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More Than 100,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Have Died In Conflict – EU (RT)
Von der Leyen’s Comment On Ukrainian Military Losses Retracted (RT)
Kiev Reacts To Redacted EU Assessment Of Its Casualties (RT)
The Global South Births A New Game-Changing Payment System (Escobar)
China Wants More Russian Gas (RT)
Russian Coal Exports Shift To China (RT)
Poland To Charge Ukrainian Refugees For Government-Provided Housing (Az.)
Congress Wants $45B Tacked on to Biden’s Military Budget Request (Celente)
Washington Goes to War Against Twitter and Free Speech (Turley)
Yellen Hints At ‘National Security’ Probe Into Twitter Purchase (RT)
EU Threatens Musk With Twitter Ban (RT)
Musk Says Twitter Clash With Apple A ‘Misunderstanding’ (AFP)
Ex-Twitter Safety Chief: Hunter Biden Laptop Censorship Was A ‘Mistake’ (Fox)
Eric Idle Insists He Wants To Be ‘Cancelled’ (DM)
Cryptome Founder Asks to Be Indicted With Assange (Lauria)



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Ursula didn’t get the memo. In 3 parts. First, she posts the number -with video. Then Zelensky protests. Then the video is removed and re-done. Finally, Ukraine reacts: if you post these numbers, we can’t manipulate them anymore.

More Than 100,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Have Died In Conflict – EU (RT)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has presented the total number of losses estimated to have been suffered by Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. “More than 100,000 Ukrainian military officers have been killed so far,” von der Leyen claimed on Wednesday, while adding that around 20,000 civilian lives have also been lost amid the fighting, which has continued since late February. The head of the European Commission didn’t reveal the sources of the information she provided. In late September, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated that Ukrainian losses had to date amounted to more than 61,000 troops, which was ten times higher than those of Russia.

In her address, von der Leyen also proposed to set up a specialized, UN-backed court to investigate and prosecute what she described as “Russia’s crime of aggression.”She also said that a special structure would be created by the EU to manage and invest 300 billion euro (nearly $311 billion) in Russian Central Bank reserves and 19 billion euro of Russian business figures’ assets, which the EU froze after the outbreak of the conflict. The plan is to use the proceeds from those activities to rebuild and assist Ukraine, according to the commission president.

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Some people are convinced it was retracted after US protest. But Ukraine protest would have been enough.

Von der Leyen’s Comment On Ukrainian Military Losses Retracted (RT)

A claim about the number of Ukrainian soldiers killed during its conflict with Russia has been removed from a speech by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the executive’s official website. “More than 100,000 Ukrainian military officers have been killed so far,” she said during an address earlier on Wednesday, adding that around 20,000 civilians had also died in nine months of fighting. The source of this information was not provided. However, the reference to Kiev’s death toll soon disappeared from the text of the speech on the European Commission’s website. It was also cut from a video of the address on the website and on von der Leyen’s account on Twitter.

The editing was noticed by some media outlets and social media users, who compared the two versions of the statement online. The move was then officially confirmed by the European Commission. The EU executive body’s spokeswoman Dana Spinant took to Twitter to thank those who had “pointed out the inaccuracy” in von der Leyen’s speech. “The estimation used, from external sources, should have referred to casualties, i.e. both killed and injured, and was meant to show Russia’s brutality,” she wrote. In late September, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated that Ukrainian losses had by then amounted to more than 61,000 troops, which was ten times greater than Russia’s.

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Oh yeah, she also talked about the stolen Russian assets.

Kiev Reacts To Redacted EU Assessment Of Its Casualties (RT)

A claim that Ukraine has lost more than 100,000 personnel in the conflict with Russia has been deleted from the Twitter account of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Kiev had objected to the figure, saying it was up to President Vladimir Zelensky and top Ukrainian officials to voice such numbers. Zelensky’s spokesman, Sergey Nikoforov, told Ukrainian media on Wednesday that such “sensitive” information should only be made public by the country’s top military commander General Valery Zaluzhny, Defense Minister Aleksey Reznikov, or the president himself. Earlier in the day, the head of the EU executive branch cited an assessment that more than 100,000 Ukrainian troops and over 20,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict with Russia.

The video statement has since been pulled from her Twitter account and replaced with a new version, which omitted the figures. Von der Leyen did not identify the source of the assessment. Earlier in the month, US General Mark Milley, who serves as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that over 100,000 soldiers may have been killed and wounded on each side of the conflict, with 40,000 civilians killed as collateral damage. Milley, speaking at the Economic Club of New York, said that the winter season would cause hostilities to go “static” and open “a window of opportunity” for negotiations. The call for diplomacy reportedly outraged officials in Kiev, who pledged to continue fighting against Russia until it fully regains pre-2014 positions. In her Wednesday address, von der Leyen urged the UN to convene a special tribunal to try Russia for its alleged crimes against Ukraine.

The Commission chief also shared the EU’s plans to invest seized Russian national reserves and “oligarch” money for profit that would later be used to rebuild Ukraine. She estimated Ukraine’s damage at €600 billion ($621bn) so far, which dwarfs the €319 billion ($330bn) of Russian funds blocked by the EU. The assets would only be unfrozen after anti-Russia sanctions are lifted, to be paid in compensation to Ukraine, the official stated. Top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have criticized the freezing of assets by the US and its allies, including the EU. At first, they devalued national reserves denominated in dollars and euros through inflation, and later “pawed and pocketed” them, Putin remarked in October.

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In the background, these preparations continue.

The Global South Births A New Game-Changing Payment System (Escobar)

The Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) is speeding up its design of a common payment system, which has been closely discussed for nearly a year with the Chinese under the stewardship of Sergei Glazyev, the EAEU’s minister in charge of Integration and Macro-economy. Through its regulatory body, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the EAEU has just extended a very serious proposal to the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) which, crucially, are already on the way to turning into BRICS+: a sort of G20 of the Global South. The system will include a single payment card – in direct competition with Visa and Mastercard – merging the already existing Russian MIR, China’s UnionPay, India’s RuPay, Brazil’s Elo, and others.

That will represent a direct challenge to the western-designed (and enforced) monetary system, head on. And it comes on the heels of BRICS members already transacting their bilateral trade in local currencies, and bypassing the US dollar. This EAEU-BRICS union was long in the making – and will now also move toward prefiguring a further geoeconomic merger with the member nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The EAEU was established in 2015 as a customs union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, joined a year later by Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. Vietnam is already an EAEU free trade partner, and recently enshrined SCO member Iran is also clinching a deal. The EAEU is designed to implement free movement of goods, services, capital, and workers between member countries.

