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Ukraine Admits Firing Missile Near Poland Blast Site – CNN (RT)
Zelensky Doubles Down On Poland Missile (RT)
Gen. Milley Claims He Couldn’t Reach Moscow After Poland Missile Incident (RT)
Poland Should Guard Part Of Ukrainian Airspace – General (RT)
Missile Incident Was Ukrainian ‘Provocation’ – Polish Politician (RT)
Poland Wants Russian Oil Despite EU Embargo – Kommersant (RT)
Drone Strikes Deep In Russian Territory – Governor (RT)
The G20’s Balinese Geopolitical Dance (Escobar)
Eurozone Facing Deep Recession – Economists (RT)
Xi Roasts Justin Trudeau At G20 (RT)
Did SBF Buy Puff-Piece Propaganda? (ZH)
American Attempts To Preserve Hegemony Vs The New World Order (Kortunov)
US Congress Will Continue To Oppose Jet Sale To Turkey – Rep. Malliotakis (K.)
Sperm Counts Plummeting Dramatically – Faster Than Previously Thought (EHN)
Fauci’s Pandemic Leadership Needs to Be Investigated – Dr. Scott Atlas (ET)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lots of RT today. Seems to be the only place for relevant information on Zelensky’s -and Poland’s- attempts to start WWIII.

“It doesn’t matter to Germany whose rocket fell in Poland, in any case, Russia is to blame, because it attacked Ukraine” – Olaf Scholz

Ukraine Admits Firing Missile Near Poland Blast Site – CNN (RT)

Ukrainian military officials told their American and other Western counterparts that they attempted to intercept a Russian missile near the site of a fatal blast in Poland on Tuesday, CNN reported. While Kiev initially blamed the explosion on Russia, Western leaders have since stated that it was likely caused by an errant Ukrainian air defense projectile. Citing a US official, CNN anchor Jim Sciutto said on Wednesday that the Ukrainian military has informed its Western backers that it “attempted to intercept a Russian missile in the same timeframe and near [the] location” of a “missile strike” at the Polish village of Przewowdow a day earlier. “It’s not clear this is [the] same missile that struck Poland, but this has informed ongoing US assessment,” Sciutto added.

The apparent admission by Ukraine’s military marks a dramatic climbdown by Kiev since Tuesday, when Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky called the incident a “Russian attack on the collective security” of NATO. In a video statement, Zelensky urged the West to put Russia “in its place” in response. However, in the time since the blast, Ukraine’s Western backers have all but confirmed that the missile was fired from Ukraine. US President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Polish President Andrzej Duda have all stated that the blast was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile, with Duda opting not to call for urgent consultations under Article 4 of the NATO Treaty.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that analysis of debris at the site of the explosion showed that it was caused by a missile from the S-300 air defense system, a Soviet-era system fielded by Ukraine. Poland is currently leading an investigation into the explosion, which killed two people. The blast occurred during an intense Russian bombardment of Ukrainian command centers and energy infrastructure. Russia has pummeled Ukraine with near-daily missile and drone strikes since October, following what Russian President Vladimir Putin called Ukrainian “terrorist attacks” on Russian territory. Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushenko called Tuesday’s barrage the “most massive shelling of [Ukraine’s] energy system” since the beginning of the conflict in February.

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“Ukraine’s president Zelensky is pushing back against Western suggestions, including those of the US and Nato, that a stray Ukrainian missile was responsible for the deadly blast in Poland. ‘I have no doubt that it was not our rocket,’ he told reporters.”

Zelensky Doubles Down On Poland Missile (RT)

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky continued to insist his military did not fire the missile that killed two civilians in the Polish village of Przewodow. Ukraine wanted to be included in any investigation of the incident, he told reporters in Kiev on Wednesday. “I have no doubt that it was not our missile or our missile strike,” Zelensky said, according to Ukrainian media. Noting that this is what the Ukrainian air force commander told him on Tuesday evening, he added, “It makes no sense for me not to trust them.” The Ukrainian president also said the Przewodow incident was yet another argument for NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, something he has been asking for since February.

Zelensky was quick to blame “terrorist” Russia for what he described as an attack on NATO and the concept of collective security itself. His foreign minister Dmitry Kuleba did likewise. Neither have retracted their claims, even after Poland announced the missile that struck Przewodow was from a S-300 air defense system. “There is a high probability that it was a Ukrainian air defense missile,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, CNN quoted unnamed Ukrainian military officials as saying the missile was indeed theirs. Zelensky, however, told reporters he disagreed with phrases like “high probability” and that Ukraine “has the right” to see the evidence and data from partner countries. So far, he said, Kiev has received nothing.

“We must participate in the investigation,” Zelensky said, according to the UNIAN news agency. “I want it to be fair and if it was the use of our air defense, then I want this evidence.” While the incident in Przewodow happened amid a Russian cruise missile attack on key energy and military infrastructure targets in Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry swiftly noted that the debris filmed in Poland had nothing to do with any Russian weapon. Nor had anything nearby been targeted by the Russian military, Moscow added. Even the US government acknowledged the projectile that hit the Polish village was not Russian. On Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also said the missile had been Ukrainian and there were no indications of a Russian attack. He argued that the ultimate responsibility for the incident still lay with Moscow, however.

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Bad if he’s lying, bad if he’s not.

Gen. Milley Claims He Couldn’t Reach Moscow After Poland Missile Incident (RT)

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley tried and failed to reach his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, in the wake of a deadly missile incident in Poland, he revealed to journalists. “My staff was unsuccessful in getting me linked up with General Gerasimov,” he said during a joint press conference with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Wednesday. The failed contact happened after a missile hit a Polish village on the border with Ukraine and killed two locals on Tuesday. It came amid a Russian barrage targeting Ukrainian military and energy infrastructure. President Vladimir Zelensky claimed that the weapon was Russian and urged NATO to invoke its collective defense provisions in response. Western nations have since assessed that the projectile was most likely a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile that went astray. But the Ukrainian leader doubled down on his claim that it was not fired by Kiev’s forces.


During the media briefing, both US defense officials declined to comment on the difference of opinion. “We have full confidence in Poland’s ability to conduct this investigation in the proper way, and until that’s complete, again, I think it’s – it’d be premature for anybody to jump to conclusions,” Austin said. Zelensky named Ukraine’s chief of defense, General Valery Zaluzhny, as the source of his information about the projectile’s origin. Milley said he also talked to the general, but declined to say what he was told about the incident. The Russian military has denied responsibility and said images of the missile debris clearly identified it as Ukrainian. The Foreign Ministry accused Kiev of trying to gain more Western support under a false pretext and said that an impartial investigation would expose the Ukrainian “provocation”.

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In the middle of it all, Ukraine adds another call for a no fly zone. As if we forgot what that means. Trying to get NATO openly into the war.

Poland Should Guard Part Of Ukrainian Airspace – General (RT)

Polish General Roman Polko said that the country’s air defenses should assume responsibility for part of Ukraine’s territory, in the wake of a deadly missile strike on a village near the Ukraine border. Speaking to Radio ZET on Wednesday, Polko, who used to serve as the Deputy Chief of the Polish National Security Bureau, suggested that Poland should protect a “strip of airspace extending into Ukrainian territory and build air defense systems.” “We cannot allow Polish citizens to die,” he stressed, expressing hope that the incident would accelerate deliveries of defense weapons. The general went on to say that Polish authorities should ramp up defense capabilities as well as increase airspace monitoring.

