Dec 172023
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CNN Narrative Around “Missing” Dossier On Trump-Russia Conspiracy (CTH)
Congress Approves Bill Barring Any President From Withdrawing From NATO (Hill)
Trump Quotes Putin to Prove US Democracy in Danger (Sp.)
Is Free Speech a Relic in America? (Bovard)
Scott Ritter: Joe Biden’s World War III Fantasy
Putin Reveals Secret Talk On Gaza War (Helmer)
Opposition to Netanyahu Explodes After IDF Killing of Israeli Captives (Sp.)
Running On Empty, the US Leaves Zelenskyy Hanging (Luongo)
US Knows Ukraine Can’t Win – Kremlin (RT)
Ukraine on Brink of Humanitarian Collapse, Authorities Admit (Sp.)
Zelensky’s Tone Deaf DC Trip Leaves Republicans Wishing He’d Never Come (Sp.)
Italian PM Meloni Talks Orban Out Of Veto On Ukraine’s EU Accession (TASS)
Money for Nothing and Nothing for Money (Kunstler)
Musk Doesn’t Believe In Aliens (RT)





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Many have addressed the dossier (binder). sundance does it best. Recommended reading.

CNN Narrative Around “Missing” Dossier On Trump-Russia Conspiracy (CTH)

• Big picture #1 The FBI/DOJ is now seriously worried that President Trump will win the 2024 election.
• Big picture #2 CNN (Natasha Bertrand, Evan Perez and Zachary Cohen) mouthpieces for the FBI Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy fraud, now begin positioning defenses against Trump s evidence of the fabrication. They want to proactively stop the dossier they know consists of the evidence.
• FACT: The authors know all the details about the 10-inch-thick dossier that was given by Trump to the DOJ for declassification 1/20/21, but shout that it is now missing.
• FACT: The raid on Mar-a-Lago came after President Trump filed a 108-page civil lawsuit in March 2022 against the coconspirators. Including: Hillary Clinton, Hillary for America Campaign Committee, DNC, DNC Services Corp, Perkins Coie, Michael Sussmann, Marc Elias, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Charles Dolan, Jake Sullivan, John Podesta, Robby Mook, Phillipe Reines as well as Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr, Orbis Business Intelligence, Christopher Steele, Igor Danchenko, Neustar Inc., Rodney Joffe, James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Kevin Clinesmith and Andrew McCabe.

The DOJ was given one copy of the 103 binder to release publicly. Now ask yourself, what documentary evidence was used to write the lawsuit? lolol, duh! The motive for the DOJ/FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago is found in the search for the binder of evidence. The national archives classified documents angle was the justification the cover story. The raid on Mar-a-Lago was the recovery effort. Who authorized the Mar-a-Lago search warrant? The same judge from the civil action. I have previously written about the binder and all of the issues around it. The CNN article is filled with multiple tell-tale indicators of why it is written.

[..] Last year, CTH outlined a four-part series of articles going deep into the background of the DOJ-FBI raid of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, along with the outline into why it was important to them. It doesn’t matter how many different legal angles and Deep State justifications the DOJ attempts to deploy in order to divert away from what took place; the background of who, what, when and why they raided Mar-a-Lago will not change. In Part One, we outlined the background of the modern Deep State. In Part Two, we outlined the specifics of how President Trump was targeted by political operatives using tools created by the DC system. In Part Three, we outlined how and why President Trump was blocked from releasing documents. And then finally, as below in Part 4, we assembled the specifics of what documents likely existed in Mar-a-Lago.

It is important to remember, the Presidential Records Act –the presented pretext for the document conflict– is not a criminal statute. An FBI raid cannot be predicated on a document conflict between the National Archives and a former president. The DOJ-NSD warrant, and the subsequent raid on Mar-a-Lago, can only be related to records the U.S. government deems “classified” and material vital to national security interests. Hence, DOJ National Security Division involvement. In prior outlines, we have exhaustively covered the details of President Trump’s desire to publicly release information about DOJ and FBI conduct in their targeting of him during the fabricated Trump-Russia claims. However, to understand the nature of the documents he may hold, we first review the declassification memo provided by President Trump to the DOJ upon his departure from office.

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How the war industry controls Washington.

Congress Approves Bill Barring Any President From Withdrawing From NATO (Hill)

Congress has approved legislation that would prevent any president from withdrawing the United States from NATO without approval from the Senate or an Act of Congress. The measure, spearheaded by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), was included in the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which passed out of the House on Thursday and is expected to be signed by President Biden. The provision underscores Congress’s commitment to the NATO alliance that was a target of former President Trump’s ire during his term in office. The alliance has taken on revitalized importance under Biden, especially since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

“NATO has held strong in response to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s war in Ukraine and rising challenges around the world,” Kaine said in a statement. He added the legislation “reaffirms U.S. support for this crucial alliance that is foundational for our national security. It also sends a strong message to authoritarians around the world that the free world remains united.” Rubio said the measure served as a critical tool for congressional oversight. “We must ensure we are protecting our national interests and protecting the security of our democratic allies,” he said in a statement.

Biden has invested deeply in the NATO alliance during his term, committing more troops and military resources to Europe as a show of force against Putin’s war. He has also overseen the expansion of the alliance with the inclusion of Finland and ongoing efforts to secure Sweden’s full accession. Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, has sent mixed messages on the alliance ahead of 2024. The former president’s advocates say his tough talk and criticisms of the alliance served to inspire member-states to fulfill their obligations to reach 2 percent of defense spending, lightening the burden on the U.S. But Trump’s critics say the former president’s rhetoric weakens the unity and force of purpose of the alliance. And they expressed concerns that Trump would abandon the U.S. commitment to the mutual defense pact of the alliance or withdraw the U.S. completely.

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‘Politically-motivated persecution of his political rival is very good for Russia because it shows the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot pretend to teach others about democracy.’

Trump Quotes Putin to Prove US Democracy in Danger (Sp.)

Former US President and 2024 Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump quoted Russian leader Vladimir Putin to prove that democracy in the States is in danger. Trump addressed his supporters during a campaign rally at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center Arena in Durham on December 16. The presidential hopeful emphasized that even the Russian president believes that Trump is being politically persecuted. “Even Vladimir Putin – has anybody heard of Vladimir Putin of Russia? – says that Biden’s, and this is a quote, ‘Politically-motivated persecution of his political rival is very good for Russia because it shows the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot pretend to teach others about democracy.’ So, you know, we’ve talked about democracy, but the whole world is watching the persecution of a political opponent that’s kicking his ass. It’s an amazing thing. And they’re all laughing at us,” Trump stressed.

Putin commented on Trump’s prosecution at a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in September 2023, stating that the accusations against the ex-President regarding his alleged “ties” with Moscow are “complete nonsense.” “As for the prosecution of Trump… for us, what is happening in today’s conditions, in my opinion, is good, because it shows how rotten the American political system is… All that’s happening with Trump is political persecution of a political rival,” Putin said. 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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“Almost half of Democrats surveyed in September 2023 affirmed that free speech should be legal “only under certain circumstances.”

Is Free Speech a Relic in America? (Bovard)

Is the First Amendment becoming a historic relic? On July 4, 2023, federal judge Terry Doughty condemned the Biden administration for potentially “the most massive attack against free speech in United States history.” That verdict was ratified by a federal appeals court decision in September 2023 that concluded that Biden administration “officials have engaged in a broad pressure campaign designed to coerce social-media companies into suppressing speakers, viewpoints, and content disfavored by the government.”In earlier times in America, such policies would have faced sweeping condemnation from across the political spectrum. But major media outlets like the Washington Post have rushed to the barricades to defend the Biden war on “misinformation.” Almost half of Democrats surveyed in September 2023 affirmed that free speech should be legal “only under certain circumstances.” Fifty-five percent of American adults support government suppression of “false information” — even though only 20 percent trust the government.

The broad support for federal censorship is perplexing considering that courts have vividly laid out the government’s First Amendment violations. Doughty delivered 155 pages of damning details of federal browbeating, jawboning, and coercion of social-media companies. Doughty ruled that federal agencies and the White House “engaged in coercion of social media companies” to delete Americans’ comments on Afghanistan, Ukraine, election procedures, and other subjects. He issued an injunction blocking the feds from “encouraging, pressuring, or inducing in any manner the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protected free speech.” Censors reigned from the start of the Biden era. Barely two weeks after Biden’s inauguration, White House Digital Director Rob Flaherty demanded that Twitter “immediately” remove a parody account of Biden’s relatives. Twitter officials suspended the account within 45 minutes but complained they were already “bombarded” by White House censorship requests at that point.

Biden White House officials ordered Facebook to delete humorous memes, including a parody of a future television ad: “Did you or a loved one take the COVID vaccine? You may be entitled….” The White House continually denounced Facebook for failing to suppress more posts and videos that could inspire “vaccine hesitancy” — even if the posts were true. Facebook decided that the word “liberty” was too hazardous in the Biden era; to placate the White House, the company suppressed posts “discussing the choice to vaccinate in terms of personal or civil liberties.”Flaherty was still unsatisfied and raged at Facebook officials in a July 15, 2021, email: “Are you guys f–king serious?” The following day, President Biden accused social-media companies of “killing people” by failing to suppress all criticism of COVID vaccines.

