Dec 152022
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Why Crimea is Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Greatest Bargaining Chip (G.)
Germany & the Lies of Empire (Patrick Lawrence)
No Consensus In EU Over Ukraine Tribunal – Borrell (RT)
Civilian Death Toll From Ukrainian Attacks On Donbass Revealed (RT)
Twitter Became the Ministry of Truth (David Stockman)
Swimming With Sharks (CJ Hopkins)
Link Between MRNA Vaccine, Heart Inflammation ‘Covered Up’ – British MP (ToI)
DeSantis Forms Florida Grand Jury To Investigate Covid Vaccine Rollout (ZH)
The Mother of all Economic Crises (Ron Paul)
Bankman-Fried Lieutenant Alerted Regulators To Misuse Of Customer Funds (Block)
Trump Sues Pulitzer Board For Defamation (JTN)
Senate Unanimously Passes Ban On Using TikTok On Government Devices (JTN)
How Economic Sanctions in Ancient Greece Backfired, Prolonging War (GR)
With Elon Owning Twitter Government Only Controls 97% Of The Media (BBee)





Laura Ingraham: The left wants Covid amnesty, the right wants answers










The color blindness in pieces like this from the Guardian is stunning. Western politicians and their media want their people to think they’re winning. But Crimea is Russian, and can’t be bargained with. It makes no difference what Zelensky says. Or anyone else. The only thing this attitude is good for is to keep the war going.

Why Crimea is Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Greatest Bargaining Chip (G.)

In a little noticed intervention the former British prime minister Boris Johnson – seen as a bosom ally of Volodymyr Zelenskiy – made the startling statement that if Russian troops were returned to lands they held inside Ukraine before the 24 February invasion that would represent a basis for reopening talks between Ukraine and Russia. The statement implies Ukraine would have to accept that the removal of Russian troops from Crimea would not be a precondition for the start of talks. In proposing this, in a piece last week in the Wall Street Journal, Johnson was making an admission made in private by many diplomats that a militarily enforced return of the Crimean peninsula – which was annexed by Russia in 2014 in a move rejected by the UN – to full Ukrainian control is fraught with risk.

Writing in the Spectator Henry Kissinger, the veteran diplomat, made a similar proposal, arguing Russia should only be required to disgorge territory gained since February this year. Land occupied nearly a decade ago, including Crimea, “could be the subject of a negotiation after a ceasefire”. If that negotiation failed to resolve particularly divisive territories, “internationally supervised referendums concerning self-determination could be applied”. Historically and ethnically Crimea is different from the rest of Ukraine, the argument goes. There are also 30,000 Russian forces dug in with little available Ukrainian amphibious access. Crimea’s retention in some form is so precious to Vladimir Putin that if he felt it were slipping from his grasp some fear he may act on his threat to deploy tactical nuclear weapons, the escalation that terrifies, and holds back, Washington and Europe.

In public Ukraine opposes a ceasefire with Putin retaining any land annexed since 2014. Zelenskiy has said countless times, for example at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore: “A simple ceasefire won’t do the trick. Unless we liberate our whole territory, we will not bring peace.” Zelenskiy has also invested diplomatically in setting up the Crimea Platform, a coordination body to put pressure on the world to keep the illegal occupation of Crimea in its sights. At the August meeting of the Platform the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, said: “Crimea is and was as much a part of Ukraine as Gdansk or Lublin are parts of Poland.” He added: “I think many of us need to do some examination of conscience for what has happened in the last year. Was the de facto consent to the occupation of Crimea a wrong signal from many countries to Russia?”

[..] One Ukrainian deputy defence minister, Volodymyr Havrylov, said Ukrainian forces would be on the peninsula by the end of December. In other pieces of bravado the senior presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak suggested a war crimes tribunal should be staged there on the basis “What started in Crimea must end there”. Petro Poroschenko, the former Ukrainian president, suggested a new Yalta conference could be held there next year, replicating the 1945 summit held to plan the post-second world war order.

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“By her own account, she was using diplomacy just as Kiev was, to scuttle the accord she pretended to sponsor.”

Germany & the Lies of Empire (Patrick Lawrence)

[..] how interesting to hear a German citizen object, in effect, that the Federal Republic has betrayed itself and its historical inheritance the very week its former chancellor told Germany’s leading newsmagazine and one of its leading dailies that the fruitful ambiguity of the nation’s past is gone now in favor of the manipulative, Russophobic dishonesty that lies at the heart of the proxy war the U.S. now wages against Russia in Ukraine. As has been widely reported and excellently analyzed — except in the mainstream American press, where Merkel’s remarks last week go unmentioned — the former German leader described her cynical, treacherous betrayal of Moscow during negotiations of the two Minsk Protocols, the first signed in September 2014 and the second the following February.

Berlin, Paris, the post-coup Kiev regime and Moscow were signatories to those accords. How well I recall the earnestness with which Russian President Vladimir Putin entered into the talks. How hopeful many of us were that, with Kiev having swiftly breached Minsk I, the second accord would produce what the Russian president sought — a lasting settlement that would leave Ukraine united and stabilize the security order on Russia’s southwestern border and Europe’s eastern flank. Earlier this year Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s first post-coup president, shocked everybody when he stated publicly that Kiev never had any intention of honoring the commitments it made when it signed the Minsk Protocols:

The talks in the Belarusian capital and all the promises were meant simply to buy time while Ukraine built fortifications in the eastern regions and trained and armed a military strong enough to wage a full-dress war of aggression against the Russian-tilted Donetsk and Lugansk regions. There was never any interest in the federal structure envisioned in Minsk II. There was never any intention of granting the breakaway regions the measure of autonomy Ukraine’s history and its mixed languages, cultures and traditions called for. Committing to all that was a ruse intended to deceive Moscow and the Donbass republics while Ukraine rearmed and shelled the latter in anticipation of the war that broke out in February.

Shocking, O.K. But Poroshenko was a jumped-up candy magnate running the wildly irresponsible, rabidly Russophobic regime that had seized power in Kiev. So: Shocking but also in keeping with the conduct of a corrupt-up-to-the-eyebrows pack of nobodies with no notion or regard for statecraft or responsible governance. It is another matter, to state the very obvious, for Merkel to say the very same things. The former chancellor was supposed to be leading the West’s diplomatic démarche along with François Hollande, France’s president at the time and plainly a junior partner to Europe’s most powerful political figure. By her own account, she was using diplomacy just as Kiev was, to scuttle the accord she pretended to sponsor.

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“the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy..” What a joke.

