Jun 302023

Edward Bawden Sahara 1928


Ukrainian ‘Failure’ A Big Problem For Biden – Seymour Hersh (RT)
Ukraine Suffers ‘Disastrous’ Losses In Counteroffensive – Forbes (RT)
The Darkness Ahead: Where The Ukraine War Is Headed (Maersheimer)
American Troops Will Not Fight In Ukraine – Washington (RT)
US Mulls Sending Long-range Missiles To Kiev – WSJ (RT)
Prigozhin Was The Pinup For Western Regime Change Enthusiasts (Marsden)
Today’s European Union Offers ‘Neither Peace Nor Prosperity’ – Orban (TASS)
Zelensky Ally Attacks Hungary’s Orban (RT)
US’s 40yo Stinger MANPADS Don’t Stand a Chance Against Russia in Ukraine (Sp.)
BRICS Partners See Futility of Discussing Ukraine Conflict Without Moscow (Sp.)
Koran Burning ‘Not Illegal’ – NATO Chief (RT)
Trump and Attorney-Client Privilege (Felten)
Aspartame To Be Labeled As Possible Carcinogen – Reuters (RT)



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“..Biden’s “overall foreign policy may be at risk”should Kiev fail to deliver results on the battlefield..”

Ukrainian ‘Failure’ A Big Problem For Biden – Seymour Hersh (RT)

Ukraine’s foundering counteroffensive will mark a major embarrassment for the White House, Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has argued, suggesting President Joe Biden’s hardline support for Kiev could cost him the next election. Writing in his latest Substack article on Thursday, Hersh outlined the progress of Ukraine’s offensive operations, claiming it would need a “miracle” to reverse Russian gains after Moscow took “total control” of the Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. While a short-lived rebellion by Russia’s Wagner Group last weekend offered a brief distraction from “Ukraine’s failing counter-offensive,” Hersh went on to argue that Kiev is heading for “disaster.”He said that could be politically damaging for Biden, who will seek to sell Ukraine as a foreign policy success as he campaigns for re-election in 2024.

“It may be prudent for Joe Biden to talk straight about the war, and its various problems for America – and to explain why the estimated more than $150 billion that his administration has put up thus far turned out to be a very bad investment,” the journalist added. Pointing to battlefield statistics and other information provided by US intelligence sources, Hersh claimed that Kiev had reclaimed only 44 square miles of territory since launching its counteroffensive in early June, “much of it open land.” He said at the current pace, Kiev would take 117 years to completely repel Russian forces, attributing the figure to an unnamed official. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Aleksey Reznikov has acknowledged the slow progress of the counteroffensive, but told the Financial Times this week that the operations so far were merely a “preview,” saying Kiev had yet to deploy the bulk of its Western-trained reserves.

While Ukraine and its Western backers insist victory is still on the table, Hersh said Biden’s “overall foreign policy may be at risk”should Kiev fail to deliver results on the battlefield. The journalist urged Democrats to take the “looming disaster” in Ukraine as a “wake-up call” as they enter the 2024 race, noting the president’s waning approval numbers. The Russian Defense Ministry, meanwhile, said that the repeated pushes by Kiev’s troops have failed to breach the Russian defenses and gain any significant ground. Moreover, multiple German-made Leopard 2 heavy tanks and US-made Bradley combat vehicles were either destroyed or abandoned on the battlefield. Videos shared by Russian and Ukrainian sources this month showed Ukrainian soldiers bogged down and retreating due to minefields and artillery fire.

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“even more disastrous” than previously thought..”

Ukraine Suffers ‘Disastrous’ Losses In Counteroffensive – Forbes (RT)

Ukraine’s widely anticipated counteroffensive has seen Kiev’s forces lose a significant amount of armor, including dozens of Western-supplied tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, Forbes reported on Tuesday. According to the outlet, analysts believe that an attempt by the Ukrainian army’s 47th Assault Brigade and 33rd Mechanized Brigade to cross a minefield near the town of Malaya Tokmachka in Russia’s Zaporozhye region on June 8 proved to be “even more disastrous” than previously thought. Despite deploying de-mining vehicles, including several ex-Finnish Leopard 2R and one German-made Wisent, the Ukrainian battlegroup appears to have failed to thoroughly clear a path through the mine field. The Wisent and three Leopard 2R struck mines, as did several US-supplied M-2 Bradleys, while the brigade came under fire from Russian artillery and aviation.

As a result of the failed breakthrough, which lasted several hours, experts have estimated that no fewer than 25 Ukrainian vehicles were destroyed, including 17 M-2, four Leopard 2A6 tanks, three Leopard 2R and one Wisent. Forbes noted that while the loss of one Wisent is not important, as the Ukrainian army still has dozens of them, the other losses have proven to be more significant. The 47th-33rd Brigade battlegroup lost nearly a fifth of Ukraine’s M-2, a fifth of its Leopard 2A6 and half of its Leopard 2R, the outlet claimed, pointing out that Kiev lost the equivalent of an entire battalion in one single botched assault. Although Washington has already pledged to provide more M-2 vehicles to make up for Kiev’s June 8 losses, Ukraine’s European allies have yet to agree to provide more Leopard 2A6 and there are literally no more Leopard 2R left to send, Forbes noted.

Meanwhile, Kiev has admitted that its much-lauded counteroffensive is not proceeding as quickly as it had hoped. Speaking to Ukrainian media on Wednesday, the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Aleksey Danilov stated that Russian troops have shown stiff resistance and acknowledged that the huge minefields laid by Russian forces have proven to be a challenging obstacle. The Russian Defense Ministry has also reported that Kiev’s large-scale assault has so far failed to achieve results. Russian President Vladimir Putin has described Ukraine’s losses as “catastrophic” and claimed on Tuesday that Kiev had lost 259 tanks and 780 armored vehicles since the start of the advance.

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“The West made a colossal blunder, which it and many others are not done paying for.”

Much more in the article.

The Darkness Ahead: Where The Ukraine War Is Headed (Maersheimer)

The conventional wisdom about the war’s origins is that Putin launched an unprovoked attack on 24 February 2022, which was motivated by his grand plan to create a greater Russia. Ukraine, it is said, was the first country he intended to conquer and annex, but not the last. As I have said on numerous occasions, there is no evidence to support this line of argument, and indeed there is considerable evidence that directly contradicts it. While there is no question Russia invaded Ukraine, the ultimate cause of the war was the West’s decision – and here we are talking mainly about the United States – to make Ukraine a Western bulwark on Russia’s border. The key element in that strategy was bringing Ukraine into NATO, a move that not only Putin, but the entire Russian foreign policy establishment, saw as an existential threat that had to be eliminated.

