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Russia’s Victory Will Be NATO’s Defeat – Stoltenberg (RT)
NATO Admitted It’s At War With Russia – Medvedev (RT)
Pfizer Admits It Had No Idea If mRNA Vaccine Would Prevent Transmission (OK)
Sweden Won’t Share Findings Of Nord Stream Probe With Russia (RT)
Will They Ever Learn? -answer: probably not- (Saker)
WHODUNNIT? A Pipeline Mystery -not really- (Blair)
Saving Private Ukraina: The End-Game on the Horizon? (Batiushka)
Putin Reveals Russia’s Goals In Global Energy Market (RT)
US Seeks ‘Economic Domination’ Over EU – Paris (RT)
Russia Would ‘Consider’ G20 Putin-Biden Meeting – Lavrov (RT)
Lavrov: Russia Open to Talks With the West, US Dismisses Comments (Antiwar)
Kiev Introduces Rolling Power Blackouts (RT)
Germany Discusses Distributing €200 Billion In Gas Price Subsidies (ZH)
Who’s Afraid of Tulsi Gabbard? Everyone (Luongo)

 

 


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Russia’s Victory Will Be NATO’s Defeat – Stoltenberg (RT)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Tuesday that a military victory for Russia in Ukraine would spell defeat for the entire Western alliance. Despite providing “unprecedented support” to Kiev, Stoltenberg still claims that the US-led bloc is not a party to the conflict. Addressing reporters on the eve of a meeting of NATO defense ministers, Stoltenberg declared that continued arms shipments to Ukraine are vital to ensure “that Ukraine wins the battle, the war against the invading Russian forces.” However, this assistance has come at a price for the alliance’s own militaries. Germany’s weapons and ammo stocks have been critically depleted since late August. The same month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US’ stockpiles of 155mm artillery ammunition were “uncomfortably low.”

Asked whether weakening its own forces to strengthen Ukraine’s is a wise policy, Stoltenberg described the conflict in Ukraine as existential to the alliance. “If [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wins, that is not only a big defeat for the Ukrainians, but it will be the defeat, and dangerous, for all of us,” he said. NATO is heavily invested in Ukraine, with the alliance’s members providing training, intelligence capability, and tens of billions of dollars worth of weapons to the Ukrainian military. Despite this “unprecedented support,” Stoltenberg has repeatedly claimed that “NATO is not a party to the conflict.”

Moscow sees things differently. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused NATO of waging war against Russia “by proxy,” while Putin has described Russia as fighting “the entire Western military machine” in Ukraine. NATO leaders claim that their weapons systems have enabled Kiev’s troops to make a series of advances in the south and east of the country in recent weeks. However, with Moscow’s military operation under new command, these advances have come to a halt, and after two days of devastating Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian military and infrastructure targets, Kiev is once again pleading with the West for heavier and longer-range weapons.

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“Now is the right time to be firm and to be clear that NATO is there to protect and defend all allies.”

NATO Admitted It’s At War With Russia – Medvedev (RT)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg may have inadvertently admitted that the Western military alliance is at war with Moscow, at least in the eyes of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. At issue is Stoltenberg’s statement on Tuesday that a military victory for Russia in Ukraine would be a defeat for NATO. Medvedev called the comment “an open confirmation of NATO’s participation in the war against our country – an unwise, but pure-hearted remark. The honest Norwegian fellow has finally admitted it.” Stoltenberg, formerly prime minister of Norway, made his comments in a press briefing as NATO ministers prepared to meet on Wednesday with Ukrainian Defense Minister Aleksey Reznikov.

Among other issues, the ministers will discuss how to meet Kiev’s “urgent needs” and shore up their own weapons stockpiles after shipping billions of dollars’ worth of military aid to Ukraine in hopes of helping to defeat Russian forces. “There’s an urgent need for air defense, but of course also many other capabilities – precision-guided ammunition, HIMARS and other advanced, modern, NATO-standard systems,” Stoltenberg said of Ukraine’s aid requests. He added that NATO members are providing unprecedented support because “they understand that we have a moral, political and security interest in ensuring that Ukraine wins the war against President Putin.”

Russian officials have pointed out that providing more advanced weaponry to Ukraine, such as multiple rocket launcher (MRL) systems, will increase the risk of triggering a wider conflict. “The fastest way to bring the conflict in Ukraine to the point of no return is to arm the psychos in Kiev with longer-range MRLs,” Medvedev said. “The elderly leaders of Washington obkom and NATO upstarts must use their softened brains at least sometimes.” Stoltenberg insisted that NATO is “not a party to the conflict,” even as it plays a “key role.” He vowed that the bloc will stand with Ukraine “as long as it takes” to defeat Russia. “It is important for all of us that Ukraine wins the battle, the war against the invading Russian forces, because if Putin wins, that is not only a big defeat for Ukrainians, but it will be a defeat and dangerous for all of us.”

The NATO chief also accused Putin of “reckless nuclear rhetoric,” contributing to “the most significant escalation since the start of the war.” However, when asked whether the risk of a miscalculation amid heightened tensions with Russia prompted NATO members to consider canceling or modifying the bloc’s planned nuclear drill next week, he said, “Now is the right time to be firm and to be clear that NATO is there to protect and defend all allies.”

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“..we had to really move at the speed of science..”

Pfizer Admits It Had No Idea If mRNA Vaccine Would Prevent Transmission (OK)

In a stunning turn of events, one of Pfizer’s top executives admitted Monday that the Pharma giant had no idea if the mRNA vaccine that Pfizer developed would prevent transmission of the coronavirus.According to The Blaze, the company’s president of international development markets, Janine Small, testified before the COVID committee of the European Parliament in place of CEO Albert Bourla. There was no word if Bourla missed the event after testing positive for COVID yet again, despite his previous claims that his company’s vaccine was 100% effective.One Dutch member of the European Parliamen asked Small if she could provide evidence that Pfizer believed its vaccine would prevent transmission before it was released widely in late 2020.

As quoted by The Blaze, the member of parliament specifically asked, “Was the Pfizer COVID vaccine tested on stopping the transmission of the virus before it entered the market? If not, please say it clearly. If yes, are you willing to share the data with this committee? ”That’s when the executive admitted, on the record, that the vaccine mandates and passports imposed by governments worldwide were entirely unjustified: “Regarding the question around, did we know about stopping immunization before it entered the market? No.” Small continued, saying that the company was moving too quickly to answer that extremely important question: “These, um, you know, we had to really move at the speed of science to really understand what is taking place in the market. And from that point of view, we had to do everything at risk.”

The Dutch politician summarized how governments claimed that getting vaccinated was a societal good that helped others, not just yourself: “If you don’t get vaccinated, you’re anti-social! This is what the Dutch prime minister and health minister told us. You don’t get vaccinated just for yourself, but also for others — you do it for all of society. That’s what they said,” Roos recounted. “Today, this turns out to be complete nonsense.” Roos also said he found the revelations “shocking, even criminal.”

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Can’t risk the Russians finding out who did it.

Sweden Won’t Share Findings Of Nord Stream Probe With Russia (RT)

Sweden will not share the results of its investigation into the explosions that severely damaged the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in late September with Russia, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has said. President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow already knows who the main beneficiary of the attack is. Speaking to journalists on Monday, Andersson explained that “In Sweden, our preliminary investigations are confidential, and that, of course, also applies in this case.” She noted, however, that Russia can conduct its own probe at the site if it wants to, as Stockholm has removed the cordons in the area. “The Swedish economic zone is not a territory that Sweden disposes of,” Andersson clarified.


The Swedish authorities say they found evidence that points to sabotage. Last week, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin urged Stockholm to allow the Russian authorities and state-owned energy giant Gazprom to participate in the investigation. Commenting on the situation during a meeting of the Security Council of Russia on Monday, President Vladimir Putin said that despite the fact that Russia is not being given access to the investigation, “we all know well who the ultimate beneficiary of this crime is.” Earlier, Putin accused “the Anglo-Saxons,” a Russian colloquialism for the US-UK alliance, of being behind what Moscow described as an “act of international terrorism.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hailed the attack as a “tremendous opportunity” for Europe “to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy.”