Censorship multiplied thanks to an epic bureaucratic bait-and-switch. After allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Act was created to protect against foreign meddling. Prior to Biden taking office, CISA had a “Countering Foreign Influence Task Force.” In 2021, that was renamed the “Mis-, Dis- and Mal-information Team (‘MDM Team’).” But almost all the targets of federal censorship during the Biden era have been Americans. Federal censorship tainted the 2020 and 2022 elections, spurring the suppression of millions of social-media posts (almost all from conservatives). During the 2020 election, CISA targeted for suppression assertions such as “mail-in voting is insecure” — despite the long history of absentee ballot fraud.

CISA aims to control Americans’ minds: A CISA advisory committee last year issued a report that “broadened” what it targeted to include “the spread of false and misleading information because it poses a significant risk to critical function, like elections, public health, financial services and emergency responses.” Thus, any idea that government officials label as “misleading” is a “significant risk” that can be suppressed. Where did CISA find the absolute truths it used to censor American citizens? CISA simply asked government officials and “apparently always assumed the government official was a reliable source,” the court decision noted. Any assertion by officialdom was close enough to a Delphic oracle to use to “debunk postings” by private citizens. Judge Doughty observed that the free-speech clause was enacted to prohibit agencies like CISA from picking “what is true and what is false.”

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“Joe Biden and his national security team are scrambling to manage the consequences of policy failure..”

Scott Ritter: Joe Biden’s World War III Fantasy

If the threat of a Third World War in the face of Congressional inaction wasn’t enough, Biden authorized the Pentagon to declassify and release to CNN an intelligence report that claimed that Russia had suffered enormous casualties in its war with Ukraine, with some 315,000 of an estimated 360,000 troops that made up Russia’s pre-conflict ground force, having been killed or wounded. The declassified intelligence report also claimed that 2,200 of Russia’s 3,500 tanks have been lost, along with 4,400 of 13,600 infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers. The release of the declassified report was clearly timed to influence the US Congress by emphasizing the very talking points that have been repeatedly made by Senator Graham and others that the US aid was “Best money we’ve ever spent” because “the Russians are dying.”

Given the history of the US intelligence community of declassifying intelligence reports for the specific purpose of releasing the information to mainstream media outlets to shape public opinion—even if the intelligence community knows the information contained in the report is wrong—one must take the report regarding Russian casualties with a heavy grain of salt. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia currently has some 617,000 troops deployed in the Special Military Operation zone. These forces are on the offensive, actively advancing on several fronts against a Ukrainian Army which is rapidly losing its ability to sustain large-scale ground combat operations. This doesn’t sound like the performance of an organization that suffered some 87% casualties, a figure which would make the survivors combat ineffective. The fact is, US and European support for Ukraine is flagging, and Ukraine is facing an existential crisis in the coming weeks and months that it most likely will not be able to resolve in its favor.

While Russian troops are taking casualties, it is far more likely than not that the real Russian casualty figures are significantly less than the number reported in the declassified US intelligence report, spread out over the original force and the hundreds of thousands of mobilized reservists and volunteers who have entered the fighting since. These losses pale in comparison to the more than 400,000 dead and nearly one million wounded Ukraine has suffered. Russia’s combat power grows every day, with fresh troops and equipment being made available for the war effort. Ukraine, on the other hand, has exhausted its reserves, and is left scraping the bottom of its human resources barrel to man whatever units it is able to organize from what is left of Ukraine’s diminished, and diminishing, arsenal. While the Russian Army is indeed large, and growing, and its capabilities expanding as it becomes more combat experienced, it is an army with a very specific mission—the defeat of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The Russian force structure is currently more than sufficient to defeat the Ukrainians on a frontage that stretches some 2,000 kilometers in length. It is even large enough to secure some additional Ukrainian territory, in addition to liberating the newly absorbed Russian territories of the Kherson, Zaporozhye, Donetsk, and Lugansk regions still held by Ukraine. But there are physical limitations as to what one can accomplish with 617,000 troops and occupying all of Ukraine before invading Poland and/or the Baltics is well beyond the capacity of the Russian forces currently deployed in the Special Military Operation. Moreover, Russian President Vladimir Putin has never intimated that Russia had any intention to either occupy all of Ukraine or seek to attack NATO — just the opposite. The Russian goals and objectives of the Special Military Operation are spelled out very clearly — demilitarization (the destruction of the Ukrainian Armed Forces), de-Nazification (the elimination of the regime of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the pro-Nazi political element inside Ukraine), and permanent neutrality for Ukraine (i.e., Ukraine will never join NATO).

There is no intent to take the war to NATO. Such thinking is a fear-based construct of the Biden administration that is inaccurate and far removed from reality, little more than a fantasy which the sober-minded Russian government, ever mindful of the need to carefully manage escalation because of the Special Military Operation, will pay scant attention to. Joe Biden and his national security team are scrambling to manage the consequences of policy failure. Putin, it seems, has not lost the war with Ukraine. Russia is winning, something no amount of funding by either the US, the Europeans, or both, can reverse. The best thing that could happen to Ukraine is for the congressional Republicans to hold steadfast to their objections and allow Ukraine to be taken off the life support that US funding provides. Ukraine is a terminal case. Continuing to underwrite its failed war effort simply prolongs the agony of its people.

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“There are secret discussions at the military level and at the foreign ministry level. But not with Putin.”

Putin Reveals Secret Talk On Gaza War (Helmer)

President Vladimir Putin has revealed secret details of the Russian initiative on the Gaza war. According to the President, Russia has a three-point proposal. “First, it is necessary to keep people in Gaza. Second, it is necessary to bring humanitarian aid on a massive scale to these keep people in Gaza.” Putin’s third proposal is establish a Russian field hospital to treat wounded Palestinians at the Rafah stadium, rebuilt in 2019 after Israel destroyed the original one in 2009. “But for this to happen, we need to have consent from both Egypt and Israel. I talked to the President of Egypt, and he is in favour of this idea. I also talked to Prime Minister Netanyahu, and they consulted various armed agencies. The Israeli side believes that opening a Russian hospital in Gaza is not safe.” Putin made his disclosures in response to a Turkish reporter’s question about the Gaza war during the Direct Line broadcast on Thursday.

Putin did not mention a ceasefire; he did not criticize Israeli military operations in Gaza except to refer to the deaths of children. “The Secretary-General of the United Nations called today’s Gaza the biggest children’s cemetery in the world. This opinion speaks volumes. It is an objective opinion, what else can I say?” Putin praised the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for “playing a significant leading role in improving the situation in Gaza…He is very active in this matter. And God bless him.” Putin omitted to mention Iran, ignoring his talks in Moscow a week ago with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Following their five-hour negotiations, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced that “Russia is thinking about an initiative on Gaza.” A Moscow political analyst commented after viewing Putin’s latest remarks: “Netanyahu refused a Russian field hospital but allows a UAE one? That is telling. This shows that Putin defers to the Israelis on anything related to Gaza. Nothing has changed in his position.”

[..] The Kremlin communiqué did not reveal what Netanyahu had told Putin. Subsequently, Netanyahu’s office briefed the Israeli press to report that in the 50-minute conversation, Netanyahu took the offensive, “flogs Putin”, and “expressed his annoyance over anti-Israel stances by Russian representatives at the United Nations and other fora…[and] sharp criticism over the dangerous cooperation between Russia and Iran.” Putin’s disclosure of his idea of a Russian field hospital at the same location as the UAE hospital appears to clarify the role he has been discussing with the director of the Federal Service of National Guard Troops, Viktor Zolotov. During yesterday’s four-hour long session, Putin mentioned his negotiations with Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey. There is no mention of Iran in the Kremlin transcript of the broadcast. “Not to mention Iran can indicate there are some secret discussions,” a Moscow source says, “although I doubt it. There are secret discussions at the military level and at the foreign ministry level. But not with Putin.”

Putin also stopped short of defending his Foreign Ministry’s attempts over two months and several sessions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to secure international backing for a ceasefire, a stop to Israeli attacks on civilian targets, and humanitarian relief – every one vetoed by the US. “As for the UN’s role,” Putin said, “you know, it is nothing out of the ordinary and I have already said that. During the Cold War, there were different forces and different countries that often blocked decisions promoted by other countries. But the United Nations was initially created for the purpose of finding a consensus. Without a consensus, decisions cannot be made. So, nothing out of the ordinary is happening at the UN; it was always like this, especially during the Cold War. There is a reason why Foreign Minister of the USSR Gromyko had the nickname, Mr No, because the Soviet Union very frequently vetoed decisions. It is very significant. When there is a veto, no steps that a country sees as hostile towards itself will be taken. And it is important. It is important to preserve such mechanisms in the UN; otherwise it will simply be reduced to a talking shop as happened during a certain period after World War I.”

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“Bennett was criticized for a debate performance where he declared, “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life and there’s no problem with that.”

Opposition to Netanyahu Explodes After IDF Killing of Israeli Captives (Sp.)

Large demonstrations rocked the Israeli capital of Tel Aviv over the weekend as the country’s military admitted responsibility for the killing of three Israeli captives who were reportedly attempting to surrender. “Today we learned what happens when there is no deal,” shouted protesters outside the urban headquarters of the Israel Defense Force. The demonstrations began Friday after news first emerged of the captives’ death. The Israeli civilians, all of them in their 20s, appeared outside of a building in the Shejaiya neighborhood in northern Gaza City, according to an IDF statement released Saturday. The young men held a white flag signifying their surrender and emerged shirtless to demonstrate they weren’t hiding weapons. One reportedly yelled “help” in Hebrew. All three were shot by Israeli service members in violation of international law dictating the rules of military conduct. An IDF spokesperson said the soldiers reacted in response to a feared threat from the group Hamas.

