Aug 132023
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Vincent van Gogh Beach at Scheveningen in Stormy Weather 1882


Comer Ready To Subpoena Bidens’ Phone, Bank Records, Grant Immunity (JTN)
Prosecutors Want To Interview Joe Biden In Classified Memos Case (JTN)
Comer, Jordan Slam Hunter Biden Special Counsel ‘Coverup’ (ZH)
Now THAT Is Ridiculous (Denninger)
Appeals Court Judges Compare Biden Social Media Pressure To Mafia (JTN)
Congress Probing FBI Collection Of J6 Phone Location Data (JTN)
F-16 Training For Ukrainian Pilots Barely Getting Off the Runway (Sp.)
Russia Committed To Principle Of Inadmissibility Of Nuclear War (TASS)
Ray McGovern Has Never Been More Scared of Nuclear Catastrophe (SP)
US-Led NATO Drowns Ukraine in a Bloodbath (SCF)
US and NATO Arms Industries Hit Record $400 Billion in Sales (SCF)
Italy Launches $550 Million Airbnb Case (RT)
















How much longer can the wagons protect them?



Event 201





“We’re getting closer every day to showing that Joe Biden was the ringleader in this, not Hunter Biden..”

Comer Ready To Subpoena Bidens’ Phone, Bank Records, Grant Immunity (JTN)

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer on Friday night pointedly dismissed the appointment of a special counsel in the Hunter Biden criminal probe as “another maneuver… to obstruct” Congress and vowed to escalate his investigation by subpoenaing Hunter and Joe Biden’s phone and bank records and offering witnesses immunity. “We’re getting closer every day to showing that Joe Biden was the ringleader in this, not Hunter Biden,” Comer said in an exclusive interview with the “Just the News, No Noise” television show just hours after Attorney General Merrick Garland shocked Washington by announcing that he was upgrading Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss to a special counsel after four years of investigating the Biden family finances.

Comer dismissed Garland’s decision as ineffective, noting Weiss had years to bring serious charges and instead managed to construct a plea deal that spared Hunter Biden prison for tax evasion and gun charges that even the trial judge could not accept. “It’s another maneuver by the Justice Department to obstruct our investigation. I find it odd that, the day after I announced that we had put together a case that would win in court to subpoena Joe Biden’s personal bank records, then lo and behold, Merrick Garland strikes again,” Comer said.

“I assumed he would try to indict Trump or something. But no, he appoints a special counsel and he appoint the same person who had supposedly been investigating Hunter Biden for years, who let the statute of limitations expire on all of his obvious tax crimes, who tried to negotiate a sweetheart plea deal that led him off scot free. And less than two weeks later, after a judge rejects that sweetheart plea deal, Merrick Garland appointed special counsel for the sole purpose to obstruct our credible, effective oversight House investigation of Biden corruption.” Comer said he is now prepared to subpoena the credit card and bank records of the president and his son as well as their phone records to check witness allegations that Joe Biden got financial benefit from Hunter Biden’s clients and talked and met with them at various times.

“We’re at the point to where we put together a case where we have emails, we have text messages, we have pictures, we have bank records. Now we have sworn testimony from associates like Devon Archer. We are ready now to be able to subpoena the personal bank records of the Bidens,” he said. “What we’ve got now are their shady shell company. Now, we need the personal records,” he said. “Because when we show… that chart that shows China and Romania and Russia and the arrows go into shell companies and into the Biden’s family, we think there may be another arrow beyond the Biden family. And that would go to Joe Biden himself. And that’s what people have told us. That’s what the emails suggest. And that’s what we’re trying to determine now. And that’s where our investigation is headed.”

[..] “We’re going to continue to exercise our subpoena power. Hopefully, when we move to impeachment inquiry, that’ll be able to give us tools like granting immunity,” he explained. “If we could grant immunity. I think people like Devon Archer would have would have said a whole lot more. I think people like Eric Sherwood would tell a lot of things that that the Bidens have done that we know they’ve done, that everyone in America knows they’ve done.”

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Robert Hur? Almost forgot about him.

Prosecutors Want To Interview Joe Biden In Classified Memos Case (JTN)

Special Counsel Robert Hur wants to interview Joe Biden in his classified memos investigation, and the president’s attorneys have been in negotiations for about a month. Hur was appointed last January, two months after special counsel Jack Smith was appointed to investigate former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents, according to NBC News. The issues being negotiated include the time and place of the interview, as well as the scope of the questions. The reporting on this suggests that the investigation has a way to go before wrapping up, but “an interview with the person at the center of an investigation typically takes place near the end of the process,” according to NBC.

While most of the classified documents found starting in November of last year were related to Biden’s time as vice president, some went as far back as when he was a U.S. senator from Delaware. They were found in his office in Washington at the Penn Biden Center, at a second office of the Penn Biden Center in the Chinatown area of Washington, D.C. and at his home in Wilmington, Del. Trump was indicted on 37 counts based on seven charges in June in his classified documents investigation. One such charge was for a violation of the Espionage Act. Based on current polling, both Trump and Biden are well ahead in their races to be the nominees of their respective parties, setting up a 2024 rematch of the 2020 election for president.

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When the Weiss-negotiated Hunter plea deal was thrown out, Garland made Weiss a special counsel. What links the two moves is that both are designed to keep all information under wraps.

Garland and Weiss must know this will not be accepted -it’s against the law-, but they entered it on Friday, so they have a whole weekend in which Weiss is able to manipulate even more files than in his previous position.

Paul SPERRY: “By suddenly acquiring special counsel status, Hill investigators say embattled prosecutor David Weiss can now avoid testifying next month before the House Judiciary Committee and face grilling over reports he helped obstruct a broader investigation into Hunter Biden..”

Jack Posobiec: “The appointment of Weiss as a ‘Special Counsel’ allows the Biden DOJ to keep the investigation open indefinitely and stall all House requests for information to coverup the Biden family corruption ring..”

Comer, Jordan Slam Hunter Biden Special Counsel ‘Coverup’ (ZH)

The Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, James Comer (R-KY) said in a Friday statement that the announcement of a special counsel in the Hunter Biden investigation is a DOJ “coverup.” “This move by Attorney General Garland is part of the Justice Department’s efforts to attempt a Biden family coverup in light of the House Oversight Committee’s mounting evidence of President Joe Biden’s role in his family’s schemes selling ‘the brand’ for millions of dollars to foreign nationals,” Comer said in a lengthy statement shortly after Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the appointment of US Attorney David Weiss as special counsel, the Daily Caller reports.

“The Justice Department’s misconduct and politicization in the Biden criminal investigation already allowed the statute of limitations to run with respect to egregious felonies committed by Hunter Biden. Justice Department officials refused to follow evidence that could have led to Joe Biden, tipped off the Biden transition team and Hunter Biden’s lawyers about planned interviews and searches, and attempted to sneakily place Hunter Biden on the path to a sweetheart plea deal,” the statement continues.

“Let’s be clear what today’s move is really about. The Biden Justice Department is trying to stonewall congressional oversight as we have presented evidence to the American people about the Biden family’s corruption. The House Oversight Committee will continue to follow the Biden family’s money trail and interview witnesses to determine whether foreign actors targeted the Bidens, President Biden is compromised and corrupt, and our national security is threatened. We will also continue to work with the House Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means to root out misconduct at the Justice Department and hold bad actors accountable for weaponizing law enforcement powers,” Comer continued.

House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan (R-OH) conveyed similar sentiments, telling the Caller: “David Weiss can’t be trusted and this is just a new way to whitewash the Biden family’s corruption. Weiss has already signed off on a sweetheart plea deal that was so awful and unfair that a federal judge rejected it. We will continue to pursue facts brought to light by brave whistleblowers as well as Weiss’s inconsistent statements to Congress.” According to Garland, “The appointment of Mr. Weiss reinforces for the American people the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters,” adding “I am confident that Mr. Weiss will carry out his responsibility in an even-handed and urgent manner, and in accordance with the highest traditions of this department.” We’re sure he’s quite confident.

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Denninger’s not the only one who noticed this bit: “Durham’s appointment was invalid for the same reason — remember that? Where was the screaming then?”

NOTE: Durham’s probe also took 5 years or so. And what was the result?