No Consensus In EU Over Ukraine Tribunal – Borrell (RT)

There is still no agreement on setting up a special tribunal to deal with alleged war crimes in Ukraine, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has said. Speaking in Brussels on Wednesday at the EU-NGO forum on human rights, Borrell stated “there’s a polemic about do we need something more than the [International Criminal Court] in order to fight impunity in Ukraine.” He said that “together with the commission” he had presented a proposal to establish a separate body for that purpose. “On Monday, we were discussing about it,” the diplomat remarked, while acknowledging that the consultations ended “without a result.”

Borrell suggested there is still a possibility that a special tribunal for Ukraine will be set up, saying “this is an interesting discussion that, for the time being, has not a concrete answer.” Borrell went on to claim that Russia’s actions in Ukraine are tantamount to the “destruction of a country” and a “war crime.” He said Moscow had deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure in an attempt to carry out the “assassination of millions of people by cold.” The top EU official also accused Russian troops of forced deportations and kidnappings of Ukrainians, including children. Earlier this month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted that the West has no legal right to establish courts to investigate and prosecute Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

Russia consistently denies its troops have committed any war crimes, saying its military personnel are doing all they can to minimize civilian casualties. Moscow also insists its aerial bombardments, which have intensified in recent months, target facilities related to Ukraine’s military and defense capabilities. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the harsh new tactics came in response to a Ukrainian attack against the Crimean bridge in early October and other “terrorist attacks” perpetrated on Russian soil. Moscow has also accused Kiev’s Western backers of turning a blind eye to evidence of war crimes allegedly committed by Ukrainian troops, including indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Donbass.

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Ukraine uses western weapons on its own territory, against its own citizens. Yes, things have changed since the September referenda, and the subsequent Russian decision to incorporate the regions. But what else could they do? Putin refused exactly this for 8 years, but was left with no choice.

Civilian Death Toll From Ukrainian Attacks On Donbass Revealed (RT)

Weapons supplied to Ukraine by NATO countries have allowed Kiev’s military to significantly ramp-up attacks on civilian targets in Donbass, a local watchdog has said. They further claim that over 4,500 civilians have been killed and 4,000 injured since Ukrainian forces escalated shelling in mid-February. “Military terror has escalated beyond all limits after NATO members started supplying weapons to Ukraine,” the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC), a monitoring group that tracks attacks on the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, said on Wednesday. “We have recorded a four-fold increase in the number of victims among the civilian population,” Natalya Shutkina, a JCCC representative from Donetsk, said as quoted by TASS.

The JCCC held a press conference on Wednesday during which it showed fragments of Western shells and rockets collected after Ukrainian strikes in Donbass and explained the toll these attacks had taken. Since February 17, 4,527 civilians have been killed, including 154 children, Shutkina stated. Another 4,317 civilians, including 274 children, have been injured, she said, adding that Ukrainian attacks have damaged over 12,000 homes, 128 medical facilities, and 67 sites required for providing basic utilities, such as water and heating. The record-keeping begins in mid-February when the Donbas republics reported a significant escalation of strikes by Kiev in the lead-up to Russia having recognized the DPR and LPR as sovereign states and pledged to defend them.

The two regions have since been incorporated into Russia following referendums in September. Shutkina pointed out that the weapon systems provided by the US and its allies are supposed to be more accurate than the Soviet-era artillery guns and rocket launchers that Ukraine possessed previously. This leads the JCCC to believe that the Ukrainian attacks on civilian facilities have been intentional rather than being part of indiscriminate strikes, she stressed. Darya Morozova, the human rights ombudsman for the Donetsk People’s Republic, urged international organizations to acknowledge Kiev’s actions, arguing that “if the world community didn’t encourage the Ukrainian leadership with its inaction, the war in Donbass would have stopped a long time ago.” She called on Kiev’s sponsors to stop sending heavy weapons to Ukraine.

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Twitter numbers make no sense. Not if it were a business.

Twitter Became the Ministry of Truth (David Stockman)

Meanwhile, what was happening back at the ranch in 2020-2021 when the Twitter HQ was being transformed into the Village of the Damned? Well, on the one-hand the company’s stock price was coming up roses. After hitting the skids in 2015-2016, the Twitter’s market cap had risen from $12.5 billion in the fall of 2017 to $27 billion by the fall of 2019 to a peak of $54 billion in July 2021. In short, given a quadrupling of the company’s stock price in just four years and the resultant massive gains in the value of executive stock options, the top echelon apparently felt free to become moonlighting volunteers for the Deep State. That is, doing well they faced no penalty for doing good at the shareholders’ expense.

And we do mean shareholders’ expense. During its 2020 and 2021 fiscal years combined, which encompassed the peak period of the C-suite insanity chronicled by the Twitter Files, the company did harvest $8.8 billion of revenue from the Lockdown-world’s acceleration of the advertising migration from legacy to digital venues. Moreover, collecting those sums only required $3.2 billion in cost of goods sold, resulting in sterling gross profits at $5.6 billion and 64% of sales. In turn, that should have resulted in a shareholder bonanza on the bottom line. Except it didn’t. In fact, the company’s moonlighting management spent far more than that—$6.1 billion—on R&D, sales and marketing, general overhead and other top-side expenses. That is to say, Twitter’s putative business model went bust, with cumulative operating losses of nearly one-half billion dollars during the two year period.

Likewise, its bonifides as a cash-burning machine were reinforced. During 2020-2021 it generated $1.6 billion of cash from operations, but spent nearly $1.9 billion on CapEx. Accordingly, Twitter’s operating free cash flow came in at -$260 million. In short, when the company reached a peak valuation of $54 billion in July 2021 it was bleeding red ink and burning cash. It essentially had an infinite valuation multiple, which absurd valuation, in turn, amounted to a flashing green light for rampant moonlighting by not only its top management, but nearly the entirety of its the 7,500 work force.

In that regard we have been waiting for our Twitter screen to go dark ever since Elon Musk fired the employment rooster back to at least its December 2017 level (3,372). But, alas, the tweets just keep on coming, even as expenses have been pared back to the levels extant when Twitter was valued at the aforementioned 25% of its eventual peak.

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More good questions. At least we can finally ask them.

Swimming With Sharks (CJ Hopkins)

So, here’s the other thing that is bothering me (i.e., in addition to how this story is gradually devolving into a “red/blue” slugfest). You saw the news about how James Baker, the FBI guy who worked with the Clinton team on perpetrating the Russiagate hoax and had a hand in censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story, was “vetting” the Twitter Files before they were released. Well, according to the story, Baker was doing this “vetting” unbeknownst to Elon Musk, who had apparently just accidentally forgotten to fire his Deputy General Counsel (who he had been aware of for at least eight months) when he fired all those other liberal “bad apples,” and so Elon, being totally “in the dark,” as it were, had absolutely no idea what Baker was doing to the Twitter Files until Bari Weiss caught it and brought it to his attention.

