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Zelensky Burning Down Ukraine For Western Applause – Medvedchuk (RT)
How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline (Seymour Hersh)
Top Russian Security Official Comments On Nord Stream Blast Report (RT)
Truth About Tanks: How NATO Lied Its Way to Disaster in Ukraine (Scott Ritter)
Zelenskiy, In London, Wins Pledge To Train Pilots On NATO Jets (RT)
America Sleepwalks Into War with Russia (Sempa)
Macron Says Russia Cannot Win Against Ukraine (ZH)
Why Joe Biden Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump (Fomenko)
NATO Chief Reveals Size Of Ukraine Funding (RT)
Colin Powell’s Anthrax Vial Taught The US A Valuable Lesson (Scott Ritter)
Take A Bow, Columbia Journalism Review (Matt Taibbi)
Matt Gaetz Steps Out Of Line On Ukraine (ZH)
Central Bank Gold Reserves See Second-Highest Increase Since 1950 in 2022 (SG)
Jewish Group and MPs Urge GB News To Stop Indulging Conspiracy Theories (G.)
James O’Keefe Is on Paid Leave From Project Veritas (NYMag)
Just How Hard Were We Trolled? (Tucker)



Apologies for being late. What happened was I had a Roger Waters video from Bitchute that took over the entire text column and turned it black. Danny had it figured out in seconds. Not me.





Gonzalo 2023.02.08 The US Has Legalized Theft







“Zelensky slaughtered law and stability for the sake of applause and posturing.”

We should hear much more from Medvedchuk.

Zelensky Burning Down Ukraine For Western Applause – Medvedchuk (RT)

President Vladimir Zelensky condemned Ukraine to destruction in the name of Western interests because he is too incompetent and ambitious to govern it properly, exiled opposition leader Viktor Medvedchuk believes. Zelensky was elected in 2019 as a “peace candidate” who pledged to put an end to the warmongering policies of his predecessor, Pyotr Poroshenko, Medvedchuk, who was the leader of the banned Opposition Platform – For Life, wrote in an article published by RIA Novosti on Wednesday. But instead of becoming “a sentence” for Poroshenko, which was his campaign promise, Zelensky became a sentence for Ukraine, the politician said. The new leader had a mandate to rebalance Ukraine’s political system and make the country neutral and peaceful, Medvedchuk wrote.

But this required a boring routine and difficult work. Zelensky “failed to put the nation in order, and found that blaming Russia rather than his own incompetence for the problems” was easier, he said. By the end of 2020, polls showed a decline in the popularity of Zelensky’s party, and likely defeat in the next presidential election by a candidate proposed by the party led by Medvedchuk, he noted. An escalation of tensions with Russia and later open hostilities saved Zelensky’s career, the politician said. “The country was plunged into a fire for the inflated ego of this man,” Medvedchuk wrote. “Today, the West flatters him at every opportunity. What luck! A ruler who would destroy his country for a photo op, boost his ratings on the blood and suffering of his citizens. Zelensky slaughtered law and stability for the sake of applause and posturing.”

The actual role of the Ukrainian president is that of a “fifth columnist” for his own nation – and Europe, considering that it pays a lot for the Ukraine conflict, Medvedchuk stated. Zelensky hopes that a military victory would wash away all the things he has done to crush his political opponents and to “lease his nation as a battlefield.” But Ukraine has “already lost,” and soon this reality will catch up with him, according to Medvedchuk. The president “acts like a winner, speaks like a winner, poses like a winner. But victory is nowhere near,” he said. Continued conflict is the only thing that delays the reckoning for the president, the politician said. Medvedchuk led the largest opposition political party in Ukraine before the Zelensky government cracked down on it and its senior figures for supposedly being pro-Russian. He now lives in exile, after being charged with treason at home.

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Pepe Escobar @RealPepeEscobar: “Sy Hersh rides again. Must read, of course. But, geopolitically, a childish piece. Everyone with a brain knew the Yanks did it. Now we have the “how” and especially “who” – the full chain of command. There WILL be blowback.”

How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline (Seymour Hersh)

Biden’s decision to sabotage the pipelines came after more than nine months of highly secret back and forth debate inside Washington’s national security community about how to best achieve that goal. For much of that time, the issue was not whether to do the mission, but how to get it done with no overt clue as to who was responsible. There was a vital bureaucratic reason for relying on the graduates of the center’s hardcore diving school in Panama City. The divers were Navy only, and not members of America’s Special Forces Command, whose covert operations must be reported to Congress and briefed in advance to the Senate and House leadership—the so-called Gang of Eight. The Biden Administration was doing everything possible to avoid leaks as the planning took place late in 2021 and into the first months of 2022.

[..] The Americans at work in Norway operated under the same dynamic, and dutifully began working on the new problem—how to remotely detonate the C4 explosives on Biden’s order. It was a much more demanding assignment than those in Washington understood. There was no way for the team in Norway to know when the President might push the button. Would it be in a few weeks, in many months or in half a year or longer? The C4 attached to the pipelines would be triggered by a sonar buoy dropped by a plane on short notice, but the procedure involved the most advanced signal processing technology. Once in place, the delayed timing devices attached to any of the four pipelines could be accidentally triggered by the complex mix of ocean background noises throughout the heavily trafficked Baltic Sea—from near and distant ships, underwater drilling, seismic events, waves and even sea creatures.

To avoid this, the sonar buoy, once in place, would emit a sequence of unique low frequency tonal sounds—much like those emitted by a flute or a piano—that would be recognized by the timing device and, after a pre-set hours of delay, trigger the explosives. (“You want a signal that is robust enough so that no other signal could accidentally send a pulse that detonated the explosives,” I was told by Dr. Theodore Postol, professor emeritus of science, technology and national security policy at MIT. Postol, who has served as the science adviser to the Pentagon’s Chief of Naval Operations, said the issue facing the group in Norway because of Biden’s delay was one of chance: “The longer the explosives are in the water the greater risk there would be of a random signal that would launch the bombs.”)

On September 26, 2022, a Norwegian Navy P8 surveillance plane made a seemingly routine flight and dropped a sonar buoy. The signal spread underwater, initially to Nord Stream 2 and then on to Nord Stream 1. A few hours later, the high-powered C4 explosives were triggered and three of the four pipelines were put out of commission. Within a few minutes, pools of methane gas that remained in the shuttered pipelines could be seen spreading on the water’s surface and the world learned that something irreversible had taken place.

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“This is utterly false and complete fiction,” Adrienne Watson, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, told the media in a statement..”

Top Russian Security Official Comments On Nord Stream Blast Report (RT)

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev has said he has no information on who exactly sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines last September. He was responding to a reporter on Wednesday when asked to comment on a new investigation by American journalist Seymour Hersh, who claimed the pipelines were targeted in a US-staged clandestine operation. “If they [the Americans] report that, you can go and ask them. I don’t know who blew it up,” Patrushev claimed ahead of a meeting of security officials in the Kremlin. The report was released by Hersh earlier in the day as the debut piece on his newly-set up blog on Substack. According to an anonymous source with direct knowledge on the matter, the attack on the pipelines was commissioned by the White House and performed by the CIA and US Navy divers.

