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The Price Of Poker (Denninger)
Putin: The West is Failing, the Future is Asia (Celente)
Asia’s Future Takes Shape In Vladivostok, The Russian Pacific (Escobar)
Putin’s 12,000 Ton Gold Hoard Sets The Stage For Asian Bretton Woods (Macleod)
Six Months In, What Exactly Does Russia Hope To Achieve In Ukraine? (Trenin)
The Coming Victory of Native Europeans in the UK and the EU (Batiushka)
A Dirty Joke: Ukraine’s Hero Comedian President Zelensky (Celente)
Ukraine Planned To Use IAEA Experts As A Tool For Blackmail (Ritter)
Pentagon Sent GPS-Guided Rounds To Ukraine (RT)
Italy’s Berlusconi Believes He Can Help Resolve Ukraine Crisis (RT)
Germany’s Energy Suicide: An Autopsy (Escobar)
We the Silent Majority (AT)
Fell Asleep A Princess, Awoke A Queen (CD)
Hillary Plays The Victim Despite History Of Avoiding Criminal Charges (Turley)
Greece Warns Of Ukraine-style War With Turkey In East Mediterranean (MEE)



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“Can’t believe they are going to make a MAN queen. This woke nonsense has gone too far.”



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“For those who claim Russia is waging an “energy war” well, perhaps they are, but let’s not forget the west is attempting to wage an economic one! ”

The Price Of Poker (Denninger)

It appears that Putin’s government has announced that Nordstream I will not be restarted until western sanctions are lifted. “Russian natural gas supply via the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany will remain shut until the Western sanctions that impede gas turbine repairs are lifted, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. The gas crisis in Europe took a turn for the worse at the end of last week, when Russian gas giant Gazprom said after three-day maintenance ended on Friday that Nord Stream would remain shut until “operational defects in the equipment are eliminated,” upping the ante in its gas war against Europe.” As a reminder the pipeline had only one operational gas-turbine driven pump which, according to Gazprom, requires maintenance.

There are usually five of them available for service with a sixth held in reserve as a spare at that specific station through which the gas flows. As things stand now there are no spares and one sort-of-operating one that was shut down as a result of a fault discovered during an inspection. There are people saying that Russia could operate the one with the leak anyway but why does anyone believe there is any sort of duty to do so and shave the margins of safety? There clearly is no such duty and, further, the gas is Russia’s so if you think you have the right to sanction a nation and then demand they trade with you its rather obvious to me that your IQ is smaller than your shoe size. For those who claim Russia is waging an “energy war” well, perhaps they are, but let’s not forget the west is attempting to wage an economic one!

I’ve never in my life seen a “war” in which the people backing one side of it demand that the party on the other side continue to trade with them and not only that, but then attempt to put in price controls such that they demand not only the product but also what they pay for it. Putin obviously thinks that’s crazy. Now the West and Europe in particular get to choose: Either drop the sanctions or you get no gas. I fail to understand how this cannot be viewed as an entirely-reasonable position unless your view is that Russia has no right of national sovereignty at all, including the natural resources that lay within her border and those that transit same. If that’s your position — that the West has the right to impose a political and economic structure on a sovereign government then just come out and say it.

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“Beijing has been clear that it believes the world arrived at this point due to Washington’s interference in Kyiv.”

Putin: The West is Failing, the Future is Asia (Celente)

Russian President Vladimir Putin took an unveiled swipe at the U.S. Wednesday and said “Western nations” are hurting everyone — including their own people in their effort to maintain global order. “The West is failing,” Putin said. “The future is Asia.” Putin will meet with his Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistan next week, according to Russian media. Russia sees China as an economic lifeline. China is Russia’s top trade partner with total trade last year jumping 35.9 percent to a record $146.9 billion. Reuters said trade between the two countries jumped 50 percent after the 2014 annexation of Crimea. That trend has continued. During the first five months of the year, trade between the countries hit $65.81 billion, up 28.9 percent from 2021.

Despite attempts from the Biden administration, China has refused to speak out against the Russian invasion. There’s a theory that when Putin met with Xi at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, he got the Chinese leader’s blessing before the conflict. Russia would be sunk without China’s support. Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s top diplomat, has mentioned a new “world order.” “We, together with you [China], and with our sympathizers will move towards a multipolar, just, democratic world order,” Lavrov said in a video statement in April. President Joe Biden mentioned an emerging ‘new world order’ earlier that month and said it must be led by the U.S. Beijing has been clear that it believes the world arrived at this point due to Washington’s interference in Kyiv.

Shortly after the conflict started, Hua Chunying, the Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, said the invasion of Ukraine could have been avoided. “China has taken a responsible attitude and persuaded all parties not to escalate tensions or incite war,” she said. “Those who follow the U.S.’s lead in fanning up flame and then shifting the blame onto others are truly irresponsible.” The Russian president said the ongoing economic global crisis was triggered by elites in the West “who would not, or even cannot, acknowledge objective facts” about changes in the world. He said they only see a “world order that benefits only them, forcing everyone to live under the rules, which they invented and which they regularly break and constantly change depending on the situation,” The Global Times reported.

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“Russia is ready for winter. There will be warmth and light everywhere.”

Asia’s Future Takes Shape In Vladivostok, The Russian Pacific (Escobar)

Pavel Sorokin, Russian First Deputy Minister of Energy, dismissed the notion of a storm or typhoon in the energy markets: “It’s a far cry from a natural process. It’s a man-made situation.” The Russian economy, in contrast, is seen by most analysts as slowly but surely designing its Arctic/Asian cooperation future – including, for instance, the creation of a sophisticated trans-shipment infrastructure for Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov made sure that Russia will actually increase its gas production, considering the rise of LNG deliveries and the construction of Power of Siberia-2 to China: “We will not merely scale up the pipeline capacity but we will also expand LNG production: it has mobility and excellent purchases on the global market.”

On the Northern Sea Route, the emphasis is on building a powerful, modern icebreaker fleet – including nuclear. Gadzhimagomed Guseynov, First Deputy Minister for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, is adamant: “What Russia has to do is to make the Northern Sea Route a sustainable and important transit route.” There is a long-term plan up to 2035 to create infrastructure for safe shipping navigation, following an ‘Arctic best practices’ of learning step by step. NOVATEK, according to its deputy chairman Evgeniy Ambrosov, has been conducting no less than a revolution in terms of Arctic navigation and shipbuilding in the last few years.

Kniessel, the former Austrian minister, recalled that she always missed the larger geopolitical picture in her discussions when she was active in European politics (she now lives in Lebanon): “I wrote about the passing of the torch from Atlanticism to the Pacific. Airlines, pipelines and waterways are moving East. The Far East is actually Pacific Russia.” Whatever Atlanticists may think of it, the last word for the moment might belong to Vitaly Markelov, from the board of directors of Gazprom: Russia is ready for winter. There will be warmth and light everywhere.”

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“There is the Chinese one kilo bar four-nines standard, which is widely owned, has already been adopted throughout Asia, and is traded even on Comex.”

Putin’s 12,000 Ton Gold Hoard Sets The Stage For Asian Bretton Woods (Macleod)

Unreported by western media, there are some interesting developments taking place in Asia over the future of currencies. Earlier this summer, it emerged that Sergei Glazyev, a senior Russian economist and Minister in charge of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EAEU), was leading a committee planning a new trade currency for the Eurasian Economic Union. [..] Logic suggests that a gold-backed currency will be the outcome of Glazyev’s EAEU committee’s trade currency deliberations after all, because of a subsequent announcement from Moscow concerning a new Russian bullion market.

