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These Are The Leaders Of Biden’s Revolution (Tucker Carlson)
Biden’s Most Enduring Legacy? (Rickards)
German FM Made ‘Fantastic Admission’ – Lavrov (RT)
Ukrainian Troops Captured During Raid On Nuclear Plant – Official (RT)
Ukraine Suffers Heavy Losses In Failed Offensive – Moscow (RT)
Ukraine Planned To Use IAEA Team As ‘Human Shields’ – Russia (RT)
Getting it Wrong on Ukraine (Scott Ritter)
More Ukraine Military Aid Coming, White House Says (RT)
Wholesale Gas Prices Fall On Europe’s Plan To Avert Winter Energy Crisis (G.)
Sanctions Hinder Russian Gas Flow To EU – Gazprom (RT)
Dead of Winter (Doomberg)
Which Crime Syndicate Murdered Darya Dugina? (Escobar)
A Story for Children (Batiushka)
Greece’s Slide Toward Authoritarianism (Spiegel)
How Mikhail Gorbachev Became the Most Reviled Man in Russia (CP)

 

 

An American president attempting to incite a civil war. Never seen such a thing.

 

 

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Nothing accidental about the decor. But very wrong at the same time.

These Are The Leaders Of Biden’s Revolution (Tucker Carlson)

If you’re watching this right now, you are missing a rare primetime address from Joe Biden. Biden doesn’t give a lot of those for obvious reasons, but tonight’s topic is worthy of the occasion. America, ladies and gentlemen, is under attack and not from our usual enemies. The threat we face tonight is existential, but it’s not coming from barefoot religious extremists living in caves. It’s not the Chinese government. It’s not even Vladimir Putin himself, the most diabolically evil man in history. No, ladies and gentlemen, this threat is worse than all of that and it’s homegrown. As they say in the horror movies, it’s coming from inside the house. The single greatest threat to America today is Republican voters, all 75 million of them. They are Nazis and destroyers of democracy. They must be stopped. That is the message of Joe Biden’s speech.

Just moments ago, he referred to MAGA forces who are apparently marshaling at Red Lobster near you, ready to take over this country. Now, to underscore how deeply Joe Biden means all of this, tonight’s address in Philadelphia is not being categorized as a campaign event ahead of the midterm elections, which is what it looks like. No. Instead, this speech has the full sponsorship of the White House. In other words, what Joe Biden is saying right now is the official position of the entire executive branch of the U.S. government. That would include the Justice Department, the various Intel agencies and the world’s most powerful standing military. Think about that. Does it make you nervous? You don’t have to be a Trump voter to see a speech like this as a turning point in American history. For hundreds of years, the U.S. has had a political system comprised of two competing parties. If you were to declare one of those parties criminal and illegitimate, what would you be left with?

Well, you will be left with a one-party state and that is what Joe Biden is calling for tonight, a one-party state. It’s shocking. You may have trouble believing it’s even happening and yet it is live on television right now, and yet and here’s what we’re here to tell you, believe it or not, there is an upside to this catastrophe. Even as you watch your beloved country take a turn you never imagined possible, there is reason for hope. American liberals may have obvious dictatorial ambitions. There’s no question they do. Only would-be dictators fear free speech and an armed population. But just because liberals long for a one-party state doesn’t mean they’re going to get one. They won’t. In the end, they don’t have the skills to pull that off. Liberals are too incompetent to overthrow democracy, and that’s obvious from history.

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No, he trumped that last night.

Biden’s Most Enduring Legacy? (Rickards)

What are the advantages of a central bank digital currency? Well, the advantages are speed, cost, security and ease of use. Assume you buy a candy bar at a convenience store. You pay for it with a credit card, which begins a payment process involving maybe five parties including the merchant, the credit card company, the bank and an intermediary called a merchant acquirer (no need to list the details here, but it’s complicated). Ultimately the bank that issues your credit card sends you a bill and you pay it. You also pay a fee, maybe 3%, all to buy a candy bar. But with a central bank digital currency, you could simply pay for the candy bar with an account you have at the Fed. You would disintermediate the merchant acquirer, the banks and the credit card company. It would eliminate the fees we currently face. In a nutshell, the payment system will be faster, cheaper, easier, more streamlined and more secure.

The question is why are they doing this? Well, the banks and the government will tell you that it’s cheaper, faster and safer, so it makes sense. And that’s true, as far as it goes, but there are a lot of hidden agendas here. The first one is to eliminate cash. If you didn’t like the central bank digital currency system for privacy reasons, you might say, “Hey, I feel like I’m under surveillance. This is intrusive. I just don’t trust it. Where’s my alternative?” Particularly if they eliminate the traditional credit card payment system, you might buy your candy bar with cash. But if you’re the government and you want the central bank digital currency to succeed, you have to eliminate cash because it’s your competition. The government hates cash because it’s not traceable. If you spend it, they don’t know that you spent it or how you spent it. They can’t put you under surveillance with cash.

The other thing the government wants is the ability to impose negative interest rates. Instead of earning interest on your money in the bank, you’d be charged to keep it there. Cash stands in the way of negative interest rates because cash doesn’t have a negative interest rate. Assume you bury $100,000 in cash in your backyard. You come back a year later, you still have $100,000. You might not earn any interest on your money, but at least the government can’t take it away. But if all your money is in digital form within the banking system, they can impose negative interest rates on it. The government wants to use the banking system for a lot of other things. They might want to freeze your account, they might want to seize your assets, they might also want to put an expiration date on your money. sImagine you get paid and the government tells you, “That money is going to evaporate or disappear if you don’t spend it in the next six months.” How’s that for a stimulus program?

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How can this woman still have a job this morning?

German FM Made ‘Fantastic Admission’ – Lavrov (RT)

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has described as “fantastic” a recent comment by his German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, about Berlin’s commitment to backing Kiev. The German official said on Wednesday that her country’s government would stand by Ukraine regardless of what German voters think about it. On Thursday, Lavrov delivered a speech at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations marking the start of the academic year. In it, he said that many Western politicians are in the grip of a “Russophobic obsession.” As a case in point, the minister cited Baerbock’s remark, which she made in Prague on Wednesday. According to Lavrov, what the German official said effectively boiled down to the following: “Yes, our citizens are suffering but they will have to suffer more because we will be supporting Ukraine no matter what.”

The Russian foreign minister described Baerbock’s statement as a “fantastic admission.” Speaking at a conference named ‘Democracy’s Clear and Present Danger: How Do We Respond?’ organized by the NGO Forum 2000, the top German diplomat said: “If I give the promise to people in Ukraine – ‘We stand with you, as long as you need us’ – then I want to deliver. No matter what my German voters think, but I want to deliver to the people of Ukraine.” Baerbock acknowledged that dissatisfaction with the German government among the country’s population would likely increase come winter. She did go on to explain that Berlin would not remain completely deaf to its citizens, though, promising “social measures” for those who “cannot pay [the] energy prices.”

However, the official made it clear that the “sanctions [against Russia] will stay also in winter time, even if it gets really tough for politicians.” Since the start of Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine in late February, and in light of the Western sanctions against Moscow that followed, energy prices in Europe have climbed to historic highs. This has pushed inflation up significantly across the EU, and in Germany in particular. On Wednesday, gas prices surged again on the spot market after the operator of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline announced the beginning of a three-day shutdown for maintenance.

