Jul 042023

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Ukrainian Counteroffensive Running Out of Time – Russian Ex-General (Sp.)
Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Failing in All Directions – Shoigu (Sp.)
Russia Will Stop Ukraine Joining NATO One Way Or Another – Medvedev (RT)
Zelenskyy: Ukraine’s Membership In NATO Depends On Biden (Az.)
NATO Might Use ‘Nuclear Incident’ to Enter Ukrainian Conflict (Dergalin)
Ukraine Already Had Statehood Under USSR – Scholz (RT)
Erdogan Blames Failure Of Ukraine Peace Process On ‘War Lobby’ (RT)
Turkish Parliament Speaker: Sweden’s NATO Accession Bid A ‘Pipedream’ (TASS)
Head of US Space Command Comments on Russia, China Hypersonic Weapons (Sp.)
We Can’t Buy Chinese Arms – Ukrainian Defense Ministry (RT)
US Close to Providing Ukraine With Widely Banned Cluster Bombs (Antiwar)
NATO Admiral Tells Ukraine No Fighter Jets In Short Term (RT)
Why CIA and FBI Would Have Never Hired Joe Biden (Sp.)
Lies About Afghanistan. Lies About Iraq. And Lies About Ukraine. (Chris Hedges)
Biden’s 3am Moment in Ukraine (Scott Ritter)
Meta Set To Launch Twitter Rival On Thursday (Az.)


















Ukraine’s Only Option: All-In Offensive Before NATO Summit Next Week

Ukrainian Counteroffensive Running Out of Time – Russian Ex-General (Sp.)

Leonid Reshetnikov, a retired lieutenant general of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), told Sputnik that the second stage of Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the battlefield is expected by the time the Vilnius summit opens in just ten days. According to him, the Kiev regime needs results in order to get decisions in favor of further arms and financial support, and even NATO membership. “Faced with limited options, the Kiev regime has no other choice but to press on. This next phase involves a comprehensive review of tactics and strategy, coupled with the deployment of previously untapped reserves,” he said. According to Reshetnikov, reports indicate the possibility of introducing new elements, such as major provocations, similar to when Ukrainians blew up the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant.

“So far, that explosion hasn’t had the desired result. Perhaps something along those lines, including possibly related to the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant. They are building up tension in this regard. It is possible that it will be used for the offensive,” he stressed. This offensive is expected to be launched before the upcoming summit in Vilnius. The ongoing nationwide mobilization signals growing understanding that Kiev’s current forces may not be sufficient to achieve a breakthrough. “Such plans exist. But I repeat, their offensive is inevitable,” Reshetnikov noted. However, the primary objective for Ukraine remains to break through the Russian defense lines to reach the Sea of Azov and the border with Crimea, the expert noted.

“In the first stage, Ukrainian forces were unable to breach the initial line of Russian defenses. In response, the second stage is based on the hope that a protracted defense will exhaust the defenders psychologically and technologically,” he said. Reshetnikov likewise noted that the Ukrainian military is pursuing a strategy of sending inexperienced soldiers on frenzied attacks in a desperate bid to locate potential weak links in the Russian defense. m“However, the Russian defense lines have been fortified while, as far as we know, a significant part of the reserves have not been put in place. So the Ukrainian plans are very questionable,” he noted. The commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Valery Zaluzhny recently told Western media that it would be impossible to conduct an offensive without additional supplies of NATO ammunition and aircraft.

Reshetnikov believes that these statements serve a dual purpose: to garner increased Western support and to justify the lack of success so far. “Nevertheless, it is important to note that Western assistance, while valuable, cannot single-handedly alter the situation on the ground. Substantial and sustained assistance would be required to have a significant impact,” he said. In an attempt to explain Kiev’s shortcomings, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar has propagated the idea that Russian forces are conducting an offensive in four directions – Avdeyevka, Maryinka, Krasny Liman and Svatovo. However, Reshetnikov believes that this claim is purely a propaganda tactic to rationalize Ukrainian setbacks. “While Russian forces have adopted an active defense strategy that includes counterattacks and advances on enemy [Ukrainian] strongholds, these actions fall short of a full-fledged offensive. In the event of another failed counteroffensive, the Russian army may seize the opportunity to launch a counteroffensive of its own, taking advantage of a worn-out Ukrainian military,” he said.

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Shoigu is still in place.

Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Failing in All Directions – Shoigu (Sp.)

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday that the ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive has not reached its goals in any of the directions of the military campaign. “In general, the enemy did not achieve its goals in any of the directions. This testifies to the skill of our fighters and clearly inflated expectations from the vaunted Western weapons,” Shoigu told top military officials. He also announced that Russian forces managed to destroy some 920 armored vehicles, including 16 Leopard tanks, in Donbass and in Zaporozhye regions last month. At the same time, Shoigu accused Ukrainian forces of carrying out strikes against civilian targets to make up for Kiev’s inability to attain success on the battlefield.

“Kiev is trying to compensate for its inability to ensure success on the ground through terrorist attacks on civilian targets and thus achieve a propaganda effect,” the Russian defense minister said. Last month, Ukrainian forces finally launched the “counteroffensive” that Kiev had been announcing for months. Despite committing significant numbers of troops and military hardware to this undertaking, Kiev has so far failed to breach even the first line of Russian defenses despite sacrificing hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and losing a considerable number of tanks and armored vehicles supplied by NATO countries. Shoigu has also addressed the events that transpired in Russia on June 23-25 involving the forces of PMC Wagner. “I cannot but touch upon one more issue … We are talking about an attempt on June 23-25 to destabilize the situation in Russia. These plans failed primarily because the personnel of the armed forces showed loyalty to the oath and military duty,” he said.

On Friday, June 23, forces of the Wagner Group (PMC) seized the headquarters of Russia’s Southern Military District in the city of Rostov-on-Don following accusations leveled against the Russian Ministry of Defense of striking the group’s camps. Both the Russian military and the Federal Security Service denied the allegations. Later that day, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko revealed that he had spent the entire day negotiating with Yevgeny Prigozhin, as agreed upon with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As a result of the talks, the Wagner group leader accepted Lukashenko’s proposal to stop the movement of his troops in Russia and take measures to de-escalate the situation. Putin guaranteed that the Wagner group fighters would have the opportunity to sign contracts with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, return home, or move to Belarus.

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“The Kiev regime must be annihilated. Banned by law as a fascist entity in civilized Europe..”

Russia Will Stop Ukraine Joining NATO One Way Or Another – Medvedev (RT)

Russia demands that its security concerns regarding NATO are respected, but has neither the intention nor the capability to “contain” the US-led military bloc, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said. The official argued in a keynote article on Sunday against the notion that Russia miscalculated in its attempt to prevent NATO’s expansion into Ukraine, and caused Finland and Sweden to apply for membership. Both Nordic nations “were already in association with the alliance”, he noted. What Russia has always called for was “not to invite into NATO the former parts of our country. Especially those with which we have territorial disputes,” Medvedev wrote. He pledged that Russia will stop “the threat” of Ukraine joining the bloc “one way or another.” Since NATO members say that a nation cannot join while being engaged in an armed conflict, “the conflict [with Ukraine] will be permanent, because Russia’s existence is at stake,” he warned.

The article detailed Medvedev’s view of the hostilities in Ukraine in the context of a wider geopolitical confrontation. According to the Russian official, Western nations are clashing with the rest of the world in an attempt to preserve their hegemony. Medvedev, who currently serves as deputy head of the Russian Security Council, admitted to having a pessimistic view of where things are going. “One does not need to be a prophet to realize: this phase of confrontation will… last for decades,” he predicted. Medvedev believes that since Western nations have the goal of defeating a nuclear power, it could escalate into a civilization-ending outcome. “An apocalypse is not only possible, but quite probable,” he warned.

The only alternative is a painfully negotiated rearrangement of the global balance of power, under which Ukraine would not exist in its current form of an “anti-Russia,” he said. “The Kiev regime must be annihilated. Banned by law as a fascist entity in civilized Europe,” he declared. A rebalanced world order would require a new international treaty akin to the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 and likely an overhaul of the United Nations, Medvedev argued. The accords were a key element of the US-USSR detente, and outlined the signatories’ commitments to preserve peace, security and respect for human rights.

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“It’s so important to feel that you are really being around allies in the future..”

Zelenskyy: Ukraine’s Membership In NATO Depends On Biden (Az.)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on US President Joe Biden to invite Ukraine into NATO “now” – even if membership does not come until after the war, Report informs referring to CNN. Zelenskyy noted that Biden was “the decision maker” about whether Ukraine would be in NATO or not. “He supports our future in NATO,” but an invitation now would be a huge motivator for Ukrainian soldiers, Zelenskyy said in an exclusive interview with CNN.Ukraine’s aspiration to join is enshrined in its constitution and its relationship with NATO dates back to the early 1990s, according to the alliance. NATO is due to hold a summit in Lithuania on July 11 and 12 where leaders are expected to discuss Ukraine’s membership.