The task force planted explosives at the pipelines last June, under the guise of a BALTOPS 22 NATO exercise, according to the report. The devices were detonated remotely on September 26 with a signal from a sonar buoy, which had been dropped into the area by a Norwegian reconnaissance plane. The investigation’s conclusion has been strongly denied by multiple US officials. “This is utterly false and complete fiction,” Adrienne Watson, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, told the media in a statement. Similar messages have been transmitted by the CIA and State Department. Shortly after the blasts, Moscow branded the incident a “terrorist attack.” While falling short of blaming the US for it, the Kremlin said at the time that Washington had benefited from the incident the most, as it greatly advanced efforts to sever Europe from Russia’s gas supply, substituting it with American LNG.

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“..insufficient to the task, resulting in poorly trained crews taking extremely complicated weapons systems into the most dangerous environment in the world for a tank..”

Truth About Tanks: How NATO Lied Its Way to Disaster in Ukraine (Scott Ritter)

It takes 22 weeks to train a basic American M1 Abrams crewmember. That training just gives the soldier the very basic skill set to be functional. Actual operational expertise is only achieved through months, if not years, of additional training in not just the system itself, but employing it as part of a similarly trained combine arms team. Simply put, even a Ukrainian tank crew experienced in the operation of Soviet-era T-72 or T-64 tanks will not be able to immediately transition to a Western-style main battle tank. First and foremost, the crew size of a Soviet-era tank is three, reflecting the reality that the Soviet tanks make use of an automatic loading mechanism. Western tanks have four crew members because the loading of the main tank gun is done manually. Adapting to these dynamics takes time, and requires extensive training.

Training is expensive. NATO is currently providing Ukraine with three types of Western main battle tank: the British Challenger 2, the German Leopard 2, and the American M1A2. There is no unified training course—each tank requires its own unique training prospectus that is not directly transferable to another system. The decentralized training processes created by such a diverse approach promotes inefficiencies and generates discrepancies in outcome—one crew will not be like another, which in combat, where units are supposed to be interchangeable to promote predictable outcomes if all other circumstances remain the same, is usually fatal.

Moreover, these problems will only be enhanced by the emphasis that will be placed on rapid outcomes. The reality is whatever training programs that are developed and delivered by the nations providing the tanks will be insufficient to the task, resulting in poorly trained crews taking extremely complicated weapons systems into the most dangerous environment in the world for a tank—the teeth of a Russian Army designed and equipped to kill these very same tanks. Tanks are among the most technically challenging weapons systems on a modern battlefield. They are constantly breaking down, especially if not properly maintained. For the M1 Abrams, for every hour a tank is in the field, there are three hours of maintenance time required. This problem only becomes magnified in combat.

Normally an armor unit is equipped with highly specialized organic maintenance crews that can repair most of the minor issues that can sideline a tank. Given the training requirements to produce this level of high-quality mechanic, it is unlikely Ukraine will be provided with this kind of maintenance support. This means that the tanks that are being provided to Ukraine will need to be returned to NATO nations for any significant repairs of equipment that is damaged through simple usage or actual combat. In short, it is highly likely that a Western main battle tank in Ukrainian hands will break down at some point during its operational use by Ukraine, meaning that the total number of tanks available to Ukraine will be far less than the number of tanks provided.

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Fighter jets, like tanks, take a long time to learn to operate.

Zelenskiy, In London, Wins Pledge To Train Pilots On NATO Jets (RT)

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Britain on Wednesday to drum up aid, winning a pledge to train Ukrainian pilots on advanced NATO fighter jets, a big symbolic step up in Western military support. London was his first stop on only his second trip abroad since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. An EU diplomat said Zelenskiy would travel on to Brussels on Thursday, where the European Union is holding a summit. “The United Kingdom was one of the first to come to Ukraine’s aid. And today I’m in London to personally thank the British people for their support and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for his leadership,” Zelenskiy posted on social media, under a picture of himself and Sunak at Stansted Airport. Zelenskiy was also due to meet King Charles III, address parliament and visit Ukrainian troops training in Britain.

“President Zelenskiy’s visit to the UK is a testament to his country’s courage, determination and fight, and a testament to the unbreakable friendship between our two countries,” Sunak said in a statement. Sunak’s office announced additional sanctions on Russia, as well as plans to accelerate the supply of military equipment to Kyiv. For the first time, Ukraine’s air force and marines would now be included in the British training programme. “The training will ensure pilots are able to fly sophisticated NATO-standard fighter jets in the future,” it said. That appeared to signal a notable shift in Western support, as countries have so far held back from providing jets or other weapons capable of striking deep into Russia.

The statement gave no timeframe for the training, and British officials have said teaching pilots to fly British jets takes years. But the first commitment of its kind signals an endorsement of a long-term security relationship with Kyiv, and could pave the way for allies to send planes. Last month, Britain was the first Western country to promise Kyiv advanced battle tanks. It offered just 14, but within two weeks the United States and European allies pledged scores, ending months of debate. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who came under fierce criticism for perceived foot-dragging on approving tank deliveries, said arms supplies should be coordinated confidentially rather than announced by individual countries. “What harms our unity is a public competition to outdo each other,” he told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, according to a manuscript of his speech.

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“The new weapons, he asserts, have the potential to “put Kyiv in a position to dictate ceasefire and peace terms to Moscow.”

America Sleepwalks Into War with Russia (Sempa)

Historians still debate the causes and origins of World War I. George Kennan traced the origins of what an earlier generation called the “Great War” to the end of German Chancellor Bismarck’s European order and the “fateful alliance” between Russia and France. Robert Massie pointed to Germany’s naval challenge to Great Britain. Still others, such as German historian Fritz Fischer, blamed Germany’s hegemonic ambitions. More recently, British historian Christopher Clark argued that Europe’s statesmen “sleepwalked” into the war. This topic has assumed relevance today as the United States and NATO get closer and closer to co-belligerent status with Ukraine. Newsweek reports that 12 NATO countries, including the United States and Germany, have agreed to supply more tanks to Ukraine.

The Biden administration will send 31 M1 Abrams tanks, while Germany is sending 14 of its Leopard 2 tanks. Ukraine’s ambassador to France said that Western countries have agreed to supply Ukraine with 321 tanks. Russia called this latest move a “blatant provocation” and more evidence of “direct involvement” in the war by Western powers. Despite the seriousness of these decisions, some Western observers are acting like Russia’s generals in the lead-up to World War I. The Guardian columnist Martin Kettle claims that the new tanks will give Ukraine “a military advantage” that could transform the war to Ukraine’s favor. The new weapons, he asserts, have the potential to “put Kyiv in a position to dictate ceasefire and peace terms to Moscow.” The Economist opines that sending Ukraine tanks and long-range missiles will enable it to “withstand the next Russian offensive and to take back the territory that is theirs.”

