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Roadblocks: Zelensky Fails to Achieve Goals on US Visit (Sp.)
Zelensky’s US Trip Revealed Deepening Fractures in NATO Support (Sp.)
West Preparing To ‘Dump’ Zelensky – Lukashenko (RT)
McCarthy Vows To Strip Ukraine Money From Pentagon Bill (Hill)
White House Issues Ukraine Aid Warning (RT)
Pentagon Exempts Ukraine Operations From Potential Government Shutdown (Pol.)
China and Syria Forge ‘Strategic Partnership’ (RT)
Blobitis (Jim Kunstler)
Expert: NATO Helped Ukraine Strike Black Sea Fleet HQ in Sevastopol (Sp.)
Borrell Warns Migration Might ‘Dissolve’ EU (RT)
The Defunct Disinformation Governance Board Exposed (Turley)










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“There’s no money in the House right now for Ukraine.”

Roadblocks: Zelensky Fails to Achieve Goals on US Visit (Sp.)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the US, which wrapped up this week, proved to be a failure rather than a success.[..] The visit had a rocky start after [the NYT] published the results of its own investigation into the September 6 missile strike on Konstantinovka in eastern Ukraine, which killed 15 civilians. Kiev had blamed the attack on Moscow, however, the newspaper reported that the Ukrainian side was to blame. “Evidence, […] including missile fragments, satellite imagery, witness accounts and social media posts, strongly suggests the catastrophic strike was the result of an errant Ukrainian air defense missile fired by a Buk launch system,” the news outlet pointed out.Another US media outlet reported about “Zelensky’s frosty welcome to D.C.”, referencing six Republican senators and 22 House members’ letter to the White House, which opposed President Joe Biden’s request for $24 billion in additional funding for Ukraine.

As a result, POTUS finally announced the $325 million military assistance package for Kiev during a White House meeting with Zelensky. Notably, the Biden administration opted not to provide Ukraine with the long-range ATACMS missiles that would allow Kiev to launch strikes well behind Russian lines. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, for his part, denied Zelensky’s request to address a joint meeting of Congress, telling reporters that Congressmen “just didn’t have time.” McCarthy was echoed by Republican Byron Donalds, who said that “There’s no money in the House right now for Ukraine.” According to Donalds, “It’s not a good time for [Zelensky] to be here, quite frankly.”The US media outlet noted in this vein that “the effectiveness of Zelensky’s personal appeals has […] been challenged, as dozens of Republicans used his visit as an occasion to snub Ukraine’s requests and mock its wartime leader.”

On September 19, the Ukrainian president addressed a UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York. US television channels at the time showed many empty seats in the premises where Zelensky delivered the speech. Ukrainian broadcasters, therefore, had to edit the footage so as to create an illusion of a full audience, where one could see Zelensky himself among the viewers. His visit came amid the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF)’s futile attempts to break through Russian defensive lines, a counteroffensive that President Vladimir Putin called a “failure rather than a standstill”. According to him, the UAF has lost more 71,000 soldiers and over 500 tanks since the beginning of the counteroffensive on June 4.

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“Clearly, the Patriots have failed in their mission. And it’s not like the United States has a better air defense system than the Patriot batteries – that’s the best we have to offer..”

Zelensky’s US Trip Revealed Deepening Fractures in NATO Support (Sp.)

As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrapped up his trip to the United States on Friday, where he spoke at the United Nations and visited the White House, he is preparing to return to Ukraine with far less than he expected. An expert noted the US and Ukraine are struggling to make a bad situation look better than it is. Retired CIA intelligence officer and former US State Department official Larry Johnson told Sputnik that “nothing of substance” had come from Zelensky’s trip to Washington, DC, but that careful study of the demeanor of Zelensky and several American officials revealed “they’ve had some very uncomfortable conversations behind the scenes.”
“He’s not going to get the ATACMS that he claimed he wanted,” Johnson said, referring to the ground strike missile that is launched from a HIMARS rocket system.

He noted “they are sending some M1 Abrams tanks next week – that was already on the table.” “What was clear is that you’ve got a disconnect between the rhetorical position, what the Biden administration is saying publicly to support Zelensky, and what it’s actually doing,” he pointed out. “On the one hand, they are stridently insisting that they’re going to support Ukraine to the end, that Zelensky is on their team, etc. But when it comes to the actual assistance, they didn’t increase – they’re going to continue to provide aid, but they’re not providing any kind of advanced weapons system. I don’t think they do have a weapon system that would make a difference. But, you know, for example, they talked about: ‘Oh, we have to provide Ukraine with their defense.’ I thought that was what the Patriot batteries were for.

Clearly, the Patriots have failed in their mission. And it’s not like the United States has a better air defense system than the Patriot batteries – that’s the best we have to offer. That didn’t work. But they’re talking about providing some more air defense capabilities. I think it’s a meaningless gesture,” he said. “The problem is, it doesn’t matter what equipment or money the United States supplies. The problem Ukraine faces is the lack of manpower, that they’ve suffered such enormous casualties during this failed counteroffensive that their ability to replace those is a challenge.” Johnson noted that during Zelensky’s visit, there were “subtle gestures” but nothing like the hero’s welcome he was given before.

“During his previous trip, he was celebrated with a joint session of Congress and got to kiss [then-House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi, and yet this time he didn’t get that. He did meet with some members of Congress and he heard some challenges to his position. I think there’s still a majority in the Congress, in both the House and Senate, that are saying that they really strongly support Ukraine, but there’s a growing number of voices that are saying: ‘no, we need to spend that money that’s been going to Kiev here in the United States, in Maui, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco.’ There’s growing pressure to spend those funds in the states as opposed to selling it overseas.”

“He didn’t get a joint press conference. They did put out some sort of controlled video of both Biden and Zelensky reading prepared remarks and setting it in a controlled environment, where the press were spectators but not able to ask questions. But they didn’t have a side-by-side press-conference. So, it was a much more tepid response this time compared to previous ones. And he didn’t go back with a greater economic package than he anticipated prior to arriving. Plus, on top of it, he did have Poland and the relationship to Poland and Ukraine was sort of a backdrop to all of this,” he said.

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“Do you think that Poland is putting pressure on poor Ukraine today for no reason? No, they have been given the go-ahead from overseas: We need to dump this Zelensky, we’re tired of him..”

West Preparing To ‘Dump’ Zelensky – Lukashenko (RT)

Washington has given the go-ahead to its partners to “dump” Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky as he has become a nuisance, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed during a government meeting on Friday. Lukashenko pointed to the ongoing grain dispute between Poland and Ukraine as an example of this new policy, noting that Warsaw had been one of Zelensky’s staunchest supporters but is now sharply critical of its partner. This shift occurred after Poland, along with Hungary and Slovakia, unilaterally banned the import of Ukrainian grain despite the EU having chosen to lift its bloc-wide embargo. In turn, Kiev filed disputes against the three countries with the World Trade Organization.

“Do you think that Poland is putting pressure on poor Ukraine today for no reason? No, they have been given the go-ahead from overseas: We need to dump this Zelensky, we’re tired of him,” Lukashenko said. He noted that the US has an upcoming presidential election and suggested that no one will care about Zelensky at that point. At the same time, US President Joe Biden stressed on Friday that Washington will stick with Zelensky throughout the Russia-Ukraine conflict and announced that US-made Abrams tanks will start arriving in Ukraine next week. Meanwhile, Zelensky, who is on his second wartime visit to Washington, insisted that Kiev’s continued fight against Russia relied on sustained US military assistance and reportedly said that if it doesn’t get the aid, it “will lose the war.”

