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Seismic Iran-Saudi Rapprochement Isolates US (Lauria)
Georgia Has A Huge Western-Funded NGO Sector (Trenin)
Kiev Considers Renaming Russia (RT)
Medvedev Suggests New Name For Ukraine (RT)
Russia Should Lose, But Not ‘Too Badly’ – US Congressman (RT)
Ukraine Is Lying About Casualty Ratios To Justify Holding Of Bakhmut (MoA)
Russia Issues Latest Report On US-Funded Biolabs In Ukraine (RT)
Poland Builds Europe’s Largest Land Force (Az.)
American Guided Bombs Are ‘Operational’ in Ukraine (LI)
Elon Musk Demands Release Of ‘QAnon Shaman’ (RT)
Trip To Moscow Not Impossible, Pope Francis Says (TASS)
Over $250 Billion Swindled From US Pandemic Fund (RT)
Silicon Valley Bank Employees Made Large Donations to Biden, Dems (GP)
Musk Lets In Possibility Of Buying Bankrupt Silicon Valley Bank (TASS)
House GOP ‘Building the Case’ to Issue Criminal Referrals Against Fauci (BN)

 

 

 

 

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Pepe Escobar: “So the Exceptionalist Realm spent TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS in wars across West Asia. With one single Sun Tzu move – Iran meets Saudi – China laid it all to waste. This humiliation is Afghanistan multiplied by trillions.”

Seismic Iran-Saudi Rapprochement Isolates US (Lauria)

Ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that overthrew the U.S.-allied Shah of Iran, the rivalry between the two major Middle East powers — Iran and Saudi Arabia — has been at the heart of every conflict across the region. The announcement on Friday that Iran and Saudi Arabia have normalized relations could have a seismic effect on all these conflicts and leave the U.S. on outside looking in. In Lebanon, Iranian-backed Hezbollah and Saudi-backed parties might begin to resolve their differences, a unity that would worry Israel and lessen U.S. influence in the country. In Syria, Hezbollah and Iranian militias have been battling Saudi-backed jihadists for more than a decade. The Syrian war could now come to an end. In Yemen, U.S.-backed Saudis have been fighting the Houthi, who have been driven into a closer alliance with Iran. Obstacles to a peace deal have now been removed.

In Iraq, reconciliation between Sunni and Shia could make the U.S. presence and influence irrelevant and unwelcomed by all sides. In Bahrain, Iranian-backed Shi’ites in conflict with the Saudi-aligned monarchy could sideline the presence of the U.S. Fifth Fleet in a region on the mend. And in Saudi Arabia itself, the state’s tensions with Shi’tes in the eastern oil regions should lessen. The historic rapprochement and resumption of formal diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran could transform the Middle East. And the United States doesn’t like it one bit. The U.S. has depended on the Saudi-Iranian divide to pursue its interests in the region. After this development, the U.S. and Israeli front against Iran should lose their chief Arab ally, Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are now in a position to defy U.S. economic sanctions on Iran — a nightmare for Washington.

An end to the Yemen war, which the Biden administration has been making feeble noises about, would mean having to accept Iranian influence on the Arabian peninsula. An end to the war in Syria would be the death knell for the American regime change project in that country. It will put U.S. occupying forces in the east of Syria in an uncomfortable position. And it could spell the end of covert support for some of the most vile jihadists in the region, which depended on Saudi backing. Worst of all for the United States, China has stepped in to be the statesman the U.S. refused to be to resolve differences that have ripped the Middle East apart. That has to produce sleepless nights inside the Beltway. If anything proves China is committed to stability in the world and the U.S. to instability, it is this deal.

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The entire country runs on western NGOs. Detailed report.

Georgia Has A Huge Western-Funded NGO Sector (Trenin)

Tbilisi’s main street, Rustaveli Avenue, was blocked for several days, this week, As thousands of people chanted anti-government slogans in front of the parliament building and sang the Georgian national anthem. Even more protesters gathered at the square in the evenings. By nightfall, the enraged crowd was throwing firecrackers, stones, and Molotov cocktails at the police, attempting to take down an iron fence and storm the parliament. The police used water cannons to promptly put out the fires and showered the crowds with water, at the same time spraying tear gas to disperse those present. What led to this violent confrontation is perhaps difficult to understand from the perspective of a Western reader. It wasn’t a “civil society” uprising in the sense you might find, for example, in a country like France.

Instead, it was organized by people whose livelihoods were threatened by the proposed legislation. In a poor country like Georgia, foreign-funded roles pay multiple times better than local gigs. By taking on the NGO industry, the government went up against a powerful, and relatively well-heeled lobby. The protests were initially triggered by a bill ‘On the Transparency of Foreign Influence’, which was adopted by the Georgian parliament on its first reading. On Tuesday, 76 deputies voted in favor of adopting the bill and 13 deputies opposed it. During the discussion stage, MPs from opposition parties said they would not allow the so-called “Russian law” to be considered in parliament. This resulted in a fight between opponents and supporters of the legislation.

[..] The strong reaction to the initiative does not seem surprising considering how many foreign NGOs are active in Georgia. In a review of the Georgian civil sector published in 2020, the Asian Development Bank indicated that there is no special legislation on non-profit or non-governmental organizations in the country, although they are listed in the general register of companies, which as of the beginning of 2019 consisted of 12,800 organizations. At the same time, the vast majority of such organizations rely on foreign funding, according to the Georgian national statistics service Sakstat. As of spring 2022, there were 7,972 companies with foreign founders operating in the country. With a total population of 3.7 million, there are around 460 people per foreign NPO in Georgia. For comparison, as of November 2022, there were over 500 active “foreign agents” registered in the US, under FARA.

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Moscovia = Muscovy

Kiev Considers Renaming Russia (RT)

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has instructed his government to consider renaming Russia as ‘Moscovia’, an unofficial designation used centuries ago. The move comes after a petition insisted that by using the word ‘Russia’, Ukraine is endorsing a “dangerous claim” that its neighbor is a direct descendant of Kievan Rus. In a statement on Friday, Zelensky said he had turned to Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmigal with a request that the petition, which had gathered the necessary 25,000 votes to be considered, be “comprehensively processed.” The issue “needs to be carefully worked out both in terms of the historical and cultural context, and from the perspective of possible international legal consequences,” with scientific institutions taking part in the process, the Ukrainian president added.

Commenting on the move, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that it was “further evidence of an attempt to create an ‘anti-Russia’ out of Ukraine.” The name ‘Moscovia’ dates back to the Grand Duchy of Moscow, one of principalities of Kievan Rus in the late Middle Ages. The modern Russian state formed around this center of power while retaining historic and cultural roots stemming from Rus. The author of the petition, which was submitted in late November 2022, claimed that the name ‘Russia’ “gave grounds for further encroachment” on the history of Kievan Rus as foreigners often confuse the words ‘Russia’ and ‘Rus’. Many Ukrainian nationalists reject the notion that the two have some kind of historical link, arguing that only Ukraine can be viewed as the true heir of Kievan Rus.

The petition also demands that the word ‘Russian’ be replaced with ‘Moscovian’ and that the Russian Federation be renamed as ‘the Moscovian Federation’. In recent years, Ukrainian authorities have embarked on a renaming spree, targeting thousands of place names they deemed to be linked to Russia or the Soviet Union. The campaign intensified after Moscow launched its military operation against the neighboring country in February 2022. In October last year, Kiev officials renamed a street which had honored Soviet Marshal Rodion Malinovsky, who played a prominent role in liberating Ukraine from Nazi occupation. The name of the street now celebrates the “heroes” of the Azov Battalion, which is notorious for its support of neo-Nazi ideology.

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“Schweinisch Bandera-Reich”

Medvedev Suggests New Name For Ukraine (RT)

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has proposed renaming Ukraine in honor of notorious Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. His suggestion came after Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky told his government to consider a proposal to change Russia’s name. On Friday, Zelensky instructed authorities to “thoroughly study” the proposal to officially rename Russia to ‘Moscovia.’ He was reacting to an online petition, which argued that the name ‘Russia’ provided grounds for “further encroachment” on the history of Kievan Rus, a medieval state from which both Russia and Ukraine trace their origin. Many Ukrainian nationalists claim that their homeland is the only true heir of Rus.

The name ‘Moscovia’ dates to the Grand Duchy of Moscow and was historically used by some authors to describe the Russian state. On Saturday, Medvedev, who served as Russian president between 2008 and 2012, and currently serves as deputy chairman of the Security Council, fired back in a post on his Telegram channel. “Our response?… Only the Schweinisch Bandera-Reich,” he wrote. The word “schweinisch” means “piggish” in German. Medvedev was apparently referencing the idolization by some Ukrainian politicians of Stepan Bandera, a World War II-era leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). Bandera collaborated with Adolf Hitler’s government during the early stages of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.

