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Marvin Koner New York 1955


US Will Abandon ‘Unwinnable’ War In Ukraine Like They Left Vietnam (Siracusa)
Ukraine War ‘Over’ Unless EU Boosts Military Support – Borrell (G.)
EU Is In ‘Urgent War Mode’ – Borrell (RT)
Seizure of Bakhmut A Matter Of Time, No Hurry – DPR (TASS)
Kremlin Does Not Consider The West Being Open To Peace Initiatives (TASS)
SITREP: Update 2/18 – Major War Confirmed Imminent (STT)
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s “State of the Nation” Address (Saker)
If Brussels Wants To Go To War, It Should Fight Inflation – Orban (RT)
Nuland’s Words Show US Role As Primary Source Of Global Conflict – Peskov (TASS)
US Turns A Blind Eye To The Atrocities Of The Zelensky Regime – Envoy (TASS)
Kirby Says He Doesn’t Know When The US Will Stop Sending Money To Ukraine (TP)
US Must Change Stance On Ukraine – China’s Foreign Ministry (TASS)
Vaccinated Blood is Contaminated with COVID Vaccine mRNA (Chudov)
Hunter Biden’s Art Dealer Defies the House Over Business Records (Turley)







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How accurate is the comparison?

US Will Abandon ‘Unwinnable’ War In Ukraine Like They Left Vietnam (Siracusa)

Louis J. HaIIe, a former career officer in the State Department and an historian, contended: “If we will only brush the dust of polemical rhetoric out of our eyes, we shall see that we are not fighting in Indo-China for imperialistic reasons, that we are not fighting there, because we want to increase our territorial possessions or build an empire. Why, then? “We are,” he asserted, “fighting there because in a moment of national aberration, we acted on a false conception of what the situation was.” Alongside the theses of the “great mistake” and “national aberration” was also added the equally significant theme of the unsuitability of exporting democratic institutions and practices to certain foreign soils. Chester L. Cooper, a well-known Asianist and Director of the International Division of the Institute for Defense Analysis, presented this argument in unequivocal language. “In the past,” wrote Cooper directly to the point, “we should have been more prudent and have insisted upon some minimum standards of stability, appeal, and effectiveness before committing major resources to South Vietnam’s aid – no matter how assiduous the Prime Minister, no matter how attractive the people.”

With the battle plainly lost, President Gerald Ford dramatically shifted his ground. At Tulane University in New Orleans, after the fall of Saigon, Ford told a largely friendly audience, “I ask tonight that we stop refighting the battles and recriminations of the past. To emphasise the point, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was elsewhere repeating the same message. Before the annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Kissinger asked the American people to put the Vietnam War behind them: “The Vietnam debate has now run its course. The time has come for restraint and compassion. The Administration has made its case. Let all now abide by the verdict of the Congress – without recriminations or vindictiveness.”

When pressed however at a news conference in late April as to what lessons could be drawn from the war, the Secretary attempted to reserve the question for a later occasion, except to say: “I do not think that we can resolve the problem of having entered the conflict too lightly by leaving it too lightly, either.” Moments later, when asked whether or not the war had so stunned the nation that it might never again come to the economic and military aid of a friend such as Israel, Kissinger conceded: “One lesson we must learn from this experience is that we must be very careful in the commitments we make, but that we should scrupulously honour those commitments that we make.” Further, he hoped “that no lessons should be drawn from the enemies of our friends from the experiences in Vietnam.” No lessons drawn, indeed. The US withdrawal from the unwinnable conflict in Ukraine will play out in much the same way.

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“In March, Borrell is going to have a meeting where he will attempt to get every European Union country to hand over all of the ammunition they have to Ukraine. New procurement will take too long.”

Ukraine War ‘Over’ Unless EU Boosts Military Support – Borrell (G.)

The war with Ukraine will be over unless the EU finds a way in weeks to speed up the provision of ammunition to Ukraine, Josep Borrell, the EU foreign affairs chief, warned on the final day of the Munich security conference. He said a special meeting of EU defence ministers slated for 8-9 March will provide a chance for countries to offer ammunition from their existing stocks, adding it is taking up to 10 months for European armies to order and receive a single bullet. “We are in urgent war mode,” he said. “This shortage of ammunition has to be solved quickly; it is a matter of weeks.” He said if it was not the war would be over.

Borrell will also table plans at a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday to use the existing €3.6bn (£3.2bn) European peace facility for the EU to procure ammunition jointly on the model of the procurement of vaccines during the Covid crisis, an idea first proposed by the Estonian prime minister, Kaja Kallas. Borrell said the Estonian idea would work in the medium term, but he believes the urgency of the shortages is such that it requires EU countries to draw on existing stocks. “We have to use what member states have,” he said.

“Much more has to be done and much quicker. There is still a lot to be done. We have to increase and accelerate our military support. It currently takes almost 10 months for the European army to buy a bullet for the calibre of 155mm, almost one year, and almost three years to buy an air-to-air missile. This is not in accordance with the war situation in which we live.” Kallas, speaking at the same event, said Russia was in a wartime mode, producing ammunition across three shifts, adding there needed to be a similar war footing in Europe. She claimed defence industry executives had told her they had no orders from the EU. Borrell said the absence of ammunition was because “we forgot about classical wars – we were only engaged with expeditionary forces and technological Blitzkrieg.”


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The masters of war. I love that they pay for the weapons with the European Peace Facility. Eat your heart out George Orwell.