Ukraine would have been an EAEU member if not for the Maidan coup in 2014 masterminded by the Barack Obama administration. Vladimir Kovalyov, adviser to the chairman of the EEC, summed it all up to Russian newspaper Izvestia. The focus is to establish a joint financial market, and the priority is to develop a common “exchange space:” “We’ve made substantial progress and now the work is focused on such sectors as banking, insurance, and the stock market.” A new regulatory body for the proposed joint EEU-BRICS financial system will soon be established. Meanwhile, trade and economic cooperation between the EAEU and BRICS have increased 1.5 times in the first half of 2022 alone.

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Not using Russian oil and gas does nothing for climate. You don’t want it, others will use them. And you will be cold.

China Wants More Russian Gas (RT)

Russian gas export to China via the so-called eastern route, the Power of Siberia pipeline, should be steadily increased, according to Huang Yongzhang, Vice President of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). The 3,000 kilometer (1,864 mile) cross-border pipeline started deliveries of Russian natural gas to China in 2019. Its capacity is 61 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas per year, including 38 bcm for export. Last year, Russian gas supplies to China increased by 10.4 bcm via the mega pipeline. “It is necessary to steadily increase gas supplies from Russia to China via the eastern route. The parties continue cooperation in this area, using all its advantages, strengthening and deepening business cooperation,” Yongzhang said on Tuesday at the Russia-China Energy Business Forum.

He also called for the strengthening of the scientific and technical cooperation between the two nations in order to improve the quality of joint work in the oil and gas sector, as well as in the field of green and low-carbon energy. The agreement on gas supplies via the Power of Siberia pipeline was reached in 2014, with Gazprom and CNPC signing a 30-year contract. The $400 billion agreement is Gazprom’s biggest deal ever and the Power of Siberia is the first natural gas pipeline between Russia and China. The Russian energy company is currently working on the Power of Siberia 2 project, which involves construction of a gas pipeline to China through the territory of Mongolia. The pipeline will be capable of delivering as much as 50 billion cubic meters of gas, once operational.

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You can hear the Chinese laughing in the background.

Russian Coal Exports Shift To China (RT)

Russia has this year become the second most important supplier of coal to China, the head of oil giant Rosneft Igor Sechin announced at the Russia-China Energy Business Forum on Tuesday.“Deliveries of high-quality Russian coal to China in [those] ten months of 2022 amounted to 53 million tons. This is about 23% of total imports to China, second place after Indonesia, which supplies 134 million tons,” Sechin said. According to the CEO, in order to further increase coal supplies to Asia, Russia is investing in the development of the Eastern Range of the country’s train-services supplier Russian Railways (OAO). The project is expected to increase transportation capacity to 195 million tons per year.

Russia has dramatically increased exports of energy commodities, including coal, to Asian buyers after the EU suspended coal purchases from the country earlier this year as a Ukraine-related sanction. Chinese purchases of the Russian fossil fuel, in particular, reached a five-year high in September, soaring to 8.54 million tons. It was a 57% year-on-year rise, according to data from China’s General Administration of Customs. Beijing has also been stocking up on Russian oil. Total Russian crude exports to China in the period January to October jumped by 9.5% to nearly 72 million tons, slightly less than what Saudi Arabia, China’s largest supplier, exports to the Asian nation, Sechin said.

The head of Russia’s biggest oil company stressed that both Moscow and Beijing are looking forward to further developing trade relations, particularly in the field of energy. Sechin also noted that the overall trade turnover between Russia and China jumped 33% this year, reaching $153.9 billion in the first ten months. “If these rates are maintained, by the end of this year the trade turnover may reach a record high of $180 billion. We can expect that the goal of reaching $200 billion in trade turnover will be achieved even before the set target date, 2024,” he said.

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“More than a million Ukrainian refugees made a temporary home in Poland..”

Poland To Charge Ukrainian Refugees For Government-Provided Housing (Az.)

Poland plans to charge Ukrainian refugees for food and housing after four months of staying in state accommodation, the government said, Report informs referring to Reuters. More than a million Ukrainian refugees made a temporary home in Poland, Ukraine’s western neighbor, after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, relying on the kindness of strangers who opened up their homes and government aid. But after an initial outpouring of public support for refugees, resources are drying up and refugees are having a harder time finding flats and getting support with Poland facing a cost of living crisis and budget strains.

“Citizens of Ukraine who stay in Poland in collective accommodation centers will participate in the costs of housing and meals,” the government said in a statement. Those staying in such accommodation, for example government-funded hotel rooms or school dormitories, longer than 120 days will have to cover 50% of the cost up to 40 zlotys ($8.87) per day, per person. After 180 days it would be 75% of the cost up to 60 zlotys. Those unable to work because of their age or disability would be excluded, as would pregnant women, according to the plan. The government wants the new rules to apply from March 1, 2023. The bill will go to parliament where it is expected to pass comfortably.

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“..the deal would set the budget at $847 billion for national defense..”

Congress Wants $45B Tacked on to Biden’s Military Budget Request (Celente)

We have long noted that the one issue that can bring together the most hardened liberal Democrats, and the most conservative Republicans is the vote for war. After all, what other issue would you find Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Mitch McConnell agreeing on? It was reported Wednesday that members of the House and Senate Armed Service committees agreed to add $45 billion more to President Joe Biden’s already gargantuan 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, according to a newly released report on Wednesday. Politico, citing four people familiar with the negotiations, reported that the deal would set the budget at $847 billion for national defense, with the possibility of reaching as high as $858 billion.

We reported in July that the House voted in favor of an $850.3 billion national security budget that members say will help the U.S. respond to continued threats and surging inflation. The House passed the bill in a 329-101 vote. The “no” votes included 62 Republicans and 39 Democrats.“With inflation factored in, it is a good increase but it’s essential because of inflation and also the need to continue significant programs,” Sen. Jack Reed, the chair of the Senate Armed Services, said in an interview, according to Politico.As the global economies sink into recession, as world hunger escalates, as inflation spikes and people pay much more to buy a lot less, as world poverty levels increase and the middle class shrinks…countries around the world have increased their military budgets and built up their defenses since the Ukraine War began in February.

But the War Machine Always Wins. And Bill La Plante, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said months ago that he expected Congress—no matter what party was in control—would approve new weapons purchasing power at levels not seen since the Cold War. “They are going to give us multiyear authority, and they’re going to give us funding to really put into the industrial base,” he told George Mason University at the time. “And I’m talking billions of dollars into the industrial base—to fund these production lines. That, I predict, is going to happen, and it’s happening now. And then people will have to say: ‘I guess they were serious about it.’ But we have not done that since the Cold War.”

