Apr 162023

Dome ceiling at the Ambassadors’ Hall in the Royal Alcazar of Seville, Spain 1427 (click to enlarge)


Wagner Chief Calls On Putin To Declare End Of War (ZH)
Former NATO Troops See ‘Disarray’ In Ukrainian Military – CTV (RT)
US Must Stop ‘Encouraging War’ In Ukraine – Lula (RT)
Spring Offensive (Gonzalo Lira)
Hungary Bans Ukrainian Grain (RT)
Ukraine Accuses Poland Of Violating Grain Deal (RT)
Zelensky is Secretly Buying Fuel from Putin with US Taxpayer Funds (CF)
Russia Begins Exporting Fuel To Iran By Rail (Cradle)
“Joe Biden Is A Criminal”: Former White House Stenographer (ZH)
The Crackdown Cometh (Matt Taibbi)
Pentagon Leaks Suspect Wins Praise From Far-Right US Politicians And Media (G.)
Vindman Leaked Documents To Help Impeach Trump – Never Served Time (GP)
Outrageous Plans To Give The WHO Power Over Your Life (Tess Lawrie)
IMF Unveils New Global Currency Known As The “Universal Monetary Unit” (Snyder)









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“..gain a firm foothold, cling to the territories that already exist..”

Wagner Chief Calls On Putin To Declare End Of War (ZH)

Head of Russia’s most prominent mercenary firm Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has issued an unexpected call for the Kremlin to declare an end of the war in order to consolidate territory already gained. A Friday statement by Prigozhin released by his press service suggested it’s time to declare ‘victory’ and to focus on fully establishing Russian control over the occupied territories of Ukraine. “For the authorities [of the Russian Federation – ed.] and for society as a whole, it is necessary to put some kind of bold full stop in the ‘special military operation’,” the Wagner chief said [emphasis ours].

The rare statement continued: “The ideal option is to announce the end of the special military operation, to inform everyone that Russia has achieved the results that it planned, and in a sense, we have really achieved them. We have ground a huge number of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and can report to ourselves that our task has been completed.” “Theoretically, Russia has already received this full stop by destroying a large part of the active male population of Ukraine, by intimidating another part of it that has fled to Europe.” Prigozhin went on: “Russia has cut off the Azov Sea and a large chunk of the Black Sea, seized a fat chunk of Ukraine’s territory, and created a land corridor to Crimea,” and stressed that Russia can “gain a firm foothold, cling to the territories that already exist”.

But he noted that “If earlier Ukraine was part of former Russia, now it is an absolutely national-oriented state”. This comes as Wagner is spearheading the largely successful offensive to capture Bakhmut and surrounding areas of Donetsk region. At least 80% of the largely destroyed city is currently in Russian hands. A Russian defense ministry briefing on Saturday said “Wagner assault units have successfully advanced, capturing two districts on the northern and southern outskirts of the city.” Western media too has generally acknowledged the Russian forces’ steady advance.


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“If changes to tactics are not introduced rapidly, “generations of Ukrainians” could be lost, the document warns.”

Former NATO Troops See ‘Disarray’ In Ukrainian Military – CTV (RT)

A chaotic military command structure is leading to huge losses among Ukrainian troops and is causing serious doubts over the outcome of the conflict with Russia, Canada’s CTV National News has claimed, citing a report by former NATO soldiers. The so-called ‘White Papers’ were compiled by two former high-ranking members of the US Special Forces and one former major in the Canadian Armed Forces. Each of the group has been training local forces in Ukraine for the last nine months, the broadcaster reported on Friday. According to CTV, the papers describe Ukraine’s military command structure as being in disarray, while it further claims that the country’s military communication system is crumbling. If changes to tactics are not introduced rapidly, “generations of Ukrainians” could be lost, the document warns.

One of the authors, a former Canadian army major who chose to remain anonymous, told CTV that it was “well documented” that the Ukrainian army had suffered “huge losses with their junior officers.” Earlier this month, leaked Pentagon papers claimed that Ukrainian forces have so far suffered between 124,000 and 131,000 dead and wounded during the conflict. The figure, which was based on US estimates, is several times higher than Kiev’s official death toll. The source argued to CTV that the authors of the ‘White Papers’ were not looking to criticize Ukraine, but were “only striving for the better outcome” for the country. The lack of coordination between Ukrainian units is leading to “greater losses of life and equipment as well as failed operations,” the paper is said to have stated.

Another issue of concern for the NATO servicemen is that “military aid, such as tanks, are used as mobile artillery and not in combined operations with infantry” by Kiev’s forces. As a result, “[Ukrainian] infantry will watch as the enemy maneuvers and stages in front of their defensive positions just outside of effective artillery range,” the document is cited as saying. According to the report, Ukraine’s training approach “is based on the legacy Soviet model” which puts the commander at the center, “with no delegation of authority in training, planning, and especially operations.” The widespread lack of application of NATO standards leads to painfully slow decision-making on the battlefield, the document reportedly claims. Russia has long described the conflict in Ukraine as a “proxy war” waged against it by NATO. According to Moscow, the assistance provided to Kiev by the US and its allies, including the supply of weapons, training for Ukrainian troops, and intelligence sharing, has de facto made Western nations parties to the conflict.


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“But above all, it is necessary to convince the countries that are supplying weapons, encouraging the war, to stop.”

US Must Stop ‘Encouraging War’ In Ukraine – Lula (RT)

The United States and its allies should focus on promoting peace in Ukraine instead of “encouraging war” by arming Kiev, Brazilian President Lula da Silva said on Saturday as he concluded a state visit to China, his country’s primary trading partner. “The United States needs to stop encouraging war and start talking about peace,” Lula told reporters in Beijing. “The European Union needs to start talking about peace.” He added that, in doing so, world leaders might be able to “convince” both Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky that “peace is in the interest of the whole world.” In contrast to many Western nations, neither Brazil nor China has imposed sanctions on Moscow following the onset of the conflict in Ukraine last year.

Prior to the trip, Lula, the left-wing leader who returned as Brazilian president last year after succeeding Jair Bolsonaro, had sought to position himself as part of a group that could mediate in the conflict. He did not, however, elaborate on the nature of any such talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping following their meeting on Friday. CNN reported earlier this week that Beijing had requested the removal of issues surrounding Ukraine from the list of topics to be discussed by the two leaders. “It is important to have patience,” Lula suggested on Saturday, “But above all, it is necessary to convince the countries that are supplying weapons, encouraging the war, to stop.”