Now THAT Is Ridiculous (Denninger)

There is a point that the in-your-face fraud reaches where one must that there is no longer a functional law enforcement capacity within a part of the government. In this case that’s the entire Federal government, as this is the DOJ itself and the AG of the nation, Garland: “Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed U.S. Attorney David Weiss a special counsel in the Hunter Biden probe, as well as any other matters that arose or may arise from that investigation.” Weiss is the US Attorney who presented a negotiated plea agreement to the judge over Hunter’s conduct that the judge rejected as it appeared to have included terms intended to mislead both the court and the justice system generally. She sent that back, correctly flagging two provisions including an apparent undisclosed immunity deal that was out-of-scope of the charges that were negotiated.

This is flat-out improper and what’s worse is that it appeared both Weiss and Biden’s defense counsel colluded to place said terms in an addendum that was not disclosed in advance of the hearing to the judge which was clearly intended to keep her from knowing about it until, they hoped, she’s signed off on it. Further there are allegations that Biden’s counsel attempted to tamper with the evidentiary chain by trying to represent themselves as being related to counsel for parties that filed other briefs and have them either sealed or stricken from the record entirely. There was quite a tap-dance around that (as its a crazy-level breach of ethics, a violation of the duties of an officer of the court, as all counsel are, and also arguably criminal fraudulent misrepresentation) but as far as I know there hasn’t (yet anyway) been any serious consequences — although the judge was clearly inclined to hammer the responsible parties for very good cause.

That alone is enough to drag Garland out of office by his hair. But there’s more: The appointment appears to be facially-illegal and Garland knows damn well that it is. “(a) An individual named as Special Counsel shall be a lawyer with a reputation for integrity and impartial decision making, and with appropriate experience to ensure both that the investigation will be conducted ably, expeditiously and thoroughly, and that investigative and prosecutorial decisions will be supported by an informed understanding of the criminal law and Department of Justice policies. The Special Counsel shall be selected from outside the United States Government.”

Weiss cannot be appointed to this position as he is a sitting US Attorney! It is explicitly unlawful under the CFRs for Garland to appoint him — or any other sitting US Attorney. By definition a “Special Counsel” must not be a person inside the US Government; that’s the entire point of a Special Counsel! This act by Garland is not only impeachable it is void as Weiss is not qualified and thus the appointment is an open, public, in-your-face fraud. Where does this leave us as Americans? Nowhere good — and at some point we, as Americans, are going to have to deal with this problem whether we like it or not. PS: BTW Durham’s appointment was invalid for the same reason — remember that? Where was the screaming then?

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“..this is a really nice social media platform you’ve got there, would be a shame if something happened to it..”

Appeals Court Judges Compare Biden Social Media Pressure To Mafia (JTN)

Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod declared in court that the Biden administration’s efforts to persuade social media companies to remove, throttle and suppress purported misinformation on COVID-19, Hunter Biden’s laptop and elections reminded her of a mafia movie. That was just one of the most memorable examples of the frosty reception Justice Department Civil Division lawyer Daniel Tenny received Thursday from the three-judge panel considering whether to lift or modify last month’s ban on several forms of contact between the feds and companies — currently stayed by the 5th Circuit — as the First Amendment lawsuit led by Missouri and Louisiana proceeds. The back-and-forth at Thursday’s hearing resembled that between 6th Circuit judges and DOJ’s lawyer at a June hearing in a related social media censorship lawsuit against federal officials by users of X, formerly known as Twitter.

Both panels were appointed by Republican presidents. Echoing the injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty, the 5th Circuit judges repeatedly cited specific conversations from the factual record that suggest social media companies feared legal consequences for not complying with White House and agency requests to censor or diminish the reach of websites or social media postings of which the Biden administration disapproved. When Tenny claimed the injunction’s wording was so broad and vague it could ban the government from alerting the public about “untrue statements” about a natural disaster, Judge Don Willett countered that documented private conversations were the issue. Federal officials appeared to practice “fairly unsubtle strong-arming” and make “not-so-veiled threats” in the vein of “this is a really nice social media platform you’ve got there, would be a shame if something happened to it,” Willett said.

Tenny, upon hearing what the judges appeared to be interpreting as coercive pressure, tried to soft pedal the severity of that pressure. “The government is generically going to be angry” when companies resist taking action, but the communications show officials and companies alternating between “friendly” and “testy” conversations, not specific orders to comply “or else.” Judge Elrod didn’t seem particularly convinced, telling Tenny that “Or else” isn’t required when the government and companies have a “very close working relationship” that resembles a supervisor addressing a subordinate. The “irate messages” actually show high-ranking officials badgering counterparts about why they hadn’t taken action against specific accounts as requested, Judge Elrod said: “It’s like ‘jump and how high.'”

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“ can’t just have the government sweep up everything about you trying to find out if you did something wrong.”

Congress Probing FBI Collection Of J6 Phone Location Data (JTN)

The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday launched a broad inquiry into the FBI’s use of “geofence warrants” to sweep up large buckets of Americans cell phone location data, a relatively new tool that is raising questions about search and seizure powers that date all the way back to the country’s founding, The tactic came to prominence during the Jan. 6 riot investigation when it was revealed more than 5,000 American phone devices had location data gathered by the FBI in a digital dragnet designed to identify anyone who was in or near the U.S. Capitol that fateful day. That geofence warrant plus revelations that the FBI accepted bank records volunteered by a major bank without seeking a warrant or subpoena have trigged concerns of both liberals and conservatives of a modern-day end run around the 4th Amendment.

“The use of geofence warrants raises serious Constitutional concerns,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Jordan wrote Attorney General Merrick Garland in a letter Thursday announcing the congressional inquiry. “First, location history data is not an exact science as the geo-location data represents only a probable estimation of a device’s location within a given radius and margin of error. Second, a geofence warrant is inherently tied to a specific location—not a known suspect, user, account, or crime. “For that reason, among others, courts have wavered on whether searches pursuant to geofence warrants comply with the Fourth Amendment’s requirements of probable cause and particularity,” Jordan added.

In an interview with Just the News, Jordan said the geofence warrant inquiry was part of a larger effort to help Congress modernize civil liberty protections in an era of unprecedented digital surveillance and technological data gathering that also includes bank records and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that was abused during the Russia collusion scandal. “We know that regarding Jan. 6, a couple years ago that the FBI was looking to get your your phone data location, where you were in relation to the Capitol, were you around the Capitol,” Jordan told the John Solomon Reports podcast. “And it was just sort of this blanket approach No predicate to say you know Sally Smith, or John Jones was here. We have reasonable belief they did this. We’d like to know we want to double check that. Nothing like that. Just a blanket.

“And then you couple this with what we learned from a testimony from a whistleblower at the FBI, a few months back, where Bank of America just turned over their customers debit card and credit card purchases in the DC area around Jan. 6 2021. I mean, this is scary stuff,” he added. “It’s so contrary to the principles that our country was founded on. Like, you can’t just have the government sweep up everything about you trying to find out if you did something wrong. That’s not how our system works. “But it sure looks like that’s what’s happening in modern day America, particularly with this Biden administration.”

Jordan’s letter raised a second concern that geo-fence warrants may have been “weaponized for political ends” by the Justice Department, approved against conservatives and Trump protesters but not against liberal activists from the 2020 George Floyd riots. “Federal law enforcement’s interest in geofenced data appears selective,” he wrote. “For example, in 2020, Minnesota police sought a geofence warrant to investigate violent rioting in Minneapolis and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) used geofence warrants to investigate arson throughout Kenosha, Wisconsin. However, it seems that the FBI did not pursue geofenced data to investigate the violent crime occurring at federal facilities during a similar time frame. “In contrast, the FBI readily used geofencing at an unprecedented scope and scale as a part of its investigation and prosecution of the events of January 6, 2021,” he added.

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They need to learn English first.

F-16 Training For Ukrainian Pilots Barely Getting Off the Runway (Sp.)

Kiev might be clamoring for American-made F-16s amid its faltering counteroffensive, but the first Ukrainian pilots to undergo training on the fighter jets most likely will not be ready to fly them until next summer, according to a US report. A mere handful of six pilots will undergo the first round of instruction, with two other pilots picked as reserve candidates, according to cited senior Ukrainian government and military officials. However, this first group of pilots is not expected to wrap up training anytime soon, sources acknowledged to the outlet. The officials reportedly bemoaned delays by their Western patrons in implementing the instruction program. None of the previously touted “game-changing weapons” funneled from the West have made much impact on the catastrophically slow pace of Ukraine’s ground forces fighting in the ongoing NATO-Russia proxy war.

