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The Role Of “Useful Idiots” In Modern PSYOPS (Saker)
G20 Host Urges West To Soften Anti-Russia Rhetoric – Politico (RT)
SBF’s Disgrace Awkward For Gary Gensler And The Democrats (Fortune)
Ukraine Invested In Top Dem Donor’s Crypto Company FTX (PM)
America’s Neo-Nazi Bedfellows In Ukraine Latest In a Long Line (Tony Cox)
The Road to Totalitarianism -Revisited- (CJ Hopkins)
White House Launches ‘Climate Gender Equity Fund’ (RT)
The ‘Garden Vs Jungle’ Worldview Is Not Only Racist, It’s Delusional (Hryce)
Washington Attempts to Bully India into Cutting Ties with Russia (NC)
IMF Says Global Economic Outlook Getting ‘Gloomier’ (Az.)
German Retailers Face Nightmare Before Christmas (RT)
Twitter Starts Massive Reductions In Contractors (RT)
US Senator Threatens Elon Musk (RT)
COVID-19 Mortality in England ‘Extremely Rare’ Among Under-20s (ET)

 

 

 

 

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The Role Of “Useful Idiots” In Modern PSYOPS (Saker)

The second thing I need to address is what I believe is an analytical mistake by Bernhard on Moon of Alabama. He wrote that “This move is operationally sound” and yet he added “Strategically the move is bad“. We could wonder how a move could be operationally sound but strategically bad, but let’s not even go there. Bernhard’s argument is that “It closes for now the possibility of moving into Nikolaev (Mykolaiv) and further towards Odessa“. The problem here is that when we look at a map of the region we realize something very important: there are plenty of streams and rivers which flow north to south and which flow into the Black Sea. So any move along the coastline would imply having to get across quite a few river. Is this possible? Yes, absolutely.

But is that the best option? I am not so sure at all. I will simply say that this is the option the Ukronazis and NATO have been preparing for. Another option might be to move not West but North and then turn West to basically take all the NATO defenses around the Black Sea coastline from behind. Did I mention that there is now a joint Russian-Belarussian force deployed in Belarus which seems to worry NATO a lot and which could be used to pin down NATO forces near and north of Kiev. Is that what the Russians are planning? I don’t know. All I know is that it is wrong to assume that the only way to get to Odessa is by fighting along the coastline. Last, but not least, there is the (inevitable) rumor of a deal having been made between Putin and… … huh… well… somebody in the West (who? Brandon? Sunak? Macron?).


Now that is pure, unadulterated bullshit which only true doubleplusgoodshiteaters could swallow (though clickbaiters will use it to get their clicks and visibility!). Russia and the West have been locked into an existential war for survival since AT LEAST 2013 and we are very close to a possible nuclear war, but some folks still think that Putin works for the US, the WEF, Klaus Schwab, Bibi Netanuyahu. etc. etc. etc. My position on that is simple: anybody seriously believing this crap is not worth talking to, you would have better success arguing with a door nob. I sure won’t bother with them. I would also note that IF a real behind-the-scenes deal was made, the chances of Putin finalizing that deal with Western leaders at the G20 would be a perfect opportunity to finalize a deal. Yet, in reality, Putin is not even going to attend. Reach your own conclusions.

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German PM Scholz says he wishes Putin were in Bali, so the west can tell him what they think of him.

Scholz is fully blind to the fact that the west is a minority.

G20 Host Urges West To Soften Anti-Russia Rhetoric – Politico (RT)

G20 Summit host Indonesia is reportedly seeking to prevent the gathering of world leaders from becoming a Russia-bashing fest, urging Western politicians to temper their criticism of Moscow so all members can be brought on board with a communique at the end of the event. Indonesian President Joko Widodo and other officials in his government have asked Western leaders to make concessions on the extent of their anti-Russia rhetoric over the Ukraine crisis, Politico reported on Sunday, citing three unidentified diplomats with knowledge of the talks. The two-day summit will begin on Tuesday in Bali, and Widodo hopes to find enough common ground that all G20 members, including Russia and China, can agree to a group declaration.

Widodo also aims to prevent the group from following in the footsteps of the G8, which kicked out Moscow and became the G7 after Crimea voted to become part of Russia in 2014. A G7 statement earlier this month condemned Russia for its “war of aggression” against Ukraine and called for all Russian forces to be withdrawn from the former Soviet republic. The group also accused Russia of war crimes in Ukraine and blasted the Kremlin for “irresponsible nuclear rhetoric.” Such a statement wouldn’t likely find consensus in Bali, where Russia will be represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Several other G20 members, including China, India, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, would be reluctant, at the least, to sign on to a communique rebuking Russia. Politico said one possibility would be to issue a more general joint statement calling for “upholding international law.”


“Obviously we can’t be as tough as we do it in G7 when you need the Russians, Chinese and Saudis to agree,” a Western diplomat told the media outlet. “The question is how much we need to delete.” The US, Canada, Japan, Australia and major European countries are among the G20 members that Indonesian officials are targeting with their pleas for softer rhetoric. Widodo also hopes to avoid controversy over a group photo, like those typically taken at G20 meetings to show solidarity, given that some members might be reticent to line up in the same image with Lavrov. Last month, before Moscow announced that President Vladimir Putin wouldn’t attend the summit, Politico reported that White House officials were taking steps to ensure that Biden wouldn’t cross paths with the Russian leader.

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“@GaryGensler runs to the media while reports to my office allege he was helping SBF and FTX work on legal loopholes to obtain a regulatory monopoly.”

SBF’s Disgrace Awkward For Gary Gensler And The Democrats (Fortune)

Gary Gensler blew it again. After his agency failed to warn investors about Terra and Celsius—whose collapses this spring sparked a trillion-dollar investor wipeout—the Securities and Exchange Commission chair allowed an even bigger debacle to unfold right under his nose. I’m talking, of course, about the revelation this week that the $30 billion FTX empire was a house of cards and that its golden boy founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, is the crypto equivalent of Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes. To be fair, Gensler was not the only one suckered by SBF. Nearly everyone else—myself included—fell for the narrative that SBF, with his cute afro and aw-shucks demeanor, was exactly the savior crypto needed to shake off its dodgy reputation and emerge as part of the mainstream financial system.

The problem is that cop-on-the-beat Gensler not only failed to spot the crime—he appeared set to go along with a legislative strategy that would have given SBF a regulatory moat and made him king of the U.S. crypto market. According to Washington insiders I spoke with, the reason behind SBF’s decision this summer to obtain control over BlockFi was to benefit from the troubled crypto lender’s recent settlement with the SEC—basically extending the amnesty BlockFi had received to FTX. Meanwhile, FTX’s recent tie-up with securities exchange IEX (of Flash Boys fame) would also help SBF’s empire come under the U.S. regulatory umbrella. All of this would clear FTX to have the U.S. market to itself as the company lobbied for legislation that could have torpedoed competitors like Binance as well as the emerging DeFi sector.


This appears to be what prominent House member Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) was referring to when he tweeted on Thursday that “@GaryGensler runs to the media while reports to my office allege he was helping SBF and FTX work on legal loopholes to obtain a regulatory monopoly.” Gensler, a former campaign finance chair for Hillary Clinton, is of course not the only prominent Democrat who may have been willing to flex his influence on behalf of FTX. SBF, you may recall, was one of the biggest donors to President Joe Biden, while his parents—both Stanford law professors—have ties to the party. His mother, Barbara Fried, leads a group called Mind the Gap that helps raise Silicon Valley cash for Democrats, while his father, Joseph Bankman, drafted tax legislation for the powerful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass). It’s not a stretch to imagine SBF sought to exploit these political ties to his benefit.

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“It’s fascinating to see that the majority of the net equity in the Alameda business is actually FTX’s own centrally controlled and printed-out-of-thin-air token..”

