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Andy Warhol Grace Kelly 1984


RFK Jr’s Racist, Antisemitic And Xenophobic Views Go Back Decades (G.)
Anything Anything Anything To Avoid Debating RFK Jr. (Patrick Lawrence)
RFK Jr. Floats Plan to Back Dollar With Bitcoin, Gold (Tweedie)
Why the Ukraine Conflict Will Unravel NATO and Biden (Desai)
West Ready To Turn Blind Eye To Any Crimes Of Kiev – Kremlin (TASS)
How Much Of The $185 Billion Given By The West To Ukraine Was Stolen? (Trenin)
Mosquitoes And Pinpricks: Warmaking As Public Relations (Helmer)
World Is Getting Tired Of Ukraine Conflict – Lula (RT)
West Not Prepared For Conflict With China – FT (RT)
The Latest Racist Attacks on Clarence Thomas (Turley)
Trump Could Face ‘Seditious Conspiracy’ Charge in Jan. 6 Probe (ET)
Europe to See ‘Devastating Migration Crisis’ After Grain Deal Suspension (Sp.)
Julian Assange Is ‘Dangerously Close’ to Extradition (Cohn)



One of these songs got removed because the lyrics were “too offensive” the other song was number 1 on billboard….












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Joseph Ziegler #IRSwhistleblower:
Money IRS found that was paid to Hunter Biden and associates from 2014-2019:
From Romania $3.1 million
CEFC subsidiary: $3m
Hudson West III [CEFC]: $3.7m
Burisma $6.5m
Total foreign income streams: $17m









Russia showed miracles of patience, constantly extending the grain deal;
Failure to fulfill obligations to the Russian Federation under the grain deal is impudence and impudence;
The West has done everything to derail the grain deal;
The West once pushed Africa into the abyss of wars, famine and poverty, and now continues its neo-colonial policy;
The West obstructs even the free transfer of fertilizers by Russia to the poorest countries;
The grain deal resulted in direct losses for Russian farmers in the amount of $1.2 billion;
Russia is ready to replace Ukrainian grain on the world market both on a gratuitous and commercial basis;
Putin confirmed the readiness of the Russian Federation to return to the grain deal if the obstacles to its agricultural exports are removed;
Putin called the resumption of work of the Togliati-Odessa ammonia pipeline one of the conditions for the resumption of the grain deal;
The West completely “emasculated and perverted” the originally humanitarian essence of the grain deal, made it an instrument of enrichment for speculators;
To resume the grain deal, it is necessary to return its humanitarian essence;
Russia will immediately return to the grain deal if all its conditions are met.





Wanna know how the US elections will be narrated? Look no further. And this is the Guardian, not even American. No shame, no balance. And it isn’t even Luke Harding. Please read the whole article.

RFK Jr’s Racist, Antisemitic And Xenophobic Views Go Back Decades (G.)

Robert Kennedy Jr, a long-shot Democratic candidate for US president, has a long history of racism, antisemitism and xenophobia, and should be denied a national platform, according to a damning report seen by the Guardian. Kennedy, who provoked anger last week when he was filmed falsely suggesting that the coronavirus could have been “ethnically targeted” to spare Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese people, is due to testify at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday. The Congressional Integrity Project, a political watchdog, called for Republicans to disinvite Kennedy after releasing a report that details his meetings with and promotion of racists, antisemites and extremist conspiracy theorists. “Kennedy embraces virtually every conspiracy theory in existence,” the report states.

“His horrific antisemitic and xenophobic views are simply beyond the pale, and he has frequently met with and promoted antisemitic conspiracy theorists. Kennedy’s anti-vaccine conspiracies go back decades and have had deadly real world consequences.” Kennedy, an environmental lawyer, is running against Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential primary and has drawn big and enthusiastic crowds and polled as high as 20%. But the Project’s document argues that Kennedy’s recent comments about Jewish and Chinese people, which were quickly hailed by neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers as “100% correct”, were not an aberration but fitted a long pattern. Earlier this summer Kennedy touted a meeting with Ice Cube, a rapper who issued bizarre antisemitic tweets, and publicly defended musician Roger Waters, who was embroiled in controversy after donning a costume intended to evoke Nazi attire at a concert in Germany.

The report says Kennedy has also repeatedly promoted and praised fringe online broadcaster James Corbett, a Sandy Hook and 9/11 conspiracy theorist who has claimed that “Hitler and the Nazis were 100% completely and utterly set up”. Kennedy has often allied himself with the National of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, who regularly unleashed tirades about alleged Jewish control of media and government. Kennedy met Farrakhan at his Chicago home in 2015, with Farrakhan later tweeting that they discussed “a vaccine that is designed to affect Black males”.

The Project details how Kennedy himself has frequently invoked Nazi Germany when pushing debunked theories about vaccines. He put out a video that showed the infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci with a moustache reminiscent of Adolf Hitler and used the word “holocaust” to describe children he believes were hurt by vaccines in 2015.

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“..a man who knows who is doing what to develop bioweapons and says so with no apparent fear or favor… and we must conclude he hates Jews.”

Anything Anything Anything To Avoid Debating RFK Jr. (Patrick Lawrence)

The Post had the integrity to publish a 1–minute 47–second video—a snippet or the whole is not clear—that either Levine or a colleague recorded during the lunch. I cannot comment on the decisive question concerning the breaking of wind at Tony’s, but nothing raucous goes on in the video, and what Levine chose to quote in his copy was (1) a provocative misrepresentation of Kennedy’s point and (2) left out the most startling part of his comments. [..] To the first point, anyone who finds it odd for someone to state that diseases strike some groups of people more severely than others is simply too prone to malign suggestion to make his or her way in our propagandized world. It has been understood for who knows how long that sickle-cell anemia strikes hardest in Black and Latin American communities, to take one common example.

Covid–19 is no different. The Mayo Clinic has a report on its website analyzing the relative vulnerabilities of various racial and ethnic groups to Covid–19 infections. As to Kennedy’s reference to European Jews and the Chinese, he clarified subsequent to the lunch that this relied on a study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic indicating that some ethnic and racial groups, among them Ashkenazi Jews, were less susceptible to the Covid–19 virus than other groups, among which are Blacks. This—the blood simmers as I write this sentence—is the basis of the charge that R.F.K. Jr. displayed anti–Semitic tendencies while consuming his pasta with white clam sauce at Tony’s earlier this month. Here is the portion of Kennedy’s recorded remarks I found revelatory. In it, he reiterates that scientific studies show Caucasians and Blacks to be most vulnerable to Covid–19 infection and European Jews and Chinese are least vulnerable, “because of the genetic structures, the genetic differentials among different races:”

“And we need to talk about bioweapons. I know a lot about bioweapons because I’ve been doing a book on them for the past two and a half years. And… the technology we now have… we’ve put hundreds of millions of dollars into ethnically targeted microbes. The Chinese have done the same thing…. We know the Chinese are spending hundreds of millions of dollars developing ethnically targeted bioweapons, and we are developing ethnic bioweapons. That’s what all those labs in the Ukraine are about. They’re collecting Russian DNA. They’re collecting Chinese DNA so they can target people by race.”

Why aren’t our mainstream media picking up on this interesting, highly consequential story? Believe me, they will go nowhere near the question of American-made bioweapons and those three dozen laboratories in Ukraine. Nah, the fantasies of a conspiracy theorist. We have a man who has spent his professional life in the precincts of science, a man who researched the topic of ethnically targeted bioweapons for two-plus years and is writing a book about them, a man who is plainly conversant with the pertinent scientific vocabulary and the theories expressed therein, a man who knows who is doing what to develop bioweapons and says so with no apparent fear or favor… and we must conclude he hates Jews.

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“Fiat currency was invented to fund wars..”

RFK Jr. Floats Plan to Back Dollar With Bitcoin, Gold (Tweedie)

US presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has said he will underpin the dollar with more solid assets — including Bitcoin. Kennedy, the nephew of assassinated president John F. Kennedy, is mounting an outsider challenge to incumbent Joe Biden for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in the 2024 election. Speaking at an event organised by the Heal-the-Divide political action committee (PAC) on Tuesday, Kennedy outlined some unorthodox ideas for shoring up the value of Treasury bills, government-issued short-term investment securities. “My plan would be to start very, very small, perhaps one percent of issued T-bills would be backed by hard currency, by gold, silver platinum or Bitcoin,” Kennedy said.

Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency on the market since its launch in 2009 by an enigmatic developer or developers known as Satoshi Nakamoto, is not backed by gold reserves or a national economy and continues to fluctuate wildly in value. However, its creators have set a final limit on how many of the virtual ‘crypto coins’ will be in circulation, preventing their debasement. “Backing dollars and US debt obligations with hard assets could help restore strength back to the dollar, rein in inflation and usher in a new era of American financial stability, peace and prosperity,” the Democrat argued. He also made a rare argument against the use of Fiat money — currencies not backed by gold or other commodities — as the the greenback has been since 1971 when president Richard Nixon took it off the Gold Standard.

Kennedy’s late uncle JFK “understood the importance of hard currency and the dangers of having pure fiat currency with no other option,” he said. “He understood the relationship between fiat currency and war … and also these giant aggregations of wealth and the unbalance, the disparities in wealth that are the ultimate yield of every fiat currency.” He also linked the shift to Fiat currency, with the option of inflationary ‘quantitative easing’ to America’s endless series of imperialist conflicts overseas. “Fiat currency was invented to fund wars,” Kennedy stressed. “I like base currencies because they make it more difficult, you have to go to the public. You can’t just print money to fund the war and tax the public through the hidden tax of inflation.”

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“Europe can thank its stars that the critical aid and immense sacrifices of Soviet and Chinese forces ensured victory in the Second World War..”:

Why the Ukraine Conflict Will Unravel NATO and Biden (Desai)

Always a work-in-progress, NATO unity has got more difficult as US power has declined. In recent decades, its chief glue has been US military power. If it too ceases to bind – as is clear from the string of military failures culminating in the humiliating exit from Afghanistan – then the self-sacrifice Biden has demanded, and some extent received, from the Europeans on Ukraine – is the dime on which the future of US leadership over what remains of its allies and of its chief instrument, NATO, will turn.Understanding such imminent fundamental change requires a return to fundamentals beneath the appearance of NATO unity. The much-vaunted Article 5 may state, famously, that ‘an armed attack against one … shall be considered an attack against … all’.

However, if you think this obliges all members to rush to the defence of attacked members with all they’ve got, think again. The article specifies further that each ally will ‘will assist … by taking forthwith … such action as it deems necessary [emphasis added]’. So, allied solidarity turns out to be a moveable feast, meaning only what each member country ‘deems necessary’. On the matter of the US commitment to Europe, which NATO is held to powerfully instantiate, even the early Cold War commitment to defend Western Europe against the big bad Soviet Union, amounted, practically, to schemes that were ‘always far-fetched and recognised as such’.

If you are shocked, consider this: the US ‘aided’ Europe during the two World Wars on a more or less commercial basis, vastly increasing its economic and financial clout at the expense of ‘allies’. Ruinously for them, it demanded repayment of its war loans after the First World War and, equally ruinously, demanded policy alignment after the Second. Europe can thank its stars that the critical aid and immense sacrifices of Soviet and Chinese forces ensured victory in the Second World War, and that the alleged threat of an imminent Soviet attack on Western Europe was little more than a figment of the very hysterical US imagination that has kept its military industrial complex is such fine fettle down the decades.

