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Ukraine Planning Major Attack On New Russian Territories – Bild (RT)
Republicans Demand Cluster Munitions For Ukraine (RT)
Putin Warns UK Against Plan To Supply Depleted Uranium To Ukraine (RT)
Russia Urges OPCW To Heed Info On Chemical Weapons At Kramatorsk – Envoy (TASS)
Ukraine Afraid To Criticize China – Politico (RT)
United States Trying To Paint Russia As An Enemy – Patrushev (TASS)
Direct Conflict Between NATO, Russia To Lead To World War – Hungary FM (TASS)
Hungary Blocks Joint EU Statement On Putin’s ICC Arrest Warrant (RT)
Hungary Gives Ukraine EU, NATO Membership Ultimatum (RT)
US/Russia/China Standoff Big Opportunity For Second-tier Powers (Bordachev)
US Does Not Let Ukraine Even Consider Negotiating – Moscow (RT)
Russia Ready To Switch To Yuan In Foreign Trade – Putin (RT)
Switzerland Risks Becoming ‘Financial Banana Republic’ – Industry Expert (RT)
Indonesia To Ditch Visa And Mastercard (RT)
Alvin Bragg Prepares the Ultimate Frankenstein Indictment (Turley)
Alvin Bragg Caught Hiding Nearly 600 Pages Of Exculpatory Evidence (GP)
Trump to Be Indicted Wednesday, Arraignment Next Week (GP)





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“..Kiev’s backers are reportedly providing it with intelligence data as well as training, logistical support and weapons..”

Ukraine Planning Major Attack On New Russian Territories – Bild (RT)

Russia and Ukraine and are approaching a decisive period in their conflict, with Kiev aiming to sever the Russian land bridge to Crimea this spring, Germany’s Bild newspaper has reported. The tabloid cited an anonymous NATO source who claimed the bloc is providing Ukraine with everything it needs to retake its former territories. In a report on Tuesday, Bild quoted a “leading” NATO official as stating that the alliance’s analysts expect the conflict to reach a climax in the spring and summer. The official expressed confidence that heavy weaponry being delivered to Ukraine will be brought to bear in several counteroffensives as early as May. “The coming six months will be a key period in the war not only for Ukraine, but also for the allies,” the unnamed source predicted.

While refusing to go into detail regarding planned operations, the official asserted that Ukrainian forces will focus their efforts on the regions of Zaporozhye and Lugansk. The main objective of the offensives will be to “sever the land bridge to Crimea,” the NATO source added. The official claimed that Ukraine is likely to mount counteroffensives in other regions as well, which will either be genuine or merely serve as distractions to preoccupy the Russian military. According to the Bild report, NATO is not ruling out a scenario in which Ukraine would attempt to retake Crimea, which joined Russia in 2014 following a referendum. “Kiev has the right to recapture all Ukrainian territory,” the official insisted.

In an effort to ensure the new offensives are successful, Kiev’s backers are reportedly providing it with intelligence data as well as training, logistical support and weapons. Speaking to the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita on Monday, Czech President Petr Pavel said that the “window of opportunity” for Ukraine would only be open until the end of this year. The former general, who served as chair of the NATO Military Committee until 2018, argued that with elections approaching in the US in 2024, Washington is likely to reduce defense aid to Ukraine. Pavel said he expected European nations to follow suit. “Ukraine will only have one attempt to launch a major counteroffensive,” the Czech president claimed, adding that should this effort fail, “it will be extremely difficult to obtain funds for the next one.”

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Cluster munitions and depleted uranium. What is wrong with us?

Republicans Demand Cluster Munitions For Ukraine (RT)

Four Republican congressmen have entreated US President Joe Biden to send cluster munitions, a controversial weapon banned in 110 countries, to Ukraine, dismissing concerns about escalating the conflict as misplaced in a letter to the White House on Tuesday. The Biden administration shouldn’t hesitate to send cluster munitions – specifically dual purpose improved conventional munitions (DPICM) – because of “vague concerns about the reaction of allies and partners and unfounded fears of ‘escalation’,” Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) wrote in their letter. After all, they said, other countries have already sent such weapons without triggering Russian retaliation.

Acknowledging the weapons’ horrific effects, the signatories argued that while Ukrainian leaders are “aware of the risks to non-combatants,” the “existential threat posed by Russia’s invasion and daily acts of barbarity” is more important. Additionally, they claimed, “d,” US DPICM are equipped with “technologically advanced measures” that limit collateral damage. A 2008 UN treaty banned cluster munitions in 110 countries, including three-quarters of NATO member nations. It has been signed by another 13 countries, though neither Russia, Ukraine, nor the US are on that list. Ukraine is the only country where the deadly devices are currently in use, and both sides have been accused of deploying them in the conflict.

Aside from one attack in Yemen in 2009, the US has not used cluster munitions since it invaded Iraq in 2003 and has not produced any since 2016. Central Command has admitted the hundreds of smaller bombs they contain are often left unexploded across the strike area, posing risks similar to landmines to anyone – especially children – who encounter the odd-looking little “petal mines.” While the White House initially balked at Kiev’s request for DPICMs in December, it stopped short of a hard “no,” and the issue is reportedly still under consideration if the US runs out of available ammunition to ship overseas.

In April, 27 members of Congress denounced Russia’s alleged use of cluster munitions, calling them “barbaric and indiscriminate weapons” and urging Biden to join the UN convention. The current policy, they said, was “wholly unacceptable given what we know about the immediate and long-term damage done to societies on which they are deployed.” While the Republican Party’s 2022 campaign platform stressed curtailing the Biden administration’s blank check to Kiev, the Pentagon announced another $350 million in weapons just this week, to be drawn from the US’ own stockpiles.

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Opening the door to radioactive material.

Putin Warns UK Against Plan To Supply Depleted Uranium To Ukraine (RT)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned London against the planned delivery of depleted uranium (DU) armor-piercing tank rounds to Ukraine, saying the weapons will be treated by Moscow as containing “nuclear components.” Putin commented on British plans to include DU munitions in a forthcoming delivery of Challenger 2 main battle tanks as he spoke alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping following talks in Moscow on Tuesday. “I would like to note that if this happens, then Russia will be forced to react accordingly, bearing in mind that the collective West has already started to use weapons with a nuclear component,” he stated. A similar warning was issued by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu on the sidelines of the Russia-China talks, who said the move would bring the world yet another step closer to a nuclear disaster.

“Another step has been taken, and there are fewer and fewer left,” Shoigu told reporters. The looming delivery was announced on Monday by Annabel Goldie, the UK minister of state at the Ministry of Defence, as she responded to a written inquiry on the matter. She confirmed the plans to deliver DU rounds to Kiev, lauding them as a highly effective weapon. “Alongside our granting of a squadron of Challenger 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine, we will be providing ammunition including armor-piercing rounds which contain depleted uranium. Such rounds are highly effective in defeating modern tanks and armored vehicles,” Goldie said. The DU munitions have long been the subject of international controversy, with critics of their use highlighting the toxicity and radioactivity of the material. Depleted uranium is used to make the hardened cores of armor-piercing rounds, excelling in this role due its high density. The round’s core evaporates on impact, turning into aerosol and contaminating the environment with uranium.

The UN has already expressed alarm over the UK plans. Farhan Haq, a spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, told a media briefing that the international body had long voiced concerns about the consequences of DU use, as well as about those who supply such weaponry. These munitions were actively used by NATO during the First Gulf War, as well as during the bloc’s aggression against former Yugoslavia, both in the form of tank and aircraft artillery shells. The use of the munitions was acknowledged by NATO in a 2000 report, with the US-led bloc revealing that it had used some 10 metric tons of the material in Yugoslavia – and 300 metric tons in Iraq. The report acknowledged that the material poses a threat due to its toxicity in an “aerosol form,” but insisted the DU was not “particularly highly radioactive.”

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The OPCW has shown which side it’s on.

