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Merkel Confirms Ukraine Ceasefire Was A Ploy (RT)
Germany Says Ukraine Can Strike Inside Russia (RT)
Putin: Risk Of Nuclear War Rising, Ukraine Operation To Be “Long Process” (ZH)
Ukraine Operation Could Take A Long Time – Putin (RT)
EU Has To Show It ‘Has Its Own Interests’ – Lavrov (RT)
Russia’s Mega Gas Pipeline To China Nearly Complete (RT)
Elon Musk: Data May Have Been Hidden And Deleted From The Twitter Files (PM)
Fight Over Officer Testimony Roils Proud Boys Sedition Case (AP)
Report: Those Who Died Suddenly Likely Killed by the Covid Vaccine (Jones)
Analysis Shows 26% Worse Mortality Among the Vaccinated (RVM)
Australia Concerned As People Dying At ‘Incredibly High’ Pace (Benzinga)
COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters For Young Adults (BMJ)
The Faux Urgency Of The Climate ‘Crisis’ (Curry)
Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Warns Assange May Be Extradited “Within Weeks” (WSWS)
Julian Assange’s Family Pleads For Unity (AAP)









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She always acted in bad faith. Because she was going to blame Russia anyway: “..the Cold War never really ended because Russia was basically not at peace..”

And now, at some point, there must be new talks. How do you think Putin and Lavrov will act?

Merkel Confirms Ukraine Ceasefire Was A Ploy (RT)

The 2014 ceasefire brokered by Berlin and Paris in Minsk was an attempt to give Kiev time to strengthen its military and was successful in that regard, former German chancellor Angela Merkel argued in an interview published on Wednesday. In an extensive interview about her 16 years in power, Merkel told the Zeit magazine her policy towards Russia and Ukraine was correct, even if not successful. “I thought the initiation of NATO accession for Ukraine and Georgia discussed in 2008 to be wrong,” Merkel said. “The countries neither had the necessary prerequisites for this, nor had the consequences of such a decision been fully considered, both with regard to Russia’s actions against Georgia and Ukraine and to NATO and its rules of assistance.”

She described the September 2014 Minsk agreement as “an attempt to give Ukraine time.” France and Germany had brokered a ceasefire after the failure of Ukraine’s attempt to subdue the republics of Donetsk and Lugansk by force. “[Ukraine] used this time to get stronger, as you can see today,” Merkel continued. “The Ukraine of 2014/15 is not the Ukraine of today. As you saw in the battle for Debaltsevo in early 2015, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin could easily have overrun them at the time. And I very much doubt that the NATO countries could have done as much then as they do now to help Ukraine.” The defeat at Debaltsevo resulted in the second Minsk protocol being signed in February 2015. Merkel said that it was “clear to all of us that the conflict was frozen, that the problem had not been solved, but that gave Ukraine valuable time.”

Meanwhile, she defended the decision to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for Russian gas, since refusing to do so would have “have dangerously worsened the climate” with Moscow given the situation in Ukraine. It just so happened that Germany couldn’t get gas elsewhere, she added. Asked for any self-criticism, Merkel told Zeit that “the Cold War never really ended because Russia was basically not at peace,” and that NATO “should have reacted more quickly to Russia’s aggressiveness” in 2014. Pyotr Poroshenko, who became president of Ukraine after the 2014 US-backed coup in Kiev, told the domestic audience in August 2015 that Minsk was a ruse to buy time for a military build-up. He admitted as much to the West in July 2022, in an interview with German media.

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Guaranteeing the end of Ukraine. Why does Germany want that?

Germany Says Ukraine Can Strike Inside Russia (RT)

While the US distanced itself from Ukraine’s drone strike at two air bases hundreds of kilometers inside Russia, the German government’s spokesman said on Wednesday that Kiev doesn’t have to limit its war effort to Ukrainian territory. “Ukraine has a right to self-defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter,” Steffen Hebestreit told journalists, when asked to comment on reports of explosions at the Russian airfields. “Ukraine is not obligated to limit defense efforts to its own territory.” Two strategic bomber bases in Ryazan and Saratov regions came under attack by drones on Monday morning, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Three service members were killed and several more injured, while two airplanes suffered minor damage.

The attack did not disrupt the planned strike against Ukrainian military logistics later in the day. The attack came on the same day as revelations that the US had modified HIMARS rocket launchers so Ukraine could not use them for longer-range missiles, allegedly because the White House wanted to avoid escalation with the Kremlin. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters on Tuesday that Washington has “neither encouraged nor enabled the Ukrainians to strike inside of Russia,” but instead provided them with “the equipment that they need to defend themselves.”

Moscow has repeatedly warned the US and NATO that providing heavy weapons to Ukraine risks crossing Russia’s “red lines,” and involving them in the conflict directly. Washington and its allies insist they are not a party to the hostilities, but continue arming Kiev. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has pledged to invest much more into his military, so that Berlin can become “the guarantor of European security that our allies expect us to be, a bridge builder within the European Union.” However, German media have noted that it will take until 2026 to hit the NATO-mandated goal of spending 2% of the GDP on the armed forces.

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“Russia does not have tactical nuclear weapons in other countries, unlike the US.”

Putin: Risk Of Nuclear War Rising, Ukraine Operation To Be “Long Process” (ZH)

On Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a wide-ranging public war update during a televised session of his Human Rights Council, which at least one independent regional outlet said was tightly controlled in terms of the kind of questions Kremlin officials could ask. Among the more important topics he addressed related to the now 10-month long “special military operation” in Ukraine was future plans for broader mobilization and the prospect of deployment of nuclear assets. On the latter point, Putin lashed out at the United States and NATO, saying “Russia does not have tactical nuclear weapons in other countries, unlike the US.” This was in reference to the fact that some NATO members in Europe, including extending as far east as Turkey, do act as host countries to many of the US’ tactical nukes under the NATO defense umbrella.

“Our nuclear forces are in a more advanced state than any other country in the world,” he boasted at one point. Importantly, given the ratcheting US-NATO arms pipeline to Ukraine’s forces, which has lately involved transfer of increasingly sophisticated and longer range missiles, Putin warned that the “risk of nuclear war in the world is rising.” He further took the opportunity to restate Russia’s ‘defensive’ nuclear doctrine, stressing that nuclear weapons would be considered as a response to an attack on Russian territory, while also stating that he stands ready to defend Russian territory “using all available means”. According to a translation of Putin’s remarks in Sky News: “We didn’t speak about usage of nuclear weapons.” Then, he said: “Russia has not gone mad.”

“We have the most advanced weapons, but we do not want to wave it around.” But in taking a swipe at Washington’s nuclear deployments in Europe, he seemed to suggest that it’s precisely the US side doing the nuclear saber-rattling. “Yes, we will do this by various ways and means. First of all, of course, we will focus on peaceful means, but if nothing else remains, we will defend ourselves with all the means at our disposal,” Putin said. Western mainstream media will more than likely run with the comments as a fresh “threat” that Russia stands ready to conduct a nuclear attack if cornered in Ukraine, and yet just like the previous time he made similar statements, the Russian leader was in fact articulating the defensive nature of the country’s official nuclear policy against ‘existential’ threats to Russian territory.

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“..Paris and Berlin later negotiated a ceasefire between Kiev and the Donbass republics in Minsk, but did nothing to uphold or promote it.”