“We should inform Russia that Ukraine and… the border belt will be constantly monitored by the NATO alliance and Russian combat assets will be shot down,” Polko added. He also noted that the “unprecedented attack” should prompt NATO to “finally lift restrictions” and give Ukraine long-range weapons. According to media reports, the US, Kiev’s most prominent backer, has been reluctant to send these types of arms to Ukraine, fearing it would escalate the conflict. While Germany said that, along with its NATO partners, Berlin has no plans to try and close off Ukrainian airspace, noting that such a move could trigger a direct clash between Russia and NATO forces. “Together with all our allies we agreed that we want to avoid a further escalation of this war in Ukraine,” a government spokesperson explained.

Berlin had proposed to help Poland patrol its airspace, according to Germany’s defense ministry spokesman. It comes in the aftermath of a missile strike on the village of Przewodow, close to the Ukrainian border, which killed two civilians. While Poland initially claimed that the projectile was “manufactured in Russia,” later, President Andrzej Duda noted that it was probably launched by Ukrainian air defenses. The Russian Defense Ministry denied involvement, stating that its experts had analyzed the photos from the scene and identified parts of the projectile “as elements of a missile from the S-300 air defense system used by the Air Force of Ukraine.”

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“Instead of telling “fairy tales” about the missile, the Polish president should tell Ukraine’s Vladimir Zelensky that Warsaw “will no longer put up with this behavior” by Kiev.”

Missile Incident Was Ukrainian ‘Provocation’ – Polish Politician (RT)

Poland should rethink its position towards the conflict in Ukraine after a “provocation” on the part of Kiev that cost two villagers their lives, a former city councilman in Lublin said on Wednesday. Jaroslaw Pakula, whose term ended four days before the incident, said the missile that struck Przewodow was obviously Ukrainian and that the government in Warsaw needed to send a message to Kiev instead of telling “fairy tales” to its citizens. “Of course, this is a Ukrainian rocket. Of course, this is a provocation on the part of the Ukrainian authorities,” Pakula posted on his Facebook page. “The rocket could not be fired 100km in the opposite direction by mistake.” The purpose of the provocation was to scare the EU and get civil society support for sending even more weapons to Ukraine, Pakula added.

Instead of telling “fairy tales” about the missile, the Polish president should tell Ukraine’s Vladimir Zelensky that Warsaw “will no longer put up with this behavior” by Kiev. “I urge you to rethink Poland’s position [regarding] this war in the event that the red line is crossed again!” Pakula concluded. Pakula’s Facebook page still has a Ukrainian flag over his portrait photo, and lists him as chairman of the city council of Lublin, the seat of the region where Przewodow is located. The official city website, however, notes that he was no longer in office as of November 11. Zelensky was quick to accuse Russia of attacking Poland and the entire NATO after a missile exploded in Przewodow on Tuesday afternoon, killing two people.

The government in Kiev said the incident showed the need for NATO to “close the sky” over Ukraine, as they have demanded since February. While Zelensky continues to insist the missile was Russian, Warsaw and Moscow have both identified it as a S-300 air defense missile, with Poland calling it “Russian-made” and Russia pointing out it was in Ukrainian service. The US and NATO have also described the missile as an air defense rocket that strayed, seeking to minimize the incident while also arguing that Russia was the ultimate culprit for bombing Ukraine in the first place. The Russian military has pointed out that Tuesday’s missile strikes on Ukrainian military and energy infrastructure targets came nowhere close to the Polish border.

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And despite accusing Russia of attacking it.

Poland Wants Russian Oil Despite EU Embargo – Kommersant (RT)

Poland plans to continue buying Russian oil in 2023 via the “Druzhba” (Friendship) pipeline, despite vows from the country’s authorities to abandon imports from the sanctioned country, the daily Kommersant reported on Wednesday. Poland’s major oil refiner and retailer Orlen has sent a bid to Russia’s oil and gas transporting company Transneft to receive three million tons of oil through the Druzhba pipeline in 2023, the outlet reported, citing a source in the Polish oil industry. Transneft has confirmed the order without specifying which companies it came from and the requested volumes. On December 5, an EU embargo on Russian crude oil and petroleum products comes into force.

And even though it will not be applied to deliveries via the Druzhba pipeline, Germany and Poland, which receive oil through the northern branch of the pipeline, have officially announced that they will voluntarily give up Russian oil from the beginning of 2023. Kommersant has pointed out that the Polish oil company has active long-term contracts with Transneft and reminded readers that the country’s foreign minister Zbigniew Rau had said on November 14 that Orlen risks paying a penalty in case of a unilateral withdrawal from the agreement. At the moment, Orlen has stopped buying Russian oil on the spot market but continues to receive it under long-term contracts with Tatneft (2.4 million tons per year until 2024) and Rosneft (3.6 million tons per year), the outlet reports.

The contract with Rosneft was renewed for two years in March 2021 and, apparently, will still be valid in January and February 2023. Commenting on the issue, Transneft vice-president Sergey Andronov said that on top of the bids from the company’s clients, which use the southern leg of the Druzhba pipeline, there are “bids from Polish consumers for deliveries through Belarus in 2023.” Andronov added that he hoped that German buyers of Russian crude would be “equally reasonable about securing stable oil supplies” from Russia. Druzhba is one of the longest pipeline networks in the world and carries crude some 4,000 kilometers from the eastern part of European Russia to refineries in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

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Reeks a bit of Nordstream.

Drone Strikes Deep In Russian Territory – Governor (RT)

A drone has struck an oil terminal in Russia’s Oryol Region, some 200km (124 miles) from the Ukrainian border, Governor Andrey Klychkov said. “Around 4am today, an apparent drone struck an oil terminal in the village of Stalnoy Kon,” he wrote on his Telegram channel on Wednesday. “Nobody was hurt. Emergency services are working on site,” Klychkov added. Although the region does not share a border with Ukraine, it borders the Russian regions of Kursk and Bryansk where officials reported multiple Ukrainian attacks after Russia launched its military operation in the neighboring state on February 24.


News outlet Baza reported that the drone hit an upper section of a cylindrical steel tank, “a quarter” of which was filled with oil. The outlet added that there were no leaks or fires. According to news outlet Mash, the terminal is part of the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline network, which delivers Russian oil to Europe. Oryol Region, together with several neighboring regions, was placed on a state of heightened alert last month.

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“The Americans suddenly interested in talking, and Macron and Scholz approaching Lavrov, point to the heart of the matter: the EU and the UK may not survive next winter, 2023-2024, without Gazprom.”

The G20’s Balinese Geopolitical Dance (Escobar)

The fog thickened because on the backdrop of the G20, the US and Russia were talking in Ankara, represented by CIA director William Burns and SVR (Foreign Intel) director Sergei Naryshkin. No one knows what exactly was being negotiated. A ceasefire is only one among possible scenarios. And yet heated rhetoric from NATO in Brussels to Kiev suggests escalation prevailing over some sort of reconciliation. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was adamant; de facto and de jure, Ukraine can’t and does not want to negotiate. So the Special Military Operation (SMO) will continue. NATO is training fresh units. Next possible targets are the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant and the left bank of the Dnieper – or even more pressure in the north of Lugansk.