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“This is nothing new, it has happened before. It will happen again, we understand it very well.”

West Ready To Turn Blind Eye To Any Crimes Of Kiev – Kremlin (TASS)

Moscow fully understands that the West has been and will continue to turn a blind eye to any crimes committed by the Kiev regime, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Commenting on the reaction of Western countries to the terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge, the spokesman said: “The West is ready to turn a blind eye to any terrorist attack organized by the Kiev regime in our country. In this case they are silent. This is nothing new, it has happened before. It will happen again, we understand it very well.”

Ukrainian forces used two surface drones to carry out a terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge in the early morning hours of Monday, the National Antiterrorism Committee told TASS. The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case under the article “Act of Terrorism.” The terrorist attack resulted in the deaths of two adults, a married couple from the Belgorod Region, and injuries to their minor child. As well, the bridge’s road surface was damaged. Traffic on the bridge has been suspended since the morning. Train traffic has already resumed and a ferry crossing is now operating. Passenger cars will soon be able to transit to the mainland from Crimea via ferry, but trucks must take a northern overland detour through the new regions.

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“Corruption there is beyond belief. It always has been. And that doesn’t change. That’s all I was writing about,” Hersh said.”

How Much Of The $185 Billion Given By The West To Ukraine Was Stolen? (Trenin)

The problem persists despite the fact that for many years, the US has invested funds to battle corruption in Ukraine. The funds were allocated to the Prosecutor General’s office, the local media, and other organizations. This was stated by the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, at a congressional hearing. Despite this, the crimes in Ukraine continue. Some time ago, Ukrainian anti-corruption police arrested the deputy minister of infrastructure on suspicion of receiving a bribe of €367,000 for the purchase of generators at an inflated price. And recently, the head of Ukraine’s Supreme Court was accused of corruption. Then, there was the investigation by a Ukrainian newspaper which reported that Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense had concluded contracts for food supplies for front line troops at a price two to three times higher than normal – an investigation that caused a big scandal.

The Pentagon’s concerns that weapons supplied to Ukraine may end up on the black market have also been confirmed. “Very early [in the conflict], Poland, Romania, other countries on the border were being flooded with weapons we [the US and allies] were shipping for the war to Ukraine. In other words, commanders of I don’t know what level – often it wasn’t generals, it was colonels and others, who were given shipments of some weapons, [who] would personally resell them to the dark market,” Hersh told ‘Going Underground’ host Afshin Rattansi. He added that everybody in Ukraine’s government is now getting third parties involved, as this increases their chances of earning money on the side. “Corruption there is beyond belief. It always has been. And that doesn’t change. That’s all I was writing about,” Hersh said.

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“..of course Ukraine has to decide how it conducts this war in defence of its umm territory, its people, ahhh its freedom.”

Mosquitoes And Pinpricks: Warmaking As Public Relations (Helmer)

On the battlefield the Ukraine has pioneered the Mosquito Tactic – that’s sending units of dozens of soldiers running towards Russian defence fortifications in several swarms at the same time, across a half-dozen salients up and down the line of contact. In parallel, in the air and on the sea President Vladimir Zelensky and his general staff have devised the Bloody Pinprick Tactic – that’s drones exploding on Russian targets like the Crimean Bridge or the Kremlin Senate Dome. The purpose of both, mosquitoes and pinpricks, is warmaking as public relations, Zelensky is advertising the illusion that the Ukrainian army can win its offensive against Russia, no matter how great the loss in Ukrainian men and materiel; notwithstanding how little the impact on Russian forces.

The real target of this bloody PR isn’t the Russians. It is Zelensky’s NATO allies and paymasters who secretly warned him during the July 11-12 NATO summit meeting that the cashflow and the enthusiasm are already running down, and may be cut by Christmas. The tactic of bloody PR means making daily defeat look like imminent victory, with conditions: NATO fighter-bombers pretending to be Ukrainian; Polish troops around Lvov pretending to be the revival of the Polish-Lithuanian union of 1386; and grain carriers as warships on the Black Sea, pretending to feed the hungriest populations of the world. In its statement on the Crimean Bridge attack twelve hours later, the Russian Foreign Ministry said “if the investigation finds that the surface drones that attacked the bridge are of Western origin, and that Western countries played a role in planning, sponsoring and conducting this operation, it will confirm their complicity in the Kiev regime’s terrorist activity.”

Asked to comment, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said “this is a situation we are monitoring. Ah, and I don’t really have anything in particular to offer on that, err, just, ahh, I can say that as a general proposition, of course Ukraine has to decide how it conducts this war in defence of its umm territory, its people, ahhh its freedom.”

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World Is Getting Tired Of Ukraine Conflict – Lula (RT)

Countries around the world are beginning to grow weary of the ongoing military conflict between Moscow and Kiev, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told reporters on Wednesday. “The world is starting to get tired. Countries are starting to get tired,” he said following a two-day meeting of EU and Latin American leaders in Brussels, as quoted by Bloomberg. The Brazilian president predicted that there will eventually come a moment when there will be peace in Ukraine, and insisted that a group of countries will have to be able to talk to both Moscow and Kiev Lula, who has been pushing for a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine, also objected to efforts to single out Moscow as the sole culprit behind the conflict.

He insisted that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, as well as US leader Joe Biden, were equally to blame for failing to negotiate with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to prevent the conflict. During this week’s summit between the EU and the Community of South American and Caribbean States (CELAC), European officials had hoped to sign a final statement which would feature an explicit condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine. However, EU leaders failed to persuade all of their Latin American counterparts, as a number of states, including Brazil and Nicaragua, objected to the inclusion of any strong language on Russia in the document. The final declaration, which included promises of investment and several deals, ended up being signed by all members of the summit except Nicaragua, which objected to the inclusion of even a single paragraph referring to the Ukraine conflict.

Despite NATO’s commitment to stand with Ukraine “for as long as it takes,” a number of Western officials have recently started to predict that support for Kiev could soon begin to wane as “war fatigue” sets in over the prolonged conflict. Last week, Czech President Petr Pavel stated that Ukraine should aim to regain as much territory as possible before the 2024 US presidential elections, which could see Kiev’s backers in Washington reconsider the volume of military aid sent to Ukraine. In March, Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova also warned that military aid for Kiev was not unlimited and claimed that public support for Ukraine was “running out.”

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What conflict?

West Not Prepared For Conflict With China – FT (RT)

Ammunition shortages laid bare by the Ukraine conflict have prompted some US think-tanks to check on stockpiles in the West and find them wanting, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. The military industry of NATO allies is not able to help, either. A Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) wargame of a conflict with China over Taiwan showed that the US had only about 450 long-range anti-ship missiles, enough for about a week. Another think tank, the Center for New American Security (CNAS), said the existing missile inventory is “too small to blunt an initial invasion, let alone prevail in a protracted conflict against China.” To deter and defeat Beijing, the Pentagon “needs large stockpiles of stand-off missiles, maritime strike weapons, and layered air and missile defenses,” CNAS concluded.

According to FT, the US Department of Defense has asked for $1.1 billion in the 2024 fiscal year to buy 118 long-range anti-ship missiles (LRASM), compared to half that amount for 83 missiles the year before. The Pentagon also wants $30 billion for ammunition, a 23% increase over 2023 levels, and $315 billion for new weapons. CNAS has noted that the Pentagon tends to prioritize big-ticket items such as ships, planes and tanks, “leaving missiles and munitions with inadequate funding.” FT revealed that the collective West has spent a combined $170 billion on military and financial aid to Ukraine since February 2022. Kiev is still complaining about ammunition shortages, however.

The US military-industrial complex has spent decades prioritizing efficiency and adopting the just-in-time supply chain used by other industries, according to FT, leaving it unable to scale up production in wartime. Parts and labor shortages are currently a problem as well. “The defense industry is so consolidated that it can’t very quickly expand to support a greater demand,” said Stacie Pettyjohn of CNAS. “So we’re slow and behind and don’t have enough of anything.” Only five companies are responsible for major Pentagon contracts, and some parts are made by only one or two suppliers, with no way to make up the shortage elsewhere. Nor can NATO allies step in to pick up the slack, because the US push to promote American-made weapons has left the European defense industry stunted and fractured, multiple think-tank experts told FT.

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“The racist attack from the top lawyer in the state of Minnesota was not condemned by a single democrat.”

The Latest Racist Attacks on Clarence Thomas (Turley)

In July 1991, Clarence Thomas, a relatively unknown D.C. Circuit judge, was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to replace Thurgood Marshall on the United States Supreme Court. Thomas soon found out that the only thing more perilous than replacing a historical icon on the Court is replacing a liberal with a conservative. Thomas would become an icon in his own right for conservatives: an unyielding defender of textualism and conservative jurisprudence. Yet, liberals seem more preoccupied by his race than his rigidity. This week, a leading Democrat, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison unleashed another openly racist attack on Thomas and neither the media nor the political establishment condemned the remarks.

Ellison condemned Thomas as a house slave working for white people, analogizing him to the vile character “Stephen,” played by Samuel L. Jackson in the film “Django Unchained.” (Jackson himself called Thomas “Uncle Clarence” after the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade). Ellison added that, because he disagreed with Thomas’ conservative opinions, the justice is “illegitimate” and “needs to be impeached.” That is, of course, nonsensical from a constitutional standpoint. However, what was most striking is the response to statements. The racist attack from the top lawyer in the state of Minnesota was not condemned by a single democrat. Not Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who previously falsely declared that hate speech is not constitutionally protected under the First Amendment and declared himself a champion against bigotry and racist rhetoric.

Not from senior Senator Amy Klubuchar, who has repeatedly denounced racist tropes and rhetoric of Republicans. Not from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who rightfully condemned the comments of Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville on white nationalism but made no comment on a racist attack of Thomas in the same week. Not from President Joe Biden, who has repeatedly denounced racial rhetoric and “codes” by Republicans. Indeed, the day that Ellison’s comments were being aired nationally, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre went to the press room to denounce Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at length for his statements suggesting that Covid-19 may have been engineered to spare Jewish and Chinese people. Jean-Pierre declared that “it is important that we essentially speak out” when such racist or anti-Semitic comments are made, but then made no mention of the racist attack on Thomas as nothing more than a house slave.

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“Ms. Kelly believes the DOJ approached the Proud Boys trial in a way that seemed to lay the groundwork for bringing the same charge against Mr. Trump..”

Trump Could Face ‘Seditious Conspiracy’ Charge in Jan. 6 Probe (ET)

Prosecutors should first ask for a voluntary appearance before subpoenaing the target of a criminal investigation, according to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Justice Manual. Also, lawyers usually discourage their clients from going before a grand jury if they are the target of the investigation—it can be avoided by invoking the right against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment, says Marc Ruskin, a former FBI agent and assistant U.S. attorney. However, that may be Mr. Smith’s goal, according to Mr. Ruskin. He noted that Mr. Trump is already facing indictments in New York and Florida and pleading the Fifth in Washington gives another talking point to his opponents. “It could be a tactical and procedural move just to make him look bad,” he said.