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“Despite a creepy Facebook advertising campaign to convince the public to embrace censorship, it has not worked. The public is not buying. They are buying Free Twitter…”

Washington Goes to War Against Twitter and Free Speech (Turley)

Washington this week is in full wartime footing. No, it’s not over the Russian invasion of Ukraine or North Korean missiles or even Chinese expansionism. It is about Twitter and the threat of Elon Musk to restore free speech protections to social media. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has emerged as the bellicose general rallying others to the “censor or die” pressure campaign against Twitter. The problem is that citizens are flocking to Twitter and signing up in record numbers. They want more, not less, free speech. The over two million new sign-ups per day represent a 66% increase over the same period last year, according to figures released by Musk.

A reporter this week was so alarmed that she asked the White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the concern that millions are still signing up at Twitter and demanded to know who is “keeping an eye on this” for possible federal action. Unable to convince users to embrace censorship, Clinton and others are pressuring corporations and foreign governments to deter Musk from restoring free speech. Since users are embracing the new Twitter, the campaign has focused on preventing them from signing up by removing the app from the Apple and Google stores. In the meantime, Apple is joining the boycott by withholding advertising revenue to coerce Musk to reverse his free-speech pledge.

Musk, however, is sitting on the ultimate weapon to bring this war to an end: free speech itself. However, it will require more than rhetorical recriminations like Musk asking why Apple executives “hate free speech in America?” The fact is that these media and political figures are becoming more and more alarmed as Musk threatens to release files on the past censorship of stories like the Hunter Biden laptop. Musk has reason to wonder why Apple CEO Tim Cook would join this anti-free speech campaign. The reason is as obvious as it is craven. These boycotts are not about corporations or shareholders. If anything, they are more likely to diminish profits. It is about the executives themselves. Many are allies of figures like Clinton. Others are yielding to these demands to avoid being attacked or tagged by the left.

[..] If Musk carries through on his pledge, the public will have a free speech alternative and they are already speaking loudly by signing up with the company in record numbers. Despite a creepy Facebook advertising campaign to convince the public to embrace censorship, it has not worked. The public is not buying. They are buying Free Twitter. So, the only way to regain control is to prevent people from getting the app or threaten to force Twitter into insolvency. The problem is Musk, an eccentric billionaire who is not easy to intimidate. Musk now stands against a massive alliance of governments, corporations, celebrities, and politicians. He has only the public and free speech on his side. He needs to use both.


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Yellen is so out of her depth here, I suspect that’s why they let her do the talking.

Yellen Hints At ‘National Security’ Probe Into Twitter Purchase (RT)

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said federal officials could seek to launch a review into billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter if it were deemed to carry national security risks, backtracking after she downplayed any chance for a probe. Speaking at an event hosted by the New York Times on Wednesday, Yellen claimed she had “misspoke” when she said there was “no basis” to investigate Musk or his finances during an interview earlier this month, now saying the government could take that step after all. “I’m not going to say specifically what we are looking at. We don’t comment on what’s in progress,” she said, but added the Treasury “does look at transactions that involve foreign investments in the United States to see if they create national security risk.”

While she stopped short of confirming that a probe was underway, Yellen said “if there are such risks it would be appropriate for the Treasury to have a look.” The secretary’s comments follow earlier reports that the Treasury had already requested approval to begin reviewing Musk’s Twitter deal, though sources told the Washington Post at the time that such actions are “fairly routine” and do not always result in a full-fledged investigation. Earlier this month, President Joe Biden also stated that Musk’s “relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at,” following reports that foreign investors such as Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal now hold significant stakes in Twitter. However, Biden stressed that he was not claiming the billionaire had done anything “inappropriate,” and did not indicate that he was under investigation.

Musk has faced pressure from abroad as well, with the European Commission recently threatening to ban Twitter outright should the platform run afoul of the EU’s digital regulations. According to a Wednesday report in the Financial Times, the bloc has presented Musk with a “checklist of rules” and demanded he submit to an “extensive independent audit” sometime next year, insisting Twitter must continue to “aggressively” police disinformation and hate speech. The billionaire has repeatedly vowed to make Twitter a bastion of free expression, even suggesting an “amnesty” for previously banned accounts so long as they did not violate the law or post spam. However, critics have argued the more hands-off approach will foster hatred, extremism and misinformation online, with some even urging major platforms like Apple and Google to remove Twitter from their app stores.

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“Musk replied that the DSA [EU’s Digital Services Act] was “very sensible” and should be applied worldwide.”

EU Threatens Musk With Twitter Ban (RT)

As Elon Musk pledged to run a more fair and transparent Twitter that won’t interfere in elections, the EU’s internal market commissioner, Thierry Breton, on Wednesday demanded tougher censorship, reportedly warning that the platform might be banned if it doesn’t comply with the bloc’s laws. “Twitter has failed in trust & safety for a very long time and has interfered in elections,” Musk tweeted on Wednesday, responding to claims by former executive Yoel Roth published by Reuters that his takeover had made the company less safe. “Twitter 2.0 will be far more effective, transparent and even-handed.” Within the hour, Breton tweeted that he welcomed Musk’s “intent to get Twitter 2.0 ready” for the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA), a law scheduled to come into force in 2024.

He added that the platform would have to “significantly reinforce content moderation and tackle disinformation,” among other things. Breton attached a short video from a call he held with Musk, though without any sound. According to the Financial Times, however, the EU commissioner actually threatened Musk with a ban unless Twitter complies with a list of demands. This includes not having an “arbitrary” approach to reinstating banned users, “aggressively” pursuing “disinformation” and agreeing to an “extensive independent audit” by next year. Failing to do so would infringe on the DSA, which could expose Twitter to massive fines or even a ban in the EU, Breton reportedly said. According to FT’s sources, Musk replied that the DSA was “very sensible” and should be applied worldwide.

Musk bought Twitter for a reported $44 billion and took ownership of the company on October 27, declaring “the bird is freed.” Within hours, Breton responded that “In Europe, the bird will fly by our rules.” The DSA was approved by the bloc earlier this year. It requires “content moderation” from major social media platforms, so they can swiftly censor “hate speech” or any information that Brussels deems false. The EU has already invoked these powers to ban RT and several other Russian media outlets, with most US-based platforms eagerly complying. The video hosting service Rumble, however, chose to turn off their service in France rather than comply with demands from Paris to censor certain Russian outlets.

Declaring “free speech” – as guaranteed in the US Constitution – to be his guiding principle, Musk has rolled back some of Twitter’s censorship policies and lifted the bans on many “permanently suspended” accounts, including former US president Donald Trump. The decision to reinstate Trump and declare a general amnesty for accounts that hadn’t broken the law was put to a vote on Twitter, with most users voting in favor in both cases.