Ukraine Operation Could Take A Long Time – Putin (RT)

The military operation in Ukraine may go on for a while, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, in a meeting with the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. Addressing a question about the duration of hostilities that escalated in February, Putin said that achieving all the objectives will take time, but pointed to several major gains already won. “Of course, this might be a lengthy process,” Putin said, pointing out that the conflict really began in 2014, when the US backed a nationalist coup in Kiev. He explained that Moscow had little choice but to intervene in February, to defend the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk – which have since voted to join Russia, along with most of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

“These new territories are a major gain for Russia,” the president said. “Even Peter the Great sought access to the Azov Sea, and it is now an internal sea of the Russian Federation.” “Most importantly, the people who live there showed in a referendum that they want to be in Russia and feel themselves part of our world,” Putin said. “They are now with us, millions of them, and that is the greatest outcome.” Putin also said there was “no point” in discussing additional mobilization measures, as the more than 300,000 reservists called up to fill the ranks of the military were quite sufficient. In fact, some of the Donbass students who have been fighting for years are in the process of mustering out so they can finish their studies.

The Russian president also revealed that Western European leaders now objecting to the military operation “fall silent” when he reminds them their countries were supposed to guarantee the peace process in Ukraine since 2014. France and Germany negotiated a peaceful end to the Maidan turmoil just before the US-backed nationalists violently seized power in February that year. Paris and Berlin later negotiated a ceasefire between Kiev and the Donbass republics in Minsk, but did nothing to uphold or promote it. Earlier this year, former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko openly admitted the ceasefire was a tactic to buy time so Kiev could build up an army for a military solution.

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“..the European Union will be able to participate in these processes on an equal footing when it realizes that it doesn’t have to say 100% ‘yes, sir’ to the United States.”

EU Has To Show It ‘Has Its Own Interests’ – Lavrov (RT)

The European Union could have a place in a new multipolar world but it has to first free itself from excessive dependence on its allies across the Atlantic Ocean, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has argued. He added that the bloc needs to learn how to stick up for itself in areas that are important to it. Speaking on Wednesday at the Primakov Readings, an international forum of experts, diplomats and decision-makers held in Russia, Lavrov said: “the European Union will be able to participate in these processes on an equal footing when it realizes that it doesn’t have to say 100% ‘yes, sir’ to the United States.” He added that the bloc needs to demonstrate that it “has its own interests.” The minister also noted that, of late, voices calling for this have been emerging in European countries.

Lavrov stressed that Moscow is by no means trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Brussels, arguing that it is obvious that not all of Europe’s interests are necessarily in line with those of the US. “That Europe cannot defend these interests is, in my opinion, for now also a medical fact,” the official quipped. Lavrov pointed to the apparent lack of any meaningful results from French President Emmanuel Macron’s meeting in Washington last week with his US counterpart Joe Biden, as proof of his assertion. Addressing the guests at the Valdai Discussion Club meeting outside Moscow in late October, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that sooner or later “new centers of power in the multipolar world and the West will have to start talking as equals about our common future.”

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“The East Route is part of a $400 billion, 30-year agreement between Russia’s Gazprom and the China National Petroleum Corporation, signed in May 2014..”

Russia’s Mega Gas Pipeline To China Nearly Complete (RT)

A crucial section of the East Route natural gas pipeline between Russia and China has been completed, Xinhua News agency reported on Wednesday, citing construction company PipeChina. It will allow gas to be transported from Russia to China’s eastern economic powerhouse Shanghai, according to the report. The 5,111 km cross-border pipeline reportedly enters China via the border city of Heihe in northeastern Heilongjiang Province, and runs through nine provincial-level regions, supplying natural gas to areas along the route, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. It is part of the East Route project, connecting to the 3,000 km Power of Siberia pipeline in Russia. The East Route was partially launched in December 2019, becoming the first pipeline to supply Russian gas to China.

The mega project, which is expected to be completed and become fully operational by 2025, will provide China with 38 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas annually, starting in 2024. That could help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 164 million tons per year, according to PipeChina. The energy corridor will boost the energy security and economic development of the eastern regions of China, the company said. The East Route is part of a $400 billion, 30-year agreement between Russia’s Gazprom and the China National Petroleum Corporation, signed in May 2014. The two companies are also working on a western gas route, which involves the construction of a pipeline to China through the territory of Mongolia. The route will be capable of delivering as much as 50 billion cubic meters of gas, once operational.

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Why didn’t @jack release the files himself?

Elon Musk: Data May Have Been Hidden And Deleted From The Twitter Files (PM)

On Wednesday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk revealed that important data in the Twitter Files releases was “hidden” and “deleted,” but vowed that “everything we find will be released.” “Most important data was hidden (from you too) and some may have been deleted, but everything we find will be released,” the Wednesday afternoon tweet read. The tweet came in response to a post from former Twitter CEO and company cofounder Jack Dorsey demanding that all information related to the Twitter Files be released “without filter.” “If the goal is transparency to build trust, why not just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves? Including all discussions around current and future actions? Make everything public now. #TwitterFiles,” the tweet read.

On Tuesday evening, Musk also tweeted out the phrase, “Oh, what a tangled web they weave, when first they practice to …,” referencing the 1801 poem by Sir Walter Scott Marion: A Tale of Flooded Field, with the complete line ending in “deceive,” according to the Daily Mail. In Tuesday’s release of the Twitter Files, it was revealed that now-former twitter Deputy General Counsel James Baker had “vetted” the Twitter Files, causing delay and occurring without “knowledge of new management,” said journalist Matt Taibbi.

“We can now tell you part of the reason why” there was a delay, Taibbi posted. “On Tuesday, Twitter Deputy General Counsel (and former FBI General Counsel) Jim Baker was fired. Among the reasons? Vetting the first batch of “Twitter Files” – without knowledge of new management.” “The process for producing the “Twitter Files” involved delivery to two journalists (Bari Weiss and me) via a lawyer close to new management. However, after the initial batch, things became complicated.” “Over the weekend, while we both dealt with obstacles to new searches, it was @BariWeiss who discovered that the person in charge of releasing the files was someone named Jim. When she called to ask “Jim’s” last name, the answer came back: “Jim Baker,” Taibbi continued.

Elon knew about James Baker since at least April. Curious?!

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How can Tarrio have a fair trial? He wasn’t in DC on Jan 6. Unlike a lot of FBI agents.

Fight Over Officer Testimony Roils Proud Boys Sedition Case (AP)

A legal fight has erupted over a Washington D.C. police officer who was communicating with Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio in the run-up to the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack that could shape the outcome of the upcoming trial of Tarrio and other far-right extremists. Metropolitan Police Lt. Shane Lamond’s testimony is crucial for the former Proud Boys national chairman’s defense against seditious conspiracy and other serious charges stemming from the attack, Tarrio’s attorneys say. But Lamond plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination if called to the witness stand after prosecutors warned the officer he could be charged with obstructing the investigation into Tarrio, the Proud Boy’s attorneys say.

