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Ivan Shishkin Midday. Near Moscow 1869

 

Love Letter to Ireland and to ALL the Debt-Enslaved Nations of the World (Chu)
The One Chart That Explains Everything (Mike Whitney)
UK Was ‘Hours’ Away From Potential Total Meltdown – Bank Of England (RT)
Wells Fargo Braces For More Layoffs As Loan Volumes Collapse 90% YOY (ZH)
Michael Hudson on The Destiny of Civilization (Platypus)
How Bright Are EUropeans ? (Vilches)
Key Takes From Vladimir Putin’s Latest Speech (RT)
British Spies Constructing Secret Terror Army In Ukraine (GZ)
EU Exploring Ways To Use Frozen Russian Assets (RT)
Emily Oster’s Plea Bargain (Kunstler)
What Employment? (Denninger)
FBI Is ‘Rotted At Its Core,’ Republican Lawmakers Say (RT)
Can Licht Make the Cuts? (Byers)
Florida Bans Puberty Blockers, Transgender Surgery For Minors (SAC)
Vaccine-Doubting Doctor Ordered To Pay $1m In Legal Costs (NP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re deeper in debt than ever. And planning to spend trillions on net zero. It doesn’t add up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Ireland’s external debt is 609% more than her GDP..”

Love Letter to Ireland and to ALL the Debt-Enslaved Nations of the World (Chu)

Sometime in October, 2022, the national debt of the United States will blow through $31 Trillion. That’s a lot of zeros! To give some context on how exponential is this growing number: It took the USA 205 years to surpass $1 Trillion in total national debt on October 22, 1981; but it will only take 41 years to exponentially add another 30 Trillion! Note to all the anal-retentive persons out there: Nothing survives exponential growth. Nothing. All 7 of the G7 nations (USA, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, UK, and Canada) are in the top 10 list of most indebted nations, as far total national debts are concerned. Three of the BRICS nations (China, India and Brazil) are in this top 10 list.

Table 3 shows the “national debt to GDP” ratios for the top 10 nations, in descending scale. One of the ways to understand what this “national debt to GDP” ratio means in layman terms is to use the “credit card to income” analogy. Let’s say that we have a credit card limit of $100,000 USD and our annual income is $50,000 USD. Because of hard times and all, we have maxed out our credit card and we owe $100,000 USD. Well, in our case then, the “credit card debt to income” ratio is 200%. Question: How long can we maintain our lifestyle if our “credit card debt to income” ratio is 200%? Answer: Not very long. All ten nations listed in Table 3 are spending more than they produce in terms of GDP each year.


Six of the G7 nations (Japan, Italy, France, USA, Canada, and UK) are spending more than they produce each year for quite a few years now. None of the BRICS nations are in the top ten of this list. Question: How long can nations like Japan, Greece, Italy, Portugal, etc. continue to incur national debts way beyond their annual national income? Answer: Not very long. All these 10 nations with a “national debt to GDP” ratio over 100% are spending money beyond their means. Japan and Greece are spending money way beyond their means.

Table 4 is a list of the “external debt to GDP” ratios for the top 10 nations, in descending scale. At the #1 spot, Ireland’s external debt is 609% more than her GDP. There is something that we should note about Ireland’s GDP. Apple, maker of the iPhones and all things that begin with an “i”, launders its European sales through its Irish headquarters. Why? To avoid paying taxes as Ireland has one of the most preferential business tax polices in the world. However, Apple’s “contribution” to Ireland’s GDP, which has been as high as 25%, generates ZERO income for the Irish nation. How’s that for a GDP accounting trick? Therefore, this ridiculous 609% is even a lot higher! Now, imagine if our credit card debt is more than 609% of our annual income! What happens when the credit card company demands that we pay off our credit card debt? That’s about to happen to Ireland, Netherlands, UK, etc.

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“This is why we are experiencing the redivision of the world into warring blocs. This is why we are seeing the roll back of 30 years of Globalization and massive suppyline disruption.”

The One Chart That Explains Everything (Mike Whitney)

It explains why Washington is so worried about China’s explosive growth. It explains why the US continues to hector China on the issues of Taiwan and the South China Sea. It explains why Washington sends congressional delegations to Taiwan in defiance of Beijing’s explicit requests. It explains why the Pentagon continues to send US warships through the Taiwan Strait and ship massive amounts of lethal weaponry to Taipei. It explains why Washington is creating anti-China coalitions in Asia that are aimed at encircling and provoking Beijing.

It explains why the Biden administration is stepping up its trade war on China, imposing onerous economic sanctions on its businesses, and banning critical high-tech semi-conductors that are “are essential not just… for virtually every aspect of modern society, from electronic products and transport to the design and production of all manner of goods.” It explains why China has been singled-out in the US National Security Strategy (NSS) as “the only competitor with both the intent and, increasingly, the capability to reshape the international order.” It explains why Washington now regards China as its biggest and most formidable strategic adversary that must be isolated, demonized and defeated.

The chart above explains everything, not just the hostile diplomatic jabs that are designed to discredit and humiliate China, but also the openly belligerent policies that are aimed at Russia as well. People need to understand this. They need to see what is really going on so they can put events in their proper geopolitical context. And what “context” is that? The context of a Third World War; a war that was thoroughly-planned, instigated and (now) prosecuted by Washington and Washington’s proxies. That’s what’s really going on. The increasingly violent conflagrations we see cropping-up in Ukraine and Asia are not the result of “Russian aggression” or “evil Putin”. No. They are the actualization of a sinister geopolitical strategy to quash China’s meteoric rise and preserve America’s dominant role in the world order. Can there be any doubt about that?

No. None. This is why we are experiencing the redivision of the world into warring blocs. This is why we are seeing the roll back of 30 years of Globalization and massive suppyline disruption. And this is why Europe has been thrust headlong into frigid darkness and forced deindustrialisation. All of these suicidal policies were concocted for one purpose and one purpose alone, to maintain America’s exalted spot in the global system. That is why all of humanity is presently embroiled in a Third World War; a war that is designed to prevent China from becoming the world’s biggest economy; a war that is designed to preserve US global primacy.

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Sort of a shame that MissTrust couldn’t finish her ‘mission’.

UK Was ‘Hours’ Away From Potential Total Meltdown – Bank Of England (RT)

U Britain narrowly avoided a financial crisis in September that could have seen some pension funds totally collapse, the governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, told Channel 4 on Thursday. Asked how close the UK came to a potential total economic meltdown after Liz Truss’ mini-budget was announced, Bailey said: “I think at the point when we intervened, I can tell you that the messages we were getting from the markets were that it was hours.” Truss’s so-called “mini-budget” included the biggest tax cuts since 1972, funded by a huge increase in borrowing, without an explanation as to how the government would pay it back. The measures caused the pound to hit an all-time low against the dollar and the price of UK government bonds – known as gilts – to collapse.