So far, the Biden administration has spent $115 billion on military and financial aid to Kiev, recently requesting an additional $24 billion to be approved by the end of the month. However, a growing number of lawmakers, predominantly from the Republican Party, have started to oppose the financing of the Zelensky government with US taxpayer money. Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri stressed on Wednesday that the US should stop endlessly pouring money into Ukraine, especially since Kiev has “nothing to show for it.” The Senator was apparently referring to Kiev’s much-touted summer counteroffensive, which has failed to yield any significant territorial gains. Hawley insisted that the US should not spend “a dime more on Ukraine” and instead conduct an audit of the billions that have already been paid. The senator also suggested that Germany and other European allies should “step up to the plate” to aid Kiev.

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Cornered by Marjorie Taylor Greene.

McCarthy Vows To Strip Ukraine Money From Pentagon Bill (Hill)

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Friday that he will strip funding for Ukraine out of a Pentagon spending bill after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) joined conservatives in blocking the legislation from advancing earlier this week. McCarthy said he would remove the $300 million for Ukraine currently in the Pentagon appropriations bill and hold a separate vote on the funding. “It would be out and voted on by itself,” McCarthy said when asked about the Ukraine aid in the Pentagon appropriations bill. The Speaker’s announcement comes one day after a band of five conservatives opposed a procedural vote for the Pentagon appropriations bill, sinking the effort and preventing the legislation from moving forward.

It was the second time this week that hard-liners blocked the funding bill from advancing. Votes on rules — which govern debate for legislation — are normally partisan and predictable matters, with the majority supporting voting “yes” and the minority party voting “no.” It is very rare for rules to fail on the floor. Greene, who has emerged as a close ally of McCarthy, was one of the Republicans who voted against the rule Thursday “because it funds the war in Ukraine.” It was a shift from her vote Tuesday, when the congresswoman supported the procedural vote to advance the Defense measure. The rule failed for a second time on the same day that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with lawmakers in the Capitol.

The Pentagon funding bill includes $300 million “to provide assistance, including training; equipment; lethal assistance; logistics support, supplies and services; salaries and stipends; sustainment; and intelligence support to the military and national security forces of Ukraine, and to other forces or groups recognized by and under the authority of the Government of Ukraine, including governmental entities within Ukraine, engaged in resisting Russian aggression against Ukraine, for replacement of any weapons or articles provided to the Government of Ukraine from the inventory of the United States.” Greene has come out against sending additional money to Ukraine. On Friday morning, she went live on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, and said she would support the measure if the Ukraine aid is taken out.

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Lindsey Graham returns: “..pulling the plug on Ukraine while they’re winning on the battlefield and letting Putin get away with this is far worse than Afghanistan.”

White House Issues Ukraine Aid Warning (RT)

The White House has urged American lawmakers to approve President Joe Biden’s request for an additional $24 billion for Ukraine by the end of the month in order to ensure an uninterrupted flow of aid to the country. The US government has appropriated funds for the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told the media on Thursday. He said additional resources were now required from Congress by October 1 to avoid disruption to the supply of aid to Ukraine. Continued assistance to Kiev in its fight against Russia is facing a growing pushback from Republican lawmakers, particularly in the House of Representatives, where the party has a majority. Critics argue that Washington has more important priorities and should have stronger safeguards against the misappropriation of the aid it sends to Kiev.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky met members of Congress on Thursday to make his case in person. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said one phrase summed up the visiting leader’s message. “Mr. Zelensky said: ‘If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war,’” he remarked after hosting the Ukrainian president. White House officials held a classified briefing for lawmakers on Wednesday evening. Senator Josh Hawley indicated he had been cemented in the conviction that the Biden administration’s Ukraine policy was failing. “If there’s some path to victory in Ukraine, I didn’t hear it today. And I also heard that there’s going to be no end to the funding requests,”the Republican said. Senator Lindsey Graham, a fellow GOP member with an opposing view on the conflict, argued that “pulling the plug on Ukraine while they’re winning on the battlefield and letting [Russian President Vladimir] Putin get away with this is far worse than Afghanistan.”

He was referring to Biden’s 2021 decision to withdraw the US military from the Middle Eastern country, after two decades of costly counterinsurgency action and state-building experiments. Senator John Fetterman, a Democrat, promised an unorthodox concession to Republicans in the other chamber to secure money for Kiev. “If those jagoffs in the House stop trying to shut our government down, and fully support Ukraine, then I will save democracy by wearing a suit on the Senate floor next week,” he pledged on social media on Wednesday. Fetterman famously has an aversion to formal dress. Last Sunday, Schumer ditched the Senate dress code for elected officials – but not staff members – much to the chagrin of US conservatives.

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If the government shuts down US citizens won’t get paid but Ukrainians will.

Pentagon Exempts Ukraine Operations From Potential Government Shutdown (Pol.)

The Pentagon will exempt its Ukraine operations from a potential shutdown if lawmakers can’t agree on a deal to fund the government by the end of the month, allowing key training and other activities in support of Kyiv’s forces to move ahead uninterrupted, according to a Defense Department spokesperson. Washington is more resigned to the looming government shutdown every day. As the Sept. 30 deadline approaches, congressional leaders showed little progress this week in moving a stopgap funding bill to avert that scenario. The House was in chaos on Thursday as a group of GOP hardliners tanked a vote that could have offered a path to fund the government.

But if lawmakers fail to reach an agreement and government appropriations lapse, DOD has decided to continue activities supporting Ukraine, DOD spokesperson Chris Sherwood told POLITICO Thursday — just hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley and other senior leaders at the Pentagon. “Operation Atlantic Resolve is an excepted activity under a government lapse in appropriations,” Sherwood said, referring to the named operation for DOD’s activities in response to the Russian invasion. The move means that the U.S. military’s activities related to the war, such as training of Ukrainian soldiers on American tactics and equipment, as well as shipments of weapons to Kyiv, will continue despite any potential shutdown. As recently as Tuesday, Sherwood had said the shutdown could halt those activities, as POLITICO first reported.

It’s good news for Zelenskyy, as U.S. and European officials worry that international support for continuing to aid Ukraine could be waning. Zelenskyy also pleaded his case with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning before heading to the White House to meet with President Joe Biden. The Biden administration is also expected to announce a new package of military aid for Ukraine later on Thursday, including additional air defenses and artillery. During the White House meeting, Biden announced a new $325 million package of aid for Ukraine, including more air defenses, artillery and additional cluster munitions. He also said that the first of the U.S. Army’s M1 Abrams tanks pledged to Kyiv are expected to arrive on the battlefield next week.

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Mere days after the US said it wants to split Syria in two. That just got a lot harder.

China and Syria Forge ‘Strategic Partnership’ (RT)

Beijing and Damascus announced a new “strategic partnership” during Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ongoing visit to China. President Xi Jinping met him in the city of Hangzhou before this week’s launch of the Asian Games, a high-profile international sports event. Assad is visiting China for the first time since 2004, when he met then-President Hu Jintao. Xi announced the new agreement as he welcomed his guest in the capital of Zhejiang Province on Friday. The Chinese leader stated that the relationship between the two nations has “withstood the test of international changes” and pledged to maintain them in the face of international “instability and uncertainty.” The US and its allies have been seeking to oust Assad for over a decade, accusing him of various transgressions during an armed conflict in the country.