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“..the Europeans have decided to exclude Russia from the investigation about what really happened with NS1 and NS2. Which makes sense: the EU cannot let Putin know that he blew up his own pipelines. right?”

Will They Ever Learn? -answer: probably not- (Saker)

It was also funny to see that once the Ukronazis realized how stupid (and dangerous!) their proud claims that they were the ones who blew up the truck on the bridge, they decided to blame Putin. So, as per our Ukronazi pals, Putin blew up the “Putin bridge” for some as of yet unnamed purpose, but most definitely an evil one. Even more hilarious were the hardcore Banderistas à la Aristovich who were celebrating each Russian strike because “now the Russians have one less missile to use”. Clearly, a war-winning mindset 🙂

In fact, the Russians are so evil that the Europeans have decided to exclude Russia from the investigation about what really happened with NS1 and NS2. Which makes sense: the EU cannot let Putin know that he blew up his own pipelines. right? And the fact that Russia is one of the main proprietors of NS1/NS2 does not matter one bit: as always (MH17, Skripal, Navalnyi, etc.) the Russian Snow Niggers need to be treated with the utmost contempt by the European Master Race. That will convince the Russians to take the Eurolemmings seriously. “Eurologic” at its best… But, seriously, away from the la-la land of various Nazi supporters and Russian 6th columnists, most of the traffic on the Crimean bridge was restored in less than 24 hours. Then came the Russian response: in a quick series of strikes, Russia switched off the electricity over the entire Ukraine, Lvov (the real capital of Banderastan) included.

Compare the two actions and tell me who is winning and who is losing this war 🙂 Of course, the usual gang of “alternatively gifted” Putin critics will scream that this is all too little too late. As for the Ukronazis, they are already chanting their favorite mantra about “Russia is running out of missiles! Russia is running out of missiles!“. A brilliant war-winning strategy for sure! Those still capable of critical/rational thought will realize that the sheer magnitude and devastating consequences of the Russian strikes is just a signal that Putin is doing what he has been doing since February:

• Acting unilaterally without any efforts to negotiate (but without rejecting any negotiations should somebody in the West come to his/her senses). • Slowly and gradually increase the pain dial not only for the rump Ukraine but also for the entire EU. One more thing: assuming that Russia fired somewhere in the range of 200 missiles (out of stocks having many thousands more) against power stations, communications nodes, railway infrastructure, command posts, field headquarters, transformers, etc. and that this was more than enough to “pull the plug” on a huge country like the Ukraine tells you all you need to know about both the Russian capabilities and the lack of capabilities of Ukronazi air defenses (including old Soviet-era S-300 slamming into the ground the same way US Patriot missiles did during the Gulf War).

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“(Obama, Trump, Sleepy Joe, Ned Price, Stinkin’ Blinken, Droolin’ Nuland etc)”

WHODUNNIT? A Pipeline Mystery -not really- (Blair)

Motive: The aphorisms of cui bono? and follow the money apply here. The USA from even before Nordstream 2 was built, repeatedly voiced and demonstrated their rabid opposition to it (Obama, Trump, Sleepy Joe, Ned Price, Stinkin’ Blinken, Droolin’ Nuland etc). The crash-test-dummy-in-chief himself is on the record of saying with a smirk that no matter what (even though it was a Russian-German project which had nothing to do with the USA), one way or another it would be stopped…nudge, nudge, wink, wink. The West forced Russia to invade Ukraine in February 2022 (in response to the massive buildup of Ukronazi forces on the border and the >30x ramp-up of Ukronazi shelling of Donbass), just before Nordstream 2 was due to come online.

This gave the new oafish Scholz sin-cojones government (possessing less balls than the previous Merkel government) the excuse to refuse pipeline certification. Hardly coincidental timing. In September, just prior to the pipeline explosions, there were widespread public protests in numerous German cities demanding that sanctions against Russia be revoked and that cheap pipeline gas again be bought from Russia. The pipeline explosions seemed to eliminate such a future option. The USA has defacto received a massive financial windfall from the pipeline sabotage (witness Stinkin’ Blinken’s nauseous crowing about this “tremendous opportunity”). Such despicable skulduggery was the ONLY way that super expensive US LNG could be EVER be exported to Europe, because it could NEVER be economically (nor environmentally) competitive with super cheap Russian gas.

So much for the USA’s much vaunted practice of “free market” competition, another Orwellian term spewed out like projectile vomitus by them, which is better translated as “rigged Mafioso thuggery” or as Putin called it, “terrorism”. Russia had zero motive to bomb the pipelines. On the contrary, it was hugely detrimental to their interests, representing the multi-billion dollar loss of built infrastructure, the several hundred million dollar loss of natural gas and the loss of a future bargaining chip which could entice Europe to overturn the anti-Russia sanctions and buy cheap Russian gas again. The fact that the Russians offered to repair the pipes proves that it continues to be in their interest to keep them.

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“..military men are essentially pacifists. That does not mean that they are cowards, it means that, as professionals, they want to achieve their aims avoiding losses as far as possible.”

Saving Private Ukraina: The End-Game on the Horizon? (Batiushka)

Unlike warmongering politicians, who do not do the fighting and do not face getting splattered by the brains and guts spilling out from inside other human-beings alive a few moments before, military men are essentially pacifists. That does not mean that they are cowards, it means that, as professionals, they want to achieve their aims avoiding losses as far as possible. The aim is not to kill other human-beings. All the more so in the Ukraine, where those opposing you are the same race as yourself and with similar values. Kiev is not going to be flattened, it is a Russian City, indeed, it is called ‘The Mother of Russian Cities’. The SMO is to be implemented with as few losses as possible.

The Ukraine is to be freed, not destroyed. This war is against the USA and its blind but subservient vassals, not against the Ukraine and the Ukrainians. The Ukrainian people are being held hostage. The aim of any liberation is to free and save the hostages, not to kill them. The hostages are not the enemy. The enemies are the hostage-takers, Zelensky and Company. This whole operation is about saving the Ukraine, not destroying it. Another thing that some in Western countries forget is that Russians have Asian patience. This is quite unlike Western impatience. Russia has not forgotten the Teutonic Knights in 1242, the Poles in the Time of Troubles (1598-1613), the Swedes at Poltava in 1709, Napoleon in 1812, the Franco-British in 1854-56, the Kaiser in 1914, Hitler in 1941, or Clinton in the 1990s.

It is all listed and remembered, just as the Chinese have not forgotten the British-run genocide of the Chinese in the Opium Wars, just as the Indians have not forgotten British atrocities in the First Indian War of Independence (the British call it ‘The Indian Mutiny’) in 1857-8, just as the Iranians have not forgotten the overthrow of their democracy by the British in 1953 and then the torture-chambers of the Shah’s secret police. The point is that you should not poke the bear. Like Asians, Eurasian Russians have huge patience, but they forget absolutely nothing. When Kiev started its massacres in the Ukraine in 2014, all was noted. After the Bridge, that patience came to an end. The Russians have now appointed as Commander in Chief of what is now an anti-terrorist operation General Surovikin, nicknamed ‘General Armageddon’. His name, which comes from the Russian word for ‘severe’, recalls to any Russian the great hero of 18th century Russian military history, General Suvorov. My advice to Ukrainians after two days with 200 missiles? Either surrender asap or else get out now.

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Balance.

Putin Reveals Russia’s Goals In Global Energy Market (RT)

Russia’s actions regarding energy resources are aimed at ensuring market stability, and not creating obstacles for anyone, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday while meeting with his UAE counterpart, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in St. Petersburg. The leader of the UAE is on an official visit to Russia to discuss cooperation between the two countries, as well as regional and international issues. “We are actively working within the framework of OPEC+. I know your position, our actions, our decisions are not directed against anyone … They are aimed at stability in the world energy markets, so that both consumers of energy resources and those involved in their production, as well as suppliers feel calm, stable and confident. So that the supply and demand will be balanced,”Putin said.