The Bank of England intervened by announcing an expansion of its emergency bond-buying to “restore orderly market conditions.” “It was becoming unstable and it was affecting pension funds, for instance, and how they were operating. So, we had to step in quickly and we had to step in quite decisively. This felt, and was, a very real threat to financial stability,” Bailey said. His interview came just hours after the regulator hiked the interest rate from 2.25% to 3% to try and curb soaring inflation. Bailey also warned that Britain was facing its longest recession since records began and warned of a “tough road ahead” for the UK and its households.

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Let the bailouts begin…

Wells Fargo Braces For More Layoffs As Loan Volumes Collapse 90% YOY (ZH)

Among the growing list of many companies bracing for layoffs is now Wells Fargo, who has seen their U.S. loan volumes “collapse”. The fall off in loan volume has left some workers “idle”, according to a new CNBC report. This, in turn, has them worried about further job cuts. In the early weeks of Q4, the bank had about 18,000 loans in its pipeline, the report says. This is down an astonishing 90% from a year earlier when the pandemic housing boom was in full swing. The dropoff in loan volume is at least partly attributable to a slowing housing market as rates have risen. With the Fed raising rates again this week, it doesn’t look like the spigot on loans is going to be re-opening anytime soon.


Other housing loan companies, like Rocket Mortgage, are also expected to be downsizing as a result of the slowing activity in housing. Wells Fargo “has historically been the most reliant on mortgages” out of all major U.S. banks, CNBC notes. CFO Mike Santomassimo had already warned about the slowdown in mid-October, stating: “We expect it to remain challenging in the near term. It’s possible that we have a further decline in mortgage banking revenue in the Q4 when originations are seasonally slower.” The bank said this week: “The changes we’ve recently made are the result of the broader rate environment and consistent with the response of other lenders in the industry. We regularly review and adjust staffing levels to align with market conditions and the needs of our businesses.”

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“..no country should be obliged to lower its living standards, bankrupt itself, and privatize its public domain in order to pay foreign debts. If a country can’t pay its debt, it’s a bad loan..”

Michael Hudson on The Destiny of Civilization (Platypus)

They’re different kinds of debts, and canceling them requires different kinds of institutions. E.g., what’s most in the news these days is student loan debt and that it could be canceled by just an act of President Biden, which he won’t do, because he’s the person that sponsored the bankruptcy law. That law made it impossible to cancel student debts by bankruptcy laws. It could be done by a congressional law. The government has all sorts of regulatory agencies to handle corporate debt write-downs. Corporate write-downs in bankruptcy proceedings are a normal course, taking place almost continually, and we’re going to see that again. There are real estate debts. When the junk mortgage frauds peaked in 2008, President Obama ran by promising to write-down the junk mortgage debts to the actual market value of the homes bought by the victims of bank fraud and to bring the mortgage payments in line with the current rent.

As soon as he was elected, Obama invited the bankers to the White House and said, “don’t worry. I’m the only guy standing between you and the pitchforks. That was just to get elected. I’m on your side.” He proceeded to evict seven or eight million American families. Not only did Obama not write-down the debts, but he started quantitative easing that has given nine trillion dollars to support the real estate market, the stock market, and the bond market, so that the banks and the wealthy rentier 10% of the American economy would not lose any money. The result was that American home ownership rates have fallen from 69% and plunged into the 50s. America is being turned from a middle-class home ownership economy into a landlord economy.

We’re regressing back towards the 19th century, including its legacy of feudalism. That’s what we’re moving toward, as official government policy. We still have a strong government, but the role of the government is now to enforce the debts, not to write them down, and the most serious debts in the news are actually international debts. And of course, international debts cannot be settled by one nation. What is the vehicle to cancel the debts of global South countries like Argentina, that is now in yet another crisis with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Argentinian crisis, Sri Lanka — all this will characterize the Global South by this fall as a result of rising energy prices for oil and gas, rising food prices, and capital flight to the U.S. as it raises its interest rate.

If countries have to pay more for food and energy, how can they afford to pay their foreign debts? It’s necessary to have a new international organization to sponsor this. That’s what both President Putin and President Xi have said: we’re going to create a BRICS bank as an alternative to the World Bank and the IMF and this will have to accompany a new world court. We are going to provide a different philosophy of operations for this bank: the principle is that no country should be obliged to lower its living standards, bankrupt itself, and privatize its public domain in order to pay foreign debts. If a country can’t pay its debt, it’s a bad loan, and just as individuals and corporations are allowed to declare bankruptcy, countries should be able to declare bankruptcy.

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“..EUropeans would just appear to be aggressive, manipulative, and conceited… and not superior to anyone else..”

How Bright Are EUropeans ? (Vilches)

Dr. Josep Borrell is the EU´s topmost senior diplomat as High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Recently joined by another un-elected official namely the EU Commission President Ursula von den Leyen both now roughly insist that EUrope´s problems stem from its addictiveness to excellent and cheap Russian energy and resources, to China´s humongous export markets and high productivity dependency, and to the military ´security´ that the US today supposedly renders to them. So, accordingly their solution for EUrope would be to (a) get itself up in arms yet again and (b) to double-down on the ‘battle of narratives´ which should be interpreted to be just some more effective EU propaganda. So from this perspective rather than being bright EUropeans would just appear to be aggressive, manipulative, and conceited… and not superior to anyone else. So why be so proud about it all ?.


Objectively searching into the EUropean political soul it´s easy to find EUrope´s self-EUthanization vis-á-vis its sheer lack of any ´affectio societatis´. This makes EUrope an un-viable business associate to and for anyone, even amongst themselves in view of the current widespread infighting. But JB´s ´brightness´ does not stop there, now proclaiming that “the world needs Europe” and that EUrope is a “garden” and the rest a mere ”jungle” ready to encroach upon it… So at this rate it would be wise to copernically acknowledge that EUrope is not any “global super-power” and that God Almighty has not appointed the un-elected European Commission as the rule-maker for the rest of the world to follow. Furthermore, the “international community”(sic) is not headquartered at Davos or Brussels and 85% of planet Earth does not even wake up in the West every morning. Making that clear would focus EU politics better than complaining about “too many abstentions” in the UN votes regarding this conflict which EU officials fail to understand and accept.

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“Ukraine, Batman and complex identities”…

Key Takes From Vladimir Putin’s Latest Speech (RT)

Russian President Vladimir Putin honored National Unity Day by meeting with historians and dignitaries – including leaders of religious communities – and discussing the role of history in protecting national sovereignty, identity, and culture. Here are some key points from his speech and the subsequent discussion. “Russia’s clash with the neo-Nazi regime that arose in Ukraine was inevitable, and had our country not undertaken the actions it did in February, nothing would have changed, only our position would have been far worse,” Putin said. “Our so-called friends brought the situation in Ukraine to the stage where it was a mortal threat to Russia.” Putin compared the situation with what happened in 1941, when the USSR had ample warning about the upcoming Nazi invasion but did not take steps to defend itself, suggesting that this was one of the reasons millions of Soviet citizens died before victory over Nazism was achieved.