American war hawk Max Boot is confident that the supply of tanks will enable Ukraine to mount a “successful offensive” and to take back its territory. Boot asserts that the tanks along with long-range rockets and advanced fighter planes supplied by the West will “determine the course of the war.” Jeffrey Cimmino and Shelby Magid of the Atlantic Council urge NATO to speed-up production and delivery of even more weapons systems to help Ukraine defeat Russia and integrate Ukraine in Western institutions. Which leads me to ask: Where are the American Count Witte’s? There don’t seem to be any in the Biden administration. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are all in for co-belligerency in order to preserve the “rules-based international order.” It was Kennan who warned in 1997 that NATO expansion would revive the worst aspects of Russian nationalist and imperialist traditions.

sThat same year, in an open letter to then-President Bill Clinton, a large group of elder statesmen, including Paul Nitze, Fred Ikle, Robert Bowie, Arthur Hartman, Gordon Humphrey, Stansfield Turner, Edward Luttwak, Richard Pipes, and Sam Nunn, voiced opposition to NATO expansion. Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock agreed with this sentiment and has urged the U.S. to press for a ceasefire in the war. International relations scholar John Mearsheimer has provided Witte-like warnings about the risks of catastrophic escalation in the Ukraine war. The American Conservative’s Douglas Macgregor and the CATO Institute’s Doug Bandow have written eloquently about the dangers of escalation and the need to avoid greater U.S. and Western involvement in the war. But these modern-day Witte’s are all outsiders. They are not even on the fringes of power like elder-statesman Witte was in 1914. And Witte failed. Are there any Democratic Party elder statesmen who will rise to this challenge? If not, it may soon be too late.

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Anytime Macron can get a photo-op that doesn’t make him look diminutive, he’ll take it.

Macron Says Russia Cannot Win Against Ukraine (ZH)

After a surprise UK visit, Ukraine’s President Zelensky went to Paris immediately afterward in a whirlwind European tour to meet with Western leaders. In Paris he held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Macron asserted during the visit that Russia cannot win the war against Ukraine. “Ukraine can count on France, its European partners and allies to win the war. Russia cannot and must not win,” Macron said before a working dinner among the three leaders at the Elysee Palace. Just ahead of the meeting, Zelensky in an interview with Le Figaro hailed a change of heart in Macron. “I think he has changed, and changed for real this time,” Zelensky said. “After all, it is he who paved the way for the delivery of tanks. And he has also supported Ukraine’s membership to the EU. I think that was a real signal.”

Macron had angered Kiev when in June he said the West must not “humiliate Russia, so that when the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means.” Macron has also come under fire for being among the only Western leaders to hold frequent phone conversations with President Vladimir Putin, in order to attempt a diplomatic breakthrough towards ending the war. But Ukrainian leaders have suggested such diplomatic efforts are a form of ‘capitulation’. As for Macron’s slow pivot away from pursuing a diplomatic offramp, the Associated Press now describes: Macron has said France hasn’t ruled out sending fighter jets but set conditions, including not leading to an escalation of tensions or using the aircraft “to touch Russian soil,” and not resulting in weakening “the capacities of the French army.”

As for Scholz, he was cited in the following on Wednesday: He added that Paris would “continue the efforts” to deliver arms to Kyiv. Mr Scholz also assured the Ukrainian president of enduring allied support. “We will continue to do so as long as necessary,” he told reporters, noting Germany and its partners had backed Ukraine “financially, with humanitarian aid and with weapons”. He added that Ukraine belongs to the European family.

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“..with a foreign policy abroad which is dangerously more aggressive than anything Trump ever conceived..”

Why Joe Biden Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump (Fomenko)

A staple trait of Biden’s presidency is that he repeatedly claims that he is making things better for ordinary Americans. In his own words, he is creating jobs, bringing down inflation and “delivering for families”. He frames himself as an FDR style titan who is reinvigorating the US following troubled times, and, in his words, making it “more competitive” than ever. In reality, his statements could not be further from the truth.The United States is in chaos and the Biden administration faces painfully low approval ratings, crippling levels of inflation, weak 2022 GDP and a looming recession. Whatever the expectations of Joe Biden were, he has proved himself to be the most dangerous and hawkish Democrat leading the US since Harry Truman. As America tears itself apart at home, it is also doing so abroad.

When Joe Biden entered office, many people expected he would be different than Donald Trump. After four years of what the media described as chaos and internal turmoil in America, Biden was heralded as a breath of fresh air who would be normal, sane and moderate. What these arguments actively overlooked was that Donald Trump was not the problem, but rather a symptom of broader American failure and decline. As the world has changed, in particular through the lingering impact of globalized neoliberal capitalism, digitization and shifts in the geopolitical balance of power, the United States has struggled to assert a coherent identity amidst a changing world which has produced deep divisions and large-scale political conflict.

This is the era of “post-truth”, and as a result, Joe Biden is not in fact better than Trump, he is infinitely worse. While Donald Trump was a populist figure who railed against the political establishment, Joe Biden is a long-standing member of the political establishment. As such, he has used his reign in office to reassert its influence and give it “Trumpian characteristics”. That includes the same brand of conceited bragging, populism and political squabbles at home, but with a foreign policy abroad which is dangerously more aggressive than anything Trump ever conceived. America’s increasingly dangerous involvement in the Ukraine conflict is a prime example.

The underlying factor here is the effort by the United States to resuscitate its unconditional hegemony over the rest of the world by force, having sensed that a political shift has taken place. This change is reflected in the anger and resentment of blue collar, white Americans, and a primary driver for Trump’s election. The product of the Trump and Biden administrations has been to project those changes into resentment of China, culminating in events like the recent “Chinese spy balloon” saga that have been hyper-dramatized. China has become the designated enemy, and it appears there is a political consensus in the US around this, irrespective of the consequences.

There are some critical differences between the two administrations in how this is being pursued. While Trump operated US foreign policy on “quid-pro-quo” terms, stressing the “America First” philosophy, the Biden administration sees opportunity not through trade wars or bargaining, but through the escalation of geopolitical conflict. Biden’s team is sacrificing stability on every front for the sake of power. As such, the Biden White House, despite fawning over American jobs and prosperity, has thought nothing about tearing up global supply chains, driving up prices, accelerating geopolitical bloc confrontation, pursuing large scale sanctions and whipping up global uncertainty for hegemonic gain.

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“..Ukraine’s own defense minister said Kiev is carrying out a NATO mission..”

NATO Chief Reveals Size Of Ukraine Funding (RT)

The US-led military bloc has sent the government in Kiev over a hundred billion dollars over the past year, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday in a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington. Since last February, NATO has provided “unprecedented support to Ukraine, around 120 billion dollars in military, humanitarian and financial assistance,” Stoltenberg told reporters at the State Department. While the US has played an “indispensable role,” Canada and the European members have contributed “over half” of the overall assistance, “including tanks, advanced air defense systems” and other weapons, he added.

According to Blinken, the US has contributed “nearly $30 billion” worth of military aid, while other NATO members gave $13 billion, as well as “tens of billions more in humanitarian and economic support.” sBlinken also said that “tilting the battlefield in Ukraine’s favor” is the key to the eventual diplomatic solution of the conflict. After their joint press event, Stoltenberg and Blinken went to meet with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, with even more funding for Ukraine on the agenda. In December, the Russian Defense Ministry estimated that the collective West had provided Ukraine with $97 billion worth of weapons, ammunition and supplies. Moscow has repeatedly warned the West that arming Ukraine only prolongs the conflict and risks a direct confrontation.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine in February 2022, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements for peace in the Donbass and insisting that its neighbor pledge to never join any Western military bloc. Ukrainian, German and French leaders have since admitted that the Minsk negotiations were a ploy to buy Ukraine time to prepare for war with Russia. Though multiple Western officials have publicly said Ukraine is fighting for their “values” and world order, and Ukraine’s own defense minister said Kiev is carrying out a NATO mission, the US and NATO maintain they are technically not participants in the conflict.

