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Edvard Munch Christmas in the brothel 1904-05

 

Santa and Satan (Kunstler)
What Should We Make Of The Latest Muppet Show In DC? (Saker)
Kiev Is Mulling Peace Plan, WSJ Reports (RT)
Kremlin Comments On Kiev’s Purported Peace Plan (RT)
US Has Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain, From Longer Ukraine Conflict (Luk.)
NATO Armies Drained By Ukraine Conflict – Media (RT)
In for a Pound (Schryver)
The US Love For Ukraine Or Hate Against Russia? (Awan)
Russia Sets Its Own Gas Price Cap For EU (RT)
Russia Warns Of Oil Production Cut (RT)
Mass Twitter Suspension Of Accounts Criticizing Zelensky Visit To Congress (PM)
Can China Help Brazil Restart Its Global Soft Power? (Escobar)
United States Attorney Announces Extradition Of SBF To US (SDNY)

 

 

It’s Christmas Eve and all we can talk about is war. The next step once the last Ukrainian dies, as Gonzalo also says, may well be to push Poland forward as the -willing- next proxy. Because the Poles do have the equipment, and the personnel to operate it.

Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Rob Reiner

 

 

Gonzalo Will Poland Be The Next Proxy

 

 

 

 

Pelosi
https://twitter.com/i/status/1606110816540819457

 

 

 

 

Slowak flag

 

 


stationary slit vision

 

 

 

 

Krampus.

Santa and Satan (Kunstler)

The Santa we know came from a mashup of ancient pre-Christian Teutonic and Norse folk figures (Wotan, Odin) with the 4th century Greek bishop, St. Nicholas, a humble giver of gifts to children. That evolved in 19th century Anglo-America, with help from Washington Irving, Charles Dickens, and Clement Moore, into the jolly fat man in a fur-lined cloak, chortling merrily amid the platters of roast goose and baskets of sugarplums. And then, of course, the Santa character was retooled and stylized by the big advertising mills of mid-20th century Madison Avenue into the red-suited icon who functioned as a cosmic delivery-man to suburban houses where the little ones dwell, efficiently distributing Red Ryder BB guns and Barbie Dolls from sea to shining sea out of his reindeer-powered express vehicle, circling the entire globe in a single breathless night of glittering snow and shining stars, plangent with countless wishes from little hearts.

Strange to relate, in some corners of Europe, St. Nick acquired a traveling companion named Krampus. The two went from house-to-house in the dark hours of St. Nick’s name-day (Dec. 6) interrogating children as to their conduct. Dark and hirsute with horns, cloven hooves, and a darting red tongue, this monster acted the “bad cop” of the roving pair, badgering the little ones about their naughty or nice doings, and whacking them with a birch rod if he didn’t like their answers. If especially displeased, he stuffed kids into a basket for transport to Hell. A Krampus-like character reemerged in America this pre-Christmas week in the figure of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, who flew halfway around the world in a US government-issue magic sled to meet up with his chum, the new Santa Claus, “Joe Biden,” alleged current president of our land.

Mr. Z, still tricked-out in his wartime olive-green togs and scrufty beard, was here to lecture the boys and girls of Congress about being naughty or nice vis-à-vis “democracy” in his distant land, lately under a siege of angry bears. Ukraine did nothing to make the bears angry, you understand. They just lumbered in from the forest one day and started busting stuff up, as bears will. Ukraine has already received many gifts from Santa’s workshop, formerly known as the USA, toys much more impressive than any Red Ryder BB gun, for sure: howitzers, Javelin missiles, Stinger missiles, High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), Phoenix Ghost tactical drones, Switchblade tactical drones, Puma surveillance drones, Vampire anti-drone systems, Mi-17 helicopters, Harpoon coastal defense systems, and much more. (How did Santa fit it all in his sack?)

“Joe Biden” promised another fifty-billions of dollars to Mr. Z’s bear-extermination project, with the further objective of dethroning the king of all bears, the wicked Putin, who glowers at the world from the mouth of his faraway Kremlin Cave. Then, in Congress Wednesday night, before a coast-to-coast TV audience, Mr. Z tuned-up our elected boys and girls in the great House chamber, forked tongue darting, to tell heart-wrenching tales of bear-provoked terror. He played them like the very keys of a harpsichord — a trick he has performed before with an interesting twist on Ukrainian television. The elect of our land stood and cheered, ready to proclaim Ukraine the fifty-first state. Mr. Z stole a smooch from the ruler of Congress, the winsome Ms. Pelosi, and then disappeared in a puff of smoke that left a tang of sulfur wafting on the stale air.


To underscore his seriousness, and using his secret powers, Mr. Z arranged for a bomb-cyclone storm to roar out of the North Pole a few days after his departure to give Americans a little taste of what it’s like to sit in the cold and dark at Christmas time — because the USA is such a blessed land as to have no problems of its own, and needs to be reminded about the sufferings of the less fortunate. And so it goes this Yuletide of 2022 in our charmed and exceptional country. The elves at Clusterfuck Nation wish you all a merry little Christmas!

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“..Russia has been preparing non-stop for a full-scale continental war since at least 2014..”

What Should We Make Of The Latest Muppet Show In DC? (Saker)

Since Dubya and Obama the White House has been occupied by weak and frankly clueless leaders, hence the various interests groups which control DC run “their own foreign policy”. So, like vectors, the various goals and means of the key actors add up to create a “sum vector” which can *look* like “a policy” or “a plan”, but it is no such thing. What is true of the US is even MORE true for NATO. Hence the Poles pulling at their chain like rabid dogs to the horror of the comparatively sane(er) Europeans. I fully agree with Andrei Martyanov – the folks in charge in the West are totally clueless and they have absolutely no idea how to walk away from the mess they created.

The Neocons probably would prefer a worldwide nuclear war to a Russian victory, but non-Neocon actors might not want to die for a sick, narcissistic, gang of ignorant yet self-worshiping thugs. Who will prevail? I have absolutely no idea. I am not sure anybody else knows either. What I do know is that Russia has been preparing non-stop for a full-scale continental war since at least 2014. Defense Minister Shoigu has declared that next year Russia will add five new artillery divisions, eight bomber aviation regiments, one fighter regiment, three motor-rifle divisions, two air-assault divisions, and six army aviation brigades to the Russian armed forces!

And, by the way, these “artillery divisions” will be what is called “high power” brigade/division in Russia, that is to say that they get the very heavy weapons, like 203mm and 240mm self-propelled mortars. Something which the newly recreated First Guards Tank Army (a “Shock Army” in Russian military terminology) would need to further increase its huge firepower power. And did I mention that Russia has fully modernized her nuclear triad and that key weapons factories in Russia are now working for 6 days weeks with 3 shifts working non-stop?

