Jul 252023
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RFK Jr. Calls For Corruption Investigation Of Joe Biden (JTN)
The Failed State Effort Of Indicting Trump (MoA)
The Purple Hour (James Howard Kunstler)
The NATO Generals Know The War Against Russia Is Lost (Helmer)
Counter-Revolution – ‘Do You Know What Time It Is?’ (Alastair Crooke)
The Strange Lives And Pointless Deaths Of Foreign Mercenaries In Ukraine (Sizova)
Russian Monthly Munition Production Exceeds Volumes for the Whole of 2022 (Sp.)
Richard Nixon Predicted Ukraine Conflict In 1994 – WSJ (RT)
Russia Does Not Target Civilian Buildings – Kremlin (RT)
The Looming War Against China (Michael Hudson)
BRICS Problems, BRI Solutions (Pepe Escobar)
The BRICS Won’t Kill the Dollar, US Policy Will (GS)
From Napoléon to Macron: How France Learned To Love Big Brother (Pol.eu)
Macron Says France Needs Return To Authority ‘At Every Level’ After Unrest (G.)
Nobel Physics Laureate Speaks Out About “Corruption” of Climate Science (DS)
Biden Blames White House Cocaine On Black Guy Who Lived There Before (BBee)


















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RFK Jr. Calls For Corruption Investigation Of Joe Biden (JTN)

Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. changed tactics Sunday and demanded for the first time an investigation into possible corruption by President Joe Biden, his party’s standard bearer. Kennedy’s request was prompted by the release last week of an FBI informant report that alleged that Biden was part of a $10 million bribery scheme involving an Ukraine company that hired his son Hunter. The report released by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) alleges Burisma Holdings founder Mykola Zlochevsky told a the informant that he was “coerced” into paying the Bidens $10 million to get a Ukrainian investigation shut down. “I have avoided criticizing the president because I’m trying to bring people together and end some of the vitriol, the poison that’s made politics so poisonous,” Kennedy told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”


“I think though the issues that are now coming up are worrying enough that we really need a real investigation of what happened,” he said. “I mean, these revelations where you have Burisma — which is a notoriously corrupt company that paid out apparently $10 million to Hunter and his dad — if that’s true, then it is really troubling.” Kennedy added Americans should also be worried about the politicization of federal law enforcement. “I think that that’s something that every American needs to worry about and our federal agencies, which used to be above politics, and now become weaponized as political instruments, and that, again, is another really damaging trend for our democracy,” he said.


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“Jack Smith [..] employs 40 to 60 career prosecutors, paralegals and support staff [..] In his first four months on the job [..] Mr. Smith’s investigation incurred expenses of $9.2 million..”

“With that budget and the brainpower of such a large staff one could find fault with anyone and indict any person for whatever without much problems..”

The Failed State Effort Of Indicting Trump (MoA)

The effort Biden’s Justice Department puts into preventing the leader of its opposition from gaining another presidency has reached an insane level. “As Inquiries Compound, Justice System Pours Resources Into Scrutinizing Trump” – NY Times – Jul 23, 2023. “Jack Smith, the special counsel overseeing criminal investigations into former President Donald J. Trump, employs 40 to 60 career prosecutors, paralegals and support staff, augmented by a rotating cast of F.B.I. agents and technical specialists, according to people familiar with the situation. In his first four months on the job, starting in November, Mr. Smith’s investigation incurred expenses of $9.2 million. That included $1.9 million to pay the U.S. Marshals Service to protect Mr. Smith, his family and other investigators who have faced threats after the former president and his allies singled them out on social media. At this rate, the special counsel is on track to spend about $25 million a year.”

With that budget and the brainpower of such a large staff one could find fault with anyone and indict any person for whatever without much problems. If this would happen in a foreign democracy that is not friendly with the U.S. the State Department and various think tanks would be outraged about such anti-democratic behavior. It would be explained as a sign that the state in question is falling apart. “The main driver of all these efforts and their concurrent expenses is Mr. Trump’s own behavior — his unwillingness to accept the results of an election as every one of his predecessors has done, his refusal to heed his own lawyers’ advice and a grand jury’s order to return government documents and his lashing out at prosecutors in personal terms.”

That all might be a bit outrageous but what is actual criminal with it? The government documents are back to where they are supposed to be and none were reportedly of any great significance. So why still make such a fuzz about them? Seen from the outside U.S. internal politics now look like a bad reality show. This is not the self confident behavior of an elite of the sole superpower the U.S. still pretends to be. There is a theory that the U.S. is undergoing some form of sovietization with a similar accumulation of defects and inefficiencies as occurred in the U.S.S.R. before it fell apart. I am not sure that it is the case, but many significant factors – transportation, public service, health, education, industry, policies – now look worse to me than I remember them to be.

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“..if the news media were not a pseudopod of the Blob..”

The Purple Hour (James Howard Kunstler)

Forgive me for bringing this up, but remember the first impeachment of Mr. Trump on the grounds of a phone call to freshly-minted President Z in Ukraine pertaining to some fishy matters around the Burisma gas company? Yes, Mr. T was impeached over a mere inquiry into possible misconduct by a former high US official (being one “Joe Biden,” ex-veep) and his bag-man son. The setup was patently obvious even to us bloggers who enjoy no intimate correspondence with organelles of the DC Blob. A CIA spook “whistleblower” named Eric Ciaramella (sssshhhh) was injected into the scene with help from the devious Col. Vindman at NSA and an assist from Intel Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson… and voila! Recall the solemn pageantry of Nancy Pelosi’s march across the Capitol rotunda with the hallowed bill of impeachment on a satin pillow….

And now, more than three years later, the nation is informed of all the particulars around those Burisma Company’s doings with the Biden family in granular detail ($5-million plus $5-million), laying out just one instance of treasonous moneygrubbing by this family among many grifts in other nations. And in case of any lingering questions — if the news media were not a pseudopod of the Blob — a long roster of bank transfer records has been assembled by Rep. Comer of the House Oversight Committee to validate the deal memos, emails and audio recordings already available for inspection in the alt.news.

You realize, don’t you, that the DOJ and the FBI had all of this info (a.k.a evidence) in its possession even before Trump impeachment number one? AG William Barr and FBI Director Wray could have stepped up at any time after October, 2019, and said, “Oh, here’s what that phone call to Z was about.” That they didn’t is arguably the most blatant crime among scores of crimes committed by the Blob in the Trump and post-Trump years. “Federal Justice Manual 9-5.000, Section B: Constitutional obligation to ensure a fair trial and disclose material exculpatory and impeachment evidence. Government disclosure of material exculpatory and impeachment evidence is part of the constitutional guarantee to a fair trial. Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, 87 (1963). The law requires the disclosure of exculpatory and impeachment evidence when such evidence is material to guilt or punishment.”

So now the Blob is desperate to jettison this embodiment of its corruption and lawlessness, “Joe Biden,” before the Trump-deranged masses start paying attention to the distant yelling from the asteroid belt of actual news beyond noisy Planet MSNBC. The Blob will be fighting for its very life anyway. The Ukraine operation is not proceeding according to plan. Do you know why? Answer: because it was a stupid plan concocted by purblind Neocon idiots. Russia has been insulted to the degree that it deems America unworthy of negotiation — meaning Russia will bring the Ukraine mess to a conclusion on its terms. They will take care to do it gingerly, so as not to further inflame the psychosis afflicting America and tempt us into even grosser stupidities. Namely, they will insist on a neutral Ukraine with no foreign operators in it and some rearrangement of Ukraine’s borders.

America will have to lump it. The Blob Neocon faction will blame the whole lamentable affair on “Joe Biden,” who, by then, will be gone from the White House. How does that happen? The 25th Amendment, since we are now at the point where his infirmity is as hard to ignore as the evidence of his crimes. How the Blob deals with his successor, the distressing Ms. Harris, is another bridge to cross. The switcheroo itself may be enough to tank the financial markets, which will give the restive nation something else to think about: the personal ruin of every household in the land. Then, things get really interesting.

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“Putin makes the most important statement by a Russian leader in more than a hundred years..”

The NATO Generals Know The War Against Russia Is Lost (Helmer)

Soldiers lay down smoke on the battlefield to conceal their movements, advancing or retreating, from the troops on the other side. In the US Army manuals for warfighting with smoke, there are four kinds for the battlefield (lead image) – obscuring smoke which is aimed at blinding the enemy so he can’t see what you have coming for him; screening smoke which is laid down between you and your enemy, so he can’t see what you are doing in your positions; protecting smoke which is aimed at disrupting the laser and other targeting systems of the other side’s artillery and rockets; and marking smoke whose purpose is either to pinpoint targets for air attackers or rear artillery, or identify safety positions on a rapid-movement battlefield.

With the White House in the lead, in the war the NATO allies are fighting against Russia to the last Ukrainian, an entirely new kind of smoke has been used – it’s the blowback smoke which blinds its users. On the Ukrainian battlefield this smokescreen conceals nothing from the Russians. Instead, it is being used to deceive the NATO country media, voters, and parliaments which must agree to subscribe the money to pay the Ukrainians to fight, and supply them with NATO ammunition, weapons, intelligence, and support services, including credits and cash. Vladimir Zelensky, the Ukrainian president best known for career comic turns — the most famous of which was playing a piano with his penis (screened, protected, marked) — is the master of the blowback smoke on the present battlefield.

A day ago, he told the Ukrainian deputy prime minister of Canada, Chrystia Freeland: “we are approaching a moment when relevant actions can gain pace because we are already going through some mines locations and we are demining these areas.” The calculated ambiguities – “moment”, “approaching”, “relevant”, “can”, “pace”, “some” – are the smoke. The blowback was started by Freeland who told Zelensky that how his counteroffensive was going against the Russians is “the question in the minds of everyone here [and] the preoccupation of all of your friends in the world”. Zelensky’s smoke was invited by Freeland to blind the world, especially their friends. In this week’s War of the Worlds discussion with Swiss Army Colonel Jacques Baud, this tactic is exposed, and in its place evidence revealed of the French and other allied general staffs trying to find their way off the battlefield, as Zelensky forces are destroyed, along with the best of US, French, British and other NATO weapons. The programme was pre-recorded on Thursday.

Less than twenty-four hours later at a virtual session of the Russian Security Council, President Vladimir Putin made an unusual introduction to the closed-door plans of his military, security and intelligence chiefs. “It is clear today,” Putin said, referring to the Americans, French, Germans, and British, “that the Western curators of the Kiev regime are certainly disappointed with the results of the counteroffensive that the current Ukrainian authorities announced in previous months. There are no results, at least for now.” “The whole world sees that the vaunted Western, supposedly invulnerable, military equipment is on fire, and is often even inferior to some of the Soviet-made weapons in terms of its tactical and technical characteristics.” Then on the topic of Poland and Galicia, Putin makes the most important statement by a Russian leader in more than a hundred years. Putin warns the Polish government, together with the Lithuanians, not to make a troop move on Galicia’s capital Lvov, as the Germans had done in 1941.

