Dec 042022
 


Paul Gauguin Road in Tahiti 1891

 

How’s the War on Truth Going? (Jim Kunstler)
The Trumpification of Elon Musk (RCP)
“A Cautionary Tale for Everyone”: The Media Mob Turns on Taibbi (Turley)
‘Twitter Files’ Make It Impossible For Democrats To Deny Their Censorship (RT)
“Damning”: The Twitter Files And The FBI (Techno Fog)
New Zealand Admits It Has Direct Access To Facebook Takedown Portal (RTN)
Apple and China Want to Delete Apps on Your Phone (Flynn)
Macron Talks Security Guarantees For Russia (RT)
Russia Forms ‘Shadow Fleet’ To Bypass Oil Sanctions (RT)
Germany ‘Sleepwalking’ Into New Migration Crisis – Top EU MP (RT)
UN Ignores Abuse Of Ukrainian Women In Sweden – Moscow (RT)
In The End The $ Goes To Zero And The US Defaults (Von Greyerz)
Not Even N95 Masks Work To Stop Covid (Miller)

 

 

“In past 30d, Europe experienced a Dunkelflaute, a period of little wind or sunlight. During that period, 4GW installed nuclear produced as much power as 125GW installed wind & solar. Coal kept lights on. Both sources are scheduled to be turned off. Vorsprung durch Technik.”

 

 

The Big Biden Circus

 

 

 

 

Kyoto University Professor Fukushima Vax Truth Bombs “We need to stop The Vax rollout and investigate all the Cases” “You have Vaxxed so many people. Yet, less than 10% of the Ministry of Health who are leading the vax campaign have been vaxxed.”
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“..human nature has not changed so much in ten thousand years, despite the discoveries of Prozac and plant-based meat..”

How’s the War on Truth Going? (Jim Kunstler)

Barreling down to Christmas and the bitter butt end of a bad year, a primal fear of the deepening darkness makes people desperate — another reminder that human nature has not changed so much in ten thousand years, despite the discoveries of Prozac and plant-based meat. Yet Freud was right: death has its attractions for tormented minds. Thus, our nation appears to hasten to its own funeral. Can anyone actually grok how “progressive” thinking works these days? This faction now in charge of so many things has decided in the starkest terms that freedom of speech has got to go. For some years, the Party of Chaos had achieved such exquisite control of all national debate by seizing the dials and toggles of social media that they made reality itself their hostage. The truth was only what they said it was, and anyone who said otherwise got banished, cancelled, and even destroyed. There seemed to be no way to overcome this death grip on the process of consensus, the formation of a coherent collective idea about what is going on in the world. And so, any number of scams could be run on the people of this land.

The Woke-Jacobins could rig elections in plain sight. They could surreptitiously suspend due process of law when it suited them. They could send national police thugs to your door at five-o’clock in the morning with riot guns, body armor, flash bangs, and bogus warrants. They could take your livelihoods, your freedom to move about, your childrens’ minds and bodies, and your dignity. Finally, they could take your life with false vaccines — and, unlike the Nazis in 1944, get the private sector to dispose of the corpses. And now a struggle ensues over the relationship between the truth and the making of a consensus. Elon Musk bought Twitter — the horror! — and methodically set about to liberate this new digital “public square” from insidious and nefarious manipulation.

It’s not a trifling matter, of course, but it’s amusing to watch Elon play with our nation’s overlords; and even more entertaining to see these tyrants strain and bluster to justify their war against free speech. How did the cognitive elite, America’s thinking class — the law professors, the editors and pundits, the public intellectuals, the managers of most everything — ever find themselves so self-owned in idiocy? [..] So now, one big truth has come nakedly into the open: the Left is at war with the First Amendment to the Constitution. Free speech, they say repeatedly now, makes our democracy unsafe. It can’t be allowed. They say that because they don’t have a better argument. The safety talking-point is a shopworn cliché from their grab-bag of Woke shibboleths that the public is sick of hearing. Anyone with half a brain can see how transparently dishonest and stupid it is. It’s not going over well, even among a people so sorely gaslighted as the USA in late 2022.

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“This was a soft coup, a nonviolent version of Jan. 6 that was far more dangerous than the Capitol riot.”

The Trumpification of Elon Musk (RCP)

The relentless attacks on Elon Musk since he purchased Twitter should be familiar to most Americans. It’s exactly what Democrats and their media and corporate allies did to demonize Donald Trump. The McCarthyite formula is simple: Claim you are defending high-minded principles (Democracy! The rule of law! Civil discourse!) to justify efforts to delegitimize someone you’ve identified as a political opponent. Democrats denied Trump’s presidency from day one; Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden themselves declared for years that he had stolen the 2016 election. In the name of election integrity, Democrats turned a bogus conspiracy theory cooked up by Clinton’s campaign about Russian collusion into years of official investigations that undermined and tainted Trump.

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller proved that a lie, Democrats immediately seized on a few innocuous sentences in a Trump phone call with a foreign leader to launch just the third presidential impeachment in U.S. history. Those events are well-known, but ponder them for a moment. This was a soft coup, a nonviolent version of Jan. 6 that was far more dangerous than the Capitol riot. The effort to remove a lawfully elected president was planned and orchestrated by officials at the highest level of government and the media. While Jan. 6 was a one-off eruption of crazed anger, the false attacks on Trump edged our political discourse toward Orwellian Newspeak by presenting lies and smears as ringing defenses of sacred constitutional values.

The ongoing attacks against Musk are following the same playbook. The man once hailed by liberals as a genius for developing electric vehicles is now Public Enemy No. 1 because he says Twitter should allow more free speech. Ponder that as well: Musk’s enemies are casting him as a threat to the country because of his commitment to one of America’s most cherished freedoms. Progressives have abandoned their longstanding anti-corporate stance to argue that an unelected, unaccountable company must aggressively censor the vox populi. We saw the same dizzying turnabout in Russiagate, where the left abandoned its historic defense of Russia to cast dealings with that nation as un-American (making Joe McCarthy their new “Uncle Joe”).

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“America says go ahead and die, but just don’t die on my lawn.”

“A Cautionary Tale for Everyone”: The Media Mob Turns on Taibbi (Turley)

No one is suggesting that the New York Post should receive a Pulitzer Prize for its long fight to prove the truth about the Hunter Biden laptop. Despite an alliance of most of the media and political establishment arrayed against it, the New York Post fought censorship and unrelenting attacks to bring this massive influence peddling operation to light. (Of course, the New York Times and Washington Post can keep Pulitzer Prizes for reporting on debunked Russian collusion claims created and pushed by the Clinton campaign). In the case of journalist Matt Taibbi, his analysis of thousands of documents has met with the standard scorched earth campaign from liberal reporters and pundits.

As discussed in today’s Hill column, the document dump confirmed what had long been suspected: Biden and Democratic party officials succeeded in getting Twitter to block the New York Post story and suspend those who even tried to retweet or link to the story before the election. I will not repeat the content of those emails on how Twitter “handled” demands from the Biden campaign and the DNC for censorship. Musk gave the material to Taibbi to synthesize the voluminous record. That is when the familiar media flash mob formed. NBC Reporter Ben Collins attacked Taibbi on Twitter and said “Imagine throwing it all away to do PR work for the richest person in the world. Humiliating s***.” New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali also attacked Taibbi:

“Matt Taibbi…what sad, disgraceful downfall. I swear, kids, he did good work back in the day. Should be a cautionary tale for everyone. Selling your soul for the richest white nationalist on Earth. Well, he’ll eat well for the rest of his life I guess. But is it worth it?” So Taibbi’s reported downfall as a writer is due to his role in disclosing a massive censorship system operated at the direction or behest of one political party and one political family. He is “disgraceful” because he is suggesting that the media and social media companies should not have censored a story on a multimillion dollar influence peddling scheme run by the Biden family.

