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Musk Advocates Modern ‘Church Commission’ To Investigate FBI Corruption (ZH)
FBI Paid Twitter $3.5m ‘To Do Its Bidding’ (DM)
Twitter ‘Directly Assisted’ Pentagon’s Propaganda Campaign (RT)
White House Dodges Question About FBI Interference (RT)
Musk Announces Policy Change For Twitter Polls (RT)
The J6 Referral Falls Short of a Credible Criminal Case (Turley)
Dems Dump Trump Tax Data In Tuesday Night Release (ZH)
The Road from Serfdom (Batiushka)
Zelensky Planning To Visit US Capitol In Person On Wednesday (Hill)
Macron Doubles Down On ‘Security Guarantees’ For Russia (RT)
Nationalization Of German Gas Giant Approved – Reuters (RT)
Germany, Poland Order More Russian Oil – Transneft (RT)
The European Non-Union after Qatargate: Was it Designed to Fail? (Ugo Bardi)
S&D Chief Summons MEP Eva Kaili Over ‘Ghost’ Vote (RT)
The Most Important Dataset of the Pandemic was Just Released (GP)
White House Can’t Mandate COVID Jabs for Federal Contractors: Appeals Court (ET)

 

 

 

 

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A new Church Committee. Would it make any sense? It was hard enough to get anywhere investigating US intel in 1975, but now?! Musk has added Lee Fang to his team of journalists, and his contribution is CENTCOM files. They are all involved, all the agencies, and which politician, let alone a whole committee, will stand up to them? Twitter just sold themselves to the agencies; that was their business model.

“Brookings: Watergate shocked the American public and spurred many of its representatives in Congress to demand an investigation into the past activities of [the FBI, CIA,] NSA and others. The result was the creation of two congressional committees in 1975, chaired by Frank Church (D-ID) in the Senate and Otis Pike (D-N.Y.) in the House of Representatives. Their hearings exposed secret, arguably illegal wiretapping, bugging, and harassment of American citizens, including Supreme Court justices, reporters, and government officials, all in the name of collecting intelligence about threats to national security. The most notorious case, first exposed in the 1960s and fully documented by the Church Committee, was the wiretapping of Martin Luther King, Jr. by the NSA and by the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover, who believed him to be part of a Communist conspiracy.”

Musk Advocates Modern ‘Church Commission’ To Investigate FBI Corruption (ZH)

In the wake of the most recent ‘Twitter Files’ release – which showed that the FBI infiltrated the social media giant, then primed its ‘Trust & Safety’ head to interpret things like the Hunter Biden release as foreign influence – CEO Elon Musk asked Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) whether he approved ‘hidden state censorship in direct violation of the Constitution.”

Some have speculated that the speed at which Twitter reacted to the NY Post’s Hunter Biden bombshell was the result of a “powerful Dem” reaching out to the FBI’s operative, Elvis Chan. Musk also advocated for a modern-day Church Commission, responding to a suggestion promoted by investor David Sacks.

“Hear, hear!!” Musk replied. Of note, thought leaders such as Eric Weinstein have been calling for a new Church Commission for years to unravel revelations that the FBI participated in the Russiagate hoax against candidate – and then sitting President, Donald Trump. Meanwhile, in response to the Twitter Files revelation that the FBI was deeply embedded at Twitter, Rep. Jim Jordan said: “I have concerns about whether the government was running a misinformation operation on We the People.” Perhaps Jordan will get behind the new Church Commission idea?

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Why Twitter never needed a viable business model.

FBI Paid Twitter $3.5m ‘To Do Its Bidding’ (DM)

The FBI handed nearly $3.5 million of taxpayers money to Twitter to pay its staff to handle requests from the bureau as it sought to ban accounts. A Twitter employee wrote in a February 2020 email that the company’s Safety, Content & Law Enforcement (SCALE) had ‘collected $3,415,323’ in less than two years from the FBI for ‘law-enforcement related projects.’ The email, which was revealed by journalist Michael Shellenberger, stated that SCALE had instituted a ‘reimbursement program’ in exchange for devoting staff hours to ‘processing requests from the FBI’. The emails was entitled ‘Run the business – We made money!’. The accounts the FBI asked Twitter to ban were largely linked to conservatives and ‘foreign influence operations’.

Twitter initially believed the Hunter Biden laptop story was ‘Russian disinformation’. It was revealed Monday that Jim Baker, Twitter’s top lawyer and ex-FBI general counsel, personally intervened to say it should be banned. Baker told Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security, that the laptop story should be blocked – a day after getting a top secret briefing from his former FBI colleagues. He wrote: ‘There are some facts that indicate the materials may have been hacked. We simply need more information.’ We went on to write: ‘I’m guessing we are going to restrict access to their article as violation of our Hacked Materials policy.’ An investigation into Twitter’s behavior around the 2020 presidential election by the incoming Republican majority in the house has been promised with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy telling Fox News this week: ‘This is going to be a much bigger situation than people realize.’

Current Twitter CEO Elon Musk said of the emails: ‘Government paid Twitter millions of dollars to censor info from the public.’ In a previous dump, journalist Matt Taibbi tweeted: ‘Twitter’s contact with the FBI was constant and pervasive, as if it were a subsidiary.’ In response to the latest developments, House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy said in an appearance on Mornings with Maria on Fox News: ‘We’re going to do more than just subpoena them. We’re going to change the course of where the FBI is today.’ He went on: ‘Every day we learn something more.’ The congressman from California continued: ‘Why are they [the FBI] able to do this? Working together, using private businesses to go after individuals right before an election, denying the American public the truth?’

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Lee Fang does the CENTCOM part of the Twitter Files.

Twitter ‘Directly Assisted’ Pentagon’s Propaganda Campaign (RT)

Twitter executives have granted the US Defense Department special privileges to use the social media platform for its covert online influence campaigns for at least five years, newly released internal company communications show. Investigative journalist Lee Fang published the eighth batch of documents on Tuesday, after the company’s new owner, Elon Musk, authorized the release in an effort to provide transparency about Twitter’s past decision-making. “Despite promises to shut down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs show that the social media giant directly assisted the US military’s influence operations,” wrote Fang. The journalist was allowed to make requests for internal Twitter documents through an attorney, “meaning that the search results may not have been exhaustive.”

The exposed collusion spanned since at least 2017, when Nathaniel Kahler, an official working with the US Central Command, sent an email to Twitter, requesting verification and “whitelisting” of several dozen Arab-language accounts CENTCOM was using “to amplify certain messages.” The very same day, Twitter integrity team members applied a “special exemption tag” that essentially granted the accounts the privileges of verification without a visible blue check mark. While the Pentagon allegedly promised not to conceal their affiliation, at some point profile bios and photos of some of these accounts were changed, and they began posing as ordinary users or “unbiased” sources of opinion and information.

Some accounts on the list were promoting US-backed militants in Syria, and anti-Iran propaganda in Iraq. Another was used to justify US drone strikes as “accurate” and only killing terrorists, not civilians, in Yemen. “It sounds like DOD was doing something shady and definitely not in line with what they had presented to us at the time,” one former Twitter employee told The Intercept. Other emails obtained by The Intercept showed that high-level Twitter officials, including former head of trust and safety, Yoel Roth, attorney Stacia Cardille, and deputy general counsel Jim Baker, discussed the collusion as “potentially problematic” in the following years, but allowed many of the accounts to remain active.

In one email, Baker speculated that “DoD might want to give us a timetable for shutting them down in a more prolonged way that will not compromise any ongoing operations or reveal their connections to DoD.” However, none of the emails provided to The Intercept shed any light on what exactly was discussed at the classified meetings with the Pentagon officials. The influence campaign appears to be linked to a larger-scale operation that ran beyond those several dozen Twitter accounts and across many other internet platforms, including Facebook, YouTube and Telegram, as initially highlighted by researchers at Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory back in August, and corroborated by a Washington Post investigation in September.

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“I’m just going to refer you to the FBI. I’m not going to comment from here about that..”

We ask about the FBI, and you refer us to…..the FBI?!

White House Dodges Question About FBI Interference (RT)

The White House has declined to comment on the latest revelations from the Twitter Files, which appear to show that the FBI was involved in a campaign to preemptively discredit reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop and quash it after publication. “I’m just going to refer you to the FBI. I’m not going to comment from here about that,” Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a daily briefing on Monday, when asked about the allegations. The son of current president and then-candidate Joe Biden forgot his laptop at a repair shop in Delaware, the owner of which later was subpoenaed by the FBI to relinquish it. However, he made a copy of the information on the device, which was then handed over to the New York Post during the 2020 election campaign. When the Post published a story about Hunter Biden’s possible influence peddling, Twitter briefly banned users from sharing it on its platform.

According to bestselling author Michael Shellenberger, who was given access to internal Twitter communications by its new owner, Elon Musk, the FBI “primed” the company’s executives to treat the legitimate news as a “hack-and-dump” operation by a malicious actor. The federal agency sent warnings to Twitter about threats of foreign influence operations amid the 2020 elections, Shellenberger reported. It also had former FBI employees – “Bu alumni” – working for Twitter, who supported the narrative and later argued that the laptop was what the agency had been warning about. Ex-FBI General Counsel Jim Baker, who was a prominent figure in the ‘Russiagate’ saga, repeatedly insisted that “the Hunter Biden materials were either faked, hacked, or both, and a violation of Twitter policy,” Shellenberger said.