He also warns Berlin not to imagine they can recover the old Prussian or the more recent Third Reich sway in those territories. Between the lines also, Putin issued an invitation to two of the ruling factions in Kiev – the military command and the Lvov Banderites – that they should remove Zelensky quickly, before they lose what will be left of their territory, after the Russian Army goes on the offensive. If they want to keep Galicia, “this, I repeat”, Putin said, “is in the end their business. If they want to relinquish or sell off something in order to pay their bosses, as traitors usually do, that’s their business. We will not interfere in this.” Putin’s smoke signal carried a subliminal meaning. He didn’t identify the Biden administration. Instead, he implied that Zelensky is the Americans’ underboss; and that if the Ukrainians want to survive the war in which everything made in America is “on fire”, the Ukrainians don’t have long.

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“The myth of American power, NATO competence and the reputation of U.S. weaponry hangs in the balance..”

Counter-Revolution – ‘Do You Know What Time It Is?’ (Alastair Crooke)

To be blunt, both the U.S. and Europe have stalked brazenly into traps of their own making. Caught in the lies and deceit woven around a claimed inheritance of superior cultural DNA, (vouchsafing, it is said, almost certain victory), the West is awakening to a fast-approaching disaster to which there are no easy solutions. Cultural exceptionalism, together with the prospect of a clear ‘win’ over Russia, are draining rapidly away – but exiting delusion is both slow and humiliating. The coming devastation is not just centred around the failed Ukraine offensive and NATO’s weak showing. It comprises multiple vectors that have been building over the years, but which are reaching culmination synchronously.

In the U.S., the run-up to momentous elections is underway. The Democrats are in a fix: The party has long since turned its back on its old blue-collar constituency, engaging instead with an urban ‘creative class’ in an exalted, world-shaping ‘social engineering’ project of moral redress, in alliance with Silicon Valley and the Permanent Nomenklatura. But that experiment has run off into the weeds, becoming ever more extreme and absurd. Push-back is building. Predictably enough, the Democratic campaign is not gaining traction. Team Biden has low, low approval ratings. But Biden family pressure insists that Biden must persevere with his candidature, and not yield to another. Either way – Biden staying or going – there is no ready solution to the Party’s conundrum of a non-performing, non-platform.

The electoral landscape is a mess. Heavy ‘lawfare’ artillery is intended to break the Trump defences and drive him off the field, whilst an attrition of disclosures of Biden family malfeasance are intended wear down and implode the Biden bubble. The Democratic Establishment is spooked too by the flanking manoeuvre of the R. F. Kennedy candidature, which is snowballing rapidly. Put simply, the Democratic wokish ideology of historical redress is separating the U.S. into two nations living in one land. Divided not so much by ‘Red or Blue’, or class, but defined by irreconcilable ‘ways of being’. The old categories: Left, Right, Democrat or GOP are being dissolved by a Cultural War that respects no categories, crossing the boundaries of class and party affiliation. Indeed, even ethnic minorities have been alienated by the zealots wanting to sexualise children at age 5 years, and by the pushing of the trans agenda on to school children.

Ukraine has served as the solvent to the old order and has become the Albatross hanging around the neck of the Biden Admin: How to spin the looming Ukraine debacle as somehow ‘mission achieved’. Can that be done? Because the escape route of a ceasefire and a frozen line of contact is unacceptable to Moscow. In short, ‘Biden’s war’ cannot continue as it is, but nor can it do ‘other’ without facing humiliation. The myth of American power, NATO competence and the reputation of U.S. weaponry hangs in the balance. The economic narrative (‘everything is fine’) is poised, for somewhat unconnected reasons, to turn sour too. Debt – finally – is becoming the sword suspended above the economy’s neck. Credit is being tightly squeezed. And next month, the BRICS-SCO bloc will take the first strategic steps to disentangle up to 40 countries from the dollar. Who then will buy Yellen’s $ 1.1 trillion Treasuries – now and in the future – that is needed to fund U.S. government expenditure? These events ostensibly are disconnected, but in reality, they form a self-reinforcing loop. One leading to a ‘run on the political bank’ – that is to say, the U.S.’ credibility itself.

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According to Russia, 5,000 foreign mercenaries have been killed, and another 5,000 have fled.

The Strange Lives And Pointless Deaths Of Foreign Mercenaries In Ukraine (Sizova)

Since February 24, 2022, a projected 11,675 foreign mercenaries from 84 countries have joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). This was stated by the Russian Ministry of Defense on July 10. The largest numbers of mercenaries apparently came from Poland (over 2,600), the US and Canada (over 900 from each), Georgia (over 800), Great Britain and Romania (over 700 each), Croatia (over 300), as well as from France and the part of Syria controlled by Türkiye (over 200 each). According to Moscow, the peak influx of foreign mercenaries was from March to April of last year, but after the first casualties, the growth rate suddenly decreased.

The number of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine appears to be rapidly declining. Russia’s Ministry of Defense believes that only around 2,000 remain today. It has also claimed that about 5,000 foreign volunteers fled Ukraine after seeing how the authorities treated them. During interrogations, captured Ukrainian servicemen have reportedly said the commanders of front-line AFU units are not held accountable for losses among mercenaries.“The Ukrainian command throws units with foreign mercenaries into so-called ‘meat-grinder assaults’ on Russian positions. Wounded mercenaries are the last to be evacuated, only after all Ukrainian servicemen are removed [from the battlefield],” said the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Shortly after the start of Russia’s offensive, President Vladimir Zelensky announced the formation of the International Legion of Territorial Defense in order to attract foreign volunteers to Ukraine. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense claimed that over 20,000 people wanted to join. In March of this year, however, The New York Times called the data exaggerated. “Ukrainian officials initially boasted of 20,000 potential Legion volunteers, but far fewer actually enlisted. Currently, there are around 1,500 members in the organization,” the article said. Citing internal documents, the newspaper noted that the Legion was experiencing problems and that recruitment had “stagnated.” As the The Washington-based Counter Extremism Project claimed in March, the Legion and other groups tied to it “continue to feature individuals widely seen as unfit to perform their duties”.

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Russian Monthly Munition Production Exceeds Volumes for the Whole of 2022 (Sp.)

Monthly production of munitions by Russia’s defense industry has exceeded production volumes for entire 2022, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said on Monday. Manturov also said that almost all defense firms are meeting deadlines to implement defense orders. “You know that since the start of the current year, the volume of production of numerous weapons, special military equipment has exceeded the volumes for the entire past year. If we talk about means of destruction, we are now entering a level where a monthly production rate exceeds the overall production volume of the past year,” the minister stated.

In January, President Vladimir Putin said that the productivity of Russia’s defense industry is key to victory in the special military operation. “For example, we produce air defense missiles three times more per year than in the United States. And, in general, our defense industry produces about the same amount of air defense missiles for various purposes per year as all the military-industrial enterprises of the world produce,” Putin said during a visit to the Obukhov State Plant, a northwestern branch of Almaz-Antey Aerospace Defense Concern.

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“..the Ukrainian parliament… is even worse than the Russian Duma.”

Richard Nixon Predicted Ukraine Conflict In 1994 – WSJ (RT)

Former US president Richard Nixon warned his successor Bill Clinton nearly 30 years ago that Ukraine could plunge into bloody turmoil, while predicting major political changes in Russia, according to a document made available to the public last week. In a seven-page letter dated March 21, 1994 and cited by the Wall Street Journal, the late president gave his take on the volatile post-Soviet political landscape right after he returned from a trip to Russia and Ukraine. Nixon described Ukraine as “indispensable” and warned that the situation there was “highly explosive.” “If it is allowed to get out of control, it will make Bosnia look like a PTA garden party,” he said, referring to the 1992-1995 ethnic conflict in the Balkans that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

The former president pointed to an “unpredictable” political situation in the country, lamenting that “the Ukrainian parliament… is even worse than the Russian Duma.” He urged Clinton to strengthen the American diplomatic presence in Ukraine and prioritize funding for Kiev. Nixon also noted that the political clout of then Russian president Boris Yeltsin had “rapidly deteriorated,” adding that “the days of his unquestioned leadership of Russia are numbered.” He also remarked that Yeltsin came to indulge himself in longer drinking bouts and could no longer deliver on his commitments to Western leaders in “an increasingly anti-American environment in the [State] Duma and in the country.”

The former US leader was uncertain who could replace Yeltsin but suggested that Russia’s anti-Western forces could produce a “credible candidate for president.” Yeltsin stepped down in late 1999, with Vladimir Putin taking up the reins. Relations between Ukraine and Russia rapidly deteriorated in 2014 after a Western-backed coup in Kiev and the onset of hostilities in Donbass. Russia sent troops into the neighboring country on February 24, 2022, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state.

The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.” Shortly before the start of the current conflict, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that would never join any Western military bloc. Last September, Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, were incorporated into Russia after the holding of referendums.

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Russia fires with high precision. Moreover, the Russian Kh-22 anti-ship missile Zelensky said hit the cathedral is so powerful, there would not be a cathedral anymore.

Russia Does Not Target Civilian Buildings – Kremlin (RT)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has reiterated Russian denials that one of its missiles was responsible for the damage done to the Transfiguration Cathedral in Odessa over the weekend. The claims coming from Kiev are “absolutely not true”, he told journalists on Monday. “Our armed forces never conduct strikes on objects of social infrastructure, even less so on temples, churches and similar objects,” he assured. The Russian Defense Ministry previously said a Ukrainian interceptor missile was likely to blame, an assertion that Peskov endorsed. The cathedral was heavily damaged on Sunday morning amid a Russian missile attack on targets in several Ukrainian Black Sea ports. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said later in the day that a Russian Kh-22 anti-ship missile had struck the church’s altar. The Ukrainian leader alleged that Moscow was targeting “the people and the foundations of our pan-European culture” and pledged that the church would be rebuilt, with Italy potentially footing the bill.

The Russian Defense Ministry denied the Ukrainian charge, suggesting later on Sunday that the incompetence of the country’s air defense forces was the most probable cause of the damage. Russia targets only military locations and takes care to select only those far from civilians and sites of cultural value, it said. Meanwhile Ukrainian military leaders “place air defense assets in residential areas on purpose.” The practice was acknowledged earlier this month by a spokesman for the Ukrainian military, who claimed that it was necessary because the country doesn’t have enough longer-range air defense systems. Kiev has previously accused Russia of damage done by its own troops. The most notable case happened last November, when Zelensky accused Moscow of killing two Polish farmers in a border region and urged NATO to retaliate. Warsaw swiftly acknowledged that the projectile was likely fired by the Ukrainian side.