Taibbi is not alone in such disgrace, according to Ali. He has also attacked former New York Times writer Bari Weiss, including for her statement that she was tired of the pandemic as being somehow racist. (“It reflects America’s cruelty, right?…we have also had cruelty, White supremacy, misogyny. America says go ahead and die, but just don’t die on my lawn.”)

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“Twitter acting by itself to suppress free speech is not a 1st amendment violation, but acting under orders from the government to suppress free speech, with no judicial review, is.”

‘Twitter Files’ Make It Impossible For Democrats To Deny Their Censorship (RT)

The refusal to report on the story was so blatant that two years since the exposé, outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post, finally admitted that the laptop and its contents are real, only to offer even more cover for Joe Biden. Both papers had joined in the drive to suppress reporting on the laptop. One of the lines of defense was to play it up as “Russian disinformation,” citing dozens of former intel officials who cast doubt on its provenance. This type of decision-making by the media is also concerning, as it set a dangerous precedent for future elections. If the media can decide to ignore certain stories, regardless of their potential significance or importance, then it is possible that other stories of similar magnitude could go unreported.

Enter Elon Musk. Following his takeover and new ownership of Twitter – a platform that participated in the suppression of the report – Musk publicly announced his decision to reveal what happened behind the scenes at the San Francisco-based social media company when the Hunter laptop report dropped. A series of tweets by independent journalist Matt Taibbi, using materials provided by Elon Musk, details how the company “just freelanced” its decision to censor the bombshell New York Post report in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. The emails reveal how chaos and confusion reigned at the platform in the immediate aftermath of the report. Top-level Twitter executives discussed how to suppress the story, ultimately deciding to shut it down using policies enacted in 2018, created in response to Donald Trump’s presidential victory in 2016. The decision, according to Taibbi, was taken without the knowledge of then-CEO Jack Dorsey.

[..] For now, it is unclear what kind of legal action could be taken against all of the parties involved in Big Tech’s suppression of the New York Post report. However, Musk stated that “Twitter acting by itself to suppress free speech is not a 1st amendment violation, but acting under orders from the government to suppress free speech, with no judicial review, is.” Musk asked: “If this isn’t a violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment, what is?” Even if some of the revelations were not necessarily news to anyone who’s followed the story closely, the contents of the emails prove what many have suspected but have never been able to prove.

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“..the lies of the FBI to keep politically damaging – and true – material away from Americans..”

“Damning”: The Twitter Files And The FBI (Techno Fog)

As Miranda Devine observed today, there is much more to be divulged. Specifically, the FBI’s meddling in the 2020 election and the FBI’s pressure of social media companies, including Facebook and Twitter, to essentially censor the Hunter Biden story. It’s the story of FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan, who recently testified he was part of that effort: “During the deposition, Chan said that he, along with the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force and senior Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency officials, had weekly meetings with major social media companies to warn against Russian disinformation attempts ahead of the 2020 election, according to a source in the Missouri attorney general’s office.”

These FBI warnings had to do with the potential Russian “hack and dump” or “hack and leak” of sensitive materials. And they may have contributed to Twitter’s assessment that the Hunter Biden materials may have been hacked, justifying Twitter’s censorship of the story. FBI Director Christopher Wray actually took pride in these efforts, admitting to the agency’s involvement with social media companies “to make sure that their platforms are not used by foreign adversaries to spread disinformation and propaganda.” The censorship was directed from the top. Not that any of this matters to much of the left. The clichés started once the story was posted. Twitter’s former former head of trust and safety, Yoel Roth, complained that the leaks were essentially “violence” and put the censors in danger.

The media’s response to the Twitter File story was equally predictable and boring. It was a non-story, it was public relations for the world’s richest man. They misrepresented the leak, ignored the merits, downplayed the significance of the Hunter Biden story by focusing on scandalous photos and not corruption and influence peddling and tax evasion and violations of federal law, and criticized Taibbi for posting the story on Twitter. Undertones of jealousy and resentment. As if we expected anything else. If their attacks are anything, they’re unoriginal. By this time we know what they’re gonna say before they say it. Thankfully, we were able to see the documents for themselves. They’re damning, demonstrating the danger of the political control of social media.

The DNC and Biden Team knew they had friends at Twitter who would do their bidding during the election. And Twitter lied to the FEC about that influence. But that’s just at the surface. There’s something worse underneath it all, hidden from public: governmental influence and coercion over social media platforms, and the lies of the FBI to keep politically damaging – and true – material away from Americans. It’s the massive “censorship enterprise” by the Federal Government. It’s the one-sided influence operation on American soil. (The CIA would be proud.) It was there in 2016, and it continued through the 2020 election to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the development of the COVID-19 vaccines. And it’s slowly coming into view.

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Big brother.

New Zealand Admits It Has Direct Access To Facebook Takedown Portal (RTN)

New Zealand’s government has officially admitted that it has partner access to Facebook’s controversial content takedown portal. This portal is designed specifically for government agencies to flag content to Facebook for censorship. According to The Intercept, which reported on the portal in October, government partners can also use the portal to “report disinformation directly” to Facebook. And in a recent response to a New Zealand Official Information Act (OIA) request, which asked whether the government has partner access to Facebook’s takedown portal, the New Zealand government confirmed that the Department of Internal Affairs has access. While this was the only government department that was confirmed to have access to the portal, the OIA response also said “we cannot advise if any other government agency has access to the takedown portal.” We obtained a copy of the OIA response for you here.

The OIA response didn’t detail how much content had been censored via this Facebook takedown portal. However, other reports on similar types of backdoor content takedown arrangements between governments and Big Tech have shown that governments regularly use them to target legal content such as parody accounts, accounts questioning the effectiveness of Covid vaccines, and so-called election misinformation.” Publicly, the New Zealand government has endorsed the censorship of legal content with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying “disinformation” should be regulated like guns, bombs, and nuclear weapons. Big Tech companies have also agreed to a censorship pact in the country where they suppress “misinformation” and “harmful content.”


Most other governments haven’t admitted that they have access to these portals. However, last year The White House did admit that the United States (US) Surgeon General’s Office is flagging posts for Facebook to censor. The Intercept’s report on this Facebook content takedown portal claimed that several other United States (US) government agencies have access to the portal, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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“..big sister is watching!”

Apple and China Want to Delete Apps on Your Phone (Flynn)

In China, authoritarians flood Twitter with ads for prostitutes and pornography in an effort to prevent users from obtaining information about protests. Authoritarians in the United States threaten to remove Twitter from more than 1.5 billion devices worldwide. “Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store,” Elon Musk tweeted, “but won’t tell us why.” The powerful few want to impede the free flow of information to the vulnerable many. Suppression strikes intelligent observers as not a Chinese thing but a fetish of the powerful in whatever nation they reside. It appears cruder and more thuggish in China, and more passive-aggressive and sophisticated in the United States. But whether the state or a monopoly suppresses expression, does the crushing effect of it on a free society really differ?

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre spoke of “monitoring” and “keeping a close eye” on Twitter (big sister is watching!), which, she claims, bears a responsibility to “take action” against “misinformation” and “hate.” Does not the federal government bear a responsibility to ensure that the United States remains a free society? Instead of breaking out of the stranglehold Apple and Google have placed upon the information that we consume, the White House publicly nudges tech companies to censor. Traditionally, the federal government assumed a massive role in ensuring, particularly when it came to communications, that no company controlled too much of the market share.

