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FSB Spooked The CIA On Prigozhin Coup (Bhadrakumar)
US Ambassador To Moscow Contacts Russian Diplomats Over Wagner Crisis (TASS)
US Intelligence Knew Of Wagner Plot Days In Advance, Briefed Congress (ZH)
Putin Says He Deals With Special Military Op Issues 24/7 (TASS)
Lavrov Slams Biden’s, Zelensky’s Nuclear Remarks On US Nuclear Threat (TASS)
Russia, Internal This Time (Denninger)
A Wild, Conspiratorial, Fantastical View of World Politics (Cook)
J.K. Rowling’s Moment of Truth (Rachel Lu)
IRS Whistleblower Reveals Names of Witnesses to Show AG Garland Lying (CTH)
Joe Biden Used Secret Global Cell Phone While He Was VP (GP)
FBI Knew Hunter Biden’s Laptop Was ‘Reliable’ Before Smearing It (Sp.)
The Designated Defendant: Was Hunter Biden Always the Fall Guy? (Turley)
Why Julian Assange Must Be Freed (Matt Taibbi)
Biden Would Need His Pound of Flesh From Assange (Lauria)



Everyone in the west appears to fall over each other declaring the Wagner story a “coup”. If it was, Prigozhin is an exceptionally inept man. What was he going to do when he got to the outskirts of Moscow?

They also claim Putin comes out brutally damaged. You sure he’s not the big winner? It’s okay to admit you don’t know things. I’m doing it right here and now.



I’m still looking at this map. It makes so much sense.

And a take like this one:

“Putin scammed the world by faking the coup to fool NATO and eliminate disloyal high ranking military inside Russia without protests from other officials. The ploy also duped Ukraine into advancing, thinking Russia was weak, thus revealing their entire offensive. If that’s what he did it was a genius military tactic that will go down as one of the greatest moves in military history.”

















“Blinken has piled up a consistent record for being horribly wrong on his assessments on Russia — starting from the deathly blow the ‘sanctions from hell’ were expected to give to the Russian economy; Putin’s hold on power; Russia’s catastrophic defeat in Ukraine; Russian military’s deficiencies; Kiev’s inexorable military victory, and so on..”

FSB Spooked The CIA On Prigozhin Coup (Bhadrakumar)

Just as the CIA or most intelligence organisations do, the FSB also psychoanalyses the remarks of their targets for profound meanings. They do that routinely and have trained analysts who do only that. It wouldn’t have escaped the attention of Russian intelligence analysts that Prigozhin’s ranting and ravings from Donetsk from last autumn and winter began originally on the operational aspects of the Bakhmut war front in Donetsk oblast, but incrementally began acquiring political overtones, culminating finally in his incredible statement that the raison d’être of the special military operation in Ukraine since February 2022, was all baloney. Even more strangely, this man who physically witnessed the Battle of Bakhmut, came to the bizarre conclusion that Kiev or Nato had no mala fide intentions toward Donbass or Russia.

Therefore, the ‘known known’ here is that the Russian intelligence was under instructions to be in ‘listening mode,’ give the eddies a free flow in the Battle of Bakhmut where Wagner was in the driving seat. (Interestingly, though, at some point, much to Prigozhin’s annoyance, Moscow also began deploying regular troops selectively on the Bakhmut front alongside the Wagner fighters. ) On Saturday, top US intelligence officials sprang into action to brief the media as it emerged that Russian authorities were literally waiting with a road map to squash Prigozhin’s coup attempt. Even the Chechen militia was put on standby. The crucial element in the deal struck with Prigozhin has been that he will not be prosecuted but must simply get lost. And where else could his exile be arranged better on Planet Earth than in Belarus under the benevolent eyes of President Alexander Lukashenko?

Now, we may get to know at some point from Lukashenko, who struggles to keep secrets for long, as to when exactly would Putin have taken him into confidence on a ‘need-to-know basis.’ It strains credulity that such a complex dealmaking was possible within a clutch of hours via tortuous 3-way negotiations between Moscow, Minsk and Rostov-on-Don even as the renegade Wagner column was approaching Moscow. An intriguing sub-plot here is that amidst all this heavy traffic, Lukashenko also negotiated with Nurusultan Nazarbayev, the former Kazakh dictator who headed a pro-western regime in Astana and was ousted from power after reigning for nearly three decades, following the failure of a similar US-backed coup attempt like Prigozhin’s in the winter of 2021-2022, which too was crushed with the help of the CSTO forces (Russian troops) led by a Russian general.

On the previous day, in fact, Putin had spoken with two Central Asian leaders — Kazakh President Jomart Tokayev and Uzbek President Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev. Did he share any crucial intelligence? In fact, both these countries have been facing western plots for regime change lately. By the way, Given Moscow’s preoccupations in Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stepped in to take a hands-on role to consolidate the stability and security of the Central Asian region. (Please see my recent articles — China takes leadership role in Central Asia ; An “Axis of Seven” to supplement SCO ; and, Russia, China take holistic view of the Pamirs and Hindu Kush. Clearly, something was seriously afoot in Kazakhstan, which is sandwiched between Russia and China and is the most crucial piece of real estate in geopolitical terms in Central Asia.

In all probability, this was what the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken alluded to when he told ABC on Sunday that the situation with the attempted coup in Russia “is still developing… I don’t want to speculate, and I don’t think we saw the final episode.” That said, however, Blinken has piled up a consistent record for being horribly wrong on his assessments on Russia — starting from the deathly blow the ‘sanctions from hell’ were expected to give to the Russian economy; Putin’s hold on power; Russia’s catastrophic defeat in Ukraine; Russian military’s deficiencies; Kiev’s inexorable military victory, and so on.

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“..we had some engagement with the Russians over the weekend to make sure they understood their responsibilities when it comes to looking out for the safety and security of our personnel in Russia..”

US Ambassador To Moscow Contacts Russian Diplomats Over Wagner Crisis (TASS)

US Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy got in touch with Russian foreign ministry officials amid the situation around PMC Wagner but US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has no contacts with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the CBS television channel said on Sunday, citing its sources. According to CBS, contacts with Russia were carried out both between Ambassador Tracy and the Russian foreign ministry and at several other levels. However, there were no contacts between the two countries’ top diplomats. When asked about contacts with the Russian side, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview with CBS, “I instructed my own team at the President’s behest to engage with the Russians, first and foremost, to make sure that they understood their responsibilities in terms of protecting our own personnel, ensuring their safety and well-being, as well as any American citizens in Russia.”

“So a number of people have engaged to make sure that the Russians got that message,” he noted. When asked whether US President Joe Biden would reach out to Russian President Vladimir Putin or whether the CIA director had any contacts with Russian intelligence, he said, “I’m not gonna get into any diplomatic contacts that we may have or have had, I can tell you that, on my instruction, on the President’s instruction, we had some engagement with the Russians over the weekend to make sure they understood their responsibilities when it comes to looking out for the safety and security of our personnel in Russia. Very important that we do that, and we did that.” No response has come from the US Department of State to TASS’ inquiry about Ambassador Tracy’s contacts with Russian diplomats.

In the evening of June 23, several audio recordings were posted on PMC Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Telegram channel. In particular, he claimed that his units had been allegedly attacked and blamed the military leadership of the country. In connection with these statements, the Federal Security Service (FSB) opened a criminal case over calls for an armed rebellion. The Defense Ministry dismissed the claims about alleged strikes on the “rear camps of the PMC Wagner” as false. In his address to the nation on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the PMC Wagner’s actions as an armed mutiny and treason and vowed that measures against the trouble-makers would be tough.

Later on Saturday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, in coordination with Putin, held talks with Prigozhin, which yielded a de-escalation plan. Later, Prigozhin said that PMC Wagner was halting its advance to Moscow to return back to its field camps. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that a criminal case against the Wagner chief would be dropped, while Prigozhin himself would go to Belarus. Besides, the Russian authorities pledged not to prosecute PMC Wagner troops who took part in the mutiny because of their “combat merits.”.

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More Blinken assessments.

US Intelligence Knew Of Wagner Plot Days In Advance, Briefed Congress (ZH)

While over the past months Prigozhin has made his personal hatred for Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and top general Valery Gerasimov well known, the intelligence that Washington supposedly had seems very specific and appears to have accurately predicted events, a mere few days before they unfolded. While the Kremlin has thus far refrained from blaming the tumultuous events on US or NATO countries, it has indirectly hinted and warned that the West could exploit the situation. “The attempted armed mutiny in our country has aroused strong disapproval in Russian society, which firmly supports President Vladimir Putin,” a Foreign Ministry statement said Saturday. “We warn the Western countries against the slightest attempts to use the internal situation in Russia for achieving their Russophobic aims. Such attempts are futile and evoke no support either in Russia or among soberly-minded political forces abroad.”