He added that considering how much time the FBI had to verify the authenticity of the laptop, it was “inconceivable” that Baker believed the New York Post reporting was not legitimate. The FBI took possession of the laptop in December 2019, while the Post published the story in October 2020. Other coverage of the Twitter Files by Shellenberger and journalists Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss explained how the US intelligence community worked hand-in-glove with the platform to flag speech for suspension that the US government deemed “misinformation.” It also showed the FBI and Twitter locked horns over the agency’s claims of increased activity by ‘propaganda’ bots, of which Twitter said it found no evidence.

St. Pierre

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Blue checks only.

Musk Announces Policy Change For Twitter Polls (RT)

Twitter CEO Elon Musk stated on Monday that henceforth only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to voice their opinions in polls about policy changes on the platform. The billionaire’s comments came after he ran a poll asking users if he should resign, which the majority voted in favor of. Following the poll, one Twitter user suggested that only Blue subscribers, who pay a monthly fee, should be allowed to vote on such matters, since they “actually have skin in the game.” “Good point. Twitter will make that change,” Musk replied. Another user told the platform’s CEO that it’s “unwise to run a poll like this when you are now deep state enemy #1,” claiming that his adversaries have “the biggest bot army on Twitter.” Echoing this sentiment, the third user asked: “did bots brigade the Elon poll yesterday”?

“Interesting,” Musk noted. Twitter Blue is a paid monthly subscription, which adds a distinguishing blue checkmark to a user’s account and offers early access to some of the platform’s new features. For US users, the price starts at $8 per month. Musk launched the poll on Sunday asking Twitter users “should I step down as head of Twitter?” while promising to abide by its results. More than 17 million users took part in the survey, with 57.5% voting that the billionaire should quit. Before the poll concluded, Musk also warned his audience to “be careful what you wish, as you might get it.” He added that “no one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor.”

After completing his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, Musk became its majority owner, which means that no one can force him out. However, in recent weeks, the CEO has introduced a number of controversial changes that have caused a massive public backlash. Those have included loosening the Covid-19 misinformation rules and an announcement that the platform would ban users for posting links to rival social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. In an apparent attempt at damage control, Musk later clarified that the new policy regarding other platforms would be “adjusted,” and that suspensions would only be applied “when that account’s primary purpose is promotion of competitors, which essentially falls under the no spam rule.”

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18 months of emptiness.

The J6 Referral Falls Short of a Credible Criminal Case (Turley)

This week the January 6th Committee voted to make criminal referrals to the Justice Department, including the proposed indictment of former President Donald Trump. However, the Committee’s splashy finale lacked any substantial new evidence to make a compelling criminal case against former President Donald Trump. The Committee repackaged largely the same evidence that it has previously put forward over the past year. That is not enough. Indeed, the reliance on a new videotape of former Trump aide Hope Hicks seems a case of putting “hope over experience” in the criminal Justice system. While still based largely on the failure to act, Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Cal.) insisted that “if that’s not criminal, nothing is.” The opposite may be true from a First Amendment perspective. If the failure to act is criminal, it is hard to see what would not be criminal under this standard.

After members like Schiff, again, promised new evidence to support criminal charges, the Committee continued its pattern of rehashing previously known evidence with network-quality videotapes. The failure of the Committee to offer any new and direct evidence of criminal conduct was obvious at the outset. Vice Chair Liz Cheney began her remarks by again detailing what Trump failed to do. It was a repeat of the prior hearings and for some likely left the impression of actors who are refusing to leave the stage long after the audience departed. The one new piece of evidence was largely duplicative. It shows former aide Hope Hicks saying that she also called upon Trump to make a public statement calling for peace and telling him that there is no evidence of systemic fraud.

Nevertheless, the videotape has been heralded by figures like former acting Solicitor General Neil Katyal on MSNBC as “evidence I’ve never seen before from Hope Hicks.” Katyal bizarrely claims “I think that tells you all you need to know about premeditation. Call it criminal intent. The House committees evidence here is very strong.” So all you need for premeditation is the failure to accept the weight of evidence or to act promptly after the start of a riot. Katyal might “call it criminal intent” but many judges would likely call it something else. The fact is that the J6 Committee failed to change many minds largely because of what was on display in the final public meeting. It was the same highly scripted, one-sided account repeated mantra-like for months. There is justifiable anger over these accounts, but this hearing was billed as presenting the case for criminal charges. It missed that mark by a considerable measure.

Of course, to raise obvious legal barriers to prosecution today is to invite an Internet flash mob accusing you for being an insurrectionist or fellow traveler. Major media from the Washington Post to National Public Radio routinely refer to the riot as an insurrection despite a deep disagreement over the characterization of the criminal conduct. The media unrelentingly echoes this one view despite polls showing most citizens view that day as a reprehensible “riot” motivated by loyalty to Trump.

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And as J6 falls flat on its face, here’s some more revenge. The release time indicates more emptiness.

Dems Dump Trump Tax Data In Tuesday Night Release (ZH)

After a Tuesday vote, Democrats on the House and Ways Committee have voted to release six years of President Trump’s tax returns, in what Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the top Republican on the Committee, called a ‘new political weapon.’ “This meeting actually sets a terrible precedent that unleashes a dangerous new political weapon that reaches far beyond the former president,” Brady told reporters on Tuesday. “I won’t speculate on what the next Congress and this committee will focus on related to tax returns, but I do know that a major focus will be on the IRS.” The committee voted along party lines, 24-16, to make public the returns – which will span 2015 to 2020. While the returns could be released as soon as hours, per The Hill, Chairman Richard Neal said that ‘sensitive information’ would be redacted, which may take days.

Update: Hours after they voted to release Trump’s tax returns, House Democrats released a report which includes the data from Trump’s taxes. You can read the report below as we are currently doing, however upon first read – and the fact that it was quietly released on a Tuesday night instead of via a Washington Post bombshell detailing specific ‘evil things’ Trump’s done, we are going to – for now, assume this is a giant nothingburger. In a coordinated response to the release, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there is an “urgent need for legislation to ensure the public can trust in real accountability and transparency during the audit of a sitting president’s tax returns – not only in the case of President Trump, but for any president,” adding “we will move swiftly to advance Chairman Richard Neal’s legislation requiring the Internal Revenue Service to conduct an annual audit of the President’s finances.”

In their closing observations, Democrats suggested that the IRS did not sufficiently audit Trump, and that high net worth individuals who use lawyers and accounting firms should be subject to enhanced actions. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the top Republican on the Committee, warned in a press conference, “Longstanding privacy protections for all taxpayers have been compromised. Going forward, the majority chairman in the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee will have nearly unlimited power to target or make public the tax returns of private citizens—and not just private citizens: political enemies, business and labor leaders or even the returns of Supreme Court justices themselves.”

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“The whole Western house is now on fire in an act of suicide.”

The Road from Serfdom (Batiushka)

Today, the whole free (= Non-Western) world is looking on and anxiously watching, basically supportive of Russia, but not too visibly – just in case this millennial transformation goes wrong. Fundamentally, the free world knows that if Russia loses, then the cause of freedom and sovereignty in the world is finished, independent China India are finished. Then the Klaus Schwab-style nightmare of the World Dictatorship of Serfs, ceases to be fantasy and is put into practice. There will be no further point in human life and so the world will end in the Apocalypse. Alternatively, others proclaim another, equally catastrophic scenario. This is that the West will not back down in its war in the Ukraine and therefore will make the future nuclear through a false flag nuclear incident in the Ukraine, which it will pin on Russia, like Flight MH17. But the cold and hungry of the West do not want nuclear war and even if some of the elite are so crazy as to want it, not all. Crazy elitists could be replaced. As for the journalists who have continually lied to date, they would simply say that they had previously only reported what they had been told to report.

In other words, a nuclear war is not an inevitable scenario. In any case, how can Russia lose? We all believe that Russia will win, because treasonous regime change in Russia is not going to happen as it did in February 1917, and that was the only reason why, fully armed and ready for victory, Russia lost then (4). Even the arms merchants behind NATO are fearful of any official involvement or of the war spreading and Russia itself is careful to avoid any spread of war to a NATO country. They only want to fill their pockets, not the Apocalypse. It is precisely the loss of the war by the West that could provide the solution to the Western problem. The solution to reverse the situation in the West has to be radical because, as we have said, the Western delusion is millennial, the delusion lies at its very roots (5). Warnings have been given for centuries but nobody has ever listened. It is rather like a child who you tell not to play with matches, but who still insists on playing with matches to see what will happen if he lights a match and then sets fire to the whole house. And that is what has happened. The whole Western house is now on fire in an act of suicide.