EU Is In ‘Urgent War Mode’ – Borrell (RT)

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has called for more and faster weapons and ammunition shipments to Ukraine. His words come amid Western promises of new armament deliveries for Kiev and growing shortages in Europe’s own stock. “We are in urgent war mode,” Borrell said on Sunday, during the last day of the Munich Security Conference. He added that the conflict would be over if the shortage of ammunition was not resolved in “a matter of weeks.” The diplomat bemoaned the depletion of European stockpiles, claiming that the Union “forgot about classical wars… only engaged in expeditionary forces and technological Blitzkrieg.”

He announced that the EU defense ministers will hold a special meeting on March 8-9 to attempt to resolve this issue. Borrell said that he will also present the idea of using the 3.6 billion euros of the European Peace Facility to jointly buy ammunition for Kiev, using the EU’s experience in joint procurements of Covid-19 vaccines. Borrell himself was wary of the ammunition shortages back in September, saying supplies were “depleted.” This assessment was echoed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who warned that the Alliance’s countries were running out of rounds they could donate to Kiev’s war effort.

Multiple EU countries and the US have pledged to send modern, Western-made tanks to Ukraine; however, the process will take months with no clear timetable. The UK and France are also mulling sending fighter jets to Kiev, with London already training pilots. However, French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier this month that sending warplanes was not something that could be done “in the coming weeks.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier this month that the weapons shipments to Kiev would not stop Russia from achieving the goals of the military operation, but would instead just “prolong the suffering” for Ukraine.


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“..understand why we are moving forward so slowly. We are now trying to spare personnel and strike the enemy manpower as accurately as possible..”

Seizure of Backmut A Matter Of Time, No Hurry – DPR (TASS)

The seizure of Artyomovsk (called Bakhmut by Ukraine) is a matter of time but Russian troops should not hurry to capture the town, Yan Gagin, military-political expert and adviser to the acting head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), told TASS on Monday. “As for the prospects of liberating Artyomovsk, I believe that we should not hurry. When I am asked about why it takes so long, I simply invite such people to the frontline: come and see what it looks like to be here to understand why we are moving forward so slowly. We are now trying to spare personnel and strike the enemy manpower as accurately as possible. By and large, the seizure of Artyomovsk is a matter of time but I would not hurry and would keep grinding down the enemy. This is practicable and this has already been tested,” he said.

Contrary to the Kiev’s regime’s hype about Artyomovsk as “a fortress city and a place where they will be able to show the courage and steadfastness of their soldiers,” it has become “a point of disposing of Ukrainian servicemen,” Gagin stressed. “They have lost thousands and thousands of fighters there. On some days, they lose a hundred of personnel a day, which is a heavy toll on this section of the frontline. The bodies [of those killed] are not collected and they just lie on the battlefield,” he added. Artyomovsk is located on the Kiev-controlled territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic and is a major supply hub for the Ukrainian military in Donbass. Russian troops have already seized some communities in Artyomovsk suburbs, including Kleshcheyevka, Podgorodnoye and Paraskoviyevka.

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Not while there are still Ukrainians alive.

Kremlin Does Not Consider The West Being Open To Peace Initiatives (TASS)

The West is not yet showing any readiness for peaceful initiatives on the situation in Ukraine, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel. “So far there is no readiness or openness towards peaceful initiatives on the part of the collective West,” he said. The idea of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on talks between Russian and US leaders Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden is unlikely to gain support in the West, Peskov added. “It is hardly possible to expect any type of reciprocity or response to such an endeavor from any member of the collective West,” he said.

Earlier, Lukashenko invited Biden to Minsk, saying he was willing to arrange his meeting with Putin. Peskov stressed that Biden “will not have any stops during his upcoming European trip, except in Poland.” On February 20-22, Joe Biden is expected to visit Poland, where he will meet with his counterpart Andrzej Duda and the leaders of the “Bucharest Nine” countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Estonia).

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“..Ukraine is shooting down next to nothing anymore..”

SITREP: Update 2/18 – Major War Confirmed Imminent (STT)

[..] in the upcoming escalations, Russia will likely be employing their airforce (the totality of airpower, including new drones) in increasingly active ways to demolish a depleted Ukrainian army. One of the reasons it’s certain they’ll be doing this is because contrary to UA sources, the Ukrainian air defense network is close to nonexistent at this point. One thing one must learn is that the MORE ridiculous the claims from UA, usually the MORE they’re overcompensating for the exact opposite. So the recent claims of 80-150% shootdowns of Russian missiles are in fact the opposite. A deep analysis has shown that Ukraine is shooting down next to nothing anymore. They have almost no AD left whatsoever, other than manpads. Most aren’t aware of just how few western systems they received. Their legacy S-300’s are down to almost nothing, and they only got a couple units of NASAMs and Iris-T, which are mostly all stationed in Kiev to protect the capital city.

People don’t realize just how many missile units one needs to adequately protect even a single city. For instance, just around Moscow alone, Russia has 12 battalions of S-400’s. A single battalion has 8 launchers with 32 missiles. 12 x 8 = 96 launchers of 384 missiles. And this is JUST the S-400 alone. There are NUMEROUS other layered/integrated SHORAD systems like Pantsirs, etc., stationed there as well (here and here). So, total, there is likely hundreds of AD systems just for Moscow alone, representing thousands of total missile calculations (and same for St. Petersburg). Kiev on the other hand appears to have 2-4 NATO launchers total, with a few extra manpads sprinkled in, as well as short range mobile systems, like the recently spotted British Starstreak on the Alvis Stormer around Kiev.