The bloodshed started in 2011 as mass protests surged against the Syrian government but were soon hijacked by international jihadist organizations. These elements sidelined other anti-government forces, which Western nations touted as “moderate rebels,” as the main threat to Damascus. Russian intervention in 2015 turned the tide and helped the Syrian Army oust Islamist militants from most of the country. Some portions, where Turkish and American troops or their local allies are present, remain outside Damascus’ control. The US has imposed crippling unilateral sanctions on Syria, which hamper its ability to reconstruct after this brutal conflict. Xi expressed support for Assad’s efforts to rebuild the nation, keep terrorists in check, and seek a political settlement for the Syrian people.

The Arab League readmitted Syria in May as Damascus seeks to normalize relations with its neighbors. Beijing had facilitated the restoration of diplomatic relations between regional rivals, Iran and Saudi Arabia, in June. Both nations played significant roles in the Syrian crisis, the former supporting Assad’s government and the latter initially vying for his ouster. The Syrian president and First Lady Asma Assad arrived in Hangzhou on Thursday. On Saturday, the visiting dignitaries are set to attend the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games alongside a dozen other foreign guests.

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Jim posted this piece without a title. Update: Jim sent me an email. Something about an iPad and a 3-day getaway. The article now has a title.

Boblitis (Jim Kunstler)

Did you catch Attorney General Merrick Garland’s performance Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee? The absurdity ran pretty rank in the chamber as the AG artfully evaded explaining how it is he doesn’t know a darn thing about the consequential cases in process at his DOJ — and if he did happen to know, he wouldn’t be able to say because… reasons. For instance, the strange inability of one US attorney David Weiss to generate charges after five whole years of investigation in the sundry matters involving the president’s son, Hunter Biden, until the statute of limitations on tax evasion dribbled away. And then, after concocting a booby trapped plea deal on a Mickey Mouse gun rap that blew up under a judge’s scrutiny, the selfsame Mr. Weiss is appointed Special Counsel (i.e. prosecutor) over those very cases. Say, whu…? Not to mention that it’s against the regulations to appoint anyone special counsel from within the DOJ.

Well, you see, Mr. Weiss is a splendid fellow, Mr. Garland explained. When asked if he could give a working definition of professional incompetence, the AG affected to be stumped. In the course of all this play-acting, Mr. Garland maybe perjured himself several times, and he seemed painfully aware of his own possible looming legal difficulties. One suspects through all this mummery and confabulation that Merrick Garland is not actually in charge of the US DOJ. Then who is? My guess would be the ultra low profile Deputy AG Lisa Monaco, a mitochondria of the DC blob, one of its energy cells. Ms. Monaco was up to her eyeballs in the Obama regime’s prep work for the Russia Collusion Hoax of 2016, and since her appointment as DAG in April, 2021, is a behind the scenes architect of the new American police state.

The Washington Post pretends that she doesn’t exist. One also wonders when a House committee will become interested in deposing her, especially on the subject of her involvement with J-6 prosecutions. So far, the blob has gotten away with its many depredations because the DC federal district court is one of its pseudopods, able to reach out, engulf, and dissolve anyone who poses a threat. But a turning point in America’s struggle against blobbery may have been crossed far away from there. Down in Texas, which is lately afflicted with blobitis, the state Attorney General Ken Paxton escaped an impeachment trap laid by Party of Chaos state legislators and blob allies revolving around Karl Rove and the next-gen Bush family, losing its legacy as owners of the Texas GOP.

Mr. Paxton must be royally pissed off by these shenanigans and maybe ready to rumble with blob agent Homeland Security Sec’y Alejandro Mayorkas and his putative boss, “Joe Biden.” As it happens, with Autumn here and temperatures along the border moderating, crossings of illegal aliens are at 10,000 a day. A few days after Mr. Paxton’s acquittal in the Texas Senate, Governor Greg Abbott officially declared “an invasion.” Under the US Constitution, federal failure to defend the border allows the states to repel the invaders with force. It also pretty explicitly spells out an impeachable offense against “Joe Biden” — failure to defend our country. The blob quivers and throbs.

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It was a major hit. CNN reports dozens of dead and wounded. Waiting for confirmation.

Expert: NATO Helped Ukraine Strike Black Sea Fleet HQ in Sevastopol (Sp.)

The headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol came under a Ukrainian missile strike on Friday, as per the Russian Ministry of Defense. The Ukrainian military attacked a historic building of the Black Sea headquarters in Sevastopol this September 22, with one Russian military serviceman going missing, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense (Mod). The MoD specified that during the Kiev regime’s attack on Sevastopol, five enemy missiles had been shot down by Russia’s air defenses. “[The Ukrainians] mostly attack with Storm Shadows, they are British-made, it is quite likely that they are also French, they are basically identical and almost identical among the French SCALPs,” Vasily Dandykin, a captain 1st rank reserve and military expert, told Sputnik.

“The Americans have not yet delivered their ballistic missiles with a firing range of 300 kilometers. These missiles [Storm Shadow – Sputnik] are quite insidious, they hit the Chongarsky Bridge with them twice; they hit our plant in Sevastopol. Seven were shot down, three penetrated.” “All this is orchestrated with the help of curators and patrons [from the West]. Even though they criticize Ukrainians for such behavior and that it’s not what they are taught. They provide [Kiev] with intelligence data – US strategic surface drones are constantly hovering there – they provide data from strategic aviation, which is in the neutral waters of the Black Sea, they also provide, accordingly, space reconnaissance, especially from satellites that hang in low orbits.”

A missile warning sound was heard in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, in the morning of September 22. According to Governor Mikhail Razvozhaev, the fleet’s headquarters were subjected to a rocket strike by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Heavy smoke was seen emerging from the city center. “The enemy launched a missile attack on the fleet headquarters. A fragment fell near the Lunacharsky Theater… All operational services went to the incident scene. Information about the victims is being clarified. Please remain calm. And do not post photos and videos,” Razvozhaev said on Telegram. He warned of a possible new attack on the Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters. The news came after the Russian MoD earlier announced that the peninsular air defenses destroyed a Ukrainian guided missile and two aircraft-type drones off the west coast of Crimea.

[..] Dandykin noted that the Russian military is due to analyze where the strikes came from and take a closer look at the remaining Ukrainian military forces in Odessa. “They attack, as I understand it, mainly from the south of Ukraine, from Odessa,” the expert suggested. “We must take into account that this is probably the only thing they are now capable of in the situation when their counteroffensive failed. This means hitting our territories, shelling the Bryansk region, Belgorod, Kursk. This means to hit the Kherson region, the Zaporozhye region, including the nuclear power plant, and, accordingly, to attack long-suffering Donetsk and Gorlovka. Here they don’t spare shells, although they always complain that they don’t have enough. “[US President Joe] Biden also gave them cluster munitions. It’s pure slaughtering, as [Ukrainians] are shooting at civilians. We need to be even more vigilant and more effective,” Dandykin concluded.

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10,000 young men land on Lampedusa, and Borrell says: “If we want to survive from a labor point of view, we need migrants..”

