Oct 312022

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Kremlin Outlines Why Solo Negotiations With Ukraine Are ‘Impossible’ (RT)
Kremlin Reveals Possible Basis For Putin-Biden Talks (RT)
New Details On Drone Attack In Crimea Emerge (RT)
Washington Seeking To Weaken EU – Moscow (RT)
Left-Wing Lula Narrowly Wins Brazilian Presidency (ZH)
Russia and China Can Shatter Dollar Dominance – Chinese Diplomat (RT)
Bad Economics Leads To Bad Outcomes (Denninger)
German Official Offers Controversial Solution To Gas Crisis (RT)
Chip Shortage Drives Toyota Back To Basics (RT)
Credit Suisse To Axe Thousands Of Jobs (RT)
Medical Boards Strip Dr. Peter McCullough’s Medical Credentials (GP)
Scottish Blueberry Farmer Donates ‘Unviable’ Crop To Charity (Y!)
Common Medications You Shouldn’t Be On For Long (Mercola)



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Kremlin Outlines Why Solo Negotiations With Ukraine Are ‘Impossible’ (RT)

Russia is open to negotiations over Ukraine, but any agreement with Kiev would have little credibility because it could be rescinded by the West, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday. This means that any possible settlement should be primarily discussed with the US, he added. Any unilateral diplomatic engagement with Ukraine is unlikely to succeed because “the deciding vote rests with Washington,” the spokesman told Rossiya-1 TV channel. “It’s just impossible to discuss something, for example, with Kiev,” he stated. According to Peskov, while Russia could try to reach some agreements with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, “based on what happened in March, these agreements are worthless, because they can be instantly canceled upon orders” from outside actors.

The Kremlin press secretary was referring to several rounds of talks that took place in late February and March after Russia launched its military operation against the neighboring state. At the time, these diplomatic efforts failed to cease hostilities. Meanwhile, Peskov signaled that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready for talks over Ukraine. “The president has repeatedly said he is open to the negotiation process… Whether they are ready or not, but the West should know and hear this,”Peskov reiterated. The official also suggested that Putin and US President Joe Biden could hold negotiations if Washington is willing to take heed of Moscow’s security concerns that were outlined by the Russian Foreign Ministry in the draft documents on security guarantees released in mid-December last year prior to the Ukraine conflict.

Earlier this month, Zelensky signed a decree on Ukraine officially rejecting peace talks with the Russian president. The move came just hours after Putin signed agreements on the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions joining Russia following referendums that saw overwhelming public support for the move. At the time, Moscow maintained that it is still ready to look for a negotiated solution to the conflict, adding, however, that “it takes two parties to negotiate.”

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Moscow’s security concerns. Which were completely ignored a year ago. What are the odds that now they will not be?

Kremlin Reveals Possible Basis For Putin-Biden Talks (RT)

Potential talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden would depend on Washington’s willingness to hear Moscow’s security concerns, the Kremlin press secretary said on Sunday. Speaking to the Rossiya-1 TV channel, Dmitry Peskov said high-level re-engagement could happen if the United States “pays heed to our concerns.” It would be contingent on “the US desire to go back to the state of things as of December-January and ask the question: what the Russians are offering may not suit all of us, but maybe we should still sit down with them at the negotiating table?” The spokesman explained that he was referring to the draft documents on security guarantees that Moscow submitted to both Brussels and Washington before the Ukraine conflict broke out in late February. In mid-December last year, the Russian Foreign Ministry published the drafts of two treaties – one with the US and one with NATO – with a list of Moscow’s security demands, in a bid to lower tensions in Europe.

At the time, Russia wanted the West to ban Ukraine from entering NATO and limit the deployment of troops and weapons on the bloc’s eastern flank. It also insisted that the military alliance retreat to its borders as of 1997, before it expanded eastwards. While neither the US nor NATO gave written responses to Russia’s proposals, they both rebuffed Moscow’s demand that Ukraine should be barred from the bloc. Earlier this month, Putin said he saw no need for talks with his US counterpart, explaining that “there is no platform for any negotiations yet.” The statement was echoed by the White House, which stated that Joe Biden does not plan to meet with the Russian leader at the G20 summit next month, despite earlier refusing to rule out the possibility. The last time the two leaders met in person was in June 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. The talks were followed up by a virtual summit in December, with Ukraine being one of the topics on the agenda.

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It was the grain corridor all along. And now: “The Coordination Center reported that Kiev, Ankara and the UN agreed on the movement of 14 vessels in the Black Sea tomorrow from Odessa as part of the “Black Sea initiative”, Russia was notified..”

Russia will demand to inspect all 14 vessels.

New Details On Drone Attack In Crimea Emerge (RT)

Those behind a major drone attack on the Russian naval base in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol made active use of a UN-brokered Black Sea grain corridor, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement after studying the wreckage of the unmanned combat vehicles. The ministry’s specialists retrieved the navigational modules of the drones destroyed by the Russian warships and naval aviation, the statement said, adding that the Canadian-made devices stored data on the vehicles’ path to their target. Most of them were launched from the Ukrainian Black Sea coast, not far from the port city of Odessa, the Russian military said. “The naval drones were then moving within the security zone of the grain corridor before changing course and heading towards the Russian naval base in Sevastopol,” the statement said.

Navigational data from at least one naval drone shows that it was launched from a sea location within the grain corridor security zone, the ministry added. According to Russian specialists, it might have been launched from a civilian vessel chartered by Ukraine or its “western backers” to transport Ukrainian agricultural produce. Saturday’s assault, which involved nine aerial and seven naval drones, targeted vessels of the Russian Black Sea Fleet docked in Sevastopol. It was repelled, with just one ship suffering minor damage, according to the ministry. According to Moscow, the Russian ships that were targeted by the Ukrainian drones had been involved in providing security for the “grain corridor,” which was set up to allow exports of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea as part of a deal negotiated in Istanbul between Moscow and Kiev with UN and Turkish mediation this summer.

The attack prompted Russia to indefinitely suspend its participation in the deal, a move that has sparked an angry reaction from the US. Russia blamed Kiev for the attack, which it claimed was “carried out under the supervision of British experts.” Kiev has been reluctant to claim responsibility for the assault. Andrey Yermak, the head of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s office, took to Telegram to accuse Russia of “making up terrorist acts at its facilities.” On Sunday, the New York Times reported that it was Ukrainian forces that launched Saturday’s attack, citing an unnamed Ukrainian official.

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“..this would inevitably lead to the “deindustrialization” of the EU which, in turn, will have “very, very deplorable consequences” for the bloc “over the next 10 to 20 years.”

