Sep 292022
 


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A Possible Strategy For Peace (Gav Don)
American Roulette (Batiushka)
Fourth Leak Found On Nord Stream Pipelines, Swedish Coast Guard Says (R.)
Nord Stream Damage Might Be Irreparable (RT)
Denmark Comments On Future Of Nord Stream (RT)
Lugansk Republic And Kherson Region Appeal To Moscow (RT)
Germany and EU Have Been Handed Over A Declaration Of War (Escobar)
Poland Wants ‘Devastating’ Retaliation Against Russia (RT)
Poland Attacks Germany And Blames Russia (John Helmer)
The Anglo-American Axis Benefits (Korybko)
Kremlin Says Nord Stream Explosions ‘A Big Problem For Russia’ (RT)
Russia Issues Emergency Call To UN Security Council (RT)
Brussels ‘Imposes’ Anti-Russia Sanctions On EU Members – Orban (RT)
EU To Ban Russian Toilet Paper (RT)
Giorgia On Our Mind (Escobar)

 

 

 

 

More Meloni

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record debt + record drawdown = strong dollar.

 

 

RIP

 

 

 

 

“If a negotiated peace is not available Moscow can still opt for an imposed one, in which it would complete the occupation of Donetsk Oblast and call a unilateral halt to offensive operations.”

A Possible Strategy For Peace (Gav Don)

Notwithstanding the Nordstream attacks it is possible to see, inside the announcements and moves that have emerged this week, the skeleton of a Russian strategy towards a negotiated peace with Kyiv. An uncomfortable one, to be sure, but peace nevertheless. If a negotiated peace is not available Moscow can still opt for an imposed one, in which it would complete the occupation of Donetsk Oblast and call a unilateral halt to offensive operations. Presented with that fait accompli Kyiv is likely to continue its present policy of shelling civilians in Russian-occupied territory wherever its guns can reach – a policy in blatant breach of the Law of Armed Conflict but one which has been consistently and thoroughly ignored by the major media channels in both Europe and the USA, and even by Turkish and Iraq media.

An enforced peace would therefore require Russia to create and police an effective artillery “no fire” zone for some 20 kms west of its new imposed border with Ukraine, and a “no-rocket” zone for another 50 kms on top. Russia’s present artillery and rocket forces cannot do that, since Ukrainian artillery can evade counterbattery fire by the tactic of “shoot and scoot”. Russian air forces are also unable to enforce a no-fire zone because at high altitude they are vulnerable to a SAM shoot-down, and at low altitude to the widespread presence of Man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS). To create an effective no-fire zone Russia needs a force of unmanned drones capable of delivering 20-40 kgs of high explosive within 2 metres of their targets, both stationary and evading counterfire in “scoot” mode.

These drones would have to be sufficiently numerous to give saturation coverage day and night, working in pairs (so that one of the pair can engage MANPADS and SAM launchers which target the other member of the pair), and cheap enough to be disposable. At the start of the war Russia did not have a drone with those specifications, but now it does. The 1,000 or so Shahed 136 drones ordered this month are beginning to arrive (the first examples of 136 wreckage with their distinctive wingtips have now appeared in Ukraine). Russia has renamed the model the Geranium.

The 136 is an ideal candidate for enforcing a deep no-fire zone. Its 36 kg warhead can completely destroy a heavy artillery piece, a mortar or a Multiple Launch Rocket launch truck. The 136 can loiter for some 20 hours at heights well above the reach of MANPADs, before being dived onto the target by its operator. It can also carry out a chase of a moving target (it was a 136 which hit the bridge of the merchant ship Mercer Street while under way off Oman last year), and can break away and re-attack repeatedly if the target evades successfully.

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“..when you depend on that someone else for vital gas, oil, fertiliser, wheat, paper, titanium etc, maybe you really should after all make an effort to understand their viewpoint.”

American Roulette (Batiushka)

1. Another Ukraine There will always be an East Slav-speaking country between south-eastern Poland and south-western Russia, whatever it will be called. However, in the future it will be a country within its natural borders, occupied only by those who voluntarily identify with the government and culture in their capital of Kiev. Moreover, deNazified, it will present no military, biological or nuclear threat to its neighbours and will be independent of geopoliticians in Washington and Brussels.

2. Another Russia As a result of the War against NATO, Russia will be freed of the froth of Westernised sycophants formed in the 1990s, the liberal chattering classes, called in Russian ‘the creative class’. The 5% who are enserfed to the West and its overpriced consumer baubles are only repeating the treason of the Westernised ruling class and traitors from before 1917 who also wasted their fortunes on overpriced Western consumer baubles. Those who will continue to behave like chimpanzees with regard to their Western lords and masters should go and live in the West, if they have not already fled Russian justice for Finland, Georgia or elsewhere. Russia at war against NATO (= the US) is a land that needs patriots, not traitors.

3. Another Europe At the present time Central and Western Europe risk ‘Donbassisation’ as a result of US demands for absolute obedience to their anti-Russian tyranny, known as ‘sanctions’. This means that NATO-ised Central and Western Europe will become deindustrialised, impoverished, cold, hungry and also left defenceless, as their arms will have been destroyed in the Ukraine. However, it is only at that low point that they will begin to understand that their future is not across the Atlantic, but next door, with Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the gateway to Asian growth and prosperity.

4. Another World Seven billion of the eight billion people of the world, 87.5% of the planet, await the day of freedom from Western imperialism, exploitation and nuclear threats, aspiring to humanity, truth, justice and prosperity. Their only hope is the coming Russian victory over the US. Once that is here, much will fall back into its natural place. Asia with China and India, Africa, Latin America and all the Western peoples (basically, Western and Central Europe, North America and Oceania), so long oppressed by the gloomy darkness of the feudal Western elite, will be able to follow in Russian footsteps and walk, at first dazzled, into the bright daylight of freedom.

In 1939, quite infamously, Winston Churchill expressed his extraordinary ethnocentric ignorance by calling Russia ‘a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. Like many ignorant people, he was of course talking about himself. When you cannot be bothered to understand someone else’s viewpoint, just call it ‘a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. You will then have successfully defined yourself as a blinkered and selfish narcissist. The only thing is, when you depend on that someone else for vital gas, oil, fertiliser, wheat, paper, titanium etc, maybe you really should after all make an effort to understand their viewpoint. Otherwise, they will definitely consider your death-wish, the totally suicidal behaviour of your American Roulette as, ‘a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’.

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No surprise.

Fourth Leak Found On Nord Stream Pipelines, Swedish Coast Guard Says (R.)

Sweden’s coast guard discovered a fourth gas leak on the damaged Nord Stream pipelines earlier this week, a spokesperson told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper. The European Union suspects sabotage was behind the gas leaks on the subsea Russian pipelines to Europe and has promised a “robust” response to any intentional disruption of its energy infrastructure. “Two of these four are in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone,” coast guard spokesperson Jenny Larsson told the paper late on Wednesday. The other two breaches are in the Danish exclusive economic zone.


The coast guard did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Thursday. While neither pipeline was in use at the time of the suspected blasts, they were filled with gas that has been spewing out in the Baltic Sea since Monday’s ruptures. The fourth leak was on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, in close proximity to a larger hole found on the nearby Nord Stream 1, the Swedish coast guard said.

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This looks overdone. Maybe go look first?! They will have to take out damaged pipes anyway. Once that is done, the salt will be removed with pressurized gas. An issue only if it takes years to repair.

Nord Stream Damage Might Be Irreparable (RT)

What is being touted as potential sabotage on the Russian Nord Stream gas pipelines might have dealt them irreparable damage, Germany’s Tagesspiegel reported on Wednesday, citing “government circles.” The two pipelines were seriously damaged earlier this week. If the damage is not repaired quickly enough, too much salty sea water could run into the pipes lying at the bottom of the Baltic Sea and irreversibly corrode them, German officials have warned, according to the news media outlet. Denmark said on Wednesday that its authorities would be able to launch a probe into the issue no sooner than in a week or two due to “safety concerns,” Tagesspiegel added. The media outlet does not mention any plans for repair work by either Russia or Germany.

A group of senior German MPs were quick to point the finger at Russia and blame Moscow for the incident. “An attack on the energy supply infrastructure is intended to spread fear and terror,” Roderich Kiesewetter, a German MP and spokesman for crisis prevention for the Conservative Union parliamentary group, told the RND media group. “Therefore, it is likely that Russia is trying … to stir up uncertainty among the European population” and supposedly demonstrate its ability to attack critical infrastructure, he added, accusing Moscow of employing a “state terrorism” approach. The head of the German parliament’s Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, told journalists that “it cannot be ruled out that [such attacks] will be directed by Russia in order to shake our markets.”

