Nov 182022
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Zelensky Declares Ukraine Corruption-Free (RT)
Ukraine Openly Lied To NATO Over Missile Strike, Diplomat Tells FT (RT)
Zelensky ‘Commanding The US To Lead WWIII’ – Tucker Carlson (RT)
Evidence Suggests Ukrainian Missile Struck Poland – Top Security Official (RT)
Zelensky Backtracks On Missile Claims (RT)
Zelensky Confirms Signals From West On Peace Talks (RT)
Zelensky Cracks Down On Popular News Outlet, Bans CNN, Sky (RT)
Dutch Court Blames Russia for Missile That Struck MH17 (ET)
Enron Liquidator Overseeing FTX Bankruptcy: Never Seen Anything Like This (ZH)
White House Slams GOP For Probing Hunter Biden ‘Conspiracy Theories’
Italian Power Prices More Than Triple – Data (RT)
Elon Musk Eyes Potential Tesla CEO Successor (Axios)
Clinton-Linked Dark Money Group Targets Twitter Advertisers (Turley)
Twitter On Lock Out After Mass Resignation Exodus; Operations At Risk (ZH)













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The U.S. says Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s official standing as the sitting head of a foreign government should give him immunity in the lawsuit filed by the fiancée of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi



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Zelensky Declares Ukraine Corruption-Free (RT)

Corruption has been eradicated from Ukraine and all Russian influences have left or been chased out, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky told a global audience at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum on Thursday. “No one will be able to forgive corruption in the future Ukraine,” he said, explaining that all the corrupt officials had fled the country in the months following the launch of Russia’s military operation. The remaining officials would not be tempted to “interfere in business operations” because all government services had gone electronic, he added. Zelensky promised there would be “no influence of Russian capital in Ukraine” going forward, explaining that any business interests not “united” behind his government had either “left our enterprises, or we pushed them out” – including the many political parties and media outlets his government has banned, such as the Party of Regions of predecessor Viktor Yanukovych.

The Ukrainian leader revealed he had just met with the vice president of the World Bank in order to “start a ‘pilot’ with them regarding investment insurance in Ukraine” and sought to allay potential concerns about corruption in his country. Investments – particularly by the mining and processing industries – would be safe, he insisted, praising the “independence of the economy, finances, and transparency of investments.” Western media outlets like The Guardian ranked Ukraine at or near the top on lists of the most corrupt nations in the world prior to the start of Russia’s military initiative in the country in February. Last year, Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index ranked it the second-most corrupt in Europe.

Even Zelensky, in his inauguration speech, joked that 28 years of Ukrainian politicians had created a country of opportunities – “opportunities to steal, bribe and loot.” However, many of those voices have since gone quiet for fear of being seen as perpetuating a pro-Russian narrative. In June, the heads of the European Council and European Commission informed members of Zelensky’s government that they would have to “do their homework” to join the EU, tasking them with implementing judicial reforms, “de-oligarchizing” the economy, and fighting corruption successfully. The Council of Europe last month promised to help Kiev along by finding experts to advise it on constitutional reforms and electoral law to help the process along.

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“..such statements could only be seen as an attempt to trigger a direct clash between Russia and NATO..”

Ukraine Openly Lied To NATO Over Missile Strike, Diplomat Tells FT (RT)

Kiev has been accused of “openly lying” about the recent missile that hit Poland killing two civilians, the Financial Times reports citing an unnamed diplomat from a NATO country. Ukraine rushed to pin the blame on Moscow, while the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that footage from the site showed “elements of a missile from an S-300 air defense system used by the Air Force of Ukraine.” “This is getting ridiculous,” the official told the outlet on Wednesday. “The Ukrainians are destroying our confidence in them. Nobody is blaming Ukraine and they are openly lying. This is more destructive than the missile,” he said. The comments come in response to President Vladimir Zelensky claiming that Ukraine had nothing to do with the missile that struck Przewodow, Poland, on Tuesday, insisting that it was Russia that launched the weapon.

Zelensky has insisted that Ukrainian investigators be given access to the crash site, stating that if it turns out that it was indeed a Ukrainian rocket then Kiev would have to apologize. “But, sorry, first I want an investigation, access, the data you have – we want to have this,” Zelensky said, addressing his Western partners. NATO, the US and Poland have stated that there is no evidence to suggest Russia’s direct involvement in the incident. Polish President Andrzej Duda has indicated that the projectile was likely a Ukrainian air defense missile – an opinion that was seconded by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US Defense secretary Lloyd Austin.

Moscow, meanwhile, has condemned efforts to paint it as the perpetrator, saying such statements could only be seen as an attempt to trigger a direct clash between Russia and NATO. After several media outlets as well as Ukrainian and Polish officials initially blamed Russia for the attack, Moscow’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, stated that if it had not been for the evidence in the form of photos from the scene, “all facts would have been concealed from the public, and Russia would have been proclaimed the guilty side.” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has also stated that the initial claims made by Kiev and other Western officials were “yet another hysterical, rabidly Russophobic reaction that was not based on any real information.”

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“Zelensky’s refusal to admit that a Ukrainian missile caused a fatal explosion in Poland makes him “not worth supporting..”

“It’s a lie that could get millions of Americans killed. So you have to ask yourself, is it time to stop backing this guy? Could the risk be too high? He’s lying on purpose to get us into a war?”

Zelensky ‘Commanding The US To Lead WWIII’ – Tucker Carlson (RT)

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky could be “lying on purpose to get us into a war,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson declared on Wednesday night. Zelensky’s refusal to admit that a Ukrainian missile caused a fatal explosion in Poland makes him “not worth supporting,” Carlson suggested. Zelensky “was commanding the US to lead the Third World War immediately” after the blast, Carlson told his viewers. “The only problem is that it was completely and utterly wrong.” The Ukrainian leader described the explosion, which killed two people, as a Russian attack on NATO territory and called on the West to put Russia “in its place” in response. Anonymous US intelligence officials seconded his claims in statements to the press.

Moscow argued that debris at the blast site showed that it was caused by a missile from the S-300 air defense system, a piece of Soviet-era kit fielded by Ukraine. Within hours, the leadership of the US, NATO, and Poland had all publicly stated that the explosion was caused by a Ukrainian anti-air missile. Zelensky doubled down. “I have no doubt that this is not our missile,” he said in a video address. “I believe that it was a Russian missile, based on our military reports.” “That’s not only untrue,” Carlson said. “It’s a lie that could get millions of Americans killed. So you have to ask yourself, is it time to stop backing this guy? Could the risk be too high? He’s lying on purpose to get us into a war?”

“Maybe he’s not worth supporting in the first place. Maybe he’s just another corrupt Eastern European strongman in a tracksuit, getting as rich as he can on American handouts.” Carlson has been a long-time critic of the US’ support for Zelensky, arguing that Ukraine is not democratic, and that intervening in its conflict with Russia is not in the US’ national security interest. Zelensky has since walked back his claims, saying on Thursday that Kiev doesn’t “know for 100%” what happened.