Borrell Warns Migration Might ‘Dissolve’ EU (RT)

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has warned that immigration could become a “dissolving force” for the international bloc, arguing that some member states simply “don’t want to accept people from outside.” Speaking to the Guardian for an interview published on Friday, Borrell pointed to rising nationalist sentiment across Europe, noting that “we have not been able until now to agree on a common migration policy.” “Migration is a bigger divide for the European Union. And it could be a dissolving force for the European Union,” he said, adding “There are some members of the European Union that are Japanese-style – we don’t want to mix. We don’t want migrants. We don’t want to accept people from outside. We want our purity.”

However, Borrell argued that Europe’s current “low demographic growth” meant that some states required an influx of immigration, calling the situation a “paradox.” “If we want to survive from a labor point of view, we need migrants,” the official continued. Borrell’s comments come just days after German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier declared that his country could no longer take in migrants and refugees, telling an Italian newspaper that “Germany, like Italy, is at the limit of its capacity.” The president cited “strong immigration from the eastern borders, from Syria, Afghanistan,” as well as the arrival of “over a million refugees from Ukraine” in the last year, and called for a “permanent solidarity mechanism” to ensure a “fair distribution” of migrants in Europe

According to newspaper Die Welt, Rome is also re-evaluating its border policies amid a spike in migration, with officials reportedly notifying other EU members that Italy would be halting migrant transfers “for a limited period of time” last December. They said the move was linked to “suddenly arising” technical issues related to the country’s intake capacity, though the suspension has continued into 2023, the German outlet reported. While Borrell warned that dissent over immigration could eventually threaten the integrity of the EU, he suggested that, for now, the bloc would remain intact. Britain’s decision to leave the EU had served as a “vaccine” for other members, he argued, stating that “No one wants to follow the British leaving the European Union.”

Migration has remained a highly contentious issue within the bloc since 2015, when the EU was hit by an influx of refugees, as well as economic migrants, driven by poverty and wars in Africa and the Middle East. sSome countries, including Hungary and Poland, strongly opposed attempts by Brussels to force them to accept and settle migrants, which initially arrived in other member states. The Italian government, meanwhile, has closed its ports to ships transporting migrants from North Africa, insisting that other member states should share the burden of accepting them. The demand for tighter border controls was also one of the drivers behind the ‘Leave’ campaign during the 2016 Brexit referendum in the UK.

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Censorship as a religion, high priests and all.

The Defunct Disinformation Governance Board Exposed (Turley)

We previously discussed the defunct Disinformation Governance Board and its controversial head Nina Jankowicz. After the outcry over the program, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas finally relented and disbanded the board while insisting that it was never about censoring opposing views. Jankowicz has sued over the portrayal of her views. Now, Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) has exposed just how broad the scope of the censorship efforts were under the board in combatting “misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation (MDM). This range of authority in what the agency called the “MDM space,” included targeting views on racial justice and the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.

New documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests show that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) argued that the agency could regulate speech related to “the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, racial justice, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of U.S. support to Ukraine” as well as “irregular immigration.” Those subjects stretch across much of the “space” used for political speech in the last few years. Notably, within DHS, Jen Easterly, who heads the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, extended her agency’s mandate over critical infrastructure to include “our cognitive infrastructure.” The resulting censorship efforts included combating “malinformation” – described as information “based on fact, but used out of context to mislead, harm, or manipulate.” I testified earlier on this effort.

So DHS asserted the authority to target viewpoints on racial justice, Ukraine, and other political subjects, including views based on fact but viewed as misleading in context. What is also troubling is the continued effort to conceal these censorship activities. Homeland redacted much of this information on a now defunct board under FOIA Exemption 7(E), which protects “techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations.” That claim is itself chilling. After the demise of the board, National Public Radio ran an interview entitled “How DHS’s disinformation board fell victim to misinformation.”

As the title suggests, NPR just repeated the view of Jankowicz despite the objections of many of us in the free speech community. Jankowicz insisted “we weren’t going to be doing anything related to policing speech. It was an internal coordinating mechanism to make sure that we were doing that work efficiently.” Yet, what were the criminal investigations, prosecutions, and enforcement efforts now being claimed as connected to this work? Recently, a court found that the Biden Administration’s censorship efforts constituted “the most massive attack against free speech in United States history.” Those words by Chief U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty are part of a 155-page opinion granting a temporary injunction, requested by Louisiana and Missouri, to prevent White House officials from meeting with tech companies about social media censorship.

Yet, Democrats have gone all in on censorship, blacklisting, and even red-baiting efforts. The July 4 decision came six months after I testified before Congress that the Biden administration used social media companies for “censorship by surrogate.” Despite furious attacks by congressional Democrats in that and later hearings, a court found that the evidence overwhelmingly shows systematic violation of the First Amendment by the Biden administration. Now we have a glimpse into the chilling scope of the Homeland Security’s efforts to target opposing viewpoints. From racial justice to Covid to Ukraine, these subjects involve core political speech. Yet, the Biden Administration felt that it had the right to monitor and combat opposing views in these areas.

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    Leonardo da Vinci Head of a Woman 1470s   • Roadblocks: Zelensky Fails to Achieve Goals on US Visit (Sp.) • Zelensky’s US Trip Revealed Deepening
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle September 23 2023]


    KARMA : Gadaffi kept his promise of not letting Libya be used as a route for migrants heading for Europe.

    Armenio Pereira

    A good life: to live bitterness-free.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Dr. D

    “”Educational Homicide”: 13 Baltimore City High Schools Have Zero Students Proficient On State Math Exam 
    13 = Schools
    0 = Competency

    Only those numbers are deceptive. Let’s say it’s 1,000 per school (probably slightly less)
    13,000 = Students
    0 = Competency. That is, learned anything and are functional for life. As we see here in anecdotes about no one being able to count change, which is simple addition and subtraction. If you fail 13,000 times a year, can you get paid? Yes, Baltimore had infinity funding.

    “Illegal Immigrants”

    That’s just let in in 3 years under BIDEN. There are as many or more since I dunno, Obama, and that many again since Reagan cut a one-time amnesty an agreement for no more.

    So, as we’re running a new U.S. city per month, it’s like 5-10 states over that time?

    Brand is no fool: he set up Rumble years ago as his major platform, and YouTube merely as a public-face funnel to it. That means he knew this was always a contingency, as one must. But he’s not arrested, Assanged, and disappeared, as such NorseFire Governments behave.
    Evey tells V her life story, which reveals her own past and England’s recent history. During a dispute over Poland in the late 1980s, the Soviet Union and the United States, … entered a global nuclear war “ which leads to Pan-UK fascism.

    ““It would be out and voted on by itself,” McCarthy said when asked about the Ukraine aid”

    I would ask, “Isn’t that the minimum? Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?” That is, vote on things one by one so you can see if people really want them or not?

    Oh, you can’t? Because there are too many? Then you’re doing too much. And need to cut back. There’s no Constitutional jurisdiction to do almost any of it anyway. Speaking of, who is panicked about a shutdown? The people could care less and approve. It’s the lobbyists. If D.C. is shut down, all the pigs are no longer slopped at the trough. Tough week for yacht sales then in nearby Richmond.

    Anyway, did MTG and Co. do anything to STOP the bill? No. They merely asked for a second, and recorded, vote. Does that seem like “burning it all down?” Too much to ask? If you want your Ukraine war, stand up and vote yes. Easy. It’ll pass if it has the support. Easy.

    ““..pulling the plug on Ukraine while they’re winning on the battlefield”

    As a Republican arranges for the Republicans to take the blame. “We wouldn’t won too, if it weren’t for those nosy kids!”