For their part, Russian military channels advance the possibility of a winter offensive on Nikolaev: only 30 km away from Russian positions. Serious Russian military analysts know what serious Pentagon analysts must also know: Russia used at best only 10% of its military potential so far. No regular forces; most of them are DPR and LPR militias, Wagner commandos, Kadyrov’s Chechens and volunteers. The Americans suddenly interested in talking, and Macron and Scholz approaching Lavrov, point to the heart of the matter: the EU and the UK may not survive next winter, 2023-2024, without Gazprom. The IEA has calculated that the overall deficit by then will approach 30 billion cubic meters. And that presupposes “ideal” circumstances this coming winter: mostly warm; China still under lockdowns; much lower gas consumption in Europe; even increased production (from Norway?)

The IEA‘s models are working with two or three waves of price increases in the next 12 months. EU budgets are already on red alert – compensating the losses caused by the current energy suicide. By the end of 2023, that may reach 1 trillion euros. Any additional, unpredictable costs throughout 2023 mean that the EU economy will completely collapse: industry shutdown across the spectrum, euro in free fall, rise of inflation, debt corroding every latitude from the Club Med nations to France and Germany. Dominatrix Ursula von der Leyen, leading the European Commission (EC), of course should be discussing all that – in the interests of EU nations – with global players in Bali. Instead her only agenda, once again, was demonization of Russia. No niskala here; just tawdry cognitive dissonance.

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2023-24.

Eurozone Facing Deep Recession – Economists (RT)

The 19 countries that use the euro are expected to plunge into a much deeper recession in the coming months than earlier predicted, CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing economists. According to the report, the euro area has been under “significant pressure” due to a combination of sanctions against Russia, an abrupt end to Russian gas imports, and the need to provide financial support to households and firms struggling with the energy crisis. CNBC cited data from the European Commission showing that consumer confidence across the Eurozone plunged to a record low in September. It has improved slightly since then, but households still fear for the future and their financial positions, the report says.

“Consumer confidence has plunged so badly that the recession will likely not be shallow,” Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg Bank, told the news network. Preliminary growth estimates for the region suggest a slowdown in the third quarter from the previous three-month period – from 0.8% growth to 0.2%. According to Spyros Andreopoulos, a senior European economist at BNP Paribas, “It will be deeper than certainly what the ECB [European Central Bank] council expects.” Earlier this month, ECB President Christine Lagarde indicated that “the risk of recession has increased.” Andreopoulos told CNBC that he sees a risk the recession might drag into the second quarter of 2023.

Economists agree that even if the Eurozone emerges from a recession in the first quarter of next year, the subsequent months will still be challenging. s“I expect the recovery to be slow,” chief European economist at UniCredit, Marco Valli, told the network, citing higher interest rates as one of the main factors preventing a faster recovery. When asked if it was going to be an easy year for the euro area, Valli said: “No, absolutely not.”

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sundance: “If you have not watched this video, you really should. Justin from Canada leaked the content of a private bilateral conversation with Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping to the media. Chairman Xi was not happy with the breach of diplomatic protocol. What makes this video remarkable is the purposeful decision by Chairman Xi to confront Justin from Canada in front of a western audience. Xi never speaks directly in public and is always aware of cameras. The Chinese Chairman almost always goes through spokespeople to relay his public communication, reserving his voice for controlled and disciplined conversation with national leaders. However, not this time. Chairman Xi dresses down Justin from Canada publicly, in view of cameras and microphones. Watch, and stay with it to the end when Justin from Canada awkwardly looks for somewhere to hide. It’s quite funny.”

Xi Roasts Justin Trudeau At G20 (RT)

Chinese President Xi Jinping has publicly dressed down Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for leaking the content of their meeting to the media. Canadian reporters captured the exchange on video during the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday. Barely a minute long, the exchange opens with Xi, speaking through a translator, telling Trudeau that “everything we discussed has been leaked to the papers.” “That is not appropriate. And that’s not the way the conversation was conducted,” Xi added. “If there was sincerity on your part…” “In Canada we believe in free and open and frank dialogue, and that is what we’ll continue to have,” Trudeau replied, speaking over the translator still trying to finish relaying Xi’s words. “We’ll continue to look to work constructively together but there will be things we will disagree on,” the Canadian leader added.


“Let’s create the conditions [for that] first,” replied Xi, offering Trudeau a handshake. While the Chinese leader smiled and moved on, the Canadian PM walked away from the camera, by himself. What Reuters described as “a rare display of public annoyance” by Xi follows media reports about the contents of his meeting with Trudeau on Tuesday. In the course of the ten-minute meeting, Trudeau raised “serious concerns” about China’s “interference activities” in Canada, ranging from industrial espionage to meddling in the 2019 federal election, a “government source” told AFP. According to the same source, they also discussed the situation in Ukraine, North Korea, and the upcoming biodiversity conference in December, which Beijing and Ottawa are co-hosting.

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How can you write about him without mentioning the Ukraine-FTX-Democrats connection?

Did SBF Buy Puff-Piece Propaganda? (ZH)

As FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried faces extradition to the USA following his fund’s commingled asset implosion, one might be a bit confused about the gravity of the situation given recent press coverage. For example, the NY Times on Monday published a cowering puff-piece which mentioned exactly none of the major accusations against the well-connected Democrat mega-donor. Months before his firm imploded, Vox penned a slobbering review of SBF’s “Effective Altruism” program, painting him as a benevolent crime-fighter in his efforts to help ensure Joe Biden won the 2020 US election. But his motivations aren’t those of an ordinary Democratic donor — Bankman-Fried told Goldstein that fighting Trump was less about promoting Democrats than ensuring “sane governance” in the US, which could have “massive, massive, ripple effects on what the future looks like.” -Vox

Fast forward to Tuesday, when Vox proclaimed that SBF’s support of Democratic candidates to the tune of $40 million, second only to George Soros, is “massively overstated” and essentially no big deal. And what do we have here? SBF gave millions to corporate media outlets according to Tablet, and noted by @balajis, who suggests that it may have been done with “stolen customer funds.” Over the past two years, Bankman-Fried cultivated the media lavishly, if not carefully. Drawing on what then seemed like an unlimited pool of cash, SBF (as we’ll call the mythologized version of the real person) dispersed investments, advertising dollars, sponsorships, and donations to key news outlets—including ProPublica, Vox, Semafor, and The Intercept—with extraordinary effectiveness. -Tablet

And while some of said outlets (Semafor, and The Intercept for example) covered FTX without obvious bias, recent pieces from Vox suggest the investment has paid off in spades. On Wednesday, Vox must have realized how dumb they looked – leading to Vox’s Dylan Matthews (who oddly took the “Vox” reference out of his Twitter bio earlier today) dumping what appears to be incriminating texts with another Vox journo. And while the NY Times wasn’t on the list of outlets that received money, perhaps SBF’s deep-rooted establishment connections have something to do with it.

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“While US officials use the “politically correct” rhetoric of multipolarity and multilateralism, the Biden administration is determined to restore a unipolar world..”

