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Three More Hunter Biden Attorneys Quit, Bringing Total To Five (ZH)
Hunter Biden’s Lawyers Vowed To Put The President On The Stand (Pol.)
RFK Jr. Labels F-16s For Ukraine ‘A Disaster For Humanity’ (RT)
Zelensky Is Dangerous For Ukraine, Former Aide Warns (RT)
For NATO and Ukraine, Reality Bites (Scott Ritter)
US Struggles to Restock Its Own Ammo Arsenal After Aiding Ukraine (Sp.)
US Officials Admit They Missed Opportunity For Ukraine Peace – Politico (RT)
Ukraine ‘Running Out Of Options’ – WaPo (RT)
Ukraine Has Three Risky Options – Bild (RT)
NATO-Led War Against Russia Has ‘Crushed’ EU Economy, Vucic Tells Tucker (RT)
UK Eyeing Use of ‘Ukrainian Puppets’ to Secure Global Wins – Zakharova (Sp.)
Burkina Faso Ready to Back Niger if ECOWAS Launches Intervention (Sp.)
Why San Francisco Is Dying And What It Has To Do With George Soros (Bridge)

 

 

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We don’t seem to know why the three left. Chris Clark left last week because he can be called as a witness. Is that true for them as well? How about the prosecutors? They also signed off on that collapsed deal.

Three More Hunter Biden Attorneys Quit, Bringing Total To Five (ZH)

Three more of Hunter Biden’s attorneys have filed a motion to withdraw from his ongoing case, after a Delaware judge dismissed his two tax misdemeanors without prejudice at the request of DOJ prosecutors – a move which will allow for the possibility of charging Biden in Washington DC or the Central District of California. Mrian C. McManus Timothy H. McCarten and Matthew S. Salerno of Latham & Watkins LLP filed a motion to withdraw as counsel following US District Judge Maryellen Noreika’s decision to grand the DOJ’s request. Latham & Watkins drew controversy the night before Biden’s late July court appearance because a staffer from the firm allegedly misrepresented her identity to the Clerk’s office and described herself as someone who worked for Theodore Kittila, the attorney for the House Ways and Means Committee.

The Committee was attempting to have Noreika consider testimony from IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler showing “political interference” in the Hunter Biden investigation. Salerno attributed the incident to a “miscommunication” and the staffer said in a sworn affidavit she did not mischaracterize her identity with intent to deceive the court. -Daily Caller The move brings the total number of Hunter Biden attorneys who have quit to five, with the first – Joshua Levy, quitting in March, and Christopher Clark quitting last week because he could be called as a witness in the case after plea negotiations broke down. “Brian C. McManus, counsel for the Defendant, Robert Hunter Biden, and respectfully requests this Honorable Court to withdraw all appearances for the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP as counsel for the Defendant in the above-captioned matter,” reads Friday’s motion, which doesn’t provide a reason for the move.

“Mr. Biden has been advised of, and consents to, our withdrawal. He also agrees this withdrawal will cause no material adverse effect or prejudice to him and remains completely satisfied with Messrs. Lowell’s and Jones’s continued representation of him.” Hunter will continue to be represented by Abbe Lowell of Winston & Strawn LLP and Richard I.G. Jones Jr. of Berger Harris LLP. Biden’s top defense counsel, according to the Daily Caller. Last month a sweetheart plea deal with the DOJ fell apart after Judge Noreika objected to terms which would have given Hunter broad immunity from future prosecution, even from unrelated crimes.

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The longer version, from Politico.

Hunter Biden’s Lawyers Vowed To Put The President On The Stand (Pol.)

It was Halloween of 2022, and Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Chris Clark, didn’t sound happy. Just three weeks earlier, news had leaked that federal agents believed they had enough evidence to charge his client with illegally buying a gun as a drug user. The leak was “illegal,” the lawyer wrote to the U.S. attorney overseeing the probe. The prosecution, he argued, would be seen as purely political, and it might even violate the Second Amendment. Then he issued a warning: If the Justice Department charged the president’s son, his lawyers would put the president on the witness stand. “President Biden now unquestionably would be a fact witness for the defense in any criminal trial,” Clark wrote in a 32-page letter reviewed by POLITICO.

That letter, along with more than 300 pages of previously unreported emails and documents exchanged between Hunter Biden’s legal team and prosecutors, sheds new light on the fraught negotiations that nearly produced a broad plea deal. That deal would have resolved Biden’s most pressing legal issues — the gun purchase and his failure to pay taxes for several years — and it also could have helped insulate Biden from future prosecution by a Republican-led Justice Department. The documents show how the deal collapsed — a sudden turnabout that occurred after Republicans bashed it and a judge raised questions about it. The collapse renewed the prospect that Biden will head to trial as his father ramps up his 2024 reelection bid.

The case has long been defined by politics, including for Biden’s own lawyers. During the private negotiations with prosecutors, the documents show, Biden’s lawyers often invoked the case’s extraordinary political undercurrents. They made clear to prosecutors that they thought pressure from congressional Republicans was improperly shaping the investigation. They name-dropped Donald Trump, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and the failed prosecution of a lawyer for Hillary Clinton. They argued that bringing the case would destroy the Justice Department’s reputation. And they said a trial of the president’s son would create political and constitutional chaos by pitting the president himself against his own Justice Department.

“This of all cases justifies neither the spectacle of a sitting President testifying at a criminal trial nor the potential for a resulting Constitutional crisis,” Clark wrote. Clark’s letter and the other documents were shared with POLITICO by a person with knowledge of the communications between the Justice Department and Biden’s legal team. The documents provide a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at how the two sides came to the brink of a plea deal. But after a judge asked a few simple questions at a hearing last month about the details, it started to fray. And in the weeks after, the whole thing unraveled. Now the prosecutor overseeing the probe has been made a special counsel and says the case is headed to trial. And Clark has stopped representing the president’s son, saying he instead expects to be a witness.

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Remember: F-16s have nuclear capabilities. Russia will treat every single one as if it carries a nuclear weapon.

RFK Jr. Labels F-16s For Ukraine ‘A Disaster For Humanity’ (RT)

The looming delivery of US-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine will not prevent the “collapse” of the country’s military and will only benefit the military-industrial complex, Democrat presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Junior has claimed.The Ukrainian conflict should be resolved through negotiations, RFK Jr. argued in a thread on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), stating that supplying F-16s to Kiev was a “great decision for the defense industry, but a disaster for Ukraine and humanity.” “F-16s won’t stop the collapse of the Ukrainian military (which some experts say is imminent). These planes require a lot of training and maintenance. This isn’t the movies,” Kennedy stressed.

The presidential hopeful has long-opposed the enduring Western aid to Ukraine, spearheaded by Washington, arguing that the US should admit its “failure” in the country and focus on domestic issues instead. Kennedy’s criticism of the fighter-jet delivery comes after Washington enabled its European allies to re-export older planes to Ukraine, and hours before the move was officially announced by Denmark and the Netherlands. The upcoming delivery was heralded by Dutch PM Mark Rutte on Sunday as he hosted Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky at a military airbase in Eindhoven.“Today we can announce that the Netherlands and Denmark commit to the transfer of F-16 aircraft to Ukraine and the Ukrainian Air Force, including cooperation with the United States and other partners once the conditions for such a transfer have been met,”Rutte said at a press conference.

Simultaneously, the Danish Ministry of Defence released a statement confirming its pledge to provide Kiev with F-16s from its inventory, once certain “conditions” are met. The conditions “include, but are not limited to, successfully selected, tested and trained Ukrainian F-16 personnel as well as necessary authorizations, infrastructure and logistics,” it said. Kiev has long-demanded modern aircraft, as well as other, increasingly sophisticated weaponry, from its Western backers, arguing the planes would help it turn the tide of the conflict with Russia, which has been going on since February 2022. Moscow has repeatedly urged the collective West to stop the military deliveries, arguing they would only prolong the hostilities rather than change their ultimate outcome.

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“Zelensky’s insistence that Ukraine will defeat Russia and his reluctance to acknowledge the actual situation is a sign that the president is “inadequate” both as a manager and a person..”

