Oct 052022
 


Odilon Redon The boat 1900

 

CIA Chief Weighs In On Putin’s Alleged Nuclear Threat (RT)
Russia ‘Fully Committed’ To UN Consensus On Nuclear War (RT)
US Risks ‘Direct Conflict’ With Russia Over Ukraine – UN Envoy (RT)
The Strong, and the Merely Powerful (Patrick Lawrence)
Putin Spox Weighs In On Elon Musk’s Attempt At Ukraine Peace Deal (ZH)
Elon Musk Proposes To Buy Twitter At Original $44B Price To Avoid Trial (NYP)
Roger Waters Says He’s On Ukrainian ‘Kill List’ (RT)
Kremlin Reacts To Zelensky Banning Talks With Putin (RT)
Russian Partial Mobilization Numbers Revealed (RT)
Maneuver Warfare (Schryver)
Capital Controls – The Third Horseman Of The Unholy Trinity (Hubble)
Fauci Gives Daszak Millions More To Study Gain Of Function (NYP)
Hunter Biden Committed ‘Fraud’ Against Business Partners – Bobulinski (Fox)
The Morning After (CJ Hopkins)
Why Does Time Go Forwards, Not Backwards? (Henriques)

 

 

 

 

Truss

 

 

Just economists losing their minds over Liz Truss’ economics

 

 

 

 

Gerald Ford

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is none.

“..we don’t see any practical evidence today in the US intelligence community that [Putin] is moving closer to actual use” or that there’s any “imminent threat of using tactical nuclear weapons.”

CIA Chief Weighs In On Putin’s Alleged Nuclear Threat (RT)

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) does not believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently preparing to deploy nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the agency’s chief William Burns said in an interview on Sunday. “We have to take very seriously [any] kind of threats, given everything that’s at stake,” Burns told CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell. However, he acknowledged that “we don’t see any practical evidence today in the US intelligence community that [Putin] is moving closer to actual use” or that there’s any “imminent threat of using tactical nuclear weapons.” Asked if the Russian leader was bluffing when speaking about being ready to use “all the means at [its] disposal” if the country’s territorial integrity were threatened, Burns said it was “very hard to say at this point.”

The CIA director described the rhetoric from Putin and other high-ranking officials as “reckless and deeply irresponsible.” He also suggested that it was up to US policymakers to communicate to Moscow that such a decision would have “severe consequences.” UK Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace claimed on Sunday that Russia was“highly unlikely” to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but claimed the Russian leader was also “totally irrational.” The issue has been at the fore since Putin announced a partial mobilization two weeks ago and warned that Moscow was ready to use any weapons from its extensive arsenal to defend itself if necessary. “If the territorial integrity of our nation is threatened, we will certainly use all the means that we have to defend Russia and our people. It’s not a bluff,” Putin stated at the time.

He reiterated the message on Friday in an address at the signing of the unification treaties for the accession of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, along with the Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, into Russia. “We will defend our land with all the forces and resources,” the president vowed. Putin’s words have been interpreted by politicians and media in the West as a veiled threat that Moscow may deploy nuclear weapons in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. In late September, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov rejected such speculation, saying: “we are not threatening anyone with nuclear weapons.” The diplomat referred journalists to Russia’s military doctrine, which states that nuclear weapons may only be employed if such arms or other weapons of mass destruction are being used against the country, or it is faced with an existential threat from conventional arms.

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The reason this has been so fully distorted, can not be a good one.

Russia ‘Fully Committed’ To UN Consensus On Nuclear War (RT)

Moscow maintains that a war between nuclear-armed countries should never be fought, the top nonproliferation official in the Russian foreign ministry told the UN General Assembly’s First Committee on Tuesday. “We believe that one of the most important tasks is to maintain adherence by all countries of the ‘nuclear five’ to the postulate that any war between countries possessing nuclear weapons cannot be allowed to happen, which was reflected in the January joint statement of the leaders of nuclear powers. Russia is fully committed to it,”said Vladimir Yermakov, director of the arms control and nonproliferation department at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The committee, which is in charge of arms control and international security, heard the statement through Konstantin Vorontsov, deputy head of the Russian delegation to the UNGA.

Yermakov’s remarks follow a clarification from the Kremlin that Moscow will only use nuclear weapons based on its official doctrine – meaning, in self-defense from weapons of mass destruction, or where its survival was threatened by conventional means. “There can be no other considerations here,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday. Russia has been repeatedly accused by the US and its allies of threatening the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Putin’s spokesman Peskov has repeatedly directed reporters to the official doctrine in order to dispel any misunderstandings. According to Russia’s nuclear posture, Moscow reserves the right to use atomic weapons only “in response to the use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction against Russia or its allies,”as well as “in response to a conventional attack that threatens the very existence”of Russia as a sovereign state.

Over the weekend, however, head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov proposed using “low-yield nuclear weapons” as one of the “more drastic measures”regarding the conflict in Ukraine. Kadyrov was addressing the withdrawal of Russian troops from a Donetsk Region town due to a persistent Ukrainian assault. While Russian regional heads – including Kadyrov, who Peskov said has “contributed a lot” to the operations in Ukraine – are free to express personal opinions, they cannot give free rein to their emotions, “even in difficult times,”the Kremlin spokesman said.

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“Continued American deliveries of weapons, intelligence and even fighters to Ukraine are approaching the “dangerous line” of direct confrontation with Moscow..”

US Risks ‘Direct Conflict’ With Russia Over Ukraine – UN Envoy (RT)

Continued American deliveries of weapons, intelligence and even fighters to Ukraine are approaching the “dangerous line” of direct confrontation with Moscow, Russian diplomat Konstantin Vorontsov told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Shortly before that, the Pentagon announced the contents of another military shipment to Ukraine, valued at $625 million. “The US is increasing the deliveries of weapons to Ukraine, providing its military with intelligence information, ensuring the direct participation of its fighters and advisers in the conflict,”Vorontsov, who is the deputy head of the Russian delegation, told the General Assembly’s First Committee, a body charged with arms control and security issues.

This “not only prolongs hostilities and leads to new casualties, but also brings the situation closer to the dangerous line of a direct military clash between Russia and NATO,” Vorontsov added. Moscow has repeatedly warned the US and its allies against sending weapons, ammunition and equipment to Ukraine, but Washington and NATO vowed to keep doing so for “as long as it takes, ”while insisting that doesn’t make them a party to the conflict. According to the Pentagon, the US has spent more than $19.6 billion in “security assistance” to Ukraine since 2014, and another $16.8 billion since February 24, when the Russian military operation began. The US will continue to provide Ukraine with “key capabilities” and to address Kiev’s “evolving battlefield requirements,” the military added.