He was later arrested and imprisoned by the Germans over disagreements about the future of Ukraine. After the war, Bandera fled to West Germany, where in 1959 he was assassinated by a KGB agent. The Ukrainian Insurgent Army – the OUN’s military wing founded in 1943 – positioned itself as a guerilla force fighting both Soviet and German troops. Its agents committed multiple atrocities against Polish, Jewish and Russian civilians. Bandera and his followers are honored as heroes in modern Ukraine, with streets and buildings named after them. Nationalists hold annual torchlit processions on Bandera’s birthday in Kiev and other cities.

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Zero grip on reality.

Russia Should Lose, But Not ‘Too Badly’ – US Congressman (RT)

The US doesn’t “actually want Russia to lose too badly” in Ukraine, Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton claimed in an interview on Friday. While some Washington lawmakers have gone as far as to call for regime change in Moscow, the Kremlin has repeatedly stated that it will succeed in achieving all the goals of its military operation. “I don’t know if it’s good for the stability of the world if the Russian regime collapses,” Moulton told Luke Coffey of the Hudson Institute, a think tank funded by several NATO governments and US arms manufacturers. Citing the risk of nuclear proliferation that would come with the collapse of Russia, Moulton said that the “abject defeat of the Russians and the whole regime collapse is probably not what we actually want.”

“We absolutely want Ukraine to win, we want Russia to lose, but we don’t actually want Russia to lose too badly,” he continued. Moulton sits on the House Armed Services Committee, and voted with the rest of his party to authorize a $40 billion military and economic aid package to Ukraine last year. He told Coffey that this aid should continue, and that the Biden administration should provide Kiev with more tanks and artillery ammunition in order to mount a counteroffensive against Russian forces this year. Lawmakers in both parties have suggested more extreme measures, however, with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham calling last year for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and a bipartisan group urging President Joe Biden last month to supply Ukraine with US-made fighter jets – a move that former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev described as a “red line” that would place the US at “war against Russia.”

In Ukraine, President Vladimir Zelensky has repeatedly stated that he intends to retake four formerly Ukrainian provinces that voted to join Russia last year, as well as Crimea, which held a similar referendum in 2014. Not only would such a move be “met with inevitable retaliation using weapons of any kind,” in Medvedev’s words, it would also be impossible at present, with Ukrainian forces mired in battle in the Donbass city of Artyomovsk, called Bakhmut in Ukraine. The Kremlin has stated on multiple occasions that its special military operation in Ukraine will continue until its goals are achieved. These goals, as set out by Putin last year, are the demilitarization of Ukraine, the “denazification” of its leadership, its establishment as a neutral country, and the defense of the Russian-speaking population of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

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They’ve gone overboard recently.

Ukraine Is Lying About Casualty Ratios To Justify Holding Of Bakhmut (MoA)

The linked Financial Times piece, reprinted in the Irish Times, actually quotes the Ukrainian national security chief Oleksiy Danilov as saying that the kill ratio was one to seven in Ukraine’s favor. The whole passage is nuts: “US and European officials estimate 200,000 Russian troops have been killed or seriously injured since February last year, and Ukraine about half that. One western official said Russia had suffered “between 20,000 and 30,000 casualties over the past six months”, adding that most of them were mercenaries fighting for the Wagner private military company. Wagner’s operations have been largely focused on Bakhmut. Nato officials estimate one Ukrainian had been killed or injured for every five Russians. Ukrainian national security chief Oleksiy Danilov last week estimated the ratio was “one to seven in our favour”.

This makes no sense. Had 200,000 Russian’s be killed or seriously wounded in the war while 20,000 to 30,000 of those were killed or wounded in the past six month then the first six month of the war would have cost the Russian side 175,000 losses. That’s more than the total numbers that were, until the recent mobilization, involved in the whole campaign. Those numbers must have been pulled from hot air. Danilov casualty ratio is likewise obvious nonsense. The Medical Department of the U.S. Army has a book about CAUSATIVE AGENTS OF BATTLE CASUALTIES IN WORLD WAR II. It is quoted here: “A report on the causative agents of battle casualties in World War II showed the comparative incidence of casualties from different types of weapons for several theaters. Compilers of the report believed that, while the more detailed subdivisions within their three major classes were open to question, their findings on the percent of total casualties due to small arms, artillery and mortars, and “miscellaneous” were reasonably accurate.

From these they drew the following conclusions: 1. Small arms fire accounted for between 14 and 31 percent of the total casualties, depending upon the theater of action: The Mediterranean theater, 14.0 percent; the European theater, 23.4 percent; and the Pacific theaters, 30.7 percent. 2. Artillery and mortar fire together accounted for 65 percent of the total casualties in the European and Mediterranean theaters, 64.0 and 69.1, respectively. In the Pacific, they accounted for 47.0 percent. The Encyclopedia Britannica likewise notes for World War I: “The greatest number of casualties and wounds were inflicted by artillery, followed by small arms, and then by poison gas.” When I was in officer school the number estimated for a big war in Europe was 75% of casualties due to artillery and aerial bombing.

Data from the European Commission, quoted by El Pais, says that Russia has a 10:1 advantage in artillery: According to data from the European Commission to which EL PAÍS has had access, Russia fires between 40,000 and 50,000 artillery shells per day, compared to 5,000-6,000 Ukrainian forces expend. The Estonian government, which has been one of largest contributors to Kyiv’s war effort, puts the average use of artillery at between 20,000 and 60,000 Russian shells per day, and 2,000 to 7,000 Ukrainian rounds, according to a document sent to EU Member States by Tallinn, to which this newspaper has had access The Russian forces fire ten times the number of shells the Ukrainians can fire. In a modern war artillery fire causes 65+% of all casualties. It is thus impossible that Ukraine is losing less soldiers than the Russians. The total ratio may well be 7 to 1 but it will certainly be to the advantage of the Russian forces side.

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“..unlimited profits” by conducting “directed evolution” research on the Covid-19 virus, in order to “proactively develop new vaccines..”

Russia Issues Latest Report On US-Funded Biolabs In Ukraine (RT)

US-funded biological research laboratories are continuing to operate in Ukraine in spite of official statements indicating that they had been “deactivated,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a Friday report on Washington’s international pathogen research programs. According to the commander of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Forces, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, Moscow has obtained documents that suggest Kiev has continued to coordinate with the Pentagon in the military biological field, including the transfer of pathogenic biomaterials. Kirillov pointed to an official appeal from ‘ch2m-hill’ – a key Pentagon contractor – to Ukrainian companies participating in a “program to counter particularly dangerous pathogens in Ukraine.”

The document reports on the continuation of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) biological program in Ukraine and outlines future tasks, such as consolidating collections of dangerous pathogens and deploying systems for managing bio risks and monitoring the epidemiological situation. Kirillov also stated that, in January 2023, the government of Ukraine published a new set of requirements for the “accounting, storage, transportation and destruction” of various pathogens, which included instructions for the international transportation by air of substances with the highest hazard class. He noted that the transport document templates provided in the guidelines only featured examples of US labs as recipients or senders of the hazardous biomaterials.

The lieutenant general warned that Kiev and Washington could potentially use their research to carry out “provocations with dangerous pathogens,” which they would later blame on Russia. In his report, Kirillov reiterated Russia’s concerns with the potential risks associated with the “dual-use” programs that the US implements on its own territory and abroad. He pointed out that the work of US biolabs on dangerous pathogens “seems to be the height of recklessness” against the backdrop of viral outbreaks such as anthrax and cholera in various parts of the world and the rise in animal diseases such as African swine fever, avian influenza, and foot and mouth disease.

The commander also drew attention to the US pharmaceutical industry’s attempts to secure “unlimited profits” by conducting “directed evolution” research on the Covid-19 virus, in order to “proactively develop new vaccines,” which Pfizer R&D director Jordan Walker admitted to in a Project Veritas expose. Kirillov also reiterated Russia’s position that the main goal of US bio programs across the world was to “establish global biological control” by degrading the national health systems of other countries and subverting the provisions of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) with its own rules, which were developed to serve the interests of Washington and its allies.

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I’m sure it’s all defensive.

Poland Builds Europe’s Largest Land Force (Az.)

Warsaw is embarking on its biggest re-armament drive in 50 years in response to the growing threat posed by Russia, Report informs via The Telegraph. But in mid-December, Poland’s 11th Artillery Regiment received 24 South-Korean made K9 self-propelled howitzers that can hit targets up to 34 miles away, bringing new and deadly capabilities to the regiment. Stationed not far from the Russian border, Captain Marek Adamiak unit has long grappled with outdated kit. “As an artillery officer I’m excited by the new equipment,” Captain Adamiak told The Telegraph. “We can manoeuvre better, we can shoot from anywhere. There is no place we can’t shoot from. We had a lot of old artillery but now we have very new weapons.”

The war happening in neighboring Ukraine has given the Poles the confidence that if the conflict came to their doorstep, they would now have the weapons to fight back. The 24 guns are just the tip of a massive defence spending programme by Poland. Spurred on by war next door and the growing fear that Poland could one day be in the sights of the Kremlin looking to return to the days when the Russian empire once stretched to River Vistula, the Polish government is determined to arm up – and fast. This year it will spend 4 percent of its GDP on defence, an amount double the Nato requirement, and one that will make Poland the biggest, per-capita, spender on defence in the alliance.