She also used the occasion to call on Germany and the EU to “free” themselves from the “dependence on Russian raw materials as quickly as possible.” Danish authorities confirmed leaks on the pipelines on Monday after their operator reported a loss of pressure on both Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines earlier that day. Danish and Swedish authorities then spoke of a series of undersea explosions in the area. Russian, American, and Swedish authorities said the leaks might have been the result of a deliberate attack. The EU vowed “the strongest possible response” to any attacks on its active energy infrastructure but stopped short of naming any suspects in the Nord Stream incident. Russia branded the incident a “terrorist attack” and said it would summon a UN Security Council meeting over it.

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Maybe not so irreparable.

“German gas pipeline grid company Gasunie Deutschland said the damage could be repaired. “There are good teams in place to handle pipeline accidents, there are emergency pipe inventories and experts for onshore and offshore..”

Denmark Comments On Future Of Nord Stream (RT)

More than half of all of the gas contained in the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines has spilled out, the head of the Danish Energy Agency, Kristoffer Boettzauw, told journalists on Wednesday. The pipelines suffered a leak on Monday following what many officials suspect to have been a deliberate attack. Gas will keep leaving the pipes until at least the end of the week, Boettzauw said, speaking about a future investigation into the incident. Only after the pipes run out of gas can the Danish authorities “try to get out and investigate what the cause is, and approach the pipes,” he added. The ongoing emissions are not poisonous, the nation’s specialists said, according to the media.


Denmark’s energy agency also said that the leaks could discharge an equivalent of one third of Denmark’s total annual greenhouse emissions. The pipelines’ operators told the Danish authorities that the damaged pipes contained a total of 778 million standard cubic meters of natural gas. Earlier, the German media warned that the pipes could be rendered permanently inoperable if the damage was not repaired before sea water got into the pipes and corroded them. German gas pipeline grid company Gasunie Deutschland said the damage could be repaired. “There are good teams in place to handle pipeline accidents, there are emergency pipe inventories and experts for onshore and offshore,” its managing director, Jens Schumann, told Reuters, adding that he was “relatively optimistic” about the prospect of repair work.

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Russia is bringing troops to the regions, some newly conscripted, AND some from the northern Ukraine border.

Lugansk Republic And Kherson Region Appeal To Moscow (RT)

The leader of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) and his counterpart in Kherson Region have officially asked President Vladimir Putin to be accepted into the Russian Federation. The move follows referendums on joining Russia, where the overwhelming majority voted in favor. In a video address published on Wednesday, LPR leader Leonid Pasechnik said the republic’s residents have not received support from any country other than Russia, and have been continuously bombarded by Kiev’s forces for the past eight years. Vladimir Saldo, leader of Ukraine’s Kherson Region, which is now mostly controlled by Russian forces, penned a similar address to Putin on Wednesday. In his letter, he also asked for his territory to be accepted into Russia, stating that the people of Kherson have expressed their desire to “reunite” with the country, which has “always lived in their hearts.”


The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR), along with Kherson Region and part of Zaporozhye Region in southern Ukraine, voted to join Russia in referendums that were held between September 23 and 27. While the process of officially integrating these new provinces into the Russian Federation may take some time, as it requires approval from parliament and the president, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has expressed optimism that it will be done “fast enough.” Meanwhile, the EU and the US have called the referendums a “sham” and have vowed to “never recognize” the regions as part of the Russian Federation.

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“The crucial vector is that we may be facing the case of a EU/NATO member involved in an act of sabotage against the number one EU/NATO economy. That’s a casus belli.”

Germany and EU Have Been Handed Over A Declaration Of War (Escobar)

It gets curiouser and curiouser when we know that simultaneously to the sabotage the Baltic Pipe from Norway to Poland was partially opened, a “new gas supply corridor” servicing “the Danish and Polish markets”: actually a minor affair, considering months ago their sponsors were in trouble finding gas, and now it will be even harder, with much higher costs. NS2 had already been attacked – in the open – all along its construction. Back in February, Polish ships actively tried to prevent the Fortuna pipe-laying vessel from finishing NS2. The pipes were being laid south of – you guessed it – Bornholm. NATO for its part has been very active on the underwater drones department.

The Americans have access to long distance Norwegian underwater drones which can be modified with other designs. Alternatively, professional navy clearance divers could have been employed in the sabotage – even as tidal currents around Bornholm are a serious matter. The Big Picture reveals the collective West in absolute panic, with Atlanticist “elites” willing to resort to anything – outrageous lies, assassinations, terrorism, sabotage, all out financial war, support to neo-Nazis – to prevent their descent into a geopolitical and geoeconomic abyss. Disabling NS and NS2 represents the definitive closure of any possibility of a German-Russia deal on gas supplies, with the added benefit of relegating Germany to the lowly status of absolute US vassal.

So that brings us to the key question of which Western intel apparatus designed the sabotage. Prime candidates are of course CIA and MI6 – with Poland set up as the fall guy and Denmark playing a very dodgy part: it’s impossible that Copenhagen was not at least “briefed” on the intel. Prescient as ever, as early as in April 2021 Russians were asking questions about the military security of Nord Stream. The crucial vector is that we may be facing the case of a EU/NATO member involved in an act of sabotage against the number one EU/NATO economy. That’s a casus belli. Outside of the appalling mediocrity and cowardice of the current administration in Berlin, it’s clear that the BND – German intel – as well as the German Navy and informed industrialists sooner or later will do the math.

This was far from an isolated attack. On September 22 there was an attempt against Turkish Stream by Kiev saboteurs. The day before, naval drones with English language IDs were found in Crimea, suspected of being part of the plot. Add to it US helicopters overflying the future sabotage nodes weeks ago; a UK “research” vessel loitering in Danish waters since mid-September; and NATO tweeting about the testing of “new unmanned systems at sea” on the same day of the sabotage. [..] Gazprom is threatening to sue the Ukrainian energy company Naftofgaz for unpaid bills. That would lead to the end of Russian gas transiting Ukraine towards the EU.

As if all of that was not serious enough, Germany is contractually obligated to purchase at least 40 billion cubic meters of Russian gas a year until 2030. Just say no? They can’t: Gazprom is legally entitled to get paid even without shipping gas. That’s the spirit of a long-term contract. And it’s already happening: because of sanctions, Berlin does not get all the gas it needs but still needs to pay.

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“..the Russian military doctrine, which states that nuclear weapons may only be employed if such arms or other weapons of mass destruction are being targeted at the country or its being faced with an existential threat from conventional arms.”

Poland Wants ‘Devastating’ Retaliation Against Russia (RT)

NATO’s response to any use of tactical nuclear weapons by Russia in Ukraine must be “devastating” but only employ conventional arms, as Moscow’s threat is not directed at the bloc, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has said. “To the best of our knowledge, Putin is threatening to use tactical nuclear weapons on Ukrainian soil, not to attack NATO, which means that NATO should respond in a conventional way,” Rau claimed during his Wednesday’s appearance on NBC News program Meet the Press. “But the response should be devastating. And I suppose this is the clear message that the NATO alliance is sending to Russia right now,” the minister pointed out.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that “the consequences would be horrific” for Russian if it uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine, adding that this message has already been communicated to the Russian leadership publicly and privately. The warning followed an address by Vladimir Putin a week ago, in which he announced partial mobilization in Russia and slammed “some senior officials in NATO states” for suggesting that deploying nuclear weapons against Russia was justified. The President made it clear that such a move won’t be left unanswered by Russia, reminding that it has its own arsenal of destructive weapons, some of which surpass their Western-counterparts. “If the territorial integrity of our nation is threatened, we will certainly use all the means that we have to defend Russia and our people. It’s not a bluff,” Putin stated.

Over the past week, the US and allies have increased intelligence gathering and surveillance over concerns that signs that Russia decides to deploy nukes could “come too late,” Politico reported on Tuesday. According to US officials, who talked to the outlet, air, space and cyberspace monitoring of Russian units in Ukraine that could potentially receive the nuclear order from the Kremlin has been stepped up, with special attention also being paid to Russia’s western exclave of Kaliningrad. Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov reiterated last week that “we are not threatening anyone with nuclear weapons.” He referred the journalists to the Russian military doctrine, which states that nuclear weapons may only be employed if such arms or other weapons of mass destruction are being targeted at the country or its being faced with an existential threat from conventional arms.

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John Helmer is sure it was Poland. He approaches the issue in a different way than I did yesterday. I simply asked: Cui bono?

“This time the attack is targeting the Germans, especially the business and union lobby and the East German voters, with a scheme to blame Moscow for the troubles they already have — and their troubles to come with winter.”