That bothers me…as in I do not believe it. I want to be clear about what I’m saying. I’m not questioning Matt’s or Bari Weiss’ motives, or methods, and certainly not their characters. If I were in their positions, I’d be doing the same thing, getting my hands on as many “Twitter files” as possible and reporting the story that is there to report. They are journalists. That is what journalists do. They have also been around the block a few times, so I assume they are aware that they are swimming with sharks. If they weren’t previously, they certainly are now, after this fishy Baker “vetting” business. What I’m saying is, how can we trust what they are getting? How many files were “vetted” by Baker? Why was he still in a position to “vet” them? Who’s “vetting” the files now that Baker has been “exited”?

Which files have been given to Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss and which files have not been given to them? The reporting they are doing is like creating a collage; they can only work with the materials they are given, and the materials they are given will determine the story, or at least limit the nature and scope of the story. Also, and notwithstanding my respect and disturbing affection for Matt Taibbi, neither Matt nor Bari Weiss have been particularly interested in covering the roll-out of the official Covid narrative, i.e., the most insidious propaganda and gaslighting campaign in human history, or the destabilization and radical restructuring of global society that I keep mentioning in this column and have been writing about, extensively, since March of 2020.

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“..the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is almost entirely (86%) funded by the pharmaceutical industry while research departments also get most of their money from so-called “Big Pharma” too..”

Link Between MRNA Vaccine, Heart Inflammation ‘Covered Up’ – British MP (ToI)

In a bombshell revelation, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has demanded the suspension of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, alleging the ‘cover-up’ of research linking mRNA jabs with heart inflammation by prominent health authorities of the British Heart Foundation (BHF). In addition, the British MP claims that the problems related to COVID vaccines are being suppressed due to its financial associations with big pharma giants. MP Andrew Bridgen has said, “It has been brought to my attention by a whistleblower from a very reliable source that one of these institutions is covering up clear data that reveals that the mRNA vaccine increased inflammation of the heart arteries. “They are covering this up in fear that they may lose funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

“The leader of that cardiology research department has a prominent leadership role with the British Heart Foundation and I am very disappointed to say that he has sent out non-disclosure agreements to his research team to ensure that this important data never sees the light of day. “This is an absolute disgrace. Systemic failure in an over-medicated population also contributes to huge waste of British taxpayers’ money and is an increasing strain on the NHS.” Adding to the claims he says that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is almost entirely (86%) funded by the pharmaceutical industry while research departments also get most of their money from so-called “Big Pharma” too. “In effect we have the poacher paying the gamekeeper,” he says.

The MP has been vocal about his opinions about the COVID vaccines. In the past, he has warned against the vaccination of young children, saying that the jabs are still in their experimental stages. Along with his latest allegations, he highlighted research that showed a 25 percent increase in heart attack and cardiac arrest incidences in 16-39 year olds in Israel associated with the first and second doses of vaccine and not linked to SARs-CoV-2 infection. He also notes that since the vaccination rollout, there had been 14,000 additional cardiac arrests in 2021 since 2020.

UK Parliament

Cole Bigtree

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DeSantis Forms Florida Grand Jury To Investigate Covid Vaccine Rollout (ZH)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is establishing a grand jury through the state’s supreme court to investigate malfeasance involving the rollout of the covid mRNA vaccines. The investigations will include the claims of vaccine safety by pharmaceutical companies and the CDC, along with the rising number of deadly reactions to the jab including Myocarditis. The announcement was made in a virtual town hall-style meeting and was met with a positive response. DeSantis notes the moral bankruptcy of the scientific establishment in the US during the pandemic lockdowns – With the federal government and many scientists admonishing the public for going outside their homes (even though UV light from the sun is a natural sterilizer), while at the same time supporting the BLM protests in which thousands of people congregated on city streets to riot.

Stopping the spread was not important in the case of BLM, but deadly important when it came to people walking on the beach or protesting the lockdowns. DeSantis has proven to be a consistent opponent of the lockdowns and mandates, despite Florida’s large population. This policy helped to provide proof that the lockdowns were pointless. If Florida (along with other defiant red states) could stay open without any noticeable jump in fatalities compared to blue states, then what was the point of the lockdowns and restrictions? A trend is growing among the American public which runs contrary to the mainstream covid narrative. People are beginning to question the validity of government policies, the claims of snake oil salesmen like Anthony Fauci and the rules enforced by the CDC. Most importantly, they are beginning to apply skepticism to the mRNA vaccines, which is something that should have been done before they were ever distributed.

Bannon Wolf

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“..interest on the national debt is already on track to consume 40 percent of the federal budget by 2052 (should be 25?)and will surpass defense spending by 2029! ”

The Mother of all Economic Crises (Ron Paul)

The Fed has been trying to eliminate price inflation with a series of interest rate increases. So far, these rate increases have not significantly reduced price inflation. This is because rates remain at historic lows. Yet the rate increases have had negative economic effects, including a decline in the demand for new homes. Increasing interest rates make it impossible for many middle- and working-class Americans to afford a monthly mortgage payment for even a relatively inexpensive home. The main reason the Fed cannot raise rates to anywhere near what they would be in a free market is the effect it would have on the federal government’s ability to manage its debt. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), interest on the national debt is already on track to consume 40 percent of the federal budget by 2052 and will surpass defense spending by 2029!

A small interest rate increase can raise yearly federal debt interest rate payments by many billions of dollars, increasing the amount of the federal budget devoted solely to servicing the debt. The federal government’s fiscal picture is made worse by the fact that the Social Security “Trust Fund” will begin to run deficits by 2035 while the Medicare Trust Fund will run deficits by 2028. The looming bankruptcy of the two major entitlement programs, combined with the unwillingness of most in Congress to reduce either welfare or warfare spending, puts the Fed in a bind. If it raises rates to the levels needed to really combat price inflation, the increase in interest payments will impose hardships on individuals and businesses, as well as raise federal interest payments to unsustainable levels.

This will cause a major economic crisis including a government default on its debt causing a rejection of the dollar’s world reserve currency status. Also, if the Fed continues to facilitate federal deficits by monetizing the debt, the result will be an economic crisis caused by a collapse in the dollar’s value and rejection of the dollar’s world reserve status.

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Where is SBF’s girlfriend, the Alameda chick?

Bankman-Fried Lieutenant Alerted Regulators To Misuse Of Customer Funds (Block)

One of Sam Bankman-Fried’s top lieutenants told Bahamian authorities that customer funds from the firm were used to plug holes in the balance sheet of his investment fund, Alameda Research. In a Nov. 9 call with Bahamian regulators, FTX Digital Markets co-CEO Ryan Salame told Bahamas Securities Commission Executive Director Christina R. Rolle that client assets possibly held by FTX were transferred to Alameda Research to cover the hedge fund’s financial losses. The transfer of customer assets was “contrary to normal corporate governance and operations at FTX Digital,” Rolle wrote in a Nov. 11 court document filed to the Supreme Court of the Bahamas, seeking an emergency intervention for the regulator to seize control of the company’s remaining assets.