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Will Schryver @imetatronink:

“The AFU clown show in southern Ukraine scales new heights. In arguably the most embarrassing debacle of the war yet for Ukraine, they apparently permitted themselves to attempt an MI6-designed and directed commando operation to seize the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. The would-be commandos, 64 in number, recently “trained” in the UK, set out across the Kakhovskoye reservoir in seven high-speed boats, landed on the opposite shore 3 km from the NPP, where they were immediately met by a Russian ambush.”

“Apparently Russian intelligence was fully aware of their plans and had monitored the debutante commandos from the time they left Poland to pursue their ostensibly glorious operation – allegedly advocated by the corpulent Boris Johnson himself in his recent visit to Kiev.” “Of the 64 “commandos”, at least 47 are now dead, a few wounded, and a dozen trapped with no means of escape, all seven of their boats having been destroyed. The entire undertaking has been an unmitigated amateurish disaster.”

“Apparently, there were also two barges with 320 additional troops that attempted to cross the reservoir, but were sunk en route — all presumably drowned. In fact, some Ukrainian Telegram channels reported that 700 troops were involved. A joke of military planning / execution.”

Ukrainian Troops Captured During Raid On Nuclear Plant – Official (RT)

Three Ukrainian soldiers, who participated in a botched attempt to capture the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant on Thursday morning, have been taken alive, Vladimir Rogov, a council member in the Moscow-allied administration of Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Region, has claimed. Of the three, two have been injured and are in serious condition, the official said in an interview with Russian television. Doctors are fighting to save them, he added. An estimated 12 Ukrainian troops are still fighting against Russian forces, he claimed. The Russian Defense Ministry previously claimed that early in the morning, Kiev launched an operation apparently aimed at taking the nuclear site ahead of an inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


Some of the Ukrainian troops failed to reach the southern bank of the Dnepr when their vessels were hit and sank, the ministry stated. Up to 60 commandos used speedboats to make a landing, before Russian forces engaged them, the report said. The power plant and the surrounding city of Energodar have been under Russian control since March. Throughout August, it came under regular fire, which Kiev and Moscow blamed on each other. Ukrainian officials also accused Russia of stationing heavy weapons at the nuclear facility. The IAEA’s fact-finding mission is expected to arrive in Energodar later in the day, though there were reports that their progress was interrupted by military activity. Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of attempting to derail the inspection.

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“..I felt sorry for them and I started wondering if this was worth doing at such a cost,” the WSJ quoted a doctor in an intensive care unit as saying..”

Ukraine Suffers Heavy Losses In Failed Offensive – Moscow (RT)

Kiev’s attempts to take the initiative and advance in the south of the country have failed and resulted in heavy losses, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Thursday. The Ukrainian forces lost over 350 personnel, as Russian warplanes and artillery were used for kinetic action against Kiev’s forces over the last 24 hours, the ministry’s spokesman said during a daily briefing. Kiev also lost 31 tanks, 22 infantry fighting vehicles, 18 of other types of armored vehicles, eight armed pickup trucks, and 17 of other types of military vehicles, the statement said. This week, Ukraine launched a long-touted offensive to reclaim territories in the south of the country controlled by Russia. Kiev reported capturing some villages, but officials were mostly tight-lipped about the details of the operation, including its cost, citing secrecy.


The Russian side described the action as disastrous for Kiev. A previous Russian military briefing on Wednesday said Ukraine lost over 1,200 soldiers and dozens of pieces of military hardware to Russian fire in a single day. The fact that Ukraine was paying a heavy toll was corroborated by some Western news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper spoke to some of the Ukrainian soldiers injured on the battlefield and medics treating them to glimpse into the situation on the frontline. “When they started bringing in such a large number of wounded, then, honestly, I felt sorry for them and I started wondering if this was worth doing at such a cost,” the WSJ quoted a doctor in an intensive care unit as saying.

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“..we fully understand the complete silence of all Western sponsors of the Zelensky regime..”

Ukraine Planned To Use IAEA Team As ‘Human Shields’ – Russia (RT)

Kiev forces wanted to seize the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in a daring military raid and use the personnel of the UN nuclear watchdog as “human shields” to maintain control over the facility, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed on Thursday. The botched raid came shortly before a team of experts with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – including the organization’s head, Rafael Grossi – arrived at the plant for an inspection. According to the Russian military, multiple Ukrainian “saboteur groups” crossed the Kakhovka Reservoir in speedboats and barges near the plant early in the morning, but were intercepted and destroyed by Russian troops and National Guard forces.

“Obviously, if the operation of the Kiev regime to seize the station was a success, the head of the IAEA, [Rafael] Grossi, and the experts of the mission would become a ‘human shield’ for Ukrainian saboteurs to prevent any attempts to destroy them by the Russian armed forces,” the Russian MoD said in a statement. The operation aimed at capturing the nuclear power plant appears to have been “planned in advance by Zelensky’s regime,” the Russian military suggested. Moreover, the delay in Grossi’s visit to the installation, originally planned for August 31, stemmed from the Ukrainians’ need for more time to get ready for that “military provocation,” it alleged.

The ultimate goal of the operation was seizing control of the plant, while the presence of the IAEA team would have allowed the “saboteurs”to not only take cover from any potential Russian actions, but also to cement the new “status quo,” the military said. The success of the operation would have likely been reinforced by a “new wave of loud statements from Washington and European capitals, calling upon Russia to establish a ‘demilitarized zone’ around the nuclear plant, with IAEA observers guarded by Ukrainian troops,” it asserted. “In this regard, we fully understand the complete silence of all Western sponsors of the Zelensky regime, which de-facto confirms their tacit participation in the preparation of today’s provocation at the Zaporozhye plant,” the military concluded.

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“..neither Arkin nor his editorial bosses at Newsweek felt any need to explain how Russia could be losing the war twice..”

Getting it Wrong on Ukraine (Scott Ritter)

Six months into Russia’s “Special Military Operation,” fact-challenged reporting that constitutes Western media’s approach to covering the conflict in Ukraine has become apparent to any discerning audience. Less understood is why anyone would sacrifice their integrity to participate in such a travesty. The story of William Arkin is a case in point. On March 30 (a little more than a month into the war), Arkin penned an article which began with the following sentence: “Russia’s armed forces are reaching a state of exhaustion, stalemated on the battlefield and unable to make additional gains, while Ukraine is slowly pushing them back, continuing to inflict destruction on the invaders.” Arkin went on to quote a “high-level officer of the Defense Intelligence Agency,” who spoke on condition of anonymity, who declared that “The war in Ukraine is over.”

A little less than three months later, on June 14, Arkin wrote a piece for Newsweek with the headline: “Russia Is Losing the Ukraine War. Don’t Be Fooled by What Happened in Severodonetsk.” Apparently neither Arkin nor his editorial bosses at Newsweek felt any need to explain how Russia could be losing the war twice. Anyone who has been following what I’ve been writing and saying since the beginning of Russia’s “Special Military Operation” in Ukraine knows I hold the exact opposite view. Russia, I maintain, is winning the Ukraine conflict, in decisive fashion. But I don’t write for Newsweek. William Arkin does.

Arkin proclaims that Russia is losing though it had, at the time the article was published, just taken the strategic city of Severdonetsk, killing and capturing thousands of Ukrainian forces, and rendering thousands more combat ineffective since they had to abandon their equipment to flee for their lives. (Russia has since captured all of the territory encompassing the Lugansk People’s Republic, including the city of Lysychansk, inflicting thousands of additional casualties on the Ukrainian military.) “The Russian army’s so-called victory,” Arkin proclaimed at the time, “is the latest installment in its humiliating military display and comes with a crushing human cost.” The humiliating display instead is Arkin’s lack of acumen in conducting an independent assessment of the military situation on the ground in Ukraine.