Ukraine Invested In Top Dem Donor’s Crypto Company FTX (PM)

Roughly $5 billion was withdrawn from FTX on Sunday. The trouble began for FTX last week when rival crypto company Binance said they were selling off their holdings of FTT, which is the proprietary coin of FTX. After Binance said that, FTX was in financial trouble, and essentially sought a bailout from other firms, Binance among them. The New York Post reports that FTX’s implosion followed revelations “that co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried had been funneling money to a sister trading company run by his girlfriend.” That company, Alameda Research, is run by Bankman-Fried’s girlfriend, Caroline Ellison, and is also based in the Bahamas. Binance announced that they would buy the company, then pulled out of the deal, saying that after some due diligence, they decided it would not be a good investment.

“As a result of corporate due diligence, as well as the latest news reports regarding mishandled customer funds and alleged US agency investigations, we have decided that we will not pursue the potential acquisition of http://FTX.com,” Binance said on Twitter. “In the beginning, our hope was to be able to support FTX’s customers to provide liquidity, but the issues are beyond our control or ability to help. Every time a major player in an industry fails, retail consumers will suffer. We have seen over the last several years that the crypto ecosystem is becoming more resilient and we believe in time that outliers that misuse user funds will be weeded out by the free market. As regulatory frameworks are developed and as the industry continues to evolve toward greater decentralization, the ecosystem will grow stronger,” Binance said.


Part of the issue for Binance is that Alameda Research, helmed by Bankman-Fried’s girlfriend, holds a great deal of their assets in FTT, and FTX had invested their customers’ funds into Alameda through a “back door,” without oversight. “Late on Friday evening, it has since been confirmed that a total of around $10 billion was moved from FTX to Alameda Research by FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF),” Cryptoslate reported. Bitcoin Archive tweeted this out, which Cryptoslate noted was “used to move assets in the billions of dollars without triggering alerts to staff and external auditors.” “It’s fascinating to see that the majority of the net equity in the Alameda business is actually FTX’s own centrally controlled and printed-out-of-thin-air token,” said Cory Klippsten, CEO of investment platform Swan Bitcoin.

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Must Read?! “Dulles went so far as to send a rescue team to save Wolff when the general’s villa was surrounded by Italian partisans.”

America’s Neo-Nazi Bedfellows In Ukraine Latest In a Long Line (Tony Cox)

Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was furious when he found out in March 1945 that his supposed World War II ally, Washington, was negotiating with the German Nazis behind his back. In fact, by the accounts of some historians, American spy and future CIA director Allen Dulles essentially kicked off the Cold War when he held secret talks with Waffen SS General Karl Wolff as Hitler’s regime was nearing its collapse. Stalin, US President Franklin Roosevelt, and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill had agreed that they would accept only unconditional surrender from the Nazis because of the Hitler regime’s monstrous crimes. When the Dulles-Wolff talks came to light, FDR repeatedly and falsely told Stalin that no one was negotiating with the Germans. The Georgian generalissimo was unconvinced and suspected that his Western allies were maneuvering to contain the USSR and occupy territory that might otherwise fall to the Red Army.

The Soviets had reason to be suspicious. Some in Washington, including Dulles, viewed the USSR as America’s biggest long-term threat even as the countries worked together to defeat Germany. As confirmed by documents that were finally declassified more than half a century later, US intelligence agencies were soon to hire upward of 1,000 Nazis as Cold War spies. By then, America already had a history of finding common cause against Moscow with unseemly allies. As the Soviets remembered well, the US had invaded Russia in 1918 in a failed effort to help overthrow the Bolshevik government. At the time, Washington was allied with White Army counter-revolutionaries, some of whom had a nasty taste for pogroms and other murderous atrocities.

Even as then-President Woodrow Wilson moralized to world leaders about self-determination and opposing external aggression – principles that would be applied only according to US self-interest in the generations ahead – he sent American forces to intervene in the Russian Civil War. He was to set a precedent that has continued to play out to this day, from Germany to Central Asia to the current Ukraine crisis. The pattern was clear: Portray America as the virtuous champion of freedom while working with anyone — however abhorrent their deeds and views might be — as long as they share Washington’s burning desire to hurt Russia.

In 1945, Dulles got his way with Wolff, formerly Heinrich Himmler’s right-hand man. The general and his group of SS officers, which was called the Black Order, agreed to surrender northern Italy to Allied forces. The deal didn’t avail much for the US, coming just six days before the full German surrender, and it sowed seeds of distrust with the Soviets and other allies. For his part, Wolff was spared the gallows, as the Nuremberg prosecutors mysteriously took him off their list of major war criminals and treated him as a “witness” to Nazi atrocities, rather than a perpetrator, according to historians. Dulles went so far as to send a rescue team to save Wolff when the general’s villa was surrounded by Italian partisans.

[..] Obama’s administration offered no condemnation when at least 48 people were killed and hundreds injured in an attack on anti-Euromaidan protestors in Odessa. Most of the victims were burned to death by a far-right mob when they tried to take shelter in the city’s union hall. Others were shot or beaten when they tried to escape the burning building. Ukraine’s fascist Right Sector group reacted by celebrating the massacre as “yet another bright page in our fatherland’s history.” Ukrainian MP Lesya Orobets, who had been praised by US media outlet Daily Beast as a “rising star” of the anti-Yanukovych opposition, also celebrated the killings, reportedly calling the Odessa incident a “liquidation” of pro-Russia enemies.

To this day, the perpetrators of the massacre haven’t been held accountable. The Council of Europe concluded in November 2020 that the Kiev government had failed to properly investigate and prosecute those responsible for the killings. Ukraine has continued to embrace its World War II Nazi collaborators, including Stepan Bandera, who is venerated in public marches. Two years after the coup, one of the main avenues in Kiev was renamed Stepan Bandera Street. Lviv also boasts a Stepan Bandera Street. In the eyes of Ukraine’s neo-Nazis, one of Yanukovich’s sins was his decision to revoke an earlier government declaration honoring Bandera as an official “Hero of Ukraine.”

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“Everything is back to normal, right? Wrong. Everything is not back to normal. Everything is absolutely New Normal.”

The Road to Totalitarianism -Revisited- (CJ Hopkins)

It feels like it’s finally over, doesn’t it, the whole “apocalyptic pandemic” thing? I mean, really, really over this time. Not like all those other times when you thought it was over, but it wasn’t over, and was like the end of those Alien movies, where it seems like Ridley has finally escaped, but the alien is hiding out in the shuttle, or the escape pod, or Ridley’s intestinal tract. But this time doesn’t feel like that. This time it feels like it’s really, really over. Go out and take a look around. Hardly anyone is wearing masks anymore (except where masks are mandatory) or being coerced into submitting to “vaccinations” (except where “vaccination” is mandatory), and the hordes of hate-drunk New Normal fanatics who demanded that “the Unvaccinated” be segregated, censored, fired from their jobs, and otherwise demonized and persecuted, have all fallen silent (except for those who haven’t).


Everything is back to normal, right? Wrong. Everything is not back to normal. Everything is absolutely New Normal. What is over is the “shock-and-awe” phase, which was never meant to go on forever. It was always only meant to get us here. Where, you’re probably asking, is “here”? “Here” is a place where the new official ideology has been firmly established as our new “reality,” woven into the fabric of normal everyday life. No, not everywhere, just everywhere that matters. (Do you really think the global-capitalist ruling classes care what people in Lakeland, Florida, Elk River, Idaho, or some village in Sicily believe about “reality”?) Yes, most government restrictions have been lifted, mainly because they are no longer necessary, but in centers of power throughout the West, in political, corporate, and cultural spheres, in academia, the mainstream media, and so on, the New Normal has become “reality,” or, in other words, “just the way it is,” which is the ultimate goal of every ideology.

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Sometimes I don’t recognize the world I live in.

WTF is “gender-responsive climate action?”

White House Launches ‘Climate Gender Equity Fund’ (RT)

US President Joe Biden has announced the launch of a Climate Gender Equity Fund to promote female “climate leaders.” He unveiled the new initiative at the United Nations COP 27 conference on Friday. A partnership between online retail company Amazon and government agency USAID, the fund will “leverage private sector contributions to provide women climate leaders with technical skills, networks and capital to develop and scale climate solutions,” the White House noted in a statement. To help solve climate change, according to Amazon worldwide sustainability vice president Kara Hurst, “we must address the gender inequalities that persist in climate finance, and ensure female entrepreneurs have an equal seat at the table and access to the funding, networks and technical support they need to scale climate solutions.”

