Oct 172022
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Gazprom Outlines Consequences For Price Cap On Russian Gas (RT)
Ukraine Finance Minister To Chair IMF, World Bank Governing Boards In 2023 (R.)
Russia Responds To UN Official’s Rape Claims (RT)
EU Blackmails Serbia – Interior Minister (RT)
Kremlin Speaks On NATO’s ‘De-facto’ Role In Ukraine (RT)
China Orders Evacuation Of All Citizens Still In Ukraine (ZH)
Energy Crisis Will Breed Extremism – Bavarian President (RT)
From Decolonisation to Desperation to Hopelessness to Farce (Batiushka)
Echoes Of A Brush With ‘Armageddon’ (Tony Cox)
The Gaslighting of the Masses (CJ Hopkins)
The Non-West Coalesces (Patrick Lawrence)
EU to Demand Holidaymakers’ Fingerprints and Facial Images at Borders (DS)
Why Ron DeSantis Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against Donald Trump (CTH)
Alarming Rise In Cancer Among Young People Across Globe (CNN)
One Serious Adverse Event Per Eight-Hundred Vaccinations (Arora)















Iran hasn’t invaded a country in 300 years, yet we, the United States, being 246 years old, have been at war for 236 years.






The universe contains more planets than seconds that have passed since the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.





The consequences have been known for months: NO GAS. And also:

“..Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksander Novak said the US should set a price cap on its own liquified natural gas (LNG) going to Europe..”

I think if serious peace talks don’t start within a month, it’s too late to stop the cold, the hunger, and the resulting riots.

Gazprom Outlines Consequences For Price Cap On Russian Gas (RT)

Plans to set a price cap on Russian gas sales, which are currently being considered by Western leaders, would cause supplies to be halted, according to Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller. “We rely on the contracts that have been signed. A unilateral decision of the kind is, of course, a violation of essential terms of the agreements which would lead to a termination of supplies,” Miller said on Sunday in an interview with Russia 1 TV. Numerous sanctions have been introduced by the US, EU, and allies on Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine. EU customers have so far reduced their purchases of Russian energy, and the G7 and EU are currently trying to introduce a price cap on Russia’s oil and gas.

Miller’s comments echoed a similar warning from President Vladimir Putin, who said last month that Moscow would cut off energy supplies if price caps are imposed. Earlier this month, EU leaders reached an agreement to impose yet another package of sanctions on Russia, including banning maritime transportation for Russian oil to third-party countries unless the oil is sold below or at a certain price. The measures would take effect after December 5, 2022 for crude and February 5, 2023 for refined petroleum products.

Earlier this week, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that a price cap on Russian oil exports of around $60-per-barrel would likely reduce Moscow’s energy revenues while allowing profitable production, thus keeping Russian crude on the global market. Yellen stressed that the measure is still being discussed by the US and its Western allies. On Friday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksander Novak said the US should set a price cap on its own liquified natural gas (LNG) going to Europe, as American fuel is being delivered to Europe at prices four times higher than the price for domestic consumption.

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We’ve given them so much money, might as well hand over the keys to the safe too…

Ukraine Finance Minister To Chair IMF, World Bank Governing Boards In 2023 (R.)

The shareholders of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on Friday selected Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko as the next rotating chair of the boards of governors of both institutions in 2023. The decision, which was announced during the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington, means that Marchenko will also chair next year’s annual meeting of the institutions, which is scheduled to be held in Morocco. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the war’s massive impact on the global economy have dominated this year’s meetings, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urging international donors to provide $55 billion in additional funding next year to keep his country’s economy running and fund some initial reconstruction.

World Bank President David Malpass told shareholders of both institutions on Friday that the World Bank Group had mobilized $13 billion in emergency funding for Ukraine since the war began, including grants, guarantees, and linked parallel financing from the United States, Britain, Europe and Japan. “I remain horrified by Russia’s actions and call for Russian forces to leave Ukraine,” Malpass said in his most explicit remarks on the war to date. Marchenko said his selection was unanimously approved by all governing member countries of the two global lenders, and marked the first time that Ukraine would lead the institutions since it joined 30 years ago.

The move was unanimously approved since there was no objection during the business portion of the plenary, a source close to the discussions said. Russia is a member of the institutions and could have objected, but did not. “It is a great honor to represent Ukraine” in the international financial arena, Marchenko said in a statement released by his ministry, adding that Ukraine would be able to increase its cooperation with international financial organizations and the member countries of the World Bank and IMF.

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From the Putin (and Genghis Khan, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Saddam) Eats Babies book:

Russia Responds To UN Official’s Rape Claims (RT)

Claims made by the UN special representative on sexual violence, Pramila Patten, go “beyond the reach of reason,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Sunday. Earlier this week, Patten accused Russia of employing a “deliberate” rape “strategy”as part of its military campaign in Ukraine. “One cannot even comment on P. Patten’s … words in a serious way,”Zakharova said, adding that the UN official’s conclusions were based on data that is difficult to verify, according to Patten herself. “Once again, what we are seeing is a classic ‘highly likely’ [story], which has this time reached the level of twisted imagination,” Zakharova said.

According to her, the UN official made her conclusions based on fragmentary data provided by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine – a group created in spring 2022 on the basis of a resolution of the UN Human Rights Council. Russia has not recognized its mandate, Zakharova added. Patten’s claims resemble those made by the former Ukrainian human rights commissioner, Lyudmila Denisova, Zakharova said. Denisova was fired from her position in late May after a no-confidence vote over her failure to perform duties such as organizing humanitarian corridors and prisoner exchanges amid the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Later, Ukrainian media reported that most of Denisova’s allegations regarding “sexual atrocities”committed by Russian soldiers in the country had not been confirmed by Ukrainian prosecutors.

The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman’s reaction was sparked by an interview Patten gave to AFP this week, in which she claimed that sexual violence is a “deliberate tactic” and “military strategy”of Russia, aimed at dehumanizing its “victims.” She also claimed that Russian soldiers are “equipped with Viagra.” Zakharova pointed out that similar claims have been made by Western officials in the past. In 2011, the US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, reportedly accused then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi of supplying his troops with Viagra to supposedly encourage mass rape during a conflict that broke out following a NATO-backed coup attempt which ended with the brutal murder of Gaddafi. US military and intelligence officials subsequently told NBC that there was no evidence that the Libyan military was being supplied with Viagra or engaging in systematic rape in “rebel areas.” “The West is using the same patterns in its hybrid war,” Zakharova said on Sunday, commenting on Patten’s statements.

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“Judging by the insane blackmail they are exposing us to…they don’t want us. The sooner we accept that they don’t want us and that we don’t belong there, the better off we will be.”

EU Blackmails Serbia – Interior Minister (RT)

The EU’s offers to Serbia are unacceptable, and Serbs should “accept that they don’t want us,” Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin told the Novosti news site on Saturday. He added that Belgrade should instead turn its attention to “free countries that accept us without blackmail,” such as Russia and China. “The question is not whether we want to join the EU, but whether the EU wants Serbia,” Vulin told Novosti. “Judging by the insane blackmail they are exposing us to…they don’t want us. The sooner we accept that they don’t want us and that we don’t belong there, the better off we will be.” A traditional ally of Russia, Serbia has come under intense pressure from the West to back the sanctions regime against Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine.

The European Parliament has considered freezing accession talks with Belgrade over the latter’s refusal to back its eight rounds of economic penalties, US state media reported last month, while Germany and France have offered to “accelerate” Serbia’s path to EU membership if it recognizes the independence of the province of Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated last week. For Vulin and Vucic, the answer to these offers is a clear “no.” “How much would our friends respect us if they saw us neglecting our interests in the face of enemy force?” Vulin asked. “Who would fight for us if we chose not to fight for ourselves? “Relations with Russia, China and other free countries that accept us without blackmail and conditions are the future of Serbia,” he continued.