This was again reinforced last week when Arkin penned another article in which he helps disseminate the outlandish claims of his Pentagon sources. “[F]rom late February through August, with only a moderate infusion of weapons from the West, some supportive declarations from Western leaders and a smattering of ‘We Stand with Ukraine’ signs on U.S. lawns,” Arkin writes, Ukraine has been able to “hold at bay the mighty Russian military,” something apparently none thought it could do.

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More death coming.

More Ukraine Military Aid Coming, White House Says (RT)

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Wednesday that the Biden administration was preparing to announce more packages of military aid for Kiev’s beleaguered forces. Kirby’s statement came a week after US President Joe Biden authorized a record arms shipment worth nearly $3 billion. “There will be announcements of future security assistance in coming days,” Kirby said at a press conference. The upcoming packages will likely be drawn from the $40 billion allocated to Ukraine in a military and economic aid bill passed by Congress in May. The US has doled out this aid in near-weekly installments since the bill’s passage, with last week’s package the largest yet, totaling $2.98 billion. President Biden has promised to keep bankrolling Ukraine’s military for “as long as it takes,” although the US’ end goal in the conflict is unclear.


While Biden wrote earlier this summer that the US does “not want to prolong the war just to inflict pain on Russia,” he has spoken of a desire to affect regime change in Moscow, and his own secretary of defense has stated that weakening Russia is a core US objective. Furthermore, Biden’s officials said that they are willing to risk “a global recession and mounting hunger” just to oppose Russia, the Washington Post stated in June. It is unclear to what extent the supply of American weapons has helped Ukraine hold off Russian forces. A long-awaited counter-offensive in the south of the country ended in dismal failure for Ukraine earlier this week, with Moscow claiming to have destroyed more than 130 Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles and killed more than 1,200 troops in a single day.

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“There is work on emergency measures on electricity prices. There might be also something on demand reduction for electricity.”

Wholesale Gas Prices Fall On Europe’s Plan To Avert Winter Energy Crisis (G.)

Wholesale gas prices have tumbled amid signs that European leaders’ plans to avert a winter energy crisis are taking shape. The price of gas for delivery on Friday dropped 21% from last night’s price of 405p per therm to 320p, as the European Commission confirmed it is working on “emergency measures” and the German government said it is “prepared” for the winter. The British wholesale gas price for delivery next week fell 9% to 350p while the month-ahead price fell 6% to 431p on Thursday. Earlier this week the day-ahead price fell from 447p a therm after the European Commission said it was working “flat out” on an emergency package as well as examining structural reform of the electricity market.

The European Commission said on Thursday it was looking into options to cap energy prices and cut electricity demand as part of its upcoming proposals to tackle soaring energy costs. Mechthild Wörsdörfer, deputy director general of the commission’s energy department, told a meeting of European parliament’s energy committee: “There is work on emergency measures on electricity prices. There might be also something on demand reduction for electricity.” The European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen, will outline the commission’s ideas on capping energy prices in a speech on 14 September. European countries have rushed to fill up gas storage facilities after Russia cut supplies into Europe. Germany is among the nations most exposed to potential shortages of gas and there are fears that – if the Kremlin switched off supplies altogether – its economy could tumble into recession.

[..] Gas market traders are on tenterhooks to see whether Russia state-owned gas giant Gazprom returns the Nord Stream 1 pipeline under the Baltic Sea back to service after a three-day maintenance shut down, which began on Wednesday. European gas storage facilities are now almost 80% full on average, nearing an EU target for countries to hit 80% full by 1 November. Researchers at Wood Mackenzie predicted high natural gas prices will drive down European demand to 7% below the five-year average in the months through to March, leaving a “best-case scenario” of storage levels at 31% at winter’s end.


Russian gas journey to Europe… Same gas as before, but now liquefied, and routed via China, at much higher price and transport costs…

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“Our opponents have issued so many sanctions-related documents that they created a situation which could be called sanctions confusion..”

Sanctions Hinder Russian Gas Flow To EU – Gazprom (RT)

Western sanctions could obstruct Siemens Energy from carrying out regular maintenance of equipment for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said on Wednesday. “Our opponents have issued so many sanctions-related documents that they created a situation which could be called sanctions confusion,” Miller told Russia 1 TV. “And today Siemens has practically no opportunity to provide regular major overhauls of our gas-pumping equipment. Siemens simply has nowhere to carry out this work.” German manufacturer Siemens Energy, which normally services the turbines, said earlier on Wednesday it was not involved in the latest maintenance work being carried out by Gazprom at the compressor station. Russian gas flows via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany have been suspended from August 31 until September 3 for repairs.


Since July, the Nord Stream 1 pipeline has been operating at reduced capacity due to the shutdown of several gas turbines. One of them was sent to Montreal for repairs and became stuck there due to Canadian sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. At Germany’s request, Ottawa announced an exemption for the turbines in July, and sent one of them over, but Gazprom refused to take delivery, citing irregularities in the documentation. Gazprom has cited faulty or delayed equipment as the main reason for the 80% reduction of deliveries via the pipeline. The Kremlin said on Tuesday that only sanctions prevent Nord Stream 1 from working at full capacity.

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“There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” – Henry Kissinger

Dead of Winter (Doomberg)

In the United Kingdom, a grassroots protest movement has broken out in response to the ongoing energy crisis. With the bill from its failed national policies coming due, ordinary citizens are organizing campaigns to ensure they are not the ones left holding the bag. The mission of Don’t Pay UK is to gather at least one million commitments from Her Majesty’s loyal subjects to simply stop paying their energy bills as of October 1, 2022. At the time of this writing, Don’t Pay UK has passed 130,000 signatures. We expect that number to grow. In reading a recent profile of the movement by Euronews Green, we were struck by the framing of the crisis by some of the movement’s organizers. This quote from the piece and the photo we have reproduced below caught our attention (emphasis added throughout):

“Lewis Ford, an organiser from Hull, agrees the movement is ‘a lot about solidarity’, especially for those forced to choose between heating their home and feeding their family. ‘We’re already talking about the idea of setting up warm banks, which is an absolutely preposterous idea,’ the 31-year-old IT consultant tells Euronews Green. ‘We’re one of the richest nations. So, it’s not like there’s no money, it’s the fact that the money is being kept in one space.’” Sadly for Mr. Ford and the well-intended but totally naïve young woman holding out hope that the unicorn concept of “cheaper cleaner greener” energy is actually a thing, they are both victims of insidious propaganda. As reality will soon demonstrate, if a country can’t afford to keep its citizens warm during the winter, then that country is poor, not rich. And if the proposed solution to this crisis is to double down on the same crazy policies that caused it in the first place, then we should expect the problem to get worse, not better.

As longtime readers of Doomberg will know, we’ve been fascinated by the European energy situation for the better part of the past year, long before the true potential for a crisis was considered acceptable mainstream thought. In re-reading a piece we wrote last October called “Putin’s Fools Rush In,” we correctly predicted who held the real power in the developing conflict. We also badly overestimated the willingness of Western political leaders to recognize reality. Here are two quotes revealing the miscalculation: “The prize Putin will soon collect is the inevitable go-ahead by Germany to begin operating the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, an act that will decisively and irreversibly conclude a years-long struggle between the United States and Russia in Putin’s favor.” s“Energy is life. Those projects will get developed. The geopolitical power vacuum we are creating will get filled. We might not be serious, but our enemies are ruthlessly so. They raise a toast to our self-inflicted demise.”