American Attempts To Preserve Hegemony Vs The New World Order (Kortunov)

NATO was unexpectedly enriched by two promising members, and the American military-industrial complex entered very attractive new markets not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world. Unprecedented export opportunities have also opened up for US energy companies, which are increasing the supply of their expensive liquefied natural gas to Europe as an alternative to the cheap Russian pipeline variety. Among other things, the current crisis has shown that the intellectual and psychological inertia of the old unipolar world is far from being overcome and continues to actively influence the world’s politics and economics. The surprising unanimity shown by the countries of the European Union in their willingness to reject any form of “strategic autonomy” from the US makes one wonder how serious the desire for this very autonomy was in the first place.

But the recurrence of systemic unipolarity is not unique to the West. For example, the threat of secondary sanctions by the US has in many cases proved to be a decisive factor in determining the opportunities and constraints for non-Western countries to develop economic and other cooperation with Moscow. Under US pressure, Turkey decided to refuse to service Russian Mir payment cards, and China’s Huawei was forced to begin winding down its activities in Russia. The new US National Security Strategy recently signed by Biden is steeped in outright restorationist pathos. The document speaks of the indispensability of American leadership, the unchanging task of “containing” China and Russia, the promotion of liberal values around the world, etc.

While US officials use the “politically correct” rhetoric of multipolarity and multilateralism, the Biden administration is determined to restore a unipolar world, exactly as it existed in the 1990s. To quote a well-known aphorism from the days of the Bourbon restoration to the French throne after the Napoleonic wars, one can state that Washington strategists “have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.” Which is not surprising when you consider what age group Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump belong to.

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“We are always concerned when we really don’t know what Erdogan may say or do…”

US Congress Will Continue To Oppose Jet Sale To Turkey – Rep. Malliotakis (K.)

US representative Nicole Malliotakis appeared confident on Wednesday that both the Senate and Congress will ultimately uphold a provision banning the sale of F-16s to Turkey without a firm commitment that the fighter jets will not be used against America’s allies. “We feel that we are in a good place and we are going to continue to advocate for the protection of our allies,” Malliotakis told state broadcaster ERT in Washington, after signing a letter along with another 21 representatives urging US lawmakers to uphold the provision. Despite the fact that the provision was dropped by the Senate in its version of the defense spending bill last month, getting the amendment passed in the first place “played a very strong role and also sent a very strong message to the Administration that there is bipartisan opposition in both the House and the Senate,” Malliotakis, a Republican, said.

“We’re working with Senator Menendez as the chair of foreign affairs and I’ve been working with [Michael] McCaul, who I think might be the next chair of foreign affairs in the House, to ensure that there is a not a sign-off on such as sale,” she added, referring to Senator Bob Menendez, one of the original authors of the amendment. Asked whether support for the provision would continue should the Republican party gain control of the House, Malliotakis said that “a majority of the members of the House still oppose [the sale].” “When we had that amendment come to the floor, we were able to get the Republican votes, and they were the ones that actually passed the bill,” she said.

“We are always concerned when we really don’t know what Erdogan may say or do. He has been acting aggressively and his rhetoric has been disturbing, but that’s why we need members of Congress, we need the Administration to reaffirm its support for our allies in the region,” Malliotakis told ERT.

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“..a decline in sperm count in North America, Europe, Australia and parts of Asia of 28.5% between 1973 and 2011..”

“..average global sperm count in 2018 was 49 million per milliliter of semen. When a man’s sperm count drops below about 45 million per milliliter, his ability to cause a pregnancy starts dropping dramatically..”

Sperm Counts Plummeting Dramatically – Faster Than Previously Thought (EHN)

For years, scientists across the world have gathered evidence showing declines in sperm quality. Now, new research compiling the results of those studies has found that sperm count has dropped dramatically around the world, and the rate of decline is accelerating.

In a new analysis, researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center, the University of Copenhagen, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, among others, found that sperm count globally dropped by more than half between 1973 and 2018, and that the decline is accelerating: Since 1972, sperm count has dropped by about 1% each year. Since 2000, the annual decrease has been, on average, more than 2.6%. The findings raise concerns that an increasing number of people will need assistance to reproduce, as well as concerns about the overall health of human society, since low sperm count is linked to higher rates of some diseases. And while scientists are still trying to tease out the reasons for the drop, chemical exposures, especially to pesticides, are a likely factor — and climate change may even play a role. Researchers are calling for urgent action to bolster more research into sperm count, determine the causes of the decline, and prevent further deterioration of male reproductive health. “We have clear evidence that there is a crisis in male reproduction,” Hagai Levine, lead author on the study and an epidemiologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told EHN.

The study builds on the team’s previous research, which showed a decline in sperm count in North America, Europe, Australia and parts of Asia of 28.5% between 1973 and 2011. Adding data from 38 studies to the new analysis has made the case for sperm decline stronger, Shanna Swan, an author on the paper and a leading reproductive epidemiologist at Mount Sinai, told EHN. “It’s really alarming,” said Swan, who is also an adjunct scientist with Environmental Health Sciences, which publishes EHN.org. Swan authored the book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race. The research found that the average global sperm count in 2018 was 49 million per milliliter of semen. When a man’s sperm count drops below about 45 million per milliliter, his ability to cause a pregnancy starts dropping dramatically, said Swan.

She said the results could mean that in the coming decades, large swaths of the global population of men could be subfertile or infertile, or could require assisted reproduction techniques, like in vitro fertilization, or IVF, hormone treatment, or a technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection, in which sperm are directly injected into an egg. In addition to the drop in average sperm count, Levine said it was surprising that the rate of decline was accelerating, rather than slowing down. “Is there a tipping point, that once you cross, you get an even worse situation?” he said. “That’s something to really pay attention to.”

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Well, they got the House now… Let’s go!

Fauci’s Pandemic Leadership Needs to Be Investigated – Dr. Scott Atlas (ET)

Former White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Scott Atlas sees multiple reasons for an investigation into Dr. Anthony Fauci, the outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Such a probe has been discussed as Republicans inch closer to a House majority that would grant them subpoena powers. Some Republican lawmakers have accused Fauci of playing a role in misleading the public about the origins of COVID-19 and supporting pandemic mandates they describe as draconian. While Atlas, a vocal critic of the NIAID head, is “very skeptical” that an investigation like this could get away from politics or the perception of it being political, he thinks it’s warranted. Fauci’s changing stance on certain COVID-19 policies needs to be put under the spotlight, Atlas recently said on EpochTV’s “Newsmakers.”

“The real, clear public airing of exactly what happened needs to be done,” said Atlas, a senior fellow in health care policy at the Hoover Institution and contributor to The Epoch Times. “I personally am very skeptical that a political investigation, no matter who does it, is going to be done without politics, or if it’s going to be perceived as nonpolitical. I don’t trust people in government at all. They don’t deserve to be trusted, to be objective. “What was the motivation to flip flop multiple times with policy?” His question was referring to Fauci’s changing stance on pandemic school closures that drew criticism in late 2020.

He further questioned if there had been any “cover-up” of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Fauci’s division, citing the awards to the Wuhan Institute of Virology through the New York nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance as an example. EcoHealth Alliance, which continues to receive millions of dollars in grants from the NIH, was subjected to scrutiny by multiple federal agencies over its partnership with the Wuhan lab. The Office of Investigations of the Department of Health and Human Services in late 2020 briefly opened a probe over alleged “major fraud against the United States.” The probe was closed in January 2021, according to internal documents, which had the reasons for the closure redacted. The allegation states that “the COVID-19 virus was generated in … China with the assistance of an NIH Grant.”