During the 1940s, the feds forced NBC’s Blue Network to separate from the parent company. It eventually became NBC’s competitor ABC. Later, after decades of litigation, the government broke up the Bell System into the seven “Baby Bells” (four of which once again folded into “Ma Bell,” otherwise known as AT&T). This similarly resulted in a competitor to the monopoly in Verizon. Now people in positions of power cheer on the consolidation of information. Instead of breaking out of the stranglehold Apple and Google have placed upon the information that we consume, the White House publicly nudges tech companies to censor. Privately, we may learn that political actors do much more than nudge.

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The west is not capable of discussing an outcome where Russia does not lose. That is what keeps the war going.

Macron Talks Security Guarantees For Russia (RT)

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that NATO should weigh on eventual guarantees for Russia’s security in the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. Macron is the second leader of the EU country this week to openly discuss Europe’s future relationship with Russia. In an interview with France’s TF1 and LCI networks, Macron described his meeting with US President Joe Biden this week as a “success,” adding that the two leaders had begun to discuss what “the peace” following the ongoing conflict would look like. Macron acknowledged Russian President Vladimir Putin’s concern that “NATO will deploy weapons that will threaten Russia,” and said that members of the US-led alliance “need to prepare” to offer “guarantees of the security of the Russian Federation” when Moscow joins Kiev and the West at the negotiating table.

However, while Macron focused on the peace settlement, he pledged to “do the maximum” to bolster Kiev’s military in the meantime. Ukraine abruptly withdrew from talks with Russia in April. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has since outlawed negotiations with Moscow and declared his intention to capture the Russian territory of Crimea. While the Russian Foreign Ministry states it remains open to resuming negotiations with Kiev, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in October that other parties will have to be involved, as any agreement between Ukraine and Russia would be “instantly canceled upon orders” from the West. Macron is not the only leader of an EU nation to publicly discuss a potential post-conflict arrangement in recent days.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told the Berlin Security Forum on Wednesday that while his country would likely never return to its pre-2022 “partnership” with Russia, Germany would be willing to discuss arms control and missile deployment treaties with Moscow in the future. Such agreements, he said, formed “the basis for the peace and security order” in Europe since the end of the Cold War. Like Macron, however, Scholz promised to keep the supply of arms to Ukraine flowing “for as long as it takes,” a phrase that both leaders, as well as Biden, have frequently used when referring to their multibillion-dollar arms shipments to Kiev. Russia has repeatedly cautioned that these deliveries risk prolonging the conflict, while making the West a de-facto participant.

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“Western companies will be prohibited from insuring or financing vessels carrying Russian crude unless it is sold for under $60 per barrel..”

Russia Forms ‘Shadow Fleet’ To Bypass Oil Sanctions (RT)

Russia has assembled a ‘shadow fleet’ to circumvent Western oil sanctions, the Financial Times claimed on Saturday. According to the outlet, Moscow has “quietly amassed a fleet of over 100 aging tankers.” Citing the energy consultancy Rystad, FT reported that Russia has taken control of 103 tankers since the start of the year, either by repurposing ships previously involved in conveying oil cargo to and from Iran or Venezuela or by purchasing tankers outright. On Friday, the EU and G7 finally agreed to cap the price of seaborne Russian crude at $60 per barrel. The decision came after weeks of argument between countries, who thought the proposed cap was “too generous,” such as Poland and the Baltic states, and some maritime nations, including Greece, who wanted the ceiling to be set at around $70 per barrel.

Western companies will be prohibited from insuring or financing vessels carrying Russian crude unless it is sold for under $60 per barrel under the new rules, which Moscow has made clear it does not plan to accept. The head of VTB Bank, Andrei Kostin, said in October that Russia had to spend “at least 1 trillion rubles ($16.2 billion)” on “the tanker fleet’s expansion.” Western analysts interpreted this statement to mean that Moscow was investing in very large crude carriers (VLCCs, which can hold as many as 2 million barrels of crude each), Suezmax tankers (which carry as many as 1 million barrels each), and Aframax tankers (which hold as many as 700,000 barrels each).

According to FT, international observers have commented that Russia will likely use its “shadow fleet” of aging oil tankers to sell growing volumes of energy to countries like India, China, and Türkiye that are not subject to EU or US sanctions and other trading restrictions. On Saturday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow is not planning to recognize a Western-imposed price cap on Russian seaborne oil exports. He added that the government is currently carrying out a review of the situation.

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“..we have to be ready for a large number of Ukrainians coming to the EU this winter – and many of them to Germany.”

Germany ‘Sleepwalking’ Into New Migration Crisis – Top EU MP (RT)

Germany is facing a new refugee influx fueled by the Ukraine conflict and the country is doing nothing to prepare for it, Manfred Weber, the president of the European People’s Party (EPP), said on Saturday. Speaking to Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Weber, who is also the leader of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, claimed that Germany “is sleepwalking into a new migration crisis.” To prove his point, he said that accommodation centers in Germany were already full, with municipal authorities in a number of other European countries under strain as well. The politician stressed that due to the destruction of Ukrainian energy infrastructure by Russian strikes, “we have to be ready for a large number of Ukrainians coming to the EU this winter – and many of them to Germany.”

“I’m afraid we will experience a dramatic exodus this winter,” he said. It is possible that Germany will have to accommodate Ukrainians in gyms, as well as restricting school and business activities to handle the crisis, Weber noted. “Germany is not prepared for this situation. The federal government simply ignores the challenges,” he added. Russian strikes on Ukraine’s power plants have knocked out a significant portion of the country’s energy grid. The bombardments follow Moscow’s accusation that Kiev conducted “terrorist attacks” on Russian infrastructure, including the strategic Crimean Bridge.

Weber also addressed the issue of refugees coming to Europe from Africa via Italy. According to him, Germany should help Italy handle the crisis not through supporting rescue efforts, but rather by organizing joint European patrols “at the external borders of the Mediterranean.” “If you do not have a visa, a passport or a reason for asylum, you should be returned immediately,” he said. In recent months, various European countries have been stocking up on food and other supplies in anticipation of a winter influx of Ukrainian refugees. According to UN data, about 4.8 million refugees are currently registered with various national protection schemes in Europe, with almost eight million displaced Ukrainians recorded across Europe in total.

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“..Patten previously acknowledged during a prank call that her harsh “rape” claims concerning the Russian military were based solely on what Ukrainian officials had told her..”

UN Ignores Abuse Of Ukrainian Women In Sweden – Moscow (RT)

The UN and human rights bodies are turning a blind eye to reports of sexual exploitation of female Ukrainian refugees in Sweden, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, has said. In a post on Telegram on Saturday, Zakharova called attention to a statement made last month by the Swedish Gender Equality Agency, which sounded the alarm over “an increased risk of Ukrainian refugees being exposed to human trafficking, labor exploitation and prostitution in Sweden.” The police have been investigating some 20 such cases, but many more offenses remain unreported, according to the agency. There has also been a rise in the number of prostitutes from Ukraine in Sweden since the outbreak of the conflict between Kiev and Moscow in late February, it added.

The statement was widely reported by the Swedish media, “but no reaction from Kiev or the international community followed,” the spokeswoman pointed out. She noted how UN special representative on sexual violence Pramila Patten claimed in October that the Russian military has been pursuing a deliberate “rape strategy” during its military operation in Ukraine. The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also recalled the former Ukrainian human rights commissioner, Lyudmila Denisova, who had been behind the claims of sexual abuse by Russian troops early in the conflict, but ended up being fired by Kiev in May. “Denisova admitted that she simply lied, ‘trying to persuade the world to provide weapons [to Ukraine] and put pressure on Russia,’” Zakharova wrote.

