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Robert Capa Capucine, French model and actress, in her hotel room, Rome 1951


American Leaders Are ‘Fundamentally Stupid’ – US Democrat (RT)
Trump Vows To End Ukraine Conflict In 24 Hours (RT)
Bakhmut, Strategic Or Not, Is Falling (MoA)
U.S. Intel On China Considering Lethal Aid For Putin’s War (NBC)
China Is Finally Stepping Up To Its Role As A Superpower (Lukyanov)
West Likely Covering Up Nord Stream Probe Findings – French General (RT)
We’ll Soon Find Out (Kunstler)
EU Should ‘Get Ready’ For Stagflation – Jeffrey Sachs (RT)
Obesity Is a US Security Threat (ZH)
Almost 80% of Americans Aged 17 to 24 Unfit for Military Service (ET)
EU Delays Final Vote On Combustion Engine Ban (EN)
Twitter Discloses Another Possible Government Censorship Effort (Turley)





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“Our leaders are intellectually bankrupt. They don’t know what they can accomplish and what they can not accomplish. Fundamentally they’re stupid, and they don’t have any other ideas.”

American Leaders Are ‘Fundamentally Stupid’ – US Democrat (RT)

Motivated by a desire to sever Germany’s economic ties to Russia, the US’ “intellectually bankrupt” politicians have made nuclear war a realistic possibility, Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Geoffrey Young told RT on Saturday. Young said that the electorate he has spoken to in Kentucky are “sick of” seeing their tax dollars go to Ukraine, and think that the US should cut off the supply of arms to Kiev. In Washington, however, politicians are “separated from reality,” he said. “I think most of them are severely deluded about reality by decades of anti-Russian propaganda in our mainstream media,” he claimed, pointing to the fact that Congress is currently holding hearings on climate change, which he called “totally this moment when humanity is threatened by a possible nuclear war.”

Aside from using Ukraine to fight a proxy war against Russia, Young claimed that the Bden administration’s overarching goal has been to “strengthen Washington’s hold over our European so-called allies.” “The Nord Stream bombing was a part of that strategy, designed to make Germany, the largest economy in Europe, totally dependent on the US,” he explained. “For decades, Washington’s biggest nightmare has been that Germany and Russia would ally, have their economies complement each other… and make the United States irrelevant.” American journalist Seymour Hersh recently published reports blaming the bombing of the Nord Stream pipelines on the CIA and the Norwegian navy, who he claimed acted on the instruction of President Joe Biden.

Hersh said that the attack was largely intended to remove Berlin’s ability to lift sanctions on Russia and resume buying Russian gas – which is significantly cheaper than American liquefied natural gas. These sanctions have been ineffective. According to the most recent figures from the IMF, Russia’s economy is set to grow faster than that of the UK and Germany this year, and faster than all of the G7 nations in 2024. Yet the West continues to prepare more sanctions on Moscow out of “incompetence,” Young told RT. “Our leaders are intellectually bankrupt. They don’t know what they can accomplish and what they can not accomplish. Fundamentally they’re stupid, and they don’t have any other ideas.”

The US and its allies should therefore “back off” before the conflict in Ukraine spreads any further, he recommended. Young’s position on Ukraine puts him at odds with the rest of the Democratic Party, who have voted in lockstep to continue the US’ military support for Ukraine. Only a minority of Republicans in Congress have opposed this support, with 11 GOP representatives sponsoring legislation last month that would cut off the flow of weapons to Kiev. Young is challenging incumbent Governor Steve Beshear in the Kentucky Democratic primary this May. He ran for the House of Representatives as a self-described “Peace Democrat” last November, but lost to Republican Andy Barr.

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“We are never going back to a party that wants to give unlimited money to fight foreign wars that are endless wars, that are stupid..”

Trump Vows To End Ukraine Conflict In 24 Hours (RT)

President Joe Biden is leading the United States “into oblivion,” Donald Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on Saturday, promising to stop wasting US taxpayer money on “stupid” foreign wars as he rallies support for a potential political comeback in 2024. “I was the only president in decades that didn’t have a war,” Trump said in his nearly two-hour long speech at the annual conservative gathering at Gaylord National Resort, claiming that if he was in office right now, “Ukraine would have been thriving, there would have been no dead people, no obliterated cities that can never be rebuilt.” Last month, Trump promised to immediately call Moscow and Kiev, if re-elected, insisting he knows exactly what to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky to stop the conflict.

“I know what to say,” he reiterated on Saturday. “Before I arrive in the Oval Office, I will have the disastrous war between Russia and Ukraine ended… I will get the problem solved and I will get it solved in rapid order and it will take me no longer than one day.” At the same time, Trump blasted Biden for wasting billions of US taxpayer dollars instead of forcing Washington’s European allies to bankroll Kiev. “Is NATO putting up dollar for dollar with us?” he said. “We put up $140 billion and they put up just a tiny fraction of that. And you know, we all want to see success, but it’s far more important to them than it is to us because of that location.” “We are never going back to a party that wants to give unlimited money to fight foreign wars that are endless wars, that are stupid,” Trump proclaimed.

Trump warned Americans that they are facing the “most dangerous time in our country’s history, and Joe Biden is leading us into oblivion,” claiming that the world will soon plunge into WWIII unless “something doesn’t happen fast.” “I am the only candidate who can make this promise: I will prevent world war three,” he said. In recent months, Trump has repeatedly called for the US to lead the way in negotiating a peace settlement in Ukraine, while blasting the way President Biden has handled the conflict. He also condemned the US’ promise to send M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, saying the move could bring about a nuclear war – as Moscow continues to insist that arms shipments make the West a direct party to the hostilities.

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“The Ukrainian soldiers in Bakhmut, several thousands still seem to be there, will then be left with only two options: surrender or die.”

Bakhmut, Strategic Or Not, Is Falling (MoA)

Over the last six weeks the Russian counter-battery campaign destroyed some additional 500 Ukrainian howitzers and multiple rocket launchers. The Russian Lancet suicide drones (videos) have done a lot of that work. Russia has thereby increased its own artillery advantage even more. As artillery is the major killer in any modern war this also means that casualties on both sides will follow a similar ratio as the number of guns and rounds fired by each side. For the last several weeks the daily ‘clobber report’ by the Russian Defense Ministry reported some 350-400 Ukrainian soldiers killed per day along the whole frontline. On Thursday that number increased to 640, stayed at 640 in Friday’s report and increased to 880 in today’s report. 490 of those were reported in the Bakhmut area.

BBC cooperates with other organization to count every announcement of a dead soldier in the Russian local media. Since the start of the war it has identified a total of 16,000: Throughout 2022, Russian sources typically reported about 250–300 deaths each week, doubling in January and continuing to grow again in February. Russian source report death per week at a lower rate than Ukrainian death per day. The ratio is again about 10 Ukrainians for 1 Russian. That number of Russian dead has doubled in January and further increased in February says the BBC. But the 10 to 1 ratio between Ukrainian and Russian dead will still have been the same.

I have said for a while that Bakhmut was in operational encirclement. Russian artillery could reach its last roads in and out. Since three days ago Bakhmut is in tactical encirclement. Russian direct fire, i.e. tank guns and hand held anti-tank missiles, can now cover all of Bakhmut’s supply routes. They will shoot at any car that attempts to drive there. Its one reason why the reported deaths have harshly increased. Should the Ukraine decide to order its soldiers to stay in Bakhmut the city will be physically encircled. All roads will be blocked not only by fire but by heavily armed Russian checkpoints. The Ukrainian soldiers in Bakhmut, several thousands still seem to be there, will then be left with only two options: surrender or die.