    Don’t worry: neither Lindsay nor McConnell were elected either; it’ll have no effect on their polls.

    “If the government shuts down US citizens won’t get paid but Ukrainians will.
    • Pentagon Exempts Ukraine Operations From Potential Government Shutdown (Pol.)

    That is so awesome. PLEASE let that happen so they can explain it.

    “China opposes the illegal military presence on Syrian soil and calls for the lifting of sanctions”

    One of these countries has illegal occupations worldwide and one of them doesn’t.

    “attacked a historic building of the Black Sea headquarters in Sevastopol this September 22,”

    On the 22’s. They love their numerology.

    “And it could be a dissolving force for the European Union,” he said,”

    If the nations dissolve, that would only leave the Corporations. Perfect. That was the plan anyway.

    ““If we want to survive from a labor point of view, we need migrants,” the official continued.”

    Um…you mean if you want ETERNALLY LOW WAGES they need to do this? Because if France had half as many people, but half as many workers, it would be the same. A wash. If you add 10,000 people, you then add 10,000 more needs. And the workers can help fill those needs – eventually – but there’s no net gain.

    The gain is all to corporations lowering wages and savaging the population.

    “The Italian government, meanwhile, has closed its ports to ships transporting migrants”

    They must do what we did: transport them all to Brussels Headquarters.

    “From racial justice to Covid to Ukraine, these subjects involve core political speech.”

    Yes, all three are supporting a Socialist Party, Socialist doctrine, Socialist viewpoint. A one-party system, as represented that “racial justice” is “Critical Race Theory,” a direct descendant and duplicate of “Critical Theory”, core Marxism. “When I want your opinion I’ll beat it out of you.”

    “The strength of Oktoberfest waitresses is truly remarkable!”

    Well they are German. And also carrying 20 pounds in that bra.

    Cassowaries, thus dinosaurs, same crest.

    Appreciate the Jet and Romney videos as fun and not political.

    Dr. D

    * Or some German waitresses anyway.


    Attack against free speech
    regulate speech, censoring opposing views, misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation (MDM), social media censorship, “censorship by surrogate.” .

    (related to “the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, racial justice, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of U.S. support to Ukraine” as well as “irregular/illegal immigration.”)

    More important priorities than the misappropriation of the aid, sent to Kiev Ukraine, so that our Neo-Nazi mercenaries can continue to kill and destroy.
    We, (white supremacists/nazis/elitists/the chosen/Critical Race), need migrants/cheap labor/slaves to do the work while we supervise/collect our pension income.


    Borrell Warns Migration Might ‘Dissolve’ EU

    Hey, Jungle Josep, I’m talking to you

    Eurotardistan should dissolve, and it will shortly.

    Ø The utter failure of Project Ukraine, millions of super angry Ukro immigrants, what could go wrong?

    Ø No more cheap energy, like ever, for Eurotardistan

    Ø Energy being the master resource, no cheap food, like ever, either. Nice

    Ø Widespread breakdown of civil order, pogroms against the massive immigrant populations as the native populations go hungry and cold in the dark. Well played sir, well played

    Ø Smart City Concentration Camps, all green, all the time

    Ø Digital currency, with nothing to buy, will be used as ID for the Disinformation Thought Police mercilessly searching for Wrong Think with it’s accompanying punishments.

    There, Eurotardistan’s future in a few bullet points.

    Humanity’s Darwin Award


    Michael Reid

    Robin Monotti: From Gladio to the Pandemic & Climate, a Strategy of Tension

    Robin Monotti discusses how people are slowly wrapping their heads around
    the growing authoritarianism of the past few years and
    are coming to understand deep politics at different times with
    different subjects (e.g. 9/11, climate, pandemic, empire).

    For Robin it began with the assassination of Aldo Moro
    (e.g. Operation Gladio and the strategy of tension).

    He explains one reason people suffer cognitive dissonance when
    it comes to accepting the reality of state terrorism.

    Nothing will be resolved at the top-down political level,
    so the responsibility is now on all of us to resist and
    do what we can to defend our rights.

    We also touch on “team no virus”,
    the digital control grid,
    health and the spiritual dimension,
    the permanent (bio)security state,
    the green agenda, and
    his latest film production, River of Freedom, which shares
    the inside story of the New Zealand Convoy and Parliament protest.

    Robin Monotti: From Gladio to the Pandemic & Climate, a Strategy of Tension


    More Woke Vermin



    The Empire of Lies has stolen the productivity gains of the working population since 1970

    Debased and devalued the currency to the value of toilet paper

    Probably stolen and/or Rehypothecated all the gold in Ft Knox. Hasn’t been honestly audited in decade. Do you really think ‘they’ would be honest? The Empire of Lies honest? Really?

    The Empire of Lies has no industrial base to speak of, everything is Financialize, which is another way of lying about GDP.

    A degree in Transgender Marriage Counselling counts as GDP in the Empire of Lies

    The good old days





    They steal differently this days



    Turdeau, well he sure acts like a Communist Dictator



    MaxxPro MRAP Armoured Fighting Vehicle

    Costs about $550,000 a pop

    Destroyed by a Russian weapon for a mere $1000

    Happens dozens of times a day

    Oh, ho-hummmm


    And another vehicle worth hundreds of thousands snuffed by a weapon costing a grand.

    This one took a ‘Double Tap’ for good luck



    John Day

    @Oroboros and Aspnaz: I meant to be whimsical, maybe facetious in re-oredering Ursula von der Lying’s words to read “Russia again-threatening to use nuclear arms” , rather than her sponen words about “Russia threatening to use nuclear arms again”. Since I callerd her “Ursula von der lyin”, I thought my intent would be apparent.
    My view of her is concordant with your views.

    Still, it was a humorous slip-up, wasn’t it?

    John Day

    I have recently seen it said that Justin Trudeau can’t be Castro’s kid because he has blue eyes and Castro did not, nor did his mother, Margaret.
    Justin wore glasses before he went into politics. Does he wear contact lenses now?
    Do contact lenses come in BLUE?
    Does this childhood picture of Justin show blue eyes or not?
    Not Blue Eyes

    Figmund Sreud

    Well, just notice a blueprint of how to get the United States back to the economic growth of 7, 8, … or even 9 and 10 percent – per year, for years – once again! Answer is in following vid. Scroll it down to just about 48:20 minute mark and listen to the guy in the blue shirt!

    Another words, … destroy the world through war over there ( not on the North American continent ) and after dust settles, rebuild it anew! Of course, this time around workable hypersonic missiles are stationed over there, … and so, just perhaps, this this is a bad, bad idea? Bah, …


    John Day
    John Day

    Whether you like Fidel Castro or not, and many do not, including many Cubans, he was an extremely talented and accomplished man in history who died of old age after surviving over 500 assassination attempts by the US government.
    I kind of enjoyed the pictures of younger-Fidel posted above. Thanks Oroboros.

    John Day

    @Figmund Sreud: No further word on the Russian wide-body jet that flew to NYC, then to Dulles Airport in DC. Zelenski visited DC Thursday. Was it still there?
    I can’t tell if it left yet, blackout.

    A Russian Government Jet Flew to New York and Is Now Parked at Washington Dulles

    Figmund Sreud
    Figmund Sreud

    @ Dr. John Day: Re Russian RA-56021: showed nothing last time I checked, … and that was earlier today. It’s an unscheduled flight, so one has to click on all those planes shown on the tracker. I clicked on all planes on the tarmac at Dulles International and there was no RA-56021 showing. I did not click on any Moscow airports.