Washington Seeking To Weaken EU – Moscow (RT)

The United States is aiming to weaken the EU, both militarily and economically, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has claimed. Europeans are already suffering from anti-Russia sanctions “many times more than the US,” he said in an interview published on Sunday. “There is a growing number of economists, not only in our country, but also in the West, who come to a conclusion that the US goal is to completely ‘bleed’ and deindustrialize the European economy,” he said. “It is also in Washington’s interests to weaken Europe militarily. To constantly keep it under pressure, to force it to pump weapons into Ukraine, and in return fill the EU countries’ arms depots with American supplies,” Lavrov said. In pursuing such a policy, Washington has been guided by “economic, purely selfish calculations, as well as by ideological complexes of superiority,” he suggested.

Earlier this month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Americans were making “crazy money” by selling gas to European states at exorbitant prices against a backdrop of EU sanctions on Russian energy supplies. He said this would inevitably lead to the “deindustrialization” of the EU which, in turn, will have “very, very deplorable consequences” for the bloc “over the next 10 to 20 years.” In the wake of sweeping sanctions the EU imposed on Russia over its military operation in Ukraine, gas prices have surged. The bloc is now struggling with the prospect of energy shortages in winter and soaring inflation. Brussels has largely followed Washington’s stance of seeking to weaken Moscow by imposing sanctions, while supporting Kiev through weapons supplies and financial aid.

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“Lula’s bench of leftwing allies will occupy less than about a quarter of seats in the lower house..”

Left-Wing Lula Narrowly Wins Brazilian Presidency (ZH)

By an extremely narrow margin of less than two percentage points, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) has beaten incumbent Jair Bolsanaro to become Brazil’s next president. The tight result tops off a dramatic comeback for the 77 year-old opposition leader, who served two terms as president between 2003 and 2010 but subsequently was accused of corruption and served time in prison for graft before his convictions were annulled. This result is historic as it marks the first time a sitting president in Brazil has lost a re-election bid. Echoing the Biden administration’s narratives, Lula focused on the risks to democracy from Bolsonaro’s far-right movement, framing the election as a choice between “democracy and fascism, democracy and barbarism.”

Additionally, the far-left leader pledged to reduce inequality and protect the environment while preserving the country’s fiscal health (but caused consternation among some by offering few details on his broader economic agenda and refusing to nominate a finance minister). “Lula’s challenge of governing is bigger than that of winning the election. Brazilian society needs to be rebuilt in its institutional and fiscal basis,” said Carolina Botelho, a political scientist with the Institute of Advanced Studies at Sao Paulo University.“Lula will need to recover the internal and external trust of financial agents and civil society. ”Amid extremely high interest rates and inflation, his plan to move away from the free market vision of the Bolsonaro administration to a model that puts the state at the heart of the economy will be a key focus for investors globally. Crucially, as The FT reports, Lula remains a deeply polarising figure and is also likely to face obstacles in Congress, which is broadly right-leaning.

Lula’s bench of leftwing allies will occupy less than about a quarter of seats in the lower house, meaning he will need to make concessions to pursue his agenda. Bolsonaro allies will also occupy key governorships, including São Paulo – Brazil’s wealthiest and most populous state – which was won on Sunday by Tarcísio de Freitas of the rightwing Republican party.Finally, it took just minutes for President Biden to send his congratulations to the Workers’ Party leader on his success in “free, fair, and credible elections.” We wonder if the US president would have been so fast to congratulate Bolsonaro if the vote count was so close but the other way? (In the run-up to the election, Bolsonaro had persistently claimed Brazil’s electronic ballot machines were vulnerable to fraud, leading opponents to fear he was preparing a justification to reject a losing result.)

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You need the BRICS and Saudi Arabia (OPEC+).

Russia and China Can Shatter Dollar Dominance – Chinese Diplomat (RT)

The transition to trade in national currencies between Russia and China will contribute to a global de-dollarization process, China’s Charge d’Affaires in Russia said this week at a conference on the matter. “The existing economic partnership between China and Russia and the long-term accumulated level of trade have laid a solid foundation for further deepening cooperation between our countries,” Sun Weidong said, noting that bilateral trade has risen dramatically, mostly on energy and agriculture supplies. “Energy cooperation continues to play an important role in relations between the two countries, in addition, agricultural products and seafood from Russia are increasingly entering the Chinese market,” the diplomat said.

“We have cooperation on major projects in the field of nuclear energy, aircraft construction, rocket engines, satellite navigation… In addition, payments are constantly being made in local currencies.” Russia and its trading partners have been expanding the share of national currencies in mutual settlements in an attempt to move away from the US dollar and the euro. In recent years, Moscow has been steadily following a policy of de-dollarization of foreign trade, particularly expanding the use of Chinese currency for buying financial products denominated in yuan, and using it as a reserve currency. Trade between the two nations hit $136 billion in the first nine months of this year, jumping by over 30% in annual terms, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China. Moscow and Beijing aim to increase bilateral trade to a $200 billion target this year.

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“Every advancement in human history over the last couple of hundred years rests on the exploitation of carbon-based energy..”

Bad Economics Leads To Bad Outcomes (Denninger)

Now how about NY? A court there ruled that all of the fired employees who refused to take the jab must be reinstated and are entitled to all back pay and benefits for the time they were out. This applies to about 1,200 people. Again, this decision took over a year from when the mandates were put in place and in this case while money damages are certainly a “fix” for the terminated employees how about those who took the jab under duress and got screwed, such as having heart damage which we now know happens in some degree to everyone who takes it or worse, had a heart attack, stroke or even died? Obviously money damages do not fix any of that, especially the last one. Yet it was clear that the original mandate was predicated on fraud.

The CEOs of the companies who make the stuff have so-admitted in that they have now stated they knew the original trials back in the fall of 2020 did not demonstrate, and were not designed to demonstrate, that the jab actually would or could protect anyone other than the person who got it. Deborah Birx has admitted this as well and that she, and thus the entire Covid response force in the Federal Government, knew this before the shots began. Again, irrespective of whether you believe a state, locality, or the Federal Government has the power to issue such a mandate in the general case in this case all involved parties deliberately lied about the predicate requirements for such a mandate. Specifically all power of quarantine and related police power, whether at a local, state or federal level, is inherently about protecting other people and rests on that premise.