In accordance with western sanctions, the London Bullion Market refused to accept Russian mined and processed gold. It was then natural for Russia to propose a new gold market based in Moscow with its own standards. It is equally sensible for Moscow to set up a price fixing committee, replicating that of the LBMA. But instead of it being the basis for a far larger unallocated gold deposit account offering by Russian and other banks, it will be a predominantly physical market. Based in Moscow, with a new market called the Moscow International Precious Metals Exchange, the Moscow Gold Standard will incorporate some of the LBMA’s features, such as good delivery lists with daily, or twice daily fixings. The new exchange is therefore being promoted as a logical replacement for the LBMA.

But could that be a cover, with the real objective being to provide a gold link to the new trade currency planned by Glazyev’s EAEU committee? Timing suggests that this may indeed be the case, but we will only know for sure as events unfold. If it is to be backed by gold, the considerations behind setting up a new trade currency are fairly straightforward. There is the Chinese one kilo bar four-nines standard, which is widely owned, has already been adopted throughout Asia, and is traded even on Comex. Given that China is Russia’s long-term partner, that is likely to be the standard unit. The adoption of the Chinese standard in the new Moscow exchange is logical, simplifying the relationship with the Shanghai Gold Exchange, and streamlining fungibility between contracts, arbitrage, and delivery.

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The focus is gradually shifting.

Six Months In, What Exactly Does Russia Hope To Achieve In Ukraine? (Trenin)

Putin’s latest comments reveal that Moscow’s thinking has shifted and compromise is no longer on the agenda Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to Ukraine as an “anti-Russian enclave” which has to be removed. He also said that the Russian soldiers taking part in the military operation there were fighting for their “own country.” These statements carry important implications. Over the last six-plus months, the mantra of the Russian officialdom has been that all aims of the offensive will be reached. On purpose, however, the specific objectives, such as how far Moscow’s forces plan move into Ukraine, have never been spelled out. This cannot but raise speculation about what the Kremlin is actually hoping to achieve. The only person who can authoritatively answer that question, however, is the president, and second-guessing him makes no sense.

Yet, two things cannot escape close attention. One is the radicalization of Moscow’s position on Ukraine as a result of both Western policies and Kiev’s actions; two is the widening gap between the minimum result of the military campaign that Russia can be satisfied with, and the maximum amount of what the US and its allies can accept. [..] Shortly after the start of hostilities Russia and Ukraine began peace talks. In late March 2022 at a meeting in Istanbul, Moscow demanded that Zelensky’s government recognize the sovereignty of the two Donbass republics within their constitutional borders, as well as Russia’s own sovereignty over Crimea, which was formally incorporated into the Russian Federation in 2014, plus accept a neutral and demilitarized status for territory controlled by Kiev.

At that point, Moscow still recognized the current Ukrainian authorities and was prepared to deal with them directly. For its part, Kiev initially appeared ready to accept Moscow’s demands (which were criticized by many within Russia as overly concessionary to Ukraine), but then quickly reverted to a hardline stance. Moscow has always suspected that this U-turn, as on previous occasions, was the result of US behind-the-scenes influence, often aided by the British and other allies. [..] As the fighting in Ukraine quickly became a proxy war between Russia and the US-led West, Russia’s views on Ukraine’s future radicalized further. While a quick cessation of hostilities and a peace settlement on Russian terms in the spring would have left Ukraine, minus Donbass, demilitarized and outside NATO, but otherwise under the present leadership with its virulently anti-Russian ideology and reliance on the West, the new thinking, as Putin’s remarks in Kaliningrad suggest, tends to regard any Ukrainian state that is not fully and securely cleansed of ultranationalist ideology and its agents as a clear and present danger; in fact, a ticking bomb right on Russia’s borders not far from its capital.

Dmitry Trenin is a Research Professor at the Higher School of Economics and a Lead Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations. He is also a member of the Russian International Affairs Council

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“Johnson’s unelected replacement, MissTrust..”

The Coming Victory of Native Europeans in the UK and the EU (Batiushka)

A spectre is haunting Europe – it is the spectre of poverty. The bets are now on as to which European country will collapse first. Among the front runners you will find Portugal, Latvia, Ireland, Romania, Italy, Moldova, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Bulgaria, France and Slovakia. But perhaps none of them is more likely to fall first than the UK. For it has a new Prime Minister, who, unthinkably, is an even greater clown than the last one and even threatens to press the nuclear button. Let me digress for a moment with a visit to the islands off the coast of North-Western Europe.

My visit to the UK, after Wiesbaden in Germany, came at a time when the English peasants were revolting, but the governing elite did not yet know it. In one last Marie-Antoinette farewell moment the unlate, unlamented Mr Johnson advised the revolting peasants of the UK to spend £20 buying a new and more economic kettle, so that after two years (if the Chinese-made kettle lasted that long) they could save £10 a year on their £2,500 + annual energy bills. ‘Let them eat cake’, he may as well have shouted to the breadless masses. The effete and wealthy Tory Party never understood the people. Johnson’s unelected replacement, MissTrust, for whom we should beg the CIA (which has long funded Nobel Prizes) to fund a Nobel Prize for Geography (after all Mr Obama won a Nobel Prize for Peace), faces many challenges:

Firstly, there is the self-inflicted mess Mr Johnson made of Brexit, notably by separating Northern Ireland from Great Britain as regards imports and exports and failing to impose any laws for necessary immigration and against unnecessary immigration. It was the Tory Party that imposed on the British people the then Common Market (later becoming the EU) in 1973. The people never asked to join – they were never consulted. Secondly, there is the self-inflicted covid chaos. Tory-imposed lockdowns bankrupted many and were hated by even more. The much-vaunted vaccines turned out to be useless after three months, and even extremely harmful to some. Today a million vaccinated Britons have covid week in, week out. The people never asked for lockdowns and false vaccines – they were never consulted.

Thirdly, there is the self-inflicted energy crisis and the spiralling energy and food prices, caused by illegal Tory government sanctions against the Russian decision to rescue Russians from Kiev’s genocide and persecution. The people never asked to be cold and hungry – they were never consulted. Fourthly, there are the self-inflicted dramatic problems of always underfunded national infrastructure, whether that of the Health Service (people dying in their homes and in ambulances because the hospitals are so full that they have to wait for many, many hours before they can be admitted), the ‘privatised’ electricity, gas, water and telecom companies, airports and railways, which are all breaking down. The people never asked for public services which are appalling because they are private – they were never consulted.

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“Zelensky ignored four draft notices on 15 April 2015, 23 June 2014, 15 August 2014, and 10 October 2015…”

A Dirty Joke: Ukraine’s Hero Comedian President Zelensky (Celente)

During the 2019 campaign, Zelensky’s history of draft-dodging became a focal point that former President Petro Poroshenko tried to scrutinize. On April 13, 2019, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry took to Facebook to confirm that Zelensky ignored four draft notices on 15 April 2015, 23 June 2014, 15 August 2014, and 10 October 2015. “Citizen Zelensky V.O. did not arrive at the military commissariat at his call,” the post read. [..] Zelensky has been criticized since the start of the invasion for not allowing fighting-aged men to leave the country and using the strategy of issuing military summonses at gas stations and other public areas. The New York Times reported that young men in Ukraine are required to do military service “unless they fall into an exempt category, like being enrolled in a university, having a disability or having at least three children.”