Last week, Russia started a series of attacks on targets in Ukrainian ports, which the military described as retaliation for Kiev’s drone strike on the Crimean Bridge last Monday. The Sunday barrage was aimed at sites where “the Kiev regime and foreign specialists planned terrorist attacks against Russia,” the Defense Ministry said. The Transfiguration Cathedral in Odessa was founded in 1794 and was one of the primary Christian places of worship in Imperial Russia. The Soviet government blew it up in 1936, after declaring that it had no historic value. The building was restored over a decade starting 1999 and re-concentrated in 2010.

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“..throw Vladimir Putin out of office and restore a pro-Western neoliberal leader who would pry Russia away from its alliance with China..”

The Looming War Against China (Michael Hudson)

The U.S.-imposed sanctions against trade with Russia are a dress rehearsal for imposing similar sanctions against China. But only the NATO allies have joined the fight. And instead of wrecking Russia’s economy and “turning the ruble to rubble” as President Biden predicted, NATO’s sanctions have made it more self-reliant, increasing its balance of payments and international monetary reserves, and hence the ruble’s exchange rate. To cap matters, despite the failure of trade and financial sanctions to injure Russia – and indeed, despite NATO’s failures in Afghanistan and Libya, NATO countries committed themselves to trying the same tactics against China. The world economy is to be split between US/NATO/Five Eyes on the one hand, and the rest of the world – the Global Majority – on the other.

EU Commissioner Joseph Borrell calls this as a split between the US/European Garden (the Golden Billion) and the Jungle threatening to engulf it, like an invasion of its well-manicured lawns by an invasive species. From an economic vantage point, NATO’s behavior since its military buildup to attack Ukraine’s Russian-speaking eastern states in February 2022 has been a drastic failure. The U.S. plan was to bleed Russia and leave it so economically destitute that its population would revolt, throw Vladimir Putin out of office and restore a pro-Western neoliberal leader who would pry Russia away from its alliance with China – and then proceed with America’s grand plan to mobilize Europe to impose sanctions on China. What makes it so difficult in trying to evaluate where NATO, Europe and the United States are going is that the traditional assumption that nations and classes will act in their economic self-interest is not of help.

The traditional logic of geopolitical analysis is to assume that business and financial interests steer almost every nation’s politics. The ancillary assumption is that governing officials have a fairly realistic understanding of the economic and political dynamics at work. Forecasting the future is thus usually an exercise in spelling out these dynamics. The US/NATO West has led this global fracture, yet it will be the big loser. NATO members already have seen Ukraine deplete their inventory of guns and bullets, artillery and ammunition, tanks, helicopters weapons and other arms accumulated over five decades. But Europe’s loss has become America’s sales opportunity, creating a vast new market for America’s military-industrial complex to re-supply Europe. To gain support, the United States has sponsored a new way of thinking about international trade and investment. The focus has shifted to “national security,” meaning to secure a U.S.-centered unipolar order.

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“Putin tested Pretoria and exposed it to the whole Global South as a fragile node of the “jungle” – actually the Global Majority – easily threatened by the western “garden” gang..”

BRICS Problems, BRI Solutions (Pepe Escobar)

As the BRICS approach the most important summit in their history on August 22-24 in Johannesburg, South Africa, some fundamentals need to be observed. The top three BRICS cooperation platforms are politics and security, finance and the economy, and culture. So the notion that a new BRICS gold-backed reserve currency will be announced at the South Africa summit is spurious. What is in progress, as confirmed by BRICS sherpas, is the R5: a new common payment system. The sherpas are only in the preliminary stages of discussing a new reserve currency which could be gold or commodities-based. The discussions within the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU), led by Sergey Glazyev, by comparison, are way more advanced. The order of priorities is to get R5 rolling. All current BRICS currencies start with an “R”: renminbi (yuan), ruble, real, rupee, and rand.

R5 will allow current members to increase mutual trade by bypassing the US dollar and reducing their US dollar reserves. This is only the first of many practical steps in the long and winding road of de-dollarization. An expanded role for the New Development Bank (NDB) – the BRICS bank – is still being discussed. The NDB may, for instance, grant loans denominated in BRICS gold – making it a global unit of account in trade and financial transactions. BRICS exporters will then have to sell their goods against BRICS gold, instead of US dollars, as much as importers from the collective west would have to be willing to pay in BRICS gold. That’s a long way away, to put it mildly. Frequent discussions with sherpas from Russia and also independent financial operators in the EU and the Persian Gulf always touch on the key problem: imbalances and weak nodes inside the BRICS, which will tend to serially proliferate with the imminent BRICS+ expansion.

Within BRICS, there’s a wealth of serious unsolved dossiers between China-India, while Brazil is squeezed between a list of imperial dictates and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s natural drive to fortify the Global South. Argentina has been all but forced by the usual suspects to “postpone” its admission request to join BRICS+. And then there’s the weak link by definition: South Africa. Squeezed between a rock and a hard place, the organizer of the most important summit in BRICS history opted for a humiliating compromise not exactly worthy of an independent Global South middle-ranked power.

South Africa decided not to receive Russian President Vladimir Putin and opted instead for the presence of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov – as Pretoria first suggested to Moscow. The other BRICS members validated the decision. The compromise means that Russia will be physically represented by Lavrov while Putin will participate in the whole process – and subsequent decisions – via videoconference. Translation: Putin tested Pretoria and exposed it to the whole Global South as a fragile node of the “jungle” – actually the Global Majority – easily threatened by the western “garden” gang and not a real independent foreign policy practitioner.

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“..an obvious and immediate distrust of that once neutral world reserve currency..”

The BRICS Won’t Kill the Dollar, US Policy Will (GS)

As made clear literally from Day 1 of the Western sanctions against Putin, the West may have been aiming for Putin’s (or the Ruble’s) chest, but it then shot itself in the foot. After decades of DC exporting USD inflation from Argentina to Moscow, a large swath of the developing countries of the world who owe greater than $14T in USD-denominated debt were already reeling under the pain of rate-hike gyrations which made their own debt and currency markets flip and flop like a dying fish on the dock. Needless to say, a 500-basis-point spike in the cost of that debt under Powell didn’t help. In fact, it did little good (or goodwill) for USD friends and enemies alike, from the gilt markets in London to the fruit markets in Santiago. Adding insult to injury, DC coupled this strong-Dollar policy with a now weaponized-Dollar policy in which a nuclear and economic power like Russia had its FX reserves frozen and access to SDRs and SWIFT transactions blocked. Like Napoleon at Moscow, this was going a step too far…

The net result was an obvious and immediate distrust of that once neutral world reserve currency, an outcome which economists like Robert Triffin warned our congress against in 1960, and even John Maynard Keyes warned the world against long before. Heck, even Obama warned against such weaponization of a reserve currency as recently as 2015. Thus, and as I (and many others) warned from Day 1 of the sanctions, the distrust for the USD unleashed by the sanctions in early 2022 was “a genie that can never go back in the bottle.” Or more simply stated, the trend toward de-dollarization was now going to come at greater speed and with greater force.

This force, of course, is now being seen, as well as debated, under the highly symbolic as well as substantive example of the BRICS+ nations seeking to usher in a gold-backed trade currency to move openly away from the USD, a move which some maintain will soon de-throne the USD as a world reserve currency and send its value immediately to the ocean floor. We know, for example, that Russian finance experts like Sergei Glasyev have real motives and sound reasons for planning a new (anti-Dollar) financial system which not only seeks a Eurasian Economic Union for cross boarder trade settlements backed by local currencies and commodities, but to which gold will likely be added as a “backer” to the same.

Glasyev has also made headlines with plans regarding the Moscow World Standard as a far more fair-playing and fair-priced gold exchange alternative to the Western LBMA exchange. If we take his gold backing plans seriously, we must also take seriously the plan to expand such gold-backed trade currency plans into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization which would make the final tally of BRICS+ nations “going gold” as high as 41 country codes. This could ostensibly mean greater than 50% of the world’s population and GDP would be trading in a gold-backed settlement currency outside of the USD, and that, well, matters to both the demand and strength of that Dollar…

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Napoleon centralized governments like no-one before. He gave most Europeans their family names.

From Napoléon to Macron: How France Learned To Love Big Brother (Pol.eu)

Last month, the French parliament approved a controversial government plan to allow investigators to track suspected criminals in real-time via access to their devices’ geolocation, camera and microphone. Paris also lobbied in Brussels to be allowed to spy on reporters in the name of national security. Helping France down the path of mass surveillance: a historically strong and centralized state; a powerful law enforcement community; political discourse increasingly focused on law and order; and the terrorist attacks of the 2010s. In the wake of President Emmanuel Macron’s agenda for so-called strategic autonomy, French defense and security giants, as well as innovative tech startups, have also gotten a boost to help them compete globally with American, Israeli and Chinese companies.

“Whenever there’s a security issue, the first reflex is surveillance and repression. There’s no attempt in either words or deeds to address it with a more social angle,” said Alouette, an activist at French digital rights NGO La Quadrature du Net who uses a pseudonym to protect her identity. As surveillance and security laws have piled up in recent decades, advocates have lined up on opposite sides. Supporters argue law enforcement and intelligence agencies need such powers to fight terrorism and crime. Algorithmic video surveillance would have prevented the 2016 Nice terror attack, claimed Sacha Houlié, a prominent lawmaker from Macron’s Renaissance party.

Opponents point to the laws’ effect on civil liberties and fear France is morphing into a dystopian society. In June, the watchdog in charge of monitoring intelligence services said in a harsh report that French legislation is not compliant with the European Court of Human Rights’ case law, especially when it comes to intelligence-sharing between French and foreign agencies. “We’re in a polarized debate with good guys and bad guys, where if you oppose mass surveillance, you’re on the bad guys’ side,” said Estelle Massé, Europe legislative manager and global data protection lead at digital rights NGO Access Now.

Both the 9/11 and the Paris 2015 terror attacks have accelerated mass surveillance in France, but the country’s tradition of snooping, monitoring and data collection dates way back — to Napoléon Bonaparte in the early 1800s. “Historically, France has been at the forefront of these issues, in terms of police files and records. During the First Empire, France’s highly centralized government was determined to square the entire territory,” said Olivier Aïm, a lecturer at Sorbonne Université Celsa who authored a book on surveillance theories. Before electronic devices, paper was the main tool of control because identification documents were used to monitor travels, he explained. The French emperor revived the Paris Police Prefecture — which exists to this day — and tasked law enforcement with new powers to keep political opponents in check.

