Aug 142023
 August 14, 2023  Posted by at 8:48 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Edgar Degas In front of the mirror 1889


My Chances Are Close To 100% – Trump (RT)
Joe Rogan Says Tucker Carlson Could Win 2028 Presidential Election (JTN)
US Prosecutors Claim Evidence of Trump Lawyers’ Role in 2021 Vote System Breach (Sp.)
Hunter Biden Attorney Blames ‘Right-Wing Media’ For False Allegations (Hill)
“Shoeless Joe” and the Fixing of the Biden Scandal (Turley)
The Bidens’ Case Will Keep On Giving (MoA)
Oversight Democrats Admit Hunter Biden Did ‘Unlawful & Wrong Things’ (Sp.)
Five Untrue Stories Joe Biden Told About The Family Business (JTN)
The Ukraine War Might Really Break Up The Russian Federation (Hill)
‘Dehumanizing’ Russians Has Backfired – Arestovich (RT)
Berlin Calls For More Diplomatic Efforts To End Ukraine Conflict (RT)
Poland To Ask Voters If They Want Illegal Immigrants (RT)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – The Israel Lobby’s Useful Idiot (Chris Hedges)
Not Much Time Left to Save Julian Assange From Extradition (Hitchens)






















“He’s doing very poorly in the polls. Very, very poorly. “And I think he’s going to be leaving the race pretty soon..”

My Chances Are Close To 100% – Trump (RT)

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has boasted that he believes he can dominate longtime political rival Joe Biden in next year’s election should the legally embattled former president secure the GOP nomination. Speaking at a campaign event in Iowa, a state in which he comfortably defeated Biden during his unsuccessful attempt to regain the White House in 2020, Trump said he sees himself as holding a near-unassailable advantage over the 80-year-old US commander-in-chief. “Close to 100%,” Trump told the Sunday Times when asked about his chances against Biden in a rematch of their fractious showdown at the polls three years ago. Current polling data suggests that Trump is the clear favorite to become the Republican nominee in next year’s presidential election.

But before a Biden rematch becomes a reality, Trump must first secure his party’s nomination – a path that must take him past, or through, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. “He didn’t have many people show up,” Trump told the Daily Mail of the 44-year-old DeSantis’ apparent lack of support at the same Iowa State Fair earlier on Saturday. “That’s not good. He’s doing very poorly in the polls. Very, very poorly. “And I think he’s going to be leaving the race pretty soon, I think,” Trump said, adding that he doesn’t see the Florida legislator as a threat to his White House chances. DeSantis, a populist lawmaker who has surged to popularity in the Sunshine State on a so-called ‘anti-woke’ platform, has so far failed to translate his home support base to a national scale – despite one poll showing him holding a 23-point advantage over Trump just nine months ago.

That advantage, though, has long since expired despite Trump walking a legally perilous tightrope involving three ongoing federal indictments. Another is expected to be served in the coming days relating to his alleged efforts to compel lawmakers in the state of Georgia to call the 2020 election in his favor. The former real estate mogul is also facing campaign finance violation charges in New York, another related to withholding sensitive government documents at his Florida estate, and a third concerning an alleged conspiracy to overturn the results of the last presidential election. Trump denies any wrongdoing.

Trump’s comments on Biden and DeSantis came soon after he was warned by a US judge not to make statements that could “taint the jury pool” for his upcoming trials. “He is a criminal defendant,”Judge Tanya Chutkan said. “The fact that the defendant is engaged in a political campaign is not going to allow him greater or lesser latitude.”

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“Let’s just make a scenario. Trump wins in 2024. He has four years. If Tucker went to run in 2028, he could win.”

Joe Rogan Says Tucker Carlson Could Win 2028 Presidential Election (JTN)

Podcast host Joe Rogan predicted that commentator Tucker Carlson could win the presidency in 2028 if former President Donald Trump wins in 2024 and the former Fox News host enters the next presidential race. “Let’s just make a scenario. Trump wins in 2024. He has four years. If Tucker went to run in 2028, he could win. He really could win, because it would be kind of carrying those policies,” Rogan said on an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” with Valuetainment founder Patrick Bet-David as his guest earlier this month.

“Also, he’s sort of a no-nonsense guy who exposes bull****, you know, in a kind of humorous way and a very insightful and biting way,” Rogan added. Shortly after Carlson left Fox News in April, Bet-David offered him $100 million over five years to join Valuetainment. Carlson is now airing a show on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. A super PAC had tried to push Carlson to run for president in 2024, but the commentator’s attorney shut down the group’s activities with a cease-and-desist letter in May.

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More than a dozen members of Trump’s legal team all conspired to break into the 2021 voting system in Coffee County? All jeopardizing thein careers?

US Prosecutors Claim Evidence of Trump Lawyers’ Role in 2021 Vote System Breach (Sp.)

Prosecutors in the US state of Georgia claim they have evidence to prove that ex-President Donald Trump’s legal team had a role in the 2021 voting system breach in Coffee County, media reported Sunday. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis will seek charges against more than a dozen people when she presents the case before a grand jury next week, media cited sources as saying. She reportedly has texts and emails implicating several of those people in the computer breach in the rural Georgian county.

The messages reportedly show how Trump’s lawyers and hired operatives sought to access Coffee County voting systems in the days before the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol to prove their allegations of widespread electoral fraud. Prosecutors are investigating Trump and his supporters for possibly unlawful 2020 election interference. Trump has repeatedly condemned the criminal proceedings against him as attempts to weaponize the American justice system to prevent him from running in the 2024 US presidential election.

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I like the logos: since Weiss had 5 years, only the things he did come up with could possibly be true.

Hunter Biden Attorney Blames ‘Right-Wing Media’ For False Allegations (Hill)

Hunter Biden’s attorney Abbe Lowell on Sunday blamed “right-wing media” for what he says were false allegations against his client, noting that all accusations have been investigated over a five-year period and only two charges were brought forth by federal prosecutors. CBS’s Margaret Brennan asked Lowell on “Face the Nation” whether Biden was investigated within the scope of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) — a World War II era law intended to keep attempts at foreign influence transparent. Lowell acknowledged that an investigation of Biden failing to register as a foreign agent while conducting foreign business could have been within the scope of the five-year investigation. “But you asked me whether or not that has been part of the investigation,” he said.

“And after five years and what we know happened in the grand jury, of course, that had to be part of what the prosecutor has already looked at, as well as every other false allegation made by the right-wing media and others, whether it’s corruption, or FARA or money laundering. “That was part of what this prosecutor’s office had to have been looking over for five years,” he added. He reiterated that the five-year investigation only resulted in two misdemeanor charges, noting that the prosecutors likely looked into more allegations.“I can assure you that five years concluded that the only two charges that made sense were two misdemeanors for failing to file [taxes] like millions of Americans do, and a diverted gun charge for the 11 days that Hunter possessed a gun,” he said.

Biden’s plea deal involving tax and gun charges was put on hold last month after the judge presiding over the case questioned the parameters around the deal announced in June. He was expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of willful failure to pay income taxes as part of the deal, but instead pleaded not guilty after the deal was put on hold in order for both sides to hash out another deal. Republicans have repeatedly called for investigations into Biden’s business dealings and previously labeled the plea agreement as a “sweetheart deal.” Attorney General Merrick Garland elevated U.S. Attorney for Delaware David Weiss to special counsel last week, a move that many Republicans have also criticized.

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Turley makes some strange moves: “… Despite my enthusiastic support at [the appointment of David Weiss as special counsel], I have come to view Attorney General Merrick Garland as a failure as Attorney General..”

And then he fully eviscerates Weiss. And waltzes over the legality of appointing Weiss as special counsel like it doesn’t matter.

“Shoeless Joe” and the Fixing of the Biden Scandal (Turley)

Roughly 100 years ago, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson admitted that, as a player for the Chicago White Sox, he and seven other teammates had intentionally lost the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds in 1919. When a kid stopped him outside of the grand jury room and asked “It ain’t true, is it, Joe?” Jackson responded “Yes, kid, I’m afraid it is.” This is not a case of history repeating itself. After being confronted by allegations of a fixed investigation, Attorney General Merrick Garland just sent Shoeless Joe back into the game. The appointment of Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss as the new special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden left many with the same disbelief as that kid in Chicago. This is, after all, the same Weiss who headed an investigation that was trashed by whistleblowers, who alleged that his investigation had been fixed from the outset.