“Put simply, that such transfers were not allowed or consented to by their clients.” Salame’s comments to the regulator also prompted her to alert the Bahamian police, requesting an investigation into the company, “on an urgent basis.” The request to police notes that Salame was in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 9. The FTX DM co-CEO told officials that only three people had passwords necessary for the transfer: Bankman-Fried, Nishad Singh and Gary Wang. A Monday court filing by FTX’s representatives in bankruptcy proceedings named Bankman-Fried and Wang as responsible for a separate shift in funds, as well as the minting of new tokens, after they had filed to start the bankruptcy process.

Rolle’s request, which was granted by the court, was included in a new filing in the bankruptcy case today made by the Bahamian government in response to arguments in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, suggesting that it is coordinating with Bankman-Fried. Lawyers for FTX, representing the company’s new leadership, have argued that Bankman-Fried, Wang and Bahamian authorities, including the Securities Commission, may have violated bankruptcy law around movement of assets after initiating the process. The Bahamian regulator has vigorously denied coordination with Bankman-Fried, and filed these documents as evidence in support of its argument. The judge presiding over the case will hear further arguments on Friday, with a full hearing on the issue scheduled for Jan. 6.

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Pulitzer prices have lost all value.

Trump Sues Pulitzer Board For Defamation (JTN)

Former President Donald Trump filed a defamation suit on Wednesday against the Pulitzer Prize board, pointing to a statement it made backing the reporting of the 2018 winning articles. Trump had requested the board review its decisions to award the 2018 prizes to the New York Times and Washington Post staffs for reporting on the now-debunked Russia collusion narrative. The board honored Trump’s request and conducted the reviews, after which the organization stood by its original choices, saying “no passages or headlines, contentions or assertions in any of the winning submissions were discredited by facts that emerged subsequent to the conferral of the prizes,” according to The Hill.

The former president repeatedly threatened to sue the board over its statement, but only filed the suit on Wednesday. He is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. “On the facts known to Defendants at the time these reviews were allegedly conducted, it would have been impossible that a single objective, thorough and independent review would have reached such a conclusion, much less two. Defendants knew this and published the Pulitzer Statement anyway,” the suit reads. “A large swath of Americans had a tremendous misunderstanding of the truth at the time the Times’ and the Post’s propagation of the Russia Collusion Hoax dominated the media. Remarkably, they were rewarded for lying to the American public,” it further reads, per the New York Post.

New York Times spokesman Charlie Stadtlander told The Hill that “[t]he mission and responsibility of The New York Times is to report thoroughly and impartially on matters of newsworthy importance. The foreign manipulation of the 2016 elections was both consequential and unprecedented in United States history. Our journalists thoroughly pursued credible claims, fact-checked, edited and ultimately produced groundbreaking journalism that was proven true time and again.”

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“The Senate bill comes the same day a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation to prohibit the app in the United States entirely..”

Senate Unanimously Passes Ban On Using TikTok On Government Devices (JTN)

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would ban federal employees from using Chinese social media platform TikTok on government-issued devices. The upper chamber sent the measure to the House for approval after granting it their unanimous consent, the Wall Street Journal reported. TikTok has long been the subject of federal scrutiny over potential security concerns involving its handling of U.S. user data and the close relationship between its parent company, the Beijing-based ByteDance, and the Chinese communist regime. Former President Donald Trump unsuccessfully attempted to ban the app outright though lawmakers have continuously warned of the lingering threat it poses.

The Senate bill comes the same day a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation to prohibit the app in the United States entirely. Moreover, it follows the Wednesday unveiling of a bipartisan plan to sanction Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, another Chinese company under scrutiny for its ties to Beijing. The plan would add the company to the Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals list, which would prohibit American firms from dealing with the company almost entirely.

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Didn’t work then either.

How Economic Sanctions in Ancient Greece Backfired, Prolonging War (GR)

Sanctions date back to antiquity, with the “Megarian Decree” issued by Athenian statesman Pericles in 432 BC being the first economic sanction recorded. The Megarian Decree was an act of revenge by the Athenians for the treacherous behavior of the Megarians some years earlier. However, if Athens openly attacked the Spartan ally it would violate the peace. Athens imposed the embargo to show other Spartan allies that Athens had other means of punishing attackers who were under Sparta’s military protection. Thus, the decree could be seen as an attempt to avoid provoking Sparta directly. Some historians argue that the Megarian Decree ultimately helped to prolong and intensify of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC). Using the excuse of sacrilege against the land that was sacred to Demeter, known as the Hiera Orgas, Pericles wanted to punish Megara.

The supposed killing of the Athenian herald who was sent to Megara to reproach them, and their giving shelter to slaves who had fled from Athens, brought about the economic sanctions against the city. The decree dictated that Megarian merchants would be excluded from the market of Athens and the ports in its empire, called the Delian League. The decree was something like a modern trade embargo. If farmers had trespassed on sacred land, it was strange that the Megarian Decree aimed at punishing the merchants of the city. That implied a political aim. Even though such sanctions were known and applied in the Near East, they had been unheard of in the Delian League. Pericles was the first westerner to apply them, and for some historians that was the first time that economic sanctions had been used as foreign policy.

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“..This is dangerous to democracy.”

With Elon Owning Twitter Government Only Controls 97% Of The Media (BBee)

The White House issued a dire warning this week, reminding the nation that Elon’s continued ownership of Twitter means they now only control 97% of the media. “We can’t overstate how dangerous this is,” said gay black Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “Yes, we still control Facebook, Google, Apple, Instagram, YouTube, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Hollywood, TIME, USAToday, The Wall Street Journal, and pretty much all the rest, but we don’t control Twitter. This is dangerous to democracy.” The entire intelligence community at the CIA, FBI, and NSA concurred with the warning, stating that “Elon’s ownership of Twitter leaves America vulnerable to dangerous opinions we do not approve of.”

Leaders with the agencies are recommending immediate investigations to bring down the Twitter CEO provided their planned drone strike doesn’t work first. “Democracy is at stake,” said all the agency leaders in a shared statement in which they all recited the words simultaneously in a robotic monotone. “We must do something. Democracy is at stake.” At publishing time, several watchdog groups had underscored the warning, pointing to a 128% increase in exposure to unapproved opinions since Musk’s Twitter purchase.

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    Long before face masks, Islamic healers tried to ward off disease with their version of PPE

    What, no hijabs? (Which I’ve been mis-calling habibs for years thanx to ageing memory cells.)