“You have Trump, a former president who is running to be president again, pleading the Fifth. I guess from their point of view, it’s going to help make him less attractive as a candidate.” If the target is not asked to testify, “the prosecutor, in appropriate cases, is encouraged to notify such person a reasonable time before seeking an indictment in order to afford him or her an opportunity to testify before the grand jury,” the manual says. Mr. Trump indicated he believes charges against himself are imminent, saying that being told to report to the grand jury, “almost always means an Arrest and Indictment.” Some commentators have long predicted Mr. Trump will face charges in the probe, including Julie Kelly, an independent journalist who had closely followed the trials of Jan. 6 participants.

“I’ve warned of this for over a year. I take no pride in being right,” she commented in a July 18 tweet. “Only question now is what charges Smith will bring (strong possibility he’ll seek indictment on seditious conspiracy) and who is charged with him. (Any conspiracy charge requires at least one conspirator).” In April, she highlighted several members of the pro-Trump Proud Boys group who were convicted of seditious conspiracy. Ms. Kelly believes the DOJ approached the Proud Boys trial in a way that seemed to lay the groundwork for bringing the same charge against Mr. Trump. During the closing arguments, it seemed to her that prosecutors tried to tie Proud Boys to Mr. Trump, particularly regarding a comment by Mr. Trump during a 2020 presidential debate that the Proud Boys should “stand down and stand by.” She pointed to a comment by one of the prosecutors that “defendants saw themselves as Donald Trump’s army, fighting to keep their preferred leader in power no matter what.”

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And again blame Russia…

Europe to See ‘Devastating Migration Crisis’ After Grain Deal Suspension (Sp.)

Europe, which will be flooded with migrants from low-income countries that rely on grain exports from Ukraine and Russia, will suffer the most from the suspension of the grain deal, international experts told Sputnik on Wednesday. On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s participation in the grain deal had been terminated with immediate effect, although it would return to it if commitments toward Moscow were fulfilled. “Europe may soon experience a devastating migration crisis following Russia’s decision to leave the deal. The biggest victim of higher grain prices and shortages in the developing countries will be the European Union,” Yusuf Alabarda, a Turkish political expert and a representative of the M5 Strategy Journal, told Sputnik.

“We know very well that Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and a couple of other African countries are mainly dependent on Ukrainian and Russian grain imports. Europe will be overwhelmed by migrants fleeing hunger.” Eugen Schmidt of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, in commentary for Sputnik, also predicted a dire impact of the deal’s suspension for the European Union. “Unfortunately, Western countries are deliberately provoking hunger in regions dependent on Ukrainian and Russian grain supplies, which will inevitably incite huge hungry masses to storm European borders,” Schmidt said. “It is unlikely that the ruling political elites of the EU do not understand what the failure of the grain deal threatens them with, but apparently they do not care at all about the impending hunger and the further flooding of Europe with migrants.”

The German lawmaker added that today Europe, and especially Germany, is not independent in its foreign policy and acts only in the interests of “external forces, which has an extremely negative effect on the state of affairs in Germany itself. As several key European nations, including Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria, have already called on Russia to restore its participation in the grain initiative, the expert called on them to take responsibility on their behalf for the suspension of the agreement as Russia’s concerns have not been met.

Putin grain

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I’m running out of words…

Julian Assange Is ‘Dangerously Close’ to Extradition (Cohn)

Article 4(3) of the Extradition Treaty forbids extradition if the request was “politically motivated.” The legally unprecedented and selective nature of the prosecution in focusing on leaked national security information speaks to the political character of the prosecution and request for extradition, the appeal says. Assange’s lawyers wrote that “this prosecution is motivated by matters other than the proper and usual pursuit of criminal justice. It is motivated instead by a concerted intent to destroy or inhibit the publishers of evidence of state criminal ability, and thereby put a stop to the process of investigating, prosecuting and preventing such international crimes in the future.”

The appeal papers point out that Assange is being prosecuted for exposing “wholescale abuse and war crimes” committed by the United States. If instead he had “exposed war crimes or crimes against humanity committed by a state such as the Russian Federation,” the defense lawyers write, “there can be no doubt that his prosecution for such revelations would be regarded as both a political offence (within the Treaty) and an impermissible prosecution motivated by a desire to punish him for his political opinions/acts.”

“While the leakers of such materials have been prosecuted albeit selectively, no prosecution for the act of obtaining or publishing state secrets has ever occurred,” the appeal says. That is “[b]ecause the First Amendment protects the free press and it is vital that the press expose rather than ignore … not because journalists are somehow privileged but because the citizenry has a right to know what is going on,” Mark Feldstein, journalism professor at University of Maryland, testified at Assange’s extradition hearing.

Article 10 of the ECHR protects freedom of expression. Columbia law professor Jameel Jaffer testified that the indictment is focused “almost entirely” on things that national security journalists do “routinely and as a necessary part of their work,” including “cultivating sources, communicating with them confidentially, soliciting information from them, protecting their identities from disclosure, and publishing classified information.” The conviction of Assange would chill journalists from fulfilling their function as watchdog for the public. The appeal quotes the 1996 case of Goodwin v. the United Kingdom:

Press freedom assumes even greater importance in circumstances in which State activities and decisions escape democratic or judicial scrutiny on account of their confidential or secret nature. The conviction of a journalist for disclosing information considered to be confidential or secret may discourage those working in the media from informing the public on matters of public interest. As a result, the press may no longer be able to play its vital role as “public watchdog” and the ability of the press to provide accurate and reliable information may be adversely affected.

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    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle July 20 2023]


    Remarkable times we live in. I remember seeing a video during covid. A white woman in a mostly empty football stadium watching local game without a mask on. A black security guard came along and, literally, dragged her out of the place. All I could think was: America has come a long way from Emmett Till.

    These days I can begin to understand the reconstruction South after the Civil War. The days of the Carpetbaggers when there was very little rule of law. Suddenly it makes sense how some would see the KKK as a movement to restore law and order. Unfortunately it enforced the racist Jim Crow South.

    That’s what happens when you destroy a society. Bad things follow.

    Dr. D

    “In-N-Out Bans Employee Masking In Five States

    The irony will be in the upcoming pandemic where they’ll have to wear masks outside, but can’t wear them at work.
    This goes with the totalitarian observation that everything must be either illegal or compulsory. #LifeGoals

    “Canadian Wildfire Smoke Pours Into North Florida

    Okay, now you REALLY have to be kidding me. Since that smoke never crossed the border into New York before, and now it’s in FLORIDA? So 2,500 miles? And on the smoke map it seems to be flowing into and appearing only in major CITIES, while ignoring the surrounding countryside?

    “Taiwan Says It Detected A Record 16 Chinese Warships Around Island

    What are these Chinese ships doing in the China Sea???

    “Scandal-Plagued Stanford President Resigns After Review Finds ‘Significant Flaws’ In Studies He Ran”

    Well, it’s Stanford. So of course 1) they didn’t do any work and 2) it’s a lie. However, it’s also Science™ “The Place Where No Data Is Real” so I guess I should have seen that coming.

    Science is just lying now. Get your B.S. and Pre-Reqs are Lying 101 and Lying 201 with a side of “Data Manipulation” and “Baffling the Public Using False Statistics”

    “Watch: National Security Head Says UFOs Having ‘Real Impact’ On USAF Pilots”

    That can’t be right: I’ve been told all my life they’re not real. So they WEREN’T real for 30 years but suddenly and coincidentally are real now? No: NOW, they’re both real AND not-real AT THE SAME TIME. #AntiLogos.

    “Rep. @ByronDonalds Just Leveled the Biden Crime Family Syndicate”

    And yet nothing happened. Boy these guys sure like words. They think words are the same as doing something.

    “U.S. Interest Payments”

    “We should spend most on children!
    We should spend most on patients!
    Hear me out: why don’t we spend it all on interest payments” – Remy

    “Russia showed miracles of patience, constantly extending the grain deal;”

    What I’m surprised by is the West broke their side of the agreement in SECONDS. Like, it’s cute and clever when you Anglos wait a few years, conditions change, and THEN you break the treaty for candy? But doing it right away because you’re glue-sniffing toddlers with the attention span of a goldfish is just “not having a treaty.” #NotAgreementCapable.

    So this means what in terms of the war? Oh, sorry: Not-War. The War that’s Not-War.

    “when he was filmed falsely suggesting that the coronavirus could have been “ethnically targeted”

    Falsely? Ah, the Guardian, proving a negative again. Logic!

    “and publicly defended musician Roger Waters,”

    Oh no! Not Roger Waters! The guy who has one of the most famous anti-fascist albums in world history! What next, he’ll support ending cancer and Mother Theresa? Well, I say good sir, this is beyond the pale!

    “Kennedy has often allied himself with the National of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan,”

    Well, that does it. Now they need to ban the entire Democratic Party. So, my work here is done…

    “In it, he reiterates that scientific studies show Caucasians and Blacks to be most vulnerable to Covid–19”

    Ah! The real objection: he quotes actual Science. Now I understand.

    P.S. I’m also immune to sickle-cell anemia. Therefore I hate Jews. QED man, QED.

    “• RFK Jr. Floats Plan to Back Dollar With Bitcoin, Gold (Tweedie) “

    This is more than it seems. There was a Fed head who put this in and they had to fight hard to erase him and the plan. It seems small but it’s the thin edge of the wedge. First you add some gold-deliverable clause at the end of a 30-year T-Bond, just a little salting. Then depending on how hard it is to sell bonds, you adjust the term and amount so bonds remain in currency. As it’s universally acknowledged that the U.S. debt will collapse, what you end up with later is a gold-backed U.S. dollar system. Maybe not worldwide, or maybe is worldwide. But that all puts the Banks back in the box, unable to print and bribe infinity.

    Bitcoin is just the same thing, and he includes other assets like oil, platinum — just like the BRICS trade currency, for convergence. It has also been rumored that White Hats are the ones who floated BTC to keep a cap on the bad guys, and therefore own Satoshi’s wallet, which I find plausible or even likely. But to do that, it would be profitable to up the gold/BTC price to say $20k/$1M. Then those bonds are easy to pay.

    Downside? The U.S. doesn’t collapse. Under Biden’s debt. Therefore the EU/WEF can’t erase their sole rival and install totalitarian world government. Wall Street still exists. And if so, the WEF/World Government is what collapses instead, going “Multipolar” and “America First.” Awwwww.

    “In recent decades, [NATOs] chief glue has been US military power.”

    This is a nice way of saying Europe ain’t paying nothing so they can afford month-long holidays and universal health care while America collapses and all our boys are killed. Then look down their snooty noses at us. ..But don’t worry: it’s really AMERICA who most wanted and most installed this plan. You see, really, we didn’t WANT drinking water in Flint and bridges over the Mississippi that don’t collapse.

    “imminent Soviet attack on Western Europe was little more than a figment of the very hysterical US imagination”

    This turned out to be true a dozen times, last when Cheney and the boyz (from Halliburton, etc) said the USSR was about to attack with great might when they barely had a working Nuke. They collapsed entirely 2 years later, still unseen and unsuspected by anyone. Like 912, they took no credibility hit, and nothing changed. They are government after all, and accountable to no one.

    “• How Much Of The $185 Billion Given By The West To Ukraine Was Stolen? (Trenin)

    Is this a trick question? All of it, I thought.