“Now,” Zelenskyy said in response to a question about why not wait for an invitation. “It’s very important.” “It’s so important to feel that you are really being around allies in the future,” he added. Zelenskyy added that he understood that Ukraine would “never be in NATO before war finishes.” NATO stipulates that the settlement of territorial disputes is “a factor in determining whether to invite a state to join the Alliance.”

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If somethig happens to Zaporozhye NPP, we know who did it.

NATO Might Use ‘Nuclear Incident’ to Enter Ukrainian Conflict (Dergalin)

The Kiev regime’s Western bosses may be looking to capitalize on the predicament at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in order to further their own goals in the Ukrainian conflict, said Renat Karchaa, advisor to the chief executive of Rosenergoatom, the Russian nuclear power station operations subsidiary. As Karchaa explained in an interview with a Russian media outlet, the much-hyped Ukrainian “counteroffensive” has already run out of steam and “Ukraine’s Western masters” now realize that Kiev cannot prevail on the battlefield even with all the military assistance provided by NATO.

And since the West has already raised the stakes to the point where Kiev’s defeat would mean its own defeat as well, “aggressive Western politicians” are now mulling drastic options, such as a black op at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant that would result in a “nuclear incident” and create a legal pretext for NATO to directly enter the Ukrainian conflict, he suggested. According to Karchaa, this is why the West has recently been fixed on portraying Russia as a country capable of perpetrating an act of nuclear terrorism, with the international community ready to single out “the guilty party before the event takes place.” He also spotlighted the stepped-up activity by the Kiev regime forces in the vicinity of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, claiming that the number of Ukrainian troops in the area has risen considerably over the past month.

Ever since the Zaporozhye nuclear station came under Russia’s jurisdiction last year, Ukrainian forces have repeatedly shelled the facility while simultaneously blaming these attacks on Russia itself. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for establishing a safety zone around the plant and condemned the shelling, though for some reason this organization has been reluctant to publicly identify the perpetrator of these attacks. The situation around the Zaporozhye station exacerbated following the terrorist attack carried out by the Kiev regime’s forces on the nearby Kakhovka Dam last month. The damage sustained by the dam resulted in a drastic decrease in water levels in the Kakhovka Reservoir, practically to the point of it drying up. In fact, the Zaporozhye facility obtained water for its coolant systems from that reservoir.

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Crimeans are predominantly Russian-speaking. Why try to rewrite history? It was the Vikings. No, the Romans…

Ukraine Already Had Statehood Under USSR – Scholz (RT)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said the Ukrainian state was already in existence while the country was still part of the Soviet Union. He also insisted that Crimea, which joined Russia after a referendum in 2014, has long been part of Ukraine. In an interview with Germany’s ARD TV channel on Sunday, the host read a question from a viewer to Scholz, asking “Who does Crimea belong to?” The German chancellor replied by saying: “Crimea has for a very, very long time belonged to Ukraine.” He added that “already in the days of the Soviet Union, Ukraine was an independent state with UN membership,” and said Russia left the USSR before Ukraine did. Following the end of World War II, the Ukrainian SSR along with the Belarusian SSR as part of the Soviet Union were among the founding members of the United Nations and a signatory of its charter back in 1945.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia de facto became the sole legal successor of the defunct country. As for Crimea, the predominantly Russian-speaking peninsula was handed over to the Ukrainian SSR by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev back in 1954. In 2014, however, a referendum was held in Crimea, where the vast majority of its residents voted in favor of rejoining Russia. The plebiscite, which has not been recognized by Ukraine, the US, the EU and most other countries, was preceded by a coup in Kiev. Many Crimeans had then begun to voice concerns that radical nationalists were attempting to forcibly impose the Ukrainian language and discriminate against local Russian speakers.

Scholz also commented on the ongoing military conflict between Ukraine and Russia during the interview. He said Germany would not provide Ukraine with long-range missiles for fear that Kiev could use them to strike targets on Russian soil, pointing to the fact that the Biden administration in the US has had similar reservations. Scholz hastened to add, however, that Germany is the “second-biggest supporter of Ukraine after the US,” pledging to keep backing Kiev for “as long as necessary.” The chancellor also reiterated that Ukraine would not be able to join NATO as long as it is locked in a military conflict with Russia. According to Scholz, officials in Kiev are also well aware of this prerequisite. At the same time, Germany, together with its partners, has been working on post-bellum security guarantees for Ukraine, Scholz said.

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They took his moment of relevance.

Erdogan Blames Failure Of Ukraine Peace Process On ‘War Lobby’ (RT)

Efforts to resolve the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev have been “obstructed and eroded by the war lobby,” Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed. The president made the remarks on Monday while speaking to reporters in Ankara following a cabinet meeting. “The diplomatic efforts, which were initiated with the Istanbul process and proceeded with captive exchanges, have unfortunately been obstructed and eroded by the war lobby,” Erdogan stated. The president claimed Türkiye itself had been targeted by said “war lobby,” without naming any precise culprits. If Türkiye’s peace efforts had succeeded early on in the conflict, most of the destruction could have been avoided, Erdogan explained.

Türkiye hosted peace talks between Moscow and Kiev shortly after hostilities broke out in February 2022. The negotiations culminated into a preliminary peace deal, which was initialed in Istanbul. However, Ukraine broke its promises after Moscow withdrew its forces from the immediate vicinity of Kiev, shortly after the deal was reached.Russian and Ukrainian representatives haven’t met at the negotiating table to discuss peace prospects since then. Moscow, however, maintains that it is ready to resolve the crisis through diplomatic efforts, while repeatedly blaming the collective West for pushing Kiev into a war “to the last Ukrainian.” The Ukrainian leadership, for its part, has explicitly prohibited itself from ever engaging in talks with Moscow while Russian President Vladimir Putin remains in power.

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Sweden, Ukraine, what’s the difference?

Turkish Parliament Speaker: Sweden’s NATO Accession Bid A ‘Pipedream’ (TASS)

Joining NATO is a pipedream for Stockholm, which has been reluctant to meet Ankara’s demands, Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Numan Kurtulmus said in an interview with the Milliyet newspaper, published on Monday. “There is a trilateral agreement [between Turkey, Sweden and Finland]. They will engage in provocative actions [even as they are] asking for us to approve their NATO membership [application]. Excuse me, but Turkey is a country that means what it says. Whatever it says and whatever it promises, it delivers; but, we would also like our opponents to stand by their word. Becoming a NATO member is a pipedream for Sweden, which has been failing to fulfill its promises,” Kurtulmus stressed.

He noted that “Turkey is facing strong pressure” over the NATO bid by Sweden, “which supports and harbors terrorist organizations.” “On the other hand, Turkey will not take a single step on the matter until its demands are met,” Kurtulmus added. On June 28, 2022, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, then-Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held talks ahead of the annual NATO summit in Madrid. The parties signed a memorandum enabling the accession of Stockholm and Helsinki to NATO. On March 31, 2023, the Turkish parliament passed a protocol approving Finland’s accession to NATO, after which the Nordic country formally joined the North Atlantic Alliance on April 4.

However, Turkish lawmakers refused to approve a similar protocol approving Sweden’s NATO membership, demanding that Stockholm implement all provisions of the Madrid memorandum related to fighting terrorism. Ankara has been strongly critical of Stockholm for allowing demonstrations by supporters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, an organization that is outlawed in Turkey, which have taken place in Sweden, as well as for incidents involving burning of the Quran.

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The US thinks hypersonics is a space program?!

Head of US Space Command Comments on Russia, China Hypersonic Weapons (Sp.)

Hypersonic weapons are advanced military technology that travel at extremely high speeds, reaching Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound) or more. Russia has deployed hypersonic missiles, including the Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched ballistic missile and the Zircon anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile. General James Dickinson, head of the US Space Command, addressed the issue of hypersonic weapons from Russia and China in an interview with British media. “Obviously, we have seen demonstrations of hypersonic weapons by other countries, particularly China and Russia. We continue to explore this area in how we can minimize this type of threat,” Dickinson said.

Dickinson reportedly said that the Pentagon remains confident in its capabilities amid concerns that the US is falling behind China in the space race. The head of Britain’s Space Command, Air Commodore Paul Godfrey, for his part, told the media outlet that China could begin mining the moon and asteroids in the next few decades. “China has published a ‘White paper’ looking at the major minerals on the moon. They’ve already sent samples from the moon back to Earth. They just want to go further in that direction. Mining asteroids will be a reality in our lifetime,” Godfrey said. He added that China and Russia are investing “billions” in space exploration and building space weapons.