Poland Attacks Germany And Blames Russia (John Helmer)

The military operation on Monday night which fired munitions to blow holes in the Nord Stream I and Nord Stream II pipelines on the Baltic Sea floor, near Bornholm Island, was executed by the Polish Navy and special forces. It was aided by the Danish and Swedish military; planned and coordinated with US intelligence and technical support; and approved by the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The operation is a repeat of the Bornholm Bash operation of April 2021, which attempted to sabotage Russian vessels laying the gas pipes, but ended in ignominious retreat by the Polish forces. That was a direct attack on Russia. This time the attack is targeting the Germans, especially the business and union lobby and the East German voters, with a scheme to blame Moscow for the troubles they already have — and their troubles to come with winter.

Morawiecki is bluffing. “It is a very strange coincidence,” he has announced, “that on the same day that the Baltic Gas Pipeline opens, someone is most likely committing an act of sabotage. This shows what means the Russians can resort to in order to destabilize Europe. They are to blame for the very high gas prices”. The truth bubbling up from the seabed at Bornholm is the opposite of what Morawiecki says. But the political value to Morawiecki, already running for the Polish election in eleven months’ time, is his government’s claim to have solved all of Poland’s needs for gas and electricity through the winter — when he knows that won’t come true.

Inaugurating the 21-year old Baltic Pipe project from the Norwegian and Danish gas networks, Morawiecki announced: “This gas pipeline is the end of the era of dependence on Russian gas. It is also a gas pipeline of security, sovereignty and freedom not only for Polish, but in the future, also for others…[Opposition Civic Platform leader Donald] Tusk’s government preferred Russian gas. They wanted to conclude a deal with the Russians even by 2045…thanks to the Baltic Pipe, extraction from Polish deposits, LNG supply from the USA and Qatar, as well as interconnection with its neighbours, Poland is now secured in terms of gas supplies.”

Baltic Pipe
https://twitter.com/i/status/1574954366456700928

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While Andrew Korybko, American living in Moscow, feels sure it is NOT Poland.

The Anglo-American Axis Benefits (Korybko)

The unprecedented damage done to the Nord Stream pipelines Monday night was certainly an act of sabotage exactly as Denmark, Germany, Poland, and Russia suspect, though nobody can agree on who carried out this ecological terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea. Kiev, however, predictably blamed Russia for destroying its own pipeline in a remix of its earlier conspiracy theory alleging that Russia regularly bombs the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant that’s also under its control. That ridiculous scenario can therefore reasonably be ruled out, especially since Moscow could just keep the tap turned off for technical reasons without risking getting caught sabotaging its own pipelines in NATO-controlled waters.

Continental European countries like Poland also shouldn’t be suspected either even though that aspiring regional leader’s newly inaugurated Baltic Pipe from Norway makes it a major energy player nowadays. There’s just too much risk of serious ecological blowback to that country’s direct interests to justify carrying out such an act of terrorism just to forever cripple its only potential pipeline competitor, the two Nord Streams. That said, the attack nevertheless does indeed serve Poland’s larger interests for exactly that reason even if it most likely wasn’t behind what happened or had any advance knowledge about it, which is why suspicion should fall on its allies in the Anglo-American Axis (AAA).

Both have an interest in dividing and ruling the EU by facilitating Poland’s rise as a continental Great Power capable of eventually competing with the bloc’s de facto German leader (at least in Central & Eastern Europe [CEE]), which was explained in my mid-September analysis about how “Poland’s Hyping Up The German Threat To Central Europe To Consolidate Its Regional Influence”. In order to knock Germany out of the geopolitical and geo-economic game for good, the AAA must not only successfully trick it into committing economic suicide through its compliance with the anti-Russian sanctions, but also destroy any chance of a strategically meaningful rapprochement with Russia in the future.

Sabotaging the Nord Stream pipelines accomplishes precisely that by completely disincentivizing Germany from potentially clinging to whatever energy-driven plans it might have for eventually repairing relations with Russia. With that scenario confidently discounted after Monday night’s ecological terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea, which also served the purpose of making Poland among the continent’s most pivotal energy hubs, Germany might also figure that it doesn’t have anything more to lose vis a vis Russia by possibly being the first country to send cutting-edge battle tanks to Kiev. This artificially manufactured strategic inertia would thus doom Russian-German relations for decades. Considering these outcomes, both immediate and emerging, there’s no doubt that the AAA benefits the most from the ecological terrorist attack that was just carried out in the Baltic Sea against the two Nord Stream pipelines. They’re insulated from the consequences of the ecological disaster that they created and are thus able to advance their grand strategic goals without any cost to themselves.

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“American LNG suppliers, on the other hand, have been making incredible profits after having multiplied their deliveries to the European continent, Peskov pointed out, adding that these companies are “very interested in maintaining these super-duper profits in the future.”

Kremlin Says Nord Stream Explosions ‘A Big Problem For Russia’ (RT)

Moscow has denounced as “stupid and absurd” any allegations of its being behind the suspected explosions of the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines earlier this week, stating that the incident actually creates many issues for Russia. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov explained that the damage to the pipelines posed a “big problem” for Russia as it had essentially lost its gas supply routes to Europe. Both lines of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline were pumped full of gas and were prepared to deliver it to Europe at the time of the alleged explosion, said Peskov, adding that “this gas is very expensive and now it is all going up in the air.”

Peskov also noted that neither Russia nor Europe had anything to gain from the destruction of the pipelines, especially Germany, for which this incident poses a threat to the future development of its industry, as well as its profitability and competitiveness. American LNG suppliers, on the other hand, have been making incredible profits after having multiplied their deliveries to the European continent, Peskov pointed out, adding that these companies are “very interested in maintaining these super-duper profits in the future.” While no suspects behind the incident have officially been named, the Kremlin spokesperson advised against making any official announcements before a proper investigation into the incident is carried out.

Peskov did, however, draw attention to US President Joe Biden’s statements from early February, when the American leader threatened to “bring an end” to Nord Stream 2. “What the US president meant by that, we don’t know,” admitted the Kremlin official, but highlighted the “borderline insane hysterical-euphoric reaction” of Polish officials who have already thanked Washington for sabotaging the pipeline. The Kremlin’s response comes after some European and Kiev officials, including President Vladimir Zelensky’s adviser Mikhail Podolyak, suggested that the attack on the pipeline was a “false flag” operation carried out by Russia in order to make Ukraine look bad and to further drive energy prices up in the EU.

However, after the former Polish FM publicly thanked the US for the apparent sabotage on Twitter, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova urged the EU to treat the US as the possible culprit behind the attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines. She said Moscow would call for a UN Security Council session over the incident. A number of Western nations have repeatedly opposed Russia’s undersea pipelines delivering gas to Europe, both before and after Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine. The recently built Nord Stream 2 network, which never went into operation due to Germany’s refusal to certify it, has drawn particular opposition from countries like the US and Poland, which has called for the pipeline to be “totally scrapped.”

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As multiple countries want to kick Russia off the council.

Russia Issues Emergency Call To UN Security Council (RT)

Moscow wishes to call an emergency UN Security Council session over the “provocations” at the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday in a Telegram post. Both pipelines were severely damaged earlier this week in what many suspect was a deliberate attack. Danish authorities confirmed gas leaks from the pipelines not far from the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea on Monday after the operator reported a loss of pressure in both Nord Stream 1 and 2. Swedish and Danish authorities later confirmed a series of undersea explosions had been detected before the leaks were confirmed.

Russian, American, and Swedish officials all said that the damage might have been the result of a targeted attack on pipeline infrastructure. No suspects behind the incident have officially been named, although in a tweet former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski “thanked” Washington for destroying the pipeline. Moscow, which called the incident a “terrorist attack,”also named the US as a potential suspect. Several high-ranking German MPs have pointed the finger at Russia, accusing it of attempts to “stir up uncertainty among the European population.”

There has been no shortage of threats from sfome Western nations against Russian undersea pipelines, particularly Nord Stream 2 both before and after late February, when Moscow sent troops into Ukraine. It had been ready to pump gas since September last year, but was not put into operation due to Germany’s refusal to certify it. Polish President Andrzej Duda demanded last month that the pipeline be “totally scrapped.” US President Joe Biden warned in early February, before Russia began its military operation in Ukraine, that if Moscow acts against Kiev, “there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.” A journalist asked him to clarify what exactly he meant, to which Biden responded: “I promise you, we will be able to do that.”

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He resorts to democracy (!), with national consultations. Can’t have that. If the people decide, we’ll have …. anarchy!

Brussels ‘Imposes’ Anti-Russia Sanctions On EU Members – Orban (RT)

The EU has forced anti-Russia sanctions upon the people of the bloc’s member states, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday, as he announced the launch at home of national consultations on the matter. Brussels did not ask Europeans about their opinion on the sanctions policy but made them pay the price as restrictions it imposed on Russia backfired, Orban said, in a series of posts on Facebook. The EU sanctions introduced over Russia’s military operation in Ukraine “will cause huge damage to Europe,” he warned, adding that the restrictions had already made “Europeans poorer”because of skyrocketing energy prices. “It is time to get honest about it with our American friends. Until it is too late,” the prime minister said, pointing to the role the US played in the global sanctions campaign against Russia.