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“It is “normal” for its president to stick to “hypotheses that seem obvious from the national defense point of view” under such circumstances..”

Evidence Suggests Ukrainian Missile Struck Poland – Top Security Official (RT)

Evidence gathered by Poland, the US, and NATO suggests that it was a Ukrainian missile that killed two people on Polish territory not far from Ukraine’s border this week, the head of the country’s National Security Bureau (BBN), Jacek Siewiera, told the local RMF FM radio broadcaster on Thursday. Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that the missile was likely a Ukrainian one. Washington, meanwhile, admitted it had no evidence that would contradict Duda’s assessment, while Kiev rushed to blame the incident on Moscow. “All the evidence that has been collected on the NATO, American and our sides indicates that we are dealing with an S-300 missile launched by the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense,” Siewiera said on Thursday, without offering details on the information gathered by investigators.

According to the BBN chief, the Polish Prosecutor’s Office is now leading the probe into the incident. Warsaw would not object to Ukrainian “observers” joining the investigation, Siewiera said, adding that the Polish president in particular “sees no obstacles” for this if all legal requirements are met. He also justified Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s stance on the issue by reasoning that Ukraine is now going through the “hardest period” of its conflict with Russia when it comes to air strikes. It is “normal” for its president to stick to “hypotheses that seem obvious from the national defense point of view” under such circumstances, the BBN head argued.

Zelensky insisted the missile was Russian and backtracked on this claim only after it was disputed by US President Joe Biden. Later, Zelensky maintained that no one can know for sure whose missile killed the two Poles. On Tuesday, Russia said it did not strike any targets closer than 35 kilometers (21.7 miles) from the border with Poland.

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“The US government always has somebody to ‘hold responsible’ on political grounds.”

Zelensky Backtracks On Missile Claims (RT)

President Vladimir Zelensky has toned down his claims that a Russian missile was responsible for the deaths of two people in a Polish village near the border with Ukraine. “I don’t know what happened this time. We do not know for a 100%,” Zelensky conceded on Thursday. He was responding to a question about the incident during a panel discussion at the Bloomberg New Economy forum in Singapore, which he attended via videolink. “But I am sure that there was a Russian missile and I am sure we were launching air defense missiles,” he added. The incident happened on Thursday evening, as Russia was hitting targets in Ukraine with a barrage of missiles. Zelensky declared that the projectile was Russian and that its landing on Polish territory was an attack on NATO’s collective security, urging retaliation.

Warsaw has since announced that the weapon was most likely a Ukrainian air defense missile that went astray, but Zelensky’s initial reaction was to point the finger at Moscow. The Russian military said it didn’t attack any site near the location of the village and that images of the crash site, which were published by Polish media, clearly identified the projectile as a Ukrainian air defense missile. Zelensky claimed during the Bloomberg panel that the Ukrainian military had told him that the images were not consistent with that kind of weapon. He claimed that nobody could say with full certainty what the origin of the missile was until a full investigation had been carried out.

He also thanked Ukraine’s foreign backers, who put the blame for the deaths in Poland on Russia, regardless of who fired the weapon. NATO and some of its members, including the US, stated that Moscow was responsible because it had launched missiles at Ukraine in the first place. Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that Washington’s attitude may give a hint to US citizens about the veracity of American investigations in general. “The US government doesn’t care about getting the results in an investigation,” she said. “The US government always has somebody to ‘hold responsible’ on political grounds.”

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“The statement follows talks between the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergey Naryshkin, and CIA Director William Burns, which took place in Türkiye earlier this week.”

Zelensky Confirms Signals From West On Peace Talks (RT)

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has acknowledged that Kiev’s foreign backers have been speaking to him about the possibility of peace talks with Moscow. “I had received signals from state leaders, who said: ‘We think [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wants direct negotiations.’ And I said: ‘We will offer a public format [for the talks] because Russia is waging a public war against Ukraine,’” Zelensky told journalists on Wednesday. “I’m ready to recommend such a format. I’ll discuss with my colleagues how to do it,” he said, adding that he does not want to have any “backstage contact”with Russia. Recent reports indicate that Washington has been privately pushing Kiev to drop its uncompromising rejection of the peace process with Moscow.

Last week, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, suggested that a Ukrainian military victory might be unachievable and that winter could provide an opportunity to begin talks with Russia. Zelensky also said he does not believe that the US, which has been among Kiev’s main backers amid the conflict with Moscow, was discussing ways to end the fighting behind Ukraine’s back. “We have an agreement that they – the US – don’t discuss Ukraine without us… Is it really the case? We trust our partners,” he said. The statement follows talks between the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergey Naryshkin, and CIA Director William Burns, which took place in Türkiye earlier this week. Both the Kremlin and the White House confirmed the meeting, with the US side saying that it was aimed at keeping channels of communication open, and that a Ukrainian settlement was not on the agenda.

Zelensky has been sending mixed messages about the possibility of peace talks with Moscow throughout the conflict, even signing a decree in October that officially made it impossible for him to negotiate with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. In a video address to the G20 on Tuesday, the Ukrainian leader said he was “convinced now is the time when the Russian destructive war must and can be stopped.” Conflict between Moscow and Kiev should conclude “fairly” and on the basis of the UN Charter, Zelensky insisted, stressing that Ukraine “shouldn’t be offered compromises with its sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence” in exchange for peace. He also claimed that Moscow should not be trusted, warning that Russia could use the cessation of hostilities “to grow its forces and launch a new series of terror and global destabilization.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reacted to the speech by saying that Russia is ready for talks, unlike Ukraine, which puts forward “invariably unrealistic and inadequate” terms for dialogue. According to Lavrov, Zelensky’s address was full of “militant, Russophobic and aggressive rhetoric.” Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov also said that the speech by the Ukrainian leader “absolutely confirms”the unwillingness of Kiev to look for a settlement of the conflict through negotiations.

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Banning all political parties and media that don’t toe the line. Let’s give him another $100 billion. Give him another 50 for banning CNN.

Zelensky Cracks Down On Popular News Outlet, Bans CNN, Sky (RT)

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky says he has granted a petition demanding that the government take action against popular opposition news website The petition, which calls on the authorities to ensure the outlet is completely blocked, was submitted to the president’s website in late September, and has so far garnered more than 25,500 signatures. On Thursday, Zelensky announced that he had considered the petition and ordered the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Aleksey Danilov, to “address the issues raised in it, take necessary measures in response and inform the author of the results.”