The solution is regime change in the EU and the US/UK, that is, the changing of the elites. Now, all the Western countries of the world are run by elites with their many hangers-on. The elites provide bipartisan dictatorships. The ironic fact that it actually dares call these dictatorships, by the rich on behalf of the rich, ‘liberal democracies’ is irrelevant. I doubt if any regime change will come through some sort of armed uprising and I would not encourage that either. Rather governments – together with their fantastical, anti-Russian rhetoric – will collapse through the weight of their own lies, injustices and corruption, of protests, strikes and bankruptcies, of cold, poverty and hunger among people who have never been so cold, poor and hungry before. In other words, Western regimes will collapse under pressure from the grassroots, because they are so rotten on the inside. Which will collapse first, the EU or the US/UK, Eurosodom or Gomerica? We suspect the Eurozionists of the EU because those countries are bearing the brunt of their own elites’ suicide bid on the orders of the US/UK elite, and there are already splits among them.

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“..the perfect ending to two years where President Biden has had some landmark successes..”

Zelensky Planning To Visit US Capitol In Person On Wednesday (Hill)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit the U.S. Capitol in person on Wednesday, sources confirmed to The Hill. The visit is not set stone, but hinges on security, according to a second source familiar with the planning. The media leaks, the source said, are “not helping.” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) confirmed the plans to The Hill. If the visit does materialize, it would likely mark the first time the Ukrainian president has left his country since before Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday encouraging them to “be present for a very special focus on Democracy Wednesday night.” Punchbowl News first reported on the possible historic visit, citing several sources familiar with the plans.


The visit comes as Zelensky, his top military officials and aides have warned that Russia is planning to renew a large-scale ground invasion of Ukraine, and as the country suffers under devastating aerial attacks that have destroyed its energy and electricity infrastructure entering the winter season. Congress on Tuesday proposed to provide Ukraine with $45 billion in military, economic and other assistance related to Russia’s war against the country, as part of the omnibus spending package lawmakers hope to pass by the end of the week. “That President Zelensky is going to make his first trip outside the country since the war began to speak to us, to thank us and to challenge us to continue to support the Ukrainian people I think is the perfect ending to two years where President Biden has had some landmark successes,” he said.

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Reason. Short supply.

Macron Doubles Down On ‘Security Guarantees’ For Russia (RT)

French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated his belief that the conflict in Ukraine will inevitably be resolved at the negotiations table, and that the West and NATO in particular will have to come up with security guarantees not only for Kiev, but Moscow as well, to secure a lasting peace.“The day of peace will involve discussions. First and foremost for guarantees to Ukraine, for its territorial integrity, its long-term security. But also for Russia, as a party that it will be to an armistice and peace treaty,” Macron said in an interview with the TF1 and LCI channels broadcast on Tuesday.The French leader first voiced the idea of “security guarantees” for Russia earlier this month, arguing that one of the “essential points” NATO had to address is Russia’s concern that the military bloc “comes right up to its doors, and the deployment of weapons that could threaten Russia.”

His comments triggered a barrage of criticism not only from Kiev but also fellow EU leaders from Poland, Slovakia and the Baltic states. French diplomats tried to downplay the comment, insisting that it was taken “out of context,” while Macron himself urged European allies not to “create controversy where there is none.”In the latest interview, Macron urged critics to explain what kind of alternative to eventual talks with Moscow they are proposing. “What the people who refuse to prepare this and work on it are proposing is full war. It will involve the whole continent,” he said.

Last December, Russia presented a list of security demands to the US and NATO, asking the West to impose a ban on Ukraine entering the military bloc, while insisting that NATO should retreat to its borders of 1997, before it began to expand.In January, the US and NATO refused, saying they would only be interested in strategic arms control talks. Since the conflict in Ukraine escalated in February, the bloc has also moved to welcome Sweden and Finland into the military alliance, though the expansion has yet to be finalized.

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“If approval is not granted, we would have to review very critically the so-called going concern forecast for our company..”

Nationalization Of German Gas Giant Approved – Reuters (RT)

Shareholders of struggling German gas importer Uniper on Monday approved the company’s state bailout, which has so far cost the government more than €50 billion ($54 billion), Reuters reports. The company’s investors reportedly voted in favor of the two main measures, an €8 billion ($8.4 billion) capital injection by the state and allowing a further injection of up to €25 billion (nearly $27 billion). Uniper CEO Klaus-Dieter Maubach reportedly called a virtual extraordinary shareholder meeting earlier on Monday to approve the bailout plan and nationalization, warning that the firm will otherwise have to consider insolvency. The warning followed last week’s approval by the European Commission of the energy giant’s takeover by the German government. “(The measures) are indispensable for this company’s future,” Maubach said, as quoted by Reuters.


“If approval is not granted, we would have to review very critically the so-called going concern forecast for our company. In the Management Board’s view, a possible insolvency could lead to a complete loss for shareholders,” he warned. According to Maubach, Uniper currently has access to around €2.5 billion ($2.6 billion) of funds. The report indicated that as part of the bailout, the German government will end up owning just below 99% of Uniper. The German Finance Ministry will be responsible for the stake. Uniper, Germany’s top gas trader, has suffered one of the biggest financial losses in the nation’s corporate history due to skyrocketing energy prices and halted gas flows from its main supplier, Russia. The government has rushed in to rescue the firm to avoid a domino effect across the country’s energy sector.

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Meanwhile in the real world… (the ban is only for shipped oil..)

Germany, Poland Order More Russian Oil – Transneft (RT)

Russia’s Transneft has received applications from Poland and Germany to pump oil for December, 2023 and the first quarter of next year, respectively, despite reports of unwillingness to continue deliveries, Nikolai Tokarev, president of Transneft, said on the air of the Rossiya-24 TV channel, Report informs referring to TASS. “They announced that they would not take oil from Russia from January 1. Now we have received applications from Polish consumers asking for 3 million tons next year, and 360,000 tons for December, and Germany has already submitted an application for the first quarter, he said.On December 12, the Polish Cabinet called for the introduction of ‘full, comprehensive sanctions without exceptions’ against Russia, including ‘comprehensive sanctions against the northern pipeline (Druzhba).’


“If this does not happen, then we will continue discussions together with the [Orlen] concern, or the concern will decide what to do next with the commitments already made,” Anna Moskva, minister of Climate and Environment of Poland, who is responsible for energy issues, told reporters. Orlen has long-term oil supply contracts with Rosneft and Tatneft. The first provides for the supply of up to 300,000 tons of oil per month and expires in December 2022, the second is concluded for 200,000 tons of oil per month and expires in December 2024. Orlen supplies all these deliveries through pipelines. Russian oil in Poland is planned to be replaced through contracts with Saudi Aramco, supplies from Nigeria, Angola, the North Sea region and from the Norwegian shelf.

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“Maybe the whole European Union is a non-place. A non-union.”

The European Non-Union after Qatargate: Was it Designed to Fail? (Ugo Bardi)

You probably know the concept of “non-places.” The hall of a hotel is a good example. It looks like the living room of a home, but it is not the same thing. It is a place where people stay for brief periods of time, but do not interact with each other. They don’t know each other, they don’t even understand each other’s language. The Babel Tower was a good example of a non-place, but nowadays non-places are common. In addition to hotels, you have airports, train stations, shopping malls, waiting rooms, and many more examples.

Non-places are the ideal kind of places to engage in illegal or hidden operations. For instance, hotels are the typical place where you can meet your secret sexual partner, discuss illegal deals, or give or receive a bribe in cash. That doesn’t mean, of course, that all the customers of a hotel are criminals. It just means that non-places provide the anonymity you need for certain kinds of transactions. Anonymity makes you also vulnerable to attacks that can take the form of “character assassination,” as it happened to Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011.

The European Parliament provides a special kind of anonymity owing to its multinational organization. Each national delegation is jealous of its national language and its members would feel offended if they were asked to speak in English (*) which some of them are unable to do, anyway. That’s why the Union has 24 official languages and, consequently, the “Alcide De Gasperi” room in the palace of the European Parliament in Brussels has 24 translation boots, each one with at least two official interpreters. (theoretically, each boot should have 23 translators, but they would not fit inside, and I suppose that the translations are made first into English and then translated into the other 23 languages).

Given this organization, you understand the fragmentation of the European Parliament. A few years ago, I was there, and I noted how it looks mostly like the hall of a large hotel, a typical non-place. Throngs of people moving up and down, but very little interaction among those who don’t speak the same language. Even outside the parliament building, I found that the Italian delegation had a coffee shop that served Italian coffee, where everyone spoke Italian, and where you feel like being in Italy. I had the impression, and some Spanish friends confirmed it, that the whole central area of Brussels is a non-place: each national delegation had its coffee shops, restaurants, etcetera. Maybe the whole European Union is a non-place. A non-union.

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Remember, she said she acted on orders from Borrell and others.

S&D Chief Summons MEP Eva Kaili Over ‘Ghost’ Vote (RT)

The President of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, Iratxe Garcia Perez, had summoned MEP Eva Kaili for her “ghost” vote at the LIBE committee on Qatar, but the meeting never took place as Kaili was arrested as part of the Qatar scandal investigation, Report informs, citing EURActiv. A vote at the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on Qatar’s visa liberalisation exposed Kaili as she was not a member of the committee. During the previous plenary session of the EU House, Kaili participated in the LIBE committee and voted in favour of Qatar’s visa liberalisation. It was the same period when Kaili spoke in the plenary, saying Qatar is a “frontrunner in labour rights”.

