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Ukraine Has De Facto Joined NATO – Defense Minister (RT)
NATO, Russia to Hold Nuclear Exercises Despite Tensions (Gordon)
The Anti-Nuclear Movement in Review: Defeat from the Jaws of Victory (Hall)
‘It Can’t Get Any Worse’ – Lavrov On US-Russia Relations (RT)
The Thin Red Line: NATO Can’t Afford To Lose Kabul And Kiev (Escobar)
Lies, Lies, Lies (Batiushka)
SpaceX Sends Ukraine Starlink Bill To Pentagon (RT)
Zelensky Shakedown: $62 Billion Before Next Year (Dowling)
EU Concerned Over UN Vote On Ukraine – Borrell (RT)
Why Have a Constitution If You Just Ignore It? (Miele)
Joe Biden Just Interfered In Hunter’s Prosecution On National TV (NYP)
Saudi Arabia Publicly Rejects Biden Demand To Delay Oil Production Cutback (PM)
John Durham Unmistakably Puts FBI On Trial (JTN)
Biden’s ‘Schizophrenic’ National Security Strategy (RSC)
Will Musk “End Twitter As We Know it”? I Sincerely Hope So (Turley)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No nukes, no nazis, no NATO.

Ukraine Has De Facto Joined NATO – Defense Minister (RT)

Ukraine is a de facto member of the NATO alliance, despite not having officially joined the US-led military bloc, Kiev’s Defense Minister Aleksey Reznikov has claimed. He made the statement in a tweet following a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the bloc’s headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. “We have come a long way and have de facto joined the alliance,” the minister wrote, while also thanking Stoltenberg for his support for Ukraine amid its ongoing conflict with Russia. “Ukraine is already making significant contributions to the security of the free world,” the minister added.

Reznikov also expressed confidence that victory over Moscow and “successful reforms” domestically would “open up new horizons” for his country, seemingly a reference to Ukraine officially joining the bloc at some point in the future. Russia views NATO’s eastward expansion as a major security threat. When Moscow launched its military offensive against Kiev in late February, one of its key demands was for Ukraine to officially declare itself a neutral country that would never join any Western military alliance. On September 30, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky filed an application to join NATO and called for an accelerated admission procedure for his country.

However, Kiev’s backers in the West have not appeared overly enthusiastic on the issues. Stoltenberg has pointed out that “any decision on membership has to be taken by consensus” by all 30 NATO members and that its top priority right now is to “support Ukraine”militarily and financially during the conflict. Washington voiced a similar stance, with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan saying earlier this month that the question of Ukraine joining NATO “should be taken up at a different time.”A statement in support of Kiev’s bid for swift accession has been backed by just nine member states – the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

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“The events are normal..” [..] “But we don’t know, of course, what’s being exercised, whether that is also normal.”

NATO, Russia to Hold Nuclear Exercises Despite Tensions (Gordon)

Russia and NATO will go ahead with large-scale nuclear exercises in the coming weeks despite concern over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hints that the Ukraine war might prompt him to turn to his nuclear arsenal, U.S. and NATO officials said. The NATO exercise, called Steadfast Noon, involves American nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and fighter jets, which will not carry live munitions, White House National Security Council strategic communications coordinator John Kirby told reporters Oct. 13. The upcoming NATO exercise involving 14 countries has been long planned, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said delaying or canceling the exercise would send the wrong message about NATO’s resolve in the face of Russian aggression.

“It would send a very wrong signal if we suddenly now canceled a routine, long-time planned exercise because of the war in Ukraine. That would be absolutely the wrong signal to send,” Stoltenberg said. “NATO’s firm, predictable behavior, our military strength, is the best way to prevent escalation.” The U.S. twice put off routine tests of its Minuteman III missile this year, the first time to avoid inflaming tensions with Russia during the Ukraine crisis and the second time to avoid any miscalculation on China’s part as the Chinese military engaged in a show of force near Taiwan. A Minuteman III test launch eventually took place Aug. 16.U.S. officials predicted that Russia would soon go ahead with its own large-scale nuclear exercises.

The Russian drills would be the second since February 2022. Putin oversaw the February exercise that tested sea, land, and air-based ballistic and cruise missiles and other weapons. “We expect Russia to conduct its annual strategic nuclear exercise—they call it GROM—as early as this month,” Kirby added. The Western officials cautioned that the Russian exercise was expected and did not appear to be linked to Putin’s suggestions that Moscow might resort to nuclear weapons in the face of setbacks in Ukraine. In a national address Sept. 21, Putin warned that “Russia will use all the instruments at its disposal to counter a threat against its territorial integrity.” He added, “This is not a bluff.”

“We will monitor that as we always do,” Stoltenberg said of the upcoming Russian exercise. “And, of course, we will remain vigilant, not least in light of the veiled nuclear threats and the dangerous rhetoric we have seen from the Russian side.” Some nuclear policy experts expressed concern that Russian and NATO nuclear exercises might heighten apprehensions as each side seeks to determine what options might be tested. “The events are normal,” said Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists in an interview. “But we don’t know, of course, what’s being exercised, whether that is also normal.”

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“..if a nuclear strike is decided on, it will be directed against the centre, not the periphery…”

The Anti-Nuclear Movement in Review: Defeat from the Jaws of Victory (Hall)

What it seems the Russians are doing in the face of US “nuclear sabre-rattling” is taking a leaf out of Kennedy’s book. Faced with nuclear missiles (or what were claimed to be nuclear missiles) in Cuba, Kennedy was under pressure to invade Cuba to take them out. Khrushchev appears to have been influenced by notions of “nuclear deterrence”. He apparently thought that the US might invade Cuba but that the “nuclear deterrence” exerted by the Russian nuclear arsenal would dissuade the US from threatening the Soviet Union itself. In fact Kennedy defied all his advisors to tell Khrushchev that if he didn’t get his missiles (or “missiles”) out of Cuba, the US would launch a massive nuclear first strike against Soviet cities.


This made Khrushchev lose his nerve and he backed down. Subsequently he and Kennedy embarked on serious negotiations to move towards nuclear disarmament, or at least more effective arms control. Kennedy gained kudos from his brinkmanship, but also made enemies, and not only from peace loving, or “peace loving” ideological opponents. He also incurred the displeasure of leading lsraeli politicians, notably Ben Gurion, through his opposition to Israel having nuclear weapons. So for this and other reasons he was assassinated. What Putin appears to be doing now is similar: faced with the threat of a local conflagration he says that if a nuclear strike is decided on, it will be directed against the centre, not the periphery.

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“..Moscow is, however, still open to dialogue, but that no “sensible” offers have so far been forthcoming from Washington.”

‘It Can’t Get Any Worse’ – Lavrov On US-Russia Relations (RT)

US President Joe Biden’s latest remark indicating his unwillingness to negotiate with his Russian counterpart is unlikely to further worsen an already dire global security situation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. The diplomat noted that Moscow is, however, still open to dialogue, but that no “sensible” offers have so far been forthcoming from Washington. In an interview with Russia’s Rossiya 24 news channel aired on Thursday, Lavrov was asked whether he thought Biden’s reluctance to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin would further complicate tensions in the international arena.“It doesn’t complicate [it] at all, because the state of affairs as it stands today has already been driven, first of all by the US, to such a condition that it can’t get any worse, in my opinion,” the Russian minister replied.

The diplomat pointed out at the same time that Moscow is not shunning dialogue with Washington. According to Lavrov, Russia has “never rejected a single earnest, sensible offer to hold contacts.” However, “no one is putting forth sensible initiatives,” he added. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that president Biden “has no intention of meeting with President Putin.” The statement echoed a remark made by the US head of state to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday. “Look, I have no intention of meeting with him,” Biden said, when asked about his plans for the upcoming G20 summit in Bali.

The US president went on to add, however, that “if [Putin] came to me at the G20 and said ‘I want to talk about the release of Griner,’ I’d meet with him. I mean, it would depend. Brittney Griner is America’s Women’s National Basketball Association star and Olympic gold medalist who was detained at a Moscow airport in February and later sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian court on drug-possession charges. Presidents Biden and Putin have not spoken to each other directly since before Russia launched its military campaign against Ukraine in late February. Lavrov had made it clear earlier that Moscow would consider such talks should it receive a proposal from Washington.

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“Russia will not allow the Empire to control Ukraine, whatever it takes.”