Commenting on the petition, Zelensky accused Russia of using various forms of hybrid warfare against Ukraine, and said “the issues of protecting the domestic information space require constant attention and urgent response.” The author of the petition called “a pro-Russian” media outlet, which continues to “manipulate the opinions of Ukrainian viewers” despite being banned in the country. The website, which was among the most viewed online publications in Ukraine last year, was officially blocked by Zelensky’s government in August 2021, with more restrictions added this February, just over a week before the launch of Moscow’s military operation in the country. At that time, the journalists claimed that they had been persecuted due to their “alternative view” on the conflict in Donbass and Zelensky’s personal animosity towards them.

However, continued to remain accessible in Ukraine through several mirror sites. The outlet also began to actively develop its YouTube channel, which now has more than 600,000 subscribers. Foreign journalists have also faced obstacles working in Ukraine. On Monday, Kiev removed accreditation from a group of media workers, including those from CNN and Sky News, accusing them of reporting from the recently-retaken city of Kherson without the necessary authorization from the Ukrainian military.

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Said it before: The Dutch are the last party that should have investigated. The main victim does not get to conduct this.

Dutch Court Blames Russia for Missile That Struck MH17 (ET)

A court in the Netherlands determined what country manufactured the missile that struck down a Malaysia Airlines flight in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people. “The court is of the opinion that MH17 (Flight 17) was brought down by the firing of a BUK missile from a farm field near Pervomaisk, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members,” presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis said, according to Reuters news agency. That flight is different than Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. The location of Flight 370, which disappeared about four months before Flight 17 was shot down, has still never been determined.

The statement was issued in the trial of several Russians and a separatist Ukrainian who were found guilty in absentia of the mass murder for their alleged involvement in shooting down Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. Russians Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy, and Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian separatist Leonid Kharchenko were on trial at the Schiphol Judicial Complex in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands, according to reports. Pulatov was acquitted while the three others were found guilty. None of the defendants appeared for the trial that began in March 2020, and if they’re convicted, it’s unlikely they’ll serve any sentence anytime soon. Prosecutors had sought life sentences for all four. Prosecutors and the suspects have two weeks to file an appeal.

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Did they even have an accountant?

Enron Liquidator Overseeing FTX Bankruptcy: Never Seen Anything Like This (ZH)

[..] FTX’s new CEO and liquidator, John Ray III, who also oversaw the unwinding and liquidation of Enron, admits that “Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here.” And just in case his shock at FTX’s fraud of epic proportions was not quite clear enough, he adds that “from compromised systems integrity and faulty regulatory oversight abroad, to the concentration of control in the hands of a very small group of inexperienced, unsophisticated and potentially compromised individuals, this situation is unprecedented.”

According to Ray, he has located “only a fraction” of the digital assets of the FTX Group that they hope recover during the Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They’ve so far secured about $740 million of cryptocurrency in offline cold wallets, a storage method designed to prevent hacks. This is just a fraction of the $10-$50 billion in liabilities the company disclosed in its bankruptcy filing. How do we know it’s a fraud: as Ray writes on page 24, although the investigation has only begun and must run its course, it is my view based on the information obtained to date, “that many of the employees of the FTX Group, including some of its senior executives, were not aware of the shortfalls or potential commingling of digital assets.” Many maybe not, but some – and certainly SBF himself – did.

It gets better: Ray said that company’s audited financial statements should not be trusted, Ray said, adding that liquidators are working to rebuild balance sheets for FTX entities from the bottom up. FTX “did not maintain centralized control of its cash” and failed to keep an accurate list of bank accounts and account signatories, or pay sufficient attention to the creditworthiness of banking partners, according to Ray. Advisers don’t yet know how much cash FTX Group had when it filed for bankruptcy, but has found about $560 million attributable to various FTX entities so far.

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Not probing Huter has been politically motivated from the get go.

White House Slams GOP For Probing Hunter Biden ‘Conspiracy Theories’ (RT)

The White House has dismissed Republican efforts to investigate President Joe Biden and his son’s overseas business ties, rejecting allegations that the commander in chief is under the sway of “foreign dollars” as a baseless conspiracy theory.In a statement to the New York Post on Thursday, a spokesman for the White House counsel’s office, Ian Sams, said House Republicans are “wasting time and resources on political revenge” after several lawmakers pledged to open a probe into the Biden family, namely the president’s son Hunter. “Instead of working with President Biden to address issues important to the American people, like lower costs, congressional Republicans’ top priority is to go after President Biden with politically motivated attacks chock full of long-debunked conspiracy theories,” the spokesman said.

Earlier on Thursday, GOP Reps. James Comer and Jim Jordan announced that an investigation into the president would be a priority during the next round of Congress, saying their probe would center whether Biden has been “directly involved with Hunter Biden’s business deals” and if he is in any way “compromised.” The pair of lawmakers alleged the Bidens “were involved in a scheme to try to get China to buy liquefied natural gas,” and said they would attempt to determine if the president was ever “swayed by foreign dollars or influence.” With Republicans taking back a majority in the House after last week’s midterm elections, Comer and Jordan are set to head up the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, respectively, putting them in better positions to spearhead congressional inquiries.

Hunter Biden’s foreign business ties have been questioned by Republicans since an October 2020 New York Post report which published the contents of one of his laptops. Emails and other communications found on the computer indicate the younger Biden used his father’s political influence for personal gain, and raised other questions about whether Joe Biden was involved in any of his son’s dealings. Until the midterms, however, Democrats held majorities in both houses of Congress in addition to the White House, leaving GOP critics unable to press forward with long-sought investigations.

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This will topple governments.

Italian Power Prices More Than Triple – Data (RT)

Electricity prices in Italy set an all-time record in October, the country’s oldest consumer association Unc reported on Thursday. Prices for electricity, which is being sold in the Apennines on the free market, have surged 329% since October last year, and topped the Unc rating of the most expensive goods and services. International flights followed power tariffs, with an annual increase in costs equaling 113%. Gas was next in the ranking, with prices surging more than 96% compared to last year. The Unc report comes on the heels of the latest data released by Italy’s official statistics agency ISTAT, which showed that the domestic price index soared 11.8% in October from a year earlier, the highest since March 1984. Annual consumer price growth led by soaring energy costs hit 12.6% in October, jumping from 9.4% in the previous month.

Basic food items have also seen dramatic inflation in Italy, with the prices of various vegetable oils, excluding olive oil, soaring by 55% year-on-year. Butter grew by 43%, followed by sugar, which picked up 17% from September and rose by 38.8% on an annual basis. The sharp increase is expected to make the average annual food bill rise by €761 ($787), at a time when cash-strapped families are already trying to cope with soaring energy bills. For families with one child, this figure will increase to €937 ($969), for those with two children – up to €1038 ($1073), with three – up to €1240 ($1282), Unc president Massimiliano Donna has said.

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Looking for Twitter CEO. Jack is not available.