It is the same Weiss who ran an investigation in which agents were allegedly prevented from asking about Joe Biden, obstructed in their efforts to pursue questions and compromised by tip offs to the Biden team on planned searches. It is also the same Weiss who reportedly allowed the statute of limitations to run out on Hunter’s major tax offenses, even though he had the option to extend it. It is the same Weiss who did not indict on major tax felonies and cut a plea deal that brushed aside a felony gun charge. It is the same Weiss who inked a widely panned “sweetheart” deal that caused a federal judge to balk and trash a sweeping immunity grant — language that even the prosecutor admitted he had never previously seen in a plea deal. That is why many asked Garland to “say it ain’t so.”

The Weiss appointment definitively established Garland as a failure as attorney general. As someone who initially praised Garland’s appointment, I now see that he has repeatedly shown he lacks the strength and leadership to rise to these moments. This is why the Justice Department is now less trusted by the public than it was under his predecessor, Bill Barr. During Barr’s tenure, Pew found that 54% of the public viewed the department favorably, and 70% had a favorable view of the FBI. Under Garland, the department’s favorability had declined to 49% as of March, before many of the recent failures. The FBI’s favorability has fallen by 18 points to just 52%.Garland’s failure of leadership has undermined key cases. A Harvard-Harris poll this summer showed that 55% of the public view the Trump indictment as “politically motivated,” and 56% believe that it constitutes election interference.

Garland continues to do little to reverse that public perception, other than repeatedly refer to the motto of the Department. He offered the same mantra for years as some of us called for a special counsel appointment to investigate Biden corruption. The case for such an appointment has long been unassailable, but Garland refused to make the appointment, allowing years to pass with underlying crimes. The immediate effect of this belated appointment will be to insulate Weiss and the Department from Congress as it prepares to interview Weiss and members of his team. Yet if that was truly his purpose in doing this, Garland might have been too clever by half. First, since Garland did not appoint someone from outside of the Department (as envisioned under Section 600.3).

Of course, Garland could insist that, although this appointment from inside the Justice Department violates the statute, Special Counsel John Durham was also selected from the department’s ranks. Yet that does not excuse the appointment of a prosecutor who has been accused of conflicts of interest and false statements — the very antithesis of a special counsel who is supposed to have “a reputation for integrity and impartial decision-making.” Second, there is the failure to expand Weiss’s mandate. Garland described that mandate as focusing again on Hunter Biden, and the Justice Department refused to respond to questions on the possible inclusion of his father in the investigation.

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“A special council is usually used for protection from ‘undue political influence’ by, for example, the attorney general. But it can also be used to hide things that otherwise would have to be done in the open.”

The Bidens’ Case Will Keep On Giving (MoA)

The court sent the prosecutor and Hunter’s lawyer back home to renegotiate the plea deal. However, this week the prosecutor, one David C. Weiss, wrote back to the court that the negotiations have failed and that he intends to indict Hunter Biden. At the same time Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has elevated Weiss to the status of special counsel. That is claimed to make him more independent. It also allows him to move the case from the local court and to indict Biden in different states: “The prosecutor, David C. Weiss, has since 2018 investigated a wide array of accusations involving Mr. Biden’s business and personal life, including his foreign dealings, drug use and finances. But as special counsel, Mr. Weiss, who is also the U.S. attorney in Delaware, can pursue charges in any jurisdiction he chooses without seeking the cooperation of local federal prosecutors.”

The big question is why Garland allows the same prosecutor who tried to push an obviously crooked plea deal through a court to continue with the case. Sure, Weiss already knows the case. But the crimes Hunter committed are not that complicate. It would not take many weeks for a different prosecutor to learn of all the issues. Another question is why Weiss, 5 years after taking up the case, now made the request to become a special council: “The investigation appeared to be near an end in recent months when Mr. Biden agreed to plead guilty to two tax misdemeanors in a deal that would also have allowed him to avoid prosecution on a gun charge. Mr. Weiss, who has been roundly criticized by Republicans over the terms of the deal, asked Mr. Garland on Tuesday to be named special counsel.”

I have found no source which gave an explanation for Weiss taking this step. A special council is usually used for protection from ‘undue political influence’ by, for example, the attorney general. But it can also be used to hide things that otherwise would have to be done in the open. That the same prosecutor who tried to hide that he would give immunity to Hunter Biden has taken this step smells of another attempt to come to some other murky deal that will keep Hunter out of jail and his father in office. But there have also been whistle-blowers who had said that Weiss had previously asked for special council power but that the request had been rejected by the Justice Department. Weiss had denied that:

“Attorneys for Gary Shapley, a criminal investigator-turned-whistleblower, questioned the credibility of U.S. Attorney David Weiss after his appointment as special counsel Friday in the yearslong investigation into Hunter Biden. Jason Foster pointed to his client Shapley, a veteran IRS agent, testifying to Congress in May that Weiss had once asked for special counsel status in the case and was rejected. Weiss in subsequent letters to Congress denied that, saying he had been “granted ultimate authority” on “where, when, and whether to file charges” in the case. Foster said the appointment of Weiss was “odd because both Mr. Weiss and [Attorney General Merrick] Garland had been saying for a long time that he didn’t need special counsel authority.”

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Trying to separate father and son. Nice try. “Hunter Biden was trying to promote an illusion of access to his father for his own reasons… That’s Hunter Biden..”

Oversight Democrats Admit Hunter Biden Did ‘Unlawful & Wrong Things’ (Sp.)

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a key member of the Oversight panel, emphasized the need to let the justice system follow its course, conceding that Hunter Biden was involved in wrongful activities. Raskin acknowledged Hunter’s struggles with drug addiction and his engagement in unlawful activities. “It does seem clear that this guy was addicted to drugs and did a lot of really unlawful and wrong things,” Raskin said while on air in US TV weekly political affairs program. The recent announcement by US Attorney General Merrick Garland granting special counsel authority to investigate Hunter Biden, led by Delaware US Attorney David Weiss, came after revelations from IRS whistleblowers about political bias in the federal investigation and the collapse of Hunter’s plea deal.

Raskin maintained his faith in the justice system and suggested that the dissolution of Hunter Biden’s plea agreement on tax and firearm charges paved the way for the special counsel appointment. Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY), another Oversight Committee member, avoided directly condemning Hunter Biden but acknowledged allegations that he leveraged his family’s name for financial gain. “I think that same witness also made very clear that they never discussed business [and] that Hunter Biden was trying to promote an illusion of access to his father for his own reasons… That’s Hunter Biden. And you can make it whatever judgment you want to make about whether that was appropriate or not,” Goldman said in a discussion on a US TV talk show. Meanwhile, congressional Republicans are increasing their scrutiny of the Biden family, revealing financial records that indicate the family and its associates received around $20 million from foreign sources.

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“Those who have exposed those falsehoods say Americans should expect the story to get even darker in the coming months.”

Five Untrue Stories Joe Biden Told About The Family Business (JTN)

In a colorful exchange last week with a journalist, Joe Biden snapped when asked about recent testimony from family friend Devon Archer that the president had met and talked on the phone with his son Hunter’s business partners. “I never talked business with anybody. I knew you’d have a lousy question,” the president fired back at Fox News’ Peter Doocy. “Why is that a lousy question?” Doocy asked. “Because it’s not true!” Biden exclaimed. The exchange was extraordinary, not just for its tense atmosphere, but also because the president and his surrogates have moved the goal posts after years of claiming he had never engaged with Hunter Biden’s business clients.

The change in message reflects a harsh reality: there is now significant evidence and testimony that undercuts the seminal claims Joe Biden made about his family’s overseas business to get elected in 2020 and to deflect from a burgeoning scandal since. In the 2020 presidential debate, for instance, Biden said: “My son has not made money from China. The only guy who has made money from China was this guy,” he said, directing his comments at Trump. Those who have exposed those falsehoods say Americans should expect the story to get even darker in the coming months.

Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-Wis.), who led the first comprehensive probe of Hunter Biden’s business pursuits back in 2020, told Just the News that “The mainstream media, they’re not aware of the fact or they’re not reporting the fact that Joe Biden lied through his teeth, repeatedly to the American public saying, ‘I never talked to Hunter about his overseas business deals.’ I mean, we’ve known that was a lie for years.” “It won’t surprise any of us that Joe Biden was far more involved in Hunter’s schemes, in his grifts than certainly we know at this point in time,” the senator added. There are five claims the president and his defenders have made that now conflict with current evidence:
1/ Joe Biden never discussed business with his son or family.
2/ Joe Biden never met with his son’s business partners.
3/ The Biden family did not get money from China.
4/ Hunter Biden “has done nothing wrong.”
5/ The Hunter Biden laptop that emerged late in the 2020 election was Russian disinformation.