“The shooting at the hostages was against the rules of engagement,” conceded IDF chief of staff Herzi Halevi. “It is forbidden to shoot at someone who raises a white flag and seeks to surrender. However, this shooting was carried out during combat and under pressure.” Halevi said that he accepted responsibility for the killings and claimed “we will do everything” to prevent similar incidents in the future. A brief ceasefire earlier in December resulted in the exchange of captives held on both sides of the conflict. Hamas brought about 240 Israelis back to Gaza during their surprise October 7 operation in Israel, while Israel holds thousands of Palestinians in prison, including some 2,500 who are detained without charges. Among the captives held by Israel are at least 146 Palestinian minors. Protesters have urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to negotiate a new ceasefire and exchange of captives. US media has reported that the head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was scheduled to meet with the Qatari Prime Minister this weekend to discuss the matter.

“Israel needs to actively pursue another deal, even if it means halting military operations in Gaza or releasing Palestinian prisoners with blood on their hands,” said retired Israeli Major General Noam Tibon to US media. “Otherwise, the cabinet is neglecting the hostages, and we risk not bringing them back alive.” Meanwhile, family members of citizens held in Gaza have slammed the Israeli Prime Minister’s prosecution of its proclaimed war on Hamas. “Yesterday, I heard a minister in the cabinet say that the conditions haven’t matured for the return of the captives,” said Rubi Chen, the father of 19-year-old Israeli soldier and US citizen Itay Chen who is being held by Hamas. “What is the cabinet waiting for? We urge immediate negotiation for the return of all hostages.” Israeli society has been torn apart by massive protests for more than a year as controversial Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enters his 17th year as the Middle Eastern country’s head of state.

Previously Israeli opposition took to the streets to protest a legal reform package proposed by Netanyahu that critics said would have gutted the independence of the country’s judiciary. Elements of the sweeping proposal were placed on hold amidst the show of defiance, which saw Israeli military reservists threaten mass resignations from their posts. When a member of Israel’s opposition finally took power for just over a year in 2021, former Prime Minister Neftali Bennet’s governance showed just how far politics in the country had shifted away from the liberal Labour Zionism that characterized previous administrations. Bennett was criticized for a debate performance where he declared, “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life and there’s no problem with that.” Recently, controversy erupted after video emerged of a 1986 interview with Netanyahu where he appeared to justify the bombing of hospitals. Israel has been sharply criticized for its handling of their military incursion into Gaza, with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres saying, “Gaza is becoming a graveyard for children.”

About 70% of the more than 18,700 Palestinians killed in the besieged enclave are thought to be women and children, according to Gaza health authorities that the UN has claimed have offered accurate numbers in the past. Israel disputes the death toll. Some observers have questioned the competence of the IDF, with critics claiming the military force is more focused on filming TikTok videos than engaging professionally on the battlefield. Historically the army’s so-called Hannibal Directive has excused the killing of civilians – even Israeli civilians – in the name of pursuing greater combat objectives.


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“’s the emptiness of the lives they’ve led which they need to prove to everyone. How else can they justify their actions to themselves?”

Running On Empty, the US Leaves Zelenskyy Hanging (Luongo)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made one last ditch effort to plead for US monetary and military support for the war against Russia. President “Biden” all but blackmailed the American people last week over this issue, threatening us with sending our children to fight a war to cover up his corruption and Davos’ antihuman agenda. The contempt with which I hold these people cannot be overstated. Biden has no more legitimacy to threaten us with fighting a war with Russia for Ukraine than Zelenskyy does. Yet his handlers think nothing of putting those words in his mouth after shoving his morning dose of stimmies into him to prop him up in front of the teleprompter for him to hopefully not misread. If that last sentence doesn’t make your blood boil, I’ve not been doing my job properly lo these past six years. So, challenge accepted then. Watch this clip of Zelenskyy telling us we need to forego everything to save his sorry ass.

This level of rhetoric is the zenith of toxic thinking. There is no time for anything other than fighting XXX. For Zelenskyy it is Putin. For the vampires and ghouls like Al Gore, John Kerry and Tony Blair screeching at COPE28, it is climate change. For Democrats and the Media it is Trump. By framing all of these topics in this way they betray their own agendas. It is nothing more than the full court press that all tyrants push when they are at their most vulnerable. If things were going their way they wouldn’t have to exhort people to give up everything to fight their fight for them. If Zelenskyy wasn’t such a tool for Davos and/or the Neocons who pushed him into this position, I’d actually feel some pity for him. But my humanity has limits. There comes a point where you have the face the consequences of the actions you have taken.

I don’t care if you are him, Joe Biden, George Soros, Anthony Fauci, Klaus Schwab, or any of their lieutenants. You can only outrun the hangman for so long. You can only hide behind the law and the veneer of civilization that put you in your position of power for so long. Eventually the lies and the double-dealing, the fast-talking and the pride, all catch up with you. Eventually, you ask for something that no one is willing to part with and it all comes crashing down. If Zelenskyy has an ounce of shame left in him he would go back to Kiev and makes plans to give Putin his pound of flesh to save those of the people he’s supposed to represent. Swallow the pride, save the people.

But he won’t. Neither will Biden. Or Warren. Or Hillary. Or any of them. They would rather burn the world to the ground and blackmail us to the very end than face the one thing they are all afraid of… and it isn’t just death as Alex Jones told Tucker Carlson on X/Twitter the other day. … it’s the emptiness of the lives they’ve led which they need to prove to everyone. How else can they justify their actions to themselves?

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“..between NATO’s encroachment towards Russia’s borders and the role the US and its allies are playing in the standoff between the two neighbors, Moscow can hardly trust the Western nations.”

US Knows Ukraine Can’t Win – Kremlin (RT)

The US has to review its current position on both the Ukraine conflict and relations with Russia if it wants to restore dialogue with Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told NBC in an interview published on Friday. Russia is ready to work with any American administration but would very much prefer a “more constructive” approach from Washington, he added. The interview was published just a day after President Vladimir Putin accused the US and its allies of orchestrating the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev and essentially disrupting Russia’s years-long efforts to build normal relations with Ukraine. He also questioned the prospect of restoring relations between Russia and the West, saying that between NATO’s encroachment towards Russia’s borders and the role the US and its allies are playing in the standoff between the two neighbors, Moscow can hardly trust the Western nations.

Putin would be ready to work with “anyone who will understand that from now on you have to be more careful with Russia and you have to take into account its concerns,” Peskov told NBC’s Keir Simmons in Moscow, adding that the Russian leader would like to see a US president who is “more constructive” toward Russia and values dialogue more. The Kremlin spokesman also criticized America’s current role in the Ukraine conflict by saying that Washington only throws taxpayer money “into the wind” and is unnecessarily prolonging the hostilities by sending conflicting signals to Kiev, which end up just leading to more Ukrainian deaths. A much-touted Ukrainian counteroffensive has largely failed to bring about any notable changes to the front lines over some six months of the operation. According to Russian Defense Ministry estimates, Ukraine has lost over 125,000 troops and 16,000 pieces of heavy equipment in failed attempts to advance over the past half year.

“You have to understand your responsibility for this,” Peskov said. “You are telling them [Ukrainians] — go and die,” he continued, adding that “you know pretty well that they cannot win” but still offer Kiev more money and armaments. Russia has repeatedly stated it was ready for peace talks with Kiev as long as “the reality on the ground” is taken into account. In the autumn of 2022, four former Ukrainian territories, including the two Donbass republics, joined Russia following a series of referendums. Kiev declared the referendums “sham” and has been pushing for its own “peace formula” under which Russia would withdraw its troops not only from the four regions but from Crimea as well before any talks could even commence. Moscow dismissed Ukraine’s demands as being detached from reality. “America is strongly involved in this conflict,” the Kremlin spokesman told NBC, adding that the standoff between the two neighbors is in fact a “hybrid war” against Russia launched by Washington.

Such confrontational tactics have been detrimental to global security, Peskov warned, adding that the world is “less safe than it used to be’’ before dialogue between Moscow and Washington was “shut down.” Contacts between the two nations were reduced to minimum after Russia launched its military operation in February 2022. The US and its allies openly supported Kiev in the conflict and slapped Moscow with an unprecedented number of sanctions. Western nations then also started supplying arms to Ukrainian forces. The ties have not been severed entirely, though. On Thursday, Putin revealed that dialogue between the two nations continues, particularly about the Americans accused of espionage in Russia. When asked during his marathon press conference about US nationals Paul Whelan and Evan Gershkovich, the president said that Russia was willing to exchange them but wanted to reach a deal with Washington that would be “mutually acceptable.”

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“..there may be fewer resources for the social and humanitarian spheres than we would like, which means we must endure more and longer for less money.”

Ukraine on Brink of Humanitarian Collapse, Authorities Admit (Sp.)

