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Rembrandt van Rijn Belshazzar’s feast 1635-38

 

Unicorns Are Real (Batiushka)
Soul Man (Jim Kunstler)
Physical Integrity Of Nuclear Plant ‘Violated Several Times’ – IAEA Chief (RT)
IAEA Nuclear Watchdog Should Be Mistrusted ‘By Default’ – Zelensky Aide (RT)
The Moment of Greatest Danger (Schryver)
Russia To Halt All Oil Exports To Countries That Impose “Absurd” Price Cap (ZH)
Gazprom “Completely Halts” Nord Stream Gas Supplies Due To “Unexpected” Leak (ZH)
EU Country Bulgaria Wants To Negotiate Gas With Russians Again (NOS)
Hungary Reveals What Weakened EU (RT)
Biden’s Hateful Rhetoric Presents The GOP With A Sterling Opportunity (AT)
US Economic Decline And Global Instability Part 2: Rise of BRICS (PG)
College-Loan Forgiveness Plan Reveals Biden’s Constitutional Cynicism (Turley)
The Pandemic Did This? New York Times Fails Fact Check (Lerman)
Only Nine Percent of Law Professors Identify as Conservatives (Turley)
Biden-Big Tech Collusion Suit Reveals ‘Massive, Sprawling’ Censorship (JTN)
Hunter’s Techies Funded China Bat Virus Researcher (McCormick)

 

 

 

 

I thought he was in jail.

 

 

UDUMBASS

 

 

The NIH sneaked back in ivermectin.

 

 

DeSantis War Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Quite simply, if you are very ill and you don’t have the money, this year you will die.”

Unicorns Are Real (Batiushka)

An autumn chill is descending on every European country, though in each country in different ways. Gas-dependent Germany and Italy are desperate for Russian gas. It is not just homes, but whole factories which face imminent closure in energy-intensive industries. The result of that will be mass unemployment. By ‘mass’, I mean 20% and more. In France there is popular rejection of President Macron who has told his people that they (i.e. not him) must suffer so that the Ukraine can ‘win’. September is the first month of the annual strike-season in France. French people do not like being cold. Expect some headlines. In Latvia the Russian minority are fearful for their future, but so is everyone else. Heating will not be an option this winter. With a pension of just over 100 euros a month, many pensioners are simply going to die of the cold.

From Slovakia we have received the following: ‘Thanks for your email. Just to give you some idea of the current manufacturing costs here in Slovakia and to be brutally honest throughout the upside down world, We paid last year 85,000 euros for electricity, this year it’s going to be around 500,000 euros. As of 1 Jan 2023 it’s going to be 1.2 million euros at best. So that’s just the electricity, never mind the gas, the increase in raw materials, salaries and all other manufacturing costs, This is a hard way of saying it’s impossible to reduce and every customer of ours has to accept it or not. Surprisingly we have never ever been as busy! You cutting margins down low is of course difficult, but at least you have margins. We simply do not have anything to reduce’.

In Moldova the crisis is profound. As in Latvia and Lithuania up to half the population have fled their countries after they were pillaged by the EU (even though officially Moldova does not even belong to the EU!). Previously medicine came from the Ukraine. Now that is unobtainable, they have to use medicine from Germany. Only that costs ten times more. Quite simply, if you are very ill and you don’t have the money, this year you will die. In Romania, which has lost a quarter of its population to emigration after the great EU pillage, and where a salary of 600 euros per month is considered very good, food prices are the same as in Western Europe, where average salaries are four to five times more, and diesel costs even more than elsewhere. In Ireland restaurants are closing because they cannot afford their energy bills, which have increased by 1,000% (yes, one thousand per cent).

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“The country is verging on an economic catastrophe more consequential than the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the harbinger of it, a financial market crash, is sure to occur before November 8th.”

Soul Man (Jim Kunstler)

“Joe Biden’s” guardian of the rule of law, the DOJ under Merrick Garland, is on a rampage, not just seeking long prison sentences on J-6 misdemeanor defendants, but now going after their very attorneys, officers of the court, for daring to represent them. There is the recent Mar-a-Lago caper, of course, in which the FBI snatched a bale of documentary evidence Donald Trump had collected detailing these agencies’ four-year campaign to overthrow him. And, having gotten their mitts on it, the AG declared all the material part of a bogus “ongoing investigation” in order to prevent the docs being introduced in Mr. Trump’s just-opened defamation and racketeering lawsuit against HRC, her posse of Lawfare ninjas, and most of the people who worked in leadership of the FBI and DOJ circa 2016-2021.

In short, the FBI stole evidence of their own prior crimes to evade prosecution. Something tells me that’s not going to work out so well for AG Mr. Garland and Chris Wray of the FBI. You realize, don’t you, that all of “Joe Biden’s” scripted maundering about “democracy” and “justice” and “the rule of law” is a smokescreen sent up to hide the many crimes committed by his shadowy managers just now breaking into disclosure, and they are running out of dodges and distractions to divert the pliable center of the voting public from seeing it all.

Following Mark Zuckerberg’s epic mistake telling Joe Rogan that the government used his company, Facebook, and Jack Dorsey’s Twitter, to squash the first amendment, the wheels came off any pretense that this was not direct interference in the 2020 election by activists in government. For a whole year, the FBI sat on evidence that candidate “Joe Biden’s” family was running an international grifting operation fronted by his son Hunter, and when news reports about the notorious laptop began to leak out, the agency used its considerable powers of intimidation to make the news disappear.

[..] Thursday night, “Joe Biden” heralded a US economy firing on a gazillion cylinders. “American manufacturing has come alive across the heartland, and the future will be made in America, no matter what the white supremacists and the extremists say,” he declared. Is that so? Of course not. The country is verging on an economic catastrophe more consequential than the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the harbinger of it, a financial market crash, is sure to occur before November 8th. Everybody and his uncle on Wall Street knows that. The shadow regime behind “JB” knows that. He didn’t dare mention the word inflation, as if no one has noticed it. (Anyway, white supremacists did that.)

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“We are glad that the Russian Federation did what it did to keep our inspectors safe”

Physical Integrity Of Nuclear Plant ‘Violated Several Times’ – IAEA Chief (RT)

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi has confirmed that damage had been done to the Russian-held Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine, but refrained from naming the guilty party. “It’s obvious that… the physical integrity of the plant has been violated several times. By chance or by deliberation, we don’t have the elements to assess that, but this is the reality that we have to recognize,” Grossi told reporters after returning to Ukrainian-controlled territory on Friday. “I worried, I worry and I will continue to worry about the plant until we have a situation that’s more stable, that’s more predictable,” he added.

Grossi, who headed the team of IAEA experts that arrived at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant on Thursday, said that he “saw a lot”during the visit, personally inspecting some of the “key areas” at the facility, including emergency systems, diesel generators and control rooms. The atomic agency was “not going anywhere”from the plant now, he assured reporters, reiterating that the UN nuclear watchdog plans to establish a permanent presence at the facility. The official also said that some experts from his team will remain at the station until Sunday or Monday to “dig deeper” and collect more data for the report.

Russia said that Ukraine has shelled the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and sent commandos to storm it on Thursday in a failed attempt to use the UN inspectors as “human shields.” Grossi acknowledged that the security situation at the plant was “difficult” during his visit.“There were moments where fire was obvious – heavy machine gun, artillery, mortars,” he said, adding that on two or three occasions things got “very concerning” for the UN team. Zaporozhye nuclear power plant has been under Russian control since March, but has continued to be operated by the Ukrainian staff. The IAEA chief has praised the “incredible degree of professionalism” of those employees, saying that he saw them “calm and moving.”

Ukrainian attempt to hold IAEA team hostage

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Translate: If they say anything not positive about Ukraine, remember: they cannot be trusted. And translate that in turn: Ukraine is worried about what IAEA will find.

IAEA Nuclear Watchdog Should Be Mistrusted ‘By Default’ – Zelensky Aide (RT)

International organizations including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are “cowardly” and cannot be trusted, a senior aide to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has said. “I don’t like international institutions and mediation missions in general. They look extremely ineffective, extremely cowardly and extremely unprofessional,” Mikhail Podolyak said in an interview on Thursday evening. This applies “not only to the IAEA”, but also to the UN, Amnesty International, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Ukrainian official claimed, adding: “By default, you should not trust them.” Podolyak’s remarks came as he criticized the IAEA mission to the Russia-controlled Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which arrived earlier in the day.