China has been a key trading partner for Brazil since 2009. In 2022 alone, Beijing imported close to $90 billion worth of Brazilian commodities such as soy, iron ore and petrol. Brazil is also the largest single market for Chinese products on the South American continent. Lula’s comments on Ukraine, as well as the strengthening of economic ties with Beijing, are likely to draw the attention of Washington, with whom Brasilia has sought a closer relationship under his rule. In February, he met with US President Joe Biden in the White House, where they primarily discussed efforts to combat climate change and combat anti-democratic extremism.

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Spring Offensive (Gonzalo Lira)

Re. the Kiev regime’s spring offensive: Supposedly, 200,000 men have been assembled, 60,000 of them combat troops, to launch a major offensive that will cut Russia’s land bridge to Crimea. Kiev and its Western sponsors have been announcing this offensive for going on months now. It is supposed to break the back of the Russians. For their part, the Russians have heavily fortified the portions of the contact line where this offensive might likely come. This spring offensive was supposed to happen in mid April — that is, now — but it has been postponed supposedly because of weather and ground conditions. At this time, there is no firm date for it, though it’s supposed to happen before July. According to realistic estimates, Kiev has lost already +200,000 men KIA.

They are also rapidly running out of air defense missiles, which have been preventing Russian bombers from being effective on the battlefield. The Pentagon leaks (which are from late February) estimate that by mid May, Kyiv will have run out of air defense missiles, and will be naked to Russian bomber jets. Furthermore, the West’s support is rapidly deteriorating: A dribble of weapons, and dying political support. So there is an enormous time pressure on Kiev and the Washington Warmongers: Launch the offensive NOW—before conditions on the ground turn it into a rout. In Washington, there are two camps — those urging for a settlement and cease-fire, and those urging a make-or-break offensive to smash the Russians. At this time, the Warmongers urging the offensive still have the upper hand. Since the start of this conflict 14 months ago, not once have Kiev regime forces successfully broken through Russian lines in any fortified position.

Don’t tell me about Kharkov and Kherson: The Russians withdrew and gave up the terrain—and still it cost Kiev heavily. With this spring offensive, Kyiv no longer has the tanks or the men to hold onto any territory that they capture. The idea that they will break through all the way to Mariupol — and hold that territory — is just not within the realms of the possible. So even if this offensive breaks through Russian lines, Kiev will not be able to leverage that success. The Russians will simply counterattack, and since they have the men and the gear, their counterattack will likely be successful (though long and bloody). Is THIS what the Washington Warmongers want? I think yes: Marginally degrade Russian forces by throwing away Ukrainian lives in one final push. It would also give the perfect opportunity for Poland to get into the fray. Were the Russians to suffer a bad setback in southern Ukraine, it might provide the distraction (and the time) so that Polish forces could enter western Ukraine.

It would also provide the political rationale for direct Polish intervention. “Look!” the Washington Warmongers could say. “The Russians are losing—let’s get the Poles in there to finish the job!” I think this is the Warmongers’ idea at this time: Use the offensive’s early breathless headlines (which will all be initially positive) to widen the war. Because without widening the war, Russian victory is inevitable. Which means *Washington’s* ignominious defeat—at a time when its global hegemony is seriously teetering. A suicidal Ukrainian offensive—to bring in Poland and widen the war. Tell me what you think.

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“Budapest hopes it will give Brussels “enough time to introduce meaningful and lasting EU measures to reconsider the full duty-free nature of Ukrainian goods.”

Hungary Bans Ukrainian Grain (RT)

The Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture has announced a “temporary ban” on the imports of grain and oilseeds from Ukraine, citing the lack of any “meaningful” EU-wide measures to protect the markets from “destabilization” by the uncontrolled inflow of cheap produce. The Hungarian government is “committed to protecting the interests of the Hungarian farming community,” the ministry said in a statement on Saturday evening, announcing a temporary ban until June 30. Budapest hopes it will give Brussels “enough time to introduce meaningful and lasting EU measures to reconsider the full duty-free nature of Ukrainian goods.” The list of banned products will also include “a number of other agricultural products,” according to the ministry. The Minister of Agriculture, István Nagy, said these “extraordinary measures” are necessary to prevent “serious damage” to Hungarian agriculture.

Poland rolled out similar restrictions earlier in the day, also citing the need to protect local farmers, and triggering backlash from Kiev. In a separate move on Friday, Slovakia banned the processing and sale of Ukrainian grain, citing the discovery of a dangerous pesticide prohibited in the EU in a 1,500-ton haul of the product. The issue stems from Brussels’ efforts to support Ukraine by permitting duty-free imports from the country, touted as a way to help its exports reach poorer nations in the Middle East and Africa. However, much of the produce has ended up in Eastern Europe, sending local prices plummeting. Last month, the prime ministers of Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia demanded action from the EU Commission on Ukrainian agricultural imports, calling for the reintroduction of tariffs. In early April, the countries also urged Brussels to buy back accumulated Ukrainian products on “humanitarian” grounds.

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“The banned items range “from grain to honey products, very, very many things..”

Ukraine Accuses Poland Of Violating Grain Deal (RT)

Kiev lashed out at Warsaw’s decision to impose a ban on Ukrainian grain and other agricultural products, accusing it of violating a deal reached by the two countries this month. Poland rolled out the restrictions earlier in the day, citing the need to protect local markets from “destabilization” caused by the inflow of cheap produce from Ukraine. Ukraine’s Agriculture Ministry claimed the move violated an agreement reached last week in the wake of mass protests by Polish farmers. At the time, Warsaw said Kiev had “agreed to limit and, for now, halt exports to Poland.” “We understand that Polish farmers are facing a difficult situation, but we are emphasizing that now the most difficult situation is for Ukraine’s farmers,” the ministry said, adding that “resolving various issues by unilateral drastic actions will not accelerate a positive resolution of the situation.”

