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4 Ukrainian Regions Vote In Referendums On Joining Russia (ZH)
Historic Context Of The Referenda In Ukraine (MoA)
Von der Leyen’s Warning Message To Italy Irks Election Candidates (Pol.eu)
Reaping the Whirlwind (Scott Ritter)
Talks With Ukraine Necessary – Kremlin (RT)
Hungary Explains ‘Red Line’ For Russia Sanctions (RT)
Sanctions On Russia Lead To More Ship Emissions, Says Cargill (ZH)
Macron Suggests Covid As Reason For Ukraine Conflict (RT)
I Know What I’d Do In Putin’s Shoes – Jordan Peterson (RT)
US Military Bought Tool That Can See 93% Of Internet Traffic – Senator (RT)
“Joe Biden’s” Last Stand (Kunstler)
Biden Family Worked to Sell American Gas to China (ET)
Who Controls Those Who Control Us? (Ugo Bardi)
Judge Orders NYPD Union Members Fired Over Vax Mandate Reinstated (YP)
The Vaccine Narrative Is as Leaky as the Vaccines (Thakur)

 

 

 

 

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This map makes very clear what’s at stake: all of southeast Ukraine. Things will escalate on Tuesday at the latest.

4 Ukrainian Regions Vote In Referendums On Joining Russia (ZH)

On Friday Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine kicked off voting in referendums on joining the Russian Federation, according to announcements by a series of separatist leaders, in the biggest political development on the ground thus far in the seven-month long invasion. These ‘popular referendums’ are taking place in four areas of Ukraine in the east and south, namely the self-declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, and in large parts of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia – despite these not yet being under full Russian military control. The voting is expected to continue over a period of five days.

In total the four regions make up nearly 20% of Ukraine’s territory, and signals huge escalation given this week President Vladimir Putin vowed to use “all the means at our disposal” – including the potential of nuclear arms – to defend Russia’s “territorial integrity”. Of course, by bringing whole swathes of Ukraine into Russia, Putin effectively issued a ‘by all means’ declaration for military defense of these territories. The Ukrainian presidency’s office denounced the move as illegal and a “propaganda show”, saying, “Today, there is no legal action called a ‘referendum’ in the occupied territories.” According to a statement by Zelensky adviser Mykhailo Podolyak: “There is only – 1. [A] Propaganda show for z-conscription. 2. The territory of Ukraine that needs an immediate release,” he added, citing the “Z” letter and symbol that has become synonymous with Russia’s offensive.

Ukraine’s Western backers have also dismissed the voting as a “sham” – even as there’s widespread acknowledgement the results will likely be overwhelming in favor of joining Russia, given these are by and large places of a concentrated pro-Kremlin and Russian speaking population (especially among those Ukrainians who’ve remained there under Russian occupation). Western pundits are also seeing the move toward annexation as an act of desperation, following Ukrainian forces’ largely successful counteroffensive which has threatened Moscow’s grip on the east in particular. But officials from the two breakaway republics in the Donbas in particular have pointed to years of shelling and atrocities conducted by Ukraine’s military and nationalist militias such as Azov battalion.

According to international figures, some 14,000 people had died in total among both sides of fighting in what was essentially a localized civil war since even before the current conflict, since 2014. The Ukrainian government has all along initiated polices in attempts to stamp out Russian language and culture.

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And this map shows the context of “historical” Ukraine.

“..one of the first laws implemented by the new government removed the Russian language from official use. Instead of overcoming the differences between its people it only sealed the predominant split in Ukraine..”

Historic Context Of The Referenda In Ukraine (MoA)

Voting for membership in the Russian Federation has started in four oblast of Ukraine: “Russian proxy officials in four regions — Donetsk and Luhansk in the east, and Kherson and Zaporizka in the south — earlier this week announced plans to hold referendums over four days beginning on Friday. Russia controls nearly all of two of the four regions, Luhansk and Kherson, but only a fraction of the other two, Zaporizka and Donetsk. Ukrainian officials have dismissed the voting as grotesque theater — staging polls in cities laid to waste by Russian forces and abandoned by most residents.” President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Ukraine’s allies for their steadfast support and said “the farce” of “sham referenda” would do nothing to change his nation’s fight to drive Russia from Ukraine.

The Ukrainian regime has resorted to pure terrorism to prevent the votes from happening: “Ukrainian partisans, sometimes working with special operations forces, have blown up warehouses holding ballots and buildings where Russian proxy officials preparing for the vote held meetings. Ukrainian officials have acknowledged that they are engaged in a campaign to assassinate key Russian administration officials; more than a dozen have been blown up, shot and poisoned, according to Ukrainian and Russian officials.” Such behavior by the Zelenski regime against its still Ukrainian compatriots will only encourage the people in the four oblast to vote for an alignment with Russia. The propaganda in the ‘west’ will declare that the vote is irregular and that the results, likely to be pro-Russian, will be fake.

[..] In 2014, after the violent fascist coup in Kiev, one of the first laws implemented by the new government removed the Russian language from official use. Instead of overcoming the differences between its people it only sealed the predominant split in Ukraine. The election promise of the current Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelenski to make peace with the Russia aligned rebellious Donbas region by adhering to the Minsk 2 agreements was rewarded with a large share of southeastern votes for his presidency. However, after having been threatened with death by fascists, Zelenski has made a 180 degree turn and has since posed as Ukrainian nationalist. In consequence he has lost all support in southeastern Ukraine.

The southeastern parts of today’s Ukraine have for centuries been part of the central Russian empire. They were only attached to the Soviet Republic of Ukraine under Lenin’s rule in 1922 and, in the case of Crimea, in 1954 under Nikita Khrushchev who himself had grown up in the Donbas region. A likely high turnout and majority vote for membership in the Russian Federation will only correct the historic misalignment created by those illogical transfers.