Western countries meddled in Ukraine’s internal affairs after the fall of the Soviet Union and “managed to instill such pseudo-values into the minds of millions of people, which led to the fact that anti-Russia was created on this territory, sowing hatred, violating the minds of people, depriving them of true history,” Putin said. Ukraine has been turned into a grave danger for Russia, but also something suicidal for the Ukrainians themselves, he explained. “It is Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, that is the first and main victim of the deliberate sublimation of hatred towards the Russians and Russia. In Russia, everything is exactly the opposite – you know this very well: we have always treated the Ukrainian people with respect and warmth. It remains so, despite today’s tragic confrontation.”

Speaking further about the current conflict in Ukraine, Putin drew parallels with the Russian Revolution over a hundred years ago. “In fact, the confrontation is going on within one people – just like it was after the upheavals of 1917.” Back then, “foreign powers warmed their hands on the tragedy of our people. They did not care about either the Whites or the Reds, they pursued their own interests, weakened and tore historical Russia to pieces.” The West is doing the same in Ukraine today, Putin said, sacrificing the Ukrainian people to achieve their geopolitical goals, which he described as “weakening, disintegrating and destroying Russia.” Russians need to know the full past of their country, the president argued, without repeating the “mistakes of the Soviet period,” where academia worked to fit ideological patterns.

“Something similar is happening now in some countries in the West, where much is determined by the current radical-liberal establishment. To please it, key historical events are presented in a completely distorted, inverted form, and the truth is canceled,” Putin said. “When someone wishes to deprive the state of sovereignty and turn its citizens into vassals, they begin by twisting the country’s history, in order to deprive people of their roots, doom them to unconsciousness,” the Russian president explained, condemning this as a “deliberately perverted attitude to history.” Pointing to Ukraine as an example of this, Putin said that “there have been similar attempts against Russia, and they do not stop, but we firmly and in time put up a solid barrier against them. “

While Russia is absolutely a part of European civilization, there is no denying that many major colonial empires in the West are now “medium-sized or small countries,” Putin said, comparing the population of Portugal with its former colony Brazil, the UK with India, and how China’s Guangdong province alone has 1.5 times the population of Germany. “European capitals were [once] the center of the universe – but this is already in the past,” the Russian president said. Putin also opted to broach a slightly less political issue. During the question-and-answer session, he noted that academic work won’t be enough without teaming up with popular culture and merchandising. Russian children “know of Batman but not of our own heroes,” Putin said, noting that historical education starts from an early age. “There should be cartoons, films, children’s literature… All of these things are needed. That’s why we’re here today, to nudge this process forward.”

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Thorough.

British Spies Constructing Secret Terror Army In Ukraine (GZ)

Documents obtained by The Grayzone reveal plans by a cell of British military-intelligence figures to organize and train a covert Ukrainian “partisan” army with explicit instructions to attack Russian targets in Crimea. On October 28th, a Ukrainian drone attack damaged the Russian Black Sea fleet’s flagship vessel in the Crimean port of Sevastopol. Moscow immediately blamed Britain for assisting and orchestrating the strike, as well as blowing up the Nord Stream pipelines – the worst acts of industrial sabotage in recent memory. The British Ministry of Defense issued a blustery denial in response, branding the accusations “false claims of an epic scale.” Whoever was behind those specific attacks, suspicions of a British hidden hand in the destruction are not unfounded.

The Grayzone has obtained leaked documents detailing British military-intelligence operatives inking an agreement with the Security Service of Ukraine’s Odessa branch, to create and train a secret Ukrainian partisan terror army. Their plans called for the secret army to conduct sabotage and reconnaissance operations targeting Crimea on behalf of the Ukrainian Security Service (SSU) – precisely the kind of attacks witnessed in past weeks. As The Grazyone previously reported, the same coterie of military-intelligence operatives was responsible for drawing up plans to blow up Crimea’s Kerch Bridge. That goal was fulfilled on October 8th in the form of a suicide truck bomb attack, temporarily disabling the sole connecting point between mainland Russia and Crimea, and triggering a major escalation in Moscow’s attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure.

These blueprints were produced by a military veteran named Hugh Ward, at the request of Chris Donnelly, a British military-intelligence operative best known for hatching the covert, Foreign Office-funded Integrity Initiative information warfare program. The plans were circulated throughout Donnelly’s private transnational network of military officials, lawmakers and intelligence officials. Such high-level connections underline that he is far from a passive observer in this conflict. He has used his position and contacts to secure the resources necessary to train up the secret saboteur battalion in order to attack Russian targets in Crimea. This wrecking strategy is certain to escalate the war, and undercut any momentum toward negotiation.

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“US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in May that seizing the assets was “not something legally permissible in the United States.”

EU Exploring Ways To Use Frozen Russian Assets (RT)

The European Union is trying to determine whether it’s feasible to use the assets of the Russian Central Bank that have been frozen by member states to finance Ukraine, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The discussions are at an early stage and legal experts have been asked to look into possible options, the outlet wrote, citing people familiar with the matter. Some $300 billion belonging to the Russian Central Bank were frozen by the EU, the US, and their allies as part of anti-Russia sanctions. Any EU action would deal with assets held in Europe, Bloomberg says, adding that the issue has also been raised with the US.


Last month, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU wanted to confiscate Russian assets in order to use them for the reconstruction of Ukraine but admitted that establishing a legal base for such a move was tricky. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in May that seizing the assets was “not something legally permissible in the United States.” Russia strongly criticized the freezing of the funds, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accusing the West of essentially committing theft.

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“The Atlantic magazine, a house organ of the people in America who know better than you do about… really… everything..”

Emily Oster’s Plea Bargain (Kunstler)

By now, everybody and his uncle has seen Emily Oster’s plea for “pandemic amnesty” in The Atlantic magazine, a house organ of the people in America who know better than you do about… really… everything. Emily’s wazoo is so stuffed with gold-plated credentials (BA, PhD, Harvard; economics prof at Brown U) it’s a wonder that she could sit down long enough to peck out her lame argument that “we need to forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID.” Emily wasn’t “in the dark.” She had access to the same information as the Americans who recognized that everything the public health authorities, the medical establishment, and many elected officials shoveled out about Covid and its putative remedies and preventatives was untrue, with a patina of bad faith and malice — especially when it was used to persecute their political adversaries.

These dissenters turned out to be “right for the wrong reasons,” she declared, the main reason being that they were not aligned in good-think with the Woke-Jacobinism of her fellow “progressives” at Brown U, and academics all across the land, who were righteously busy destroying the intellectual life of the nation, making it impossible for the thinking class to think. Let’s face it: every society actually needs a thinking class, a cohort able to frame important issues-of-the-moment that require argument in the public arena to align our collective thoughts and deeds with reality. America used to have a pretty good thinking class, with a pretty good free press and many other platforms for opinion — all animated by respect for the first amendment to the Constitution.