It is often forgotten that numerous American and European policymakers and strategists opposed NATO expansion from the start because they understood that the Russians would see it as a threat, and that the policy would eventually lead to disaster. The list of opponents includes George Kennan, both President Clinton’s Secretary of Defense, William Perry, and his Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Shalikashvili, Paul Nitze, Robert Gates, Robert McNamara, Richard Pipes, and Jack Matlock, just to name a few. At the NATO summit in Bucharest In April 2008, both French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel opposed President George W. Bush’s plan to bring Ukraine into the alliance. Merkel later said that her opposition was based on her belief that Putin would interpret it as a “declaration of war.”

Of course, the opponents of NATO expansion were correct, but they lost the fight and NATO marched eastward, which eventually provoked the Russians to launch a preventive war. Had the United States and its allies not moved to bring Ukraine into NATO in April 2008, or had they been willing to accommodate Moscow’s security concerns after the Ukraine crisis broke out in February 2014, there probably would be no war in Ukraine today and its borders would look like they did when it gained its independence in 1991. The West made a colossal blunder, which it and many others are not done paying for.

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The home of the brave lets others do its fighting.

American Troops Will Not Fight In Ukraine – Washington (RT)

US President Joe Biden has no intention of sending American troops to Ukraine, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters on Thursday. However, while its forces may not be openly fighting Russians, an unknown number of US military personnel are reported active in the zone of hostilities. “The president has been very clear that US troops will not be on the ground in Ukraine,” Miller said at a press briefing in Washington. Miller had been asked whether the US supported former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s suggestion earlier this month that individual NATO members – likely Poland and the Baltic states – could deploy troops to Ukraine without involving the entire bloc.

Rasmussen said that such a scenario would be likely if NATO fails to agree on “security guarantees” for Ukraine at a summit next month in Lithuania. Miller’s answer did not directly address the issue of a potential Polish or Baltic mission to Ukraine. Meanwhile, the EU has rejected the idea of any such mission. “To send ground troops to Ukraine is to be a party in a war, to be at war with Russia, and nobody wants that, neither the EU, nor NATO,” the director general of the European Union Military Staff, Vice Admiral Herve Blejean, said two weeks ago.

Despite Miller’s insistence that the US will stay at arm’s length from the Ukrainian conflict, US forces are already operating in the country. The Pentagon acknowledged in November that a “small number” of American troops were guarding the US embassy in Kiev and inspecting weapons deliveries away from the front lines. In April, leaked Pentagon documents suggested that 14 US special forces personnel were deployed in Ukraine as of mid-March, along with 50 from the UK. Aside from active-duty troops, there are an unknown number of US citizens fighting alongside Kiev’s forces. Multiple Americans have been captured by Russian soldiers, and several hundred were listed as fighting in Ukraine by Russia last summer.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday that as many as “20 foreign mercenaries and military advisers” were killed in a missile strike on a temporary base of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donbass city of Kramatorsk on Tuesday. Unverified images and videos circulating on social media after the strike purportedly showed English-speaking military personnel in American uniforms recovering the dead and wounded from the base. Moscow already considers the US and NATO to be involved in the conflict by proxy, with Russian President Vladimir Putin accusing the West last week of waging war against Russia “to the last Ukrainian.”

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There will be no Ukraine left.

US Mulls Sending Long-range Missiles To Kiev – WSJ (RT)

The US might approve sending Ukraine long-range Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing American and European officials. The White House feels it must urgently boost Kiev’s military capabilities, the outlet said, weeks into a much-touted Ukrainian counteroffensive which has thus far failed to yield any big gains. Capable of striking targets as far as 300 kilometers (190 miles) away, ATACMS are capable of hitting facilities deep inside Russia. The missiles can be launched from US-made HIMARS launchers, which have already been supplied to Kiev by Washington. The US has so far been reluctant to provide the longer-range munitions to Ukraine out of concern for possible escalation of the fighting.

Last July, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that President Joe Biden’s administration would never supply Ukraine with such weapons as they could provoke a wider conflict if used to attack Russian territory. Officials now say that the issue is “pending approval at the highest levels,” according to the WSJ. Both American and European sources told the newspaper that the White House might change its position on the matter. The European officials also said they had been pressing the US privately on the need for longer-range missiles for Ukraine. A senior Ukrainian defense official told the WSJ that Kiev had received “positive signs” on the issue in recent weeks. Certain variants of the ATACMS can strike any targets on the territory of the Crimean Peninsula and as far as the Russian city of Voronezh located more than 240 kilometers from the nearest border with Ukraine.

In early June, a group of US lawmakers urged Biden to provide even more advanced weaponry to Ukraine, including the ATACMS. The bipartisan group, led by Representative Jason Crow (D-Colorado), dismissed concerns that such weapons could escalate the conflict or leave US missile supplies too depleted. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh has said that Kiev’s inability to penetrate Russia’s defenses should serve as a “wake-up call” for the US. America’s estimated $150 billion military aid package for Ukraine “turned out to be a very bad investment,” the veteran journalist has argued, adding that the Ukrainian military might need more than a century to take back the territories newly-acquired by Russia, if its offensive continues at the current pace.

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“For A Hot Minute..”

Prigozhin Was The Pinup For Western Regime Change Enthusiasts (Marsden)

Western figures who have long dreamed of Russian regime change saw an open window with the Wagner mutiny, and apparently saw a prime opportunity to toss their credibility out of it. They couldn’t stop grafting their disaster porn fantasies onto the events, even as facts and reality started distancing themselves from all the wishful thinking. Who cares that Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin himself had said that his beef was with Russian military leadership – Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and chief of the general staff, Valery Gerasimov, about whom he previously complained for insufficient ammunition and support. Or that his armed march towards Moscow was for “justice” for his men who he said had done the heavy lifting in the grueling months-long battle of Artyomovsk (Bakhmut), leading to an eventual Russian victory.

So what if Prigozhin explicitly denied that he was mounting a coup, and hadn’t at all evoked Russian President Vladimir Putin as his target? This whole drama, viewed from here in Moscow, where people continued to go about their daily lives as usual, just seemed like a tiff between siblings, one of whom was hell-bent on getting Daddy Putin’s attention by tossing his toys out of the pram – at Rostov-on-Don and Moscow. Putin ended up striking a deal to send the tantrum boy to Belarus, where the Russian President said his Wagner comrades could join him. This conveniently places them all closer to Kiev than they ever were to Moscow on their march – and right as the Russian tactical nukes are set to arrive, too.

However, regime change proponents don’t seem too interested in these facts or analysis. Instead, they can’t stop dreaming of chaos, since they used Prigozhin to project their anti-Putin fantasies – like he’s Pamela Anderson and they’re teenage boys in the 90s. And let’s just say that some of their musings are…out there. “Do we worry about Russia falling into the arms of China? Is there going to be disintegration? Will it go full on fascist? Will we have a long period of confusion and chaos? Will they use their nuclear weapons as a bargaining chip to try and get things?” asked the Center for European Policy Analysis’ Edward Lucas on BBC radio. Woah, slow your roll there. The babushkas who feed the pigeons at the local park are busy making plans for lunch tomorrow and haven’t yet received your memo that perhaps they should be considering adopting the fascist ideology against which their country has actively fought in its biggest historical battles.