Russia Urges OPCW To Heed Info On Chemical Weapons At Kramatorsk – Envoy (TASS)

Russia urged member states of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to pay serious attention to the information on Ukrainian Neo-Nazis plotting a provocation with chemical weapons in Kramatorsk, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the OPCW and Ambassador to the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin told an online briefing on Tuesday. “Much attention [at the OPCW Executive Council’s session] was paid to the issue of the threat of a chemical provocation in Ukraine. We fully used the materials of the briefing by Chief of the [Russian] Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Troops Igor Kirillov and reported about Ukrainian nationalists’ preparations for chemical provocations at the factory in the area of the city of Kramatorsk on Ukrainian territory,” the envoy said.

The report pointed to “hazardous chemicals and actually the US Army’s service weapons BZ of psychotropic effect,” Shulgin said. “We called on the member states to pay serious attention to this information and make relevant conclusions,” he said. The Americans together with their allies denied all these facts and “tried to present the situation in a way that allegedly Russia was on the point of using chemical weapons,” the envoy pointed out. The Russian side responded by rejecting all these accusations, he said. “We cited facts to show that the Americans can hardly teach us how to treat the chemical convention. We gave a long list of wrongdoings by the Americans who themselves breach the chemical convention,” Shulgin stressed, recalling that the United States had “secretly destroyed chemical munitions from the arsenals of Saddam Hussein in Iraq” and citing other facts.

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“Beijing criticized Russia for sending troops into Ukraine, but also blamed the US and NATO’s expansion in Europe for triggering the crisis.”

Ukraine Afraid To Criticize China – Politico (RT)

Ukraine has refrained from criticizing China over its close ties with Russia in the hope of attracting future investment from Beijing, Politico has claimed. This stance comes in stark contrast to the angry tirades that Kiev has directed at the likes of Hungary and Germany for their perceived lack of anti-Russian zeal, according to the media outlet. In an article on Tuesday, Politico reported that besides the desire for Chinese investment, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is seeking to maintain lucrative trade relations with the Asian economic powerhouse, and is eyeing Beijing as a potential mediator in the conflict with Russia.

The media outlet quoted Aleksandr Merezhko, the head of the Ukrainian parliament’s foreign policy committee, as explaining: “There is fear that if we start criticizing China more harshly, Beijing will use it as an excuse to strengthen its aid to Russia, and even start providing military aid.” Beijing has consistently rejected claims that it intends to offer lethal aid to Moscow, and has accused Washington of “spreading false information” by alleging that China is weighing up weapons deliveries. Last month, China put forward its own peace proposal on the first anniversary of the conflict in Ukraine. Politico noted that Zelensky reacted to Beijing’s 12-point plan by saying that his country “can work on it with China.”

This response was in marked contrast to the way Ukraine’s Western backers dismissed the proposal out of hand, according to the media outlet. Merezhko argued that Zelensky’s current strategy toward Beijing is prudent, though he holds out “little hope of real help from China.” At present, relations between Kiev and Beijing have reached crisis point, the official told Politico. Merezhko cited China’s consistent refusal to distance itself from Russia, as well as the fact that Ukraine “has clearly chosen the path of Euro-Atlantic integration.” This effectively pits Kiev against Beijing, Merezhko argued.[..] Beijing criticized Russia for sending troops into Ukraine, but also blamed the US and NATO’s expansion in Europe for triggering the crisis.

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United States Trying To Paint Russia As An Enemy – Patrushev (TASS)

The United States and its minions are trying to turn the world against Russia by sowing hatred against the country and attempting to discredit it, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said on Tuesday. Patrushev noted that an independent Russia, which defends the interests of a multipolar and just world, “does not suit the United States, which hides behind its own made-up theory of American exceptionalism, as it has gotten used to toying with the norms of international law, dictating to and imposing its own values and terms on the rest of the world, to have vassals instead of partners.” “That is why, by painting Russia as the enemy, the United States and its minions are sowing hatred towards our country and its people, are trying to discredit the Russian world and force the international community into a confrontation with our country,” he added.

“Toward that end, all manner of dirty, vile methods for conducting information warfare are being utilized: bald-faced lies, baseless and unsubstantiated accusations, and staged incidents, such as, for example, those in Bucha, Mariupol and Kramatorsk. Moscow was even initially accused of blowing up the Nord Stream pipelines,” he said. “All of this is directed at forcing neoliberal values on us in place of traditional Russian spiritual and moral values that have stood the test of time over many centuries, to deprive our people of pride in their own country and its centuries-long history, as well as to undermine the social cohesion that was a crucial element in defeating fascism in 1945,” Patrushev continued.

He pointed out that those now proclaimed as the winners of World War II were the same countries that waited to open a second front until June 1944, when the Red Army was already “within a stone’s throw from Berlin.” Ukraine and a number of other European countries are tearing down monuments and memorials to heroes of the Great Patriotic War, while at the same time glorifying Nazi collaborators, Patrushev continued. “By encouraging neo-fascism, the collective West is seeking to consign all of the terror and misery wrought by the Nazi ideology to oblivion. Tomorrow will mark 80 years since the tragedy in Khatyn, where fascists burned all the residents of that village alive, including 75 children. We will never forget this,” Patrushev concluded.

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“Hungary refused to participate in the joint funding of ammunition supplies to the Ukrainian army.”

Direct Conflict Between NATO, Russia To Lead To World War – Hungary FM (TASS)

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has warned NATO countries against engaging in a direct conflict with Russia following a meeting with the bloc’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Tuesday. “According to the current arrangement, NATO is not engaged in the war in our vicinity. This is how it is now. A direct conflict between NATO and Russia would lead to another world war,” Szijjarto wrote on Facebook (banned in Russia as it is owned by Meta Corporation designated as extremist by the Russian authorities). Hungary’s government said after the start of the conflict in Ukraine that it would not send weapons to Kiev, and also called for resolving the issue solely by peaceful means. On Monday, Szijjarto reiterated this position at an EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. He added that Hungary refused to participate in the joint funding of ammunition supplies to the Ukrainian army.

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“Budapest’s position is likely to come up when EU leaders meet for a summit in Brussels this week..”

Hungary Blocks Joint EU Statement On Putin’s ICC Arrest Warrant (RT)

Hungary has blocked European Union member states from issuing a joint statement about an international arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to people familiar with the matter, Report informs referring to Bloomberg. Budapest’s veto meant that the EU’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, instead released a statement in his own name “taking note” of the decision by the International Criminal Court. “The EU sees the decision by the ICC as a beginning of the process of accountability and holding Russian leaders to account for the crimes and atrocities they are ordering, enabling or committing in Ukraine,” Borrell said in the statement published on Sunday evening. EU justice ministers issued their own statement supporting the ICC decision on March 20, which Hungary did not sign.

The ICC issued arrest warrants for Putin and his commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, for alleged war crimes relating to the abduction of children from Ukraine. Officials in Kyiv are investigating more than 16,000 suspected cases of forced deportation of minors, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said last week, and so far only around 300 have been brought home. The warrants are mostly symbolic for now, and Moscow has dismissed the move. Budapest’s position is likely to come up when EU leaders meet for a summit in Brussels this week. Draft conclusions seen by Bloomberg currently state that the leaders’ council “takes note of the arrest warrants recently issued by the ICC, against Russia’s president and his commissioner for children’s rights, for the war crime of unlawful deportation and transfer of Ukrainian children from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia.” That’s similar to the wording Borrell used.

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150,000 ethnic Hungarians live in modern Ukraine’s Transcarpathian Region..

Hungary Gives Ukraine EU, NATO Membership Ultimatum (RT)

Ukraine will not be allowed to join the EU or NATO until it restores the rights of ethnic Hungarians living in its Transcarpathian Region, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Szijjarto added that the US-led military bloc was violating its own rules by pushing ahead with a set of meetings involving the Kiev government despite Budapest’s objections. “I would like to say that we will not support any significant integration movement of Ukraine towards the EU or NATO until the rights of the Hungarian ethnic community that it had prior to 2015 are restored in Ukraine,” the foreign minister told reporters.