Some of the deals for new equipment pre-date the Ukraine war when Poland, already conscious of the Russian threat, had started to revamp armed forces still burdened with a lot of Soviet-era equipment. “The criminal assault carried out by the Russian Federation, targeting Ukraine, and the unpredictable nature of Putin means that we need to accelerate the equipment modernisation even further,” Mariusz Blaszczak, the Polish defence minister, told the Defence24 portal. “It is of key importance to increase the levels of security as fast as possible for Poland. We can do this only by creating a strong military. Strong enough to deter any potential aggressor from deciding to attack.”

Poland has placed orders for 1,000 K2 main battle tanks from South Korea, and 250 brand new M1A2 SEPv3 Abram tanks from the US. This will turn Poland into the owner of Europe’s biggest tank force, dwarfing the UK’s fleet of 227. Its artillery will be bolstered by the arrival of 600 K9s, 18 HIMARS launchers with 9,000 rockets, and 288 K239 Chunmoo MRL systems from South Korea. Over 1,000 Polish-made Borsuk infantry fighting vehicles will carry Polish troops into battle, while air cover will come from 96 AH-64E Apache helicopters bought from the US, and 48 FA-50 combat aircraft now on order from South Korea. All of this will be underscored by plans to double the size of the Polish Army to 300,000, which would turn Poland into Europe’s biggest military power, in terms of manpower, west of Ukraine.

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If the bombs are, then so are the soldiers.

American Guided Bombs Are ‘Operational’ in Ukraine (LI)

The Department of Defense confirmed that advanced bombs are operational in Ukraine. The Joint Direct Attack Munition-Extended Range (JDAM-ER) can hit targets 50 miles away. The Pentagon’s confirmation comes after President Joe Biden ordered the Pentagon to transfer “precision aerial munitions” to Kiev in December. On Monday, U.S. Air Force Gen. James Hecker, head of US Air Forces in Europe, told reporters that the JDAM-ER was operational in Ukraine. “Recently, we’ve just gotten some precision munitions [to Ukraine] that had some extended range and go a little bit further than the gravity drop bomb and has precision [guidance],” Hecker said. “That’s a recent capability that we were able to give them probably in the last three weeks.” JDAMs are primarily used to increase the accuracy of bombs.


The official did not specify how many or what variation of JDAMs would be sent. The JDAM-ER can be equipped onto 2,000 or 500 pound bombs and will deliver the munition up to 45 miles. JDAMs are compatible with some Western-made fighter jets and drones. Officially, Kiev does not possess any aircraft that can drop precision munitions. Biden said he has “for now” ruled out sending American-made aircraft. However, the UK is training Ukrainian pilots on Western-made fighter jets. Ukrainian pilots are in the US this week to determine how much training the airmen will need to become proficient on American planes. Additionally, JDAMs have been tested on Quickstrike underwater mines. The Quickstrike bombs are dropped by aircraft in shallow waters and can sit on the seabed for some time before being activated. If Ukraine is utilizing JDAMs on Quickstike mines, it’s still unclear what aircraft Kiev is using in the operations.

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Set them all free, except for those few caught on tape destroying property and/or attacking people.

Elon Musk Demands Release Of ‘QAnon Shaman’ (RT)

SpaceX and Twitter CEO Elon Musk has called for the release of Jacob Chansley, the war-painted Trump supporter jailed for his role in the January 6, 2021, riot on Capitol Hill. Recently released video footage shows Chansley, nicknamed the ‘QAnon Shaman’ by the media, peacefully walking through the Capitol with a police escort. Musk tweeted a video on Friday showing Chansley encouraging his fellow protesters to “go home,” telling them that Donald Trump had asked them to leave the area. “Free Jacob Chansley,” he captioned the video. “Chansley was falsely portrayed in the media as a violent criminal who tried to overthrow the state and who urged others to commit violence. But here he is urging people to be peaceful and go home,” Musk wrote in a follow-up tweet. “I’m not part of MAGA,” he added, referring to Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ movement, “but I do believe in fairness of justice.”

Chansley pleaded guilty in 2021 to one count of obstructing an official proceeding, and was sentenced to 41 months in prison. One of the first protesters to enter the Capitol on the day of the riot, Chansley was photographed inside the Senate chamber wearing a horned fur helmet with his face painted in the colors of the American flag.The federal judge who sentenced Chansley described his actions as “horrific” and “terrifying.” However, video footage aired by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday showed Chansley walking around the interior of the Capitol alongside two police officers, before dedicating a prayer to the officers. The Democrat-led January 6 Committee – formed to investigate Trump’s culpability in the riot – kept this footage under wraps. It was provided to Carlson by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, after the GOP retook control of the House of Representatives in January.

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“Chansley got 4 years in prison for a non-violent, police-escorted tour?” Musk wrote in another tweet on Friday. That tweet was “fact checked” when shared on Instagram, with the platform linking to media reports claiming that police repeatedly asked Chansley to leave the building, and therefore did not “help” him around the Capitol. “The Capitol Police literally opened the Senate chamber door for him on camera!” Musk exclaimed. “But who are you going to believe, Instagram ‘fact-checkers’ or your own lying eyes!?” Chansley is one of nearly 1,000 protesters arrested in connection with the riot, 306 of whom were charged with obstructing an official proceeding, according to Justice Department figures. The vast majority – 919 – of defendants were charged with entering a restricted federal building, while 326 were charged with assaulting or disobeying a police officer. Of those detained, 518 have pleaded guilty, most of them to misdemeanor offenses.

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“However, an international meeting on this topic is possible, a meeting of delegates from the whole world..”

Trip To Moscow Not Impossible, Pope Francis Says (TASS)

A trip to Moscow is not impossible, Pope Francis said in an interview with the Argentina’s La Nacion news outlet. “This is not impossible. We hope we will be able to do that. I would like to bring to the attention that there are no promises. I have not closed this door,” the Pontiff said in the interview. At the same time, the head of the Roman Catholic Church expressed doubt regarding the possibility of a bilateral meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky under auspices of the Vatican.


“However, an international meeting on this topic is possible, a meeting of delegates from the whole world,” he said. The Vatican is working in this direction, the Pontiff noted. [The Vatican has] no peace formula, the peace service is in place,” Pope Francis added. Pope Francis repeatedly said earlier that his trip to Kiev is possible only on condition of visiting Moscow. The Pontiff said that he is open for a meeting with both presidents, of Russia and Ukraine, on the way from the apostolic trip to Africa in early February.

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What a surprise.

Over $250 Billion Swindled From US Pandemic Fund (RT)

More than $250 billion in Covid-19 relief funds were lost to “fraud” and “waste,”the directors of three US government agencies testified before the House Oversight and Accountability subcommittee on Thursday. Compounding what Deputy Inspector General Sheldon Shoemaker of the Small Business Administration (SBA) called “the biggest fraud in a generation,” the officials stressed that the figures they gave represented an extremely conservative estimate of the total amount lost as they did not include the amount defrauded from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. According to a statement submitted by Shoemaker ahead of the hearing, the SBA has already uncovered $190.7 billion in potential fraud across relief programs under its jurisdiction. Specifically, it expects to find upwards of $100 billion within the scandal-plagued Paycheck Protection Program.

Acting Treasury Inspector General Richard Delmar admitted to just $2.6 billion in dubious charges confirmed at his agency, pleading that ongoing audits precluded making an estimate of the full cost. Larry Turner, inspector general of the Department of Labor, blamed the massive losses on a lack of preparation, insufficient oversight, and even the government’s generosity, making a “highly conservative” estimate of $76 billion in fraudulent spending. With no functioning system in place to verify applicants’ qualifying details in a reasonable time frame, the “unprecedented infusion of federal funds” into the program made it irresistible to fraudsters, he told the subcommittee.

Rep. Keith Mfume (D-Maryland) expressed shock that no one had predicted that requiring only “self-certification” to access such a prodigious cash hoard would lead to “a lot of hanky-panky,” while Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Florida) pointed out that the agencies did not even use existing checks and balances to vet applicants, and Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Florida) highlighted that state unemployment systems were hopelessly outdated even before the pandemic placed them under unprecedented stress. Of $45.6 billion in potential fraud lent out in association with one Labor Department program, Turner acknowledged upon questioning that $267 million had gone to dead people.

Asked about the possibility of recovering the money, Turner said that hunting down the perpetrators was financially unrewarding, as “once money goes out the door, it is hard to get it back.” Even in cases where the government has been able to track down Covid-19 benefit fraudsters and claw back some of the funds, the inspectors general were unable to tell subcommittee members what had become of some of the money. More than $5 trillion in pandemic relief funds have been distributed since 2020. By some estimates, as much as $400 billion was stolen from the unemployment relief program alone.

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Bankman Fried all over again.