In short, Ukraine’s AD network is in DIRE condition. And I believe this is the reason that Russian airforce is beginning to step up and operate with more impunity. And once even MORE fixed-wing/rotary pieces join the fray, it will create the compounding effects I spoke of last time, and should completely overpower the remaining AD and wreak havoc on the AFU. And this goes with the mentioned ‘rumors’ that the next phase will feature a much more offensively active RuAF. And by the way, there is far more evidence of why the Ukrainian AD is heavily degraded to the point of nonexistence, but I feel it’s beyond the scope of this simple Sitrep and don’t want to get into every single point—but just know that this part is not mere speculation, it’s based on heavy, accurate longstanding analysis with much corroborative facts which include the direct statements of several RuAF pilots in interviews posted to the Russian MoD channel, where they directly state this.

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“..we are maintaining our economic relations with Russia; and indeed we are advising the whole Western world to do the same, because without relations there will be neither a ceasefire nor peace negotiations.”

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s “State of the Nation” Address (Saker)

How do we overcome the danger of war? We want to simply put an end to it, but we do not have the power to do so – we are not in that league. Therefore, if we want to protect Hungary, if we want a peaceful life for ourselves, we have only one choice: we must stay out of the Russo-Ukrainian war. So far this has not been easy, and it will not be easy in the future, because we are part of the Western world, we are members of NATO and the European Union, and everyone there is on the side of war – or at least acts as if they are. Can Hungary afford to remain on the side of peace in such circumstances, in a way that is directly opposed to that of our allies? Of course we can, because Hungary is an independent, free and sovereign state, and we recognise no one but God above us.

But is it right – morally right – for us to stay out of the war? I am convinced that it is the right thing – and indeed the only right thing. Russia has attacked Ukraine, so we must let Ukrainian refugees into our country, and we have done well in supporting them with the largest humanitarian aid operation in our country’s history. This is the imperative of basic humanity, and we are complying with it. But we also see that the war in Ukraine is not a war between the armies of good and evil, but a war between the troops of two Slavic countries: a war limited in time and – for the time being – in space. It is their war, not ours. Hungary recognises Ukraine’s right to self defence, to fight against external aggression; but it would not be right from any point of view – including any moral point of view – to put the interests of Ukraine before those of Hungary.

The Left in Hungary is also on the side of war: it would supply arms, take on the financial burden of war and sever relations with Russia. We are not doing this. We are not supplying arms. We are also being careful with money, because in the end the money due to us will be given by Brussels to Ukraine. For us, humanitarian support for Ukraine does not mean severing our ties with Russia, because that would run counter to our national interests, which we have the right to define for ourselves. Therefore we shall not agree to gas, oil or nuclear sanctions that would ruin Hungary. From the national consultation we know that there is national unity on this. This is why we are maintaining our economic relations with Russia; and indeed we are advising the whole Western world to do the same, because without relations there will be neither a ceasefire nor peace negotiations.

This is why we do not agree with priests and church leaders being placed on sanctions lists; it is bad enough that this could happen to artists and athletes. And it is also important not to narrow our vision, and not to be provincial. Let us look beyond Brussels. Every country outside Europe is aware of the limited significance of the war in Ukraine and the primacy of its own national interest. Let us not isolate ourselves from the level-headed part of the world. The Hungarian viewpoint is an exception only in Europe – across the world it is the norm.


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“..A year has passed, and the end of the war is not getting closer, it is getting further away..”

If Brussels Wants To Go To War, It Should Fight Inflation – Orban (RT)

Western sanctions on Russia over Ukraine have failed to end to the conflict, but have instead wreaked havoc on Europe’s economy and driven up inflation, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said. Posting on his Facebook page on Sunday, Orban offered a scathing criticism of EU sanctions, claiming Europe is struggling to tackle inflation due to the restrictions Brussels has introduced in the energy sector. “The name of the disease is… inflation, and the virus is called the Brussels sanctions,” he said. Orban branded the sanctions “the weapons of Brussels’ war policy,” adding that while the EU was using this tool to target Russia, it has harmed Europe instead. “It was not so long ago that Brussels promised that these sanctions would bring an end to the war. A year has passed, and the end of the war is not getting closer, it is getting further away,” the prime minister insisted.

Orban went on to say that while the EU authorities promised that the sanctions would not be extended to the energy sector, in the end they were, sending natural gas prices up to record levels.The premier also pointed out that gas partly dictates the cost of electricity. “The increase in gas prices is therefore immediately accompanied by an increase in the price of electricity, even if the electricity was not produced with gas turbines, but with solar energy, wind, hydropower, coal power plants or nuclear energy,” he noted. “If Brussels wants to go to war, it should fight inflation. It doesn’t,” Orban claimed, adding that the Hungarian authorities are doing their best to protect families and companies from the economic fallout.

Hungary, a country heavily dependent on Russian energy, has repeatedly spoken against the sanctions the EU has imposed on Moscow since it started its military operation against Ukraine in February 2022. Budapest has argued that the restrictions have failed to meaningfully weaken Russia, while damaging the European economy. In late January, Orban also signaled that Hungary would veto any EU sanctions targeting Russia’s nuclear energy sector. Budapest has also resisted the bloc’s plans to completely ban oil and gas imports from Russia, receiving several exemptions on procuring fossil fuels from the country.

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Nuland is part of a broad group of the most ardent ‘hawks’ in American politics. We are very familiar with this point of view..”

Nuland’s Words Show US Role As Primary Source Of Global Conflict – Peskov (TASS)

Statements by US Under Secretary of State for political affairs Victoria Nuland once again emphasize Washington’s role as the main source of international tensions, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel. “Nuland is part of a broad group of the most ardent ‘hawks’ in American politics. We are very familiar with this point of view. It highlights the extent of our differences once more. It probably also stresses the role of the United States as the primary source of present international conflicts,” he said. Nuland previously stated that the US supported Ukraine’s strikes on military positions in Crimea, referring to them as “legitimate targets.”.