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She is unelected. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t understand.

Von der Leyen’s Warning Message To Italy Irks Election Candidates (Pol.eu)

Italian politicians asked European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen not to intervene in domestic politics after she warned that Europe has “the tools” to deal with Italy if things go in a “difficult direction.” During a conference on Thursday at Princeton University, an attendant pointed out to von der Leyen that “figures close to Putin” were among candidates for the upcoming legislative election on Sunday. “We’ll see,” she replied. “If things go in a difficult direction — and I’ve spoken about Hungary and Poland — we have the tools.” This is a clear reference to the ability of the European Commission to cut funds allocated to member countries when they are deemed to be violating the rule of law. Last week, the Commission proposed to cut €7.5 billion of funds allocated to Hungary.

Von der Leyen’s remark came just a day before Italy’s campaign goes quiet for the weekend, and has provoked the ire of multiple candidates during their final stretch. “What is this, a threat? This is shameful arrogance,” tweeted Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s far-right League party. He asked von der Leyen to “respect the free, democratic and sovereign vote of the Italian people.” He also said on Italian TV that “if anyone in Brussels thinks of cutting the funds that belong to Italy, because the League wins the elections, then we have to rethink this Europe,” adding that “this is institutional bullying.”

Italy is the biggest beneficiary of the Next Generation EU fund, a package of grants and loans to tackle the economic challenges after the COVID-19 pandemic. Even Matteo Renzi, the EU-friendly, liberal leader of the Italia Viva party, asked von der Leyen “not to enter into Italian affairs in the slightest.” “I’m sure she will clarify her sentence,” said a more lenient Enrico Letta, who leads the center-left democratic party. He assured Italian voters that “there is no blackmail from the EU.”

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“..a post-SMO military operation will be one configured to destroy an active threat to Mother Russia itself..”

Reaping the Whirlwind (Scott Ritter)

Putin’s decision to order a partial mobilization of the Russian military, when combined with the decision to conduct the referendums in the Donbass and occupied Ukraine, radically transforms the SMO from a limited-scope operation to one linked to the existential survival of Russia. Once the referenda are conducted, and the results forwarded to the Russian parliament, what is now the territory of Ukraine will, in one fell swoop, become part of the Russian Federation — the Russian homeland. All Ukrainian forces that are on the territory of the regions to be incorporated into Russia will be viewed as occupiers; and Ukrainian shelling of this territory will be treated as an attack on Russia, triggering a Russian response.

Whereas the SMO had, by design, been implemented to preserve Ukrainian civil infrastructure and reduce civilian casualties, a post-SMO military operation will be one configured to destroy an active threat to Mother Russia itself. The gloves will come off. The U.S. and NATO, having committed to a program designed to defeat Russia via proxy, must now decide whether they continue to follow through with their political and material support for Ukraine and, if so, to what extent. Does the goal remain the “strategic defeat” of Russia, or will the aid be tailored simply to assist Ukraine in defending itself? These are two completely different goals.

One allows for the continued attrition of any Russian force that seeks to project power from Russian territory into Ukraine but, in doing so, respects the reality, if not the legitimacy, of the Russian incorporation of the Donbass and southern Ukrainian territories under occupation into the Russian Federation. The other continues to sustain the current policy of the Ukrainian government and its Western allies of evicting Russia from the Donbass, occupied Ukraine and Crimea. This means attacking Mother Russia. This means war with Russia. For its part, Russia considers itself already to be in a war with the West. “We are really at war with…NATO and with the collective West,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a statement that followed Putin’s announcement regarding partial mobilization.

“We mean not only the weapons that are supplied in huge quantities. Naturally, we find ways to counter these weapons. We have in mind, of course, the Western systems that there exist: communication systems, information processing systems, reconnaissance systems, and satellite intelligence systems.” Put in this context, the Russian partial mobilization isn’t designed to defeat the Ukrainian military, but to defeat the forces of NATO and the “collective West” that have been assembled in Ukraine.

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“But, as we have already said, we do not see any prerequisites for the negotiation process..”

Talks With Ukraine Necessary – Kremlin (RT)

Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine are needed, but there are no signs that such a dialogue could resume in the near future, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. He also pointed out that Kiev backed out of talks with Moscow months ago. Speaking to reporters, Peskov was asked whether Moscow believes that talks with the government in Kiev are warranted under the current conditions. The Kremlin spokesman signaled that dialogue is “of course needed.” “And it is needed to achieve our goals. But, as we have already said, we do not see any prerequisites for the negotiation process,” he stated. Peskov went on to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin has already explained that “Ukraine left the negotiations several months ago.”

The Russian leader, he added, also offered the reminder that various Kiev officials had signaled that they “intend to solve their problems on the battlefield.” “You know very well how our president reacted to this,” he said. On Wednesday, Putin announced a partial mobilization in which 300,000 reservists will be called up to take part in the conflict with Ukraine. The move came a day after the two Donbass republics and the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions decided to hold referendums over September 23-27 on whether to unite with Russia. Russia has repeatedly said that it is ready to talk with Ukraine, but insisted that it isn’t interested in “a meeting for the sake of the meeting.”

Moreover, earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted that Moscow had never dismissed the idea of peace talks, warning, however, that “the longer this process is delayed, the harder it will be to reach an agreement.” Meanwhile, in late July Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said Kiev refused to negotiate with Moscow, claiming that Russia would not stop until it gets “smashed.” The last time Russia and Ukraine sat down at the negotiating table was in late March. At that time, the two parties were discussing a draft peace agreement that would have made Ukraine a neutral state in exchange for security guarantees given by major world powers. Later, however, Kiev ended the talks after accusing Russian troops of having committed war crimes, an allegation that Moscow has vehemently denied.

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Energy. Simple as that.