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“The hit on the Moskva was a NATO operation, ordered by the US. The Russian Ministry of Defense knows – and the Americans know they know. Retaliation will come – in the time and place of Moscow’s choosing.”

Which Crime Syndicate Murdered Darya Dugina? (Escobar)

Disclosure: I prize my friendship with Alexander Dugin – we met in person in Iran, Lebanon and Russia: a towering intellectual and extremely sensitive spirit, eons away from the crude stereotype of “Putin’s brain” or worse, “Putin’s Rasputin” slapped on him by Western media sub-zoology specimens. His vision of Eurasianism should be granted the merit of an ample intellectual discussion, a real dialogue of civilizations. But obviously the current woke incarnation of the collective West lacks the sophistication to engage in real debate. So he’s been demonized to Kingdom Come. Darya, who I had the honor to meet in Moscow, was a young, shining star with an ebullient personality who graduated in History of Philosophy at Moscow University: her main research was on the political philosophy of late Neoplatonism.

Obviously that had nothing to do with the profile of a ruthless operative capable of “compromising” money flows. She did not seem to understand finance, much less “dark” financial ops. What she did understand is how the Ukrainian battlefield mirrored a larger than life clash of civilizations: globalism against Eurasianism. Back to the assertions by the Russian intel agent, they cannot be simply dismissed. For instance, at the time he came up with the definitive version of the hit on the Moskva – the flagship of the Russian Black Sea fleet. As he emailed to a select audience, “the destruction of the flagship of the fleet was planned as a strategic task. Therefore, the operation of delivering the PKR [anti-ship missile] to Odessa took place in strict secrecy and under the cover of electronic warfare. As the ‘killer’ of the cruiser, they chose the PKR, but not the Neptune, as spread by Ukrainian propaganda, but the fifth-generation NSM PKR (Naval Strike Missile, range of destruction 185 km, developed by Norway-USA).

The NSM is able to reach the target along a programmed route thanks to the GPS-adjusted INS, independently find the target by flying up to it at an altitude of 3-5 meters. When reaching the target, the NSM maneuvers and puts electronic interference. A highly sensitive thermal imager is used as a homing system, which independently determines the most vulnerable places of the target ship. A stationary container installation secretly delivered to Ukraine was used as a launcher. Thus, after the damage to the cruiser Moskva, which led to its flooding (…) the Black Sea Fleet, unfortunately, no longer has a single ship with a long-range anti-aircraft missile system. But not everything is so bad. A three-band radar ‘Sky-M’ is located in Crimea, which is capable of tracking all air targets at a range of up to 600 km.” So there you go. The hit on the Moskva was a NATO operation, ordered by the US. The Russian Ministry of Defense knows – and the Americans know they know. Retaliation will come – in the time and place of Moscow’s choosing.

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“..and took all the money and the lands of the little prince and broke all the guns that the Kingdom of the West had sent him.”

A Story for Children (Batiushka)

Once upon a time there was a world where there were four Kingdoms. These were called the Kingdom of the North, the Kingdom of the East, the Kingdom of the South and the Kingdom of the West. Now the smallest Kingdom by far was the Kingdom of the West, which was only a tiny part of the whole. But it was by far the richest of the four Kingdoms. This was because it kept stealing things with guns and with cunning from the other three Kingdoms. But it turned out to be by far the stupidest Kingdom. This was because it loved itself so much that it could no longer see in front of its nose. Now it all happened in this way.

First of all, the wizards of the Kingdom of the West created a nasty illness called a Pestilence. They wanted to kill the people in the other three Kingdoms. In fact, the other three Kingdoms threw off the Pestilence. And because they were cowards, the rulers of the Kingdom of the West scared themselves and made themselves very ill and very poor instead. Then the Kingdom of the West said: ‘We will start a War with the Kingdom of the North because that is the Kingdom that is the closest to us. Then we will be able to take all their lands and all their money. And in that way we shall get back all the money we lost in our Pestilence and we will all be happy again’. So the Kingdom of the West found a little prince in the Kingdom of the North, whose country was next to the Kingdom of the West. And they paid him and all the rich people there lots of money and sent them lots of guns to fight against the very big Kingdom of the North.

And then the Kingdom of the West added, ‘To make sure we win, we will not buy any things from the Kingdom of the North any more and so they will have no money, but we will be richer and richer’. However, made blind by their love for themselves, the Kingdom of the West had not seen that the Kingdom of the North was much bigger, much richer and much stronger than it was. And as well as that, the Kingdom of the North was helped by the Kingdom of the East and the Kingdom of the South. And those two Kingdoms very much wanted all the things the Kingdom of the North had to sell. So the Kingdom of the North sold all its things to the Kingdom of the East and the Kingdom of the South and became rich. Then the Kingdom of the North conquered the little prince, making his rich people run away, and took all the money and the lands of the little prince and broke all the guns that the Kingdom of the West had sent him.

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Don’t piss off the German media. You can’t afford to.

Greece’s Slide Toward Authoritarianism (Spiegel)

Once again this summer, millions of Europeans were able to experience the pleasant side of Greece: the sun, the beaches and the hospitality. Greece is, with good reason, a favorite destination for holidaymakers in Europe. Which perhaps helps explain why governments in other European capitals seem happy to overlook the more unpleasant aspects of their EU partner. The European Commission and various courts have long been focused on the erosion of democracy in Hungary and Poland. But thus far, nobody in Brussels, Berlin or Paris has seemed particularly concerned that Greece, under the leadership of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has also been increasingly drifting toward autocracy.

Mitsotakis poses as a liberal reformer who has improved his country’s financial and economic prospects. But he isn’t quite as fond of talking about the countless legal violations that Greek civil servants have committed on his watch. In migration policy, especially, the Greek government has essentially abrogated international and European law. In the last two years, Greek security personnel have intercepted thousands of refugees and violently forced them to return to Turkey. They have also used other migrants as slaves to assist in these illegal pushbacks. In other instances, Greek officials have towed asylum-seekers out to sea and abandoned them on unsafe inflatable rafts. Almost never is a Greek official forced to answer for crimes committed on the country’s borders. What does frequently happen, by contrast, is that those who document such crimes come under intense pressure.

The NGO Josoor, for example, a group that has spent two-and-a-half years helping pushback victims, recently suspended operations after months of harassment by Greek agencies. Members of other aid groups have been persecuted as migrant smugglers. And DER SPIEGEL reporter Giorgos Christides has been vilified as a Turkish agent in pro-government Greek media outlets. After DER SPIEGEL published a report last week about Greek officials declining to provide any assistance to a five-year-old Syrian girl who lay dying on an island in the Evros River, which demarcates part of the Turkish-Greek border, the government in Athens eschewed any self-criticism. Instead, they assailed Christides for allegedly using illegal methods to establish contact with the victim’s parents. It is precisely this kind of guilt reversal that has become common practice in Athens.

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“Gorbachev’s spouse, Raisa, asserted the resulting deaths of 200 Armenian protestors in a crackdown ordered by Gorbachev left him tormented and never the same.”

How Mikhail Gorbachev Became the Most Reviled Man in Russia (CP)

[..] it was not only in the economic realm that Gorbachev’s reforms caused chaos. Liberated from decades of control from an overbearing state, Gorbachev’s perestroika untied the heretofore tightly wrapped package of nationalism that Lenin and Stalin previously contained. Nationalists in the republics came to hate Gorbachev for his attempt at retaining the USSR, even a democratized one with autonomous republics. Meanwhile, Great Russian chauvinists despised Gorbachev for letting the Soviet system unwind and failing to use state power to keep the empire intact. One notable exception on the latter was in Armenia, where protests were causing an uncontrolled opening of the Soviet border with Iran. Gorbachev’s spouse, Raisa, asserted the resulting deaths of 200 Armenian protestors in a crackdown ordered by Gorbachev left him tormented and never the same.