The thinking class destroyed that by vigorously promoting a new censorship regime in every American institution, shutting down free speech and, more crucially, the necessary debate for aligning our politics with reality. Hence, America’s thinking class became the torchbearers of unreality, in step with the Party of Chaos which held the levers of power. This included the powers of life and death in the matter of Covid-19. These were the people who militated against effective early treatment protocols (to cynically preserve the drug companies’ emergency use authorization (EUA) and thus their liability shields); the people who enforced the deadly remdesivir-and-ventilator combo in hospital treatment; the people who rolled out the harmful and ineffective “vaccines”; who fired and vilified doctors who disagreed with all that; and who engineered a long list of abusive policies that destroyed businesses, livelihoods, households, reputations, and futures.

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Normally October numbers rise for Christmas…

What Employment? (Denninger)

Vomited up the Bureau of Lies and Scams did…. “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 261,000 in October, and the unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in health care, professional and technical services, and manufacturing.” Yeah-yeah. I pay near-zero attention to the headline, ever, and this was no exception to my rule in that regard. The market did the hanky-panky on the release but as I write this is up strongly, close to +50 handles on the Spoos. Why? Someone bothered to actually read the internals? I’m impressed, because the internals of the household survey, unadjusted, said +141k and out of that 111 of it came out of the “not in labor force” figures, so in fact its really about +30 net-net on the population itself.


In other words statistically zero. October is usually a very decent hiring month as, which we all know, there’s this thing called “Christmas” coming and the start of the hiring for it is usually reflected here. Prior to the pandemic in 2019 October was +589k on the same unadjusted household number, and 425k of that came from bench-sitters, so economic reasons were enough to get close to half a million off their butts. This time it was only good for 100k and the total impulse was basically all of that. Thus the market reaction: Pavlov’s Dog took this as “The Fed will slow down or reverse course.” Which, incidentally, means they probably won’t because, as I’ve pointed out, that Pavlovian response is exactly what The Fed needs to break before it can take its foot off the rate-increase gas and not only did the market exhibit the exact opposite when the announcement came out it confirmed it this morning.

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“The FBI and its parent agency, the Justice Department, have become political institutions.”

FBI Is ‘Rotted At Its Core,’ Republican Lawmakers Say (RT)

America is no longer a country where citizens are afforded equal justice under the law, as guaranteed by their Constitution, because the nation’s top law enforcement agency has been corrupted by politicized leadership and a “woke, leftist agenda” being imposed from the top, Republican lawmakers have claimed. The allegations were contained in a 1,050-page report released on Friday by Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee. The report, which was based on information gathered from 14 FBI whistleblowers who came forward to expose a pattern of misconduct, argued that the agency was “rotted at its core.” “Quite simply, the problem — the rot within the FBI — festers in and proceeds from Washington,” the report said. “The FBI and its parent agency, the Justice Department, have become political institutions.”

The report detailed such abuses as a secret partnership in which the FBI receives private information on conservative users from Facebook, without seeking their consent or going though the legal processes that would normally be required to tap such data. Whistleblowers also alleged that the FBI “looked the other way” on dozens of attacks against anti-abortion groups, even as the agency sent heavily armed teams of officers to arrest pro-life activists at their homes for alleged violations of selectively enforced crimes. Parents who spoke out at school board meetings over controversial policies were targeted by investigators as alleged terrorists.

At the same time, former FBI official Timothy Thibault “shut down” a probe into the overseas business dealings of President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and attempted to keep the case from being reopened, the report said. Thibault openly displayed his political bias in social media posts that included his official title. “America’s not America if you have a Justice Department that treats people differently under the law,” Representative Jim Jordan, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News on Friday. “It’s supposed to be equal treatment under the law. That’s not happening, and we know it’s not happening because 14 brave FBI agents came to us as whistleblowers and told us what exactly is going on here.”

The report also accused the FBI of inflating statistics on domestic extremism to help fuel a narrative promoted by President Joe Biden’s administration. FBI employees who have conservative views are being purged from the agency, it claims. Republicans argued that the FBI was plagued by a “systemic culture of unaccountability,” as well as “rampant corruption, manipulation and abuse.” The agency’s shift toward “political meddling” has allegedly pulled resources away from legitimate law enforcement duties. For instance, one whistleblower claimed that he was told after the January 2021 US Capitol riot that child sex-abuse cases were “no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies.”

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CNN has more employees than viewers.

Can Licht Make the Cuts? (Byers)

When Chris Licht became chairman and chief executive of CNN, back in May, his boss David Zaslav asked him to conduct a six-month review of the 4,500-person global news business. During the early months of that review, Licht would repeatedly tell members of his staff that the broad cost-cutting effort that was taking place across Warner Bros. Discovery would not result in layoffs at CNN. The parent company had more than $50 billion in debt, of course, and Zaz had promised to identify at least $3 billion in cost-cutting synergies across his new media empire, but Licht repeatedly assured staff that CNN would be spared: “As it relates to CNN, there are no layoffs per se,” Licht said at one staff-wide event in June. “A lay off is a downsizing, where you are given a target, and that is not happening at CNN.”


During the course of the review, however, Zaslav and his C.F.O. Gunnar Wiedenfelds asked Licht to engage in a hypothetical financial engineering exercise, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told me. If he were to cut costs at the company, how would he manage to achieve savings? Over time, the target number that Zaz and Gunnar were asking for became larger, and the exercise became less hypothetical. Then, last month, staring down the barrel of a recession and another disappointing earnings report, Zaz and Gunnar gave Licht a direct order: he needed to cut $100 million from CNN’s budget. Zaz’s team might argue that such an edict is financially responsible amid the current economic environment, but it is nevertheless significant. The figure, which CNN representatives declined to comment on, likely translates to almost 10 percent of CNN’s overall budget, sources familiar with the financials told me.

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I guess I simply don’t understand where this satanic cult came from. It seems to have appeared from nowhere.

Florida Bans Puberty Blockers, Transgender Surgery For Minors (SAC)

Breaking Friday, Florida’s Board of Medicine and state Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted to ban puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery for minors in the state. “The chief point of agreement among all of the experts — and I must emphasize this — is that there is a pressing need for additional, high-quality clinical research,” said the board of medicine’s chair, Dr. David A. Diamond, a radiation oncologist. More than 70 percent of children with gender dysphoria “typically outgrow” it, City Journal reported earlier this year.


National Review reports: “The board of medicine voted 6-3, with five others not present, on Friday to forbid doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and hormones or performing surgeries until a patient is 18. Exceptions will be made for children who are already receiving the treatment. The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine also voted to ban the use of puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery in new patients who are minors but allowed an exception for children enrolled in clinical studies. Florida is also one of at least nine states that prohibits Medicaid coverage of gender-transition services.”

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Canada is lost.

Vaccine-Doubting Doctor Ordered To Pay $1m In Legal Costs (NP)

When a host of doctors, academics and journalists criticized her COVID vaccine-doubting, anti-lockdown views, Dr. Kulvinder Kaur Gill struck back, filing a $12-million libel suit against them. A judge this week ordered the pediatrician in Brampton, west of Toronto, to pay the defendants as much as $1.1 million in legal costs after her lawsuit was struck down earlier this year as a potential curb on important public debate. Part of the costs were assigned to a fellow plaintiff, Dr. Ashvinder Kaur Lambda, who sued only two of the 23 defendants, but Gill is on the hook for the bulk of the hefty award.