Hungary Explains ‘Red Line’ For Russia Sanctions (RT)

Hungary is against imposing new sanctions on Moscow, especially in the energy sector, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday after meeting his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. According to the minister, energy sanctions are “a clear red line” for Hungary as Europe is grappling with soaring gas prices. “Our position is very clear. We see no reasonable reasons to discuss a new package of sanctions, especially when it comes to energy,” Szijjarto said on Friday, RIA Novosti reports. The pair met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. According to a Hungarian outlet Index, he added that “this is a clear red line for us. We do not want the Hungarian people to pay a price for a war they have nothing to do with,” referring to the ongoing hostilities between Russia and Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Szijjarto signaled that Hungary doesn’t plan to shun any debate on the new sanctions package, but it “wouldn’t consent to anything that is contrary to our national interests.” The minister also addressed the criticism he may face for holding talks with Lavrov, highlighting the fact that peace “will not come without dialogue.” If there are no negotiations, “the world will face even more serious consequences”, he said. Szijjarto warned that the European economy is heading into recession. In recent months, Europe has been plagued by an energy crisis, which was largely caused by skyrocketing natural gas prices due to sanctions the EU has imposed on Russia.

Hungary is heavily dependent on Moscow for energy and gets around 80% of its gas from Russian energy giant Gazprom and while Russia has cut off a number of countries from gas supplies, in late August, Hungary signed a deal with Moscow for additional deliveries on top of the already agreed volumes. On Wednesday, following Moscow’s bid to support referendums in the two Donbass republics and Russian-controlled Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions on joining Russia, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that the bloc had made a “political” decision to slap new sanctions on Moscow. The exact nature of the restrictions, however, is so far unclear.

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“.. the whole strong climate action EU has been promoting to decarbonize its grid to save the planet is at risk of unraveling this winter.”

Sanctions On Russia Lead To More Ship Emissions, Says Cargill (ZH)

The unilateral sanctions that Western countries slapped Moscow with are igniting even more man-made carbon-dioxide emissions from the shipping industry as Europe rejiggers energy supply chains away from Russia by sourcing energy products from far away. Jan Dieleman, Cargill Inc.’s head of ocean transportation business, told Bloomberg that European importers are hiring tankers for long-distance hauls of energy products from countries halfway around the world. If it weren’t for the sanctions, natural gas and other refined energy products would flow via pipelines from Russia to Europe. But since Europe is hellbent on rapidly shifting its entire energy supply chain away from Russia. EU importers are hiring tankers to source liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Asia.

In a recent note, we outlined the insanity behind the EU’s panic buying of LNG from China. It’s so idiotic because China is just reselling Russian LNG… Dieleman said higher fuel costs for vessels mean ship operators are switching to dirtier-burning fuels like diesel or crude oil on these long-haul trips. Meanwhile, EU countries are aggressively restarting fossil fuel power plants ahead of what could be a very dark and cold winter. Some governments have even asked residents to burn firewood to heat their homes as the energy crisis could induce rolling blackouts during peak demand hours. So the whole strong climate action EU has been promoting to decarbonize its grid to save the planet is at risk of unraveling this winter.

The very fact that Europe has to source LNG from Asia on longer routes while vessels burn dirtier fuel is entirely hypocritical to the bloc’s stance about saving the planet. For some context, shipping is responsible for almost 3% of man-made carbon-dioxide emissions.

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Ha ha ha! You sure it’s not the vaccines?

Macron Suggests Covid As Reason For Ukraine Conflict (RT)

Russian foreign policy regarding Ukraine is dictated by the whims of President Vladimir Putin rather than rational thinking, his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, has claimed. Macron speculated about Putin’s mindset and the reasons he ordered Russian troops to enter Ukraine in late February, during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday. “I have no rational explanation. I think this is a series of resentment, this is a strategy of hegemony in the region, and I would say this is a post-Covid-19 consequence, isolation,” he said. The French leader argued that when Putin “decided to launch his war on 21 February, I think he made the first mistake, a huge one. And he decided to put Russia in a situation indeed to be the new imperial country and to launch a colonial war.”


On February 21, Putin signed orders recognizing the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as sovereign states. Moscow pledged troops to defend the two Donbass republics, and called on Kiev to withdraw its forces from the territory they claimed as their own, which the Ukrainian government refused to do. Russia launched its military campaign against Kiev on the 24th. The hostilities followed decades of Russian complaints over NATO expansion in Europe, which the US and its allies pushed forward with in spite of their promises to not do so, made to the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.

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“..we can’t say ‘no’ to Putin because we sold our soul for his oil and gas..”

I Know What I’d Do In Putin’s Shoes – Jordan Peterson (RT)

Popular conservative political commentator Jordan Peterson has tried to get into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s head and predict how Russia’s conflict with the West in Ukraine will unfold. Peterson said that if he were the Russian president he would leave the EU without energy supplies in the winter. “I know what I’d do in his shoes,” he said on the Piers Morgan Uncensored show on Thursday. “I’d wait till the first cold snap and shut off the taps.” Peterson was referring to supplies of Russian natural gas to EU nations. He argued that Moscow indirectly warned that a full shutdown would happen when Russian gas giant Gazprom started curtailing deliveries through the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany, citing maintenance issues.

The political commentator declined to endorse a notion popular in the West that Putin resembles Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin in his thinking, calling the claim “foolish” and not backed by any actual evidence. Putin “is a lot more like everybody else than anyone thinks,” Peterson argued. He added that “there is a bit of Hitler and Stalin in everyone,” before going into an explanation of how accepting government-imposed lies under pressure was part of human nature. “The totalitarian state is actually the grip of the lie. And people would certainly go along with that. We’ve seen this emerge with [the] cancel culture. It’s like ‘Lie! Or else!’,” he said. He mocked the idea that Ukraine and its Western backers could “win” against Russia as “naïve.” “I just don’t understand that. What do you mean we are going to win? What are we going to win exactly?” he demanded.