    Michael Reid

    Solve the intentionally confusing puzzle about what the WHO’s 2023 plans are regarding the ‘zero draft’ for a new and potentially legally binding pandemic treaty, International Health Regulation amendments, recent Intergovernmental Negotiating Body Meetings + more. Learn all about the

    D Benton Smith

    The question was asked, “What would I call the current flocks of people divided into left/right . . . [etc, etc., etc.] ?”

    Call them a dichotomy. The two poles of the dichotomy are connected, as it were, by a myriad of positions in a graduated scale, like a staircase, running from one end of the opposed pair to it’s ideological opposite at the other end of the scale.

    Ideally there is a lumpen formed somewhere in the vicinity of the middle, in which case the situation can limp contentiously along for quite some time without existential mishap. But it can happen (when, for example, a Cabal is keeping the pot stirred by playing both ends against the middle) that the middle depopulates as it’s occupants are compelled to choose one end of the scale or the other.

    When the middle becomes too sparse and untenable and one (or the other, or both) of the dichotometric extremes becomes too strong or incontestable (even if it’s delusional in that belief) then a kinetic conflict is virtually certain to occur. Which is what seems to be brewing up at the present.

    The only haven at such times is the truth ….. starting with an honest to God decision about which end of the dichotomy is the right one to align with.


    Convergent evolution in SARS-CoV-2 Spike creates a variant soup that causes new COVID-19 waves

    “The most likely reason for this convergence is the selective pressure exerted by previous infection or vaccine-elicited immunity.”

    There you have it – death vaxx drives variants. Where’s GVB?!



    Doc Robinson

    RE: vaxx status and car crashes study

    These are the first two lines of the study report, with bold type added:

    “Coronavirus disease (COVID) vaccine hesitancy is a reflection of psychology that might also contribute to traffic safety. We tested whether COVID vaccination was associated with the risks of a traffic crash.”

    From later in the report:
    “Our research agrees with past studies about psychology contributing to traffic risks.”

    If the focus is on psychology as being the contributing factor, instead of some medical disadvantage resulting from being unvaxxed, then the study has no real argument in favor of getting vaxxed. (Thought experiment: An unvaxxed person is somehow vaxxed without knowing it. Their vaxx status would change, but their psychology, as well as their driving habits, presumably wouldn’t change.)

    Looking more closely at the study, the results can be summarized like this:

    25% of the adults requiring emergency care for car crashes were unvaxxed, while 16% of the total adult population in the study were unvaxxed.

    Big whoop? It’s even less conclusive when you consider that the injured people weren’t necessarily responsible for the car crash, they could be passengers or pedestrians (i.e., if a vaxxed driver hit an unvaxxed pedestrian on the sidewalk, sending the pedestrian to the hospital, then the crash statistic would be accounted for as unvaxxed).

    “A total of 11,270,763 adults were identified. Overall, 9,425,473 (84%) had received a COVID vaccine and 1,845,290 (16%) had not received a COVID vaccine at study baseline (July 31, 2021)… A total of 6682 individuals required emergency care for a serious traffic crash during the subsequent month of follow-up..; Patients who had not received a COVID vaccine accounted for 1682 crashes (25% of total crashes), equal to an absolute risk of 912 per million. Patients who had received a COVID vaccine accounted for 5000 crashes (75% of total crashes), equal to an absolute risk of 530 per million.”

    “We identified serious traffic crashes during the subsequent month based on emergency care throughout the region (178 individual hospitals). This definition reflected incidents sending a patient to an emergency department as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian

    COVID Vaccine Hesitancy and Risk of a Traffic Crash

    D Benton Smith


    When General Custer’s scout at Little Big Horn reported to him accurately about the overwhelmingly superior Lakota and Cheyenne forces The scout ( “Goes Ahead”) was not a defeatist, nor a traitor, nor a bad scout. He was simply a good, brave and honorable scout who personally fought the Cheyenne attackers bravely and helped many of Major Reno’s contingent to survive the battle.

    MacGregor is not a defeatist, not a traitor and not a bad scout. And the way he s speaking truth to power persuades me that he’s pretty brave, too.


    When I was a small child I believed in all sorts of strange notions, such as Father Christmas bringing presents, fairies living in woodlands, God being in Heaven and people who died going to Heaven.

    I believed that there were things called germs, which were really bad. And there were people called Germans who were really bad. but we beat the Germans, so that made us very good and very special.

    I believed there were places called hospitals where people who got too many germs went to get fixed. My mum had too many germs and had to spend a lot of time in hospitals to get fixed. But the hospitals couldn’t fix her properly and she had to keep going back. I had to go to live with an aunt. I hated that at first. The toilet was outside the house and there was no bath. But after a while I got used to it because there was a little boy who lived in the adjacent terraced house and we could play cowboys-and-indians. We knew that cowboys were good and that indians were bad. We didn’t know why indians were bad. We just knew we had to shoot them.

    I got really upset when I went to ‘the pictures’ and some bad people attacked a wooden house and burned it to the ground. A child’s toy was left in the ruins. I got upset when I saw a ship sinking and lot of people falling into the water and struggling to stay afloat.

    At an older age I was trained to think that there were people called kings and queens who were very special and had to be looked up to, and that there was a thing called government that organised everything that needed to be organised and that the government cared about the people and looked after them. Almost everyone stopped what they were doing and listed attentively when The Queen delivered her message to the nation. At school we could exchange sixpences, shillings and half-crowns for pieces of paper that had pictures of the Royal Family and glue on the back. We bought the pieces of paper them, licked the glue, and put them on a cardboard folder. When the cardboard folder was dull, we could get silver coins back again.

    There were things called banks. I got confused because a bank was steep high ground that I passed on the way as I walked to school. But I found out it had another meaning. And if I saved my pennies and sixpences and half-crowns I could put them in a bank and get a piece of cardboard that said how many pennies and sixpences I had in the bank. There was as strange thing called interest that made the number of pennies and sixpences in the bank increase. It sounded like a great idea to me at the time. I remember the interest being two-and-a-half per cent.

    Everyone walked to school. There was only one car in the entire road. Motorbikes, bicycles, buses and stream trains were normal transport. Horse-drawn carts were used for milk deliveries. And the rag ‘n’ bone man called out to the neighbourhood, as his horse plodded the streets.

    People came to the home to collect pennies and sixpences. And sometimes they came for shillings, florins and half-crowns.

    Occasionally men came to the bungalow carrying huge sacks of coal. The sacks were called a hundredweight. The coal bunker was big enough for ten or so of those. Because the bunker was at the back of the bungalow, the men had to carry them quite a long way from the lorry that parked in the road. Burning all that coal generated a lot of ash, which was put in the dustbin. Men came once a week to empty the dustbin.

    A trip into town always involved a nasty smells because the road passed the gasworks. Mum bought gas by putting shillings into the meter that was in the kitchen. It was important to always have a constant of supply shillings, otherwise the gas-stove wouldn’t work.

