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Giorgio de Chirico The Enigma of the Hour 1910

 

No Ceasefire in the Propaganda War (Craig Murray)
As Israel Pounds Gaza, BBC Journalists Accuse Broadcaster Of Bias (AlJ)
Was October 7th a Hamas or Israeli Massacre? (Cradle)
The Eviction Notice Is Being Written, and Will Come in Four Languages (Escobar)
Ukraine Conflict Could Have Ended In Spring 2022 – Kiev’s Top MP (RT)
US, Germany Trying To Nudge Ukraine To Negotiating Table (TASS)
Zelensky Flags New Military Conscription Drive (RT)
Maidan 10 Years On… (SCF Op-ed)
Control of AI Can Be Similar To Nuclear Non-Proliferation Rules – Putin (TASS)
Eliminating Central Bank ‘Non-Negotiable’ – Argentina’s Milei (RT)
Netizens Slam Biden’s ‘Thanksgiving Guide for Responding to MAGA Nonsense’ (Sp.)
The Biden Administration’s EV Goals Are an Expensive Fantasy (RCW)
How Electric Vehicles Harm The Environment They’re Supposed To Save (RT)

 

 

 

 

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Scott Ritter reveals why he gave up his career to fight against Netanyahu & the Israeli Right-Wing

 

 

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“This “justice” system is an essential part of the imposition of apartheid and the slow genocide, which did not just start this autumn. The BBC won’t tell you that either..”

No Ceasefire in the Propaganda War (Craig Murray)

I have had BBC News on in the background for the last two hours. In that time there have been three lengthy interviews with different relatives of Israeli hostages held by Hamas. There has not been a single interview with a Palestinian relative of a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel. Today 13 Israeli prisoners and 39 Palestinian prisoners are due to be released. 90% of the BBC mentions of prisoner releases do not include the Palestinians at all. Just finished is a ten minute interview of a Professor in Kent on the psychological effects on Israeli hostages. Earlier there was an expert from Tel Aviv on the psychological impact on Israeli hostages’ families. There has been no mreport whatosever of the impact on Palestinian prisoners and their families. The BBC simply does not treat the Palestinians as human, whereas the emphasis on Israeli personal victimhood is incessant and unrelenting.

Of the 300 Palestinian women and children prisoners on the list possibly to be released during the ceasefire, 252 have never been charged with any crime. 23 were charged with stone throwing. Since October 8 over 200 Palestinian children have been taken prisoner, none of whom had anything to do with the October 7 attacks. That rather puts the possible release of 33 children and six women today into perspective. But it is not a perspective the BBC would ever give you. Over 2,000 Palestinians are held by Israel in “administrative detention”, without charge or trial. Some for over twenty years. Since 1967 Israel has made over 1 million arrests of Palestinians. This “justice” system is an essential part of the imposition of apartheid and the slow genocide, which did not just start this autumn. The BBC won’t tell you that either, and appears to have no problem with permanently showcasing its Israel based correspondents churning out the Israeli propaganda narrative, with no attempt at either perspective or balance.

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“The group does not plan to send the letter to BBC executives, believing such a move was unlikely to lead to meaningful discussions..”

As Israel Pounds Gaza, BBC Journalists Accuse Broadcaster Of Bias (AlJ)

The BBC has been accused by its journalists of failing to tell the story of the Israel-Palestine conflict accurately, investing greater effort in humanising Israeli victims compared with Palestinians, and omitting key historical context in coverage. In a 2,300-word letter written to Al Jazeera by eight UK-based journalists employed by the corporation, the BBC is also said to be guilty of a “double standard in how civilians are seen”, given that it is “unflinching” in its reporting of alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Fearing reprisal, the journalists requested anonymity. The group does not plan to send the letter to BBC executives, believing such a move was unlikely to lead to meaningful discussions. They sent Al Jazeera the letter as a humanitarian disaster in Gaza escalates, and as grim milestones are reached at pace.

At the time of writing, more than 14,500 Palestinians have been reported as killed by Israeli bombardment, including at least 6,000 children. “The BBC has failed to accurately tell this story – through omission and lack of critical engagement with Israel’s claims – and it has therefore failed to help the public engage with and understand the human rights abuses unfolding in Gaza,” the letter reads. “Thousands of Palestinians have been killed since October 7. When will the number be high enough for our editorial stance to change?” Israel declared war against Hamas after the Palestinian group, which governs the densely populated enclave, attacked southern Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 Israelis and taking more than 200 hostage. Rights groups and hundreds of thousands of protesters worldwide, outraged by the soaring Palestinian death toll in Gaza, have called for a ceasefire.

The war has also divided newsrooms globally, with disagreements over how each side is being portrayed, the allegedly unequal level of empathy shown to Israeli and Palestinian victims, and the use of language. The BBC journalists said that across British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) platforms, terms like “massacre” and “atrocity”, have been reserved “only for Hamas, framing the group as the only instigator and perpetrator of violence in the region. This is inaccurate but aligns with the BBC’s overall coverage”. The Hamas assault, while “appalling and devastating … does not justify the indiscriminate killing of thousands of Palestinian civilians, and the BBC cannot be seen to support – or fail to interrogate – the logic that it does,” their letter reads.

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“..Nor has the Israeli government investigated her death or told her relatives how she died. This is because Leil was likely not killed by Hamas, but by the Israeli army.”

Was October 7th a Hamas or Israeli Massacre? (Cradle)

A farewell ceremony was recently held for 12-year-old Liel Hezroni, an Israeli girl from Kibbutz Be’eri who died during the Hamas-led Al-Aqsa Flood military operation on 7 October. There was no traditional burial, just a ceremony, because her body has never been found. Israeli officials initially claimed that the Palestinian resistance killed 1,400 Israelis that day, including 112 in Be’eri. Though Liel died on “Israel’s darkest day,” no government official attended the farewell ceremony to offer condolences to her family. Nor has the Israeli government investigated her death or told her relatives how she died. This is because Leil was likely not killed by Hamas, but by the Israeli army.

Liel died when Israeli military forces fired two tank shells into a home in Be’eri that held 15 Israeli hostages and the 40 Hamas fighters who had taken them captive. Yasmin Porat, 44, is one of two Israelis to have survived the incident. She remained with Liel and other hostages for several hours in the house, guarded, she says, by fighters who treated them “humanely,” and whose “objective was to kidnap us to Gaza. Not to murder us.” Porat’s bombshell revelation was that when Israeli forces arrived, “they eliminated everyone, including the hostages,” the mother of three told Kan. “There was very, very heavy crossfire.”

An official Israeli police investigation into the Nova music festival attack near the Gaza border adds to the growing claims that the army killed civilians. The initial narrative of a Hamas-led massacre of 260 Israelis is swiftly being debunked as Israeli citizens demand investigations and more information surfaces. According to Haaretz, a police source disclosed that an Israeli combat helicopter, upon arrival, not only targeted Hamas fighters but also fired at Israelis attending the festival. The police report has now adjusted the festival death toll to 364 casualties.

A report from Yedioth Ahronoth on 15 October suggested that Hamas intentionally made it difficult for pilots to distinguish between them and Israelis by dressing in civilian clothing. This, it is argued, made the pilots hesitate to attack targets on the ground at first, but they soon began to fire indiscriminately: “The rate of fire against the thousands of terrorists was tremendous at first, and only at a certain point did the pilots begin to slow down the attacks and carefully select the target.” The willingness of occupation forces to unleash overwhelming firepower in this way helps explain the large death toll on 7 October. It also sheds a light on the stark discrepancy between two narratives – one, of a trigger-happy, murderous Hamas that killed hundreds “indiscriminately,” versus the other picture, Palestinian fighters who treated captives ”humanely.”

Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev admitted in an interview last week on MSNBC that the initial death count of 1,400 Israelis from the resistance operation was a mistake. The revised count lowered the number to 1,200. We “overestimated, we made a mistake,” Regev said. “There were actually bodies that were so badly burnt we thought they were ours, in the end, apparently, they were Hamas terrorists.” If some 200 Hamas fighters and Palestinians were burned so severely by tank and helicopter fire that they could not be identified, logic dictates that many Israelis met a similar fate. It may also explain why there was nothing left of Liel Herzoni’s body to bury at her farewell ceremony.

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“..President Putin defined sending humanitarian aid to Gaza as a “sacred duty”, which in Russian code includes, crucially, the military spectrum..”

The Eviction Notice Is Being Written, and Will Come in Four Languages (Escobar)

The Eviction Notice is being written. And it will come in four languages. Russian. Farsi. Mandarin. And last but not least, English. A much-cherished pleasure of professional writing is to always be enriched by informed readers. This “eviction” insight – worth a thousand geopolitical treatises – was offered by one of my sharpest readers commenting on a column. Concisely, what we have here expresses a deeply felt consensus across the spectrum not only in West Asia but also in most latitudes across the Global South/Global Majority. The Unthinkable, in the form of a genocide conducted live, in real time on every smartphone in the third decade of the millennium – which I called the Raging Twenties in a previous book – has acted like a particle accelerator, concentrating hearts and minds. Those that chose to set West Asia on fire are already confronting nasty blowback. And that goes way beyond diplomacy exercised by Global South leaders.

For the first time in ages, via President Xi Jinping, China has been more than explicit geopolitically (a true Sovereign cannot hedge when it comes to genocide). China’s unmistaken position on Palestine goes way beyond the geoeconomics routine of promoting BRI’s trade and transportation corridors. All that while President Putin defined sending humanitarian aid to Gaza as a “sacred duty”, which in Russian code includes, crucially, the military spectrum. For all the maneuvering and occasional posturing, for all practical purposes everyone knows the current UN arrangement is rotten beyond repair, totally impotent when it comes to imposing meaningful peace negotiations, sanctions or investigations of serial war crimes. The new UN in the making is BRICS 11 – actually BRICS 10, considering new Trojan Horse Argentina in practice may be relegated to a marginal role, assuming it joins on January 1st, 2024.

BRICS 10, led by Russia-China, both regulated by a strong moral compass, keep their ear on the ground and listen to the Arab street and the lands of Islam. Especially their people, much more than their elites. This will be an essential element in 2024 during the Russian presidency of BRICS. The current order of business in the New Great Game is to organize the expulsion of the Hegemon from West Asia – as much a technical challenge as a civilizational challenge. As it stands, the Washington-Tel Aviv continuum are already prisoners of their own device. This ain’t no Hotel California; you may not check out any time you like, but you will be forced to leave.