“I believe that friendship with Russia is of the greatest importance and that without it we risk the physical disappearance of Serbia.” sAccording to a poll taken in March, some 61% of Serbs oppose any cooperation with the US-led NATO alliance, largely due to the bloc’s support for Kosovo’s independence and its 1999 bombing campaign that brought about the end of Yugoslavia. Furthermore, while Serbia applied for EU membership in 2009, accession looks to be off the table for now. The EU’s latest sanctions package targeting Russian oil exports looks set to cost Belgrade hundreds of millions of euros, Vulin said last week, describing it as the “first EU sanctions package against Serbia.” Hungary has responded to the sanctions by announcing a new pipeline to help Serbia tap into the supply of Russian crude oil.

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If you live in a NATO country, you are now in a war you can’t win.

Kremlin Speaks On NATO’s ‘De-facto’ Role In Ukraine (RT)

NATO has “de-facto become involved in the Ukraine conflict,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia 1 TV on Sunday, adding that this will not prevent Moscow from following through with its plans and achieving its military goals in Ukraine. The Kremlin spokesman acknowledged, however, that NATO’s interference makes it “significantly harder” for Russia to conduct its operation, though it does not change the goals. “This [NATO involvements] requires… our internal mobilization in the field of economy and other spheres,” he told Russia 1, adding that there is a major difference between “the Kiev regime and… the NATO potential.” However, Russia’s own “potential allows [it] to continue the operation under such circumstances,” Peskov said.

The Kremlin spokesman provided no further details about Moscow’s plans and strategy in the military campaign, which has lasted for more than seven months. Earlier this week, Moscow denied rumors that the operation in Ukraine is being redesignated as a counter-terrorism campaign. Peskov also said at the time that there have been no decisions regarding the introduction of martial law in Russian regions which have been targeted by Ukrainian strikes in recent weeks. Moscow also denied that it has considered travel restrictions for men eligible for military service amid the continuing partial mobilization. Earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that over 200,000 reservists have been called up, most of which are still undergoing training, while adding that the draft will be completed in around two weeks.

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Because it’s now NATO vs Russia.

China Orders Evacuation Of All Citizens Still In Ukraine (ZH)

China’s foreign ministry on Saturday issued an urgent call for any Chinese nationals still in Ukraine to exit immediately, kicking off speculation over what’s behind the unspecified appeal and scramble. The notification is being widely seen as the most forceful evacuation order yet, and suggests that Beijing might be aware of Russian plans for possibly imminent bigger, sweeping airstrikes against Ukrainian cities, such as the widespread escalatory strikes conducted last Monday into Tuesday. The first big evacuation of Chinese citizens took place starting last March, in which some 6,000 Chinese nationals left the country amid the Russian invasion.

But now, as state media Global Times writes, “Some Chinese nationals still in Ukraine have signed up for evacuation from the country, with most registering for organized evacuations, while others are preparing to leave Ukraine on their own, the Global Times learned on Sunday, after the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged Chinese citizens to leave Ukraine, citing the grave security situation.” The foreign ministry and embassy warned of the “grave security situation” and ordered an immediate departure, citing the need “to enhance safety precautions and evacuate.” The statement indicated that “the embassy will assist in organizing the evacuation of people in need.” Russian state sources also on Sunday began publicizing the new alert notification.

GT is reporting that an evacuation is now in progress: “As of press time on Sunday, 161 people had registered on the form the embassy sent out for organized evacuation, and another 27 people registered on the form for self-evacuation, according to a Global Times’ count of the registration on the embassy’s WeChat account.” It additionally comes at a moment of stepped-up cross-border attacks on the Russian city of Belgorod, which lies just north of the Ukrainian border opposite Kharkiv.

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The energy crisis is the result of NATO extremism.

Energy Crisis Will Breed Extremism – Bavarian President (RT)

Skyrocketing energy costs could lead to a rise in extremist sentiment across Germany, Bavarian President Markus Soder told Bild am Sonntag on Sunday. “The mix of crises, such as energy and coronavirus, can lead to overstrain and destabilization of democracy,” he said, urging “democratic parties” to “take a clear position, argue less, and encourage citizens.” Soder pointed to the increasing electoral success of the right-wing AfD party as proof that extremism is on the rise. He argued for a cap on gas prices and financial relief for citizens, as well as aid to small and medium-sized businesses to head off growing anti-government sentiment. Some 15,000 German stores are reportedly on the brink of closure due to spiraling energy costs, according to Der Spiegel.

Economy Minister Robert Habeck and Finance Minister Christian Lindner must also quit arguing over the future of nuclear power in the country, Soder continued. He insists the government should extend the operation of the remaining nuclear plants through at least 2024, as Lindner has proposed, and has called on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to broker a peace between the two officials. Germany began shutting down its nuclear reactors in 2011 following the Fukushima disaster in Japan but has recently reconsidered the move in light of record gas prices exacerbated by the sanctions on Russian supplies. While former Chancellor Angela Merkel had promised to phase out all 17 of Germany’s nuclear reactors by the end of 2022, three remain in service. Lawmakers recently agreed to keep at least two of those on standby status, should the plan to make it through the winter by burning coal prove insufficient to meet demand.

In August, Stephan Kramer, president of the Thuringian Office for the Protection of the Constitution, predicted a “winter of fury” in which “violent” extremists would hijack “legitimate” protests against the energy crisis. He also expects higher unemployment and other economic issues, warning broadcaster ZDF that mounting economic pressures combined with the strsess of the pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine could shake the nation when the temperature drops. While both Soder and Kramer have argued that “the trust of the population in state institutions and authorities” is crucial to maintaining order come winter, just 38% of the population believes Chancellor Scholz is fit for the top job, according to a poll conducted last month – and that was an improvement over public sentiment in August. Habeck and Lindner rate even lower, with approval ratings of 35% and 33.6%, respectively.

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“Then it will be the turn of the EU to be kicked out of Europe and ultimately the US will be kicked out of the Americas, especially out of the US.”

From Decolonisation to Desperation to Hopelessness to Farce (Batiushka)

The Western European Empires have gone. The bankrupt Spanish Empire went first, in the century before last, the Germans lost their colonies in 1919 (at the same time as the Austro-Hungarians lost their European colonies), then the Italians lost their fantasies in Africa during the Second World War, the Germans got kicked out of their colonies in Eastern Europe in 1945, but the Portuguese much later, only getting kicked out of Africa in the 1970s. By that time the Dutch, the British, the Belgians and the French had also been kicked out of their colonies. Only the NATO Danes still hold on to Greenland, which is a lot of ice and snow and all of 56,000 people, though both Eisenhower and Trump wanted to buy it. However, since the US has its base at Thule, it effectively controls the country anyhow.

Since 1947 the UK has been kicked out of almost everywhere, infamously from the Indian Subcontinent in 1947, from Palestine in 1948 and humiliatingly, by their Americans ‘allies’, from Suez in 1956. All that remains is, for the moment, a small group of tiny enclaves and islands like Bermuda, the Caymans, Gibraltar, St Helena, the Falklands etc, about 18,000 square kilometres and fewer than 300,000 people in all, plus a lot of ice in the ‘British Antarctic Territory’. As for France, after its humiliation in South-East Asia in 1954, it has gradually been kicked out of Africa (1946-2022) (Suez in 1956, Algeria in 1962 etc) and soon, even after its decades of assassinating independentist African politicians and military interventions, it will have nothing left there, though it still has a few islands in various oceans here and there.

