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Hersh: Hamas Troops Surrendering in Gaza, West Bank is Next Tinderbox (Sp.)
Pumping Seawater Into Hamas Tunnels Proves ‘Successful’ (Cradle)
IDF Reveals Forces ‘Mistakenly’ Killed Three Israeli Hostages in Gaza (Sp.)
Maersk Diverts All Vessels From Red Sea (ZH)
West Secretly Urging Russia-Ukraine Talks – Lavrov (RT)
Scott Ritter: Ukrainian Military to Crumble by Mid-2024 (Sp.)
Scholz Pulled Ruse On Orban To Start Ukraine Accession Talks – Politico (RT)
Hungary May Impose Veto On Ukraine’s EU Accession Talks – FM (TASS)
Austrian Leader Skipped Russian Sanctions Vote – Politico (RT)
Biden Lacks ‘End Game’ in ‘Doomed’ Ukraine Project – Analyst (Sp.)
Zelensky’s Global Begging Tour Is an Obscene Fiasco (SCF)
Cranking Up the Ukraine Phoney History Mill (Karganovic)
The Mystery of the Missing Binder (CNN)

 

 

 

 

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“..the disparity in Israeli and Palestinian civilian deaths “is something that Israelis will have to think about.” The officer supports the war “but the balance is not right.”

Hersh: Hamas Troops Surrendering in Gaza, West Bank is Next Tinderbox (Sp.)

The growing crisis in the West Bank is fraught with the risk of sparking a regional war in the Middle East, as Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh wrote in his recent blog post. While the Joe Biden administration appears to have turned a blind eye to mounting civilian casualties in Gaza, the US president is concerned about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attacks on the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, according to Hersh. “Steadily increasing violence committed there against the Palestinian population by Israeli settlers, who are openly supported by the IDF and the extremists that now dominate Israeli politics, has triggered alarms in Washington,” the investigative journalist wrote, quoting a US official with access to sensitive information.

“The official told me that ‘Bibi’s continuing campaign’ in the West Bank ‘is complicating Israel’s efforts to create favorable arrangements in Gaza after the war ends,’ and the violence has become a ‘huge obstacle’ for the Biden administration.” According to Hersh, Netanyahu and Israeli hardliners want carte blanche from the Biden White House for their actions in the West Bank. He quoted his source as saying that Netanyahu cabinet officials “are pissed at Biden and think he should have said that we’re with you all the way: ‘You got to do [in the West Bank] what you got to do’.” The most ardent supporter of tougher measures against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank is National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, a lawyer and right-wing politician. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist noted that Biden was “uncharacteristically caustic about Gvir”, suggesting that the minister and his allies are against the two-state solution.

According to Hersh’s source, the crucial question faced by US intelligence analysts “is whether there is going to be a regional war” in the Middle East if Tel Aviv continues to ignore the growing crisis in the West Bank. That question is “up in the air” given Netanyahu’s ongoing legal predicament and the backing he needs from Ben Gvir and his supporters. Commenting on the prospects of the two-state solution in the Middle East, the intelligence official noted that “there is a lot of behind-the-scenes back-and-forth.” Meanwhile, the “astonishing number” of civilians dying in Gaza has “left a stain” on Israel’s international reputation — worrying even some former Israeli military officers, Hersh said. One told the investigative journalist that the disparity in Israeli and Palestinian civilian deaths “is something that Israelis will have to think about.” The officer supports the war “but the balance is not right.”

Hersh said he had learnt that as many as 700 Hamas soldiers had opted to surrender to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). A senior aide to Yahya Sinjar, the purported masterminds behind Hamas’s October 7 cross-border raid, is also said to have surrendered. “Israel expected Hamas to fight to the end, just as America thought the Japanese would do in World War II,” the US source told Hersh. The journalist noted that Sinjar is believed to be hiding somewhere in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The journalist also discovered that Israel and Hamas leadership in exile have renewed contacts with regard to a possible exchange of Israeli hostages for imprisoned Palestinians. “At this point, I was told, there are 137 Israelis in Hamas custody and still thought to be alive,” Hersh wrote.

“All were taken hostage on October 7, and as many as thirty-six of them are believed to be active IDF members, men and women between the ages of eighteen to thirty-one. Eight civilian women and two children are still believed to be in custody.” Reportedly, Hamas wants to exchange 10 hostages for 40 prisoners in Israeli jails and a 48-hour ceasefire. The US official told Hersh that some elderly hostages in Hamas’ custody had died due to lack of medical treatment. After all hostages are freed “the entire [Hamas] leadership—political, religious, and military—will be killed in the countries where they live,” Hersh’s contact said, adding that Mossad — the Israeli intelligence service — “is already tracking them, but killing them before the hostages are out is risky.”

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“The tunnels were built by well-trained and educated engineers who considered all possible attacks from the occupation, including pumping water..”

Pumping Seawater Into Hamas Tunnels Proves ‘Successful’ (Cradle)

The Israeli daily The Times of Israel reported on 14 December that the attempt to pump seawater into the vast network of tunnels built by Hamas in Gaza was proving to be a “success.” “The tunnel flooding had indeed begun, albeit in a limited trial capacity …,” and that “it was understood to have been a success,” the newspaper said on Thursday. Three days ago, Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that the Israeli military had already begun pumping seawater into tunnels used by Hamas. Citing US officials familiar with the Israeli military operation, the WSJ had reported that the move to flood the tunnels with water from the Mediterranean was in its early stages. A spokesperson for the Israeli defense minister had declined to comment, saying tunnel operations were classified.

When asked, however, if the tunnel flooding tactic might pose a threat to Israeli prisoners held in Gaza, Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said in a press conference on 14 December that the military operates on “intelligence” regarding where prisoners are being kept, adding that Israel “will not take steps that harm them.” In another press conference in Beirut on Thursday, senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan said that the tunnels were built to withstand flooding, and that Israel’s plans have been taken into account. “The tunnels were built by well-trained and educated engineers who considered all possible attacks from the occupation, including pumping water,” Hamdan said, adding that the underground network is “an integral part of the resistance, and all consequences and expected attacks have been taken into account.”

At the start of the war in October, officials were quoted as saying that soldiers should “under no circumstances” attempt to enter the tunnels. The report by The Times of Israel comes as Israel is no closer to its goal of destroying Hamas. “Israel is still far from toppling Hamas. The majority of its fighters are still alive; it still possesses rockets,” said Michael Millstein, a Palestinian studies expert, on 12 December. Clashes continue to rage between Israel and the Palestinian resistance in both north and south Gaza, with resistance fighters ambushing Israeli troops on a daily basis. At least 10 Israeli soldiers were killed in the Shujaiya neighborhood of north Gaza and elsewhere on 12 December in coordinated ambushes laid by Hamas and other groups. Israeli media referred to the ambush as “one of the deadliest” since the ground war was launched in late October.

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‘Mistakenly..’

IDF Reveals Forces ‘Mistakenly’ Killed Three Israeli Hostages in Gaza (Sp.)

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) admitted on Friday that the service had mistakenly identified three hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip as a threat and opened fire, killing all three. “During combat in Shejaiya, the IDF mistakenly identified three Israeli hostages as a threat. As a result, the troops fired toward them and they were killed,” the IDF wrote on its Telegram channel. The bodies of the three individuals, two of who were identified by the IDF as Samer Talalka and Yotam Haim, have since been recovered by Israeli forces. The third individual was not publicly identified at the family’s request “Immediate lessons from the event have been learned, which have been passed on to all IDF troops in the field,” the IDF said in a statement.

“The IDF expresses deep remorse over the tragic incident and sends the families its heartfelt condolences. Our national mission is to locate the missing and return all the hostages home.” The trio were said to have been taken into custody by Hamas from Kibbutz Kfar Aza during the October 7 surprise attack. A “review” of the incident has been launched. Since early October, Israel has detailed that upwards of 1,000 Israelis have been killed in hostilities, with nearly 250 civilians and soldiers having been taken hostage by Hamas. To date, more than 18,000 Palestinians have been killed amid ongoing bombing campaigns on Gaza, including nearly 8,000 children.