    Michael Reid

    Tom Luongo

    The first trading day of October, Q4, has all the earmarks of a disaster for Europe.

    Veracious Poet

    Just finished watching 100 Foot Wave last night, returning me for a moment to the surfing roots of my childhood in 60s-70s SoCal, reminding me of the crazy summer of 1984 (Mexican hurricane churned up 10-15 foot surf), where after a particularly harrowing pounding I gave up surfing altogether…

    The commitment of the friends & family to surf Nazare was sobering, inspirational & intense to say the least.

    Then this morning, after meditation & prayer, I pondered the farcically deranged real reality oozing from UniParty GlobalCap Imperial machinations, where any concern of reductio ad absurdum is overwhelmed by delusions of grandeur on a mass psychosis level 😐

    More important than all of that, if you can, stay free really encapsulates the treacherous times unfurling, with no end in sight…

    Everywhere is freaks and hairies. Dykes and fairies, tell me, where is sanity?

    Tax the rich, feed the poor ‘Til there are no rich no more

    Will The People ever wake from their self-centered trance?!?


    @John Day

    Sorry John to snap at your wry comment. Watching vile slime like Always Lyin literally getting away with murder, morning, noon and night, makes Jack a Mean Boy.

    I know a lot of Germans and they are good hard working people but their political gullibility is a sad fact.

    Pirate Scholz has run Germany into a reef and ripped the hulk open, no save the ship of state now


    As to Castro, always thought he was an interesting historic figure. And he did have a legendary reputation with the ladies. He must have had a great deal of charisma to last all those years.

    A wiley fox that Fidel


    John Day

    @Figmund Sreud: Justin’s brothers look like half brothers at best, with very different noses, foreheads and jaws. No pics of sister or “half sister”, who may be no genetic relation, as not Margaret’s daughter.

    John Day

    @Oroboros: Thank You.

    John Day

    Also @F.S. The mysterious Russian government jet disappeared out of Dulles Airport in DC, sometime after Wednesday.


    Uniparty, Globocap, Empire of Lies, Khazarians….Neocons, for the love of Christ it’s the fuckinjews. Workin people understand this by instinct, egghead intellectuals dont.

    John Day

    Simplifying The Polycrisis

    The context within which I am interpreting much of the news these days is the context of declining net global oil to power economies. Oil provides critical liquid fuels diesel and gasoline for transportation, and also jet fuel (kerosine), and bunker-fuel for ships. Oil has a high energy density, and being a liquid it is easy to store in tanks and transfer to engines via metal tubing. Of the four kinds of coal, which powered the first era of the industrial revolution, anthracite is the highest in carbon density, the cleanest and hottest-burning, and was always the most in demand as a locomotive fuel and for metal smelting. Less than 1% of American coal mined is anthracite and it all comes from northeastern Pennsylvania.,bituminous%2C%20subbituminous%2C%20and%20lignite.

    The US was the first country to advance from coal power to oil power, and to use cars and trucks over wagons drawn by livestock, which happened between WW-1 and WW-2, as British anthracite coal production was falling off, and Italy was compelled to source coal from Germany instead, causing alliances to shift. The US was the only country in the European theater of WW-2 which did not need to source feed for horses. The US was the largest producer and exporter of oil in that period.

    Recently, global conventional-oil production peaked in 2005-2006, contributing to very high oil prices in 2006-2008, when the Global Financial Crisis occurred, at least partly a result of higher fuel prices increasing all costs and reducing most incomes in the general economy. Oil was redefined to “oil”, since Peak-Oil analysis was threatening to global finance. “Oil” was now “conventional oil” plus liquids and condensates from fracking and natural-gas-liquids. These are liquids, but are too light to make diesel, and have lower energy content per barrel. “Oil” production appears to have peaked in the second half of 2018, and net “oil”, subtracting the oil-spent-to-obtain-oil likely peaked about that same time.

    By September of 2019 there was a crisis of faith in overnight lending between the largest banks and financial institutions in the world, resulting in the cost at the “Repo-window” rising to reflect the risk these institutions judged to exist between each other. This led to an excessive cost of overnight lending, called the “Repo-Crisis”. Analysis by BlackRock, reported to the US Treasury, was that capital was insufficient in the financial sector and “going direct” with massive cash infusions would be needed to stabilize the sector. This was done in March 2020, as the industrialized world was “locked-down” for COVID, which muted the inflationary impulse until after the summer of 2021, as everything “opened up” again.

    Current economic paradigms, developed in the past three centruies of industrialized economic expansion, are predicated upon growth of capital investments, predicated upon economic growth. Loans and investments must be repaid with interest, which is often problematic even with widespread economic growth, but leads to crises when economies contract. During crises, such as war, large debts can be erased, or their payment enforced through seizure of land and property. The presumption is that economic growth will resume after the war, but debt enforcement was so severe after WW-1 that it was the proximal cause for WW-2. Germany militarized and repudiated the debt.

    Since WW-2 the $US, backed first by gold, then by oil and military intimidation, has been the global reserve and trade currency. Since the stagflation crisis of the late 1970s was turned into a deep recession by Fed Chair Paul Vockler, inflation has been controlled by suppressing wages, and the value of the $US has been sustained by high enough interest rates to assure a positive return on investment for international investors, particularly those buying US Treasury debt. A gradual decrease of interest rates over that period allowed US Treasury debt to be rolled over and over, recently surpassing the unfathomable number of 33 trillion dollars. Interest rates have risen dramatically to support the value of the dollar to investors seeking real returns, but the high and accellerating level of debt can only be defaulted upon, ultimately.

    When and how will that default be managed? FDR defaulted on Debts to Americans, and confiscated their gold, devaluing their paper money by 70%. This was a lso a broad default within American industry and investment, as gold bonds were all defaulted upon. Later, Richard Nixon was forced to default upon the international gold settlement standard of the $US, but the petrodollar arrangement had already been described by economist Michael Hudson, and was formalized by Nixon, Kissinger and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. The Saudis would only accept $US for oil, and would secretly recycle their $US into US Treasury debt, which would pay the military bills of the US government, allowing enforcement of the $US as the only currency with which to purchase oil. It was clear that this support for the market value of the $US could be sustained while Saudi oil lasted and the US military was able to prevent other countries from trading oil in other currencies.

    This scheme to sustain US government spending, even as industrial production declined, has been workable while interest rates fell, controlling the interest payments on debt, and letting them be rolled over. Iraq, Libya and Iran could be militarily punished to a degree that deterred other countries from accepting anything but $US for oil. Keeping the market value of the $US elevated put American industrial exports at a disadvantage globally. Investing in American factories, except for weapons systems and advanced aviation and electronics was a money-losing proposition, so factories were offshored.

    Financial Capitalism found another way to support the value of the $US through the stock market, by assuring real gains for investors who invested in $US. The values of a few companies could be manipulated in bubbles, and they could be rolled ove into fresh bubbles, in a sanctioned Ponzi scheme. Companies could be structured to “maximize shareholder (short-term) value” by buying back their own stock to pump the stock valuations. This hollowed-out the companies, while supporting the value of the $US to global financial investors. This is another game to be in “as long as the Fed’s got your back”, and nothing breaks. The Ponzi scheme does have to collapse, as we can see, but when?