As for the short-lived US Empire, over the last fifty years it has largely been kicked out of several Asian countries (Vietnam (1975), Iran (1979), Iraq (2011-2021) Afghanistan (2021), now out of Russia (2022), and soon out of China, India and Saudi Arabia. True, it still hangs on in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Israel, but not for much longer. Eurasia is to be US-free. As regards the Western withdrawal from Europe, the UK left Europe in 2020. It still hangs on to Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and above all to England, but it will not last. Now it is the turn of the US to be kicked out of Europe. It is happening in the Ukraine at this very moment, but this rejection will later spread to Western Europe. Then it will be the turn of the EU to be kicked out of Europe and ultimately the US will be kicked out of the Americas, especially out of the US.

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“At the time, the long-range missiles in Soviet territory took hours to fuel up and fire, meaning a delayed response to a US first strike.”

Echoes Of A Brush With ‘Armageddon’ (Tony Cox)

In 1962, the triggering event was the secret placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba, right on America’s doorstep. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev saw the move as a way to protect Cuba against a US invasion after the failed Bay of Pigs assault in April 1961, as well as a tit-for-tat response to the Pentagon’s deployment of Jupiter missiles in Turkey and Italy, which positioned Washington’s nuclear warheads to hit USSR territory in as few as 10 minutes. At the time, the long-range missiles in Soviet territory took hours to fuel up and fire, meaning a delayed response to a US first strike.

“Since the Americans have already surrounded the Soviet Union with a ring of their military installations, we should pay them back in their own coin and give them a taste of their own medicine so that they find out for themselves how it feels to live as a target of nuclear arms,” Khrushchev was quoted as saying by Aleksandr Alekseev, then Moscow’s ambassador to Cuba. US President John F. Kennedy didn’t see it that way when a U-2 spy plane spotted surface-to-surface missiles in Cuba on October 16. As Ukrainian-born author Serhii Plokhy wrote in his 2021 book, ‘Nuclear Folly,’ Kennedy was initially inclined to order an attack on the missile sites, which easily could have escalated into a Soviet response and, eventually, mushroom clouds on both sides.

The American president wasn’t yet aware that the Soviets had already shipped nuclear warheads to Cuba. Nor did he know that the USSR had 43,000 troops on the island, as well as tactical nukes that could be used to destroy a US attack force. But Kennedy knew that having Soviet ballistic missiles just across the Florida Straits – Havana is only about 1,100 miles from Washington and 230 miles from Miami – was intolerable and potentially gave the USSR the ability to win a nuclear war with the US. Russia has raised similar concerns about NATO’s eastward expansion. The Western military alliance was formed to ensure collective security against the USSR, but instead of reaping a peace dividend after the Soviet collapse in 1991, the bloc expanded to 30 states, nearly doubling in size. It also placed strategic weapons in Eastern Europe, which Moscow perceived as a threat.

As if those moves weren’t provocative enough, NATO has also pledged to eventually let Ukraine and Georgia join the US-led bloc, which would expand its reach into two former Soviet republics on Russia’s borders. Tensions escalated further when a US-backed coup overthrew Ukraine’s elected government in 2014, setting off a war between Kiev and separatists in the Donbass that left an estimated 14,000 people dead even before Russia began its military offensive last February. Some observers have blamed the US and NATO for provoking the conflict. “As the one who started the Ukraine crisis and the biggest factor fueling it, the US needs to deeply reflect on its erroneous actions of exerting extreme pressure and fanning the flame on the Ukraine issue,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in July.

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“They may end up doubting their memory, their perception, and even their sanity.”

The Gaslighting of the Masses (CJ Hopkins)

For students of official propaganda, mind control, emotional coercion, and other insidious manipulation techniques, the rollout of the New Normal has been a bonanza. Never before have we been able to observe the application and effects of these powerful technologies in real-time on such a massive scale. In a little over two and a half years, our collective “reality” has been radically revised. Our societies have been radically restructured. Millions (probably billions) of people have been systematically conditioned to believe a variety of patently ridiculous assertions, assertions based on absolutely nothing, repeatedly disproved by widely available evidence, but which have nevertheless attained the status of facts. An entire fictitious history has been written based on those baseless and ridiculous assertions. It will not be unwritten easily or quickly.

I am not going to waste your time debunking those assertions. They have been repeatedly, exhaustively debunked. You know what they are and you either believe them or you don’t. Either way, reviewing and debunking them again isn’t going to change a thing. Instead, I want to focus on one particularly effective mind-control technology, one that has done a lot of heavy lifting throughout the implementation of the New Normal and is doing a lot of heavy-lifting currently. I want to do that because many people mistakenly believe that mind-control is either (a) a “conspiracy theory” or (b) something that can only be achieved with drugs, microwaves, surgery, torture, or some other invasive physical means. Of course, there is a vast and well-documented history of the use of such invasive physical technologies (see, e.g., the history of the CIA’s infamous MKULTRA program), but in many instances mind-control can be achieved through much less elaborate techniques.

One of the most basic and effective techniques that cults, totalitarian systems, and individuals with fascistic personalities use to disorient and control people’s minds is “gaslighting.” You’re probably familiar with the term. If not, here are a few definitions: “the manipulation of another person into doubting their perceptions, experiences, or understanding of events.” American Psychological Association “an insidious form of manipulation and psychological control. Victims of gaslighting are deliberately and systematically fed false information that leads them to question what they know to be true, often about themselves. They may end up doubting their memory, their perception, and even their sanity.” Psychology Today

“a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser attempts to sow self-doubt and confusion in their victim’s mind. Typically, gaslighters are seeking to gain power and control over the other person, by distorting reality and forcing them to question their own judgment and intuition.” Newport Institute. The main goal of gaslighting is to confuse, coerce, and emotionally manipulate your victim into abandoning their own perception of reality and accepting whatever new “reality” you impose on them. Ultimately, you want to completely destroy their ability to trust their own perception, emotions, reasoning, and memory of historical events, and render them utterly dependent on you to tell them what is real and what “really” happened, and so on, and how they should be feeling about it.

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“Every nation just named is currently subjected to U.S. sanctions.”

The Non-West Coalesces (Patrick Lawrence)

Something of epochal importance happened in Vienna, where the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, now known as OPEC–Plus with the inclusion of the Russian Federation, convened recently for its first in-person session since 2020. You would not know of this development if you rely solely on the reports carried in our corporate-owned media. The world just took a significant turn into the 21st century. Let us stay abreast of it, leaving those who refuse to see this to their own devices. [..] As reported everywhere, OPEC–Plus decided to reduce the oil production of member nations by two million barrels per day as of next month. This may amount to an actual cut of half that amount, as many OPEC–Plus members—Nigeria, for instance—have not been lifting to their quotas anyway. But oil prices are already increasing, and we will soon see this at our filling stations. As retail prices rise, it is likely to complicate the political fortunes of the Biden administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill just as the midterm elections approach. So, a pretty big deal.

But this is not the half of what transpired in Vienna two weeks ago. Saudi Arabia, long the driving wheel in OPEC, effectively declared its long history of subservience to Washington, by way of which oil production has been exchanged for security guarantees, to be on the way out. One of Washington’s bedrock allies in the Middle East, Israel being the other, just took a major step toward the coalescence of non–Western nations into a coherent bloc acting in its own interests. This is more than a pretty big deal. It brings us considerably closer to the new world order Russia and China, the two most influential non–Western nations, have been talking about for several years and notably since the Biden administration took power in January 2021.