Justice Elizabeth Stewart said the cost sum was appropriate, noting that the damages sought by the two physicians in their suit was “a considerable sum by any calculation and of understandably great concern” to the people they sued. “Although the individual … plaintiffs are not substantial corporations or institutions, they are educated persons who were represented by counsel throughout,” she added. Meanwhile, the doctor faces more legal trouble at Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. After cautioning Gill last year over some of her COVID statements, the regulator ordered her earlier this month to appear on similar charges before a discipline tribunal, a sort of trial where a guilty verdict could lead to revocation of her licence.

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    Ivan Shishkin Midday. Near Moscow 1869   • Love Letter to Ireland and to ALL the Debt-Enslaved Nations of the World (Chu) • The One Chart That Ex
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle November 5 2022]

    #120246
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Remember, remember, the fifth of November
    Gunpowder treason and plot
    We see no reason
    Why Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot….

    #120247
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Apple’s “contribution” to Ireland’s GDP, which has been as high as 25%, generates ZERO income for the Irish nation.

    The answer to this puzzle is that the Irish politicians are getting something, otherwise, what’s the point? The smell of democracy in the pig sty.

    #120248
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Projection assumes China reaches 50% of US GDP per capita by 2049.

    Wow, that is one hell of an assumption. At the moment 50% of China are in poverty, mostly doing farm work. The next level up are the workers, the vast majority of the country, who work in factories for low wages, the next level are the busniess men who earn a good living, the next level are the CCP who pull the strings and have jobs that allow them to pull in even more cash, corruption jobs, such as land planning, resource planning etc. China also has a terrible education system, terrible because it trains people to pass exams, a skill that is useful for getting jobs or uni places in the USA, but is hopeless if you have to do a job.

    So, within one generation (25 years), the education will be fixed, a new set of generations will be produced that are not just exam passers, the farmers will become workers, the workers will become intellectuals …. it cannot happen, not unless China is turned into the free for all that the USA has been for the last 100 years.

    #120249
    Just Some Randomer
    Participant

    @ aspnaz “The answer to this puzzle is that the Irish politicians are getting something, otherwise, what’s the point? The smell of democracy in the pig sty.”

    That and hundreds of thousands of well paying jobs in Dublin which are fleeced by Irelands ridiculous income tax system.

    #120250
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Midday, Near Moscow.

    How on earth do you remove a wheat field that big? And to where? See what I mean about infrastructure? How many wagons, how many granaries, how many men, how many scythes? This is math: not negotiable.

    When early on they grew this in Ohio, (1830s?) they had to run pigs into such astonishing wheat fields, then drive the live pigs down to a travel point, 100 miles to the river, for example. Who were then skinny from the trip. Such are the railroads we no longer have. Such is having one combine for 10,000 acres and zero scythes as backup. Look out; works til it doesn’t.

    Yup! Found headline: “UN Finds No Evidence of ‘Dirty Bomb’” (Nice scarequotes) Yes, because they’ll never look! Ah, so predictable. Too bad they don’t take bets on headlines.

    Other things for account: Some of these things are not like the others, coal that won’t burn:
    Ukraine War Day #249: King Coal Karma

    I’m no genius, but if it doesn’t burn, how is it coal? This is what Poland bought honestly, but buying 4M tonnes of coal, it may have only 20% of the expected BTUs. Poland is of course denying this. “We have all the weight of coal you could dream of! Although it’s actually gravel!” Cue the Polish jokes.

    Seriously not good. You thought inflation was bad? How about swap-flation where the bread is made of sawdust and your gas is made of water?

    “Rand Paul Vows to Introduce Bill to Stop Government and Big Tech Colluding to Censor Speech”

    Ah, the GOP at work: We’re not following the law, so Republicans blow endless favors to pass it again! Which we also don’t follow!

    Wait! How can that be? Don’t Republicans point out that criminals don’t follow the (gun) law? Uh-huh.

    “UK Was ‘Hours’ Away From Potential Total Meltdown – Bank Of England (RT)”

    …That the Bank of England itself caused. In order to pick the Prime Minister themselves instead of the British People. Truss’s budget proposal may have been pointless, but was relatively ordinary and mild. Try to reduce government friction a little (but hardly at all, need those taxes ha ha) and spend to short-term the economy a little (but hardly at all compared to the last 2 years). And the market organically decided this Ptomkin Budget was A) real and B) totally different than what they’ve been going for 40 years. Then the new PM does essentially the same thing and the BoE stabilizes.

    Uh-huh. No wonder they run the country: it’s far too easy when people believe this s—t. Maybe they deserve it. Life’s hard but it’s harder when you’re stupid.

    “Wells Fargo Braces for More Layoffs as Loan Volumes Collapse 90% YOY (ZH)”

    This seems to be happening, but is having no effects on the ground here yet, Possibly because it’s too fast. Houses still listed, cars still in the lots, normal volumes for instance. Streets full of people wasting gas, stores at normal volumes. I think like Worldwide Nuclear War, people have now been hearing the same s—t all their lives and are inured to it. To all words, even all acts. It never, ever matters. Consequences never come. So am I supposed to panic and kick Lucy’s football AGAIN?

    Since people are not compensating, it makes the system brittle instead and able to be overwhelmed and break.

    “von den Leyen both now roughly insist that EUrope´s problems stem from its addictiveness to excellent and cheap Russian energy and resources, to China´s humongous export markets and high productivity dependency, and to the military ´security´ that the US today supposedly renders”.

    Therefore the answer is to get an army, stop buying Chinese goods, and get their own domestic energy. Hey! That’s Donald Trump’s plan! Plus a wall to protect that Garden!

    “In Russia, everything is exactly the opposite – you know this very well: we have always treated the Ukrainian people with respect and warmth.”

    Okay, reality check: is he kidding? Ukrainians have gone by the 100,000s or millions to Russia. If Russians move from Yekaterinburg to Kiev, how are they doing? Oh! They’re arrested, blackballed, and can’t speak their language!

    Sadly, it looks like he’s generally right. And where’d that come from? Ze ran on an anti-war platform of tolerance then double-crossed the whole nation. (Again.)

    What about his allegation that everything in the West is upside-down and #Opposite?

    British Spies Constructing Secret Terror Army in Ukraine (GZ)”

    …But they’re not in the war. Spending 7 years building NATOs largest army, funding a nation to the bankruptcy of your own, sending actual troops, weapons, providing non-stop real-time war and satellite intel, active targeting, that’s not being in the war. Totally peace.

    Okay. So if it’s not men, money, and materials, then what WOULD being in the war look like, and how does it differ from now?

    They’re in the war. They’re lying. They are #OppositeLand. Why do you make Putin right? Do you like it that way?