Yet, this limited use of force in Armenia was largely the exception to Gorbachev’s refusal to use violence against protestors. The Balts were also having none of Gorbachev’s attempts to reform the Soviet system. Gorbachev’s reforms gave them an opening to bolt for the exit, and they ran. Ukrainian, along with Russian, nationalists also awoke under Gorbachev. Many in the Russian and Ukrainian republics also backed independence from the USSR for economic reasons. Why? Russians assumed they were rich and were held back by parasite Soviet republics draining their wealth. Likewise, Ukrainians pitched independence as the road to milk and honey. Ukraine’s vast black earth belt and formidable industry in the Donbas surely would make it rich once liberated from the Soviet Union, so they thought.

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    Marc Chagall The soldier drinks 1912   • These Are The Leaders Of Biden’s Revolution (Tucker Carlson) • Biden’s Most Enduring Legacy? (Rickards)
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle September 2 2022]

    #114957
    Germ
    Participant

    “Sonali Phogat, BJP leader and former Bigg Boss contestant died of heart attack in Goa at the age of 43 on Tuesday (August 23). A spate of sudden heart attacks in young personalities from the entertainment industry in the recent past has sent shockwaves across the country. Sidharth Shukla (40), Puneeth Rajkumar (44), KK (53) and Brahma Swaroop Mishra (36) are among the young people who showed no signs and symptoms of a heart disease before succumbing to heart attack and some of them achieved one fitness milestone after the other inspiring their fans…
    We are having a pandemic of sudden cardiac arrests in young. By young means people at the page of 30 to 50 years. What could be the possible reasons for sudden cardiac arrest in young ranges from loneliness, stress, mental trauma, smoking, alcohol etc, also lack of exercise, proper diet. Youngest person who we have seen has had a heart attack is a 17-year-old guy,’ says Dr Ruchit Shah, Interventional Cardiologist, Masina Hospital, Mumbai.”

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/health/sonali-phogat-dies-of-heart-attack-experts-on-what-causes-sudden-cardiac-arrest-101661252058836.html

    Hahah – anything but the death vaxx! ☠️☠️☠️

    #114958
    aspnaz
    Participant

    “If I give the promise to people in Ukraine – ‘We stand with you, as long as you need us’ – then I want to deliver. No matter what my German voters think, but I want to deliver to the people of Ukraine.”

    The real question is why you would be so stupid as to make such a promise unless you knew your voters were 100% behind you? Of course, we all know the answer: Germany is an oligopoly and she was obeying her owners while telling her voters where they stand.

    #114959
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    In response to what Gonzalo Lira said about declaring war, I really have to think that choosing a sinister deep-red background for Biden’s speech in Philadelphia was no accident.

    #114960
    aspnaz
    Participant

    “In this regard, we fully understand the complete silence of all Western sponsors of the Zelensky regime, which de-facto confirms their tacit participation in the preparation of today’s provocation at the Zaporozhye plant,” the military concluded.

    It’s embarrassing that NATO cannot put together an action involving less than 1000 men without the Russians knowing what is going to happen, being warned either by their human or technical intelligence. In one way i am glad they cannot fight back, but in another way it illustrates the decline of the west.

    #114961
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Yeah, minions love their “Signaling” even more than they love their “Plans”. See? I signaled! I’m signaling soooo hard!!!

    Fed and Liz Warren from a few days ago: Warren was appalled and concerned the Fed is creating a recession. That will kill a million jobs.

    Yes, she is on commission for lies. 1) We are IN a recession, by definition. Except for a few weirdos that changed the definition the same way they changed the definition of “vaccine”. 2) Liz is the one causing it, since they voted for $3 Trillion in straight inflation, 3 years in a row, if not 30 years in a row. The Fed only has a mandate to – somehow – contain inflation that is coming largely and directly from Congress. 3) Warren does not see the irony of complaining about the Fed killing a few jobs at random after voting for two years straight to have no employment at all, due to lockdown.

    In other words: it’s Friday. Water is wet, the sky is blue, Congressmen lie, and it’s always somebody else’s fault.

    Speaking of the economy, everyone is bearish, yet prices don’t go down. I’m thinking that’s not capitulation. (In fact, short squeeze is likely)

    Note, the other side can’t move because the collapse has to occur under Biden and the DNC. They’ve been inspired to keep it going, and again, as since 2000, it’s really amazing. Europe vanished from the face of the earth, markets untouched. Couple points to parity on the DXY. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” — Churchill Worldwide economy has collapsed? Nothing happened.

    Lira says the Zap attack by Ukie was recruits straight from boot camp, trained by MI6, as a plan invented by Boris Johnson personally. That is, to attack and kidnap all the UN inspectors at gunpoint. Makes sense, only that constellation of fools would be that stupid and fail that much. Hollywood pales in stupidity.

    Biden Goes All Out, Warns of Grave Threat Posed by “MAGA Forces”

    Wow. “Half the nation is evil and we should arrest and shoot them.” Catchy. Does that get votes? I think a reporter asked the press secretary what the definition was (where did they find these new reporters who suddenly ask ‘questions’?) and she didn’t know. Also it was a uniting action to arrest half the country, not a dividing one.

    “CJ Hopkins’ New Book Banned In Germany, Austria, & Holland” …the Amazon Content Review Team has cited as grounds for banning the book is the semi-visible swastika on the cover.”

    Then they must ban editions of the award-winning Nazi expose “Maus”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maus But they won’t, because there is no logic or reason. I don’t understand from his last article why he’s still there. It sounds amazingly dangerous. As historical norm, all non-Germans are likely to be killed.

    Germany to Expand Military Presence in Asia Pacific to Counter China”

    A nation that has no gas and no bullets? Is going to drive halfway around the world to poke China with a sharp stick? Nope, still no high-water mark for psychosis.

    Biden’s Most Enduring Legacy? (Rickards)”

    No, it won’t be setting up the Central Bank Currency. It will be setting up Russia and China’s Global South currency, and insuring it succeeds by every possible means. Everything possible to help Russia and Putler. Let’s Go Brandon.

    Let’s take this one step, as Rickards is very clever and a constant liar, almost always by direction and omission. If we go around the whole system and set up a UBI with a CBDC, every bank in America becomes irrelevant and bankrupt. You think they’re going to sit around for that? Who still has all the money and power around here? Farmers? Miners? No, every day we say “The Banks”. And they’re just going to erase themselves today? Ummmm, no.

    “Ukrainian Troops Captured during Raid on Nuclear Plant – Official (RT)”

    I feel sorry for them and anyone else who listens to Boris Johnson. This is so, so much worse than Carter’s rescue of the Iranian Hostages that went wrong. Carter actually was a good plan, just way past the limits of the possible. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Eagle_Claw

    Lira’s latest roundtable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZahWz8JFu8 in the first 1/3 has the rundown of the post-industrial fighting going on. Ze is herding unarmed men into rushing the Russia machine gun nests WWI style. Across flat, open ground. Because he’s got a meeting and a photo shoot today and needs something to happen for the cameras. The Russians are pretty tough, but they are finally like, “Look: STOP! We are getting tired of shooting you guys.” The next 2/3 is a technical discussion of Dugin’s work, who is only relevant and referred to in the bizarre psychotic minds of the West, who generally – as with most facts – invented the whole thing. Dugin never met Putin. Putin doesn’t like theory in general, being relentlessly practical. Dugin is not read or influential in Russia, even at University. When it came to attention in 2014, Putin expressly had him fired from University. …Um, not “Putin’s Brain”? Why did the West do this, and therefore sic the dogs of Ukraine on his daughter? HE SPEAKS ENGLISH. So for the lazy, uncaring racists of the West, he was the only one they COULD read, or bothered, therefore QED he must be the only man-of-thought in Russia. Because he speaks English sometimes, not Russian.