Zelensky Is Dangerous For Ukraine, Former Aide Warns (RT)

The “inadequate” leadership of Vladimir Zelensky has caused a national catastrophe in Ukraine and MPs should hold him accountable, according to Oleg Soskin, who served as an aide to two Ukrainian presidents. The country’s economy has been“destroyed” amid the conflict with Russia, he said in a video that was posted on his YouTube channel on Saturday. “There’s no breakthrough anywhere” by Ukrainian forces on the front line, Soskin continued, adding that the public “shouldn’t believe retired colonels,” who are speaking about Kiev’s military gains. Zelensky’s insistence that Ukraine will defeat Russia and his reluctance to acknowledge the actual situation is a sign that the president is “inadequate” both as a manager and a person, he said.

“Zelensky is just dangerous for the country. He’s simply dangerous for the people,” warned Soskin, who served as an aide to Ukrainian presidents Leonid Kravchuk in 1992 and 1993, and Leonid Kuchma between 1998 and 2000.“Something must be done about Zelensky. I’m calling for it again,” he said. “Gather up, somebody has to show initiative. Some conditions must be put forward for [the president],” Soskin insisted, addressing Ukrainian MPs. Earlier this week, Zelensky claimed that his team was “preparing powerful things for Ukraine” in cooperation with their Western partners, saying that the country had “taken another step towards the circle of the strongest states in the world.”

The much-hyped Ukrainian counteroffensive began in early June, with Kiev deploying its best Western-equipped and trained brigades in an attempt to sever Russia’s land bridge linking Donbass with Crimea in the southern province of Zaporozhye. According to Russian estimates, Ukraine has lost more than 43,000 troops and nearly 5,000 pieces of heavy equipment amid the operation, but failed to achieve any significant gains. Kiev has so far reported the seizure of several villages, but they appear to be located some distance away from main Russian defense lines. Earlier this week, the Washington Post cited a classified US intelligence report, which suggested that “Ukraine’s counteroffensive will fail to reach the key southeastern city of Melitopol,” and that Russia’s land bridge to Crimea won’t be severed this year.

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“With the Ukrainian strategic reserve committed and soon to be defeated, there are no more forces of significance available to Ukraine and their NATO overseers..”

For NATO and Ukraine, Reality Bites (Scott Ritter)

Ukraine has dispatched the last of its strategic reserves, led by the elite 82nd Airlanding Brigade, into the battle for the Zaporozhye village of Rabotino. Here, in fields made fallow by conditions of war, Ukraine’s best fighting forces have been eviscerated by Russian defenders who have refused to yield. Based upon the experience of the lead elements of the 82nd Brigade, this fate awaits them as well. With the Ukrainian strategic reserve committed and soon to be defeated, there are no more forces of significance available to Ukraine and their NATO overseers capable of influencing the conduct of the battles raging all along the 1,000-mile line of contact between the armies of Ukraine and Russia.

Russia, meanwhile, retains an uncommitted reserve of some 200,000-plus fresh, well-trained and equipped forces which are leaning into the bit to be committed to battle. When they are eventually unleashed, Ukraine will lack the resources necessary to fend off their attack, signally the culminating moment in a Russian campaign designed to achieve just this result—the collapse of the Ukrainian ability to sustain large-scale ground combat. Reality bites. The situation had become so dire that Stian Jenssen, the chief of staff to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, opined in from a Norwegian audience that a solution for the end of the conflict with Russia “could be for Ukraine to give up territory, and get NATO membership in return.”

But even here, Jenssen was delusional. While reality dictates that Ukraine will never get back its former territories of Kherson, Zaporozhye, Donetsk, Lugansk, and Crimea, and that the wisest choice would be to concede the inevitability of a Russian victory while avoiding the potential for the loss of even more territories, Jenssen seemed to forget that one of the primary goals behind the Russian decision to initiate the special military operation was to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO. Only someone totally separated from reality could articulate a scenario that has Russia conceding an issue that is linked to its existential survival (i.e., the expansion of NATO into Ukraine) in exchange for accepting an already accomplished fact—Russian control of the former Ukrainian territories.

Both the Ukrainian government and Jenssen’s boss, Stoltenberg, pushed back against the notion of a territory-for-membership swap. “NATO will support Ukraine until it wins the conflict,” Stoltenberg told a gathering of reporters in Oslo a day after Jenssen’s gaffe, implying that Ukraine’s contention that a key condition for conflict resolution remained evicting Russia from all of the former Ukrainian territories liberated by Russian troops and claimed by Russia as a result of referenda held in 2014 (for Crimea) and 2022 (for the other four territories.) But it is becoming increasingly clear that reality is trumping desire. There is no chance for Ukraine to achieve its stated objectives, something Jennsen’s comments reflected, and Stoltenberg’s did not.

NATO struggles to generate new sources of equipment for the rapidly depleting Ukrainian Army, which has lost much of the tanks, armored fighting vehicles, and artillery systems provided by NATO and other nations in preparation for the failed counteroffensive. Equipment previously considered to be too provocative, such as the F-16 fighter, have now been greenlighted for release to Ukraine. But none of this matters — even if Ukraine were to receive everything it wanted, the fact is that Ukraine cannot generate the manpower, either in quantity or quality, necessary to competently operate such equipment on a modern battlefield against a Russian Army which, by any honest measure, has emerged from this conflict as the most lethal, capable fighting force in the world.

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“..even though the US began ramping up ammunition production last year, munitions would still take “years” to mass produce to acceptable levels..”

US Struggles to Restock Its Own Ammo Arsenal After Aiding Ukraine (Sp.)

With more than two million 155mm shells already sent to Ukraine, the US faces the problem of restocking its arsenal of artillery munitions and building new production lines, an American newspaper has quoted unnamed sources as saying. The sources warned of “major challenges in sustaining an elevated output of arms and equipment needed not just to aid Ukraine but to ensure the US’ own security.” According to the insiders, the problem is complicated by the fact that the US no longer produces TNT, which is needed to make shells. The Pentagon is now collaborating with its allies and partners to increase TNT supplies, “potentially including from Japan,” according to the sources. The remarks come after a US broadcaster reported last week that the US and NATO grapple with the “dwindling supply of artillery ammunition” for Ukraine.

The broadcaster cited unnamed officials as saying that the US “has been nearing that red line as it has continued to supply Ukraine with 155mm ammunition, the NATO standard used for artillery rounds.” National Security adviser Jake Sullivan told the news network that even though the US began ramping up ammunition production last year, munitions would still take “years” to mass produce to acceptable levels. This unfolds amid Kiev’s botched counteroffensive, which was launched by the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) on June 4, after multiple delays. Since the beginning of the counteroffensive, Ukraine has lost over 43,000 troops and 4,900 units of military equipment, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

In the latest development, US veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported earlier this week, citing an American US intelligence official that the CIA has notified Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Ukraine’s counteroffensive is unlikely to yield results. The US and its allies ramped up their military assistance to Kiev shortly after Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly warned that NATO countries “play with fire” by supplying arms to Kiev, which the Kremlin said adds to prolonging the Ukraine conflict. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, for his part, underscored that any cargo with weapons for Ukraine will become a legitimate target for Russian forces.

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“If we acknowledge we’re not going to do this forever, then what are we going to do?”

US Officials Admit They Missed Opportunity For Ukraine Peace – Politico (RT)

American officials have told Politico that they may have “missed a window” to push for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. Speaking anonymously, they conceded that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley “had a point” when he offered a grim pronouncement on Kiev’s chances for victory last year. More than two months into Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russian forces, Kiev has failed to capture more than a handful of hamlets and villages in Zaporozhye region, and has lost at least 43,000 men and nearly 5,000 pieces of equipment in the process, according to the latest figures from the Russian Defense Ministry. Although the Ukrainian government still insists it can retake all of its claimed territory by force, Washington is increasingly unsure. “We may have missed a window to push for earlier talks,” a US official told Politico on Friday, adding that “Milley had a point.”

Speaking in New York in November, Milley said that a military victory would likely be unachievable for Ukraine, and that Kiev could use the wintertime pause in fighting to enter negotiations with Moscow and avoid any further losses. His comments reportedly angeredKiev and caused panic in the White House, which rushed to reassure the Ukrainian leadership that it would continue to support President Vladimir Zelensky’s maximalist aims – which include retaking Crimea, an historic Russian territory that voted to rejoin the Russian Federation in 2014.

