hard to encourage visitation post-Covid with international visitor numbers taking years to build up and Kiwis now having the option of travelling overseas,” de Monchy said.

    “The work includes sneak-peeks of some well-known destinations as well as places and experiences that aren’t as recognisable in our key markets.

    “We wanted to tap into the curiosity of our target high-quality traveller, who we know are adventurous and keen to dig beneath the surface of the places they visit whether on the beaten path or not.”

    The aim was to reach high-quality visitors who TNZ believed would explore more deeply, spend more and engage with our culture and environment respectfully, he said.

    In a recent speech to the Tourism Export Council NZ conference, Tourism Minister Stuart Nash said the country would not seek to attract or market towards budget visitors who ‘travel around our country on $10 a day eating two-minute noodles’.

    But he said Aotearoa would still roll out the welcome mat for all tourists.

    De Monchy said Tourism New Zealand’s research showed that visitors who saw their work spent more and travelled more widely around the country.

    It also showed that around two thirds of New Zealanders intended to take a domestic holiday in the coming year, and 42 percent were motivated to visit a place they hadn’t before on their upcoming travels.

    ‘If You Seek’ is being launched in New Zealand, Australia, USA, China, UK, Singapore, Japan, Germany, India, Korea and Canada.’

    See, we are not living in a post peak oil world (despite all the data indicating we are); there is no ‘Climate Emergency’ (despite the government declaring one) and fiat currencies are not in the process of unravelling (despite raging inflation -devaluation- and falling house prices and falling equity markets. In fact, we are all getting wealthier and healthier by doing nothing other than churn out hot air.

    It is unclear whether the government will be subsidising the construction of brothels in ‘Hooker Valley’ or whether it will be suggesting to impoverished New Zealander women -impoverished by the government- that they offer their services to ‘high-quality travellers’ in order to be able to pay escalating grocery bills etc.

    #113648
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Amernio Pereira

    When you are operating a Ponzi scheme, the easiest way to keep it expanding is to have an increasing population: more people buying stuff they don’t actually need; more people buying houses or renting; more demand for food; more demand for jungles to be cleared to make way for corporate-owned plantations etc.

    #113649
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    For those who do not know what has been going on in NZ and want to find out, this is worth listening to.

    Michael Laws is just a tosser….couldn’t be where he is now without being one, but Kelvn Alp speaks a lot of truth the mainstream and the dark forces that control NZ do not want heard.

    Kelvyn Alp from Counterspin Media chats with Michael Laws

    #113650

    This Tucker Carlson on Biden’s political prisoners is worth watching.
    If someone already linked it, my apologies.

    #113651

    Heads up! Star Trek ahead!
    So The Dominion/Founders in the “Deep Space Nine” series are overlords (who are shapeshifters- the most despised characters throughout the Star Trek world), served by the genetically altered Vorta who act as their PMCs, and the Jem’Hadar, who are their ruthless, obedient, genetically altered military slaves.
    Sound familiar?
    The “good guys” in this series (other than the Federation) are Bajorans, who I find so icky that I have to ask myself if one can be a racist against a fantasy group of people.

    #113652
    John Day
    Participant

    Here is the meat. The Pfizer data were “unknown” for the vast majority of pregnant participants, and Pfizer will make sure they stay unknown…

    This other data is from the UK and it was massaged somewhat…

    “However, our analysis proved that these numbers were extremely misleading due to the fact that of the 827 completed pregnancies, 700 / 86% of the women had received a dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine during the third trimester of pregnancy, meaning it was impossible for them to suffer a miscarriage due to the fact they can only occur prior to week 20 of pregnancy.

    This meant that just 127 women received either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine during the first/second trimester, with 104 of the woman sadly losing their baby.

    Therefore the rate of incidence of miscarriage was 82%, not 12.6% as presented in the findings of the study, and the authors of the study have since admitted that they made a mistake, issuing a correction six months too late because the study has been used to justify Covid-19 vaccination of pregnant women and new mothers around the world.”