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“Russia’s elites are fractured and fragmented, lacking a cohesive and coherent vision of their country’s future; no one knows what to do about the disastrous war with Ukraine.”

I know a country that is far more likely to break up. And I don’t mean Ukraine.

The Ukraine War Might Really Break Up The Russian Federation (Hill)

It’s time to start taking the potential disintegration of Russia seriously. A number of analysts see the shattering of the Russian Federation as a possible aftermath of Vladimir Putin’s catastrophic war in Ukraine. Although the world would be better off with a much weakened Russia, its fall may not go smoothly. The Jamestown Foundation’s Janusz Bugajski would probably agree with this assessment: “as a rump state, under intense international sanctions and shorn of its resource base in Siberia, [Russia] will have severely reduced capabilities to attack neighbors.” As a result, “NATO’s eastern front will become more secure; while Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova will regain their occupied territories and petition for European Union and NATO integration without fear of Russia’s reaction.”

Moreover, “countries in Central Asia will also feel increasingly liberated.” Washington Post columnist David Ignatius holds a gloomier view: “A fragmenting, demoralized Russia is a devil’s playground. … Russia’s internal disarray poses a severe dilemma for Putin, but it’s very dangerous for the West, too.” The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Tatiana Stanovaya occupies a middle ground, while leaning toward Ignatius. She writes that, on the one hand, “the Kremlin will be wrestling simultaneously with…a deepening crisis of Putin’s leadership, a growing lack of political accountability, increasingly ineffective responses by the authorities to new challenges, an intensifying fragmentation among elites, and a society that is growing more antiestablishment.”

On the other hand, although “the world will have to contend with a more dangerous and unpredictable Russia,” it’s likely that “this inward turn could lead to a more pragmatic approach to the war against Ukraine.” Bugajski’s optimism derives from his focus on a post-disintegration Russia, one that is a rump state under international scrutiny, lacking the economic and military resources it would need to pursue an imperialist agenda. Ignatius’s pessimism, like that of Stanovaya, derives from their focus on the process of Russia’s disintegration, which, even in the best imaginable circumstances, would be very messy. Both Ignatius implicitly and Stanovaya explicitly worry about a less predictable Russia, which would presumably be more dangerous.

Bugajski’s optimism derives from his focus on a post-disintegration Russia, one that is a rump state under international scrutiny, lacking the economic and military resources it would need to pursue an imperialist agenda. Ignatius’s pessimism, like that of Stanovaya, derives from their focus on the process of Russia’s disintegration, which, even in the best imaginable circumstances, would be very messy. Both Ignatius implicitly and Stanovaya explicitly worry about a less predictable Russia, which would presumably be more dangerous. So, who is right? Bugajski is correct to argue that a rump Russia reduced to the area bounded by St. Petersburg, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod would immediately cease being a major geopolitical player and thus a threat to any of its neighbors — especially if the latter band together with the West.

Life within that state might be poorer, but it would also likely be safer and more secure. And even if rump Russia retained all of its nuclear weapons, it would be in no position to use them, except in the highly unlikely event of a coordinated attack by its neighbors. But Ignatius and Stanovaya are also right to worry about the path to Russia’s final disintegration. Putin is trapped and possibly inclined to take desperate measures. Russia’s former president and prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, is, as his unhinged missives suggest, arguably insane — and he is not, alas, alone in his insanity. Russia’s elites are fractured and fragmented, lacking a cohesive and coherent vision of their country’s future; no one knows what to do about the disastrous war with Ukraine.

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Huge numbers speak Russian and have family there. And who are painted off as “..savages who’d never seen basic home appliances, toilets or even paved roads..”

‘Dehumanizing’ Russians Has Backfired – Arestovich (RT)

A general Ukrainian effort to “dehumanize” Russians has become the main “mistake” made by the country in the ongoing conflict, Aleksey Arestovich, a former adviser to President Vladimir Zelensky said on Sunday. Speaking to journalist Yulia Latynina, Arestovich condemned the systemic efforts to “dehumanize” Russians, stating that the strategy has clearly backfired and purportedly only gave Russian troops more reasons to fight. “The main thing we did was to allow ourselves to dehumanize the Russians. This is our main mistake. At first we held on and then we delved into all that with pleasure. The collective Ukrainians, I mean. We allowed that to pour into the internet,” Arestovich stated. He added that such behavior gave average mobilized Russians –not professional soldiers– “an excellent motivation to fight.”

The former aide to the Ukrainian president didn’t elaborate on when “collective Ukrainians” had switched from what he called “behaving like a European nation” to “demonizing” Russians, with ordinary citizens in a neighboring state “creating an image of an orc.” From the early days of the conflict, Ukrainian propaganda has been actively portraying Russian troops as primitive savages who’d never seen basic home appliances, toilets or even paved roads. This disinformation also alleged widesp after most of the rape claims turned out to be fake. Senior Ukrainian officials have repeatedly made hateful remarks about Russians during and even well before the years of hostilities between the two countries turned to the recent fighting.

For instance, Aleksey Danilov, the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, claimed earlier this month that a presence of “humanity” was the key difference between Ukrainians and Russians. “I’m fine with Asians, but Russians are Asians. They have a completely different culture, vision. Our key difference from them is humanity,” Danilov stated live on Ukrainian TV, which itself became a heavily censored, state-approved “broadcasting marathon” amid the hostilities. The top presidential aide Mikhail Podoliak has also repeatedly made hostile remarks, claiming that Russians are universally “hated” by Ukrainians, as well as voicing calls on a daily basis to “kill Russians” by the thousands.

Moscow has for years voiced outrage over rampant Russophobia in Ukraine, arguing it has been fostered by Kiev into a state-level policy. Ukraine has passed laws severely restricting the use of the Russian language in education, media, and everyday life, with the situation deteriorating even further after the conflict between the two nations escalated to military action in February 2022.

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Just without Russia.. Scholz is useless.

Berlin Calls For More Diplomatic Efforts To End Ukraine Conflict (RT)

The recent summit on Ukraine in Jeddah was a “very special” event, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said, calling for a greater diplomatic effort to end the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev. Scholz made the remarks in his major annual summer interview with German broadcaster ZDF, which aired on Sunday. The chancellor urged further diplomatic effort, stating it was actually useful to “press” Russia. “It makes sense for us to continue these talks because they increase the pressure on Russia to realize that it has taken the wrong path and that it must withdraw its troops and make peace possible,” Scholz stated.The chancellor also noted a similar diplomatic event hosted by Denmark in June, stating that these talks and the summit hosted by Saudi Arabia were both “very special” events.

“They are very important and they are really only the beginning,” Scholz stated. The Jeddah meeting, which brought together security advisers and senior diplomats from the participating nations, failed to yield any meaningful results. Effectively, the participants have only agreed that the UN Charter as well as Ukraine’s territorial integrity should be respected. Moscow has dismissed the Saudi-hosted negotiations, with Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stating that “without Russia’s participation and without taking into account its interests, no meeting on the Ukraine crisis has any added value.”

Asked about the prospects of further military support to Ukraine and in particular the reportedly imminent delivery of Taurus long-range cruise missiles, the German chancellor failed to provide a direct answer. “As in the past, we will always review every single decision very carefully, what is possible, what makes sense, what can be our contribution,” Scholz said. Unlike many Western countries, Germany has long resisted Ukrainian demands to supply increasingly sophisticated military hardware. The situation changed early this year, when Berlin gave in to mounting pressure and agreed to deliver Leopard 2 main battle tanks, as well as enabling third parties to re-export German-made military vehicles to Ukraine.

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Polish humor…

Poland To Ask Voters If They Want Illegal Immigrants (RT)

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday that he intends to hold an October referendum in which voters will be asked if they support an influx of illegal immigrants as part of a European Union (EU) migrant relocation proposal. “Do you support the admission of thousands of illegal immigrants from the Middle East and Africa under the forced relocation mechanism imposed by the European bureaucracy?” Morawiecki asked in a Sunday social media video. The brief clip also featured scenes of burning cars and other forms of violence in Western Europe. The ruling Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski adds in the video: “Do you want this to happen in Poland as well? Do you want to cease being the masters of your own country?”

