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White House Rejects ‘Ridiculous Claim’ That Staffers Treat Biden ‘Like a Baby’ (Sp.)
Kamala Harris ‘Ready To Take Over’ As President If Biden Can’t Do Job (ZH)
Blinken’s Visit to Kiev a Sign of Trouble in Washington – Larry Johnson (Sp.)
$100 Mln Per Day on Ukraine ‘A Lot of Money in Minds of US People (Sp.)
‘World Majority’ Sees Ukraine Conflict As Declining NATO Power (Lukyanov )
Majority Of Russians Support Turning Away From West (RT)
Mitch McConnell Warns US Not To ‘Go Wobbly’ On Ukraine (RT)
Prigozhin’s Three Strikes – Khodorkovsky, Berezovsky, Last Africa Trip (Helmer)
Bucharest Denies Ukrainian Claim That Russian Drone Hit Romania (Antiwar)
Putin, MbS Note Cut in Oil Production Will Stabilize Market (Sp.)
Eyesore Of The Month September 2023 (Jim Kunstler)
Donald Trump’s Georgia Trial Expected To Take Four Months, 150 Witnesses (BBC)
Debunking The Lies In ADL’s Response To Elon (Nawfal)
Facebook Files: White House Lies About ‘Disinformation Dozen’ (ZH)
French Court Turns Down Political Asylum Request For Assange (RT)
CDC Warns Of New ‘Stealth’ COVID Variant: Test Negative, No Symptoms (BBee)



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Macgregor believes the Russians have simply decided to wait it out. In his opinion, European economies are on the brink of collapse, and their time is running out. Europe faces not only a severe recession but also catastrophic fuel shortages due to the winter. “I think the Russians have decided: let’s wait a bit until everything falls apart on its own over there. Putin is nothing like us. Putin wants to live peacefully with the West, peacefully with the Ukrainians.

But we say, we don’t want to live in peace with Mr. Putin. That’s where the problem lies,” the Colonel believes. “They are quietly building up troops. They are recruiting 750,000 to reach a force of 1.2 million. Everything we wanted to prevent with this war is happening in reverse. We have inadvertently given life to a force we always feared,” Macgregor concluded.



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Russia MFA Spokeswoman Zakharova: “Since February 2022, over 5 million people have come to our country from Ukraine… Reasonable people who did not want to have anything to do with Kiev’s neo-Nazis, understand perfectly well that in Russia they can build a future for themselves and their children without being targeted for more psychological, gender-based or political experiments.”



Steven Donziger: BREAKING: In one of the great modern abuses of police power, prosecutors in Georgia filed a bogus RICO case against 61 Cop City activists. Pathetic attempt to silence a powerful movement. The real racketeers are officials who violate the law to persecute their own citizens









“Rather than own his failure,” Foer writes, “[Biden] fumed to friends about how he was treated like a toddler. Was John Kennedy ever babied like that?”

White House Rejects ‘Ridiculous Claim’ That Staffers Treat Biden ‘Like a Baby’ (Sp.)

At 80, Joe Biden is the oldest person to ever serve as president of the United States. The first book covering his time as president is nearing its release and published excerpts have already begun to alarm some observers. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently said claims that US President Joe Biden is treated like a baby by White House staff are “ridiculous.” The comments came during a Tuesday press briefing after Jean-Pierre was asked about excerpts from a new White House biography by author Franklin Foer, titled The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future. In the book, Foer writes that Biden complained to friends about being treated like a “toddler” after White House staffers had to walk back statements he made about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Rather than own his failure,” Foer writes, “[Biden] fumed to friends about how he was treated like a toddler. Was John Kennedy ever babied like that?” When asked why the White House staff treats the president of the United States like a baby, Jean-Pierre called the assertion “ridiculous.” “No one treats the United States president, the commander-in-chief, like a baby. That’s ridiculous, that is a ridiculous claim,” she said. The press secretary further added that the White House had seen the excerpts with more context and asserted that the quote was making the “opposite overall point” and lauded the value of his “experience and wisdom. In March 2022 during a speech in Warsaw, Poland, Biden discussed the conflict in Ukraine.

During his speech, he made comments about Putin that seemed to advocate for regime change, “for god’s sake this man cannot remain in power,” Biden proclaimed. White House officials quickly walked back the statement, claiming: “The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors in the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.” Foer asserts in his book that Biden “knew that he had erred, but then resented his aids for creating the impression that they had to clean up his mess.”

A late August poll indicated 75% of registered voters believe Biden is too old to run for a second term, including two-thirds of Democrats. Another poll showed 70% of Americans do not want Biden to run for a second term, with half citing age as a major factor. Foer said during a media tour for the book that it “wouldn’t be a total shock” if Biden dropped out of the 2024 presidential race. Biden has downplayed his age as an impediment to his performance as president. “I can’t even say I guess how old I am, I can’t even say the number. It doesn’t register with me.”

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“.. I see how his ability to understand issues and weave through complex issues in a way that no one else can to make smart and important decisions on behalf of the American people have played out..”

Kamala Harris ‘Ready To Take Over’ As President If Biden Can’t Do Job (ZH)

Vice President Kamala Harris is ready to serve word salad to the world as POTUS, should Joe Biden – the oldest president in US history at 80, croak or is otherwise unable to effectively govern (so, now?). “Joe Biden is going to be fine, so that is not going to come to fruition,” Harris told AP in an interview published Wednesday. “But let us also understand that every vice president — every vice president — understands that when they take the oath they must be very clear about the responsibility they may have to take over the job of being president.” “I’m not different,” Harris added. According to a Monday Wall Street Journal poll, 60% of registered voters don’t think Biden is “mentally up for the job” of being president, while 73% say Biden is just too old to be president.

Meanwhile, a Harvard Caps/Harris poll from May found that 61% of voters don’t think Biden would even make it through another term in office. If Biden wins reelection, he will be 82 at the time of his second inauguration and 86 at the conclusion of his term. The current oldest president at the end of his term was Ronald Reagan, who left office in 1989 at the age of 77. In the AP interview, Harris argued that Biden “delivers” when he’s in the Oval Office. “I see him every day. A substantial amount of time we spend together is in the Oval Office, where I see how his ability to understand issues and weave through complex issues in a way that no one else can to make smart and important decisions on behalf of the American people have played out, she said. “And so I will say to you that I think the American people ultimately want to know that their president delivers. And Joe Biden delivers.”

According to Boston University professor emeritus Tobe Berkovitz, “The problem with Biden being 80 is that he is acting more and more like a senior citizen without all of his faculties,” who added that Biden’s general demeanor “reinforces that he is an old 80-year-old, not a spry, competent 80-year-old.” [T]he age issue will be eagerly amplified by political opponents and their media allies if Biden makes any slip-ups during a taxing election campaign. The template has already been established in the extensive coverage given to Biden’s fall at a U.S. Air Force Academy graduation event in Colorado in early June. Verbal misfires — as when he twice in 24 hours referred to the war “in Iraq,” when he meant “in Ukraine” earlier this year — deepen the perception problem. -The Hill

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“Blinken is the message bearer in the first place. He is neither the driver of Washington’s foreign policy nor his stature is similar to that of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: essentially Blinken is carrying the instructions that he’s been given to share.

Blinken’s Visit to Kiev a Sign of Trouble in Washington – Larry Johnson (Sp.)

Antony Blinken arrived in Kiev to show Washington’s support to Ukraine and announce $175 million-$200 million in new US aid as well as a larger package amounting to $1 billion, according to the US press. The secretary of state’s visit came as the third month of Ukraine’s botched counteroffensive has wrapped up, with the Kiev regime unable to boast any military gains. However, the Ukrainian military claims that they made some progress here and there. Still, the topics mentioned by the Western media aren’t the centerpiece of Blinken’s visit, according to Larry Johnson, retired CIA intelligence officer and State Department official. “I think this is just a sign of the trouble with the policy set,” Johnson told Sputnik. “They’re trying to figure out what to do next because the majority of American people do not support [the current policy].