Silicon Valley Bank Employees Made Large Donations to Biden, Dems (GP)

As The Gateway Pundit reported on Friday, Silicon Valley Bank was closed by the FDIC due to the bank losing over 60% of its value after the company disclosed major losses from security sales. Many political pundits and investors have called for lawmakers to bailout out the failed bank. Those advocating for bailouts have shied away from telling the public that SVB employees and affiliates voted in the leaders responsible for the current economic crisis. Open Secret’s data reveals in the 2020 election cycle Silicon Valley Bank employees and affiliates donated over $188,000 dollars to political candidates. Over 90% of the donations which amounted to $173,434 went to Democratic candidates whereas 7.2% or $13,763 went towards Republican candidates.


Joe Biden received the most donations with $66,748, followed by the DNC Service Corps and Pete Buttigieg. Other notable names and organizations that benefitted from Silicon Valley Bank employees in the 2020 election cycle were the Lincoln Project, Bernie Sanders Kamala Harris, and Raphael WarnockRepublicans did see some donations from Silicon Valley Bank affiliates but they weren’t as lucrative. The Republican Nationals Committee received the most notable donation which amounted to $5,271. The Silicon Valley Bank PAC in 2020 was a bit more balanced when it came to donations between Republicans and Democrats.Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters both received $2,500. Former Representative Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio who previously voted to impeach Trump received $1,000.

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A cheap banking licence?! But first, the bailouts. There’s talk of the FDIC paying everyone 50%.

Musk Lets In Possibility Of Buying Bankrupt Silicon Valley Bank (TASS)

US businessman and billionaire Elon Musk has posted a tweet assuming the possibility of buying the bankrupt Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). “I think Twitter should buy SVB and become a digital bank,” one of the users tweeted. “I’m open to the idea,” Musk replied in a comment. On Friday, the California Department of Financial Protection announced the bankruptcy of SVB, one of the largest banks in the United States. This became the largest bankruptcy of a US bank since times of the 2008 financial crisis, CNN TV Channel said earlier. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was appointed as the receiver for Silicon Valley Bank.

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“I do think Dr. Fauci and the CDC changed the definition of gain-of-function research, so that Fauci has, like, this wiggle room, but they were juicing up this virus..”

House GOP ‘Building the Case’ to Issue Criminal Referrals Against Fauci (BN)

House Republicans are “building the case” to issue criminal referrals against Dr. Anthony Fauci for lying to Congress, according to news reported on “The Benny Show” with journalist Benny Johnson. “So, specifically before your committee, and also before Rand Paul over in the Senate, Dr. Fauci has, of course, absolved himself of all funding of gain-of-function,” Johnson said. “He said he doesn’t know anything about it. It is verifiable and demonstrable that he lied. Now, there are codes in Congress. I have a code right here, 18 U.S. Code 1001.” “1001,” Jordan said. “Statements — false statements to Congress,” Johnson said. “Says you can be imprisoned, says you can be imprisoned for eight years if you lie to Congress. It seems like there has never been a more clear-cut case of some individual lying to Congress.”

“Yeah, we can do — there could be a referral, but you would refer to the Biden Justice Department,” Jordan remarked. “I don’t know that — they’re going to pursue that, but you can definitely do that. You could, have to have one of the committees, the Senate Judiciary Committee could do a referral. I doubt they will with the Democrats in charge.” “We could do a referral potentially,” he continued. “I would, frankly, prefer just to have Dr. Fauci come back in and take another round of questions here, but we’re building the case. You know, like, we had Dr. Redfield testify last week, Chairman Wenstrup did. I thought he was — I thought he was great. As were the other witnesses that were brought in.”

“So, again, laying that foundation,” he continued. “I do think Dr. Fauci and the CDC changed the definition of gain-of-function research, so that Fauci has, like, this wiggle room, but they were juicing up this virus, no doubt about it, juicing up this virus, making it more — I don’t know the technical, but making it juiced up and more deadly, I guess, maybe the correct word.” “Yes,” Johnson remarked. “So, they were doing that in this lab and I think that’s clear,” Jordan said. “So, we’ll just have to see as we move through this investigation.”

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  • #131039

    Dora Maar Model in swimsuit 1936   • Seismic Iran-Saudi Rapprochement Isolates US (Lauria) • Georgia Has A Huge Western-Funded NGO Sector (Trenin
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 12 2023]

    #131040
    Germ
    Participant

    She flatlined three times, lost both legs and had a failing heart. Yet she told doctors she’s ‘the luckiest person on this planet’

    “When she caught Covid, no one expected her be hospitalized. She was fully vaccinated and boosted.”

    https://edition.cnn.com/2023/03/05/health/resilience-claire-bridges-model-covid-wellness/index.html

    This is “luck”? Good grief.

    TVASF

    #131041
    Germ
    Participant

    TVASF

    #131042
    Germ
    Participant

    The tragic case of a 31 year old New Zealand nurse who died 4 days after her COVID-19 booster shot

    “Doctor and nurse deaths from COVID-19 vaccines were always going to be the focus of cover-ups. The reason is practical: the state needs doctors and nurses to enthusiastically push COVID-19 vaccines on their patients, and it needs these same doctors and nurses to stay silent about COVID-19 vaccine injuries and deaths.

    Doctors and nurses mustn’t know that their colleagues are dying suddenly from the same COVID-19 mRNA vaccines that they are pushing daily on their own patients.”

    https://makismd.substack.com/p/healthcare-worker-deaths-from-covid

    TVASF

    #131043
    Germ
    Participant

    Those in the know never got death vaxxed –

    TVASF

    #131044
    Red
    Participant

    The battle for Bakhmut, Patrick Lancaster 18+. Add the (.) between rumble and com.

    https://rumblecom/v2cnkv9-18-battle-for-bakhmut-special-report-on-the-edge.html

    #131045
    zerosum
    Participant

    I’m lucky/fortunate that I’m not negatively impacted.

    TAE and RIM just told me things that I didn’t know before. The way that it is.

    Weather fluctuations, unexpected deaths, artillery and missile explosions,
    Increasing numbers of millions of people are starving/dying,
    Millions of people are leaving bad places and looking for better places to live
    Gov./politicians are lying
    Banks are hiding the truth

    My world did not change.
    I beat the odds. I’m still here.
    Old age keeps creeping up and hiding the causes of my health getting worst.

    #131046
    Oroboros
    Participant

    “..With one single Sun Tzu move – Iran meets Saudi – China laid it all to waste….”

    The Empire of Lies laid to waste

    Sounds like a plan

    .

    #131047
    zerosum
    Participant

    Not my fault.

    We did not lie. We negotiated. We wrote the conditions in a contract. We promised.
    Things changed. Your pension money got stolen.

    #131048
    Dora
    Participant

    While all eyes are on war the WHO treaty changes proceed out of the spotlight.

    Following is RWMalone’s newest gettr link to his substack article

    Withdraw U.S. from the WHO now!
    Put a stop to Vaccine Passports and the Mandatory International Health Regulation updates

    Substack at RWMaloneMD
    Together with AlignAct dot com

    https://gettr.com/post/p2b5uc90584

    #131049
    zerosum
    Participant

    Did you know?
    Colonelcassad
    Forwarded from
    Witnesses of Bayraktar
    In FPV flying, the most important thing is to develop sustainable drone control skills. The difficulty lies in the fact that, unlike “mavik”, electronics do not help you. The position of the quadcopter in space is controlled only by the operator with his fingers. And in my opinion, it’s as difficult as flying a helicopter.

    In order for me to make my first flight on the FPV, it took me 2 months every day to fly in the simulator for 2 hours. And even after such preparation, you will certainly smash your first drone against the wall. This happens to all pilots without exception.

    So if we want to see an armada of fpv drones in 2 months, then now we need to massively purchase TBS Tango 2 remotes (25 thousand apiece), install LiftOFF simulators on computers and put capable young guys behind the cars.

    Even if tomorrow the state buys a million FPV drones, we simply will not have pilots to control them. This task must be solved now. It doesn’t take much finance. Pilot training classes can be opened in any room where there is Internet and electricity. So what are we waiting for? The question is rather rhetorical.

    Alexander Kharchenko
    ———–
    Western means to combat UAVs. Part 1

    It is unacceptable to talk directly about electronic warfare equipment with UAVs without mentioning the means of searching for them. In the West, the modernization of radar stations in service is being actively carried out in order to ensure the possibility of detecting and tracking small-sized targets of the UAV type.

    It should be noted that the use of radars taking into account the features of UAVs provides their detection at long ranges compared to OE and acoustic detection means.

    Thus, the AN/MPQ-64A4 Sentinel A4 radar currently being created in the interests of the US Army is an improved version of the AN/MPQ-64A3 active phased array three-axis radar in service with advanced functionality, including the ability to detect and classify small UAVs.

    Similarly, the Specter 2000 3D radar of the 9.2-10 GHz band, widely used in the German Armed Forces, has undergone special modernization to ensure the ability to work on targets with a small EPR. This made it possible to use it in several mobile and stationary complexes for combating UAVs created from 2020 for the German Armed Forces.