Around 150,000 ethnic Hungarians live in modern Ukraine’s Transcarpathian Region, just across the border from Hungary. Budapest will not give up on them “under any circumstances,”despite pressure from both sides of the Atlantic to do so, Szijjarto added. He also objected to the convening of the NATO-Ukraine Committee on ministerial level despite Budapest’s objections. “This decision violates NATO’s unity and procedures for the unity of will,”Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said on Tuesday, referring to the bloc’s consensus requirement.

Szijjarto has voiced his objections to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, but agreed to attend the April 4 meeting for the “opportunity to discuss minority protections.” Hungary became a member of NATO in 1999 and joined the EU in 2004. In recent months, Brussels has withheld funding from Budapest in an attempt to compel the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to implement a set of policies championed by the bloc, which he has rejected as harmful. Hungary has consistently argued for a negotiated end to the hostilities in Ukraine. Budapest continues to prohibit any transit of weapons or ammunition through Hungarian territory, and has not agreed to supply Kiev with arms or ammunition.

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“..the West believes that, if it succeeds against its main adversaries, Russia and China, it can easily regain control over everyone else..”

US/Russia/China Standoff Big Opportunity For Second-tier Powers (Bordachev)

We are currently dealing with a confrontation in which the opposing sides are comparable military powers – Russia and the United States, although the latter is acting through intermediaries. Russia is also a major player in the global markets for energy, food and a range of other commodities for which demand is stable. Standing behind Russia is China, which, like Moscow, is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and wields considerable influence in the world. In other words, we have a unique example of a struggle in which the forces of the adversaries are roughly comparable, although the superiority of the West, in many areas, is considerable. And we do not know how the countries of the world majority would behave if the US and Europe launched an offensive against a weaker opponent – Iran or another country of comparable size, for example.

It is therefore impossible to speculate on the extent to which the assertiveness of those countries which ignore US orders now would have manifested itself in a different situation. This could be important in the future, as new conflicts involving a major nuclear power cannot be ruled out. In general, it is difficult to determine how much of the behavior of most countries is restrained by their own capabilities. It is generally accepted that this has become the main determinant of the actions of a wide range of states, from the wealthy monarchies of the Gulf to those of Southeast Asia. But there is no denying that their degree of dependence on the infrastructure of the outgoing liberal world order, led by the United States, remains very high.

Undoubtedly, the dramatic events of 2022 have set in motion the aspirations of many medium and small powers to gain practical tools for their autonomy. But they still have a long way to go. Perhaps this is why the West believes that, if it succeeds against its main adversaries, Russia and China, it can easily regain control over everyone else. And until the comparative individual capabilities of small and medium-sized states become serious enough to allow them to be truly self-reliant, Western self-confidence will continue to push the US and Western Europe into confrontational behavior. At the moment, the majority of the world’s countries are seeking short-term gains from the general turmoil caused by the struggle between the great powers. But the extent to which such tactical gains can form the basis of a long-term strategy is unknown.

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“We’re always for peace and dialogue, and we firmly stand on the right side of history,” Xi stated.”

US Does Not Let Ukraine Even Consider Negotiating – Moscow (RT)

Ukraine’s Western backers – and the US in particular – are doing their best to prevent Kiev from entering into any negotiations with Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. The official made the remarks on the sidelines of the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Moscow on Tuesday. Peskov was asked to comment on recent statements by senior Western officials, who said any peace initiative for Ukraine, should it arise from the Russia-China talks, would be “unacceptable.” US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, for example, claimed any ceasefire in the current situation would only “ratify Russia’s conquest to date” rather than contribute to peace.

“Washington, European capitals, but first of all, Washington is filled with the desire not to let, under any pretext, [Kiev] enter into peace negotiations. They simply do not let Kiev even think about it,” Peskov said. Asked whether it was now ‘normal’ to incite war rather than call for peace, the spokesman responded affirmatively. “Now, when the masks are off, everyone shows off their bestial grin. Except for us and China.” During the talks, Russian and Chinese leaders discussed the 12-point roadmap for peace in Ukraine that was recently proposed by China. Putin has lauded the initiative, expressing his readiness to discuss and build upon it, while also reiterating Moscow’s desire to seek a diplomatic solution to the hostilities, which have been dragging on for over a year.

“We believe that many of the provisions of the peace plan put forward by China are consonant with the Russian stance and can be taken as a foundation for a peaceful settlement when they are ready for it in the West and in Kiev. However, so far we have not observed such readiness on their part,” Putin said after the meeting. The Chinese president has insisted that Beijing continues to maintain its position on the conflict and has urged both sides to stick to diplomacy and engage in dialogue. “We’re always for peace and dialogue, and we firmly stand on the right side of history,” Xi stated.

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Reason enough for the US to go to war.

Russia Ready To Switch To Yuan In Foreign Trade – Putin (RT)

Russia is ready to increase settlements in yuan in its foreign trade, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday during talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, who is in Moscow on a three-day official visit. “We are for the use of Chinese yuan in settlements between Russia and the countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I am sure that these forms of settlements in yuan will be developed between Russian partners and their counterparts in third countries,” Putin said. Two thirds of current trade between Moscow and Beijing is carried out in national currencies – the yuan and the ruble, the Russian president noted. China’s trade with Russia hit a record high in 2022, growing by nearly a third amid Western sanctions against Moscow. Bilateral trade is on pace to hit over $200 billion this year.

The latest data from the Bank of Russia shows the yuan has become a major player in Russia’s foreign trade, with its share in the country’s import settlements jumping to 23% by the end of last year from only 4% in January 2022. The yuan’s share in export settlements also surged, from 0.5% to 16%. “It is important that national currencies are increasingly used in mutual trade. This practice should be further encouraged, and the mutual presence of financial and banking structures in the markets of our countries should be expanded,” Putin added. Meanwhile, the share of the US dollar and euro in Russia’s export settlements last year dropped substantially, from 65% in January 2022 to 46% in December. In February, the Chinese currency overtook the dollar as the most traded currency on the Russian stock market for the first time ever, according to data from the Moscow Exchange.

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“..A countrywide reputation with prudent financial management, sound regulatory oversight and, frankly, for being somewhat dour and boring regarding investments, has been wiped away..”

Switzerland Risks Becoming ‘Financial Banana Republic’ – Industry Expert (RT)

The troubles of once-major Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse is undermining Switzerland’s reputation as a global financial hub, says Opimas CEO Octavio Marenzi, as cited by CNBC on Tuesday. His warning follows a historic takeover of Credit Suisse by the UBS Group, its domestic rival. On Sunday the two banking giants announced a Swiss-government-brokered deal aimed at shoring up public confidence in the Western financial system and at averting a global crisis. UBS agreed to acquire the embattled bank for three billion Swiss francs ($3.2 billion) as part of a cut-price deal. “Switzerland’s standing as a financial center is shattered,” Marenzi reportedly said, adding that “The country will now be viewed as a financial banana republic.” “The Credit Suisse debacle will have serious ramifications for other Swiss financial institutions. A countrywide reputation with prudent financial management, sound regulatory oversight and, frankly, for being somewhat dour and boring regarding investments, has been wiped away,” Marenzi stated.

The landmark merger, which may well turn UBS into the world’s largest wealth manager, with more than $5 trillion in total invested assets, has nevertheless sparked concerns about the health of the acquired assets. Investors have been also raising fears about the write-off of $17 billion worth of Credit Suisse’s AT1 bonds, which was part of the merger deal. The move angered many debt-holders, who have been left empty-handed, and has revealed yet another banking-sector risk. Former European Central Bank vice president Vítor Constâncio has called the write-off decision a “mistake with consequences and potentially a host of court cases.” There are also concerns about the long-term benefits of the merger and the outlook for other banks in Switzerland, which has previously been viewed as a role model of sound banking.