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A powerful punch.

Maersk Diverts All Vessels From Red Sea (ZH)

There’s been yet another Houthi attack on commercial shipping in the Red Sea, in at least the third serious incident this week, prompting container shipping giant Maersk to order any of its vessels near the southern entrance of the Red Sea to immediately halt their voyages. “Following the near-miss incident involving Maersk Gibraltar yesterday and yet another attack on a container vessel today, we have instructed all Maersk vessels in the area bound to pass through the Bab al-Mandab Strait to pause their journey until further notice,” the Danish international liner confirmed Friday, per Bloomberg. “In this latest incident, ballistic missiles and a drone were fired from Houthi held territory in Yemen and struck a Liberian-flagged cargo ship near the Bab El-Mandeb Strait, according to a Pentagon official. A second vessel in the same area also came under attack close in time to the first.”

According to breaking details relayed in Reuters: Attacks from Houthi-controlled Yemen struck two Liberian-flagged ships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait on Friday, a U.S. defense official said, underlining the threat to vessels in shipping lanes being targeted by the Iran-aligned group. A projectile, believed to be a drone, struck one of the vessels, the German-owned Al Jasrah, causing a fire but no injuries, the official said. Two ballistic missiles were fired in the second attack, one of which struck a vessel, causing a fire which the crew was working to extinguish, the official said.” A Houthi statement subsequently identified that the MSC Alanya and MSC Palatium III were the targeted vessels in the attack. It’s unclear whether they are Israeli-linked, however it is clear that the vessels were sailing the direction of Israeli ports when they were struck. US Navy and other coalition warships are reportedly en route to assist the damaged ships – with potential casualties unknown at this point.

The impact of this fresh pair of attacks has been felt immediately by markets (note: rerouting of traditional routes means chaos as buyers need to scramble to ensure they have priority to new routes, and this in turn leads to surge in charter rates and boost to shipper revenues), per Bloomberg: “Shipping stocks extend their surge as Maersk tells its vessels in the Red Sea area to pause their journeys, following recent militant attacks on merchant ships. The attacks have raised fears of disruptions to container shipping.” Crucially, Maersk has now confirmed that its tankers will avoid the Red Sea altogether. This directive has reportedly already been sent out. As of late last month, the Maersk exodus had already begun: “Ships with links to Israel are diverting in greater numbers from the Red and Arabian Seas following a series of attacks over the past 11 days by Houthis, Iranians and Somalis. Danish liner giant Maersk became the latest big name to announce that a pair of its ships on charter – Lisa and Maersk Pagani – will be diverted with cargoes discharged in the United Arab Emirates resulting in delays of more than a week. “This decision has been made with careful consideration of various factors, prioritizing the safety of crew, the vessel, and your cargo,” Maersk stated in an advisory to clients.

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“… at least via three different channels of communication, sent signals as to why don’t we meet and talk about what to do with Ukraine and with European security..”

West Secretly Urging Russia-Ukraine Talks – Lavrov (RT)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that multiple Western leaders had approached him about potential negotiations to end the conflict in Ukraine, saying the Kremlin is ready for dialogue so long as it respects Moscow’s core interests. Speaking alongside his Belarusian counterpart Sergey Aleinik on Friday, Lavrov told reporters that some Western powers were increasingly interested in a negotiated settlement, though declined to single out any country by name. “I do not want to and I have no right to name names, but a number of high-level, well-known leaders of Western countries, including one specific Western leader, a very well-known one, several times, … at least via three different channels of communication, sent signals as to why don’t we meet and talk about what to do with Ukraine and with European security,” he said.

Lavrov added that Russia is “always ready to discuss these issues seriously,” but suggested Kiev had been the unwilling party, saying “We have never rejected the negotiations and this question should not be addressed to us.” However, the FM stressed that any talks would have to account for “Russia’s legitimate interests” and must mean “putting an end to attempts to build [one’s] own security at the expense of others,” referring to Ukraine’s efforts to join the NATO bloc. Though Russian and Ukrainian negotiators met for multiple rounds of talks in the weeks after Moscow launched its military operation, the discussions soon collapsed. Kiev has shown little interest in further dialogue in the months since, with President Vladimir Zelensky even signing a decree barring any talks with the current Kremlin leadership.

During a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) earlier this month, Lavrov recalled that the two sides had essentially reached a peace agreement following talks in Istanbul in March 2022, noting that senior Ukrainian MP David Arakhamia, who led his country’s delegation, had recently confirmed this. A key political ally of Zelensky, Arakhamia said that Russia’s primary goal had been to pressure Ukraine to accept neutrality and abandon plans to join NATO. Kiev did not trust Moscow to keep its word and wanted “security guarantees” from third parties, Arakhamia said, also pointing out then-British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s role in discouraging the talks.

Western leaders have so far said little about new peace talks in their public comments, though recent media reports have indicated that US and European officials have quietly broached the issue behind the scenes. According to US officials cited by NBC, Washington is now “worried that Ukraine is running out of forces” and cannot succeed on the battlefield, reportedly prompting new interest in negotiations.

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“He’s going to want a lot of money to continue, to not only sustain the funding of the Ukrainian state, but also to sustain the greasing of Ukrainian corruption, because that’s the only thing that keeps Zelensky in power.”

Scott Ritter: Ukrainian Military to Crumble by Mid-2024 (Sp.)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s charm offensive has failed, as US members of Congress are fixing to leave for winter break without passing Biden’s $61 billion package for Kiev. Even though the Democratic-controlled Senate has delayed holiday recess to unlock the aid, the House shows no sign of returning to pass it through the full Congress. “The day of the West turning over hundreds of tanks, hundreds of armored fighting vehicles, hundreds of artillery pieces is over,” Scott Ritter, a military analyst and former US Marine Corps intelligence officer, told Sputnik. “We just don’t have any left to give. So the best Zelensky can hope for is your penny packets of armor, penny packets of infantry fighting vehicles, some ammunition, and maybe an F-16 or two. He’s going to want a lot of money to continue, to not only sustain the funding of the Ukrainian state, but also to sustain the greasing of Ukrainian corruption, because that’s the only thing that keeps Zelensky in power.”

The US House of Representatives voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on December 14. The bill extended the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative through the end of 2026, authorizing $300 million for Kiev in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024, as well as the next one. Still, the US media admits that it’s just a drop in the bucket when compared to the $61 billion requested by Biden. Both American voters and members of Congress have grown skeptical about funneling more money into Ukraine. Almost 50 percent of US voters believe Washington is spending “too much” in military and financial aid for Ukraine, as per the latest FT-Michigan Ross monthly survey. The sentiment is largely explained by Kiev’s crushing defeat during the summer counteroffensive.

Meanwhile, Kiev officials behave as if they are absolutely unaware of the troublesome trend. Earlier this month, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense handed over a “list of armaments to meet the needs of Ukraine’s defense forces” to their American counterparts. In addition to artillery shells, F-16 fighters, drones, and missiles the list also included F-18 Hornet fighter jets, Boeing Apache attack helicopters, Lockheed Martin Black Hawk choppers, and even the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) air defense system, among other top-notch weapons. Per Ritter, there’s zero chance whatsoever that Ukraine will ever see anything on that wish list, with the exception of perhaps a handful of old F-16 fighters and a fraction of the artillery ammunition that they’ve requested.

“This is a sign of absolute panic on the part of Ukraine,” Ritter believes. “Zelensky is approaching a delusional state where he appears to be of a mindset similar to that which Adolf Hitler possessed in the final days in the Berlin bunker as the Red Army closed in, where he fantasized armies, he was moving nonexistent troops and aircraft on a map with his hands.” The former Marine intelligence officer explained that providing sophisticated weaponry to Kiev is throwing away money and throwing away capability in the eyes of Washington. Furthermore, Russia knocking out F-18 fighter jets or THAADs would create a bad precedent, let alone the security challenge of US technologies falling into the hands of the Russian military, according to Ritter.

