Mar 152023

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US Drones Gather Data For Kiev’s Future Strikes On Russia – Ambassador (TASS)
Saudi-Iranian Détente Is a Wake-Up Call for America (Walt)
Glazyev: ‘The Road To Financial Multipolarity Will Be Long And Rocky’ (Escobar)
Ukraine Doesn’t Have the Resources for a Counteroffensive (Antiwar)
Russian Economic Sovereignty Increased Exponentially – Putin (RT)
Current World Problems Began After Soviet Union’s Collapse – Putin (TASS)
Russia In Ukraine Fights For Russian World – Putin (TASS)
Russia Trying To Normalize Relations With Ukraine For Decades – Putin (TASS)
The Nord Stream-Andromeda Cover Up (Scott Ritter)
Nord Stream Blasts Staged By A State-level Actor – Putin (TASS)
Canadian Foreign Minister Calls For “Regime Change” in Russia (SN)
Defending Ukraine Not Key US Interest – DeSantis (RT)
Biden Admin Blocked SVB Sale, Nationalized It, Blamed Trump For Collapse (ZH)
Democrats Scramble To Find A Scapegoat For The Bank Crisis (ZH)
Ken Griffin: American Capitalism Is “Breaking Down Before Our Eyes” (ZH)
Pfizer Wants EU To Keep Paying For Unused Covid Jabs – FT (RT)



Hollywood 1931
Einstein: “What I most admire about your art, is your universality. You don’t say a word, yet the world understands you!”
Chaplin: “True. But your glory is even greater! The whole world admires you, even though they don’t understand a word of what you say.”





Ditto for 90s.



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China warns, guardrails are coming off





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Where it was flying, towards Russia, with its transponder turned off. Completely ormal.

US Drones Gather Data For Kiev’s Future Strikes On Russia – Ambassador (TASS)

US drones are collecting reconnaissance data to be used by the Kiev forces for their future strikes on the Russian territory and Russian troops, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has said. “The unacceptable actions of the United States military in the close proximity to our borders are cause for concern. We are well aware of the missions such reconnaissance and strike drones are used for,” the ambassador was quoted as saying in a communique, issued in connection with Tuesday’s US MQ-9 Reaper drone’s crash in the Black Sea.

The Russian diplomat quoted US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby as saying that US UAVs make these kinds of overflights on a daily basis. “What do they do thousands of miles away from the United States? The answer is obvious – they gather intelligence which is later used by the Kiev regime to attack our armed forces and territory,” Antonov said. “We proceed from the fact that the United States will refrain from further speculations in the media landscape and stop making sorties near the Russian borders,” he added.

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Too late to wake up.

Saudi-Iranian Détente Is a Wake-Up Call for America (Walt)

The détente between Saudi Arabia and Iran—with China playing a facilitating role—is not as momentous as Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, Anwar Sadat’s trip to Jerusalem in 1977, or the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Even so, if the agreement sticks, it’s a pretty big deal. Most importantly, it is a wake-up call for the Biden administration and the rest of the United States’ foreign-policy establishment, because it exposes the self-imposed handicaps that have long crippled U.S. Middle East policy. It also highlights how China is attempting to present itself as a force for peace in the world, a mantle that the United States has largely abandoned in recent years.

How did China pull this off? Efforts to lower the temperature between Riyadh and Tehran had been underway for some time, but China could step in and help the two parties reach agreement because its dramatic economic rise has given it a growing role in the Middle East. More importantly, China could mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia because it has cordial, business-like ties with a majority of countries in the region. China has diplomatic relations and does business with all sides: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Gulf States, even Bashar al-Assad in Syria. That’s how a great power maximizes its leverage: You make it clear that you’re willing to work with others if they are willing to work with you, and your ties with others remind them that you have other options, too.

The United States, by contrast, has “special relationships” with some countries in the Middle East and no relationship at all with others, most notably Iran. The result is that client states such as Egypt, Israel, or Saudi Arabia take U.S. support for granted and treat its concerns with ill-disguised contempt, whether the issue is human rights in Egypt, the Saudi war in Yemen, or Israel’s long and brutal campaign to colonize the West Bank. At the same time, our mostly futile efforts to isolate and topple the Islamic Republic have left Washington with essentially zero capacity to shape Iran’s perceptions, actions, or diplomatic trajectory. This policy—a product of the assiduous efforts of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, etc., and well-funded Arab government lobbying efforts—may be the clearest example of an own goal in contemporary U.S. diplomacy.

By demonstrating that Washington can’t do much to advance peace or justice in the region, it has left the field wide open for Beijing. The Saudi-Iranian deal also highlights an important dimension of the emerging Sino-American rivalry: Will Washington or Beijing be seen by others as the best guide to a future world order? Given the United States’ outsized global role since 1945, Americans have become accustomed to assuming that most states will follow our lead, even when they have reservations about what we are doing. China would like to alter that equation, and portraying itself as a more likely source of peace and stability is a key part of that effort.

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“..the geoeconomics of multipolarity..”

Glazyev: ‘The Road To Financial Multipolarity Will Be Long And Rocky’ (Escobar)

The headquarters of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) in Moscow, linked to the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) is arguably one of the most crucial nodes of the emerging multipolar world. That’s where I was received by Minister of Integration and Macroeconomics Sergey Glazyev – who was previously interviewed in detail by The Cradle – for an exclusive, expanded discussion on the geoeconomics of multipolarity. Glazyev was joined by his top economic advisor Dmitry Mityaev, who is also the secretary of the Eurasian Economic Commission’s (EEC) science and technology council. The EAEU and EEC are formed by Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Armenia. The group is currently engaged in establishing a series of free trade agreements with nations from West Asia to Southeast Asia.

Our conversation was unscripted, free flowing and straight to the point. I had initially proposed some talking points revolving around discussions between the EAEU and China on designing a new gold/commodities-based currency bypassing the US dollar, and how it would be realistically possible to have the EAEU, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and BRICS+ to adopt the same currency design. Glazyev and Mityaev were completely frank and also asked questions on the Global South. As much as extremely sensitive political issues should remain off the record, what they said about the road towards multipolarity was quite sobering – in fact realpolitik-based.

Glazyev stressed that the EEC cannot ask for member states to adopt specific economic policies. There are indeed serious proposals on the design of a new currency, but the ultimate decision rests on the leaders of the five permanent members. That implies political will – ultimately to be engineered by Russia, which is responsible for over 80 percent of EAEU trade. It’s quite possible that a renewed impetus may come after the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow on March 21, where he will hold in-depth strategic talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Ukraine Doesn’t Have the Resources for a Counteroffensive (Antiwar)

A senior Ukrainian government official told The Washington Post that Kyiv doesn’t have the resources to pull off a big counteroffensive in the coming months as Ukraine is lacking skilled troops, munitions, and other equipment. “If you have more resources, you more actively attack,” said the official, who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity. “If you have fewer resources, you defend more. We’re going to defend. That’s why if you ask me personally, I don’t believe in a big counteroffensive for us. I’d like to believe in it, but I’m looking at the resources and asking, ‘With what?’ Maybe we’ll have some localized breakthroughs.” The official said Ukraine doesn’t have “the people or weapons” to pull off a counteroffensive. “And you know the ratio: When you’re on the offensive, you lose twice or three times as many people. We can’t afford to lose that many people,” the official said.