    The small coal burner in the kitchen was very important because without it there was no hot water for the kitchen sink and bath. Having to light the coal burner in the summer was a nuisance. But that was better than the arrangement at my aunt’s home, where the bath was filled by hand with water heated on the kitchen stove.

    The coal burner was rather small for the job it had to do, and was not well designed, so it tended to leak smoke and gases from the burning coal. Getting the fire started was always a chore, best achieved suing wood that had been splintered. So people were always on the look-out for bits of wood that could be chopped up to start a fire. With a large population and not a lot of trees left, Britain’s supplies of wood for anything was always constrained.

    Without hot water my mother could not do the washing in the copper tub. It was a big day for her when she got out of hospital and got a washing machine.

    Wet clothes had to be put through a hand-operated wringer and then rinsed. But actual hand scrubbing was no longer necessary.

    Drying wet items was easily achieved in the summer by pegging them on the line. But summer in England is fairly short. So for much of the year, drying sheets and clothes involved putting them on a wooden frame in front of the coal fire in the sitting room. The fireplace was shallow, and the chimney was narrow, so smoke often billowed into the room. That was especially so during the early stages of fire-lighting, when the chimney was cold.

    There was no insulation in the walls or above the ceiling, so maintaining a reasonable temperature, i.e. a few degrees above freezing was always easy. but it was important to ensure water pipes didn’t freeze and burst. Ice on the inside of the windows was quite normal in mid-winter.

    The garden -relatively small, but productive after decades of effort by my parents-produced very little in winter. But come the spring, it erupted into life. One can see why the ancient inhabitants of the region were so keen to celebrate the passing of the shortest day and the coming to life of the land -the festivals that the fake church usurped to control the masses.

    When I was a teenager, I believed that men got into a tiny capsule and went to the Moon. How could I not believe that. Everyone believed that. In the fifties I had collected cards out of cereal boxes that clearly depicted people going to the Moon and building all kinds of structures there.

    Looking back, older and wiser, I realise that, though some of it was real, most of it was a sham, a cleverly constructed Potemkin village backed up by endless propaganda, geared to keeping me and those around me trapped in The Matrix, believing in bullshit.

    So here we are, 60-plus years later, and most of the people around me still believe the bullshit.

    However, my guess is that people in Europe and (is Britian part of Europe? I suppose so, since it is geologically) are on the cusp of a great leap towards 1950s-style living but without any of the supporting infrastructure. And that great leap will then transition to 1920s-style living (without the euphoria or the infrastructure) and then transition to 1420s-style living for those who have not perished.


    so maintaining a reasonable temperature, i.e. a few degrees above freezing was NOT always easy.


    When the cardboard folder was full, we could get silver coins back again.

    Dr. D

    Yes, in my experience Covid was active ahead of the official, here in the U.S., so fairly widespread. However, not dangerous? So why would it need to be covered up? People said it was grave, but most survived, and did seem to be the 0.03% death rate.

    If it were even 1% I can see covering it and blaming China – which clearly was done. Fauci said they shipped stuff there. So…they just contaminate the outside of the American vials then blame China for being sloppy? Again, why? Blame Iran, right?

    Okay, it gets out, maybe they don’t know – although they should – and call in a panic Event 201 outlining what they already know they are about to do. When was Event 201 first planned? They control the signaling, not the disease, okay, fine, but they already know they can’t contain a pandemic over 1% (CDC finding from 100 years) and it’s already too late. Fine.

    Then what with the next decisions/behaviors?

    If it’s released from Wuhan, then why ALSO the Army games? And I can 100% believe Trump & co knowing its out, taking the VERY aggressive move on Solemeni in order to cause the national funeral. Israeli agents, release, yes. But at the same time, Northern Italy but nowhere else? Never reaches Rome?

    These are some of the things that made me turn from skeptical to “No way.” Narrative reversal, as at first me, and other Right people, were deeply alarmed, even wearing masks against Fauci and Trump. As data came in as the above, we adjusted while the general pop reversed and suddenly became paranoid germophobe right-wingers. That is, Statists. Who will support giving the government that failed them on Covid essentially unlimited power. …To put grandma in a deadly Covid room and walk away with a major book deal.

    …And the coal smoke putting oily black on the clothes hanging up that were clean only an hour ago.

    They very need to earth ship into hobbit holes. Or the round houses that first lived there before the weird square houses came. Starting with Joseph of Arimathea and the weird square building called an “Abbey”. And from there old Albion traces its start.

    Figmund Sreud

    @ D Benton Smith – MacGregor is not a defeatist, not a traitor and not a bad scout. And the way he s speaking truth to power persuades me that he’s pretty brave, too.

    Affirmative. It just was a comment (thought) on my part vis-a-vis of how dirty politics works, … how politicos and MSM twist and turn everything and anything that serves their narrative, … and vulgar masses buy such stuff every phlunkin’ time!



    Thanks Raul for featuring Saul Leiter, artist photographer. I checked out his bio. Started color photography in the 50s, then worked mostly incognito for 30 years then somebody published a book of his photos and now he’s regarded as one of the best photographers of the 20th century.
    How did he pull that off, avoiding succes for thirty years and producing great work under cover of anonymity?


    @John Day

    I suggest that non-compliant people have more car-accidents in general. COVID-vaccination propaganda was aimed at the highest-compliance group in the US, college educated, white women.

    Weren’t these US, college educated, white women the same group that was squishing their children between the bumper of their brand new BMWs and the garage wall? They couldn’t tell the brake pedal from the gas pedal?


    So now we have light, medium, and long covid!
    All brought to you by Goldilocks and the 3 bears.

    And now we have the vaxxed telling us unvaxxed how unhealthy and accident prone we are!

    Dr. D

    Forgot extra I was going to add because I could never put it in place before:

    Before Covid, release must have been Sept? Whole year before, what was there? Juul vaping scandal, with what? “Glass lung”. Sudden respiratory death. Sound familiar? Now I know this was similar, but not similar too, but what if: the way to experiment on spike proteins was to insert a non-contagious form into vaping, then watch the news feed? We’re pretty sure they ran same experiments on Ukrainians for years.

    If we’re trying to assemble, put this on a 3×5 card somewhere. I was too distracted by Iron Age Britain and their roundhouses.


    I constructed a 12-sided greenhouse with vine supports very similar to the roundhouse construction in the video.

    The walls were simple: getting the uprights exactly spaced to the dimensions of sheets of polycarbonate proved something of a nightmare; persistence paid off in the end.

    The roof proved challenging, since all the polycarbonate had to be cut to fit the triangular shapes created where the support beams met the centre post..