The Russian government, Peterson believes, would consider simply devastating Ukraine an acceptable outcome, if no better alternative can be achieved. And the West would not be able to stop it due to Russia’s role as a global supplier of energy, he argued. “We can’t win against Vladimir Putin in any way because you cannot win against someone you cannot say ‘no’ to. Period. And we can’t say ‘no’ to Putin because we sold our soul for his oil and gas,” he said. “And we did that to elevate our moral stature in relation to ‘saving the planet.’ And here we are, facing a very dire winter, hoisted on the petard of our very own foolishness and moral presumption,” he added. Peterson was referring to the concern that humanity was facing an existential threat due to climate change, a threat that he believes to be exaggerated.

The unintended consequences of the West’s conflict with Russia are a far more imminent and real threat to humans, he pointed out, as “the World Bank already estimated that we’ve put 350 million people into what they call ‘food insecurity’.” “But the planet has too many people on it anyway, so, you know… It’s just poor people,” he added. Peterson is a Canadian psychology professor who rose to international prominence over his commentaries on various contemporary issues, such as transgender acceptance policies in the West, the role of Christianity in cultures originating in Europe, and geopolitical conflicts. His YouTube channel has over 5.5 million subscribers

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No surprise, but now it has a name.

US Military Bought Tool That Can See 93% Of Internet Traffic – Senator (RT)

Multiple branches of the US military have bought access to “petabytes” of American citizens’ private internet use data via a tool called Augury, giving them access to an almost omniscient set of data points, including an individual’s email communications, browsing history, and other behaviorally identifying information, all on demand and without a warrant, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) claimed in a letter to the Office of the Inspector General on Wednesday. The senator asked the OIG to investigate the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department’s purchase and use of any such records, citing a report his office received from a military whistleblower regarding the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) buying and using netflow data from data broker Team Cymru.

Netflow data includes proprietary information normally available only to internet service providers, and is likely being provided without the informed consent of those providers – let alone judicial authorization. Wyden’s own investigation of the whistleblower’s claim appeared to reveal that US Cyber Command, the Army, FBI, and Secret Service had also purchased the company’s data sets. An investigation by Motherboard found they paid a total of $3.5 million to use Team Cymru’s tool Augury, which allegedly can access 93% of internet traffic. It uses a technology called packet capture data (PCAP), which one cybersecurity technology professional referred to as “everything… there’s nothing else to capture except the smell of electricity.”

A spokesman from the Navy Office of Information told Motherboard that “The use of net flow data by NCIS does not require a warrant,” claiming the agency had not used netflow for criminal investigation purposes – only for “various counterintelligence purposes.”The other agencies which reportedly purchased Augury did not respond to the outlet’s request for comment. For their part, Team Cymru has insisted its tool “is not designed to target specific users or user activity. The platform specifically does not possess subscriber information necessary to tie records back to any users.” However, previous studies have shown that relatively few data points are needed in order to de-anonymize individuals in a database, meaning that even the “limited sampling of the available data” it allows may be enough to unmask an individual – and gain access to the totality of their online existence.

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“They engineered the 2014 coup in Kiev that ousted the elected president, Mr. Yanyukovich, to set up a giant grifting parlor and international money-laundromat.”

“Joe Biden’s” Last Stand (Kunstler)

Let us agree that the place called Ukraine was never any of America’s business. For centuries we ignored it, through all the colorful cavalry charges to-and-fro of Turks and Tatars, the reign of the dashing Zaporozhian Cossacks, the cruel abuses of Stalin, then Hitler, and the dull, gray Khrushchev-to-Yeltsin years. But then, having destroyed Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and sundry other places all on a great hegemonic lark, the professional warmongers of our land and their catamites in Washington made Ukraine their next special project. They engineered the 2014 coup in Kiev that ousted the elected president, Mr. Yanyukovich, to set up a giant grifting parlor and international money-laundromat. The other strategic aim was to prepare Ukraine for NATO membership, which would have made it, in effect, a forward missile base right up against Russia’s border. Because, well, Russia, Russia, Russia!

An early beneficiary of these arrangements, you might recall, was one Hunter Biden, the drug-addicted, sex-obsessed, no-account son of Barack Obama’s no-account vice-president then known simply as Joe Biden sans quote-marks — because in 2014, he was a closer approximation of a real person than is sadly now the case. In fact, he was known as “The Big Guy” among Hunter’s business coterie (though listed as “Pedo Peter” on Hunter’s speed-dial). After the 2014 coup, and for years beyond, Hunter pulled a steady revenue stream out of Ukraine’s Burisma Holdings, a natgas distributor (among other things), serving as a know-nothing, no-show board member. When this monkey business came to the attention of President Trump, and he made a telephone inquiry about it, he was instantly beset by swarms of DC swamp vermin hoisting writs of impeachment.

Fast forward through the past eight years and you have Kiev’s persecution of the Russian-speaking Donbas provinces, the constant shelling and harassment by Banderite Nazis. Between that and the ever more strident urgings for Ukraine to join NATO, President Putin of Russia, Russia, Russia apparently had enough. In February of this year, he started the Special Military Operation to put an end to these hostilities. By April, when whole battalions of Ukrainian Nazis had been exterminated, a call to peace talks was issued by Mr. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister. This was shot-down without ceremony by “Joe Biden” (that is, by the junta behind him). The genius strategists in Foggy Bottom aimed to “weaken” Russia.

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Under the carpet.