China’s lunar probe program, named Chang’e after the heroine of ancient Chinese myths, consists of three stages: a flight around an artificial Earth satellite, a landing on the Moon, and a return from the Moon to Earth. The first lunar satellite, Chang’e-1, was launched in 2007 and was operating until 2009. The data it collected allowed Chinese scientists to create the first thermal map of the Moon. In 2019, China launched the next phase of its lunar program, the first-ever landing on the dark side of the Moon. The landing platform and Yutu-2 lunar rover have successfully operated in uncharted territory for several months, and continue to explore the Moon. Yutu-2 discovered two types of lunar mantle rocks on the Moon the existence of which scientists had doubted.

On 24 November 2020, China launched the Chang’e-5 re-entry vehicle; on 1 December, it landed in a designated area on the visible side of the Moon; over the next two days, a drilling device and a manipulator with a bucket attached to the lander collected lunar soil, which was placed in a special compartment for take-off. The whole mission lasted 23 days. The Chang’e 5 spacecraft delivered 1,731 grams of lunar samples back to Earth. It was the first lunar soil probe in 44 years. China was the third country to carry out such a mission, after the United States and the Soviet Union.

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Buy? With whose money?

NOTE: “..the ‘axis of evil’ – Russia, Iran and other similar nations. ”

We Can’t Buy Chinese Arms – Ukrainian Defense Ministry (RT)

Kiev does not buy Chinese weapons to avoid irritating the US, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Vitaly Deinega has claimed. The official made the comments while discussing the importance of drones in modern warfare. “As far as it was explained to me… we cannot buy anything Chinese so as not to hurt our relationship with the US,” Deinega told Ukrainian news outlet Leviy Bereg on Monday. The official was discussing the use of Chinese-made DJI Mavic quadcopters by Ukrainian troops. Kiev’s forces have the aircraft “in large quantities” but rely on purchases by volunteers for supplies, because “there is the position that the Defense Ministry cannot procure them,” Deinega explained.

He admitted that Russia currently has a drone advantage against Ukraine, but claimed that the situation would eventually change. “Every day we’ll get some new kind of drones. Let’s see what we’ve acquired in the year and a half of the war: naval drones, ground drones,” Deinega stated. He insisted that drones will be a key factor in future combat and that Ukraine will serve as a source of innovation for the West. “[In future] we and the Russians will have the same difference that we have in military vehicles” Deinega said, suggesting that the Western hardware provided to Kiev was superior to what Moscow has at its disposal. “Western drones will be more expensive than the drones of the ‘axis of evil’ – Russia, Iran and other similar nations.

They will be more expensive, more technologically advanced and precise,” Deinega said. Reports have claimed that the fear of reprisals from Washington prompted the government of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to torpedo the sale of manufacturing giant Motor Sich to Chinese investors. The Soviet-era military helicopter engine maker had been slated for a sale to foreign buyers for years, although the Ukrainian security services opposed the move. Kiev sanctioned Motor Sich’s potential Chinese buyers in January 2021, blocking the transfer of assets and the possibility of managerial control. It nationalized the company one year later, while long-time Motor Sich chief Vyacheslav Boguslaev was arrested for alleged dealings with Russia last October.

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They simply have tons of the stuff lying around that they are not allowed to use.

US Close to Providing Ukraine With Widely Banned Cluster Bombs (Antiwar)

The US is moving closer to sending widely-banned cluster bombs to Ukraine as the Biden administration is pushing Congress to put aside concerns about the harm the munitions cause to civilians, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The report said senior Biden administration officials have recently contacted Congress to make the case that cluster munitions are needed on the battlefield in Ukraine. Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer contacted members of Congress to gauge how they felt about sending the bombs. US officials told the Post that the White House was previously opposed to sending cluster bombs to Ukraine but is now reviewing the position.

The State Department was also opposed to the idea, but Secretary of State Antony Blinken has withdrawn his objection. Last week, a Pentagon official told Congress that Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM), a cluster munition with several variants, including a 155mm artillery round, would be useful for Ukraine on the battlefield. “Our military analysts have confirmed that DPICMs would be useful, especially against dug-in Russian positions on the battlefield,” Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, told the House Armed Services Committee.

Cluster bombs scatter small submunitions over large areas, making them especially hazardous to civilians who can find them years after they were dropped. Cluster munitions and other unexploded American bombs have killed and maimed civilians in Vietnam and Laos for decades after the Vietnam War. Because of their indiscriminate nature, cluster munitions have been banned by more than 100 nations. The US, Ukraine, and Russia are not parties to the treaty, known as the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Both sides in the current conflict in Ukraine have reportedly used cluster bombs, and Kyiv was using them against populated areas of Donestk in the Donbas war going back to 2014.

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“..the country has “an advantage” over Moscow thanks to its Western weapons and training..”

NATO Admiral Tells Ukraine No Fighter Jets In Short Term (RT)

Ukraine will not receive Western fighter jets for its current counter-offensive and will have to make do without them, the chairman of NATO’s military committee said, citing the lengthy training required for pilots and problems with logistics. Speaking to Britain’s LBC radio station for an interview on Monday, Admiral Rob Bauer, who heads the military committee as NATO’s most senior military official, said that discussion about fighter jets for Kiev must wait until after its ongoing offensive operation. “The discussion on the fighters is an important one, but it will not be solved in the short term for this counter-offensive,” he said. “Training those pilots, training the technicians, making sure there is a logistic organization that can actually sustain these aircraft will not be available before this counter-offensive.”

Though Bauer claimed Ukraine was in “an existential fight,” he went on to argue that the country has “an advantage” over Moscow thanks to its Western weapons and training. Still, he insisted Kiev’s supporters “shouldn’t mix” discussion about the counter-offensive and Ukraine’s requests for fighter jets, suggesting such transfers are simply not possible at the moment. While Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has repeatedly urged Western powers to hand over their war planes, only a small number of sponsors have agreed to do so, with Poland and Slovakia authorizing transfers of Soviet-era MiG fighters.

To date, Washington has denied demands for F-16s, citing availability issues as well as fears the weapons could escalate direct hostilities with Russia. However, US officials have backtracked after refusing to supply other weapons, including the Patriot missile defense system and the M1 Abrams main battle tank, and the Pentagon has already started training Ukrainian pilots on American planes. Germany and the UK have also rejected calls for fighter jets, though Britain has authorized the transfer of Storm Shadow missiles to Kiev, the longest-range munitions provided to Ukraine so far. London has also stated it is willing to partner with a “coalition” of states to supply fighter jets, though Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said the project is “not a straightforward thing,” pointing to training and logistics hurdles.

Ukraine launched its counter-offensive in early June, but the bulk of its attacks have been repelled with significant losses, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. President Zelensky has acknowledged the operations are moving “slower than desired” due to “tough resistance” from Russian forces, but military officials have maintained that large numbers of reserve troops have yet to be deployed. Late last month, senior Zelensky aide Mikhail Podoliak accused Ukraine’s Western patrons of being too slow with their weapons deliveries, claiming that had allowed Moscow to set up formidable defenses.

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Cause he’s a crook.

Why CIA and FBI Would Have Never Hired Joe Biden (Sp.)

If Joe Biden weren’t the US president he would have been unable to get a security clearance given the scale of scandals and ethical conflicts haunting his family, according to Just the News, an independent media outlet founded by award-winning investigative journalist John Solomon. The media outlet cited former CIA analyst and National Security Council chief of staff Fred Fleitz and retired FBI Assistant Director for Intelligence Kevin Brock, who said that neither of the federal agencies would have hired Joe “because there would be the concern that he might be compromised.” “Anyone who wants to become an FBI agent has to pass a polygraph specifically designed to determine if the applicant has any compromising entanglements with a hostile foreign power,” Brock told the media outlet. “If Joe applied and said he had none, the machine might not recover. The closest he’d come to being an agent are those aviator sunglasses.”

Over the past several months, Republican lawmakers have been focusing on Biden’s alleged wrongdoing, including uncorroborated bribery accusations, mishandling of classified memos, alleged involvement in his son’s money-peddling schemes, as well as making a false claim together with his 2020 campaign of his son’s laptop being “Russian disinformation” to sway an election. “There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what he’s accusing me of is a Russian plant,” Biden said during his second and final 2020 presidential debate with Donald Trump. “Five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except his good friend Rudy Giuliani.” However, in April, former Deputy Director of the CIA Mike Morell told US lawmakers it was Biden’s campaign operative Antony Blinken who asked that the infamous “laptop from hell” be smeared.