Elon Musk Identifies Potential Tesla CEO Successor (Axios)

Elon Musk has recently identified someone as his potential successor to lead Tesla as CEO, according to James Murdoch, one of the company’s directors. Tesla investors have grown increasingly worried about Musk’s divided focus since he initiated steps to buy Twitter earlier this year. As the Twitter saga progressed, Tesla faced its own set of issues — including supply chain challenges in China and the erosion of profits from inflation. Murdoch made the comment while testifying in Musk’s pay package trial on Wednesday. In response to a question from a plaintiff’s lawyer suggesting Musk has never picked anyone as a potential successor, Murdoch responded that Musk “actually has” and has in the “last few months,” but didn’t get into specifics, Reuters reports.

Musk, who also testified Wednesday to defend himself against the lawsuit challenging his large compensation package, has often talked about how much he “hates doing management stuff” and how he doesn’t want to “be the boss of anything.” “I tried not to be CEO of Tesla, but I had to or it would die. I rather hate being a boss. I’m an engineer,” he said last year while testifying about Tesla’s SolarCity acquisition. On the stand this morning, Musk said the CEO title is not an apt description of what he does at his companies. In addition to Tesla, Musk currently leads in one way or another, four other businesses — The Boring Company, SpaceX, Twitter and Neuralink. Musk has served as Tesla’s CEO since October 2008. The pay package he accepted in 2018 stipulates that he stay on as CEO, or chief product officer and executive chairman with a CEO reporting to him, for at least a decade.

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“The letter insists that free speech will only invite “disinformation, hate, and harassment“

Clinton-Linked Dark Money Group Targets Twitter Advertisers (Turley)

In the shift of the left against free speech principles, there is no figure more actively or openly pushing for censorship than Hillary Clinton. Now, reports indicate that Clinton has unleashed her allies in the corporate world to coerce Musk to restore censorship policies or face bankruptcy. The effort of the Clinton-linked “Accountable Tech” reveals the level of panic in Democratic circles that free speech could be restored on one social media platform. The group was open about how losing control over Twitter could result in a loss of control over social media generally. For Clinton, it is an “all-hands on deck” call for censorship. She previously called upon foreign governments to crackdown on the free speech of Americans on Twitter.

We have been discussing how Clinton and others have called on foreign companies to pass censorship laws to prevent Elon Musk from restoring free speech protections on Twitter. It seems that, after years of using censorship-by-surrogates in social media companies, Democratic leaders seem to have rediscovered good old-fashioned state censorship. Accountable Tech led an effort to send a letter to top Twitter advertisers to force Musk to accept “non-negotiable” requirements for censorship. General Motors was one of the first to pull its advertising funds to stop free speech restoration on the site. Of course, the company had no problem with supporting Twitter when it was running one of the largest censorship systems in history — or supporting TikTok (which is Chinese owned and has been denounced for state control and access to data).

Twitter has been denounced for years for its bias against conservative and dissenting voices, including presumably many GM customers on the right. None of that was a concern for GM but the pledge to restore free speech to Twitter warrants a suspension. The letter is open about the potential cascading effect if free speech is restored on one platform: “While the company is hardly a poster-child for healthy social media, it has taken welcome steps in recent years to mitigate systemic risks, ratcheting up pressure on the likes of Facebook and YouTube to follow suit.” The letter insists that free speech will only invite “disinformation, hate, and harassment” and that “[u]nder the guise of ‘free speech,’ [Musk’s] vision will silence and endanger marginalized communities, and tear at the fraying fabric of democracy.”

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Lockdown till Monday. Might make sense.

Twitter On Lock Out After Mass Resignation Exodus; Operations At Risk (ZH)

Hundreds of Twitter’s remaining employees have reportedly resigned ahead of Elon Musk’s “extremely hardcore” cultural reset of the company. After Musk gave an ultimatum to his employees to either commit to the company’s new “hardcore” work environment or leave, many more workers declined to sign on than he expected, potentially putting Twitter’s operations at risk, according to Bloomberg sources, as well as internal Slack messages seen by The Verge and employee tweets. On Thursday afternoon, so many employees decided to take severance that it created a cloud of confusion over which people should still have access to company property.

According to a memo seen by Bloomberg and reports from Platformer’s Zoe Schiffer, Twitter closed its offices until Monday; urging employees to “please continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential information on social media, with the press or elsewhere.” According to Bloomberg, in the final hours before his deadline, Musk tried to convince people to stay. Key staff were brought into meetings as the Thursday evening deadline neared to hear pitches on the social network’s future, according to people familiar with the matter. Musk, who had earlier said he was strictly against remote work, also sent a follow-up email Thursday softening his tone. “All that is required for approval is that your manager takes responsibility for ensuring that you are making an excellent contribution,” he wrote, adding that staffers should have in-person meetings with their colleagues not less than once per month.

Despite the ultimatum, no Twitter employees have been deactivated — even those who’ve publicly resigned, the Platformer also reported, adding that “Musk and his team only collected the list of “yes’s” — employees who said they want to be part of Twitter 2.0. They’re still trying to track who is out.” Elon’s attempt to ease the terms of the ultimatum wasn’t enough, and Twitter’s internal communications channels filled with employees offering a salute emoji, which has become a symbol for departing the company. Former staff tweeted the salute publicly, too, along with their internal Slack messages. Some employees who were departing speculated that so many were leaving, along with their knowledge of how the product works, that the social network may have trouble fixing problems or updating systems during its normal operations, according to people familiar with the matter.

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    The destruction of Public Libraries is another one of the steps in eliminating any Commons. Turning them into
    more Digitalia Center was the thin end of the wedge, I think. I worked as a Library Aide in the late 80s-early 90s, and got an early view of this insidious process.

    The past can easily be changed on this here the Darpanet; and it doesn’t matter what was true last week, or if you have a “screenshot”; no one cares.

    “The Past is Whatever We Say it Is”, is our rulers’ message. As goes the past..


    ‘Want something done right, do it yourself. Otherwise, you’ll end up with shape-shifting reptilians in human drag, or at least convincing holograms thereof, doing it for you. Poorly at best; horrifically and more doomfully than the problem needing solution, at worst.’

    That’s why I am a carpenter, metal worker, plastics fabricator, electrician, plumber, bricklayer, plasterer, paver, painter, drainlayer, car mechanic, architect, designer, musician, artist, cook, brewer, gardener, tree feller, tree planter, horticulturist, author, and represented myself in court when I did battle with the Empire of Lies (winning all cases after previously relying on shape-shifting reptilians).

    My personal mottos: Aim for perfection and then you will likely end up with something that is reasonably good. Either do things reasonably well or not at all. Don’t believe one word a politician or bureaucrat says until you have verified its veracity (and in the vast majority of case it will be totally false). Treat others as one would like to be treated.