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“..order, order, order.”

Macron Says France Needs Return To Authority ‘At Every Level’ After Unrest (G.)

Emmanuel Macron has said France needs a return to authority “at every level” after recent urban unrest over the police shooting of a teenager, suggesting that poor parenting was part of the reason teenagers had taken to the streets. The police killing of Nahel, a 17-year-old of Algerian background, during a traffic stop last month triggered protest marches and six nights of disorder as young men clashed with police and set alight public buildings and cars. Many accused the government of allowing a culture of institutional racism in the police to fester. The officer who fired at Nahel has been charged with voluntary homicide and jailed awaiting trial.

The French president used his first TV interview since the unrest to condemn what he called the “indescribable violence” of the clashes on the streets, including “the burning of schools, city halls, gyms and libraries” and “the violence of looting”. He said: “The lesson I draw from this is: order, order, order.” Macron did not refer to concerns on the left and from rights groups that the rioting reflected longstanding anger over racism and discrimination in law enforcement. He instead took a hard line on the need for more authority, law and order, saying, “Order must prevail. There is no freedom without order.”

Macron repeated his suggestion that poor parenting, particularly by single parents, had contributed to teenagers as young as 16 taking to the streets against police. He said of those arrested: “An overwhelming majority have a fragile family framework, either because they come from a single-parent family or their family is on child support benefits.” He said he would launch policies in the autumn to focus on parenting skills and supporting families. Macron also repeated his criticism over the role of social networks during the unrest and looting, saying: “We need to better protect our teenagers and young adults from screens.” He said certain content should be removed when it was a call to violence and that “public digital order” was needed “to stop excesses”.

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“The same team that tells us that we must ‘listen to the experts’ won’t listen to any experts they don’t like.”

“The thing about sceptical Nobel Prize winners is that they make the name-calling ‘climate denier’ programme look as stupid as it can get..”

Nobel Physics Laureate Speaks Out About “Corruption” of Climate Science (DS)

Earlier this month, the 2022 Nobel Physics Laureate Dr. John Clauser slammed the ‘climate emergency’ narrative as a “dangerous corruption of science that threatens the world’s economy and the well-being of billions of people”. Inevitably, the punishments have begun. A talk that Dr. Clauser was due to give to the International Monetary Fund on climate models has been abruptly cancelled, and the page announcing the event removed from the IMF site. Dr. Clauser was due to speak to the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office this Thursday under the title: “Let’s talk – How much can we trust IPCC climate predictions?” It would appear that “not a lot” isn’t the politically correct answer. Clauser is a longstanding critic of climate models and criticised the award of the Physics Nobel in 2021 for work on them.

He is not alone, since many feel that climate models are primarily based on mathematics, and a history of failed opinionated climate predictions leave them undeserving of recognition at the highest level of pure science. Not that this opinion is shared by the green activist National Geographic magazine, which ran an article: “How climate models got so accurate they won a Nobel.” Last week, Clauser observed that misguided climate science has “metastasised into massive shock-journalistic pseudoscience”. This pseudoscience, he continued, has become a scapegoat for a wide variety of other related ills. It has been promoted and extended by similarly misguided business marketing agents, politicians, journalists, government agencies and environmentalists. “In my opinion, there is no real climate crisis,” he added.

Clauser is the latest Nobel physics laureate to dismiss the notion of a climate crisis. Professor Ivar Giaever, a fellow laureate, is the lead signatory of the World Climate Declaration that states there is no climate emergency. It further argues that climate models are “not remotely plausible as global policy tools”. The 1998 winner Professor Robert Laughlin has expressed the view that the climate is “beyond our power to control” and humanity cannot and should not do anything to respond to climate change. The Australian climate journalist Jo Nova was in fine form reporting on Clauser’s recent comments. “The thing about sceptical Nobel Prize winners is that they make the name-calling ‘climate denier’ programme look as stupid as it can get,” she observed.

She noted the lack of any mainstream media interest in Clauser’s recent comments, asking: “How much damage would it do to the cause if the audience finds out that one of the highest ranking scientists in the world disagrees with the mantra?” A question of course with an obvious answer. Quite a lot. The same team that tells us that we must ‘listen to the experts’ won’t listen to any experts they don’t like. They rave about ‘UN Experts’ that hide the decline, but run a mile to avoid the giants of science. They’ll ask high-school dropouts about climate change on prime-time TV before they interview Nobel Prize winners. It’s a lie by omission. It’s active deception. And the whole climate movement is built on it.

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Biden Blames White House Cocaine On Black Guy Who Lived There Before (BBee)

With the rumor mill still churning despite the Secret Service closing its investigation, President Joe Biden blamed the presence of cocaine in the West Wing of the White House on a black man who used to live there. “One of those suspicious colored fellas used to live here,” Biden said to reporters assembled on the White House lawn as he came outside for his morning recess time. “Black folks are always dealing drugs, which is why I pushed so hard to incarcerate them decades ago. Nobody listened. Now, one of them lived here for years. He was a bad dude. Borfarginbinder.” Ever since a white powder that later tested positive for cocaine was discovered in the White House, speculation has run rampant that it may have belonged to President Biden’s son, Hunter.

“People are trying to say it belonged to my son, but that’s an awful thing to say because my son passed away years ago,” Biden said. “It’s time for us to move on, just like the black fella who lived here before. He doesn’t live here anymore, he just calls me up every day and tells me what I need to do. Mint chocolate chip.” As Biden was being led away, he was heard muttering about the White House’s former tenants. “Whatever happened to that guy?” he asked. “And what about his wife — the tall, burly fella?” At publishing time, administration officials also confirmed that drugs found in Hunter Biden’s car and home also belonged to a previous black resident of the White House.

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    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle July 25 2023]


    Read the abstract in the International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice, and Research
    Very very bad news for the death vaxxed.

    “Decades of sophisticated and detailed legislation created to safeguard humanity from exposure to genetically modified organisms was ignored or legislated away in an instant when SARS-CoV-2 arrived. It seems this banishment was done with intention and not for the good of humanity. The lipid nanoparticles containing modified RNAs, the so-called “vaccines”, from the beginning fulfilled the legal definitions for being categorized as genetically modified organisms. Pfizer, Moderna, and regulators all knew this. The claims by Pfizer and Moderna repeated by regulators and complicit politicians that modified RNAs do not enter the cell nucleus and reverse transcribe into the human genome were lies constructed knowingly. ”





    Read the comment section.

    The cat is out of the bag.
    Everybody knows!

    Experts call for urgent investigation as excess deaths spark ‘dangerous’ theories



    TVASSF (remember, the theories are dangerous – not the death vaxx)


    Totally Fuckin’ Normal.
    This is so NOT over.

    England legend Trevor Francis mourned as Chris Bart-Williams, 49, dies on tragic day for football
    As the world paid tribute to a legend, it emerged that one of his former teammates had also died suddenly.





    Tori Kelly rushed to hospital after COLLAPSING at LA restaurant and losing consciousness: Singer remains in ICU as she’s treated for ‘life-threatening blood clots in legs and lungs



    TVASSF(clot: a foolish or clumsy person.)



    Browns’ Marquise Goodwin will MISS the start of training camp due to blood clots in his legs and lungs



    TVASSF(clot: a foolish or clumsy person.)


    Climate change is about to be solved. By the MIC no less! All will be saved rest easy.

    The communique that emerged from the NATO Summit in Vilnius on July 11 can be seen as a declaration of war on Russia.

    But the document has another side.

    The North Atlantic Council makes it clear that the injection of radical woke extremism into the main western military alliance is reaching new extremes of absurdity.

    It turns out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been busy behind-the-scenes, to make Montreal NATO’s climate change headquarters. The authors of the Vilnius Communiqué announced,

    “We welcome the establishment of a NATO Centre of Excellence for Climate Change and Security in Montreal.”

    Here is yet another boondoggle for Quebec. It will be financed with funds extracted in large measure from the much-maligned oil and gas industry of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

    The more the government of Canada piles on the hocus pocus of climate change/net zero, the more the incentive grows for the Trudeau-Singh regime to shower even more favour on Ontario and Quebec.

    The brunt of this formula for national disunity continues to be felt most severely by the people of Alberta.

    Trillions of dollars in natural resource wealth and tens of thousands of Alberta jobs are on the line. Now Albertans have to deal with yet another energy policy “stake holder,” NATO.

    The stakes are enormous in navigating energy policy through the rocky perils of climate change/net zero zealotry as well as through the intricacies of federal-provincial relations.

    The greater the amplification of Ottawa’s huge bias towards eastern Canada at Alberta’s expense, the straighter becomes the line towards Alberta’s independence.

    Let’s be real: Warfare is not green friendly.

    The world’s armed forces are by far the most rapacious agents of massive environmental destruction. The ruthless business of warfare will never be rendered green. Nevertheless, the Vilnius Communique is full of woke hallucinations including the following:

    Provision 69. “Climate change is a defining challenge with a profound impact on Allied security facing present and future generations. It remains a threat multiplier. NATO is committed to becoming the leading international organization when it comes to understanding and adapting to the impact of climate change on security.”

    “We will continue to address the impact of climate change on defence and security, including through the development of innovative strategic analysis tools. We will integrate climate change considerations into all of NATO’s core tasks, adapt our infrastructure, military capabilities and technologies ensuring resilience to future operating environments.”“To contribute to the mitigation of climate change, we are committed to significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions by the NATO political and military structures and facilities.”

    “We will also contribute to combatting climate change by improving energy efficiency, transitioning to clean energy sources, and leveraging innovative next-generation clean technologies, while ensuring military effectiveness and a credible deterrence and defence posture.”

    “We will continue to strengthen our exchanges with partner countries, the scientific community, as well as other international and regional organizations that are active on climate change and security.”Woke invocations of political correctness were readily apparent in an early official statement from Montreal’s NATO Climate Change and Security Centre of Excellence.

    Its authors announce:

    “Canada and our international partners within and beyond the NATO Alliance recognize that climate change security impacts are experienced disproportionately by women and girls, indigenous peoples and poor, marginalized and vulnerable populations across the globe.”

    “Canada and partners are therefore working to ensure that diverse perspectives, needs, and knowledge will be heard and reflected in the CCASCOE’s work.” It is of course, bizarre. In any case however, Canada should withdraw from NATO. The organization currently runs counter to our basic national interests.