Amid battlefield disappointments, the Kiev regime is facing financial woes, with patron states increasingly less eager to send billions down the Ukraine “sinkhole.” President Volodymyr Zelensky returned basically empty-handed from his US visit, while in Europe, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban threw water on Kiev’s fiscal appetites. Ukrainian citizens will have a hard time scraping by next year, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk warned on Telegram. In a “statement of the obvious,” the Ukrainian official admitted that the government will face difficulties fulfilling its social and humanitarian obligations due to the ballooning budget deficit. “In 2023, two new factors emerged. Accordingly, we must all adapt quickly,” was how Vereshchuk phrased it. According to her, firstly, the conflict “may last longer than we first thought.” She added, “Secondly, there may be fewer resources for the social and humanitarian spheres than we would like, which means we must endure more and longer for less money.”

This admission by the Ukrainian deputy prime minister came as the head of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Tax Committee Daniil Getmantsev earlier underscored that state coffers are critically dependent on assistance from Kiev’s allies in NATO’s proxy war against Russia. By the end of the year, he stated, Ukraine needed to attract about $9.5 billion in financial support in the form of grants and preferential loans. Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal also held out hope of Ukraine receiving financial assistance to a tune of over $30 billion from the EU, US, and IMF, as well as patron states, to cover the country’s state budget deficit. Shmyhal said on September 15 that Ukraine’s government had adopted a draft budget for 2024 that presupposed record military spending worth $45.6 billion. This means there will be a scramble to cover social sphere costs, healthcare, and education. According to Ukraine’s Finance Ministry, the draft budget for 2024 provides for spending on security and defense at a level of over $48 billion, which constitutes 23% of GDP.

Ukraine’s financial woes come hand in hand with battlefield disappointments. After the botched summer counteroffensive, Kiev’s Western patrons have been facing growing “Ukraine fatigue.” Wheedling money out of the US and the EU is becoming ever more challenging for President Volodymyr Zelensky, as his recent lackluster Washington foray showed. Zelensky failed to convince lawmakers in Washington to approve a $61 billion aid package that US President Joe Biden has been pressuring Congress to approve. In Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban blocked the European Union from approving a €50 billion aid package for Ukraine, even as he allowed a vote to open accession negotiations for Ukraine in the bloc to go forward.

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“..the Biden administration has deliberately sought to minimize contacts between officials in Kiev and Congressional Republicans..”

Zelensky’s Tone Deaf DC Trip Leaves Republicans Wishing He’d Never Come (Sp.)

Ukraine’s president traveled to the US capital to speak with President Joe Biden and other officials in an attempt to secure tens of billions of additional US taxpayer dollars for the proxy war against Russia. Just how impactful the trip was remains unclear, given that the House of Representatives has now adjourned for the Christmas holidays. Some Republicans reportedly couldn’t help but feel irritated by Volodymyr Zelensky’s two-day visit to Washington this week, privately telling media that the Ukrainian president did more harm than good for his cause by meddling in American politics, and wishing that he’d stayed home. “Zelensky’s visit…was not good. It was completely tone-deaf and missed the point and the issues that are really at the heart of the current funding disputes,” a Republican congressional aide said, referring to the ongoing battle over a $105 billion supplemental funding request by the Biden administration, which includes over $61.4 billion for Ukraine, plus resources to shore up the US border with Mexico.

Republican lawmakers are seeking to hammer out a deal with the White House to revamp border policy to more closely resemble that of President Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, in exchange for approval of the new money for Ukraine, although weeks of wrangling have apparently yet to yield a compromise. “It would have been better if [Zelensky] had just not come in the broader supplemental fight. It’s going to take a little bit of time to get over this,” the aide said. Some Republicans reportedly took issue with Zelensky’s approach during his trip, accusing him of trying to paint them as being “soft on Russia” over their effort to focus on domestic priorities. Another anonymous Republican aide said that the Biden administration has deliberately sought to minimize contacts between officials in Kiev and Congressional Republicans, presumably in a bid to prevent the further exacerbation of tensions among the faction of the GOP that’s growing increasingly resistant to shelling out more for cash on Ukraine.

“The ability for Republicans to talk to the Ukrainians at very senior levels is very limited. What you’re seeing is 18 month of that policy coming home to roost, where senior Ukrainian officials have no real engagement with any Republicans in the House or the Senate,” the aide said. It’s unclear what sparked the disconnect, although it was in May of 2022 that 57 House Republicans and 11 GOP senators voted against a $40 billion supplemental aid package, with that number rising to 70 House lawmakers this past July in a proposed amendment to the annual defense bill to cut off all military aid to Ukraine. The measure failed, and the $886 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 includes $300 million in annual “security assistance” to Ukraine through the end of 2026. However, that’s just a fraction of the $61.4 billion supplemental request by the Biden administration.

But Republican concerns about continuing to foot the bill for Ukraine aid apparently aren’t limited to the party’s anti-interventionist MAGA wing, reports suggest, with “even the most rock-ribbed Reagan Republicans” reportedly feeling that “they’ve been bearing most of the political costs” in sending taxpayer money to Ukraine, all “without any political concessions for their party.”

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“Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said earlier in the day that his country would veto the European Union’s talks on the accession of Ukraine if they are found to be detrimental to Hungarian interests..”

Italian PM Meloni Talks Orban Out Of Veto On Ukraine’s EU Accession (TASS)

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni talked out Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban from imposing veto on Ukraine’s EU accession, Italy’s Libero Quotidiano reported on Saturday. According to the daily, the Italian and Hungarian politicians arranged a bilateral meeting on the issue before the start of the EU summit in Brussels last week. Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said earlier in the day that his country would veto the European Union’s talks on the accession of Ukraine if they are found to be detrimental to Hungarian interests. “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 said.

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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“Every loan that goes bad causes some money to disappear — poof! — and when a whole lot of that happens there is no money. The Federal Reserve digital currency is a kind of last resort way around that.”

Money for Nothing and Nothing for Money (Kunstler)

The financialized economy was primed to blow up in September of 2019 when symptoms of severe distress materialized in an arcane corner of the system known as the reverse repo market where banks loan each other money on extremely short term, usually overnight, to provide so-called “liquidity” — meaning the appearance of solvency. The crisis expressed itself as a dangerously sharp rise in interest rates. The Fed came up with enough liquidity to paper over the crisis, and then, miraculous to relate, the Covid-19 “emergency” a few months later gave them cover to “print” trillions of dollars and distribute the “money” rapidly into the on-the-ground economy where people bought the things of daily life.

The result of that monetary mischief was today’s inflation. Inflation, of course, is one way of going broke. You have a lot of money that is increasingly worthless. The other way of going broke is deflation, where you have no money. In the aggregate of a deflation, nobody will have any money, so at least you’ll have company in the misery of being broke. My guess is that a grievous deflation is where the current situation is headed. Deflations are provoked when people and companies can’t meet their debt obligations — can’t “service” their loans (pay interest), or pay back contracted sums of borrowed money, or simply can’t pay their bills. Every loan that goes bad causes some money to disappear — poof! — and when a whole lot of that happens there is no money.

The Federal Reserve digital currency is a kind of last resort way around that. It is a simple way for the system to pretend there is a lot of money around when there really isn’t any. It has the huge additional advantages, by way of computerized accounting, to allow the authorities to control what everybody spends their money on, especially the ability to block the purchase of this or that: a train ticket, gasoline, meat, if the authorities feel like it. It also enables the authorities to extract taxes, duties, and penalties at will, without any cooperation from the citizen. A Fed digital currency would be a giant step into the worst kind of exquisitely targeted tyranny. The excuse, of course, would be a “national emergency.”

A digital currency would likely first be tested among the most indigent in society, those with little or no income. It already is, actually, in the debit cards currently issued to illegal border-jumpers. Their card accounts are refilled monthly, making this the equivalent of a guaranteed basic income. Next, this privilege will be extended to the lower economic ranks of American citizens, and so on upward, until the whole middle-class and even the higher levels are enlisted, and then the authorities will have the ability to push everyone around.

That’s the hypothesis, anyway. I don’t believe it’s going to work. The authorities have underestimated the number of citizens who know what it means to be sovereign individuals. They will decline to be pushed around. They might even push back, start stomping on the blob’s tentacles as it reaches across the land. The citizens of one region or another of our country might go so far as to establish their own money, which would make them sovereign regions of sovereign individuals. That is going to be a problem that the blob and blobism cannot overcome.

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“Unfortunately I have seen no evidence of aliens yet,” he said in a speech at the 74th International Astronautical Congress in October, adding that “we are the aliens.”

Musk Doesn’t Believe In Aliens (RT)

Humankind is most likely the only species “in this part of the galaxy” with a consciousness, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told an audience in Italy on Saturday, comparing our species to “a tiny candle in a vast darkness.” Speaking at an event organized by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Musk explained his desire to settle humans on Mars by quoting Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, whose ‘Fermi Paradox’ questions why, if extraterrestrial life is so probable, humans have yet to discover evidence of it. “One of the explanations, and perhaps the one that appears to be the most accurate, is that consciousness is extremely rare,” Musk said.

“People often ask me do I know about aliens or something like that,” he continued. “The crazy thing is that I’ve seen no evidence of aliens whatsoever. Most likely, at least in this part of the galaxy, we are the only consciousness that exists.” “And so you can think of human consciousness really as like a tiny candle in a vast darkness, and we must do everything we can to ensure that the candle does not go out,” he concluded. Musk has repeatedly insisted that humanity can only continue if low birth rates in the Western world are reversed, and if humans manage to become a “spacefaring civilization.” Although the second test-launch of SpaceX’s Starship rocket ended in an explosion last month, the billionaire hailed the launch as another step toward making “all life multiplanetary.”