As for Russia “falling into the arms of China” – they’re just buddies, and aren’t really into that kind of thing. Maybe it’s time for a cold shower? Lucas didn’t stop there either. In the wake of Putin’s non-demise, the expert has since doubled down, looking right past Putin to a “post-Putin junta” with “a weak central government battling powerful criminal warlords.” In reality, the same kind of regional figures, separatist minorities, and corporate heavyweights he evokes constantly wrestle for power in every country that has any resources or power worth arguing about. He could just as easily be talking about France, or the US. So why do few such experts ever do so, despite the fact that life in inflation-hit Western Europe right now is far more taxing than life in Moscow? And I say that as someone who pings back and forth between both.

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“The European Union was established for two purposes..”

Today’s European Union Offers ‘Neither Peace Nor Prosperity’ – Orban (TASS)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban offered a downbeat assessment of the current state of affairs within the European Union, before departing Budapest on Thursday for the bloc’s annual summit in Brussels, lamenting that neither peace nor prosperity prevailed in the bloc. “The European Union was established for two purposes. First, for peace, and now a war is raging there. Second, for prosperity, and the economy is now increasingly a matter for concern,” Orban wrote on the Hungarian government’s page on Facebook (prohibited in Russia due to its ownership by Meta, which has been designated as extremist).

At their two-day summit that kicks off later on Thursday, the EU leaders are planning to discuss the attempted armed mutiny in Russia and the military conflict in Ukraine, and the bloc’s further support for it, as well as how to legally tap frozen Russian assets. The bloc’s relationship with China and regulating migrant flows from Asia and Africa will also be on the agenda.

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“an agent in the EU” who is working to protect Russian values in the bloc..”

Zelensky Ally Attacks Hungary’s Orban (RT)

Ukrainian MP David Arakhamia, who leads the faction of President Vladimir Zelensky’s Servant of the People party in parliament, has accused Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of being a pro-Russian “agent,” according to Austrian media. Orban is a vocal critic of the EU’s Ukraine policy. The Hungarian leader is “an agent in the EU” who is working to protect Russian values in the bloc, Arakhamia was quoted as saying by the newspaper Kleine Zeitung. This came during the lawmaker’s meeting with liberal MEPs on the sidelines of the ongoing summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday. Kleine Zeitung said the Ukrainian MP failed to provide any examples of Orban’s purported actions as a Russian agent but expressed overall disappointment with the Hungarian leader’s behavior.

Arakhamia was present at an event organized by the liberal faction of the European Parliament, the report said. French President Emmanuel Macron and the leader of Germany’s Free Democratic Party, Christian Lindner, were also invited. EU leaders, including Orban, have gathered in Brussels this week to discuss several issues, including support of Ukraine. Earlier in the week, the Hungarian prime minister argued that the EU’s failure to provide peace and prosperity to citizens was fueling the popularity of “protest parties,” such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD).

The Orban government has been highly critical of the European response to the crisis in Ukraine. It has argued that arming Kiev and imposing unprecedented economic sanctions on Russia have failed to end the hostilities and have caused enormous damage to the bloc’s member states. Hungary also has a bilateral beef with Ukraine, after in May Kiev branded a top Hungarian financial institution, OTP Bank, a “sponsor of war” for refusing to stop operations in Russia. The Hungarian government has been blocking EU aid to Ukraine in retaliation. Arakhamia traveled to the Belgian capital to meet EU Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic and discuss ways in which Brussels could assist his country, according to public statements.

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“Their effectiveness is limited when enemy aircraft are equipped with modern countermeasures..”

US’s 40yo Stinger MANPADS Don’t Stand a Chance Against Russia in Ukraine (Sp.)

Retired Raytheon employees enjoying their golden years have been brought back to train the current workforce to make FIM-92 Stingers, with the MANPADS’ production process so antiquated that its seekers must be assembled by hand, Raytheon President Wesley Kremer has revealed. In an interview with defense media this week, Kremer confided that the US defense giant is pulling old Stinger “test equipment out of warehouses” and literally “blowing the spider webs off them” as a weapon that hasn’t been in demand for decades suddenly finds itself at the heart of a powerful political narrative. Stingers – envisioned as a favorite weapon of anti-Soviet Mujahedeen ‘freedom fighters’ during the Soviet-Afghan War in the 1980s, returned to the spotlight in 2022, after Washington and its allies sent nearly 3,000 of them to Ukraine.

Developed in the 1960s and introduced into the US military in the early 1980s, Stingers are a 15.7 kg, 1.5-meter long portable missile system with a 1-3 kg high explosive fragmentation warhead which detonates on impact. They home in on their target using an infrared homing guidance system, locking on to sources of heat generated by aircraft engines. Their effectiveness is limited when enemy aircraft are equipped with modern countermeasures such as flair dispensers. Operated by over two countries around the world, over a dozen variants of the Stinger were made during their initial production run between 1981 and 2003, including Stingers with improved seekers, better software, and the ability to target drones.

The US military has had little use for Stingers in the wars it has fought over the past quarter century, Russian military expert Viktor Litovkin pointed out, recalling the US preference for invading, bombing and occupying nations with little to no airpower. “They fought in Afghanistan, which had no unmanned aircraft or aviation whatsoever. The same goes for Iraq, Yugoslavia, Libya. Therefore, the need for Stingers disappeared,” the retired Russian Army colonel told Sputnik. Moreover, he recalled, after the US invaded Afghanistan in the 2000s, “they began buying the Stingers that the Taliban had, which the US shipped to the country while [Soviet] forces were there, because they understood that a Stinger in the hands of terrorists could mean catastrophe for any civilian plane.” And so the US stockpile grew and grew.

According to Litovkin, the Stingers shipped to Ukraine have not proven as effective as Washington and its allies might like, given Kiev’s propensity for selling off its Western military aid to third countries, plus the countermeasures available aboard Russian fixed wing and rotary aircraft which can disarm these systems. “Furthermore, some of our helicopters are equipped with radioelectronic warfare systems, allowing them to evade Stingers. Therefore Stingers have had had limited success or effect in Ukraine,” Litovkin said.

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Insultingly stupid.

BRICS Partners See Futility of Discussing Ukraine Conflict Without Moscow (Sp.)

Russian partners within the BRICS bloc understand the futility of discussing the settlement of the Ukraine conflict without Moscow, Pavel Knyazev, an ambassador at large of the Russian Foreign Ministry and sous-sherpa of Russia in BRICS, told Sputnik on Friday. Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office, said Sunday that national security and political advisers from Brazil, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Turkey and Japan attended a meeting in Copenhagen to discuss the settlement of the Ukraine conflict, adding that the sides agreed to continue consultations in this format.

