Aug 282022

Henri Matisse The terrace, St. Tropez 1904


All The Way To Odessa (Escobar)
Blame West For Global Inflation — Former Czech President (RT)
China Calls On Putin To End Russian Roulette At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant (iN)
US Comments On American Fighter Death In Ukraine (RT)
Amnesty Issues Warning About Donbass Tribunal (RT)
Sanctions War Isn’t Going As Well As Planned – The Economist (RT)
Serbia Comments On Russia Gas Supplies (RT)
Pentagon Signs Deal To Make Air Defense Systems For Ukraine (RT)
Ukraine Site Threatens 1000s, Incl. Americans, With Extrajudicial Killings (A.)
What Did Not Happen With The Release Of The Mar-a-Lago Affidavit? (Turley)
Judge Announces ‘Preliminary Intent To Appoint A Special Master’ (Fox)
Don’t Charge Trump With Espionage (John Kiriakou)
Let Djokovic Play (Vinay Prasad)
62% of Democratic Students Oppose Sharing Dorm Rooms With Republicans (Turley)
Assange Files Appeal To Stop US Extradition (RT)










Biden showering with his daughter is creepy as hell, but for me it’s more: what if Ivanka had written this about her dad? He would have been crucified.



Tucker Rumble





“..the NATO-Bandera alliance..”

All The Way To Odessa (Escobar)

Europe is now a runaway TGV – minus the requisite Hollywood production values. Assuming it does not veer off track – a dicey proposition – it may eventually arrive at a railway station called Agenda 2030, The Great Narrative, or some other NATO/Davos denomination du jour. As it stands, what’s remarkable is how the “marginal” Russian economy hardly broke a sweat to “end the abundance” of the wealthiest region on the planet. Moscow does not even entertain the notion of negotiating with Brussels because there’s nothing to negotiate – considering puny Eurocrats will only be hurled away from their zombified state when the dire socio-economic consequences of “the end of abundance” will finally translate into peasants with pitchforks roaming the continent.

It may be eons away, but inevitably the average Italian, German or Frenchman will connect the dots and realize it is their own “leaders” – national nullities and mostly unelected Eurocrats – who are paving their road to poverty. You will be poor. And you will like it. Because we are all supporting freedom for Ukrainian neo-nazis. That brings the concept of “multicultural Europe” to a whole new level. The runaway train, of course, may veer off track and plunge into an Alpine abyss. In this case something might be saved from the wreckage – and “reconstruction” might be on the cards. But reconstruct what? Europe could always reconstruct a new Reich (collapsed with a bang in 1945); a soft Reich (erected at the end of WWII); or break with its past failures, sing “I’m Free” – and connect with Eurasia. Don’t bet on it.

The SMO may be about to radically change – something that will drive the already clueless denizens of US Think Tankland and their Euro vassals even more berserk. President Putin and Defense Minister Shoigu have been giving serious hints the only way for the pain dial is up – considering the mounting evidence of terrorism inside Russian territory; the vile assassination of Darya Dugina; non-stop shelling of civilians in border regions; attacks on Crimea; the use of chemical weapons; and the shelling of Zaporizhzhya power plant raising the risk of a nuclear catastrophe. This past Tuesday, one day before the SMO completing six months, Crimea’s permanent representative to the Kremlin, Georgy Muradov, all but spelled it out.

He stressed the necessity to “reintegrate all the Taurian lands” – Crimea, the Northern Black Sea and the Azov Sea – into a single entity as soon as “in the next few months”. He defined this process as “objective and demanded by the population of these regions.” Muradov added, “given not only the strikes on Crimea, but also the continuous shelling of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the dam of the Kakhovka reservoir, peaceful facilities on the territory of Russia, the DNR and LNR, there are all preconditions to qualify the actions of the Banderite regime as terrorist.” The conclusion is inevitable: “the political issue of changing the format of the special military operation” enters the agenda. After all, Washington and Brussels “have already prepared new anti-Crimean provocations of the NATO-Bandera alliance”.

So when we examine what the “restoration of the Taurian lands” implies, we see not only the contours of Novorossiya but most of all that there won’t be any security for Crimea – and thus Russia – in the Black Sea without Odessa becoming Russian again. And that, on top of it, will solve the Transnistria dilemma. Add to it Kharkov – the capital and top industrial center of Greater Donbass. And of course Dnipropetrovsk. They are all SMO objectives, the whole combo to be later protected by buffer zones in Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts. Only then the “tasks” – as Shoigu calls them – of the SMO would be declared fulfilled. The timeline could be eight to ten months – after a lull under General Winter.

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“The ‘green delirium..’”

Blame West For Global Inflation — Former Czech President (RT)

Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus has rejected the notion that the Ukrainian conflict has been the sole reason for the economic problems now experienced around the globe. “The issues that led to spiking inflation and to a huge increase in energy prices that we have now originated long before February 24” when Russia sent its troops into Ukraine, Klaus told outlet Seznam Sravy on Friday. “This is self-inflicted, this is self-inflicted by the West. The Russian invasion just added to that,”he insisted. Russia is a major supplier of gas, oil and coal, but it’s “just one of the players” on the international market, the 81-year-old economist, who was the Czech Republic’s president between 2003 and 2013, pointed out.

So, the reduction of supply of Russian hydrocarbons to the EU and soaring energy prices – which came as a result of sweeping sanctions imposed on Moscow by the bloc – just can’t be the number one cause for high inflation rates and soaring energy prices, Klaus insisted. “I don’t understand why the number one cause isn’t being mentioned. The ‘green delirium,’ the supposed fight against climate change and the EU’s Green Deal – that’s the fundamental cause for the rise in prices,” he said, referring to the Western attempts in recent years to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. The ex-president has urged the sides involved to find a solution to the conflict in Ukraine, which has already been going on for half a year, warning that the situation will only “get worse and worse” if it’s not done soon. “It won’t be enough for the representatives of Ukraine and Russia to get together. It’s necessary for the West, especially the US, to start negotiating with Russia. Every person with at least some intelligence understands this,” he also remarked.

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How news is fabricated. Michael Day at comes with this headline, but nowhere in his quotes is it repeated. Instead, China simply called on both sides to be careful. And of course the article talks about Russian shelling, which we know is nonsensical. Russia’s held the plant since March, and there was never an issue until Ukraine started firing at it. But yeah “Russian Roulette” sounds cute, and so does “China Calls On Putin To End..” [it].

China Calls On Putin To End Russian Roulette At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant (iN)

China has issued a thinly veiled attack on Russia’s brinkmanship over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine, as fears of disaster escalate following a near-miss at the site. A senior Chinese official told the UN on Friday that just one incident might cause a serious nuclear accident “with irreversible consequences for the ecosystem and public health of Ukraine and its neighbouring countries”. Geng Shuang, China’s deputy permanent representative at the UN, pointedly called on all parties involved “to exercise maximum restraint strictly abide by international law and minimise the risk of accidents”, adding: ”We must not allow the tragedies of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear accidents to be repeated.”