SpaceX began developing the Starship rocket in 2012 with the express aim of using it to transport crews and cargo to the red planet. In the early stages of its development, SpaceX referred to the rocket as the ‘Mars Colonial Transporter’. Musk has often been asked his opinion on aliens, and despite jokingly referring to aliens as his “friends,” he has always cited the lack of evidence for extraterrestrial life. “Unfortunately I have seen no evidence of aliens yet,” he said in a speech at the 74th International Astronautical Congress in October, adding that “we are the aliens.”

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    Edward Hopper Sunday 1926   • CNN Narrative Around “Missing” Dossier On Trump-Russia Conspiracy (CTH) • Congress Approves Bill Barring Any Presid
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 17 2023]

    V. Arnold

    The Hopper’s (art) are splendid; keep them comming…
    At my age, 78, I’m fast retreating from the daily grind of the world each day….
    We humans can be a terrible lot when our governments go on killing rampages in our names…
    In reality “we” have no power to stop this grave crime against our fellow humans; withdrawing from society is our only option as far as I can see…….

    Dr. D

    Hopper: If you can’t tell, I believe that’s a Bartender, on Sunday.

    “DOJ to Charge Blaze Journalist Steve Baker over Jan. 6

    Like Netflix and the Babylon Bee, trickle them out one a week. Because it’s not political, they only just noticed! Up until two+ years later they had no idea he was on camera! What was that about an essential human right being a “Speedy Trial”, or you are violating their human rights and get to walk?

    Same with every other tactic in every trial. Evidence without warrant. Withholding evidence. Withholding lawyers. Police perjuring themselves. Prosecutors perjuring themselves. The judge being paid. The judge being paid by the prosecutor. Not with money but with favors, promotions, elections, being “part of the pals.” The judge withholding evidence, calling mistrials, narrowing the jury evidence and 100 other tricks to get the “Right” verdict. The judge withholding a jury trial altogether. The Prosecution doing appeals. Doing appeals with infinite endless State money. Charging irrelevant crimes to pile on cases and expenses.

    Every time? Almost. So what happens when normal Americans think you’re an illegitimate government? Not what you think. THEY think we pick up all our AR-15s and shoot them. Because that’s what they would do, because that’s what they ARE doing. No. We would use all our AR-15s to DEFEND ourselves when they arrive. And defend in 100 ways OTHER than AR15s. Like Ramaswamy was attacked. In court cases, slander, libel, etc. What was his Defense?

    Not what you expected, was it? Like Bud Light he sort of went right around your Minion Plan and your complete lack of imagination. He didn’t cower and kowtow. He’s going to become your boss then call you into his office.

    “Jack Smith wants “Donald Trump convicted before the election”

    Problem is, Trump’s lawyers have the same bag of tricks, so they will counter-corrupt the courts with slow-walking and appeals to push the trial back. People say it and although it’s difficult to believe it seems to be true: Celente, Armstrong, say the UniParty thought “If we just indict Trump, he will lose all support and we can push in DeSantis or someone.”

    Because they’re all a thousand years old and grew up riding dinosaurs. That strategy means THE PEOPLE TRUST YOU, the GOVERNMENT. Guys: For the Love of God, Mary, and Joseph, the reason Trump exists is that they DON’T TRUST you. But as Minions that’s literally inconceivable to them, I don’t know what gene defect that is. When they indict Trump – after the Vaccine fiasco – it made people BELIEVE IN TRUMP AGAIN. After MAGA too was getting sick of him. It confirmed he was real and not corrupted yet. You. Morons.

    Go Jack Smith! The greatest ally Trump ever had. I think Trump should give him the Congressional Medal of Freedom for getting him elected when he gets in.

    ““Before this trial even began, the judge ruled in our favor”

    As above. Every time. But if your Lawyer has dinner with the Judge and donates to his campaigns, Lo! Suddenly the Judge does NOT rule in their favor before the trial. It’s like magic!

    MacGregor opens interview with the Central Asian rail lines. Again, and for 100 years, MacKinder. He misses the obvious: they are talking a language WE are not in on. WHAT is China shipping around the world, to Amsterdam, offloaded, then shipped EAST to Romania? Oceana. The British Empire. British Navy, British banking, and we pay vig to the Anglos to secure our shipping from Pirates, also while they can shut off anyone they like with an (illegal) embargo, like Cuba and NoKo.

    And so the Central Asian rail lines are what? The END of the British, the Anglo Empire. The. End. Okay and what is happening here?

    YEMEN IS THE FUNERAL of the British-Anglo Empire. Yemen Shuts off World Shipping with their attacks, at leisure, and they do F- All about it. If they did, China owns Eritrea, Djibouti, and Saudi is the whole North Slope, now also BRIIC’d. So “The British-Anglo Empire” isn’t going to GET your goods from workshops around the world. They are now an OBSTACLE to trade and getting your stuff.

    Who CAN get your stuff? Asia. Russia. The Silk Road. They are going to high-speed train your stuff in a fraction of the time and cost all the way out to Austria. Then Portugal. Like in Babylon A.D. where the Anglos then NUKED said railway and create a dead zone somewhere in Kazakhstan. …As a thought.

    So THAT is why – and one of the top four Whys – for Ukraine, and Yemen.

    “CNN Narrative Around “Missing” Dossier on Trump-Russia Conspiracy (CTH)

    What a strange twist. Yes, we all know WHY it is happening, but this gets down into why and how it is “Legal” that its happening. To them. And DO WE CARE? They’re being “legal” while they’re being illegal. I mean, yes we should, as it’s how they will act and how they constrain themselves, and it’s how they will get caught and stopped, but it’s BORING. And POINTLESS. And unproductive. And a waste of endless time and money. And obstructs all Truth and justice.

    …Just like all other government actions. The government is like 20% of all people and maybe half the economy now. If they were capable of ANYTHING, surely our country would be a wonderland by now. But as a responsible adult I suppose I should be more accurate and not just knee-jerk the obvious that they’re lying, traitorous cheaters.

    “Congress has approved legislation that would prevent any president from withdrawing the United States from NATO without approval from the Senate or an Act of Congress.”

    Huh? This was before my time, but how did we get IN to NATO? Is it not a Senate treaty? In which case, OF COURSE that would be true? Wow, now I have to look, but since no one will follow the law either way, why bother?

    “Biden has invested deeply in the NATO alliance during his term,”

    While Europe did not. Has Germany even now got up to the MINIMUM level of NATO funding? The one they made fun of Trump for mentioning? Probably not. Certainly Britain hasn’t. They have the NATO level of a Girl Scout troop. And what? Fewer ARs than Kentucky and 10 working tanks? They’re behind Venezuela. Argentina is thinking about kicking them out of the Falklands again, and might.

    “free speech should be legal “only under certain circumstances.”

    The circumstance that you agree with me. And also are calling for Genocide.

    “Twitter officials suspended the account within 45 minutes but complained they were already “bombarded” by White House censorship requests at that point.”

    Translation: there were so many attacks on Human Rights, we couldn’t even get to them all. But we tried with all our might.

    On this article, you see the change has to come FROM WITHIN US. WE are the ones who have to stop this. Boomers and Millennials are lockstep in supporting any censorship or control from any authority who pops up their head. It’s so bad, Billionaires just MAKE UP whole new “Authorities” daily, never seen before, made up of two Chads and a Karen, all interns remoting from home, and they immediately … um… service them to a happy ending by attacking their own family, neighbors, and community who point it out to them. Yes, Virginia, SNOPES is a plagiarist. And a guy cheating on his wife with a prostitute. You know HONEST, QUALITY organizations you can trust.

    I don’t have a cure for this if you can just invent a new “Truth of our Truthiness, Factily-Fact Super-Checker” and everyone just believes them. Paid for by Pfizer or from Putin in Moscow via Hunter Biden. YOU are the immune system here. YOU need to shape up or die.

    “release to CNN an intelligence report that claimed that Russia had suffered enormous casualties in its war with Ukraine, with some 315,000 of an estimated 360,000 troops that made up Russia’s pre-conflict ground force, having been killed or wounded”

    Never stops. So is this like Dick Cheney’s “Team B” assessment that the USSR was 5x as strong as we were a day before they collapsed? Which is why the U.S. has “No choice” but to give Halliburton another $2B dollars? No? Not like that?

    Okay then, is it like Russia DID lose their ENTIRE ARMY? Yes? We agree? SO THEREFORE THEY ARE NO THREAT WHATSOEVER TO EUROPE, and we can stop funding Kiev, right?

    Which is it? Either is perfectly fine with me. Just for the love of God, pick one.

    Luongo. That is an amazing quote, one that will get in the history books. I can’t imagine what he was thinking, but I guess that’s what happens when you snort coke and turn it up to “11”. “Ludicrous Speed!!!”

    “• Ukraine on Brink of Humanitarian Collapse, Authorities Admit (Sp.)

    Brink? I guess. The country has ceased to exist thanks to Joe’s (First) Genocide. He’s on Genocide three or something? He started with opening Slave Markets in Africa as VP? But I guess there are still levels of “Everyone is in bread lines everywhere in the country and even then there is no bread” levels. If you get in a bread line you will be conscripted levels.