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Anonymous sources galore. But zero evidence. Just poking the dragon.

U.S. Intel On China Considering Lethal Aid For Putin’s War (NBC)

Initial U.S. intelligence suggesting that China is considering supplying lethal aid to Russia for its war in Ukraine was gleaned from Russian government officials, according to one current and one former U.S. official familiar with the intelligence. U.S. officials then spent weeks corroborating the information from other sources of intelligence, the current and former officials said, and with allies who also brought additional streams of information. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence matters. The multiple threads of intelligence suggesting that China is considering giving lethal aid to Russia, including ammunition and artillery, raised alarm among Biden administration officials, particularly given how such a move by Beijing could shift the dynamic of the war in Moscow’s favor.

“A Russian military that’s fueled by or aided by a Chinese infusion of weapons and platforms is more lethal militarily and more capable,” a senior administration official said. “That’s not going to be good for the people of Ukraine.” Top administration officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and CIA Director Williams Burns, have publicly expressed confidence in the intelligence and warned China against providing Russia with lethal military aid. China has denied it is considering sending lethal aid to Russia, calling the U.S. accusation “disinformation.” U.S. officials note that they have not seen any evidence of movement or a decision from China to take that step. At a White House press briefing Thursday, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby was asked how serious the administration thinks China is about possibly sending weapons to Russia.

“We actually don’t know,” Kirby said. Kirby added that the U.S. believes China has not taken it off the table but also has not seen any evidence that Beijing is moving toward sending lethal aid to Moscow. The initial intelligence was vague about what specific systems or equipment China was considering providing to Russia, including whether they could provide drones beyond what are already available commercially, officials familiar with the intelligence said. “There are varying levels of confidence about how serious China is about this,” a second senior U.S. official said. In an interview Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Burns acknowledged that the decision to release the information publicly was intended to deter China from deciding to provide Russia with lethal aid. “We’re confident that the Chinese leadership is considering the provision of lethal equipment,” Burns said. He added: “Secretary Blinken and the President have thought it important to make very clear what the consequences of that would be.”

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“This will change the world..”

China Is Finally Stepping Up To Its Role As A Superpower (Lukyanov)

China has stepped up its diplomatic activity considerably. This is not only because it has broken out of the long-standing pandemic isolation that previously hampered its outreach. The main motive is that China’s role and weight in the international arena have grown to the point where contemplative detachment is no longer possible. This is an important shift in Chinese self-awareness; the question now is what changes in international practice it will lead to. Non-action as the highest virtue and the non-contradictory interpenetration of opposites are principles of traditional philosophy, but they are also quite an applied way of conducting international activities. A detailed analysis of this phenomenon should be left to specialists, but it is worth noting that the shift from such a worldview to a more familiar ideological and geopolitical confrontation took place when China adopted the generally alien Western communist doctrine.

Mao Zedong attempted to change not only the social order but also the culture of the Chinese. But his reign ended with a bargain with the United States, which was a return to a strategic equilibrium that better suited the Chinese view of the world. Mutual recognition did not mean agreement and harmony, but it was in line with the objectives of the parties at the time. This period, which lasted until very recently, is only now showing signs of coming to an end. There is much debate in America about the last few decades, and there is complaining that it is China that has gained the most from the interaction. Criteria may vary, but in general it is hard to disagree that Beijing has been the primary beneficiary – at least in terms of the transformation of the country and its place on the international stage. Deng Xiaoping’s strategy of quiet, gradual ascent was entirely in the Chinese spirit, and the result has undoubtedly been justified.

So much so that it was extremely difficult for Beijing to understand that this super favorable and advantageous situation would come to an end. This proved inevitable for one simple reason: China has acquired a power that, whatever its wishes and intentions, makes it a potential rival to the US. And this has led to a natural evolution of the American approach to Beijing. After all, the US style is the direct opposite of the classic Chinese style described above. And the latter’s attempts in the late 2010s and early 2020s to slow down the growing American pressure have run up against Washington’s firm intention to move the relationship into the category of strategic competition. To be fair, China’s assertiveness and self-confidence were also growing, but if everything had depended on Beijing alone, the period of beneficial cooperation would have lasted several more years.

Be that as it may, a new era has dawned. China’s diplomatic revival is intended to demonstrate that Beijing is not afraid to play a role in world politics. The form of engagement so far bears the hallmarks of the previous period and of that very traditional approach – the sterile precision of the wording of Chinese peace proposals on the Ukraine issue is evidence of this. But this too is likely to change. China’s desire to maintain an outwardly well intentioned neutrality suits Moscow; it is the West that is quick to allege insincerity, and to do so in a tone that is unbecoming of the Chinese. Beijing should not be expected to make a sharp U-turn, which is also contrary to its sense of propriety, but the direction is set. And it is not a question of whether China shares Russia’s assessment of what is happening in Ukraine.

Beijing has carefully avoided expressing an opinion because it does not consider it to be its business. But the realignment of forces on the world stage is taking its course, with China and Russia, whether they like it or not, on one side and the United States and its allies on the other. And from now on this will become increasingly clear. In his ten years at the helm of his country, Xi Jinping has transformed its domestic and foreign policies. On the one hand, he has emphasized the classical Chinese outlook more than his predecessors, while on the other, he has honored the slogans and ideas associated with socialism. The former implies a self-sufficient harmony, while the latter tends to be outward-looking as much as inward-looking. This symbiosis is likely to define China’s positioning in the next five or ten years of Xi’s rule. The hostile international environment will increasingly test Beijing’s ability to maintain an acceptable equilibrium. Much will depend on how successful these attempts are, including for Russia.

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“And if we don’t have any conclusions, it’s [because] there are probably conclusions that they don’t want to give..”

West Likely Covering Up Nord Stream Probe Findings – French General (RT)

The fact that none of the Western nations investigating the Nord Stream pipeline explosions have released their findings implies they have reached a conclusion they would rather keep under the rug, a French general has claimed. Dominique Trinquand, the former head of the French military mission to the UN and NATO, also described as “trustworthy” a recent exposé by Pulitzer Prize-winning US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, which alleged that Washington was behind the act of sabotage. Speaking on France’s LCI TV channel on Friday about the attack, which took place in September 2022, Trinquand argued that “we would have found proof if it were the Russians.” He went on to suggest that if there is still no evidence incriminating Moscow, “you have to look elsewhere.”

A key question that needs to be asked, according to the French general, is “who benefits from the crime?” Seeing that the destroyed pipelines were owned by Moscow, “the crime a priori will not benefit the Russians,” Trinquand insisted. He also pointed out the fact that even though such countries as Sweden, Denmark, and Germany have conducted their own probes into the explosions, recovering a lot of material from the site, no conclusions have been made public as of yet. “And if we don’t have any conclusions, it’s [because] there are probably conclusions that they don’t want to give,” the general surmised.