They have accused the Justice Department of trying to bully Lamond into keeping quiet because his testimony would hurt their case. Prosecutors have vehemently denied that charge. The legal skirmish is unfolding two weeks before jury selection is supposed to begin in one of the highest-profile cases the Justice Department has brought since the Jan. 6 insurrection. Prosecutors charge Tarrio and four co-defendants conspired to forcibly stop the transfer of presidential power from former President Donald Trump to Democrat Joe Biden. The Proud Boys trial will be another major test for the Justice Department, which secured a major victory last month in the seditious conspiracy convictions of two other far-right extremist group leaders: Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, of Granbury, Texas, and Kelly Meggs, who was the leader of the group’s Florida chapter.

Tarrio’s far-right, male chauvinist extremist group that seized on the Trump administration’s policies was a major agitator during earlier pro-Trump protests and at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Tarrio wasn’t in Washington when the riot erupted, but authorities say he helped put into motion the violence of that day. Shortly before the riot, authorities say Tarrio posted on social media that the group planned to turn out in “record numbers” on Jan. 6, but would be “incognito” instead of donning their traditional clothing colors of black and yellow. Tarrio was arrested in Washington two days before the riot and charged with vandalizing a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church during a protest in December 2020. Tarrio was released from jail on Jan. 14, 2022 after serving his five-month sentence for that case.

[..] Tarrio told Lamond that Proud Boys would not be wearing their traditional colors of black and yellow in order to protect themselves from possible attacks from antifa activists. Tarrio told the officer they planned to watch Trump’s speech, protest the results of the election “and later that night they planned to party with plenty of beers and babes,” Tarrio’s lawyers wrote. “He told me they are trying to go incognito this time,” Lamond told fellow officers in one message, according to Tarrio’s attorneys. “Even if they aren’t wearing their colors they will stick together as a group so we should be able to identify them. Not to mention they won’t be head to toe in black with makeshift shields!”

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“..inflammation of the heart tissue due to an autoimmune response triggered by the vaccine..”

Report: Those Who Died Suddenly Likely Killed by the Covid Vaccine (Jones)

A major new autopsy report has found that three people who died unexpectedly at home with no pre-existing disease shortly after Covid vaccination were likely killed by the vaccine. A further two deaths were found to be possibly due to the vaccine. The report, published in Clinical Research in Cardiology, the official journal of the German Cardiac Society, detailed autopsies carried out at Heidelberg University Hospital in 2021. Led by Thomas Longerich and Peter Schirmacher, it found that in five deaths that occurred within a week of the first or second dose of vaccination with Pfizer or Moderna, inflammation of the heart tissue due to an autoimmune response triggered by the vaccine had likely or possibly caused the death.

In total the report looked at 35 autopsies carried out at the University of Heidelberg in people who died within 20 days of Covid vaccination, of which 10 were deemed on examination to be due to a pre-existing illness and not the vaccine. For the remaining 20, the report did not rule out the vaccine as a cause of death, which Dr. Schirmacher has confirmed to me is intentional as the autopsy results were inconclusive. Almost all of the remaining cases were of a cardiovascular cause, as indicated in the table below from the supplementary materials, where 21 of the 30 deaths are attributed to a cardiovascular cause. One of these is attributed to blood clots (VITT) from AstraZeneca vaccination (the report was looking specifically at post-vaccine myocarditis deaths), leaving 20 from other cardiovascular causes.

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“..we’d have to assume that this is now the baseline, there’s going to be 145% higher mortality..”

Analysis Shows 26% Worse Mortality Among the Vaccinated (RVM)

‘COVID-19 Vaccines: What They Are, How They Work and Possible Causes of Injuries’. That’s the title on the agenda today (December 7, 2022), as Senator Ron Johnson holds a roundtable discussion of doctors, medical experts, and researchers in an effort to shed light on the current state of knowledge regarding the Covid-19 shot. An enlightening speaker today was Josh Stirling, a highly-recognized insurance research analyst. And what he brought forth was “the one chart that tells the entire story.” Here it is: “The UK Government, until this summer, was reporting a data series that showed the relative mortality rates for the vaccinated and unvaccinated by the number of doses of the vaccine,” stated Stirling.

“We’ve done what we think is really professional work with this. And we think it simplifies down to a conclusion that says that through the last available data set, the people in the UK who took the vaccine have a 26% higher mortality rate. The people who are under the age of 50 who took the vaccine now have a 49% higher mortality rate. And worst of all, the people who only took one dose of the vaccine at approximately 145% worse mortality rate.” “That last data point is on its face confusing.” “It just doesn’t make a ton of sense unless you realize that what’s going on with this really is that the people who took the dose, the first dose in the United States — that’s about 12% of people — but then stop taking any other doses, those people, through their choice to stop, disproportionately [were] the ones who are harmed,” explained Stirling.

“And so, what we’re concluding is that if you happen to be an unlucky person who was in some fashion, even moderately injured [or] with a minor injury [and] have decided not to continue, the statistics, the best statistics we have show that you’re gonna have, at least through today, maybe it’ll get better … but if that doesn’t happen we’d have to assume that this is now the baseline, there’s going to be 145% higher mortality. And if you were to take these numbers and just apply them to the United States, that ends up being something like 600,000 excess deaths per year in the United States from this higher vaccine-induced mortality.”

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Australia Concerned As People Dying At ‘Incredibly High’ Pace (Benzinga)

Australia’s peak actuarial body has asked the government to urgently investigate the country’s “incredibly high” 13% excess death rate in 2022. What Happened: An analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data by the Actuaries Institute showed that an additional 15,400 people died in the first eight months of the year in the country. Actuaries said that number includes around one-third of those having no link to COVID-19. 13% was an “incredibly high number for mortality,” and it was “not clear” what was driving the increase, said Karen Cutter, spokeswoman for the institute’s Covid-19 Mortality Working Group.

“Mortality doesn’t normally vary by more than 1 to 2%, so 13% is way higher than normal levels,” she said. “I’m not aware [of anything comparable] in the recent past but I haven’t gone back and looked [historically]. They talk about the flu season of 2017 being really bad, and the mortality there was 1% higher than normal. So it’s well outside the range of normal,” she said. This came after Australia’s latest mortality data released in November showed that there had been 128,797 deaths from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, which was 17% higher than the historical average.

Edward Dowd

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At this point, how dare you even talk about it?

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters For Young Adults (BMJ)

In this paper, we integrate a risk-benefit assessment of SARS-CoV-2 boosters for adults under 30 years old with an ethical analysis of mandates at universities. Our estimate suggests an expected net harm from boosters in this young adult age group, whereby the negative outcomes of all SAEs and hospitalisations may on average outweigh the expected benefits in terms of COVID-19 hospitalisations averted. We also examine the specific harms to males from myo/pericarditis. We then outline a five-part ethical argument empirically assessing booster mandates for young people informed by the quantitative assessment.

First, we argue that there has been a lack of transparent risk-benefit assessment; second, that vaccine mandates may result in a net expected harm to individual young adults; third, that vaccine mandates are not proportionate; fourth, that US mandates violate the reciprocity principle because of current gaps in vaccine injury compensation schemes; fifth, that mandates are even less proportionate than the foregoing analyses suggest because current high levels of coercion or pressure may create wider societal harms. We consider possible counterarguments including potential rationales for mandates based on a desire for social cohesion or safety and summarise why such arguments cannot justify current COVID-19 vaccine mandates. We suggest that general mandates for young people ignore key data, entail wider social harms and/or abuses of power and are arguably undermining rather than contributing to social trust and solidarity.