At the same time, the ministry called upon Warsaw to strike a new agreement on the matter as soon as possible, addressing the concerns of both sides. Announcing the ban, the leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), Jaroslaw Kaczynski, insisted the country remains “unchanged friends and allies of Ukraine.” “Today, the government has decided on a regulation that prohibits the entry and importation of grain into Poland, but also dozens of other types of food [from Ukraine],” Kaczynski said during his party convention. The banned items range “from grain to honey products, very, very many things,” he added. Later in the day, another Eastern European nation, Hungary, rolled out a ban of its own on Ukrainian agriculture imports.

Announcing the move, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the restrictions were needed since the status quo would cause severe damage to local farmers. Multiple Eastern European nations, namely Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia, have sounded the alarm over the inflow of cheap agriculture goods from Ukraine lately. Last month, they demanded action from the EU Commission on the issue, urging it to re-impose import tariffs on the produce. Last year, agriculture products from Ukraine were allowed duty-free entry into the bloc, with Brussels advertising the move as a way to help Ukraine reach its customers in the Middle East and Africa amid the ongoing conflict with Russia. However, much of the produce ended up in Eastern Europe, creating logistics bottlenecks and sending prices into a downward spiral, with the situation affecting local producers.

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“..he responded by firing ten who had been “brazenly bragging about the money they had.”

Zelensky is Secretly Buying Fuel from Putin with US Taxpayer Funds (CF)

It has been reported that President Volodymyr Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials collectively embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars in American aid meant to go towards the purchase of diesel. Veteran journalist Seymour Hersh revealed that, according to sources familiar with the matter, the amount could be as high as $400 million. In his latest Substack article, Hersh delved into the rampant corruption allegedly taking place among Ukraine’s political elite, suggesting the situation is worse than most people think. He explained that according to one source in the American intelligence community, Zelensky has been purchasing “discount diesel” from Russia with American money, and stashing the leftover funds.

“The Ukrainian president and many in his entourage have been skimming untold millions from the American dollars earmarked for diesel fuel payments,” Hersh wrote. Analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency, he continued, put the number at “$400 million last year, at least,” while another expert likened the level of corruption in Ukraine to that of the war in Afghanistan. During that conflict, the US was paying up to $400 per gallon to move fuel from foreign ports into the nation. It has not been revealed how much is being paid for diesel in Ukraine. As Hersh pointed out, CIA Director William Burns confronted Zelensky on the issue of corruption during a meeting in January, telling the Ukranian president that other officials were mad at him for “taking a larger share of the skim money than was going to the generals.”

Burns provided Zelensky with a list of high-ranking Ukrainian officials known by the CIA as corrupt, and he responded by firing ten who had been “brazenly bragging about the money they had.” According to the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, the US has provided Ukraine with over $35 billion in aid since Russia launched its “premeditated, unprovoked, and brutal war” against the sovereign nation. While the US has been, by far, the greatest supplier of aid to Ukraine, dozens of other countries have stepped up to provide financial, military, and humanitarian support.

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FROM Iran or TO Iran?

Russia Begins Exporting Fuel To Iran By Rail (Cradle)

Earlier this year, Russia launched for the first time fuel-by-rail exports to Iran after its main purchasers stopped importing Russian fuel due to western sanctions imposed on the Kremlin following the start of the war in Ukraine, according to three industry sources that spoke with Reuters. Russia delivered 30,000 tons of diesel and gasoline to Iran in February and March, the sources said. Last year, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak announced that the two nations had clinched a massive energy deal worth $40 billion and agreed to swap oil and natural gas supplies. “We expect fuel supplies to Iran to rise this year, but we already see several issues with logistics due to rail congestion. That may keep exports from booming,” one of the sources reportedly told Reuters.

The fuel cargoes were shipped from Russia through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan by rail. Some of the shipments of gasoline were then sent by truck from Iran to neighboring countries, including Iraq. Before the start of the Ukraine war, Russia exported small volumes of fuels to the Islamic Republic via the Caspian Sea. However, after the west sanctioned seaborne diesel and gasoline cargoes, Moscow had to look for alternative ways to expand deliveries to Tehran. While Iran is an oil-producing country with large deposits and its own refineries, over recent months, demand has surpassed domestic fuel production, according to a trader in Central Asian oil products that spoke with Reuters.

The main overland route for cargo sent from Russia to Iran passes through Azerbaijan as part of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a 7,200-kilometer-long transit system that connects ship, rail, and road routes for moving cargo between India, Iran, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Russia, and the rest of Europe. Last July, a Russian company completed the first transport of goods via container trains from Russia to India through the eastern branch of the INSTC. Russia and Iran have deepened their economic and defense cooperation due to growing economic pressure from the west and the war in Ukraine.

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“Joe Biden is a criminal. He was conducting malfeasance in office to enrich his family. Jake Sullivan is a conspirator in that, and there’s more… Obama officials involved in it, I believe.”

“Joe Biden Is A Criminal”: Former White House Stenographer (ZH)

Mike McCormick, a stenographer in the White House for 15 years who worked with Biden from 2011 to 2017, told Fox & Friends First that the FBI has completely ignored him despite his willingness to testify under oath before the grand jury investigating Hunter. “In February, I went to the FBI and filed one of their tips on their website. If you do that, and you’re lying to them, you go to jail. I’m not lying. I’m telling the truth, and I’m not going to jail,” McCormick said on Thursday. “Joe Biden is a criminal. He was conducting malfeasance in office to enrich his family. Jake Sullivan is a conspirator in that, and there’s more… Obama officials involved in it, I believe.”

McCormick specifically noted a key dialogue involving then-VP Biden, aide Jake Sullivan and the press on Air Force Two before an April 21, 2014 trip to Kyiv, Ukraine, in which Sullivan – now Biden’s national security adviser – outlined a US investment in the Ukrainian energy sector just days after Hunter joined the board of Burisma. Months after the trip, Congress allocated $50 million to Ukraine’s energy market. “I’m sitting back there with a tape recorder. Jake Sullivan comes back and somebody asks about fracking. His answer is, well, we’re bringing a lot of American assistance over for fracking. Burisma was the direct beneficiary of that fracking, and that’s what I recorded, and that’s in a White House transcript,” said McCormick, adding: “In the transcript, you don’t know who Jake Sullivan is. It’s a senior administration official. I’m the witness that says Jake Sullivan is the guy who said it and he should be investigated because at the time Hunter Biden was on the board of Burisma and Joe Biden is bringing American taxpayer money to enrich that company and himself and his family.”