The European Court of Auditors released a special report in September that found “grand corruption and state capture” were still widespread in the country despite 20 years of European Union efforts to intervene and help in its reform agenda. “The EU has long been aware of the connections between oligarchs, high-level officials, politicians, the judiciary and state-owned enterprises. However, it has not developed a real strategy for targeting grand corruption,” the auditors said in a statement. Up until the Russian invasion, the EU has been the largest donor to Ukraine. The European Commission has committed around €5.6 billion to macro-financial assistance programs and €2.2 billion to assistance programs since 2014, the statement said. The Commission also guarantees European Investment Bank loans of €4.4 billion.

Juhan Parts, the member of the European Courts of Auditors responsible for the report “despite varied support the EU has offered to Ukraine, oligarchs and vested interests continue to undermine the rule of law in Ukraine and to threaten the country’s development.” Freedom House’s 2022 report lists Ukraine as “partly free,” with a score of 61 out of a possible 100.

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No, Russia will not leave.

Ukraine Planned To Use IAEA Experts As A Tool For Blackmail (Ritter)

On August 29, Grossi’s team travelled to Kiev, where the next day they met with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. Zelensky told Grossi that Ukraine believed it was critical for the IAEA to press home its demands for a demilitarized zone, which would enable Ukraine to take control of the plant. On September 1, Grossi and his team set off for the Zaporozhye facility. Prior to their arrival, they were stopped by Ukrainian officials, who warned Grossi that military activity in and around the facility had picked up that morning. According to Russian military sources, the Ukrainian army had attempted to seize the power plant in a commando raid that was thwarted by Russian forces.

As Grossi’s 14-man team arrived at the power plant, the sound of nearby combat could be readily heard. The deteriorating security situation at the facility prompted Grossi to withdraw the bulk of his team later that day. A six-person sub-team was tasked with remaining on-site for a few days longer, after which four inspectors would depart, leaving behind a two-person element, who would provide a permanent presence, on a rotational basis, at the facility. Afterwards, Grossi stated that the mission had been valuable. “We knew a lot before too, but of course it is being inspected now. We are trying to do a thorough assessment of the current situation.”

As to the security of the plant, Grossi noted that “[t]he physical integrity of the facility has been violated not once, but multiple times. This is by no means acceptable.” In addition to their personal observations, the team was presented with a petition signed by 20,000 residents from Russia-controlled parts of the Zaporozhye region demanding that the IAEA condemn the attacks on the nuclear power plant, which the signatories said were conducted solely by the Ukrainian forces. This was not the result either the Ukrainian government or its Western backers could have envisioned when they were pushing for the mission’s dispatch in mid- to late-August.

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Pentagon Sent GPS-Guided Rounds To Ukraine (RT)

The Pentagon is spending over $90 million to acquire new M982 Excalibur munitions, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The department is replacing a stockpile previously sent to Ukraine, according to budget documents cited in the article. The 155mm shells, each of which costs tens of thousands of dollars and may go well over $100,000, depending on the variant and year they were manufactured, are designed to strike within two meters of the GPS coordinates of a target. The munitions were developed by Raytheon and BAE and are certified to be used with a number of NATO artillery pieces, including American M777 howitzers and German PzH2000 howitzers, which Ukraine possesses.

A document issued last month says that the Pentagon will spend $92 million to purchase “replacement M982 Excalibur munitions transferred to Ukraine in support of the international effort” to undermine Russia’s military operation, as quoted by Bloomberg. The money buys roughly 900 projectiles, a military analyst estimated for the news agency. The funds come from more than $40 billion in emergency spending authorized by the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Act, which US President Joe Biden signed into law in May. The Pentagon was allocated at least half of the sum, including $9 billion to replenish US military stocks.

The US did not officially announce the delivery of Excalibur munitions to Kiev. But Ukrainian troops have shared videos on social media in which they apparently fired the shells on the battlefield. In one video, reposted by a Russian war correspondent as proof that the precision rounds were being used by the Ukrainian side, a Ukrainian soldier jokingly remarked that his unit will “throw to the wind a heap of money” before loading the munition into a gun and firing it. Canadian media reported in April that their country was quietly shipping Excalibur shells to Ukraine to complement the declared deliveries of the US-made M777 howitzers.

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“..his dream is to one day see Russia become a member of the EU..”

Italy’s Berlusconi Believes He Can Help Resolve Ukraine Crisis (RT)

Western attempts to force Russia to change course regarding Ukraine with economic sanctions are backfiring, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said. The conflict must be resolved through diplomacy, he added, offering himself and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel as potential mediators. Berlusconi, who is currently running for a seat in the Italian Senate, offered his diplomatic services on Wednesday night on the TV program Porta a Porta. Discussing the situation in Ukraine, he argued that Russia will not be swayed by sanctions from the US and its allies. The recent G7 initiative to enforce a price cap on Russian oil will also fail, since there will be high demand for Russian crude in countries like China and India, he added.

Berlusconi lamented the fact that Russia is being pushed into allying itself with China, while his dream is to one day see Russia become a member of the EU. Host Bruno Vespa asked if Berlusconi could leverage his personal relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The politician said the hostilities in Ukraine have to end with diplomacy, so someone will eventually need to be the mediator between Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. “There is a person who could do that instead of me or together with me. It’s former German Chancellor Angela Merkel,” he said. “With Merkel, I feel I could try to mediate and put an end to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.”

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“It was Berlin and Brussels – mere messengers of Big Finance – which weaponized the supply of European energy on behalf of a financial racket, and against the interests of European industry and consumers.”

Germany’s Energy Suicide: An Autopsy (Escobar)

On the interminable soap opera involving the Nord Stream 1 turbine, the crucial fact is that Canada deliberately refused to deliver the repaired turbine to Gazprom – its owner – but instead sent it to Siemens Germany, where it is now. Siemens Germany is essentially under American control. Both the German and Canadian governments refuse to grant a legally binding sanction exemption for the transfer to Russia. That was the straw that broke the (Gazprom) camel’s back. Gazprom and the Kremlin concluded that if sabotage was the name of the game, they couldn’t care less whether Germany received zero gas via Nord Stream 1 (with brand new Nord Stream 2, ready to go, blocked by strictly political reasons).

Kremlin spokesman Dmity Peskov took pains to stress “problems in [gas] deliveries arose due to sanctions that have been imposed on our country and a number of companies by Western countries (…) There are no other reasons behind supply issues.” Peskov had to remind anyone with a brain that it’s not Gazprom’s fault if “the Europeans (…) make a decision to refuse to service their equipment” which they are contractually obligated to do. The fact is the whole Nord Stream 1 operation hinges on “one piece of equipment that needs serious maintenance.” Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, who knows one or two things about the energy business, cleared up the technicalities:

“The entire problem lies precisely on [the EU’s] side, because all the conditions of the repair contract have been completely violated, along with the terms of shipping of the equipment.” All that is inscribed into what Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov describes as “a total war declared against us”, which is “being waged in hybrid forms, in all areas”, with “the degree of animosity of our opponents – of our enemies” being “enormous, extraordinary.” So none of this has anything to do with “Putin weaponizing energy”. It was Berlin and Brussels – mere messengers of Big Finance – which weaponized the supply of European energy on behalf of a financial racket, and against the interests of European industry and consumers.

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“Our political system is broken, our multicultural societies are in chaos, inflation is soaring, we’re bankrupt and awaiting possible mass civil protests in the near future..”

We the Silent Majority (AT)

We the silent majority were laughing at the ‘Woke’ Cultural Revolution and diversity obedience training years before it became fashionable. It was already obvious what would happen way back in 1993, coincidently, shortly after the collapse of the USSR when the European Union emerged offering the gullible an unhealthy dose of Gramscian Cultural Marxism disguised as freedom. As the vocal minority now scratch their collective heads at the mess they’ve created, we’re the silent majority occasionally heard muttering “I told you so.” Likewise, we are not responsible for the current political, economic and moral decline around you. We did not support corporate fascism in minimum wage gig-economies, lock downs, non-existent alternative energy sources, or an unhealthy obsession with homosexuality believing it had anything to do with freedom and democracy.