Zel DC

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Kiev and NATO can make any ‘peace plan’ that they know Russia won’t accept.

Kiev Is Mulling Peace Plan, WSJ Reports (RT)

Ukraine may present its vision of peace around the last week in February, near the first anniversary of Russia’s offensive against the country, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The US newspaper, citing European and Ukrainian diplomats, claimed President Vladimir Zelensky and his team are currently working on such a formula. In its article on Thursday, the media outlet alleged that the Ukrainian leadership wants to strengthen its position at the negotiating table by making gains on the battlefield against Russia before unveiling any peace proposals. The topic of peace and how Ukraine sees it was high on the agenda of US President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky during the latter’s visit to Washington on Wednesday.

However, according to the Washington Post, citing an anonymous senior US official, the discussion was largely “academic,” as the US and Ukraine believe Russia is not interested in any such negotiations at this point. Addressing G20 leaders in Indonesia last month, President Zelensky laid out a ten-point peace plan, which called for, among other things, the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and an “all for all” prisoner swap. The Kremlin, in turn, insisted that Kiev must recognize the “reality on the ground” as a prerequisite for any peace negotiations. In Moscow’s eyes, this reality includes the new status of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions as parts of Russia.

Unnamed Western officials cited by the Wall Street Journal had suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to launch a renewed offensive in the coming months and is not interested in any peace talks before he sees how those efforts pan out. Meanwhile, speaking to journalists on Thursday, the Russian head of state said that Moscow’s “goal is not to ramp up this military conflict, but, on the contrary, to end this war, that is what we are striving for and will strive for.” Putin noted that the sooner hostilities in Ukraine come to an end, the better, as the “intensification of fighting leads to unnecessary losses.”

The Russian president went on to insist that the Kremlin has never refused to engage in peace talks with Ukraine. He claimed that it is the leadership in Kiev that “has forbidden itself from” going down this road. This is an apparent reference to a decree signed by Zelensky in early October, according to which Ukraine will not negotiate with Moscow as long as Putin remains in power there. The decision came in response to Moscow officially signing agreements with the Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples’ Republics as well as Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, which joined Russia after holding referendums. “One way or another, all armed conflicts end with some negotiations on the diplomatic track,” Putin argued on Thursday. He also expressed hope that those “who are opposing us” realize this as soon as possible.

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“..all that he has said until now did not take into account the reality on the ground..”

Kremlin Comments On Kiev’s Purported Peace Plan (RT)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that Russia considers previous comments made by Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky about the possibility of peace talks as detached from reality. He’d been asked on Friday to comment on media reports about a new peace plan being formulated by the leader’s office. “We are not aware of it,” the official told journalists during a briefing. “We have heard Zelensky’s statements about various steps, a peace plan. But all that he has said until now did not take into account the reality on the ground, which one simply cannot ignore.” The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the Ukrainian government could reveal a new peace proposal sometime in February.

The Ukrainian leadership wants to achieve some battlefield victories first, to strengthen its position, the newspaper’s sources in the governments of the US and Ukraine claimed. Zelensky last month made public what he termed a peace plan for his nation during a speech to the G20 leaders, who were meeting in Indonesia. It involved full withdrawal of Russian troops from all territories that Kiev considers under its sovereignty. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the time that the terms were “unrealistic and inadequate” and that Zelensky’s speech was full of “militant, Russophobic and aggressive rhetoric.”

Zelensky was asked about a “just peace” ending the conflict, during a press-conference in Washington that he held this week alongside US President Joe Biden. He replied that he didn’t know what that term meant, before declaring that no amount of reparations would compensate for the losses of some Ukrainians, who want revenge on “inhumans.” Biden intervened to declare that both he and Zelensky ultimately wanted peace. US policy states a strategic defeat of Russia as a primary goal in the crisis. Russia and Ukraine were on the brink of reaching a ceasefire agreement in early April. But Kiev’s Western backers reportedly declined to support the deal that Kiev brought to the negotiation table. Moscow said the US and its allies derailed the talks so that they could inflict more damage on Russia, disregarding Ukraine’s interests.

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The last Ukrainian.

US Has Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain, From Longer Ukraine Conflict (Luk.)

Putting aside the pomp, the theatricals designed tug at the heart strings and the rhetorical chatter, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s visit to Washington could indeed be a milestone for the “European security” framework. A recent article by veteran German-American diplomat Henry Kissinger offered a new perspective in that he claimed a neutral status for Ukraine can no longer serve as a subject for negotiation, as the subject is no longer relevant. Ukraine is forming a powerful and capable armed force, actively assisted by the West, primarily the US, so its formal status – whether it’s a member of NATO or not – no longer matters. It is America’s de facto, if not de jure, military ally, in addition to having unique practical experience in a direct large-scale confrontation with Russia. One might add: it is motivated to pursue it.

Elaborating on this thought, it is reasonable to assume that, for the US, it’s even more comfortable for Ukraine to remain outside the formal alliance, as it expands the space for political-military action. There are no legal commitments, the level and scale of support can vary according to the situation at any moment, and the degree of Kiev’s loyalty to Washington as the main guarantor of resources is likely to exceed even that shown by Warsaw or the Baltic states. As will the degree of dependence on external aid. Ukraine, like Poland and the Baltics, is likely to become increasingly distrustful of continental Western Europe, as Kiev will interpret its inevitable internal contradictions as an implicit desire to make peace with Russia.

For the US, this sort of “land-based unsinkable aircraft carrier” will come in handy. Such a trained and loyal satellite, on the one hand beside Russia and on the other pointing towards Western Europe – and Kiev’s narrative that thanks to its efforts, the rest of Europe can live in peace and not under Russian bombs – opens up many opportunities. The territorial configuration of Ukraine in this context is unimportant to Washington. Moreover, the preservation of part of the internationally recognised Ukrainian territory under Russian control cements the conflict, and leaves the rump with a reason to fight on.

For this it should be equipped and trained, but all its wishes don’t necessarily need to be fulfilled. As for preparing its forces, it is crucial, for Washington, to enhance Ukraine’s own capabilities so that any subsequent phases of the confrontation can continue without the direct involvement of US and NATO units. This is a very significant point. The scheme is, in principle, quite rational. There is no guarantee that it will work, because Russia has the power to prevent it (even if, so far, this hasn’t been very visible), but there are few risks for the US. And the notorious European security system – the reform of which was Russia’s key demand a year ago – if it ever comes back on the agenda, it will be under very different circumstances. The old approaches and demands will no longer apply.

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“We are really low… and we’re not even fighting..”