“They’re coming into the political season, getting prepared for elections next year. The Biden administration is under pressure domestically. [A g]rowing number of Democrats are very upset and outraged with his border policy allowing all these illegal immigrants to flood across. They’re now hitting the states of New York, Massachusetts and California, and it’s creating problems for those governors. So, you know, I think when you take it all together, they’re trying to figure out what to do next.” Per Johnson, Blinken is the message bearer in the first place. He is neither the driver of Washington’s foreign policy nor his stature is similar to that of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to the CIA veteran: essentially Blinken is carrying the instructions that he’s been given to share.

Johnson does not rule out that the US secretary of state may also touch upon the issue of the anti-corruption fight in Ukraine, as details of bribery of Ukrainian officials and overbuying of weapons supplied to Ukraine are still being uncovered. Earlier this year, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh cited CIA sources saying that the Ukrainian president and his entourage embezzled around $400 million of US money in 2022 alone. US economic aid to Ukraine is at risk from corruption in the Kiev government and the Ukrainian private sector, the State Department Inspector General’s Office warned in July. Alas, the corruption in Ukraine goes well beyond Zelensky, noted the CIA veteran: “It’s endemic to the Ukrainian government, to the military.”

Most recently, Zelensky sacked Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov whose name is associated with several large-scale scandals, from inflated prices on army food and fuel supplies to a winter jacket procurement row, corruption-driven draft evasion and payoff schemes, and weapons pilfering and smuggling-related criminal allegations. On September 5, Ukraine’s authorities arrested Igor Kolomoisky – one of the country’s most powerful tycoons – who was rumored to be Zelensky’s former patron. Kiev is accusing Kolomoisky of fraud and money laundering. “There’s something just very off about getting rid of the previous defense minister for ‘corruption’,” noted Johnson. “Why wasn’t he arrested? Well, he wasn’t arrested. They’re talking about giving him another job. So this is political theater. I think he’s removing him so that they can at least maybe have a potential scapegoat to point to for this failed counteroffensive.

But if this is really about corruption, he would be arrested. I mean, heavens, they arrested Kolomoisky ostensibly for corruption. And he’s not even a government official.” The botched counteroffensive appears to have seriously undermined Washington’s Ukraine plan. What’s worse for Team Biden – US financial or military assistance cannot currently fix the situation on the ground, according to Johnson. “The only thing that would change is that the United States suspended, cut off all military and financial assistance. This war would end in two or three days, I think. They would not be able to sustain the fight. Otherwise, it does not matter what weapons system or how much aid the United States gives, it’s not going to change the situation on the battlefield with Ukraine losing,” Johnson concluded.

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“.. their own time is limited unless they can fix the election again and retain power. But then what do they have to offer? Nothing.”

$100 Mln Per Day on Ukraine ‘A Lot of Money in Minds of US People (Sp.)

The next few weeks will most likely see the US House’s opposition to the Biden administration’s ongoing financial support of Kiev grow, Michael Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, told Sputnik. Kiev needs to supply coal to international markets for five months and 17 days in order to earn the sum necessary to finance just one day of the Ukraine conflict, calculations made by Sputnik have revealed. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, who was replaced by Rustem Umerov on Monday, claimed in an interview with a local media outlet that one day of the conflict costs Ukraine at least $100 million.

The next few weeks will most likely see the US House’s opposition to the Biden administration’s ongoing financial support of Kiev grow, Michael Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, told Sputnik. Kiev needs to supply coal to international markets for five months and 17 days in order to earn the sum necessary to finance just one day of the Ukraine conflict, calculations made by Sputnik have revealed. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, who was replaced by Rustem Umerov on Monday, claimed in an interview with a local media outlet that one day of the conflict costs Ukraine at least $100 million. He noted that when one expends $100 million per day “on a battlefield for a war that no one really understands, it’s going to raise a lot of questions.”

“I guess that might be one reason why [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky had to get rid of the defense minister because he was being truthful for once,” the ex-Pentagon senior security policy analyst argued. Maloof called the $100 million a day an “incredible amount”, warning that the quality of life in the US “is going to be affected by this”, something that he said would also cause “even greater inflationary trends in the US economy.” The ex-Pentagon analyst warned that the US’ ability to continue pumping Ukraine with money “is going to diminish greatly and it’s not going to be in the too distant future.” “The Biden administration is just totally oblivious and doesn’t have a response to all of this. They’re just acting now and doing what they can, knowing that perhaps their own time is limited unless they can fix the election again and retain power. But then what do they have to offer? Nothing.

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“ can be argued that the Ukrainian crisis really does draw a line under colonialism in the broad sense.”

‘World Majority’ Sees Ukraine Conflict As Declining NATO Power (Lukyanov )

The Ukrainian crisis has several practical implications for the majority of the world.

Firstly, a power has emerged that openly and unreservedly challenges the West, and the West has been unable to do anything about it, despite considerable efforts. This allows the non-Western world to act more and more independently – right in front of our eyes.

The second is that when the states of the Global North start to conflict with each other, they still don’t care about how it affects the Global South.

Third, the policy of distancing in general but engaging on specific issues can pay dividends, but we just have to use it skillfully.

Fourth, fruitful relations are possible and necessary without grandees who insist on their indispensability, but often do not solve the problems of countries and regions, but instead drive them into a dead end in pursuit of their own interests.

These are all factors that will help shape a new international framework. It has not yet emerged. But when the current conflict comes to an end, whatever the concrete outcome for the immediate participants, it will be the majority countries of the world that will have strengthened their positions the most.

Not only China, which is often talked about as the real winner of the confrontation between Russia and the West (such a conclusion follows only from linear logic), but also a number of countries that previously played a subordinate role and are now emancipating themselves and coming out of this straitjacket.

We dare to believe that world politics could become more rational, because pragmatic interests would then be voiced openly and in a businesslike manner, and not under the Kool-Aid of various messianisms, which have been popular in the Global North for centuries. And in this sense, it can be argued that the Ukrainian crisis really does draw a line under colonialism in the broad sense.

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Most Russians don’t think “Russian and eastern cultures are very close”. But that’s still where they want to go.

Majority Of Russians Support Turning Away From West (RT)

A vast majority of Russians are supportive of Moscow’s policy that prioritizes the development of ties with the countries of the global East rather than the West, a new survey by the state-owned Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) shows. The findings of the survey, carried out in collaboration with the Kommersant daily, were published on Wednesday. The polling itself was conducted in late August, sampling the opinions of 1,600 randomly selected Russian nationals. Some 67% of the respondents approved the “turn to the East” policy, with only 11% weighing in against it. A further 15% remain indifferent to the ongoing major shift in Russian foreign policy, with the rest of respondents failing to provide any opinion on this matter, the poll results show.

Around 65% of those who were supportive or indifferent to the “turn to the East” believe that the best way to achieve it was through the development of trade and economic ties, major investment projects, the creation of joint enterprises, and so on. Tourism and scientific cooperation are also deemed to be important approaches to achieve the goal, with 36% and 32% of respondents, respectively, backing such activities. At the same time, only a fraction of those polled believe that Russian and eastern cultures are very close. Some 23% said they differed drastically, while a majority took a more balanced position, stating that the cultures have both common and differing features.

In recent years, Russia has been gradually developing ties with the countries of the global east and south. The process was greatly accelerated amid the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev, backed by the collective West and multiple waves of economic sanctions against Russia. The restrictions accelerated Russian efforts to even further reorient from Western markets to the East. As of the end of 2022, according to data from Chinese customs, Russia had become the top European country in terms of exports to China, fourth in terms of imports, and second in trade turnover. The country has also recently become the top exporter of oil to both China and India.

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When Mitch McConnell does one of his freeze routines, it’s not because he goes wobbly; he just quotes Thatcher on going wobbly. Did I get that about right?

Mitch McConnell Warns US Not To ‘Go Wobbly’ On Ukraine (RT)

The US Congress should approve an additional $20 billion in funding for Ukraine, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday. The Republican senator from Kentucky argued that the aid provided by Washington to Kiev has been weakening Moscow “without firing a shot.” In a speech on the Senate floor, McConnell claimed that President Joe Biden “has not been as decisive as many of us have preferred” when it comes to funding Ukraine’s war effort, but that this was not a reason for Congress to “compound the administration’s failures with failures of our own.” “Helping Ukraine retake its territory means weakening one of America’s biggest strategic adversaries without firing a shot,” the senator argued.