Outlining the gravity of gender inequity in the climate space, Amazon revealed that “female-founded companies typically receive a fraction of total venture capital, and that percentage fell during the pandemic.” The online shopping giant, which saw its profits skyrocket during the pandemic, promised to supply an additional $50 million from its Climate Pledge Fund for investments in women-founded and -led climate technology firms. Apart from that, it is contributing $3 million toward the Climate Gender Equity Fund’s initial seed funding. The fund launches with $6 million in total, with USAID matching Amazon’s $3 million contribution.


The White House announcement states that the fund was also “enabled” by a $21 million appropriation by USAID from the Biden administration’s Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund with the aim of underscoring its “commitment to gender-responsive climate action.” The latter program, established last year with $100 million in taxpayer funds, an amount set to double for this year, is supposed to “advance economic security for women and girls globally.” A $430 billion spending package Biden signed in August included $386 billion in green energy subsidies and tax credits. The president’s speech at COP27 committed to several more ambitious green initiatives, including “establishing an international Climate Hub for climate-smart agriculture,” tightening emissions standards on the oil and natural gas industry, and using Ukraine as a showcase for small modular reactor (SMR) “advanced nuclear” technology.

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“..Borrell’s extraordinary Pollyanna-like assertion that in Europe and the West “everything works” and that the “garden” nations are havens of political, economic, and social stability.”

The ‘Garden Vs Jungle’ Worldview Is Not Only Racist, It’s Delusional (Hryce)

[..] let us start with Borrell’s extraordinary Pollyanna-like assertion that in Europe and the West “everything works” and that the “garden” nations are havens of political, economic, and social stability. This pronouncement will no doubt have come as a surprise to many citizens in Europe and the West. Has Borrell not noticed the recent rise of powerful right-wing political movements in a number of European countries? Is he not aware of the recent election results in Italy and Sweden? Have Borrell’s advisors not informed him of the political instability that has engulfed the United Kingdom in recent months, let alone the crisis in democracy that has crippled the United States for the past two years?

Has Borrell not noticed the dramatic recent rise in energy prices; rising inflation; rising interest rates; long-term wage stagnation; and the looming economic recession that is predicted to engulf many Western nations in the near future? Has Borrell not seen the tens of thousands of demonstrators marching in European capital cities in recent months? Is he unaware of the effects that EU austerity programs have had in many of the bloc’s member nations in recent years? Does Borrell really believe that the “garden” nations will sail through the upcoming European winter unscathed?


Has Borrell never heard of the so-called ‘culture wars’? Has he not noticed the collapse of liberal institutions and values throughout the West in recent decades? Has the immigration crisis that has bedevilled Europe in recent years, and has recently engulfed the United Kingdom, not yet been brought to his attention? Borrell, of course, pointedly fails to mention that all of the problems listed above have been severely exacerbated by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. In fact, Borrell does not seem to appreciate that the increasing political and economic instability within the “garden” nations makes it increasingly difficult – if not impossible – for them to pursue his misguided foreign policy agenda.

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“From Dec. 5, tankers and shipping insurance linked to EU and G7 countries — which dominate oil shipping globally — will be barred from trading Russian crude unless those volumes are sold under the price cap, as yet undetermined.”

Washington Attempts to Bully India into Cutting Ties with Russia (NC)

For months the US has repeatedly tried to coerce India into cutting ties with Russia, thereby abandoning its national interests. New Delhi, however, continues to spurn American attempts to subject its economy to Washington’s dictates. The latest fuss concerns the G7 price cap on Russian oil and EU and UK bans on shipping and related services for Russian crude. India continues to have no interest in joining the US-led initiative as it gets a steep discount on oil from Russia and wants to maintain the relationship with a long-time strategic partner. Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was just in Moscow on Nov. 8 to discuss continued sales of oil. From the South China Morning Post:

“India’s foreign minister hailed New Delhi’s “strong and steady” relationship with Moscow on Tuesday, during his first visit there since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also declared India’s intention to continue to buy Russian oil, again disregarding the US appeal to allies and partners to isolate Russia from the global markets.” The G-7 plans are likely to send oil prices higher (despite US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen claiming the opposite) and reduce tanker availability, both of which will threaten India’s energy security and hurt its economy as India is the third-largest consumer and importer of oil worldwide. Russia has said it will not sell to any countries that participate in the price cap scheme, and Jaishankar has repeatedly stated that India cannot afford to buy oil at high prices – at least not without undermining its economic growth, which is forecast to be 6.1 percent in 2023, the fastest-growing major economy in the world.

According to Energy Intelligence: “Russia emerged as India’s top crude supplier in October, shipping over 900,000 barrels per day or roughly a fifth of India’s demand. The two countries’ biggest concern is ensuring that Russian oil continues to flow after the Dec. 5 EU and UK bans and related G7 price cap. But despite Jaishankar’s bullish stance in Moscow, India’s state refiners have not placed orders for crude lifting beyond Dec. 5 due to uncertainties about whether shipping and insurance will be available, Energy Intelligence understands. And a recent attempt by an Indian buyer to use the price cap in negotiations with a Russian seller prompted the latter to abandon the deal, market sources said.”


The ongoing lack of clarity on the G-7 could be by design. Russian oil exports have already begun to dip, and Bruce Paulsen, a sanctions expert and partner at law firm Seward & Kissel, told American Shipper, “ If guidance on [price cap] compliance doesn’t come soon, some industry players may sit on the sidelines until they can determine that shipments under the price cap are safe.” The US, in a neat sleight of hand, quit pressuring India to adhere to the price cap, and Yellen now says Washington is “happy” for New Delhi to continue buying as much Russian oil as it wants, including at prices above a G7-imposed price cap. But there are just a few caveats: India wouldn’t be able to use western insurance, finance, or maritime services to transport the oil. “Russia is going to find it very difficult to continue shipping as much oil as they have done when the EU stops buying Russian oil,” Yellen told Reuters on Friday. “They’re going to be heavily in search of buyers, and many buyers are reliant on Western services.”

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You don’t say.

IMF Says Global Economic Outlook Getting ‘Gloomier’ (Az.)

The global economic outlook is even gloomier than projected last month, the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday, citing a steady worsening in purchasing manager surveys in recent months, Reuters reported. It blamed the darker outlook on tightening monetary policy triggered by persistently high and broad-based inflation, weak growth momentum in China, and ongoing supply disruptions and food insecurity caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In a blog prepared for a summit of G20 leaders in Indonesia, the IMF said recent high-frequency indicators “confirm that the outlook is gloomier,” particularly in Europe. It said recent purchasing manager indices that gauge manufacturing and services activity signaled weakness in most Group of 20 major economies, with economic activity set to contract while inflation remained stubbornly high.

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They will simply nominate Putin for the Grinch. Everything that goes wrong with the western world is now exclusively his fault. And they can all hide their failures behind him.

German Retailers Face Nightmare Before Christmas (RT)

Shop owners in Germany are worried about the upcoming Christmas season, expecting a slump in sales in price-adjusted terms, as double-digit inflation driven by energy prices forced people to shop less in the third quarter, the German Retail Association (HDE) says. According to the latest report, sales will face a 4% drop in price-adjusted terms, despite an expected increase by 5.4% year-on-year in nominal terms projected for the last two months of 2022. The association surveyed 500 companies, and 70% of the respondents said they expect worse business conditions in the upcoming Christmas season than last year.


“There is a great deal of uncertainty among both companies and customers in view of the difficult situation with enormous energy price increases. High inflation and poor consumer sentiment do not really bode well for the Christmas season,” HDE Managing Director Stefan Genth said. In October, the German Federal Statistical Office reported that the harmonized inflation rate in Europe’s largest economy climbed to 11.6%, raising fears that the country will slide into a recession this winter.