The Post also spoke with a Ukrainian battalion commander who went by the name of Kupol and detailed the grim situation on the frontlines. Kupol said his battalion previously withdrew from the town of Soledar, which is near the eastern city of Bakhmut, and came under Russian control in January. Kupol said of his battalion of 500 troops, 100 were killed, and about 400 were wounded, leading to a complete turnover. He’s now being sent soldiers with no combat experience and very little training. “I get 100 new soldiers,” Kupol said. “They don’t give me any time to prepare them. They say, ‘Take them into the battle.’ They just drop everything and run. That’s it.” “Do you understand why? Because the soldier doesn’t shoot. I ask him why, and he says, ‘I’m afraid of the sound of the shot,’” he added.

The Post report said that Ukraine has sent in an influx of draftees to replace more experienced soldiers who have been killed or wounded. It said that as more Ukrainian men who didn’t volunteer fear they will get called to battle, Ukraine’s security services shut down Telegram accounts that were helping Ukrainians avoid locations where authorities were handing out draft slips. Kupol said Ukrainian forces are also fighting with very little ammunition. “You’re on the front line,” he said. “They’re coming toward you, and there’s nothing to shoot with.” The Kyiv Independent also recently spoke with Ukrainian soldiers who said they were fighting without much ammunition, training, and support.

Ukraine is taking heavy losses in its battle defending Bakhmut, but it’s keeping a tight lid on its casualty numbers. A German official said including dead and wounded, Ukraine has suffered 120,000 troops, but the number could be much higher. Despite the dire conditions for the Ukrainian troops, Kyiv is still sending untrained soldiers into what has become known as the “meat grinder” in Bakhmut. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of Russia’s Wagner Group, said Sunday that Ukraine was “supplying endless reserves” and that fighting was getting fiercer as Russian forces are trying to push through to the western part of the city.


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“.. the fundamental foundations of Russia’s stability are now “much stronger than anyone could previously imagine.”

Russian Economic Sovereignty Increased Exponentially – Putin (RT)

The Russian economy hasn’t collapsed due to sweeping Western restrictions, President Vladimir Putin has stated, noting that, on the contrary, its sovereignty has grown many times over. Putin, who was meeting with aircraft factory employees in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia, on Tuesday, noted the country had passed a very important stage in its development, which could be the most important result of 2022. “We have exponentially increased our economic sovereignty. After all, what did our adversary count on? That we would collapse in two or three weeks or in a month,” the Russian leader said.

“The expectation was that enterprises would cease due to our partners refusing to work with us, the financial system would collapse, tens of thousands of people would be left without work, take to the streets, protest, Russia would be shaken from the inside and collapse. That was their intention, but this did not happen,” Putin declared. He pointed out that the Russian financial system has survived, growing stronger and becoming more independent, thanks to the actions of the central bank. Putin also indicated that the unemployment rate in the country was currently at a historically low level of 3.6%, while GDP has fallen by only 1.2%. According to the Russian president, the fundamental foundations of Russia’s stability are now “much stronger than anyone could previously imagine.”

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More from Putin’s meeting with aircraft factory employees in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia.

Current World Problems Began After Soviet Union’s Collapse – Putin (TASS)

Modern international problems began after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin said while answering a question of one of the employees of the Ulan-Ude aircraft-building plant during a visit to the enterprise on Tuesday. “Of course, all the problems began after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Why? Because the then world order – in a sense it still exists today – was built after World War II by the countries that won that war. First of all, the United States and the Soviet Union,” Putin said. He recalled that the states then “distributed the zones of their influence among themselves and did not interfere with each other.” “Of course, there were enough problems, including the Caribbean crisis, but nevertheless [the USSR and the US] coexisted,” he said.

Putin stressed that the system of the bipolar world “began to crumble down” after the collapse of the USSR, when geopolitical interests turned out to be more important for the West than confrontation with the Soviet Union. “Frankly speaking, it seemed to the people of my generation, including myself, and even a little bit younger ones, that yes, it was regrettable that the Soviet Union collapsed, but nevertheless, the basis for confrontation between the former Soviet Union and modern Russia and the Western world was gone, that that basis disappeared and there were no ideological foundations for confrontation anymore,” Putin said. “It seemed that now everything would be fine forever. It turned out that this was not so. It turned out that the geopolitical interests of our <…> partners were much more important than, among other things, contradictions with the former Soviet Union,” he added.

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“For us, this is a struggle for our people who live on these territories,” the president stressed. “We are a multi-ethnic country. But still, this is the Russian world..”

“For us, it is a struggle for the existence of Russian statehood..”

Russia In Ukraine Fights For Russian World – Putin (TASS)

Russia cannot abandon the Russian-speaking population and it is fighting for the Russian world in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, while answering a question from one of the employees of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. “For us, this is a struggle for our people who live on these territories,” the president stressed. “We are a multi-ethnic country. But still, this is the Russian world. If you chance to have a word with the people who come from there – I’ve met some of them – they are no different from you and me! They are the same as we are. They are part of us, how can they be abandoned?” Putin added. He stressed that Russia had spent eight years trying to solve the Donbass issue peacefully, but was repeatedly fooled. “We spent eight years trying to persuade our so-called partners to resolve the Donbass issue peacefully. It has now turned out that they fooled, deceived us. They aren’t shy to say it publicly,” Putin stated.

He stressed that Russia, unlike the West, was fighting not for its geopolitical position, but for the existence of its statehood. “Whereas for our Western partners, so-called, for our opponents today – we can now say this directly – the point at issue is an improvement of the geopolitical position, then for us, bearing in mind the prehistory of the last eight to ten years, everything that is happening now is not just an improvement of some geopolitical position. <…> For us, it is a struggle for the existence of Russian statehood,” Putin said. Putin stressed that the enemy’s sole task was to shake loose the Russian state and “to tear it apart.” “For us this is not a geopolitical task, but the task of the ensuring the survival of Russian statehood and of creating conditions for the future development of our country and our children,” he concluded.

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“..after 2014 the physical extermination of those who advocated the development of normal relations with Russia began.”

Russia Trying To Normalize Relations With Ukraine For Decades – Putin (TASS)

Russia had been patiently trying to normalize situation with Ukraine for decades but the situation changed after the state coup in 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday. “As a matter of fact, we had been patiently trying to normalize relations with the modern Ukrainian state for decades,” he said at a meeting with workers of the Ulan-Ude aircraft-building plant. “The situation changed dramatically in 2014 when the West-instigate state coup was staged.” According to Putin, in its relations with Ukraine, Russia relied on those who considered themselves as part of the large Russian world, but in 2014 their extermination began.

“We relied not just on the Russian-speaking population [in Ukraine]. The whole country there is essentially Russian-speaking. We relied on those who considered themselves as part of the large Russian world, part of our culture, part of our language environment and part of our common traditions. We relied on these people,” Putin said. He stressed that “after 2014 the physical extermination of those who advocated the development of normal relations with Russia began.” The president recalled that when the problem of Crimea emerged, Russia simply could not but support those people.

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“Simply put — no decompression chamber, no dive, no story.”