“Hunter joined the board of the Ukrainian natural gas firm on April 18, just three days before Biden and his team traveled to Kyiv. But that critical piece of the puzzle was not made public until May 12. McCormick argued the timeline of the events suggests that Biden funneled American money overseas to “enrich” himself and his family, and used his own influence to aid his son’s rookie energy career. The former stenographer made it clear he wants to present the information under oath before the grand jury in Delaware probing Hunter’s business dealings, which is led by U.S. Attorney David Weiss.” -Fox News

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The Crackdown Cometh (Matt Taibbi)

On a flight, reading about the FBI’s arrest of Jack Texiera, already dubbed the “Pentagon Leaker.” A quick review reveals multiple media portraits already out depicting him as a dangerous incel who shared his wares on Discord, a social media app where “racist memes” and “offensive jokes” flourish. Writes the New York Times: “Dark humor about race or ideology can eventually shape the beliefs of impressionable young people, and innocuous memes can be co-opted into symbols of hatred, researchers say.” Well, clearly we can’t have dark humor or innocuous memes! Gitmo cages for all! The Washington Post went with “charismatic gun enthusiast”:

The New York Times summarized key points in the secret defense documents, which among other things suggested “Ukrainian forces are in more dire straits than their government has acknowledged publicly.” Reading what’s out there, it’s not easy to parse what’s a legitimate intelligence concern in reaction to these leaks and what’s mere embarrassment at having been caught lying, to the public, to would-be U.S. allies the documents show we’ve been spying on, etc. You’ll read a lot in the coming days about the dangers of apps like Discord, or of online gaming groups, which counterintelligence officials told the Washington Post today are a “magnet for spies.” The Leaker tale will also surely be framed as reason to pass the RESTRICT Act, the wet dream of creepazoid Virginia Senator Mark Warner, which would give government wide latitude to crack down on “communication technology” creating “undue or unacceptable risk” to national security.

The intelligence community has itself been massively interfering in domestic news using illegal leaks for years. Remember the “Why Did Obama Dawdle on Russia’s Hacking?” story by David Ignatius of the Washington Post in January of 2017, outing would-be Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn as having been captured in intercepts speaking with a Russian ambassador? That was just the first in a string of leak- or intercept-based news stories that dominated news cycles in the Trump years, involving everything from conclusions of the FISA court to supposedly secret meetings in the Seychelles. When civilians or whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, Julian Assange (in jail for an incredible four years now), Reality Winner and now the “Discord Leaker” bring leaked information to the public, the immediate threat is Espionage Act charges and decades of jail time. When a CIA head or a top FBI official does it, it’s just news. In fact, officials talk openly about using “strategic leaks” as a P.R. staple. In a world where media currency is becoming the ultimate power, these people want a monopoly. It’s infuriating. Watch how this thing will be spun. It’s going to get ugly fast.

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Pentagon Leaks Suspect Wins Praise From Far-Right US Politicians And Media (G.)

Washington lawmakers have written off Jack Teixeira, the 21-year-old air national guardsman accused of being behind the worst US intelligence leak in a decade, as an “alleged criminal” after his arrest yesterday, but that hasn’t stopped him from winning praise from the political right. “He revealed the crimes, therefore he’s the criminal. That’s how Washington works. Telling the truth is the only real sin,” declared the Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson on Thursday evening in the opening monologue of his show, which is the most watched on cable television. “The news media are celebrating the capture of the kid who told Americans what’s actually happening in Ukraine. They are treating him like Osama bin Laden,” the late al-Qaida terrorist leader.

Federal prosecutors allege Teixeira took secret documents from the Massachusetts air national guard base where he worked as a low-ranking cyber specialist and posted them online. They first appeared on one of the gaming messaging platform Discord’s servers in January before spreading to other social media sites and being reported on by news outlets earlier this month. Shortly after he was taken into custody in Massachusetts on Thursday, the far-right congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene – who has persistently called for the Joe Biden White House and Washington in general to cut off support to Kyiv – rallied to his defense. “Jake Teixeira is white, male, christian, and anti-war. That makes him an enemy to the Biden regime. And he told the truth about troops being on the ground in Ukraine and a lot more,” she tweeted in an apparent reference to one of the leaked documents that indicates 14 US special forces soldiers were present in Ukraine during the past two months.

“Ask yourself who is the real enemy? A young low level national guardsmen [sic]? Or the administration that is waging war in Ukraine, a non-Nato nation, against nuclear Russia without war powers?” Other documents have revealed details of how the United States gathers its information and how deeply its intelligence agencies have penetrated Russia’s military. Also among the leaked material is a pessimistic assessment of Ukraine’s prospects of recapturing territory from Russia this spring – a subject Carlson seized on. “Ukraine is in fact losing the war,” he said, citing other documents that indicate Washington’s concerns about Kyiv’s ability to defend its airspace. “The Biden administration is perfectly aware of this. They’re panicked about it, but they have lied about this fact to the public. Just two weeks ago, for example, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told the US Senate that Russian military power is ‘waning’. In other words, Russia is losing the war. That was a lie. He knew it was when he said it, but he repeated it in congressional testimony. That is a crime, but Lloyd Austin has not been arrested for committing that crime.”

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“If you illegally leak anything classified against the Biden regime, even if it proves they’re lying about a war… you’ll get raided by the FBI, perp-walked, slammed in the press as a traitor, and probably spend the rest of your life in prison.”

Vindman Leaked Documents To Help Impeach Trump – Never Served Time (GP)

In 2019, Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman admitted while being questioned by the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday that he had leaked information to an anti-Trump whistleblower at the center of the Democrats’ partisan impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump. Vindman attempted to provide talking points to Trump prior to his “infamous” Ukraine phone call and then leaked a mischaracterization of the call afterward. Vindman was directly confronted by California Rep. Devin Nunes. Nunes asked: “Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, did you discuss the July 25 phone call with anyone outside the White House on July 25 or the 26, and if so, with whom?” “Yes. I did,” Vindman responded. Vindman was pressed about the details and asked who he spoke with regarding the phone call. Vindman said he talked with two individuals who were not in the White House.