    ‘Council reintroduces ‘range of’ COVID-19 measures amid rising cases’

    (One needs to keep a casual eye on the MSM/fascist narratives for comic relief and to be prepared for their next deceits/tyranny)


    The Monstrousness- that’s exactly the right word- of what’s being done to 90% of humans by a tiny ruling
    class is almost beyond belief. What I experience with most others is a don’t-look-too-close acceptance of the
    above, and also “it’s not that bad, dude!”, as the ratchet is given another click tighter. I’m glad I have my little
    garden, and the wildlfe here, especially the doves. Lately it’s goldfinches, too- really neat, beautiful birds.


    One of my favorite players, now that the great Roger Federer has retired, is the OMG Russian! Andrey Rublev.
    He has now made the semis of the year end championships with two *tough* wins and a loss, and will play
    another fighter I like, Caspar Ruud in the semis. The winner of that match will play either Novak Djokovic, who has admirably stayed un”vaccinated”- and paid a big price for that, or big-serving USian Taylor Fritz, in the Final.


    “So why single out Russia?
    Cause I was replying to a question by another commenter , that question paraphrased was why does Poland hate Russia more than Germany?

    The founding Jews in the first Soviet were Russian born and bred in Russia , they were Russian Jews. It was because they were Jewish they were able to get the funds to stage the revolution from Wall st and the City.
    There is plenty of guilt and blame to go around , throwing the first stone and all.
    This war is the topic at hand. The discussion was centered around the relationship between Russia and ii’s neighbours and their attitudes towards each other as the result of recent history.
    The US has used the animosity to move it’s power East. If the relationship between the Eastern European countries had been mended after the end of Communism then the exploiting of the situation could not have happened.
    Of course it goes back into ancient history too but right now people have lived through Soviet occupation , it was not allways physical occupation but the Communists in Poland were direct puppets of Moscow , if they weren’t they would not have been allowed to be in charge, Moscow had complete control.
    Russia suffered massively but they never had their country cut in half and subjugated for sixty years like Germany did. They become the invaders and occupiers because Comintern was their goal.
    Yes Germany and Japan were supported and became very wealthy because the US had the resources and the strategy to make them allies for the foreseeable future whereas the Soviet satellites in Europe were all standing in lines for bread. The reason being that communism removes the ability for a real individual centered economy to flourish. Communism is and has allways been doomed to economic failure.

    That the Western leaders and the powerful are loathsome and morally bankrupt is an existential fact , you all do that subject non-stop. I balance the balance.

    The crew here totally loathes all things Western , for all it’s faults I would rather live here in the West. Some here have already left seeking utopia elsewhere. All those here praying and wishing and waiting with expectation that total collapse here is going to fix the world are in for an extreme shock!
    Folk here look forward to total collapse of their society , their economy and their lives as a salvation? The total destruction of the lives of all the folk in the West is going to fix all the worlds problems? Folk praying every day that all the Europeans freeze to death to pay for their sins , please , please let them freeze , oh if only winter would come sooner , I need to see them all frozen stiff as punishment! It is coming , any minute now. Yay!
    That is my impresion of what I see here and in all the doom and gloom media.

    The day to day living here is still conducted on the ground by citizens at a far higher level of honesty and fairness than any other country I have been . Honesty , friendliness and civility among the citizenss is is still very high. Criminality is still very low. Most of Europe except for where they have let the big-nogs in are also like that I believe , otherwise the folk from shithole countries would not be knocking the door down to get in.
    Shit has been tested by the Flu scam though, I think a lot of folk have learned a lesson there. The main one being that the corporate media does not have your best interests in mind.
    The fact is that Jews and their proxies are responsible for what is happenong in Ukraine . Look around at the main players on all sides .The old pattern of settling their differences and their hatreds using America as their proxy continues. PENAC was a dual citizen dominated think tank , all the powerful think tanks are dominated by them and almost every President is surrounded by them, Blinken and Nuland are all from the chosen ones camp I think , Nuland for sure. All the biggest financial supporters of the Biden war machine are from the same basket. I never hear one word of criticism or even recognition of this fact. The list of the top donors to Biden is posted without one pointer to their status as chosen ones , scared?
    Anyway I am over it for now , all the words here will not change a thing.
    I rambled ona bit but there you are , old goats do that.



    The crew here totally loathes all things Western , for all it’s faults I would rather live here in the West.

    No. The crew here does not totally loathe all things Western. Why would all of them/us feel that way? Or do I misunderstand your use of the term, crew?


    Is it not odd that there is *no collective action* against what’s being done to 90% of humans? Ten-thousand
    Explainers of it, but no organized opposition.

    weird- or something.


    “..Orwell wanted to understand the world, which is why his writing now falls foul of that core commandment of modern “leftism”: “Thou shalt not recognize patterns.”..”


    “There may be more answers to that question than the one you proposed.”

    There better be. That said, I am of course referring to the prevailing majority. Hence the ‘Average’ in “Average Joe”.


    ” Aim for perfection and then you will likely end up with something that is reasonably good.”

    Aren’t you the optimist! 😉 Mine goes (pessimistically) like this: “Aim for the stars. At least you won’t shoot off your feet.” Google provides no images of lying on back shooting gun, so I feel that I might actually be on to something.

    However, I did find this:

    from The irony: Man literally shoots himself in the foot just to find out how it feels

    …which includes this bonus nugget of insanity:

    “The dope is now facing charges because of his behaviour – including prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.”

    I once helped a man shoot his leg off with a shotgun, staging it as an accident caused by his (fictitious) unwitting intrusion into a drug deal, doing so to avoid prosecution by crazy laws like “prohibited use of a weapon” so he could get rid of an extremely painful, hopelessly damaged knee that several surgeries only made worse yet doctors refused to remove although he begged them.

    Do da joik, babee

    THe organ in that song sounds like one could control the universe from its console.


    No Organized Opposition = the dog that didn’t bark. Gotten-to, top to bottom..


    And speaking of memory-holing: try bookingmarking for future reference one of these ZeroHedge links, then using that link a month or so later. Please let me know your results.


    People no longer know how to cohere without an app.How much of that is designed by Ozzian wizards, and how much is the general effect of omnipresent and massively expanding immersive media, from 30 giant screens blaring in one sports bar to 50 tiny quiet screens dutifully digesting tedium for subway commuters, is a question we lack the means to conclusively answer.

    That said, my reading tells me that organized resistance has been astro-turfed resistance more often than not:

    rabble-rouser (n.)
    “demagogue, one who arouses the emotions of a disorderly crowd,” 1842, agent noun from rabble-rousing, which is attested by 1802 as an adjective (in Sydney Smith), by 1933 as a noun; see rabble (n.1) + rouse (v.).

    Entries linking to rabble-rouser
    rabble (n.1)
    c. 1300, “pack of animals” (a sense now obsolete), of uncertain origin, but possibly related to Middle English rablen “to gabble, speak in a rapid, confused manner” (mid-14c.), which is probably imitative of hurry, noise, and confusion (compare Middle Dutch rabbelen, Low German rabbeln “to chatter”).