Commenting on Hersh’s bombshell report, which pointed the finger squarely at the US, Trinquand asserted that the story is not only plausible, but also verifiable by pretty much anyone thanks to online aircraft- and vessel-tracking services available nowadays. In his article, Hersh claimed US Navy divers had planted bombs at the undersea pipelines for pumping gas from Russia to Germany back in June 2022 under the guise of the BALTOPS 22 NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea. According to the exposé, the explosives were detonated three months later with a remote signal sent by a sonar buoy dropped by a Norwegian Navy P8 surveillance plane. Washington has consistently denied any involvement in the sabotage, while top Russian officials have called for a UN investigation into what President Vladimir Putin has described as an “act of international terrorism.”

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“..just adds another layer of perfidy to the giant matrix of lies laid down by US agency officials in this disgraceful episode of US history..”

We’ll Soon Find Out (Kunstler)

In an interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier last Tuesday, FBI Director Chris Wray said, “The FBI has for quite some time now assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan.” Like so much else in America’s tortured, distractible life these days, the meaning larded into that utterance went clear over the collective heads of just about everybody. What was the key part of that statement? “For quite some time now….” Gee, really? Like, how long? One year? More than that? Maybe since March 2020? And you didn’t say anything, Mr. FBI Director? You didn’t do a thing to dispel the Covid-19 miasma of confusion that swaddled Washington DC like a smallpox blanket of yore?

The question of where the novel coronavirus came from has been a ferocious national controversy since late 2019, you understand. Several government agencies, including the CIA and all the offices under the gigantic National Institutes of Health (NIH) – including the NIAID run for decades by Dr. Anthony Fauci — plus the FDA and CDC, tucked into the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)… all of these outfits have pretended to not know the true origin of Covid-19 for over three years. And the FBI Director, who could have shed some authoritative light on the matter by stepping up to a podium and weighing in, just let all that chaos roll? And by-the-by, let’s not forget that the whole time Chris Wray knew with moderate certainty that Covid-19 came from the Wuhan virology lab, he was in charge of a battalion of FBI agents assigned to managing Twitter, Facebook, and Google — that is, the apps that comprise the digital Public Square — to make sure that anyone who opined about Covid coming from the Wuhan lab got censored, banished, cancelled, reputationally destroyed.

So, why did Mr. Wray make this statement on Tuesday… “The FBI has for quite some time now assessed…” Probably we’re hearing the old Modified Limited Hangout strategy, a venerable ruse, which is when a criminally culpable government throws the public a bone of admission about something that is common knowledge anyway — the thing everybody knows — while pretending that they were in on the common knowledge all along — which just adds another layer of perfidy to the giant matrix of lies laid down by US agency officials in this disgraceful episode of US history. What Mr. Wray left out of his statement this week is any hint that a gang of US scientists and doctors under Dr. Fauci were directly and intimately involved in the activities at Wuhan that produced the virus that killed millions around the world, and led to the warp speed production of a “vaccine” mere weeks after the organism appeared — which will probably end up killing and maiming more people than the disease itself.

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Hmm.. What’s happening in Europe is not just some financial phenomenon. It’s eating its own sanctions.

EU Should ‘Get Ready’ For Stagflation – Jeffrey Sachs (RT)

The Eurozone is on the verge of stagflation, renowned US economist Jeffrey Sachs has warned on his Youtube channel. Stagflation refers to a period of stagnant economic growth tied up with persistently high inflation and a sharp rise in unemployment. According to Sachs, who was the mastermind behind “shock therapy” reforms in the 1990s in Russia, the recent slowing in headline inflation in the euro area is a temporary occurrence, as it includes highly volatile fresh food and energy prices, which change quickly. However, the core inflation, which excludes these readings and therefore gives a clearer picture of underlying pressures within the economy, surged to a new record last month, signaling that the Eurozone economy may be headed into a crisis in the long run.

“Core inflation in Europe just keeps rising, despite headline slowing as the economy tips into recession. Get ready for stagflation!” Sachs said. Headline inflation across the 20 countries of the euro area slowed to 8.5% in February from 8.6% the month before, according to Eurostat data. Experts attribute the trend to the decline in energy prices brought about by unseasonably mild weather and, subsequently, lower demand. Core inflation, on the other hand, rose by 5.6%, a new historic high for the indicator. The surge in core inflation is likely to force the European Central Bank to keep raising interest rates, which often stalls economic growth or even pushes the economy into a recession, a period of negative growth.

“If we don’t get clear signals that core inflation is going down, we’ll have to do more,” Belgium’s central bank head Pierre Wunsch, who is also a member of the ECB governing council, told reporters this week, adding that “looking at rates of 4% would not be excluded.” Sachs is not the first to issue warnings about a looming stagflation. Another renowned economist, Nouriel Roubini, has been saying for months now that the world economy is headed into what he calls “a global stagflationary debt crisis,” noting that with interest rates at their current level, the debt ratio is quickly becoming unsustainable.

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Two articles on the same topic. Zero Hedge focuses on military, ET more on food.

It is absolute insanity that the US subsidizes the demise of its own citizens, through foodstamps etc.

77% of Americans aged 17-24 are unfit for military service.

Obesity Is a US Security Threat (ZH)

As the US military struggles to fill the ranks with new recruits, a new report from the Department of Defense reveals that the vast majority of Americans aged 17-24 are unfit for military service. Citing a Feb. 16 congressional hearing, a DoD report reveals that 77% of Americans in the above age group could not physically qualify to enter the armed forces – a 6% increase from 2017. A key factor is obesity – which hit nearly 42% in 2020. Meanwhile, a 2022 study cited by the Epoch Times found a link between receiving government food assistance and a greater chance of becoming obese through the consumption of unhealthy foods. A 2015 USDA analysis found that 40% of total SNAP participants were obese. Last month, reported on an Army initiative to whip fat, low-scoring recruits into shape in ‘pre-basic training courses.’

“The program, known as the Future Soldier Preparatory Course, is designed to expand the pool of eligible Americans who can join the service by creating short camps that help applicants reach Army standards. The service came up short of its recruiting goal last year, bringing in 45,000 new active-duty troops — well below its goal of 60,000. This year, the service is even more ambitious, seeking 65,000 new recruits.” “The Future Soldier Prep Course is giving young Americans who want to serve the chance to do so, by helping them not only meet our standards, but in many cases rise above them,” said Gen. James McConville, the Army’s top officer. “We started seeing positive results early on in the program, and I am happy to see it expand to additional installations so we can continue to attract and invest in our nation’s best talent.”

In September 2022, a U.S. Army general bluntly said that young Americans are either too obese, too sick, or too criminal to serve in the military. “Some of the challenges we have are obesity, we have pre-existing medical conditions, we have behavioral health problems, we have criminality, people with felonies, and we have drug use,” Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson told The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington. Brunson called it a “condition,” saying that “this is not an Army problem, so nationally what we have to look at is what’s going on with our youth.” The general’s statement came as a response to difficulties the U.S. military had reaching their target goals for recruits in 2022. This struggle, prevalent in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, has prompted security analysts and some U.S. institutions to declare obesity a threat to national security.

“Each year, more than $60 million goes toward replacing the 1,200-plus first-term enlistees discharged for excess weight,” Irina Tsukerman, a security analyst and the owner of Scarab Rising, told The Epoch Times. She said high obesity rates have narrowed the recruiting pool considerably, coupled with “falling intelligence and education standards.” She also noted that, along with reduced resiliency and flexibility, the military is less prepared to meet “asymmetrical or conventional challenges.” Police departments struggle with similar challenges, according to Tsukerman.

