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Netanyahu: Israel Received Full US Support for Gaza Ground Operation (Sp.)
Israel Losing Support Over ‘Indiscriminate Bombing’ – Biden (RT)
BRICS and the Resistance Axis (Pepe Escobar)
Germany’s Blind Support For Israel In Gaza (Cradle)
US Rapidly Coming To End Of Its Ability To Help Ukraine – Biden (TASS)
Ukraine, US ‘Digging’ for New Strategy as Time and Money Run Out (Sp.)
Ukraine on Brink of Coup as Zelensky Begs US for More Money (Sp.)
Biden Pledges $200 Million For Ukraine After Zelensky Meeting (RT)
Zelensky’s Visit ‘Disgraceful’ – Senator JD Vance (RT)
Ukrainian General Reveals Discord Among Frontline Troops (RT)
The Pentagon Is A Multitrillion-Dollar Fraud (Scott Ritter)
BRICS Candidate Ethiopia Likely To Default – Reuters (RT)
Tucker Carlson: 2024 Presidential Election Is Being Rigged (Kanekoa)
Tucker Carlson Says Does Not Think He Would Be Good Pick for Trump’s VP (Sp.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“..and containment of international pressure aimed at ending the war..”

Netanyahu: Israel Received Full US Support for Gaza Ground Operation (Sp.)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the country received full US support for a ground operation in the Gaza Strip. “I really appreciate the US support for the destruction of Hamas and the return of our hostages. After intensive discussions with President [of the United States Joe] Biden and his people, we received full support for a ground entry [into the Gaza Strip] and containment of international pressure aimed at ending the war. Yes, there are disputes about the ‘day after Hamas,’ and I hope that we will come to an agreement here,” Netanyahu said in a video address posted on X (formerly known as Twitter). “I want to make my position clear — I will not allow Israel to repeat the mistake of Oslo. I will not allow that, after the enormous sacrifices among our citizens and soldiers, we allow those in the Gaza Strip who support terrorism, finance terrorism. Gaza will be neither Hamastan nor Fatahastan,” the PM added.

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Hmmm. Where do they get the bombs?

Israel Losing Support Over ‘Indiscriminate Bombing’ – Biden (RT)

US President Joe Biden warned that Israel risks losing international support if it continues its “indiscriminate” bombing campaign in Gaza at a campaign fundraiser in Washington, DC on Tuesday, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “change his government.” Biden offered some of his harshest criticisms of Israel to date, suggesting that its war against Hamas risked a loss of support among Washington’s allies. All of the other UN Security Council members except the UK (which abstained) had attempted to issue a resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza last week, which was vetoed by Washington. “Israel’s security can rest on the United States, but right now it has more than the United States. It has the European Union, it has Europe, it has most of the world… But they’re starting to lose that support by indiscriminate bombing that takes place,” Biden said.

He went on to cite a private discussion with Netanyahu in which Israel’s prime minister likened the Gaza conflict to the Second World War and observed that “a lot of civilians died” in Allied bombing raids. However, Biden said he rejected that comparison and told Netanyahu that “all these institutions were set up after World War II to see to it that it didn’t happen again.” Calling Netanyahu’s administration “the most conservative government in Israel’s history,” Biden said the prime minister must “change his government,” without elaborating, only adding that it had made long-term solutions “very difficult.” “We have an opportunity to begin to unite the region… and they still want to do it. But we have to make sure that [Netanyahu] understands that he’s got to make some moves… You cannot say no Palestinian state,” the president continued.

Although Israel has accepted the creation of a Palestinian state in principle in past negotiations, Netanyahu has long opposed the move. In a statement earlier on Tuesday, he insisted that he would never “repeat the mistake of Oslo,” referring to a 1993 peace deal which created a roadmap for a Palestinian state. Despite Biden’s more critical comments to donors, elsewhere he has continued to voice staunch support for Israel’s military operation. During a White House event to mark the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Monday, he told attendees “I am a Zionist” while reiterating Washington’s “unshakable” commitment to Israel’s security.

The president continues to urge lawmakers to approve a spending package which includes $14.3 billion in military aid for Israel, and recently bypassed a congressional review to fast-track the sale of $106.5 million in tank shells to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Israel began its assault on Gaza following a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7, which claimed the lives of some 1,200 Israelis and saw more than 240 people taken hostage. In retaliation, the IDF has pounded the Palestinian enclave with heavy airstrikes and launched a major ground invasion, killing more than 18,400 people so far, according to local officials.

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“..rumors that it needs Israel to finish Plan Gaza between Christmas and the start of January..”

BRICS and the Resistance Axis (Pepe Escobar)

At first, there were reasons to suspect that the bland condemnation of the genocide in Gaza by the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was a sign of cowardice. Yet a renewed appraisal may reveal everything is evolving organically when it comes to the intersection of the Big Picture designed by the late Iranian Quds Force Commander General Qassem Soleimani with the meticulous micro-planning by Gaza’s Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, who knows the Israeli mentality inside out and considered in detail its devastating military response. Arguably, the most incandescent focus of detailed discussions in Moscow these past few days is that we may be approaching the point where “a signal” will unleash a concerted Axis of Resistance response.

For the moment, what we have are sporadic attacks: Hezbollah destroying Israel’s communication towers facing the southern Lebanon border, Iraq’s resistance forces attacking US bases in Iraq and Syria, and Yemen’s Ansarallah concretely blocking the Red Sea for Israeli ships. All that does not form a concerted, coordinated offensive – yet. And that would explain the desperation within the Biden administration in Washington, complete with rumors that it needs Israel to finish Plan Gaza between Christmas and the start of January. Not only have the global optics of the Gaza assault become horrifyingly unsustainable, but most of all, a lengthier military campaign dramatically raises the likelihood of a “signal” to the Axis of Resistance.

And that will result in the end of all the Hegemon’s elaborate plans for West Asia. The geopolitical goals of Zionism are quite clear: re-establish its self-constructed aura of dominance in West Asia and maintain steady control over US foreign policy and the military alliance. Depravity is a key component for accomplishing these goals. It’s so easy to bomb, shell, and burn ultra-soft civilian targets, including thousands of women and children, turning Gaza into a vast cemetery, while the White Man’s Burden Club urges Israeli occupation forces to kill them, of course, but more silently.

Cue to toxic Atlanticist and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen offering bribes, in person, to Egypt’s and Jordan’s leaders – $10 billion to Cairo and $5 billion to Amman – as confirmed with Brussels diplomats. That’s the mind-numbing EU solution to stopping the Gaza genocide. All Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah bin al-Hussein would need to do is to “facilitate” the forced exodus and Final Ethnic Cleansing of Gaza to their respective territories. Because the eschatological goal of Zionism remains an undiluted Final Solution, whatever happens in the battleground. And, of course, as the 7 October Hamas-led Al-Aqsa Flood operation suggests, to destroy Jerusalem’s Islamic Al-Aqsa Mosque and build a Jewish Third Temple on top of its ashes.

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“Nazi Germany [..] is documented to have killed 10,547,000 ethnic Slavics compared to 5,291,000 Jews..”

Germany’s Blind Support For Israel In Gaza (Cradle)

Since the 7 October Al-Aqsa Flood operation tore to shreds Israel’s security delusion, the west has rallied staunchly behind Tel Aviv, offering unwavering support across political, military, media, intelligence, and other domains. Amid this display of western unity, Germany has distinguished itself, standing prominently at the forefront of the EU as a fervent advocate for Israel and a solid opponent of any form of assistance to Palestinians, even the children among them. This, despite that the Israeli army has killed over 10,000 infants and children in Gaza since the start of its air and ground assault two months ago. Less than a week after Al-Aqsa Flood, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz offered up military aid toward Israel’s Gaza campaign, saying: “At this moment, there is only one place for Germany — the place at Israel’s side … Our own history, our responsibility arising from the Holocaust, makes it a perpetual task for us to stand up for the security of the State of Israel.”

According to Scholz and his ilk, Germany must constantly redeem itself by shielding the Jewish generations that followed World War II. But then why does Berlin not feel a similar obligation to protect the non-Jewish Slavic civilians, whose numbers killed by Nazi Germany equal those of the Jewish victims? The German “guilt complex” has manifested itself through annual payments exceeding $1 billion since the end of WWII in 1945. These reparations, totaling approximately $86.8 billion to Israel between 1945 and 2018, were recently extended until 2027. While these funds are ostensibly meant to compensate Jews for the horrors inflicted by Nazi Germany, a closer examination of the historical figures raises doubts about the coherence of the German narrative.

The enormous death toll of 17 million people at the hands of Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945 includes 6 million Jews and 5.7 million Soviet civilians. Yet other sources claim that the number of ethnic Slavic deaths far surpasses that of Jews. Shockingly, Nazi Germany, driven by radical ideological policies, is documented to have killed 10,547,000 ethnic Slavics compared to 5,291,000 Jews. If we look closer, we find that the majority of the Slav civilians killed were from Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, predominantly from Orthodox Christian backgrounds. Why, then, are they not receiving reparation payments out of a similar sense of German guilt, which weighs on the conscience of Germany’s leaders? This, in turn, raises questions about the true motivations behind supporting and financially aiding Israel – whether it is a principled stance as Berlin outwardly promotes, or merely a political maneuver.