That may happen in a relatively gentle manner – think Kabul as a Saigon remix – or if push comes to shove may involve a naval Apocalypse Now, complete with expensive iron bathtubs turned into sub-ocean coral reefs and the demise of CENTCOM and its AFRICOM projection. The crucial vector all along is how Iran – and Russia – have played, year after year, with infinite patience, the master strategy devised by Gen. Soleimani, whose assassination actually started the Raging Twenties. A de-weaponized Hegemon cannot defeat the “new axis of evil”, Russia-Iran-China, not only in West Asia but also anywhere in Eurasia, Asia-Pacific, and pan-Africa. Direct participation/normalization of the genocide only worked to accelerate the progressive, inevitable exclusion of the Hegemon from most of the Global South.

All that while Russia meticulously crafts the integration of the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Baltic Sea (Finnish hysteria notwithstanding), the Arctic and the Northwestern Pacific Sea and China turbo-charges the integration of the South China Sea. Xi and Putin are gifted players of chess and go – and profit from stellar advisers of the caliber of Patrushev and Wang Yi. China playing geopolitical go is an exercise in non-confrontation: all you need to do is to block your opponent’s ability to move. Chess and go, in a diplomatic tandem, represent a game where you don’t interrupt your opponent when it is repeatedly shooting itself on the knees. As an extra bonus, you get your opponent antagonizing over 90% of the world’s population. All that will lead to the Hegemon’s economy eventually collapsing. And then it can be beaten by default.

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Not new, but first time from Ukraine sources.

“As soon as Russia pulled back its troops from the vicinity of Kiev, as a gesture of good will, Ukraine reneged on the deal, Putin said..”

Ukraine Conflict Could Have Ended In Spring 2022 – Kiev’s Top MP (RT)

Russia was ready to stop the fighting had Ukraine agreed to remain neutral, but the West advised Kiev to keep going, the head of President Vladimir Zelensky’s parliamentary faction – and the chief negotiator at the peace talks in Istanbul – David Arakhamia admitted on Friday. Arakhamia, who heads the ‘Servant of the People’ parliamentary group, told the TV channel 1+1 that Moscow had offered Kiev a peace deal in March 2022, but the Ukrainian side did not trust Russia. “Russia’s goal was to put pressure on us so that we would take neutrality. This was the main thing for them: They were ready to end the war if we accepted neutrality, like Finland once did. And we would make a commitment that we will not join NATO. This was the main thing,” said Arakhamia.

However, agreeing to neutrality and giving up NATO membership would have required changing the constitution of Ukraine, Arakhamia explained. “Secondly, there was no trust in the Russians that they would do this. This could only be done with security guarantees,” he told 1+1. During the talks, Arakhamia added, British then-PM Boris Johnson arrived in Kiev and told Ukrainian officials to keep fighting and not sign any agreements with Moscow. Johnson’s role in scuttling the peace talks in Istanbul was revealed in May 2022 by the outlet Ukrayinska Pravda. However, neither the British politician – who was ousted as PM in June that year and eventually landed a job at an American think tank – nor the US government ever officially acknowledged pressuring Kiev into reneging on the draft agreement, which Arakhamia himself had signed with the Russians. Kiev had likewise never officially commented on the matter – until now.

Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed to African leaders that Moscow and Kiev had signed a draft agreement “on permanent neutrality and security guarantees for Ukraine” at the talks hosted by Türkiye. As soon as Russia pulled back its troops from the vicinity of Kiev, as a gesture of good will, Ukraine reneged on the deal, Putin said. The Russian withdrawal was presented by Western governments and media as a Ukrainian military victory and they began sending heavy weapons and equipment to Zelensky’s government, fueling the conflict for the next 18 months.

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“The German-US plan is to supply Kiev with just the kind of weapons and just the right quantity of them to allow the Ukrainian military to hold the current frontline..”

US, Germany Trying To Nudge Ukraine To Negotiating Table (TASS)

The US and Germany want to push Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky toward talks with Russia by providing Ukraine with only just enough weapons to hold the current frontline, the Bild newspaper reported, citing sources in the German government. “The German-US plan is to supply Kiev with just the kind of weapons and just the right quantity of them to allow the Ukrainian military to hold the current frontline, but not retake the conquered territories,” the newspaper reported. “Zelensky must come to the realization that things cannot go on like this on his own, without demands from the outside,” one of the sources told the newspaper. “He must address the nation of his own volition and explain that it is necessary to hold talks.”

The US and Germany want Zelensky to realize that extending the conflict makes no sense for his country. However, neither Chancellor Olaf Scholz nor US President Joe Biden plan to make direct demands that he start negotiations. The US and Germany are the largest suppliers of weapons to Kiev. Bild said the situation at the battlefield is “grim” for Ukraine and that “Russian troops are advancing, albeit slowly.” According to the newspaper, the German government’s main goal now is to help officials in Kiev achieve a “strategically favorable negotiating position.” “The White House and the chancellor’s office are coordinating their actions in this matter,” the sources said.

Bild also reported that Washington and Berlin have a plan B. “What Berlin and Washington want as an alternative to negotiations is a frozen conflict without an agreement between its sides,” one of the sources said. Under that scenario, the current line of engagement will be “a kind of a new border” between Ukraine and Russia. “It would be like Minsk (the Minsk agreements – TASS), but without Minsk,” the source said. The newspaper reported that many German decisions on arms deliveries are now made by Scholz’s office, not by the Defense Ministry headed by Boris Pistorius. According to the report, Pistorius is ready to transfer Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, but his “hands are tied.”.

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“The West has been pushing Zelensky to expand the conscription age to men aged 17-70 and mobilize more women..”

Zelensky Flags New Military Conscription Drive (RT)

Ukraine will announce a new “complex plan” of mobilization next week, President Vladimir Zelensky said on Friday after meeting with the General Staff. While he offered no details, other Kiev officials hinted at the possibility of demobilizing some soldiers that had been fighting since February 2022. Ukraine has been under pressure to make up the losses incurred in the four-month “counteroffensive” on the southern front, which Russia has estimated at over 90,000 men. “As for the issue of mobilization, you know how complex and very relevant it is,” the Ukrainian president said at a press conference on Friday. “Today there was a comprehensive report on what the challenges are, how to resolve the issue, what to do, what legislative changes, who must do this… A comprehensive plan on this issue will be available next week.”

Kiev first announced a mobilization and declared martial law in February 2022, when the conflict with Russia escalated. It has repeatedly widened the conscription net since, to the point where some German researchers warned this week it could jeopardize Ukraine’s economic recovery. Aleksey Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, told Ukrainian radio on Friday that at least some of the men mobilized early on in the conflict with Russia might be released from service “in the near future.” “We all know that we now have a problem with mobilization, one might say, a failure of mobilization,” Roman Kostenko, secretary of the parliamentary committee on Defense, National Security and Intelligence, told Ukraine’s Radio NV on Friday. “After the military commissars were replaced, we experienced a failure in mobilization.”

Zelensky had purged all the regional conscription offices earlier this year, citing widespread corruption. By the end of August 2023, over 20,000 men eligible for the draft had fled Ukraine – and another 21,000 tried to flee but were caught, the BBC reported last week. According to Kostenko, Kiev needs to find a solution quickly or it will face “big problems,” describing mobilization as a bigger challenge than the shortage of artillery ammunition. The West has been pushing Zelensky to expand the conscription age to men aged 17-70 and mobilize more women, Russian intelligence said earlier this week. Kiev has neither confirmed nor denied these claims.

Former Deputy Defense Minister Anna Maliar – whom Zelensky sacked in September – told the outlet Liga on Thursday that Ukrainians “shouldn’t be afraid” of mobilization. Ukraine needs to realize some “unpleasant things,” she said, such as that the Russians “simply physically have more people” while Ukraine has a smaller army that “will not get larger” and fewer weapons. “The time for popular solutions has already passed,” Maliar said. “As an adult society, we just need to understand these things and not expect that there should be good news every day.”

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“Von Der Leyen, who now so absurdly eulogizes Ukraine, was the German minister of Defense during the Maidan coup. Her family’s Nazi past was quite fitting for the role she played in pumping NATO weapons and training to build up Ukrainian paramilitaries..”

Maidan 10 Years On… (SCF Op-ed)

Ten years on from the Maidan uprising in Kiev, the country of the Ukraine has descended into utter chaos, corruption, fascism, destruction and suffering. And yet the Kiev regime and its Western state supporters have the audacity to call the tragic, bloody morass “a decade of dignity”. European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen declared this week: “Ten years of dignity. Ten years of pride. Ten years of striving for freedom. The cold November nights of Euromaidan changed Europe forever. The whole country took to the streets and spoke with one voice… The future for which Maidan fought has finally begun. Glory to Ukraine! Long live Europe!” It is nauseating to hear such bare-faced lies and distortions. “The whole country took the streets”? It was a minority of Nazi ideologues bankrolled by Western powers.

“Speaking with one voice”? The Maidan coup leaders murdered and burned opponents to death as in the Odessa pogrom on May 2, 2014, or in the deadly air strike on unsuspecting Lugansk civilians on June 2, 2014. Bitterly amusing, though, Von Der Leyen inadvertently speaks the truth when she said the Maidan event “changed Europe forever”. It certainly did that, but in an opposite and awful way to her ridiculous, rosy view. As this excellent documentary film makes clear, when the Western transAtlantic powers couldn’t get their way in dragooning Ukraine into joining the EU-NATO axis, the next step was to orchestrate a violent coup d’état in Kiev. This week ten years ago, the elected president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych rejected a vigorously promoted “association agreement” with the EU, preferring instead to orient the country towards closer economic integration with Russia and the Eurasian markets.

That decision by the president triggered relatively minor protests in Kiev dubbed the EuroMaidan which began on November 21, 2013. The rapid escalation of violent protests was obviously fomented and mobilized by external forces: the United States, European Union, the CIA and NATO. It was a repeat of the U.S.-sponsored Orange Revolution in Kiev in 2004 which had failed back then to fully decouple Ukraine from historically close relations with Russia. A second time around, however, the color revolution process would be more deadly and determined. Three months after the initial street demonstrations and amid mounting organized deadly subversion, the coup was executed on February 20, 2014. President Yanukovych fled the country.

A NeoNazi regime seized power and immediately transformed Ukraine into a bastion of anti-Russia hate. World War Two Nazi collaborators were venerated and made public heroes. Russian-speaking people were attacked and lynched. This is all documented, albeit censored out of history by the Western media. American and European politicians midwifed the birth of a monster. The objective was always to create a fascist Frankenstein terrorist state that would do the Western imperialists’ dirty work of destabilizing Russia. American imperialist ideologues like Zbigniew Brzezinski had touted and written books about Ukraine as the bridgehead for destabilizing Russia. The roots of such intrigue can be traced back to the early CIA recruitment of Ukrainian Nazis in the aftermath of World War Two to harass the Soviet Union.