Within months, Beijing and Moscow concluded that there is no making sense of a nation that, even as its power declines, has no intention of working with them as equals to mutual benefit. Since then, numerous other countries have had little trouble detecting which way the wind blows.The Ukraine crisis has sent a new bolt of electricity through this geopolitical trend. Nations representing more than 80 percent of the global population and a like percentage of global gross domestic product are perfectly capable of seeing the Biden administration’s pointed provocations and do not approve. Partnerships that stop just short of alliances—a term of statecraft entailing explicit obligations in the way of mutual defense—have multiplied so quickly since Joe Biden took office it is hard to keep track of them.

Russia’s “no limits” relationship with China is the premier case. Russia has recently consolidated its cooperative ties with Iran. So has China. Iran and Venezuela, China and Cuba, China and Nicaragua—the list goes on. As we speak, Moscow and Beijing are developing partnerships of various kinds in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. But these nations, it is easy to note, are by and large beyond Washington’s fence posts: The policy cliques, this is to say, have them down as enemies. Every nation just named is currently subjected to U.S. sanctions. Parenthetically, I do have to wonder what happens when most of the world other than the Anglosphere and Western Europe is condemned in this way, but that is another conversation.

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“This may be the biggest biometric data collection operation in European history. What could possibly go wrong?

EU to Demand Holidaymakers’ Fingerprints and Facial Images at Borders (DS)

As of May 2023, the EU is to start demanding holidaymakers’ biometric data at its borders, greatly increasing both the level of surveillance in the bloc and the length of delays at transport terminals. Silke Carlo sounds the warning in the Telegraph: “Brits hopping across the Channel will first have their fingerprints and photos taken. The new mass data-gathering scheme, which will go live in May, is part of the evolution of a so-called ‘Smart Border’. But there is nothing ‘smart’ about the plans. The data grab has been justified by the aim of improving detection of dangerous travellers, finding vulnerable people, and reducing fraud, but it comes at an eye-watering cost to liberty and logistics. The border plans have been rightly described by civil society groups as “disproportionate and unnecessary”, while the Port of Dover’s boss has warned of “significant and continued disruption for a very long time”.

All travellers aged over 12 will need to be biometrically logged, creating an EU datastore loaded with hundreds of millions of people’s unique personal data. The EU is demanding not only a U.S.-style set of four fingerprints, but facial images too. Holiday-makers’ personal information will be mixed in with eventually billions of pieces of data, spanning photographs, palm prints, DNA records and facial biometrics, to which controversial recognition algorithms can be applied. This may be the biggest biometric data collection operation in European history. What could possibly go wrong?

Too many of our European friends have an indifferent attitude to the emergence of a data-hungry superstate – over 1.7 billion EU Digital Covid Certificates were issued during the pandemic – but even those falling out of love with liberté must be concerned about the disastrous impact on tourism and transport. The Big Brother-style EU border checks are estimated to take seven times longer than checks today and the tailback at Dover could grow by 19 miles – roughly the distance of the Channel crossing itself.

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Just explaining this to a friend yesterday. DeSantis’ moment is 2028.

Why Ron DeSantis Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against Donald Trump (CTH)

Appearing for an interview with Dave Rubin, the founder of Locals and a major conscript of the branding and image shaping effort behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Megyn Kelly gives Mr. Rubin the bitter pill of truth. Within this excerpt, Mr. Rubin struggles through the five stages of grief following Kelly’s red pill delivery, eventually stabilizing his emotion by accepting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis can still deliver good political outcomes for the state. It’s a very interesting dynamic to watch for a few reasons. First, because Megyn Kelly has first-hand experience with the power of the MAGA attachment to the atypical America-First leader. Second, because Kelly’s truthful statements cut against the objective for why Rubin was recruited by DeSantis Inc.

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Get them vaxxed!

Alarming Rise In Cancer Among Young People Across Globe (CNN)

More young people around the globe under the age of 50 are being diagnosed each year with early-onset cancer, according to a new study. Dr. Suneel Kamath, a gastrointestinal medical oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said the variety of different cancers on the rise in young people really surprised him. “The number of people that are presenting with advanced and unfortunately often incurable cancers in their 20s and 30s definitely seems to be skyrocketing,” Kamath said. Early-onset cases are rising for 14 types of cancers, many of which affect the digestive system, according to a review of 44 countries’ cancer registries published in the journal Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology.

“The typical risk factors we think of that would cause these different tumor types are definitely different, specific to each one,” Kamath said. The review mentions that sensitive testing happening more in young people could account for part of the upswing, but many, including Kamath, say it mostly comes down to lifestyle: obesity, diets rich in processed foods, smoking and alcohol consumption are among the factors. Kamath said one of the most important things young people can do is advocate for themselves when something doesn’t feel right. “Pay attention to, you know, what’s going on with your body,” Kamath said. “Some people are going to get some resistance from their medical team, and it does mean they need to push a little harder to get to the bottom of what’s going on.”

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Should be 1 in 1 million at most.

One Serious Adverse Event Per Eight-Hundred Vaccinations (Arora)

A recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal Vaccine—known for publishing the highest-quality vaccinology research—contains bombshell findings about the safety of Covid vaccines. Crucially, the authors found one serious adverse event for ever 800 mRNA vaccinated participants, orders of magnitude higher than the 1 to 2 per million reported for other vaccines. The researchers conducted a secondary analysis of original data from Pfizer and Moderna’s phase 3 clinical trials, focusing on “adverse events of special interest (AESIs)” as listed by the Brighton Collaboration—a “global authority” on vaccine safety. As the authors write, this World Health Organization-approved priority list of adverse vaccine events hasn’t been used to examine side effects in COVID-19 vaccine trial data. The stunning finding was as follows: the risk of serious adverse events from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine exceeds the benefit of reduction of COVID-19 hospitalisation.

In the analysis, Moderna caused higher adverse events than Pfizer, but both were elevated compared to the placebo arm. “Higher risk of serious AESI was observed in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine group relative to placebo in both the Pfizer and Moderna adult phase III trials, with 10.1 (Pfizer) and 15.1 (Moderna) additional events for every 10,000 individuals vaccinated,” the authors wrote. The average risk difference across both vaccines was 12.5 serious AESIs per 10,000 individuals vaccinated. As the authors write, these results “raise concerns that mRNA vaccines are associated with more harm than initially estimated at the time of emergency authorization.”

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    Yes, fake calendar, fake money, fake economic system, fake food, fake media, fake politicians, fake society, fake policies promoted via fake narratives.

    I still am working on the correct descriptor for those who mislead us. I cannot stand the commonly used term ‘elites’ because there is nothing in any way elite about any of them.

    I toyed with the term The Turds At The Top -TTATT. But now I am inclined replace the word turds with tyrants or terrorists.

    The Terrorists At The Top is a pretty accurate descriptor, since what they do is terrorise the masses into compliance with absurd and counterproductive rules and regulations.

    The Tyrants At The Top is also accurate. We are seeing this tyrannical aspect more and more with people like Adern, who really could not care less about the welfare of anyone other than the ‘club’ that she and her fellow conspirators belong to. She is certainly prepared to ‘club to death’ anyone who gets in her way. And as for the country that she pretends to represent, well she is more than happy to see that utterly ruined in every way possible -financially, economically, culturally, socially, environmentally…..

    Whilst I highlight Adern, the same maniacal pursuit of destructive and counterproductive policies and indifference to the suffering of the bulk of the populace applies to the misleaders throughout all NATOstan nations.

    Maybe I should just refer to them all as The Maniacs At The Top, TMATT.

    Clowns And Criminals: CAC.

    However, there is nothing amusing or entertaining about the personalities or actions of those who mislead.

    Crimional At The Top. CATT.