The Thin Red Line: NATO Can’t Afford To Lose Kabul And Kiev (Escobar)

As the Empire of Chaos, Lies and Plunder is petrified by the startling Double Fail of a massive economic/military attack, Moscow is systematically preparing for the next military offensive. As it stands, it’s clear that the Anglo-American axis will not negotiate. It has not even tried for the past 8 years, and it’s not about to change course, even incited by an angelic chorus ranging from Elon Musk to Pope Francis. Instead of going Full Timur, accumulating a pyramid of Ukrainian skulls, Putin has summoned eons of Taoist patience to avoid military solutions. Terror on the Crimea Bridge may have been a game-changer. But the velvet gloves are not totally off: General Armageddon’s daily aerial routine may still be seen as a – relatively polite – warning.

Even in his latest landmark speech, which contained a savage indictment of the West, Putin made clear he’s always open for negotiations. Yet by now, Putin and the Security Council know why the Americans simply can’t negotiate. Ukraine may be just a pawn in their game, but it’s still one of Eurasia’s key geopolitical nodes: whoever controls it, enjoys extra strategic depth. The Russians are very much aware that the usual suspects are obsessed with blowing up the complex process of Eurasia integration – starting with China’s BRI. No wonder important instances of power in Beijing are “uneasy” with the war. Because that’s very bad for business between China and Europe via several trans-Eurasian corridors.

Putin and the Russian Security Council also know that NATO abandoned Afghanistan – an absolutely miserable failure – to place all their chips on Ukraine. So losing both Kabul and Kiev will be the ultimate mortal blow: that means abandoning the 21st Eurasian Century to the Russia-China-Iran strategic partnership. Sabotage – from the Nord Streams to Krymskiy Most – gives away the desperation game. NATO’s arsenals are virtually empty. What’s left is a war of terror: the Syrianization, actually ISIS-zation of the battlefield. Managed by braindead NATO, acted on the terrain by a cannon fodder horde sprinkled with mercenaries from at least 34 nations.

So Moscow may be forced to go all the way – as the Totally Unplugged Dmitry Medvedev revealed: now this is about eliminating a terrorist regime, totally dismantle its politico-security apparatus and then facilitate the emergence of a different entity. And if NATO still blocks it, direct clash will be inevitable. NATO’s thin red line is they can’t afford to lose both Kabul and Kiev. Yet it took two acts of terror – on Pipelineistan and on Crimea – to imprint a much starker, burning red line: Russia will not allow the Empire to control Ukraine, whatever it takes. That’s intrinsically linked to the future of the Greater Eurasia Partnership. Welcome to life at Doom’s doorstep.

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“His murder was bungled, on which Skripal and his daughter were then abducted and ‘disappeared’ (to New Zealand?)..”

Lies, Lies, Lies (Batiushka)

[..] in 1854 Commodore Perry forced Japan by military threat to ‘trade with’ the USA, in order to ‘take it out of its isolation’ and that led to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those who lived in those two cities then much regretted their lack of isolation. And as for the USA? It was itself still in a state of cultural isolation, having learned nothing from age-old Japanese culture, but instead imposing its own anti-culture on all and sundry. Or then there was that war criminal General Curtis LeMay who boasted of his potential to ‘bomb back into the Stone Age’ in order to bring freedom and democracy, when in fact his brain was in the Stone Age and he had no idea what freedom and democracy are.

Or there is the statement that Russia is corrupted by oligarchs, when in reality ‘Russian’ oligarchs (most of them are Jewish) are purely Western creations from the 1990s, following the model of the only system that the Western world has ever practised – Feudalism, with its economic serfdom (2). What are Musk, Bezos, Gates and Buffett, if they are not oligarchs/feudal magnates? This technique was clearly displayed in the 2006 Litvinenko and 2018 Skripal cases in the UK. In the first case, a Russian traitor and British spy was murdered by polonium. Now, if you wanted to murder someone (who presented no threat to you) without incriminating yourself, would you rather not just employ a hired killer who would leave no trace? It would be much cheaper.

Interestingly, polonium is a very rare radioactive substance, but is available to British secret services. In the Salisbury case of the Skripals, involving a retired British spy, who seemed to be wanting to repent for his treason (he had already served his sentence in a Russian prison), and who was poisoned with a substance available in only about three places worldwide, one of which is twelve kilometres away from where he lived in one of the most fearsome chemical weapons establishments in the world. His murder was bungled, on which Skripal and his daughter were then abducted and ‘disappeared’ (to New Zealand?), though an innocent woman did die of the poison. When questions were asked about some very strange aspects of the case, the British media were issued with a ‘DSMA-Notice’, censoring them and forbidding them to report any further on the matter.

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“$400 million over the next 12 months..”

SpaceX Sends Ukraine Starlink Bill To Pentagon (RT)

Elon Musk’s aerospace firm has asked the US military to take over funding for its Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine, saying it is no longer able to foot the cost of operations, according to company documents obtained by CNN. In a letter sent to the Pentagon last month, SpaceX outlined its financial difficulties and asked the government to begin funding Starlink services for Ukraine, claiming it will cost more than $120 million for the rest of 2022, and some $400 million over the next 12 months. “We are not in a position to further donate terminals to Ukraine, or fund the existing terminals for an indefinite period of time,” SpaceX’s director of government sales said in the letter.

SpaceX has donated around 20,000 Starlink satellite units to Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict in late February, providing internet connection and military coordination in chaotic battlegrounds that would otherwise be cut off from the web. Ukrainian officials have hailed the system as “an essential part of critical infrastructure.” Kiev has nonetheless urged the company to send thousands of additional Starlink terminals, with another letter obtained by CNN showing that a top Ukrainian general, Valery Zaluzhny, directly asked for 8,000 units back in July. An outside consultant for SpaceX later wrote that the firm “faces terribly difficult decisions here,” adding “I do not think they have the financial ability to provide any additional terminals or service as requested by General Zaluzhny.”

While Musk has stated that SpaceX will have spent more than $100 million providing Starlink services to Ukraine by the end of the year, the company’s letter to the Pentagon indicates that other parties have helped to bear some costs. The “vast majority” of the 20,000 units furnished to Ukraine have received “full or partial funding” from the American, British and Polish governments, as well as NGOs and private fundraisers, though SpaceX has covered most of the service costs of around $4,500 per terminal each month. More recently, SpaceX has come under fire for alleged Starlink outages across some regions of Ukraine, with the Financial Times relaying reports from Ukrainian soldiers of a “catastrophic”loss of communications last week. The cause of the outages remains unclear, though Ukrainian officials insist the problems were not the result of a technical glitch or cyberattacks, instead suggesting “SpaceX-imposed geographical restrictions.” Service has since resumed in the affected areas, however.

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“George Washington Zelensky hopes to do this with the World Bank and has a role for the IMF.”

Zelensky Shakedown: $62 Billion Before Next Year (Dowling)

The U.S. just approved another 13+ billion for Ukraine after they gave them $1.1 billion and hundreds of millions in weapons the two weeks before. Mr. Zelensky now wants $38 billion to cover their budget deficit, salaries of doctors and teachers, welfare, and pensions. In other words, we will pay their government workers. It sounds like a shakedown. He asked for $33 billion in August. Mind you, we don’t have a budget in the US. Ukrainian President Zelensky also wants $17 billion for critical infrastructure, $2 billion for electric energy infrastructure, and more than $5 billion for gas and coal purchases. Most of the money will come from the US.


He wants new business investments in Ukraine while at war with Russia. He wants a mechanism “to ensure military risks” taken by these businesses. George Washington Zelensky hopes to do this with the World Bank and has a role for the IMF. The Ukrainian president wants a permanent working group to dole out funds promptly. It sounds like this will set up automatic payments. Zelensky also wants to rebuild while the war is ongoing. This demand for funds comes as the US exceeds a $31 trillion debt and trillions in deficit in the year’s expenditures. These expenditures will go on without end as the US hits record-high inflation that shows no signs of stopping. Is there anyone we can shakedown for money? We’ll need a benefactor with the Zelensky burden.

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Borrell: you lost.

EU Concerned Over UN Vote On Ukraine – Borrell (RT)

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has expressed disappointment that more countries didn’t support the UN’s latest resolution on the non-recognition of referendums on joining Russia in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and in Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. Speaking at the European Diplomatic Academy on Thursday, Borrell said he was happy that “the system reacted very well” after 143 countries in the UN General Assembly voted to reject the referendums, with only five countries, including Russia, voting against the resolution. “There was a lot of work behind [this result], a lot of outreach to many people in order to be sure that we were above the 140 line,” the top diplomat said. However, Borrell went on to state that he was “worried because there were too many abstentions,” as 45 countries, including China, India, South Africa, Thailand and Cuba, chose to refrain from casting their vote for the resolution.