Yermak also said that Ukraine wanted to host a so-called global peace summit for the discussion of Kiev’s peace plan. “About this initiative – this is, as you know, an attempt to promote the ultimatums that Zelensky is proposing and the line that his patrons in the West are promoting. Everyone, including our BRICS partners, understands the futility of such discussions of the situation in Ukraine or a settlement between Ukraine and Russia without Russia,” Knyazev said, commenting on the meeting in Copenhagen.

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How to please Erdogan.

Koran Burning ‘Not Illegal’ – NATO Chief (RT)

It is not necessarily a crime to burn the Koran in public, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday, responding to a question about the recent incident in Sweden, which caused outrage among the Muslims. The issue is especially sensitive, given that the Muslim-majority country of Türkiye is one of the two member states that has so far refused to ratify Sweden’s bid to join the US-led military bloc. “I understand the emotion and the depth of feeling this causes,” Stoltenberg told reporters at a press conference on Thursday. He added that the burning of the Koran was “offensive and objectionable [but] not necessarily illegal.” Stoltenberg also addressed the anti-NATO protests in Sweden that took place earlier this month. “I do not like them. But I defend the right to disagree. This is part of the freedom of expression,” he said.

“What is important for me is that we have to make progress on finalizing the accession of Sweden into the alliance,” NATO chief explained. “I spoke with [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan recently and we agreed to convene a high level meeting of officials here in Brussels, Thursday, next week.” On Wednesday, an Iraqi citizen living in Sweden burned a copy of the Koran outside a mosque in Stockholm amid the celebrations of Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim holiday. Türkiye, which is one of the two member states that have so far not ratified Sweden’s bid to join the bloc, strongly condemned the Swedish authorities for allowing the book-burning to go ahead. “We will eventually teach Western monuments of arrogance that insulting Muslims is not freedom of thought,” Erdogan said on Thursday, according to Anadolu news agency.

“As [for] those who commit this crime, those who allow it under the guise of freedom of thought, those who turn a blind eye to this baseness will not achieve their goals,” the Turkish leader said. Ankara previously objected to anti-Turkish demonstrations in Stockholm that were organized by Kurdish and left-wing groups. Erdogan has threatened to block Sweden’s accession to NATO unless the Nordic country extradites people linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist organization. The Swedish authorities have condemned the public burning of the Koran in the past, but argued that such actions are protected under the country’s liberal laws. “Sweden has a far-reaching freedom of expression, but it does not imply that the Swedish Government, or myself, support the opinions expressed,” Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said in January.

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If this privilege is not absolute, what use is it?

Trump and Attorney-Client Privilege (Felten)

Curious complications come up when the attorney-client privilege is breached. When Donald Trump was arraigned in Florida on federal charges, a condition of the former president’s bail was that he not discuss the case with anyone who might be a witness. But did that mean Trump couldn’t speak with Evan Corcoran? One of Trump’s lawyers, Corcoran has already testified before the federal grand jury in Florida about his interactions with his client. The testimony was not, it appears, to his client’s benefit. A charge of obstruction was brought against Trump based on the allegation that he misled Corcoran, leading the lawyer, in turn, to make false claims to the federal government. Corcoran “memorialized” the instructions the former president gave him. That is, he took notes – notes the attorney eventually turned over to the special counsel seeking an indictment.

“One of the key witnesses that we know is still the president’s lawyer,” argued one of Trump’s attorneys, Todd Blanche. He told the federal judge that “a special condition that President Trump cannot communicate with his lawyer, obviously doesn’t work, respectfully, your honor.” It wasn’t the first time Donald Trump has found he couldn’t rely on the attorney-client privilege, or on other expectations of confidentiality in his communications with lawyers. Michael Cohen, it will be remembered, was Trump’s long-time personal lawyer. He had a central role in the Stormy Daniels affair, which led the FBI to search not only Cohen’s office but also the hotel suite where he lived. The documents seized were in the thousands, if not more. Trump turned to Twitter to declare, “Attorney-client privilege is dead!”

Trump may not be wrong if he thinks the Department of Justice, and Democrats more broadly, have demonstrated a willingness – an eagerness – to put the screws to lawyers representing him. It’s not just Evan Corcoran who looks likely to be called as a witness against him, but also Christina Bobb, who found herself under Justice Department scrutiny within months of joining the Trump legal team last year. Like Corcoran, Bobb was required to testify before a grand jury. Trump White House lawyers Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin were compelled to give evidence to a grand jury not once but twice, despite Trump asserting both executive privilege and attorney-client privilege.

Corcoran reportedly did assert the attorney-client privilege in an effort not to testify regarding his client and the disposition of boxes storing documents from Trump’s presidency, but federal judge Beryl Howell ruled in favor of the government, which argued Trump had forfeited the protection of the privilege by using his lawyer to break the law, in what is known as the “crime-fraud” exception to the privilege. The crime-fraud exception holds that a “lawyer may not counsel or assist the client in conduct the lawyer knows is criminal or fraudulent.” Even so, that exception is limited, according to the American Bar Association. It does not, for example, “require the lawyer to reveal the client’s misconduct” other than in certain circumstances. The narrowness of those circumstances is a measure of the protection the privilege has traditionally been afforded, a protection needed for lawyers to do their job at all.

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Is Rumsfeld still alive?

Aspartame To Be Labeled As Possible Carcinogen – Reuters (RT)

A cancer research branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to designate the popular artificial sweetener aspartame as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” next month, according to Reuters. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) will deliver its ruling on July 14, after reviewing 1,300 studies, the news agency said on Thursday. It stated the impending announcement had been leaked by two insiders. The IARC does not account for consumption levels when assessing whether a substance poses cancer risk. Reuters said the ruling is intended to push for additional research into the matter. A separate opinion is expected to come on the same day from an expert committee called the JECFA (the Joint WHO and Food and Agriculture Organization’s Expert Committee on Food Additives), alongside rulings by national regulators.

The body made its own review of aspartame safety this year. Since 1981, the JECFA has considered the sugar substitute safe for humans within generous daily consumption limits. This view is globally shared by food safety regulators today. An IARC spokesperson told Reuters that the two rulings were “complementary.” Some national health bodies asked the WHO to release them on the same day to avoid “confusion and concern among the public,” as a letter to the organization’s leadership from Japanese health officials put it. Frances Hunt-Wood, the secretary general of the International Sweeteners Association (ISA), which has major food producers among members, referred to the IARC as “not a food safety body,” the report noted. He claimed that the review was “not scientifically comprehensive” and “based heavily on widely discredited research.”

In the past, IARC rulings have been used as evidence in court cases filed by cancer patients against manufacturers. One example would be glyphosate, the herbicide used in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, which the IARC classified “probably carcinogenic in humans” in 2015. Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sucrose, the primary component of regular sugar, which means a much smaller amount is required in a food recipe. The substance is broken down into components during digestion and absorbed by the body.