The latest batch of weapons and equipment, valued at $625 million, includes four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and ammunition for them, 16 each of the 155mm and 105mm howitzers, 75,000 rounds for artillery ammunition – including guided rounds and remote mine-laying ones – small arms and mortar rounds, and 200 MRAP armored vehicles.

Macgregor: “Other than Poland, no one in NATO is interested in going to war with Russia. If we persist on this line, we will see NATO dissolve and fragment.”

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“Strong nations serve their people as their primary responsibility.”

The Strong, and the Merely Powerful (Patrick Lawrence)

There are various ways to interpret what Putin, Xi, and their allies among non–Western nations are working toward. In my view, they draw a distinction none has put into words but which is nonetheless essential to their vision: There are strong nations and there are the merely powerful. In the world order as we have it the powerful dominate — ever more evidently by force alone. In the world order now emerging, it is genuinely strong nations that will at last prevail over those reliant on power alone, and force will have little to do with it. [..] Strong nations serve their people as their primary responsibility. This is where I begin as I characterize them. They have a purpose, a telos, as the ancient Greeks put it, and a shared belief in the worth of their ideal.

They have a commitment to advancing the well-being of their citizens — to constructive action in the interest of the commonweal. They value their cultures, their histories, their memories. These common characteristics confer on strong nations solid but flexible social fabrics and an assumed sense of shared community. They are a source of identity and at the same time expressions of identity. Ironically, strength of the kind I describe tends to generate power. But it is power judiciously deployed. Genuinely strong nations have no need to dominate others. They are ungiven to subterfuge or subversion, seeing no purpose in it. They value mutual benefit in their relations with others simply because this is the surest way to stability and a peaceful order.

Let us not traffic in impossible ideals or in the thought of nations as pure as snow. There are none. A strong nation may have many things about it that are not to be admired — awful things, even. A strong nation may also be powerful. China is such a case. I am of the view — and I realize there are others — that China does not use its power to malign purpose. Remove the Sinophobia and anti–Chinese paranoia, and the record supports this.

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“Achieving peace without fulfilling Russia’s conditions is absolutely impossible. Many ideas there deserve attention,” he said..”

Putin Spox Weighs In On Elon Musk’s Attempt At Ukraine Peace Deal (ZH)

The Russian Presidency’s office has responded to billionaire Elon Musk’s “Russia-Ukraine Peace” Twitter poll which he put out Monday, and resulted in swift backlash among pundits who accused the Tesla and SpaceX founder of mimicking “pro-Russian” talking points. Musk pushed back against the avalanche of detractors, explaining that he’s interested in exploring ways to arrive at a peaceful settlement, and not continued escalation toward nuclear war. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday told reporters, “We consider it very positive that a man like Musk is looking for a peaceful way out of the situation around Ukraine,” according to Interfax.

Musk had floated the idea of “redoing” last week’s referendums on the four Ukrainian territories in the east joining the Russian Federation under UN supervision. He also controversially said that as basis of a peace deal Ukraine would have to permanently cede Crimea. It was particularly the Crimea aspect which sparked an immediate backlash and pile-on of pundits, journalists, and even diplomats – on up to Ukrainian President Zelensky himself – who suggested this means Musk “supports Russia”. According to more of Peskov’s words via Interfax (machine translation): “At the same time, he recalled that from the very beginning, Russia advocated that the conditions put forward by Moscow be fulfilled through negotiations. Unlike many professional diplomats, Peskov noted, Musk is still trying to find ways to achieve peace. “Achieving peace without fulfilling Russia’s conditions is absolutely impossible. Many ideas there deserve attention,” he said..”

But Peskov underscored there can be no “redo” of the referendums, given Moscow has already moved to bestow legal recognition of the four regions’ integration into Russia. “And there can be nothing else here. Today the president will sign decrees, and this will become the territory of the Russian Federation. But I repeat once again, the fact itself is very positive, when such people think, try to think logically, what could be done, to switch to a peaceful course,” Peskov said. To review, Musk’s poll had laid out four proposals: • Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia leaves if that is will of the people. • Crimea formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake). • Water supply to Crimea assured. • Ukraine remains neutral. After more than 2.7 million votes, of which Musk said many were bots attempting to skew the results, it’s clear that public opinion remains fiercely divided on the war, given sizeable groups on either side. Meanwhile Chinese state media pundit Hu Xijin pointed out the following…

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We presume.

Elon Musk Proposes To Buy Twitter At Original $44B Price To Avoid Trial (NYP)

Elon Musk has offered to close his original deal to buy Twitter for a whopping $44 billion — a bid to avoid a court trial over the hotly contested agreement slated for later this month, sources told The Post. The billionaire Tesla CEO is in talks for a settlement to acquire the social network for $54.20 per share — the same price he agreed to in April before saying in July he was pulling out of the deal, according to sources close to the talks. Twitter shares spiked more than 13% to $48.13 immediately following an earlier report of Musk’s proposal by Bloomberg and were halted for pending news. Musk sent a letter to Twitter with the offer, according to Bloomberg. Musk notified Twitter’s lawyers of the offer to go through with the deal under its original terms late Monday night, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The two sides worked toward hashing out an agreement in a Delaware Court of Chancery hearing this morning that was closed to the public, the source said. Another hearing will likely be held this afternoon but it’s unclear whether the judge hearing the case, Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick, will make it open to the public. Months of bad blood between Twitter and Musk have made Twitter insistent that the Delaware court supervise the closing process in the coming days. If everything goes as expected and Musk doesn’t try to pull any last-minute “gotchas” on Twitter, the deal should realistically close within days or at most a week, a source familiar with the matter said. Twitter sued Musk over his refusal to go through with the deal in a trial that was set to open on Oct. 17.

Musk was scheduled to be deposed by Twitter’s attorneys on Thursday and Friday this week, raising the prospect that the last-minute deal was made in part to avoid the deposition. [..] Analysts who cover Twitter say that $54.20 is an astronomically high price to pay for the scandal-plagued social media site. Without Musk’s involvement, Twitter would be trading in the $20 range, analysts say.

BBee musk

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The kill list has Kiev government support, which in turn has massive US/UK support. The list now includes US/UK citizens. Can’t make it up? Well, you don’t have to. This is a government that actively supports, to the tune of tens of billions, a foreign government that threatens to kill its citizens.

Roger Waters Says He’s On Ukrainian ‘Kill List’ (RT)

British rock star Roger Waters, a co-founder of Pink Floyd, has allegedly been placed on a Ukrainian “kill list”after speaking out against Western military meddling and calling on Kiev to make peace with Russia. In an interview with Rolling Stone published on Tuesday, the 79-year-old pushed back against accusations that he’s been repeating Russian talking points about the conflict in Ukraine. “Don’t forget, I’m on a kill list that is supported by the Ukrainian government. I’m on the fu**ing list, and they’ve killed people recently… When they kill you, they write ‘liquidated’ across your picture. Well, I’m one of those fu**ing pictures.” Waters gave the example of Darya Dugina, the Russian journalist murdered in August after appearing on the Ukrainian Mirotvorets list.