    The meaning “tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people” is from late 14c., probably a back-formation from the Middle English verb. It was applied contemptuously to the common or low part of any populace, regardless of tumult, by 1550s.

    rouse (v.)
    mid-15c., rousen, intransitive, probably from Anglo-French or Old French reuser, ruser; Middle English Compendium compares 16c. French rousee “abrupt movement.” Sometimes also said to be from Latin recusare “refuse, decline,” with loss of the medial -c-. Originally in English a technical term in hawking, “to shaking the feathers of the body,” but like many medieval hawking and hunting terms it is of obscure origin.

    The sense of “cause game to rise from cover or lair” is from 1520s. The word became general from 16c. in the figurative, transitive, meaning “stir up, cause to start up by noise or clamor, provoke to activity; waken from torpor or inaction” (1580s); that of “to awaken, cause to start from slumber or repose” is recorded by 1590s. Related: Roused; rousing.


    A rabble-rouser is someone who incites a crowd of people into action, most often violent action. A rabble-rouser usually attempts to stir up the emotions of the masses for political reasons. The rabble in this case is a mob of unruly people. It is a derogatory word, derived from the Middle English rablen meaning mindless babble or a pack of wild animals. Rabble-rouse may be used as a verb, related words are rabble-rouses, rabble-roused, rabble-rousing. The term rabble-rousing was first used in 1802, though the term rabble-rouser didn’t appear until the 1840s. Note that the word rabble-rouser is properly spelled with a hyphen.

    Not to mention those Old Testament railing at people from city walls to straighten up and fly right, including that Jesus person. One wonders how many Jews of that time and place dismissed JC as “just another sheepdog” (like Bernie Sanders and such). One wonders if he “let” Pilate crucify him because He’d seen that the center of any large simply can’t hold.

    Generally, by the time people have organized to change things, it’s either already been changed (pointless intrusive coercive memes & laws to allegedly protect queers*), or the protestors mostly succeed in alienating the common folks from their cause.

    If organized rebellion created better societies, we’d see some evidence. I haven’t. And pls don’t cite the American Revolution as evidence. Oy vey. But if you must, you must, I suppose.

    *btw, I recall when the right wing was up in flaming arms against gay marriage. Never mind how silly their arguments were (imo). The faithful are rarely swayed by evidence unless accompanied by a baseball bat. The liberal backlash against this needless obstruction of a simple desire to enjoy legally protected pair-bonding has brought us today’s pink and fluffily-denimed gender justice warriors. To which the conservative backlash will be, I fear brutal. Back and forth, escalating with each cycle of divide’n’conquer distractions.

    The tiny 1/16th of me that is Cherokee thinks this is my kind of political rally:

    Grease/Charcoal Painted Justice Warrior


    The CD of Palestrina’s Pope Marcellus Mass sung by the Westminster Cathedral Choir / Preston arrived here a couple of days ago, and I’ve given it some listening. The Kyrie is really very good in sound and feeling, and with a good-to-me tempo. The Sanctus is unusual: quicker than any other I’ve heard, and I think much expression is lost
    in this core of the Mass. More listening for overall intended architecture is needed, there.
    Their Benedictus seems almost part of a different performance: slower, meditative, with a more distant perspective that I *very much like* (the previous movements are in-the-choir close; not wrong, but not what I’m looking for).

    So far, Oxford Camerata / Summerly has been my favorite of the six or seven recordings I’ve heard.


    It might help people understand my position on a core theme here if I point out that parasites are opportunistic. They don’t design their victims (although their victims and they may coevolve together and eventually become symbiotically mutual beneficiaries of the relationship)>

    Language/ abstract reasoning/symbolic representation aka language began creating ways to indoctrinate ever larger groups into a centralized dogmatic bloc. The popular mass formation hypnosis phenomenon.

    But still, life moved faster than the parasites.

    Now, with the panoptical omnimediaplex and powerful AI to do their pattern recognition for them, the parasites are getting some serious leg up on individuality. Even so, I think it is more reactionary than proactionary. One reason I feel this way is because they are reacting to AI which is reacting to them and, as Polemos articulated, to their fellow AIs.

    In other words, the parasites do not control what they are in charge of. They are often playing catch-up and damage control of their previous AI-guided actions. (“Survey says!”)

    Klaus Schwabb suffers from delusions of grandeur more than he enjoys comprehensive understanding of what he’s doi8ng (like pert near all of us, best I can tell). Zelensky and Trudeau are mere troll-bait for sure, but their handlers are losing every significant battle they encounter and everything they do at this point, including covidarchy governance, is now in strategic retreat mode. Oh, the main damage is done, and Gates may have achieved that much of his aims, but he is one Epstein away from having to triple up on body guards and wearing Kevlar everywhere except the bathroom.

    So, yes, they’re a, probably the , major reason we can’t have nice things, but no, their evil schemes aren’t working out the way they planned, and they are really the least of our worries, sez I, who say that WE are the most of our worries which is why we mostly ignore or disrespect each other and holler about what the giant figures we see slouching toward Bethlehem on the Giant Silver Screen.

    I firmly believe that what THEY do to us isn’t nearly as important as what we do to us, particularly what we do with one another (which, as ever and alas, is mostly argue about who is right and who is wrong).

    And now a word from our puppet masters:

    Garfield Goose and a Monkey On a String


    But that’s so grim and serious. Here are some light birds above my piano.


    I’m pretty sure they *do* design their victims: that’s what popular culture (esp Hollywood) is for.

    It’s a process, and those who plan tend to do well, v those who do not. Jews are good planners.


    And this

    And this


    A youtube ad just offered to let me own my own verified voice clone. Kinda like buying internet domains in the old days?

    Meanwhile, Edvard Slavsquat is concerned about global digital ID systems and such:

    All freedom will be lost when the war is won War in Ukraine (or anywhere else) will usher in the digital Dark Ages

    The comments section became a Davosian Overlords Are in Control of Everything (except of course, Ed’s comment section, which alone preserves the True VOice of Freedom, Reason and Truth), running off some very bright and charming people (and me, too, who like to tag along with the very bright and charming in case some of it will rub off onto me).

    But Ed’s actual data holds up although his claims often overreach and I’ve concluded that he is ultimately a paid anti-Russian propagandist, a limited hangout, if you will. And it’s true that Russia’s covidiotic policies rival ours. If global depo is the plan, then it’s been agreed that the survivors will colonize a Russia wekaned by major depopulation just as it was gaining some reproductive traction.

    He includes great Russophillic music clips, btw.


    I don’t know if Jeremy Grimm reads here, but I sure do appreciate his comments elsewhere- having read them for quite a few years.


    I implied but forgot to clearly state that I believe that media has already begun allowing human-on-human parasitism to begin incorporating planned design. But you rather make my case for me, bill7: Hollywood wasn’t a government project. It was taken over by greedy parasites first with ‘decency standards’ censorship, and then big time beginn ing with WWII war movies and such.