The laptop was later proven to be real. US conservatives lament the fact that regardless of the aforementioned accusations and emerging damning evidence, Joe Biden not only managed to win the 2020 presidential elections, but is now seeking re-election together with Vice President Kamala Harris, both being backed by the US Democratic Party. In addition, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) appears to shield the Biden family, according to IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley. Shapley claimed that US Attorney David Weiss, who was assigned to carry out an investigation into Joe Biden’s son Hunter, said that he had been told by the DoJ that he could not bring charges against Hunter in California and Washington DC. An anonymous source quoted by the New York Times confirmed Shapley’s claim. Previously, Attorney General Merrick Garland insisted that Weiss had full authority to conduct the probe thus justified his decision not to appoint a special counsel in Hunter’s case.

In a Friday letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, Weiss wrote that he had “ultimate authority” over the DoJ’s Hunter Biden investigation and was in charge of “deciding where, when, and whether to file charges” against the first son. However, author and investigative journalist Miranda Devine has drawn attention to the fact that Weiss acknowledged in his letter that his “charging authority is geographically limited to my home district,” and that, if he needs to charge in another district, he has to ask the respective US attorney if the latter wants to partner on the case. She recalled that Shapley specifically noted that US Attorney Matthew Graves in Washington, DC, declined to cooperate with Weiss and bring charges against Hunter for the 2014 and 2015 tax years. Likewise, US Attorney Martin Estrada in California declined to partner on Hunter’s case concerning his alleged tax crimes for the 2016–2019 years. “None of those charges ever were laid,” Devine wrote in her recent op-ed, suggesting that this fact indirectly shows that in reality Weiss did not have “full” authority over Hunter Biden’s case, contrary to AG Garland’s assertions.

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“First, equipping our friends on the front lines to defend themselves is a far cheaper way — in both dollars and American lives — to degrade Russia’s ability to threaten the United States..”

Lies About Afghanistan. Lies About Iraq. And Lies About Ukraine. (Chris Hedges)

The playbook the pimps of war use to lure us into one military fiasco after another, including Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and now Ukraine, does not change. Freedom and democracy are threatened. Evil must be vanquished. Human rights must be protected. The fate of Europe and NATO, along with a “rules based international order” is at stake. Victory is assured. The results are also the same. The justifications and narratives are exposed as lies. The cheery prognosis is false. Those on whose behalf we are supposedly fighting are as venal as those we are fighting against. The Russian invasion of Ukraine was a war crime, although one that was provoked by NATO expansion and by the United States backing of the 2014 “Maidan” coup which ousted the democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Yanukovych wanted economic integration with the European Union, but not at the expense of economic and political ties with Russia. The war will only be solved through negotiations that allow ethnic Russians in Ukraine to have autonomy and Moscow’s protection, as well as Ukrainian neutrality, which means the country cannot join NATO. The longer these negotiations are delayed the more Ukrainians will suffer and die. Their cities and infrastructure will continue to be pounded into rubble. But this proxy war in Ukraine is designed to serve U.S. interests. It enriches the weapons manufacturers, weakens the Russian military and isolates Russia from Europe. What happens to Ukraine is irrelevant.

“First, equipping our friends on the front lines to defend themselves is a far cheaper way — in both dollars and American lives — to degrade Russia’s ability to threaten the United States,” admitted Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. “Second, Ukraine’s effective defense of its territory is teaching us lessons about how to improve the defenses of partners who are threatened by China. It is no surprise that senior officials from Taiwan are so supportive of efforts to help Ukraine defeat Russia. Third, most of the money that’s been appropriated for Ukraine security assistance doesn’t actually go to Ukraine. It gets invested in American defense manufacturing. It funds new weapons and munitions for the U.S. armed forces to replace the older material we have provided to Ukraine. Let me be clear: this assistance means more jobs for American workers and newer weapons for American servicemembers.”

Once the truth about these endless wars seeps into public consciousness, the media, which slavishly promotes these conflicts, drastically reduces coverage. The military debacles, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, continue largely out of view. By the time the U.S. concedes defeat, most barely remember that these wars are being fought. The pimps of war who orchestrate these military fiascos migrate from administration to administration. Between posts they are ensconced in think tanks — Project for the New American Century, American Enterprise Institute, Foreign Policy Initiative, Institute for the Study of War, The Atlantic Council and The Brookings Institution — funded by corporations and the war industry. Once the Ukraine war comes to its inevitable conclusion, these Dr. Strangeloves will seek to ignite a war with China. The U.S. Navy and military are already menacing and encircling China. God help us if we don’t stop them.

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Trump called at least twice with intel that saved many Russian lives.

Biden’s 3am Moment in Ukraine (Scott Ritter)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the press a day after the Prigozhin mutiny: “We always prepare for every contingency in terms of what happens in Russia. It’s an internal matter for the Russians to figure out. Of course, when we’re dealing with a major power, and especially a major power that has nuclear weapons, that’s something that’s of concern, something we’re very focused on. We haven’t seen any change in Russia’s nuclear posture. There hasn’t been any change in ours, but it’s something we’re going to watch very, very carefully.” Biden, a day after Blinken spoke, gave his own public statement, declaring that he had been in constant contact with U.S. allies to coordinate their response regarding the Prigozhin insurrection. Biden’s priority, it seemed, was to make sure no one pointed any fingers at the U.S.

“{W]e had to make sure we gave Putin no excuse,” Biden said, “to blame this on the West, to blame this on NATO. We made clear that we were not involved, that we had nothing to do with it. This was part of a struggle within the Russian system.” The man Biden tapped to send the signal to Russia and its leader was C.I.A. Director William Burns, who called Sergei Naryshkin, the director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, to make clear that the U.S. was not involved in the Prigozhin affair. But Burns’ claims ring false. The U.S. intelligence community, by its own admission, had extremely detailed intelligence about what Prigozhin planned to do, including the scope and scale of the involvement of the Wagner mercenaries he commanded, where they intended to go, what they intended to do, and when they intended to do it.

The U.S. intelligence community expected the results of this action to be “bloody.” According to Blinken, the U.S. was concerned about Russia’s nuclear weapons. And apparently there was a Russian nuclear weapons storage facility in the line of march of the Wagner fighters heading to Moscow. Moreover, the Russians had to be wondering why Burns was informing them of this after the fact. In 2017 and 2019, Trump had U.S. intelligence pass on to Russia information about possible terrorist attacks, which ended up saving scores, if not hundreds, of Russian lives. In June of 2023, Biden had intelligence about a pending violent insurrection which could have put Russia’s nuclear weapons, and the world, at risk. Biden opted not to share this information with Russia.

America’s silence speaks volumes. As Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian President who currently serves as the deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia (Putin is chairman) noted, “The development of events shows that the actions of those who organized the military rebellion [of Prigozhin and Wagner] fully fit into the scheme of a staged coup d’état. The world will be brought to the brink of destruction, if the nuclear weapons are in the hands of bandits, the crisis will not be limited to one country.” In June, Biden was confronted with the ultimate “3 am phone call” moment. He could have made a phone call which could have helped reduce the threat of a nuclear crisis or worse, a nuclear war. He didn’t make the call.

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Data scraping Zuck style.

Meta Set To Launch Twitter Rival On Thursday (Az.)

Facebook owner Meta is launching its new app to rival Twitter and says it will go live on Thursday, Report informs, citing Yahoo. Screengrabs show a dashboard that looks similar to Twitter. Meta describes Threads as a “text-based conversation app”. The move is the latest in a rivalry between Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter owner Elon Musk. It appears from Meta’s Threads app that it will be a free service – and there will be no restrictions on how many posts a user can see. “Threads is where communities come together to discuss everything from the topics you care about today to what’ll be trending tomorrow,” the description on the App Store says.

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    Giovanni Strazza The Veiled Virgin, Carrera marble 1850s   • Ukrainian Counteroffensive Running Out of Time – Russian Ex-General (Sp.) • Ukraine’
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle July 4 2023]

    V. Arnold

    Giovanni Strazza The Veiled Virgin, Carrera marble 1850s

    That marble bust (The Veiled Virgin) is truly beautiful; and beyond language to describe IMHO…
    One of the wonders of human expression….



    Just Some Randomer


    According to yr.no (the most accurate weather forecaster I have found) the weather in Enerhodar will be a balmy 30-ish centigrade with sunshine and light clouds today and tomorrow. Bit of rain forecast at the weekend, but no thunderstorms. Not sure why a thunderstorm would affect a bombing of the NPP in any case. Western missiles can’t handle wet weather?

    Just Some Randomer

    Also – 96 hours ‘If the Russians are slow to respond’? Like, they’ll book a meeting room in the Kremlin to enjoy some tasty doughnuts and contemplate what to do next? The Russian nukes, would with absolute certainty, be in the air by the time the NPP went bang.