If no protection of others is possible then no mandate stands on a Constitutional basis. You can no more mandate that I take care of my health with a jab than you can mandate how many calories or what sort of calories I consume. This was done intentionally, with knowledge that it was unconstitutional, and there is no recourse in the law after the fact for those who were materially harmed or killed as a consequence. The same is true for DACA. Obama admitted this at the time and now it has been so-ruled because it was not created through Congressional action as is required, but rather by Obama’s “pen.” There is nothing to defend because legally it is constitutional infirm and thus never occurred but, so far, the courts have recognized that by requiring as long as it did to get heard and ruled this way, now several times in fact including during Trump’s Presidency, ten years from when Obama did so it has created a set of circumstances that they’ve been unwilling to unwind. Thus an illegal order stands today despite being acknowledged by the government itself as illegal.

How about the CDC and their “rent moratorium”? Same deal. Yet the small landlord was screwed and, quite possibly, has no legitimate recourse, particularly if he or she was forced out of business or forced to sell in the interim. Money does not make them whole. We’re headed for another one, much worse, with carbon-based fuels. As I pointed out repeatedly no CEO will invest in something that they have been told by the government will be made worthless before it can return a profit. In fact to so-invest would be fraud upon the shareholders and, to the extent money was borrowed, upon the lenders as well. This is now confirmed; the refineries that were shut down will not be restarted. Is that action by the Executive legal? No, it is not. And while it might be Constitutional if initiated by Congress through formal legislation that’s not what’s happened here in the main.

Let me be clear: This last example has the potential to return the American people to a lifestyle akin to that of the 1700s if not before. That’s not hyperbole or a joke — its real, and those who poo-poo it are wrong. Every advancement in human history over the last couple of hundred years rests on the exploitation of carbon-based energy and there is no evidence of any kind that it can be successfully replaced. Even my preferred path forward for energy, which involves nuclear power, still exploits carbon-based fuels because in order for society to continue to function you have to. Simply put the Laws of Thermodynamics are not suggestions and cannot be repealed or circumvented; they are facts.

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Fracking in Germany just so you can send weapons to Ukraine? What’s next?

German Official Offers Controversial Solution To Gas Crisis (RT)

Germany should study the issue of producing domestic shale gas using fracking, which is currently prohibited in the country, Finance Minister Christian Lindner said in an interview with the Funke media group, as quoted by TASS. The technology allows oil and gas to be extracted from shale rock by breaking it up with pressurized liquid, including water and chemicals. The technique has been used in Germany since the 1960s to extract natural gas from conventional reserves, including sandstone and carbonate stones. About one third of the natural gas produced in the country comes from reserves tapped by fracking. However, “unconventional fracking” in shale and coal seams, which uses horizontal drilling techniques, was placed under moratorium in 2011, and then largely banned in Germany due to environmental risks such as water pollution, or even earthquakes.

“We have significant gas deposits in Germany that can be extracted without endangering drinking water,” Lindner said. “It would be rather irresponsible to refrain from fracking because of ideological commitments.” According to the official, production is possible “at several” fields, with Germany able to meet relatively large needs from its own sources, which would be useful in light of the situation across the world. The call comes amid an unprecedented energy crisis resulting from a reduction in energy imports from Russia, formerly the bloc’s biggest supplier. The conflict in Ukraine has resulted in an all-out sanctions war against Moscow, targeting commodities including oil and gas, and contributing to soaring energy prices in the EU and worldwide.

In April, German Vice-Chancellor and Energy Minister Robert Habeck rejected the idea of extracting shale gas in Germany by fracking due to environmental concerns. He stressed that it would take years before it would be possible to obtain the necessary permits and establish production using the method.

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This is getting serious…

Chip Shortage Drives Toyota Back To Basics (RT)

Toyota customers in Japan will get a mechanical key instead of a “smart” one when they get their new vehicle, Reuters reported on Thursday. One of the two electronic “smart” keys will be replaced with a basic one, the agency explained, quoting the carmaker’s statement. “As the shortage of semiconductors continues, this is a provisional measure aimed at delivering cars to customers as quickly as possible,” Toyota said. A second smart key will be handed over “as soon as it is ready,” the statement adds. The global chip shortage that started during the Covid-19 pandemic has caused severe supply issues and delays with the automotive and other industries.

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“The offloading of the asset has further raised investor concerns about the bank’s financial health.”

Credit Suisse To Axe Thousands Of Jobs (RT)

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse on Thursday announced plans to slash 9,000 jobs and sell off its deal-making unit. The announcement follows a series of scandals and billions in losses. According to the bank, it is cutting 2,700 jobs in the final quarter of 2022 and will reduce employee numbers by 9,000 by the end of 2025. This is around 17% of the company’s workforce of 52,000. The bank will raise around $4 billion in fresh capital to fund the overhaul. Credit Suisse will also revive its First Boston name — the US-based investment bank it acquired in 1990 — as it separates its deal-making unit from the rest of the investment bank.

The overhaul is an urgent attempt to restore credibility at Credit Suisse. The bank racked up billions of dollars in losses from the 2021 collapse of hedge fund Archegos and financial services firm Greensill. This, along with the bank’s management chaos, shattered its status as one of Europe’s most prestigious lenders. Credit Suisse has since reshuffled its management team, suspended share buybacks and cut dividend payments. Earlier this month, the embattled lender said it was selling the landmark five-star Savoy Hotel in Zurich’s financial district for as much as 400 million Swiss francs ($404 million). The offloading of the asset has further raised investor concerns about the bank’s financial health.

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Interesting that his views are quite moderate.

Medical Boards Strip Dr. Peter McCullough’s Medical Credentials (GP)

One of the most respected doctors in the world and top cardiologists and epidemiologist in the country had his license revoked for speaking the truth about the danger of COVID vaccines. Dr. McCullough is an Internist, Cardiologist, and Epidemiologist who testified to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in November 2020. Dr. McCullough is a cardiologist and was vice chief of internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center and a professor at Texas A&M University. McCullough is editor-in-chief of the journals Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiorenal Medicine. He was and is an advocate for early COVID-19 treatment that included hydroxychloroquine. He’s been right about everything throughout the pandemic.

He is one of the first doctors who sounded the alarm on the Covid-19 vaccines and explained how they all make the dangerous Wuhan spike protein.“It’s alarming right now – we have had over 4400 deaths and 14,000 hospitalizations….That is probably only the tip of the iceberg,” Dr. McCullough said in an interview with Rose Unplugged on 1320 AM WJAS. He said pregnant women, women of child-bearing years, children or healthy people under 50 should not get the Covid jab. Dr. McCullough explained how all Covid-19 vaccines produce the dangerous Wuhan spike protein and what that does to a person’s body. He added that Covid-19 vaccines have become a social menace and explained how it has been “socially weaponized.”