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“Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.”

Musk Says Twitter Clash With Apple A ‘Misunderstanding’ (AFP)

Twitter owner Elon Musk said he met with Apple chief Tim Cook on Wednesday and “resolved the misunderstanding” that prompted him to declare war on the iPhone maker’s App Store. “Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store,” Musk tweeted. “Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.” Musk also tweeted a video clip of “Apple’s beautiful HQ” in Cupertino, California, noting that he had had a “good conversation” with Cook. The world’s richest person opened fire on the planet’s most valuable company early this week over fees and rules at the App Store, saying Apple had threatened to oust his recently acquired social media platform.

The billionaire CEO had tweeted that Apple “threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why.” Apple, which has not issued a public statement on the matter, typically tells developers if fixes need to be implemented in apps to conform to App Store policies. Analysts told AFP the clash may have came down to money, with Musk irked that the App Store takes a commission on transactions such as subscriptions. Musk has delayed the relaunch of the Twitter Blue subscription tier intended to have users pay for perks such as account verification check marks. Twitter rolled out Blue early in November, but pulled the plug after impersonators paid for check marks to appear legitimate in what former head of safety and security Yoel Roth referred to as “a disaster.”

Both Apple and Google also require social networking services on their app stores to have effective systems for moderating harmful or abusive content. But since taking over Twitter last month, Musk has cut around half of Twitter’s workforce, including many employees tasked with fighting disinformation, while an unknown number of others have quit.

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Musk has promised full disclosure.

Ex-Twitter Safety Chief: Hunter Biden Laptop Censorship Was A ‘Mistake’ (Fox)

The former head of trust and safety at Twitter recently admitted that the social media company’s decision to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020 was a “mistake.” During a sit down with journalist Kara Swisher, ex-Twitter safety chief Yoel Roth said that despite concerns about the authenticity of the laptop story, it still did not reach a point where he wanted to remove the content — which was later censored anyway. Initial reporting suggested that Roth blocked user access from the October 2020 story, but the former Twitter division lead said the decision was not up to him. “We didn’t know what to believe, we didn’t know what was true, there was smoke — and ultimately for me, it didn’t reach a place where I was comfortable removing this content from Twitter,” Roth said.

“But it set off every single one of my finely tuned APT28 hack and leak campaign alarm bells.” Roth repeatedly reiterated that despite Big Tech companies’ high-alert status and his personal feeling of responsibility to protect the “integrity of conversations” from foreign governments attempting to interfere in elections, it never rose to the level where he believed the story should be censored. “But — so it was a mistake?” Swisher asked. “In my opinion, yes,” he responded. Roth planned to meet with the Department of Homeland Security’s now-defunct Disinformation Governance Board, where the government was expected to ask Twitter to become more involved in efforts to monitor misinformation.

Both Roth and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed they were approached by the FBI prior to the 2020 election, warning the platforms about foreign propaganda and misinformation. When the New York Post’s bombshell report was first published with weeks to go before the 2020 election, Twitter and Facebook were quick to limit or block sharing of the story in an unprecedented display of coordination. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has also admitted the social media platform was wrong to intervene in the Hunter Biden story. Last week, Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk said that he might release more information on how the social media company censored the Biden laptop story.

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‘I would like to be cancelled so I can go home and read a book and not have to make an a**e of myself all over the world..’

Eric Idle Insists He Wants To Be ‘Cancelled’ (DM)

Famed English comedian Eric Idle says he wants to be ‘cancelled’ for his comedy. The 76-year-old funnyman, who first rose to fame in the 1960s as a founding member of the Monty Python comedy team, is outspoken about political correctness. He says that there is a lot of bullying going on in the name of decency. ‘I would like to be cancelled so I can go home and read a book and not have to make an a**e of myself all over the world,’ Idle joked in The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday. Idle, who is in Australia to perform a show in Sydney this week, explained in the chat that he thinks comedy is about saying the wrong thing at the right time. ‘You have to remember that Python was offensive when it started. We were not the cuddly old f***ers we are now,’ he told the publication.

‘It was very offensive. The point was absolutely to upset and insult the bourgeois.’ Idle, who is in Australia to perform a show in State Theatre on Thursday, explained that comedy is about saying the wrong thing at the right time, Pictured: Idle in Monty Python’s Life of Brian, a box-office smash despite offending audiences After debuting on the BBC in 1969, Monty Python earned a reputation for outrageous, surreal, often violent and sexual humour. Idle says the point of comedy is to test boundaries and say the ‘unsayable’. ‘And so who are the people saying you can’t do that?’ he says. ‘I don’t understand that. Who is the committee that does this? ‘It sounds a bit like the French Revolution committees, who said, ‘off with his head’. I think a lot of bullying goes on in the name of decency.’

Monty Python, who formally disbanded three decades ago, often attracted notoriety and scandal. Their films Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975), and Monty’s Python Meaning of Life (1983) became box office hits, while shocking audiences. But it was their 1979 smash Life of Brian, a parody of pious religious movie epics that created a storm of protest around the world. Set in the time of Christ, the film features a climax where the hero, Brian (Graham Chapman), a Jew, is crucified because he has been mistaken as a messiah by the Romans. As he and others hang on crosses, they sing ‘Always Look on The Bright Side of Life,’ a jolly sing along composed by Idle. Condemned by a diverse range of religious groups as blasphemous, Idle says the film would never be made today because ‘you don’t laugh at religion.’

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“Cryptome published the decrypted unredacted State Department Cables on September 1, 2011 prior to publication of the cables by WikiLeaks..”

Cryptome Founder Asks to Be Indicted With Assange (Lauria)

The founder of a U.S.-based website that earlier published the same un-redacted documents that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was later indicted for has invited the U.S. Department of Justice to make him a co-defendant with Assange. “Cryptome published the decrypted unredacted State Department Cables on September 1, 2011 prior to publication of the cables by WikiLeaks,” John Young wrote in a Justice Department submission form, which Young posted on Twitter on Tuesday. “No US official has contacted me about publishing the unredacted cables since cryptome published them,” he wrote. “I respectfully request that the Department of Justice add me as a co-defendant in the prosecution of Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act.”

Assange has been charged with possession and dissemination of classified information, some of the same material that Young possesses and disseminated. Young founded Cryptome, which he calls a “free public library” in 1996. It was a precursor of WikiLeaks in publishing raw, classified and unclassified government documents on the internet. Young testified at Assange’s extradition hearing in London in September 2020. His sworn statement says: “I published on unredacted diplomatic cables on September 1, 2011 under the URL and that publication remains available at the present. … Since my publication on of the unredacted diplomatic cables, no US law enforcement authority has notified me that this publication of the cables is illegal, consists or contributes to a crime in any way, nor have they asked for them to be removed.”