    You see, our support AND the level, AND the speed it was given are all critical in handing over the nation perfectly and elegantly to Russia. Doesn’t that seem suspicious to anyone? Right now we’re trailing off support instead of dropping it suddenly, which insures a much more orderly transfer of a nation the size of France. Thanks Joe. You’ve done more than anyone since The Louisiana Purchase or Alaska. And instead of us GETTING the money, We Paid YOU! Shut up and take my Money Putin! You had me at “Mass Genocide”. I hate you so much I gave you a country! Now scram!

    “The Federal Reserve digital currency is a kind of last resort way around that.” — Kunstler

    Yes, it’s RATIONING. War Rationing, while Churchill gets all the whiskey and jam he wants. That’s the point in making cars insanely expensive. ONLY THE RICH CAN HAVE ONE. Like the Duesenburg age. Carbon Credits? WHADDA I STEALS FROM YOU FORS? I STEAL $30 Trillion from the Poors, using Covid, than I can pays all the Carbon Credit fines I want with YOUR money. …Besides I’M the one who sets the fines, rates, levels. THAT’S WHY THERE’S NO TAX ON JETS.

    Because we care so, so much about CO2 emissions from flying. Coach. But flying Private doesn’t release CO2 doncha know?

    Rationing. Rationing for YOU. The Poors.

    “It is a simple way for the system to pretend there is a lot of money around when there really isn’t any.”

    Because MONEY ISN’T WEALTH. It is a CLAIM on wealth. An entirely EMPTY claim. If Bezos sold Amazon stock what would he get? $150/share. On the FIRST share only. Then $100, then $50, then $5 as he floods the market. He could never, ever, ever, ever, ever get the market cap, nor anywhere near it. He’s SCAMMING you, and people buy it. Ugh.

    Anyway, what is this “Rationing” for the Poors and not the Rich? Socialism. The “Very Important People” the “Deciders” who are all smarter than you and don’t work in the mines, the Haaaahvard types, they type in heated offices and need to keep their strength up with Waigu steaks and flying to Switzerland for shopping. If you’re digging broken sewers in the snow, you’re a “not important person” and are rationed. What is Rationing? CENTRAL PLANNING. That’s it. Soviet Central Planning, a “Technocracy”. They’re not shy about telling you.

    Kunstler isn’t keeping up with the news, though. As per Luongo’s thesis, Powell both said he wouldn’t have a CBDC and had no issue with a wide variety of competing currencies. Like Euros, or Bitcoins. That solves Triffin’s Paradox and the utter and inevitable collapse of the U.S. by it, in which NYC Banking – his ACTUAL constituency, not us – is utterly ruined with the country. THEY, Wall Street, are the ones trying to persist this rotation. LONDON is trying to kill them. At last. After 250 years or rebellion. Like last time, it’s not going well for them. Looks like London’s collapsing instead.

    “‘Fermi Paradox’ questions why, if extraterrestrial life is so probable, humans have yet to discover evidence of it.”

    Except where you could put on 100 TVs and watch cell phone videos of UFOs for the rest of your life and never run out of “evidence of it”? Like the US Navy has no “Evidence of it”? Science!™ “Denying everything since 1818.”™

    “Built by a Roman workforce in the III century CE,”

    What do you see here? First ROME DIDN’T FALL. Here it is, 300 years after Julius, and still going great! That’s longer than we’ve been a country. Second, what are all those buildings? Mills. Like the Barbegal Mills in France, ONE mill provided grain for TWENTY THOUSAND people.

    That’s the size of General Mills in Minnesota. There are therefore roads for 20,000 in and out, running daily for centuries. So they’re NOT cave men, and there is NOT a straight-line progression of us from the Caves to the Stars? In fact, we only just barely MIGHT have exceeded culture of 2,000 years ago? So you’ve got 30 some mills and workshops there, all ecological? Okay, how many people would that support as say, a triphammer or fuller, a dye-crushing mill? I dunno, maybe 20,000 people again? The room looks 20×20 but it’s a big-time operation in throughput.

    So therefore any time you see “We did this”, check yourself. Every time you hear “Dark Ages”, there were only guys riding on donkeys, check yourself. When some historian says the war killed 10,000 men in one army and you say “There weren’t 10,000 men in the whole COUNTRY” check yourself. We’re talking Millions. Going almost as far back as we can see. Science™ has to work in a feverish lather to prevent you from seeing what is so blindingly apparent to your daily eyes. Yeah, they built the Pont du Gard for 5 men and a donkey in a mud hut. Sure pal.

    No doubt the people who live there say “it’s just one place”. An anomaly. I mean there isn’t one in London, right? YEAH BECAUSE THEY LEVELED IT. Any city, coast, has been razed 500 times. What was there is missing. It’s only the weird combination of being a relatively modern place, then suddenly a backwater, that something like this isn’t leveled. We see the same thing with, say, covered bridges. It has to be a super, core road to have one built, yet suddenly unused so it wasn’t modernized and replaced in the 40s 50s 60s, pounded out by traffic.

    Following the Caesars yesterday, the Caesar of 200AD died in York. That is, unlike the spurious and ludicrous claims, Britain wasn’t a backwater. It was a CORE water. Now that they look, you can’t swing a cat without finding a stately Roman Villa, factory-sized workshop and all, from coast to coast right up to Hadrian’s Wall. And so? Then that was true in Germany too? And Libya? And Turkey? And everywhere else for 5,000 miles? Use your head. How big were they? Well Saxon Halls were made of Timber and 100ft long, so pretty big. Nero’s house was 300 ACRES under roof, so pretty big. Does Al Gore or Jeff Bezos have a 300 Acre McMansion? No, because they’re tiny, worthless losers in a tiny, backward age.

    Etc. So No, we are not the sum total of the human race, the apex of all progress. We’re more violent, and less just, more extractive, more enslaving, less ecological than anyone SINCE Rome. So I don’t look at us and say “wow, thank God I don’t live in the XXXX” That’s a RELIGION. A RELIGION of Progress. A Religion of Narcissists who think they are the greatest thing ever, just like all 8-year olds do, which is our mental level.

    Dr. D

    The Most Remarkable Roman Aqueducts Still Standing

    Just one. Except there are hundreds, thousands. There wasn’t any modern age except for all the modern ages there were. Steam powered robots in Greece and antikytheria computers just wandering around the Sea, on galleys running from Amsterdam to Cairo like city buses, the whole time. So far back for so long Jonah took one. So uninterrupted Jean Val-Jean worked on one. Nothing new.

    A Home away from Rome: 7 Roman Villas to explore in Britain › wiki › List_of_Roman_villas_in_England

    Even their dishes were imported continent wide like Ikea. Among hundreds. Like shipping lavish tile floors from thousands of miles. Like shipping glassware from the Middle East and Silks from Asia. Oh but “We’re a Global Culture” now. Firstest time evah! Uh-huh. I’m sorry everyone is so astonishing ignorant, but there IS a solution: Read a book sometime.


    The Putin Reiterates Reality for the Western Crash Test Dummies

    Red Alert!


    “The Russian goals and objectives of the Special Military Operation are spelled out very clearly —

    #1 Demilitarization (the destruction of the Ukrainian Armed Forces),


    A French grocery store Franprix has put a sticker of Zelensky on its doors –

    the sign on his back says “Beggar”


    In your face clownboy




    Before leaving town, one Last Stop Cafe


    #2 De-Nazification (eliminate Zelensky and the Nazi political element inside Ukronaziland)

    #3 Permanent neutrality for Ukraine (i.e., Ukraine will never join NATO).


    In depth look at How …”Controlling the narrative”

    Why are Canadians ignoring the data. “increase in deaths”


    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.
    Life expectancy decreases for a third year in a row.
    Okay, Let’s try – “A large autopsy series published by Hulscher et al, ”

    Controlling the narrative.
    Avoiding the truth


    ” 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.”
    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.”
    Controlling the narrative.
    Calling it FAKE

    A conclusion drawn ahead of the study proper does not count as science.

    PURPOSE: To promote anti-vaxx culture, validate conspiracy theories and erode public confidence in the authorities.


    Controlling the narrative.
    Approved narrative from WHO

    Long Covid-19 – What you need to know
    Episode #47 – Post COVID-19 condition 29 July 2021
    Some of the most common symptoms of post COVID-19 condition or as you said, long COVID, include shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction, which people call brain fog, as well as fatigue. Those are the three most common.
    Dr. Janet Diaz
    Controlling the narrative.
    Approved narrative from CDC

    Long COVID or Post-COVID Conditions
    Updated July 20, 2023

    Long COVID can include a wide range of ongoing health problems; these conditions can last weeks, months, or years.
    Long COVID occurs more often in people who had severe COVID-19 illness, but anyone who has been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can experience it.
    People who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and become infected may have a higher risk of developing Long COVID compared to people who have been vaccinated.
    People can be reinfected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, multiple times. Each time a person is infected or reinfected with SARS-CoV-2, they have a risk of developing Long COVID.
    While most people with Long COVID have evidence of infection or COVID-19 illness, in some cases, a person with Long COVID may not have tested positive for the virus or known they were infected.
    CDC and partners are working to understand more about who experiences Long COVID and why, including whether groups disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 are at higher risk.
    Controlling the narrative.
    CBC news is reporting. A change could be happening


    Arguing long COVID is being downplayed, an advocate has launched this St. John’s billboard.
    Organizers hope other billboards will soon appear across the country

    Elizabeth Whitten · CBC News · Posted: Dec 14, 2023 1:30 AM PST

    The Topsail Road sign — which says “Long COVID ruins lives. Mask up” — was organized not by health officials, but a group concerned about the impact of the disease.