“When more or less 20% of the world community decided not to support or not to reject the Russian annexation – for me, it is too many,” said the diplomat, adding that “we are happy because the bottle is quite full, but it is a little bit empty.” Borrell insisted that more work must be done to convince more countries to condemn Russia and “make the world reject” Moscow’s military campaign against Ukraine. The diplomat’s comments come as Russia accused the US and its allies of using “diplomatic terror” to force more countries into supporting the UN resolution. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that Western nations were “twisting the arms of developing countries and threatening them with all sorts of punishments” in order to get them to condemn Russia.

“Only through such undisguised blackmail and threats did they manage to ensure the result. We all understand perfectly. And the statements of the Americans that they are not persuading anyone, and that everyone is voting by themselves, is a lie. And they also know it,” Lavrov said. Before launching its military operation in Ukraine in February, Russia recognized the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, arguing that Kiev had failed to represent and protect people living there. Residents of two other regions, Kherson and Zaporozhye, also voted by wide margins in public referendums to declare independence and join Russia. President Vladimir Putin signed unification treaties with the four new Russian regions on October 5.

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“..our elected officials have not just bounced up against the guardrails enshrined in the Constitution, they have flattened them and are driving the republic off a cliff.”

Why Have a Constitution If You Just Ignore It? (Miele)

In two recent columns, I wrote about the danger of public officials who are either unaware of the restrictions placed upon them by the Constitution they have sworn to uphold or, worse, just don’t give a damn. In the first, I chided President Biden for his sworn intent to pass a law that would “codify Roe v. Wade into law,” namely to pass a federal law that offers protection for abortion nationwide. In the second, I lambasted Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina for proposing a bill that would ban abortion after 15 weeks gestation, the point when unborn children are believed to be able to feel pain. So that raises the obvious question: Why have a Constitution if you are just going to ignore it? Democrat Biden and Republican Graham together offer a bipartisan illustration of why our country is dangerously off track.

With the implicit permission of the Supreme Court, our elected officials have not just bounced up against the guardrails enshrined in the Constitution, they have flattened them and are driving the republic off a cliff. It doesn’t matter which side of the abortion issue you are on; we should all be able to agree that in a constitutional republic, lawmakers and presidents cannot just do whatever they want. And there is absolutely no doubt that the U.S. Constitution does not give Congress the power to regulate medical procedures, whether it be an abortion or an appendectomy. That’s just the starting point. Anyone who bothers to read the Constitution knows that Congress was designed to exert limited authority over Americans’ everyday lives. Read Article I, Section 8 if you don’t believe me. You won’t find anything about vaccines or masks, and the whole idea of presidents ordering citizens to do anything is laughable.

Article II, Section 2, which spells out most of the powers of the president, is remarkably brief, and the powers are few. Commander in chief? Check. Negotiator of treaties? Check. Nominator of ambassadors and judges? Check. But from where exactly does the president derive the power to forgive student loans? Or order landlords to stop collecting rent? Maybe this runaway tyrannical democracy could have been avoided if we still taught civics in our elementary and secondary schools. But at this point there is little to be done. We can’t force members of Congress to read the Constitution, let alone understand it. We can’t stop presidents from legislating with their phone and their pen, as President Obama famously called his ability to unilaterally shape America to his wishes through executive order. And we are decades past the point where we could expect courts to rein in the excesses of the other two branches.>

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“That was a clear push for mercy — from the ultimate boss of the Justice Department that’s weighing charges against Hunter.”

Joe Biden Just Interfered In Hunter’s Prosecution On National TV (NYP)

President Biden shouldn’t be talking about his son Hunter’s case, let alone defending him as he did Tuesday night to Jake Tapper. “I’m proud of my son,” who got “hooked on drugs” but has “established a new life,” the prez said: “He’s on the straight and narrow, and he has been for a couple years now.” That was a clear push for mercy — from the ultimate boss of the Justice Department that’s weighing charges against Hunter. As we’ve asked before, how is there no independent counsel in charge of this case, as department rules clearly dictate? It’s pretty clear that Justice has already delayed this investigation.


Then, too, the prez only discussed Hunter’s admitted lies on a federal gun form, not the far more serious tax-dodging charges (or the unregistered-lobbyist issues, let alone the whole “Big Guy” stinkbomb) — and Tapper didn’t push him. Casual viewers might well think mercy is indeed called for, and much of the media will back them up. But the real Hunter case is about selling influence with Joe Biden, quite likely to Joe’s financial benefit. This wasn’t a parent supporting his offspring, but a potential co-conspirator pushing to quash a case that implicates him.

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“Biden then threatened to withhold Congressionally authorized arms sales to Saudi Arabia..”

Saudi Arabia Publicly Rejects Biden Demand To Delay Oil Production Cutback (PM)

The Biden administration urged Saudi Arabia and other OPEC+ members to delay announcing oil production cuts until after the November mid-term elections. Gas prices are foremost in the minds of American voters and are expected to play a major role in the control of Congress in the minds of voters. Saudi Arabia refused to go along with Biden’s wishes, saying that they would be reducing their oil production, as would their Russian allies. Biden then threatened to withhold Congressionally authorized arms sales to Saudi Arabia, making the stunning admission during a recent sit-down interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, in which he stated that Saudi Arabia would face “consequences for what they’ve done with Russia.”


Biden asked Saudi Arabia to delay their decision to cut oil production, and to drill more oil in the lead up to the November midterm elections, essentially to boost the Democratic Party by cutting gas prices. The administration has claimed that the ask to Saudi Arabia to delay their cutback on oil production was not at all a political move, however, Saudi Arabia said that it was. They stated further that they are not taking a stance on the Ukraine-Russia conflict, and that their decision to cut production was an economic, not a political one. Holding Congressionally authorized foreign funding hostage over a political conflict, or to coerce a nation into behaving according to the wishes of the White House, is exactly what Biden accused former President Trump of doing three years ago, which led directly to Trump’s impeachment.

Tapper seemed oblivious to this conflict, but Human Events Daily Senior Editor Jack Posobiec pointed it out on Twitter, saying “Here is Biden in 2019 calling for Trump to be impeached for the exact same thing Biden is doing right now with Saudi Arabia,” and quoting then-candidate Biden. “Have we caught Joe Biden admitting to coercing a foreign country in furtherance of his own political interest? Yes, we have because he admitted it on live TV,” Posobiec said on Human Events Daily. Biden, he said, “explicitly states that he is going to coerce Saudi Arabia by holding up congressionally approved military aid.” “He’s saying ‘I’ll pull military aid,'” Posobiec said, pulling up Biden’s 2019 tweet.


[..] “Back then it was Trump and Ukraine. Now it’s Biden in the Saudis. So the question is simple: this was only the third impeachment in the history of the United States of America, and it was predicated on this theory of a quid pro quo between the two presidents.” “They know what they’re doing,” Posobiec said. “They all know what they’re doing. It’s not hypocrisy, it’s hierarchy.” “President Biden can sit there and admit that he’s coercing the Saudis, the same way that he admitted before, but he was coercing the Ukrainians with a $1 billion loan to get the Ukrainian prosecutor fired. This guy is the father of the quid pro quo when it comes to modern American government.”

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Very few people left that believe in Durham.

John Durham Unmistakably Puts FBI On Trial (JTN)

Igor Danchenko is the named defendant at this week’s trial, charged with lying as an informant in the now discredited Russia collusion investigation. But with probing questions and searing redirects, Special Counsel John Durham has turned the Russian researcher’s trial in the U.S. District courtroom in Alexandria, Va., into an expose of stunning FBI failures and omissions in its now-infamous pursuit of Donald Trump for crimes that turned out to be nonexistent. While the Hillary Clinton-spawned Russian collusion narrative has been the subject of a half dozen exhaustive investigations in the House, Senate and Justice Department, Durham has managed to use his third and widely assumed last trial to drop bombshell after bombshell that other inquiries failed to uncover. Even the most versed in the case have been stunned.

The effort began during pretrial motions. Danchenko, the primary source for the now-debunked Steele dossier, was someone who had both lied to FBI agents and had troubling ties to Russian intelligence. But Durham revealed he was inexplicably hired by the bureau, despite that record, to be a paid confidential human source for three years. Durham followed that with a stunner on day 1 of the trial, getting FBI senior analyst Brian Auten to reveal that the FBI had been unable to confirm a single fact in the Steele dossier by mid-October 2016 but nonetheless grabbed some of its most sensational claims about Trump and stuck them into a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant marked “verified” that authorized spying on the Trump campaign and former adviser Carter Page.

