Jan 242023
 


Vincent van Gogh The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884

 

Russia and West On Verge Of ‘Real War’ – Lavrov (RT)
War Between West, Russia No Longer Hybrid, But Real, Says Lavrov (TASS)
Why the End of the American Empire Was Delayed (Batiushka)
US Plans Threatened WWIII And Forced Moscow’s Hand – Medvedev (RT)
Germany Rewrites History To Blame Russia For Its Own Bad Decisions (Marsden)
Hungary To Oppose EU’s Anti-Russian Nuclear Sanctions – Foreign Minister (TASS)
Italy’s New Foreign Policy And A Multipolar World Order (Papalia)
Poland Considered Partitioning Ukraine – Former FM (RT)
Wagner Founder Gives Explanation For US Hostility (RT)
Meta/Facebook Takes Azov Regiment Off Its Dangerous Organizations List (EG)
The 2024 Election and the “Get Out of Jail Free” Vote (Turley)
Mar-A-Lago Raid Was Just Another Russia-Collusion Hoax (Fed.)
FDA Panel To Consider Annual Covid-19 Vaccine Shots (Hill)
Collapse Is Not An Event, But A Process (Ugo Bardi)
Temperatures in Northern Hemisphere Due to Fall Over Next 25 Years (DS)
Carbon Credits Are the Biggest Scam Since Indulgences (IM)

 

 

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Zelensky Addressing a Chambers of Commerce meeting in Boca Raton

 

 

 

 

Gonzalo F-16s

 

 

 

 

Wagenknecht

 

 

Shellenberger

 

 

 

 

EU Foreign Ministers will discuss the allocation of a new tranche of military aid to Ukraine from the “European Peace Fund” – Josep Borrell

 

 

Stating the obvious.

Russia and West On Verge Of ‘Real War’ – Lavrov (RT)

The current situation in Ukraine shows that the conflict between Russia and the West can no longer be defined as a “hybrid war” but is instead approaching being a real one, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. Speaking at a press conference following a meeting with his South African counterpart, Naledi Pandor, Lavrov also noted that this “almost real” war was something that the West “has been preparing for a long time against Russia.” The minister claimed that Western powers are seeking to destroy everything Russian, from the language to the culture that had existed in Ukraine for centuries, and even forbid people from speaking their native language.

Lavrov went on to point out that such practices have become commonplace throughout Ukraine and that the country’s last two presidents, Pyotr Poroshenko and current leader Vladimir Zelensky, have both turned into “presidents of war” and “Russophobic leaders” after gaining power, despite running their presidential campaigns under the promise of establishing peace. The minister also recalled that Ukraine has adopted laws that prohibit using the Russian language in education, media, and even in everyday life. “And this is all supported by the West,” Lavrov said, adding that this support extends to neo-Nazi marches with swastikas and symbols of banned Nazi divisions being held across the country. He also accused the West of turning a blind eye to the fact that Kiev’s forces continue to deliberately choose targets and carry out attacks in such a way as to terrorize the civilian population.

“The West knows perfectly well that the Ukrainian regime deliberately bombs cities and towns using Western-supplied weapons,” the minister said. Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s position that it has not carried out attacks in Ukraine against civilian infrastructure, and that the damage to it is attributable to Kiev’s regular practice of deploying heavy weapons and air defense systems in residential areas. Despite the spiraling tensions, Lavrov noted that Moscow remains open to negotiations with Kiev, and warned that those who refuse talks should understand that the longer they are delayed, the harder it will be to find a solution. The minister also asked the Ukrainian government to explain, perhaps through a third party, how it sees the situation in the country playing out and the possibility of negotiations with Russia.

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Same issue, but different words.

War Between West, Russia No Longer Hybrid, But Real, Says Lavrov (TASS)

What is going on in Ukraine is no longer a hybrid war, but a real war between the West and Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. “When we talk about what is going on in Ukraine, we are talking about the fact that this is no longer a hybrid war, but a real one, the West has been preparing for a long time against Russia, trying to destroy everything Russian: from language to culture, which has been in Ukraine for centuries, and forbidding people to speak their native language,” he said at a press conference following talks with South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor.


“In Ukraine, this is all common practice. Both the former president [of Ukraine, Pyotr] Poroshenko and the current one [Vladimir] Zelensky, who were elected under the slogan of establishing peace, immediately after being elected turned into war presidents, Russophobe presidents,” Lavrov said. The Russian top diplomat recalled that Ukraine has adopted laws that prohibit education in Russian, media in Russian, including such media in Ukraine, laws that even, in fact, prohibit the use of the Russian language in everyday life. “Any cultural contacts related to the Russian language are prohibited. And this is all supported by the West. Just like the West supports the regular marches of neo-Nazis with swastikas, with symbols of division which were banned by the Nuremberg Tribunal, recognized as criminal. The West supports all this,” Lavrov said.

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“..it never really grasped how completely underhand and perfidious the West is..”

Why the End of the American Empire Was Delayed (Batiushka)

Why did President Putin and the Russian Federation as a whole allow the White House to take over Kiev and then most of the Donbass in 2014-2015? As a result, Russian forces have been faced since 2022 with the far worse task of liberating, demilitarising and denazifying the Ukraine. Worse still, because Washington has forced Kiev to reject any peace negotiations with Moscow and is sending the Ukraine much of what it has through its NATO proxies, Russian forces are faced with the even worse task of liberating, demilitarising and denazifying the whole of the US-run NATO. President Putin has himself admitted that he made a mistake in not acting in 2015. So why this delay in resistance and bringing about the collapse of the American Reich? There are three clear reasons:

1. In 2014-15 the Russian Federation was far too weak militarily, economically and politically to stand up to the bully of the Western world. A war of liberation initiated then could have ended up very badly for Russia, which had suffered greatly from Western ‘sanctions’ just for its liberation of the Crimea.

2. The Russian Federation government had too little support inside its Westernised self to resist. CIA assets, including treacherous followers of the Vlasovtsy (5), had infiltrated all its institutions, including even the Russian Orthodox Church. This was already clear in 1993 during the October Coup, Black October, in which probably thousands of Russian patriots were massacred by the pro-Western Yeltsin regime. Five years ago, I met a former US marine, who had been sent in 1993 to a base outside Moscow, together with 4,000 other marines, who had been instructed that they might be needed to put down an anti-American revolt in Moscow. (In the end, they were not). 4,000 US troops around Moscow in 1993 at the invitation of its drunken ruler? Yes. A fifth column of Russian Westernisers, pussy rioters, liberals, journalists, actors, musicians, oligarchs, politicians, educationalists? Yes. All Russian institutions infiltrated by traitors? Yes. Only in 2022 was the Russian Federation ready to resist the American bully. It had taken it until 2022 to get ready, and even then the traitors were there in abundance, though soon running away to Israel, Finland, Georgia and elsewhere (6).

3. Western readers should not underestimate the incredible naivety of Russians towards the West. The Russians did not think that the West would forbid Kiev to reject a peace agreement in March/April 2022, thus forcing Kiev and Western economies to commit suicide, like a spoilt child who hurts himself just in order to spite his parents. As a result the limited operation to free the Donbass had to be entirely rethought. Again, President Putin was quite recently shocked to learn that he had been lied to by the German Merkel and the French Hollande. He had been tricked into believing that the West was sincere and that it was actually going to implement the Minsk Accords to protect the Donbass. As those two Western leaders recently admitted, the Minsk accords had only been playing for time to allow the Kiev Army to prepare, dig in, arm, train and then invade. Western leaders are liars. Fact. The origin of this extraordinary Russian naivety seems to be because between 1917 and 1991 Russia was cut off from the West, it lived in a bubble, so that it never really grasped how completely underhand and perfidious the West is. I have been living in Western Europe for too long not to know it. Ten years ago a Muscovite put it to me very well: ‘We knew that the Communists were lieing to us about Communism. What we didn’t know is that they were telling us the truth about Capitalism’.

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..“serious crisis” at the UN and other international institutions, which were created to resolve international disputes but have been turned into a battlefield by the West instead.”

US Plans Threatened WWIII And Forced Moscow’s Hand – Medvedev (RT)

The US and its allies almost ignited a third world war by preparing to attack Russia, which had no choice but to do something about it, former president Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday, addressing the leadership of the ruling United Russia party in Moscow. “Our party should help the people around the world understand that the ongoing special operation was a forced and last-resort response to preparations for aggression by the US and its satellites,” Medvedev said. “It is obvious that the world came close to the threat of WWIII because of what was happening,” he added. Medvedev also described a “serious crisis” at the UN and other international institutions, which were created to resolve international disputes but have been turned into a battlefield by the West instead.