    Yes, this is really why his daughter was murdered. So much worse. Like being not targeted by the 8th Grade Mean Girls Table, but the RETARDED 8th Grade Mean Girls Table. Who are an insult to retarded people, who are generally nice.

    “Ukraine Planned to Use IAEA Team as ‘Human Shields’ – Russia (RT)”

    And can’t say because we can’t prove it: Boris Johnson PERSONALLY wanted to use the IAEA inspectors as hostages and human shields. But he is from London after all.

    “…neither Arkin nor his editorial bosses at Newsweek felt any need to explain how Russia could be losing the war twice…”

    It’s because they’re shelling themselves in their own major army base in Zap. But somehow haven’t blown up their own reactor and irradiating themselves, although they’re on top of the target. Russiaphrenia much?

    “Getting It Wrong on Ukraine (Scott Ritter)”

    As Lira above, the “stalemate” progress was getting through Ukie’s only industrialized and productive district, where it is urban, all tunneled, fortified, manned, and made up of Soviet bomb-proof factories. Oh, with 1/3rd of the men military handbooks would suggest, and while keeping the power and water on for your enemy. Now that they are out on the Steppes, the Iowa farmland, they can basically drive to Odessa unopposed.

    More Ukraine Military Aid Coming, White House Says (RT)”

    That’s weird, shouldn’t they be shelling Alabama instead? I mean, the world’s greatest concentration of enemy is right here at home. If I haven’t said it enough: they are desperate to get the Right to take a swing. Since the 90s. They have done every possible incitement, insult, attack, and action to cause this. FBI shooting a mother carrying her infant in her arms, through an open window? No problem! God’s Work. These ignorant, violent rednecks will always cuss and scrap and shoot…except they NEVER HAVE, even once, and when arrested at J6 had exactly ZERO weapons, anywhere. Gee, that could have gone differently, couldn’t it? Nevermind: they just proceeded on merrily as if it all had. No contact with reality.

    Now this is extremely irritating, but it is winning. It’s a supernatural level of forbearance that only comes from the love of Christ. Brandon needs a war to break out before they flip the school boards, the mayors, the governors, Congress, and him. The old fashioned way: by overwhelming votes. Ms. Lake comes to mind. Like 11/4 closed the counting in the middle of the night for 24 hours. …But couldn’t even CHEAT their way in.

    “ Wholesale Gas Prices Fall on Europe’s Plan to Avert Winter Energy Crisis (G.)”

    Fall? To 10x their previous level? Hahahaha. Sounds like Brandon’s gas prices. But speaking of, Colorado had a case with 22,000 customers being shut off electricity. Yes, this is with a sort of “Smart Meter” (totally failed initiative, since their scientists are so blindingly stupid they can’t create anything that works) where their thermostat phones the internet about the house temp. Grid was at limit, so they shut them off. Like off-off, totally off. 88F in your house.

    Funny, awesome amusement to make fun of, please charge your electric car, BUT: I note, you can have all the A/C you want under this plan. IN WINTER. Should it ever get “hot”, it means others are also using THEIR air conditioners, and therefore the grid is taxed. So you can get 100% A/C when you DON’T need it, but never when you DO need it. …That’s just common sense. We’ll sell you all the snow you want in the winter. Um, #Oppositeland? #Useless? #MissedthePoint?

    Next: wtf are these guys thinking? PUT THE THERMOSTAT OUTSIDE. It only takes a minute. Go to Home Depot, get an analog thermo, wire it to the A/C. Let the Utility’s internet thermostat talk to nobody but the home office, park it on the porch or facing an outside window. They’re not checking in your house. It’s like a 30-minute job.

    Don’t worry, non-compliance only needed an incentive, nobody dgaf.

    Three: end of smart meters and incentive plans. Zero people will sign up now, or you could call it another IQ test. Good news the lesson was so easy.

    “’Don’t Pay UK’ has passed 130,000 signatures.”

    Actually, this has turned out to be easy: They CAN’T pay, so they won’t. There’s no moral stand or force of will involved. There’s no money in the bank account.

    “Greece’s Slide Toward Authoritarianism (Spiegel)”

    Greece’s slide toward Authoritarianism? Greece? Compared to GERMANY? W. T. F. ???

    No warming in the U.S. and no Sea-level rises in 100 years. No admission of this easily-provable fact.

    I was going to say thank God coal produces so much CO2 because we’re saved. It would invoke a response, and if I keep invoking responses, one day the response might have science in it. But I’ve presented 3 lines of inquiry: 1) one million parts per million causes a greenhouse effect. 0 PPM does not. Where is the threshold for relevance? 1Ppm? 999,999PPM? Show your work, Quiz on Friday. 2) The history of earth has wild variations in PPM that does not correspond to either climate nor runaway extinction, in fact quite the opposite. 3) Greenhouses find it economical to pump in, at great expense 5x the present CO2 levels which causes an explosion of growth, a wild increase in food. Besides how that would save the human race in many ways, ending all food shortages for the foreseeable future, and sequestering carbon like blue blazes, I asked why those effects would be a bad thing, that we should tank the worldwide economy and the lives of 8B humans to stop it at all costs. I have many more points, I was only picking the easiest. Several other commentors added others.

    No scientific response at all.

    ScientificMethod
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/82/The_Scientific_Method.svg/390px-The_Scientific_Method.svg.png

    We are missing parts 3, 4, 5, and 6. Not analyzing and discussing data; not reporting and discussing conclusions – and not opening to discourse and debate; not observing and questioning “Where is this NOT true?” “What does NOT fit?” Science 101. And also #1, “Researching topic area,” where referring to any other researchers is verboten.

    Dr. D is “D” for the “Devil’s Advocate”. Should I get up every day and ask the same three questions, make the same argument, mark the same observation that “Science is as Science does” and someone who does not discuss data nor entertain scientific objections is for whatever reason not sciencing? Has relinquished their member card and credentials?

    Not trying to turn this into a UFC ring, so should I let it drop for now? I’m just shocked that Science now means “Do you see my coat? Shut and do what you’re told moron troll!” Most persuasive. I’m sure that usually everyone loves that and obeys immediately. I don’t think that’s going to get far here, and at least two others have already raised similar objections. We’re trying to present ideas here and be tolerant, not shut them out. What good does ignoring ideas do? If they’re bad ideas it will easily become apparent, so no question or idea can be all that stupid. Present your argument.

    I remember – “aye ‘tis but a wee moment ago” — that I sat here and pulled the train alarm on Covid. Full 5-Klaxxon alert!!! It was appearing, people locked down, falling over in China, crematoriums open, cell phone accounts vanishing, media blackout on it, while Pelosi said “I require full attendance at all Chinese parades.” We stocked up. We got masks. We painfully cruised the news crumbs to discern what was going on.