    What sense does it make for Canada to get more deeply involved in a war with Russia, our northern neighbour?

    The circumpolar border between Canada and Russia would be the obvious site of military confrontation if NATO continues to escalate what Russia considers its aggressions.

    Canada and Russia are both huge, sparsely-settled countries possessing vast and varied natural resources. We are both champions when it comes to hockey and getting through winter comfortably.

    NATO meanwhile, has long ago left behind its original priority of defending the North Atlantic Region. Canada should disengage from all the warmongering rhetoric of the Vilnius document.

    Canada Out of NATO or Alberta Out of Canada, say I!

    Trudeau, NATO and Climate Change, Another Boondoggle


    Here the Lancet tries to make it look like there are loads of heat deaths. Will these climatre hoaxers ever stop lying? … https://joannenova.com.au/2023/07/the-lancet-stretches-half-the-axis-and-then-heat-deaths-look-worse/.


    Why do the likes of AFKTT and Observer still have so much faith in our leaders? We have gone through all sorts of scams, from low fat food to Covid, yet they still believe that the government and the oligarchs are worried about the planet. These are the governments and oligarchs that are happy to make money off of massively polluting industries, poisoning the earth we live on. Yet, somehow, these people have our best interests at heart when they tell us we are going to have to sacrifice our lifestyles, give all our stuff to them and be penniless and in poverty …. in order to save the planet? It seems pretty clear to me, they pay for the media, the pay for the science, they pay to corrupt everything, we can see that, any sentient being can see that, yet some people still believe that they are doing this for the benefit of the planet? Can’t fix stupid.


    @ Red
    Here are the link that I found about the “Vilnius document”, and “NATO and Climate Change”
    Watch out!
    Trudeau will seize you bank accounts for opposing his will.

    NATO meanwhile, has long ago left behind its original priority of defending the North Atlantic Region. Canada should disengage from all the warmongering rhetoric of the Vilnius document.

    Trudeau proposes NEW/ADDITIONAL Objective for NATO.

    Montreal’s NATO Climate Change and Security Centre of Excellence.

    At the July 2023 NATO Summit in Vilnius, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Anita Anand and representatives from 11 other Sponsoring Nations signed the founding document of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Climate Change and Security Centre of Excellence. The Centre will open in Montréal later in 2023.

    Trudeau, NATO and Climate Change, Another Boondoggle

    Trudeau, NATO and Climate Change, Another Boondoggle
    By Prof. Anthony J. Hall
    Global Research, July 23, 2023
    Vilnius Summit Communiqué
    Issued by NATO Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Vilnius 11 July 2023
    11 Jul. 2023 -|Press Release (2023) 001Issued on 11 Jul. 2023|Last updated: 19 Jul. 2023 16:09

    Dr. D

    Mao in blackface. Classy.

    “Minister Summons Bank Bosses Over Nigel Farage Account Closure
    …the government will “take all action necessary” to protect customers from such practices…

    Hahahahaha! Sure you will.

    “Border Patrol Chief Relieved Of Command Same Day He Testified Before Congress

    I don’t know how they can make it any more obvious for you. Really struggling here. Yet denial reigns supreme.

    “Desperate SF Grocery Stores Turn to High Tech Upgrade to Combat Theft”

    This was The Plan. You have to have a crisis to install really large, and self-harming things. But like Covid, it doesn’t work so well when you have a control group of non-desperate, non-criminals being moral somewhere. Then you just say, “Why don’t we do that? That looks way nicer and cheaper.”

    And it is, which is why totalitarian systems – even smart and functional ones – always fail.

    “Finally. @SpeakerMcCarthy suggests impeachment inquiry of Biden in the offing.”

    There’s no “finally”. He’s talking about maybe talking about something. Republican specialty. ACTUALLY impeach and remove Garland, and list maybe 10,000 of his many, many more crimes, and then that’s not “finally” – that is Step One of 100,000 impeachments and removals that are required.

    I wonder why these master “Signalers” and occultists want to change Twitter’s Icon. From something that has meaning, to something abstract with no meaning.

    “Heat is the New Covid”

    Uhhhh… Except in the sense that heat is real and going inside will actually help?

    RFK: that is the correct way to express the need to investigate and follow up on such public evidence.

    Yesterday read that the Departments, FBI, DoJ, etc, are weaponized organs of the STATE. That’s not true, and I’m offended they would say so. They are weaponized instruments of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. You can be sure, regardless of what attack or defense was committed, it was never for Conservatives or against Progressives. Whatever advances the Democratic Party wants or needs, that is the action that is done without fail. So it’s not “The State”, the “State” would be both parties. It would be bureaucracy defending itself. They don’t do that. When Conservatives get into power anywhere, they can never use “The State” against their enemies, equally against the Democratic Party. The weaponized bureaus refuse, refer, leak, and arrest them for asking instead. It’s only one sided. So we are dangerously close to a one-party system, the entire weight of the uni-government is thrown into finalizing the One Party (Soviet) system. (Note this is against any enemy of the DNC, including the far-left and the “People’s Party”)

    RFK: “The Democratic Party has become…”

    It always was. It hasn’t changed. It was JFK and LBJ who started the war. FDR started the War. Wilson started the war. Truman started the war. The only war in 100 years not started by them was Iraq, and that was because the “NeoCons” are and have always been Trotskyist Leftists rebranded, thus coining the name. As they were pro-war, they are always the party against free speech and war protests. The party that removed MLK and Malcolm X FOR a speech about unity. They have always, always been the arm of the medical and pharmaceutical lobby. They have, as you can see in their cities, always been the party of poverty and racism, enhancing both wherever they go. And etc, I guess, I’ve said it before. What they are is the Party of Good Branding. Or put another way, the Party of Lies. Republicans will just tell you “We’re doing this. Suck it.” If you don’t like it, they freely discuss it and you can oppose it.

    I’d rather have an honest tyrant than a hidden traitor.

    “The effort Biden’s Justice Department puts into preventing the leader of its opposition from gaining another presidency has reached an insane level”

    The Party of arresting the opposition. Like Navalny and 100 others we natter on about worldwide. The Party of the One-Party system. That is, “The End of All Democracy.” Forever. You can vote your way out of Democracy, but you have to shoot your way into it.

    “why still make such a fuzz about them?” You mean like rubbing a balloon on them?

    “There is a theory that the U.S. is undergoing some form of sovietization with a similar accumulation of defects and inefficiencies as occurred in the U.S.S.R. before it fell apart.”

    Yeah, so weird! A “Theory” when they directly and publicly say so. That’s totally cray cray. “Closing the Collapse Gap with the Soviet Union” – Orlov. And the irony is, if we’d done that in 1996 when they fell (slashing the defense budget probably would have caused this), or in 2000, or in 2008 instead of a third attempt at World Domination (Hermitage/stealing Russia was #1, “Global War on Terror” was a projected world war of fascism killing millions was #2, setting up Ukraine to invade Russia was #3) we would be in a FAR BETTER POSITION. Why? If Russia fell and we fell in 1994, we’d be at very similar levels. But every year since then Russia has gotten more powerful, especially militarily, and we’ve been hollowed out. Now if we fall, Russia is approaching the strength of the former United States (pick an era) and we are so unable to function anywhere, on anything, we look like Romania (because of installed Socialism. No offense to Romania who’s probably richer and better off than we are).

    So we could have been friends, equals. Now thanks to the Irony of history, we’re the Soviet Union and helpless while Russia can and will extract us economically and militarily for 20 years. Nice going. That’s what Immorality gets you, dum-dum. Karma’s a b—h and she just ran over your dogma.

    “remember the first impeachment of Mr. Trump on the grounds of a phone call to freshly-minted President Z in Ukraine pertaining to some fishy matters around the Burisma”

    Nope. No one remembers. It’s not reported. It’s totally totally different and not related at all.

    “often even inferior to some of the Soviet-made weapons in terms of its tactical and technical characteristics.”

    He’s so polite. It’s pure s—t. It may be better – more accurate and further for instance – but that’s instantly overwhelmed by the need to re-line the barrels every 10 shots for instance. That makes it s—t in war. Useless. Almost worse than not having it at all.

    “the Russian Army goes on the offensive. [this] is in the end [of] their business.”

    Putin doesn’t lie or bluff. For one we suck so bad he doesn’t need to, but for two he’s building credibility. They have 900 tanks and 100,000 men waiting. If he chucks them in, nothing Ukraine has will stop them. The only reason they’re not moving is because he’s continuing the policy of carefully harboring men. It seems this will start soon, especially with the bombing of Moscow.

    “Counter-Revolution – ‘Do You Know What Time It Is?’ (Alastair Crooke)

    He’s not wrong, but I’ve never heard these words before, “What time it is”/”Counter-revolution”, they are not used in the United States and have to translate. Since we ARE the Revolution, how are Constitutionalists counter-revolutionaries? It should be better put.

    “Wounded mercenaries are the last to be evacuated, only after all Ukrainian servicemen are removed”

    Duh. Of course. They are White Supremacist Nazis. In the sense of Ukrainian superiority over all. (How this ever worked with German (Aryan) supremacy over all is a mystery. I guess they’re just immensely dumb.)

    “• Richard Nixon Predicted Ukraine Conflict In 1994 – WSJ (RT)”

    Sure, because it’s not a ‘prediction’, it’s The Plan. He met Brzezinski and all the NeoCons too – back when they were Democrats. They probably shook his hand and told them directly the CIA/USA was going to do this if they had to kick him out of office to accomplish it (oops, removed by CIA agent Mark Felt, with CIA helpers Woodward etc, who later helped the Bush war). You know, just like they removed JFK/RFK for opposing their war against Russia in Cuba.

    THEY WRITE THESE THINGS DOWN AND SIGN THEM, people. You don’t have to “predict” anything. Just have an 8th grade reading level.

    Moscow was targeting “the people and the foundations of our pan-European culture”

    You mean like taking over monasteries and kicking out everyone from an entire (Russian Orthodox) Church? That kind of “foundational” “Pan-European” cultural “tolerance” and “diversity”? The Church is just a building. Kicking out the people is much wider, broader, deeper, more serious attack. Let me repeat that: “The Church” is not and never has been a building. It’s a People and the People can meet in a tent.

    “The world economy is to be split between US/NATO/Five Eyes on the one hand, and the rest of the world – the Global Majority – on the other.”

    That is to say, just like us being the Soviet Union and Closing the Collapse Gap, we are now building the (economic) Iron Curtain. Just as the Soviets built it post war. (and it was economic in response to a Western/London economic attack on them)

    So look forward to no bread and one size of shoes. And it doesn’t have to end. It will end when they stop Socialism and allow competition, bankruptcy, and price discovery. That is to say: a meritocracy.