“Our opponents are trying to enlist as many votes as possible in support of their anti-Russian initiatives, using underhanded means such as economic pressure, extortion and political bribery,” Medvedev said, adding that the main mission of Russian diplomacy remained countering this “cynical line” by the West. Medvedev was president of Russia between 2008 and 2012, when he became the chairman of the ruling party and prime minister. He stepped down as PM in 2020 to run the national security council. Though the West considered him a “liberal” during his presidency, Medvedev has been blunt and outspoken about the special military operation in Ukraine since it was launched in February 2022. Just last week, he ridiculed the World Economic Forum in Davos and warned the West that the current conflict is existential in nature for Russia, which should be kept in mind when it comes to nuclear weapons and their possible use.

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The Greens play a curious role in Germany. They have a lot of power.

Germany Rewrites History To Blame Russia For Its Own Bad Decisions (Marsden)

The German town of Brunsbuttel, near Hamburg, received a new floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on Friday, another step in the country’s search to replace the gas supplies it now can’t get from Russia. Small protests in the vicinity of the port held by locals unhappy with the new facility belied the official fanfare. Meanwhile, wider criticism has been levelled against Berlin’s efforts to boost gas imports by both land and sea, which climate activists believe to be very environmentally unfriendly. German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck, of the Green Party, said the new terminal was necessary because “half of the gas supply to Germany stopped, because [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has cut it off. Now the supply has been stopped completely and it will not come back to us.”

Except that’s not how it all went down. Nearly a year ago, just before the Ukraine conflict turned hot and as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stopped the approval process for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany and into Europe, Habeck was already keen to give Russian gas the boot. He told public radio that the country could go without it. The comment promptly raised eyebrows in the Western press, with Bloomberg, for example, calling the proposition “tricky.” Habeck’s Greens, and the German government more generally, have long been obsessed with renewables. The Ukraine conflict was merely an excuse to double down. Even the International Energy Agency took note of this back in March 2022. “Progress towards net zero ambitions in Europe will bring down gas use and imports over time,” according to an IEA report.

In April, Habeck said, “We are working actively to become independent on fossil fuels from Russia,” and cited “great progress.” Not once, but twice, Habeck publicly declared that he had reduced his shower time, in hat had become both a means of saving energy and also of sticking it to Putin, a gesture reminiscent of the folks who pull on escalator handrails thinking that they’re helping move all the people to the top. Habeck said that such measures would “annoy Putin.” Actually, it mostly just annoyed Germans and Europeans. Habeck appeared alongside European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at a meeting of bloc representatives in Versailles on March 8, when she said, “We must become independent from Russian oil, coal and gas.” Habeck echoed the sentiment: “All the German government’s, the country’s, efforts are going toward reducing this dependency as quickly as possible and then using the energy policy room for maneuver we have gained, including in security policy terms.”

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“Hungary will not support any EU sanctions that would potentially limit cooperation with Russia in the nuclear field..”

Hungary To Oppose EU’s Anti-Russian Nuclear Sanctions – Foreign Minister (TASS)

Hungary will not support any EU sanctions that would potentially limit cooperation with Russia in the nuclear field, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters during a break at a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels Monday. “Hungary will not support any sanctions that in any way limit nuclear cooperation with Russia,” Szijjarto said. The Minister noted that “the European Commission has, obviously, commenced the development of the 10th sanctions package.” However, Hungary warned that it will not support any proposals “if they include restrictions on cooperation with Russia in the nuclear area,” Szijjarto said.


“This would cause enormous damage to our country and violate its energy security,” he underscored. “I made it clear that nuclear energy is crucial for Hungary’s power supply,” the Foreign Minister said, noting that the Paks Nuclear Power plant, which uses Russian nuclear fuel, provides half of the country’s energy supply. “Without the Paks NPP, the current power supply in Hungary would be impossible. Just as it would be impossible to ensure Hungary’s power security in the upcoming decades without construction of new reactor units at the Paks NPP,” Szijjarto said.

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‘Italy’s posture must return to the defence of its national interests … It doesn’t mean having a negative stance toward others, it means having a positive one for ourselves … because everyone else is doing it’

Italy’s New Foreign Policy And A Multipolar World Order (Papalia)

In recent developments Meloni’s foreign policy has been pointing away from the EU and NATO. She and her political allies have publicly supported Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbàn, who has attacked the sanctions against Russia, following the EU’s condemnation of his authoritarian policies; Hungary is a NATO member but has signed a separate deal with Gazprom to secure supplies of Russian gas. Meloni’s party is also allied to the governing nationalist Right in Poland, the Czech Republic’s governing Civic Democratic Party, and the far right Sweden Democrats Party that triumphed in elections in September 2022. The German far right Alternative für Deutschland Party was ‘jubilant’ over Meloni’s success; it too has opposed sanctions against Russia and its vote is also on the rise.

As in the 1930s, one should not discount ideological and political affinities across national borders, particularly when national interests also align. As Bhadrakumar warns: ‘Do not underestimate the “Meloni effect”. The heart of the matter is that far-right forces invariably have more to offer to the electorate in times of insecurity and economic hardship.’ In the current era, these affinities can be gathered under the broad ideological umbrella of ‘sovereigntism’, putting EU unity at risk. Should Italy distance itself from NATO or leave it altogether, particularly in the light of Turkey’s ambivalent stance and the possibility of a Russian victory in Ukraine, it is doubtful that the alliance would be able to survive. This is not as far-fetched a thought as it might seem.

According to retired Italian General Fabio Mini, former commander of the NATO-led KFOR mission in Kosovo (2002–03), NATO’s expansion to Eastern Europe over recent decades, promoted by the United States, has further undermined the alliance’s cohesion and unity of purpose. The Ukraine–Russia crisis, as pointed out by Thomas Hughes, a scholar of international and defence policy, ‘marks an existential crisis for NATO’. Under these circumstances the United States would find it increasingly difficult to maintain a military presence in Italy. On 1 October 2022, following news that Germany’s Social Democrat-led government had rejected Italy’s proposed Europe-wide price cap on gas and that Italy would no longer receive gas from Russia through Austria, Meloni addressed a crowd of angry farmers in Milan: ‘Italy’s posture must return to the defence of its national interests … It doesn’t mean having a negative stance toward others, it means having a positive one for ourselves … because everyone else is doing it’.

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Poles falling over each other to be the most belligerent.

Poland Considered Partitioning Ukraine – Former FM (RT)

Former Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has suggested that the government in Warsaw considered partitioning Ukraine in the first weeks of the military conflict between Kiev and Moscow. His comments came in an interview with Radio ZET on Monday, prompting a strong retort from the country’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki. Sikorski was asked if the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) government had ever entertained the idea of dividing up Ukraine. He replied by stating that there was “a moment of hesitation in the first 10 days of the war, when we all didn’t know how it would go, that maybe Ukraine would fall.” “Had it not been for the heroism of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and the help of the West, things could have been different,” Sikorski said.

His remarks soon drew a reaction from Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who accused Sikorski of behaving “like a Russian propagandist.” “The former foreign minister must weigh his words. I expect these disgraceful statements to be withdrawn. I call on the opposition to dissociate themselves from Radoslaw Sikorski’s declaration,” Morawiecki tweeted. It is not the first time Sikorski has been at odds with the government in Warsaw. In September, the ex-minister tweeted “Thank you, USA” alongside a photo of a massive gas leak caused by the sabotage of Russia’s Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

Sikorski further congratulated those responsible for the act, saying the severe damage caused to the natural gas pipelines would force Russia to talk to Poland and Ukraine if it wanted to continue delivering gas to Europe. “Good work,” he concluded in a second tweet. He later deleted both tweets. Russia responded to the former FM’s post by calling it an “official statement” confirming the Nord Stream incident was a “terrorist attack.” It still remains unclear who exactly was behind the sabotage as both Ukraine and Washington and its allies have denied responsibility.

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“..Of course, if you’re doing a reversal of concepts, you can make anyone look bad.”

Wagner Founder Gives Explanation For US Hostility (RT)

The Wagner Group scares the US because it is willing to oppose American atrocities around the world, the private military company’s founder Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed on Monday, answering a question from RT. Washington said last week that it would designate the Russian PMC as an international criminal organization, accusing it of “widespread atrocities and human rights abuses.” “Unlike American paramilitary structures,” Prigozhin said in a written response to RT, “Wagner PMC only goes after the enemies of peace, and does not commit crimes. Of course, if you’re doing a reversal of concepts, you can make anyone look bad.”