Last week, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) agreed to an oil production cut of 2 million barrels per day starting in November. The reduction, which is the largest output cut since early 2020, was approved despite US pressure to pump more. It is expected to stem the latest slide in global oil prices. US President Joe Biden expressed disappointment with the decision, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called the move “unhelpful and unwise.” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak, who attended the OPEC+ meeting, said that the output cut is necessary to balance the market before the seasonal decline in demand.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Washington seeks to force through its decisions regarding the oil market and manipulate prices, even at the cost of destabilizing the global energy market. Analysts interviewed by Bloomberg warn that the output cut may lead to a jump in oil prices above $100 a barrel and force the US to tap its strategic reserves. They also believe that Russia may introduce even larger output cuts than those announced by OPEC+ in response to the introduction of an oil price cap by the EU last week. Given the rise in oil prices, Russia’s oil export profits are unlikely to suffer even with production cuts, they say.

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Le Maire basically says the same thing Putin does. Wonder if he knows that.

US Seeks ‘Economic Domination’ Over EU – Paris (RT)

The US should not be allowed to dominate the global energy market while the EU suffers from the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned. “The conflict in Ukraine must not end in American economic domination and a weakening of the EU,” he said, speaking at the National Assembly on Monday. Le Maire said it’s unacceptable that Washington “sells its liquefied natural gas at four times the price than it sets for its own industrialists,” adding that “the economic weakening of Europe is not in anyone’s interest.” “We must reach a more balanced economic relationship on the energy issue between our American partners and the European continent,” Le Maire said.

Prior to the conflict in Ukraine, Russia was the EU’s largest gas supplier, responsible for about 45% of the bloc’s gas imports. However, due to sanctions imposed on Moscow in recent months, Russian gas supplies to the EU have decreased significantly. Facing an energy crisis, EU countries have rushed to fill their storage facilities – the level of reserves in underground storages was close to 91% as of Monday, according to Gas Infrastructure Europe. The storage sites are largely filled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), and are currently at their highest seasonal levels since at least 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. However, LNG imports from overseas cost much more than gas supplied via pipeline from Russia under long-term contracts, and energy prices in the bloc continue to rise.

The EU has considered setting a cap on natural gas prices for all suppliers, but a number of countries are opposed to this. Norway, a non-EU state but a partner in the European Economic Area (EEA) and one of EU’s major gas suppliers, recently warned that a step such as this could aggravate the situation, forcing exporters to divert supplies to other markets.

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Too many people don’t want these talks. But if George Webb is right, they will take place at the end of the month.

Russia Would ‘Consider’ G20 Putin-Biden Meeting – Lavrov (RT)

The presidents of Russia and the US might meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia, provided that Washington actually wants to participate, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. “We never reject meetings, and if such a proposal comes, we will consider it,” the top diplomat explained during an interview on Russian television on Tuesday. He stressed that no such proposal had been sent by the US so far, contrary to what some people may believe. An opportunity for US President Joe Biden to have a one-on-one meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin may present itself during the upcoming summit of G20 leaders in Bali, Indonesia, which is scheduled for mid-November.

When asked about the possibility of bilateral talks, Biden did not rule it out, telling reporters on Thursday that “it remains to be seen.” Lavrov said that drawing conclusions about the schedules of the two leaders from an off-hand remark was “more suitable for journalistic analytical speculation than for real politics.” Speaking on Russian political talk show ‘60 Minutes,’ Lavrov called “a lie” claims that the US government was seeking to resolve the stand-off with Russia over the Ukraine crisis and that it was Moscow’s position that prevented peace negotiations.

“We have received no serious proposals for contact. There were some half-hearted approaches, which we did not reject either and suggested that the people, who want to engage with us in backdoor diplomacy, formulate concrete proposals,” Lavrov revealed. The would-be mediators did not respond properly, he added. The minister also expressed skepticism that talks with the US could produce substantial results regarding Ukraine, considering the circumstances. He explained that the US had long become a “de facto” party to the conflict by arming the Ukrainian military and feeding them intelligence.

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“Zelensky recently signed a decree ruling out any dialogue with Putin’s government.”

Lavrov: Russia Open to Talks With the West, US Dismisses Comments (Antiwar)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday said that Moscow was open to talks with Western powers as Turkey is looking to broker negotiations. Lavrov also said that Russia would consider a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Biden if one was proposed. “We have repeatedly said that we never refuse meetings. If there is a proposal, then we will consider it,” he said. A potential venue for talks between Biden and Putin could be the sidelines of the upcoming summit of G20 leaders that will be held in mid-November in Indonesia. But according to Lavrov, Russia has not received any serious proposals from the US to negotiate.

The US was quick to dismiss Lavrov’s comments, accusing him of “posturing” and calling for Russia to stop launching strikes across Ukraine. “We see this as posturing. We do not see this as a constructive, legitimate offer to engage in the dialogue and diplomacy that is absolutely necessary to see an end to this brutal war of aggression,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. Despite the US dismissal of potential talks, Turkey appears eager to broker negotiations between the two sides. The Kremlin said that Putin will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, and it’s “possible” that the two leaders will discuss a Turkish proposal to host talks between the West and Russia. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar spoke with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoigu, on Tuesday and noted a “common understanding” when it came to the need to reach a ceasefire, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

“The importance of declaring a ceasefire urgently in order to prevent further loss of lives and to re-establish peace and stability in the region was emphasized, and it was gladly observed that there was a common understanding regarding the ceasefire,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a readout of the call. While there are growing calls for peace talks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated his position that he won’t hold talks with Russia as long as Putin is president during a virtual meeting with the G7. Zelensky recently signed a decree ruling out any dialogue with Putin’s government.

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Soon black-ins.

Kiev Introduces Rolling Power Blackouts (RT)

Residents of the Ukrainian capital and Kiev Region will experience power outages of up to four hours under a new schedule of rolling blackouts introduced by the grid operator.The measure was introduced on Tuesday and is aimed at “balancing the power system and avoiding large-scale blackouts,” privately-owned energy company DTEK announced on Tuesday. It cited instructions it received from the national transmission system operator, Ukrenergo.The rotating outages will affect both industrial consumers and regular citizens, and was introduced after a massive Russian attack on Ukraine’s infrastructure on Monday. Ukrenergo called on people to dial down their use of electricity to decrease the load on the grid.


On Monday evening, it claimed there was a 26.5% drop in consumption in the capital and surrounding region, compared to an average autumn day.The company urged users to keep consumption low during peak evening hours, and said it ordered operators in Kiev, Chernigov, Zhitomir, and Cheboksary to introduce rolling blackouts, which will be in force for several days.Issues with basic utilities such as electricity and water were reported by Ukrainian media in many parts of the country following the strikes. Moscow states that the strikes were in retaliation for what it described as a series of “Ukrainian terrorist attacks” on Russian infrastructure. Key facilities were damaged in nearly a dozen Ukrainian regions, according to Kiev.

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Greece talks about half a billion. I don’t think Germany is 400x bigger.

Germany Discusses Distributing €200 Billion In Gas Price Subsidies (ZH)

A German government-appointed expert panel on Monday proposed a two-stage system for distributing some of the up to €200 billion in subsidies Germany recently announced (and sparked outrage across Europe in the process) to ease the strain of high energy prices, a plan that the group said would still encourage people to save gas, but will merely subsidize even more gas purchases and in a supply-constrained environment, lead to even higher inflation (especially when paired with Russian “price caps”). According to AP, the panel suggested that the state take on the cost of natural gas customers’ monthly bill in December, followed by a price subsidy for part of their consumption starting next spring.

That “gas and heating price brake” would kick in next March and apply until April 2024, panel co-chair Veronika Grimm said. Private gas customers would pay 0.12 euros per kilowatt hour for the first 80% of the amount they used in 2021. That “corresponds roughly to the price level that is expected in the future,” Grimm said, telling reporters in Berlin that the plan aims to introduce a “new normal” but prevent price rises beyond that…. whatever that is. “It’s not going to be the case that the price goes back down to 7 cents in the future — we won’t receive Russian gas for a long time.” Grimm argued that the plan still incentivizes people to save gas, because people who do so will avoid paying higher prices beyond the cap level.