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“..citing sanctions on Russia..”

Indonesia To Ditch Visa And Mastercard (RT)

The Bank of Indonesia is preparing to phase out Visa and Mastercard while introducing its own domestic payment system, Antara news agency reported on Monday, citing the regulator. Last week, Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged regional authorities to wean themselves away from foreign payment systems and start using cards issued by local banks. He argued that Indonesia needed to shield itself from geopolitical disruptions, citing the sanctions targeting Russia’s financial sector from the US, EU, and their allies over the conflict in Ukraine.“Be very careful. We must remember the sanctions imposed by the US on Russia. Visa and Mastercard could be a problem,” he said. Commenting on the initiative, the central bank’s spokesperson, Erwin Haryono, said that the regulator was in talks with local businesses “and the progress is about 90%,” adding that domestic cards will have many advantages, including lower fees.

Also, according to him, “offshore settlements and dependence on foreign payment networks such as US Visa or Mastercard will no longer be necessary.” Board member of the Indonesian Credit Cards Association (AKKI), Dodit Proboyakti, told RIA Novosti that Indonesia would apply the experience of Russia and its Mir payment system to promote the domestic financial network. Indonesia’s interbank system, GPN, currently supports only local debit cards and requires some adjustments to properly serve credit cards and international transactions, according to AKKI executive director Steve Marta. Moscow rolled out its own national card system, Mir, soon after the US first targeted the country with sanctions in 2014, and created the domestic National Payment Card System (NSPK) to smoothly take over all Visa and Mastercard transactions should the US-based companies pull the plug.

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“Not only did Bragg’s predecessor, Cyrus Vance, not bring this case, but Bragg himself stopped the prosecution..”

Alvin Bragg Prepares the Ultimate Frankenstein Indictment (Turley)

The scene from the 1931 movie “Frankenstein” came to mind this week as Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg prepared an indictment of former President Donald Trump. It is the ultimate gravedigger charge, where Bragg unearthed a case from 2016 and, through a series of novel steps, is seeking to bring it back to life. Of course, like the good doctor, Bragg shows little concern over what he has created in his Frankenstein indictment. Bragg is combining parts from both state and federal codes.He is reportedly going to convert a misdemeanor for falsifying financial records into a prosecution of a federal crime. The federal crime is reportedly the failure to report a payment of $130,000 to former porn star Stormy Daniels to hush up an affair. That was just before the presidential election and Bragg is alleging that it was an effective campaign donation.

Bragg is attempting something that many lawyers think is as improbable as the reanimation of the dead. The Justice Department itself declined this prosecution and both the former chair of the Federal Election Commission and various election law experts have thrown shade on the theory. Not only did Bragg’s predecessor, Cyrus Vance, not bring this case, but Bragg himself stopped the prosecution. It was after one of Bragg’s lead prosecutors resigned and wrote a book on prosecuting Trump that pressure became too much for the district attorney, who grabbed his shovel and went to work. There are serious challenges to this prosecution, including an argument that time has expired under the statute of limitations.

The limit is two years for a misdemeanor and, even if he can convert this into a felony, it is not clear if he can meet the longer five-year limitation. Bragg will have to convince a court that Trump paid the hush money for the sole purpose of the election. As a married man and television celebrity, Trump had other reasons to try to avoid a scandal. That is precisely why such cases (like one against former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards) failed in prior prosecutions. However, the greater danger may come if he succeeds in moving this case to trial.

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“Wait a minute. You don’t have the hundreds of pages I handed over to Alvin Bragg over here? You only have six cherry-picked documents?”

Alvin Bragg Caught Hiding Nearly 600 Pages Of Exculpatory Evidence (GP)

Attorney Robert Costello, the former legal adviser to Michael Cohen, spoke to Tucker Carlson on Monday night after he testified to the Manhattan Grand Jury investigating President Donald Trump. Costello told the FOX News audience that he testified for two hours in front of Alvin Bragg’s Manhattan Grand Jury. Robert Costello told Tucker Carlson, “I spoke to the jury for two hours… It was clear to me the Manhattan Grand Jury did not want to get to the truth.” And it now is being reported that New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg was HIDING exculpatory evidence from the Grand Jury! According to FOX News legal mind Gregg Jarrett, Soros-funded DA Alvin Bragg HID nearly 600 pages of exculpatory evidence to the New York Grand Jury investigating President Trump.

Gregg Jarrett: I mentioned it yesterday, I think, when Bob Costello got into that Grand Jury room and told them, “Wait a minute. You don’t have the hundreds of pages I handed over to Alvin Bragg over here? You only have six cherry-picked documents?” You know, hiding from grand juries exculpatory information is reprehensible and unconscionable. And the conduct of Alvin Bragg and his henchman Mark Pomeranz, who specifically says in his book, “We’re targeting zombies because we don’t like his beliefs,” those guys should face disbarment proceedings. Once again the REAL crooks reveal themselves. And Jarrett is right. If there was a real justice system in the country, they should be disbarred. Via Hannity:

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Groundhog Day.

Trump to Be Indicted Wednesday, Arraignment Next Week (GP)

Former President Donald Trump will be indicted on Wednesday and asked to surrender for arraignment in New York next week, according to a new report. “There will be no arraignment this week,” an unnamed source, said to be familiar with the proceeding, told the Daily Mail on Tuesday. The Mail reports that “the former president, who is currently in Florida, is expected to be formally charged tomorrow, after which the Manhattan District Attorney’s office will reach out to Trump and his Secret Service detail to make arrangements for his surrender.” After being flown to New York, he will be fingerprinted, arrested, and a mug shot will be taken.

Harmeet Dhillon

On Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office responded to a letter sent by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan demanding that he testify before Congress about his “unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority.” The prosecutor’s office said that they will not be “intimidated” out of filing charges. “We will not be intimidated by attempts to undermine the justice process, nor will we let baseless accusations deter us from fairly applying the law,” a spokesperson for Bragg’s office told Fox News on Tuesday. “In every prosecution, we follow the law without fear or favor to uncover the truth. Our skilled, honest and dedicated lawyers remain hard at work,” the spokesperson added.

On Monday, Jordan had sent a letter to Bragg’s office saying, “in light of the serious consequences of your actions, we expect that you will testify about what plainly appears to be a politically motivated prosecutorial decision.” “Dear Mr. Bragg,” the letter began. “You are about to engage in an unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority: the indictment of a former President of the United States and current declared candidate for that office. This indictment comes after years of your office searching for a basis — any basis — on which to bring charges, ultimately settling on a novel legal theory untested anywhere in the country and one that federal authorities declined to pursue. If these reports are accurate, your actions will erode confidence in the evenhanded application of justice and unalterably interfere in the court of the 2024 presidential election.”

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    Rene Magritte Memory 1948   • Ukraine Planning Major Attack On New Russian Territories – Bild (RT) • Republicans Demand Cluster Munitions For Ukr
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 22 2023]

    Dr. D

    “700 NYPD Riot Cops Mobilized, Steel Barriers Deployed Ahead Of Potential Trump Arrest”

    D.C. is the same. Somebody want to tell me what’s going on here? Because downtown Manhattan and D.C. are hotbeds of MAGA Country? Chicago: “This is MAGA Country, Jussie Smallet!!!” Boy there sure are no more likely places to have protests than in the ice-blue, bluest blue, so-blue-they’re-white areas!

    1) They actually believe their own talk, which is to say, they are psychotic and have broken from reality itself…and then picked up some guns. 2) They have already hired the character actors to riot for them, which would seem a stretch except we have it on camera no less than four times in the Capital alone. These Blue Antifas live in Manhattan and aren’t going to come in from Harrisburg. Too lazy.

    3) They are merely pre-positioning troops. Why? Let’s assume they know the ship is going down, the currency is about to collapse, and the great hordes are going break into Paul Pelosi’s house. Who are they protecting? NY and DC. Who is at risk when the currency collapses? NY and DC.