Rod Stewart lost his 2 brothers within 2 months earlier this year. He’s a vaccine promoter.

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“..we should not delude ourselves into thinking that eliminating emissions would have a noticeable impact on weather and climate extremes in the 21st century..”

The Faux Urgency Of The Climate ‘Crisis’ (Curry)

For the past two centuries, fossil fuels have fuelled humanity’s progress, improving standards of living and increasing the life span for billions of people. In the 21st century, a rapid transition away from fossil fuels has become an international imperative for climate change mitigation, under the auspices of the UN Paris Agreement. As a result, that transition is now dominated by stringent targets to rapidly eliminate carbon dioxide emissions. However, the recent COP27 meeting in Egypt highlighted that very few of the world’s countries are on track to meet their emissions reductions commitment. The desire for cleaner, more abundant, more reliable and less expensive sources of energy is universal.

However, the goal of rapidly eliminating fossil fuels is at odds with the urgency of providing grid electricity to developing countries. Rapid deployment of wind and solar power has invariably increased electricity costs and reduced reliability, particularly with increasing penetration into the grid. Allegations of human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, where global solar voltaic supplies are concentrated, are generating political conflicts that threaten the solar power industry. Global supply chains of materials needed to produce solar and wind energy plus battery storage are spawning new regional conflicts, logistical problems, supply shortages and rising costs. The large amount of land use required for wind and solar farms, as well as transmission lines, is causing local land use conflicts in many regions.

Given the apocalyptic rhetoric surrounding climate change, does the alleged urgency of reducing carbon dioxide emissions somehow trump these other considerations? Well, the climate ‘crisis’ isn’t what it used to be. The COP27 has dropped the most extreme emissions scenario from consideration, which was the source of the most alarming predictions. Only a few years ago, an emissions trajectory that produced 2 to 3C warming was regarded as climate policy success. As limiting warming to 2C seems to be in reach, the goal posts were moved to limit the warming target to 1.5C. These warming targets are referenced to a baseline at the end of the 19th century; the Earth’s climate has already warmed by 1.1C since 1880.

In context of this relatively modest warming, climate ‘crisis’ rhetoric is now linked to extreme weather events. Attributing extreme weather and climate events to global warming can motivate a country to attempt to rapidly transition away from fossil fuels. However, we should not delude ourselves into thinking that eliminating emissions would have a noticeable impact on weather and climate extremes in the 21st century. It is very difficult to untangle the roles of natural weather and climate variability and land use from the slow creep of global warming. Looking back into the past, including paleoclimatic data, there has been more extreme weather everywhere on the planet. Thinking we can minimise severe weather by using atmospheric carbon dioxide as a control knob is a fairy tale.

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“Julian’s case is coming to the end of all possibilities of getting a fair solution through the court proceedings.”

Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Warns Assange May Be Extradited “Within Weeks” (WSWS)

Julian Assange could be extradited to the United States within weeks, WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson has warned. He told journalist Glenn Greenwald that Assange was “running out of time” and that legal avenues in London to challenge his unlawful extradition were being exhausted, “he will never get a fair trial there”. Hrafnsson’s urgent warnings came during an interview in Brazil, published Monday on Rumble. He told Greenwald, “Julian’s case is coming to the end of all possibilities of getting a fair solution through the court proceedings. He is fighting extradition in London. Within weeks he could be extradited.”

Assange has been charged under the Espionage Act (1917) for WikiLeaks’ publications exposing war crimes by US imperialism in Iraq and Afghanistan, and anti-democratic conspiracies of the US government and its intelligence agencies throughout the world. If found guilty, the 51-year-old journalist and father of three faces 175 years in a US federal prison. He has already spent more than a decade in detention in the UK, including three years without charge in Belmarsh maximum security prison. Hrafnsson was appointed WikiLeaks editor in 2018 after Assange’s communication with the outside world was cut under pressure from the US government, a prelude to his seizure from the Ecuadorian Embassy in April 2019.

An award-winning journalist in his own right, Hrafnsson worked with Assange to verify WikiLeaks’ most famous release, the Collateral Murder video, travelling to Iraq in early 2010 to interview relatives of civilians killed by targeted airstrikes launched from US AH-64 Apache helicopters. Speaking last week in Brazil, Hrafnsson said legal channels for Assange to appeal his extradition are fast closing. In June, then UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved Assange’s extradition after the High Court overturned an earlier court decision barring it on medical grounds. The High Court accepted worthless assurances by the US government that Assange would not face oppressive treatment, ignoring overwhelming evidence that the CIA plotted to kidnap and kill Assange.

Britain’s courts have mounted a legal vendetta against Assange, approving the extradition request in violation of his fundamental legal and democratic rights as a publisher and journalist.The High Court and Supreme Court have handed down rulings aimed at speeding his dispatch to his would-be assassins. In March, the High Court refused Assange’s application to appeal its earlier ruling to the Supreme Court. His lawyers have since appealed the Home Secretary’s extradition order.

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“quiet diplomacy”

Julian Assange’s Family Pleads For Unity (AAP)

Julian Assange’s family wants supporters of the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder to politely advocate for his release, rather than “disparaging” the Australian government. Endorsing the approach of “quiet diplomacy” and thanking Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for a supportive statement in parliament last week, Mr Assange’s mother Christine called on backers to unite in their support of the government’s efforts to bring her son home. Mr Assange is facing espionage charges in the United States and remains in London’s Belmarsh prison, where he’s been since 2019 while fighting extradition. Ms Assange asked advocates to “support and not thwart or disparage the efforts of the Australian government in their diplomatic efforts to bring Julian safely home”.

“Diplomatic negotiations at this level are not easy. They require a high level of skill, experience, understanding, mutual respect, time and patience,” she said in a statement on Wednesday. “Please continue to politely inform your politicians, media and the general public of the facts of Julian’s plight to raise public and political support for the Australian government’s diplomatic efforts.” Mr Albanese has previously opted for quiet diplomacy in his efforts to secure the 51-year-old Australian’s release, but told parliament last week he had raised the matter personally with US government officials. “My position is clear, and has been made clear to the US administration, it is time this matter be brought to a close,” he said.

“This is an Australian citizen … what is the point of continuing this legal action, which could be caught up now for many years into the future.” Ms Assange thanked the PM for the government’s commitment to bring the “12-year legal stalemate and suffering to an end”. “His simple but compassionate statement ‘enough is enough’ resonates with the hearts of people around the world,” she said. “I endorse quiet diplomacy as the Australian government’s preferred path for reaching a resolution … to date all other methods have failed. “The involvement of diplomatic teams negotiating at a high level is the most appropriate and historically the most successful way to resolve the detention of Australian citizens overseas in political cases.”

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    I’ve recommended this before and here I go again:

    Dreamers Down from the Mountain

    D Benton Smith

    So I incautiously went ahead and read the article “Finite Feeding Frenzy” by Tom Murphy, to my great aggravation and sorrow.

    The piece was just the pathetic pretentious maundering of yet another sheltered Malthusian Idiot. “Save us from collapse by dismantling everything that keeps us alive and collapsing it before collapse happens and kills us all!” Seriously? I mean how fucking STUPID can ya get? That kind of sheer utterly batshit crazy brain death is really pushing the envelope.