He expressed his low expectations from the mission, based on the positive remarks that Director General Rafael Grossi made after touring the facility in Ukraine. The Ukrainian official said he was willing to give the IAEA inspectors the benefit of the doubt and wait for them make an official report that would “show the depth of their inner destruction”. He explained his concerns, citing several aspects of Grossi’s visit. They include its relatively short duration, which Podolyak assessed was too short for a proper fact-finding mission. He also criticized the willingness of the IAEA chief to talk to a representative of the Russian atomic energy body Rosatom, who, Podolyak said, “delivered a strange long speech” to the UN official.

The IAEA experts arrived at the station from Kiev despite continued military action in its vicinity. Kiev and Moscow have accused each other of being behind the shelling and of trying to derail the inspection. Some members of the mission stayed behind to monitor the situation, while Grossi and others left. Podolyak said the IAEA should blame Russia for attacks on the plant, and if their report fails to do so, only stating that inspectors witnessed evidence of strikes, his opinion about the organization will be vindicated.

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“..in 2007, at the Munich Security Conference, Putin delivered a landmark speech wherein he put the Empire on notice that Russia was drawing a line in the sand beyond which it would not permit further NATO expansion.”

The Moment of Greatest Danger (Schryver)

[..] this war has reached the stage equivalent to Nazi Germany in mid-January 1945: the war is lost; everyone knows it is lost, and all that remains is the positioning in advance of the inevitable surrender, the unrestrained looting, and the occasional harassment of the never-say-die snipers who will fight to their last round of ammo and last drop of blood. In other words, we’ve finally arrived at the most dangerous juncture of this conflict. You see, as I have frequently observed, this war, at its deepest root, has always been an existential struggle between Russia and the rapidly declining fortunes and dominion of the long-since irredeemably corrupted American Empire. Beginning with the fall of the Soviet Union, and continuing throughout the 1990s, the western vulture capitalists raced to divide, conquer, and despoil the unfathomable natural resource wealth of the former USSR.

And indeed, in ten short years, they managed to extract a massive pile of treasure at Russia’s expense, only to be prematurely thwarted by the unforeseen rise of the previously obscure Vladimir Putin. At first, the finely accoutered locusts believed they could manipulate Putin as easily as they had his immediate predecessors. But they were soon disabused of that fallacy. So then they began to pressure Putin and Russia by methodically assimilating into their “defensive alliance” all the previously unaligned nations that stood between NATO’s 1997 borders and the Russian frontier. This, of course, awakened in Russia a sober sense of their increasingly precarious position, and in 2007, at the Munich Security Conference, Putin delivered a landmark speech wherein he put the Empire on notice that Russia was drawing a line in the sand beyond which it would not permit further NATO expansion.

That line extended from eastern Poland to northern Armenia. Predictably, Putin’s declarations were first mocked and then summarily dismissed. I suspect this was the point at which Russia came to see that war was very likely inevitable in order to retain its sovereignty and security. Nevertheless, Putin exhibited extraordinary patience. While initiating an aggressive military upgrade and expansion program, he bided his time for the next several years. But with the threat to Russia’s strategic naval base in Syria and the US-orchestrated coup d’etat in Ukraine, he was compelled to act, albeit with considerable restraint, to alter the trajectory of events. He dispatched an expeditionary force to Syria to prevent the fall of the Assad regime at the hands of US-supported “moderate rebels”; he moved to reclaim historically Russian Crimea, and to much more aggressively support the ethnic Russian separatists in the Donbass region of Ukraine who were waging a tenuously balanced civil war against the US-installed regime in Kiev.

American designs in Syria were foiled. But the ongoing de facto NATO assimilation of Ukraine continued, as the US and its NATO allies set out to methodically construct what would eventually become the most formidable proxy army in history, with ambitions to lure Putin into a Slavic civil war that would sap Russian strength, mortally wound its still-fragile economy, and induce social unrest within Russia and discontent among its various loci of domestic power, and ultimately effect “regime change” in the Kremlin. But, at every juncture, Putin out-maneuvered them.

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“..companies that impose a price cap will not be among the recipients of Russian oil.”

Janet Yellen sounds especially thick.

Russia To Halt All Oil Exports To Countries That Impose “Absurd” Price-Cap (ZH)

It did not take long for the Kremlin to respond to the G-7 plan to impose price-caps on Russian oil, with Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak warning that Moscow will ban exports of oil and other petroleum products to countries that impose a cap on the price of Russian crude. Novak made the remarks to reporters in Moscow on Sept. 1, according to Russian state media Tass, which came as Western powers were preparing to meet on Sept. 2 to agree on a Russian oil price cap. “We will simply not supply oil and petroleum products to such companies or states that impose restrictions, as we will not work non-competitively,” Novak said, while denouncing the price cap as “completely absurd.”

“It will completely destroy the market,” Novak continued, arguing that interference in market mechanisms in a key commodity like oil would have a destabilizing impact on energy security in countries across the world. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen took the opportunity of G-7 agreement to a nothingburger plan to take a victory lap: “The price cap will advance our two key objectives; The first, of course, is reducing revenues that Putin needs to continue waging his war of aggression. And the second is maintaining a reliable supply of oil to the global market and putting downward pressure on the price of energy for people in the U.S., in the UK, and around the world.”

But, echoing Novak’s remarks about a Russian oil export ban targeting countries that sign onto the cap, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters during a conference call on Sept. 2 that “companies that impose a price cap will not be among the recipients of Russian oil.”

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This will continue as long as the sanctions do. Remember, only one of six turbines were/are working.

Gazprom Completely Halts Nord Stream Gas Supplies Due To “Unexpected” Leak (ZH)

After a 3-day halt, Russian energy giant Gazprom was expected to resume critical supplies of nat gas to Europe via Nord Stream 1 tomorrow, but it appears that Putin is enjoying the game of cat and mouse a little too much, and gas flows won’t be getting restored any time soon, because moments ago Gazprom announced that it had “completely halted” transport of gas to Nord Stream until a previously undetected oil leakage is rectified. That could take hours, days… or months.
• GAZPROM ISSUES STATEMENT ON NORD STREAM 1 MAINTENANCE
• GAZPROM: TRANSPORT OF GAS TO THE NORD STREAM PIPELINE HAS BEEN COMPLETELY HALTED UNTIL FAULTS ARE RECTIFIED
• GAZPROM: DURING ROUTINE MAINTENANCE WORKS OIL LEAKAGE WAS DETECTED GAS SUPPLIES TO NORD STREAM FULLY STOPPED


That means that Europe will now be forced to rely even more on… well… Russian gas, in the form of much more expensive LNG resold by China. And after tumbling by more than 50% in the past few days, we fully expect European gas prices are about to go super parabolic and take out all time highs as soon as trading returns on Monday.

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Google translate from Dutch.

That makes Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Bulgaria and some in Austria think of joining.

EU Country Bulgaria Wants To Negotiate Gas With Russians Again (NOS)

Balkan country Bulgaria has made a 180-degree turn towards Russia. The government supported Ukraine and subsequent European sanctions and was subsequently cut off from Russian gas. Meanwhile, there is an interim government in power that cares little about European solidarity. The government is even reaching out to the Russians again, it was announced in a television interview this week: “Talks are being held at the highest level,” Prime Minister Galab Donev said. That announcement – that negotiations are underway with Russia – is causing great concern in the capital Sofia. Hundreds of protesters blocked the main entrance to the government building in recent days. They demand the resignation of the interim government, which has been in power for less than a month.

[..] In the capital Sofia, gas is used for communal district heating. The winters are quite cold and residents in the working-class neighborhoods already have high bills. At the district heating office, Bulgarians walk in and out worrying about their payment. They have no problem with their country renegotiating with Gazprom. Pro-European Prime Minister Kiril Petkov came to power in December. He promised to end corruption and wanted independence from Russia. His government condemned Russian aggression in Ukraine and supported European sanctions. At the end of April, Gazprom turned the tap off for Bulgaria and Poland because of the refusal to pay in rubles. The two countries were thus the first European member states to be cut off from Russian gas. A difficult situation for Bulgaria, the country was 90 percent dependent on gas from Russia.

Prime Minister Petkov then signed an agreement with the United States to supply seven liquefied gas (LNG) tankers to “improve Bulgaria’s energy security”. An agreement mediated by the European Commission. But the Petkov government was overthrown after a vote of no confidence. President Radev appointed an interim government with an energy minister who was quick to announce that “it is practically inevitable that Bulgaria will enter into negotiations with Gazprom Export on the recovery of gas resources under the current contract”.