So begging for the multi-role US fighters to be added to the mix has become Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s mantra of late. While Kiev may have banked on its pilots being ready to fly the single-engine craft, which debuted in the 1970s and has been updated repeatedly, by as early as September, that appears to have been wishful thinking. While sending Patriot missile system, NASAMS, HIMARS, Bradley fighting vehicles, Leopard II tanks, depleted uranium shells, and, more recently, cluster bombs, to Ukraine, President Joe Biden spent close to a year denying Ukrainian appeals for F-16s. He backtracked as the special military operation continued, saying in May that he would green light training Ukrainian pilots on US-made jets, and supported the transfer of the combat planes by other countries. Eleven NATO countries pledged to support the training, expected to primarily take place in Denmark, Romania, and the Netherlands.

After the start of training was pushed back several times, officials were now cited as saying the effort was only gradually getting off the ground. There had previously been reports that the training had hit a major snag due to the language barrier. Now, the outlet said that even though the selected Ukrainian pilots were already fluent in English, at least four months of special English lessons in Britain were required for them to grasp the terminology associated with the F-16s. To complicate matters further, the language instruction for pilots is to take place simultaneously with lessons for Ukraine’s ground staff – suggested as being less proficient in English. The reason for this was because Denmark had allegedly demanded that entire crews be sent together to train.

The language hurdle is believed to have pushed back the beginning of actual combat training, anticipated to take six months, as far as to January, sources said. As for the second batch of pilots, ostensibly of the same size, they might be nowhere near ready to fly F-16s until the end of next year. It was added that 20 more Ukrainian pilots were currently ready for English-language training. “This is called dragging it out,” a Ukrainian official was quoted as fuming. However, the sources revealed that they feared railing openly against their US and European “benefactors” lest they “appear ungrateful.”

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“Our opponents know these provisions perfectly well..”

Russia Committed To Principle Of Inadmissibility Of Nuclear War (TASS)

Russia is taking all necessary measures to guarantee national security but is firmly committed to the principle of the inadmissibility of a nuclear war, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday, commenting on the decisions made by Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States to not target strategic nuclear missiles. “The leadership of our country is firmly committed to the principle of the inadmissibility of a nuclear war. We proceed from the fact that there can be no winner in such a war and that it must not be unleashed,” the ministry said. “Russia is taking all necessary measures to ensure its national security, territorial integrity and sovereignty. And it will continue to do so.” According to the ministry, preventing a potential act of aggression against Russia and its allies “is among its highest state priorities.”

The ministry noted that the situation in the sphere of international security and strategic stability is degrading and “discussions about the expediency of measures on not targeting strategic nuclear forces, which have been in place between Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States since the early 1990s, have visibly invigorated.” “Calls are being heard to denounce the relevant agreements in which Russia takes part, “trigger a mechanism of nuclear deterrence,” and aim Russian missiles at the United States and the United Kingdom,” the ministry said. It recalled that on January 14, 1994, Russia and the United States signed the Moscow declaration, where the sides agreed not to aim strategic nuclear missiles at each other. A similar agreement with London was signed on February 15, 1994.

“These are political agreements and impose no legal obligations on the sides. Since they are not international treaties as defined in the Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaties of 1969, the procedure of their termination of denunciation is not regulated by international law,” the ministry said. “As for triggering the nuclear deterrence mechanism, in line with the provisions of the fundamentals of Russia’s state policy in the sphere of nuclear deterrence that were endorsed by the Russian presidential decree of June 2, 2020 No355, nuclear deterrence is carried out permanently with respect to certain states and military coalitions (blocs, unions) which view Russia as a potential enemy and possess nuclear weapons and/or other types of weapons of mass destruction or a considerable combat potential of conventional forces. One of the principles of nuclear deterrence is maintaining a certain part of forces and nuclear deterrence means on permanent combat alert. Our opponents know these provisions perfectly well,” the ministry stressed.

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“Sullivan, Blinken, Nuland… They have the reins of power and they’re telling Biden what to do. They have a sense of unreality that they can prevail. ”

Ray McGovern Has Never Been More Scared of Nuclear Catastrophe (SP)

A retired CIA expert on Russia and rare voice of reason coming from the bowels of the American deep state, Ray McGovern joins host Robert Scheer on another edition of the Scheer Intelligence podcast. With world peace, nuclear weapon prudence and film critique on the agenda, McGovern and Scheer delve into a host of relevant issues stemming from the war in Ukraine and the history behind it. From Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” to CNN’s strange truthful broadcast on Ukraine’s counteroffensive, the old boys from the Bronx prod each other’s encyclopedic minds to try and make sense of the state of the world.

While mixed opinions over the atomic bomb film fill the first segment of the episode, the conversation seems to always make its way back to the importance of potential nuclear war on the horizon. As McGovern said, “I spent six decades, count them, six decades following Soviet and now Russian policy. Most of that time professionally and now… really just as intently and I have never, never had so much fear that we are on the cusp of a nuclear catastrophe.” McGovern, an adviser to seven presidents, also dives into the motivations and ramifications of such reckless foreign policy decisions, made by people who supposedly check all the qualification boxes:

“Sullivan, Blinken, Nuland… They have the reins of power and they’re telling Biden what to do. They have a sense of unreality that they can prevail. That was very clear at their first major foreign policy adventure, where the Chinese were kind enough to come to Anchorage, Alaska and they were treated like the British imperialists treated the Chinese on the Yangtze River two centuries ago!” In the end, it is the citizens back home as well as the soldiers on the front lines who get dealt a bad hand from these decisions. McGovern points out the bleak realities of what these aid packages to countries like Ukraine really mean to all parties involved. The most sinister part being how it happens in front of people without them even knowing and that is by design, courtesy of McGovern’s famously coined military, industrial, congressional, intelligence, media, academia, think tank (MICIMATT) complex.

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SCF op-ed last week.

US-Led NATO Drowns Ukraine in a Bloodbath (SCF)

New figures indicate the Ukrainian military death toll is at least 400,000 after 500 days of conflict. The real figure may actually surpass 500,000. This is much greater than previously estimated, which was already dreadful. Yet, Washington incoherently keeps pushing the failed counteroffensive to the “last Ukrainian”. This bloodbath is an obscenity, a vast imperial crime, with no effort at all by the U.S. and European leaders to sue for peace. Crudely put, war is a racket and the warmongers make a packet. Not surprisingly, the actual casualty figures suffered by the Kiev regime’s military are a closely guarded secret. The NATO sponsors are also keeping a tight lip on the ghoulish losses because to do so would be an admission of the abysmal failure of their proxy war against Russia, and that would entail incurring an almighty political backlash from the Western public. Therein lies a diabolical Catch-22.

Nevertheless, despite the best efforts to conceal the carnage, up to recently several independent observers had estimated the death toll for the Ukrainian forces to be around 250,000 to 300,000 since the conflict erupted on February 24, 2022. Russian military casualties have been put at about 10 percent of those inflicted on the Ukrainian side. New data this week, however, indicate the scale of losses for the NATO-backed Kiev regime to be much higher. Satellite imagery cited by Intel Republic’s Telegram channel of newly dug cemeteries in Ukrainian territory suggests that at least 400,000 military personnel have died in battles with Russian forces. The graves presume individual bodies buried. In addition, not recorded are the countless dead who have been obliterated on battlefields or left to rot by Kiev regime commanders.

Another measure is gleaned from grim reports this week in the U.S. media that there have been 50,000 amputees among Ukrainian soldiers, according to the supply of prosthetic limbs from German manufacturers. Extrapolation from that figure of casualties corroborates the far higher estimate of war dead. Consequently, in light of the amputee numbers, comparisons have been made even by the U.S. media with the level of attrition seen during World War One. The latter is notorious for its horrendous and senseless slaughter of men. The comparisons are correct but strangely glided over by the U.S. media without dwelling on what should be compelling abhorrence towards the violence. If the battles in Ukraine have been previously called a “meat grinder”, then it would be accurate to refer to the country more as a bloodbath.