    But Hollywood is NOT designed by “them”. Hollywood is designed by creative artistry and entrepreneurialism experimenting to see what sells the most tickets and then, that accomplished, see what moves their opinions the most. The fact that the CIA etc. have their foot in every other Hollywood door doesn’t mean they made or designed those doors.

    Parasites are opportunistic exploiters and derivative thinkers riding the collar region of Hollywood players but are not the builders or shapers of the beast they ride.

    Fwiw, I think you are correct to focus on the ‘darpanet’ angle. Digitech allowed whole new layers and depths of manipulation, outreach, and fluidly moving content control that, coupled with AI, lets “them” tailor their message in strikingly powerful ways, ways we’ve been watching in horrified fascination particularly since the world caught a massive delusional cold and decide to vakzinate anything (still) alive. Before, even with broadcast TV and climax era Hollywood, they had difficulty keeping their message on track with its actual effect on people. Digitech lets them keep pace, even lead… but still with insufficient navigation equipment that will wreck their ship on shoals they unwittingly created. AI is gonna glitch their asses but good. Murphy the Lawgiver agrees.

    Now we do, imo, have “designed victims”. I believe that the savviest among us have watched this for quite some time. I’ve been terrified of TV since ’75, and grew allergic to Hollywood by the mid-90s. But watching the internet invert, watching search engines search us more than we search them, and then, worstly, the advent of handroids — the internet “everting” as Gibson wrote in Pattern Recognition (his most human and poignant work, imo) — tracking us informationally and locationally everywhere we go while creating growing dependence on handroids to do everything for us but eat and wipe — this has given “them” a major leg up and thus brought us that much faster to a doomful denouement.

    Which I think is good, btw, ny which I mean it could be much worse, but then, I’m an old Jay Hanson die-hard ‘what shall be done’ alumni, and that was a hard crowd that gave the data a very “cold and lynx-eyed clear view of things” to quote an old friend. I go now to listen to some well-recommended Palestrina with what’s left of my hearing. Lord, I miss those high notes.

    Lone Voice Counter-Narrative with a swell guitar solo


    WWII propaganda (cuz after the Peasrl HArbor psyop, nobody dared protest and hardly anyone believed in anything bout the Right of our Might over the Wrong of Theirs.

    Dive Bomber Boogie


    I wonder what flora thinks.


    Oroboros said

    Well here is a Ukro tank crewman telling about his unit if you want to put a face to the fighting.

    Terrible for this individual, but standing back to look at the whole picture, Ukraine or Russian, NATO will insist that both get fed into the meat grinder and are forced to kill each other to survive. You could argue that the Russians have the option of surrendering to NATO and being overrun by the NATO mafia and ending up like the Palestinians in their own land. Not much of an option. So either the Ukraine soldier suffers and dies or the Russian soldier suffers and dies. Of course, one can also pretend that this is not NATO imperialism, hide from reality, pretend that Ukraine is not acting on behalf of the US imperialists.

    The sadder aspect, when watching this soldier, is that he lost his country in 2014 when the Ukrainian people did nothing to regain their country. They allowed their captors to keep them on side by persecuting the Russians amongst them, which has now led to him being a slave to the US imperialist regime. A slave who will probably die for the US imperialists when in 2014 he could have died for his parents and for Ukraine.


    AFKTT said

    the pouring of mega-quantities of fake computer digits into subsidising wasteful, counterproductive activities such as flying from one place to another to look at the view

    Living a good life is an outrageous counterproductive activity?


    Living the good life does not equate with the global air transport industry. A good life may contain air travel as a subset, depending on how one defines “good life” (a vague concept more appropriate for commercials than for earnest discussion about the state of global human affairs these days).

    I’m forever amazed at the need for so many people to chronically attack others over petty squabbles they haven’t even defined.

    What is the good life? I suppose that it at least contains some good years.

    Me, if I’m not going to seriously explain why I disagree, I prefer just to call someone a big far poopy butthead and call it done,


    boscohorowitz said

    It might help people understand my position on a core theme here if I point out that parasites are opportunistic. They don’t design their victims (although their victims and they may coevolve together and eventually become symbiotically mutual beneficiaries of the relationship)

    The effect you write of it evident in man’s relationship with dogs. Man is the parasite and the dog has been evolved by man pushing it in certain directions, many different directions, until the dog is no longer recognisable as the wild dog form in which it originally evolved.

    Control by the authorities and control of dogs is also very similar. You can train a dog to respond to certain commands, you can breed it to behave in certain ways, but the owner never has full control over the dog, that is not possible without using force … the leash. Obviously every owner would like to have an obedient dog, we could then get rid of the leash, but a free willed dog will never always obey.

    The need for obedience is in all dog owners as it is in the people who run the world. There is no real difference and the tool of persuasion “stay stay” will be replaced with the leash if not enough obey. It is very human to want to control the things and beings around you and without the opportunity to do so, you may not know that you are one of the control freaks. I hate seeing dogs on a leash, it reminds me of the government taking away the freedom of the people. When we walk our dogs, they walk free, they interact with other dogs and they learn to socialise with their own kind.

    The internet gives the authorities the opportunity to assign an AI dog walker to every connected person. Disconnecting from the internet gets rid of the walker, but does not get rid of the government, your owner.


    FTX is above my pay grade. Read what nakedcapitalism has to say.

    FTX: New Ex-Enron CEO Finds “Complete Absence of Trustworthy Financial Information,” $3.3 Billion Loans to SBF, Customer Deposits Not Recorded on Balance Sheets; Confirms Software Backdoors, Auto-Deleted Communications

    FTX: New Ex-Enron CEO Finds “Complete Absence of Trustworthy Financial Information,” $3.3 Billion Loans to SBF, Customer Deposits Not Recorded on Balance Sheets; Confirms Software Backdoors, Auto-Deleted Communications
    Posted on November 18, 2022 by Yves Smith

    D Benton Smith

    Cinema may well have been “designed by creative artistry and entrepreneurialism experimenting to see what sells the most tickets. . . ” But Hollywood certainly wasn’t. Hollywood is the construct of fake-Jewish Kazarian Mafia, US Defense Department, CIA and the usual covert coven of craven cabalistic collaborators, and they most certainly DID “design the doors ” (not to mention controlling what goes on behind them). I’ve got a billionaire big shot ex-relative in tinsel town, who was and is a straight up useful idiot Mossad gigolo, “A-List” Democrat donor, and all-around asshole.

    And like the rest of its theatrical industry cousins quaintly misnomered as “Main Stream Media” Hollywood has operated at a net loss of billions every year for many many years (like since 1941) . . . . but it’s a bargain at that price considering the mind boggling (literally) quantity of propaganda and society wrecking psychological warfare effluvium that it pumps into the minds of a mostly unsuspecting public. In the business of commercialized evil Hollywood has plenty of competition, but is holding its own because their money ain’t coming from ticket sales. Three guesses where it does come from.