Vindman was asked to provide the names of the people he had spoken with but was cut off by then-Democratic Chair Adam Schiff. “We need to protect the whistleblower. Please stop. I want to make sure that there is no effort to out the whistleblower through these proceedings. If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identity of the whistleblower, that is not the purpose that we’re here for. I want to advise the witness accordingly.” Vindman was accused of leaking national security information but never served jail time.. One Twitter user made it clear that he believes there is a two-tiered system of justice in place. He said, “Despite destabilizing a Commander-in-Chief and helping provoke a war in Ukraine,” Vindman now goes on chat shows. Whereas Jack Teixeira leaked information showing how the government is lying to you and the world, I’m furtherance of those wars. He’s in a cell now.

[..] Catturd responded by pointing out the vastly different treatment those willing to help the Democrats have received, saying: “Remember the rules…If you illegally leak anything classified against Trump…you’re a brave whistleblower, and you’ll get a million-dollar book deal or a job at CNN. If you illegally leak anything classified against the Biden regime, even if it proves they’re lying about a war… you’ll get raided by the FBI, perp-walked, slammed in the press as a traitor, and probably spend the rest of your life in prison.”

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“The WHO will be empowered to issue binding requirements for lockdowns, masks, quarantines, border closures, travel restrictions, mandatory vaccinations, mandatory medical examinations and other measures that they see fit.”

Outrageous Plans To Give The WHO Power Over Your Life (Tess Lawrie)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is proposing the adoption of a ‘Pandemic Treaty’, or ‘Pandemic Accord’ as it is now being called. On Monday, 11 months after a UK petition calling for a debate on the matter reached the threshold of signatures to require a debate in Parliament, this will take place at last. You may be aware that the unelected Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has been on social media recently claiming that this new treaty will not affect individual countries’ sovereignty. However, what you are not being told is that in conjunction with the Pandemic Accord, amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005) have been proposed and are being negotiated. Some of these amendments would cede unprecedented authority to the WHO and raise serious questions with regards to state sovereignty.

Amendments to the International Health Regulations can be adopted by simple majority vote in the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the WHO, without subsequent national ratification procedures. This means that as things stand, these changes can sail through without parliamentary scrutiny and without you, the public, being informed. Instead of being advisory, as is any guidance currently coming out of the WHO, some of the new amendments propose that WHO advice would be legally binding on all state parties and their people. If the amendments are adopted, the unelected and unaccountable Director General of the WHO would be able unilaterally to declare a public health emergency without seeking any advice from member states or WHO committees.

There would be no committees involved in the decision-making, nor would there be any checks and balances on the Director General’s decision. So one unelected, unaccountable person would have the power to take decisions that could result in restricting the lives of billions of people. This is an unimaginable concentration of power. Amongst the more disturbing changes proposed is the removal of a clause requiring the WHO to consider an individual’s human rights in the application of the International Health Regulations. The WHO will be empowered to issue binding requirements for lockdowns, masks, quarantines, border closures, travel restrictions, mandatory vaccinations, mandatory medical examinations and other measures that they see fit.

Proposed amendments also seek to implement an international database system enabling nations to enforce travel restrictions through tools such as vaccine certificates, prophylaxis certificates, testing and recovery certificates along with passenger locator forms and a traveller’s health declaration, all preferably tied to a personal QR code. The proposals further involve significantly increasing the WHO’s funding. Part of this additional funding is required to set up an extensive surveillance process in all member states, which the WHO will verify regularly through a country review mechanism. Both the IHR amendments as well as the proposed Pandemic Accord also encourage systematic global collaboration to counter dissent from official governmental or WHO guidance.

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IMF Unveils New Global Currency Known As The “Universal Monetary Unit” (Snyder)

A new global currency just launched, but 99 percent of the global population has no idea what just happened. The “Universal Monetary Unit”, also known as “Unicoin”, is an “international central bank digital currency” that has been designed to work in conjunction with all existing national currencies. This should set off alarm bells for all of us, because the widespread adoption of a new “global currency” would be a giant step forward for the globalist agenda. The IMF did not create this new currency, but it was unveiled at a major IMF gathering earlier this week…

“Today, at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings 2023, the Digital Currency Monetary Authority (DCMA) announced their official launch of an international central bank digital currency (CBDC) that strengthens the monetary sovereignty of participating central banks and complies with the recent crypto assets policy recommendations proposed by the IMF. Universal Monetary Unit (UMU), symbolized as ANSI Character, Ü, is legally a money commodity, can transact in any legal tender settlement currency, and functions like a CBDC to enforce banking regulations and to protect the financial integrity of the international banking system.”

As the press release quoted above indicates, this new “Universal Monetary Unit” was created by the Digital Currency Monetary Authority. So who in the world is the Digital Currency Monetary Authority? Honestly, I had no idea until I started doing research for this article. The press release says that the organization consists of “sovereign states, central banks, commercial and retail banks, and other financial institutions”… The DCMA is a world leader in the advocacy of digital currency and monetary policy innovations for governments and central banks. Membership within the DCMA consists of sovereign states, central banks, commercial and retail banks, and other financial institutions.

Basically, it sounds like a secretive cabal of international banks and national governments is conspiring to push this new currency down our throats. We are being told that the “Universal Monetary Unit” is “‘Crypto 2.0”, and those that created it are hoping that it will be widely adopted by “all constituencies in a global economy”… The DCMA introduces Universal Monetary Unit as Crypto 2.0 because it innovates a new wave of cryptographic technologies for realizing a digital currency public monetary system with a widespread adoption framework encompassing use cases for all constituencies in a global economy.

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    Dome ceiling at the Ambassadors’ Hall in the Royal Alcazar of Seville, Spain 1427 (click to enlarge)   • Wagner Chief Calls On Putin To Declare E
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle April 16 2023]


    Totally Fuckin’ Normal!

    Former WGEM Anchor, Lesley Swick Van Ness, Dies Suddenly While on Vacation With Family: “She Was the Picture of Health, Positivity and Energy”

    Lesley Swick Van Ness was vacationing with her family in Florida when she suddenly fell ill and died at the age of 42




    Everything, that World Economic Forum (WEF) is planning for us – for those that didn’t “Die Suddenly”


    Head of Russia’s most prominent mercenary firm Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has issued an unexpected call for the Kremlin to declare an end of the war in order to consolidate territory already gained.