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SCF op-ed this week.

US and NATO Arms Industries Hit Record $400 Billion in Sales (SCF)

Western weapons manufacturers are popping champagne corks over record sales with total revenues hitting $400 billion for last year. According to media reports, this coming year-end will see that record figure exceeded by another salivating $50 billion. Ukraine may be resembling a bloodbath, as we noted in last week’s editorial. But apparently, Western military corporations are swimming in a bonanza of profits and stock market investments. Most of this lucrative new business stems from NATO’s proxy war with Russia in Ukraine, which is heading toward its second year. There is no sign of a diplomatic effort from the West or the Kiev regime it sponsors to end the bloodshed.

The main corporate beneficiaries making a financial killing from Ukraine are by far the American firms. They include such behemoths as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and RTX (formerly Raytheon). But also enjoying soaring profits are arms makers in other NATO countries: BAE in the United Kingdom, Airbus in France, Netherlands and Spain, Leonardo in Italy, and Germany’s Rheinmetall. This week the Joe Biden administration requested another $24 billion in U.S. taxpayer-funded aid to Ukraine. It’s hard to keep track of the money flowing from NATO countries to prop up the Nazi regime in Kiev. Even the NATO authorities don’t seem to know the precise figures, such is the rampant corruption that is inevitably associated with the vast doling of funds. But estimates of total U.S. and NATO aid to Ukraine range from $150 billion to $200 billion over the past year alone.

What we are seeing is an audacious racket whereby the American and European public are subsidizing the funneling of their own taxpayers’ money into the coffers of weapons firms. And there is no democratic choice in the matter. It’s a fait accompli. Or, put another way, extortion. Of course, too, part of this huge scam is the hefty financial cuts for the inner circle of the Kiev regime, including its puppet president, Vladimir Zelensky, and the brazenly sleazy defense chief Aleksy Reznikov. It is reckoned that at least $400 million has been grafted by the top members of the regime from the arms bazaar flowing into Ukraine. Reznikov has even boasted that his country serves as a testing ground for NATO weaponry.

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“.. the company will have the right to sue hosts who have not paid the tax, and thus raise the funds to pay the government bill..”

Italy Launches $550 Million Airbnb Case (RT)

Italian authorities have accused US-based online accommodation booking firm Airbnb of not paying roughly €500 million ($547 million) in taxes, national news outlet Il Sole 24 Ore reported on Friday. A probe has been launched by Italy’s Revenue Agency (Agenzia delle Entrate), a government body that enforces financial laws and collects taxes, according to the outlet. Italian legislation governing short-term rental platforms states that professional landlords that lease accommodation must pay a 21% flat-rate tax on income they receive from rentals. In cases with non-professional hosts, or property owners for whom rentals are not the main source of income, platforms such as Airbnb have to act as agents and withhold the tax from transactions, before turning it over to the authorities.

Non-professional hosts make up the majority of Airbnb offers. The platform has repeatedly tried to contest the Italian legislation, but has so far failed. The EU Court of Justice ruled in December last year that the Italian law does not contradict broader EU legislation, effectively giving Italy the green light to demand the tax from the platform. According to the report, Airbnb has been negotiating with the Italian Revenue Agency for months to identify the exact group of hosts for whom the company should act as a tax agent. The final bill will depend on the number of non-professional hosts that Airbnb represents, the news outlet noted. Analysts have warned that after Airbnb and Italy’s tax authorities come to an understanding, the company will have the right to sue hosts who have not paid the tax, and thus raise the funds to pay the government bill.

If the estimations are correct, the €500 million settlement will be the second-highest figure ever requested by Italy from an internet company, following the €870 million it demanded from Meta platforms. The multinational owner of Facebook and Instagram was accused of failing to pay VAT in the country earlier this year. In the last ten years, Italy’s authorities have stepped up efforts to battle tax evasion and have collected nearly €3 billion from multinationals that initially failed to pay tax, according to Il Sole 24 Ore. Over €800 million was collectively paid by internet giants Apple, Google, Meta, PayPal, and Netflix.

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    Vincent van Gogh Beach at Scheveningen in Stormy Weather 1882   • Comer Ready To Subpoena Bidens’ Phone, Bank Records, Grant Immunity (JTN) • Pro
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle August 13 2023]

    Dr. D

    “there’s only one person who’s likely to challenge Joe Biden and defeat him for reelection, “

    As with the Playbook #2, this is exactly what they did when they went nuclear and impeached Trump for. Trump was stopping an election by asking to look into Joe (pretty mildly), when Biden wasn’t even a candidate, was 78 or something, deeply unpopular, and no reason to THINK he would ever be a candidate. And it wasn’t HIM they were investigating, it was his SON, who doesn’t work in government at all and essentially never has. So the umbrella of protection extends to “All family members” of all “Not candidates.”

    Yet that was election interference, intolerably immoral, and a high crime.

    Remember? No one else does, because once you head into hypocrisy, your mind stops working altogether, and it never occurs – to anyone – not on the pro-side, not the anti-side, not to Democrats, not to Republicans, and certainly not to reporters, that they JUST wrote this story with completely different values. #Opposite ones.

    What’s the point of Playbook #2 if they’re incapable of feeling the burn? It’s like using paper bullets. It’s not like it’s going to occur to Republicans or Reporters if they just keep doing it s’more.

    Moral is, “Republicans: They have no point.”

    “How much longer can the wagons protect them?”

    Forever. This is America, the people don’t care. Or an important minority of people, 30% apparatchiks in blue enclaves, as bizarre and insular as anything in Logan’s Run or the Hunger Games.

    F35. It occurs to me that Russia now not only has 6Gen fighters, but they are indeed inventing modern warfare in real time. Here’s the problem: the bad guys are watching, they are imitators, incapable of creativity or human thought. So when Russia invents this – as they must, this is our way – a day later they will use it all on us. In the exhaustive war of all against all.

    Power has gone FAR too far to the side of Offense. There is no possible defense I am aware of. With no safety and no Defense, everyone is dead. The only win there is to shut down the factories themselves, all the circuits, perhaps modern life altogether. …Which I’m fine with, by the way. If the only way to have happy children is to live in a bark hut, Bring it on.

    “We’re at the point to where we put together a case where we have emails, we have text messages, we have pictures, we have bank records. Now we have sworn testimony”

    Joe’s been doing this since 1980 and only NOW we have evidence and testimony? What about the rapes he was up to we heard about 2 years ago? Nobody thought to follow that up? A: No, he’s a Congressman and they have a whole office and separate budget dedicated to that kind of thing.

    ““Let’s be clear what today’s [Weiss] move is really about.”

    It’s illegally placing someone into power who is illegal to do so. Now remember what the USSC has said: If it’s illegal, it’s as if it never was. So why don’t they impeach both Weiss and Garland immediately? That’s just obvious. Why? “Because Republicans have no point”, that’s why.

    If Weiss and Garland did something similarly felonious and illegal, like jumping in a Monte Carlo and ridin’ dirty on a rampage of drive-by shootings, running down pedestrians and charging policemen, would they stop him? That’s also a crime. A: No. They are Republicans. They would not.

    “McCarthy Says 783rd Impeachable Offense By Biden Will Be The Last Straw” — NOT the Babylon Bee, but real-life.

    “There is a point that the in-your-face fraud reaches where one must that there is no longer a functional law enforcement capacity within a part of the government.”

    Yes, and we crossed that point in 1990, or maybe 1930, not sure. Anyone remember J Edgar Hoover? Nope. They love him, the whole FBI and there weren’t no corruption but never ‘til now. We’re all Shocked! Shocked I say!

    “BTW Durham’s appointment was invalid for the same reason — remember that? Where was the screaming then?”

    Because Republicans, I guess, I was unaware that this was even a rule. I knew they had to be “moral” and “impartial” but not entirely “outside government”…which I presume means they could have spent 50 years there and be the Godfather of the Attorney General’s grandkids, but just happen to be retired right now. Who else would you send? Habib from the JiffyMart?

    “Appeals Court Judges Compare Biden Social Media Pressure to Mafia (JTN)

    Well it’s about time. Where were they 20 or 30 years ago when it was also this obvious?