Joe Biden, who was then the vice president in the Obama administration (2008-16), was intimately responsible for the transmogrification of Ukraine. Along the way, Biden even got his drug-addict playboy son Hunter a lucrative job as an executive in the country’s largest gas company. Von Der Leyen, who now so absurdly eulogizes Ukraine, was the German minister of Defense during the Maidan coup. Her family’s Nazi past was quite fitting for the role she played in pumping NATO weapons and training to build up Ukrainian paramilitaries for launching terror attacks on the Russian-speaking regions in the weeks, months and years after 2014.

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“Putin speculated that the best option would be to reach agreements before any threat in the field of artificial intelligence might emerge. “Do you know when this will be possible? When everybody feels threatened.”

Control of AI Can Be Similar To Nuclear Non-Proliferation Rules – Putin (TASS)

Humanity can agree on common principles of controlling artificial intelligence similar to the nuclear non-proliferation rules, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a conference on artificial intelligence. “Humanity has worked out certain rules related to the use of nuclear technologies, including those in the military field: non-proliferation. It formulated the rules for non-proliferation of delivery vehicles and nuclear technologies as such. There are such rules. Humanity has managed to create this. In the field of artificial intelligence, we can achieve common solutions acceptable to all and necessary for all,” Putin said. His point of view was supported by the head of Sberbank German Gref.

“You are absolutely right. It seems to me that it is in the interests of all people, all of humanity, to approach this process with a sense of great responsibility,” Gref said. He is certain that this process should be fully controlled by people. During the discussion Putin speculated that the best option would be to reach agreements before any threat in the field of artificial intelligence might emerge. “Do you know when this will be possible? When everybody feels threatened. When everyone feels threatened by uncontrolled proliferation, by uncontrolled work in this area, then we will immediately see a wish to reach agreements. It would be the best if common awareness of looming threats led to the wish to negotiate,” Putin said.

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He’s an interesting man. I like the video.

Eliminating Central Bank ‘Non-Negotiable’ – Argentina’s Milei (RT)

Argentina’s incoming president Javier Milei confirmed on Friday that he will keep his promise to shut the nation’s central bank. The statement was posted by his office on X (formerly Twitter). The shutdown was Milei’s signature campaign pledge along with “shock therapy” to fix Argentina’s beleaguered finances that includes dollarizing the economy, privatizing state-owned media outlets and other public companies including energy firm YPF. The statement reportedly came in response to what Milei has called “false rumors” that he had eased off on his plans, with some people claiming he was picking a more moderate Cabinet than expected.

Milei, who will take office on December 10, predicted it would take him “between 18 and 24 months” to decrease inflation, which is nearing 150%. Some economists have raised concerns that Milei’s “shock therapy sets Argentina on a path of deep uncertainty.” Experts suggested that dollarizing the $622 billion economy at a time of depleted international reserves could plunge the South American nation into another spell of hyperinflation.

Milei

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“The guide urges Biden supporters to say that “inflation is the lowest” under POTUS, in response to the claim that “the economy was better under Trump!”

Netizens Slam Biden’s ‘Thanksgiving Guide for Responding to MAGA Nonsense’ (Sp.)

The Biden campaign has faced strong criticism from internet users for sharing a set of talking points designed to assist supporters of the President in engaging in political discussions during Thanksgiving, covering a wide range of topics including immigration and the economy. The list, titled “Your handy guide for responding to crazy MAGA nonsense this Thanksgiving,” was shared on X and rejected by many users as nothing but propaganda and gaslighting. “You’re literally gaslighting Americans about the economy. So many Americans are struggling to make ends meet due to inflation,” a netizen wrote.

Another user pointed out the irrelevance of releasing similar talking points before Thanksgiving Day on November 23, noting: “Why not just encourage families to focus on each other, the things that unites them, and their thankfulness for health, each other, etc? One of the guide’s talking points was related to inflation in the US. The guide urges Biden supporters to say that “inflation is the lowest” under POTUS, in response to the claim that “the economy was better under Trump!”. In reality, however, inflation has risen to a four-decade high of 9.1% in June 2022 under the 46th U.S. president. Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows that about 60% of Americans are still living paycheck to paycheck as inflation eats away at their wages.

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A society commiting suicide.

The Biden Administration’s EV Goals Are an Expensive Fantasy (RCW)

The Biden administration is pushing for widespread electrification in less than 20 years through government subsidies and coercive regulations as part of its aggressive climate agenda. The truth is that President Joe Biden’s goals are an illusion at the expense of the American people. While EV proponents try to claim that EVs will soon be cheaper than gasoline vehicles, our new research demonstrates that EVs benefitted from hidden subsidies that total nearly $50,000 per EV. Who is footing that bill? Gasoline vehicle owners, taxpayers, and utility ratepayers are. Electric vehicles primarily benefit from regulatory credits and generous fuel economy standards, which average $27,881 per vehicle. EVs have been given an unlawful 6.67 multiplier to their rated fuel economy, so that an EV with a rated fuel economy of 100 miles per gallon is credited as if it is getting 667 miles per gallon.

What’s more, the EPA’s proposed fuel economy standards are designed to require that 67% of new passenger cars sold be all-electric by 2032, demonstrating a clear government preference toward EVs without proper consideration of costs and benefits. For gasoline vehicles, the price you see at the gas pump covers the cost of extracting, refining, and transporting the gasoline, but the same cannot be said for the cost of charging an EV. EVs require new charging infrastructure, and their large power draw increases the strain on electricity infrastructure. As our research highlights, a typical EV charging overnight at home consumes as much power as several homes, and an EV charging at a fast-charging station in 30 minutes consumes as much power as a small to medium-sized grocery store. A few extra EVs in the neighborhoods are manageable, but widespread EV adoption will require significant and expensive grid upgrades.

Adding insult to injury, EV owners alone aren’t shouldering these increased electricity costs, which average $11,833 per vehicle over 10 years. Until a utility starts charging EV owners for the extra infrastructure costs to serve them, those costs are shared among all the utility’s customers. Residential electricity costs across the U.S. have risen 20% over the last three years, and a rapid forced adoption of EVs will only make this problem worse. Direct federal and state subsidies provide EVs with another $8,984 per vehicle over 10 years, including the widely publicized $7,500 federal tax credit in the so-called Inflation Reduction Act and smaller state subsidies for EVs. All these subsidies, of course, are borne by the American taxpayer.

President Biden’s expensive green pipe dream is not without irony. While Biden administration claims that these draconian EV mandates are necessary to combat climate change, the widespread adoption of EVs in the developed world would have negligible effects on global emissions and climate. For starters, if EVs are able to displace all the carbon emissions from U.S. passenger cars, that would only cut out 20% of U.S. carbon emissions. Our calculations show that even if the U.S. eliminated all of its carbon emissions by 2050, the effect on global temperatures in 2100 would only be 0.08 degrees Celsius.

[..] The lifetime emissions of the electric version of the Volvo SUV at the center of the study are only a third less than the emissions of the gasoline version, and that is when it is charged on the carbon-light European grid. Different assumptions could lead to an EV emitting more carbon than its gasoline counterpart. The obvious conclusion is that without rapid reductions in carbon emissions from the electric grid, an equally Herculean task to EV mass adoption, EVs will continue to produce significant carbon emissions. Emissions from gasoline vehicles are projected to decline 20% over the next decade, and hybrids, which nearly double the fuel efficiency of a gasoline vehicle with a battery that is 50-100 times smaller than an EV battery, would actually produce the least amount of lifetime emissions. But the net-zero advocates are needlessly demanding all EVs—or nothing.

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“India’s EVs depend on just the 8,738 Public Charging Stations (PCS) that are operational as of June 2023 [..] The number of PCS needs to increase to a minimum of 1.32 million..”:

How Electric Vehicles Harm The Environment They’re Supposed To Save (RT)

Five Indian cities, including the capital, New Delhi, consistently rank in the world’s top ten worst air-polluted cities. Vehicular emissions are significant contributors; Delhi alone has around four million cars – no wonder the government of India is promoting electric vehicles (EVs) on a large scale. While India’s target is a 30% market share of EVs by 2030, the share is currently only 1.1%. Moreover, concerns exist about whether EVs are a green option if pollution is transferred from the cities to the countryside. Around 27.4 million EVs were running on Indian roads as of July 2023, according to the ‘Vahan4’ portal of the Ministry of Road, Transport, and Highways. To achieve its goal of net zero by 2070 to cut down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, India is expanding its EV market.

The hope in New Delhi, for example, is that a rise in the number of green-number plate vehicles will herald a day when its air will become breathable again. However, India’s EVs depend on just the 8,738 Public Charging Stations (PCS) that are operational as of June 2023, as per the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power data. The number of PCS needs to increase to a minimum of 1.32 million, states the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on ‘Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles,’ to support the 30% market share target. But will EVs really be emission-free? For an EV to achieve maximum environmental benefit, the electricity used for charging must be generated from green or renewable sources. However, much of India’s electricity is still dependent on coal-based thermal power plants, and the government is on a spree to auction more mines and make non-operational mines functional again.

India’s total thermal installed capacity is 238.1 Gigawatts, and over 48.67% of thermal power (around 116 GW) is obtained from coal, and electricity demand is increasing by 4.7% annually. As per the National Electricity Plan (2022-32), the projected peak electricity demand for 2026-27 will be 277.2 GW, and for 2031-32, it will be 366.4 GW. Despite efforts to generate electricity from renewable sources, according to NEP 2022-23, much of India’s electricity will still be derived from thermal plants running on coal by the early 2030s. The share of coal-based capacity in the total installed capacity for the year 2026-27 is likely to be 38.57% and 28.83% for the year 2031-32, which will be around 107 GW and 106 GW respectively, by 2026-27 and 2031-32 – little difference from the present scenario.

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    Giorgio de Chirico The Enigma of the Hour 1910   • No Ceasefire in the Propaganda War (Craig Murray) • As Israel Pounds Gaza, BBC Journalists Acc
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle November 25 2023]

    #147320
    Red
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    @ Celticbiker “they sure as shit hate all of us. Cattle” cannon fodder brother, they like moving targets to try out their new weapons on. Static targets are no fun after the first couple.