Media reports suggest that Washington has been divided on the idea of peace talks since at least last year, with President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken vehemently rejecting negotiations, against the wishes of some members of the military and intelligence agencies. This split persisted as Ukraine geared up for its counteroffensive, with reports indicating that despite Biden’s and Blinken’s optimism, the Pentagon knew Kiev wasn’t ready for the operation, and the CIA expected it to end in failure. Pessimism is now spreading in the White House, another anonymous official told Politico, saying that the Biden administration is increasingly asking itself “If we acknowledge we’re not going to do this forever, then what are we going to do?”

Milley has continued to suggest a diplomatic solution to the conflict. “If the end state is ‘Ukraine is a free, independent, sovereign country with its territory intact’… that’s gonna take a long, long time, but you can also achieve those objectives — maybe, possibly — through some sort of diplomatic means,” he told the Washington Post this week. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that any negotiations will be held “not with Zelensky, who is a puppet in the hands of the West, but directly with his masters.” The Kremlin also maintains that any potential peace deal will have to recognize the “new territorial reality” – that the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, and Zaporozhye will not be ceded back to Ukraine.

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“Calls for Washington to cut back on its military and financial aid to Ukraine “are expected to be amplified” in the wake of the US presidential election in 2024..”

Ukraine ‘Running Out Of Options’ – WaPo (RT)

Ukraine is running out of options in its counteroffensive against Russian forces, as Kiev’s time-window to gain advances is closing, the Washington Post has reported. In an article on Sunday, the US outlet is claiming that Ukraine’s counteroffensive, which was launched in early June and was initially expected to see Kiev taking back significant territory, currently “shows signs of stalling.” “Kiev’s advances remain isolated to a handful of villages, Russian troops are pushing forward in the north and a plan to train Ukrainian pilots on US-made F-16s is delayed,” the newspaper wrote. Ukrainian and Western officials might be calling for patience but “the window of time for Ukraine to conduct offensive operations is limited” because of the “inhospitable weather” in the region in autumn and winter, the article reads.

“Without more advanced weapons slated to bolster the front line or fully committing forces still being held in reserve, it is unlikely that Ukraine will be able to secure a breakthrough in the counteroffensive, according to analysts,” WaPo pointed out. The article also warned that “the inability to demonstrate decisive success on the battlefield [by Kiev forces] is stoking fears that the conflict is becoming a stalemate and international support could erode.” Calls for Washington to cut back on its military and financial aid to Ukraine “are expected to be amplified” in the wake of the US presidential election in 2024, it added.

Earlier this week, the Post also cited a classified US intelligence report, which suggested that “Ukraine’s counteroffensive will fail to reach the key southeastern city of Melitopol,” and that the aim of severing Russia’s land bridge linking Donbass with Crimea in the southern province of Zaporozhye won’t be achieved this year. According to Russian estimates, Ukraine has failed to make any significant gains, but lost more than 43,000 troops and nearly 5,000 pieces of heavy equipment since the launch of its counteroffensive. Kiev has so far claimed the capture of several villages, but these appear to be located some distance away from main Russian defense lines.

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“..Moscow is supposedly struggling to replenish its own losses..”

What losses?

Ukraine Has Three Risky Options – Bild (RT)

Ukraine is faced with three possible scenarios amid its faltering counteroffensive, each carrying various degrees of risk, Germany’s Bild newspaper has claimed. In his analysis on Saturday, Deputy Editor-in-Chief Paul Ronzheimer warned that should Kiev’s current efforts fail, Russian forces may mount their own offensive and seize further territory. According to the article, Ukraine can keep trying to breach Russian defenses despite achieving no major breakthroughs so far. Ronzheimer wrote that so far President Vladimir Zelensky’s government remains optimistic and is determined to continue with the campaign. However, if it fails to make any significant gains by the end of the year, Kiev is reportedly planning another counteroffensive in the spring of 2024.

Ronzheimer alleged that officials in Kiev are growing increasingly frustrated at criticism of its counteroffensive tactics coming from the West. Bild quoted one unnamed senior Ukrainian official as insisting that “everything was planned together” with Kiev’s backers. Any new push is contingent on receiving more Western weapons and ammunition, Bild pointed out. On top of that, Russia will likely use the winter respite to beef up its defenses. Another avenue open to Kiev, according to the article, is to continue the counteroffensive while simultaneously engaging in peace talks with Russia. However, such a U-turn on Zelensky’s part would be hard to sell to the population, Ronzheimer predicted. The Bild deputy editor-in-chief emphasized that last October, the Ukrainian head of state signed a decree ruling out negotiations with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and that recent opinion polls show 72% of Ukrainians are against talks with Russia.

In a worst-case scenario for Ukraine as envisaged by Ronzheimer, the counteroffensive stalls, with Russia launching one of its own and potentially seizing parts of Kharkov Region. According to Bild’s analysis, this is, however, not likely as Moscow is supposedly struggling to replenish its own losses. In early June, the Ukrainian military launched its long-awaited counteroffensive in a bid to reclaim territories in the east and southeast. However, despite massive Western support, Kiev’s forces have not achieved any significant gains. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the operation has already cost Ukraine 43,000 men and nearly 5,000 pieces of military hardware. Top officials in Kiev and some Western capitals have acknowledged that the push has failed to live up to the initial high expectations, and is progressing more slowly than anticipated.

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Wonder why Tucker picked him to talk to..

NATO-Led War Against Russia Has ‘Crushed’ EU Economy, Vucic Tells Tucker (RT)

Tucker Carlson has shared a preview of his upcoming interview with Vucic, in which he says the Serbian leader shared an “interesting perspective” on what is happening in Ukraine, given that his own country was bombed by NATO almost a quarter century ago. In a brief video shared on his X (formerly Twitter), Carlson unveiled what Vucic had told him during their meeting at the Serbian Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, for an interview that has yet to be released. “One of the points he made is that the war in Ukraine, the war against Russia led by NATO, has crushed the European economy,” Carlson explained. “The destruction of Nord Stream by the Biden administration, either directly or through proxies, is killing the German economy.”

Carlson characterized the situation as “completely crazy,” noting that the German economy is the largest economy in Europe by far “and so the downstream effects of that, one NATO country effectively attacking another NATO country are felt throughout Europe.” “This war is hurting everybody – possibly with the exception in the long term of Russia – and empowering everybody outside of the Gulf States, China, Turkey,” Carlson claimed, describing the ongoing global shift of power away from the United States and the West to the East as a “world reset” that the American public seems to be unaware of

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Very peculiar: “Ukrainian soldiers apparently serve as a kind of payment by Kiev for military aid from the West..”

UK Eyeing Use of ‘Ukrainian Puppets’ to Secure Global Wins – Zakharova (Sp.)

The NATO-Ukrainian nexus artificially increases the conflict potential in Africa, and Moscow notes the intention of the United Kingdom’s authorities to use “Ukrainian puppets” to achieve goals in other regions of the world as well, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Sputnik. Zakharova’s comments came on the heels of reports that UK Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6, was preparing a sabotage unit of Ukraine’s fighters. A military-diplomatic source said earlier this week that MI6 was preparing a sabotage unit of 100 Ukrainian fighters to be sent to Africa to counter Russia-Africa cooperation. The unit would be tasked with “sabotage of infrastructure in African countries, as well as the elimination of African leaders oriented towards cooperation with Russia,” the source then said.

The forces are planned to be sent to Africa by “a chartered civilian ship from the [Ukrainian] port of Izmail to the [Sudanese] city of Omdurman during the second half of August” and will be headed by Lt. Col. Vitaliy Prashchuk, an officer of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, who has experience of “successful liquidations” and participated in MI6 operations in Zimbabwe. “Given that MI6, headed by Richard Moore, has recently been openly bragging about its involvement in the planning and implementation of terrorist attacks by the Kiev regime against our country, we note the intentions of the UK authorities to use Ukrainian puppets to carry out tasks in other regions of the world as well … especially when London’s what it seems to be an unshakable influence in the former colonies is threatened,” the spokeswoman said.