    ““ can’t just have the government sweep up everything about you trying to find out if you did something wrong.”
    • Congress Probing FBI Collection Of J6 Phone Location Data (JTN)

    No. Literally, you can’t. It’s written right there in tiny baby words.

    “”[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    Only the PEOPLE specifically named. Only the PLACES specifically named. Only the THINGS specifically named.

    But that’s the law and we don’t do that. Yet we’re supposed to follow the law that we’re not following. We the People, I mean.

    “new tool that is raising questions about search and seizure”

    There are no “Questions”: it’s just plainly illegal and no one cares. JustTheNews, like the Republicans just frame everything in the way their enemy would like them to, and then proceed according to the enemy’s definition.

    JTN then goes on to report this happens more or less daily, for no good reason at all (a ticking bomb) just like the last 100,000 and 150 years of similar expansions and violations. But if we don’t look out, we might lose our rights. Tune in tomorrow…

    “F-16 Training For Ukrainian Pilots Barely Getting Off the Runway (Sp.)

    Since there’s no logic and no memory (Squirrel!) they’ve already forgotten that if we send F16s Russia will nuke us in WWIII. Just like if they lose the 4 new Oblasts. So sending them – and therefore training them – is the end of all life on earth. Might want to open with that.

    “Ray McGovern Has Never Been More Scared of Nuclear Catastrophe (SP)

    Yes, like WWI it’s the total enveloping insouciance of well, really everyone, that’s the most difficult. Tass, Abaycan, Sputnik, JTN, Epoch Times, and that’s to say nothing of Fox, BBC, CBS, MSNBC, all just report this as if it’s not happening. Okay then, don’t know what I’m going to do about it. They’re all PMC-laptop Class, for whom life is all abstract and has no consequences – heck, it doesn’t even have cause and effect. Where “anything goes and nothing matters.”

    None of it is real. There is no reality. I am God, and the Universe is merely my mind. My consciousness.

    You’re not going to get anywhere without a religious conversion. That is, when the people realize maybe, just maybe, they are NOT God, and are perhaps slightly smaller than that? Maybe? And possibly less certain and less moral? A very little bit at least?

    That being the case, I presume we’re all screwed and about to be nuked shortly. Maybe next year. No one ever has a ‘come to Jesus” moment. It’s just in the books, good for Hallmark movies. Generally they die first taking everyone with them, wives, children, families. I mean, obviously, right?

    But we can dream. People win the lottery sometimes too.

    death toll is at least 400,000 after 500 days of conflict. The real figure may actually surpass 500,000.”

    Plus 100,000 worldwide mercenaries? So 600,000? Russia’s not tired. Russia hasn’t even started. All her men are still at home on base drinking tea and wandering over to target practice. Want to go for a million? Just takes a few seconds, I’ll push this button over here…

    “The comparisons are correct but strangely glided over by the U.S. media without dwelling on what should be compelling abhorrence towards the violence.”

    It’s real so it doesn’t exist. Besides, they’re all Leftists so they love war, violence, and the death of all humans more than anything else on earth. They write whole books on it, and have all government platforms and agendas worldwide to kill, destroy, and depopulate all humans in the “Population Bomb”, in order to “Save the Earth.”…for somebody else, I guess? We’re fighting a war so the beavers and lizards can inherit the earth and be left in peace? Thanks, I guess, they say.

    Yup. Not strange at all. They LOVE the violence. It’s their favorite, it’s their highest goal said every day, written in every paper, it’s their RELIGION. Why surprised? Because they lied once about it and said they didn’t? C’mon.

    “US and NATO Arms Industries Hit Record $400 Billion in Sales (SCF)”

    Half a trillion? And that’s just this side: the sales. We could end homelessness in America for $40B? Joe gave that to Ukraine for their free health care and pensions the first month.

    Priorities: Murder first. YOU, especially Americans, are to be shot where you’re standing and exterminated like rats. I mean, according to their BUDGET that’s true, and according to all our death stats. Opioid, suicide, heck even our Doctors actively, with Iatrogenic deaths. …No offense. It’s just taught in medical school, protected in all medical industry, while there is zero emphasis and perfect punishment for things such as nutrition. Or family. Or community support. There are endless budgets for 100 years making sure we’re all “Bowling Alone.” All beta-tested on the Indians, for which everyone heartily approved: that’s you guys on the Left I’m looking at. Now when your son shoots himself in the head at 14 we can all be happy about it. You got what you all wanted. Probably get a little “I Voted” sticker or something after they clean up the 4 quarts of blood.

    Nor is that the WORST outcome. When you can be amputated and there are still all sorts of Epstein Islands out there, all over worldwide. We all love it and approve, I guess. No one’s bothered over here.

    So is a nuclear war really THAT bad considering what we’re doing? Maybe it’s really like Noah’s flood, kind of a good, cleansing thing, right? We’re paying more than $1 Trillion a year to make SURE it happens. Celente’s “Occupy Peace” is both empty and unfunded. Not a lick of interest to be found.

    Again: I have no idea with long posts and frequent links, why I have so little trouble.


    What are THEY doing?

    Manipulating YOU

    Who are the THEY?

    Financial advisers
    Educated elites

    Where are THEY?

    Hiding behind the manipulators/influencers/MSM

    Survivor Solutions/Aids

    Learn options, Read TAE, Become the Grey Man
    How to Look Like a Gray Man
    The first rule of the gray man theory? Don’t create any stimuli that may single you out from the crowd. From your clothing, EDC, accessories, and what have you, it’s best to be gray.



    John Campbell.


    Trump, when president, moved to remove the US from the WHO. He could do it again if he’s elected. Is this what has the Democrats and their globalist donors so panicked?

    D Benton Smith

    @DrD From later yesterday,

    “All the people in all religions all disagree with their own religion’s belief on something, or most things.”

    Ahh! So I’m not the only one using advanced fuzzy logic to zero in on stuff that’s above my pay grade, by sifting through the observations and answers of other people who are in more or less the same deficient condition. The craziest thing about it is that the method seems to work pretty well, depending largely upon how many “semi-certain maybes” you can keep spinning up there in the noggin at the same time.

    It’s a lot like what we’re running into with the Cabal thing. Does a truly organized card carrying Cabal exist ? (most now agree that it does), but if it does then who is at the bottom of it all? @Celticbiker says it’s the Jooze (who undeniably do play a leading role) but there’s also a whole gaggle of others who swear it’s some other nefarious source like Free Masons, CIA, little green men or the Devil himself.

    I sure dunno……. but I’m closing in on it. It all depends on if I can just get a couple more plates spinning before my whole cognitive contraption collapses on-stage like a grade B fill-in act on the Ed Sullivan Show.

    Michael Reid

    sued the Attorney General of Canada in 2013 on constitutional and procedural matters, stated that CPSO ICRC would not promptly handle the issue at hand, but has attempted to force Kilian to release all her patient records of interest. She has refused to violate her patients confidentiality and anonymity. The patients themselves have banded together to support Kilian and Slansky and to defend their privacy and autonomy.

    D Benton Smith

    If Lockheed-Martin has indeed spent 1.7 TRILLION dollars on the F-35 then that would mean that a single project of a single department of a single commercial company has consumed more money than the amount spent by entire INDUSTRIES which have served mankind since records were kept. And I’m not talking about puny little boutique industries either. I’m comparing the expenditure on that one stupidly useless airplane to all of the money every spent within known history on things like wheel making, fire making, gardening and the domestication of animals.

    1.7 TRILLION is an almost incomprehensibly enormous amount of money. It’s enough to stuff a C-note into the pocket of every human being who has ever lived.

    No wonder they’re organizing crime toward it’s penultimate goal of TOTAL government. They think that by TAKING everything that they will consequently GET everything. Idiots! I must assume that they have overlooked the fact that end result of taking everything is that there is nothing left, and therefore no way to get any more (because anyone even remotely capable of making more has already been taken and no longer exists).


    John Michael Greer is the first person I noticed who coined the term “Lardbucket” to describe the Empire of Lies Gangster Nation’s F-35 ‘fighter plane’.

    You know, the sub-sonic bucket of bolts that causes ‘airframe damage’ if it accedes the speed of sound.

    Like a WWII fighter that couldn’t go faster than sound either.