“The real threat to Ukrainian women doesn’t come from Russia, but awaits them in Europe,” the spokeswoman insisted. The UN and human rights bodies, however, “are silent because it’s not in their rules to draw attention to a real humanitarian problem; or because they are performing yet another political order,” Zakharova said. She added that neither option looked good. The spokeswoman also advised Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba to stop attacking Moscow and switch his attention to Stockholm. Patten previously acknowledged during a prank call that her harsh “rape” claims concerning the Russian military were based solely on what Ukrainian officials had told her and that she didn’t have any actual proof to back them up.

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“..every single currency has always gone to ZERO..”

In The End The $ Goes To Zero And The US Defaults (Von Greyerz)

If a country prints worthless debt that nobody will buy in a currency that no one wants to hold, the country has definitely defaulted whatever spin they put on it. In the next few years, not just US but all sovereign debt will only have one buyer which is the country that issues the debt. And every time a sovereign state buys its own debt, it has to issue more worthless debt that nobody will touch with a barge pole. Printing more money to pay for previous sins has never worked and never will. And this is how money dies, just like it has throughout history. The current monetary era started with the foundation of the Fed in 1913 and the acceleration of debt and currency debasement since 1971 when Nixon closed the gold window.

With just over 100 years into this era, it is now approaching the end, like they all do. Global currencies are already down 97-99% since 1971 and we can now expect the final 1-3% decline for all money to become virtually worthless. This is of course nothing new in history since every single currency has always gone to ZERO. We must of course remember that the final 1-3% move means a 100% fall from today. The final collapse is always the quickest so it could easily happen in the next 2-5 years. Let’s look at how it has all evolved.

Although US debt has increased virtually every year since 1930, the acceleration started in the late 1960s and 1970s. With gold backing the dollar and therefore most currencies UNTIL 1971, the ability to borrow more money was restricted without depleting the gold reserves. Since the gold standard prevented Nixon to print money and buy votes to stay in power, he conveniently got rid of those shackles “temporarily” as he declared on August 15, 1971. Politicians don’t change. Powell and Lagarde recently called the increase in inflation “transitory” but in spite of their bogus prediction, inflation has continued to rise.

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Why do we have to endlessly rehash what is already known? Does science really mean nothing anymore?

Not Even N95 Masks Work To Stop Covid (Miller)

The Experts™” have repeatedly tried to deflect from the failure of their policies with misdirection. The reason lockdowns didn’t work in the United States or the United Kingdom is because they weren’t strict enough, according to many in the expert community. Of course, their excuses have been conveniently ignored as China’s repressive zero COVID lockdowns have continued, with horrific consequences. Now that mass protests have broken out in the country that “The Experts™” revered for their COVID handling, there’s a massive effort to disregard their own previous advocacy. This is perhaps best exemplified by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who clearly used authoritarian measures to suppress the protests in his own country, while now supporting Chinese demonstrations.

The bewildering lack of awareness of their own hypocrisy seems to be a feature of COVID obsessed politicians and public health authorities. Another similar, oft-repeated assertion is that the failure of universal masking can be explained by the type of masks being used by the public. Even though the CDC and Dr. Fauci explicitly claimed that wearing anything to cover your face would be effective at preventing transmission, many have now quietly dismissed that messaging. Fauci specifically said that “cloth coverings work,” not just surgical or N95’s. Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams famously suggested that rolling up a t-shirt in front of your face would be effective protection.

Yet public health departments and the media are now highlighting the importance of “high quality,” “well fitted” masks. Their desperation to justify masking has led to remarkably poor studies being released to support their anti-science messaging. There is new research that has been released showing that masks are ineffective, regardless of type. And it’s not just new research, it’s high quality research. The Annals of Internal Medicine just published a randomized controlled trial comparing the ability of medical masks to prevent COVID infection to fit-tested N95’s.

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    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 4 2022]

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    “1,000 New York Times Employees Threaten to Strike Next Week “

    After non-stop defending the party that outlawed the rail strike. Whose conditions look worse than 1910, the like of which I haven’t read outside of history books. Only NOW they got paid sick days? Well they already got fired if they take them, will Biden just continue that sort of thing anyway? A: Yes, because there was an ancient Executive Order concerning how universal labor law does NOT include rail workers (from WWI, which is why we shouldn’t have E.O.). Biden can reverse this in 10 seconds and doesn’t.

    “Strikes for me and not for Thee” – NY Times. Even when they’re talking jawdropping, Rockefeller vs coal miner level abuse.

    These Socialists are the most anti-worker thing I’ve ever seen. I’d have thought they’d at least eye-wash it. All but one of the Squad, including AOC voted to sink the rail workers, out workered and out-Lefted by most Republicans, of all people, including Marjory Taylor Greene. That was the EXPRESS reason for AOC, the Justice Democrats, and the squad’s whole platform for workers rights, health care, and minimum wage. So let me get this: AOC is against Unions, worker’s rights and paid sick time, but MTG is FOR it. AOC is FOR billionaire corporations refusing to share a tiny percentage of profits to – I dunno, not end up killing workers outright for working extreme hazard while too tired to think — but MTG is FOR the workers and AGAINST the Billionaires.

    Is there any level that can break through? That this is not the party of FDR and 100 years ago? Clearly. Not. There is no possible level, and no possible event, that can cause people to leave their prejudices and experience reality again.

    “Apple Accelerating Supply Chain Retreat from China after iPhone Factory Chaos”

    And in the meantime, Apple shuts off whatever protesters or Twitter apps that Chairman Xi wants. But I guess somebody has to stop Apple’s non-stop slavery. Apple sure wasn’t.

    “Musk’s enemies are casting him as a threat to the country because of his commitment to one of America’s most cherished freedoms.”

    It shows they are as #AntiAmerican as it is possible to be. Remember these people consider the U.S. Flag (or Canadian) to be “Hate Speech” indicative of “Radical extremists” in all conditions, wherever flown. Need a Committee on Un-American activities, as it appears Socialists have infiltrated Hollywood and government and are trying to undermine our values and laws, and bring the nation down or capture it. Oh, wait.

    I guess we need an apology as well.

    And Musk:
    https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/31298912-billionaires-are-not-your-friends (Image is protected, didn’t have time to dig it out of the source code)

    “Selling your soul for the richest white nationalist on Earth.”

    Musk is African American.

    ““Twitter acting by itself to suppress free speech is not a 1st amendment violation, but acting under orders from the government to suppress free speech, with no judicial review, is.”

    ‘Twitter Files’ Make It Impossible for Democrats to Deny Their Censorship (RT)”

    They don’t deny it: they are proud of it. Although it’s the First Federal Crime and a Civil Rights abuse. They are against Civil Rights wherever shown. Problem is, we have no policemen or courts who will enforce the law, and haven’t had any in decades. …Too busy with pull ropes.

    “Yoel Roth, complained that the leaks were essentially “violence” and put the censors in danger.”

    “Truth is Violence.” It threatens my lies! Truth is the only enemy wherever it is found.

    And everyone said this about the Internet from the start. That it would be used to control, censor and track us, so as to create the most universal dystopian Soviet Police state ever seen.

    “During the 1940s, the feds forced NBC’s Blue Network to separate from the parent company. It eventually became NBC’s competitor ABC. Later, after decades of litigation, the government broke up the Bell System into the seven “Baby Bells”

    All the same laws are still on the books for 100 years. No one will enforce them. Or rather, they enforce them for enemies and not friends, which is the real purpose for laws. That is, some corporations have a complete merger with the State, seamlessly executing each other’s orders and desires. Some corporations – like Google and Facebook – were SET UP by the State from the get-go. They claim they are “muh private’.

    “French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that NATO should weigh on eventual guarantees for Russia’s security in the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine.”