    #113653
    slimyalligator
    Participant

    Way off topic but we need some laughs amidst the gloom and doom. 1988 clip, Illinois’s oldest farmer visits The Tonight Show. About 15 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DeESr05iT0

    #113654
    John Day
    Participant

    Blog is up, “Cancer Culture” with picture of gardener with Okra, banana plants and such
    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/cancer-culture (some duplication)

    Jessica Rose Ph.D. has an article on epigenetics, on how genes are selectively expressed and suppressed in our bodies. Here is the high point.
    ​ ​Cancer is basically the epigenetic modification of the p53 tumor suppressor gene: the guardian of the genome. I love that: the guardian of the genome. I should actually be called p43.7, I think. I guess p53 is catchier.
    ​ ​The p53 protein not only enforces the stability of the genome by the prevention of genetic alterations in cells but also plays a role in regulating the epigenetic changes that can occur in cells.¹³
    ​ ​p53 suppresses tumor formation by regulating DNA repair. The impairment of this regulation can lead to cancer through loss of regulation of cell cycle. Its reintroduction into cancer cells, induces cell cycle arrest in the cancer cell. Expression levels, like everything in biology, is very important. Over expression of p53 can result in too much apoptosis (programmed cell death), and under expression can result in cancer.¹⁴ Epigenetic factors can affect p53 expression levels.¹⁵ ¹⁶ ¹⁷ ¹⁸ ¹⁹ They can also affect other DNA damage repair elements and their regulation.
    ​ ​A brilliantly frightening and frighteningly brilliant paper was published in October, 2021 in the journal Viruses entitled “SARS-CoV-2 Spike Impairs DNA Damage Repair and Inhibits V(D)J Recombination In Vitro”²⁰. When you read it, and you should read it, you will learn something very disturbing: the authors found that the spike protein was abundant in the nuclei of study cells. The nucleus is where most DNA repair occurs. They found that spike protein significantly suppressed both homologous recombination (HR) and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) repair mechanisms. These are essential components to DNA repair and proper functioning in adaptive immunity (T and B cells). But even more scary, they found that the spike protein directly affects DNA repair in the nucleus by interfering with double-stranded DNA break (DSB) repair.
    https://jessicar.substack.com/p/do-the-covid-19-injections-contain/comments

    PfizerGate: Official Government Reports prove Hundreds of Thousands of People Are Dying Every Single Week Due to COVID-19 Vaccination​ ​
    ​..​Covid-19 injections are killing hundreds of thousands of people every single week. For instance, the UK Government has confirmed fully vaccinated young adults are 92% more likely to die than unvaccinated young adults (see here).
    ​ ​They’ve also confirmed COVID vaccinated children are at least 4423% more likely to die of any cause & 13,633% more likely to die of COVID-19 than unvaccinated children (see here).
    ​ ​But the most damning evidence of all lies in 4 simple facts.
    ​ ​Fact No.1: Medicine Regulators have been forced to admit the Covid-19 vaccine can damage the heart.
    ​ ​Fact No.2: Record-breaking numbers of people are requesting an ambulance due to conditions affecting the heart.
    ​ ​Fact No.3: Hundreds of thousands of excess deaths are being recorded around the world on a weekly basis, but only a small minority can be attributed to Covid-19.
    ​ ​Fact No.4: Age-standardised mortality rates are lowest among the unvaccinated population in every single age group.
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/pfizergate-official-government-reports-prove-hundreds-thousands-people-dying-every-single-week-due-covid-19-vaccination/5790262

    ​I have been saying this for over a year, since this data was leaked. I advised every pregnant woman to avoid the vaccines and to take 5000 units per day of vitamin-D.
    ​44 Percent of Pregnant Women in Pfizer Trial Lost Their Babies; FDA and CDC Recommended Jabs For Expectant Mothers Anyway