A cornerstone of the Justice Department’s case against Assange is that he recklessly published State Department cables leaked to him by Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning, which, the U.S. says, endangered the lives of named U.S. informants. Young is asking the Justice Department why he too hasn’t been prosecuted for publishing these names before Assange did. At Manning’s court martial, Brig. Gen. Robert Carr, testified under oath that no one was actually harmed by the WikiLeaks releases. Then Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the leaks “awkward” and “embarrassing” but said they did only “fairly modest” damage to U.S. foreign interests.

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    Figmund Sreud

    Most recent stuff on yield curves – all via RIA data and opinion, … hence recession prediction:

    Have a broader look at many yield curves, here is a pic:

    ~ 70% of yield curves are now inverted. Every time this many yield curves invert, a recession soon follows.

    The recession typically occurs just after the yield curve un-inverts. Stand by for the stock market to roll over, …

    … fwiw,


    John Day

    R.I.M. said: “Not in soil. But how about hydroponics?”
    4 pounds of water to produce 1 pound of tomatoes is not possible because of the tremendous amount of transpiration necessary through the leaves of any plant.
    One might manage to collect condensation water in a greenhouse and recycle it, similarly to what mom-nature does, but the greenhouse heating would drive that process, and the water would collect on the cooler glass surfaces.
    That would be a heat-driven distillery of water, which is an expensive way to get water.

    I call “FOUL” if that is how somebody gets that number.


    Big Tech Running Our Lives

    About 20 years ago cell phones were the big “in thing” with kids.

    My kids were still young and in elementary school but a select few of the kids had their own cell phones. This put a lot of us parents under pressure to provide our kids with their own cell phones too. The keeping up with the Jones syndrome.

    Being unemployed, I used to walk my kids to school every morning. We would always get there early so the kids could play with their friends before the school bell rang. (After school was over, I stayed until my kids had run out of other kids to play with.)

    One morning my kids and some of their friends were standing around talking, when another kid joined who had a cell phone.

    So I asked the kid what would happen if his cell phone rang but he didn’t answer his cell phone right away? He said he would be in big trouble with his parents. They wanted to know where he was at all times.

    What would happen if he forgot to bring his cell phone to school. He would be in big trouble with his parents.

    So you have to carry this cell phone with you wherever you go? Yes, he said.

    If he was to go to a friends place after school to play? Oh, he would have to phone his parents to ask for permission first.

    Then I said so carrying this cell phone around with you is actually a burden for you. Yes, he said.

    So this cell phone is like having a heavy metal ball chained to you ankle where ever you go? I never though of it that way before, he said.

    Disclaimer: I still don’t own a cell phone but the rest of my family each have their own cell phones.

    So if St. Peter wants to call me, he won’t be able to reach me by cell phone!

    John Day

    @boscohorowitz: You put the wrong link to “hit me”. Here, fixed it…


    The criminals and clowns that are at the top of NATOstan organisations still seem to believe that they can issue edicts to ban the distribution of truth and not look like criminals and clowns.


    I know one place where you can grow a tomato with very little water, Saskatchewan!
    As in one tomato per plant!


    This is what the early stage of a global collapse looks like:

    ‘Meanwhile, another factory PMI report shows China’s manufacturing sector contracting, confirming the official data.

    Trade activity is softening fast now. South Korean exports fell -14% in November from a year ago. That is a big move for a big exporter.

    Japan’s factory PMI slipped back into contraction in November.

    And the downturn intensified in the EU.

    In Australia we are seeing a deceleration rather than a contraction in their factory sector. But a separate local PMI already has them in contraction.

    And with all this retreat in trade, as you would expect, container shipping rates are still falling fast, down another -5% last week alone to be -75% lower than year-ago levels and -15% lower than ten year averages. Outbound rates from China are the weakest. Bulk cargo rates are little-changed however.

    International air cargo volumes are sagging again too, down -5.6% globally in October, down -8.0% in the Asia/Pacific region. Things would have been worse if it wasn’t for the +10% rise in air cargo volumes out of North America.’


    “Yes, between them, Huxley and Orwell got most of it right.

    The only major aspects they missed were resource depletion, extermination of wildlife and burgeoning pollution.”

    Them two gents knew a few things and I’ve learned from both of them, but missing the above 3 things is like missing most of it.

    Things That Used To Be


    “4 pounds of water to produce 1 pound of tomatoes is not possible because of the tremendous amount of transpiration necessary through the leaves of any plant.”

    If the plants are well rooted, watered efficiently, and not pressured by hot dry air to transpire moisture, that “tremendous amount” might not be all that tremendous. Holland has all three elements.

    Idaho potatos want 34 lbs (or a bit over 4 gallons) Idaho be hot and dry in the summer.


    Our great-grand-children will find it hard to believe that we could watch images liike this for free in our homes:

    Clouds from above“>Clouds

    Michael Reid

    Piers Corbyn discusses the myth and fraud of the “Climate Change” narrative and how it’s the solar and lunar cycle that drives the weather. The Green Agenda emanated from the Club of Rome, was adopted by the EU, and is part of a much larger agenda. Piers can’t believe how quickly they began accelerating the plan from 2020 onward. There are six legs to WEF’s “New World Tyranny” (virus, climate, war, vaccines, 5G, Digital ID). The left has completely sold out and where Russia and China fit in all of this is a crucial question. Moscow and Beijing adopt aspects of the Great Reset which help them domestically to control their populations. He believes the EU was a trailblazer for the WEF where they were just testing things out. He discusses ways to resist and fight back.

    Piers Corbyn: WEF’s Six Point Plan for New World Order Tyranny


    You won’t see this on twitter.

    This not the history that you/we have been taught as a child.

    Operation Gladio: NATO’s Secret War for International Fascism

    Operation Gladio: NATO’s Secret War for International Fascism
    3249 Views December 01, 2022
    By Cynthia Chung for The Saker blog


    BRICS are all corrupt to the core, a half a million is nothing to theses crooks who steal billions while the people go backwards, they are no different than ours.

    Dr. D

    Actually, weird, I wasn’t adding for either Climate Change or Water Use. It was that Holland TRIED something. They saw a potential problem and ACTED. Acting – barely – but with some good lead time, they moved from par to being the second largest food exporter.