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“The top seven subsidized foods covered under SNAP have been associated with “cardiometabolic risk factors” such as obesity..”

Almost 80% of Americans Aged 17 to 24 Unfit for Military Service (ET)

It’s no secret that the U.S. military is struggling to find people who are fit for service these days. Maintaining health and wellness among its existing members has also become a challenge. A Department of Defense report cited during a Feb. 16 congressional hearing offered a hard pill to swallow: 77 percent of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are unqualified physically to enter the armed forces. That’s a 6 percent increase from 2017, which has added to the struggle to find new recruits in every branch of the military. One of the major hurdles recruiters now face is obesity, which has become a dominant health challenge for Americans. As of 2020, the prevalence of obesity in the adult population hit nearly 42 percent. In addition, research shows that government food subsidies are a significant contributing factor.

One 2022 study found a link between receiving food assistance and a greater chance of becoming obese through the consumption of unhealthy foods. That’s especially true for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As the largest federal nutrition assistance program in the United States, SNAP counts thousands of U.S. military members among its beneficiaries. Presently, there are 22,000 active duty individuals and nearly 250,000 National Guard service members who receive SNAP, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). But this isn’t a new problem. Findings from a 2015 USDA analysis revealed that 40 percent of total SNAP participants were obese. The top seven subsidized foods covered under SNAP have been associated with “cardiometabolic risk factors” such as obesity since 2009. Subsidized crops are turned into highly processed foods with little to no nutritional benefit, many of which are available to SNAP recipients.

Ultra-processed foods directly contribute to obesity, according to a 2022 health report. The analysis states that the consumption of ultra-processed foods is likely much higher among those participating in SNAP. And that’s because, unlike some U.S. nutrition subsidy programs, SNAP covers items such as cookies, soda, candy, and ice cream. So participants aren’t only eating higher quantities of heavily processed items, but also have access to a lot of junk food. Although food assistance is critical for more than 41 million Americans, nutritionists argue that a helping hand shouldn’t be at the expense of someone’s health. And it really comes down to cost. It’s simply cheaper to eat junk than it is to eat healthier food.

“We need a system that reduces the cost of healthy, unprocessed foods and makes it easier for people to afford and access them,” Dana Ellis Hunnes, senior clinical dietitian at UCLA Medical Center, told The Epoch Times. Hunnes has a passion for nutrition, which she shares in her book “Recipe for Survival.” She noted that ultra-processed food is the cornerstone of federal food assistance, which can fuel high obesity rates. “Ideally, we should be offering significantly more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and farmers’ market vouchers than … processed cereals, dairy products, and other packaged ultra-processed foods,” she said.

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A suicidal society in a last gasp save.

EU Delays Final Vote On Combustion Engine Ban (EN)

European Union member states decided on Friday morning to postpone a vote to ratify an EU-wide ban on the sale of new combustion engine vehicles as of 2035, reflecting growing discontent over one of the central measures to achieve climate neutrality by mid-century. The ban was designed as a gradual transition and proposes that all new cars and vans sold across the EU market from 2035 onwards should have a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions, a provision that will effectively exclude all those that run on petrol and diesel. Brussels chose 2035 as the cut-off date because the average lifespan of vehicles is 15 years and the Green Deal aims to make the entire economy CO2-neutral by 2050.

Friday’s vote by EU ambassadors was supposed to be a mere formality after the bloc’s two co-legislators, the EU Council and the European Parliament, had reached in October a provisional agreement that kept the 2035 deadline intact. The Parliament rubberstamped the law last month with a tight margin of 340 MEPs in favour and 279 against. The legislation was then passed on to ambassadors for the final green light. But as Friday’s vote approached, a number of member states intensified their opposition. Germany, Italy, Poland and Bulgaria are among those who in recent weeks expressed concerns regarding the far-reaching measure, Euronews understands. Together, the four countries would have been able to mount a so-called “blocking minority,” using either abstention or rejection votes.

Germany, a world leader in the automotive industry, is campaigning to have cars that run on synthetic fuels, also known as e-fuels, excluded from the 2035 ban. E-fuels are an emerging technology whose carbon footprint and commercial viability have been contested by environmental organisations. German Transport Minister Volker Wissing, who hails from the liberal, business-friendly FDP party, said earlier this week he had asked the European Commission for a new proposal to introduce the e-fuel exemption but he had not received any positive feedback from the bloc’s executive. “Against the background of the enormous fleet of cars that we have in Germany alone, there can only be a compromise for the FDP on the fleet limits if the use of e-fuels is also possible,” Wissing said.

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Twitter Discloses Another Possible Government Censorship Effort (Turley)

An old saying, attributed to Henry David Thoreau, maintains that you do not have to find a trout in your glass to know someone is watering down the milk. This week Americans found a veritable school of trout in their milk — an unintentional demonstration by the Biden administration of why such a gathering of fish is often called a “lie.” In the 17th release of the “Twitter Files,” journalist Matt Taibbi disclosed that the U.S. government is funding a group that has supported the censorship of dissenting viewpoints on social media, including those of U.S. citizens. That may sound familiar. Just a few weeks ago, I wrote here that the congressionally created, federally funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) had supported the British-based Global Disinformation Index (GDI).

The index was widely ridiculed for targeting ten conservative and libertarian sites as the most dangerous sources of disinformation; it sought to persuade advertisers to withdraw support for those sites, while listing their most liberal counterparts as among the most trustworthy. At the time, I noted that the Biden administration had played us for chumps. As we celebrated the demise of the infamous Disinformation Governing Board with its “Disinformation Nanny,” the Biden administration never disclosed a larger censorship program. Shortly after my column posted in The Hill, the NED wrote to me to say that it was discontinuing support for the GDI. Microsoft also was forced into retreat after it was shown to be pushing the GDI’s biased blacklist. Again, many celebrated a victory for free speech.

Yet, here we are again staring down at a trout in our milk. This week, Taibbi reported that the State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) may have supported a different disinformation blacklisting operation. The GEC controversy appears strikingly similar to the one involving the NED. Both have supported third-party organizations that carried out blacklisting. Taibbi contends that the GEC contracted with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), which sent suggested blacklists to Twitter; DFRLab says Taibbi’s report is incorrect and that it does not make content moderation decisions. Yet, even Twitter censors reportedly balked at the size of the suggested blacklists and lack of supporting evidence. One list submitted by the GEC included several CNN journalists and Western government accounts, according to Taibbi.

Twitter’s Patrick Conlon reportedly mocked the list by referring to network anchor Anderson Cooper, joking: “Not exactly Anderson’s besties, but CNN assets if you will.” Yoel Roth, then Twitter’s head of trust and safety, responded “omg” and “what a total crock.” It would be funny except for the fact that we know Twitter has admitted censoring many of those targeted by the government. Still, many congressional Democrats continue to oppose efforts to investigate government censorship efforts, unleashing a type of Red Scare 2.0 by accusing critics of supporting insurrectionists or being “Putin lovers.” Others have simply insisted that if you see a trout in your milk, it is just your opinion.

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    TVASF (thank you SeaBirds)


    Brace for impact folks – it’s coming.