With Kiev “eroding Russia’s capacity to threaten NATO,” McConnell claimed, “it is not the time to ease up,” and with NATO unified and European countries starting to spend money on their militaries, “it is certainly not the time to go wobbly.” That particular line was made famous in 1990 by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who used it to urge US President George H.W. Bush to launch a war against Iraq over Kuwait. McConnell also suggested that Congress would pass the supplemental government funding bill before the end of the month, which is intended to avoid a government shutdown before the new fiscal year starts in October.

The proposed spending bill has bundled $20.1 billion for Ukraine with disaster relief for fire-stricken Hawaii, despite objections from some Republicans who wanted to vote on the packages separately. The US Congress has approved over $130 billion in funds for Ukraine since February 2022. America’s aid to Kiev has included weapons, equipment and ammunition, as well as cash remittances to pay the salaries of government officials. When some Republicans tried to curtail the spending spree last December, McConnell insisted that aiding Ukraine was the “number one priority of the US,” and helped the Democrats to pass the 4,155-page omnibus spending bill.

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“It’s the gangster who thought he was the capo dei capi, boss of bosses; and was brought down to earth because he wasn’t.”

Prigozhin’s Three Strikes – Khodorkovsky, Berezovsky, Last Africa Trip (Helmer)

On March 5, in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), there was a fire-bombing of a French–owned brewery which destroyed 50,000 bottles of beer. On August 23, a private jet of the Wagner Group was bombed in the air north of Moscow, and the Wagner leaders, Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin, were killed, along with five of their associates and three flight crew. The connection between the two incidents is that Prigozhin’s methods of doing business in Africa cost him his life in Russia. The African business, not the mutiny at Rostov on June 23-24, is the fatal link. It was the last straw. This is not a case of a soldier who lived by the sword and died by the sword. It’s the gangster who thought he was the capo dei capi, boss of bosses; and was brought down to earth because he wasn’t.

To ignore the warnings that he had reached his multi-billion dollar operating limit, that he should stop muscling in on the competition, retire and keep his money — these are well-known rules of American business, not to say mafia rules. But Prigozhin followed Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Boris Berezovsky in thinking Russian business is different. They thought there was no limit to their power to get what they wanted. There are two competing Russian press compilations of what exactly happened on August 23, and what the evidence reveals of who arranged the killing and how the operation was carried out. These are Konstantin Malofeyev’s Tsargrad on the national patriotic side, and Meduza, the anti-Putin opposition publication now based in Riga. The Anglo-American accounts in the mainstream press and the alt-media blogs, including Andrew Napolitano’s group of US military and CIA retirees, Douglas Macgregor, Tony Shaffer, Larry Johnson and Scott Ritter, do not come close to the Russian interpretation of the case.

In Tsargrad’s reconstruction of the flight of Prigozhin’s aircraft and of the doppelganger or decoy aircraft which flew ahead by 40 minutes, and then returned to Moscow 35 minutes after the crash, the cause was one or two bombs detonated on board Prigozhin’s flight. The destruction occurred so suddenly that the pilots had no warning and no time to signal air traffic control. The subsequent recovery and decoding of the aircraft black boxes, and the civilian and military radar track records appear to have confirmed this also, although there have been no official releases of this information, and no unofficial leaks. A report by FlightAware suggests that although the two flights appear to have followed the same flight path, tracking their precise locations is impossible “likely due to … interference (or) jamming in the area.”

Reuters reports that position locations were calculated from signals sent to multiple receivers in the area. In the Tsargrad report, the sources include former Russian civil aviation, military and intelligence veterans. They concur the assassination was the settling of “old scores”. They differ on whether these were domestic in origin, or Ukrainian, British or other foreign sources. They also agree that President Vladimir Putin did not order the killing and probably did not know in advance. “Putin forgave him; there are other enemies who did not”, Lieutenant General Leonid Reshetnikov, a veteran of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), told Tsargrad: “No special service of our country will ever go into an operation that leaves a ‘hint’ of the involvement of its leadership.

Of course, [if there was the operational order], another place would have been found — Africa is a big place and the circumstances more opportune there; for example, the crocodiles don’t have enough high-quality meat to eat. And so, there might be a terrorist attack with a subtext pointing away from those most likely to have done it.” A Moscow source believes that before the event Putin did not act and did not know. After the event he did not disapprove.

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Keep your false flags away from us!

Bucharest Denies Ukrainian Claim That Russian Drone Hit Romania (Antiwar)

NATO member Romania has strongly denied a Ukrainian claim that a Russian drone detonated in Romanian territory during an overnight bombardment on one of Ukraine’s ports on the Danube River. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko made the claim on Facebook. He said that according to Ukraine’s state border service, a Russian drone “fell and detonated on the territory of Romania” during an attack on the Ukrainian port of Izmail. “This is yet another confirmation that Russia’s missile terror poses a huge threat not only to Ukraine’s security, but also to the security of neighboring countries, including NATO member states,” Nikolenko said. Romania’s Defense Ministry quickly refuted the claim. “The Ministry of National Defense categorically denies information from the public space regarding a so-called situation that occurred during the night of September 3 to 4 in which Russian drones allegedly fell on the national territory of Romania,” it said.

The Romanian Defense Ministry added that “at no time did the means of attack used by the Russian Federation generate direct military threats to the national territory or the territorial waters of Romania.” Russian attacks in the region risk an escalation as the Danube River acts as a border between Ukraine and Romania. The Ukrainian port of Izmail that was targeted is just across the river from NATO territory. Ukrainian officials have previously made unfounded claims about Russian munitions hitting NATO territory. Last year, when a Ukrainian air defense missile hit Poland and killed two people, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy and his top aides claimed it was a Russian missile in an effort to get NATO to intervene directly.

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Powerful duo. And members of BRICS.

Putin, MbS Note Cut in Oil Production Will Stabilize Market (Sp.)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman noted that reduction in the oil production will stabilize the global market during a phone conversation on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. “A high assessment was given to the interaction of the two countries in the OPEC+ format. It was noted that the agreements reached on reducing oil production, combined with voluntary commitments to limit the supply of raw materials, make it possible to ensure the stability of the global energy market,” the Kremlin said in a statement. The sides also expressed satisfaction over development of relations between the countries and discussed a number of issues related to trade, logistics and investment. Moreover, the crown prince thanked the Russian side for supporting Riyadh’s bid to join the BRICS group.

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I’ve never understood the attraction of cruise ships.

Eyesore Of The Month September 2023 (Jim Kunstler)

Behold, Royal Caribbean International’s new ship, Icon of the Seas. Well, okay, but icon of what, exactly, of the seas? Of the wretched excess that the cruise industry is sending forth to sail the oceans blue? I remind you: societies build their most extravagant monuments just before they collapse. This looks like the perfect vehicle for partying at the end-of-the-world (that is, the world as we know it). This monstrosity is so huge — equivalent of a 20-story building — that the promoters say it has “neighborhoods.” Below is the Royal Bay Pool in the new “Chill Island neighborhood.” Very posh, indeed. Excludes all the waddling, land-whales of the lower decks with their slushies and burritos in-hand.

Below: the ship’s Thrill Island Waterslide neighborhood, looking a little bit like the gastro-intestinal system of someone who subjected themselves to six days of round-the-clock, all-you-can-eat buffets.

This beast sets sail in January of 2024. Ask yourself: what sort of economy supports a venture like this? And what if it isn’t there anymore when this thing is ready to launch?

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They don’t want him campaigning.

Tom Fitton: “Fact check: Trump didn’t engage in insurrection/rebellion and, even if he did, the key 14th Amendment clause doesn’t apply to the president.”

Donald Trump’s Georgia Trial Expected To Take Four Months, 150 Witnesses (BBC)

Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s Georgia racketeering case say that the trial would take four months and include approximately 150 witnesses. Mr Trump and 18 others are charged with a conspiracy to overturn the state’s 2020 presidential election results. A date for the trial has not yet been set, although prosecutors hope to begin on 23 October. The former president and his co-defendants have all denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty. In court on Wednesday, state prosecutor Nathan Wade said that the expected timeline does not account for jury selection, which could potentially add months to the process. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said he hopes to decide questions regarding the trial’s schedule by “either the end of this week or early next week”. All 19 co-defendants in the case have pleaded not guilty and waived their right to in-person arraignments, which were due to take place on Wednesday.