“Ukraine does not factor into the legitimate national security interests of the United States,” the military expert highlighted. “We are not going to sacrifice ourselves on the altar of Ukrainian nationalism. We’ve given them some support, but that support was merely sufficient to create the perception of Ukrainian strength. But we were never going to give the Ukrainians the ability to win this war, because they were never going to have the ability to win this war. Ukraine cannot defeat Russia. They’re not physically capable of defeating Russia, regardless of the equipment that the West gives them. So why would we sacrifice the best equipment we have on this altar?”

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No ruse. Orban knew what was happening.

Scholz Pulled Ruse On Orban To Start Ukraine Accession Talks – Politico (RT)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz managed to get Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban out of the room at a key EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday so that he would not veto a motion to begin formal accession talks with Ukraine, Politico reported on Friday. The ruse reportedly allowed the EU to move forward with the process. While the EU Council recommended opening membership talks with Kiev in November, Orban has repeatedly criticized the initiative, branding Ukraine “one of the most corrupt countries in the world,” and claiming that it had failed to meet the necessary conditions for such a decision. EU leaders attempted to persuade Orban to change his stance during marathon negotiations in Brussels on Thursday.

Finally, about three hours into the talks, Scholz told Orban that “he should consider leaving the room briefly,” and, perhaps go “grab a coffee outside,” Politico reported, adding that the idea behind the suggestion was that EU leaders would be able to unanimously approve the move while Orban would be able to say that he had not voted in favor. According to Politico’s sources, while Scholz’s down-to-earth strategy raised some eyebrows both in the EU and beyond, it had been “pre-agreed” and carried out in a “constructive manner.” One official told the magazine that the German chancellor resorted to “an old trick from his time with the Young Socialists,” the youth wing of his Social Democratic Party. The ground for the ploy, according to the magazine, was set in the previous hours of the summit that saw many EU leaders piling strong pressure on Orban, attempting to debunk his arguments that Ukraine was not worthy of being given a path to joining the bloc.

Finally, while Orban did not veto the accession talks with Ukraine, he called the decision “completely senseless, irrational, and incorrect.” Nevertheless, he still blocked the EU’s four-year plan to allocate €50 billion ($54 billion) for Ukraine. Orban’s chief political adviser previously insisted that Budapest could sign on for the move if the EU unfreezes all of the €30 billion earmarked for Hungary that was blocked over corruption and rule-of-law concerns. Brussels previously unlocked €10 billion, citing Budapest’s progress on judicial reforms to make the country’s courts more independent.

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“We were not involved in this decision, we were not responsible for it and we were exempt from its consequences..”

Hungary May Impose Veto On Ukraine’s EU Accession Talks – FM (TASS)

Hungary will veto the European Union’s talks on the accession of Ukraine if they are found to be detrimental to Hungarian interests, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in an interview with Mandiner magazine. “The European Union has decided to start accession talks with Ukraine,” Hungary’s top diplomat said. “This is a principled decision, which has no practical significance whatsoever.” “In case Brussels, tries to squeeze in during the preparations for the real talks on the [Ukrainian] accession something that would harm us, we will be forced to resort to the tool of tough veto,” Szijjarto stressed.

Having called as “completely irrational” a decision to launch talks on Ukraine’s EU accession, the Hungarian foreign minister recalled that his country’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban did not participate in negotiations on this issue at the most recent EU summit in Brussels. According to Szijjarto, it was the best PM Orban could do in that situation, as the leaders of the other 26 EU countries insisted on providing the green light to Ukraine’s accession process. “We were not involved in this decision, we were not responsible for it and we were exempt from its consequences,” the Hungarian foreign minister added. Speaking to journalists last Friday ahead of the European Union’s Summit in Brussels on December 14-15 Orban said: “No sense of launching talks today with Ukraine [on EU’s admission].”

Hungary’s Premier Orban stated previously in the month that he objected to including the issue of Ukraine’s EU membership on the agenda of the organization’s meeting in Brussels on December 14-15. Hungary has repeatedly stated its intention to keep channels of communication with Russia open in order to continue looking for ways to resolve the Ukraine crisis, among other things. Putin and Orban focused on this issue at their meeting in Beijing on the sidelines of the Belt and Road international forum on October 17.

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It’s a popular move…

Austrian Leader Skipped Russian Sanctions Vote – Politico (RT)

European Union member states have agreed to a 12th package of sanctions against Russia; however, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, who had been holding up a decision on the latest set of punitive measures targeting Moscow, was reportedly not in the room, Politico reported. While the text of the package had been agreed upon by all countries earlier this week, Austria reportedly wasn’t able to give its final approval until late Thursday, saying it needed time to examine the legal text. Reuters earlier wrote that sources familiar with the matter said the country had been trying to have Raiffeisen Bank International, the largest Western bank still operating in Russia, taken off a Ukrainian blacklist in return for Vienna’s willingness to sign off on new EU sanctions against Moscow.

European diplomats told Politico that Nehammer’s absence was just a coincidence, as he had left the room to speak with EC President Ursula von der Leyen about the EU accession of Romania and Bulgaria. However, ironically, earlier in the day, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán seemed to have resorted to the same maneuver. Orban left the leaders’ room when they decided to go ahead with accession talks for Ukraine, to allow for a unanimous decision in what the media wrote was “the coffee break that saved Ukraine’s membership talks.” According to Reuters, despite Austria’s reported efforts to take it off Ukraine’s blacklist, Raiffeisen is still there. The new penalties include a direct ban on imports of non-industrial Russian diamonds starting from January 1 and a phased ban on diamond imports from third countries starting from March, in alignment with the G7 countries. Other sanctions include toughening the proof required of companies which claim they adhere to the G7 Russian oil price cap.

The package also added measures to prevent Russia from getting dual-use goods by obliging EU companies’ counterparties to sign contracts when buying certain products which prohibit their re-sale to Russia. A notification procedure for Russian citizens or entities in Russia wishing to transfer more than 100,000 euros (over $109,000) out of the EU was also incorporated into the sanctions package. The EU has already imposed 11 rounds of sanctions on Russia since the beginning of its conflict with Ukraine in early 2022, aiming to weaken the country’s economy by depriving it of access to critical technology and markets, and by curtailing its income from the export of raw materials. In response, Russia has redirected much of its trade to Asia, primarily India and China. Speaking during a marathon Q&A session on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US and its allies are largely “shooting themselves in the foot” by slapping Russia with new sanctions, which he said ended up hurting them more than they did Moscow.

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“Neither the United States nor the Europeans even have the stockpiles to undertake a war… We are so depleted right now, we wouldn’t even be able to fight a one-front war..”

Biden Lacks ‘End Game’ in ‘Doomed’ Ukraine Project – Analyst (Sp.)

The ‘Ukraine’ project “is doomed,” and the regime in Kiev “has already lost,” Michael Maloof, former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, told Sputnik. “The Biden administration, and I think even some European countries now are seeing the inevitability of that,” he added. With the much-heralded Ukraine counteroffensive turning out to be a total flop, despite the enormous military assistance that the US and its NATO allies have doled out, the mainstream media has now stopped talking about any so-called ‘successes’ by the Zelensky regime and has gone practically silent. So currently, given the open admissions that Kiev’s counteroffensive was a disaster, ‘Ukraine fatigue’ is now gaining ground both in the US and Europe. Meanwhile, the Russian Armed Forces have transitioned to an offensive stance in the special military operation zone and are advancing along the entire contact line, as emphasized by President Vladimir Putin during his annual press conference on December 14.