NATO Armies Drained By Ukraine Conflict – Media (RT)

The fighting in Ukraine has “exposed flaws in US strategic planning” and “revealed significant gaps” in the US and NATO military industrial base, the Washington Post reported on Friday. As Kiev’s forces consume more ammunition than the West can produce, the Pentagon seeks to cope by training them to fight more like Americans. “Stocks of many key weapons and munitions are near exhaustion, and wait times for new production of missiles stretches for months and, in some cases, years,” the Post noted, as part of a narrative about how the US has funneled some $20 billion in military aid to Kiev just this year. Only $6 billion of that has been in new weapons contracts, while the rest came from the Pentagon stockpiles.

The US military-industrial complex can make about 14,000 rounds of ammunition for the 155-mm howitzers, the Post quoted US Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, while Ukrainian forces go through about 6,000 a day during heavy fighting. The US military-industrial complex is “in pretty poor shape right now,” Seth Jones of the Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) told the Post. “We are really low… and we’re not even fighting,” Jones said, adding that in scenarios where the US is facing China or Russia in a conventional conflict, “we don’t make it past four or five days in a war game before we run out of precision missiles.” Washington’s allies in Europe are in similar shape, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Michal Strnad, owner of a Czech ammunition conglomerate, said Ukraine chews through 40,000 rounds a month, while all of the European NATO members put together can produce 300,000 a year. “European production capacity is grossly inadequate,” Strnad said, adding that it would take up to 15 years to restock at current production rates, if the conflict were to somehow end tomorrow. Moscow has repeatedly warned the US and its allies that shipments of increasingly modern and long-range weapons could lead to a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO, and accused the West of prolonging the conflict and causing civilian deaths in Ukraine. While Western officials have demanded a ramp-up of production for months, recent EU legislation blocked many investments into weapons manufacturing by designating it “not sustainable,” according to the Journal.

Germany is now in the process of funding a factory in Romania that could produce both NATO and Soviet-caliber ammunition for Ukraine. The Pentagon is trying to deal with the problem by training Ukrainian troops to “fight more like Americans” and use different tactics, according to the Post. “I think if we can train larger formations — companies, battalions — on how to employ fires, create conditions for maneuver, and then be able to maneuver like you’ve seen [the US military] maneuver on the battlefield, then I think we’re in a different place. Then you don’t need a million rounds” of artillery, a senior US official – who did not wish to be named – told the outlet.

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“..Russia has unswervingly adhered to the three primary war objectives Putin articulated in his February 24th speech.”

In for a Pound (Schryver)

In his February 21, 2022 speech, Putin meticulously recounted the relevant history of the region dating back multiple centuries, and focused specifically on the events that followed in the wake of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In addition to Putin’s history lesson, he makes particular reference to a detailed proposal Russia delivered to the United States and its NATO allies in mid-December 2021 – a proposal that effectively amounted to a “final warning”; a last-ditch effort to avoid war in Ukraine. Consider his words carefully, and particularly in light of how Russia has unswervingly adhered to the three primary war objectives Putin articulated in his February 24th speech.

“Last December, we handed over to our Western partners a draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on security guarantees, as well as a draft agreement on measures to ensure the security of the Russian Federation and NATO member states. The United States and NATO responded with general statements. There were kernels of rationality in them as well, but they concerned matters of secondary importance and it all looked like an attempt to drag the issue out and to lead the discussion astray.

We responded to this accordingly and pointed out that we were ready to follow the path of negotiations, provided, however, that all issues are considered as a package that includes Russia’s core proposals which contain three key points. First, to prevent further NATO expansion. Second, to have the Alliance refrain from deploying assault weapon systems on Russian borders. And finally, rolling back the bloc’s military capability and infrastructure in Europe to where they were in 1997, when the NATO-Russia Founding Act was signed. – Vladimir Putin, Address by the President of the Russian Federation, February 21, 2022” I submit we can confidently assume Putin was as deadly serious on February 21, 2022 as he was on February 24, 2022; that he was not bluffing; that he was resolved to “raise the stakes” commensurate to whatever was required to achieve the objectives he had so carefully articulated.

I submit that his domestic popularity AND the support of his generals correlates closely to the perception that he will not waver from those objectives, and that it has only been the misplaced sense that he might be failing, or at least stumbling, or that he might even pull back from his stated objectives that has resulted in meaningful criticism arising from his domestic supporters, be it in government, the military, or the general public. I further submit that, in my estimation, it is precisely the burgeoning faith that Putin will resolutely pursue and achieve his stated objectives that has resulted in the unprecedented willingness of China, Iran, India, and other geostrategically important Eurasian and Global South nations to not only openly support Russia in this conflict, but to also, in many instances, openly defy imperial decrees forbidding military and commercial relations with Russia.

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“..may keep them engaged for a prolonged time to make Russia suffer economically..”

The US Love For Ukraine Or Hate Against Russia? (Awan)

The US is not sincere with Ukraine nor in love. If the Americans love Ukraine, they might have provided unlimited weapons and advanced weapons to make Ukraine win. But, this is not their intention, not their goals. Actually, they are in hate with Russia and wanted to counter the revival of Russia through Ukraine and may keep them engaged for a prolonged time to make Russia suffer economically. The US put sanctions on Russia to harm it economically. Sanctions proved counterproductive and the Russian economy has not suffered at all. Its trade has remained the same, but, the trading partners have changed, China, India, Pakistan, and many other countries are becoming bigger trading Partners with Russia. Pushing out from the SWIFT banking system has no impact on its financial transactions as China has compensated and provided them with alternates.

It Oil and Gas export has not reduced, and India and China have been importing much more. Furthermore, the increase in Oil and Gas prices in the international market has become supported the Russian economy. On the other hand, Europe has been victimized by the Ukraine war. The Fuel and Food prices have jumped much high. Few European countries are providing subsidies to their citizens but not all of the European countries are rich enough to extend subsidies to their citizens. As a result, many Europeans are suffering. The public in Europe is turning against the Ukraine war and demanding the end of this war immediately. There are protests and agitations in some European capitals and slogans are heard against NATO and withdrawal from NATO.

The current leaders in Europe are bound under the agreement to support NATO and Ukraine’s war. But, it is predicted that in the upcoming some of the political parties may come up with the idea to promise the public to end the war, end NATO support or exiting from NATO, etc., may win the general elections. It is pretty sure that public sentiments will dominate in the next elections and visionary politicians will make bold decisions. There is an awareness in the public that blindly following the US is not the ultimate goal, but, must think about national interests. War in Europe is not desired, no one wants it and the public may reflect their anger at the time of voting. The next elections will be decisive and may change the fate of not only Europe but the whole world. Geopolitics might be changed completely. It is a matter of time only, public sentiments must be respected at all costs.