The sanctions have failed to end the conflict in Ukraine, Orban argued, adding that they also appear to hurt Europe more than Russia. Hungary is heavily dependent on Russian energy supply. It has also been one of the staunchest opponents of Brussels’ energy sanctions against Moscow and in particular opposed banning imports of Russian oil until it was granted a waiver by Brussels. Budapest still declared a state of emergency over tightening energy supplies this summer. On Wednesday, Orban confirmed the plans to hold the national consultations on the EU sanctions imposed against Russia, saying that he’d asked “everyone to have their say, because we can only put an end to rising energy prices by acting together.” Hungary is the first EU nation to do so.

The developments come amid an ongoing energy crunch in the EU. Since the start of Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine in late February, gas prices have climbed to record highs in Europe. In late July, EU member states agreed on a plan to reduce their gas consumption by 15% over the coming months, to increase the bloc’s energy security at a time when it seeks to rid itself of its dependence on Russian energy. Russia also reduced its gas exports to Europe, citing technical issues related to sanctions the West imposed over Russia’s military action. Massive gas leaks on the Russian Nord Stream pipelines, which have allegedly been a result of a targeted attack, has sent gas prices in Europe further up.

The prices have been climbing up for quite some time, leaving some EU nations, including Germany –the EU’s economic powerhouse– in a bind. In early September, Germany’s largest gas importer, Uniper, requested additional financial aid from the government as it was struggling to replace missing Russian gas supplies despite already receiving billions of euro to cover gas purchases. The operators of the Large Hadron Collider – the European nuclear research center (CERN) – also admitted in September that the ongoing energy crisis threatens the operation of the world’s largest particle accelerator. It could be shut down to decrease the energy consumption burden at peak demand periods, CERN said at that time.

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As EU companies can’t produce because of energy prices.

EU To Ban Russian Toilet Paper (RT)

Seeking to deprive Moscow of trade revenue over the conflict in Ukraine, the EU has proposed banning the import of Russian-made hygiene products, from soap and shaving needs to toilet paper and deodorant. The eighth wave of anti-Russian sanctions, unveiled in Brussels on Wednesday, would also ban the import of several steel products and attempt to impose a price cap on Russian oil. “We do not accept the sham referenda and any kind of annexation in Ukraine, and we are determined to make the Kremlin pay for this further escalation,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced in Brussels. According to her, the proposed sanctions package is expected to deprive Russia of “an additional 7 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in revenues.”

The scheme requires EU residents to make do without Russian-made “beauty or make-up” products, shaving supplies, “personal deodorants,” dental floss, soap, and toilet paper, according to Politico. Von der Leyen’s announcement comes just days after one of Germany’s pioneer toilet paper manufacturers, Hakle, filed for bankruptcy citing the skyrocketing prices of energy and source materials. Hakle and other German companies had asked the federal government to cap the energy price as a way of staying solvent – but that was before a series of explosions on Monday damaged the two Nord Stream pipelines and cut off Germany from Russian natural gas, perhaps permanently. Meanwhile, government officials have been instructing Germans to shower less and use washcloths, to save on hot water.

Commenting on the proposed sanctions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that between the sanitation products and water savings, “one involuntarily recalls the famous letter from 200 years ago,” in which the French Emperor Napoleon allegedly told his wife Josephine, “Do not wash.” The EU also intends to sanction philosopher Aleksandr Dugin, whose daughter Darya was assassinated last month in a Moscow car bombing. Russia has identified two suspects in the terrorist attack, both Ukrainian nationals.

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“Ursula “My Grand Dad was a Nazi” von der Leyen, the sadomaso dominatrix in charge of the European Commission. The prime catfight cage match to watch in fact is Giorgia versus dominatrix Ursula.”

Giorgia On Our Mind (Escobar)

No one ever lost money betting on the EU oligarchy always behaving like a bunch of self-entitled, stubborn, unelected pricks. They never learn anything. And they always blame everyone except themselves. Giorgia, following her instincts, has a decent shot at burying them even deeper. She is more calculating and less impulsive than Salvini. She won’t go for a euro exit and much less an Italexit. She won’t interfere with her Finance Minister – who will have to deal with the ECB. But she remains a “semi-fascist”, so Brussels will want her scalp – in the form of cutting off Italy’s budget appropriations. These Eurocrats would never dare doing it against Germany or France. And that brings to the political set up of the – supremely undemocratic – European Council.


Giorgia’s party is a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists bloc, along with only two other members, the PMs of Poland and Czech Republic. The Socialists & Democrats bloc has seven members. And so does Renew Europe (the former “liberals”): that includes the president of the European Council, the supremely mediocre Charles Michel. The center-right European People’s Party has six members. That includes Ursula “My Grand Dad was a Nazi” von der Leyen, the sadomaso dominatrix in charge of the European Commission. The prime catfight cage match to watch in fact is Giorgia versus dominatrix Ursula. Once again, Mediterranean swagger against the Teutonic techno-barbarians. The more Brussels harassment of Giorgia, the more she will counter-attack, with full support of her post-truth Roman legions: Italian voters. Grab the Negronis and the Aperol Spritz; it’s show time.

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    Kazimir Malevich Sportsmen 1931   • A Possible Strategy For Peace (Gav Don) • American Roulette (Batiushka) • Fourth Leak Found On Nord Stream Pi
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle September 29 2022]

    #117177
    Germ
    Participant

    Amyloidosis – the toxic brew that will slowly destroy the vasculature of the death-vaxxed.
    Tick Tock, Tick Tock . . .

    “A central role for amyloid fibrin microclots in long COVID/PASC: origins and therapeutic implications”

    https://portlandpress.com/biochemj/article/479/4/537/230829/A-central-role-for-amyloid-fibrin-microclots-in

    #117178

    BBC:

    “Russia’s Vladimir Putin will hold a signing ceremony on Friday formally annexing four more areas of Ukraine after conducting self-styled referendums condemned by Ukraine and the West as a sham.”

    Also funny: there are voices who want to declare Russia a terrorist state because of the Nordstream attack(s).

    #117181
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    WInter is coming.

    Climate Change Denial

    (If we can call the annual cooling called winter a form of climate change. Close enough.)

    #117182
    Redneck
    Participant

    and a sham they are. How can only half of the population of a province decide the future for the other half that didn’t vote?

    #117183
    Red
    Participant

    A new scarcity is upon us.

    In May 2022, Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England warned of ‘apocalyptic’ food shortages. At the time, the reason given was a blockade in Ukraine but all around the world squeezes on food supply continue to emerge.

    In the Netherlands, farmers are being put under pressure to cut emissions, and The Ministry of Agriculture’s moves to reduce excess nitrogen emissions could yet put tens of thousands of farms and farmers out of business. In The US food plants all over the midwest have seen fires damaging food plants, and the rest of the world fears increasing shortages of nitrogen fertilisers, a key crop ingredient for our ongoing food security.

    Meanwhile, pandemic-related lockdowns have blown up our global supply chains and war is encouraging nations to re-evaluate their resourcefulness. Given China controls 70%-80% of the supply chain for EVs and lithium-ion batteries, manufacturers are confronting a severe lithium shortage.

    The West, without much refining and processing capacity in its territories, is left wondering where its supply will come from. Lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite are going to be very hard to replace if east-west supply chains collapse altogether. Norway and Portugal might be looking at battery factories and refining facilities, but that’s not going to make up for what will be lost.

    Domestically, despite new Prime Minister Liz Truss’s recent energy cap, homes will go un-heated and cooking will be curtailed as fuel prices surge. Even within the newly-announced measures a typical household’s energy bill could rise to £2,500 a year from 1st October (from £1,971). That’s some improvement considering that before the announcement a typical bill might have been closer to £3,549 a year. But the cost of all this will be borne by the nation as interest rates continue to rise, and could escalate even further with many estimating that the support package already totals somewhere in the region of £150Bn.

    Until this week, support for businesses was rather meagre in comparison. However, on Wednesday, the UK government announced they would also be capping the wholesale prices of gas and electricity for businesses, though it will only last until 31st March, making it very much a short-term approach, particularly tricky for businesses that rely on accurate planning.

    Meanwhile, consumers have only just overcome the trauma of their recent holiday chaos, as airports do their best to reunite travellers with their luggage or compensate them for their losses. During the summer months, a quarter of flights from or within the UK, USA and Europe were disrupted. The bad news is, this could become the norm. If fuel costs continue to rise and recession takes hold, returning to pre-pandemic travel (where travel was frictionless and affordable for the most part) will become a pipe dream.