Biden Family Worked to Sell American Gas to China (ET)

The Biden family was selling U.S natural gas to China long before Joe Biden became president, who was aware of how his son Hunter Biden was making the sale possible, according to Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, citing documents and information provided by a whistleblower. Hunter Biden had a Chinese Communist Party member as his assistant while dealing with the Chinese side for the shipping of American natural gas to China in 2017, and the Biden family was promising business associates that they would reap rewards once Biden became president, said Comer in a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen dated Sept. 20.

“The President has not only misled the American public about his past foreign business transactions, but he also failed to disclose that he played a critical role in arranging a business deal to sell American natural resources to the Chinese while planning to run for President,” Comer wrote. Joe Biden, Comer said, was a business partner in the arrangement and had office space to work on the deal, and a firm he managed received millions from his Chinese partners ahead of the anticipated venture. While part of what Comer stated had previously been reported in the news, the letter, citing whistleblower testimonies, as well as emails, a corporate PowerPoint presentation, screenshot of encrypted messages, and bank documents that committee Republicans obtained, provides a more complete picture suggesting Biden’s knowledge and involvement in the plan from at least 2017.

From 2017 to 2021, the Bidens promised business associates that Joe Biden would run for president in 2020 and those who worked with them from 2017 onward would “reap the rewards in a future Biden administration,” according to Comer’s recount of a whistleblower testimony to Oversight Committee Republicans. “As America now struggles in an energy crisis, it is critical to understand why the Biden family was selling American energy reserves to the Chinese, if that is affecting President Biden’s decision making today, and why President Biden has never disclosed his relationship with the Chinese to the American public,” Comer wrote to Yellen.

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History lesson.

Who Controls Those Who Control Us? (Ugo Bardi)

It never was a secret that Benito Mussolini started his political career as a shill for the British secret services. His task was pushing Italy to join the allies in World War One. Recent data show that, in 1917, he was still being paid by the British M15 to the tune of 100 pounds per week, a respectable sum at that time. We don’t know what role the British Services had in Italy in the events after the end of WW1, but it is likely that they continued to support Mussolini, directly or indirectly. The British wanted a stable Italy that they saw as a staunch ally and a barrier against the ambitions of rival powers in the Mediterranean sea. Italy had played that role from when it had been created as a unified state, in 1861, with the help and financing of the British.

Italy was friendly to Britain, yes, but not a disinterested friend. Italians wanted something in exchange for their friendship, and they had it in the form of coal. Italy had no significant coal reserves, it was fully dependent on imports. It was British coal that had created the Italian industrial economy, from the early 1800s onward. That created a relationship between the two countries that many defined as a true brotherhood (fratellanza). But things changed in 1913, when Britain went through its “peak coal.” Production stopped increasing and was disrupted by strikes and social unrest. Britain still had enough coal for its internal needs, but exports were affected. This was especially bad for Italy, which saw a precipitous drop in coal imports after the end of WWI. At that time, the change of mood toward the British in Italy was palpable.

D. H. Lawrence reports in his “Sea and Sardinia,” published in 1921, how insulting the “English” was a common subject of conversation among Italians. Now, put yourself in the shoes of someone who managed the British secret services in the early 1930s. It must have been clear to them that there was a problem with Italy. An enormous problem. Germany’s coal production was still increasing and Germany could easily supply 100% of Italy’s needs. Then, Italy and Germany were natural allies. Germany had no direct strategic interests in the Mediterranean sea, while Italy could use Germany’s support to become the leading Mediterranean power. By taking control of the Suez Canal, Italy could effectively kick Britain out of the Mediterranean: truly a disaster for the British Empire. (Italy actually tried to do exactly that in 1940).

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“To be unequivocally clear, this Court does not deny that at the time it was issued the vaccine mandate was appropriate and lawful..”

Judge Orders NYPD Union Members Fired Over Vax Mandate Reinstated (YP)

In a major victory for members of the NYPD’s largest police union, a judge ruled Friday cops who were fired for not getting vaccinated against the coronavirus have to be reinstated. In the stunning decision, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank wrote that the city’s vaccine mandate on the Police Benevolent Association was invalid “to the extent it has been used to impose a new condition of employment” on the union. The mandate was also invalid because it issued enforcement beyond “monetary sanctions” prescribed in the law, Frank wrote — ordering that all PBA members put on leave or canned be reinstated.

It would be a “gross overstatement” of the city’s Department of Mental Health and Hygiene to say it could enforce the vaccine mandate through termination, unpaid leave or suspension, Frank said. “To be unequivocally clear, this Court does not deny that at the time it was issued the vaccine mandate was appropriate and lawful,” the ruling stated. But the city hadn’t “established a legal basis or lawful authority for the DOH to exclude employees from the workplace and impose any other adverse employment action as an appropriate enforcement mechanism of the vaccine mandate.”

Any new condition of employment would have to be included in a collective bargaining agreement between a labor union and the city, the judge wrote. Frank is the same judge who recently ruled to toss the city Department of Education’s budget. [..] The ruling is the second big blow against the Big Apple’s COVID-19 measures in a week, after a Manhattan judge ruled last week an NYPD cop who sued over the mandate couldn’t be fired for refusing to get jabbed. Brooklyn cop Alexander Deletto, 43, should be allowed to keep his job after the city offered no explanation why it rejected his request for a religious exemption.

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“..governments don’t ban products merely because they are not beneficial. Bans apply only to products that inflict harms. So the unstated reality is the benefit: harm ratio is no longer favorable.”

But that’s only in Denmark?!

The Vaccine Narrative Is as Leaky as the Vaccines (Thakur)

Let’s start with two simple questions. If regulators had the information available to them of the leakage between Covid-19 vaccine efficacy rates in controlled trials and their effectiveness in the real world, would they still grant emergency use authorization? Would their legal framework permit them to do so? Remember, all laws serve a dual purpose. On the one hand, they are permissive and enabling, granting powers to do certain things. On the other, they are limiting and restrictive, ring-fencing what may lawfully be done even by the state. Second, is Denmark being ruled by an anti-vaxxer government and health authority? From July 1 Denmark, which has an excellent health infrastructure including data collection, banned under-18s from being vaccinated and in mid-September the ban was extended to boosters for under-50s, other than in exceptional circumstances for immunocompromised and high-risk individuals in both cases.