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“..EU leaders’ failure to “protect people in Europe” has resulted in citizens paying the price for a “war they are not even responsible for.”

Hungary Reveals What Weakened EU (RT)

The armed conflict in Ukraine has “catastrophically” weakened the European Union, Hungary’s Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, has claimed. Speaking at the ‘Open Balkan’ summit in Belgrade on Friday, Szijjarto argued that the Ukraine conflict along with its “economic influence and a ruinous energy crisis… has led to a catastrophic weakening of Europe and the EU.” The diplomat went on to claim that EU leaders’ failure to “protect people in Europe” has resulted in citizens paying the price for a “war they are not even responsible for.” The Hungarian minister stressed that talks are needed within the bloc to ensure that the consequences of the conflict are not “fatal to the continent.” Szijjarto added that food shortages in developing countries caused by the fighting in Ukraine have left “hundreds of thousands of people under the threat of famine,” leading to a “new level of migrants’ aggression” at Hungary’s borders.


The official also stressed the importance of the EU’s expansion in the Western Balkans. Unlike most other EU member states, Hungary has remained relatively neutral since the start of the conflict in February, refusing to provide weapons to either Ukraine or Russia. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government has argued that such shipments could see Hungary getting dragged into direct military confrontation – which is not in the country’s interest. Moreover, officials in Budapest have repeatedly criticized EU sanctions against Moscow, insisting that the punitive measures hurt the bloc itself more than they do Russia. Hungary has also called for dialogue with Russia to put an end to the Ukraine conflict.

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But this writer fails to use that opportunity.

Biden’s Hateful Rhetoric Presents The GOP With A Sterling Opportunity (AT)

Never before have government institutions been hijacked and misused to target political opponents. Never before has a virus been misused to impose lockdowns that infringe on the right to freedom of movement and the right to earn a living. Never before have vaccines been mandated causing people to be fired from their jobs or suffer from health issues. Never before has the U.S. government demonized its own citizens, calling them domestic terrorists. Never before has the U.S. government set up a ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ that sits in judgment of the utterances of citizens. Never before has the U.S. been subjected to prolonged disinformation campaigns, the Russian collusion hoax, the Ukraine call hoax, and now the insurrection hoax.

Never before has the U.S. had a president whose cognitive abilities are so impaired that he struggles to read off a teleprompter and causes citizens to wonder who is in charge. Biden continues by claiming that the Republican party is “dominated, driven, intimidated by Donald Trump” and his supporters, calling it “a threat to this country” because “they refuse to accept the results of a free election.” Perhaps Biden forgot the Russian collusion hoax concocted by the Democrats that baselessly attempted to delegitimize the results of the 2016 presidential election. It was the Democrats who refused to accept the results of a free election. Perhaps Biden forgot that big media and big tech suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop scandal prior to the 2020 elections.

A recent poll shows that nearly four of five Americans believe that “truthful” coverage would have changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Perhaps Biden forgot about Mark Zuckerberg spending $419 million to infiltrate sacrosanct electoral infrastructure of the 2020 elections and push for mail-in voting. Perhaps Biden forgot that 69% of voters nationwide cast their ballot nontraditionally i.e., by mail and/or before Election Day for the 2020 elections. Mail votes are highly vulnerable to fraud. Biden also alleged that the “MAGA forces” are aligned with white supremacists, violent extremists, and other undesirables. Perhaps Biden forgot violent Democrat extremists threatening Supreme Court Justices, vandalizing Catholic churches, pregnancy centers, and the offices of pro-life groups.

McCabe

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“..Western media is in ‘lockstep’ with government on foreign policy to a degree that would make real dictators blush”.

US Economic Decline And Global Instability Part 2: Rise of BRICS (PG)

First Amendment of the US constitution- ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’ It is commonly stated that the press (aka the proverbial ‘4th estate’) in the US is ‘free’ and ‘independent’ and ‘essential for the functioning of a free society’, serving as a ‘watchdog’ on government actions and policies and vital to protect the ‘liberty’ of American citizens. As is often the case, things are not always as they seem. In a recent interview with Brian Berletic, Mark Sleboda commented that “Western media is in ‘lockstep’ with government on foreign policy to a degree that would make real dictators blush”.

While there is no doubt that Western (read corporate) media is indeed promoting US foreign policy, it is not the US government that formulates these polices, rather they are formulated and developed by the ruling elite, using corporate-funded foundations and ‘think tanks’, academic institutions and prominent politicians. These include the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Rand Corporation, Rockefeller Foundation, American Heritage Foundation, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Academic institutions such as The Kennedy School (Harvard), Hoover Institution (Stanford), Walsh School of Foreign Service (Georgetown) and School of Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins) not only provide ‘experts’ and government officials, such as Wendy Sherman (Kennedy School) current US Deputy Secretary of State in the Biden Administration, they serve as training grounds for government officials and corporate management, some of whom are employed by above listed universities and foundations.

Once formulated, these policies are ‘sold’ to the American public by a compliant and well-disciplined media. Approximately 90% of US media is controlled by six large corporations- Comcast, Walt Disney, AT&T, Paramount Global, Sony, and Fox, with a combined market cap of circa $500 billions. Like other large corporations, media conglomerates have the same class interests as the financial elite, i.e., promoting policies which increase corporate power and profits and maintain US global hegemony. So called ‘public’ media, such as National Public Radio (NPR) and the BBC, in the UK, function in a similar manner. Corporate media is closely integrated with large financial interests and serves as a ‘cheerleader’ for the Pentagon and US foreign policy.

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“The idea of a president giving away such a fortune with the stroke of a pen should alarm every American.”

College-Loan Forgiveness Plan Reveals Biden’s Constitutional Cynicism (Turley)

In 1987, President Reagan reached a milestone in sending to Congress the first trillion-dollar budget. The size of it caused intense debate in Congress over the debt load, but an eventual “consensus” budget was reached. What is shocking today is not simply the size of the more than $4 trillion federal budget but that President Biden just wiped out what is estimated to be $1 trillion owed to the country — the size of the Reagan budget — without a single vote, let alone approval, by Congress. The idea of a president giving away such a fortune with the stroke of a pen should alarm every American. Not only will the massive payout likely fuel inflation but critics have objected to having working-class people subsidize the debts of college-educated citizens.

Others object that it is unfair to those who sacrificed to pay off their loans or those of their children. When one such father asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) whether he would get a refund after struggling to pay off his daughter’s college education, Warren dismissed him with an “of course not.“ Some Democrats in Congress have joined Republicans in condemning the plan. Biden knew he could never get Congress to agree to such a massive write-off, so he did not try. Instead, he acted unilaterally, and Democrats like Warren expressed euphoria, although Warren wanted five times more debt forgiveness. The former law professor saw little problem with a president giving away hundreds of billions of dollars.

As was the case under President Obama when he circumvented Congress, Warren and others are celebrating their own constitutional obsolescence. This is not supposed to happen in a constitutional system based on shared, limited powers: The Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse, but Biden just gave away the store. James Madison described the essence of our system of separation of powers in Federalist 51 as premised on the belief that “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” No branch is supposed to have enough power to govern alone. Biden just did, however.

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“What can a pandemic NOT do?”

The Pandemic Did This? New York Times Fails Fact Check (Lerman)

Yesterday, September 1, 2022, The New York Times had a front page story entitled: “The Pandemic Erased Two Decades of Progress in Math and Reading.”The first paragraph states that “National test results released on Thursday showed in stark terms the pandemic’s devastating effects on American schoolchildren, with the performance of 9-year-olds in math and reading dropping to the levels from two decades ago.” Further down, the article says: “Then came the pandemic, which shuttered schools across the country almost overnight” and “experts say it will take more than the typical school day to make up gaps created by the pandemic.”

The definition of a pandemic, according to the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (ref: Last JM, editor. A dictionary of epidemiology, 4th edition. New York: Oxford University Press; 2001) is “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people.” According to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, “an epidemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads rapidly to many people.” Thus, a pandemic is a disease that spreads rapidly to many people all over the world. Based on this pretty much universally accepted definition, a pandemic can do exactly one thing: it can spread disease to many people around the world.