As attention spans wane due to a lack of sensationalism and the Ukraine becomes just another ongoing news item, the next self-inflicted crisis is an energy one. We silent majority raise an eyebrow as we’re told that Russia is an unreliable energy supplier sanctioned from supplying the oil needed and the reason behind rising food prices is the fault of a European drought as we had two weeks of hot sun in the summer. In our brave new world, everyone’s smiling but no one’s happy. Moreover, when we glance around us we all know something is wrong. The only difference between us is who we point our fingers at. Currently, it’s all Biden’s fault but yesterday Trump was to blame. Today it’s Russia, tomorrow it will be China (again). Russian and Chinese societies aren’t collapsing, ours are and we’ve got nowhere to flee as the stupid lash out in all directions to prolong the agony of indoctrinated beliefs they’re hiding behind.

Our political system is broken, our multicultural societies are in chaos, inflation is soaring, we’re bankrupt and awaiting possible mass civil protests in the near future; that’s if the fools in charge don’t lead us into a nuclear conflict first. Yet whilst muttering “here we go again”, nevertheless we the silent majority are prepared to join the coming mass civil disobedience protests as the minority complain about the agents of social programming they not so long ago cheered for and are too stupid to realize they’re the cause of, but think more of it is the solution.

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“Rhinos all night”

Fell Asleep A Princess, Awoke A Queen (CD)

Princess Elizabeth was deep in the Kenyan forest on the adventure of a lifetime, spotting wildlife from high up in the treetops, when her father died and she became queen. The world awoke on February 6, 1952, to the death of King George VI, who had succumbed during the night to lung cancer at the royal Sandringham residence in Norfolk. His 25-year-old daughter and heir to the throne only heard the news later the same day, when word reached Elizabeth thousands of miles from home in the wilderness of the Aberdare Range. Kenya, then a British colony, was the first stop on Elizabeth’s tour of the Commonwealth she had embarked upon with her husband, Prince Philip, in place of her ill father.

The royal couple had taken a night out of their official engagements to stay at a one-of-a-kind game-watching lodge perched in a tree in the Aberdares. It was during their night at the Treetops hotel that the king would die, and Elizabeth would become queen. Jim Corbett, the naturalist and hunter who accompanied the royal couple to Treetops, is credited with writing in the visitor book: “For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess and, after having what she described as her most thrilling experience, she climbed down from the tree next day a queen.” In fact, the Duke of Edinburgh broke the news to Elizabeth after they had left Treetops but the story stuck and the hotel became the fabled locale where a princess became a queen.

First opened in 1932 as an overnight stay for wealthy and intrepid visitors, Treetops overlooked a watering hole from its position in a giant fig tree. In its day, there wasn’t really anything like it. A private setting among branches, remote in the African bush, Treetops offered the privileged elite a chance to encounter wildlife up close, and in safety, as they grazed below. Elizabeth and Philip kept a handwritten tally of what they saw, recorded on a sheet of paper framed at Treetops. Large herds of elephant — “about 40” in one sighting — were spotted at the watering hole, along with baboons and waterbuck. “Rhinos all night”, read the list dated February 5/6, 1952, and signed by the Princess and Prince, and “in the morning, two bulls fighting”..

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“Virtually everything about that claim is breathtakingly untrue..”

Hillary Plays The Victim Despite History Of Avoiding Criminal Charges (Turley)

“I can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but my emails. . .”: Hillary Clinton’s disbelief this week was shared by many critics left dumbfounded by her claim her private server contained “zero” classified documents. The expression of utter incredulity was classic Clinton — she’s selling hats reading “But her emails” for $30 a pop. But Hillary’s denial of what was found on her server exposes something far more serious than signature hypocrisy. It reflects establishment figures’ sense of license that they can literally rewrite history with little fear of contradiction by the media. While calling for limits on free speech over “disinformation,” Hillary has no qualms about falsely denying what published government reports detail.

“As Trump’s problems continue to mount, the right is trying to make this about me again. There’s even a ‘Clinton Standard.’ The fact is that I had zero emails that were classified,” her but-my-emails tweet continued. “Comey admitted he was wrong after he claimed I had classified emails. Trump’s own State Department, under two different Secretaries, found I had no classified emails.” Virtually everything about that claim is breathtakingly untrue. Let’s quickly deal with the light lifting before getting back to the “Clinton Standard.” A 2018 Department of Justice inspector general report revealed “81 email chains containing approximately 193 individual emails” were “classified from the CONFIDENTIAL to TOP SECRET levels at the time.” Clinton is echoing her allies’ recent spin that there were only three documents with classification markings among 33,000 emails. It is utter nonsense.

The Clinton email scandal is a scandal because these were emails. There is no classification automatically stamped on text being typed out and sent within minutes. While attachments can have classification markings, the whole point of using secure servers is that emails are created in the moment with inevitable slips in referencing classified material. Nevertheless, the emails had classified information, including top-secret information tied to “Special Access Programs.” Yet some allies emphasize the inspector general also noted that in some cases there was “conscious effort to avoid sending classified information, by writing around the most sensitive material.” It failed. The emails still contained classified information.

That’s why she was reckless to use her own server: Such mistakes on private servers are more vulnerable to capture by foreign intelligence services. Indeed, according to the FBI, “hostile actors gained access” to some of the information through the emails of Clinton’s associates and aides. “Comey admitted he was wrong. It’s not clear what Hillary is referencing here. But Comey never said there was no classified information in her emails — he said the opposite. He condemned her handling of the classified material while saying it didn’t warrant prosecution. Comey did backtrack later, but not on this point. He said his “mistake” was in how he described her conduct: “I should’ve worked harder to find a way to convey that it’s more than just the ordinary mistake, but it’s not criminal behavior, and find different words to describe that.”

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For now it’s just words.

Greece Warns Of Ukraine-style War With Turkey In East Mediterranean (MEE)

Tensions are boiling in the Eastern Mediterranean, with Greece saying the region risks falling into a war similar to that seen in Ukraine after Turkey raised the spectre of military action against its neighbour. Turkey and Greece have long been enmeshed in a series of disputes, including over maritime rights, the sovereignty of Aegean islands, natural gas and airspace boundaries. The Nato allies had a brief rapprochement after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis making a rare visit to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul. Relations have, however, since plummeted. On Tuesday, Erdogan reiterated a veiled threat, stating Turkey could “come all of a sudden one night,” in response to what he claimed were hostilities emanating from Greece.

“What I’m talking about is not a dream,” he said at a press conference in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. “If what I said was that we could come one night all of a sudden [it means] that, when the time comes, we can come suddenly one night.” The comments sparked an outcry in Greece, a country of 10 million people which fought a brutal war of independence from the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. Many parts of Greece remained under Ottoman control before the empire’s collapse after the First World War. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Greek-Turkish war of 1919-1922 and, on 30 August, Turkey celebrated Victory Day, when it drove Greek forces from Anatolia.

The war culminated in the population exchanges between the two countries known in Greece as the Catastrophe, and the battle over Greek-majority cities along the Anatolian coast, such as Smyrna, which is today the city of Izmir. On Saturday, Erdogan made a pointed reference to the city, stating “Greece, look at history, go back in time; if you go too far, the price will be heavy. We have one thing to say to Greece: Remember Izmir.” In response, Athens sent letters to Nato, the European Union and the United Nations slamming what it called Erdogan’s “openly threatening” and “inflammatory” statements. The letters called for the organisations to condemn Erdogan’s statements, which they said “imbue the Turkish people with hatred, enmity and contempt towards their Greek neighbors”.