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To repeat @JordanSchachtel:”Elon is blowing things up at Twitter because it is necessary to save the company. The old Twitter was a state-sponsored propaganda operation. Twitter as a private company will not have the privilege of unlimited resources.”

That is what Musk is up against. And of course the press.

Twitter Starts Massive Reductions In Contractors (RT)

After laying off half its staff earlier this month, Twitter has started culling its vast ranks of contract staff, sources confirmed to Axios, Report informs.Many contractors’ status has been in limbo since Twitter cut half its staff earlier this month, with some not knowing whom to even report to, since their counterparts inside the company have been laid off. Now some worry about their final paychecks since their teams no longer have any full-time Twitter employees to sign off on their time cards, sources tell Axios. The contractor cuts were noted earlier by Platformer’s Casey Newton. In at least some cases, if not all, workers did not get any direct communication from Twitter saying that their work had ended.


They instead found out by seeing their access to Twitter computer systems had been shut off. This parallels the scene when full-time employees found out they had lost their job, not from a promised e-mail on Friday, but overnight on Thursday as they lost access to e-mail and other corporate computing systems. Twitter has since reached out to re-hire some full-time employees after realizing their skills were critical to existing projects, including new features that were a priority to the company.

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“Are you suggesting the senator will abuse his political power to attack me?”

US Senator Threatens Elon Musk (RT)

US Senator Edward Markey has responded to a snarky tweet by Twitter owner Elon Musk by threatening congressional intervention if the billionaire doesn’t “fix” his companies to the lawmaker’s satisfaction. The row began on Friday, when Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, demanded answers from Musk as to how a Washington Post reporter was able to create a verified account on the platform impersonating the senator. “I’m asking for answers from Elon Musk, who is putting profits over people and his debt over stopping disinformation. Twitter must explain how this happened and how to prevent it from happening again.” Musk, who acquired Twitter in a $44 billion takeover that was completed late last month, replied to Markey on Sunday, saying, “Perhaps it is because your real account sounds like a parody.” He posted another tweet asking why Markey’s profile picture shows him wearing a mask.

The Tesla CEO’s flippant response clearly didn’t sit well with the career politician, who warned, “One of your companies is under an FTC consent decree. Auto safety watchdog NHTSA is investigating another for killing people. And you’re spending your time picking fights online. Fix your companies, or Congress will.” Markey’s threat came amid leftist allegations that Musk’s takeover would make Twitter a “direct threat to public safety” by allowing “harmful” content. President Joe Biden, also a Democrat, suggested last week that his administration may need to investigate whether Musk’s cooperation with foreign countries created a “national security threat.”


Reacting to Musk’s spat with Markey, a Democrat activist group called People for Bernie said it was a bad idea for the billionaire to “troll a high-ranking senator with a history of taking down rich people.” Musk replied, “Are you suggesting the senator will abuse his political power to attack me?” Journalist Glenn Greenwald reacted by posting a 2020 clip of Markey calling for increased social media censorship. “Here’s Senator Markey demanding tech companies censor in accordance with his political views, all in the context of his party threatening social media companies with legal and regulatory reprisals if they fail to obey their censorship orders.”

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Just stop the nonsense. We’re tired of it.

COVID-19 Mortality in England ‘Extremely Rare’ Among Under-20s (ET)

Deaths from COVID-19 remain “extremely rare” in people under the age of 20, according to a study of follow-up data in the UK. Between March 2020 and December 2021, while there were 185 deaths in England among children and young people (CYP) within 100 days of a lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection, fewer than half died directly because of the virus, the study found. The peer-reviewed study, published on Nov. 8 on the PLOS Medicine Journal website, was conducted by researchers from the UK’s Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Studying the 22-month follow-up data on all 6,790 under-20s deaths, the team corroborated findings from a number of previous analyses that looked at data from a shorter period of time.

Excluding two stillbirth/intrauterine deaths, 81 (43 percent) deaths were attributed to COVID-19. It accounts for 1.2 percent of all-cause CYP deaths, with a COVID-19 infection fatality rate of 7 per million (using estimated infections number) and an overall mortality rate of 6 per million (estimated CYP population). Of the 81 deaths from COVID-19, one in four (20) were otherwise healthy, while 61 had “significant underlying health conditions,” including neuro-disability, immunocompromising conditions, Down syndrome, Edward syndrome, chronic heart disease, and four premature birth, meaning the COVID-19 mortality rate for otherwise healthy CYP was 1.5 per million. COVID-19 deaths were also clustered among older teens and infants, with more than half (47) occurring among those aged between 16 and 19, and 22 under a year old.


Eight children from the 1- to 4-year-old group died from COVID-19, along with 12 children aged between 5 and 11, and 15 children aged between 12 and 15. More than half (45) of the COVID-19 deaths occurred when the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus was dominant, while 21 died during the wild-type-dominant period, and 15 died during the Alpha wave. But the Delta variant was the least deadly in terms of infection mortality rate (6 per million) compared to Alpha (8 per million), and the wild-type (10 per million) as it was more infectious than the previous variants. The Omicron variant, which became dominant this year, wasn’t included in the study. Dr. Shamez Ladhani, pediatric infectious disease consultant at St. George’s Hospital London and consultant epidemiologist at the UKHSA who co-authored the study, told The Telegraph that “emerging data suggest that the Omicron variant is even less fatal in children compared to previous variants.”

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    Rembrandt van Rijn Let the little children come to me 1627-28   • The Role Of “Useful Idiots” In Modern PSYOPS (Saker) • G20 Host Urges West To S
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle November 14 2022]

    #120975
    aspnaz
    Participant

    German PM Scholz says he wishes Putin were in Bali, so the west can tell him what they think of him.

    Scholz is fully blind to the fact that the west is a minority.

    Putin keeping them needy … laughing at the needy Biden, the needy Oaf, the needy UK Indian. It should be sad to watch, but not really, it is kind of inevitable as the preiously powerful lose everything that made them worth talking to in the past, they are now not worth talking to and hang around like discarded tissues.

    #120978
    Red
    Participant

    @alexander-carpenter #120945

    Thank you for the links!

    #120979
    oxymoron
    Participant
    #120980
    That Bloke
    Participant

    About the terrorist attack in Istanbul, here’s the Turkish minister for the interior not quite saying the quiet bit out loud.

    #120981
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Working like a charm, traders now saying broadly, unconsciously, that ““FTX Was a failure of regulators”. Coinbase uses “Regulatory clarity” 500 times in their presentation.

    FTX was in the Bahamas, and was RELATED to the regulators. “@GaryGensler runs to the media while reports to my office allege he was helping SBF and FTX work on legal loopholes to obtain a regulatory monopoly.” DingDingDing! Regulate me daddy! It stopped S&L, Citi’s illegal merger into insurance before Glass-Stegall was revoked, stopped Nasdaq 1999, stopped S&P 2000, stopped “Subprime” in 2008, stopped 500,000 serial felonies of no transfer, no tax revenue in MERS, stopped them from foreclosing on houses that had no mortgage, Stopped Fargo from inventing user checking accounts and charging them fees. Yup. Regulation has been a rousing success. They’re cleaner than the FBI!

    …See, this is a change in paradigm. In mental level. In responsibility. And the people are not elevated, they have not changed, and wish to take no responsibility, but remain serial victims all their lives. And if they wish to do so, there’s nothing I can do, nor are any alternatives presented, like BTC, going to help. It would be like arming the population, but when it comes down to it, refuse to fire, hand over their power to the bad guys. – WITH all the accidental collateral damage like losing your keys or shooting the neighbor in the meantime.

    The Bad Guys know this, and that’s why they’re not worried. If it takes people to think for themselves, take action and do work, take responsibility and not blame others like a mature person, well, we’re not going to do that.

    In this case, one of many, Banks win completely, “Regulate” crypto, put it under complete control, float fake coins to infinity, rig the prices anywhere they like, and turn it into the Gold market. Or wheat, or oil. No reality at all there. No autonomy. Why? Because nobody wants it.