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    Cimabue Christ mocked c1280 (Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters)   • Ukraine Admits Firing Missile Near Poland Blast Site – CNN (RT) • Zelensky
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle November 17 2022]

    #121187
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Ukraine: Nazi Salutes all around. Heil!

    (Jimmy Dore)

    I particularly love the soccer stadium of 40,000 people with the sig heil salute. Stay Classy, Biden. You Blue Hairs: never change. Supporting literal Nazis with their heart, soul, and blood. In a country it’s unsafe for blacks to work in because: Racism. Ethnic cleansing.

    So is $40 Billion really enough support for them? If they sig heil by the 100,000 and hate blacks, shouldn’t we really give them $100 Billion? $200 Billion? Ah Democrats: Party of the KKK since 1865. Opening slave markets and promoting genocide worldwide.

    Fairness? USA Today gives another tongue bath to Pence. Only 50 GOP House opposed war at all. Certainly the last RINOs have not been purged.

    “WEF’s Klaus Schwab Gives Speech to G20 on the “Need to Restructure the World”

    Who is this guy that he gets to tell the G20 what to do? The NY Longshoreman’s Union doesn’t get to speak. Why this joker?

    Biden on Democrats’ Effort to Codify Roe v. Wade: ‘I Don’t Think There’s Enough Votes’”

    52 years in a row! Too soon? Gooooo Democrats! “We care so much™” Roe = Top Priority! “When have we ever lied?™”

    FTX by Armstrong. https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/cryptocurrency/ftx-crypto-implosion/ He immediately stops talking about Bankman and picks up how MF Global was equally stole money, equally collapsing, equally donors to the DNC, and equally were allowed to do whatever they wanted, against every law. Corzine went on to become a Obama fundraiser to rousing cheers and no discrediting at all. …But that’s true of all fundraisers. If you don’t steal at least a billion dollars now, you’re a nobody. Or kill 100,000 people, like Obama or Fauci. That’s true currency too.

    Who was MF Global illegally re-routed by the NY Judge to protect? Why Gislane Maxwell’s father, of course! The pretty-much official-reality Mossad agent. NY saved all his former London banks and Companies, at American taxpayer expense.

    “It doesn’t matter who bombed Poland, because Russia bombed Poland.” – Olaf Scholz, translation.

    Yup, Don’t burden me with facts and evidence, I wouldn’t follow them anyway. My mind’s made up.

    Great wrap up of massive Russian missile barrages dismantling Nazilensky’s electric grid.even as Ukronazi fanboys have said for six months that Russia is ‘running out of missiles’”

    Chilling. Makes me sad. Don’t get into wars, they are very serious business indeed.

    “Stocks Sink as Yield Curve Tumbles to Biggest Inversion in 40 Years”

    Most economists are unsure if there’ll be a recession. …That we’re already in. While Amazon lost a trillion dollars. Tesla lost half a trillion. Evergrande isn’t paying. And FTX lost $60B.

    “This lesson should have been long learnt since the downing of #MH17.”

    I agree. If you know anything about MH17, and apply a minute of common sense, this statement stands out.

    1) Everything Ukraine says is a knowing lie.
    2) Everything the media says is a knowing lie.

    “It’s not clear this is [the] same missile that struck Poland,”

    Slow walking the painfully obvious, another tactic. Because Me = Good, You = Bad, Presumed guilty until they prove a negative.

    “ Zelensky Doubles Down on Poland Missile (RT)”

    Such desperation shows they’re clearly winning. Russia is turned back and Ukraine will occupy Moscow to Vladivostok soon.

    “Zelensky was quick to blame “terrorist” Russia for what he described as an attack on NATO”

    Because words have no meaning, generally States cannot be terrorists. They are war mongers. An “Attack” must by definition be intentional. It must also be relevant, as with a Russian car accident in Berlin. And when Russia attacks NATO, you won’t have any doubts about it or miss it. This is perhaps the greatest crime, similar to the Western hyperventilating about everything from “Violence” to “Rape”. When disagreeing in a college debate is a “mass attack,” and being a bad pickup artist is rape (Cuomo), what you’ve really done is water down the word and meaning itself. That is a direct attack on every person who actually was raped. So congratulations for attacking the weakest, voiceless, and most vulnerable. Stunning and Brave. So proud. I see the same with “PTSD” for people who’ve had to choose a different pudding, or sit with someone they don’t prefer. “Obsessed”, “Victim” “Hate” “Racism”, practically none of these words are used correctly, and each a specific attack on those who were and are experiencing real, actual problems and not imaginary ones. Hollow, narcissistic adult toddlers in Depends.

    So with Ze here. He’s trying to pretend there’s a war and Europe is being attacked – even Ukraine. No, if Russia was attacking Ukraine, there would be 10 seconds, 10 mushroom clouds, and 10 years of silence. London likewise, and all the Scottish sub bases. Boop: Gone. So in a real sense Russia truly IS not at war yet. They haven’t declared one, so there’s that as well.

    Ze: stop attacking all people on earth and reason itself, these things have consequences. But that’s what Nazis do.

    Oh and Ukraine, the world’s top killer of Poles, is demanding all this of Poland, poste haste. Chop chop, you Untermensch. Don’t make us come up there with cattle cars again.

    “My staff was unsuccessful in getting me linked up with General Gerasimov,”

    That’s because Russia only talks to real and relevant Generals, not useless posers.

    “Polish General Roman Polko said that the country’s air defenses should assume responsibility for part of Ukraine’s territory,”

    No, this is a different thing. Poland is annexing their part of Ukraine as predicted. First as a “Security guarantee” then later, since they’re already running the place, as a permanent feature. The UN will of course approve of this future referendum vote. So this is a trial balloon, but like everywhere, “Poland” is not one thing, but comprised of factions. This general feels go forward. Other parties, and even the people, may not want to adopt the world’s largest population of violent, seig heiling Nazis.

    “Berlin had proposed to help Poland patrol its airspace,”

    We remember how they “helped Poland” by moving their army in there last time. But Germany doesn’t have an army anymore, just untrained men in a junkyard, so nothing to worry about. Therefore “What help”? What would Germany send? Moral support? They already refused to send multi-billion Euros that were long owed.

    “Identified it as a S-300 air defense missile, with Poland calling it “Russian-made”

    Yes, and the planes that hit the Twin Towers were American made. Your point?

    Poland Wants Russian Oil Despite EU Embargo – Kommersant (RT)”

    “Russiaphrenia: the Madness Edition” We are both at war with them, and close trading partners. This makes sense when you realize nations have been subjugated to corporations, but presently are near equal size and coexist. –The goal of course is for corporations to supersede government and the corporate-government merger with unaccountable monopoly corporations as the senior partner. Google and Facebook. Look into Senator Blowhard’s history, then tell him how to vote. If the citizens don’t vote with adequate enthusiasm, they are fired and their bank cards shut off.

    “the EU and the UK may not survive next winter, 2023-2024, without Gazprom.”

    I don’t think I can stand another year of this. It needed to be over, oh, maybe 1995? When Bill had Alan print a million trillion dollars and rig the gold price to win the election?