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    Andy Warhol Queen Elizabeth, Reigning Queens Series 1985   • The Price Of Poker (Denninger) • Putin: The West is Failing, the Future is Asia (Cel
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle September 9 2022]


    “Putin: Western elites are sacrificing the prosperity of their own citizens for the sake of preserving Washington’s dictatorship in global affairs.”

    As always.

    Dr. D

    Liz Truss, fascist from first day: “UK PM Truss’ Plan ‘For Consumers’ Quietly Rescues Energy Traders, Provides Open-Ended Bailout For Utilities”

    “Queen Elizabeth II “Under Medical Supervision”, Family Gathers”

    Is she our 9-11 this year? That’s okay: Liz Truss is in charge now.

    Well, aaaannnd we’re off. The queen, so all things start unfolding now. Rrrrready to Rrrrrrrumble.

    And as things unwrap, Ol’ Joe has to be the one to ride it down. Has to be on his watch, as their fault. But remember, the US$ swapping, the end of empire, cracking the Feds back to states, all that stuff, it was all result of decades planning, staging, waiting for this time. It didn’t “just happen”. Or not in the way we commonly consider it.

    Put it this way: Kondratieff and other economists have their cycle, right? Isn’t that what Stalin paid for? Nick said “capitalism” – whatever that is – has cycles. Comes and goes. 70 years. Therefore he ends up in Siberia. But they are not THAT stupid. Nor China. IF Nick is right – and history proved he is – THEN when do you topple worldwide Capitalism? When it is young? Strong? Fully resourced? At its apex? Or perhaps when the 70 year – generational – historical cycle turns?

    And you only get one chance. You can wait…say 1960, the cycle, you wait. Kids grow up, get old, it’s 1980. We introduce more men to the idea, the need…and the time. The Date. The Window. We install a few, make plans, push and pull, but mostly wait. 1990, more granular plans, a few more members, a few battles lost a few won, but wait. 2000, the seasons turn, collapse begins, but things are already set, becoming too large to change that much. And wait.

    And so on. Knowing from Kondratieff – and other cyclists of course, like Nenner and Armstrong, ones on their teams we never hear of – time is closer. Then THEY – Black Hats who have the same plans, the same experts on their teams – will also act too. Did not the WEF say the crisis is a once in a lifetime opportunity for change?

    So what do you do? Screw up their timing, of course! Screw up their timing, when there is only one window every 70 years, because they MUST act. There is only one weak time. And screwing their plans opens your plans. Because they are predictable and must advertise. You are not and are hidden. So they’re always nervous, wondering, fearing, expecting, jumping. Overreacting, which is working so well to undermine them.

    Point: It has to be NOW. They have the TIME. They set the positions. But to be unscathed, it has to go down with Joe and the boys in the chair. There were probably other ways, but this is where we find ourselves, the chess positions previous choices have made.

    Queen goes down, next player’s move is up. In a game with 100 players, and no set turns. But the time still exists. Capitalism still waxes and wanes, summer and winter, and debt-compounding still runs 49 years. Time is time, Joe’s in the chair with Harris behind him (who?). And the queen is dead. Buckle up buttercup. Here we go.

    Moscow LBMA is just one, with a commodity trading currency, that causes fair, voluntary exchange. (For now). This is Western kryptonite, and they get weaker and weaker. Like IVM, the parasites all die off the host. Parasites all hate ivermectin.

    “Steve Bannon Surrenders to Court in New York over Fresh Charges”

    This is interesting since he’s irrelevant and doesn’t do anything. He’s not a strategist. He’s not running the White Hats. Like Dugin was not related to Putin. They think like their side, influencers command and lead the spell? And the other people they arrest and jail? They just make it up and lead people by act of lies and will?

    Okay then.

    “Greenpeace Co-Founder Patrick Moore Says Climate Change Based On False Narratives
    “The ‘environmental’ movement has become more of a political movement than an environmental movement…”

    Because of this, people are resisting, being anti-environmental, when broadly humans all agree on it. The wages of lies. Lira’s recent roundtable had this: that he just can’t believe the LIES. And that the LIES – like Ukraine, like Covid – all cause enormous, unnecessary DEATH.

    Say it every day. Get tired of saying it. And adding, as he did, why can’t they just tell the truth, just for once?

    “California’s Power Grid Turmoil Spurs Diesel Demand for Generators”

    Go California. Go Green. Leaving the last nuke plant on top of the biggest San Andreas fault line. CA being ahead of us in all things, they of course COULD have gone “Ecotopia” (Ernest Callenbach, 1975), with Redwoods, earth ships, and open rail. They did the opposite, with cars and condos, but used Bernays to simply CALL it Ecological. Enough of that. We all know. “They make a Desert and call it Peace.” Call it #Green. Call it #Environmental.

    elites in the West “who would not, or even cannot, acknowledge objective facts” about changes in the world.”

    Again I say every day. There may or may not be “objective facts” in the biggest philosophical sense. But in the daily practical sense there sure is. And objective reality is their enemy. Same boring phrase, every boring day: “You can avoid reality, but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”

    “Six Months in, What Exactly Does Russia Hope to Achieve in Ukraine? (Trenin)”

    What do you mean? He and Lavrov could not possibly have been more clear: the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine. Every minute Ze throws his army at Russia, they are winning, even if they didn’t take one meter of land. Ze is doing noting but helping Putin, as is BoJo and Joe especially. But wars are expensive, and now that they made Russia do this, they are taking reparations in owning all the industry and half the land. Maybe more if they keep it up.

    The effete and wealthy Tory Party never understood the people.”

    Nor does Labour, who have so catastrophically mismanaged, and like here, so overwhelmingly oppose workers and Unions, that they lost districts that had – NEVER – voted Tory, since they were formed. Like epic 100 year losses. What has happened is, it’s the Insiders, and their Bulls and Screws the PMCs, vs everyone else. That is, “We The People.” So I wouldn’t crow so much about Tory and Labour atm. They were both on Common Market: Thatcher was against. They were both on lockdowns. Both on no energy policy. Both on no National Health. They were both on everything. Like here, btw.

    “The 155mm shells, each of which costs … over $100,000” for the 777Howitzer.

    Which can’t shoot more than one day in service. And they have a dozen of them in the theatre? Yes, wow. Impressive. If you want to hit a camel in the butt. Ukie will be bankrupt in no time, as will Germany and us. …Oh wait: we don’t HAVE any shells, except the one in the display cabinet, and no more are coming. I guess the $100k price tag doesn’t mean much then. We’re fighting a war in theory only. In our minds.

    ““..Berlusconi’s dream is to one day see Russia become a member of the EU..”

    I bet it is. As a puppet, owned, regime like we are. I wonder what Russia’s dream for Italy is? That’s more relevant, as Russia has an army, mobilized, and not too far away. Berlusconi’s still around? Like HRC and Feinstein, don’t these guys ever die?

    “Siemens Germany is essentially under American control.”

    WHICH America? My read is the nationalists are playing along to force Germany and Europe to end Nato and unite with Russia against British MacKinder. Pan Eurasia. And I don’t see how that can be avoided, at which point the NeoCons, WEF, and Globalists will lost Nato, and lose Europe altogether. Since they live in Europe, they will lose everything and have no place on earth to go. …Sadly perhaps they will double down on the the remaining U.S. where they have occupational beachheads like Vichy D.C. That’s okay, I guess: we’ll shoot them all to hell if they come here, but it will take a while.