The US is the only country to use nuclear weapons in history, and “organized wars and revolutions” in “Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Mozambique, Central Africa and so on,” Prigozhin noted, adding that in some of those countries Wagner came in and “stopped the wars with an iron fist.” Calling the US “a powerful criminal syndicate subsisting on the money of the entire world,” Prigozhin said Wagner was “more like the vice police” in relation. Washington “trained bandits and terrorists all over the world so that there would be unrest everywhere,” while the “fantasy island called the USA” lives in peace, he added. Used to people not fighting back or getting intimidated by name-calling, the Americans don’t know what to do with Wagner, who “looks into the eyes of the personification of world evil without fear.”

Prigozhin said the US objective is to break up Russia just as it did to the USSR, then take on China, in order to maintain its global hegemony. The Wagner Group was originally established in 2014. Over the past year, its fighters have taken part in battles against the Ukrainian military in the Donbass. Earlier this month, the Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged Wagner’s role in capturing the key town of Soledar. US authorities have accused the PMC of unspecified “human rights violations” in Syria and the Central African Republic, where Wagner helped the government against jihadist insurgents. Last month, the State Department declared Wagner an “entity of particular concern” for religious freedom in Africa, in the same category as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

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Why?

Meta/Facebook Takes Azov Regiment Off Its Dangerous Organizations List (EG)

Facebook parent company Meta has removed the Azov Regiment, a controversial unit within the Ukrainian National Guard with alleged far-right political leanings, from its list of dangerous individuals and organizations. The move, first reported by The Kyiv Independent, means members of the unit can now create Facebook and Instagram accounts and post without Meta automatically flagging and removing their content. Additionally, unaffiliated users can praise the Azov Regiment, provided they abide by the company’s Community Standards. “The war in Ukraine has meant changing circumstances in many areas and it has become clear that the Azov Regiment does not meet our strict criteria for designation as a dangerous organization,” a company spokesperson told The Kyiv Independent.

Sharing more information on the policy change, Meta told The Washington Post it recently began to view the Azov Regiment as a separate entity from other groups associated with the far-right nationalist Azov Movement. Specifically, the company pointed to Ukraine’s National Corp political party and founder Andriy Biletsky, noting they’re still on its list of dangerous individuals and organizations. “Hate speech, hate symbols, calls for violence and any other content which violates our Community Standards are still banned, and we will remove this content if we find it,” Meta said. The Azov Regiment was founded in 2014 by Biletsky following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the start of the Donbas War that same year. Before the unit was integrated into Ukraine’s National Guard in November 2014, it was controversial for its adherence to neo-Nazi ideology.

In 2015, a spokesperson for the Azov Regiment said 10 to 20 percent of the unit’s recruits were self-professed Nazis. At the start of the 2022 conflict, Ukrainian officials said the Azov Regiment still had some extremists among its ranks but claimed the unit had largely become depoliticized. During the months-long siege of Mariupol, the Azov Regiment played a prominent role in the city’s defense. Russia captured many of the battalion’s fighters at the end of the battle. The change underscores just how much Meta’s content moderation policies have changed since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Partway through last year, the company began temporarily allowing people in Ukraine and a handful of other countries to call for violence against Russian soldiers. After the decision created controversy, Meta said it would turn to the Oversight Board for policy guidance, a request the company later withdrew, citing “ongoing safety and security concerns” related to the war.

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“..Both of these investigations could easily take a year or more.”

The 2024 Election and the “Get Out of Jail Free” Vote (Turley)

President Biden has declared that the criminal investigation into his possession of classified material ultimately will fizzle out because “there is no ‘there’ there.” To the contrary, there obviously is a great deal “there,” enough that a special counsel was appointed to investigate a classified documents trail from a D.C. office closet to Biden’s Delaware garage. Although the president wants Americans to look down the road past images of classified documents next to his vintage Corvette, we may be heading into one of the most bizarre, unsettling moments in our constitutional history. There is now a distinct possibility we will have not just two leading candidates campaigning for the presidency with their own respective special counsels in tow, but two candidates who could be indicted or close to indictment at the time of the election. That would present some novel political and constitutional questions.

A great deal already has been written about comparisons of the two cases and the obvious differences. The Justice Department’s Trump investigation includes not only accusations of mishandling classified material but also of false statements and obstruction; far more documents are involved, too. Yet enough similarities exist that Justice could weigh charges in both cases, even if only misdemeanors. Moreover, the Biden allegations are serious in their own way. The documents in Donald Trump’s possession at Mar-a-Lago were largely housed in a locked storage room with security added at the FBI’s request; there was ’round-the-clock Secret Service protection and camera surveillance. That is not ideal — but it is better than a dozen documents scattered around a closet, garage and library in different states.

There is no question of gross mishandling in Biden’s case. There is only the question of who was responsible. If the evidence shows that Joe Biden used any of these clearly marked documents to write his book or other projects, his insistence on “inadvertent” possession will take on a more sinister meaning as an effort to deceive the public and the FBI. Both of these investigations could easily take a year or more. The average time of a special counsel investigation of a president is over 900 days. These two investigations should take less than the average — but they are starting in 2023, with a presidential election in 2024. Trump has already announced, and Biden is expected to do so soon.

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Equal justice?

Mar-A-Lago Raid Was Just Another Russia-Collusion Hoax (Fed.)

The search of Biden’s home followed the discovery in November 2022 of at least 10 classified documents, including ones reportedly marked “top secret.” Those documents also dated back to his days as vice president under Barack Obama and were stored in a closet at a private office building in D.C. But the so-called “think tank” where they were stored, the Penn Biden Center, did not open until February 2018, meaning Biden had kept the classified documents found there at another location for the year following his time as vice president. That the classified documents Biden removed from the White House and earlier the Senate were not missed at the time and are only now being discovered — at least a decade later for some — and then only after multiple searches of different locations, contrasts sharply with what happened following Trump’s time in office.

According to then-archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, he watched “the Trumps leave the White House and getting off in the helicopter” at the end of Trump’s term. Ferriero recalled someone was “carrying a white banker box,” prompting Ferriero to ask himself, “What the hell’s in that box?” Ferriero claimed, “[T]hat began a whole process of trying to determine whether any records had not been turned over to the Archives,” with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) “going through materials transferred from the White House in the chaotic final days of Trump’s presidency.” According to The Washington Post, “officials had noticed that certain high-profile documents were missing,” such as “Trump’s correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he had termed ‘love letters.’”

The NARA also could not locate the “National Weather Service map of Hurricane Dorian, which Trump had famously marked up with a black Sharpie pen to extend to Alabama,” or the letter Obama had left for Trump upon the change in administrations. NARA sought the return of these documents, and in January 2022, Trump representatives worked with NARA employees to arrange for 15 boxes of presidential papers to be returned to the archive. Within those boxes were some documents marked “classified,” which led NARA to refer the matter to the Department of Justice. The DOJ then launched an investigation into Trump, even though when alerted to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified documents, NARA made no such referral.

A grand jury later issued a subpoena for any presidential documents, and following a search of Mar-a-Lago by Trump’s representatives, those documents were turned over. However, after a source told the DOJ that some documents remained at Mar-a-Lago, the FBI obtained a search warrant and executed a surprise raid on the former president’s home. This entire sequence began because NARA went looking for missing documents and then, rather than work with Trump to establish his presidential library and to arrange for the documents to be stored under the auspices of NARA’s custody at a mutually agreeable location — something NARA had done for Obama — NARA created a federal criminal case out of the matter.

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Maybe 1% will take them.

FDA Panel To Consider Annual Covid-19 Vaccine Shots (Hill)

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) advisory panel on vaccines is set to consider an annual schedule for the coronavirus vaccine, akin to how flu vaccines are administered, when it meets this week. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will meet Thursday to discuss how to simplify and streamline the COVID-19 vaccination process, including the composition of coronavirus vaccines and the recommended scheduling for these shots. The rapid evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, resulting in variants with an improved ability to escape immune protection, means that “periodically updating the composition of COVID-19 vaccines as needed,” as was done with the updated bivalent booster, requires consideration, according to panel documents posted Monday.


The panel said it anticipates evaluating the composition of the COVID-19 vaccine annually in June and making a recommendation for the following year — though it acknowledged the difficulties of mounting a globally coordinated vaccine recommendation. “FDA anticipates conducting an assessment of SARS-CoV-2 strains at least annually and to engage VRBPAC in about early June of each year regarding strain selection for the fall season,” the VRBPAC documents said. While acknowledging that COVID-19 and the flu are not identical, VRBPAC said the deployment of the bivalent COVID-19 boosters, created to target both the ancestral strain of the virus as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, was “analogous” to annual flu vaccinations.