In addition to an international public health emergency, a serious accident and radiation release at the plant would be another blow to the world economy, already severely impoacted by Covid-19 and the energy crisis. China’s warning is signficiant as it is perhaps the only world power with real influence over the Putin regime. Beijing issued its statement just hours after an incident at Zaporizhzhia – Europe’s largest nuclear power plant – when electricity was cut off for hours, according to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. Mr Zelensky said Russian shelling on Thursday sparked fires in the ash pits of a nearby coal power station, wihch disconnected the Zaporozhzhia plant from the power grid. A Russian official claimed Ukraine was to blame.

Back-up diesel generators ensured that the power supply to the plant, vital for cooling and safety systems there, continued, Mr Zelensky said. He urged international bodies to act faster to force Russian troops to vacate the site, located in the south of country. Oleh Savitskyi, an energy policy expert with the Ukrainian Climate Network who has worked in the country’s ministry of energy and environment protection, told the Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists (BOAS) that relying on back-up diesel generators was not enough “Russians are using Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as their military base, they could have been stealing that diesel fuel or using it for their vehicles. Nobody knows how much fuel is available,” he said.

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Why do you have to hear this through RT, and not a US source, who should be all over it? Easy:

“..the fighter was killed not by Russian or allied forces, but by his fellow soldiers while “fleeing from the position.”

US Comments On American Fighter Death In Ukraine (RT)

Another American has died in fighting in Ukraine, the US State Department revealed on Friday, confirming previous claims made by Russian officials. “We can confirm the death of a US citizen in Ukraine,” a US State Department spokesperson told Newsweek on Friday. “Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we have no further comment at this time.” On Friday, Oleg Kozhemyako, who serves as the governor of Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky Region, said that the ‘Tiger’ military unit from his area had eliminated an American while repelling an attack from a group consisting of mercenaries from several countries.

“An American mercenary was destroyed in Ukraine,” he said on his Telegram, attaching photos of both a US passport and Ukrainian military service card, apparently issued in the name of Joshua Alan Jones. The ID documents say he was born in Tennessee and joined the Ukrainian Army on July 14 with the A3449 military unit. According to Andrey Rudenko, a Russian military reporter, the fighter was killed not by Russian or allied forces, but by his fellow soldiers while “fleeing from the position.” The State Department spokesperson offered a reminder that “US citizens should not travel to Ukraine, due to the active armed conflict and the singling out of US citizens in Ukraine by Russian government security officials.”

“US citizens in Ukraine should depart immediately if it is safe to do so using any commercial or other privately available ground transportation options,” the representative reiterated. Russia’s Ministry of Defense has repeatedly claimed it had destroyed foreign mercenaries in Ukraine, including by conducting high-precision missile strikes. Moreover, earlier this month, authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic said that three Western nationals accused of fighting as mercenaries for Ukraine could be sentenced to death while another two are facing up to eight years behind bars for the same reason. Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense warned that mercenaries aren’t viewed as combatants under international law and “the best thing that awaits them if they are captured alive is a trial and maximum prison terms.” s

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Amnesty still feels queasy. More interesting is Duma Speaker Volodin:

“He and his inner circle ordered to bomb, shoot and kill peaceful citizens: the elderly, women, children. That is why Zelensky is doing everything to prevent the tribunal.

Amnesty Issues Warning About Donbass Tribunal (RT)

Amnesty International is against putting Ukrainian POWs on trial for alleged war crimes, insisting that Russia and Donbass are in no position to do so. Describing the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as “Russian-backed armed groups,”the organization called the upcoming tribunals “illegal and abusive.” The organization also blasted the decision to set up the trials in the city of Mariupol, captured by Russian and Donbass forces during the ongoing conflict, saying it was “a further act of cruelty against a city.” “Any attempts by Russian authorities to try Ukrainian prisoners of war in so-called ‘international tribunals’ set up by armed groups under Russia’s effective control in Mariupol are illegal and unacceptable,” Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Marie Struthers, said in a statement on Friday.

The remarks echoed those recently made by top Ukrainian officials, including Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, who threatened to cut any potential negotiations with Russia should Ukrainian POWs, primarily fighters of the notorious neo-Nazi Azov regiment, be placed on a “show trial.” “If this despicable show trial takes place … This will be the line beyond which any negotiations are impossible. Russia will cut itself off from any negotiations,” Zelensky said in a video address on Monday. Zelensky’s call, however, has been promptly snubbed by top Russian and Donbass officials, with the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, stating such threats will have “no effect” on the tribunal plans.

“The data on 80 counts of crimes committed by the Azov has been collected, 23 people have been arrested and are in custody,” Pushilin stated. Russian Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin issued a darker warning in response to Zelensky’s threats, suggesting the public hearings will expose Kiev’s crimes, which is why the Ukrainian president rightfully fears them. “He and the Kiev regime have reasons to be afraid,” Volodin said. “He and his inner circle ordered to bomb, shoot and kill peaceful citizens: the elderly, women, children. That is why Zelensky is doing everything to prevent the tribunal.”

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“The biggest flaw [of sanctions] is that full or partial embargoes are not being enforced by over 100 countries with 40% of world GDP..”

Sanctions War Isn’t Going As Well As Planned – The Economist (RT)

The harsh sanctions imposed on Russia by the West over the conflict in Ukraine have so far been unable to deliver the desired result, The Economist magazine has acknowledged, adding that the strategy has “flaws.” “Worryingly, so far the sanctions war is not going as well as expected,” the British publication said in its article on Thursday, insisting that the effectiveness of economic restrictions on Moscow “is key to the outcome of the Ukraine war.” “Russia’s GDP will shrink by 6% in 2022, reckons the IMF, much less than the 15% drop many expected in March… Energy sales will generate a current-account surplus of $265 billion this year, the world’s second-largest after China. After a crunch, Russia’s financial system has stabilized and the country is finding new suppliers for some imports, including China,” it pointed out.

At the same time, the energy crisis, which has been provoked by the sanctions war, “may trigger a recession” in Europe, where gas prices spiked by another 20% this week, according to the British magazine. This all means that the expected “knockout blow [from restricting Russia] has not materialized,” The Economist said. “The unipolar moment of the 1990s, when America’s supremacy was uncontested, is long gone, and the West’s appetite to use military force has waned since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” it acknowledged. Economic restrictions “seemed” to be the new tool that would allow the US, EU and its allies to project their power globally, but the conflict in Ukraine has revealed that “the sanctions weapon has flaws,” it said.

One of those flaws is “the time lag,” the magazine continued. For example, “blocking [Russia’s] access to tech the West monopolizes takes years to bite,” it added. The Economist suggested that isolation from Western markets could only “cause havoc in Russia… on a three- to five-year horizon.” “The biggest flaw [of sanctions] is that full or partial embargoes are not being enforced by over 100 countries with 40% of world GDP,” the outlet insisted. “A globalized economy is good at adapting to shocks and opportunities, particularly as most countries have no desire to enforce Western policy.” With economic curbs failing to cripple the Russian economy, one should “discard any illusions that sanctions offer the West a cheap and asymmetric way to confront China” if it decides to use force against Taiwan, The Economist warned.

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Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, who’s next?