The Nord Stream-Andromeda Cover Up (Scott Ritter)

The same day the German reporting on the new Nord Stream attack narrative broke, The New York Times ran a front-page story entitled “Intelligence Suggests Pro-Ukrainian Group Sabotaged Pipelines, US Officials Say.” For the first time, The New York Times referred to Hersh’s reporting, writing, “Last month, the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published an article on the newsletter platform Substack concluding that the United States carried out the operation at the direction of Mr. Biden,” before closing with “U.S. officials say Mr. Biden and his top aides did not authorize a mission to destroy the Nord Stream pipelines, and they say there was no U.S. involvement.” As if echoing the Biden White House denials, The New York Times led off with this:

“New intelligence reporting amounts to the first significant known lead about who was responsible for the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines that carried natural gas from Russia to Europe”. The New York Times, it seems, was more than happy about proceeding with its own anonymous intelligence sources, while dismissing Hersh’s. The problem with both the German reporting and that of The New York Times (whose source was clearly referring to the same data reported by the German reporters) is that the Andromeda narrative doesn’t hold water. Take, for instance, the Tom Clancy-like tale of derring-do that has four allegedly Ukraine-affiliated divers defy physiology by conducting dives that would require the use of a decompression chamber for them to survive an ascent of 240 feet (the depth of the Nord Stream pipelines that were destroyed).

A rule of thumb is that decompression takes approximately one day per 100 feet of seawater plus a day. This means that the team of divers would have required three days of decompression per dive. But to decompress, one needs a decompression chamber. For a dive involving two divers, the Andromeda would have to have been outfitted with either a two-person Class A decompression chamber, or two single-person Class B chambers, as well as the number of large oxygen bottles needed to operate these chambers over time. A simple examination of the interior cabin space of the Bavarian C50 yacht would quickly dispossess one of any notion that either option was viable. Simply put — no decompression chamber, no dive, no story.

[..] a standard high-explosive charge of several hundred kilograms would not be sufficient to cause the destruction that occurred on the Nord Stream pipeline. Enter Hersh, who reported that the explosives used were “shaped charges.” With a shaped charge, the energy of the explosion is focused in one direction, usually by creating a concave shape in the explosive that is them lined with a metal sheet, so that it usually achieves an armor- and/or concrete-penetrating effect. Without getting too technical, the design of an underwater shaped charge that would be sufficient to penetrate concrete-lined steel pipe at a depth of 240 feet is not common knowledge. The charge would have to be prepared by qualified explosives experts and ideally tested prior to being employed operationally to validate the design and functionality of the device. These are not tasks undertaken by a small ad hoc team of Ukrainian underwater saboteurs, but rather state-sponsored actors with access to military grade explosives and testing facilities.

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“An explosion of this kind – of such power, at such depth, can only be carried out by specialists, and supported by the entire power of a state, possessing certain technologies…”

Nord Stream Blasts Staged By A State-level Actor – Putin (TASS)

Only a state-level actor could have pulled off such a large-scale sabotage operation, the Russian president said. Russian president Vladimir Putin has dismissed as “nonsense” recent claims that the attack on the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines might have been carried by “Ukrainian activists.” The president made the remarks on Tuesday during his visit to an aircraft plant in the capital city of Russia’s Buryatia republic, Ulan-Ude. “I’m sure this is complete nonsense. An explosion of this kind – of such power, at such depth, can only be carried out by specialists, and supported by the entire power of a state, possessing certain technologies,” Putin told reporters.

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Deaf, dumb and blind.

Canadian Foreign Minister Calls For “Regime Change” in Russia (SN)

Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly admitted that the long term goal of western involvement in Ukraine is not merely to see Moscow defeated, but to enact “regime change” in Russia. Joly made the comments while her government announced new sanctions against the import of Russian aluminum and steel. “We’re able to see how much we’re isolating the Russian regime right now — because we need to do so economically, politically and diplomatically — and what are the impacts also on society, and how much we’re seeing potential regime change in Russia,” Joly stated. “The goal is definitely to do that, is to weaken Russia’s ability to launch very difficult attacks against Ukraine. We want also to make sure that Putin and his enablers are held to account,” she added.

Russian ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov reacted to Joly’s remarks by stating that they may have been a “Freudian slip of the tongue.” “What she or other decision-makers in Ottawa don’t want to recognize is that the current Russian policy is supported by the ultimate majority of the nation,” Stepanov said. A similar awkward ‘slip of the tongue’ occurred back in January when Germany’s foreign minister Annalena Baerbock acknowledged, “We are fighting a war against Russia, and not against each other.” Joly’s comments will only serve to bolster Vladimir Putin’s assertions that NATO support for Ukraine is about isolating Russia and eventually overthrowing its government. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky recently warned that if Ukraine loses then Americans “will have to send their sons and daughters” to war with Russia over the Baltic states “and they will have to fight” and “they will be dying.”

Former UK Defense Minister Sir Gerald Howarth also said last month that NATO may need to send ground forces to Ukraine. The US military-industrial complex is making massive gains as a result of the war in Ukraine and other global conflicts, with weapons manufacturers enjoying soaring profits. Data released by the State Department shows that US weapons sales to other countries rose from $103.4 billion in 2021 to $153.7 billion in 2022.

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“The Biden administration are the ones who got us into this mess.”

Defending Ukraine Not Key US Interest – DeSantis (RT)

Becoming increasingly involved in the military confrontation between Ukraine and Russia is not a key interest for the US, Florida’s Republican governor Ron Desantis wrote in response to a question posed by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday. Carlson asked several “2024 GOP hopefuls” whether opposing Russia in Ukraine was a “vital strategic interest” for the US and shared DeSantis’ response on Twitter. The governor stated that the US had many “vital national interests,” such as securing its borders, addressing the recruitment crisis within the US military, achieving energy security and independence, and “checking the economic, cultural, and military power of the Chinese Communist Party.” However, becoming “further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them,” DeSantis noted.

He added that the Biden administration’s policy of issuing virtual “blank checks” to Ukraine in order to fund the conflict for “as long as it takes,” without any defined objectives or accountability, only serves to distract from the most pressing challenges currently facing the US. The governor also blasted Washington for effectively driving Russia closer to China, which he believes represents a much greater threat than Moscow. DeSantis, who many expect to contend for the US presidency in the 2024 elections, has set himself apart from other top Republican leaders with his stance on Ukraine. Responding to the same question, former vice president Mike Pence insisted that “there is no room for Putin apologists in the Republican Party” and that Putin must be stopped to prevent Russia from moving toward Washington’s NATO allies.

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell has also pledged the Republican party’s commitment to the Ukrainian war effort. In his response to Carlson’s question, former president Donald Trump insisted that the conflict, which he believes would have never happened if he’d been in office, must end as soon as possible and that the US president must meet with both sides and quickly work out a deal. He also stated that while opposing Russia in Ukraine is not a vital American national strategic interest for the US, it is important for Europe. “That is why Europe should be paying far more than we are, or equal,” Trump said. Asked if the US should support regime change in Russia, the former president stated that he did not, and instead called for regime change in the United States itself. “That’s far more important,” he wrote. “The Biden administration are the ones who got us into this mess.”

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“..the Biden Admin had a whitelist of companies that were allowed to buy the failed bank & companies that weren’t.”

Biden Admin Blocked SVB Sale, Nationalized It, Blamed Trump For Collapse (ZH)

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“..any pursuit of new QE in the face of a credit crunch would lead to an immediate spike in inflation once again, crushing the middle class..”