The anticipated referendum, which is expected to take place in October alongside parliamentary elections, comes after EU interior ministers proposed that member states share the responsibility for housing migrants who enter without adequate authorization. Poland and Hungary were among the nations to object to the plan. The current asylum system in Europe has been the subject of scrutiny after more than one million gained entry to the bloc – most from Syria – overwhelming processing and housing arrangements in place in countries like Italy and Greece, and sparking a political crisis.

Polish authorities have also accepted around one million Ukrainian refugees who fled their homeland following the onset of Moscow’s military offensive in the country. However, unlike the Ukrainian refugees – who are mostly white and Christian – Polish opponents to excess immigration contend that migrants could threaten the country’s cultural identity. Poland was generally not considered to be an entry country or a destination for undocumented migrants up until two years ago, when asylum seekers began crossing the border of the EU state from Belarus. Warsaw retaliated by constructing a 186km-long wall on the border, as well as heavily increasing its military presence in the area to about 2,000 soldiers and 5,000 border guards.

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“These political and historical facts, which I reported on as an Arabic speaker for seven years, four of them as The Middle East Bureau Chief for The New York Times, are hard to ignore. Even from a distance. ”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – The Israel Lobby’s Useful Idiot (Chris Hedges)

There is a heavy political price to pay for defying Israel, whose overt interference in our political process makes the most tepid protests about Israeli policy a political death wish. The Palestinians are poor, forgotten and alone. And this is why the defiance of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is the central issue facing any politician who claims to speak on behalf of the vulnerable and the marginalized. To stand up to Israel has a political cost few, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., are willing to pay. But if you do stand up, it singles you out as someone who puts principles before expediency, who is willing to fight for the wretched of the earth and, if necessary, sacrifice your political future to retain your integrity. Kennedy fails this crucial test of political and moral courage.

Kennedy, instead, regurgitates every lie, every racist trope, every distortion of history and every demeaning comment about the backwardness of the Palestinian people peddled by the most retrograde and far-right elements of Israeli society. He peddles the myth of what Pappe calls “Fantasy Israel.” This alone discredits him as a progressive candidate. It calls into question his judgment and sincerity. It makes him another Democratic Party hack who dances to the macabre tune the Israeli government plays. Kennedy has vowed to make “the moral case for Israel,” which is the equivalent of making the moral case for apartheid South Africa. He repeats, almost verbatim, talking points from the Israeli propaganda playbook put together by the Republican pollster and political strategist, Frank Luntz.

The 112-page study, marked “not for distribution or publication,” which was leaked to Newsweek, was commissioned by The Israel Project. It was written in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 and January 2009 — when 1,387 Palestinians and nine Israelis were killed. The strategy document is the blueprint for how Israeli politicians and lobbyists sell Israel. It exposes the wide gap between what Israeli politicians say and what they know to be the truth. It is tailored to tell the outside world, especially Americans, what they want to hear. The report is required reading for anyone attempting to deal with the Israeli propaganda machine.

The document, for example, suggests telling the outside world that Israel “has a right to defensible borders,” but advises Israelis to refuse to define what the borders should be. It advises Israeli politicians to justify the refusal by Israel to allow 750,000 Palestinians and their descendants, who were expelled from their country during the 1948 war, to return home, although the right of return is guaranteed under international law, by referring to this right as a “demand.” It also recommends arguing that Palestinians are seeking mass migrations to seize land inside Israel. It suggests mentioning the hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Iraq, Syria and Egypt, who fled anti-Semitism and violence in the Arab world after the creation of the Jewish state.

The document recommends saying these refugees also “left property behind,” in essence justifying the Israeli pogrom by the pogrom Arab states carried out after 1948. It recommends blaming the poverty among Palestinians on “Arab nations” that have not provided “a better life for Palestinians.” What is most cynical about the report is the tactic of expressing a faux sympathy for the Palestinians, who are blamed for their own oppression. “Show Empathy for BOTH sides!” the document reads. “The goal of pro-Israel communications is not simply to make people who already love Israel feel good about that decision. The goal is to win new hearts and minds for Israel without losing the support Israel already has.” It says that this tactic will “disarm” audiences.

I doubt Kennedy has read or heard of Luntz’s report. But he has been spoon-fed its talking points and naively spits them back. Israel only wants peace. Israel does not engage in torture. Israel is not an apartheid state. Israel gives Israeli Arabs political and civic rights they do not have in other parts of the Middle East. Palestinians are not deliberately targeted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Israel respects civil liberties and gender and marriage rights. Israel has “the best judiciary in the world.” Kennedy makes other claims, such as his bizarre statement that the Palestinian Authority pays Palestinians to kill Jews anywhere in the world along with falsifications of elemental Middle Eastern history, which are so absurd I will ignore them. But I list below examples from the volumes of evidence that implode the Luntz-inspired talking points Kennedy repeats on behalf of the Israel lobby, not that any evidence can probably puncture his self-serving attachment to “Fantasy Israel.”

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Everyone involved will need a lot of extra security. Let’s hope it won’t come that far.

Not Much Time Left to Save Julian Assange From Extradition (Hitchens)

It could happen any day now. After yet another brief, unsuccessful court hearing, a column of vans and police cars roars out of Belmarsh prison in London and hurries to Heathrow, where a manacled, stooped and blinking prisoner is handed over to American officials and bundled aboard a plane bound for Washington DC. There he will face the strong possibility of decades buried alive in some federal dungeon, the sort of place intended for mass murderers or terrorists. But the man involved is neither of these things. This will be an irrevocable and shameful event, against which all patriotic, freedom-loving people in this country should be ranged. But by the time most of us have realised what has happened, it will be over. So now is the moment to act.

I must beg you to join me, as soon as you can, in protesting against the fast-approaching extradition of Julian Assange to the USA. I am sorry to say that I do not believe he will receive justice when he gets there. I simply cannot see why our supposedly independent courts have so far permitted this, when the extradition is so blatantly political – something clearly banned under the UK-US Extradition Treaty. I am astonished at how few people in Parliament or the media have spoken out against this grave injustice. I am amazed that it should have fallen to me – a person who has no great love for Mr Assange or his politics – to speak for him. The only time we ever met, in debate, we clashed angrily. But his extradition would be an outrage.

He faces absurd charges of spying, when he never spied. His crime was to embarrass the US government by selectively releasing information that Washington had tried and failed to keep secret. I do not think this is a crime, here or there. Claims are made against him, by supporters of the extradition, which I do not think are true. He took considerable care not to release material which would endanger or compromise individuals, and if he were an American citizen he would certainly be protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which safeguards journalists – as Mr Assange is – from the anger of the state.

It is almost three years since I asked here : ‘Do we really want the hand of a foreign power to be able to reach into our national territory at will and pluck out anyone it wants to punish? Are we still even an independent country if we allow this? The Americans would certainly not let us treat them in this way.’ The question is perhaps more urgent now we have seen the dismissive way in which President Biden has twice treated our Prime Minister. Do we think that the Biden White House will be nicer to us if we do their bidding over Julian Assange? Or just even more contemptuous than they are already? As France’s mighty Charles de Gaulle proved long ago, the Americans treat independent nations much better if they stand up to them than if they suck up to them.

I also explained exactly why this is a political extradition, a case I have never seen answered: For a start, different US administrations have taken opposite views, clear proof that it is about politics above all. Prosecutors working for the Obama White House (2009-2017) decided, for legal reasons, not to prosecute Mr Assange almost a decade ago. They concluded that charging him would have meant they would then have to prosecute any journalist who published information alleged to endanger national security. That would have violated the US constitution. Under Donald Trump’s rule, US policy veered wildly. In April 2017, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that the arrest of Mr Assange was now a ‘priority’. Yet at one point Donald Trump himself had said ‘I love WikiLeaks’ and rejoiced that the source was ‘like a treasure trove’.

Mike Pompeo, Trump’s director of the Central Intelligence Agency, later promoted to the even higher office of Secretary of State, said on April 13, 2017, of Mr Assange and his WikiLeaks colleagues: ‘They have pretended that America’s First Amendment freedoms shield them from justice. They may have believed that, but they are wrong.’ He also said: ‘Julian Assange has no First Amendment freedoms…He’s not a US citizen.’ He also made a long and excoriating personal denunciation of Mr Assange and WikiLeaks. If any British official or Minister of similar standing had made these statements about a person accused of a crime in a UK court, the trial would have to be stopped on the grounds that it had been hopelessly prejudiced. Yet our courts are apparently ready to pass Mr Assange over to a Justice System, in my view gravely inferior to ours, where this is acceptable. Only one person stands between Mr Assange and this hole-in-corner handover.