    US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in May that seizing the assets was “not something legally permissible in the United States.”

    Surely you jest. Ask Libya, Venezuela, Syria and a thousand others. Native Americans. Guys who own property next to a new mall they want. Civil Forfeiture of people driving down the street. There’s never been a time I remember that we DIDN’T steal every asset in our jurisdiction. But again, that’s the #Opposite Putin talks of.

    “These dissenters turned out to be “right for the wrong reasons,”

    That is: “Not really ‘right’ at all.” WE were right. Their being correct was an accident, because we are practically perfect in every way, and that’s how the world works: us PMCs = Good and always right; you working Deplorables = Bad and always wrong. Designated parts in our power play. Kabuki Moral Theater.

    “October is usually a very decent hiring month”

    There is also no buying for Christmas stock. In fact, all those containers were panic-canceled.

    America is no longer a country where citizens are afforded equal justice under the law, as guaranteed by their Constitution, because the nation’s top law enforcement agency has been corrupted by politicized leadership and a “woke, leftist agenda” being imposed from the top, Republican lawmakers have claimed.”

    They then pretended this was a new thing, AND did nothing whatsoever about it.

    Guys: you also run the States, and if they broke these laws, they also broke state laws. So arrest them in the States. (Bwahahahaha: nope) Vote for Burr! This time, I promise!

    “Licht repeatedly assured staff that CNN would be spared:”

    As we say about “Known liars” and “Unknown liars”. Licht is a known liar, and like other managers, if he says any thing he is planning the #Opposite. The PMCs are different: they’re so dumb and codependent they actually BELIEVE these guys, then when orders change, believe the #Opposite. Both a thing and its opposite are right and moral to them, because they have no “moral” or “right” in them. They wouldn’t recognize it if a train car of “moral” fell on them from space.

    “likely translates to almost 10 percent of CNN’s overall budget”

    AYFKM? Why is this even talking? EVERY worthless manager who doesn’t know what’s going on ALWAYS cuts head count 10%. Always. For generations. They’re pretending A) They found facts B) They thought thoughts C) The facts they didn’t get and thoughts they didn’t have were all-original.

    Tell you what: I’ll do this job for half the money in 1/10th of the time. I’d already be back under my bridge 6 hours after being hired, golden parachute in hand.

    What didn’t they do? Cut shows by ratings. They gave yet another show to Don Lemon, with the lowest ratings, that then got lower ratings than the one it replaced. TV execs looking at ratings isn’t genius, yet they couldn’t do even this. Why? Because it’s not real Capitalism, and this is not a real business. It’s the media propaganda arm of the Derp State, with nothing whatsoever to do with profits or funding. #AntiCapitalism, in fact.

    “Florida Bans Puberty Blockers, Transgender Surgery for Minors (SAC)”

    They pointed out you can’t get a tattoo, but you can have permanent life-ending surgery. Apotemnophilia, the desire to cut off your own limbs, is now normalized and I pay for it. If I don’t want you cut off your healthy limbs, and actively HELP you do so, I’m filled with hate.

    Why are we losing elections? Wanting high gas prices, no food, and to cut up your children is clearly a normal thing everyone here has in common, amirite?

    #120251
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Remember the old days when you could buy glue without a policeman and Photo ID?

    https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/557f461fe4b0ea0827b35724/1437671472909-DE79IIQ2RBR18M7Z84B0/image-asset.jpeg?format=1500w SchwimminHole

    Let’s go back to that.

    Other pleasant things: https://www.youtube.com/c/AChickCalledAlbert

    #120252
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    #120253
    Germ
    Participant

    @ aspnaz:
    It can, and it shall.

    US GDP is on the cusp of imploding – far more so than China’s.
    That blue dotted line is headed DOWN, not up.
    And that’s how China reaches 50%

    Simples!

    #120254
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Germ said

    US GDP is on the cusp of imploding – far more so than China’s.
    That blue dotted line is headed DOWN, not up.
    And that’s how China reaches 50%

    Understand, I missed that aspect, the reduction of the US GDP. But, if you include the destruction of the US GDP, this is a fairly meaningless number, especially when you consider that the west accounts for most of China’s output – the US alone accounts for 15% – so you have to wonder who will be keeping all that Chinese manufacturing alive.

    #120256
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Oops. I was stuck in the distant past (all the way back to yesterday, in fact) and accidentally posted this on the wrong day. It refers to aspnaz’ observation about not-so-civil servants.


    @aspnaz

    Miscreant civil servants are merely the most visible of a wider class of people known as greedy selfish stupid evil bastards , but perhaps my description is too mildly worded to really make the point. The point is that it is very very short sighted and stupid to selfishly do bad things to other people at the behest of a TRULY evil (but high paying) boss who wants to steal from and abuse those hapless victims but does not want to be found out and hung from a lamppost and so hires civil servants to do the dirty work for them, while they hide in the shadows.

    #120257
    zerosum
    Participant

    What will happen to those who borrow/own nothing, way beyond their means. and cannot pay back their loans

    What will happen to those who lend/print/cannot collect/enforce the payback of their loans

    read more …. read TAE … be a problem solver

    • Love Letter to Ireland and to ALL the Debt-Enslaved Nations of the World (Chu)

    1. Great Depression 2.0.
    2. Inflation100% .
    3. Great Stock Market Crashes
    4. Supply line disruptions/delays/failure
    5. Bank failure/financial crisis/rising interest rates/credit card failure/lending failures/rising taxes
    6. Increase Death and misery/drug overdose/suicides/vaccines/long covid/addiction
    7. Restructuration
    8. Real estate crash/re-evaluation
    9. social instability
    10. Wars (trade/information/propaganda)
    11. Mass migration
    12. deindustrialization
    13. pension funds totally collapse
    14. layoffs/bankruptcies
    15. Jubilees/canceling debts
    16. increase in crimes
    17. increase police activities
    18. freeze and seize assets
    19. censorship
    20. increase emergency use/war measure acts
    21. Failure of educational institutions
    22. unreliability/fudging/lying of statistics
    23. Increase of wrong opinions and lack of facts
    24. increase of disinformation
    25. Increase of “Quiet Quitting, decrease of assuming responsibilities, increase of fault pointing

    Grow potatoes

    #120258
    zerosum
    Participant

    Destroyed Military, equipment massive mortar and artillery shelling will require massive cleanup cost and recycling after peace/end of hostilities.

    #120260

    One week after Musk took over, and 4 days before the midterms, Biden accuses Twitter of “spewing lies all across the world”. I don’t recall Biden having said this before, but he must have, right?! Because content moderation hasn’t changed at all yet, as per Musk.

    Oh, and 60 orgs call on advertizers to withdraw their money. But what exactly made Twitter toxic?

    TT

    There is no way this is not coordinated.

    #120261
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Vastness of sky and land features compressed against lower edge, composition of painting has that “Diebenkorn quality” to it. Especially when one looks with the squinted eyes into the thumb-sized image before clicking.