What can a pandemic NOT do? A pandemic cannot impose mandates or lockdowns. A pandemic cannot block borders or force people to stop traveling. A pandemic cannot shutter schools – overnight or otherwise. A pandemic cannot impact math and reading. A pandemic cannot cause learning gaps. What can our response to a pandemic do? If we decide to shut down schools for months and years on end in response to a pandemic, then it is our response that has caused whatever educational deficits and devastation to children ensue. It is not the pandemic. In case there’s any doubt that the effects of a pandemic are separate and distinct from society’s response to the pandemic, we can take a look at Sweden, where schools were never shut down, and where there was no learning loss and much less devastation to schoolchildren than in countries that closed schools during the Covid pandemic.

Blaming the pandemic for anything other than disease and/or death is misinformation. The New York Times headline and article contain clear and uncontestable instances of misinformation. Here is the information from the article, stated in a factually correct way: US public health leaders and politicians mandated prolonged school shutdowns in response to the Covid pandemic, and these school shutdowns had devastating effects on schoolchildren, creating learning gaps and erasing decades of progress in math and reading.

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Disaster around the corner.

Only Nine Percent of Law Professors Identify as Conservatives (Turley)

A new study offers further evidence of the alarming decline of ideological diversity on our law faculties. A study by Georgetown University’s Kevin Tobia and MIT’s Eric Martinez was featured on College Fix that finds that only nine percent of law school professors identify as conservative at the top 50 law schools. Notably, a 2017 study found 15 percent of faculties were conservative. This is the result of years of faculty replicating their own ideological preferences and eradicating the diversity that once existed on faculties. When I began teaching in the 1980s, faculties were undeniably liberal but contained a significant number of conservative and libertarian professors. It made for a healthy and balanced intellectual environment. Today such voices are relatively rare and faculties have become political echo chambers, leaving conservatives and Republican students increasingly afraid to speak openly in class.

The trend is the result of hiring systems where conservative or libertarian scholars are often rejected as simply “insufficiently intellectually rigorous” or “not interesting” in their scholarship. This can clearly be true with individual candidates but the wholesale reduction of such scholars shows a more systemic problem. Faculty insist that there is no bias against conservatives, but the obviously falling number of conservative faculty speaks for itself. In racial and gender discrimination cases, this type of pattern of de facto hiring preferences is routinely the basis for lawsuits. Obviously, intellectual diversity is different from racial discrimination. This is no protected class and there is no statutory mandate to support challenges. Faculties know that it is near impossible to challenge their hiring decisions. However, the de facto result of years of biased hiring practices is reflected in the low number of conservative faculty at these schools.

When confronted, faculty will often shrug and say that they are open to promising conservative faculty but they simply have not found any. They will also question what is a conservative or a liberal — even though professors seem to have little problem in answering such polls with those terms. There is little sympathy for conservative and libertarian students who have few faculty offering opposing views — or liberal students who would like exposure to the full array of legal thought and interpretations. Having taught for over three decades, I have never seen a more intolerant and orthodox environment. Schools have reached an ideological critical mass where faculties are replicating their own preferences. The overwhelming composition of faculties then serves to replicate and promote the views of liberal faculty on journals and in conferences.

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“..a 711-page “joint statement on discovery disputes.”

Biden-Big Tech Collusion Suit Reveals ‘Massive, Sprawling’ Censorship (JTN)

Even as President Biden warns the nation of the “extremist threat to our democracy” from Republicans in this fall’s elections, new evidence suggests a much wider campaign by his administration to sic Big Tech on critics than previously thought, going so far as removing a parody of Biden’s chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci. The First Amendment lawsuit by Republican attorneys general and a civil liberties group against Biden, Fauci and several other high-level officials has revealed a “massive, sprawling federal ‘Censorship Enterprise'” related to COVID-19 and elections, the plaintiffs said in a 711-page “joint statement on discovery disputes.”

“If there was ever any doubt the federal government was behind censorship of Americans who dared to dissent from official Covid messaging, that doubt has been erased” by what the defendants have already turned over, New Civil Liberties Alliance lawyer Jenin Younes said. The Justice Department cited its 15,000-page document production to oppose the “anything but reasonably tailored” discovery requests by Missouri’s Eric Schmitt, Louisiana’s Jeff Landry and NCLA, which DOJ called “grossly disproportionate” to this stage of litigation. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram parent Meta, Google’s YouTube and LinkedIn provided information separately.

The “defendants’ position” left out the elephant in the room: the likelihood of even greater harm to Democratic prospects if sensitive communications including Fauci and White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre are required to be divulged before the midterms. Schmitt is the GOP nominee for retiring Sen. Roy Blunt’s seat. The plaintiffs are keen to compel Fauci to discuss the “nature and content” of his oral conversations with Zuckerberg, who gave the long-serving public health bureaucrat his personal cell phone number in March 2020. They also want all Fauci communication with social media platforms related to the anti-lockdown Great Barrington Declaration and its authors, who are represented by NCLA, as well as Trump coronavirus task force member Scott Atlas, former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak and China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.

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“Mike McCormick was Joe Biden’s stenographer and witnessed Biden in action around the world. In a recent blog post he claims there’s much more to Hunter Biden’s involvement in the Wuhan lab and Biden’s meetings with President Xi in China.”

Hunter’s Techies Funded China Bat Virus Researcher (McCormick)

Mere days after he returned from his infamous Air Force Two trip to China with his dad in December 2013, Hunter Biden, along with his Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners pals, began a long, intimate, and lucrative business relationship with biowarfare contractor Metabiota — at the very same time its scientists were collaborating on research with virologists associated with Wuhan Institute of Virology and EcoHealth Alliance. [..] Also as an eyewitness to Joe’s dealings — I traveled with him to Ukraine and China — I will present further evidence that he and his staffers directed even more USAID and Department of Defense (DOD) funding towards his and Hunter’s investment in Metabiota for its activities in Ukraine and China. Joe Biden enriching himself and his family by lining up government funding Metabiota is malfeasance, an impeachable offense.

But in my opinion, impeachment hardly answers for his criminal affiliation with this pandemic “predictor.” But the question that must be asked, and it’s only me asking: Who had the idea for Hunter and RSTP to back Metabiota — Joe or Xi? And understand, the only people that can answer that question are Joe and Xi. Because given that prominent CCP virologist Shi Zhengli was leading the Chinese side of this research collaboration, it is entirely reasonable that Xi Jinping would have known about her project. It’s also reasonable that he knew a lot about her research partners, meaning it’s quite likely he knew Metabiota and its founder, Wolfe, were tied to the DOD and highly regarded by the WEF. Whether Metabiota was a biowarfare contractor or a biotech software company, there is no doubt the CCP was keeping close tabs on it, and thus so was Xi.

So now what to make of Joe Biden and his four-and-a-half-hour meeting with Xi Jinping as crude, cruel, and callous Hunter waited in the wings. [..] At this point in time, Xi, the deadly serious president of China, the world’s most “ascendant” nation, thinks he is scheduled to talk to Joe Biden, the often ridiculous vice president of the United States, for only about an hour. Boy, was he wrong. So what changed? What was Joe up to? And why did Xi tolerate it? The meeting took place in the Great Hall of the People, adjacent to Tiananmen Square. It was supposed to adhere to the traditional world leader bilateral formula of a one-hour meeting with advisors present, followed by brief innocuous remarks to the press. But that’s not how it went. I know because I was there … sort of.

Chinese security denied me entry to the building. No reason given. So I retreated to a van in the motorcade and waited and waited and waited. So no, I was not in the meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping. But then, no one was. No senior staffers. Not a one. From either side. And based on reports from White House staffers who did get in the building, they spent four hours sitting on the hard floor of an empty hallway and were as put out as the Chinese by what transpired.Joe had all the advisors leave — Chinese and American. Not Xi, Joe. It was just him and Xi and interpreters — off script, off schedule, off plan. Most unusual. And Joe knew it. His remarks after the meeting began with an apology to Xi’s advisors for not only kicking them out of the room, but then monopolizing Xi’s time.

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    Rembrandt van Rijn Belshazzar’s feast 1635-38   • Unicorns Are Real (Batiushka) • Soul Man (Jim Kunstler) • Physical Integrity Of Nuclear Plant ‘
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle September 3 2022]

    #115084
    aspnaz
    Participant

    George Clooney, don’t know what it is but from the first time I saw his image on TV, I knew I would never see any of his films. And I haven’t. He emboddies all the things I really viserally despise in Hollywood. It is as if every time I look at him I see green haired fat lesbians in superwoman costumes … I know, kind of weird. In keeping with my track record, I closed the video of Georgie when I saw that slimy face.

    #115085

    Clooney’s in Oh Brother Where Art Thou, one of the best films ever made. Bad idea to miss that.