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“Putin is banking on the United States failing to deliver for Ukraine,” he said. “We must prove him wrong.”

US Rapidly Coming To End Of Its Ability To Help Ukraine – Biden (TASS)

The US administration is about to exhaust its ability to help Ukraine unless the US Congress approves additional funding, US President Joe Biden said.”But without supplemental funding we are rapidly coming to an end of our ability to help Ukraine respond urgent operational demands that it has,” he said at a joint news conference after talks with his visiting Ukrainian counterpart, Vladimir Zelensky. The United States “will continue to supply Ukraine with critical weapons and equipment as long as we can,” he pledged, adding that earlier on Tuesday he approved $200 million-worth military assistance to Kiev, which included “critically needed equipment” such as air defense interceptors, artillery, and ammunition.

“Putin is banking on the United States failing to deliver for Ukraine,” he said. “We must prove him wrong.” The White House submitted to Congress in October a supplemental finding request for the 2024 fiscal year, which began in the US on October 1, primarily to help Israel and Ukraine, but also to contain China and Russia in the Asia Pacific regiion. In total, the executive branch, led by Democrat Biden, would like to have about $106 billion for these purposes.

The future of the request and alternative bills remains unclear. Several Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate have recently spoken out against continued financial aid to Kiev. House Speaker Mike Johnson repeatedly said that he intends to condition the provision of further aid to Ukraine to the tightening of the control over the US’ southern border. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell spoke in a similar way. On December 6, the bill on another large batch of aid to Ukraine and Israel, as well as on countering Russia and China in the Asia Pacific, failed a procedural vote in the Senate, despite Biden’s special address to the Congress, in which he called on the lawmakers to approve the spending before they break for the holiday recess.

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“..military officials are devising a new strategy to “create enough of a credible threat” forcing Moscow into “meaningful negotiations” at the end of 2024 or in 2025..”

Ukraine, US ‘Digging’ for New Strategy as Time and Money Run Out (Sp.)

With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s arrival in Washington to plead for more aid, the US media is seemingly trying to assure their readers that not all is lost for the Kiev regime on the battlefield. The New York Times has hinted that American and Ukrainian military officials are devising a new strategy to “create enough of a credible threat” forcing Moscow into “meaningful negotiations” at the end of 2024 or in 2025. However, the two parties have yet to agree on the specific details that this strategy would entail. When evaluating the outcome of the failed Ukrainian counteroffensive, the newspaper pinned the blame on Kiev. It pointed out that the Ukrainians had divided up their forces between the eastern and southern fronts, rather than concentrating on retaking the southeastern coastline.

However, the media stated that the failure cannot solely be attributed to Ukraine not adhering to NATO’s strategic plan. The newspaper also recognized that American and Ukrainian strategists “did not initially realize” to what extent the Russians were strengthening their defenses. “Ukrainian troops training in Germany practiced breaking through defenses far less strong than what they would eventually face,” the report noted. Furthermore, Russia has demonstrated its expertise in employing diverse drone technologies and has effectively monitored the contact line, preventing Ukrainian forces from breaching its defenses. By the conclusion of 2023, Russia has bolstered its military presence, beefed up its arsenal, and obtained a significant advantage in terms of firepower, according to the report.

The only silver lining, in the eyes of the West, were Kiev’s missile attacks on Crimean infrastructure. However, even these actions failed to alter the overall power dynamics on the battlefield. Currently, the US military is urging their Ukrainian counterparts to embrace a strategy known as “hold and build.” This tactic entails reinforcing Ukraine’s military industrial capacity by digging in and making substantial improvements throughout 2024. Washington believes that this would “improve Ukraine self-sufficiency” and help it “repel any new drive” from Russia. The goal described by the media appears to be far more modest than what was declared by the West and Kiev before the Ukrainian counteroffensive disaster. Likewise, Washington’s funding for the effort would be more modest, too, the newspaper noted. Having forked out over $111 billion to Ukraine over the 21 months of the conflict, US lawmakers want to see “a new strategy” before they vote for any additional funds.

Furthermore, Ukrainian generals and senior civilian officials have “unrealistic expectations” about Washington’s capabilities, since the US simply does not have that amount of weapons that Kiev wants to be supplied with, according to the media. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has decided to dispatch Lt. Gen. Antonio A. Aguto Jr. on the ground “to work more directly” with the Ukrainian military leadership and bolster coordination with Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli, the top American commander in Europe. International observers are taking the rhetoric coming from Ukrainian and American officials about a new “long-term” strategy of digging in or boosting Ukraine’s industrial capacity, with a grain of salt. Speaking to Sputnik on December 1, Russian military expert Ivan Konovalov wondered as to who would pay for Kiev’s plan to build new defenses along the contact line.

According to some estimates, Ukraine would have to strengthen at least 2,800 km (1,700 miles) to create a defense line. It would take at least eight to nine months to accomplish this feat, while its cost would be around $10 billion, per Russian military observers’ estimates. Given that Kiev is almost out of money and Republican lawmakers are hesitant to greenlight a new multi-billion package for Ukraine, the situation is hanging in the balance.

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“Ukraine (like the West, having broken all agreements with Russia) has nothing with which to negotiate.”

Ukraine on Brink of Coup as Zelensky Begs US for More Money (Sp.)

Nearly two years since the escalation of the Ukrainian conflict in February 2022, the regime in Kiev finds itself dependent on financial and military assistance from its Western sponsors. With Ukraine’s economy in tatters, the country’s leadership now struggles to find the money it desperately needs amid the ongoing conflict with Russia, as political powers in the United States and the EU become increasingly reluctant to waste their money on Kiev’s military escapades. Earlier, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Washington DC to plead before the US Congress for more military and financial help, essentially trying to convince the US legislators that spending another few tens of billions of dollars on satisfying Kiev’s war effort is a good idea.

While the fate of the next US package to Ukraine currently hangs in the balance amid the congressional debates between Democrats and Republicans, renowned political commentator and binary economist Prof. Rodney Shakespeare has suggested that “elements in the USA’s political structure” apparently hope to convince Ukraine to sue for peace by delaying this funding. Shakespeare, however, did not seem to think highly of this tactic, arguing that “Ukraine (like the West, having broken all agreements with Russia) has nothing with which to negotiate.” “Ukraine does not understand this and neither does the West. At present, both Ukraine and the West think that there is some sort of military stalemate. But there is NO stalemate – only the continuing and disastrous loss of Ukraine’s manhood (and now, apparently, even its pregnant womanhood),” he said, apparently referring to Kiev’s recent efforts to press-gang women into military service.

As the reality of the “disastrous situation” Ukraine currently finds itself in becomes apparent, “a coup in Kiev is becoming likely,” Shakespeare remarked. He added that the recent death of a top Ukrainian military officer who was killed by a grenade explosion while celebrating his birthday, as well as the poisoning of Ukraine’s spy chief’s wife, “all point in the same direction.” “Ukraine will stagger on for a little while but a coup and recognition of the disastrous military situation are likely to make irrelevant the terms for allocating (or not) new funds and make much more relevant the overall outcome of the war,” he said. Shakespeare also pointed out that in its current state, Ukraine “will soon collapse” if the flow of money from Kiev’s foreign sponsors were to cease.

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$200 million instead of $60 billion. “The latest $200 million in aid announced by Biden will come from the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA)..”

Biden Pledges $200 Million For Ukraine After Zelensky Meeting (RT)

US President Joe Biden has promised another $200 million in emergency military aid for Ukraine. He made the pledge during an Oval Office meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Tuesday. The meeting comes after a bill intended to provide $60 billion in aid for Kiev was blocked in the US Senate last week, as Republicans demanded tougher immigration control on the southern US border in exchange for approving Ukraine assistance. Speaking to reporters after the Tuesday meeting, Biden insisted that Congress “pass the supplemental funding for Ukraine” before breaking for recess, adding that failure to do so would be “the greatest Christmas gift” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The decisions we make now are going to determine the future for decades to come, particularly in Europe,” Biden said. The latest $200 million in aid announced by Biden will come from the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), which allows the Biden administration to transfer weapons from US stocks without congressional approval in the event of an emergency. The package will include ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), high-speed anti-radiation missiles, anti-armor systems, artillery rounds, missiles, demolition munitions, 4 million rounds of small arms ammunition, generators and other equipment and spare parts, the Associated Press reported, citing US officials.

Earlier in the day, Zelensky met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to plead for more aid amid Kiev’s ongoing conflict with Russia. The Ukrainian leader met with House Speaker Mike Johnson, as well as a number of other senators. Posting on X (formerly Twitter), Zelensky said he’d had a “friendly and candid conversation” with senate leaders. Republican leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday, however, that it would be “practically impossible” for Congress to pass the supplemental funding package, which includes the stalled $60 billion for Kiev, before Christmas, saying it needed to be done as part of a broader package that includes changes to border security policy.