“On October 21, 2016, did you have any information to corroborate that information?” Durham asked, referring to the Carter Page FISA application submitted on that date. “No,” Auten replied. The bureau was so desperate to find corroboration to justify Steele’s allegations that it offered up to $1 million to former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele, a paid researcher for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, if he could corroborate his dossier. Steele did not, Auten told the jury.That revelation even shocked former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who conducted the first exhaustive probe that debunked the dossier and exposed FBI wrongdoing. Nunes told Just the News on Thursday he was never told about the $1 million payment despite subpoenaing the FBI.

“I hate to say this, but like a new shoe drops every day,” Nunes told the John Solomon Reports podcast in referring to Durham’s work. “And it’s like every day we find out something new. And I mean, look, I don’t know how you describe this $1 million payment or potential payment to Steele as anything other than what it is. It was a bounty program to get Donald Trump.”

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“The Biden White House even sought a “stable, predictable” relationship with Russia.”

Biden’s ‘Schizophrenic’ National Security Strategy (RSC)

The Biden administration has finally released its long-awaited National Security Strategy, the first such document since 2017. It’s strikingly schizophrenic, alternating — sometimes on an almost sentence-by-sentence basis — between ambitious promises to lead global cooperation in addressing transnational challenges, and depicting a world of near-intractable rivalries. The overall impression is of a foreign policy establishment that seems to understand the need for international cooperation, but also seems helplessly carried along by currents that could divide the world in a way that makes such cooperation impossible. This reflects the journey of the Biden administration itself.

President Biden came into office promising to refocus foreign policy domestically on the needs of the American middle class, to lead global cooperation against the climate crisis, and with apparent plans to lower conflict in global flash points. He planned to rejoin the nuclear deal with Iran as a way to ramp down tensions there, and intended to maintain cooperation with China in key selected areas even as the administration maintained much of the Trump administration’s shift toward a hard-edged “strategic competition” with China. The Biden White House even sought a “stable, predictable” relationship with Russia. Its first major foreign policy decision was to disentangle the United States from its two-decade military occupation of Afghanistan.

Two years later, the world instead seems to be teetering on the brink of a new cold war with all the dangers and costs that it implies. Cooperation between China and the United States is in a deep freeze because of a seemingly endless series of tit-for-tat provocations, especially over Taiwan, and the president’s own party is pressuring him to be even more aggressive. Meanwhile, negotiations to restore the Iran nuclear deal are bogged down and during this summer’s trip to the Middle East, Biden seemed to threaten war. In Ukraine, after helping to decisively thwart Putin’s initial bid to conquer the country, Washington seems satisfied to settle in for a long and vicious conflict with no effort to seek a diplomatic way out.

While our core allies in Europe and Japan stand with the United States against both Russia and China, many critical nations in the Global South, including some of the world’s largest democracies in India and Brazil, have failed to join the United States in unequivocally denouncing the Russian invasion. Furthermore, the Biden administration’s rhetoric has shifted from a “foreign policy for the middle class” to calls for a potentially apocalyptic confrontation between “democracies and autocracies.”

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Let’s see him do it.

Will Musk “End Twitter As We Know it”? I Sincerely Hope So (Turley)

The news that Elon Musk wants to go forward with the purchase of Twitter has led to a virtual panic among media, political and academic figures worried that free speech could shortly break out on the social media platform. Former Politico magazine editor Garrett Graff summed up the collective vapors succinctly: “Be afraid, be actually afraid.”I sincerely hope so. While Musk had in recent months wavered on his purchase, he said last week that he wants to move forward with a $44 billion offer to buy the social media platform. On Thursday, the judge presiding over Twitter’s lawsuit against Musk for backing out of the original deal gave the world’s richest person until Oct. 28 to reach an agreement on the purchase. The free speech community hopes that Musk is still committed to his stated commitment to return free speech protections to the social media giant.

In the past 10 years, a censorship culture has not only become deeply embedded at Twitter but also on other social media platforms. The need for censored and limited speech has become an article of faith for many on the left. I have long admitted to being an “internet originalist,” someone who viewed the internet as the greatest development for free speech since the invention of the printing press. However, the rapid erosion of free speech values – from our Congress to our campuses – has been alarming. Led by President Joe Biden, Democratic leaders and media figures have demanded corporate censorship and even state censorship to curtail opposing views on issues ranging from climate change to election integrity to public health to gender identity. The Washington Post’s Max Boot, for example, declared, “For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.”

Now these same figures are fearful of the supposed menace that Musk poses – the prospect that a major social media platform could actually restore free speech protections.It would reverse the anti-free speech policies of Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, who has pledged to regulate content as “reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation.”Agrawal said the company would “focus less on thinking about free speech” because “speech is easy on the internet. Most people can speak. Where our role is particularly emphasized is who can be heard.”Agrawal’s policy of “who can be heard” offers a reverse model for how to develop a new culture at Twitter. Indeed, his emphasis on the limits of the First Amendment is precisely where Musk should start.

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    Salvador Dali Pianc 1919   • Ukraine Has De Facto Joined NATO – Defense Minister (RT) • NATO, Russia to Hold Nuclear Exercises Despite Tensions (
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle October 14 2022]

    #118409
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    “I wonder if it’s possible that humans are no longer naturally grounded.”

    Of course it is! I’ve been railing about this for decades…here at TAE as well…
    Shoes; especially ones with rubber soles (or other insulating materials) keep us from grounding!!!!!!!!
    Barefoot; if not every day then as often as possible…make time; it’s important!!!!!!
    More even than you can imagine…if you can still imagine…………

    #118410
    teri
    Participant

    That little clip of Biden (Illuminatibot tweet) is from 1987. What’s interesting to me is that Biden did not seem to have trouble with stuttering then. People keep saying his speech issues are because he had problems with stuttering which still surfaces occasionally (they claim), but I don’t ever remember noticing a stutter when Biden spoke. And I’m getting pretty old and have heard him talk on the campaign trail or in interviews for some decades now.

    His speech patterns now don’t sound like stuttering to me; they sound like slurring. I don’t think he is a drinker, so the slurring may be an old-age thing where his tongue is not working properly.

    It doesn’t help that his brain doesn’t work so well now either.

    #118411
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Luongo, Big Serge: since the Democrats will cheat, then delay the results (perhaps permanently), Russia will therefore move forward when Congress is…not actionable. Doesn’t exist. After Nov 15. So everyone on earth can just run around and do…whatever. Thanks Democrats! I guess we’ll see.

    Speaking of Luongo and Wall St Capital-creators vs Davos’ Communist Bank-destroyers:
    “”This Is a F**king War”: Jamie Dimon Slams Biden Begging Saudis For Oil, Says Investors “Don’t Give a Shit” about ESG”

    Hmm. Sounds like someone’s not on board.

    “Chevron CEO Blames Western Governments “Doubling-Down” on ‘Climate’ Policies for Global Energy Crisis”

    And somebody else.

    Speaking of headlines: “”This Is a Perfect Storm” – EU Leader Warns of “Black Swans” Everywhere, Says ‘Propaganda Is Our Battlefield’ — “Communication is our battlefield: we fight in communication… I need my delegates to be much more engaged in this battle of narratives…”

    If words don’t have meanings, you’re talking nonsense. “Black Swans” are something you can’t see or predict at all. Shutting off your own gas with a hammer then being dark and cold because of a war is the Whitest White Swan Was ever in the World. If communication is their battlefield, then they’re winning. Congratulations. On your dark and cold nights, telling yourself stories brilliant, magical, and untrue.

    You know who really wins a battle of narratives? The guy who gives me food and heat. We may find this in the midterms but there’s no chance the election will be decided.

    Newsweek: This is not the Onion? Geriatric Joe deigns, in his gracious majesty, to permit Russia’s duly elected leader to remain elected.

    This reminds me of something else, in Escobar. That Syria was full-attacked by NATO in pipelineistan. Russia only intervened – and barely – to prevent the complete overrun. ISIS and the NATO Pipeline Vandals are still there, sitting on the pipe route, shooting people and illegally stealing oil. But here’s the point: by barely getting involved, SYRIA fought the war, SYRIA “won” the war that is, not Russia. Therefore Syria can be assured they are a sovereign nation not a vassal. Their work = their win. If somebody else won for them, would it matter? The history of U.S. interventions for 100 years says no: one minute after leaving they collapse.