    Yes to landing on the moon. Being an amateur astronomer for many decades and spending hundreds of hours at the eyepiece as well as watching it live in the sixties on b/w television brought by the teacher to the classroom. Yeah we were there.

    #147321
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Because we’re keeping track of Kunstler, he’s carefully avoiding the main issue here.

    From last week: “There are many Israeli Arabs who enjoy more rights than any Arab in an Arab country.”

    Sure. Why not? But just because Saudi seems barbaric to you has no bearing on your actions. Because:

    ““If Israel wanted to do a genocide of Gazans, they’d have razed it decades ago.”

    Howard. They DID raze it decades ago. They’re razing it now. They’ve razed it every year between. And not just Gaza but all Palestinian territory. And not like anyone’s been hiding it, the incursions and forced settlement in West Bank it legendary worldwide for decades. There’s nothing like it in the modern world. Probably even the Indian displacements didn’t look this brazen. So where’s your mind at that Gaza was a constantly peaceful place with no tit for tat, never any counter response back to Gaza? Israel always turned the other cheek?

    See, that’s the first step: you concede the complexity of the case, and going way back. They’ve been going at EACH OTHER for almost 100 years. So saying they did or didn’t today is disingenuous and sort of Twitter politics, which you know isn’t real. Once you end up listing, hearing, each side’s complaint, story, and why they retaliated, nothing is simple immediately. And in that state, sure Israel might still be justified, but it’s no longer simple and easy.

    Going to his third statement: “The urge to do blanket ethnic genocide is a one-way street, something only barbarians and demons crave.” Yes. We all agree on that. Except Israel IS doing this blanket genocide, by any definition of the word.

    For this week, he’s hitting on the true reality that war, and perhaps especially this war, spring from the West’s collective unconscious, their myths and stories, and among other things (which he doesn’t list) projections from their Shadow Self.

    He picks up the idea of boundaries, and them existing AT ALL, which is yes, at issue, but also white-hot spotlighted in the West, as we pick and choose boundaries we refuse to have, then go nuclear (perhaps literally) and the few we do have. We have infinite money for fences and borders in Finland, Israel, Ukraine, none in Italy, France, America. And the rhetoric for each is shrill and equally thoughtless. “How dare you have borders in America? How dare you NOT have borders in Ukraine?” How is it not perfectly practical, obvious, and non-contrversial to have them in Finland? => How DARE you have borders in Durango??? Over and over in a big loop of stupid.

    For “Israel…the beating heart of [Western] heritage, is also deeply conflicted in its own politics. But Mr. Netanyahu refuses to join the suicide cult, to the great consternation of so many inside and outside Israel.”

    Ah, Israels’ “Right to Exist”. Fine, I don’t think anyone is arguing right now from Israel’s right to exist, nor do they need to. That’s never the issue, so he is avoiding it. Nor does anyone wish for Israel to join the Western Madness, the true insanity of killing everything, including themselves. The problem here is twofold, and he is on one of them here: Israel IS joining the Suicide cult. This behavior in Gaza is making THEM cease to exist. And yes, Gaza and 2M humans cease to exist too, but a lot of our alarm and horror isn’t that, it’s Israel doing that WHILE committing national suicide herself, and thus later killing half of the 10M Israelis in the inevitable and shortly upcoming war and unrest.

    The “Beating heart of Western Civ” is of course clear propaganda nonsense. The West, Europe, has had basically no traffic with the Middle East since the fall of Rome, having always been “Another place” and culture since then, and very completely and strictly since Islam. That’s why Zionism was such a nutty project of raw Northern European colonization. Even southern Europe colonization, per Greece, would have been an improvement, they understand that area and are closer culturally, although it still wouldn’t work well. No one in the West is religious, either Christian or Jew, except a few clingers-to-Bibles he would normally dismiss. Western Culture isn’t from that part, would would make a case 2/3 more solid to say Athens and Greece is our democratic heart. Not Leviticus. This thought stumbles therefore on 5 different hurdles, which means the idea crossed his mind, but no connections were made, like true internalized propaganda.

    And again, the classic example of “We”. I = Jew, so “We” = Jew. So Israel = Jew. So I = Israel. Transitive function, QED. This is precisely the whole system the Social Engineers operate on, soup to nuts, and the Christians do the same. Church = Us. Church = Israel. Israel = Us. When neither the first is true, nor does modern government of Israel have even 3% in common with the Biblical Israel, which would be no help even if they did, as we quote God punishing them regularly. That’s the next level in thinking here, rising up from what you were raised on and internalized. Israel is a SECULAR state, as you can tell by them having Gay Pride parades and the Hassids doing little better there than in Brooklyn. So Israel ≠ Jew. It just = State.

    States are good and bad as we know at home, and he doesn’t confuse New Hampshire, or his home state of NY with anything. When NY does something, he doesn’t reflexively defend it because NY = ME, NY = Us.

    …But that’s how the Propaganda works. As thought stoppers, which is why keying into emotion is so necessary and functional as Bernays openly said, you can read, isn’t a secret, yet it still works. Adding logic and complexity, having to list out both sides’ perspectives collapses this and maybe we don’t have solutions, but at least thoughtless war propaganda can end and leave us in an open space.

    So let’s see how long his mind, which does attend to things, can avoid adding any honest complexity to the issue. Especially with a national leader of corruption that puts Zelenski to shame.

    Sorry this is long, but point-by-point helps indicate all the other different propaganda we’ve all had, all experience, and all have to overcome each day ourselves. We just had one in “Helping” migrants, that is, helping or even paying to move all 1 Billion people out of Africa, and with Covid, famously, which used every propaganda ever invented and some new ones.

    I still have a ton of this crap too, and I have to root it out and discard it daily just like the rest of you.

    “There has not been a single interview with a Palestinian relative”

    Heart strings. Not a single logical argument. Posting only one side and that with no complexity.

    “Have money for bombs and not for food”

    …But only ever-increasingly every day since 1950. As Ike said. This is turning the young Left against Biden, war, and Israel, which is a pleasant change. 2 out of 3 but if they can mentally concede the possibility we shouldn’t bomb everyone, then maybe they can get back out of the rabid war mongering Left (really NeoLib, NeoCon) and if not to peace then at least to brain-engagement again.

    Josh Hawley: Oooh sick burn, Josh Hawley. Now if only questioner Josh Hawley could get this video to Congressman Josh Hawley, then Josh Hawley could vote to DO something about it. Like defund and impeach. But we haven’t gotten any of this to the people in charge yet. Who are lawyers. Or could prosecute crimes.

    Start a campaign to get Twitterati Josh Hawley elected to U.S. Congress today!

    Iow: Wake me when you DO something. It’s only been 7, 27, or 57 years.

    “A farewell ceremony was recently held for 12-year-old Liel Hezroni, an Israeli girl”

    Question: when you shoot your own on sight, are you a #DeathCult? If not, what would it take?

    Like this maybe:?

    “The West has been pushing Zelensky to expand the conscription age to men aged 17-70 and mobilize more women..”

    As expected, the media float of “allowing” women to join was all a sham and a lie. Women are filling foxholes all along the front line as Russia and war watchers have been posting on camera this week. Since they’re already there, like 10 things are true: 1) they were enlisted, conscripted or whatever months ago and have finished basic training. 2) they are not quatermasters, couriers, or even tank drivers: they are grunt shock troops. 3) the lowest of the low, the most desperate of desperate, and where any reduction in strength, speed, or violence of will will get everyone killed. 4) if they are already in trenches, and so many, what does the backside of the army look like? And so on…

    As normal with all governments of almost all time, if they say “A” woman is allowed, “A” thing has happened, really they mean ALL women, that thing is happening everywhere, commonly, they’re just getting around to telling you about it.

    P.S. “Ukraine has ceased to exist”. You already had no men to make new Ukrainians, and that is very bad. Erasing all women is a dead certainty. Genetic, cultural line ceases to exist as it runs through the women, the mothers. And all for Ze’s ego. Like I said, hey maybe you don’t want to just roll over to Russia, whatever, that’s your choice, but if you DO, you’re going to have to go IRA on this mother and fight Russia for 100 years to be free. Because they’re 10x your size, and that’s the way things go.

    That would also mean, practically and strategically, there is no way to hold anything on the East of the Dnipr as they are all Russian, just as you can’t hold Ulster, as they are all “non-Irish”. Since they were dragging all GDP out of their Russian mining slaves in Donbas to spend on Ukrainian largess and corruption, that would have required Ukrainians to stop cheating and scalping for a living and do some work. Seriously, that is not a big ask to gain your own nationality, it’s like the dead minimum. But nope. And that is why they no longer have a country. You can’t run a country as a money-laundering blackmail, trafficking operation, and that’s why the moral high ground always wins (eventually).

    “Ten years on from the Maidan uprising in Kiev, the country of the Ukraine has descended into utter chaos, corruption, fascism, destruction and suffering.”

    Almost all revolutions end this way. But this time it’s different! “Burn it all down” – Antifa and the American Left.

    Actually, as we make fun of Marvel failures daily, this was the overarching motif of “Loki”, where you have a corrupt, misled and powerful bureaucracy keeping order in the universe. The idea is, do we let it go? reform it? or burn it down and let the universe burn down behind it for lack of order? Now these are not the core point of the series, I think, and obscured by a lot of local plot events, but as per the first Loki, this was the thing that made it smart and meaningful. And they didn’t have a canned slogan solution, like Soviet Art. Ultimately, and avoiding spoilers, the solution was to be more messy and organic, for better or worse. Not even by choice or intent, but as a matter of sheer physics and practicality.

    Most revolutions fail. And fail catastrophically. To win, to have the slightest chance of winning, they have to be rooted in a very high moral order, very vigorously held.

    “Some economists have raised concerns that Milei’s “shock therapy sets Argentina on a path of deep uncertainty.”

    Yes it will. But uncertainty puts him on a path of NOT doing the status quo? That’s what they voted him for. We all know what the status quo of the last 50 years is, and it wasn’t good.

    “A different Argentina is impossible with the same old people.” — Milei.

    And the same here, but being a larger country, we have a far larger swamp. The “some old people” here number in the hundred thousands, even the millions. All extended gov’t workers + contractors is 20 Million. Every one of which will burn the nation to the ground before giving up their illegal and unearned privileges.

    He has quite a Spanish accent.

    “Until a utility starts charging EV owners for the extra infrastructure costs to serve them, those costs are shared among all the utility’s customers.”