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“There is nothing definitive in the universe, and collapses exist because the old must leave space for the new. ”

Collapse Is Not An Event, But A Process (Ugo Bardi)

About ten years ago, my friend and colleague Massimo Nicolazzi wrote that the inversion of the declining trend of oil production in the US could not be neglected any longer. I commented by saying that it was a short-lived flare that couldn’t last for long. It turned out that Nicolazzi was right and I was wrong. By now, the growth of the US oil production curve has been lasting for more than ten years and is still ongoing — it was not just a short-lived flare. Of course, it cannot last forever but, for the time being, it changed everything. Among others, it propeled the American Empire back to the path of world domination that the Neocons theorized in the 1990s.

Does that mean that Hubbert’s “peak oil” theory is wrong and must be discarded? Of course not. It only means reinforcing some of the basic rules of complex systems. For instance, the one that goes “complex systems always surprise you,” and also, “never take an example as a rule.” So, when dealing with collapse (that I call the “Seneca Cliff) we should always remember that collapse is not an event, it is a process. Collapses have a history, they are the result of the interaction of several factors, and the same processes that generate collapse can also generate its opposite, which I tend to call the “Seneca Rebound.” It is normal. There is nothing definitive in the universe, and collapses exist because the old must leave space for the new.

Recently, for another unexpected change, I identified a new trend: the rapid growth of renewable energy production worldwide. A trend that can be well described by some recent studies in terms of the EROI (energy returned for energy invested) of renewables having become several times larger than that of fossil fuels. No wonder we are seeing — or we’ll soon see — a revolving door effect in energy production. Fossils are out, renewables are in. History rhymes, as it usually does! Then, just like Nicolazzi’s statement about tight oil was not believed by peak-oil hardliners (including me), my statements on renewables were understood as a mortal offense by catastrophistic hardliners. You can’t believe how nasty their comments have been: apart from branding me an incompetent, an idiot, and ignorant of the basic laws of physics, catastrophism seems to be strictly linked to conspirationism, so people have been writing that I cannot tell the truth because I am blackmailed by the powers that be (no, really, someone wrote exactly that!).

The problem is the science of complex systems is never black or white. It doesn’t allow for absolute truths, nor it is sympathetic to people choosing between complacency and panic (the two functioning modes of human beings according to James Schlesinger). The science of complex systems is, well, a little complex and it needs a little mental flexibility to be understood. Not that it takes superhuman mental capabilities, not at all. It is just that you need to free yourself from the schematic way of reasoning that’s normally imposed on all of us by the media.

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“..the North Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, an important sea current that has been pumping warmer water into the Arctic, is weakening and that’s leading to a cooler North Atlantic area and lower temperatures, as was observed in the period 1950-1970.”

Temperatures in Northern Hemisphere Due to Fall Over Next 25 Years (DS)

Whisper it quietly – and don’t tell Al ‘Boiling Oceans’ Gore – but the Northern hemisphere may be entering a temperature cooling phase until the 2050s with a decline up to 0.3°C. By extension, the rest of the globe will also be cooled. These sensational findings, ignored by the mainstream media, were released last year and are the work of six top international scientists led by Nour-Eddine Omrani of the Norwegian Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. Published in the Nature journal Climate and Atmospheric Science, the scientists say that the North Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, an important sea current that has been pumping warmer water into the Arctic, is weakening and that’s leading to a cooler North Atlantic area and lower temperatures, as was observed in the period 1950-1970.

Certainly, current observations back up these suggestions. As we reported recently, Arctic summer sea ice stopped declining about a decade ago and has shown recent growth. The Greenland surface ice sheet grew by almost 500 billion tonnes in the year to August 2022, and this was nearly equivalent to its estimated annual loss. Of course, climate alarmists have not quite caught up with these recent trends, with Sir David Attenborough telling his BBC Frozen Planet II audience that the summer sea ice could all be gone within 12 years.

Interestingly, the six scientists, whose work has helped debunk the ‘settled’ science myth, still attribute some global warming to human causes. The Northern hemisphere is characterised by “several multidecadal climate trends that have been attributed to anthropogenic climate change”. But producing work that predicts 30 years of global cooling puts them outside the ‘settled’ narrative that claims human-produced carbon dioxide is the main – possibly the only – determinant of global and local temperatures. At the very least, it dials down the hysteria pushing for almost immediate punitive net-Zero measures. Lead author Omrani is reported to have said that the expected warming pause “gives us time to work out technical, political and economic solutions before the next warming phase, which will take over again from 2050”.

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“..there’s a growing push to implement the carbon credit scam worldwide. And that’s not a coincidence.”

Carbon Credits Are the Biggest Scam Since Indulgences (IM)

In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church convinced the commoners to buy indulgences to alleviate their sins. And they made a fortune in the process. Similarly, today, our overlords—the mainstream media, central bankers, and their political allies—are working overtime to convince the commoners to pay for their alleged climate sins. Enter carbon credits, government-issued permits that grant you the privilege to emit a certain amount of carbon dioxide. Although advocates promote them as a way to “save the environment,” in reality, carbon credits are nothing more than a devious mechanism to tax, regulate, and control you. It’s not a coincidence that the most philosophically and ethically bent people are promoting them.


For example, at a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, participants revealed and touted an “individual carbon footprint tracker.” It will track where people travel, how they travel, what they eat, and what they consume. Carbon accounting is already creeping into many places, like Google Flights. A federal carbon tax is already a reality in Trudeau’s Canada, and it’s causing the price of food and other goods and services to soar. But Canadians haven’t seen anything yet—the federal carbon tax will triple by 2030. In short, there’s a growing push to implement the carbon credit scam worldwide. And that’s not a coincidence. Remember, central banks only exist to harvest wealth from the populace through inflation and redirect it to the politically connected, an insidious practice known as seigniorage.

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‘Girls in the Windows’ – New York (1960) – Ormond Gigli
The building was knocked down the next day

 

 

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This iconic picture by Masa Ushioda is now famous as the ‘whale’s high five’ and was taken off the coast of Hona, Hawaii in 2018

 

 

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Lifeguards working in Croatia.

 

 

Pelican landing

 

 


Alligator lurking in the duckweed. Photo: Cole Frechou

 

 

 

 

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  • #127033
    WES
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    Aspnaz:

    What you observe is no shock to me. In the Toronto area, Markham is a duplicate of Orange County, California. It is basically a Chinese gated city where Chinese is spoken and stores have Chinese signs.

    I find your comments very interesting, probably because I have been more places than the average bear, so when someone complains about Rome’s 4 traffic jams a day, I know why! And yes I can pick up an individually grain of rice with chop sticks!

    So please do keep your comments coming!

    #127034
    Michael Reid
    Participant


    Claudio Grass: Davos Man Will Fail, World Will Move Toward Decentralization

    Claudio Grass discusses the global push for the centralization of power (e.g. planet lockdown, metaverse, global government), why it will fail, leaving the system, and why the future is more decentralized. The artificial war in Ukraine is the old agenda (e.g. Mackinder, Brzezinski) that Europe and Eurasia should never come together. He views the East versus West conflict as one giant puppet show.

    Claudio Grass: Davos Man Will Fail, World Will Move Toward Decentralization

    #127035
    WES
    Participant

    About trying to warn people against getting vaxxed.

    It is simply a completely futile effort to try and warn people about the dangers of taking the covid vaccine. These people, having taken the vaccine shots, all have a vested “emotional” interest in defending the vaccines.

    They are all suffering from “Stockholm Syndrome” and will actively defend the vaccines, and tell you that you are the crazy one.

    If they ever wake up, before they die, it will have to come from the MSM.

    Instead of thanking you for trying to warn them, they will instead “emotionally” blame you for the harms the vaccines caused them.

    This is what humans do. Blame those who are closest to them!

    #127036
    jb-hb
    Participant

    people who did not not-vaccinate went through 2 distinctly separate phases:

    1. Procrastination
    2. Due Diligence

    Dilbert/Scott Adams seems to mistake, in his competition between heuristics, procrastination for decision.

    SOME people that did not take the injection which does not vaccinate did due diligence immediately. not many.

    Many procrastinated until monumental pressure was coming from all quarters. Many more procrastinated until specific threats were leveled against them – inability to travel, inability to visit sick loved ones, loss of job.

    The KEY DIFFERENTIATION is that when WE said “OK maybe I will take this injection,” we then did due diligence while THEY said the same thing to themselves, then went ahead WITHOUT doing due diligence.