    • West Not Prepared For Conflict With China – FT (RT)
    83 missiles the year before”

    83 Missiles? For all China? How about 83 a day? Enough said, my point is made.

    ““The defense industry is so consolidated that it can’t very quickly expand to support a greater demand,”

    Huh. Monopoly and lack of competition are bad? Go on, please expand your point. And isn’t this illegal? I seem to remember a “Sherman” thingie or something-something.

    “In July 1991, Clarence Thomas, a relatively unknown D.C. Circuit judge, was nominated by President George H.W. Bush”

    You should have seen Biden’s attacks on all the black judges back then. Epic. Ones for the history books. Well, he didn’t want to bus them, you see. Superpredators.

    “• Trump Could Face ‘Seditious Conspiracy’ Charge in Jan. 6 Probe (ET)”

    Trump was President. He was overthrowing his own government? That’s just the first of fun here, I always add “overthrowing government with no plan and zero guns.” …You know, as one does.

    “especially since we again expect a record harvest this year…”

    Thank God for Global Warming. More food than ever out of Russia and Canada, which are far larger than the tiny acres down on the latitudes of Mexico.

    Now if only I can burn enough coal to get the CO2 up to levels where plants can actually thrive… That’s my new life goal.

    “SNP Felling Trees”

    Two parts: one, they wanted to make all the money selling those trees but couldn’t figure out how to make idiot environmentalists approve it. Two, cutting trees in Scotland? Should be a crime. They need all the trees they can get.

    Next they’ll figure out how to pave what small fertile land they have to put in a parking lot. Too late! That’s what solar farms are.



    So that’s where the smoke went to. I’m in southern Ontario, staring at the sky everyday because I have nothing better to do than look for the smoke. But I couldn’t see any. Now I know why – it’s all in Florida! Summer Snowbirds!

    We really should apply for government or media jobs so we can get paid to follow the smoke.

    John Day

    Club Members (Not You!) https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/club-members-da2

    “Billionaires Try to Shrink World’s Population”: Secret Gathering Sponsored by Bill Gates, 2009 Meeting of “The Good Club” , Michel Chossudovsky
    For more than ten years, meetings have been held by billionaires described as philanthropists to Reduce the Size of the World’s Population culminating with the 2020-2022 Covid crisis.
    Recent developments suggest that “Depopulation” is an integral part of the so-called Covid mandates including the lockdown policies and the mRNA “vaccine”.
    Flash back to 2009. According to the Wall Street Journal: “Billionaires Try to Shrink World’s Population”.
    In May 2009, the Billionaire philanthropists met behind closed doors at the home of the president of The Rockefeller University in Manhattan.
    This Secret Gathering was sponsored by Bill Gates. They called themselves “The Good Club”.
    Among the participants were the late David Rockefeller, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey and many more.
    In May 2009, the WSJ as well as the Sunday Times reported: (John Harlow, Los Angeles) that
    “Some of America’s leading billionaires have met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world’s population and speed up improvements in health and education.”
    The emphasis was not on population growth (i.e Planned Parenthood) but on “Depopulation”, i.e,. the reduction in the absolute size of the World’s population.

    “Billionaires Try to Shrink World’s Population”: Secret Gathering Sponsored by Bill Gates, 2009 Meeting of “The Good Club”

    The context of global financial capitalism is not a context of wealth creation, as is the case of industrial capitalism. Rather, financial capitalism uses finance to extract value from industry, the environment, governments, societies, families and people, which value is then deployed to extract more value from real-world ecosystems, economies and people.
    Once that value is extracted it must be defended from people and entities which have competing claims upon the value. There are many more future claims than there is current real wealth, which is manageable if the real economy keeps growing, but it is contracting in most places, certainly in the US and EU. This contraction comes from the very debt-service which has been layered upon productive economies, as well as the rising real price of energy like oil, gas and coal, and the increased cost of all resource extraction, as the easy ores and cheap forests have been used.
    This means that the billionaires must protect their extracted wealth in the period we have entered. If people die younger, there will be fewer retirement plans with competing claims, for instance. If the human growth engine has hit the Limits To Growth in most places, these financial capitalists are accustomed to identifying trends and “front-running” them.
    They are also accustomed to convincing people to commit to long term contracts, which would be good for the people, if current trends would continue, but which will extract wealth from the people if the identified-trends of the financiers actually emerge. People may be desperate for a highly extractive “payday loan”, as are countries which go to the IMF for debt management. IMF loans aim to extract natural resources and public property from the country at very low cost, leaving them just as indebted, but asset-stripped for the future.
    Please keep this approach of the wealthy in mind. They do control the political, military and economic directions of the western world, but they are bleeding the nations of the west and of the “global south” to death.

    CEO of Worldcoin Says “Something Like (iris-reading) ​World ID Will Eventually Exist…Whether You Like It Or Not”

    CEO of Worldcoin Says “Something Like World ID Will Eventually Exist…Whether You Like It Or Not”

    Dollar Diplomacy Down is a presentation (with transcript) by Professor Michael Hudson and Professor Radhika Desai, about the transition of the $US from a gold backed global trade currency, replacing the Imperial Pound Sterling system, to an imperial fiat-currency, backed by the need to buy oil in dollars, and by being able to get paid good (value-extractive) returns on $US investments. The maintenance of the $US value by paying higher interest on investments became more extractive of existing value as industrial production declined in the US. This hollowed-out the US industrial economy, by making it higher-cost, so not competitive, and not worth building new factories, which were built in low-production-cost countries, instead. The globalization of finance, by removing controls on the movement of money across borders, made this profitable for international investors.
    Western finance is in a late stage of hollowing out the home economies of the US and UK, while the new factories in other countries continue to send profits to New York and London. This creates a vulnerability for global financiers over the horizon, especially as interest rates rise, because the benefit of defaulting on these loans may exceed the benefit of servicing them, at such time as a parallel financial system may arise to compete with the $US system. The Euro has internal conflicts, as does the $US system. These are explored from several perspectives, as is the dynamic of competition between financial systems of Europe and the US. I have excerpted this for brevity. Thanks Christine.
    MICHAEL HUDSON: Well the United States aimed to not lose any more of its gold, because gold is how it had bo​lst​ered its control over international finance since the 1920s.
    The US also wanted to keep its veto power in the IMF and the World Bank. And it’s continued to be led —the World Bank certainly — by US military strategists, and the IMF has in fact just continued American foreign policy.
    So the story is that what was new is that the United States was able to pay in IOUs — Treasury securities — and which now we all know really are never going to be paid because they can’t be repaid…
    …It enabled the United States to get so much revenue from its foreign investments, from its foreign lending, and from its control of the foreign trade system and the tariff system, that it was able to deindustrialize and actually become dependent on other countries for essentials. Just the opposite of what it had tried to make other countries do.
    And this was a kind of poison chalice. It left the United States in what we now know is an untenable position.
    How can it live off the surplus exports and payments of others while it itself is being deindustrialized? What is the basis for its power if not ultimately military? …
    ..So it needs to have an international financial system that actually works as a kind of neo-colonialism, a neo-imperialism. You can call it financial colonialism and financial imperialism…
    RADHIKA DESAI: ..If you want to run a system like the dollar system, what you’re going to do is exact a price from your productive economy. You’re going to deindustrialize it. You’re going to make it weaker… But the important point is that, as soon as the UK started essentially running the sterling system, it also set the stage for the deindustrialization of the UK. And you are seeing a repeat of that process a century later in the case of the United States. This is really quite a serious point… In reality it is the maturation of the contradictions of the dollar system… since 1971, essentially the United States has sought to make the dollar system function by counteracting the “Triffin dilemma” effect. By expanding purely financial demand for the dollar. Not economic demand, not investment demand, not trade demand, but purely financial speculative demand for the dollar. And this system essentially is now unraveling…
    MICHAEL HuDSON: ..Soon we were going to deindustrialize and not really be an export economy in the way that we were before, because we were becoming a very high-cost economy. A high-cost economy because of our military spending, because of the increasing financialization, by the fact that more and more of the income in the American economy wasn’t going to the export sector of products at all. It was going to real estate and finance and was becoming the kind of economic overhead that has undercut America’s ability to export…
    RADHIKA DESAI:…I should say here that this was a very complex moment — the quadrupling of oil prices — for the US because in part of course the US itself had big oil companies which were of course happy to benefit from it…And the other thing that this did of course, is that by raising prices of oil and ensuring of course that and still dominating it in dollars, meant that the rest of the world now acquired four times as many reasons to hold dollars. So again this in itself played a role in stabilizing, temporarily at least, the value of the dollar…Americans basically persuaded the OPEC countries to deposit their money in Western financial institutions, US financial institutions, particularly those based in London but elsewhere as well. And they of course had to go on a lending spree… Third World countries were also using this money to industrialize. And in the end, this is not something that the United States wanted to see, because from the start the United States has always wanted to have its relative power unquestioned, not just its absolute power… So once the Committee of 20 negotiations were essentially scuttled by these means, the Europeans were essentially quite mad, and they said, “Ok, we are going to start our process of monetary integration” … But they now took the first steps in European monetary integration which would eventually lead, almost thirty years later, into the creation of the euro. So this is also very important, because people fail to see this, but the euro itself constitutes the first example of exit — a planned exit from the dollar system. Because by creating the euro, the European countries essentially ejected the dollar from their mutual transactions…
    MICHAEL HUDSON: I want to say what was happening in the banking sector.