    How would we win? By moving to a higher consciousness, and doing the work and exhibiting the maturity of thought a higher consciousness demands. There’s nothing wrong with Bitcoin. It can work fine. But the people in the Bitcoin market? Just hopeless. Not a lick of principle or integrity in them. All word, all slogan and no action, like everybody else. If so, it’s just the Dow. With Teslas and Fargos running around. Open frauds, approved by everyone.

    Especially the regulators.

    Yeah, the Regulators haven’t even jumped in yet, with a world-wide blitz of CNN and Congress, and already the traders THEMSELVES pre-demand it. “God no! No peer-to-peer freedom and low costs! Anything but that!” Position accordingly.

    “Gensler was not the only one suckered by SBF. Nearly everyone else—myself included—fell for the narrative”

    YGTBFKM. A bank (exchange) appeared OVERNIGHT, multi BILLION dollars appeared with it, and nobody asked any questions? The billionaires 1) Didn’t oppose it 2) Didn’t try to capture it 3) Didn’t look into it 4) Put their OWN money into it? …And your argument with 1,2,3, and 4, was that they DIDN’T own it from the get-go? Monopoly billionaires always just let competition appear overnight and never stop them at all.

    YGTBFKM. I could smell it 10,000 miles away. Heck, even Coinbase is mostly captured, but FTX was a scam from the first minute. And Jimmy-John Roberts and Fortune Magazine had noooooooooooooo idea. Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure you didn’t. Sure. I can tell you from under this bridge without lifting my eyes from the paper.

    And Gensler wasn’t involved 99% with this scam when: “The problem is that cop-on-the-beat Gensler not only failed to spot the crime—he appeared set to go along with a legislative strategy that would have given SBF a regulatory moat and made him king of the U.S. crypto market.”

    Sure, I as a regulator always hand out monopoly moats to 20 year old kids at MIT for free. Nope, never ask for any back-favors at all, I don’ts. Never been directed once by insider billionaires, Ukrainian Mafias, the CIA money-channels, or the DNC election committees. “Gensler, a former campaign finance chair for Hillary Clinton, is of course not the only prominent Democrat” Nope, I hand out world-wide monopolies – with the corresponding illegalities and jail time over me – for FREEEEEE!

    OMG make it stop.

    “It’s fascinating to see that the majority of the net equity in the Alameda business is actually FTX’s own centrally controlled and printed-out-of-thin-air token..”

    Apparently, the top regulator Gensler looked at this, thought it was AWESOME, then protected FTX and his boss’s daughter, and tried to arrange a worldwide regulatory monopoly for them? I always do that when I see the world’s most transparent, $100 Billion accounting frauds. That’s just common sense. Gee, since regulators love this, I guess we need more regulators!

    Okay, moving on with helpful, hopeful notes for the day: Europe continues uninterrupted with vax passports, the Social Credit Digital Money. How? Well, obviously they need to give money for home heating. Soon, they will also need a card to deliver food. Europe as UNESCO. They said “Luckily, we just happened to have a system in place for that! Ta-dah! The vax passport nobody wanted and which we’ll add back the vax requirement a minute after we get it in!”

    What is this really, though? Well, it’s merely an EBT card in the United States: Straight Welfare. But let’s be generous. It’s the UBI Card. Universal Basic Income, and since we doubled prices overnight, you can submit to UBI or die. Hopefully die. But what is UBI? What is this system really?

    It’s a system of RATIONING. Rationing, like in a war, or in the Soviet Union. Central control, because we’re SO BAD at everything, central planning so UTTERLY does not work, that we have no resources left for anyone but us at Davos, with the entire township filled with private jets, eating 5-star with our masks off. And you wouldn’t deny us that, would you? We’re your LEADERS. So: rationing for you, WWII level penury, FOREVER. 5-Star meals and unlimited whiskey on Doctor’s orders for US, like Churchill had.

    And because this UBI is a Vax Passport and Social Credit Score, if you criticize us, or not show AMAZING enthusiasm for great leader, MORE than parades for Kim Jong Il, if you aren’t OVERJOYED when we take your kids and sterilize them, …well, we cut off all your food and heat. Forever.

    That’s your “”Individual carbon footprint tracker” WEF.

    “Scholz is fully blind to the fact that the west is a minority.”

    Well, when you’re practically perfect in every way, and live in a Garden, where there’s no food, no freedom, no heat, you get to talk that way.

    No freedom? Yes, Ireland, in their new attempt to be #1, looks to outlaw even the possession of “Hate”. …No definition provided of course, but my guess is, not liking the PM with adequate enthusiasm. To the dungeon! No! The oubliette! Well, that’s Ireland for you: religiously oppressive at all times. If not, how would they talk bad about their neighbors? Back stab each other and keep Britain in charge?

    “Allen Dulles essentially kicked off the Cold War when he held secret talks with Waffen SS General Karl Wolff as Hitler’s regime was nearing its collapse.”

    Sure, Dulles was a Nazi, who like Ford and IBM and London, had funded Nazis, then air-lifted all the remaining Nazis, and installed them in the CIA and DoD. It’s a project so large, it’s impossible to miss. …Yet everybody misses it, believing pretty lies. You’re telling me we funded them beforehand, rescued them after, and had nothing to do with it?

    “Dulles, viewed the USSR as America’s biggest long-term threat even as the countries worked together to defeat Germany.”

    Yes, when Stalin defeated Hitler and 2/3s of the world army single-handedly, with virtually no US/Western help, suddenly America RUSHED to Berlin! In a big hurry they totally weren’t before then! They met at the Ober and American Troops were given direct orders not to cheer, celebrate, or fraternize with their allies, Russian Infantry. Why? Because Dulles/DoD already wanted to attack Russia. Right then. Just continue the war, since it was a failure. They had set up and funded Hitler out of nowhere to attack and re-capture Russia and failed. But here was their chance! Armies mobilized, keep going! This was diverted, but not because of Dulles and the DoD. They nuked Japan instead to bring Russia to heel. However, Russia was already in the Manhattan Project and had their own bomb immediately after. Therefore, America forestalled. Stalemate.

    …Up to today, actually.

    “Portray America as the virtuous champion of freedom while working with anyone — however abhorrent their deeds and views might be — as long as they share Washington’s burning desire to hurt Russia.”

    …Or hurt anyone else. As in Chile, Greece, well anywhere really. New Jersey. We’re not particular. Equal opportunity murderer, all 200 nations. Or all 200 at once! How this “Virtuous champion” routine could work more than 5 years is a mystery to me. Like BTC above, you’d think once you read 10 lines of history, you’d stop being a sucker. “History, that catalog of crimes”?

    Oh, PS, Dulles was the guy trying to end the Russian Stalemate by starting WWIII in Cuba. And a couple other places before then. Kennedy tried to take him out and then… Well, I guess things happen. All accidental of course. Nobody ever plans anything, Ever.

    Here we are today: SSDD. CIA still exact same people and character. Nazi ethos still everywhere Paper Clip ever was. DoD still divided between installed Nazis and US soldiers. Stalemate still on. Strange how organizations are like living beings, never changing, staying the same unless they are “torn up and scattered to the winds” by someone.

    White House Launches ‘Climate Gender Equity Fund’ (RT)”

    Yes, but turns out the Climate is “Gender fluid” which means the money can go anywhere, to anyone. Exxon and Amazon are “Climate ESG” companies, so anywhere.

    “leverage private sector contributions to provide women climate leaders with technical skills, networks and capital to develop and scale climate solutions,”

    So they’re setting up political agitprop groups and terrorists, funded by the taxpayers and authorized monopolies, in good Nazi, Goldberg fashion. Right.

    Is it appropriate for the government to directly fund political groups with taxpayer money? Won’t the other side’s political party not like having their money stolen to work against them? Sure they will, but Republicans haven’t taken action in 50 years and aren’t going to start now.