An S&D source told EURACTIV that Kaili was not even sitting with her S&D group but in the back seats with her partner Francesco Giorgi and two people who came directly from Doha. When the votes were counted at the end of the voting process, EU lawmakers realised that there was an additional vote, the one of Kaili. Then German S&D MEP Birgit Sippel (SPD), who voted against the Commission’s proposal for Qatar’s visa liberalisation, then filed an internal complaint against Kaili to the S&D chief Garcia. A source from Garcia’s office told EURACTIV that it was the first time that the S&D chief received a complaint against Kaili. “Iratxe Garcia had scheduled a meeting in the EU Parliament in Strasbourg for Kaili to explain why she was present at that vote and, above all, why she participated in the voting process”, a source from Garcia’s office told EURACTIV.

However, the meeting never occurred as Kaili was arrested for the Qatar scandal. The same source explained that Nikos Androulakis, the President of the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok – S&D), told Garcia after the summer that Kaili would not be a candidate for the next EU elections without elaborating further. Another incident that surprised socialists, according to the source, was when the Greek MEP broke the S&D line for the selection of the next secretary of the European Parliament and voted in favour of the centre-right EPP candidate, Alessandro Chiocchetti. EURACTIV Greece reported last September that after the vote, a closed-door S&D meeting took place in which socialist lawmakers lashed out at her for her position.

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“..an increase in diagnoses of “sudden death” (R96) of +1,082 percent. With diagnostic key R96.1, the increase is even +1,673 percent..”

The Most Important Dataset of the Pandemic was Just Released (GP)

Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA vaccines, calls this the most important dataset of the Pandemic. Tom Lausen is a data activist. Via A Midwestern Doctor Lausen previously revealed the PEI and the RKI (the German equivalent of the CDC) were concealing concerning vaccine safety data. Lausen estimated that 90% of the suspicious deaths that occur after vaccination are not reported to the PEI, and approximately 90% of those reported come from the patient themselves or their relatives.

The National Association for Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (NASHIP) provided the data covering over 72 million insured Germans. NASHIP or “Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung (KBV),” is the coordinating body of all 17 State Associations of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Germany. As of 2018, it represented about 175,000 office-based physicians and psychotherapists. “The association is also actively involved in negotiations on the range of services provided by statutory health insurance companies and the remuneration of doctors. Furthermore, the KBV carries out a “security mandate” in accordance with Section 75 (1) SGB V, which is intended to ensure that all legally insured patients can receive adequate outpatient care.”

Using coded data covering 72 million Germans available from the health insurers, the number of people who died “suddenly and unexpectedly” skyrocketed compared to previous years. “It was found that in 2021 not only were 2,487,526 patients with vaccination side effects seen by the doctor, but that there were also drastic changes in clinical pictures and deaths since the start of the corona vaccination.” The following diagnostic keys were evaluated in order to analyze the rise in sudden deaths:

R96.0 Sudden death
R96.1 Death occurring within less than 24 hours of onset of symptoms, unless otherwise stated
R98 Death without others present
R99 Other imprecise or unspecified causes of death
I46.1 Sudden cardiac death

According to KBV data, in 2021 there was an increase in diagnoses of “sudden death” (R96) of +1,082 percent. With diagnostic key R96.1, the increase is even +1,673 percent.

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“No one should have to fear losing their jobs just because they opt against getting a shot.”

Geez, we’re still discussing this?

White House Can’t Mandate COVID Jabs for Federal Contractors: Appeals Court (ET)

A federal appeals court on Monday struck down a White House rule requiring anyone employed by a federal contractor to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of government contracts. A three-panel judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to affirm a lower court judgment that barred President Joe Biden’s September 2021 executive order in three states after Louisiana, Indiana, and Mississippi sued to challenge the rule. These three states sued the Biden administration in the Western District of Louisiana in their capacities as federal contractors themselves, winning an injunction and stay by the district court.

In upholding the lower court finding, Judge Kurt Engelhardt, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, said in his majority opinion that a broad interpretation of the law could have given Biden “nearly unlimited authority to introduce requirements into federal contracts.” He illustrated his point by saying that Biden could “hypothetically” mandate that all third-party federal contractors’ employees reduce their BMI (body mass index) below a certain number based “on the theory that obesity is a primary contributor to unhealthiness and absenteeism.” The U.S. government has contracts with hundreds of third-party contractors, and judges have indicated that the issue might affect up to 20 percent of American employees.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita touted the ruling as a legal victory against what he called President Joe Biden’s executive overreach. Rokita, who joined with two other plaintiff states in the legal action, decried Biden’s “truly unprecedented” use of the federal Procurement Act to wield executive power to impose the mandate on third-party contractors. “Hoosiers and all Americans should have the liberty to make their own decisions on whether to get vaccinated,” Rokita said in a statement. “That includes individuals who happen to work as federal contractors. No one should have to fear losing their jobs just because they opt against getting a shot.”

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    VIncent van Gogh Weeping woman 1883   • Musk Advocates Modern ‘Church Commission’ To Investigate FBI Corruption (ZH) • FBI Paid Twitter $3.5m ‘To
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 21 2022]

    #124012
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Such a lovely time of the year; all the various traditions and the music they bring for our listening pleasure;
    https://www.classicalwcrb.org/?_ga=2.92739485.1272482549.1670455031-819606236.1656561735

    It’s just one of the possibilities on offer…

    #124013
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Speaking of ‘law enforcement’ and the lack thereof, how about that there City of Brotherly Love.

    Philadelphia

    Blue city third world Demo-rat dump.

    Only 10 shooting days left to set that new All Time Homicide Record

    It’s like a Murder Marathon there.

    Crossed the 500th homicide marker in the waning days of 2022 but like that final 26th mile, good old Philly needs to dig down deep and Go for Gold on the Urban Killing Fields Contest.

    Gonna be hard to beat 2021, but hey maybe they threw in some “Died Suddenly Deaths” into the stats that years. It happens.

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    Listen, you hear that?

    Seashells Seashells, down by the Sea Shore.

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    Happy Solstice

    #124014
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “EU Imposes The World’s Largest Carbon Tax Scheme, Inflationary Madness Sets In”

    Tax on the poor TO the rich. “We already had a class war and the rich won.” – Warren Buffet. That should really settle down the Gilet Jaunes.

    “Why Reparations Now?”

    As America a huge number of people are mixed race, — most of us in fact, depending on your definition of ‘race’ — they will be paying reparations to themselves. No? So we’re on the KKK’s “Single drop of Black blood” theory? And California where they’re really trying this, was always a free state, so we’re having the Chinese immigrants pay the Black slaves that California never had and the Chinese never owned? Huh. Go on, I’ll watch.

    J6 ends, they refer charges. But the FBI has been taking serious broadsides all month. They are going to have serious trouble arresting Trump now in the purpose of preventing his running for office: that is, open, public election tampering. You know, even more than last time.

    I don’t know where they go from here: pretend that they have crimes in their pocket and can arrest Trump any time they want now? Without a Pelosi, no Cheney, losingest candidate in history, and with a GOP House?

    I guess we’ll find out, but as again: no big event. Nothing ever happens.

    “Musk Advocates Modern ‘Church Commission’ to Investigate FBI Corruption (ZH)”

    It’s not about a Church Commission at this time: Musk has already done that with the recent news releases. Church didn’t do jack to stop the CIA back then because they couldn’t: the CIA was both patient, and running the government against the People. It only slowed them down. Which I do appreciate, but really…

    “technology perfected by the intelligence community, which could be used by the US government against its own citizens to create “total tyranny” –Church

    Just as McCarthy said there was a club in Hollywood that would put sex groomers in movies and undermine your culture to get at your kids, Eisenhower said there was a cabal of Public and Private industry which would steal all the money and make for themselves, and Kennedy said:

    “The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are as a people, inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago, that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it, and there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it’s in my control.

    And no official of my administration, whether his rank is higher, low, civilian or military should interpret my words here tonight, as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes, or withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covet means for expanding its sphere of influence on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion, instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night Instead of armies by day, it is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes of buried, not headlined. It’s dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed. No secret is revealed. No president should fear public scrutiny of his program.

    Kenn

    Sound like something you’d hear today?

    No one listened then, at any time over those 40 years. Presidents and Senators with information you can only dream of told you directly, officially, on national TV. It’s STILL not happening. It’s still a conspiracy theory. DeNial ain’t a river. Total dereliction of duty by the U.S. Government: that is, We the People, the real government.

    “FBI Paid Twitter $3.5m ‘To Do Its Bidding’ (DM)”

    This is critical, not in happening but in making people understand. So they monitored all the people: illegal. They election tampered: illegal. They suppressed felony evidence: illegal. They refused to enforce the law: illegal. They suppressed free speech: illegal. But then…

    when Twitter said they didn’t find anything, they wouldn’t Muh Private Corporation suppress that speech, the U.S. government directly PAID them to do suppress free speech? $3 MILLION dollars a pop? And not the first time?

    That’s hard to dodge. “We weren’t tampering with and suppressing free speech, we were just paying the Muh Private Corporation to do it on our behalf. “ As in Bantam v. Sullivan, they can’t outsource their human rights violations to a hired private corporation. Duh. (Lookin’ at you Blackwater) And “Bantam” doesn’t even get paid, that’s only implied threats.