    “ Eurozone Facing Deep Recession – Economists (RT)”

    No it’s not: we just re-defined all the words and lied about the numbers. Easy! Poof! No recession, everyone’s fine. Those French women are protesting for nothing!

    an abrupt end to Russian gas imports, and the need to provide financial support to households and firms struggling with the energy crisis.”

    Every day, in every way, I get dumber and dumber. Again, and 10,000 times again, MONEY WON’T HELP if there is no supply. It can make the price of oil go infinite though.

    What they’re doing is starting a subsidy for space-blaster rays. In fact, we printed enough that every Ralpie can afford that Red Ryder space-blaster ray. …One problem though: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPACE BLASTER RAYS. They don’t exist, we didn’t land on Ewok and make a trade agreement, there is zero supply and doesn’t look to be any in the future.

    In true abstract fashion, because they can’t deliver bacon to your house, they will happily email you a PICTURE of bacon. Same thing, right?

    “Chairman Xi dresses down Justin from Canada publicly, in view of cameras and microphones.

    Yes, but why? What’s really going on? No offense, but Canada as presently constituted is a nobody. They have no relevance, even their former moral relevance. They’re hardly even a colony of the Crown. Maybe Xi is annoyed Canada is not HIS colony, under HIS police and interference, as the Han believe is inevitable and right?

    “the NY Times on Monday published a cowering puff-piece which mentioned exactly none of the major accusations against the well-connected Democrat mega-donor.”

    1) It was the NY Times.
    2) They were lying.

    Gosh people are slow learners.

    “ SBF’s support of Democratic candidates to the tune of $40 million, … may have been done with “stolen customer funds.”

    May have? And like Corzine of MF Global not only does it, has the DNC connections cover it, not only isn’t arrested, but actually continues on as a major Obama fundraiser? Yeah, that’s probably SBF’s future: DNC Chairperson.

    “FTX Collapse Dooms Founder’s Effort to Prevent Another Pandemic”

    …He prevented the first one? Did they do this like Obama did, by erasing and not replacing all the nation’s masks, then outsourcing ALL pharmaceuticals to China, who is our named enemy? If we get in a war, we won’t have insulin and antibiotics, yet you somehow claim you’re serious. About anything.

    “US officials use the “politically correct” rhetoric of multipolarity and multilateralism,”

    Yes, but to be fair, they were speaking, so they were lying.

    “Firm commitment that the fighter jets will not be used against America’s allies.”

    Unlike NordStream II, which was definitely bombed by our allies. And the 2016 Turkish coup, definitely run by our allies. And the colonial extraction of all Greece and Cyprus, definitely done by our allies. But you get the point.

    But why would Erogan want a jet from 1976? Does he want some Sopwith Camels to go with that?

    “Sperm Counts Plummeting Dramatically – Faster Than Previously Thought (EHN)”

    Yup, big coincidence. It came from nowhere. It means nothing. Nobody cares. Yet somehow was in all the White Papers of all the WEF/Rome NGOs going back 50 years. Well, my work here is done! As Bill Gates says, “If we could only vaccinate Africa, we could really bring the population down.” When he says this, everyone nods their heads: How DARE you criticize or suspect Bill Gates! Don’t you know he’s rich? And isn’t even a programmer, much less a doctor or scientist? Why, he’s practically an expert!

    “Did you have confidential human sources dressed as Trump supporters inside The Capitol”?

    Let’s see: they had the head of the Proud Boys: an FBI informant. They VP of Oath Keepers, an FBI informant. Ray Epps, an FBI informant and paid provocateur. As well as people the booth who hit the button for the magnetic lock on the 2,500 pound doors. Oh and 13 of the 15 Whitmer conspirators.

    And both AOC and Pelosi both said they knew ahead of time.

    I do not find this suspicious at all.

    #121188
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Buffalo gets 3 feet of snow. But I thought there was only drought now? If we report the drought, then we have to report the rain, don’t we? Or do we just lie to ourselves all the time now?

    #121189
    Redneck
    Participant

    #121191
    aspnaz
    Participant

    US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley tried and failed to reach his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, in the wake of a deadly missile incident in Poland, he revealed to journalists.

    Milley is no longer in charge. Read the tea leaves.

    #121192
    Dora
    Participant

    Ed Dowd. There’s a link within this link to a good interview. Talking about rising excess deaths and the bad economic outlook, deep recession, world wide.

    https://gettr.com/post/p1yiiho7d39

    #121193
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Economists agree that even if the Eurozone emerges from a recession in the first quarter of next year,

    Ha ha ha. I love the potential for optimism here.

    #121194
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Nazilensky playing the Short Game©

    HEADLINE: Ukronaziland Attacks NATO Member!

    From Andrei Martyanov

    Horrible Russian Revenge.

    “My Polish friend Mike Krupa send it to me, LOL)))) Russians avenge that poor Polish tractor. “

    The artillery shell message says: For Polish Tractor.

    .

    #121195
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has publicly dressed down Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for leaking the content of their meeting to the media.

    Done for a reason, embarrassing Turdeau is not a reason, so we have to wonder why this happened. Is China up to something that it should not be doing and is threatening to wash the Canadian dirty laundry in public? Xi planned this, not because he was annoyed, he has dealt with similar wankers to Turdeau before, so this has a meaning and my guess is that it is a warning, maybe directly to Trudeau’s boss.

    #121196
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Tommy’s Podcast TPC #985:

    Thomas Carrigan show with James Kunstler, Dave Collum, Tom Luongo

    Tommy bills them as: The Bald Ones

    Funny discussion from soup to nuts

    https://rumble.com/v1tphhg-tpc-985-james-kunstler-dave-collum-tom-luongo-the-bald-ones.html

    #121197
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe

    You see that and you realise what an honour it is to be a part of such an amazing creation. You would hope that everyone would feel that way, but instead, we try to fight off other humans who are obsessed with using that privilege to beat up on other humans, on us.

    #121198
    Red
    Participant

    Some may find this interesting.

    https://www.globalfirepower.com/active-military-manpower.php

    Ranking the total available active military manpower by country, from highest to lowest.

    Each participant in the Global Firepower ranking retains some form of active service personnel. Active Military Manpower tracks all those personnel considered under ‘active service status’, these being ‘ready-to-fight’ elements available to a nation at any given moment.

    Data presented on this list is through 2022. Estimates are made when official data is not available.

    #121199
    Red
    Participant

    Summary
    IWK health center is not alone in seeing massive increases in myocarditis in young people. My own surveys clearly showed at least a 10-fold increase in myocarditis rates once the vaccines were introduced. That’s an increase from the rates under COVID only. My survey showed only a 10-fold increase because most people reported seeing zero cases before the vaccine so it skews the numbers.

    Any doctor who tells you that the rates of myocarditis are lower with the vaccine should be reported to their state medical board for spreading misinformation.

    The CDC claims that the risk of myocarditis is only “slightly elevated.” How do they explain this 100X increase? I don’t know. They block my emails now and ignore my phone calls. Fortunately, I can buy billboards to communicate with them to let them know about serious safety signals.

    This article is more evidence that the COVID vaccines are a disaster and should be halted immediately.

    https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/myocarditis-in-kids-under-18-cases

    #121200
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “…when Justin from Canada awkwardly looks for somewhere to hide.”

    And a long line of cocaine to bolster his shattered sense of self.