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“We consider such insinuations as an attempt, unprecedented in terms of its cynicism, to demonize Russia in the course of a hybrid war, unleashed against us..”

US Turns A Blind Eye To The Atrocities Of The Zelensky Regime – Envoy (TASS)

The United States administration is attempting to excuse its own activities in escalating the crisis in Ukraine with allegations of crimes against humanity attributed to Russia, according to Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov. “We consider such insinuations as an attempt, unprecedented in terms of its cynicism, to demonize Russia in the course of a hybrid war, unleashed against us. There is no doubt that the purpose of such attacks is to justify Washington’s own actions to fuel the Ukrainian crisis. First of all, it concerns the rampant militarization of the Kiev regime,” the ambassador said. He noted, “At one point the Americans said, that they would supply the republic with only defensive weapons, but now ship heavy armored vehicles, artillery, multiple launch rocket systems with long-range munitions.

The U.S. provides intelligence to Kiev Nazis, trains militants. By the will of the White House an egregious act is being committed – just like 80 years ago – tanks with crosses are attacking our country. How can we trust the West and try to come to any type of agreement after all these statements and actions? Basically, they told us one thing, but acted in the opposite direction.” At the same time, the diplomat stressed that the US “simply turns a blind eye to the atrocities of the Zelensky regime”. “Washington prefers not to notice the horrific scenes of the shootings of unarmed captured Russian soldiers.

It forgot about the bloodcurdling burning of people at the Trade Union Building in Odessa in 2014. The United States completely ignores the attacks that have been going on for many years on settlements in Donbass – kindergartens, schools, hospitals and residential buildings. Although it should be clear to any sober-minded person that no threats come from there,” he said. “Washington’s two-facedness is outrageous. Why is the State Department silent about the atrocities of Ukrainian cutthroats? What are the American human rights organizations thinking? Why is no one calling for the punishment of fascist thugs?” Antonov stressed.

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Kirby now gets lost in his own words at times.

Kirby Says He Doesn’t Know When The US Will Stop Sending Money To Ukraine (TP)

When will the US stop flooding Ukraine with arms and money? According to Biden National Security spokesman John Kirby, spokesman, he “doesn’t know”. That comment came during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” FNC host Shannon Bream brought up the matter by asking him when the aid packages would end, saying: “Despite the question that’s being asked increasingly on Capitol Hill, and there’s gonna be another fight over another round of aid, we’re about $200 billion into this so far. There are questions about where the US commitment ends to this. I mean, we had a couple of lawmakers just return and say they, Congressman Garamendi was one of them, who said, ‘I think this is a year from now, I’m going to be still going on this exact same war.’”

Kirby, in response, said “We don’t know. Again, we would like to see it in now. And certainly we want to see it on ends and on terms that are satisfactory to the Ukrainian people and to President Solinsky, so that they remain a whole free sovereign, independent state. And independence is an ideal that all Americans can get behind and understand. We’d like it to end soon as soon as possible. My goodness, nobody wants to be sitting here a year from now talking about the second anniversary of war. But as the President has said, Shannon, we’re going to support Ukraine for as long as it takes and he means that as long as it takes” Kirby’s non-committal response on aid and its sell-by date comes alongside his recent claim that the Russians would soon launch another offensive. Here’s what he said just a few weeks ago:

“We do expect that when the weather improves, the Russians will try to make additional offensive moves anywhere along that front,” he said, noting that the US is trying to help the Ukrainians prepare for that. We’re working in lock step with the Ukrainians almost every day. And we communicate constantly with Ukraine about their needs for the fight.” So the war is heating up and the United States and NATO are more deeply involved in the conflict than ever, with no end in sight. Unmentioned by Kirby was whether risking World War II with the continued provision of aid to an enemy on Russia’s borders was worth it.


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“Washington even puts pressure on us. We do not accept this..”

US Must Change Stance On Ukraine – China’s Foreign Ministry (TASS)

The Chinese authorities do not accept US criticism of Sino-Russian relations and demand that Washington make a responsible approach to the problem of Ukraine and reconsider its stance, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday. “We have never considered as appropriate the United States’ critical statements regarding Sino-Russian relations. Washington even puts pressure on us. We do not accept this,” Wang stressed at a news briefing, commenting on US statements about Beijing’s military assistance to Moscow. “We insist that the United States should give due thought to its actions and take real steps towards reconciliation and advancing peace talks [on the Ukraine issue].”

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What are the consequences for blood donations and transfusions? Better look at that ASAP.

Vaccinated Blood is Contaminated with COVID Vaccine mRNA (Chudov)

A new study was just published by Castruita et al. The scientists, while studying “something else” related to hepatitis, decided to test blood samples of their patients who got vaccinated for COVID-19 with mRNA vaccines for the presence of vaccine mRNA. Their approach was comprehensive: They looked at vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to have a control group. They distinguished between vaccine mRNA and viral RNA of Sars-Cov-2. They were careful to avoid contaminants showing up as positive reads for vaccine mRNA. They distinguished, in their analyses, between Moderna and Pfizer mRNA genetic codes. These two vaccines encode the same spike proteins but contain different nucleotides (this is called codon optimization). I am proud of Castruita et al. for being meticulous with their analyses. I wish all “COVID research” was done with such in-depth safeguards against mistakes.