    Report: 44 Percent of Pregnant Women in Pfizer Trial Lost Their Babies; FDA and CDC Recommended Jabs For Expectant Mothers Anyway

    ​ The Pfizer data remain incomplete, and I’m sure Pfizer wants them to. Some UK data is detailed here.
    However, our analysis proved that these numbers were extremely misleading due to the fact that of the 827 completed pregnancies, 700 / 86% of the women had received a dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine during the third trimester of pregnancy, meaning it was impossible for them to suffer a miscarriage due to the fact they can only occur prior to week 20 of pregnancy.
    This meant that just 127 women received either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine during the first/second trimester, with 104 of the woman sadly losing their baby.
    Therefore the rate of incidence of miscarriage was 82%, not 12.6% as presented in the findings of the study, and the authors of the study have since admitted that they made a mistake, issuing a correction six months too late because the study has been used to justify Covid-19 vaccination of pregnant women and new mothers around the world. https://expose-news.com/2022/08/15/9-in-10-covid-vaccinated-women-lose-baby/

    #113655
    John Day
    Participant

    Charles Hugh Smith, Deglobalization Is Inflationary​ Charles goes on to say that it’s bad for corporate profits, too. Prices were held down by moving manufacturing and pollution to China, Mexico and Vietnam, but profits skyrocketed. The reverse situation will reduce profits, increase prices, and move manufacturing and pollution back to the western countries, like the US, which have environmental protection laws and worker’s rights. (All this as we go into another iteration of oil prices too high for consumers and industry but too low for producers.) https://www.oftwominds.com/blogaug22/globalization-inflationary8-22.html

    Oil production is at something of a limit globally, with prices going up and down as people can and can’t afford gasoline, and draws on the big holding areas, like Cushing Oklahoma, following consumer demand up and down as prices go down and up. It’s jittery, like 2008. What happened right after the expensive-oil-jitters?
    WTI Rises After API Shows Huge Gasoline Draw
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/wti-rises-after-api-shows-huge-gasoline-draw

    ​ Art Berman explains my statement above in better detail. Thanks Red, ​PARADIGM SHIFT: END OF THE OIL AGE

    Paradigm Shift: End of the Oil Age

    ​ Doug sent this 2017 article about a big development program for the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France, making a huge megacity to compete on aworldscale, “so EU cities would not compete with each other”​ (huh?). Sounds like a scam to me. Is this development scheme what the Dutch farmers are having to fight to the death? https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2017/10/dutch-investors-launch-new-marketing-programme-for-nl-tristate-city/

    The fallout, soot and atmospheric disturbances would destroy crops in multiple ways and supply lines would break badly. Most people would die within 2 years.
    US-Russia Nuclear War Would Kill 5 Billion From Famine Alone: Study
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-russia-nuclear-war-would-kill-5-billion-famine-alone-study

    #113656
    John Day
    Participant

    This article says, yes, of course Ukrine will be partitioned, as the author has been saying for 6 years. The bigger question is that of Russia’s war with the distributed western oligarchic financialized capitalist system, a resource-extracting system, which is “not agreement capable”, because no entity can guaranty the cessation of attacks by the other oligarchs and their minions. The war is not between Russia and Ukraine, or NATO, or the US or EU, but between financial regimes. Russia champions a new regime, almost alone, and will have to do so for-the-duration of the war, until the western neoliberal financial system collapses. Othe countries like China, Iran, Turkey and India will continue to take cae=reful steps as the situation becomes more certain, and supporting their national interests.
    Will the Ukraine be partitioned next and, if so, how?

    Will the Ukraine be partitioned next and, if so, how?