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“..if you want to secure your border first, you are actually a Putin puppet: He said this publicly today..”

Zelensky’s Visit ‘Disgraceful’ – Senator JD Vance (RT)

The visit by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to the US is an attempt to pressure Americans to give up their fight for border security and allow more funding for Kiev instead, Republican Senator James David Vance said on Tuesday. On Monday, Zelensky arrived in Washington, where he was scheduled to meet with US President Joe Biden, who is struggling to secure congressional approval for the new multibillion-dollar aid pledged to Kiev. Speaking to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, the Ohio senator called Zelensky’s move to seek more funding “utterly disgraceful.” Vance added that the Ukrainian president is coming to the US “lecturing” Americans and “demanding” more of their taxpayer dollars.

He said Zelensky’s visit will end with an “undignified process” in which the Ukrainian leader will demand that US lawmakers sign off on further funding or be labeled “puppets” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. After arriving in Washington, the Ukrainian leader gave an address at the National Defense University of the US, claiming that the delays and scandals related to “unresolved issues on Capitol Hill” are inspiring the Kremlin. Commenting on this, Vance said that “if you want to secure your border first, you are actually a Putin puppet: He said this publicly today,” and added that he found it “disgraceful” and “grotesque.” Last week, a bill that was supposed to provide more than $110 billion for overseas security, including more than $60 billion for Kiev, was blocked in the Senate.

It came as Republicans demanded tougher immigration controls on the southern US border. On Tuesday, Zelensky was scheduled to meet with US President Joe Biden to discuss “the continuation of defense cooperation” between the states and their coordination of efforts in the coming year, according to his office. This all comes amid Ukraine’s six-month counteroffensive against Russia, which has failed to yield any significant results. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, since the beginning of June, Kiev’s troops have lost more than 125,000 military personnel and 6,000 pieces of heavy equipment.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that as Ukrainian leaders plead for more military aid from Western allies, draft-eligible men are trying to flee the country at a time when they are needed “more than bullets.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday reiterated that Moscow would prefer to achieve its goals in the Ukrainian conflict politically and diplomatically, noting that Russia is “still ready for negotiations.” He added that the possibility of reaching agreements has been disrupted by Kiev. Last October, Zelensky signed an official decree banning any negotiations with Russia under President Vladimir Putin.

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“There are not cemeteries, but entire burial fields. People on the frontline take such things to heart and they do not accept shades of gray..”

Ukrainian General Reveals Discord Among Frontline Troops (RT)

Ukrainian frontline troops are disgruntled with the way Kiev is handling the ongoing conflict with Russia, including the gaslighting it engages in via the national media, retired Gen. Sergey Krivonos warned on Monday. Soldiers wonder why they must shed blood on behalf of an uncaring government, he claimed. Krivonos is a critic of President Vladimir Zelensky, who sacked him from the National Security and Defense Council in late 2020 for allegedly not being a team player. The commander, who has since left the military, allegedly under pressure, blasted what he perceives to be a disconnect between the government and the military. He was interviewed by Priamyi, a TV channel that currently broadcasts only online that is historically associated with the country’s former president Pyotr Poroshenko.

The general said Kiev was “teasing the tiger” with its treatment of troops, who, he warned “may act quite harshly” in response. “There are not cemeteries, but entire burial fields. People on the frontline take such things to heart and they do not accept shades of gray. For them, there is either black or white,” he said. The Russian Defense Ministry has estimated Ukrainian losses between June and November at over 125,000 troops. Kiev does not report its casualties, but Western media say that they must be steep, judging by the rapidly expanding graveyards and other circumstantial evidence. Kiev is running out of career military and is struggling to conscript soldiers, since civilians “are less than eager to fight for a military and national government that is viewed as rife with corruption and incompetence,” the Washington Post reported last week.

Krivonos cited a recent announcement by the Ukrainian state-owned railway operator that seasonal trains would be on offer for people visiting ski resorts as an example of what irritates troops. He believes the country needs to go into total war mode and accused Zelensky of failing to do so due for fear of losing popularity. The Zelensky government has contributed to the problem by using the state-controlled “television marathon” – the only programming on the air – to gaslight the public, the general said. He called the content “one of the worst manipulations” of the Ukrainian people. Another problem is tolerance of graft, he alleged. People who empty their pockets buying overpriced eggs should not get farewell applause from MPs and disappear into the night, he said in a clear nod to Aleksey Reznikov. The former defense minister was sacked in September, months after a scandal erupted over the procurement of overpriced food for troops by his department. ‘Reznikov’s eggs’ reports became the subject of gallows humor in Ukrainian trenches.

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“..the US defense establishment increasingly physically resembles the numbers on the ledgers the accountants have been trying to balance – it just doesn’t add up.”

The Pentagon Is A Multitrillion-Dollar Fraud (Scott Ritter)

Recently, the Pentagon admitted it couldn’t account for trillions of dollars of US taxpayer money, having failed a massive yearly audit for the sixth year running. The process consisted of the 29 sub-audits of the DoD’s various services, and only seven passed this year – no improvement over the last. These audits only began taking place in 2017, meaning that the Pentagon has never successfully passed one. This year’s failure made some headlines, was commented upon briefly by the mainstream media, and then just as quickly forgotten by an American society accustomed to pouring money down the black hole of defense spending. The defense budget of the United States is grotesquely large, its $877 billion dwarfing the $849 billion spent by the next ten nations with the largest defense expenditures.

And yet, the Pentagon cannot fully account for the $3.8 trillion in assets and $4 trillion in liabilities it has accrued at US taxpayer expense, ostensibly in defense of the United States and its allies. As the Biden administration seeks $886 billion for next year’s defense budget (and Congress seems prepared to add an additional $80 billion to that amount), the apparent indifference of the American collective – government, media, and public – to how nearly $1 trillion in taxpayer dollars will be spent speaks volumes about the overall bankrupt nature of the American establishment. Audits, however, are an accountant’s trick, a series of numbers on a ledger which, for the average person, do not equate to reality. Americans have grown accustomed to seeing big numbers when it comes to defense spending, and as a result, we likewise expect big things from our military.

But the fact is, the US defense establishment increasingly physically resembles the numbers on the ledgers the accountants have been trying to balance – it just doesn’t add up. Despite spending some $2.3 trillion on a two-decade military misadventure in Afghanistan, the American people witnessed the ignominious retreat from that nation live on TV in August 2021. Likewise, a $758 billion investment in the 2003 invasion and subsequent decade-long occupation of Iraq went south when the US was compelled to withdraw in 2011– only to return in 2014 for another decade of chasing down ISIS, itself a manifestation of the failures of the original Iraqi venture. Overall, the US has spent more than $1.8 trillion on its 20-year nightmare in Iraq and Syria. These numbers are mind-numbingly large – so large that they become meaningless to the average person. The US defense enterprise is so massive that it is literally a mission impossible to speak of balancing the books.

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“Ethiopia will become a member of BRICS on Jan 1..”

BRICS Candidate Ethiopia Likely To Default – Reuters (RT)

Ethiopia will hold a call with its international bondholders later this week after the African nation failed to pay a $33 million bond coupon that was due on Monday, according to a senior finance ministry official, as quoted by Reuters. Last week, the finance ministry said the country’s efforts to renegotiate the bond terms before the deadline for the coupon payment had fallen through. The sides had reportedly disagreed over how long to extend the maturity and spread out repayments of its single $1 billion international bond maturing in December 2024 . After the grace period of 14 days expires, the East African nation is expected to become the latest emerging-market sovereign to default on its debt, unless Addis Ababa successfully restructures it in time.

Zambia, Ghana and Sri Lanka have defaulted on Eurobonds in recent years. Tunisia, Pakistan and Bolivia are also currently at risk, Bloomberg reported, citing bond market pricing. Ethiopia, which requested a debt overhaul under the G20 Common Framework in early 2021, had managed to service interest payments on its international bond until now. According to the statement issued by the Ethiopian finance ministry, the nation will seek a “broadly similar treatment” from bondholders. “It would be important to treat all our creditors equitably,” the ministry said. Meanwhile, State Minister of Fiscal Policy and Public Finance Eyob Tekalign Tolina told Reuters that the “authorities’ intention is to remain current on our obligations.”

According to Tolina, there will be a call with investors holding the international bond on Thursday. Ethiopia, which was severely hit by the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic and a military conflict in its northern Tigray region, is currently struggling to pay its debts. The nation is also seeking a four-year loan from the International Monetary Fund. Ethiopia will become a member of BRICS on Jan 1. The invitation to join was approved in August and extended to Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The group currently consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

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“..I’ve got a bunch of kids, and they have to live here…” “And I want them to live in a country with a functioning justice system and elections that are semi-real.”