    Rich people mining the system and externalizing costs. We have that here, where there are free charging stations. Yaaaayyy! Free gas to the rich, kick in the teeth to the poor and carless. If you have the most expensive car, and the most free time to go down there and wait, we’ll give you everything! Shut up, rich people, and take all my money!!!

    Hey, I can understand, it’s not crazy, but really given the choice you should start a food bank or a car service instead. It’s offensive. One of the prime offensive parts is, it never occurs to them. They don’t know any poor people, will never ask, because they’re disgusting, deplorable expendables we can’t be seen associating with, just like all religious puritans who never sinned, precisely what they (atheists, Progressives, and the Left) attacked the Christians for over centuries. Talk to a Maga guy over Thanksgiving to bring the family together? That’s Satan’s doorway, brother. Not even once.

    Christians must never consort with thieves, prostitutes, tax collectors, and the Left must never talk to people who are living as one with nature and have the lowest carbon footprint, like hunters, farmers, and the homeless. Ew.

    India: as speaking of complexity that puts to lie all your thought stoppers. Yes, it’s a problem and should probably create cleaner air as a national interest. True. Wouldn’t public transit be better? Yes they burn coal, but coal plants can be far cleaner, can actually be almost perfectly clean at the stack if you want to. That’s better than car exhaust. India’s grid is world famous! Just incredible beyond belief that it functions, at all, on any day of the year, considering how it was built. You can’t really add to it, nor can you just “fix it” like here by adding parts (although we know mathematically it’s impossible even for us) Roughly speaking, it looks like this:

    PoleDancing
    https://external-preview.redd.it/_ziee_B9nSSt57TsTniwrPqU9lFB8ykTHkcXFnO4Hx4.jpg

    Everywhere, even the plants and high-power lines. Nor is it “just” this…I dunno, ease of (legal, code) standards? Because people are poor with nothing to lose, they just toss a wire over an existing wire and vampire power out. Like 1/3 of all power is lost this way? But no one can stop them because what? The judge is going to jail them so they can get free food and a bed? No, the Judge is not going to jail the desperate poor for trying to have “a light bulb.” So you can’t stop them. Society-wide trouble. Needs society-wide fix. In the heart.

    And again, that’s even as we know electric conversion won’t work here at all either, mathematically and engineering, no chance, nada. ONE NEW SUB STATION PER EVERY GAS STATION? PLUS the heavier lines to each one? PLUS the power is coming from somewhere? Nada. No chance, you can’t even pretend to start. The plan is to ERASE YOUR CAR. They need that fuel for their Gulf StreamV to St. James but they know you won’t say yes to that, they have to LIE.

    THEY will have a car. YOU will not have a car. (nor public transit either). That’s why they don’t care about the lithium miningOR the kWh demands. They’ll just move up the 1%, 0.1%, 0.001% until the equation balances again. Why should they care? Ain’t their car or their kids they’re losing: it’s yours. The sad part is, all the “rich” people think it’ll be them. THEY will be in the club because they make $70k and their kids can go to Rutgers? To be so bad at math they believe this, then promote sex with animals? Nope. You’re going to need $10M to have a “car” when they’re done. You are way, WAY too stupid and useless an eater to be in The Club when they swap you with robotic AI.

    “The Biden Admin’s EV Goals Are An Expensive Fantasy

    No they’re not: they’re a way of making you “own nothing” and be a peasant. The eco-stuff is just eyewash. If they said their plan was to destroy the middle class, live like a lord while you live in an unheated cave, you’d all say “no”. So obviously,

    “When it’s serious (like me stealing serious money); you have to lie.”

    #147322
    Red
    Participant
    #147334
    EoinW
    Participant

    Pepe Escobar is interesting reading, however there are times I feel like “Chinese” Escobar has joined General Gordon in Khartoum.

    If he’s concerned about BRICs trojan horses then he should be worried about India, not Argentina.

    I do hope that Pepe’s criteria for being a BRIC isn’t official policy. One Argentine politician(soon to be leader) who wants fiscal responsibility and his people to have more freedom. That disqualifies Argentina from the BRICs?

    Who here would want to live under Lula’s rule in Brasil? or be an Afrikaner farmer in South Africa?

    Honest question: what are the BRICs suppose to be about? Not being under America’s thumb? Not being controlled by the Globalists?

    Sincerely, Confused.

    #147335
    zerosum
    Participant

    Pot calling the kettle back

    No Ceasefire in the Propaganda War


    No Ceasefire in the Propaganda War 81
    November 24, 2023
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    https://www.timesofisrael.com/report-hamas-set-to-release-23-thai-hostages-in-side-deal-brokered-by-iran/
    Report: Hamas set to release 23 Thai hostages in side deal brokered by Iran

    update: details not mentioned – who did what (Biden not involved, Iran is involved
    https://www.reuters.com/world/thailand-talks-with-iran-other-govts-hamas-hostages-release-2023-11-03/
    Thai Muslim politicians held talks with Hamas in Iran seeking hostage release
    By Panu Wongcha-um
    November 3, 2023
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    #147336
    zerosum
    Participant

    Another look in the Propaganda War
    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/was-october-7th-a-hamas-or-israeli-massacre
    • Was October 7th a Hamas or Israeli Massacre? (Cradle)

    by William Van Wagenen

    NOV 24, 2023
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    Another look at the Propaganda War

    https://swentr.site/russia/587945-ukraine-war-could-be-over/
    • Ukraine Conflict Could Have Ended In Spring 2022 – Kiev’s Top MP (RT)
    Russia was ready to stop the fighting had Ukraine agreed to remain neutral, but the West advised Kiev to keep going, the head of President Vladimir Zelensky’s parliamentary faction – and the chief negotiator at the peace talks in Istanbul – David Arakhamia admitted on Friday.

    Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed to African leaders that Moscow and Kiev had signed a draft agreement “on permanent neutrality and security guarantees for Ukraine” at the talks hosted by Türkiye. As soon as Russia pulled back its troops from the vicinity of Kiev, as a gesture of good will, Ukraine reneged on the deal, Putin said. The Russian withdrawal was presented by Western governments and media as a Ukrainian military victory and they began sending heavy weapons and equipment to Zelensky’s government, fueling the conflict for the next 18 months.
    ———

    Another look at the Propaganda War

    Maidan 10 Years On… The Western-Backed Coup Unleashed Nazism, War and Destruction That Ultimately Exposes Western Fascism


    Maidan 10 Years On… The Western-Backed Coup Unleashed Nazism, War and Destruction That Ultimately Exposes Western Fascism

    November 25, 2023
    Ukraine and Gaza are testaments to the criminality of Western regimes masquerading as democracies.
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    Another look at the Propaganda War

    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2023/11/its-official-us-uk-pressed-ukraine-to-reject-peace-deal-with-russia.html#more
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    #147337
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    It will be interesting seeing how events unfold in Argentina.

    I can understand the popular allure of pegging the Argentinian peso to the US dollar — it was done before, for quite a while, and while I was there (16 months) I noticed no inflation. However, more than 3 decades have passed, there is significant (but not runaway) inflation in the US, and the dollar is weakening as nations seek to do transactions in alternative currencies. The dollar isn’t going to stabilize Argentina as well now as it did in the ‘90’s. And, I believe that it was sovereign debt issues that caused Argentina to decouple from the dollar in the first place — they still have sovereign debt issues. If Argentina is joining BRICS, is pegging its currency to the U.S. dollar really the best option? It seems that it might make more sense to peg it to Russia’s currency.

    As far as Milei, I listened to his interview with Tucker Carlson. Milei is an ideologue who warps concepts to fit his worldview. He somehow manages to view restrictions on abortion as in line with Libertarianism — quite a feat of mental acrobatics. If he is so gung-ho on limiting the government, leading to privatization of utilities, etc., then how can he not see that in the area of abortion? I would prefer a leader who is straightforward, for example, acknowledging that, although a Libertarian mindset suggests that the government not be involved in abortion, acknowledging that Argentina is a predominantly Christian, majority Catholic (“Soy catolica apostolica romana”), nation and that Christianity in general, and his own religious views, suggest that abortion is abhorrent, and a government that he heads would restrict abortion. If he can warp Libertarianism to fit his own views on abortion, then he is warping Libertarianism to fit his preferences in other areas and gaslights himself and others to accept his views as “correct.” This is what I saw in the Tucker interview.

    I am curious to see where this leads Argentina. I wish Argentina well, but I’m not expecting a rosy outcome. Hopefully, she will simply fare better than she is faring currently.

    #147338
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Hey Dr D….can you watch Ritter’s video and tell me what career he gave up to dedicate his life to his pursuit of Netanyahu?

    I noticed tranche and trove are back, but only this time referring to humans, groups thereof, and not pieces of paper.

    Megalomania and Reversal of Victim and Offender are strong at work again today and, inexplicably, strongly appealing.
    And Pępə invokes ‘particle accelerator’ as an ?apt? analogy.

    John Day can and will likely comment on the anesthesialess surgery being performed on the injured children of Gaza with a treatise or professignal paper or two. However, JD can verify we have those situations existant in these United States although anesthesiaFul surgery and state of the art equipment and techniques are abundant and readily available…available at the right price, for a prepaid copayment or the adequately insured.
    What if the future Mayo Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon and future fellowship trained colorectal surgeon don’t recognize the child’s situation, diagnosis and precarious condition? And that lack of recognition leads to an all too common and completely avoidable delay in diagnosis, necrotic bowel from ischemic, mechanical small bowel obstruction. And that entirely avoidable delay in diagnosis leads to a treatment, surgical procedure characterized by such pain and suffering few, if any, adults could ever tolerate the circumstances without killing themselves.
    Yeah.
    That happened.
    It happens.
    Abdominal retention sutures, large plastic clips, that barely hold the open abdominal wound in proximity because the two future superstars in surgery fucked up, and missed the diagnosis gifted to them hours before “their shrewd, emotionless, tactical decision” was made to take the 4yo child to surgery.
    We certainly don’t want our emotions to guide us because, my god, we might act precipitously and ,perhaps, optimally and correctly.
    Abdominal catastrophe.
    In Gaza, doing that to children is rightfully condemned and appropriate indictment of Israelis, Zionists, Jews and International forces inflicting the harm.
    In the United States, that same abuse of a child in extremis gets one surgeon a cardiothoracic posting at THE Mayo Clinic and the other a colorectal fellowship. In other words, neither the two surgeons nor Navy Media Lea-Der-ship found those two surgeons’ performance suspect or substandard because “nobody’s perfect and everyone makes mistakes”.

    While the hospital commanding officer and Chief of surgery threatened to expel from the medical staff the father-physician who handed those surgeons the answer hours beforehand when all complications and mistreatment still could have been avoided.