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“..partially relieves state energy major Gazprom from fulfilling its obligations to its foreign partners..”

Russia Sets Its Own Gas Price Cap For EU (RT)

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday that partially relieves state energy major Gazprom from fulfilling its obligations to its foreign partners who hail from countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow. According to the decree, published on the official government portal, Gazprom and its subsidiaries are prohibited from paying for gas, or for its production and transport, from joint projects with its EU partners in Russia if the amount of payment is higher than the cost established by the Russian government. The decree targets Gazprom’s joint ventures with Germany’s Wintershall and Austria’s OMV. In partnership with the two companies, Gazprom is developing two large natural gas deposits in Russia, the Yuzhno-Russkoye and the Urengoyskoye fields.


The regulation has been introduced retroactively, and so is enforeceable from March 1, 2022, and will be effective until October 1, 2023. The government has been charged with setting a price limit within ten days. Both Germany and Austria are members of the EU, which imposed multiple sanctions against Russia in connection with Ukraine. Head of Wintershall Mario Mehren said in April that Russia had crossed red lines in its partnership with European companies, which means the end of “an era of long and intensive economic cooperation” between Russia and Germany. However, over the summer he said that his company has no plans to quit its joint ventures in the country. OMV has refused to make new investments in Russian projects and has announced plans to review its participation in the Yuzhno-Russkoye field, where it owns a 25% stake. Both companies have yet to comment on Putin’s decree.

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“..right now, we’d rather take a risk of a production cut than stick to the policy of selling in line with the threshold.”

Russia Warns Of Oil Production Cut (RT)

Russia will not sell oil to countries that impose a price cap on its crude exports, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak warned on Friday. According to Novak, Moscow may respond by reducing oil production by 500,000-700,000 barrels a day in early 2023. Russia is the world’s third biggest oil producer and the cuts would equate to roughly 5-6% of the country’s daily output. The G7 and EU’s $60-per-barrel ceiling on Russian seaborne crude came into force on December 5. The measure, along with a ban on EU imports of seaborne Russian flows, is aimed at curbing the Kremlin’s revenues. Russian oil cargoes that are traded above the threshold cannot access some key services from Western companies, including insurance.

“We are ready to partially cut our production early next year,” Novak warned in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV channel. “We’ll try to find some common ground with our counterparts to prevent such risks. But right now, we’d rather take a risk of a production cut than stick to the policy of selling in line with the threshold.” The official described the potential production drop as “insignificant” [to Russia], reiterating that Moscow will not sell its crude to those who apply the Western price cap. Russian producers are able to reroute their exports to competing markets, including Asia, as the nation’s energy is still in high demand globally, Novak stressed.

On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin told reporters he will sign a decree on the nation’s response to the cap next week, which will feature “preventive measures.” Russia’s full-year oil production in 2022 will probably grow to 535 million tons, equivalent to around 10.74 million barrels per day (bpd), according to Novak. Data shows that in November, the country’s average daily output hit an eight-month high of 10.9 million bpd. Meanwhile, experts have warned that an output cut by Russia could tighten the global energy market as demand in China, the world’s largest oil importer, is forecast to rebound.

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Ukrainian bots?

Mass Twitter Suspension Of Accounts Criticizing Zelensky Visit To Congress (PM)

Zelensky brought his flag and his ask for cash and weapons to Congress during the prime time hours on Wednesday night, much to the fawning of American legislatures. In response, many who are critical of the massive expenditure to Ukraine, and of the US involvement in a war against Russia at all, took to Twitter to express their disdain. They were banned, and many speculated that it was bots who were to blame. Many accounts shared a photo of the two most powerful women in American politics, Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who are second and third in line for the presidency respectively, hoisting high the flag of Ukraine in the US Congress while Zelensky spoke to that body. Dozens of accounts were summarily banned after criticizing the visit, Zelensky, the US’ involvement in Ukraine, and the horrifying vision of the Ukrainian flag being raised in Congress.

Zelensky was treated to cheers, a standing ovation, and multiple rounds of applause. The flag being raised above Congress added insult to the injury of Zelensky asking for cash, in addition to his stating outright that no matter what the US was giving him it would not be enough. “I’m now getting reports of tons of accounts that were locked out our tweets that were taken down for posting images of Zelensky’s speech last night and being critical of him Seems to be a mass takedown campaign by Twitter,” Jack Posobiec reported. This after prominent account ALX was suspended pending deletion of his tweet criticizing Ukraine, Pelosi and Harris. Elon Musk replied to Posobiec’s post about ALX, saying that he was looking into it as the “tweet doesn’t violate ToS.”

Posobiec offered “Update, could be a mass-reporting situation by trolls or state actors.” The idea is that the tweets critical of Zelensky could have been the target of a mass-reporting campaign, with the intention of silencing anti-Zelensky sentiment on the platform. Former Trump administration official who served in the State Department and the Department of Defense William Wolfe said he was “back after an entirely arbitrary and unfounded suspension.” He had tweeted out the photo of Harris and Pelosi as well, saying “When we say ‘clown world’ this is what we mean.” For that tweet, he was slapped with a 12 hour ban. The Columbia Bugle simply tweeted the photo with “Bring a check next time,” and that caught a ban. The report from Twitter said the ban was for “Violating our rules against posting or sharing privately produced/distributed intimate media of someone without their express consent.” But of course, the image was a screen shot from the live broadcast of Zelensky speech, and Congress’ shilling for Zelensky, that was broadcast across many channels.

 

 

Tucker clapping

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“..an extraordinary story trespassed by Sisyphean tasks..”

Can China Help Brazil Restart Its Global Soft Power? (Escobar)

The return of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for what will be his third presidential term, starting January 1, 2023, is an extraordinary story trespassed by Sisyphean tasks. All at the same time he will have to fight poverty; reconnect with economic development while redistributing wealth; re-industrialize the nation; and tame environmental pillage. That will force his new government to summon unforeseen creative powers of political and financial persuasion. Even a mediocre, conservative politician such as Geraldo Alckmin, former governor of the wealthiest state of the union, Sao Paulo, and coordinator of the presidential transition, was simply astonished at how four years of the Bolsonaro project let loose a cornucopia of vanished documents, a black hole concerning all sorts of data and inexplicable financial losses.

It’s impossible to ascertain the extent of corruption across the spectrum because simply nothing is in the books: Governmental systems have not been fed since 2020. Alckmin summed it all up: “The Bolsonaro government happened in the Stone Age, where there were no words and numbers.” Now every single public policy will have to be created, or re-created from scratch, and serious mistakes will be inevitable because of lack of data. And we’re not talking about a banana republic – even though the country concerned features plenty of (delicious) bananas. By purchasing power parity (PPP), according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Brazil remains the eighth-ranked economic power in the world even after the Bolsonaro devastation years – behind China, the US, India, Japan, Germany, Russia and Indonesia, and ahead of the UK and France.