    #115086
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Syriana is another Clooney film where he breaks his pretty boy role in a very gritty performance…

    #115087
    SeaBirds
    Participant

    Belshazzar’s Feast

    RIM
    We’ve been waiting for you to post this one.
    It made a strong impression on us when we first saw it in the flesh in the National Gallery back in the 80’s.
    So appropriate to today’s Empire of Lies.

    Thanks again for the excellent daily selections.

    #115088
    aspnaz
    Participant

    I watch less than one film per year. When I do watch films they are usually Asian films. The last movie I saw was The Lunchbox which I am sure made its way around the west’s cinemas as it was a big prize winner.

    I remember this Chinese movie I watched a few years back now, can’t remember the name. In the scene of interest, this grandfather was sitting on a bench with his grandaughter and their tortoise was on the ground in fron of them. The tortoise had decided that it wanted to walk around, so it walked towards the right side of the screen, very slowly (its a tortoise) and the scene was almost over when it went out of the shot. I am sure everybody was watching the tortoise, it was very tense: will it get to the edge before the end of the scene. Anyway, it got to the edge and just as people were wondering what was going to happen to the tortoise, a hand grabbed it and discretely placed it back in the middle of the shot. The sense of relief in the cinema was tangible. Cinematic gold, the tension could be felt throughout the theatre. That is the sort of stuff I love about cinema, so much so that I cannot remember the film’s name or the story line.

    #115089
    aspnaz
    Participant

    This is not supposed to happen in a constitutional system based on shared, limited powers: The Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse, but Biden just gave away the store.

    Not supposed to happen? You still think there is any restraint being applied? There is no law so these people are stealing billions through Ukraine, Taiwan and other unmonitored financial destinations. This give away is only not to Biden’s chums because he wants to win in November, this is a bribe, which is different to the outright theft that the POTUS and other DNC scum are performing at the moment.

    #115102
    aspnaz
    Participant

    … given that prominent CCP virologist Shi Zhengli was leading the Chinese side of this research collaboration, it is entirely reasonable that Xi Jinping would have known about her project.

    Which would explain why Xi instigated the Zero Covid policy, to keep this germ alive and to use it for as long as possible. Xi is still locking down cities at the moment and the effort seems mainly aimed at the areas associated with his political enemies. He is using his inbuilt corruption to try and defeat opponents to him being voted as “Emperor” by bashing them over the head with a baseball bat rather than out running them. The problem with this sort of corruption is that China ends up being led by a Chinese Yeltsin. Mind you, it didn’t do badly for Russia as Yeltsin led to Putin. Maybe someone good will follow Xi.

    #115103
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Weird things happen when I go to TAE. And especially when I use the comments submit icon; sometimes I get taken to a Maori language ‘health advisory’ website, and sometimes I get taken to some kind of adult fantasy gambling website, nwither of which is of any interest to me. Clicking on the ‘go back’ icon and trying again usually fixes it and I eventually get to where I want to be.

    On my travels around cyberspace I notice that there is all sorts of garbage everywhere: government issued garbage about the strength of the economy and how ‘vaccines and masks save lives’; mainstream media garbage about celebrities and corporatised sport; advertising garbage; magic solutions to all kinds of non-issues garbage; YouTube garbage telling me how Ukraine is winning the war and making great advances; garbage about Putin being an ‘evil dictator, determined to take over the world; garbage about the CCP and how evil the Chinese people are; garbage about the British royal family…..

    I had to withdraw from a community group because there were people who sincerely believed that aliens were meeting agents from Earth on Jupiter to decide how best to save the Earth; others talked about ‘white hats meeting on/in/under Antarctica to discuss the fate of humanity; ‘med beds being distributed (January to March 2022) that would instantly cure all illnesses’; the issuing of a new global currency that would make everyone wealthy; the issuing of a allocation of gold to everyone on Earth…..

    I had to withdraw from the local bridge club, despite being the top player at the club, because the nutty people there told me I could not play unless I wore a mask and had been jabbed with potentially lethal jabs that I knew were completely ineffective in protecting from Covid, as were the masks..

    All efforts to get a Permaculture garden established at the local school were sabotaged by the local council. The apathy and complacency of the headmaster didn’t help that project progress, either. 18 months later, nothing has
    happened, though the apple trees I trimmed and shaped are looking better that they did.

    My neighbour went completely nuts when I stored vital information about the lethal nature of jabs in a place she could see from her kitchen window. After being physically threatened by her friends for daring to write and speak the truth -they were all jabbed mask-wearers, of course- and having had to call the police to deal with them, I cut of all communication with them.

    It is at times like this that one realises most people in western societies are mad, and some are completely mad.

    Thankfully, I have good friends who check TAE regularly and know it’s all bullshit. They also have fruit trees and extensive vegetable gardens.

    As I said to another friend who is not mad yesterday, anyone who has not made the preparations by now has left it too late.

    My daughter, trapped in England, told me she was in tears over the cost increases for power that have already taken place.

    My grandson, who is extremely bright and following the gentiec line, is extremely good at chemistry, physics and maths, needs to plan his next round of academic training.

    How do I explain there probably won’t be universities by the time he is old enough to go?

    Indeed, so mightily FUBARed is Britian, as a consequence of decades of corruption, lies and ineptitude, it is difficult to see how millions will not freeze or starve to death. 🙁

    And then there are the deadly jabs that so many British people were conned into accepting, my daughter and family included. 🙁 🙁 🙁

    #115104
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #115106
    Dora
    Participant

    Thinking about the optics of Biden’s speech, I think the two Marines were there to make sure he didn’t wander off in the wrong direction when leaving the podium. You couldn’t really have 2 people dressed in Easter Bunny suits doing that shepherding job for this speech. Easter Bunny costumes wouldn’t convey sufficient gravitas.

    #115107
    Dr. D
    Participant

    That may be quite the relevant painting. Other than Rosh Hashanah ending Sept 28th, they seemed to like to be merry pranksters fighting over who owns 9-11. That’s right now, as the market looks happy to drop 30%.

    Clooney: “Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic … which was more than likely caused by science.” –Jon Stewart

    Science’s goal is to create an assembly line of Frankenstein’s monsters, then run around the planet being unable to put even one back in the box. Answer: More Science!

    DeSantis’s War Room. Yes, after staging “Dark Brandon” with everything but the VonTrapp family in the alcoves, they are going to stage Cheeto’s arrest on fake charges. That means they need a DeSantis arranged on the outside. This is not about one man, as if DeSantis goes, they will merely anoint another, as freedom is eternal. That’s what makes it “inalienable.” And all a huge WWF stage show at this time. The point of which is to bludgeon you about the head until you wake up and do your duty. Act like a human again.

    “An autumn chill is descending on every European country”

    They are actively, intentionally, for no reason, shutting off the life-giving infrastructure people have come to depend on, and calling it “Russia” or “Depletion” or “Overshoot.” How those things are being said and credited, I have no idea. Also importantly: if they gave enough time, people would also adjust to the lack of infrastructure, and it’s not actually that hard. But it takes time, and in war, when you’re genociding your own people for no reason, a sure way to maximize casualties is to fall upon them suddenly and give them no time. …And so they have.

    …Because this is an intentional genocide to cut off 100 years of gas that is cheap and available, and Russia is still happily selling them.

    Will it work? Here’s the same thing, and worked great:

    “According to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, “an epidemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads rapidly to many people.”

    Thus, a pandemic is a disease that spreads rapidly to many people all over the world.

    Based on this pretty much universally accepted definition, a pandemic can do exactly one thing: it can spread disease to many people around the world.

    What can a pandemic NOT do?

    A pandemic cannot impose mandates or lockdowns.

    A pandemic cannot block borders or force people to stop traveling.

    A pandemic cannot shutter schools – overnight or otherwise.

    A pandemic cannot impact math and reading.

    A pandemic cannot cause learning gaps.

    What can our response to a pandemic do?

    If we decide to shut down schools for months and years on end in response to a pandemic, then it is our response that has caused whatever educational deficits and devastation to children ensue. It is not the pandemic.”

    The Pandemic Did This? New York Times Fails Fact Check

    This is just what I said – from their own data, in 2020 – and now we all have to live with it. Perhaps it can begin a better day, a new chapter, where whatever experts say is disgraced, discredited, suspected, and we use our own best judgment to minimize effects instead of looking to others to solve our problems. Home schooling, researching, discussing. Non-coercing as if we are a Republic founded on Liberty and Human Rights.