    In any case, larger condition is Globalists lose. Now. Empire loses. Now. The End.

    “Greece Warns of Ukraine-style War with Turkey in East Mediterranean (MEE)”

    Greece would play the part of Ukraine here, being simply rolled over with nearly no resistance. However: They have been independent neighbors for a long time. What happens is Turkey can never shoot straight and can’t act effectively, in a war, or anywhere else. Turkey then defeats themselves, but at great personal and regional cost. Greece lives on.


    “Berlusconi’s still around? Like HRC and Feinstein, don’t these guys ever die?”

    Right? And don’t forget Pelosi. Kissinger. The list goes on and on ….


    And Schwann and Gates. The good die young it seems.

    Mr House- thanks for Fabio Vigghi piece. Brilliant- though his focus on labour misses energy relationships for my mind – I guess that’s why I’m here🤪


    Schwabb. Sorry

    The reading is killing me.
    I’m gunna take a back seat and earn money and be a dad for a few weeks.
    Not enough sleep. I think I’m in danger of becoming hyper vigilant regarding info.


    This morning, I am reading that Ukrainian troops have made it all the way to the Oskil river, nearly cutting off the major Russian deployment in Izyum.

    This was interesting, particularly given the buzz surrounding the possible capture of Lieutenant General Andrei Sychevoi, General in command RU’s “West” Group.

    [..] The point about the redeployment to Kherson stripping Russia’s forces in the north-east is obvious, so I won’t rehash that. But the leak of an apparent operational map (I assume it’s that, as presumably sensitive information is blanked out in the image) is really interesting.
    It suggests to me that the local command staff are *really* pissed off with the situation and want to draw public attention to the failings they perceive in the Russian high command. The aim being presumably to goad political leaders into replacing incompetent generals.

    No confirmation yet, could be his doppelgänger.


    Just tweeted



    The Californicators show their sheer hypocrisy with an electric grid that barely functions when there’s a wildfire (which is all the time basically) or the wind is too strong OR the wind is too weak (no windmill power)

    Ban Fossil Fuel Cars!

    Greta spotted cruising down the freeway



    Liz Truss is a pathetic ‘politician’ and representative of her gender (there’s only two)

    Her juvenile fan girl wannabe lust to be Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, is the kiss of death for jolly olde England.

    Boris was gonna be Churchill and became a clown setting his hair on fire and trying to put it out with a hammer.

    Her new title

    Less Trust ………the Tin Foil Lady

    Winter is Coming


    John Day

    Andy Warhol looks a scream, hang him on my wall. Andy Warhol, silver screen, can’t tell ’em apart at all… (The Queen’s pictures remind me)

    Thanks for the Tiger-stalking-me analysis last night D Benton Smith, and thanks, Mr. House, for this analysis of the reasons WHY the tiger is hungry for meat.

    A System on Life Support


    Highlights from what Raúl Ilargi Meijer presented

    “new world order.”

    an “energy war”
    an “economic war”


    The Russian president said the ongoing economic global crisis was triggered by elites in the West “who would not, or even cannot, acknowledge objective facts” about changes in the world. He said they only see a “world order that benefits only them, forcing everyone to live under the rules, which they invented and which they regularly break and constantly change depending on the situation,” The Global Times reported.

    Putin: Western elites are sacrificing the prosperity of their own citizens for the sake of preserving Washington’s dictatorship in global affairs.

    Missed opportunity for peace.

    In late March 2022, Moscow still recognized the current Ukrainian authorities and was prepared to deal with them directly.
    (Kiev’s genocide and persecution)
    • Six Months In, What Exactly Does Russia Hope To Achieve In Ukraine? (Trenin)
    • Six Months In, What Exactly Does Ukraine Hope To Achieve

    Gazprom and the Kremlin concluded that if sabotage was the name of the game, they couldn’t care less whether Germany received zero gas via Nord Stream 1 (with brand new Nord Stream 2, ready to go, blocked by strictly political reasons).

    So none of this has anything to do with “Putin weaponizing energy”. It was Berlin and Brussels – mere messengers of Big Finance – which weaponized the supply of European energy on behalf of a financial racket, and against the interests of European industry and consumers.

    “Our political system is broken, our multicultural societies are in chaos, inflation is soaring, we’re bankrupt and awaiting possible mass civil protests in the near future..”

    the “Clinton Standard.”
    Hillary’s denial of what was found on her server exposes something far more serious than signature hypocrisy. It reflects establishment figures’ sense of license that they can literally rewrite history with little fear of contradiction by the media. While calling for limits on free speech over “disinformation,” Hillary has no qualms about falsely denying what published government reports detail.

    Be careful
    Crystal balls cannot see everything


    Repeat: UK BANS Covid Vaccines for ALL kids under 12.
    (Igor Chudov)

    Thanks, Dr. D, for that uplifting post. People are on a roll here, lately.

    Fear makes folks do foolish things.
    They try to fly with waxen wings.
    Bravado makes them crave the sun.
    They want too much- and end with none.

    D Benton Smith


    It’s gotten to the point that when you step into the batter’s box they just go to fetch another baseball because the one the Doctor swings at is not just about to be knocked out of the park. It’s going to be entering low orbit.


    So I see CSPAN is showing a live “9/11 Remembrance Ceremony”, and I checked and today is the 9th, which I mentioned to my mate and he said: “Maybe they forgot.”


    When the fight gets dirty, he who falls
    Is the guy who sported crystal balls.

    At this point, Putin could bid 6 hearts, doubled and vulnerable. And he’d make.

    Figmund Sreud

    … yet another take on the Europe’s circus, … fwiw:
    Putin vs Europe – The Long War


    D Benton Smith

    @oxymoron and I quote, “The good die young it seems.”

    I wonder if some bad old guys might have had anything to do with that.


    I was watching Babylon 5, season 3, episode 8 last night.
    It started with an alien ambassador explaining to his assistant how to alter a report about another alien race so that it would become political propaganda that would please the home office. The story continued with the “night watch” being directed by the political office to supplant station security that had been historically tasked to the military — it was a totalitarian style maneuver — and how the (“noble”) station officers outmaneuvered and took back control of station security. It was almost eery to watch a story with so many shadowy parallels to current events, with “night watch” armbands reminiscent of Nazi SS, mass formation at work, etc.


    Kunstler is witty today.
    By the way, if you haven’t ever checked out his Eyesore of the Month, give it a go. September’s is noted in its comment section: “It could also be a giant work of camouflage? Face it, if the crew of a tank were to sight the building, they might not waste precious ammo on it. “Nah, no need to blow that one up. Someone got to it before us”. It’s genius.” (“Valley” by MVRDV)

    An ambulance siren is going by on the freeway north of our house. We used to hear them a few times a week- now we hear them three times a day.

    Armenio Pereira

    Western Civ grew past any reasonable boundaries, became infatuated with itself, and forgot to prepare for its demise; too many humans weren’t able to avoid the temptation and followed its lead.
    Collapse won’t be pretty – may you face it with peace of mind.

    (not our merit, nor our fault)

    Mankind is exactly what God (aka The Everlasting Dissatisfaction) intended it to be.
    But if you are one of those true believers in the non-existence of the Divine at least you should be aware that the Universe doesn’t care about ethics, and that we are no match for It.
    God – the Universe, if you will – only cares about aesthetics, and how to permanently rearrange it.

    D Benton Smith

    There is a popularized observation that “Life imitates art” , and there may well be a certain amount of truth to that, but only because fakers and bluffers find it safer and easier to look at art (instead of reality) when they’re working out their act for how to best fake and bluff their way through life.