Ukraine’s military, according to Maloof, had seriously lacked one particular element from the start – air power. “They didn’t have the air power to deal with tank traps, mines that the Russians built up over time. And it devolved into trench warfare,” he said. As for Western countries, in their frenzy to fuel NATO’s proxy conflict against Russia in Ukraine, they ended up facing depleted weapons and munitions stocks. “Neither the United States nor the Europeans even have the stockpiles to undertake a war… We are so depleted right now, we wouldn’t even be able to fight a one-front war,” said Maloof. Weighing in on talk by the West to “help the Ukrainians to build up their own indigenous military production capabilities,” the retired senior security policy analyst dismissed it as “silly.” He recalled that Russia recently warned that if Ukraine were to start manufacturing these weapons on its soil, such facilities would be deemed a legitimate target.

“Well, that also applies to the F-16s that they [Kiev regime] hope and pray to get,” stressed Maloof, and continued: “But first, pilots have to be trained in English to understand the instructions, and that could take years. So in addition to the training, so even if they were based in Ukraine, they’re going to be taken out. Could the Ukrainians launch these F-16s from a NATO country? If they did that, it immediately involves a NATO country… And Russia would have a right to respond.” Of course, Ukraine’s President Volodymy Zelensky had been offered a chance at a negotiated settlement, but he was pressured by then-UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, other Western leaders, to reject Russia’s generous terms with the promise of more arms. Well, now “that’s faltering,” the former US Defense Department staff member succinctly pointed out. Ukrainian President Zelensky failed miserably in his last ditch effort to win a funding package worth over $60 billion from American lawmakers.

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“The EU membership talks were granted no doubt as a way to distract from the fact that the EU funds were not forthcoming and especially following the miserable response from U.S. lawmakers..”

Zelensky’s Global Begging Tour Is an Obscene Fiasco (SCF)

The United States’ proxy war in Ukraine against Russia has cost the lives of up to 400,000 Ukrainian soldiers. In the last six months alone, it is estimated that over 120,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed in a failed counteroffensive. Even Western media are coyly admitting the grim reality of failure after much-vaunted predictions last year of imminent victory against Russia. Yet nearly two years after the conflict erupted, the leader of the puppet regime in Kiev persists in begging for billions more in funds from his Western sponsors to continue the bloodbath – the biggest armed confrontation in Europe since the Second World War. The hostilities can be traced back to the 2014 coup in Kiev orchestrated by the CIA and precipitated by the European Union and Washington trying to cleave traditional Ukrainian relations with Russia.

Those hostilities culminated in February 2022 in what can be seen as a U.S.-led proxy war against Russia. A war that has failed for the Western powers and needs to be peacefully negotiated to spare further death and destruction. This week, however, saw Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky going to Washington “cap in hand” to plead for $60 billion in additional funds. His begging mission failed. The U.S. Congress refused to pass the supplemental bill requested on his behalf by President Joe Biden for Ukraine. After that humiliation, Zelensky then turned his solicitation to the European Union. The EU, by turn, failed to agree on a requested fund for $54 billion for Ukraine. As a sort of consolation prize, the EU leaders at their two-day summit in Brussels declared that Ukraine could start negotiations for eventually gaining access to the 27-member bloc.

That decision was bombastically hailed as “historic” but it seemed more theatre than substance given that the negotiations will take several years to conduct and there is no guarantee at the end of the tedious process that Ukraine will actually gain EU membership. Will Ukraine even exist as a state in a few years, as our columnist Stephen Karganovic ponders in an article this week? The EU membership talks were granted no doubt as a way to distract from the fact that the EU funds were not forthcoming and especially following the miserable response from U.S. lawmakers. The whole sorry saga indicates that the U.S.-led proxy war in Ukraine has become a deplorable black hole for Western public money. Given the military debacle and the futile bloodshed, it is becoming politically untenable for Washington and Brussels to keep shovelling billions of taxpayer money into this abyss.

Up for the asking this week was a total of nearly $100 billion between the U.S. and Europe for Ukraine. How many badly needed public services in Western states could do with – and are denied – that kind of financial sustenance? The spectacle of Zelensky touring the world scrounging for more money is as shameful as it is sordid. Official figures show that the Western governments have already donated a combined total of $200 billion to Ukraine since the conflict escalated in February 2022. To put that largesse into perspective, it is estimated that the U.S. Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of the whole of Europe following World War Two was equivalent to $173 billion in today’s money. Think about that. The Western funding to Ukraine already exceeds this historic salvage package by some $30 billion. And yet Western governments are trying to muster another $100 billion on top of that.

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“..a long-overdue project to fabricate a history for Ukraine..”

Cranking Up the Ukraine Phoney History Mill (Karganovic)

What took the British so long? We learned from the Guardian recently that British “partners” have embarked on a long-overdue project to fabricate a history for Ukraine, “to wrest Ukraine’s past from the shadow of Russian and Soviet narratives.” Projection is evident right from the start. A narrative, the definition of which is a self-serving false account, is being concocted in London to counter not another equally false narrative but to undermine the historically attested perception shared by inhabitants of both contemporary Russia and Ukraine that they are, indeed, “one people.” That is exactly what was pointed out in you know who’s famous essay ”On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians,“ published in the summer of 2021. Ever since, those essentially commonplace historical assertions, acknowledged for at least the last millennium as axiomatic by all the locals from Kiev to Moscow, have disconcerted quite a few nation-builders in the collective West.

And that precisely is the reason for the Ukraine history project which lately has obsessed British minds. The construction of a viable anti-Russia is glaringly incomplete unless endowed with a suitable “history” written to reflect not just Ukraine’s supposed distinctness but more importantly its antithetical nature in relation to Russia. The task of the London-based Ukrainian History Global Initiative is to fill the embarrassing gap in the scholarship by hiring a bevy of what in the narcissistic West passes for reputable academics for the job. The undertaking has been conceived by serious hybrid warfare operatives to supersede the inadequate and primitive rants of native propaganda assets with a glossy, sophisticated version of exactly the same rants, but skilfully packaged as respectable scholarship in order to impress the simpleminded.

The Ukrainian History Initiative is expected to complete its work in three years and has been entrusted to ninety largely non-Ukrainian, Western academics. It is chaired by Swedish politician Karl Bildt (whose credentials as a historian are not clear) and includes such luminaries as the stridently anti-Russian Yale historian Timothy Snyder, intelligence asset Anne Applebaum (who just happened to fall in love and marry Russian fifth-columnist Ilya Ponomarev), British lawyer and KC Philippe Sands, and Klaus Schwab associate Yuval Harari, among others.

It may seem odd that the fabrication of Ukrainian history is being managed from London, not having been entrusted to the intellectual brain-power of the Kiev regime, the party which presumably should be interested the most in the success of this academic travesty. Western curators, however, prefer to keep such undertakings under tight control and to delegate execution to reliable staff. The identical approach – seemingly just as odd, but not really – was employed several years ago for the fabrication of the “Montenegrin language”. The new language was created by a committee composed entirely of foreigners, without a single Montenegrin. Just as NATO satrapy Ukraine would be incomplete without a history, for roughly similar reasons the new NATO satellite Montenegro would appear inauthentic without a separate language.

The front man for the Ukraine history operation is an individual by the name of Viktor Pinchuk, self-identified on the internet page of the Fund bearing his name as “a Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist.” Specific information about Pinchuk’s “philanthropic” activities, beyond the tritely stated goal of “empowering future generations to become the change makers of tomorrow,” is scarce. The fact, however, that Pinchuk’s business accomplishments date back to the early 1990s, an era not particularly remembered for its philanthropic spirit, suggests the origin and manner of acquisition of his considerable wealth. And to boot, Pinchuk is the son-in-law of Ukraine’s second President, the notoriously corrupt Leonid Kuchma, whose pointedly entitled book, “Ukraine is not Russia,” should probably prove enormously helpful to the scholars being assembled in Britain to give an academic articulation to precisely such an idea. A chip off the old block indeed.

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CNN wants you to think “Putin sought to help Trump win the 2016 election..”