    Looks like Wagner group is about to lose its reputation and wants to call a halt to the proceedings now, you know, now when they are being paid a bucketful of cash for every soldier they have in the field. It is kind of like a profitable power company deciding that it wants to ration your power. Something fishy going on and something I am sure the share holders of Wagner group will be interested to know about. We don’t want any more money, please stop the fighting because our bank balance is exploding. An emergency.


    @ Raul – “The WHO will be empowered to issue binding requirements for lockdowns, masks, quarantines, border closures, travel restrictions, mandatory vaccinations, mandatory medical examinations and other measures that they see fit.”

    Watch the debate here:




    The “Universal Monetary Unit”, also known as “Unicoin”, is an “international central bank digital currency” that has been designed to work in conjunction with all existing national currencies.

    Worthless. A currency’s worth is based on the economies that have bought into using that currency as their own. The IMF has no economy and nobody would be crazy enough to hand over economic control of their country’s monetary policies to the IMF … unless they are Zimbabwe. Looks like globalisation neo-cons wanking in their sheets.


    Yevgeny Prigozhin is being set up to take Putin’s spot perhaps or some key position that helps to integrate PMSC’s into recognised power. It is the next phase in senile capitalism so the theory works for me.


    Pronounce the German umlauted U. How appropriate is that, eh?
    Unicoin unicorn, pooper of skittles
    Economies burn as the IMF fiddles.

    Dr. D


    Yes, but one that is scientifically engineered and induced on command. It requires certain parameters, and in this case, trust in authority and adhesion to #Caring as a singular goal is enough. The downside is, although I know it is induced, like other children of abusive narcissists, they neither believe me, and will attack me in defense of the abuser, and indeed ANYTHING that abuser has ever said, regardless of how irrelevant or self-evidently wrong. I can even get them to admit the abuse exists but nothing happens, no lights.

    “Wagner Chief Calls On Putin To Declare End Of War (ZH)

    Lira’s people had this, “Well they shouldn’t have gone in guns blazing.” They can’t. They have to. So right now, make Bakhmut the dividing line? You can’t. They would merely shell it from the other side for another 20 years, we already saw in Donbas. Wherever the line is, the West will continue the war forever from the other side, claiming they are peace, and continue hollowing out and destroying the entire West, all Million miles and 1B people in service of Ze and the Nazis. Forever.

    They also cannot be negotiated with, nothing can be signed, they said so themselves.

    So you tell ME what you want to do here? Understand why he hasn’t “Shocked and Awed”, applied those 500k troops now?

    “PMC Wagner evacuate the population of Artemovsk”

    ….And how could they not already be evacuated unless Ze’s Nazis had locked them in? Wait: this same coincidence happened in Mariupol?

    ““If changes to tactics are not introduced rapidly, “generations of Ukrainians” could be lost,”

    If we don’t look out banks might steal money, might have wars without Congress, and we might lose our human rights. Maybe even lock up reporters!

    ““huge losses with their junior officers.” But not senior officers who are snorting coke at Kiev nightclubs with Ze.

    Lula: Still trying to get a handle on this. So Bolsonaro visits Trump, then suddenly Lula no longer lock-steps Biden and Davos but is half-in for Bolsonaro Plan? So what Satellite intel did T and the White Hats give him to get adequate leverage for some forays into policy? Look at the #Opposite, Bolsanaro put back as apparently he has the popular support, then what? Duh, like here they start a civil war! Topple and assassinate Bolsonaro. Same as the last 50-100 years. So what happens if we DON’T just walk into their plan and do: Something Else? Control the guy without telling the people he’s controlled…you know, what the Left has done for 50 years and works great? You can tell them to their face, find the bribe receipts, demonstrate textbook fealty to Socialist values legally #Opposite to their nation and oath, but doesn’t matter, doesn’t exist. Somehow got “the memo” that they’re in Power, therefore nothing you say is real anymore.

    And what’s this I hear about all our new Admin never taking their Oaths of Office? As Atheists and Satanists, they’d never care, just lie, so what’s up with that? Apparently true though. So here’s the only round that can explain it: IF they take Oath of Office, they are then officially in the seat. But they’re in the Seat when they weren’t honestly elected and know it? If even China put them there, an act of #Treason? Legal liability. So they just show up and It’s-not-my-fault if you misunderstood! seated me in Pelosi’s office, then followed all the orders of some illegal stranger as if I were her! …Or if not, why would this NOT happen? Why not just take the d–n oath? Why would anyone care?

    PS. then all their acts, laws, don’t exist. Because they are not Cabinet, Congressmen, etc. Problem being, how do you tell the people without losing their minds? Avoid the civil war, as above?

    “the FBI’s arrest of Jack Texiera, already dubbed the “Pentagon Leaker.”

    I’m not taking it back, but apparently he had access to both MilIntel AND CIA data streams. Uh-huh. I don’t know how this works, but that can’t be normal.

    Taibbi picking on the Media, the NY Times published HILARIOUSLY dead-wrong, totally-made-up facts about Snowden, etc. I mean, they do every day, but this was so much MORE obvious.

    “• Pentagon Leaks Suspect Wins Praise From Far-Right US Politicians”

    But not the Media. The media every day says we should outlaw “information” and “Sources.” As Covid, “If we told the truth, no one would obey us. So we had to Lie! Don’t you see???”

    “• Vindman Leaked Documents To Help Impeach Trump – Never Served Time (GP)”

    Oh wait, unless the made-up “information” (“I have the documents” – Shiff) does what you want it to. And what is that, which they somehow know ahead of time? I didn’t get the Memo. HOW do we know ahead of time who’s to leak and trash and who is to circle wagons and defend? Hive-meld. Magic. Minons mind-controlled by Cthulu.

    “Outrageous Plans To Give The WHO Power Over Your Life (Tess Lawrie) “

    Yes and here, they ALSO say they can pass a treaty without the Senate. Uh…. Yup! That’s a law, we don’t do that now. Like the whole EU, actually. In this case they say, “we already have a treaty, we’re just making this leeeeeeeetle adjustment over here on the side, you probably won’t notice at all.”