    Suppose Russia accepts this deal to keep their own elected leader: they would STILL be accepting the position of a vassal, while nothing else changed. For no reason. No win. And they can’t do that. Nor will Americans notice how bat-s–t this offer is. Nor how it is a recipe for nuclear exchange.

    And if we hadn’t run this down enough, let’s recap: No government has the full support of the people these days. Whether that makes them all illegitimate or not, you decide. But Russia, knowing this, held back completely in an excessively limited campaign, to protect only Crimea, the million Donbas and nothing else. KNOWING, knowing, that NATO and the West will reveal not only their burning, mass-murdering aggression, but more importantly their deep, wide, irrational, racist, round-up-in-camps, kill Tchaikovsky and ban Dostoevsky, shut off the banks of Russian violinists and sopranos, total intolerable hate, hate, hate. Russia likes the West, Europe, and the people would like to think this is a big misunderstanding and that there’s no need for war. Putin’s approach has revealed the limitless support for Nazis, full breadth and force of the pure race evil, and letting the West make the case for Russia’s existential war. Again, because words have no meaning, “Existential” as in “Russia and the Russian people will cease to exist”. Every single one will be cut up, killed, and reduced to the lowest, longest, most abject race-slavery ever seen. Continuing the attempt of the 90’s, and precisely as they publish, so this is no bluff.

    And so it has: Putin can now go to Parliament and make a case for actual war, got it, and can proceed again safely and methodically. Note, unlike the cartoon glue-sniffers at “Newsweek”, “Vladimir Putin” did not invade Ukraine: Russia did. If you remove “Vladimir Putin” you will get 20 far more hard line, more violent, more extreme people behind him. Putin is a Europhile and extreme moderate. “HE” did not invade. Removing him will not reverse the invasion. It will make it far, far stronger. As “THEY” want Putin removed, they know this and want a total war, a nuclear war, just as their papers say. Because then “THEY”, the cabal, can “Great Reset” and maintain power with the the CBDC “Mark” and “great tribulation(trial, aka hardship), such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be.” Roll out their savior by stopping all the hardship they’ve been paying for and causing, get ‘em signed up, and Bob’s your Uncle. So they W A N T this nuclear, 6 Billion killing, nuclear, world-poisoning world war. Clearly. They are poisoning the world with lithium and erasing all the Cod even on a normal Friday. They are Death. Their god is the god of murder. OF COURSE they want a billion-killing, neofeudal-making world war.

    Biden and plagiarism and lies: everybody knows. They deny it and don’t care. Ask them if you don’t believe me. Lies = good. Truth = bad.

    “Blackhawk” helicopters. Yes, but they painted over the American flag on the side with the Rainbow flag, and are dropping hug bombs, so they’re not racist anymore. I mean, they’re not racist just because they want segregation again, right? All those whole cities of brown Muslims and Kanye West are the real White Supremacists, duh.

    To get real, they also have USS ships named after other peoples: “New Jersey” “Alabama”, and are in the “Virginia” class. …Unless people of a state aren’t real people with their own culture. And USS ships “Bob Hope” and “Ronald Reagan” for individuals such as “Geronimo.” …Unless some people, groups, governments, and cultures have different essential rules than others; a fundamental tenet of racism. So…should we remove “Kiowa” and “Geronimo”? Or “Bob Hope” and “New Jersey”. They are all “Americans”, all of them. We are all Americans. All of Us. WTF is dividing them? Who does that? (Trick question: Racists. Racists divide people. They are Racists. Hard-core, deep-religion, heart-felt, must-segregate, people-are-not-equal, racists.)

    But some Americans are more equal than others. Stop being racist, Karen. And you’re like the only one. Jimmy-Bob from Savannah has interracial grandkids, you clueless dummy. You latte-sippers from Smith College are the racists. Google: “Martha’s Vineyard.”

    “Ukraine Has De Facto Joined NATO – Defense Minister (RT) “

    They could have done this before the war, why didn’t they? They specifically SAID Ukraine would be NATO, and Nuclear. They could have just done it and shut up. Because as above THEY WANT A BILLION-KILLING WORLD WAR. And they have to take Russia or collapse of debt compounding.

    “In fact Kennedy defied all his advisors to tell Khrushchev that if he didn’t get his missiles (or “missiles”) out of Cuba, the US would launch a massive nuclear first strike against Soviet cities. …This made Khrushchev lose his nerve and he backed down.”

    W. T. F. ??? This is literally, provably, historically, dead-wrong. Like so-mainstream-it’s-wikipedia wrong. And Billion-killing deadly, wicked error to print right now. As this person has not the slightest hesitation in lying, he’s also lying about Putin’s side: Yes, Putin said if attacked, he would respond to the center of attack, not the periphery. But if the actual attack isn’t coming from London and D.C., they have nothing to worry about, right? If they’re innocent, why so nervous? AND, the only important factor, Russia has not altered, wavered, or made exceptions to their nuclear protocol that only permits defensive nuclear launch in the case of existential attack. …Unlike the U.S. which has loopholed a first-strike option as we used in Iraq. You know, like Ze said, “Using nukes there to convince them not to use nukes, so we don’t see mushroom clouds here.” Yummy First Strike 15m on Moscow, as written about for 50 years.

    “The diplomat pointed out at the same time that Moscow is not shunning dialogue with Washington. According to Lavrov, …“no one is putting forth sensible initiatives,”

    He’s not kidding. Just above, Newsweek reports Joe says “All you have to do is complete withdrawal and political surrender and get nothing for it, and THEN we’ll negotiate.” Uh-huh. You know, a NOT-earnest, NOT-sensible offer. And PS, on the eve of WWIII nuclear first-strike, Griner is the most important subject on earth. Well, she has melanin, and she has a vagina, so OBVIOUSLY. …To the mentally-ill toddlers running the West. Blinding, core racists from Yale and Smith College.

    “So losing both Kabul and Kiev”

    DID the lose them? They stole 100% of Ukraine’s gold in 2014. They’re broke and stole both Kabul’s and Russia’s money. And spent it on the Midterms and debt compounding. Not collapsed last year. How is that not a win? But yes: losing all wars they involve, on all fronts, collapses confidence. Financial confidence, the one army that still works for them.

    “ Lies, Lies, Lies (Batiushka)”

    Like I said, Saker has to back it up. They’re emotionally losing their minds. Perry and Nagasaki? Those are 100 years apart. There’s not a snowball’s chance they could have remained isolationist that long without being an African colony. And the U.S. isolationist? Not since the “Maine”, which was the problem, and us IN the Pacific War. So quite opposite, if we had, it would be good for Japan, not the reverse. The U.S. is the #Opposite of cultural isolation, as unlike reports, we have a culture, because everyone complains we export that culture widely, AND we are the culture of every immigrant who comes, which is all of them. We’re culturally isolated from ourselves? If we weren’t immigrants’ culture, then what were we initially? Native American? He’s like throwing jello-molds at the wall and making a random pattern from the splotches. Bc, wtf does it have to do with the world’s most obvious MI6 murder of the Skripals? (almost certainly over the Steele Dossier)

    “SpaceX Sends Ukraine Starlink Bill to Pentagon (RT)”

    And in the Special Ed world of Media and America, we’re not in the war. We’re not attacking Russia. Although Joe just said we ARE in the war, and that’s why we should love and support high gas prices. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doublethink
    “[1984] explicitly shows people learning doublethink and Newspeak due to peer pressure and a desire to “fit in,” or gain status”

    Status and “fitting in” which only the Left cares about. It’s the lingering weakness of the Right that they don’t fit in and can’t agree on anything.

    “Zelensky Shakedown: $62 Billion Before Next Year (Dowling) …The U.S. just approved another 13+ billion for Ukraine after they gave them $1.1 billion”

    …But we’re not in the war. Ukraine’s doctors and soldiers are paid, ours aren’t and are officially told to get food stamps. But we’re not in the war.

    Shakedown”? You wonder why? You ever wonder why a nation where Biden and Hunter had deep 6-figure and higher payoffs, corruption and deals of the highest order, going into an election, somehow “Ukraine” seems to have “Leverage” over the President and his son? Hmmm. Nope! Nothing suspicious here! Because I am a Coincidence Theorist, and this is all completely normal.