Serbia Comments On Russia Gas Supplies (RT)

Serbs would not have to save energy and reduce their consumption this winter thanks to Belgrade’s policies and gas imports from Russia, President Aleksandar Vucic told his fellow citizens in an address on Saturday. “There are no plans for electricity restrictions next winter,” he said, adding, however, that the situation in the energy field remains “extremely difficult.” At the same time, the Serbian cabinet is expected to provide “large discounts” to those who did save electricity this year in comparison to the previous one, he said. Such measures have become possible particularly due to gas imports from Russia, the Serbian leader believes. Serbia purchases 2 million cubic meters of gas – or between 63% and 64% of all gas it needs – from Russia and its total cost amounts to €800 million ($797 million), Vucic said, calling such a price “fantastic.”

If Belgrade had to buy gas at the current European market prices, it would go bankrupt, he said, arguing that the remaining 1.2 million cubic meters of gas – or around 36% of its total consumption – would cost Serbia €4.8 billion ($4.7 billion) now. “And our entire budget is around €13 billion,” the president said. Vucic also praised a deal Belgrade struck with Budapest that would see Hungary storing between 300 and 500 cubic meters of gas purchased by Serbia in its gas storages. The Serbian president’ comments come as the European gas prices continue to soar. September futures on the TTF hub in the Netherlands rose to nearly $3,500 per thousand cubic meters on Friday, according to data on the London ICE exchange.

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Raytheon pay day. But this stuff won’t be ready for another two years. They are actively trying to create a 10-year war. Why would Russia wait that long, though?

Pentagon Signs Deal To Make Air Defense Systems For Ukraine (RT)

The Pentagon has signed a $182-million deal with US arms manufacturer Raytheon to produce NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems) for the Ukrainian military. The work on short-and medium-range air defense weaponry will be conducted at Raytheon’s facilities in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of August 23, 2024, the US Department of Defense said in a statement on Friday. Earlier this week, US President Joe Biden announced yet another military aid package for Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia. At $2.98 billion it is the largest to date, and will include six NASAMS systems.

The military assistance will be funded as part of the so-called Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), meaning the hardware will be specifically produced for Kiev, and not taken from US stocks. In an article earlier this month, Air Force Magazine described the NASAMS as a vital piece of technology that could help the Ukrainian forces to shoot down Russian cruise missiles, which have so far been hitting targets in the country “nearly unimpeded.” Moscow has long been critical of weapons supplies to Kiev by Washington and its allies, saying that they only prolong the conflict and increase the risk of a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia.

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“In total, nearly 200,000 people have been declared ‘criminals’ over the five years.”

German politicians, a French actor, Victor Orban, Henry Kissinger, and of course as per last week, Roger Waters.

Ukraine Site Threatens 1000s, Incl. Americans, With Extrajudicial Killings (A.)

Mirotvorets, which compiles lists of ‘enemies of Ukraine’, has been operating with impunity for eight years. For the last eight years, a group of publicly unknown activists in Ukraine have been compiling lists of ‘enemies of the people’ with impunity. Hundreds of thousands have been declared criminals without trial. Among them are not only Russian citizens, but also Ukrainian opposition figures and bloggers, European politicians, and US citizens. At the very least, being added to this list is a stigma that makes life difficult in Ukraine, but it can also serve as justification for imprisonment or, in some cases, even being killed. This is exactly what happened last weekend to Daria Dugina, daughter of world-famous Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin, who’s name also can be found on that list.

RT explains what is behind the Mirotvorets, or ‘Peacemaker’, website, whose creators seek to bring ‘peace’ to their country with the help of extrajudicial killings, and why the Ukrainian authorities have done nothing about this despite condemnation from the international community. What is Mirotvorets? The main page of the Ukrainian Mirotvorets website proclaims that the outlet represents a ‘Center for Research of Signs of Crimes against the National Security of Ukraine, Peace, Humanity, and the International Law’. It claims to have been created by a group of academics, journalists, and other specialists. However, their names are known to no one, and the outfit itself has never even been officially registered in Ukraine. Nevertheless, this organization has been in operation for nine years, since August 2014.

[..] As long as Mirotvorets was limiting itself to publishing information on Ukrainian citizens living in Crimea and Donbass, Ukrainian opposition politicians and journalists, and Russian residents and officials, the odious organization went unnoticed in the ‘civilized world’. But a scandal erupted in 2016, when Mirotvorets published information on employees of a host of media outlets, including the BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, AFP, Le Monde, the Guardian, Le Figaro, France 24, El Mundo, CBS News, CNN, Sky News, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Cheska Televize, Radio France, Channel 9 Australia, the Associated Press, Japan TV, the Daily Mail, Die Welt, the Washington Post and New York Times, as well as representatives of Human Rights Watch and many other organizations, for “cooperating with a terrorist organization” (i.e., the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics).

[..] so far, calls for the closure of Mirotvorets have, in fact, been limited to a chorus of journalists, human rights defenders, and parliamentarians, who lack the power to make legally binding decisions with respect to Ukraine. This issue is not included among the list of requirements put forth by the Council of Europe or the European Commission that Kiev must fulfil in order to implement the EU Association Agreement.

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“..the largest Rorschach test in history..”

What Did Not Happen With The Release Of The Mar-a-Lago Affidavit? (Turley)

With Friday’s release of the redacted affidavit from the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago, the largest Rorschach test in history seemed to play out on cable television. Instead of ink blots, pundits and politicians stared at pages of solid black lines and offered strikingly different “ah-ha” observations. For former Mueller top aide Andrew Weissmann, the affidavit meant one thing — that “the former president is going to be prosecuted.” (Of course, Weissmann once expressed certainty that Donald Trump would pardon himself by his last day in office.) There already are a plethora of news and opinion columns focusing on five things we learned from the redacted affidavit. Equally telling, I think, is what did not happen with the affidavit’s release.

[..] There is every reason to believe that what followed contained some facts that could be released on the FBI’s communications with the Trump team or the breakdown of such communications. After all, the Trump team already knows about that. Yet the government is saying that everything which occurred in that critical month cannot be disclosed in even the smallest detail. The court could have pushed for additional disclosures but chose to call it a day, based on government representations that more would cause harm. Yet this is the same department that maintained all of the pages released this week could not be released without causing harm.

There is still more that can be done by the court. One option is the special master requested, belatedly, by Trump’s team. I previously argued that Attorney General Merrick Garland should have proposed such an appointment to assure the public that this was not a pretextual search using sensitive documents as an excuse for a massive seizure. The scope of the warrant was ridiculously broad, allowing the seizure of virtually every document in the storage room and every document generated during Trump’s presidency. A special master could have sorted through this mass of material and separated privileged or immaterial documents. That would add to the legitimacy of an otherwise unlimited search.

That also did not happen. However, a special master could still serve the same interests of transparency and legitimacy. By dividing these documents into classified material, unclassified but defense-related information, and unclassified material we would have a better understanding of the scope and seriousness of any alleged crimes. That is why the most curious thing about the redacted affidavit is what did not happen. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Silver Blaze,” a police inspector asks Sherlock Holmes if anything about a crime scene bothered him. The brilliant detective responds, “To the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime.” When the confused inspector objects that “the dog did nothing in the night-time,” Holmes replies: “That was the curious incident.”