Tucker Carlson: 2024 Presidential Election Is Being Rigged (Kanekoa)

.@TuckerCarlson talks about how the 2024 presidential election is being rigged by Biden’s bogus prosecution of Trump. “You are trying to take the front runner out of the race on bogus legal charges.” “You’re violating the rule of law. You’re mocking our sacred norms, and you’re doing it with the presidency at stake.” “To indict him on that at the same time that the sitting President did the same thing. And you’re expecting me to go along with it?” “The idea that you’re prosecuting a man with a felony charge for bringing home documents and not returning them to the national f**kin archives.”

“Are you serious? Is there a single high-level bureaucrat in Washington who doesn’t do that every single day?” “The second they indicted him on ridiculous charges and raided Mar-a-Lago and went through his wife’s underwear drawer and all of that s**t…” “That can’t stand because I have to live here and I’ve got a bunch of kids, and they have to live here…” “And I want them to live in a country with a functioning justice system and elections that are semi-real.” “And if we allow this to happen, none of that will come to pass.”

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“I know I can give good speeches. But there is much more to that. Would I be good at that? Probably not..”

Tucker Carlson Says Does Not Think He Would Be Good Pick for Trump’s VP (Sp.)

US media personality Tucker Carlson said Tuesday that he does not think he would be a good pick as the next US vice president if former US President Donald Trump wins the 2024 election. “I know I can give good speeches. But there is much more to that. Would I be good at that? Probably not,” Carlson said in a live broadcast on X Spaces, adding that he has never “done anything like that before.” As a main guest of the X Spaces conversation, Carlson also said he was concerned about the US judicial system, as it is trying to convict Trump to get rid of him from the presidential race. In mid-November, Trump said in an interview that he would consider picking Carlson as his running mate in the 2024 US presidential election because “he’s got great common sense.”

The US presidential election is scheduled for November 5, 2024. In a number of polls, Trump, who dominates the Republican primary race, maintains a narrow lead over incumbent US President Joe Biden. Trump was indicted by a grand jury in August on four charges connected to the January riot at the US Capitol. The former US president has pleaded not guilty. Trump’s trial is set to begin on March 4, 2024.

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    Zelensky’s Visit ‘Disgraceful’ – Senator JD Vance (RT)

    Sen. Vance just noticed? Zelensky hasn’t changed one bit.

    rumors that it needs Israel to finish Plan Gaza between Christmas and the start of January..”

    Pepê notes the combined unseriousness and inhumanity of the players.

    the US defense establishment increasingly physically resembles the numbers on the ledgers the accountants have been trying to balance – it just doesn’t add up.”

    • The Pentagon Is A Multitrillion-Dollar Fraud (Scott Ritter)

    Takes one to know one. Similarly Ret. 4star Admiral Michelle Howard resembles the disgraced but unanimously supported and embattled Harvard University president both unqualified and thoroughly accomplished. Yet they’re successful black ladies.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the country received full US support for a ground operation in the Gaza Strip

    Poor Benjamin feeling a little abandonment anxiety coming on. Or is he genuinely trying to split the United States by blaming the United States? I doubt he has enough votes among the crazed Christian zionists to adequately support the 2.6Percenters.
    Turns out ol Ben suffers from ordinary Narcissistic Personality Disorder rather than the malignant megalomaniacal subtype.

    Nazi Germany [..] is documented to have killed 10,547,000 ethnic Slavics compared to 5,291,000 Jews..”

    Watch out RIM. 5 million isn’t the number I’ve read.
    Then again, those numbers, particularly the Ten Point Five MILLION were long ago contemplated by my people Poles, Slavs and a bigger etc.
    Difference is and maybe it’s our flaw, we never erected an industry to support it

    What a great day of reading…

    #148356
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Regarding Benj Netanyahu….his humanity and vulnerability are shining through, don’t you think?

    At these moments, a Borderline (borderline personality disorder) sufferer is so difficult to distinguish from a Covert Narcissist (narcissistic personality disorder) pathology because just like Benjie Netanyahu both exhibit the same extreme fragility.
    Although y’all must agree (notice Ritter never uses y’all) Netanyahu wears The Mask of Fragility rather ineptly.

    By the way, the date wasn’t March 2021.
    The “NUMBERS” started diverging by the end of 2020 AND that discussion took place place right on this website…..the reason I persist, recur, linger. Hope springs eternal.

    CDC’s enhanced/rigged COVID count always was the total of
    1. Pneumonia deaths (bacterial, community acquired, secondary)
    2. Flu deaths (influenza)
    3. COVID only deaths (whatever that means)

    From the moment the numbers diverged, I’ve wondered why Fauci et al, hat tip to the AntiChrist himself Scott Gottlieb, didn’t adjust their numbers upwards to include deaths from the mRNA therapy in the COVID DEATH COUNT. Who would have noticed except for a few crazies here and there?
    Probably because they were too prideful in thinking that maneuver would have clearly signaled their much heralded state-of-the-art clot shot was exactly like their true selves, miserable failures.

    #148357
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    White deplorable Ukrainians, ?Slavs?, sacrificed for the vanity of some little prick, Zelensky. Volodymyr accepted the job, right? Did he not contemplate the gravity or the consequences of his participation? Of course he did that fucking little prick.
    The best he can hope for is to stand naked before the soldiers his decisions maimed, handicapped and mutilated. He should be made again to stand naked before the mothers of men/boys his decisions killed.
    Then beg forgiveness from them all
    I bet you he’ll be surprised to find “his Slavic people” are better than him.
    If I’m wrong, then he earned it.

    Has anybody tried the apologetic route?
    Not even Scott Ritter or his equal, An Tony Blink En, recommended this course of action.

    #148358
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Ukronazi Commissar recruiter threatening and choking a priest

    Gosh, nazis choking Catholic priests in Western Ukronaziland

    Color me shocked

    Nazilensky, the Jewish comedian is so desperate he’s throw priests into the Meat Grinder

    Smooth

    Well played

    Nazi AFU Commissar Chokes Priest in Lvov While Issuing Summons

    #148359
    Oroboros
    Participant

    IBM Pulled Advertisers from X for “Discrimination” Yet Look What They Do Internally

    IBM’s CEO is from India

    And his official policy is to racially discriminate at IBM using “racial quotas” or you’re fired.

    After giving Elon shit over ‘X’

    Sweet Fucktards,

    the hubris and hypocrisy ooze like pus from the Empire of LiesLiesLies corporate thieves and thugs

    Let’s peak under the hood for a moment

    #148360
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    The Pentagon Is A Multitrillion-Dollar Fraud (Scott Ritter)

    Recently, the Pentagon admitted it couldn’t account for trillions of dollars of US taxpayer money, having failed a massive yearly audit for the sixth year running

    https://substack.com/home/post/p-139668885?source=queue

    F.S.

    #148361
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Ballsy Polish MP Extinguishes Menorah in Front of Shocked Parliament

    Watch His TV Ad At the End

    Wow, this guy is running for Mayor in Poland

    Looks like a contact sport.

    Quite the commercial for mayor!

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/hlyT56e88J8M/

    #148362
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Edward Hopper Chop Suey 1929 Every time I see Hopper, I can feel his paintings being silent. Deaf as he was.
    But if I’m not mistaken, this was a very specific and famous (fine) restaurant, not just some Chinese place.

    They’re all about CyberPolygon again, “Cyber attack/hack”!!! The UK following the US following a movie about how we’re all about to have “Power Outages”. …Coincidentally exactly the same time the banks fail. But it’s the POWER’S fault, not the Bank’s fault!

    Ohhhhhh!! Well in that case, not being able to get my money or clear checks will CERTAINLY allow me to buy food, right? With my no-money? Amazing. Don’t care, don’t care about your problems, don’t care why: You’re fired.

    In other news, what is Britain’s answer to this imminent nationwide power outage? Digital Currency and a cashless society, I kid you not. What could go wrong?? …Except the EXACT thing YOU said would go wrong? But other than how your money won’t work at all, your money’s going to work better than ever! (For us). In #OppositeLand, as diametrically #AntiLogos, the Opposite of everything that is and works.

    …I’m sure most people will take it.

    What is with Yemen bombing everything? My read is apparently the Gaza thing WAS about the new canal, and BRIICS are going around and pointing out that they own both sides of the Red Sea at the East end. Rather than allow an Iran war they dearly want, they are de-escalating and having it be “Brushfires”, “Rebels” in Yemen. …Who are no doubt happy to do it, and everything is leveled due to the genocidal war already. What do you hit? A camel in the butt?

    Probably. I’ll give 80-20 on it.

    Luongo: Venezuela is opening a 4th of 5th front on the West.

    Also: “Leveraging collateral is the way oligarchs enrich themselves.” Then YOU have the collateral. They need YOU to be a vassal. Which is why they need Russia, again, as I say, ever-escalating debt compounding means they now don’t need Venezuela, Libya, Syria, at 300:1 but now they need Ukraine, and a year later, all Russia, at 1,000:1. Oh well. Sucks to be you.