    First off. let’s have a look at the dolt who wrote this tripe:

    “Tom Murphy is a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. An amateur astronomer in high school, physics major at Georgia Tech, and PhD student in physics at Caltech, Murphy has spent decades reveling in the study of astrophysics. He currently leads a project to test General Relativity by bouncing laser pulses…”

    A physics professor. Surprise !! In other words, an academic member of an artificially elevated elite, sheltered every day of his life from the irreducible BASICS of real-world actions that are genuinely necessary to keeping a human body alive and well. (i.e. fed, sheltered, clothed, assisted by friends and protected from predators, etc.). Other people did all of those actions FOR the guy. It arrested his intellectual and emotional development, sticking him in childhood. He didn’t have to know how to do ANY of those vital-skill activities himself. Never had to learn them. Never had to do them. Never experienced the reality of those personal skills as being the only things that stood between him and death. In other words, never grew up. In that particular regard he is an infant, or a moron (or both). All he ever HAD to do was give servants a pittance of money and then they would take care of all vital necessities for him. The money, NOT incidentally, which had previously been stolen from those actual producers as taxes or other mandatory “fees” by the folks who overpay the professor’s exorbitant salary. Soft gig. (at least for as long as the slaves are able to keep giving the elite free shit.) “Slavery: the gift of being made to keep on giving”.

    Such luxury comes at a price. The price is that in order to keep the gifts flowing the slave master has to OBEY masters of his own. He had to obey his parents, and then his teachers, and finally his employer (who all in their own turn had to obey their personal set of “superiors” as well.)

    Obey, obey, obey, and that goes ESPECIALLY for the orders slammed down through the chain of command to keep all that good stuff flowing upwards.

    Well those slaves half way to the bottom (who remain healthy enough to still work) may be ignorant, and ugly and recalcitrant as an old mule but there are TWO things that they know better than those cretins at the top : First off, they know that if you destroy the means of producing the NECCESSITIES of life then the production of those vital necessities stops and lots of people die. And the SECOND thing they know that it’s WAY better to die at some unspecified time in the relatively distant future than it is to commit suicide (or be murdered) immediately. You NEVER stop trying to do what it takes to stay alive NOW just because even tougher times may lay ahead.

    Look, y’all. When a new technology starts to supplant an old one, or a vital resource starts to deplete, the solution is NOT to go out and burn down the old stuff that you are STILL and CURRENTLY depending on for life just because the future MAY require a different operating basis than the present. What you’re supposed to do in those circumstances is ADAPT, slowly and cautiously (if CURRENT conditions permit) to the new conditions while gradually phasing out the old ways.

    Humans have done that pretty successfully for a quarter of a million years (or a hell of a lot longer than that if you include older models prior to the latest sapiens sapiens edition)

    Adaptation is what people do. It’s what we’re built for.

    We can even adapt to the situation of some of our species becoming such diabolically insane pampered and incompetent elite morons that they think it’s a GOOD idea to kill everybody. That’s a huge challenge. It’s tricky.

    A large part of that adaptation consists of continuing to live by hook or crook, part of it is tracking back the cancer to its source to excise or reform it, and part of it is refining our information sharing skills so that secret crimes are not so easy and effective to pull off as they have been up ’til now.


    ‘Our planet has been cooling for 50 million years and CO2 levels have been falling in that time, probably causing that cooling trend (as in the graph above).’

    Actually, there is a lot more to it than that.

    The earth (it’s not ours) has been cooling since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It most of the surface water froze solid around 700 million years ago.

    However, volcanic activity resurrected it from the frozen state.

    Plants reduced the atmospheric CO2 content over several hundred million years, and the average temperature fell.

    There were occasional surges in temperature associated with volcanic activity.

    From the PETM to recent times the temperature ell slowly, as the internal heater -nuclear decay of semi-stable isotopes- slowly reduced the quantity of semi-stable isotopes and generated less heat.

    The natural process of slow overall cooling was interrupted around several decades ago, when the natural systems for removal of atmospheric CO2 were substantially overwhelmed by industrial emissions.

    As industrial emissions take the atmospheric CO2 level further and further from the point of recent historic stability (around 230 ppm) the rate of overheating will increase exponentially.

    The rate of overeating will be greatly amplified by action of positive feedbacks that have been triggered.

    None of the scams promoted by the criminals that constitute governments will have any effect on industrial CO2 emissions, other than to increase them.


    The Earth (it’s not ours) has been cooling since it formed 4.5 billion…

    I’m going to dig some earth now.

    John Day

    “Google Censors Mass Murder” is up, with a pretty picture of the finished closet.

    I got a notification from Google-Blogger the night before last that “Stopping”, the November 28 post on had been deleted due to “violation of community guidelines”. It is still available on the mirror Substack blog, which has not been censored
    This blog post opens with excerpts from another blog, which states that the increase in “excess deaths”, clearly due to COVID-19 gene-therapy “vaccine” products is “mass murder”. I have been getting away with referring to it as “culling the human herd” by the “owners”, which is not the name of a felony.

    Elon Musk has been exploring the intricacies of censorship in social media recently. There is a lot more to come.

    Until Spring of 2016 I just sent out my news email via bcc to about 200 friends. As I posted stories about the disenfranchisement of Bernie Sanders supporters in the Democratic primaries, my emails kept getting blocked and blocked , no matter how I tried to comply, so I got a blog, a Google blog, and it was not censored. I kept doing the bcc sends, too, and they all went through from 3 days after the November 2016 election, until shortly before the 2018 midterm elections. It happened again in 2020, of course, with the same pattern.
    On February 22 of this year I posted about the Ukraine situation, and both my blog, and our email (since 2005) were promptly removed by Google. We eventually got our email back, and a couple of weeks later Google replaced the blog post “Two New Countries”, which had just preceded the Russian “special military operation” commencing. The “community guidelines” probably got revised in that time.
    “Alternative Arrangements” was my first post on the new Substack blog, and tells the story in detail.

    I now have 3 blog posts which Google-Blogger has deactivated-pending-my-revision, or now “deleted” in the case of “Stopping”. “Stopping” does sort-of assert that our bureaucratic institutions are conspiring to commit an ongoing felony via medical injections variously recommended and mandated by governmental agencies.
    Some might consider that expressing such a political opinion should be protected by the first amendment of the US Constitution, as “free speech”. Google, a private corporation at the global scale is not the federal government, nor is it the Chinese, Canadian, EU, Australian or New Zealand government, but it is directed by these governments to recognize “disinformation” and to censor it, so that people-don’t-suffer-harm…
    I have read that in the US it is just as constitutionally prohibited for the government to protect a private entity to censor what it would be illegal for the government to directly censor. That stands to reason.
    This might possibly make it to the US courts next year, if some big emergency does not happen first.

    Everybody Knew CV-19 Vax Was a Criminal Bioweapon – Karen Kingston
    Karen Kingston is a biotech analyst and former Pfizer employee who has researched and written about many aspects of the so-called CV19 vaccines. Kingston has uncovered documents that prove everybody knew or should have known the deadly effects of these criminal injections…
    ..Kingston says documents with the drug makers, FDA and CDC listed the deadly and debilitating “side effects” of the injections. Kinston shows that vaccine makers gave a list to the FDA of “side effects” or “possible adverse event outcomes” from the injections. Kinston says, “Common side effects should be muscle aches, headaches, fever and pain. With these injections, common side effects are Guillain-Barre, . . . inflammation of your brain and your spinal cord, meningitis, stroke, narcolepsy, anaphylaxis, heart attack, myocarditis, pericarditis, auto immune disease, death, pregnancy and birth outcomes, fetal injuries, fetal mutations, spontaneous abortion. . . and vaccine enhanced disease​”​. . . . So, they knew this was not mild side effects.