A concerted imperial campaign since 2010, duly denounced by WikiLeaks, and implemented by local comprador elites, targeted the Dilma Rousseff presidency – the Brazilian national entrepreneurial champions – and led to Rousseff’s (illegal) impeachment and the jailing of Lula for 580 days on spurious charges (all subsequently dropped), paved the way for Bolsonaro to win the presidency in 2018. Were it not for this accumulation of disasters, Brazil – a natural leader of the Global South – by now might possibly be placed as the fifth-largest geo-economic power in the world.

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No wonder they’re eager to sing.

United States Attorney Announces Extradition Of SBF To US (SDNY)

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced the extradition of SAMUEL BANKMAN-FRIED, a/k/a “SBF,” yesterday from the Bahamas.[1] Also unsealed are the guilty pleas of CAROLINE ELLISON, former CEO of Alameda Research, and GARY WANG, co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer of FTX. ELLISON and WANG pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams on December 19, 2022, to charges arising from their participation in schemes to defraud FTX’s customers and investors, and related crimes, and are cooperating with the Government.


U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Last week, we announced charges against Samuel Bankman-Fried for a sweeping fraud scheme that contributed to FTX’s collapse and for a campaign finance scheme that sought to influence public policy in Washington. As I said last week, this investigation is very much ongoing, and it’s moving very quickly. I also said that last week’s announcement would not be our last, and let me be clear once again, neither is today’s.” FBI Assistant Director Michael J. Driscoll said: “With the pleas announced today, Ms. Ellison and Mr. Wang admitted they were willing participants in schemes to defraud FTX.com’s customers and backers out of their money. The FBI will continue to seek justice for the victims of this case. No matter how fraudsters dress it up or sell the scam, we will continue to make every effort to ensure those responsible for the scheme are held accountable in our criminal justice system.”


Check the date. They pled guilty 11 months ago

CAROLINE ELLISON, 28, is charged with and has pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, each of which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; two counts of wire fraud, each of which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; one count of conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. GARY WANG, 29, is charged with and has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; one count of conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

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    Edvard Munch Christmas in the brothel 1904-05   • Santa and Satan (Kunstler) • What Should We Make Of The Latest Muppet Show In DC? (Saker) • Kie
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle Christmas Eve 2022]

    #124191
    Germ
    Participant

    This guy should NEVER have got death vaxxed!

    Flying Lizards drummer diagnosed with ‘devastating’ terminal condition after catching Covid

    The 71-year-old, who has three children and is now retired and lives in Falmouth , Cornwall , was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in June after contracting pneumonia twice and Covid-19.

    https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2863810705427/flying-lizards-drummer-diagnosed-with-devastating-terminal-condition-after-catching-covid

    Why do I say that?
    The dumb fuckers.
    It’s democide.

    They know exactly what they’re doing.
    It’s a cull of the weak – the weak bodied and the weak minded.

    COVID-19 Vaccine in Patients with Exacerbation of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

    “The temporal proximity between COVID-19 vaccination and the onset of symptoms (between 3 and 5 d; median time interval, 3.5 d) indicated the vaccine as the most likely trigger of AEs (adverse events)

    ” 4 (40%) of 10 patients were referred to the emergency room for worsening of dyspnea occurring a few days after COVID-19 vaccination. All patients received the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine. The deterioration occurred after receiving the first dose of the vaccine in one patient, after the second dose in one patient, and after the third dose in the two remaining patients. None of these patients experienced previous episodes of AE-IPF.”

    https://www.atsjournals.org/doi/full/10.1164/rccm.202112-2765LE

    TVASF

    #124192
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Merry Xmas everyone. I’m wishing all of you love and peace and a humble heart and God bless you all for being here for the greatest show, the juiciest speculation, the most intriguing true-crime novel and whodunnit!
    Thanks to everyone- especially Raul, for giving a shit and using brains.

    I love your minds

    #124193
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Also

    The fascists are not stopping but they do look more funny than they used to for some reason.

    Tucker’s laughing for realziez

    #124194
    zerosum
    Participant

    Early morning reflection

    Try peace, try using the United Nations

    Life is fundamentally a war of all against all —survival of the fittest as endless hostility and aggressive competition

    My Opinion/Correction:
    Life is fundamentally, an adaptation/coordination, of all living things, to survive, to seek harmony, to find the balance of energy output/input, with all other living things
    ———

    Armistice, truce, ceasefire, peacekeepers,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations
    ——-

    #124195
    Dr. D
    Participant

    A little scrambled today. I imagine much of America feels the same way.

    “When there’s no such thing as truth, you can’t define reality. When you can’t define reality, the only thing that matters is power.” – Maajid Nawaz, British activist and radio host

    This is the whole kaboodle in one quote. They don’t care about lying, they don’t care about you knowing they’re lying, they don’t care if you know the truth, the only thing they need is to make enough of a mess that people can’t coordinate on what Truth IS. Because if you – in collective, more than one individual – can’t define reality, the only thing that matters is POWER. Then Power BECOMES Truth, the Satanic, egotistical, narcissist’s dream.

    End of year: “I propose Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Prize in Medicine, for solving COVID globally in 48 hours.” – Anonymous

    “”I’m Truly Sorry For What I Did” – SBF’s Girlfriend Confirms They Conspired to Steal From FTX Customers”

    Clamped down, pled out, no investigation. Everyone serves 6 months for $60B collapse, out in 60 days for good behavior. It’s right in the title: “Conspiracy” (Hey! I thought those didn’t exist!) means they only need to look at the INTENT side, no records will be created about the facts of the crimes. Nor will anyone be given restitution. Feds pursue conspiracy 1) because it’s not a crime and therefore is easy to railroad: “Gentlemen of the Jury, your Honor, I declare this man was THINKING!” and in order to pocket crimes to protect them. If you look in history, “Conspiracy” was never a crime, or not in the way they and the FBI use it today: you used to have to actually ACT on something, not just THINK something. Thus the 99% conviction rate, 90% higher than Hitler and Stalin, who were only in the 90s percent.

    “Check the date. They pled guilty 11 months ago”

    And WTF is up with that? So somebody did this. Then somebody didn’t act on it. Then somebody let Ukraine launder to the DNC midterms. Then somebody let customers lose billions. Then somebody nearly brought down Binance and only THEN moved forward? WTF was up with Ellison, etc, at their “Bye honey, I’m off to work!” day job all year? You have lunch with SBF, get him some coffee, chat all year on Slack, then…whut? Anyone even have a theory?