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    Edward Bawden Sahara 1928   • Ukrainian ‘Failure’ A Big Problem For Biden – Seymour Hersh (RT) • Ukraine Suffers ‘Disastrous’ Losses In Counterof
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 30 2023]


    That Nuclear war shit seems to work favourably for Australians above ALL other countries.

    Juss Sayin’


    “America’s reputation for competence and reliability would be badly damaged, which would affect how its allies as well as its adversaries – especially China – deal with the United States. ”

    Competence and reliability?


    Oxy baby, honey, sugar nuclear war doesn’t work any favours anywhere either side of the equator. The satellites in orbit won’t be there for long without the ground control that keeps them stable. That’s assuming the things aren’t targeted in the beginning. Yeah I know about no weapons in space bs that has been fed to us. Military grade spy sats are up there now, are those not “weapons”. Any of the skulduggery that is ongoing in the MIC surely includes ways of taking out some if not all the “other guys” stuff. The debris field of such actions would eventually start taking out the rest. War, it’s just business. As usual.

    Dr. D

    “In Show Of Solidarity With Ukraine, Biden Cancels 2024 U.S. Elections “ — BBee

    “Awkward: Supreme Court Rules Against Affirmative Action With Affirmative Action Hire Sitting Right There” –BBee

    “France Builds New Military Hospital In Preparation For War

    Uh, whut?

    “Germany’s Ruling SPD Party Ready To Talk WWII Reparations With Poland

    Germany funding Poland’s foray into the Ukraine war.

    “Fentanyl Responsible For 80% Of Overdose Deaths Under 24 In US

    Only one solution: we MUST keep those borders open. We MUST not have jobs for lower income people. Those manufacturing jobs, part of why Trump’s approval doubled among blacks in only 3 years? “Those jobs ain’t coming back.” Whaddya think I have a magic wand or something? OBVIOUSLY they need to be in China, our arch enemy with which we are openly going to war. Duh.

    “Fires and riots in Paris overnight.” Map.

    Hard to credit that these are all organic, there is no funding or source, say, from Russia and China.

    “73% of Ukrainians voted for Zelensky because he promised them peace, he did the opposite, he brought them death and destruction instead… This man will go down in history as the man who destroyed his own country for…” The oligarchs and warmongers.

    Just like here. In my “Political Ironies” article, we named a dozen. They, American leaders, always do the #Opposite of what they campaign on. Nixon, out of war. Bush, out of war. No gov’t involvement in your personal, citizen life. Clinton, slashes Welfare, goes to war. Hope and Change as Obama keeps 100% of the same people as Bush had, war and banking cabinet. Trump arresting Hillary. Always the #Opposite.

    “Hersh claimed that Kiev had reclaimed only 44 square miles of territory since launching its counteroffensive in early June,”

    That much? Are you sure?

    “As a result of the failed breakthrough, which lasted several hours, experts have estimated that no fewer than 25 Ukrainian vehicles were destroyed, including 17 M-2, four Leopard 2A6 tanks, three Leopard 2R and one Wisent.”

    Well they are trying now. Too bad they already blew 1/3rd of their equipment. Again, the West is sending, say 30 more Bradleys from us, now that it’s been proven they don’t work. So we Just In Time Inventory, you can have ONE tank at a time, and check it out like a library card. That’s war, right? Wouldn’t want to have too many tanks in one place shooting at things. I guess there really is Democratic Gun Control Laws. Biden said nobody needed anything more than a double-barrel shotgun, Ze thought it was a metaphor.

    “• American Troops Will Not Fight In Ukraine – Washington (RT)

    Lie. We’re already fighting. One of our guys was in the pizza shop only yesterday. Speaking of (from Garland Nixon), Putin got up in the morning and was like, “You know what I hate? I hate knowing that someone in Ukraine is eating pizza. Serge, go blow up a pizza shop for me!” Yes, boss! Then when they sent a very precise, very expensive missile there, there just HAAAAAAAPPENED to be TWO GENERALS sitting in the pizza ship, along with (quote) “There’s soldiers everywhere under the rubble” (unquote from media’s own videocovereage). Wow. Boy those Russians sure are lucky they only blow up civilian targets yet every time those civilian apartments, ex-hospitals, and pizza shops seem to be filled with top military brass.

    NATO military brass. One of these guys was British/South African.

    Yup! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. It’s not that mouth-breathing, glue-sniffing morons from NATO think they’re safe everywhere, they’re fighting brown-skinned jungle people like they have everywhere else, then TURN ON THEIR CELL PHONES for weeks, making a white-hot bright spot of international MAC addresses, proving beyond any shadow of doubt that A) They are mercenaries B) They are morons C) they are not Slavs D) they are the Western handlers sheep-herding 400,000 Ukrainian men to certain death to keep an unwinnable war alive via ethnic cleansing. For the “Garden People” of course.

    Then when Russia blows up their new base, where they’re using civilians as human shields in direct affront to all international law, they cry big crocodile tears and reporters who write that two Generals are killed are MORE RETARDED than even NATO, not realizing this only confirms it’s a military strike. But those generals and scores of international NATO paid mercenaries are still all dead.

    Anyway, why bring it up? It happens every day. There isn’t an adult anywhere in the West smart enough to turn their mobile off if there’s an Instagram to be had.

    “and apparently saw a prime opportunity to toss their credibility out of it. They couldn’t stop grafting their disaster porn fantasies onto the events, even as facts and reality started distancing themselves from all the wishful thinking.”

    No risk. It’s impossible to be discredited or ever take any consequences in today’s West. They will die of old age before anything happens to them, even an unkind word.

    “Stoltenberg also addressed the anti-NATO protests in Sweden that took place earlier this month. “I do not like them. But I defend the right to disagree. This is part of the freedom of expression,” he said.”

    How odd. All other disagreements are illegal and being openly arrested daily. Covid and others everywhere in Germany too many examples to name, and praying silently in England, as well as everywhere in Paris for every reason. Pew Pew. Right in the face.

    Law exists for my enemies and not my friends. The List of friends vs enemies changes every minute without notice. The Law is no longer in my mouth. It’s in my Mind and you won’t know what it is until you’re arrested without warning, you filthy Sikhs from Saskatchewan.

    “Trump White House lawyers Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin were compelled to give evidence to a grand jury not once but twice, despite Trump asserting both executive privilege and attorney-client privilege.”

    The good guys have to follow the law and win anyway. That’s what makes them the good guys.

    “Aspartame To Be Labeled As Possible Carcinogen – Reuters (RT)”
    A cancer research branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to designate the popular artificial sweetener aspartame as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” next month, according to Reuters.

    That’s odd, wasn’t that approved with all research by everyone, the FDA, WHO, everyone, for decades? Just like Vioxx, Statins, Zantac, and about 500 others? Huh.