    “Justin Trudeau has been busy behind-the-scenes, to make Montreal NATO’s climate change headquarters.”

    They are creating the Iron Curtain and privation, desperate deadly shortages like North Korea. They should be so proud. But, that’s Socialism for you.

    “It will be financed with funds extracted in large measure from the much-maligned oil and gas industry of Alberta and Saskatchewan.”

    Sure, Socialism survives only as long as they can be a parasite on “capitalism” (such as there is any) and blow “other people’s money”, that is, Albertans who dare to “do work.” They know they’ve blown it, so rather than return to ‘capitalism” and creating more, they lock down and tell you hateful cockroaches and bigots like you don’t deserve shoes. I mean, isn’t dying to make room for others really more moral than living in prosperity? Get on that right away and StopHavingKids. If you do we’ll just murder them anyway.

    “NATO is committed to becoming the leading international organization [on] climate change”

    …By burning more oil every day than a dozen nations combined, like the Pentagon, the world’s #1 user of oil. That’s Green! “Behold! A Pale Horse!” and his name was “Death”. More deadly than his brothers “War” and “Famine”.

    “What sense does it make for Canada to get more deeply involved in a war with Russia, our northern neighbour?”

    Well Canada is Socialist, and they wouldn’t want Russia to liberate them from such poverty and tyranny.

    “Helping France down the path of mass surveillance: a historically strong and centralized state; a powerful law enforcement community; political discourse increasingly focused on law and order; and the terrorist attacks”

    This is why you MUST import 2 million desperate immigrants from war zones. Otherwise you don’t have enough of a mess to install this bulls—t no sane person will ever tolerate. “Gotta break some eggs”. …”Eggs” being human lives, including children. Gotta “break” ‘em.

    “if you oppose mass surveillance, you’re on the bad guys’ side,”

    This is because they refused the 10,000 soft, small choices – like reducing immigration numbers a little bit – for all the 30 years before now. After NOT allowing even DISCUSSION of obvious solutions, now “There Is No Alternative”, TINA, …exactly as always planned, written in documents for 40 years, and signed.

    That’s why it’s all an accident and a total surprise! That’s why you can’t say “I Told You So”, that’s mean!

    “Macron Says France Needs Return To Authority ‘At Every Level’ After Unrest (G.)

    Totally. …Under anybody but Macron.

    ““How much damage would it do to the cause if the audience finds out that one of the highest ranking scientists in the world disagrees with the mantra?”

    “The Science is Settled.” That’s why many top Nobel prizewinners say it’s all bulls—t and not settled at all.

    Malcolm Roberts, “I debate the Science”

    Well, there’s your problem. We are debating the science and they’re not. They’re debating religion.

    Just like that other science. As far as I can tell, every human on the planet could get a blood clot 6 minutes after injection and no one would suspect a thing and no scientist would notice or investigate it. I mean, that’s what ACTUALLY HAPPENED, right? And is happening 24/7 for 450 days in a row?

    Let’s just say my faith in humanity and human intelligence hasn’t improved.

    “Why do the likes of AFKTT and Observer still have so much faith in our leaders?”

    They’re both old. Now WHY that works I have no idea since they’ve seen 10x more lies and total reversals of Science, with death tolls rising to the hundred-millions if they watch long enough. (Vioxx, Zantac, glyphosate, statins) Yet people are incapable of thought and pin their reality to whatever they grew up with.

    Not an old person I meet that doesn’t say “My doctor f’d up all my prescriptions and nearly killed me, I was on 20 pills a day, but thankfully this OTHER doctor fixed it and I do whatever doctors say.” So let me get this straight: according to you ½ to 2/3rds of doctors are actively harmful and trying to kill you and THAT’S WHY you test them explicitly? A: Yes.

    Okay we’re done here. I have nothing to add. Every. Day. Not a day goes by someone doesn’t tell me this story.

    How about this? Typical American, that is to say a broke, stressed-out ex drug-user tries to get therapy and the Doc gives them mind-drugs that GETS THEM IN A T-BONE ACCIDENT. As they’re whacked out of their gourds, and easily discernible. Like they know and already called the doc for an adjustment. They also lose their jobs for doing it like a spaz. Nice! Just what I went to PSTD therapy for ASIDE from taking both the children because of it, and the guns while they live in a deadly neighborhood. Help! Helping SO MUCH!!! And when this happens, what’s the response, the consequence of the pajama-laptop class? Oops.

    Oops? Not like “I’m going to pay for your car and get your kids back”? No? A: No. Of COURSE not! Because I caused it! Cause and Effect have been suspended. Forever and ever. And you wonder why they have mental problems IN THE FIRST PLACE, living in a Mad World where nothing makes sense and nothing matters, no work they do is rewarded.

    Dr. D

    “I’d rather have an honest tyrant than a hidden traitor.”

    Actually Malcolm X said the same thing. And Fred Hampton. Their, the Black Community’s one true enemy is smooth talking White Liberals. And oddly, turned out to be right. So don’t believe an idiot like me, take every black leader who ever wrote instead.

    Dr. D

    * test

    Obviously *trust* doctors. IF ONLY they would *test them once in a while.


    aspnaz do you adhere to the belief that the natural selection process is Survival of the Fittest?

    all of the information gathered about the microbiome in recent years appears to contradict this view. Symbiotic cooperation within a network of micro organisms and flora is gaining recognition. Evidence within the fauna has all but destroyed Dawkins notion of The Selfish Gene. The Verse progressed for some period of time before our solar system came into being. All of this by taking the least, a hydrogen atom, and using fusion to synthesize complexity. The least is lifted up to become the most complex.

    and yet there are those who believe that the earth is and should be an English garden and that Survival of the Fittest and destruction of the biome are the proper path for humanity to take. Among this group are those who see preying on their least capable fellow as noble. This group is the greatest proselytizer of violence on our planet and offer material possesion as the holy grail.

    as you note, “Can’t fix stupid”


    I believe the Speaker of the House was wrong when he said President Nixon personally benefited from corruption.

    Dr. D

    From Observer: the Little Ice Age wasn’t related to CO2. Yes. That’s exactly our point. Temps go up and down all the time with no CO2 change. What like 40 times? Maunder, Wolf, etc? So if temps are going up, why on earth would you think it’s CO2?

    That’s like saying there have been 20 murders on the Orient Express and every time all 20 suspects were on it. But THIS time, we KNOW it’s Professor Plum. Why? ‘Cause he got da money and I wants da money! Duh. Take out Plum and we’ll all split da money between us. Climate “Scientists” being at the head of the line since if you propose any other research it won’t get funded and you’ll be back to the espresso machine – to say nothing of anti-CO2 research for which you can, and have, get drummed out of all Science altogether. As Scientists have no morals and are HAPPY, overjoyed, elated, to pile on any poor human that billionaires tell them to. They lick any orifice any billionaire ever offered them.

    All that pre-dates CO2 by decades. They did the same with every scientific discovery almost ever. Like Continental Drift, for example. Almost anything in Archaeology ever. They ruin the career of someone out of sheer hate and blind ignorance for the whole 50 years of someone’s career (e.g. Graham Hancock is this week’s model) only to go “Oops! Boy were we THEY dumb!” But who got the money and the textbooks? The ignorant, hateful, bad-faith, anti-scientific liars. Always. They have the safe careers, and the whole thing starts again.

    There are so many examples I’d almost be at a loss to find any event in Science that WASN’T an example. Covid and “I am the Science” Fauci’s murdering 500,000 gay guys with AZT being a very common example happening almost continually. Everywhere in medicine. Looks like Ozempic is the same. Like Covid, EVERYONE KNEW AZT didn’t work. The data was immediate and obvious as Remdesivir killing +50% of all patients. But there was money so they “Weren’t sure” for as long as it took to get the next grant.

    But with this going on, always, everywhere, for generations, CO2 is the ONE area where there’s no corruption or deceit. Honest!

    I mean, I don’t care for JB being Hostile (or AFKTT), and I appreciate your measured tone and addressing evidence, but you’ve got a tough row here. After we’ve covered this 20 times, including a lot of shouting and name calling, you still say “280ppm average” when the chart explicitly says CO2 was SIX TIMES that amount for a 100 million years and nothing happened. So please address it. CO2 didn’t cause the historical warming, nor the cooling, a total shutdown of fossil fuels had no effect on CO2 levels (today’s video) and CO2 is easily and happily 6x today’s level with an INCREASE in plant and animal abundance. So how does this work and how is it bad?

    …Have to go accomplish something today.

    Just Some Randomer

    “All that pre-dates CO2 by decades. They did the same with every scientific discovery almost ever. Like Continental Drift, for example. Almost anything in Archaeology ever. They ruin the career of someone out of sheer hate and blind ignorance for the whole 50 years of someone’s career (e.g. Graham Hancock is this week’s model) only to go “Oops! Boy were we THEY dumb!” But who got the money and the textbooks? The ignorant, hateful, bad-faith, anti-scientific liars. Always. They have the safe careers, and the whole thing starts again.”

    Which is why it is said that science progresses one death at a time. Once all of those responsible for ridiculing and blocking the challenge to the established ‘Truth’ have popped their clogs, a newer generation, not party to the previous resistance, can accept the ‘New Truth’ and man the barricades to defend it until they too shuffle off this mortal coil.


    Afewknowthetruth said:
    “I assume, according to your mendacious, twisted ‘logic’”

    Reality and basic grade school math is “mendacious” and “twisted” – keep in mind you were already outed with your full whacko genocidal critical theory for environmentalists manifesto.

    So when you call grade school math “mendacious, twisted” you are just outing yourself yet again. Imagine new ways of knowing, right? I forget who is that talking through you as a sockpuppet, Marcuse? Gramsci?

    Afewknowthetruth said:

    Jul. 23, 2023 422.44 ppm
    Jul. 23, 2022 418.43 ppm
    1 Year Change 4.01 ppm (0.96%)
    You will note that if you divide 4.01 (the latest reported increase) by 418.43 (last year’s figure) you get 0.96%

    You’re really trying to deconstruct MATH in front of everyone?

    You asked for it:

    To measure a change in something, you subtract the lower figure from the higher figure. Innumerate, lying, superstitious whackjob.

    422.44 ppm = 0.042244%
    418.43 ppm = 0.041843%

    0.042244% – 0.041843% = 0.000401%

    That’s four ten thousandths


    a percent change.

    (0.96% / 0.000401%) x 100 = 239,401% error in your “math”

    That you can be shown basic grade school math and then do sort of a weird, vague, chimplike pantomime OF math that isn’t math and have no shame is no longer amazing. You do it with confidence that someone reading will simply BELIEVE you anyway. A measurement of your unchanging contempt for ALL reading your words.