    It’s a depressing picture of growing scarcity, whether it be in energy, materials or food.

    Much of society had been so used to what they called the ‘age of abundance’, located within the first-world with its digital services and its branded experiences and plethora of premium price points, that hardly any mainstream commentators seriously considered it would be possible to return to a time where whatever was needed was not at one’s fingertips on a store-shelf- or a smartphone screen. But that time is here.

    As consumers we are going to be asked to travel less, to eat less, to shop less, to consume less, and to waste less. We will be encouraged to share more, repair more, re-sell more and store more. Only weeks ago, Selfridges announced that they are aiming for 50% of their transactions by 2030 to be in the re-sale, repair, rental or refill.

    I still hear brand managers talking about premiumisation and subscription services, but who is going to have the disposable income for those lovely little extras we have come to expect? We are being heavily nudged to set aside those expectations and only purchase what is ‘necessary’, a kind of language we first heard during the Covid lockdowns: only ‘essentials’ could be sold or bought. It now seems that was preparation for this emerging world of necessities not luxuries.

    Today, if your business cannot polarise towards a more luxury market or a budget market, then it’s going to get caught in the middle where people are most squeezed. As those people begin to struggle not only to pay for the little extras but also for their mortgages, even owning one’s own home could come to be seen as a luxury rather than the necessity we’re used to.

    Tracey Follows is the founder and CEO of futures consultancy, Futuremade, and author of The Future of You.

    https://www.managementtoday.co.uk/new-scarcity-upon-us/opinion/article/1800221

    #117184
    Red
    Participant

    Redneck says “and a sham they are. How can only half of the population of a province decide the future for the other half that didn’t vote?”

    Not disputing that but most of the west’s elections are decided by less then half of the votes and barely half that are eligible vote. So lots of times it is less than a third decides for all. Everything is normal on both sides.

    #117185
    Dr. D
    Participant

    US$, If we can conclude that the US Dollar short position is in play, that means we’re at the end. The long end, as it still might take a year for that part of it to flip. Like the Pound, it shows that the pin has been pulled and things are breaking. The 28th, at the Queen’s passing, ready to rumble.

    From other points of view, this will (probably) make the U.S. stock market look the strongest in the world, and world capital flows to move to it. This is silly as our economy is shambles, but you can only spend the numbers in your account, not the reality underneath.

    “American Roulette (Batiushka)”

    “Take that boy and put him in a mansion
    Paint the windows black
    Give him all the women that he wants
    Put a monkey on his back
    All of your so called friends
    Take you where the sidewalk ends
    I said, can’t sleep at night, no
    Can’t sleep at night
    Lord please save his soul

    American Roulette
    Stake your life upon it
    American Roulette” – Robbie Robertson

    “2. Another Russia”

    If so many people are leaving Russia, they are self-sorting. First, Europe has been abundantly clear that they hate their guts, and would be happy to shoot them on sight, so I don’t know how they’re leaving, or think they will, or what they plan after, but second, they have just strengthened Russia with their leaving. Just as we said when every Hollywood citiot promised to leave America if Trump were elected. But because they have no spine and every word is a lie, they didn’t. To our eternal sorrow.

    I have to think they are also illiterate, just as our self-same Western PMCs are. They are re-activating the already trained “National Guard” as it were, NOT drafting raw recruits as the West reports. Reports by implying, since they’re incapable of naming facts and speaking clearly. The U.S. does that all the time and also screwed our Guard white by activating them for Iraq tours like 20 times when they should be “retired” back in the private sector.

    How Putin could have blown up his own 20-year, $11B pipeline + $1B in gas in a furious effort to bankrupt Russia and lose the war.”

    I think that speaks for itself, but apparently not. Remember when they chemical weaponed themselves while winning in Syria in a desperate attempt to attract NATO involvement? And who can forget them day after day shelling their own military base in Zap? Since they attack themselves with heavy weapons almost every day, we should be very, very afraid of them.

    It’s shocking pipelines can be made at all, but there’s no point in making them if they can’t be fixed. And they can. But it takes years, it take security, and you won’t be out on the Baltic Winter seas doing it.

    But the response should be devastating.”

    So if you attack “Russian soil” with thermobaric daisy-cutter bombs end to end, leveling Donetsk, Mariupol, and Sevastopol, it’s all okay and will be well-received because they’re not nukes? Cue the Polish jokes, that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

    Since they ran out of conventional arms in just a few weeks, they have to go here, since medium and long-range weapons are all that’s left in the box.

    “John Helmer is sure it was Poland.” …Yet “Poland” themselves said it was the U.S. With this action Poland just declared war on BOTH Germany AND Russia. A smash-sandwich, a two front war with BOTH nations stronger than they are. Not that they haven’t done such ridiculous things before, but this is your opening theory, lacking most evidence? That they opened a two front war they were already “winning” (as NS2 was shut and Baltic gas was coming in anyway)? And all they need to grab 1/3 of “Polish” Ukraine is not to piss off Russia? Pass.

    “As multiple countries want to kick Russia off the council.”

    Hahahahaaha. They can “Want” it all they want. Without involvement of e.g. Russia, the U.N. ceases to exist, with even less credibility than now, if that’s even possible. Remember, they did this through the whole founding, the whole Cold War, etc. and NOW you think you can do this with no consequences? UN is irrelevant as the poodle of the Anglo G7. As you can tell with RUssia being unable to land at HQ in NYC.

    Brussels ‘Imposes’ Anti-Russia Sanctions on EU Members – Orban (RT)”

    The sanctions didn’t work but we have a solution: More Sanctions! Just like we have a solution to government screwing everything up, bankrupting everything, and harassing the innocent. Moar Government! Or this: “We owe a debt of gratitude to Science, which has solved the problems caused by Science.”

    Yet decade after decade this is promoted with a straight face by nearly everyone.

    “EU to Ban Russian Toilet Paper (RT)”

    Well that’ll larn ‘em. They’ll be sorry when all of Europe has red, infected behinds.

    “Eurocrats would never dare doing it against Germany or France.”

    Goes to show how some animals are more equal than others. As Noirette said, Germany thinks they’re king of the heap and all they need is France’s perpetual surrender to push their will and colonial extraction on everybody. But as usual, they completely screwed it all up, and are now king of a trash heap out on the edge of town. Hail the Burger King! And their paper crown. Kaiser rolls, if you please.

    This is the one thing these guys can NEVER learn because they are narcissistic sociopaths, is that you are only as rich as your people. The richer the people – meaning the more the people keep for themselves – the richer the king of the people becomes. The richer and more options that government has. While the more you TAKE (via taxes, but other means too) the poorer YOU become, to say nothing of the people. And the more you pay out in dead-losses like welfare and unemployment which double-ruins your tax intake. They cannot learn that water is wet. They never watched “Robin Hood”

    [Ardern] Calls for a new type of internet with “rules and transparency”.

    Me too! I want transparency of government and their interference with both rules and my speech. Oh wait: that’s already the law almost everywhere, but we have no transparency about it or rules enforcing it.

    White Rhinos, really about habitat. It’s the building, or the building type that doesn’t integrate with the natural world. But that’s not only not prohibited, it’s actively and legally required. Because we care about Rhinos, extinction, and the environment so, so much, we will arrest anyone who builds a cob house or lives in a tent. You can’t buy a Mexican truck in California, but you CAN pave 1,000 acres for a mall. Guess which one you get free money and 10-year tax incentives for?

    Ah, but when we cut down the Rainforest HERE in San Jose, it’s “Progress”. It’s only when YOU cut it down, in Bolivia or upper Michigan that it’s unenvironmental.

    #117186

    How can only half of the population of a province decide the future for the other half that didn’t vote?

    I could say: Sounds like US presidential elections. But I’m more interested in knowing accurate turnout numbers.

    #117187
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Doug Casey on the End of Western Civilization

    Doug Casey on the End of Western Civilization

    #117189
    aspnaz
    Participant

    A group of senior German MPs were quick to point the finger at Russia and blame Moscow for the incident.

    Spot the guys whos jobs depend on them obeying their puppet masters.

    #117190
    Germ
    Participant

    I’m reposting this video which was released last night.

    God bless these guys for shining a little light on the greatest crime of all time.

    #117191
    Germ
    Participant

    #117192

    Already lined up for tomorrow’s Rattle.

    #117193
    zerosum
    Participant

    “Maybe WWIII will consist only of sabotage, a passive aggressive war where we destroy each other’s vulnerable infrastructure without admitting what we do.”

    WWIII:
    Quiet Quitting, work to rule, job description, responsibility, liability, cog in a wheel, oppose propaganda
    Military: limitations: energy/food/resource production, transportation limitations, drones, missiles
    ———
    Oppps! Bad info. unintended consequence
    (The pipelines were suppose to be empty because they were not delivering gas, shut down.)