As the musician noted, her entry on the list was marked “liquidated” after she was killed in a car-bombing. Others who have questioned or criticized the Kiev regime, such as photojournalists Andrea Rocchelli of Italy and Andrei Stenin of Russia, have also been killed after appearing on the Mirotvorets list. The site lists personal information on its blacklist targets, which also include politicians and NGO activists. Mirotvorets, or “Peacemaker,” is an independent database of individuals whom anonymous moderators consider to be threats to Ukrainian national security. The site denies being a kill list; rather, it claims to be a source of information for law-enforcement agencies and “special services” about pro-Russian terrorists, separatists and war criminals, among others. It allegedly has links to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry.

Waters stirred backlash earlier this year, when he suggested that US President Joe Biden was a “war criminal” for fueling the Ukraine crisis and sent an open letter to the wife of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, urging her to help “stop the slaughter” by pushing for a negotiated peace deal with Russia. He later sent an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking for guarantees that Russia wouldn’t expand beyond Crimea and the Donbass region. Pressed by Rolling Stone on why he isn’t supportive of Ukraine’s resistance against Russian forces, Waters said, “Because it’s an unnecessary war, and those people should not be dying. And Russia should not have been encouraged to invade Ukraine.” He also dismissed reports of Russian war crimes in Ukraine as Western propaganda.

Two concerts that Waters had scheduled for next April in Krakow, Poland, may be canceled because of his push for a negotiated peace in Ukraine, the musician said late last month. “Draconian censoring of my work will deny them the opportunity to make up their own minds,” he said of his Polish audiences. The wide-ranging Mirotvorets kill list also includes Faina Savenkova, a 13-year-old girl in the Lugansk People’s Republic who called for the United Nations to end the fighting that has dragged on in her region since 2014.

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We’ll wait for his successor.

Kremlin Reacts To Zelensky Banning Talks With Putin (RT)

To resume peace talks with Kiev, Moscow will wait for either a change of stance by the current Ukrainian president or for a new leader, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. This comes after President Zelensky signed a decree ruling out negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Even before the launch of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine in late February, Moscow “was the supporter of the idea of achieving the terms put forward by the Russian side through diplomatic means,” Peskov told journalists on Tuesday. Russia is still ready to look for a negotiated solution to the conflict between the neighbors, according to the spokesman. But “it takes two parties to negotiate,” he noted. “We’ll now be waiting for the current president to change his stance or for the arrival of the future president of Ukraine, who would change his position in the interests of the Ukrainian people,”Peskov said.

On Tuesday, Zelensky signed a decree on Ukraine officially rejecting peace talks with Putin. It rubber stamped decisions made by Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, on Friday, just hours after Putin signed agreements on Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions joining Russia. One of the resolutions was: “stating the impossibility of conducting negotiations with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.” Zelensky recorded a video address after the meeting claiming that “we [Ukraine] are ready for dialogue with Russia, but with another president of Russia.” In his speech on Friday, Putin called upon Ukraine to “cease all hostilities, stop the war it started back in 2014 and return to the negotiating table.”

However, he made it clear that the decision to unite with Russia, which the people of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions made during referendums, was not up for discussion. Kiev should treat the “free choice” of the four territories “with respect,” Putin said, adding that it was “the only way for peace.” Moscow and Kiev have not sat down at the negotiating table since talks in Istanbul in late March. The Russian side, which initially expressed optimism on the peace process, later accused Ukraine of backtracking on all the progress achieved in Türkiye, saying it had lost trust in Kiev’s negotiators. In recent months, Ukraine has been either putting forward terms that Moscow deemed ‘unrealistic’ for the resumption of talks, or said that they can only begin after Russia is defeated on the battlefield.

During the conflict, Zelensky has also, on several occasions, proposed meeting with Putin face-to-face in order to find a way to end the hostilities. But Moscow insisted that the two leaders should only get together to sign concrete agreements already prepared for them by the negotiating teams.

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These things take time.

Russian Partial Mobilization Numbers Revealed (RT)

Russia’s partial mobilization plans are already more than two-thirds complete, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced during a conference call on Tuesday. It comes almost two weeks after President Vladimir Putin called to bolster the military amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The defense chief said that over 200,000 persons have so far been added to the Russian Armed Forces, all of whom are now undergoing the necessary training. Shoigu has instructed relevant officials to provide the mobilized recruits with all the necessary clothing and other items and appoint them to military positions.

The minister added that there is also a significant number of volunteers showing up at the military commissariats wanting to join the army, and stressed that it is “extremely important” to assess each appeal carefully and to not reject anyone unless there are serious reasons to. He also explained that those who have been called into service in the past two weeks will only be sent to take part in Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine after they finish training and develop combat coordination with units that are already on the ground. In order to speed up the training process, the minister has ordered commanders to provide fresh recruits with additional training under the guidance of officers with combat experience.

Furthermore, the ministry announced that conscripts who fall under the upcoming draft, which will take place in November and recruit some 120,000 people, will serve in units not involved in the military operation. Meanwhile, those who have just finished their mandatory service in Russia’s armed forces will be returning home. Speaking in a televised address on September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a partial mobilization, looking to recruit some 300,000 reservists to take part in the ongoing military conflict with Ukraine which began in late February. The Russian Defense Ministry has since clarified that the mobilization prioritizes those who have served in the military and who’ve had previous combat experience as well as the necessary specializations needed on the front line.

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“British intelligence has warned the General Staff that these forces may be concentrating for a Russian counter-attack..”

Maneuver Warfare (Schryver)

For weeks now, the vastly outnumbered Russian forces have been executing a fighting retreat – ceding territory to the advancing Ukrainians, briefly occupying strong prepared defensive positions from which they inflict severe losses on the Ukrainian attackers, and then retreating yet again to another line of prepared positions. As is always the case during an ongoing battle, reliable casualty numbers are difficult to ascertain. But the nature of the terrain, the strength of the prepared Russian defenses, and the Russians’ overwhelming superiority in terms of air power and artillery have afforded them a huge battlefield advantage.

Contributing to this advantage has been the frequently displayed rashness of almost suicidal banzai-like Ukrainian assaults on hardened Russian positions which, although their significant numerical superiority ultimately permitted them to compel another Russian retreat, hugely disproportionate losses of manpower and military equipment have been inflicted on the Ukrainian attackers. Late last week, in my article entitled Turning Point, I described how the Ukrainians had expended thousands of troops and hundreds of vehicles in their quasi-fanatical attempts to take both Kupyansk and Liman. Nevertheless, those two towns were taken, and the Ukrainians have continued to make modest advances since then while the Russians prepare yet another hardened defensive line several kilometers further east.