    Afewknowthetruth said:
    “You also demonstrate your inability to understand elementary mathematics.” You think posturing AS something is exactly the same as the actuality of it. You think pretending is arguing.

    You’ve shown your colors consistently for YEARS here. You have no shame, you experience zero embarrassment and repeat the same identical behaviors because you are a bad faith actor.

    Despite what Observer implies, you are definitely NOT just another human being here to have a discussion – and despite what Observer implies, you are not Mr Science, Just Concerned About The Environment

    Your Critical Theory Fake Environmentalism was already fully exposed months ago – you posted the manifesto YOURSELF. Your ideas about environment are based on garbage Marxist pipe dreams rather than any science.

    This is fully evidenced by you insisting that 0.000401% = 0.96% (far more inaccurate than the Marxist Orwellian 2+2=5, which is only 20% off reality while YOUR insistent lies are 239,401% off of reality)

    You spend paragraph after paragraph then being alarmist about this 0.0004% “increase” EVERYTHING you say after that is GARBAGE because it is all regarding your “increase” which is so small it hardly even exists.

    This is like if you point out some fundamental flaw of doctrine to a Christian and they begin a diarreah of the mouth “witnessing” a ton of garbage. You somehow think VOLUME of claims all DEPENDING ON on a garbage assertion will strengthen the garbage assertion by simply swamping all who disagree.

    You are NOT here to discuss in good faith. You are not here as just another concerned human being entering into a discussion between equals. You have displayed obvious MASSIVE CONTEMPT for everyone reading your words.

    You are not Mr Science, Just Concerned About The Environment. You are a bad faith actor, you lying, unscientific, religious nutjob

    I’m not insulting you, I’m DESCRIBING you.


    And the death vaxxed get angry when I call it The Clot Shot.
    Clot: a foolish or clumsy person.

    LeBron James’ 18-year-old son Bronny suffers cardiac arrest during USC workout


    TVASSF (indeed they are)


    I don’t care for JB being Hostile

    Dude has done the moral-intellectual equivalent of kicking you in the crotch and insulting your mother while longing for the obliteration of everything and anyone you ever valued CONTINUOUSLY for at least 3 years that I have observed.

    Having a Gollum-Wormtongue trying to shove poison down the throat of all who read their words and responding with tolerant low-testosterone prozac dazed mildness FOREVER is inappropriate behavior. WE should be ashamed of OUR behavior here.

    He is continuously preaching a whackjob gospel of the new upcoming bigger than ever genocide. Have SOME balls, people. People, PLEASE… Have SOME minimum actual faith in your own value, the value of your own fellow humans, some value in your values themselves. We would rather tolerate absolute poison day after day than admit there are bad people and good people. THEY may be incapable of shame but WE should be capable.

    D Benton Smith

    Extreme centralization of power and control is an extremely enticing strategic error because in the short term it yields overwhelmingly extreme power and control over any and every adversary (or victim) who does not have the same.

    It is a an extreme strategic error because it can only be maintained by means of continually increasing the “centrality” of the centralization and the FORCEFULNESS of the power. In other words, more and more forcefully lethal power, but held in fewer and fewer individual hands.

    The problem should be obvious to all but the power hungry. There are absolute limits on what any individual can do. There there are absolute limits on how much force can be CONTROLLED (an atomic bomb is a hell of a lot of force, but of less than no use if you cannot control it).

    Anyone who wants to be “all powerful” must accept the fact that to do that they must also be “all alone”, and that they have only a very very short time to accomplish their goal before the hierarchy they built to achieve personal hegemony turns inward and catastrophically destroys itself and the would-be-tyrant-de-jour along with it.

    Here is the slogan for empires: Live Fast, Die Young, and Make a Good Looking Ruin in the Dessert.

    What makes it a bad strategy therefore is that it is . . . by its very nature . . . both short lived and that their extreme centralized power is going to have an extremely short life span once they start down that particular road.

    The trick (also quite obvious) is the achievement of BALANCE between centralized and decentralized, as well as between obeisance and freedom.

    Humans do not seem to be very adept at that balancing act, hence the horrific swings of the great pendulum.




    I noticed a legacy media article yesterday about the “heat wave” in Phoenix. Yes, it is hot here. This heat is *normal.* The top temperature so far is only 119F. I’ve been here summers throughout the last 20 years when we got up past 123F. The heat is oppressive…but usual. The entire summer here is a “heat wave,” every year. I look forward to the brief, torrential rain from summer monsoon, as it will temporarily take the temperatures down into the 80s, even 70s sometimes.


    Hey, recycling to save the planet!


    Who knew what you could do with plastic straws if humanity put it’s collective genius to work!

    .308, hey, isn’t that the NATO=tard standard round?



    A day without a Burning Bradley© is a day without Sunshine!

    If it was full of Duh’merica Woketard Trans Snowflake Soldiers instead of Ukronazis, it still would have burned as bright.

    Empire of Lies meat roasts as well as any other.

    Bradley Deploys Smoke To Cover Evac – Is Still Hit With An FPV


    If you were curious to know what the experience of a Ukronazis vehicle looks like up close and personal as it’s hit with a Russian ATGM, look no further

    The Russian have busted a ‘cap’ on tens of thousands of Ukronazis vehicles thus far and damn near completely depleted NATO=tard stocks

    D Benton Smith


    Yeah, that’s the thing about human mortalities. They just ARE. They don’t go away. Each occurrence automatically invokes a question that simply WILL be answered. Someone was alive and now they are dead. What killed them?

    We all know the answer to that one.

    The next big question is also automatically invoked. It is automatically asked whenever the answer to the first question (of, “What killed them?”) comes back with the answer that it was a HOMICIDE that killed them. The automatic question when that happens is, “Who did it?”

    Does anyone around here think that the questioning is going to stop before it is truthfully answered?

    And when the questioning DOESN’T stop, then what?

    That’s the $64,000 question, isn’t it.

    D Benton Smith

    He who lives by the slur dies by the slur. Use with extreme caution and only when truly necessary to preserve someone or something that is worth the price.


    The guy has, with total contempt for you and everyone, been saying 2 + 2 = 5 to you for YEARS.

    Actually, like I said, 2 + 2 = 5 is only 20% wrong while he is lying to you at a 239,401% rate

    ( 239,401%/20%) x100 = AFKKT: 1,197,005% more grandiose, in-your-face lying illogic than Orwell’s worst nightmares.

    “You also demonstrate your inability to understand elementary mathematics.”

    …is what he says if someone literally DEMONSTRATES the arithmetic in front of him. This is not a discussion. Language is for communication. When you see someone solely using language as a weapon, you need to WAKE THE FUCK UP, man.

    Calling a spade a spade is not a slur. There is no dictum that we must agree we must make a “safe space” language-as-weapon. When something IS demonstrably, even quantifiably contemptible, words for that are slurs?



    For the most part NATO weapons have not been used in battle. On the occasions they have the designated enemy has had inferior weapons. I would have put China in this category when Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’ began.

    Weapons systems can be created, bought in large numbers, and never see action before they are replaced. Because of this there seemed no point in producing ammunition for an extended conflict so when munitions are required in large quantities there are no manufacturing facilities able to comply in a timely fashion. It will take years just to supply the small war in Ukraine.

    US weapons in particular are very complex which means they often require maintenance. Up to 30% could be out of action because of this. I think I read that an F35 will need maintenance after 10 hours flying. The West was amazed when Russia deployed fighters to Syria and they flew 24/7, just refueling, rearming and changing pilots.

    Russia has always been aware that it is ALWAYS a target so it needed weapons which will work AND will have enough ammunition for an extended conflict. A very different mindset from the West where weapons are more for posing.

    Another aspect of modern warfare is the David/Goliath thing where expensive equipment can be destroyed by cheap missiles and UAVs. A multibillion dollar aircraft carrier can be destroyed by a few million dollar missiles. Fighters and tanks can be destroyed by hand-held missiles.

    Finally, smaller countries have developed advanced, and possibly superior, weapons. Iran has developed missiles with pinpoint accuracy, Turkey’s Bayraktar UAVs have proved devastating in conflicts, Russia has had a stream of new advanced weapons tested in conflict, and China is modernising its weapons systems as quickly as possible.

    NATO has shiny weapons with minimal munitions – good for threats and posturing but not good enough for conflict.

    One final thought – if Russia attacked a NATO country, Poland say, would all the other NATO countries REALLY risk nuclear annihilation by joining in the conflict? It is a question which may need to be answered soon!


    On: Macron says France needs to return to Authority at every level. (top post.)


    Riots, “émeutes”, mainly young ppl destroying and looting, stealing, burning cars (a long-standing tradition in F, hundreds of cars are burnt up every year) maybe Black Block encouraged (1), as well as attacking the POLICE as best as they can, to no avail of course…

    Let’s describe the recent eruption of violent anger as opportunistic, not politically motivated in any way, it is just, f*** them, we deserve better, who gives a sh**, we can get something out of it.

    Suddenly, miraculously, the violence just … STOPS.

    Because of State Repression? I doubt that. (Reactions against might be stronger with more repression…> civil war..)

    Because the rioters just gave up after a burst of anger and then, nothing to be done, it is all over? – maybe, hmmm.

    One explanation, even been suggested on State supported BFM TV (see link, in F) is that drug dealers in the ‘suburbs’ put an end to the violence as continuing hooliganism ‘at home’ would impact their profits, control, the social organisation they have established.

    The implication is that the Central Gvmt. has lost control of some areas in France, and it is publically admitted.

    https://tinyurl.com/5dt698s8 BFM TV

    1. Whole other discussion.


    The Bizarro world of climate change


    CO2 is essential to life on Earth. Even the recent modest increases of CO2 has lead to a greening of the Earth so it is no surprise that the numbers of phytoplankton has been increasing.

    The article states ‘Phytoplankton, which forms the base of many ocean food chains, is crucial to the health of ocean ecosystems.’ They form the base of the foodchain which sustains almost all life in the ocean and are responsible for replenishing most of the oxygen in the atmosphere by absorbing CO2.

    It sounds like a good thing – the basic food supply is increasing, but :

    “These are not ultra, massive ecosystem-destroying changes, they may be subtle,” said Cael. “But this gives us an additional piece of evidence that human activity is likely affecting large parts of the global biosphere in a way that we haven’t been able to understand.”

    So the ‘scientists’ are saying it must be bad and somehow we are responsible!

    These people get paid!


    If we could get CO2 up to 600ppm (0.06%), we could greatly decrease the use of petrochemical fertilizers.