Democrats Scramble To Find A Scapegoat For The Bank Crisis (ZH)

What Democrats do not seem to understand is that the easing of Dodd-Frank capital requirements was in direct response to the Federal Reserve’s announced plan to tighten liquidity and raise interest rates through 2018. With more expensive credit and a shrinking Fed balance sheet, reducing requirements for bank buffers was one of the few ways to prevent the stimulus addicted lending sector from plummeting. The extra capital also allowed banks to continue lending to companies that engage in stock buybacks, keeping stock markets afloat. With a larger capital buffer even more liquidity dries up, revealing the true economic weakness underneath that Dems have denied for the past few years. So, if Biden and the Dems get what they want (more strict capital requirements for banks), then there will be an even swifter collapse of markets and the overall economy due to lack of liquidity.

By the end of 2018, markets began to plunge anyway under the strain of higher interest rates, which led to the Fed reversing course, and this seems to be what Democrats are really hoping for. They have called for endless liquidity measures and have consistently demanded lower rates and looser monetary policy. However, when Donald Trump’s Administration called for rate cuts during his term, Dems attacked. Once again, when Republicans do it, it’s wrong; when they do it, it’s good policy. Another issue to consider is that each successive program by the Fed to employ bailouts and QE accelerates the inflation crisis. While both sides of the aisle seem to want helicopter money when they are in power so they can boast about rising stock markets and improved employment, the Dems are now facing a systemic stagflationary event; the same event they originally claimed did not exist.

This means that any pursuit of new QE in the face of a credit crunch would lead to an immediate spike in inflation once again, crushing the middle class. Are Democrats willing to accept responsibility for something like that? Not a chance. The Biden Administration has so far taken full credit for the slowdown of consumer inflation as well as the shrinking deficit, but these changes are only due to the tightening actions of the central bank which sets policy independent of the White House. Democrats can’t have it both ways – They can’t take credit for reduced inflation when the Fed tightens policy against their wishes, and then not take credit for the consequences of higher inflation when they badger the Fed to inject more stimulus. The only recourse for the political left is to somehow lay the blame on conservatives no matter which way the wind blows, inflation or deflation.

Emergency congressional hearings have been organized to determine the cause of the SVB crisis and the course of action needed. Democrats including Sen. Sharrod Brown and Rep. Maxine Waters were quick to applaud the backstop initiated by the Fed and the Treasury Department, attempting to calm market concerns and reassure investors and depositors that all is well. Maxine Waters stated that Republicans and Democrats needed to “work together to protect the safety of the financial system”, which is likely a thinly veiled assertion that Republicans must support raising the debt ceiling and commit to even more spending.

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It’s already broken.

Ken Griffin: American Capitalism Is “Breaking Down Before Our Eyes” (ZH)

In contrast to billionaire Bill Ackman’s praise for the federal government’s bailout of SVB depositors, Citadel founder Bill Griffin is not impressed, telling The FT that this action by US regulators shows American capitalism is “breaking down before our eyes”. As a reminder, the FDIC’s Deposit Insurance Fund normally guarantees up to $250,000 in deposits, which protects small retail customers including mom-and-pop businesses. Banks pay for this guarantee with insurance premiums, but the insurance fund isn’t intended to backstop deposits of bigger customers with more capacity to weather losses if a bank goes under. Yet, as The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board remarks, after venture capitalists (Democratic donors) and Silicon Valley politicians howled, the FDIC on Sunday announced it would cover uninsured deposits at SVB and Signature Bank under its “systemic risk” exception.

Apparently, Silicon Valley investors and startups are too big to lose money when they take risks. They benefited enormously from the Fed’s pandemic liquidity hose, which caused SVB’s deposits to double between 2020 and 2021. SVB paid interest of up to 5.28% on large deposits, which it used to fund loans to startups. But now the FDIC is guaranteeing a risk-free return for startups and their investors. Uninsured deposits normally take a 10% to 15% hair cut during a bank failure. Some 85% to 90% of SVB’s $173 billion in deposits are uninsured. The cost of this guarantee could be $15 billion. The White House says special assessments will be levied on banks to recoup these losses.

That means bank customers with less than $250,000 in deposits will indirectly pay for this through higher bank fees. In other words, this is an income transfer from average Americans to deep-pocketed investors. Griffin warned a year ago that price pressures will remain stubbornly persistent, forcing policymakers to need to hit the brakes “hard”, which will likely cause a recession, which, he warned, will leave the West facing “existential” problems. A year later, he was proved right as The Fed’s aggressive rate-hikes “broke something”… “The US is supposed to be a capitalist economy, and that’s breaking down before our eyes,” he said in an interview on Monday. “There’s been a loss of financial discipline with the government bailing out depositors in full,” Griffin added.

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Now do we fire Ursula?

Pfizer Wants EU To Keep Paying For Unused Covid Jabs – FT (RT)

Pfizer has offered to extend its Covid-19 vaccine contract with the European Union while scaling back deliveries, but still expects the bloc to pay billions of euros for unused doses amid a major supply glut in some countries, the Financial Times reported. The offer prompted outrage from a handful of member states, who say the deal would serve the interests of Big Pharma over their own citizens. The contract extension would push the vaccine agreement out to 2026, with a proposed 40% reduction in the number of doses supplied as well as delays to deliveries, the Times reported on Tuesday, citing two unnamed officials. However, despite the suggested cuts, the US pharma giant still insists that it be paid for the full number of doses originally agreed upon, many of which would never be produced under the new terms.

The amendments to the deal – the full text of which has never been made public – were presented by European health commissioner Stella Kyriakides during a closed-door meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, but faced objections from some EU members. In a joint statement issued following the meeting, officials from Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania and Poland said they would not sign the agreement with the proposed changes, as they “do not present a final and fair solution to the problems of the Covid-19 vaccine surplus and do not meet the needs of the healthcare systems, the needs of citizens and the financial interests of the member states.”

Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski argued that the current Pfizer proposal would favor Big Pharma, and has called for the secretive contract to be published, questioning the role European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen played in the negotiations for the massive vaccine deal. An EU watchdog launched a probe into the negotiation and procurement process late last year, after von der Leyen’s office failed to produce personal text messages sent to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla during the talks for nearly 2 billion vaccine doses, prompting accusations of corruption.

The 27-member bloc originally signed a joint contract with Pfizer in 2020, but since the pandemic receded, demand for vaccines has steadily dropped, leaving an overabundance across the continent. Some countries have been forced to throw away vaccines, with Germany alone tossing out some 36.6 million doses, according to public broadcaster BR24, while others are sitting on large stocks of unused shots, such as Austria, which has reported around 17.5 million in its supply. However, Czech Health Minister Vlastimil Valek pushed back on the criticisms, arguing that the “majority of countries” had agreed to the deal and that “the contract is not bad.” He added that the large stock of doses would not pose a problem as “Covid is still here” and “It will be necessary to repeat vaccination each year for a particular group of patients.”

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    Ray K. Metzker Marseille 1961   • US Drones Gather Data For Kiev’s Future Strikes On Russia – Ambassador (TASS) • Saudi-Iranian Détente Is a Wake
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 15 2023]

    Just Some Randomer

    Looks like it’s the European banks in the firing line today, SocGen down 7%, BNP down 8%, Credit Suisse nearly -11% and so on across the board this morning

    Seems the Fed’s magic money fix for SVB has not entirely quietened things down.