    It’s an expensive lesson though, and few have learned it even now.

    If you think this is bad, the Paris study was devastating.

    People loved it then and love it now. And not just when it killed all those “essential” workers like Juanita. It killed them and their children, extinguished their family line forever, and they love, love, love it still. Wearing masks out camping and denying Paxv and IVM even against all CDC data and advice. They are a death cult, and killing humans, for any excuse made up, is their religion. It’s for their own good really, when I drive my kids into a pond and kill us all. A sure sign of mental stability and Truth.

    “We are glad the Russian Federation did what it needed to do to keep our inspectors safe” – UN spokesman”

    They are glad Rus helicopter-strafed near thousand Ukie men. Ouch.

    “Russia and the rapidly declining fortunes and dominion of the long-since irredeemably corrupted American Empire.”

    “American”. Interesting. Well I can’t discard it, but he should be more careful who the players are. If it’s “American” why are the “Americans” themselves their major enemy, such that Dark Brandon declared open war on them?

    “ Russia to Halt All Oil Exports to Countries that Impose “Absurd” Price-Cap (ZH) “

    This is amazing and illustrates just how far from reality they are. You walk into Tesco and say, “I want these whole chickens, but really I’m only going to pay you £1 for a dozen.” You don’t get the chickens. I can give you 1/12th of a chicken, maybe. We can discuss with the manager. But the answer is no. That’s what “Property” means, and why they, Socialists, don’t believe in it. They believe all things belong to the “State”, and the “State” is them.

    That you could phrase this in any way that wouldn’t cause raucous derision and laughter shows how similarly out of touch people and magazine editors are.

    “EU Country Bulgaria Wants to Negotiate Gas with Russians Again (NOS)”

    If Bulgaria wants something else, something much harder that has never been invented before, they will have to make it. But that takes “Work”. And also unpredictable time. For example, nearly all of America was declared uninhabitable for centuries. Americans had to “Work” and invent windmills, canals, waterworks, that made our present population and distribution possible. Once we build that, people immediately appear to steal it, and also complain: why is Kazakhstan an undeveloped backwater? You should give us your stuff!! No, God did not GIVE us this stuff, we WORKED for it, really hard. Go do your own work and get your own stuff. This is the Carbon-credit programs that transfers trillions, perhaps quadrillions, from the ecological 1st world to the dirty-coal 3rd world, to insure they can keep polluting recklessly. Because the people at the top love the earth so much. They can see it from their jets!

    “Biden’s Hateful Rhetoric Presents the GOP with a Sterling Opportunity (AT)”

    Nothing could be better, and as above, I’d stage it if I could. Apparently even the movie set of the “Sound of Music” fails to break through the dunderheads in blue America. Note although this is a declaration of war on 77 million gun owning Americans, they did not take up any shooting. At all. Can you tell me who are the good guys here?

    “Andy McCabe says Biden didn’t go far enough threatening Republicans”

    Exactly. Okie-dokie, little buddy! Maybe you haven’t realized how big America is yet and how little power you have in it. The Mississippi map gives a small indication.

    President Biden just wiped out what is estimated to be $1 trillion owed to the country — the size of the Reagan budget — without a single vote, let alone approval, by Congress.”

    Indication that it – MIGHT – be illegal.

    We have constant posting problems, but never THOSE. Often logging out and in clears the mechanism, and note it dislikes over-pics or over-links.

    I’d say have your daughter sign up to help sail around the world — yes those jobs actually exist — but I couldn’t tell you where is safe right now. Uk vs Oz? Bad call. Somewhere in America, probably, but that’s a big space, and every corner will require something different. We can only do what we can and stay lively.

    #115111
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Follows Magnetosphere, yesterday:

    Picking up the very observable, and very easy to trace the mechanism, fact of magnetic weakness leading to “Pole Shift”, we can begin to understand some things.

    Now just because these things SEEM obvious doesn’t mean that they’re true. Only that OTHERS have come to believe them, and we can tell from their huge, strange actions which are otherwise unintelligible. WHY in 1979 or so, they sent out Viking, and very suddenly increase their line of financialization exponentially, that very clearly was not sustainable? Why did they go mad for “Continuity of Government”, “DUMBs”, and multi-trillion dollars go missing, location unseen, although that is physically impossible?

    WHY did they drive as if their lives depended on it – Jobs at Apple is a top example – a cult to have all humans attached to a portable computer, like “Logan’s Run” and THX1138? Time was VERY urgent for them, and people who appeared, like Jobs and Gates, were endowed with some of that $40Trillion of missing money.

    WHY did they loot as if the world was ending, starting 2001, and had not the slightest compunction about it, nor care that the public should know? Why did they start purchasing all food infrastructure following, and arranging their quite clearly murderous “Green New Deal” of electric utopia thereafter, losing trillions of dollars in zero-return-on-investment infrastructure?

    Why, Dr. Day? Because whether we’re in a 200 year Maunder cycle, a 12,000 year Flood cycle, or a 42,000 year asteroid-cycle, – and we may be in all three — the outcome is the same: poor crops, angry people and falling governments. Failed cultures even, like Crete. Maybe a failed whole planet, knocked back to a few men in caves, like after the flood 12,000 years ago. Around 1979 they had access to enough historical records, and also to the science records, putting out satellites and probes to prove it. And whatever “IT” was, it must have scared the h—l out them. And also could not admit or reveal “It”, or both people would freak out and stop being productive for their 401ks, but also compete with governments for foods and resources, pre-positioning and transitioning, in effect toppling the governments before “The Event” even hit.

    So it was necessary to shut up the Ice Age people, get Science on the payroll, and invent a “Reason” for all the very-obvious events that were about to happen. As the sun and space weather changed. So they bought them, they ruthlessly deleted careers, and fabricated a “reason” to do what they really wanted to do: PROTECT THE BILLIONAIRES.

    Now as the sun changes, and the magnetosphere fails, lowest in millennia, the poles are moving fast and even splitting, the earth has no protection and the weather comes unhinged. This may also be NOT from us, from the sun, but from something “out there”, or that these two are coincident, so when they see the evidence of one, they can be sure the other will happen. Asteroid strikes? Crust cracking? Like volcanoes are on cue at these cycle points, although not gone off for deadly global cooling: yet.

    For our purposes, ignore all the blathering of science that has proven failed predictions for decades: watch what they DO. Do? To them, it’s going down. Nothing matters. They need to actively reduce (aka “mass murder”) so many people that they can’t even do it with bullets, 1930-style. They need YOU to murder yourself, your neighbors, your country, using bad, erroneous beliefs. In this case, Chloros, the Pale Horse, the Green Agenda. CO2.

    You see: not that there aren’t a ton of ecological problems out there, but I understand THEIR panic, THEIR strategy, and THEIR position, and therefore it’s relatively easy for me to predict their next moves, and position MY strategy to suit. I understand and sympathize why they did it, why they lied, why they panicked, why they are presently murdering millions using false environmental agendas, but I cannot condone it. And my job is to simply state what I think and enact it in my own life. These things are almost certainly happening. If you were them, knowing all this, what would YOU do?

    And also, they will lose, by the way. What is that about “They will hide in caves (DUMBs) and the rocks will fall in on them” in Revelations? Very likely. Getting MOAR power and bigger houses is not the answer.

    Their plan is “Continuity of Government”, Continuity of POWER, really, inherited, undeserved power, and they THINK they are doing right. They think they ARE saving the earth and all mankind. Creating underground cities of some type, seed stores, army trucks, earth ships, colonies on Mars, whatever. They think they can’t save everyone, so they save whatever on the ship they can. That’s logical. Also why they do not care a whit about you living or dying. To them, the “Science” they have says the ship is going down, so flood the engine room and all the people in there if you have to. Completely coincidentally, they live on the bridge.

    …Is the Science…right? All I would have to do is get control of these results for the CIA, MilIntel, arrogant Billionaires like Gates and say “Let me read you in on the secret. Shhhh. Everyone else knows the secret too! Since 1945! If you’re a Very Important Person I can tell you, or you can buy your way into The Secret because you’re so very smart and special and not like the other boys.” Bwahahaha! And they buy this s—t! Again, not that “It” isn’t “True”, but if I can control “The Secret” I can make all these tossers dance to my tune, steal all the markets, kill all the people, build all the bunkers, and double-cross them when the real best plan would have been to grow more trees on the surface.