    Are they using a lot of oil to do it? Yes. But it’s hard to tell how much. The greenhouses are plastic but would live 30 years before a refresh. Presently they use a lot of gas heating them. This can be much reduced or eliminated to ambient sun, but it affects yields and varieties. It can also be used nearby and not shipped. Can they use 1gal to grow? Maybe. I doubt it. But in a closed-loop it would be a LOT less, is the point. Besides, they totally fabricate the numbers for “water use” outside, so why not just make dat s—t up inside too? They say “California lettuce consumes” 100,000 gallons per head or something. Yes, if it rains from the sky. Or if they pump water, irrigate in places you shouldn’t, calculate each using the maximum known level, then ALSO assume the water doesn’t go into the ground to be reused tomorrow. Like use of water for cows. Where do you think that water goes? Like oil it’s burned up, destroyed? Duh, no. So to me NEITHER number is even slightly accurate. That’s not the point. The point is it’s more efficient if you TRY, and if you IMPROVE.

    And yields rise. Radically.

    The man video is weird in so many ways. First, if he won’t protect you: dump him. Immediately. Don’t wait to get home. He doesn’t love or care about you. That leads to the next problem, if she doesn’t ALSO want to go downstairs, then she doesn’t care about him. …And no one cares and they all find that normal. Such self-centerness is universal to find. Really, he should want to go down and she should want to go down too, or stop him to protect him.

    And all their scenarios make no sense. What do these citiots do, call the police every time a cat tips over a can? The police must LOVE that. Somebody has to go down, so I hope you have pre-planning for it. He can go first as she can’t stop him (in the ideal scenario) while she’s a well-practiced shot and is right behind with backup. And a phone. And body armor. And upscaled door locks that are way cheaper and easier than guns so this doesn’t happen in the first place. Or is slipping out the back with the kids for flanking them and for help.

    All the evolution stuff he fills it with is garbage. Toss it out. I could make equal arguments for the opposite — we don’t know.

    Men are bigger, stronger, faster, more aggressive, more forward – a type of courageous – and far more immune to injury. Of course if the woman went down first with HIS backup, there’s a much better chance we could talk this down. Might be better, but stats are out. In low-occurrence high-danger outliers, that would certainly be a terrible idea. I forget the sport but there was a man 175th place with men, moved to 1st place with women? That’s an unbelievable difference. They’ve had 8th grade men beat women’s Olympic records? Man that stings. A Colt is indeed the great equalizer, but not enough, I don’t think. I suspect the majority of women would hesitate before murdering someone in their living room in front of the kids. He who hesitates is lost because the right intruder will take it from you then have you AND the weapon. …Never, NEVER let that happen. You should better run instead.

    What I’ve learned which he doesn’t cover with the “evolution” blather is how immensely physical and demanding being a mother is. In fact, it’s embarrassingly too physical. Being laid out by your body sometimes even as a young woman. Being pregnant. Being tired, exhausted. Being worn out. Stretched out. Leaking out. Nursing, which if anything can be MORE exhausting. Being up days. Being up nights. Being the single body whose only purpose now is these children and STILL be a waking body for your husband and some useful tasks too. And this goes on and on for years, or repeats again in a year or two. You’re just this exhausted, droopy, giving THING. And it is good, and fulfilling, and it lightens up too, but speaking of who’s more physical, can you really say?

    They should really say you were pregnant for 5 years. 9 months before and all the time for the two kids after, until they’re in preschool.

    This is why the screening for men should be so very much higher instead of “he’s cute, let’s take him home.” Because while you’re in the sling HE needs to be holding up everything else, which is like…everything. Too tired to move that far, he brings food for the pot. He checks the perimeter. He makes sure there’s heat and clothes. Why? Biology? Not really. Practicality. She’s just too busy and too focused to do it, and it needs to be done, so that’s that.

    I wrote before I think about what an ASTOUNDING specialty motherhood is, and because you’re tied down for this 5 year period, minimum, the associated specialties you can get done while tied down, like cooking, sewing, chatting, herbalism, whatever. It’s not because men were misogynists. It’s just the only practical thing possible while if you’re tied down SOMEBODY has to go out without an hour buttoning up the kids in snowsuits like the Michelin man for a 2-minute drive to Cosco. That s—t takes all day. Since that’s the biggest waste and time-suck, the man has to cover the other end, thus HIS skill set and work day. Which then necessarily excludes a lot of that.

    Why would I train her to be a surgeon if I thought we’d blow 5-7 years of her 30 year career? That’s more practical today, but only barely. We just don’t respect it, or what mothers bring, or have to do, learn, and be.

    I think because of this, we, or men, therefore don’t respect what women have to do either. And therefore what we MEN have to do, what is required of us. Everyone is careless as grasshoppers, insouciant as 5 year olds.

    So strangely, Feminists hating women so much they degraded womanhood has had an even worse effect on the state of manhood. Men can’t be men unless women are women, and why should they?

    The thing that gets me in this discussions, like his, was that Why SHOULDN’T the woman go down? We’re all equal, aren’t we? Yes, until something happens. Anything. Then it’s YOU die for it, sir. So the problem is they want it both ways. Both to get all the benefits of equality, but all the benefits of division and in-equality too. You get no credit for being willing to care, to fight, and no respect. Yet if you DON’T you get a stream of s–t you’ll never hear the end of. See the stats on who pays the check on the first date (as a make or break event). Illuminating about how people really feel. So just be honest! We know. Of COURSE it is that way. What men oppose are liars. Or for feminists, pathological, entrenched liars who even when it’s pointed out, still persist. When it hurts them, persist. When it collapses and terrorizes children, still persist. STOP! Where’s your motherhood for God’s sake? The men who want to stand up if allowed are all over. They’re ordered not to.

    If not? You end up with guys like this one: “I DON’T CARE.” I don’t care about men. I don’t care about women. I don’t care about our children. I don’t care about THIS woman, who I’ve committed to in word. I only care about ME. That was the world they advertised, promoted, argued for. This was the guy they created that fits their equal, feminist, sciency-logical world. Here you go, he represents everything you believe in. Take a big bite.

    I’ll stick with the old ways, and stats show women do too. The only recent problem is they SAY they don’t. Online, in dating, they say they don’t. In their profiles, their social media they say they don’t. But stats say they do, they won’t have to do with useless baby-men like these. Unf thanks to all the unfathomable lying, far too many women find out far too late. Not just that being a mother is no joke, that they really should have had years of hard training for it, but that they will need a man to cover it who is not a joke. You’ll need a man who’s very strong and serious and patient indeed to do it. Luckily they can grow into it.


    It ain’t just bankers!
    “It is absolutely fascinating to me that I have people who come to me who are starting to think about being made a managing director in an investment bank who started in this business in 2010 or 2011, and so they’ve never really seen an environment where money hasn’t essentially been free or very, very cheap,” Harding-Jones said at the Financial Times Global Banking Summit on Tuesday.