    They cannot, as they are Not Agreement Capable, and Russia won’t believe them. Any of them. For any reason. That’s not to say Russia won’t settle some time, on some condition – they will – but at this point only knowing perfectly well the Anglos and all Europe exist merely to double-cross and destroy them.

    In this condition, Macron talking only illuminates where Europe is, and how their inner mechanics work. That is, if they are floating settlement, that means they’re losing. What exactly they say indicates who’s running things. What they mention or don’t reveals what is important to them, and therefore where they are strong or week, what their next attack and murder strategy is. So keep talking, Manni. Russia’s listening and learning.

    “Russia Forms ‘Shadow Fleet’ to Bypass Oil Sanctions (RT)”

    It takes a little time, and Oceana has already said they will sink the tankers at some point in a further world-wide declaration of war. Remember, it’s Oceana that nuked NordStream and cut off lifeblood to Eurasia. …But we were always at war with Eurasia.

    “an increased risk of Ukrainian refugees being exposed to human trafficking,”

    Increased risk? Ukraine is the White Slavery capital of the world! That’s why Congress gives them so much money. Note: Trump’s wife is from there. What does that mean?

    And they really need to invent some new lies, the viagra, rape, incubator babies ones are so old Bernays himself coined them (100 years ago, the “Baby-killing Huns” of WWII). But why should they? They work on every Blue city and state, who fly Ukrainian human-trafficking flags proudly instead of the American one. Their loyalty is to a foreign government. What does that mean, legally?

    “In The End the $ Goes to Zero and the US Defaults (Von Greyerz)”

    Not wrong. But we’re at the endgame of this round and the details are relevant. WHO is the U.S. Currency he implies will default? The U.S. Fed. The Fed is a private corporation separate from Congress and Treasury. So the GOVERNMENT can go bankrupt without the currency, and vice-versa, although this is unlikely.

    But right now we most clearly have the FED openly opposing and rebelling against Congress and the Federal Government. Lie-awatha herself is shrill in scolding Powell but those are the only three things she knows how to do. She is afraid Powell will “shut down the economy” and “Start a recession” after furiously supporting Covid restrictions she-also-opposes in China. Disingenuous much? She’s our example though: The FED is fighting the GOVERNMENT. Or some part of it. Who is the Fed? No idea as it’s all a State secret we citizens aren’t allowed to know, but let’s say 10 member banks – some of which are foreign! – and Wall Street Commercial banks we all know by name: as “The Bailout Banks.” Who “Suck on the teat of the taxpayer” “until they are bled white” using their “Blood funnel”.

    Presently the Fed is fighting Congress by SAVING the currency. Huh? Yes, higher interest rates are demanded in high inflation CONGRESS CAUSED with their idiotic trillion $$ covid-printing. Just as everyone said. So Congress printed a trillion, drove the country into the hyperinflation ditch, and the Fed is trying to contain it, which is also their literal job. And Congress is MAD at them for saving the US$ and therefore the United States? Yes.

    So we appear to have an #AntiAmerica fringe installed in Congress and government. These same names also lock-step with Europe and Davos on all other issues like Carbon Credits, population, speech, etc. So let’s just call them Davos Minions.

    The Fed is fighting the Davos minions by SAVING the United States and its currency by raising rates that will KILL DAVOS, in Europe, which is what they’re mad about. Being minions who hate the U.S., prosperity, all civil rights, and obey Davos.

    So who would go bankrupt in this scenario? The Fed? They’re in the strongest possible position for a bunch of crooks: their banks are the strongest in the world, the Dow is at 30,000, and their interest rates are rising without any problem. The U.S. government? How are they going to go down right now while owning the strongest currency, even if (Davos-minion) Congress fights this at every turn?

    No. The one to go bankrupt is EUROPE. Others too, Emerging Markets always, but they have BRIICS/SCO to offset that a little now.

    And as we said, the Core currency is the last to fail, even despite Congress’s will. So we have E.M., Europe, Euro Banks, all fail, and the stock-money and currency flows to the U.S. …And then we default? WTF, we would have won the table at that point, Greyerz. We can dictate terms.

    But suppose we did. What would they want, a new Central Bank Digital Currency? Who is “They”? Congress? They don’t own the Central Bank. The Fed? The Fed is a collective of Commercial Banks. So your thesis is that, winning the table, the U.S. Commercial banks will all outlaw themselves, stop all Commercial Bank functions, and operate as a CBDC out of one server in D.C.? Erasing all their own tool booths and profits from the richest, most powerful lobbying group the world has ever seen: Wall St?

    Um, no. No Fed CBDC, or not like THAT at least. Erasing the Banks and going to Soviet Central Planning Social-credit model is a DAVOS thing. Not a Powell-Morgan thing.

    They could do this: Federal GOVERNMENT defaults. On $6T in bonds. (as mathematically they must, and we see new signs of runaway compounding daily) This would try to bring down the Fed Note. But Powell can just re-price the Fed’s gold reserves to $40,000/oz. US$ still wins, it’s still backed, or at least better than any other, maybe not for backing (Russia + Oil/Gold), but for depth of market. We don’t trust that? Why not back the Fed Note with Bitcoin? Does anyone know who owns the real ones? Who owns the Satoshi Trust? And who owns the expanding Crypto market? The real one, not the FTX one? (Trick question, I’m asking “Who owns most assets in the United States, right insiders, or poor workers?” Yes, that’s right, like all other assets most crypto is now owned by rich insiders.)

    The Scam “Tether” is the largest after Bitcoin, and it claims to be a US$. Like literally, in that space, Tether = U.S. Dollar Fed Notes. They are the de facto U.S. dollar and Federal Reserve.

    If the Fed wanted a CBDC, no one’s going to buy it. No one trusts them. No one wants them. No one cares and everyone will go around it. It has no market-size and no history. There’s no way to do it, and no time during a crisis, even if – as we said – the Fed WANTED to. Which they don’t, since it would be ERASING THEMSELVES. Duh.

    But what if….they just took Tether. Tether the Scam became Tether the Fed-doorway? Tether exists. It has market history. It has huge volumes. It’s already embedded in the (crypto-side) system. The CBDC – that doesn’t erase JP Morgan and Sachs – ALREADY EXISTS. And Morgan is already in it, growing, along with their Bitcoin services and sales, every day. And Tether CBDC does NOT erase the criminal profits on Wall St.

    So in this world, suppose the US Treasury goes down (US Fed re-prices gold and exists). Suppose the US Federal Reserve note goes down anyway. What would that mean? The existing stock, bond, loan, and 19/20th century system would freeze. But the Crypto system would eat a chunk of that need and expand wildly. Just as already happened during Covid when China re-banked around the stall by financing container ships using BTC and Tether.

    But the Fed is already there, or could be. Congress isn’t. The Fed could keep it going on these other lines, or via all different markets/systems/platforms at once.

    So back to Von Greyerz, WHO goes to zero? WHO defaults? Nobody.

    The U.S. is a borrower and can default, that’s true. But the U.S. is a people and land mass and will still exist tomorrow, default or no. So you can only say they will “Re-set” the U.S. Dollar, and re-start it again under evolving terms. Which is what WWI gold swap was, what WWII Bretton woods was, what Nixon’s gold window was. Heck, what Hamilton was, the 1st and 2nd National Banks were, what Jackson was, what Greenbacks were, what Jennings Bryant “Cross of Gold” was flip-flopping between gold and silver base. Nations do this all the time.