    Mister Roboto

    Well, it has been about three years since society in the US started going “Covid crazy”, and last year about this time when the “mushy middle” began the process of snapping out of it and moving on to the next concern-fad (in this case, the Russo-Ukrainian War). So a year out from that time, I think it’s safe to say that Covid Is Over, demonstrated by the fact that deflationista’s shrieking, hectoring, and braying are now but a dim memory on TAE (if that was even really the original deflationista).

    However, the task of making the harmful nature of the mRNA Covid vaccines into common knowledge remains before us. The challenge there is that more than two-thirds of the population got fully vaxxed, and I can’t entirely blame people for being reluctant to face up to what awful harm might have been done to them by the institutions they trusted and put enormous pressure on people to get vaxxed. I predict this will take, at the very least, until the July 4 holiday, because that was about the time last year that the current critical mass of fully vaxxed people was reached, varying somewhat on a state-by-state basis.

    Mister Roboto

    Dr. D

    Cathie Wood’s ARKK Recorded Largest Inflows In Years As SVB Collapsed “

    Holy crap they like losing money! And why not? J Pow and everybody will bail them out. Every thing, for every dollar, up to trillions. As long as they’re not from Ohio.

    “We now have financial records showing Biden family members receiving money from CCP connected individuals.”

    Great, except no one will care. They’ve picked their side, POWER, right or wrong.

    School in the 70s or 90s. They have no medical curiosity. Not the slightest concern for child’s safety or even sudden death. Haven’t in generations. They are diabolically opposed to finding out which direction and “going back.” Why?

    The U.S. has departed from a rational path.” -China

    Polite and restrained. We left that path in 2002 if not before.

    “Glazyev: ‘The Road To Financial Multipolarity Will Be Long And Rocky’ (Escobar) “

    What I said yesterday.

    Wagner/Bakhmut. Instead of strangling NPD/Soulless psychopath infants in the cradle, perhaps we can put them to good use? They are capable of great things although having a disability, need to be monitored. Why not let them be heroes instead of rotting, tortured, and very costly in prison?

    Also, see the “failure” of the Russian Army, claimed to be corrupt, etc, so Russia appears to be using Wagner for their things, and the Russian Army for a different thing. That’s going well. Later, they can roll Wagner into the general army and spread their culture.

    “Russia cannot abandon the Russian-speaking population and it is fighting for the Russian world”

    The West had planned standard practice (of aggressively attacking and murdering everyone). Slice off each sub-group, sub-ethnicity one by one. Ukraine, but before that Belarus, and after the war started, tried Belarus again. A week before the war, tried to peel off Khazakstan. Now Georgia. …Unless you think all nations on earth died by coincidence, all in order, one by one. Americans: “Foreign Nations? I can’t name three. Canada, Westeros…”

    “No One Seems to Care That Zelensky Is Closing Down Churches and Throwing Christians in Jail”

    Biden is doing that to Catholics right here. While claiming to be one. Then when caught is proud of it. So…no? He has complete approval of the entire Blue to attack all (other) religions (than theirs) at any and every time. Justin is doing it in Canada, and DeBlasio was shutting down the Jews in NY. The only thing that matters is you’re not THEIR religion. A weirdo death cult of lies.

    no decompression chamber, no dive, no story.”

    Yes, but no one cares. That’s the truth, they love lies, and like any con man, tell you what you want to hear so you’ll say “yes.” They don’t WANT to check. They don’t WANT to know, as proven by how they’ll attack you for warning them. THEY WANT LIES. And war. And worldwide nuclear exchange with the murder of 6 billion people, especially all the children and the whole ecology forever. This seems good, just, right, and reasonable to them.

    …So telling a little white lie in the beginning to get there and accomplish it doesn’t register. Get a grip.

    30-50% of the West is in this category. I meet them every day. They’re not “racist” as they say: they are happy to murder everybody. Right there in WalMart if they could.

    “announced new sanctions against the import of Russian aluminum and steel.”

    High prices for Canada. Low prices for Ecuador and Chile. Sold!

    • Defending Ukraine Not Key US Interest – DeSantis (RT) “

    DeSantis channeling his inner George Bush, running on “less government interference and no foreign wars”? Whatever they say, they immediately do the #Opposite. (“Drain the Swamp”)

    “Government is introducing CBDCs”

    Reading that list (which is true) shows that it’s impossible. In six hours some new item would become “money”. What would you give the grandkids? Amazon cards? What will political bribes and prostitutes be paid in? Drug bags. Even if it’s cans of tuna, in a single day that new thing will exist. They are trying to outlaw HUMAN NATURE (again, as they just can’t learn. They are like an alien race, inhuma, insect hive-like.). They are outlawing “Capitalism.” Newsflash: you can’t. No one ever has, never, not even for one minute. It’s called “The Black Market.” I’ll make more money then than ever, and the government is less powerful when it’s around. Ask Capone.

    Anyway, their lovely CBDCs? How did Nigeria do with that? Oh, it was the most epic failure in the history of the world? Everyone moved to Bitcoin? Then they outlawed cash, put pressure on, pissed off the nation and STILL go no uptake for their stupid ideas? Tell me again how “They said” and therefore “We lost.” “Come and Make Me.”

    “reducing requirements for bank buffers was one of the few ways to prevent the stimulus addicted lending sector from plummeting.”

    Raise your hand if you were around in 2001 and said the Fed would never stop easing. That this was a one-way trap. Like Bakhmut, they can hold on a long time, longer than anyone imagined, yet the end is always the same. “All inflations end” “

    “Continued inflation inevitably leads to catastrophe.”,

    “inflation is not an act of God, that inflation is not a catastrophe of the elements or a disease that comes like the plague. Inflation is a policy.””

    “Inflation is the fiscal complement of statism and arbitrary government. It is a cog in the complex of policies and institutions which gradually lead toward totalitarianism .”

    “Inflation has always been an important resource of policies of war and revolution and why we also find it in the service of socialism.”

    “But then, finally, the masses wake up. They become suddenly aware of the fact that inflation is a deliberate policy and will go on endlessly. A breakdown occurs. The crack-up boom (Katastrophenhausse) appears. Everybody is anxious to swap his money against “real” goods, no matter whether he needs them or not, no matter how much money he has to pay for them.

    Within a very short time, within a few weeks or even days, the things which were used as money are no longer used as media of exchange. They become scrap paper. Nobody wants to give away anything against them.” –Mises Human Action, Scholar’s Edition, pp. 423–425.

    The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.” — Ernest Hemingway

    “By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” — John Maynard Keynes, while recommending this policy.

    “In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value.” — Alan Greenspan, who used his pal, Summers, to break the gold pricing mechanism with $4 QUADRILLION dollars in unmonitored derivatives make sure.

    Oh wait, I’m sorry: Nobody Knoood. Espeically not us, living under a bridge, saying this since 1994 when Alan printed to get Bill elected.

    So why? “[Americans] hate inflation but love everything that causes it.” William E. Simon

    And! Remember this! “It’s all Trump’s fault!!!”

    “Apparently, Silicon Valley investors and startups are too big to lose money when they take risks.”

    Yes, when Ohio Bank goes down the same you’ll see an amazing LACK of bailing out. That’s with Ohio not being so idiotic, glue-sniffing, pin-headed to leave amounts over $250k in there, so we won’t bail the FDIC levels either. Watch.