    Another direction of increasing the capabilities of existing air defense systems and means is the modernization of their control systems.

    For example, the Sky Capchae air defense control system produced by Israel makes it possible to significantly isolate the capabilities of outdated samples of anti-aircraft artillery and short-range anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM), including the defeat of small-sized and low-flying aircraft.

    The system includes an EL/M-2106 radar and an OE surveillance system, as well as a control subsystem. The data received from the radar and optoelectronic means are automatically processed in order to issue guidance and fire control commands for various connected air defense systems. It is known about the supply of this system to foreign aircraft.

    In the photo: at the top is the Sentinel radar, at the bottom is the Sky Capchae air defense system.
    https://t.me/Mestb_Dobroj_Voli/5274

    #131050
    Dora
    Participant

    Here is another of RWMalone MDs substack article links via gettr.

    Who’s on First at the WHO
    The CCP Runs It – and We Must Leave It

    Substack at RWMaloneMD
    In cooperation with the Committee on the Present Danger: China

    https://gettr.com/post/p2b615886ee

    #131051
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    How do you make a good propaganda film? How do you expose it before it wins a truth-telling award and embarrasses the prize-givers — before they discover it’s a pseudo-documentary that has been nominated for an “Oscar” – before the white envelopes are opened before millions of people on Oscar night, March 12th?

    “Navalny” is a slick production full of easily-documented fabrications, disinformation, with lots of clever visuals to distract and manipulate viewers.

    … and the winner is, … :

    “Navalny,” documentary nominated for March 12th Oscar, is disinformation

    “Navalny,” documentary nominated for March 12th Oscar, is disinformation

    #131052
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “City Of Newark Humiliated In ‘Sister City’ Scam — Mayor signs treaty with nonexistent nation created by a fugitive”

    This is what happens when you graduate with zero competency for 20 years….

    “Proud Boys J6 Sedition Trial Halted After Leaked Chat Logs Show FBI Agent Said Her Boss Ordered Her To “Destroy Evidence”

    Yes, but just because it was the “FBI” and a day ending in “Day”. Hey wait! Isn’t it against the law to railroad White people? There are no white people in jail in America, how can this be???

    Wow with Trump. Herr Docktor says, Bim! Bam! Exactly what I was saying. What is J6 speech Twitter was desperate not to get out? The the President called for peace and ordered everyone home? What else? That “I know”, he says. That “We can’t play into their hands” and have violence…or a Civil War.

    That “We Own Ukraine” and we’re going to “Sell it” to Russia. …What’s the deal that was made, sir? Made between you two in 2019? What did WE get FROM Russia? I mean, first we deliver it, right? Then they help us get rid of our united enemy and hold the fort while our Good Guys are not officially in power?

    Biden: demonstrating the coup by like 20 guys in D.C. No public support. But do keep in mind they “Asked” no one to come, and put up all those “crosses” of some sort of covid representation art project, remember? And this could also be what they pulled on Trump, to show footage of hours and hours before the actual event. But even if exaggerated, it’s in essence correct. And the greatest Psy-Op in the history of the planet. Even including Covid, which we’ve argued much more about.

    TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS in wars across West Asia. …One move leads it to waste.”

    That’s what happens when nobody wants what you’re selling. You’ve just moved too far from reality and self-interest. Even Bernays said so, as above. This is the end of most empires, and because they’re based on lies, they don’t realize it. They always use what works until they atrophy and over-use it.

    …Now, they realize it’s a LIE, and they’re going along – so easy prison time since they knew and helped evil for profit. BUT: they smoke themselves. Because it’s all lie, going back generations, enshrined in Yale, Harvard, NYT, they think they know HOW MUCH of a lie it is: that they’re so smart they have the accurate sense of what’s on the ground and really happening, and they alone are clear while everyone else is fooled, a rube. That NASCAR is the dumb one, not them. But they’re deceived by their own deception, every time. You can’t live in two minds at once. They think they’re on the pulse but the reality is 2-3x thinner than what they THINK is going on in their air-tight fart towers in Yale and RAND.

    Then you end up a year later, STILL don’t realize you’re losing, even though your headline speaker Kissinger told you so, and you’re making an idiot of yourself suing for last YEAR’S peace deal – you’re twelve months behind the curve, behind the facts. YOU’RE THE LAST TO KNOW. You’re the guy NOT in the room where it happens. Like Saudi-Iran. History is now happening TO you, while, “THEY are an Empire now, and THEY make reality.”

    …So head-jammed up the bunghole of their own lies they STILL haven’t realized.

    …Which as Putin-Trump axis this morning points out, is exactly where we want them to be. They lose, nationalism wins. No US$ dominance, no $$$, no army, no way to march around the planet making trouble even if we wanted to. That is: The End. No option of doing wrong. Yet the U.S. also doesn’t fall internally, it just needs to fix near-everything back home with all the money they saved and it’ll take a while.

    “Russia Should Lose, But Not ‘Too Badly’ – US Congressman (RT) “
    Like this.

    Lying to themselves, like this:
    Ukraine Is Lying About Casualty Ratios To Justify Holding Of Bakhmut (MoA)

    “Ukraine is endorsing a “dangerous claim” that its neighbor is a direct descendant of Kievan Rus.”

    Can’t you see how hard I’m signaling? Now why aren’t you obeying my signals? This just happened in Bakhmut: there’s a statue to the MIG there, and they were taking tour of duty photos in front of it. As Russia takes the area, Ukraine wastes priceless men, artillery, and time, to go back and blow up A STATUE. Not a soldier, a tank or something, A STATUE. Like Antifa soy-boys taking out Frederick Douglass’s favorite statue of Lincoln. Boy, we sure showed them! Our signaling is really going to annoy the teeth off them…as they roll over our whole front line because they are not interested in signals, territory, or anything else besides destroying every man in the whole Ukrainian Forces, one by one. What kind of war is that? Don’t you know you shoot people ONLINE?

    Speaking of – now with Twitter Hearings, exposes, DOCTOR Martenson (Peak Prosperity) is allowed to say certain things online again. Like maybe it came from a lab? Maybe vaccines allow 100% transmission and they — Birx — knew it? But there’s still one thing he can’t say, and it has to do with a country in East Europe that begins with the letter “U”. That is still perfectly censored but Twitter and everyone, so it must be very, very important to someone. Verboten, even.

    Wait, getting people “killed” with “misinformation” as a DOCTOR is safe and okay, but speaking of you know, soldiers shooting other soldiers in news is NOT allowed to be reported or to have opinions on. Even as we lose $150B…and give the nation we bought to Russia. Some animals are more equal than others. Kids starving in Blackpool? Know your place! We need these canned goods on the shelves of Kiev by morning.

    “Russia fires between 40,000 and 50,000 artillery shells per day,”

    And Europe makes 40,000 shells a YEAR. The U.S. still only makes 40,000 a MONTH, after an expensive panic-increase in production.

    Think about it though: It’s not like making bottle caps. You have to railroad in HIGH EXPLOSIVES. And metalworks. And high-security perimeter in the factory. So.. you have a new crew: what happens when a shell gets jammed in the power press? That’s right: YOU EVACUATE THE PREMISES and call the BOMB squad, every time. How you feel about opening one of those factories? As an investor? How about in your neighborhood? How about next to your railroad? It’s no joke.

    “Poland Builds Europe’s Largest Land Force (Az.)

    You are joking, right? They, We, NATO, just DID build Europe’s largest land force: it was called “Ukraine” and Russia knocked it out in seven days. 2,000 tanks? Poof.

    And I’m totally sure Poland can afford it and the people won’t get mad or nothin’ while they can’t get coal.

    “Biden ordered the Pentagon to transfer “precision aerial munitions” to Kiev in December.”

    Thus when they arrive and are fully on site, Russia blows them all up, plus everyone in NATO, in their “Secret” NATO treehouse base in W. Ukr. “Send all you want: they all burn the same to us” – Lavrov.

    “Set them all free, except for those few caught on tape destroying property and/or attacking people.”

    This sounds a bit crazy, but seriously: if they can demonstrate the State intentionally tampered, hid evidence, which seems a no-brainer, then they let them go EVEN IF THEY’RE GUILTY. Not kidding, this was the norm for decades, as a warning to other lying prosecutors trying to make a career. Human Rights are that important, eclipse the current issues even for murder, which this totally isn’t. In this case, we don’t even have that, since they have 2+ years time served. They should counter-sue for damages like $100k/year.

    Or you could buy them each a Killdozer, let them drive around.

    “More than $250 billion in Covid-19 relief funds were lost to “fraud” and “waste,”

    Well heck, half the SNAP funds are lost to “Waste” every year since 1960, so that’s nothing. The other part was it went OVERSEAS, to Nigerian Princes not even living here. Now THAT is new level of scandal.