During Wednesday’s court session, Judge McAfee also heard arguments on whether some of the defendants could sever their cases from the wider racketeering, or Rico, case. Attorneys for Kenneth Chesebro sought to sever the counts against him, as did attorneys for Sidney Powell, a former Trump lawyer, who has also asked for a speedy trial – a constitutional right in the US. Both will now go on trial together on 23 October after Judge McAfee denied a motion to sever their cases from one another. In court, he said that he does not believe that “the severance for Mr Cheseboro or Ms Powell is necessary to achieve a fair determination of the guilt or innocence for either defendant in this case”. He added that two separate trials would “inconvenience” jurors and complicate scheduling. In total, six of the defendants in the case have sought to sever their cases, including Mr Trump and ex-Georgia Republican chair David Shafer.

Other defendants are seeking to have their cases moved to federal court. A federal judge has yet to decide on the issue, known by the legal term of “removal”. Mr Chesebro and Ms Powell’s trial is slated to begin on 23 October – the same date being sought by district attorney Fani Willis for the other 17 defendants. Judge McAfee, however, said it seemed “a bit unrealistic” to try all the defendants together in October, noting that “we’ve got less than two months to figure this out”. In court, Mr Chesebro’s attorney Manubir Arora argued that the far-reaching racketeering case would mean that his client would have to be in court for “weeks, if not months” of testimony unrelated to the specific charges against him.

Additionally, Mr Arora said that Ms Powell – who famously vowed to “release the Kraken” after Mr Trump’s electoral defeat – was “sort of on a lark on her own” and not connected to Mr Chesebro. Speaking to CNN after the court hearing, Mr Chesebro’s second attorney, Scott Grubman, accused the government of “weaponising” the Rico statute to “connect three or four conspiracies into one”. Prosecutors allege that Mr Trump and his co-defendants were involved in a multi-pronged effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state, culminating with a phone call in which Mr Trump pressured the state’s secretary of state to “recalculate” the vote tally.

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X thread.

Debunking The Lies In ADL’s Response To Elon (Nawfal)

ADL’s CEO broke his silence on X and Elon by lying and trapping the host: 1) He claimed that Elon brought and amplified anti-semitism and hate speech back to the platform. This is NOT TRUE. The X Safety team shared that an independent assessment by Sprinklr found that hate speech impressions on X to be 0.003% compared to Twitter’s estimate of 0.012%. 2) Greenblatt clarified that he has never claimed Elon or X are anti-Semitic: “I don’ t think Twitter as a platform is anti-Semitic”. 3) When Greenblatt was asked by the host (who also identified as Jewish) if he was seeking a position or donation from X to the ADL, he took offense to this, called it an anti-semetic trope, almost as if he was trying to cancel him, leaving the host uncomfortable and defensive.

4) Greenblatt claimed ADL is NOT publicly or privately talking to advertisers, BUT shortly after, said, “It is true we did call for a pause back in November, after the acquisition and since then” and in a previous interview he stated “if it remains a hellscape the advertisers won’t take part in [Twitter]” 5) Greenblatt said the ADL is a SMALL non-profit in NY. NOT TRUE. The ADL is an influential organization with over 100 years of history, and according to the ADL’s 2021 tax filings, the organization’s total revenue was $101 million with a balance sheet of $238 million. They ALSO received millions of dollars of indirect government funding via grants to groups in which the ADL has special interests.

6) Greenblatt says the ADL works WITH other social media platforms, including Facebook. We saw in the Politico article that @elonmusk posted that the ADL indirectly CONTROLS what can be posted on Facebook. 7) Greenblatt claimed he doesn’t know what prompted Elon’s tweets, but Elon was clear it was prompted by the 60% drop in advertising from the ADL’s interference, which Greenblatt admitted in the video. Doesn’t seem like the meeting with X CEO Linda Yaccarino went as well as Greenblatt is making it out to be.


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Remember, “We saw in the Politico article that @elonmusk posted that the ADL indirectly CONTROLS what can be posted on Facebook.”

Well, so does the White House.

Facebook Files: White House Lies About ‘Disinformation Dozen’ (ZH)

A UK-based, government-linked dark money nonprofit operated by a far-left British Labour Party operative fabricated statistics about the so-called ‘disinformation dozen’ – people with large social media footprints that expressed vaccine or lockdown skepticism, according to the latest Facebook Files released on Tuesday by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) run by a man named Imran Ahmed claimed that Robert Kennedy Jr. and 11 other people were responsible for 65% of “anti-vaccine content circulating on social media.” That claim itself was disinformation, according to Jordan – who notes that Facebook employees were highly skeptical of the CCDH’s claims, which they said were just Americans expressing “vaccine hesitancy,” which is often “not misinfo” even under Facebook’s policies.

What’s more, the Biden White House repeatedly peddled the 65% lie as Facebook employees were preparing to draft a memo to CEO Mark Zuckerberg to complain about “pressure from … the White House” to remove the so-called Disinfo Dozen, even though they did “not believe we currently have a clear path for removal.” According to the internal emails, Facebook continued to monitor the so-called disinformation dozen to justify censorship, only to find that the “majority” of them weren’t spreading misinformation. The Biden White house kept pushing for censorship despite Facebook’s clear policy against cross-platform punishments except in rare cases. The White House also wanted Facebook to remove all URL links to off-platform websites which would ”

The White House then pressured Facebook’s President of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, to censor the ‘disinformation dozen’ even more – which led to frustration among Facebook staff, who said that Biden himself helped ensure that the CCDH’s influence had “unrelenting staying power.” Longtime readers may also recall that the CCDH laundered lies about ZeroHedge through a trust-fund NBC News ‘journalist’ who immediately came under fire for peddling obvious propaganda against a competing outlet, and subsequently left to work for Al Jazeera (and now she’s gone from there too).

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The French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti is Assange’s former lawyer, and still says no. What’s going on?

French Court Turns Down Political Asylum Request For Assange (RT)

A court in France’s Creteil commune turned down a request to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the AFP news agency reported citing a court document, Report informs referring to TASS. The agency quoted the document as saying that “the fact that he [Assange] is being kept in custody” should not be viewed as a reason for an exception to the rule stating that “the applicant must be present on the territory of the country or the European Union” in order to apply for political asylum in France. The request was filed by members of the Robin des Lois association, who sought to challenge in court several regulations related to rules of entry, residence and political asylum for foreigners.

According to the organization, some provisions from French laws contradict the preamble to the country’s constitution, as well as several international conventions. Legal representatives of the French government were not present in the court. The association has no plans to appeal the ruling, but publicly urges French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti – who is Assange’s former lawyer – to “at last take the matter into his own hands.” Assange was taken into custody after leaving the premises of Ecuador’s embassy in London in April 2019, and has since been held at the Belmarsh maximum security prison in London. Washington has been seeking his extradition for more than four years, but Assange’s defense team has so far managed to successfully fend off their moves in court.

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“This deadly variant has bypassed our most sophisticated tests by ingeniously becoming harmless to the human body..”

“Pfizer had announced early development of a new, 103% effective vaccine, followed 3.8 seconds later by approval from the FDA.”

CDC Warns Of New ‘Stealth’ COVID Variant: Test Negative, No Symptoms (BBee)

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky held a press conference to warn the public about a deadly new “stealth” COVID-19 variant that causes negative test results and causes no symptoms. “This deadly variant has bypassed our most sophisticated tests by ingeniously becoming harmless to the human body,” said Director Walensky, “It is estimated that eight billion people have caught this variant. We must prevent it from spreading further by closing schools and locking up kindergarten children.”

The CDC director’s guidance to close schools and stem the tide of this “stealth” variant is backed by data that has been thoroughly and rigorously altered, proving that public school teachers are the most susceptible, testing negative a whopping 100% of the time and often succumbing to the worst symptom-free symptoms. At publishing time, Pfizer had announced early development of a new, 103% effective vaccine, followed 3.8 seconds later by approval from the FDA.