    “IBM Slapped with Federal Civil Rights Complaint after Racist CEO’s “Obviously Illegal” Hiring Practices Leak

    Amazing. When it started, people didn’t protest affirmative action that much besides noting it was illegal. But about 20 years ago, we were all telling them this was clearly illegal. Every year since then they did it more, and became more brazen. As people were sued, like Harvard, demonstrated in court, ridiculed for hating Asians in public, they did it more and more brazen, more proud, more obstinate.

    Now like Harvard, they’re calling for genocide, and can’t understand why anyone would object. Welcome to the entire arc of the Nazi Party. However, unlike them, we’re still fighting and very often winning, like Harvard. And Harvard’s Asian lawsuit. And Harvard CEO before Congress. And Harvard now for BEING AN OPEN CHEATER. Their head was rumored to be a plagiarist. Wait? How are you even there? Now NOT A RUMOR, we have PAGES of her thesis, now side by side KNOWN to be plagiarized, IN THE FRONT PAGE, and all that AFTER calling for open genocide OF HER DONORS.

    N.
    O.
    P.
    E.

    Not enough. Not nearly enough. They literally came out in march of support for her. Go Harvard! Go Crimson!

    Just being a liar, a cheater, and murderer, and a failure that destroys yourself and everyone around isn’t enough if you have melanin! A fine end to Pilgrim John Harvard’s journey.

    Yeah, I wasn’t ALL that upset by her “allowing free speech” but with the usual selective rules of Blacks against Jews, promoting her racist gang war? But the blatant, embarrassing cheating I cannot tolerate. That’s defying standards FOR THE THING. Education. At all. In any capacity, however weak.

    “Schoolchildren taught St Hadrian was ‘black’ scholar – even though he wasn’t: Hadrian was from Cyrenaica, a region that is now Libya, meaning he was likely of Berber descent.”

    Yup. Education! Science! “We Just Make S—t Up!!!”™ Man that must be an easy job; no wonder they do it. Way better than trying to find out the Truth for real.

    “embattled Harvard University president both unqualified and thoroughly accomplished. Yet they’re successful black ladies.

    Yup! White People think Black people can’t succeed fairly unless they let them cheat and force them into positions they aren’t qualified for. Boy that’ll give a great name to every Black Success story, won’t it? That’s what they DO, who cares what they SAY? Reality and proof is in your action, not your words. The clearly are appalling, gruesome, vicious racists. Black women particularly could never succeed fairly without us, our “caring” and our “help.” Good little plantation coolies. Pat pat. Grrrr, makes me furious. There are SO MANY qualified. Like killing women in sports and everywhere they are found, they are actively, tirelessly attacking every black success.

    Google “Black USSC”, and what comes up? ONLY Ketanji Brown, no Clarence Thomas to be found.

    “Rumble suing @nandoodles.”

    I forget the source here, but this was what Trump said. Through Bannon? That the media went bananas about, like they do all things unless you call for actual open genocide against someone? Like Jews, White People, or Black people under Hillary Clinton in Sudan and Libya? That’s the GOOD genocide, unlike all those BAD genocides.

    Ah: that was it, Tim Pool. Rachael Maddow was on TV saying Trump was LITERALLY going to track her down and hang her PERSONALLY. Over the top much? No, what he said was, they WILL get you, but in any of a wide variety of ways, for BREAKING THE LAW. Over and over. No wonder she’s scared. In this case, Civil Suits for “breaking the law”. Ooooohhhhhh, “Filing Paperwork”. Sounds like insurrection to me! …And here you go, it begins. When then o longer have the Mafia force of violence vs protection. Slowly, very slowly, the gears of law begin to work properly again, the harder path.

    “80 years ago was WW2”

    Yes but now that we’re in Aquarius, what KIND of war is that? Prison Planet. An InfoWar.

    …Mostly. God forbid we should jump in and become Libya, Yemen, Gaza, Ukraine. It can happen here.

    “Putin is banking on the United States failing to deliver for Ukraine,” he said. “We must prove him wrong.”

    It’s being noted the way this is presented: not that “Putin wins” but that “We lose.” And with a unalterable baseline belief that if “he wins” it can only and ever be because “we let him”. We didn’t try hard enough. Because we are infinite and obviously the superior race. So if we lose it’s voluntary: we really let him. Over and over, 50 years in a row. Haven’t won a war since before I was born.

    Other parts, they say it this way because, suppose things stop here? Americans say, “Great! They’ve stopped killing each other.” Suppose “Putin won”: Americans say, “sooooo, what happens, what did we lose? Nothing? Okay, great I guess, that was a thing.” But if you say WE lose, OUR team, personally. Loser. All very careful, all groomed and tested 100 years.

    Luongo, Melei: Aaaaaaand if you hadn’t guessed, besides giving up all sovereignty by going on the US$, Melei imported all of Wall Street to run the country, and may not even erase the Central Bank. If he does, it’s only pro-forma, as the Peso is pegged and no need, but the same people just run it for OPEN extraction, instead of closed, Mafia extraction. This remains to be seen, but it seems about as clear as Obama taking all of Bush’s cabinet and Wall St advisors.

    Okay, so you’re an Economist (Certified Loser™) and “for the people” yet you want people to get into debt then suddenly make the money THICKER, and HARDER to get? Sorry, you can’t go from +50% inflation to 5%. Or -5% (Our M2 is dropping). You need a Jubilee first, as there is a tonne of loans out at 50% rates. So are you a scam, or just really, really stupid?

    “enough of a credible threat” forcing Moscow into “meaningful negotiations”

    You literally can’t, morons. Because they literally can’t believe anything you sign. The only end is “You Lose.”

    I see the pacing though: the lines are breaking, but they are only now turning on each other and talking about “just printing” to ultimate hyperinflation. That means, unlike me, they are correct. It will take another year.

    ““..if you want to secure your border first, you are actually a Putin puppet:”

    We must secure THEIR border, fully and completely, before we even start securing our border. And they clap like seals.

    We print the money, how can we not have both? Start both? Or promise both without argument? A: PR. If they said, even SUGGESTED this, then there might be a million fewer illegals TRYING to enter being human trafficked at $10k/pop. So even saying it without doing it would shut off the money and votes.

    Votes? Yeah, don’t you think Joe will have an “Executive Order” that all illegals are citizens last Tuesday and can vote? “But that’s illegal”. Hahahahahaha! Yeah? And? And it will need to get through the courts, like last time. He’ll be President for 4 years before then. MAKE ME.

    …Yet another way we won’t have an election: why bother.

    “Ukrainian losses between June and November at over 125,000 troops.”

    Again with presentation, we now don’t list Ukraine’s losses. We list their losses SINCE LAST TUESDAY. If you’re adding 125k to the original count, that’s going on 750,000 dead. Probably a million, they love to call them “Missing” so they don’t have to pay. With my money. Like their free health care.

    “These audits only began taking place in 2017, meaning that the Pentagon has never successfully passed one”

    Democracy! Where there is no accounting whatsoever, and the voter has no idea what’s going on. And “It’s all YOUR fault!” How did you vote when you didn’t know! It’s not the Pentagon’s fault, generals, War CEOs, Banks, No! It’s always the fault of the poor and powerless…in a nation of narcissistic sociopaths. We made them do it.

    “You’re violating the rule of law. You’re mocking our sacred norms, and you’re doing it “ …in public, on the front page, daily.

    “5 Million Jews.” It has been said there weren’t 5 Million Jews in all of Europe. Thus the numbers are inflated beyond beyond. Probably it is, but it seems completely probable that there were +6 million, 60k each country? it’s a big place. But not just Slavs, which allows us to ignore, not care, and un-human them, but everyone else too. People I knew I the camps were 1. Poles, and 2. Greeks. Where’s their story? Where’s their front page news? Reparations? Their sacred Homeland that muslim nations can’t just invade with jets daily, then extract all wealth and statues and sell it to England and Germany? Nope. The Roma? Normal people resisting? Hahahahaha! Who? That doesn’t fit “The Narrative™” so it never happened. Whatever is True is what we will fight and die to prove didn’t happen.

    There’s no money in it, or rather, the WRONG Mafia gets paid by it, and that would cut into the RIGHT mafia getting it instead.

    “3. COVID only deaths (whatever that means)”

    Unlike what they say, it certainly seems there WAS some Covid. It was distinct and in the hospitals. Doctors are gullible but not THAT gullible, they saw SOMETHING, even if they’re busy and the statistics are all bent by people they trust. It was also not rare. It was easy to see some. I’m going to resist saying it doesn’t exist at all as much as I did it was over 0.06% and all those over 70.

    But since all the statistics are bent from the first reporting, how do you get real numbers now?

    #148363
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Polish MP uses fire extinguisher to put out Hanukah candles, … Haze filled the area!
    ___________

    Yes, … Smell of Sulfur!. And so the reminder: Sulfur has long been associated with death and destruction. In Genesis 19:24, it is noted that God rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah. This act of divine retribution was seen as so complete and utter that the very name of the cities came to be used as a synonym for sinfulness.