She also noted that Germany, which has Europe’s biggest economy, needs to reduce its previous gas consumption by about 20% to prevent a potential shortage this winter, which will never happen voluntarily and will required forced rationing throughout the winter, i.e., rolling blackouts. Co-chair Siegfried Russwurm, the head of the Federation of German Industries, said the proposal foresees businesses paying 0.07 euros per kilowatt hour for 70% of their 2023 gas use, starting at the beginning of January. Russwurm said that gas price rises are posing an “existential” threat to an increasing number of companies.

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“If you can no longer stomach the direction that so-called woke Democratic Party ideologues are taking our country, I invite you to join me.”

Who’s Afraid of Tulsi Gabbard? Everyone (Luongo)

This isn’t the biggest news of the week but it may turn out to be so if I’m right about what this means and where it leads. Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard formally left the Democratic Party in a public announcement this morning on Twitter. Here’s Gabbard’s full statement: “I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms, are……hostile to people of faith & spirituality, demonize the police & protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans, believe in open borders, weaponize the national security state to go after political opponents, and above all, dragging us ever closer to nuclear war.


I believe in a government that is of, by, and for the people. Unfortunately, today’s Democratic Party does not. Instead, it stands for a government of, by, and for the powerful elite. I’m calling on my fellow common sense independent-minded Democrats to join me…. …in leaving the Democratic Party. If you can no longer stomach the direction that so-called woke Democratic Party ideologues are taking our country, I invite you to join me.”

Gabbard’s statement is a big deal given the timing, less than a month out from the mid-term elections. I know a lot of people are really torn on Gabbard. She elicits from the “patriot or “MAGA” crowd the same kind of unthinking division that Donald Trump elicits from the world. There are few nuanced takes on either of these people. This is because they represent threats to the people who are desperately trying to maintain control over the political and economic system. It doesn’t matter if they are competent or not. Since that system is failing, rapidly, the socio-political immune system must be vaccinated against all foreign ideas.


So, the modus operandi is always the same. As they rise in popularity seed and amplify their faults to gaslight some would be supporters. In the case of Gabbard it was her invitation to the 2015 WEF Young Leaders conference and her positions on key domestic policy issues. People don’t like Gabbard for these reasons. Some of them are valid criticisms. Her voting record is Progressive on domestic economic issues. But, like a lot of young people, they come in with certain ideas and they leave with others after peaking behind the curtain. This focus on past specifics keeps many projecting personal anxieties onto them rather than assessing their personal journey. This precludes thinking strategically about how they can be an asset and only knee-jerk rejecting them for failing to pass some purity test.

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    Salvador Dali The tartan el son 1919   • Russia’s Victory Will Be NATO’s Defeat – Stoltenberg (RT) • NATO Admitted It’s At War With Russia – Medv
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle October 12 2022]

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    V. Arnold
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    “..military men are essentially pacifists. That does not mean that they are cowards, it means that, as professionals, they want to achieve their aims avoiding losses as far as possible.”

    This statement is specious at best…
    It has no standing in the reality of our present day world…

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    Red
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    “I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers ”
    ,because it looks as though I would lose my job next month.

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    That Bloke
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    I saw this couple on the evening news on Monday and thought then how the blood looked fake.

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    teri
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    I never would have guessed the painting at the top was a Dali. Really nice- very painterly.

    #118257
    Veracious Poet
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    Joe Biden = officious blowhard.

    How low can “they” go?

    Can you imagine the next puppet autocrat “they” will select for the white house?

    Just how far will “they” pervert & make a mockery of the “justice” system to support neurotic woke partisanship games?

    Seriously, I don’t know how “the people” can keep voting for Clown World?

    Although I accept the ridiculous charade known as politics & government, as de facto reality, I still can’t fathom how “the people” support and/or follow the GOP/DnC grotesqueries…

    Well, I’m stumped at the sheer insanity & needless suffering of it all, not much more to say or add 😐

    Good luck,

    Gary

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    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Ukrainian ambassador: “Every escalation, they bring in more dangerous people. This guy was known as the Butcher of Syria.”

    Uh-huh. Because, as an ally of Syria, saving them from the United States, he killed Syrians? Or was he the butcher of…the enemy forces? …Which means 1) You’re a General? 2) See #1. JHC. And they’re not “scaring” you, they’re destroying you: they don’t care if you’re scared or not. How can I be sure? All reports are all NATO is out of weapons to ship as they were all destroyed, Europe-wide, as Russia flattened both the 2nd largest army in Europe in weeks, AND then destroyed all military gear in Europe. Reports no tanks, no reasonable way to move and advance troops without heavy losses. Never any reports of jets or aircraft, at any time, for any purpose, since day 1. Total air superiority.

    Go ahead and tell me how they’re losing so badly trading empty territory for heavy casualties. Do that 2-3x and there is no army and you can take all the “Land war in Asia” you want. Mao said the same thing. But they haven’t collapsed yet, so I’m taking an L here, clearly mis-predicted something. (E. European mercenaries paid w US$)

    I see the Economist loves MissTruss. With enemies like these, I like her better and better. Commenters said her (election) policies were very ordinary, just thoughtless, normal Tory things, which had their origin in the 80s. Need to get business some footing with tax cuts, etc. Problem being, as thoughtless in a crisis, their time had passed, and even in the 80s they misunderstood them. That seems a pretty sensible understanding of a back-bencher. No different than we complain about with Ryan, Cruz, Joe, and Hillary. Doddering, brainless dinosaurs, roaming the landscape with petrified ideas. And none of them under 80, same age as our jets.

    I’m sorry: why do British Pensions need cash? Did everyone suddenly retire yesterday? Because otherwise it’s a problem of faith in markets.

    They didn’t list which news source(s) fabricated the Lebanon films. Name n Shame.

    “NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Tuesday that a military victory for Russia in Ukraine would spell defeat for the entire Western alliance.”

    Glad to hear it.

    “Despite this “unprecedented support,” Stoltenberg has repeatedly claimed that “NATO is not a party to the conflict.”

    Yeah, we’ve had to mention that every day. NATO sinks battleships = not in the war. Got it. And all the people believe it, seeing nothing wrong with this logic at all. An army of marching morons, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    ““Now is the right time to be firm and to be clear that NATO is there to protect and defend all allies.” …by causing a war in their backyard, that will destroy them and not us. As yesterday: “with allies like these…”

    On other note: The UK and Pound is cracking, but the financial collapse has been remarkably slow.

    Covid: share this video. To whom? They are all innoculated against it. Against all science and information, against their friends and family. Against all words and deeds that are not in support of billionaire profit. How, I don’t know, as they’re leftists, but try it yourself if you must.

    “Sweden Won’t Share Findings of Nord Stream Probe with Russia (RT)”

    Is that because the last guy died suddenly? Trust me: if those findings said Boris Badenov did it, they would share, share, share. We always refuse to offer and share evidence that makes our case and creates overwhelming, undermining suspicions: that’s just common sense!

    The Swedish authorities say they found evidence that points to sabotage”

    Again, with reporters and words. Words have no meaning. I don’t own a dictionary. Never called anyone on a phone. Got a participation trophy so never had to admit I was wrong at Columbia J. Therefore I’m perfect fodder for a newsroom!

    What is “Sabotage”? An INSIDE job. A pipe worker “Sabotages” a pipe in secret before it it laid on the ocean, only later realizing the expensive fault. A millworker “sabotages” his machine with a shoe, then takes a 2-hour break while it’s fixed.

    Who is the supposed “saboteur” here? No one. No worker/employee was anywhere near it. No, it is an “Attack”, a “Bombing”, by a state-run military force (due to depth and difficulty), and therefore an act of State Warfare, on the nation state of Germany and Russia, the two owners and participants. I mean, unless you think it was the actual Germany military, directed by the official German Government, it isn’t “sabotage.”

    Words have meanings. No meanings: no words. No words, no logic. #AntiLogos. We are against any mental sense and against anyone reaching the Truth, at any time, for any reason. The Left always attacks language first, middle, and last.

    “”We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” –CIA Director Casey

    The Right – let’s say Bush – attack people (Plame) and things (Iraq) but not words. They don’t care if you know or not and wouldn’t bother denying it.

    “Russia is running out of missiles!”