    “It was just my concern that we didn’t have any strategies in place to slow COVID down,” said Keith Muise, a Stephenville resident and an organizer with a group called Covid Awareness 2023, which he says has a national membership.

    Muise says the sign is the first of its kind in the country, and that more will be installed.

    After his son contracted the virus, Muise said he noticed changes, like his son forgetting certain words. That led to research and making connections around the world about long COVID, a phrase used to describe symptoms that can persist for months after an infection.

    “Then I realized… this is not a mild virus,” he told CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show. “This is something that we need to avoid. So I kind of threw myself into the ring and here we are.”


    The Empire of Lies is a rundown gas station ATM masquerading as a country



    We’re Walkin’, We’re Talkin’ Oh Yeh Baby



    The End

    This is the end, beautiful friend
    This is the end, my only friend, the end
    Of our elaborate plans, the end
    Of everything that stands, the end
    No safety or surprise, the end
    I’ll never look into your eyes, again…….

    Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
    And all the children are insane
    All the children are insane…….

    Ride the snake, he’s old, and his skin is cold
    The west is the best, the west is the best
    Get here, and we’ll do the rest……

    The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
    He took a face from the ancient gallery
    And he walked on down the hall……..

    Can you picture what will be, so limitless and free
    Desperately in need, of some, stranger’s hand
    In a desperate land…….



    Update: Controlling the narrative—24-november-2023
    COVID-19 Epidemiological Update – 24 November 2023
    Edition 161

    … in the past 28-day period from 23 October to 19 November 2023. Compared to the previous 28-day period, those figures represent a 13% and 72% decrease in cases and deaths respectively.

    file: Downloads/20231124_covid-19_epi_update_161.pdf
    New case and death counts from the Region of the Americas: Starting from the week commencing on 11 September 2023, the source of the data from the Region of the Americas was switched to the aggregated national surveillance data received through the COVID-19, Influenza, RSV and Other Respiratory Viruses program in the Americas. Data have been included retrospectively since 31 July 2023

    The classifications of variants will be revised as needed to reflect the continuous evolution of circulating variants and their changing epidemiology. Criteria for variant classification, and the lists of currently circulating and previously circulating VOCs, VOIs and VUMs, are available on the WHO Tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants website. National authorities may choose to designate other variants and are strongly encouraged to investigate and report newly emerging variants and their impact.
    WHO continues to monitor SARS-CoV-2 variants, including descendent lineages of VOCs, to track changes in prevalence and viral characteristics. The current trends describing the circulation of Omicron descendent lineages should be interpreted with due consideration of the limitations of current COVID-19 surveillance. These include differences in sequencing capacity and sampling strategies between countries, changes in sampling strategies over time, reductions in tests conducted and sequences shared by countries, and delays in uploading sequence data to GISAID

    From May 2021 onwards, WHO began assigning simple, easy-to-say labels for key variants.





    They’ve taken your culture an pissed on it and told you it was rain



    If only that simple.
    More impressionable than the book it is even more hart-warming than “Scrooge” for this year’s festive season.
    The “device” design, with that 50’s mind set, was exactly what I expected.




    Thanks for the finds.
    MIR and “friends” are not presenting the official narrative, (lies).

    • CNN Narrative Around “Missing” Dossier On Trump-Russia Conspiracy (CTH)
    • Is Free Speech a Relic in America? (Bovard)
    • Scott Ritter: Joe Biden’s World War III Fantasy
    • Opposition to Netanyahu Explodes After IDF Killing of Israeli Captives (Sp.)
    • Running On Empty, the US Leaves Zelenskyy Hanging (Luongo)
    • US Knows Ukraine Can’t Win – Kremlin (RT)
    • Ukraine on Brink of Humanitarian Collapse, Authorities Admit (Sp.)
    • Zelensky’s Tone Deaf DC Trip Leaves Republicans Wishing He’d Never Come (Sp.)
    • Money for Nothing and Nothing for Money (Kunstler)

    D Benton Smith

    Hey, I’ve got a solution that resolves everyone’s demands regarding this “Free Speech” thing. The way it works is that the censoring liars go on censoring and lying as much as they can manage to pull off, and the rest of us just continue telling the truth to anyone willing to listen. Then just sit back and let those two camps wind up at wherever destination their strategy winds up taking them.

    Come to think of it, isn’t that what’s already going on?

    1 in 9 Canadian adults have had long-term symptoms from COVID infection: StatCan
    (When they use the term “Covid19” rather than “Omicron” then realize that they are trying to follow the official narrative.)
    Experiences of Canadians with long-term
    symptoms following COVID-19
    by Sianne Kuang, Steven Earl, Janine Clarke, Dianne Zakaria,
    Alain Demers, and Samina Aziz
    Release date: December 8, 2023


    Talk about intentional Ritual Humiliation of a country and it’s culture

    Son of a Pedophile Low Rent Gangster



    Cheering for White Extinction.

    by Donald Jeffries

    “If you do a search for “Caucasian” on Google images, you’ll see a few pictures of actual Caucasians, interspersed among lots of images of nonwhites. This is similar to searching for “Happy White woman.” Do it. You’ll be surprised by what images come up. Actually maybe you won’t be. This is now the expected “new normal.”

    I never signed up to be a crusader for White rights. I don’t like sounding like a White Nationalist, whatever that is. But someone has to do it. Of all the giant elephants traipsing across the crumbling landscape of America 2.0, none are larger or more dutifully ignored than the Great Replacement of White people. Only nonwhite people, like Vivek Ramaswamy recently, have the courage to bring the subject up in public. And only these selected nonwhites seem to care that is it happening. The “Woke” White crowd is overjoyed at this prospect. The “conservative,” MAGA types seem to be perfectly fine with it as well. Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy admitted that the Stupid Party was focused on attracting nonwhites before he was ousted.

    Now I am undeniably White. That’s a fact. “Science,” if you will. I had nothing to do with it. I didn’t will myself to be born White, any more than I willed myself to only grow to be five foot nine inches tall. None of us control our ethnicity, so it’s ridiculous for anyone to be proud of it. But conversely, it’s just as ridiculous to be ashamed of it. Can I start a “I’m White, and not proud or ashamed” mantra? But thanks to a decades long propaganda campaign which cannot be denied, the vast majority of White people alive today are ashamed. For being born the way they were. They have a collective guilt which the world has never seen before, for wrongs real, exaggerated, and imagined, committed by some Whites from previous generations………..”


    September 23, 1779 — John Paul Jones, the war hero known as the father of the US Navy, achieved a dramatic victory against the British on this day.



    Twat Alert



    re: Musk “…Humankind is most likely the only species “in this part of the galaxy” with a consciousness…”

    …at this particular infinitesimal slice of entropy’s progress…
    …using physical principles with which we are familiar, and can recognize when we see them…
    …at a scale that is neither too small, nor too big to be invisible to our limited senses…
    …moving in a timescale similar to our own…

    …and that wish to be visible to other technologically capable beings.

    D Benton Smith


    Add to the list, “. . . that we bother to look for or at.”


    “In fact, we only just barely MIGHT have exceeded culture of 2,000 years ago?”

    A Canticle For Leibowitz – We might escape the cycle?
    The Mote In God’s Eye – We don’t escape, we just deal with it, ad nauseam.

    1983 – A Merman I Should Turn To Be

    Many humans, even knowing what is now known, seem very locked-in to the human perspective of space, space travel, other civilizations that visit eachother for tea. The Filter is one thing. The other is how advanced intelligences might pass The Filter. The easiest way to pass The Filter, for example, is to not leave. Have enough energy on hand that you can project in some force (EM, grav, ?, and quantum-ly?) and sense-analyze-act in a remote location. Need to travel (i.e. manipulate objects in meatspace)? Project your will to construct a new being or machine on a remote world, and imbue it with appropriate cognitive ability to be autonomous when needed, if needed.

    We have known of this travel restriction, and have yearned in our fiction for teleporters, hyperdrives, stargates. If we see the problem, and we’re brick-stupid monkeys, it must become the core problem for any advanced intelligence at some point.

    We have abundant animal life on this planet that gets very close to our level of intelligence…but never quite there. We killed the others. Even up to neandertal, the supposed empath, subsumed and killed. The clever ones, killed for competition. The vicious ones, killed for their hazard. The peaceful ones, killed because they were obstacle or resource.

    So many lanes are open to advanced intelligence on a given (hospitable) world, and it gets pared down over time. I have seen, and I think it’s part of why Dr D got through to me a bit, that we have ‘failed’ to use certain steps in the technological ladder in a timely way. Too long at certain junctures, or made too much nothing of certain resources. If things grind down slowly, maybe we get more chances, but it’s getting to be a close scrape. In A Canticle For Leibowitz the Church barely escapes in a secretly-built ship moments before a new-clear war starts. Close scrape.

    Figmund Sreud

    The World has changed, … we transitioned from Marxist World [ labor/capitalism] to Leninist World [ political violence ] – Michael Every, Global Strategist at Rabobank, Singapore. He explains this starting at about 33:20 point, … but, is worth to hear him out right through.