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    Veracious Poet


    “The French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti is Assange’s former lawyer, and still says no. What’s going on?”

    It’s a lawyer so nothing’s going on, just a normal thing. Lawyers have no sides, follow the money, they do.




    Before criticizing the masses for failing to investigate and organize societal trends in their own minds, let’s first ask if the masses of “normal people” have any thoughts at all or simply verbally regurgitate whatever they hear, with no associated thoughts behind their statements. The concept is astonishing, but the latter is how most people actually live according to a 2007 University of Nevada Department of Psychology study on college students. Per the study, regarding the frequency of common phenomena of inner experience (inner speech, inner seeing (aka images), unsymbolized thinking, feeling, and sensory awareness), only between 22% to 34% of the individuals studied had frequent internal dialogues:

    If this study is accurate, most people may simply be meat robots, lacking thoughts inside their heads, and they react to stimuli as they experience it. A lack of internal dialogue could help explain why so many people live paycheck-to-paycheck with no ability to plan for expenses. The premium for car insurance isn’t an event that’s planned for, it’s just something that happens; if a person has the money great, if not they’ll deal with it when the bill comes in. It’s why people living on food stamps both eat steak, buy expensive hardbacks and run out of money before the month ends. The idea that the person will need to eat at the end of the month just like they did last month doesn’t cross their minds.

    V. Arnold

    We’re so screwed! We’re blasted with lies 24/7/365 about everything; nothing is too small to be ignored/left to chance…
    TAE is a refuge where we can catch our breathe between attacks…….but, we must remain vigilant at every step; trust nothing, even TAE, without doing you’re due diligance……….
    At some point I fear TAE will be swarmed with/by the galoots to rid us of this bastion of truth….


    “We’re going to need a bigger boat!” i see someone took the movie “Jaws” literally.

    Isn’t this like what happened in Hollywood in the 1950s? The Studio System was dying so they responded with every gimmick imaginable – even 3D movies!. They also started making ridiculously long films. The bigger, the better!

    Also thinking Empire State building type things.


    “…a night of crack cocaine-fueled sex with Barack Obama…”

    It’s not about Obomber, it’s about ritually humiliating you, you Sheeple cause ‘yer soo stupid’ you’ll believe anything.

    Sit up, clap like a circus seal, arf,arf,arf


    Duh’mericans really are that stupid!

    Take me to your Leader!


    You’ll buy anything, any time, anywhere

    Just re-brand the message, you’ll swallow it hook, line, and sinker




    Abe was saying that as a corporate railroad lawyer


    Everything is Connected

    That’s what my tea bag tag said this morning


    Sure is!





    The Russian defenses in Ukronaziland are magitudes better than the old french Maginot line

    First there’s no way ‘around’ the Russian Surovikin Line

    It goes from the beach on the Black Sea to the actual Russian border, hundreds and hundreds of unbroken miles of trenches and tank traps and machine gun pill boxes and miles deep mine field so thick there’s a mine-a-meter.

    And there are three lines of these features.

    The Ukronazis had 60,000 troops dedicated to their ‘offensive’ for the last 4 months

    They’ve lost a staggering amount of equipment, burning Bradleys, Strykers, Leopards and Challengers

    And Macgregor estimates they have taken 45,000 casualties

    They’ve made virtually no progress, still in the security grey ‘crush zone’, having even made it to the First Line.


    If they ever even made it to the First Line, the Russians would slaughter them to the man.

    Even going forward clearing through the mine fields, the Russians RE-mine behind them as their advancing trapping them and they have to retreat through the new mine field behind them.

    And Russia now seems to have the industrial quantities of small explosive drones they are hunting down individual soldiers and blowing them up in the trenches.

    Drone really are ‘Wonder Weapons’

    Not the ass-wipe Lockheed/Raytheon stuff made for profits not performance.

    Wait until AI is integrated further into drones

    Kinda SKYNET-ish like

    The world’s military’s, outside the Collective West, say in unison “We Want the Russian Stuff, thank you!”

    Russian drone flies right into the entrance of a Ukronazi foxholes

    Ukros are using civilian cars to get to the contact line cause they lost so many armoured vehicles

    Top of a building Ukronazis have (had) a firing position.

    Drone flies right into the window

    As South Park banker says, “And it’s gone!”


    Not all concerns are real

    Weather extremes – heat, drought ,floods

    Belief/Hate/revenge/peace – Stolen election, winning war
    disinformation, censorship, propaganda
    LISTEN … Julian Assange … I’m the boss. Do as I say. Keep out of trouble.

    Critical thinking
    “This deadly variant has bypassed our most sophisticated tests by ingeniously becoming harmless to the human body..”

    “Pfizer had announced early development of a new, 103% effective vaccine, followed 3.8 seconds later by approval from the FDA.”

    • CDC Warns Of New ‘Stealth’ COVID Variant: Test Negative, No Symptoms (BBee)


    Dr. D

    Cop City:

    Let’s see: they camped out illegally for months. With open fires, cars, everything. They vandalized local homes. They attacked nearby cars, assaulted the drivers, pulled them out, flipped them over and lit them on fire. There were constant drugs and drug arrests. They were involved in a long-running open shootout with police in which one policeman was killed.

    Yup! They’re totally innocent! Police just trampling on their rights. If you’re the Left, shooting policemen is what you’re SUPPOSED to do. Murdering local residents is what you’re SUPPOSED to do.

    …Not added, the DA (I think) declined to prosecute nor have anything whatsoever to do with the case, even now that charges have been filed AFTER A YEAR. The DNC Prosecutor would rather die, be impeached, removed, or retire than enforce the law against them, which sort of says cop killers are HER people and HER goal, right?

    Republicans? Nothing. No solidarity at all even for the one guy who finally did his job. He’ll be booted shortly on fabricated charges and they’ll all shrug.

    “if Biden makes any slip-ups during a taxing election campaign.”

    What election campaign? He didn’t campaign even LAST time. He called what, 1/3 of days off, incommunicado, even IN the campaign? That’s how you can be certain he won.

    And again, IF he makes a slip up? Well I’m glad he hasn’t made any slip ups or bad, unpopular decisions so far. That would be terrible. I mean except for the non-stop slips, trips, fails, losing whole countries, abandoning whole peoples, ruining whole towns, states, and moving on even to enormous cities like NY and SF, except for losing Hawaii in favor of ALSO losing Ukraine, well other than that, he hasn’t made any slip-ups at all.

    Time. It moves forward, people. When things happen, they don’t UN-happen. Lookin’ at you, reporter in the back. UN-occurring is not a feature of Time.

    The genius is the Meta-reality, it slips by your mental gatekeepers. It’s the opposite of “How often do you beat your wife.” But how great is Joe Biden really? Is he so great that if he made a mistake, the people would forgive him? The other joy here is that they don’t think they’re lying. Their brains are actually constructed as if this were true, and the article proceeds from there. Because everyone is too polite and doesn’t post “JBISF” on 10 new articles each day.

    Why? If they lied it would cause stress and misgivings, and If they didn’t think this way, they’d be instantly fired. There are always some bent, disturbed, mentally-retarded people in every group. If you have the money, you just make them your reporters and Late Night Hosts. Thanks to Clinton’s monopoly.

    “aid provided by Washington to Kiev has been weakening Moscow “without firing a shot.”

    Isn’t losing $150B and having your country’s infrastructure, military, and civil peace collapse sort of count as a “Cost?” Your providing the arms, the missiles, the people, the intel, the satellite targeting that sank Russia’s flagship count as “a shot”?

    “McConnell insisted that aiding Ukraine was the “number one priority of the US,”

    All other countries are the top priority of the US. Our own country is therefore priority 193, behind Seychelles and Nauru. It’s the Republican way!

    “• Eyesore Of The Month September 2023

    So is this the Capitol City of the Hunger Games, or the pleasure ship on Wall-E?

    It’s hard to imagine anyone not pointing to this as the apex of waste and excess, rueing the day we made it and cursing their fathers for wasting valuable resources when we should have been building farms, but I’ve been saying that since the 80s and it’s been increasing every year. At an accelerating pace. They’re so nuts now they’re killing and outlawing cows altogether! People will believe anything. ANY Thing. Food without ANY way of creating it, ANY land, ANY animals, ANY oil at all? Why not!