Zakharova recalled that “famous British empire builder Cecil Rhodes once said: ‘The empire is a bread and butter question.'” The spokeswoman said the UK is still guided by that policy in Africa. “It can be said that London continues to cling desperately to its colonial legacy and seeks with all its might to keep the countries of the continent dependent. Britons are unwilling to talk to them on an equal footing and consider it possible, as before, to interfere in their internal affairs,” she said. The Russian figure noted “the regime of [Ukrainian President] Volodymyr Zelensky needs only money.” “In these schemes, Ukrainian soldiers apparently serve as a kind of payment by Kiev for military aid from the West,” she said. “Judging by the already worked out scheme, the NATO-Ukrainian nexus artificially builds up the conflict potential in Africa. At the same time, Africans and Ukrainians will pay for the realization of the ambitions of the UK’s neocolonialists,” Zakharova said.

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“It is also shocking that some heads of state want to wage war against other countries under the guise of democracy..”

Burkina Faso Ready to Back Niger if ECOWAS Launches Intervention (Sp.)

Burkina Faso is preparing for the fact that forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) may launch a military intervention in Niger, and the country is ready to support Niamey, Burkinabe Defense Minister Kassoum Coulibaly told Sputnik. “We anticipate aggression [of ECOWAS forces against Niger]. In any case, the head of our state [Ibrahim Traore] said that we are ready for the aggression, we support Niger,” Coulibaly said. He added that Burkina Faso is even ready to withdraw from ECOWAS because it considers the association’s policy towards Niger illogical.

The members of the Economic Community of West African States should not wage wars against each other, and the very idea of such events is shocking, Coulibaly said. “We have no right to fight each other. We are part of a single economic union. The very idea that some states of the association want to wage an internecine war is shocking. It is also shocking that some heads of state want to wage war against other countries under the guise of democracy,” Coulibaly said. He also noted that the organization has a wide network of offices across the region, but its leaders often ignore messages from experts on the ground.

“If they had not ignored the messages from ECOWAS experts, they would have seen the signs [of the coming conflict]. And a lot could have been avoided,” the minister said. Coulibaly additionally called the ECOWAS intention to reinstate the ousted Nigerien president, Mohamed Bazoum, strange, adding that the community itself should help states such as Niger in its fight against terrorism. “Burkina Faso stands in solidarity with Mali and opposes any aggression against Niger because we share a common border. We are waging a war against terrorism and we must continue to wage it,” he said.

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“..75 Soros-backed “social justice” prosecutors overseeing half of America’s 50 most populous cities..”

Why San Francisco Is Dying And What It Has To Do With George Soros (Bridge)

A friend of mine, Mark, who is employed in San Francisco’s tech industry, described the situation he is confronted with on his daily commute to work by bicycle. “In the past, I’d be able to make the ride into the city in about 20 minutes, but I’m constantly forced to change my route due to the sidewalks being taken over by makeshift shelters and drug addicts,” he said. When I asked if he changes his route out of fear his answer surprised me. “To be honest, the druggies are so out of their minds that they really only present a danger to themselves. I avoid the areas where they congregate because passing through these zombie wastelands is just too depressing.” But there is more to San Fran’s current woes than just tent cities playing host to assorted fentanyl abusers and homeless people, two social ailments in the US that now seem to occur concomitantly.

Many long-term locals are being forced to give up their beloved city due to high rental costs, runaway inflation, a downturn in the tech industry, and big box stores as well as small retailers who are being driven out of town by roaming mobs that act with impunity. It is getting so bad that San Francisco may actually go broke considering that almost a third of its lucrative commercial property is now standing empty. The situation should give local leaders, not least of all California Governor Gavin Newsom, tremendous pause as it appears that even the Biden administration is slowly unfurling the white flag of defeat over the trashed landscape. Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advised its hundreds of federal employees in San Francisco to work from home “for the foreseeable future” due to rampant crime and safety concerns.

“In light of the conditions at the Federal Building we recommend employees maximize the use of telework for the foreseeable future,” the memo warned. What is doubly embarrassing for the Democratic Party, which largely controls San Francisco, as well as the majority of prime California voting estates, is that the office complex in question, until just recently, was known as the ‘Speaker Nancy Pelosi Federal Building.’ Inside the hollowed-out shell of this 18-story ‘green-building’ disaster is the office of former Speaker Pelosi, manned by five dutiful employees, who said they would hold down the fort and not shift to remote work, in what we can be sure was an absolutely personal decision on their part.

So who’s to blame for San Francisco’s ongoing plight? One needn’t dabble in conspiracy theories to suggest that George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and financier who has a soft spot in his 93-year-old heart for progressive politicians who promise to go easy on criminals, played a part. Last year, The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) released a shocking report that showed there were 75 Soros-backed “social justice” prosecutors overseeing half of America’s 50 most populous cities. To put that figure another way, about 1 in 5 Americans are represented by a prosecutor who either received direct financial contributions from Soros or through his vast empire of philanthropic organizations, many of which are exceedingly hard to trace.

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This is the tomb of Marie Sklodowska-Curie, located in the Panthéon in Paris. What sets this tomb apart is its unique reinforcement with an inch-thick layer of lead. This measure was taken to shield the public from the lingering radiation that continues to emanate from her remains. Marie Curie, a French-Polish scientist, achieved remarkable feats in her lifetime. She was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 and later, in 1911, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Notably, she holds the distinction of being the first woman to ever receive a Nobel Prize, the only person to win Nobel Prizes in two distinct scientific fields, and the first to win two Nobel Prizes.

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    Ivan Aivazovsky Palace rains in Venice by moonlight 1878   • Three More Hunter Biden Attorneys Quit, Bringing Total To Five (ZH) • Hunter Biden’s
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle August 21 2023]

    #141696
    WES
    Participant

    Talk from the US about peace rings row. The US has no interest in peace.

    Besides who can Russia negotiate peace with? No one!

    So there will be no peace. Afterall peace = war. And war is good for business.

    So the US’s war on it’s own people and the rest of the world will continue unabated.

    #141697
    Dr. D
    Participant

    I presume everyone is mad at Hillary now? How dare you bring water to a desert! That’s a disaster! It’s supposed to be a drought where THAT is ALSO a disaster. All things are a disaster, and all things prove I’m right. Wet-dry, hot-cold, calm-stormy, I’m right!!!

    So I’m very very MAD about water filling all those lakes and reservoirs and stuff. People might drink and grow crops or something.

    “The US Has No Clear, Achievable Goal In Ukraine, Nor Does Anyone Else: What’s the US goal in Ukraine?

    To kill Slavs. Russians, who are evil and violent by genetics, “Jungle” people. They’ve said so for 30 years. Killing all the West Slavs is just a bonus.

    “Is it doable?” Yes, of course. It’s going well. Maybe a lot less than you’d like but still plenty in an unpopulated place and Europe has yet to suddenly flip to goose-step (Didn’t you know we always supported Goosestep? We were always at war with goosestep.) and have Sweden and France send all the migrants and save people at home. Then they’ll blame “The Right” for a situation they caused, and all the people on “The Right” presently like Le Pen will be displaced with maniacs we hand-picked and painted with the same brush. How do you know? Because they’ll be Statists. So you can pick Total Statists for oligarchs or Total Statists for oligarchs, your choice, so long as it’s never Liberty or Laissez-faire.

    Anyway, if it kills every slav, especially our allies, that’s good. If it kills every European, that’s good. If it kills every American that’s doubleplus good. The only thing that’s bad is if the financial system collapses and we lose power. European people? Like this:

    Eh-
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    Uniparty’s Plan to Save “Our Democracy” Unfolds: Trump is an existential threat to their continued existence…”

    Why is that? He didn’t do anything when he was there.

    “FDA ‘Clarifies’ That Ivermectin Remains Unapproved For COVID-19 But Docs Can Prescribe

    You can totally prescribe that off-label, we’ll just remove your license. Free will, free country, like Trudeau said.

    RFK “merger”.