    “From Dec. 5, tankers and shipping insurance linked to EU and G7 countries — which dominate oil shipping globally — will be barred from trading Russian crude”

    MacKinder. World Island vs Oceania. “We have always been at war with Estasia.” Oceania, that is, the Anglosphere, still owns the seas. So they are cutting off oil tankers, just as we did to Japan as an open act of war. India may need to import via train and pipeline, but adequate volume hasn’t been built yet. …But the important part is the declaration of war on India. And everybody else. This comes after the declaration of war on Germany, by blowing the NSII that they mostly own, cutting off food and heat for millions.

    “Twitter has started culling its vast ranks of contract staff,”

    This was all a make-work project for Liberals. I’m sure many saw the “Here’s my workday” video where a 20-year old gets lattes, goes to yoga, plays video games, and does like 1 hour of work which is a meeting, so basically does no work at all.

    And he’s going to make wildly overpaid Manhattan employees who’ve done no work at all for 5 years, pay for their own lunch? Oh, the humanity!

    He should move the whole company to Cleveland and pay them $20/hr. They’d JUMP at the jobs.

    And be very likely to be fair. 50-50.

    #120982
    Oroboros
    Participant

    • The Role Of “Useful Idiots” In Modern PSYOPS

    When the Soviets finally retook Kherson from actual, literal Nazis in WWII, they did it FROM THE NORTH

    The Soviets were smart enough to NOT cross the Dneiper in the Kherson region cause the river is too damn wide and difficult and dangerous.

    Rivers are a bitch to cross during war, especially if you’re being attacked while you attempt it.

    The only reason the Russians got to the western side of the Dneiper early in the SMO was because the Ukronazis had to pull a lot of forces north to protect Kiev from what they thought was a major attack, leaving the Kherson region thinly protected.

    Taking territory west of the river was a bad mistake, among many the Russians made early in the conflict.

    The NATOtards and their Ukronazi buttboy puppets are kind of slow moving into the Russian abandoned Kherson territory because every inch of it has been mapped and dialed into artillery and rocket co-ordinates, down to the foot.

    It will be like shooting fish in a barrel for The Russians, safely across the river with very long range weapons.

    Not to mention that now, the Russians can blow the dam up stream at any time and drown the Ukrorats in the Dneiper estuary. They already blew up the rail line and road across the top of the damn, doing the dam is a detail.

    I’m wondering when the Russians will use their really big hypersonic ship missiles to destroy every bridge across the Dneiper from the Black Sea to the Belarus border, completely cutting off all the Ukronazi troops from supplies east of the river, and making them sitting ducks.

    They should do it the same day they launch an epic all out missile and drone attack on what’s left of the Ukronazi power grid, utterly destroying what’s left of the Ukraine economy.

    Try carrying enough water up to your dark, cold 10th floor apartment in Kiev to flush your toilet and make soup burning the remaining furniture in the middle of the living room floor.

    You will not be pumped up to go to ‘your job’ that does not exist any longer.

    And your fearless leader Nazilensky telling you the Russians are losing just to rub salt into your wounds.

    Love the fur coat and gold chain, nice accessorizing.

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    #120983
    Dr. D
    Participant
    #120984
    Red
    Participant

    Here are Professor Prasad’s exact words:

    It’s not just the tip of the distribution that has elevated high sensitivity troponin, it’s that the entire distribution is right shifted. Everybody’s having a little bit of elevation in high sensitivity troponin. That’s what this graph would have you infer.

    You get a troponin elevation when there is damage to your heart:

    Troponin is a type of protein found in the muscles of your heart. Troponin isn’t normally found in the blood. When heart muscles become damaged, troponin is sent into the bloodstream. As heart damage increases, greater amounts of troponin are released in the blood

    What the study shows is that nearly everyone is getting a little heart damage when they get the COVID vaccine, some get a lot more damage than others.

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    “Most people put their trust in their doctors and the public health authorities.”

    https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/new-study-shows-that-pretty-much

    I’m unsure how this could be polled but I suspect “trust” in authority is slipping away never to return.

    #120985
    oldandtired
    Participant

    @Dr.D

    “From Dec. 5, tankers and shipping insurance linked to EU and G7 countries — which dominate oil shipping globally — will be barred from trading Russian crude”

    Yes. EU oil sanctions don’t start until December. Major Oil Companies are turning off their ship’s trackers transiting while through the Azores. Perhaps to avoid negative publicity?

    Any bets sanction date will be pushed back?

    #120987
    zerosum
    Participant

    Remove space after https:
    Remember when

    The old boys club – Bernie
    https: //www.businessinsider.com/how-bernie-madoffs-ponzi-scheme-worked-2014-7#:~:text=Madoff%20used%20a%20so-called%20Ponzi%20scheme%2C%20which%20lures,pay%20off%20the%20promised%20returns%20to%20older%20ones.
    ———-
    Beyond my pay grade – Hunter
    https: //news.yahoo.com/twitter-exec-censored-hunter-biden-154755768.html
    Twitter Exec Who Censored Hunter Biden Laptop Story Resigns after Musk Takeover
    ———-
    New/old news
    Follow the bouncing ball

    https: //thepostmillennial.com/ukraine-invested-in-top-dem-donors-crypto-company-ftx-as-biden-admin-funded-war-effort-report
    Ukraine invested in top Dem donor’s crypto company FTX as Biden admin funded war effort: report
    Ukraine invested into FTX as the Biden administration funneled funds to the invaded nation, and FTX then made massive donations to Democrats in the US.

    An article from the cryptocurrency news website Coindesk from March 15, 2022
    ( https: //www.coindesk.com/policy/2022/03/14/ukraine-partners-with-ftx-everstake-to-launch-new-crypto-donation-website/ )
    reported that Ukraine partnered with FTX, and that “FTX is converting crypto contributions to Ukraine’s war effort into fiat for deposit at the National Bank of Ukraine.” Fiat is the legal tender or paper money of a particular country.

    “Aid for Ukraine,” which has the backing of crypto exchange FTX, staking platform Everstake and Ukraine’s Kuna exchange, will route donated crypto to the National Bank of Ukraine, Everstake’s Head of Growth Vlad Likhuta told CoinDesk. Ukraine’s crypto-savvy Ministry of Digital Transformation is also involved.
    The country’s collective efforts have already raised some $48 million in bitcoin (BTC), DOT, ether (ETH), SOL, tether (USDT) and other cryptocurrencies, according to the website. Other estimates place the amount closer to $100 million, but totals vary with market swings and exactly which websites are included.

    https: //www.coindesk.com/data/https://www.coindesk.com/data/
    FTX Fallout Worsens as Exchange Sees Mysterious Outflows Exceed $600M; Kevin O’Leary on Crypto Outlook
    As if things weren’t bad enough for bankrupt FTX, the cryptocurrency exchange was drained of some $600 million in an apparent hack. Hacken CEO Dyma Budorin joins “First Mover” to discuss the details. Also joining is O’Leary Ventures Chairman and Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary, one of the high-profile investors in FTX. Plus, bankruptcy expert Thomas Braziel gives his assessment of FTX and what to expect in court.

    https://www.coindesk.com/tv/first-mover/
    First Mover
    Weekdays at 9:00 AM (ET)
    CoinDesk TV’s flagship show focused on top news for global investors. Christine Lee, along with Lawrence Lewitinn and Emily Parker lead our coverage of the top global market, business & policy/regulatory news stories impacting cryptocurrency/digital assets & blockchain. This program includes essential information for current & prospective investors. One of the show’s special features is a daily dispatch from our reporters and partners around the world for updates on overnight news and on-the-ground perspectives and analysis. Guests include top newsmakers, influencers, analysts, reporters, traders and trend watchers at crypto exchanges.

    Episodes 450
    TRON Founder Justin Sun, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Weigh in on FTX Fallout
    Nov 11, 6:00 AM (PST)
    CFTC Commissioner on FTX Fallout; Bitcoin Pares Losses as Inflation Eases
    Nov 10, 6:00 AM (PST)
    Crypto Markets Tumble as FTX Reportedly Hit With $6B in Withdrawals
    Nov 9, 6:00 AM (PST)
    Tim Tebow on NFT Outlook for Athletes; Binance to Sell Rest of FTX Token Holdings
    Nov 7, 6:00 AM (PST)
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    #120989
    zerosum
    Participant

    For some reason all kinds of FTX reports are in the news.