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“A hearing is set for Sept. 1 at 1:00 p.m.”

Judge Announces ‘Preliminary Intent To Appoint A Special Master’ (Fox)

A federal judge on Saturday announced her “preliminary intent to appoint a special master” to review records seized by the FBI during its unprecedented raid of his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this month, at the request of former President Trump and his legal team, citing the “exceptional circumstances.” Trump and his legal team filed a motion Monday evening seeking an independent review of the records seized by the FBI during its raid of Mar-a-Lago earlier this month, saying the decision to search his private residence just months before the 2022 midterm elections “involved political calculations aimed at diminishing the leading voice in the Republican Party, President Trump.”

U.S. District Judge from the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen M. Cannon on Saturday afternoon said that the decision was made upon the review of Trump’s submissions and “the exceptional circumstances presented.” “Pursuant to Rule 53(b) (1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Court’s inherent authority, and without prejudice to the parties’ objections, the Court hereby provides notice of its preliminary intent to appoint a special master in this case,” Cannon wrote in a filing Saturday. A hearing is set for Sept. 1 at 1:00 p.m. in West Palm Beach, Fla. Cannon also ordered the Justice Department to file a response by Aug. 30 and provide, “under seal,” a “more detailed Receipt for Property specifying all property seized pursuant to the search warrant executed on August 8, 2022.”

The current property receipt shows that FBI agents took approximately 20 boxes of items from the premises, including one set of documents marked as “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” which refers to top secret/sensitive compartmented information. Records covered by that government classification level could potentially include human intelligence and information that, if disclosed, could jeopardize relations between the U.S. and other nations, as well as the lives of intelligence operatives abroad. However, the classification also encompasses national security information related to the daily operations of the president of the United States. The property receipt also showed that FBI agents collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents and three sets of confidential documents, but the document does not reveal any details about any of those records.

Maher Reiner

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Word du jour: Overreach.

Don’t Charge Trump With Espionage (John Kiriakou)

To understand the damage that this deeply flawed law has done, and will continue to do, we have to look at its origins. The Espionage Act was written in 1917, at the height of World War I. The U.S. was panicked at the thought of German spies working undercover to steal its secrets and to disrupt its ability to produce war materiel and support its allies. Congress drew up a law in which one provision, Section 794, made it a crime punishable by life imprisonment or death to provide “national defense information” to a foreign power. But another provision, Section 793, made it a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison to “provide national defense information to any person not entitled to receive it.”

The problems with the law were myriad. First, nobody ever bothered to define what “national defense information” was. The law doesn’t even mention the term “classified information” because the classification system wouldn’t be invented for another 40 years. Second, there was no “affirmative defense” written into the law. A defendant was forbidden from saying in court, “Yes, I gave national defense information to a reporter because I was revealing a crime” or “I did it in the national interest.” And to make matters worse, the Sedition Act, which was passed a year later, amended the Espionage Act to criminalize many forms of speech, including “any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States, or the flag of the United States, or the uniform of the Army or Navy.”

Even a Hollywood studio was prosecuted under the Espionage Act. In United States v. Motion Picture Film, a federal court upheld the Justice Department’s seizure of the film, called Spirit of ’76, because a scene showed British soldiers being cruel to colonists. The Justice Department had argued that such a depiction, even if true, could undermine public support for the British in the world war. The film’s producer, Robert Goldstein, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $5,000. He served three years. These are only a few of the dozens of “espionage” prosecutions from the period. The law’s Section 793 was largely ignored from the mid-1920s to the early 1970s, when the Nixon administration charged Daniel Ellsberg with multiple counts of espionage for releasing the Pentagon Papers to the media. The case fell apart when Nixon ordered his “plumbers” to break into Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office, steal his files and send them to newspapers. Section 793 then went dormant again until Barack Obama was elected president in 2008.

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It’s theater. And it’s too late.

Let Djokovic Play (Vinay Prasad)

The credibility and legitimacy of public health demands two things. The rules have to make sense; they can’t be nakedly contradictory. And the rules have to benefit people. You can’t demand jumping through hoops merely for optics. The treatment of the tennis star Novak Djokovic, who is officially blocked from competing in this year’s U.S. Open, set to begin on Monday, violates both. Keeping him from playing because he has not received a Covid-19 vaccine undermines the credibility of the White House, which set the policy, and public health more broadly. I’m saying this both as a Democrat and a doctor gravely concerned about eroded trust in our institutions.

Djokovic is one of the best tennis players of all time. He is currently vying for most majors of any champion (21 to date), competing with Rafael Nadal (22) and Roger Federer (20). But there will forever be an asterisk next to those comparisons because Djokovic is banned from entering the U.S. to compete in this year’s U.S. Open because of a byzantine rule that non-U.S. citizens cannot enter the country without proof of vaccination. This rule makes no sense from a medical or public health standpoint. Consider the facts. Djokovic is 35 years old, and he is in terrific health. He has had and recovered from Covid-19 twice. This—and the fact that current variants are less lethal than prior strains—means that Djokovic’s odds of doing well were he to get sick with Covid-19 again are remarkably good, and lower than his risk of seasonal influenza.

If Djokovic gets a vaccine at this moment it would be against the ancestral, Wuhan strain of the coronavirus and there is no good evidence this would further improve his odds. Now consider Djokovic’s risk to others. At least 140 million Americans have had and recovered from Covid-19 as of January (this number is higher today), and both vaccinated and unvaccinated can spread the disease. Data shows, when infected, that vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals shed virus at similar rates and for similar durations. Forcing Djokovic to get vaccinated won’t protect others. Sars-cov-2 will circulate in the United States for a thousand years whether we let Djokovic in, or keep him out forever.

Then, there are the absurd contradictions in our current rules. Unvaccinated American citizens can move freely in and out of the country without testing. Unvaccinated people can pack the stadium to watch this year’s U.S. Open, where face masks are optional. There is no vaccine or testing requirement to attend. Worst of all, Novak Djokovic competed in last year’s U.S. Open, where he made the finals before the travel rule barring his entry was in place. Joe Biden, who made the rule that blocks Djokovic, has received four Covid-19 vaccine doses. He has had Covid-19 twice, and taken at least 2 courses of Paxlovid. His wife, first lady Jill Biden, has also had four vaccine doses, also had Covid-19 twice. Yet, for some reason, their concern is the Novak Djokovics of the world.

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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Is there any comparable time in history?

62% of Democratic Students Oppose Sharing Dorm Rooms With Republicans (Turley)

It is a sign of our times. It used to be that the key criterion for college roommates was whether you are a “partier v. non-partier.” Now, it is just your party. A new NBC and Generation Lab study of the class of 2025 showed that roughly half of college students refuse to live with someone who voted for a member of a different political party. That percentage is notably much higher with Democrats rather than Republicans. According to the poll, 46% responded that they would “probably not” or “definitely not” be willing to share a room with someone from another political party.