    “Tom Fitton: “Fact check: Trump didn’t engage in insurrection/rebellion and, even if he did, the key 14th Amendment clause doesn’t apply to the president.”

    Both true and more. However, they non-stop cover Torrio being sentenced WHO WASN’T EVEN THERE, basically texted no one all day, because as an non-stop FBI informant, he knew beforehand it was a setup. Didn’t matter. NOT being at a insurrection = being an insurrectionist. One which the FBI THEMSELVES say had no weapons and no plan. Having no weapons and no plan = Having weapons and a plan, that is, the definition of “Insurrection.”

    This is why I have to say A = A all the time, because it’s gotten that bad, every hour. Of every day. And everyone’s lives are on the line and being destroyed over it. Going back to #Logos yet? Not on your life! Never! Tell your sky-God and reason they can go hang themselves! I’m looking out for ME!

    So I doubt the witnesses NOT seeing or doing anything, I doubt that the law both not applying, and being reversed later in the 1860s will matter. I doubt the breathtaking argument that the President, who OWNS THE MILITARY, decided to have a coup by sending in one actor with a funny hat, will have any effect.

    We may have protected the courts and judges, but what if all 330 Million Jurors are insane? Can you get a trial then?

    “culminating with a phone call in which Mr Trump pressured the state’s secretary of state to “recalculate” the vote tally.”

    A “Coup” would be Trump using the military, DoJ, and office of the President to ARREST that Secretary of State. Which is what Biden just did to Meadows. No one notices, because “reporters”, in a land where all 330 Million people are insane.

    shaking @elonmusk down for donations to the ADL (like he did to Adidas

    He said, “Why, yes I am actually, but it’s not because I’m Jewish. It’s because money and power are super-yummy. Everybody knows that.”

    “• Facebook Files: White House Lies about ‘Disinformation Dozen’ (ZH)

    Constantly missing the point, like you can’t have an insurrection with zero weapons and zero plans, as reported by the FBI themselves. I don’t care WHAT they talked about, Facebook and the White House. Any and all details are superfluous. The very FACT of talking is A-#1 Human Rights violation of Freedom of Speech, which is a break of Federal law, from the Office of the PRESIDENT, meaning his impeachment. If Biden owned slaves, a human rights abuse, would we sit around asking their favorite foods? If he got in a Monte Carlo and did Drive-by shootings in Farirfax, would we argue about his MPG? No. This is BREAKING THE LAW. A felony, and not just that, not an incidental felony, but a systemic Human Rights felony.

    Don’t care about anything else. Stop right there, you had me at “It’s reported and admitted the Federal Government is hampering free speech.”

    Meta-dialogue, Meta-reality, Meta-assumptions again.

    That picture can’t be right. Joe Biden isn’t sniffing Kamala. Does that mean she’s not a woman either?

    It’s said the losses are now 60,000, 40k was last month’s number but the media has helpfully halted on that number while the war hasn’t. Ah the media: is there any lie they can’t tell?

    Yeah, my thought about going around the line is to FLY in, or attack Archangel and Vladivostok. Or tactically-nuke the contact line and walk in through the crater. If not, I guess you don’t really want it that much.

    Dr. D

    An Article AFKTT will like very much:

    Riding the Climate Toboggan

    It has the addition of using data and being reasonable. He can quote it later this year as a pleasant change from “because I said so.”

    John Day

    Lahaina Tree Burns Inside Out (short)

    Yesterday I came across this one uncensored 10 second loop of a tree burning from the central core, spewing flames out, while its leaves were unburned and a truck drove by, again and again and again… This is from a local person. All private-citizen local videos were immediately removed from social media, but this one was picked up by a local news station and looped, sort of like the WTC collapse videos that are burned into our memories. Watch the flames shoot from the core of the tree, while unburned leaves blow in the breeze.

    How would the core of a tree burn out while the bark and leaves are not burned? It’s like a microwave oven heating my coffee, but not the mug, isn’t it? Microwave energy is like radar. The wavelengths excite polar molecules and may be completely absorbed by electrically conductive metals. I can remember putting old China in a microwave, the kind with that tiny metallic edge accent, which got really hot and burned me when I picked up the bowl. I didn’t do that again. Polar molecules, like water, but not only water, absorb microwave energy, and it is converted to heat in the material which contains them. Would that include automotive windshields and windows? There are so many images of melted windshields draped over dashboards like a melted cheese slice on a hamburger patty… I googled it below, and below that is a video posted by Dora in the comments at The Automatic Earth, of Canadian trees, mobile-homes, houses and cars burned in unusual ways. It is a video interview of a Forensic Arborist who studied a lot of forest fires around human towns and suburbs in Canada. Water-loving trees like willows burned from the core, sometimes only the core burned, leaving a charred bowl in the center, or a charred cave in the middle of a large tree with unburned bark. Willows along a river, with roots in the water, all burned, while dry pines going up the mountainside next to them did not burn. A mobile home is completely burned out, while the trees around it and the dry wooden landing steps up to where the front door was are unburned.

    The materials required to make a windshield
    The key ingredients to make windshield glass are soda ash, silica sand, limestone, dolomite and cullet. There are little quantities and traces of aluminum oxide and potassium oxide also included most of the time.
    Silica is the major ingredient and around 65-70% of the windshield glass is just silica. This is what makes glass. After silica, soda ash is added to the mixture when silica is being heated. It decreases the melting point of the mix. Dolomite makes the mixture easier to work with, whereas limestone increases the efficiency of the glass and gives it a good finish. Limestone is also a key ingredient for making the glass more durable.
    Then some water is poured into the mixture and heated at a specific temperature. All these chemicals and materials being blended and heated together give birth to glass.


    D Benton Smith

    The Maui fire news suppression reminds me of the Pizzagate news story suppression. Same modus operandi, and same insufficient result, because all that the news suppression finally accomplished was to drive the story underground where it spread (is spreading still) like a wildfire because of all the fuel, heat and oxygen. True facts are the fuel. People’s innate desire to live happily is the heat, and the resources being pumped into the effort to suppress and forbid TRUTH is the oxygen.


    I read a comment on Moon of Alabama that speculated the Ukraine’s total mobilization effort might be a ploy to make the war so intolerable for average Ukrainians that peace negotiations would be more acceptable than continuing the war.

    Sadly this faint hope contradicts US desire to continue the war.

    The effort towards total mobilization includes stripping away pretty much all of the current draft exemptions, requiring women to register, and getting EU countries to return the estimated 240,000 Ukrainian male refugees.

    Poland for example has taken the first step in this effort, through reclassification of refugee status as cover, by declaring that 80,000 male refugees may have entered Popand illegally. Ukraine enters male refugee’s name (likely supplies by EU countries) into interpole’s wanted listing. Local police stop and then arrest male refugee, and hand them over to Ukraine.

    EU’s 240,000 male refugees may ironically have no choice but flee to Russia or Belarus.

    Another comment said the Ukraine has diverted more troops to the border to completely seal off the border and are using infrared drones to aid in sealing the border.

    D Benton Smith

    Ya know, those old professional intellects (some call them philosophers) sure did know how boil arguments down to brass tacks.
    Take Voltaire for instance. He ridiculed God by drawing attention to the worst and most ludicrously evil deeds of men, and then sarcastically asserting that this is, after all, the best of all possible worlds because God made it and HE could only have made it perfectly the way He wanted it. Which He did. Complete with Free Will for all participants (because that’s the only way that it could be done).

    Yup. That’s the basic argument alright.

    In pure hubristic obliviousness Voltaire reckoned that smart people like him could do a better job, and so set off the so-called “Enlightenment” that is now getting so dark that people can’t even see each other, much less see that Voltaire and his ilk were just flat ass WRONG.

    Anyone who still thinks that pursuit of materialist sciences, to the exclusion of all else, goes anywhere but Hell had better wake the fuck up because they are going in the WRONG direction. But I’m sure they could explain the validity of their mistake in overwhelmingly “valid” scientific detail, just so long as THEY are the arbiters of what is valid.