But soon after, Secretary of State Blinken did just that, in Sunday news shows pushing the talking point that the Wagner mutiny exposed “real cracks” in Putin’s government: Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said the short-lived rebellion from Wagner Group head Yevgeny Prigozhin “shows real cracks” within Russia as it wages its war on Ukraine. “Prigozhin himself, in this entire incident, has raised profound questions about the very premises for Russian aggression against Ukraine in the first place, saying that Ukraine or NATO did not pose a threat to Russia, which is part of Putin’s narrative. And it was a direct challenge to Putin’s authority. So this raises profound questions. It shows real cracks,” Blinken said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“.. the president shared that he “has been staying up quite late lately.”

Putin Says He Deals With Special Military Op Issues 24/7 (TASS)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he keeps the situation of the special operation under control around the clock. “Of course, I pay priority attention [to the special military operation],” he told journalist Pavel Zarubin. “This is how the day begins and this is how it ends,” Putin pointed out during an interview with the “Moscow.Kremlin.Putin” TV program, recorded on June 21. When asked if he can get a report on important issues at 3 a.m., for example, the president shared that he “has been staying up quite late lately.” “Of course, I always have to be in touch. That’s the way it goes. Always, I’m always in touch. Close by,” he concluded.

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“I cannot be responsible for the psychological state of people who repeatedly, daily prove their inadequacy..”

Lavrov Slams Biden’s, Zelensky’s Nuclear Remarks On US Nuclear Threat (TASS)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called statements by US President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky on the nuclear threat allegedly emanating from Russia a “turbulent stream of consciousness” not worth commenting on. “It’s hard for me to comment on what the US president has been saying lately, as it is for other observers in general who are wondering how to interpret it all. I wouldn’t put too much weight on verbal escapades that have no basis in fact right now,” the top Russian diplomat said in an interview with the “Moscow.Kremlin.Putin” TV program, according to an excerpt posted on Sunday on journalist Pavel Zarubin’s Telegram channel.

Lavrov called Zelensky’s statements “even more turbulent stream of consciousness.” “I have no medical background. [Head of the European Commission] Ursula von der Leyen has a medical degree. I cannot be responsible for the psychological state of people who repeatedly, daily prove their inadequacy,” Lavrov added. Earlier, Biden said during a speech in California that he believed the threat of Russian leader Vladimir Putin using tactical nuclear weapons was real.

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“These people are under the foolish belief that a man with 6,000 nuclear weapons at this control will back off and let them put ours 5 minutes away..”

Russia, Internal This Time (Denninger)

You can look at Putin as whatever you’d like but the fact of the matter is that this is a nation with thousands of nuclear weapons and, whatever your view of Putin is, he is one of the more-moderate members of the government in Russia. If he is deposed by force or worse, there’s a no-BS civil war that occurs over there who knows what comes out of that. The odds that it will be “more-friendly” to the United States than what we have now, never mind NATO, are very poor, and what’s worse is that both we and all the other NATO nations are likely interfering in a covert manner and everyone involved over there in this thing knows it. It is entirely reasonable that if Putin is deposed the US and NATO will be given a 24 hour ultimatum to remove everything they have to the Polish border or beyond and if they don’t it and the land under it will be destroyed with tactical nuclear weapons.

If you think that’s crazy you’re wrong. It is in fact very possible. Further, there is no “polite” or “conventional” response to such a threat available to us or anyone else. We either comply or its on, for real. Do realize there are people over there who consider NATO’s continued additions toward Russia, and the fact that each puts the flight time for a surprise attack closer and closer to Moscow and other major cities, an existential threat to the nation and its survival as a political entity. We would no more put up with China entering into a treaty with Mexico to put nuclear weapons on the Rio Grande or in Tijuana — within howitzer range of San Diego — than we should expect Russia to put up with us doing essentially the same thing.

Mike Pompeo is an idiot. So is Lindsey Graham. They have a right to their opinions but attempting to execute them as policy should earn them a permanent stay in prison — and in solitary confinement at that. This is wildly preferrable to a bunch of smoking holes in the ground and plumes of radiation drifting over what was a “fruited plain.” These people are under the foolish belief that a man with 6,000 nuclear weapons at this control will back off and let them put ours 5 minutes away. The problem is that in the event this goes sideways in Russia one or more people may wind up with the ability to actually use one or two. That is a much higher risk, and further, I’d like Pompeo to tell me what he thinks we would do if China and Mexico stuck some boom-booms within a few miles and a couple of minute flight times from a US city.

We all know that the United States would never tolerate that, yet this is exactly what we think NATO should be able to do over there. That is not a multi-polar or even bi-polar world when it comes to national power; it is a unipolar world where we set an agenda and everyone else must follow “or else.” sThat’s dumb.

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“Of course, Trump had the opportunity to pardon Assange and others but failed to do so. Now it’s his turn.”

A Wild, Conspiratorial, Fantastical View of World Politics (Cook)

Tucker Carlson dates the beginning of the plot to the Republican candidates’ debate in Greenville, SC, on February 16, 2016, when Trump said we never should have been in Iraq when we went to war in 2003. Trump said the U.S. “destabilized the Middle East.” He said, “They lied. There were no weapons of mass destruction. They knew there were none.” To be fair, in his June 13, 2023, broadcast, Tucker Carlson did not use the word “assassination.” But he did say that the intent was for Trump to die in prison. So I think “assassination” is a fair word. Regarding the 2024 presidential election, the only individual the Controllers and Deep State have to cling to is the corrupt, doddering Joe Biden, with enough baggage to sink an ocean liner. Even more laughable is his parody of a vice president, Kamala Harris.

But also appearing out of nowhere is a legitimate rival to the Biden/Harris comedy team in Robert F. Kennedy Jr., scion of the family that earlier stood in the way of Controller/Deep State rule but whose stalwarts were blotted out by assassinations–JFK, RFK, and, yes, I believe, JFK, Jr. All the foregoing should be seen against the observation that the Controllers/Deep State will stop at nothing in trying to destroy anyone who stands in their way in furthering their project of ruling the world now and forever. But cracks have been appearing in their façade for over a decade, the most glaring being the 2007-2008 financial collapse, the failure of the “War on Terror,” punctuated by Biden’s 2021 flight from Afghanistan, and now the Ukraine fiasco.

With the images of Joe and Hunter Biden, overlaid by those of Kamala Harris, Victoria Nuland, and Volodymyr Zelensky, as the public faces of the clique of plutocrats and gangsters who rule over us, we gain a new appreciation of the gravity and danger of the present moment. To return to Trump, he brought the “War on Terror” at least to the stage of winding down. Cutting funding for ISIS in Syria, ordering plans to evacuate Afghanistan, and his refusal to implement his advisers’ intent to bomb Iran may testify to his reluctance to march in lockstep with the Controllers’ program. Trump’s advisers openly bragged about refusing to obey his orders to pull troops from Syria. Whether he was fully cognizant of the subversion of the Minsk agreements by the coup-installed government of Ukraine and its NATO/Neocon consiglieri appears questionable.

Back to the latest indictments, the entire concept of “classified” documents is a trap resembling flypaper, ideal for ensnaring those ignorant of the danger in handling them. By some estimates, fifty million documents are given the “classified” stamp each year, with the stamp being used selectively to send its victims to prison. But until we see the contents of the documents in Trump’s possession and gain a fair assessment of exactly how their misuse by him aided and abetted our “enemies,” the indictment is objectively meaningless. Of course, by definition the documents are verboten to the hoi polloi such as ourselves, so we will never see them. Yet the indictments may serve their purpose, which is to lock up Trump for the rest of his life. [..] Of course, Trump had the opportunity to pardon Assange and others but failed to do so. Now it’s his turn.

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Fighting cancel culture.

J.K. Rowling’s Moment of Truth (Rachel Lu)

J. K. Rowling is not a witch. She acquitted herself well in her recent “trial,” a podcast series hosted by The Free Press, detailing the explosive controversy between history’s most famous children’s author and liberal progressive activists. The Witch Trials tells the story of Rowling’s rise to fame and her fall into (progressive) infamy. It’s the sort of podcast I had to turn off whenever my kids climbed into the car. There’s a good bit of profanity, as well as “adult themes.” Nevertheless, I found the story of Rowling’s battle with gender ideologues oddly inspiring. In an age when so many have cowered before the cancel mobs, Rowling stood by the truth.

Millennials worshiped Rowling in childhood. This comes through quite clearly in Witch Trials, as childhood fans gush about the way her books represented a “security blanket” through their childhood and adolescent growing pains. In a way, this is odd, because as children’s books go, Rowling’s are quite dark. Death is a major theme. Political oppression is rampant. Even “good” adults seem to be offering a tutorial in “failure to protect,” as Harry arrives each fall at Hogwarts brimming with eagerness to learn, only to be socially ostracized, plagued with death threats, or both. This is what gives today’s kids warm fuzzies?