    Greer mentioned it in his book Twilight’s Last Gleaming 2014

    Where the Empire of Lies Gangster Nation…..attempts to gain control of some desperately needed oil by overthrowing the government of Tanzania. This prompts an intervention by Tanzania’s ally, the People’s Republic of China, with disastrous consequences for the United States.

    Like having their carriers sent to the bottom by hypersonic missiles.

    Sound plausible yet?

    He wrote that nine years ago and it is close to being a current headline today.

    Raytheon is a mafia gangster thug racket.

    Weapons for profit not performance.

    They are nose to nose with Putin

    A Russian who believes in designing weapons to Kill

    Dmitry Orlov seems to have mellowed some, not as snarky as usual.

    Here is an interview with the topic of Putin

    He lives there on the ground, nice to hear it from that perspective.


    The candid picture baring the Soul of the Poles lust for Western Ukronaziland for all the world to see.

    Naziburgers for lunch

    Polish jokes write themselves



    Is God a solipsist?

    D Benton Smith


    He’s trying really really hard not to be.


    I wonder if there are more difficulties posting for those with VPNs or doing private browsing vs those who are not?

    Does a truly organized card carrying Cabal exist ? (most now agree that it does), but if it does then who is at the bottom of it all?

    This – this is THE most significant division between worldviews now. Those that insist that “the news,” world events, etc are disparate coincidental chaotic events happening/unfolding and those that do not see it that way any longer.

    We can know who, in a way, I think. Not by gathering crime-fighting or intelligence-gathering bits of data and then pointing to particular individuals saying THEM. That’s how we often think of determining who – investigation, data. Following material clues that lead to a particular person, organization, whatever.

    But human beings are VERY good at intuiting the inner workings of someone/something without being able to see it — Richard Feynman figuring out how subatomic particles might work by visualizing non-literal characteristics. Anthropomorphizing for physics, which you’d think would be the most specifically clinical subject matter. Niels Bohr figuring out a better understanding of atomic structure than valence shells over a weekend by intuition not clinical autistic sorting of data.

    I cite physics as an example precisely because it would be the epitome of the kind of clinical analysis we would refer to to preserve a suspension of belief, a perpetuation of doubt even when doubt becomes unreasonable. “You can’t be sure, therefore…” (a line of argument often used by a college girlfriend I had with a raging case of malignant narcissistic personality disorder, consistently-coincidentally used in a particular way for particular purposes – typically to stop you from calling it as you see it, making a decision, and doing something – for the purposes of paralysis)

    We can determine who in the same way that Richard Feynman or Niels Bohr can determine atomic structure through anthropomorphization

    There’s an indistinct thing – so let’s call it a blob. The 2020’s revealed MUCH about this blob we hadn’t seen clearly before. Its dimensions, its personality, its various characteristics.

    Important, defining characteristics were revealed in the 2020’s by several major developments.

    1.) The disparate societal and cultural institutions that acted in total lockstep
    2.) A specific set of disparate agendas turned up to 11 in unison across these entities
    3.) The blocking of opinions and persons BY these disparate institutions in lockstep, across all of the disparate agendas.

    So for all but idiots and people in denial, there IS a blob. Obviously now.

    A person gets thrown off of multiple social media sites on the same day, they start their own website and get unhosted by the service providing host, then they get unbanked if they manage to build their own website anyway. Visible as both simultaneous coordination and in series over time.

    And you can’t blame it on social trends, groupthink, because at LEAST 50% of the population doesn’t agree with or want any of this and it cannot be seen in points 1-3 above. “Aw geez, people are stupid/crazy etc” uh, no, this denies the existence of at least half of all people in order to be workable.

    Denial of the existence of this blob comes down to “It’s just a dream, it’s just a dream”

    It’s ridiculous that the same blob ruined star wars, destroyed bud lite, poisoned hundreds of millions and unemployed, unhomed etc millions who refused, has an awful war going in eastern europe, is advancing the latest cutting edge marxist thought through academia, doing their best to push as much as the bandwidth will carry down to K-12.

    But it is demonstrably the case. The Blob revealed itself, in the 2020’s as brooking no disagreement. There shall be no discussion.

    Blob-deniers have to maintain the illusion that this THING, which absolutely dominates across multiple large areas of life, which has been SEEN to coordinatedly suppress all disagreement and have its way, totally unreasonably, on incredibly important life-changing things, is eager to and totally able to completely silence disagreement from the normie field of view….

    …THIS entity which actively propagates its agendas and actively suppresses all others, we are to presume is ALSO lassiez faire and allows OTHER also-strident, also-suppressive, also tyrannical entities to push their agenda and punish any who resist freely via the SAME INSTITUTIONS? No.

    But you HAVE TO implicitly believe this to insist there is no blob. To insist there’s a bunch of blobs, there’s a vax blob, a woke blob, etc that just happen to be utterly ruthless AND totally dominant and uncompromising with all dissent AND totally easygoing.

    One characteristic revealed is its scientology-like mystery cult-like onion layer levels of secrecy. It wants to indoctrinate you in the absolute lowest level possible and never, ever revealing next layers EXCEPT as expedient.

    Therefore, vax, woke, ukraine, etc themselves are not not necessarily CHARACTERISTICS of this blob. They can be chess pieces it moves around.

    But having decided that, it IS possible, like Feynman penetrating the inner workings of the atom through anthropomorphization, to then determine the characteristics of this blob behind the pieces. In that sense, its identity. Divining its characteristics until you have a photo like artists sketch of it as opposed to finding out its social security number, its address, its place of business, and tracking it down there.

    Following the onion layers up the chain of expediency WOULD have them meet in a common origin of cause, but the characteristics of a knight or a rook are not the characteristics of the chess player per se. You watch the game-play of the chess player, which DOES reveal their character and characteristics. And in the 2020’s the moves are hamfistedly obvious instead of undetectably subtle

    Dr. D

    From the Internets: “My fifty year prediction is unchanged from last year: The world will continue to get more techno-utopian, more techno-dystopian, and more post-apocalyptic, all at the same time. Massive camps of climate refugees will be watched and clumsily fed by drones. Polar bears will go extinct and coyotes will thrive. Broken things will increasingly exceed the motivation and skills to fix them, and infrastructure will fail first in places with less money. Complex systems will be hollowed out and filled in by simple systems, some better and some worse. Fanatical movements will destroy stuff and burn themselves out.

    My one thousand year prediction is a wide variety of mellowed-out low-tech societies.”

    That’s pretty normal since that’s what history actually says. Because it’s cyclical. Unless we’re Progressive, we’re at the End of History, and you, personally, are smarter and better than anybody has ever been. And I don’t think so.

    Michael Reid

    You’re not going to get anywhere without a religious conversion. That is, when the people realize maybe, just maybe, they are NOT God, and are perhaps slightly smaller than that? Maybe? And possibly less certain and less moral? A very little bit at least?

    If we substitute “God” with nature and
    religious dogma with wholesome living,
    I would sign up.


    Still getting the spam screen or 5x attempts to post before things go through…

    I’ve begun to suspect the whole civilizational complexity vs energy inputs hypothesis isn’t the explanation for our current civilizational misery. Nor, in that context, carrying capacity. I know these have been implicitly our lens for reality if we come from a peak oil background – and I certainly do.

    Of course, societies like Rome had no petroleum shortage. And if anything, the ancient commentators worried about a “manpower shortage,” so we cannot claim a problem with overshoot carrying capacity either.

    So we’re left with complexity.

    You look at the Roman army force structure later on during the Empire and it is a different beast than the army of the Republic. Smaller legions, lots more specialized units. A far, far more sophisticated army.

    But you don’t make a more sophisticated army so that you can, I don’t know, supply more energy inputs for complexity, as some sort of obligatory thing you do. Your sophisticated army can do more with less men. You’re paying and feeding less soldiers. What you have is more effective pound for pound.

    Or I think of modern shipping. Now that container and tanker ships have slowed down to sailing vessel speeds, we should be dusting off the idea of sailing vessels, because we are more sophisticated now. More capable.