    In conclusion, the world should be patient and give those Jews, Israelis and Zionists some more time.
    They’ll get it right.
    They’ll see the light.

    Kevin Greason and Johnny Green eventually DID.
    Look how well it turned out for them. One of Dr D’s universals holds true again.

    #147341
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    From Vanderbilt’s Department of Surgery, training program for Greason’s colleague, pediatric surgeon Sandy Tomita, CAPT USN, present at the Siege of Fallujah. Fallujah didn’t hurt her career, hat tip NYU.
    So, let’s invert, reverse DARVO, Deny Argue Reverse Victim Offender.
    Highlighting the last line as it transpired:

      “The father and family are wise to explain this fact to the surgeons (and not to the 4yo patient,) who may not have appreciated how ill their beloved 4yo patient was.”

    Dehiscence of a laparotomy wound in the early stages of healing is a dreaded complication. Usually it means a return to the operating room for closure, with more surgical stress, danger of complications, and prolonged recovery.”

    “…most likely present itself in a more dramatic fashion. During mobilization or a cough, the wound suddenly bursts open and the intestines appear, sometimes protruding from the abdomen.”

    “the patient is fighting, ask anesthesia to deepen or paralyze the patient. The anesthesia staff may be awakening the patient because they think you are almost finished”

    “Failure to update the family on the patient’s prognosis: if there was no technical error, burst abdomen is an extremely bad sign for the patient’s overall recovery. It indicates the degree of their illness, likely with concurrent severe malnutrition. The long term outcome is likely to be poor even if you do everything right. You are wise to explain this fact to the family (and the patient,) who may not have appreciated how ill their loved one was.”

    #147342
    Noirette
    Participant

    Veracious Poet (thread back, I posted Isr. children singing “we will annihilate everyone”) yes, you are right to point out that others do the same (Islamic children singing..)

    Children are often exploited in this way, it is horrible. Sometimes it seems to me one can see that they are ill at ease with what they are doing. Other times they are just blank faced, performing like robots. I see the vid I posted has been removed by Youtube.

    You wrote, Until “humanity” rejects violence laden divisive rhetoric ~ Arising from Collective EG0ic Madness ~ nothing, absolutely NO-THING will change…

    I agree with the spirit of that. Who is doing the manipulating is the question. Ex. The W MSM presents the horror in GAZA in terms of “Terrorists”, “Muslims”, “Atrocities”, “Jews / Israelis”, “Self-Defense”. “War” (but not a civil war) – and some commentators use words like “Emotion-driven”, “over-reactions” etc.

    Not one word about the fact that Gaza is occupied territory (except for obfuscations about ‘a complicated history’, ‘divisions,’ etc…), the no. 1 characteristic of Palestinians living there is that they live under occupation, are under strict and very harmful Kontrol, etc. NOT – that they are Muslims vs. Christians, Jews, Buddhists.

    #147343
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Hell is empty because…
    The lawyers and surgeons are all here.

    They will be known as much for their technical expertise as their emotional stoicism.

    Indeed their Mask of Sanity presents the double Bind for us a trait worth admiring as either an indicator of tactical acuity or cover for Psychopathy and close cousin Malignant Narcissism.

    Choose wisely intrepid traveler.

    #147344
    zerosum
    Participant

    Another look at the Propaganda War and Chrystia Freeland,

    Canada’s honoring of Nazi vet exposes Ottawa’s longstanding Ukraine policy


    Canada’s honoring of Nazi vet exposes Ottawa’s longstanding Ukraine policy
    MAX BLUMENTHAL·SEPTEMBER 26, 2023

    Three days after the embarrassing scene, Freeland was back on the floor of parliament, nodding in approval as Liberal House leader Karina Gould introduced a resolution to strike “from the appendix of the House of Commons debates” and from “any House multimedia recording” the recognition made by Speaker Anthony Rota of Yaroslav Hunka.

    Thanks to decades of officially supported Holocaust education, the mantra that demands citizens “never forget” has become a guiding light of liberal democracy. In present day Ottawa, however, this simple piece of moral guidance is now treated as a menace which threatens to unravel careers and undermine the war effort in Ukraine.

    #147345
    zerosum
    Participant

    Another look at the Propaganda War and Ukraine

    THE NEW ELECTRIC WAR CAMPAIGN – HOW THE RUSSIAN ARMY WILL SELECT THE UKRAINIAN TARGETS


    THE NEW ELECTRIC WAR CAMPAIGN – HOW THE RUSSIAN ARMY WILL SELECT THE UKRAINIAN TARGETS

    In the coming winter phase of the Russian offensive in the Ukraine, the electric war will be run quite differently from the way the first electric war was directed last winter.

    The impact on the Ukrainian grid and on the country’s and military’s capacities to cope will be more destructive than a year ago. The reason for this, Ukrainian sources have been saying publicly and Russian military assessments now confirm, is that most of the money which the US, the European Union, and the World Bank have provided Kiev officials over the past nine months to repair, reconstruct, and prepare the country’s power generating and distribution system for the coming winter has been stolen.

    The US and NATO command and control centres inside the country for running the war will be operating in the dark, not only because of the precision of the Russian missiles and drone operations, but because of the corruption of the Ukrainians. They understand that defeat and capitulation are coming; they are running away with the loot before it’s too dark, too late.

    #147346
    zerosum
    Participant

    ^^^
    The irony is that unscrupulous Ukrainian power engineers and officials have been counting on the intensification of hostilities on the part of Russia in order to write off the money they have already stolen. So now they are praying for these strikes to actually take place, Yushkov sums up.

    #147347
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Stop wasting time on ‘climate change’ for or against, who gives a fucking shit.

    It’s about habitat destruction, excessive consumption and resource depletion.

    The same way they are blowing the top off over 500 hundred mountains in Appalachia, the Greta Twat crowd would gladly blow off the same mountain tops to get lithium for ‘green’ batteries.

    Or child slave labor for cobalt strip mine pits in Africa.

    Tiny Fraction Of Global Elites Emit As Much Carbon As The Bottom Two-Thirds Of Humanity

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/tiny-fraction-global-elites-emit-much-carbon-bottom-two-thirds-humanity

    “…This means that a small sliver of global elites, or 77 million people, have produced as much carbon as the 5 billion people that make up the bottom 66 percent by wealth, per the study.

    The study also estimates that it would take roughly 1,500 years for someone in the bottom 99 percent to produce as much carbon as the wealthiest billionaires do in just one year….

    Redirect your tiny, narrowly focused little squirrel like attention spans to the actual relevant issue, it’s not ‘climate change’ man-made or natural.

    Greta, the aging Twat

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    #147348
    John Day
    Participant

    Pivot To Reality https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/pivot-to-reality

    Was October 7th a Hamas or Israeli massacre?
    Israel’s controversial military policy of killing its own citizens to preserve national security may be its defining mistake of 7 October. Would there have even been a ‘massacre’ that day if Israel had not employed the Hannibal Directive?
    A farewell ceremony was recently held for 12-year-old Liel Hezroni, an Israeli girl from Kibbutz Be’eri who died during the Hamas-led Al-Aqsa Flood military operation on 7 October. There was no traditional burial, just a ceremony, because her body has never been found.
    Israeli officials initially claimed that the Palestinian resistance killed 1,400 Israelis that day, including 112 in Be’eri. Though Liel died on “Israel’s darkest day,” no government official attended the farewell ceremony to offer condolences to her family. Nor has the Israeli government investigated her death or told her relatives how she died.
    This is because Leil was likely not killed by Hamas, but by the Israeli army.
    Liel died when Israeli military forces fired two tank shells into a home in Be’eri that held 15 Israeli hostages and the 40 Hamas fighters who had taken them captive.
    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/was-october-7th-a-hamas-or-israeli-massacre

    Scott Ritter: Hamas Winning Battle for Gaza [Ceasefire for Thanksgiving weekend is good for Israeli PR, though.]
    One of the reasons Israel eschewed a ceasefire was that it was confident that the offensive operation it had launched into northern Gaza was going to neutralize Hamas as a military threat, and that any ceasefire, regardless of the humanitarian justification, would only buy time for a defeated Hamas enemy to rest, refit, and regroup. That Israel signed on to a ceasefire is the surest sign yet that all is not well with the Israeli offensive against Hamas…
    ..The October 7 attack by Hamas was not a stand-alone operation, but rather part of a strategic plan possessing three main objectives—to put the issue of a Palestinian state back on the front burner of international discourse, to free the thousands of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, and to compel Israel to cease and desist when it came to its desecration of the Al Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest place. The October 7 attack, on its own, could not achieve these outcomes. Rather, the October 7 attack was designed to trigger an Israeli response which would create the conditions necessary for Hamas’ objectives to reach fruition.
    The October 7 attack was designed to humiliate Israel to the point of irrationality, to ensure that any Israeli response would be governed by the emotional need for revenge, as opposed to a rational response designed to nullify the Hamas objectives. Here, Hamas was guided by the established Israeli doctrine of collective punishment…
    ..Hamas knows that it cannot engage Israel in a classic force-on-force encounter. Instead, the goal was to lure Israeli forces into Gaza, and then subject these forces to an endless series of hit-and-run attacks by small teams of Hamas fighters who would emerge from their underground lairs, attack a vulnerable Israeli force, and then disappear back underground. In short, to subject the Israeli military to what is the equivalent of a death by a thousand cuts.
    And it worked…
    ..While Israel may have been able to garner the support of the international community in the aftermath of the October 7 attack by Hamas, its gross overreaction has instead turned world public opinion against it—something Hamas was counting on…
    ..Having declared that victory is defined by Hamas’ total defeat, the Israelis have set the stage for a Hamas victory, something Hamas achieves simply by surviving.
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20231123/scott-ritter-hamas-winning-battle-for-gaza-1115160045.html

    The Eviction Notice is being written. And it will come in four languages. Russian. Farsi. Mandarin. And last but not least, English… Pepe Escobar
    ..The Unthinkable, in the form of a genocide conducted live, in real time on every smartphone in the third decade of the millennium – which I called the Raging Twenties in a previous book – has acted like a particle accelerator, concentrating hearts and minds… For the first time in ages, via President Xi Jinping, China has been more than explicit geopolitically (a true Sovereign cannot hedge when it comes to genocide). China’s unmistaken position on Palestine goes way beyond the geoeconomics routine of promoting BRI’s trade and transportation corridors.
    All that while President Putin defined sending humanitarian aid to Gaza as a “sacred duty”, which in Russian code includes, crucially, the military spectrum.
    For all the maneuvering and occasional posturing, for all practical purposes everyone knows the current UN arrangement is rotten beyond repair, totally impotent when it comes to imposing meaningful peace negotiations, sanctions or investigations of serial war crimes…
    ..The current order of business in the New Great Game is to organize the expulsion of the Hegemon from West Asia – as much a technical challenge as a civilizational challenge.