    Everybody Knew CV-19 Vax Was a Criminal Bioweapon – Karen Kingston

    John Day

    Australia Concerned As People Dying At ‘Incredibly High’ Pace And It Can’t Tell Why
    ​ ​13% was an “incredibly high number for mortality,” and it was “not clear” what was driving the increase, said Karen Cutter, spokeswoman for the institute’s Covid-19 Mortality Working Group.​ ​”Mortality doesn’t normally vary by more than 1 to 2%, so 13% is way higher than normal levels,” she said.

    ​ British Medical Journal (BMJ)​
    COVID-19 vaccine boosters for young adults: a risk benefit assessment and ethical analysis of mandate policies at universities
    ​ Conclusion: Based on public data provided by the CDC,19 we estimate that in the fall of 2022 at least 31 207–42 836 young adults aged 18–29 years must be boosted with an mRNA vaccine to prevent one Omicron-related COVID-19 hospitalisation over 6 months. Given the fact that this estimate does not take into account the protection conferred by prior infection or a risk adjustment for comorbidity status, this should be considered a conservative and optimistic assessment of benefit. Our estimate shows that university COVID-19 vaccine mandates are likely to cause net expected harms to young healthy adults—for each hospitalisation averted we estimate approximately 18.5 SAEs and 1430–4626 disruptions of daily activities—that is not outweighed by a proportionate public health benefit. Serious COVID-19 vaccine-associated harms are not adequately compensated for by current US vaccine injury systems. As such, these severe infringements of individual liberty and human rights are ethically unjustifiable.

    ​ Tessa (fights robots) Lena interviews Attorney who opposed New York’s COVID (no way out) Quarantine Camps
    Isolation Camps in New York State: Tyrants Plan to Appeal​
    ​The attorney who filed a lawsuit against the unconstitutional regulation — and won — is Bobbie Anne Cox, a seasoned New York lawyer who has been practicing in the area of property tax law for nearly 25 years.
    ​ ​Early on, she became outspoken about the “COVD measures” by the former New York State governor Andrew Cuomo. When Bobbie Anne first found out about the New York isolation camp regulation, she rubbed her eyes — but it was there, and it was real.
    ​ ​Bobbie Anne started talking to other attorneys, and many attorneys recommended to wait until the authorities start pulling people out of their homes and throwing them into camps — and file a lawsuit then. But she couldn’t wait for the ugly, and after putting in a lot of hard work and legal research into how one could file such an unprecedented lawsuit, she figured out an angle, which was “separation of powers.”
    ​ ​As a result, she won, and the brave NYS Supreme Court Judge Ronald Ploetz struck the regulation down (court decision).

    Isolation Camps in New York State: Tyrants Plan to Appeal

    John Day

    New Zealand Court Takes Away Custody of Sick Infant from Parents After They Refuse ‘Vaccinated’ Blood

    New Zealand Court Takes Away Custody of Sick Infant from Parents After They Refuse ‘Vaccinated’ Blood

    UK PM Rishi Sunak Calls For New Police Powers To Stop “Illegal Protests”
    The prime minister states: “My view is that those who break the law should feel the full force of it.”​ (Machine-guns, then​ Rishi, like before, in India​?)

    Professor Anthony Hall makes the case for “truth before reconciliation”.
    No Amnesty without Accountability for COVID Crimes: Looking Into and Beyond Canada’s Emergency Act Inquiry

    No Amnesty without Accountability for COVID Crimes: Looking Into and Beyond Canada’s Emergency Act Inquiry

    ​Paul Craig Roberts: ​The beliefs that made us free by restraining government power and holding it accountable are everywhere under attack.
    We are being dehumanized by fascism, which makes it easier to dispose of us. For example, the liberal city government of San Francisco on November 29, 2022, by a vote of 8 to 3 gave robots the right to kill humans. San Francisco will now employ killer robots as members of its police force.
    In the United States today free speech is said to be a threat to democracy if it dissents from official explanations. There is talk about criminalizing “misinformation.”

    We Are Being Put in Chains. Criminalizing “Misinformation”. Dehumanized by Unfolding Fascism

    ​Not the look they wanted, after all?
    ​ ​In a stunning 8-to-3 vote yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banned the SFPD from using deadly force with remote-controlled robots. The Board also sent the killer robot policy back to its Rules Committee for revisions and more public comment. This is a big reversal: just one week ago, the Board voted 8-3 to authorize the SFPD to use these killer robots.

    Victory! San Francisco Bans Police “Killer Robots”…For Now

    John Day

    ​Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on Tuesday dared U.S. prosecutors to come after him like they have Julian Assange by revealing in a BBC News interview that the WikiLeaks publisher sent him a backup of leaked materials from former military analyst Chelsea Manning.
    ​ ​”Let me tell you a secret. I had possession of all the Chelsea Manning information before it came out in the press,” Ellsberg said to BBC’s Stephen Sackur in the on-camera interview.

    ​ How much physical cash to hold?
    Nigeria Limits ATM Withdrawals To $45 Per Day To Force Govt-Controlled Digital Payments

    ​ I hope Ghana has made arrangements for protection.​ It seems like they would have to be protected before doing this.
    Ghana to Buy Oil with Gold Instead of USD. Next for US-led Coup?

    Ghana to Buy Oil with Gold Instead of USD. Next for US-led Coup?



    Also. I don’t believe any violence was perpetrated against the Federal Agents that went to people’s houses to arrest them long after January 6? They went along willingly, or at least without putting up any resistance. They were located by their personal data- that stuff that is personal? You know, private? Until the companies that you pay for services- cell phone, credit card, your bank coordinate and give all of your personal information to the government in order for you to be tracked down, arrested, and held without charges. In prison. In solitary confinement.

    I cannot believe this all happened. In the USA.

    Mr. House

    “I cannot believe this all happened. In the USA.”

    I can. It was apparent when the GFC happened in 2008. The country was bankrupt and those who rule us did everything they could to bail themselves out. They speak platitudes of freedom and so forth and then act in the opposite manner and have no qualms about it. We were always going to end up where we are after 2008. Some people wonder how all these companies are going woke and continuing to make money, well if .gov bails you out every time you need it, do you really need customers? Will you ever push back against .gov, only the very brave or insane ever bite the hand that feeds. Most people are cowards and if you scare them long enough will go along with whatever you tell them.

    Mr. House

    If you’re willing to unleash a virus, hype it up to scare the shit out of people, all because the finance system which is your key to power over the entire world was going to blow up again and show that you’re not wearing any clothes, what aren’t you willing to do?

    the ends justify the means and blah blah blah



    Yes, many people do not realize how complicated managing a power grid is.
    I used to work building large electric shovels and draglines for mines.
    Before we could power up these large machines, the mine and local power company first had to prepare for this event.

    Power companies always put restrictions on the mines as to what the mine load reflected back into the power companies’ grid looks like. Often the mine had to take corrective actions before the power company would connect power to the mine. Surprisingly harmonics was a real big issue (and for very good reasons!).