I’ve also been reporting for weeks now regarding the never-ending trains of Russian equipment and troops streaming into the region from various directions – and yet few if any of these major reinforcements have found their way to the front lines, much to the chagrin of those cheering on the Russian cause, and who have been devastated by what appear to be repeated Russian defeats. However, in just the last few hours, reports have been leaking out that western intelligence has detected a major buildup of Russian forces in and around Belgorod, just across the border of the Kharkov Oblast, and immediately north of the current line of contact. The reliability of this intelligence is not yet determined, and even if true, its significance remains as yet unknown, but I will share two of the reports I’ve seen on Telegram in the past couple hours – reports that are circulating among both Russian- and Ukrainian-friendly sources with a reasonable degree of established credibility.

First from a Ukrainian-friendly channel that has long exhibited connections to a source within the Ukrainian government: “Our source reports that the Office of the President received a warning that the risk of a Russian strike and counter-offensive behind Ukrainian lines remains. “The only thing is that no one can say exactly when, how, and where it will happen. The movement can abruptly begin along the entire border of Ukraine. The Russians know that Zelensky instructed everyone to remove reserves from the border regions and send them to the front line for an offensive (blitzkrieg). “That is, once again entering the Sumy region, the RF Armed Forces can easily take hundreds of kilometers under them, not to mention an attack on the northern part of the Kharkov region, or Belarus joining the game.”

A Russian-friendly source (presumably also relying on a Ukraine-friendly source) reports as follows: “MI6 has passed intelligence to the Office of the President (Zelensky) and the General Staff (Zaluzhny) that Russia continues to amass forces in the Belgorod region and appear to be in no rush to use them as a reserve. “British intelligence has warned the General Staff that these forces may be concentrating for a Russian counter-attack along the border of the Oskol River to cut off the increasingly stretched Ukrainian forces grouping that has only a few supply routes available to it.”

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“..central bankers and governments are going to get sick of being humiliated by financial markets. They’ll decide that significant currency intervention is needed to stabilise exchange rates.”

Capital Controls – The Third Horseman Of The Unholy Trinity (Hubble)

According to an economic theory called the Unholy Trinity, governments can only ever have two of the following three things: pegged exchange rates, independent monetary policy and free capital flows. The reason why this is so is quite complicated. But the point is that they must choose two of the three, making the third a pressure valve for the problems created by their attempts to control the other two. Of course, governments occasionally try to have all three. But it always ends in humiliation. It’s only a question of when. In this context, humiliation may mean the breaking of the (managed) currency peg. Think of what happened to sterling on Black Wednesday, 16 September 1992, when the currency was forced out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) and subsequently plunged.

Alternatively, humiliation may mean the loss of control of monetary policy, and rampant inflation. There are plenty of contemporary examples. Finally, humiliation may involve massive capital flight from the country in question, which results in the imposition of capital controls. Apartheid-era South Africa provides a good example. Just look at the news today for the latest example of the Unholy Trinity being on the move… In Japan, the authorities re pegging interest rates low to help the economy and the government deal with too much debt. This is a major reason why the yen has been hammered in foreign exchange markets this year.

In the UK, there are fears of a currency crisis because interest rates can’t go higher without triggering a debt crisis. In Sweden, the central bank was forced to hike interest rates a full percent to try and stem the tide in the falling currency. The pressure valves are whistling. Currencies and monetary policy are colliding with each other. And policy makers are being humiliated. But what about the third part of the Unholy Trinity? For now, capital flows are still free. In my view, at some point, central bankers and governments are going to get sick of being humiliated by financial markets. They’ll decide that significant currency intervention is needed to stabilise exchange rates. And they won’t be willing to give up on controlling monetary policy. But that means they’ll be forced to unleash the third horseman of the Unholy Trinity: capital controls.

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It cannot -should not- be that Fauci gets to terrorize the nation for 2+ years, double his wealth in the process, retire in peace with the largest US pension ever, and pay Daszak millions more for gain-of-function research.

Fauci Gives Daszak Millions More To Study Gain Of Function (NYP)

A shadowy NYC non-profit run by a scientist who tried to squelch the theory that COVID-19 emerged from a Chinese lab has received millions more from the National Institutes of Health to study similar viruses in Southeast Asia. A $653,392 grant to Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance, awarded Sept. 21, is being administered by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — whose director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, announced in August that he was stepping down at the end of this year. The grant is the first installment of a five-year award totaling $3.3 million — and was doled out on the same day NIAID awarded EcoHealth more than $2.1 million for two more ongoing studies, one of which involves so-called “gain-of-function” to make viruses more dangerous.

EcoHealth Alliance previously received millions in grants — directing some of those funds to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, from where many believe COVID-19 leaked into the city of 11 million and trigged the worst global pandemic in 100 years. Previously released emails have documented a close relationship between Daszak and Fauci, who received a “personal thank you” from the EcoHealth chief in April 2020 for backing the theory that COVID-19 spread naturally from bats to humans. Vanity Fair reported in June of last year that Daszak personally organized a February 2020 statement signed by 27 scientists and published in the influential British medical journal The Lancet.

The statement, which deplored the lab leak idea as a conspiracy theory, included the signatures of six scientists who had either worked at or been funded by EcoHealth Alliance — conflicts that, along with Daszak’s ties to the Wuhan lab, were not disclosed. Daszak has so far declined to answer questions from lawmakers about EcoHealth’s work with the Wuhan lab, leading Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to call for the organization to be blocked from receiving federal funds until its leader comes clean. “This is like a bad sequel with the same plot and characters, but a bigger budget,” Ernst told The Post in a statement Monday.

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“He effectively swapped out an entity that he owned 20% of to a business that he owned 100% of, which is fraud.”

Hunter Biden Committed ‘Fraud’ Against Business Partners – Bobulinski (Fox)

Tony Bobulinski says his former associate, Hunter Biden, committed crimes against his business partners by tampering with key documents to funnel over $5 million into a company he owned. “It’s called fraud,” Bobulinski told Fox News host Tucker Carlson, during an in-depth conversation that will air during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday. Bobulinski, a retired lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, is the former CEO of SinoHawk Holdings, which he has long said was the partnership between a Chinese energy firm and the Biden family. He believes Hunter Biden changed references to a SinoHawk-linked LLC called Oneida Holdings in a 2017 limited liability company agreement to divert millions of dollars to a company he held a larger stake in.