According to McCullough, the Covid-19 pandemic was premeditated by public health officials working in tandem with medical elites, and the evidence for this had been made clear well before the first reports of a Covid outbreak in late 2019, during an interview with Joe Rogan. In order to promote mass adoption of the experimental vaccine, McCullough says health officials purposefully suppressed treatments and refrained from compiling a treatment protocol to combat the virus, in hopes that people would be so afraid that they would just take the jab.

[..]”I was terminated as the Editor-In-Chief of Cardiorenal Medicine and Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine after years of service and rising impact factors. There was no phone call, no board meeting, no due process. Just e-mails or certified letters. Powerful dark forces are working in academic medicine to expunge any resistance to the vax. Yesterday I was stripped of my board certifications in Internal Medicine and Cardiology after decades of perfect clinical performance, board scores, and hundreds of peer reviewed publications. None of this will stop until there is a “needle in every arm.”

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“Retailers are unwilling to pay a premium for Scottish produce as shoppers target bargains during the cost-of-living squeeze..”

Scottish Blueberry Farmer Donates ‘Unviable’ Crop To Charity (Y!)

A Scottish farmer is giving away his entire crop of blueberries, worth £2 million, to charity, saying cheap imports and high labour costs have made harvesting the fruit economically unviable. Peter Thomson has been growing blueberries at his farm in Blairgowrie, northeast Scotland, for more than four decades, producing 300 tonnes of fruit per year. But now, he said, growers in Peru and South Africa can sell their berries in the UK at a far lower price, while a shortage of pickers caused by Brexit has made the harvest unviable. “They’ve started planting huge areas of blueberries in the subtropics like Peru and South Africa,” said Thomson, who started growing blueberries in 1976. “Their costs of production are so low that we can’t compete.”

Normally, said Thomson, 200 workers would have picked around 300 tonnes of blueberries this year with 50 more working in the packhouse. In 2014, the price paid to Scottish farmers for blueberries was £17.50 per kilo, he said. Today however, supermarkets pay less than £7. Labour costs meanwhile have risen from £7 an hour five years ago to £10.10 today, even before state pension contributions and holiday pay are taken into account. This meant that the value of crop of berries, which would once have been worth £3 million or more, fell to £2 million this year. Retailers are unwilling to pay a premium for Scottish produce as shoppers target bargains during the cost-of-living squeeze, Thomson said.

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YIKES!: “..6 out of every 10 adults have at least one chronic health condition and 4 out of every 10 have two or more…”

Common Medications You Shouldn’t Be On For Long (Mercola)

Global pharmaceutical sales rose from $780 billion in 2010 to $1.186 trillion in 2021.(1) In that same period, the U.S. market increased from $315 billion to $555 billion. In other words, the U.S. market was nearly 50 percent of world market sales. When drug sales were compared, the leading pharmaceutical product in 2021 was the COVID-19 vaccine, which generated $37 billion in revenue. When compared to other large companies, the profitability of the pharmaceutical industry is significantly greater than other public companies.(2) In other words, the pharmaceutical industry is big business. They make money when you buy medication and stay on it for the long term. However, there are several drugs that were designed to be taken short-term, but have become long-term staples in the medicine cabinet.

Research published in July 2022 revealed a dramatic rise in adverse drug reactions in the U.K.(3) Many of these were related to the high number of medications prescribed to the participants. Overprescribing is known as “polypharmacy,” which has been a growing problem over the last decade as the pharmaceutical industry develops new drugs with the inferred intent of lengthening life through chemistry. However, as is seen in revenue reports and research into the negative consequences, it appears the goal is growing revenue. If it were better health, the first recommendation would be lifestyle changes in collaboration with established support systems to help you make those changes. Instead, the first step is often a simple prescription, which may come with complicated side effects.

Growing Problem With Polypharmacy. Data (4,5) demonstrate that between 80 percent and 89 percent of adults aged 65 and older take at least one prescribed medication and 54 percent take four or more. Adverse effects are common and often drive patients to seek other drugs to control the side effects of the first drug. Polypharmacy, or using multiple medications, is more common in older adults who have several risk factors and chronic health conditions that can lead to overprescribing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,(6) 6 out of every 10 adults have at least one chronic health condition and 4 out of every 10 have two or more.

Prescription medications are not the only type of drug that can cause challenges with polypharmacy. Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are those you can buy without a prescription. Drugstore shelves are lined with pain medications, allergy relief, cold preparations, and remedies for gastrointestinal issues. While you can purchase them without a prescription, OTC drugs can have the same types of drug interactions with prescriptions or other OTC medications. As you consider whether you are taking too many drugs, it is also important to remember that some medications were designed to be taken for the short term and long-term use can lead to their own set of problems.

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The Americans Are ITCHING To Fight The Russians



Why NATO Attacked Crimea (hint, the G20 Summit)








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    NATO might be a convenient target, but if they don’t do something about EU leadership, how many of the problems will get solved?

    The people have spoken. Are the leaders listening?
    “Let’s Get Out Of NATO”: Discontent Soars Across Europe As Russian Sanctions Backfire


    In case you missed this
    October 29, 2022

    Drone Attack On Sevastopol
    This morning at 4:20 local time the Russian fleet in the Crimean port of Sevastopol was attacked by nine unmanned aerial vehicles and seven autonomous maritime drones. Earlier a maritime drone that had run aground in Crimea and had been found and pictured.

    During today’s attack a large U.S. drone had flown circles south of Crimea. It likely relayed data from and to the drones.

    The maritime drones are British and Russia alleges that British specialists had trained the Ukrainian navy in using them. It also says that British soldiers were involved in the attack on the Nord Stream pipeline.

    The Ukrainians published two videos shot by the maritime drones while attacking. One of the video shows extensive gun fire impacts near the drone from a Russian helicopter that is attacking it.

    The Russians say that all the aerial drones and 4 of 7 maritime drones were defeated before they could caused damage. They also say that one mine seeking ship was damaged in the harbor. It is possible that the damage is greater than Russia admits.

    As a consequence of the attack Russia declared that the deal which allowed for grain exports from Odessa has been suspended. That deal had already been in danger as the ‘west’ had not fulfilled its part of the deal which would have allowed for the export for Russian fertilizer to third parties.

    I find it likely that Russia will take additional measures to punish the Ukrainian navy for the brazen attack. Additional attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure is another possibility.

    Meanwhile all recent attempts by the Ukrainian army to penetrate the Russian held lines have failed. It is notable that these are now much smaller in size with just a battalion or in some cases just two companies in the lead.

    It is now definitely mud season in Ukraine during which it is impossible to cross most farmland even on feet. This will hinder the attacking forces on both sides until winter sets in.