    Yes, but they COULD make money NOT injuring people. That’s what corporations used to do. VOLUNTARY exchange. For some reason they now specifically, 80% of the time, and not accidentally kill the masses. How can that be if it’s not a religion? Surely that’s crazy, they say, as all the same corporations sign up to NGOs who say “Humans are a virus” and depopulation is the only solution, doubleplusgood.

    “Chris Clark left last week because he can be called as a witness.”

    That’s the charge against all Trump lawyers too. What’s going on here?

    “• Hunter Biden’s Lawyers Vowed to Put the President on the Stand (Pol.)

    I’m sorry: so what? Nothing comes up in my brain at all as to why this is unreasonable, objectionable, or problematic. The President can’t be seen as involved in appropriate due process? If he followed the rules it would tarnish his image?

    RFK Jr. Labels F-16s For Ukraine ‘A Disaster For Humanity’ (RT)”

    The West is shipping 61 nuclear weapons to Ukraine. That’s how Russia will see it, and that’s all that matters. Doesn’t matter if it’s older than the Atlas and Titan ICBMs, you still wouldn’t want one in Durango, and Russia doesn’t one one in Lviv.

    Remember when they said Russia was losing and about to use nukes? Yup, that’s us again. But it’s not WarCrimes/Weapons of Mass Destruction/Fascism when we do it. Our eating babies on the White House lawn isn’t REALLY eating babies on the White House lawn…

    ““Zelensky’s insistence that Ukraine will defeat Russia and his reluctance to acknowledge the actual situation is a sign that the president is “inadequate” both as a manager and a person..”

    He’s an actor. He can always play “let’s pretend.”

    “According to Russian estimates, Ukraine has lost more than 43,000 troops and nearly 5,000 pieces of heavy equipment amid the operation, but failed to achieve any significant gains.”

    Which is amazing and almost unbelievable. However, they must be trying harder as SitRep says they are winning against Russia off and on now. It’s just that the wins don’t gain any ground or strategic purpose. They have also lost their last reserves as they know by the Name and Equipment character that their Western-trained, fully-armed groups are just being tossed away in the grinder that they needed to rush through any breach they made in the lines. The. End.

    “Ukraine has dispatched the last of its strategic reserves, led by the elite 82nd Airlanding Brigade, into the battle for the Zaporozhye”

    “Ukraine to give up territory, and get NATO membership in return.”
    But even here, Jenssen was delusional.”

    Quite so. They might keep an illusional, virtual Ukraine, as we usually do worldwide. Iran’s “real” leader lives in Paris for 40 years. Some random Guido.

    “NATO struggles to generate new sources of equipment for the rapidly depleting Ukrainian Army”

    That’s for sure. Even in these conditions we have turned on no new factories? Employed no more people??? Explain? We took zero initiatives for having our trains not derail, opening mines, digging rare earths? Nothing, really??? No nothing. Not even ONE rail line. Zero. Okay, man I guess that’s how NATO fights and wins. By booking a boardroom and clicking spreadsheets. I couldn’t be happier as the less we do, the safer everyone else is.

    ““…even though the US began ramping up ammunition production last year, munitions would still take “years” to mass produce to acceptable levels..”

    No it doesn’t. We could ALREADY have ramped that production. However, if you attempt this under bureaucratic Soviet Socialism like we have, then yes, it will indeed never get done. If you want it done, we can do it in no time, just like 1940. The U.S. has nothing but empty factories, mothballed equipment, and unemployed people. There are electric and roads everywhere. Nothing’s stopping this but YOU. Thank God only the stupid useless people are in charge or we WOULD have non-stop 777 shells and a LOT more people killed.

    “Ukrainian planes are under threat of attack immediately after takeoff from the airfield”

    The Ukr air defense is depleted. There is no anti-aircraft left.

    “US Officials Admit They Missed Opportunity for Ukraine Peace – Politico (RT)

    I guess we’ll just have to have more war then! So sad!

    “Washington is increasingly unsure. … a military victory would likely be unachievable for Ukraine, and that Kiev could use the wintertime pause in fighting to enter negotiations”

    Negotiate what? Russia is going to do whatever they like, as long as they like, and not bother telling you except as a courtesy. It’s going to end however Russia feels like. That was always true. And even pothead comedians who are stoned before 9am like Jimmy Dore always knew that. To find somebody who could think otherwise you have to find people who are much, MUCH, MUCH more stupid than that, like Victoria Nuland and John Bolton. …Did he ever make it back from Mongolia?

    “• Ukraine ‘Running Out Of Options’ – WaPo (RT)

    Since WaPo can’t publish anything but lies, and they admit this, what’s the lie?

    “America ‘Running Out of Options’” in the offensive and illegal war against Russia. The offensive, genocidal, invasion war with WMD the UN totally approves of.

    ““everything was planned together” with Kiev’s backers.”

    So everyone agrees that the Anglo West made the war, created the war, paid for the war, and then lost the war. …That will come in handy at the war reparations trials with London. Germany has already surrendered, posting no money for NATO yesterday and breaking their own treaty (again, and again), and openly refusing to send a single soldier.

    “In a worst-case scenario for Ukraine as envisaged by Ronzheimer, the counteroffensive stalls, with Russia launching one of its own and potentially seizing parts of Kharkov Region.”

    He certainly lacks imagination. The worst case is Russia nukes the planet for this nonsense, starting with Ronzheimer’s house and family, and even THAT is not the worst they can do. However, even a reasonable, nearby scenario is Russia taking straight through to Poland and Romania, the total collapse of Kiev, the total collapse of European finance, and Western Europe mobilizing completely under fascist totalitarianism for a 40-year war. Of resources for survival. In which Ronzheimer’s whole family are raped to death by petty criminals.

    That’s just in the 1-sigma MOST likely scenario.

    Getting back to earlier, The West is going to send 61 nuclear missiles at a time when Russia can sweep the whole country right to the Western border. Wot timing! Wot a coincidence! Almost like the Pentagon is running this as an inside arrangement to hand it to Russia as a concession. So Joe: where ya thinking of landing those 61 F16s when Russia owns all the airfields? You’ve just made it impossible to NOT take over the country, even if they don’t want to. Who’s the audience for this puppet show? Selling Russia’s actions to the BRICS and the new Global South, who will see it as justified. And will now see the occupation of all Ukraine as necessary.

    “bombed by NATO almost a quarter century ago.”

    NPR writers still resident at RT. Not like “Ancient history”, their framing. Yesterday, in the 90s, under Clinton. Nor is it a passing event but we followed up every day since then with more guns, bombs, drugs, and problems for that whole region. Not a single minute have the Anglos not been screwing the Serbian area with triple shifts. As usual.

    ““To be honest, the druggies are so out of their minds that they really only present a danger to themselves.”

    Nothing says pure love like that. Stunning and Brave. #Helping. See? This is what happens when you get those mean ol Republicans out of the way.

    “a shocking report that showed there were 75 Soros-backed “social justice” prosecutors overseeing half of America’s 50 most populous cities.”

    Well that wouldn’t mean anything. Unless, of course there was some extremely tight, extremely unusual matching out-of-character behavior for them all. That contrasts with the cities not on that list. …But that isn’t true, is it?

    Gore-AOC. And add Bill Nye. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpJEuQDVJRM&t=444s

    Now Dore supports AGW, or claims to. But he calls bulls—t on Bill Nye and indeed the whole Climate Debate. Why? Report came out yesterday, “The Gulf Stream will stop tomorrow, we’re all gonna dieeeeeee!!!!” Nye says it won’t. Point is: THEY DON’T KNOW. They can’t tell. They all disagree with THEMSELVES.

    And The Science Is Settled.™ I mean except for the 80% who aren’t and all the Nobel Prize winners and Greenpeace people n stuff. But among me and my 10 closest friends who would all make billions on this, we all agree.

    #141698
    zerosum
    Participant

    Can USA cities be saved?
    What will replace the USA cities?
    How did other countries build bigger successful cities?

    https://www.azerbaycan24.com/en/why-san-francisco-is-dying-and-what-it-has-to-do-with-george-soros/
    • Why San Francisco Is Dying And What It Has To Do With George Soros (Bridge)
    ——–
    Why are so many saying that the USA needs to continue/declare another war to survive?
    Why does the USA think that everybody will attack it, for no reason/no justifications?