    What Day has in space weather and magnetosphere, which causes unavoidable, unpredictable, planetary fatal climate effects is “The Secret” which explains all their otherwise “Stupid” behaviour. Because they’re not “Stupid”. They know more than you, are smarter than you, and have access to data you can’t get. By that definition, You’re stupid. Not them.

    Thing is, although I can see that, I don’t trust that either. If this occurs as we can predict and has occurred, and it has the effects we expect and is occurring, then their preparations are the wrong ones. Which means they’re being punk’d as fools, by someone playing into their arrogance. This is not the way, but to be humble and INCREASE life on the surface, not pave it. But that would not save THEM PERSONALLY. It would save mankind and the present ecology instead, which they don’t care about.

    It’s an enormous subject I can only discern the outlines of, so it doesn’t fit into a post. But can’t you see it now? In the nations positioning for the needed oil, pre-buying the land where the crops will grow 30 years from now? Pre-setting armies on useless land that is about to become valuable? And also pre-killing, pre-controling their populations to survive?

    What does AOC say a minute after she arrives and they start reading her into what’s going on, a little at a time? Carefully how she phrases, which exact words she uses? Yes. All this.

    THAT’S why Europe, THAT’S why Ukraine, THAT’S why Russia, THAT’S why oil. THAT’S why electric cars, THAT’S why phones, THAT’S why chipping people, THAT’S why Libya and Sudan, THAT’S why Silk Road. THAT’S why economic collapse primed and slated for the arrival point. And THAT’S why they don’t care.

    Oh it’s a Climate Change alright: but whatever reason in your whole life would make you think they would tell you the TRUTH about it? I mean, really!

    #115112
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    The “Scienz” Greatest Hitz:

    #115113
    Red
    Participant

    “Experts” seem to think that the wood smoke will be worse than the hypothermia!

    UK wood suppliers have reported an unprecedented surge in demand for logs, briquettes and other biomass products as households rush to minimise the impact of energy bills rising 80 per cent next month.

    However, experts cautioned that a resurgence in burning wood in stoves, fires and boilers at home could exacerbate air pollution and damage people’s health.

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2336109-uk-energy-crisis-sparks-rush-for-firewood-despite-air-pollution-fears/

    #115115
    Dora
    Participant

    Catherine Austin Fitts has a lot of information/speculation about the missing money in the US govt. She says (roughly) that by the late 1990’s in the Clinton administration the govt itself started moving govt funds out of govt control and into private hands, very quietly, and with no accounting given. Lots of videos online of her making this point and other points. The US is now missing trillions of dollars, again with no accounting, according to her.

    #115116
    zerosum
    Participant

    Truth – Lack of energy – let’s count the ways

    Unicorns Are Real


    Unicorns Are Real
    An autumn chill is descending on every European country, though in each country in different ways.
    You cutting margins down low is of course difficult, but at least you have margins. We simply do not have anything to reduce’.

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    We do not have a “hive mind”

    The variations of opinions at TAE will not produce a sustainable RESET or an operational alternate social/economic system.
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    Getting the jab is playing/gambling Russian Roulette.
    Giving the children a loaded gun to play with

    #115119
    The Markster
    Participant

    Disappointed to see Clowney the Clintonite Harpie on this page today, peddling killler clot shots for toddlers, WEF & White House propaganda on the climate, and the kind of smug condescension and self-righteousness that saturates the Blue Team political establishment and corporate media here in Oregon. Watching that video made me feel dirty, nevermind the gag reflex.

    Great find on the NIH ivermectin listing, though – almost like an actual scientist with a conscience might still be employed there. Not that it will save them or us from medical ruin and unhinged political wrath going forward, but at least it’s something.

    #115120
    teri
    Participant

    The last few days, I have been puzzled by random items placed in-between the articles without explanation here at TAE. I’ve even reloaded the page, thinking the titles or the captions are just not showing up on my browser, but that does not seem to be the case. They are really just sitting there without any context.

    Aug 31, near the top of the page, there’s a photo of Reagan with – I’m pretty sure – Gorbachev and Bush Sr. Why? What does this picture mean – no caption, not associated with any article, why is it just tossed in there? Then further down the page is a picture of a younger Putin and Gorbachev and someone else. Also not captioned. I know Gorbachev just died, but I’m not sure if these photos are supposed to be important for some reason, or if they are just stuck into the line-up of articles as a substitute for some sort of Gorbachev obituary.

    Sept 1, random photo of Reagan with… well, I’m not sure who that is, although I am pretty sure I should recognize the person. But why is this photo displayed at all? Does it mean something? Was it some important moment in history? Or are we just admiring Reagan, like, in general?

    Sept 2, near the bottom of the daily line-up, there’s a photo of a newspaper clipping from a German (?) newspaper. “GEA-ONLINE. Umfrage – sind sie zufrieden mit…”. Maybe a poll taken in Germany? Under the photo of the clipping, there is a line written in English, “ ‘Are you happy with the Chancellor’s work?’ Find the trick.” Hmmm, might be easier to find the trick if I knew what this clipping is and what it says.

    Today, under the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon (which is not attributed, btw), is a partial map of the USA. It would appear that the highlighted parts are the rivers that feed into the Gulf of Mexico. Is there something we are to gather from this map? Is this map giving us important information about something to do with recent events? Surely there was a reason to post it, but what is it?

    I feel like I am taking a Rorschach test here lately.

    #115122

    Disappointed to see Clowney the Clintonite Harpie on this page today

    Really? There are people who don’t see that this is dubbed over irony?

    #115123

    Aug 31, near the top of the page, there’s a photo of Reagan with – I’m pretty sure – Gorbachev and Bush Sr. Why? What does this picture mean – no caption, not associated with any article, why is it just tossed in there? Then further down the page is a picture of a younger Putin and Gorbachev and someone else. Also not captioned. I know Gorbachev just died, but I’m not sure if these photos are supposed to be important for some reason..

    Signs of his times. No captions needed.

    Sept 1, random photo of Reagan with… well, I’m not sure who that is, although I am pretty sure I should recognize the person.

    You should, it’s Gorbachev.

    Sept 2, near the bottom of the daily line-up, there’s a photo of a newspaper clipping from a German (?) newspaper. “GEA-ONLINE. Umfrage – sind sie zufrieden mit…”. Maybe a poll taken in Germany? Under the photo of the clipping, there is a line written in English, “ ‘Are you happy with the Chancellor’s work?’ Find the trick.” Hmmm, might be easier to find the trick if I knew what this clipping is and what it says.

    The trick is 100+ replies get a longer bar than 800+ others. No other info needed.

    Today, under the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon (which is not attributed, btw), is a partial map of the USA. It would appear that the highlighted parts are the rivers that feed into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Calvin and Hobbes attributions are always in the pictures. The map displays the mighty Mississippi and its sources and tributaries. And how much of America the muddy waters serve. They all feed into the Mississippi, not the Gulf of Mexico. Only the Mississippi does.

    I feel like I am taking a Rorschach test here lately.

    I guess so.

    #115124
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    @teri: Yes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Go with the flow…here’s my experience: Upon viewing the photos you mentioned (Gorbachev and Regan and Gorbachev and others) captured a moment in time where co-operation among rivals was possible. It gave me an opportunity to grieve for where we are now with Russia, and to reflect on how we got here, and WHY does it have to e this way. The Gorbachev Pizza Hut commercial was telling – seeing how we have been “corporatized” over the years, and how we spread it into every corner of the world. Sigh. The USA map with emphasis on watersheds was enlightening. Studying the web of rivers brings awe and gratitude into my Heart. What a beautiful design!

    @Dr D: The theory seems plausible to me. YOUR original thinking is very much appreciated. To answer the question “what would YOU do?” there is only one answer – tell the people the truth. Faced with a life-altering, monumental challenge – HUMANITY will adapt. Some will use the opportunity to create a more meaningful life and others will lose it and destruct. Many here UNDERSTAND that an end is near…and in your own words – We can only do what we can and stay lively.” To that I would add – stay positive.

    Why wait? The PRESENT is the present.

    LOVE to All.

    #115125
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Red: “Experts” seem to think that the wood smoke will be worse than the hypothermia!

    I think that it is a reflection of current “woke” thinking where the focus is more on protected minorities than on the majority. It is an odd lens for viewing the world.

    Hypothermia is something that has ill effect on everyone. Air pollution will be specifically devastating to a subset. By focusing on the extra-detrimental effect on the subset, the “woke” are attempting to manipulate the masses’ behavior through guilt — the current fad for “deepest social shame” in woke circles is an act that benefits oneself while being detrimental to another who is weak and helpless.