    John Day

    Man, that is a LOT of meticulous steps in the process of making that one small demonstration panel of wall, Oxymoron!
    That is a long time to maintain perfect concentration, and again and again…



    Winter time in Greece?
    Am I right in thinking Greece’s daylight savings time (DST) ended yesterday and is now on standard (winter) time, whereas the USA’s DST doesn’t end until next Sunday, the first Sunday in November? That would mean this week Greece is on standard (winter) time and the US is still on DST (summer) time.

    Not the entire US.
    DST seems “normal” to those who are accustomed to it, but — as one who has not lived with it for 19 years now in AZ — it really is a strange human anachronism.


    I decided to research what’s on the ballot yesterday. My spouse focused on the candidates and I focused on the propositions. Let’s see. The AZ legislature wants the AZ public to place various restrictions upon the public’s ability to affect AZ law via propositions. Nope, not approving those. Some tidying of existing language in AZ law regarding exemptions from property tax for US vets, widows, widowers (tinkering with this topic was done a couple decades back via proposition, partially undone via courts, and since it requires 3/4 majority for legislature to amend propositions, it gets thrown back to the citizens.) Expansion of protections to debtors — we are cautioned that if this is enacted that lenders won’t want to lend to Arizonans. Hm. I find that highly unlikely. It looks like the huge initiative to “adjust” voting in a way that is desired by the Democratic Party got derailed by legal challenge and didn’t make it on the ballot. Oh, darn — I was looking forward to my no-vote on that one. “Please raise the state sales tax to support rural fire districts”…interestingly, those who live in the rural fire districts are writing cogent letters about how they don’t support this proposition. That is telling. An initiative to increase verification of early ballots — I like combatting the “mule” problem, but the solution proposed has inherent privacy flaws — we need a solution but *this* isn’t it. An initiative combatting “dark money” in elections — sometimes it is telling to simply read who supports/is against an initiative. A proposition to charge “Dreamers” who completed high school in AZ in-state tuition at state colleges/universities — AZ is sometimes compassionate towards undocumented immigrants, because we often count them among our friends and neighbors…but I don’t think this proposition will pass in the current political climate, because the problems at the border, Biden Admin admitting so many indiscriminately, fentanyl issue, etc., cause folks to be hard-hearted towards the undocumented.

    We couldn’t find a palatable candidate for AZ governor. Katie Hobbs won’t debate and her ideas look like intentional giveaways to impoverished folks (rescinding sales tax on diapers, OTC medicines, and feminine sanitary products,) rather than information on how she would govern. If she becomes governor there is a minor chance that such measures would be enacted and she would govern in near lockstep with the Democratic Party. AZ does not need/want that. Kari Lake — well, I like her stance on vax mandates. She is a mess on other issues. On homelessness she uses the word “compassion” and then paints *all* homeless as druggies and criminals. I believe that Kari Lake will win…and I want to be able to say that I didn’t vote for her.

    John Day

    Thanks for the good COVID/vaxx links, Germ.


    ‘That Bloke’ up top, first post, is perhaps refering to (maybe other sources, none quoted)

    George Galloway:

    ‘It’s done,’ Liz #Truss messaged #AnthonyBlinken seconds after #NordStream explosion. Go figure.

    link is to Galloway MOATS show, see 4 mins in.



    Adding: Which fits with Russian statements that they have proof the British Navy were the perpetrators.


    Dr. D posted prev. thread,

    And back to Ukraine: no, the war is not organic, is obviously and enormously paid for, wide open in the news. Like if I pay your neighbor $50B to kill you, that’s CLEARLY not organic.

    Awful Avalanche blogger has a write up of a Russian jourmos take, Darya, following travel to various regions (FSU), interviews, etc.

    Here one link. Go to posts on left side “Hate thy neighbor.” Imho, instigating hate is quite cheap..it seems…

    Ukraine War Day #248: Hate Thy Neighbor [concluded]

    Dr. D

    Yeah, we covered it before, during, and now, after. It’s kind of a poke to comments saying Russia’s the villain, the poor West ain’t never done anyone wrong. Maybe needed a refresher. It that rude? Probably. I’ll bet he has thick skin and don’t care tho. So let’s keep going:

    Speaking of paying people who have legitimate grievances to riot and ruin their nations on the West’s behalf.
    “Iran Protests Continue As Demonstrators Defy Warnings From Government”

    Yes, that sounds possible: coldest area, biggest house, and near the target. Bet N.S. house is semi-new and possibly smaller (also on the Atlantic). I’m guessing they took amount burned, divided by houses in state, disregarding every shop and business which make up the difference.


    This is a groundbreaking investment/scam/robbery/ being done by the gov. of Canada
    The Ukraine gov. will never repay the investors or pay the interest.

    WINNIPEG — The federal government is issuing new savings bonds to raise money for Ukraine and is imposing sanctions on 35 more Russians.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the measures Friday at the opening of a three-day national gathering of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, where he and others denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    “Canadians will now be able to go to major banks to purchase their (Ukraine) Sovereignty Bonds, which will mature after five years with interest. It’ll be a lot like the Government of Canada bonds people are familiar with,” Trudeau told the congress.

    Money raised from the bonds is to be channelled through the International Monetary Fund to the government of Ukraine, so it can continue basic operations, including paying pensions and keeping utilities going.

    Ottawa is not setting a limit, for now, on how much money might be raised through the bonds. It is also going to open up the bonds to other countries.

    “These bonds are issued by Canada, but they can be bought by non-Canadian financial institutions,” Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said.

    The Ukrainian Canadian Congress said support from Canada and other allies has helped Ukraine withstand the invasion that started more than 240 days ago, and that the bonds will help pave the way toward peace.

    “This is a groundbreaking investment in a peaceful, democratic and just future, not only for Ukraine but for all of Europe,” UCC president Alexandra Chyczij said.


    authoritative disinformation
    Canada’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
    (see How to handle disinformation)


    Advise to NATO: Get ready for surge in starving, freezing, immigration
    31 Oct, 2022 16:12

    Ukraine power executive says supplies have run out

    Utility company DTEK says it has run out of parts to repair damage inflicted by Russian strikes


    Slight problems with the fracking scam:

    1. you need 20,000 to 200,000 litres of diesel per hole to run the trucks that ferry everything back and forth

    2. you need masses of steel pipe

    3. you need interest rates at close to zero so that interest payments on loans amount to almost nothing.

    4. you need properly functioning financial markets -well maybe not if utterly corrupt governments are willing to throw billions into yet another black hole with a negative return on investment, which they usually are more than willing to do.