    Because this was said, it’s a lie. We are fairly sure Russia has the capacity to manufacture more than they are using. This may be why they’re so sparing with them right now, but still. I suspect rather they produce more but they are sparing bc they need to stockpile many, many more for a possible open field war with NATO, and must create a stunning, overwhelming reserve.

    200 missiles level the country. This tells you what infrastructure can do. Unprotected. Which is not really fair, unlike Carrington, you can’t really protect against modern missile strikes. What would you do? Put all power lines and substations 80’ below ground? Yeah, no. 5GW: you’re totally exposed, and exposed, front line 22,000 miles away. The Satellites can see you.

    “The pipeline explosions seemed to eliminate such a future option.”

    Nope, and that’s why Sweden won’t share: it would ancillarily tell Russia how to repair it. If they repair it = they are not the cause. They must be prevented from reviving the victim or they are not the murderer.

    US LNG: I can’t believe Blair/Saker can’t see this is foolish: the US could NEVER have provided Europe, probably even if they had the ships and ports, which is a planet-sized project, never planned or undertaken. The only POSSIBLE conclusion is we never meant to: the only route is to attack, invade, and steal Russia, first by killing every Slav in a Biden genocide. It’s astonishingly obvious: they had 30 years and built nothing. One small port as eyewash. One city on a continent of 300 million. Total foolishness.

    “The enemies are the hostage-takers, Zelensky and Company.”

    Again with words and the obvious: Zelensky is an actor. He isn’t relevant and doesn’t exist, so we should name the REAL people involved. Can you imagine him taking even another actor hostage, in the green room? Neither can I. He’s lower T with limper wrists than Pete Davidson and the Try Guys. Point? HE is probably the one being held hostage. Hostagee, not hostage-er. So who holds the gun to the head, ’cause it ain’t him.

    “Putin Reveals Russia’s Goals in Global Energy Market (RT)”

    Goal: To sell to anyone including Europe. Clearly. They are not fixing NS2 to NOT sell to Germany, right? They are selling to Italy, right? Note: why do I have to keep saying these most obvious things?

    OPEC is cutting because they merely have considerations of national budget. If they have enough money due to high prices actively and voluntarily caused by Europe (thanks Europe!), they have no need to lose more oil: save it for tomorrow. Also the say Russia led the cuts, even as UAE boycotts Reuters for lying (of course, on the payroll of MI6). They each cut by PERCENTAGES, and Russia as a large nation therefore cuts more barrels. Obvious, normal, average, stuff. Which is why reporters fabricate, invent, misunderstand, and lie about it. Knowingly. If they ever told the truth their mouths would burn with everlasting hellfire.

    “But if George Webb is right, [talks] will take place at the end of the month.”

    And do what? Have complete surrender of NATO and their – and Europe’s – collapse because of it?

    “Zelensky recently signed a decree ruling out any dialogue with Putin’s government.”

    So…peace talks on Ukraine, but Ukraine can’t participate? And yet it’s their war and not NATO’s? Why bother with sense? It just makes things more confusing. Yet no one notices.

    “Kiev Introduces Rolling Power Blackouts (RT)”

    Doing far better than Britain. Lira points out that he will have gas, on the front lines – and RUSSIAN gas at that. Britain will not have gas, 1,000 miles from the front. 5GW, new rules, new ironies.

    Tulsi: I can’t tell where she stands or trust what she stands for especially as she is not in and has no current voting record. It’s all blather. Words. Since with “Political Ironies” all candidates do the exact #OPPOSITE of what they run on. Hope and Change!

    Damien Hirst: I wish more modern artists would set fire to their work. Cold winter, plenty of opportunity.

    #118259
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @V.Arnold

    In my long life I have probably know dozens of military people (men and women) who would qualify to be called heroes in the sense that they had voluntarily placed their own lives at extreme risk in violent, mortally dangerous combat situations in order to defend the lives of others, but only two of them are known to me personally, by name, and for certain. One was my uncle, Carl Martin, and the other was my Dad, G.W.Smith.

    I won’t regale anyone with their stories, but Uncle Carl served as a Navy Corpsman to Marine combat troops in Vietnam for early 7 years. Dad was a USAF pilot in WW2 flying out of Northern Australia who was shot down and severely wounded on three occasions, one of which involved close quarter hand-to-hand combat in order to survive.

    Both men were gregarious, cheerful, sociable, funny, tolerant and peaceful almost to the extreme. They both knew what violence was, and they absolutely hated it. It was their LAST resort

    #118260
    zerosum
    Participant

    WWIII
    MERCENARIES
    NATO of waging war against Russia “by proxy,”

    TODAY
    Depleted weapons stockpiles/inventory after shipping billions of dollars’ worth of military aid to Ukraine in hopes of helping to defeat Russian forces.

    TOMORROW, DEEPER BANKRUPT
    Rebuilding bankrupt social/economic structures that have been destroyed
    ——–
    MAKE ME
    • Sweden Won’t Share Findings Of Nord Stream Probe With Russia (RT)

    Moscow described as an “act of international terrorism.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hailed the attack as a “tremendous opportunity” for Europe “to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy.”
    ———-
    • Will They Ever Learn? -answer: probably not- (Saker)

    Putin blew up the “Putin bridge”
    Putin blew up his own pipeline
    “Russia is running out of missiles! Russia is running out of missiles!“
    ———
    HISTORY
    Who remembers
    Who will take a revenge

    Russia has not forgotten the Teutonic Knights in 1242, the Poles in the Time of Troubles (1598-1613), the Swedes at Poltava in 1709, Napoleon in 1812, the Franco-British in 1854-56, the Kaiser in 1914, Hitler in 1941, or Clinton in the 1990s.

    the Chinese have not forgotten the British-run genocide of the Chinese in the Opium Wars, just as the Indians have not forgotten British atrocities in the First Indian War of Independence (the British call it ‘The Indian Mutiny’) in 1857-8, just as the Iranians have not forgotten the overthrow of their democracy by the British in 1953 and then the torture-chambers of the Shah’s secret police.

    What about remembering Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela, etc.
    What about remembering the poor “in your backyard” living on the street.
    ——-

    #118261
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    #118262
    Kassandra
    Participant

    Yesterday I had a meeting with an HR manager still working for the University of California. A job (and state) I escaped from 2 years ago this month. I asked about the vaccine mandates and was told they are changing the Flu shot to “opt out” (it’s no longer mandatory but you have to actively opt out) and they are doubling down on the Covid mandates, mandating the new booster. When this happens he said the numbers will go from 98% compliance to 10% compliance.

    He thinks by next year they will likely change covid to “opt out” as well, just his hunch at this point.

    So many lives destroyed over this. So many people’s physical and mental health. One can’t help but think this is a sick, coordinated, torture experiment.

    #118264
    zerosum
    Participant

    “So many lives destroyed over this. So many people’s physical and mental health. One can’t help but think this is a sick, coordinated, torture experiment.”

    For me, the only words that have impacted the brainwashed to reflect, are,
    ” Playing russian roulette by taking the vaccine”

    #118265
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    One surmises significant overlap with the crippling labor shortage and those who refuse to be vaxxed to keep/get a job.

    #118266
    morongobill
    Participant

    Tulsi and the bird photographs, the most beautiful images in today’s post.

    #118267
    DarkMatter
    Participant

    Regarding the question around, did we know about stopping immunization before it entered the market? No. These, um, you know, we had to really move at the speed of science to really understand what is taking place in the market.

    This statement doesn’t say anything about whether they knew about the vaxx stopping transmission or not but it does contain a couple interesting slips:
    1) “did we know about stopping immunization” – The vaccines “stop immunization”, that is, they stop one from getting immunity via natural means. Stunning that she admits this and claims they didn’t know. CYA.
    2) “speed of science to understand what is taking place in the market” – Science for them isn’t about understanding what is happening with people’s health, it’s about understanding “the market”, it’s about making money. No surprise here.

    #118268
    Noirette
    Participant

    bosco posted: Terrorism was always a stupid word.

    Yes…a description that was meant at the start to designate non-state actors or ‘just desperate’ bodies, or, let’s say, those acting against the hegemon USA.

    Palestininan suicide bombers (insofar as they existed..) were hyped and touted as ‘terrorists’, individual ones.