    “IMF Unveils New Global Currency Known As The “Universal Monetary Unit” (Snyder)

    Did the IMF not get the memo that this is a Conspiracy Theory? BOTH the Bancor, AND the CBDCs? There’s also no internationalists with this plan, and they are definitely not rich. Dishwashers at IHOP create these things, not rich people. Well I say, sir!

    “Autism’s Price Tag Set to Outpace Military Spending: Where Is the Attention?”

    It kills more children than war, so it’s an obvious good. Since we put kids on milk cartons, that’s all covered and we don’t need to care. Every day of my life, the more children are killed, the more worser it gets, the better the Parents like it and the more they do it. I don’t have to explain that, I can just report that it’s true and we all know it and can objectively measure it.

    “promising the Navajo a permanent home on their reservation in 1868 doesn’t include water rights”

    Want more government? Ask any Indian how that worked out for them. And not having enough guns to scare the pants off them. Yeah, the first time that started to get remedied was the American Indian Movement in 1976. Got enough FBI to fabricate evidence, admit it and railroad a bunch of Indians – then like Assange try to kill them in prison – but it got enough attention to turn things from “deadly genocide” back down to “very bad.” Later Cuomo had trouble with Indians in NY as you see, their major highway runs right through the Rez (of course, 100% of the time). When they had a standoff, the Indians face to face, the Mohawk simply whacked the State Police into a hospital with a baseball bat, the NYSP not being in the State of NY – or indeed in The U.S. — when standing on that line. The Governor came to “An Agreement” not too long after. Now the Navajo have been dying 50 years – and mo’ better dyin’ as they carpet-bombed them with vax – but then the Navajo are a peaceful people…

    Not saying it’s a good idea. As violence, it’s almost certainly a BAD idea. However, you can trade a person’s blood sacrifice for the improvement of their people, volcano-style. I suspect we may have to do this ourselves. After 1979 or so, the Shamans said the Spirit told them to knock it off for a while. They’ve been waiting, and if anything happened beside a N.A. – New Age merger (New Age now sort of rotated to it’s end), I’m not up on it.

    “Earth Turns Over When The Crust Unlocks” Unf there is quite a bit of evidence for this. Global Warming – besides lying about thermometers worldwide and failing to explain CO2 history and Ice Cores, ALSO can’t explain a variety of other facts – so unlike previous Science, they simply ignore the data and destroy it. But as hipsters drink PBR in an “Ironic” way, Scientists destroy all divergent data in a “Sciency” way.

    For example: In Noah, they said not that it rained, although it did, they said “Waters came UP FROM THE DEEP” Up? Dafq? Yes, well a few years ago they found out that there ARE massive quantities of water at a too-deep level. If you broke it, it WOULD rise. Huh.

    Okay, suppose this is true and how you flash-freeze Mastadons from the latitude of Kansas up to the Arctic Circle in 10 minutes, which is a literal, scientific fact. That explains a lot. But also, the #Opposite: suppose I want to steal things and sell you stuff. Sell you an Ark in good weather, for instance. Then I just SAY this happens, or maybe it does but in good “Bulls—t” style, I could care less if it’s true or if my timing is good. You merely SELL the draconian lockdown, all-death, “Continuity-of-government” system as the “Obvious and logical” answer to a problem that Oops! Happens only every OTHER 12,000 years. Or has an error window of 4,000 years. Or other. Why do I care???, I sold you the Ark, run the government, and scooped up your daughters for my secret bases, then killed the surface to make way for my Palatial Hunting Lodges. And You, You believed me!!! Win!

    Hey, go watch “Kingsmen”, it’s a hoot, and by the side outlines a whole Dr. Evil plan on just this.

    There’s also a Comet called the “Angel of Death”, the “Destroyer” or the “Dragon” which came during Moses and has weird effect we don’t see with Halley’s. That’s only 6,000 years. Earth is a wild place, don’t get comfy. But underground bases? When the crust shifts? Hahahaha! So Revelations 6:16, they hide in caves and the rocks fall in on them? “For the great day of Their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?” YOU don’t, because YOU are not important. But somebody will.

    “Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

    No Peace, No Justice. Sounds familiar. Was Eisenhower Antifa? Or is Antifa Eisenhower? So BLM is actually Republican?

    D Benton Smith

    Peak means the top, greatest extent or maximum size.
    Peek means small and/or time limited observation.
    Pique means irritation or resentment, especially regarding affronts to one’s individual personhood.

    So, welcome to Peak Peek Pique. What it may lack in duration it more than makes up for in sheer chaotic annoyance.


    •Nazilensky is Secretly Buying Fuel from Putin with US Taxpayer Funds

    Empire of Lies sanctions, all ELEVEN waves of them



    Meanwhile Ukronazis paint their cars in festive patterns, I’m sure the NYT has no problem with it.

    Maybe is runs on Russian fuel


    All societies run on certain little white lies



    On the other hand, when any kind of secret is officially not allowed…….



    A former co-workers husband, father of two young children and around 40 years old, died suddenly after a brief illness a couple weeks ago. Saw the update on LinkedIn. I think I am up to about 6 cases of sudden death within one degree of separation in the last 1-2 years. These are cases of relatively healthy people between the age of 40-60 years old. In addition, at least 3-5 cases of sudden cancer taking relatively young and healthy people out. I try not to get conspiratorial on the cancer though, I have known several people die of cancer very young way before covid.


    Japanese multiplication
    It would be good to learn the long way first, so that multiplication is understood.
    No calculator required.
    The human mind is capable of so much!
    Technology is marvelous — we can expand the capacity of the human mind and body.
    But so often, instead of expanding the human mind we choose to supplant it — no longer bothering to learn phone numbers, or do simple math. We use technology instead, allowing our minds to atrophy, to lack development. One of my son’s teachers told me recently that he didn’t care if my son “cheated” during a math exam by using the computer, because nowadays everyone always has access to calculators and the internet and so it doesn’t really matter if things are learned, because they can always be looked up. I believe that there is great folly in this attitude.


    Climate Change



    On G. Lira, at top post, re. Spring Offensive.