    TVASF (and deep down they know)


    @ Ilargi – “It is absolute insanity that the US subsidizes the demise of its own citizens, through foodstamps etc.”

    and the death vaxx



    An interesting post on ZH:

    Shlomos in Biden cabinet

    1) Doug Emhoff, J@wish Husband of Kamala Devil Harris
    2) Janet Yellin, J@wish Secretary Treasury
    3) Anthony Blinken, J@wish Secretary of State
    4) Robert Klain, J@wish Chief of Staff
    5) David Cohen, J@wish Deputy Director CIA
    6) Merrick Garland, J@wish Attorney General
    7) Alejandro Mayorkas, J@wish Secretary Homeland Security
    8) Avril Haines, J@wish Director National Intelligence
    9) Wendy Sherman, J@wish Deputy Secretary of State
    10) Victoria Nuland, J@wish Secretary State Political Affairs
    11) Eric Lander, J@wish Office of Science Technology
    12) Jeffry Zeints, J@wish Covid Czar
    13) Rachel Levine, J@wish Assistant Health Secretary
    14) and 15) Cass Sunstein, J@wish Senior Counselor at the Departmentof Homeland Security, and his wife, Samantha Power, Head of USAID
    16) Dana Stroul, J@wish Pentagon Senior Policy Official on the Middle East
    17) Rochelle P. Walensky, J@wish CDC Director
    18) Anne Neuberger, J@wish Director of Cybersecurity at NSA
    19) Chanan Weissman, J@wish Director of Technology at National Security Council
    20) Avril Haines, J@wish Director of National Intelligence
    21) Polly Trottenberg, J@wish Deputy Secretary of Transportation
    22) Jessica Rosenworce,l J@wish Acting Chairwoman FCC
    23) Jennifer Klein, J@wish Co-Chair of the Gender Policy Council
    24) Jared Bernstein, J@wish Member of Council of Economic Advisers
    25) Jeff Zients, J@wish COVID Czar
    26) David Kessler, J@wish Chief Science Officer of COVID Response
    27) Stephanie Pollack, J@wish Deputy Administrator Federal Highway Administration
    28) Gary Gensler, J@wish Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission

    Dr. D

    Trump: “I will totally obliterate the deep state.”

    Yawn. And you were going to begin when?

    P.S. DeSantis has now done more in action with one state than you did for the whole country.

    UK Growth. Yes, they’ve ceased to be a country. Didn’t learn from losing WWI, then losing the rest after Suez. They can still become Finland or Lithuania.

    Geoffrey Young in even saying that builds a foundation under so many Americans – or Kentuckians – who know something is wrong in broad brush but not specifics. Once the specifics are in, they can’t be dismantled. As I said before that lies are hazy and truth is detailed.

    Thus the response is to pre-pick all the candidates, however the stranger you make the reality, the harder it is to maintain propaganda until things more or less constantly leak out.

    Like the Covid, there are a few points. Such a creating such an overwheming s—t storm that even if you rolled back 90% of it all, they’d still have marched 100 miles into your territory, and tomorrow do it again – it’s only words, after all. Hot air. Yet people believe it, as if it’s real or something. Second is that they don’t care if you know. They WANT you to know. Because they want you to see you’ll get PUNISHED for telling the truth, even if – and better if – the FBI and everyone admit it later. Why better? If it’s all going to come out anyway, why should you fight and be crushed? It ends the same only with me unemployed under a bridge, so stand down. THAT is what they are REALLY teaching you, and I made the same calculation myself: Don’t bother. Don’t fight. Therefore let the evil do whatever it wants? Killing your children and erasing your family name forever?

    They’ve made their point; so why NOT let the FBI admit it now? No one will be arrested, which is the only thing that counts. YOU were punished, Fauci was lavishly rewarded. So if the FBI knew, WHEN did they know? Last Friday? And WHY was nobody arrested? Okay, fine Director Wray: then I will defund the entire FBI until you find out and probably even after then. Good luck buying your own pencils!

    Anyway, as seen from McConnell, KY is one of the deep corrupt states. There are limits, but in a time when you can have 110% of registered, vote, kick out he monitors, tape over all the counting windows, re-start counting at 3am, and be caught on camera putting boxes of ballots through 3x and nothing happens, those limits are VERY far.

    Trump 2 hour speech.

    This is why they pick and place a guy like this. What are three DNC people in hospital right now? They have no energy to say nothing of no ability. Fetterman — don’t even know what I can say. Speaking of voter rigging in the most corrupt states, here’s a guy who was unable to understand or speak words…DURING THE DEBATE. So he’s in…and Surprise! A guy who had a deadly stroke has a deadly stroke! Who knew? Then having achieved his life’s ambition and success was so depressed he needed to be hospitalized. Permanently. Call me crazy, but pretty sure you’re not, never hospitalized unless you are an immediate danger of suicide. But that seems so unlikely, isn’t the far MORE likely thing that he’s failed brain function, can’t take care of himself, wears diapers, and like other stroke/nursing home/dementia patients is disabled where “regulating his emotions” is so common it’s almost universal?

    So: not to be outdone, Fetterman is “depressed”. I would be too if I were a Congressman and had to work in DC. So much so HIS LIFE IS IN DANGER because they don’t keep you in hospital for nothin’. Since her husband is SERIOUSLY ILL, in the hospital, with what can only be suicidal depression unless somebody is lying, his wife leaves the country and TAKES A VACATION, to hang out and zipline in Niagara Falls. Because when your family or husband is gravely ill in the hospital, that’s what you do.

    ‘Cause his situation is so serious and all.

    Meanwhile, Fetterman – who has been in the hospital with a MENTAL CASE for weeks, ALSO presents legislation to Congress. And votes on it, I guess? ‘Cause he ALSO in DC doing his job?

    Why do I bother? This 3-ring circus with bozo the clowns is actually the least of the lies told and heard every day.

    Why not elect people who are dead (they have), who then go on and vote on legislation? (they have) A DNC special. Or via Zoom, where I vote by posting up and AI-generated cardboard cutout on the screen. RBG did.

    “Bakhmut, Strategic Or Not, Is Falling (MoA) “

    Following earlier, the U.S. sent a million rounds this year, Russia shoots 1 Million shells a MONTH. They are still outdoing by a factor of 12 and have no men in the theatre. Now that’s with $1B in artillery “borrowed” from the basements of all NATO. So $1B/month active burn, but adding also $1B/month in savings burn. So neither we, nor all Europe combined, HAVE 1M shells. It would in fact be different if we made them or back-filled them, but we can’t. We now have no weapons. NATO has been “de-militarized” exactly as Russia said. …Sadly NATO are still Nazis though.

    Russian 10:1 seems correct, even as Russia is 5-10x bigger, so proportionally 100x:1 losses. However, I suspect that you can’t have conscripted 60-year olds with only 200k or even 500k losses. That’s just stupid. Ukraine is a country of 25 MILLION. 12M males. Half? Are in average age? Let’s even say ¼: that’s 3 million men.

    No. Ukraine has lost 1-2 million or they wouldn’t be where they are on the battlefield. So losses are 20:1. Again, Russia HASN’T STARTED. They are only using Wagner and Donbass, they have 500k (maybe) resting and drinking tea back in the safe, warm barracks. Ukraine was the best army in Europe. Fully-armed with 2,000 tanks. So Russia could take on 5-10 million? That is, easily all of Poland and Germany? Probably, they did before, even shattered after WWII. Now you see why nobody’s acting.

    But you know all this. I’m just saying it because we hear these low, out-of-range numbers most commonly still. And Russia is mobilized and waiting for NATO to send in Poland, Germany, etc as they’ve said they will do.