    #120990
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Climate Gender Equity Fund
    This is rebranding of “same-old.”
    There have always been programs that focused on promoting women as business owners for a variety of reasons — this is just a rebranding and re-phrasing. A rose by any other name….

    #120991
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Impeccable David Chappelle with his brilliant timing.
    I think that reading the disclaimer at the beginning was a serious business and separate from the overall stand-up, despite the laughter in the audience. Nothing funny about that.

    #120992
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    The question is not between having regulation and not having regulation.

    Human societies have moral codes — standards of what is proper or inappropriate.
    Effective societies manage to teach their young these standards, so that the new generation carries them on.
    Every human society has some with “anti-social personality disorder” or its equivalent.
    A healthy society keeps its anti-socials largely hemmed in — it does not grant power and prestige to its anti-socials. This minimizes the negative impact of the anti-socials on the rest of the community.
    Less healthy societies permit anti-socials to rise in power. This creates a situation where non-anti-socials see the behavior problems of anti-socials as something to emulate. Bullies are enshrined. Exploitation of others is viewed as “normal” and “acceptable.”

    In 1906, around the time that Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was published, there was some light regulation on the meatpacking industry. The extant regulation was easily corrupted with bribes. There were also few explicit standards for meatpacking. Since food was turning into a mass produced commodity — a relatively new development at the time — standards needed to be developed to maintain the quality and safety of the product. At least two independent groups verified the meatpacking horror in The Jungle — the book publisher, (who didn’t want a backlash from the powerful meat-packing industry if the allegations proved false,) and a trusted envoy from Theodore Roosevelt’s administration. (Roosevelt didn’t trust what the head of the current federal meat regulation reported, and sent eyes that he did trust.)

    The response to The Jungle was two-fold:
    (1) Standards for food industries were developed
    (2) A regulation system to enforce standards.

    I would suggest that most of us agree that standards are needed. It helps to know that we can count on poultry cooked to 175 to be safe for human consumption. It is nice to know that cooks at a local restaurant are aware of this. Standards can be centralized or decentralized. They can be top-down, bottom-up, or lateral or a combination. They can be enforced, voluntary, or a combination.

    But then we have the anti-socials…and our current Western society is not very healthy, we have been allowing anti-socials to rise to the top in our businesses and our governments. We glorify many of their traits in out entertainment and art. This is unwise.

    (BTW — anti-socials are not CJ Hopkin’s “deviants.” Societies need deviants. Deviants push boundaries, cause societies to see the problems that they prefer to hide, cause social reflection, and promote growth and development. Upton Sinclair was a deviant. Assange is a deviant. So are those who frequent TAE. Deviants help keep societies from going off the rails. Right now, the anti-socials are quixotically promoting a segment of societies deviants — the unclear gender folks — which is a strange choice….)

    When anti-socials rise in societal power, they corrupt our institutions. This results in problems and injustices, such as:
    – standards that are designed to keep the anti-socials in power, rather than focusing on food safety and purity
    – regulation applied (misapplied, or not applied) in a manner to maintain and consolidate the power of the anti-socials

    Regulation reigned in many of the problematic business practices of the anti-socials that were present in 1906. Regulation had been corrupt prior to then, has been since corrupted. What is new about that? However, zero regulation will not fix the problem, because the problems stem from anti-social behavior and the current cult that worships at the feet of powerful anti-socials. We need standards, AND we need healthy-minded individuals who appreciate and value the standards — who comply because it makes sense or who see a different/better way to apply the intent of the standard, (deviants often do this,) and by doing so the details of the standard – or regulations – adjust.

    #120993

    Anyone- is this thread on Dan Friedberg a squirrel? And what of the warning for people not to log in to FTX (here, and here), lest they download a trojan? Is this just clutter-up and diversion?
    I do not own crypto. I am puzzled how people could have sunk so muchl onto an exchange after mt gox.

    Econ Theater has quite the new soap opera, and anyone can get a bit part..

    #120994
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Gee, is there a pattern here

    Not only murdering children with the Quackcine Clotshot, but making sure they are never born to begin with.

    An entire generation who is ‘fertility compromised’

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    #120995

    Biden and Xi…
    “Strategic ambiguity” is just a clever title
    For lack of perspicuity when clarity is vital.

    #120996
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The graph does not include 2022 yet.

    Looks like it’s headed to “The Children of Men” territory.

    #120997
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    NATOstan nations behave exactly as one would expect them to behave when one recognises that they are simply gangs of murderous thieves and liars and are the latest manifestation of a long line of murderous thieves and liars who have been manipulating the general populaces of numerous countries for well over 100 years (nearly 1000 years in the case of England), long before NATO was set up to prevent the USSR from liberating the debt slaves and wage slaves the money-lenders had captured at birth. .

    To expect the monstrous multifaceted predicament created by these gangs of thieves and liars over many generations to come to an end other than utterly catastrophically is to be totally deluded.

    Until the whole system completely unravels -that is the fake money system, the phony banking system, the fake markets, the destructive and terminally corrupted energy systems, the totally unsustainable living arrangements, the surreally bizarre political narratives etc.- we must expect NATOstan governments to continue to do what they have always done, which to make everything that matters worse via yet more destruction and deceit for the short-term benefits of a few, and to persecute those who oppose their evil agendas.

    #120998
    John Day
    Participant

    That “antineoplastin” looks like good stuff. (Anti-cancer treatment video)
    How was Dr.Burzynski able to afford and survive all of those legal attacks?

    #120999

    Chapelle and that disclaimer reminds me of that magician a while back who started out by saying that the only way these “psychological experiments” work is when everyone is in on it except the marks subjects.

    #121000
    John Day
    Participant

    @Oroboros: It’s almost enough to get you to believe that our owners are culling the herd, using all available means, isn’t it?

    #121001
    John Day
    Participant

    Phoenixvoice: Good essay, Sister!

    #121002
    John Day
    Participant

    @Dr.D: I was going to point this out, but I read a little farther and saw that it was not necessary.

    “Oh, PS, Dulles was the guy trying to end the Russian Stalemate by starting WWIII in Cuba. And a couple other places before then. Kennedy tried to take him out and then… Well, I guess things happen. All accidental of course. Nobody ever plans anything, Ever.”

    #121003
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    This is what a successful war of attrition looks like.

    #121004
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    The destruction of the financial system and economies of western nations by central banks continues, as does the culling of the population.

    #121005
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    At any given moment (and this fact does go up or down from moment to moment, depending on many factors), at any given moment the point at which an individual stops resisting efforts to criminally harm them is the point at which they become either enslaved or dead.

    The general tendency for how this plays out in the real world is that if one stops resisting then the chances are better that one will be subjugated rather than immediately murdered or imprisoned. It’s not always the case, but the TENDENCY is that if one submits to force or threat then the perpetrator would prefer using your enslaved services to their own benefit, rather than simply rob and kill you on the spot.

    When a slave is worth more alive than they are worth dead (i.e. the cost/benefit calculation of keeping the slave alive) then that slave will probably be kept alive. But when the cost of keeping them gets too high, or if the slaves start causing serious trouble for the owner(s), then the owner(s) will dispose of them like a used condom.

    Once the decision is made then the decision has been made, and that decision will be carried out by the entire chain of command in lock step compliance (lest THEY become more trouble than they’re worth, and be added to the discarded heap in the mass grave.) If the the decision by the “owner/ruler class” is to reduce the population by 95%, then so be it. Compliance with that decision will be carried out. Those who resist will be either or enslaved or killed, largely dependent upon the point at which they stop resisting. Those who comply will usually be allowed to live for a while longer, and those who continue to resist will be either imprisoned or killed immediately.

    In a different world (which is not the one we are in) it might make sense to comply with the apparatus of business and government, especially if that business or government meant you no harm. Alas, that it is not the case. It is the case that the owner/ruler class (in large part) has decided to reduce its slave holdings by 95%.

    At what stage of criminal trespass upon body and soul will people stop resisting?