    Steel sailing vessels are more complex than wood, sure. And the computer controlled Cousteu Turbosail is more sophisticated as well. It also is 3.5-4x more efficient than sails and doesn’t require a single crewman to go aloft to adjust the rigging. Just a guy in the cockpit glancing at the monitors periodically

    There’s complexity and sophistication going into such a vessel, but it’s extremely effective. It isn’t as if, at every level, we spend more EROI automatically as a function of becoming more sophisticated. YES brute-forcing larger ships with more oil or proving with sufficient power a brick can fly with the F4 Phantom is a thing too, but I wouldn’t say it is automatic that more advanced equals more energy inputs

    Or earth bermed passive solar houses. Initial build cost goes up perhaps 20%? Maybe no more expensive, depending on your methods? Then you have a 100+ year house invulnerable to fire, hail, wind, storms and requires no material or energy inputs to passively save you energy. It will never kill you because your HVAC gave out like a black roofed mcmansion in phoenix would. Just on insurance costs, it pays for itself. But try to get past the municipal codes or the HOA practically anywhere.

    There’s no reason we can’t eliminate the 8,000 mile salad by victory gardening. If anything, technological advances make it way easier now than in 1940 – even though the efficiencies would be through sophistication or complexity.

    I have been getting a gut feeling that the determining factor is NOT complexity, but fraud and overcontrol. They tell us things break down due to resources, complexity, etc but actually it is all the criminality. People in charge who nevertheless own nothing, thus do not act as owners, who block everyone else from directing resources appropriately while taking control of and misdirecting resources.

    There’s tons of cool, fun, awesome, positive things we could be doing. We cut down 18 million trees to build bird-killing non recyclable pathetically semi-effective wind turbines because we want to use a sustainable energy source INSTEAD OF building Turbosail powered tankers and cargo ships, which would ACTUALLY work and be helpful.

    Long time peak-oiler here. Getting more and more skeptical as the years pass of overshoot and complexity related explanations as they relate specifically to our situation. Maybe it is coming down to = we could do cool, fun stuff – but we don’t.



    Nice rant

    Criminality is another lens for parasitism

    A game warden friend who tags deer and moose kills for the state in northern New England said twenty year ago when someone brought in a recently shot moose, as the body cooled the ticks would jump off and leave the body. They would try to guesstimate the number of ticks for record stats and it was usually in the dozens to a couple hundred ticks per moose.

    Now when a shot moose comes in to the tagging station and is there long enough to cool down, they have counted over 100,000+ ticks coming off a single dead moose. He said it looked like a Sci-Fi horror show watching that many ticks abandon a sinking ship and spill over the pickup tailgate like a waterfall!

    They estimate that that many ticks would draw gallons of blood off the poor moose and leave it anemic going into winter and probably kill it during the winter.

    That’s how fucked up what humanity has done the local eco-systems.

    The Empire of Lies is like a shortly to be dead moose with a hundred thousand PLUS blood sucking ticks drinking it’s blood.

    You know, like Satan Worshipers Anonymous

    Criminality is a form of Lie, a Big Lie.

    And lies are a form of action that always produces and Equal and Opposite reaction.

    Nature corrects Lies with Truth

    Reality is Truth

    Most folks could lose some weight, here have some Truth



    This long paper, by R. L. Blaylock, in Surg Neurol Int. 2022; 13: 167. April 2022

    lays out much of what took place with Cov-19 in the USA.

    first paragraph:

    The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most manipulated infectious disease events in history, characterized by official lies in an unending stream lead by government bureaucracies, medical associations, medical boards, the media, and international agencies.[3,6,57] We have witnessed a long list of unprecedented intrusions into medical practice, including attacks on medical experts, destruction of medical careers among doctors refusing to participate in killing their patients and a massive regimentation of health care, led by non-qualified individuals with enormous wealth, power and influence.

    I post it because it might be useful as a kind of summary to send along…it covers much ground, is pretty ‘factual’ (if that can ever be)…but it IS very long…


    Eurotardistan and the Scumbag Empire of Lies gave the UkroNazis depleted uranium ammo, you know, like Iraq, and now the Russians are monitoring every piece of equipment coming from the SMO for radiation.

    Like I’ve said before, the UK supplies DU to the UkroNazis, I hope DU mysteriously shows up all over Jolly Old England.

    Humm, I wonder how that happened?…

    Russians Are Very Thorough – All Equipment For Repair From SMO Zone Must Be Checked For Radiation



    I forwarded to a family member who might enjoy, (won’t enjoy), the truth as laied out in April 2022.


    Are the MSM informing you of the need to get “the triple shot” for protection against the triple virus that is coming this fall?

    D Benton Smith

    I know that from time to time (and more often recently) we are all stunned and dismayed by the sheer number and magnitude of the crises that assail us.


    What has changed is that “back in the day”, you would never have been told or allowed to know or share that such mind shattering evil even existed as a conscious intention, much less be the real and actual, fully operational world-wide standard operating procedure for an entire class of Rulers whose only PRODUCT, for hundreds (if not thousands) of years has been NOTHING other than dead human beings. In other words, DEAD PEOPLE is their product. That’s what they make for a living, and these Rulers (and inheriting descendants) have been RULING the world for perhaps thousands of years.

    The historical villains of past generations from Caligula and Genghis Khan, to Hitler or Klaus Schwab, were NOT the result of organic development through some complex natural process like evolution or psychology. Them and all other mass killers were nurtured to full blossom and fruit by a so-called “civilization” that was fucking PREDICATED upon crime, slavery, lethal force and wholesale killing, PURPOSEFULLY, and then RUN by a generationally ongoing collaboration of Dynastic rulers numbering in the scores, not millions, of individuals. There could (I suppose) be aliens or devils behind them, but regardless of that needless speculation it still remains true that there is simply no way possible (literally NOT mathematically possible) for it to have been any other way than planned, adjusted and coordinated as the ages rolled forward, based on obvious publicly available facts. Just read the damn history books in any town Library.

    These far scattered facts have been aggregated, analyzed and known to an extremely tiny fringe of monumentally courageous people for many many years. The lights of their lamps were never fully extinguished. But it is only NOW that such things can be (and ARE) beginning to be BROADLY shared and discussed. Always before, such dark truths were being censored, lied about, hidden, suppressed and “murdered away” so ruthlessly, thoroughly and effectively that the vast VAST majority of victims simply could not and did not have even the slightest inkling that those tangible realities even existed.

    That near total darkness and muffled silence is over with. The subject matter IS out in the open. FULL public visibility is well under way, and speeding up fast.

    These heretofore unknowing people now DO know (or at least they are STARTING to become aware of) facts that they did not previously know or even suspect.

    Not only does this measurable phenomenon PROVE that we are winning. It proves that the Grand Finale is VERY very close at hand……… because expansion of shared knowledge is an EXPONENTIAL function. Word of mouth is a chain reaction whose RATE of speeding up speeds up and then speeds up faster that that.

    No matter how good you are at math, and no matter how fast your synapses snap, the entire last HALF of the progressive expansion takes place in a fraction of time so short that it is impossible to calculate. A femtosecond is far too lengthy to measure the briefness.

    For all practical purposes the last HALF of the expansion will be instantaneous, but believe you me, the spreading of the message gets fast enough for all practical purposes long long LONG before that.

    In fact, I’m going to go way out on a limb right now and declare that we are already IN that stage, the stage which just precedes that final instant. Shared knowledge about previous secrets and ignorances is expanding faster than anyone can keep up with already. It is spreading even faster as we speak and spreading faster than that by tomorrow. You get the idea.

    Elected officials and other nationally recognized figures are presently conversing in plain English, in the US Congress fer cryin’ out loud, about Alien UFO’s and Satanic child sacrifice! How over the top does this unprecedented display need to get ? I really do not think that it’s going to require the Pope eating a child on public television before practically EVERYBODY simply knows that these previously ultra-hidden topics are now just common conversation on public platforms around the world.

    I believe (based on evidence and calculation) that we are now officially into the EXPLOSION phase of disclosures of unsuspected secrets about unguessably hidden (and totally evil) activities. Don’t even bother to think about strapping in. It’s way too late for that.

    Just aim for Truth and go toward the Good and I think that we’ll all be relatively okay.


    Poland is increasing to 30,000 troops on its borders.

    Is Polland planning an attack to seize part of Ukraine.?
    Fear of an Attack by Belarus, Wagner, or Russia or all.
    Gee, maybe they don’t think that NATO will be able to send help or will want to send help.