    It’s like a photo-copy of a photo-copy. No matter how artful the original is, if people imitate art that is itself just an imitation, then eventually it’s degradation from the original becomes too obvious. The zillionth copy will be so blurry that it doesn’t fake out or bluff anybody, and fails in an artfully theatric extreme fashion. To this I can only plead, “Please! Get new liars! The ones you have now aren’t fooling me anymore!”

    The PATHETICALLY bogus Prime Ministers of the British Commonwealth are supreme examples. Trudeau tries to be his father, Johnson wanted to be seen as Churchill, and now that noisome hag Liz Truss imagines that she is channeling Iron Maggie herself.

    At this point I may as well deal one final blow to the inert carcass of this dead metaphor, and close with, “Well it’s time for fakers to bow out, because it’s curtains. Show’s over. The audience has tired of suspending its disbelief and is getting back to the real world.

    D Benton Smith

    I tend to prefer Fridays over Mondays because on Friday I only have 3 days to wait until the next Kunstler post, instead of the 4 days of waiting that begin Monday.


    Van Morrison and band, ‘Listen to the Lion’, 1972:

    “He is not singing it, it is singing him.” -Greil Marcus.

    John Day

    “Major War Next Year” is posted, with picture of me belt-sanding the subfloor (I’ll omit some re-posts)

    “There Is Simply No Way Out” – Charles Nenner Warns Of ‘Anti-Dollar’ Global War In H2 ’23” ​
    ​People don’t trust what is going on in the United States. . . . We have seen this happen to other countries. We saw this happen to the British.
    They are going to go to another major currency. The BRIC countries and China are preparing to have an anti-dollar. I have told you for years that the dollar is not going to crash, but now it is time.

    ​Is this the set-up for a nuclear false-flag, to be pinned-on Russia? The shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear reactor sets the stage and justifies preparations for fallout.
    ​ ​Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Gen. Valery Zaluzhny stated “There is a direct threat of the use, under certain circumstances, of tactical nuclear weapons by the Russian armed forces.” He wrote this in an op-ed published by state run outlet Ukrinform, with the alarming words being picked up by The Washington Post and others.
    ​ ​”It is also impossible to completely rule out the possibility of the direct involvement of the world’s leading countries in a ‘limited’ nuclear conflict, in which the prospect of World War III is already directly visible,” Zaluzhny added.

    ​Thanks to Mr. House for this in depth analysis, completely worthy of a full and careful read. “Capitalism” is now “casino-capitalism”, a vast Ponzi-financial fraud, overdue for collapse
    A System on Life Support , Fabio Vighi
    ​ ​The political left is either opportunistically ignorant or caught in the neoliberal illusion that a virtualized type of financial capitalism is possible – perhaps even “with a human face”. As a result, hardly anyone on the left dares or is even able to connect the rapid deterioration of socio-economic conditions with the authoritarian turn of today’s “emergency capitalism” – already explicit in the brutally discriminatory treatment of “the unvaccinated”, or in the rising levels of our mainstream media’s propaganda. Is it not yet clear to the left that the political face of “breakdown capitalism” is fascism, albeit articulated in new and more sophisticated (progressive!) forms of violence and repression?
    ​ ​The only way our comatose system can prolong its lifespan is by ditching its liberal façade and dramatically increase its inherent capacity for barbarism.​ [“Fascism”, by name.]
    ​ ​In capitalist terms, we are facing an ironic twist on Margaret Thatcher’s infamous TINA: there is no alternative. Whatever happens, we will continue to see a drastic devaluation of fiat currencies, and the rapid dissolution of the social bond. As I see it, the endgame involves two main strategies: 1. The manipulation of a continuous stream of fear-inducing global emergencies, whose ultimate function is to shift the blame for systemic implosion onto some external agent while ushering in 2. A novel social-credit system (or rating system) based on mass immiseration and CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currencies), which are now being tested in more than 100 countries.
    https: //

    ​ Charles Hugh Smith, The EU’s Crisis Is Global: Neocolonialism, Hyper-Financialization and Hyper-Globalization Come Home to Roost
    The EU’s crisis isn’t limited to energy. It is a manifestation of the global breakdown of Neocolonialism, Financialization and Globalization.

    John Day

    Pepe Escobar , Germany’s energy suicide: an autopsy [These policies pull the rug out from under modern industrial society, completely literally.]
    “By systematically sanctioning or closing gas deliveries from long-term, low cost pipelines to the EU, gas speculators via the Dutch TTP have been able to use every hiccup or energy shock in the world, whether a record drought in China or the conflict in Ukraine, to export restrictions in the USA, to bid the EU wholesale gas prices through all bounds.”
    ​ ​Translation: casino capitalism at its finest. And it gets worse, when it comes to electricity. There is a so-called EU Electricity Market Reform in progress. According to it, producers of electricity – from solar or wind – automatically receive “the same price for their ‘renewable’ electricity they sell to the power companies for the grid as the highest cost, i.e. natural gas.” No wonder the cost of electricity in Germany for 2022 increased by 860% – and rising.
    ​ ​Baerbock incessantly parrots that German energy independence cannot be secured until the country is “liberated from fossil fuels.”
    ​ ​According to Green fanaticism, to build the Green Agenda it’s imperative to completely eliminate gas, oil and nuclear power, which happen to be the only reliable energy sources as it stands.
    http://thesaker. is/germanys-energy-suicide-an-autopsy/

    ​ “Money” and “support” are quite different in physical reality, where oil and gas are the lifeblood of industry.
    ​”Wide Rescue Umbrella”: Germany Plans To Support Companies As Energy Crisis Worsens

    Shutting pipelines and blaming it on Russia…
    Is Russia Limiting Gas Flows to Europe? Five Gas Pipelines out of Service
    The surprising answer is: no.

    Ranks are broken in the EU. Trying to impose gas price-caps on Russia, as Europeans freeze to death, is fratricide against humans at home.
    ​ ​An emergency meeting of EU energy ministers on Friday meant to reassure both energy companies and the European public regarding soaring prices and severely strained supply amid Russian countermeasures in response to Western sanctions is off to shaky and fractured start. Rather than reassure anyone of anything, it’s already clear the issue of a proposed cap on gas prices has only divided the bloc further, akin to the same prior question with oil.
    ​Leading the way in pointing out the flawed logic of the plan, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto pointed out the blowback would be worse than the sting aimed at Russia. “If price restrictions were to be imposed exclusively on Russian gas, that would evidently lead to an immediate cut-off in Russian gas supplies. It does not take a Nobel Prize to recognize that,” he said.
    ​ ​Echoing prior words of Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán, he said “The plan that would impose a price cap exclusively on Russian gas coming via pipelines is entirely against European and Hungarian interests.”