    Huh, that does seem like a more likely explanation. Same one we saw with the “Walls Don’t Work” ring-fenced the entire capital. Who then looked like idiots. Arranged to attack and kill their own citizens. No one came. Just like J6 where everyone I knew already heard, weeks ahead repeated over and over by Alex Jones and Steve Bannon: “It’s a setup. Don’t bother.”

    Does this tell you something about the timing here? If they know it will cause riots, then WHY ARREST? Speak to lawyers like a NORMAL legal case. Chris Rock among others said “Whaddya stupid? YOU are launching Trump’s re-election campaign.” Because they’re not stupid. They’re criminals and they’re up to something else. Down at the street, yes, people are psychotic and literally believe (and wrote in articles yesterday) that arresting Trump wouldn’t get him even one more voter. After 5 impeachments. Are you for reals with the “let’s rally the base who’s cooled and drifted away from the vaccinator-in-chief” right now? Of course it would. Yes, Blue-Bloods in DC and Brooklyn DO believe it’s a win-win and arresting-without-charges-is-ultimate-good, but they’re retards and they don’t run anything. Strategists like Podesta do NOT believe that, they are up to something and merely LIE to their Blue base to herd them too and fro like lemmings. “Mueller is Coming.” “RussiaRussiaRussia.”

    And THEY, Podesta, Pelosi, are pre-positioning troops around their gated compounds and blaming Trump. You didn’t think the people would sign on to a year of unlimited overtime if I told them I was protecting my DNC golfing buddies did you? No! So I just lied. “When it’s serious, you have to lie.”

    Here’s the other one: When Trump is arrested, “All the Republicans will withdraw their money from the banks.” Oh noes! There’ll be a bank run! Darn you White Supremacists!!! It’s all 3,000 of you, fewer than believe in Flat Earth that caused our currency collapse! Not our printing a new $4 Trillion every year to send to Ukraine while our bridges are collapsing at all! Does it have to make sense? No. As stated it’s better if it doesn’t.

    “because [Russia] is running out of ammunition.” – John Kirby”

    Yes, but only for 14 months in a row. And they have no hypersonics although they just used them and use them any time they like. They’ve run out which is why they drop a shell every SECOND in Bakhmut. Yes, this is all about the LIE, aka the “narrative”. They need to say something, and the first plausible thing that popped into their heads was to say China is the reason we lost in Ukraine, not because we’re fighting a war with no men, no energy, and no industrial base.

    Then we’ll what? Attack China which is 15 times harder? We can’t beat a country — as THEY say — the size of Holland. Why not? I’ve never seen the laptop class make an intelligent decision before, why start now?

    Cartoon: The wrong world leader is on the leash.

    Florida is the new financial center. Their outlawing CBDC has meaning.

    “Ukraine Planning Major Attack on New Russian Territories – Bild (RT) “

    The laptop class plans things all the time on their spreadsheets. None of them ever work because they don’t ask anyone if they are functionally possible, or if there are any materials to accomplish them. It’s like giving finger paints to retards to keep them occupied and the only problem comes when they think their drawing of the fire truck is real. Which they do more or less all the time now.

    unfounded fears of ‘escalation’,” Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama)”

    So when we round people up, be sure to include these many Republicans, about half of them. I’d say we should send such munitions to Idaho and Alabama, but they just did in Ohio and no one cared. “10 out of 10 would derail again!” Break that Strike, Joe! Strikebreaking for Environmental Catastrophe is the Democratic way!

    “The United States and its minions are trying to turn the world against Russia by sowing hatred against the country”

    No, against the people in the greatest display of open racism in 70 years. But racism: that’s who they are. Racism in the morning, evening, and mid day. DiAngelo and Ibram Kendi are core pro-segregationists, and California is repealing Civil Rights Equality. This is considered the HEIGHT of moral form, somehow not racist like when Scott Adams says the same thing. Racism: It’s for Nazis. Keep talking, let us know who you are.

    “He is reportedly going to convert a misdemeanor for falsifying financial records into a prosecution of a federal crime.”

    It is hard to grasp how non-legal this all is. So Poof! A misdemeanor for paperwork becomes a felony and Poof! A State then prosecutes on behalf of the Federal to lock out the oversight of Congress. On Poof! The front running opposition candidate. Poof! For a crime that’s long past the statute of limitations. Really it’s the CITY of New York telling the ENTIRE country who they can vote for. As I said, only BECAUSE their candidates suck so, so badly, they so rigged the 2016 against Bernie and any/all Progressives, and they can’t win at the ballot box. So NEW YORK ALONE, one man in one city is going to decide for you like The Hunger Games.

    I’m sure that won’t come to a bad end or nothin’. Go ahead. Even Upstate will ring-fence NYC, cut off their food, and happily watch them all die. They don’t have any guns, what are they gonna do?

    “New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg was HIDING exculpatory evidence from the Grand Jury!”

    Grand juries are now meaningless as they ALWAYS hide evidence. Always. There are no rules at all about it. Heck, they now always hide evidence during the ACTUAL trial where there ARE rules. …Because there are “rules” and we don’t follow them. We do the #Opposite.

    “nor will we let baseless accusations deter us from fairly applying the law,”

    Like against rapists and assaults in your own city? Lighting a police car on fire with the officers inside is merely a ticketing offense now. Very fairly applied, sir.

    “that virus escaped…probably somewhere in the September [2019] timeframe…”

    At least we’re getting to THAT truth, or rather three: it was September, it was us, and we created it sans pangolin. Now can we get over it being the Mother of all Coincidences ever-evah!? The day Powell had knocked (Europe’s) financial system, and the day before the election they needed to win? “And Then a Miracle Happened.” New miracles every day.

    “Likely repolarizes some of the immune cells to a less inflammatory subtype”

    This sounds like word salad; are these words medically applicable?

    That’s not Science. That’s business.”

    And also the complete unrestrained merger of corporation and state. Newsflash: Hitler won.

    America is the greatest failure on the planet.(With Covid) That’s why everyone should follow us. Ask anyone still wearing a mask. They’ll tell you. They worked greatestestest! And the Vaccine! That’s why they’re still wearing the mask!

    Headlines: University of Helsinki Gives Greta Thunberg a Doctorate of Theology” Thereby proving that Climate Change is a religion, not a science. Also that you’re a fool to go to school since if you drop out, you get a degree anyway, cheaper, easier, and better. But we always punish hard work wherever it is found.

    For more fun, a list of headlines:

    Including the classic: “Alanis Morissette’s manager had one hand in her pocket” But those modern headlines don’t have the same crisp parameters of the typeset.

    “Is reality really like a video game with a bunch of NPC’s inhabiting it?”

    I would say yes? How? Because these same people firmly believe WHATEVER they are told, WHATEVER is posted on Twitter, WHATEVER experts say, people believe. That’s why it’s so important to control it. That’s why they run around like chickens looking for these secret people and “dog whistles” from the Right. Which there are none. None of them agree on anything, so CLEARLY there is no source and memo. But they can’t believe that, because THEY are like that, believe and follow anything said with words.

    So they clearly ARE the type of people if a dog told them to crack their kid’s head open with a spoon they would do it. We just saw two years of it. And they can’t be convinced others aren’t as slavish as they are. If you DON’T hear the voices in your head, you’re the crazy one. However, they may have just won the Darwin Award for generations.


    A prediction about UKtardistan providing deleted uranium rounds for Ukronaziland.

    Unknown ‘terrorist groups’ will smuggle uranium powder into UKtardistan and on really windy nights will drive around the English countryside and suburbs, blowing the dust out the back of vehicles, contaminating huge parts of the countryside.

    Once that ‘proof of concept’ proves viable, the tactic will spread to Germany and France, contaminating their farmland for generations.

    The mysterious ‘terrorist groups’ will continue across all NATO countries until radiation poisoning envelopes the rump continent.

    If Ukraine becomes contaminated, Eurotardistan will become even more contaminated.