    Between the enslaved matter of material Hell and the insubstantiality of ethereal Heaven is a gigantic expanse where the two uncomfortably coexist on common ground. We call it the Universe, and if you want a place in which to play then you will accept it the way it was built and play by those rules. Voltaire’s snide insult was wrong. The fact of the matter is that this IS the best of all possible worlds, because its the only world there is that has you in it.

    Anyone who thinks they can do better can have a protracted post-game conversation in Hell about why that didn’t work. I’m sure Voltaire and Lucifer could use the company.


    Re Oxymoron

    The idea that “most people” will not, cannot, or choose not to “think” is very dangerous, and a path that I would tread with great caution. It very quickly leads to social bifurcation, where one (smaller) strata of society sees it self as “ubermenschen”, morally obligated to rule over “untermenschen.” Whether the castes are based upon “quality of internal dialogue,” or status at birth, or color of skin, or “gayness,” or social class, or language of birth, etc., is unimportant; the end result is the same.

    The product of the Enlightenment, enshrined in the US Constitution and other governments respecting the concept of democracy (rule by the people), is the idea that people can and should rule themselves. We spit on the graves of those who have lived and died furthering these ideas when we categorically deny large segments of the population enfranchisement. If large segments of the population are not bothering to critically think about issues beyond their immediate life, might it be because they are exhausted just trying to live day to day, or dealing with trauma regularly, or have been hoodwinked by advertising and propaganda specially designed to lull them into complacency and distraction? It’s the ubermenschen acting to create the conditions in the untermenschen that will morally justify the ubermenschen’s seizure of power.


    When the self-proclaimed “thinking” ubermenschen face a democratically organized system that is resistant to their demands, these “ubermenschen” will find that in order to exert any power and influence they must communicate with and seek to understand those whom they have labeled “deplorable.” This is, actually, the source of Trump’s political power — he voices the concerns of a huge chunk of the masses. This may, potentially, buoy RFK to the presidency, if other events come into alignment (such as the Biden corruption becoming a public scandal that threatens the integrity of the Democratic Party.)

    When leaders seek to understand those that they lead, the result is often empathy, compassion, and a flowering of human creativity. Followers find true mentors, and leaders find significance in their efforts. Both are edified.


    Lahaina fire.

    Paradise Camp fire, Caliornia.

    When I saw pix from Hawai I thought they were copied over from that Fire in California!

    for ex:

    (ex. from the top of goog *Paradise Fire – Images* – ignore the firey ones.)

    I also remember the hollowed out melted cars on 9/11, how did that happen? Again the same look..

    Why were cars destroyed, melted down, when they were just sitting there and did not have any rubble / massive debris / fire / explosives / hitting them?

    I know nothing about any special weapons but these similarities are striking.


    Barry and Big Mike have no kids

    Malia and Sasha are trafficked children who are lent out to ‘special friends’ visiting the White house as sex toys.

    Really think these is far fetched?

    You’re not paying much attention to Reality and the Blood Drinking Satanists in power.

    Having the ‘President’s kids’ be sick props to piss and dump on Duh’merica Sheeple fits perfectly into the whole ‘ritual humiliation’ paradigm.

    Barry & ‘Big Mike’ in the Good Old Gay Days



    Hey, while we’re at it, let’s entertain another kind of walk on the Wild Side



    The Ukronazi ‘mobilization’ is a sick joke

    First, they can’t train any of the mobilized cannonfodder in Ukronaziland because Russia has TOTAL Surveillance.

    Satellite, aircraft, drones and a SPY in EVERY Ukronazi city, town, village, hamlet and bump in the road.

    The Russians can easily see any concentration of personal or equipment in the country and once it gets to a certain size, kaboom! Like the 250 mercenaries in a hotel deep in the Ukronaziland interior, snuffed out in their sleep by one hyersonic cruise missile.

    Second, training the cannonfodder in twelve different NATO=NAZI countries with twelve different language and protocol instructors makes for a ‘Frankenstein’ force with no cohesion. Just random body parts sewn together hoping to ‘work together’. They can’t coordinate well as a military unit on the battlefield.

    Third, the Collective West ‘Wonder Weapons’ supplied to Ukronaziland suck tailpipe exhaust.

    They all burn nicely on the Steppes, thank you very much. They’re target practice for the Russians

    “And they’re Gone!”


    The Ukronazis think they’re so clever that they have stepped up trying to sneak Sabotage Groups in the Sumy/Chernigov border lands above Kharkov.

    Well, Russian Special Forces are waiting for them and wiping them out in ambushes


    Interesting the vehicles have Polish plates, probably Polish mercs.

    Well, dead Polish Mercs


    The Ashes Will Come First

    by William Schryver


    Alexis de Tocqueville 1805-1859, still kicking ass after all these years

    Be a good little Sheeple

    “The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting: such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

    Michael Reid

    @ DBS

    Just to be clear, I don’t think god has anything to do with anything.

    What matters is the behavior of man.

    In all this time we have not managed to live in a loving way with each other and nature


    Profound Russia-US Misunderstanding | Dmitry Orlov

    Really lays it out

    Dr. D

    My thoughts exactly on NPCs. They used to say people only dream in black and white. Some people see numbers in color. Some remember things by smell. 10% of any study will say crazy things just because DGAF. Suppose that is true, and the study is correct. Are they “Not Thinking”? Or thinking in a different way?

    There’s a native story about an animal who won’t get caught and he’s out in the woods, all the hunters are thinking so loud he can hear them across the forest, until there’s a hunter who doesn’t do that. Like all these hunter minds — and I hope you know some — are also dyslectic, also are auto mechanics because of their spacial and visual relations. There’s a lot them in the Army and I guarantee they’re not dumb. Dumb is a different spectrum, of which some are, some aren’t.

    The same argument is made of men and women that men think too logically and women too emotionally. Yeah, and? There’s the same spectrum of smart and stupid among them, but you wouldn’t say womens’ “emotional” thinking is “not thinking”. It can be smarter. Or my cat, who doesn’t think in words but thinks very accurately and with superiority for a cat and what a cat does.

    So I’m sure there ARE NPCs, just as there are psychopaths. But I bet almost nobody is “Not thinking” as they suggest it. They are just running the tests for “people who only think like scientists and college professors” who themselves are dumb as rocks and believe anything if I merely publish it in a book. Which is nearly the dumbest thing anyone could be! God, hacking them doesn’t require being literate! But because THOSE people don’t think like ME, well then, sir, they don’t really think at all! All people except me are inferior and the more like me you are, the more superior and the more you should be making all the decisions and others “Do what you’re told.”

    Uh-huh. Sure pal. And you go with that until your usefulness wanes and the dumber people above you who think in terms of *VIOLENCE* put you all up against the wall and shoot you in front of your children. Who’s smart now, stupid? They say.

    Consciousness has many forms. It’s interesting this fact may be more common than I suspected but over the last two years we’ve already proven who does no thinking at all: Scientists, Doctors, and Pollsters.

    Dr. D

    Voltaire is interesting as all the same people say, “How DARE God do that? How DARE he treat me like a puppet, when I have perfect free will and I’m going to use it.”

    God: “You’re Welcome.”

    Also them: “Why is the WHOLE WORLD screwed up when it’s nothing but us humans exercising our unlimited free will? How can it BE this bad? And By the way, how come Nature works so well and is barely screwed up at all?”

    God: “ … “

    I say that because I was susceptible to this argument and myself wondered why the world could be so screwed up and bad things happen in it. Why? Because “Things happen,” that’s why. You want nothing to happen, just so nothing bad can happen? No? Then there is the non-being, the one being, and the two that turns into the 10 thousand manifestations. Once there is light, there is dark. …Or you can have nothing, your choice. I’m indifferent on it, just saying.

    Oh you WANT the choice, you WANT existence? Okay then, here it is: its primary functions are Light and Dark, spotlights and prisms, Yang, the sunny side of the hill, and Yin, the cool and shady side. …But you don’t want no dark side of the hill. Okay man, you design reality then: go ahead.

    Why is it screwed up? “Sensei, why does s—t smell so bad?” “Because if you were a fly it would smell like honey.”