    • Fourth Leak Found On Nord Stream Pipelines, Swedish Coast Guard Says (R.)
    • Nord Stream Damage Might Be Irreparable (RT)
    • Denmark Comments On Future Of Nord Stream (RT)

    ————–
    Democracy in action
    Meanwhile, the EU and the US have called the referendums a “sham” and have vowed to “never recognize” the regions as part of the Russian Federation.
    Read more …

    ———
    Who done it is irrelevant. Live with the damage
    • Poland Attacks Germany And Blames Russia (John Helmer)
    • The Anglo-American Axis Benefits (Korybko)
    • Kremlin Says Nord Stream Explosions ‘A Big Problem For Russia’ (RT)
    ———
    That is how democracy works in Canada. Count the vote
    If you didn’t vote then you cannot bitch.

    and a sham they are. How can only half of the population of a province decide the future for the other half that didn’t vote?”
    ——

    #117194
    zerosum
    Participant

    In Florida, IAN storm has allowed all wildlife to travel/imigrate/escape and move into your neighborhood.

    #117195
    Dora
    Participant

    The WEF globalists talk about their desire for an end to national borders, open migration, and replacing national democracies with a global technocracy. Blowing up the West with these sanctions and provoking the world’s largest nuclear power might just get them the first 2 things. Don’t know about the last one though. A global technocracy with the WEF in charge is hard to imagine if they manage to set off a nuclear war. Those starlink satellites and undersea communication cables look like sitting ducks. The WEF and the EU-Brussels are run by insane people.

    #117196
    oldandtired
    Participant

    What is being touted as potential sabotage on the Russian Nord Stream gas pipelines might have dealt them irreparable damage, Germany’s Tagesspiegel reported on Wednesday, citing “government circles.”

    Barn burners.

    #117197
    zerosum
    Participant

    It’s coming …. does your municipality use electricity, does your municipality cut services or raise taxes.

    #117198
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Now the west will sabotage the other Russian pipelines in order to achieve financial strangulation and take over of Russia.

    The question is whether Russia has the balls to declare the USA as the guilty party and respond in kind or whether it will pretend it doesn’t know who did it and back off, like it did with the Moskva.

    An appropriate response would be the destruction of some US LPG terminals and the Baltic pipeline. We shall see, but this is very likely to go nuclear before Christmas as the two parties step up their attacks, the USA willing to sacrifice Europe to capture Russia. Of course, that is assuming that Putin is playing a straight bat.

    #117199
    aspnaz
    Participant

    One more point: the way has escaped Ukraine and is now global.

    #117200
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Redneck said

    and a sham they are. How can only half of the population of a province decide the future for the other half that didn’t vote?

    True of most votes, but how can you criticise Russia for spreading democracy, that is the USA’s excuse?

    #117201
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Regarding Russia and this “balls” thing people seem to think are so imp[ortant in geopolitical confrontations, I repeat from yesterday:

    Dmitry Medvedev says:

    “There are four reasons for the use of nuclear weapons. For the sake of interest and for the French public, I will name them: the launch of nuclear missiles, the use of nuclear weapons, attacks on critical infrastructure that controls nuclear weapons, or other actions that threaten the existence of the [Russian] state,” he said, adding that none of the above has happened so far.”

    Dmitry Peskov says Kremlin says: “Nord Stream explosions ‘a big problem for Russia’ ”

    Not an existential threat, however, except maybe for Germany and certainly for the EU as a binding political agency.

    One hell of a methane release, eh?

    ***
    A 50% turnout is standard in most elections. If a referendum, to maintain democracy as form of governance in an already democratic nation were held in most democratic nations, said referendum would probably fail due to lack of voter turnout.

    #117203
    Dora
    Participant

    The WEF and EU globalists are starting to remind me of the Heaven’s Gate cult. Call the WEF the “Globalist Market’s Gate” cult.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120869/Heavens-Gate-cult-committed-mass-suicide-15-years-ago.html

    #117204
    John Day
    Participant

    I like Giorgia Meloni’s style so far. Macron is no match.

    Redneck said: “and a sham they are. How can only half of the population of a province decide the future for the other half that didn’t vote?”
    I saw the population percentages that cast votes, which were all over 50% by day #2 of 5.

    We are all finding the same information, so my blog post will have limited material that TAE readers have not yet seen.

    #117205
    John Day
    Participant

    “Imperial Convulsions” is notable for a picture of a mongrel in a housing project
    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/imperial-convulsions

    NATO was carrying out exercises in the Baltic sea from June to mid September, including a lot of heavy helicopter overflights for days, right over where the (now 4 identified) pipeline sabotages occurred Monday. The sabotage disabled all 4 Nordstream pipelines, not just 3, as initially thought.
    Nordstream gas this winter is impossible for Europe/Germany.
    The US will sell as much liquified natural gas to Europe as is possible, at prices 8-10 times as high as piped Russian gas.
    Poland and Ukraine control remaining Soviet-era gas pipelines to Europe, giving more leverage over Germany, and the ability to extract high transit fees.
    Germany is clearly the loser. German citizens demonstrated Sunday for negotiations with Russia and resumption of gas flows.
    How hard will it be for Germans to see that their country, their homes have been attacked by NATO, (somewhat) in the interests of Poland and Ukraine?
    British strategy, since German states united, has been to keep Germany and Russia separate from each other, and preferably at war with each other.
    Churchill manipulated Poland just before WW-2, with a mutual defense treaty, which Britain did not honor.
    Poland would probably have offended Germany and Russia less without that false-assurance.
    Atlanticist-interests are degrading European-economy, just as they shackle it more tightly to the service of the US. This is not an “alliance”, but a colonial arrangement in rapid decay, supporting the US, as German industry closes down, and German citizens prepare to freeze to death. The City of London is the only part of the UK which does not face a similar economic fate this winter. The “special relationship” is only for the “special”.

    Andrew Korybko (from 2 days ago, a long time in dog-years) The Anglo-American Axis Benefits From The Ecological Terrorist Attack In The Baltic Sea
    ​ ​This terrorist attack destroyed any chance of an energy-driven Russian-German rapprochement, immediately catapulted Poland into the position of being one of the continent’s most pivotal energy hubs, and thus took the Anglo-American Axis’ plans for dividing and ruling Europe to the next level.​..

    ..​T​he attack nevertheless does indeed serve Poland’s larger interests for exactly that reason even if it most likely wasn’t behind what happened or had any advance knowledge about it, which is why suspicion should fall on its allies in the Anglo-American Axis (AAA).
    ​ ​Both have an interest in dividing and ruling the EU by facilitating Poland’s rise as a continental Great Power capable of eventually competing with the bloc’s de facto German leader…
    ..In order to knock Germany out of the geopolitical and geo-economic game for good, the AAA must not only successfully trick it into committing economic suicide through its compliance with the anti-Russian sanctions, but also destroy any chance of a strategically meaningful rapprochement with Russia in the future.
    ​ ​Sabotaging the Nord Stream pipelines accomplishes precisely that by completely disincentivizing Germany from potentially clinging to whatever energy-driven plans it might have for eventually repairing relations with Russia.​..Germany might also figure that it doesn’t have anything more to lose vis a vis Russia by possibly being the first country to send cutting-edge battle tanks to Kiev. This artificially manufactured strategic inertia would thus doom Russian-German relations for decades. https://www.globalresearch.ca/anglo-american-axis-benefits-from-ecological-terrorist-attack-baltic-sea/5794777