    Many years ago we coined the terms NCE and LCE: National Criminal Enterprise and Local Criminal Enterprise to describe central government and local government respectively. Stopped using those terms a while ago, for some reason. New Plymouth District Council was often referred to as The Mafia Without Guns.

    There are many very smart people active on this forum. What do terms do other use?

    Maybe just The Fakes is enough. After all, everything they say and everything they do is fake. And, needless to say, they have zero credibility.

    However, the term Fakes does not emphasise the evilness that these people represent and engage in. For a while we referred to Helen Clark as ‘The Evil One’. She was replaced by John Key, who was known as Shonkey, as in ‘dishonest, unreliable, or illegal, especially in a devious way’.

    Fraudsters. Meet the Fraudsters. Vote for your favourite Fraudster.

    I know that some (many?) people regard them as satanists. or should that be Satanists?

    Anyway. whatever we call them, we can be 100% certain they will make everything worse faster until they can’t.

    With it all destined to collapse mighty soon (perhaps weeks or months, even with no nuclear incidents, the way things are unravelling), I am starting to seriously wonder whether I will manage complete my various home and garden projects before it all goes down the gurgler.

    It is noted that the price of diesel exceeds the price of petrol for the first time ever in NZ. And the price of both is destined to rise soon.

    What a shame we have a society that is totally dependent on diesel.

    Martial law soon?

    It is reported that people in Orcland are now targeting food outlets for thefts and ram raids. And Jeremiah Babe [in the US] noted in his latest apocalyptic report that meat is now tagged with a security device, to prevent shoplifting. He conjectured that meat may soon be locked away, and only be available upon request.

    Saw a car towing a trailer of firewood this morning. At 350 Euros a cubic metre, that trailer load would be worth about 700 Euros in Europe, or about 1500 NZ dollars. Yikes!

    Well past TEOTWAWKI and apparently headed for TEOTW. 🙁


    This is the mighty Russia , the country with the second strongest military in the world, the country which is flush with oil and gas profits , who is going to lead the new free and fair world …..but their soldiers have to provide their own sleeping bags and medical supplies , with winter coming on? It is glaringly obvious that they still have a hangover from the Soviet era, in short, they could not organise a fuck in a brothel.

    Dr. D

    “AOC Says Ever Since She Died on January 6 She Has Been Using Ghost/Ghostself Pronouns” –BBee.

    “…And she DID die.” – Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony, Shel Silverstein

    Nancy Pelosi and Democracy were also killed.

    “Obama Calls Democrats ‘Buzzkills’ Who Make People ‘Walk on Eggshells’”

    And this is why Barry, like Bill, is a good politician. Bad men, mind you, but good politicians. Can’t help it though. It’s the party of rich warmongers and bullies. It’s an external expression of their internal state. State of glee by inflicting pain, power, and terror. They probably know they should help it but can’t. Anything else?

    Democrats need to stop with the character assassination. “We spend enormous amounts of time and energy and resources pointing out the latest crazy thing he said, or how rude or mean ….”That’s probably not something that in the minds of most voters…” –Obama

    That would work quite well. Don’t worry though: they are incapable of it. If only this ONE thing changed, they would become an entirely different party and entirely different people. Look at the platform: having sold out on health care, student loans, minimum wage, the environment, and abortion, the is now only one plank is “GOP Bad.”

    “Turkey Adopts Legislation that Could Jail Journalists for ‘Disinformation’”

    Yet Turkey lags way, WAY behind the United States. Barry alone jailed more whistleblowers than all other Presidents combined AND illegally jailed Assange, AND wiretapped the AP and was proud of it.

    Durham/Danchenko Trial: “The Mueller Special Counsel refused witness interviews that would have implicated itself” …Aaaaaand nothing happened. This is 4 year old news. Refused questions and interviews that would have popped the fake Russia bubble? Yes, dozens of them. That would be a knowing lie of the FBI, a knowing lie they presented to FISA, a knowing lie in the Mueller Investigation, a knowing cover up via lie BY the Mueller investigation, constant, knowing lies to Congress, and sooooo much more. …Aaaaaand nothing happened. Like Clapper, like Brennan. But steroids in baseball? Boy Howdy we got that covered! Steroids in baseball is Article 1, Chapter 1 of the Constitution.

    The Atlantic:
    “I am still afraid of catching COVID. As a young, healthy, bivalently boosted physician, I no longer worry that I’ll end up strapped to a ventilator, but it does seem plausible that even a mild case of the disease could shorten my life, or leave me with chronic fatigue, breathing trouble, and brain fog.”

    Boy, glad you got all those shots then.

    “Roughly one in 10 Americans appears to share my concern, including plenty of doctors. …I want this pandemic nightmare to be over. But I also desperately fear living …”

    Well there’s your problem. Have you thought about not being afraid of everything in life? “Call your doctor now to see if ‘mental illness’ is right for you.” This is an article on “Medium Covid”, a disease I just made up just now, about a minute before the article’s deadline.

    Just how much of a threat is medium COVID? The answer has been obscured, to some extent, by sloppy definitions.” …Such as mine, just now, making up a new definition no one agrees on or adheres to. That is wonderful because therefore it is all their fault: the very reason for using words altogether: POWER. Which is to be Master (and which is Slave), that is all.


    $6B to Credit Suisse, from the Fed (us) for nothing. “A Wooster always helps a Pal.” A Pal with the secret handshake and the old school tie. So…we know the Fed is going to destroy Europe, and can. The UN, a vassal of Europe/Davos, has begged them not to. Now that’s desperate. So Credit Suisse asks first to get best terms? Capitulates, goes to see Don Corleone before there’s a mad rush and panic when the system cracks? So what did Credit Suisse do as a favor to pay ball and homage to Powell and get the dough? Or is Swiss not “Europe”, not Davos, although they seem so?

    Austin Fitts agrees with Luongo: Start with this headline: ““We Have Entered The Stage Where Policy Makers May Feel They Have Control, But Are Nevertheless No Longer In Control”. No. The Fed IS in control at least on this point. What they are doing is burning down the outer ring of cities to protect the Core. That’s a strategic trade, not losing control at all. And stock headlines show it’s working, as well it should. “With allies like this…”

    Anyway, the rate rise has nothing to do with inflation, clearly for 40 years they could care less. And they clearly could care less who gets killed, American workers or even companies. But they do care that the U.S. would melt down and lose reserve currency power, and is therefore a no-brainer decision to sacrifice all Europe to retain it. Because there won’t BE a Fed if it falls. Europe MUST continue control and the colonization of America or die. That’s the fight and clearly Europe is losing.

    who said last month that Moscow would cut off energy supplies if price caps are imposed.”

    What is it with these guys and constant, universal, mental illness? How about this: “If Europe refused to pay for energy, Russia wouldn’t deliver it.” Is that so hard? Here: I have a “price cap” I just made up on Mercedes: All Mercedes are now price capped at $10. What? You won’t deliver me a new Mercedes for $10??? How Dare You!!! That is clearly unreasonable. Why do you hate and attack me so? Help, help, I’m being oppressed! See the violence inherent in the system!

    No, literally, read the article, the presentation that is universal, the chronic, diabolical narcissism. YOU, your task in life, is to give to ME. That is your only purpose and value. And if you don’t kill yourself for ME and my idle leisure, I will kill you myself if I can, out of peevish control.

    The public reads this and agrees heartily, being all either narcissists or codependents themselves.

    Ukraine Finance Minister To Chair IMF, World Bank Governing Boards In 2023 (R.)”

    So they’re not only the Capital and the 51st state, they are now the geographic center of world government. Well, figures, since they’re the center of worldwide financial corruption… I guess that make Kolomoisky our World Fuehrer?