The explanation offered by the health authorities is interesting both for what they said and what they did not say. They anticipate a rise in Covid-19 infections over autumn and winter and “aim to prevent serious illness, hospitalisation and death.” This risk applies to 50-year olds and above and not those younger. Because the vaccines are not meant to prevent infection, they will no longer be offered to the under-50s. However, governments don’t ban products merely because they are not beneficial. Bans apply only to products that inflict harms. So the unstated reality is the benefit: harm ratio is no longer favorable. The really interesting question therefore is: why don’t they say so? The empirical data from around the world demonstrates negligible to negative vaccine effectiveness for healthy under-50s and greater risk of serious adverse events. Denmark’s decision marks official if implicit acknowledgment that harms are greater than benefits.

The lockdowns across the Western world remain, to me, inexplicable and baffling. The abandonment of a century’s worth of cumulative scientific knowledge and global and national pandemic preparedness plans were based neither on new science nor emerging data. Rather, they were based firstly on apocalyptic modelling using flawed assumptions and secondly on dubious data from China whose authoritarian policies played to innate instincts in our own health bureaucrats and politicians, cheered on by the mainstream media. In a further nod to anti-scientific groupthink conformism, critical and contrarian voices within the health and political establishments were silenced and exorcised. Outside government, they were vilified and expelled from the public square in active collusion with the social media tech giants.

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  • #116753
    Redneck
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    That Lithium mining meme was pathetic.
    “Where is lithium available from? With 8 million tons, Chile has the world’s largest known lithium reserves. This puts the South American country ahead of Australia (2.7 million tons), Argentina (2 million tons) and China (1 million tons).”
    Anybody with a brain knows a few kids scrambling around in the dust are not mining Lithium.

    #116754
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Canadian activist Susan Standfield discusses the “pandemic” racket and how the so-called health emergency was highly organized and large-scale financial fraud.

    The average sheepster is unaware of how “Emergency Powers” have been used by the banksters et al. to subjugate them & strip away “human rights granted by your creator”.

    Did she mention the core “problem”, or just the latest “problem”?

    She is trying to raise millions in capital in order to assist the freedom community.

    Sounds like just another grifting carny…

    She sees a return to manufacturing, populism, farming, and people rediscovering their nationhood.

    All that is fine & dandy, but the avg. “citizen” is a brainwashed pawn of the Empire, with most fee-feeling safe & comfortable with crumbs falling off their political team’s table…

    And oh, completely oblivious, to this day, the multi-generational REALITY of “Emergency Powers”, which have mutated “their nationhood” into a looting operation from the top down…

    #116755
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “I agree with your response”

    No, you’re wrong. Yes, I agree.

    #116756
    aspnaz
    Participant

    willem said

    It is the fragility of our current “finely tuned” production and distribution systems.

    I would emphasise the centralization of our systems: centralization in monopoly that we are told to believe is more efficient, it maybe more efficient but is definitely at considerably increased risk.

    #116757
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “Anybody with a brain knows a few kids scrambling around in the dust are not mining Lithium.”

    No, you’re wrong:

    Child Labor Lithium

    And no, you’re not welcome for me proving you wrong.

    I believe I have a brain. In fact, I’ve seen brain scans the doc said showed my brain. But it was just a funny image.

    For all I know, I have old gym socks in my head. One never knows.

    #116758
    aspnaz
    Participant

    AFKTT said

    what kind of kick do you get out of denying irrefutable evidence

    Yet more evidence of a closed zero-science mind, if any were needed.

    #116759
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #116760
    aspnaz
    Participant

    boscohorowitz said

    I believe I have a brain. In fact, I’ve seen brain scans the doc said showed my brain.

    I can see how there is enough doubt to check with a scan.

    #116761
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Better short your Cobalt positions

    Cobalt-free cathode for lithium-ion batteries

    Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and four national laboratories have devised a way to make lithium-ion battery cathodes without using cobalt, a mineral plagued by price volatility and geopolitical complications.

    Date:
    September 21, 2022
    Source:
    University of California – Irvine
    Summary:
    Researchers offer a new mixture of metallic elements to serve as lithium-ion cathodes. This ‘high-entropy doping strategy’ is part of an effort to remove cobalt — and expensive and geopolitically problematic mineral — from LI batteries.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220921210059.htm

    #116762
    willem
    Participant

    @aspnaz: Agreed. I view centralization as one of the big evils. Distribute everything. If we need to have “centers”, let’s have many rather than one. This is not only robust, but it allows a selection process to determine which among all the alternatives available is the best way.

    #116763
    Antidote
    Participant

    @V.Arnold; resist the urge to express your agency like all the other fat headed monkey’s on this site. I’ll do it for you.

    Dr. D doesn’t *understand* why Jordan Peterson is so popular? I do. Your so smart figure it out , you claim a connection to the ‘logos’ ? Peel your own onion.

    VP and Armondo P you are wasting precious time try to modulate this gathering of monkey with big brains.

    Afewknowthetruth, Haha fucking ha! So smart yet so fucking DUMB! Ha! The seeming dual nature of reality.

    John Day the ‘drifter’ , spare us the cut and paste.

    Now… Boschoshevitz. Your incessant public mental masterbating is annoying at least and so supremely arrogant and condescending at most. Yes I am a mean drunk. So hit me on the side of the head with Madamski’s beer mug. Put on your makeup and wig and go have sex with yourself,

    Raul, if you put a LiKE button on these comments I will contribute $200 to this cause, if you put a thumbs up thumbs down button on each comment… $200 more in addition for the kitchen,

    #116764
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    @VP

    Thanks for the insights. I found her attractive.