Of those, 62% of young Democrats refused to share a room with a member of the Republican party while only 28% of young Republicans took that position. That attitude extended to marriage where 52% ruled out a spouse from an opposing party. So much for opposites attracting. Notably, 62% would not work for a company that does not share their political values. It seems Twitter is going to be busy this hiring season. sThe poll reflects not just our age of rage but the increasing siloed news consumption of citizens. People now largely remain in echo chambers for news from the left or the right. It appears that such self imposed isolation now extends socially and professionally for the rising generation, particularly for Democratic students.

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“Overwhelming evidence has emerged proving that the US prosecution against my husband is a criminal abuse..”

Assange Files Appeal To Stop US Extradition (RT)

Julian Assange’s legal team filed an appeal on Friday to stop the WikiLeaks co-founder’s extradition to the US, where he faces espionage charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 175 years. According to WikiLeaks, Assange’s lawyers filed “perfected grounds of appeal” before the UK High Court of Justice against the US government and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, who approved the extradition of the Australian-born editor in mid-June. The appeal argues that “Julian Assange is being prosecuted and punished for his political opinions,” while the US government “misrepresented the core facts” of the case to the UK judiciary. It adds that the request to extradite the WikiLeaks co-founder violates the relevant treaty between the US and the UK, as well as international law.

The document also reportedly contains some new evidence that has been compiled since the UK court ruled on Assange’s extradition in early 2021. The editor’s wife, Stella Assange, said: “Overwhelming evidence has emerged proving that the US prosecution against my husband is a criminal abuse,” adding that the high court will now decide whether her husband is given the opportunity to make his case against the US before open court at the appeal. In early June, the Wall Street Journal reported that Assange’s lawyers had filed two appeals to fight his extradition to the US, just a day before the deadline for the legal action was set to expire. The exact details of the appeal, however, were unclear.

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    Henri Matisse The terrace, St. Tropez 1904   • All The Way To Odessa (Escobar) • Blame West For Global Inflation — Former Czech President (RT) •
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle August 28 2022]


    Mornin’ all!

    Dr. Roger Hodkinson: “Sudden adult death syndrome, of which these physicians are probably examples of, is now the commonest cause of death, at least in Alberta, where I live. That means more people are dying unexpectedly with no cause than are dying from strokes and heart attacks, and diabetes, for example. It’s never, ever happened before.”

    Brace for impact!


    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

    “Dizziness and Shortness of Breath Forces Grigor Dimitrov to Retire at U.S. Open”

    Gregor’s myocarditis diagnosis will be arriving shortly – as did Chardy’s.

    Formerly T-Bear


    Russian Roulette: All chambers empty except one.

    Washington Roulette: All chambers filled except one.

    Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine: Definitely Washington Roulette, cui bono? cui malo?

    V. Arnold

    Formerly T-Bear
    cui malo?

    Certainly not the U.S.

    Washington Roulette: All chambers filled except one.

    …but Washingon gives that gun to others; never intentionally playing with that itself…at least in the short term…
    Long term is altogether another story, as history illustrates…

    Armenio Pereira

    Once upon a time, there was a wise Zen master. People from far and near would seek his counsel and ask for his wisdom. Many would come and ask him to teach them, enlighten them with teachings of Zen. He never turned anyone away.
    One day an important man, a man used to command and obedience came to visit the master.
    “I have come today to ask you to teach me about Zen. Open my mind to enlightenment.”
    The tone of the important man’s voice was one used to getting his own way.
    The Zen master smiled and said that they should discuss the matter over a cup of tea. When the tea was served the master poured his visitor a cup. He poured and he poured and the tea rose to the rim and began to spill over the table and finally onto the robes of the wealthy man.
    Finally the visitor shouted, “Enough. You are spilling the tea all over. Can’t you see the cup is full?”
    The master stopped pouring and smiled at his guest.
    “You are like this cup of tea, so full that nothing more can be added. Come back to me when the cup is empty. Come back to me with an empty mind.”

    Emptying the proverbial ocean with the proverbial bucket seems easier than draining the ego.

    Once there was a Zen monk who was an expert on Diamond Sutra, an influential text from the Mahayana branch of Buddhism. As books were rare and valuable in his day, he carried the only copy in his part of the world on his back.
    He was a widely sought after monk for his knowledge and insight into the Diamond Sutra. He was also quite successful at propounding the book’s many profundities to not just monks and masters, but also to ordinary people. Thus the people of that region came to know about the Diamond Sutra.
    One day the monk came upon an old woman who was selling tea and cakes. The monk was hungry as he had been traveling all day, but he realized he had no money to pay for the tea and cakes.
    So he said to the woman, “I have upon my back a treasure beyond knowing – the Diamond Sutra. If you’ll give me some tea and cakes, I’ll reveal to you this great treasure of knowledge.”
    The woman knew something of the Diamond Sutra herself and proposed her own bargain.
    She said, “Oh learned monk, if you will answer this simple question, I will give you the tea and cakes.”
    To this, the monk wholeheartedly agreed.
    The woman then said, “When you eat these cakes, are you eating with the mind of the past, the mind of the present, or the mind of the future?”
    The monk was perplexed. No answer occurred to him. So he took the text of Diamond Sutra out of his back, hoping to find an answer. As he studied and pondered, the day grew late and the old woman packed up her things to go home for the day.
    “You are a stupid monk indeed,” said the old woman, leaving the hungry monk in his predicament. “You eat the cakes with your mouth.”

    Formerly T-Bear

    V. Arnold at 114455

    Russians don’t play Russian roulette. That meme was manufactured by London intelligence agencies to malign their opponents and taken up by Hollywood to enforce its effect. The Russians are intelligent enough not to play such games; Washington, well, not so sure about the intelligent part but the games part, it’s nothing but games and should another not play by rules, behind door no. 1, 2, 3 are selected forms of belligerency: political, economic or military. Make your choice (that is Washington Roulette – short form).

    Armenio Pereira

    It’s not inflation: the issue is lack of energy sources.

    The thing that isn’t clear is if fossil fuels are being withheld or its sources have been depleted.
    (Maybe we aren’t already in a full-scale war because of energy depletion.)


    “The assessment, which involved officials from all key departments and major industries, took place this summer following 12 months of preparation. It was designed to ensure emergency power plans were ‘fit for purpose’.

    “Instead it ‘exposed the fact that, where contingency plans against power disruption exist, some of those plans are based on assumption rather than established fact’, according to a report of the exercise, distributed privately last month. ‘Populations are far less resilient now than they once were,’ it concluded. ‘There is likely to be a very rapid descent into public disorder unless Government can maintain [the] perception of security.’

    “Any central Government response to the crisis may be too slow, arriving ‘after the local emergency resources and critical utility contingency measures had already been consumed’. Departments needed to revise ‘critical facets’ of their plans, it found.”

    In Brief: Cost-push prices, It’s not just the price, Let’s talk about windfalls


    “ Serbia purchases 2 million cubic meters of gas – or between 63% and 64% of all gas it needs – from Russia and its total cost amounts to €800 million ($797 million), Vucic said, calling such a price “fantastic.”

    400 million euros for a cubic meter of gas? Seems spendy. Is my math wrong?

    Veracious Poet


    Rather than SAD, I prefer ABV(Anything But Vaccine) deaths.