    “shift the dynamic of the war in Moscow’s favor.”

    After trying a bunch of plans, they seem to have settled on “Muh, we were winning if only it weren’t for CHINA sending all those arms! Honest Injin!” Well at least unlike their other lies that’s at least PLAUSIBLE, if completely false.

    Matches the sudden revelation from the FBI, which as Kunstler said, “Um, how long have you known this and been sitting on it, Mr. Wray?” Illegally, treasonously? While destroying conservatives and truth tellers?

    I think “Ze”(meaning not-Ze but NATO handlers, I mean not-Nato advisors but THEIR handlers, Kolomoisky and the K Oligarchs) doesn’t want to give up Bakhmut until they get that other false flag attack going, in Chemicals or in Transnistria. As they are more obvious than a 5-year-old, both have been countered and cut off so far. But that’s why they delay: they have to LIE I tell ya! I don’t care how many 14-year-olds die in Bakhmut so long as I can LIE and protect that LIE with more LIES!

    So, a day ending in “Y”. Whyyyyyyyyy?

    I know why they tell them, I don’t know why the people love them so much.

    “China Is Finally Stepping Up To Its Role As A Superpower (Lukyanov) “

    You mean instead of just infiltrating, buying out, and directing US to be their poodle superpower? Go Fang-Fang, siting on the Congressional Security Committee, “How dare you” remove him?

    “EU Should ‘Get Ready’ For Stagflation – Jeffrey Sachs (RT)”

    As you see, they’re collapsing and need a war to print money and hide who’s responsible. How many times have we bombed Russia again? And of course I mean excluding all the 4 new Oblasts which are “Russia” that NATO is bombing constantly.

    77% of Americans aged 17-24 are unfit for military service.”

    Every time I hear this my mind goes to the opposite, where from 1950 – 1930 actually – the U.S. kept a high-effort for nutrition and calisthenics, in order to have the health to fight an expect Cold War. This was hard-won from the ruin of the Gilded Age and 1910s where the WWI soldiers were barely functional. Thin and white with hunger thanks to JD and Carnegie and the gang. Now we’re back there, except intentionally, as we were needed to LOSE the war. Suddenly, as the Handlers can’t escape to China and Europe is at risk, they need to re-activate the battleship America they drilled 10,000 holes in and planned to scuttle. Too bad, so sad.

    However, I add again, and especially living here, everything you can find to eat is toxic. Everything. Your only alternative to superhuman knowledge and self-restraint is to eat raw poverty foods — rice and beans from the Asian and Hispanic stores. Walk into a Wal-Mart and it’s stunning: factory-sized space filled with nothing but endless rows of the world’s most tasty, enticing foods. …ALL OF WHICH WILL KILL YOU.

    But of course, when you set the prison commissary, and everything put on trays is deadly, it’s the PRISONER’S fault when they get sick or overweight, right? I guess they should have eaten only the canned spinach if they wanted to be well. Uh-huh. Sure.

    Hey, if I put poison in your coffee at the drive-thu at McDonald’s, will I get arrested? So if I put food additives, pesticides, rancid food oils in your food at Kroger’s, most of which are illegal anywhere else in the world, do I get arrested? A: Not if it kills people. Killing humans is a universal good. It’s SAVING them that’s illegal. Ask Wray, Garland, and the others out arresting parents and Catholics rather than Monsanto and N&S who derailed again yesterday.

    Back to obesity, it wasn’t always this way and doesn’t have to be. It’s this way ON PURPOSE. This was all beta-tested and approved on Native Americans food stamp subsidies, who are deadly overweight, crippled, and dead from it. #Helping! Roll it out to the Whites!

    “EU-wide ban on the sale of new combustion engine vehicles as of 2035,”

    ♫Killin some folks. Killin’ some folks.♫ It’s always some good if you’re killin’ some folks.

    How about outlawing electric cars like MT and WY until there is proven adequate electric grid? And note this is merely devolution. If CT wants electric cars with not enough electric to charge, let them.

    “NED wrote to me to say that it was discontinuing support for the GDI. Microsoft also was forced into retreat after it was shown to be pushing the GDI’s biased blacklist.”

    Attack 100 men, then say “Aw shucks you won” when 90 of them retreat. 10 new men to conquer and occupy. Of course marching 10 men into THEIR space is violent and cray-cray you bigot.

    Atlantic doing a victory lap for how there’s no recession:

    This is with housing sales and starts down 40%. Consumer debt has doubled? Car repos up 50%? And so on. But being a PMC Laptop class, the only stat that matters is the fakest of all: the Dow. Oh, and the BLS numbers on inflation, unemployment, and everything else they’ve ever counted.

    Anyway, now all we need is a big Bitcoin Obituary and we’ll all ready for launch……pad explosion.

    How many are now probably killed in the North Island?


    Trump was funded by Jews: the USA moved its Israel embassy as a result. Trump did nothing else other than tariff the Chinese.

    Trump is Jew man. Is DeSantis a Jew man? Yes, he is supporting Israeli theft of Palestine. Is there any politician in the USA that is anti-Israel? No. Maybe ask yourself why.


    aspnaz said

    An interesting post on ZH:

    The @ sign is used because Google will likely censor you if you type “Jew” on ZH. You need to see who is your real enemy.


    Basically 600,000 men out of commision

    Meanwhile in the Empire of Lies®, 80% of military age young folks aren’t capable of Prime Time.

    The Russians and the Chinese must be shaking in their boots

    The Empire of Lies® by the way, can’t even make a pair of boots




    Alexander Carpenter

    Garland hit for admitting DOJ prosecutes more pro-lifers than ‘terrorists’ because pro-lifers act in daylight –‘Any fool knows that the time of day has absolutely nothing to do with it,’ said one Twitter user | 1 March 2023 | Twitter users blasted U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday after he explained that the U.S. Department of Justice has prosecuted more pro-life activists blocking abortion clinic centers than pro-choicers firebombing pregnancy centers because pro-lifers operate in the “daylight.” Garland made the point that it was easier for the U.S. government to carry out justice against pro-lifers than pregnancy center arsonists in a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Wednesday. Garland’s claims came after several U.S. senators, including Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, grilled him on what they perceived as is a double standard in the DOJ’s treatment of pro-lifers versus violent pro-choice activists.

    This is pathetic. It’s like the drunk looking for his lost keys under the streetlamp because “that’s where the light is.”


    @ Germ

    I appreciate all the posts. That said, I’m troubled by what choices we have for modern Christians.

    I’m not a Christian but I’ve been defending them because I’ll stand up for anyone being attacked by bullies. Yet I haven’t seen Christians themselves doing much to defend their rights. Two Alberta pastors go to prison…crickets.

    I guess Christians are too busy staying home Sundays to watch the service on video, while pretending this is actually an improvement over the social activity of going to church to meet with fellow Christians. Want to run that fairy tale by me again. The one about Christians being thrown to the lions, dying for their faith. I’d like to meet a Christian willing to endure a government fine for their faith!

    On the one hand we have the majority of Christians who are either cowards or hypocrites(worshipping the Golden Calf of Big Government) or both. Now we have the other version of Christianity in the above video. I wasn’t hearing much compassion for ones fellow human beings. Putting on a hazmat suit and burying bodies doesn’t count as empathy to me. Seems more like virtue signaling. Besides sounding outrageously unrealistic(Rapture time anyone?) the video also sounded incredibly self righteous.