    The End





    This is a tour de force that everybody should watch and everybody who doesn’t want to watch should be forced to watch it over and over again until they beg for mercy.

    Brace – it’s coming!


    “that virus escaped…probably somewhere in the September [2019] timeframe…”

    At least we’re getting to THAT truth

    “I think it was done probably as part of a biodefense program…..”

    ” And they can’t be convinced others aren’t as slavish as they are.”


    Like I said, UKtardistan will find out the health effects of DU on English soil soon.

    Radiation poisoning on top on Vax poisoning will really help the UKtardistan national health services.

    That will be a real game changer



    King of the hill child game vs Peace
    In other words.
    The loudest wheel gets the oil.
    You are not it.


    John Day

    @DR D Rich, who asked if my nephew “passed the test”, when he shot and killed a boy in Iraq, who was running ammo to his big brother, a sniper.
    My nephew is not the same as before, as I stated. The change is pervasive, paranoid and selfish-survivalist. His life is not over, so the test continues. It is bad to be him.


    they clearly ARE the type of people if a dog told them to crack their kid’s head open with a spoon they would do it. We just saw two years of it. And they can’t be convinced others aren’t as slavish as they are.

    EVERY avenue to appeal to my former employer consisted of:

    “Whose orders are you following? PROVE you are following someone’s orders. Be specific.”

    I tried explaining that I was following MY OWN orders, that I was the authority I was recognizing and obeying, but it just wouldn’t fly with them.


    Can anyone tell me, is Candida Auris a fungus or a yeast? (I thought it was a yeast) Because experts reporting things don’t seem to be able to keep it straight.

    “…especially those who have breathing tubes, feeding tubes… ….appear to be at the highest risk of contracting Candida auris”

    Oh, so like if you breathe through the same THING for hours and hours, you’re more at risk, you’re saying?

    okay. Just waiting for the report that this was first on the scene back in Sept 2019 and is an engineered version via crispr now.


    NATO/Ukraine lost a modern artillery war..

    Is there a modern solution For A sustainable social/economic/political system.?
    “Kick at an old can.”
    “Distribution of energy”
    “King of the hill”

    We have tried “steady state economies”.
    It was called feudalism.
    And it sucked. There was the 1%, then the 9% who catered to them, and the rest 90% whose lives were not very enriched (mainly miserable), and generally were lucky to live to 40. And not just western Europe. It was the same in China, Japan, Greece, India, Thailand, Mayans, Aztecs. All of the vaunted ancient civilizations depended on slaves, serfs, conquests and sub-optimal farming to prop up the 1%.


    “NATO/Ukraine lost a modern artillery war”

    I’ve been thinking about that earlier this morning.

    NATO, the US, the UK, are really into nexgen warfare, whatever we’re on now 4th, 5th?

    Various dirty tricks – spying, hacking, subversion, demoralization, bribery, misdirection, betrayal, introducing engineered microbes, covert use of radiation etc. This is what they think of as war now.

    Presumably the “western” war efforts in Ukraine look ineffective because it is only to fix the attention of the Russians on physical, standard, old-gen warfare while they introduce whatever disease, hack, social/ideological plague, sabotage, etc they really want to do.



    I listened to the tour de force lecture but being hard of hearing found it very confusing what he was saying. Is it possible to provide a link to this video so I might be able to turn captioning on so I can read the words as he talks?


    D Benton Smith

    I don’t think there is a question in anybody’s mind that the money owners will bail themselves out (and award themselves a bonus on top of that) with complete, utter and disdainful disregard for the rights and welfare of the people they will be stealing the money from. That is what psychopaths do. It’s how they became the owners of money in the first place. They will probably always be with us because they are merely slightly more defective versions of us than we are. Same critters but operating on defective notions.

    The only meaningful question about it (and the only reason that they are hesitating to continue stealing, but at a HIGHLY VISIBLY INCREASED rate) has to do with the bigger questions of whether or not it will do them any good this time. They wonder not only if they can get away with it, but about whether getting away with it is going to be sufficient to get them out of the jam they are in this time.

    They are not at all sure that it will. Otherwise it would already be a done deal, and you would be looking back on the event instead of looking speculatively forward in time and wondering if and when the “money rip off” shoe is going to drop.

    The jam they’re in is that the money which they absolutely must have in order to continue being successful psychopathic thieves and rulers of the world, is in very very real danger of becoming worthless . . . and worthless money just ain’t gonna buy all of the blackmail and bribery and hits that they absolutely have to have in order to avoid the gallows and go on ruling the world.

    Here’s a clue about whether they will do that or not: What realistically possible choice do the money owners have?

    There are only three courses of action possible, which are 1)victory, 2) death, & 3) temporary stay-of-execution (buy some time by forestalling death for an indefinite period . . . . “Forever would be nice”, says Klaus Schwab) Everyone knows that the death part is inevitable, eventually, and that it’s going to be soon (I mean, just look at the fucking mess! Holy shit is it bad!) , BUT . . . . and here is the Sixty-four Quadrillion Dollar Question . . . . how can they possibly get away with such robbery in broad daylight this time?

    Nevertheless, we know that they are going to try to rescue the system by stealing your money one way or another. They have to. Their only other option is immediate death and dismemberment (pun intentional). In most cases that word death is meant figuratively but in a significant number of cases it is going to be in the good old fashioned grave packing sense of the word, hastily improvised mob action being what it tends to be.

    We also know that the attempted rescue is going to fail because the dollar in its present avatar is absolutely doomed by the self-same accounting practices that created it. The accounting practices which define and create and maintain the current Dollar absolutely decree that quadrillions of “dollars” of debts which are now due can NOT be serviced without (by that very action of paying what is due to be paid according to those accounting practices) triggering an instantaneous domino effect of defaults that erase 99% of all Dollars in the whole world, and consequently drive it’s effective value to virtual zero. Either there will either be no dollars whatsoever, or the dollars themselves will have no value whatsoever. The consequence are effectively the same: lots of formerly solvent people will not be able to use Dollars to buy stuff which they vitally need.

    So there’s another thing that we know. The current colossally corrupt accounting practices are over too, because by those standards and practices the Dollar is already gone baby gone. That means that ONLY a new bean-counting system would have any chance of working. We could call it a “Virtual Reality Digital AI Counterfeit Money Substitution System” , or go for the shorthand version they’re hyping there in the cesspool, Central Bank Digital Currency.

    Unfortunately for the Bad Guys, that CBDC system is not quite ready for Prime Time. It is simply NOT adequately or operationally capable of handling such an enormous switcheroo overnght, and is therefore bound to fail in spectacular fashion. None of that changes the fact that they’ve got to try it anyway.

    So they will roll it out, really soon, and we know that it will catastrophically fail to provide to the money owners the ownerships they must buy with that funny money in order to continue in power. And like the man said, that which can’t continue, stops.

    To summarize in brief: CBDC will be rolled out in an effort to shift from the dead-man-walking Dollar but will fail and in its failure will remove dollar-dependent despots (and billions of innocent bystanders too) from power and solvency. This is an old game and the worst of the despots will have seen it coming for a long time, have well stocked Holds and Keeps, and will survive quite nicely. Many of their stupid minions and other unfortunates however will not. Despotic power structures will also experience massive setbacks. Not a great time to invest in expensive WEF Membership or Day Trips to Davos.

    Everybody has Dollar exposure, so everybody is going to be injured to at least that extent. The bright side is those who are totally exposed (Bad Guys, mostly) will be made powerless and destroyed by lack of money (and thereby lack of influence and authority over minions, armies, courts, media, etc.) and virtually wiped off the map.

    That’s all very interesting to some of us wonks, but since that and the other (larger) events are completely outside of our individual control, the event we need to be aware of and prepared for is the extremely obvious one that we CAN control: how to live day-to-day through the demise of the Dollar and most of what it stood for.