The UK Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, can – if she chooses – refuse to hand him over. There is a precedent for this. One of her forerunners, Theresa May, did so in the case of Gary McKinnon, who had hacked into US defence computers, saying ‘Mr McKinnon’s extradition would give rise to such a high risk of him ending his life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with Mr McKinnon’s human rights.’ Britain faced no adverse consequences as a result. I think Lady May deserves great credit for this action. I think Ms Braverman, likewise, would deserve much credit for courage and compassion – and justice – if she halted the extradition and finally allowed Mr Assange to go home to his wife and two small children. If you agree with me, please write, politely and briefly, and soon, to:
The Rt Hon Suella Braverman MP,
Home Secretary, the Home Office,
2 Marsham St,
London SW1P 4DF.

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    There was a report a few months ago where Lukashenko expressed worry about the build-up of Polish troops across the border from Belarus.

    Since then Russia has sited nuclear missiles in Belarus, moved Wagner troops there, and I think they declared that an attack on Belarus was an attack on Russia.

    Poland made the first move and Russia has responded.

    [posting this failed yesterday so trying again]

    Dr. D

    “I now see that he has repeatedly shown he lacks the strength and leadership to rise to these moments. This is why the Justice Department is now less trusted by the public than it was under his predecessor, Bill Barr.”

    This is why it keeps going on, people like him in protected enclaves, playing patticake. Like Williamson did yesterday. He wasn’t a wonderful man, a husband and scholar (as they say of ISIS) but who was not quite amazing enough to pull off that triple play. Are. You. Kidding Me? Does he pay you for these tongue baths? It’s corruption. It has the appearance of corruption then the first guess is corruption until proven otherwise. That’s not an appropriate approach to a court, but it is to all us citizens and commenters. He quacks. Like a duck. Career-long-through. Quack Quack Quack.

    He refers to the motto” which is like the prosecutor, above. “Well, a prosecutor looked, for five years, and didn’t press charges.” Huh. So there was nothing but he kept the investigation open for 5 years? That’s odd. Waiting for Hunter to finally check into that nursing home? Well we all know there’s never been a corrupt prosecutor in D.C. so we can eliminate that possibility.

    Same here: Our Motto! …Because no one ever went back on their motto? “Don’t Be Evil”. All corporations, at all times, with all people, always follow their motto or are struck by God’s thunderbolt and burst into flames on the spot? …Like the definition of religion where all adherents all know, and each and all follow, all edicts and mores of that religion at all times, which are all perfectly known and evenly communicated.

    No. This is all the “Appeal to Authority” fallacy. Always worked before! 100 years in a row! Why not?

    This of course is what the White Hats are really trying to break. Over and over again, as long as it takes. That’s the real war, and why they’re not arresting people instead.

    “• The Ukraine War Might Really Break Up The Russian Federation (Hill)

    That is breathtaking. However, they always say what they are. As narcissists, they can only see, know, have focus, and talk about themselves. I’m sorry: does anything else exist but me? I am god.

    Since everything in there, every fact, every impression, every probability is a lie, you have to wonder How??? Even THEY can’t tell THAT many lies. They’d make them plausible and cover them. The POINT of a lie is to sell them to YOU, not fool themselves. Jimmy Dore’s channel had this yesterday, there are so many middle managers, grifters, each lacking any morality at all, that each level asks the level of liars and grifters below them what’s happening, what’s the situation on the ground, and each layer tells them only what they most want to hear. That’s the point of POWER, right? The point of censorship? Summary firings for tweets? They got the message. They message YOU sent.

    So each level then ACTS on that information from the liars below them as if it’s real and tells the people above them, and then all wonder why all their plans blow up 100% of the time. LIKE said Ukraine war.

    And it’s not like poor Lenin is shut up there in the tower, desperately trying to get good info for good decisions. This guy has clearly moved on: Russia ALREADY broke up, Ukraine ALREADY won the war in unconditional surrender, we have ALREADY asset-stripped them and what are we going to do NOW? 15 years fast-forward, now that what we’ve succeeded at beyond our wildest dreams has caused unrest and danger?

    The power of positive thinking.

    “The main thing we did was to allow ourselves to dehumanize the Russians. This is our main mistake. At first we held on and then we delved into all that with pleasure. The collective Ukrainians, I mean.”

    That’s Progressive. The Hate just FEELS SO GOOD!!! …And you wonder why the (progressive New Age) Nazis (with their progressive New-Age symbol on their flag) became who they were. How it could happen here. I never wondered, seemed obvious to me.

    And “The Collective Ukrainians”…not him of course. No no, he never fell for that or made any mistakes. He was probably on Twitter and down in Maidan Square, protesting this Russian hate campaign…and never got arrested once. Spare me. You’re just lying and how do you not know we know? Narcissists, think they’re the sooper smartest people in the room and no one catches on. They’re like wolves and we’re like sheep. Really, we’re just too well-behaved to set on them and murder them at the front door like they would to us.

    ““I’m fine with Asians, but Russians are Asians.”

    Um..correct me if I’m wrong, but the Ukrainians and Russians are the same ethnicity as recently as 200 years ago. Probably the same like 20 years ago. But like “Aryans” SOME white people are totally different from OTHER white people. …Whoever we like and just made up a minute ago! Germans are, Celts aren’t. “Latins” aren’t, as Adolf said, but we’ll be allies until we turn on them too.

    “Berlin Calls For More Diplomatic Efforts To End Ukraine Conflict (RT)

    That’s funny, I thought wanting peace made you a Putin bot. Russian talking points. See when the social engineers set this up – and for some godly reason I never understand, they swallow it – they’re so far out it takes years to walk it back, during which everyone is killed. And they know this. They want them all killed. But here Sholz is trying to get only back to the Far-RIGHT on war. He’s over the horizon and needs a jet just to dial it back to “Bloodthirsty”, you know, like Tony Blair levels. Let’s-depleted-uranium-100-generations-of-kids levels.

    “It makes sense for us to continue these talks because they increase the pressure on Russia to realize that it has taken the wrong path and that it must withdraw its troops and make peace possible,”

    You know: this could all be over if you’d just unconditionally surrender.

    Poland: troops on the border, they don’t think they can call on NATO.

    No, they ARE NATO. England could be conquered by a boy Girl scout troop. Poland is the only nation with any soldiers at all. At all. Russia makes more tanks each year than ALL EUROPE OWNS. …Not that tanks are much good anymore as we see. “Poland” is not going to call on anyone. They are completely alone. More like France would call on Poland. Germany has no army, they will call on Poland.

    I mean, duh: it’s the Anglo’s slavic genocide. Revived from WWII by the same people. It was all PR bulls—t that the Reich cared about Jews. THEY are not the people Germany wanted, they were an obstacle, an afterthought: the GOAL was always the Slavs. That’s why Britain, and Chamberlain let them, and Ford built the trucks while Bush sold the goods. So here we are again, they are going to kill every Ukrainian (already done), and that leaves the Poles, who die next.

    How else could it be? England can’t send an army they don’t have, Spain never sent nothin’ in 500 years. The Poles have the only army, so the Poles have to die. In defense of King Putz and the Pan-Anglo Empire. But the ydo it, so I guess that just proves the Anglos ARE the master race and deserve to run everything. Clearly you want that by your actions.

    “Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – The Israel Lobby’s Useful Idiot (Chris Hedges)

    Let me tell you what I think is going on. With RFK as a Democrat, he can’t go after Israel like the Republicans (who don’t, but bear with me here) or lose even the nomination. Unlike Trump (and his Jewish family), he HAS to get the Israel vote or die, and not just get paid off like Cheeto did. So what do you do?

    How about this: say EVERY Israel lobby point word-for-word. EVERY. How can they be mad? Didn’t he just follow the whole party line to the letter? What could you possibly be mad at him for? Okay, leaving “Cartoon Reality” land like he says here, because he’s a lawyer and has done this for a LIFETIME. What. Happens. Next?

    …The whole planet comes out of the woodwork, like Bloomenthal, a Jew, like Hedges to REFUTE RFK’s case. “Of which-he-never-knewd” What??? Really? Well gosh and golly boys, this is honest injin first time I every heard about this “West Bank” thing. Are you sure? Tell me more.