    The government wanted the banks to find it profitable to accept the oil OPEC deposits. When I was working at Chase in the 1960s, my job was to analyze whether countries could pay or not. But by the 1970s, I had a meeting at the Federal Reserve and they said, “You don’t need to analyze the ability to pay anymore. Because if a country can’t pay its debt to the United States, we will lend that country the money.”
    And I said, “I don’t see how” — and I named some Latin American countries, Argentina and Chile. “How are they going to be able to pay?”
    And the Federal Reserve officer said, “Well according to your analysis, Professor Hudson, England is insolvent. It can’t pay.”
    And I said, “Oh I’m glad you mentioned that. Yes.”
    And they said, “But is it going to pay? Of course it’s going to pay. We will always lend England the money to pay the money it owes the United States. It’ll just be indebted to us.” And we​ were going to do the same for Latin America.
    So the American Banks were encouraged. They said, “Okay, we don’t have to look at the markets anymore. We don’t have to do an analysis of the ability to pay. The whole system has become political.”
    Well, since you bring up the creation of the euro, Radhika — the euro was indeed meant to integrate the European economies, largely by combining the surplus run by the German economy, with the rest of the Eurozone that was running a deficit.
    And so in that sense, they were trying to balance and stabilize their own exchange rates. However, the way in which the euro was created was basically the satellite currency of the United States… It was sort of crippled from the very beginning by the rules that made sure the government would not be able to create enough credit to enable European recovery to take place without very very heavy borrowing from the European banks and from the American banks.
    So the euro was created in a way to minimize the role of government, maximize the role of banks, and essentially that’s what made it a right-wing Chicago School development from the very beginning, and we’ve now seen how it’s unfolded…
    RADHIKA DESAI: ..The fact of the matter is that the euro did — the whole process of European monetary integration and eventually the euro — it did take the mutual transactions of the Europeans out of the dollar system. It made them independent of the dollar system…
    ..Now, we are still in the 1970s and another thing that I would like to point out and remind people of, is that the mid-1970s is also the period when the G7 meetings begin. Originally the G6 and then the United States brought in Canada as sort of a North American partner. And this made it the G7.
    And the G7 meetings, which are annual, were forums where a lot of the extremely fraught politics of the dollar were played out. Where the Europeans, for example, would demand that the United States reduce its deficits, and so on.
    And now remember they no longer needed dollars. So they kept saying the United States should reduce these deficits. They also put pressure on the United States to stop the war in Vietnam which was proving very inflationary. They essentially ensured that [Lyndon B.] Johnson would refuse to run for a second [presidential] term because they made it politically impossible, and people even said this was the Europeans dictating to the Americans…
    ..And so in that sense, you also see the depth of the crisis of the dollar system that you found in the 1970s.
    And this crisis appears as though it is resolved by the Volcker shock. And essentially this is the point where in the late 1970s inflation is going out of control in the United States and Paul Volcker, who is regarded as a “sound money” man, is brought in as the new Federal Reserve chairman in order to deal with this problem.
    And Volker does the only thing that capitalist country central banks know how to do — which is, the only way they know how to deal with inflation is to restrict money supply, and allow interest rates to rise as high as they want, a particularly rise above the rate of inflation, so that eventually by rising high enough they will create a recession and they will eventually — the recession will kill inflation, rather than any particularly deft monetary policy,
    So this is what he did in 1978-79.
    Well Volker was my old boss’s boss at Chase Manhattan, and I was the note taker on talks that he would give periodically to the banks. And when you say he was fighting inflation, he defined inflation as “what construction workers are paid.”
    And he said, “I’m going to raise interest rates until I don’t see the wages of construction workers rising anymore.”
    And they rose to a peak of twenty percent in 1980…
    This set the stage for the Reagan decade, for Reaganomics. This set the stage for the largest bond rally in history.
    Interest rates went down from twenty percent then to I guess you could say last year’s almost zero rates. There was a steady decline in interest rates, a creation of enormous interest credit and basically the banks were given enough money that all of a sudden the way to make money after Volcker was not by industry anymore.
    It was by financial means: by corporate takeovers, by the leveraged buyout — all of that became the legacy under Reagan, combined with tax cuts for the financial sector, tax cuts for the high income people, but most of all the financialization of industry the transformed the whole role of the US economy in international affairs…
    RADHIKA DESAI: ..But this sort of Volcker shock created the Third World debt crisis, beginning with the default of Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina. And this is also very important from our point of view today, because, again, first of all, the fact that the Volcker shock created the debt crisis, the fact that the dollar went up very high in this period — again this is used as grist for the mill by those who are boosting the dollar.
    But in fact it is actually — this whole process was creating many contradictions.
    As far as the Third World was concerned, it did look as though this was the United States not only bullying the Third World and oppressing the Third World but also getting away with it…
    ..Third World countries actually experienced a retardation in their growth. They had to work harder and harder to produce more and more of the cheap goods — whether it was coffee or cocoa or cotton goods or cheap manufactures or whatever it was that they were producing — they were producing their guts out in order to export to the rest of the world, particularly to the First World countries, in order to earn the dollars to repay the debt.
    So this debt was being repaid. And of course, the fact that they were repaying the debt was also bringing fund flows into the dollar system. But this sort of dollar repayment was really repayment by punishment… And of course the whole process was overseen by the World Bank and the IMF. So when Michael says that these institutions were actually promoting underdevelopment rather than development…
    ..The Volcker shock basically induced a recession, and the recession was a double-dip, or double-u shaped, recession, so it extended over several years.
    and in the first few years there was a manufacturing industry.

    These people got together, they went and talked to Reagan, they talked to Volcker, they pleaded for a lowering of interest rates so that they could continue industrial expansion and so on. But they eventually failed, and what this also did is, when they failed, they essentially threw in the towel. They said, “If we can’t make money by producing, we are going to try to make money through financialization.”
    So this set in process the financialization of many productive American corporations.
    This is how — you may read in many places, a company like GM today is probably going to make more money by lending you money to buy their cars, rather than by making their cars…
    MICHAEL HUDSON: Well, you’ve described two parallel forms of deindustrialization.
    I want to review just what you said about the Third World countries.
    Mexico defaulted in 1982. It could not pay the interest on its Tesobonos. All of a sudden, the high interest rates that were created at that time were not renewed. A lot of Third World debts were falling due, and they couldn’t re-borrow…
    ..The only way they could balance their payments was to do what the US State Department told the IMF to tell them. “Sell off your industry. Sell off your public ownership of utilities, of basic natural monopolies. Your oil, your minerals.”
    So there was a huge selloff, and there was no money at all under the austerity of the 1980s for the Third World countries to really develop.

    But what happened in the United States was similar! … This was the decade of junk bond takeovers, leveraged buyouts… they could begin to sell off the companies. They could carve them up. Companies were being bought out, broken up — [Henry] Kravis and KKR and all sorts of other companies were doing this.
    And in fact it was free money for the investors, because they organized a criminal conspiracy, for which Drexel Burnham people and their clients, such as Ivan Boesky, were sent to jail…
    ..Wall Street understood exactly what was happening, and they became — ever since the Reagan administration — participants in this industrial suicide of the United States by financializing the company, replacing industrial engineering with financial engineering, and essentially transforming the whole character of capitalism itself — away from industrial capitalism to finance capitalism…
    ..It was creating financial wealth, not industrial means of production or what people had usually thought of as being tangible, real wealth.
    The byproduct of all of this wealth is that it was very heavily concentrated in the wealthiest 1% — maybe 10% — of the economy. This financial wealth was not shared with the participants in the industrial economy of production and consumption. And so the economy was being distorted. Its shape was shifting. It was polarizing.
    The wealth of the 1% really found its counterpart — on the opposite side of the balance sheet — in the debts of the 99%…
    RADHIKA DESAI: And you know Michael, as you say, so much of the wealth in the United States over the past so many decades has become financial wealth.
    And this underlines a point that our friend Jacob Assa has made in his concept of the financialization of GDP, which is that this vastly exaggerates the the wealth — because US method of counting GDP turns all this financial activity and makes it look as though it’s productive…
    ..So the whole point we’re trying to make is that these features of a neoliberal United States, based on financialization, have been on the one hand necessary to support the dollar system, and on the other hand they have strangulated productive activity and made the United States into a less productive and more and more unequal system.
    And this policy paradigm has been continued from Reagan to Bush Senior to Clinton to Bush Junior to Obama, Trump, and today Biden…
    ..And in this context, it’s also important to see that part of the reason why the Third World got so badly punished by the system — essentially by having to repay their debts — is that their elites, their ruling classes, did not have the courage and the political will to default…
    MICHAEL HUDSON: Well the 1990s really were the turning point in this financialization. And what happened in America was very much like what had happened in England.
    You could think of Clinton as the American Tony Blair. In England there were certain things that even the Thatcherite government couldn’t do to privatize. Tony Blair went much further than Thatcher in privatizing the railroads and just driving the nail into what had been Britain’s industrial economy…[He] ended the Glass-Steagall act, which led commercial banks to become brokerage houses. That diverted credit creation away from the industrial economy into the purchase of stocks and bonds and speculative investments and real estate. And then it deregulated the commodity markets, essentially…And that was sort of the Rubinomics that was turned over to the Fed under Alan Greenspan to essentially let the financial system run wild while basically ending — winding down — the American tradition of social protection of labor and consumers and the poor and welfare…
    RADHIKA DESAI: ..People call this 2008 crisis the “global” financial crisis. But you see why in this instance it’s actually more accurate to call it the “North Atlantic” financial crisis.
    Because the overwhelming majority of international funds that went into the toxic securities being generated by the United States were coming from Britain and from the Eurozone financial institutions, because these were the guys who gorged themselves on the toxic securities being generated.
    And that is why the bulk of the financial distress was concentrated in Europe…
    RADHIKA DESAI: ..I should say that now we’ve gone for more than an hour… But for now let me bring this discussion to a conclusion by saying a couple of things.
    So what we’ve done is, we’ve tried to show that what’s seen as this period of easy dollar dominance after 1971, has been a heavily managed process, but also a process in which American attempts to try to manage the system in order to keep the dollar going have been full of contradictions…
    And now we are moving into a period of serious reckoning. Because on the one hand, the Federal Reserve’s capacity to generate asset bubbles and to keep money flowing into the United States is being exhausted.
    Moreover, and this is the first thing I want to say, and that is that the fact that these asset bubbles now exist, and that the bulk of the wealth of rich people in the United States depends on these asset bubbles, means that the Federal Reserve is now caught in a bind.
    Because on the one hand, these asset bubbles are necessary for keeping the dollar’s value high, etc. But on the other hand, dealing with inflation will require increasing interest rates to an extent where this will burst these asset bubbles… If inflation goes high, the dollar’s value will suffer. If the asset bubbles are burst, the dollar’s value will suffer. So the Federal Reserve is caught between a rock and a hard place…
    ..Since the 1960s the rest of the world has complained that the United States has been living beyond its means. So as early as 1961, as gold was flowing out and a gold pool had been necessary — we discussed this in the previous episode — it had been necessary to back the dollar with adequate gold, this is when you first hear the first denial that the United States was living beyond its means… “At the end of the 1960s the US government owned foreign assets totalling twenty-one billion dollars, in addition to gold holdings of eighteen billion dollars.” Of course they had been much bigger before.
    To quote further, “And US citizens owned fifty billion in assets abroad. These US claims on foreigners,” the Economic Report claimed, “gave a ‘basic long-run strength to the dollar’ even though some of these claims were private and long-term and could not be quickly mobilized.
    Now by 2001 you have a very different scenario. The US international investment position has turned negative. It has moved from an accumulated surplus of less than ten percent of GDP in the late 1970s, to a deficit of nearly twenty percent of GDP in 2001. (These are statistics from the Economic Report of the President from 2003.) ….
    MICHAEL HUDSON: This is the plan already in the 1960s and 1970s. That America would buy the highest profit European and Third World sectors and they would recycle the money by buying Treasury Securities. So America would owe low interest on Treasury Securities, make a killing on what it had bought from their privatization of infrastructure, and buying out their commanding heights, their leading companies.
    That was very explicitly said in the 1960s and 1970s…
    RADHIKA DESAI: In fact in 2005 Paul Volcker actually said, “As a nation we are consuming and investing about six percent more than we are producing, and this cannot continue.” Already by this time the United States was absorbing about eighty percent of the net worth of the world’s capital …So this is the way in which the dollar’s very contradictory problematic world role has been naturalized or has been sought to be naturalized. But we are now increasingly looking at the end of that system.

    Dollar Diplomacy Down

    John Day

    Countries Wage War Over Clean Energy Subsidies
    The United States and Europe are locked in a subsidy race for the energy transition.
    Economists are warning that huge subsidies could trigger a new wave of inflation.
    Poorer EU member states are crying unfair​-​game on the part of the wealthy ones.

    RFK Jr Vows To Back US Dollar With Bitcoin Or Gold If Elected President​ (Complicated, but gold would be better now.)