    It’s unrolling now.

    Peace in Iran and Saudi. Just as if Trump was in. He was after this and got some things started. Can’t say it’s connected, now I just keep an eye out for things.

    ““reckless” maneuvers which resulted in the MQ-9 drone being struck and crashing”

    How can it be “reckless” when there’s no pilot at risk? They’re clutching pearls for the Russian MIG Pilots now?

    I find it hilarious, correct me if this isn’t what border pilots are supposed to do. Come to think of it though: they can’t get out the side of the plane with a gas gan, what technically could they mean by “fuel dumping”? They cooked it with the after burners? Because a refueling jet goes IN, not out.

    “we call on the Russians to conduct themselves professionally and safely,” Hecker [said]

    This is after sending a drone 5,000 miles around the world to a country we’re not supposed to be invading. Without a transponder, which is itself a high risk. As in, intentional provocation that can continue the path to a worldwide nuclear exchange.

    “Why Not Let Banks Fail?” -Article

    Why not insure them? I know that’s uncharacteristic of me, but why not? They pay their own fees, collect in these unusual events. Why? For one, all bank crisis events cluster. But mostly because the existing FDIC insurance is a fraud. Its government-run, which allows it to be criminally mis-priced. Then like Fannie Mae, when it reaches its limits they just turn on the printing press and keep going, exactly as they’ve done, caving in just 24 hours this week. Because it’s not a scandal, the SVB execs who 1) Insider traded a day before then, 2) Gave themselves options ahead of failure, both felonies, are never prosecuted and clawed back to investors already made whole. Essentially the government bailout pays their insider trading and options, and worse, they know it, do it, and are correct. “They Knew it” It wasn’t a bailout, it was the plan. — Mark Baum, The Big Short.

    “..Any bank has a problem of keeping its asset valuations higher than its deposit liabilities. When the Fed raises interest rates sharply enough to crash bond prices, the banking system’s asset structure weakens. That is the corner into which the Fed has painted the economy by QE.”

    This is a Federal, legal requirement.By LAW. That is, the GOVERNMENT. Up to the BIS even. THEY decide what assets you are allowed to hold, what is “Tier 1” or not. THEY said Treasuries, which are about to crater, you are REQUIRED to hold. Gold you are not allowed to hold (basically, they’ve made this quite clear). Definitely not other commodities. In a turn (which happens twice the 70 year Kondritieff Cycle) the only thing that goes up in a financial crash is commodities. And even that may not be by price (price of food dropped in the Depression, although relative cost rose).

    They legally REQUIRED this collapse. Then they trade and politically capitalize on it. Same as REQUIRE the stock/bond ratios for investors, particularly retirement, knowing for a mathematical fact that bonds will default.

    The Fed’s program to rate collapsing (must collapse) Treasuries “at par” I’m sure is why this is not the “Big One” in the “Monday morning closure” sense. But I haven’t fully thought it through yet. It is straight inflation and puts risk on the currency. But the world reserve currency, which still falls last.

    Again when they talk “mismatched” that is via “numeric” only. The relative value of a bond could go to a million as “money” “liquidity” is in shortage. But if it’s number price falls 30% it still collapses. That is, $100 bond now can buy $1,000 worth of bacon, as in a Depression money is in demand. However its market trading value is $70. Collapse via leverage although the bank is “worth” 10x what it was before. Gold used to solve these problems. It would revalue, and it was the currency.


    The détente between Saudi Arabia and Iran—with China playing a facilitating role—is not as momentous as Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, Anwar Sadat’s trip to Jerusalem in 1977, or the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

    China did nothing, the two parties had been talking for a long time before China got involved. China’s role was to provide cover from the USA for both Saudi and Iran, MBS having signalled his intention to walk away from the USA, but you can only do that with strong friends: Russia and China. Interestingly, all the Chinese I have spoken to are really proud of this deal, it has been a suprisingly huge win for Xi internally. The Chinese see China becoming a major player in the world and they like it. I am totally unconvinced.


    “Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly admitted that the long term goal of western involvement in Ukraine is not merely to see Moscow defeated, but to enact “regime change” in Russia.”

    They may want to stop and take a look around their own nation. It would seem that regime change is wanted at home.
    The Canada-wide survey of 1,021 people found that 51 per cent of people want the federal Liberals to replace Mr. Trudeau, while a quarter want him to stay on.
    Nearly half (49 per cent) of Canadians want a federal election in 2023, according to a poll conducted just before Christmas by Ipsos. What’s more, 54 per cent of respondents would want that election to not feature Justin Trudeau as Liberal leader.

    D Benton Smith

    Some folks see the consolidation of banks as another example of Big Fish eating Little Fish in a display of Imperial aggression and the heralding of an age of Central Bank Digital Currency and redoubled acts of unprovoked tyranny.

    I see it as the Castle’s final retreat into a last and final defensive Keep, from which it is now unable to project its weakened forces to recapture or rule the land from which it just fled in disorganized retreat. And in which it will starve to death, as meanwhile it’s former subjects reclaim and rebuild the surrounding countryside and work out a nice myth to describe what once was a bastion of power and now is an unmarked barrow grave full of bones.


    Of course the west isn’t to be out done:

    The RAF and German Typhoon jets were reacting to a Russian air-to-air refuelling aircraft after it failed to communicate with Estonian air traffic control in the Baltic Sea, and as it approached NATO airspace.

    The Russian Il-78 Midas plane was intercepted as it was flying between St Petersburg and Kaliningrad. The NATO jets were later redirected to also intercept a Russian Russian Antonov 148 military transport aircraft that was also passing close to Estonian air space, the RAF said in a release on Wednesday.


    Former US natsec advisor Robert O’Brien calls on the US to destroy Taiwan semiconductor factories if China invades

    Destroying Taiwan’s semiconductor industry would amount to a sabotage of the global economy, far worse than the US bombing of Nordstream

    TSMC makes chips for most of the USA’s semiconductor companies. Companies like AMD do not make their own semiconductors, they do the design but outsource the manufacture to TMSC which uses manufacturing machines (the size of rooms) from the Netherlands to make the chips. If TMSC were to be destroyed then the USA semiconductor industry (what the US people call the “Global semiconductor industry” because they are ignorant) will suffer serious damage until replacement factories are built.


    “Great, except no one will care. They’ve picked their side, POWER, right or wrong.” Dr. D
    Great, except no one will care. We’ve picked our side, POWER, right or wrong.

    Dr. this should be your byline, add a little Murrow or Harvey flair! (smiley thing)


    I am of the same generation as Harris, the courageous draft resister and anti-war campaigner who died on February 6. Like him, many of us who were of draft age then have never been able to extricate the horror of that war from our minds. Most, I suppose, but surely not those who went to Vietnam to fight, just moved on and allowed the war to disappear from their consciousness as they perhaps tried to think of it as a “mistake” and to live as if all the constant American wars since weren’t happening. As for the young, the war against Vietnam is ancient history, and if they learned anything about it in school, it was erroneous for sure, a continuation of the lie.