    John Day

    @Redneck: How does change come about in the world? People see what is wrong, but don’t know how to undo it, or replace it with something more right, more fair. Thoughts and ideas get batted about.
    These are pieces of models-of-reality, right? Napoleon had certain models of reality and other people bought into them, but they were not quite reality. He was widely feared and respected for his use of reality modeling in war and statecraft.
    Does reality usually change through concerted action, coordinated by a model? Maybe sometimes?
    I think we are all grappling with difficulty here. Are Jews who oppose Israeli apartheid “self-hating Jews” as some who support it call them, or “righteous Jews”?
    Do people who want the parasitic oligarchs to fail, to be replaced, but don’t see how to get there, desire their own destitution, or are they merely willing to face hardship for what they see to be a more just world order?
    I accidentally meditated goodwill for the mechanic I never met who is looking into an accelerator logic malfunction in my wife’s Toyota Matrix, which killed 30 people by the fly-by-wire computer-controlled throttle body opening up, like flooring the gas, but the pedal is not really connected.
    You have to stand on the brake and throw it in neutral if it will go, or turn off the ignition key as you accelerate down the off-ramp.
    This is something Toyota has a recall on. There was a lot I wanted to relay to the mechanic I could not meet. I wrote down the recall number and some details and gave it to the guy I talked to. He typed a little something into a tablet he carried, but not that. I felt frustrated and found myself sending conscious-pressure their way. That might be a form of negative-prayer, I realized, so I did the other thing, the good thing.
    The gas pedal is just connected to a position-sensor, not the intake throttle-body. The computer takes in a lot of information and decides where to set the throttle. It has mysterious AI brain-farts that kill some folks. How does Toyota change that? I couldn’t find out exactly what their recall-fix protocol in=s, just stories of people taking their car back 3 times and the intermittent logic failure not being figured out. Seems allegorical, somehow…

    @rabble-rousing boscohorowitz Duane Eddy has a variation on that theme fer yuz.

    I think Klaus Schwab might be a high-functioning submissive, but I don’t know exactly who his Dom is.
    There are a lot of quandaries like that.
    It makes me unable to be really sure who to pray for God to kill to make the world more fair, peaceful and loving.
    Bedtime for John-zo. Maybe I can meditate in my sleep and wake up having already made the world better.
    Can I do that and not know, and not be exhausted from it? I read stuff, sometimes…

    : Don’t say “get a room”. It’s not that much verbiage … yet.

    @ Dr.D : I’ve got some mathematical modeling of hierarchical income disparity following a fairly simple mathematical formula across human societies
    Dis some mo’ bad shit from anudda physicist. I like physicists taking fresh looks at things.


    “..Orwell wanted to understand the world, which is why his writing now falls foul of that core commandment of modern “leftism”: “Thou shalt not recognize patterns.”..”

    Yep. And thou shall make no connections whatsoever between policies, events, manifestations and people.

    Young people getting sick and dying shortly after jabs. How mysterious.

    Economy collapsing. How mysterious.


    ‘Cinema may well have been “designed by creative artistry and entrepreneurialism experimenting to see what sells the most tickets. . . ” But Hollywood certainly wasn’t. Hollywood is the construct of fake-Jewish Kazarian Mafia, US Defense Department, CIA and the usual covert coven of craven cabalistic collaborators, and they most certainly DID “design the doors ” (not to mention controlling what goes on behind them).’


    Taught women to smoke. Taught hundreds of millions to crave consumer products. Taught entire generations that ‘We are the good guys’. Taught Americans to believe they were the ‘chosen people’, and that one American was worth 30+ Koreans/Vietnamese/Iraqis/Iranians etc.

    I have managed to deprogramme myself from all the shit that I was taught in the early years of my life. Most people I interact with don’t even know they have been programmed.

    Is ignorance bliss?

    Yes….until it isn’t. Then it’s super-shitty.


    @ oldandtired
    This son has *always* had an IEP. He started school at nearly 4 years old due to a “language delay” (common with twins, common for boys in my family.). By 1st grade the IEP was for behavioral issues. Academically he is fine…he has ADHD but I refused medication. I was helping him today to simplify radicals, with integers and variables with exponents under the radical — he understood the first half, needed help with the second half. He understood the steps…he is bright, has usually been at grade level.

    I believe that this is the 5th suspension this semester.

    Expulsion isn’t automatic for missed days, but leads to academic probation, where he can miss all of his credits for a semester and have graduation delayed. Expulsion is a possibility for “threats.” The school personnel on the IEP team could strongly recommend that placement in general Ed is not appropriate for him, sending him to a different school, one with a “behavior program.”

    My kids have experienced a lot of “adverse childhood experiences.” I make up for it the best I can by being there for them regularly. I couldn’t avoid the adverse events…the only one I initiated was the divorce, and that was necessary, a bygone conclusion at that point.


    For the benefit of those who do not know the significance of dive bombers alluded to above, it was a successful attack on Japanese aircraft carriers at Midway that turned the tide of the Pacific War.

    Pity the poor sods who flew ‘Devastators’ at low speed and low altitude because they were loaded with torpedoes: the entire squadron was wiped out in a matter of minutes, with just one survivor out of 30 crew members. And if the torpedo runs had been successful, the torpedoes wouldn’t have worked anyway because the firring mechanism was defective.

    On the other hand, sbds operated as glide bombers were subjected to ‘only’ a 50% loss.

    Poor young men dying to protect rich old men. That’s what war is all about.

    And as Smedley Butler wrote, it is a racket.


    John Day
    “Do people who want the parasitic oligarchs to fail, to be replaced, but don’t see how to get there, desire their own destitution, or are they merely willing to face hardship for what they see to be a more just world order?”
    You are of course only talking about Western oligarchs, not Russian or Chinese or Iranian oligarchs , correct?
    How will the destruction of Western oligarchs produce a fairer system ? Do you honestly believe that a world where Russian , China , Iran and India are the hegemons that the world will be fairer?
    That the total destruction of the Western world is going to bring about a better world full of love and compassion? History and common sense says you are wrong.
    That is exactly the kind of thinking I was talking about in my comments. Delusional and naive is what I call it.
    The Russian oligarchs have spent more on their private yachts in the last fifteen years that has been spent on the Russian navy. They mostly live overseas and have their money stashed in tax havens just like ours do.
    Somehow though they are the good guys we should look up to? They have stolen most of the money meant for the Russian military right under Putin’s nose. The Russian media is saying that , Russians themselves know it .That is why the Russian military is being being beaten right now . Russia is just as corrupt as we are .
    Look at what is happening in Iran , innocent citizens being shot for protesting, this is Russia’s close ally along with the communist dictatorship in China. These are the countries that are going to lead the world into a more just system?
    Wake up , stop being such a child.

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