    Attacks on journalists
    Time for journalists and media workers (killed during Israel’s genocidal war has exceeded 90, according to Al Jazeera.) to wake up that Israel is killing journalists on purpose.

    Detailed story, some excerpts.

    “The Israelis fired the missile that injured Wael al-Dahdouh and cameraman Samer Abu Daqqa after they were dispatched to the Farhana school amidst calls for rescue from injured and besieged Palestinians trapped there.

    While al-Dahdouh managed to reach paramedics on foot, Abu Daqqa’s injuries prevented him from doing so. Israel obstructed ambulances from reaching him as he lay on the ground for hours bleeding to death.

    Israel’s killing of Samer Abu Daqqa is the latest in its apparently deliberate and systematic attacks on Palestinian journalists and their families. With Abu Daqqa’s death, the number of journalists and media workers killed during Israel’s genocidal war has exceeded 90, according to Al Jazeera.

    He eventually spotted paramedics and signaled to them, but they were unable to reach him. The correspondent walked until he got to them, received first aid and was taken to hospital.

    “I asked them to return to Samer,” al-Dahdouh said.

    “But the paramedics said that we had to leave immediately and send another vehicle to the location to avoid all of us becoming targets, and we arrived at the hospital.”

    Al Jazeera reported that “by the time he reached an ambulance, medics said they could not return to the site of the attack because it was too dangerous.”

    “Following Samer’s injury, he was left to bleed to death for over five hours as Israeli forces prevented ambulances and rescue workers from reaching him, denying the much-needed emergency treatment,” according to Al Jazeera.

    Al-Dahdouh told the network that one ambulance tried to reach Abu Daqqa but the Israelis fired at it.

    Israel killed Dahdouh’s wife, son, daughter and grandson in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, on 25 October.

    It’s bad enough that people are being killed by Israeli but dying after deliberately imposed suffering crosses every limit.

    Posted by: pq | Dec 17 2023


    Re: Today’s Hopper –
    NOT a bartender. It’s 1926 and there was this thing called “Prohibition” (which didn’t end until 1933).
    Probably a shopkeeper. Perhaps even a Jewish one.


    Have to disagree with you Oroboros. You should be proud to be White. Alot of your ancestors went through some horrific shit to get you here, right now. Own it, live it , take no shit and never back down, brother.


    I wasn’t taking any side or opinion posting the ‘Cheering for White Extinction’

    Just wanted to put that guy pov out there.

    He seems like he’s finally had enough of woketardism and apologizing for being white.

    A lot of people are becoming fed up with defending how he was born



    Veracious Poet

    I apologize for the assumption that TAE’s “brain trust” was still intact, it is now blatantely apparent that anyone with a modicum of Spiritual Sanity were run off over the years by RIM & “friends”, leading to a *large* exodus event when COVID emerged as a threat in 2020, leading to fear mongering/propaganda becoming an ever present, expanding phenomena, exposing the true nature of many:


    “You can forget about re-opening your economy without all-out testing. You can forget about travel if you haven’t been tested. At least twice.”

    “I wouldn’t want them anywhere near my parents or my children.

    If you have the freedom to refuse being tested, society has the freedom to ban you from public places, streets, stores etc.

    Like lepers forced to wear bells and clappers.”

    Debt Rattle April 8 2020

    I missed that wonderful period of “commentary” on TAE, otherwise I would *never* have begun commenting in the hope that “free” thinkers could/would ponder the superiority of The Age Of Enlightenment & the victory of the Democratic Republic under The Rule of Natural Law that the Sons of Liberty bestowed upon us 😐

    I realize that many “new” people don’t know the diff, but TAE nowadays is mostly the repository of trolls, wannabe bloggers & It’s Da Jooz!, with a sprinkling of Athiestic Anarcho-Idiocracy on top…

    It’s all about The Problems, nurturing fear & loathing levels of cringing cognitive dissonance ~ TAE don’t need no stinkin’ *Solutions*!

    Just money, lots of money…

    It’s the love affair with ignorance I find bewildering 🙄


    Understood Oroboros, my bad, didnt understand that was a Jeffries quote. I tend to snap on the White thing. Merry Christmas.


    Trump (if he’s smart) pivots to Kamala Harris, dismisses Biden and makes her his opponent.

    Interesting strategy

    Ignore Pedo Poop Pants to call attention to his dementia incompetence and use Word Salad Kamala as a speed bag workout.

    Trump stand in using a speed bag like it’s Kamala vapid word salad head



    John Day

    @Oroboros, from last night. No, the ashtray I made in kindergarten was smaller, more clay colored and less nice than that Rolling-Stones version you depicted.
    Also, I’m suspicious that Kamala’s spliff is photo-shopped, but I like the idea of Trump ignoring Biden and running against “the Kamal”, at least for a few one-liners.
    The guy with the speedbag reminds me of those clacker-balls on strings that we used to have around 1970, until it turned out they could break and put your eye out or something.

    John Day

    @VP Gary: I “ran into” El Gallinazo from about 12 years ago recently on Celia Faber’s blog. I’m trying to convince him to come back to TAE comments. He got jilted, but I’ll keep tryin. He’s got a trusty brain.


    Mr Poet.
    Thank you for letting us know that 3 years ago someone had a crap comment. You know, we are getting crap comments even today.

    Israeli bulldozers crush sick, wounded Palestinians outside Gaza hospital: Anas al-Sharif from Al Jazeera Arabic is reporting from the ground in Gaza that Israeli bulldozers have trampled over the tents used by Palestinians taking shelter outside Kamal Adwan Hospital and brutally crushed them. He filmed the scene after the Israeli army withdrew, saying the “stench of death was indescribable”.

    According to witness testimony, information from medics, and media reports, Israeli forces “buried people alive in the hospital yard”.

    A terrifying massacre and unspeakable scenes. What the Israeli occupation did inside Kamal Adwan Hospital is a horrific crime against citizens and medical staff.

    Dozens of displaced, sick and wounded people were buried alive. The occupation [Israeli] bulldozers trampled the tents of the displaced people in the hospital yard and brutally crushed them.

    View a short but disturbing video of the scene here.

    A full report, currently available only in Arabic, is here. We will bring the English version when it is available.

    One scene of the devastation at the Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza, where Israeli forces reportedly bulldozed the hospital compound full of refugees and patients in tents.
    One scene of the devastation at the Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza, where Israeli forces reportedly bulldozed the hospital compound full of refugees and patients in tents. (screengrab)
    Israeli military says 90 arrested at Kamal Adwan Hospital: The arrests were made after the Israeli military besieged Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza for at least six days. Israel’s military released videos of weapons it claimed were found at the medical complex. It said the arms are proof Hamas used the hospital to launch attacks. Israel has repeatedly accused Hamas of using hospitals as “human shields”, a claim repeatedly rejected.

    Earlier, the Palestinian health minister called for an investigation into reports that wounded Palestinians, patients and displaced people were crushed by Israeli bulldozers in the yard of Kamal Adwan.

    Veracious Poet


    I “ran into” El Gallinazo from about 12 years ago recently on Celia Faber’s blog. I’m trying to convince him to come back to TAE comments. He got jilted, but I’ll keep tryin. He’s got a trusty brain.

    May you live in interesting times…

    Perhaps, just perhaps, BRICS+ will deliver the coup de grâce to remove the *root* of the “Money For Nuthin'” UniParty GlobalCap Empire, having been seized the opportunity to supplant the PetroDollar rigged game?

    Give someone enough rope…

    In “America” the gift of the Rule Natural Rule Of Law was quickly corrupted & made ineffective, through control of usury, as Adams warned Jefferson:

    All the perplexities, confusion, and distress in America arise, not from defects in the Constitution or confederation, not from want of honor and virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.

    In 1913-1933 the Banksters finally *won*, turning everyone into a subject of The Empire, where rights & privileges could only be purchased & utilized by The Chosen

    Howard Zinn saw The Monsters, for what they are/did/do:

    How skillful to tax the middle class to pay for the relief of the poor, building resentment on top of humiliation!

    How adroit to bus poor black youngsters into poor white neighborhoods, in a violent exchange of impoverished schools, while the schools of the rich remain untouched and the wealth of the nation, doled out carefully where children need free milk, is drained for billion-dollar aircraft carriers.

    How ingenious to meet the demands of blacks and women for equality by giving them small special benefits, and setting them in competition with everyone else for jobs made scarce by an irrational, wasteful system.

    How wise to turn the fear and anger of the majority toward a class of criminals bred – by economic inequity – faster than they can be put away, deflecting attention from the huge thefts of national resources carried out within the law by men in executive offices.

    Until We The People Sheeple stop thinking/acting like rudimentary beasts, see The Monsters for who they are, reject trusting/following THEIR “experts”, nothing can, or will, change.

    Oh, in case “you” didn’t notice, there’s a *major* culling unfolding, which includes *poisoning” humanity from multiple “directions” (Like lepers forced to wear bells and clappers.)…

    Tick Tick…Tick Tock…

    This is what representative democracy is all about . . .

    Are the issues dealt with by monetary policy so difficult that the people cannot understand what is at stake?

    By no means. The fundamentals of economic can be understood by anyone. Monetary economics is not nuclear physics ~ Wright Patman


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