Perhaps it is not really so strange. For all the grimness, Rowling gave her readers a universe that they found morally comfortable. Inclusion was always a major theme. The bad guys, a group of “pureblood” wizards, want to rule the world and ensure that their magical club is restricted to people of noble (magical) birth. They’re one part evil aristocrats protecting their privilege, and one part wand-wielding Nazis crusading under a “dark mark.” Meanwhile, the good guys are crusading for meritocracy, equality, and love, with side plots exploring the ethics of discrimination, especially against house elves (which some wizards regard as natural slaves).

At the same time, the Hogwarts universe explores at length the importance of personal identity. Children are initiated into the wondrous world of Hogwarts after discovering that they have an innate capacity for doing magic, and readers then get to follow these elite characters to their posh boarding school, where their unique abilities are further explored and refined. In the very hour of their arrival, their minds are probed by the magical “sorting hat” that assesses their character and places them within the proper House. As they continue at Hogwarts, Dumbledore’s Mirror of Erised shows each person his hopes and dreams, while spooky Bogarts display their greatest fears. Students eventually learn to cast a magical “patronus charm,” which brings forth a kind of animal-protector in a form that uniquely reflects the caster’s soul.

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“If Hunter Biden was caught not putting the foreign payments on his U.S. tax returns as income, and we know Joe Biden received the same payments, well, did Joe Biden list his portion on his income tax returns?”:”

IRS Whistleblower Reveals Names of Witnesses to Show AG Garland Lying (CTH)

Things are getting spicy in/around Main Justice in DC. On Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Deputy AG Lisa Monaco denied any involvement interfering with the decisions made by USAO David Weiss regarding the investigation of the Hunter and Joe Biden bribery and tax fraud scheme. However, in response, the IRS whistleblower is now naming additional witnesses to Weiss’s statements. Through his attorneys, whistleblower Gary Shapley is now naming additional witnesses to the statements of USAO Weiss:

“In an October 7, 2022, meeting at the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney David Weiss told six witnesses he did not have authority to charge in other districts and had thus requested special counsel status. Those six witnesses include Baltimore FBI Special Agent in Charge Tom Sobocinski and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ryeshia Holley, IRS Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Shapley and Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon, who also independently and contemporaneously corroborated Mr. Shapley’s account in an email, now public as Exhibit 10, following p. 148 of his testimony transcript. Mr. Shapley would have no insight into why Mr. Weiss’s would make these statements at the October 7, 2022 meeting if they were false. That Mr. Weiss made these statements is easily corroborated, and it is up to him and the Justice Department to reconcile the evidence of his October 7, 2022 statements with contrary statements by Mr. Weiss and the Attorney General to Congress.”

Someone is lying, and the whistleblower appears to have all his information well documented and cited. Mr. Weiss, Mr. Garland and Mrs. Monaco have some explaining to do. An interesting thought ran through my head last night as I was thinking about the Hunter Biden IRS agreement. If Hunter Biden was caught not putting the foreign payments on his U.S. tax returns as income, and we know Joe Biden received the same payments, well, did Joe Biden list his portion on his income tax returns? Just wondering….

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A “present” from Hunter. Joe couldn’t very well put it in his own name.

Joe Biden Used Secret Global Cell Phone While He Was VP (GP)

Peter Schweizer on Sunday dropped a bombshell during an appearance on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo. Schweizer, author of “Secret Empires,” said Joe Biden was using a secret cell phone and it was paid for by Hunter Biden’s firm. “What is the line of communications between Hunter Biden and his business partners and Joe Biden when he’s Vice President of the United States?” Schweizer said. “It’s not the government phone. It’s not Joe Biden’s personal phone. We know from the laptop that Hunter Biden’s business paid for a private phone line that Joe Biden used while he was Vice President. Schweizer continued, “It was from AT&T. It was $300 a month. It was a global phone where you could access somebody anywhere around the world.”

Peter Schweizer said he shared the “phone number and account information with the people over at the House Oversight Committee.” “My hope is that the House Oversight Committee will subpoena those records,” Peter Schweizer said. Biden’s secret global cell phone was used to run a very lucrative international influence-peddling operation that included his entire family. House Oversight Chairman James Comer last month identified the NINE Bidens implicated in corruption. “Joe Biden’s son. Joe Biden’s brother. Joe Biden’s brother’s wife. Hunter Biden’s girlfriend/Beau Biden’s widow, Hunter Biden’s ex-wife. Hunter Biden’s current wife. And 3 children of the president’s son and the president’s brother. So we’re talking about grandchildren – a grandchild. That’s odd. Most people that work hard every day a grandchild doesn’t get a wire from a foreign national,” Comer said at a press conference last month.

James Comer said the Biden family received over $10 million from foreign nationals while Joe Biden was Vice President. The countries involved directly correlated with Joe Biden’s work as Vice President. This is textbook money laundering and influence peddling. “The Committee is concerned by the complicated, suspicious network of over 20 companies we have identified the Bidens and their associates used to enrich themselves,” Comer said. “Most of these companies were Limited Liability Companies formed DURING Joe Biden’s Vice Presidency.”

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“..the bureau received information about the device containing “evidence of white collar crimes” in October 2019 and quickly attributed the laptop to Hunter Biden..”

FBI Knew Hunter Biden’s Laptop Was ‘Reliable’ Before Smearing It (Sp.)

The FBI verified the authenticity of Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” months before the release of the Post’s October 2020 bombshell about the Bidens, according to IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley. The FBI determined that the infamous “laptop from hell” belonged to Hunter Biden as early as November 6, 2019, and by spring 2020 the bureau had concluded that there was “no reason to believe there is anything fabricated nefariously on the computer and/or hard drive,” according to a contemporaneous investigative memo by IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley. In late May, Shapley delivered testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee which was made public earlier this week. The IRS agent also presented a memo, penned by him in October 2020, and shared by independent media outlet Just the News on June 25.

The memo provides a detailed chronology of the FBI’s activities concerning the laptop in question, which was abandoned by the first son in a Delaware repair shop. As per the document, the bureau received information about the device containing “evidence of white collar crimes” in October 2019 and quickly attributed the laptop to Hunter Biden – codenamed “Sportsman” in the document – via Apple ID account/iCloud account and supporting evidence. “Financial records show Sportsman was around Wilmington DE shop at a cigar shop on the same day,” the memo said. “Other intelligence shows Sportsman was in the area. Computershop calls Sportsman to tell him to bring in an external hard drive to put recovered data on to. Sportsman returned to the shop with the external hard drive. Phone records show the shop called Sportsman and Sportsman called the shop around this time.”

Having taken possession of the device in December 2019, the agency started to scrupulously analyze its content which included messages, emails, pictures, and other types of files. By May 2020, FBI agents had little if any doubts that the collection of files was authentic and belonged to the younger Biden. However, when the New York Post released its October 2020 story stemming from the laptop’s content, the bureau and 51 ex-intelligence chiefs rubbished the bombshell as “Russia’s disinformation operation”. Before that, during all of 2020, the FBI warned Twitter officials about an allegedly forthcoming “Russian hack-and-leak” operation “involving Hunter Biden”, as per Twitter’s then-Head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth’s testimony. The bureau particularly referred to APT28, claiming that it’s a group of Russian hackers linked to Moscow’s intelligence services.

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Take one for the team.

The Designated Defendant: Was Hunter Biden Always the Fall Guy? (Turley)

Many have noted that Hunter Biden was an implausible business associate or board member to be working with various foreign companies. He had lived a life that was a toxic mix of nepotism and narcotics, by his own admission. According to his 2021 memoir, during the period when foreign companies were clamoring to give him millions of dollars, he was “drinking a quart of vodka a day” and “smoking crack around the clock.” He kept up that self-destructive lifestyle, he said, until his father’s 2020 presidential campaign began. When Hunter’s world began to collapse financially, his uncle, James (who has been implicated in influence-peddling in news reports and by House investigators) rushed to assure him that he and his father were arranging a “safe harbor” for him, according to one media report.

The alarm over Hunter cutting off contact was understandable as a family matter in dealing with a relative with a history of drug addiction. Yet Hunter also potentially represented something of a threat to a family that has long been accused of influence-peddling. Hunter has relied on his family and his father’s political associates to protect him. He reportedly paid his delinquent taxes with the help of a wealthy friend; other unnamed individuals paid huge sums for his art work. When Hunter’s gun disappeared near a school and local authorities were investigating, the Secret Service mysteriously showed up at a gun shop and asked for the paperwork tying him to the gun. When Hunter lost a laptop reportedly filled with incriminating emails detailing criminal conduct with drugs, as well as alleged evidence of influence-peddling, national security experts rushed forward to declare it was likely to be Russian disinformation.