    Much as it burns me, the US$ is NOT going to default, and NOT go to zero. The US$ has NEVER defaulted, although Europe has all the time. Powell and the Fed, all Wall St, have ALREADY re-backed the US$, re-capitalized all the banks. They will simply re-float the US$ at a level of their choosing, at a functional price. The US$ is NOT going to default, and the criminal banks will renegotiate debt and bankruptcy, write it off, and carry on similar to now. As a rotation and evolution, not as a collapse. Again, even though they should all be arrested, sent to jail, then shot. They should be broken up in Anti-trust, and re-started as 120 banks, not 12.

    But they won’t. And the US$ won’t go to zero either. Powell is going to crash Europe, drive the money here, and re-start by dictating terms under a Breton Woods III. That new system will include Crypto. JP Morgan, Exxon, Microsoft, already positioned and own the coins they are going to re-price up to $200k. The people will have been washed out down here at $12k. And I can’t stop them if that’s how they all behave.

    Canada Solves Depression with this one Weird Trick!

    #122582
    zerosum
    Participant

    Three tales, one city – Bakhmut

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ukraine-war-russia-bakhmut-1.6670438
    Conditions are terrible, casualties are enormous and significance of Bakhmut is debatable
    Chris Brown · CBC News · Posted: Dec 01, 2022

    Grabskiy estimates Ukraine is now losing “half a company” — roughly 30 to 50 soldiers — every day.
    He says Russian losses may be four or five times that.
    The quagmire of carnage now consuming the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut has been mostly overlooked, given Ukraine’s battlefield successes against Russia’s army elsewhere.

    But the gruelling, gruesome six-month fight for the city in the Donbas region may soon reach its culmination, and the outcome is taking on outsized importance for both sides.
    ————-
    “Military Chronicle”

    Dec 2 at 14:09
    https://t.me/CyberspecNews/13711
    Report on a recent AFU attack in the Bakhmut area led by the American “Mozart Group” PMC

    On November 25, units of the 58th Motorized Infantry, 54th Separate Mechanized and 71st Jaeger Brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine attempted to attack the positions of PMC Wagner east of Bakhmut. According to the Military Chronicle, the rush to the PMC positions was planned from the beginning of November, but its implementation was suspended due to high losses.

    After the arrival in Bakhmut (Artemivsk) of employees of the US PMC Mozart Group, as well as reinforcements of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the Kherson direction, the attack planning resumed under the leadership of American officers.

    However, at least 75 (according to other sources — 95) servicemen of the 13th, 15th and 16th motorized infantry battalions of the 58th brigade, as well as militants from the 46th assault battalion “Donbass”, were killed in an attempt to conduct an operation and open the firing area of the Wagner PMC and the DPR People’s Militia, which indicates a wrong understanding of combat capabilities. allied forces by the US military.

    During the withdrawal of units to their initial positions, drones were used to establish the location of field headquarters and improvised barracks, equipped both in Bakhmut and in the nearest suburbs. After additional reconnaissance of the targets, the orchestra managed to hit the headquarters and armament depots of the 241st Territorial Defense Brigade in Berkhovka and Paraskoviyevka, as well as a number of other critical AFU facilities in the suburbs of Bakhmut, including the fire control center of the 44th AFU artillery Brigade in Chasov Yar.

    According to the AFU radio intercept, after the strike, the Ukrainian military urgently requested reinforcements at the headquarters of the Vostok command. According to preliminary data, the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the strikes ranged from 150 to 250 people, which is especially noticeable against the background of the flow of “two hundredths” since the beginning of November.

    Disrupted communication and control of troops have already led to disorganization of the defense of the city’s outskirts, and if the pace of the Wagner PMC offensive continues, this may provoke the collapse of the APU front in the northern, north-eastern, eastern and south-western sectors.

    ————-
    https://nypost.com/2022/12/03/russia-puzzles-with-costly-fight-for-bakhmut-ukraine/
    Russia puzzles with ‘costly’ fight for small city of Bakhmut, Ukraine
    By Jacob Geanous
    December 3, 2022
    “Russia has prioritized Bakhmut as its main offensive effort since early August 2022,” the ministry said Saturday in its daily intelligence update. “The capture of the town would have limited operational value.”

    The update said taking Bakhmut would be primarily a “symbolic, political objective” for the Kremlin, which has seen massive losses on the battlefield in the past few months, including November’s retreat from the key city of Kherson, which it had held since the early days of the war.
    ———-
    Now, Tale of Kherson city
    https://nypost.com/2022/12/02/ukraine-works-to-keep-infrastructure-up-amid-constant-strikes/
    Ukraine works to keep infrastructure up as deadly Russian strikes continue
    By Evan Simko-Bednarski
    December 2, 2022
    There were 42 separate strikes against Ukrainian-held territory in the Kherson province alone on Thursday, the provincial governor, Yaroslav Yanushevych, said Friday.There were 42 separate strikes against Ukrainian-held territory in the Kherson province alone on Thursday, the provincial governor, Yaroslav Yanushevych, said Friday.
    Kherson city, the regional capital, has been under near-constant bombardment since it was retaken by Ukrainian forces early last month after Russians retreated from the city to the far side of the nearby Dnipro River.

    But Yanushevych said Friday that 75% of the electrical grid in Kherson city had already been restored.

    Elsewhere in Ukraine, power outages were causing another problem — lack of cell phone service.
    Teams of engineers have been dispatched this week by Kyivstar, Ukraine’s largest mobile provider, to maintain backup diesel generators at the base of the nation’s cell phone towers.

    Though the Ukrainian military has been largely using satellite-based communication systems, such as Elon Musk’s Starlink system, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has singled out the cell phone infrastructure as critically important.

    ————

    #122584
    Just Some Randomer
    Participant

    “But Yanushevych said Friday that 75% of the electrical grid in Kherson city had already been restored.”

    I’d be fascinated to learn how one ‘Restores’ a 300kv substation that the Russians have just put a missile through. With a Swiss Army knife and a spare pair of ladies hosiery?

    #122585
    zerosum
    Participant

    Free speech, makes our democracy unsafe. It can’t be allowed. – kunstler

    How’s the War on Truth Going?


    The pre-Musk Twitter worked strenuously to bury any data and all news that suggested the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines were disabling and killing people. The tension between truth and lies has now reached a breaking point, with so many suspicious “all-causes” deaths coming to the public’s attention. This is what the authorities are really afraid of: that the people will learn their government has carried out — by epic incompetence or true malice — something that looks like an attempted genocide.
    ———–
    People associate the Canadian flag, (due to the use/display of the Canadian flag by the Freedom convoy),
    1. Hate Speech and Radical extremists
    0r
    2. Freedom and Liberty
    ———-

    #122586
    zerosum
    Participant

    The Twenty-Seven Most Embarrassing Reactions to Taibbi Thread About Twitter Censoring Hunter Biden Tweets


    The Twenty-Seven Most Embarrassing Reactions to Taibbi Thread About Twitter Censoring Hunter Biden Tweets
    By Caleb Howe Dec 3rd, 2022, 2:37 pm
    2539 comments

    #122587
    zerosum
    Participant

    Elon Musk Confirms Bari Weiss to Join Matt Taibbi in Releasing ‘Twitter Files’ Info


    Elon Musk Confirms Bari Weiss to Join Matt Taibbi in Releasing ‘Twitter Files’ Info
    By Caleb HoweDec 3rd, 2022, 7:54 pm
    3673 comments
    He confirmed several times that Bari Weiss will also be covering and reporting on details from such internal documents, and was asked whether anyone besides those two would be included in future document or data dumps.

    So far, major media has downplayed or ignored the story altogether, or focused on mocking the method of its release, or just suggesting that the revelations don’t matter because no laws were violated.

    #122588
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/12/2/how-british-colonial-policy-killed-100-million-indians

    History

    How British colonialism killed 100 million Indians in 40 years
    Between 1880 to 1920, British colonial policies in India claimed more lives than all famines in the Soviet Union, Maoist China and North Korea combined.