“It’s sort of staggering that that document is exactly the same document as SinoHawk Holdings, LLC. And it appears that Hunter Biden, Jim Biden and the Biden family literally copied the same document down to typos… they removed Oneida Holdings, which was the Delaware LLC that represented Jim Biden, Hunter Biden, myself, Rob Walker and James Gilliar,” Bobulinski said. “Hunter and his lawyer, Jorge Misires, replaced it with Owasco, which was Hunter Biden’s law firm or business that he operated,” Bobulinski said. “He effectively swapped out an entity that he owned 20% of to a business that he owned 100% of, which is fraud.” Carlson then asked Bobulinski if he saw any other possible explanation than fraud committed by Hunter Biden. “I’m sure you can reach out to the Biden family and get comment from them, but there are calls,” Bobulinski said. “He received over $5 million.”

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“When you’re radically destabilizing and restructuring a society, you hit them hard with the Shock-and-Awe for a few weeks, or months (or years in this case), and then you gently ease them into the new “reality.”

The Morning After (CJ Hopkins)

This is the weirdest part of the PSYOP. It’s like the morning after an office party on which you wake up almost terminally hungover to hazy memories of having performed a Tequila-fuelled blowjob on Bob in Accounting in what was either the 9th Floor Reception Area or possibly the downstairs lobby of your building while someone vaguely resembling that smirking kid in the Mail Room filmed it on his phone. Yes, it’s the Morning After … that revolting regurgitant chorus you’re hearing is the sound of millions of Covidian Cultists down on their knees in their gender-neutral bathrooms praying to the Porcelain God. It has been quite a trip these last two and a half years, but the orgy of fear and hatred is over, the mass hysteria is wearing off, and the reality of the damage they have done is beginning to become undeniable.

Countless thousands of people have been killed, seriously injured, and permanently disabled, victims of experimental “vaccines” they did not need but were coerced into taking. Societies have been torn apart, economies crippled, institutions discredited, democratic precepts like the rule of law and constitutional rights made mockeries of themselves, friends and families turned against each other, and so on, and the dust hasn’t even settled yet. It will take many years to assess the damage…or, rather, to recontextualize, rationalize, deny, and memory-hole the damage (while simultaneously “normalizing” the fascistic biosecurity dystopia the damage made it possible to implement). This process is now well underway.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed over the past several months, governments, global health authorities, the corporate and state media, the culture industry, and other key components of “The New Normal Reich” have been quietly phasing out their “Covid restrictions,” rewriting “The Science,” rewriting history (i.e., the science and history they had previously rewritten), executing limited hangouts, and otherwise transitioning the masses out of “emergency” mode and into the New Normal. In other words, everything is going to plan. You can’t keep people whipped up into a state of full-blown hysteria indefinitely. When you’re radically destabilizing and restructuring a society, you hit them hard with the Shock-and-Awe for a few weeks, or months (or years in this case), and then you gently ease them into the new “reality.”

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Time is in the eye of the beholder.

Why Does Time Go Forwards, Not Backwards? (Henriques)

Here’s the problem: when you zoom in to the level of, say, one water molecule colliding and bouncing off another, the arrow of time disappears. If you watched a microscopic video of that collision and then you rewound it, it wouldn’t be obvious which way was forwards and which backwards. At the very smallest scale, the phenomenon that produces heat – collisions of molecules – is time-symmetric. This means that the arrow of time from past to future only emerges when you take a step back from the microscopic world to the macroscopic – something first appreciated by the Austrian physicist-philosopher Ludwig Boltzmann. “So the direction of time comes from the fact that we look at big things, we don’t look at the details,” says Rovelli.

“From this step, from the fundamental microscopic vision of the world to the coarse-grained, the approximate description of the macroscopic world – this is where the direction of time comes in. “It’s not that the world is fundamentally oriented in space and time,” Rovelli says. It’s that when we look around, we see a direction in which medium-sized, everyday things have more entropy – the ripened apple fallen from the tree, the shuffled pack of cards. While entropy does seem to be inextricably bound up with the arrow of time, it feels a bit surprising – perhaps even disconcerting – that the one law of physics that has a strong directionality of time built into it loses this directionality when you look at very small things. “What is entropy?” Rovelli says. “Entropy is simply how much we’re forgetting about the microphysics, how much we are forgetting about the molecules.”

If there is an arrow of time, where did it come from in the first place? “The answer is embedded in the beginning of the Universe,” says Carroll. “The answer is because the Big Bang had low entropy. And still, 14 billion years later we are swimming in the aftermath of that tsunami that started near the Big Bang. That’s why time has a direction for us.” The extraordinarily low entropy of the Universe at the Big Bang is both an answer and an enormous question. “The thing we understand the least about the nature of time, is why the Big Bang had low entropy, why the early Universe was like that,” says Carroll. “And I think honestly, as a working cosmologist, I think that my fellow cosmologists have dropped the ball on this one. They don’t really take that problem seriously enough.”

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    Odilon Redon The boat 1900   • CIA Chief Weighs In On Putin’s Alleged Nuclear Threat (RT) • Russia ‘Fully Committed’ To UN Consensus On Nuclear W
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle October 5 2022]

    #117742
    V. Arnold
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    The insanity the western world inhabits is breathtaking; lost souls wandering hither and yon looking for answers….
    An article on Yahoo (yeah, I know) a poor soul wailed about making $300,000 a year and living paycheck to paycheck; what? Am I supposed to feel sorry for that sad sack of a human?
    He’s one of the lost souls looking outside for answers that can only be found looking inside…deeply inside.
    And I doubt he has a clue as to what I am talking about……….

    #117743
    Redneck
    Participant

    V. Arnold
    No clue .
    No doubt
    Toot ain’t cheap ya’know..

    #117744
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Toot ain’t cheap ya’know..

    Yeah, I know. But it’s worse than that…
    Hope; that’s whats missing…there is no hope for a better tomorrow…
    Until that changes; there is no tomorrow to hope for………….

    #117745
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Headlines: “The Fed’s Strong Dollar Policy: A Recipe for Systemic Implosion”

    “The UN Demands All Central Banks Stop Rate Hikes and Switch To Price Controls Instead”

    Hmmm. “Demands”? So who did we say the “UN” was yesterday? Sure isn’t the Fed. So “The Fed” – NY Commercial banks – and the runners of “The UN” – Davos Globalists – are definitively on different sides.

    “It’s two big Clubs, and you’re not in either of them.” – George Carlin

    Clubs and factions: “Poland Formally Demands $1.3 Trillion In Reparations From Germany For WWII Damages” Poland to replace Germany in NATO, because Germany isn’t WWIII, kamikaze warmongering Armageddon enough for them.

    Since we can’t have peace talks 25Oct, they are putting up nuclear fallout posters in American cities. They have gone lulu over a Soviet Sub “escaping.” Um…guys? It’s the JOB of subs to leave their harbor without being seen. It’s YOUR job to find them. That just means you suck at your job. (it’s also completely ordinary). So why is this perfectly ordinary thing in the news all of a sudden?