    The greenhouse I recently constructed at my ‘new’ location is just a rectangular box with a sloping roof. No elegance and less roomy but much cheaper in materials and time.

    The smart people of Bronze Age and Iron Age Britian knew to construct dwellings to maximise solar gain.

    That lesson got lost when the urgent ‘need’ to get people working in factories and coal mines led to the rapid construction of low-cost housing facing whichever way was deemed esthetic by the architect or convenient for the builder.

    That maxim holds true for most houses constructed these days.

    Without energy, nothing happens holds true in all ages and in all locations.


    Thanx for the living memory about How We Used to Live, afktt. Reminds me that even my Appalachian forebears had it better than the average Englander of the same milieu.

    btw, I believe that the USA put men on the moon. Not that big of an accomplishment, which is probably why they chose to focus on it, I reckon. A giant space penis enlargement effort. Waste of resources but no big accomplishment.

    USA gubmint not so good at acknowledging the finite nature of our resource base and taking meaningful remedial action. Or creating transport networks that maximize volume/reach, or a balanced and abundant agriculture able to pass the Seven Generations test, while minimizing resource usage. But in our culture, ‘resource usage’ is a subset of this delusionary/illusionary construct humans have called “cost” aka “how much $$$?”, ours being a culture based on magical thinking i.e., money. The love of which is *Jesus’s definition of the source of evil. So we have everyone driving everywhere in giant miniature cabins on wheels, going everywhere at once and in effect getting nowhere although the trip can be a fine movie. So long as you keep your eyes on the road and your left hand on the wheel… and everyone eating anything they could possibly imagine wanting and becoming bloated sickly neurotic housepets of their own keeping. Life in Atlantis sure has been weird. Wonderful, miracle-laden, insane,bedazzled, bewitched bothered and bewildered.
    *Xtianity’s superhero in the Abrahamic theme franchise

    We keep a few hundred or thousand satellites in orbit and use them to guide missiles to within a few yards of their target… the moonshot was easy. Hoaxing such a thing would be much harder. Everybody but the USA Empire had reason to poke holes and prove the moon claim wrong. No one did. No one even tried. The closest was this: a Soviet denial that there was a race to the moon between USA and USSR

    Come On, fellows, we’ll smoke!


    “If a path to the better there be, it begins with a full look at the worst.”
    — Thomas Hardy”

    “The destruction of the natural world is not the result of global capitalism, industrialisation, “Western civilisation” or any flaw in human institutions. It is a consequence of the evolutionary success of an exceptionally rapacious primate. Throughout all of history and prehistory, human advance has coincided with ecological devastation. — John Gray, STRAW DOGS”

    “…it may be time to recognize the maximum power principle as the fourth thermodynamic law as suggested by Lotka. — H.T.Odum, 1994”

    “The problem is, of course, that not only is economics bankrupt but it has always been nothing more than politics in disguise.
    —Hazel Henderson”

    Mast head quotes from Dieoff Revived featuring that avis rara, Jay Hanson

    “Coppula eam, se non posit jocularum. Alfred E. Newman” (masthead quote of my blog, which is not really worth looking at)

    “What do you do when you know that you know that you know that you’re wrong? Sun Ra


    The Xtian sects warred infamously among each other throughout Xtianity’s history, although they’ve calmed down now that Darwin and heliocentrism have induced Xtian orbital decay. Over the tiniest things, they killed and maimed and tortured each other. We here should be proud In comparison. We neither kill nor maim each other as we fight over the tiniest things while generally agreeing on the essential problems facing us. When disagreeing, we mostly joust our egos, usually to little or no point (it’s a ‘lance’ joke), or we virtue-signal. We’re humans after all, and that is what humans disagreeing in social gatherings do.

    (One on one, over a game of chess, with enough sympatico or shared history, we can be mostly civil and even, sometimes, actually listen to what the other is saying more than what we believe is wrong about it. In groups, it’s either corporate meeting-style nicey-nice with varying degrees of passive-aggressive or aggressive-passive cuz only The Leader is allowed to bite… or it’s cutthroat like Cheers meets A Bronx Tale.)

    In person, we’d listen more and say less, and tend to cluster in geno-clique seed groups and lapse into a fair bit of gossip. If it were a year or two from now, we’d move warily, form groups, and plan group aggression tactics.

    But, since we can’t actually hurt each other here, how about we embrace this relative freedom from our worse aspects to promote each others’ happiness a bit (beginning most of all with that of our each individual own)? It can’t hurt anyone… but I repeat myself.

    Maybe this is awful enough to be seriously good:


    Nice to see you’re still with the living, V.P.

    Hope, my drug of choice: Always wit de ‘new place’, yeezh…

    P.S. Don’t you just hate being preached at?


    Am much enjoying the youtube on roundhouses.


    “The Senate bill comes the same day a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation to prohibit the app in the United States entirely..”

    Fiddling while Rome burns.


    “starting with an honest to God decision about which end of the dichotomy is the right one to align with.”

    This is what’s called a false dichotomy. I see no reason to align with either or any side except I find the truth leads me there.

    Raised a Mormon, I follow Joseph Smith, who concluded that none of the churches appealing for his membership were the church true for him… so he went and started his own. But I don’t start churches. Ruckuses, weird looks, occasional outrage, kind moments, flocks of wtf?s, much bemused or annoyed bewilderment, but no churches.

    It’s an interesting idea, though. Future survivors will want an army to survive the survival of other future survivors, and churches seem to have a knack for armies. Great marching songs, for example.

    1. O God of earth and altar,
    bow down and hear our cry,
    our earthly rulers falter,
    our people drift and die;
    the walls of gold entomb us,
    the swords of scorn divide,
    take not thy thunder from us,
    but take away our pride.

    2. From all that terror teaches,
    from lies of tongue and pen,
    from all the easy speeches
    that comfort cruel men,
    from sale and profanation
    of honour and the sword,
    from sleep and from damnation,
    deliver us, good Lord!

    3. Tie in a living tether
    the prince and priest and thrall,
    bind all our lives together,
    smite us and save us all;
    in ire and exultation
    aflame with faith, and free,
    lift up a living nation,
    a single sword to thee.


    Re: Vaxxed/car crashes

    “After reading the study, I realized that it does NOT account for “driven miles”! What if the UNvaccinated people drive more due to NOT having a “remote job”?

    Take a look at this picture:”

    “Which of these two persons was more likely to…
    Be called an “essential worker” in 2021?
    Be unvaccinated?
    Drive MORE miles per day?
    End up in a serious crash?
    It turns out that this wasindeed the case in Canada.:”

    D Benton Smith

    “I see no reason to align with either or any side except I find the truth leads me there.”

    Right. Sounds like you’re saying that you choose the truth end of the stick instead of the falsity end of the stick, and insist upon deciding for yourself which end is which.

    I see no “false dichotomy” in that.