    The bombings in Madrid were the work of ‘terrorists.’ The Bataclan (Paris) was attacked by ‘terrorists.’

    Those attacks were carefully planned to have certain outcomes. Many ‘terrorist’ actions are false flags. They are cheap and relatively easy to organise.

    The word was used to instill fear into ppl, there might be a terrorist in your village, town, on your appartment block, so watch out, be alert, be suspicious, danger is everywhere, etc.

    At the same time, the word was used to denigrate and cancel ‘movements’ of any kind that went one centimeter beyond peaceful submissive protest, terrorists ‘tried to storm the Elysée’ France, etc. And so on…

    Anti-terrorist operations are now hiked up to justify national policies (not really new..), e.g. Russia may turn the SMO into an anti-terrorist Op, to mention one ex.

    The word has no real meaning any longer.

    https://www.britannica.com/event/Madrid-train-bombings-of-2004
    https://www.britannica.com/event/Paris-attacks-of-2015

    #118269
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    The Great Awakening seems to include the nasty hangover.

    #118270
    cloudhidden
    Participant

    @ DB Smith yr comment 118259
    Agree. From personal experience. Knew many like that inc. my father and self.
    Most soldiers abhor war.
    Mercs, however…….

    #118271
    Polemos
    Participant

    Often left out of the transcripts/quotations of J. Small’s response to Roos’ question is the little laugh just after quickly saying “No,” the kind of response and transition one makes to emphasize light dismissiveness of the seriousness and an attempt to produce consensus acknowledgment: as though one shrugs, says “No,” but then says, “Look, here’s how it was really going down” so that her audience also understands what was already understood. Not quite as bad as an “Are you serious? Duh!” but moving in that rhetorical direction. The laugh is recorded in the captioning of the video, but I do not see it mentioned in many of the quotations. Those little details are not often seen in news coverage anyway, though.

    Also, does anyone else notice the Freudian slip in her response as she reframes the question before answering? “Regarding the question around did we know about stopping immunization before it, um, entered the market.” She does shake her head ‘No’ subtly as she says ‘stopping’ but notice the word that follows and compare it specifically to what Roos asked her. ‘Immunization’ is not the same word as ‘transmission’. What does it mean to stop immunization? Is her head language indicating part of her understands she’s about to misspeak, or is it a tacit admission of that foreknowledge regarding the “stopping” and so the dissonance prompts her to switch words midstream?

    Off to see the Wizard . . .

    #118272

    OT
    I’ve got a malware thing that is associated with an ad on the right sidebar “play now” (which has more trees?) that has an X on it. If I’m fast enough to cancel the X the malware (a verification scam) is over- ridden.
    Only on TAE. Only on Safari (not happening on Brave.)
    Anyone else?

    #118273
    Armenio Pereira
    Participant

    Humans consume the equivalent to 254 oil filled Olympic pools per hour (as of 2021, estimated daily oil consumption source here). How many pools of oil do the geological processes produce per hour? We don’t know, therefore all discussions concerning human permanence on the planet are moot.

    Meanwhile, enjoy some beauty

    #118274
    John Day
    Participant

    I am just now able to get onto TAE today, after pop-up spam tried to get me to “allow notifications” to “prove I was not a robot”.
    It was incessant. Glad it’s gone.

    #118275
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    In 1066, ruthless murderers invaded England and subdued the local populace via violence. They catalogued everything worth stealing or taxing, and lived a high life at the expense of the peasants.

    By the early 1600s, ruthless murderers and exploiters had worked out that by invading North America and establishing slave colonies there they could extract more wealth build bigger palaces for themselves etc..

    Around 1695 money-lenders establish control over the international gangsters of England via debt.

    The English money-lenders set up numerous corporations to extract wealth from distant lands and sent in the military to subjugate or kill those who resisted.

    In the late 1700s wealthy landowners in America rebelled because too much wealth was being extracted by the money-lenders from their patch.

    The American rebellion was eventually subdued, and the Americans were eventually brought back into the London-based international money-lender scam.

    Yet to be fully confirmed but I understand that in 1835, King William IV declared Aotearoa to be an independent nation.

    However, [fully documented] in1841, the money-lender-backed corporations tricked representatives of the indigenous [Maori] people into signing a treaty they did not fully understand.

    After crushing indigenous resistance, the various corporations took complete control of the Aotearoa land mass and established a single over-arching corporation that significantly increased the rate of wealth extraction.

    A long succession of fake governments orchestrated and managed the looting and polluting of Aotearoa under the flag of the International Money-lender Empire.

    In 2017 a particularly vicious, but also extremely deceptive, female manger was installed by the corporation as the fake leader, officially called the prime minister.

    By 2021 the actions of the NZ corporation had become so despicable with respect to forcing the unwilling to be subjected to fake ‘vaccines’ that open rebellion amongst the awake broke out. However, the foolish and uninformed continued to comply with the outrageous and arbitrary ‘rules’ invented by agents of the NZ corporation to keep them subjugated..

    By October 2022 the mismanagement of everything by the corporation-installed managers had led to a crisis in all aspects of finance, economics, health, environment, energy and social arrangements.

    Similar multiple-faceted crises are being experienced in all divisions of the global corporate empire.

    I believe that the fake ‘government’ still has sufficient control over ‘the zombies’ that constitute the bulk of the population to continue to operate their nefarious schemes for a while longer.

    However, the system will certainly come tumbling down at some time in the near future because it is predicated on the bulk oif the populace believing obvious fabrications and outright lies.

    Just how soon will it all get very ‘messy?

    New Zealand To Be HIJACKED This Month; New Zealand Is Rising Up Against Their Tyrannical Government

    #118276

    John Day- how did you get rid of it? What browser are you using? That I can work around it doesn’t make me happy. I want to know it is gone. Does its url read (ignore the stars) *guro*shied*?

    #118277
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Tulsi, no doubt, has a hart in the right place. But…
    She is “allowed” to talk (up to the point) as a glimmer, for the time being, of (perpetual) hope and “proof that our democratic system works” and all gifted to us in a form of pretty woman in designer outfit.
    Same goes for the endless Congressional “hearings” where YT titles usually go as : Such-and-such congressman DEMOLISHED such-and-such sleeze bag.

    Peanuts clip or Autumn leaves in general always remind me on Branko Radicevic, (1824-1853):

    Yellow leaves are falling down
    Leaves are yellowing all over the trees
    as of me, green one
    I will never see again…

    Which he did not. Poet, tuberculosis and XIX century – not a good combination. .

    #118278
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    No exit strategy

    #118279
    John Day
    Participant

    A friend sent 15 minutes of Tulsi Gabbard on Joe Rogan:
    Judge for yourself.

    #118280
    John Day
    Participant

    @MPSK: Sorry, it’s just gone now. Some kind of Trojan malware, I’m sure…

    #118281
    Dora
    Participant

    Edward Dowd:

    “It’s beginning in earnest now. Can’t hide the bodies. The current regimes in power will become very desperate indeed. Expect the unexpected. ”

    https://gettr.com/post/p1u2tt99451

    #118282
    oldandtired
    Participant

    @myparents said know

    OT
    I’ve got a malware thing that is associated with an ad on the right sidebar “play now” (which has more trees?) that has an X on it. If I’m fast enough to cancel the X the malware (a verification scam) is over- ridden.
    Only on TAE. Only on Safari (not happening on Brave.)
    Anyone else?

    RIM is directly over the target. Expect more of this.

    #118285
    zerosum
    Participant

    Yep I got it. Only on TAE.
    I close TAE. It’s gone while I’m here. Comes back if I leave TAE open.