    Speaking of, ran into the Iranian protests. Apparently, the gal did NOT get beaten by police in the street and die in the Police station. At all. Iran released the police station footage where she’s annoyed and concerned about being arrested but perfectly fine. She then falls down and is taken to a hospital, perhaps with a Vax stroke? Because they didn’t lay a hand on that camera.

    But this is 101% of the time for the West. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a coincidence!!!!!!! All these bad things happen the minute Russia’s allies need to be attacked! (Armenia, Taiwan) Not like every other day in every other nation on the planet, and 10x more in the ‘States. So the CIA/Mossad needed the TIME. Tiiiiiiiiime. So they read the Iranian police blotter, grab the next plausible thing, and activate the Twitter-idiot army. Exactly as with Trevon Martin. Obama needed a race war, grabbed a black attack from a guy named “Zimmerman” off the police blotter and said “Aha! White Supremacy in the South!”. …Except Zimmerman turned out to be Hispanic. Nevermind: facts and evidence, we ignore those. Then they did. So when Iran says the West and Israel made all this up as a direct attack? Er…if you don’t want them to be right, you’re going to have to be a lot more careful. But they can’t be careful because they need something to happen NOW. Blinken called, said they’re starting WWIII, so “To the Batcave!”

    Speaking of Media lying, it sorta seems like Ian may have had a strong wall, but a small footprint. Seems nowhere near the usual damage and cost of normal storms in Florida.

    “Power Grid Collapse in Bangladesh Leaves 140 Million People in Dark”

    Running beta tests like they did in Sri Lanka. To help predict what to do when it happens (aka “they cause it”) here.

    MissTruss, How is a reporter asking questions??? First time since ever. That’s the freakish anomaly here. Why? Because they didn’t get their man, and they have to slingshot her out to get in a REALLY evil man. Really, really, like V for Vendetta’s Adam Sutler evil. Like, release a deadly pandemic on your own people just to consolidate fascist panopticon power evil. The worse of all evils: Banality. Hell isn’t even bad; it’s just boring. One worn-out mall with peeling paint and the Gap.

    Economists: wait, after 50 years of advising similarly idiotic, similarly failed policies to hers, NOW they care about budgets, currencies, taxes…? And NOT America’s 30Trillion, where we offshored 90% of production and then shut down the remaining jobs for two years for no scientific or medical reason? But it’s TRUSS they don’t like. Riiiiight.

    Wow, didn’t think I’d be defending her already. They’re setting a world record for fabricating nonsense from thin air.

    “ CIA Chief Weighs in on Putin’s Alleged Nuclear Threat (RT)”

    Speaking of nonsense from thin air, the media is hyperventilating, hebephrenic that Russia will now NUKE THEMSELVES. Yup. They are going to battlefield nuke Donbas and add an extra nuke in Zap, so as to DOUBLE-Nuke themselves. …Because Donbas is Russia, and they forgot to nuke Russia before now. Those craaaazee Russkies! Always nuking themselves! That’s why they’re such a threat and are losing so much we need to INCREASE our aid and weapons. Yup! It’s when Ukraine’s winning that that they need the help, not when they’re losing.

    Moscow will only use nuclear weapons based on its official doctrine – meaning, in self-defense from weapons of mass destruction,”

    Note America has the opposite. A few years ago they loopholed themselves into a “First-strike” doctrine, as we saw in Iraq to “Fight them over there.” So the U.S. is an official aggressive user of nukes, and Russia is an official defensive user of nukes. – And the U.S. is the only nation on earth to have used them. Twice. On civilians. For no military reason, just ‘cause they looked cool.

    “Moscow has repeatedly warned the US and its allies against sending weapons, ammunition and equipment to Ukraine, but Washington and NATO vowed to keep doing so for “as long as it takes,””

    So they said they’re at war, Biden says we have to support high gas because we’re in a war, we’ll help one side only until the other collapses, we’re sending men and materials, intel, satellites, special ops, blowing up battleships, attacking nuclear power plants,

    But we’re not in the war. Riiiiiiiight.

    You know, I’m seeing something here. Russia can’t fight a war because they — having some semblance of law — would have to DECLARE one. Unlike us, at war since 1840 without declaring. But how would it look to DECLARE war on NATO and the U.S.? Er…not so great. How do you solve this problem? Annex the states, then it isn’t a declaration of war, it’s merely defense. And that’s the only way to mobilize materials and alter the rules of engagement. Because Putin is NOT a dictator. If he were, he wouldn’t have to bother with all these hoops.

    Musk is simply trial-ballooning to see if the people are ready for peace yet. I can’t know since 90% of Twitter is bots, about half from Ukraine, so it can’t be judged by reaction. They – that is, Musk being bought in as a temporary front for the White Hats – may be able to tell internally though.

    “Elon Musk Proposes to Buy Twitter at Original $44B Price to Avoid Trial (NYP)”

    As a bought in White Hat, they may have run out of time, got Twitter exposed and bashed in the news as a flip-flopping, Leftist bot-farm, but need to own the company for the Midterms. They could win the other way too, but atm that seems to be the decision.

    Ze: Notice that Ze’s plan (new law and must take Crimea) makes him known and immobile, while Russia remains unknown and fully mobile. Who do you think wins wars? Sure, they raised 300k – what are they going to do with them? Nobody knows. So is that good war, or bad? How do we, (who are the whole war but also not in the war at all) respond and prepare? Yeah, nobody knows, and it’s going to get crazier yet.

    “who have been devastated by what appear to be repeated Russian defeats.”

    Yes, apparently we fight wars without losing battles now. Say (Russian) media and commenters here. Are we children now? For heaven’s sake be patient a little. I’m certainly in no hurry for people to be killed.

    “In the UK, there are fears of a currency crisis because interest rates can’t go higher without triggering a debt (pension) crisis.”

    And all comes from where? The Fed. They’re talking about currency controls and falling together. That is, 100% inflation would be fine as long as all currencies fall IN UNISON. Like we’ve seen with the dollar DXY/Euro for decades. So what happens if the Fed flips? That’s right: all the money runs here. Second problem: Deflation is the death of central banks, they’ve lost control. That the Fed is CHOOSING this is what’s noteworthy.

    “Fauci Gives Daszak Millions More to Study Gain of Function (NYP)”

    Man, they’re trying this right under the cameras. Brazen. But why not? He’s 80 and has killed a couple million in his tenure (especially all those gay guys) with nothing happening. And even after Jon Stewart’s “chocolate factory” they’re still at denying it, and the denying is still going great.

    tampering with forging key documents to funnel over $5 million into a company he owned. “It’s called fraud,”

    And like the denial above, since everyone accepts it as normal and helps it along, it’s going wonderfully. Battered wives, laying their lives down, and especially the lives of their children to support the non-stop beatings of Biden(s). Morning showers with little girls. And abuse from government in general. How do you think I can help this if you won’t?