    Arrogance & cowardice. Is this why Christianity is dying out? They better get back to Plan A: infiltrating the ruling elites of society then forceably converting the population. It worked for over a thousand years.

    Alexander Carpenter

    Let us not forget another prescient book that illuminates both the malignant and disfunctional featherbedding of “administrators” and “management,” as well as the corrupt and hypocritical exploitation of our institutions by the “owners” and their minions:

    The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, by Christopher Lasch, from 1996

    From the Amazon listing: “[A] passionate, compelling, and disturbing argument that the ills of democracy in the United States today arise from the default of its elites.” ―John Gray, New York Times Book Review (front-page review)

    In a front-page review in the Washington Post Book World, John Judis wrote: “Political analysts have been poring over exit polls and precinct-level votes to gauge the meaning of last November’s election, but they would probably better employ their time reading the late Christopher Lasch’s book.” And in the National Review, Robert Bork says The Revolt of the Elites “ranges provocatively [and] insightfully.”

    Controversy has raged around Lasch’s targeted attack on the elites, their loss of moral values, and their abandonment of the middle class and poor, for he sets up the media and educational institutions as a large source of the problem. In this spirited work, Lasch calls out for a return to community, schools that teach history not self-esteem, and a return to morality and even the teachings of religion. He does this in a nonpartisan manner, looking to the lessons of American history, and castigating those in power for the ever-widening gap between the economic classes, which has created a crisis in American society. The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy is riveting social commentary.

    D Benton Smith

    News Flash !!!!!!!

    It is now broadly accepted that large caliber bullets fired directly into the brain stem invariably cause serious injury or death. Talks at high levels have been urgently proposed to discuss whether or not to stop doing it.



    There’s the City of London®, a criminal casino

    and then there’s the Un-united Kingdom (cough,gag,cough)

    Basically the whole island is a decrepit, begging for the scrap yard, aircraft carrier for the Empire of Lies.

    (Except for the City of London where the ‘sailors’ can gamble away their wages and get coked up with whores)

    The Russians killed the equivalent of the whole entire UK military in total, in about 2 months of fighting in Ukronaziland.

    Jolly good show old man.

    UKtardistan® is actually a horrific parody that even Orwell’s imagination couldn’t have conceived of.

    The whole joint is a fully realized Monty Python skit.

    The Clotshot will have effectively sterilized the native breeding population, food rationing a la WWII will finish off the rest of it’s ever so Woke Sheeple.

    The Sun never even rises on the ‘British Empire’ ever again.

    It has sunk beneath the waves.

    Be very frightened of Old Blighty oh world!



    D Benton Smith

    A government which cannot restrain or prevent itself from arbitrarily killing its own citizens by the multi-millions is not actually a government at all, is it? Wouldn’t you have to identify it as something else?

    And a citizenry which continues to support, enable or even merely allow such an arrangement of pseudo governance can’t accurately be considered to be an actual citizenry either, can it? Wouldn’t the irreducible minimum of logic require that you give such a populace some name or label that better describes or defines them as something other than “citizen”?

    So what have we got going on here, folks? It looks to me like a non-government controlling a non-citizenry. And BOTH parties just going along going along with that screwball arrangement?

    How could total anarchy be much worse than that?

    Come to think of it, maybe that’s exactly what we’ve actually got, a two-pole anarchy. One side consists of people who do whatever people don’t stop them from doing, and the other side is the folks who let them do it.

    Dr. D

    “When the people finally…” You’re late to the party, “the people” already learned and did nothing. Not about this, but about 10,000 other things before it as well.

    Link above is wrong, you may mean this one:

    They put kids on milk cartons 40 years ago then did NOTHING to increase community safety. So they’ve already beta-tested killing that many kids, just not as fast. Parents applauded and said MOAR. Okey-dokie, you asked for it! How about we include you too?!? Yessssss! Thank you sir, may I have another? $2Trillion transfer of my money to you was Just. Not. Enough! Really it’s my neighbor that’s the enemy! He wears a stupid hat!

    Wake me when something ever happens.


    @ EoinWc – “Christians” ?

    Haha – he wasn’t just a Jew, he was King of the Jews.
    Christians worship the King of the Jews – what a hoot.

    We got all the bases covered!


    @ Oroboros – The City of London:

    D Benton Smith

    If I were a better graphic artist I could draw a cartoon of the following meme, but even by describing it with just words I think you’ll get the picture. It illustrates the world’s present predicament.

    We all get what it means and implies to “have a tiger by the tail”, right?

    Well the meme I’m visualizing is the same basic idea, but in a CIRCLE. Think of it is a quadruple combination of “Tiger By The Tail”, “Monkey Trap”, “Mexican standoff” , “Daisy Chain”, all rolled into one.

    Wheee, doggies! Ya better let go, but ya better NOT let go, neither.


    Recap on yesterday’s CHD event ?



    One 2022 study found a link between receiving food assistance and a greater chance of becoming obese through the consumption of unhealthy foods.

    A “link” is correlation, no causation proved.

    My children and I have been on SNAP for a decade. All SNAP does is provide a food budget or food budget supplement supplement for low-income folks. What are these “seven most subsidized foods?” SNAP covers the purchase of ALL cold and shelf-stable foods, including seeds and plants that are herbs, edible, or produce fruits grains and vegetables. (I purchased raspberry and blackberry canes on SNAP last week.). SNAP doesn’t require the purchase of any foods. (Which means that when my child has a birthday in elementary school I can purchase cupcakes from the grocery store for th3 class — just like all of the other parents — since homemade goodies are no longer allowed to be handed out at school.)

    The articles insinuate that SNAP causes obesity. No, the sedentary lifestyle and advertising that pushes high-calorie junk food chock full of preservatives and fillers causes most obesity. And, yes, those with low incomes will be affected less by “foodie” trends, mail-order meal kits that can’t be purchased with SNAP, organic foods, etc. So, having a low income correlates more strongly with obesity than high income.

    SNAP allowed me to purchase specialty foods when my son was on an elimination diet. It allowed me to get quick and deli items for dinner as an alternative to “eating out” when there was no money for fast food. It has allowed me to purchase whatever food tickled my daughter’s fancy when she nearly met the criteria for an eating disorder, and I just wanted her to eat. The ET article could be used to try to change SNAP to force recipients to purchase healthy foods. That will not fix the problem, they will still seek the high-calorie junk food. And the food companies will just adjust their recipes to nod to the new rules, and all will continue as before, with SNAP recipients jumping through more hoops.

    The poor do not need to be controlled. They need various things…but not coercion, not control. (I needed time to heal from trauma. The free therapy through Medicaid gave me a guide when I needed it. The free food through SNAP, food boxes, and free school lunches for the kids have alleviated stress regarding food, so that I could focus on healing from trauma, on parenting, on working.)


    @D Benton Smith

    “Come to think of it, maybe that’s exactly what we’ve actually got, a two-pole anarchy. One side consists of people who do whatever people don’t stop them from doing, and the other side is the folks who let them do it….”

    Well said, but we still need a catchy CB Handle name for these two groups which ever so richly deserve each other

    O Henry! It’s a perverted fractured fairy tale of “The Gift of the Magi”

    An abusive domestic Stockholm kinda thing.