    Some people who ended up taking the injection which does not vaccinate ALSO procrastinated. So whatever heuristic procrastination might be, both sides practiced it to some extent. How could it therefore be the “winning” heuristic?

    #127037
    WES
    Participant

    The battle of the tanks.

    So far this week, Russia hasn’t destroyed any tanks in the Ukraine. Shocking, I know!

    Watching the politicians raising trial ballons in the MSM about how they aren’t going to send US/German tanks to the Ukraine, was always about sending such tanks to the Ukraine. But first the puppet show to pave the way.

    We wouldn’t want the Russians to get rusty, killing tanks, due to a lack of target practice, now would we?

    I am quite concerned about how the Ukrainians are going to learn how to drive these rather complicated tanks before the war ends.

    To the best of my knowledge, the Russians have agreed to prolong the war, until the Ukrainians figure out how to put the tanks into first gear.

    You don’t have to be an expert on tanks to know all tanks are vulnerable from the top while well protected at the front. Thus all tanks fear 152mm artillery! They especially fear rockets with big warheads, that sneak in above, from the rear!

    The Russian will resume their “top-down” warfare as soon as the Ukrainians are ready.

    #127038
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #127039
    WES
    Participant

    Noirette:

    Al Gore made his money the same way his father did, in Washington, DC. Naturally he inherited a corrupted “silver spoon” fortune from his father and proceeded to grow it further via the same corruption.

    These days this is now perfectly legal.

    If Al Gore ever shows up at my cottage, I will burn him, to see how many BTUs he emits, to fight global cooling!

    #127041
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    I didn’t get the jab because it was experimental and obviously rushed, and the attendant phenomena (masks, lockdowns) were obviously not directed by proven medical principles but by politics-for-profit (is there any other kind?)

    #127042
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Warning about the vax: the kid who said that the emperor was both disbelieved and punished.

    #127043
    WES
    Participant

    Swamp Sowing Classified Documents.

    Here is the list of people who the deep state has now disqualified from running for President in 2024.

    1. Donald Trump
    2. Joe Biden
    3. Mike Pence

    #127044
    WES
    Participant

    Bosco:

    Yeah, that was the kid’s true fate!
    Probably tortured before dying, to make an example of.
    That naturally never happens these days.

    #127046
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “DOJ Prepares to Slap Google with Antitrust Suit over Ad Monopoly”

    Again, this is Biden’s DoJ. So why do they suddenly seem to have a complete reversal? They’re not even doing GOP things, they are doing MAGA things.

    “Another VP who had no business taking docs home. A pattern? Who else had what at which home?”

    Yes, it’s a setup, a script, but to what? How about: “If everyone has classified docs, absolutely everywhere, in the D.C. bus station laboratory, then it won’t be any big deal if we “declassify” a bunch of things“. …About a President from Massachusetts, for example. And a certain southwest Area that has a number-name.

    …Because to me the key about the docs is that they’re blank pages. Nobody’s said, suggested, whispered about a single word printed on them. I know they’re Top Secret, but that’s not plausible. So what are they? Maybe “What” doesn’t matter and isn’t the point.

    Aspnaz: what can I say? I live here. The best cure for Americans is to leave them at home where they’ll pick fights with their neighbors and steal their chainsaw. It’s not like the French or British are nice or didn’t attack Russia too. That’s why I posted General Washington: we’re not supposed to be going anywhere or doing anything, we’re not supposed to have the money to do so. There’s not even supposed to be a standing army (TBD).

    Tell me about China if you want. I know they’re not Socialist. If they ever were, certainly not since Deng. As I said, it’s a favor as that what THEY say. Similarly our systems are almost identical at this point, although they may have arrived here from the Left and we from the Right, so to speak. Just: if all names are a lie, how are you supposed to communicate about it? That is of course why I pipe up just as much about how we are not Capitalist and haven’t been in decades or +100 years. Sorry I wrote was too unclear about who was “Us” and “Them” concerning Capitalism in my last post on it, it was sloppy.

    Phoenix: I am utterly amazing that people projecting are so accurate and unaware. I don’t get it at all and never saw it like this before (maybe I was mostly around healthy people or those with different mental illness). I thought it was an occasional trope seen at extremes. No, for some reason. Then we have the problem that if they are so obvious, why isn’t it better known? Maybe not by us discovering it, but as general society awareness? Maybe like me, it didn’t used to be so common or so extreme? I think the engineers have hit narcissism like a hammer for decades. It’s a personality trait that’s easy to enhance and more useful to them. I noted it went ‘round the bend with the “i” phone and the “i” pad. I would consider even using the word “I” to be somewhat offputting, much less branding to narcissism. Instead, PERFECTLY popular. Delighted.

    I was most surprised by people having NO interest. In any thing. NOTHING. They know ahead of time they don’t want to hear what they have no idea I will say. Wow. I thought only I was psychic, but clearly all these normal people are.

    Next, that people, of friends and family, husbands and wives, trusted circles thought NOTHING of my judgment. Nothing. I was less than nothing: they will literally believe ANY billionaire corporation with billion-dollar fines before me. Or even CONSIDERING me. I don’t expect to be right, and I’m not clearly, I expect to be CONSIDERED. Relevant. Heard. As if I am a human animal standing there, perhaps as deserving as their cat. A guy who reads stuff, is pretty smart and was right about the Iraq War and mortgage crisis for example. No, no, and no. Actual humans in person do not exist because: the blue square. Which lied every time all 20 years before. And they were the same people exactly one minute ago said “Burn it all down, I hate evil corporations who are always lying, medicine is a racket run by insurance companies, now would you like to come with me for the next “Occupy” protest trying to legalize herbal medicine.”

    I suppose I am still too shocked by that to have a reaction. I remain nearly as speechless now because it’s still going on now. So as all your friends and family, your wife for example, still consider you to be a zero person, a non-entity, lower in value than a block of wood. What response CAN you have? Maybe they should marry Gates or Bezos, I guess?

    …And they don’t see this. Day after day, back-to-back, billionaires bad; what billionaire says is true and good. FBI attacks black people, plants evidence; FBI is true and right, all cases in the news are true. Day after day, 40 months, 40 years in a row.

    I don’t understand how that exists for more than a few seconds, so I’m unable to predict what it is, and if/when it will ever end.

    I didn’t get a chance to warn any vaxxers in person. I got as far as “Hey, but don’t we all hate sand worms lying big-business money-grubbing, class-action paying pharmaceutical companies?” and even THAT was cause for alarm and leap to defense of Jamie Dimon Pfizer. So I DID start to tell you. If you won’t hear that, you sure won’t hear this I’ll tell you next. That’s their life. I started. I tested. I tried. But I am not you and might be wrong.

    This is AFTER, from the first weeks, being a high-alarmist on Covid as a likely bioweapon or disease. So vs Scott Adams being 100 miles behind the curve, inexplicable, I not only had to see it, I also had to reverse myself. WHICH IS EASY. It’s easy if you followed the Science to begin with, for you go where the data leads, no heuristics or ego involved.

    Graham Hancock has a novel where the gods are causing trouble by stirring thing up on one side, pretending to be an god/angel in Catholic Mexico, 1500. Spoiler alert: the SAME god ALSO is pretending to be the Aztec god, because HIS goal is to make men kill each other, like Mars. Being both sides, both entities to eat their yummy misery is the perfect plan. We seem to have quite a similar god running around right now.

    Barnhardt’s NPD was “Demonic” in that the NPD have allowed something to take hold of them, grow, and essentially displace their innate humanity and love. This seems quite likely as well as technically possible. (Some research required) It doesn’t have to be “Demonic” per se, which is using Christian glossary, how about “Energetic aspect’ as “Spirits” in the “ether”, the All-being? Buddhism has their very real demons too. Every culture society does and always has. Only ours does not. “The best trick the devil ever pulled was to make people think he doesn’t exist.”

    #127047
    John Day
    Participant

    @Aspnaz: Chinese are chopstick slobs. Agreed? Japanese do much better, except when they are in a hurry to eat a bowl of noodles.
    I have an original Chairman Mao t-shirt. Can’t get ’em anymore.
    Go ahead; we’re ready. Tell Us!