    “ Why Does Time Go Forwards, Not Backwards? (Henriques)”

    Why do they think time moves? Isn’t that an aspect of consciousness, which they neither examine nor have the slightest idea about at all? So let me get this straight: half of all observed Science is the Observer, about which you know nothing at all. And Science thinks they understand anything?

    Know thyself.

    “Ann Arbor” was just, Davos wants to build their Techno-Utopia in Europe. Okay, let them. BUT, what happens when their planned demolition of collapsing Europe leads to the collapse of markets and order in the United States? Well, they have an answer: do exactly what they plan in Europe and create a neofeudal, police surveillance state. Everywhere. Thus also in Ann Arbor. This presentation gets away from “Oh, that’ll only happen in D.C.,” and “Oh, that’s just oppression for Williamsberg and San Jose, people who vote for that sort of thing.” No, if they get their Factions installed, using billions donated from Soros to uproot the local DA and Mayor, that means YOU. You for the prison camps. Which will be your living room. And YOU for the gas chambers, which will be your local pharmacy. When you’re trying to kill this many people, you have to: Think Efficiency. Synergy. Do you have any idea how much diesel we’d waste running cattle cars again? Go kill yourself and Die at home where no one will notice and your own family will deny everything.

    And you thought Germany was bad.

    #117746
    Red
    Participant

    @v-arnold “Yeah, I know. But it’s worse than that…
    Hope; that’s whats missing…there is no hope for a better tomorrow…
    Until that changes; there is no tomorrow to hope for………….”

    Next up “destitution”. The replacement for hope. It’s in the dugout warming up.

    #117747
    aspnaz
    Participant

    My father in law did not get the vaccine, heavily supported by myself and my better half. He lives in Taiwan and is, at this moment, receiving a telephone call from the Taiwan government trying to persuade him to get the vaccine. Aparently these harrassment telephone calls happen quite often. He told them to fuck off.

    #117748
    aspnaz
    Participant

    V. Arnold said

    The insanity the western world inhabits is breathtaking; lost souls wandering hither and yon looking for answers….

    Hang on, my father in law is being arrassed by the Taiwan government for not getting the jab. Asia does not seem to be able to read the writing on the wall, they are still pushing this crap as if they are branches of Pfizer. Insanity is happening everywhere.

    #117749
    aspnaz
    Participant

    V. Arnold said

    He’s one of the lost souls looking outside for answers that can only be found looking inside…deeply inside.
    And I doubt he has a clue as to what I am talking about……….

    So true, these people appear to be doing well but when you delve deeper you realise they are completely lost. Without an appreciation for the greatest things on this planet, the hills, seas, beaches and all that they offer, you are lost in a man made world of crap, crap such as video games. Who would play video games when they could go to the beach and learn to kite surf, go to the basketball court and play a game, go to the hills and take a hike, go to the hills and run the trails, go to millions of other activity centers and do something else, instead they look at an electronic screen showing them ridiculously crap man-made games? Losers, that’s who.

    #117750
    aspnaz
    Participant

    @V. Arnold My wife asked her boss – in finance – how he socialised. He is HK Chinese, she has known him for eight years and they are firm friends at work – yes, this is friends in a Chinese company, in a Western company they would know everything about each other after eight years – in a Chinese company they are just asking the basic questions. He replied that he went home and played video games with his colleagues, that is how they socialize. Neither my better half or I are video games players, so we were not in his social group. I wonder what will happen to these people when the lights go out.

    #117751
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Seems to me that Poland has a persistent mental problem. They have been the idiots of Europe for a long time, maybe at times unfairly, but mostly fairly, and they are surely earning that title at the moment. It is like watching that last shrivelled leaf of lettuce boasting that it is a salad. How do they think their ass kissing in Washington is going to end?

    #117752
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Dr D said

    MissTruss, How is a reporter asking questions??? First time since ever. That’s the freakish anomaly here. Why? Because they didn’t get their man, and they have to slingshot her out to get in a REALLY evil man. Really, really, like V for Vendetta’s Adam Sutler evil. Like, release a deadly pandemic on your own people just to consolidate fascist panopticon power evil. The worse of all evils: Banality. Hell isn’t even bad; it’s just boring. One worn-out mall with peeling paint and the Gap.

    Even I could see her demise coming, and my analysis capacity is nowhere near the same as yours. I just wonder why they feel so confident to push a psychopath like Truss – yes, they are all psychos – into the mix and what is their aim. I suspect they intend to get Starmer into power, he is pure blue-blood evil and knows enough about the UK police, CPS etc to cause real trouble, if he is competent, a question that has not yet been answered. So many of these people should be hugely talented then turn out to be complete idiots, I am hoping that Keir Starmer is one of that 99%.

    #117753
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Dr D said

    Note America has the opposite. A few years ago they loopholed themselves into a “First-strike” doctrine, as we saw in Iraq to “Fight them over there.” So the U.S. is an official aggressive user of nukes, and Russia is an official defensive user of nukes.

    Evcerybody should assume that America is a psycho with nukes. They will use them at the worst moment, simply because they are having a spaz. Any rules the US broadcasts about nukes is total bullshit, including the ideas that they would take a nuke on Washington to save Kiev. They are crazy people and you can see that the Russians and Chinese are now dealing with them as crazy people … don’t speak too loudly, you may trigger a US spaz.

    #117754
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Dr D said

    Musk is simply trial-ballooning to see if the people are ready for peace yet. I can’t know since 90% of Twitter is bots, about half from Ukraine, so it can’t be judged by reaction.

    Did that trial balloon pay for his purchase of Twitter … he suddenly seems very keen at stupid price.

    #117755
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    Salient – A position where you have enemy forces on three sides

    Killing Field – When the fourth side is closed off!

    #117756
    John Day
    Participant

    V.Arnold could not access Strategic Culture or Moon of Alabama on the late comments. I can’t get them to come up , either, though I got MoA fine last night.


    @Aspnaz
    : Good work on the electrical, potentially life-sparing for father-in-law.

    #117758
    chooch
    Participant

    anticlimactic,

    Are you referring to the latest setup around
    Kherson?

    #117759
    aspnaz
    Participant

    John Day said

    Good work on the electrical, potentially life-sparing for father-in-law.

    Hope so, he’s a dude.

    #117760

    I think Gazprom has confirmed that Line B of Nord Stream 2 was NOT damaged by attack(s). Also that the damage to the other lines is reparable.

    Guess Germany has to talk to Russia, get the damage repaired ASAP, and use both NS1 and NS2, telling US it needs to make up for gas lost due to the attack.

    #117761
    Germ
    Participant

    Personal anecdote:

    Just played a doubles tennis match.
    My 3x vaxxed doubles partner has just recovered from her third Covid infection.
    Can’t wait to get her next shot – but her doctor told her she now has to wait a while until she can.
    Nuts!