    “Twitter executives have granted the US Defense Department special privileges to use the social media platform for its covert online influence campaigns for at least five years,”

    A bit back to the original drama, if Twitter refused to inform Musk about this, would that be fraud in withholding critical information about the purchase? That Musk was buying a company liable in open Human Rights violations?

    “They began posing as ordinary users or “unbiased” sources of opinion and information. Some accounts on the list were promoting US-backed militants in Syria,”

    That is, terrorist extremists promoting open and ethnic violence. Is that against your ToS, Twitter? So we now know why ISIS was non-stop Whitelisted while Congressmen were banned? Oh and DoD can promote violent racism no problem? Where’s the Squad?

    ““It sounds like DOD was doing something shady” Awwwwwwww. So after discovering this, you “allowed many of the accounts to remain active.” I presume this was not for free. But for quid pro quo and big cash payments. Perhaps so no one investigates your personal life with underage Grindr?

    ““I’m just going to refer you to the FBI. I’m not going to comment from here about that..”

    That’s the President. So…I guess we know who’s really running the country now? “Ask the real President. President Wray.”

    “Twitter briefly banned users from sharing” Briefly? As in “For years and still going on today”?

    The “Laptop” which had evidence of 641 crimes relevant to both 1) Presidential influence sales to foreign governments and 2) Relevant to an impeachment trial, the 3rd ever convened in U.S. history?

    ““January 6th was the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

    An “attack” with zero guns. Where no one died but one rioter at the hands of overzealous police. Hyperbole much?

    “the CEO has introduced a number of controversial changes that have caused a massive public backlash.”

    Framing. Therefore: Lie. The way Twitter did things before ALSO created a non-stop “massive public backlash” for years. I was lashing their back furiously. But that’s not reported/didn’t exist. It’s only when a MINORITY (according to the recent polls) objects to the MAJORITY vote to reinstate Trump, etc, that a “massive public backlash” is reported and exists. So how that works? You’re beaten in the streets? No story. I’m slightly inconvenienced for a few hours? DEMOCRACY IS ENDING!!!! …Not kidding. Journalists called it the Thursday night massacre” (where no one was killed) and created a Wiki Page for the deaths, shootings, imprisonments, and toppled governments that never happened. https://nypost.com/2022/12/17/wikipedia-documents-thursday-night-massacre-after-twitter-suspensions/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_15,_2022_Twitter_suspensions

    Brooklyn Blue-Hairs are the most important, most downtrodden people in the universe, doncha know? Taylor Lorenz, Swiss Private school girl and editor of the NY Times, is the most oppressed, helpless person on the continent, having no privilege or power whatsoever but is crying on TV, a poor wee victim of evil Mr. Musk. …Just because she posted the real-time location of Musk so Antifa attacked his car to kill his children. I mean: totally innocent! Who’s the real victim here?

    Anyway, OUR “massive public backlash” doesn’t exist because they don’t report it. Their “massive public backlash” does NOT exist, but they DO report it. …Because they were lying. Azerbaycan, who should know better, plays along, as does Fox, Conservative, etc…

    “The J6 Referral Falls Short of a Credible Criminal Case (Turley)”

    As above, they report what DOESN’T happen, and not what did. So what DOESN’T happen becomes true, and what did is false. That is, just garden-variety lying. Yet the liars never discredited, by US, the only government that matters.

    “Dems Dump Trump Tax Data In Tuesday Night Release (ZH)”

    I don’t know what they’re doing with this. Obviously the IRS has already audited him every year since he left college and back then found nothing. It would be pretty embarrassing to say “Oops! We have him a pass for 9 years when he was obviously guilty” Obviously the IRS already leaked this to any insider that asked. If you think the IRS is “secret” I’ve got my bridge to sell you: even things that are “secret” are wide open and the IRS isn’t “Secret” at all.

    So according to that line of thinking they’ve got 1) Nothing 2) Nothing 3) Nothing, and 4) Nothing.

    If they had it, don’t you think it would have been secret-leaked, rumored to WaPo long before now? Okay now, quite the #Opposite: having set precedent, Joe and Hunter’s tax returns are now on the docket with tax evasion for the $1 Million dollars Hunter got from Moscow(literally) not reported as income .

    “The Road from Serfdom (Batiushka) “

    With dreadful YouTube getting more dreadful daily, their auto-play forced Nouriel Roubini on me. Who I usually, or used to respect. But his line in 2022 is every “Latest Thing” including AI and robots unemploying all human workers. …They’ve been saying that since 1920. “What are we going to do with all that free time?” they ask, and a running gag in “The Jetsons”. Anyone notice 100 years later that never happened? N O P E . There is NOTHING you can do to re-apply reality back on Ego.

    Anyway, to solve that non-problem, in world where apparently robots don’t run on electricity, because every continent’s GRID is going down? And where I guess there are no supply chain issues and robot-made cars don’t stack up for 10 miles square because they lack a $30 chip? In that magic world we don’t live in, Roubini recommends UBI.

    And what is that really? With palatial oligarchs owning the factories and robots, politicos eating 5-Stars while we’re not allowed to travel 5 miles without express permission? But then they have to take care of us at some base level with UBI?

    It’s Serfdom. Neo-Feudalism.

    As I’ve said many times and could not be more clear. They have given up on and now oppose #Democracy. They’ve given up on and oppose #Capitalism. They only promote #Feudalism, but knowing you won’t willingly accept century long stagnation, #Oppression, no meat, wildly reduced standards of living, no law, criminal levels of income and power disparity, and no personal #Freedom or privacy whatsoever, they instead call it “Environmentalism” and the “Green New Deal” under “Democratic Socialism.”

    It’s Feudalism. Call it what it is. If you want it, fine, we’ll discuss and debate it, I’m not entirely opposed. But I’m not sure even Millennials are going to sign up for Feudalism with Musk and Weinstein as their Feudal Lord and master.

    Speaking of, Weistein convicted of rape. Crickets in the news. Did you know it was rape of the CA Governor’s wife? I need to check that, but that was the news blurb. #Power much? He had an Open season rape card for NY. Paying the NYC D.A. and Governor Cuomo not even in secret but with an open Check. Rape all the women you want! We’ve got your back! (We like that stuff too.)

    “if Russia loses, then the cause of freedom and sovereignty in the world is finished,”

    Yes, but interesting, there’s a prophesy on this – the local type you can’t trust too well. It says ultimately Russia-China war against the U.S., Russia will flip and Russia will attack China instead. That seems unlikely now? Take the word “War” out of it but keep, “Struggle.” If the U.S. is wrested back from the WEF Nazis, they will be Russia’s ally, as we probably already are. The messy “Freedom” we both hope for is then only opposed by the Social-credit-score bug-hive of China. (Probably still allied with Europe for some time). Russia may not “attack” as in nuke/invade them, but continue the war “Struggle”. See what I mean? Why not?

    In that article: “even if some of the elite are so crazy as to want [nuclear war], not all.” Yes. And replace with “A country so crooked and unsafe that even a private jet and bodyguards doesn’t buy you security from a 25-year old punk extorting you.” Are they for supporting THAT kind of nation too? Or maybe against the government and people that make that self-destruction possible?

    Suppose we call them “Bolsheviks”, and they’re trotting around the steppes shaking down local manor houses. Which side do you think they will pick when forced to? The Bolshevik-friendly, Bolshevik-supporting, Bolshevik-pay-your-bail-for-murder/release-all-violent-offenders-on-your-Vassar-daughters government? Or the other side, whoever they may be?

    Yeah, they’re “Not so crazy” as to support that, are they? What’s the point of having hard-won money you can’t spend in peace? That any Bolshevik punk of 20 can steal from you?

    “The solution to reverse the situation in the West has to be radical because, as we have said, the Western delusion is millennial, the delusion lies at its very roots”

    This event hasn’t happened, but it’s probably the collapse of NATO, markets, and their currencies, all intertwined.

    “Which will collapse first, the EU or the US/UK, Eurosodom or Gomerica? We suspect the Eurozionists “

    As Powell is making sure of right now.

    “Zelensky Planning to Visit US Capitol in Person on Wednesday (Hill)”

    …And taking over both the Oval Office and the Speaker’s Chair. I mean, he runs our government now, doesn’t he? He’s the only border we defend. He’s the only one we have money for.

    “Macron Doubles Down on ‘Security Guarantees’ for Russia (RT)”

    Dude, you’re not going to play “Lucy and the Football” again this time. Supporting Kissinger’s plan to freeze Russia at this line, with nukes in Finland 15min from Moscow. What could you POSSIBLY offer? You don’t even run Paris. You’re a Colonial occupier in your own nation.

    “Nationalization of German Gas Giant Approved – Reuters (RT)”

    Defacto Nationalization (99% taxes) becomes official. Because the company was broke, looted, and needs a refill from the taxpayers. So EU/WEF: now have no private banking, as that will be replaced with direct central banking, CBDCs, and no private industry such as gas or electric: those “Means of Production” are “Owned by the State”. Always worked before! Worker’s Paradise. Countdown to the next 100M dead.