    John Day

    ​ ​Simplicuis Updates on the Ukraine war are extensive. My excerpts are not in order.:
    Let’s talk about Ukraine’s new terrorist attack on the Kerch Bridge before diving into other updates.
    Why does Putin specifically call it a terrorist attack? Because, as he states, the Kerch Bridge is actually no longer used for military supplies and has not been for many months, and is therefore exclusively a civilian corridor. This is an interesting admission on his behalf because it appears to possibly point to a secret agreement with the West/Kiev, perhaps as part of the Grain Deal and other such backdoor handshakes that go on all the time, both explicit and implicit… I’d be more inclined to believe it was done by simple fast-traveling surface drones of a similar variety to the ones used on Sevastopol repeatedly. The satellite photos I posted earlier which claimed to have picked them up appear to confirm this…
    ..The most important thing to note, though, is that the timing of this attack happened on exactly July 17th, which was the long awaited grain deal expiration date, if you’ll recall. That is not by coincidence. It means this attack was specifically done to try to stymy Russia as much as possible in terms of putting it between rock and hard place in making its decisions. In essence, it’s designed to erode Russia’s stature with its allies, particularly Turkey… This appears to imply that not attacking the bridge was part of the grain deal, and that Kiev attacked it on the exact day of the deal’s expiration as a ‘message’ to Moscow…
    ..Where does that leave us then? Likely, Russia will await the West to ‘crawl back on its knees’ with some concessions in hand. Putin had already made the statement last week, if you’ll recall, in light of the upcoming grain deal’s expiration, that Russia will no longer make the initiative themselves but will wait for the West to ‘come bearing gifts’ in the form of their own concessions first.​..
    ​..​I did another report that highlighted major new findings in Russian Lancets—that they in fact had autonomous capabilities and were already tested and used in the SMO in autonomous mode.​ ​In the manufacturer video above, they actually confirm this fact… Now, this new generation variant they have already developed does the same, however it does it in swarms. The Lancets are fired in large batches from batched containers rather than slingshot-launched one by one.

    ..None of this is confirmed so it’s difficult to make a true analysis until we get further information. But if this is the case, then it clearly points to an ongoing Russian MOD purge of anyone showing even the slightest insubordination in the wake of the Wagner rebellion. The MOD clearly wants to build a strong military hierarchy based on a foundation of loyalty, all the old guards who are used to the corrupt ways of the 2000-2010 era, where feuding warlord Generals carved out their own fiefdoms and could do or say anything they want because they had major leverage against the MOD command simply from the fact that they aligned their soldiers to themselves, and not to the then-weak MOD—those days are gone. The MOD is now designing a professional, futuristic force with a strong central command, and anyone of the corrupt old guard who doesn’t like it is getting the boot.

    The problem is, many of these generals had gotten lax and comfortable with the status quo of the ‘good ol’ days’. Remember those days? The RuAF of the Serdyukov era where weekly reports about soldier ‘hazing’ played on CNN, showing Russian troops brutally abusing and sometimes even killing each other in dungeon-like conditions. Shoigu has reversed all that and is designing a modern armed force based on respect, leadership, and proper chain of command. Many of the ‘old guard’ generals were so used to having their little sinecures and acting like mafia bosses that they take this as an affront. You see, in the old days, threats and violence was how you got things done and the armed forces were run more like a mafia, with each general controlling his own private little ‘brotherhood’ cell. Like I said, the ones who can’t handle being reformed into a modern force can go off to the pastures. Some people may not like to hear it but an effective armed force is built on a strict system of loyalty and subordination.
    The jury is still out on the Surovikin case, however there is a new report that Putin will be meeting with him personally next week, so we’ll see what happens…
    ..Russian Duma Defense Committee chair hints that the true role of Wagner in Belarus is to recapture the Suwalki Gap: Given that he’s a high ranking defense insider one can only assume this means that Russia is anticipating the type of future Polish-Lithuanian military actions we’ve discussed here before. This follows a French LCI TV channel report which re-iterates the growing threat of Poland itching to enter the war.​ ​https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/kerch-bridge-deja-vu-breakdown

    ​ ​The Suwalki Gap is the Polish-Lithuanian border​, which is about 36-60 miles long, lightly populated, and forms the shortest distance between the Russian territory of Kaliningrad, with its Baltic Sea port and Russian ally Belarus. It is shorter, but more mountainous and forested on the Polish side, but mostly farmland with some decent roads on the Lithuanian side. A railway crosses Lithuania, which has been politically contentious during the current war.

    ​Russia announces blockade of the (currently) Ukrainian port of Odessa​:

    ​ ​Russian jets challenge illegal US presence over Syria​
    ​ ​US officials are expressing new worries over Russian, Syrian, and Iranian pressure to end Washington’s illegal occupation
    ​ ​US officials said a Russian fighter jet flew close to a US reconnaissance plane over Syria, forcing it to fly erratically and endangering the lives of the four American crew members, Politico reported on 18 July.
    ​ ​The US-based news outlet quoted US officials as saying that the latest incident, which occurred on 16 July was “a significant escalation in a series of confrontations between US and Russian aircraft in Syria in recent weeks,” adding that “the interception of the Russian Su-35 aircraft impeded the ability of the American crew to safely operate their MC-12 aircraft.”

    John Day

    ​ ​Juan Cole, Israel Moves toward “Dictatorship” and Polarization, as one Likud Activist lauds the Targeting of Ashkenazi Jews in the Holocaust
    ​ ​On Sunday, Netanyahu was constrained to expel from his far right Likud Party the activist Itzik Zarqa. Zarqa had gotten into an argument with protesters, who are generally coded as Ashkenazi or European Jews, while the current coalition draws a great deal of support from the Jews of the Middle East, called Mizrahim.
    ​ ​Zarqa was caught on video shouting, “It’s not for nothing that six million were killed. I’m proud that six million of you were burned!”
    He quickly backtracked, but that moment of intense political hatred that turned into an ethnic slur and a glorification of the horrific Nazi genocide of six million European Jews crystallized the rhetorical civil war that has gripped Israel.

    ​ ​Israeli Fighter Pilots, Commandos Threaten To Resign If Judicial Reform Proceeds
    ​ ​More than a thousand Israeli military reservists have threatened to stop reporting for duty — or resign altogether — if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government proceeds with a plan to overhaul the country’s judicial system this month. Among those threatening to withhold their service are hundreds of elite fighter pilots and commandos.
    ​ ​Given reservists are an essential part of Israel’s military, and especially its air force, the country’s military leaders say such a mass walkout could have a significant impact on the country’s military operational capacity. They also fear a scenario where activism by reservists could inspire absenteeism among the country’s full-time service members. ​ ​https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/israeli-fighter-pilots-commandos-threaten-resign-if-judicial-reform-proceeds

    (Russian) Sasha Latypova,​ ​Ethnically Targeted Bioweapons?
    ​ ​Robert Kennedy Jr recently caused quite a tempest in the “progressive” media goo (his sister Kerry stated to NBC that she “strongly condemned his deplorable and untruthful remarks”). His crime – he publicly mentioned that ethnic targeting was studied with respect to whatever was the covid-19 poisoning agent.
    ​ ​Of course, the woke tantrum about this subject is a politically motivated slander. To them an ideological opponent is a racist when he mentions anything that has to do with race or ethnicity. Or mentions anything at all. Or exists.
    ​ ​However, if you are wondering whether ethnically targeted bioweapons are a thing, let’s look into this. This topic is definitely studied and discussed in many press, science, government and military reports. RFK Jr. is perfectly correct to state this. He did not suggest the covid-19 poisoning agent was preferentially designed to protect Ashkenazi population. This is also correct. It wasn’t…

    ​Why do all these graphs of COVID-vaccine side effects all have the same big spikes, right away and about 2 weeks out from the injection?
    Is the CDC totally blind to all the adverse events from the COVID vaccines?

    VAERS data shows that vaccines cause autism
    If autism is not caused by vaccines, the reported rates of autism should be proportional to the number of doses of the vaccine since these are all coincidences. But they aren’t.
    ​(But this one “goes to eleven.”)
    So since the COVID vaccines rolled out, a relatively stable rate of autism has increased DRAMATICALLY in the UK. A Z-score of 15 means something caused it.​ ​It coincides with the COVID vaccine rollout in the UK.

    John Day

    WEATHER MAKERS​ (Thanks Christine. Thanks especially, Anastasia.​)
    Forests supply the world with rain. A controversial Russian theory claims they also make wind.
    ​ ​Every summer, as the days get long, Anastassia Makarieva leaves her lab in St. Petersburg for a vacation in the vast forests of northern Russia. The nuclear physicist camps on the shores of the White Sea, amid spruce and pine, and kayaks along the region’s wide rivers, taking notes on nature and the weather. “The forests are a big part of my inner life,” she says. In the 25 years she has made her annual pilgrimage north, they have become a big part of her professional life, too.
    ​ ​For more than a decade, Makarieva has championed a theory, developed with Victor Gorshkov, her mentor and colleague at the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI), on how Russia’s boreal forests, the largest expanse of trees on Earth, regulate the climate of northern Asia. It is simple physics with far-reaching consequences, describing how water vapor exhaled by trees drives winds: winds that cross the continent, taking moist air from Europe, through Siberia, and on into Mongolia and China; winds that deliver rains that keep the giant rivers of eastern Siberia flowing; winds that water China’s northern plain, the breadbasket of the most populous nation on Earth.
    ​ ​With their ability to soak up carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, the world’s great forests are often referred to as the planet’s lungs. But Makarieva and Gorshkov, who died last year, say they are its beating heart, too. “Forests are complex self-sustaining rainmaking systems, and the major driver of atmospheric circulation on Earth,” Makarieva says. They recycle vast amounts of moisture into the air and, in the process, also whip up winds that pump that water around the world. The first part of that idea—forests as rainmakers—originated with other scientists and is increasingly appreciated by water resource managers in a world of rampant deforestation. But the second part, a theory Makarieva calls the biotic pump, is far more controversial.​..
    ​..Yet, if correct, the idea could help explain why, despite their distance from the oceans, the remote interiors of forested continents receive as much rain as the coasts—and why the interiors of unforested continents tend to be arid. It also implies that forests from the Russian taiga to the Amazon rainforest don’t just grow where the weather is right. They also make the weather. “All I have learned so far suggests to me that the biotic pump is correct,” says Douglas Sheil, a forest ecologist at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.


    The Guardian carrying a heavy load now – gotta hurt to be turned into a spook shop.

    “Kennedy embraces virtually every

      conspiracy theory

    in existence,” the report states. “His




    views are simply beyond the pale, and he has frequently met with and promoted

      antisemitic conspiracy theorists

    . Kennedy’s

      anti-vaccine conspiracies

    go back decades and have had


    real world consequences.”

    One paragraph. Why not scream ‘HE IS A POO POO BUM! DONT LISTEN TO HIM HE IS YUKKY’!


    Try that in a small town
    We know that in large cities — San Francisco, in particular — many crimes, such as those listed in the song, are not being prosecuted. The song suggests that these crimes will not be tolerated by small town communities. Nothing in the lyrics posted on TAE suggests anything about the color of the skin of the person committing the crimes. So why is it that the Woke folks assumed that the song was about lynching, which was historically pointed towards blacks? Why are the Woke so quick to presume that the person committing the crime is black? It seems that, here, the Woke are stoking the flames of racism, while the song is talking about behavior — something which *can* be controlled — not skin color, which is intrinsic.