    #116765
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Had the radio on earlier.

    “I am Can-hardly-stop-laughing-readin-this-shit But-I’m-paid-well-to-do-it. Here is the RNZ ‘news’.

    “1.2 million Russian citizens have been arrested for protesting against Putin’s warmongering.

    12 million Russians are queueing at airports, awaiting seats on planes, to leave the country.

    120 million Russians are driving vehicles towards Russia’s borders in the hope of escaping, because they can no longer stand living under an evil dictator.

    Freedom fighters in Ukraine expect to launch their next offensive to liberate captured regions shortly.

    The results of the illegal referendums in regions occupied by Russia, which gave an 80% vote in favour of joining the Russian Federation, have been declared invalid by western leaders.

    Oh, I’m sorry, that last item is the headline for tommorow’s ‘news’. I must have got my papers out of order.”

    Meanwhile, back at the headquarters of the ranch:

    ‘Jacinda Ardern at the UN: ‘We don’t need to lose sight of hope and optimism’

    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/jacinda-ardern-at-the-un-we-don-t-need-to-lose-sight-of-hope-and-optimism/ar-AA12cFLa?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=79538516983c4669b235ad8fd9c80bb0

    #116766
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing that with us, Antidote. I hope your antidote is better than your cure. I can’t complain about your remarks about me or others because you voiced them frankly and directly. I can respect that even if I couldn’t shit a give what you think of me. Yes, I am a mean teetotaller.

    He Got All the Whiskey

    #116767

    In one of those meanderings that happen online, I ended up on the April 2020 ethical skeptic’s twitter feed, where below was ilargi’s duckling snippet and, below that, a real hooter titled “and the Oscar goes to…”
    Long lead in (sorry I haven’t twitter-embedded yet) but Ilargi, you’ll love it.

    #116768
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    We can always tell when fuckwits have lost arguments: they resort to insults:

    ‘Afewknowthetruth, Haha fucking ha! So smart yet so fucking DUMB! Ha! The seeming dual nature of reality.’

    Unable to counter precise arguments and a cohesive narrative that explains everything, and completley devoid of relevant facts, they either make up their own ‘facts’ or engage in ad hominem attacks.

    I guess, as I am proven increasingly right on all the matters I comment on, the ad hominem attack will increase.

    The question is, should I bother countering the bullshit that peolle churn out? Probably no longer.

    With the ‘ship’ about to go under (like next month) I really need to focus on my personal projects and let the ‘idiots’ have the last say on this forum.

    I’m sure that will make a lot of them very happy in the very short term.

    #116769
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “I can see how there is enough doubt to check with a scan.”

    You see much that is hidden, oh Tim.

    Deep Vision

    #116770
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “Google CEO Sundar Pichai Tells Employees They Don’t Need Money to Have Fun Amid Cost Cuts
    To support his argument, Pichai referenced the days when Google was “small and scrappy.” He told employees not to equate fun with money.”

    I’m sure the Schwabbians appreciate this more gradual approach to owning nothing but being happy.

    #116771
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Oh.

    I’d heard the 24th was doomed, but had no idea it was so doomed we’d lose Pharaoh.

    Thank you, kind sir.

    #116772
    VietnamVet
    Participant

    These are existential times with stupid incompetent leaders on all sides who put WWI politicians and generals to shame. Ukraine is the homeland of the Goths and Vandals. Histories, human nature and cultures are ignored. People killed to increase corporate profits. Public services and the military looted to make Western and Russian Oligarchs richer.

    This is where we’re at now; 1) Sanctioning Russian piped natural gas assures a frozen European economic depression this winter, 2) Russia adding the four regions of Donbas under its nuclear umbrella forces NATO and Ukraine to decide either to stand down their counteroffensive or risk a Russian tactical nuclear weapons strike that would quickly escalate into a global nuclear war, or 3) a way out, like the Korean War, is to sign an armistice and build a DMZ from the Arctic Ocean to the Black Sea.

    This century, if peace is given a chance, if the West survives intact, and remains a feudal hierarchy based on wealth; the broke, apparatchik run, monopolistic corporate/state will continue avoiding dealing with overpopulation, climate change and resource depletion. They will let nature take its course. But the Overlords will have to kowtow to China to have access to manufactured goods.

    #116773
    zerosum
    Participant

    To useful, a good crystal ball must be able to separate time and space.

    #116774
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    eptember 25, 2022 at 12:50 am #116763REPLY

    Antidote
    @V.Arnold; resist the urge to express your agency like all the other fat headed monkey’s on this site. I’ll do it for you.

    Appreciate the offer, but frankly, I prefer to speak for myself…
    As should be apparent; I rarely comment these days…

    #116775
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Many years ago I was given sage advice, which I must admit I had forgotten, but have been reminded of by the antics of certain participants on TAE discussion forum.

    Never try to teach a pig to sing: it wastes your time, and it annoys the pig.

    Good luck with the planetary meltdown that is due to excessive CO2 emissions and other emissions that you deny is happening and has nothing to do with fundamental chemistry and physics: you’ll need it.

    Good luck with the energy collapse that you think is due to artificially created shortages because there is ‘plenty of oil’; you’ll need it.

    Good luck with the huge loss of biodiversity and ultra-rapid species extinction that most apparently don’t even notice: you’ll need it.

    It was nice knowing some of you on TAE, the ones who did not resort to ad hominem attacks and those who could operate at a higher-than-8-year-old level of thinking and analysis.