    People could, each on their own plot of land, garden with comparative ease.

    Not only could we decrease using petrochemical fertilizers and decrease THAT pollution, all the consequent pollution all the way back along the supply/production chain would ALSO decrease.

    AND we would stop eating 8,000 mile salads and all the consequent pollution related to THAT would decrease.

    Conversely, if we can get CO2 back down to 280ppm, then everyday common people will have a HELL of a time trying to tend their own garden. They could TRY to compensate by running their natural gas line out to a greenhouse, but if we ban water heaters, dryers, and stoves, we can take that option away from the working class.

    If we can just get CO2 back down to 280ppm, only our – well “our” – genetically modified seeds will grow in such rarified atmosphere. Access to CO2 for plant-growing will be centralized under our – “our” – control, and we will be able to create great scarcity, desperation, and therefore compliance in the everyday decent working class people everywhere.

    Let’s get that CO2 down stat, people

    D Benton Smith

    Ya know, based on what I’ve been reading on this forum, it looks to me like most of us here think that a majority (or at least a very very large minority) of the people of Earth are either inadequately aware of the actual situation and/or they are in for a very very rude awakening in the not too distant future.

    I dunno. Maybe I’m just “projecting”, but that is the way that it seems to me. It seems that MOST people think that MOST people need to wake the fuck up!

    That’s more than a little ironic. It’s an joke in itself.

    I think that most of them are right (and that’s pretty funny, too, with the joke being on me.)

    Here’s what I’m trying to edge up and say as inoffensively as possible.

    I think that most of us ARE in for a rude and paradigm shifting awakening. . . regardless of which paradigm one is currently signed up and on board with. It’s going to get shifted like you ain’t ever seen shifted before.

    Examined from my own perspective, my paradigm looks like this:

    I have concluded that the divine intelligence in charge of the universe speaks to us in parables, sometimes through written texts but more often through intangible modes of communication, because the incomprehensively intelligent intelligence at the source of everything truly DOES want individuals to think for ourselves and exercise free will. He wants the company of Free People, not robotic slaves. I’m pretty sure that this is the case because there is no other way that it could possibly be. If you think it through for a half century or so then you will arrive at the same conclusion.

    A parable is not a law. A thought is not a dictate. A moral value is not an externally enforceable command. It ultimately means to you and controls you only as YOU think that it does. The same goes for inspiration, an inner voice, or a choice between right and wrong. All cognitive realizations mean what YOU think they mean. You will experience, see, hear, and understand that “parable” in a form of actual realty at the level of awareness that you are presently capable of. To see more requires that you be aware of more.

    In other words, some people see only mud and ashes, while others see manifestations of God and Paradise. It truly is in many ways a matter of perspective, but it is most definitely ALSO a matter of how you came to have that perspective in the first place.

    I maintain that God communicates to absolutely everyone, all of the time, and even more so upon request, and delivers that communication in the form of both experience and “parables” with varying degrees of granular specifics that individuals are CAPABLE of perceiving and accepting (happily or not) in such a way that they really get it.

    The process of this ever-ready conversation is as straightforward as acknowledging who it is that you’re asking for help from, then asking for that help, and then paying attention.


    @Dr D re:

    “Why do the likes of AFKTT and Observer still have so much faith in our leaders?”

    They’re both old. Now WHY that works I have no idea since they’ve seen 10x more lies and total reversals of Science, with death tolls rising to the hundred-millions if they watch long enough. (Vioxx, Zantac, glyphosate, statins) Yet people are incapable of thought and pin their reality to whatever they grew up with.

    I just had a similar experience with a ‘you dumb f#(<‘!’ moment involved I guess. Mom is one of The Afflicted, and is not doing well. Mid 70s, and decline seems apparent month-to-month. She insists, purportedly for price reasons, to get her meds at Wal-Mart. There are 2 pharmacies within 500m of her house, Wal-Mart is ~8km, and into a ‘credit card riche’ neighborhood.

    Wal-Mart is disgusting. Wife and I will NOT go voluntarily. Won’t be an issue in future. On a recent trip to get her meds, it was after a short stay in hospital, beautiful, sunny June day, kind of day where energy seems boundless. As we walk to the garden center entrance, she’s slow with the walker but I can see utter joy beaming from her face. While inside, I’m developing a migraine and feeling empathy for the other lost souls. She’s still euphoric. Hmmm…

    She grew up first outside of Portland OR, not much there, then in Los Angeles CA, in a world where anything and everything was available in some variety of Very Large Store. Supermarkets, department stores, commercial districts. She saw the rise of the Mega Malls, and the predecessors of Target, White Front, Zody’s, and Gemco. It struck me that shopping, for her, was a happy mass happening that was always happening. It’s a ‘medium-strength’ socializing. You don’t have to commit to a conversation, you never have to be invited, and you can depend on almost everyone else there feeling the same about that.

    Same goes for her dependence, not just adherence, to Leader Figure and Media Channel. For her whole life, facts and figures were more-or-less reliably spewed daily from everywhere. And there were actual journalists waiting to bust the bad guys, sometimes.

    I’ll finish later…don’t wish to hog the column inches.


    @oroboros re: “Bradley Deploys Smoke To Cover Evac – Is Still Hit With An FPV”

    I once read of a backpacker’s bear encounter at Rae Lakes, a dumping ground for Yosemite’s problem bears. All campers in bed, food stored in steel bear boxes, everything copacetic. BANG…BANG… …BANG… Campers exit tents with lights aimed at the bear box. Bear is momentarily startled, then stands perfectly still. “You can’t see me, you can’t see me, you cant see me…”

    I can’t stand memes, but that one is alchemic gold!!!


    As poiinted out yesterday, I report the facts.

    jb-hb then attempts to disprove the facts by totally ignoring all the very inconvenient facts that actually relate to our current predicament, i,e the huge increase in atmospheric CO2 from 280ppm to 420 ppm, an increase of 50% in the blink of a geological eyelid, and goes on to expend a huge amount of time on mathematical tomfoolery that is utterly irrelevant.

    Today’s inconvenient facts that jb-hb wants to ignore because he hates scientific analysis and is only concerned promoting bullshit:

    Jul. 24, 2023 422.17 ppm
    Jul. 23, 2022 418.43 ppm
    1 Year Change 3.74 ppm (0.89%)


    We note that the difference is 3.74 ppm taken from one=day=different dates for cientific reasons (i.e. the reading for the day was unreliable).

    Nevertheless, no matter how shrilly jb-hb ‘screams’, the picture is absolutely clear: the photosynthesis currently taking place (in combination with slow geological raock formatio processes) is not sufficient to cope with the humungous quantity of CO2 emmitted into the atmosphere by industrial humans: currently of the order of 40 billion tonnes per annum.

    That 40 billion tonnes per annum of CO2 added to the biosphere is yet another inconvenient fat that jb-hb chooses to totally ignore in his idiotic narratives.

    Fact that jb-hb chooses to ignore that we can be absolutely certain about:

    1. Oceans will continue to absorb he greater portion of industrially generated CO2 and become even more acidic that they already are, further reducing the capacity of shellfish to construct shells. (not a word on that from jb-hb or aspnaz)

    2. Photosynthesis will lower the atmospheric CO2 by a small amount over coming months, and then reduce (as trees lose their leaves and temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere fall (not a word about that from jb-hb or aspnaz)

    3. The decline in atmospheric CO2 will reverse and start to climb again, reaching another record high somewhat higher than this year’s record high, of the order of 425 ppm, 145 ppm above the pre-industrial level. ( not a word about that from jb-hb or aspnaz)

    Presumably, what we will be subjected to will be a further series of idiotic attempts by jb-hb to disprove what is clearly happening (and has been happening for decades) with no accompanying data or analysis. And presumably, yet more silly insults from both jb-hb and aspnaz at the 14-year-old schoolboy level as the world overheats to an ever-greater extent due to the massive overload in the atmosphere of both CO2 and CH4.

    I guess all the forests of the world will have to burn to the ground and temperatures to regularly reach 45oC in numerous locations for people such as jb-hb and aspnaz to accept reality.


    Jul. 24, 2023 422.17 ppm
    Jul. 23, 2022 418.43 ppm
    1 Year Change 3.74 ppm (0.89%)

    Do you realize you have made the same KIND of argument, your numbers change EVERY TIME?

    before you said

    422.44 ppm = 0.042244%
    418.43 ppm = 0.041843%

    0.042244% – 0.041843% = 0.000401%

    You LIAR SUPERSTITOUS WACK JOB, 418.43 ppm is 0.041843%

    IF CO2 really went up 0.89% as you claim, that would be 0.931843% CO2 or up from 418.43 ppm CO2 to 9,318.43 ppm CO2.

    You are failing 3rd grade math, Afewknowthetruth. 3rd grade is around 7 years old.

    Again, you are saying we are on the brink of a runaway overheating feedback loop at 0.042244% CO2 without having explained how the planet had much more rapid increases of greenhouse gasses, much higher levels of CO2, and much higher temperatures for MILLIONS OF YEARS without going into a heat feedback loop and turning into Venus.

    You lying, unscientific, religious nutjob.


    So much clickbait today that I would love to comment on but won’t cos’ it aint worth my while.
    Love you guys! Nice that you are thinking of me 🙂

    I will comment on this from yesterday though:
    “We know that we cannot maintain our lifestyles if we get rid of our reliable sources of energy. We cannot maintain the current food systems or anything invented after the 1930s without that reliable source of both energy and petroleum product. So, you are asking us to reset our standard of living so that people cannot afford transport, cannot go on holiday etc etc …. and all because you are thinking “What if we are fucking up the planet”? Are you serious, that is enough for you to wind back civilisation? A what if?”

    This will happen anyway irrespective of what happens with the climate. It’s called Energy return on energy invested (EROEI) and it’s coming to an energy system near you whether you like it or not.
    All that inflation – EROEI
    Failing health and education systems – EROEI (Well I suppose the US hasn’t had this for a while so that’s just mismanagement).
    So our near future is not being able to afford transport, not being able to go on holiday struggling to afford food, struggling to ship things around the world that might be useful like fertilizer.
    Bet your bottom dollar we’ll ramp up coal use as it still has a decent EROEI, hydro is up there but restricted (cos’ you know geography, climate and water and stuff). With any luck we might build a few nuclear plants. That takes care of heavy industry and electricity – pity about other entitlements like cars and holidays though. Fingers crossed we can still keep agriculture chugging along though.

    By the way my final sentences were rhetorical, but I guess you know that. Just in case you didn’t guess that: We are f@#king up the planet (or at least the life support systems that matter).

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