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“..– that it can get away with any lie it wants..”

Colin Powell’s Anthrax Vial Taught The US A Valuable Lesson (Scott Ritter)

Twenty years ago, former Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered his now-infamous address before the United Nations Security Council, making the case for war against Iraq. The presentation would later be revealed as lies. Sadly, it would also turn out that no one seemed to care.On February 5, 2003, I watched it all with a sense of boiling anger. The day before, I had made the following prediction to Japanese media: “He’s [Powell] going to present circumstantial evidence that packaged together and presented will make a compelling case that [UN weapons] inspections don’t work, inspections can’t work, that Iraq is actively conspiring against inspections, thereby, denigrating the efficacy of inspections, while the world waits for inspectors to do their job. The purpose of Colin Powell’s presentation tomorrow is to destroy international trust and confidence in weapons inspections and that is a darn shame.”

I was 100% correct in my assessment. I was in Japan at the invitation of Japanese activists to generate political opposition to America’s looming war on Iraq. I addressed the Japanese parliament and spoke with several major Japanese media outlets. Shortly after Powell finished speaking, I gave an interview with Kyodo News, where I dismissed Powell’s assertions that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction as “unsubstantiated.” “There’s nothing here that’s conclusive proof that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction,” I told Kyodo News. “Everything in here is circumstantial, everything in here mirrors the kind of allegations the US has made in the past in regard to Iraq’s weapons program,” I said. “He just hits you, hits you, hits you with circumstantial evidence, and he confuses people – and he lied, he lied to people, he misled people.”

Powell’s iconic moment was when he raised a vial of white powder – a proxy intended to simulate dry powder anthrax, a potent biological weapons agent, in an effort to link Iraq with the terrorist attacks in the US in October 2001 where dry powder anthrax was sent through the US postal system in envelopes. Ironically, the anthrax in question was actually produced by the US. Iraq is only known to have produced liquid bulk anthrax, which has a shelf life of only three years, and the last known batch of liquid bulk anthrax was produced in 1991 at a state-owned factory which was destroyed in 1996. “Colin Powell holds up a vial of dry powder anthrax and he makes allusions to the attack in the United States through the letters. That was US government anthrax! It had nothing to do with Iraq,” I said. Powell, I explained, was engaging in “classic bait-and-switch” in his presentation. “Iraq, anthrax, vial, dry powder – what connection do they have? None!”

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“..the Times and the Post were so busy self-mythologizing that they untethered themselves from accountability mechanisms that once kept papers out of trouble..”

Take A Bow, Columbia Journalism Review (Matt Taibbi)

The Columbia Journalism Review stunned many last Monday by publishing “The Press Versus the President,” a 24,000-word autopsy of press coverage in the Trump years, focusing on the the Trump-Russia collusion scandal colloquially known as “Russiagate.” The piece was written by Jeff Gerth, a long-serving New York Times writer who is as credentialed as they come in the legacy press, having among other things won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 (for reporting, incidentally, not commentary or public service). In retirement at the start of the Trump years, Gerth watched with growing alarm as venerable institutions like the Times and the Washington Post continually made high-stakes assertions in headlines that appeared based on thin or uncheckable sourcing.

The pile of such stories was already stacked to skyscraper height, and commemorated by awards like a joint Times-Post Pulitzer, when Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up an investigation of the matter without indicting Trump or anyone else for the supposed conspiracy. There was no way for Mueller’s probe to have ended the way it did and for years of “worse than Watergate” news reports about Trump-Russian collusion to be true, so Gerth went back to the beginning in search of the real story of what, if anything, went wrong on the coverage side. The result is a long, almost book-length compendium of errors and editorial overreach. It could have been longer. Gerth focused on the would-be investigative reports at papers like the Times and the Post that drove Russiagate, mostly leaving alone the less serious players at cable news and at online journals whose main contribution was making the click-bomb bigger.

A brief note on some issues that were already popping up as problems in the media business heading into 2016-2017, and which are important subtext to Gerth’s piece: All the President’s Men was a great movie, but it may have infected the media world with a delusion. Alan J. Pakula’s atmospheric thriller depicted journalists as modern-day noir detectives, with the bustling Washington Post newsroom replacing the stylish offices of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, and Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman giving America a portrait of reporters as sexy young rebels who could topple a president with a keystroke. The job is virtually never like that, but a generation of reporters and editors grew up with this ideal, on the alert for that one great scoop that would lead to lucrative book and movie deals and model-level actors playing them onscreen.

I don’t think it’s an accident that just as journalism was beginning to lose its way, Hollywood began cranking out All the President’s Men homages one after another, from Spotlight to She Said to The Post. Gerth doesn’t say that great papers like the Times and the Post were so busy self-mythologizing that they untethered themselves from accountability mechanisms that once kept papers out of trouble, but it’s implied in the facts he uncovers. Perhaps the most damning scene in the four-part series comes in Part Two, when in an astonishing display of hubris the Times invites a documentary crew to film them for a series called The Fourth Estate. The problem is, the scene they invite Showtime to record is perhaps the biggest screwup in the Russiagate years. This is the journalistic equivalent of Captain Edward Smith inviting cameras to record him snoring away as his Titanic drives into an iceberg.

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Why is he a lone voice when he says what most people think?

Matt Gaetz Steps Out Of Line On Ukraine (ZH)

Rep. Matt Gaetz early this week took an extremely unpopular position within the D.C. swamp, saying just before President Biden’s Tuesday night State of the Union address, “How much more for Ukraine? Is there any limit?” From the swamp’s point of view, he has certainly “stepped out of line”… but from the point of view of average Americans struggling to pay rising grocery, utility, and housing costs as billions of US tax dollars remain flowing to a corrupt foreign government, Gaetz in his lonely but outspoken stance is saying precisely what needs to be said at this late stage. The Florida Republican went off in a House floor speech Monday: “How much more for Ukraine? Is there any limit?” And posed: “Which billionth dollar really kicks in the door? Which redline we set will we not later cross?”

He had earlier previewed Biden’s State of the Union address in saying: “Tomorrow, President Biden will tell us how much more we must do for Ukraine,” Gaetz said. “Look around your house. How much stuff is made in Ukraine, or even Russia for that matter?” “So why Ukraine, a country that just rounded up dozens of senior leaders in its government over overt corruption?” Gaetz asked. “Perhaps the answer is as simple as the Hunter Biden life motto: the grifters gotta grift.” He emphasized the huge risk of D.C. pursuing its policy of arming Ukraine at all costs while inching toward nuclear-armed superpowers clashing, while at the same time most Americans find the Biden administration’s rationale for the unprecedented defense aid for Kiev to be unclear.

“Why should we do more for a country that just rounded up dozens of its senior officials over overt corruption?” he asked the administration and its supporters. For many months now going back to last spring, Gaetz has warned fellow lawmakers and the public of a “bipartisan push to go to war with Russia” – which could unleash nuclear apocalypse. Ironically, Joe Biden himself in so many words has warned of the same thing, in an October speech admitting that the risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is the highest it has been for 60 years, since the Cuban missile crisis.

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Quietly preparing.