    …Orrrrrrrr… Maybe as we ALREADY KNOW, from the check stubs, Hunter was involved in the BioLabs…which were studying ‘gain of function’…on Covid…and testing on the Ukrainian population. Before it was released. Hmmm. So Hunter, with Fauci, then…logically…??? Nope! No bells ringing here! The $50B in other people’s money is just to help a pal while Detroit burns and Phoenix chokes.

    “we should all be able to agree that in a constitutional republic, lawmakers and presidents cannot just do whatever they want.”

    Well “There’s your Problem”: They do NOT agree they can’t do whatever they want. If it’s my side, they CAN do anything they want, however illegal, no matter who it hurts or why. It’s only YOUR side that can’t, even when they make Executive Orders of the same name from the same chair.

    “the prez only discussed Hunter’s admitted lies on a federal gun form,”

    That would put anyone in jail long-term. Or no charges at all, while withholding state’s evidence, if you do the gun crime on “Jan 6”. (Where there were no guns)

    And no one cares about Hunter’s drug charges. It’s him being the bag man for the President selling bribery and favors to foreign nationals we care about…the very definition of “Treason” and one of the very few crimes (bribery) outlined in the Constitution. No? Biden’s FBI offered $1M to a foreign national to screw the 2016 Presidential race. AND colluded with Russian Nationals to do so.

    ““Biden then threatened to withhold Congressionally authorized arms sales to Saudi Arabia..”

    …Aaaaaaaaand which was once again illegal. Just like his same illegal offer in Ukraine. And is impeachable since he is refusing direct orders placed upon him by Congress. The “Executive” “Executes” orders. The orders passed by the Legislature.

    Why? “There’s your Problem”: They do NOT agree they can’t do whatever they want. If it’s my side, they CAN do anything they want, however illegal, no matter who it hurts or why. In other words: a day ending in “Y”.

    “ John Durham Unmistakably Puts FBI on Trial (JTN)”

    Because, above, nobody cares. Did my side win? Me? I? My ego? Then it is a universal good. Lalalalala!!! …End of story, stop talking now.

    “Biden’s ‘Schizophrenic’ National Security Strategy (RSC)”

    Huh. Weird. This would make sense if there were a runaway cabal of zealots burrowed away inside the government and colluding-coordinating with foreign governments. Or a three-way, with Fed “Just Us”-promos, zealot-promos, and “the people”-promos. Otherwise, it kinda makes no sense. But I am a coincidence theorist, so clearly being schizophrenic but also constantly functional is the sensible option.

    “Be afraid, be actually afraid.”

    They sure like imaginary fears, in their child-like, infantile privilege. Always a new thing to fear, never a new job to work. Newsflash: “Fear” is an internal state, under your control. It’s your fee-fees, feelz. Therefore, I could care less about your fee-feez and your internal state. I am totally unrelated to your internal emotional states, which are yours alone. Man up, Buttercup.

    “Conspiracy Theorists keep getting things right”, unlike former Politco editors. Within hours now, in fact.

    Grounding: as far as I am aware, this is totally true. (but subtle) Try telling that to anyone though. They won’t even stop eating known-deadly chemicals and direct-injecting experimental pharmaceuticals. Heck, they won’t stop smoking meth and getting serial abortions. Grounding?

    #118412
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    I just wish Sir Walter Scott were alive to witness on the world stage just how right he was in writing , “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” [side note: I originally thought that it was Shakespeare who had written that, too, but Google set me straight.]

    The shucking and jiving is so MAGNIFICENTLTLY over the top that in order to avoid being convicted for one major felony, leading bad guys must publicly confess to a different major felony.

    #118414
    Red
    Participant

    Coming soon to a home near you, maybe your own! Un-insurable.

    Over the past 15 years, insurance claims from severe weather events in Canada – windstorms, flooding, wildfire and drought – have more than quadrupled. Seven of the country’s costliest disasters occurred in the last decade. Insurers now expect to disburse C$2bn (£1.3bn) in disaster-related payouts annually, with costs only expected to rise.

    A federally run fund, meant to help communities build disaster-resilient infrastructure, is quickly running out of money years before it expires at the end of the decade. It has already received far more requests than it can pay for, and despite the federal government repeatedly topping it up, more than half of the money has been spent.

    A determined young woman stands with arms folded in front of a wooden house
    Ariane Arsenault does not want to leave the Magdalen Islands but fears she may never be able to afford insurance again. Photograph: Ariane Arsenault
    The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), a trade body, estimates that nearly 800,000 homes are in effect uninsurable because of their proximity to flood waters. Those homes account for nearly 90% of the insurance industry’s financial liability.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/13/the-uninsurables-how-storms-and-rising-seas-are-making-coastlines-unlivable

    #118415
    Positive Dennis
    Participant

    Conspiracy Theorists keep getting things right

    This photo is fake.

    #118416
    Oroboros
    Participant

    John Durham is a sellout Butt Plug for the Dipshit State.

    He rationalizes his sham behavior because he tells himself his family will be ‘well provided for and safe’ as long as he tanks the ‘investigation’ in trivial pursuits.

    The thirty pieces of silver he took under the table to stall and bury the RussiaRussiaRussiaGate crime spree insures his personal survival, even as the country he supposedly works for morphs into an open lawless criminal enterprise.

    Halloween is coming up and Durham better wear ear plugs in public so no one sees the maggots falling out of his head.

    Durham started out morally as Willy Wonka

    .

    And ended up spiritually as Beetlejuice

    .

    #118417
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    For a long time, Kunstler was all “those Deep-Staters will be in big trouble once John Durham does his thing”, and wouldn’t you know it, John Durham didn’t do any sort of thing. But you can bet that Kunstler will continue believing that someday some white knight will ride in on a white horse and right all the wrongs. What is it about Boomer men that makes them so predisposed to live in a world of such pure ego-fantasy?

    WRT to Steve Ludlum from yesterday, he’s just one more example of how Covid, as Mr. House once put it, “separated the men from the boys”.

    #118419
    John Day
    Participant

    No viral-bot pop-up yet this morning.
    🙂

    #118420
    zerosum
    Participant

    How stubborn … It takes
    …. talking about a nuke to remove/change/stop the killing/talk peace
    ———
    What happens if you try to bite the hand that feeds you?
    Trump – Jan 6 Inquiry, impeachment
    Freedom Convoy – War Measure Act
    Tulsi Gabbard – ????
    ————-
    Salesman of the year – Better than selling a fridge to an eskimo

    Zelensky Shakedown: $62 Billion Before Next Year


    Zelensky Shakedown: $62 Billion Before Next Year
    By M Dowling -October 13, 2022

    The U.S. just approved another 13+ billion for Ukraine after they gave them $1.1 billion and hundreds of millions in weapons the two weeks before. Mr. Zelensky now wants $38 billion to cover their budget deficit, salaries of doctors and teachers, welfare, and pensions. In other words, we will pay their government workers. It sounds like a shakedown. He asked for $33 billion in August.

    Mind you, we don’t have a budget in the US.

    Ukrainian President Zelensky also wants $17 billion for critical infrastructure, $2 billion for electric energy infrastructure, and more than $5 billion for gas and coal purchases.

    Most of the money will come from the US.

    He wants new business investments in Ukraine while at war with Russia. He wants a mechanism “to ensure military risks” taken by these businesses. George Washington Zelensky hopes to do this with the World Bank and has a role for the IMF.

    The Ukrainian president wants a permanent working group to dole out funds promptly. It sounds like this will set up automatic payments. Zelensky also wants to rebuild while the war is ongoing.

    This demand for funds comes as the US exceeds a $31 trillion debt and trillions in deficit in the year’s expenditures. These expenditures will go on without end as the US hits record-high inflation that shows no signs of stopping. Is there anyone we can shakedown for money? We’ll need a benefactor with the Zelensky burden.

    Meanwhile, hunger and homelessness are increasing everywhere.
    ———–
    Highlight
    • EU Concerned Over UN Vote On Ukraine – Borrell (RT)
    “diplomatic terror”
    “twisting the arms of developing countries and threatening them with all sorts of punishments” in order to get them to condemn Russia.

    “Only through such undisguised blackmail and threats did they manage to ensure the result.
    =======

    Knowledge trickles down to TAE from our enablers
    Knowledge does not trickle up.

    ———–

    #118421
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    16th dimensional chess…or reasons why Vladimir Putin “sabotaged” Nordstreams 1&2

    Does anyone know if Russia’s gold was repatriated, yet?