    ​ Pepe Escobar from Samarkand, Escobar basically states that Afghanistan will never get her $9 billion from New York​, so Russia is ramping up to supply food and fuel aid and China is working on finances, railways and roads, which will criss-cross the vast Eurasian landmass, benefitting trade between Russia and Iran, landlocked countries and Pakistani ports, and so on. It is a newer-world-order, under attack from existing financial imperialist forces.
    A Eurasian jigsaw: BRI and INSTC interconnectivity will complete the puzzle

    A Eurasian jigsaw: BRI and INSTC interconnectivity will complete the puzzle

    ​ ​Putin’s Syrian Peace Plan with Erdogan
    ​T​urkey and Syria used to have “brotherly” relations, very good, until US/NATO/Israel decided to destabilize and regime-change Syria, and got Turkey/Erdogan on board. It didn’t work, and the same team that tried to get rid of Assad tried a coup/murder plot against Erdogan, which did not work because Putin warned him just in time to save himself. Now there is a Russian/Syrian/Turkish peace process beginning. I hope it does well. Everybody can do better than they have been doing lately.
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/putin-syrian-peace-plan-erdogan/5790040

    Probably not part of Putin’s or Assad’s plans…
    ​ ​Tuesday into Wednesday has witnessed heavy fighting between Kurdish YPG and Turkish forces along the Syrian border town of Kobane, at a moment Turkish President Erdogan’s planned large scale cross-border offensive looms. Already there are Turkish media reports claiming that a Turkish military convoy has entered Jarablus, northern Syria – with unverified social media photos circulating that purport to show convoys amassing.
    ​ ​Turkish shelling of Syrian Kurdish positions has reportedly killed and wounded civilians including a 14-year old child. And a series of airstrikes have hit Syrian government border posts, killing 17. However, it’s unclear how many among these were Syrian national troops, Kurdish militia fighters, or pro-government militia members who fight alongside the army.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/turkey-attacks-northern-syria-killing-least-17-cross-border-offensive-looms

    #113657
    John Day
    Participant

    This is from an Indian perspective. I personally think that distributing chip production, like getting Texas instruments back online is good, but it can’t be big or fast enough to ameliorate what is set to happen. Nations will act in their own interests, but say whatever they want to say to control people.
    Semiconductor Crisis: China-Taiwan Standoff Might Increase Global Chip Shortage
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/semiconductor-crisis-china-taiwan-standoff-might-increase-global-chip-shortage/5790297

    My read of US domestic politics continues to be that there will be a shift to the other side of the neoliberal uniparty, with an attempt to declare things fixed and the crisis over,and America almost great again. I don’t think it can work until the corruption is really rooted out, which has not begun.
    The FBI raid on Mar a Lago seems to consolidate Trumps power-position in the Republican party.​
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/fbi-raid-has-solidified-trumps-clout-gop-ahead-expected-2024-run-conservative-observers

    #113658
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    Merritt Heaton, Illinois Oldest Farmer Steals The Show…and my Heart.

    LOVE to Farmers everywhere.

    #113659
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    This earned a chuckle from me. Nonetheless, even then those boys had perfect pitch:

    Please Please Me

    In the prison cell row apartment complex where I reside (and some days, while watering our tomato monster in the early morning wearing one of my wife’s night gowns, resemble someone you might call madamski, depending on what you’re looking for in a man), there’s a bity of a common area by the mailboxes where we leave stuff out free for the taking.

    In this donation center, I encountered the items featured in the images in this link.

    Rushing home to get my cellcam, I returned to find a late teens/early 20-ish woman almost as tall as me, weighing an easy 350 lbs.

    She was ecstatic to find that these pedal torture implements were “just my size!” and scooped them up, ensuring some pediatric surgeon will make a bit of money this year. I thought of that sandwich wrapper “we’re not going to make it” meme posted here the other day.

    And she also had a very barge lust

    Hey, he just said she’s too fat for him, not too fat for everybody. I hate for anyone to feel bad about their physical vehicle. I told the young woman those, um, shoes would look too cute on her.

    #113660
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Finally, an oldy but goody perhaps more relevant than ever:

    Two party system

    vd

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