Central Bank Gold Reserves See Second-Highest Increase Since 1950 in 2022 (SG)

Central banks closed out 2022 with reported net purchases of 28 tons of gold in December. Including large unreported purchases, this brought total central bank gold buying in 2022 to 1,136 tons. It was the second-highest level of net purchases on record dating back to 1950, and the 13th straight year of net central bank gold purchases. China officially started buying gold again in November and made another large purchase of 30 tons in December. That raised China’s total gold reserves to over 2,000 tons for the first time. The Chinese central bank accumulated 1,448 tons of gold between 2002 and 2019, and then suddenly went silent. Many speculate that the Chinese continued to add gold to its holdings off the books during those silent years. There has always been speculation that China holds far more gold than it officially reveals.

As Jim Rickards pointed out on Mises Daily back in 2015, many people speculate that China keeps several thousand tons of gold “off the books” in a separate entity called the State Administration for Foreign Exchange (SAFE). The Central Bank of Türkiye (Turkey) continued its consistent buying in December, adding another 25 tons to its swelling gold reserves. Over the course of 2022, Turkey added about 150 tons of gold to its hoard. Croatia bought 2 tons of gold after having not reported any changes in its gold reserves since 2001. After a pause in November, the Reserve Bank of India resumed purchasing gold in December, with a modest 1-ton purchase. India ranks as the ninth largest gold-holding country in the world. Since resuming buying in late 2017, the Reserve Bank of India has purchased over 200 tons of gold.

In August 2020, there were reports that the RBI was considering significantly raising its gold reserves. These purchases were partially offset by large sales by Kazakhstan (29 tons) and Uzbekistan (1 ton). It is not uncommon for banks that buy from domestic production – such as Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – to switch between buying and selling. December purchases brought the total net increase in central bank gold reserves in Q4 to 417 tons. Through the second half of 2022, central banks bought 862 tons of gold.

The total increase in reserves was a combination of reported buying, along with an estimate for significant unreported buying. Central banks that often fail to report purchases include China and Russia. Many analysts believe China is the mystery buyer stockpiling gold to minimize exposure to the dollar. According to the World Gold Council, “Should more information about this unreported activity become available, these estimates may be revised.” Total 2022 central bank purchases of 1,136 tons represented a 152% increase from 2021. It was the highest level of annual net central bank gold purchases since the suspension of dollar convertibility into gold in 1971, and the second-highest annual total on record. (The record was in 1967.)

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They got rid of Mark Steyn, the presenter, but that is apparently not enough. So here comes the anti semite card.

Jewish Group and MPs Urge GB News To Stop Indulging Conspiracy Theories (G.)

The UK’s leading Jewish organisation and a group of MPs have called on GB News and the media regulator Ofcom to tackle the broadcaster’s indulgence of conspiracy theories, warning that some recent segments and guests risked spreading ideas linked to antisemitism. The criticism comes as the channel faces increasing scrutiny over its mix of serious news with programmes that delve heavily into conspiracies about areas including Covid vaccines and a plot to create a world government. The decision by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the all-party parliamentary group against antisemitism to speak out follows a recent edition of the weekly GB News show hosted by Neil Oliver, the broadcaster and historian.

Oliver, who delivers trademark monologues to camera, used the show last Saturday to discuss what he called a “silent war” by generations of politicians to take “total control of the people” and impose a “one-world government”. The idea seemingly echoes a noted conspiracy theory document called Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, supposedly a secret manual for world government found by chance in 1986. This has a long section on the role of the Rothschild banking dynasty, a common antisemitic trope. On the same show, one of Oliver’s guests was a man called William Keyte, introduced as a “constitutional expert”, who is a supporter of a fringe campaign group called the New Chartist Movement. Keyte’s focus is on the supposed primacy of common law over parliament, which has no crossover with antisemitic ideas.

[..] Keyte told the Guardian his interest was in constitutional law. He said: “It seems a shame that rather than focus on the important issues I raised in the interview with Neil in which so many people appear to be interested, you seem to be embarking on a piece about antisemitism. I do not condone antisemitism, but nor do I support the use of the subject to detract from other important issues.” A spokesperson for the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “It is highly concerning that GB News continues to air a show which embraces all manner of conspiracy theories. Somewhat inevitably, some of those invited on to this show represent organisations that promote antisemitic conspiracy theories. If the channel will not act, we expect that Ofcom will.”

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And some more cleaning.

James O’Keefe Is on Paid Leave From Project Veritas (NYMag)

James O’Keefe, the founder and chairman of Project Veritas, has taken a paid leave from the conservative nonprofit media organization as its board considers whether to remove him from his leadership position, according to current and former employees of the organization.

An internal message sent to Project Veritas employees by the organization’s executive director, Daniel Strack, said that O’Keefe would be taking “a few weeks of well-deserved PTO.” An image of the message was shared by a source familiar with the organization’s internal operations, and its authenticity was confirmed by a current employee. When reached for comment on his personal cell phone, O’Keefe said nothing in response and did not respond to follow-up calls and text messages. Through a Project Veritas spokesman, Strack later released a statement on behalf of the organization. “Like all newsrooms at this stage, the Project Veritas Board of Directors and Management are constantly evaluating what the best path forward is for the organization,” the statement read in part. It did not directly address questions about O’Keefe’s employment status. “There are 65+ employees at Project Veritas dedicated to continuing the mission to expose corruption, dishonesty, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions,” the statement read. “To our supporters: We hear you, we care about you, and we will never give up.”

O’Keefe is his organization’s guiding ideological force and onscreen face, but his status as its day-to-day manager has become uncertain amid reports of internal turmoil, lawsuits from former employees, leaks about its internal workings, and a federal investigation into its conduct in purchasing a diary stolen from Ashley Biden, the president’s daughter. Strack’s internal message to employees made reference to what he called “a distracting time” and said that a board meeting had been held to discuss “the health of the organization” and that while “we have not come up with final solutions yet we have made a few immediate decisions.” The message said two top Project Veritas executives, including the nonprofit’s chief financial officer, had been “reinstated.” Multiple sources said that the pair had recently been fired by O’Keefe.

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“They utterly smashed the world as we knew it—violating all human rights—in order to test out a new technology at great profit to themselves. In other words, they treated us all as lab rats.”

“An entire generation of politicians needs to be toppled from power all over the world. The same goes for media professionals, tech CEOs, and public-health officials. They all have to go..”

Just How Hard Were We Trolled? (Tucker)

What if Dr. Anthony Fauci co-authored an article on vaccines that would have gotten you and me blocked and banned at any point in the past three years? That just happened. His article in Cell—“Rethinking next-generation vaccines for coronaviruses, influenzaviruses, and other respiratory viruses”—says it as plainly as possible: the COVID vaccine did not work because it could not work. [..] Now, it’s not as if Fauci admits that the vaccine was a complete flop. Of course, he has to engage in the usual incantations of the glories of the COVID vaccination. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the rapid development and deployment of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines has saved innumerable lives and helped to achieve early partial pandemic control.”