    “most of Denisova’s allegations regarding “sexual atrocities”committed by Russian soldiers in the country had not been confirmed” …even by the enemy. That’s a new low in this. You’d think at least the sworn enemy and VICTIM would have to allege something, but nope. I guess they’re like the U.S. now in that their job is to take offense on behalf of other people and races that they don’t take themselves. The Dolores Umbrage of Law. Now how can I create terror? as Barry says. I know: I’ll allege false crimes all day! That even the victims say never happened!

    “NATO has “de-facto become involved in the Ukraine conflict,”

    He’s being incredibly generous for Overton. NATO fabricated and engineered this war, wholesale for decades against the express advice of nearly everyone. Meershimer comes to mind. They expressly PAID, BILLIONS to force a completely open and illegal coup, a international UN crime, then proceeded to double-cross a signed treaty, paid billions AGAIN to arm and train Europe’s 2nd largest army, then amassed that army to invade and finish the genocide against ethnic Russians in Donbass. They didn’t suddenly become involved, kicking and screaming down a slippery slope.

    “Jimmy Dore” …says the completely and blindingly obvious. That no one will say. –That’s what comedians do–. The logical conclusion, if you agree that NATO is using Ukraine as a sacrifice people and sacrifice country, is that NATO/US and Biden are committing genocide. And they not only approve, they pay $50B of my tax dollars to insure that overwhelming mass-death happens and Ukraine can never function as a people for generations. …Because that too is blindingly obvious. The people of the US and Canada overwhelming approve of this Slavic genocide, and voluntarily hang flags supporting the mass murder on their houses so we will know who they are. Kind of like hanging up your KKK hood on the mailbox.

    “Energy Crisis Will Breed Extremism – Bavarian President (RT)”

    Huh. Insightful. Do you have a solution Mr. Soder? Perhaps –NOT– energy crisis? Where you buy energy from people who are openly and voluntarily selling it? Sounds like you’ve found the cure for extremism. Voluntary Trade? Hey…would that be…Capitalism? Since that would have no violence, we must never, ever try it.

    “Merkel had promised to phase out all 17 of Germany’s nuclear reactors by the end of 2022,”

    Again: do you have any IDEA how much energy a nuclear reactor puts out? Like 2 million homes. So how did Germany fill this collapse-of-time-and-space-sized black hole? Oh…electric from Russia. Ukraine. France. “Go Green: We pollute somewhere else!” Battle cry of Volvo Liberals worldwide: if child labor in Africa mines my Cobalt, and Chinese families die of rare-earths, if entire wars are fought for Lithium mines in Afghanistan, it’s all peace and love, children, because it’s clean in Sweden. Now don’t you want to become like me? Practically perfect in every way?

    How is polluting somewhere else and waging wars for Lithium any different than for heavy oil sands?

    How? “Because I said so!” Because “It’s not xxxxx when we do it!” Fill in xxxx for “Murder”, “theft”, “war”, “colonization”, “oppression”, “racism”… When I level a mountain it’s green! …Not like when Peabody Coal does it.

    “ From Decolonisation to Desperation to Hopelessness to Farce (Batiushka)”

    They’ve got to get their brains back. The “American Empire” isn’t run by America. …Orrrrr maybe it might have the support of its own people? Ever? It’s run by a transnational subset that includes corporations, UK, and probably Europe/Davos for its own reasons. Thinking in terms of “nations” makes for constant mis-predictions. Corporations are larger and more influential than most nations, and “club” subsets, like “Progressives” or “Atlanticists”.

    OPEC–Plus decided to reduce the oil production of member nations by two million barrels per day”

    There are a number of details here. First, this is a big F.U. to Biden, whose attempt to buy the election was for burning 1.5M bbl out of the SPR. The 2M cut is to make sure he can’t. But OPEC already couldn’t meet quota, or didn’t, so the “Official” decision is just reflecting the already-existing reality.

    Rumor had Biden saying if Saudi would pump to lower gas prices for the election, he would refill the SPR at $85/bbl that Trump had filled at $25/bbl. MBS told him to commit an anatomical act, as there were at least 2 go-rounds with the Biden-side CIA club trying to kill him, and install his half-brother that he then invited for an extended stay at the Ritz-Carlton…upside down, over water. The CIA was super-pissed they couldn’t get in their man Al Waleed, long-ordained by the Bushes. So he might be a wee bit salty about it? I’m sure that extends to Kashoggi, CIA liaison to the Muslim Brotherhood. Also a little salty, and the paid press coverage of it.

    Sounds like Saudi Arabia needs them some FREEDOM! They are now highest on the betting pool for color revolution and regime change. Reasons? 1) they have oil. 2) You needed another reason?

    Okay, chessboard: Saudi goes SCO, China-Russia. …And therefore as a practical matter creates a regional alliance also with Iran? Yeah, if so: dodge this.

    EU to Demand Holidaymakers’ Fingerprints and Facial Images at Borders (DS)”

    That’s funny: when they started this in 2001, they said it was only for criminals and terrorists. …Both defined as “Independent Journalists.” Meanwhile, Amsterdam, world’s largest drug cartel, and Stockholm the hand grenade capitol of the world. All those drugs, guns, bombs, people…coming right through the border, every day, faster and cleaner than even the felon-run TSA here in the ‘States. Nope! Don’t see nothin’! But strip searching Grandma Walton sure will do the trick this time!

    13 Moons. Huh, funny how all the Black and Asian men use a different calendar and clock. Must be that White Supremacy under every bed and around every corner. Let’s pretend there is math and objective reality: A solar year is? 365 ¼ days. That’s why we have leap year. A lunar month is? 29.5 days. 12 x 29 = 354 ; 13 x 29 = 383. So we have the inconvenient match up that a solar year = 12 ½ months or so.

    Now you can use one calendar like the Jewish do, or the other calendar like the Romans do and get to your appointments on time, but it doesn’t matter which, they still won’t match up. Neither calendar plants trees or saves the earth. So this is why we have 4 weeks per month (moon phases) which are each seven days, but when they went solar calendar, that no longer matches up, in addition, the Roman calendar was so abused with adding days and weeks to add time to tamper with elections (no, really, Hereletmegooglethatforyou.com) that “Dece-mber” is now the 12th month, and not Deca, the 10th month. “Oct-ober” is now the 10th month and not the 8th. Julius Caesar put his foot down to an end of the election shenanigans and Senatorial fraud, which is why it is the “Julian” calendar we use today, and look what it got him. But it was a political compromise for Roman politics 2,000 years ago NOT a science experiment, and is not reflecting astronomy nor meant to be. It works, and as badly as Ethernet protocols or English spelling standards or 440hz tuning.

    P.S. even that failed so that by 1582 Pope Gregory had to add 10 days. The Orthodox Pope did not follow, such that Russia had this radically different dating for centuries. And Scotland.

    Anyway, Calendars: so which way would you like to be wrong? I prefer the moon calendar as more tangible, but does it really matter? It still wouldn’t make 13 months to a year. Love your own culture. By asking questions. Don’t be proud and hate it from pure bone-headed ignorance.


    The universe contains more planets than seconds that have passed since the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.

    Yeah, more spiritual things to think about, that’s the ticket.


    Dr. D

    Clubbed to Death:

    New problems: if firewood is worth €700 then you’ve got a theft problem. This is the problem with making your neighbors poor, and how you cannot BE rich if your neighbors are hungry. You can see a lot of this in “Dying of Money” by Jens O. Parsson. If people get that desperate, you have theft problem with your DOORKNOBS. No, really. Every object, every thing, useless or useful will be stolen. That is, when you come out in the morning to scratch a little work, using pliers now since they stole your doorknob, you’ll find your shovel is stolen and now you can’t garden potatoes to save their life, much less your own.