    I’m still seeing nothing in my little world. Friends, relatives, co-workers, no one getting sick or dropping dead. At least 90% vax rate. Which shows how easy it is for people to be in denial. The only deaths I hear about are online deaths – second hand information. If I never bothered to look – as all the vaxed I know don’t ever look – then it wouldn’t be happening.

    The other thing is common sense(which appears to have checked out of western society 2 1/2 years ago). I look because I expect to see vax deaths. I expect vax deaths because all the animals in the mRNA trials died. Just common sense not to put an experimental drug, that’s failed every test, into your body.

    Six Ontario doctors died suddenly in July. All healthy and all younger than I am. That’s a fact. Your canary in the coal mine? Again I blame the vax because it suits my bias to do so. The question I have is: how many died in August? Is it like: no tropical storms in August so global warming is over? Then the moment we get a Hurricane Katrina climate change is back!

    I avoid confusing myself by defaulting to common sense. There’s always been hurricanes, in varying numbers each season, yet life on earth has never ceased to exist. An experimental drug, which doesn’t even protect one form the disease, is a bad idea. Therefore one should expect bad outcomes.

    Then having such a drug continue to be forced on people – even children! – by governments and medical authorities…you can guess what conclusion common sense leads me about those people.

    Good luck getting 90% of the population to embrace common sense once again.


    40 Percent of D.C.’s Black Teens Will Soon Be Barred Fron School Because They Aren’t Vaccinated

    Maybe they can spend their time off school learning to read and write. That would put them a long way ahead of the kids who went to government school.


    Dr D

    From previous thread

    ‘AfewKnow: Pretty standard AGW line, I’m sure we’ve all heard it a lot. However, none of the models worked and 40 years later it is still wrong and not happened. Where is the falsifiable part of your Scientific Theory?’

    This has absolutely nothing to do with models – which were just part of the obfuscation game played by the fossil fuel sector, rather like the tobacco industry always attempting to bring doubt into the very clear link between smoking and ill health, for the sake of short term profits.

    The phenomenon of planetary overheating is a very clear matter of observation and the testable link between increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide and increasing temperature.

    F.F.S. The English physicist Tyndall worked it out in 1859, when he investigated the absorption and re-radiation of energy in the infra-red and found that CO2 altered the observed energy transmission through a tube of gas In 1896 the Swedish chemist Arrhenius even worked out an estimate of the degree of overheating likely to occur ‘if humanity continues to burn coal.’

    As with everything in this society, the controllers -the bankers and industrialists- worked overtime to ensure that the populace did not become informed about the fundamental physics and chemistry. And they succeeded, as demonstrated by the continuing high level of denial of the facts!

    ‘Where is the falsifiable part of your Scientific Theory?’

    No, it’s not my scientific theory. It is well established scientific fact. As per Tyndall’s research, remove the carbon dioxide from the tube and the infra-red energy passes through, unabsorbed and not re-radiated.

    That’s one reason for using A Few Know The Truth.

    Changing it to A Very Tiny Minority Know The Truth would be cumbersome.

    But the fact is, only about 1 in 10,000 of the adult populace of western nations has much idea about chemistry and the absorption and re-radiation of radiation.

    The real problem is that the other 9,999 in 10,000 have little or no interest in becoming informed, and they have the vote 🙁


    “ 400 million euros for a cubic meter of gas? Seems spendy. Is my math wrong?”

    Yes, but only by a factor of one million. Still, 400 euros seems spendy for a cubic meter of gas?

    Dr. D

    SADs. “No Such Disease” As Greg Hunter has said, “Just died. No reason. Just died.”

    There’s no such disease as “Just died.” This is not a thing. Medically, scientifically, or logically. That they can even say so is a certain indicator Science is dead, dead, dead. No rational thought exists for them. It is deceased, they are no more. Medicine has joined the choir invisible. “Just died”. The invisible “death fairies” came and got him. That’s where we are now in science and medicine. Not just no science, but no logic either.

    “China Launches Giant Cloud-Seeding Drones to Combat Record Drought”

    China says this works. It’s our technology. From 1974. Does it not work anymore, or just doesn’t work within American borders? So since this costs a buck two-fifty, we’re not relieving our own droughts and murdering tens of millions in the Colorado valley for why?

    The Fall is here. Ready to Rumble.

    “runaway TGV”

    For non-Europeans, that is a “Train w/ Great Vitesse” that is a “Very Fast Train”, from France.

    “This is self-inflicted, this is self-inflicted by the West.”

    Wait: what? He was totally for all of this, and considered himself “The West” just two months ago. Now it’s “them”. The other guy’s fault. Typical.

    “I don’t understand why the number one cause isn’t being mentioned. The ‘green delirium,’ the supposed fight against climate change”

    Ding ding ding! This is killing all humans on earth. To “Save” them, of course.

    “It’s necessary for the West, especially the US, to start negotiating with Russia.”

    They can’t. Russia will ignore them because they are “Not agreement capable.” They can surrender to Russia, but they cannot negotiate. They have nothing to negotiate on, and no people to negotiate with.

    ““Any attempts by Russian authorities to try Ukrainian prisoners of war in so-called ‘international tribunals’ … are illegal and unacceptable,”

    No, they need to be tried fairly in uniparty Kiev and Brussels. Because “Ur side never dun no wrong”. What a Marooon! Like all NGO’s, Amnesty is captured and a tool of a bunch of war-mongering Tools. About as peaceful and objective as the White Helmets and preventing a real AI being set up that is honest. Why are we talking to them? Defund them immediately so we can get an honest bunch.

    “The biggest flaw [of sanctions] is that full or partial embargoes are not being enforced by over 100 countries with 40% of world GDP..”

    Not being enforced? They never said they WOULD enforce them. They never signed to anything, don’t want to, and never will. That’s unlike Europe who DID sign up and is ignoring their own laws, or the U.S. who started the whole thing, embargoed Europe and doubled their imports of Russian oil. Hahaha. Euro-suckers. What on God’s earth have we ever done that would make you trust us? Brother, some continents are slow learners.

    may trigger a recession” in Europe,”

    Open mouth: Lie come out. “May”? “May trigger”? The U.S. which is mostly insulated is DEFINITELY in a Recession – before they changed the definition one Tuesday to “Recessions can never happen under DNC Presidents, but must always delay until the next administration.” We are in a recession and are ¼ as bad as Europe. They have the numbers, they are “The Economist”. The know for a literal fact they are in a Recession since March, and probably since March of 2001.

    Fabulous news though. They actually think it’s all working and will keep at it. You go girl! Double down! I’ve got popcorn.

    “ Serbia Comments on Russia Gas Supplies (RT)”

    Where does Hungary get the gas though? Their border is Ukraine.

    “Pentagon Signs Deal to Make Air Defense Systems for Ukraine (RT)”

    Big picture: all this money is going to the world’s largest money-laundering center? (Not Raytheon, the OTHER largest money-laundering, in Ukr). A center which has blackmail on the President, his son, and all of Congress? Juuuust coincidentally, nothing to do with how every time they call on the phone, Congress does everything they ask for in 5 seconds or less. Up to $40B dollars in 4 months. Of their own free will, of course.