    John Day

    @DrD: No offense intended on watering tomatoes, just bullshit-detected.
    I’m probably relatively fearless because I grew up with cats and likely have “latent toxoplasmosis”, but I defended a woman I’d barely met that day in the ocean from a watery death, for exhausting hours, and explained later to my wife why I didn’t pick her up from work.
    I’d rush the gun, or whatever.

    John Day

    “Diversified Censorship” is up, with a picture of not-me for a change

    Why has Robert Malone MD attacked Peter Breggin MD and his wife Ginger Breggin, with a lawsuit for $25 million?
    They seem to share common-cause in outing the dangers of the mRNA COVID-vaccines, with fairly minor differences.
    Dr. Malone does not sue those who call him a nut-case-tinfoil-hat-conspiracy-theorist for defamation, but sues Peter Breggin and his wife Ginger Breggin for “defamation” for their message that Malon’s take on mass-formation-psychosis tends to let the elite owners, who pump it, off-the-hook.
    Certainly, that can be settled better in a public debate… Such debate has been offered repeatedly. Thanks Jay.
    I have to see this as both a form of censorship, which the Bregins cannot fight alone, as they lack the funds, and a divide-and-conquer technique.
    How has Dr. Malone been brought to this?
    Obviously, there are forms of coercion in our world, and those who are experts in their use.

    The Path of Seeking and Speaking the Truth​ ​
    On acquiring immunity to propaganda and ideology
    John Leake meets with Aseem Malhotra MD, and the Epoch Times reporter, Jan Jekielek​ after Dr.Malhotra gave a talk with Peter McCullough MD.
    They make a pilgrimage to Dealy Plaza in Dallas, and stand in the spot where John Kennedy was assassinated 11/22/63.
    President Kennedy had failed to be coerced, you see… LBJ was much more reasonable, as have been subsequent “presidents” of the imperial oligarchy.​

    ​ Pierre Kory MD reflects upon the life and works of faithful imperial functionary, Anthony Fauci MD, who is now “retiring”​,but recently gave a deposition, where he could not remember much.
    ​ ​In December 2020, Fauci marveled at the purported 90% efficacy rate of the Pfizer vaccine, heralding the development as “just extraordinary.” As the pandemic wore on and “breakthrough cases” became the new norm, Fauci shifted to, “even if a vaccine fails to protect against infection, it often protects against serious disease.” In May 2021, he referred to vaccinated people as “dead end to the virus.” Today, as Fauci continues his push for more and more boosters unabated, even the New York Times is publishing stories carrying headlines such as, “Will Covid Boosters Prevent Another Wave? Scientists Aren’t So Sure.” Vaccinated Americans accounted for a majority of COVID-19 deaths for the first time in August.
    ​ ​Making matters worse was Fauci’s relentless disinformation campaign against the use of safe, effective re-purposed generic drugs in favor of high-priced, patented pharmaceutical products. Fauci dismissed critics as opponents of science, even at one point claiming to represent science itself. Yet when data have countered his preferred narrative, science has faced no greater foe than Dr. Anthony Fauci.
    ​ ​For example, Fauci denigrated ivermectin, a readily available over the counter drug that has proven effective as a covid-19 treatment, despite his and the media’s constant citing of less than five of the 93 controlled trials in order to claim that ivermectin is ineffective. Ditto with Hydroxychloroquine, labeled as “dangerous” with “toxic” side effects, according to Fauci, who has provided no evidence to support his claims despite an even larger evidence base in support.

    John Day

    Peter McCullough MD , People quickly get better on ivermectin in ​multiple ways. Ivermectin fights COVID through at least 4 mechanisms. Breathe easier.
    Miraculous Recovery of Hypoxemic COVID-19 Patients with Ivermectin

    ​Spartacus looks at: ​What’s Really in the Shots?
    ​ ​This is complicated by there being no legal way to look at a bunch of the shots from different batches​, or to get answers to their contents. Some contain graphene, nifty self-assembling micro-circuits, which stop self-assembling when shielded from radio-frequency energy by a Faraday shield.​ Some contained something that magnets stuck to. Some have no mRNA at all in them, just empty little polyethylene glycol nano-bubbles with no Trojans inside. We know that a few batches caused the great majority of adverse events, but nobody is allowed to look at them and compare.
    The good news appears to be that some people got shot with blanks, but who?

    John Day

    M. K. Bhadrakumar from Indian Punchline, Thanks for these, Eleni.
    Vladimir Putin sat down for 3 hours last Friday with mothers of living and dead Russian soldiers and took their unscripted questions.
    Putin admitted he had been wrong to not act sooner to stop the genocide in Donbass.
    ​ ​Wading through the 18,000-word transcript of an hours-long meeting that President Vladimir Putin took with the “soldiers’ mothers” last Friday in Moscow, one gets the impression that the fighting in Ukraine may continue well into 2023 — and even beyond.
    ​ ​In a most revealing remark, Putin acknowledged that Moscow blundered in 2014 by leaving Donbass an unfinished business — unlike Crimea — by allowing itself to be lured into the ceasefire brokered by Germany and France and the Minsk agreements.

    What to expect in Russia’s winter offensive in Ukraine

    ​ ​The meet-up location of NATO foreign ministers on November 29-30— Bucharest — was where ten years ago, former US President George W. Bush persuaded America’s transatlantic partners that Ukraine and Georgia should one day join their military alliance. The foreign ministers duly “reaffirmed” that decision yesterday and left it at that.
    ​ ​However, their statement on the conflict in Ukraine emphatically stated that the NATO “will never recognise” Russia’s incorporation of four Ukrainian regions and underscored the alliance’s resolve to “continue and further step up political and practical support” to Kiev.
    ​ ​The NATO General-Secretary Jens Stoltenberg who is the mouthpiece of Washington, warned that despite Ukraine’s bravery and progress on the ground, Russia retains strong military capabilities and a large number of troops, and the alliance will continue to support Kiev for “as long as it takes … we will not back down.”
    ​ ​Such pronouncements betray the absence of any new thinking although developments on the ground are showing that Washington’s best-laid plans are floundering. And there are also growing signs of disunity on Ukraine issue among the US’ European allies and between the latter and the Biden Administration.
    ​ ​The neocons in the Biden team who are the driving force in the Beltway are still full of passionate intensity.​ (A mile wide and an inch deep?)