    Connecting a new electric shovel or dragging was a big event for the local power company. During initial powering up of new machines, I often knocked out local substations and power to local towns. Ideally we had radio contact between the mine and the local power company so there were people pre-positioned at critical points ready to quickly make the necessary power adjustments required to reduce start up power outages to just a few minutes.

    Sadly, I also experienced the opposite situation where upon hitting the start button, I knocked out power to the entire mine not to mention to all of the local towns too! Then I would get a nasty phone call from the local power company wondering WTF I was doing (by just suddenly adding a town of 20,000 people to their power grid without first telling them about it)!

    Once we were through this start up phase, then starting up these new machines no longer knock out power again. Yes, the good olde days of my youth!

    Autonomous Unit

    I worked at a pizza place with electric ovens. There was a plaque on the wall that read ” Turn ovens on at 20 minutes interval”
    I was told that on the first day of operation, they turned all three ovens on at once, 60,000 watts. The power company knew who to call. They said “DON’T DO THAT!”

    Autonomous Unit

    D Benton Smith-

    I read that article, “finite feeding frenzy”.
    I have a question for you. Where does Mr Murphy advocate killing everyone? Or, if that is just your supposition that killing everyone would be the result of what Mr Murphy advocates, what exactly is he advocating? I presume that you think Murphy wants us to stop using fossils fuels immediately. It seems to me that he is just saying some resources are finite.
    Please feel free to cut and paste from the article to help elucidate me.

    Finite Feeding Frenzy


    When guitarists want to use an amp to rock out without deafening the neighborhood, it is necessary to use a load box – to take the load a speaker would have taken. No speaker OR load box…. problems. I feel like I totally and completely understand the power grid when I visualize it as a 1.21 gigawatts guitar amp.


    Afewknowthetruth wrote, “By the way, I hate today’s artwork. Too much blue-and-yellow. Thoroughly sick of blue-and-yellow.”

    Me too, especially the way it’s constantly thrust in front of us. But the national colours of Sweden are also blue and yellow. I wonder how they feel? Not that there’s a lot of choice in colours for flags, unless we enlarge the palette by using mixtures such as salmon pink or steel grey or cack brown. Etc.

    From yesterday, a bit more re New Zealand a.k.a. “The Land of the Long White Cloud.” I’ve heard that parodied as “The Land of the Wrong White Crowd.” One could say something similar about its near neighbour, Australia. The European plunder machine has been harsh and unmerciful in how it uses both countries.


    It is said the British had a penal colony to fit every crime!

    If you married for love instead of money, you got a one way trip to Canada to cool off!
    If they didn’t like your politics or religion, you got sent to the 13 Colonies!
    If you stole a rabbit from the Lord’s private game preserve, you got sent to Botany Bay!
    Not sure what crime entitled you to go to New Zealand though.


    An enlightening speaker today was Josh Stirling, a highly-recognized insurance research analyst. And what he brought forth was “the one chart that tells the entire story.”

    The chart tells us nothing. Looking at the chart you would have to assume that the majority of people at an age near the end of the average life span, mostly had one jab, some had two etc. In other words, all this tells us is that the majority of old biddies had been jabbed before they popped their cloggs. Well? Why is this of interest? A much more interesting chart would be one that showed the rate of pre-average life span deaths, by age group.


    Evidence of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein on retrieved thrombi from COVID-19 patients

    “These data could support the hypothesis that free SP, besides the whole virus, may be the trigger of platelet activation and clot formation in COVID-19.”

    So there you have it – Spike Protein alone causes thrombi.

    Imagine turning your body into a spike factory with an mRNA death vaxx!




    This moron is Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale and a Physician.

    Chy-naaa is laughing so hard!



    Dr D said

    The point here is that maniacs are always trying to nuke each other and kill all of us, and we need to both expose them with appropriate oversight, and halt Dr. Strangelove back to reason. We have all abdicated our responsibility. Both to our nations, our children, to ourselves, but also to such mentally ill so they don’t harm themselves and others.

    I like that sentence “We have all abdicated our responsibility.” as it makes me think of the saying “Hard time create strong men, good times breed weak men” etc. Maybe the hard times are the result of people abdicating their responsibilities as meeting your responsibilities requires strong men.

    When I think of the people who took the jab, they abdicated their responsibility for maintaining their own health, they handed that responsibility to the government and they are now paying the price. N.B. I understand that some people were heavily pressured, even effectively forced, into taking the jab.

    I am now thinking of areas where I may have abdicated my responsibilities, in the process making my life easier but making me weaker, and where I need to pick up those responsibilities to regain strength. For example, you could view the act of going off grid or prepping as the act of taking on more responsibility – such as the responsibility to grow your own food – to make oneself stronger.



    To save Granny;

    The government legally took away her medical rights by committing her to a nursing home.
    The government then banned Granny’s family from visiting her to find out what was going on.
    Granny was vaxxed and boosted to maximize government covid vax bounty payments.
    Then the government killed off both Granny’s children and grandchildren.
    The government banned groups of people thus sparing Granny from attending any family funerals.
    Granny is hospitalized and injected with “Rundeathisnear” to drain the last money out of her.
    Then Granny died suddenly, unexpectedly, in her sleep, earning the hospital $30,000 covid death benefit.


    “Convicts are usually used to fight wars. Many ‘volunteers’ are convicted criminals given a choice of jail or war.”

    “It’s a similar situation as when during GWOT the CIA outsourced its torture to Third World client states.”

    Just saying that Russia and Russians are no better or more moral than we are.

    This episode of Putin’s chef , Proghozin sending the blood stained hammer used to murder …….to the EU court is another example. Meanwhile Mr. Law and Morality Putin turns his head the other way , this man was a Russian citizen and Putin let his oligarch mate torture and murder him.
    If you want to kill a person unlawfully as an act of revenge, surely a bullet through the brain will do it , why the torture and crushing the skull with a hammer? This man was a Russian after all.


    The annexation of the Eastern oblasts has become a huge source of humiliation for Putin and Russia. The hubris displayed when declaring these territories to be Mother Russia when the Ukrainians were poised to take it back in just forty days is almost beyond belief.
    What is wrong with Russian intel?
    From the beginning of the war the FSB have been in failure mode. Such was the hubris of FSB officers that they had already booked restaurants and apartments in Kiev for their successful takeover of the capital and the ousting of Zelensky however they never made it into the city as the Ukrainian resistance overwhelmed the elite Russian strike force.
    Why hasn’t the FSB’s hierarchy been cut to pieces for it’s continual failures?
    Is Putin afraid to put too many of them offside? Is he afraid of a coup ?

    “On September 30th Putin announced Kherson was now Russia and threw a big party in Moscow. 40 days later Russia was pulling out.

    Great powers do have the tendency to ultimately betray the locals who take their side in a difficult and messy conflict. But that usually happens after 10 or 15 years of fighting. Putin’s Russia did it after 6 weeks. It was a jet-powered stab in the back.
    To be a Russian and to swallow official state truths “vaccination will be voluntary”, “war is unthinkable”, “mobilization is not on the agenda”, “we’re staying in Kherson forever” can be literally life-threatening. Critical thinking and distrust of the government is a skill that in the Russian World can be critical just to bare survival.