The Mystery of the Missing Binder (CNN)

A binder containing highly classified information related to Russian election interference went missing at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, raising alarms among intelligence officials that some of the most closely guarded national security secrets from the US and its allies could be exposed, sources familiar with the matter told CNN. Its disappearance, which has not been previously reported, was so concerning that intelligence officials briefed Senate Intelligence Committee leaders last year about the missing materials and the government’s efforts to retrieve them, the sources said. In the two-plus years since Trump left office, the missing intelligence does not appear to have been found. The binder contained raw intelligence the US and its NATO allies collected on Russians and Russian agents, including sources and methods that informed the US government’s assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Trump win the 2016 election, sources tell CNN.

The intelligence was so sensitive that lawmakers and congressional aides with top secret security clearances were able to review the material only at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, where their work scrutinizing it was itself kept in a locked safe. The binder was last seen at the White House during Trump’s final days in office. The former president had ordered it brought there so he could declassify a host of documents related to the FBI’s Russia investigation. Under the care of then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, the binder was scoured by Republican aides working to redact the most sensitive information so it could be declassified and released publicly. The Russian intelligence was just a small part of the collection of documents in the binder, described as being 10 inches thick and containing reams of information about the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

But the raw intelligence on Russia was among its most sensitive classified materials, and top Trump administration officials repeatedly tried to block the former president from releasing the documents. The day before leaving office, Trump issued an order declassifying most of the binder’s contents, setting off a flurry of activity in the final 48 hours of his presidency. Multiple copies of the redacted binder were created inside the White House, with plans to distribute them across Washington to Republicans in Congress and right-wing journalists. Instead, copies initially sent out were frantically retrieved at the direction of White House lawyers demanding additional redactions. Just minutes before Joe Biden was inaugurated, Meadows rushed to the Justice Department to hand-deliver a redacted copy for a last review. Years later, the Justice Department has yet to release all of the documents, despite Trump’s declassification order. Additional copies with varying levels of redactions ended up at the National Archives.

But an unredacted version of the binder containing the classified raw intelligence went missing amid the chaotic final hours of the Trump White House. The circumstances surrounding its disappearance remain shrouded in mystery. US officials repeatedly declined to discuss any government efforts to locate the binder or confirm that any intelligence was missing. The binder was not among the classified items found in last year’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, according to a US official familiar with the matter, who said the FBI was not looking specifically for intelligence related to Russia when it obtained a search warrant for the former president’s residence last year. There’s also no reference to the binder or the missing Russian intelligence in the June indictment of Trump over the mishandling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.

One theory has emerged about the binder’s whereabouts. Cassidy Hutchinson, one of Meadows’ top aides, testified to Congress and wrote in her memoir that she believes Meadows took home an unredacted version of the binder. She said it had been kept in Meadows’ safe and that she saw him leave with it from the White House. “I am almost positive it went home with Mr. Meadows,” Hutchinson told the January 6 committee in closed-door testimony, according to transcripts released last year. A lawyer for Meadows, however, strongly denies that Meadows mishandled any classified information at the White House, saying any suggestion Meadows was responsible for classified information going missing was “flat wrong.” “Mr. Meadows was keenly aware of and adhered to requirements for the proper handling of classified material, any such material that he handled or was in his possession has been treated accordingly and any suggestion that he is responsible for any missing binder or other classified information is flat wrong,” Meadows attorney George Terwilliger said in a statement to CNN. “Anyone and any entity suggesting that he is responsible for anything missing does not have facts and should exercise great care before making false allegations.”

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    Edward Hopper Hotel lobby 1943   • Hersh: Hamas Troops Surrendering in Gaza, West Bank is Next Tinderbox (Sp.) • Pumping Seawater Into Hamas Tunn
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 16 2023]

    #148598
    Formerly T-Bear
    Participant

    Fir Dog’s sake, an alleged missing top secret binder gone missing, give it a rest!! So many lies, such a long time, and this is supposed to be believable? Shall never consider ever voting for another democratic party fool. CNN needs be terminated along with zionism and the Israeli Project and maybe some alphabet identities thrown in for giggles. MSM has lost the run of themselves.

    #148599
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Right on yesterday, UK bank froze up. Oh wait: it was the ELECTRIC that caused it, just as predicted. Aw, shucks. Well good to know Europe’s core banking nation isn’t having any trouble as Ukrainian collateral collapses and the $1B from the IMF (which is illegal under every rule) can’t close the gap.

    So which would you rather have: closed bank and heat with internet at your house, or no bank AND no heat, no light at your house? I know which one they would rather have FOR you.

    “US Terror List Hit 2 Million People, Nearly Doubling In 6 Years”

    That’s right: one in a hundred adults is a complete, violent terrorist ! ! !. …Because we have how many terrorist attacks? Near zero? MAN those 1 in 100 terrorists are just TERRIBLE at their jobs. Everyone is a terrorist, but no terrorism anywhere! That means there’s like 100 terrorists right here in my TOWN! An Hunn’ed. Probably running the register at Dollar General RIGHT NOW!

    Goes to show, they must all be government workers. 1 in 100 government workers fight the War on Drugs and more drugs than ever in national history! Well certainly no one in volunteer or private work could be 1 in 100 people can yet accomplish ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I mean: if you’re not getting anything done, no one’s terrorized in the slightest, not even any failed events, then surely it can only be for a big paycheck and fat pension at 56, amirite?

    These people. Are insane. And the people who read it and nod their heads. More insane.

    “Israeli Troops Mistakenly Kill 3 Hostages Who Were Trying To Escape

    As above, has Hamas killed ANYONE yet? At all? Or has it all been Israel so far?

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

    Note they did talk about “Nuking Gaza” a week before this started. This may be known to our Lettermen and others, as they would also be aware such weapons exist. So…therefore our Congress knows? AND they approved of it? AND that’s why it won’t matter since the UN moved too slow? So Blinken can say “Wrap it up” since everyone will die of a “Mysterious” disease called radiation poisoning? You think they’re incapable of it? After nuking Ohio and forgetting, not in the news, never happened?

    “has triggered alarms in Washington,” the investigative journalist wrote,”

    Yes, alarms that they’re not killing people fast enough, and now the UN vote makes this dicey.

    “the military operates on “intelligence” regarding where prisoners are being kept,”

    So you know where every prisoner is but you also can’t find them? And when you find them, you know they’re there so you kill them? Is this like that AI targeting system that just targets “All objects in Gaza”?

    2 THE LEBANON FRONT (HEZBOLLAH) “is doing much the same economic damage in the north.
    The cost to the economy from these two fronts has been enormous. The treasury expects the Israeli economy to shrink by a 15 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter. Including workers being put on unpaid leave, unemployment soared to 9.6 percent in October – from 3.6 percent the previous month. Retail sales remain depressed, while incoming tourism has sunk to pandemic levels.”
    3THE YEMEN FRONT “presents an entirely new threat to the economy because it is targeting Israel’s international trade.”

    The real war: the economic war. The only war now I guess in Aquarius.

    Again as noted elsewhere, Putin’s talk yesterday says he’s taking all the way to Odessa, locking Ukraine in, without question. That will also lock in Europe, as we said last year, as major shipping rivers run this way. Other absolutes: taking to the Dnieper river.

    Other jets were already taking off from NATO countries, (Poland) but Russia is presently overlooking it. As usual, the official and the unofficial. When they talk, it’s probably already happened in micro, to test the waters. Coffee table prophets say this is what will cause Russia to finally whack Europe good and give them a black eye now that they’re softened up with no weapons. NATO has already basically ceased to exist but it needs a good shove. It’s a core center of the KPop Derp State, antithetical to freedom and all things American.

    “Could the Ukrainians launch these F-16s from a NATO country? If they did that, it immediately involves a NATO country…”

    Again, they are happy each day to become morons fresh and new and forget all history up to yesterday. F16s ARE NUCLEAR CAPABLE, Russia says. Therefore, launching one is as if launching nukes at Russia. Capisce? We’re like, “Naw, naw, we would never do that.” HOW IS RUSSIA SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT? We “Naw naw” sending HIMARS and Abrams or F16s at all then did by the hundreds, so why would it figure?