    And guess what? I had to sit here and eat crow, totally reverse myself in just 3 months as we quickly discovered it was NOT migrating to Rome, it was NOT stopping the planet, and for whatever reason different from China, only had a 0.03% death rate here, and that from people mostly over 75 that Cuomo forced into contaminated nursing homes. Worse, the world flip-flopped from MY flip-flop, suddenly demanding the masks and measures I/we had been advocating! After their own data just showed they didn’t work and weren’t necessary! I’m reading YOUR official data, CDC, John Hopkins. What a pain! Except it wasn’t. I don’t care, I just follow the data, present the data, discuss the data. What others do, or the world, that’s not my business.

    I was thinking that in fast-forward of my own journey of believing in Malthusian crisis, Eco-extremism, radical, immediate back-to-the-land life-altering and extreme actions that included all the latest “Earth dies tomorrow” stuff like Ozone, Food, Desertification, and Global Warming. I’m sure we all have. Now I had the great luxury of time about that, since Earth Day 1970, decades to start asking normal, simple idiot questions about it and to relentlessly not get any logical answers, and I wasn’t suspicious at first. But it’s the same process. And I didn’t have to be embarrassed then about being punk’d, used, made a total fool of, at cost of my life because I just followed the data. I listened to the experts, yes, but I also kept an open mind of tolerance and listened to their detractors too. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT SCIENCE IS. What more can any of us do? Listening to everyone, answering their questions. Over time, which argument was logical and which data was real became apparent. A man can’t be embarrassed for being lied to by experts, his own friends, family, co-workers perhaps, and believing them at first before he knows more.

    So am I supposed to ask these same three questions every day until pure madness ensures, screaming frustration appears and he does science merely to shut me up? Who wins there? Or let it go when we’re all well-meaning people attempting good things but have to hear baseless religious evangelizing? I find myself uncharacteristically unwilling to annoy for no reason this week. And I see other commenters strangely attacking each other for slights I – and them – can’t even detect. What does the board think?

    One thing that strikes me, and there’s a quote about it I can’t quite remember. Kipling? Man of all Seasons? It merely asks, “Think: what if you are wrong?” And I interpret that to mean: Did good things happen, or bad? Is there some presentation we can just agree on? Perhaps that houses are good and conservation is moral? That Christianity is good, it doesn’t have to be your particular 100,000th sect of Christianity?

    Nah. Multiverse of Measureless Mayhem and Maximum Madness: “Why did dinosaurs and the whole planet do so fantastic with high levels of CO2?”

    Or should we just cooperate on good things and not make up bad faith assumptions of each other? Spot poll:

    #114962
    zerosum
    Participant

    My two cent to help us think/arrive at a conclusion early this morning.

    Where is it?

    A government by and for the people.

    Biden said, Here. Only Me and the democrat party

    Putin: The EU has lost its political sovereignty. European elites are pursuing policies that are detrimental to the welfare of their own people, businesses, and economies.

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    IAEA are the 3 blind mice

    Kiev launched an operation apparently aimed at taking the nuclear site ahead of an inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
    ———
    Even if the pictures are staged, or photoshopped I haven’t seen them.
    • Ukraine Suffers Heavy Losses In Failed Offensive – Moscow (RT)
    ———–
    Failed plan “A”
    … calling upon Russia to establish a ‘demilitarized zone’ around the nuclear plant,
    with IAEA observers guarded by Ukrainian troops,

    Plan “B”
    … calling upon IKRAINE to establish/observe a ‘demilitarized zone’ around the nuclear plant,
    with IAEA observers guarded by RUSSIAN troops.
    ———-
    The aid is coming from “inventory”. The money will go to the USA war industry build new “inventory
    President Biden has promised to keep bankrolling Ukraine’s military for “as long as it takes,” although the US’ end goal in the conflict is unclear, from the $40 billion allocated to Ukraine in a military and economic aid bill passed by Congress in May.
    ———–
    Don’t worry.
    High gas prices will leave a surplus by the end of winter.

    Researchers at Wood Mackenzie predicted high natural gas prices will drive down European demand to 7% below the five-year average in the months through to March, leaving a “best-case scenario” of storage levels at 31% at winter’s end.
    ———-

    #114963
    John Day
    Participant

    Thanks for that last article last night about Greenland’s ice sheet responding to southern hemispheric volcanic activity early this year, Polder Dweller via RIM.
    Space Weather News is interesting to monitor. Ben Davidson has “stellar” academic credentials, published a textbook, but is disliked and disparaged by some for his views. (Not at NASA, though.) https://spaceweathernews.com/

    #114964
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    #114965
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    Dr D: “Or should we just cooperate on good things and not make up bad faith assumptions of each other? Spot poll:”

    Yes … i think …

    Also, Dr D “So am I supposed to ask these same three questions every day until pure madness ensures … Or let it go when we’re all well-meaning people attempting good things but have to hear baseless religious evangelizing?”

    Please don’t “let it go.” I’ve grown tired of the endless “religion” of science we’ve been subjected to, particularly over the past 2 1/2 years. Probably why I have knee-jerk reactions to someone being “shouted down” (whether on a University forum or by University students – wonder what the diff is?) and so must get chided for it.

    What an eye opener the covid debacle has been. I haven’t been a med/pharma “science” fan for several decades, but the past couple years really coalesced exactly why I wasn’t.

    #114966
    Oroboros
    Participant

    .

    #114967
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    Tucker Carlson had a one-hour conversation with Mattias Desmet on Tucker Carlson Today (subscription required). I watched it last night – parts of it several times. It’s the best Desmet “interview” I’ve seen yet (Desmet does the vast majority of talking, no questions needed, he’s that intelligent and fascinating).

    #114968
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Meanwhile, back in the Land of Real Adults:

    Putin Explains Origins Of Global Inflation

    #114969
    Dora
    Participant

    “An American president attempting to incite a civil war. Never seen such a thing.”

    A president who, to all appearances, was led to the speaker’s stand by his wife and, when he tried to follow her away from the stand, she gently stopped him, hugged him and whispered something to him, turning him back toward the speakers stand. Never seen anything like that before, either. This will not end well.

    #114970
    EoinW
    Participant

    Why did the German FM do what she did? Why do any of them broadcast what they are doing with either no excuse or the most outrageous excuse? They’re actually telling us we’ll eat bugs! Wouldn’t you think they’d try to sneak that one in at the last moment. “Oh there’s no more food! Maybe you should try eating insects?”

    I’d say it’s like the kid and the cookie jar. Initially it’s a big thrill sneaking into the kitchen to steal a cookie and not get caught. Once the kid figures out he won’t get caught stealing one, he’ll start stealing handfuls of cookies. If he still doesn’t get caught, then what? Eventually its: “Mom I’m stealing cookies and you can’t stop me!”

    For these psychopaths, the high of stealing from the public wears thin after a couple of decades. So they become more totalitarian and begin interfering in people’s lives. Are we now reaching the point where they will ruin people’s lives and brag about it to their face?

    #114971
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Talk about accomplishments

    .

    The Empire of Lies has managed, actually managed in the literal sense, to drop below China’s RISING life expectancy.

    Awesome

    And the Clotshot Death Trip figures haven’t even gotten up a full head of steam.

    To Infinity and Below

    The Empire of Lies Ministry of Mediawhores
    will be spinning in your grave trying to memory hole this data.

    .

    #114972

    RUSSIAN EX-PRESIDENT MEDVEDEV ON POSSIBLE EU ENERGY PRICE CAP: RUSSIAN GAS WILL SIMPLY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE

    #114973

    Thanks for that last article last night about Greenland’s ice sheet responding to southern hemispheric volcanic activity early this year, Polder Dweller via RIM.

    Anyone has an idea of why he could not post that, shoot.