    The deepest irony is that this is a form of projection by the WEFfers — they reveal their own intentions by their projections on others.

    #115126
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “Weird things happen when I go to TAE”

    Weird things happen when I go to the internet, period. This has been so since the Dawn of Covid, and has steadily gotten worse.

    How much of it is intentional per surveillance and indoctrination, how much is just the ongoing erosion of industrial ability to produce things of a non-shit nature, how much is the erosion of supply chains and labor etc gradually avalanching through our economy…???

    But it has gotten really bad of late, and cyber-warfare is surely a major part of the blend at this point too. Local internet in a major USA West Coast urban zone has been eroding slowly but surely for two years, especially the past 6 months.

    We scan the skies for ominous portents but only discover cheesy gifs, alas:

    bg

    #115127
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    First paragraph from WSJ’s article about Biden’s weird speech the other day (courtesy of my dad, longtime WSJ subscriber)
    It’s been obvious for years that while Democrats claim to fear and loathe Donald Trump, they really can’t live without him. They need him around, they want him around, because they think he’s their ticket to remain in power.

    I frequently find fault with WSJ opinion pieces…and, courtesy to my dad, I see more of them than I would prefer! However, with this one I find some agreement — there are huge parts of the US that are turned off by the Biden Admin playbook.

    However, the Republican Party, MAGA or otherwise, is not a longtime solution. Ideally, I’d take a tip from Saul Alinsky and what could be helpful would be a popular movement that eschews both parties and instead plays them off of each other. Currently, both parties are playing segments of the US population off of each other. The US population needs to stop being dupes for those in power.

    #115128
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Liar, liar, knickers on fire

    .

    #115129
    willem
    Participant

    Red: “Experts” seem to think that the wood smoke will be worse than the hypothermia!

    Perhaps they’re thinking of smoke inside the house. I remember when I was back in the US Navy and we visited Pusan, Korea in the late ’70s. The primary mode of heating for many (most?) living spaces was charcoal in a stove placed in the center of the room. (If you took a bus ride through town you could see the big clinkers, yesterday’s burned out charcoal blocks, set out by the street for pickup.) Prior to putting into port we were warned that if we spent the night in town, we should be aware that carbon monoxide poisoning from these stoves was not uncommon.

    #115130
    Clueless Honky
    Participant

    As to the NIH Covid guidelines per Ivermectin:
    you can go to the NIH page: https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/therapies/antiviral-therapy/
    and then select the “Ivermectin” figure, which then takes you to the NIH page on Ivermectin, which states:

    “The Panel recommends against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19, except in clinical trials”

    So no, NIH has not changed their stance, unfortunately.

    #115131
    The Black
    Participant

    I rather like the inclusion of photos or graphics with no captions or hints. When I saw the depiction of the mighty Mississippi drainage, I thought of a lyric from a mid-80s song by the Waterboys, “…That was the river. This is the sea.” Seems fit for these times.

    #115132
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The map of the Mississippi Basin made me think of the Cuyahoga river running thru Cleveland where I lived once.

    Having a heavy ndustrial base is a highly romanticized notion.

    Especially when the river catches on Fire.

    The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire at Least a Dozen Times, but No One Cared Until 1969

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cuyahoga-river-caught-fire-least-dozen-times-no-one-cared-until-1969-180972444/

    Randy Newman got it right.

    Burn on big river, burn on…..

    There’s a red moon rising on the Cuyahoga River
    Rolling into Cleveland to the lake
    There’s a red moon rising on the Cuyahoga River
    Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

    [Verse 2]
    There’s an oil barge winding down the Cuyahoga River
    Rolling into Cleveland to the lake
    There’s an oil barge winding down the Cuyahoga River
    Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

    Cleveland, city of light, city of magic
    Cleveland, city of light, you’re calling me
    Cleveland, even now I can remember
    ‘Cause the Cuyahoga River goes smoking through my dreams

    Burn on, big river, burn on
    Burn on, big river, burn on

    Now the Lord can make you tumble
    The Lord can make you turn
    The Lord can make you overflow
    But the Lord can’t make you burn

    Burn on, big river, burn on
    Burn on, big river, burn on

    #115133
    WES
    Participant

    Conspiracy Theory:

    The magnetic north pole moving from Canda/US to Russia is signifying a shift in world power from the new world to the old world. It is all about magnetic power! Putin is magnetic! Joe not so much.

    The Mississippi River map:

    Notice that the watershed area for the greatest amount of fresh water anywhere in the world, the 5 Great Lakes, all comes from Canada. Only the shoreline areas on the US side of the Great Lakes, drain into the lakes. Almost all of the continental US’s watershed area drains into the Mississippi. Chicago fills it’s toilets with Lake Michigan water and flushes it down the Mississippi!

    2020 Election Poll:

    Biden poll counts inflated by 13%. Each Biden vote worth 113%.
    Trump poll counts defated by 13%. Each Trump vote worth 87%.
    That and poll stuffing is how Biden won the 2020 poll!

    P.S. Power restored after 3 days! Ontario Hydro simply forgot about us!

    #115134
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @teri re: “I feel like I am taking a Rorschach test here lately.”

    I’m sure RIM can address the specific questions of why certain graphics were interspersed throughout and at the end) of the day’s main articles, but I would speak to the other part of your question, which is why TAE has taken on, slightly so far, a certain new “flavor” or style that can feel like there is a film noire unspoken subtext that you’re just expected to telepathically assimilate and understand without further explanation.

    Yeah. That’s what happens when a relatively small group of similarly smart people talk with each other over long span of time. It’s sort of like long-married old couples who have learned each other’s ways so well that whole paragraphs of thought and feeling can be communicated with two shrugs and brief silence followed by a subvocal grunt.

    It’s fast, effective and efficient for those in the know, but a blank screen for everyone else, especially those who have come to expect something different (and better!)

    It’s also a bad habit, born of laziness as much as anything else and I will try to reform . . . . but I have a long list of other bad habits I’m trying to reform, so it may have to wait its turn.

    #115136
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Just when the meds finally kicked in and my paranoia was going into remission something like Afewknowthetruth pops up like a case of shingles.

    Yesterday he was irate confrontational accusative and downright mean and weepy. Today it is all agreeable sunshine, but the paragraphs read more like a trot line of baited hooks inviting interest rather than a cogent line of coherent thoughts progressing toward some sort of conclusive idea at the end.
    There there is the alleged weirdness of TAE’s blog comment submit button linking to a porno gambling site. Nope. That didn’t happen. But why tell such a transparently hokey lie? To what purpose?

    Whereas Deflationista behaved like a human who had access to AI assistance, AFKTT behaves more like a straight up AI occasionally assisted by a human.

    It’s not a problem in any way, but interesting. I think I might spend a little time and attention giving it the Turing Test. What have I got to lose but a little dignity?

    #115137
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    DBS, re #115136. LOL. Thanks! 🙂

    #115138
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    ‘As case numbers fall and other countries continue to ease Covid-19 restrictions, University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker said New Zealand will likely soon be following suit by easing mask requirements in many public spaces.

    Mask wearing is increasingly dropping in many public environments, and that’s likely to continue as the shape of the pandemic changes, Prof Baker said.’

    A clever feedback loop operates here.

    The universities are controlled by the government, which tells then what to say. And the universities then advise the government what polices should be.

    The government then declares: “We follow the science.”

    What the government never says -the fundamental truth- “We follow the money.”

    We [the government] also ‘print’ money via the central bankers, who tell us what to do.

    On one occasion the chief saboteur for NZ, Adern declared herself to be ‘”the only source of truth”.

    #115139
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    DBS

    ‘something like Afewknowthetruth pops up like a case of shingles’

    Fuck off \, you weaselly arsehole!!!!!

    #115140
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    We see that that the Ukraine conflict really is clowns fighting a very clever group of tacticians who have superb strategies and superior weapons.

    #115141
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    It’s a mighty fine Big River.

    Big Muddy looks like a huge old oak tree while China’s big river complex looks like a dragon in its larval state:

    bg

    #115142
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Reported today, Russia has carried out the steps necessary to cut off the flow of electricity from the nuclear power station to Ukraine. Ukraine can no longer on-sell electricity to the EU.

    No gas; less electricity. Oops!

    London and Washington are either shitting themselves or have brought out the champagne.

    #115143
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @AFewKnowTheTruth

    Regardless of who or what you are, surely you can do better than that.

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