    The best concise gem of financial advice about it that I’ve heard recently came from our own esteemed gardener and part time carpenter, John Day. [by the way, those are especially suitable side hustles for a formerly practicing Medical Doctor].

    He advised, “Being out of debt and able to weather low income and high bills, while maintaining necessities of life seems like the prudent approach. Do prepare to help friends and family survive, also.”

    Sounds good to me.


    The numbers of excess deaths do not support the idea that there was a deadly, highly contagious pathogen in the year 2020.
    Iatrogenic “care” (bacterial infection and mechanical maiming) and poisoning- (remdesivir here in the States) were called “severe covid19”.
    The immune system has proven to be a tough nut to crack. For the eugenicists, despair, poor nutrition, and indoor inactivity combined with environmental toxins were not working as well as they hoped. Gain of function could make ugly bugs, but they went nowhere. The immune systems of the population work individually and together to stop “pandemics”. They realized their best shot (pun!) was direct poisoning by injection. Poison is a weapon, so the DOD was given the honor.
    It’s not “gain of function” anymore- it’s destruction of function. Why bother with contagion when you can get folks to submit to being poisoned at the molecular scale- blood disorders and immune function destruction, and voilà! “SADS”, isn’t it?
    I want to know why it’s okay to say “lab leak” now.

    As I say- this is where I am now. The focus on pandemics in history rarely asks the question: what else was going on?

    Saul Goodman

    So I suppose all of this information should produce a thoughtful exercise. They have been ‘telling’ us the next pandemic will be bird flu, does anyone here have suggestions on what to stock up on to either treat or get through something like that? Lets get ahead of the curve.


    John Day

    DBS said (that I said):
    “He advised, ‘Being out of debt and able to weather low income and high bills, while maintaining necessities of life seems like the prudent approach. Do prepare to help friends and family survive, also.’
    Sounds good to me.”

    So it goes without speaking…. 🙂

    John Day

    @SaulGoodman: Keep your vitamin-D level up. Consider holding a course of Tamiflu (oseltamivir)75 mg twice per day for 5 days when flu test is (+), to take upon the advice of your prescribing pysiciian.

    John Day

    @RIM: I think the grand jury will just be poring over the 600 pages for awhile…


    WES- The video is available on Bitchute, but I don’t see CC on it. A summary of the talk is here.
    (A goggle translate page)
    The video is also available on Brighteon.

    D Benton Smith

    Much that goes without speaking would help a lot of people if it were spoken a little more.

    D Benton Smith

    “It’s a Wonderful Life”, was a wonderful movie about a wonderful lie that became a wonderful meme that has wreaked a wonderful amount of carnage and suffering. What wonderful bullshit.

    What got me going on that is the wonderful 2 minute video posted on TAE today by some dude with the Twitter handle “Gurgavin”. The one about the $100 bill circulating through a Dinky Town USA magically erasing debt and making everyone happy without causing harm to a living soul.

    For gawds sake! Where’s my horsewhip?

    Isn’t it clear to all that the video (and Jimmy Stewarts enchanting movie) are based on a outrageously bald face lie of omission? The KEY to whole semi-circular nonsense is THE PART THEY LEAVE OUT. So I’m guessing that it is not particularly clear to all that the $100 bucks started its life as a 100% bogus piece of counterfeit with no underpinned tangible value whatsoever. Thus the FIRST owner got $100 worth of stuff for no cost at all. Easy money, don’tcha think”. Especially when you can use that dough to bribe a judge and politician to make it all perfectly legal by legislating the legality of paying back the “loan” by charging interest for it.

    There is not the merest mention of where the fucking magic $100 got its value from in the first place! No slightest suggestion of who FIRST “owned” the bill, or if they produced anything valuable in exchange for its “value”.

    No wonder they call it Babylonian Money Magic. If the victim buys into the lies being babbled on like holy scripture then the magic works.

    D Benton Smith

    I was just thinking of a good example of what I just wrote about not leaving simple things unspoken.

    From the day I was born until they passed away my parents told me in numerous ways both simple and complex to be a good boy and do the right thing. As things turned out , try as I might (and I did) to follow their advice I just barely survived. There were a large number of close calls.

    Can you imagine how bad things would have turned out if they had left all those admonitions unsaid?


    So I suppose all of this information should produce a thoughtful exercise. They have been ‘telling’ us the next pandemic will be bird flu, does anyone here have suggestions on what to stock up on to either treat or get through something like that? Lets get ahead of the curve.

    The worst flus, such as the 1918 one, appear to be cytokine storm inducing ones.

    I did a whole write-up on that on LATOC during the 2009 swine flu scare. I was amazed to actually find it on the Wayback Machine. Tried posting the link, but my post disappeared into the aether. I’ll try again.

    I found quite a lot of the LATOC forum was archived and took a little sentimental journey. Amazing how many people and conversations I remembered vividly with a little prompting. VERY interesting to see what people were scared about, predicting, prophesying back in 2008-2010 on the forum I’d tend to give the title of Doomer Central. Really interesting perspective from 2023

    I noticed quite a lot of history rhyming as well. For instance, it was discovered there were patents on the swine flu, and of course the big pharma insider-connected Tamiflu was THE remedy everyone should take. NAC and D3 were being discussed then as well.

    the old address ===dubya dubya dubya dot doomers dod us/forum2=== is of course deleted from the internet and pulls up nothing, but searching the wayback machine lets you pull up quite a lot of archived posts.

    if you search the Wayback Machine for:

    ===dubya dubya dubya dot doomers dot us/forum2/index.php/topic,45018.0.html===

    it should pull up. I hesitate to post 3 pages of possible flu remedies here lol tldr. Hopefully this post doesn’t get eaten.

    Anyone pondering doom, their place in the doom o sphere, etc, could benefit from pulling up the archived LATOC forum from 2008 to read what long time veteran doomers of 15 years ago were doing, saying, thinking.


    DU from just after minute 56:00. The next level of war crime already perpetrated by NATO?


    sigh. tried following my own directions to pull up the info on cytokine inducing flu and it doesnt work

    Linking to posts from a years dead archived forum is apparently harder than it looks

    I’ll wait until this evening – to not clog up discussion with a wall of text – and do a cut/paste


    Geert and Radegast (rintrah) are on the same page, pretty much. His recent post was on the upsurge in new cases in the Netherlands.
    WES, if you can’t find a transcript of GVB’s talk, check it out.

    This sarcastic itty-bitty ditty of mine (pink smiley face) from aug 2021 works well with GVB’s presentation put up by Germ.

    Doctor Fauci -you’re my hero!
    (Though you may know next to zero).
    Gave me purpose with a punction-
    I’m a host for gain-of-function!

    Omicron was supposed to be engineered as well- it was so different from the others.
    I can think in both realms- but I find it more comforting to think rotten “scientists” do shoddy work and “donations” end up in pockets, not labs.
    Maybe they “lucked” out.


    apologies for all the posts on this. Just trying to share something potentially helpful.

    ok, wayback machine is just really finnickey on what will link directly

    for my dumb cytokine storm dissertation

    you can pull up search results at =====*/

    from there, if you hover over November 19, then click the time stamp link that pops up, it pulls up.

    Saul Goodman

    @ jb-hb it is much appreciated as i am sure many here will read it too

    Having young kids right now, the karmic stress am i right!


    jb-hb- I have it in front of me now. I had to click the date highlighted on the WBM to get to it.
    Interestingly, people are saying one should never take NAC without 2-3X the vitamin C and some zinc.
    I had no idea.
    I like the cheap tequila and lime remedy, myself.


    So, the Fed has decided to continue with the demolition of the US economy via yet another interest rate rise.

    Meanwhile, increasing numbers of the suckers being scammed are realising that it’s all fraud and fakery.


    Mr. House

    I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions on what the fed is or isn’t doing.

    Keep raising, they should have raised after 08 too! If J Powell pisses the fake liz warren off and suddenly she wants him to have more oversight (just announced today) then i say raise raise and keep raising.