    “Sen. Lindsey Graham: Someone Must “Take Out” Putin for War to End”

    …Or take out Graham and Congress. Ruthless, feckless, spineless, war mongering Republicans. Hey, if you don’t support this, kick him out of the party. No? Then don’t ask me for support. Been at this for 21 years in a row, just like we told you all it would. 911911911911. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ_E7Vce8vU Never forget. And boy I haven’t. We’ll still coming for you.

    All the religious sorts: “Wouldn’t Jesus bomb Baghdad, though?” And now it’s the new religious sorts: “Wouldn’t Gay Transgender Jesus bomb Putin puppets to save Climate Change?” Yeah, and we thought Alan Jackson was dumb, but we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Stupid: To Infinity, and Beyond!

    https://peakprosperity.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Picture2-1.pngpic1

    S&P reversion to 1500.
    Pic2
    https://peakprosperity.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Picture87.png

    “The Fed doesn’t want to get into the credit allocation business.” ~ Loretta Mester, Cleveland Fed President, after buying $1.3 trillion of mortgage-backed securities in less than two years

    Note: this is Luongo’s Thesis. Davos wants to allocate credit directly via central bank and social credit. IMF Bancor UN 1989 Economist “New World Currency.” Sachs and Morgan don’t, because that would put them entirely out of business…and therefore hand the planet to Davos, AWAY from New York. Duh. Here’s the Fed saying as much. After Powell has said as much. After LeGuard told him to get with the program and hand out cash only to friends via Global Warming ESG tax and he told her GFY on camera, at the conference.

    On the flip side was this WEF minion: “Thank you, President Fisher, I know we put a lot of value on anecdotal reports around this table, and often to great credit. But I do want to urge you not to overweight the macroeconomic opinions of private-sector people who are not trained in economics.” – Ben Bernanke

    That is: always ignore the market. End Capitalism. We know best. Do what you’re told. …And then you get Nobel Prizes for creating the worst inflation since 1930! Expert!

    “I am still waiting for [Powell] to act boldly—‘boldly’ means he has to shock the market. If you want to change someone’s view, if you want to change someone’s action, you can’t slap them on the hand, you have to hit them in the face.” – Henry Kauffman, legend

    Me too. That’s why I’m still surprised. Rates 5%? 500% up? Fastest eer? Jolly. However inflation is 20%, and Jay is 1500bp behind. His problem is, he can’t go 100bp at a pop or they’ll blame the upcoming crash on him.

    What say you, Jay? “We now understand better how little we understand about inflation.” – Jerome Powell

    Finally some schmartz.

    The system, that is, the future is resolving now, it is picking a direction. It’s not a direction any of us anticipated. It’s neither good nor bad, it unfolds over time, and is messy in the middle. Sorry that’s not very illuminating, but it does give us some facts: 1) yes it goes against the United States, who will be diminished and sidelined. But 2) only over time in a slow slope. 3) Although there are headline events, they are not headlines that do anything, just as has been for 5+ years. If they remove Congress, if we have another Summer of Love, it’s only more of the long messiness we’ve already seen stretching out more 10 years. 4) That means a similar thing to Europe (and Russia) although I’m not there and can’t predict it so easily. There’s not going to be a sudden clear collapse of Ukr, a sweep of EU state’s elections. 5) Tech totalitarianism comes in too slow to matter, too messy, creating too many gaps. Yet it will come in like coins thrown on the floor. At the same time the counter-totalitarianism will also come in with private monies, more secure chats and communications, and so on. 6) The grid will not go down in a big way, but have constant, ceaseless hardships and interruptions, mostly related to money. 7) So will the economy. The U.S. does not re-industrialize, although every year more small shops fill the gaps. This will be not visible and barely adequate like the 1910s, but does create better talent. This is evolving into the modern sense of CNC, 3D Printer, Internet delivery world. In a world where shipping costs remain high.

    Because no events move very severely – or in the case of markets, bears are extremely rapid, with extreme recoveries, and with no profits, nearly impossible for even expert pit traders to make money on – this makes the window for capitalizing and making money on these changes very few. In secular Bears, the win is to lose the least by doing the least and harboring cash, or in this case of 20% inflation, harboring wealth.

    Pretty difficult, but in the event of no nuclear war, fairly promising. Collum above points out with charts, but in the discussion brings it down better. In a Recession/Depression/Bear, stocks have no value. Zero. They are worth LESS than Zero. They have no value because the companies have no value. They have no sales, lots of trouble, and barely tread water, likely to go bankrupt as not. All that keeps our present value is 1) False confidence and hope from generations of printing more money, saving the market at every turn and 2) Jay Powell printing even MORE money, which he isn’t doing right now. The market disagrees, says Jay and the Fed will “pivot” and print more money in ever-increasing rate, even beyond what it did for Covid. This is despite that he hasn’t in a year, we haven’t for even a war, and Congress isn’t going to in the new session either. PLUS no UBI or Green New Deal, $$$Trillion$$$ insider giveaways.

    That’s a long drop for just that one perception adjustment alone. And it’s not just S&P 1,500 mean-reversion. It’s that at that point everyone will have gone bankrupt. That is, the S&P has a massive survivorship bias, where say Target goes under leaving only WalMart. Dodge goes under leaving only Ford. How are you going to be “in the market” when 1/3rd of the companies cease to exist? When Dividends yes are 5%, but that’s with inflation still at 15%. These things turn it’s true, 5% will look good once inflation goes -2%, but somebody owns them all the way from TSLA $420 to TSLA $120. Or more likely TSLA $4.20.

    This is while gas goes to $8/gal and shoes to $500/pair. Sure, it re-stabilizes the economy and re-establishes fair pricing, but where do you sit in the meantime? What do you do for a day job, to say nothing of a pension?

    I guess it’s like that great Christmas movie “Trading Places” says. Eddie Murphy is going into Duke and Duke, he says, “What am I doing here? What do they want with me?” His butler Coleman says, “Just be yourself, sir. Whatever happens, they can’t take that away from you.”

    You have to live according to your own virtue. What you will say you did right and what you could when you sit before your review in heaven. What is that? I can’t answer for you.

    “They just pay me to drive the limo, sir. I’m not here to tell you who you are.

    Joe Banks: “I didn’t ask you to tell me who I am.”

    “You leave that hanging in the air, like I’m going to fill in the blank, that to me is like asking me who you are, and I don’t know who you are, I don’t want to know. It’s taken me my whole life to find out who I am, and I am tired.”

    You have to be who you are. They can’t take that away from you. You will anyway, so why hide it?