    ““The day of the West turning over hundreds of tanks, hundreds of armored fighting vehicles, hundreds of artillery pieces is over,”

    Again, What happened to the first THOUSAND tanks? I just gave you a thousand tanks, where are they, Brian? (Yes, that’s how many were destroyed so far.) Does the U.S. have a thousand tanks ON THE PLANET? (Officially, yes, 5,000)

    Yes, not a Ruse with Orban, a “Ruse” on us, the people. So, it’s clearly NOT unanimous, but they want to “Signal” it is. Well thank God we won the PR war, now that Russia is at the Dniepr River! Whew, close call there with Russia taking every part they wanted and us flapping our gums. Thought for a minute they wouldn’t let us flap them!

    Also Orban apparently got $10B for leaving the room for coffee. That’s a lot of money for a country so small, but (arcana, arcana) it was Hungary’s money to begin with.

    “• Hungary May Impose Veto On Ukraine’s EU Accession Talks – FM (TASS)

    Orban was pointing out the obvious: IT IS ILLEGAL TO ADD UKRAINE in the present situation. Illegal by every measure and bylaw. …But why should that matter? It was illegal for the EU to exist to begin with as roughly ZERO members had a debt-GDP ratio that was legal. Not Greece or Italy who paid Sachs billions for the accounting fraud, but probably not Germany either. There hasn’t been a moment of law since the EU was conceived in their fevered heads. It isn’t ratified by referendum nearly anywhere. It’s illegal turtles all the way down. Can no one stop these guys?

    “despite the enormous military assistance that the US and its NATO allies have doled out,”

    Kinda? Did we send them 1,000 tanks they actually needed, or zero Abrams and Javelins that were all expired and don’t fire? And those one at a time? We gave “them” money that all ended up with Joe Biden and DNC campaign funds.

    “Official figures show that the Western governments have already donated a combined total of $200 billion to Ukraine since the conflict ESCALATED”

    That is, we sent billions before 2022 to create their FIRST army. AFTER paying billions to Coup the country against all International Law. “yet Western governments are trying to muster another $100 billion on top of that.” Remember how they said we needed to print, I dunno, $10 Trillion or collapse, and we needed an excuse, a alien invasion or climate crisis or something? Here we are, right on schedule. As it doubles every four years, we now need $1 Trillion. Now.

    “including sources and methods that informed the US government’s assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Trump win the 2016 election, sources tell CNN.”

    You mean the one Meuller didn’t look for, didn’t find, couldn’t find any evidence for? You do remember “Meuller Existed” right? The Past occurred? And it occurred in the Past and not the Future?

    “Trump issued an order declassifying most of the binder’s contents,”

    Then the agency UN-declassified them. Using…reasons… Some sort of “I dinna wanna”, and here we are today.

    If Meadows has it he’s an idiot, since you have to know they would raid your house as they did THE PRESIDENT. So you can bet THEY KNOW he doesn’t have it, or they would have. So the article is a nothin’. “CNN confirms Meadows does not have missing binder, nor does Trump, which means the DERP State has it to cover their -ss”, News at 11.

    Remember Trump raiding Comey’s safe which had Hillary’s Blackmail files?

    “Harris Unveils New Gun Control Initiative Urging States to Ban Assault Weapons, High-Capacity Magazines

    Can’t say they’re ceding the ground, but as usual, they want to own the “Capitol” Cities, and use the inside flyover as slave labor like “The Hunger Games”. Earth to Harris: the reason it’s in the Constitution is that it is ALSO illegal for the states. A state cannot pass an anti free speech bill and set up a state religion. But of course they did both already. In addition, I hear NY gun rights are IN THEIR CONSTITUTION, like so many other states: they just ignore it. Send it to a judge, the judge ignores it. They don’t bother to follow a LEGAL process and change it. Some laws are more equal than others. Meanwhile, no law was passed on mandatory vaccinations and they DID enforce it. We. Make. S—t. Up.

    Why bother following the law? They don’t. And they don’t pay taxes. “Representation without taxation.” — I — pay more taxes than Amazon, GE, Verizon.

    #148600
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Since that was short (for me)

    https://nevermoremedia.substack.com/p/anarchist-vs-marxist-mythos-part

    “Because capitalism requires perpetual growth, which is impossible on a finite planet, we are bound for a series of economic, political, and ecological crises.

    Because capitalism is not sustainable, and because money is ultimately imaginary, there will come shocks, but capitalism seems very adaptable, so it seems unreasonable to believe that capitalism will inevitably “collapse under the weight of its inherent contradictions”. Even if it does collapse (whatever that means), there is no reason to believe that it will necessarily be replaced with some kind of socialist utopia. It seems entirely possible that society could go back to a more feudalistic system, for instance.

    Only thing that does seem certain is that industrial capitalism will not last forever. Although Naomi Klein showed in The Shock Doctrine that capitalism feeds off crisis, leading some people to wonder whether it the current system could continue indefinitely, forever moving from crisis to crisis, feeding off of the chaos that it creates, but capitalism can only change so much before it isn’t capitalism anymore.

    Arguably, the dominant system is no longer even capitalist, because in a truly capitalist system, the banks wouldn’t have been bailed out in 2008. What we have now is some kind of bizarre system of corporate socialism, in which profits are private and losses are public. From any logical standpoint, this is totally insane, and it seems unlikely that such a system could last for long. So I don’t think it’s totally crazy to think that capitalism will collapse. One could make the case that is collapsing as we speak, but one could also argue that the whole notion of collapse needs to be reimagined. The end of one paradigm is the beginning of another.”

    At the end of the day, Marxism is dumb. Marx’s analysis of capitalism was insightful in certain ways, but the solutions he offers are mind-bogglingly stupid and anti-human.

    At the end of the day, Marxists were fake socialists. Their true goal was seizing power by placing the entire economies of whole countries under the authority of central banks.”

    “But we’ve really just got to admit that millions upon millions of people were fooled by Marxism for the better part of 200 years, and even after Marx’s stupid fucking ideas have failed time and time again, resulting in over a hundred million deaths, it still remains a political force. What gives?

    Seriously, Marxism, why won’t you die?” — Nevermore

    I would say “IS IT required that Capitalism expand or die?” Sioux had private property and made, owned and traded things and they didn’t look infinitely expansive. Maybe he means “Debt-based unfounded financial systems” which may exist ON Capitalism but are NOT a definition of Capitalism. You know, like atom bombs. Exist IN some Capitalist nations but not others, can destroy everything, but basically have nothing to do with Capitalism except coincidence. No? Russia had atom bombs, did that make them Capitalist? Again, the usual definition of “Capitalism” is “All things I don’t like.” Including people saying naughty words and raisins in my oatmeal.

    Anyway, as a core Anarchist, he covers the basic problem pretty well here. And in HIS investigation which is, “Why is Marxism, that murders everyone, so popular, and Anarchism,, that leaves you alone and kills so few, NOT popular?”

    And well duh, the answer to that is in the above: “At the end of the day, Marxists were fake socialists. Their true goal was seizing power “Their” being billionaire oligarchs and mass-murdering psychopaths. No price is too high if I’m going to steal an ENTIRE COUNTRY. I’ll pay anything tell you idiots anything you want to hear. Anything. Like “Wish”, there’s some magic Santa that can give ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE. But he doesn’t because he’s just a big fat meany.

    I could care the f- less BECAUSE I’M GOING TO KILL YOU ALL WHEN I GET INTO POWER. Just as HAS happened, in every Marxist revolution so far. “First up against the wall when the Revolution comes” is not just a snappy catchphrase. Look at the National SOCIALIST Worker’s Party and their Brownshirts. FIRST. They’re FIRST. You’re NEXT.