    ———
    TRY HARDER! KEEP TRYING!
    “According to Russian estimates, Ukraine/USA/NATO has lost more than 43,000 troops and nearly 5,000 pieces of heavy equipment amid the operation but failed to achieve any significant gains.”
    SUCCESS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
    ————
    Tarot Card Reading Online – Find out what the future holds.
    Chose a word for your AI to explain our society

    Genocide.
    Eugenics
    Depopulation
    War
    Fentanyl
    Covid 19
    Starvation
    Poverty
    Energy Shortfall
    Systemic inflation
    Contraction in discretionary sectors
    No one notices
    Who cares
    No one would believe it.

    ———–

    #141699
    John Day
    Participant

    @Formerly T-Bear: I tried to answer your question twice yesterday, but remained spam-blocked, despite logging out and back in and addding the numbers as directed.

    There is certainly the case for letting FEMA and the army do their work unperturbed, and for leaving the burned families where they fell, but when the (previously very popular ER Doc) Governor and other high officials sternly warn people to ignore everything except what the “official sources” tell them, it is a cover-up. Notably, there are NO approved media sources in the Lahaina area, so only-believe-the-tight-lippe-government. It appears that government refusal to release irrigation water to flood fields, and government-monopoly electrical infrastructure failures and mismanagement MAY have been largely responsible for the fire getting out of hand. There was certainly a lack of warning, which is government’s responsibility.
    It appears to me that the culpability of the Hawaiian state government is potentially almost-complete at this point.
    Maybe I’m wrong. News blackout leaves me thinking that. I’m not alone. The state government appears desperate. FEMA and the Army have to find ways to deflect blame and put some kind of story and investigation together.
    We may hope that the all-electric “Smart-Island” plan dies. It’s not how local people live, not at all. They are real people with vegetabble gardens who share fruits from their trees with each other.

    #141700

    DBS: I reread it this morning. I still hate it.
    It’s a PR release that reads like Malone wrote it himself.
    “not because he’s some quack spouting nonsense” is a backhanded insult to all the qualified people who have been banned from twitter.
    I doubt McCullough would agree that he knows where all the skeletons are hidden, and if Malone does, he should expose them.
    Malone is a victim, but he’s a special victim. [He was a carpenter! He’s a sacrificial lamb!]. He not only invented the vaccine tech, he took it. Of all people, why didn’t he inform himself (and then everyone else) of its risks?
    The author then bloats the piece with alt-narrative memes that seem disconnected to the hagiography.
    I admit that Malone gives me the creeps. This puff piece didn’t change that.

    #141701
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Is an atheist food bank simply a secular food bank? The food bank closest to me IS secular. It is run by a hospital. And, no, the hospital was never run by a church. I live in the Sunnyslope neighborhood of Phoenix. This community was founded by people with tuberculosis and other ailments whose doctors had recommended an arid climate. These people and their families moved to Phoenix and settled north of the canal — where there was no irrigation, no farms, less pollen, and (one would suppose) cheaper land. There were a lot of sick and impoverished people. A nurse decided to help these people. Through her efforts the “Desert Mission” was established. The Desert Mission became the John C. Lincoln hospital and the Desert Mission Food Bank. The school my children attended for kindergarten is far enough that they were bussed. The bus stop was two streets over, so I used to walk them there in the mornings. The strop was in front of an empty parcel of land — about an acre. The land was owned by the Food Bank, and was promised to be used for low income housing. A few years back, the hospital was sold. The new owner still runs the food bank, but didn’t want the parcel of land, and so sold it to a local non-profit with a covenant to develop it as low-income housing. This was actually done! Now, instead of being a place where people illegally dump or where homeless camp, it is full of neat rows of town-houses. It looks very nice, and has a playground. People are beginning to move in. People have to be low-income to live there, the prices are kept low, and they buy the residences, so that they can build equity even if they don’t have perfect credit or don’t have a large enough down payment.

    Humans are humans. Many religious people are great! Many agnostics and atheists are also great! There are also nasty people who are religious, agnostic, or atheist. Just being a theist doesn’t make someone a quality person. However, it is true that because religions generally try to get parishioners to follow moral codes, and most of the moral codes associated with religions are pretty decent, that if you run across a religious person who is genuinely trying to follow their religion, they are usually a quality person. With the non-religious it may take more effort to ascertain whether someone is a quality person.

    #141702
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Dark horse podcast interviewed an independent reporter who was on the ground in Lahaina.

    #141703

    Let me put it more succinctly:
    A man who straddles the fence is likely to damage his courage.

    #141704
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @MyParentsSaidKnow

    I get your point now, and agree with it. I had read the article far far too shallowly (bad boy) and was not properly valuating the fact that Malone is basically a wealthy and unrepentant bio weapons designer. I’ll try to do better in future (but it’s slow going.)

    #141705
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    What worries me about the political and economic future of the United States and it’s Western Empire is not the feared “Fall of The Great Western Empire”. That is simply a given because the trend in the shift of power is monumentally clear to everyone still drawing breath. It is impossible to not know which way those winds are blowing and the historical record is unambiguously clear on the fact that the literally overwhelming majority of the huge and currently “not-fully-aligned-in-either-direction middle” will choose to join the side of the winner once it is unambiguously clear who that winner will be. Well we all know that it just ain’t gonna be the “United States of America” in its present form and function, because the current form is an almost indescribably corrupt agglomeration of the literally criminally insane….. who are already LOSING so fast that the felony failures are hard to keep track of.

    True, the West still does have a few ostensible allies, but those allies fear and loathe their master greatly. I would assert that most (if not all) remaining allies remain “allies” only upon fear of death at its hands. And I mean INTERNAL allies as much or more as I mean foreign ones. These “friends and allies” (both foreign and domestic) know that the USA will not hesitate to take them out in a heartbeat if they do not obsequiously kowtow and obey every command that ‘USA Inc’ orders them to commit regardless of harm to themselves, and no matter how insane those orders might be (and brother, there have been some real doozies !)

    Burn down Maui to evict the opposition, and then steal it? That’s utterly beyond belief! You can’t be serious.

    Ukraine fighting to the last man (500,000 dead so far) in a war it has NO chance of winning so that Blackrock can buy up all the farmland cheap and WHO can sell children’s internal organs to the old and rich?

    Lithuania MILITARILY baiting Russia? Are you kidding me?!

    Germany cutting its natural gas flows from Russia and sanctioning all trade with Russian business of every kind, as an act of unprovoked economic aggression? Surely you jest.

    Anyway, here’s the point. Most countries (and people) are going to side with the winner. No kidding. Especially since there is also compelling moral, security, and economic self interests served by doing so.

    The West is toast, that part is cast in steel, so don’t worry about it.

    What I worry about is the new boss. Who will it be? Them or us?

    #141706
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    John Day on August 21, 2023 at 1:42 pm at #141699

    Sincere apologies, I overlooked your posting travails. All too often those I had made an effort to reply in the comments have shown the discourtesy of refusing acknowledgment leading to the attitude.
    With a thousand still missing at this date, I’d suppose responsible public officials are shitting large concrete roadblocks. Such stress does not encourage good judgment. As for the failure of the warning system, even one having independent power to alarm still needs power available to initiate the warning does it not? If radios are without power and telephone lines are down and cell towers are without power it is entirely reasonable that the system may not work. Same would go for water supply if communications are inoperative and the request did not get through to the operators. FEMA is basically a logistics and security for some afflicted area and efficacy dependent upon prior training. That training in Hawaii for that area would entail disasters concerning hurricanes and tsunamis primarily and would be entirely untrained for what occurred, not that their record of service in other places is of sterling quality (looking at FEMA in New Orleans). The word in current currency “clusterf*ck” looks to fully apply. None the less, the first responders concerning finding bodies should have precedence until their work is finished. From the sources used here, it was strong winds and power lines causing the fire. It looks like there are a goodly number of trees in the area which also can bring down power lines in strong winds, even in the best kept power systems even ones designed for hurricane force winds. Put all this before the best qualified media and the story can still tend to raise public panic but in the media you have it would much more likely incite a raging mom, and that will not do anybody any good whatsoever. A responsible media is something you do not have. A responsible media would do their work and provide the public as much information as possible and do everything to maintain calm, avoiding spurious speculations that sell their product. Where are the adults when needed?