    John Day

    Pepe Escobar again, ​​a detailed news story, worth reading in full Asia’s Future Takes Shape in Vladivostok​
    Rajan remarked how India does not see the SCO as an alliance, but committed to the development and political stability of Eurasia.
    He made the crucial point about connectivity revolving around India “working with Russia and Central Asia with the INSTC” – the International North South Transportation Corridor, and one of its key hubs, the Chabahar port in Iran: “India does not have direct physical connectivity with Central Asia. The INSTC has the participation of an Iranian shipping line with 300 vessels, connecting to Mumbai. President Putin, in the [recent] Caspian meeting, referred directly to the INSTC.”
    Crucially, India not only supports the Russian concept of Greater Eurasia Partnership but is engaged in setting up a free trade agreement with the EAEU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, incidentally, came to the Vladivostok forum last year.
    In all of the above nuanced interventions, some themes are constant. After the Afghanistan disaster and the end of the US occupation there, the stabilizing role of the SCO cannot be overstated enough. An ambitious road map for cooperation is a must – probably to be approved at the Samarkand summit. All players will be gradually changing to trade in bilateral currencies. And creation of transit corridors is leading to the progressive integration of national transit systems.
    A key roundtable on the ‘Gateway to a Multipolar World’ expanded on the SCO role, outlining how most Asian nations are “friendly” or “benevolently neutral” when it comes to Russia after the start of the Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine.
    So the possibilities for expanding cooperation across Eurasia remain practically unlimited. Complementarity of economies is the main factor. That would lead, among other developments, to the Russian Far East, as a multipolar hub, turning into “Russia’s gateway to Asia” by the 2030s.
    Wang Wen from the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies stressed the need for Russia to rediscover China – finding “mutual trust in the middle level and elites level”. ​ ​​[That statement chills me.]​
    At the same time, there’s a sort of global rush to join BRICS, from Saudi Arabia and Iran to Afghanistan and Argentina
    http://thesaker. is/asias-future-takes-shape-in-vladivostok-the-russian-pacific/

    ​ ​Putin’s 12,000 tonne gold hoard has set the stage for an Asian Bretton Woods and the New Moscow Gold Standard.​ ​An Asian Bretton Woods?​ ​ Alasdair Macleod: ​ [Look for Chinese kilogram gold bars]
    The financial war between Russia with China’s tacit backing on one side, and America and her NATO allies on the other has escalated rapidly. It appears that President Putin was thinking several steps ahead when he launched Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
    ​ ​We have seen sanctions fail. We have seen Russia achieve record export surpluses. We have seen the rouble become the strongest currency on the foreign exchanges.
    ​ ​We are seeing the west enter a new round of European monetary inflation to pay everyone’s energy bills. The euro, yen, and sterling are already collapsing — the dollar will be next. From Putin’s point of view, so far, so good.
    ​ ​Russia has progressed her power over Asian nations, including populous India and Iran. She has persuaded Middle Eastern oil and gas producers that their future lies with Asian markets, and not Europe. She is subsidising Asia’s industrial revolution with discounted energy. Thanks to the west’s sanctions, Russia is on its way to confirming Halford Mackinder’s predictions made over a century ago, that Russia is the true geopolitical centre of the world.
    ​ ​There is one piece in Putin’s jigsaw yet to be put in place: a new currency system to protect Russia and her allies from an approaching western monetary crisis. This article argues that under cover of the west’s geopolitical ineptitude, Putin is now assembling a new gold-backed multi-currency system by combining plans for a new Asian trade currency with his new Moscow World Standard for gold.

    Putin’s 12,000 Tonne Gold Hoard Sets The Stage For Asian Bretton Woods And The New Moscow Gold Standard

    ​ So just die quietly? JOHN PILGER: Silencing the Lambs — How Propaganda Works
    ​ ​In the 1970s, I met one of Hitler’s leading propagandists, Leni Riefenstahl, whose epic films glorified the Nazis. We happened to be staying at the same lodge in Kenya, where she was on a photography assignment, having escaped the fate of other friends of the Fuhrer.
    ​ ​She told me that the “patriotic messages” of her films were dependent not on “orders from above” but on what she called the “submissive void” of the German public.
    ​ ​Did that include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie? I asked. “Yes, especially them,” she said.
    I think of this as I look around at the propaganda now consuming Western societies.​..
    ​..​The United States dominates the Western world’s media. All but one of the top 10 media companies are based in North America. The internet and social media – Google, Twitter, Facebook – are mostly American owned and controlled.
    ​ ​In my lifetime, the United States has overthrown or attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, mostly democracies. It has interfered in democratic elections in 30 countries. It has dropped bombs on the people of 30 countries, most of them poor and defenceless. It has attempted to murder the leaders of 50 countries. It has fought to suppress liberation movements in 20 countries.
    ​ ​The extent and scale of this carnage is largely unreported, unrecognised, and those responsible continue to dominate Anglo-American political life.

    JOHN PILGER: Silencing the Lambs — How Propaganda Works

    ​ ​Fauci can take one for the team, a little one, not a big one…
    ​A ​lawsuit against the federal government – Anthony Fauci in particular – from the Attorneys General of Missouri and Louisiana has been brewing for a good part of the summer of 2022. The issue concerns the censoring of certain high-level experts on social media, three of whom are senior scholars of the Brownstone Institute. We know for sure that this censorship began early in the pandemic response and included exchanges between Fauci and then head of NIH Francis Collins, who called for a “quick and devastating takedown” of the Great Barrington Declaration.
    ​ ​At issue is whether and to what extent the government itself has had a hand in encouraging tech companies to squelch speech rights.

    Judge Orders Fauci to Cough It Up


    Escobar top post.

    Pepe quotes Engdalh +++, best to read the original:

    Some might call it the end-run or death-throes of disaster capitalism, where many competing parties scrabble for profits, apply their methods, strategies, scams, which sends the ‘market’ into crazed peaks and lows, whereupon it dies (some make out like bandits, hola!) .. Result, trade stutters and halts. In part due (imho) to to the fact that the measurement of value of crucial goods is priced in dollars, euros, etc.

    Others stress that intermediaries (processing, supply chain, endpoint services) break down, due to complex systems vulnerable to even mild shocks. (ex. J. Tainter classic.) Dysfunction and shut-downs spread, in a ‘systems’ network of cut-offs, die-offs, branches at some nodes are isolated.

    A wider, more holistic view is seeing an energy crunch -> not enough cheap energy available for buyers who need it – at the heart of the matter, with Russia as top dog in the gas market.
    In any case, the EU (most of Europe) has abandoned any rational approach to the “problems.”

    “Energy, cost of living and recession” by M. Roberts has a lot of charts …about Europe..

    Energy, cost of living and recession

    Mercouris attempts a history of German energy policies, he does not mention commercial competition, lobbyists, etc., but concentrates on public opinion driving it.

    From 36 mins. on:


    DBS – you’re on a tear lately. Quite thought provoking. Did you get into oxy’s mushrooms? 😉

    D Benton Smith


    But he told me they were just vegetables, perfectly safe and effective!

    John Day

    @DBS & Upscale NYer:
    Don’t eat the red mushrooms with white spots, but the sort of gray ones with thin caps that grow on cow patties are worth a try, a little at first, then wait a half hour…


    Bill7, Van Morrison. Thank you.


    About vax harms to young boys. Is this why UK halted vax for children?

    Pfizer, FDA, CDC Hid Proven Harms to Male Sperm Quality, Testes Function, from mRNA Vaccine Ingredients


    You are welcome, upstateNYer.


    mpsk: “So I see CSPAN is showing a live “9/11 Remembrance Ceremony”, and I checked and today is the 9th …”

    Trying to get a higher audience watching on a weekday? But, hey, “forgot” works as well. 😉

    Dr. D

    Cartoonist on a tear lately.

    After first going bizarro-woke, then going in a slump (as all woke Soviet art is). I don’t think Tatsuya has entirely nailed the new groove yet. These are still just political comment and not something deeper and universal like he did years ago.


    WiFi Internet down again, and possibly permanently.. Yet to be confirmed..

    Alternative access still works for the moment.

    Another step up in the 10YT

    ‘The UST 10yr yield starts today at 3.32% and up another +3 bps from this time yesterday and a +13 bps rise from this time a week ago’

    We are advised:: ‘A reset down on the way

    No kidding!

    We’ve been ‘resetting down’ since the mid-60s.



    John Day. Thanks for your help on ivermectin prophylaxis. I’m up in air about the idea at this time. Good advice on the mushrooms.

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