    #114974

    Oroboros,

    Meanwhile, back in the Land of Real Adults:

    That video is already in today’s Debt Rattle.

    #114975
    Oroboros
    Participant

    sorry

    #114976
    Oroboros
    Participant

    I guess Polish jokes are still the gift that keeps on giving.

    Germany Responds After Poland Demands $1.3 Trillion In WWII Reparations

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/germany-responds-after-poland-demands-13-trillion-wwii-reparations

    After 83 YEARS

    OMG, you mean the German’s were behind that Blitzkeig thing!

    .

    #114977
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant

    European ‘leaders’ stood by while Ukrainian forces shelled the plant in an effort to create another Chernobyl!!!!

    It shows how little they actually care about Ukrainians, or even their own people.

    Ukraine was just an excuse to destroy Russia, a plan which failed spectacularly. Germany has decided to literally ‘go for broke’!

    I am sure that Russia is aware that the less gas they supply the weaker the EU becomes, i.e the weaker NATO becomes.

    Europe may be returning to the 19th century.

    #114978
    aspnaz
    Participant

    If pant-shitter POTUS thinks he’s Adolf, when should we start rounding up the Jews onto trains? If we miss the bus – so to speak – we may be accused of being Trump supporters and pant-shitter-israel may never be created.

    #114979
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    Watching Tucker Carlson Tonight (day late, Fox Nation, no commercials) and he’s talking with Dr Marty Makary, professor of public health at Johns Hopkins, who said, “40% of rural pediatricians do not recommend the covid vaccine for children who are healthy.” Wait, what? First I’d heard that – has anyone seen that info somewhere?

    And the urban/rural divide grows … based on the results of the vaxx in kids, we can stop wondering which “side” is going to “win” this struggle …

    #114980
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Rickards, descending to “our level”:
    “Assume you buy a candy bar at a convenience store…..”
    Money-man finding a fault in the system in which he became insanely rich and has a proposal for “improvements”. How odd. Greg Hunter has a lot of them as a guests, expressing similar sentiment about their profession.
    Footnote in Marx’s Capital, a quote from XVIII century French philosopher still stands today:
    ” If a Tartars were to invade Europe now days it would be extremely hard task to explain to them who and what kind of person a financier is.”

    #114981
    TAE Summary
    Participant

    @Dr. D
    The Science
    fify

    #114982
    Dora
    Participant

    The US Democratic party polling numbers must be bad, really bad (no matter what the MSM is telling you) for them to send out Biden to give a “hate your neighbor” speech. (Inflation, a war going sideways, supply shortages, food shortages, increasing energy prices, decreasing life expectancies… can’t talk about that.)

    #114983
    John Day
    Participant

    This was the topic of some speculation awhile back. Thanks Mate!

    Quoth Dr. D : ‘Dr. D is “D” for the “Devil’s Advocate”.’
    (Understandable that “DA” means several other things, already.)

    #114984
    Dora
    Participant

    Quotes from Henry K. (the WEF’s godfather).

    https://www.azquotes.com/author/8103-Henry_A_Kissinger

    #114985
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Re Biden’s ‘crystallnacht’ speech:

    This will of course only further movement toward conservative sentiment. What demagogue arises from Trump’s shadow is what intrigues me. Oner also presumes that civil unrest will rise as we approach the mid-terms, and that maybe some of it will be genuine grassoots momentum not the same old astroturf.

    #114986
    Dora
    Participant

    @bosco

    I disagree. I live in a blue check college town. This morning everyone at the coffee shop seemed depressed and dispirited. If there’s civil unrest, look for it to be filled with FBI agents stirring things up, not organic at all.

    #114987
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “They’re actually telling us we’ll eat bugs!”

    If they’re lucky. The bug population is a modest fraction of what it was 20 years ago.

    #114988
    John Day
    Participant
    #114989
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “I disagree. ”

    Disagreeing with “maybe” is an inherently Janusian contradiction.

    cdv

    Maybe I disagree with you, maybe I don’t. But then again, maybe I agree with you, maybe I don’t.

    Is this thing turned on?

    #114990
    zerosum
    Participant

    The definition depends on who approves/decides/has authority

    1. peaceful demonstrations – Peaceful Demonstration is only an oxymoron in repressive countries, where regardless of the intent of the demonstrators, the government shows up and initiates violence.
    2. civil unrest – the gathering of more than one person, in reaction to an event, with the intention of causing a public disturbance inclusive of violent protests or disorder (excluding peaceful demonstrations), riots, arson, looting, occupation of institutional buildings, border infringements and armed insurrection in violation of the law.
    3. Jan. 6 committee hearing – It focused on the more than 3 hours between when former President Donald Trump’s Ellipse speech on Jan. 6 ended and when his prerecorded video asking protesters to go home posted to Twitter later that afternoon.

    #114991
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    TAE Summary: fify … 🙂

    #114992
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    Bosco: “This will of course only further movement toward conservative sentiment.”

    Quite correct. I wish I’d never seen the clips from the speech (haven’t watched a pres speech in decades) since I’m flipping pissed to beat the band now. I’m considering buying a MAGA hat, alternating wearing it with my “I Will Not Comply” hat.

    And I was a #walkaway only 5 or so years ago, and live in NY. Think about that.

    #114993
    zerosum
    Participant

    J6 and …. now …. Biden Launches Divisive Attack On MAGA /Trump
    Yesterday U.S. president Joe Biden held a speech in Pennsylvania in which he incited the public against those who want to Make America Great Again.

    The optics were a bit scary, …

    #114994
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    The Covid legacy lives on…
    It’s been 2.5 years. I’ve been acquainted with the local children’s hospital since about 2008. All age 3 and older are obligated to participate in the Covid theatre of mask wearing. It is so weird. Everywhere else: I see faces. For 12 years when at this place — I saw faces. There was a time when I went here with my son for several clinic visits throughout the year…and I saw faces.
    At least today I remembered to bring the cotton mask which is more comfortable. *sigh* Endoscopy for my son today, so it’s a 4 hour tour.

    Is this a taste of what totalitarianism is like? I know that the masks are “performative art.” By now, most people know it, too, but we don them and comply at larger medical facilities.

    The blood-red lighting and white-handed marines behind Biden is chilling. It reminds me of the imagery of so many movies about distopic, authoritarian regimes. All the while Biden’s words are one projection after another, projecting the reality of his own regime onto the “MAGA Republicans.” It’s surreal.

    #114995
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    @phoenix: I feel your pain when it comes to the medical establishment and needing service so you’re forced into their covid dystopia. I’ve had to participate in that mess over the past few months. Here in NY, waiting rooms still have stickers on seats telling you where you can’t sit so they can maintain “social distance.” Sometimes you literally have to go wait out in the lobby so you can maintain that distance. I’ve had a couple procedures that required sedation (one, an endoscopy) and my “driver” wasn’t allowed in the waiting room – had to sit in the car in the parking lot for hours. (wish I were kidding)

    I bought a “fakemask” and it’s been a godsend. It’s a fine mesh and I can breathe through it with no problem – plus no condensate!!! Some of the healthcare gestapos did a double take after seeing it (it’s obvious when you look closely that you can see my nose and mouth through it) but they didn’t dare say anything. How could they? A bandana was acceptable, right? 😉

    Sorry your kid is going through that. I sympathy. I’m now leaning toward #walkaway (again – what was I thinking??) from conventional medicine because I swear they’ve made me way sicker than I was when I started their “testing”.

    Check out fakemaskworldwide dot com. They’re having a sale today, according to an email I received. Well worth the investment when it comes to comfort.

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