    ​Moon of Alabama (German) [This is overtly in Germany’s face. Germany is nationally humiliated, as well as being deeply injured and betrayed.]
    ​ ​This does not happen by chance or fate. It is part of a long term neoconservative plan for continued U.S. supremacy over the world. The Anglo-American axis is the only party to benefit from the recent events.
    ​ ​The U.S. allegedly warned Germany of sabotage of the Nord Stream system (in German).
    ​ ​This reminds of President Joe Biden’s warning of a Russian invasion in Ukraine early this year.
    ​ ​It is easy to predict such events when you are the one who intends to cause them.
    ​ ​The U.S. knew that the Ukraine was going to launch an attack on the Donbas republics. The U.S. knew that Russia would intervene to help its brethren. Russia had said so. The Ukrainian attack started with artillery preparations on February 17. Russia intervened on February 24.​..
    ​..​The Baltic Sea is controlled by NATO. This from June 2022:
    “BALTOPS, with the high degree of complexity, tested our collective readiness and adaptability, while also highlighting the strength of our Alliance and resolve in providing a maritime domain with freedom of navigation for all,” said Vice Adm. Gene Black, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO)… .​.​While the Baltops 22 maneuver already took place in June and July of this year the U.S. Sixth Fleet left the Baltic Sea only a few days ago (in German, my translation): … The “USS Kearsarge”, flagship of the association and largest warship of the US Navy, which was in action in the Baltic Sea in the last 30 years, has 40 helicopters and fighter planes as well as more than 2000 soldiers on board, the escort ships about 1000. For the around 4,000 soldiers are heading back home on the east coast of the US after their six-month deployment. ​ ​ Parts of the Kearsange operations in the Baltic Sea were dedicated to test special sub sea mine destruction technologies​…​ ..The U.S. military is not the only force that was near the area of the pipeline damage. Just a 100 kilometer south is the Polish naval base Kolobrzeg (the former German Kolberg) which harbors mine laying ships and the 8th Kołobrzeg Naval Combat Engineer Battalion. Naval combat engineers are experts in blowing up anything that is under water, be it mines or pipelines​​
    ​ ​A significant focus of BALTOPS every year is the demonstration of NATO mine hunting capabilities, and this year the U.S. Navy continues to use the exercise as an opportunity to test emerging technology, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Public Affairs said June 14.
    ​ ​In support of BALTOPS, U.S. Navy 6th Fleet partnered with U.S. Navy research and warfare centers to bring the latest advancements in unmanned underwater vehicle mine hunting technology to the Baltic Sea to demonstrate the vehicle’s effectiveness in operational scenarios.
    ​ ​Experimentation was conducted off the coast of Bornholm, Denmark, with participants from Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport, and Mine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measuring all under the direction of U.S. 6th Fleet Task Force 68.
    Off the coast of Bornholm, Denmark, is where the pipelines were hit. Just days ago the USS Kearsarge was in that area…
    ..On September 2, interesting maneuvers performed by an American helicopter with the call sign FFAB123. Then it was assumed that this board was from the USS Kearsarge air wing, and today more details were looked.
    ​ ​According to the website ads-b.nl , this call sign was used by 6 boards that day, of which we managed to establish the side numbers of three. All of them are Sikorsky MH-60S.
    ​ ​By superimposing the FFAB123 route on the scheme of yesterday’s accident, we get a rather interesting result — the helicopter either flew along the Nord Stream-2 highway, or even between the points where the accident occurred…
    ..Meanwhile, mine operations served as an ideal area of focus for testing new technology.
    Scientists from five nations brought the latest advancements in Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) mine hunting technology to the Baltic Sea to demonstrate the vehicle’s effectiveness in operational scenarios. The BALTOPS Mine Counter Measure Task Group ventured throughout the Baltic region practicing ordnance location, exploitation, and disarming in critical maritime chokepoints…

    ​..​In 2021, while Nord Stream 2 was still being build, the Polish navy had interfered and endangered the pipe laying vessels in the very same place…
    ..During the recent Ukraine crisis Poland has rejected to receive Russian gas. It closed the Yamal pipeline that transports natural gas from Russia to Germany. Poland continued to consume Russia gas. It received it from Germany which had received it through the Nord Stream I pipeline from Russia.
    ​ ​Poland and Denmark have build a new sub sea pipeline which connects it to the pipeline that brings Norwegian gas to the Netherlands and Europe.
    The pipeline was opened yesterday, the very same day the Nord Stream system was sabotaged.​..​
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/09/whodunnit-facts-related-to-the-sabotage-attack-on-the-nord-stream-pipelines.html#more

    ​All 4 pipes were breached by explosives.​
    Sweden’s coast guard discovered a fourth gas leak on the damaged Nord Stream pipelines earlier this week, a spokesperson told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.
    https://www.azerbaycan24.com/en/fourth-leak-found-on-nord-stream-pipelines-swedish-coast-guard-says/

    ​Pepe Escobar: ​Germany and EU have been handed over a declaration of war
    ​Now it’s painfully clear the imperial velvet gloves are off when it comes to the vassals. EU independence: verboten. Cooperation with China: verboten. Independent trade connectivity with Asia: verboten. The only place for the EU is to be economically subjugated to the US: a tawdry remix of 1945-1955. With a perverse neoliberal twist: we will own your industrial capacity, and you will have nothing. ​The sabotage of NS and NS2 is inbuilt in the imperial wet dream of breaking up the Eurasian land mass into a thousand pieces to prevent a trans-Eurasia consolidation between Germany (representing the EU), Russia and China: $50 trillion in GDP, based on purchasing power parity (PPP) compared to the US’s $20 trillion.
    ​ ​We must go back to Mackinder: control of the Eurasian land mass constitutes control of the world. American elites and their Trojan Horses across Europe will do whatever it takes not to give up their control.
    ​ ​“American elites” in this context encompass the deranged, Straussian neo-con-infested “intel community” and the Big Energy, Big Pharma and Big Finance that pays them and who profits not only from the Deep State’s Forever War approach but also wants to make a killing out of the Davos-concocted Great Reset.
    ​ ​The Raging Twenties started with a murder – of Gen Soleimani. Blowing up pipelines is part of the sequel. There will be a highway to hell all the way to 2030. http://thesaker.is/germany-and-eu-have-been-handed-over-a-declaration-of-war/

    #117208
    John Day
    Participant

    I still can’t get this post to take, so I’ll deactivate the Saker and Global Research links with spaces.

    ​Bhadrakumar, from Indian Punchline:
    ​ W​ith Nord Stream lethally damaged, if Russia were to resume gas supply to Germany in the conceivable future, it can only be through the Soviet-era pipelines that run through Poland and Ukraine. But Warsaw and Kiev will not be in a mood to cooperate in the prevailing circumstances.
    ​ ​Principally, Russia loses whatever leverage it has over German policies at a juncture when a grave economic crisis looms ahead and there is growing demand to review Berlin’s decision against the commissioning of Nord Stream 2. Last week, large demonstrations took place in Germany calling for the commissioning of Nord Stream 2 to resolve energy shortage.
    ​ ​As for the German leadership, it too no longer has an option to bite the bullet and seek resumption of Russian gas supplies (except by begging Poland and Ukraine to cooperate in the reopening of the Yamal and Druzhba pipelines.)

    Attack on Nord Stream kills prospects for dialogue in Ukraine

    ​Gilbert Doctorow, on the ground in St. Petersburg, and fluent in Russian, comments on draft evasion in Russia. He’s a Vietnam-era peacenik. I pick this cameo:
    ​ ​My 50-year old main taxi driver, infantry captain in the reserves, has little doubt he will be called up, if not in this first “partial” mobilization then in the general mobilization that is sure to follow once Russia declares war on Ukraine, which may be within the coming two weeks. And what does he say about it? “I already have the best years of my life behind me. I am ready to go and, if necessary, to die for my country.” Verbatim and without a hint of jingoism. It sounds a bit like the charming “my country write [sic] or wrong” that my grandfather Max, who emigrated to the U.S. from the Russian Empire in about 1910, wrote to me in the 1960s. Both expressions were heartfelt and merit respect.
    Draft evasion in today’s Russia

    Poll: Americans support quick diplomatic end to war in Ukraine​ (US midterm elections are less than 6 weeks away.)
    ​ ​Nearly 60 percent of Americans would support the United States engaging in diplomatic efforts “as soon as possible” to end the war in Ukraine, even if that means Ukraine having to make concessions to Russia…
    ..The survey also found that 47 percent said they support the continuation of U.S. military aid to Ukraine only if Washington is involved in ongoing diplomacy to end the war, while 41 percent said they would support aid regardless of whether the United States is engaged in negotiations.
    ​ ​Just six percent said Russia’s war in Ukraine is among the top three most important issues facing the United States today, with the top three being inflation (46 percent), jobs and the economy (31 percent), and gun violence (26 percent).