    #118289
    John Day
    Participant

    My Substack link is blocked at TAE again today. How “Revealing”. I’ll put a gap after the “dot”
    Look for the 2015 Russian picture of the “Seafox” mine-retrieval (laying) robo-sub by Nordstream-1.

    trying the Google blog link https://www.johndayblog.com/2022/10/revealing.html

    Alastair Crooke opens with The Masque of Pandora Thanks Eleni.
    ​ ​“This time, élites cannot shirk responsibility for the consequences of their fatal errors … Put simply, the emperor has no clothes: The Establishment simply has no message for voters in the face of hardship. The only vision for the future it can conjure up is Net Zero – a dystopian agenda that takes the sacrificial politics of austerity and financialisation of the world economy to new heights. But it is a perfectly logical programme for an élite that has become unhinged from the real world”.​.. ​
    ..Yes, the Beast’s Siren Call is for sacrificial politics to be levered down upon the people, whilst the horsemen of War and Pandemic all scream out that an apocalyptic hour approaches. We may call it a collective syndrome – similar to the Witch Craze of the 14th–17th Centuries – but today, the phenomenon WB Yeats termed the ‘rough beast’ with its’ gaze as ‘blank and pitiless as the sun’, is better known simply as Ideology.
    ​ ​The word ‘ideology’ is often used as a synonym for political ideas, a corruption of language that conceals its fundamentally anti-political, latent totalitarian character. Ideology is incapable of treating human beings as distinct participants in a shared, non-political social life. Today’s woke ideology sees human association rather, as groups to be acted upon. It is explicitly anti-National, anti-Sovereign, anti-Traditional Religion, anti-Traditional Culture, anti-National Infrastructure, and anti-Family.​..
    ..Here is the point: Our disorientation and sense of disappearing sanity owes not a little to the psychic stress of embracing an ideology that purports to be exactly what it is not. Or, in other words, it proclaims liberty and the individual, when concealed within is absolute statism…
    ..When the western financial authorities say they ‘welcome’ a recession to destroy demand – and so to reduce inflation – implicit in this statement is an élite conviction that protest can and will be successfully squashed.
    All the signs are that a ruthless, violent, and administrative suppression of popular disquiet is being contemplated.​..
    ..But if we look back at this pattern, repeating itself, time and time again, we get a clear sense of both the event and of the repeating experience of void. For, it is the insecurity and fearfulness associated with ‘void’ which causes torpor to fade, and people to erupt into rebellious disorder. And why also the attempt by the élite inner circle ‘to manage away’ such awakenings, so easily ends in tragedy (and bloodshed)….
    ..What happens when people awake to the deceit of Totalitarian-Lite posing as liberty and individualism (let alone democracy!). The question then becomes: To what other ‘image-idea’ will the people collectively migrate?
    ​ ​The geo-political implication is that Italy may migrate to one; Germany to another; and France to yet another, and others may just ‘give up’ on the whole mess of European politics (and nihilism will rise). Does this matter? Might it possibly be revitalising?
    ​ ​It does let us address directly the ‘Beast of ideology’, who through ‘his’ own ineptitude, has inadvertently stripped Pandora of her masque, thus opening her box.
    https://strategic-culture. org/news/2022/08/08/the-masque-of-pandora/

    #118291
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Well it’s round-about and indirect, but if it gets the job done then what the Hell, right?

    For a mere 2 or 3 three grand ($US equivalent) per month per head, NATO is vacuuming up the terrorist dregs from the Middle East and depositing them in the front lines of Ukraine as cannon fodder, where the Russians send them on to their final destination with heavy artillery.

    Diabolical humor at its darkest. Only Satan could laugh.

    #118292
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ ​NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Tuesday that a military victory for Russia in Ukraine would spell defeat for the entire Western alliance. However, despite providing “unprecedented support” to Kiev, Stoltenberg still claims that the US-led bloc is not a party to the conflict…
    ..Asked whether weakening its own forces to strengthen Ukraine’s is a wise policy, Stoltenberg described the conflict in Ukraine as existential to the alliance.
    “If [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wins, that is not only a big defeat for the Ukrainians, but it will be the defeat, and dangerous, for all of us,” he said.​ ​
    https://www.rt. com/russia/564484-russia-victory-nato-defeat/

    ​ NATO needs an excuse to escalate. This is worrisome. They might do a nuclear false-flag attack to steal some “credibility”
    Despite reports of strikes on civilians, there were 14 reported casualties to the many russian missile strikes. Russians targeted command and control centers, military storage of fuel and ammunition, and some electrical providers, expected to limit electric rail transport of military supplies, as well as impairing Ukraine’s ability to wage war.​ Were foreign soldiers killed? Are excuses for foreign military deaths needed?
    ​ ​On Friday, the Ukrainian Special Forces orchestrated a terrorist suicide bombing on the Kerch Bridge, which connects Russia to Crimea. The move came after the former commanding general of the US Army in Europe, General Ben Hodges, urged Ukraine to “drop” the bridge, and current US officials publicly gave a green light to attack it.
    ​ ​Days after the attack, the aim of the Kerch Bridge bombing comes into sharper view. Its purpose was to provoke a military response by Russia against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, which could then be used to justify a massive increase in US-NATO involvement in the conflict.
    ​ ​For months, US officials had been expressing concern that Russia had not been “provoked” into expanding the war into western Ukraine, which had been largely spared in recent months.
    ​ ​Last month, former US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor complained to The Hill that, despite the fact that the White House had provided “larger, more capable, longer-distance, heavier weapons to the Ukrainians,” the “Russians have not reacted.”
    ​ ​With Tuesday’s attack, Russian authorities had, in fact, allowed themselves to be “provoked,” setting the stage for an even more massive escalation of US-NATO involvement in the war.
    ​ ​The attack on the Kerch Bridge was timed to take place just days before the NATO defense ministers’ meeting on October 12 and 13, which is expected to expand the level of direct NATO involvement in the conflict.
    ​ ​A senior Biden administration official interviewed by the Washington Post called the escalation of the war a “turning point.”
    https://www.wsws. org/en/articles/2022/10/11/fcqp-o11.html

    ​ ​NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg may have inadvertently admitted that the Western military alliance is at war with Moscow, at least in the eyes of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev…
    ..Medvedev called the comment “an open confirmation of NATO’s participation in the war against our country – an unwise, but pure-hearted remark. The honest Norwegian fellow has finally admitted it.”
    https://www.azerbaycan24. com/en/nato-admitted-it-s-at-war-with-russia-medvedev/

    ​ ​Russia’s TASS News Service released photos on Tuesday of a NATO Seafox mine disposal unmanned underwater drone was found during a scheduled visual inspection of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in November 2015.
    Russia accused NATO of attempting to blow up the pipeline in 2015.
    https://www.thegatewaypundit. com/2022/10/russias-gazprom-releases-photos-nato-seafox-mine-destroyer-found-next-nord-stream-pipeline-2015-nato-tried-blow-least-one/

    #118293
    John Day
    Participant
    #118294
    John Day
    Participant

    Removed any evidence from the crime-scene, Ma’am?
    Sweden Refuses to Share Results of Nord Stream Pipeline Explosion Investigation With Russia
    ​ Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that the outcome of the inquiry into what severely damaged the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in late September would not be revealed to Moscow.
    “In Sweden, our preliminary investigations are confidential, and that, of course, also applies in this case,” Andersson told reporters.
    The investigation found that the blasts were an act of sabotage, although the culprit has not been named.
    The Swedish leader said that Russia was free to conduct its own investigation into the incident, adding that Sweden had removed cordons from the area.

    Sweden Refuses to Share Results of Nord Stream Pipeline Explosion Investigation With Russia

    ​ ​A potential venue for talks between Biden and Putin could be the sidelines of the upcoming summit of G20 leaders that will be held in mid-November in Indonesia. But according to Lavrov, Russia has not received any serious proposals from the US to negotiate.
    ​ ​The US was quick to dismiss Lavrov’s comments, accusing him of “posturing” and calling for Russia to stop launching strikes across Ukraine. “We see this as posturing. We do not see this as a constructive, legitimate offer to engage in the dialogue and diplomacy that is absolutely necessary to see an end to this brutal war of aggression,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
    ​ ​Despite the US dismissal of potential talks, Turkey appears eager to broker negotiations between the two sides. The Kremlin said that Putin will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, and it’s “possible” that the two leaders will discuss a Turkish proposal to host talks between the West and Russia.