This is what they found: “We surprisingly found fragments of COVID-19 vaccine mRNA up to 28 days postvaccination in blood from chronic HCV patients vaccinated with mRNA vaccines from both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. .. of the 108 patient samples, 10 samples (9.3%) had partial or up to full sequences of the vaccine mRNA sequence (Fig. 1), identified from one to 28 days postvaccination. There was ~100% identity between the detected mRNA nucleotide sequences found in plasma and the specific mRNA vaccine given. The 10 samples had a median of 5.5 million raw read pairs available (see Table S1). Breadth and depth of coverage of the vaccine mRNA sequences ranged from completeness and >20 000, respectively, to short fragments with a depth of coverage of 100 (Fig. 1). None of the negative or the HCV-positive controls had SARS-CoV-2 matching reads. They identified blood samples containing vaccine mRNA as late as 28 days after administering vaccine doses.

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“..As a new artist, Biden is fetching prices that exceed the prices of some Picassos..”

Hunter Biden’s Art Dealer Defies the House Over Business Records (Turley)

It appears that Hunter Biden’s art dealer believes that his art should be left entirely to the eye of the beholder — and not Congress. Georges Bergès reportedly refused last week to provide the House Oversight Committee with the identities of the buyers of Biden’s high-priced art work. While counsel William Pittard insists that the list of purchasers must remain secret, it is hard to see the viable legal basis to refuse the demand of the House Oversight Committee, if made subject to a congressional subpoena. The Biden sales have long been a subject of intense debate over whether it is another form of influence peddling or money laundering. Even President Barack Obama’s ethics head has raised objections.

Former Obama-era ethics official Walter Shaub called the art sale a “terrible idea” and noted that “it just is implausible that this art from an unknown artist would be selling at this price if it didn’t have the Biden name attached to it.” As a new artist, Biden is fetching prices that exceed the prices of some Picassos. The quality of the work will be left to others to debate, but the Oversight Committee has a legitimate interest in looking into whether the art is being used to funnel money to the family of President Joe Biden. In January, House Oversight Committee chair James Comer (R-KY) requested that Bergès testify before Congress. Comer has long alleged that Chinese buyers are behind the sales, though there is no public proof to support that allegation. He has stated that “arrangement with Hunter Biden raises serious ethical concerns and calls into question whether the Biden family is again selling access and influence.”

Pittard wrote that “[i]n light of these considerations, providing the documents and information requested in your letter seemingly would defeat the efforts of Mr. Biden and the White House to avoid the ‘serious ethical concerns’ that you raise.” He added that “Mr. Berges hopes that you and Mr. Biden can resolve that tension.” The question is what happens if they cannot “resolve that tension.” The Oversight Committee is investigating a host of avenues through which foreign interests were allegedly able to funnel millions into the Biden family coffers. It is hard to see how a court would find that these business records could not be subpoenaed by a congressional committee if they decide to move forward.

Berges could refuse to testify without a subpoena, but he must appear if so served. He could then invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination to refuse to testify. What is interesting is that this is only the latest lawyer to defy Congress on a Hunter Biden inquiry. We previously discussed how Hunter Biden’s personal counsel Abbe Lowell refused a demand for evidence sought by the House. These moves appear to be channeling the same strategy of Steve Bannon who was ultimately charged with contempt and convicted. At the time, I said that Bannon was asking for a contempt charge and Biden appears to be replicating this same ill-considered strategy.

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    Marvin Koner New York 1955   • US Will Abandon ‘Unwinnable’ War In Ukraine Like They Left Vietnam (Siracusa) • Ukraine War ‘Over’ Unless EU Boost
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle February 20 2023]


    The US is saying to China – don’t help Russia as this will free up resources for the US, so we can come after you!

    Dr. D

    Corporation Celebrates LGBTQ Pride With Rainbow-Colored River “ –BBee

    Ilhan Omar Withdraws Support For East Palestine After Learning It’s In America “ –BBee

    “Officials Remind Residents Of East Palestine To Protect Themselves By Getting Their COVID Booster “

    EAST PALESTINE, OH — Government officials are warning residents of East Palestine to protect themselves from deadly health risks by making sure they’ve received the latest COVID booster.”

    The Ohio DOH reiterated that it’s essential to get vaccinated, especially if you are traveling to a new place after losing your home to a deadly chemical spill and are being forced to leave under threat of arrest.
    “If there’s one thing we care about here in government it’s your health. Please get vaccinated,” said Pickleton.

    “Blinken Warns China Against Providing Aid To Russia, Says Balloon Surveillance Must “Never Again Occur” –CNN

    Hahahhahahaha! That’s funnier than the Babylon Bee! Blinken giving commands to anybody, even the coffee boy!

    “Ohio is Facing a Chemical Disaster”

    I don’t know if this is funny or not. The article says:

    “ the catastrophe in Ohio is a major, unprecedented public health crisis. Biden must publicly recognize it as such and act to protect the people who live in the affected area. This requires a rapid, all-of-govgoveernment response overseen not by the EPA but by independent scientists and taskmasters who will be immune to pressure from industry.”

    These guys can never stop. Okay, we’re now at a level where 1) Corporations do what they like for money 2) The government regulates them 3) The government doesn’t regulate them but lets them do what they want. 4) The lawyers such as Donziger know this 5) they do NOT want the government overseeing them 6) They are going to have the government, oversee the government, who oversees the not government, who oversees the corporations.

    So now I’m paying BOTH the regulators AND the second regulators? AND the monopoly extraction the government enforces?

    Call me crazy, but wouldn’t it be better to enforce the law – any law – in the first place?.