    Conflict in Ukraine is doomed to escalate

    Biden says he’s prepared to speak with Putin about ending military activities in Ukraine
    US President has no immediate plans to contact with Russian leader

    ​Also from FS, Our Currency, The World’s Problem, parts 1 (background) and 2 (update)
    One important point about inflation, when one controls the global reserve currency, is illustrated by the Fed’s massive creation of money in 2020, creating massive inflation in the world, which the raising of interest rates is largely EXPORTING to other countries. Inflation management by cutting domestic wages has nowhere to go. People can’t live on what is paid, already. However, raising interest rates by the Fed “strengthens” the $US, so imports become cheaper. Notably, oil, which is still mostly priced in $US is much more expensive outside the US, in countries whose currencies have depreciated against the $US.
    This will be different when the $US is no longer the global reserve currency, won’t it?


    My area here in Tas. is a top spud growing spot. We get an average of one meter of rain a year , about three feet for the imperialists. Even with that amount of rain farmers will still turn on the irrigation , especially those growing late spuds which are harvested in mid or late summer.
    Rainfall this year has been above average and the ground has been too wet to get the harvesters in until about a week ago.
    “Potato plants rely on a steady water supply. This is one of the key points to large yields from my years of growing spuds. Water them deeply at least twice a week unless we have had plenty of rain (ramp your watering up when leaves are up, plants are growing and rain is scarce). They are sensitive to drought conditions, especially when they flower, as that is the peak time for forming the potato tubers. So, when it is dry and warm water them often and stick your finger into the soil to ensure the water is getting down.”

    How I grow potatoes in Tasmania


    Michael Reid said

    There are six legs to WEF’s “New World Tyranny” (virus, climate, war, vaccines, 5G, Digital ID).

    Musk provides Starlink to keep everybody connected to the internet and in six months he will be providing Neuralink digital implants to keep us all tagged and controlled like so many … I was going to say pets, but the control will potentially be greater than for pets … If Musk is your saviour then he is saving you for a world of globalist hurt.


    I don’t know, myself, and wonder what flora thinks (Katniss, too).



    Pincer movement- from “both” sides- seems like a decent model, for now.

    Breggin “v” Malone is a hoot ! Notice all the heartwarming “real-person™” images..


    @Dr D, some great points you make there, focusing on the massive task of motherhood and how it works with manhood to form a whole. Interesting. We need to re-evaluate who we are and what is important.


    The destruction of trust in anything seems like one of the rulers’ main goals, and I think that was really clear with their selection of Harris and Biden2020. Talk about a mindf*ck.. is there a way to assure and build trust among the many using this peculiar, one-way window, ruling-class-designed-and-built medium?


    Dr D said

    What I’ve learned which he doesn’t cover with the “evolution” blather is how immensely physical and demanding being a mother is. In fact, it’s embarrassingly too physical.

    Hong Kong mothers hire maids to look after their children so that they can go to work and earn the money they think they need to support their families …. usually much more than they need. Obviously they have to go through the birthing process, although the way society is going it may soon become common for the fertilized egg to be implanted in the maid and spare the mother any of the work. In the light of the achievements of feminism, you have to wonder whether these working corporate women are now more free, now that they cannot afford to not work, than they were as mothers, when their role was undervalued as you stated. Would women have had to join the corporate workforce anyway, regardless of feminism, as the west’s demand for labour increased and capitalism demanded more workers? After all, women worked during WW2. Is the current imprissonment of mothers in corporate offices, separated from their children, something that was always going to happen? The whole feminism thing, its relationship to male roles and the resulting demolition of the white male, all reminds me of the many times humans have tried to fix nature and simply made everything worse. The real issue is, as you said, our failure to value the natural roles of men and women, although I believe that lack of value is mostly among those who have not experienced those roles but are the most vocal, as well as the usual crowd with other motives.


    DocJD: keep your lousy losing hands of my lousy losing hands or I’ll hit you. 😉

    Just joshing, Doc


    Feminism arose because fossil fuels running machines removed the primacy of male labor in driving an economy. When fossil fuels fully deplete, we’ll see a powerful recursion to older gender roles and functions. I adamantly believe.

    Tree Frog

    Well, Smith, at least some of us no when we’re wrong.

    I was wrong yesterday. I’ve since recovered.

    John Day

    @boscohorowitz: I couldn’t tell what the words to that song were.
    Losing hands are losing hands and never the twain shall meet.

    Transpiration through a plant is like blood flowing through our veins and arteries, it brings the nutrients up from the soil and good things like that.

    John Day

    Suing Peter Breggin MD is not in Robert Malone MD’s personal interests, nor is it in the interests of the people who both are trying to alert to the dangers and negative-efficacy of COVID vaccine-products.
    That makes me suspect that he has been coerced into this action. It weakens his own standing, weakens the elderly Breggins, robs them of time and money, so it serves the interests of Pfizer/deep-state.
    Since it serves those interests, I suspect those interests of coercing Dr. Malone, who has a lot to lose, which can be easily pointed out to him in an compelling manner.

    John Day

    You misread “gallons” as “pounds”, so off by a factor of 8, mi Amigo Boscohorowitz..
    “Most of Idaho is high desert, which means that it is in a state of perpetual drought. An average of 34 gallons of water is required to grow just one pound of potatoes.”
    Potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant are all in the same family, by the way.

    D Benton Smith


    I view being proven wrong as an opportunity to correct an itsy bitsy tiny little temporary mistake and thereby restore the desired state of flawless perfection.

    The key is to ‘fess up real quick and get the embarrassment behind me fast enough so that no one is motivated to look any further back to earlier itsy bitsy tiny little temporary mistakes.


    We’ll know it’s over when the little blue-and-yellow icons disappear from NATOstan mainstream ‘news’.

    Since the international business based in the City of London that is commonly referred to as New Zealand operates under ‘Admiralty Law’ (as opposed to genuine Common Law, as per Magna Carta) perhaps it would be natural to start referring to vehicles as boats, and the agency that collects revenue from the operation of these ‘land boats’ as Boat United agency.

    Hence this headline:

    ‘Waka Kotahi immediately suspends WoFs from Auckland auto shop, 2674 to be revoked’.

    If you happen to be a speaker of English, you may be confused.

    You’re supposed to be.

    Is it a scorpion or is it a piranha?

    Nobody is really sure. It gets referred to as both.

    It has features of both. Prominent teeth ready to rip anything it gets them into. But it also has a very nasty sting in the tail.

    It certainly not a woman in the normal sense of the word.

    It is definitely a complete fake on all counts, and a professional liar, as are all its colleagues and sponsors.

    As the week comes to an end, we find ourselves [as an international business], another notch down the ladder of failure, in the race to the bottom.

    No business can compete with Ukraine -corruption hub and money-laundering centre par excellence- in this race to the bottom, though.

    Much personal progress, however.



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