    Dylan Sullivan
    Graduate student in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney.
    Jason Hickel
    Professor at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
    Published On 2 Dec 2022

    #122589
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Today’s Yogi tea tag wisdom: Balance of heart and head yields strength of character.

    Relevant tune:

    Sheikin’ Shekina

    ***

    Xmas Pageantry

    A kind wise soul from the Portland, Oregon TAE parish invited me to the event depicted above. As I wrote to a god-daughter who was raised Mormon, like me, and like me found that the LDS church didn’t fit her spiritual personality profile: “It was everything good I remember about “The Church” and none of the bad.”

    My favorite Xmas gift since some wino, saw me hustling downhill to catch the last Seattle ferry to Bainbridge Island a few days before Xmas, chuckled/coughed through his cigarette and said, “So the fucking meek WILL inherit the fucking earth!”

    ***

    Xmas bling at home

    ***

    Xmas Music: Huron Carol

    #122590
    Noirette
    Participant

    Pfizer’s chief executive Albert Bourla, Ph.D., is in hot water for claims he made during a BBC interview late last year about the company’s then-unapproved COVID vaccine for younger kids. The claims have reportedly been branded “misleading” and “overly promotional.”

    (…)

    That’s the latest finding in an ongoing case at the British pharmaceutical marketing regulator the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA), The Telegraph reports. 

    more at:

    FIERCE PHARMA. https://bit.ly/3uk4kPn (scroll down a bit)

    Article downplays ‘the case’ – ‘hot water’ is not a legal term for ex. Some kind of attack on Bourla took place and maybe a small wedge against him / Pfizer was lodged. Will anything further happen? I doubt it. For the mo. + No MSM reports afaik.

    > see other articles on the site to see what BigPharma is up to and how it dresses it up. It is proudly put out public info.

    That the MSM doesn’t report continues to be very efficient, because ppl have to fit in with what others know/believe to continue to live in insecure harmony with others.

    #122591
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Like everything else mainstream, the emissions profile of nuclear reactors is entirely bogus since it does not take account of the emissions generated in the extraction, manufacture, and installation of materials used in construction, the emissions generated by all the workers who keep the reactors functioning (industrial agriculture and transport) or the emissions generated during decommissioning.

    “Electricity so cheap we won’t bother to charge for it.” -1950s propaganda

    “Clean, green, low carbon natural gas.” -1990s to 2010s propaganda, used to describe a mixture composed primarily of CH4 (75% carbon) and C2H6 (80% carbon)

    Geothermal does not have ‘zero emissions’, despite all the hype (lies). Sure, the emissions are somewhat lower per unit of energy extracted than many other energy capture-conversion systems, but nowhere near zero.

    There are commonplace lies and there are official lies.

    We -citizens of the world- are drowning in an ocean of official lies.

    We always knew that the worse the maniacs at the top of the political-economic system made everything, the bigger the lies they would tell.

    We weren’t wrong.

    #122592
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    After three centuries, the end of Europe’s economic power

    #122593
    Oroboros
    Participant

    DPR Commander in Donbass explains Ukronazis’ main ‘tactic’ Is Mass Cannon Fodder Hordes – Easily Destroyed


    .

    #122594
    zerosum
    Participant

    Every time that I see the destruction/bomb craters/destroyed infrastructures/, I wonder what will the farmers need to do to before he can plant his crops. Who will be there to finance his operation?

    #122595
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    ‘Every time that I see the destruction/bomb craters/destroyed infrastructures/, I wonder what will the farmers need to do to before he can plant his crops. Who will be there to finance his operation?’

    Scatter poppies seeds. Collect the resin. Sell it to the CIA. The CIA is never short of money. Use the CIA money to carry out restoration.

    Apart from the refusal to allow an American pipeline to be built across the country, Afghanistan’s major crime was to interrupt the flow of drug money from heroin and severely impact the availability on the streets of America – the heroin running and distribution being managed by the CIA (c.f. Mike Ruppert).

    When the Taliban began discouraging poppy planting and harvesting, that really was the last straw for the criminal gang that controls America, and they commenced their futile war on the anti-drug Taliban. The pretext for the initial attack was ‘women’s rights’, with a bit of harbouring ‘terrorists’ thrown in.

    Hence, as soon as was possible, US/NATO troops were out in the fields, guarding the ‘crops’.

    #122596
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    The Twenty-Seven Most Embarrassing Reactions to Taibbi Thread About Twitter Censoring Hunter Biden Tweets

    No need to read them all, since all 27 are pretty much the same. I was reminded of those videos that are sometimes posted of a huge matrix of TV news anchors reading the exact same script in unison. It seems another script has gone out to obfuscate Matt Taibbi’s release of the Twitter Files on the DNC/Twitter interference in the 2020 election.

    Not one word about the actual story, however, nosiree. Just the same personal attack on the journalist who broke ranks.

    #122597

    Here’s a blog about that pro se case before SCOTUS on 6 Jan 2023 (Thanks, Dr D).
    It’s quite remarkable (from Nov 28).

    #122598
    WES
    Participant

    In case anyone is wondering about the first significance of the current Russian push in the Bakhmut area in the Donbas region, it is to gain control of a major water supply to the Donbas region.

    The second significance is to punch a hole through the 8 year built up line of Ukrainian fortifications in the Donbas in preparation to recover the remaining Ukrainian controlled areas of the Donbas.

    We have reached 1984!
    Truth = misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech.

    #122599
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    De-industrialisation in a post-peak-oil world is underway. But Clayton Morris doesn’t get it.

    Whilst he can see the symptoms, he cannot see the cause.

    #122600
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    Dr D: “Russia Forms ‘Shadow Fleet’ to Bypass Oil Sanctions (RT)”

    It takes a little time, and Oceana has already said they will sink the tankers at some point in a further world-wide declaration of war. Remember, it’s Oceana that nuked NordStream and cut off lifeblood to Eurasia. …But we were always at war with Eurasia.

    Now THAT was freaking hilarious. 🙂 Thank you.

    #122601
    John Day
    Participant

    “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!”
    Ugo Bardi presents the story of how the earth almost irreversibly turned into an ice ball a long time ago, and how volcano CO2 or various other mechanisms may have pulled micro-organisms out from the event-horizon of that nearly-black hole. Sine global average temperatures have mostly been falling for 10 million years, maybe we’re just doing Gaia’s work here.
    https://theproudholobionts.blogspot.com/2022/12/how-gaia-saved-earth-from-cold-death.html

    #122602
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @MyParentsSaidKnow

    The big question now is will the Supreme Court move the case for ward, or sit on it until forever? One way to prevent a case from moving forward is to take it on and then sit on it. I have extremely low expectations regarding the current Court.

    Nevertheless, it’s one thermonuclear planet buster of a case. Fire fine and jail the traitors in Congress? Sure sounds like a good idea to me.

    #122603
    aspnaz
    Participant

    James Cameron has had his testes removed? He is a eunuch? No? So all this is just blather, he wants you to have your nuts removed while he keeps his? Where do they find these people?

    #122604
    aspnaz
    Participant

    You have Vaxxed so many people. Yet, less than 10% of the Ministry of Health who are leading the vax campaign have been vaxxed.

    The dumb still can’t see anything suspicious in this. Speaking to a lawyer yesterday who could not understand why I was not vaxxed, he supported Ukraine and was most concerned about the carbon being released by Putin’s war. He needs some serious waking up.