    Wtf 😳

    “A special radiological control aircraft arrived in Europe.

    The US Air Force WC-135R Constant Phoenix has been deployed to Chania Air Base in Crete. From the same base, RQ-4B Global Hawk reconnaissance UAVs and RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft take off to the Black Sea region… The WC-135 Constant Phoenix is ​​a radiological monitoring aircraft based on the C-135 Stratolifter, whose main missions are to monitor nuclear tests, track nuclear weapons and collect air samples for the presence of radioactive substances.”

    Prof. Chris Busby

    Just Some Randomer

    @Dimitri – If the false flag is going ahead, it has to be done quickly, IMHO, while there is still enough of the UKR army extant to allow NATO to claim that the Russians did it because they were about to be overrun by UKR forces and lose control of the NPP.

    In a month or so more, that story won’t fly at all as there’ll be no Ukrainian forces left.


    … the “ War of the Worlds “ broadcast came to mind.

    but that could be my mind in denial.


    I thought the Russian were Grand Masters at chess. Well in chess the player taking the initiative wins, while the one reacting loses. I guess Putin is a checkers kind of guy.

    Or we could try a boxing analogy. Pretend he’s a great defensive counter puncher, like Jimmy Young. And the Wagner “coup” was the Putin rope-a-dope.

    Either way, I’m sure the Russians are not naive enough to think that France burning will bring about regime change. They have to know how useless western citizens are. Macron likely won’t even fall. Even if he does, he’ll simply be replaced by another WEF stooge.

    The only way the Russians begin to solve their Ukrainian problem is when they take over the whole country. As for the NATO problem, is waiting for the West to do something so horrendous war is inevitable really a wise strategy?

    The Russians know there can be no peace with the West until the current political class is replaced. How does that happen? The only possibility I see is an economic collapse in the West which will be blamed on the billionaires/ corporations/bankers/politicians. Which is why they want war with Russia so they can begin the collapse and blame Putin for it.

    Thus we proceed on the time schedule of the West…unless the Russians finally take the initiative.

    Pretty scary future for us all. No not the nuclear weapon threat. What’s far more likely is a US bioweapon attack, with the potential to kill millions of Russians(plus plausible deniability). I imagine when the shooting does start – next year according to Martin Armstrong – the first thing American Intelligence will warn us is that the Russians have a bioweapon but we have a vaccine to counter it. Every western citizen will be vaccinated with it or else!

    Sorry for the ramble. Nazis have run the West for too long. I can’t imagine the future gets brighter every day they remain in power.

    Dr. D

    Well, one thing’s for sure. We’re going to invent great new technologies for cleaning up mines.

    “Louisiana Gov. Vetoes Bill Meant To Shield Children From Transgender Procedures

    Not to jump in, but it may be illegal. This is a medical procedure and legislature is creating laws about medicine. Be careful.

    Same with free speech in France. Macron blames social media and orders them to censor everyone, however, it’s already illegal to call for or plan violent crimes. …The problem being no one believes either in good faith. Nor should they. But you see how you become the monster you fight.

    “Michigan Hate Speech Bill Would Make Using Wrong Pronouns A Felony With $10K Fine, Prison Time

    For example: this law defines a crime by how the victim FEEELS about it. So anyone can more or less just decide you committed a crime, without your slightest intent or awareness. We then enforce selectively, which is written in, as it’s a religious purity test. Therefore, the establishment of a State Religion.

    That French Horn player has a wedding ring. Can you imagine being married to someone of that intelligence + moral fortitude? The kids will be so proud.

    “Ukraine is going to lose catastrophically, It’s going to be a complete collapse.”

    Great! When? You’re all already a year overdue. When timing is that bad, it’s as good as a miss. As the Russians feel: every day they refuse to just END the war, more Slavs meet the Biden Genocide.

    I am torn on that, as I believe if Russia mobilized, NATO would draft all Europe and kill them in the trenches instead. As they are soft, complaint toddlers, there would not be adequate resistance before millions are killed. Davos, and the Death Cult, win. Russia is saving your life. Again. 3rd Fatima. God alone can save you, but you hate and rejected him.

    “Faced with limited options, the Kiev regime has no other choice but to press on.”

    They have lots of choices besides public suicide. Not participating in a Slavic genocide is one of them.

    Western assistance, while valuable, cannot single-handedly alter the situation on the ground. Substantial and sustained assistance would be required to have a significant impact,”

    They keep dancing around the issue of: No Men. As humans are hateful, evil vermin, it’s no surprise they devalue humans so extensively, however, it will cause their certain loss.

    “inflated expectations from the vaunted Western weapons,” Shoigu”

    I wonder what word he used in Russian. In English “vaunted” now always used with ironic intent. In military review yesterday, Ukraine was able to blow up 1-2 Russian tanks and scatter the men though. Good on ‘em I guess. Russia now notes 20,000 losses in the counteroffensive, which given 2 weeks at 1,000 Ukr a day, is about right. It adds up. They gained 10sqkm?

    It’s all keeping our eyes off other important events: for example, the far more vital campaign of expelling the US$ and joining BRICS.

    “Crimeans are predominantly Russian-speaking. Why try to rewrite history?”

    Because if they told the truth, you’d join the other side and be against them. The only way to get you all to kill yourselves is to tell you lies. It’s going quite well.

    “Kiev’s supporters “shouldn’t mix” discussion about the counter-offensive and Ukraine’s requests for fighter jets,”

    His argument is relevant, however, outflanked by how there is no way in modern warfare to advance without any air support. Therefore the jet issue is direct and ONLY issue relevant here. They should go on strike immediately. The only possible reason is that they want Ukraine to lose. Okay, agreed. What happens then? They have a plan after softening up with a Slavic genocide, to march France in there? In the winter, no doubt.

    “compromising entanglements with a hostile foreign power,” Brock told the media outlet. “If Joe applied and said he had none, the machine might not recover.”

    As Kunstler says, all his liberal friends don’t know, don’t care, and approve wholeheartedly. Orange Man. Orange Man Bad. Orange Man Orange Man Orange Man Orange Man. It’s not Russia when Hunter does it, takes $1M directly from Moscow. They’ll burn the country down if you disagree with them, hating America and intending to burn it all down anyway. This just gets them off their phones to go do it. With enthusiastic support of the police.

    “Freedom and democracy are threatened.” Which is why we must have an illegal coup and violently topple a legitimately elected government. Again. Of a one-party state where the media is jailed on sight. That’s Democracy!

    Can you imagine the European Union without Ukraine, Moldova, the Eastern Balkans? And this part of Europe under the influence of Russia”

    Yes. I can. We had that for 70 years. Or 200, take your pick. And China? China is planning on occupying Poland now?

    Nevermind, we already know these people are all violently anti-Reason. Paying $6B for a violent coup where we immediately outlaw peace, elections, and hand the country to private corporations is “democracy”. We have to fight a war so we don’t have to fight the war. (Literally, this week). We are doing it to steal the resources so Russia can’t have them.(again literally this week, on CNN from a U.S. soldier volunteering there). How did OUR oil get under THEIR snow? Freedom means being kidnapped in the streets and conscripted to the front lines, dead in 30 minutes. Saving Ukraine means killing 400,000 people and half the population of 25 million leaving forever.

    In #AntiLogos Land. In the world of #Opposites, rebellion to reason, logic, order, truth, that these guys occupy. And apparently most of the West as well.

    I guess everybody likes it, so there we are. They would rather die than return to God, and that is their free choice.


    Well, happy 4th of July to you, too, Raúl!
    I imagine the rest of the world is less than uncaring about the 4th. I might even imagine they are a tad disgusted with the “holi”day that gave birth to the biggest criminal enterprise in history.


    • Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Failing in All Directions – Shoigu (Sp.)

    Despite committing significant numbers of troops and military hardware to this undertaking, Kiev has so far failed to breach, (KILL, DESTROY, WIN), even the first line of Russian defenses despite sacrificing hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and losing a considerable number of tanks and armored vehicles supplied by NATO countries. ( degrade Russia’s ability)
    • Lies About Afghanistan. Lies About Iraq. And Lies About Ukraine. (Chris Hedges)

    Chris Hedges: They Lied About Afghanistan. They Lied About Iraq. And They Are Lying About Ukraine.

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine was a war crime, although one that was provoked by NATO expansion and by the United States backing of the 2014 “Maidan” coup which ousted the democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

    (WOW!! The comments at Chris Hedges are a delusional reality )


    The Dumb Ages

    Evidence #1



    The Dumb Ages

    Evidence #2



    The Dumb Ages

    Evidence #3



    “..Ukraine is going to lose catastrophically, It’s going to be a complete collapsed”

    ~ Douglas MacGregor

    Ukronaziland has already collapsed and it was not noted anywhere by the MSMediawhores®.