    Poll: Americans support quick diplomatic end to war in Ukraine

    ​ An Orthodox Priest presents the case for slow-motion Anglo-American suicide, as the western empire consumes itself and involutes.
    American Roulette​ ​, By Batiushka for The Saker blog
    http://thesaker .is/american-roulette/

    The Taliban have signed a provisional agreement with Russia to supply gasoline, diesel, gas, and wheat to Afghanistan, acting Afghan Commerce and Industry Minister Haji Nooruddin Azizi told Reuters.
    The announcement marks the first major international economic deal by the Taliban with a foreign government beyond its borders since the group came to power following the US’s chaotic withdrawal from the country in August 2021.
    No country, including Russia, has formally recognised the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, although Russia is one of several countries that has maintained its embassy in the capital Kabul.
    Azizi said that Russia had agreed to discount supplies to the Taliban, compared to average global commodity prices. The deal will see Moscow supply around one million tonnes of gasoline, one million tonnes of diesel, 500,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and two million tonnes of wheat annually, to the country.
    The agreement will begin with a trial period for an unspecified amount of time and a final deal will be struck if both sides are satisfied with the arrangement…
    ..The US is also engaged in talks with the Taliban. This month Washington announced that it would release roughly half of the frozen $7bn in funds for monetary and humanitarian aid. Details of the plan are scarce and the Taliban has demanded the full amount. It’s unclear how the agreement with Russia will impact negotiations.​ ​https://www.globalresearch .ca/afghanistan-taliban-sign-import-agreement-russia-report/5794847

    #117209
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Iranians are really tired of the brutal “morality police” squads that roam their streets, beating women.
    Iran Oil Workers Threaten To Strike If Government Doesn’t End Crackdown​ ​https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Iran-Oil-Workers-Threaten-To-Strike-If-Government-Doesnt-End-Crackdown.html

    ​ No science is ‘settled”, it seems: Not all scientists agree that mankind had a single birthplace or origin. For example, an article in Arkeonews claims that Africa may not be where the first humans evolved.
    It states that researchers have found evidence that the ancestral link between gorillas and humans occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean and not in Africa. According to them, the evidence shows that the first pre-humans entered the Balkan region of northern Greece.
    Researchers found specimens of a fossilized hominid in Greece and Bulgaria. They had already believed that such hominids were extinct more than 3 million years ago so it was surprising to discover these remains. Using computer tomography, the researchers determined that the specimens were pre-humans. So pre-humans already existed in the Balkan region.
    ​ ​Thus, scientists claim that the split between humans and chimps occurred in the Mediterranean region.
    ​ ​Still, another scientific theory is that modern humans did not originate from a single population or a single location. Rather, human traits emerged from multiple populations that came into contact with each other and mixed.​ ​https://original.newsbreak.com/@anita-durairaj-561241/2759618077308-some-scientists-claim-that-the-first-humans-may-not-have-evolved-from-africa-after-all

    #117210
    tony smyth
    Participant

    I dont often post on here but I’m not letting this one from D Benton Smith go by. Referring to the bombing of the Nordstream pipeline he wrote “It removed the last lever of influence that the collective West could bring to bear to persuade Russia to stop conquering. There is now ZERO reasons for Russia to do anything else other than continue conquering. (first Ukraine, then Europe, and almost immediately thereafter the US and UK)” . Sorry matey but this is utter bollox.

    First of all it is likely that the bombings were done by the US – they had their fleet in that exact area just a few days ago – what a coincidence. Biden is on record as saying they would not allow Nordstream 2.

    “Russia continue conquering”. Again bollox. No mention of the Maidan Coup funded by the CIA, promoted by Victoria Nuland and other neo-con Russia haters? No mention of NATO funding and training the Azov brigade? No mention of The Ukrainians shelling and killing 14,000 Russian speakers in the Donbas over 8 years? No mention of the buildup of NATO trained Ukrainian troops to attack the Donbas this spring?

    The truth is that Ukraine is country split down the middle between those mostly nationalist who inclining more to Europe esp Poland and Romania, and those in the south and east who incline towards Russia. You can see this clearly in the voting patterns before the 2014 coup. Sadly I cant post the map but its very clear. Pretty much a 50-50 split. Now there were many pre-2014 who could be both, and marriage between Russian speaker and Ukrainians was common. But with the shelling and persecutions since then not anymore, Thats why so many in the Donbas etc have voted to join Russian. Well done Azov and Zelenski. You brought this into being.

    So this contention “that removed the last lever of influence that the collective West could bring to bear to persuade Russia to stop conquering”. The Russians don’t want ALL of Ukraine – they want to save the Russian speaking part and to create a buffer zone from US/NATO encroachment,

    As for “wanting other countries and the UK” – Who in their right mind would want to UK ? – thats complete fantasy.

    #117211
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Response by Reiner Fuellmich

    #117212
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    Sabotage of NS1 & NS2

    This was an act of war, principally against Germany and carried out by their ‘allies’.

    This is part of the continuing isolation of Europe. It started in earnest when Russia reclaimed Crimea. The EU was more than happy to harm EU industries and farmers by imposing sanctions. This year it has gone into overdrive and isolation from Russia is nearing completion.

    The first shots have been fired to isolate the EU from China. The US has been trying hard to provoke China into invading Taiwan. If they are successful then they will demand the EU cease all trade with China, and it will! Iran is already in the bag.

    This will leave Europe as an impoverished backwater and remove a commercial competitor to the US, along with Russia, China and others.

    As a trading block is forming between Russia and China it is attracting other countries to join. The World could end up as the West and the rest!

    #117213
    Dora
    Participant

    @Germ

    Thanks for those links. These two sentences from the Amyloidosis paper caught my attention:

    “We here make the case (with evidence) that much of the aetiology of long COVID can be attributed to the formation of aberrant amyloid fibrin microclots, triggered in particular by the SARS-Cov-2 spike protein, ”

    “Importantly, the addition of purified, recombinant SARS-CoV-2 S1 spike protein to coagulation-competent normal plasma is sufficient to induce the formation of anomalous clots [118] that adopt amyloid states that are also resistant to fibrinolysis [108].”

    What does the vaxx do in the body? oh, right. Are long covid and vaxx injuries cause by the same process? Worth investigating.

    #117214
    Germ
    Participant

    “Degradative Effect of Nattokinase on Spike Protein of SARS-CoV-2”

    https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/27/17/5405/htm

    If you’ve had Covid/Long Covid and haven’t fully recovered, then get yourself on a course of Nattokinase.

    #117215
    Armenio Pereira
    Participant

    Nord Stream pipelines: those are (were?) supposed to be key infrastructures (both in logistics and political terms) – for all logical reasons, it should be one of the most controlled/under surveillance infrastructures on the planet. Yet, it was partially “damaged” by “unknown” agents. Makes one wonder if the main culprit for all what is going on on the world stage isn’t a supranational entity. (I’m not talking about NATO, because NATO=USA, and no, not necessarily the WEF: to my mind the WEF is just a clown world cover for something a tad more enigmatic.)

    #117216

    We changed the email subscriptions from Feedburner, who no longer support it, to “follow.it”. I see no comments on that at all. Would like some feedback.

    #117217
    Armenio Pereira
    Participant

    Like the WTC, the Nord Stream pipelines could have been booby-trapped at the building stage.

    #117218

    Also, we’re poised to change our ads provider on Oct 1. Cross your heart and hope to die. These changes are never easy. And we know this because we did 4 (5?!) in the past 2 years. Google has the monopoly, and I don’t want Google. Simple as that. If you see crazy ads over the next few days (casino, xx), hang in there.

    #117219
    Noirette
    Participant

    Meloni has stated undying support for Israel.

    top of google MSM, ex. times of israel

    https://bit.ly/3UPwrld

    Meloni is a staunch supporter of Kiev, Zelensky, and the ‘freedom of the Ukrainian people.’

    ditto, ex. reuters

    https://reut.rs/3SnCbBh

    She has no energy policy / proposals (imho) and simply veers between blaming the EU, calling for more nuclear power plants, blaming Macron for shutting off gas from Lybia, putting a cap on prices, etc. etc.

    She is not anti EU.

    she embraces European integration and distances herself from her movement’s neo-fascist origins

    ex. the guardian

    https://bit.ly/3y1PJtQ

    Re. Italy’s foreign policy. The coalition agreement signed with the parties of Salvini and Berlusconi details:

    — respecting the Atlantic Alliance — supporting Ukraine (Kiev against Russia) — for EU integration (with less bureaucracy, ha ha) — + only one other point:

    — the defense and promotion of historic roots of Judeo-Christianism in Europe.

    link in F

    https://bit.ly/3UZYrTA

    She is a kind of supercharged version of Marine Le Pen, having a big impact, because ‘newness’, but she follows an old, tired playbook.

    These left-right division, often called extreme left / right by the MSM, have absolutely nothing to do with what is going on. It is just guff to corral / fool the ‘voters’ into adhering to one figure or another.

    #117220
    Armenio Pereira
    Participant

    WTC: for further reference, see this (and then ask yourself: how could a team alien to the construction site smuggle and assemble all the required equipment to pull it through? And if they did, why not others with less entertaining – albeit quite spectacular – ends?)

    #117221
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.rt.com/russia/563737-putin-donbass-accession-treaties/
    The Kremlin has revealed when Russian President Vladimir Putin will sign treaties on the inclusion of the two Donbass republics, as well as the self-proclaimed states in Kherson and Zaporozhye, into the Russian Federation. The move follows referendums held in the respective territories.

    Is this a declaration of WWIII?
    The EU and the US have repeatedly refused to accept the results of the referendums, calling them a “sham.” Western leaders have also vowed to never recognize “any kind of annexation in Ukraine.” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen claimed she was “determined to make the Kremlin pay for this further escalation,” while US State Secretary Antony Blinken stated that Kiev had “every right” to take back the territories that are trying to secede from its rule.

    Ukraine wants to put anyone who voted in jail despite which option they voted for. Also, EU wants sanctions against their citizens who were observing these elections for fairness.

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