    5. you need a fit and healthy workforce that knows what is going on and how to do things.

    6. you need to arrest and/or bully protesters -NATOstan governments are getting rather good at that, so it may not be an issue.

    Veracious Poet


    It’s remarkable to me how much attention the alleged “hammer attack™” in the Bay Area is getting.
    Real or fake, is it one of today’s more important issues?

    “look over there!” Something to jawbone about online I guess, as the nonsense-news steadily increases.

    Veracious Poet


    What are NATO’s rules pertaining to one of the NATO countries attacks another NATO country?

    John Day

    “Anybody Driving” post is up , with pictures of bicyclist riding uphill and low-budget looking UK bomb-drone skiff spray-painted black https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/anybody-driving

    There are a lot of stories here today, mostly linked by the theme of the global financial economy being more and more of a distant lie, when compared to the actual physical economy, which it is supposed to reflect accurately. The ownership class in the world “owns” at least 5 times as much “wealth” as what really exists. The day of reckoning got put off in 2008, but that was an accident. I think most of us might be forced to take-more-losses than Bill Gates will.
    Real global financial resets require the degree of global economic and societal control provided by world-wars. This scenario is being arranged, but it could also reset to a nuclear stone-age for the few people who survive anywhere. The cheap fuel and resources are running out and getting more expensive, contributing further to real wealth falling farther and farther away from financial wealth.
    There is massive pollution, but it is now located where most of us don’t have to see it. There is global-warming from greenhouse gases, but there is no real-world way to change that, since oil and gas and coal are burned to keep real economy alive, which is what keeps people alive. A lot of us may have to move some day.
    Some people’s thoughts about there being too many people carry more weight than the thoughts of others, and those wealthy people like big solutions that they can implement widely, mass-produced solutions, solutions which preserve their agency, which keep them in the driver’s seat.
    We need to solve problems at a personal scale, to be more efficient at resource conservation and food-production ourselves.
    We may have more useful insights into life on earth, as we go forward. We may adapt better. We might be able to help somebody we love.

    ​Moon of Alabama (Germany) Drone Attack on Sevastapol​
    ​ ​This morning at 4:20 local time the Russian fleet in the Crimean port of Sevastopol was attacked by nine unmanned aerial vehicles and seven autonomous maritime drones. Earlier a maritime drone that had run aground in Crimea and had been found and pictured​ (in black spray-paint finish option).
    ​ ​During today’s attack a large U.S. drone had flown circles south of Crimea. It likely relayed data from and to the drones.
    ​ ​The maritime drones are British and Russia alleges that British specialists had trained the Ukrainian navy in using them. It also says that British soldiers were involved in the attack on the Nord Stream pipeline.

    Finland Says Ukraine Arms Ending Up In Hands Of Criminal Gangs
    ​ ​”NBI: Arms sent to Ukraine in criminal hands.” The NBI is Finland’s federal National Bureau of Investigation, and the report is from Finland’s national public broadcasting company Yle, and provides confirmation that arms intended for Ukrainian forces are going outside the country.

    Final Draft on US Biological Activity in Ukraine Presented to UNSC
    Statements from Russian Permanent Representative to the the UN pertaining to the US Biolabs in Ukraine. It appears that a formal investigation is inevitable. Today United Nations Security Council (UNSC) carried out debate on the possible enactment of Article VI of the Biological Weapons Convention, which would be an investigation into the United States and their Biolabs in Ukraine.

    John Day

    ​ When you look at the efficacy numbers on the graph, a positive number means the vaccine reduces deaths from viral-illness. A negative number means the vaccine is helping the virus kill more people, compared to those who are not-vaccinated. That is a well known phenomenon with vaccines, happened with all animal trials of coronavirus vaccines in the years following SARS, and has appeared to happen with these novel vaccine-products as well, since June 2021.​
    As time passes the vaccine-products change from providing mild reduction in severity of illness, to helping it kill people. “ADE ” antibody-dependent-enhancement of viral pathogenicity, like what happened with that Dengue vaccine that killed children in the Philippines when they caught Dengue. Thanks Jeremy.
    The Myth of Protection Against Hospitalisation and Death Finally Debunked?
    A new peer-reviewed study by researchers at Oxford, Edinburgh and Swansea shows the vaccinated are more likely to become severely ill and die from Covid-19

    Senate Report: SARS-CoV-2 likely came from Wuhan Lab

    ​ Meryl Nass MD points out that the blame for the creation of the spike protein, which appears to have been spliced onto a fairly ordinary coronavirus, is already apparent in 2015 published gain-of-function work. Dr. Nass is sick with COVID, but taking the right medicines and supplements, and still blogging.
    ​ The limited hangout Senate Minority Report on Covid Origins
    ​ ​“What would have been truly damning, destroying any possibility of the pandemic having a natural origin, is if SARS-CoV-2 had been most similar to SHC014-MA15, the SARS-like coronavirus engineered by Ralph Baric in his infamous gain-of-function experiments published in the 2015 paper, “A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence.”

    ​ The “no-see-’em” technique still leaves specific fingerprints on the viral genome, where it is spliced together in the lab. They are just smaller and more subtle.
    New Analysis of COVID Virus Suggests Fauci and Baric’s Fingerprints on Pandemic Bug
    Critics have long questioned why the National Institutes of Health would fund experiments by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Ralph Baric to develop a technique for hiding evidence of human tampering in laboratory-created super viruses.

    New Analysis of COVID Virus Suggests Fauci and Baric’s Fingerprints on Pandemic Bug

    Spartacus at ICENI has compiled a detailed and interwoven list of names and biowarfare activities of major actors in the US clandestine biowarfare research world. This is all well documented. Transcript and audio versions are included.

    John Day

    This paper suggests that this mounting evidence provides not only reason to reject the echo chamber hypothesis but also the foundation for an alternative causal mechanism. To propose such a mechanism, the paper draws on the literatures on affective polarization, digital media, and opinion dynamics. From the affective polarization literature, we follow the move from seeing polarization as diverging issue positions to rooted in sorting: an alignment of differences which is effectively dividing the electorate into two increasingly homogeneous megaparties. To explain the rise in sorting, the paper draws on opinion dynamics and digital media research to present a model which essentially turns the echo chamber on its head: it is not isolation from opposing views that drives polarization but precisely the fact that digital media bring us to interact outside our local bubble. When individuals interact locally, the outcome is a stable plural patchwork of cross-cutting conflicts. By encouraging nonlocal interaction, digital media drive an alignment of conflicts along partisan lines, thus effacing the counterbalancing effects of local heterogeneity. The result is polarization, even if individual interaction leads to convergence. The model thus suggests that digital media polarize through partisan sorting, creating a maelstrom in which more and more identities, beliefs, and cultural preferences become drawn into an all-encompassing societal division.