    #120262
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Yes, Twitter has done nothing and changed nothing, but has been universally blacklisted by all RightThinking™ people. That’s how you know they’re totally honest and fact-based, and not driven by an unthinking cult ideology.

    This is why I say, in a shrinking pie, the Mafia directs money only to the mafia. Should anything be removed from Mafia control, we savagely harbor money by boycotting it and cutting it off.

    So there are Insiders, and Outsiders. Mafia made men of a mafia that some people say starts with “K”, and the rest of us who are thinking, feeling human beings, and not mindless insects of the Queen Insect.

    Twitter has changed nothing. In fact, Musk went out of his way to maintain or even call new committees for the Woke side. They banned him anyway.

    Wow, that’s the world’s easiest sell: we tried to make money on this side of the market, but can’t. Welp, I guess we have no possible choice but free speech then!

    #WokeWinning!

    #120263
    zerosum
    Participant

    Who is lying/losing the war
    In total, 331 airplanes and 169 helicopters, 2,435 unmanned aerial vehicles, 386 air defence missile systems, 6,335 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 882 combat vehicles equipped with MLRS, 3,554 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 7,048 units of special military hardware have been destroyed during the special military operation.

    . . .from the Pentagon, Nov 4
    Today, the Defense Department announced approximately $400 million in additional security assistance for Ukraine under the Ukraine security assistance initiative.
    This USAI package includes:
    Funding to refurbish HAWK air defense missiles for inclusion in future presidential drawdown packages;
    45 refurbished T-72B tanks with advanced optics, communications and armor packages;
    1,100 Phoenix Ghost tactical unmanned aerial systems;
    40 armored riverine boats;
    Funding to refurbish 250 M-1117 armored security vehicles;
    Tactical secure communications systems and surveillance systems; and
    Funding for training, maintenance and sustainment. . . .here
    **The T-72 is a family of Soviet/Russian main battle tanks that entered production in 1969.

    #120264
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/11/05/692167/US-announces–400-million-in-additional-military-aid-for-Ukraine
    The US Department of Defense has announced it will fund T-72 tanks sent to Ukraine, deepening its involvement in the war in defiance of repeated warnings by Russia.

    The refurbished T-72 tanks are part of a $400 million military assistance package by the US that also includes armored vehicles, drones and a budget to refurbish air defense missiles. It will bring the Biden administration’s total commitment to Kiev to nearly $19 billion.

    The additional military, ground and air capabilities come as Ukrainian forces are reportedly pushing forward on an offensive to retake the Moscow-controlled Kherson region in southern Ukraine.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday announced that civilians need to be evacuated from Kherson, where Russian forces have been evacuating since mid-October.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for NATO to supply tanks.

    On Friday Zelensky tweeted that Ukraine is “thankful to [President Biden] and the people of [the United States] for another $400 military assistance package.”

    Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh said the T-72 tanks will all come from the Czech Republic. The United States will pay for 45 of them to be refurbished, while the Netherlands will pay to refurbish the other 45.

    Singh said some of the tanks are expected to be delivered by the end of December.

    White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Friday that Ukraine is making “incremental progress” in the south.

    “There is some incremental progress by the Ukrainians in the south and, quite frankly, up in the northeast as well, as they continue to try to push the Russian lines back even further,” he said.

    Kirby added that the Russian lines are “largely static and deepening”.

    Kirby said part of the $400 million will be directed to manufacturers to refurbish HAWK air defense missiles

    ​​“We’ll spend the money to get these HAWK interceptors back up to code, and then in the future presidential drawdown we’ll deliver them right to Ukraine. That’s an example of evolving to meet the needs,” he said.

    The package also includes 250 M1117 Armored Security Vehicles and 1,100 new Phoenix Ghost drones.

    Kirby added that the Biden administration is working with Congress to sustain military, financial and economic support for Ukraine.

    The United States has provided more than $18 billion in military assistance to Ukraine since February. The US Agency for International Development has provided $9.88 billion in development and humanitarian assistance.

    #120265
    Dora
    Participant

    The one chart that explains everything.

    The US wants to halt the rise of China.
    The US wants the entire West to stop using or significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels.
    China is rising economically with manufacturing.
    China’s manufacturing is based on increasing use of fossil fuels to run the factories.

    Somebody in the US decision making process lives in upside-down world.
    Either accept fossil fuels use is necessary to remain competitive or stop trying military might to stop the inevitable in the current industrialization path.

    #120267
    oldandtired
    Participant

    That law made it impossible to cancel student debts by bankruptcy laws.

    It is my understanding that a person who is disabled, Social Security Disability-disabled, may have their student loan discharged by filing for bankruptcy and being granted same. I think I saw this happen in California.

    #120268
    Dora
    Participant

    Bret Weinstein and Dr. Malone conversation about covid, vaxxines, vax injuries, and public health response. 2 hours long on Odysee. (add the ‘https: double-slash’ in front of the following link.)

    odysee.com/@BretWeinstein:f/Bret-Malone2:2

    #120269
    jb-hb
    Participant

    My post got eaten. Dunno why. Maybe because I included links?

    re: Mr House’s referenced Zerohedge article yesterday Something Has Snapped: Unexplained 2.3 Million Jobs Gap Emerges In Broken Payrolls Report

    basic takeaways from the charts etc:
    –mysterious discrepancy in jobs data indicating sorta-bad vs quite bad?
    –part-time jobs obscuring volume of full-time employment loss?

    I saw some conjecture in zerohedge comments about why are there infinite full time job listings but nobody seems to be getting hired (so at least I am not totally crazy in what I am seeing)

    Summary of zerohedge comments reactions:

    –the discrepancy is the vax injured going on disability or dead?
    –the discrepancy is the part time jobs?
    –the discrepancy is lies to keep up appearances?
    –lies for election year?
    –job listings are also lies to keep up appearances?
    –these are regular seasonal discrepancies that crop up and are of no concern?

    #120270
    jb-hb
    Participant

    re: Twitter firing half he employees. And they will be better off without them. An interesting and funny tale I came across a couple years ago

    “Why I Fired 12 Floors Of People” – Carl Icahn

    He could not figure out what 12 floors of people did. So he fired them and waited for something to go wrong with the company, to discover what they did, since no one could explain it to him.

    #120271
    Noirette
    Participant

    At TAE + other, there was outrage at a piece titled “Let’s declare a Pandemic Amnesty” in the Atlantic,

    link: https://bit.ly/3DHGnpg

    1. Even on the face of it, this makes no sense. Amnesty implies cancelling convictions (typically for political prisoners), or, perhaps in other terms, offering a pardon to those who have been blamed (etc.) for acts that are no longer viewed as nefarious / illegal…or that can be wiped away for reasons XYZ. Well, there are shades of meaning, slightly different usages, ex. an amnesty is granted to those who comply with a pre-condition.

    2. In any case it doesn’t apply to the Covid Plandemic, as nobody has been held to account in any way. The only ones targetted by ‘officialdom’ – thru licensing troubles, lawsuits, various ‘cancel’ measures, are those who spoke up, or acted against, the Plandemic cult-dogma, such as brave Docs like Peter McCullough, Didier Raoult in France, who insisted on using standard meds. like Ivermectin ->…. many others.