    “it is also a function of the fact that industry does not respect the power of government to regulate it.”

    O Rlly? Which industry? We just had a week of hearings where one industry was running another out of business. Another where that industry was being run out of business BY THE GOVERNMENT. So there’s no “Industry”. We have insiders and outsiders. Friends and foes, but no rule of law.

    “Government is supposed to protect us from the excesses of industry; instead it often acts like its partner.”

    Yes, that’s called fascism. And once the government merges with business to 1) enforce undue profits and 2) run competitors out of business, the people get uppity about it and therefore you need to violently oppress them. Because the alternative would be enforcing the equal justice they demand. And to keep their eyes off it, you need to make a hate group i.e. anyone who is anti-corporatist, and grab more power and more diversion with more candy to pay off with in an expansive foreign war. A hate group of anyone who is antiwar. They all go together. Denzig would agree with me on this, I’m sure. But adding ANOTHER layer because the first layer is corrupt is insanity.

    Here’s some other thoughts: EPA is the same as the FDA. If you don’t trust them due to regulatory capture, you trust to be honest about drugs…then mandate them for $10B profit?

    If they are like this, and you haul in this SECOND regulator, WHO is going to fine N&S and make them pay? Or to change? We just said they’re a corrupt merger to the top. The government again? (No. The PEOPLE. The Government’s job is to FIGHT the people on behalf of the corporations.)

    Maybe put it like this: for him, if the government doesn’t do what the government should do, well, the government should do it. There!

    Oh and P.S.: Orange Man Bad. All bad things happened only after Jan 2020, and Biden totally didn’t just order the Union back to work like plantation slaves with no demands for workers, rest, safety met. Nope!

    Meanwhile, Redacted looked back and found such actions in every President as far back as they looked. (Bush I). Not one of them did f’ all for what’s been a crushing system for generations.

    The other thing is. No one’s alarmed. The people are not galvanized to action. We’re just going to take it, therefore it will happen again next week. Hey, fully authorized Tesla just drove into a fire truck again. Man, Teslas love those things. Most methane in a single release went off just the other month. Nobody’s looking into that.

    That nobody believes anything….deprived of its capacity to ACT.”

    This is in Bezmanov, Soviet defector, 1986. “The long march through the institutions,” 80% of the KGB budget, to make the enemy “Despite an overwhelming access to information, make them incapable of understanding or action.” As people are divided and can’t coordinate. They collapse, not a shot fired.

    “US Will Abandon ‘Unwinnable’ War In Ukraine Like They Left Vietnam (Siracusa) “

    This might be a good thing. We will collapse if we do, but we’ve done it so many times we may not think so.

    “10 months for European armies to order and receive a single bullet. …in urgent war mode,”

    That sounds about right. P.S. “Urgent war mode” after a year.

    “Viktor Orban – “there is no excuse for pedophilia!”

    Whaaaat? We’re now in a world where this needs to be said nationally. …Carry on then.

    “US Turns A Blind Eye To The Atrocities Of The Zelensky Regime – Envoy (TASS) “

    Atrocities like killing every man inside of the national borders? It’s the U.S. who did/promoted that, not Captain Z.

    “Why is the State Department silent about the atrocities of Ukrainian cutthroats?”

    Why? Newsflash: they just killed 10M people in Ohio with long-term cancer. Neither the President, nor media showed up. Your atrocity is kiddie stuff.

    “When will the US stop flooding Ukraine with money?”

    $150B to them because it kills people. $0 for Ohio because that kills people. I detect a trend. Humans = bad. Kill them all = good.

    Kirby on Hersh: Not True.

    Is this like the “Total, complete lie” that it was not Hunter’s laptop and you never talked once about business with him? ‘Cause – funny thing – that one turned out to be true. And a day after he sells art more than the world’s finest painters.


    Market cycles say trouble in March. So Empire of Lies holds off with happy-happy talk as it unfolds for a while? Reality only begins to trouble the thick skulls of Wall Street by April Fools?


    Dr. D: “The people are not galvanized to action. We’re just going to take it,”

    The population, the vast majority of the population including corporate, are using the same metric. “is this action profitable for me personally?”. “Not profitable for me? Their problem, should have planned better”. My only duty is to the share holder – me!

    Which term do you prefer?
    Corporate Raider
    Venture Capitalist

    First we sacrificed the mill workers, then the auto workers, then the information workers and now – ourselves

    John Day

    It looks like, if the Turkish earthquake was induced by HAARP, which might be feasible, if it were already primed to go, as it seemingly was, and if the warnings for Americans to get out of Russia and Belarus last week really do precede an American attack, then there is only the Russian far-east to attack with an earthquake, not Belarus.
    There might be some nukey-false-flaggy thing, instead.
    global earthquake zones

    John Day

    Somebody posted particle aerosol maps of the East Palestine spill/conflagration last week,and I don’t know where to find them (like Little Bo Peep’s sheep).

    Please to re-post, since we are wondering about it.
    The wind-map was cool,but didn’t show the “actual” air blobs.
    Of course ground-fall is another matter, but not readily evaluated by electronic means.


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    Dr John. I beleive this is what you were asking for.
    I have to say that as someone living in Ontario, observing this and wind patterns, I am deeply concerned. Not a whiff of the seriousness on this side of the border from the Cartoon Broadcasting Corp


    try again
    PEBKAC problem exists between keyboard and chair


    I’ve removed the dot between rumble and com to keep the things size down. Some interesting footage and info maybe. The first three minutes are a bit loud! The song at the end will make some smile and others shudder.