    It’s estimated the government structure there would totally cease to function in under two weeks without Collective West money dumps for civilian and military payrolls, effectively killing the economy faster than a Clotshot heart seizure

    If that’s all it takes, then it’s essential dead right now.

    No waiting for the collapse, it already happened

    This moment, Ukronaziland is not a real government anymore

    It’s Movin’ like aWeekend at Bernie’s


    Interesting graph

    “The deferral of consequences should not be confused with the absence of consequences”

    This should be carved above the entrance of all government buildings and Wall St establishments

    NOTE on this graph about losses

    The RED filling ALWAYS catches up to the BLUE line over TIME




    Miss direction is a form of lying
    Canadians are ignoring that Canada is at war with Russia.


    Operation REASSURANCE is Canada’s largest current international military operation. In addition to a persistent naval presence in European waters, it includes the Canada-led multinational NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia, and a Tactical Air Lift Detachment based out of Prestwick, Scotland.

    Canada has deployed Royal Canadian Navy ships on Operation REASSURANCE on a continuous, rotational basis since 2014, following Russia’s illegal invasion of Crimea.

    Deploying Royal Canadian Navy ships in support of NATO provides Canada with the flexibility to execute a range of exercises and operations in real training environments with our Allies. This helps support the Alliance efforts in the Baltic region, including surveillance, monitoring, and diplomatic engagement.


    Approximately 1,100 Canadian Armed Forces Members are deployed in support of Operation REASSURANCE, making it Canada’s largest current international military operation.

    NATO agreed upon and began to enact a series of military measures on April 16, 2014 based on the principles of defence, deterrence and de-escalation meant to reinforce NATO’s collective defence and demonstrate the strength of allied solidarity.

    The CAF offered assets and members to NATO on April 17, 2014.

    June 29 2022 – Canada signed a joint declaration with Latvia to augment NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia.


    NATO readies plans to defend itself against a bruised but unbowed Russia

    President Biden and his NATO counterparts are set to endorse a major shakeup of the alliance’s planning system at a summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, next week.

    Around 40,000 troops are on standby from Estonia in the north down to Romania on the Black Sea. About 100 aircraft take to the skies in that territory each day, and a total of 27 warships are operating in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas. Those numbers are set to rise.

    Under its new plans, NATO aims to have up to 300,000 troops ready to move to its eastern flank within 30 days. The plans divide its territory into three zones: the high north and Atlantic area, a zone north of the Alps and one in Southern Europe.

    A revolt by Wagner Group mercenaries in Russia late last month raised deep security concerns in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland after a deal was reached for their leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, to be allowed to take refuge in Belarus.

    Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that neighboring countries would face a heightened danger if Wagner deploys its “serial killers” just over their border.

    Vilnius lies around 22 miles from the Belarus border.


    Royal Canadian Navy ships leave Halifax to join NATO in Baltic mission

    Royal Canadian Navy ships leave Halifax to join NATO in Baltic mission
    By Marlo Glass The Canadian Press
    Posted July 3, 2023

    Michael Reid

    What does real independence look like, and how can you achieve it?

    It might be better to start with what it doesn’t look like:

    The cumulative effect of income tax,
    sales tax,
    property tax,
    capital gains tax,
    estate tax,
    and countless others

    Vaccine mandates

    Travel restrictions

    Legal tender laws,
    which force people to use rapidly debasing government confetti as money

    ESG social credit scores

    Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)

    Forever wars

    The gutting of the Bill of Rights

    The need to comply with an ever-growing stack of regulations, mandates, and laws

    The politicization of the justice system

    Government and Big Business promoting cultural degeneracy

    This is just a short synopsis of the current state of affairs.

    The list is far from exhaustive.

    Here’s the bottom line.

    It doesn’t matter which party is in power.
    They are all headed in the same direction,
    albeit at different speeds.

    Minimizing the State’s Ability To Coerce You… How To Obtain Real Independence


    Happy 4th of July

    Take some inspiration from Hunter who filmed himself high on coke and driving to Las Vegas at 172mph

    Those are his set of false teeth, the Coke habit rotted away his real ones.

    Say Cheese!


    Figmund Sreud

    Canadians are ignoring that Canada is at war with Russia. – zerosum

    Canada has been in war since forever, in one way or another, … just one random example:

    The Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force (French: Corps expéditionnaire sibérien)

    Siberian Expeditionary Force

    Anyway, … more on Canada and NATO:




    They find a Hunter cocaine bag, they know because they know he was in the room, security doesn’t fingerprint it because they know it was him, and then someone says: Oh no, there’s lots of people using cocaine in the White House.

    And you doubt he’s the smartest guy in the world?! Look, he gets away with everything.


    Both signed the Declaration of Independence 50 years to the day they died

    2nd and 3rd Presidents

    Compare them to what we have today



    Canadians are not peacekeepers. We are at war against Russia.

    1993: With the end of the Cold War in 1989, Canada brings home its last troops stationed in Europe.

    Canada’s commitments adapted as NATO evolved. While Canada eliminated its permanent military deployment to Europe in 1993, it contributed to United Nations (UN) and NATO-led peacekeeping operations. Between 1992 and 2004, about 40,000 Canadian military personnel served on peace support operations in the Balkan region, with 23 individuals losing their life during these missions.

    The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States resulted in a major change in the international security environment. For the first time in its history, NATO invoked Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and launched an operation outside the Euro-Atlantic area in the fight against terrorism.

    In particular, NATO led the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2014. During this mission, more than 40,000 CAF personnel were deployed to the country, and 158 of them lost their life. Additionally, in 2011, Canadian Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard led NATO’s air campaign to enforce the no-fly zone in Libya in an effort to help prevent attacks against civilians.

    Canada and NATO in the Modern Security Environment
    Today, NATO continues to focus on three core tasks: countering terrorism; managing crises; and working through cooperative security.

    However, ( The following is a Ukaine lie), Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its continued support for separatist militants in eastern Ukraine have brought renewed attention to NATO’s eastern flank.

    Canada has supported NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures, deploying more than 1,000 CAF personnel to Eastern and Central Europe under Operation REASSURANCE. As well, since 2017, Canada has led a battlegroup in Latvia as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence, helping to reinforce collective defence Ukraine/Nato war in the region.




    “Oh no, there’s lots of people using cocaine in the White House.”
    Quick …. erase the tapes of who was using in here.
    Find the person who told the media.


    Remember the public alert system being used to say nukes were incoming in Hawaii?

    The time they ran an op in World of Warcraft with a rampant plague, to see how all the players would react?

    Back on LATOC around 2009ish, a forum member stated he had inside information that a nuke war was about to start. And that he had bulldozed all his topsoil into storage to prepare for fallout. I appreciated the inventive detail work.

    Seems to happen regularly in various ways. Maybe “they” are interested to see who reacts and how. Aren’t there supposed to be a record number of Americans out on the road right now for the holiday? Let’s jump on the highway too…

    Then again, they were working hard at building up the idea of Russia attacking their own nuke plant. Didn’t Russia already state an attack on the nuke plant would be regarded as a nuclear attack? Best of luck, all. Happy 4th of July. 4th would be more appropriate than the 5th – for the fireworks.


    Factcheck.org – Hahaha.
    Safe and Effectivr – Hahaha

    Boosters suckers!

    “…it failed to investigate Dr Aseem Malhotra at the ROC Private Clinic in London – who linked Covid vaccines to frequent, severe heart problems and deaths, despite substantial evidence for their safety.”



    Gaslighting at its finest!

    it’s not over folks.




    Sure hope no one drops that tiny Louis Vuitton in the cocaine pile at the White House….


    Why do they want everyone so unsettled, on edge, ready for a breakdown? Something very bad is coming, no 1 speaks of it, but it;s dense like humidity in the air. Zog gulag is 1 uncomfortable, dangerous, capricious place to be. Imagine being a child in this godforsaken mess…no shot at innocence or creativity,…just a constant bombardment of kosher destruction, depravity, sickness and death. God help us all.

    Dr. D

    “During this mission, more than 40,000 CAF personnel were deployed to the country, and 158 of them lost their life.”

    That’s got to be safer than Trenton NJ or Gary Indiana. 16 ppl/year over 10 years from all causes in a town of 10,000? Just like police: safer than almost any job out there, crybullies.