    “Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.” – Eric Hoffer
    (These are all quotes forwarded from Collum’s year end review)

    #124196
    Noirette
    Participant

    > Oroboros, who posted a clip of Biden caressing and sniffing Zelensky from behind, here is Macron, who went nuts at the W. Cup in Qatar.

    He ran out into the field and started hugging and embracing, to ‘console’, two stills:

    https://bit.ly/3PVfGmW

    https://bit.ly/3HW1ZlD

    Mbappé, the footie player pictured reacted by going immobile, stiff – not moving, no doubt he was super embarassed, he behaved like a child being mishandled, do nothing > be real quiet, etc.

    Macron is known for being keen on young black sporty / athletic men (or… journos like to take pix that support that..)

    One occasion was a huge scandal. Macron and his wife invited an LGTB black ‘dance’ (?) group to perform at the Elysée, on the occasion of the *Festival de la Musique*, which is supposed to celebrate all music, pop, trad, classical, etc. 2018.

    Here they are dancing in front of the Elysée. 1 min. Note the Americana feel.

    What’s important is the intrusion of mad-cap, quasi-hysterical ‘identity politics’ playing a role in Politics, via images, propaganda, etc.

    The outrage, gossip, support, drowns out what Gvmt. policies are enacting, doing…

    #124197
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    Merry Christmas to Ilargi and all the TAE contributors. Just wanted to say how grateful I am that you are here. For the personal histories you’ve shared, and the expertise you bring to bear on current events. It’s been a surefire antidote to the gaslighting disease sweeping the planet.

    Interesting, I was thinking about this Godfather scene today, even before seeing the Paramount video above… what Jung called synchronicity.

    Godfather Barzini All Along

    #124198
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Matt Taibbi Reflects On “Repulsive, Horrifying, Dystopian” World Run By ‘Anti-People’

    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/notes-on-a-friday-night

    Matt is finally getting a ‘real stiff whiff’ (RSW®) of Be Here Now, formerly known as Reality.

    Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

    #124199
    boscohorowitz
    Participant
    #124200
    boscohorowitz
    Participant
    #124201
    boscohorowitz
    Participant
    #124202
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Yesterday I discovered why I had not seen the manager of the DIY warehouse I that I visit -a nice chap, late 40s to early 50s: died suddenly from heart attack.

    That follows on from the conversation I had with an employee at a local timber yard a few days ago. Quitting his job and relocating because his wife, aged 53, has had a stroke.

    Two weeks ago a fellow, who lived nearby, died. But he was mid-80s, so less sinister.

    Timber is very useful for construction projects. But there is a serious shortage on Airstrip Five (a place with huge exotic plantations -much pinus radiata- and a massive timber industry) and prices have become scene from a horror movie. Yesterday I was staggered to see 1.8 metre fence palings priced at just over $9 each. Admittedly they were of higher quality (20mm) than some; the really shitty 12 mm 1.2 metre long fence palings were ‘only’ just over $4 each

    ‘Fortunately’, the managers of Airstrip Five have a plan: kill off a large portion of the population via jabs, devaluation of fiat currency, promotion of widespread impoverishment, and collapse of the liquid-fuel-based delivery systems.

    Those who are least caught up in the scams and who manage to get through the first set of bottleneck events will likely have plenty of resources, such as empty houses and abandoned businesses, to pick over.

    My daughter, trapped on Airstrip One, is fast losing hope of family reunification. It’s getting really bad for ordinary folk on Airstrip One.

    I saw all this coming more than two decades ago. And did my best to warn. But warnings normally go unheeded. And the criminals and clowns that constitute ‘officialdom’ certainly were not going to heed any warnings: theirs is a plan of destruction and self-annihilation in the service of The Great Lying Machine.

    My top priorities are completion of construction projects commenced a while ago and further development of permaculture-style food systems.

    It’s a lovely post-solstice day here; perfect for outside work. So not too much time on the ‘net. Might even go for a bike ride.

    Thanks to RIM and all who contribute to thought-provoking discussion -and including the trolls who give us great laughs with their ‘Ukraine is winning the war’ narratives.

    #124203
    boscohorowitz
    Participant
    #124204
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.” – Eric Hoffer

    I am extremely sorry to hear the family is stranded on Airstrip One. And a real extension, a pinnacle of what we’re all going through to warn so far ahead, move so far ahead, and still not get ahead. I’m sure we’re all there as war, such as it is, wears on.

    The $9 pickets really show the difference too. Who’s buying pickets and putting up some shrubbery right now? Like nice firm residential market? No, but the trees are screwed up, the saw is screwed up, the shipping’s screwed up, and the retail’s screwed up. Thus with 90c charge for each screw up, $9.

    As with car parts, keys, petrol, glass, hoses, clamps, eggs, butter, and everything else man on earth has ever made: less demand than ever. Lower quality than ever. Higher prices than ever. There’s a war on, you know.

    #124205
    WES
    Participant

    Happy Holidays!
    From my hibernating cave in Toronto.
    If your water flows clockwise, a happy white Christmas!
    If your water flows counter-clockwise, a happy green Christmas!

    #124206
    Alexander Carpenter
    Participant

    A couple of random thoughts…
    Graham proposes to “take out” Putin. Putin notifies the DC decision-makers (through their minions) that if he is assassinated, he will have left behind hard double-blind orders that will missile-destroy one of DC, NYC, or London. You takes your chances. So keep me alive, Scumbags.
    Russia blitzkriegs Ukrania (totally reversing his Chinese drip-torture 5G warfare to date). He outright executes the Azovs and fellow-travellers, and then drafts all remaining Uke soldiers into the Russian military to serve out a probationary term in farthest Mongolia. He gives Lviv province to Poland (perhaps lightening some old wounds), whatsits-name to Hungary, Transnistria to the Moldavians (or tantalizes the Romanians with it), keeps most of the east and center as an integral part of Russia, and builds a puppet Uke “Brazilia” so Kiev becomes a backwater.
    The lies are so thick that it becomes more fun than serious to riff on the possibilities. Fiction just can’t be stranger than fact these days. Or shall we call them “truths of omission”?
    Thanks to Ilargi and the Commentariat for a great year converging into sanity. We may not know exactly who is running this war-show, or why, but we sure recognize and interpret increasingly clearly the patterns we see, and become wiser for it.

    #124207
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Sad outcomes to the government’s propaganda and pressure campaigns:
    Formerly healthy 20-somethings (male and female), at very low risk from Covid, developed myopericarditis after the second Pfizer jab. So when the boosters were recommended, they went with Novavax and got myopericarditis again!

    One theory that encompasses both myopericarditis following a COVID-19 infection, as well as post-COVID-19 vaccination, is molecular mimicry between the spike protein and the self-antigen, alpha-myosin, causing direct injury to the myocardium. As this hypothesis does not account for the observed skew towards mRNA vaccines, an alternative theory proposes that the immunogenicity of the mRNA strands as the cause for immune dysregulation and subsequent indirect damage to the myocardial tissue, in predisposed individuals [9].