    #122605
    Germ
    Participant

    “Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he wants to keep the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in place to protect the health of the troops” Hahahaha!!

    https://www.defensenews.com/news/pentagon-congress/2022/12/04/keep-covid-19-military-vaccine-mandate-defense-secretary-says/

    Gov. killers, killed and maimed by their own Gov.
    What a hoot!

    🤣🤣☠️☠️🤣🤣

    #122606
    chooch
    Participant

    Dr. D,

    Several days ago, you commented, “If Europe falls where will all the cash flow to? That’s right to Jamie Dimon and Powell’s higher interest rates.”

    Today you expanded on this line of reason, and I truly appreciated your commentary. After 2008, I could just never see how the math might close and we were long overdue for a jubilee.

    You have probably come across some version of this anecdote somewhere in the past but in case you haven’t I will attempt to explain it. Let’s simply say there are three wealthy individuals that show up to a conference. Through their business dealings, they have debts that are owed to one another. Let’s say Bob owes Jim $100 million, and Jim owes Mary $100 million and Mary owes Bob $100 million. Another super rich guy shows up to the conference with $100 million cash in his suitcase. Bob gets wind of this and sneaks into the guy’s hotel room and pinches the $100 million suitcase. He settles his debt with Jim, who then settles his debt to Mary, and she settles her debt with Bob. Now Bob was just trying to get out of debt to Jim by using someone else’s money and was not expecting to leave the conference out of debt to Jim and $100 million wealthier so he figures the right thing to do would be to sneak the $100 million suitcase back into the rich guy’s room. He was able to sneak back in, but the rich guy was there. Bob decides he will leave the suitcase and bolt. As he slowly lowers the suitcase to the ground, the rich guy says, “fugetaboutit”.

    As I understand it, there is this large network of trade that is built on US dollarized transactions. Dollars get added to the system largely via credit creation. This doesn’t create all the interest that is required in the future, so in the limit somebody is going to come up short. When I look at how much public debt we owe I find that a lot of it is owed to the government (ourselves). So, can we really default on ourselves? Which I would concur, as you do, is not likely.

    I realize we view the war in Ukraine through a very different set of beer goggles but preserving this network of dollar denominated trade probably has more to do with how the US is managing the conflict than anything.

    If Elon musk were Chinese, he would be Jack Ma’ed and if he were Russian, he would be wise to be careful around windows.

    Anyway, I am very curious about your continued commentary on our move to digital coin money and how you plan to navigate/surf it.

    Thanks

    #122607
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The level of brain dead propaganda in UK-tardistan® is breath taking.

    This is the level intelligence of an Old Blighty Cabinet Minister

    Maybe it was a brain fart

    .

    #122608
    Germ
    Participant

    Zahawi left Sadam’s Iraq when he was 9 years old, and escaped to the safety of the UK.

    Now he’s a multi-millionaire racehorse owner, who scams the British taxpayer on a regular basis, and tells nurses that their measly salaries are too generous.

    He was even caught charging us to keep his horses warm!
    Fuck Zahawi – and the horses he rode in on!

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mp-nadhim-zahawi-apologises-for-claiming-taxpayers-money-to-heat-his-stables-8931130.html

    #122609
    Germ
    Participant

    He’s the very personification of everything foul and corrupt in UK politics:

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/03/tory-mp-nadhim-zahawi-owns-property-worth-more-than-25m

    And was upto to his neck in the UK Covid vaccine roll out.
    Pure Evil.

    Covid: Nadhim Zahawi appointed as vaccine rollout minister
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55115037

    Oh, he’s intelligent alright.
    As in evil genius.

    “Know your enemy”

    #122610
    John Day
    Participant

    @Chooch: The problem with the $100 million suitcase moving around and freeing the millionaires from debt is derivatives exist on all that debt, at 100X the notional value of that debt, and are being paid and collected in such a complex way that nobody dare upset that apple cart. Also, they don’t trust each other, for good reason.

    That being said, derivatives will go bad when a loot of debt gets openly defaulted upon, and that house of cards will come down in $US-finance-land.

    The way the big banks can do a default is to go back onto a gold standard, after gold suddenly rises to 10X – 100X it’s current fiat-“value”. It has long been suppressed through “paper-gold” markets. Those are already diverging. People know the difference between physical and “notional” gold. A lot of gold has been taken for possession in the past 3 years.
    I’m sure we will see waves of shaking the gold out of private pockets, the first being the paper-gold exchanges going POOF! When the shakedowns have done their job, then western banking can join the BRICS “commodity-based-currency” game at those default-valuations of $US et.al.

    #122611
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    General (former attorney-type) Eric Holder “prepares” the battlefield and it’s Civil War redux Trump arrest and indictment balances by Hunter Biden’s arrest and indictment.
    Eric didn’t mention ”dog zebra’.

    Sunday Talks, Former AG Says Biden Administration Positioned Resources to “Absorb” the Violence Created by Corrupt Political Indictment of President Trump – Trade Arrest of Hunter Biden for Arrest of President Trump and Play Blind Justice Game

    General Quarters! General Quarters!
    All hands (Forward and up to starboard, down and aft to port) Set condition ‘Zebra’
    Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war.

    Here we go!

    #122612
    Germ
    Participant

    You are quite correct about gold Dr. John.

    However – the average stacker will not be allowed to profit from their gold holdings.
    Rather than make gold ownership illegal, a precious metal capital-gains tax surcharge will be applied when the moon shot eventually occurs as you describe.
    Imagine paying, say, a 98% precious metal capital-gains tax on your gold gains!

    Far better, in fact, to own silver – albeit bulky.
    Silver will perform like gold on steroids!

    Silver is the the ‘magical metal’ – the most light reflective metal, the most electrically conductive metal, the most heat conductive metal. And it doesn’t oxidize; although it does tarnish in the presence of SO2.

    And I’m sure you’re aware that silver has anti-microbial properties too – hence often used as a plating for surgical tools.

    Right now, in the UK, Gold and Silver Britannias and Sovereigns are CGT free as they are considered to be legal tender.

    #122613
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #122614
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    ‘Actor and former NFL player Brad William Henke dies

    On November 29, 2022, actor Brad William Henke passed away in his sleep. He was only 56 years old.

    Double jabbed or triple jabbed, presumably.

    #122615
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    He sold us a Xmas tree. Learning the ropes, you might say. It was a startling delight and unearned honor to personally meet the Son of Santa

    #122616
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    #122617
    Sweet Kenny
    Participant

    Hey Cooch – where did the guy who had the 100 million get his money? We exist in a system that has to expand due to interest on debt. Your circle jerk of $100 million implies that the $100 million was never spent by anyone it was loaned to – it’s not oversimplified, it’s stupid. The money is GONE!! Only 4% of digital money exists in the form of assets – it’s over for good or bad – there comes a pale horse.

    #122618
    WES
    Participant

    Now we know how far the RNC RINOs are willing to go to prevent Trump from running again in 2024. Trump’s arrest is clearly in the cards (to protect Hunter Biden).

    The RNC are currently doing everything they can to prevent Herchel Walker from winning a senate seat in Georgia, including publically recommending Republican voters not vote for Walker.

    All of this is Mitch McConnell’s handiwork. Evil personified.

    #122619

    DBS- at this point I play along- they send out sparkly invitations and I put on my party dress and wait with my fingers crossed. Either a candle gets lit on the cake, or someone grabs me by the ankles and slams me against the wall.
    So far, things have not gone well.

    #122620
    WES
    Participant

    A bad attempt at humor.

    A man looking to buy a cheap horse.
    Farmer says: “Horse no lookie so good”!
    Man buys the ragged looking horse anyways.
    The next day the man returns with the horse, wanting his money back.
    The man says to the farmer: “You sold me a blind horse”!
    Farmer says: ” I told you horse no lookie so good”!

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