    A Disordered World – Part 3: Pathways
    ​..​But a critical point is approaching. Economic growth is stagnating. Resource scarcity, climate problems and associated inflationary pressures are rising. High debt levels may prove difficult to sustain. The financial system is fragile. Global political, business and cultural elites are increasingly detached from the concerns of ordinary people. Geo-political tensions are high and the American-dominated unipolar world is under threat from within and without. The repeated shocks and loss of naïve confidence – political (911 and its aftermath), economic (successive crises), political (Brexit, Trump, rising populist authoritarianism) – are beginning to unravel existing structures.
    ​ ​But large systems do not fail quickly. British power has been falling for a century. The 1991 demise of the USSR can be traced back to Stalin’s commitment to unwinnable competition with an economically superior US at the end of World War 2.
    ​ ​While there are few clear markers, the internal contradictions of the existing order make instability likely. At the edge of chaos, the exact shape of any transformation is unpredictable.​..

    ​ Charles Hugh Smith: ​What Does Liberation Mean in the Real World?
    ​ ​Liberation in the real world is the result of self-reliance and investing in our own well-being.
    ​ ​Liberation has many contexts. It can mean being freed from imprisonment or servitude, freedom from gnawing want or oppression, or being liberated from prisons of the mind.
    ​ ​Note that the first form of liberation is external / material, the second is internal / psychological / spiritual. Many confuse the two, blaming an oppressive system for their unhappiness rather than their internal acquiescence to the system’s narratives and values.
    ​ ​For many, liberation depends on the actions of others. If only we had different leaders, a different financial financial system, a different energy system, a different constellation of media, and so on–if only the powers that control our world were liberating rather than extractive.
    ​ ​The other approach is to accept responsibility for our own liberation within the system as it is.
    ​ ​Demanding those benefiting so handsomely from the system as it is currently configured relinquish their wealth and power is not going to re-order the system when those benefiting from the system 1) have every incentive to devote all available resources to maintaining it as it is and 2) have an unshakeable belief that the system is so powerful (the state, the party, the central bank, etc.) that nothing could possibly destabilize their comforts, conveniences, wealth and power.

    John Day

    Lots of people in Texas go to Mexico for dental work and medical procedures. What is absent is the vast American bureaucracy, which creates expensive impediments between doctor and patient, making life hard on everybody, but hiring vast armies of managers, business consultants and tech-departments.
    ​ ​Great Locations For High Quality, Inexpensive Medical Care

    ​Thanks Red. ​Radioactive traces in tree rings reveal Earth’s history of unexplained ‘radiation storms’
    ​ ​We analysed radioactive signatures left in tree rings around the world to study mysterious “radiation storms” that have swept over Earth half a dozen times in the past 10,000 years or so.
    ​ ​O​​ur results, published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, rule out “solar superflares” as the culprit – but the true cause remains unknown…
    ​ ​To archaeologists, radiocarbon is a godsend. After it is created, carbon-14 slowly and steadily decays back into nitrogen – which means it can be used as a clock to measure the age of organic samples, in what is called radiocarbon dating.
    ​ ​To astronomers, this is equally valuable. Tree rings give a year-by-year record of high-energy particles called “cosmic rays” going back millennia.
    ​ ​The magnetic fields of Earth and the Sun shield us from cosmic rays shooting through the Galaxy. More cosmic rays reach Earth when these magnetic fields are weaker, and fewer when the fields are stronger.
    ​ ​This means the rise and fall of carbon-14 levels in tree rings encodes a history of the 11-year cycle of the solar dynamo (which creates the Sun’s magnetic field) and the reversals of Earth’s magnetic field.
    ​ ​But tree rings also record events we cannot presently explain. In 2012, Japanese physicist Fusa Miyake discovered a spike in the radiocarbon content of tree rings from 774 AD. It was so big that several ordinary years’ worth of cosmic rays must have arrived all at once.
    ​ ​As more teams have joined the search, tree ring evidence has been uncovered of further “Miyake events”: from 993 AD and 663 BC, and prehistoric events in 5259 BC, 5410 BC, and 7176 BC.​..
    ..How do you get such a huge pulse of radiation? A flurry of papers have blamed supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, explosions from magnetised neutron stars, and even comets.
    ​ ​However, the most widely accepted explanation is that Miyake events are “solar superflares”. These hypothetical eruptions from the Sun would be perhaps 50–100 times more energetic than the biggest recorded in the modern era, the Carrington Event of 1859.
    If an event like this occurred today, it would devastate power grids, telecommunications, and satellites.​..
    ​..Most puzzling, a couple of the spikes seem to take longer than can be explained by the slow creep of new radiocarbon through the carbon cycle. This suggests that either the events can sometimes take longer than a year, which is not expected for a giant solar flare, or the growing seasons of the trees are not as even as previously thought.
    ​ ​For my money, the Sun is still the most likely culprit for Miyake events. However, our results suggest we’re seeing something more like a storm of solar flares rather than one huge superflare.​ [Hey, what if something drops earth’s magnetic shields sometimes?]​

    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, letting visible light through to the surface of the earth, but reflecting long-wavelength infrared (heat) back down to the earth, just as a glass greenhouse does. Emissions have long been increasing, but increased water vapor in the air helped break it down faster, so levels did not increase much. Methane emissions are increasing further and overdriving that breakdown process, so levels are rising now. Methane stored in soil, permafrost and suboceanic clathrates may be releasing more. This unfreezing of methane clathrates is a tipping-point which may rapidly increase global warming if it is triggered.
    Thanks Germ.
    [There is a lot of controversy, but there are a lot of tipping points which could make our world much hotter quickly. I’m not saying that we can decide as a global population to prevent this. I think we can’t, and that those of us who can should invest in coping with this.]


    As the shortage of semiconductors continues, this is a provisional measure aimed at delivering cars to customers as quickly as possible,” Toyota said. A second smart key will be handed over “as soon as it is ready,” the statement adds. The global chip shortage that started during the Covid-19 pandemic has caused severe supply issues and delays with the automotive and other industries.

    Lots of mixed messages about chips out there. I saw another article yesterday talking about a chip glut.

    Toyota must need the wrong kind of chips.



    To every virtue signaller out there who is sacrificing and praying for the planet ,
    News Flash,
    the planet don’t give a fuck ,
    the universe is indifferent.