Much of the media joined with an effective news blackout of the story. The FBI then allegedly sat on the laptop and did not appear to do a thing to investigate further. At every juncture, the wayward son of Joe Biden seems to be snatched from the jaws of disaster. Now, at the center of a swirling scandal of alleged influence-peddling, Hunter has emerged with a plea that brings a new meaning to the word “bargain.” He will plead guilty to two minor misdemeanor tax counts and a phantom felony count that will go away in time. Yet this may be the most vital role that Hunter has played for his family. He will declare himself guilty so the media and the political establishment can declare the scandal to be a closed matter: Nothing more to see here, other than a plea to a couple misdemeanors.

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“..If Assange is successfully extradited and convicted, it will take about ten minutes for it to happen again…”

Why Julian Assange Must Be Freed (Matt Taibbi)

At Parliament Hill in London Saturday, there was a demonstration on behalf of jailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Present was the famed rendering of Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden made by sculptor Davide Domino. The statue includes an empty chair for the next whistleblower. I had the honor of standing on that chair to give a short address: I have a confession to make. Once. like a lot of journalists, I didn’t like Julian Assange. It wasn’t just that Wikileaks was breaking one huge story after another. He had fab hair. He wore skinny jeans. He even modeled at fashion week! What can I say? I was jealous. We’re in London, so I can quote Shakespeare, can’t I? “Beware the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”

Jealousy, that monster, impairs one’s thinking. It impaired mine. I didn’t have a reason to dislike Assange. So I invented one. I decided I didn’t like the concept of “radical transparency.” I thought: “You can’t just dump all of those secrets on the public. That’s irresponsible!” I was so brainwashed that I forgot, as many people do, that secrets do not belong to governments. That information belongs to us. Governments rule by our consent. If they want to keep secrets, they must have our permission to do so. And they never have the right to keep crimes secret. I’m an American. Many of you are from the U.K. In our countries, we’re building skyscrapers and huge new complexes to store our secrets, because we don’t have room to keep them all as is! Why do we have so many secrets? Julian Assange told us why. From an essay he wrote:

“Authoritarian regimes give rise to forces which oppose them by pushing against the individual and collective will to freedom, truth and self realization. Plans which assist authoritarian rule, once discovered, induce resistance. Hence these plans are concealed by successful authoritarian powers.” When governments become authoritarian, they inspire resistance. Techniques must then be developed to repel that resistance. Those techniques must then be concealed. In short: the worse a country is, the more secrets it has. We have a lot of secrets now. Julian Assange became famous as we were creating a vast new government-within-a-government, a system of secret prisons, extraordinary rendition, mass surveillance, and drone assassination. Many of these things we know about only because of Wikileaks. Ostensibly, all this secrecy was needed to fight foreign terrorism.

The brutal irony now is the architects of that system no longer feel the need to hide their dirty tactics. My government, openly, wants to put this man in jail for 175 years, mostly for violations of the Espionage Act. These include crimes like “conspiracy to receive national defense information,” or “obtaining national defense information.” What is “national defense information?” The answer is what makes this law so dangerous. It’s whatever they say it is. It’s any information they don’t want to get out. It doesn’t even have to be classified. What is conspiracy to obtain such information? We have a word for that. It’s called journalism. My government wants to put Julian Assange in jail for 175 years for practicing journalism. The government of this country, the U.K., is going to allow it to happen.

If they did this to Andrei Sakharov, or Nelson Mandela, every human rights organization in the world would be denouncing this as an intolerable outrage. Every NGO would be lining up to lend support. Every journalist would be penning editorials demanding his release. But because our own governments are doing it, we get silence. If you’re okay with this happening to one Julian Assange, you’d better be okay with it happening to many others. That’s why this moment is so important. If Assange is successfully extradited and convicted, it will take about ten minutes for it to happen again. From there this will become a common occurrence. There will be no demonstrations in parks, no more news stories. This will become a normal part of our lives. Don’t let that happen. Free Julian Assange.s

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“It might indeed be in Biden’s and the C.I.A.’s interests to wash their hands of this filthy endeavor once and for all.”

Biden Would Need His Pound of Flesh From Assange (Lauria)

Biden would need his pound of flesh from Assange if he would allow his administration to offer a plea. Assange would most likely have to plead guilty to something and serve more time, likely in Australia, before Biden would entertain ending the case. Though he was never charged for the Democratic National Committee or the C.I.A. leaks, Assange is the continuing target of their ire, and would be unlikely to look kindly on Biden letting him go, especially a year before a U.S. presidential election. Biden knows he’s wrong on Assange, if he can remember it. He clearly stated his position on Assange on Meet the Press in December 2010. Vice President Biden told the program that Assange could only be indicted if it could be proved he conspired to steal the published documents. That could not be proved and the Obama-Biden administration did not indict Assange.

The Trump administration did. But only on the original 2010 espionage charges. The U.S. indictment does not accuse Assange of stealing U.S. government documents, but only receiving them. If Biden stuck to his original principles he would have these charges dropped and let Assange go. But it’s political dynamite for him. The C.I.A. and DNC would likely be furious with Biden so he will need something in return to show them for letting Assange go. Whether that satisfies them is another matter. The last, long-shot possibility, is that the U.S. drops the case altogether. This is what Assange’s supporters, parliamentarians around the world, human rights and press freedom groups, journalists’ unions and even WikiLeaks‘ five corporate media partners have been calling for.

But until now it’s been like talking to a marble wall in Washington. Yet, developments in the UC Global case in Spain and the upcoming U.S. presidential election might provide conditions for the U.S. to want to get out of its pursuit of Assange. A recent development in the Madrid criminal trial against UC Global chief David Morales for violating Assange’s privacy by spying on him in Ecuador’s London embassy with 24/7 live surveillance for the Central Intelligence Agency as well on his privileged conversations with his lawyers has solidly confirmed the C.I.A’s role. Would Langley want that exposed at Assange’s trial federal court in Alexandria, VA, where U.S. media interest would be intense?

Also, would Biden welcome during a presidential campaign the protests in the plaza before the Alexandria courthouse, highlighting his administrations efforts to convict a journalist for publishing accurate information exposing U.S. state crimes, handing his political opponents a cudgel to expose his hypocrisy about defending press freedoms? It might indeed be in Biden’s and the C.I.A.’s interests to wash their hands of this filthy endeavor once and for all. (There is precedence for this in the Katharine Gun case.) In one way or the other, the coming weeks appear to be leading to a climax in the extradition phase of arguably the most important press freedom case in U.S. history.

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    Rembrandt van Rijn The standard bearer 1636   • FSB Spooked The CIA On Prigozhin Coup (Bhadrakumar) • US Ambassador To Moscow Contacts Russian Di
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 26 2023]


    Boosted‘ – what a hilarious term to have come up with.

    TVASSF (especially when ‘boosted’.)


    In the words of Sasha Latypova – ‘What does the DoD have to do with pregnant civilians and children?’ meaning the only actual clinical trials requested to be accurately performed (GOP compliant) by the manufacturer -(Pfizer and Moderna etc) were those on toxicology and reproductive harms. Those with the highest harms were chosen.

    The ONLY contracting entity globally was the department of defence!

    For those interested in fine-tuning their understanding of the current 5th gen war going on. We are mostly up to speed but around the 50 min mark it gets interesting.


    “..If Assange is successfully extradited and convicted, it will take about ten minutes for it to happen again…”
    Okay so then they will definitely convict then to get the message through loud and clear.


    All You Need Is Love

    Sadly that is what the woke leftist people think, the post-modern “the world is in my mind” people. John eventually realised that you also need body guards, but by then it was too late and he died early, leaving the Yoko Ono curse on the world. I guess you had to be stupid to attract that many teenagers, and in those days teenagers were like today’s six year olds. What he should have sung is “All you need is sacrifice”, but it doesn’t really have the same candyfloss flavour.


    All You Need is an Antidepressant



    The Pharma Industrial Mafia has you by the short hairs


    All You Need is a Brilliant Foreign Policy



    All You Need is a Great Set of Pecs and Abs

    Dr. D

    We can’t have that here. The U.S. would never bear having standards.

    “Coup Brutally Crushed” – media elsewhere.

    Uh, whut the whut? Not a shot was fired. Anywhere. You “Crush” by showing up, talking, then consigning your men peacefully to chain of command with no repercussions? I’ll say it again: “Words have Meanings”. These people are all psychotic, break with any and all reality. #AntiLogos. THe only enemy is Truth. Rebellion to #Logos, God.

    Map: absolutely. But since it doesn’t fool our NATO war rooms, who the #$% is this puppet show for? I have an idea: IF Moscow just mobilized 100,000 men and marched them to the Belarus border over Kiev, it would have given the Western Media the opportunity to alarm about “The Russians are coming! They’re going to take Paris!!! We need to Duke’m Nuke’m NOW!!!” Like Trump, Russia has to look weak and stupid to get strong (and very normal, legal) things done.