    “Discussion on xymphora  1 comments
    Russian gold found
    Rich 7 months ago
    “”Time to cut off Europe’s gas until they repatriate Russia’s gold as all is fair in love and war””

    #118422
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Sure enough, I just read Kunstler’s latest post, and it’s yet another panegyric about how the good guys, whoever that might be, are going to mop up the floor with the bad guys after the upcoming elections. Give me a freakin’ break, already!

    #118423
    kultsommer
    Participant

    “…..Wall St Capital-creators vs Davos’ Communist Bank-destroyers:”
    Deep thoughts of Dr. D.

    #118424
    John Day
    Participant

    Yesterday my interview with Dr. Nass (she interviewed me) went up on CHD TV
    https://live.childrenshealthdefense.org/shows/good-morning-chd/oP3pZGapbn

    I wrote to her when Maine suspended her license and we have become internet-friends.
    We have a lot in common.
    My part of the interview is from inside the housing-project, and I show a bit of the flooring-in-progress.
    It went well. We had 30 minutes together, since the pro interview software needed more bandwidth than Yoakum could provide, so I got Zoomed.

    #118425
    John Day
    Participant

    My blog post yesterday is Tulsi 2024, which we have been hashing out here, also.
    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/tulsi-2024

    Tulsi Gabbard is no longer a Congresswoman, but she is still a US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, who has served two full tours of duty in war zones, having joined after 9/11. She went to visit pariah-Assad for peace. She is not WEF material, though she did visit with them in the past, as did Vlad Putin, who seems to be his-own-man, also.
    I am certain that Tulsi Gabbard has directly faced the ugly facts of how our world has been working, since she did what she saw as her moral duty after 9/11. I think she understands.

    YMMV. I can’t “convince” anybody of anything. Thanks for considering my view.

    #118426
    kultsommer
    Participant

    One more thing.
    Caption explaining the reason of eatery joint being closed. Such uppity places, based on a few menu items visible, are famous for hiring college graduates so the handwriting baffles me.

    Here we are, mid October in SoCal. I haven’t done it before but now I am marking every new day in my calendar book, that I can still walk barefoot on concrete floor of my home. Bit cold and misty rain outside so backyard is off.

    #118427
    Noirette
    Participant

    On Ukraine has de facto joined Nato by RT – top post.

    No. NATO is ‘supporting’ Ukraine, as a non-member, an ‘outside’ country. It is free to do so but has no obligation to Ukr. Many official declarations have been made stating that Ukr. will not be accepted as a NATO member.

    — A public offering move from NATO was made not long ago, but denied in the back rooms as ‘just for show’ .. Zelensky had it explained to him. —

    Even article 5 of NATO does not obligate any one country to defend others, it is just “do all they can and wish to do to support other members, etc.” Not the exact wording, only a usual interpretation of it.

    The push of Ukr. joining NATO is tired news by now, it hasn’t moved forward one inch.
    Ukr. applied to join NATO in 2008 – the election of Yanukovitch put a halt to it.

    from the article, same old:

    Stoltenberg has pointed out that “any decision on membership has to be taken by consensus” by all 30 NATO members and that its top priority right now is to “support Ukraine” militarily and financially during the conflict.

    Washington voiced a similar stance, with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan saying earlier this month that the question of Ukraine joining NATO “should be taken up at a different time.”

    NATO is determined to avoid outright war with Russia (it knows it will lose), its actions are bitchy sorties, nasty moves, prevarications. E.g poking the bear sneakily, forcing Russia into a long damaging conflict, promoting hate of Russians to ensure exclusions, anger towards Russkies, etc.

    Ukr. is the sacrifical victim, poor dupes forced to fight a ‘war’ they cannot win, always hanging on to their masters words and making desperate demands to their backers. (In the last few days, for air defense systems. Bit late in the day…)

    NATO will dump Ukr. / Zelensky whenever they feel like it. They already know that only a ‘rump’ Ukr. will be left intact, the whole region will be of not much interest to them. Possibly, Poland will be allowed to take over a part of Ukr. (historically, Galicia), that would be the Nth spread of the EU to the East. (> Cheap workers.)

    #118428
    zerosum
    Participant

    @ Noirette
    I think that EU/NATO already have more than enough cheap workers/immigrants to share.
    The white supremacist/survivors of the war, will be employing/using them to rebuild, what they bought, for cheap, in Ukraine.
    Zelensky will be used/kept longer than expected because of his acting/motivating skills.

    #118429
    John Day
    Participant

    Let’s see if the censorship AI will accept a Substack link today, for my post “Communication Battlefield”
    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/communication-battlefield

    #118430
    John Day
    Participant

    Red Letter Day!

    ​ This caught my eye this morning, and it has to lead. It’s like “When it is important, you have to lie”.​
    This is an urgent call to arms from the top of the EU hierarchy.​
    “This is a perfect storm,” exclaims European Commission Vice President Josep Borrell in his opening speech to EU Ambassadors this week.​..​

    ​…​Communication is our battlefield: we fight in communication.​

    We provide you with materials and I have the feeling that you do not transmit the message strongly enough.
    ​ ​I need my delegations to step up on social media, on TV, in debates.
    Retweet our messages, our [European] External Action Service materials. Certainly, my blog, which is the everyday “consigna”…
    ​ ​I need you to be much more engaged in this battle of narratives.
    It is not something secondary. It is not just winning the wars by sending tanks, missiles, and troops.
    ​ ​It is a big battle: who is going to win the spirits and the souls of people?
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/perfect-storm-eu-leader-warns-black-swans-everywhere-says-propaganda-our-battlefield

    ​ ​From the man who just said that ​’​propaganda​’​ is more primary than tanks, missiles and troops.​ (It’s like Epimenides’ Paradox in a way.)​
    ​ ​EU Warns West Will ‘Annihilate’ Russian Army If Moscow Uses Nukes​
    ​EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell issued a threat against Russia on Thursday, warning that Western powers would “annihilate” the Russian army if Moscow uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
    ​ ​“Putin is saying he is not bluffing. Well, he cannot afford bluffing, and it has to be clear that the people supporting Ukraine and the European Union and the Member States, and the United States and NATO are not bluffing neither,” Borrel said at a European Diplomatic Academy event in Bruges, Belgium.
    (​What kind of attack could this be? Chemical? Biological? Propaganda?)
    “Any nuclear attack against Ukraine will create an answer, not a nuclear answer but such a powerful answer from the military side that the Russian Army will be annihilated,” he added.
    ​https://news.antiwar.com/2022/10/13/eu-warns-west-will-annihilate-russian-army-if-moscow-uses-nukes/

    ​US Nuclear Armageddon Survival Map ​ (We should hope to be in Yoakum, not Austin, and hope that the winds are favorable.)
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/best-and-worst-places-survive-nuclear-apocalypse-us
    USA nuclear attack survival zones

    #118431
    John Day
    Participant

    This is worth a close read. It lays out the specifics of Modern Propaganda War as carried out in the USA, on the COVID-19 Vaccination battlefield.
    We are the pawns. We are dying. Know Your Enemy.
    Scott Gottlieb Responds To Alex Berenson Claims Of Twitter Censorship Influence
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/pfizer-board-member-scott-gottlieb-secretly-pressed-twitter-censor-alex-berenson

    ​From yesterday morning. Video interview.​ View from inside the “housing project” on my end.
    ‘Good Morning CHD’ Episode 154: Meryl Nass Update With John Day, M.D.
    https://live.childrenshealthdefense.org/shows/good-morning-chd/oP3pZGapbn

    ​Jessica Rose Ph.D. ​
    Pfizer’s president of international developed markets, Janine Small, admitted that its vaccine had never been tested before its release to the general public on its ability to prevent the transmission of COVID…
    ​ ​The bird-chatter mantra ‘do what’s best for others/protect others – GET INJECTED’ – was a farce.​ (Point of order: A “farce” is funny, right?)
    https://jessicar.substack.com/p/to-be-clear-this-is-not-going-to

    ​The latest explanation from truth-warrior, Spartacus​. This was biowarfare from the outset. Still is…
    Humans as Bioreactors
    How DARPA and Moderna pioneered the idea behind mRNA vaccines
    https://iceni.substack.com/p/humans-as-bioreactors

    #118432
    John Day
    Participant

    @zerosum;
    Why you think “white supremacists” survive war.
    “Brown Farmers Survive” is my bet.

    #118433
    John Day
    Participant

    Joe Biden says Vladimir Putin will “Be a Real Man” if he becomes a girl.