    “Russia’s Transneft has received applications from Poland and Germany to pump oil for December, 2023 and the first quarter of next year,”

    Russia is such their evil enemy that they’re selling them oil.

    “The European Non-Union after Qatargate: Was it Designed to Fail? (Ugo Bardi)”

    Sort of. It was designed from Day One to be #Fascism. Armstrong was consulted in those meetings and they told him they sucked so bad the people would never agree to it, as indeed they didn’t in several referendums. Therefore they needed to sneak the Economic Union to FORCE the people to the political union, without representation. Even THAT didn’t work, so they then double-trampled the people and all Democracy by refusing referendums – even worse than the votes in Crimea and Donbass — and signed a Treaty….which I’m pretty sure you can’t hand away your national sovereignty with a local treaty.

    Now even and obviously THAT doesn’t work either. Hey, trampling the people and ending democracy doesn’t seem to be getting the people on board, so let’s try it #MOAR!

    And to top it off, Armstrong’s specific point was if they didn’t nationalize the debts like Alexander Hamilton did, the difference in nations would tear the Union to pieces. But to do that means eternal North-South transfers presently hidden in (What was it called? Mark II or something?) This is EXACTLY what is happening. LaGuarde has only bought time (against the Fed) with an Italian Operation Twist, but has run out of money again. The ECB also cannot directly print money like Powell can. This is the barrel they — the U.S. Nationalists and Capitalists — are breaking them over.

    “Nothing ever happens”, but here’s a thing that DID happen: US Interest rates are almost 5%. They are STILL denying it. Still on for “Pivot”. (They always coin a new word every time. “Green Shoots”!) If so, does that mean Powell has to raise to 10% to make the market take him seriously? That’s still way under inflation. And props to Europe: they’ve been holding out extraordinarily well as is their tradition.

    Here’s the problem: Germany is wildly over US bonds. Like: Wtf? Germany has no industry, no energy, and might even be invaded. And by price they’re still considered better than the U.S. which doesn’t even have a summer of love going on? One would THINK they’ve got a looooong way to fall with that. We haven’t had markets in decades, but pushing prices that far from reality is expensive and breaks things.

    Was the EU designed to fail? No, it was designed to be the new USSR, and it’s doing that admirably, but the people won’t support it, WEF cant’ make them, and it WILL fail. But they might get 3 years of violent totalitarianism and 60 million deaths first.

    ““..an increase in diagnoses of “sudden death” (R96) of +1,082 percent. With diagnostic key R96.1, the increase is even +1,673 percent..”

    I see nothing. This is not suspicious at all. And because I don’t know, I know ahead of time we should definitely not look into this.

    When you die, I’m going to take your house. I say that hoping you’ll get pissed off enough to do something and stop me.

    Didn’t Redfern say Wuhan all along? It’s just The Narrative™ was bulletproof.

    “ White House Can’t Mandate COVID Jabs for Federal Contractors: Appeals Court (ET)”

    They #Hate Civil Rights more than Cancer. Now literally. They support every human rights violation for decades because we have no Rule of Law. When Government fails, the government is The People. WE are the last line, the veto vote. 1A, 2A.

    #124015
    vlad
    Participant

    Interesting discussion on Kerryn Phelps’s “coming out” on Igor Chudov’s substack. For those not familiar with the name. Phelps has a huge public profile here in Australia.

    Vlad

    #124016
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The TAE piece a couple days ago “Galileo vs the Vatican”, hate to make a bad pun but a piece should be written:

    “Frank Church vs the Deep State”

    Different Church indeed

    I worked in DC back in the day and met Frank Church on the street one day. I was drinking a cup of coffee while waiting at a crosswalk to cross Penn Ave up near the Capitol. We just exchanged small talk, pleasant man with a good demeanor, great smile, great sense of humor. This was before the Church committee had formed but was gathering steam. I had no idea he was going to head it.

    We talked about the old Washington baseball club, The Senators.

    We laughed that that was an ironic name for a Major League team in DC.

    The light turned and we parted.

    When the Church Committee had finally come to the end of their work, my first thought was that the Deep State would find a way to kill Frank.

    He died suddenly of cancer at 59 a couple years later, I always thought they got even with him and sent a message to the rest of the Swamp and Congress.

    Don’t ever Phuck with US again.

    That was what, almost 50 years ago and barely a peep.

    R.I.P Senator, you gave it a swing.

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    #124017
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Tasking an investigative committee of some sort along the lines of the Church Committee (as Elon Musk Suggests) is as silly and pointless as setting up a committee made up entirely of slaves and tasking them with the job of investigating the people who own them body and soul.

    It could be offered in challenge that the slave owners don’t really OWN the slaves, to which I can only answer, “They own the slaves if the slaves BELIEVE they do.”

    If you DEPEEND on a boss or master for your daily living existence it is extremely unlikely that you would find your benefactor & paymaster guilty and execute or imprison him. To do so would be to END the benefits and “pay” you’ve been vitally depending on them for. This is best visualized perhaps as a “Mexican Standoff with nuclear pistolas. Which do you prefer? Acceptance of rules, or total freedom ?

    Or perhaps you would prefer a mix. In that case, declare where (in your opinion) the balance point should be and Universe will fix you right up precisely as asked for. Instantly.

    #124018
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    In other words, feel free to wade into the fray whenever you want to, become a real player , and get your hands as bloody as you choose.

    #124019
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    In other other words, if you are unsatisfied with your position in the great scheme of things (or with the scheme itself for that matter) then you DO understand (don’t you?) that you are and always have been completely free to do what it takes to move to a higher and more responsible position in that Universal nature of things as the simply (and really) are.

    #124024
    zerosum
    Participant

    J6 revolution – Thinking – premeditation – Call it criminal intent – “dirty thought” – a conspiracy

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    Rich man – poor man – legislation requiring the Internal Revenue Service to conduct an annual audit of the President’s finances.”
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    Which will collapse first?
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    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/china/
    Latest News
    December 20 (GMT)
    Updates
    2,722 new cases and 5 new deaths in China [source]
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    I could not find the name/study of the Omicron variant that is causing the headlines about China
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    FTX gone.
    Zelensky going to Washington to open a bank accounts for the $ 45 billion to Kiev,
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    #124025
    John Day
    Participant

    @Oroboros: Thanks for the Memorial to Senator Frank Church. Really. Cancer… Like Ruby.

    @Volodymyr Zelensky: Skip out to Florida, while you still can. Maybe Last Chance!

    @US Deep-State: Who are you?
    Are you Adam Schiff? Would you let Schiff be peeled off?
    Are you James Baker? Would you let Baker be peeled off?
    Who signs your paychecks? Do you serve the “owners”, or do you “own the owners” now?
    Do you all-hang-together? Howzat work? Mutual trust?
    Are you brave like RFK Jr, Tulsi and Tucker; ready to die?
    Whaddaya think of that Musk dude? Got style, no?

    #124026
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @JohnDay

    Nice riff ! Reading it was like a clip of Muhammad Ali in the ring at the peak of his form.

    #124027
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    The overwhelming quantity of bad news and fresh shocks that the whole world is experiencing at an accelerating clip, is not actually new. By which I mean to say that it’s not new STUFF . It’s virtually all OLD stuff, the same old same old daily grind in the real stuff world that has always existed . . . (albeit VERY deliberately hidden) . . . but that we’re now SEEING for the first time so it seems like things are worse when in fact they’re better (if you consider greater awareness to be an improvement).

    That’s the cost of wisdom, and it just also happens to be the price of a ticket to freedom. Pretty steep. But then, the bill for not taking the ride is a real shocker, too. So, in the immortal words of Popeye the Sailer, “All aboard what’s coming aboard !”

    #124028
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Question asked: “What should be done about fentanyl? Has it affected your family or community?”

    11 Readers on How to Solve the Opioid Crisis
    https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2022/12/11-readers-on-how-to-solve-the-opioid-crisis/672515/

    … fwiw,

    F.S.

    #124029
    zerosum
    Participant

    Colonelcassad
    An urgent task for the Russian army is the development of technology for the use of combat drones. The experience of a special military operation has shown that the use of drones has become almost ubiquitous and such an arsenal of means should be in combat compartments, platoons, companies, battalions. The target should be detected as quickly as possible, information should be transmitted for a strike in real time. UAVs should be interconnected, integrated into a single intelligence network (c) Putin
    In fact, Putin is talking about the need to move to the concept of multi-domain operations. I immediately recall the articles by Vladimir Orlov that I published on this topic in previous years. These ideas sprouted to the very top. Of course – all this is necessary. Needed yesterday.
    https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/6561578.html
    UAV. Means or method – what is more important in modern war of the 21st century
    Feb 17, 2021

    #124030
    zerosum
    Participant

    Colonelcassad
    On the situation with the energy sector of Ukraine before the next strikes.

    1. Up to 42% of consumers are without light or in emergency shutdown mode. In some regions, these figures reach 60%, and in Kiev and at all 80%. DTEK and Zelensky’s gang made it clear even earlier that such realities would persist at least until the end of March, and then if there are no new strikes, they will.

    2. It is not yet possible to fully restore the work of the Internet in the mode “until October 10-12”. And this is so far without strikes on data centers (which are objectively desirable – some of them are quite affordable for defeat). Interruptions in cellular communication are less systemic.