    So the scam is ON the papers. Because again, ain’t no one in chain of command who’d be fooled for a second, not ‘til you get up to Nuland and Blinken who are glue-sniffing morons with rabid confirmation bias. How do they keep the NATO generals from TELLING the papers to knock it off, you’re off-narrative? Because they don’t know what’s going on it’s so fast, AND, more likely, because yes, they paid for a coup and were holding backing waiting to see if it would help. Everyone in Russia (power) knew this. It must have been hilarious to open champagne and cigars in that “negotiation.”

    “Fighter Jet Cuts”

    That’s because the Federal level is not supposed to BE the taxing center of anything. All those programs are supposed to happen at the State, City, and Local level. The problem is stealing the money in the first place and sending it to the 10 richest zip codes, so that we may beg to get a little of it back. “Please Sir…” No. You get NO MONEY to begin with. We need it to run food programs in Chicago. Oh. Wait. Is that the Constitution? That almost every g– d— thing the Federal Government does is totally, completely illegal under 10A? Yeah.

    “US Intelligence Knew Of Wagner Plot Days In Advance, Briefed Congress (ZH)

    Yup, U.S. intelligence knew, and it was so utterly not a secret that they told Congress, of whom they generally tell nothing. (Congress will 100% always leak it and/or sell it). But Russia had no idea. Here’s an idea: wouldn’t Joe SELL this intel to the FSB for one Hunter Biden painting?

    Nope, not in our cartoon movie world. The baddie bads are evilly evil and like all Stormtroopers can never hit anything. That’s their job! Their job, in my rich kid play fantasy, is to LOSE. What else do I pay them for? Pew Pew.

    “Biden said during a speech in California that he believed the threat of Russian leader Vladimir Putin using tactical nuclear weapons was real.”

    Since they’re always decades behind, (It’s the glue talking) WHY would they use a tactical nuke, ever? They have a hypersonic that does the same thing, doesn’t cross psychological thresholds, and they’ve already used regularly. Too arrogant to ask and too ignorant to know they should.

    “These people are under the foolish belief that a man with 6,000 nuclear weapons at this control will back off and let them put ours 5 minutes away.”

    None of them can stop and state the obvious: they WANT the war. They want the NUCLEAR war. They WANT the deaths of 6 Billion people. They publish this near-daily, then went out and pushed Green Initiatives such as the end to all farming, that demonstrate it in real, tangible, local time. For decades. Whole nations like Sri Lanka have been shattered. Can anything get through? They SAID they want this. Do you think they are lying?

    “detailing the explosive controversy between history’s most famous children’s author and liberal progressive activists.”

    Rowling herself is a liberal progressive activist. Waaaaaaaay far out there. Way ultra-uber gay rights. Like 1% radical weirdo, banned-everywhere from any time previous to 2010. The most progressive kid’s author ever, in 100 years with 100% gay sex marriage main characters. THAT’S NOT ENOUGH.

    SUBMIT OR DIE. You’re Next. This is Robespierre, or thankfully so far Robespierre lite, for the Aquarian Age, a public murder only in virtual space.

    ““If Hunter Biden was caught not putting the foreign payments on his U.S. tax returns as income, and we know Joe Biden received the same payments, well, did Joe Biden list his portion on his income tax returns?”:”

    Trick question: no one cares. Obviously. Not the media, the government, judges, policemen, the army, the Democratic base, no one. I’m a little more worried about Hunter having Child Porn on his laptop, and not even for that but because HE HIRED THE CHILDREN and used them himself.

    Anyone? Police? College Professors? Middle School teachers? Congress? Anyone? HOW DARE YOU be mean and demand justice for a rich dude who has sex with children on camera? What are you MAGA or something? Anti-child sex bigot? Nope, but I’ll still arrest you if you link to it to look at it. KNOWING about the crime is the real crime. Know your place.

    Hey, quick question: is Bribery one of the crimes listed in the Constitution as Impeachable? For jail time? As Treason? Asking for a guy I know. And bought for a mere $10,000, the price of a used Toyota with 160k.

    “• Why Julian Assange Must Be Freed (Matt Taibbi)

    I disagree. This is why Assange must testify before Congress under oath and tell what he knows. As you notice, nothing can stop the mind-disease of RussiaRussiaRussia. The Hate just feels SO GOOD.

    “Jealousy, that monster, impairs one’s thinking.”

    This is a petty approach unworthy of “Man.” Not that I don’t believe it, but if you still have that, you’re just not a man yet. You’re not a boy, you’re just a critical failure that needs to rise to somewhere near your potential.

    “Least Manly Culture in 10,000 Years Warns on Dangers Toxic Masculity.” –BBee.

    This is of course why you erase men, starting with attacking and crippling all the boys. Which is done so long, and the suicide rates are so high, that the very THOUGHT of reversing their non-stop murders and abuse is ITSELF considered a crime. Yummy yummy. Mission accomplished.

    Still not enough, so we amputated them. What will history say about you?

    Anyway, Taibbi, in a terrible, immoral, illogical, manless culture DID ultimately rise to the level of the minimum. But is unfortunately still standing very much alone.

    “”We’re now facing a situation where a huge number of very powerful organisations and elites are calling for policies that are basically a suicide pact. Basically a death wish…”

    Yes. Very serious. However, we don’t want to forget we don’t want a suicide pact with the environment and planet either. Pave Less. Grow More. No 100,000 condos around Amsterdam. No extinction of cows in Ireland. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” Anti-centralization of renewable power. Anti-purchase of new cars, esp lithium-mined ones.

    Dr. D

    Btw speaking of morons, my comment yesterday. The Sub company was literally called “OceanGate”, as a corporation. Did they not think that bad Mojo usually related to deadly Scandals? Anyway Herr Docktor face plants on that one.

    Which brings to this joke that’s going around, the Titan I.C. https://www.youtube.com/shorts/HFeihgp5B6U


    I’m glad the Russians are trolling the Germans by offering bounties to their soldiers on their Leopard Tard Tanks.

    Killing a German tank with an Iron Cross on it in 2023 is worth a bonus.

    Humiliating the German Girlie Man Tank this way is fabulous

    Russian Serviceman Who Destroyed Leopard Gets Awarded 1 Million Rubles ($15,000) Bonus

    Presenting the soldier with the bounty is Aleksandr Karelin

    Karelin competed in Greco-Roman wrestling, representing the Soviet Union and Russia between 1987 and 2000. Nicknamed the “Russian Bear”, “Russian King Kong” and “Alexander the Great” and is widely considered to be the greatest and most dominant Greco-Roman wrestler of all timewinning gold medals at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games


    This is how the Limeys are whistling pass the Covid Clotshot graveyard to explain the spike in vax stroke deaths in the Empire of Lies




    Yes exercising is what kills all those wild animals too. The lions and leopards just drop dead from excessive exertion. Hummingbirds just breathe heavily now to ‘stay safe’ as the additional energy required to make sound was making their little hearts explode.


    Humming bird heart beats of 500 to 1,200 beats per minute vs human at rest of 72

    I wonder if Hunter’s coked up heart beat hits hummingbird rates?



    Another Analysis of “the coup attempt”

    FSB spooked the CIA on Prigozhin coup

    JUNE 26, 2023 BY M. K. BHADRAKUMAR
    FSB spooked the CIA on Prigozhin coup

    1. western plots for regime change
    2. the Chechen militia to replace/rotate Wagner
    3. Blinken has piled up a consistent record for being horribly wrong on his assessments on Russia
    4. Exiled to Belarus (Hehehehe)

    Birds of a feather
    Birds of a feather flock together is an English proverb. The meaning is that beings (typically humans) of similar type, interest, personality, character, or other distinctive attribute tend to mutually associate.

    1. Biden …. Ukraine
    “The Committee is concerned by the complicated, suspicious network of over 20 companies we have identified the Bidens and their associates used to enrich themselves,” Comer said. “Most of these companies were Limited Liability Companies formed DURING Joe Biden’s Vice Presidency.”