    For the owners of global wealth, the more focused question is how they will maintain their “ownership” status at the top of the social order, where they live, and internationally.
    This overrides all other considerations from their perspective, and they have studied the characteristics of humanity, as have their managers, since before history was written. They will need to enforce losses on all of the smaller players, but they will need to maintain order in the hierarchys that they command, so their managers and enforcers must be continually rewarded to hold their allegiance. Whatever “money” is defined as will need to be owned in their hands, be it gold, or Bitcoin, or some hybrid. When people die, they lose their claims on wealth, or are unable to contest them, so lots of death amongst people with claims on wealth, especially retirees, makes the maintenance of the ownership position easier. The pie gets cut into fewer pieces. Also from their perspective, all humans who do not earn wealth for them are just excess claims upon “their” wealth and assets.

    Famine and pestilence can cull the human herds with less destruction of wealth than overt war. War can be focused on the populations living above easily retrieved oil deposits, so they don’t use them up in their economies, as in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Iran and Venezuela’s economies have been frozen through economic blockades , which leaves infrastructure and oil wells intact, but does kill poor people.

    People need to remain unaware that this is the process taking place, or they will resist it. People need to believe that a series of unavoidable crises are just happening and it’s bad luck, but things will return to normal if they just hang in there, go-green and get vaccinated against the next pandemic when it is identified. There may need to be some emergency interventions to combat homegrow, far-right, white supremacist terrorists and their supporters. Ultimately the good people will overcome those “MAGA” type threats to democracy and minority rights, and go on to transition into a completely renewable and carbon free economy.
    They will need each other’s support and likes on social media through these challenging times.

    Simplicius , about Thursday 9/21/23 visit to Washinton DC of Volodymyr Zelensky: Zelensky’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad D.C. Snubfest

    This news cropped up Wednesday, September 20, 2023, the day before Zelensky flew to DC. This Russian govt. plane landed in NYC first, before proceeding on to Washington Thanks F.S. I can’t find any subsequent reports. (So did a little 3-way negotiating happen?)
    An Ilyushin-Il-96-300 is sitting in Washington Dulles after making the long trip from Russia to the United States.

    A Russian Government Jet Flew to New York and Is Now Parked at Washington Dulles

    John Day

    Wednesday 9/20/23, this was the official word:
    “Ukraine will not get ATACMS, the 190-mile-range tactical ballistic missiles, urgently requested by Zelensky to destroy Russian forces in Crimea and other Russian-held territory ‘anytime soon,’ officials say. News comes one day before Zelensky visits Biden at the White House.”
    Friday 9/22/23 this was the new story:
    ​ But on Friday it was revealed that as Zelensky visited the Oval Office the day prior, President Biden told him he’s willing provide long-range ATACMS surface-to-surface missiles for the first time. But perhaps displaying the administration’s reluctance on the issue, this is being reported as a “limited” or “small number” – according to officials.
    “Officials said that a small number of ATACMS will be sent in coming weeks and more could be provided later.”

    ​ Senator Rand Paul: Ukraine “isn’t a democracy. It’s a corrupt regime.”
    ​ “We are about $1.5 trillion dollars in debt for this year. Over the last three months we’ve accumulated almost a trillion dollars in three months. The total is $33 trillion, so we don’t have like an extra rainy day fund or a surplus we can send them,” Paul further urged.
    ​ The Senator added, “We have to borrow the money from China to send to Ukraine, so no matter what your sympathies are in the war, and I am sympathetic to Ukraine fighting off the Russian aggressors, but at the same time I think it’s irresponsible to think about their country before I think about my country.”

    Video: Rand Paul Slams “Corrupt” Zelensky “Begging For More Money”

    They want to separate out funding for the war in Ukraine so they can vote against it; things like that. These guys are clearly “trying to burn the whole place down”.
    ​ McCarthy Throws Fit, Accuses GOP Hardliners Of Wanting To “Burn The Whole Place Down” As Shutdown Looms

    John Day

    ​ Biden Finally Gives Netanyahu Long-Delayed White House Invitation
    ​ At a moment the US is pushing hard for normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel, President Joe Biden has finally and much belatedly issued a formal invitation for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit the White House before the end of the year.

    US wants Saudi defense pact modeled after South Korea, Japan deals​​ As US and Saudi officials discuss a security pact as part of a larger push to normalization with Israel

    ​ Sen. Murphy Slams Biden Plan To Commit ‘American Blood’ To Saudi Arabia
    ​ This week it was widely reported that as part of US efforts to achieve Saudi-Israel normalization, the White House could strike a new defense pact with Riyadh, which would require American military intervention if Saudi Arabia were to ever come under direct attack.

    ​In Beijing , Xi, Assad announce launch of China-Syria strategic partnership
    ​The Chinese president held a high-level meeting with his Syrian counterpart in which the two stressed they would ‘firmly support’ each other and ‘promote friendly cooperation’

    ​ “The Emporer is naked” 🙂 China Says Fossil Fuel Phase-Out Is Unrealistic
    ​ Phasing out fossil fuels is unrealistic as oil, natural gas, and coal will continue to play a crucial role in global energy supply and energy security, China’s special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua said this week in a speech obtained by Reuters.
    ​ “It is unrealistic to completely phase out fossil fuel energy,” Xie, who will represent China at COP28 in Dubai in November, told ambassadors in Beijing ahead of the climate summit.

    John Day

    ​ Gov. Greg Abbott officially declares ‘invasion’ at Texas-Mexico border
    ​ On Wednesday night, Abbott posted a video on his social media claiming that the Biden administration cut the razor wire in Eagle Pass that was in place to deter illegal immigration. Along with his deployment of more guards to protect the border, he also said that they’d be installing more razor wires…
    ..The legal battle between the Biden administration and Abbott continues over whether the buoys are illegal and harmful to people. Abbott holds on to the belief that Biden has not helped to secure the border, leaving Texas to fend for itself.–invasion–at-border

    ​ National Guard Rolls Into Eagle Pass, Texas As Biden’s Border Crisis Spirals Out-Of-Control
    ​ Townhall reporter Julio Rosas says the​ ​(Texas) National Guard has sealed parts of the Eagle Pass, Texas, border with Mexico to prevent a further invasion of thousands of illegals crossing into the US.
    ..Rosas said, “At a different spot along the Rio Grande, illegal immigrants are finding a way through the C-wire despite the National Guard being there.”…
    ..On Thursday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre failed to answer Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy’s question:
    “So, what do you call it here at the White House when 10,000 people illegally cross the border in a single day?” …
    ..The Border Patrol Union then blasted the ‘radical’ Biden administration:
    “From Sept 1st through 20th the Biden Admin ordered the release of more than 100,000 illegal border crashers-enough to double the population of cities like Yuma, AZ. Think about what Biden is doing to this country with his out-of-control border policies. How many millions more?”

    ​ You may have heard that allegations of sexual misconduct with former girlfriends about 20 years ago have been brought up against Russel Brand (for the first time) and that he has already been “demonetized” from advertising on YouTube as a direct result.
    ​ Britain’s Parliament has demanded that Rumble deplatform Russell Brand

    ​”Truth Is The New Hate Speech” , Professor Anthony Hall
    Reflections on Hate Speech Targeting the Movement to Protect Canadian Children and Their Parents from Abusive Treatment by Public Schools

    ​ John Ward, The Slog, observes that Elon Musk’s “X” is not quite the free speech zone that some believe it to be. I keep hearing that from different people…
    ​ Jamie Dimon demanded that homes and land be seized in order to speed up the fight to control global boiling; and when this came to the attention of Keeper of the Liberty Statue staffers at Elon Musk’s ‘X’, we Tweeters were handed the story in full:
    ​ No Results for “Jamie Dimon’s demand that homes and land be seized”
    Little Elon. Bless. Protecting we sensitive souls from the Mis and the Dis. My hero.