    D Benton Smith
    Unintended consequence of the web/of not being able to control the dissemination of info.

    Figmund Sreud

    The song is by Oliver Anthony. Urrently sitting at #1 on iTunes. This vid is all about “Why?”


    Veracious Poet


    Priorities: Murder first. YOU, especially Americans, are to be shot where you’re standing and exterminated like rats. I mean, according to their BUDGET that’s true, and according to all our death stats.

    Only humans that *might* be sane, rational, honest & forthright (ie could be/become Spiritually Sane) are the intended targets. Humanity is of course (as always under Fascist Totalitarianism), prone to collateral damage, where even The Faithful toadies, lackeys & sycophants suffer for The Narrative (Save Our Rich Leaders!).

    Opioid, suicide, heck even our Doctors actively, with Iatrogenic deaths. …No offense. It’s just taught in medical school, protected in all medical industry, while there is zero emphasis and perfect punishment for things such as nutrition. Or family. Or community support. There are endless budgets for 100 years making sure we’re all “Bowling Alone.” All beta-tested on the Indians, for which everyone heartily approved: that’s you guys on the Left I’m looking at. Now when your son shoots himself in the head at 14 we can all be happy about it. You got what you all wanted. Probably get a little “I Voted” sticker or something after they clean up the 4 quarts of blood.

    Putnam’s ludicrously *huge* blind-spot, in his “expert” EG0ic musings, excludes a veritable dearth of data input(s) regarding the advent of promiscuous sex + illicit drug use/experimentation in gen pop since the 1950s to present ~ As a survivor of this “trend” in “America”, I am well-versed with the pathological underground CULTure that spawned this insidiously social capital mutation, where There’s No Shame, Anything Goes! Now with AI!!!

    Oh, Putnam also missed the *death* of America’s Democratic Republic under Natural Law in 1933, which was transmogrified into U$ Empire LLC under Admiralty/Equity Laws by FDR, along with all the violent, fascist mind-fu@kery attendant to such malevolence 🙄


    It’s a lot like what we’re running into with the Cabal thing. Does a truly organized card carrying Cabal exist ?

    As above, degenerative, debased, antisocial pathology flourished from the top down, the effects of which are as yet compounding without any substantive recognition as a malady derived from a *total* collapse of Spiritual Sanity in Western Civ. ~ It’s CULTural & endemic.

    While there are well-meaning *sane* democrats/republicans (Tulsi, Ron/Rand, RFK Jr. et al.) the pervasive real reality of the Deep Swamp Cabal is a juggernaut growing more cancerous by the hour, as the Collective EG0ic Madness/Mass Formation Psychosis brought about by submission to in-your-face gas-lighting, bullying & tyranny by a drug addled gen pop *became* The West’s Social Norm.

    After all, is not Jack Kerouac the hero of every Ivy League/Russell Group “social scientist” presently tenured & recognized as composing The Experts?



    Inside the heads of “them”:

    We are the lords.
    We giveth and we taketh away.
    Our tools are you who make tools.
    We give you purpose by fulfilling our desires.
    We have you take from those who cannot defend themselves.
    This makes you fruitful. You multiply.
    This gives us more. It is never enough.
    To discipline ourselves we kill you, our instruments of exploitation.
    We are the lords. Without us you are nothing.


    Dr D said

    “McCarthy Says 783rd Impeachable Offense By Biden Will Be The Last Straw” — NOT the Babylon Bee, but real-life.

    The entire act of protecting the Biden family is a good sign. It tells us that the many guilty people in government believe that should Biden be brought down, the investigations will start and they will be found guilty. They obviously fear that nobody will be out of bounds, the smaller government people and oligarchs will be investigated, which is why they are fighting to prevent any prosecution of the Bidens. Of course, Biden knows this, so he is milking it, doing tons of bad stuff because he thinks he can get away with it, he is probably handing secrets to China as I write this, but it cannot last. If Biden was on his own, then they would have let him fall a long time ago, but he is not, he is just the one in the most senior office. If he falls, they all fall.

    Veracious Poet

    If Lockheed-Martin has indeed spent 1.7 TRILLION dollars on the F-35 then that would mean that a single project of a single department of a single commercial company has consumed more money than the amount spent by entire INDUSTRIES which have served mankind since records were kept.

    C’est la vie.

    Veracious Poet

    Who is the blob?



    D, Benton, Hitler was not a villian. Have you read anything he wrote? Actually listened to anything he said. From the time you were walking its been pounded into your head he is evil incarnate. He took on the jew bankers and was murdered for it, as was JFK. Patton knew we were on the wrong side of that horrific war…they murdered him too. Do you understand who you are dealing with here? For the love of Christ, who they murdered too, can you not see who manipulates and destroys? Blob, Cabal, Khazarian Mafia. are you over educated motherfuckers really that dense? Really?


    VP- “You’re telling me you can still see me when I cover my eyes”
    Theory of mind… I have been astonished my whole life by how many extremely “smart, educated” people show astonishing gaps in this.
    Expose it, and a tantrum is the usual result.

    Veracious Poet


    Do you not realize how patently transparent this half-witted, inbred Stormfront propaganda actually appears to anyone with even a shred of Spiritually Sanity? 🙄

    In truth, the putrid blob of homicidal/suicidal CULTure in The West is Soooo much more complex & devolved than your fantastical Nazi horseshit & rubbish; You’re embarrassing yourself…

    I’d tell you to get a clue, but it’s obvious you’re either mental or a agent provocateur ~ Of course you’re not the only one, seems there’s a few around here that want to attach TAE to dangerously violent sentiments & poisonously retarded ideologies 😐

    BTW, what do you think of the vaccines & ivermectin?

    Asking for a friend…

    Vaya con dios.


    Lawless Duh’merica

    Californicate leads the nation in brazen low class thievery

    This is craptastic, a small preview of the Mad Max near future when the Empire of Lies collapses like the old Soviet Union


    Two Useless Eaters use forklift to steal an entire ATM from Sacramento credit union, on video


    This puts the Duh in Duh’merica

    Is Michelle Obama a Man?

    Hell Yes!

    Let’s Survey the Evidence

    Part of the Ritual Satanic Humiliation of the Duh’merican public.

    Or should I say pubic

    Michael Reid

    Check out this truck


    Oakland Police Advise Residents To “Appear As Poor As Possible”

    Yah Baby!

    Burn in Hell Californicates!


    “Residents of Oakland, California are being urged by police to pursue degrees in psychology in order to ward off violent attackers.

    “The real victims are the people who, because of their dire circumstances, have been pushed to violate the law,” said a spokesperson for the Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland, or MACRO.

    “And we believe we can better serve this community if more of those being attacked know how to provide professional psychiatric help at the scene of the crime, in real time.”

    In 2023, police urged residents of crime stricken areas to use air horns to try to scare off attackers and alert their neighbors to a crime occurring. But last year, Oakland residents voted to outlaw air horns after it caused psychological distress to the attackers.

    Instead, those being attacked should start by sympathizing with the attacker in order to gain rapport. For beginners, it’s best to start by telling an attacker that you appreciate how frustrated they must be, or even to offer them some food or hot tea.

    Anyone with more advanced training and experience in psychology, however, could start by asking the attacker about his/her childhood, and then encourage attackers to explore traumatic events from their lives that may have triggered their criminal behavior.

    “Invite them inside for a conversation. Ask them if there is anything that has been weighing on their mind,” MACRO urges.

    And officials say that if you are unable to pursue a psychology degree, the best course of action to fend off criminal attackers is to appear as poor as possible, so that there is less incentive to target you.

    Don’t wear flashy items like button down shirts or wedding rings. And avoid repainting your home, or repairing damaged porches and fences.

    Even letting the weeds grow too long in your yard can be a helpful deterrent to crime.

    The fines assessed by the City of Oakland for violating municipal codes about grass length could be well worth it if it deters a break-in.



    Interesting stuff:

    Pfizer on successful trajectory to reduce world population in half, a part of its 2019 5 year plan. Can’t quite believe it, but then words line up with the mouth.

    New song trending: rich men north of Richmond

    Bear rejects Big Mac


    Straight from San Franshithole



    Bear won’t eat a Big Mac

    But a Trash Panda will!!!


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