    On 31 May 2023, the Institute for the Study of War reported that Kadyrov’s forces were likely replacing the role of Wagner PMC as Russia’s main shock troops in the Donbas after Wagner disengaged from the front line after the capture of Bakhmut earlier in the month. Kadyrov stated that his forces, including “Akhmat” Special Forces and the “Sever-Akhmat” Special Purpose Regiment had been given a directive to “active combat activities” in Donetsk Oblast.[24]

    Kadyrov’s troops likely ordered to pick up where Wagner left off – ISW

    Kadyrov’s troops likely ordered to pick up where Wagner left off – ISW

    Home » Latest news Ukraine »

    Kadyrov’s troops likely ordered to pick up where Wagner left off – ISW
    Kadyrov’s army ukraine
    Kadyrov’s troops spent some time in a forest near Kyiv at the onset of Russia’s invasion in 2022. Photo by counterintelligence of Ukraine’s Security Service, via RFE/RL

    2023/06/01 – 20:44 • LATEST NEWS UKRAINE

    The Kremlin could seek to reestablish Kadyrov’s forces as the main offensive force following the conclusion of the Wagner forces’ activities and subsequent withdrawal from the frontlines

    Ramzan Kadyrov, the Head of the Chechen Republic, appears to have received orders from the Russian military command to initiate offensive operations in Ukraine. This new development follows the withdrawal of the Wagner Group’s forces from Bakhmut, as the Institute for Study of War noted in its daily report.
    Grace Mappes, Kateryna Stepanenko, Nicole Wolkov, Layne Philipson, and Fredrick W. Kagan

    May 31, 2023, 7:30pm ET
    Another Analysis of “the coup attempt”

    Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, June 25, 2023
    Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, June 24, 2023
    Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, June 23, 2023

    Figmund Sreud

    MSM, most often, spews the darnedest things, … just an example:

    For a time, it appeared that a teetering autocrat, Russia’s military and rival militia chiefs might end up in a civil war for control of a nation with a vast nuclear arsenal. Such instability and internal strife in Russia would send geopolitical shockwaves across the globe.

    The West truly doesn’t have a side in the internal strife that erupted this weekend. This was a showdown between Prigozhin – whose men are accused of brutal human rights abuses in Ukraine, Syria and Africa – and Putin, who has revived World War II-style horror in Europe, who flouted international law by invading a sovereign neighbor and who faces an arrest warrant for alleged war crimes. Prigozhin also has been no friend to the US – he has admitted to interfering in American elections and pledged to do so again.

    The West must now consider the possibility of a Russian political collapse



    Oxymoron, thanks for the Sasha Latypova and Dr. Malik video on Rumble.
    There was a time up until the 1980’s or 90’s I think when people could question vaccines and new vaccine safety. After the US PREP Act passed it became impossible to hold pharma accountable. Dr. Mike Yeadon makes a comment on the Rumble site as follows:

    Dr. Mike Yeadon
    I deduced recently that there might be a really solid reason why you’ve never been able to question vaccines.
    No other category of product of the pharmaceutical industry is protected in this way where no questioning is permitted.
    I tentatively propose that vaccines are a protected category for a horrifying reason.
    1. They’re a fake category of healthcare intervention. They actually don’t work as described at all. They’re created over the last few decades especially (though they’re much older than most people think) so that when you provide the prompt “vaccine”, the typical person responds with the words “safe and effective”. Why would this matter?
    2. Evil perpetrators have ALWAYS intended to use “vaccines” to depopulate the world.
    That’s what I think.
    The more that events unfold, horrifyingly, the more convinced of this tentative hypothesis I become.
    I often say at this point, if you follow my logic and I’m wrong, the worst that’ll happen is you might get laughed at. If you ignore what I’m saying and I’m right, you’ll lose your freedom and probably your life.
    It’s time to decide whether you’re going to make the slightest attempt to save yourself or simply give in to the diabolical plans of the perpetrators.
    Please join me in standing up for & with humanity.
    Best wishes


    “All you need is Love”. I’m gonna stand by it.

    LOVE is sacrifice – in action.

    “Love” without sacrifice is selfish, therefore not Love.

    LOVE to Lovers.


    Isn’t saying “All you need is sacrifice”, just another way of saying that we should submit our wills to “the greater good” with the specifics of “the greater good” being defined by a different rubric than the covidiots?

    I watched Plandemic 3. It contained a lot of valuable, cogent material. I disagreed with the way it framed the problem as “individualism” vs. “collectivism.” Every human society has elements of both individualism and collectivism in varying degrees. Neither concept is wholly evil nor purely beneficent. For me, the problem explored by Plandemic 3 was a small cabal manipulating the rest of humanity in order to serve the narrow interests of that cabal. Humanity can be manipulated by various means, including by appeals to collectivism and appeals to individualism.

    I cherish my independence as an adult. I also recognize that for the past 11 years, ever since my ex abandoned his moral duty to provide for the material well-being of our children and I had to shoulder that role disproportionately, that I could not do it alone. I have had to accept assistance from family, friends, church, and state. It is a human reality that we are social creatures and need each other. That need means that it is logical to consider the needs and desires of others, not just ourselves. This leads to sacrifice. This impulse can also be subverted to induce foolish things…like permitting oneself to be injected with experimental substances. Yet, just because the impulse to follow a course of action for the benefit of others exists, and because that impulse can be be manipulated, does not mean that the impulse is evil or wrong — in the right context, it is one of the things that binds healthy human families and societies together.


    Dr d
    That’s because the Federal level is not supposed to BE the taxing center of anything. All those programs are supposed to happen at the State, City, and Local level.
    Yup. The feds aren’t supposed to control social programs. The correct Fed role would be an entity to which an appeal may be addressed should a state be administering a program in a manner that violates Constitutional protections.

    D Benton Smith


    Humankind is waking up to the inescapable and obvious fact that the tangible world, and perhaps the intangible planes of existence which we surmise and verify do exist above it, is a balancing act between a host of dichotomies such as positive/negative, true/false, good/bad/, “God”/”Satan”, individual/collective, and so on.

    Closer inspection of those dichotomies reveals that they are not actually linear in nature, but are instead more cyclical in description. Spiralular would probably be a better way to say it. We vacillate and balance and move between the opposing values (collective vs individual, as an example) recognizing that BOTH are necessary in order for life to exist at all, but that one of the two is much MUCH more valuable than its polar opposite. We all know that feeling proud and good is a lot better than feeling horribly ashamed.

    Perfect good, perfect truth, or even perfect awareness would all be marvelous, of course, but to achieve any of them COMPLETELY (as in absolutely 100%) would require, and indeed would be, the state of Godhead.

    That state of being probably won’t happen for any of us human or quasi-human beings tomorrow. In the meantime we have only the responsibility to exercise our free will in striving for those things that are in the right direction. In other words, to voluntarily trying to know and achieve good and truth and awareness.

    The intangible collective known as Evil or Satan or by any of its myriad of names, host of other names is as “real” as any other identity. It is, of course, artificial, but so is any and every other identity as well. It is the collective total of the slightly less than intelligent free will choice to go the OTHER direction, as an act and exercise of defiance to external control, so as to avoid the so-called “enslavement” of self to God. Silly Satan. What an idiot. But he’ll eventually figure it out because what else could intelligent awareness possibly do?

    Imagine a Universe in which every identity, freely created by God, is striving toward the same wonderful thing (perfect intelligent awareness) , and has learned the ropes of both how to do it and how to avoid the pitfalls.

    Nice goal. Won’t happen tomorrow. In the meantime we have a lot of ropes to learn and many pits to step around. And I’ll say one more thing about that in total humility, it’s got me as busy as a one-egged man in an ass kicking contest, just to not slide backwards.

    John Day

    We had a busy family-helping-family weekend, driving to Dallas to pick up our older son at the airport after 2 weeks of company work (Engineer) in Japan, and to get a U-Haul and move him to a different apartment, with the help of younger-son-also-engineer, then we drove back. I got an hour online Saturday afternoon to updateon the “Prigozhin Mutiny”, and I note the red arrows that Ilargi has twice posted now.
    Prigozhin has no charges against him, and Wagner fighters also don’t seem to be charged.
    I see today that we are mostly of the same mind, seeing the Russians have flushed out sometraitors, are consolidating forces in the power structure, and are presuably plugging the leaks that Jack Teixeira revealed.
    Jack Teixeira went to court Friday. News blackout about that.
    The defense has proven that he was fed information, warned 2-3 times in 2022 to “stop looking at intelligence secrets”, and so on.


    Congruent take on that fighter jet “cuts” image above.
    Despite of non-admitting by some visitors of the blog, this is a logical manifestation of the system where “maximum profit” is declared as one and only meaning of someone’s existence” and allowed to flourish.


    Follow the Science!

    Mortality Rates are lowest among the Unvaccinated in all age-groups

    Mortality Rates are lowest among the Unvaccinated in all age-groups


    D Benton Smith

    The Sound of Freedom [ https://www.angel.com/home ] is kicking up serious interest and discussion. Here’s the kind of stuff people are saying: https://youtu.be/RzWKJvaNpVQ

    Help them out.


    Putin just gave an address in Russia.


    Soap opera writer are on strike. MSM writer are trying to ….
    Prigozhin said …..
    Putin said …..

    D Benton Smith

    So tell me what he said, Chooch. I’d like to see how your brain filtered the words into something other than what was said..


    Putin suggested that the Wagner fighters sign a contract with the Ministry of Defense, return home or go to Belarus.
    Was there a mistranslation?

    D Benton Smith

    That Sabrina Singh sure is a piece of work. Talk about lifestyles of the Globalist Elite, she’s the pinup.