    Read his thing. Because he’s so generous, unlike me, it explains it well without triggering.

    #148601
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    The Binder reached critical mass so quickly, but Bill Barr went silent, disappeared.
    How about that!

    Godwin’s Law…unsolicited version

      This is a sign of absolute panic on the part of Ukraine,” Ritter believes. “Zelensky is approaching a delusional state where he appears to be of a mindset similar to that which Adolf Hitler possessed in the final days in the Berlin bunker as the Red Army closed in, where he fantasized armies, he was moving nonexistent troops and aircraft on a map with his hands.” The former Marine intelligence officer…

    Can anyone spot the error(s)?:

      F-18 Hornet fighter jets, Boeing Apache attack helicopters, Lockheed Martin Black Hawk choppers,

    Choppers, man. I’m gonna fly the FnA 18!

    everyone knows: Ukraine does not factor into the legitimate national security interests of the United States,” the military expert highlighted. “We are not going to sacrifice ourselves on the altar of Ukrainian nationalism

    That’s about $100 billion dollars worth and whole lots of not sacrificing on behalf of The Ukraine “The We” is/are not gonna support.
    I’d accept these musings if Maj. Ritter disclosed where all this support was diverted AND the identity of the recipient. After all, on one point SR is correct. The Ukraine was never going to defeat Russia. SR never offered the premise the Ukraineo-Riusso was, is, and ever shall be a Demonstration Project for the major participants and clearly none of the Big Boys think a country led by A Zelensky is anything but a proxy punching bag and conduit for laundered money.

    #148602
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Godwin according to wiki: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”

    Unity was reached during the monologue. However, Netanyahu’s panicked mudslinging at the United States isn’t as deserving of the title Nazi or Hitler as much as Volodymyr’s maniacal quest for cash to sustain the annihilation of a few more ‘400,000″ countrymen. Nor did Ritter describe Benj’s Gaza Obliteration Pogrom as antithetical to The American Way

    #148603
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Two Scotsmen shooting the bull.

    #148604
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    I’m still looking for those two missing cow that I had back in the day.. They were f-ing great cows. Best cows in the whole world, ever.

    #148605
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    I know where the missing binder is.

    So do you.

    Now all we need is for Monty Python to go fetch it.

    #148608
    zerosum
    Participant

    From last night. It’s too big and won’t post. Puting a space after https://

    Are Canadians ignoring the following info. or is the gov. hiding the reports.
    If you want to know the answer, then go through the exercise of trying to follow the links in the article.

    Canada Reports 300% Increase in ‘Unspecified Causes’ of Death, Sparking Calls for Investigation

    “Since the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines, we have witnessed unprecedented deaths without antecedent disease. A large autopsy series published by Hulscher et al, found that 73.9% of the deaths after COVID-19 vaccination were due to problems caused by the shots.”

    #148609
    zerosum
    Participant

    1. a new government report (first link)
    https://
    www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/daily-quotidien/231127/dq231127b-eng.pdf

    Try to Find the report
    Home
    Health Reports
    Journals and periodicals: 82-003-X
    Showing 1 to 10 of 840 entries

    Try to Find

    #148610
    zerosum
    Participant

    2. the Statistics Canada report, (second link)
    https://
    http://www.statcan.gc.ca/en/start

    Statistics Canada is the national statistical office. The agency ensures Canadians have the key information on Canada’s economy, society and environment that they require to function effectively as citizens and decision makers.

    Pick one – Health Reports
    (bring you back to first link)
    https://
    www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/daily-quotidien/231127/dq231127b-eng.pdf
    Jump to: Page1Jump to: Page2Jump to: Page3Jump to: Page4Jump to: Page5Jump to: Page84 Next
    Okay. Chose
    Health Reports, Vol. 34, no. 11 November 15, 2023
    You get
    A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research
    November 2023
    Wrong link

    #148611
    zerosum
    Participant

    3. report on Nov. 27 in The Daily, the agency’s online news bulletin. ( link # 3)
    https://
    www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/daily-quotidien/231127/dq231127b-eng.pdf

    Deaths, 2022
    Released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time in The Daily, Monday, November 27, 2023
    There were 334,623 deaths in Canada in 2022, an increase of 7.3% from 2021.
    etc. ….
    (Not the original report)

    The report generated a slew of nearly identical headlines — provided by Canada’s national news service — in Canada’s leading newspapers along the lines of this one in the Toronto Sun: “Life expectancy for Canadians fell for third straight year in 2022, StatCan says,” followed by the subhead: “More people died of COVID-19 in 2022 than in any other year since the pandemic began, report says.”

    Okay, Let’s try – “A large autopsy series published by Hulscher et al, ”
    https://
    papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4496137

    This is a preprint article, it offers immediate access but has not been peer reviewed.
    Not Available for Download

    " The findings should not be used for clinical or public health decision making and should not be presented to a lay audience without highlighting that they are preliminary and have not been peer-reviewed."

    A Systematic Review of Autopsy Findings in Deaths after COVID-19 Vaccination
    Posted: 5 Jul 2023
    Nicolas Hulscher

    Abstract
    This preprint has been removed by Preprints with The Lancet because the study's conclusions are not supported by the study methodology
    . Preprints with The Lancet reserves the right to remove a paper that has been posted if we determine that it has violated our screening criteria. Preprints available here are not Lancet publications or necessarily under review with a Lancet journal. These preprints are early stage research papers that have not been peer-reviewed. Further information is available here: https://
    www.thelancet.com/preprint-faq

    Nicolas Hulscher (Contact Author)
    University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Public Health

    Okay lets try this link ...
    ."Kory and journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer on Tuesday published an opinion piece in The Hill calling on governments and public health officials to study and address the problem of a global historic rise in mortality thus far not recognized by officials and not reported by mainstream journalists.

    On Dec. 13, the essay was trending as the first or second most popular story on The Hill’s website, which claims 32.5 million monthly unique visitors. "
    https://
    thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/4354004-this-is-bigger-than-covid-why-are-so-many-americans-dying-early/
    THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL
    This is bigger than COVID: Why are so many Americans dying early?
    BY PIERRE KORY AND MARY BETH PFEIFFER, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS - 12/12/23 12:00 PM ET
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    Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf recently took to X to mourn the “catastrophic” decline in U.S. life expectancy.

    But his post, which hit on smoking, diet, chronic illness and health care, ignored the obvious: People are dying in abnormally high numbers even now and long since COVID-19 waned. Yet public health agencies and medical societies are silent.
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    If you want to know the answer, then go through the exercise of trying to follow the links in the article.
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    #148612
    kultsommer
    Participant

    Art today.
    Hopper’s masterpiece, treasure trove to study. Characters in the painting are in the waiting room where the hotel clerk is momentarily absent (but look as if forever) and pictorially replaced by the ghostly spot on the wall by the light of non-descriptive e source.
    Older, well dressed couple convey unease about them. Gentlemen, while presenting a features of someone from the portrait paintings hanging in the city halls, still looks so “ordinary” in this painting, while wife appears to be tad as sub-servant to him as her body language demonstrates.
    Young attractive woman (Hopper’s wife as a model) will spend the night by herself.

    #148613
    Dr. D
    Participant

    The two cows were so good, they were almost sacred.

    #148614
    zerosum
    Participant

    Work arounds …. Get out of the room before the voting.
    Keep control of the narrative

    Up for the asking this week was a total of nearly $100 billion between the U.S. and Europe for Ukraine. How many badly needed public services in Western states could do with – and are denied – that kind of financial sustenance? The spectacle of Zelensky touring the world scrounging for more money is as shameful as it is sordid. Official figures show that the Western governments have already donated a combined total of $200 billion to Ukraine since the conflict escalated in February 2022. To put that largesse into perspective, it is estimated that the U.S. Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of the whole of Europe following World War Two was equivalent to $173 billion in today’s money. Think about that. The Western funding to Ukraine already exceeds this historic salvage package by some $30 billion. And yet Western governments are trying to muster another $100 billion on top of that.
    ( Which banks lent the money?)
    —–

    Cranking Up the Ukraine Phoney History Mill


    Cranking Up the Ukraine Phoney History Mill
    Stephen Karganovic
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    “US Terror List Hit 2 Million People, Nearly Doubling In 6 Years”
    Is that all.
    Terrorists are everyone who do not accept the official narrative.
    ———–
    Update
    “Israeli Troops Mistakenly Kill 3 Hostages Who Were Trying To Escape.
    They were waving a white surrendering flag.
    ———-
    Which social/economic/political system has been the most successful since the beginning of time?