    Another story is that Substack links won’t upload again today. (gap between dot and com)
    https://drjohnsblog.substack. com/p/fake-winning

    #127048
    John Day
    Participant

    Davos has lost its luster this year. The big opportunity to build-back-better with COVID-vaccine-passport, lockdowns, “transhumanism”, and green-financial investment scenarios has been a flop, despite plenty of expensive PR and governmental buy-in across most of the planet, excepting Africa, and parts of South America, and rural Florida, Texas, etc. It not only failed to reach escape-velocity, before being pulled back to earth by the gravity of severe adverse events and death, exceeding lives-saved.
    That just became impossible to hide as time went on. Lots of vaxxed and boosted believers are still onboard, and wear masks as they drive and walk their dogs…
    A lot of people just never trusted the control-narrative enough to get the jabs. That 25% or so was more rural, more hands-on, and in the US and Africa, more black. American blacks are less trusting of new big medical things than other demographic groups. They remember how some of those movies have ended, like the Tuskegee syphilis study movie… https://www.cdc.gov/tuskegee/timeline.htm
    Other people, like myself, were working hard to keep up with the available treatment information and actual medical studies, reading preprints when they came out. We found that the government narratives were lagging available information by at least 2 months, and then they were taking the wrong side, the counter-factual side, then doubling down, and punishing those who tried to act for the public health. It seemed like they were just rabidly anti-Trump at first, but then it kept gathering steam, force and momentum What was happening? We’ve now seen the answer to that. It was a control-narrative that had a whole lot of ground to cover to rope everybody into complying completely, getting the shots, staying locked-in, owning nothing and “being happy”, and not thinking independently.
    Some people, “populists”, kept thinking their own thoughts, making their own analysis, and doing whatever they felt was right, in direct opposition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, explained here by Herr Schwab https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-what-it-means-and-how-to-respond/
    Those people, like myself, have not been “beaten”, though there has been no shortage of the attempt. Many of us have been fired/defunded and deplatformed, but we didn’t learn from that. We just kept saying what we thought, and looking at each new thing that happened and saying what it looked like, and some of what we said was right. People who were mainly going along to keep their jobs and apartments noticed athletes dying on fields from heart attacks, and heard the rumors that it was from “the shots”, and then they saw it again, then a kid at their kid’s school got myocarditis, and maybe they had a bad reaction themselves.

    The Davos establishment reveals whom it truly fears
    This year’s World Economic Forum featured calls to “master the future” and blamed right-wing populists for the rising distrust in global elites
    https://www.rt.com/news/570287-davos-global-elites-fear/

    ​ The battle for the control-narrative is on now. We see the message of vaccine-injury creeping into mainstream media. The most watched US football game ever got interrupted early by Damar Hamlin’s sudden death, and cardiac-resuscitation on the field. Most people were just looking for some exciting TV escapism on the last day of their winter break holidays, and they didn’t get it. They got slapped in the face by this instead. A doctor came on before Hamlin got to the hospital to assure that “this isn’t from a vaccine or anything”, which he kept repeating.​ “Don’t think of an Elephant”, right?
    If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. This control-narrative (Platonic “noble lie”, which holds a society together) has fallen on its face. It doesn’t look viable. Fewer people believe it, and more see it as a lie, and as murder.
    What if a rival elite faction is preparing to ride a new, more-truthful control-narrative to power? It’s the obvious thing to do, right?
    What if Elon Musk taking over Twitter, and releasing the Twitter-files, is primarily an attack on existing power elites, as their control-narrative collapses?
    Musk is impish, squirmy, tricky, and avoids getting pinned down. He is able to play the game of global power and politics because he can make dreams happen for power elites, and make them happen on a schedule and a budget, and be at least close to what was agreed. That’s rare.
    Musk might well be less enabling of free-speech than he advertises, but he is certainly re-platforming some voices that current elites want to be silenced.

    ​ ​EU Technocrat Threatens Musk With “Sanctions” Unless He Stamps Out Free Speech On Twitter
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/davos-eu-commisioner-warns-sanctions-against-twitter-unless-musk-complies-eu

    ​ Musk appears to have clearly stated a side in the vaccination-wars. He has done it with subtlety. It’s unmistakable. It is a clear transition.
    (So was Musk lying about getting the shots? Did he get saline? Was he given “special batches for VIPs”. Was he ill-informed enough to get the standard products? What would I prefer to be the case? It’s hard for me to decide.)
    ​ ​Musk responded to the post by revealing that he suffered “major side effects” after receiving his “second booster shot.”
    “I had major side effects from my second booster shot,” Musk tweeted. “Felt like I was dying for several days”.
    “Hopefully, no permanent damage, but I dunno.”
    ​ ​Musk then followed up by revealing that his “young” cousin, who is in “peak health,” suffered myocarditis.
    Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart which is listed as a possible side effect of some coronavirus vaccines.
    It can cause heart attacks and strokes and lead to death, according to Mayo Clinic.
    ​ ​“And my cousin, who is young & in peak health, had a serious case of myocarditis,” Musk said.
    “Had to go to the hospital.”
    ​ ​In a third post, Musk explained it was not his choice to get the second booster but was a requirement to visit a Tesla location in Berlin, Germany.
    “Was required to visit Tesla Giga Berlin. Not my choice,” he said.

    Elon Musk: ‘Family Member Fighting for Life After COVID Jab Injury’

    #127049
    John Day
    Participant

    Eleni sends this from Professor Paul Craig Roberts (simple, huh?)
    The Scientific Facts Are In: The Covid Virus and Pandemic Are Man-Made. the MRNA “vaccine” Is More Deadly Than the Virus
    https://www.unz.com/proberts/the-scientific-facts-are-in-the-covid-virus-and-pandemic-are-man-made-the-mrna-vaccine-is-more-deadly-than-the-virus/

    The US has sold Abrams tanks, with turbine engines and special transmissions (and internal ammo-loading that will take off an arm or a leg if you make a mistake) to Saudi Arabia, along with a 5 year training program for mechanics and tank crews, and an agreement to actually maintain those tanks with American mechanics. These are reportedly the most complicated main battle tanks in the world, and require years of experience to operate without breaking things and getting killed. They cannot be used this year by Ukrainian crews, not realistically, not effectively.
    They could be used and maintained by NATO crews, but then NATO crews would be going to war against Russia. They could be sent to the front as caskets for Ukrainians. They could sit somewhere doing nothing. (They might be sold to somebody else for cash.) They are only of use to support the false narrative that Ukraine can prevail against Russia in this war, and it won’t fool anybody in Ukraine or Russia. German and French battle tanks are about the same story.

    Battle Tanks For Ukraine Approved On Same Day Doomsday Clock Hits Closest Point To Midnight In History
    ​ ​The Biden administration has said it will send 30 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, in a significant breakthrough and escalation after weeks of debate, as well as division over the issue within the NATO alliance.
    ​ ​Politico’s national security correspondents Alex Ward and Hans von der Burchard are further reporting that with the US ready to pull the trigger, Scholz’s Germany has followed by approving Leopard 2 main battle tanks. Germany is planning to send 14 of its Leopard 2 A6 tanks to Ukrainian forces.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/military/both-us-germany-now-leaning-toward-authorizing-heavy-tanks-ukraine

    Ukraine Rocked By Corruption Scandal, Wave Of Top Officials Resign: Sports Cars, Mansions & Luxury Vacations As People Suffered
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/ukraine-rocked-corruption-scandal-wave-top-official-resignations-sports-cars-mansions

    Moon of Alabama has some updates. The big push from the south by Russian forces did not begin. It was a head-fake.
    ​ ​I urge people to be careful with corruption allegations in Ukraine. These often come from the extralegal National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). The bureau was setup in 2014, after the Maidan coup. It was created and controlled by the U.S. embassy. NABU was used in various power plays to remove people who the embassy disliked.​..
    ..There are many of such little reported power plays in Kiev with Zelensky moving more and more into a dictatorial role. Over time his position will become very lonely…
    ​..Prigozhin on the objectives of the actions of PMC “Wagner” in the Artemovsk region.
    “The task of taking Bakhmut is to destroy the Ukrainian army in the vicinity of the city and prevent any offensive actions in any direction of the front. All of their combat-ready units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are sent to Bakhmut. And PMC “Wagner” destroys them, opening up operational opportunities in other areas”​…
    ..Previously, the Pentagon had ruled out providing the tanks to Ukraine, saying they were too complicated for the Ukrainians to maintain and operate. But White House and State Department officials were described as being more open to providing Abrams to break the diplomatic logjam holding up Leopard deliveries.
    ​ ​U.S. Joint Chiefs Chair Milley and Defense Secretary Austin have been against any tank delivery. They are afraid of the consequences of this steady mission creep. The Biden administration steadily blows through each of its own red lines.​..
    ​ ..Team Biden thus has painted the U.S. into a tight Ukraine ‘corner’. But at this stage – realistically – what can the White House do? It cannot withdraw the narrative of Russia’s ‘coming humiliation’ and defeat. They cannot let the narrative go because it has become an existential component to save what it can of the ‘Ponzi’. To admit that Russia ‘has won’ would be akin to saying that the ‘Ponzi’ will have to ‘close the fund’ to further withdrawals (just as Nixon did in 1971, when he shut withdrawals from the Gold window).
    ​https://www.moonofalabama.org/2023/01/ukraine-sitrep-no-southern-push-yet-kiev-government-trouble-tanks-and-escalation.html#more