    Can somebody tell me why this isn’t happening? Because known lifelong liars deny it?

    Ukraine Site Threatens 1000s, Incl. Americans, with Extrajudicial Killings (A.)”

    Someone was saying “How do they allow this website to operate?” Whut? For a change this isn’t YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter supporting ISIS’s Freedom of speech. It’s a WEBSITE. Yes, if you buy a web-host who’s going to stop them and shut them down? And I’m not in favor of that legally or morally. However, it’s very likely specific felonies (such as murder) are being known and supported, which is illegal under Interpol, so we wouldn’t take down the site, however specific felons may have difficulty keeping it running from prison.

    What Did Not Happen with the Release of the Mar-a-Lago Affidavit? (Turley)”

    Much heat, no light. I see more people speculating on less than ever. I’m more annoyed that they can issue a “report” that is more entirely redacted than Nixon ever dreamed, and that no one’s bothered by it, because SSDD.

    “Records covered by that government classification level could potentially include human intelligence and information”

    And “potentially” an asteroid could crash into the earth this morning, but hasn’t. Do you have a point?

    The U.S. was panicked at the thought of German spies”

    Again: who? “The U.S.” did not want to be in the war at all. The “U.S.” was against it and uninterested isolationists, uncaring which idiot king won or lost. So “We”, the “U.S.” were expressly not panicked. Now Wall St’s ENGLISH-tied banks were panicked, since they would lose collateral, and their companies, if England lost. Wall St’s GERMAN-focused banks were panicked because if England won, THEY would all go bankrupt and lose. And we know which side of Wall St won the Presidency and their lives in that argument — the banks remain English-focused to this day, despite many more German immigrants than English ones. But “The U.S.” could care less which Wall St banks failed, and if every one of them failed, “We” would have been that much happier.

    This use of “We” is very corrosive. The government always thinks they are the Country. And the People. When they aren’t and are frequently the opposite. The corporations always think they’re the People – and the Government – that they are “the nation”, when they aren’t. Meanwhile there’s seldom a time the People have the illusion that they are the Government and are running things. None of them are “The Country”. They are all subsets of “the Country” and self-aggrandizing posers for profit.

    The credibility and legitimacy of public health demands two things. The rules have to make sense; they can’t be nakedly contradictory. And the rules have to benefit people. You can’t demand jumping through hoops merely for optics.”

    Nope. We still have expensive security theatre at airports, complete with shoes, 20 years later, despite yearly reports that the DoJ sending test-bombs through the airports are never, ever discovered. Like 99% fail rate. Drugs move briskly through the same system, run by known felons, who are hired without question. No one bothers. No one changes. Nothing is done. No surprise for a people incapable of shame, embarrassment, and reason. So why not predict 2125, they will still have these rules? That would be the 100-year takeaway since Edward Bernays. If a thing is bad, expensive and stupid, we do it more and will never, ever surrender.

    62% of young Democrats refused to share a room with a member of the Republican party while only 28% of young Republicans took that position”

    This is because Republicans are intolerant bigots. Wait: what?

    “People now largely remain in echo chambers for news from the left or the right.”

    Also not true. Bc mass media is 90% DNC, the Right consumes 30% Left content, while the Left consumes 0% “Right” content. They have no idea what the Right thinks, says, or believes, and it shows. So there is only ONE echo chamber. And only ONE party that is stuck in it. This is important to fixing it.

    “Julian Assange’s legal team filed an appeal on Friday to stop the WikiLeaks co-founder’s extradition to the US”

    He was extradited. So why isn’t he here, but is being held in solitary without trial? In BELMARSH. That’s not the U.S., that’s Britain voluntarily and happily doing so, then claiming it’s us, not their fault.

    CIA Interventions. Don’t be ridiculous, there are way more countries that that, including the U.S., Canada, Britain, Spain, Turkey, and New Zealand.

    “Inflation drives men to fascism” Yes, and that’s why they want it, do it, and promote it tirelessly.



    ‘Good luck getting 90% of the population to embrace common sense once again’

    The controllers have worked hard over many decades to stamp out common sense and replace it with consumerism. They have been very successful.

    In a consumer society, common sense is a severe obstacle to consumption. The dumber the populace are, the more likely they are to engage in mindless consumption. Thus, we witness societies in which the bulk of the populace has no sense at all. Can’t bang a nail into a piece of wood. Can’t add two large numbers and get the right answer. And have no idea at all how to work out the area of a simple geometric figure. Can’t construct a sentence. Can’t regulate their intake of crap ‘food’… They do know how to pass a credit card to a retail assistant after choosing some pretty things or some junk food. Such people would last about three days in a desert.

    We see them every day, the totally uninformed and don’t-want-to-be-informed, who believe whatever bullshit the government or a corporation churn out… wearing totally ineffective masks and lining up for lethal jabs.

    That’s why I wonder whether the whole Covid scam was an intelligence test, to cull the weak, the stupid and the gullible.

    I have no evidence, of course, and am just speculating. On the other hand, there is evidence that the controllers are too ignorant and stupid to come up with such a scheme. That is true of the NZ government (and politicians in general, who are mostly just plain thick.

    The whole point is that in the natural environment of our distant ancestors, common sense was essential. If you had none, you were dead very quickly. But in a mollycoddled society -which is on it’s last legs, of course- you didn’t need much.

    The great sort out is coming superfast.


    ‘China says this works. It’s our technology. From 1974. Does it not work anymore, or just doesn’t work within American borders? So since this costs a buck two-fifty, we’re not relieving our own droughts and murdering tens of millions in the Colorado valley for why?’

    Adding heavy metal salts, e.g. silver iodide, only works if the air is saturated with water vapour and lacking nuclei for the formation of raindrops. If the air is below saturation, no amount of seeding will generate raindrops that reach the ground.


    The truth ….
    Life on earth is difficult … for humans …. for all life
    Hiding from the truth
    Democrats think, nothing matters as long as Trump and Rs are defeated.
    However, the issue is, humans think that they can divert energy from “mother earth” to control “mother earth” and all life on earth.


    ‘Ding ding ding! This is killing all humans on earth. To “Save” them, of course’

    There are many precedents for such actions, of course.

    Remember how the US obliterated villages in Vietnam in order to ‘save’ the inhabitants. And deforested a great swathe of jungle along the Cambodian border using chemical toxins to ‘save’ the people. And obliterated civilians in Iraq to ‘save’ them. And obliterated people attending weddings in Afghanistan to ‘save’ them.

    Toxic jabs were forced into the bodies of people in the western world to ‘save’ them.

    And now the US is supplying military junk to Ukraine so the Russians have to do the killing. To ‘save’ them

    I think it has something to do with the philosophy: ‘Better dead than red.’ Though I haven’t worked out how that applies to toxic jabs.


    There are two kinds of people in the world: those who seek the truth and those who run from it.

    There are two kinds of organisation in the world: those that embrace the truth and those that attempt to conceal it.


    A reminder of what Gonzalo Lira said in May: “On or before September 30th… The decision has already been made.”


    Edward Dowd: UK ONS Excess Deaths for ages 1 – 14….