    Gonzalo Lira in his “Poisoning the Well” video argues that those who try to impute crazy stuff to ‘dissidents’ have an agenda, aiming for all ‘dissidence’ to be rejected as some claims they make are ‘nuts’. OK, rightio — pretty basic, not new.

    Then he goes on to say that he will ban, block, anyone who denies, questions, the Moon landings! Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, no doubt about that he says. There were 5 or 4 missions he forgets.. they were Succesful !

    Plus — re. 9/11, anyone who claims a plane never hit Tower Two (? what exactly he means by this Idk, maybe he is reffering to building 7?)…? And they believe Elvis is still alive he says! 🙂

    > see vid.

    Happily, the comments are cynical, soft or harsh, or questioning.


    Having the Pentagon briefing material find its way into the public domain is a good thing, as it (further? again?) exposes the liars. Plus, in this case, as Larry Johnson has written, there is really nothing actionable in this released material, hence no real harm done to anyone but the liars caught with their pants down.

    However, if what we have heard so far is true, Jack Texiera, who is being lauded from certain (mostly conservative) corners for leaking this material, probably deserves no such praise. His motive appears to have been purely private–wanting to impress his friends on what he thought was a private digital space. No grandiose motive of exposing lies, making us aware of government malfeasance, etc. Remember that these documents lurked almost completely unnoticed on that Discord server for a long time before SOMEONE ELSE ported them over to a more public forum. If you want to call someone a hero, the person who did THAT is my nomination.


    Brilliant Whitney Webb on Jimmy Dore’s show.
    If one feels like being depressed at the end.
    It’s that bad – the theme and overall summary reached on the interview, that is.


    For those interested, Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter today.


    “Wagner Chief Calls On Putin To Declare End Of War”

    Russia has not even accomplished its first objective – taking over the Donbass. It would give the impression that Russia is very weak and it would be indicating defeat.

    Even if a peace could be negotiated it would not be regarded as binding.

    Even if Ukraine did not immediately join NATO I would see Ukraine being flooded with NATO troops and weapons, including nuclear missiles.

    ‘NATO’ [U.S.] would argue Donbass and Crimea are still part of Ukraine and could be attacked.

    Russia has no option but to fully defeat the whole of Ukraine. At the very least it has to take over the Odessa region to make Ukraine landlocked and prevent a NATO port being developed.

    The suggestion of ending the war is so bad I thought it could be fake information.


    From Naked Capitalism, Napolitano interviews ex-CIA Larry Johnson on the absurdity of the leak story.
    It is followed by the judge talking to McGregor on the same topic. I haven’t finished yet, and my apologies if someone already posted this.


    Autism’s Price Tag Set to Outpace Military Spending: Where Is the Attention?

    Answer: Who is getting the money? Is part of that money being routed through to the likes of Fauci and other US government mafia thugs? Which corporations are behind the US government mafia thugs? It is all very simple, the US government mafia is a theft machine, it steals off the people and routes the money through to the big guys. Ukraine is an extension of that US government mafia, except in that case the local operatives could not believe their luck at how rich they had become, being caught up in the US government mafia’s crimes, that they started boasting to people how they were stealing money and getting away with it. Poor form, they had to be sorted out in usual mafia style. It is all about theft. The US government mafia admitted that the original objective was to steal Russia and its resources, they admitted their goal was to steal, but are now having to settle for the usual, everyday theft of US tax payer money and the Syrian oil that Trump boasted about stealing … maybe that is why they got rid of Trump, he just could not stop boasting about his stealing.


    Ukronazi Commanders Keep Dead Soldiers’ Pay By Not Informing Their Families of Their Death

    Military Mafia and Nazilensky utter corruption cesspool in Ukronaziland


    Ahhh, finally someone said the silent part out loud…..

    DUTY TO LIE….. What the Leaked Docs Reveal. Col Doug Macgregor


    Deep in the distance I’m hearing a rumble
    Like billions of buffalos thundering home.
    The markets will rise and the markets will tumble-
    Bringing back dollars wherever they roam.

    V. Arnold

    So much garbage; so little time…
    Much thanks to PHIL BUTLER for this…


    Exciting orthodox Easter wknd !

    Mobs of teens going apeshit in Chicago…


    Fags & Transtards assault citizens directly in front of cops as the Pigs do nothing other than defend the Fagtards…

    Something about a sticker that “the only good cop is a dead cop with a baton up their ass” – pretty much the same for the entire fag community going fwd- fag cops, fag tards, fag beer… Amurica Fuck yeah !

    It’s starting to break… a Storm is brewing…


    …and the Retarded Fag “Leaders” getting covid again and again after force raping their citizens…

    With the help of…drum roll, the fag law enforcement Pigs and Liberal Fags. I see a pattern.

    Scum fuck lying Liberal politicians…


    @Noirette: what Gonzalo Lira is referring to as the “no plane hit Tower 2” story traces back to a video that circulated shortly after 9/11. On the morning of 9/11 there was a camera crew on the streets of New York filming a documentary, I think it was about NY fire departments but I can’t quite remember. As the plane flew overhead and headed for the tower the camera person became aware of it and swung the camera up in time to catch the impact of something into the tower. However, because what she or he was originally filming was close to the camera, the camera was not zoomed to a telephoto setting. So what appears on the film is a tiny pixelated blip, and it spawned endless speculation on the internet: was it really a plane? I think that there was an anonymous entity named ‘WebFairy” or something like that pushed the idea that it wasn’t really a plane.


    Roto, thx for your response, clarification. I have a faint memory of WebFairy, was a popular site at the time iirc…

    Lira likes to make fun for sure, but outing a ‘tactic’ of the PTB_MSM and then saying he himself is fooled, or has to follow with that script — surely he should add some further remarks, analysis. Anyways…


    citizen x, Chicago looks like France in the vids…but the reasons for the disorder / demos / incipient v. serious violence / revolt are different.

    In France, following on from the Yellow Vests, oppo to Macron, his Gvmt., his moves. I.e., a State (Gvmt., milit, police) vs. the PPL on the street, are in open oppo.

    In the US it looks more like faction A (blue PM liberals and their aspirants) against faction B (social conservatives, etc, the demographics are complex etc. .) which imho is deliberately orchestrated along the ‘divide to conquer’ line but perhaps more tellingly ‘who cares what the plebs do, they can’t do anything’ line.

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