    #118434
    zerosum
    Participant

    @zerosum;
    Why you think “white supremacists” survive war.
    “Brown Farmers Survive” is my bet.
    —–
    …. because that’s what MSM says. Russia will lose.
    ….. because the carpetbaggers are actively buying right now.

    #118435
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    Interesting thing I learnt yesterday. One of my social circle retired a few months ago from his job as a Hansard reporter in Australia’s federal parliament. His job required him to work inside Parliament House. According to him, no-one working in Parliament House needed to be vaccinated, nor any MP.

    Some decades ago I was working for the feds in a minor IT role. The neoliberal Howard government got elected and immediately implemented a policy of “if it moves, privatise it; if it doesn’t, sell it”. The IT sections of just about all government departments, including mine, were sold off to the likes of IBM and others. An acquaintance with an IT job in Parliament House tld me that the privatisation mandate did not touch them.

    One rule for them, another rule for us…

    #118436
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-63261742
    Haiti: People will die as country nears breaking point – UN
    Published 1 hour ago
    By Merlyn Thomas
    BBC News

    The United Nations is warning that hunger in one of Haiti’s biggest slums is at catastrophic levels, as gang violence and economic crises push the country to “breaking point”.

    Nearly 20,000 people in the capital’s impoverished Cité Soleil area have dangerously little access to food and could face starvation, the UN says,

    Across Haiti, almost five million are struggling with malnutrition.

    “Haiti is facing a humanitarian catastrophe,” a top UN official said.

    “The severity and the extent of food insecurity in Haiti is getting worse,” Jean-Martin Bauer, the Haiti country director for the UN’s World Food Programme added
    The poorest nation in the Americas is suffering acute political, economic, health and security crises which have fuelled a rise in violence and paralysed the country.

    Powerful gangs have blocked Haiti’s main fuel terminal, crippling its basic water and food supplies.

    In the Cité Soleil neighbourhood, the UN said levels of food insecurity had reached the highest level on its classification system – Phase 5 – meaning residents have dangerously little access to food and could be facing starvation.

    Mr Bauer said Haitians “have gone through the gauntlet”.

    Anger at the government’s handling of the country’s multiple crises have boiled over into anti-government protests. These have escalated to looting with at least one woman reportedly killed in clashes.

    On Tuesday, the World Health Organisation said there had been 16 cholera deaths and 32 confirmed cases, three years after an epidemic of the water-borne disease killed 100,000 people.

    Another UN official said 100,000 children under the age of five were severely malnourished and are especially vulnerable to cholera.

    Prime Minister Ariel Henry has asked for foreign military help, but the call has been criticised by some Haitians who see it as foreign interference.

    The UN has since called for the immediate deployment of a special international armed force to Haiti, but it is not yet clear which countries would provide the members of such a force and what its task would be.

    Gangs have taken control of key highways and Varreux, Haiti’s largest fuel terminal. With food and fuel deliveries suspended as a result, more and more Haitians are going hungry.

    Several warehouses run by aid organisations have also been looted, resulting in the most vulnerable going without food and drinking water.

    Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and has suffered a number of recent crises, most notably the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, in July 2021 and a massive earthquake that left more than 2,200 people dead just a month later.
    “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

    Compare

    The EU courageously denounces terrorism 🙂

    State Duma deputy, political scientist Oleg Matveichev cited statistics on the extent to which the West supplies Ukraine with armored vehicles, weapons, ammunition and ammunition. “As of today, Ukraine has received military aid worth 41.3 billion euros from various countries. The absolute majority – 27.7 billion – was given by the United States, and quite gratuitously. These are not loans, but direct support. Great Britain – by 3.7 billion euros, the European Commission – by 2.5 billion, Poland – by 1.8 billion, Germany – by 1.2 billion euros,” he listed. (source)
    https://m.vz.ru/politics/2022/10/13/1182116.html

    #118437
    maryballon
    Participant

    I would like to know how to view the Adam Curtis video. I cannot access the BBC player from Canada.

    #118438

    VPN Mary. Or wait for it (well, all 7 episodes) to be on YouTube.

    #118439
    zerosum
    Participant

    Unlivable – Cannot repair, no food, no electricity, no sewage, no gas, no school, no work, cheap for sale
    Ukraine’s armed forces have liberated more than 600 settlements from the Russian occupation in the past month, including 75 in the highly strategic Kherson region, Ukraine’s Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories said.

    #118440
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    maryballon: “I would like to know how to view the Adam Curtis video. I cannot access the BBC player from Canada.”

    Some episodes are currently up on YouTube.

    #118441

    7 hours?! Okay then. Who has the time? But yeah, the life expectancy is what I remember. Insane.

    #118442

    I once walked 35 miles barefoot*, when I was 16. I still have the callouses that I started when I was a toddler.
    I didn’t get the “vaccine”. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

    *”The Walk for Development, 9 may 1971″ (I know, I know). 30 miles, and my dad forgot to pick me up at the end so I had to walk another five miles home.

    My feet don’t like shoes. Mile Mathis is all over this grounding thing- I might have to try the wire to the bed.

    #118443

    Thanks, RIM, for getting rid of the malware.
    And the ads, it appears.

    #118444
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    According to the Military Summary channel, it is now all on for the battle in Kherson district. Apparently the Ukrainians are amassing everything they have for an all-out offensive. Meanwhile the Russians have prepared a ‘wall’ to hold them back.

    It is unclear whether the Ukrainians still have internet assistance for military operations. It seems that Elon Musk is worried his precious satellites will be rendered useless by Russia if he continues to support Ukraine, so he has cut the connection.

    Much fog of war…

    #118445
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    On the home front, reality is starting to bite:

    A year ago the S&P500 index was at 4438. It is now at 3592 as prices have retreated -19% in between. It maxed out at 4794 right at the end of 2022, so prices are now in bear territory, down more than -27% from that peak.

    In both bond and equities, prices have fallen sharply, and there is probably more to go until inflation is beaten. And let’s not mention the price of real estate. Or gold. Or even cryptos. Wherever you look, there are losses and no escape. Income is the only respite because even cash is being depreciated.

    Your KiwiSaver, your retirement savings generally, are suddenly depreciating. There is little respite other than a current income stream. “Higher taxes” may save governments budgets or public service workers (especially through bracket creep on everyone else), but it is only a matter of time before it will catch up to them as well.

    Commodity prices are sinking. Food is a rare certainty.

    A whole new generation is getting a tough lesson of the perils of inflation (and artificial inflation suppression). The debate over its causes will run endlessly with many charlatan memes. But the fact is it can’t be avoided in the end, and it will hurt, especially those who benefited from the low rates and easy money of the past 20 years.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/business/118025/investors-have-nowhere-hide-borrowers-face-much-higher-costs-us-retail-sales-hold

    Logically, devaluation of fiat currencies cannot be ‘beaten’. Indeed, all the actions of NATOstan governments and central banks (is there any difference?) are geared to making everything worse faster -including the devaluation of fiat currencies.

    No one-off bonuses of North Sea oil or Alaskan oil to bail out arrant stupidity this time round..

    #118446
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    “When people stop making money, that’s when they start fighting.”

    #118447
    aspnaz
    Participant

    The US president went on to add, however, that “if [Putin] came to me at the G20 and said ‘I want to talk about the release of Griner,’

    Would talk about some nobody who, because they are American, decided to break Russian laws while in Russia, but would not discuss the situation of the non-mercenaries – if there are any left – in Ukraine? The people who had their country stolen from them by NATO in the 2014 coup. The POTUS is a joke presented by the deep state, you may as well have a jelly on a plate and try to spot the difference.

    #118448
    Dora
    Participant

    WEF paper from 2020. What could go wrong?

    Internet of Things
    Tracking how our bodies work could change our lives

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/internet-of-bodies-covid19-recovery-governance-health-data/

    #118451
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Yay! We’re invading Haiti now! That’s the third time this week. (Psst: what’s in Haiti? What was EVER in Haiti?)

    “Powerful gangs have blocked Haiti’s main fuel terminal,” Powerful gangs headed by a policeman. Would you like to improve your story now? It was written, therefore it was a lie.

    Meanwhile, same people back in Dearborn, “Muslim Families Back on No-Fly List after Attending School Board Meeting” –BBee Ah that FBI: so funny!

    I too was baffled by the handwriting and have spent far, far too much time staring at it. They have never written with a pen (marker) before, are lower case and capitals like a ransom letter, and did not know how to spell Wed Nes Day, asked someone, then filled it in later. …They did spell it all right though: so great effort! Just need practice. It was probably the short people.

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