    Round Houses versus Square/Rectangular Houses

    I understand why the old folks built round houses. There is economy of material for maximum area.
    But what everyone seems to forget is that round houses were for communial living!
    Like people and their animals all living together for safety and warmth!

    Now try dividing a round house into separate rooms!
    Yeah, an engineering nightmare! Maximum material for minimum area!

    Now you know why you currently live in a square/rectangular house!

    Veracious Poet

    At this point ALL the murderously insane globalists (western-centric) have to do now is keep the emotionally invested loosely on the progressive leach…

    Feminism, *forced* race/CULTure enfolding/inclusiveness, regardless of ability, morality and/or ethics, LGBTQ…xyz, anti-Capitalist, anti-Fascist (funny, since everyone loves Emergency Powers when it aligns with their needs/wants), hatred of all things resembling “spirituality”, environmental OCD, et al. ~ Once one or more of these EGOic definitions becomes hard-wired into the brain, the voice-in-the-head will blast out *all* evidence contrary (sexual/criminal improprieties, even blatant psychopath genocidal speeches/actions), as long as ideological *absolutes* are on the progressive banner of the NPD leadership, expecting “their” version of *UTOPIA* to be the final result.

    In effect, for anyone that is indoctrinated as a fellow traveler banner, the means justifies the end (Leni Rifenstahl is a prime example, so is most of Hollyweird celeb), death is too good for unbelievers…

    This is the how & why of recent Mass Formation Psychosis (aka Collective EGOic Madness) ~ In an attempt to rectify perceived wrongs & the inescapable suffering of the human condition, to establish what is “true” & to continue the “permanent” revolution, the “progressive” CULTure has given *license* to the inmates to run the asylum 😐

    If the opposite dichotomy under the conservative banner was not vanquished, a different Mass Formation Psychosis would be the result, but in the end theconservative was no match for multiple generations of “humans” driven by toxic child EGO…

    In reality, all dichotomies are EGOic constructs, where the *TRUTH* of the Loving, Healing, Creative Power of the Infinite is the enemy, where #AntiLogos is the thread that binds the dichotomies firmly into one piece 😐

    Figmund Sreud

    The world to this date had cosmonauts and astronauts, … now, add taikonauts!

    On Nov. 29, 2022, the Shenzhou 15 mission launched from China’s Gobi Desert carrying three taikonauts – the Chinese word for astronauts. Six hours later, they reached their destination, China’s recently completed space station, called Tiangong, which means “heavenly palace” in Mandarin. The three taikonauts replaced the existing crew that helped wrap up construction. With this successful mission, China has become just the third nation to operate a permanent space station.

    China’s new space station opens for business in an increasingly competitive era of space activity



    About hit ler.
    During WW2 it wasn’t the Panzer Divisions that laid Europe to waste.
    Following right behind the foot steps of the Panzers were German Bankers!
    It was the German Bankers that left Europe in total ruin.
    The Panzer Divisions were all destroyed in WW2, o but all the German Bankers survived!

    Hit ler’s problem was he didn’t understand the power of banking!
    But the German Bankers didn’t forget what WW2 taught them!

    Thus today’s EU! (With a little help from US/London bankers.)


    It seems that those who rule us have a semi-tough task at hand: How to both destroy trust between persons
    and the social cohesion that comes from that trust; while *also* keeping the subjects of those actions glued
    to their screens, rather than recoiling from them in disgust. Will “look over there.. I just saw Epstein! / “Hunter”! / and Stuff Like That! continue to work ? Maybe the blowed-up™ pipelines will be back in the News soon?

    I’ll continue to watch from a distance, and not spend much time on Evil McScreenie. This medium is opaque, to the benefit only of its designers and operators..


    More useless information you didn’t need to know!

    During the long cold Russian winters, Peter The Great didn’t live in any of his big fancy palaces.
    They were all much too cold with theor high ceilings for Peter’s liking.
    Instead Peter spent his winter days and nights with his army drinking buddies in a small cosy warm cottage with a low ceiling and a big fireplace tended by just a few servants!
    One of Peter’s favorite drinking buddies was an English army officier.
    I can’t remember how Peter the Great died, but his liver was likely a prime suspect!


    Speaking of Russia, Napoleon’s downfall when invading Russia is that by the time he reached Moscow, he had run out of the one critical high tech system of warfare needed to defeat the Russians.
    The Russians on the other hand did not run out of these critical high tech systems of warfare.
    The horse!

    Russia running out of ammunition, 152mm artillery shells, and 4,500 high precision missles later.


    Oroboros at 123470- that was exhilarating!

    You sent your mail through prying eyes
    They steamed it open; deemed it bad.
    Your message never made it through-
    Now your recipient is mad…but only if they knew.

    those darned kids

    “During the long cold Russian winters, Peter The Great didn’t live in any of his big fancy palaces.
    They were all much too cold with theor high ceilings for Peter’s liking.
    Instead Peter spent his winter days and nights with his army drinking buddies in a small cosy warm cottage with a low ceiling and a big fireplace tended by just a few servants!
    One of Peter’s favorite drinking buddies was an English army officier.”

    More useless information please! I don’t need to know, I just wanna!


    “In reality, all dichotomies are EGOic constructs, where the *TRUTH* of the Loving, Healing, Creative Power of the Infinite is the enemy, where #AntiLogos is the thread that binds the dichotomies firmly into one piece”

    Well said.

    No Place like Space Place

    There’s a freedom to embracing the go. Without narcissism, how can God appreciate His beauty through one’s eyes in the rorrim?

    There’s freedom to releasing the ego. Without echo, without surrender to, oh, The All, What It Is, The Whatevs, how can one see God in one’s eyes?

    Oh. My. That was very profound. Somebody ought to write that down.


    Peter Pan…didn’t run off to Neverland to avoid responsibility and drudgery; he did it to avoid becoming an insincere shadow, a bone fide phony, a living lie to himself.

    Peter Pan is some heavy shit.

    John Day

    @Zerosum: The COVID test kits tend to miss a lot of COVID these days. COViD false-negative tests seem really common since Omicron. The swab type rapid-antigen tests are not prone to false positives at all (PCR has lots of false positives if run for too many cycles, which they always did).
    it’s not rare to get 3 COVID rapid swabs while not feeling sick, but exposed, then a little sick, then really crappy, and have just the third one be (+).

    @DBS: Founding Fathers and mothers-of-Invention were all non-compliant.

    John Day

    @WES: Thanks for the round vs square house insights.

    : Yeah, compliance-specialists worked from home.
    Good catch on the car accidents not being per-mile-driven.


    @John Day
    ” COViD false-negative tests seem really common since Omicron.”

    I’m, therefore, going to assume that I’ve gotten natural immunity.( Until I get sick.)

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