    ***

    Fritz Reiner and the CSO were about as good as it got for academy music performances, for my money. I was raised on the George Solti CSO, saw them perform Stravinsky’s Petrushka (condensed version), and tended to dismiss what I ignorantly thought of as that hokey old Fritz-as-conductor era.

    Then someone laid some Reinerrecords on me, and I changed my opinion.

    #121201
    Michael Reid
    Participant
    #121202
    anticlimactic
    Participant

    The Poles seem to hate Russia even more than the Ukrainian Nazis. I can understand them hating Communist Russia but I have no idea why they have a hatred bordering on insanity for the current regime.

    They are willing to support the Ukrainian Nazis who venerate those responsible for the murder of 60,000 Poles in WWII.

    When these missiles fell their first thought was to try and invoke war between NATO and Russia even before any investigation had been done! [Hence the ‘insanity’ comment.]

    I would not be surprised to find out that Ukraine fired the missiles deliberately in order to create an escalation.

    #121204
    zerosum
    Participant

    Oscar performance.

    I nominate Zelensky for – It’s not my fault. I didn’t do it.
    I nominate Joe Biden for not forgetting his lines – “Its misinformation”
    I nominate Trudeau for childish behavior among adult world leaders
    I nominate the FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried for a supporting award
    I nominate Dr. Anthony Fauci for consistency cover-up

    • Xi Roasts Justin Trudeau At G20 (RT)
    • Zelensky Doubles Down On Poland Missile (RT)

    ———–
    USA is divided
    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/morning-memo/jim-jordan-james-comer-hunter-biden
    GOP Wins House … And Celebrates With A Hunter Biden Press Conference

    Get Ready, Folks
    The bullshit has already begun.

    The GOP won the House yesterday, and the first order of business is to tee up the Hunter Biden “investigations.”

    At 9:30 a.m. ET, the incoming chairmen of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees will hold a press conference on Capitol Hill to preview their bogus probes into the President’s son.

    Let me repeat: These are the new chairmen of two major House committees, not some fringe backbenchers angling for airtime.

    The culprits are Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and James Comer (R-KY). But it’s not just them. It’s the whole right-wing apparatus rolling out the B-E-N-G-H-A-Z-I playbook.

    It was on full display on Sean Hannity’s show last night. First, presumed incoming Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had his own segment talking up various investigations of the Biden administration. Then Jordan and Comer immediately followed with their own lengthy segment on the Hunter Biden nonsense.

    “We are going to make it very clear that this is now an investigation of President Biden,” Comer told Hannity about their focus on Hunter.

    Media coverage of these manufactured scandals is so painful to watch: taking them seriously, amplifying the bogosity, making them part of the national political agenda. For our part, we’re going to be vigilant in telling you a toxic circus has come to town without trafficking in elephant manure. Onward.
    ————

    #121205
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    We read that they’ve discovered a vaccine for fentanyl. I didn’t known that fentanyl is a microbial pathogen. Not only is this in sync with the ongoing dissolutions of meanings (like male/female, which are currently blended in incestuous semantics), but I can hardly imagine what the Davos Overlord camp will make of it:

    A Vaccine Against Deadly Fentanyl Might Be Near

    ” “Our vaccine is able to generate anti-fentanyl antibodies that bind to the consumed fentanyl and prevent it from entering the brain, allowing it to be eliminated out of the body via the kidneys. Thus, the individual will not feel the euphoric effects and can ‘get back on the wagon’ to sobriety,” Haile explained in a university news release.

    “The team has tested the drug on animals but plans to start manufacturing a clinical-grade vaccine in the coming months and to start human trials. However, research in animals does not always pan out in humans.”

    While Davos et al hardly concern me of themselves, for I see them as straw dogs in an ill wind, what the article describes makes a fellow want to line hisd chapeau with tin foil.

    ***

    As for Polish hatred of Russia: I suppose this is nationalist of me to say, but Poles seem to have a knack for blaming their problems on Russia.

    ***

    AH, tin foil hats…

    #121206
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    So sad to see that even Herr Fagen suffer Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    #121207
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Technically, I suppose it is a vaccine:

    “a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease. “every year the flu vaccine is modified to deal with new strains of the virus” ”

    But it’s really just genetic mayhem disguised as therapeutic medicine.

    #121208
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    But Poland did give us Gene, so there’s that:

    Gene Krupa

    #121209
    WES
    Participant

    One thing Justin and Trudeau senior both achieved in common, was to wear out their welcome mat all around the world.

    The only reason Trudeau senior was in Cuba is because he wasn’t welcome anywhere else!

    Justin has managed to duplicate this feat too. Nobody in the world wants Justin visiting their country if they can help it.

    So little potato got publically embarrassed on the world stage. He is an idiot afterall.

    #121210
    Weogo
    Participant

    Hi Folks,

    Thanks for posting the Carbon Tunnel Vision graphic; I found it here:

    Carbon tunnel vision: climate change needs an inter-connected response


    The term is used on multiple sites, including here:

    Carbon tunnel visions: are you excluding crucial environmental data?


    where they suggest looking at more than just one’s Carbon footprint but total
    Environmental footprint.
    A slightly different take called Planetary Boundaries:

    The nine boundaries we must not cross or we may go extinct

    Petroleum Geologist Colin Campbell of ASPO fame has passed.

    Colin Campbell Remembrance


    Almost 20 years ago he proposed a reasonably fair solution for distributing the world’s remaining fossil fuels:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimini_protocol

    Thanks and good health, Weogo

    #121211
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Endemic corruption is like endemic disease. It’s not special anymore. And because it is not esspecially remarkable anymore it becomes “just one of those things” , and disappears into the swirling mudpie slush we call “Normal”. It’s not a “nice” thing to exist, of course, but it is “just one of those things” that exists despite our personal preference that it not. So what becomes of that corruption in the minds of the people who live under it?

    Poof! Gone! We stop seeing it. We stop seeing corruption for what it simply is. And what it IS is totally unacceptable under any circumstances. Corruption, by definition, is that which is deemed by the people to be totally unacceptable under any circumstances. That’s what a law or moral code clearly expresses within it’s own statement of law. But wait! If people are ACCEPTING the “unacceptable” then that means that it wasn’t REALLY unacceptable at all in the first place! Something can only be one or the other. It’s either acceptable or it ain’t.

    Yet that’s the way it is with central banking and government (of every and all kinds), who are thoroughly and completely corrupt in every way. They control and rule the world. To control both the medium of exchange and the governing apparatus of a society is to control that society. Period. Full stop. End of sentence. Mic drop. No further explanation is necessary for any except the most irremediably stupid or naive.

    When you get to cut the cake AND be the one who decides who gets the pieces, then that cake is YOURS, bro.

    So it is with central banking and government, who are joined in their mutual interests and who are in full collusion AGAINST the people to whom they are CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED to serve.

    But then again, it is endemic, isn’t it?

    #121212
    WES
    Participant

    Now that the House GOP are going to investigate Hunter Biden and Dr. Fauci, neither of these two need to worry any more about ever being criminally charged with any crimes.

    This is the whole political purpose of the investigations. To clear them of any criminal wrong doing.

    #121213
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Why misinformation on CO2 yet again, RIM?

    Current atmospheric CO2 is not 400 ppm. it is close to 420 ppm, having gone through the seasonal decrease due to photosynthesis. Atmospheric will significantly exceed 420 ppm in May 2023, as industrial emissions continue to exceed nature’s capacity to remove CO2 from the biosphere.