    It is also quite absurd that for the longest time Moscow couldn’t articulate to the people what the war was for or about, and then when it finally seemed to have figured out something moderately convincing and inspiring it lasted all of five seconds. — That’s how long it took for anyone who bought into it to the west side of the Dnieper to be unceremoniously stabbed in the back.”



    “One could say something similar about its near neighbour, Australia. The European plunder machine has been harsh and unmerciful in how it uses both countries.”

    If Europeans had not taken over , most peoples would still be eating each other , LOL.

    Australian black fellas would have no cigis or grog and would have to get up every day and go to the work of survive or die by hunting and gathering.
    Why do you think not one black fella in Australia is still living the traditional Stone Age life , not one?
    There is nothing to stop them returning to their old traditional life. The Pitinjarra lands covers thousands of square kilometers but not one indigenous still live the old way?
    Coz it is too fuckin brutal!
    Aborigines still live shorter lives and have a higher mortality rate than non indigenous, how do you think is was back before the Europeans arrived?
    All this talk about how brutal the Europeans have been is just more lefty virtue signalling.
    Before the Europeans the world was a much more harsh and brutal place.
    Maya temple inaugurations were consecrated by ripping the hearts out of twenty thousand people and eating their body parts, what is so wonderful about that?
    Who wants to go back there?
    But white fella so bad!!!!!!!!!!


    You all are a bit unlucky as I am hose bound for a week or so after having a skin cancer removed from my foot.
    So many years in the surf and sun has consequences.
    It is all stitched up but mobility is really restricted so will have to kill time.
    How will I do that????????

    D Benton Smith


    Mr Murphy doesn’t himself directly advocate killing anybody, but he’s very much part of (wittingly or unwittingly) the sets and staging of psychological manipulations designed to make people easier marks for others to do the direct physical damage. In Murphy’s case I reckon that he’s just an unwitting accomplice (dupe) who more or less believes believes his own malarkey, partly because he’s being paid so well to do so.

    In the jargon of Carnival hucksters Murphy’s job is called shill. The shill doesn’t fleece the mark. The shill just manipulates the mark’s thinking by misdirecting the victim’s attention and feeding in lies, damned lies statistics and faked up visual aids. . . all aimed at selling a fatal “solution” (the huckster actual objective) that was decided upon LONG beforehand.

    We don’t need to speculate about what those solutions are. They are the dismantlement of our heretofore working installation. The SOLUTIONS are the problem. Murphy’s fatally flawed pseudo analysis is just an example of how it’s done.


    Cokewhore of the Year, the Presidementia Worthless Spawn




    Redneck, tell us how good tomorrow will be when all war museum inventories will be destroyed.
    Will humans still be motivated to fight with slingshots?
    Wil there still be violation of the 10 commandments?


    @Afewknowthetruth #122922

    You’re brave! I can’t bear to look at the scorpion, with or without makeup. Or listen to its voice. A question for you, as you’re obviously well acquainted with the UK: would you advise, in this day and age, living in the UK or remaining in the land of the scorpion? We’re inclined to go back, but suspect things are deteriorating there, even if freedoms, for the moment, may remain in place longer than here in Aotearoa. It’s a hard call!

    D Benton Smith


    I’m sure that many of us here pray for the speediest possible healing of your foot.



    It might amuse you to learn that when Napoleon entered the city of Moscow, the Russians emptied all the prisons and told them to go out and loot and burn all they wanted!

    French troops initially actually tried to round up and stop them from looting and burning Moscow!


    I hadn’t known that the Mormons had upgraded:

    Conference Center


    I learned today that Ukraine’s flag is blue and yellow. (I work hard to ignore that stuff.) One can view the following either as a redemption of the blue/yellow color scheme, or Zelensky’s monetary theme song:

    Silver, Blue and Gold


    “If Europeans had not taken over , most peoples would still be eating each other , LOL.”

    Is it that stupid or that evil? Is it sincerely deranged or paid to act like it? Or just another dumb bot? *sigh* Remember when a troll at least had a reliably human face hiding somewhere down there in its parents’ basement?

    The good old days.

    Will some of it be spent here getting its virtual ass kicked? Whether the Dunning-Kruger effect it displays is a matter of natural ignorant maliciousness or the kind of blindness that only money can buy, who can say? Me, I think it’s a paid troll. But then, it depresses me to think that a person would sincerely believe such jive.

    Real Rednecks Don’t Call Themselves Rednecks


    On covid and das vakzines: it’s over. Those who are willing to get jabbed are jabbed; those who aren’t, aren’t. One way or another, the scat is out of the bag, and every day we see more evidence of CYA becoming more important than Make More $$ or Keep Your Cushy Job.

    Are Elon’s maneuvers facilitating this transition sincere, or merely self-serving, or an act of allegiance to TPTB…??? I’ll note that the middle, self-serving option includes the possibility that he has seen VAIDS and it scared him. From what I know of Elon, I’d guess it’s an equal blend of all 3 but mostly 1 & 2: surely he knows that the current regime is going down.

    ANYway… once a crusade begins to gather real momentum, the war has already been won, and now all that’s left is revenge. You know, that ‘serving of justice’ we speak so highly of and take so seriously even though it so rarely happens, and it usually serves a cure worse than the disease.

    Big Pharm/Big Gov Medical Acronyms will back off, moonwalking to make it look like they’re not heading for the exit, new political alliances will form over the populist outrage over the horrible truth and mounting death toll. A few heads may roll, including the physical kind. But mostly we will increasingly be too busy struggling with each other to get along and keep others from stealing what we won’t share.

    But, to quote an aging political humorist: “That’s just my opinion. I could be wrong.”


    ‘Will some of its … time…’


    @ D Benton Smith

    I’ve been reading Tom Murphy since he started posting very many years ago. If you take the trouble to look at some of his earlier work you will see he has completed a 180 degree turnaround over that time as he came to realise that the original hopes and dreams he had back then – of finding technological solutions to our major dilemmas – was simply not possible.

    So many ‘Greens’ (and I was one) thought the world could be saved by screwing in a bunch of govt subsidised fluro light bulbs and using recycle bins, and so many remain fixated on continuing business as usual by driving a MuskMobile – moving along from the Prius – and charging it and running their multi-multi-kilowatt house from a dozen solar panels and a 2KWHour battery made from stuff we choose not to care about.

    Technology as we know it is a large net CONSUMER of energy and every technological step we take, starting from the single copper wire telegraph line across the country which gave us a massive return on investment, to 3G, 4G and now 5G, adds further layers to the complexity onion that offer almost zero extra return on massively complex and fragile systems we completely depend on for everything including war.

    There is no fallback. If it goes there is no neat downward staircase, it’s straight collapse of everything exactly as Joseph Tainter describes

    Your emotional and bitter denial of Tom Murphy is understandable when you find yourself facing what is going to be faced, same as the rest of the planet’s population.

    The *real* problem is Maslow’s’s_hierarchy_of_needs. To even spare the few minutes necessary to worry about the future of civilisation requires people to be at least five levels from the bottom. As people’s needs grow along with conflict and overpopulation and climate impact and food impact, they discount the future.

    When you are physically facing no food and no shelter all you care about is now, you are willing to burn cow dung for energy, forget about coal, and do whatever is needed to survive. That is our future.

    V. Arnold


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