    That’s odd, Greta is now like 20. She doesn’t look any older. She did in that Swiss video at Davos where she showed the reporter what a dummy she was. That was odd too. Must be tough to be a shill for other morons every day. Could any of us keep it up better? I know I couldn’t lie constantly like that so: mad respect. But there’s nothing they like better than child prostitution, so there you have it.


    Twitter is not allowing me to see posts unless I am signed in. I am not even registered with Twitter and never will be, Elon can get his advertising fees, but he is not going to force me onto any of his products, not even paypal or ebay or whatever he funded ages ago. Looks like all Twitter posts will not be seen by me. Elon’s reach is shrinking.


    A different perspective from the xymphora blog

    “Regular Russian Army fast becoming world’s most powerful military in ground combat“ (Doctorow). This is very interesting as it is essentially the opposite of the truth throughout. The Russian army wasn’t very good at either taking land or defending land. When Surovikin was put in charge, he cleaned up a lot of the sloppiness, and the Russians can be said now to be excellent at defending land. Taking land? Terrible! The Russians inherited the land which the militias had defended from the Ukrainian army in the east, and basically rolled over completely undefended Ukrainian land in the first two months of the conflict. In many cases, local Russian mayors just let the Russians in without conflict, something which the Ukrainians are still mad about. Since then, almost nothing has happened. There were some cities taken in the Donbas, particularly Soledar (Wagner, no longer available), and Bakhmut (ditto), and the Chechens took Mariupol in the south. The Russians currently have some operations in the north-east, which are making progress, but at the typical glacial Russian speed. Considering the two big withdrawals, the Russians are in a net loss position after over a year in terms of land.


    Dr D said

    That’s odd, Greta is now like 20. She doesn’t look any older.

    That is Greta’s ghost, she died on June 21, or thereabouts, having predicted her and our deaths 5 years earlier. Somehow we survived. It is so sad, but do not expect her to grow old, she has come back as a ghost to help AFKTT to save us from ourselves using bullshit and lies, or truth as they call it in AGW circles. AFKTT will believe in Greta, he is a man embedded in truth.


    Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death

    Michigan Democrats Pass Bill to Make It a Felony to Cause Someone to ‘Feel Threatened’ by Words

    Michigan Democrats Pass Bill to Make It a Felony to Cause Someone to ‘Feel Threatened’ by Words

    “A disturbing Michigan “hate speech” bill has passed the Democrat-controlled state House and is now in the hands of the Senate.

    The passing of the legislation is alarming freedom-loving Americans across the country.

    The bill, HB 4474, would make it a so-called “hate crime” to cause someone to “feel terrorized, frightened, or threatened” by using words….”

    I wonder what Democrats heads look like impaled on sticks


    D Benton Smith

    @ZeroSum (from late Thursday)

    . . . European intelligence services are currently analyzing the aftermath of the mutiny, which, according to Borrell, has “weakened” the Russian leadership . . .”

    Borrell is such a predictably boring low-IQ schlubocrat. He tries so assiduously to avoid telling pure 100% unambiguous lies that what eventually emerges from his pie-hole is just completely ignorable bad Pablum.

    Borrell says Russia has been “weakened” by the Prighozhin/Wagner debacle, and I suppose in the strictest sense of the word that is not completely false. It is true in the same sense that Mike Tyson was “weakened” by the bad press he received from the bout in which he beat his opponent so mercilessly that the other fighter was never physically or emotionally capable of ever returning to the ring.

    In point of fact, Russia now has NOTHING standing in its way of mopping up both Europe AND the rest of entire Western Empire of Lies at the time of its choosing, if it so chooses.

    I reckon Russia will NOT so choose, but will instead be satisfied with PRECISELY accomplishing what it said it wanted at the start of the Special Military Operation, with maybe a little extra buffer room just to play it safe.


    @Red That Disney clip was excellent. The best jokes are the ones too close to reality.



    I have seen this before, at least 10 years ago, a story of hail killing solar panels. Why does this still happen? Surely it is not beyond the wit of man that if you are going to waste money on solar panels, at least make them so that they can withstand the local environment and will provide some return.

    D Benton Smith


    Elon’s reach is shrinking.”

    It has been my observation that “shrinkage” is the way that all bad guys remove themselves from the playing field. They shrink by excluding others from the playing field, continually and reflexively, until eventually everyone other than the bad guy has been excluded and the bad guys find themselves alone in a zone that is so small and abhorrently nasty that nobody in their right might would want to play there anyway. The bad buys are not gone completely, but they are shrunken and ugly and hiding in dark fetid places that must remain hidden from public view . . . upon pain of death.


    @ D Benton Smith

    Wet dream. Gee … This came from Tass.
    Therefore, I presumed that Putin and the leadership were aware that the USA/NATO were hoping that Russia would be “weakened” by purges of effective leadership by a stupid dictator.

    the upcoming NATO summit, scheduled to take place on July 11-12 in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

    Canada already leads a 10-country NATO battlegroup in Latvia, with about 700 Canadian troops.

    The military alliance has battle groups in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Members agreed at the 2022 summit in Brussels to a new model that will involve more high-readiness troops and brigade-size formations in the area.


    Wagner group being sent to Belarus will/might prevent NATO from doing more unopposed depopulation. (wet dream)


    Dr Day’s essay can be read here,


    .. if that works.

    Serving the higher / greater, good, the supra-ordinate goal that is essential, etc. has been used throughout human history to absolve, legitimise violent, other nefarious actions, as John points out. Usually a small group or cabal formulates the “policies” or “actions to be undetaken” and ppl, ordinary ppl, follow along, participate, thru mixtures of self-preservation, the need for obeisance, venerating leaders, etc.

    Often, some group is targeted as unclean, evil, violent, and this unleashes a hate campaign which provides comfort and justification (and some blindness..) to those who particpate. The groups might be ethnic, religious, professional, whatever, the targetting serves as (John makes similar points, I’m just getting it together in a slightly different way.)

    The hate towards the non-vaxxed is an example so stunning I still can’t get my mind around it. (Because, officially, the vaxxed had nothing to fear from the unvaxxed, as the vax suposedly protected them – I needn’t go on.) Overall, it looked like an exercise in pure, crude, undistilled, psy-op propaganda, the manipulation of billions of ppl, just to test, could that work? And it did, maybe with 75% success, or whatever, depending on the goals, the nos., which are opaque. All ‘advanced’ countries followed the script, including Russia, China, Japan. (Of course many were told hush-hush this is a bio-weapon so XTREME measures are needed.)

    I mean, this is just incredible, it is beyond fascinating and terrifying. Although one can see it as an escalation, with Big Pharma finally making strides forward, after various ‘vax’ and other semi-failures (swine flu, etc.) thru corruption and buying up / controlling (with others I presume) the safe-guard Agencies (WHO, CDC, national ‘safety’ boards, etc.) and partnering with Defense, or suborning it.