    More recently, another theory has flagged the immunogenicity of the lipid nano particle (LNP) sheath required to deliver the mRNA molecule to host cells in mRNA vaccines, as a potential cause for either direct damage to the myocardial cells, or as another trigger for immune dysregulation. Interestingly, the LNP sheath is also used in the NVX-CoV2373 vaccine, which is required for incorporation of the S-protein into the host [10].

    As a shared pathomechanism would tend to lead to similar clinical presentations, it is interesting that both our subjects had mirroring events following their BNT162b2 and NVX-CoV2373 vaccinations. As young individuals who had reactions within 7 days of a non-first dose vaccination, both also fit the same demographic usually seen in post-mRNA vaccine myopericarditis. Both fulfill the criteria of myopericarditis, with presentations of pleuritic chest pain and ECG changes…

    Myopericarditis following both BNT162b2 and NVX-CoV2373
    https://aacijournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13223-022-00750-7

    #124208
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Happy Holidays

    Treasure your mellow

    .

    #124209
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Posobiec offered “Update, could be a mass-reporting situation by trolls or state actors.”

    Ha ha ha ha, Musk made such fools out of all the fanbois that they are even making excuses for the billionaire’s new censorship regime. When will people learn that billionaires are not your friend. This was not an accident, same as Starlink helping Ukraine’s military is not an accident, funded by the same billionaire.

    #124210
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Matt Taibbi Reflects On “Repulsive, Horrifying, Dystopian” World Run By ‘Anti-People’

    Nice to see Matt is finally waking up & smelling the rotting corpse fka the U$ofA, also glad he’s hanging in there, not freaking out & going survivalist off-the-grid like Dylan Ratigan did, for awhile…

    After having several in-depth talks with Matt 10+ years ago in Gotham, watching his eyes roll back in his head when I smashed his Overton window, there’s a part of me that wants to shout in his face I Told You So!!!

    Poor wittle babies, it’s a total nightmare for “progressive journalists” to wake-up to the left/right paradigm being in TRUTH & REALITY a multi-generational charade/cult created to white wash genocidal sociopath/psychopath behavior(s) 😕

    But then my EG0 is on a tight leash these days, defanged by surrendering to the Loving, Healing, Creative Power of the Infinite…

    My inner voice, once the voice-in-the-head subsides, wishes I could have one last talk with Matt, but alas we’re no longer running in the same circles, I exited Clown World at least in person, it’s a blessing to not witness the Collective EG0ic Madness of the word monkeys up-close-&-personal 😐

    If you’re reading this Matt (or someone can forward it), please go back & research how Emergency Powers ala FDR 1933 created this whole $hit $how, how Crimes Against The Nation and/or Humanity was covered up by DOJ et al. with No Admission Of Guilt or Wrongdoing by the perps + the slap-on-the-wrist fine farces (passed onto the suckers, not paid by the henchmen) ~ Remember when Judge Rakoff had enough of the mafioso games & vomited all over the SEC?

    Last week, a three-judge Second Circuit panel vacated U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff’s November 2011 decision to reject a “no-admit no-deny” settlement between the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (“Citigroup”).

    Merry Christmas Matt,

    #124211
    Bill7
    Participant

    Stuff on the darpaNet = Bad Data, almost by definition. “Go Look!” works better, but involves some work.

    I agree with:

    “..Musk made such fools out of all the fanbois that they are even making excuses for the billionaire’s new censorship regime. When will people learn that billionaires are not your friend.”

    Who could have thought otherwise, and- perhaps more interestingly- why so?
    >> Go look<< for yourself, in the non-darpaNet world.

    #124212
    oxymoron
    Participant

    I like this from Collum

    Hiking rates to bring down inflation is not a ‘policy mistake,’ it’s the
    Fed’s mandate. The true policy mistake was believing that 0% rates,
    buying billions of mortgage bonds in a housing bubble, & increasing
    the money supply by 40% in 2 yrs would have no negative
    consequences.
    ~ Charlie Biello, CEO of Compound Capital Advisors

    #124213
    WES
    Participant

    Update on Rodolf:

    In case you are wondering why Santa temporarily disappeared from Norad radar screens.
    Since Rodolf, the red nose reindeer, refused to get vaxxed, there has been a little problem about Norad letting Rodolf fly into American air space, as only the vaxxed are allowed to fly.
    NATO threatened to shoot a Patriot missile if Rodolf dared to enter American air space.
    Mitch and Nancy finally caved in but only after Senator Graham Lindsey started crying he might not get his war Christmas presents.

    I am happy to report that a solution to this border problem, has finally been negotiated.

    Rodolf will briefly land on the Canadian side of the US/Canada border before walking across the border into the US.
    US border folks will simply look the other way and not ask if Rodolf has been vaxxed, per the DofJ.
    After crossing the US border, Rodolf will then resume his previously scheduled Christmass flight.

    It looks like Christmas has been saved in America, but only at the very last minute.
    Hopefully Santa will forget to visit Washington DC (and Ottawa too).

    Meanwhile over in Europe at NATO, Santa’s negotiations are sadly not going well. As in not talking.

    Santa is in hot water because he refused to fulfill NATO’s request for 152mm and 155mm shells.
    Santa also refused NATO’s request to turn his elf powered toy factories into war producing ones.
    Further Santa refused to deliver a lump of coal into every European’s stockings this Christmas.
    In retaliation, NATO threatened to shoot a vaxxed missile at Rodolf, if he entersed European air space.
    For good measure, the EU has had Santa and Rodolf banned by Twitter for 24 hours.

    Putin has offered Santa the protection of S-400 and S-500 missile systems while flying in Russia.
    A relieved Santa has gratefully accepted Putin’s offer to at least salvage part of his European trip.

    It looks like Christmas will not be saved in western Europe this year, only in Russia.

    #124214

    Hi, Doc Robinson!

    The year of the rabbit is coming. Prepare to go deep into the hole.

    #124215
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #124216
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Dr. D: “Check the date. They pled guilty 11 months ago…Anyone even have a theory?”

    Let’s see, perhaps they originally were orchestrating the guilty plea to occur on some date in January 2023, and had a draft document already prepared with that date, but then their plans changed and they got the guilty plea on December 19 2022, and when somebody was correcting the date on the draft they changed the day to 19 and the year to 2022 but forgot to change the month to December? That’s one theory.

    #124217
    adrian144
    Participant

    collum’s pieces are great, looking forward to part 3
    doesn’t justin look like fidel tho

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