    Everyone hates Mellon for his quote on liquidating things, but thats only because we’ve so far up our abstract asses with theories and how the world should be, we forget how it really is. We can’t all win and we can’t all go to heaven 😉



    Thank you for checking out that there was no closed caption feature available and also the link to the summary which greatly improved my grasp of what he was saying.the

    John Day

    “Timid World Order” is up

    This review of Chinese President Xi Xinping’s visit to Moscow tries to be somewhat sensational, but there is not a lot to announce. Status quo, with a teaser that in their last remarks together, they agreed that the world would go through changes unseen in 100 years. China’s peace proposal was “pretty good for a start, but Ukraine won’t negotiate”, to paraphrase the Russian response. The US Secretary of State scuttled the idea of peace talks until Russia retreats from the newly-annexed Novorussian oblasts, which are now “Russia” again.
    The US/NATO/etc. have fallen short of weakening Russia, and are now being drained by Russia, as China makes diplomatic inroads. The world sees the American/NATO military as a weakened threat, US diplomacy as a thing of the past, and awaits further developments in the $US crisis. It seems likely that more was spoken about the world doing deals in Yuan.Renminbi than was announced. Sergey Glazyev recently decried the lack of consensus, which is holding back the new BRICS trade currency. It seems likely that there will be much reluctance until the $US sustains some mortal wound. I’m guessing…

    This announcement serves to strengthen the $US, as do banking backstop measures recently introduced. (Gold went up $2 on the news. Was somebody expecting a bigger 50 basis points hike?) “QT” is relative. The Fed balance sheet grew by $300 billion in the past week.
    Fed Hikes Rates 25bps, Maintains QT, Removes Hawkish Guidance

    ​ Saudi Arabia is taking a more independent course from the US now, and distancing from Israeli interests.​ AMLO declares Mexico, “Not a colony of the US”.
    Why the West’s standoff with Russia and China is a big opportunity for the world’s second-tier powers
    With the US distracted by its attempts to “contain” Moscow and Beijing, other players have a window of freedom

    ​ Christine sends this about Iran’s stock rising as the Petrobuck Empire loses its grip.
    ​ ​The Riyadh – Tehran detente deal could be a major win for not only the Middle East but also larger projects seeking more integration of greater Eurasia. If the deal is implemented, China’s Belt and Road Initiative could become a key component of the economic futures of both Saudi Arabia and Iran. The rapprochement could also pay dividends for the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) project, which runs from St. Petersburg to Mumbai in India via Azerbaijan (or the Caspian Sea) and Iran and across the Arabian Sea. The “sanction-proof” corridor connects the Indian subcontinent with Russia without needing to go through Europe while simultaneously being 30 percent cheaper and 40 percent shorter than the existing routes.​..
    ​ ​About those inadequate Iranian ports and railroads…
    ​ ​Saudi Arabia’s Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said March 15 that Saudi investments into Iran could happen “very quickly” following the agreement to restore diplomatic ties. He added that he does not see any impediment as long as the terms of agreements are respected by Tehran.
    ​ ​Any Saudi economic dealing with Iran would undercut US sanctions imposed to pressure Tehran, if not violating them outright. With tens of billion of dollars in Iranian assets blocked worldwide, the prospect of Saudi investments could jumpstart the INSTC and help maintain the peace between Riyadh and Tehran.​..
    ..​India, Turkey, and Egypt are among the countries discussing free trade agreements with the EAEU. And Iran signed one in January. The primary driver for the Iran-EAEU integration is to upgrade Iran’s transport and logistics infrastructure, i.e., the INSTC.
    ​ ​The importance of the INSTC and its link to the Middle Corridor, which enables Russian traffic to head east via Kazakhstan to China, and vice-versa, is growing to include the entire region.

    Eurasian Integration Including Iran Proceeds Despite US “Maximum Pressure” Campaign 

    John Day

    Mish Shedlock presents the absurd idea that an economy based on oil, coal, gas and mineral ores can spend enough money, derived from those things, to replace them completely, with things that don’t even exist as testable concepts yet. The usual solution would be to kill a bunch of people and steal their stuff.
    My take has long been that the Climate Change control-narrative is close enough to the reality of depletion of the finite resources which fuel our industrial life-support system. It provides a lie, because our political class can only work with lies. The truth would paralyze them.
    That being said, there has not been as much global warming in the last decade as there has been weird weather. The earth goes through worse shifts than what is being forecast from anthropogenic global warming fairly frequently, like multiple years without summers in the pst few hndred years, marked by famine, plague and burning-witches. The more we depend on distant water, high electricity use, distant food, and lots of fuel, the more precarious our lives may soon become.
    Don’t Worry, It Will Only Cost $131 Trillion to Address Climate Change
    The UN is out with another climate change fearmongering report. Let’s take a look.

    ​ Christine sent this article from El Gato Malo about iatrogenic deaths, when the cure is worse than the disease, pointing out the massive deaths from ventilators during COVID hospitalizations, before the viral effects on thelungs were probelrly understood, whch killed so very many people. This we knew, but I did not know that a lot of the deaths from the 1918-1919 “Spanish” Flu may have been from aspirin overdose. The recommended doses of the new drug (8000 to 31,000 mg per day) are now recognized as overdoses that cause pulmonary edema, hyperventilation and contribute to easy bleeding, which was often found on autopsies. OOOPS!​ Aspirin was the new good thing back then. A lot of young adults took it.

    COVID-19: Doctors’ Group Says to Recall Vaccine​ (A conservative stance. This might be shared with friends and family)
    Is your doctor pressuring you to “get boosted”?
    Most doctors probably are. And so are radio ads. An annual COVID shot may become the “new normal,” along with the flu shot.
    “Safe and effective” is a constant refrain. But most people probably assume that it is—or else our protective government wouldn’t allow it! Right?
    A number of physicians, some former vaccine enthusiasts, are now warning about adverse effects—including sudden death—
    and saying “it’s time to stop the shots.”

    COVID-19: Doctors’ Group Says to Recall Vaccine

    ​ Peter McCullough MD points out that a new study, with better methodology, which does not overcount those who have received COVID-19 vaccine-products, finds that 25% of American adults have never received one of these injections. Uptake has been less than advertised. This fits with studies I have followed.​


    “The Science” is a Jenga tower.
    I hope it topples soon.
    It eats itself to gather height
    To reach the Green Cheese moon.


    Problem solver, I expect that they did not make a mistake with the decimal point.
    Large asteroid to fly between Earth and the moon on Saturday

    An asteroid will zoom past Earth this week at such close range that standard telescopes may be able to spot it in the night sky, experts say.

    The space rock, dubbed 2023 DZ2 by NASA, is expected to fly between Earth and the moon at speeds exceeding 17,400 miles per hour, according to the agency, which assigned it a rarity score of three as the occurrence only happens roughly once per decade.

    The asteroid will pass by Friday and Saturday on a track that scientists suggest is slightly less than half the average distance to the moon from Earth — which is still 174,650 kilometers, or about 108,000 miles — and measures between 140 feet and 310 feet in diameter. For reference, an Olympic-sized swimming pool is about 164 feet long.

    Astronomers at the observatory of La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands discovered 2023 DZ2 in late February of this year and have studied the rock to note its orbit, size and anticipated trajectory ever since.

    It will travel closest to Earth in the afternoon on March 25, at around 3:50 p.m. Eastern time, according to the website EarthSky. People in the northern hemisphere will likely have the best opportunity to see the asteroid, which experts believe will be observable through small telescopes, in the evening on Friday, March 24.

    200-foot asteroid 2023 DZ2 to pass closer than moon

    200-foot asteroid 2023 DZ2 to pass closer than moon



    Thanks for yesterday’s link to Dima. I had heard of him but had never listened to him on video before. I guess we will soon know if the Ukrainians are going to counter-attack or not. The DU is sure to provoke a response from the Russians because they are going to have to live with the result. Radiating the City of London would be nice!

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