    Next May’s atmospheric CO2 will be about 193 ppm above the 800,000-year long-term average of 230 ppm, i.e. up by 84% on that baseline, and up from the pre-industrial level of 280 ppm by 143 ppm, i.e. up 51% from that somewhat elevated baseline.

    This remarkable increase is almost entirely due to the desequestration of previously sequestered carbon in order to power industrial societies.

    With such a massive increase in one of the factors that controls the average temperature of the Earth, it is hardly surprising we are witnessing planetary meltdown, exemplified by the huge loss of glacial ice almost everywhere, loss of sea ice and rising ocean temperatures. This overheating currently manifests in places where humans live as extreme climate instability in the form of severe droughts, severe inundations, melting of permafrost, uncontrollable forest fires etc..

    There is a karmic payback emerging, as the US, the nation that most vigorously championed rapid depletion of energy resources and no action whatsoever to reduce industrial emissions now faces collapse from climate instability and severe drought induced by excessive carbon dioxide emissions that result from ‘lifestyle choices’ and political corruption going back to the mid nineteenth century.

    http://graphs.water-data.com/lakemead/

    #121214
    boscohorowitz
    Participant
    #121215
    boscohorowitz
    Participant
    #121216
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Black Friday approacheth, when the mall gets mauled:

    U Better Watch Out!

    #121217
    boscohorowitz
    Participant
    #121218
    Just Some Randomer
    Participant

    “Current atmospheric CO2 is not 400 ppm. it is close to 420 ppm, having gone through the seasonal decrease due to photosynthesis”

    I guess the producer of the dot diagram above just couldn’t figure out how to represent 0.2 of a dot – they’re already pretty tiny.

    #121219
    Autonomous Unit
    Participant

    At some point, a tiny increase in CO2 will be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
    Many systems are stable, until they are not, and then they jump to a new state that is a major change from the previous state.

    #121220
    John Day
    Participant

    @Boscohorowitz, A Sign Of The Times of our childhood

    #121221
    John Day
    Participant

    @Boscohorowitz in Pink Flamingos shirt
    Pink Flamingos

    #121222
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Earlier I posted a comment that, upon further reflection was more like HALF of a comment, so I’m ponying up the other half. Please excuse the hangfire and re-reading.

    Endemic corruption is like endemic disease. It’s not special anymore. And because it is not especially remarkable anymore it becomes “just one of those things” , and disappears into the swirling mudpie slush we call “Normal”. It’s not a “nice” thing to exist, of course, but it is “just one of those things” that exists despite our personal preference that it not. So what becomes of that corruption in the minds of the people who live under it?

    Poof! Gone! We stop seeing it. We stop seeing corruption for what it simply is. And what it IS is totally unacceptable under any circumstances. Corruption, by definition, is that which is deemed by the people to be totally unacceptable under any circumstances. That’s what a law or moral code clearly expresses within it’s own statement of law. But wait! If people are ACCEPTING the “unacceptable” then that means that it wasn’t REALLY unacceptable at all in the first place! Something can only be one or the other. It’s either acceptable or it ain’t.

    Yet that’s the way it is with central banking and government (of every and all kinds), who are thoroughly and completely corrupt in every way. They control and rule the world. To control both the medium of exchange and the governing apparatus of a society is to control that society. Period. Full stop. End of sentence. Mic drop. No further explanation is necessary for any except the most irremediably stupid or naive.

    When you get to cut the cake AND be the one who decides who gets the pieces, then that cake is YOURS, bro.

    So it is with central banking and government, who are joined in their mutual interests and who are in full collusion AGAINST the people to whom they are CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED to serve.

    But then again, it is endemic, isn’t it?

    So I suppose this all leads to the rather pivotal question of what exactly IS corruption anyway? That’s surprisingly easy. Corruption is any act, or arrangement of actions, by one or more people which attempts to extract from the common good /common wealth MORE than they contributed to the common good / common wealth.

    Remarkably, voluntarily giving MORE than one takes out never becomes an issue. Surplus can either advance the society, or be wasted back into entropy or lay around cluttering the place up until someone puts it to use. When we voluntarily give more than we get it’s not a problem. In fact, we usually feel proud of ourselves for it.

    But attempting to take out MORE than was put in and the consequences are grisly. Basically, that item which was taken had to come from somewhere, and the somewhere that it came from was thereby robbed. Sufficient amounts of robbery can be fatal, and often are. In all sane societies robbery is unacceptable. So is murder.

    Perpetrators of this robbery (whether merely attempted or actually consummated, the results are much the same) are trapped by their own misguided delight in the belief that they are “winning” by taking all of the stuff that other people have made. They know exactly what they’re doing. Indeed, they literally measure their success by the quantity of what they steal, and they believe that anyone not wise to that grim “fact of life” is a fool who deserves to lose whatever is stolen from them.

    I reckon that evil LIKES being evil, and the stature it gains them, because all that loot proves to their crippled minds the superiority of lies and cheating over the truth and justice. Can’t get much crazier than that.

    Anyway, my point is that the “synthetic archetype” of such personalities enjoys telling victims what is being done to them and what worse things will come next, because such brazen effrontery displays (once again) the impregnable power and overall general superiority of evil over good (to their fatally short-circuited algorithmic way of thinking).

    They believe their victims are trapped and helpless, and they delight in knowing that the victim knows it, too. By the perpetrator’s twisted logic this injustice proves their point, and they crave that reassurance so compulsively that they require nearly constant reminder.

    “They” (the synthetic archetype mentioned earlier) believe ultimate power is within reach and will soon be in their grasp. That self-deluding feedback loop is almost impossible to interrupt, until the UNIVERSE does it for them by demonstrating that the laws of Universe (i.e. Truths) are absolute, including the one that truth works better than lies in navigating through the Universe.

    Lies are an inescapable dead end because they are, by both fact and definition, that which is NOT aligned with reality, and will thus always lose any contest against the reality of what actually IS.

    That wall is where this tragicomedy must and always ends. That which is IS and that which is not, is NOT. Those who try to take more than they give are simply, tragically, wrong. But they won’t believe it until reality teaches them the lesson.

    #121223
    zerosum
    Participant

    Cracker box prize/qualification to be leader
    Trudeau was a drama teacher.
    Zelensky was an actor

    #121224
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    One of you good engineers or money wonks out there please correct me if I’m wrong.

    Doesn’t Bitcoin (or ANY digital store of value) essentially reside on computers which in turn depend on the continued operation of the World Wide Web of networked computers, which in turn depend upon the continued generation of really BIG quantities of carefully directed flows of electricity?

    So what happens if there is a serious interruption or capture of the network or sources of electric power generation? Even if the interruption was relatively brief would it not result in quadrillions of money units instantly vanishing, going away to wherever errant electrons go when the lights flicker out?

    #121225
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    No a soft landing the economy! Yes, this African ( … yes, any Italian from South of Roma is African!) just tweeted so:

    … btw, here he is being interviewed just yesterday:

    … fwiw,

    F.S.

    #121226
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Russia has organised a welcoming party for the next batch of Ukonazis and NATOstan nutcases that arrive in the battle zone.

    #121227
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    An opportunity for more experimentation.

    https://www.rt.com/news/566720-fda-approves-lab-grown-chicken/

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