    A: “King of the Hill System”, Hate, anger, kill, genocide, Depopulation
    (Peace System has never lasted or became universal)
    ——–

    #148615
    Oroboros
    Participant

    RIP Ireland

    .

    #148616
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Sound like The Plan

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    #148617
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Finally made it to The Big House

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    #148618
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Is this a “Pattern?”

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    #148619
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://english.almanar.com.lb/2003058

    Israeli Captives Killed by Occupation Soldiers Screamed ‘Help’, Held White Flag: Inquiry
    1 hour ago December 16, 2023

    According to the inquiry, the hostages were standing near a building with the words “help” and “SOS” spray-painted on its exterior walls.

    In addition, Israeli occupation military also found a message saying “three hostage – help,” on the buildings two days before the deadly altercation, the inquiry found.

    Two were killed by the initial Israeli fire, with one momentarily returning inside the building after being severely wounded. Minutes later, the third hostage appeared out of the building and was shot dead after he was suspected as a Hamas fighter.

    The battalion commander on the field reportedly called to cease fire at the third hostage, but three soldiers shot him dead, the inquiry found.

    Source: Israeli media (edited by Al-Manar English Website)

    #148620
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Making “A Point”

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    #148621
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #148622
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Disney

    I know people who worked at Disneyland in Californicate

    The nickname employees gave it was Mouseschwitz

    The Tragic Kingdom

    #148623
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    The Picasso photo: index of refraction in the mucus on the surface of his eyeballs, another IoR in the glass of the vase, another IoR in the water inside that vase, a lacquered table with another IoR.

    Slice’n’dice! Spectacular!

    #148624
    WES
    Participant

    Greasing Corruption:
    Corruption in the Ukraine enabled the US to topple the elected government.
    The same corruption in the Ukraine will also cause Ukraine to collapse.

    Drone Warfare:
    Drones have changed how the war in the Ukraine is being fought.
    It is too risky to group people too closely together.
    Front line trenches that used to have 30 to 50 troups defending now only have 10 to 15 soldiers.
    Attacking forces now only have 1 or 2 squads of soldiers.
    All military operations are now reduced to micro sizes.
    The side with the most drones now dominates the battlefield.

    Russia uses it’s artillery and drones to repeatedly) drive Ukrainians into their bunkers.
    Russian drones map the location of these Ukrainian bunkers.
    Russia targets these Ukrainian bunkers.
    Russian squads attack and occupy these Ukrainian trenches.
    Wash, rinse, repeat.

    #148625
    Noirette
    Participant

    Hopper’s theme, which he illustrates superbly: Loneliness.

    #148626

    I still don’t know what happened with X. Their posts don’t show as they used to. Saw it first when preparing to post the Debt Rattle this morning. And you think: it’s my computer, then it’s my site, server. None of that. Do they want this new thing, or is it an accident? Let’s see. It’s not better here, or for other sites that use X posts.

    #148627
    jb-hb
    Participant

    https://www.barnhardt.biz/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/img_1606.jpg

    #148628
    zerosum
    Participant


    diversion lie/misinformation

    Israel admit to “accidently killing 3 hostages”

    (The bosses never admit to making mistakes)

    #148629
    WES
    Participant

    CNN’s Fake Mystery of the Missing Binder:

    Per CTH, the missing binder is no Mystery at all!
    President Trump used the contents of the binder to sue the perptratators of the Russia Hoax.
    That is why the DofJ then raided his home in Florida to try and recover the binder!
    Obviously trying to remove Trump’s evidence.

    #148630
    jb-hb
    Participant

    They’re transforming a 50+ unit hotel into a homeless shelter in my neighborhood. Bring all the success of San Francisco polices here to my area in Denver.

    Went to a community meeting – which they told us, upon arrival, was to INFORM us, that there is no vote, and they plan to approve and move forward with it in 2 days

    Various questions, various wafflings, obfuscations, etc. Several things came out

    “using this method, we’ll only have as much as 1000 incidents more a year in your immediate area” (the mayor thought this was fucking fantastic AS COMPARED to other homeless shelters) You know they are lowballing, since it is THEIR plan.

    When someone stood up and stated that the mayor made the same promises of policing, structure, no crime, etc, for an earlier launched shelter on the same plan and those promises were broken – citing specific figures, he did not refute any assertions and changed the subject, except to say it is so much better than OTHER shelters. He was asked for proof, figures, etc.

    Only 1000 more a year? (forever?) So 3 more instances of drug use, vandalism, damage, theft, violent crime a day minimum into the foreseeable future. I was already encountering weird feral humans going outside and pulling tons of garbage out of the park.

    They said we MUST accept this because it is a “state of emergency” – the mayor declared it. What political party was in power that made all the policies, spent all the money that CREATED the emergency and what political party are you affiliated with, sir?

    A female POC small business owner, very plucky, came out very forthrightly against the scheme saying it will ruin the neighborhood and businesses will all close (as featured by Metal Leo on youtube in San Francisco no doubt) …but she was asian, so the shitlibs sitting to my right sneered at her as hard as they could.

    A woman stood up and explained she was born in denver, lived here all her life, has extended family, has older family members she cares for and she is barely getting by, could barely afford a home to live in. She said if insurance rates go up due to crime, she will be underwater, cannot survive, will be forced to leave the state and she has people depending on her. She pointed out that her relatives depend on the health care system here and it is already overloaded, what will happen with this new influx of people?

    The shitlibs to my right were hating her with all their hearts. If sneers could kill, that poor woman helping her family and barely getting by would be dead. Sneers that said “it’s not happening and if it is happening it is a good thing and it totally isn’t happening but we damn well hope it is happening and know for a fact it is happening and approve of any policy that makes it happen more”

    Probably something about – you have bourgeoise entitlement thinking you can live in a society without crime, without vandalism, a society where you can get by, where your children and elder relatives can be safe or get medical care. As a Person Of Priveledge! (POP) ugh yuk. That just proves you’re biased, which just proves what a bigot and racist istaphope you are and while our plans are perfect and nothing bad will happen, it’s a good thing that our plans will cause bad things and that they will happen to you.

    There were various mutterings and out loud comments confirming these attitudes. Their revulsion was palpable.

    I comforted myself by thinking how many times they probably got the notavax.

    We started the meeting with almost like something in church. A recognition of land ownership of native peoples.

    “To start our meeting today, you are all genocidal racists with maximal non dischargeable group guilt/shame, you are the worst people evar, This Land Is NOT Your Land, Amen”

    Clearly they are going to make a lot of almost-promises, the area goes to hell, Metal Leo shows up to do some youtube vids, gets some subscriber adds. A true win. The New Economy.

    #148631
    chooch
    Participant

    Alien

    #148632
    chooch
    Participant

    God

    #148633
    jb-hb
    Participant

    https://www.barnhardt.biz/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/img_1526.jpg

    https://www.barnhardt.biz/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/img_1527.jpg

    #148634
    zerosum
    Participant

    jb-hb
    Good story.
    Leaders never make mistakes that must be forgiven by the sheep.

    #148635
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Visibilia ex invisibilibus; Ipsa scientia potestas est.

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    Oroboros
    Participant

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    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #148638
    jb-hb
    Participant

    https://www.barnhardt.biz/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/img_1564.jpg

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