    F.S.

    #148364
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Musk pulled Gaza from Starlink; so much for the free speach absolutist. Musk smells of farmyard. Anyone defending him has to overcome the fact that he is the richest man in the world, courtesy of the Jews.

    #148365
    aspnaz
    Participant

    You are better off recognising your enemy early than being suckered in and over-supporting your enemy.

    #148366
    aspnaz
    Participant

    The comment section has turned into the blog section for a number of commenters. Why? Do they lack the self confidence to start their own blogs, are they leaching (such a Jewish trait) off the TAE commenters and hence theiving the traffic that their own blogs cannot muster? TAE has the weirdest comment section, I would rather read consecutive comments discussing a subject than fucking encyclopedias of news crap. Maybe that is just me.

    #148367
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Heat-map: Note Magnificent 7 (AAPL, MSFT, TSLA, GOOG, NVDA, AMZN, META) , … a sign of collapse? Or in another set of words, a suggestion that the world is to end, … “in a month or two”? Dunno, …

    https://realinvestmentadvice.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/heat-map.png

    F.S.

    #148368
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Most of the Universe is a vacuum, where life is not possible, but here on earth where life “exists”, there are a lot of things that are genuine “problems”;

    Like starving to death because food is unavailable or becoming disabled and/or dead due to a bioweapon attacking your physical body, or CULTures that dissimulate the existence of psychopaths (who call evil good & good evil), are not pathologically prevalent…

    Those “problems” are not simply a human mind construct, they are corporeal, structural, with permanent immediacy & effect.

    Without Spiritual Sanity all that remains is death, suffering, parasitism & folly…

    (The Practice of Spiritual Sanity):

    The time will come when in the busy office or on the noisy street you can enter into the silence by simply drawing the mantle of your own thoughts about you and realizing that there and everywhere the Spirit of Infinite Life, Love, Wisdom, Peace, Power, and Plenty is guiding, keeping, protecting, leading you.

    This is the spirit of continual prayer ~ William James

    The children of modernity have rebelled altogether against family, community, nation & eternal *truth* itself, for which the penalty *consequence* is mental/emotional illness (*evil*), transmogrifying into insatiable addictions, of all ravenous sort to appease cringing cognitive dissonance…

    I am strongly convinced that the evil principle prevailing in this world leads the unrecognized spiritual need into perdition, if it is not counteracted either by real religious spiritual insight or by the protective wall of human community.

    An ordinary man, not protected by an action from above and isolated in society, cannot resist the power of *evil*, which is called very aptly the Devil.

    But the use of such words arouses so many mistakes that one can only keep aloof from them as much as possible. ~ Dr. Carl Jung

    #148369
    Ian Graham
    Participant

    “You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart “

    How can Escobar be published like in The Cradle extract, when is supposedly behind bars in Uk?

    #148370
    zerosum
    Participant

    A concerted Axis of Resistance against USA and Israel

    1. Amas fighting Israel in Gaza, turning Gaza into a vast cemetery,
    2. Hezbollah destroying Israel’s communication towers facing the southern Lebanon border
    3. Iraq’s resistance forces attacking US bases in Iraq and Syria,
    4. Yemen’s Ansarallah concretely blocking the Red Sea for Israeli ships
    ———-
    A different History lesson.
    Fact or Fiction?
    Depopulation

    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/germanys-blind-support-for-israel-in-gaza
    • Germany’s Blind Support For Israel In Gaza (Cradle)
    Mohamad Hasan Sweidan
    DEC 12, 2023
    “Nazi Germany [..] is documented to have killed 10,547,000 ethnic Slavics compared to 5,291,000 Jews..”
    The Nazis propagated a warped vision where the “superior” German race was destined to rule over the supposedly “inferior” Slavic peoples, framing it as a crusade to rescue western civilization from these so-called eastern barbarians.

    Historical records reveal a lesser-explored dimension of Adolf Hitler’s hostility, namely that his animosity toward Eastern Christians was not markedly different from his hostility toward Jews.

    Numerous historical references attest to the atrocities inflicted upon Orthodox Christians by the Nazis, yet this suffering is often overshadowed by more widely acknowledged war crimes.

    See …Reference … FURTHER READING

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/1071011/holocaust-nazi-persecution-victims-wwii/
    Estimated number of victims of the Holocaust and Nazi crimes against humanity during the Second World War from 1933 to 1945, by background.

    FURTHER READING
    https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/mosaic-of-victims-an-overview

    US Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Holocaust Encyclopedia
    Who Were the Victims of the Holocaust?
    ———–
    Ukraine “will soon collapse” .
    if the flow of money and military aid, from Kiev’s foreign sponsors were to cease.
    ———-
    $200 million instead of $60 billion. “The latest $200 million in aid announced by Biden will come from the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA)..”
    ——–
    Ukraine’s six-month counteroffensive against Russia, which has failed to yield any significant results.
    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, since the beginning of June, Kiev’s troops have lost more than 125,000 military personnel and 6,000 pieces of heavy equipment.
    ———–
    The US defense enterprise is so massive that it is literally a mission impossible to speak of balancing the books.
    Scott Ritter: Why the Pentagon is a multitrillion-dollar fraud
    The US Department of Defense has failed its sixth annual audit in a row, but taxpayer money will keep going down that drain.
    https://swentr.site/op-ed/authors/scott-ritter/

    ———-

    #148371
    Noirette
    Participant

    maryballon posted (prev):

    https://www.thecanadafiles.com/articles/canada/us-quiet-motive-for-backing-israels-genocide-the-ben-gurion-canal

    OK long article, focussed on energy matters, interesting.

    However, Gaza is occupied territory, it does not have jurisdiction or any power over its shores and outreach into Sea. Even fishermen who venture out for food are harassed, shot…

    Isr. has been awarding concession for explo. etc. in that maritime region for quite some time, mostly to BP originally (no links.) Recent, top of goog, Oct. 30 2003, Al-Monitor.

    Israel’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure said on Sunday that it has awarded 12 licenses to six companies, including BP and ENI, for natural gas exploration off the country’s Mediterranean coast, as the war with Gaza-based Hamas entered its fourth week with no ceasefire in sight. 

    The offshore tender is the fourth bidding round for natural gas exploration in Israeli waters, whereby the ministry intends to boost competition as well as grow domestic supply and exports. 

    Two consortia won the bids: one comprising Italy’s ENI, Scotland’s Dana Petroleum Ltd. and Israeli business Ratio Energies, while the other consists of BP, State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and Israel’s NewMed Energy. The companies will explore two areas next to Israel’s Leviathan field, the country’s largest and one of the world’s biggest deep-water gas discoveries. 

    Israel’s war with Hamas saw the shutdown of Israel’s Tamar offshore gas field, the country’s second-largest. It has yet to be reopened after being closed for security reasons on Oct. 8. The site is owned by Chevron, Dor Gas Exploration Limited Partnership, Everest Infrastructures, Isramco Negev 2, UAE-based Mubadala Investment and the Israeli company Tamar Petroleum. Before the shutdown, the field typically met around 70% of Israel’s power generation needs. The country has since been backfilling the supply from other fields to avoid disruptions to flows.
    (…)

    https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2023/10/israel-hands-out-gas-concessions-bp-eni-gaza-war-drags#ixzz8LmhPfvia

    One guesses MegaEnergyCos may perceive an interest in keeping quiet about the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians > Hmm, not their problem, minor distrubance, let’s forge ahead, heh.

    Beyond that, it is a given that Palestinians don’t count, have no power, no share, and will never benefit, laid down by Isr. w. deals w. Energy-Corps long ago.

    So, killing Palestinians in the Gaza strip has nothing to do with Energy deals, imho.

    #148373
    zerosum
    Participant

    If you didn’t have it, you would miss it.
    Where else on the web, than at TAE, are facts, opinions, History, new interpretation, gathered for people from around, to read/evaluate.

    #148375
    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    A bit more on sulfur. In the ancient Near East the vapours from burning sulfur were commonly used in religious practice to purify and cleanse. The Greek word for sulfur is “theion”; the word for god is “theios”. You can see the similarity. So fire and brimstone (sulfur) refers to purification, not destruction.

    Yes, I know, try telling that to the clobbered inhabitants of Sodom.

    By the way, note that in the Bible we read that the great sins of Sodom were pride, fullness of food, and maltreating the poor. In other words, self-adulation, an adundance of resources, and self-centredness. Not quite the popular conception, is it.

    #148376
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    @aspnaz re: comment threaddiness

    If I don’t find a salad in here every morning, I’m gone!

    #148378
    John Day
    Participant

    @Ezixa1949: Thank you for the historical clarification about sulfur smoke as a purification.