    Lavrov Says Russia Open to Talks With the West, US Dismisses His Comments

    ​ ​Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed on Tuesday US statements that Russia left unanswered Washington’s proposals on negotiations on Ukraine as lies, noting that Moscow received no serious proposals.
    ​ ​”This is a lie [that Russia refuses to negotiate]. We did not receive any serious proposals to enter into contact. There were some not very serious calls, to which we also did not respond negatively, but offered to formulate specific proposals, with which some people want to contact us through indirect contacts. And in this case, we did not receive more specific explanations from anyone,”
    https://sputniknews.com/20221011/lavrov-says-russia-received-no-serious-proposals-from-us-on-talks-calls-us-remarks-lies-1101716524.html

    ​ ​Internal divisions are deepening within the EU as countries attempt to lower the price of natural gas while also ensuring they secure enough of it.
    ​ ​Germany’s decision to announce a 200-billion-euro aid package to ease its domestic crisis while opposing a price cap has angered some members.
    ​ ​EU leaders are meeting again towards the end of the month, and they will aim to find a gas price policy that can please all its members and, most importantly, the sellers.
    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-EU-Is-Divided-Over-Its-Natural-Gas-Price-Policy.html

    ​ A natural gas pipeline to Europe can now be built and the gas fields can be tapped.
    ​ ISRAEL AND LEBANON REACH HISTORICAL AGREEMENT ON MARITIME BORDER
    ​ ​The agreement was brokered by the United States, which has been working to resolve the maritime border dispute between the two countries for several years. The disputed maritime area covers 860 square kilometers. It includes the Karish oil and gas field as well as a region known as the Qanaa prospect.​..
    ..After the announcement of the draft agreement, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said that if the president endorsed the deal “then for us… things are settled”.
    ​ ​Nasrallah’s statement eased tensions in Israel and Lebanon, as many in the two countries were worried that a conflict could erupt if Hezbollah decide to ignore the agreement and attempt to disturb Israeli operations at Karish..​.
    ​..Officials in Lebanon have already clarified that this maritime agreement is in no way a step toward normalization of relations between the two countries, which are technically at war.
    https://southfront.org/israel-and-lebanon-reach-historical-agreement-on-maritime-border/

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    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Deactivating links with gaps again… Dangerous information.

    ​Putin reveals Russia’s goals in global energy market
    ​ ​Russia’s actions regarding energy resources are aimed at ensuring market stability, and not creating obstacles for anyone, President Vladimir Putin insisted on Tuesday while meeting with his UAE counterpart, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in St. Petersburg.
    ​ ​The leader of the UAE is on an official visit to Russia to discuss cooperation between the two countries, as well as regional and international issues.
    ​ ​“We are actively working within the framework of OPEC+. I know your position, our actions, our decisions are not directed against anyone … They are aimed at stability in the world energy markets, so that both consumers of energy resources and those involved in their production, as well as suppliers feel calm, stable and confident. So that the supply and demand will be balanced,” Putin said.
    https://www.rt. com/business/564473-putin-russia-global-energy-market/

    ​ It’s a better deal than it sounds like, for all parties, and it preserves value.​
    ​ ​Russia to nationalize assets of Japanese carmaker – trade ministry
    ​ ​Nissan will receive a symbolic payment of €1 for the transfer
    ​ ​“We have managed to reach a formant where the enterprise remains operational. Key competencies, the production cycle and jobs are preserved,” Russia’s Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in a statement on Tuesday.
    ​ ​Nissan has some 2,000 employees in Russia and after the transfer is completed NAMI will be able to attract other companies as production partners to create joint ventures.
    ​ ​According to the minister, Russian carmaker AVTOVAZ will carry out maintenance services for Nissan vehicles, as well as supply spare parts. The deal will give Nissan the right to buy back the business within six years, the trade ministry said.​..
    ​..Meanwhile, Nissan reported on Tuesday an estimated loss of $686.2 million from leaving the Russian market.
    ​ ​In 2009 the manufacturer started producing SUV models such as the X-Trail and the Qashqai at its plant in St. Petersburg. The Japanese carmaker suspended production there in March due to supply-chain disruptions, following the conflict in Ukraine.
    https://www.rt. com/business/564470-russia-nationalize-assets-japanese-carmaker/

    ​The Koreans want to end the war which was foisted upon them in 1950. Every little step is blocked
    ​Roadblocks in the Inter-Korean Railway Projects: The Armistice and the UN Command between Two Koreas
    https://www.asia-pacificresearch. com/roadblocks-inter-korean-railway-projects-armistice-un-command-between-two-koreas/5631383

    ​ ​What We Are Seeing In The UK Is Decades-Long Hyper-Financialisation Being Unwound On Fast-Forward At Gunpoint
    ..At an IIF event in Washington, DC, BOE Governor Bailey admitted what is plainly visible: the Bank’s interventions in the Gilts market show its monetary policy objective and its financial stability mandate are pulling in opposite directions. That is bad enough, and more so when the government’s fiscal policy and monetary policy are also pulling in opposite directions.
    ​ ​Bailey then stated to pension and LDI (Liability-Driven Investment) funds: “You’ve got three days left now,” to exit problematic positions. “You’ve got to get this done. The essence of financial stability is that it is temporary. It’s not prolonged.” In other words, restructure the entire industry by Friday by selling whatever is needed, then the BOE quits the “QE R US” game!
    https://www.zerohedge. com/markets/what-we-are-seeing-uk-decades-long-hyper-financialisation-being-unwound-fast-forward

    #118297
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ US “allies”: ​India, UAE Explore Trading in National Currencies to Reduce Dependence on US Dollar
    https://sputniknews.com/20221011/india-uae-explore-trading-in-national-currencies-to-reduce-dependence-on-us-dollar-1101711078.html

    ​ ​Indian FM Says Global South Feeling ‘Frustrated’ With West For Neglecting High Fuel & Food Prices
    ​ ​During a discussion at Sydney-based think tank the Lowy Institute on Tuesday, Jaishankar warned that a “new set of problems” could be created between the developing nations and advanced economies if the questions of energy and food security exacerbated by the Ukraine crisis weren’t addressed.​..
    ..Jaishankar said that he met foreign ministers from around 100 countries on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York last month and most of his counterparts wanted to bring a “speedy end” to the ongoing crisis in eastern Europe.
    ​ ​“For them, some kind of speedy remedy to the challenges they face in terms of energy and food security… Those are really, really pressing challenges,” the top Indian diplomat remarked.
    https://sputniknews.com/20221011/indian-fm-says-global-south-feeling-frustrated-with-west-for-neglecting-high-fuel–food-prices-1101715421.html

    ​ ​The United States needs to re-evaluate its relationship with Saudi Arabia after the kingdom backed the OPEC+ group’s decision to reduce oil production, White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby told CNN on Tuesday.​ (​US n​ot driving this car now.)
    https://sputniknews.com/20221011/us-needs-to-continue-to-re-evaluate-relationship-with-saudi-arabia-white-house-says-1101723881.html

    ​ Not even discussing fatal side-effects here, just catching COVID:
    ​Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Turns Negative Within Months: Study
    Against BA.2, BA.4, and BA.5, the effectiveness went negative after 150 days.
    Against BA.1.12.1, the effectiveness turned negative after 91 days.
    Negative effectiveness means a vaccinated person is more likely to contract COVID-19, the disease the virus causes, than an unvaccinated person.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/moderna-covid-19-vaccine-effectiveness-turns-negative-within-months-study

    #118298
    aspnaz
    Participant

    According to The Blaze, the company’s president of international development markets, Janine Small, testified before the COVID committee of the European Parliament in place of CEO Albert Bourla.

    Picture of health, Fat Small tries to kill people and thinks it is hilarious that she conned people into taking the vaccine without it actually being tested – duping delight? And, she is still alive, as is Bourla, despite them deliberately killing people with the vaccine – killing through deception and lies. But she knew she would still be alive because she knew that the loved ones of the people who were killed do not have what it takes to avenge the loss of their loved ones. You could also argue that nobody has found a lamp post strong enough to support Fat Small.

    #118300
    John Day
    Participant

    It seems like internet censorship is ramping up ahead of US midterms, like Spring 2016, like fall 2018, like summer 2020, same thing. Lots of trouble at Caitlin Johnstone’s site just now. Slightly different filter algorithm.
    No AI likes Substack now.
    Deactivate links.

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