    From Kommersant translation

    06/26/2023, 22:31
    2 minutes.

    Putin’s address to the Russians after the rebellion of Prigozhin and Wagner PMC. Full text, video

    “Dear friends! Today I once again appeal to all citizens of Russia. Thank you for your endurance, unity and patriotism. This civic solidarity has shown that any blackmail, attempts to arrange internal unrest are doomed to failure.

    I repeat, the highest consolidation of society, executive and legislative power at all levels was shown. A firm, unambiguous position in support of the constitutional order was taken by public organizations, religious denominations, leading political parties, in fact, the entire Russian society. Everyone was united and rallied by the main thing – responsibility for the fate of the Fatherland.

    I emphasize that from the very beginning of the events, all the necessary decisions were immediately taken to neutralize the threat that had arisen, to protect the constitutional order, the life and security of our citizens.

    An armed rebellion would have been suppressed in any case. The organizers of the rebellion, despite the loss of adequacy, could not fail to understand this. They all understood, including that they went to criminal acts, to split and weaken the country, which is now confronting a colossal external threat, unprecedented pressure from outside. When at the front with the words “not a step back!” our comrades are dying.

    However, the organizers of the rebellion, having betrayed their country, their people, betrayed those who were drawn into the crime. They lied to them, pushed them to death, under fire, to shoot their own.

    It was precisely this outcome – fratricide – that the enemies of Russia wanted: neo-Nazis in Kyiv, and their Western patrons, and all sorts of national traitors. They wanted Russian soldiers to kill each other, so that military personnel and civilians would die, so that in the end Russia would lose, and our society would split, choke in bloody civil strife.

    They rubbed their hands, dreaming of taking revenge for their failures at the front and during the so-called counteroffensive, but they miscalculated.

    I thank all our military personnel, law enforcement officers, special services who stood in the way of the rebels, remained faithful to their duty, oath and their people. The courage and self-sacrifice of the fallen heroes-pilots saved Russia from tragic devastating consequences.

    At the same time, we knew and we know that the overwhelming majority of the fighters and commanders of the Wagner group are also Russian patriots, devoted to their people and state. They proved it with their courage on the battlefield, liberating the Donbass and Novorossiya. They tried to use them in the dark against their brothers in arms, with whom they fought together for the sake of the country and its future.

    Therefore, from the very beginning of the events, on my direct instructions, steps were taken to avoid a lot of bloodshed. This took time, including to give those who made a mistake a chance to think again, to understand that their actions are resolutely rejected by society, and to what tragic, destructive consequences for Russia, for our state, the adventure into which they were dragged leads.

    I thank those soldiers and commanders of the Wagner group who made the only right decision – they did not go to fratricidal bloodshed, they stopped at the last line.

    Today you have the opportunity to continue serving Russia by entering into a contract with the Ministry of Defense or other law enforcement agencies, or to return to your family and friends. Anyone who wants to can go to Belarus. The promise I made will be fulfilled. I repeat, the choice is yours, but I am sure it will be the choice of Russian soldiers who have realized their tragic mistake.

    I am grateful to President of Belarus Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko for his efforts and contribution to the peaceful resolution of the situation.

    But I repeat, it was the patriotic spirit of the citizens, the consolidation of the entire Russian society that played a decisive role these days. This support allowed us to overcome the most difficult trials for our Motherland together.

    Thank you for that. Thank you.”


    These figures come from BlackRock’s latest 13F filing, which was released on May 12.

    ℹ️ The 13F is a mandatory, quarterly report that is filed by institutional investment managers with over $100 million in AUM.



    Illustration courtesy of zerohedge


    Fun fact: komodo will bite larger prey and dose it with a massive load of bacteria, then follow until the prey drops dead of systemic infection.

    Terrible Lizard (warning, contains math-ish rock wrapped in prog metal, IIRC a prime number 47-beat measure, 2 of the trio refused to play it after half a tour…it’s terrible!)


    The Ukrainian soldier is correct, its an extermination of the goyim, the White Christian, yes? He sees the horror, slaughter by weaponry. Here its a slow boil, murder by injection. How, in the name of Christ can people not see what is happening?

    John Day

    Spy vs Spy https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/spy-vs-spy

    What kind of a “mutiny” is managed by allowing mutinous troops and leaders to join the regular army or move to the allied country next door without formal charges?
    Trick question, right? It’s not how any country handles mutiny. The traditional management is either bullet or noose, so it might have been a trick mutiny, right?
    (Jenny and I had a busy weekend driving to Dallas and back to pick up our older son from his first (engineering) work trip to Japan, then helping him move, as did his brother. We got all of the large items moved and a lot of the other items, too. I have been catching up.)

    It’s easy to see this now that the facts are present, but it was not possible to know what was happening Saturday morning. There were charges brought by Vlademir Putin about the mutiny, but they named no names. We all assumed that they pointed towards Prigozhin and Wagner, but we had known for months that the Russian military was quite compromised since the Defense Department leaks of Airman Jack Teixeira, which showed detailed knowledge of the internal workings of the Russian military. They were vague and grainy about anything going on in Ukraine. They were fed to Jack, who was sternly told 2-3 times in 2022 to “stop looking at intelligence unrelated to your job”, as he kept doing so and reporting it to his private-chat buddies.
    Jack was a leak who was being fed certain classified information, so that others (Russia) would see it, while not knowing that they were being fed selected information. This information would worry them about traitors in their ranks at high levels. How could they identify traitors and flush them out?
    I was suspicious of Prigozhin loudly and emotionally calling the heads of the Russian military “traitors” for months on TV. How could that be allowed, even if his forces were managing the Bakhmut-meat-grinder stoically, and taking high losses? Was this part of an operation to flush out traitors with a decoy?
    In recent days Prigozhin made statements that might have been scripted, about Ukraine causing much higher Russian casualties, as his actions reached a crescendo, taking the Russian military command headquarters near the 3 way border of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, then marching a column of men north to Moscow with heavy military armor. At the same time, Saturday, he was talking with BelarussianPresident Lukashenko, “negotiating amnesty for his men and himself”. Russians at all levels were convinced this was real, and barricaded the road to Moscow, removing Wagner recruiting ads from Russian billboards.
    There were numerous calls for Prigozhin’s execution from all levels of Russian society and the military. There were reports of Russian army attacks on Wagner forces, and of Wagner forces shooting down Russian helicopters. There were videos, but those videos were never substantiated as being what was reported, and there have been denials of these fraternal killings. President Putin made it very clear that Russian fraternal killings served the west and harmed Russia.
    As things stand today there are no charges against Prigozhin or his men. Many Russian military forces seem to have moved North and west, to striking range of Kyiv, across the Belarusian border, and the world is split between believing that Prigozhin was serious, and believing that Prigozhin was playing a carefully crafted role to unify and purify Russian military and civilian leadership, while flushing out traitors.
    I think it was a counter-scam against the west. MI-6 was supposedly running the western coup-plot. Prigozhin played along. At some point other coup-participants would be activated, and they could be identified by their actions, or by the intercept of messages to them with orders. If this is correct, we will see reshuffling in the Russian halls of power, and some elites losing power, and probably some holdings.

    Simplicus has this (and so much more):
    ​ ​In the background of all this, the Lukashenko negotiations were being carried out and they ended up reaching an agreement. At the time of this writing there are rumors that Shoigu (and possibly Gerasimov) are in fact getting the axe, but this could be completely fake. For instance:
    ​ ​A source close to PMC Wagner: In addition to the resignation of Shoigu, it is also planned to change a number of FSB generals, including the head of the FSB for Moscow and the Moscow Region Alexei Dorofeev, today the Moscow defense system passed a stress test in case of a sudden invasion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the direction of Moscow, none of the heads of regional The UFSB, including the capital, did not pass this test, and if Prigozhin had not turned around, then shedding blood, as he puts it, he would have entered Moscow. Further, with such a leaky defense system, the war with Ukraine cannot be continued, now there will be serious reshuffles, both in the Ministry of Defense and in the FSB.
    ​ ​In fact, some are theorizing that the entire operation was to root out traitors in Moscow​.