    Redneck: is that anything like when the U.S. held bake sales to buy body armor for Iraq (no, really), and then when it arrived, it was confiscated (stolen) by higher up for their use (Dragonscale) and they were disciplined for wearing it? Point? All armies have troubles and all nations are incompetent f-ups. Is NATO really less of an incompetent f-up when they have no BULLETS to shoot? Is lacking both guns and shells really less incompetent and more winning than that?

    Dr. D

    More planets than seconds? Somebody’s bad at math. So you’re telling me more than 1 planet was created every second since the universe began, and this doesn’t set off any alarm bells for your theory? Do you even know how large a planet is?

    Science: always wrong but never in doubt.


    Redneck said

    but their soldiers have to provide their own sleeping bags and medical supplies

    China, Russia’s close ally who makes all the sleeping bags and pharma products for NATO countries, could not make any for Russia in return for all the gas that Russia sends to them? The shite you believe is somewhat sad.


    Love your own culture. By asking questions.

    Dr D – you keep writing and I’ll keep reading but this is a tough ask. I will try.

    I am leaning back heavily into country and hard work at the moment and just hopeful that the dystopian land grab the NAC/ESG nutbags are going for doesn’t get me before I’m ready.
    Wettest year I can remember in this land. 3rd La Nina back to back – Northern Hem will get a handball soon and may flood in large parts or settle for a bit.

    I’m gunna burn a huge pile of wood just for fun out in the open like humans have done forever. The release of all that heat and carbon will be as thrilling as a nude run.

    Love burning stuff. Love looking at flames. It settles the mind.


    There seems to be a paradox at the Saker website. It is correctly pointed out how spinelessly immoral westerners have become. Yet those same people are going to suddenly grow a backbone, recover some morality and overthrow their political class?

    The last time a US military base was attacked in Germany was in the 1970s. I believe the RAF consisted of less than a dozen German youths. I wonder if modern Germany can find a dozen people to fight back. Get back to me on the Overthrowing Government Plan after that.

    D Benton Smith


    You are aware of course that the openly self professed purpose of the channel “Russian Media Matters” is to counter what its originators consider to be Russian state propaganda? Just click the “About” tab on their You Tube Channel.

    I give them top marks for such “Full Disclosure” of their position and purpose, and pretty high marks for content quality, but they ARE propagandist in nature.

    D Benton Smith

    Thank Murphy we Americans are as incompetent at war and Empire as we seem to be at everything else. Can you imagine if Yankee “Powers That Be” had the staying power of the long haulers that kept springing up from Asia/Eurasia (average 2,000 years @)?


    So it is a race. The USA is going to be running a terrorism campaign in Russia with the intention of goading Russia into expanding the military effort particularly into a NATO country, which would trigger NATO which would give the USA a “reason” to be in Europe. On the other hand, Russia is happy to let Europe’s politicians battle with massive energy and standard of living protests which will likely replace the politicians with more pro-citizen politicians who will do an energy deal with Russia.

    The tricky bit for Putin is that a terrorist campaign by the USA will need to be seen by the Russian people as being fought with significant repercussions for the USA/UK/Ukraine cabal. They could kill Zelensky, but then a replacement would be installed by the USA. Putin’s problem is how to get the USA to stop attacking Russia? The USA is spending money but not losing people, so it can keep doing this fight as long as the USD exists or until Europe throws them out. If the European people see Russia as the aggressor, they may continue to side with the USA even during the mass protests. Putin needs the people of Europe to want to work with Russia.


    Liz Truss

    Less Trust

    Not a Rambo but a Bimbo

    The Trussification of England


    On Trussification: From Decolonisation to Desperation to Hopelessness to Farce

    On Trussification: From Decolonisation to Desperation to Hopelessness to Farce


    TAE found non-mainstream opinions/facts to make you think/change your mind.

    Peace talk – How to have your cake and eat it too – share your cake with me.
    • Ukraine Finance Minister To Chair IMF, World Bank Governing Boards In 2023 (R.)

    On the move – kicked out – evacuation – immigration – refugees – anti-government sentiment/fear/distrust/oppressed

    • China Orders Evacuation Of All Citizens Still In Ukraine (ZH)
    • From Decolonisation to Desperation to Hopelessness to Farce (Batiushka)
    Modern warfare

    psychological manipulation
    mind control, emotional coercion, and other insidious manipulation techniques,
    • The Gaslighting of the Masses (CJ Hopkins)
    “The people of the US and Canada overwhelming approve of this Slavic genocide, and voluntarily hang flags supporting the mass murder on their houses so we will know who they are. Kind of like hanging up your KKK hood on the mailbox.”

    Killing leisure industry – spend your money at home
    • EU to Demand Holidaymakers’ Fingerprints and Facial Images at Borders (DS)

    Holiday-makers’ personal information will be mixed in with eventually billions of pieces of data, spanning photographs, palm prints, DNA records and facial biometrics, to which controversial recognition algorithms can be applied. This may be the biggest biometric data collection operation in European history. What could possibly go wrong?

    finger pointing

    Innocent vs guilty war

    risk of serious adverse events from vaccine, the benefit of reduction of COVID-19 hospitalisation.
    it mostly comes down to lifestyle: obesity, diets rich in processed foods, smoking, and alcohol consumption, and old age, long covid

    Chose an effective tool – get elected
    1. character assassination.
    2. Shunning, don’t write, don’t speak, ignore
    3. Disinformation/lies


    Russia uses Drone warfare called unfair
    Ukraine: Explosions rock Kyiv, struck by waves of drones

    KYIV, UKRAINE – Waves of explosives-laden suicide drones struck Ukraine’s capital Monday, setting buildings ablaze and tearing a hole in one of them while sending people scurrying for shelter or trying to shoot down the kamikazes.
    The concentrated use of the drones was the second barrage in as many weeks — after months where air attacks had become a rarity in central Kyiv. The assault sowed terror and frayed nerves as blasts echoed across the city.
    Energy facilities were struck, and one drone slammed into a residential building, killing four people, authorities said.


    Thanks for continuing to post about the covid scam, it still almost all I think about when I am out and about, or meditating on how screwed we are. I still have such a hard time believing it all happened, and people are still all-in!

    Went to a gardening event at the arboretum Saturday, followed by the farmers market. At both, there were still a few true believers, outside at the events, dutifully wearing their duck bill masks. Standing outside! Sometimes you’ll see a family, with their kids all masked. I just look at these people and just cannot believe it. What the hell is going on? I want to walk up to them and ask. In my new small town there was never more than about 50% compliance, a whole control group of people who never wore the masks. A local Christian school with several hundred students who have been going on like the pandemic never happened since the summer of 2020! It’s a story much like the Amish… On the note a community of people (anabaptists) about 30 minutes away never acknowledged the pandemic either, same story. No deaths anywhere out there. They serve thousands at their bakery and cheese making facility, they are world renowned for their cheese.

    Can these people not see the truth with their own eyes?

    D Benton Smith

    Definition of truss : a medical appliance for the treatment of rupture or hernia.

    Seems about right, then.

    Sweet Kenny

    Lately I feel a sense of apathy possibly due to being tense about the situation for so long but also due to the contrast of viewpoints. People pushing vaccines, stocks, houses, cryptocurrencies etc while at the same time others talks of Armageddon and financial collapse. Makes a person wonder if anything is real.


    @ AFKTT

    My favorite term right now is “WEFfers.” It has the benefit of rolling easily off the tongue, not too many syllables, and directly references the world economic forum.