    Bankman Fried all over again.
    • Silicon Valley Bank Employees Made Large Donations to Biden, Dems (GP)

    Knocking out DNC illegal funding, Part III. Ukraine, FTX, now this.

    ““I do think Dr. Fauci and the CDC changed the definition of gain-of-function research, so that Fauci has, like, this wiggle room, but they were juicing up this virus..”

    This isn’t “Gain of Function” it just “Gains the Function” of deadly viruses that never existed before and never would. That’s not bioweapons engineering when you create deadly diseases that can widely spread.

    Attack the Language. It’s a Leftist certainty. I hadn’t really understood this before, but it’s because their orientation is always to ATTACK REALITY ITSELF. “Reality” is their enemy; they hate WHAT IS. It would, should be different, better, it should change to suit ME.

    Speaking of, the Dutch Farm thing goes on, Raul should keep it posting, ‘cause it’s badddd. They are going to ERASE FARMERS who have lived there for 500 YEARS. They not only have to move to get his new pavement and condos in, they have to SIGN TO NEVER FARM AGAIN. So what are they going to do with the farm?

    THEY ARE GOING TO RE-FOREST HOLLAND. No kidding. Kill all the people, plant trees. First part of having that great Hunting Lodge I’m always talking about.

    There haven’t been forests there since the Middle Ages. They are literally “Going Medieval” on people, for Green.

    This is the Left, Socialists. ALWAYS ATTACK THE FOOD. Kill everyone widely. Make them so desperate that for their very survival they MUST obey and cooperate with the state to get a single bowl of gruel. Every where. Every time. They say “It’s an accident”; The world’s most consistent, predictable, reliable accident. Pol Pot, right back to Robespierre. CONTROL THE FOOD. KILL ALL THE THINGS.

    They “say” that they are “re-distributing” the farms to the “right people” like in Zimbabwe. Putting the “Smart People” in charge like Trofim Lysenko who’ve never lifted a shovel in their lives. Lo! And food goes down when we install people who are Loyal but have no idea what they’re doing! Who Knew???? (After the 53rd time in a row?)

    Top of Wikipedia: “The Holodomor, also known as the Terror-Famine” Terror. As in, war. Intentional. Control.

    THIS IS HOLLAND. THEY ARE TRYING TO KILL YOU. All Europe, bring you to heel. And Canada too. You are not ALLOWED to grow and eat food, EVEN IF YOU OWN THE LAND. Even if you can afford the bankrupting taxes. So listen up you hipster dummies in Williamsberg and Toronto: YOU are the ones who are going hungry and DYING, so pitch in the barracades with the Dutch Farmers now while you still can. Join the Resistance! (Nope.)

    They won’t. But that only shows the Third Horseman is loose and roaming widely: Famine. ON PURPOSE. No reason whatsoever at all.

    Will you knock it off now or do you need to die first? A: They won’t.

    E120 and E904. You will Eeeeet ze bugz!!! …For no reason at all. Sheer power and love of murder.

    Hey for fun, let’s get some there quotes of what they want for ya:

    Cannibalism

    Evidence of widespread cannibalism was documented during the Holodomor:[56][57]
    Survival was a moral as well as a physical struggle. A woman doctor wrote to a friend in June 1933 that she had not yet become a cannibal, but was “not sure that I shall not be one by the time my letter reaches you.” The good people died first. Those who refused to steal or to prostitute themselves died. Those who gave food to others died. Those who refused to eat corpses died. Those who refused to kill their fellow man died. Parents who resisted cannibalism died before their children did.[58]

    The Soviet regime printed posters declaring: “To eat your own children is a barbarian act.”[59] More than 2,500 people were convicted of cannibalism during the Holodomor.” –Wikipedia.

    “…Scholars universally agree that the cause of the famine was man-made,”

    No? They’ll kill every man in a country of 25M, erase it’s people sell off and re-distribute their women for themselves, end farming, shoot French women in the face, but NOT do anything naughty to YOU?

    Uh-huh. You go with that. I’m sure you’re totally part of The Club and none of the other Clubmembers would push you down the stairs.

    #131053
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Silicon Valley Bank and the Empire of Lies

    The FED is directly responsible for blowing up SVB’s mortgage backed securities which put them underwater. Anyone at SVB on the investment side of the bank could see for MONTHS that the steady interest rate increases from the FED was going to crash their books. Hence the CEO of SVB and other officers started dumping stock months ago.

    Dowd speculates that the FED and Neoconjobs® are trying to push all the capital to the GSIBs (Globally Systemic Important Bank) before they usher in Central Bank Digital Currency(CBDC), the Orwellian Slavery System®.

    Ed:

    Venture Capitalists (in Silicon Valley) spend their whole careers assessing risk-reward with sophisticated analytics.

    Same folks thought it was a good idea to keep millions in uninsured checking accounts.

    D’oh!

    Ed Dowd retweeted Michael Krieger

    Three things are needed to facilitate the rollout of the CBDC system.

    1) Make holding money in banks feel completely unsafe.

    2) Destroy competitors or make them unattractive as viable alternatives (bitcoin, etc)

    3) Economic collapse then tie welfare to CBDC.

    All are in play.

    So let the games begin

    #1 Provoke bank runs on all the banks that are not GSIB bank, like Chase, JP Morgan, etc..

    The Big Banks are essentially arms of the Alpha Oligarchs®

    Use celebrity actors who supposedly lost a shitton of money in SVB like Oprah and Prince Harry & Megan to go hysterical on camera to panic the Sheeple, not too hard, look at masks and Covidian Cult

    #2 Trash cryptos and especially Bitcoin, which is in a class of it’s own (legal trender in El Salivador by the by)
    Also make it impossible to store assets in Russia or China using sanctions

    #3 Collapse the Collective West economies with interest rates like Volcker’s 21% rate in the early 1980’s, ouch man, that hurt!

    After almost everyone is broke, roll out Welfare for All tied to Central Bank Digital Currency(CBDC)

    Prest-O Change-O!

    Total control of the Sheeple

    .

    Jim ‘the Shill’ Creamer

    Pimped like the Manwhore® he is

    Loyal Servant of the Empire of Lies®

    .

    #131054
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Interesting to see where this goes

    .

    March 12, 2023

    First Republic Bank employees fear job losses as bank nears collapse

    The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has reached a settlement with First Republic Bank, and the bank has stopped processing wire transfer transactions.

    First Republic Bank has also begun limiting other types of transactions and is preparing for a possible bank run.

    SVB banking contagion:

    FIRST REPUBLIC BANK could be the next domino to fall

    Posted on 3/12/23 at 12:15 am

    “BREAKING: The FDIC is already on site at First Republic Bank trying to determine the best path forward to protect depositors. Things are moving way faster than expected given the accelerating bank run that has already reached a tipping point.”

    “Confirmed just now that First Republic started throttling outbound wires today.

    “Also by the end of the day today (Saturday) they stopped processing wires altogether.

    “The previous wording when trying to wire out of First Republic on Saturday is “wire will be sent first thing Monday”. Now the wording changed to “thank you for your transaction we’ll get back to you”

    #131055
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Bank thing started just as the Chinese announced the Iran – Saudi reconciliation deal striking the Gong of Doom® for the Empire of Lies® future in the Middle East and Asia

    Just a coincidence theory, nothing to see here.

    The Blood Drinking Satanists need to cover the financial collapse, hence Ukronaziland

    Squirrel, over there!!!!

    People don’t give a crap about the squirrels anymore, sorry

    .

    #131056
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Moral Outrage is Mostly About Keeping Up Appearances

    #131057
    Noirette
    Participant

    NATO’s Trojan Horse Behind Europe’s COVID-19 Response – Part 1: Vaccinating Europe With a Military Experimental Biodefense Countermeasure.

    Did the US Department of Defense, NATO, and the EU coordinate a military response, employing tactics like 5th Generation Warfare and military-grade tools to hide the truth behind the release of a US DoD synthetic bioweapon into the European member states under the banner of “COVID-19 vaccines”?

    21st century wire, March 8, 2023. https://bit.ly/3TbqFtY

    —————————————-

    It seems that Sasha Latypova’s work has spurred ppl on!

    From CH. All instituted certification procedures concerning medical products (drugs, vax, etc.) were by-passed, that was clear from day one.

    Re. the vax: Medical doctors and accredited pharmacists (here, they are licensed for a lot) were not allowed to administer the vax.

    Verboten! Vax were carried out in Bio-labs (yess), in special emergency facilities, all over the place, in pop-up tents by ‘pharmaceutical personnel’ – mostly ppl hired to do only that.

    See the official Gvmt. advisory for ppl who want the vax. It was updated in Feb. 2023 and shows that the only vax pharmacists and Med. Docs are allowed to administer is the Booster Bivalent Moderna.

    In eng:

    https://www.ge.ch/se-faire-vacciner-contre-covid-19/liste-pharmacies-cabinets-medicaux

    I know one person who was hysterically desperate for the vax and called, called, e-mailed her doc, but the doc refused, he was not authorised to do the deed.