    Same thing on the internet: ask for help, everyone ignores you. Just post “The ONLY way to paint your walls is X!!!” and everyone on the whole SITE jumps in to correct you. Then you have your answer without asking or working for it.

    Gosh now RFK has all America FIGHTING the Israel lobby and its talking points ON HIS BEHALF. Gee, I bet that’s all one big coincidence. Again. What’s the Israeli Lobby going to do to stop him? He’s saying everything they want. A: call him a Nazi-loving, jew-hating, ‘round ‘em up antisemite anyway. They already have! They know.

    Let’s go the other way: So! The man, the candidate who says Every. Single. Thing. The AIPAC says, in public, with a straight face and total commitment, is in fact the world’s biggest anti-Semite? How does THAT work? Hating Israel is antisemitic, but LOVING Israel is ALSO antisemitic? Huh. Might want to check your premises.

    …But YES, that is in fact and in deed EXACTLY what they are reporting. Without a trace of irony, and the people swallow it without the slightest note or discomfort. A = A and A ≠ A. True and False are all the same, it only depends on who has POWER (when you’re a sniveling coward).

    What Bob means is “not that time of riches, but life forever” in Jah and Jesus Christ, to which we agree. Not if he said that, we’d all tune him out, hate him, probably throw him in the sea. …But that’s what he means. Same with MLK. He can be anything to anyone so long as he’s not a minister, or believes in Christ. THAT. Cannot be spoken.

    Dr. D

    “Latins” aren’t, as Adolf said, but we’ll be allies until we turn on them too.”

    …And then later pretend and talk about it being “White Power”. Which it isn’t at all. Not the slightest. How can it be “White” power if it excludes 95% of all “white” people? Celts, Hispanics, Latins (Italians), Greeks (obviously), Slavs, 100% of Americans who are mixed mongrels, and ANYBODY ELSE WE CAN THINK OF. So except for the 95% of “White” people it’s KKK-Hood “White” power. Gotcha.

    …And people fall for this s–t.


    King of the hill.
    Ukraine is the first.
    A depopulating wasteland.
    The king of the hill, But at what cost?

    The land is barren, The people are gone.
    What once was a nation, Is now just a pawn.
    The world watches on, As the king takes his throne.
    But what will be left, When he’s all alone?

    SEE …

    Figmund Sreud

    You go, Eris!

    NEW YORK, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A new COVID vaccine is due out next month, but health experts and analysts say it is likely to be coolly received even as hospitalizations from “Eris”, a variant of the Omicron form of the coronavirus, rise around the country.

    Some public health experts hope that Americans will welcome the new shot as they would a flu jab. But demand for the vaccine has dropped sharply since 2021 when it first became available and more than 240 million people in the U.S., or 73% of the population, received at least one shot. […]


    The Markster

    The Hill article about Russia breaking up is ridiculous. Every single word an inversion, a projection. Who is disintegrating again now?

    Hedges makes a point, but a point that he has failed to make in his many recent years of cheering on TDS, Russiagate, the BLM-ANTIFA riots, the murder of Aaron Danielson on the streets of downtown Portland. His blind spots align with his desire to be on the front page of the NYT, at the center of the corporate discussion. That he attacks Kennedy but not Obama, Biden or Clinton at this time tells me all I need to know.

    Setting Hedges and his egoic yearnings aside, Kennedy also refused to debate Max Blumenthal, which to me was another red flag. Good reminder never to hold up a politician inside the 2020s Imperium as one of the good guys. May God have mercy on us all. ☮️

    D Benton Smith

    I’m directing this reply to @citizenx because he just took a completely unprovoked personal shot at me last evening, but I probably shouldn’t single him out because it’s advice that many of us emotional types could also chew on thoughtfully.

    Anger is an emotion that is on its way to somewhere else.

    Basically anger is just a big blustering threat designed to make the weaker of the combatants to come to his senses and re-think the situation before attacking a stronger foe. The primal forces that rage stirs up can be useful when well managed, but hot blood is usually NOT well managed because anger has that built-in flaw. It is so ferociously volatile and generalized that it tends to strike out at anything that moves. Try de-fusing a domestic dispute if you don’t believe me. Good way to get your ass kicked by BOTH of the warring parties. In other words, anger is easily misdirected onto WRONG targets, which is a fact well known and frequently used by our enemy.

    So you (and me, and others from time to time) got angry. That’s fine. There’s plenty to be angry about. But to do any good with that anger it needs to be AIMED at the correct target, which I’m fairly sure is NOT me at the moment.

    Celtic biker was mis-directing his anger when he threatened a fellow commentator with a punch in the face, and you are wrong-targeting me in calling me a fucking coward who needs to grow a pair. Right anger, wrong target.

    I aim to please around this joint. You aim too, please.


    John Campbell.


    Is it too far out there to think we are in the midst of WWIII; not a war of country against country but a war of the Western global wealthy elites against the all the non-elites in their countries? Class war as real war on a global level?


    test post



    The song itself is ok, and it would be good to see more not-overly autotuned stripped-down non hiphop country out there. But the song itself isn’t the most important thing about the song. Same as the Bud Lite fiasco.

    It’s that moment AFTER some idea hits the mainstream consciousness and we watch TPTB’s coordinated reaction to it. Oh f. It wasn’t a joke. It wasn’t just an idle notion or wish-preference. It wasn’t your opinion, understood by you as an opinion you hold. You crazy fs are DEAD SERIOUS. Holy s.

    Just reading through Zerohedge comments, there’s a ton of commenters I do not recognize giving the song every conceivable reframe under the sun. Every conceivable “but looking at it through the lens of…” either stated or implied. Everything from claiming the singer AS a leftist to saying conservatives don’t like the song to that he is a racist fatphobe etc. Just infinite garbage raining from the sky.

    Like they cannot just let this one little dude have his song. Absolutely intolerable. Launch all the flying monkeys, every last one.

    I suppose a major aspect of evil is the power to be petty.

    With automation and AI, we can penetrate pettiness to every layer of reality. Social Media software could multiply 1 internet operator into 10 back in what, 2009? And so, hilariously, Zerohedge of all places has the appearance of having a ton of petty nasty members pissing all over this poor dude in west virginia, throwing every piece of garbage from every angle, inconsistent with each other in every way EXCEPT for a singleminded focus on their target.

    Zerohedge being fight club, plenty of pushback. Observably, the only response, unvaryingly, is to reframe and go at it again. Just reframe…


    “The trick is going to be that of reframing this in terms of industrial policy…”

    Yes we know. You never take anyone else into account. You never think about pragmatic concerns like how can this be implemented properly or what are the consequences. Or what if we are wrong. What if we try so hard to kill billions of people in our stupid malevolence that they are forced to eliminate us from sheer self preservation – better keep going and double down

    “Experts suggest reframing the green agenda as an industrial policy to address the growing dissent and ensure continued support for climate initiatives.”

    Address the growing dissent like, stop doing the things people don’t like? Stop moving towards democide? That kind of address? Oh no, the REFRAME is the “address” of concerns. The only thing in question was which way to fool the victims.

    “When Sweden’s new government took office, they abandoned the country’s previous goal of “100% renewable” electricity in favor of a “100% fossil-free” target.”

    We changed our goals from “We want you all to die” to “Die, all of you”

    “recent claims that July was the hottest on record in Europe this year and the UN’s Antonio Guterres’ grave statement that ‘The era of global warming has ended; the era of global boiling has arrived.'”

    By measuring ground temperatures, you concluded boiling. Dirt and rocks can’t boil. Did you happen to check water temperature anywhere? That’s the thing that boils, you know. Inside the microwaved food packets at Olive Garden, sure, but anywhere else?

    “The comments below tweets citing Guterres’ statement provide yet more evidence of that greenlash wave. Commentators are not buying the “global boiling” warning, it seems. Rather, they are mocking it and referencing the private jets climate change and transition leaders tend to use to get around.”

    The private jets, cutting down 18 million trees “for the climate,” 15 minute not-a-climate-lockdown-you-deplorable-conspiracy-theorist cities, faked models, faked research, fake data, painting normal temperature maps all red, gluing yourself to the road and throwing tomato soup at art, not even knowing how much CO2 there is in the atmosphere but guessing it is 20% when it is 0.04%

    D Benton Smith

    Maybe the reason the government (and DOJ in particular at present) keeps doing the same flamboyantly obvious self-incriminating things in full public view, with television coverage, over and over and over again ceaselessly, is the off chance that some catatonic comatose deaf-mute SOMEWHERE has not yet received the message that the government and all of its servants are CORRUPT beyond all possibility of redemption, and are committing random acts of wanton murder on the smallest and largest scale, as we speak.