    Formerly T-Bear

    That Guardian hit piece on Kennedy is the last Guardian I shall ever look at. F*ck their cookies, doubtlessly baked by Victoria Nutland.
    You did warn it was the Guardian, make the warning bigger & better please.


    I wrote a careful and long post as follow up to that weird thing I just tried unsuccessfully to put up.
    It got lost.
    Bummed. I will sum it up by saying it was a total breakdown of that Guardian piece in the style of Dr D.

    I think it was the best internet comment post of all time by anyone, and now I am sad that people will not get to bow down before my total awesomeness.

    It was gunna be great.

    When Ya’ll die one day check it out in the Akashic records – it’s super cool, for real. Trust me. I am from the Guardian


    Guardian article about RFKJ…

    The plea at the end of the article:
    I hope you appreciated this article. Before you move on, I was hoping you would consider taking the step of supporting the Guardian’s journalism.


    Ian Plimer also has an agenda
    He says that CO2 from fossil fuel burning, from human application is taken up by trees, and already is “net zero”…so the “extra” CO2 is from animal exhalations and releases from the ocean.
    This is illogical.
    I don’t know much about Plimer; I don’t know his agenda. However, instead of speaking truth, he is taking generalized data and framing it in a way to fit his own narrative. This is no different than what the Davis crowd is doing — he just has a different agenda.

    Formerly T-Bear

    The one that got away was:
    |<=…………………………………………That…………………………………………=>| (x3) Big

    A story oft heard among fisher folk too


    MSM ignored the whole investigation. Therefore, it didn’t happen.

    Without TAE and the blogger sphere you would be ignorant and happy..

    From last night. A must read

    A collage of fake covid19 pictures

    The Team in Charge of Investigating the Biden Family for Tax Crimes Never Received the Document That Alleged They Were Part of a Bribery Scheme

    “Were you all ever given access to the form, FD-1023, that alleged Joe Biden and Hunter Biden were a part of a bribery scheme with Ukraine? asked

    “In my original transcript, I wouldn’t have been able to say that I knew anything about a 1023,” answered IRS Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley.
    “Corruption there, (Ukraine), is beyond belief. It always has been. And that doesn’t change. That’s all I was writing about,” Hersh said.

    How much of the more than $185 billion given by the West to Ukraine has been stolen?

    One of the reasons for this is corruption in Ukraine, which – despite some lofty promises – seems to be as bad now as it was before the Western-backed 2014 ‘Maidan’ coup. If not worse.
    Press freedom
    The press has moved to the blogsphere.

    Julian Assange Is ‘Dangerously Close’ to Extradition for Revealing US War Crimes

    ” …. the press may no longer be able to play its vital role as “public watchdog” and the ability of the press to provide accurate and reliable information may be adversely affected.
    Did you see, (depopulation), the following report on MSM?

    “Billionaires Try to Shrink World’s Population”: Secret Gathering Sponsored by Bill Gates, 2009 Meeting of “The Good Club”

    “Billionaires Try to Shrink World’s Population”: Secret Gathering Sponsored by Bill Gates, 2009 Meeting of “The Good Club”
    By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
    Global Research, July 18, 2023
    John Day has been putting overtime to enlighten the blogsphere

    Think about the implication

    The wealth of the 1% really found its counterpart — on the opposite side of the balance sheet — in the debts of the 99%…


    As a call center monkey, having worked for for a ginormous corporation that spends money on all kinds of garbage but won’t make stable customer care interfaces, I learned long ago to type up anything I don’t want to lose in Notepad, then Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-P when ready to save my epic words. Notepad is like a tin can and a string. Bombproof.

    Try That in a Small Town

    When the Marxists reviewed their failures of the 19th and 20th centuries, they DID come to some new conclusions.

    1.) The working class of the West, particularly the US, are getting the things they want out of the current system (that’s HORRIBLE!)

    2.) There is no revolutionary energy in the working class, because they are more or less happy enough (That’s HORRIBLE!!!)

    3.) The revolutionary energy lies with the people on the margins who do not/cannot fit in with the suite of cultural and institutional structures that are giving the working class what they want.

    4.) If we weld together all the margins-people into a new power bloc, then take everything away from the content thus energy-less working class, we can have a successful revolution in the US

    So what you’re saying, Marxists, is that you plan to set up a 2-tier society, and then extract everything from the working class.

    Golf clap.

    Part of setting up the 2-tier society is Anarcho-Tyranny. Tyrannize through top-down centrally-selected anarchy.

    The working class are NOT to be protected by the law. The working class cannot be allowed to protect themselves. The working class are to be oppressed by selectively NOT enforcing laws whenever crimes affect the working class.

    So here’s this song saying the working class will enforce a civil society. – sling every kind of mud at them, use repetition to imprint the imprintable with its association with The Basket Of Deplorable Attributes.

    Not only did the Marxist plan turn into – create a 2 tier society and extract everything from the Working Class, they ALSO made, integral to their plan, build up a TREMENDOUS amount of revolutionary energy in the working class. Keep going and going, storing it up for years and years, never stop, increase if anything!

    …working class revolutionary energy against…. whom this time, exactly? Golf clap.


    The U.S. Defense Department has a budget of $816,700,000,000
    The current hot topic investigations into influence peddling alledge $17,300,000
    The 17.3 is 0.000021 percent of the Department of Defense Budget
    The US Department of State 2023 budget is $60.4 billion
    The US Department of Agriculture 2023 budget is $31.1 billion
    The 17.3 is 000019 percent of the total budgets of the above listed agencies. ($908.2 billion)

    The entire “Lap Top Adventure” inferring $17.3 million dollars of skim is the destruction of The Republic is perhaps the most cynical of the political deceipt run amok within The United States of America at this time. One party is crucifying Mr. Trump in an attempt to cover their wickedness and the other party is crucifying the Truth to cover their wickedness.

    Not a single US citizen outside of the Beltway hierarchy has any idea of the intent, purpose or prosecution of the corporate written laws and regulations and lobby money paid for actions of the US federal agencies. Those who view the debacle from outside the borders of the United States are even less informed.

    Amazing as it is, the humans who have no idea at all what is actually being done know exactly the solution to the dilemna. Even more dumbfounding is the realization that among these humans some know of another human who has the same amount of knowledge of the inside as they and have convinced themself That person is the ONE to solve the problems at hand.

    and even more nauseating are those that write tomes decrying the rape of the social contract and then offer a means to profit from the wholesale prostitution involved

    “What a piece of work is man….” decorum demands i leave it there

    what exactly is plausibly being denied in all of the disasters at hand? The little bastard from Independence relinquished foreign and domestic policy to a non Article III federal (no checks, no tricameral balance) agency with the signing of the 1947 National Security Act? have you read about President Allen Dulles?


    Video: Rand Paul Warns “We’re Out Of Ammo, We’re Out Of Money”

    WORLD AT WAR Video: Rand Paul Warns “We’re Out Of Ammo, We’re Out Of Money”
    “It makes no sense to borrow money from China to send it to Ukraine”


    A ginormous telecommunications company fired me for not taking an injection which does not vax in April 2022.

    This was despite, for example:
    –The shot they wanted me to take was designed to fight a long-extinct strain of the feared virus
    –I’m not 80 years old, obese, nor do I have 3 comorbidities
    –People taking the shot became MORE likely to catch and spread the feared virus
    –Charts for countries most-adopting the shot showed both shots AND cases going up together (inoculations form an X pattern – as inoculations go up, cases go down. Real vaccines inoculate)
    –More injuries and deaths than any other vaccine that was pulled from the market for injuries and deaths in history
    –I was a remote worker. No contact with coworkers nor with the public in the capacity of my job
    –My ginormous employer WAIVED their shot requirement for all their thousands of retail workers in continual contact with the public. (So who is protected by this shot? They didn’t even say it was for safety, the HR director announced it was: “For Clarity”)

    I explained that taking the shot was against my values and beliefs.

    They required that I submit an explanation of my values and beliefs vis a vis the shot so THEY could evaluate the validity of my beliefs.

    They required that I provide documentation that I was following SOMEONE ELSE’S ORDERS in my belief based objections. NO belief based objection WITHOUT an authority documented as giving me belief based orders would be accepted.

    NO simple statement of it being against my beliefs would suffice – my beliefs in detail must be submitted for THEIR evaluation.

    They would not answer my question on why a ginormous telecommunications company would be any kind of authority on, have the capacity to, judge beliefs.

    I inquired as to their specific MEANS for determining validity of beliefs. Did they, for instance have a conclave of religious leaders, philosophers, and secular ethicists providing expert belief-judgement? HOW were they determining belief-validity?

    No answers. Well, other than the firing.

    Anyway, I just got hired by a self avowedly Christian company that provides non-GMO products across north america – particularly homesteaders.

    Since I don’t like GMO and am a wannabe homesteader, I think I will like this job. I think my not taking the injection which does not vaccinate was a plus for them if anything. Certainly, an anti GMO company that was PRO reverse-DNA transcription RNA injection would be a little weird.

    Over a year. Approximately 200+ applications. Company after company with woke HR ladies seeing that I refused the purification ritual, failed the purity test. The only real interviews I ever got were with small companies that had no HR ladies to be Wokist.

    What can I conclude from this Time Of Unemployment? Biden kept talking about making a List Of The Unvaccinated (EVERYONE is not vaccinated for coronavirus….) Like with many lists and tyrannical initiatives, they talk about it, it seems to have been stopped or given up on, then they do it.

    So I suspect a blacklist is a high likelihood. Or, considering the military grade brainwashing that occurred and the susceptibility of HR ladies to it, it may have been a kind of grassroots religious-based blacklisting.

    Anyway, the sanest people in the 2020’s seem to be Christians, Stoics, even SCIENTOLOGISTS. (Tom Cruise is the only person sane person left in Hollywood capable of making a decent popcorn-blockbuster?!!?!?) I guess because they weren’t blithely walking around with a gaping hole in their head the denied the existence of waiting for something to fill it – there’s something there already.

    Oh yeah, and by the way — my new employer’s headquarters/food processing center burnt down mysteriously April last year. They’ve been rebuilding.


    ‘Why the Ukraine Conflict Will Unravel NATO’

    On a BBC comedy panel show called QI one question was ‘can chickens hatch a nuclear bomb’. This referred to a UK plan in the 1960s. The idea was that if Russia invaded several nuclear bombs would be buried in Germany timed to explode after the Russians had arrived. They thought the electronics would be too cold to function properly but calculated that the body heat of a chicken would be sufficient to provide enough warmth. So these buried bombs would each contain a chicken with a ten day food supply!

    My point is that there was no regard for the German population, or Germany, which would be covered in radiaoctive debris. It shows that Europe and its’ people were always regarded as expendable, and still are.

    NATO is purely a shield for the US, although the UK may feel it has a special status. European countries are simply ‘useful idiots’. In any post WWIII science fiction story there may be survivors in the US and Russia but Europe ceases to exist! It is a killing ground, a buffer between Russia and the US.

    ‘the US ‘aided’ Europe during the two World Wars on a more or less commercial basis’ : Almost ALL the gold the US owns was British payment for WW1 and WW2.