    So…did this extraordinary state of affairs alarm, lead to the Gvmt., the MSM to question anything? No.

    All was blanked out, covered over, with blaring EMERGENCY! PANDEMIC! measures.

    Whee—wheeh the ambulances all over the places…oh…some of my neighbors were carried away .. ppl prayed ..

    I asked some ppl in the med. community (+ bio-tech, etc.) what gives? Nobody had any answers, it was just so, it was an *URGENCE*, everything was pas comme d’hab – not as usual.

    Idk the reason(s) why Docs / accredited were not allowed to inject, it has to do with SwissMedic (like the US FDA, but only for med products) who did not certify the safety etc. of the vax…and/or protecting Med. Docs. from liability suits / other reasons, idk.

    Note, nobody is discussing the topic, it is all in the past now.

    This is typical of what happened all over Europe, with some differences, which is why I post.

    Still, the confusions and ‘other’ make it that in CH only 70% are vaxxed with two or more doses.

    #131058
    Germ
    Participant

    Fron the UK’s “Newspaper of the Year”

    Florida surgeon general’s Covid vaccine claims harm public, health agencies say

    “More than 13bn doses of Covid vaccines have been given around the world with little evidence of adverse effects, the federal agencies said.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/mar/12/florida-surgeon-generals-covid-vaccine-claims-harm-public-health-agencies-warn

    Newspapers – The more you read, the less you know!

    TVASF

    #131059
    Germ
    Participant

    @ Oroboros – there’s now an Inverse Cramer ETF.

    https://www.ft.com/content/1ce4242f-c096-43e2-bbc8-92c47e098952

    https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/quote/SJIM/history

    When he’s wrong (almost always) you win!

    #131060
    Germ
    Participant

    The Rhode Island Covid-19: NON-“EMERGENCY” was extended today, 3/12/ 23, by Executive FIAT Through 4/10/23 (at least): Order 23-03 | Governor’s Office, State of Rhode Island

    https://governor.ri.gov/executive-orders/executive-order-23-03

    Morons.

    TVASF

    #131061
    Germ
    Participant

    Joe Biden’s image is being used to advertise elder/dementia care in Russia.
    What a hoot!

    #131062
    Alexander Carpenter
    Participant

    OK, Guys… What is the URL/WebLink to directly access the “New Tech Exclusive” ranter who is so entertaining and right on? What is his name (if he even tells us)?

    He is in the Comment 131056 above, from Oroboros.

    And is he the Worm Oroboros, or some kind of Mobius strip? We should all be so lucky…

    #131063
    Oroboros
    Participant

    @Germ

    Thank for the Joe joke!

    The poster says “”For elderly people, attention is important”

    Not in the White House it isn’t.

    Dr Jill be pimpin her Jojo

    .

    #131064
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Styxhexenhammer666

    https://www.bitchute.com/channel/Styxhexenham/

    He is hilarious, wide range of interests, live in Holland.

    Will make you blow your morning coffee out your nose.

    Is Tomorrow Bloody Monday? Silicon Valley Bank in Focus

    #131065
    Germ
    Participant

    A taste of hell for us armchair warriors:

    #131066
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Democracy is coming to the USA. But not just yet. The extreme totalitarian fascism and brutality imposed on the masses needs to come to a boil that erupts puss everywhere first, with most people impoverished and very likely few million more murdered by ‘the government’.

    #131067
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Nate does not understand that the money banks lend is not from depositors’ deposits, but apart from that, ‘all good’:

    #131068
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Re Leonard and Democracy
    —————————

    Sail on, sail on
    O mighty ship of state
    – you kidding me, right?

    F.S.

    #131069
    Afewknowthetruth
    Participant

    Concentration of power, selection of ‘good assets’ for transfer to criminal enterprises and off-loading of ‘bad assets’ onto taxpayers, the blame game and protection of ‘authorities’ from responsibility etc. -all done deliberately.

    #131070
    Kassandra
    Participant

    Well this has been an interesting 3 days. I worked for FRB for nearly 5 years. BofA for 9 years. Employed and worked with many SVB employees. I was working for BofA in 2008 when I put everything in cash, I’ve been spooked ever since. In in tech, not finance, but it all seemed cray to me. Will this be an interesting week, or will they just make it all go away? I guess we’ll find out!

    #131071
    John Day
    Participant

    Thanks Ilargi, for finding that “Intel Drop” about the hypersonic missiles hitting “allied” command/control structures last week, as Zerosum had turned up a hint about.
    I suspected as much with so much high-value ordnance deployed.

    #131072
    John Day
    Participant

    “The Real Deal” (Special Sunday Edition) https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/the-real-deal

    Michael Hudson and Radhika Desai: No Room For Gunboats, a history of the Imperial Sterling System, and how it was changed when the $US moved-in.
    There is quite a lot of explanation of the economic events from WW-1 through the end of 1949, which is as well-presented as I have ever seen, then this:
    Everybody was complaining by 1950. The United States solved the problem in a way that nobody had expected. The Korean War — from the time America entered the Korean War in 1950/51, every single year its balance of payments moved into chronic deficit that got deeper and deeper until 1971 when it was forced off gold.
    The entire balance of payments deficit was equal to, year after year, to America’s military spending abroad.
    When I left Chase Manhattan Bank, I was employed by Arthur Anderson to do an analysis of the US balance of payments. I produced the charts and the statistics — they are repeated in Super Imperialism — to show the entire deficit was indeed U.S. foreign military spending.
    At that time, Mr. John McNamara, the Secretary of Defense, telephoned Arthur Anderson and said, if they supply [Michael’s] report, [Arthur Anderson] would never get another contract with the US government.
    So my boss Mr. Barsanti came in and apologized to me and said that they couldn’t publish it.
    Their art department had made very nice charts and he gave them to me. And I went to New York University’s business school and I published it, all these statistics, and a monograph summarized in Super Imperialism.
    The Federal Reserve, then, thought, “How are we going to cope with this?”
    They didn’t want to attack me obviously, so they attacked all the publications of NYU’s business school. They said that the fact that I found the Vietnam War responsible for the deficit and military spending doesn’t give confidence in NYU’s editorial decision.
    But then one of my students, at The New School where I was teaching international finance and trade, worked for the Federal Reserve and showed me their internal memos saying, “Yes this is true, we can’t let it get out.”
    All of this discussion about international balance and fairness, as if all the balance of payments deficits were international trade, ignored two things.
    They ignored, number one, military spending that was the key to the deficit, and that actually has been since the thirteenth century. War forces countries into deficit. War forces countries to borrow. That was why the Catholic Church, the papacy in the thirteenth century, legitimized interest-bearing debt to finance the wars — the crusades and the wars it was fighting.
    So this is a constant throughout history. It doesn’t appear in any of the “free trade” economic models. It’s as if governments don’t exist.
    And the other thing that doesn’t exist in this, saying that balance of payments equilibrium is all trade — they then say that all trade is a result of labor asking for [higher] wages. And the way to run a deficit is to institute a class war against labor. You want to fight the labor unions, you want to lower wage levels to enable countries to have achieved balance.
    Well what they mean by “balance” is obviously to finance this US-centered, military order, because the dollars that countries who are accumulating — when they weren’t asking for gold — were loans to the US Treasury by buying Treasury Bills that financed not only the domestic budget deficit — that was largely military — but also the balance of payments deficit.
    So the entire stability between 1951 and 1971, for 20 years, was provided by military spending as the United States put military bases all over the rest of the world.
    So what achieved balance was military — the military deficit. Not trade adjustment. Not investment adjustment. All of this is left out.
    Trade theory does not have room for the gunboats. And if you look at the balance of payments for the last 800 years, it’s all about the gunboats. That’s the amazing thing.
    And what we’re focusing on is the politics. International exchange rates and relations are not a function of “free market” arrangements. They are a function of intergovernmental debt — not so much private [debt] — and military spending. And governments paying their foreign currency by selling off their infrastructure.
    I want to make one final comment. When Radhika says that “stability is achieved by investing,” I said that was the US nightmare.
    That nightmare was imposed — the iron hand was the World Bank. There is a reason it’s usually led by defense department and military heads. The prime directive of the World Bank is, “No country should compete with major products that the United States exports — above all, grain.
    The one thing that the World Bank has opposed is other countries growing their own food grain.