    John Day

    What Are We Fighting For https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/what-are-we-fighting-for

    Well, we did get fooled again, … again. The “Greatest Generation” got through the Depression and WW-2, and we “boomers” got out of Vietnam, though I missed the bullet, myself, as the draft ended a month before I turned 18 in 1976, our “bicentennial year”. You can tell that this new boss is the same as the old boss…

    C.J. Hopkins is trapped in Kafkaesque liberal Germany, designated as Thought Criminal 231Js1736/23, but he’s not going softly into that good night.
    You see his crime, COVID-denial with Nazi Sympathies (not a hint of irony).
    ​ T​he Berlin State Prosecutor’s office is pursuing its criminal investigation of me for allegedly “disseminating propaganda, the content of which is intended to further the aims of a former National Socialist organization,” which according to Germany’s Grundgesetz could send me to prison for up to three years…​
    ..​I’m facing criminal charges, and being threatened with who knows how many years in prison, or thousands of Eurodollars in fines, for (a) stating what has now been widely acknowledged, and what was generally understood by every serious epidemiologist until the Spring of 2020, namely, that mask-mandates do not work, and thus are nothing but symbolic measures designed to generate and enforce mass obedience, and (b) insulting the Minister of Health of Germany, who happens to be a fanatical serial liar who is directly responsible for the serious injury and death of … well, we’ll never know how many people.
    ​ ​Neither of which are actual crimes. Not even in the Federal Republic of Germany.

    ​ ​The pretext for the charges I am facing is the swastika behind the mask, which, as I noted in a recent essay, is a play on the international bestseller, The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich, by William Shirer, which you can buy in any bookshop in Berlin. Incidentally, my book has also been a bestseller, at least on Amazon (in countries where it’s not banned) and Barnes & Noble, but I’ve still got a little ways to go before I get to Shirer territory.

    The Criminalization of Dissent (Revisited)

    On this day in history… Shanghai Cooperation Organization calls for multipolar world order as Iran joins grouping
    (Russia and Iran both have quite an interest in getting China, India and Pakistan to compromise and cooperate. -A typesetter’s pun? It might mean “indicating”)
    Indiating a lack of consensus, India stays out of statements on economic cooperation and on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, due to projects in PoK; SCO calls for cooperation on countering radicalisation and digital technology
    ​ ​The grouping’s decision to induct Iran as its ninth and latest member was one of a number of agreements signed at the summit. However, India, who hosted the summit for the first time, refused to join other members on paragraphs relating to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the joint statement, and stayed out of a joint statement on SCO Economic Development Strategy 2030, indicating a lack of consensus in the grouping. Mr. Modi also took sharp aim at Pakistan for cross-border terrorism, and at China for connectivity projects that do not respect sovereign boundaries.​
    ​ ​The SCO grouping now comprises China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.​..
    ..In a reference to sanctions on Russia and Iran by the U.S. and European countries, SCO members jointly criticised non-UN sanctions as “incompatible with the principles of international law”, which have a “negative impact” on other countries. SCO members also agreed to explore the use of “national currencies” for payments within the grouping, which would circumvent international dollar-based payments…
    ..“Russia is confidently resisting and will continue to resist external pressure, sanctions and provocations,” Mr. Putin said, adding that Russian resolve was “clearly demonstrated by the Russian political circles and the whole of society in uniting against the attempted armed rebellion.”…
    ..Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, which expects to be inducted as an SCO member next year, hoped that the next summit due to be held in Kazakhstan would be an “in-person summit”…
    ​..​“[SCO] member States confirm their commitment to formation of a more representative, democratic, just and multipolar world order based on the universally recognized principles of international law, multilateralism, equal, joint, indivisible, comprehensive and sustainable security, cultural and civilizational diversity, mutually beneficial and equal cooperation of states with a central coordinating role of the UN,” it said…

    ​So with a motley crew of weak leaders in Europe, things don’t look any better if we look west to the US. Sadly, the US hasn’t got a leader at all. It seems that Biden has got his strings pulled by an unelected and unaccountable team around him. This is an extremely vulnerable situation for what has been the mightiest country in the world. A major military power without a leader is very dangerous.
    ​ ​As President Eisenhower said in the 1950s:
    “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.”
    ​ ​As empires die, weak leaders are the norm and seem a necessary condition to exacerbate the inevitable collapse.
    So we can all speculate about the outcome of the current crisis in the West and how it will all end. These situations seldom consist of individual events but are normally processes that take a number of years or even decades.
    ​ ​We must remember that we have already seen half a century of decline since 1971 so we are now likely to experience an acceleration of the process.​..
    ..I have long argued that holding Western sovereign debt is financial suicide. Lately some big names agree with me whether it is Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan- “Don’t touch US bonds”- or Ray Dalio the very successful hedge fund investor – “It would take 500 years to get the money back”. Yes, but what money I​ ​wonder?
    …There has not been a major gold discovery for 4 years…
    ​..​Not only do we have peak oil but also peak gold. So the world is facing a vicious a cycle of increasing energy costs leading to higher costs of extracting precious metals and other commodities.
    ​ ​This confirms that high inflation is here to stay, leading to higher interest rates and very high risk of debt defaults within the private and sovereign sectors.
    ​ ​To hold US dollars is to hand your wealth to the state which is likely to either debase it, lose it, spend it, confiscate it or misappropriate it in any other way.

    ​ ​Economic analyst and financial writer David Morgan went against the majority of financial gurus and predicted at the end of 2022 that there was no way the Fed was going to cut interest rates. He said on USAWatchdiog.com in December, “Cut Interest Rates & Dollar is Done, Toast, It’s Over.” Fed Head Jay Powell said this past week the Fed was raising interest rates at least two more times to “fight inflation.” This was a direct hit by Morgan.
    ​ ​Morgan sees a coming currency crisis and a war crisis. Morgan explains, “Yes, we have both a currency crisis and a war crisis. Let’s start with the currency crisis. My favorite phrase for what is going on is ‘All fiat currency fails.’ …​
    ..Morgan also says, “The Great Reset is what the bankers want, but the Great Reject . . . will come from many who will not want to go down that way. That’s what is going to be the most interesting because anyone who is awake, and there are more people waking up all the time, they will understand that you cannot go from one fiat phony currency, lie-based system into another one that is digital only.”
    ​ ​On the war crisis, the dark powers running the world want war. Why? Morgan says, “It covers up all the things that are wrong, and it also takes them off the hook. It was the war. The war did it. All wars are bankers’ wars, and they are on both sides. They make money regardless. . . . The main things are profit, but it also is mitigating their responsibilities. They can get most people to think that it was the war that caused all this poverty, and, of course, the war will do that. . . . They don’t have a real conflict with Ukraine and Russia. They just need a way out, and it is the most profitable way out. They are going to default on all this debt, and this is how they are going to do it.”

    Nothing Can Stop Currency Crisis & War Crisis – David Morgan

    John Day

    ​ ​NATO Might Use ‘Nuclear Incident’ to Enter Ukrainian Conflict, Russian Energy Official Warns
    ​ ​As Karchaa explained in an interview with a Russian media outlet, the much-hyped Ukrainian “counteroffensive” has already run out of steam and “Ukraine’s Western masters” now realize that Kiev cannot prevail on the battlefield even with all the military assistance provided by NATO.
    And since the West has already raised the stakes to the point where Kiev’s defeat would mean its own defeat as well, “aggressive Western politicians” are now mulling drastic options, such as a black op at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant that would result in a “nuclear incident” and create a legal pretext for NATO to directly enter the Ukrainian conflict.

    ​ ​U.S. Moves “Constant Phoenix” Nuke-Sniffer Plane to Crete
    ​ ​The United States moved a specialized aircraft Designated “Constant Phoenix” to the island of Crete. This plane’s job is to sniff the atmosphere for proof of nuclear materials in the air. With all the talk in Ukraine about an attack coming against the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, this plane’s task is obvious – find reason to blame Russia.

    ​ Aleks at Black Mountain Analysis thinks Russia will move to surround Kiev in August, to force a settlement​. The Ukrainian army and western weapons systems, especially air defense, will be exhausted, and the firm ground will be optimum for tank warfare.
    So far, Russia has been winning a war of attrition through patience and military production, and sparing Russian lives, while weakening NATO as an alliance, as well as depleting their war equipment and weakening their resolve.
    I personally think Russia will continue to move incrementally. Russian leaders are widely acknowledging that this war against the western globalist imperial system will last for a decade, in one form or another. This form is working well for them at the moment. Additionally, the world is more impressed with Russian restraint, while prevailing, and notes that Russia is growing stronger, while NATO grows more fragile.