    The Eviction Notice Is Being Written, and Will Come in Four Languages

    A ‘temporary ceasefire’ means realizing how much we’ve lost
    For the people of Gaza, the four-day truce has only afforded them the chance to fully comprehend what they went through: “Only today have we realized that they’re gone. Only today do we feel death’s presence here.”

    A ‘temporary ceasefire’ means realizing how much we’ve lost

    #147349
    John Day
    Participant

    Israeli soldiers have opened fire at Palestinian civilians who attempted to return to their homes in northern Gaza shortly after the start of the four-day truce between Israel and Hamas, an AP journalist has reported from the scene. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had earlier warned the displaced residents of Gaza against attempting to move to the north of the enclave.
    At least two people were killed and 11 others were injured.
    https://www.rt.com/news/587905-israel-gaza-ceasefire-civilians/

    More than one million people are taking refuge in facilities of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said. “UNRWA records more than 1 million people now sheltering in our facilities across the Gaza Strip. This is more than half of the total number of people displaced. They live in over 150 UNRWA schools and buildings.”
    https://tass.com/world/1711561

    Craig Murray , No Ceasefire in the Propaganda War
    I have had BBC News on in the background for the last two hours. In that time there have been three lengthy interviews with different relatives of Israeli hostages held by Hamas. There has not been a single interview with a Palestinian relative of a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel…
    ..Of the 300 Palestinian women and children prisoners on the list possibly to be released during the ceasefire, 252 have never been charged with any crime. 23 were charged with stone throwing.
    Since October 8 over 200 Palestinian children have been taken prisoner, none of whom had anything to do with the October 7 attacks. That rather puts the possible release of 33 children and six women today into perspective. But it is not a perspective the BBC would ever give you.
    Over 2,000 Palestinians are held by Israel in “administrative detention”, without charge or trial. Some for over twenty years…
    ..The BBC simply does not treat the Palestinians as human, whereas the emphasis on Israeli personal victimhood is incessant and unrelenting.

    No Ceasefire in the Propaganda War

    ​ Bassem and Ahed Tamimi are in Israeli prison because they stand for Palestinian freedom​ , ALISON AVIGAYIL RAMER
    I am a Jewish American Israeli, and in Palestine, they call me Alison Tamimi, the chosen sister of Bassem Tamimi, whose own sister was killed by an Israeli translator who pushed her down a flight of stairs in an Israeli military court in 1993…
    ..When I first met Ahed Tamimi, she was focused on a Rubik’s cube she was playing with in a field during a violent incursion of the Israeli military in her village. She was eight years old. A few months later, she tagged along to the photography class that I organized for 12-14-year-old children with the international humanitarian organization World Vision. Over the course of the six-week class, every single one of the students was abducted by the Israeli military. Most of them were tortured. It is rare to find a child in the West Bank who has not been arrested by the Israeli military at least once, if not multiple times, during their childhood.

    Bassem and Ahed Tamimi are in Israeli prison because they stand for Palestinian freedom

    IDF Knew Real Hamas HQ While Lying About al-Shifa
    While telling the world that Hamas HQ was under al-Shifa Hospital, the IDF had already found the actual command center 8.5km away, reports Gareth Porter.

    IDF Knew Real Hamas HQ While Lying About al-Shifa 

    #147351
    John Day
    Participant

    Israeli genocide in Gaza death toll 14,854, among them +6000 children
    ​ In addition, more than 36,000 people have been injured as a result of the bombardment.
    The government media office of Gaza also announced that more than 207 doctors, nurses, and paramedics have been martyred by the Israeli aggression.
    The death toll of journalists martyred has surpassed 65.​ ​ [Palestinians pray over bodies from Al Shifa Hospital before burial in mass grave.]
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/israeli-genocide-in-gaza-death-toll-14-854–among-them–6000

    ​ The Indonesian hospital on the edge of the Jabalia refugee camp, which had been hit by Israeli air strikes, was partly evacuated on Monday, said Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Hamas-controlled health ministry.
    ​ “There were bodies everywhere. If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Umm Mohammed al-Ran, a woman evacuated from the Indonesian hospital towards Rafah in the south.
    “Wounded people died in front of us as they bled out,” she told AFP.
    “The stench of death was everywhere in the hospital. The wounded were crying out for painkillers, but the doctors didn’t have any to give them.”
    ​ She held up her phone to show a video she had taken. It showed worms crawling from the infected wound on a patient’s leg.
    It’s a similar situation at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, the territory’s largest.
    On November 14, that hospital’s director Mohammad Abu Salmiya said 179 bodies had been buried in a mass grave inside the complex.
    https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2023/11/gaza-dozens-unidentified-bodies-buried-mass-grave

    Gaza workers stranded in Israel were tortured, interrogated
    Workers from Gaza who were stranded in Israel after October 7 were summarily arrested, interrogated, beaten, and tortured, before being declared illegal by Israeli authorities.

    Gaza workers stranded in Israel were tortured, interrogated

    ​ Minimum of two months imprisonment for ‘illegal’ Palestinian workers​ [They became “illegal” on October 8, and had no way to return home. Catch-22]
    Israeli police are setting up roadblocks to catch “illegal” Palestinian workers and shutting down businesses that employ them. But this isn’t a new story, and the “Bread Prisoners” have always been forgotten.

    Minimum of two months imprisonment for ‘illegal’ Palestinian workers

    #147352
    John Day
    Participant

    ​I don’t have a burro and a cart; do you?
    Carts have become the main mode of transport for civilians to move around areas in search of food, daily necessities or to flee Israeli bombardment
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-war-gaza-people-replace-cars-carts-fuel

    ​ Approximately 1,000 boats have gathered in Türkiye on Wednesday before heading toward Gaza in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade in a similar attempt from over a decade ago.
    ​ In an interview with Turkish news website Haber7, Volkan Okçu, one of the organizers of the protest, indicated the boats will carry 4,500 people from 40 countries, “including anti-Zionist Jews.”​ Among the 1,000 vessels would be 313 boats filled with Russian activists, and 104 filled with Spanish activists, he said. Only 12 Turkish vessels will join the flotilla​. However, Okçu said in a later tweet that he expected the number of Turkish vessels to be much higher.
    https://english.palinfo.com/news/2023/11/22/1-000-boats-to-leave-T-rkiye-for-Gaza-in-new-Freedom-Flotilla

    MIT students undeterred by looming suspension over pro-Palestine rally
    In a matter of days, a solidarity rally for Palestinians in Gaza was met with a concerted campaign to paint protesters as antisemitic
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-war-facing-suspension-mit-university-students-continue-pro-palestine-advocacy

    Iraq’s government on Wednesday blasted US airstrikes launched in the country against Shia militias, calling them a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

    Iraqi Government ‘Vehemently’ Condemns US Airstrikes as Violation of Sovereignty

    First group of 39 Palestinian women and children released from Israeli prisons as part of Israel-Hamas truce deal.
    Mediator Qatar says 13 Israelis, including dual nationals, 10 Thais and one Filipino released in Gaza.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2023/11/24/israel-hamas-war-live-israel-continues-gaza-attacks-ahead-of-truce

    #147353
    John Day
    Participant

    US Warship Downs Several Attack Drones In Red Sea As Hijacked Vessel Standoff Continues
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-warship-downs-several-attack-drones-red-sea-hijacked-vessel-standoff-continues

    ​ The Ukrainian Armed Forces are clearly having trouble replenishing their ranks. People are unwilling to die for the Kiev regime and actively avoid mobilization or desert.
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20231123/soldiers-going-crazy-ukraine-has-no-one-left-to-fight-because-of-desertion-1115159209.html

    ​ The US military presence on the Japanese island of Okinawa has long been controversial, with servicemen escaping punishment for numerous crimes. Geopolitical analyst Brian Berletic said the Pentagon was ramping up its presence there as it saw the window of opportunity to contain China was closing.
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20231124/usaf-sending-f-35s-to-okinawa-for-future-fight-with-china–former-us-marine-1115188510.html

    South Korea Urges US to Boost Defense Cooperation After North’s Satellite Launch
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20231124/south-korea-urges-us-to-boost-defense-cooperation-after-norths-satellite-launch-1115187331.html

    ​The oil price war pits Russia against the west, with Saudi Arabia now entering the field on Russia’s team. Angola and Nigeria are entertaining suitors, it seems.
    African members defy OPEC+ demand – Reuters
    https://www.rt.com/africa/587916-african-opec-members-mutiny-cuts/
    Angola and Nigeria are reportedly requesting that the organization allows them to produce more oil

    #147354
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Tom Luongo has the story of how China saved Russia from oil-price-war sanctions in 2014, by lending Russia $US to pay bonds which came due, accepting payment later in pipeline output, using Yuan-Ruble swap-lines. Swap lines have now been set up with Saudi Arabia. China should be able to lend dollars to allow Saudi $US debt payments, support the Riyal, and break the Riyal-$US peg, which helps support the $US. This comprises an existential attack upon the $US, the wealth-extraction solvent for the western financial-military empire.
    What Are The Saudis Really Preparing For?
    So, to summarize before I go any further:
    China is using their US Treasuries and US dollar surpluses to loan them to Emerging Market trade partners of significance to CHINA!
    They are asking for yuan in repayment.
    This stabilizes the yuan/usd exchange rates while China can and is rapidly expanding the money supply to deal with their sagging property markets as a result of the Fed’s aggressively tight monetary policy.
    In order for China to expand the yuan into the new dollar vacuum without also losing their gold (Luke Gromen’s point during the conversation), they have to create a demand cycle for their debt, keeping borrowing costs low.
    Since they have cross-currency swap lines with their SE Asian partners and offshore yuan settlement around the region, i.e. in places like Singapore, this is how they manage the expansion without creating a runaway inflation problem.
    Yuan replace dollars without a massive shift in exchange rates and/or bond yields.
    The 2014/15 ruble/rollover crisis was the test run for this.

    What Are the Saudis Really Preparing for?