    I’m sure if we put our collective brain power together we can find a slick marketing brand name for this Clusterfuck



    Abstract: The Limits to Growth was a remarkable, and remarkably influential, model, book and
    concept published 50 years ago this year. Its importance is that it used, for essentially the first time,
    a quantitative systems approach and a computer model to question the dominant paradigm for
    most of society: growth. Initially, many events, and especially the oil crisis of the 1970s, seemed to
    support the idea that the limits were close. Many economists argued quite the opposite, and the
    later relaxation of the oil crisis (and decline in gasoline prices) seemed to support the economists’
    position. Many argued that the model had failed, but a careful examination of model behavior vs.
    global and many national data sets assessed by a number of researchers suggests that the model’s
    predictions (even if they had not been meant for such a specific task) were still remarkably accurate
    to date. While the massive changes predicted by the model have not yet come to pass globally, they
    are clearly occurring for many individual nations. Additionally, global patterns of climate change,
    fuel and mineral depletion, environmental degradation and population growth are quite as predicted
    by the original model. Whether or not the world as a whole continues to follow the general patterns
    of the model may be mostly a function of what happens with energy and whether humans can accept
    constraints on their propensity to keep growing.


    So what have we got going on here, folks? I
    A small, secretive, cultic group has gone cuckoo over an ideology. Unfortunately, this group includes some billionaires, family dynasties, etc. This has enabled the group to capture some of the strongest levers of power that exist in our human societies. The group has the power to influence others, so it is using techniques of persuasion to cause others to focus so intently on the ideology that many behave as if they have blinders on, incapable of seeing anything else. As others fall under this spell, the power and influence of the small group increases, and this results in policies and actions that are increasingly warped, grotesque, and inexplicable to those who are not under the spell of the ideology. (I.e. a vaccine that clearly kills and maims, bombing the NS pipelines, pushing EVs, etc.)


    aspnaz: Your constant anti-Jew tirades are getting very tiresome. I am Jewish by birth, could not help being born Jewish. My parents were socialists and I have always opposed the Apartheid state of Israel and everything that it stands for. There is a difference between being Jewish and being a Zionist. Your racist rants against Jews are in aid of nothing positive, and they are personally offensive to me and probably to others as well. Who cares that some who lead our oligarchy are Jews? There are plenty of evil goyim as well. I could make a tidy little list like you did, starting with Bill Gates, the Clintons, the Bushes, etc. Please stop it.

    D Benton Smith

    Y’all do understand that you’re just an experimental model, right? Like a prototype? Think of us as a sort of “proof of concept” project rather than a finished product.


    “We actually don’t know,” Kirby said.
    It’s your story ….. with zero evidence
    disinformation – blacklisting operation
    Suck it up.
    You are not part of the club.
    They, ( SNOBS ), don’t care if you know. They WANT you to know. Because they want you to see you’ll get PUNISHED for telling the truth.
    Even the SNOBS are quiet quitting, working to rule.
    REALITY. Next. Suck it up
    NATO has been “de-militarized” exactly as Russia said. …Sadly NATO are still Nazis/snobs/elitists/the chosen/right to rule.


    Jimmy Dore.

    D Benton Smith


    Just as being Jewish is not proof of any guilt whatsoever, neither is it proof of innocence . . . . whatsoever. If I were aware of the assassination of an Orange Protestant bigwig in Belfast, and went looking for IRA terrorists I might start by looking for Irish guys Ireland. If I were of Irish descent but not a terrorist , this prejudicial approach to the investigation might make me nervous, but you just cannot successfully argue against it being a valid and effective approach. It certainly has a higher likelihood of success than searching for the assassins by checking up on black dudes in Harlem.

    Investigators worthy of their salt go where the facts take them, and indeed should only be faulted for doing it in ANY way other than that. In other words, all that should (and must) be demanded of them is that they get it right, not wrong.


    Re: European combustible engine ban.
    Luxury car makers want to exclude E-fuel from the ban.
    On general Google search page, in that quick Q&A column, one will find both:

    Fuels are produced with electricity from renewable sources, water and CO2 and are a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.

    The e-fuels production process is inherently inefficient, converting at best half of the energy in the electricity into liquid or gaseous fuels.

    Latter was the one that I suspected as true, all along. Just as with solar and wind excluded from the fairy tale is the energy required for production of “apparatus”.


    The Myocarditis Blues

    (v1) One day I got a phone call
    From my favorite pharmacy
    Said why don’t you come right on down
    We’re offering the shot for free
    I went on down and I took it
    That was Jab #1
    Thought I was protected
    (They said) You’re gonna feel so good my son

    (V2) So now I went on home
    Didn’t think I had to beg
    But suddenly I felt this real bad pain
    Shooting right down my leg
    Called up the family doctor
    Said Doc I’m now livin in fear
    Doctor said “you don’t have to worry—what’s wrong I have no idea.”

    Chorus: Ya understand I had to take it
    They said I could not refuse
    No longer could I fake it
    Thought I had too much to lose
    They didn’t want to hear my story
    Said I’ve no right to choose
    I’m now fadin fast
    With the Myocarditis Blues

    (v3) Now I was a little worried
    Doubts drifting through my mind
    Family said you better take another shot
    If you don’t, you’ll cross the line
    I didn’t really want to take it
    Talkin bout Jab #2
    But I went on down and I done it
    Thought I had to pay my dues

    (v4) Called my family doctor
    Yes that was once again
    I said just tell me why I’m so sick
    Doc said well it all depends
    Maybe it was the shot all along
    That put me in my misery
    Doc said no that just can’t be right
    That’s a real impossibility

    Chorus: Ya understand I had to take it
    They said I could not refuse
    No longer could I fake it
    Thought I had too much to lose
    They didn’t want to hear my story
    Said I’ve no right to choose
    I’m now fadin fast
    With the Myocarditis Blues

    Guitar break

    (v5) Now I’m sittin in a wheelchair
    They said things won’t improve
    I look on down at my puffed up legs
    Oh now they sure damn won’t move
    But all my friends they insist
    You’ve got to take Jab #3
    So I went ahead and I done it
    But there still was no recovery

    (v6) Harmonica solo

    Chorus: Ya understand I had to take it
    They said I could not refuse
    No longer could I fake it
    Thought I had too much to lose
    They didn’t want to hear my story
    Said I’ve no right to choose
    Now I’m six feet under
    I had the Myocarditis Blues

    Coda: Why not start spreading the news?
    Taking the jab you will lose
    All you must do is refuse
    Open your eyes
    You’ve been livin a lie
    Here is your final clue
    You have now got the Myocarditis Blues

    TVASF (♬ ♫ ♪ ♩♬)

    That Bloke

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    That Bloke

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    To quell the natives

    I guess I know where the best party colleges will be.


    Two Canadian Companies Can Now Produce, Sell Cocaine and Other Drugs

    Hurrah! More choice in the ‘marketplace’


    Curlene is right. All I can add is that, as much as I try never to ban or censor anything here, I can not accept Jews rants like aspnaz’s. They drag down this site much too much.




    Yes, the criminal liars who are called governments are bought-and-paid-for criminal liars, working as agents of corporations, promoting the short-term interests of corporations and promoting their own destruction, whilst at the same time helping themselves to as much of the video below as possible.

    And they want us to buy into their shit???!!!! and sacrifice ourselves and our progeny to their shit???!!!

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