    #148379
    zerosum
    Participant

    Opinion on War games.
    Boot on the ground will fail. It’s a depopulation method.
    All have become Targets.
    Armored vehicle from WWI and WII and all floating ships.
    However, keeping the gravy train going on and on will succeed.
    Tomorrow’s war.
    Control of the high ground with drones and spying eyes in the sky should prevent the use of antique war methods and armaments.
    Unseen electronic warfare is the winner because all modern infrastructures rely on electronic to function. (ex. web communication, finance)

    #148380
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Where is the button to close this box?

    #148381
    John Day
    Participant

    House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer got into a heated debate with reporters after Hunter Biden refused to attend a closed-door deposition to face questions over his business dealings, and whether his father Joe Biden was involved with them.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/watch-hunter-biden-ditches-deposition-instead-gives-capitol-hill-speech-claiming-joe

    #148382
    John Day
    Participant

    Final COP28 Deal References Transition Away From Fossil Fuels
    By Tsvetana Paraskova – Dec 13, 2023, 5:16 AM CST
    COP28 ends with a historic compromise text, marking the first global call for transitioning away from fossil fuels.
    The United Arab Emirates, as the summit host, celebrates the agreement as a groundbreaking deal to reduce emissions.
    The final text reflects a significant step but faces watered-down language due to objections from oil-exporting countries, particularly led by Saudi Arabia.
    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Final-COP28-Deal-References-Transition-Away-From-Fossil-Fuels.html

    #148384
    zerosum
    Participant

    At 80 years old I don’t expect to live long enough to suffer without oil and oil products.

    #148385
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    It’s worth hearing this out ( … or just read transcript )

    Arthur Berman: “Shale Oil and the Slurping Sound”

    https://www.thegreatsimplification.com/episode/101-art-berman

    F.S.

    #148386
    John Day
    Participant

    Israel Nuked Palestine https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/israel-nuked-palestine

    John Helmer has this story, mostly introducing the documentary and analytical work of nuclear scientist Christopher Busby.
    NEW EVIDENCE THAT ISRAEL IS USING A NEW URANIUM WEAPON – MAKE THAT THE NEUTRON BOMB
    The neutron bomb was invented in 1958 by Samuel Cohen of the Livermore Laboratory of California and then RAND…
    ​ Abstract
    ​ Since 200​3 measurements made by Green Audit in Fallujah, Iraq 2003, Lebanon 2006 and Gaza 2008 have provided unequivocal evidence of Uranium residues which show anomalous Uranium U-238/U235 isotope signature ratios. Results from independent laboratories in Europe and the UK, using different techniques, revealed the presence of enriched Uranium in biological materials and environmental samples including soil, bomb craters and air (as recorded in vehicle air filter dust). More recently, 2021 results published in the journal Nature, show that Uranium enrichment levels in background samples from Gaza have been increasing markedly since 2008. Since enriched Uranium is an anthropogenic substance which does not exist in nature, the question arises as to the source, in the weapons employed by the USA (Fallujah) and Israel (Lebanon, Gaza). It is proposed that the only logical answer is that a Uranium-based weapon exists that produces U-235 by neutron activation and has been deployed. Such a weapon must be some kind of neutron bomb.​..
    ​..Conclusion and further investigation.
    ​ An inevitable deduction from the consistent findings of enriched Uranium in samples from Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq, is that a neutron weapon of some kind has been employed since the second Gulf War, and possible before then. This is an Israeli (and US) secret weapon, as was reported by Robert Fisk in The Independent in 2006 [7]. The increases in congenital effects seen in the Fallujah population [8,9,10] and also in Gaza [20,21] can plausibly have resulted from exposure to neutrons as well as to the Uranium particulate aerosols. The weapon is ideal for armies employed in methodological destruction both of fighters hidden in urban environments (where neutrons pass through walls) and for any state which has the aim of destroying the civilian population using a genetic mutation weapon (cancer, fertility loss, birth defects). It is, however, a nuclear weapon, and those deploying it are using a nuclear weapon against civilian populations as part of a project to destroy an enemy state population without acknowledging this. This is a war crime.

    NEW EVIDENCE THAT ISRAEL IS USING A NEW URANIUM WEAPON – MAKE THAT THE NEUTRON BOMB

    ​ Celia Farber: RT Interview With Former Mossad Agent Ari Ben Menashe (Of Iran Contra Fame) Surfaces, Confirming Robert and Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein Worked For Israel To Control USA With Kompromat
    Why Doesn’t Anybody Ever Ask ISRAEL For Those Flight Logs? Epstein, Unfurled, Would Reveal Israel (I Believe) As A NON FRIEND Of The United States​.
    https://celiafarber.substack.com/p/rt-interview-with-former-mossad-agent

    Tony Hall on Spotlight, Extermination Mission​ , Iranian Television Asks Some of the Hard Questions About the “Extermination Mission” in Gaza​ [​See ​Hospital video]
    https://anthonyjhall.substack.com/p/tony-hall-on-spotlight-extermination

    Israel Starts Pumping Seawater Into Gaza Tunnels, After Russia Warned Against ‘War Crime’
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/israel-starts-pumping-seawater-gaza-tunnels-after-russia-warned-against-war-crime

    #148387
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ United Nations demands humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza
    ​ The United States does not have a veto in the General Assembly. It voted against the resolution, along with Israel and eight other countries. The resolution was adopted to a round of applause with 153 votes in favor, while 23 countries abstained from the vote.
    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/un-general-assembly-set-demand-gaza-ceasefire-2023-12-12/

    Anti-Zionist Jews Block Major LA Freeway To Demand Gaza Ceasefire
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/anti-zionist-jews-block-major-la-freeway-demand-gaza-ceasefire

    Netanyahu Says Israel Received Full US Support for Ground Operation in Gaza Strip
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20231212/netanyahu-says-israel-received-full-us-support-for-ground-operation-in-gaza-strip-1115540099.html

    #148388
    John Day
    Participant

    ​Simplicius, from yesterday, has lots of details and context regarding the convulsions in Kiev. Zelensky Circus Comes to Town for One Last Encore
    ​ So as part of Ukraine’s plans going forward into next year, they intend to create ‘surprising’ new symbolic victories, including “very daring ones”—a full admission that their entire program consists of merely performative token triumphs for global media consumption. Thus, we’re put on notice to expect some new ‘clever’ terrorist attacks in the coming months, which will have no effect on the calculus on the ground.
    ​ But as a final consideration for where things are headed into 2024, one other idea in relation to U.S.’s attempt to slow down the conflict to buy time for itself is the following. If worst comes to worst, and the U.S. is not able to get Russia to accede to a negotiations next year, there’s a chance that the U.S. will retool the negotiations effort as a deliberate trap with the understanding that Russia will reject them for the purpose of using the rejection as a torch to inspire Europe in rising up to the ‘threat’ posed by a resurgent Russia. They will say “See! Russia has no intention to ever stop, they will conquer all of Europe next.”
    https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/zelensky-circus-comes-to-town-for

    ​ Gilbert Doctorow’s Russian TV view of Zelensky’s Washington visit:
    ​ Last night’s Vladimir Solovyov show indulged in that kind of analysis to the full. In particular, this relates to the coverage of the joint press conference by Biden and Zelensky in which, quite exceptionally, they did not look at one another, they did not shake hands and appeared to be in a frosty relationship which, according to the Russian commentator, Valentin Bogdanov, Russian television’s bureau chief in New York, indicated that behind closed doors Zelensky had been called out on the carpet and told to freeze the conflict with Russia before the start of the U.S. presidential electoral season in January ‘or else.’
    ​ The Solovyov show’s interpretation of Zelensky’s visit is that he was ordered to come by the Biden administration so that he could see for himself the political realities of today, namely that there is little or no support in Congress for further military and financial aid to his country.
    ​ The ‘or else’ mentioned above is clear from footage of the pooled television feed that the Russians put on air but which has been systematically omitted by Western broadcasters. In this footage, Bogdanov called attention to the prominent presence at the meetings of Zelensky’s chief of the presidential administration Andrei Yermak, who should not have been there. And he showed us how Yermak was caught on video shadowing his boss when Zelensky and Biden exited from the press conference. His big, fat head was for some reason not put on the screen by CNN.
    ​ Per Bogdanov, Yermak is one of several Ukrainian politicians and military men that the United States is cultivating to replace Zelensky when they have truly had their fill of him and his only utility will be as scapegoat for the disaster of the Ukrainian counter-offensive. Another candidate said to be favored by Washington is, of course, the military commander Zaluzhny, whose public spat with Zelensky over the present situation on the battlefield has been widely reported in Western media on orders from ‘you know who.’ Then there is also candidate Aleksei Arestovich, a former Zelensky aide now living in the States and biding his time.
    https://gilbertdoctorow.substack.com/p/zelenskys-fund-raising-visit-to-washington

    ​ Dima, at Military summary Channel, has the most novel view, which he explains in the first 5 minutes, that Zelensky was pulled to Washington DC for protection during a large Russian attack, since all the details were not known, but it could have involved a coup d’etat. It was the biggest hacking attack in history. Ukraine is somewhat “paralyzed”.
    ​ Zelensky Was Evacuated While Ukraine Is Paralyzed. Military Summary For 2023.12.12