    Javier Milei has been elected President of Argentina by an 11 point margin, much more than expected. He promises several things, to go onto a $US standard and to get rid of the Argentine Central Bank among them. He is “anti-communist”, an economist by training, an avowed enemy of financial elites who parsitize the Argentine people, a tantric-sex practitioner and teacher, and a pro-Israel cabalist disciple, who is a big fan of Donald Trump. As President, he will be forced to prioritize among these preferences.

    April 30, 2023, Argentina To Use RMB Yuan In Trade Settlements With China [I don’t think Milei can break ties with China. He should embrace the current swap-line deal.]
    Argentina is a major source of soy beans and sorghum to China, as well as beef products. In return, China exports mainly computers, and home broadcasting equipment. Argentina has also applied to join the BRICS and is a member of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.
    https://www.silkroadbriefing.com/news/2023/04/30/argentina-to-use-rmb-yuan-in-trade-settlements-with-china/#:~:text=Argentina%20is%20a%20major%20source,the%20Asia%20Infrastructure%20Investment%20Bank.

    With the Far Right candidate Javier Milei winning the Argentinian Presidential elections over the past weekend, Argentina’s invitation to join the BRICS grouping, given just three months ago, is now unlikely to be accepted. [I assume that spirited negotiations are already underway.]
    During his campaign, Milei – who will take office on December 10 – vowed to abolish the Central bank, dump the Argentinian Peso as a currency and replace it with US dollars in order to overcome a financial crisis that has left 40% of Argentina’s 45 million citizens in poverty and pushed inflation to more than 140%. “I know how to exterminate the cancer of inflation” he has stated.
    Milei’s radical ideas have also included cutting ties with Argentina’s two biggest trade partners, Brazil, and China. Milei has said he will not maintain political ties with China or any “communist” country, limiting relations to the private sector. He has labelled the country an “assassin” and claiming that its citizens are not “free”. He has also promised to pull Argentina out of Mercosur, the South American trading bloc, and has described Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as a “socialist with a totalitarian vocation”.
    When it comes to economic reality it is uncertain if he will be able to follow through on these statements.​..
    ​..Back in August, when Milei’s China views first surfaced, Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, responded to Milei’s statements by inviting him to visit China. “I believe that if Mr Milei can come to China and see the country for himself, he will find a totally different answer to the question of whether or not Chinese people are free and China is safe.”
    https://www.silkroadbriefing.com/news/2023/11/21/javier-mileis-presidential-win-means-argentina-probably-wont-join-brics/

    “I’m not going to push for deals with communists because they don’t respect the basic parameters of free trade, freedom, and democracy; it’s geopolitics,” Milei said in August, adding that “some countries are not along those lines.”
    ​ At the same time, the president-to-be pledged not to interfere with the country’s businesses that are dealing with the BRICS countries. He has also vowed to “dollarize” the Argentinian economy.
    ​ Joining the BRICS group was viewed as a chance to open up a “new scenario” for Argentina, outgoing President Alberto Fernandez said back in August after accepting the invitation.
    ​ The South American nation is currently struggling with the worst economic crisis in decades. Inflation surged 60% over the past year alone. The severely devalued peso forced the country’s government to refinance its $44 billion debt to the IMF.​
    https://www.rt.com/business/587639-argentina-not-join-brics-milei/

    #147355
    John Day
    Participant

    Who is Argentina’s Israel-loving president-elect, Javier Milei?
    Milei says he wants to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem and is a longstanding supporter of Israel​
    ​ A Jewish contact put the former economist in touch with Rabbi Shimon Axel Wahnish, with whom Milei had a “cabalistic” encounter in which he was told he would lead a liberation movement in his home country.
    ​ The word “cabalistic” is a reference to Kabbalah, a mystic branch of Judaism. Milei is reported to have an interest in eastern mysticism and has worked as a tantric sex coach.
    Milei’s has continued his relationship with Wahnish, with the latter serving as Milei’s Torah tutor.​ “He is my main rabbi today. He is a truly remarkable person, and obviously, along with my sister, they are my spiritual guides,” Milei said of Wahnish in an interview with the Times of Israel.​..
    ​..With regard to Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza, which has killed more than 13,000 Palestinians, including at least 5,000 children, Milei has said that Israel has the right to “defend its territory from terrorists”.
    ​ Milei also told the Times of Israel that he intends to designate Hamas as a terrorist organisation for its role in the 7 October assault on southern Israel, which killed around 1,200 people.
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-war-argentina-javier-milei-president-elect-who

    Famed for his distinctive shaggy mop of gray hair and his tendency to burst into song during political rallies, Milei has been painted in the media as more of a “rock star” than a conventional politician. Milei has done little to dispel this image, boasting of his past as a “tantric sex instructor” and his involvement in several “threesomes” during a talk show appearance in 2020.
    Milei has never been married, and lives with five English Mastiffs, which he had cloned from a now-deceased dog named Conan, after Conan the Barbarian. Milei has described the 200-pound dogs as his “four-legged children,” and according to his unofficial biographer, Juan Luis Gonzalez, uses a psychic to consult Conan for political advice.
    https://www.rt.com/news/587675-javier-milei-argentina-explainer/

    #147356
    John Day
    Participant

    New Report: Young People Dying of Cancer at ‘Explosive’ Rates, UK Government Data Show
    ​ An analysis of U.K. government data shows an unprecedented increase in cancer deaths among 15- to 44-year-olds following the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, according to a new report by data analyst Edward Dowd. The report has prompted renewed calls for further investigation.

    New Report: Young People Dying of Cancer at ‘Explosive’ Rates, UK Government Data Show

    Troops Discharged Over COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal Sue US Government For Billions In Lost Wages
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/troops-discharged-over-covid-19-vaccine-refusal-sue-us-government-billions-lost-wages

    A Midwestern Doctor ,​ Why do so many people hate VAERS?​ The government never wanted a public vaccine injury database—it was forced to make it.
    https://www.midwesterndoctor.com/p/why-do-so-many-people-hate-the-vaccine-1d7

    ​ The Biden Administration’s EV Goals Are an Expensive Fantasy​ [The lifetime-pollution per vehicle parallels the lifetime cost, including fuel/electricity.]
    ​ While EV proponents try to claim that EVs will soon be cheaper than gasoline vehicles, our new research demonstrates that EVs benefitted from hidden subsidies that total nearly $50,000 per EV.
    ​ Who is footing that bill? Gasoline vehicle owners, taxpayers, and utility ratepayers are.
    https://realclearwire.com/articles/2023/11/21/the_biden_administrations_ev_goals_are_an_expensive_fantasy_994010.html

    ​ The price of battery-grade lithium carbonate has crashed in the last 12 months. This downward pressure is attributed to oversupplied markets in Asia, primarily because the global adoption rate of electric vehicles has notably slowed amid high interest rates.
    Since November 2022, the average price of battery-grade lithium carbonate in China plunged from $84,500 per metric ton to $18,630, or about a 78% decline.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/lithium-crash-deepens-battery-metal-now-down-78-peak

    #147357
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Dr. Rich, I don’t know what your beef is with Ritter, but it’s not my video. I had the same reaction: Hey, um, you’re a retired guy who can now get hourly for commenting in interviews. Until they pull your pension, what did you risk or lose? Maybe I shouldn’t say that since there’s quite a bunch who are active duty and never left at all.

    Glad I’m not speaking or you’d be after me for the wrong haircut or when I took seconds at the buffet after not enlisting.

    Can you be more clear about the situation with a surgery? Yeah, doctors do this all the time, go oopsie, walk away. What else is new? There is some certain expediency to it as I don’t want to fire every doctor after every mistake, but the opposite is true as well: no matter what mistake, how reckless, they just keep practicing?

    I wouldn’t want to bet if that has anything to do with their emotional state or lack of, nor any other disaster around without looking. So…your bet is we should have surgery from doctors who are crippled with doubt, fear, elation, all emotions? We should promote emotional generals who will risk the whole company to get back at somebody, prove something? We should have intel analysts who love/hate their targets, prefer certain nations over others, are prideful and chauvinistic to the homeland? No, I don’t think you say that. So why purposefully misunderstand me? When you play a chess match, does it help to get up, jump around, yet, threaten, cry? Not really.

    Likewise I would want capable generals, dispassionate, honest intelligence, accurate, focused surgeons. Emotion has uses but not on these cases, but the lives adjacent and surrounding these tasks.

    People remain increasingly hepped up, emotional, and eager to…I don’t know what…offend? How is that helpful? If we are to have emotions as you suggest, and I guess all the time, emotionally giving you your large fries, then we should at least have useful ones, right?

    #147358

    Zerosum- “…now they are praying for these strikes to actually take place…”
    Indeed.
    Soon enough, the Khazars can go ‘home’- right after they nuke their current neighbors

    A child abused inside his house-
    The neighbors all can hear it,
    But no one comes to save the mouse:
    There are so many more where that one came from.

    From Off-G and off topic…
    A poster over there:
    The caption says: “Thank-you for making us a ‘vaccine'”.
    Then there is a picture of a gallows…
    “We made you a ‘swing set’.”

    Hope springs eternal.

    #147359
    Celticbiker
    Participant

    No offence Red but something being on TV doesn’t mean it’s real. 911 was on TV also. TV is mindfuck, for the rats in the cage. Plato’s cave wall.

    #147360
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Ritual Humiliation # 421

    In the Empire of Lies, enough is never enough

    Preferred Pronouns: US Border Agents Told To Use ‘Woke’ Language

    “The Biden administration has instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents not to use “he, him, she, her” pronouns when dealing with the public, according to an internal memo.

    “We just obtained [CBP] documents directing personnel to only use woke language when encountering individuals invading the United States,” the Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project said on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

    “DO NOT use ‘he, him, she, her’ pronouns until you have more information about, or provided by, the individual,” the memo states.

    It also cautions against using salutations such as “Mr., Mrs. Ms., Sir, Ma’am.”

    .

    #147361
    Oroboros
    Participant

    And now, the Weather forecast……

    #147362

    Snow ho ho
    Here we go
    Winter’s on its way

    Cuddle up
    Have a sup
    Take a nap today.

    #147363
    Oroboros
    Participant

    From Larry Johnson’s blog post:

    Explaining the Failure to Properly assess Russia

    “Ukraine that is sending women, including pregnant women, to fight in trenches. No civilized country possessed of its right mind would entertain such a grotesque measure…..”

    The Empire of Lies Senators crow about what a ‘bargain’ the Ukronaziland war is because only the Ukrainians get to die

    The Empire of Lies is Grotesque down to it’s rotten marrow.

    Zelensky’s New Mobilization Is Taking Effect Already

    #147377
    ram
    Participant
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