    When you’re outnumbered, out-gunned and frozen out, choosing an outrageous policy is the only viable option

    John Day

    ​Peter McCullough MD , Fatal Craniofacial Cancer Five Months after COVID-19 Vaccination
    Published Report Concludes mRNA Injection is the Cause of Cancer

    ​This “silent process” of the UN General Assembly was supposed to mean that anybody not-objecting was voting-for this resoultion, expected be be unanimously accepted. 11 countries objected, so they decided to just get the UN President to sign off on it anybody and go ahead with the plans. Please read this whole story for full details.
    ​ UN President Approves Pandemic Declaration — Privacy Experts Warn of ‘Digital Gulag’
    ​ Over the objections of 11 nations, the United Nations General Assembly president today approved a declaration on pandemic prevention that seeks to create a global pandemic authority. Critics said the declaration supports COVID-19-style restrictions, including “closing schools and disproportionately throwing women out of work and into poverty.”
    ​ The United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly (UNGA) president today approved the non-binding U.N declaration on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPPR), without a full assembly vote and over the objections of 11 nations.
    ​ Critics called the declaration, which seeks to create a global pandemic authority with the power to enforce lockdowns, universal vaccination and censorship of “misinformation,” “hypocrisy” and “unhinged.”​ …
    ..[Can you figure out what this means? Speaking in riddles for those-in-the-know?] In a statement, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “If COVID-19 taught us nothing else, it’s that when health is at risk, everything is at risk.” He linked the PPPR to the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), saying world leaders should “show they have learned the painful lessons of the pandemic.”​ …
    ..Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, told The Defender it is “very worrying” that the U.N. and WHO “will further encourage, if not actually authorize, the kind of standing capability or authority on their part to essentially dictate what constitutes emergencies.”
    ​ “There’s no getting around the fact that it’s going to come at the expense of the sovereignty of the various nations that will subsequently be told that they have an emergency and told what they have to do about it,” he added. “This is unprecedented.”
    ​ Gostin said “Negotiators are at a loss” as to how to balance accountability and sovereignty when implementing instruments like the PPPR, IHR or “pandemic treaty.”
    ​ Writing for the Brownstone Institute, Dr. David Bell, a public health physician, biotech consultant and former director of Global Health Technologies at Intellectual Ventures Global Good Fund, said “the main aim” of the PPPR “is to back” the “pandemic treaty” and IHR amendments currently under negotiation by WHO member states.
    ​ Bell said a “silence procedure” is in place, “meaning that States not responding will be deemed supporters of the text.” He said the text is “clearly contradictory, sometimes fallacious, and often quite meaningless,” and intended to centralize the WHO’s power.
    ​ Francis Boyle, J.D., Ph.D., a bioweapons expert and professor of international law at the University of Illinois who drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, agreed. “The same people who drafted the pandemic treaty and the IHR amendments drafted the PPPR document,” Boyle told The Defender.
    ​ “This is a full-court press to have the entirety of the United Nations Organization, its specialized agencies and its affiliated organizations, back up and support their proposed globalist WHO worldwide totalitarian medical and scientific police state,” he said.​..
    ..According to ​[Treaty Analyst James] Roguski, the PPPR declaration is one of “four tracks that are important to pay attention to right now” — along with the IHR amendments adopted in May 2022, which he says “need to be rejected by the end of November,” the new IHR amendments and the “pandemic treaty” (formally named the WHO CA+ Framework Convention).
    ​ Roguski told The Defender that the May 2024 target date for adoption of the IHR amendments and “pandemic treaty” at the WHO’s World Health Assembly is in jeopardy due to the objecting nations — a view shared by Gostin, who said the May 2024 deadline is “pushing it” but noting that “the reason for speed is compelling.”
    ​ Roguski said the PPPR negotiations were conducted in “secrecy” and noted the PPPR declaration “is silent” regarding efforts to develop a Global Digital Health Certification Network — which would establish a global framework for “vaccine passports” and other types of health certificates to be implemented.
    ​ Roguski said that rather than calling for gain-of-function research to end, the PPPR supports funding WHO efforts “to implement a Pathogen Access and Benefits Sharing System.” He said this “increases the risk of the spread of deadly pathogens, by design.”

    UN President Approves Pandemic Declaration — Privacy Experts Warn of ‘Digital Gulag’

    ​James Roguski broke this news and listed the countries Wednesday. We need to hope that legal procedures are followed, though “they” clearly want to ram this through.
    ​ Broken Silence​ , Eleven countries have formally objected to the political declarations that were scheduled to be adopted during the High Level Meetings (HLM) at the annual United Nations General Assembly.
    ​ The objections were conveyed in a letter dated 17 September 2023 to the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Dennis Francis that was signed by the permanent representatives of the following countries:​: Belarus​, Bolivia​, Cuba​, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea​, Eritrea​, Islamic Republic of Iran​, Nicaragua​, Russian Federation​, Syrian Arab Republic​, Venezuela​, Zimbabwe

    ​ Meryl Nass MD , In order to help push the pandemic treaty forward, the UN attempted to get consensus; failed; and is now spinning the declaration as “approved”–but only by the General Assembly’s prez, not the General Assembly.

    Figmund Sreud

    Doomberg: Flying High

    The struggle for oil was a driving force in World War II, dictating much of the strategy for the major parties involved. The Japanese went to war as a direct consequence of President Roosevelt’s oil embargo, while Germany’s Hitler became obsessed with the oil fields of Romania and the Caucasus, leading to several decisions that historians now believe precipitated the ultimate defeat of the Third Reich. Tactical blunders aside, the strategic focus on oil is perfectly sensible—war “is nothing more than the concentrated conveyance of destructive energy, and the history of war can best be understood through the lens of primary energy development, its efficient conversion into weapons, and its resulting targeted delivery against the enemy.” Planes, tanks, and supply vehicles would quickly grind to a halt without aviation fuel, diesel, and gasoline. ]…]



    @Figmund Sreud

    The now permanent lack of cheap reliable energy, the Master Resource, for Eurotardistanis is the Final Nail in their collective coffin. R.I.P.

    The Russians will never turn East again and relent to provide cheap energy in at least a generation (80 years min.)

    Especially when Putin leaves the stage. The hard liners in Russian political circles want to see Eurotardistan reduced to 3rd world status, cold, dark with their begging bowls empty in the howling winds.


    Oroboros said

    The now permanent lack of cheap reliable energy, the Master Resource, for Eurotardistanis is the Final Nail in their collective coffin. R.I.P.

    Germany has enough coal to meet its requirements

    Germany has proven reserves equivalent to 154.6 times its annual consumption. This means it has about 155 years of Coal left (at current consumption levels and excluding unproven reserves).

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    It is impossible to know for sure because the internet is full of websites lying about energy resources, but they have always had lots of coal. Coal is used to make most stuff that can also be made with oil, so I am sure they have the physical resources. The problem is that the general population do not have the thinking and survival skills needed to adopt it and make coal great again.

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