    But it was no mistake; it was an intentional genocidal war waged to torture, kill, and maim as many Vietnamese as possible and to use drafted (enslaved) American boys to do the killing and suffer the consequences. It’s Phoenix Program, the CIA’s assassination and torture operation, became the template for Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, CIA black sites, hybrid wars, terrorist actions, etc. up to today. Harris writes:

    [that] . . . . “calling the war a mistake is the fundamental equivalent of calling water wet or dirt dirty. . . . Let us not lose sight of what really happened. In this particular ‘mistake,’ at least 3 million people died, only 58,000 of whom were Americans. These 3 million people died crushed in the mud, riddled with shrapnel, hurled out of helicopters, impaled on sharpened bamboo, obliterated in carpets of explosives dropped from bombers flying so high they could only be heard and never seen; they died reduced to chunks by one or more land mines, finished off by a round through the temple or a bayonet through the throat, consumed by sizzling phosphorous, burned alive by jellied gasoline, strung up by their thumps, starved in cages, executed after watching their babies die, trapped on the barbed wire calling for their mothers. They died while trying to kill, they died while trying to kill no one, they died heroes, they died villains, they died at random, they died most often when someone who had no idea who they were killed them under the orders of who had even less idea than that.

    That’s the truth. Unvarnished. But such historical truth hurts to consider, for it reminds us that the belief in the U.S.A.’s good intentions is a delusion. The war against Vietnam was immoral, but even that word fails to grasp it. Pure evil is truer. And to consider that war on military terms alone, one must accept the fact the U.S. lost the war despite all its military technology.


    So what happens to our minds when we allow a single tool such rule over our perception and thinking? Scientists have begun exploring that question–and what they’re discovering is both (very interesting) and troubling. Not only do our phones control our thoughts in deep and complicated ways, but the effects (continue to exist/continue to do something hard or annoying) even when we aren’t using the devices. As the brain grows dependent on the technology, the research suggests, the thinking ability weakens. ‘The division of attention stops/interferes with thinking and performance.’

    Adrian Ward, a thinking-related mind doctor and marketing professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has been studying the way smartphones and the internet affect our thoughts and judgments for ten years. In his own work, as well as that of others, he has seen increasing (event(s) or object(s) that prove something) that using a smartphone, or even hearing one ring or vibrate, produces a lot of (objects or actions that interfere with mental focus) that makes it harder to (focus mental and physical effort) on a hard problem or job. The division of attention stops/interferes with thinking and performance.

    A 2015 Journal of Experimental (the study of thinking and behavior) study, involving 166 subjects, found that when
    people’s phones beep or buzz while they’re in the middle of a challenging job, their focus shifts back and forth, and their work gets sloppier–whether they check the phone or not. Another 2015 study, which involved 41 iPhone users and appeared in the Journal of Computer-Helped settle (an argument) Communication, showed that when people hear their phone ring but are unable to answer it, their blood pressure spikes, their pulse quickens, and their problem-solving skills decline.


    Our leaders are incompetent, deaf, dumb and blind to govern any military/social/economic/political systems.

    It goes around. Watch pi day, (3/14). (We survived the 70′, 80′.)
    Biden’s Black Budget….. new QE …. spike in inflation once again, crushing the middle class.
    Trading was “stopped” on some banks in Europe.

    • Democrats Scramble To Find A Scapegoat For The Bank Crisis (ZH)
    Republicans and Democrats needed to “work together to protect the safety of the financial system”, which is likely a thinly veiled assertion that Republicans must support raising the debt ceiling and commit to even more spending.
    USA Spying drone destroyed by Russia.
    War Mongers, (both parties), scream, Start WWIII.
    • US Drones Gather Data For Kiev’s Future Strikes On Russia – Ambassador (TASS)

    (I’m too big and too old to hide under a school desk)

    Try the path to a cease fire and peace.

    • Ukraine Doesn’t Have the Resources for a Counteroffensive (Antiwar)



    in an effort to lend credence to a fellow’s reputation as an oracle:

    for straight is the gate and narrow the path that leads harsh dissonance to lyrical harmony

    my parents, our family, sacrificed so that six of my first eight years of education were within a parochial school system. As i entered into my freshman year at The Home of Social Engineering my parents were chagrined to discover that i had actually learned and believed what they had sacrificed to provide for me.

    now fifty eight years later and fifty years of seeking and hoping to reach the straight gate i find that there is nothing new under the sun. Much to the chagrin of most i meet today i still have learned and belief what my parents sacrificed to provide for me. Seek a peace that exceeds understanding and you will find it, seek the world and her troubles and you will be rewarded. One is free to choose a path and express their experience, one who chooses another path will have a separate experience.

    Pursuit of the world and her troubles following the tenets of THE BUSINESS of FAITH leads to bitterness. Hans Christian Anderson’s story is of course a metaphor for those who deny faith. Those of fatih can see those other lives and the reality they hope to construct.

    “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight, I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.”
    Theodore Parker

    Michael Reid

    discuss the state of consciousness summed up in the word “enchantment,” the condition in which the world is experienced as alive, conscious, and magical

    The Destiny of Disenchantment

    D Benton Smith

    @MichaelReid What a temptation to say that the linked essay on enchantment was enchanting, (ref: #131313) but the fact of the matter is that it really was. When read with the vantage of the Hermitic principle of polarity it is especially cool. Thank you kindly.

    D Benton Smith

    People of every kind are just pouring out of the collapsing heap of the old Empire. I suppose they have as many reasons and motives for their exit as there are people escaping, but they all have certain things in common. First of all, they hit that line where enough was just f*ing ENOUGH! And secondly they are aware that their former friends are a pack of pathological liars.

    Doc Robinson

    Following the train fire in Ohio, independent testing finds carcinogens which the EPA supposedly didn’t find.

    An independent environmental firm has identified “probable carcinogens” in river water around East Palestine that it says the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency did not find.

    Justin Johnston with Pittsburgh-based Big Pine Consultants has been on the ground since the early days following the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern train derailment.

    The Ohio EPA shared the results of its air and water testing but Johnston decided to collect samples on his own. He says his tests found low levels of six “probable carcinogens” that the Ohio EPA didn’t detect.

    “These can be dangerous in very small amounts,” Johnston said. “The goal is zero.”…

    According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there is no safe level of exposure to these types of chemicals.

    Johnston says it could be a long time before the impact of these chemicals is truly known.



    The US are making strange claims – that the Russian fighter clipped off its propeller or discharged fuel into its engine! Miraculous and suicidal flying at several hundred miles an hour.

    The Russians say it was just coincidence but I suspect the Russians did affect the aircraft.

    Many years ago a Russian general said Russian fighters were equipped with an EMP weapon, or they may know the command codes for the Reaper.

    It will drive the Americans mad wondering how the Russian brought it down with no contact! Are their Reapers useless?


    Was going to recommend the Ecosophia link to DBS and Michael Reid this AM. Glad to see it here. Also happy to be in the company of Seekers.

    It is my understanding (through experience) that there are many Paths to Truth, any road will take you there. To choose one and BE PRESENT with it in the experience of daily living – in thought/word/deed, produces awareness/understanding/knowledge/truth.

    The Destiny of Disenchantment is death, making room for Enchantment. Like all cycles, recognition of where you’re/we’re at is helpful. This quote from the article holds WISDOM in weathering the storm.

    “Most of us, I hope, recognize that one of the basic tests of personal maturity is the recognition that we will all die someday, after something like the ordinary human lifespan, and our hopes and dreams and decisions about the future need to take that hard but inescapable reality into account. Societies that recognize the equally hard and inescapable realities of decline and fall can make adjustments and preparations that can cushion the descent and simplify the rebirth on the far side of the process—a mastery of that way of thinking, guided by a richly complex understanding of time…”

    We can BE THE ENCHANTMENT WE SEEK. Why not start now?