    Here is nullschool on Feb.4th at 4am local ground level sulphur dioxide concentrations probably not much help but something to play with.

    John Day

    Here is a false-flag option for the owners, and it’s in line with all of the back-stabbing they have been doing lately:

    Biden is getting to Poland about now, to meet with Zelensky today, and they will give a speech together tomorrow.

    Just take these two out with a missile strike and say the Russians did it.
    Then all of the recently revealed scandals can be attributed to the Martyrs, and will not be spoken of again, while the next phase of mass slaughter ramps up.


    According to the transcript of Jens Stoltenberg’s pre-ministerial press conference that was shared by NATO’s official website ahead of his meeting with this anti-Russian alliance’s Defense Ministers, he said the following of relevance to this subject:

    “It is clear that we are in a race of logistics. Key capabilities like ammunition, fuel, and spare parts must reach Ukraine before Russia can seize the initiative on the battlefield.

    Ministers will also focus on ways to increase our defence industrial capacity and replenish stockpiles. The war in Ukraine is consuming an enormous amount of munitions, and depleting Allied stockpiles. The current rate of Ukraine’s ammunition expenditure is many times higher than our current rate of production. This puts our defence industries under strain.

    For example, the waiting time for large-calibre ammunition has increased from 12 to 28 months.

    Orders placed today would only be delivered two-and-a-half years later. So we need to ramp up production. And invest in our production capacity.



    TAE point to truth

    Addicted to publicity.

    Facts or lies
    False conception
    Mole hill into a mountain
    Balloon incident sensationalized.
    Secrets leaking
    Evil enjoy photo opportunity.
    Death using modern weapons.
    Ukraine needs modern, bigger and better guns and ammunition.
    • Ukraine War ‘Over’ Unless EU Boosts Military Support – Borrell (G.)
    • EU Is In ‘Urgent War Mode’ – Borrell (RT)
    • Kremlin Does Not Consider The West Being Open To Peace Initiatives (TASS)
    • US Turns A Blind Eye To The Atrocities Of The Zelensky Regime – Envoy (TASS)
    ” Basically, they told us one thing, but acted in the opposite direction.”
    “Washington’s two-facedness is outrageous. Why is the State Department silent about the atrocities of Ukrainian cutthroats? What are the American human rights organizations thinking? Why is no one calling for the punishment of fascist thugs?”
    ” …. down to almost nothing, and they only got a couple units of NASAMs and Iris-T, which are mostly all stationed in Kiev to protect the capital city and the gov..”

    • SITREP: Update 2/18 – Major War Confirmed Imminent (STT)
    Hungary is on the side of peace.
    • Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s “State of the Nation” Address (Saker)
    • If Brussels Wants To Go To War, It Should Fight Inflation – Orban (RT)

    China is on the side of peace.
    • US Must Change Stance On Ukraine – China’s Foreign Ministry (TASS)


    John Day

    Thanks Red. Thanks for trying, Fisher.


    Question: Is it true?
    Hunter sells art more than the world’s finest painters.

    Doc Robinson

    @ Polemos, thanks for the NAC info a few days ago.

    @ John Day
    This image was posted here at TAE a few days ago (from Twitter), here it is shown from another site, which also has a video showing changes from Feb 4 to 7

    NOAA Hysplit Model Particle Cross-Sections

    John Day

    The Canadian rainbow snow-melt looks like what oil does on the surface of water, doesn’t it?
    I wonder what is in it to do that.
    Dioxins are quite lipid soluble. They can come from burning vinyl-chloride. Vinyl Chloride boils at a bitter cold winter temperature and stays gasseous above 8 degrees F.
    I’m sure there are other toxic combustion products we don’t know the names of, too.


    The Canadian rainbow snow-melt
    I’ve seen it all my life and attributed to tailpipe emissions.

    John Day

    Thanks Doc Robinson:
    Look at how much of that density of the particulate cloud is riding at or just above ground level!

    Or at the level of Lake Ontario. Hi Buffalo, Rochester, Hamilton and Toronto.

    The video is useful, too.



    One year after conflict in Ukraine.
    The Wester/NATO airwaves are full of analysis blaming all the horrors on Russia.
    It’s called propaganda.


    Concerning the “rainbow effect” in the melting snow it could just be automotive drippings/exhaust. As a former motorcycle rider it was due diligence to be extra careful when out riding and encountering rainy roads when it first started to rain. There would initially be very slick surfaces as the pollutants lifted above the newly dampened road surface. After a few minutes of steady rain it would float away on top of the water flow. Remember most folks are outside looking for signs of something they have no idea about. First time actually looking at the ground for something other than lost keys! I’ve seen this sheen many times over my lifetime. No chemical fires ever in my area worth mentioning, lots of rainbow effects however.

    John Day

    Biden flew to Ramstein AFB in Gerany yesterday, and popped up in Kiev this morning to speak with Zelensky in public, and announce soidarity and the allocation of another $500 million of weapons, but nothing new or special.

    Russian missiles didn’t kill them yet.
    Polish soil would be the more casus beli kind of location.

    Well, they told the Russkies President Joe would be there in Kiev today.

    Figmund Sreud

    Charles Hugh Smith:


    John Day

    Boeing Avenger air defense units consist of 8 Stingermissiles (3 mile range) with laser rangefinder and a heavy machine gun mounted on a Hummer. Some were unloaded in Germany and moved to Poland. They are for lower,slower,planes, choppers and drones.

    Doc Robinson

    @ John Day

    The video shows the air dispersion starting Feb 4, the morning after the 9pm train crash. More than half of the video happens before the controlled burn of the vinyl chloride on Feb 6.