    ​John Helmer in Russia had this Saturday evening:
    ​ ​Without the public support of any political figure in Russia, military or police unit, regional governor, or the officers of his Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin and his thousand rank-and-filers have agreed to return to their base camps on terms negotiated late on Saturday afternoon between Prigozhin and Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarus President.
    ​ ​The one-armed rebellion has failed with recriminations, immunity from prosecution, and almost no bloodshed.​
    ..​Before the radio broadcast began, Putin made his 5 minute, 34 second speech to the country at 10 am. Unusually, he addressed the camera on his feet. Read the speech in full here.
    ​ ​There have been no personal statements from either Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu or chief of the General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, the targets of Prigozhin’s public attacks.​..​
    ​ During the hours of the rebellion on Friday and Saturday, along the line of contact in the Ukraine there appears to have been no breakthrough by Ukrainian forces. Instead, the Russian Defense Ministry has reported: “Tonight, the Russian Aerospace Forces launched a group strike with high-precision long-range weapons at the centres of radio intelligence and aviation equipment of the Ukrainian Air Forces at the Kanatovo airfields in the Kirovograd region, as well as the Dnipro. All assigned objects are hit. The target of the strike has been achieved.”
    ​ ​“In addition, on June 23, in response to a strike on a road bridge across the Chongar Strait, a warehouse with Storm Shadow cruise missiles was destroyed at a Ukrainian airbase near the settlement of Starokonstantinov in the Khmelnitsky region. During the day, the armed forces of Ukraine continued unsuccessful attempts of offensive actions in the South Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Donetsk and Krasno-Limansk directions.”
    ​ ​A total of 515 Ukrainian forces were reported killed in action. French Caesar howitzer and US M-777 howitzer units were reported hit.


    ​Aleks at Black Mountain Analysis (Serbia) has this: United Russia summation:
    The news came out that a deal has been reached between Prigozhin and President Lukashenko of Belarus. I do not want to speculate too much about that deal. Yes, there are circulating suggestions what the detail entails. But we can be sure, whatever information reaches the surface, it is only for the public. We will need to wait some time (days/weeks) to see the impact on the ground.
    ​ ​Bottom line is: Prigozhin goes to exile to Belarus with some of the Wagner fighters. Most Wagner fighters will be disarmed, interrogated and if they did not commit any major crime, incorporated into the Russian army. The march on Moscow is over.

    ​Andrei Martyanov (Russian ex-military) still takes the mutiny at face value:​

    John Day

    US military analyst, Larry Johnson sees this:
    ​ ​It appears that the roots of the narrative that Prigozhin was going to betray Russia starts in 2022. Someone with ties to Western intelligence had a relationship with Prigozhin and began sounding him out about collaborating with the West. Prigozhin let his Russian intel bosses know about the pitch and the Russians decided to build an op that would present Prigozhin as a disgruntled patriot, boiling in anger at the incompetence of Russian leaders. The Russians fed this by letting Prigozhin launch vicious verbal attacks on Shoigu and Gerasimov and, if we are to believe the Jack Teixeira discord leaks, even passed intel on the locations of Russian troops to his intel handler.
    ​ ​Here is the interesting part of this hypothesis — who made the decision to launch Prigozhin? A credible argument can be made that the Prigozhin’s Western handlers decided that Friday was the day and ordered him into action. But I think this was stage managed in the Kremlin. Putin and his intel chiefs knew what the West was trying to foment in Russia and realized that Ukraine and NATO were reeling from their feckless counter offensive and its attendant massive losses in men and materiel. Why not use the coup attempt as a good cover story for the mass movement of troops all along the line between Moscow and Rostov on Don?

    Russia’s Academy Award Winning Performance For Best Coup, Prigozhin Scores Best Actor

    ​ John Helmer has this about Jack Teixeira’s case, which started Friday, but there are no reports. Thanks Christine.
    ​ ​Jack Teixeira (lead image, left), the US Air Force national guardsman arrested on espionage allegations in April, is scheduled to appear in a Boston federal court for his arraignment on the prosecution’s charges this Wednesday, June 21.
    ​ ​Six counts were listed in the grand jury indictment filed in court on June 15. The 10-page paper reveals new evidence contradicting the case against Teixeira which has been published in the mainstream media based on official government leaks to the Bellingcat propaganda organization and the New York Times, which are working together against Teixeira and against the intelligence disclosures attributed to him.
    ​ ​The new court evidence is now pointing to the likelihood that Teixeira’s access to highly classified documents prepared by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (lead image, right) at the end of February this year had been facilitated for him by senior US Air Force (USAF) officials.
    ​ ​If provable, Teixeira will plead not guilty and his lawyers will prepare the defence case of entrapment. If embarrassing to the Pentagon and the Justice Department, Teixeira may be offered a plea bargain of guilty in exchange for no trial of the evidence and a reduced jail sentence. The section of the Espionage Act which is the basis of Teixeira’s prosecution, 18 United States Code Section 793(e ), provides ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for conviction on each count. The 21-year old is facing the equivalent of a life sentence.


    ​ Big Serge has a late day synthesis:​ Russo-Ukrainian War: The Wagner Uprising , Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wild Ride
    ​ ​The events of the past weekend (June 23 – 25, 2023) were so surreal and phantasmagorical that they militate against narration and defy description. On Friday, the infamous Wagner Group launched what appeared to be a genuine armed insurrection against the Russian state. They occupied portions of Rostov on Don – a city of over 1 million people, regional capital, and headquarters of Russia’s Southern Military District – before setting off in an armed column towards Moscow. This column – replete with heavy military equipment including air defense systems – came within a few hundred miles of the capital – virtually unmolested by Russian state forces – before abruptly stopping, announcing that a deal had been brokered with the aid of Belorussian President Aleksandr “Uncle Sasha” Lukashenko, turning around, and heading back to Wagner bases in the Ukrainian theater.​..​
    ..It sounds weird, of course. You’ve heard of gunboat diplomacy – now we get to see tank-based contract negotiations. Yet it is clear that the dispute over Wagner’s independence and status vis a vis Russian military institutions was at the heart of this. Earlier this month, Prigozhin announced his intention to disobey a presidential order that required his fighters to sign MoD contracts by July 1.
    Prigozhin’s statement this morning (Monday, June 26), however, was extremely instructive. It focused almost exclusively on his central grievance: Wagner was going to be absorbed into the institutional military. He doesn’t take this to its conclusion and note that this would nationalize his highly profitable business, but his comments leave no doubt as to his motivation. Here are a few key points that he makes:
    Wagner did not want to sign contracts with the Ministry of Defense
    Absorption into the MoD would mean the end of Wagner: “This unit was supposed to cease its existence on July 1.”
    “The goal of our campaign was to prevent the destruction of Wagner Group.”
    But what did Prigozhin think would happen? What was his optimistic scenario? Likely, he hoped that general anti-bureaucratic and anti-corruption sentiments, combined with Wagner’s popularity and fame, would lead to an upswell of support for the group which would put the government in a position to acquiesce to Wagner’s independence.
    It was a bold decision. Facing institutional absorption, Prigozhin gambled on a measured destabilization campaign that would rock the country just enough to spook Putin into cutting him a deal. Prigozhin might have convinced himself that this was a clever and decisive roll of the dice that could turn things in his favor. I rather think that they were not playing dice at all. They were playing cards, and Prigozhin had nothing in his hand…
    ​..​Russia handled the Wagner uprising extremely well, and its management of the crisis points to a high degree of state stability.
    ​ ​Now, what I am not saying is that the uprising was good for Russia. It was clearly a net-negative in several ways. Russian aircraft were shot down by Wagner and Russian pilots were killed. Prigozhin was then allowed to walk away after causing these deaths – a stain on the government. There was widespread confusion which does nothing good for morale, and operations in the Southern Military District were disrupted by Wagner’s occupation of Rostov.

    ​ Gilbert Doctorow reports that discussions in Russian media continue to take this mutiny in dead-earnest:​
    ​ ​For these reasons, Simonyan said, such a possibility of armed conflict on the home front had to be avoided at all costs. And to those who object that the terms of the settlement violate the legal norms of the Russian Federation, her answer is that laws are not God-given but are written by men to regulate relations and maintain order in the country. The legislators cannot foresee extraordinary circumstances wherein strict observance of legal norms would have exactly the opposite effect and cause complete disorder and chaos. Therefore the settlement of the crisis as it turned out deserves our support.
    ​ ​A diametrically opposite opinion, also very well argued, was made by Lieutenant General in retirement and State Duma member Andrei Gurulyov, who, like Simonyan, is an occasional panelist on the Solovyov show, where he may be said to represent hardliners on issues of patriotism and civic duty. Gurulyov said flatly that treason such as Prigozhin committed must be punished by the physical elimination of the perpetrators, by a bullet to the head.

    The dry residue of the Prigozhin armed rebellion

    ​ Simplicus has this about the next desperate step by NATO/Ukraine.
    ​ ​Nuclear Falseflag on Zaporozhye NPP Heats Up + Major Wagner Updates and More
    ​ ​The situation can only be considered urgent as Ukraine has now made their full intentions crystal clear. If before we suspected with high confidence, now it is plain fact. They intend to destroy the ZNPP plant as a last ditch attempt to ‘activate NATO’ by blaming Russia.
    ​ ​A completely coordinated campaign over the last few days has affirmed this. Not only was Budanov’s maiden speech after reappearing from his Kalibrated cranial trepanation centered on Russia’s alleged ‘mining of the ZNPP’ basement, but now several new instances of highly coordinated messaging have been released by Ukraine and its Western controllers.

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