    Elon is sitting on a powder keg. If he ferrets this out in a more concrete way and makes it public , remember he now owns the Bird , he will have every agency of the deep state all over his arse.

    “July 26, 2021, (Reuters) – A counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest U.S. tech companies including Facebook (FB.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) is significantly expanding the types of extremist content shared between firms in a key database, aiming to crack down on material from white supremacists and far-right militias, the group told Reuters.

    Until now, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism’s (GIFCT) database has focused on videos and images from terrorist groups on a United Nations list and so has largely consisted of content from Islamist extremist organizations such as Islamic State, al Qaeda and the Taliban.

    Over the next few months, the group will add attacker manifestos – often shared by sympathizers after white supremacist violence – and other publications and links flagged by U.N. initiative Tech Against Terrorism. It will use lists from intelligence-sharing group Five Eyes, adding URLs and PDFs from more groups, including the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters and neo-Nazis.

    The firms, which include Twitter (TWTR.N) and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube, share “hashes,” unique numerical representations of original pieces of content that have been removed from their services. Other platforms use these to identify the same content on their own sites in order to review or remove it. “(read more)

    Well, Conspiracy No More – Leaked DHS Documents Show Portal Connections Where Govt Officials Backchannel Instructions to Social Media Engineers and Conduct Surveillance


    Happy to be fact-checked re oil use in home heating in parts of the US. I can’t even get my head around that level of cold.
    I confess I got my figure from a Tucker Carlson report and he hates Democrats enough to fudge or nudge numbers to make a point but still it is a lot of energy for heat when wood when efficiently used is so replaceable.
    We’ll learn one day

    Dr. John – yes I agree it is too much work and fussing but for a feature wall – why not? I will do a scratch layer of chopped straw and mud followed by a carbon intensive but weather resistant and long-lasting lime/sand and final top coat of same with pigment and gentle float and sponge. Should be good.

    Inside I’m gunna have a crack at some jazzy stuff as per video just for one wall infront of my drum set!

    John Day

    Days after the Pentagon announced that total US military aid given to Ukraine so far has topped $18.5 billion, new reporting has revealed President Joe Biden briefly lost his temper in a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, after the latter kept pressing for more money and arms.

    NBC has cited four officials familiar with a phone call which took place in June, who revealed for the first time on Monday, “Biden had barely finished telling Zelenskyy he’d just greenlighted another $1 billion in U.S. military assistance for Ukraine when Zelenskyy started listing all the additional help he needed and wasn’t getting.”

    John Day

    it’s fine work, Oxy, and I hope it outlasts you and you live to be 100 (if you still want to by then).


    oxymoron said

    lets all just fugetabowdit

    I have long supported the idea that the shareholder records of every company should be used to strip the profiteers of their earnings from criminal activity. Reparations will help to bring about forgiveness: the profiteers need to return all that money they made from fraudulently killing people. The ones who did it deliberately should be imprissoned for long sentences. Once all the guilty have been punished, then we can talk amnesty.

    Consider Monsanto, the shareholder who profiteered from their fraud get away with it, leaving Bayer, as current shareholder, to foot the bill. Why should Bayer pay for the crimes of others? It seems to me that corporations are the super criminals of the modern world, yet we have not yet used modern technology to identify the shareholders and punish them for benefitting from crime. This needs to change.


    @ VP
    Good one


    There are many articles reporting on the recruitment woes of the Canadian army these days. Not one of them mentions the biggest problem; the continued mandatory vaccine policy of the army. They all skate around that issue. Trudeau is of course quite pleased with this woke state of affairs.

    Have to wonder if the futile Ukrainian attacks will cease once the US November mid-term elections are over? It is bizarre that Russia is on the defensive and Ukraine is on the offensive. Only being a captive of the US’s all important “Ukraine is winning” narrative could cause this reversal of roles.

    Happy Halloween! So far no sign of any trick or treaters here on the island. No opossum knocking on the door. Did see a dozen ghostly white swans on the river today.


    So we put up our little poker table with two skeletons- one has a red mustache- and he holds aces and eights. It about one quarter scale- they each have a shot glass and there’s a tidy sum of monopoly cash on the table. There’s a horse head on the bricks behind them, and a sign that says “Deadwood” nearby.
    We have a ghost guarding the door- hosting a huge beaded spider who is munching on a fluorescent arm. The whole thing is black-lit. My pumpkin is carved as “The Scream”.
    It’s near record warm and calm. And we only got seven trick-or-treaters.
    There’s a gap in the demographics.
    I can’t help but think we (and our new city-to-suburbs neighbors who were also anticipating a charming night of trans-identity munchkins begging for treats like squirrels do for nuts) haven’t adjusted to the new world order.

    Late post and the next new thing has diverted the attention- my favorite position.


    It’s my opinion/deduction
    What Hunter Biden scammed out of Ukraine was petty cash

    Look at the how the scam is done by the professionals.

    https: //www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2022/03/canadas-humanitarian-assistance-for-ukraine.html
    Canada’s humanitarian assistance for Ukraine
    https: //www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2022/03/canadas-humanitarian-assistance-for-ukraine.html
    What has Canada done to help Ukraine? The complete timeline
    https: //www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/issues_development-enjeux_developpement/response_conflict-reponse_conflits/crisis-crises/ukraine.aspx?lang=eng
    Canada’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
    https: //www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/issues_development-enjeux_developpement/response_conflict-reponse_conflits/crisis-crises/ukraine-disinfo-desinfo.aspx?lang=eng
    Canada’s efforts to counter disinformation – Russian invasion of Ukraine
    On this page
    Russian regime’s invasion of Ukraine
    How to handle disinformation
    The Kremlin and disinformation
    How Canada is responding
    Countering disinformation with facts – (must read – its diversion/disinformation) https://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/issues_development-enjeux_developpement/response_conflict-reponse_conflits/crisis-crises/ukraine-fact-fait.aspx?lang=eng

    Related links – https: //www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/issues_development-enjeux_developpement/response_conflict-reponse_conflits/crisis-crises/ukraine-disinfo-desinfo.aspx?lang=eng#a7
    Government of Canada
    Canada’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
    Rapid Response Mechanism Canada – Protecting Democracy
    Online disinformation
    Digital Citizen Contribution Program
    How to identify misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation
    Canada’s Digital Charter: Trust in a digital world
    Other resources
    Russia’s Top Five Persistent Disinformation Narratives (US State Dept)
    Russia’s top five myths about NATO (NATO)
    Setting the record straight (NATO)
    RESIST 2 Counter Disinformation Toolkit (UK FCDO)
    EU vs Disinformation (EU)

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