    Before the controlled burn, the burning train cars included four hopper cars loaded with PVC pellets. I saw a comment somewhere saying that this amounts to 1 million pounds of PVC in the fire. This didn’t get much attention because PVC is not considered a hazardous material to transport. But guess what, when PVC is burned, especially in an open fire instead of a special incinerator, it’s a major source of dioxins in the environment.

    The train manifest from the EPA shows that four hopper cars loaded with PVC (“Polyvinyl”) were actually in the fire:

    HYSPLIT Air Dispersion model depicting the potential transport of chemical plumes from Ohio disaster

    John Day

    Seymour Hersh says the U.S. military shot down a federal funded weather balloon from the University of Alaska.

    “That’s what was shot down was one of those units that is sent up by the University but paid by the government”

    John Day

    @Doc Robinson:
    Thanks for that information about the 4 hopper cars of PVC pellets getting burned as well as the volatile vinyl-chloride, which was spewing for a couple of days before being put to the torch.

    This clarifies the two-stage-attack nature of what happened. The video really shows the particulate clouds sweeping around the states and lakes in that region, as the winds were shifting, dispersing the aerosols.

    Saul Goodman

    I think this is worth a read, i have heard many success stores related to this. My 12 year old dog currently has a tumor popping out of her anal gland, now, vet said its a matter of time, nothing they can do, not worth surgery because there could be more, which means scans etc.

    Dewormer for the win again? I will post any success I have.

    The Blog

    John Day

    Police kill “rogue FBI agents” shooting up an electrical substation? I have not confirmed this.


    Billions of times a day, humans put that pistol-phone to their heads and pull the trigger. Many have succumbed to its brain-damaging bullets, and now treat that little slab as god speaking to them personally.
    Of course- having god at your head-side makes you sure of yourself.
    This creates factions and tribes, bullies and mobs.
    What happened with smart phones is that we put ourselves out there to be exploited. It’s no wonder the cluster Bs have taken over.


    The war is not just a war in Ukraine: it is a global war, initiated by the banksters long ago against truth and against anyone who challenges the lies that the banksters and their agents -the managers of NATOstan countries, often referred to as governments- tell.

    Since the Oceania banksters derive their power from lies, propaganda, censorship, oppression and violence -pollution being a subtle form of violence- we must anticipate increased levels of lying, propaganda, censorship, oppression, violence and pollution from them and their agents -the Big Brother governments of Oceania- until their Ponzi schemes implode as a consequence of the mathematical lies they tell or implode because Russia and its allies defeat Oceania militarily.

    I note that there are a number of participants on TAE who are fundamentally opposed to scientific and mathematical truth.

    Whether they are agents of The Empire of lies, I cannot say, but they certainly behave as though they are.


    Earthquakes today
    Mw 6.4
    Date time 2023-02-20 17:04:29.0 UTC
    Location 36.13 N ; 36.04 E
    Depth 10 km


    POTUS asks Russia for permission to enter Ukraine? -frightened the plane would get shot down if visit done without permission.

    Meanwhile the meatgrinder grinds meat and the losses of Ukraine and NATO continue to increase.

    One day till the anniversary of SMO.

    ‘Interesting times’.

    D Benton Smith


    Seismic weapons may or may not be a real thing, but the U.S. Department of Defense (and others of comparable credentials) have considered them to be a real concern for decades and one has to wonder what would lead them to think so.


    @D Benton Smith

    Still a lot to learn. Experts are looking and trying to connect the dots.


    You really have to believe in your own Magic. If not you, then who?……

    Everyone has a superpower. Use clear eyes to look at your own.
    Apply that superpower to your current condition and strike a Spark of Magic to the Tinder 
    and blow it into Flame. Then warm your Heart and the Hearts of others with your Fire.
    Look forward with Anticipation. All good things are coming towards you. I can hear the 
    rumble as they approach and I can hear it Singing in each new Sunrise.

    You know this. Stand up in your power and the Universe
    will be your Playground and your Tools.

    Everywhere around you is a Golden Loving Opportunity for Joy.

    And plant potatoes.

    Figmund Sreud

    @Dr. Day – The Canadian rainbow snow-melt looks like what oil does on the surface of water, doesn’t it?

    Yes, a sure sign of oil on melting snow and water. It’s typically from cars leaking oil, … or someone dumped used oil into rain gutter. Happens often. Now, vid indicates that it’s on all surrounding streets. It just might be that there is an old car in the ‘hood that leaks oil profusely, … or car that was just serviced improperly – loose drain plug or worse, … double gasket on oil filter!

    … fwiw,


    Michael Reid

    The Owners of the planet are absolutely fixated with “Vaccines”

    9th March 2015
    Malaysian Prime Minister warns about what’s coming and
    turned down the New World Order “elites” offer to join the club during
    Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in 2015 and
    warned the world of their plans to
    enslave humanity, after depopulation.

    The 2 minute 18 second video of the Malaysian Prime Minister warning the planet in 2015 at this link:


    Figmund Sreud

    Re Brandon visiting Kiev, … CBC is currently showing footage of him walking with Zelenskyy near St. Michael’s Cathedral in Kiev as well as Biden participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial wall outside St. Michael’s Cathedral. All marked as on Monday.

    Further, CBC is stating:
    White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that the U.S. notified Moscow of Biden’s visit to Kyiv shortly before his departure from Washington “for deconfliction purposes,” in an effort to avoid any miscalculation that could bring the two nuclear-armed nations into direct conflict.

    … so this shirt-show did occur. Interesting, …

    … fwiw,


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