    From Peter Imanuelsen:

    Something weird is happening with the excess death rate.
    There is a higher mortality rate than normal, what is going on here?

    D Benton Smith

    So the Justice Department is withholding parts of the warrant that they do not want the defendant to know. That is plainly and unambiguously against the law, which says quite sensibly and adamantly that the defendant is entitled to know everything about the warrant.

    Why did they do that? Clearly and indisputably the Justice Department is under the control of someone who is commanding them to do that, in defiance of the fact that the action blatantly violates clear and unambiguous law.

    All we want to know is the identity of who is initiating (or relaying downward) the directive commanding the Department of Justice to violate the law, and we also want to know WHY that individual wants that to be done.

    That’s all. Just tell us that little thing and we’ll be on our away.


    Trump and lawyers got a unredacted original copy.
    There is a higher mortality rate than normal, what is going on here?

    Peter Imanuelsen
    Aug 27

    Our leaders are helping “Mother Earth” reduce the human population.


    US mercenaries captured by Russia face either death or another two are facing up to eight years behind bars for the same reason

    Some perspective:
    AZ WNBA star Brittany Griner was sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison for drug possession.


    It is reported that Putin has had four jabs of the Sputnik vax. The Russian vax is almost identical to AZ , Oxford worked with the Russians to create a slightly different version of their clot shot. Russians have been put through all of the same bullshit as the rest of us with mandates and all. Funny that I tend to think of Russia being anti big Pharma and the WEF but it seems that is not how things are . Big Pharma , Gates and co, have Russia firmly in their grip too , weird.


    @Afewknowthetruth: (from yesterday) Not sure where we may have disconnected, but I agree with everything in your reply.


    In the news: Whiting refinery shuts down after a fire. Sorry about the msn. (Alerted from a comment at ZH)

    TAE Summary

    * The Goldilocks Government: Eats the porridge of the weakest, breaks their chair, sleeps in their bed, then runs back to the safety of their own kind when confronted. That sounds about juuust right.

    * Next up: Jill Biden will leave her extensive personal notes on her relationship with Joe and his health at the hairdressers to be discovered by Tucker Carlson’s wife.

    * Dizziness and shortness of breath are symptoms of cardiac arrest which is different from a heart attack. Cardiac arrest is caused by electrical problems whereas heart attack is caused by a lack of blood to the heart. What is damaging the electrical systems of the hearts of otherwise healthy athletes? Maybe an EKG should be required before participating in US Open or other high profile sporting events.

    * It would be interesting to know the net effect of excluding students and soldiers who refuse vaccination. They are getting rid of those least likely to blindly follow authority, most likely to think for themselves and least willing to go along to get along. Is there rejection a good thing for a school or the military?

    * Russian Roulette is like Filet Americain, unknown in the country it is named for.

    * Are we running out of energy by design or by depletion? Not in question is that we are far into overshoot. We will suffer the consequences of less energy now or will find a way to overshoot even farther and more of us will suffer the consequences later. Twenty years ago Jay Hanson advised people to use as much gas as quickly as they could because the quicker we used it all up the fewer people would be around when we ran out.

    * Specialization is for insects. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
    — Robert Heinlein

    John Day

    90% or 10% of the problems , now beginning to encroach upon our life-support-system are caused by all/some and/or a few humans, and were/were-not avoidable, and can now be mitigated by concerted-human-effort/killing-more-folks.

    We all, each of us and in-concert have work to do.
    Any group not burning coal, oil, iron and copper as fast as they could would have been (and was) overcome by the groups that did do so.

    That equation is now different, as all of those are in shortened and more-expensive supply.
    It looks to me like depletion is real and is being “managed” by insrting artificial crises and shortages just before it becomes common-knowledge, so as to maintain initiative in the control-narrative war-room.


    @Redneck: I noticed the same thing, prompting my comment some time back that perhaps the Russians and the West are just WEF actors playing “good cop-bad cop” with the global public.


    Who am I?
    I’m allowed but You are not allowed to tell lies, insult, calling name, yell or act impolite.


    Models, models, models (wonder if it will post)


    Well I’ll try one more time…
    AFKTT takes Dr D to task on the magical thinking of CO2 driven global warming and writes…

    This has absolutely nothing to do with models
    And follows with…
    The phenomenon of planetary overheating is a very clear matter of observation and the testable link between increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide and increasing temperature

    He then justifies his beliefs by referencing the 19th century scientist, Svante Arrhenius’,1896 calculations on the effect of carbon dioxide (CO2) on global warming are frequently cited by proponents of Anthropogenic Global Warming as evidence that it was known more than 100 years ago that significant or catastrophic warming would occur due to a rise in CO2. Although he conveniently ignores the seldom referenced 1906 publication by Arrhenius where he dramatically reduces his initial estimates on CO2 warming effects.

    A rather simplistic view of the scientific method is as follows:
    1 – Develop a hypothesis
    2 – Develop an experiment or model to test the hypothesis and it’s predictions
    3 – Compare the results to real world observations (empirical evidence)

    Well the case of the AGW thesis
    1 – Hypothesis: Doubling of CO@ will increase global temperatures by 5 – 6 ℃.
    2 – Create global models primarily based on various derived CO2 sensitivities (at least some 73 models exist)
    3 – Compare the results to real world observations FAIL, FAIL and FAIL badly

    But what I really found entertaining was how he dismisses the absolute failure of these models and the prediction by climate experts (looking at you James Hansen, Michael Mann) by blaming these failures on the fossil fuel industry when essentially all of these models were initiated and funded by governments, institutions and green entities whose very existence rests on proving CO2 is a existential threat to the earth itself. They gave it their best shot and reality proved them wrong over and over and over.

    The arrogance and continued certainty in the face of failure after failure of the simplistic CO2 hypothesis is just boundless.


    “Average temperatures are hovering around 44oC.”

    We [in the scientific community] knew 20 years ago that planetary overheating would be bad for humans, bad for wildlife, bad for food production, and bad for civilisation. But we didn’t know it would get so bad, so quickly.

    20 years ago I genuinely believed it would take until the 2080s for the Earth to be rendered largely uninhabitable. But I must admit, 20 years ago I thought there would be some action to reduce the insanity of burning ever-increasing amounts of fossil fuels..

    I was wrong.

    It just goes to show that, when it comes to governments and their money-lender Ponzi schemes, one cannot overestimate the propensity for sociopathy and suicidal mania.

    And what we are witnessing now is just the early phase of planetary meltdown!

    We can estimate what it will be like twenty years from now -a largely uninhabitable planet for most vertebrate species -which includes humans, of course.

    Would that be sufficient incentive for the maniacs to stop lying and stop making the predicament worse faster?

    Obviously not, as far as the madmen/madwomen who are in control of the use of money, the use of fossil fuels, and the application of military force are concerned. 🙁

    Thinking about all this geochemical stuff, it really does look as though the scumbags who were in control for centuries, and whose progeny are in control now [of the political narratives, not the outcomes] , have concocted a plan for a rapid, massive, population reduction.

    Way too late, of course. Self-reinforcing chemical-physical feedbacks have already been triggered. 🙁

    So for most of us, what matters is how we live.

    Many would say that has always been the case.

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