    This addresses most of what you wrote, I hope adequately. It may be difficult to remember what you are witnessing are frail and frightened, stressed people and their reactions are not always adequate to the task. Again my apology for the harmful words.

    #141707
    Alexander Carpenter
    Participant

    This website is cursed these days with some combination of buggy software, hacking, censorship, harassment, snooping, inertia, complexity, involuting reflexiveness, … whatever. One way to clean it up would be to reboot it from scratch on a different platform with different technical personnel. It occurs to me that something analogous could be done in DC, and so-many other places as well.
    A visual: All of us here are on a cruise-ship just coming into port, pulling up at a pier, walking down the gangplank and across the pier, then up another gangplank onto a different ship that sails forthwith on our voyage. Fraught…

    #141708
    zerosum
    Participant

    Accuracy requirements
    Beside learning english to fly the f16, do the Ukrainian pilots need to unlearn the metric system and/or be able to use a Unit Converter?

    #141709
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    The world changes in PRECISELY the same way as the thoughts of the living beings who populate and comprise that world change. As the mind and thought of the participants change, the world changes with it. It’s an exact match.

    In other words, to change the world it is only required that you change your mind and persuade others to change their too. Once we have done that then the world is a changed place. No one has to die for it. All they have to do is change their mind.

    The best way to do that, to my way of thinking, is to have a closer look at everything and consequently (through that method) change one’s mind about the thing one has discovered. First, find or expand a truthful knowledge. Speed up the process by sharing it. That action alone constitutes a change in one’s own mind about it. By sharing the truth with others they’re assisted in changing their own minds the same way that you changed yours.

    Strictly self determined, all voluntary, and mostly peaceful.

    Post Script:
    If there was ever a country that desperately needed a coups d’etat the USA is it, because the current regime is erasing the country that it’s nominally reigning over. Someone might as well overthrow the “bankcorpo.gov” URL without wasting any more time and just get it over with, because if someone else doesn’t do it they’re just going to do it to themselves, in which case it’s anyone’s guess who will be in charge when it’s over. Maybe no one. Wouldn’t THAT be a hoot?
    A THOUGHT war! Whoever changes the most minds wins.

    #141710
    John Day
    Participant

    @Formerly T-Bear, and others, regarding the “Water” on Maui: Two Different Water Systems Exist.
    This is a very important point to understand.
    1) The very old, gravity-fed agricultural irrigation system does not need electricity to flood fields.
    This was refused until too late, until after the fact.
    2) The municipal water system did need electricity to pump water up the water towers, and did lose pressure to water hoses and fire hydrants in Lahaina.

    #141711
    zerosum
    Participant

    How accurate are Russian with their missile shots?
    Very accurate …. They hit the moon. 😉

    #141712
    John Day
    Participant

    @Alexander Carpenter: I think what you notice is a form of censorship, irritation-censorship, where lots of different gremlins are thrown into the software of any site which is distributing disfavored information, and reades/commenters just don’t persist, but go elsewhere. Censorship by 1000 cuts, so to speak.

    “This website is cursed these days with some combination of buggy software, hacking, censorship, harassment, snooping, inertia, complexity, involuting reflexiveness, … whatever. One way to clean it up would be to reboot it from scratch on a different platform with different technical personnel.”

    #141713
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Dr Steven Greer says that there’s already guys on the moon, who don’t want any company that hasn’t been vetted and read into the program. That might explain failures by experienced world class experts to poke around there too much or land any gizmos recently.

    #141714
    jb-hb
    Participant

    A THOUGHT war! Whoever changes the most minds wins.

    This is kinda why the talk about consciousness, reality, and consequently god are relevant on this sight, even while it seems like a side conversation. Because the people affecting events DEFINITELY have ideas about these things – reality, human consciousness (consequently God) And THEY act like these things are intertwined AND like it plays the underlying motivation for policies in various spheres. (wokism, vaxism, Climate Suicidalism, burning down food plants, etc)

    It’s been interesting watching for approximately the past 7 years as people try to figure it all out from both ends and are now meeting in the middle. You’ve got people like James Lindesy or Benjamin Boyce really diving into abstruse Hegalian-Marxist roots and working their way up – but you’ve also got people working their way down. The ruinous blob clearly wants to and does propagate its poisonous message via iconic pop culture such as Dr Who, Star Trek, and Star Wars.

    Everybody is really starting to get it full-spectrum. Doomcock (DVD Overlord) saying of Star Trek STD: “This show is against causality and human consciousness!!!”

    Yep. You got it man. All the people on the consumer-end of the hermetic gnostic postmodernist deconstructionist satanist marxist blob have either figured it out from first principles or gradually been made aware. Jonathan Pageau was a pretty good bridge, as he had a foot in both the pop culture criticism and religious/philosophical/idelolgical stuff.

    They hit you repetitively with lowest-level initiation, trying to keep every level up hidden. The opposite of how civilized people present ideas to others. But as you peel back the onion, you find it leads to the same antihuman, antilife, antireason, antireality anticausality antireality place. If you are religious and understand god to be existence- not the stuff, but the action of existence itself – and Creation to be the stuff that consequently exists, then they are satanist by virtue of rejecting god and all his works. By definition.

    Anti causality because they seem to think that what everyone THINKS somehow determines reality, that we (well, THEY) can be free of the strictures of causality, reality, consciousness, individuality, logos if they can change what the mass of humanity thinks reality is.

    An interesting aside – came across a zerohedge comment awhile back theorizing if this WAS the case, reality arising from consensus perception, ie consciousness… then whoever is most strongly conscious determines reality. Imposes it. And maybe there is only so much reality-determining consciousness to go around? Thus the number of NPC’s we have currently is due to some people waking up more, becoming more consciousness, and hogging all the consciousness. So the NPC’s wander around starved for consciousness. Just a fun er “fun” thought experiment.

    #141715

    An archive of my little life for the past 3 years exists on this website. I’d sure like to know ahead of time if it was going to be disappeared.

    #141716
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    John Day at #141710

    Fir item #1, old gravity flow systems are like those found in New Mexico and can be said to be low flow over long time, in the irrigated area only a fraction of the area can be irrigated at a time. Look into the Mayordomo system of irrigation from that area. Hawaii’s canal irrigation would not differ greatly nor the technology employed.

    Second item #2, powered pump system has only that reserve contained in the tower when power is discontinued. You’ve already shown its limitations in your statement.

    That fire looks to have several ignition points in photos of its spread to the town. With 70 or more MPH winds driving it, how long will it take to cover, say 5 miles? (at 60 MPH, 5 mi =5 min). The failure to give warning had a very narrow window to operate had it operated. This looks like “The Perfect Storm” situation.

    That’s all I have.

    #141717
    zerosum
    Participant

    An archive of my little life for the past 3 years exists on this website. I’d sure like to know ahead of time if it was going to be disappeared.

    RIM,
    Should we have this discussion?
    Is there a secure backup???
    Is there an interest by commentators to buy/have a copy of their wisdom?

    #141718
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Feminist UCSF School Of Medicine Professor Says Children Can Be “Gender Minotaurs”

    Burn the Witches

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    #141719
    jb-hb
    Participant

    we have to all get the joke together for it to work

    fdag

    #141720
    aspnaz
    Participant

    American officials have told Politico that they may have “missed a window” to push for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. Speaking anonymously, they conceded that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley “had a point” when he offered a grim pronouncement on Kiev’s chances for victory last year.

    All an act, pretending that they cared about peace, pretending that they thought Ukraine could win, all an act, like Merkel caring about peace. The owners knew that Ukraine would lose, they have only ever provided third rate equipment to Ukraine, forcing them to fight with one arm tied behind their backs, despite having 8 years to prepare and train – a whole generation in army training terms – the Ukraine was supposed to lose on the military battlefield. The USA had experienced Russian military in Syria, so they were aware that Ukraine had no chance, Milley was aware from before Ukraine started. They didn’t even ramp up military equipment production, no training for air cover, nothing that would give them a chance. Ukraine was mean’t to lose, there is no other logical conclusion.