    LOVE to All Road Warriors.

    D Benton Smith

    About that crashed Reaper drone. The Russians are belly laughing up their sleeves so hard that it’s making their belly ache BECAUSE they know that USA knows exactly how it crashed (the Ruskies hacked into it, took control, flew it into the drink without breaking a sweat) BUT CAN’T COMPLAIN BECAUSE IT WOULD EXPOSE THE HIGH TECH BIG TICKET SUPER-DRONE IS A WORTHLESS PIECE OF JUNK THAT COULD’T BE SOLD TO A SCRAP YARD ONCE CUSTOMERS KNOW IT CAN BE EASILY HACKED AND FLOWN INTO THE DRINK WITHOUT BREAKING A SWEAT.


    On Glazyev. ( > top post.)

    Flash back (I appreciated Germ’s flash b. in a prev. thread, so now we do flash-b.)

    9 years ago,

    Senior Russian Official warns against the US interfering in Ukraine – was Glazyev.

    Vid less than a minute.

    Here he is in June 2014 condemning Kiev’s actions in the Donbass, explaining the role of the US arming certain factions, what happened in Georgia, and *much* more, points out .. that the US ‘profits’ from war in Europe…

    10 mins, eng. subs. MSM Russian TV.

    Just Some Randomer

    @DBS “About that crashed Reaper drone….”

    You can tell that they’re lying because when they make stuff like this up for public consumption it always sounds like it’s a scene from some kind of ‘Mission Impossible’ movie

    Picture the scene – [closeup of the Russian Pilot’s face] as he struggles to manoeuvre his wingtip into the Reaper’s propeller….suddenly a gust of wind throws him off and he nearly collides with the drone [camera cuts to show wingtip glancing off the Reaper’s fuselage], but then he dramatically recovers [quick shot of gloved hand on joystick] and has one….last….attempt….[Suspenseful music]…

    Then of course we have the daring raid on Nordstream by a bunch of ‘Secret Operatives’ in a small boat armed only with a string of WWII grenades and a Walmart snorkelling set, who after some close scrapes on the seabed no doubt returned to harbour that evening sporting immaculate tuxedos, just in time for dinner with the Contessa

    Just Some Randomer

    All of the above being said, I’d be surprised if Russian commanders would reveal to the US the fact that they had the ability to hack and down Reapers at will in a scenario as apparently innocuous as this. Why not wait until there was much greater tactical/strategic value at stake? The Allies never revealed to the Nazis that they’d broken the Enigma code simply because doing so would prompt the Nazis to move to a more secure solution. Same applies here I should think.


    State of New Mexico’s license plate “The Land of Enchantment”.

    My favorite 1970s cartoon shows 2 farmers leaning against a fence symbolizing US/Mexico border, with a low flying Cessna overhead stuffed to the gills, with one farmer casualty commenting to the other farmer, Oh, there goes another ton of enchantment!


    Look, the very simple reason the US drone went down was because it couldn’t hold it’s vodka!
    The Russians poured vodka into the drone’s turboprop air intake causing the engine to overspeed and the propeller to surcome to centrifugal forces.

    Legally the Russian MofD’s statement is entirely true, as sharing your vodka is not considered a weapon in Russia. The US noting a propeller failure alarm is also true. However, no pilot, wanting to live, would ever want to be flying behind a drone to clip off a propeller blade with the nose of his airplane.

    Another possibility, staying within Russia’s “no contact” legal definition, would be to bring your wing tip within a foot or so of the drones wing tip, then doing a quick roll maneuver, causing the drone to flip 90 degrees losing it’s normal wing lift forces. Note drone wings are designed for long distance efficiency so are not as capable of recovering from a loss of normal positive air lift. But the US says the drones propeller broke, which leads us back to Russians sharing some vodka.

    However the more interesting aspect of this event that everybody seems to miss, is that combined with the firing of 6 hypersonic Kindals into a US command bunker, killing 40 US/NATO officers, Russia is responding to the US’s recent decision to double down in it’s Ukrainian War efforts.

    An attack drone flying with it’s transponder turned off, is a ure sign the US is escalating.






    “Pfizer’s revised EU Covid vaccine contract meets resistance”


    Dr D Rich

    @Dr. D

    Come on D. It’s too easy today.
    Predictably you’re going after the Chinese again today for giving money to Biden. What’s inherently wrong with money or anything Chinese?

    Then you fault deBlasio for doing his job. You know, (as his duty demands) go after the Social Distancing and Mask-wearing (((scofflaws))) among a certain (((religious subset))) of New York City citizens. However some people just gotta have alotta whine with their cheese.

    Regarding the tweet below courtesy xymph: Let me know when they find a few LDSers, Catholics, Mennonites or Quakers responsible for the bailout, first and foremost, of certain selected SVB (((depositors))) before ?Americans?. Then I’ll lay some well-deserved criticism on those Quakers, Mennonites, Catholics and LDSers.


    The Little Nepalese Girl-

    1997 Climbing Expedition. We’re 3 days into the mountains from the nearest road with two more days of hiking where we will then set up basecamp and begin our Ascent in the Langtang Valley. A tiny girl with bedraggled hair runs towards me gesturing enthusiastically… I can’t understand a word she speaks. With curiosity I’m trying to decipher as she gestures pointing upwards at my head…I lean forward her and she reaches up towards the back of my hair…reaching for my hair elastic hair band. Ohhh, she wants an elastic hair band that holds my long hair back…I smile and produce two for her to have and she beams at me and runs off.

    More than a week later our group of happy, tired Mountaineers are on our way back out of the Mountains. As we approach the Village a beautiful little girl come running towards me with sparkling eyes, hair pulled back, pointing at me and back at her hair band that now shows her full happy face.

    Simple things, simple memories of beautiful shared experiences.


    Holland has Senate elections today. Looks like the brand new farmer protest party may take it all, leaving all traditional parties behind (they have 20+ parties, mind you)


    The CDC is last organization on earth that needs to educate Health Care Practitioners on risk and prevention strategies for blood clots.

    Yet, here they are—in damage control mode.

    TVASF (and they know it)


    Germ- love the vac timeline chart, so true. F’n Libtard scum and their hypocrisy.

    It’s one thing to read history and learn about collective societal meltdown atrocities- Rise of Nazi Germany, Maoist Cultural Revolution, Stalin’s purges, Cambodia’s Western Influenced Massacre comes to mind. It’s another to see it fomenting all around you in real time while the masses are oblivious to their conduct.

    The Evil Empire of Hate and Lies is cannibalizing itself and everyone else it can. This must be stopped and destroyed at all costs. Hence my passion for awareness and pushing back.

    The “forgive and forget” cowards merely enables more atrocities to be committed down the road. They are hypocrites of compassion. Part of the systemic problem. For what is the difference between watching someone being humiliated, abused, beaten, tortured, raped and murdered right in front of you- when you could stop it- and doing these actions yourself?

    Honor and respect to all those pushing back in the name of truth and basic human dignity-

    Shame on those who turn away enabling criminal genocide with forgive and forget.

    Fear is a reaction, Courage a decision.


    Good grief:


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