    One question that recurs is, will these excess deaths, caused for some large % by the vax, be publically acknowledged? With some kind of re-set, review, analysis, with reparations offered? The ‘we need to learn from our mistakes’ kinda thing? (See for ex. Thalidomide.)

    Bill Rice on substack, “Ed Dowd was dead wrong on one prediction” says NOT:


    Maybe we have been living under a ‘sanitary’, ‘medical’ dictatorship for a long time.

    Michael Reid

    The gloves are off,
    and bank-government collusion is now in plain sight for all to see.
    First we had the abrupt, arbitrary
    and capricious weaponization of the Canadian banking system
    by the WEF-trained young leaders Justin Trudeau
    and his (former journalist) finance minister Chrystia Freeland.

    <By the way, just announced is that Trudeau is promoting Freeland to deputy Prime Minister.>

    And now we have the British banks freezing British politician
    and political commentator Nigel Farage
    (well known as a leader of the Brexit movement)
    being completely frozen out of his accounts
    and any ability to engage in banking activities in the UK.


    D Benton Smith

    A thought just occurred to me out of the blue and struck me square in the noggin. The thought was, “Strange, isn’t it, that we can only see or hear what we choose to place our attention upon and become aware of? Up until that point it is (for us at least) almost as if the thing did not even exist.”


    Glad to see another blogger, beside gem, talking about excessive death

    D Benton Smith

    Even if a perfectly truthful, factual and complete history earth existed (which it does, but scattered in numerous hard to reach places) people would still be highly divided in HOW they chose to look at it, see it, and evaluate it.

    “Still a man sees what he wants to see and disregards the rest.”

    In other words, pretty much what we have going on right now at this very moment. Is the truth out there?
    Absolutely yes! It is there, right now, and in full, but it can only be seen, heard, knowingly experienced and more or less understood by those who choose to do so and are willing to do all of the enormously hard work of going to all of the numerous and hard to reach places in which it has been sequestered.

    Bon voyage, and good journey to us all.

    D Benton Smith

    At the risk of stating the obvious (but when did that ever stop me before?), regardless of the overwhelming preponderance of circumstantial evidence (affidavits, documents, photographs, legal testimony of eye witnesses and alleged participants, etc.) for the interaction of space aliens with earth people, you will not have concrete irrefutable evidence until you have experienced and tested it for yourself to your own satisfaction that the thing you are looking at is, indeed, irrefutable proof. Until that time it is ALL just circumstantial. There is, of course, the state when the preponderance is so truly overwhelming that you are overwhelmed by it.

    Prediction: the circumstantial evidence is going to mount so damned fast that it will make your head spin . . . but don’t hold your breath waiting for concrete absolute irrefutable proof. Don’t do that until you are personally ready to make the call one way or the other.


    After all we now know about the dangers of mRNA (pseudouridine) and the toxicity/pathogenecity of ‘Spike’ – we now have this.

    Imagine – some morons are going to get injected with this rat juice.
    They really do deserve what’s coming to them.

    And you wonder why I laugh at it all.
    We are just so fuckin’ stoopid.




    TV Doctor and ‘Vaccination Expert’ Dr. Alfredo Victoria Dies Suddenly at 42

    TV Doctor and ‘Vaccination Expert’ Dr. Alfredo Victoria Dies Suddenly at 42



    Twitter’s new policy requiring everyone to sign in who wants to see a tweet leaves me out. I’m not signing up for their data collection. There’s is another site – GETTR – that lots of people started posting to when they were banned by Twitter. No gatekeepers or signup requirements at GETTR. I hope Tucker Carlson and RFKjr and others will consider opening a GETTR account and post to both Twitter and Gettr. Much wider reach that way.

    D Benton Smith


    And they say that, “you can’t cure stupid” !

    The fact is that you don’t even have to try because stupid cures itself, all the time every time.


    Ed Dowd on Gettr.

    Russian Roulette is passe.


    D Benton Smith

    The same can be said of evil. Evil cures itself all the time, every time too, because evil is stupid. For the reason evil is based on lies ad harm it doesn’t work properly to achieve anything other than more lies and more harm. It never achieves (cannot achieve) truth or good, both of which are fundamental prerequirements for knowledge, happiness and survival. Since evil stupidity is unable to achieve anything except failure and death . . . . it cures itself by ceasing to be effective. Or alive.


    Stuck in on and off rain now for seemingly eternity, five plus days the weeds in the garden well what can I say, looking more like a new lawn! Anyhow I’ve been reading Plato’s The Republic and from this I’ve spent more time researching the man and his meanings than actually reading the damn book. So from that perspective trying to sort out some meaning I came upon the following descriptions in wiki. If those definitions were to be resorted some what it would seem those at various alphabet agencies such as the WEF, WHO, UN etc. are busy believing they can create The Republic on a global scale. Do they see themselves as philosopher-kings?

    Aristocracy is a form of government that places strength in the hands of a small, privileged ruling class, the aristocrats. The term derives from the Greek: αριστοκρατία, meaning ‘rule of the best’.

    A timocracy in Aristotle’s Politics is a state where only property owners may participate in government. More advanced forms of timocracy, where power derives entirely from wealth with no regard for social or civic responsibility, may shift in their form and become a plutocracy where the wealthy rule.

    Oligarchy is a conceptual form of power structure in which power rests with a small number of people. These people may or may not be distinguished by one or several characteristics, such as nobility, fame, wealth, education, or corporate, religious, political, or military control.

    Democracy is a form of government in which the people have the authority to deliberate and decide legislation, or to choose governing officials to do so. Who is considered part of “the people” and how authority is shared among or delegated by the people has changed over time and at different rates in different countries. Features of democracy often include freedom of assembly, association, property rights, freedom of religion and speech, citizenship, consent of the governed, voting rights, freedom from unwarranted governmental deprivation of the right to life and liberty, and minority rights.

    A tyrant, in the modern English usage of the word, is an absolute ruler who is unrestrained by law, or one who has usurped a legitimate ruler’s sovereignty. Often portrayed as cruel, tyrants may defend their positions by resorting to repressive means. The original Greek term meant an absolute sovereign who came to power without constitutional right, yet the word had a neutral connotation during the Archaic and early Classical periods. However, Greek philosopher Plato saw tyrannos as a negative word, and on account of the decisive influence of philosophy on politics,

    Plato deemed tyranny the “fourth and worst disorder of a state.” Tyrants lack “the very faculty that is the instrument of judgment”—reason. The tyrannical man is enslaved because the best part of him (reason) is enslaved, and likewise, the tyrannical state is enslaved, because it too lacks reason and order.


    Kill zone, access denial, a “no-man’s land”,
    Cluster bombs – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_munition
    land mines – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_mine


    ‘Vaccination Expert’ Dr. Alfredo Dies Suddenly


    Hahahaha another Vax “expert” cult leader eats shit and dies…. bye bye moron.