    #116776
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Have a glorious ride into the twilight on me, Afewknow. Just cuz we all deserve tha mucht:

    But I’ll note that this — ” the ones who did not resort to ad hominem attacks and those who could operate at a higher-than-8-year-old level of thinking and analysis” commits the sin it denounces. That’s ok; hypocrisy sneaks up on us all. But my lust for certain forms of data hygiene (think of it as my personal kink) bids me to point it out.

    No, I’m wrong. Who said that? Anyway, I agree with your 3 Main Points: Wonky climate, Peak Oil Blues, almost incomprehensible biological devastation.

    One Hand Chopping

    #116777
    boscohorowitz
    Participant
    #116778
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Hail Atlantis!

    Amid insanity and waste and destruction, a golden age shines through here and there.

    #116780
    aspnaz
    Participant

    boscohorowitz said

    “Anybody with a brain knows a few kids scrambling around in the dust are not mining Lithium.”

    No, you’re wrong:

    Child Labor Lithium

    The link you provided is about Cobalt mining which absolutely proves nothing about Lithium mining. You are wrong again, but this time with a shake of false news.

    #116781
    aspnaz
    Participant

    AFKTT said:

    I guess, as I am proven increasingly right on all the matters I comment on, the ad hominem attack will increase.

    The question is, should I bother countering the bullshit that peolle churn out? Probably no longer.

    Thank god! We have had to put up with your incessant shite for what feels like an age, beyond the call of duty. I am now so used to skipping your comments, yet today I granted you a benefit of the doubt and scanned a few – I was in a charitable mood – only to have my priot judgement confirmed as correct. When are you pissing off then?

    #116782
    phoenixvoice
    Participant
    #116818
    slimyalligator
    Participant

    I always appreciate Illagi’s use of Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes strip. Comedy, yes but also social commentary from way back but it still works for me. Lots to unpack from four panels.

    #116830
    Polemos
    Participant

    I’m not unsympathetic to Alexander Carpenter’s comment, but I find many of those kinds of flaws or tells (depending on what frame you use to approach the subject) present in people who present themselves as “against” or “outside” or just “alternative” to the SN. Just casually work your way through the comments on the major anti-COVID Substacks, and you’ll find the same behaviors and commenting habits. Very few people will be open to questioning penetrating to their assumptions. They repeat the same phrases (“mass formation psychosis” or “5G” or “depopulation agenda” or . . .) while making the same assertions about the dark and evil elite who want to kill off not only those commentators but the “mindless sheep” who outnumber them, the righteous few. Challenge any part of this, and you must be an idiot, a bot, a fool, or not paying any attention, or you soon find that there is little depth, little thoughtfulness, but even more of the repeated narrative a person on the outside, in the alternative, or dispossessed is supposed to say. But if you do get sources for the alternative mindsets, you soon find these commentators are repeating from the same experts, linking to the same authorities, deferring to the same groups, behaving as one sees among the cults of personality Alexander Carpenter criticizes. And likewise, just as the SN concentrates attention upon “bad guys” whose neuroses or obsessions helps us blame them for the problems, how is that different from the concentration of outsider frustration and suspicion upon “Bill Gates” or “Albert Bourla” or “Klaus Schwab”?

    How many people asserting there are self-assembling nanostructures present in the inoculations actually develop plausible mechanisms for how these things work? —likewise compare these assertions with the ignorance from supporters of the SN about plausible mechanisms for how the inoculations ostensibly work: these groups of people cannot explain what’s happening beyond very superficial hand-waving claims, but they similarly lack the doubt that ought to follow from this kind of ignorance. And if you manage to find one who actually helpfully links to a downloadable pdf from nlh.nih.gov, you soon find they misunderstood the article or it offers no support nor context for the assertions —might even describe facts and situations undermining the claims! So instead what they each offer are stories: stories about how things work, how they fit into their larger pictures of our succumbing to fascism (white supremacist/nationalist fascists or transnational corporate globalist fascists), how we become siloed into push-pull/pilpul antagonisms wasting and dissipating our energy, how if we all worked together as a community, we’d defeat the Other Side —<e>the fascists.

    Well, I wrote ‘you’ in the above, but it is what I find when I go about my way finding and gathering information. Having left behind social groups both “left” and “right”, both “above” and “below”, I find that this sense of the other’s projecting upon the self is still part of our fear as humans to really practice the art of loving the other, and especially the other within one’s self.

    It takes a certain kind of mindset to pursue deconversion from one’s inhabited lies, and one thing people most hate to hear is that “exiting the Matrix” is still part of a Matrix’s control systems —Neo had to learn this lesson in <i>Matrix: Reloaded, Morpheus had to have his confidence and zealotry shaken, the audience had to cope with their own enjoyment factor. There is a lot of addictive desire formed in being in opposition to a hateful foe —comments about other commentators often reveal a distinct enjoyment in tearing down, mocking, humiliating or otherwise cramming the space of someone taken to be on the Other Side. Recognizing one’s own participation in abuse, especially self-abuse, also helps one deconvert from false dichotomies and blinding mythologies —weakening one’s own reliance upon the ego for knowledge of one’s Self goes a long way towards recognizing the role desire and enjoymnet plays in all these forms of destruction, and creation.

    #116849
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “The link you provided is about Cobalt mining which absolutely proves nothing about Lithium mining. You are wrong again, but this time with a shake of false news.”

    No, you’re right, I’m wrong! Me bad! You good! Yeah!

    I confused cobalt’s place in lithium battery production with lithium itself. Old brain gets fogged in here sand there. (Although it isn’t necessary to use cobalt, per my understanding, it’s a component in most lithium batteries I’d googled child labor lithium mining and that was a prominent link. I skimmed a bit too fast for an old fart with lousy glasses.

    Yea, I’m wrong! Does this prove I’m not a robot? I wanna be a real boy not a wooden social puppet.

    Envision a Perfect Sphere or Set of Train Wheels

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