    #127050
    John Day
    Participant

    ​I keep seeing analysis that Russia will massively strike Ukraine from one, two or three directions, and how it might best be done, but there is often the proviso that they are currently chewing up Ukrainian soldiers and western military machines at a low cost to Russia, except artillery, of which they have no shortage. Russian forces continue to build, and to increase their supplies of weapons and material.
    As long as they do this, the US/NATO can maintain some form of the fiction that Russia is suffering terrible losses, can barely move forward, and is going to be counter-attacked again in the spring, when Ukraine receives all those western weapons.
    Maybe Russia will just keep letting the west pay these prices to be slowly chewed up in the meat grinder of Russian artillery.
    “Say what you want to your people. Here is the price you must pay to us.”
    Russia Preparing New Plan to End War

    Russia Preparing New Plan to End War

    ​Charles Hugh Smith has (usually overlooked) perspective on what was accomplished in the US during the 1970s.​
    The 1970s: From Rotting Carcasses Floating in the River to Kayak Races
    If we don’t bother measuring national well-being, the health of the nation’s commons and resources and advances in the public’s interests, then we foolishly call a decade of tremendous advancement “stagflation.”
    http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2023/01/the-1970s-from-rotting-carcasses.html

    #127051
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #127052
    hexadec
    Participant

    Curious what replaced the ‘Girls in the Windows’ building I found an article that gave the address as 320 East 58th Street, New York, visible with either google or bing street view. I’ll attempt to include a picture.

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    #127054
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    Scott Adams video:

    Is it just me or did anyone else find the Scott Adams video creepy?

    It sounded more like a political concession speech rather than someone who has just come to the realization that he was a victim of the largest psyop the world has ever seen, with all its attending fraud, psychological torture, death, division, and disability inflicted on the global population.

    What were Scott’s concerns? Poor Scotty was the “loser” instead of the “winner”, suffered “defeat” rather than “victory”, turned out to occupy the “weakest” rather than the “strongest” position. What narcissism! “You are the winners. … You won. You won”, he declared. As if on hearing that, all who avoided the vax are going to throw out their chests and gloat. It’s all about winning and losing to him. No mention of anything or anyone else. Completely empty of any meaning, emotion, or realization – the personification of his Dogbert character.

    And the icing on the cake: the anti-vaxxers “won” because they were mistrustful by nature, so essentially this nasty personality trait of theirs just happened to serve them well this time.

    ~~~

    Warning family and friends about the mRNA shots:

    I made one last attempt to warn my sister and her husband about the health dangers of the Covid mRNA shots. My conscience was weighing on me, and if something happened to one of them, I didn’t want to hear, “Why didn’t you warn us if you knew they were dangerous?” I was fairly certain that my warning would fall on deaf ears, which it did, but I decided long ago that my job is to follow my own conscience and do the best I know how, and that I’m not responsible for how others respond. I must own my part, and they theirs.

    If you hold the door open for someone and they walk through without a “thank you”, do you curse them under your breath? If so, why did you hold the door open in the first place? To look good? For recognition? For karma points? Or as a gesture of brotherly love and community?

    #127055
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    “Next, that people, of friends and family, husbands and wives, trusted circles thought NOTHING of my judgment. Nothing. I was less than nothing: they will literally believe ANY billionaire corporation with billion-dollar fines before me. Or even CONSIDERING me. I don’t expect to be right, and I’m not clearly, I expect to be CONSIDERED. Relevant. Heard. As if I am a human animal standing there, perhaps as deserving as their cat. A guy who reads stuff, is pretty smart and was right about the Iraq War and mortgage crisis for example.” – Dr D

    Yes, this! To be brushed off without the slightest consideration, despite being right time and time again. Having a history of being ahead of the curve. Then being treating like a squawking parrot, “Look, honey, he’s trying to say something.”

    I don’t understand it.

    #127056
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    #127057
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Do as I say, not as I do

    It’s an epidemic of a different sort.

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    #127058
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Yes, this! To be brushed off without the slightest consideration, despite being right time and time again. Having a history of being ahead of the curve. Then being treating like a squawking parrot, “Look, honey, he’s trying to say something.”

    I don’t understand it.

    Years ago on the ol defunct LATOC forum, a forum member told a story

    They went on a Boy Scout trip as a chaperone. There were a bunch of chaperones.

    Obviously, all Boy Scouts and Boy Scout Chaperones went. Years ago, before wokeism gutted the organization. We should be able to consider that everyone on the trip was in the 99% or 99.9% percentile for woodcraft.

    Moreover, the chaperones were there, their whole reason for existing in that spot at that time, was the kids under their protection. They were specifically sent along to make sure nothing bad happened – otherwise, just send the kids alone.

    It was a fairly rustic campsite. There WAS a hand-pumpable well with an extremely visible sign on it warning NON POTABLE WATER, TREAT BEFORE DRINKING. Treatment of potable water had been covered many times by this group in Boy Scouts.

    Everyone got giardia.

    He tried to explain his own, and everyone else’s screwup after the fact. The sign was RIGHT THERE. He admits he SAW it, perhaps without full awareness. He discussed the screwup with everyone else on the trip. How’d an entire group trained in woodcraft give themselves giardia despite the sign in their faces?

    He recalled seeing people getting water at the pump and walking off to their campsites. He recalled seeing no particular concern expressed as they got the water. He therefore felt the water was OK to drink.

    Everyone he asked expressed that same sort of sentiment (he was careful not to suggest it to them before they answered)

    Everyone saw people from various campsites collecting water at the pump and taking it away to their campsites and somehow concluded this meant the water was safe. Automatically, sort of. So everyone went ahead and used the water without filering/boiling/chlorine/iodine tablets etc.

    His takeaway, thinking about it, was that most people know what they know NOT because they checked, but because everyone knows what everyone else knows. Unconsciously. By a sort of unconscious calculation that overrides sensory inputs such as signs, calculated without ASKING anyone to discover what they ACTUALLY know even.

    Retrospectively, he figured plenty of those people coming and going with water looking unconcerned and not affiliated with the Boy Scout group WERE treating their water. Somehow everyone in the group, unspoken, made the same calculation.

    I grew up in the Chicago area and thus grew up with Channel 9 WGN and channel 32. Both sometimes showed slightly odd, interesting movies that would make you think.

    Somehow I keep thinking, in the 2020’s of 5 Million Years To Earth, otherwise known as Quartermass and the Pit – the color 1967 version. I recommend it if you can find it. You’ll know if it’s your type of movie within the first 10-15 minutes. I absolutely love it. Quartermass was sort of a competitor in the same space as Dr Who.

    #127060
    WES
    Participant

    Now that it has been nicely settled that US/German tanks are going to the Ukraine, it looks like the US is doing a little advanced house cleaning in Kiev, under the guise of cleaning up corruption.

    One nice benefit for the US MIC of the US, offering to replace any Russian military equipment sent to the Ukraine with more modern US equipment, is it weakens any competing European weapons manufacturers while forcing the recipients to sign up for expensive training and equipment maintenance contracts. Killing two birds with one stone!

    #127062
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    On being brushed off: Why would people give value to the judgment of others when they don’t value their own judgments, having been taught since early childhood to Shut Up and Do What You’re Told? Since childhood we’ve been taught to defer to authority. We’ve been taught to revere intelligence but not our own. Only ‘special people’ are really smart..

    How do you know they’re special/smart if you don’t trust your own intelligence?

    Answer: They’re all in positions of authority or celebrity. If you’re so smart how come you’re not a millionaire is the standard evaluating question. We equate IQ with power not actual intelligence.

    Giardia? Boy Scouts? None of the authority figures said to follow the sign, so no one did. We do what we’re told. We were told to vax up, and most of us vaxxed up. Those who didn’t vax up, are weird. Look at us. We’re weird.

    ***

    “And the icing on the cake: the anti-vaxxers “won” because they were mistrustful by nature, so essentially this nasty personality trait of theirs just happened to serve them well this time.”

    Skepticism is neither nasty nor nice. Trust is not a given, and one can be fully socially cooperative and remain skeptical.

    Trust but verify. Mind own business. Always cut cards. Read the fine print. etc.