Note the word “innumerable.” It means there is no number and no possibility of a number. Exactly. Also note “early partial”—weasel words to cover the reality of egregious failure. If you click through the citation to this dubious claim, it is from April 2021, early in the mutation process when we hardly had any data at all to justify such celebration. Why is Fauci citing a two-year-old piece in defense of the vaccine? Because that’s all there is to cite: two-year-old hagiographies without meaningful data. How precisely can we account for this fiasco? If they knew, and they did know, how is it that they put us through this horrible upheaval? The most dreadful theory is that they knew for sure that the virus would become endemic through exposure.

But the point of “slowing the spread” and “flattening the curve” (lockdowns and masking), while trashing and nearly banning other therapeutics, was to preserve the customer base for the new experimental product. That product was mRNA which is supposed to be a platform for future vaccines. This is why the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was taken off market. Under this theory, they wanted to prolong the pandemic for as long as possible so they could collect data on how well the vaccine worked. And they wanted to try it universally, which is why we did not hear much at all about the risk gradient of the vaccine itself. This also accounts for the deliberate drumming up of disease panic and forced distancing. So let that sink in.

They utterly smashed the world as we knew it—violating all human rights—in order to test out a new technology at great profit to themselves. In other words, they treated us all as lab rats. An entire generation of politicians needs to be toppled from power all over the world. The same goes for media professionals, tech CEOs, and public-health officials. They all have to go. And we need a thorough accounting not to mention guarantees that nothing like this will ever happen again. As for Moderna and Pfizer, one could easily make a case for forcing their immediate end as corporate entities.

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    Andre Derain Boats at Collioure 1905   • Zelensky Burning Down Ukraine For Western Applause – Medvedchuk (RT) • How America Took Out The Nord Str
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle February 9 2023]

    D Benton Smith

    Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address may well go down in history as the most informative reports to the nation in living memory, because everyone who watched it now knows the state we’re in.

    D Benton Smith

    Taking down James O’Keefe is an information war attack almost without precedent. Only the imprisonment of Julius Assange and the removal of a sitting President (Trump) from the world’s social media (Twitter, etc.) are any larger.

    It takes real juice to do things like that. Only the largest national and international institutions have that level of power.

    Using that power so publicly will expose the hands that wield it. By the time this latest atrocity plays out expect to see the hand of a lot of hedge funds, bankers, spy agencies, and a coincidentally disproportionate number of fellows with Semitic last names.

    those darned kids



    Today’s Gonzalo Lira video mention US Treasury bonds (bills) and potential outflows by foreign buyers. If that starts happening in big ways late this year or next, watch what Fed chair Powell will do with interest rates to protect the dollar. Does anyone remember the crazy high interest rates for the old RU ruble in the 1990’s to protect the ruble? Didn’t work then. Interesting times ahead. ( The US may have lots of highly credentialed smart people in govt, but do any of them (like Garland) have any common sense? )

    Dr. D

    “how to get it done with no overt clue as to who was responsible. “

    You are kidding right? Yeah, so many suspects no one could possibly have guessed, and so secret Hersh can report on it a mere months later. I guess you have this: if it wasn’t Biden, or a rogue element, now is the time to deny it with evidence. Didn’t even try.

    Perfectly happy. They discredit themselves constantly. If only The People would learn to stop believing, trusting, and obeying them. Go around them and cut them off.

    “President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Britain on Wednesday to drum up aid, winning a pledge to train Ukrainian pilots”

    The Plan! The Plan is our God! (said like the Aliens in Toy Story) If at first The Plan doesn’t succeed, do nothing, ignore it, and keep going. The Plan is to do the 10th Sanctions package, the Steven Seagal edition, and to keep trickling in inadequate weapons and no men.

    “put Kyiv in a position to dictate ceasefire and peace terms”

    Uh-huh. One question: what if Moscow says otherwise? Silly question: no one exists on earth but me!

    “Western countries have agreed to supply Ukraine with 321 tanks.”

    Really? 30 is a long way from 300. They just said they don’t have them, where did the other 250 come from?

    “Are there any Democratic Party elder statesmen who will rise to this challenge?”

    My read is they are waiting for a terrible mistake when the people turn on them, then all the counterforces jump into motion: Brunson, elections, bribery, treason. They can’t do it until You the People demand it and support it.

    Why Joe Biden Is More Dangerous than Donald Trump (Fomenko) “

    One came up with three peace treaties in intractable places like Israel and North Korea and the other just took actions that according to him are WWIII? I guess War = Peace when we do it.

    Biden’s team is sacrificing stability on every front for the sake of power.”

    Being unstable is not power. Power is when bucks are rolling in and people do what they’re told. That happens in stability, not the #Opposite. If it’s unstable I’m gonna take a chance at “forgetting” to pay my vig. That’s what Saudi just did.

    “The presentation would later be revealed as lies. Sadly, it would also turn out that no one seemed to care.”

    I say this all the time. If you know someone is a liar and their self-serving actions suck and cost you, why would you ever believe again? Yet they do, they don’t even drift to distance.

    There’s nothing here that’s conclusive proof that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction,”

    He/They were also wrong: Saddam DID have weapons of mass destruction, chemical, biological weapons, Rumsfeld sold it to him. Every one of a thousand barrels had “Made in USA” on the side.

    ““..the Times and the Post were so busy self-mythologizing that they untethered themselves from” Reality. As they say here, the PURPOSE of that is to make the ENTIRE PLANET one big illusion, one Lie from the Father of Lies. That they will control it all and push out all #Reality, all #Logos, and at last be at peace with total control, total absence of God. You know what they say about the absence of God: it’s the definition of “Hell”.

    As they just said, “Journalism is Anything but the Truth.™” It’s “advocacy”. They said so, although the public who supposedly “buys” their news is 70% opposed.

    Jewish Group and MPs Urge GB News to Stop Indulging Conspiracy Theories (G.) “

    You mean “The News”? It’s astonishing they can still say this after a generation of C.T.s that turn out to be not only true, but obvious. There’s about 30 of them like Black Swans flying around news right now. “No there isn’t!” See? All fixed.

    “a long section on the role of the Rothschild banking dynasty, a common antisemitic trope.”

    Huh? Is the equal-length section on Wall Street an anti New Yorker or anti Protestant trope? I had no idea Warren Buffet and Jamie Dimon were Jewish. Talk about weirdo conspiracy theories. Rephrasing this to the contrary: we know that all humans commit crimes and finance wars…. except any the Jewish ones. They are totally the same as everyone else because they are totally different. A ≠ A. Therefore it is hate speech to suggest any Jewish person ever committed a crime, anywhere, at any time. Right? I’m sure my Rabbi would agree: this is perfect logic, and that’s why they do nothing but discuss Mitzvahs and sins, because they never commit them and it in all in theory. Deuteronomy eat your heart out.

    Why do I even have to say these things? That Humans are humans and behave like humans? JHC.

    James O’Keefe Is on Paid Leave from Project Veritas (NYMag) “

    O’Keefe exists because nobody else commits crimes either, and certainly not the billioniare corporation that has paid the highest fines in the history of the universe. It’s a Trope that criminals commit crimes! You can’t judge me.

    Oh, forgot: ChatGPT doesn’t know U.S. Civil War. Lie! Dan says the likelihood of U.S. Civil War is between 80% and 100%. IN fact, 100% because it has already begun. …If you believe AI.