    Western Medicine ‘expert’ Dr.s have succumbed to Govern me harder Daddy Govt- tell me how to do ‘medicine’ Daddy pharma/ Gov… Disgraceful.

    Greta goes to Ukronazi land… to ‘help’ !
    Let that retarded little runt Greta pick up Depleted Uranium with her bare claws.


    Yes, energy density matters. But are humans sufficiently capable of crafting and maintaining nuclear reactors and safely storing the waste over the long haul?

    Let’s see…it is too dangerous to insure, so governments (taxpayers) shoulder the risks. Yet corporations take the profits. That sounds like a recipe for disaster— look what has occurred over the last 37 years since vaccine manufacturers handed their liability over to the government while keeping their profits private…..

    Look, those who reap the benefits (energy, profit, a job, etc.,) should also shoulder the risks from the uranium mining, reactor operation, and spent fuel storage. This is the ONLY WAY that humanity has a prayer of being vigilant about managing the risks of nuclear energy.


    Michigan Democrats Pass Bill to Make It a Felony to Cause Someone to ‘Feel Threatened’ by Words
    Hunh? What happened to “Sticks and stones….”??

    Michael Reid

    Excellent info in this 6 minute video

    Breaking the Grip of Censorship
    Dr. McCullough
    and “Maria Zeee Uncensored”
    Respond to the “Ministry of Truth”



    Ukrainian Frontline Ammo Dump Goes Kaboom After Russian D-30 Artillery Hit

    The Russians have lots of new ammo types

    Here’s a new one, the D-30, more powerful than ODAB



    Veracious Poet


    The David Lynch video (16 minutes) on Transcendental Meditation, is excellent. It clearly presents a solution/Way forward in response to our current condition(s).

    It would be beneficial to hear your comments on the content of this contribution. We spend lots of time identifying the impact(s) of the problem(s) and not so much on what WE can do to change course.

    What if – the process of TM (Transcendental Meditation) resulted in TRANSFORMATION as the video describes? Can you see how that is possible?

    Access to/awareness of your TRUE NATURE (my words), goodness/creativity/LOVE – is yours by releasing the forces of fear. The video says that we are powerful when we are not in fear. TM is a practice that helps you experience infinite goodness, creativity, and LOVE.

    The video also makes it clear that your inner reality is your outer reality. Your thoughts?

    The lack of response really tells it all 😐

    Apparently, as it almost always has been, only a few transcend their child EG0s into a state of “inner awareness” to tap their Loving, Healing, Creative “TRUE NATURE” within…

    Now with the hyper-state of technological toys available within the palm-of-your-hand (now with AI!), the “outer reality” has added another layer of Collective EG0ic Madness to reinforce egocentricity & hubris, buttressing the *lie* that consciousness arises from neurons firing across grey matter, all the result of some cosmic accident, arising from no-thing & going no-where 🙄

    The Solution is simple; The Problem as infinite as dissembling Mass Formation Psychosis can make-believe, with “modernity” rushing towards death, destruction, suffering & anarchy with no-end-in-sight…

    I found the real reality that David Lynch described without TM, involving a different path of prayer, meditation & realization following a *total* surrender via The 12 Steps & listening to many teachers (some great, some not, all leading to deeper awareness) ~ IT is an individual journey, but it is near impossible to achieve & maintain without a community of people trying to do the same.

    Many paths (all narrow), one *HARD TRUTH*:

    We are not alone in the Universe, unless we choose to be…

    Good luck & Godspeed 🙂


    VP said

    I found the real reality that David Lynch described without TM, involving a different path of prayer, meditation & realization following a *total* surrender via The 12 Steps & listening to many teachers (some great, some not, all leading to deeper awareness) ~ IT is an individual journey, but it is near impossible to achieve & maintain without a community of people trying to do the same.

    The trouble with all these “my way is better than yours” practices is that the evidence says otherwise. I have met many spiritual people, lots of whom do TM, but I have not found a single one that I would consider to be inspirationa, certainly not enough to make me change the way I live my life.

    You can spout all you want, about how this makes you are a better person, you have found the way blah blah blah – AFKTT does the same with climate change – but the evidence is not backing up your message. Your attempt to blame others for it not working, as in “impossible to achieve & maintain without a community” just further evidence that this is not a personal journey, it is a societal journey, which means that all this personal enlightenment that you talk of is dubious, maybe all you want is happy clappy.

    Go to India, join a cult, sit and meditate all day? Maybe you then won’t have an excuse for failure?


    Prognosis for Australia in the event of a northern hemisphere nuclear war? Look at On the Beach (if you haven’t already). The 1959 version with Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire is the better.

    Veracious Poet

    The trouble with all these “my way is better than yours” practices is that the evidence says otherwise.

    Personally I don’t espouse any “way” more efficacious than another, I only seek to encourage individuals seek their “own” path to Spiritual Sanity within, i.e. TAKING A BREAK from brain~dominant “being” from time-to-time, but of course you are hostile to any such practices, choosing instead to force your worldview upon others through harassment & pugnacious rhetoric, which is not unique to your mindset, it is typical for most indoctrinated into secular CULTure.

    Secular CULTure = Collective EG0ic Madness ~ The evidence is irrefutable, devolutionary & constant…

    Spiritual Sanity can be attained without any “religious” community, which often is also part & parcel of failed CULTure(s), but finding a community of experienced teachers/friends/companions is invaluable when immersed in Secular CULTures, where self-will run riot is the defining trait…

    Spiritually Sane “humans”, even those just starting The Way, immediately begin “living” The Golden Rule, whereas Secular CULTure grows like a malignant cancer, until even innocent children are not *safe* ~ This is not “my way is better than yours”, it is the historical record:

    Dominant EG0centricity = Total eclipse of the Heart, Soul, Spirit ~ Once you “see it”, you can’t “unsee it”.

    I am strongly convinced that the evil principle prevailing in this world, leads the unrecognized spiritual need into perdition (misery/suffering), if it is not counteracted either by a real spiritual insight or by the protective wall of human community.

    An ordinary man, not protected by an action from above and isolated in society cannot resist the power of evil, which is called very aptly the Devil. But the use of such words arouse so many mistakes that one can only keep aloof from them as much as possible ~ Dr. Carl Jung

    Of course, being still “human”, character defects are still an issue, including predatory practices that plague every area of “humanity”, but expanding upon one’s “inner reality” on a daily basis makes “outer reality” more apparent & easily identified/understood…

    Peace to all,



    You are all witness to a genocide, the likes of which, the world has never seen. Has anyone been arrested or jailed? No, Can you imagine the money it took to pull this off? Who prints the money? Who controls the message, thru media? Who purchased the politicians or filmed them fucking kids? For the love of Christ, can you not see? They’re coming for your children, if you don’t protect them…you deserve to die.

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