    The time to correct that situation is upon us. Compliant participation in evil (of any and every kind, both large AND small), or steadfast refusal to comply with evil rules and directives, are the sole valid declaration of allegiance.

    We passed the point of no return quite a while back. Serve the truth or be accomplice to Evil. There is no middle ground.


    Beams and motes and beams in eyes

    Chris Hedges is spot on about Israel. He lived in and reported on the Arab world for a long time. However, he appears to have fallen hook, line, and sinker for the Covid & vaccine narrative, even though he is typically skeptical of political authority. He is familiar with the world of the elites because he was a gifted student, and was given scholarships to attend prestigious schools and mingle with the scions of the wealthy and powerful.

    RFK Jr is spot on about corruption in government and industry generally. He has decades of intimate knowledge and experience about corporate polluters, Big Pharma, and the cozy relationship they have with government regulators. He is extensively familiar with the problems with vaccinations. Because of his family background, he has political connections, and an understanding of government and elite levers of power that most folks do not have. Because of his family background, he believes the “moral story” around Israel — this particular area of corruption is not closely related to his life’s work.

    There are no flawless heroes — just flawed humans. However, there is a big difference between Chris Hedges, RFK Jr, and — although I never thought that I would say this — Donald Trump, who, although flawed, are trying to chart a course in line with valid moral principles, and with Bidens’R’Us, the deep state blob, and WEFfers cabal who are basing their charted course on characteristics lifted from the “Cluster B Personality Disorders” section of the DSM.


    In other realms of existence…
    Over the past 4 days my 15 year old daughter has told me in detail, and given me a couple of her diary entries, about her father’s expressions of suicidal ideation, incipient sexual abuse, obvious verbal abuse of her brother, and revealed that she has been flirting with suicide for years as a means to escape her father’s household. In an hour I will be consulting with my attorney and I expect to be filing legal papers to reopen the custody case a few hours after that.

    I always suspected/expected that this was going on, but I didn’t have any proof, only a mother’s hunch…and I knew that my intuition wouldn’t hold water in court. Now it is time to act.

    Wish me luck.

    D Benton Smith

    Lest we forget the humanity of those fighting on the other side:

    D Benton Smith

    Vaya con Dios, @phoenixvoice . You are the champion making truth prevail, so win.


    @DB Smith re: anger

    Anger is the important emotion and impetus to action. Aggression is the (oft bad) action taken in response to anger. Mincing, get the point, but it helps to be accurate.


    phoenixvoice, wishing you a lot more than luck.

    And if there’s anything we can do to help, you know where we are. Unfortunately, far away from Phoenix, but if the advent of the interwebs has told us anything, it’s that we just don’t know how we can connect; it’s all new.

    Please don’t be a stranger.

    D Benton Smith


    Yeah, it does, and that discernment can often be a tough one to call. Details and accuracy help.


    Opened today’s post not long ago and it tells me: “”This topic has 18 replies (+18 hidden)””.

    Turns out, it’s just about all jb-hb, posting the same things over and over again. That won’t work of course. If something doesn’t show up in 10 seconds, wait a bit.

    The system is stressed, and you’re stressing it more.


    We are under a heat advisory.
    Talk about personal challenges. (I hope to give you a chuckle and make you feel good.)
    I’m babysitting a small, manipulative, old, dog.

    1. Meals have got to be on time and warmed up and med. properly mixed in.
    2. I’m not allowed to sneak away, while he is napping, and leave him behind.
    3. I get dragged to all his watering poles.
    4. Bowel movements are at specific times, and I get a dirty look if I’m slow in picking it up.
    5. There is a special whining to tell me that his water bowl needs more water.
    6. He stands guard, at all possible exit points to make sure that I don’t leave him alone in the house to do my outdoor chores.
    7. Leaving him alone he sets up such a racket that I’ve had to explain to the neighbors why he is bawling.
    8. I’ve got 2 more day in prison.
    :-), 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


    a completely unprovoked personal shot at me last evening

    My comment was definitely not unprovoked- here is a comment YOU made to me just a short time ago-

    Angry, are we? Just try not to kill anyone that you might want to get to know later.

    Your words above reflect some serious under minded, underhanded, slippery slimy bs. You don’t f’n know me and insinuating the above was deeply insulting, tone deaf- and leaping across a chasm of logic… Right out of the Liberal Scum playbook.

    Disagreeing with someone to painting them as a “murderous extremist” that must be censored is EXACTLY what Liberals, and you are doing.

    I much prefer a world where people can speak openly, honestly and forthright- regardless of whether I agree or disagree with them. You seem to prefer the “thought police” crowd control approach which I vehemently oppose.

    Westerners are being propagandized and brainwashed regarding what to think and believe- clearly teaching others HOW to think is a threat to their power and control.

    Break Free. Run Wild. Be Genuine.

    D Benton Smith


    Alright, then. Following my own advice I shall try to not further derange someone who I will probably (though it is at the moment hard to imagine why) want to talk to in the future. Ta ta for now, Bub.

    D Benton Smith


    The small, manipulative, old, dog who you’re “sitting” appears to be fully trained and apprenticed and now requires just one more qualifying standard to be met before promotion to higher office . Is the pathologically dependent selfish little darling EVIL? If so then it looks like doggie dearest is ready for appointment to the highest levels of national government.

    But if just a another spoiled old sweetie pie then there are still plenty of openings in the Gen Pop, Seniors Division.


    Best of luck Phoenixvoice.
    For the confrontationally minded:


    D Benton Smith

    I’ll let you decide ….
    He only, half-heartedly, snap at the hand that tries to take his favorite toy
    His sexual urges are satisfied by humping a stuffed panda. (gratification is not always achieved)
    🙂 🙂 🙂

    Alexander Carpenter

    Where is my post?


    All it takes is for a well funded team to fill out a form, describe what they want, and you can have 30,000 screaming people outside of your enemies house. That’s just one company, there are many, many others. Activism for hire has become a thing in the past 10 years. People don’t really care about issues anymore (we can say that, a good number of protests in the past 10 years have been mostly protest-for-hire scams to make it look like people really care about Roe v Wade do they even know what it is?)

    The defamation articles have a compounding affect because this brings the real crazies out of the woodwork, the genuine trolls that have therapy by squirting their guano all over your face like a spooked skunk cornered. The point is it’s not only the paid activists, it’s the crazies, and the targeted list which has multiple levels of ‘harass’ in the worst case, it affects your job, credit, and life. In the best case, it means death threats, pranks, and foolish goons bothering you.

    In order to achieve these operational objectives, the groups behind Psy Ops have standing ‘agents’ such as online troll accounts, journalists, and local politicians waiting to bounce when the owner says the target and keyword. The duck flies at midnight. The chicken is in the pot.

    So to achieve this, many of these bots, whether human or AI, promote occult ideas like Satanism, and normalize insanities like Flat Earth. They mix in some legit ideas as well, to further confuse the users. For example, they claim that the Church lies, so do most big organizations. But that doesn’t mean the Earth is flat, for example by proving someone is a liar, that doesn’t make every word they said false by default – but that’s the psychological implication with PsyOps and the Fake Content. It’s creating divisions in your mind, between the ego and superego, the conscious and the subconscious. They are consciousness harvesting, on a control grid level scale. It’s not about advertising, it’s about pre-determined behavioral outcomes, it’s about creating a slave race or hive mind mentality, to put humanity in a trance, a consensus trance, where like frogs jumping into the boiling pot, we don’t know how hot is too hot before we are cooked and served as dinner to the luxury guest.

    In fact, it seems like these troll bots are promoting a new religion. Look at this content:


    Well colour me surprised.

    Backing their new currency with gold would be an obvious move for the BRICS. China and Russia are, respectively, the world’s #1 and #2 gold-mining nations (South Africa and Brazil are #13 and #14, respectively). Both China and Russia already have sizeable official gold reserves (6th and 7th largest in the world).

    That, in essence, is what the Durban Accords are all about:

    An alternative to U.S. global financial dominance
    A method of avoiding the weaponized U.S. dollar
    A way of avoiding inflation caused by excessive dollar-printing
    A means of simplifying and streamlining the bilateral trade agreements already in place
    The Durban Accords may mean the first viable, useful alternative to the U.S. dollar.