    A week ago I was contacted by my friend/client at the local retirement community asking whether or not I’d be willing to teach a class there in the spring about how to use Android smartphones. (A group of formally recognized residents arranges “life-long learning classes” for residents with paid teachers.) I said that was fine, however, I would have to teach the class in person — it isn’t a class that I could teach on Zoom. (In 2020, at my urging, I taught classes on how to use Zoom, via Zoom. In 2021, a normal set of classes ensued — but mine all remained on Zoom, because I was unvaccinated. Meanwhile, currently I can come there, unmasked, even attend and participate (perform/sing) in public events, but I am barred from teaching these classes in person due to my unvaxxed status.) Now, apparently, the “Life Long Learning Committee” folks are finally able to see that this situation is ridiculous, and have apparently had themselves a long discussion about it and resolved to take it up with the administration, insisting that I be permitted to teach in person. (Before, when I pointed out to these same people that the policies were unjust and discriminatory I would receive the lame response that, well, people were scared and “so many people have died,” and I was invited to take it up with the administration on my own. I thought it through and did not bother, realizing that one individual person who is being oppressed by a system has little to no power in overcoming the oppression — the individual needs advocates and allies or many peers in solidarity. Well, that and for me, teaching on Zoom is easy — I don’t have to bother transporting myself and my materials 3 miles, lol.)

    I am curious what the outcome of their petition will be.

    D Benton Smith


    That emotion is part of the natural and healthy progression that is sometimes called The 5 Stages of Grief, which could just as easily and accurately be called the 5 Stages of Acceptance of Reality. Hang tough, stick with it, and eventually one can accept that there are certain realities that have been SO bad that we chose and preferred not to believe that they are , simply, real.


    More planets than seconds? Somebody’s bad at math. So you’re telling me more than 1 planet was created every second since the universe began, and this doesn’t set off any alarm bells for your theory? Do you even know how large a planet is?

    There are about 3X10^7 seconds in a year. If the big ban happened 14 billion years ago that meas about 4X10^17 seconds. If there are 10^11 galaxies each with 10^11 stars that equals 10^22 stars so thousands of planets got created for every second of the universe’s existence.

    A 10 year old human has lived for about 3X10^8 seconds and has around 3X10^13 cells in his/her body. That’s thousands of cells created for every second of their life. Also sounds unbelievable but true. The exponential function strikes again.


    Next up: there are more planets in the universe than there are grains of sand on planet earth.


    The 5 Stages of Acceptance of Reality.
    (If you don’t have dementia)

    John Day

    Thanks for looking into the chip-war between the US and China last night Aspnaz and Figmund Sreud:
    The global chip business has been trending down with global economy and globalism, but not trending well for the US, so the OBidenadmin ordered all American chip-factory workers out of China, a directly targeted attack.

    Chip war policy hurting US firms more than China

    Is this terrible for China or not-terrible for China? Does anybody know yet?
    I sent an old friend of mine an email. He was long in the business of mocking up bigger versions of proposed chips to test their function before final design. He did it mostly alone. Now he works for a big company. I’ll see what he thinks. It’s an interesting question.
    What chips does Russia really use and really need and did they quietly buy 10 years worth in 2018-2019?
    Inquiring minds want to know!

    John Day

    The universe in space-time is fatter than it is long.
    Got it.

    John Day

    AFKTT wonders what to call “the owners”, and the bent, perverted gerentocrats who still serve them.
    They are like the Medici family, are they not, gangsters? “Banksters” is what FDR called a subclade.
    “New Plymouth District Council was often referred to as The Mafia Without Guns.”

    John Day

    Dr.D implied that “the word is not the thing”:

    ‘They’ve got to get their brains back. The “American Empire” isn’t run by America. …Orrrrr maybe it might have the support of its own people? Ever? It’s run by a transnational subset that includes corporations, UK, and probably Europe/Davos for its own reasons. Thinking in terms of “nations” makes for constant mis-predictions. Corporations are larger and more influential than most nations, and “club” subsets, like “Progressives” or “Atlanticists”.’

    D Benton Smith

    @zerosum “The 5 Stages of Acceptance of Reality.
    (If you don’t have dementia)”

    And for those who DO have dementia, let us not forget that there are stages BELOW the stages that start at “Denial” and count upwards.

    Counting DOWNWARDS from Denial (in descending order) there are:

    -1 Overwhelmed (problem too enormous to even attempt solution)
    -2 Anxiety (chronic feeling that it is probably already too late)
    -3 Dread (expectation of total catastrophic failure)
    -4 Horror (inaccessibly vague and “unattached” sense of impending unimaginable badness)
    -5 Oblivious (actual or emulated death and nonexistence of self)

    Sweet Kenny


    Interesting you should say that – never looked at it that way. They say that Roman elites debated the sexes of the gods while Rome collapsed which to me is a similar sign of learned apathy.

    Sweet Kenny

    D Benton Smith

    @JohnDay “The universe in space-time is fatter than it is long. Got it.”

    [with acknowledgment to the late Richard Pryor for his stand up routine of two studs peeing into a creek behind the roadhouse/bar]

    “This creek is COLD!”
    “Yeah. And it DEEP, too.”


    US media comments are demonstration/showing fear, recommending sending our tech people to shoot the drone down
    Drone warfare attacks/defence ….
    Shoot down the drones…. so that it will not damage the intended military target with its 88 lbs warhead.
    ( OPPPS! there goes granny’s house)


    I am posting this to determine if there is a technical issue or something objectionable being blocked in my attempted comment



    This is the mighty Russia , the country with the second strongest military in the world they could not organise a fuck in a brothel.

    Oh butt I’m sure you could, you and your rainbow warrior transgender fluid Amurican military, the strongest and bestest military ass clowns on the planet. Amurican military is great at torture, rape, lying, cheating, stealing, drug trafficking and losing every military conflict since… the Civil War?

    Or do you just grab yer banjo and head on over to play with yer cousins? Gives “rebel yell” a whole new context right redneck? more, more, more…. yeeehawww. What are your pronouns?

    Re Pied Piper of Hamelin

    Is that bosco/madamski playing the drums following the geese? Striking resemblance.


    It is said that the Mayans had the most sophisticated and most accurate calendar ever devised -two in fact, one for daily living and ceremonial purposes, and one for keeping track of the movements of celestial bodies. Apparently, when the Spanish discovered that the ‘primitive heathens’ were more advanced than they were, they destroyed all the evidence they could find.

    The pre-Roman occupants of what is now called Britian had an awful lot of it worked out, and constructed numerous temple-calendar stone circles, most notably Stonehenge -which survived a lot longer than the various woodhenges constructed before. Other pre-Roman cultures erected similar stone circles across Europe.

    That pre-Roman era was arguably the high point for life in Europe, though some would argue the high point was reached in the 17th to 19th centuries, with marquetry, Stradivarius violins, the invention of pianos, the invention of clarinets, Shakespeare, Mozart, Beethoven etc.

    From the perspective of general material affluence and political stability in the NATOstan nations, 1971 was the year it all started to turn to custard.

    WTF Happened in 1971?


    “Crisps could trigger the development of blood clots due to their fat content.”



    You just can’t make this shit up!



    If people get that desperate, you have theft problem with your DOORKNOBS.

    More than that. After “You’ll own nothing and be happy” comes “You will own what you can keep.” All those second, third and fourth homes that elites now own will become a squatter’s paradise. The elite will be standing outside their beautiful homes with only the doorknob to there names.


    @aspnaz: “The USA is spending money but not losing people, so it can keep doing this fight as long as the USD exists…”

    I believe you put your finger on something important there. Another good motive for the other global players to want to dethrone the USD.

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