    You WANT free will…I think. It’s usually the villains who don’t want free will; they want minions. It’s usually the bad seeds that don’t want God, don’t want rules, don’t want consequences. God lets them. That’s why. Because God is a gentleman — just as you wanted – all those men can do bad things. Bad things can happen. And as you see in Nature, the less “free will” you have the smoother it goes: a squirrel is gonna squirrel, he can’t get in a lot of trouble, out murdering other squirrels and killin’ trees. We can. We also do far greater things, so the statistically you only find a wider distribution range not really a greater “evil”. So you notice in proportion as WE have free will, WE get into trouble and make a bad world that is startlingly less bad and far smoother and harmonious where there are no people.

    Do you WANT that? Some do. But that’s WHY that issue exists.

    …If you were askin’.

    No free will = no universe. No darkness = no light. Take your pick. You’d be part of the One God and nothing would ever happen again.

    Dr. D

    Evil Giraffe

    John Day

    I’m sure Bud Light has “bottomed” and Bill is making a sound financial investment.

    Woke Bill Gates Foundation Becomes One Of Anheuser-Busch’s Top Shareholders


    Even Dylan Mulvaney Is Dragging & Slagging Budweiser Now

    Anheuser-Busch has even alienated the Trans sponsor!


    Fucktards par excellence

    Gates is a Satanist, a fireman that’s secretly a Pyromaniac.

    from back in July


    Well, JMG doesn’t deny ‘climate change’ isn’t happening nor that CO2 plays a role. He also notes that rapid changes can happen. As I’ve stated before – we are a driver of rapid change and even if we don’t know the full complexity of the earth system dynamics at play at the very least we should be following the precautionary principle. We know it’s an issue so why not cut back on FF use – it will actually do us a favor, irrespective of not having an impact on the climate trajectory because thermodynamics means eventually the energy in/out balance falls over and we will no longer have access to liquid fossil fuels (coal and gas will stick around for a while longer).
    Climate change (or should we call it transition) will suck as will losing access to fossil fuels (and decent reserves of all the other resources we extract with fossil fuels). The impacts of both these factors will reinforce each other to equal a doubly suck situation.
    From JMG ‘Toboggan’ piece:
    Second, an equable climate may sound great in the abstract, but getting there’s not going to be so fun. To begin with, melting the polar ice caps will raise sea levels three hundred feet. While it will take centuries for this process to complete, even the first steps along that route will play merry hob with the global economy, flooding most of the world’s large cities and a vast amount of other real estate, erasing entire nations from the map, forcing mass migrations, crippling ports and other trade facilities, and the list goes on. Meanwhile the weather isn’t simply going to pop right into an equable condition; to judge from what’s currently happening, the climate belts will keep on lurching unsteadily toward the poles a little at a time, causing droughts, floods, famines, and other entertainments. A thousand years from now things may be great, but that’ll be small consolation to you, or to the generations who have to deal with the rest of the change.


    Who controls the money? Who controls the media?Yall know but are loathe to say it, which I understand. But they just tried to murder you and your family, why would you be kind? They got kicked the fuck out of every country they ever lived in, for no reason? Please.


    The Russians are fine tuning and honing their War Machine to a Samurai Sharp Edge

    Unlike NATO=NAZI and the Empire of Lies Gangster Nation Military Mafia, the Russians not only remember, learn and improve from their early mistakes, they can test experimental weapons sytems in real live battlefield conditions and quick assess what works and what doesn’t.

    Then, because they have an awesome and rapidly growing industrial base, they can ramp up mass production of the winning designs in record time.

    The Empire of Lies Gangster Nation Military Mafia of Raytheon/Lockheed take decades to get their big greedy thumbs out of their fat greedy asses.

    The Russians are evolving weapons system that will be a MAGNITUDE more advanced than anything in the Collective West and stock piling the versions that are battle tested.

    Everything the Empire of Lies Gangster Nation Military Mafia as far as ‘wonder weapons’ goes has been a total failure.

    The world outside the 20% ‘west’ wants Russian weapons, they can see that they work and for a cheaper price.

    Russians Take Delivery Of First New Anti-drone Jammers For Tanks

    The Russians have unparalleled electronic warfare systems, generations in front of Duh’merica and Euroturdistan.

    These jammers will be field tested, modified and tuned in and up while the West argues over obsolete tank designs that the Russians are routinely blowing up with ultra advanced mass produced drone designs

    Commander of Russian Anti-Tank Squad Commander Says He Hates Wasting ATGMs On Easy Targets like Bradleys which Can Be Killed with CHEAP RGP’s


    Field Commander rags on how flimsy western armor is, doesn’t like ‘wasting’ the fabulous Kornet on such unworthy targets

    Formerly T-Bear

    Dr. D on September 7, 2023 at 9:38 pm @ # 142651

    From a recalled conversation with an engineer working on construction of a nuclear power plant that may be of interest to your thesis here:

    Making the control system fool-proof is not a problem. Making the system Phd -proof is …

    Over the years, the wisdom therein has slowly perfused into an effective antidote for many things, sometimes Phd’s. (smiley thing)

    Dr. D

    we are a driver of rapid change”

    Well that’s the question, isn’t it? Since “we don’t know the full complexity of the earth system dynamics” you just said we can’t possibly know and don’t really understand it in any reasonable way. So we are except we don’t know and can’t at all be sure we are? And yet far rapider changes happened all the time in history? So there’s no historical reason to think we’re involved.

    Why should we be precautionary if we don’t even know we’re having an effect?

    Personally, it’s easy as we can and should do most of the same things for far more logical reasons. But those logical reasons would 1) Curtail use 2) Crash profits 3) Oppose wealth and tyranny which therefore 4) Opposes Socialism. So quite obviously we won’t do any of those things, which is how you know none of it is ‘real.’

    As JB said, so many things we CAN do. We are doing precisely ZERO. Here’s one: we have no train system and we’re not fixing the one we have, killing more unions — By presidential decree — and destroying more lines, both freight and passenger. So from the same people are rabidly ANTI-Environmental, everywhere you turn, with trains but also PAYING to dig up more toxic waste like Cobalt and Lithium and spread it worldwide while wasting oil. The POINT of solar is to destroy forests. The POINT of windmills are to make toxic waste, destroy money, and kill birds.

    But these same people ARE suddenly environmental on their other points? They suddenly ARE scientists and engineers after doing everything wrong everywhere else, 100% of the time, but in this Onnnnnnnnnne thing, CO2, they just happen to be correct? They’ve already shown from their solutions they’re science and math-illiterate. Why would I credit their science elsewhere?

    Especially when, “we don’t know the full complexity of the earth system dynamics” and as they model them, every prediction was wrong for 30 years.

    Now? They’re going to need science TWICE as good to convince me. Just like any grade-school teacher who saw their math student fail over and over all year. That’s not too much to ask, that’s NORMAL. No benefit of the doubt: show me.

    Formerly T-Bear

    Dr. D on September 8, 2023 at 9:42 am @ # 142671

    Should you be in search of something ominous to worry about, take a look at glyphosate use in the agricultural areas of the U.S.

    These are the vast areas which contributed as much if not more wealth to 19th century U.S. than even the industrial production contributed at the time to the world economy. The industrial production at the time was primarily engaged with building the internal economy while agricultural production was feeding populations external, balancing the country’s balance of payments as well as employing large segments of the population in its production.

    Now those areas soils are saturated with glyphosate which is shown to destroy the bacterial genome present in the soils that produces the rich growing substance for crop growth. Looking at the national map of glyphosate use, it is hard to find even reduced levels present. Add to that the ever increasing levels of fertiliser use to maintain crop production not to mention the enormous investments in machinery and fuel required to produce at industrial levels.

    What happens when the land fails to sustain that industrial level? When additional fertiliser no longer supports the growth of crops? When glyphosate tolerant plant genomes provide protection for the modified plant but have spread to unwanted plants. To think that agricultural program is sustainable is delusional. What then? Where will the forage be found to feed our livestock? To feed us?

    Once the country held in reserve some fraction of a year’s production as insurance against crop failures. Not any more. Now it is different, and no reserves for troubled times.

    It seems this should cause worry, not some small increase in CO^2 and the increased levels of moisture the atmosphere can hold (until some trigger sets off the rain, like plants using CO^2 causing temps to drop and rain to fall).

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