    And that’s why this is a very big deal.

    P.S. On July 7, the Russian state-run media outlet RT confirmed the goal of the Durban Accords was to launch a “new trading currency backed by gold.”

    What Are the BRICS Planning With the August 22nd Durban Accords?


    Breaking NEWS ….. WE were right!
    A new report ,
    ( ,) , ((we estimated trends in SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence owing to infection and vaccination for the Canadian population )shedding light on how the pandemic impacted Canada has found high immunity levels among the population — but amid speculation that a new COVID-19 variant descended from the Omicron strain could cause a spike in infections, should Canadians be concerned? (Its not related to COVID-19 It evolved from Omicron) The new COVID-19 variant EG.5
    (Got to use a scary word COVID-19)

    The study found that high vaccine coverage and population immunity were “insufficient” to slow the “unprecedented increase” in infections from the Omicron variants and subvariants.

    A new report shedding light on how the pandemic impacted Canada has found high immunity levels among the population — but amid speculation that a new COVID-19 variant descended from the Omicron strain could cause a spike in infections, should Canadians be concerned?

    The study found that high vaccine coverage and population immunity were “insufficient” to slow the “unprecedented increase” in infections from the Omicron variants and subvariants.

    “Most people… got sick during the Omicron wave, “Dr. Christopher Labos, epidemiologist and cardiologist, told CTV News Channel on Monday. “That’s where we’re at now, with about 76 per cent of the population that has had some COVID infection.”

    ( say it again 76% immunity) new variants that may escape immunity, therefore, why get vaccinated

    Measurement of SARS-CoV-2 immunity, serological assays and seroprevalence estimates

    Humoral immunity to SARS-CoV-2 was measured in blood samples obtained through venous blood draws or finger-prick samples placed on filter paper (dried blood spots). Assays detected immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid (anti-N), spike (anti-S) proteins, or receptor binding domain (anti-RBD) proteins. Because RBD is a component of the S-protein complex, anti-S and anti-RBD were grouped together to measure anti-S seroprevalence. Before vaccination was widely available in January 2021, detection of either anti-N or anti-S was taken as evidence of infection-acquired seropositivity. After December 2020, only anti-N was taken as evidence of infection-acquired seropositivity, and anti-S was taken as evidence of vaccine-induced or infection-acquired seropositivity.
    COVID-19 epidemiology update: Summary
    This page was last updated on August 9, 2023,


    @alexander-carpenter I learned quite some time ago to copy/paste somewhere else before hitting submit.
    Saves some aggravation for other things, of which there seems to be plenty.


    You have shown yourself to be a formidable force on behalf of your children. I hope all goes well.

    Figmund Sreud

    ‘Grain War’, … so thinks Alastair Crooke:

    On 19 July, Moscow warned that all vessels approaching Ukraine from the following day would be considered as potential carriers of military cargo, and treated accordingly. Insurance cover costs naturally soared.

    A few days later, on 24 July, the grain infrastructure at the Ukrainian port of Reni was destroyed. It was a ‘message’ to the West of Russian resolve to quit the grain deal.

    Russia claimed that on 31 July, Ukraine had unsuccessfully attacked a Russian civilian ship and two naval vessels (using three unmanned maritime drones) in the Black Sea. Ukraine denied the attack, and said that it would never attack a civilian vessel. However, a month later, Ukraine admitted attacking a civilian tanker in Novorossiysk port on 4 August.

    NATO’ then upped the stakes: Three civilian cargo vessels on 1 August entered the Ukrainian port of Izmail. This port – like Reni – lies on the Danube, a near-literal stone’s throw from (NATO) Romania. It was a NATO ‘taunt’ – the Black Sea is no ‘Russian lake’, it implied. And the vessels were docked within 500 metres of NATO ‘territory’. One vessel was owned by an Israeli company; another to a Greek, and the third to a Turkish-Georgian company – but they were all registered to states such as Liberia.

    On 2 August, Russia flattened the grain silos of Izmail, using precision drones.

    Open Questions on the War: The Black Sea, Out-of-View ‘War’



    There is a heavy political price to pay for defying Israel, whose overt interference in our political process makes the most tepid protests about Israeli policy a political death wish.

    Nazi, Nazi, Nazi …. VP screamed from the stalls. VP, your head is in the 1950s, criticising jews does not make you a Nazi any more, it never realy did, but you swallowed the bullshit and here you are, sounding like an old BBC radio from the long past (and a current one as well).

    DBS is simply a coward, he says he knows there is a cabal, he says the Jews are certainly in there and near the front, but he knows it’s not the Jews …. he does not tell us how he knows it is not the Jews, he just knows because in polite society everybody knows that the Jews are the victims. Cowards live in polite society and DBS is slap bang in the middle of polite society, I am amazed he didn’t take the Covid shot.

    celticbiker, keep it up, force these hypocrites to face their own hypocrisy. We can certainly see that the Jews are deep in this shit show and look to be running it, so obviously that anyone interested in the survival of their own country should be calling them out. Of course, it takes balls because so many are cowards and will cower to the bullying by the Jewish forces in America, balls are something sorely lacking as citizenx pointed out yesterday.

    Israel has duplicated its sick morality in the US government, they are now applying that morality to anyone who challenges their power in America; the morality of power. I also believe they are a huge force behind WEF and the whole idea of WEF, the division of humanity into the elites and the plebs; the Jews and the Palestinians, the CCP and the rest.


    I aim to please around this joint. You aim too, please.

    I some ways yes, but it is superficial and utilitarian. You obviously have a Billy Graham streak, trying to convert the world to the one right way of thinking, of spirituality blah blah. You have no tolerance for other peoples’ ways, you assume that your way fits all, those it does not fit are insulted by your “aim to please” self. Your authoritarianism about how people conceive of their lives and place on earth comes across loud and clear, tolerance is not what you are preaching.

    D Benton Smith


    DBS is simply a coward, he says he knows there is a cabal, he says the Jews are certainly in there and near the front, but he knows it’s not the Jews …. he does not tell us how he knows it is not the Jews, he just knows because in polite society everybody knows that the Jews are the victims. Cowards live in polite society and DBS is slap bang in the middle of polite society, I am amazed he didn’t take the Covid shot.”

    Up ’til now I held a fairly high opinion of your opinion, but not any more. Your line of reasoning isn’t just not a line, it’s not even reasoning. How stupid of you to employ such overtly flawed thinking to insult an ally with faulty “reasoning” for no discernable reason except masturbating your own ego.

    Ah, well, that sort of thing does happen when trying to converse with modern children such as yourself who have been educated since their over indulgent youth to believe that history began on the day they were born.

    Just for the record (and do try to remember this in your foreshortened version of human events), the basis for my knowing that the source of the Cabal is not the “Jooze!” is that historical lineage of the problem predates that unfortunate tribe of sheep diddlers by at LEAST 8 thousand years.

    In any case, you and I are not going to argue about this truly minor point. In fact, we’re not going to argue about anything at all until you grow up and apologize. Kindly take your premature opinion, wrap it up in the gauntlet you’re trying to goad me with, and deposit in the expected body cavity to keep your brain and @citizenx company.

    John Day

    @Phoenixvoice: My prayers and best wishes are with you, yours daughter and your son.
    I also wish your ex-husband well in finding his path to truth and humanity.


    DBS said

    How stupid of you to employ such overtly flawed thinking to insult an ally with faulty “reasoning” for no discernable reason except masturbating your own ego.

    An ally? How is that, you insult me because I do not believe your spirituality, now you claim we are allies? Allies in what? You claim that the Jews today are not some other Jews of the past; I don’t care about the past, I am talking about today’s Jews, the ones affiliated with Israel the apartheid state, and you claim these are not the ones that gave you JC and led you by the nose, not the ones who created the USSR and ran the cold war. You are afraid to deal with today’s Jews. Now you are accusing me of only expressing my opinion because of my ego; probably true, don’t care, but isn’t that what we all do on TAE? Whatever, you are throwing your toys.

    John Day

    Update (1820ET): Fulton County’s Office of the Court Clerk has issued a statement claiming that the RICO docket against former President Trump which was posted to their portal and subsequently deleted – and which was tweeted and reported on first by Reuters (along with a link to the Court’s portal), was “fictitious.”

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