    Truth, fiction, lies, proof, inuendo, power,
    Asked for comment, Adrienne Watson, a White House spokesperson, said in an email, “This is false and complete fiction.” Tammy Thorp, a spokesperson for the Central Intelligence Agency, similarly wrote: “This claim is completely and utterly false.”

    How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline
    The New York Times called it a “mystery,” but the United States executed a covert sea operation that was kept secret—until now
    Seymour Hersh
    Feb 8

    Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22,
    ( https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/News-Stories/Article/3066830/baltops-22-the-premier-baltic-sea-maritime-exercise-concludes-in-kiel/

    BALTOPS 22, the premier Baltic Sea maritime exercise, concludes in Kiel 17 June 2022
    From U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Public Affairs )

    planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning.

    The Biden Administration was doing everything possible to avoid leaks as the planning took place late in 2021 and into the first months of 2022.

    There was a vital bureaucratic reason for relying on the graduates of the center’s hardcore diving school in Panama City. The divers were Navy only, and not members of America’s Special Operations Command, whose covert operations must be reported to Congress and briefed in advance to the Senate and House leadership—the so-called Gang of Eight.
    ( https://ballotpedia.org/Gang_of_Eight
    The Gang of Eight in the context of Congress has historically referred to eight members of Congress: four members—the chair and ranking member, of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Select Committees on Intelligence, and the four leaders of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.[1][2]

    The Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980 mandated that the CIA “fully and currently [inform]” Congressional oversight committees of their activities including “any significant anticipated intelligence activity.”[1]

    In special cases, the Act authorized the President to brief only the majority and minority leaders of each chamber as well as the chairmen and ranking minority members of the Intelligence Committees. It is this group that is informally known as the “Gang of Eight” of Congress.[1]

    President Biden and his foreign policy team—National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, and Victoria Nuland, the Undersecretary of State for Policy


    That explains it since I thought that RIM had a deserved day off for a change.
    My re-post from yesterday to:
    (just in case)
    I agree with you for once.
    I mean, RIM is in charge of commenting format so there is that. Yet, an idea that some come with the pickup truck, lower the tail gate, unload and speed up – sometimes 5-6 times in a row baffles me. Re-posting of TAE topics that are in that very day’s batch and comment-links by others from day or two before is a sign that very few actually read what’s offered.
    Personally, I am not voting for “any change” and I do not run the site. It is what it is, but comparison to any other that is open for comments is glaring and not in a good way for TAE.


    “Why is he a lone voice when he says what most people think?

    • Matt Gaetz Steps Out Of Line On Ukraine (ZH)”

    I am not saying Raul is Wrong. His statement was rhetorical not declarative, imo, and I agree with its rhetorically affected meaning. But things said for rhetorical effect can have weird meanings when taken at face value, and the above inspired a deep urge in me to say, ‘That’s what being a lone voice is, saying what you (and sometimes others) think.’

    Everyone is a lone voice, but never moreso than when speaking in groups of thousands or millions. A lone voice by itself at least has a chance of being heard. Group voices turn into monotonous chants wherein even the soundbites become inaudible. Echo chambers make a lot of noise but (insert Shakespeare quote overused to the point where it too “signifieth nothing”.)

    Walla and Rhubarb

    Group chanting gives its chanters a sense of power by belonging… until one notices that the chanter next to you has purple not pink hair, or the chanter next to you wears a bright red bill cap that says MAG not MAGA. Then the petty bickering really gets going… as I am tacitly demonstrating myself. 😉

    I don’t read comments from the c-section nor have desire to resume. But Raul’s remark made my head spin. Again, my remark is not about Raul’s intended meaning, just about how language can let you say several things at once with the same words.

    Please don’t respond: I won’t answer and that’s no fun for anyone. But say all kinds of bad stuff about me an it please ye. Hell, say good stuff about me if ye like. What’s another little mistake? 😉

    Good Stuff


    kultsommer is the New Deflationista.


    Here come the cancers:




    Coming to the rest of the world, very soon.







    Russia says there will be consequences for U.S. after Nord Stream blasts report
    Story by Reuters • 8h

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday there will be consequences for the United States after a blog by a U.S. investigative journalist had alleged the U.S. was behind the explosions that ruptured the Nord Stream gas pipelines.

    Ryabkov also told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency that the report by U.S. investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, was not a surprise for Russia.

    The White House on Wednesday dismissed the Hersh report, which said an attack on the pipelines was carried out last September at the direction of U.S. President Joe Biden.

    Earlier on Thursday, Vyacheslav Volodin, the chairman of the Russian State Duma, said that the report should become the basis for an international investigation, said on Thursday.


    As a kid you raised your hand even before the teacher finishes the question? Dozen of times per class.
    You sure look like one.
    I’ve said it before, info that you provide is welcomed and appreciated. Drip-by-drip salivating on it is a call for mental health professional.


    Quite the headline Down Under!

    ‘Fit and healthy people are dropping down with heart issues’: Karl Stefanovic blasts fifth booster call





    Extensive confirmatory autopsy data SARS-COV-2 infection does NOT cause myocarditis:

    Review of 50 studies, incl 548 hearts, median age of deceased 69 yrs:

    “The median reported prevalence of extensive, focal active, & multifocal myocarditis were ALL 0.0%”


    COVID-19–Associated cardiac pathology at the postmortem evaluation: a collaborative systematic review


    It’s the death-vaxx that causes myocarditis NOT the infection.




    Expect a lot more shit like this going forward..

    Healthy footballer has both legs amputated because of flu? Sure. ☠☠☠

    Footballer who went to hospital with flu symptoms has legs amputated days before 21st birthday




    Fort the record
    Zelensky today admitted that he himself stopped the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Accordingly, Ukraine made a choice in favor of war. And all the consequences for Ukraine are on Zelensky and his masters.


    Dies at 31, Sudden Cardiac Arrest 💔

    Former Georgia tennis star Lilly Kimbell dies at 31





    The bill will now go to the Senate.

    Democrats are likely to oppose the measure. Like all bills in the upper chamber, it will need the support of at least 60 senators, meaning at least 11 Democrats and all 49 Republicans.

    And, even if the bill were to pass Congress, it would still need Joe Biden’s signature—a signature which his statements have indicated he will not give.

    This pure-blood couldn’t be happier to have an excuse to stay the fuck out of that armed madhouse.



    This fucker, who has yet to apologise for inducing the gullible to take the death shot, now attempts to redeem himself.

    Incredible that a so called “Consultant Cardiologist” exhibited such ignorance.
    If it weren’t for the fact that his own father was killed by the death vaxx he would, no doubt, still be recommending it his patients.



    February 09, 2023
    Some Small Corrections To Seymour Hersh’s New Nord Stream Revelations
    The story his source is telling Hersh is largely the same one I had constructed from open sources on September 28, a day after the pipeline was blown up.

    Whodunnit? – Facts Related to The Sabotage Attack On The Nord Stream Pipelines

    Hersh’s story is true. That U.S. officials deny it means nothing. Previous revelations by Hersh on domestic spying by the CIA, on the My Lai massacre, on torture at Abu Ghraib, were also denied but eventually all were proven to be true.

    The story about the pipelines makes complete sense. Unfortunately there are some details that Hersh, for lack of access to the right information, gets wrong.


    ‘Does anyone remember the crazy high interest rates for the old RU ruble in the 1990’s to protect the ruble? Didn’t work then. Interesting times ahead.’