    #121006
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    @ Oroboros – Love the fur coat and gold chain, nice accessorizing.
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    For a love of gawd, … why would anyone sport a fur coat and gold chain on 18th of August, 2022, anywhere in the northern hemisphere? Not to mention, anywhere in Ukraine, …

    F.S.

    #121007
    WES
    Participant

    I wonder what the current birth rates are for Europe, Britain, US, New Zealand, and Canada are?

    That would confirm Australia’s trend of sharply lower birth rates.

    #121008
    jb-hb
    Participant

    I knew about FTX right from the start. Not the NAME. But as soon as I saw dems frothing at the mouth that we need to send billions and even MOAR billions to The Ukraine, I knew those billions would end up funding the Democrat party in the midterms.

    The only question was what name would pop up for the money launderer and how much would get skimmed on the way back to the US.

    Hillary spent, officially, a billion on her run. If even 5 billion made it back to the US, that’s a lot of official funding and a lot of bribes and things as well.

    Don’t tell me FTX is the only one unless you want me to laugh uncontrollably

    I dread the astroturf BS the leftover billions are going to fund in the future. A further delight to look forward to surely.

    #121009
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.csis.org/analysis/united-states-running-out-weapons-send-ukraine

    Is the United States Running out of Weapons to Send to Ukraine?

    September 16, 2022
    Status of Weapons and Munitions Inventories
    The table below summarizes the status of key weapons and munitions as a result of transfers to Ukraine. A detailed discussion of the individual items follows the table.

    Although many countries have provided some support, the bulk has come from the United States, and that imbalance will continue. In the long term, this support can come from new production and the United States has already begun to make such arrangements. However, because these systems will not arrive for many years, they are useful in rebuilding a postwar Ukrainian military, not for fighting the current conflict. In the short-term, U.S. support needs to come from existing stocks that can be transferred quickly and have immediate effect on the battlefield.

    Although some U.S. stocks are running low, alternatives―older, experimental, or nonstandard systems―are available, and these will constitute an increasingly large proportion of transfers. The United States might also acquire some stocks from third countries. ( from USA bases in other countries)

    #121011
    Dora
    Participant

    The Rembrandt (attributed) painting. Maybe from his workshop. I doubt it’s a full Rembrandt.

    #121012
    jb-hb
    Participant

    RE: the rivers being an obstacle. I’ve been thinking about Dr D’s post on the withdrawal for a few days now. Here’s my armchair general take on it.

    Post-Kursk – so 1943 onward – Germany maintained, what the complaining Generals called in their memoirs, “strategic balconies.” Positions at the northern and southern edges of the front (along the Baltic and Black seas) would be DEEPLY bypassed, but instead of allowing the Generals to pull back, it was insisted they be left there for future operations that never came.

    Those “strategic balconies” DO match those areas most troublesome to get into due to being close to the mouths of large rivers. So the areas the USSR bypassed in 1943-1944 could be expected to line up well with areas Russia would bypass in the future.

    The Dneiper bend was broken into, starting around October 1943. Major thrusts came between Kremenchug and Dnepropetrosk (Kemenchuck and Dneipro) The other breakthrough was between Pereyaslavl and Kanev (Pereyaslavl and Kinev)

    By Feb 1944, the USSR is halfway to the Dneister, with the Bug still to cross as well. Nevertheless, there’s Germans hanging onto the Dneiper from a little south of Nikopol all the way down to Kherson. Even though the USSR is already in Luck/Lutsk in Poland 400 miles further West!

    Every map of the situation changing, from the Germans sitting on the Dneiper until they are ejected from the USSR, the USSR does appear to be bypassing them near the Black Sea and then attacking these positions from the North at their leisure. And generally speaking, the USSR pushed the Germans off the Dneiper by attacking South, not West.

    Therefore they’d need to be sitting on the Dneiper from Kremenchug down to Dnepropetrosk if they want Odessa.

    How far are they from that line? From approximately where they are now-

    250km/155mi from Kharkov to Kremenchug/Kemenchuck
    140km/87mi from Vasylivka to Dnepropetrosk/Dnipro

    So they have QUITE a long ways to go before reaching the October 1943 jumping off point for dislodging the opposition from the Dneiper bend. I think the absolute soonest it could happen IF EVER would be Summer 2023. Too far away for this Winter. Spring is Mud Season. Highly unlikely, but incredibly unlikely before then.

    #121013
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    What do they know we don’t know? Since Dec. 20, 2020, this undertaker outfit acquired seventeen (17) independent funeral parlour in Canada and the U.S., … latest just now:

    Park Lawn Continues Western Expansion
    https://www.accesswire.com/724667/Park-Lawn-Continues-Western-Expansion

    … just curious,

    F.S.

    #121014
    Dora
    Participant

    What do they know that we don’t? It’s a mystery.

    #121015
    jb-hb
    Participant

    In connection with the funeral homes… they say they are finding strange, long “clots.” There’s certainly lots of pictures out there. I would love to know if anyone checked to see what they are definitely made of. They are white – not the typical color of a clot if I understand correctly.

    I decided to check what is the craziest idea of what they are, so I searched “clot analysis” on bitchute and received search results saying they have a “metallic composition” and contain “self-assembling biocircutry” which “”seek out tin, aluminum, and sodium while avoiding magnesium”

    So now I know what Bitchute thinks, but am probably no wiser. I too sometimes seek out tin.

    But I guess if you’ve had the shot and give bitchute some credence, don’t drink beverages from cans. Probably best to avoid aluminum deodorants as well. And aluminum baking powder. And use parchment paper or corningware when baking.

    If this were happening, we’d see, what, a sodium deficiency or salt-craving? If something IS self assembling, then what’s the plan to get it the construction materials it needs? If the shots contained metals, (titanium, iron, etc…) well… does that fit a working theory? Lol is this going to be a fantastic year for salty snack manufacturers?

    If the self-assembling thingies tinfoil theory is correct, then we should see nutrient deficiencies in the injected, shouldn’t we, just like with any other parasite? What nutrient and trace nutrient deficiencies might we be seeing if it were checked? (would it mirror the metals and %’s of metals in doses that had been rejected due to contamination?)

    I sure wish there was higher grade info available than tinfoil.

    #121016
    Redneck
    Participant

    Oroboros
    “Not to mention that now, the Russians can blow the dam up stream at any time and drown the Ukrorats in the Dneiper estuary. They already blew up the rail line and road across the top of the damn, doing the dam is a detail”

    Watching DPA yesterday he was explaining that the South side of the Dnieper where the Russians have set up their defense pillboxes is the most susceptible to flooding , not the Northern side.Isn’t the reason the Russians have retreated because the UKRANIANS were going to blow the dam , not Russia. If the Ukys were going to blow it , why don’t the Russians just prevent them from doing that?

    FTX , a Jew an Indian and a Chinx , scamming has now been diversified, thank god that the fraud business is no longer only in the hands of white supremists.

    The enablers of the Ukrainian wars and scamming , global crooks.

    How many are Jews?

    SOROS , BANKRUPT-FRIED, LIZ AND DICK UIHELIEN, GRIFFIN ,YASS,MELLON,ELLISON, THIEL?

    With Nuland ,Zelensky and all the Jewish oligarchs involved , the only ones missing are Jizzlane and Epstein.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/sbf-questioned-bahamas-police-elon-counters-there-will-be-no-investigation-major-democrat

    More rain this week , another 50 mm. An interesting take on why it is so wet. Dude reckons the pacific volcanic eruption is partly responsible.

    #121017
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    ***financial disclosure: author Dr. D Rich owes several shares of TRON

    “Gary Gensler blew it again. After his agency failed to warn investors about Terra and Celsius—whose collapses this spring sparked a trillion-dollar investor wipeout—the Securities and Exchange Commission chair allowed an even bigger debacle to unfold right under his nose”

    Hahahahahahaha!!!!! Or how Liars help the Lying Liars Lie.
    And ppl genuinely buy, regurgitate and defend this horseshit

    #121018
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    owNs not owes

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