    3. Non-priority urban and rural areas are increasingly left either without light, or transferred to the mode of arbitrary emergency shutdowns (for example, today in Lviv, after the “successful resumption of rolling blackouts”, they were forced to switch to emergency ones, since the region’s power system cannot cope even without new blows).

    4. Train delays are not yet critical and in this regard, the crisis of the energy system affected rail transportation in a limited way. As has been noted more than once, for more systemic consequences, it is necessary to defeat the 750 substations and disconnect the nuclear power plant from the power grid in order to deprive zelensky’s gang of the opportunity to balance the energy system after strikes.

    5. The transfer of new imported air defense systems to Ukraine will certainly allow the Armed Forces of Ukraine to strengthen a number of air defense units covering the most important objects, although due to the size of the theater and the abundance of objects that need to be covered, even one battery of patriot air defense systems will not make the weather. In addition, in recent weeks, there has been a noticeable trend towards strengthening the hunt of the Russian Armed Forces for radars and air defense systems in combination with strikes.

    #124031
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    If you are interested in the Ukraine War then the following reading of the tea leaves by Garland Nixon and Scott Ritter is something you don’t want to miss. They start with, “What is the REAL reason that Zelenskyy is in Washington ?”, and it just keeps getting better from there.

    https://www.youtube.com/live/6lNnXnAcHf8?feature=share

    #124032
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    World New Order!

    F.S.

    #124033
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Pfft! to analysts, … Berman:

    WHY ANALYSTS ARE WRONG ABOUT OIL PRICES: WHAT THE MARKET KNOWS

    Why Analysts Are Wrong About Oil Prices: What The Market Knows

    F.S.

    #124034
    John Day
    Participant

    @DBS: I’ve got Ali’s Mouf?
    Cool!

    #124035
    John Day
    Participant

    “Short Day Hurry”, with photo of mopping-up operation https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/short-day-hurry

    Biden To Announce Patriot Missiles For Ukraine As Zelensky Arrives In D.C.​
    ​An admin official quoted in Axios said Zelensky’s visit to Washington is expected to last just “a few short hours,” and marks the first known trip the Ukrainian leader has taken outside the country since the war began. He’s expected to hold an “in-depth, strategic discussion” with Biden, and the Congressional address is set for 7:30pm EST.​..​
    ​ ​White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement that the Ukrainian president’s visit will be received with “strong, bipartisan support for Ukraine.”
    ​ ​She said “The visit will underscore the United States’ steadfast commitment to supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes, including through the provision of economic, humanitarian, and military assistance.” …
    Some initial reaction coming out of Moscow…
    PUTIN: INTERBALLISTIC MISSILES SARMAT WILL BE DEPLOYED FOR COMBAT DUTY IN NEAREST FUTURE
    RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTER SHOIGU: WE ARE READY FOR TALKS
    RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTER SHOIGU: JOINT FORCES OF WEST ARE FIGHTING RUSSIA IN UKRAINE
    WEST TRIES TO OVERLOOK NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL, INCLUDING OVER ZAPORIZHZHIA NUCLEAR POWER STATION
    WEST TRIES TO DRAG ON THE FIGHTING IN UKRAINE
    RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTER SHOIGU: WE ARE FIGHTING TO SAVE PEOPLE IN UKRAINE FROM GENOCIDE AND TERROR
    MILITARY POTENTIAL OF UKRAINE IS BEING DESTROYED…
    ​..​The US is about to reach $100 billion in aid committed to Ukraine, and as Glenn Greenwald points out, this far surpasses the total current Russian military budget… ($US 65 billion)
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/biden-announce-patriot-missiles-ukraine-zelensky-arrives-dc

    ​ ​Zelensky is reportedly arriving to Washington D.C. aboard a US Air Force plane, according to US officials cited in CNN, after taking a high risk train ride into Poland.​.. ​Zelensky is apparently prepared to tell Congress that whatever the US has given Ukraine — $45 billion in new aid now under consideration — it is not enough.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/biden-announce-patriot-missiles-ukraine-zelensky-arrives-dc

    ​ ​Russia Is Training Belarusian Combat Pilots As Ukraine Fears New Assault
    https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Russia-Is-Training-Belarusian-Combat-Pilots-As-Ukraine-Fears-New-Assault.html

    ​ ​Death Of Nuclear Deal With Iran Adds To Biden’s Failures In U.S. Foreign Policy​
    ​President Biden said on the sidelines of a Nov. 4 election rally that the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran is “dead,” but stressed the U.S. won’t formally announce it, according to a new video that surfaced on social media late Monday.​..
    ​..The woman asked Biden to announce that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the Iran deal is formally known, is dead.
    Biden responded that he would not “for a lot of reasons.”
    But then he added: “It is dead, but we are not gonna announce it. Long story.”
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/12/death-of-nuclear-deal-with-iran-adds-to-bidens-failures-in-us-foreign-policy.html#more

    #124036
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ ​The US has alleged that relations between Iran and Russia have reached a “full fledged defense partnership” – based on the words of the US State Department’s Ned Price.
    ​ ​Price explained that Iran has continued its shipments of drones to the Russian military, at a moment drones have continued to pound Ukrainian cities, particularly targeting energy infrastructure – plunging at least half the country into darkness, and resulting in rolling emergency blackouts.
    ​ ​Price went on t​o​ explain that the constant supply of drones and other munitions has in return resulted in Moscow giving back “unprecedented level of military and technical support to Iran… that should concern Iran’s neighbors.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/military/iran-russia-have-entered-full-fledged-defense-partnership-us-warns

    ​ Meryl Nass MD: ​Biden’s FBI paid Twitter $200,000 per month to censor specific accounts at the FBI’s request
    The top federal law enforcement agency PAID to destroy our First Amendment rights.
    https://merylnass.substack.com/p/bidens-fbi-paid-twitter-200000-per

    ​ ​The most recent batch of Twitter files show that the FBI paid off staffers at the tech giant to the tune of $3.5 million
    Emails show that Twitter’s deputy counsel Jim Baker met with feds for top secret meeting – a day before he said Hunter laptop should be banned
    In response to the latest Twitter files dump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said: ‘This is going to be a much bigger situation than people realize’
    Earlier it was revealed that former FBI lawyer turned Twitter general counsel Jim Baker helped to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11558251/FBI-paid-Twitter-3M-devoting-staff-processing-requests.html

    ​ ​TWITTER FILES: Twitter Assisted Pentagon’s “Psychological Influence Ops”​
    ​ ​The moderate-terrorists the DoD was funding and advising really need some good PR…
    The conduct with the U.S. military’s covert network stands in stark contrast with how Twitter has boasted about rapidly identifying and taking down covert accounts tied to state-backed influence operations, including Thailand, Russia, Venezuela, and others since 2016.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/twitter-files-twitter-assisted-pentagons-psychological-influence-ops

    ​ “Suicide drone”?
    ​ VP Harris Demands Social Media Companies “Cooperate And Work With Us” On “Protecting Our Democracy”
    Vice President Kamala Harris said on Monday that she expects and “would require” social media companies to work with the Biden administration to prevent so-called misinformation and disinformation, and to “protect democracy.”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/vp-harris-demands-social-media-companies-cooperate-and-work-us-protecting-our-democracy

    #124037
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ ​Dr. Malone Says the ‘Most Important Dataset of the Pandemic was Just Released’ Following Data from ​(German) ​Health Insurance Shows 4 Times Increase in Sudden Deaths Following COVID Vaccine Rollouts

    Dr. Malone Says the ‘Most Important Dataset of the Pandemic was Just Released’ Following Data from Health Insurance Shows 4 Times Increase in Sudden Deaths Following COVID Vaccine Rollouts

    ​ ​President Joe Biden will sign the $858 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week, even though the measure ends the U.S. military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the White House said.
    ​ ​“He’s going to sign that later this week,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Dec. 19 in Washington.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/biden-sign-defense-funding-bill-ending-militarys-covid-19-vaccine-mandate-white-house

    ​ More EU industrial suicide, now helping reform former colonies from their misguided ways and unenlightened priorities.​
    ​ ​To prevent “carbon leakage” the European Parliament Reached a Deal on a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, CBAM for short.
    ​ ​An EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) will be set up to equalise the price of carbon paid for EU products operating under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and the one for imported goods. This will be achieved by obliging companies that import into the EU to purchase so-called CBAM certificates to pay the difference between the carbon price paid in the country of production and the price of carbon allowances in the EU ETS.
    “The only effect CBAM would have is a resource shift whereby clean energy capacity in already under-resourced countries will be shifted for export production while industry aimed at local consumption and energy access will depend on dirty fuels.”
    https://mishtalk.com/economics/eu-imposes-the-worlds-largest-carbon-tax-scheme-inflationary-madness-sets-in

    #124038
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    What pity Batiuska still refers to psychotic totalitarian fascists as ‘elites’.

    That is an outrageous misuse of an English word, since there is nothing elite about any of them. If the phrase psychotic totalitarian fascists is not to be used, then scumbags or evil-doers will have to do, I suppose.