    Trade Theory: No Room for Gunboats

    “Never Seen In Over 40 Years” – SVB Collapse Sparks Bank Runs As People Wait In Lines
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/never-seen-over-40-years-svb-collapse-sparks-bank-runs-people-wait-lines

    Yellen Says Government Will Help SVB Depositors But “No Bailout” As Fed, FDIC “Hope” Talk Of Special Vehicle Prevents More Bank Runs
    (There is good analysis in this article of how SVB had forced risk onto customers by making those businesses that took loans from SVB, tech start-ups, etc. do all of their banking at SVB, ​assuming a lot of risk​ from SVB​, for only a small premium. The bank got-over on them, they are​ now​ the hostages.)
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/yellen-says-government-will-help-svb-depositors-no-bailout-fed-fdic-hopes-talk-special

    ​ They can only regret the widespread bank-run that will be brought on by failing to secure deposits.​
    ​ ​SVB Latest Developments Live Blog: Regulators Weighing Bailout Of All Unsecured Depositors To Prevent “Banking Panic”
    3:00pm ET Update: In a reversal of what Janet Yellen said just hours ago, WaPo reports that federal authorities are “seriously considering safeguarding all uninsured deposits at Silicon Valley Bank” – and by extension any other bank on the verge of failure – and are weighing an extraordinary intervention to prevent what they fear would be a panic in the U.S. financial system. Translation: bailout of all depositors, not just those guaranteed by the the FDIC.
    4:30pm ET Update: It’s getting to the point where every new “proposal” or “idea” being thrown about is worse than the previous one​..​​. Shortly after the WaPo reported that the Fed is “seriously considering safeguarding all uninsured deposits at Silicon Valley Bank”, BBG is out with a report that the Federal Reserve is also “considering easing the terms of banks’ access to its discount window, giving firms a way to turn assets that have lost value into cash without the kind of losses that toppled SVB Financial Group.”​ [This is good strategy, in my opinion. It supports trust in ​$​US banking.]
    ​ ​Such a move would increase the ability of banks to keep up with demands from depositors to withdraw, without having to book losses by selling bonds and other assets that have deteriorated in value amid interest-rate increases — the dynamic that caused SVB to collapse on Friday.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/svb-latest-developments-live-blog-fdic-auction-failed-svb-assets-underway

    #131073
    John Day
    Participant

    “It’s As Bad As We Thought”: CCP Money Flowed To Biden Family According Bank Records, Documents Obtained By House GOP
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/its-bad-we-thought-ccp-money-flowed-biden-family-according-bank-records-documents

    ​ This article from Greece can be Google translated. It makes the case that a negotiated settlement to the war in Ukraine is (secretly) coming. That will realistically involve ceding to Russia all that is already declared to be Russian territory, merely as a practical matter.​
    China has an interest in peace, as does Europe. The US has interests in preventing normal trade relations between Europe, Russia and China. Ukraine stands to be an important economic corridor.
    I would like to point out what Hudson and Desai point out above, that “Ukraine” is being saddled with unpayable debt, making it malleable to western policy decisions, and subject to loss of both land and political sovereignty. Maybe Russia and China can offer “Ukraine” and Europe a better deal.

    Aποκάλυψη Αμερικανών: Το ΝΑΤΟ θα παραδώσει στον Ζελένσκι σχέδιο οριστικού διαμελισμού της Ουκρανίας – Πού θα είναι τα νέα σύνορα της χώρας;

    ​Here is another war news article in Greek, saying that a bomb-assassination of the president of Transnistria has been prevented, and many lives saved. It reports plans to invade Transnistria from the Ukrainian and Moldovan sides simultaneously. I keep wondering how many of the hypersonic missile strikes last week hit joint Ukraine/NATO command centers, preparing for Ukraine’s spring offensive (when the deep mud hardens-up). How are those secret negotiations going?
    ​https://warnews247.gr/polemos-enopsei-kai-stin-yperdneisteria-syllipsi-oukranou-praktora-apopeira-dolofonias-tis-igesias-tis-choras-vid/

    Iran reverse-engineered an American TOW antitank missile of 1970s vintage. Russia has now sent multiple Javelin anti-tank and Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran for analysis and possible reverse-engineering, or development of electronic countermeasures. Greek again.

    Javelin και Stinger στα χέρια των Ιρανών: Η Ρωσία έστειλε στο Ιράν δυτικά όπλα – «λάφυρα» πολέμου από την Ουκρανία

    This analysis assumes a little too much. The US has only opened-the-option of blaming Ukraine for the Nordstream bombings; has not thrown Ukraine under the bus (yet). This puts pressure on Ukraine to accept whatever the US/NATO dictates. The Ukrainians are probably getting sick of this. Will Ukraine shift “enemies”?
    Tulsi Gabbard Explains Why US Threw Ukraine Under the Bus by Blaming Kiev for Nord Stream Blasts
    https://sputniknews.com/20230310/tulsi-gabbard-explains-why-us-threw-ukraine-under-the-bus-by-blaming-kiev-for-nord-stream-blasts-1108272715.html

    #131074
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ We may assume that Putin and Xi will meet in Moscow, but may not assume details. China just negotiated a rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which means that Israel has also had to make new deals with Russia, Cina and Saudi Arabia, or is doing so.​ Whatever influence Israel may have upon US foreign policy, that is now only part of the regional equation, and may soon be even less. The US is having something like Britain’s Suez Crisis moment.
    China has been speaking in a more straightforward way against American imperialistic foreign policy and double-standards. This seems to be accelerating in even the past week or two. China would probably not do this if there were any uncertainty about it backfiring. Since this is hybrid war, and finance is an important part, especially global trade finance, I suspect that China and Russia have an announcement to make about the “newcoin” global trade currency, which was detailed by Pepe Escobar, from a source nicknamed “S. Tzu”, who was the author of the Taoist classic, “Art of War”.

    Moveable Multipolarity in Moscow: Ridin’ the ‘Newcoin’ Train


    ​ ​BEIJING, March 7. /TASS/. The Chinese Foreign Ministry is unable to confirm information that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Russia on March 21, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said on Wednesday.
    ​ ​”China and Russia maintain close contacts at all levels, but we have no information now about the visit you are asking about,” she said curtly to a reporter at a news conference.​ ​https://tass.com/world/1586107

    ​ At a moment where the bank-run has begun in the US, and the US is clearly losing, and secretly negotiating peace in Ukraine, and has been outed for blowing up Germany’s gas pipelines, the stronger a joint-statement made by China and Russia​, the more decisive it will be in rapidly unseating the remaining global authority of the $US, which is the “New Sterling System”, as above. Leaving behind an imperialist global trade system for something very much more like what John Mayynard Keynes proposed at Bretton Woods is discussed in that Hudson/Desai co-presentation. It is a noble objective.

    When Censorship Fails: Two Thirds Of US Adults Think COVID Likely Started In A Lab
    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/when-censorship-fails-two-thirds-us-adults-think-covid-likely-started-lab

    ​ ​Steve Kirsch:​ ​A new study covertly released by the Israeli Ministry of Health confirms what we know from the Medicare data: the COVID vaccines increase your risk of death over time.
    https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/new-israeli-moh-study-shows-covid

    ​ I would entitle this “Ten bold faced government lies refuted”​.
    FDA and CDC Assertions in Doubling Down on COVID-19 Vaccination​ Peter McCullough MD​
    Letter to Florida Surgeon General Tells America to Expect More Tension Over Injuries, Disabilities, and Deaths
    https://petermcculloughmd.substack.com/p/fda-and-cdc-assertions-in-doubling

    #131075
    zerosum
    Participant

    In my memory, paychecks are issued on Friday.
    If people don’t get their paychecks there will be trouble.
    If the paychecks are good then the people will withdraw or not deposit their paychecks and the banks will get a double whammy bank run.
    We got a whole week to speculate our future.

    zerohedge is producing a lot of info on possible bank runs
    https://www.zerohedge.com/

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/svb-latest-developments-live-blog-fdic-auction-failed-svb-assets-underway
    Fed Panics: Signature Bank Suddenly Shuttered; Fed, TSY, FDIC Announce Another Banking System Bailout

    #131076
    zerosum
    Participant

    Translation: the Fed’s hiking cycle is dead and buried, and here comes the next round of massive liquidity injections. It also means that the Fed, Treasury and FDIC have just experienced the most devastating humiliation in recent history – just 4 days ago Powell was telling Congress he could hike 50bps and here we are now using taxpayer funds to bail out banks that have collapsed because they couldn’t even handle 4.75% and somehow the Fed has no idea!

    To summarize:

    Signature Bank has been closed
    All depositors of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank will be fully protected
    Shareholders and certain unsecured debtholders will not be protected
    New Fed 13(3) facility announced with $25 billion from ESF to backstop bank deposits
    As we said earlier on twitter, “this is a regulatory failure of historic proportions by both the Fed and Treasury. Instead of preventing billions in losses, the Fed was worrying about board diversity and Yellen was flying to Ukraine. Everyone should be sacked immediately.”

    #131077
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    @ Dr. Day – “Never Seen In Over 40 Years” – SVB Collapse Sparks Bank Runs As People Wait In Lines
    ————————————

    Regarding above zero hedge article, … germane comments on this ( and lot more ) in following rant:

    … worth hearing out the whole vid. Both chaps make lot of sense. Explain a lot of intricacy of financial markets

    F.S.

    #131078
    Germ
    Participant

    He banked at SVB, or was it at SBNY?

    BA TRAGEDY Veteran British Airways pilot collapses and dies shortly before he was due to captain packed passenger jet

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/21681055/veteran-british-airways-pilot-dies/

    TVASF

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