    Scott Ritter: Why the Pentagon is a multitrillion-dollar fraud
    The US Department of Defense has failed its sixth annual audit in a row, but taxpayer money will keep going down that drain
    https://swentr.site/news/588750-us-pentagon-failed-annual-audit/

    #148389
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Final COP28 Deal References Transition Away From Fossil Fuels​ , By Tsvetana Paraskova ​ (We will inevitably use less oil as less oil ​is pumped to use.)
    ​ COP28 ends with a historic compromise text, marking the first global call for transitioning away from fossil fuels.
    The United Arab Emirates, as the summit host, celebrates the agreement as a groundbreaking deal to reduce emissions.
    The final text reflects a significant step but faces watered-down language due to objections from oil-exporting countries, particularly led by Saudi Arabia.
    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Final-COP28-Deal-References-Transition-Away-From-Fossil-Fuels.html

    ​ IBM Slapped With Federal Civil Rights Complaint After Racist CEO’s “Obviously Illegal” Hiring Practices Leak
    ​ IBM has been hit with a federal civil rights complaint after James O’Keefe posted video leaked by an insider of CEO and Chairman Arvind Krishna outlining racist business practices.
    ​ “On December 11, 2023, a tape of IBM Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman Arvind Krishna was released on X.4 In the video, Krishna promises to fire, demote, or deny bonuses to corporate executives who either fail to meet the corporation’s racial and national origin hiring quotas or who hire too many Asian individuals,” reads a letter from America First Legal Foundation.​ [Indians and Chinese have been in a culture war for thousands of years. Indians are technically “Asians”, but…]
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/ibm-slapped-federal-civil-rights-complaint-after-racist-ceos-obviously-illegal-hiring

    ​ When you need an emergency appendectomy or cholecystectomy to save your life…
    There is a major controversy brewing in Canada over a proposal in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons that schools shift from emphasizing “medical expertise” in favor of teaching “anti-racism” and social justice values.

    Canadian Medical Schools Asked to Shift From “Medical Expertise” to Anti-Racism and Social Justice Training

    Celia Farber , Whistleblower Nurse: Kaiser Permanente Had Computer Systems Manipulated/Programmed to Push Covid Agenda And Lies:
    Impossible To Log Sick Patients As “Vaccinated.”
    Describes Colleagues As Having “Glazed” Eyes To Not See What Was Happening, Wanting To Be Accepted And Cool, Partook In Mass Euthanasia
    https://celiafarber.substack.com/p/whistleblower-nurse-kaiser-permanente

    ​Meryl Nass MD has numbered bullet-points
    Important points regarding the WHO’s Proposed Pandemic Treaty and major changes to the International Health Regulations
    2. The WHO’s proposed treaties are unconstitutional
    a. They demand that nations perform surveillance of their citizens’ social media footprints and censor them to prevent ‘infodemics’ (too much information, according to the WHO’s definition), misinformation and disinformation, surveil
    b. They say that nations should give up the intellectual property rights of their citizens.
    c. There is no due process for the declaring or ending of public health emergencies of international concern, for which no standards exist​…
    4. The 2 proposed treaties ignore existing internal law prohibiting the proliferation of biological warfare agents (the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention and the 2004 Security Council Memorandum 1540) and demand that nations search out new agents (a.k.a. “potential pandemic pathogens”) and share them with the WHO, which will “share them globally.” The WHO has already established a BioHub for this purpose and a Pathogen Access and Benefits System.​..
    6. The proposed amendments remove the guarantee of “Human rights, dignity and freedom of persons” that are found in the current international health regulations.
    7. The two proposed treaties are both binding, whereas the earlier IHR were recommendations only, apart from minor requirements for notification of certain outbreaks to the WHO. The two proposed documents would give the WHO and particularly its Director-General vast authority to manage healthcare globally. The current Director-General is not a medical practitioner and instead has a PhD in Community Health.​..
    9. The proposed treaty calls for rapidly produced vaccines and for nations to implement domestic legislation to permit the use of unlicensed medical products without manufacturer liability…
    10. It is apparent that in the process of developing the “Pandemic Accord” and amendments to the IHR, WHO/WHA positioned itself in a combined law-making/executive/expert/censorship role, which is a well-known path to usurpation of unrestrained power. It should not be surprising, therefore, that the proposed Amendments grant expressly such power to the WHO.
    11. The WHO receives 85% of its funding from voluntary contributions, and only 15% from dues paid by its 194 member nations. Most of the voluntary contributions are earmarked for special projects that the WHO carries out. When President Trump withheld US funding in 2020, Bill Gates became the WHO’s top funder. The (unelected) WHO serves many private masters, yet seeks to govern the world’s population.
    12. Virtually every recommendation the WHO made for managing the COVID pandemic was counterproductive. Why would we give the WHO the power to enforce the same bad advice on the US and world?
    https://merylnass.substack.com/p/important-points-regarding-the-whos

    #148390
    WES
    Participant

    1. The How and Why Afghanistan Fell So Quickly:

    As soon as the elites in Afghanistan realized the US was leaving, they stop using US supplied money to pay their police and military, instead keeping the money for themselves, since they also feared that US funding would also be cut off. This was their very last chance to grab any money before they too fled.

    After several months of not being paid, the police and military soon realized they were never going to be paid, so they all quit.

    In Afghanistan, this critical non-military factor, grift, is what the US military overlooked. Typically they only saw (blinders) military issues.

    2. How and Why The Ukraine Might Fall Quickly:

    Read the above paragraphs and substitute “Ukraine” for “Afghanistan”.

    Note: So far it is estimated 50 of 450 of Ukraine Rada parliamentarians have already said good-bye to their Ukrainian constituencies. Rats leaving a sinking ship? Are rats ever wrong by leaving a rotten ship early?

    #148391
    John Day
    Participant

    Thanks FS, for Berman on shale-oil “slurping sound”.

    #148392
    WES
    Participant

    Yes I expect to see a “word” salad on TAE!

    Bibi: Praise the Lord!
    Biden: Pass the Amm3unition!

    After dealing with Hamas, Israel will stand down along it’s narrow strip along the Gaza/Egyptian border, flooding the Sinai with Palestinians.

    #148393
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    @ ezlxa1949 – A bit more on sulfur.
    ___________

    There is a number of meanings regarding Smelling Sulfur, … just a short listing:

    Sulfur is often associated with the devil or with hell. Sulfur can also be a sign of purification or cleansing, and be a symbol of transformation. The smell of sulfur can also be a sign that someone has been cursed.

    There is more, … the scent of sulfur also indicates the presence of angels or other spiritual beings, or the smell of sulfur may be a warning from your guardian angel, … or spirit guide about someone or something evil nearby.

    Anyway, I watched the vid, saw the haze filling the area, … seeing presence of Sulfur in the air was the first thing that came up into my mind! [ As I recall from my olden past – ‘50s and ‘60s – we Poles never had much love for Jews. Today, … Poland, I suspect, is not much different. I could be wrong, … ]

    F.S.

    #148396
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Israel flooding Hamas tunnels – WSJ
    With the lives of hostages at stake, the Israeli government is reportedly keeping the operation quiet

    “The Israeli military has begun pumping seawater into Hamas’ underground tunnel network beneath Gaza, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Israeli officials have refused to comment on the alleged operation, which could endanger the lives of more than 100 hostages and contaminate the strip’s water supply.”

    https://www.rt.com/news/589000-israel-flood-hamas-tunnels/

    Another delusion from NYT’s braying ‘truth’. Or is it camouflage and true? If done, the entire Israeli government, its bureaucrats, its entire officer command of the military must meet the judgment of ICC, ICJ and citizens of Israel be required to wear clearly visible a yellow star whenever outside Israel, since that is the fashion their diplomats wear at the UN without shame.

    ~ ~ ~
    Still looking for log out button

    #148397
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Arthur Berman: “Shale Oil and the Slurping Sound”
    Could have been, as easily, a giant meteorite hurling toward the Earth.

    jb-hb: Arthur Berman hates the humanity!

    #148398
    Celticbiker
    Participant

    Recall Rumsfield saying they ‘lost” 5 trillion on 9/10/01? A jew CFO is how you steal 5 trillion. Next day you murder anyone looking into it. We’ve been robbed blind since 1913 by youknowho. Usury and debt to create a slave plantation. China/Russia are the new blood host for the ancient parasite. Time to cull the Westerners. Everything’s been stolen, fuck em, purpose served. Open the floodgates for the barbarians, let em all fight for their lives. Good luck fighting when you’re incapacitated by injections. Why do you think Deagal made such horrific predictions? Well, we are about to find out.

    #148399
    zerosum
    Participant

    You can open Some video and pictures from Gaza
    https://english.almanar.com.lb/1999802
    67th Day of Aggression: Gaza Remains in Genocide Crisis as Brutal Attacks Continue

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