    “I’m from the psychotic totalitarian fascists and I’m here to lie to you, steal from you and reduce your welfare. Ultimately we are planning to kill you and all your progeny.”

    Would people wake up if confronted with that essential truth? Probably not. They wouldn’t believe it and would continue to believe the outright lies and propaganda that emanate from their electronic devices.

    #124039
    zerosum
    Participant

    With the web ….
    You can find the liars.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3204096/china-track-covid-19-mutations-through-national-hospital-network

    China to track Covid-19 mutations through national hospital network
    Participating hospitals will take samples from patients for genome sequencing and analysis as part of move to living with the virus
    China CDC says130 Omicron sub-lineages have been found in the past three months but none cause severe illness or an increase in death rates.
    To keep track of the emergence of new variants, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) has established a data gathering network made up of one hospital in each city, and three cities in each province.
    Xu Wenbo, director of the China CDC’s National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, said each hospital is expected to collect samples from 15 patients in the outpatients and emergency room, 10 from patients with severe illnesses, and all fatalities.
    “This will provide a scientific basis for the development of vaccines and the evaluation of diagnostic tools, including PCR and antigen tests.”
    Xu said more than 130 Omicron sub-lineages had been detected in China in the past three months, including several from the BQ.1 and XBB strains which have been circulating in the US, Britain and Singapore, among other countries, since October.
    Temporary fever clinics have been set up in sports centres and other venues as Covid-19 cases surge in China. Photo: Reuters
    Temporary fever clinics have been set up in sports centres and other venues as Covid-19 cases surge in China. Photo: Reuters
    China has set up a nationwide network of hospitals to monitor mutations of the virus that causes Covid-19, after lifting control restrictions and dropping PCR tests.
    Public health experts, including top respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan, have warned that waves of Covid-19 infections in China over a short period of time might give rise to new variants of the virus.
    Concerns have also been raised about whether it is possible to track any changes as the country battles a surge in cases at the same time as testing requirements have been scaled back.
    Mass PCR testing was cancelled in early December and negative test results are no longer required to return to work or enter public places, including hospitals. There is no encouragement for people to get tested.

    To keep track of the emergence of new variants, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) has established a data gathering network made up of one hospital in each city, and three cities in each province.
    Xu Wenbo, director of the China CDC’s National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, said each hospital is expected to collect samples from 15 patients in the outpatients and emergency room, 10 from patients with severe illnesses, and all fatalities.

    Genomic data from the samples will be uploaded to the national database within a week for analysis and sequencing, laying out the distribution of any sub-lineages that may develop across the country, Xu told a press briefing on Tuesday.
    “This will allow us to monitor in real time the dynamics of the transmission of Omicron in China and the proportion of its various sub-lineages and new strains with potentially altered biological characteristics, including their clinical manifestations, transmissibility and pathogenicity,” he said.

    “This will provide a scientific basis for the development of vaccines and the evaluation of diagnostic tools, including PCR and antigen tests.”
    Xu said more than 130 Omicron sub-lineages had been detected in China in the past three months, including several from the BQ.1 and XBB strains which have been circulating in the US, Britain and Singapore, among other countries, since October.
    These are known to be highly evasive from immunity built from past infections or vaccination but do not increase disease severity. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the potential impact of the BQ.1 and XXB sub-lineages “is strongly influenced by the regional immune landscape”.
    China should focus on preventing serious Covid cases, top expert says
    9 Dec 2022

    While BA5.2 and BF.7 remain dominant in China, “BQ.1 and its sub-lineage have been found in 49 cases in nine provinces, while XBB sub-lineages have been found in 11 cases in three provinces”, Xu said.
    There had been no increase in the rate of severe cases and no significant increase in the number of deaths as a result of these sub-lineages, he said.
    Xu predicts that the spread of new subvariants – including BQ.1 and XBB – will increase over time and mutations will continue. “As long as it circulates in the crowd, when it replicates, it will mutate.”
    But the possibility is low that a highly transmissible variant with a high disease severity will emerge, as none of the 700 Omicron sub-lineages have caused a significant increase in severe cases and death rates, he said.
    We will monitor changes in disease severity, whether the genome mutates,” Xu said.
    The WHO’s advice from October remains current, that the BQ.1 and XXB sub-lineages do not “diverge sufficiently from each other, or from other sub-lineages” to be regarded as new variants of the virus.

    #124040
    John Day
    Participant

    Maybe Cuba?
    Evidence In Nord Stream Sabotage Doesn’t Point To Russia: Washington Post
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/evidence-nord-stream-sabotage-doesnt-point-russia-washington-post

    #124041
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    If you invert what the totalitarian fascists say you will probably be on track for what is actually happening.

    #124042
    Noirette
    Participant

    This DC party invite shows all the money to be made off the Ukraine war.

    — A Ukrainian Embassy reception, sponsored by America’s biggest weapons makers….

    “The Ukrainian Embassy hosted a reception last week in honor of the 31st anniversary of the country’s armed services. Events like this are part of the social calendar of Washington’s smart set (…)”

    “The logos of military contractors Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Pratt & Whitney, and Lockheed Martin were emblazoned on the invitation as the event’s sponsors, below the official Ukrainian emblems and elegant blue script that said the Ukrainian ambassador and defense attaché “request the pleasure of your company.”

    (see link for image of the invite)

    from VOX, Dec. 16, 2002, by J. Guyer.

    https://bit.ly/3Gc69Es

    #124043
    Noirette
    Participant

    correction, 2002 > 2022

    #124044
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    As I understand it, after the Japanese invaded China over 1937 to 1939, the Chinese government shifted everything they could deep into heartland China to preserve what little weapons manufacturing they had (as the Russians did when attacked by Germany).

    This video has German commentary but no commentary is necessary. I cannot say whether the video relates directly to the movement of machines and goods during the early phase of WW2 but it clearly demonstrates what weak, pampered creatures Westerners were compared to other races, as a consequence of access to cheap fossil fuels (particularly liquid fossil fuels). We already knew that, since the contractors who built the western section of the trans-US railway gave up with European workers and imported Chinese, who completed tasks astonishingly quickly compared to the European workers who had struggled and complained prior to the importation of Chinese workers.

    Since WW2, the inhabitants of Western nations have become even weaker and more pampered. Therefore, when NATOstan countries take on China they need to understand that they are taking on a unified culture with great determination that has endured for over 4,000 years. And the second biggest land area of any nation, only exceeded by Russia.

    When NATOstan nations take on both China and Russia, the outcome is a foregone conclusion.

    When NATOstan nations take on China, Russia, Iran, India, Brazil….you know the leadership of NATOstan is utterly desperate and quite insane.

    #124045

    I read what I just wrote and deleted it all. Let me just say that I am very unhappy about shoveling money down Oak-raine Island. There is no holy grail there.

    #124046

    My mate’s comment on Zelensky: “Is he going to play the piano?”

    #124047

    So I’m watching the press conference and there is no gold braid on the US flag. I think that means something.
    “All politics is personal.” Joe Biden

    #124048
    oxymoron
    Participant
    #124049
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    As most of us know, the situation in Bakhmut is dire for the Ukonazis and NATO, as the Russian meatgrinder grinds on.

    Life in cities liberated by Russia is returning to normal while the EU progresses into increasing catastrophe.

    Russia is in no hurry to take Bakhmut, as it is operating extremely well as a meatgrinder.

    “We are going to watch desperate battles like this unfold, one after the other, until Ukraine’s fighting capacity completely collapses.”

    The same stages of denial, acceptance and memory-holing we’ve seen before from the [corrupt] western media.

    #124050
    Bill7
    Participant

    The pincer movement seems to be pinching quite a bit, though maybe Our Brave Truth-Tellers like “Tulsi” and “Tucker” and “Elon” will save the day. Odd, though, that there is *no organized movement* against The Great Reset™, and so much more.

    From my POV, things seem to be proceeding pretty much according to ruling-class plan.
    The sudden media (both “MSM” and “alt”) emphasis on “ChatBots” and ‘AI” is a little bit interesting.
    How is “AI” being defined, these days?

    I continue to wonder what’s happening in The Ukraine- and othe places.

    #124051

    I’m not fond of opera and I didn’t think I liked Carmen, but we were watching “Bell’s of Saint Mary’s” and I wanted to see a good version of the aria. This is what I found. Elina Garanca at the Met. Just luscious.

    #124052
    Bill7
    Participant

    “Riley Waggaman” is a hoot, too; not that everything he says is wrong. His rhetorical style reminds me very much of several others of the edgy, truth-telling™ set.

    #124053
    zerosum
    Participant

    Facebook is worse than twitter.
    Showed up, more than once, with only 100’s of positive comments, with Biden getting flattered for giving Ukraine a Xmas present.

    #124054
    Bill7
    Participant

    Cuba, eh? Has it been established (in reality, not via digital media) that the Nordstream Pipelines were blowed up at all? Who benefits from the idea that they been done blowed up?

    I was impressed by how quickly (like the next frickin’ day?) those pipelines’ supposed destruction was accepted as “fact”- which reminds me of the instant adoption of Da Kovid narrative in early 2020: “It’s Outta Control!! and we’re all Gonna Die!!!”. on every webisite, and other media outlet..

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