    ***

    We are considered a ‘self-domesticating species’. We submit to principles of cooperation. But we don’t agree on what principles to submit, and the result is cooperative group slaughter: war. Sometimes we don’t even know we’re fighting to the death, as appears to be the case with covid vaxx.

    Look at us here. We’re a kindred group, a pack of exiles. We should have each other’s backs and present open minds to each other. But instead, we pettily offend and keep our minds diligently closed to the other’s point of view.

    Behind all these declarations and denunciations and social posturings is something that makes me think of guys like this:

    Facade

    #127063
    WES
    Participant

    So how can the US government afford to replace all the old Russian military equipment around the world with spanking new American equipment?

    Well, I am glad you asked!

    When you own the world’s dominate reserve currency, it doesn’t cost you a cent!

    So who pays then?

    The rest of the world pays, that’s who!

    Nice racket you got there!

    #127064
    WES
    Participant

    Bosco:

    And to think we used to be perfectly good monkeys until someone messed with our genes!

    #127065
    zerosum
    Participant

    Majority say, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”

    Dr.D …..
    I was most surprised by people having NO interest.

    You had me LOL unto tears.

    #127066
    John Day
    Participant

    @Boscohorowitz: I may not have gotten the lessons right about “deferring to authority” when I was a kid.
    I remember it as “don’t get in trouble”.


    @jb-hb
    : I got giardia in Nepal. When ya gotta go, ya gotta go!

    #127067
    Kassandra
    Participant

    I was in another meeting today and a participant was having a rough day because their friend had “died suddenly and unexpectedly”.

    I’m not kidding, this is truly becoming an occurrence in my real life.Anyone else? Am I just imagining this is more than normal? I’m now up to 5 people 1 person removed from me this year (not to mention the strokes and relatively sudden cancer deaths).

    #127068
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Scienific method:

    Observe.

    Collect data.

    Try to make sense of the data; look for logical explanations.

    Formulate a hypothesis.

    Test the hypothesis and see whether it is useful in making predictions. e.g. Today a solid object falls with an acceleration of 9.8 metres per second squared. I predict that tomorrow a solid object will fall to the ground with an acceleration of 9.8 metres per second squared.

    If the hypothesis stands up to repeated testing and sits very well within the framework of a cohesive set of other scientific explanations, it is probably correct.

    Politics and commerce:

    Follow the fake money trail.

    Ignore data.

    Promote bizarre theories unconnected with reality. Continue to promote bizarre theories that are disconnected from reality when those bizarre theories are clearly failing abysmally.

    Keep ‘printing’ fake money.

    When all else fails, send peasants to fight wars (having indoctrinated or threatened the peasants first).

    Control the masses via propaganda and censorship.

    Impose fake ‘mandates’.

    When things go badly, tell the peasants it is their fault. Vilifying the leader of another country is always a useful strategy when dealing with uninformed peasants.

    When things go really badly, kill peasants.

    When things go really, really badly, kill more peasants.
    .
    Has it no always been so?

    Clearly, people living on what was to eventually become Airstrip One applied the Scientific Method, and their observations and hypotheses stimulated the construction of Stonehenge -a predictive calendar-temple. They clearly had a very cohesive society with plenty of resources and lots of energy.

    Contrast that with the steal-and-manipulate model for society imposed on the people by the conquering Normas, whose systems remain in place to this day in Oceania and Oceania-dominated regions of the world. Not Russia. Not China. And no longer India or Brazil etc.

    Keep following the [fake] money trail.

    Keep following the lies and manipulation trials.

    Kepp applying the principles of genuine science: that is what protected me (and others) from Jabbing Mania and Mask Mania.

    No one regretted resisting Jabbing Mania.

    That said, apparently the maniacs are going to try another round of Jabbing Mania and Mask Mania, as well as the usual lies, propaganda and censorship.

    They are also going to print more [fake] money and raise interest rates ‘to fight inflation’ -the incessant devaluation of [fake] money via excessive money-printing and raising of interest rates.

    Without energy, nothing happens.

    Entropy never sleeps.

    Orwell lives on in the form of the managers of the various Airstrips.

    Crazy Chipmunk now has Sleepy Camel to help him/it to promulgate lies and to impoverish the Proles of Airstrip Five.

    I don’t know how many they intend to kill.

    .

    #127069
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Corrections:

    Has it no always been so?

    Contrast that with the steal-and-manipulate model for society imposed on the people by the conquering Normans, whose systems remain in place to this day in Oceania and Oceania-dominated regions of the world.

    #127070
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Not

    #127071
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    And the icing on the cake: the anti-vaxxers “won” because they were mistrustful by nature, so essentially this nasty personality trait of theirs just happened to serve them well this time.

    Nobody “won”; humans lost; that this whole covid scam could even be pulled off is a huge blow to human freedoms and represents a total loss across the entire planet…
    We lost big time, IMO…we’ve been groomed for this for generations…

    #127072
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    @kassandra

    I was in another meeting today and a participant was having a rough day because their friend had “died suddenly and unexpectedly”.

    I’m not kidding, this is truly becoming an occurrence in my real life.Anyone else?

    Am I just imagining this is more than normal?

    I’m now up to 5 people 1 person removed from me this year (not to mention the strokes and relatively sudden cancer deaths).

    No. You’re not imaging it.

    Quoting a gnome from yesterday; The struggle is real.

    My Friends & Family Tally after mRNA:

    3 sudden deaths + 3 turbo cancers + 1 facial paralysis (12 hours after shot) + 1 inexplicably damaged heart (almost another sudden death)…

    Oh, and Alas! *ZERO* bio-weapon protection for ANY of the jabbed faithful, cause you know they all got COVID anyways, at least once, since their spike Kool-Aid injections 😕

    And we’re the crazy ones…

    #127073
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Bad as the jabs were (are) this is the shitstorm people need to focus on.

    #127074
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Bad as the jabs were (are), I believe this is the shitstorm people need to focus on.

    #127075
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Ukraine Rocked By Corruption Scandal, Wave Of Top Officials Resign: Sports Cars, Mansions & Luxury Vacations As People Suffered

    BY TYLER DURDEN

    WEDNESDAY, JAN 25, 2023 – 06:50 AM

    The Ukrainian government on Tuesday confirmed the resignation of multiple high ranking officials amid large-scale corruption allegations, in what’s being called the biggest mass resignation and graft scandal since the Russian invasion began.

    Some dozen officials have quit their posts after a huge political shake-up over allegations and probes into cases ranging from bribery, to mismanagement of aid funds for purchasing food, to embezzlement, to driving expensive cars while common people suffer under wartime conditions….

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/ukraine-rocked-corruption-scandal-wave-top-official-resignations-sports-cars-mansions

    #127076
    VietnamVet
    Participant

    Social and Mass Media are all part of the Corporate-State. Since the deindustrialization of the West starting in the Clinton Era, financialization of people to pay for education, health, food and shelter plus their sins and exploiting earth’s resources are the only way to make money in the West. The sole goal is to privatize all governmental functions and take a cut like Wall Street and pensions.

    Across the world, the ruling castes simply refuse to spend tax money on Public Health to save people’s lives. War is profitable too, like Pestilence, since Insiders get a cut of the profits from selling the stockpiles of armament that kill and maim Russians and Ukrainians.

    “US estimates 200,000 military casualties on all sides – BBC”. This is compared to the roughly 130,000 Americans who have died with COVID since March 2022 as Joe Biden says the pandemic is over. The introduction of Western Main Battle Tanks into the proxy world war is basically the final threshold. Building replacements in the next year(s) is simply impossible. US automobile assembly has declined 20% due to worker and supply shortages.

    There are really only three outcomes:
    1) the trench war drags on until one side or the other revolts like 1917,
    2) Ukraine or Russia through combined arms and technology breaks into the opponent’s rear and tactical nuclear weapons are ignited to stop the Ukraine invasion of Crimea or Russia’s overrunning of NATO, or
    3) an Armistice is signed like in Korea in 1953.

    If the US dollar hegemony collapses and a Cold War II starts, the UK/US alliance will play the role of the Soviet Union thirty years ago, too poor to afford the conflict, and falls apart.

    Ron Klein who headed the White House response to COVID is taking over as Chief of Staff. The cognitive dissonance is horrid. Americans are intentionally being divided in order to be ruled over by distant globalists. To keep kicking the can down the road, one must wear blinders. No doubt, just as the Omicron wave was blamed on the unvaccinated, the Unchosen will be scapegoated for the collapse of western civilization; rather than the greedy incompetent rich, whose money does the talking these days.

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