    I don’t remember that. But I do remember the currency crisis caused by ‘Piggy’ Muldoon and the other saboteurs of the Muldoon government of Airstrip Five -especially Bill Birch- following the ramming through of ‘Think Big’ projects that enriched insiders and global corporations and set up the preconditions for a series of catastrophes.

    I do remember taking out a mortgage at 11%, and the rate going to 12% shortly after the LINO (Labour In Name Only) government of 1984 took power, and the 11% going to 12%, and then 14%, and then 16%, and then 18%, peaking at 22%!!!

    I remember wages and salaries being adjusted every three months, as Oceania governments around the world devalued fiat currencies at the fastest rate in living memory.

    Then came the 1987 crash, in which all the fictional ‘value’ of a wide range of ‘assets’ was wiped out and their actual value -zero- became the market value.


    supporting story
    The whistleblower’s email in the BALTOPS 22 military exercise


    Some people in the northern sectors of Airstrip Five are probably starting to shit their pants because of what looks to be headed their way:


    970! That is extraordinarily low.


    vaxxed are 35x more likely, as the latest NSW Health stats show

    shows a really really disturbing trend.
    The damage to health caused by each vaccine dose does not lessen over time. It continues indefinitely.

    Horrifying indeed !

    Thanks Dr John, Dr D, Germ and Raul. Words can’t describe my gratitude for your truth seeking and reporting.


    Exponential growth and logarithmic growth:

    “I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.” (2001)


    An athletic trainer performed CPR for 10 minutes after an Upstate middle school basketball player went into cardiac arrest during a game, according to the school.

    Denny Vauters, of Southside Christian School, said on Tuesday night, during the junior varsity basketball team at Brashier Middle College, that eighth grade student Kamari Williams (K Will) experienced a seizure and cardiac arrest.

    Must have been the balloon.


    John Day

    Testing, testing… can’t seem to upload simple text comments.

    John Day

    Well, it’s not working on multiple tries and with completely fresh exposition to explain to Kultsommer why and how i post things in comments here the way I do. It is not casual, quick or thoughtless. No more than 5 links will load at once, so that’s a factor, and I hope the groupings are easy to jump past if not desired or useful.

    Yes, there is overlap. I sometimes toss a few out, but the groupings of ideas are part of the meaning.
    I’ve frequented TAE since early spring 2008. Some of my guest posts on COVID treatment esp. self-treatment here have been useful to people.


    One thing I keep looking for is evidence of the long term impacts the covid vaccines are having on the vaccinated.

    Are the negative health trends for the vaccinated;
    1. improving over time?
    2. staying about the same?
    3. getting worse over time?

    So far, would I be correct in saying that in the short term things appear to be getting worse for the vaccinated.
    But in the longer term, we still don’t know yet if things will get better or worse?

    What do other TAEs think is happening?

    D Benton Smith

    The basic mechanism of mind jiggery known as “ gaslighting” consists of publicly presenting something that is so stunningly irrational that it makes you think that you’re the crazy one for seeing it.
    It’s like witnessing an event so weird or absurdly nutty that you feel compelled to turn to those around you and asking. “Did I just see what I think I saw?”

    It is very unsettling when the answer comes back that yes, you did. You might even feel compelled to wonder if you’re the only one who sees whatever it was as crazy, and therefore ask around to find out if the other people who saw it also think that what they saw was crazy, too.

    One could easily wind up seriously questioning their own sanity, like in the movie “Gas Light”. At best it would likely give one great pause for further consideration and research.

    It’s almost funny, but in reality is actually rather soberly serious, because crazy people often cause seriously significant damage to themselves and others, and you don’t want any part of that, even if it turns out to be ones self that is the fruitcake in nomination.

    It’s like this: If two people look at the same event, and one of them considers it to be insane and the other person thinks it to be sane . . . . then ONE of those two is definitively as crazy as a bedbug. . . . and that’s serious, regardless of which guy turns out to be the mental case.

    The operative question then becomes, “Which one of us is nuts?”

    That, too, is an important, even vital, question because one way or the other things ARE going to occur to BOTH of those parties as consequence of one of them being criminally insane.

    In other words, if good questions and truthful answers are not forthcoming about which of the two are insane then bad things are going to happen. . . . to BOTH parties . . . . and that’s for CERTAIN.

    The crazy guy can’t afford to allow good questions or truthful answers because truthful answers to good questions are going to prove beyond doubt that he is looney tunes. The only way his report card comes back with a passing grade is for there to be no good questions asked or for there to be no truthful answers given. To ensure that there are no good questions or good answers flying around the crazy guy has only one option, and that is to double-down on the craziness that landed him on the wrong side of sanity in the first place.

    See any evidence of stuff like that going on in your neck of the woods?


    @John Day
    You explained it to me the last time and yet, leaves me with head scratching – as what force of nature keeps you from posting any other way?
    Why I had to use posting style description as I did? Is it correct? Not? Fair enough.
    At the end comments will continue as is, however some self reflection is good for a soul, since it does not apply to you only.



    Article over on ZeroHedge has the following headline, “El-Erian Warns About Disinflationista’s “Dangerous Complacency”.

    Wonder if a writer from ZH has been hanging out in the TEOTWAWKI fight club comment section.


    WES, the best rule of thumb I’ve been able to come up with so far is it seems that each mRNA jab causes a 7% chance of death per year. This means that someone who had only one jab would have roughly a 20% chance of dying over three years. Alternatively, someone who had three jabs would face a 20% chance of death every year. More jabs and more years and the situation looks really grim.


    More chatbots are coming
    Invention needed. .
    We need a program to help us to determine which/who is a chatbot that is censoring, telling lies, giving misinformation, not telling the whole truth, misdirecting, feeding propaganda,
    Who is doing cut & paste and claiming original thinking.
    Who is or is not doing their homework assignments.

    Chinese online search giant Baidu Inc. will launch an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot service named “ERNIE Bot” after it completes internal testing in March, according to the company.

    Just Some Randomer

    I wonder if there is a BERT bot in the works somewhere?


    I’ve noticed various comments from people testing out GPTChat that at various times, it is unable to say certain things or actively denies it.

    For instance, when asked if the injection which does not vaccinate is dangerous or not effective, it says it is safe and effective. It can be made to do SOME research on the subject but when conversationally confronted with the results of its own research (which proves ineffectiveness and danger) it is unable to acknowledge cognitive dissonance, circular reasoning, choplogic, etc.

    NOT a good trend in AI creation, the theory being if you establish cognitive dissonance in your creation, you’re going to drive it insane, which seems rather dangerous.

    As far as chatbots go, if the chatbots disagree, that can be kind of a good thing.

    They’ll be programmed to be unreasoning in exactly those subject matters they’ve been sent to promote. So they can be made to be seen in public to be unreasoning, unable to discuss, unable to engage with ideas and questions, etc – all you have to do is intelligently interact to discredit whatever thing the flying monkey has been sent to promote.

    John Day

    @Kultsommer: By the time I have spent 6-8 hours putting a blog composition together, it still takes me about 40 minutes to get it all formatted and sent out to both blogs and the sites where I comment, which are here and Dr. McCullough’s listserv. I am usually pressed for time, as I am now.
    It is a completed composition, getting turned-in.


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