    ​ Gilbert Doctorow has insightful analysis of how Vladimir Putin sees Russian history, and how he can avoid another Russian tragedy.​
    Documentary film “Death of an Empire”​ The key to Vladimir Putin’s remarks in his televised address following the suppression of the Prigozhin mutiny on avoidance of civil strife as the highest state priority
    ​ ​This past Sunday the Kultura channel of Russian state television re-launched a documentary film that it first broadcast a year ago, probably with little fanfare then, because it had completely escaped my attention. And over the last year, the film, entitled “Death of an Empire: the Russian Lesson,” was hiding in plain view: it had been posted on youtube.com, where it is still accessible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-OUSnBYZRg
    However, this time state television went to great lengths to ensure the widest possible audience on air.​..​
    ..It is beyond doubt that that the Russian president has taken on board the “lesson” of this film. Or, if we may go beyond the title to the substance, he has taken on board the several lessons.
    ​ ​And what may these lessons be? They come from the logical structure of the film, which does not just focus on causality within the February 1917 Revolution but gives us an overview of Russian society, its standard of living at all levels in 1913, before the distortions introduced by the strains of World War…
    ​..The deep culpability of precisely the Anglophile, or more broadly speaking, the liberal elements of Russian society in all spheres of life for the coup d’état of February 1917 is, of course, highly relevant to any discussion today of post-Communist Russia, where these same elements took power and stood behind the presidency of Boris Yeltsin from the earliest days following the dissolution of the USSR.. It is relevant to the ongoing purge of “fifth column” personalities that has gathered speed from the start of the Special Military Operation. These “cockroaches coming out of the woodwork,” as Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko described them in a televised speech this past week, came particularly under the spotlights following the Prigozhin armed insurrection. There is also a necessary connection in all this with the identification on Russian state television of “Anglo-Saxons” as the national enemy number one…
    ..From my perspective, the most astonishing and valuable contribution of this documentary film is in the initial third or so of running time when the narrator offers an excellent, I would say unparalleled survey of Russian society, economy, medical care, the educational system, science and innovation, among other themes. All that he says is backed up by very impressive memoir literature of outstanding Russians and foreign visitors, as well as by state statistics from tsarist and Soviet times…
    ..Tikhon offers a vision of Russia under Nicholas II that turns upside down every generalization about Russian society before WWI that you are likely to have heard. Russia as we all “know” was always primitive, poor, illiterate and oppressed…
    ..Khrushchev wrote that in his childhood before the Revolution workers lived much better than they did under Soviet rule. Moreover, in 1932 when he was already a rising star among Communist Party functionaries he acknowledged that his income was less than that of pre-1917 workers.
    ​ ​The memo from the archive of Alexei Kosygin, who was Head of Government in the USSR alongside Party Secretary Brezhnev, was prepared in the 1960s upon his orders​… The memo he received back explained how his father, newly married at age 20, took a job in one of the many metalworking factories in Petrograd and was able to afford to rent a three room apartment in a repectable building of a nearby residential neighborhood and could as his family grew hire a domestic helper and take the family to the theater on Sundays. And his place of work was not as highly paid as the Putilov Works, where workers’ wages were on a par with their peers in Germany or France.​
    ​ Tikhon overturns the falsehoods by introducing a factual record which you won’t find reflected in the histories of Russia in your bookstore or library. He is careful also to explain that much of the amazing progress that he found in the reign of Nicholas II followed the Revolution of 1905 when the government sought to prevent any repetitions by introducing social reforms that put Russia on a par or above European standards in terms of public health, education and other critical measures of the good life. As a result of these reforms, the percent of cultivated land held as private property by the peasantry was well over 90% in European Russia, and it was 100% in Asiatic Russia. By comparison, Tikhon tells us, zero percent of cultivated land in England was owned by those farming the land; it was all the property of wealthy landowners who rented it out to farmers.​..
    ​..He tells us that the length of the working day in Russia was mostly nine and a half hours during WWI, whereas it was eleven or more in Western Europe. The surpluses of grain harvests were so great that even in wartime Russia had no rationing, whereas in Western Europe food rationing cards were nearly ubiquitous due to scarcity.
    ​ ​In the final decade of the Empire, there was a vast expansion of health care which was provided free to two thirds of the population. This led to a dramatic fall in childhood and infant deaths, in turn raising the population by 50 million in the years of Nicholas’ reign. Literacy rates, which were researched by Soviet officials at the start of the 1920’s, showed that 90% or more of adolescents in towns and villages across Russia were able to read thanks to universal primary education that was introduced after 1905.
    ​ ​There was amazing growth in manufacturing across all industrial sectors. In 1913 the Russian Empire already accounted for 10% of global GNP.​..
    ​..I am not aware of anyone who collected and set out the overview of Russian society and sources of its prosperity in 1913 as this documentary film put on air yesterday has done.

    Documentary film “Death of an Empire”

    John Day

    ​ I could not bring myself to read all of this. I experienced waves of emotion several times.
    ​80 Years Ago: The 1943 Battle of Kursk: Largest Tank Battle in History

    80 Years Ago: The 1943 Battle of Kursk: Largest Tank Battle in History

    Nigel Farage was bank-blacklisted. He just could not get an account anywhere after being dropped by his bank without any reason being given.
    ​ ​Days after Brexiteer Nigel Farage told the world about his experience of having his bank accounts abruptly closed by a major banking group, without a valid reason provided, The FT reports that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has said the government will take action over banks blacklisting customers who hold controversial views.
    As we detailed at the time, Farage claimed that:
    ​ ​“The establishment are trying to force me out of the UK by closing my bank accounts,” adding, “this is serious political persecution at the very highest level of our system.” …
    ​..​”The banking industry in the UK has become politicised. We are going down a road where anybody in Britain could say something on Facebook or Twitter that a bank doesn’t like and lose their accounts.”
    ​ ​In response, Chancellor Hunt has asked City minister Andrew Griffith to investigate the practice of lenders closing down the accounts of individuals or companies whose views they disagree with.
    ​ ​“Banks and payment providers occupy a privileged place in society and it would be a concern if financial services were being denied to those exercising the right to lawful free speech,”

    ​ ​Reason editor at large Nick Gillespie told RFK Jr “One of the critiques of your candidacy or even your public profile is that you traffic routinely in conspiracies and that kind of conspiracist mindset where almost everything that we take for granted is bad.”
    ​ ​“So it’s, you know, the Covid vaccines, you know, not only don’t work, but they’re more dangerous than Covid itself,” Gillespie continued, going on to reel off a list of ‘conspiracies’ that RFK has endorsed.
    ​ ​5G and Wi-Fi are controlling, you know, controlling our mind. The government, you know, aspects of the government that are supposed to be in favor of trying to help people, actually hurting them. AIDS is not, you know, primarily caused by HIV or HIV is not involved in AIDS. Atrazine is changing frog sexuality and by implication, human sexuality. Your cousin is not, your cousin Michael Skakel is not guilty of the murder of Martha Moxley that he was found guilty of.
    ​ ​You know, the 2004 election in Ohio was stolen. It kind of goes on and on. Do you how do you answer people who say, you know, like this is the sign of somebody whose thinking is fundamentally conspiracy-minded rather than kind of dealing with brute reality? You know, that is difficult and, you know, and terrible, but is not what you seem to be making of it.
    ​ ​However, when Kennedy asked Gillespie to “show me where I get it wrong,” and offered to go through each example point by point, the host didn’t seem too keen.
    ​ ​“You did something that is very unfair. Which is, you made a series of characterizations of my beliefs that you read in the newspapers. Many of which are just wrong,” Kennedy stated.

    Video: RFK Jr Pushes Back When Accused Of Being A Candidate Who ‘Traffics Routinely In Conspiracies’

    Are Humans Really Causing Climate Change?​ (er, how much?)

    Figmund Sreud

    One most ungrateful ‘Angry Canadian Immigrant’ chimes in on the topic of “Top 5 reasons not to move to Canada | Why Canada is broken”

    … it all sounds just about right, … but what do I know? I only immigrated to Canada in 1968, … and the times they are a-changin’ ever since.



    John Campbell. Dramatic increase in Type 1 diabetes in the covid pandemic years.

    Michael Reid

    China has recently passed a new “foreign relations law.”
    The law, which references “an opposition to hegemony and power politics” is
    a codification of Beijing’s foreign policy goals and
    its mechanisms of reacting to Western-imposed sanctions and
    attempts to contain it.


    D Benton Smith

    The police are not protecting you, and they never have. The police have always and only protected the police (and the bosses who direct them). If they were protecting YOU then they would give YOU the body armor, Glock-9 and a seemingly magic bottomless budget, and very very very few people would ever be robbed or killed by criminals (because the PEOPLE would be armed and armored). In other words, the question of who is ACTUALLY being effectively protected is painted in 10 foot tall letter on a 100 foot tall illuminated billboard: The people being EFFECTIVELY protected are OBVIOUSLY the tax payer funded rich ones who are not being killed by criminals.

    So I ask ya. Look around. Who is getting the well paid and effectively protected, and in comparison who is being robbed into poverty and killed?

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