    A year or so ago, she would hassle me to get vaxxed – she doesn’t any more.

    Over drinks after our game, she told me that she had to cancel our match next Tuesday.
    She’s going to a funeral of a 33 year-old who died unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism.

    What a state of affairs.

    #117762
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    “Why does time go forwards and not backwards?”

    Shucks, that’s an easy one. Time goes forwards because to have it run in re-wind mode would be insufferably boring. You would already know every single thing that had ever happened ever, but you would also know how the movie ended.

    #117763
    zerosum
    Participant

    Thinking/conceive/think of/plan/project/scheme …..

    Its foggy this morning.

    It’s too quiet.

    I cannot hear what I cannot see

    I’ll be happy when I do what I’m told

    embolism lump · clump · mass · curdling · obstruction

    #117764
    zerosum
    Participant

    Densest packing has no movement. Time requires movement.

    #117765
    zerosum
    Participant

    How to protect your credit card from “tap-and-go” swipes

    there are several steps you can take to protect yourself from contactless card fraud.

    Block RFID signals
    You can buy a specially-made wallet lined with a material that blocks radio-frequency identification (RFID) signals from picking up the payment card you store in it.

    A much cheaper option, however, is to do it yourself with aluminium foil (tinfoil).

    Lining your wallet with tinfoil effectively blocks readers from picking up any cards stored inside them.

    Confuse the reader
    Another simple trick is to store two contactless cards next to one another in your wallet.

    Placing your cards together, for example, is enough to confuse card readers and make it difficult to read the data stored on either card.

    #117766
    zerosum
    Participant

    Oil industry is Increasing their profits by cutting supplies to make you pay more.

    #117767
    Germ
    Participant

    Monster. Pure evil.

    #117768
    Noirette
    Participant

    I was puzzled by Scholtz (PM Germany) stances on various topics, of course he is only marginally in charge, as Germany is a vassal state, plus he is a super lame duck, not bright, determined, + he doesn’t have (afaik) good advisors, etc.

    Recent events also made me review a pov I have held for a long time, i.e. that the Industrialists in Germany had enormous influence, strong control, of Gvmt. policy. Maybe so in the past, but we now see, the policies they want, hope for, are easily overriden by other, supra-national, more powerful, forces.

    G. Schroeder’s career is of interest here, he practically organised the D-R energy link, served at GazProm, Rosneft, NordSteam A.G., NordStream 2, and more.

    One MSM brief link on him, AP, Feb. 2022. https://bit.ly/3SUoVny

    Thierry Meyssan has a take:

    The United States declares war on Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and France.

    https://www.voltairenet.org/article218167.html

    #117769
    Mr. House
    Participant

    This is interesting. Seem to fit with my theory that in 2020 the “East” said no mas to endless low interest rates and QE. Many say the price of oil acts like an interest rate, so if the West gets weak knees and decides to print and lower rates the East will just raise the price of oil.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/white-house-panics-prices-rebound-mulls-gasoline-export-ban-blasts-opec-hostile-acts

    #117770
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Germ:

    Seems beautiful along the Avon and it looks like you could drink out of the river if required

    #117771
    Germ
    Participant

    Watch to the end! He’s on board now!!

    #117772
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    Keen observation Dr D. Time is in the mind of the Observer.

    Memory enables the past to exist. Memory is a collection of experiences. Imagine if there was no capability/capacity for memory. Where would the mind go?

    The future is created/appears when the mind is not in the present or the past. The future is a dream.
    (There’s more to the dream but that comes later).

    Reference to what is “back there” + dreaming of that which is “out there” creates the notion of forward movement – from past to future. Interesting how in both the past and future there is nothing tangible to hold on to – its all in your head. Past experience is a powerful driver: in the quest to recreate/resurrect the past, we bounce over the present and into the future.

    You can observe this for yourSelf. Watch how and where the mind gravitates. The power to break/stop the mind-process comes by/through steady and focused observation. This is an essential aspect of our life’s work.

    What about the present?

    The mighty Present. It is always HERE. The Present is the heaven (joy, contentment, peace, and LOVE) that you seek. It will present itself as/when you let go of past and future.

    The Observer of the Observer invites you to see for yourself. We can do our inner work as we watch the world go by…what’s on your mind?

    Be here now.
    LOVE to All.

    #117773
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    the phenomenon that produces heat – collisions of molecules

    Yeah, sure.

    Electrons manifest the retained energy in spin. When a spinning electron collides with another electron, the ‘victim’ gets more energy while the ‘perp’ loses some. Molecules don’t get warmer via collisions. Molecules get warmer because radiation comes along and smacks some electrons and makes them go faster.

    The guy has a good point, but, geez, can we at least start with HS-level chemistry?

    #117774
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Re: Aspnaz
    “What business is it of government to force electronics companies to use certain power interfaces?”

    Whether one believes or not that government *should* be setting standards for industry, the history of the matter is that governments have done so for centuries, probably for millennia.
    Industry standards, regardless of the source, do tend to have positive impacts on industry and lead towards efficiency in the long term.

    #117775
    John Day
    Participant

    Thanks for the Thierry Meyssan, Noirette.
    Good analysis, likening the “Day of the Jackel” attempt against de Gaulle (by NATO!) to the current NATO/US attack upon Germany et.al. de Gaulle evicted the NATO bases from France.

    Thanks for the oblique video endorsement of ivermectin, Germ.

    #117776
    John Day
    Participant

    I am again able to access MoA.

    #117777
    zerosum
    Participant

    Credit card surcharge will have unintended consequence.
    1. Using debit cards gives access to your bank account to strangers.
    2. Increase in using cash will encourage merchant to give discounts.

    #117778
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    John Michael Greer

    Futures That Work

    #117779
    zerosum
    Participant

    You do not control what you believe/think/opinions

    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/10/media-hide-facist-ideology-of-ukrainian-militia-which-visit-congress-.html#more

    Media Hide Fascist Ideology Of Ukrainian Militia Which Visit Congress
    ‘Western’ media continue to denazify Ukraine by pretending that the Nazi formations in that country, which they had long decried, are now a harmless collection of celebrities.

    One could follow those changes along various pieces in the New York Times:
    keep reading ….

    #117780
    Bishko
    Participant

    Only a few of us, I think, are willing or able to conceive of a future where an empty soda bottle with a sealing lid will have a “high value” to someone. Or a small pile of rusty pipes half sunk in the ground being a reason to fight to the death for ownership.
    Though there may be huge dislocations in time, space and infrastructure in the near future, it may very well be that the dystopian/apocalyptic future may arrive after all, and with a whimper instead of a blast.

    #117781
    zerosum
    Participant

    Who is Who
    Nazis are everywhere

    Ukronazi “good terrorists” – a who’s who (infographic)


    Infographic from The Lookout for the Saker blog

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