    D Benton Smith

    It is truly remarkable how many actions which are universally considered to be serious crimes everywhere else in the world, are literally the POLICY of the present regime of the United States of America and it’s myriad of agencies, institutions and NGO’s.

    Why, it’s almost as if that whole rat’s nest were the kingdom of the devil himself.

    D Benton Smith


    They required that I provide documentation that I was following SOMEONE ELSE’S ORDERS in my belief based objections. NO belief based objection WITHOUT an authority documented as giving me belief based orders would be accepted.”

    Wow. That pretty much says it all about their mindset and, by extension, their intentions. Their revealed belief is that nothing can be true unless an authority has determined it to be true. Therefore anything proclaimed by that authority to be untrue is, indeed, untrue and subject to being nullified to whatever extent that the authority chooses to enforce. Whatever that happens to be, it is automatically true and correct . . . because the authority says it is.

    Nice tight package of psychosis. Sane reasoning is unlikely to put much of a dent in THAT kind of mental armor. Those poor bastards are “locked in” , in the neurologically medical sense of the term. That’s awful.


    On Marjorie Taylor Green brandishing a poster w. sex pix of Hunter B. (> top post)

    The US is descending, nationally, into a overt, visible, Mafia-like internal strife.

    Factions are fighting for Gov-Corp-Local control and profits, and they all have their paid-off Reps, good to go, or dodgy, not so reliable, with some contribs. spread (coalitions, )

    Those in the fight, imho, from far off (idk too much..), MIC, very important, Big Pharma-Med, other Corp, such as Energy, and Local Potentates (Pols) who control the vote by ensuring monies are sent to their State, heh, the real ‘trickle-down’ – > e.g. Prison Industry, there are others, Agri subsidies, guessing off the cuff, others will know more..

    The arms used at present are law-fare (e.g. those against Trump, see one article at top post) and actioning the MSM to crush any opponents to the corrupt Centre, they must be denigrated, cancelled, mocked, pushed away, demonised.

    Hunter Biden is an easy target, MTG gets right into it: Sex, ugly, disgusting, with whores or whatever, State Lines! Mann Act! Even: Porn Platform!

    No proposals for anything that concerns US citizens and might make their lives better.


    Can the USGov tell a bank to stop payment on a personal check to an entity the USGov doesn’t like?

    D Benton Smith

    Don’t play in the Big Leagues if you can’t deal with hardball.

    Belarus is massing troops on the border with loud mouth trash talking Poland. [ link https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/belarus-hold-exercises-wagner-near-nato-member-polands-border ]

    Poland has three choices, all of them bad:

    1) Reveal itself as a weakling loud mouthed cowardly pussy to the entire world by just doing nothing about a potential invader massing troops on the Polish Border.

    2) Mass troops of it’s own on that border in self defense of the country . . . and thereby REMOVING them from any possibility of those troops EVER fucking with Russian interests in Ukraine.

    3) Invade Belarus in any way whatsoever (a potshot from some idiot Polish soldier would do the trick) . . . and thereby give Belarus the very very legal right to protect itself by repelling the invader WITHOUT TRIGGERING INFAMOUS “ARTICLE 5” section of the NATO Treaty. Poland would promptly get its head AND its ass promptly handed to it on a platter, and the rest of NATO would just have to sit back and watch.

    Like I said, three choices, all bad. That’s what I call hardball geopolitics. No land for old men.


    Nice tight package of psychosis

    I failed to reply with:

    “My beliefs and values derive specifically from a core belief in individual reasoning and action. Everything else follows from that. Following any authority figure vis a vis belief is antithetical to my belief.

    Please explain specifically on what basis you are rejecting my statement of belief”

    I really thought a refusal to give details of my beliefs and why would be responded to rationally:

    “Oh yeah, that’s right, ginormous corporations AREN’T the all-powerful all-judging medieval Catholic Church, speaking with the ultimate authority on all issues of belief and morality, so how CAN we demand you submit your beliefs to us for our approval? Huh.”

    “Oh yeah, that’s right. How CAN we require that you obey an irrational authority figure just because we do?”

    I really should have painstakingly walked them through every single step of thinking.

    D Benton Smith


    I really should have painstakingly walked them through every single step of thinking.”

    That strikes me as a good idea. I, for one, would be very interested in reading what you come up with in a detailed analysis of the steps. In my own experience such a relentless search is often very fruitful. What you’ve written so far about it is just excellent.

    John Day

    Quoth jb-hb:
    “I inquired as to their specific MEANS for determining validity of beliefs. Did they, for instance have a conclave of religious leaders, philosophers, and secular ethicists providing expert belief-judgement? HOW were they determining belief-validity?
    No answers. Well, other than the firing.
    Anyway, I just got hired by a self avowedly Christian company that provides non-GMO products across north america – particularly homesteaders.
    Since I don’t like GMO and am a wannabe homesteader, I think I will like this job.

    Go jb-hb and Christian pureblood homesteaders!


    Little Murders – 1971 – Elliot Gould, Marcia Rodd, Alan Arkin, Donald Sutherland

    Where Catch 22 rode the surface of the surreal bubble, Little Murders is the view out from just inside. I thought it did a delicious job of exploring the disharmonies of societies, almost a Carlin-Kafka-Vonnegut vector. This film comes from a period in which, while the actual ‘sharp objects’ still couldn’t be discussed, at least on most other subjects artists were free to roam about.

    The first quote in IMDB’s list:

    Why does one decide to marry? Social pressure? Boredom? Loneliness? Sexual appeasement? Love? I won’t put any of these reasons down. Each in its own way is adequate, each is all right. Last year, I married a musician who wanted to get married in order to stop masturbating. Please, don’t be startled, I’m not putting him down. That marriage did not work. But the man tried. He is now separated, still masturbating, but he is at peace with himself because he tried society’s way.


    The “Censorship and Free Speech” hearing is currently on repeat on CSPAN
    A whole lotta feelings are arguing with facts.
    RFK,jr is up at about 23.35



    “….They required that I provide documentation …..”

    My life experience says that they wanted an excuse to fire you because ???
    Yep! I think you found a place that will like, and appreciate your contribution.
    Can the USGov tell a bank to stop payment on a personal check to an entity the USGov doesn’t like?

    Yes. Look at what Trudeau did during Freedom convoy

    Dr. D

    “Nothing in the lyrics posted on TAE suggests anything about the color of the skin of the person committing the crimes. So why is it that the Woke folks assumed that the song was about lynching” and that all crimes are committed exclusively by black people?

    A: Because they’re racists. Hard-core, unrepentant, un-self-aware, hateful, plantation racists. This comes up practically daily. Why are they soft on crime? Because to arrest criminals = black people. Why do they deny the best applicants to Harvard? Because black people are stupid and lazy and will never get in on merit. Indeed, why have mail-in voting with no ID? Because Black people are stupid, lazy, illiterate, and can’t find or fill out a form at the DMV (which they already have, as they buy beer). Over and over and over again, proving how racist they are, and it keeps me in a simmer that keeps picking on them. For that, especially, but it makes me less forgiving of the many other, similar oversights.

    They. Are. Racists. The rest of America mostly isn’t. Just them.

    “He says that CO2 from fossil fuel burning, from human application is taken up by trees, and already is “net zero” etc.

    Yeah, that is nuts. There’s more holes in that theory than Mr. Bubbles.

    “That Marriage did not work. That man tried.”

    Err…I would guess so, since apparently only the MAN tried? This marriage (third person passive tense) that you were not involved in and have no emotion about failed? Whooda thunk? I only bring it up because it’s astonishingly, painfully typical. Well, I guess the man will have to do all the work himself somewhere else without you.

    I have no idea if that’s real and if so, why someone would so comment.


    Poland and Nato have better sharpen their pencil before attacking Wagner and Belarus


    Dr. D

    P.S. still promoting Covid vaccines non-stop. Still every variant that’s no longer around, and/or Omicron that never killed anyone.

    And now a new flu, now less dangerous than ever! But we gave it a name! Can’t you see my signaling? And we have a vaccine for flu-that-kills-no-one too.

    I’m certain sales are brisk. For Brawndo.


    “it’s not the end it’s only started, the biggest work in the world will be conducted very soon…and well welcome to hell” Dmitry Utkin aka Wagner.



    (of a journalist) attached to a military unit during a conflict:
    “embedded journalists were scrutinized for their ability to report with independence”

    I always had the wrong impression that independence meant truth.

    Now, I prefer drone footage.


    The Guardian is reporting on a report written by these people … Congressional Integrity Project. Their “About” page states:

    After four years of covering up for Trump, MAGA Republicans in Congress have already made their priorities clear – relentlessly investigating Joe Biden, historic impeachments of Cabinet Secretaries, and likely efforts to impeach Biden himself. These investigations are revenge for the past two years of Biden working every day for all Americans, not the special interests.

    The Congressional Integrity Project is changing that dynamic.

    We’ll focus on spurious investigations designed to hurt the Biden administration and Democrats and to usher Donald Trump back into power – none of which address the real challenges affecting the daily lives of Americans.

    CIP is fighting back against these politically motivated attacks.

    So no integrity then, neither in the CIP or the Guardian, just a determination to use the corrupt DOJ to futher their goals and further sabotage the justice system, and they don’t care if you know it. Look at the names providing the money: Eric Kessler, Gene Karpinski … etc etc … Israel’s men in the USA. Yes, more Jews doing their lying. No surprise that the Guardian is running this shite, they are a consistent Jews supporting club, despite their faux-labour history, faux-concern for Palestinians (do they dtill do that?), they are well under the control of the British Jews, the ones we cannot mention in the UK for fear of being prosecuted as a hater. The Jews are determined to completely destroy the USA.


    and used the word “holocaust” to describe children he believes were hurt by vaccines in 2015.

    The Guardian is owned by the Jews and the Giardian is supporting the Jewish claim to own the word “Holocaust”. The Jews have long tried to claim exclusive use of this Greek word, so RFKJr is a criminal for using an english word that has been kidnapped by the Jews.

    Taken from Roth, John K. (2010). “Introduction”. The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies. Oxford University Press. pp. 1–20.

    The term Holocaust, derived from a Greek word meaning “burnt offering”,[2] has become the most common word used to describe the Nazi extermination of Jews in English and many other languages.

    The Jews are using their corrupt ways to destroy American democracy, every day we see another example, another bunch of money with the same names operating the schemes and scams.

    We all know that the word “holocaust” is not owned by the Jews, but they play this victim role in order to divert attention away from their own crimes. When you look at the CIP About page, they blatantly accuse Trump of subverting justice against the current administration, blatantly trying to make themselves out to be the victim of their own crimes so that they can continue to destroy and steal from the USA.

    The Jewish holocaust was probably another one of their lies: the Jews tell so many lies that you would be crazy to believe any of their stories. Show me one picture of a dead Jew in a gas chamber, just one …. nothing. All the “proof” pictures are of starving diseased people, some of whom succumbed to their starvation and diseases. Not one of a Jew in a gas chamber, not one, despite the Allies, the Germans and the Red Cross taking millions of photos during WW2, the most photographed war at the time.

    After the war, their victimhood gave the British Jews the excuse for taking Palestine from its real owners, handed to them by the British government. They are still in control of that government, they are relentless liars and thieves and they have taken over power in the USA. Why they are destroying the USA is anyones guess, but they obviously have a greater plan, a Davos plan.

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