    The defeat of Ukraine was planned, so there will be a tangible gain for the owners, but what is it? Unlikely to just be MIC corruption, they were doing that in Afghanistan. The destruction of the European economy’s energy supply? Ensure that Europe has to pay high prices for energy then sit back and watch them become uncompetitive?

    And why are they deliberately trying to kill all fighting men in Ukraine, quite a bizarre spectacle. The Ukraine men seem to be willing to die and Russia is understandably willing to assist. But why?

    They could have disconnected Europe from Russian energy without a war, so what is the plan for Ukraine once it has no men left and is helpless. Is this simply a plan to gain private ownership of a country? Seems unlikely as the WEF minions run most countries anyway. This has to be more than just a way to steal land, getting rid of the men to make it more secure.

    There is more to their plan and we will discover soon enough.

    Biden is obviously totally owned. He stopped Afghanistan without a care for the US servicemen over there, Ukraine was more important, he is totally being controlled to further the owners’ agenda. The EU is also totally owned, destroying Europe to assist the owners’ agenda; they have been trying to destroy European culture for ages through uncontrolled immigration, that is now starting to pay back rewards for them.

    One thing we can know is that western elections will never be real any more, the top people have been inserted and the Trump mistake will never happen again, the 2024 election will be the same. Democracy has died, we will now see the humans with power destroy the humans without power, all using other humans without power to do their dirty work.

    #141721
    aspnaz
    Participant

    phoenixvoice said

    Is an atheist food bank simply a secular food bank?

    No, it is God working through the sinners. For those that believe that God is the only source of good, that God created a universe where all the bad is out there but God kept the good for himself to handout as ego rations, then you also must believe that sinners doing good are being controlled by God. In fact, anyone doing good has God’s arm up their arse, puppeteering them. Why would God not create the universe with good and bad and leave the people to choose what they wanted to do? Better ask the believers. No logic like spiritual/religious logic.

    #141722
    Celticbiker
    Participant

    There is no honesty or integrity in a jewrun, jewcontrolled system, You can vote all you want , things will just get worse. Covid should have proven to everyone, they see you. as cattle and treat you as such. Maui, like 911 was a burnt offering to their satanic god, lucifer.. They are bringing you an apocalypse, paid for with your taxes. Ukraine is about killing goyim and laundering money. Do you think that is not coming to a theatre near you?

    #141723
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Why would God not create the universe with good and bad and leave the people to choose what they wanted to do? Better ask the believers.”

    You rang, sir?

    God created the universe with free will in it, and so people (all life, actually) have free will to do any damn thing they want. Some use it to know and attempt to Be and Do and Have what is logical, truthful and good. Others get the free will thing quite wrong (by denying that consciousness is spiritual, for example, or telling lies as preferred standard operating procedure). Those mistakes are both illogical and wrong, resulting in the failures and perpetual degradation that we call bad.

    It’s not a difficult truth to grasp. Good is in one direction and bad is in the other, and it is your irrevocable right to choose whichever one you want. God is the spectrum and the oblivion of simulated spiritual death is at the bottom. LOTS of labels have been applied to both the destinations at either end of this graduated scale, and to the direction of travel, but it is NOT complicated.

    Don’t blame God if you’re confused about it. Blame egoic hubris. Your scatological imagery about God’s interference in human affairs are just a tantrum thrown to distract attention from the fact that you already know the difference between right and wrong, but would have to admit error in order to do the right thing about it.

    Vain attempts to ridicule those who DO have the balls to acknowledge the obvious is not moving your game in the right direction.

    #141724
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Ukrainian Artillery Goes Nuclear After Lancet Strike

    Ukronaziland is almost out of artillery shells but still has artillery pieces for the Russians to torch.

    Aerial Drone Armies are the Wave of the Future

    The lying filth of the Collective West and Eurotardistan are having their heads headed to them but still insanely continue to propagandize absurd fantasies of Russia running out of weapons.

    Obsessive compulsives, monkeys throwing poo at the blackboard and hoping it sticks

    #141725
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Ridicule is not an argument. More often than not it is the unspoken admission that one HAS no argument to offer, but only bluster. Reminds me of the Leftist propensity to just yell louder and double down on the stupid abuse every time they’re proven wrong and revealed as clueless incompetents. What an effing waste of time and energy. The time would be much better spent digging for the facts which might PROVE believers in God to be wrong. If properly done such research would result in coming to the conclusion that they are simply correct, which would save everybody a lot of grief.

    My keyboard is wearing out. Luckily my patience is not, because believers have an edge that disbelievers just can’t match. They’re right. God made the universe.

    #141726
    John Day
    Participant

    @Formerly T-Bear: Regarding Ag-water Reservoir above Lahaina. Here is a map. “Crater Reservoir” is one, and there is another.
    https://www.anyplaceamerica.com/directory/hi/maui-county-15009/reservoirs/wai-ale-reservoirs-364529/
    The islands are volcanic mountains. Maui is 2 volcanos. The high altitude rains are caught in crater lakes, dammed and ditches were dug long ago with shovels to sluice the water down to cane and pineapple fields. I am most familiar with the Kohala Ditch on the Big Island, but I think this is the same kind of 19th century implementation.

    #141727
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Here’s a guy worth listening to. I have no idea whether he’s religious or not, but I sure do know that he’s aware of who’s responsibility it is to figure it out correctly ……… because he tells you, and it only takes him about 10 minutes.
    link: https://youtu.be/hW3slCdQPA4 (

    #141729
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Murder the Sheeple, they’ll never notice

    Biden Awards Hawaii Official Medal Of Honor For Saving Water During Fire

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    “WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a heartwarming ceremony, President Joe Biden awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor to Kaleo Manuel for his work conserving water during the deadly Hawaii wildfires.

    “When people begged for water to save their homes, their very lives – Mr. Manuel had the courage to stand firm and say ‘No’,” said President Biden. “That’s the kind of climate change warrior this administration wants to honor….”

    https://babylonbee.com/news/biden-awards-hawaii-official-medal-of-freedom-for-saving-water-during-fire

    #141730
    WES
    Participant

    In case you are wondering why the Russian lunar probe crashed. The answer is simple.

    The Russians due to sanctions, are forced to use some commercial grade electronic components instead of space grade electronics which have protection from cosmic radiation.

    The probe’s rocket engine fired about 50% longer than it was supposed to, causing the lunar probe to slow down too much and thus crash. The rocket burn was supposedly determined by radar which malfunctioned due to cosmic radiation interference.

    Trying to shield electronic components from cosmic radiation adds weight something everyone tries to minimize. Space grade electronic components have protection built in while commercial grade do not. Russia lost it’s ability to make some space grade electronic components after the fall of the USSR in 1990.

    Now we will soon see if India’s probe has better luck.

    #141732
    jb-hb
    Participant

    That is strange though – you’d think their military stuff would be hardened against just about anything radiation or electromagnetic related that you could throw at it.

    #141733
    jb-hb
    Participant

    aspnaz & D Benton Smith

    I’d say you’re both fighting the wrong fight.

    There’s a heart-warming meme I came across of a crusader and a saracen, backs to the viewer, facing a wokeist mob. The crusader says “Together?” and the saracen answers “Together.”

    It’d be nicer if there was a third warrior representing humanism (not the skinsuit the wokeists wear saying “I am that thing you love” while being its opposite) Maybe a Spartan hoplite or Roman legionnaire. Some decent stoic representative of western civ chiming in “Together” along with the christian and the muslim.

    The fault lines are no longer between Theist and Atheist. You agree on the core values. Think of riots in the Eastern Roman Empire when blood ran in the streets over whether it was proper to give a blessing with two or three fingers of the hand raised.

    Why spend energy on the dogmatic stuff intended to stich together stories which are ENTIRELY TRUE in the sense that they are SUPPOSED to be true. Why build your house on sand instead of rock?

    I’ve got a full rant about this in the discussion from the article on theism/atheism from a couple days ago.

    YES, I can put forth 5-10 devastating arguments against Christianity. But what about the stuff that is true, like this?

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