    —- sidebar. Btw Prof. Perrone (top authority on infectious disease in France) who was stripped of some of his positions has just won the first court case against (trans from F) “The disciplinary Body of the Order of Medical Doctors.” Making it short, the court judged that as a top expert, he had, has, the right to make any of his opinions, judgments, known.

    https://bit.ly/3E4V0EL – in F, from France-Soir

    Perrone was targetted because he published a book: “Is there an error they haven’t committed” subtitle, “A sacred union between arrogance and incompetence”… re. COV19.
    the book cover:

    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61Wwdm3cNUL.jpg

    But I digress.

    3. The article seems to imply that a pre-emptive pardon is necessary because of ‘ignorance’ etc. = nonsensical.

    So who should be blamed – accused, brought to justice, convicted, imprisoned, etc. re. COV19? Purely hypothetically, as (imho) nothing will happen, maybe 10 years on some media fuss and fines..

    #120272
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Minimum amnesty requirements would be….. Everyone who lost their jobs getting them back. Lifting travel and other restrictions. Canceling the EUA. Stop pushing the shots through every medium. Stop the efforts to inject kids. Release ALL the data. Restore all credentials, unban, unblacklist, undemonetize, undebank, etc all affected peoples. Remove all censorship aimed at these people and regarding these issues.

    You have to STOP doing the things you want to have amnesty for before you can discuss it.

    The meme with a stick-man punching a person, stopping, and then proclaiming amnesty, as bad as it is, isn’t correct.

    The stick-man is yelling about amnesty WHILE punching continually with no end in sight.

    #120273
    jb-hb
    Participant

    …oh and obviously, pull the drugs from the market, widely, loudly, repeatedly through all mediums proclaiming it is because of the unacceptable % of injuries and deaths and the negative efficacy, as well as inability to get FDA approval after extended EUA

    #120274
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Sorry to belabor the point but it’s weird that people aren’t getting this.

    The Emily Oster Amnesty article is NOT floating the idea of amnesty. NOT.

    It’s a deconstructionist postmodernist inversion mindf#$%. It wants you to accept certain givens as you answer the question. The QUESTION is wrong.

    1. In answering the question, you agree that what is happening NOW is baseline normalcy.
    2. There is no amnesty in her amnesty. postmodernism. words can mean anything or nothing.
    3. Whatever amnesty is, on an ever-changing basis, it’s expressly to be denied to anyone who spoke the truth. Those who did the correct and moral thing are the ones who will not be forgiven.

    How is this a CHANGE AT ALL and not a semantic rephrasing of the same old mission statement?

    This must be one of those deconstructionist postmodernist neomarxist bits where they “bring a new vocabulary” by thinking of new meanings for existing words, then flipping back and forth between old and new definitions at whim. What does she even think forgiveness IS and does she think it consistently?

    What is she willing to forgive, if not misinformation she found out was actually information? And having discovered the misinformation was information, does she mean, by not forgiving purveyors of misinformation, the “experts” …the experts that weren’t silenced, that is? Certainly not. Opposite world. We will never forgive misinformation, meaning we will pursue information-givers to the ends of the earth and ignore actual misinformation forever.

    She wants to jump on the existing amnesty/forgiveness train she noticed forming. So she can steer it back the way she wants it to go. WIth a magic spell of hand waving and word salad. “Educate” everyone that amnesty and forgiveness actually equals continual war.

    #120275
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    GDP

    Global Destruction Procedure

    Great Destitution Process

    Gigantic Deceit Politics

    Gob-smackingly Dysfunctional Paradigm

    Globalised Deceit Ponzi

    Grow Domestic Potatoes

    #120276
    zerosum
    Participant

    I want to add to my list: #26 (Example – Ukraine)

    What will happen to those who borrow/own nothing, way beyond their means. and cannot pay back their loans

    What will happen to those who lend/print/cannot collect/enforce the payback of their loans

    # 26 loss of electrical energy. ( Too many functions to list that are needed/required for the operation of war, finance, and the operation of social/economic/political structures

    #120277
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Jimi Dore and some of his guests like Blumenthal, Matte, are MY idea what the Left is in the US, albeit the former is bit
    to much in my opinion given his softness toward illegal immigration, the 2nd …etc.
    Now, majority of what they had to say is nothing but the common sense and yet, their “ideological position” is magically brushed away since it is not congruent with the meme of “evil Left”.

    #120279
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Von Der Crazy’s last money scam before collapse?

    (I wonder how much Greece is spending every day on oil/fuel imports: Brent Crude December Contract
    $98.57 +4.12% )

    #120280
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Go to war on the basis of lies:

    #120281
    zerosum
    Participant

    The controllers fear loss of control.
    The controllers are panicking.
    Example of illogical re-action: j6, freedom convoy, quest of amnesty for covid, twitter early opposition for losing control of propaganda platform.

    #120282
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    The US supports Nazis (not news, of course).

    #120283
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    RIM said:

    There is no way this is not coordinated.

    #120284
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    zerosum said:

    The controllers fear loss of control.
    The controllers are panicking.
    Example of illogical re-action: j6, freedom convoy, quest of amnesty for covid, twitter early opposition for losing control of propaganda platform.

    #120285
    zerosum
    Participant

    LOL!LOL!LOL!

    #120286
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Maybe those with weak constitutions and those who think that positive thinking is a resource had better not look at this. Especially the violet and black.

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

    #120287
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @jb-hb

    You’re not belaboring the point, you’re nailing it. The logical fallacy you’re talking about and exampling is called “begging the question” and it’s gotta be the number one favorite of deceivers everywhere, followed in close second-place with the fallacy called “equivocation” that consists of alternately using DIFFERENT frames of reference or word meanings as if they were the SAME, and jumping back and forth between the “false equivalents” depending upon which one serves best at the moment.

    #120288
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Dr. D said

    Yes, Twitter has done nothing and changed nothing, but has been universally blacklisted by all RightThinking™ people. That’s how you know they’re totally honest and fact-based, and not driven by an unthinking cult ideology.

    Who can influence so many companies? This looks like the same cabal that is controlling ESG and other corporate blackmail schemes. Have you noticed how the use of the “activist” cover story seems to grant these people forgiveness from the MSM? Instead of the paint throwing children and now these advertising execs being exposed for all to see in the MSM, they are quietly, tacitly supported. Either the MSM is living in fear of the same people or these people are owned by the same people who own the MSM. Why wouldn’t a billionaire criminal finance activists to show the children of today what they should be thinking? Of course, the children who throw paint are convinced that they are changing the world, children are stupid like that, hence the Greta monster is a hero, but who is pulling the strings?

    We know that the cabal are trying to deindustrialise the west through energy starvation, but we know two things for sure about that process:
    – The west can only support its population through industry.
    – Deindustrialisation will result in starvation.

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